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

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Welcome to ICYMI for this week! Here, we will break down the news into three categories: Kes will take on the PlayStation News, Luke will be writing up the General Gaming section, and Tom will give you the lowdown on The Other Side of the fence with Xbox news. Enjoy!

Hunter's Arena: legends reveal trailer

Kes

PlayStation News

After the studio announcements and indie drama of last week, the last few days have seemed very quiet. Even the State of Play live stream was a little understated, though still good. All the same, plenty to dig into from Monday to Friday!
The TT Take: It wasn't ever going to be quite the bomb that last week was, but plenty of small things to keep us ticking over. The State of Play was filled to the brim with great games along with Deathloop and a sensibly priced upgrade for Death Stranding. We actually kind of loved it. Without the big dogs from PlayStation Studio's portfolio taking up all the oxygen, it was nice to see the indies come out to play. The games all looked like they were worth dipping into, which is a rarity at most showcases. The news that Bend is working on a game with multiplayer components was interesting because PlayStation rejected a Days Gone 2 pitch that apparently had co-op components. Perhaps there is a bit more openness for projects under Hermen Hulst's reign. The news about Sony having to finagle Housemarque away from other parties is interesting because it does point to the fact that the games industry is consolidating into a few large groups. Sony grabbing Housemarque might have been the only way to keep them making PlayStation games. A positive week, all in all!

ubisoft assassin's creed infinity

Luke

General Gaming

It's been a bit of a weird week... pretty slow for the most part, but peppered with juicy titbits about some of the biggest games in the business, like GTA, FIFA, CoD, and Assassin's Creed. Mostly rumours and early info, sure, but those are still some pretty bix boxes ticked either way. When there's not much in the way of major news, there's always more room for indies to breathe, and that's great to see — Tails of Iron, Crown Trick, Blackwind, and Omno all look fantastic, and it's been nice to see them get some time in the spotlight in the lull after the major players did all their shouting at E3. Similarly, it's cool to see brand new community events, so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into my backlogs on both PlayStation and Xbox for Jake Jump, and to seeing what you all make of it, too. Should be a blast. Personally, I've been oblivious to most of the news this week (well, at least I would if been if it wasn't literally my job to read it) as I've been glued to Summer Games Done Quick, but the good news is that I've got loads of great runs to catch up on, since so many were scheduled in the middle of the night local time. Speaking of which, time to go watch some more speedruns...


Tom

On The Other Side

The post-E3 news train is slowly gaining traction, even if it's at a snails pace. That hasn't stopped us from finding the silver lining on those metaphorical Xbox clouds and digging out some fun articles!
As is always the case with the month following E3, the news is extremely quiet when it comes to Xbox this week. That doesn’t mean we haven’t had some interesting bits and bobs to talk about, though. The Xbox news of the week has to go to Dark Souls 3, interestingly enough. Using the power of FPS Boost in Xbox Series X|S consoles and a collaboration between Xbox, FromSoftware, and Bandai Namco, Dark Souls 3 now runs at a silky smooth 60fps, which is pretty cool news for fans of the game on Xbox. Speaking of fans, Microsoft announced the upcoming Halo 3 virtual tournament for Xbox FanFest in celebration of Xbox's 20th anniversary. Participants will be in for a chance to compete in 2v2 knockout games in the hopes of taking a cut of the winnings — prizes total $25,000. Last, and certainly not least, Sean put together a great article using TA data to pose the question: Are gamers evil? Of course, using the achievement data isn't an exact science and everything within the article is only for a bit of fun, although interesting, nonetheless.

That was your lot for the week! Quite enough, we think! Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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.