Microsoft asserts that Sony is paying game developers to keep their titles off of the Game Pass service, the debut of Tower of Fantasy was a chaotic success, and Dragon Ball Z is making its way into Fortnite.
Microsoft retaliates against Sony, the release of Tower of Fantasy is rocky, and a long-awaited crossover between Fortnite and another game has been hinted at. All of this and more are on the GameSpot News for today.
Microsoft is claiming that Sony has given “blocking rights” to developers in order to prevent those creators’ games from being included in Xbox Game Pass, according to documents that were submitted with Brazil’s national competition commission. As part of the investigation into Microsoft’s planned purchase of Activision Blizzard, the corporation said to the regulator that Sony had “hindered” the expansion of Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription service with the way it conducted its business.
The reaction from Microsoft comes not long after Sony made its own assertion about its players hopping ship to Xbox if Microsoft’s deal to acquire Activision Blizzard, and by extension, the Call of Duty series is successfully completed. This notion has been refuted by Microsoft, which has said in the past that it will continue to support Call of Duty on PlayStation “beyond the present deal” and into the future.
Another day and another game similar to Genshin Impact is released. When the servers for Tower of Fantasy, a new gacha MMORPG, went online in certain countries late yesterday night, the developers encountered a few launch difficulties. However, there is no need for concern because the game’s creator, Hotta Studios, has said that the issues have been addressed or will be fixed within the next 48 hours and that players are eligible to get some free bonuses.
On this day, August 11, Hotta will provide a total of 600 Dark Crystals to all players who have registered before 5 PM in the Pacific Time Zone and 8 PM in the Eastern Time Zone. This is to make up for the inconveniences caused by failed registrations and login issues. Dark Crystals have a multitude of applications, one of the most notable being their transformation into four Red Nucleus, which can then be utilized in the premium gacha banner available in Tower of Fantasy.
In addition, Hotta Studios said that it will be giving away more freebies in order to commemorate Tower of Fantasy achieving the “top free game charts” in 22 countries ahead of the game’s global release. Every player that registers before the 17th of August will earn 10 Gold Nucleus, which are required for gacha pulls to obtain the standard banner for the game. The Gold Nucleus award will be sent out to players within the next 24 hours, and they will have 14 days to claim it before it is lost or destroyed. Once the objects have been added to a player’s inventory, there is no time limit placed on their use.
It appears like the free-to-play version of Tower of Fantasy is off to a strong beginning. At launch, there were long wait times to log in to several of the servers, and as of this writing, there are more than 133,000 people watching the game being streamed on Twitch. Even though the game is very similar to MiHoYo’s other popular gacha game, Genshin Impact, in terms of familiar combat, gacha systems, user interface, and similar art style, Tower of Fantasy’s sci-fi setting, custom character-creator, focus on multiplayer (including PvP), and the addition of vehicles help it to stand out from MiHoYo’s other popular gacha game.
Tower of Fantasy now supports cross-platform multiplayer and is available for download on personal computers, iOS, and Android smartphones. Those who are interested in playing Tower of Fantasy on a personal computer can download it through the official website for the time being; however, the game is scheduled to be made available on Steam and the Epic Games Store later on in the year.