Also in the news: King's Quest, Bejeweled, Centipede and Minecraft hit the video game hall of fame, Ghost of Tsushima went gold, Cyberpunk 2077 comic.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Announcement & Trailer
Activision and Toys for Bob have announced the next installment of Crash Bandicoot, subtitled It's About Time. The game is a storyline continuation of the original trilogy and starts with the events of Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Neo Cortex, Uka-Uka and Dr. En-Tropic have been trying for years to find a way to escape from the distant planet they are stuck on. They still manage to break through the gap in space to freedom, and now they can only be prevented by Crash and Coco.
The game is made from scratch without using the old developments of recent remakes. In addition to Crash himself, Coco and Neo-Cortex are available to us as playable characters. The developers constantly repeat that this is the same game, only new and more comfortable.
By its structure, this is a familiar 3D platformer. However, in the fourth part, Crash learned new movements, such as running on walls, sliding on rails and swinging on a rope. Also during the passage you can find four masks that will open access to new abilities. For example, one allows you to slow down time, and the other mask will allow the heroes to walk upside down on the panels. They will also need to be used in boss fights.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time will be released on October 2 on PS4 and Xone.
The Last of Us Part II sets record sales
As often happens, foggy Albion was the first to report the sales of The Last of Us Part II at GamesIndustry.biz
According to the report, the game became the best-selling PS4 exclusive, surpassing even the past record holder Uncharted 4, and the game also sold 76% more than the first part. However, this is also attributed to the fact that PS4 is a more common platform than PS3.
In general, the release of the game became the largest in the UK retail in 2020, overtaking the previous record holder - Animal Crossing: The New Horizons by 40%.
Sales of the game in the UK are estimated at 195 thousand copies, and worldwide now in the PS Network its audience is 2.8 million players. Many, like analyst Benji Salez, are confident that at this pace, it can overtake two past Marvel exclusives Spider Man and God of War, becoming the most high-profile project of this generation of consoles.
Chris Avellone has been accused of sexual harassment - for this reason Techland has ended its partnership.
Renowned game writer Chris Avellone has recently been charged with sexual harassment. On the basis of these allegations, Techland Studio, where Avellone worked as a writer and consultant for Dying Light 2, stopped working with him.
As stated by the studio, it is particularly attentive to the problem of sexual harassment, and cannot tolerate such a statement. The studios Avellone has collaborated with recently have also commented on the situation. So, Paradox Interactive said that he worked on Vampire: The Masquerade-Bloodlines 2 only in the initial stages, and having completed his work, he ended his cooperation with the studio. And this has nothing to do with this story. In addition, his work will not be in the final version of the game.
The Waylanders writer also commented on the situation, who said that he had done his part on the game, and the studio did not know anything about the harassment. Their collaboration ended organically.
The accusations against him were directed by a girl named Karissa, who made a series of tweets about the writer's deeds. So, she says that Avellone once gave her a lot of alcohol, brought her to the hotel with friends, and after that he was left alone with her. The next morning he confessed that she had refused him sex. The girl herself does not remember that night well, but she is sure that she could refuse only because of her period.
After that, Avellone behaved adequately, but he also molested many girls, even emotionally abused her friend, who was eventually persuaded to stop communicating with Avellone.
She also says that one day Chris left her friend in the middle of a restaurant at night during a game event. The organizers have blacklisted Avellone's name, and Karissa also hinted that Avellone's collaboration with Obsidian also ended due to harassment.
Several developers came to a comment on Twitter to share their stories. So, one reports that Avellone touched her in the area below her back, and tried to persuade her to have sex. Another published a correspondence with him, where he unexpectedly offered her sex.
Chris Avellone did not deny the accusations, and said that he wanted to discuss everything with Karissa in person, but she blocked him on Twitter.
King's Quest, Bejeweled, Centipede and Minecraft hit the gaming hall of fame
Each year, the National Game Museum in New York expands its Hall of Fame with games that it believes have made a huge contribution to the gaming industry. This year there were four games at once - King's Quest, Bejeweled, Centipede and Minecraft.
There were 12 applicants for the Hall of Fame. The selection was, as always, handled by game historians and journalists. The games have received this recognition for the following achievements:
Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart and Colossal Cave Adventure hit the hall of fame last year.
Ghost of Tsushima went gold
One of the latest PS4 exclusives, Ghost of Tsushima, will be out next month. The developers reported that the game "went gold", that is, it is completely ready and sent to print.
Recall that events unfold on the eponymous island of Tsushima during the Mongol invasion in 1274. As samurai Jin, we will fight back.
Developed by Sucker Punch studio. Read more in our separate article.
The game will be released on July 17th exclusively on PS4.
Cyberpunk 2077 Comics Coming September 9
If you, like our resource, were heartbroken by another transfer of Cyberpunk 2077, then perhaps a series of comics on the game, announced by Dark Horse Comics - Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team, will help you to brighten up your expectations.
The game will tell about Nadia, an ambulance worker at Trauma Team International. On one of the missions, she got into a major shootout and became the only survivor among her colleagues. She stays with the company and gets involved in other dangerous affairs. The first four issues of the comic will go on sale on September 9 this year.
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The Topic of Article: Crash Bandicoot 4, The Last of Us 2 records, Chris Avellone was accused of harassment - gaming news digest # 4.06. Part one.