Welcome to the first episode of the Techraptor News Byte. On this weekly show, I'll go through some of the more interesting news stories from the past week as well as highlight other events that have happened in the games industry and TechRaptor as a whole.
This week we look at the following:
The Unceremonious Departure of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2's Lead Narrative Designer Brian Mitsoda
Brian Mitsoda, who has been a part of the development of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 from its inception, has been booted from the project. It's speculated that he was let go due to the project not being finished in time. He will be replaced by Alexandre Mandryka as a creative consultant.
You can read Mitsoda's full statement and the entire article here
Why Hitman 3 Is Coming to the Epic Games Store as a Timed Exclusive
Hitman 3 is coming to the Epic Games Store as a timed PC exclusive early next year. While there are still a few holdouts that see this as a bad thing, the developer/publisher IO Interactive gave a pretty good reason why they chose to go with Epic. (hint, it makes the game better).
Read the article and direct quote from the developer here
505 Games Sticks To No Next-Gen Upgrade For Control Owners
To the dismay of many gamers and high-profile influencers, 505 Games has announced that after careful consideration, they will not include the ability to upgrade to the next-gen version of Control in the standard edition. If you want an upgraded next-gen experience with Remedy's excellent adventure game, you'll need to pony up the money for the upcoming Control: Ultimate Edition.
Next-Gen Ubisoft Collector's Editions Won't Have Discs on Xbox
It looks like the next-gen versions of Ubisoft's special editions won't have a disc inside... if you buy it on the Xbox Series X. This affects Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, and Far Cry 6, which features Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito.
Why they did this? We're not sure.
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