Sunday, June 30, 2019
In an interview with Japanese magazine Nikkei, translated and reported on by Dualshockers, Level-5 president Akihiro Hino confirmed that a new Ni no Kuni game is in the works, and will release sometime after the upcoming Ni no Kuni movie, which premiers on August 29 in Japan.
Hino didn’t give many details beyond that, unfortunately, but did comment on how Level-5 is currently reviewing its development process, according to Dualshockers. Level-5’s recent projects, Yo-kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin, were both delayed. In the interview, Hino implied that Level-5 is aiming to regain the trust of its fanbase after these delays.
According to multiple reports, Blizzard plans to effectively end the three tanks, three healers (or “GOATS) meta that has become the norm in most Overwatch League matches, and been a common complaint among viewers
In an original report from Upcomer, the esports news site claimed that multiple sources it had within the Overwatch League had told them that Blizzard will implement a 2-2-2 role lock for teams starting in the league’s fourth stage starting July 25.
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Saturday, June 29, 2019
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Today we're giving away a digital Life is Strange 2 Season Pass for PS4. To enter into this sweepstake, fill out the form below. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident to enter. Today's sweepstake will end at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Entries entered after this time will not be considered.
Friday, June 28, 2019
Game Freak's Junichi Masuda, the producer of Pokémon Sword and Shield, has issued a statement in response to the news that some Pokémon will not be able to be transferred to the newest entry on the Nintendo Switch from previous games.
Posted to Pokemon.com, Masuda-san has assured fans that while some Pokémon may not be available in Pokémon Sword and Shield, that does not mean they will not appear in future games.
Thank you to all of our fans for caring so deeply about Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. I've read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.
With the release of Super Mario Maker 2 on Nintendo Switch this week, more of the Wii U’s library finds some sort of representation on the Switch, which is great considering how little time people had to really experience some of its best titles. Whether via sequels or ports, Nintendo has slowly been bringing the best of the Wii U games to its current console.
But even with Splatoon and Mario Maker sequels, Captain Toad and New Super Mario Bros. U ports and more, there are still treasured gems of the Wii U trapped on Nintendo’s last-gen system. Here are seven Wii U ports Nintendo should make (or franchises to at least consider sequels for), instead of just leaving all this unspent money in my wallet.
Actor and comedian Hiroyuki Miyasako, who plays a supporting character in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, has been suspended by his talent agency due to an alleged link to organised crime.
As reported by The Japan Times (via VG247) Miyasako, who plays Tsuyoshi Nagumo in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, reportedly attended a party five years ago, along with other comedians, that was hosted by an organised crime group. The comedians provided entertainment for party guests and were paid for their efforts. It is that payment that has caused Miyasako and 10 other actors to be suspended by the Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. agency.
Matt has seen Spider-Man: Far From Home which is nice for him. He also went to see Toy Story 4 with Cardy and they both cried together as their childhood's flooded back to them in a touching, impactful 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Joe has watching Japanese men expose their rectums.
The Endless Starch is also back for another mind-bending dose of trivia and mental gymnastics.
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UPDATE: The Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition is $55.99 after coupon at Amazon right now.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming sooner than you might have thought: it's set to release on March 3, 2020 as a PS4 exclusive. While it only encompasses the Midgar portion of the story, it's still a massive enough game that it will be split over two Blu-ray discs. Along with the graphics, the combat has gotten a major overhaul, letting you play in a mixture of turn-based and real-time combat. If you're ready to lock down a copy for yourself right now, you can. We have all the information you need below.
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Google’s vice president for Stadia, Phil Harrison, has elaborated on the kind of exclusive games players will see running on the upcoming video games streaming platform.
Talking to IGN and other journalists at a roundtable event at Google’s UK offices, Harrison said “An innovation that we want to bring to bare is games that are as fun to watch as they are to play,”
“That may be even introduce a new way of experiencing games,” he elaborated. “Most of the games we play today are measured in button presses per second. Watching a YouTube video is button presses per minute. And maybe there's something in between, which is allowing the less engaged gamer to have just as much fun being part of a game. But maybe they have a slightly different viewpoint on the world. Maybe they have a more strategic view.”
Thursday, June 27, 2019
The Pokemon Trading Card Game is debuting the first ever three-in-one Pokemon card in stunning fashion.
Behold Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno GX, a triple Tag Team card with a special holofoil version made to look like a stained glass window (and keep clicking to see more new cards):
This card with the three Kanto Legendary birds can be found in the new Hidden Fates expansion set releasing on August 23.
In 2018, Tag Team Pokemon GX cards were introduced to the game that featured two Pokemon partnering up on one card. Though Tag Team Pokemon GX come at a steep price of three Prize cards, their speed and strength shook up the metagame with extremely powerful combinations that ended up taking top honors at several major tournaments (like in May when Reshiram & Charizard GX secured both first and second at the 480-player Santa Clara Pokemon Regional). Now things look like they’re going to be shaken up again with three famously powerful Pokemon joining together on one card for the first time.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Gears of War’s esports scene has evolved quite a bit over the franchise’s history. It started as a mainly community-led endeavor with occasional tournaments by companies like Major League Gaming. Since then, Gears developer The Coalition has made strides to give the scene a professional edge beginning with more in-game competitive features in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and The Coalition’s development of the Gears Pro Circuit. However, with the scene's grown, the team behind Gears esports has been careful to make sure there’s still respect and a celebration of the scene’s grassroots origins.
Although Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is being developed by Pokemon Go developer Niantic, there are still multiple lessons it can stand to learn from Niantic's flagship catch 'em all game. Here they are, from three die-hard Pokemon Go players on the IGN staff.
Make Our Collection Useful
While Harry Potter: Wizards Unite shares a lot of the same mechanics as Pokemon Go in terms of its basic mechanics (catching Pokemon on the world map vs. catching Foundables, for example), the thing that differentiates Pokemon Go is that the Pokemon you're collecting can be used for things beyond simply adding to your hoard.
Depending on what Pokemon spawns, its IV ratings, and level, it could be utilized right away in other aspects of the game. In Wizards Unite, you're basically just scrapbooking and adding stickers to your notebook — which is cool the first few times, but feels worthless and grindy the more you come across the same Foundable. By contrast, in Pokemon Go, I could catch 10 Charmanders in a row, but every single one of those will be different in its level, moveset, usability, etc depending on what I need at a given moment. Maybe I will evolve that Charmander to a Charizard to use in a raid or PVP battle, or maybe I caught an ultra-rare shiny Pokemon that is just nice as a high-value collector's item.
Dragon Ball Z's story has been told and retold probably over 9000 times, and now that we've got the obligatory "Over 9000" reference out of the way, here's everything you need to know regarding the upcoming Dragon Ball Z Kakarot.
1. It’s developed by CyberConnect2
If you’re unfamiliar with CyberConnect2, chances are high that you’re probably not a huge Naruto fan, as it's the developer behind the fantastic Naruto Ultimate Ninja and Ultimate Ninja Storm series. It's also well known for the .hack games, but if you ask me, the one game that is most relevant in this discussion is Asura’s Wrath.
Magic: The Gathering has revealed its San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Dragon's Endgame, a five-pack that celebrates the recent War of the Spark expansion with Eternal Gods and the Dragon-God Nicol Bolas.
As reported by io9, the five-pack includes four God-Eternals - Rhonas, Bontu, Kefnet, and Oketra, and the Dragon-God Nicol Bolas. Dragon's Endgame is also presented in special edition packaging the includes a double-sided sleeve an a box that is able to display each of the cards.
The five cards feature exclusive artwork by Adam Paquette and are presented with a striking shadow presentation that gives each card a unique and artistic look.
Astral Chain, PlatinumGames’ upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive, might be the first game in a trilogy but don't expect additional content directly following its release.
In an interview with Astral Chain’s director, Takahisa Taura, our Netherlands team got more information regarding the game’s future. "There are currently no plans to release extras for Astral Chain," said Taura as translated by Google, so unless plans change we shouldn't expect much in the way of DLC.
Instead, PlatinumGames hopes to turn Astral Chain into the first of trilogy - provided it sells well of course. “We
The popular Twitch streamer Guy "Dr. Disrespect" Beahm has been reinstated after a two-week ban.
Beahm's channel, which currently has just under 3.5 Million subscribers on Twitch (several thousand of them being paid subscribers), was initially banned during E3 2019, when Beahm repeatedly entered convention center restrooms while broadcasting live to his Twitch channel.
In addition to this being against the law in California, it's also a violation of Twitch's community guidelines, which states "Sharing content that violates another's reasonable expectation of privacy" (like they're using the restroom) as a valid reason for banning a user. Beahm also had his E3 badge revoked by the ESA, according to a report from Kotaku.
A few weeks ago at E3 2019, between a series of Tom Clancy related first-person shooters, Ubisoft revealed Roller Champions, an online multiplayer sports game loosely based on the real world sport of roller derby.
Roller derby is a fast-paced contact sport played on roller skates, mostly by women. It’s very welcoming to queer skaters, and it’s all about getting around the track fast, without too many people knocking you around along the way.
As an active roller derby player, I was ecstatic to see the sport I love finally used as the basis for a video game. Sure, it’s not a 1:1 recreation, but it gets the most important things right. Thanks to its core similarities, there’s a lot you can learn about being better at Roller Champions by studying how pros play roller derby.
Terraria is finally making its way to Nintendo Switch with a release date unexpectedly set for June 27 - that's tomorrow!
A Terraria forum post announcing the date said that the initial release will be digital only, but that a physical retail version would eventually follow. Developer Re-Logic explained that "since the game is ready, we figured we would just get it into your hands as soon as possible."
There's a new PUBG game coming, and it's not a battle royale. It's not a sequel, either. In fact, it's "an original narrative experience within the PUBG universe," according to the PUBG Corporation. Glen Schofield, formerly of Sledgehammer and Visceral Games, is leading up PUBG Corporation's new studio 'Striking Distance' to build this new PUBG game.
The gameplay is going to require a complete, ground-up rebuild, though.
If you've ever played one of the custom PUBG modes, like death match, you know the game doesn't lend itself well to being played outside its battle royale comfort zone. With all the hundreds of hours I have into PUBG, I still don't like how the guns feel.
The free PlayStation Plus games for July 2019 have been revealed, and they take a slightly more sporty angle this month with a little bit of soccer and a little bit of racing.
Announced on the official PlayStation Blog today, the following games will be available free with PlayStation Plus between July 2 and August 5:
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (Read our review here)
- Horizon Chase Turbo
Glen Schofield, the former vice president and general manager of Sledgehammer Games and Visceral Games, who was instrumental in creating Dead Space and co-directed multiple Call of Duty games, has been named the head of Striking Distance studio by PUBG Corporation and will be creating an "original narrative experience within the PUBG universe."
PUBG Corporation announced the news today that Schofield will be building a "world class development team from the ground up" to help create this new narrative experience within the PlayerUnknown's Battleground's universe. The new studio will be located in San Ramon, CA.
“Throughout my career, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to make some remarkable games that tell incredible stories, and each of them has meant something special to me,” said Schofield. “But now, those learnings will help me build a AAA team that can explore new designs and concepts at Striking Distance.”
A group of players found a glitch in Red Dead Online that lets them push through the game boundary into a vast new world of open landscapes.
As reported by Kotaku, a group of game devs from Australia, who call themselves The Grannies on Twitter, pushed past the barrier. Members in the posse are, Ian MacLarty, Andrew Brophy, Marigold Bartlett, Thomas Bowker, Jonothan Rubock, and Kalonica Quigley.
God of War director Cory Barlog has revealed that Sony Santa Monica had discussed cutting Kratos from the game during the early planning stages for the 2018 PS4 game.
Talking at Gamelab in Barcelona, Eurogamer reports that Barlog said “Early in discussion, people were saying we had to get rid of Kratos. It was like, 'he's annoying, he's done'."
Barlog went on to describe that members development team felt that Kratos’ anti-hero design had been played through in the original trilogy, and that the new game needed a fresh protagonist. The argument was that the mythology was important to the series, not the character of Kratos.
Well it turns out Super Mario Maker 2 is amazing, and I said as much in my review. If you haven't gotten yourself a Nintendo Switch yet, I highly recommend doing so. There are some great chances to save on Nintendo Switch right now, and while we have a date for Amazon Prime Day, Switch sales and deals don't care about big sales events. They come and go as they please, with no loyalty to anyone but those of us who value a good deal. What I'm saying is, there is almost always a good chance to save on Nintendo Switch, if you know where to look.
It’s hard to decide where to begin when talking about all the things I love about Super Mario Maker 2. It does nearly everything better than its already excellent predecessor, introducing some incredible new ideas, level styles, building items, and so much more - all while maintaining the charm of Mario games we know and love.
Despite enabling you to depart so radically from the core Mario style, even the most odd-ball levels still feel like they could belong to some lost Super Mario game. But Super Mario Maker 2 is so much more than just a way to live out your Miyamoto-esque design fantasies: there's also a robust online mode to play against or with other people, a story mode that could almost stand as a full Mario game in its own right, and an abundance of content available to you before you even start making your first level. Like I said, I don't even know where to begin.
Today we're giving away a digital copy of Forager for PC/Steam. To enter into this sweepstake, fill out the form below. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident to enter. Today's sweepstake will end at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Entries entered after this time will not be considered.
The very first console game based on the incredibly popular anime and manga series One Punch Man has been announced.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows will be produced by Bandai Namco, and is a 3v3 game in a similar vein to 3D fighters such as Jump Force.
The announcement trailer reveals a cast of characters including protagonist Saitama, as well as Genos, Hellish Blizzard, Speed-o'-Sound Sonic, and Mumen Rider. The announcement tweet teases that more characters are to be announced.
The first ever console game based on ONE PUNCH MAN is coming to PS4, X1, and PC! Get ready to play 3v3 battles as Saitama, Genos, Hellish Blizzard, Speed-o'-Sound Sonic, Mumen Rider and more in ONE PUNCH MAN: A HERO NOBODY KNOWS!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
EA Play gave us 14 minutes of largely unedited Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay. I liked what I saw initially, but was left scratching my head after seeing the nearly 30-minute behind-closed-doors demo. The vertical slice that was shown on the EA Play livestream omitted some spectacular set piece moments and crucial hints of Fallen Order's Metroidvania structure. Be sure to watch the full behind-closed-doors demo for yourself in the video above and if you're itching for extra context you can find all the details I noticed below.
- A Republic LAAT Clone Dropship attacks an Imperial ATAT and TIE fighter. It’s likely that the LAAT is stolen, and being piloted by Saw Gerrera’s rebels since the Galactic Republic’s clone troopers would have been re-designated as stormtroopers at this point, and their vehicles decommissioned.
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Upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077 will not feature a morality system that categorises your character as good or bad depending on their actions.
Talking to GamingBolt, quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz said “We don’t have a moral system per se. However, to complete
non-lethally you have to be very good at stealth. Invest in points that allow you to stealth better, use weapons that will allow you to incapacitate the enemy instead of killing them, to make the moral choices that will allow you to avoid killing people throughout the game.”
With this in mind, it appears that Cyberpunk 2077 will allow you to make moral decisions, but those choices will not be categorised and counted in the same way as, for example, Mass Effect’s Paragon and Renegade system.
The former head of Sledgehammer Games, the studio behind numerous Call of Duty games, has spoken about how Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could be a tough challenge for Infinity Ward, noting that there could be pressure from Activision to make the game controversial.
Talking to Venture Beat, Michael Condrey - who now acts as president of 2K Silicon Valley - responded to a question about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s critical reception at E3.
“I respect every developer who strives to deliver their work as an extension or reflection of their artistic vision,” Condrey said. “That said, MW seems like a tough challenge for any studio, especially if they are being pushed by publishing to be more controversial and “darker” for the sake of headlines.”
Monday, June 24, 2019
E3 is over...long live E3! And although it was a great show overall, that doesn't mean it didn't have its fair share of disappointing moments. We went around the IGN office to round up the creme de la creme of the biggest E3 bummers.
A Lack of Rocksteady
I was already sad that we wouldn't be seeing Rocksteady's next game at E3 this year, and then Avengers happened. We still don't know what the Batman Arkham devs are up to officially, but if rumours (and a certain amount of common sense) are to be believed, it'll be a DC superhero game of some description. You only need look at this list to see that the Marvel effort on show didn't quite meet expectations - how nice would it have been to have something else to pin our superhero hopes on? As it is, the wait continues. Here's hoping that long-awaited reveal works in Rocksteady's favour, unlike Crystal Dynamics. - Joe Skrebels
Pokemon Fusion, an online program that randomly generates the fusion of two separate Pokemon sprites into a single (often horrifying) sprite, has suddenly come back into the spotlight.
With a resurgence in Pokemon Fusion’s popularity, we’ve decided to dig into why it has regained attention, how the program works, and share some wonderful examples of fan PokeFusions and subsequent fan art.
The Return of Pokemon Fusion
Fusing two Pokemon together to create fan art has been around nearly as long as Pokemon Red and Blue, but web developer Alex Onsager launched the widely used Pokemon Fusion website in 2010. The site spiked in popularity in 2013, generating a slew of memes, including the classic “Be strong for mother” comic created by ohcorny on Tumblr, which featured fan art for their Weepinduo, a fusio of Weepinbell and Doduo.
If you're interested in buying a PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro, you've come to the right place. We've clicked through all the retailers that sell PlayStation consoles and compiled a list of the best deals available right now. And if you're new to the PS4 platform or would like some additional information about PlayStation services and accessories, we have you covered there too, along with other buying information you might find useful.
One thing to keep in mind: since the PS4 is the best-selling game console this generation, retailers don't have much incentive to offer discounts. So while the PS4 deals we've found can save you a few bucks, the savings usually aren't that big outside of Black Friday.
Cyberpunk 2077's lead quest designer Paweł Sasko has hinted that a New Game Plus Mode may be in the works for the highly anticipated game from CD Projekt Red.
Via Reddit, user u/CaptainGJB direct messaged Sasko on Twitter and asked him if it would be possible to "have a character with every stat/ability maxed out, or will it be closer to
in that there's limited upgrade slots?"
Sasko answered that, while they are still working on character progression and it may change in time, "most likely it won't be possible to max out everything on 1 playthrough, as it would have little sens to have a game that is about replayability and choices, while in the same time allow the players to max out all the stats on the first run :)"
The story in Marvel’s Avengers will incorporate a five-year time jump, and following that jump the Avengers will experience costume changes and personality shifts.
Revealed in a VentureBeat interview with lead combat designer Vincent Napoli and director Shaun Escayg, it’s revealed that following the catastrophic event known as A-Day that supposedly results in the death of Captain America and the disbanding of The Avengers, the remaining heroes go through these costume and personality shifts.
Napoli said, "Picking up five years later, where they’re at is very different from where they are in the beginning, which also gives us a very different — it’s not just costumes and aesthetics, but different personalities, different gameplay space."
Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite racked up 400,000 downloads and $300,000 in revenue within its first day of launch according to Sensor Tower's data.
Although Wizards Unite climbed to the No. 1 spot for free games in the App store for US users within 15 hours, Pokemon Go had been in the same position in 2016 and was downloaded 7.5 million times within 24 hours of its launch – while pulling in nearly $2 million.
Pokemon Go was ranked in first place for player spending after 24 hours, where as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was in the No. 48 spot in the UK and No. 102 in the US.
Gears 5 Escape has been our first chance to get a look at some of the game’s newest weapons, character abilities, and enemies. While there will surely be more surprises in store for us in the campaign, versus, and Horde, here are the new features we’ve found so far.
The characters you use in Escape and Horde are called Hero Characters. Each of these characters is equipped with a passive and ultimate ability. We only know about the following three characters who have a unique connection to Escape, but The Coalition said more will be added to Escape. We have yet to see who will be playable in Horde.
Today we're giving away a digital copy of Shadow of the Tomb Raider for PS4. To enter into this sweepstake, fill out the form below. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident to enter. Today's sweepstake will end at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Entries entered after this time will not be considered.
While it may not be a household name like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, Samurai Shodown is a storied fighting game series with a legacy to uphold. The 2019 version, which is simply titled Samurai Shodown, does a great job of bringing its unique brand of methodical footsies-based 2D duels into this modern era of fighters.
Samurai Shodown finds itself on the fighting game spectrum somewhere in between Street Fighter and Divekick, meaning it’s not about combos, juggles, block strings, frame traps, or other high-level fighting game techniques. Instead, it strips all of that away, leaving a game that is laser focused on careful positioning, reading your opponent, and brutally punishing their mistakes.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
While the world waits for King Kong to eventually get around to fighting Godzilla, another brand of apes are quietly waiting for their moment to shine once again. A new Ape Escape game may be in the works, if some suspicious tweets are to be believed.
A relatively new Twitter account by the name of @piposaru20th tweeted out this image, along with the translated caption: “Piposar (20 years since then. I've been running around, but i wonder if there's anyone chasing me anymore.” The image shows a titular ape from the Ape Escape franchise peeking around a tree.
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Saturday, June 22, 2019
Ever since the Xbox One’s nightmarish launch in 2013, Microsoft and the Phil Spencer-led Xbox leadership team have done a remarkable job of rebuilding the entire Xbox brand on the fly. There could never be an overnight fix; restoring Team Xbox to its Xbox 360 glory days would require a complete systemic overhaul in order to win spurned fans back over.
And so they began. The Xbox One S, the Xbox One X, Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, original Xbox backwards compatibility, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox All Access, eight new first-party studios, Project xCloud, and on and on and on. Every E3 program has come with a clear focus and a gamer-first message. Kinect is dead, the “all-in-one entertainment device” is dead. Xbox is a gamer-focused brand, and this year, it was playing for tomorrow.
How do you do, fellow kids? Since the earliest days of the internet, E3 has been a time when gamers around the world flock to their favorite message boards, chat rooms, comment sections and social networks to fire off their hottest takes on all the massive video game announcements.
While some of the biggest new video games will become old and forgotten over time, some of the memes to come out E3 have proven to have a lasting legacy.
Giant Enemy Crab
At Sony’s 2006 E3 conference, they showed off Genji: Days of the Blade, a game that promised historically accurate battles that actually took place in ancient Japan, yet also had players fighting... a giant enemy crab? This anachronistic arthropod went on to inspire numerous memes, and even landed itself a cameo in Scribblenauts.
E3 2019 has come and gone, but most of the games we saw are still on the horizon, and the excitement for them is still growing strong.
Based on article traffic, we’ve determined what the most popular games from E3 2019 were for IGN readers. We also made a separate list of the most preordered E3 games based on our data tracking. Continue on to see which games made the cut, and what some of our readers had to say in our comments sections.
1) Marvel’s Avengers
Reactions to Marvel’s Avengers from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal have varied from person to person, but it undeniably caught the attention of a huge amount of IGN readers. Marvel’s Avengers was shown off at the end of Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference with a flashy and dramatic trailer, and the publisher ultimately revealed its release date: May 15, 2020.
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Friday, June 21, 2019
Keanu Reeves shook the house at Microsoft's E3 2019 showcase, after the latest trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 revealed he would be playing Johnny Silverhands, a rebellious rock star and the player character's companion during at least some of the game. IGN sat down with Reeves, who also recently starred in John Wick 3, to talk about why he wanted to be a part of CD Projekt Red's next big role-playing game.
"Part of the attraction for me was that not only was it my face, but they were asking me to perform a role, and a cool one," Reeves said. "I really love the format of the game and some of the questions it asks, what's revealed, and what it demands of the player. There's some interesting choices that have to get made."
As the development community continues to question practices that contribute to a normalized culture of crunch, many studios and individual developers have been reflecting on the conversation, trying to find ways to contribute to the solution. And Nintendo is no different.
Crunch isn’t necessarily an easy problem to identify or solve, and there are nuances to that problem based on the variations in studios’ personal practices or team structures. Ultimately, a lot of what contributes to crunch is the inherent nature of game development: It’s hard to predict what will work, what will go wrong, and what will end up being the better direction as identified by creative leads (and, let’s be real: Likely publisher needs, too).
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, studio head at Crystal Dynamics, Scott Amos, shared how much they have expanded for Marvel's Avengers following the Tomb Raider trilogy.
"From our side, it's the biggest thing that we've ever done," Amos said. "We now have five studios working together to pull this off. Crystal Dynamics at Redwood Shores, we opened a new studio in Bellevue called Crystal North West. We have our partners in the Netherlands, Nixxes, which has a big team of people who we've worked with for 20 years. Eidos Montreal was our sister studio for all of Tomb Raider, so they're working on this. And even Square Enix Japan has folks from the tech group working with us."
The younger members of the team working on the Breath of the Wild sequel have notably been inspired by Red Dead Redemption 2.
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed this information in an interview with IGN. When asked what games the younger staff on the Zelda team were playing, specifically what inspired them, Aonuma replied “
I did hear that a lot of people were playing was Red Dead Redemption 2."
Zelda Team's Influences
When asked what open worlds inspired the Zelda team as a whole, he said "When I was working on Breath of the Wild, the director
Elden Ring’s announcement trailer shown off at E3 2019’s Xbox Briefing had honestly left me clueless. The most noteworthy aspect was, of course, the fact that Elden Ring’s world is being created as a collaboration between Miyazaki and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. But besides that, all I understood was that the “Elden Ring” had been shattered… by somebody or something?
It almost felt like the narrator’s words “I doubt you could even imagine it” were addressed to me personally.
Luckily, Miyazaki was not the secretive soul master I had imagined him to be. He was open and friendly and seemed eager to tell me all about his new game and the meaning behind the Elden Ring.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson has admitted that Anthem’s ambition to bring together story-focused gaming and looter-shooter mechanics is “not working very well”, but he vows that the publisher will stand by both the game and developer BioWare in hope of improving Anthem’s fortunes.
Talking to GameDaily.biz, Wilson said of the two player demographics Anthem attempted to bring together: “One was traditional BioWare story driven content, and the other was this action-adventure type content. About the 30 or 40 hour mark they really had to come together and start working in on the elder game. At that point everyone kind of went, ‘Oh, hang a minute.’ Now the calculation is off.”
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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, the remake of Naughty Dog’s classic kart racer, has released to critical acclaim, but is suffering some unfortunate online issues.
Many players have taken to social media channels to discuss the problems they are encountering in CTR’s online multiplayer. As demonstrated by a video linked to us on Twitter, players are seemingly disconnecting and disappearing off the track.
Question to @BeenoxTeam @CrashBandicoot @Activision...is Crash Team Racing Online supposed to play this badly? I'm hoping there'll be a patch soon I know bugs are expected but this is somewhat disappointing. #CTRNitroFueled #CrashTeamRacing @IGNUK @ign #PS4 #PS4Share pic.twitter.com/vd18Ze0Rb8
The only assets Black Forest Games has taken from 2005’s Destroy All Humans! are the original voice lines and music. Every other aspect has been rebuilt to bring alien anti-hero Cryptosporidium 137 aka Crypto back to our screens. The developers describe this new outing as “not a remake, but a remake of what people remember it being”. In my short time seeing the game I knew exactly what they meant, for better or worse.
At its core, Destroy All Humans! is still about exactly that: destroying all humans. Their towns, army bases and general peace of mind. It’s a third-person shooter but also incorporates stealth elements, and vehicle combat when commanding Crypto’s Saucer. You’re encouraged to cause as much destruction as possible, raining death from above, then strolling through the ruins finding new and interesting ways to interfere with the survivors.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Square Enix has released 22 new screenshots and pieces of character art, showing previously unseen parts of Final Fantasy VII remake.
The screenshots include glimpses at the Shinra Building, Aerith gameplay (including what appears to be her Limit Break, Healing Wind), the Air Buster boss and more.
Character art also shows Cloud and Aerith's new models in more detail. The screenshots run the length of what we expect the first episode of the Remake to encompass - although, as we know, these episodes have been inflated to the size of full games in their own right.
CD Projekt Red is considering the possibility of producing expansion packs for Cyberpunk 2077, akin to how The Witcher 3 was greatly expanded with the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine DLC.
Talking to Prima Games, UI coordinator Alvin Liu said “We are talking about expansions in the future."
“We want to make sure everything's complete, but we also want to build open worlds,” he explained. “I know when I was playing The Witcher 3 and I finished everything, I still want to know what everyone was up to. I think we're going to have opportunities like that as well for Cyberpunk 2077."
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
If Sony Santa Monica's job listings are any indication, the developers behind IGN's 2018 Game of the Year-winner God of War may be staffing up for development on a God of War 2018 follow-up — or a game really similar to it.
Recently posted Santa Monica's job listings, for roles like Combat Designer, list under required knowledge and skills that candidates "must have knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak about the combat systems, mechanics and enemies."
God of War: Ragnarok?
The Witcher 3: Complete Edition was announced for Nintendo Switch during E3 2019 last week, and developer CD Projekt Red says it is “proud” of the port quality even with certain parts of the game having to be altered to get it running on the system.
In an interview with VGC, CD Projekt Red’s Alvin Liu said that they “understand that there were hardware trade-offs” when porting it as a Nintendo Switch game, including having to reduce foliage in the scenery and lower some of the draw distances, but that he thinks “it still looks amazing.”
Astral Chain, the upcoming Nintendo Switch game from PlatinumGames, has optional local co-op, but it allegedly makes the game more difficult.
Astral Chain’s director Takahisa Taura revealed this information in an interview with Kotaku, saying (via a translator) “You may have noticed that the characters are connected by a chain... when you’re controlling two characters, that chain allows you to see where the other character is in relation to the one that you’re controlling.”
While this mechanic was designed for one person to control two characters at once, the Switch’s inherent inclusion of two Joy-Con inspired Taura to incorporate co-op. “I thought as I was developing the game that, of course, it could be made into that kind of system where it could be split up, but generally what I wanted to do is have one player control two characters at the same time. But the Switch actually has this great feature where, obviously, you can detach the Joy-Con and share play. We wanted to take advantage of that as well.”
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer believes the future – and present – of measuring success in the video game business is by focusing on software and services, not hardware. In an interview with Kotaku at E3 2019, Spencer alluded to Google Stadia in asserting his belief that "the consoles are not where the profit in this side of the business is made."
"The business is selling software and services," he said. "The business is not how many consoles you sell. The consoles are not where the profit in this side of the business is made, which is where the whole: ‘Who’s selling more consoles’ at any one time as the kind of root good of who is doing well in the business is just not true. You have other companies entering gaming who don’t even have a console as part of their equation. It’s all about how many games are people playing. And how much people are spending playing those games and how often they play."
During Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct and Nintendo Treehouse Live, Nintendo divulged more information about Pokemon Sword and Shield, including the identity of a new gym leader, details on how Dynamax Raids work, and gave an extensive look at the free-roaming Wild Area.
All-in-all, there were 22 details we learned about Pokemon Sword and Shield this morning.
Pokemon Sword and Shield: Wild Area
1 - Weather in the Wild Area not only impacts battles, it also changes which wild Pokemon can appear.
2 - Thunderstorms increase the power of Electric- and Water-type Pokemon.
3 - Trainers can whistle while in the Wild area - this makes some Pokemon stop, some run towards the trainer and some run away.
Initially I imagined LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was a compilation of sorts, featuring updated versions of previous LEGO Star Wars games while filling in the gaps of unrepresented films with new content. This simply is not the case. All nine main Star Wars movies are equally represented with brand new levels and objectives along with the freedom to play in the order you choose. As the E3 demo showed, a cool rotating episode select menu allows anyone to play whichever episode they want from the start. If I don't want to play Attack of the Clones, great. The option is mine!
The team behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild opted to create a sequel rather than an entirely new Zelda game due to the amount of DLC ideas it had for the 2017 original.
Speaking with Kotaku, series producer Eiji Aonuma said DLC was a great way to "add more elements to the same world" as Breath of the Wild, "but when it comes down to technical things, DLC is pretty much data — you’re adding data to a preexisting title. And so when we wanted to add bigger changes, DLC is not enough, and that’s why we thought maybe a sequel would be a good fit."
When asked if the sequel was initially planned as an expansion, Aonuma said the team was only brainstorming DLC ideas at first, until it became clear they had greater ambitions. "This is too many ideas, let’s just make one new game and start from scratch," he said.
According to Twitter’s own metrics, Nintendo, Keanu Reeves and Final Fantasy VII Remake ranked among the most talked about subjects of E3 2019.
Revealed to The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter claims the biggest moment of the event for their platform was the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation broadcasted Tuesday morning. Nintendo’s big show was followed in popularity by Keanu Reeves' surprise appearance at Microsoft’s press conference on Sunday. The third most tweeted about moment was Square Enix’s conference on Monday, where it debuted new gameplay from Final Fantasy VII Remake and unveiled Marvel’s Avengers.
The Coalition revealed a new mode for Gears 5 at E3 2019 called Escape. In it, a team of up to three must outrun a cloud of venom while slaying the Swarm that patrols ahead with their limited resources. The thing is, Escape isn’t limited to just one map. The Coalition will be uploading a new Escape hive roughly every week. This mode’s maps are built with a tile system, which will be available to all players through the new 2D Map Builder feature. We sat down with The Coalition to make our first map and explore the lengths at which we could customize a hive for Escape.
My goal was to make something terribly hard but not completely impossible. You have to complete one run on your custom map in order to publish it, which is fair. I began by placing a starting point and picked a few corridors and rooms of varying sizes to lay the framework. For the sake of time, I chose to stick with only one chapter, though The Coalition said you can build your hive to have many chapters, which are sections of the hive that are broken up by Safe Rooms. These Left 4 Dead-style Safe Rooms allow players to get a little bit of a break from the chaos; pause, get a snack, or do whatever you need. Each chapter also has a limit to how many pieces you can add based on a point value assigned to each piece. Once you meet that budget, you need to move onto the next chapter. I didn’t feel like the budget was limiting.
Maneater is an open-world action game presented as a reality show about a vengeful shark, narrated by SNL and Archer’s Chris Parnell. Somehow, that’s not the strangest part of it. This Tripwire-developed passion project has you chomping your way through several underwater ecosystems, growing and evolving as you go, allowing you to enter harsher waters, all while terrorising the surface world on the hunt for your meaty end-goal. It’s basically F**ko the Dolphin.
In a hands-off demo at E3, my first impression is that Maneater looks far nicer than expected, an oversaturated city casting harsh neon light over a polluted bay as a single fin pokes out of the swell. My second impression is that the shark that fin’s attached to has just grabbed a nearby swimmer in its teeth, breached 20 feet out of the water and whipped the remaining half of the still-screaming man into a concrete bridge strut with a bloody pop. I’m giggling despite myself.
Whenever a strategy game gives me the option to choose between several distinct factions, I'm always faced with a petrifying dilemma. Do I choose the stalwart mech-using humans known as the Vanguard that are always reliable and familiar? Do I change things up and go exotic with a race of bug-like aliens called the Kir’ko that are eager to defend their newfound freedom after centuries of enslavement? Wait a minute — is that a faction comprised of undying dumpster divers who meld whatever tech they can find or kill for and graft it onto their bodies? Yes please!
That's right, in my hands-on demo with Age of Wonders: Planetfall, I got some time in with the faction known as The Assembly. True to their name, they love manufacturing: slapping together pieces of people and machinery, engineering virulent diseases — you name it. Somehow, they feel right at home next to the dinosaur-riding Amazons and insectoid aliens all vying for a slice of planetary conquest. So far, each faction I've seen is more than just eye candy, as they all have their compelling backstories in a world reeling from the collapse of an imperious galactic civilization. Even the tech trees and upgrades tell a story of your faction's desire to stand apart and evolve, and you'll have a major role in choosing how they grow each time you play.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake will still feature the original game’s infamous cross-dressing sequence, according to an interview with Square Enix conducted by Famitsu.
The news comes as a slight surprise as the same Famitsu feature (via Eurogamer) reveals that Square Enix has an ethics department, which instructed the developers of Final Fantasy 7 Remake to “restrict” Tifa’s chest for her new look, to ensure she didn’t look “unnatural” during action sequences. This led to her new design featuring a more athletic build and fitted clothing, rather than the more pin-up girl look she sported in the original game.
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Super Mario Maker 2 brings some incredible, fun, and entirely new elements to the Super Mario Maker formula. Almost every single addition, big or small, feels fantastic and works phenomenally well, with one exception: I cannot figure out who co-op level building is for.
If you've played any of the New Super Mario games, you know co-op play can be an incredible experience. It can also tear friendships apart. In other words, it's wonderful. Co-op level gameplay is part of Super Mario Maker 2, so you can make your own levels and then scream at your friends and family to "pop my bubble!" after you miss a jump or take a direct hit from a fireball.
Fall Guys has been pitched as a battle royale of sorts, and while Mediatonic’s game is clearly standing on the shoulders of gaming’s current craze for slowly whittled 100-player match-ups, it borrows far more from madcap game shows than nervy shooters.
There’s Double Dare’s technicolour palette, and Gladiators’ violent soft-play aesthetic, but above all, there’s the “many become few” mini-game format of Takeshi’s Castle (or MXC if you’re from the US), in which physical games act as an elimination gateway for numerous contestants, getting harder and harder until the final round leaves just a few standing.
Fall Guys sees 100 players choose and name a wobbling, top-heavy avatar - think Gang Beasts’ jelly-like protagonists and you’ll get the idea - before being sent through a gauntlet of semi-random games, each ending in a swathe of players being eliminated before the next round begins.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The release date for the upcoming Harry Potter Wizards Unite mobile game has been announced for June 21, 2019.
The announcement came from an exclusive event in Los Angeles, where CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, released details about the upcoming game, and was later confirmed on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite's Twitter.
The worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite begins this Friday, June 21! Keep your eyes peeled and wand ready for more information as the game goes live in your region soon. #WizardsUnite pic.twitter.com/ckk4s4mi8a