A Stunning Zelda Lego Set, A Rocky Return For MultiVersus, And More Of The Week’s Top News

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This week, a Sony business briefing gave us a revealing glimpse into the future of the PlayStation brand. Also, the return of WB-themed platform fighter MultiVersus was rockier than many anticipated it would be, No Man’s Sky released an update that leans into loneliness, and Lego revealed its first-ever Zelda-themed set. Read on for all these stories and lots more.

A screenshot of No Man's Sky's Adrift expansion, showing a solitary player staring at space, where you can see the new ghostly frigate. The new Iron Vulture starship is nearby.

Image: Hello Games

It’s been about eight years since No Man’s Sky first launched and it continues to get updates that radically transform the game. Its latest update, Adrift, remains ambitious as it drops players into what Hello Games is calling “an abandoned universe” with no shops and no NPCs. You are the only intelligent life in the game’s latest expedition, making you truly alone in the universe. – Moises Taveras Read More

PS5s sit in glass cases on a stage.

Screenshot: Sony / Kotaku

Sony recently held a business briefing for investors where it painted an incredibly rosy picture around the PlayStation 5 and its future outlook. Despite recent layoffs and failing to reach its sales goals for 2023, the company seems confident that the console’s best days are still ahead. – Ethan Gach Read More

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On May 28, Nintendo and Lego unveiled a new Legend of Zelda set based on the franchise’s iconic Great Deku Tree. The new Lego set, out later this year, features two different versions of the famous old tree, as well as a Zelda minifig and three different versions of Link. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

Lara hangs from a cliff.

Image: Crystal Dynamics

The PlayStation Plus Classics Catalog is an underutilized service on Sony’s part, especially when it comes to PlayStation 2 games. Since the company didn’t go the way of Xbox by allowing users to natively play old games on new hardware, PS4 and PS5 owners wanting to play their classic games on modern hardware have had to rely on the few digital PS2 games Sony has rolled out to its service. So it’s good news that Sony is adding a few more games on June 11, and there are some bangers here. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

Peter Parker and Miles Morales web-sling in front of a pink background.

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The PlayStation 5 never officially got a price drop, but Sony continues to discount the console so aggressively that it’s basically the same thing. As part of its annual Days of Play sale event, the company’s taking $50 off the regular price of PS5s. Recent exclusives like Spider-Man 2 and Rise of the Ronin are also getting big discounts. – Ethan Gach Read More

Members of the Multiversus cast.

Image: Warner Bros.

Multiversus, the Warner Bros. crossover platform fighter starring Batman, Shaggy, Arya Stark and more, is out for real this time after going into a year-long hibernation. Now that it’s back and out of beta, the fighting game community is assessing if it could have the longevity of fighting games like Super Smash Bros. And some have already realized that smaller local tournaments, which often keep the game’s scene alive, could have trouble running Multiversus. That’s because, one significant change to the free-to-play model may make it prohibitively expensive to host Multiversus tournaments. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

A PlayDate handheld appears in front of a orange background.

Image: Panic

Earlier this year, Panic, the company behind the whimsical Playdate gaming handheld, revealed that a shipment containing more than a thousand of the devices had been stolen. Several months and a lot of sleuthing later, the rogue shipments have been discovered after seemingly being dumped on the pavement outside a random restaurant in North Las Vegas. – Ethan Gach Read More

A screen from Astro Bot pays homage to Shadow of the Colossus, showing the Bot holding a sword aloft with a beam emanating from it and a plastic-looking horse standing behind him.

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On May 30, 2024, Sony treated PlayStation fans to a brief-yet-packed showing of some games it has around the corner. Some of these titles are expected to arrive this year on PS5 (as well as PC), while a few others are likely to arrive next year. – Claire Jackson Read More

Ellie holding a gun.

Image: Naughty Dog

On May 23, Sony published an interview with The Last of Us director Neil Druckmann as part of a company-wide campaign on the future of technology. The Q&A was extremely controversial, including quotes from Druckmann advocating for the use of artificial intelligence to write dialogue and cut costs, on top of some braggadocious words about Naughty Dog’s next game. However, following Druckmann publicly disputing how the interview portrayed his answer about the studio’s next project, Sony has removed the interview from its website entirely. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

PlayStation Studios art features various games from the portfolio.

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Sony’s big summer PlayStation showcase has turned out to be a smaller State of Play event scheduled for May 30. The company announced it will include updates on new first-party games coming to PlayStation 5 as well as PS VR2. – Ethan Gach Read More

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