Ukraine Calls on PS and Xbox to Cut Off Russian Access and More!

Hello everyone. Welcome to another issue of Emmen Weekly, our new twist on gaming news. 

It’s been another week of updates from the industry. 

This is an update on what’s been going on in the games industry last week.

Ukraine Calls on PS and Xbox to Cut Off Russian Access

The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov has called on PlayStation and Xbox to suspend all accounts from Russia.

This statement is a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine instigated by Russia.

The games industry has been responding to the situation in various ways. Several Ukrainian developers have put their games on indefinite hold for instance.

The Vice Prime Minister tweeted on March 2, calling on PlayStation and Xbox to help curb Russian aggression by temporarily burning Russian and Belorussian accounts, along with suspending eSports teams from those regions. 

He also called on them to cancel any tournaments or events to be hosted in the aforementioned areas.

Though the companies in question have yet to respond to the request, the online response on Twitter seems quite positive. 

If both companies followed through with this request, it would be a massive show of support for the people of Ukraine while expressing contempt for the actions of the Russian government.

It remains to be seen how Sony and Microsoft will respond.

Star Wars Eclipse Reportedly Not Releasing Until 2027

A new report has revealed that Quantic Dream’s upcoming Star Wars game, Star Wars Eclipse will not be releasing until 2027.

The game was revealed at the 2021 Game Awards through a CGI trailer. The trailer drew equal amounts of anticipation and skepticism but it certainly captured people’s interest at the time.

At the time the project was announced, Quantic Dream stated that it was just beginning development on the game.

Since then, the company has reportedly had problems with bringing new staff onboard. 

This whole situation brings up several questions, the biggest one being; “why was this game announced then if it was so far away?”

Perhaps it was a way to lure in developers to the company or perhaps it was a way for the company to entice a larger corporation to buy them.

Whatever the case, we’ll keep our eyes open for any more news about this game or this company.

Sakurai Wins Famitsu Award for Japan’s Most Valuable Creator of 2021

The director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mashiro Sakurai has been recognized as Japan’s most valuable video game creator by the Dengeki Game Awards.

The award is based on the votes of users within Japan.

Sakurai shared the news on Twitter and thanked the fans on behalf of himself and his team.

He managed to nab the award ahead of the Resident Evil Village team, Pretty Derby’s development team, Sega’s Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and FFXIV’s producer, Naoki Yoshida.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was very well-received and held public interest for several years as its full roster was unveiled.

With characters like Sephiroth and Sora, the series has gone on to become the go-to place for cross-fandom battles.

Hideo Kojima Receives Award for Fine Arts 

Japanese video game director and auteur, Hideo Kojima has received the Ministry of Education Award for Fine Arts.

The award is given out by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, which is part of the government of Japan.

The Fine Arts award is awarded to 11 categories; theater, film, music, dance, literature, fine arts, broadcasting, popular performing arts, promotion of the arts, critique, and media arts.

Kojima won his award under the media arts category.

This award is a historical award given since 1950 to individuals who made outstanding achievements in various fields of the arts.

The game that qualified him for the award is Death Stranding Director’s Cut, which was released last year.

This is the first time someone in the games industry has received this award since Shigeru Miyamoto received the Minister’s Award in 2010.

Bethesda Sends Flowers to Skyrim Grandma

Skyrim YouTuber, Shirley Curry, also known as Skyrim Grandma, has received flowers from the creators of the game, Bethesda.

The company sent her these flowers due to her suffering a stroke a few days ago.

Curry has been playing Skyrim on her YouTube channel since she started it in 2011.

She uploaded uncut videos of her playing and sometimes reading from her upcoming book, the Listener, based on one of her in-game roleplay storylines.

Curry suffered a stroke in her sleep on February 25 and has been recovering.

She showcased the flowers in a vlog and said that she was very proud of them, adding that she was thrilled that Bethesda would do something like this for her.
You can check out her YouTube channel here. It is lovely.

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