What’s in the papers today?

As another week draws to a close, I’m here to bring you the biggest stories to peruse over your Saturday breakfast. It’s been fairly eventful this week, what with the Epic Store getting Division 2 as an exclusive, and Bungie splitting from Activision, so in case you missed it, read on…

Bungie and Activision have divorced

Originally reported on by Kotaku, Acitivision and Bungie have unexpectedly split away from each other, leaving Destiny fully in the latter’s hands. Make no mistake, it’s certainly a surprise, and while it’s definitely a blow for Activision, it could be a good thing for Destiny; they’ll still retain use of the Battle.net client, they’ll no longer be constrained by a yearly release schedule, and it’ll mean an end to apparent years of tensions between the two studios.

The writers of Bungie’s blog commented that “We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects. The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible.”

So what does the future hold? We’ll really have to wait and see. With thanks to Kotaku for the original story!

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 won’t be available through Steam

As we found out on Wednesday, The Division 2 won’t be available on Steam – instead, it’ll be through Epic’s Store and Uplay. While it’s true they’ve got their hands on some independent exclusives, managing to land a AAA title so early on is definitely points in their favour.

It’s the latest blow to Valve’s digital outlet, Steam, after Epic launched its store, apparently with the sole mission of ruining Valve’s day over and over again. First came the commission rates from Epic, offering developers an 88% return on games compared to the tighter margins offered by Steam. Then there was the string of exclusives Epic announced for its store, with indie titles Hades and Ashen. And now the new partnership between Epic and Ubisoft. Eurogamer has suggested that this new partnership will extend to all future Ubisoft titles, though it arrives a little too late for Far Cry New Dawn, which is still available through Steam.

As for playing with firends, the Epic Store has confirmed that players will still be able to joing up whether they’re playing on Uplay or Epic, so ther’s no need to argue about which digital store to buy it from when the game launches on March 15, 2019.

The Resident Evil 2 Remake One-Shot demo – is out now

Since pretty much all of us at GGS are excited for the Resident Evil 2 Remake, it only makes sense that we’re getting hyped for the new demo as well, which has a special demo event starting this week for console and PC players. From January 11 – January 31, 2019, you’ll be able to play the “1-Shot Demo,” where you have to survive all the monsters Raccoon City has to offer, for thirty minutes, playing as everyone’s favourite Leon S. Kennedy. If you finish it before this, you can restart the game until you’ve used up your allotted time, and if the zombies get you, you can continue as often as you want until the half hour limit has been reached. If you get to the end, you’ll be rewarded with a shiny new trailer, though once you’ve completed the demo, that’s it – you’re locked out from doing it again.

The game itself releases January 25, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will patch in the secret ending and the epilogue after launch

Ever since the game got leaked a few weeks back, Square Enix have taken steps to ensure that the secret ending and the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts 3 can’t be spoiled; they’ll be patched in after. January 30 will have the Epilogue video added, and January 31 will have the secret ending, making sure that no one can access it earlier than planned, though you will be able to watch the actual ending without an internet connection.

They’re including something else in the update as well – The Memory Archive, which is a recap of the story up until 3 starts (much like our own recaps!) that can be viewed at any time you like.

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