Khosla Ventures makes first investment in France, leads $18 million round in Eligo Bioscience

With resistance to antibiotics growing in the U.S., startups around the world are seeking new ways to target and treat bacteria-associated diseases. One example is Paris-based Eligo Bioscience, which targets the microbiome — microorganisms that live in the gut, vagina, lung, and on the skin. The startup has garnered considerable interest, managing to lock in Khosla Ventures as a lead investor in its $18 million round, which it announced today. Returning investor Seventure Partners also joined.

While some bacteria residing in the microbiome are critical to our overall health, others can be the cause of serious conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer, type two diabetes, depression, and neurodegenerative diseases. Traditionally, there are two ways to target bacteria in the microbiome: probiotics, designed to strengthen and restore the microflora, or antibiotics, which kill the bacteria altogether. In the latter case, however, the antibiotic kills both the “good” and the “bad” bacteria, often onsetting unpleasant side effects.

Eligo is developing a biotherapeutics platform to treat bacteria-related diseases through a new strand of drugs it calls “eligobiotics”. The term comes from the Latin word eligere, which means to select or choose.

The startup’s first application targets specific diseases in the gut using the clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) technology and its scissor-like action. The team manufactures nanobots, made of synthetic genetic code, and programs them to scan the bacterial DNA for the culprit gene. The bots deliver the CRISPR-Cas protein into the “bad” bacteria, effectively cutting its DNA strand and damaging it in an irreversible way.

CRISPR has garnered a lot of attention these past few years because of its efficiency and relative simplicity to cut DNA at specific sites, notably for gene editing.

But Eligo cofounder and CEO, Dr. Xavier Duportet, underlines an important distinction. “Our drug does not alter or modify the genetic codes of the bacteria,” he said, in an interview with VentureBeat. “There is no gene editing involved, the CRISPR-Cas system just cuts and damages the bacterial DNA beyond repair, which leads to the bacteria’s death. It is also harmless for human cells since it can only bind to bacteria.”

Duportet and his cofounders, Professor Timothy Lu, Professor Luciano Marraffini, and Dr. David Bikard, founded Eligo in 2014, drawing upon their respective research from MIT, Rockefeller University, and Institut Pasteur.

Above: Two of Eligo’s cofounders, Dr. Xavier Duportet and Dr. David Bikard at Institut Pasteur

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In order to target the “bad” bacteria, Eligo relies on heavy research and analysis of the microbiome from external sources, which identify disease-causing bacteria. In time, Duportet and his team hope to develop and market highly specific and targeted anti-microbials to attack the disease at its root, not just cure its symptoms.

The team recently published in vitro (outside a living organism) proof of concept results in Nature Biotechnology, and subsequently demonstrated the same results in in vivo (inside a living organism) settings. “We managed to selectively remove a specific bacterial strain from the gut of mice, selectively eradicating it while sparing the rest of the microflora,” said Dr. Duportet.

FDA approval will come later. The startup now plans on working towards its first clinical trials, which it hopes to begin in two years. Like many early-stage biotechs, partnering with a large pharmaceutical company is an option to consider. “Though we want to push the drugs on the market by ourselves, we are also in discussions with big pharmas about collaborations to bring specific assets to the market in partnership,” said Dr. Duportet.

Since its founding, Eligo has raised a total of approximately $24 million. In addition to today’s $18 million investment, the startup also received a $2 million award from the Worldwide Innovation Challenge. And while this is not Khosla Ventures’ first investment in the microbiome space, it is it’s first investment in France.

Eligo plans on using the new funds to begin clinical trials, target new bacterial diseases, and grow its team of 15.

When asked whether Eligo had any intention of relocating to the U.S. in the near future, Dr. Duportet replied, “Right now, France is really great for us since research and development-focused startups get great fiscal benefits.”

He points to the crédit d’impôt recherche (CIR) in particular, which states that when you hire someone with a PhD, their wages are refunded for two years. These R&D startups also have a 30 percent tax credit on their research costs.

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Xbox One news: Battlegrounds update, NBA 2K18 release, FIFA 18 Ratings | Gaming | Entertainment

Steam’s runaway success story, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting a new map before it launches on Xbox One.

While still without a release date, the new PUGB desert map looks set to at least be ready for when the console version of the game arrives.

Battlegrounds on Xbox One has been confirmed as launching in 2017, albeit very close to the end of the year.

A recent Steam update has been datamined and appears to have revealed the new desert Battlegrounds Bluehole Inc. have been working on.

The layout of the new PUBG map has now made its way online, showing a minimap view of where players will be exploring and battling for loot.

As you might expect, this new desert map doesn’t include any water but does appear to have several large urban areas.

Hard Luck looks set to become the biggest city in Battlegrounds, while other locations have also been revealed.

These include Murderland, Fracture and Dirtbag, which all sound pretty intriguing.

While fans will be eager to start plotting out their routes, it should be noted that this new PUGB map is still very much in development.

A lot of what can be seen in the new pictures will probably stay the same, however, there’s always the chance that Bluehole Inc could make some small but decisive changes in layout.

According to the latest information provided by Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene, the new location will be about the same size as the game’s existing 8×8 km map, Erangel.

It was originally thought that the new desert terrain would rank at about 4×4 km, however, Greene has confirmed that things have changed since it was first announced.

The NBA 2K18 early release date was set for September 15 but only for those who pre-order the game.

Anyone who does, gets the official Early Tip-Off Edition, which grants early access and is available on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Everyone else has to wait until September 19, although there’s also the option of downloading the NBA 2K18 Prelude demo.

The download size is around 11.76 GB and offers a taste of what’s to come later this week.

“Fans can get an early taste of NBA 2K18 with this free, downloadable experience that begins their journey into The Neighborhood, the groundbreaking new way to play NBA 2K,” the official prelude description explains. 

“The Neighborhood brings together the most loved elements of NBA 2K together into a shared world for players to truly experience the life of an NBA athlete, both on and off the court.”

Here’s a breakdown of some of the new content being released with this year’s version of the game:

The Neighbourhood: The future of sports career modes has arrived, allowing you to play the game the way you like. Build your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground Park, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore the shops and venues in an all-new open neighborhood setting. Featuring new MyPLAYER upgrade and endorsement systems, our biggest cast of characters to date including NBA players, and so much more.

The Road to 99: The overarching meta-game that rewards users for improving their MyPLAYER’s overall rating, regardless of which modes they choose to play. Featuring a unified badge system across Pro-Am, Park and your NBA journey in MyCAREER, your attributes, animations and badges all combine to define your play style on your road to a 99 overall rating.

Updated Create A Player: Create the MyPLAYER you want, whether scanning your face with the MyNBA2K18 mobile app or building something custom using our preset options. Hairstyles have been updated with numerous new options to choose from, and body weight and height are more accurately represented to ensure the unique look you want for your MyPLAYER.

For anyone who might have missed it, EA Sports have been revealing the best FIFA 18 players and their ratings over the past week.

EA have already confirmed the top 100 and have now revealed the FIFA 18 player ratings you should be looking out for from the Premier League.

As you’d imagine, the top 30 players from the Premier League in FIFA 18 are dominated by the usual suspects of Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool.

Manchester United have a total of six players in the top 30, the same amount as Manchester City.

Tottenham also have six, Arsenal have four, while Liverpool managed just one player.

Chelsea – who have a total of seven stars in the top 30 – fans will be the most happy of the bunch though, with Eden Hazard confirmed as the best rated player in the Premier League.

TOP 30 PREMIER LEAGUE FIFA 18 STARS:

  • 30. Juan Mata
  • 29. Dele Alli
  • 28. Bernardo Silva
  • 27. Alexandre Lacazette
  • 26. Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • 25. İlkay Gündoğan
  • 24. Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 23. Jan Vertonghen
  • 22. Vincent Kompany
  • 21. Harry Kane
  • 20.  Romelu Lukaku
  • 19.  Philippe Coutinho
  • 18.  Toby Alderweireld
  • 17. David Luiz
  • 16. Diego Costa
  • 15. Cesc Fàbregas
  • 14. Petr Čech
  • 13. N’Golo Kanté
  • 12. Paul Pogba
  • 11. Christian Eriksen
  • 10. David Silva
  • 9. Mesut Özil
  • 8. Hugo Lloris
  • 7. Zlatan Ibrahimović
  • 6. Kevin De Bruyne
  • 5. Thibaut Courtois
  • 4. Alexis Sánchez
  • 3. Sergio Agüero
  • 2. David De Gea
  • 1. Eden Hazard

Madden NFL 18 review – PS4, Xbox One sports game benefits from FIFA 18’s best feature | Gaming | Entertainment

Madden NFL 18 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One, and judging by the spate of new features, EA Sports has been busy in the off season.

The latest entry in the Madden NFL video game series is packing some significant new features, most notably a single-player story mode called Longshot.

Taking a cue from FIFA’s Journey mode, Longshot is a story of redemption in which a promising young quarterback named Devin Wade takes one last crack at superstardom.

EA Sports has also added a new co-operative Ultimate Team called MUT Squads, and given the visuals a bit of a makeover.

Has EA Sports done enough to score a winning touchdown? Check out the Pros and Cons review gallery below…

Madden NFL 18’s biggest and brightest new addition is the Longshot story mode, which is essentially the NFL version of FIFA’s Journey mode.

Proving that virtual sporting stories are here to stay, Longshot adds some much needed character and personality to what can sometimes be a dry and clinical game.

It’s also a handy way of learning the ropes, especially with a game packing as much jargon as this.

Madden NFL 18 also features some of the best match-day presentation in a sports game, not to mention unrivalled character models and animations.

Co-op play adds a new dimension to Ultimate Team, which has been getting a little stale in recent years – and not just in Madden.

Because everything is better when played with friends, MUT Squads is perfect for anybody who’s fallen out of love with Ultimate Team.

Only hardcore fans are likely to notice any significant changes on the field, which isn’t so much of a criticism as an observation.

The Madden NFL series has always been a safe pair of hands, making it harder to radically improve from one year to the next.

Fortunately, EA Sports has managed to introduce lots of new off-field elements that make Madden NFL 18 the best entry yet.

Madden NFL 18 has all the depth of previous years, but new additions like MUT Squads and Longshot make this the perfect package for newbies and veterans alike.

NHL 18 PlayStation 4 Review: It’s Hockey Night Again

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While a lot of die-hard sports fans usually wrap themselves around Madden and FIFA when it comes to EA Sports, I tend to lean more towards the NHL games. That’s because each year that we get an NHL game, we see some form of evolution for the game, whether it’s minor changes to make the flow of play on the ice smoother, or a neat new figure that keeps you drawn in. Happily, I learned that NHL 18 is no exception, as it continues to show EA’s stride when it comes to all things slap-shot.

First of all, I don’t think the game has felt more balanced in recent years than it does here. NHL 18 just flows smoothly, whether you’re trying to go for a quick one-timer into the goal (which goalies usually watch out for), or using your Defensive Skill Stick to break up a play or set up a well-timed check. The game as a whole just feels more natural than ever before, thanks to strong animation transitions and controls that really keep things simplified. The poke check probably goes through the most changes, if anything, as it works a little more effectively than it has in the past. But, really, the general check is the way to go, mainly because you send some poor fool flying across the ice.

That said, there is a bit of logic involved with this year’s edition, as “quick goals” don’t seem to work as effectively as this time around, thanks to improvement in goalie performance. As a result, you’ll be finding more reliance in strategy, and thinking about where to find that perfect shot. That may infuriate those that are used to just juking the puck into the goal on the first try, but the truth be told, this’ll make you a better player in the long run. Plus, the way you can adjust line changes and even instigate fights to show dominance really brings everything together.

Those of you who still need to learn, though, can do so with the on-ice trainer, which is more in depth than ever before. You’ll learn stuff on the fly, including how to execute shots with your skill stick, as well as finding open players to help get your puck in an open hand. The new coaching drills are also extremely helpful as well, although there are some areas that could still use adjustment, like learning how to get the most from a face-off. Fortunately, it feels like second-nature, so after a few contests, you’ll get into it.

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On top of regular match-ups, you can also hop online and compete against some of the best hockey players out there. Online play works really well here, and the features are stacked, so you can actually challenge appropriately, and get something for your efforts. This, tied in with your Ultimate Team accomplishments, will keep you coming back for more.

There’s also a new mode with Threes, an arcade style mode with Tim Kitzrow of NBA Jam fame announcing in a deep, gutsy voice as you take on three-on-three hockey with a number of arcade-style options, like scoring Moneypucks (for extra goals) and playing with teams with mascots. It’s not as enjoyable as Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey, but it’s definitely an addition that some people will get into. I enjoyed it for awhile, but I think I prefer the straight-up approach to hockey.

There are plenty of other modes as well. The ability to build an NHL franchise from scratch with the new Vegas Golden Knights is awesome, as you really learn the depths of putting something together that works for you. Be a Pro has also returned so that you can master the nuances of hockey, should you feel so compelled. There are challenges, mind you, but if you want to learn what the sport is all about, this is the way to go.

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So there you go – you can be a pro player, build your own franchise, take on an arcade-style mode, and challenge the world. That’s not bad, even though I would’ve liked a few things to change with Threes, like maybe Kitzrow’s growling voice being more like his NBA Jam voice (though I still enjoy his return) and the AI not being so over-the-top. I like difficulty, guys, but not powerhouses. At least the Campaign Mode offers a lot to do.

Presentation-wise, NHL 18 makes the sport look better than ever. The odd facial animation aside, the players look great, the crowd details are amazingly accurate (right down to cheering fans), the arenas appear to be a lot of fun, and the animations are sharp. The replay camera could be a little less hyperactivity, but otherwise, it still looks like a champ. The running commentery featuring Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk is fun too, and Ray “Chicken Parm” Ferraro (yes, that’s his name) provides some enjoyable insight as well.

While NHL 18 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it keeps it spinning, and makes this sports ride highly enjoyable. Though some people may think that Madden NFL 18 defines evolution in sports in itself, I’d like to think NHL deserves its own audience as well – hockey fanatics and newcomers alike. So if it’s a rewarding, packed sports experience you want, don’t be afraid to slap the puck around.

RATING: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: A review code was provided by the publisher.

FIFA 18 Preview – Preview

Back in July, I got my first glimpse of FIFA 18 for Nintendo Switch and I was quite hopeful after seeing the game running on the hardware. Sure, it wasn’t impressive on the television, but nothing beats the feeling of a true portable FIFA. Electronic Arts kindly invited me to their business area at Gamescom, where I got a full look at the game. The results are, no joke, even more impressive than I realized.

The first standout element that stood out to me was the controls, though histroically it is one of the things FIFA thrives on. Good physics and controls go hand in hand with great football video games. The team at EA Bucharest took the blueprint of FIFA on other systems and faithfully translated it to an engine suitable for Nintendo Switch. The advanced control scheme, which gives you access to fake passes among other moves, is fully intact on Switch. Even nicer is the fact that these controls have been adapted to the Switch’s multiple control schemes.

This can be felt when you play with the Joy-Con on their side. While you lose some functionality in the process, every button is used to perform an action and make the game competitive. You move yourself around with stick and the six buttons allow you to tackle the most important moves. This way of play is perfectly suited for an introduction to FIFA. The game is set up to make grasping the controls quick and easy. It is also possible to switch to a two button mode, allowing you to start a game that is instantly pick up and play. Of course, more hardcore players can use the Joy-Con Grip or Pro Controller for more competitive and in-depth options.

The demo also had most of the shipping game’s modes available. I spent an hour in the Career Mode and went through it as a player, bringing him up from the youth leagues to the starting eleven. Next to this, I went for Seasons, where I could play against the various club and national teams on offer. Finally, I did some tests in the Kick Off Mode and compared the various options on display. The Switch experience is just as you would see anywhere else, with all of the essentials included except the cinematic story mode.

Naturally, the key feature and a selling factor is FIFA Ultimate Team. Sadly, due to the way the test units were set up, a final verdict wasn’t available. I’ve seen the ways you can play with FUT teams and they seem functional, though we’ll need to see how grindy it will be in the end. I can’t wait to FIFA anywhere I go. The pure joy of playing it in the handheld mode makes me a believer and actually root for this version’s success. Some will dismiss it and recommend the games on the bigger systems, but none has this kind of potential.

FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch has so much going for it. After spending time and tinkering around with its options, it seems clear that they want to give Switch owners as much of the experience as possible. The ability to play the sport everywhere is powerful and helps to digest a daily dose of football. We are only weeks away from its release and I couldn’t be more excited. Bring it on!

FIFA 18 Demo release date CONFIRMED for PS4 players, same time as Xbox One | Gaming | Entertainment

Strangely, there hasn’t been a confirmation from EA Sports directly and as such, we’ve had to check the official Microsoft Store for further details on when the FIFA 18 Demo release date will be arriving on Xbox One.

What we do know is that PS4 players will be able to access the free playtest on September 12, on PS4, reportedly at 1am, BST.

This has now been confirmed as the same time as the Xbox One, as listed on the Microsoft Store.

“You’ll be able to play Kick Off mode with a selection from the world’s biggest clubs and stadiums, and preview of the next chapter in Alex Hunter’s story, The Journey: Hunter Returns ahead of the game’s official launch on 29th September,” Sony confirms.

“Player Personalities give some of the biggest stars in the world the distinct traits of their real-world counterparts, Team Styles let players mimic their favourite clubs’ distinct on-field tactics, and Immersive Atmospheres bring some of the football world’s most famous stadiums to life during matches.

“Plus, enjoy the brand-new broadcast overlays for La Liga and MLS, as well as vibrant and region-specific sights and sounds that make football’s biggest stadiums come to life.”

It was thought that the FIFA 18 demo was set to launch on Xbox One, due to a leak on the console’s official store.

FINAL FIFA 18 RATINGS REVEALED FOR PS4 AND XBOX ONE:

That listing showed the official release date as September 15,  so it’s currently unclear if Xbox One players will have to wait longer.

The official teams list has also been confirmed for the FIFA 18 demo and can be found below:

Play as one of these 12 top football clubs in Kick Off mode:

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Real Madrid CF
  • Atlético de Madrid
  • Juventus F.C.
  • FC Bayern Munich
  • Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
  • LA Galaxy
  • Toronto FC
  • Boca Juniors
  • C.D. Guadalajar
  • Vissel Kobe

There are also four stadiums currently confirmed as playable in FIFA 18, these include:

  • Santiago Bernabéu
  • La Bombonera
  • StubHub Center
  • King Fahd Stadium

As mentioned above, players will also be able to experience the first part of the new Journey Mode, featuring Alex Hunter.

“Preview the next chapter in Hunter’s story in the Demo as he goes global alongside a star-studded supporting cast featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, James Harden, plus new playable characters,” the Sony statement adds.

“The future is bright, and the world is talking about Hunter… but life in football isn’t always fair.”

NBA 2K18 And NHL 18 Both Getting Special PlayStation 4 Bundles In Canada

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We get some great game bundles here in the good ol’ U.S., including the Destiny 2 PlayStation 4 Pro pack that’s making the rounds, along with the forthcoming Minecraft system bundle from Microsoft. But there are also quite a few that we miss out on, probably because we aren’t the key market for certain bundles on the market.

Take Canada, for instance. Not one but two special sports bundles are making their way to retail stores this week, enabling fans to get their gaming on with special system packages featuring said games.

EA Sports, for instance, will launch a special NHL 18 PlayStation 4 bundle that will launch in Canada on September 15th. Selling for $379.99, the bundle will include the game, a DualShock 4 controller, and a 1TB PlayStation 4 system. Not that there’s anything special about the system itself (no hockey designs or something along those lines), but still pretty neat for hockey fans that want to celebrate with hockey right out of the box.

If that’s not enough, basketball fans will be able to celebrate with a special bundle as well. 2K Sports has confirmed that a special PlayStation 4 bundle for NBA 2K18 will also be available this Friday, retailing for $379.99 Canadian dollars. The bundle comes with the Early Tip Off Edition of NBA 2K18, along with a 1TB PlayStation 4 system and a DualShock 4 controller. Again, no special designs, but ideal for those of you that don’t have a system yet, but totally want one.

Of course, you could just go to your local electronics store and pick up a PlayStation 4 system and the game of your choice for about the same price and still enjoy everything that they have to offer, so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get a custom bundle. Still, there’s something cool about having the game logo printed on the box, and maybe keeping it around for collector’s purposes. Especially if you’re a hockey or basketball fan and your favorite star is on the cover.

NHL 18 releases on September 15th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, while NBA 2K18 will release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch on September 19th. (An Early Tip Off edition is available on September 15th if you pre-order!)

Nintendo Switch games price shock, Final Fantasy 7 update, FIFA 18 release news | Gaming | Entertainment

LA Noire is coming to the Nintendo Switch games list but will also cost more than on PS4 and Xbox One.

It’s now been confirmed that the physical release of LA Noire on the hybrid console will be higher than on rival devices.

The price is currently at $49.99 on Switch shelf release, around $10 higher than PS4 and Xbox One.

The reason for this is down to the Switch’s added costs when it comes to manufacturing the game cards.

Past launches have suggested that if a game is launching as both physical and digital releases, both platforms will cost the same.

However, if a game is launched as digital-only, publishers can usually get around the added costs.

LA Noire has been given a November 14 release date on the hybrid console and will ship with various upgrades.

The Nintendo Switch port will contain the original game and DLC, plus new control schemes.

“L.A. Noire for the Nintendo Switch features the complete original game and all additional downloadable content,” Rockstar explains.

“With specific enhancements including a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic, gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touch screen controls for portable detective work.”

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of the most eagerly anticipated PS4 games, and Nintendo Switch fans have also had some good news.

One bit of information in particular has emerged which will surely peak Nintendo Switch owner’s’ interest.

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy 15, recently left fans speculating over whether he had teased a possible Nintendo Switch version of FF15 during a Twitch livestream at Gamescom.

“We can’t give you any complete solid details at the moment,” he said at the time.

“There’s another certain console out there that you may be thinking of, it sounds a little bit like your name Twitch.”

He was later asked about these comments by DualShockers after fans were left hoping Final Fantasy 15 could be heading to the Switch.

Tabata-san explained that his development team had been testing what kind of specs the Nintendo Switch can provide.

They tried testing the Luminous Engine, however, he said at this point in time his team can’t “bring out the most of the engine” on the Nintendo Switch.

And he also revealed that tests were carried out on the Switch for Unity and Unreal Engine 4, and both of these performed well.

Unity is used to power the recent Life Is Strange: Before The Storm which is published by Square Enix.

And Unreal Engine 4 is the engine that has been used to create the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

The fact that the Unreal Engine 4 runs well on the Nintendo Switch at least give fans hope that something could arrive sometime in the future.

The FIFA 18 release could be the first of many EA Sports games to launch on Nintendo Switch.

With Nintendo Switch selling out fast and fans keen to play FIFA 18 on the go, EA Sports has suggested that the series will return in the future.

This could also open the door for other EA games to appear on the console.

Asked if fans could expect more FIFA games on Switch, EA Sports producer Andrei Lazarescu told Gamespot: “I think we are going to see more FIFA on Switch in the future.”

He also believes that FIFA 18 is the best portable version of the game ever produced, even if the Switch version does make sacrifices.

One of those sacrifices is the removal of story mode The Journey, which requires the Frostbite Engine.

Lazarescu explains more: “The Journey is a mode powered by Frostbite [the engine that current-gen versions of the game run on], it only exists because of Frostbite – they are not separate.

“You can’t just [put it on Switch] without taking the whole Frostbite engine. So because this doesn’t have Frostbite, it doesn’t have The Journey.”

Giving fans a small glimmer of hope for the future, Lazarescu said that it could happen if Frostbite ever comes to Switch.

“If we moved the [Switch] game over to Frostbite, then yes it could happen. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen. Frostbite is a very different beast.”

Madden NFL 18 Pushes Crash Bandicoot Out of PlayStation Store’s No. 1 Spot

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The list of top-selling games in the PlayStation Store include action, sports, and the dethroning of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the month of August’s biggest hits.

In the United States, Madden NFL 18 unsurprisingly came in at the No. 1 spot with the game being downloaded plenty of times throughout the previous month. Coming in at second place behind Madden 18 was Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, an intense action game that was recently released and climbed its way past other titles such as Sonic Mania and Rainbow Six Siege.

Over in the European PlayStation Store, the new Hellblade game actually took first place, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy following close behind it. The two lists shared some similar titles while also having their own top-20 hits such as Friday the 13th: The Game staying in the rankings and Call of Duty: Black Ops III making its way onto the European charts at No. 16.

Regarding the game that previously dominated the No. 1 spot in both lists, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy fell to the eleventh and fourth spot on the U.S. and European lists, respectively. The game took the second spot in the U.S. back in June after being out for a few days during the month, and in July, it topped both charts.

Below are the full lists of the best-selling PlayStation 4 games during the month of August in both the U.S. and Europe:

U.S. Charts:

  1. Madden NFL 18
  2. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  3. Sonic Mania
  4. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  5. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Friday the 13th: The Game
  8. Undertale
  9. Minecraft
  10. EA Sports UFC 2
  11. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  12. Rocket League
  13. Need for Speed
  14. LawBreakers
  15. Absolver
  16. For Honor
  17. Life Is Strange: Before the Storm
  18. The Evil Within
  19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  20. Overcooked

European Charts:

  1. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  2. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  3. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  5. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  6. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  7. EA Sports UFC 2
  8. Sonic Mania
  9. Rocket League
  10. Minecraft
  11. FIFA 17
  12. Mortal Kombat XL
  13. The Last of Us Remastered
  14. Cities: Skylines
  15. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  16. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  17. Star Wars Battlefront
  18. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  19. Friday the 13th
  20. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection


PlayStation Store’s Top Downloads for August Feature Hellblade and Madden NFL 18

Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed the PlayStation Store’s top-downloaded games for the month of August (2017) in both North America in Europe.

As you may remember, last month the North American PS4 chart was topped by everyone’s favorite PlayStation mascot, Crash Bandicoot, with PS4 exclusive Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. However, this month the Bandicoot has slipped all the way to No. 11. In its place is EA’s Madden NFL 18, which debuted this month (August 25th) as it always does.

Right behind at No.2 is Ninja Theory’s newly release Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (August 8th), followed by another August debut in Sonic Mania (August 15th). Rounding out the top five is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege at No.4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy from Naughty Dog, which released towards the end of the month (August 22nd).

Other debuts for the month on the PS4 chart include Undertale at No. 8 (August 15th), LawBreakers at No.14 (August 7th), Absolver at No.15 (August 29th), and Life is Strange: Before the Storm at No.17 (August 31st). Notable releases for the month that didn’t mange to chart include: Agents of Mayhem (August 15th), Observer (August 15th), Windjammers (August 29th), Everybody’s Golf (August 29th), F1 2017 (August 25th), Cities: Skylines (August 15th), The Escapists 2 (August 22nd), Matterfall (August 15th), and Nidhogg 2 (August 15th). 

Elsewhere on the North American charts: SUPERHOT VR held onto the crown on the PS VR charts, while Dino Frontier debuted at No.8 and Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul debuted at No.2  As for the PS Vita chart, it welcomed Undertale to No.1, while the PS classics chart saw Destroy All Humans! 2 downloaded the most.

Over in Europe, the PS4 charts look a bit different: because American football simply just doesn’t sell in England where soccer dominates the sports realm. Madden NFL 18 failed to even chart in the Top 20 in the EU, which opened the door for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to grab the No.1, which it did.

Behind Hellblade was Uncharted: The Lost Legacy at No.2, followed by Rainbow Six Siege, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (which was No.1 last month), and Horizon: Zero Dawn in that order for the remainder of the top five.

New debuts for the European PS4 chart also included: Sonic Mania at No.8 and Cities: Skylines at No.14.

Elsewhere on the European charts, SUPERHOT VR retained its No.1 spot of the PS VR chart for a double back-to-back, while GTA: Liberty City Stories and Crash Bandicoot topped the PS Vita chart and PS Classics chart respectively.

Below, you can view the charts for North America:

PS4 Games
1 Madden NFL 18
2 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
3 Sonic Mania
4 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE
5 UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy
6 Grand Theft Auto V
7 Friday the 13th: The Game
8 Undertale
9 Minecraft: PlayStation4 Edition
10 EA SPORTS UFC 2
11 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
12 Rocket League
13 Need for Speed
14 LawBreakers
15 Absolver
16 For Honor
17 Life is Strange: Before the Storm
18 The Evil Within
19 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
20 Overcooked
PS3 Games
1 Grand Theft Auto V
2 Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition
3 EA SPORTS FIFA 17 Standard Edition
4 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
5 The Last Of Us
6 Dishonored
7 The Evil Within
8 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
9 Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
10 Fight Night Champion
11 Need for Speed Most Wanted
12 Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL
13 Gran Turismo 6
14 Grand Theft Auto IV
15 LittleBigPlanet 3
16 MLB The Show 16
17 Devil May Cry HD Collection
18 Enemy Front
19 Sonic Adventure
20 Jak and Daxter Collection
PS4 Add-ons
1 Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombies Chronicles
2 Just Cause 3: Air, Land & Sea Expansion Pass
3 Black Ops III – The Giant Zombies Map
4 Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer
5 Dead by Daylight: The HALLOWEEN Chapter
6 Batman: The Enemy Within – Season Pass
7 Battlefield 1 Premium Pass
8 Just Cause 3: Reaper Missile Mech
9 Rocket League – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack
10 STAR WARS Battlefront Season Pass
PS VR Games
1 SUPERHOT VR
2 Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
3 Arizona Sunshine
4 Job Simulator
5 Apollo 11 VR
6 Archangel
7 PlayStation VR Worlds
8 Dino Frontier
9 NBA 2KVR Experience
10 Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
PS Vita Games
1 Undertale
2 God of War: Collection PS Vita
3 Jak and Daxter Collection
4 Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
5 Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition
6 Rockstar Games PS Vita Collection
7 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
8 Ys Origin
9 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
10 FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
PS Classics
1 Destroy All Humans! 2
2 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
3 METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY
4 Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
5 Destroy All Humans!
6 Bully
7 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
8 The Warriors
9 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
10 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

PS4

  1. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (New)
  2. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (New)
  3. Rainbow Six Siege (Re-entry)
  4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (1)
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn (RE)
  6. Wolfenstein: The New Order (RE)
  7. EA Sports UFC 2 (18)
  8. Sonic Mania (New)
  9. Rocket League (3)
  10. Minecraft (5)
  11. FIFA 17 (7)
  12. Mortal Kombat XL (9)
  13. The Last of Us Remastered (RE)
  14. Cities: Skylines (New)
  15. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (8)
  16. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (RE)
  17. Star Wars Battlefront (12)
  18. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (RE)
  19. Friday the 13th: The Game (6)
  20. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (RE)

PS VR

  1. Superhot VR (1)
  2. Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul (New)
  3. Batman: Arkham VR (3)
  4. Job Simulator (4)
  5. PlayStation VR Worlds (6)
  6. Sports Bar VR (7)
  7. Driveclub VR (8)
  8. Robinson: The Journey (9)
  9. Arizona Sunshine (5)
  10. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (10)

PS Vita

  1. GTA: Liberty City Stories (5)
  2. XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus (RE)
  3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (RE)
  4. Borderlands 2 (RE)
  5. Persona 4 Golden (7)
  6. God of War Collection (RE)
  7. Minecraft (6)
  8. Grand Theft Auto (RE)
  9. Worms Revolution Extreme (RE)
  10. The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (RE)

PS3

  1. FIFA 17 (1)
  2. Minecraft (4)
  3. WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship (RE)
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (RE)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (8)
  6. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (RE)
  7. The Last of Us (10)
  8. Dragon Ball Xenoverse (6)
  9. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (RE)
  10. Just Cause 2 (RE)

DLC

  1. Battlefield 1 – Premium Pass (7)
  2. Call of Duty Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles (2)
  3. Just Cause 3 – Air, Land & Sea Expansion Pass (RE)
  4. Fortnite – Standard Founder’s Pack (5)
  5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Year 2 Pass (New)
  6. Rocket League – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack (3)
  7. Diablo III – Rise of the Necromancer (1)
  8. Rocket League – The Fate of the Furious Ice Charger (4)
  9. Just Cause 3 – Reaper Missile Mech (New)
  10. Just Cause 3 – Kousavá Rifle (RE)

PS one & PS2 classics

  1. Crash Bandicoot (1)
  2. Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped (2)
  3. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (3)
  4. CTR: Crash Team Racing (4)
  5. Spyro The Dragon Trilogy (RE)
  6. Tomb Raider (RE)
  7. Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft (RE)
  8. Tomb Raider III (RE)
  9. Disney Pixar Toy Story 2 (RE)
  10. Metal Gear Solid (5)

For reference: here are last month’s results.