Epic Games vs. Steam and return of Geralt. Digest of gaming news12 April 2019
What did Valve’s ex-employee said about Steam? What features did the gaming community invent for the third part of game about Geralt? Who will become a protagonist in the Wild West game by Ukrainian developers? These and other gaming news are described in the daily digest.
Geralt is back in rotation
Good news for fans of the third part of The Witcher game about Geralt’s adventures: the gaming community has created Quest Graph Editor for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
You can thank the Nexus Mod portal user with the nickname ‘rmemr’ for this. He has developed the editor of quests and locations so that game fans will be able to keep enjoying their favorite atmosphere of Geralt’s Saga.
The editor called Radish allows to arrange triggers, specify quest locations, description, produce stages, and edit characters’ facial gestures, including lip movements during dialogues.
Epic Games gives battle to Valve
Geldreich, a former Valve developer, says that rapidly evolving Epic Games Store recovers the gaming industry well-worn by Steam.
According to Mr. Geldreich, a 30% fee charged by Valve was an excellent deal at proper time when retail outlets took the half of profit. However, this fact negatively affects the industry within current market conditions. Therefore, he believes that Epic Games is restoring balance.
“The market does not require monopoly. The introduction of a new player will allow developers to choose more profitable offers,” Richard Geldreich explains.
He said that the 30% fee turned Steam into a money printing press, making Valve uninterested in the industry growth.
“Instead of this, a small group of people buy up new villas and enjoy expensive vacations,” Richard adds.
Wild West as viewed by Indian
Ukrainian developer, Game Labs, has posted on YouTube a teaser of its game called Land is My Land dedicated to the Wild West where the main character is a Native American rather than a cowboy.
The teaser gives little information: a plot remains under wraps, but developers assert that it will be an open world action game. Indeed, they will focus on the third-person stealth rather than the epic fight. The unusual protagonist who bears a bow and rides a horse will also arouse interest. Incoming settlers and expanding cities will pose the key danger to him.
Game Labs promises that characters’ AI will allow them to venture outside the box and adapt to player’s behavior.
Sony to allow changing ID
Sony’s blog reports that all PlayStation Network users will be able to change their online IDs from April 11.
The first replacement of nickname is free of charge. The next ones will be paid. The company has done this so that players won’t excessively use renaming. Nevertheless, this process is accompanied by some challenges. Sony warns that players can lose their savings, prizes, paid DLC, and in-game currency in some games. In this situation, the company recommends to return the identifier.
Besides, the previous ID is still assigned to a player: no one will be able to apply it. Sony has given more detailed answers to gaming community’s questions on its blog page.