August 2022

Indonesia blocks Valve, Epic Games and more for failing to comply with new regulations

4 months ago

Update, August 4, 2022: Steam has now been restored in Indonesia, but the Epic Games Store is still blocked.

As reported by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter, "Valve has registered with Kominfo and Steam is now officially unblocked and accessible in Indonesia."

Outside of games, Paypal has also been restored, Reuters reported.

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James Batchelor

CD Projekt Red alumni launch new studio Dark Passenger

4 months ago

CD Projekt Red alumni have announced the creation of new Polish studio Dark Passenger.

As reported by Eurogamer, the Warsaw-based developer was co-created by Jakub Ben, former assistant director and cinematic artist at CDP and most recently creative director and co-founder of cinematics studio RealTime Warriors, and Marcin Michalski, former senior environment artist at CDP.

Dark Passenger's debut project will be an online multiplayer title built in Unreal Engine 5, set in Feudal Japan. The studio didn't announce any release window for the game, which is due to release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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Marie Dealessandri

Best Month Ever! is a simple narrative with multiple, unexpected twists

4 months ago

Best Month Ever! is such a (seemingly) unusual game that I didn't know what to make of it after seeing the original trailer, or even after checking out the demo. It's about a white woman named Louise, set in the US during 1969, where she must spend as much time as possible with her Black, biracial son Mitch. This is because Louise has been diagnosed with an illness and has only one month left to live.

The story is told in flashbacks with a voiceover from an adult Mitch, contextualising the choices and decisions made by his mother at the time. Of course, these are choices you end up making through dialogue options throughout the game, creating a Louise whose future characteristics are based on Mitch's observation of your behaviour.

It begins with Louise having to collect her final paycheck from her abusive boss at the nearby diner, with Mitch (supposedly) sitting in the car. Through his eyes, you observe Louise being sexually harassed and make a quick getaway after torching up the boss' car with an old lighter.

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Emad Ahmed

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War of the Visions’ Dark Meta Resurgence Is Complete as Dark Fina Arrives this Week

4 months ago

We got Joker during the Persona 5 collaboration, as well as Little Leela the Bold a few weeks after that. The Dark meta in War of the Visions was already looking pretty scary by that point, but things are about to get a lot more exciting as the global client will finally see the release of Dark Fina this week.

Dark Fina is scary for a lot of reasons, with the main one being that she will be the only unit (for now) who’s able to directly counter Celes’s Runic ability. Here’s a look at her kit:

  • Queen’s Judgment: Deals 4-Hit Dmg (L) to target based on caster’s MAG stat and removes all buffs from target.
  • Sorcery Sphere: Removes Runic Blade from target and lowers target’s Unit Attack Res for three turns, then deals Dmg (M) based on caster’s MAG stat.
  • Dystopia: Deals 2-Hit Dmg (M) to targets within range based on caster’s MAG stat and chance of inflicting Stop.

Her main job is Sorcerer of Hess, and she also gets the Scholar and Devout sub-jobs. She’s also a 100-cost unit, so most players can probably expect to pity her.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Call of Duty dog skin images scrubbed following plagiarism claim

4 months ago

A fluffy dog skin set to release in Call of Duty Warzone has been hit by a claim of plagiarism, and Activision has now pulled imagery of the upcoming pooch from its website.

The claim of copying comes from concept artist and Call of Duty fan Sail Lin, who has highlighted images of their own dog skin design, originally uploaded to Artstation back in December 2019.

Writing on Twitter, Lin said he was "very disappointed to see my work being plagiarised by a big company like Activision in this way". Eurogamer has contacted Activision for comment.

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Tom Phillips

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Adventure Academia to get Western Release via PQube

4 months ago

Adventure Academia

Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent is heading west. PQube Games announced that it's publishing the Acquire-developed strategy-RPG overseas. The game was first announced in June 2022 by Acquire, but international release plans were not specified at the time.

PQube  uploaded a fully localized overview trailer for Adventure, which shares its settings with the venerable Class of Heroes franchise.

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Adventure Academia takes place on the titular fractured continent. Players will take charge of a new class of aspiring adventurers from various fantasy races. They'll be in control of the teacher, Alex, who serves as the focal point of the party. Alex can deploy students in his party to attack and defend. His ability to call in more students to join the fray increases with his level and progression. Stages have varied objectives and layouts, and battles happen in tactical grid in what seems to be real-time. Maneuvering out of the "danger zone" of boss attacks plays a role in gameplay, as does using magic to even the odds. Students can be upgraded and equipped to improve their capabilities, as well.

Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent is in development for PS4 and Nintendo Switch. It releases on September 8, 2022 in Japan. Its international release date is not yet confirmed.

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Josh Tolentino

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How To Fix Status Savannah in Warzone

4 months ago

Similar to other online multiplayer titles, Call of Duty: Warzone has a fair share of bugs and glitches. Quite recently, many Warzone players are reporting the “Unable to join the game session, the host cannot be joined or gameplay is paused. Status: SAVANNAH” error when joining their friend’s party. Luckily, we can show you how to fix this problem, so here’s what you need to do if you get the “Status Savannah error in Warzone.

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Tarun Sayal

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A Lousy Mark Wahlberg Sci-Fi Thriller Is Dominating Streaming Platforms Right Now

4 months ago

Making films is hard. Sometimes having a good premise, a solid cast, and a decent budget doesn’t always equate to a good movie. Case in point: 2021’s Infinite has somehow come out of nowhere and rocketed into the upper echelons of the streaming charts.

On paper, Infinite sounds like a promising setup. Directed by acclaimed action pic director, Antoine Fuqua, who made a name for himself helming thrilling cult hits like 2001’s Training Day, 2007’s Shooter, 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, and 2019’s critically praised documentary What’s My Name: Muhammed Ali, it’s fair to say that Infinite undoubtedly has an experienced filmmaker spearheading its production.

Elsewhere, Infinite also boasts a strong cast. Yes, ex-New Kids on the Block member and Hollywood legend Mark Wahlberg takes center stage as the movie’s schizophrenic action hero. Meanwhile, Amistad and 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s Rupert Friend and Love and Monsters’ Dylan O’Brien round out a pretty impressive roster of acting talent.

Story-wise, the sci-fi action film is essentially a confusing blend of The Matrix, Source Code, Looper, and Total Recall and sees Wahlberg caught in a seemingly endless loop of reincarnation. To break out of said loop, Wahlberg must join forces with an unlikely group of rebels while trying to unravel a mystery that threatens to end all life as we know it. You know the drill, right?

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Dylan Chaundy

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UK Daily Deals: Absolute Best Deal Ever for Demon's Souls on PS5

4 months ago

There are plenty of incredible deals to check out at the moment, including Demon's Souls with is down to just £19.99 at Currys right now. This was also on sale at Amazon but unfortunately sold out very quickly. But, if you don't mind a quick trip to your local Currys, this is a great deal.

Other deals today include discounts on the absolute best items to get you summer-ready, including over £300 off a hut tub, a brand new barbeque, and plenty more exciting gear. There's also loads of brilliant tech deals to check out right now, including an Anker 4-way Extension Lead for just £11.99, Tile Mate Item Trackers for just £13.99, or Battlefield 2042 for less than £10 on PS5.

Demon's Souls for £19.99 on PS5 (was £69.99)

My Favourite New Random Deals Right Now

Summer-Ready Deals: My Favourites Right Now

Uncharted Legacy of Thieves for PS5: £14.99

Black PS5 Pulse 3D Headset for £79.95 (was £89.99)

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Robert Anderson

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Steam Survival Fest starts stockpiling demos and discounts today

4 months ago

It’s August! How did humanity manage to get ourselves to this point in the year? Well, Valve are celebrating with Steam Survival Fest from today through until August 8th, so good job for stocking up on all those cans of beans and endless loo roll. Although they do increasingly seem to be making trailers for these things, there isn’t one yet, so here’s vid bud Liam trying to claw back his three quid for survival horror Refund Me If You Can instead.

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CJ Wheeler

Indonesian government blocks online services for Steam, Epic Games and more

4 months ago

UPDATE 02/08/22: Following yesterday's story, Valve has now registered with Kominfo. As such, Steam is no longer blocked by the Indonesian government.

PayPal and Yahoo services have also resumed in the country.

At this time, however, the Epic Games Store and its services, as well as EA's Origin, are still blocked. Industry analyst Daniel Ahmed has stated, "there is no official confirmation on whether [Epic and EA] plan to register yet."

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Victoria Kennedy

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Here's footage of Deadrop, from the NFT-fuelled developer backed by Dr Disrespect

4 months ago

Early footage of Deadrop has hit the internet, giving us a look at the project backed by controversial streamer Guy Beahm, AKA Dr Disrespect.

However, fans of Beahm have given the footage a mixed reception - especially after the project was hyped up by the streamer and compared to Call of Duty. In June, a widely-shared comment by Beahm stated that Deadrop "blows out anything from the COD engine".

What we're seeing today is a look at Deadrop as it stands currently, for those who paid $50 for a Founders Access Pass (yes, that's the one which includes a procedurally-generated NFT for your character avatar).

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Tom Phillips

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Modders discover Elden Ring's toughest boss used to be even tougher

4 months ago

As if the game wasn't hard enough already, it turns out Elden Ring's toughest boss used to be even tougher.

Dataminers have managed to access version 1.0 of the game - a version that was compiled on 8th October 2021, before the network test was held and before recent patches could be applied.

As detailed on YouTube by Kotn3l (spotted by PC Gamer), the game's most infamous boss, Malenia, used to have slight differences to her moveset that made her even more aggressive.

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Ed Nightingale

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This impressive fan-made Star Wars Jedi VR demo shows Disney how it should be done

4 months ago

As much as I love Star Wars and as much as I love virtual reality, I've always been slightly disappointed by Disney's official Star Wars VR offerings.

It's not that they're bad, mind. I've had a lot of fun with them, especially EA's Star Wars: Squadrons. My problem is that they always feel like they do the bare minimum when it comes to immersion or run time.

I think Disney's episodic VR games like the Vader Immortal trilogy are a good example of this. The pitch for that series in particular is great. Use the Force! Shoot blasters! Fight Vader! But, it all comes at the cost of a very slow and plodding adventure that has the pacing speed of a Bantha. When they work, they work. But most of the time they feel like bite sized adventures that were built to pass the time in a queue for a ride at Galaxy's Edge, rather than be an epic space adventure in their own right.

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Ian Higton

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Beat Refle Is the New Title of Massage Freaks, Now on PC

4 months ago

Beat Refle

Massage Freaks is a rhythm game developed and published by The Future You've Been Dreaming Of  studio qureate. It's now available on PC via Steam, but you won't find it under that name. Instead, it's got a new title: Beat Refle.

Beat Refle was originally set to debut on the Nintendo Switch under its old title (Massage Freaks). However, it was "delayed indefinitely" on Switch following qureate's "discussion with concerned parties". The game attracted attention from commentators in Japan, at first by using character names that seemed suspiciously similar to members of real-life idol group Hinatazaka46. qureate changed the names, but by then the backlash had blossomed to include criticism of the game's risqué content, and the massage parlor theme's connection to a recent series of sexual assaults in Japan.

Beat Refle is a rhythm game, but its gameplay mechanics involve giving massages to female clients. Players enter inputs in time with the music to get customers fully relaxed. There are also light story elements presented in the manner of a visual novel, with event art and voice acting. Over 50 songs are in the game, with six different customers to interact with.

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Josh Tolentino

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How to Use Fusion Arts in Xenoblade Chronicles 3

4 months ago

Xenoblade Chronicles franchise continues to evolve with the release of its third installment called Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The new DLC inherits a lot of things from its predecessor, including one of the most useful Battle Arts called Fusion Arts. If you weren’t aware, Fusion Art combines Combat and Master Art, essential to conquer certain battles. With that said, here’s a detailed breakdown of the steps to use Fusion Arts in Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

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Tarun Sayal

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Sony Is Already Retiring Accolades, a PS5 Launch Feature

4 months ago

Sony will be retiring PS5's Accolades feature later this year, as players have not used the awards-based system as much as the company anticipated when it was unveiled at launch.

As reported by TheSixthAxis, Sony announced in a statement that they would be pulling the plug on the Accolades feature in the coming months because uptake has been low amongst PS5 users.

"In fall of 2022, the Accolades feature on PlayStation 5 will no longer be supported," the statement read. "The feature hasn't seen the level of usage we anticipated, so we are refocusing our efforts. We encourage the community to continue to send positive messages to one another."

Accolades were initially introduced to foster a more positive gaming experience and bring the community together by encouraging players to send one of three Accolades (Helpful, Welcoming, or Good Sport) to a fellow gamer based on their performance in an online multiplayer match.

Players could then see how many Accolades they had racked up by looking at their PSN profiles. Unfortunately, it looks as those players weren't all that interested in the option.

Sony's been adding new features elswhere, with the PlayStation Stars scheme announced last month. PlayStation Stars is a new loyalty programme that will allow players to earn points that can be redeemed on the PlayStation store or for other rewards.

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Adele Ankers-Range

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Call of Duty Warzone: Plagiarism Accusations Surface Around New Dog Operator Design

4 months ago

A popular new furry Operator in Call of Duty Warzone has become the subject of plagiarism claims.

The new playable character, due to launch alongside the upcoming Terminator bundle, allows you to buy and play as a “Loyal Samoyed” – a soldier with the head of a very, very good boy. You can see the design below in a promotional image from developer Raven Software.

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However, concept artist Sail Lin claims that the design has been plagiarised from a piece they created over two years ago:

“I am the original artist that the upcoming CoD Vanguard Samoyed skin was plagiarized from,” they said on Twitter (below). “Even though I am also a CoD player, I am very disappointed to see my work plagiarized by a big company like Activision in this way.”

“I have reached out to Activision for an explanation and/or compensation, and hopefully the situation will be settled soon,” they explained. “As an individual artist, I can only do so much, and I have to speak out about this to stop things like this happening again in the future.”

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Ryan Leston

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Grindstone’s free Cosmic Darkside update brings eldritch enemies and a creepy new map

4 months ago

Hack’n’slash indie puzzle game Grindstone has seen its biggest free update so far this year with the release of the faintly Lovecraftian new Cosmic Darkside scenario. The update adds fresh enemies, a cosmic-horror-themed map, and remixes some of Grindstone’s early levels. Watch the trailer below and try not to become infected by otherworldly monstrosities.

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CJ Wheeler

Innersloth almost put Among Us to rest in 2019

4 months ago

A new interview with Innersloth co-founder Marcus Bromander reveals just how close the team came to moving on from Among Us.

Bromander guested on the podcast Visionaries to discuss Among Us' rise in popularity, the impact it had on Innersloth, and what the company's next plans are.

Among Us first released in 2018 but didn't see mainstream popularity until 2020. During that time, Bromander stated that he, along with fellow co-founder Forrest Willard and mutual friend Amy Liu, were working full-time on Among Us.

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Liv Ngan

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Pokémon Presents broadcast scheduled for this week

4 months ago

A Pokémon Presents presentation - like a Pokémon-focused Nintendo Direct - is due on 3rd August - this Wednesday!

We're expecting to hear more about this year's highly-anticipated Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, due for Nintendo Switch in time for Christmas, and hopefully another look at early fan-favourite Lechonk.

Wednesday's show will stream from Pokémon's official YouTube channel at 2pm UK time and will be 20 minutes long.

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Tom Phillips

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Diablo Immortal player spends $100k on game, now can't find anyone suitable to matchmake with

4 months ago

UPDATE 03/08/22: Blizzard has responded to the Diablo Immortal player who found themselves unable to get into the battlegrounds after shelling out an eye watering $100k in the game.

In a new video, jtisallbusiness has revealed the developer will be releasing a fix for the issue.

"Blizzard did reach out to me," jtitsallbusiness said, before stating that a Blizzard representative told them the company had "approved a fix" which will be implemented in the "next coming days".

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Victoria Kennedy

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New Pokémon Presents Happening This Week Will Showcase More Scarlet And Violet

4 months ago

Pokemon Presents Scarlet Violet Nintendo Direct

A new Pokémon Presents showcase will be held this week and it will be a video presentation with updates onPokémon apps and games, including Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. 

More specifically, this upcoming Pokémon Presents will air at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET on Aug. 3 – so this Wednesday. As for what to expect, the tweet announcing this presentation says we'll be getting updates on Pokémon apps (Pokémon Sleep perhaps?) and games, including Scarlet and Violet.

If it's like past presentations, we'll likely get a trailer or two for the upcoming ninth generation of Pokémon as well as new details regarding the world of these games. I'm hoping we get a look at the mid-stage evolutions of the starters and more information about the region. What are you hoping to learn? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wesley LeBlanc

Star Wars: Witness The Beginning Of Rebellion (Again) In The Official Andor Trailer

4 months ago

Cassian Andor Disney Plus Star Wars Trailer

Disney revealed back in May that its upcoming Rogue One prequel series, Andor, would premiere on Disney Plus on Aug. 31. Disney has delayed its release by a few weeks as it will now premiere on Sept. 21. However, on Sept. 21, three episodes will go live. 

This news comes by way of the official trailer for Andor released today by Disney. Running nearly two and a half minutes long, this trailer sets up the beginning of a rebellion led by Andor and others such as Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma (all played by the actors that portrayed them in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). You can check it out for yourself below: 

Elsewhere, Disney also released a fancy new illustrated poster for Andor today: 

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Wesley LeBlanc

Sony Discontinuing PS5 Launch Feature You’ve Probably Never Used

4 months ago

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The PlayStation 5 has been the current Sony console for just under two years, having been released on November 12, 2020, in the U.S. At launch, there were a number of new features associated with the console such as Game Help cards, Activity Cards, and several others. 

One of those new features was the Accolades system. If you’re like me, you didn’t know this feature existed before it made its way into headlines today. As for why it’s in headlines, it’s because the launch feature is being discontinued in “the fall of 2022,” according to Sony. 

“In fall of 2022, the Accolades feature on PlayStation 5 will no longer be supported,” an update from Sony reads. “The feature hasn’t seen the level of usage we anticipated, so we are refocusing our efforts. We encourage the community to continue to send positive messages to one another.” 

If you’re curious about what Accolades was in light of its forthcoming discontinuation, it allowed players to give accolades and positive encouragement to other players they came across online. You could give another player a Helpful, Welcoming, or Good Sport accolade based on what it was like playing with them. You were allowed to give one accolade per match and you could only give them to players who weren’t your friends. As for why, well, Sony kept track of your accolades and other players could view them. 

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Wesley LeBlanc

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier Adds Weiss and Nero Skins

4 months ago

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier Weiss Nero

Square Enix and Ateam unveiled an Advanced Shinra Pack for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, which includes skins based on Weiss and Nero from FFVII Remake Intergrade. Additionally, the cosmetic packs include skins resembling Rosso and Shelke from Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, as well as a few other accessories. Players can purchase the packs using either 300 Shinra Credits or using five Advanced Shinra Pack Tickets. The cosmetics will be available until August 31, 2022, at 01:59 UTC.

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Notably, the Weiss skin has a special feature that unlocks new effects with every duplicate skin obtained. The second level will unlock the alternate skin "Weiss Empowered". The third level unlocks a new kill effect "The Immaculate", which activates every time you kill or down an opponent.

Both the Weiss and Nero skins are available for the male and female character body types. Rosso and Shelke, however, are only available to equip for female characters. Furthermore, the cosmetic pack also includes items such as Weiss' blades, Nero's facemask, a Deepground Soldier skin, and various Deepground-themed accessories. Finally, the game is also hosting a six-day login bonus campaign where characters can obtain up to 20 Advanced Shinra Pack Tickets and two banners featuring Weiss and Nero.

You can get a look at the Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier Weiss and Nero skins below:

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Andrew Kiya

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Sea of Thieves Season 7 Trailer Shows How You Can Captain Your Own Shop & Much More

4 months ago

Today Rare released a brand new trailer of its upcoming pirate game Sea of Thieves, focusing on the content and features coming with Season 7.

The trailer showcases several aspects of the new season, premier of which is the ability to purchase, name, and customize your own ship, basically becoming a real captain.

You can also save its looks between sessions, including whatever battle scarring it may have ended up with ad you sit on the wrong end of someone else’s cannons.

Of course, you can also restore it to pristine conditions if you so wish.

We take a look at a brand new way to progress in the game, milestones, which will record all-new achievements and provide rewards for you and your ships.

The logbook will let you record plenty of elements about your voyages, but they’re also prized possessions that you can plunder from defeated enemies.

Of course, there is plenty of costumes, emotes, and ship customizations to unlock and purchase in various ways. This is still a game as a service, after all.

You can check the trailer out below while you wait for the new season to release on August 4.

Sea of Thieves is currently available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. You can also grab it via Game Pass.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Shows Off Okuyasu Nijimura & His Stand in Brand New Trailer

4 months ago

Bandai Namco just released another more character trailer of its upcoming fighting game JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R.

This time around we get the introduction of Okuyasu Nijimura from Diamonds is Unbreakable.

On top of that, we also get to see his stand named “The Hand” in action.

You can watch the trailer below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Pokemon Presents Featuring Info on Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Happening This Week

4 months ago

The official Pokemon Twitter account announced this morning that a Pokemon Presents video presentation taking place on Wednesday. It will feature information about Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet as well as updates on Pokemon apps.

Fans will be able to tune in to this presentation on Pokemon’s official YouTube channel. At this time, there is no word on how long this presentation will last. Previous Pokemon Presents videos from the past year have been between 14 and 27 minutes long, so that gives us an idea of what we could possibly expect.

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Rebecca Stone

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Star Wars: Andor Gets a New Trailer Teasing the Origins of the Rebel Alliance; Also Receives a Slight Delay

4 months ago

Earlier today, Disney dropped a brand new trailer for its eagerly-anticipated prequel TV series, Andor. Clocking in at almost two and a half minutes long, the new footage pulls back the curtain on the origins of the Rebel Alliance and is spearheaded by Rogue One’s Diego Luna who portrays the eponymous smuggler and resistance fighter, Cassian Andor.

Go ahead and feast your eyes on the latest video down below:

Accompanying the new footage, however, was a slight delay for the show’s launch. Instead of releasing on the formerly proposed date of August 31, the series will now launch with a 3-episode premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Sept. 21.

The new release date was confirmed during an interview Good Morning America conducted with Diego Luna earlier today.

For those unaware, Andor is essentially a prequel to 2016’s critically-acclaimed standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and centers on a ragtag band of grassroots rebels led by the eponymous Captain.

For more information about Andor, here’s a brief official rundown courtesy of Disney:

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Dylan Chaundy

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PlayStation Summer Sale 2022: Here's The Best Deals Right Now

4 months ago

PlayStation's Summer Sale is in full swing at the moment, and there's more than enough incredible deals to get excited about. This includes a number of digital and physical PS5 games going on sale for a limited time only.

Some of our favorite discounts in the sale include game of the year contender Horizon Forbidden West dropping to just $49.99 for PS5 at Amazon. This is an excellent $20 off the asking price, a stellar deal for an excellent game. You can also find games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart down to $39.99, Spider-Man: Miles Morales for $29.99, or The Nioh Collection also down to $39.99.

For all the best PlayStation Summer Sale deals, check out the rest of our round-up below. Or, for even more gaming deal updates, make sure you're following @IGNDeals on Twitter.

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Robert Anderson

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Pokémon Presents: Broadcast to Reveal Scarlet and Violet Information This Week

4 months ago

Pokémon Presents will return this week, and the Nintendo Direct-like broadcast will include "updates on Pokémon apps and video games, including Pokémon Scarlet and Violet."

The show will air on Wednesday, August 3 at 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern / 2pm UK / 11pm AEST. It will be shown on the Pokémon YouTube channel.

The last Pokémon Presents showcase came in February, and saw the announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, as well as news for Pokémon Legends Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Pokémon Go, and more.

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Joe Skrebels

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Apex Legends Season 14 breathes new life into Kings Canyon

4 months ago

Apex Legends: Hunted is shaping up to be one of the most substantial updates to Respawn's beloved battle royale in recent times. The Season 14 update will drop in just over a week's time, and as well as the customary new Legend - youthful sharpshooter Vantage - we'll also be seeing lots of weapon updates, and some important changes to Apex's oldest map, Kings Canyon. Remember Skull Town? Well, it's back. Sort of.

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Ollie Toms

Disco Elysium's devs might be heading into space with their next game

4 months ago

Disco Elysium’s developers ZA/UM are looking for artists to work on their next game, which sounds very much like it could be heading to the stars. Whatever the project is, ZA/UM’s reference to Shakespeare’s play Hamlet in the job listing certainly suggests they’ll stick with the keen intellect of their last RPG. If you’re not familiar with Disco Elysium’s blend of ideology and role-playing then watch Astrid’s (RPS in Peace) video below.

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CJ Wheeler

Project L will be free to play, new champion detailed

4 months ago

Riot has announced its upcoming 2D fighter Project L, which is set in the world of Runeterra, will be free to play.

"One of our goals is to remove as many barriers as possible from you enjoying Project L," explained developer Tom Cannon in a new video, which can be watched below. "We want you to be able to play, no matter where you live, what your skill level is, or how much money you have to spend on a game."

Meanwhile, Cannon has said the Project L team will be "respectful" of its players' "time and wallet" when it comes to monetisation.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Apex Legends Season 14 brings Kings Canyon overhaul and level cap increase

4 months ago

Apex Legends' 14th season, officially known as Hunted, is right around the corner, and Respawn is currently in full-on hype mode ahead of its 9th August arrival. And now, following the official unveiling of new hero Vantage last week, the developer now confirmed a major overhaul for its original Kings Canyon map, alongside a level cap increase for players.

Kings Canyon has, of course, been around since Apex Legends' launch back in 2019, and Season 14's extensive overhaul aims to improve some of the ageing map's more troublesome issues. Before we get to the mechanical stuff though, there's perhaps the most immediately obvious change - upgraded lighting and a new skybox, both intended to make for a "more immersive, vibrant environment".

In terms of gameplay changes though, there's the new Relic point of interest, which is designed to help create a little bit more breathing space on the map in the early to mid game so squad battles are less likely to be interrupted by third parties. This has been achieved by filling the Skull Town and Thunderdome area sunk in Season 5 with sand and building a new series of winding, interconnected buildings for fresh skirmishes, complete with a giant skull centerpiece.

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Matt Wales

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