ICYMI: a weekly news round-up of the biggest gaming news from TrueTrophies and beyond

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
ICYMI is a feature we've been running over on our sister site, TrueAchievements, for quite a while. Now, we've decided to bring the useful weekly news recap over to TT as well, this time with an all-new format. Here, you'll find the biggest stories of the week, split into three different categories: PlayStation News, General Gaming, and The Other Side. Enjoy!

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PlayStation News

Well, this week turned out a little different than we could have predicted. Here we were, naive little TrueTrophies, thinking that the post-E3 summer drought was upon us. Instead, there were two confirmed Sony acquisitions. One was for Finnish developer Housemarque — the team that made Resogun and Returnal, among other great games — and the support studio, Nixxes. Then, there was the strange tale of PlayStation Japan seemingly leaking Sony's purchase of Bluepoint, but retracting the tweet. The mess that followed has us confused, for sure. Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut was finally confirmed, though the upgrading, preordering, and purchasing system is very vague (just cast your eyes on the comments section). Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is struggling under the weight of bugs, but has received a few patches and things seem to be on the mend. On top of all that, the PlayStation Plus monthly games rolled around, the PS Now July games for this month leaked, and there is a Weekend Offer alongside the Mid-Year Deals. The Gameplay Chart showed us that E3 has a huge impact on what players get involved with before the winter deluge of new releases. A lot to digest there, so consume at your leisure!

Our take: This was a week that should have been better. Sony acquiring Housemarque is honestly an amazing get. The team is talented and has already proven that it is capable of standing amongst the rest with Returnal. The Nixxes deal isn't exactly exciting, but it is sensible. If Sony wants in on the PC market and a little help with the other development projects, then this is a deal that will pay its own weight in gold three times over. The issue this week was the continued horrific messaging of Sony PR. Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut looks amazing but has a confusing upgrade path —and a pricey one at that. With a little more nuance, it could have had a clean reveal. The Bluepoint stuff is unfortunate but reminds us that Sony kind of seems to just says stuff on Twitter and then lets everyone else do the talking without even trying to clarify what is going on. The PlayStation Blog posts were also a bit odd... just make a compilation of the best games Housemarque and Nixxes have worked on and do a little in-person interview. Anything. Don't even get us started on the fact this Abandoned thing could have been debunked weeks ago. In fairness, we are enjoying the ride at TT, but we know a few of you in the community aren't! We quite like the PS Plus games, too. You lot seemed a little less happy, and understandably so considering the reasoning! A week of peaks and troughs, but one that makes us excited for the future!

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General Gaming News

This bunch followed the normal pattern of post-E3. There are new teams, plenty of game upgrades, and weird CD Projekt statements. Dead Space is also doing the rounds after a million rumours last week. Heidi has been all over Jurassic World Evolution 2, as well. Over on TrueAchievements, football dork Kes got right in with PES 2022's network test called 'New Football Game' and there are a few further updates to your favourite games!




On the Other Side

In this section, we present you with the three most essential pieces of news from Xbox, as presented by Senior Staff Writer and Xbox know-all, Sean. Take it away!

In terms of Xbox-specific news, it's been a pretty quiet week. Other than the usual Games with Gold drop (it's very underwhelming, July's PS Plus is miles better) and a trickle of games leaving Xbox Game Pass soon, there hasn't been all that much to talk about. One of the more exciting rumours that's currently doing the rounds is Kojima working with Microsoft to publish the legendary developer's next game on Xbox. If it turns out to be true, that will surely be a big loss or gain (depending on your view of Death Stranding) for Sony. The Elder Scrolls 6 still hasn't been announced as an Xbox exclusive, though it probably will be; Todd Howard broke the news that the next entry into the franchise is still in the very early stages of development. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as Bethesda has been hard at work on the confirmed Xbox exclusive, Starfield, which launches in November next year. Some of the more exciting news this week was Microsoft rolling out Xbox Cloud Gaming to all Game Pass Ultimate members on PC and iOS. Now subscribers can play most of the Xbox game Pass library through browsers on their phones or computers. This is a big move for Microsoft, which will surely bring more people into the Xbox ecosystem. Finally, the biggest and most controversial story that happened last week is Xitilon's plans to add 17 title updates to its games. This has split the achievement hunting community, with some saying it devalues the achievement and Gamerscore system, while others love the idea and can't wait to pop a bunch of easy achievements. Personally, I think something needs to be done about this sharpish.

That about wraps it up for TT's first ICYMI... let us know what you think, and we'll see you next week!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.