#296 | A Smooth Operator, Operating Correctly
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
3h ago
There's no doubt that the console games space at large is predicated on some shaky economics, and recent layoffs are just the beginning of what will likely be a substantial purging of talent from the ranks of teams around the world. Late last year, we caught wind (via the Insomniac leaks) that Sony was planning layoffs, and would close one of its teams, too. This turned out to be true: 8% of PlayStation's workforce has been released, London Studio is no more, and multiple games have been cancelled, including a Twisted Metal project. Will these drastic moves help buttress the PlayStation brand ..read more
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#295 | The Love That You Need Will Never Be Found at Home
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
6d ago
The dam has broken. After paving the way just last week, Microsoft has confirmed its four games that are coming to PlayStation platforms, and they're arriving a lot sooner than any of us thought. One of them -- Pentiment -- is available on PS4 and PS5 alike right now, while Hi-Fi Rush isn't far behind. Multiplayer titles Grounded and Sea of Thieves will round things out, but certainly, this is just the beginning of the migration, right? Other news this week includes the release date for Elden Ring's long-awaited expansion, percolating PS5 Pro rumors suggesting a fall release, the beginning of ..read more
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#294 | Sorry For Helldiving
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
2w ago
It's been an unusual week in the PlayStation ecosystem, especially in recent years, where the exclusives and heavy-hitters from Sony primarily resided in the single-player sphere. But then a game like Helldivers 2 drops out of orbit, and suddenly we're brought back to the days of SOCOM, Killzone, and others, when PlayStation had an actual online identity, albeit a fledgling one. Could this be the beginning of a great new trend? Or does pessimism reign supreme? Other news this week includes the most vague, circular PR from Xbox that confirms -- yes, indeed -- Xbox games are en route to PlayStat ..read more
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#293 | Natural Selection
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
3w ago
We know that Xbox games are migrating to PlayStation, and by the next episode of this very show, we'll have a much better idea of what a future slate of Microsoft products on Sony's console may look like. In the meantime, however, we're left to wonder how we got here in the first place. One could easily argue that PlayStation's and Xbox's rivalry essentially concluded with the end of the 360/PS3 era (Microsoft has been nowhere near Sony in terms of quality, mindshare, or revenue ever since), but we may very well be on the cusp of a true sea change not seen since the decline of SEGA. While we w ..read more
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#292 | Meet Me In Outer Space
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
1M ago
A new State of Play presentation -- arguably the best Sony has ever executed -- has given us a plethora of items to discuss on this week's all-new episode of Sacred Symbols. For starters, we finally have a release date for the amazing-looking second party PS5 exclusive action-RPG Stellar Blade, which we cannot wait to play. We also got a lengthy glimpse at Team Ninja's Rise of the Ronin, confirmation of a near-remake of Until Dawn from Ballistic Moon, a fresh look at Death Stranding 2 en route to PS5 in 2025, and the confirmation of a new, MGS-like Kojima series, presumably on PlayStation 6 ..read more
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#291 | The Guillotine
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
1M ago
Our beloved games industry is currently mired in an economic crisis of its own creation. By rapidly expanding corporate headcounts during the pandemic -- and by foolishly forecasting 2020-era gaming habits would persist into future years -- many publishers and developers have found themselves dramatically overextended. In 2022, some 8,500 people lost their jobs in gaming; that number grew appreciably to 10,500 last year. Here in 2024, though? Not even a month into the calendar, we're sitting at around 6,000 job losses. And it's going to get way worse. How did pubs and devs get this so wrong? A ..read more
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#290 | In the Black and the White, a Technicolorful Life
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
1M ago
As we wade through the mundanity of the turn-of-the-year -- when very few new games come to market and we work through our respective backlogs -- hope sits on the horizon. After all, the drab is about to turn into the delightful with the release or near-release of the likes of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, The Last of Us: Part II Remastered, Granblue Fantasy Relink, Persona 3 Remake, and Helldivers 2, among others. And as we look forward to all of that, we have news galore to cover, too. Square Enix's Splatoon-like Foamstars is coming to PlayStation+ day-and-date, but is its mild use of AI ..read more
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#289 | It's Just Murder; Least You Know I Care
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
1M ago
The most infamous character in The Last of Us franchise is undoubtedly Abby, and with her casting in the HBO rendition of the famous Naughty Dog series now set (along with a couple of other key roles), we're starting to get more clarity about just what her on-screen vendetta with Ellie will look like come 2025. Are we about to relive 2020 all over again, or will fans be pleased? And then there's Xbox, a conspicuous subject that seems to keep coming up on Sacred Symbols for one simple reason: Smoke indicates fire. Fresh on the back of denouncements about GamePass on PlayStation comes compelling ..read more
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#283 | The SEGA Moment
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
2M ago
For years on this show, we've put forth the logic that Game Pass would ultimately find its way to PlayStation, fulfilling Microsoft's goal of ubiquitous access to its popular subscription service. And you may recall that -- during the FTC hullabaloo with Activision -- Xbox executives all-but-confirmed these intentions, adding fuel to the fire. But now that Microsoft CFO Tim Stuart has explicitly and publicly spoken about Xbox's desire to get Game Pass on PlayStation by name, we're no longer in the realm of hypotheticals. Perhaps not surprisingly (and as you may imagine), this gives us plenty t ..read more
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#281 | Purge Me Now of Thoughts of Blaming You
Sacred Symbols : A PlayStation Podcast
by Last Stand Media & Studio71
2M ago
Rocksteady's long-in-development multiplayer-centric Suicide Squad project has finally reemerged in anticipation of its February 2024 release on PlayStation 5, and the reception has been mixed at best. Kill the Justice League is entering a tough market wielding an oft-failed commercial strategy, but it's also true that DC products have the potential to be huge, and WB yearns for this style of game to truly hit. There's another possibility too, though: That everyone involved has made a very bad mistake and wasted nearly a decade on a boondoggle. Let's talk it through. Then: PlayStation Por ..read more
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