Summer is approaching and players are starting to lose it. In the midst of the renewed console racing craze and consolidation of the video game industry, fan speculation about future game releases and company deals is at an all-time high. It’s an exciting time for new announcements as we head into show season not only E3, but also the perfect set of circumstances for bullshit rumors to circulate online at lightning speed. That’s how CD Projekt Red recently ended up answering it Random conversations on a Destiny 2 disagreement While the fans were promoted to get 2 days passed This is not currently happening.
There is no shortage of rumors in the gaming industry, from full blown fan stories to credible but unverified claims from well known social media accounts with track records. Recently, however, it feels like a bogus pipeline to spread and promote video game rumors, increasing their frequency and escalating the noise around them. Message boards like r/GamingLeaksAndRumors now collect everything from random guesses to actual reports from Supportive cast of “The Insiders” At record speed, as influence-hunting accounts on YouTube, TikTok and Twitter race to republish, steal or misinterpret alleged inside information.
CD Projekt Red isn’t about to become a PlayStation studio
And so the insane rumor reading somewhere between a meme and a shitpost moved from somewhere of obscurity Saucepan Community leak to CD Projekt Red’s first-quarter 2023 earnings call. Discord user go-to Liz appears to have posted the following message over the weekend like a 1920s telegram being sent across the Atlantic: “Playstation plans to buy CD Projekt Red 2 days passed in development.”
On May 27 the rumor Featured on Reddit. On May 28 it was picked up by some gaming accounts on Twitter. “New PlayStation Rumors,” chirp Longtime industry observer, Paul Hunter “NextGenPlayer”. “Take with a huge grain of salt.” The salt didn’t stop the rumors from spreading enough that by May 29, representatives for Sony and CDPR were publicly commenting on them, saying the whole thing was nonsense.
Not everyone fell in love with or manipulated the bait. “Bend Studio is not making Days Gone 2,” gaming news account Okami13 wrote. “In all likelihood, Sony’s acquisition of CDPR is also incorrect.” Popular Witcher creator LastKnownMeal tweeted it He wouldn’t even respond to the rumors on his channel Because they were without a clear basis. “Oh my God, we are not in such conversations with Sonny,” answered CDPR representative Ola Sondej.
However, the rumor made its way to analyst questions during the company’s May 29 earnings call. “Nothing has changed on our part,” CEO Adam Kiesinski said emphatically (via VGC). “So, I can repeat what we’ve said over the years – CD Projekt is not for sale.” He continued, “We want to remain independent. I think we have an excellent strategy. It’s certainly not easy to implement, but it’s very exciting to go our own way. So it’s pure rumor.”
And what about 2 days passed? The Sony studio behind the original game has already been confirmed in a dossier blog post For the past year, it has been working on a new IP that uses similar gameplay systems but takes place in a completely different world than a third-person zombie game. bloombergJason Schreyer Previously mentioned That Sony has pushed Bend away from making a sequel initially had the studio teams assist Naughty Dog with its projects. the first Days passedDirector “Jeff Ross” Until recently that 2 days passed It would have been due now, but only if things had turned out differently. Even the popular leaker snitch Literally I typed “wtf” after seeing the rumors in another row.
where he did 2 days passed Rumors come from?
So I usually post Saucepan things,” said Liz, the source of the rumor Kotaku In disagreement DM. Part of what gave it a whiff of credibility in the beginning was that Liz was also the source of some giant leaks for Bungie’s massive sci-fi MMO, now technically a first-party PlayStation game after Sony’s acquisition. It wasn’t just some random stranger on the internet throwing darts at a rumor board, at least not quite.
“I go through a very thorough process to confirm/deny information sent to me,” said Liz. Someone I was talking to sent me some stuff, which I posted on my Discord. Since it was general information about Playstation and not SaucepanI didn’t really do the effort I usually do. I definitely underestimated the reach I had, especially when I came to nonSaucepan related stuff. I was expecting it to kind of sit in the channel where I posted it, and that would be the end of it, fake or not.”
As stale as the rumor was, it’s also easy to see why it was exactly the right kind of rumor at the exact moment of the outbreak. Saucepan Leak containment area. Specifically, some die-hard Sony fans walked out on the company The latest offer for the PlayStation Feeling overwhelmed. Questions have been raised about what the rest of the company’s studios are working on Spider-Man 2an epidemic of “hybium” that gripped some quarters of the PlayStation community.
No doubt some gamers would like to believe that big secret moves were in the works. Old fans dream of what is a Days passed The sequel can be like and perpetual rumour that Sony will buy the company behind one of the most beloved open-world RPGs of all time. It’s not even a particularly outlandish set of claims, which is likely also part of the reason it surfaced last weekend even though almost everyone knew better. With Summer Game Fest and the Xbox Showcase just around the corner, it won’t be the last time either.
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