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Shawn Layden and Destiny 2

PlayStation Leaks, Cross-Play and More! – Primal Newscast #25

Welcome to the Primal Newscast where Gaming Instincts goes over the hottest and most interesting news of the week that took place in the gaming industry.

Bungie to Have more Franchises by 2025

First let’s talk about how Bungie wants to expand on their games roster by 2025. Bungie’s CEO Pete Parsons spoke with IGN and shared some information regarding the studio’s future and its plans to become one of the best gaming entertainment companies. This means that they want to divesrsify the developers’ catalog of games which would include more than just Destiny 2.

This would fall in line with Bungie’s departure from Activision as they probably had ideas of their own that don’t necessarily align with what some publishers like Activision would want.

Pete parsons mentions that they need to transform Destiny to what they truly want it to become saying, “by 2025 we have a pretty specific path to make sure we transform Destiny and that we have other franchises within the marketplace.”

So just what other franchise does Bungie want to add by 2025, it’s possibly something that they’ve been low-key working on over the years and it’ s possibly a new IP, rather than something that we’ve seen before. Well either way, Bungie seems to know what they want for Destiny as they recently brought their new version of Destiny 2 live!

Destiny 2: New Light is Live!

Starting on October 1, the new era of Destiny 2 called “Destiny 2: New Light” is available for free on all platforms.

That’s right, Bungie is bringing forth the new age of what they want for Destiny 2 by making almost everything up till the new Shadowkeep expansion, free. Additionally, as Destiny was available on the Battlenet launcher, Destiny 2 will be moving to Steam for free and players were able to transfer saves through their website as well in order for old veteran players to continue on with the franchise.

According to Game Director, Luke Smith

“During 2019, we’ve developed and shared a clarity of vision we’ve never had before in Destiny. We’re finally going to make the Destiny 2 we’ve always wanted to make – one world that you and your friends are going to meaningfully change and make memories in… October 1st is the first step toward what we want Destiny 2 to become. This isn’t just the next chapter of Destiny 2, but the next chapter of us. We’re just getting started.”

Well now the game is free for all and if you want to continue your adventures, players will get to buy the new expansion, Shadowkeep for around $35.

SIE Chairman Shawn Layden Steps Down

On October 1st the Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Shawn Layden stepped down from his position with PlayStation themselves making this announcement.

On Twitter, they say, “It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will greatly be missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything Shawn!”

Shawn Layden is the former president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertaiment America and has been with Sony since 1987, mostly acting as the Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and President fo Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

We do not know exactly what prompted Layden to make his leave from PlayStation, but I’m sure that he’s had a good run over the years and that he has a good future.

This is indeed an end for an era of PlayStation and we hope to see Shawn in future business endeavors.

PlayStation Now Gets a Huge Price Cut

PlayStation Recently announced that PlayStation Now, their subscription service for the PS4, will be getting a substantial Price cut starting October 1. according to Senior Director of Sony Interactive Entertainment Content Communications, Sid Shuman.

The price cuts are substantial as the yearly service went from $99.99 to $59.99 a year, $44.99 to $24.99 quarterly and $19.99 to $9.99 monthly. This is a pretty big price cut and we suspect that PlayStation thinks that they themselves thought that the price was too high in general by saying that this cut was to keep in line with the prices of other streaming services.

Well if this is true, that means that PlayStation is on the lookout to do what everyone wants from them, whether it’s being cross-platform or even cutting down their prices from time to time, well either way people will have a cheaper time enjoying their PlayStation Now services.

PlayStation 4 Cross-Play Exits Beta

PlayStation 4 on October 2, completed its beta for its cross-play function and now developers will be able to make use of this feature in the Playstation 4.

The only thing that PlayStation 4 was missing over the years was cross-play compatibility finally, this means that Rocket League, Fortnite, and Minecraft will finally have PS4 cross-play compatibility in which other consoles, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch already have.

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO, Jim Ryan explained that PlayStation has to keep pushing these sorts of features in order to survive the next generation. If not, than PlayStation will simply become complacent and won’t make any changes in the future, which is not what most gamers want.

Well with Modern Warfare coming out soon and with the new generation of consoles coming out in the future, we can expect crossplay generally be common with several games from now on.

PlayStation 5 Design Gets Leaked

Now this is apparently what the PlayStation 5 dev console looks like. If you want to know how we know this, people found out through a newly-discovered Sony design patent.

A developer with access to the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett has been sharing images of the PS5 Dev box and has more information on the consoles after accidentally revealing the information and deleting his account.

We now know that the console has to be made in 2020 as AMD needs to have ray-tracing capabilities, which they are apparently slow on at the moment. Also the current design is called Prospero, named after a character in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The dev console has allegedly been sent to developers in the Summer.

Well there is no way to officially confirm any of these devkits, but we can be sure that they do look something like an internet router, and at the very least will be able to have ray-tracing capabilities by 2020.

Conclusion

Well what do you guys think? Do you guys like what Sony has to offer for next-gen gaming with their crossplay capabilities and knowing what the new console looks like? How about where Bungie is heading with their franchise and what they probably have in store for the future? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for tuning into this week’s Primal Newscast episode. Be sure to tune in next week for the most intriguing and exciting news stories of the week.

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