The Biggest Gaming News For August 31, 2022

It's the end of August and September is looking like a pretty promising month for games, especially if industry insider Jeff Grubb is correct and we get a Nintendo Direct at some point this month.

That's just one of the stories in this here roundup, as it was also revealed today that Tencent and Sony have acquired 30 percent of FromSoftware and that IO Interactive's James Bond game might not be ready until 2025. For more details, simply read on.

A Nintendo Direct Could Happen "As Soon As Next Week"

Industry insiders Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb have claimed that a Nintendo Direct is planned for next month and could actually happen "as soon as next week." Grubb and Minotti are more confident that it will take place on the week of September 12 though, and are "very, very sure" that Twilight Princess and Wind Waker HD ports will be announced to tide fans over until the release of Breath of the Wild 2 in 2023.

Sony And Tencent Together Acquire 30 Percent Of Elden Ring Developer FromSoftware

Tencent and Sony have acquired 30 percent of FromSoftware by purchasing stocks from the developer's owner Kadokawa Group, with both companies now owning 16.25 percent and 14.69 percent respectively. Kadokawa Group still owns 69.66 percent of the stock, but it could be an indicator that both publishers are looking to make FromSoftware their own in the future.

Insider Claims IO's James Bond Game Is Coming After March 2025

IO Interactive announced a while back that it's working with the James Bond license to create an original game based on the franchise. That's all we know at the moment, but IO's recent earnings report suggests that it may not be ready until at least March 2025, as IO Interactive is predicting a reduction in profits during FY2024 and FY 2025 due to "long production phases."

Konami To Announce New Game At TGS That's Part Of "Beloved" Series

Tokyo Games Show kicks off next month as several Japanese publishers such as Capcom and Square Enix get ready to show off what they've got cooking. One name you probably wouldn't expect to show up is Konami, but the controversial publisher apparently has a new game to show off, one that's the next installment in a series that is "beloved around the world." Don't get your hopes up though, as it's already been claimed that it won't be Silent Hill, Metal Gear, or Castlevania.

Sly Cooper Returns To PS Plus In Premium Classics Update

Finally, PlayStation has announced all of the new games coming to its many tiers of PlayStation Plus next month, and it's good news for Sly Cooper fans. The Sly Collection and Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time will be added to the service's Premium Classics collection on September 20. However, some fans are understandably upset that PlayStation has opted for the PS3 remasters that have to be streamed rather than adding the PS2 versions.

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