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The Podcast: The Year Without E3

Latest episode also discusses crunch at Naughty Dog on The Last of Us: Part II, and the backlash to Horizon Zero Dawn PC

James, Chris, Rebekah and Brendan join this week's podcast to discuss the biggest news from the games industry over the past seven days.

Naturally, we start with the cancellation of E3 -- making 2020 the first time in 25 years the games industry has not descended on California in the summer.

The team debates the impact this might have on the industry -- versus the loss of GDC, for example -- and how the cancellation may give the Entertainment Software Association the time to understand what the market really wants and needs from the future of E3.

We also react to the recent reports of more crunch at Naughty Dog on The Last of Us: Part II, lamenting once again how slowly development practices are changing and how the success of these tentpole titles dissuades more drastic measures.

Finally, we discuss the unexpected backlash surrounding the news that Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to PC, and suggest why Sony's decision may not be the cross-platform strategy some believe it to be.

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