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2022 has been a roller coaster ride for the gaming industry – full of big announcements and massive acquisitions from Microsoft, Sony and others.
Here’s some of the biggest video game news of 2022.
Gaming news 2022
grand theft auto 6
Finally, in 2022, Rockstar Games announced that the sixth installment of Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) was in development.
Unfortunately, the studio was also hit by one of the biggest leaks in gaming history.
Hackers stole almost all of the source code from GTA5 Spirit 6and also released gameplay footage ahead of the deadline.
At the time, Rockstar said the network breach was due to “an unauthorized third party illegally accessing and downloading sensitive information from our systems.”
These leaks included “early development material for the next Grand Theft Auto [GTA6]“.
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Sony acquires Bungie
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) bought Bungie, Haven Studios and other gaming studios back in July 2022.
The outcry surrounding Sony’s acquisitions has been specifically focused on Bungie, the creators of the Hello Spirit determination Franchise.
Although Bungie remains a standalone studio, the deal will have a massive impact on Sony’s roadmap for future AAA games
Meanwhile, SIE CEO Jim Ryan said back in May that Sony intends to shift nearly 50% of its gaming development budget to live-service games.
“Bungie is one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of live services games today, and we are incredibly excited to be able to apply their expertise and lessons learned as we shape our plans in the live services space,” , said Ryan.
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Microsoft eyeing Blizzard
And let’s not forget Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard in January, with the company aiming to “become more competitive.”
After paying a whopping $68.7 billion to buy Activision Blizzard, Microsoft’s deal is considered the largest acquisition deal in the industry’s history.
However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit to block the deal, saying buying Activision “would allow Microsoft to suppress competitors for its Xbox gaming consoles.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer assured gamers and stakeholders that they “will take a principled path,” particularly when it comes to the call of Duty Franchise.
However, the lawsuit has not yet been concluded, which according to game rantmeans this deal “could likely be one of the biggest talking points of 2023.”