Welcome to EGM’s Weekly Wrap. Each Friday, we round up the biggest news stories from the past seven days, along with some of the smaller but still interesting developments that may have flown under the radar, all in one convenient place for you, our dear readers.
This week Respawn Entertainment became the next developer that EA will close in five years, Call of Duty landed Activision in hot water with the makers of the Humvee, and Take-Two really wants you to know that it likes making money from microtransactions. Oh yeah, and this little thing called the Xbox One X launched.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s top stories and others you may have missed:
This Week’s Top Stories
EA is set to acquire Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment, because apparently all it costs for an independent studio to give up its independence is $400 million.
Humvee manufacturer AM General is suing Activision after finally realizing that the only reason Call of Duty sells millions upon millions of copies is because people just want to play a game with Humvees in it.
Nintendo announced that Hulu is coming to the Switch, making it even easier to get nothing done at work.
Bluehole revealed its new MMORPG, Ascent: Infinite Realm, and the trailer is about as unoptimized as you’d expect from the developer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Niantic announced it’s working on a Pokemon Go–style Harry Potter game, so get ready to see a bunch more nerds falling off cliffs.
Grand Theft Auto V became the all-time top-selling game in the U.S., and that’s even after promising single-player DLC and never delivering.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick announced that the mega-publisher plans on introducing microtransactions to every game, meaning that there are now two things that make him sound like a Bond villain.
Io-Interactive is already working on the next Hitman game, because nothing motivates a studio more than almost being completely dismantled.
The Xbox One X launched just in time for a lot of parents to be even more confused about which Xbox to buy during the holiday shopping season.
In Other News…
John Carpenter, the filmmaker behind Halloween and The Thing, revealed that he enjoyed playing Sonic Unleashed. This is probably the scariest thing Carpenter has ever done.
A trailer for a fan-made first-person Castlevania game confirmed that studios have no idea what they’re doing compared to their players.
A neural network built to learn the original Mario Kart won its first Mushroom Cup, showing just how far artificial intelligence has come in 25 years.
Ubisoft revealed that it makes more money from microtransactions than digital game sales. This is why we can’t have nice things, people.
The manager for Overwatch League team San Francisco Shock was fired after facing allegations of sexual assault, bringing esports one step closer to resembling actual sports.
Chinese publisher Tencent is working on a PUBG mobile clone. As the old saying goes, “If you can’t buy them, plagiarize them.”
Helzberg Diamonds is running a promotion in which buying $1,000 worth of jewelry will get you a free Xbox One, because there’s nothing more romantic that buying diamonds for a free video game console.