July 2023

What are we all playing this weekend?

1 year ago

To hell with anyone complaining about the turn in the weather. We need this rain. We've earned this rain. Have yourself an evening walk and enjoy the cool air on your face, the rich smell in your nose, and the damp flora regreening before your eyes. Lovely. But while you wait for that, what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Alice O'Connor

Emma's Adventures: Selling Valheim part two - a king turns tyrant

1 year ago

Emma's Adventures is a monthly column exclusively for Eurogamer supporters, written by Emma Kent, who has an uncanny knack for finding strange adventures in games. You can support Eurogamer for £3/€3/$3 a month and gain access to a whole variety of things, including this piece. But we're currently offering a free month's trial so you don't have to pay a thing.

This is the second part of Emma's Valheim adventure. The first part - the one that follows her Selling Sunset dreams of running an estate agent business - is available to everyone to read, but this second part is for Eurogamer Supporters only.

All player names have been changed for this article.

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Emma Kent

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What to Play This July

1 year ago

Hello! Welcome back to our new series, What to Play This Month, a roundup of the best games from the past month, the things we're most excited to play (or otherwise look out for) that are releasing in the month ahead, a quick rundown of the other things coming up, and a few back-catalogue picks that might make a nice compliment for it all - because why stick to playing the brand new stuff?

As a reminder, the goal for us with this series is simple enough: there are more games releasing than ever, so we're aiming to do a little curation of the month ahead to help you cut through the noise.

Let's dive in! Here's What To Play This July.

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Chris Tapsell

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"Stylish, story-driven" adventure Thirsty Suitors gets a release date

1 year ago

The new "stylish, story-driven" adventure-stroke-dating game Thirsty Suitors has a release date: 2nd November.

Described as a "game about culture, relationships, family pressures, and expressing oneself", Thirsty Suitors sees you help Jala "handle her demanding parents, reconcile with her exes, and mend broken friendships in time for her sister’s wedding".

"Can Jala learn to love herself and heal the wounds of her past?" the video description teases, before giving us a two-minute peek at Jala's hectic world and family life, reminding some in the comments of Edgar Wright's film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

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Vikki Blake

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Virgin Media unveils its new "inclusive, accessible, and free-to-use" gaming hub, Gamepad

1 year ago

Virgin Media has launched Gamepad, a new, free-to-use gaming space at London's arena and entertainment complex, The O2.

Made up of three distinct areas – a couch co-op space called The Cave, streaming room The Stage, and "an entire floor decked out with hands-on stations for those who want to game without distractions" called The Playground – Virgin says the area will be "filled with state-on-the-art equipment and technology" in partnership with our friends at Digital Foundry.

Open now and set to remain open seven days a week (12pm-8pm Monday-Saturday; 11pm-7pm on Sunday), Virgin says the project has been designed to "remove all barriers around gaming" and is "free of charge for everyone to experience" for "at least 20 minutes at a time".

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Vikki Blake

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Metacritic reveals its highest-rated games of 2023 so far

1 year ago

Metacritic has pulled back the curtain to give us a glimpse of the highest-rated games of 2023 thus far.

Games released between 1st January and 30th June 2023 have been ranked by their Metascores "prior to rounding" and must have received a "minimum of seven reviews from professional critics to be eligible for inclusion".

The full top 20 list can be found below, with all scores marked out of a possible 100 points:

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Vikki Blake

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Review: Jack Jeanne Is My New Favorite Switch Otome Game

1 year ago

Review: Jack Jeanne Is My New Favorite Switch Otome Game

I suspected I’d ike Jack Jeanne would be a game I’d enjoy when I first learned about it. The art Sui Ishida shared looked gorgeous, and I’m a sucker for rhythm games of any sort. I followed it off and on, especially since there were hints of a worldwide release, but tried not to get too invested. After so many years when otome games wouldn’t get localized, I suppose I always have this lingering fear. After going through it two times now, however, I can’t help but feel like Jack Jeanne is my favorite otome game on the Switch.

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Jenni Lada

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Fall Guys' Show-Bucks will cost more in the UK, Canada, and Mexico from next month

1 year ago

Mediatonic has outlined changes coming to the regional pricing of Fall Guys' Show-Bucks.

Right now, 1000 Show-Bucks costs £6.49 of your real-life money, 2800 is £15.99, 5000 £25.99, and 13,500 a hefty £63.99.

From 17th July, however, these prices will increase to £6.99, £17.49, £27.99, and £69.99 for 1000, 2800, 5000, and 13,500 Show-Bucks respectively.

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Vikki Blake

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Guilty Gear Plush and Bridget Nendoroid Revealed

1 year ago

Guilty Gear Bridget Nendoroid and Sol and Kiske Plush Shown

At Anime Expo 2023, Good Smile Company showed off the Guilty Gear Bridget Nendoroid and new plush of Baiken, Sol Badguy, Jack-O, and Ky Kiske. There's no release date for any of them. However, the Bridget figure is farthest along. The painted prototype for that Nendoroid appeared. The four plush toys only appeared as concept art.

Here's a closer look at how the Bridget Nendoroid based on her Guilty Gear: Strive appearance is looking. She's wielding her yo-yo for the pose. The face plate also shows a smiling expression. The figure is in the same position as the unpainted prototype that appeared at WonHobby G 2023 Spring.

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Jenni Lada

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See the Sayori and Yuri Doki Doki Literature Club Nendoroids

1 year ago

See the Sayori and Yuri Doki Doki Literature Club Nendoroids

Good Smile Company showed off the Sayori and Yuri Doki Doki Literature Club (DDLC) Nendoroids at Anime Expo 2023. Both of them appeared as unpainted prototypes in the announcement. There is no release window for either one yet. Their appearance means that every character in the game will have their own figure, however.

Here's a closer look at both of the Doki Doki Literature Club Sayori and Yuri figures. Yuri is on the left. Her smiling face plate is being used, and it shows that the Nendoroid will come with a book for her to hold. The one for Sayori on the right is using a blushing and smiling face plate. It also shows her waving toward the viewer.

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Jenni Lada

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Next Legend of Zelda Figma Is a Tears of the Kingdom Link Figure

1 year ago

Next Legend of Zelda Figma Is a Tears of the Kingdom Link Figure

At Anime Expo 2023, Good Smile Company revealed a new The Legend of Zelda figure, as Tears of the Kingdom Link will join the figma line. There's no release window for the item yet. However, an unpainted prototype did appear as part of the announcement.

Here's a closer look at the The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link figma, as well as his accessories. He's carrying the repaired Master Sword in this pose. He is also holding his familiar shield. Rather than the outfit he wears in the beginning of the game, he has his more familiar attire on.

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Jenni Lada

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Cult of the Lamb Nendoroid Shown at Anime Expo 2023

1 year ago

Cult of the Lamb Nendoroid Shown at Anime Expo 2023

On the first day of Anime Expo 2023, Good Smile Company revealed its Cult of the Lamb Nendoroid. There is no release window for it yet. However, an unpainted prototype was shown off. In it, the Lamb wears its standard attire and crown.

Here's a closer look at the Cult of the Lamb Nendoroid. Aside from the crown and cape, there are no other accessories shown. Also, only one face plate with a neutral expression appeared. It is possible that the cape and crown are removable, so someone could display the Lamb as they look when the game begins.

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Jenni Lada

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Summoners War RELOADED: A Massive Update is Coming to Summoners War: Sky Arena

1 year ago

Summoners War RELOADED: A Massive Update is Coming to Summoners War: Sky Arena

Fans of Com2uS’ tactical fantasy RPG hit, Summoners War, know that after celebrating nine years of success, Com2uS has no intention of slowing down. From amazing anniversary rewards for players, to in-game events and even an Assassin’s Creed collaboration, Summoners War has given players plenty of reasons to return to the world they love. With their latest showcase on June 23rd for Summoners War RELOADED, they’ve announced another massive set of updates! Read on for all of the latest news.

Dungeons, Artifacts, and Monsters!

There was a lot of content announced at Summoners War RELOADED showcase. New players will have hours and hours of content to discover, while returning summoners will have more than enough to keep them engaged.

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Kenny

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Diablo 4's most elusive rare item has finally dropped in the wild - here's what it does

1 year ago

The last of Diablo 4's super-rare elusive items have finally been discovered in the wild.

Last week, Diablo 4's lead class designer, Adam Jackson, jumped online to "clear up" the confusion around some of Diable 4's rarest unique items, and it's from Jackson that we learned the names of the six rarest ones: Andariel's Visage, Doombringer, Harlequin Crest, Melted Heart of Selig, Ring of Starless Skies, and The Grandfather.

Up until that point, some extraordinarily lucky players had discovered five of the six items, but the most elusive one, Melted Heart of Selig, was still the stuff of legend… until yesterday, it seems, when the item finally dropped for a Chinese necromancer.

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Vikki Blake

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Stranded: Alien Dawn's all-new free Jungle update is out now

1 year ago

A new, free update for planet survival sim, Stranded: Alien Dawn is now available.

The Jungle Update adds a brand new region, Saltu, as well as "new survivor tools, a work area mechanic, a new survivor, and much more".

"With dense foliage and warm conditions, this jungle region brings thrilling new challenges, as well as a wealth of new features across all regions and scenarios – in addition to a new survivor, Melody Adeyemi, a healthy and comforting leader whose experience is pivotal for any group," the team explains.

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Vikki Blake

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Which Mortal Kombat Characters Do You Like Best?

1 year ago

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It's a good year for fans of Mortal Kombat. We'll see the series rebooted again in 2023 with Mortal Kombat 1. Already we've seen teases for it. It doesn't seem like the full cast is revealed just yet. But quite a few fighters are confirmed to return. Ahead of its launch later this year, we figured we'd talk about some of the Mortal Kombat characters we like best.

I'm not great at playing Mortal Kombat! Which means I'm the sort of player who gets annoying. I find a character that I like and a move that's handy for me, and I'll spam it in the hopes things work out for me. As a result, I feel like Sub Zero is the best Mortal Kombat character, because I can learn the input for his Ice Ball attack, use it, attack, then run away. (Maybe I'll occasionally slide to change things up!) -- Jenni

Not to be contrarian to Jenni's love of Sub-Zero, but the best character is clearly Scorpion (with Mileena right on his tail). Flinging the spear to pull someone in for an uppercut? The cry of "Get over here!"? Pulling off the mask to reveal a fire-breathing skull? Scorpion is the reason I picked up the series years ago, and was the only reason I ever beat Mortal Kombat on the Game Boy. For that alone, he'll be the best character forever. -- Joel

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Jenni Lada

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See the One Piece Live-Action Luffy and Zoro SH Figuarts Figures

1 year ago

The One Piece live-action SH Figuarts entries will be figures of Luffy and Zoro that look like Inaki Godoy and Mackenyu.

Ahead of Anime Expo 2023, Bandai's Tamashii Nations revealed there would be One Piece live-action SH Figuarts figures. Now, we know the identities of them. The two will be based on how the Inaki Godoy and Mackenyu versions of Luffy and Zoro look in this One Piece adaptation. There's no release date for either one. This means we don't know if they'll launch alongside the Netflix show in August 2023.

Here is the announcement revealing both of the figures. In each case, a painted prototype appeared. This could mean that the release window for both is fairly close.

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Jenni Lada

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Anime Expo Hololive Figures Revealed Are Gawr Gura, Laplus, and Ninomae Ina’nis

1 year ago

Anime Expo Hololive Figures Revealed Include Gawr Gura, Laplus, and Ninomae Ina’nis

At Anime Expo 2023, Good Smile Company's Hololive figures included Gawr Gura and Laplus Darkness figma and a Ninomae Ina'nis Nendoroid. All three figures appear to be fairly far along in development. This is due to the fact that each one appeared as a painted prototype. However, release dates weren't offered for any of them.

First, here's the Ninomae Ina'nis Nendoroid. She's shown with her tentacles behind her. However, no additional accessories appear with her.

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Jenni Lada

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New Kill la Kill Ryuko and Satsuki Nendoroids and Figure Coming

1 year ago

New Kill la Kill Ryuko and Satsuki Nendoroids and Figure Coming

As part of the Anime Expo 2023 announcements, Good Smile Company revealed Kill la Kill Ryuko and Satsuki Nendoroids and a new Ryuko Pop Up Parade figure. Only concept art appeared for the two Nendoroids. However, the Pop Up Parade did appear as an unpainted prototype as part of the reveals.

First, here's how the new Pop Up Parade figure looks. It's billed as the Souvenir Jacket version, as Ryuko is wearing said jacket. She has her hands in the pockets for the pose.

As for the two Nendoroids, they feature Ryuko and Satsuki wearing their Kamui. The concept art suggests the design and poses for each one.

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Jenni Lada

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Street Fighter Chun-Li and Darkstalkers Morrigan and Lilith Figures Shown

1 year ago

Good Smile Company's next Capcom figures are ones of Street Fighter's Chun-Li and Darkstalkers' Morrigan and Lilith.

Good Smile Company's Anime Expo 2023 reveals included updates on Capcom merchandise. We got to see the Darkstalkers Pop Up Parade Morrigan and Lilith figures, as well as the Street Fighter Chun-Li scale figure. There are no release windows for any of them. However, the Chun-Li figure seems furthest along in development.

This is because the Chun-Li Street Fighter figure appeared as a painted prototype. It features her sitting on the edge of a broken piece of material. We don't know what scale it will be yet. However, this is the first time we've seen a painted version of it, as the unpainted prototype appeared back in February 2023.

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Jenni Lada

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Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Sagiri and Yuzuriha ARTFX J Figures Coming

1 year ago

Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku Sagiri and Yuzuriha ARTFX J Figures Coming

As part of its Anime Expo 2023 reveals, Kotobukiya showed its Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Sagiri and Yuzuriha ARTFX J Figures. Both are fairly early in development. Only unpainted prototypes of each one appeared at the event. There is no release date for either one yet.

Here's the official Anime Expo 2023 announcement for both statues. Both of the items are scale figures. Sagiri is on the left, while Yuzuriha is on the right.

Again, as Twitter currently imposed a limit on how many tweets users can read, here's a gallery showing off both of the Kotobukiya prototype figures. This is in the event the official announcement disappears.

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Jenni Lada

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Kotobukiya’s Next The Witcher Bishoujo Figure Is Ciri

1 year ago

Kotobukiya Next The Witcher Bishoujo Figure Is Ciri

As part of multiple Anime Expo 2023 announcements, Kotobukiya revealed a The Witcher Ciri Bishoujo figure is in development. There's no release window for her yet. There also isn't even a prototype. The announcement only included concept art for the character.

Here is the announcement for The Witcher Ciri Bishoujo figure, which shows her alongside Geralt. In both cases, Shunya Yamashita's concept art for the characters appeared. As with Geralt, this figure is based on her appearance in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Jenni Lada

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The Community Spotlight 2023.07.01

1 year ago

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host as we look back at the best community creations from last week.

There's a new t-shirt design on sale on the Giant Bomb store designed by @jearum! You have six possible colors to choose from and there is also a sweatshirt version of the design. If you experience any issues with shipping or international rates, please send an email to support@giantbomb.com.

Related to site quandaries and issues, many of you have expressed frustrations with certain videos and VODs not being readily available on the site or Twitch after their streams are over. As indicated by Jeff Bakalar on Discord, the videos that have yet to get re-uploaded are getting ID'd for copyright audio, so that's why they are currently unavailable. Staff and Fandom are working on resolving the issue, but some may require edits or revisions.

The staff have Monday and Tuesday off for Independence Day. As such, non-podcast programming will not be recorded until Wednesday. However, the good news is that Jan has raised the priority of providing a stunning conclusion to Play It Forward sooner rather than later.

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Marino - Brad Lynch

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Homeworld 3 developer update introduces the "flavor layer"

1 year ago

Homeworld and its sequel were real-time strategy games that stuck in the memory mainly due to the atmosphere they managed to create via dialogue, music choices and striking ship designs. I had mentally labelled coming sequel Homeworld 3 as "more of the same, but better looking", without thinking much more about it.

A new development update from developers Blackbird Interactive doesn't so much prove me wrong as go into great detail about what "better looking" really means - while also making me excited about the new "flavor layer" of ship-to-ship communication.

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Graham Smith

Trigger Shared More About the New Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

1 year ago

Trigger Announces New Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt will return, as Studio Trigger announced it at Anime Expo 2022, and it used the 2023 to talk more about it. At its panel, it confirmed it is taking over from Gainax, who handled the original anime back in 2010. There's a first PV for the project. In addition, Good Smile Company announced new Pop Up Parade figures of Panty and Stocking.

Here’s the official announcement from Trigger’s Twitter account, which also showed pictures of the panel at Anime Expo 2023.

The first PV for the series shows the angels Panty and Stocking as they begin to get involved in fighting Ghosts to presumably get back to heaven, as was the general motive in the original series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-T6sA_EGXM&ab_channel=TRIGGERChannel

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Jenni Lada

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One Piece Japanese Anime Voice Actors Will Dub Live-Action Adaptation

1 year ago

Netflix One Piece Japanese Anime Voice Actors Will Dub Live-Action Adaptation

Netflix announced at Anime Expo 2023 that the One Piece live-action Japanese dub will use the anime's voice actors. The announce also included a video of Iñaki Godoy meeting Mayumi Tanaka, who has played Luffy in the anime and game adaptations of the years.

As the Netflix One Piece live-action adaptation doesn’t feature the full Straw Hat crew, only the Japanese voice actors for Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji will appear for the Japanese dub. Here’s the list of who will appear:

  • Luffy: Mayumi Tanaka
  • Nami: Akemi Okamura
  • Sanji: Hiroaki Hirata
  • Usopp: Kappei Yamaguchi
  • Zoro: Kazuya Nakai

And here's the video of Godoy and Tanaka meeting. It also features the other four main members of the live-action adaptation's cast talking about the show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkyvqwzhapQ&ab_channel=Netflix

This is one of multiple announcements related to One Piece and the new adaptation from Anime Expo 2023. Bandai and Tamashii Nations also announced SH Figuarts based on this version of the story. At the moment, only ones based on Luffy and Zoro are on the way.

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Jenni Lada

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New HIDIVE Anime Includes Oshi no Ko and Spy Classroom Season 2

1 year ago

New HIDIVE Anime Includes Oshi no Ko and Spy Classroom Season 2

HIDIVE announced some of its new anime series at Anime Expo 2023. Some of them are returning series. For example, season 2 of Oshi no Ko, Spy Classroom, and The Dangers in My Heart are all confirmed. There are no exact dates for any of their debuts yet. Ragna Crimson will also come to the streaming service, with its premiere set for September 30, 2023. Level 1 Demon Lord and One Room Hero and The Dreaming Boy is a Realist will show up on July 3, 2023. As for dubs, The Dangers in My Heart and KAIJI: Ultimate Survivor ones are on the way.

A few teaser trailers appeared in the announcements for some of the upcoming shows. First, here's the one for The Dangers in My Heart season 2.

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Jenni Lada

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Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash Fighting Game Heading to Consoles and PC

1 year ago

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash Fighting Game Heading to Consoles and PC

At the end of its Anime Expo 2023 panel, Bandai Namco announced it is working on Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash, a 2v2 fighting game based on the anime and manga. There’s no release date for it beyond “coming soon.” However, a first trailer did appear. It also confirmed it will show up on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox, and PC via Steam. That same video also noted creator Gege Akutami wrote an original story for it.

You can see the full Bandai Namco Anime Expo 2023 Summer Showcase below. The trailer for the Jujutsu Kaisen fighting game comes up at about the 46:30 mark. The footage begins with Yuji Itadori expressing his motivations for fighting. We then see him attack Nobara Kugisaki. It then fades back to show that Yuji is fighting alongside Megumi Fushiguro, while Nobara has Satoru Gojo beside her. While only those four playable characters appear in the initial footage, the art at the end also shows Toge Inumaki, Maki Zen’in, Panda, and Ryomen Sukuna.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpxwBAxQ9Ug&ab_channel=BandaiNamcoEntertainmentAmerica

This announcement comes ahead of a new season of the anime. On July 6, 2023, that will air. Crunchyroll will offer a simulcast and dub of it.

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash will come to the PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox, and PC "soon." The anime can be found on Crunchyroll, while Viz Media handles the manga.

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Jenni Lada

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Spy x Family Street Fighter Crossover Pits Yor Against Chun-Li

1 year ago

Spy x Family Street Fighter Crossover Pits Yor Against Chun-Li

At Anime Expo 2023, a Spy x Family: Code White and Street Fighter 6 crossover was teased. An initial image for the possible project appeared. In it, Chun-Li and Yor are front and center. However, other characters from both the fighting game and anime also appear. There's no word yet on what sort of form this crossover will take, however.

Here's the official key art for this collaboration. At the top we see Yor from Spy x Family facing off against Street Fighter 6’s Chun-Li. In the bottom right corner, Loid is standing next to Ryu. In front of them are Bond, Anya, and Li-Fen.
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This isn't the only Street Fighter announcement from Anime Expo 2023 so far. Good Smile Company also offered an update on a new scale figure of Chun-Li. The painted prototype of it appeared. At the same time, the company also revealed two of its next Capcom figures will be Pop Up Parade ones of Morrigan and Lilith from Darkstalkers.

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Jenni Lada

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Final Fantasy 6 contains a scene of perfect desolation - and not every player gets to see it

1 year ago

Final Fantasy is one of the most famous video game franchises in history. The first game in the series was released so long ago (1987) that I wasn't even born at the time, and several entries that followed became classics of the role-playing genre. Final Fantasy 16, the latest installment is one of the biggest games of the year now in 2023 - this is a franchise that has shown an awe inspiring level of success and longevity.

One of the various classics in the series is Final Fantasy 6. When FF6 was released in Japan and North America on the Super Nintendo in 1994, Yoshinori Kitase (the game's director) wasn't quite in the position to travel abroad and get a sense for the game's reception outside of Japan. On international PR tours years later, however, he was surprised to find that many Westerners - in contrast to the Japanese fans - seemed to actually prefer FF6 to the much more famous Final Fantasy 7.

I realised this too, perhaps even around the same time as Kitase, when I was a teenager and browsing gaming forums in the early 2000s. I grew up adoring FF7 on the PlayStation (my first console), so the idea that the preceding game was just as good, if not better, was exciting. I wasn't able to play FF6, however, until it had an extremely delayed release in Europe in 2007, via the Game Boy Advance.

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Aamir Mehar

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Dying Light 2 teams up with The Walking Dead for a "thrilling" crossover event

1 year ago

Good news, Zombie fans – two of the genre's biggest IPs, Dying Light and The Walking Dead, are partnering up for a "thrilling" crossover event.

Right now the details are scarce, but Techland popped up on Twitter to inform fans that it was "joining forces" with Skybound's The Walking Dead for a new event in which you'll get to "survive, scavenge, and slay the undead like never before".

"We know a thing or two about fighting the undead," the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead responded, although neither account told us what the event will entail, nor when we can expect to play it – we've just been asked to "stay tuned for more info".

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Vikki Blake

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This new Overwatch animated mini-series, Genesis, debuts later this week

1 year ago

The first of a three-part Overwatch mini-series will debut on 6th July, 2023.

Called Genesis, the series – which is one of the franchise's first 2D animations to go beyond the backstories of individual characters – will explore events before the Omnic Crisis uprising which saw a series of lethal, hostile robots attack humankind.

Blizzard's holding its cards close to its chest, but the teaser above gives us a peek at some familiar faces, including Ana, Reinhardt, and Reaper.

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Vikki Blake

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Preview: Mortal Kombat 1’s Kameos Bring a Ton of Creativity to Each Match

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Mortal Kombat 1 brings back some familiar, bloody warriors in a battle for gory supremacy. With last weekend's Online Stress Test, players were able to get in the ring with these old friends and see how they'd handle in this newest iteration of the long-standing series. While you'll be right at home with the usual decapitations and brutal beatings, it's the Kameo System that offers to bring something new to the table. If you like combos, you're really going to enjoy what this system has to offer.

The Stress Test gave us four characters to try out: Liu Kang, Kenshi, Sub-Zero, and Kitana. While deeply saddened by the lack of Scorpion in this trial, I didn't stay that way for long. The four characters demonstrated a great variety among their moves, offering familiar strikes and special abilities that will have long-standing fans jumping right back in. I can still fling icy blasts without a problem after all these decades, thankfully. Kenshi's puppet-like summons, Kitana's traps and fan attacks, and Liu Kang's hot hands all felt great and gave some wide variety in how they played, too.

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Joel Couture

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Gundam Seed: Freedom Movie to Air in 2024

1 year ago

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A new movie set in the Cosmic Era called Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Freedom will air on January 26, 2024 in Japan. A trailer for the movie is available on the Gundam SEED official Twitter account. Sunrise first announced that it was working on a movie for the series back in 2021.

The trailer is about half a minute long, and it mostly focuses on Kira and Lacus. This will be a completely new story and continuation of the original show. There are also some quick scenes from the show, such as when Athrun gifted Tori to Kira. The text that appears on-screen can loosely translate to “Will you choose the destiny chosen for you, or the freedom to rebel?” This concept of freedom versus destiny was present throughout both SEED and SEED Destiny.

You can watch the trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Freedom here:

https://twitter.com/SEED_HDRP/status/1675421550818754560?t=RuRZky3DgXPvdb-ugWoMSQ&s=19

Again, this will not be a compilation movie and will continue the story of the Cosmic Era. Gundam SEED aired from 2002 and 2003, and its sequel SEED Destiny aired from 2004 to 2005. Both series follow the conflict between the Coordinators (genetically enhanced humans who reside in space) and Naturals (non-modified humans who live on Earth).

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Freedom will air in Japan on January 26, 2024. It’s unclear if it will appear in other territories.

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Stephanie Liu

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Valve bans 40 CS:GO traders, leaving over £1.5m worth in-game items in limbo

1 year ago

Valve has banned around 40 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) traders linked to gambling sites, essentially wiping out over £1.5m ($2m) worth of in-game trade items.

As spotted by Dexerto (via PC Gamer), the bans come after gambling site CSGOEmpire published a spreadsheet of CS:GO traders it believed were part of a cryptocurrency money laundering scheme allegedly operating through a rival gambling site called CSGORoll.

Whilst Valve has yet to comment on whether or not the bans were connected to the details revealed in the spreadsheet, it seems as though all but one of the accounts leaked on the spreadsheet have now been banned.

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Vikki Blake

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Yen Press Revealed 9 Manga, 8 Light Novels, 5 Audiobooks, 4 Manhwa at Anime Expo

1 year ago

Yen Press Revealed 8 Manga, 7 Light Novels, 5 Audiobooks, 4 Manhwa at Anime Expo

At Anime Expo 2023, Yen Press revealed 9 manga, 7 light novels and novels, 5 audiobooks, 4 manhwa and webcomics it will be releasing in 2023 and 2024. A number of highly anticipated and notable titles were among the reveals. For example, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dazai, holoX MEETing, Itaewon, and Re:Zero Short Story Collection. There are no exact dates yet. However, people can begin to start expecting them in 2023 and 2024, with some of the manga and light novels even showing up in December 2023.

First, here are the Yen Press manga revealed at Anime Expo 2023.

  • Beastrings
  • Bride of the Barrier Master
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Dazai
  • Chuuya, Age Fifteen
  • God Bless the Mistaken
  • Higurashi When They Cry: MEGURI
  • holoX MEETing
  • Taking Care of God
  • A Witch’s Life in a Micro Room

Next, here are the upcoming Yen Press light novels and novels.

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Jenni Lada

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Square Enix Announces 9 Manga and Books at Anime Expo 2023

1 year ago

Square Enix Announces 9 Manga and Books at Anime Expo 2023

At Anime Expo 2023, Square Enix announced some manga, picture books, art books, and other upcoming releases. Some of the announcements were confirmations of things we already knew about, like The Art of Final Fantasy XVI. However, it also included My Dress-Up Darling Official Anime Fanbook and Soul Eater Not: The Perfect Edition volume 1.

Here's the full list of Square Enix manga and book announcements at Anime Expo 2023, as well as release windows for them.

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Jenni Lada

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