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Final Fantasy VI merchandise has up jumping out of our seats in excitement. The much-beloved sixth entry in the legendary Final Fantasy series — which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year — rarely gets much attention from Square Enix. That’s despite a successful PC and mobile remaster earlier this year as part of the Pixel Remaster series, which we desperately want on the Switch.
Well, perhaps there’s a reason there hasn’t been much merch for Final Fantasy VI — for one big blow-out celebration. Square Enix has unveiled an utterly gorgeous statue of one of the game’s main protagonists, Terra, atop a Magitek armour. It’s a recreation of the game’s iconic logo, crafted in stunning detail. Just feast your eyes on it:
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Ubisoft could be the next company to be purchased amidst ongoing industry-wide acquisitions that include Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard, Sony buying Bungie, and Take-Two acquiring mobile giant Zynga.
That’s because Bloomberg is reporting that multiple private equity firms, including Blackstone Inc. and KKR & Co., have been studying the french business, eyeing it for potential acquisition, according to sources the publication says are people with knowledge of the matter. However, despite this, Ubisoft hasn’t reportedly entered into serious talks or negotiation proceedings with these potential purchasers and Bloomberg’s sources say it’s unclear whether Ubisoft’s major shareholder is even wiling to pursue a transaction such as this in the first place.
That major shareholder is Ubisoft chairman Yves Guillemot, who owns a 15% stake in the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry publisher. In the past year, Ubisoft’s stock has fallen roughly 41%, bringing its overall market value down to about $5.2 billion. Bloomberg says its sources say “deliberations are at an early stage, and there’s no certainty any of the suitors will proceed with offers.”
Ubisoft told Bloomberg that it has built a strong portfolio and is positioned “to capitalize on emerging opportunities amid rapid growth in the industry,” although it declined to comment specifically on any acquisition interest. Since news of this potential acquisition interest broke, Ubisoft’s stock has risen by 11%, as reported by Video Games Chronicle.
Ubisoft could attempt to fend off a potential acquisition like it did back in 2018 when it avoided a Vivendi takeover. It remains to be seen whether Ubisoft wants to be acquired or if it’s prepared to stave off such a purchase.
If Ubisoft ends up being acquired this year, it would join a lineup of other purchases that have largely defined gaming in 2022 thus far. It started with Take-Two Interactive, the parent company behind the Grand Theft Auto series, announcing back in January that it was acquiring mobile giant Zynga for nearly $13 billion. Then, a week later, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring Activision Blizzard, the company behind Overwatch and Call of Duty, for a colossal $68.7 billion, and then two weeks later, Sony revealed it was buying Bungie for $3.6 billion. A few weeks later, Sony also announced it had acquired Jade Raymond’s new studio, Haven.
Activision Blizzard’s financial results for the first quarter of 2022 have been released, where the company touched on the next Call of Duty games and the upcoming release of Diablo Immortal.
The financial results cover up to the end of the quarter, March 31, and obviously briefly touched on that whole Microsoft acquisition thing. It noted that the transaction is “expected to close in Microsoft’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2023,” with the boards of both Activision Blizzard and Microsoft having approved it. More interestingly, the results touched on the upcoming sequel to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot, and the new Warzone “experience”, which still isn’t particularly clear.
“This year’s Call of Duty is a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, the most successful Call of Duty title to date, and will be the most advanced experience in franchise history,” reads the financial results. As well as this, the Warzone “experience” is being built “from the ground-up alongside the premium game,” and will apparently have “groundbreaking innovations,” which should see a reveal later this year.
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Angels of the Zariman, the latest major content update for Warframe is nearly here. It’s lined up to be a special one, taking place directly following the events of the climactic New War quest that shook the community, and introduces yet another hub for players to socialise in and explore. What secrets are hidden in the darkened corners of this long-lost ghost ship? I have no idea. No one would tell me. We’ll have to find out when it goes live later this week on April 27.
To tide us over through this limbo period without new weapons to level and Warframes to farm, I sat down once again with Rebecca Ford, live operations and community director for Warframe, to talk me through some of the major new additions coming to this new player hub, alongside some of the more intriguing aspects of the Angels of the Zariman update.
VG247: What lessons have the team learned from previous hub areas, and how has that affected this latest addition?
Diablo Immortal is officially releasing on June 2, and the latest trailer confirming the release also revealed it will be coming to PC.
Earlier today (April 25), Blizzard Entertainment finally announced the release date for the next, free-to-play installment in the Diablo franchise. Alongside this, it’s coming to PC, with full cross-play support and cross-progression. Though the press release notes that Diablo Immortal will be launching as an open beta on Windows when it launches in June. “The Open Beta on PC will contain all game features, including cross-play and cross-progression, and upon conclusion all progress will be maintained,” reads the press release.
Blizzard president Mike Ybarra also provided a statement alongside the release date announcement, saying “The demons of the Burning Hells are ready to be slain in the most expansive Diablo game that Blizzard has ever released.
It’s launching in open beta on June 2, the same day as the full mobile release.
After a controversial launch and a series of updates focussed on course correction, Gran Turismo 7 got its first proper content drop today, bringing three new cars and a sort of new track into the mix, as well as a suite of fixes and new features.
Let’s get the disappointing bit out the way first – the new track on offer is the 24-hour layout of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, which makes bold and daring changes to the layout you’ll likely know well by…. Changing the position of the start/finish straight. So it’s the same track you know and love, with Eau Rouge serving as the first corner rather than La Source, but this new configuration inspired by the round-the-clock race does at least suggest extended support of Gran Turismo 7’s time-of-day feature.
In terms of new cars, leading the charge is the Subaru BRZ GT300 which was seen challenging and indeed conquering last year’s Super GT series, and it’s joined by its road legal offspring the freshly tweaked Subaru BRZ S. For lovers of kei cars there’s a neat surprise in the diminutive form of the Suzuki Cappucino EA11R from 1991 (you’ll find it on sale in the used car dealership).