Saturday, November 30, 2019
After an illustrated image of the PlayStation 5 devkit appeared to be confirmed by a game developer last August, a new image -- this time of the real thing -- has appeared on Twitter. The image, first shared by Twitter user @Alcoholikaust and reported on by Eurogamer, shows two supposed PS5 devkits side by side, each featuring the same V-shaped design we saw in the earlier illustrated images.
While video games continue to grapple with whether or not they want to lean into politics, a decidedly less turbulent franchise is making the move to remove all politics from the kitchen table. Mattel Games has released “Uno Nonpartisan,” which removes all the blue and red colored cards from the game and replaces them with purple and orange cards.
Mattel explicitly states on Uno Nonpartisan’s product page that “without Red or Blue cards the focus can stay on the game,” referencing the politicized color spectrum of the Republican party and the Democratic party.
Friday, November 29, 2019
The next batch of Pokemon Sword and Shield plushies have been revealed and they’re adorable.
The Pokémon Company (via Nintendo Life) has revealed five new Sword and Shield plushies that will go on sale from December 14. The plushies include Gossifleur, Eldegoss, Wooloo, Corviknight, and Drednaw.
All five of these plush toys will be available to buy in the Japanese Pokémon Center. If you can’t make it there, don’t worry, as you’ll also be able to buy them from Amazon Japan.
The Valve Index VR headset is experiencing stock shortages in the US and Canada after the reveal of Half-Life: Alyx.
Valve revealed its new VR-only game Half-Life: Alyx on November 21. Now, just a week later, Valve’s own VR headset, the Index, is selling out in the US and Canada.
That’s three packages in total: the headset, controllers, and Half-Life: Alyx package; headset and Half-Life: Alyx package; and the controllers and Half-Life: Alyx package.
Google has hired developers who worked on the Assassin’s Creed series for its first game studio, which will focus on producing Stadia titles.
VGC discovered that some of Google’s first hires for its Stadia game studio in Montreal are those who previously held senior positions on the Assassin’s Creed series at Ubisoft. We’ve confirmed these hires by checking their LinkedIn profiles.
First is Sébastien Puel, who is now the general director of Google’s studio after being the executive producer on Assassin’s Creed for just over 10 years.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Dirt, Grid, and F1 series developer and publisher Codemasters has announced the acquisition of Slightly Mad Studios, the developer and owner of the Project CARS franchise.
Established in 2009, Slightly Mad Studios developed Need for Speed Shift and Shift 2 Unleashed for EA (plus Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends for Rombax Games) before investing in developing Project CARS and its sequel, which were distributed in partnership with Bandai Namco.
“We are delighted to bring such an incredible racing game developer to the Codemasters family, and this unequivocally establishes us as a global powerhouse in the development of racing titles,” said Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier alongside the announcement. “We share the same passion and vision and our new partnership will accelerate our growth. With more streaming services coming to market and the next generation of games consoles due in 2020, this is the perfect time for Codemasters to take its next step.”
Dungeons & Dragons' most bonkers adventure to date, Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty: Big Rick Energy, was released recently and it's just as wild as you might expect.
Eager to jump through a portal into the mind of mad scientist (and apparently long-time dungeon master) Rick Sanchez, we invited D&D Game Designer Kate Welch, Maude Garrett, and IGN's own Michael Swaim, Brandin Tyrrel, and Jon Ryan to take on the mantle of Rick, Beth, Morty, Jerry, and the long-time favorite and definitely-not-just-thrown-in-because-the-party-didn't-have-a-tank character Meatface. Kate leads us through a dungeon where we encounter bats, goblins, some very angry pickles, a blue-tined friend (LOOK AT ME), and lose our asses in the process!
A fan is creating a mod that will bring everyone’s favourite new Star Wars character to Star Wars Battlefront 2.
We all want to be closer to Baby Yoda. It’s not enough simply to watch him on the screen with the arrival of each epsiode of The Mandalorian. We want that Baby Yoda merch, too. We need to wear him on our chest. But how about playing as Baby Yoda?
Reddit user Nanobuds1220 has revealed their work-in-progress mod that will bring Baby Yoda to Star Wars Battlefront II. It’s not finished yet - as you can see, his eyes are not nearly cute enough - but it is at least definitely on the way.
Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake will have a reversible cover. There are also new details and gameplay of Aerith and Tifa combat.
What’s better than one Final Fantasy VII Remake cover? Two, of course. Square Enix has announced on Twitter that all box copies of the game in North America and Europe will have a reversible cover.
As well as the white cover that recreates the classic cover of the original 1997 PS1 game, you’ll be able to flip over to a black cover that simply bears the game’s logo - this is the same as the Japanese physical version’s cover.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
After a long (loooooong) wait – MechWarrior 4 came out in 2000! – the next mainline MechWarrior game is finally here in the form of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.
Welcome to the year 3015 and the Battletech universe. It is the Succession Wars, and you'll be in the middle of it. Check out the opening cinematic above.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will be released on PC on December 10 through the Epic Games Store. If you enjoyed the trailer above and the screenshot gallery on this page, there's plenty more MechWarrior 5 for you here.
Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible. His favorite MechWarrior is MechWarrior 3, because it introduced mouse and keyboard controls in addition to joystick support.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is hosting a Resident Evil themed spirit event this weekend.
Resident Evil characters are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on November 29 as part of a new spirit event that will run for five days. That means you won’t be able to fight as them unfortunately.
The four characters from Capcom’s survival-horror series that will be available to grab as spirits are: Albert Wesker, Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jill Valentine.
A new patent filed by Sony for a technology called “scene tagging” could suggest the creation and sharing of user-generated content will be a big part of the PlayStation 5.
The filing explains that “scene tagging is used to characterize user generated content associated with gameplay information associated with video games,” which means it probably relates to the upcoming PlayStation 5.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Microsoft says that virtual reality isn’t a focus for Xbox Scarlett as there isn’t enough demand for it.
Vice president of gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer, has said in a new interview with Stevivor at XO19 that virtual reality isn’t a big part of next-gen console Xbox Scarlett.
“We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR,” Spencer said. “The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there’s places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.”
Update: Ubisoft has announced that Assassin's Creed: Rebel Collection will arrive on Switch on December 6.
Original story: During Wednesday's Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced the the Assassin's Creed: Rebel Collection will be coming to Nintendo Switch.
The collection combines both Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed: Rogue. Both games will include all past DLC, plus new features like touch controls and motion aiming. Nintendo showed off Black Flag's sailing combat during this detail, so expect to most likely use the feature there.
Nintendo did not specify a release date for the Rebel Collection.
Nintendo also announced a Doom 64 re-release on the Switch for November and a handful of SNES games coming to Nintendo Switch Online on September 5.
Google Stadia has had a rough launch. The new game-streaming service has been live for about a week now, and the best thing we can say is that it works – but just barely. The service is barebones right now, missing not only the features expected to be added next year, but many of the ones Google promised for launch day. There have been issues in fulfillment as well, with many early adopters waiting days to receive access codes, despite pre-ordering months ago.
But a bad launch doesn’t mean Stadia is doomed to fail. There’s plenty of precedents, from game companies to Google itself, of new platforms having trouble out the gate, only to mature into stable, thriving ecosystems. We’re comparing different launches with very different problems, of course, but it’s still worth looking at how companies reacted, whether they listened to their fans, adapted to changing landscapes, or simply had some stars align. Let’s take a look.
Concept art for what could be a new Fable game has been found online before quickly being taken down.
Twitter user Klobrille (via ResetEra) recently discovered the work of Brazilian concept artist Rodrigo Idalino on ArtStation. Among his works was what appears to be concept art for the new Fable game that’s reportedly in development at Playground Games.
CD Projekt Red has released some Instagram filters that make you look like a character from Cyberpunk 2077.
If waiting for the Cyberpunk 2077 release date is too much then rejoice in the fact that you can now turn yourself into one of the game’s body-modded characters. Well, almost.
CD Projekt Red has now released four Instagram filters that give you a cybernetic makeover so you can share your hot look from the future with your friends. Want some robot eyes or a metal plate in your face but don’t want to commit to the look forever? Look no further.
Monday, November 25, 2019
Fans nostalgic for the bygone days of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater are clamoring over new rumors that the series could be making a comeback in some form or another. Multiple sources are reporting on some kind of return for the Pro Skater series, though it’s unclear at this point exactly what that will look like.
There are two different Pro Skater rumors making their rounds on the internet right now. The first is reports from well-known video game leakers about the existence of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remasters. The second is a quote about a supposed new Pro Skater game in the works.
Over the weekend, video game leaker Sabi reported that there are prototypes of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 remasters currently making the rounds around Activision.
Lawyers representing The Pokemon Company are searching for internet users that leaked Pokemon Sword and Shield details.
In a new lawsuit originally reported on by Forbes, the company notes it is specifically looking for 4Chan and Discord users that leaked unrevealed Pokemon from the Sword and Shield strategy guide weeks before the game and the guide released.
Lawyers from Perkins Coie, a law firm headquartered in Seattle, said the leakers, "disrupted
ability to market Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield and the Strategy Guide," arguing that the leaks reduced fan interest and engagement generated by keeping key elements of the games secret.
If you love Black Friday sales, deals, and huge savings, I have great news for you! Right now you can save $100 and get an Xbox One S 1TB All-Digital Edition bundle with three games at Walmart, all for just $149.
Black Friday Deal: Xbox One S All-Digital 1TB with 3 Games for $149
If you are ready to embrace the all-digital future, you can save $100 on an Xbox One S All Digital Edition at Walmart. Note that this Xbox One does not have a disc drive, so physical versions of Xbox One or Xbox 360 games won't work. While it normally retails for $249, you can grab one right now for $149 and get Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and a Fortnite pack which includes 2000 V-Bucks, outfits, and more. Order now and get free two-day delivery.
If you love Black Friday deals, big savings, and video games, I have some great news for you. Right now you can get an Xbox One S 1TB bundle with NBA 2K20 for just $199, which knocks $100 off the regular price.
Black Friday 1TB Xbox One S with NBA 2K20 for $199
While it normally costs $299, right now at Walmart you can get a 1TB Xbox One S bundle with NBA 2K20 for just $199, meaning you can save $100 and get free two-day delivery.
Black Friday 2019
Black Friday is nearly upon us, and you can find all the best deals, both live and upcoming, with our Black Friday deal guides.
Google has responded to controversy that sparked after it was found that some Stadia games don’t stream at true 4K resolution.
Since Google Stadia came out last week it’s been discovered that the new gaming platform doesn’t stream the 4K versions of Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 that are available on other platforms.
Instead, Stadia renders Destiny 2 at 1080p and RDR2 at 1440p and then upscales them to 4K on Chromecast Ultra. This caused some people to complain, as Google vice president Phil Harrison previously said that all Stadia games will support 4K at launch - that isn’t true as two launch games are being upscaled to 4K.
Next month Wizards of the Coast will bring something totally new to Magic: The Gathering. Starting December 2, a new “sub-brand” called Secret Lair will group existing cards into small collectible sets with strange themes and wild new art styles.
This initiative will kick off with the Secret Lair Drop Series: a collection of seven unique set drops that Wizards calls “a love letter for its fans.” IGN is excited to give you the first look at one of those drops – an adorable cat-themed set aptly named “OMG KITTIES!”
Flip through the slideshow below to see all the cards in this drop, and read on for more details about Secret Lair, the next drops, and more:
Final Fantasy 7 Remake director Tetsuya Nomura has said that Square Enix has "already begun working on" the next part of the episodic remake of his RPG classic.
"Opportunities for discussing our true intentions are few, but with regard to the size of the game that many are asking about – there’s no reason at all to worry. Even in this Midgar portion alone, the density and volume are so great that I had to give directions to lighten them.
Square Enix has released new screenshots of Final Fantasy VII Remake, showing off everything from the Chocobo & Moogle summon, to weapon upgrades, to where you can switch to the game's Classic Mode.
Check out all the new images below, and marvel at the fact that Moogles now look quite like koalas:
The screenshots come alongside a blog post from Square Enix that, among other things, confirms the second part of the episodic remake is now being worked on.
The screenshots show off a number of different parts of the game. Characters shown off include Avalanche's Biggs, Jessie and Wedge and The Turks' Reno and Rude. We also get a look at some familiar locations, including Aerith's house. Cloud's Triple Slash and Blade Burst abilities are also included.
Modders are working together to bring zombies to Red Dead Redemption 2’s single-player mode.
YouTuber jedijosh920 recently uploaded footage of a mod that adds zombies to the Red Dead Redemption 2 single-player campaign. The zombies are shown chasing the player and attacking other characters.
Take-Two has revealed why there hasn’t been a Grand Theft Auto movie or TV series yet, and why there probably won’t ever be.
In a recent interview with TheWrap, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed why the game publisher hasn’t put GTA onto the big screen.
“Part of it is, if we were to do something like that, we’d want to have complete creative control to make sure we expressed
in the way we wanted - and that would mean we’d need to finance that motion picture,” Zelnick said.
He then clarified that funding a movie or any other form of on-screen adaptation isn’t the issue, it’s that “we don’t have the corporate expertise to do it, because only a handful of people inside Take-Two have ever worked in that business.”
CD Projekt Red plans on bringing Cyberpunk 2077 to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett, but doesn’t expect it to be ready for the launch of those next-gen consoles. The company also discussed the game’s multiplayer version and its possible monetization.
Speaking at CD Projekt Red’s earnings conference for Q3 2019, senior vice president for business development Michał Nowakowski answered a question from the audience about Cyberpunk 2077 coming to next-gen consoles.
“One may probably safely assume that at some point we may do something with next-gen, however we cannot really be very specific what that may be, when exactly that may be,” Nowakowski said.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
The Apple MacBook Air is currently at the cheapest price its ever been on Amazon, but it’s only available for the rest of today. Hop on this Apple deal before it’s gone for good at midnight Pacific Time.
For the insanely low (for Apple) price of $679, you can get yourself this 13-inch MacBook Air, which comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal SSD storage. It also features a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel processor, the Intel HD Graphics 6000 card, two USB 3 ports, a Thunderbolt 2 port, and an Sdxc port. If you or a family member wants an Apple laptop but doesn't need a MacBook Pro's graphical strength for video editing and gaming, the MacBook Air is absolutely the way to go.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Pokemon Sword and Shield have been out for over a week now. Have you, as the kids say, caught them all? No worries, because we’ve found a great deal on the Pokemon Sword and Shield guide, along with a bunch of other Pokemon stuff you’ll definitely want to grab before the holiday rush. If you don't feel like grabbing the official guide, there's always IGN's Pokemon Sword and Shield wiki to answer your burning questions.
Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Official Galar Region Strategy Guide - Collector’s Edition - Buy Here
Friday, November 22, 2019
If you love Black Friday deals, you are in luck! Starting tomorrow, November 23 at 9 pm PT/12 am ET, you can save a bunch of cash and get a great deal on a PS4 Slim 1TB bundle, which comes with three of the greatest games of this generation (and the last).
1TB PS4 Slim with 3 Games for $199
Starting Nov. 23 at 9 pm PT / 12 am ET, you can get a PS4 Slim with God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition, and The Last of Us: Remastered for just $199, saving you a hundred bucks off the regular price.
Black Friday 2019
Black Friday is nearly upon us, and you can find all the best deals, both live and upcoming, with our Black Friday deal guides.
Last night, Elon Musk unveiled the next entry in the Tesla series: the “Cybertruck”. Unlike anything else we’ve seen from Musk's line of vehicles before, the Tesla truck resembles something you’d see in an old video game set in the future or sci-fi flick from the late ’90s to the early 2000s.
Of course, gamers all over the internet couldn’t help themselves from sharing images, making memes, and drawing comparisons to look-alikes we've seen in games, TV shows, and movies. Here’s a compilation of the funniest internet reactions to the Tesla Cybertruck, including a very interesting one based on CD Projekt Red’s upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077.
Valve officially revealed Half-Life: Alyx, a new, full-length, VR prequel in the Half-Life series. It’s been 12 since the last Half-Life game, so there have been some changes to the voice cast since last we saw Alyx Vance.
As the name implies, Half-Life: Alyx stars Alyx Vance in a new game set between the events of Half-Life 1 and 2. Alyx Vance was originally voiced by Merle Dandridge in Half-Life 2 but will be played by Ozioma Akagha in Half-Life: Alyx.
Dandridge tweeted her congratulations to Valve following the announcement of the new game and expressed gratitude that fans can see Alyx again.
After playing through the first two chapters of Darksiders Genesis, my biggest takeaway is how decidedly unlike Diablo it actually is, despite how Diablo-y it looks. There’s no gear, there are no level-ups, no skill trees, there’s a much more elaborate melee combat system with strong and weak attacks, and really, rather than reminding me of Diablo, it reminded me of the very first Darksiders game, just with a different perspective and a second playable character.
Of course, part of that likely has to do with the fact that in Darksiders Genesis, you can either choose to play as the protagonist of Darksiders 1, War, or his brother, the gun-wielding Strife, who finally makes his playable debut in a Darksiders game. There’s a great split in the abilities and playstyles of the two characters, with War playing almost exactly like his Darksiders 1 counterpart, right down to having mostly the same moves and tools at his disposal. War can deal big melee damage by juggling opponents with air combos, utilize a crowd-clearing AoE special move, and unlike Strife, he can block enemy attacks as well.
While Google Stadia aims to create a compelling package of high-end streaming tech at launch for home users, the impending advent of 5G technology will allow the Stadia to be used almost anywhere, according to Google VP Phil Harrison.
In this month's episode of IGN Unfiltered, Ryan McCaffrey sat down with Google VP Phil Harrison to talk about the Stadia, as well as Harrison's time at Sony, Microsoft, Google, and much more.
going to be
in the home, or wherever you have access to wi-fi or stronger internet signal that would come over from an ISP
, but 5G is not that far away," Harrison said, "5G will be a future unlock, but right now we are a wi-fi and more traditional ISP-driven experience."
With production on Netflix’s The Witcher now wrapped, it’s only a matter of time before this wild world of wonder and weirdness hits the small screen. However, executive producer and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich’s adaptation of this beloved fantasy world isn’t tied to the massively successful Witcher game franchise developed by CD Projekt Red and which established its significance in the zeitgeist. Instead, the Netflix show is based on the books by author Andrzej Sapkowski.
Sapkowski has published eight Witcher books since he started writing the series back in the mid-’80s when the illustrious Polish author first submitted Wiedzmín — “The Witcher” — to fantasy magazine Fantastyka.
Netflix has revealed the episode- sorry, chapter titles for all 8 episodes of the first season of The Witcher.
Revealed in a thread on Twitter, the titles were accompanied by lines of text that make up a poem, seemingly covering some of the events and characters coming in those same episodes. here's the full list, and the lines they were accompanied by:
- The End's Beginning - "A monster slain, a butcher named."
- Four Marks - "We look at a sorceress's earlier days."
- Betrayer Moon - "A picky eater, a family shamed."
New concept art for The Last of Us Part 2 has arrived in the form of fine art prints you can buy and hang on your wall.
Dutch art studio Cook and Becker has teamed up with Naughty Dog to sell quality art prints for The Last of Us Part 2. There are four prints in total, with each of them featuring an official piece of concept art made for the game by Naughty Dog artist John Sweeney.
Ellie features prominently in all four pieces, which depict the breadth of her journey and capture the dark tone of the game by setting her against striking weather and gloomy countryside. Joel turns up in one of them and the most adorable of the four shows Ellie sat with her pet dog.
Capcom is reportedly working on a Resident Evil 3 remake that’s targeted to come out in 2020.
This is made more likely by the fact that Capcom said it will “explore” more remakes after this year’s Resident Evil 2 - especially as the game was so successful, selling over 3 million copies across PC, PS4, and Xbox One in its first week.
Call of Duty: Mobile is getting Zombies mode and controller support as part of a major update that will roll out overnight.
The official Call of Duty: Mobile account on Reddit has shared the precise dates and times that the shooter’s next update will arrive globally. It’s a big one, too, as it includes one of the most popular game modes in the series' history.
Yes, it will add Zombies mode, as well as new multiplayer maps and controller support across both iOS and Android versions.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Fortnite will be hosting an epic in-game fishing tournament this weekend for the first time ever. The tournament will be open to everyone and will offer an exclusive Bottom Dweller pickaxe to category winners, as well as the opportunity to win a real-life Fortnite Llama trophy.
Dubbed the Fortnite Fishing Frenzy, the event will be kicking off Friday, November 22 at 5 am PT/8 am ET/1 pm GMT and will wrap things up on Sunday, November 24 at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET/1 am GMT (Nov. 25). The rules for the Fortnite fishing tournament are pretty simple — catch the most fish.
There will be four different categories in the event, which can be seen in the list below. Each category will have one winner per server region, with NAE and NAW servers being combined. If you reign victorious in one of the four categories below in your respective server region, you'll earn yourself a real-life Llama trophy.
Niantic may be involved with a project to turn the hit boardgame Catan into a Pokemon Go-style AR game.
As originally reported by TechCrunch, the makers of the Settlers of Catan boardgame announced last month that it was working on a “massively multiplayer location-based game” called Catan: World Explorers.
Catan Studios launched a website for Catan: World Explorers and internet sleuths uncovered multiple hidden references to Niantic in the website’s code. When IGN reached out to Niantic, the studio confirmed it was involved with the project in some capacity.
Unlike a traditional stealth game focused on keeping yourself out of view or secretly taking out unsuspecting foes at close range, in sniping games like Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts you’re better off keeping your distance. It’s all about reveling in the careful, precise sniping that requires methodical movements and attention to detail. Contracts, in particular, is slow at times and the obligatory escapes can be a bit boring, but the long stretches of downtime are often punctuated by exhilarating explosions of gore that make it worthwhile.
A mostly inconsequential story about oil companies, international espionage, and vague politics loosely connects 25 contract objectives across five enormous sandbox-style maps. A forgettable prologue explains why it’s morally okay to assassinate each target for money. It was nice getting some context for why I’m being asked to murder dozens of people, but at the end of the day the game is called Sniper and it gives me a long gun with slow-mo powers so I don’t need much other motivation beyond that. From there it’s just a matter of completing your objectives and cashing the check. Sometimes you’re also hacking computer terminals, planting bombs, or stealing intel – all basic stuff.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a 15-20 hour Star Wars adventure that not only our reviewer but just about all of us here at IGN liked very, very much. But with no way to rewatch cutscenes, it can be tough to look back at the game’s story to try and process it all. Never fear though, because here’s Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, summed up in just about 1,000 words. (Spoilers ahead).
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Ending Explained
Before we get to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s ending, we have to first contextualize it really quickly by talking about the beginning. Jedi: Fallen Order is about the journey of Cal Kestus, a Jedi padawan who survived the events of Revenge of the Sith and went into hiding.
Applin is a rare Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and its evolution depends entirely on your version of Gen 8. Learn what you'll need to get Flapple in Pokemon Sword or Appletun in Pokemon Shield written below or watch the video above.
For even more guides, be sure to visit IGN's Pokemon Sword and Shield guide.
If you're still on the hunt for Applin, you can find it in a few places. Applin does not appear in the overworld, but you can find it on Route 5 in surprise encounters by running through the tall grass.
Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series, hopes that he can make Shenmue 4 now that the third game in the series is out.
At the end of Shenmue III, after the credits have rolled, a thank you letter written by Suzuki and addressed to his fans appears on the screen. Metro published the letter in full, but the relevant bit at the end reads: “I sincerely hope that, together, we can continue to spin the tale of Ryo and his adventures in Shenmue 4.”
The wording of Suzuki’s letter alludes to the fact that Shenmue III was only possible due to a successful Kickstarter. Without that initial funding the game would probably not have been realised so it’s understandable that Suzuki is appealing to fans to help him with Shenmue 4.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
After months of build up, Google Stadia was finally released yesterday, but with wide-spread reports of delayed pre-order access codes, some of the streaming service's biggest supporters are already starting to turn against it.
Prior to the release of Stadia, many fans on the r/Stadia subreddit were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the service. A Stadia anticipation megathread was started just a couple of days ago, but it quickly became a sounding board for customers who preordered the Founder's Edition of Stadia to air their complaints about not yet receiving their hardware or, more commonly, not receiving the code necessary to activate their Stadia accounts.
With Fortnite Chapter 2 well underway, fans are beginning to wonder how long Season 1 will last. After the black hole event that began Chapter 2 left the community and internet in silence, fans have been cautiously optimistic about the "new Fortnite." If you've been enjoying Chapter 2: Season 1, then you're in luck — Epic has extended Fortnite Chapter 2's first era until February 2020.
It was initially believed by leakers that the first season of Chapter 2 would wrap up in mid-December, with Season 2 launching a couple of days before the holidays. However, per Epic's announcement, Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 1 will be extended until February 2020, due to holiday plans.
“So, where do we go next?”
The question Cal Kestis poses to his crew at the end of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is probably the same one being kicked around internally at Respawn right now. By most accounts – mine included – the first single-player-focused Star Wars game out of EA since it locked down the rights in 2013 is a hit, which means we’re very likely in for at least a couple more down the line. (Even if EA no longer has the exclusive rights after 2023 that doesn’t mean Disney couldn’t grant a one-off license for future games in a proven successful series.) But what could those sequels look like?
It seems like every time you turn around there’s another game subscription service popping up, with publishers all competing for your hard-earned dollar to give you an all-you-can-eat approach to their games catalog. From PlayStation Now to Xbox Game Pass and everything in between, we break down each of the biggest game subscriptions available today to help you decide which is best for you.
Note - all prices listed below are in USD, and will vary from country to country.
Platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS
Warning: As you might have guessed, this article contains spoilers from up until the very end of Death Stranding.
I recently listened to a podcast about the Donner Party - the tragic group of American pioneers that tried to take a wagon train from Missouri to California and met just about every awful impediment they possibly could. It was almost completely horrible – a story of very human mistakes and inhuman acts, that stemmed almost entirely from poor planning. But what really struck me was that this whole tale is a fascinating reminder that, not so long ago, slightly misreading a map could lead to total ruin when the world you’re travelling in wasn’t yet built to accommodate you. It really made me want to play a game about that.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Playground Games has announced that Toyota will be returning to the Forza Horizon series next month. The much-loved 1998 Toyota Supra RZ will be available in Forza Horizon 4 as a part of the Series 17 update on December 12.
The news came via a fun reveal at the end of the team’s latest update livestream and was repeated via the official Forza Motorsport Twitter account.
In the follow-up Forza Monthly stream, community manager Brian Ekberg clarified that Toyota subdivision Lexus is also part of the deal.
If you're a regular Fortnite player and plan on hopping online today, you might notice that something is a little bit off with Supply Drops. Specifically, you might notice that upon opening a loot drop, there are little to no rewards inside.
Reddit user RosesandFireworks is credited with discovering the Fortnite Supply Drop bug while trying to play a game of Team Rumble. In his post, he shows video of himself shooting down a supply drop and opening it up, only to find that a Spike Trap was the only item inside the drop. While this may not seem like a big deal to a non-Fortnite player, regular players will know that Supply Drops are always filled with a handful of loot drops.
About a year out from when many of us expect the PS5 to launch, we may have our best guess yet as to what the PS5 controller, the DualShock 5 for lack of a catchier name, will look and function like. And, it’s seemingly not all that different from the DualShock 4. That’s not really such a bad thing though, considering the DualShock 4 is PlayStation’s best controller yet.
So far, we have official descriptions from Wired, who went hands-on with a prototype of the officially unnamed controller, as well as recent patents that, while not a guarantee of the final design, are likely close to the real thing when compared to those descriptions. There are some notable alleged changes, including one that seems innocuous at first but could have some big ramifications, but it’s clear that, should all this prove to be true, Sony isn’t looking to break what’s already fixed in most regards.
It seems as though the Skywalker Saga may finally be coming to an end according to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams said that Episode IX will not set up future storylines that would allow Disney to directly lead into another trilogy.
This comes on the heels of Disney CEO Bob Iger recently detailing plans for the series, saying "the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus."
Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games have announced that Blair Witch will be released on PlayStation 4 on December 3, 2019 via the PlayStation store for $29.90 USD.
The PlayStation 4 version arrives with "gameplay and technical enhancements" from the Xbox One and PC versions that arrived earlier this year.
In addition, and perhaps most importantly, players will now be able to customize Bullet the dog to make him "their personal 'good boy' with the 'Good Boy Pack'" which includes new dog skins, new in-game cellphone games, wallpapers, and new animations for Bullet that will make him "even more realistic."
The "Good Boy Pack" will also be available on PC and Xbox One.
The popular free-to-play MMORPG Neverwinter has a new module on the way. It's called Infernal Descent, and as the name implies, it's taking you to Hell. The first layer of the Nine Hells, to be more specific.
The new campaign is designed for level-80 characters, say publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Cryptic Studios. They also say to expect a new endgame dungeon and adventure zones set on Vallenhas Estate.
Neverwinter: Infernal Descent will be released on January 21, 2020 for PC. A console version will be on the way at a later date.
We quite liked Detroit: Become Human, when it released for PS4 last Spring. The latest cinematic adventure from Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls) chronicled the stories of several androids living in future Detroit and their quest for freedom, and now it's on the way to PC on December 12 via the Epic Games Store.
It will retail for $39.99, and a free playable demo will be available on the day of release so you can try it out. The PC version supports upgraded visuals running at up to 4K and 60fps.
Watch our review of the PS4 version above, and for more on the future of developer Quantic Dream, take a look at our latest updates.
Xbox Head Phil Spencer has said that Microsoft aims to support its Play Anywhere scheme in the next generation, allowing cross-play, cross-buy, cross-saves, and achievements across Xbox One, Xbox Scarlett, and Windows PC platforms.
Talking to Stevivor at X019, Spencer said “Our goal for our first-party games is that your entitlements will be cross-generation and your Achievements will move effectively with your save game because that’s where they stand.”
Microsoft aims to make the transition between Xbox One and Xbox Scarlett to be smoother than that seen between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Picture what it must be like to be Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson and his team. Every day of the year your social media feed is inundated with feedback from fans whose suggestions range from genuinely useful insights to grounds for police action. Broadly similar to being an actual football manager, in that regard. Amid all that noise, following up a widely celebrated iteration of Football Manager must feel like navigating a jungle without a map. Or with 100,000 conflicting maps. And yet Football Manager 2020 emerges from the undergrowth like a latter-day Jamie Vardy: not much to look at, but metronomically consistent, and good for another season of entertainment despite its advancing years.
A prototype version of Sonic 3, containing features that would never make it into the final build, has been discovered.
Video game preservation communities Hidden Place and The Cutting Room Floor have been able to unearth a prototype of Sonic 3 that contains a variety of elements that were reported in a 1993 magazine preview, but never seen in the retail release. These include the Flying Battery zone and bosses (which were moved across to Sonic & Knuckles), and Lava Reef. Also found in the ROM are three unfinished bonus stages, and object, badniks, and boss data for cut zones.
A new patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment shows what appears to be the PlayStation 5’s controller.
As first spotted by VGC, the patent was published on the Japanese Patent Office website today, noting that the patent has been issued. The illustrations in the patent show a controller that is largely identical to the DualShock 4 used for the PS4, albeit with a few significant alterations.
The body of the controller appears to be slightly larger/chunkier than that of the DualShock 4, with grips more akin to the shape of the Xbox’s controller, rather than the almost tube-like shape of the ones on the DS4. The light bar has been removed, and a USB-C port added. The triggers also appear a little bigger than those on the DS4.
With Season 3 of Apex Legends now live it's only natural demand for new skins and unlockables to increase. It's possible to earn new cosmetics simply by playing, but purchasing Apex Legends coins is a fast-track way to getting extras (although you're not guaranteed to get what you want).
Apex Legends coins are only used to unlock cosmetics, characters and weapons - they do not provide any actual advantage in the game, so it's not 'pay-to-play' via the currency,
Capcom has announced that Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition will be released in February 2020, and will bring with it the return of Gill.
Champion Edition will include 40 characters, 34 stages, and over 200 costumes, made up of everything released for Street Fighter so far, excluding Fighting Chance and brand collaboration costumes, and Capcom Pro Tour DLC. It will also include any DLC released between now and the February 14 release date.
Joining the roster for Champion Edition is Gill, master of pyrokinesis and cryokinesis. All of his heavy attacks and all but one of his special moves are elementally aligned, so expect punches that flame and freeze in equal measure. Gill actually launches in December for current players, for $5.99 or 100,000 Fight Money, but will be part of the package for Champion Edition.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Warning: The following contains spoilers for The Mandalorian. If you haven't watched the first episode, beware...
We're always up for an awesome piece of fan art, especially when it comes from designer Bosslogic - the amazing creator of the Black Adam movie concept art that The Rock revealed this past week.
Bosslogic's latest piece is a badass blend of Star Wars: The Mandalorian and Death Stranding. It takes the bounty hunting central character of Disney+'s new series and puts him in the place of Norman Reedus' Sam from the game.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
2K has apologized for what it says was a social media hack of its Facebook and Twitter brand accounts, which resulted in offensive and racist comments being posted, according to Eurogamer.
"Social media accounts across the 2K label were compromised early Friday evening," 2K said in a statement. "Unfortunately, offensive material was posted that does not reflect the values of 2K or our partners. We condemn these posts and apologise to everyone offended by the content."
Various brands of 2K’s were impacted, including the WWE 2K, Borderlands, and Civilization official pages.
A ton of details for what appears to be a new battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have leaked, thanks to a data miner from the COD subreddit, and if you were a fan of Black Ops 4's Blackout mode, you have a lot to look forward to.
As the first mainline Pokemon video game released on a Nintendo home console, Pokemon Sword and Shield mark a new era for the franchise. But as it approached launch, the latest pair of Pokemon games became mired in controversies.
For the better part of the year, the Pokemon community has been engaged in a heated debate over the perceived quality of Sword and Shield. Concerns arose initially with an announcement that Sword and Shield's Pokedex would be limited, with no way to transfer many old Pokemon to Sword and Shield. Concerns about character model animations and graphics followed, and the controversy heated up when leaked versions of Sword and Shield were datamined just ahead of launch.
Friday, November 15, 2019
There’s absolutely no need to reiterate the enduring popularity of the MOBA in a world where League of Legends consistently draws in the biggest crowds and the most dedicated player base. But Bleeding Edge is a good reminder of how mechanics that were once deemed complex and inaccessible are now a mainstay in the inventory of core gaming components.
To be clear: Bleeding Edge is not a MOBA. But during a quick hands-on at X019 in London I found that, thanks to its close-quarters nature, it feels notably closer to the likes of LoL and Smite rather than hero shooters such as Overwatch. Each tussle and tangle has the feeling of deliberate, skillful chaos that’s unique to MOBAs, with your disengage and escape skills being as vital as your damage abilities.
It’s hard to think of a console FPS that is more deserving of a PC release than Halo. Bungie’s beloved series of super-solder simulators practically defined a generation of shooters, and at the time it was a crime that most of them were not playable with a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft’s upcoming re-release of the Master Chief Collection rectifies that. But while this version ensures the world of Halo looks and sounds better than it ever has, it feels that it has arrived a decade too late to show the games off at their best.
At X019 in London I was able to go hands-on with the first mission of Halo: Reach on PC. As Bungie’s last Halo game, it is naturally the prettiest of that era of the series. Particle effects erupt and shower from plasma weapons, and environmental lighting reflects beautifully across the surfaces of the Covenant enemies’ carapace armour. It’s the ideal game in the collection to show off MCC on PC’s 4K60 capabilities. While the upgrade doesn't quite make Reach look as if it were released yesterday - the lighting notably anchors the game in the era of the Xbox 360 - it’s still pleasantly handsome.
The Terminator franchise has long since established that things are not always as they seem on the surface, with robots that pose as naked Austrian bodybuilders, liquid metal machines that disguise themselves as friendly policemen, and movie sequels that pretend to be even the slightest bit necessary. Terminator: Resistance stays true to that idea; it certainly has the convincing appearance of a modern day first-person shooter campaign, but beneath the shiny veneer its mechanics and AI are seemingly ripped straight from another period in time, as though it’s a game that’s been sent forward from 2003 to hide in the plain sight of the present on a mission to terminate hours of your life.
Death Stranding's story, confusing as it may seem, is ultimately about reconnecting the world after a great catastrophe pulls it apart. That’s Death Stranding's plot in a nutshell, but if you want something a little deeper than that to truly find out what’s going on in Hideo Kojima’s latest, well pull up a chair, because here’s Death Stranding’s 40 hour story (including the big ending) summed up in a nice digestible plot summary in 3,000 or so words. If you need help understanding some of the terms used, we have a neat Death Stranding glossary you can use as a reference.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is almost here: it's landing on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 15. Our review is set to go live at 9 AM PT, so you'll be able to find exactly what we thought about the game then. But if you don't want to wait and you're ready to go all-in on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, you can preorder it right now. Here's the rundown on preorder bonuses and what comes in each edition of the game.
Preorder Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Standard Edition
IGN's Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough and complete strategy guide includes tips and tricks for every gym and route, a list of Pokemon (Pokedex), how-to guides for your biggest questions, info on hidden items, and a cure for Sobble's everlasting sadness. Maybe not that last part, but our walkthrough will guide you from the minute you pick your starter to the moment you are crowned the new champion.
Before You Buy
Picking your version of Pokemon is a sacred tradition. Make sure you know which one you truly want!
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Rockstar has apologised for issues that have impacted some players in the wake of Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch, and has also released a new update featuring several fixes.
“Over the past week, we have been working as quickly as possible to address issues that have impacted the launch of the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2,” the publisher said in a statement published via the Rockstar Newswire. “As a result, we have already identified and resolved a number of these issues by deploying fixes to the Rockstar Games Launcher and some to the game itself.”
“However, we are aware that a small number of Red Dead Redemption 2 PC players are still experiencing some ongoing problems with the game stuttering. We believe this is due to unforeseen issues related to specific combinations of Nvidia graphics drivers, Nvidia GPU cards, and certain CPUs.
Epic has taken legal action against a second QA tester who leaked secrets about Fortnite Chapter 2 online.
Lucas Johnston, a tester at Montreal-based Keywords Studios, has had a claim filed against him in Quebec Superior Court by Epic Games, according to a report by The Canadian Press (via Eurogamer). The claim states that "he was responsible for the publication of 'highly confidential information'".
The documents detail that Johnston allegedly took a screenshot of the content planned for Chapter 2. He apparently admitted to emailing the screenshot to himself, although “he didn't know how it ended up online".
We’ve been exploring behind-the-scenes of Google Stadia all month as part of our November IGN First, from how Doom convinced them it could work, to how the controller was designed, to how Stadia is fighting latency. But today, we’re stepping out of Google’s California offices and following them north to Bungie in Bellevue, Washington.
A UK retailer posted a release date for upcoming Media Molecule game, Dreams, in a tweet that has since been deleted.
According to the now removed tweet, posted by Shopto, Dreams will release on February 14, 2020. Shopto quickly deleted the tweet, but before it disappeared it was picked up by Twitter account @the_marmolade and subsequently signal boosted by notable games account @Nibellion.
Without official word from Sony it’s impossible to say if this is indeed the release date for Dreams, or if Shopto simply made a mistake with its tweet. Retailers often have knowledge of upcoming release dates, but equally often use placeholder dates in their systems for games without official dates. This could be a result of either situation.