PlayStation Plus Invites You To Look Through An Android's Eyes With Detroit: Become Human

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PlayStation Plus Invites You To Look Through An Android's Eyes With Detroit: Become Human

Detroit Become: Human proved to be one of 2018's more divisive games. While some praised its ambitious storytelling, others found the way it handled its themes about technology, classism, and racism to be underwhelming. If you haven't played the game yourself yet, PlayStation Plus has made it one of this month's offerings so subscribers can find out on which side of the fence they fall.

Interestingly enough, Pro Evolution 2019 was supposed to be the original offering for this month, but Sony replaced it at the last minute with Detroit for unspecified reasons:

 For more on Detroit: Become Human, read our review here.

Publisher Behind Horror Game Devotion Has Had Its Business License Revoked In China

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Publisher Behind Horror Game Devotion Has Had Its Business License Revoked In China

Some months back, Taiwanese horror game Devotion briefly came out on Steam before quickly being pulled from sale. While the developers said this only because they wanted to fix some glitches, it was assumed that Red Candle Games did so to remove a poster that made fun of Chinese president Xi Jinping, relating him to Winnie the Pooh and calling him a moron. The game, which was taken down at the end of February, never came back on sale and the developers have not publicly commented on Devotion since.

At the time, the game's publishers Indievent and Winking Entertainment abandoned the title and terminated their contracts for console versions of Devotion. Today, the Chinese government revoked Indievent's business license within the country.

While China did not explicitly say their reasoning for this was because of Devotion, they did not give reasoning at all beyond saying that Indievent violated "relevant laws," according to Another Indie founder Iain Garner via PCGamesN. The government would have a similar amount of leverage over Winking Entertainment, should they choose to exercise it.

Marvel To Show New Avengers Video Game Content At San Diego Comic-Con

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Marvel To Show New Avengers Video Game Content At San Diego Comic-Con

When Marvel's Avengers was shown at E3 last month, fans were kind of expecting a little more than what was shown at Square Enix's E3 conference. While the publisher went into things like how the voice actors feel about the characters, very little was shown about the actual gameplay, and had to mostly be gleamed from behind-closed-doors demos and glowing interviews. Now it seems like we'll get our next bit of info from San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Marvel has a game panel on July 18, hosted by professional loudmouth Greg Miller, though I feel like I'm stretching the definition of professional even if loudmouth was their description. The panel summary says that it will show new content for Avengers, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Iron Man VR, and promises surprises as well. Miller will be joined by special guests, which presumably means some developers from those games, and Bill Rosemann, who is vice president and creative director at Marvel Games.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 releases the next day on Switch, so we'll likely get the very last character reveals or the DLC characters, which got an announcement of X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Marvel Knights at E3. Iron Man VR is scheduled for PlayStation VR later this year. Marvel's Avengers will land on May 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC.

Dr Disrespect Explains Bathroom Incident On Behalf Of His Brand

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Dr Disrespect Explains Bathroom Incident On Behalf Of His Brand

A few weeks ago, streamer Dr Disrespect, who is known for exactly what it says on tin but probably with less medical knowledge than would assume with that title, held a stream walking around the E3 show floor. He went a bit too far beyond the E3 show floor, ended up in a public bathroom with the stream on, got banned from both E3 and Twitch, and may have committed some misdemeanors in the process.

The ban, at very least, ended after about two weeks. In the time he was banned, the streamer spent a lot of time on social media hyping up his return and joking about the ban, but notably did not actually apologize for streaming in a public restroom with minors in it. He instead took to Twitter today as Guy Beahm himself rather than as Dr Disrespect.

"I'd like to talk about Dr Disrespect's Twitch ban from E3," the tweet said, posting a link to a longer message. "This was my first IRL stream as the Doc and if it's not obvious by now, one of the things I try to stay true with is authenticity. Real life personas are so difficult to pull off, especially in today's society. Doc is edgy, highly opinionated, cocky, etc. and that certainly adds to the difficulty in staying authentic without offending anyone on a deeper, personal level."

Twitch Prime Meets Rockstar Games For The First Time

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Twitch Prime Meets Rockstar Games For The First Time

Grand Theft Auto Online makes a lot of money. While there's not a lot of numbers behind Red Dead Online, as it's still surprisingly nascent, it's safe to say it probably does pretty well for itself. Grand Theft Auto Online in particular does surprisingly well as a streaming game, so it makes sense to assume that there's a pretty big middle-ground in the Venn diagram of Rockstar Online fans and Twitch viewers, which is why Twitch Prime is teaming up with Rockstar to give away some goodies.

This is mostly notable because this is the first time for Rockstar and Twitch to partner up. Here's what you'll get from being a subscriber and linking your two accounts.

Grand Theft Auto Online Benefits:         

Sony Considering Developer Acquisitions For PlayStation Worldwide Studios

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Sony Considering Developer Acquisitions For PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Over the past two years, Microsoft has become downright addicted to buying up studios. The Xbox Game Studios were trying to patch a whole in what was perceived as a weak first-party portfolio, which kind of left Nintendo and Sony, which already had strong first-party software, to do their own thing. Now, according to PlayStation president Jim Ryan, that might change as Sony looks to beef up its software development in preparation for next-gen.

In an interview with Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Jim Ryan told the outlet that they are looking into developer acquisitions in the future. Specifically, Ryan said that PlayStation is looking at developers fairly new to the industry to join them, as PlayStation already has lots of money and lots of experience under their belt.

Ryan didn't tip his hand on which developers they were looking for, but I imagine that statement about experience is to show a contrast to Microsoft picking up established developers like Double Fine. It seems unlikely Sony is interested on acquiring, say, Capcom or Konami or anything like that.

EA Announces Madden NFL 20 Rookie Ratings

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EA Announces Madden NFL 20 Rookie Ratings

It's the doldrums of July, which means one thing for Madden fans – ratings reveals. Today, EA Tiburon shared the full ratings for all the prospects selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Some of the decisions may surprise you. 

The highest-rated rookie of the bunch? That honor belongs to New York Jets defensive tackle Quentin Williams. The third overall selection lands with a solid 80 rating. The best quarterback rating unsurprisingly goes to mobile wonder Kyler Murray, drafted first overall by the Arizona Cardinals. 

The player earmarked for the biggest bust potential is unsurprisingly New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who lands with an unimpressive 63 overall despite being picked sixth overall. The biggest riser was Seahawks receiver D.J. Metcalf, who came in with the eighth highest rating despite being the last pick in the second round. Another player to vault well above his draft position is Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr., who is the tenth highest rated rookie. 

Watch Danny DeVito Become The Rock In New Jumanji: The Next Level Trailer

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Watch Danny DeVito Become The Rock In New Jumanji: The Next Level Trailer

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made a lot of money. Despite initial hesitation from fans of the original after the announcement of the soft reboot, the film went on to be a box office success. This means, as is the way with Hollywood, a sequel is on the way. 

In the new trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level, the original cast of Jack Black, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan return as video game avatars, but the cast is being padded with some new additions. Danny DeVito and Danny Glover are joining the cast as grandfathers of the kids who are stuck in the game, but wait, there's more. 

The trailer shows Danny DeVito and Danny Glover getting sucked into the game along with the kids, inhabiting the bodies of The Rock and Kevin Hart, respectively. The trailer also shows off the return of Nick Jonas and the arrival of series newcomer Awkwafina. 

Sony Announces Another PlayStation Vue Price Hike

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Sony Announces Another PlayStation Vue Price Hike

Following the upward trajectory of Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and Sling, PlayStation Vue is the latest streaming service to raise prices. Citing rising costs of content licenses, Sony announced the $5 price hike across all its Vue bundles. 

PlayStation Vue’s cheapest plan, called Access, now costs $49.99 a month, while the most expensive Ultra package now sets you back $84.99 a month. Sony says the change starts today for new customers, but existing customers will keep their current price for at least 30 days and will see the new price beginning on their first billing cycle on or after July 31. The only silver lining is for hockey fans – the plans will soon include the NHL Network and ACC Network.

The price hike is just the latest for PlayStation Vue, which raised its service price $10 in 2017 and another $5 last year.

CD Projekt Red Working On Two More Cyberpunk 2077 Projects

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CD Projekt Red Working On Two More Cyberpunk 2077 Projects

We're less than a year out from Cyberpunk 2077, a game which seemed perennially years away its entire existence. The open-world RPG is poised to be the biggest game to ever come from Polish studio CD Projekt Red, even bigger than the massive Witcher 3. It makes sense, then, that CD Projekt wants more than one bite at that apple and appear to have multiple Cyberpunk projects in development.

The news comes from Polish news outlet Bankier, which wrote a story about how Cyberpunk 2077 preorders are above what Witcher 3 hit prior to its release. Within the story, CDPR president Adam Kiciński mentioned that they currently have three teams working on Cyberpunk 2077 projects. One is the actual Cyberpunk 2077 game we have all seen, a second game is a multiplayer standalone spinoff based on Cyberpunk 2077. They didn't hint at what that might be, but battle royale seems like a pretty fair bet.

The third project is their next big game, which one would guess is a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. It is not necessarily that, however, as CDPR has said they also consider Gwent and its single-player campaign to be a large-scale project, as well. Again, were I to bet, I'd put my money on production of a sequel being in its beginning stages already.