Will Square Enix be sold – and is Ubisoft next?

This week on the Eurogamer Newscast, we’re discussing Square Enix’s surprise sale of its western studios – Guardians of the Galaxy developer Eidos Montreal and Marvel’s Avengers maker Crystal Dynamics – and what this might mean.

Will a leaner, more focused Square Enix now itself be sold to an interested party (*cough* PlayStation)? Is this actually good news for mothballed series such as Deus Ex? And on a related note, we talk about the latest rumblings of a Ubisoft acquisition – and whether we think the Assassin’s Creed creator is the next big games industry acquisition.

Joining me to discuss all of that are Eurogamer news reporters Ed Nightingale, Victoria Kennedy and Ishraq Subhan.

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Here’s our best look yet at Mario Strikers Battle League

Nintendo has released an extended look at gameplay from the upcoming Mario Strikers Battle League, the next entry in the Mushroom Kingdom-based football series.

For now, the trailer has only been released in Japanese, but it’s still fairly clear what’s going on. Characters shown off include Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Rosalina, Toad, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario and Waluigi.

Mario Strikers Battle League was announced a couple of months back with a launch date set for Nintendo Switch on 10th June, though we’ve heard little about it since. Once again, series stalwart Next Level Games (of Luigi’s Mansion 3 fame) is on development duties.

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Genshin Impact for Nintendo Switch is still in development, say miHoYo

Genshin Impact has found significant success since its launch on consoles, PC, and mobile. The title was also initially set to come to Nintendo Switch back in 2020. However, we’re now well into 2022 and are yet to see any signs of the macha game on the handheld console.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any update from miHoYo, too, so the folks at GoNintendo took it upon themselves to ask miHoYo whether or not fans should still expect to see the free-to-play game on Nintendo Switch. Needless to say, they didn’t get too far in terms of any concrete or exciting answers. However, we do know that the efforts to bring Genshin Impact to Nintendo Switch aren’t yet over.

Given that recent Genshin Impact media has failed to mention the Nintendo Switch whatsoever, fans became a little concerned that perhaps, after all, Genshin may not come to the Switch. The neglect for the Nintendo Switch was rectified when video descriptions were updated to mention it, but the damage had already been done for worried fans.

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Outriders, one of Square Enix’s last remaining Western IP, didn’t turn a profit in 2021

Things aren’t looking good for Square Enix. Following the bombshell news earlier this week that the Japanese publisher is offloading a suite of 50+ IP to the Embracer Group, it was revealed that it would be keeping three of its non-Japanese IP for the foreseeable; Just Cause, Life Is Strange, and Outriders.

Whilst we don’t have intimiate breakdowns of how the first two IP in that list have performed for the publisher, it’s safe to say – as legacy brands – they’re quite popular; Life is Strange has carved out a niche for itself since the first game launched back in 2015, and Just Cause has always found a place in gaming communities since its first game in 2006.

Outriders, though, is a different story. We heard last year that developer People Can Fly didn’t receive royalties from Outriders, and that there were some issues with the profitability of the game.

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