What will happen to Crunchyroll?
Crunchyroll will continue its commitment to anime and its fans, now under Sony Funimation Global Group. ... Sony first announced it was acquiring Crunchyroll from AT&T at the end of 2020. At the time, the service said it had 3 million subscribers and over 90 million registered users across more than 200 countries. EngadgetSony closes $1.175 billion deal to buy Crunchyroll from AT&T
Back 4 Blood, the multiplayer first-person cooperative zombie shooter, coming from the same developers as of Left 4 Dead, had its Open Beta release on August 5, 2021. Turtle Rock Studios provided a glimpse at its new title, which more than captured fans' interest.
The game was officially announced on December 10, 2020, at The Game Awards 2020. Now finally, after a long wait, it will be soon launching on October 12, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC platforms.
However, fans have already got a glimpse of the game after its beta release.
The players can get ready to experience a thrilling adventure in the game, kill the zombies, and get covered with blood till they reach the safe room. The title belongs to the same concept as Turtle Rock Studios’ 2008 survival horror game. Yet, comparing them would bring up a huge difference starting from the graphics and gameplay mechanism to the Card system.
Turtle Rock Studios has brought well-detailed graphics to Back 4 Blood, with lots of blood, changes in weather and more. This enhances the gameplay, making it more thrilling in a dark environment.
Moreover, the VFX animation and the sounds, especially while firing is what Turtle Rock Studios are good at. This holds true considering their previous works like Left 4 Dead, Evolve,Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source.
Back 4 Blood keeps the players engaged until the end with some random challenges and constant zombie attacks. However, a lot of teamwork is required to take down the Special Ridden.
The card system is what sets Back 4 Blood differently, putting players with both perks and challenges. It provides a unique experience by building a deck with active cards, to adjust a player's damage, health and strength.
In return, the AI Game Director chooses cards to customize the Ridden, weather and more. Although the players might face certain difficulties to understand the card system in Back 4 Blood, it gets understandable after a while.
Nevertheless the card system and the AI game director is what makes the game replayable and interesting. By constantly changing situations, the game offers a new experience for the players.
Moreover, the Crows will bring up a wave of zombies, when triggered. This will make the game more difficult and chaotic.
However, players may face a lot of shortages in ammo and health during looting. So it's going to make Back 4 Blood more challenging to finish off if one doesn't get the perfect loot. Another point of concern is the variation in the weapons’ strength.
The developers have brought a large variety of guns, but one bullet from any of those is enough to take down common Riddens. A shot gun, a pistol or a melee is enough to encounter them, until a Special Ridden arrives at the game.
One facet that Back 4 Blood and Left 4 Dead have in common is the Versus mode, where the players get turns to play Ridden and Cleaners alternatively.
In Back 4 Blood, the Ridden rounds are easier to last longer with great coordination, but the difficulty level rises in the Cleaners round, due to the restricted map areas. The spaces get tighter and chaotic, making it difficult to escape.
Another factor that could have made the game more thrilling is reducing the visibility range. The fog and dark atmosphere in Back 4 Blood doesn’t cut off much visibility. However, in Left 4 Dead it’s hard to predict the movement of the zombies from a long distance.
Nevertheless, both the games give an overall different experience at the end of the day. Back 4 Blood will give an engaging and thrilling ride to the players, but it might not meet the expectations of the Left 4 Dead faithful.
Having said that, fans can wait for a couple of months for the game to get released before truly cultivating their opinions.
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11 August, 2021 - 08:10am
PlayStation Plus on PS4 and PS5 is reportedly getting a big upgrade from Sony, but it will come at a cost. Back in April, we relayed word of a report from a prominent industry insider claiming that PlayStation was going to use anime and PlayStation Plus to make an Xbox Game Pass-like subscription service. Fast-forward a few months, and now another report is echoing these claims.
Last night, Sony finalized the acquisition of Crunchyroll. In the world of anime, this is huge news. For gaming, it doesn't mean a thing, at least not on the surface level. At the time of the deal being finalized, Sony noted its goal is to create a "unified" subscription service between Funimation and Crunchyroll. What does this have to do with gaming and PlayStation Plus? Well, according to Eurogamer, Sony is potentially planning to bundle Crunchyroll with PlayStation Plus as a premium version of PlayStation Plus, which, currently, already costs $60 a year.
Now, at the time of the original report, it was suggested not only that this was happening, but that the bundle may also include movies and TV. The leaker, Nick Baker, compared the subscription service to Apple One.
For now, it remains to be seen if anything will come of this. Eurogamer's report itself uses "potentially." That said, more and more smoke is forming, and where there's smoke there's usually fire.
At the moment of publishing, Sony has not commented on any of this in any capacity. Typically, Sony doesn't comment on rumors, reports, leaks, or speculation, so we don't expect this to change, but if for some reason it does, we will be sure to update the story accordingly. In the meantime, take everything here with a grain of salt.
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Sony’s Funimation Global Group (a partnership comprised of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment Japan) has finished acquiring Crunchyroll from AT&T. The deal was originally announced in December 2020.
We are very excited to welcome Crunchyroll to the Sony Group,” says Kenichiro Yoshida, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Sony Group Corporation. “Anime is a rapidly growing medium that enthralls and inspires emotion among audiences around the globe. The alignment of Crunchyroll and Funimation will enable us to get even closer to the creators and fans who are the heart of the anime community. We look forward to delivering even more outstanding entertainment that fills the world with emotion through anime.”
Crunchyroll is an anime direct-to-consumer service with more than 5 million SVOD (streaming video on demand) subscribers. The service also offers mobile games, manga, events merchandise and distribution to over 120 million users across the globe.
11 August, 2021 - 12:49am
Now that Sony owns both Funimation and Crunchyroll, there is apparently an opportunity for the company to leverage its anime offerings with its PlayStation platform.
According to Eurogamer, there is "potentially" a chance that Crunchyroll will be included as part of a "more expensive premium PlayStation Plus offering." Especially since Sony's press release mentions the goal of providing a "unified subscription" experience.
IGN has reached out to Sony for comment.
Original Story: Funimation has completed its acquisition of Crunchyroll, bringing two of the largest anime streaming services together under the banner of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
First announced back in December 2020, the deal is worth almost $1.2 billion, with Crunchyroll topping more than 5 million subscribers. In a release, Sony Pictures said the deal would provide an opportunity to "broaden distribution" and "expand fan-centric offerings for consumers."
"We are very excited to welcome Crunchyroll to the Sony Group," said Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. "Anime is a rapidly growing medium that enthralls and inspires emotion among audiences around the globe. The alignment of Crunchyroll and Funimation will enable us to get even closer to the creators and fans who are the heart of the anime community. We look forward to delivering even more outstanding entertainment that fills the world with emotion through anime."
Sony's announcement follows reports that the U.S. Department of Justice was probing the deal for potential antitrust violations. The U.S. government reportedly wished to determine whether the deal would give Sony a monopoly over streaming anime. It's worth noting that other streaming services have been investing heavily in anime of late, particularly Netflix.
The deal was evidently able to pass muster with the U.S. government though, giving Sony a massive catalogue of anime shows. It's unclear whether Sony Pictures will seek to launching a new streaming service that combines the two.
Whatever happens, the anime boom isn't dissipating anytime soon. If you want some ideas on what to watch, check out our Top 25 best anime series of all time.
10 August, 2021 - 02:58pm
This is according to Eurogamer, who claims that Sony has potential plans to include Crunchyroll as part of a PlayStation Plus subscription. It's unknown as to whether this could replace the existing subscription, or if it is to be offered to PlayStation users as a separate subscription. It's also worth noting that Eurogamer is using anonymous sources, although Sony's recent experiments regarding improving PlayStation Plus definitely back up the claim.
Sony recently trialed a PlayStation Plus Video Pass service in Poland back in April, which included 20 TV shows and movies such as Venom, Zombieland: Double Tap, and Bloodshot. It's still unknown as to whether Sony is planning to go ahead with the Video Pass idea, but it's clear the company is looking for ways to improve its subscription services, and including Crunchyroll could be one such way.
As for the future of Crunchyroll, Sony has confirmed in a press statement that it plans to merge both Funimation and Crunchyroll into one service. Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, has explained that Sony's goal is to "create a unified anime subscription service" which would likely be what's included with this new PlayStation Plus subscription if the rumors are true. We'll likely learn more soon.