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Sony Pushes Back Against Games as a Service Business Model

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In an interview with CNET, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan expressed a desire to keep producing story-based, first-party games.

Highlighting the success of titles like the recent God of War and Spider-Man games, this declaration goes against many popular trends in the current gaming landscape. Namely, the dominance of the games as a service business model, which prioritizes iterative gameplay experiences over thematic and fully fleshed out stories. Although commonplace, games based on this service model have drawn increasing amounts of criticism as of late for including frustrating and borderline exploitative mechanics, such as loot boxes and pay to win microtransactions.

To Sony’s credit, the company is set to publish several narrative-focused games in the near future. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding currently has a November release date and will primarily focus on its single-player campaign. The Last of Us Part II, which is rumored to release in 2020, will mostly center on single-player gameplay tied to an overt narrative. Ghost of Tsushima, another game that Sony heavily promoted at E3 2018, will also be a story-driven title.

Although the landscape may change with the launch of the next generation of gaming consoles, the PlayStation 4 seems to be entering its twilight years with several highly anticipated, story-driven games.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Will Show Unexplored Stories of Secondary Characters

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The luminary creator of the Dragon Ball manga, Akira Toriyama, shared new information about the upcoming action RPG, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

Via the Bandai Namco Twitter account, Toriyama revealed that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will depict the backstories of several secondary protagonists. This means that the game will diverge from the story of the manga and give greater insight into Dragon Ball‘s many supporting characters. While a plethora of games depict the events of the Dragon Ball franchise, only a few of them meaningfully expand upon the story’s events, characters, and world.

Toriyama describes Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot as a “fresh new take on the franchise.” Even though Toriyama rarely contributes to Dragon Ball games, he did create much of the lore in the now-defunct MMO Dragon Ball Online, which heavily influenced the story of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse games. While not much information is available about Kakarot and Toriyama’s involvement at this time, the title does have an early 2020 release date and a fishing mechanic.

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