It’s another news-heavy week! Manda and Mike highlight the biggest stories of the week, including the hour-long Unreal Engine 5 reveal and tech demo; Epic scaling back licensing fees while offering free account and cross-play services; Respawn vets’ new employee-focused studio; Sony, Square Enix, and Paradox earnings; and the strange return of early Battle Royale game, The Culling.
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Sony FY19 Earnings Report: https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/presen/er/
Paradox Q1 2020 Earnings Report: https://www.paradoxinteractive.com/en/interim-report-first-quarter-2020/
Epic Online Services now available free for developers: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/epic-online-services-featuring-epic-account-and-game-services
Apex Legends leads leave Respawn to form triple-A Gravity Well studio: https://venturebeat.com/2020/05/11/apex-legends-leads-leave-respawn-to-form-triple-a-gravity-well-studio/
How Epic Games moved closer to Sony with the design of the PlayStation 5: https://venturebeat.com/2020/05/13/how-epic-games-moved-closer-to-sony-with-the-design-of-the-playstation-5/