Yoko Taro Is Working On a Completely New Game, and Yes It'll Be Weird

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Yoko Taro, the creator of Nier, has confirmed he is the creative director of a brand-new Square Enix game. During a video presentation live stream for the upcoming Nier Replican ver. 1.22474487139, the director revealed that he has started on his next project at Square Enix. He is currently the creative director of Nier Reincarnation, a Nier mobile game. As reported by Gematsu, Taro says his next game is an indie, digital-only title that is “difficult to explain,” and a “somewhat unusual game,” that is mysterious and he has “no idea how to explain or sell.” So basically a Yoko Taro game. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/02/25/nier-replicant-ver122474487139-opening-movie"] Taro is likely being humble as Nier Automata has sold 5.5 million units worldwide since its 2017 launch. A hugely successful figure for a relatively unknown spinoff of the Drakengard series. While Taro has maintained he will work on any project as long as he’s being paid, the director has kept a relatively low profile since Nier Automata. He has served as creative director on the mobile game SINoAlice, as well as scenario writer on the Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Nier raid cycle. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=nier-replicant-screenshots&captions=true"] While Taro hasn’t explained if this is a new series or related to Nier, Taro’s next project definitely has our interest. Meanwhile, the Nier remake/update is set to be released this week and you can check out our final preview here. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor.
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Ubisoft Is Expanding The Assassin's Creed Universe, Exclusive First Look At AC Valhalla: Blood Brothers

4 hours 44 minutes ago

Assassin's Creed already has games, books, comics, and movies, but now Ubisoft is looking to expand that AC love even more with a new initiative. From podcast to webtoons, the studio is curating a new library to celebrate all things Assassin's Creed, including our first look at a new manhua (Chinese comics) called Valhalla: Blood Brothers. 

New Assassin's Creed tales will come in several forms, including podcasts, webtoons, new novels, and more. Ubisoft is collaborating with creators from all over the world to add new Assassin's Creed experiences for fans to enjoy in-between game time. Assassin's Creed: Stories will elaborate on the world we already know while offering some new surprises as well for fans to enjoy.

We also have an exclusive preview of chapter two of a new short story with the manhua Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers, as seen in the slideshow below: 

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Liana Ruppert

Valve finally fixes CS:GO exploit that could give hackers control of PCs

5 hours 11 minutes ago

Valve has finally fixed a security vulnerability in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that could be used by hackers to gain remote control of a player's PC - an issue the company had reportedly known about for two years by the time its existence was publicised last week.

News of the exploit was circulated in a tweet by not-for-profit reverse-engineering group The Secret Club. It explained one of its members, Florian, had contacted Valve two years prior to report a remote code execution flaw which made it possible for a hacker to take over a target's PC by tricking them into accepting a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Steam invite.

Although the exploit - one of several vulnerabilities reported to Valve by Secret Club members - had the potential to affect any game utilising Source Engine, The Secret Club stressed only CS:GO was still verifiably at risk. "We cannot say for sure if and when things have been patched in other games throughout the time without us being notified about it," it wrote.

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Nadeshot on 100 Thieves, Valkyrae, CouRage, And The Road Ahead

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Adversity is something that strikes all of us over the course of our lives. Sometimes it feels like more than we can handle, yet we still need to find ways to cope and grow as people. Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag had to learn this harsh lesson early and brutally when in 2012, his mother passed away after triumphantly battling against illness after illness. At this point, he had a choice: Succumb to his grief and frustration, or build something special. And if you're here now reading this, you know what Mr. Haag chose.

100 Thieves has set the world on fire with a plethora of pro gaming teams, exclusive and sought-after merch that sells out in minutes, and a group of some of the most iconic streamers in the age of the content boom. But this didn't all happen overnight, right?

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Alex Stadnik

This Sub-Zero Cosplay Looks Straight Out Of A Mortal Kombat Movie

5 hours 43 minutes ago

With the Mortal Kombat movie making its grand debut later this week, we here at Game Informer thought that now is the perfect excuse to celebrate this epic fighting franchise. We'll be celebrating all week, but with our love of cosplay we couldn't help but to show our appreciation for this series with one Mortal Kombat fan's creative take with this incredible Sub-Zero cosplay. Ever see a cosplay so good that it looks like it came straight out of a Mortal Kombat movie? If not, now you have. 

The cosplayer in question hails from the UK and goes by KennyCosplayStuff on social. When I first stumbled upon his Sub-Zero nod, I had to do a double-take to make sure it wasn't a still from the upcoming reboot. Nope, it's all him, and it's amazing. 

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Liana Ruppert

Apex Legends Coming to Mobile With Regional Beta Test First

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Respawn Entertainment announced on Monday that it will be bringing its competitive battle royale title Apex Legends to mobile devices.

Simply titled Apex Legends Mobile, the game will be specifically designed for touchscreens and contain “streamlined controls and thoughtful optimizations” to work with smartphones, the studio said in a blog post. The mobile game will be free-to-play, like the PC and console versions, but will not have cross-play with the other platforms since the game is being built to work just for mobile devices.

The game will also have its own battle passes, collectible cosmetics, and unlockables that will be separate from the PC and console versions. Respawn had created an internal team dedicated to developing the mobile version, though will collaborate with the main team and other partners.

Apex Legends Mobile will first be available as a small closed beta test for “a few thousand players” with Android devices in India and the Philippines later this month. The studio said it will steadily increase the size of the tests, add more regions, and support iOS as the tests continue. Respawn will open the game to more regions with a pre-register page when it is ready.

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Tom Meyer

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The Portal Reloaded mod adds a time travel portal and 25 new puzzles

6 hours 14 minutes ago

Portal 2 has just turned ten years old, and what better way to celebrate than by adding some extra head scratchers to Valve's tricky puzzle box? Portal Reloaded is a Portal 2 mod that adds 25 new puzzles and a brand new type of portal. This new, green portal lets expert portalers travel 20 years in the future and solve Aperture Science rooms across both space and time.

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Lauren Morton

Legoshi & Haru Get Ghibli in This Adorable Beastars Fan Art

7 hours 2 minutes ago

Ever since Beastars arrived to Netflix last year, fans have fallen in love with lead characters Legoshi and Haru, as the odd couple of this timid wolf and the confident bunny certainly paint an interesting picture. One fan has taken it upon themselves to combine that love for these two characters with another of their favorite anime styles, creating a version of them that is “Ghibli-ish.”

In the art above, you can see Legoshi and Haru transformed using the Studio Ghibli art style at the hands of user Twitter user F0XnR0LL, somehow managing to look even more adorable than they usually do. The picture itself fits the characters perfectly as well, showing Haru as carefree as ever picking flowers while Legoshi holds her up, embarrassed at the prospect of his crush sitting on his shoulders.

If you’d like to check out more of this artist’s work, head over to their Twitter account that features a boatload more of their talented art. While you’re here, you should also check out all of the other Beastars and anime content we have to offer.

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Andrew McMahon

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The fourth and final season of Castlevania arrives in May on netflix

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Netflix's animated Castlevania series is retuning for its fourth and final season next month to tie off the story of Alucard, Trevor Belmont, and Sypha. The first three seasons were good fun, increasing in drama and length each time. The season four date announcement comes with a short teaser trailer to remind you just a bit of what's been going on in the show. You can also likely spot some clues in the new season poster than Netflix have shared.

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Lauren Morton

The King of Fighters XV Artist Talks About Shermie & Mai Shiranui; Lovely Concept Art Revealed

7 hours 48 minutes ago

SNK posted some interesting assets and information for fans of the upcoming fighting game The King of Fighters XV.

We get to see charming concept art of the two latest characters revealed for the game, Shermie and Mai Shiranui.

On top of that, we get to read brief but interesting commentary by Tomohiro Nakata, the artist who designed them for the new game.

You can check both out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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BioWare Teases New Liara Statue Ahead Of Mass Effect Legendary Edition Launch

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BioWare previously revealed two editions of a Garrus Vakarian statue (that is still available to pre-order) to celebrate the coming release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and now it's Liara's turn front and center. Just like with Archangel himself, Liara will likely have two versions: the fully painted edition, and one that is a clean slate for those that like to apply their own creative touch. Even better? Unlike the previous Liara statue, this one won't set you back $500 plus bucks. 

The new Liara T'Soni statue is in the final stages of production, says BioWare, and will be ready in about 2-3 months. She's the second in the limited edition Mass Effect statues, which implies that even more are on the way. Do Tali next, please and thank you! 

Just like the Garrus collector's item, the Liara statue will be made of polyresin material in order to provide a faithful likeness to her in-game counterpart. Every bit of her craftmanship will be designed to help tell her story, a story that we dove deep into here when looking at the changes made in the Mass Effect Legendary edition. 

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Liana Ruppert

New Cyberpunk 2077 Mods Make Unused Quests Playable

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Cyberpunk 2077 modders have not only made certain unused quests playable, they have also been working on restoring the look of male and female V as they appeared in E3 demos and trailers. As reported by Eurogamer, one of the bigger finds is a group of gig quests called Cut Gigs Save Game. While these gigs aren't quite as polished as what is found in the main game, they are playable and even offer two car chases. Modder romulus_is_here even made a save-game mod that allows you to access them without messing around in debug mode. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/08/27/cyberpunk-2077-gameplay-demo"] Another group of modders has been focused on "restoring" the look of male and female V from E3 demos and trailers.
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Adam Bankhurst

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Where's My Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Sequel?

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The Mortal Kombat franchise has a long, storied history in the fighting-game space (and for good reason). However, when it branches out to other genres, things tend to fall flat. Whether you're talking Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero or Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, the series' action-focused titles haven't exactly been – how should I put this? – good. However, in 2005, as the mainline series was ramping up for its big (at the time) finale in the form of Armageddon, a team led by series co-creator Ed Boon tried to do what no one had been able to at that point: Release a good Mortal Kombat action game.

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Brian Shea

Call Of Duty’s Zombie Outbreak Continues To Grow In Season 3

8 hours 29 minutes ago

The Outbreak game mode for Zombies is getting a big boost as Call of Duty Season 3 lands tomorrow, with the Warzone update hitting the following day. Outbreak had an interesting launch as a new way to engage with the zombie threats, improving your team and skills in a sort of open-ended challenge that let you take on various optional objectives and events as you weave through undead hordes. We played some on stream too, which was kind of fun.  But anyway, new stuff is coming, and the mode looks like it could become a staple in the future with this kind of support.

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Daniel Tack

Mortal Kombat Face-Off: Which Kharacter Is the Best?

8 hours 31 minutes ago
From Fatalities to Scorpion's "Get Over Here!" to the iconic theme song, Mortal Kombat has been one of the most celebrated video game franchises since it first appeared in arcades in 1992. Its popularity led to films, TV shows, comics, novels, and so much more, and the latest spin-off is the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie that will be released in theaters and HBO Max on April 23, 2021. In honor of this brutal fighting game franchise and the upcoming film, we thought we'd let you decide who the best Mortal Kombat fighter of all time is. Is Sub-Zero your favorite? How about Mileena or Goro? We've selected 79 kharacters (we had to!) from Mortal Kombat's storied history to "Face-Off' against each other two at a time. Will you choose Liu Kang over Kung Lao? Or Noob Saibot over Raiden? The choice is yours... Click on the image below to get started!

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Adam Bankhurst

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season Three Brings New Maps, Operators, And More

8 hours 51 minutes ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone season three is just around the corner and Activision is sharing our first look at what's to come for the road ahead. From new weapons and maps to new (and returning) operators, there is a lot to break down with the upcoming season. Here is a general overview of the biggest parts of the update. 

The Call of Duty team shared a first look at the season three road map, though a few surprises are still on the way. For now, take a look at what's coming down the pipeline when the new season makes its grand debut: 

New (and returning) Operators 

Just like with every season, new Operators are joining the fray. But it's not just new faces being added to the rotation, a familiar one is coming back as well. 

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Liana Ruppert

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 Pre-Extra Content Detailed With Official Screenshots and More Info

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Following today’s reveal about the extra content for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, Square Enix followed up with a press release including more details and a gallery of official screenshots.

Here’s what we can expect.

  • Extra Episode – Players can enjoy a new scenario and exhilarating boss battle by playing through the game, in an all new “Mermaid” episode featuring a wrecked ship and a little girl.
  • Extra Dungeons from “15 Nightmares” – Previously released as downloadable content for the original release in Japan and similar to “The World of Recycled Vessel” content in the West, fans will be able to undertake a series of challenging dungeons as the “15 Nightmares” protagonist [Editor’s note: this would be “dad Nier”] in the world of recycled vessel. Playing through the dungeons will unlock a variety of weapons, as well as extra costumes, “Kabuki” and “Samurai.” You will also be able to change the appearance of enemy bullets to Emil’s face through the option menu after obtaining either of the costumes.
  • Soundtrack from NieR:Automata – Players will unlock an option to switch to select background music tracks from the critically acclaimed NieR:Automata after completing the first playthrough.
  • Guest Cast from NieR:Automata – The English and Japanese voice actors of 2B and 9S will be featured in the game.

You can check out the screenshots below, alongside a handy summary of the pre-order bonuses by platforms.

Incidentally, the screenshots in which Kainé has black hair features the “Kabuki” costume set, while the one in which Emil is wearing a samurai helmet features the “Samurai” costume set.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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