It’s another busy day for game news, so let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories that popped up today. Starting things off, Beenox announced it will no longer be updating the hit Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. No Man’s Sky’s developer Hello Games is hard at work on a new, equally ambitious title. And the Marvel’s Avengers beta was explosively popular. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on Sept. 2, 2020.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Is Finished with Updates, but Beenox Is Keeping Busy
Sad news for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled fans — today, developer Beenox announced it will no longer be updating CTR. As noted in a tweet from the developer, the March update was the last one, and the company has shifted to other projects, including creating “N. Verted” modes for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. The studio also made mention of other unannounced projects but did not specify what it was working on. You can still play and enjoy CTR, of course, but the constant flow of content has ended.
— Beenox (@BeenoxTeam) September 2, 2020
PS Store’s Essential Picks Features Savings on the Hottest PS4 Games
Who doesn’t love saving money on the best games out there? Today, you can hop over to the PS Store to take advantage of the Essential Picks Sale, featuring discounts on some of PlayStation 4’s most memorable games. You’ll find discounts on The Last of Us Part II, the aforementioned Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, Persona 5 Royal, and Days Gone, among others. The sale is good until Sept. 17, so you’ve got some time to take advantage of the savings.
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Free-to-Play Rocket League Won’t Require PS Plus or Nintendo Switch Online
Today, Psyonix gave us more details about Rocket League‘s upcoming shift to free-to-play, which still does not have a release date. The most substantial nugget of information is that PS Plus and Nintendo Switch Online will not be required for their respective platforms in order to play online. This is huge news, meaning there will be no barrier (other than being connected to the internet) to start playing on those platforms. Equally as interesting is that Xbox Live Gold will apparently still be required to play on Xbox versions of the game. Psyonix mentioned the free-to-play update will roll out sometime later this month.
— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 2, 2020
Marvel’s Avengers Had the Most Downloaded Beta in PlayStation History
It’s clear Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have a hit on their hands, as the Marvel’s Avengers beta has become the most downloaded beta in PlayStation history, as announced via Twitter today. The beta was originally for select PS4 players only, then opened up to the general public over the course of a few weeks. Now, the game is out for Deluxe Edition owners and will release to all players this Friday, Sept. 4.
A heroic achievement — the Marvel's Avengers Beta was globally the most-downloaded beta in PlayStation history. Congrats to our team @CrystalDynamics!#EmbraceYourPowers on September 4 https://t.co/UVFJmEgcrq pic.twitter.com/lAMniXczWg
— Square Enix (@SquareEnix) September 2, 2020
Hello Games’ Next Project is “Huge” and “Ambitious” Like No Man’s Sky
In 2016, developer Hello Games released No Man’s Sky, a game that features 18 quintillion planets to explore. Today, Polygon published an interview with the head of the studio, Sean Murray, in which it was revealed that the studio’s next project is “a huge, ambitious game like No Man’s Sky.” While Murray didn’t go into specifics about what to expect from the game, he did mention that a large chunk of the team is currently hard at work on the project. Even if it’s a fraction of the size of No Man’s Sky, it could still be massive. But after creating an entire universe, what else is there to explore? We’ll likely find out in a couple years.