Sony Talks PS5 VR, Retro Studios Expanding

Today: Sony is happy to be in the VR market, but they’re only dipping their toes — Retro Studios is growing as Metroid Prime 4 development continues — Ubisoft delays key titles until next year

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Activision Blizzard made $1.95bn in the third quarter of 2020

Activision Blizzard has been doing brisk business this last quarter, and they have hauled in around $1.95 billion in revenue.

Call of Duty remains on top, but more Crash Bandicoot can’t hurt

Call of Duty remains the jewel in the crown, and Call of Duty Warzone has actually increased its revenue year-on-year, largely because the COVID-19 lockdowns brought in lots of new players. According to CEO Bobby Kotick, the Call of Duty development studios will be bolstered with another 2,000 hires to meet production demands.

Nostalgia: Other big hits in the last quarter includes the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes alongside Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, both of which opened strong and Activision Blizzard expect them to keep doing good numbers for Christmas.

Busy holiday: Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War is launching across multiple platforms on November 13th, followed by the World of WarCraft expansion Shadowlands. Then, somewhere over the horizon, Diablo IV is lurking.

Which animation studio worked alongside Blizzard to work on the scrapped Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans?

a) Animation Magic
b) Nickelodeon Studios
c) Turner Feature Animation
d) Amblimation

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

No underwater adventures in Croc 2

Early trailers for Croc 2 featured an underwater level, but the swimming stages didn’t make it into the final game. As a matter of fact, Croc can’t swim underwater at all.

Croc 2 didn’t make as much of a splash with critics

There were plans to bring the game to Dreamcast, but it didn't happen – probably because the Dreamcast showed signs of struggling very early on. Nonetheless, Fox Interactive had a lot of faith in Croc 2, and marketed it heavily. There was even a cross-promotion with Gummi Savers candy in the United States.

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Sony believes in VR, but isn’t banking on it

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan says that Sony believes virtual reality is a growth market, but we’re “more than a few minutes” from it being a core part of the business.

PlayStation VR was ‘hot’ for a while but its cooled off

“We definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment. Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No,” said Ryan. Virtual reality still needs time to grow and earn mainstream mindshare.

Not yet time: Still, Sony is “very pleased with all the experience that we've gained with PlayStation VR, and we look forward to seeing where that takes us in the future." However, the PlayStation 5 will not support PlayStation VR at launch.

Adaptable: You can order a camera adapter to use the PlayStation 4 camera on PlayStation 5 and keep using your old PlayStation VR headset on the new console, but Sony has not announced plans for a next-gen headset.

Retro Studios is growing quickly again

Retro Studios is expanding their team and moving offices as development of Metroid Prime 4 ramps up.

Retro’s new office HQ should be ready by summer 2021

The Texan studio has steadily been hiring for the last 18 months, after Nintendo completely rebooted the project last year. The game was originally in development at one of Bandai Namco's studios, but Nintendo decided to hand the reins back to Retro after two years.

Hungry for talent: Retro has hired developers with experience from major brands like like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, Halo, Warhawk and EA DICE. Their new offices will occupy 40,000 square feet and they expect to have moved in by next summer.

Prime reboot: Retro's last major release was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in 2010, and their last big project ended up cancelled. About half of the team that worked on Metroid Prime 3 is still at Retro, and is now working on the fourth game.

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Which animation studio worked alongside Blizzard to work on the scrapped Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans?

ANSWER: Animation Magic!

I just wonder what Thrall is up to!

Blizzard worked with the American and Russian animation studio Animation Magic on the ill-fated WarCraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. You have probably not heard about Animation Magic, but you probably know their work: They worked on the infamous CD-i titles Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Link: The Faces of Evil.

WarCraft Adventures was scrapped in 1998, but a prototype leaked in 2016 showed that the game was very close to completion. The animation was a lot better than the weird and awkward work in the CD-i games, so Animation Magic was probably not to blame for the project's demise. Nonetheless, Animation Magic closed their doors in 2001. Imagine if they had become close partners with Blizzard instead!

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.

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