It’s unclear what Kojima Productions is teasing exactly, but it may tie into a recent hint from Hideo Kojima himself. | Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival/AFP
- Kojima Productions is once again taunting fans with cryptic tweets.
- The latest tease suggests the Death Stranding developer will announce some big news next week.
- It’s likely to be Death Stranding related, most likely concerning the upcoming PC port.
Kojima Productions appears to be teasing a big announcement based on a mysterious tweet published on the Death Stranding developer’s official Twitter account.
Kojima Productions Teases a Cryptic Announcement
The tweet, sent out earlier today, consists of an apology for recent radio silence with a promise of more news coming soon. It reads:
Sorry to be silent everyone! I’ve been really busy lately…..I think i can say more soon about what we are going to…..#KojimaProductions
The tweet is accompanied by a picture of Kojima Productions’ head of communications, Aki Saito, sitting at a desk taking notes while on a phone call.
Zooming on the notepad reveals a scribble that reads: “Next week!”
Attached is an earlier tweet from Kojima Productions’ newly appointed global head of marketing and communications, Jay Boor. It features a picture of Boor on a video call with Saito.
The suggestion is that the two are preparing some big news.
Death Stranding paraphernalia litters Saito’s desk, and on his laptop is the Kojima Productions homepage. While it’s easy to don our tinfoil hats and glean hypothetical glues from the picture, it’s worth noting that we are dealing with Hideo Kojima’s studio. He’s no stranger to dropping hints in his tweets, which often feature similar shots taken at his desk.
Death Stranding PC Port, DLC, or Entirely New Project?
It’s unclear what exactly Kojima Productions is teasing, but it may tie into a recent hint from Kojima himself.
Last week, he uploaded a trailer of sorts mimicking the style of the film 1917 with Death Stranding’s protagonist, Sam Bridges, sprinting across a battlefield.
The only clue was a title reading “Coming 2020,” leading to speculation that the developer is prepping to reveal more details about the previously announced Death Stranding PC port.
Death Stranding DLC isn’t out of the question, nor is an early tease about Kojima Productions’ next project. In any case, we don’t have to wait too long to find out.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
New artwork in a revamped Rockstar homepage is sparking speculation among gamers, but it’s not what you think. | Source: Rockstar
- Fans have found a strange new image on the official Rockstar Games site.
- The image, which shows a gold robot woman and a bottle of wine, could potentially be a teaser for a new game.
- Fans have hope that Rockstar Games is planning to announce Grand Theft Auto 6.
Rockstar Games fans have been incredibly excited this week as they have found a strange, new image on its official site. The image is of a gold robot woman holding onto the famous Rockstar Games “R”. Next to the robot is a bottle of wine in a bucket of ice.
Fans are hoping that the image has been posted to the site ahead of a major Rockstar Games announcement such as a reveal of GTA 6. It would be the first game announced since Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser left the company.
A private video on the Rockstar Games YouTube page also led to rumors. It turned out to be a trailer for new GTA Online DLC, but that didn’t stop Twitter users from spending hours wondering what the private video could be.
However, the new image from the Rockstar Games site is most likely nothing. Rockstar only began hiring PS5 and Xbox Series X developers in November 2019. It’s unlikely that the developer is releasing GTA 6 on PS4 and Xbox One or that it is ready to announce the game for PS5 and Xbox Series X now.
Rockstar has also just added GTA 5 to Xbox Game Pass, meaning that the game’s popularity is only growing after its original launch on the PS3 and the Xbox 360 in 2013. Fans should ask why the developer would announce a new game when the last game in the series continues to be a tremendous success over multiple console generations.
On the wine bottle in the new image, the year 1998 can be seen. Some fans think that it may be teasing a game in the 1990s. 1998 is also the year when Rockstar Games was created and this image may just have been made for that reason.
This article was edited by Samburaj Das.
Is any event - even one as high-profile as PAX East or GDC 2020 - more important than people’s health and safety? | Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP
- Companies like Sony and Kojima Productions have pulled out of various gaming events.
- Some people, such as the mayor of Boston, have accused them of being ruled by fear.
- Far from scaremongering, these decisions are an act of justified caution.
The coronavirus outbreak has been one of the biggest disruptors to the gaming industry in recent memory. Esports events have been canceled. Next-gen consoles launch timelines are under threat. And major brands have begun pulling out of GDC 2020 and PAX East in droves.
Iconic companies like Sony and Kojima Productions have chosen not to attend these events. Mainly in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. This has drawn ire from certain people such as the mayor of Boston.
But with experts warning a U.S. coronavirus outbreak is “increasingly likely,” it’s time to straight-up cancel these gaming conferences altogether.
Even smaller companies like Kowloon Nights are taking steps to keep their people safe from infection. | Source: Twitter
Coronavirus Is Spreading Fast. We Must Do What We Can to Stop It.
Whenever there’s a major health crisis like coronavirus, it’s easy to succumb to sensationalist panic. But while it’s always important to keep a level head, you should err on the side of cautions when human life is at stake.
The World Health Organization has said that the virus isn’t a pandemic yet. But absent a sudden increase in the effectiveness of containment efforts, it could get there soon.
The companies that pulled out of PAX East and GDC 2020 made the right decision. It’s more important to keep staff healthy and safe than it is to attend a conference.
Especially since these events have never been less relevant.
But don’t tell that to Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston – the host city for PAX East.
He not only blasted companies like Sony for acting out of fear but also accused those sentiments of reinforcing “harmful stereotypes that generations of Asians have worked hard to dismantle.”
It’s unsurprising that someone with a vested interest in PAX East – and the revenue it brings to Boston – would resist canceling the event. But Sony’s decision not to attend seems more like caution than irrational fear.
And it certainly has nothing to do with racial stereotypes.
Taking Steps to Avoid Coronavirus Isn’t Fearmongering
Don’t get me wrong. There’s plenty of coronavirus media coverage that’s little more than scaremongering. It’s an unfortunate truth that fear gets people to click.
That doesn’t mean the outbreak isn’t serious, though. And it doesn’t mean that companies should put their employees at unnecessary risk of infection.
GDC and PAX East still matter, even in 2020. But conventions and conferences are a hotbed of germs already. Add the risk of a U.S. coronavirus outbreak to that mix, and things get 1,000 times worse.
It’s not even like coronavirus would stop PR announcements. The internet gives us great tools to manage these sorts of events via live streaming.
It’s time to start asking the question: Is any event – even one as high-profile as PAX East or GDC 2020 – more important than people’s health and safety?
Disclaimer: This article represents the author’s opinion and should not be considered investment or trading advice from CCN.com.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
There’s very little stopping GameStop from imminent doom. The company is about to go under, and deservedly so. | Image: shutterstock.com
- GameStop seems to be going under, as they desperately employ aggressive sales tactics.
- These tactics appear to be pushing away their already dwindling customer base and sapping employee morale.
- GameStop deserves everything that is happening, even if their employees don’t.
A little while ago we reported that the future of GameStop looked pretty bleak. Apparently, things have only got worse. According to Polygon, the GameStop staff are suffering from dramatic drops in morale and aggressive sales targets.
Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving company. For years GameStop has been the butt of a very annoying joke in the gaming industry. They’ve gained a reputation as the boogeymen of gaming retail.
Now it’s coming back to bite them.
This Penny Arcade strip from 2010 typifies the general attitude towards GameStop from most of the gaming community. | Source: Penny Arcade
GameStop Is Going Under and They’re Desperate
Polygon recently spent some time interviewing GameStop employees. According to these employees, GameStop isn’t exactly making smart decisions with its flailing business.
Instead of shifting the way they do things, they’re doubling down on their terrible practices. Employees are given horrendously intrusive scripts to read when selling things to customers. On top of that, the staff has horrendously strict sales targets to meet.
All so that GameStop can try to make as much money as possible from the few people who still shop there. When you treat customers this way, it’s no wonder they’re leaving in droves. It just goes to show you that the hard sell won’t build up your customer base. It’s the tool of con men and get-rich-quick schemers.
Hopefully Employees Can Find Other Work
The only bad thing to come out of this is that a bunch of people will not have work anymore. Not the management, they’ll undoubtedly find themselves doing terrible things at a completely different company.
I truly hope that if you’re currently working for GameStop, you start looking for other work immediately. Make no mistake, the company is going under. Your first loyalty should be to yourself and your family. Don’t let GameStop bully you into sticking around.
At this point, it seems like physical game stores are a relic of an older time. Retail is moving more and more into the online space. Most stores that sell games these days have to do more than just sell games. Let’s hope we don’t see the likes of GameStop again anytime soon.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.
This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.
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