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RUMOUR: Reputable Leaker Implies Microsoft’s Next Studio Acquisition Will Be IO Interactive

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Take this news with a grain of salt, but a reputable Microsoft leaker has implied that the company’s next acquisition will be IO Interactive.

ResetEra user Klobrille, who was dead on with his Obsidian purchase forecast, stated that IO Interactive is “being considered” as a possible purchase for Microsoft. The company has been on a bit of a studio spending spree in recent months in an attempt to mend its biggest fault: a lack of first-party software support.

IO Interactive recently released HITMAN 2 which looks like a critical darling but is unfortunately not selling well. If Microsoft offers a reasonable sum for purchase, then the HITMAN developer joining the company’s ever-growing family seems like a logical decision.

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Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released

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Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on itch.io. According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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