Though not a whole lot went on today in the world of video games, the review embargo for Ghost of Tsushima lifted, and critics seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. Aside from that, Halo 3 launched in The Master Chief Collection on PC, causing concurrent player count on Steam to spike, and much more. Here’s the video game news you might have missed on July 14, 2020.
PUBG Has Surpassed 70 Million Copies Sold
Following its early access release in 2017, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has now surpassed an impressive 70 million copies sold between PC and consoles. The game began on PC and spread to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Google Stadia. The battle royale game is also available through Stadia’s Pro subscription service and Xbox Game Pass.
This is a huge milestone. For context, one of the bestselling games of all time, Wii Sports that came bundled with Wii, sits comfortably at around 82 million units sold, so PUBG making it to 70 million is worth noting. Congratulations to PUBG Corp for the success.
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Here’s Why Red Dead Online Players Are Dressing Up as Clowns
To show their disappointment with Rockstar’s apparently lackluster support for Red Dead Online, players have begun dressing up as clowns in mass quantities. As organized by the RDO Discord channel, players can be seen making fun of the game’s developers.
One mod on the Discord channel said, “Since we’re all clowns for believing we’ll get an update, it’s fitting that we dress up as them in-game too.” The game hasn’t seen a major update since last December, so the fans’ frustration is somewhat justified. It’s unknown what Rockstar plans to do with RDO next.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Hits 45,000 Concurrent Players on Steam Thanks to Launch of Halo 3
Today, Halo 3 launched on PC as part of The Master Chief Collection, and it’s performing quite well. As pointed out by independent industry analyst “Benji-Sales,” The Master Chief Collection has reached its second-highest concurrent player count ever on Steam, surpassing 45,000 users at once.
Interestingly, MCC was also on par with Death Stranding‘s concurrent player count on PC earlier this morning, sitting at around 32,000 players before MCC skyrocketed to nearly 50,000 players a few hours later.
Halo The Master Chief Collection has set its 2nd highest all time concurrent player count on Steam, thanks to a strong launch of Halo 3 on PC
MCC has peaked at 45,334 concurrent players and is still climbing
This doesn't include Game Pass players. Congrats to 343 Industries pic.twitter.com/7abraCE4f8
— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) July 14, 2020
Ghost of Tsushima’s Review Scores Are Live and Positive
Ghost of Tsushima, Sony’s last major first-party game for PlayStation 4, is a great swansong for the system, judging by today’s review scores. The game’s review embargo lifted today, meaning critics could finally share their finalized scores, and for the most part, it’s performing well, with certain outlets awarding it high scores of 8s and 9s.
Many reviewers praised the game’s visuals, open world, photo mode, and combat, but some criticism was garnered due to repetition in its boss battles. Ghost of Tsushima hits PS4 this Friday, July 17.
#GhostOfTsushima early review scores
Game Informer 9.5
Easy Allies 8.5
Press Start 8.5
MC 84 (48 critics)https://t.co/VOg3Hcw6iV
— Nibel (@Nibellion) July 14, 2020
Deadly Premonition 2 Will Be Updated After Poor Depiction of Transgender Character
The Switch exclusive Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise will be getting an update, as announced by the game’s writer and director Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro. The update will address the depiction of a transgender character in the game, who — in their current form — is often referred to with the wrong pronouns and are called by their “abandoned birth name,” as USgamer points out.
Swery issued a statement on Twitter, apologizing for the way the character was depicted and explains that at least one scene regarding the character will be rewritten and updated at some point in the future.
Good morning everyone.
I need to tell you about my apologies about DP2.
So I wrote message by myself with Google-sensei.
Please forgive my poor english skills.
— Hidetaka SWERY Skywalker (@Swery65) July 13, 2020