Over the weekend, the Indonesian government began the task of blocking any website or service that had failed to register as part of new “internet control” laws. That ended up being a lot, including everything from Steam to the Epic Games Store to Nintendo Online to EA and Ubisoft’s platforms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.“
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?
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.
Every weekend, indie devs show off current work on Twitter's #screenshotsaturday tag. And every Monday, I bring you a selection of these snaps and clips. This week, my eye was caught by VR mecha violence, Dark Messiah-grade kicking and trap tomfoolery, and some Highland scenery from former RPS news gremlin Nat Clayton.
Four legs? Check. Adorable? Yup. Winged and purple? Wait, that’s not a cat. It’s only Spyro the dragon, modded into Bluetwelve’s hit indie miaow ‘em up Stray. Quite a decent fit too, Spyro me ol’ chum. It’s a bit like if Toys For Bob decided to give the plucky young drake his own version of Sonic Frontiers.
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.
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."
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".
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.
Massage Freaks is a rhythm game developed and published by The Future You've Been DreamingOf 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 (MassageFreaks). 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.
BeatRefle 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
‼️ Attention, Trainers! ‼️
Tune in to our YouTube channel on Wednesday, August 3rd at 6AM PT for a #PokemonPresents video presentation with updates on Pokémon apps and video games, including #PokémonScarletViolet!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
The Pokémon Company announced its next Pokémon Presents livestream will take place on August 3. The upcoming info dump on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and other Pokémon games comes just in time as fans, desperate for new details, pour over a recent flood of alleged leaks for the earlier than expected Gen 9 entries.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.