Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
This morning – Deep Silver has broken their year long silence on the development of Dead Island 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has just about held off Prey to keep the number one spot in the UK charts, Sony is planning to increase production of its PSVR headset to meet demand and Mark Cerny has spoken of the importance of co-op in Knack 2.
Deep Silver says Dead Island 2 is still in development – Dead Island 2 is still in development at Sumo Digital, according to the publisher. The game has been MIA since it was announced in March 2016 that development had changed hands from Yager Development to the independent studio, following the former’s departure from the project in July 2015. Dead Island 2 was originally revealed at E3 back in 2014.
Quake Champions Tech Test scheduled for this weekend – Bethesda have announced that their upcoming arena shooter Quake Champions will have a Tech Test. From May 12 to May 21 players will be able to sign up and play a pre-release build of Quake Champions. The Tech Test will last the full nine days, with the game being fully available 24/7. The Tech Test will also unveil the first look at Sacrifice – a 4v4 team deathmatch mode.
(via Press Release)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds off Prey in UK charts – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe held off the newly released Prey in the UK video game charts, which enters in second place. According to Games Industry the gap may be as few as 600 units between the two.
(via Chart Track / Games Industry)
Sony planning to increase PSVR production – Sony Immersive Technology Group Director Simon Benson has revealed that the console developer is planning to increase production of its virtual reality headset. Citing “fantastic” user reviews and the company’s better feel for the demand of VR gaming, Benson is enthusiastic about the future of PSVR, claiming that Sony have had “many” VR developers approaching them to produce content for the headset.
Co-op in Knack 2 will be more important – Knack 2 director Mark Cerny has highlighted the importance of co-operative play in the game, after admitting that co-op in the original Knack was “kind of an afterthought.” Cerny revealed that co-op was well received in the Playstation 4 launch title and SIE Japan Studio has built the sequel as a co-operative experience. According to Cerny, co-op will be drop-in, drop-out and there won’t be “a moment in the new game where the second player isn’t involved.”