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FromSoftware May be Working on Yet Another PS4 Exclusive

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Two days ago, a rumor cropped up on Reddit hinting that FromSoftware, the mad geniuses/monsters that gave (inflicted upon) us the Souls series of games and Bloodbourne. The rumor reads as follows:

“Next FS exclusive for PS4 currently in development is a Sony published first party title, like Bloodborne, and is a JRPG. There is another project in development in a similar context which is also a JRPG, and is going to be a Sony published title aka first party. Beyond that, I don’t want to delve into anything but it honestly only takes a little common sense to realise that Shu isn’t going to tell you what anyone’s up to because you happen to ask him a question. Nothing exists until it’s officially time for it to exist.”

The Redditor in question cites an insider on Neogaf for the information, saying “Dude has a very good track record when it comes to this shit” and that he knew about the Final Fantasy VII remake and the E3 appearance of Last Guardian months before they were officially shown to the public. It also cited this forum post, which lists and keeps tabs on Sony’s first party studios and their projects.

The Reddit post can be found here.

There’s a lot of speculation bouncing about the Reddit post, which went up two days ago, everything from an Armored Core relaunch (perhaps even an Armored Core VR game) to Bloodbourne 2: Bloodbornier (or “2 Blood 2 Furious” or “the Bloodbourne Identity”). One of the speculations currently is that the project will be a JRPG, though that classification is pretty uninformative (technically any RPG made in Japan could be considered a JRPG, whether it conforms to the conventions of the genre or not).

Sound off in the comments below with your ideas and what you’d like to see out of those devious fiends at FromSoftware. And be sure to follow Only Single Player on Facebook and Twitter (@Official_OnlySP).

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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