Today’s gaming news offers items on opposite sides of the seriousness scale: a lawsuit between two of the world’s biggest games, an update on possible PS4 crossplay...and the addition of magical pets to a mobile game. In keeping with the “good news or bad news?” tradition, here’s the lighter stuff first: a Harry Potter video game is adding a small piece of wizardly fidelity to the books and movies.
According to a release, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is allowing players the choice between an owl, rat, cat, or toad for their pet to accompany them on adventures in the mobile game based on J.K. Rowling’s universe. While players can own a pet of each kind, they can only equip one at a time to take with them as they gallivant around the school. The rest will wait in the player’s house dormitory.
These pets, which you can see below, aren’t purely aesthetic. When the pets are awoken, they provide players with an energy boost. Plus they’re just so darn cute:
Now, enough about the cuteness - let’s get legal. The battle between the two biggest Battle Royale games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, took a recent turn. PUBG Corp. withdrew their copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic Games after the former filed its suit in a Seoul court back in January.
The two had undeniable differences, even apart from their premise of 100 players fighting to be the last standing in a small, arena-like landscape. Epic and PUBG worked together as the latter was developed, so when Fortnite seemed to lift qualities of the gameplay experience for their own Battle Royale mode, foul play was suspected by the player base and, eventually, the company itself. But, according to Bloomberg, the specific claims PUBG hoped to argue in court will not see the light of day - at least in this courtroom at this time.
In other news that could affect Fortnite players, Sony has released a comment on the criticism they've received from fans after it became clear that the PS4 would not support cross-console gameplay.
Speaking at the Gamelab conference, Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said, "We're hearing it. We're looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business."
While Sony has suffered a stock price hit after news of their stance on crossplay was announced (when Fortnite was released on the Nintendo Switch, which offers crossplay to both Xbox One and PC), this statement seems like a conciliatory move towards change - however slowly it may occur.