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Activision Blizzard Absent: Game Awards No-Show

By Mazen "Mithrie" Turkmani
Published: December 4, 2021 at 12:03 PM GMT

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BioShock 4 Details

The excitement for "BioShock 4" is palpable within the gaming community, fueled by rumors that the next installment will transport players to a chilling Antarctic settingโ€”a stark contrast to the vibrant and atmospheric locales of its predecessors. This new backdrop promises to deepen the immersive experience BioShock is known for. Further stirring fan enthusiasm is the speculation that "BioShock 4" will intricately connect to the lore of the previous games, particularly "BioShock Infinite," known for its complex storytelling and rich narrative depth. While fans eagerly await a concrete release date, whispers suggest that 2022 could bring news, heightening anticipation for the return to this thought-provoking universe. The series has consistently delivered a blend of stunning visuals, compelling gameplay, and intellectually engaging themes, leaving its audience eager for more and setting high expectations for this upcoming chapter.

PlayStation Subscription

PlayStation is reportedly planning to enhance its competitive edge in the gaming subscription market with a new service code-named "Spartacus." This service aims to consolidate PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into a unified subscription model, potentially rivaling Xbox's Game Pass. According to Bloomberg, "Spartacus" will merge the benefits of PlayStation Now's extensive game streaming library with PlayStation Plus's multiplayer features, exclusive discounts, and free monthly games. The introduction of such a service could significantly alter the landscape of gaming subscriptions, offering PlayStation users a value proposition similar to that of Xbox Game Pass. While these developments remain speculative with no official confirmation from Sony, the gaming community is keenly watching for any announcements that could confirm the existence and details of the Sparticus project. This move could represent a strategic shift for PlayStation in its ongoing competition with Xbox, highlighting the evolving dynamics of gaming services.

Activision Blizzard Not At Game Awards

Activision Blizzard will not be featured at this year's Game Awards, as confirmed by the event's creator, Geoff Keighley, via Twitter. Keighley emphasized the importance of a safe and inclusive environment in the gaming industry, highlighting that "there is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community." This decision aligns with ongoing efforts to address and mitigate the serious allegations of toxicity, discrimination, and harassment that have surfaced within Activision Blizzard. The company's absence from the Game Awards underscores a broader movement within the industry toward accountability and the creation of a more respectful and inclusive workspace. This stance not only reflects the values of the Game Awards but also serves as a call to action for all industry players to foster environments where creativity and talent can flourish without fear of mistreatment.

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