Howdy everyone, hope your September is off to a good start—it’s hard to believe we’re halfway through! There’s been no shortage of news this month, so let’s get into it.
Microsoft Announced New Xbox Release Dates and Price
A year after the initial announcement, Microsoft announced on September 9 that the next generation of Xbox consoles would hit stores on November 10. This includes the Xbox Series S, which Microsoft is marketing as an affordable next-gen option with backward compatibility, though it will not support physical media. The other new console, the Xbox Series X, has far more processing power and storage, and will be able to display games in 4k. Xbox Series S will retail for $299 USD, while Xbox Series X will cost $499 USD.
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Xbox Series X: $499 (ERP)
Xbox Series S: $299 (ERP)
Release date: November 10
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 9, 2020
Ubisoft Would Really Like You To Forget About Its Misconduct Allegations, Thanks
At Ubisoft’s “Ubisoft Forward” event last week, the company announced it will release Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia this holiday season. Though the game was released digitally in 2010, it was delisted in 2014, frustrating fans.
Huge thank you to the fans who never shut up about the Scott Pilgrim game, not once, ever, even for one second to let me sleep. This game belongs to you. Now please get out of my house
— Bryan Lee O'Malley (@bryanleeomalley) September 10, 2020
Ahead of the event, Ubisoft tweeted a video statement by CEO Yves Guillemot in which he apologized to those hurt by employees accused of misconduct. The video was not included in the presentation, allegedly due to “time constraints.” Numerous employees brought these allegations to light over the summer, resulting in “restructuring” and a plan for “comprehensive changes” at the company. Though this is not Guillemot’s first public statement regarding these issues, it is his first apology.
Ubisoft is so committed to showing all of us how seriously they take the AVALANCHE of harassment & misconduct allegations that the CEO Yves Guillemot recorded an *entire* four minute apology that they couldn’t find time to air during the livestream. I’m convinced! #ubisoftforward
— Meghna Jayanth #BLM #Decolonise ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏾✊🏼 (@betterthemask) September 10, 2020
"due to time constraints"? The stream is in an hour! Fuck outta here! This shit don't fly when you can stitch videos together on your phone at this point. https://t.co/d3KZq8q3Z0
— austin walker (@austin_walker) September 10, 2020
GameStop Will Close Up To 450 More Stores
Last Wednesday, GamesIndustry.biz reported major losses for GameStop, with sales down 27% year over year. As part of its plan to offset losses, Gamestop closed 321 stores in 2019. In 2020, GameStop closed 388 stores and announced plans to close an additional 400 to 450 stores this year.
— IGN (@IGN) September 11, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause game delays.
***An update to our Kena community*** pic.twitter.com/rKoy33YWKZ
— Kena: Bridge of Spirits (@emberlab) September 11, 2020
I have a very important announcement to share today. pic.twitter.com/i4qTdNpYeD
— SUDA51/須田剛一 (@suda_51) September 10, 2020
Missing your local arcade? Charles Entertainment Cheese, anthropomorphic rat mascot of Chuck E. Cheese, streams on Twitch now.
— LlucRiberax (@LlucRiberax) September 1, 2020
Madison Butler writes about advertising by day and about video games the rest of the time. She can usually be found crying about Final Fantasy and Nier: Automata on Twitter @madisonrbutler.