January 2021

Resident Evil Village: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

9 hours 45 minutes ago
Resident Evil Village is set to release for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on May 7, 2021. If you buy the PS4 or Xbox One version, the next-gen upgrade is free within the same console family. It will also be available in several editions, so read on to see what comes in each.
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Chris Reed

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Every Game Delay Announced in 2021 (So Far)

5 days 8 hours ago
Game delays became more prevalent in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19, as studios adjusted to the logistical challenges and limitations of working from home. And with the pandemic still affecting how studios operate for the foreseeable future, that trend will likely continue throughout 2021. To track the pandemic’s continued impact on game development, we’ve compiled a list of every game and notable DLC delay announced this year (so far). This article will be updated as more release dates and windows are inevitably pushed, but for now, these are all 21 delays announced in 2021. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-game-delay-announced-in-2021&captions=true"]

Outriders

  • Delayed from February 2 to April 1, 2021

Developer People Can Fly announced the delay in early January, saying, “We have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”

This is Outriders’ second delay; it was previously pushed from Holiday 2020 to February 2021.

Pragmata

  • Delayed from 2022 to 2023

Pragmata’s delay was quietly revealed at the end of a sizzle reel shown during Sony’s 2021 CES panel. Capcom’s mysterious new game was initially given a 2022 release window.

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Jordan Sirani

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Deathloop: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

1 month 1 week ago
Deathloop is set to release for PS5 and PC on May 21 (see it on Amazon). It will be available in a standard edition, as well as a deluxe edition that comes with a few digital extras. You'll find full details about what comes in each edition, as well as preorder bonus information below.
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Chris Reed

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Nintendo Switch Pro: Analysts Conflicted on a 2021 Release

1 month 3 weeks ago
It’s a new year, and a new cycle of game announcements are on the horizon – and many think one of the biggest will be the release of an updated Switch model, the Switch Pro. With rumors continuing to swirl, IGN asked several industry analysts for their predictions on this.

The Nintendo Switch is approaching its fourth year in production, but rumors of multiple Switch upgrades have dogged Nintendo since at least 2019 when multiple reports claimed Nintendo is working on new, upgraded Switch models beyond the base unit and the Switch Lite.

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Matt T.M. Kim

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Assassin's Creed manga features fan-favourite Shao Jun

1 month 3 weeks ago

UPDATE 22/2/21: Just weeks after the announcement of a Shao Jun manga, Assassin's Creed has revealed the fan favourite will also get her own novel trilogy.

The Ming Storm will be published in the UK on 8th July (and in North America on 1st June) and kick off a trilogy of books featuring the Chinese Assassin.

This story will chronicle how Shao Jun came to travel to Europe and train under Ezio, as seen in the Assassin's Creed Embers film, before she returns home to China with her new teachings.

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Persona 5 Strikers: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

1 month 3 weeks ago
Persona 5 Strikers is now available for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Naturally, anyone lucky enough to have a PS5 can play the PS4 version via backwards compatibility, but it won't feature any next-gen upgrades. The game is available in two editions: a standard one and a digital deluxe edition that comes with downloadable extras.
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Chris Reed

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(Update) Silent Hill's next DLC team-up is with Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals

2 months 1 week ago

[Update: The Silent Hill chapter for Monsters & Mortals will be out on February 24, and the DLC includes several familiar faces: Heather, Cybil, Robbie the Rabbit, the Nurse, and of course, Pyramid Head.]

Silent Hill is reaching new audiences with crossover DLC in multiplayer horror games, and the longer this goes on, the more impatient fans will become. I hope it's all building to something more substantial.

Konami's next cross-game collaboration for Silent Hill is with Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals, a maze-chase horror game on Steam that's popular in the Let's Play circuit. This afternoon, Glowstick Entertainment shared a teaser video with audio and visuals plucked from the hibernating horror giant.

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Jordan Devore

Apple's VR Headset Could Have 8K Displays, Cost $3000

2 months 2 weeks ago
Update: Since the original report that Apple is planning to release an incredibly expensive and limited VR headset, more information has come to light about the proposed virtual reality hardware from Apple. In a new report from The Information, the outlet confirms earlier details about Apple's VR headset including the use of fabric mesh as a material to lighten the overall weight of the headset. The report also agrees that the VR headset will be incredibly expensive with a price tag that could hit as high as $3,000. The headset will be capable of both VR and mixed reality content and will have over a dozen cameras for tracking hand movement.
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Matt T.M. Kim

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(Update) Here are all of the The Wonderful 101: Remastered Wonderful Codes

2 months 2 weeks ago

Did you know that Platinum Games is now retroactively adding cheat codes to The Wonderful 101 Remastered months after its release? Yes? No? Well I'm going to explain anyway!

Tucked away in the game's menus is a "Wonderful Code" option, which allows players to put in a string of letters to unlock new characters. The very first code that was unveiled was "UMBRANGIFT," which, as astute Platinum fans will recognize, unlocks Wonder Bayonetta for use in the game.

But since then Platinum has released a few more codes, all of which you can find in one location below (as more arise, we'll add them). The latest update involves the "Space Pirates, Unify!" code, which adds three members of the antagonistic space pirates: Prince Vorkken, Chewgi, and Immorta.

As a reminder, Platinum says that they plan on providing seven codes in total (for now), which are coming at a cadence of around one per week (give or take).

The Wonderful 101 Remastered [Steam]

(Update) Here are all of the The Wonderful 101: Remastered Wonderful Codes screenshot

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Chris Carter

February's PlayStation Plus games strike a nice balance between PS4 and PS5

2 months 2 weeks ago

The PlayStation Plus lineup for February 2021 is one of my favorites in recent memory – a mix of new, familiar, and overlooked. These are the games you'll be able to claim starting Tuesday, February 2:

I think it's fair to say that Concrete Genie flew under the radar for a lot of people in 2019, and to me, those are the kinds of games I want to see included with PlayStation Plus. It's a magic-paint-brush adventure that Chris called "Pixar-esque" in his review. Bonus points for the PlayStation VR side modes.

Control: Ultimate Edition has been through the wringer over its new-console-generation upgrade path for existing players, but it's a great Remedy game, and as a PS Plus freebie, I definitely want to revisit it for the 60 FPS Performance Mode (and to play the two expansions I never got around to trying on PC).

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Jordan Devore

Apex Legends Season 8: Start Date, Patch Notes, Fuse, And More

2 months 2 weeks ago

Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem officially starts tomorrow, adding plenty of new content to Respawn's battle royale game. Per usual, players can expect a brand-new playable character, battle pass rewards, and in-game balancing adjustments (detailed in the Apex Legends Season 8 patch notes). Season 8 adds a brand-new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, and map changes to Kings Canyon as well.

Season 8's new playable character is Fuse, a laid-back man with an enthusiasm for explosives. As seen in the animated Stories from the Outlands "Good as Gold" short, Fuse has had a tumultuous life leading up to his addition to the Apex Games. Fuse--whose real name is Walter "Wally" Fitzroy--grew up on Salvo, fighting for his planet's freedom alongside his best friend, Maggie, all through their teenage years and young adult lives. However, Fuse dreamed of new glories, taking his talents to the Apex Games.

New Character: Fuse

Fuse is known as the "Bombastic Explosives Expert," possessing special abilities that allow him to aid his squadmates with explosive style. His passive ability, Grenadier, allows him to stack two grenades per inventory slot and naturally fling grenades further, faster, and more accurately. Fuse's tactical ability, Knuckle Cluster, fires a cluster bomb that's great for dealing damage and explosively breaking closed doors. And finally, his ultimate ability, The Motherlode, fires a bombardment that encircles an area in fire, both dealing damage and trapping foes.

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Jordan Ramée

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What is the oldest console you still have hooked up?

2 months 2 weeks ago

Over the weekend, a tweet sent out by the Game Awards had me feeling like an ancient, decrepit mummy of a man. It asked people to name the best classic Nintendo console from a selection of four: the NES, the SNES, the Nintendo 64, or the GameCube. Four excellent devices with a wealth of treasured gaming experiences, I got hung up not by the difficulty of choosing which one I like the best but by the realization the GameCube is now considered a "classic" gaming console.

Later this year, the GameCube will turn 20 years old, and the world will be treated to a deluge of articles ranting and raving about how it was "forgotten" or "under-appreciated." I still remember lining up at Walmart that November morning to pick up my purple lunchbox along with copies of Luigi's Mansion and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II. It was a great day for me, and because that memory is still so vivid in my mind, it's tough to wrap my head around the idea that it's old enough to be thought of as old.

Maybe it's because I'm 35 and fighting the gray that's trying to take over my scalp, but I still think of classic consoles as the shit I played when I was a young child. The NES, the Sega Master System, the Atari 7800, those are the classics to me, though I guess as time marches on, I'm just going to have to accept that some of my favorite gaming experiences will forever be referred to as retro. It'll be tough, though. I don't think I'm ready for people to start calling Star Fox Adventures a "classic game" in the same way I was never ready for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to be considered old enough to begin airing on TV Land.

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CJ Andriessen

Amazon Game Studios Report Details 'Bro Culture' and Cancelled Projects

2 months 2 weeks ago
A new extensive report from Bloomberg has detailed some of the dysfunction and struggles at Amazon Game Studios, which included cancelled projects, a troublesome game engine, mismanagement, and a "bro culture" that allegedly does not give women the same opportunities as men. The report begins by discussing how Mike Frazzini was brought in to start Amazon Game Studios eight years ago without ever making a game.
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Adam Bankhurst

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The King of Fighters XV Artists Shares Insight on Benimaru Nikaido and Meitenkun’s Design

2 months 2 weeks ago

Following the opening of the floodgates of info on The King of Fighters XV, SNK is providing more information about the upcoming fighting game.

This time around, we hear more about the design of Benimaru Nikaido and Meitenkun from artist Tomohiro Nakata, following the same info reveal from Shun’ei.

You can check both out below. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Benimaru Nikaido will fare in his new role.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Gets Hours of Gameplay and Opening Cutscene From JP Closed Beta

2 months 2 weeks ago

With the Japanese closed beta of Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, a ton of gameplay has surfaced.

Below you can check out the opening cutscene, an extensive look at the character creation, and lots of battle and exploration.

The videos come courtesy of YouTube users 無言あするなゲーム放送, 夜刀神のお部屋【YATO-_-GAMI】, 猫田なつな / Natsuna Nukota, and
ラベンディー.

There’s a ton more on YouTube, so this is simply a selection. If you want to see more, you can check them out here.

The game certainly looks good. Here we go.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets Another Look at the Airbus A220 & Zurich Airport Tease

2 months 2 weeks ago

Third-party developers are working overtime to bring new content to the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator in terms of aircraft and airports.

First of all, we get another video look at the Airbus A220 in development at Whiskey Jet Simulation.

The developers have improved the fuselage further, and the video shows exactly that.

The second tease comes from the good folks at Gaya Simulation, who posted a tease of the upcoming Zurich Airport ( LSZH) on their official Facebook page.

While it’s just one image, the level of detail shown is definitely interesting.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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