Today featured a number of noteworthy video game news stories — including players experiencing issues upgrading to the PlayStation 5 version of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. In addition, Sony announced it will be discontinuing movie / TV purchases on the PS Store, the Wii U got a new firmware update, and more. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on March 2, 2021.
Sony Discontinuing Movie/TV Purchases on PS Store
Sony recently announced it will be discontinuing TV and movie purchases from the PlayStation Store. This change will go into effect on Aug. 31, 2021. Those who have purchased shows or movies on the PS Store will still be able to access them after making purchases is discontinued. The full statement can be read at the PlayStation.Blog link below.
Latest Apex Legends Nintendo Switch Trailer Shows the Game in Action
Ahead of Apex Legends‘ release on Nintendo Switch later this month, EA has released a new gameplay trailer, showing off the battle royale shooter in action on the handheld hybrid. While it certainly doesn’t look as good as its counterparts on other platforms, seeing Apex Legends running on a handheld is fascinating from a development standpoint. It’ll be available for Switch on March 9.
Metroidvania Blasphemous Has Reached One Million Players
Blasphemous, a Metroidvania RPG by Spanish studio The Game Kitchen, has just reached one million players across PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Publisher Team17 announced the huge milestone by releasing a heartwarming video showing off the developers opening up packages containing a plaque in honor of the major achievement. Blasphemous launched in 2019 and received a free expansion called The Stir of Dawn the following year.
Wii U Just Received Its First Update Since 2018
Nintendo just released a Wii U firmware update for the first time since 2018. As expected, update 5.5.5 only provides “system stability,” but some speculate this might be to prevent the machine from being hacked, as noted by publication VGC. The Wii U is regarded as one of Nintendo’s biggest failures, reaching only 13.56 million units sold after four years on the market. By comparison, Nintendo Switch is about to reach its fourth birthday and has sold around 80 million units.
Wii U just received firmware update Ver. 5.5.5 U, the first update since Sept 3rd, 2018 pic.twitter.com/us9YjcWSwN
— Wario64 (@Wario64) March 2, 2021
Yakuza: Like a Dragon Out on PS5 Now, but Players Were Having Issues Upgrading
Yakuza: Like a Dragon launched for PlayStation 5 today, featuring enhanced visuals and upgraded performance thanks to the newer hardware. Those who own the game on PS4 will gain access to the PS5 version at no additional cost. However, players were reporting experiencing issues with the upgrade process, which prompted users to re-buy the new version instead. Though, developer RGG Studio took to Twitter to announce that upgrading should work now — and to let them know if any issues persist. Sadly, the new version does not allow for save transfers, meaning you’ll have to start it from scratch if you jump in on PS5.
The issues related to the upgrade path for Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PlayStation 5 have been resolved! Please let us know if you encounter any further problems and thank you again for your patience!
— RGG Studio (@RGGStudio) March 2, 2021