This Week in News Is About the Big Players and Indie Joy

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Welcome to This Week in News, where we run you through the week’s biggest stories so you can get caught up in a few minutes with an option to dive deeper! News editor Imran Khan is normally in charge of this, but he is on a lovely and deserved vacation, so I’ll be handling this week’s edition.

PS3 Users Can’t Download Some Game Updates Ahead of Store Shut Down — As Sony prepares to shut down the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable stores, PlayStation 3 owners have noticed that some game patches and updates are no longer available to download. Without these patches, the online capabilities of these games may be lost forever.

First Big PlayStation 5 Update Addresses Storage Issues, Cross-Gen Compatibility — Sony has rolled out the PlayStation 5’s first major update. There are a number of quality of life updates, as well as changes to how the system handles external storage and more.

Nintendo Announces Blue Switch Lite That is Actually Purple — Is it blue? Is it purple? Is it periwinkle? You decide. The internet is up in arms over the color of the newly announced Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s undeniably pretty, though.

Bioware Explains the Undertaking of Remastering Mass Effect For the Legendary Edition — The 99 Potions crew has kicked off its Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Hypecast series, so be sure to listen to the Mass Effect retrospective episode.

CD Projekt Red Expects to Sell Cyberpunk 2077 “For Years to Come” — CD Projekt Red has stated it has no plans to give up on Cyberpunk 2077, and that the company is convinced they can bring the game “to such a state that we can be proud of it and therefore successfully sell it for years to come.”

Everything You Missed From Today’s Nintendo Indie World — A summary of everything shown in this week’s Indie World presentation from Nintendo. (Hint: There was no Hollow Knight: Silksong, but there was a pretty big announcement at the end related to a popular game.) Indie games are Very Good, and this great showcase is the 500th testimony to that.

Square-Enix Unambiguously Denies Reports it’s Being Bought Out — During the week, a Bloomberg report indicated multiple potential buyers were interested in Square Enix for a possible acquisition. Square Enix stepped in to deny any such acquisition is in the works.

IO Interactive Opens New Barcelona Studio to Help With Hitman, Bond, and a New IP — The studio is the third branch of the developer, joining the Copenhagen and Malmö teams. It will work on the Hitman series, the James Bond project, and an unannounced game in a new IP that will possibly have a multiplayer component.

PlayStation 5 Is the Fastest-Selling Console In U.S. History — With five months on the market, the PlayStation 5 has been officially deemed to be the fastest-selling console in U.S. history in both unit and dollar sales. The record was previously held by the Nintendo Switch in 2018.

Amazon Cancels Lord of the Rings MMORPG, Prolonging Unsuccessful Streak — Amazon Game Studios continues to cancel projects, with the latest being the Lord of the Rings project announced in 2019. Contract negotiations between Amazon and Tencent resulted in the game’s cancelation. The team that had been working on the game will be shifted to other projects.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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