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Super Mario Bros. Movie Gets New Poster

1 day 18 hours ago

Earlier this week, we saw a new teaser trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The teaser gave us a glimpse of Cat Mario's appearance in the film, as well as Donkey Kong's reaction. Today, Universal, Illumination, and Nintendo released the official movie poster for the Super Mario Bros. Movie.

In this new poster, we get a cinematic glimpse of the cast of main characters that we know of so far, including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Kamek. Additionally, we see the opposing worlds in the apparent conflict of the film, with the darkness of Bowser's Castle contrasted by the bright and joyful Mushroom Kingdom. While nobody quite matches Donkey Kong and Toad's wide-eyed and unbridled bliss, every character on the poster is at least sporting a smirk.

Author
Brian Shea

Top 10 Nintendo Remakes, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line | All Things Nintendo

1 day 20 hours ago

All Things Nintendo

This week on All Things Nintendo, Brian is joined by Game Informer's Wesley LeBlanc as they count down the top 10 remakes in Nintendo history. Prior to that, Brian gets Wesley's impressions of his hands-on time with Theatrhythm Final Bar Line and his full review of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake.

If you'd like to follow Brian on social media, you can do so on his Instagram: @BrianPShea. You can follow Wesley on Twitter: @LeBlancWes.

The All Things Nintendo podcast is a weekly show where we can celebrate, discuss, and break down all the latest games, news, and announcements from the industry's most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what's happening in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they'll share personal stories, uncover hidden gems in the eShop, and even look back on the classics we all grew up with. A new episode hits every Friday!

Be sure to subscribe to All Things Nintendo on your favorite podcast platform. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and YouTube.

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Brian Shea

Resident Evil 4 Remake: Exclusive Chapter 5 Gameplay Walkthrough

2 days ago

The remake of Resident Evil 4 is Game Informer’s cover story for February, and as part of our ongoing features, we’re sharing extended footage of the game’s fifth chapter, set right after Leon meets Ashley.  

I, Marcus Stewart, and video editor Alex Van Aken played this chapter at Capcom’s headquarters for our cover story. You'll get a great look at the section we played as well as our commentary for added context. The footage includes extended looks at the church and cemetery sequences, a demonstration of combat and exploration, capping off with a larger slice of the chaotic cabin battle with Luis Serra. 

To keep up with our ongoing Resident Evil 4 cover story coverage, click the banner below to find more exclusive features and videos such as our video interview with the game's art director and an extended breakdown of Ashley's revised gameplay. Be sure to subscribe to the Game Informer YouTube channel if you enjoy watching this video and to keep up with upcoming video content in the coming weeks. 

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Marcus Stewart

Replay | Resident Evil 2 (Remake)

2 days ago

Since the remake of Resident Evil 4 graces Game Informer’s cover this month, we thought it’d be fitting to revisit the game that kicked off Capcom’s remake craze: Resident Evil 2. 

Capcom renovated Resident Evil 2 from the ground up into a modernized third-person action game. Led by directors Yasuhiro Ampo and Kazunori Kadoi, who now sit at the helm of Resident Evil 4, the game revitalized the 1998 classic, introducded it to a new generation of fans, and paved the way for the RE3 and 4 remakes to come after. Join me, Marcus Stewart, as I revisit my personal Game of the Year for 2019 to see how it holds up while discussing my Resident Evil 4 cover story.

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Marcus Stewart

The Last Of Us Part I's PC Launch Pushed To Late March

2 days ago

The PC launch of The Last of Us Part I has been delayed by a few weeks. Instead of releasing on March 3, the game now arrives on March 28.

Naughty Dog wants more time to polish up the PC port, as stated in a message posted to Twitter that you can read in full below (click the image to enlarge). 

The Last of Us Part I launched for PlayStation 5 last fall and serves as a ground-up remake of the 2013 title. It features improved graphics, reworked controls, improved enemy A.I., and a remade version of the Left Behind DLC chapter. The remake helped usher in the premiere of The Last of Us HBO series last month, which has been heavily watched and received heaps of praise thus far. The show’s second season has already been confirmed.

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Marcus Stewart

Knockout City Will Shut Down In June

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Velan Studios has announced that it is shutting down its dodgeball multiplayer game, Knockout City, in June. 

The studio announced in February of last year that Knockout City was going free-to-play and saying goodbye to Electronic Arts, who originally published the game as an EA Originals title, to self-publish the game's future content. That free-to-play launch happened last June with the start of Season 6 and now, Velan has announced that it will shut the game down in June of this year. More specifically, Knockout City will be shutdown on June 6. 

"Today we are announcing that Season 9 will be Knockout City's final season," Knockout City director Jeremy Russo writes in a blog post. "Then, on the morning of June 6, 2023, over two years after our initial launch, all servers around the world will be shut down and the game will no longer be playable."

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Wesley LeBlanc

Resident Evil 4 (Remake) Cover Story And Hi-Fi Rush Review | GI Show

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In this week's episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew shares exclusive details about the Resident Evil 4 remake while breaking down this month's cover story. During The Playlist, Blake shares notes from his Hi-Fi Rush review before discussing the changes in the Dead Space remake. At the show's end, we answer our listeners' burning questions about Resident Evil 4. 

Follow us on social media: Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Blake Hester (@MetalllicaIsRad)

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Alex Van Aken

How Capcom Designs New Enemies in Resident Evil 4 (Remake) | Interview

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As part of this month's cover story, we sat with Art Director Hirofumi Nakaoka to learn how Capcom designs old and new enemies in Resident Evil 4 (Remake). You'll learn about scrapped redesigns for the iconic chainsaw villager, how normalcy breeds horror, and how Nakaoka and the team created a new cow-headed, hammer-wielding villager referred to as The Brute. And folks looking for new Resident Evil 4 gameplay have some new footage to dissect in this video interview. 

Be sure to subscribe to the Game Informer YouTube channel if you enjoy watching this interview, as we'll publish additional videos in the coming days and weeks. Check out our Resident Evil 4 (Remake) coverage hub, which contains every post related to this month's cover story. 

Disclaimer: Capcom helped to arrange and cover travel accommodations for two in Osaka, Japan, in association with this cover story. As the world’s largest video game magazine, Game Informer’s editorial team is proud to remain impartial, professional, and committed to the truth in all forms of our content, regardless of any outside factors.

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Alex Van Aken

Why Capcom Changed Ashley In Resident Evil 4

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Resident Evil 4 centers on Leon’s mission to rescue Ashley Graham, daughter of the U.S. president. She’s been kidnapped by a mysterious cult and held captive in a rural Spanish village players must search and survive in. Once you find Ashley, you become both her protector and, sometimes, partner. Her mechanics and interactions with Leon have some big changes, so as part of our larger cover story, I asked directors Yasuhiro Ampo and Kazunori Kadoi to explain their reasons for making them. 

By clicking the right analog stick, Leon can tell Ashley to keep close (yelling "come on!") or to maintain some distance ("spread out"). You can no longer command her to stop; she follows no matter what. That means no more ditching her in a safe spot to clear out enemies lying ahead like in the original RE4. Capcom wants Ashley to stay by Leon’s side because, realistically, she would never want to be left alone in such a dangerous environment. 

“As a character, we wanted to have her by your side so she left an impression," says Ampo. “And as a game, having her hide while you went and fought in the original, that was fun in some ways. But having a character like Ashley and then having her basically disappear for a while felt like a waste. We wanted to avoid that in the remake.”

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Marcus Stewart

WWE 2K23 Hands-On Preview – A Tour Of Showcase And WarGames

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WWE 2K23 Preview

Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release:
Rating: Teen

WWE 2K22 relaunched the franchise on the right foot, and 2K23 aims to build upon that success. The improvements and additions from last year’s game remain intact and expanded in some cases. The legendary John Cena gives his blessing of sorts by gracing the game's cover and starring in the centerpiece Showcase mode. That’s all well and good, but the addition of the long-requested WarGames match may be 2K23’s most exciting bullet point. 

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Marcus Stewart

EA Reportedly Cancels Single-Player Game Set In Titanfall, Apex Legends Universe

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Electronic Arts has reportedly canceled a single-player game set in the shared Apex Legends and Titanfall universe. 

This news comes by way of Bloomberg, which reports that three people familiar with the matter say EA canceled the project, code-named TFL or Titanfall Legends, that was in development at Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment. Roughly 50 people were on the team working on this game and EA will reportedly attempt to find positions for these employees elsewhere within the company. If positions cannot be found, some might be laid off with severance packages, according to Bloomberg

The publication says Mohammad Alavi (Titanfall 2, Apex Legends designer) was set to direct this now-canceled game, but he left the company in 2022. 

It's likely this canceled single-player game set in the Apex Legends and Titanfall universe was the one hinted at back in July in job postings that referred to the game as an "Apex Universe FPS Incubation Title."

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

PlayStation 5 Surpasses 32 Million Units Shipped After Its Best Quarter Yet

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Sony's latest financial results covering Quarter 3 of Fiscal Year 2022, which consists of the last three months of the year, reveal the PlayStation 5 had its best quarter on the market yet. 

The company has surpassed 32 million PS5 units shipped, sitting roughly at 32.1 million, after shipping 7.1 million during the last three months of 2022. It's important to note this isn't a sell-through number so theoretically, there could be consoles sitting on shelves still. But a company ships more units when the demand is there, so it's likely that the majority of these shipped consoles were sold. 

PlayStation did just as well on the first-party software side of things, selling 20.8 million during Q3 of Fiscal Year 2022, which is almost more than double the 11.3 million sold during the same period in 2021. Of those 20.8 million, roughly 11 million were of God of War: Ragnarok, which was the console's big holiday release. 

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Wesley LeBlanc

The PlayStation Plus Collection Disappears In May

3 days 19 hours ago

Sony is closing the PlayStation Plus Collection, the batch of PS4 essentials that PS Plus subscribers on PS5 could download and play for no extra charge. 

In an email sent to subscribers, the message states that on May 9, the 19-game collection will disappear, and subscribers have until that date to add its games to their game library. Sony didn't provide a reason for why it's closing the collection, but it also clarifies that other PS Plus perks, such as the monthly games, will not be affected. Here’s the full message below:

Author
Marcus Stewart

Hi-Fi Rush Review - Riff City

3 days 22 hours ago

Reviewed on: PC
Platform: Xbox Series X/S, PC
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Release:
Rating: Teen

Hi-Fi Rush occupies an increasingly rare space in the big-budget video game industry: that of colorful, goofy, and light-hearted titles. For its 10 or 11-hour runtime, it has more in common with a Saturday morning cartoon than a thin attempt at gritty, prestige television, like most triple-A games these days, and that's easily its biggest strength. That its gameplay and combat are a unique melding of rhythm and stylish action games is merely the cherry on top. 

Main character Chai has big dreams of being a rockstar. To achieve this dream, he signs up for Project Armstrong, a program run by the megalithic tech organization Vandelay Technologies. Ideally, this would have replaced Chai's disabled arm, but he has to fight his way out of the facility when he's labeled a defect. While doing so, he meets Peppermint, who's working to take down Vandelay. The two team up, bringing various people disgruntled with the tech behemoth aboard to form a ragtag group of misfits hellbent on ending Vandelay's monopoly. 

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Blake Hester

Amnesia: The Bunker Opens Its Doors In May

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Amnesia: The Bunker

Amnesia: The Bunker, the next installment in the psychological survival horror franchise, arrives on May 16 instead of its original March window. 

The Bunker offers a different spin on the Amnesia formula. Set during World War 1, players control a French soldier who gets separated from his comrades and trapped inside a military bunker. Within this labyrinthine, trap-laden sanctuary lurks a deadly creature that stalks the player, who must use their resourcefulness to survive. If you’re a fan of Alien: Isolation, The Bunker appears to aim for a similar style with a heaping dose of its signature mind-bending scares. Check out the original reveal trailer below.

You can check out Amnesia: The Bunker on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Author
Marcus Stewart

The February 2023 PlayStation Plus Lineup Includes Evil Dead: The Game, OlliOlli World, And More

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PlayStation has revealed the February 2023 lineup of monthly games subscribers can download for free and it consists of Evil Dead: The Game, OlliOlli World, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, and Mafia: Definitive Edition. 

These are the four games all PlayStation Plus subscribers can add to their libraries starting next week on February 7, not to be confused with the PlayStation Plus games catalog that varies depending on the tier of subscription you have. 

Here's what PlayStation has to say about each of these games:

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Tomb Raider Reloaded Is A Mobile Roguelike Starring Lara Croft And It's Out This Month

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Tomb Raider Reloaded is a new mobile roguelike starring Lara Croft and it's out this month. 

Developer Emerald City Games and publisher CDE Entertainment, a group within the Embracer Group umbrella, announced the game with a new trailer. It reveals you can pre-register for Tomb Raider Reloaded, starting today. The game launches later this month on February 14 on iOS and Android devices. Plus, Tomb Raider Reloaded will launch on Netflix the same day, and subscribers can play the game without ads or in-app purchases. 

Check out the Tomb Raider Reloaded reveal trailer below

"Tomb Raider Reloaded takes players on an action-filled adventure as they jump into the boots of groundbreaking hero Lara Croft on her swan-diving, cliff-climbing, back-flipping quest to obtain the ancient Scion artifact, clearing ever-changing rooms filled with new and familiar enemies as well as hazardous traps and puzzles," a press release reads. "Along the way, they'll acquire run-specific boosts alongside permanent rewards, like XP modifiers, runes that improve Lara's stats, and manuals used to unlock and upgrade her outfits, such as her fan-favorite bomber jacket.

"As players progress through each level, they can stack perks to enhance Lara's abilities, and even craft weapons to upgrade her arsenal."

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Prepare For Hogwarts Legacy With New Launch Trailer

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Hogwarts Legacy Launch trailer gameplay

Hogwarts Legacy is finally out next week, after multiple delays that pushed it out of its original 2021 release date to 2023. And you can prepare the game's release with a new gameplay launch trailer released by developer Avalanche Software today. 

The trailer features roughly two and a half minutes of new Hogwarts Legacy footage, including a mix of both cinematics from the game and gameplay. We see Hogsmeade, professors, students, and plenty of Hogwarts, of course. 

Check it out for yourself in the Hogwarts Legacy launch trailer below

"Hogwarts Legacy invites players to embark on an epic journey as a fifth-year student at Hogwarts, gifted with a rare ability to tap into ancient, powerful magic," a press release reads. "Guided by the Wizard's Field Guide and unique instruction from professors and other characters, fans will uncover a compelling storyline filled with thrilling challenges and mysteries."

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Netflix Exclusive Game, Valiant Hearts: Coming Home, Now Available

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Valiant Hearts: Coming Home, the sequel to 2014's Valiant Hearts: The Great War, is now available to play for all Netflix members. 

This Netflix-exclusive game can be played by any subscriber on iOS and Android devices. The sequel brings players back to World War I "for a dramatic narrative game following four interweaving stories of friendship, survival, and sacrifice amidst the turmoil and tragedy of war." Valiant Hearts: The Great War was a surprise hit back in 2014, garnering attention and storytelling praise from critics and players alike. 

Check out the Valiant Hearts: Coming Home release trailer below

"James joins the Harlem Hellfighters to search for his heroic older brother Freddie, while Anna tends to the wounded and broken," a press release about the game reads. "Ernst, a German driver, and George, a British aviator, each face their own challenges, and Walt, the canine companion from the first game, is back to aid players in their progress through exploration, puzzle-solving, and action sequences." 

Ubisoft says original core members that worked on Valiant Hearts: The Great War at Ubisoft Montepllier in 2014 have returned to develop Valiant Hearts: Coming Home in collaboration with Old Skull Games.

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Ubisoft Reveals The Crew Motorfest, Releasing This Year

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Ubisoft has revealed The Crew Motorfest and it hits PlayStation, Xbox, and PC sometime this year. 

Revealed in a short teaser trailer you can watch below, The Crew Motorfest takes players to O'ahu, an island that's part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It's clearly positioned as Ubisoft's take on the open-world racing formula popularized by Playground Games' Forza Horizon franchise

Check out The Crew Motorfest teaser trailer for yourself below

"Evergreen car culture festival at the heart of the game, Motorfest has settled in the beautiful island of O'ahu, part of the Hawaiian archipelago," the game's website reads. "On your own or with your crew, come explore this beautiful new playground behind the wheel of hundreds of the most legendary vehicles. The festival will allow you to fulfill your ultimate action driving bucket list through a series of tailor-made races, themed events, and other unique challenges."

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

EA Is Shutting Down Apex Legends Mobile And Battlefield Mobile

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Electronic Arts is ending development on both Apex Legends Mobile and Battlefield Mobile. It is shuttering Battlefield Mobile developer Industrial Toys as well. 

This news was part of EA's Fiscal Year 2023 Q3 financial results released yesterday, in which the company revealed that it is also delaying Star Wars Jedi: Survivor to April.

EA says it is ending Battlefield Mobile, which hadn't been fully released yet (although many had played through betas), as part of a "pivot from the current direction to best deliver on our vision for the franchise and to meet the expectations of our players." The company adds that it is hard at work evolving Battlefield 2042, which launched to disappointment from fans, and in "pre-production on our future Battlefield experiences at our studios across the globe." 

As for Apex Legends Mobile, EA says that despite the game's strong start, "the ongoing experience was not going to meet the expectations" of its players. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Rumbleverse Is Shutting Down In February

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Iron Galaxy’s Rumbleverse, its pro-wrestling-flavored battle royale, is shutting down next month, only seven months after its full launch last August. 

Though Iron Galaxy doesn’t plainly state the reason for Rumbleverse’s demise, a blog post somewhat hints that a lack of substantial players may have played a role, stating in part:

“When you work on a video game, you imagine the community that will show up to play it someday. For years, we dreamed about a lively city filled with people fighting to become a champion. We strived to create a vibrant place that celebrated the competitive spirit. Our goal was to bring joy back to online multiplayer gaming. The people who gave Rumbleverse a chance and took it on as a new hobby have validated every day that we put into bringing our ideas to life.”

Rumbleverse’s online servers shut down on February 28 at 10 a.m. CST. Players who spent any money on or within the game will receive refunds. That includes the Rumbleverse Battle Pass or Brawlla Bills on any platform. The current battle pass will also be given to all players free of charge with double XP gain. Certain emotes and accessories have been made free to acquire as well. Today, Iron Galaxy will close the in-game store and will release the final update. 

Author
Marcus Stewart

Microsoft Is Removing Dozens Of Games From The Xbox 360 Marketplace In February

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Starting Tuesday, February 7th, dozens of games will be unable to purchase on the Xbox 360 Marketplace. The list varies by country and includes popular titles like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Left 4 Dead, and Limbo. In the United States, there are 46 games total. To see the full list for the US and other countries, the Xbox Support page has every list available here. While these games will no longer be purchasable, they'll still be playable and downloadable as long as you buy them before the deadline. Here's a list of the games leaving the marketplace in the US:

Author
Charles Harte

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Delayed To April

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor delayed

Respawn Entertainment has delayed Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, but thankfully the wait won’t be terribly long. Instead of arriving on March 17, the game will now launch a little over a month later on April 28. 

In a message posted to Twitter, Respawn states the game is content complete, and it's solely focusing on fixing bugs, ensuring stability, and polishing the experience as much as possible. The team is so committed that it’s taking another six weeks to make sure Survivor plays as smoothly as butter. Check out Respawn’s full message below (click the image to enlarge). 

Author
Marcus Stewart

Colossal Cave Review - A Reimagined Excavation For The Ages

4 days 20 hours ago

Colossal Cave

Reviewed on: PlayStation 5
Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation VR2, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Publisher: Cygnus Entertainment
Developer: Cygnus Entertainment
Release: (PlayStation 5, Switch, PC), 2023 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation VR2), TBA (Xbox Series X/S)

The story of Sierra Entertainment is as timeless as its catalog, which includes multiple influential game changers. Iconic titles like Phantasmagoria and King’s Quest unlocked the code of possibilities for both developers and players, proving anything in your imagination can materialize in a video game. The ideas and dreams of Roberta and Ken Williams influenced so much of game development and publishing that it feels like a gift from the past to receive a 3D re-interpretation of a black-and-white text adventure game that ultimately gave life to Sierra.

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Juno Ramona Stump

DC Unveils DCU's First Chapter: Gods And Monsters, Consists Of 10 Movie And TV Projects

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Warner Bros. Discovery revealed last year that Guardians of the Galaxy and Peacemaker director James Gunn and Aquaman producer Peter Safran had been hired to lead as co-CEOs of DC Studios. Since that reveal, DC fans have speculated what Gunn and Safran's new DCU, as the duo is calling the new DC cinematic universe, will look like in the coming years. 

Gunn has teased on Twitter multiple times that he, Safran, and others were formulating their long-spanning plan for the DCU and now, today, the duo has pulled back the curtain on the first 10 projects. All 10 of these projects, which span across movies and TV, will be in Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Konami To Remove Crimesight From Steam - And Make It Unplayable

4 days 22 hours ago

Crimesight, a social deduction game released last year, got a surprising update on its steam page last night. Despite being out for less than ten months, Konami is ending support for it — and making the game unplayable.

“Thank you for playing CRIMESIGHT,” the news post reads. “This service has continued to operate with the support of many users since its launch in April 2022, but due to various circumstances, we have decided to terminate the service on Monday, May 01, 2023 at 00:00 PDT.”

Support for an online game is bound to end at some point, but seeing the service cut off so quickly has many fans caught off guard. This is also the end of more than just the online modes. At the end of the post, Konami writes, “Also, the game itself won’t be able to play.” As a result, recent Steam reviews have a score of “Mostly Negative,” as players warn future buyers from purchasing a product that will soon be unplayable.

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Charles Harte

The Resident Evil 4 Digital Issue Is Now Live

4 days 22 hours ago

If you subscribe to the digital edition of Game Informer, you can now learn all about Resident Evil 4. Following the cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsers, iPad/iPhone, and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase this afternoon.

You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a PowerUp Rewards Membership.

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Kyle Hilliard

Street Fighter: Duel Is A Free-To-Play Mobile RPG Arriving In February

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We already knew that 2023 was poised to be a big year for the Street Fighter franchise, thanks in large part to the impending launch of Street Fighter 6 this summer. However, Capcom and Crunchyroll Games are piling on with a new free-to-play mobile RPG called Street Fighter: Duel. If character collection games like Summoners War, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Marvel Strike Force appeal to you, Street Fighter: Duel sounds like it shares many elements with those popular mobile titles.

Street Fighter: Duel includes more than 40 Street Fighter characters for players to recruit with the objective of building a team from across the franchise. Each team consists of three fighters who can be leveled up and customized with new skins. These fighters, who include characters like Ryu, Akuma, Chun-Li, Cammy, and more, all feature signature abilities and can pull off various combos through real-time 2D RPG combat or auto-battle mode. In addition to taking on Shadaloo, players can also look forward to head-to-head combat against other players.

"Street Fighter has been an iconic game for generations, and we know anime fans love to go on exciting adventures with beloved characters," Crunchyroll Games general manager and Crunchyroll senior vice president of emerging business Terry Li said in a press release. "We're excited to collaborate with Capcom to bring Street Fighter: Duel and its incredible roster of iconic fighters to anime and gaming fans alike.

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Brian Shea

Dead Cells' Castlevania DLC Is “Twice As Big” As Past DLCs

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During the 2022 Game Awards, the team behind Dead Cells put out an animated teaser trailer announcing that the game’s next DLC expansion would be Castlevania-themed. It came as a total surprise; Castlevania hasn’t had a new release in years, and most of Dead Cells’ other collaborations never amounted to much more than referential skins and a few weapons. To take such a big leap – and to do it with the series that inspired the game in the first place – is a huge step for the indie roguelike.

While Dead Cells was developed by Motion twin, the Castlevania DLC is being developed by Evil Empire, an indie studio made of ex-Motion Twin employees that have handled most of the game’s post-launch content. Game Informer got the chance to speak with Evil Empire’s co-founder Benjamin Laulan and brand manager Bérenger Dupré to talk about the DLC, what we can expect from it, and what it was like working with such a beloved franchise.

Game Informer: Just as a brief overview, what can we expect from this Castlevania DLC?

Author
Charles Harte

343 Industries Reportedly Switching From Its Own Slipspace Engine To Unreal For Some Games

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Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries is reportedly switching from its own internal Slipspace Engine to Unreal Engine for some games in the future. 

This news comes from a Bloomberg report stating that the switch from Slipspace to Unreal will begin with a new game under the codename Tatanka, according to the publication's sources who are familiar with 343's plans. According to Bloomberg, 343 is developing Tatanka with Certain Affinity, who has helped develop various Halo games for more than 15 years. The project reportedly started off as a battle royale but has potentially evolved in different directions. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Update: Sony Says It Has Not Cut PSVR2 Production Numbers

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PlayStation VR2 forecast slashed preorders too expensive millions units

Update, 12:14 p.m., 1/31/2023

Following a recent Bloomberg report that stated Sony had told supply partners to prepare for a reduction in display panel orders, alongside word that the company had halved its shipment forecast as a result of disappointing pre-order numbers, Sony has refuted the claim in a new statement to GamesIndustry.biz

The publication reports that "PlayStation says it has not cut production numbers for its upcoming VR headset," touching on Bloomberg's report. Playstation told GamesIndustry.biz that it is "seeing enthusiasm from PlayStation fans for the upcoming launch, which includes more than 30 titles such as Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and Resident Evil Village." 

The original story continues below...

Original story, 9:06 a.m., 1/31/2023

Sony has slashed its shipment forecasts for the upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset it is launching next month, according to a new report from Bloomberg

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Wesley LeBlanc

Cover Reveal – Resident Evil 4

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In 2005, Resident Evil 4 changed the face of survival horror. The game’s phenomenal blend of action and horror combined with its revolutionary over-the-shoulder gameplay cemented it as a bonafide classic, a magic Capcom hopes to recapture with a modernized remake. That reinvention graces Game Informer’s cover this month. 

We visited Capcom’s headquarters in Osaka, Japan, to play Chapters One and Five of Resident Evil and speak to its principal designers, including directors Yasuhiro Ampo and Kazunori Kadoi, who previously led the Resident Evil 2 remake. You’ll read 12 pages sharing new details on the opening section, breakdowns of Ashley’s gameplay and other new tweaks, plus impressions of the church, cemetery, and house battle segments.

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Issue 353 is also our 2022 Game of the Year issue! This massive spread reflects on the last year in games, featuring Top 10 lists from both the staff and our readers, our individual category awards, editor picks highlighting exceptional titles that didn’t crack the top 10, as well as the staff’s personal top 10 lists. On top of that, we have a great feature detailing the localization process of MMORPGs and previews for anticipated titles such as Death Stranding 2, Armored Core VI, and Hades II. 

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Marcus Stewart

Three Days In Tokyo With The Creators Of Silent Hill, Siren, And Slitterhead

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I'm two floors below ground, surrounded by screaming drunks and breathing in enough secondhand smoke to take at least a decade off my life. I'm here with Keiichiro Toyama, most well-known for creating the Silent Hill series, but also the creator of the Siren and Gravity Rush series, and most recently, the founder of Bokeh Game Studio, making the upcoming Slitterhead. 

A cramped, old, smoky bar in a shopping mall deep beneath a Yokohama train station might not immediately appear conducive to game development, but things are starting to click in my head. Mixed with pounds of nicotine, the air in the bar is communal and light. It's also distinct compared to the more modern, formulaic streets immediately above our heads. In an hour or two, we'll walk a few blocks over and hit the nightlife and drinking alleys. Tucked within the immensely larger Tokyo surrounding them, these areas have their own distinct senses of space, much like the worlds of Toyama's games. He's been living in Yokohama for decades, he tells me. Something like Gravity Rush – with its unforgettable, topsy-turvy, boozy, and somewhat seedy world – makes a lot more sense to me now. 

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Blake Hester

Marvel Snap Finally Lets You Battle Against Friends Today

5 days ago

Marvel Snap has taken the world by storm, but one glaring omission fans have asked for is the ability to battle friends instead of only random strangers. As previously promised, the wait is over because Marvel Snap’s new Battle Mode allows players to take on their buddies, and it goes live today.

Battle Mode allows players to share battle codes with each other for private one-on-one bouts. This match-up consists of multiple back-to-back games with players using the same decks throughout. Players start with 10 health each and whoever wins a game deals 1 point of damage. However, this damage can be doubled by snapping. A player loses when their health hits zero, and there’s no round limit. Developer Second Dinner states that Battle Mode will receive updates expanding its features over the coming months. 

For more on Marvel Snap, check out its spot on our Top 10 Games of 2022 to find out what makes it so special. Be sure to also read editor Charles Harte's opinion on why he wishes more mobile games were like Marvel Snap

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Marcus Stewart

Prepare For Today's Avatar Generations Release With New Launch Trailer

5 days 2 hours ago

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Avatar Generations, a new mobile turn-based squad RPG that's free to play on Apple and Android devices, is out today, and you can prepare for the game's release with a new launch trailer. 

Developed by Navigator Games and published by Crystal Dynamics Eidos Entertainment in association with Paramount Consumer Products, Avatar Generations is an RPG that lets players team up with iconic characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender to explore a dynamic map of the Four Nations. It features retold stories from the series and new ones adding to the overall world of Avatar

Check it out in the Avatar Generations launch trailer below

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Reportedly Skipping E3 2023

5 days 4 hours ago

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The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced in March that E3 would be returning as an in-person show in Los Angeles following the cancellation of the 2022 edition. Then, in September, the ESA revealed that E3 2023 will take place from Tuesday, June 13, through Friday, June 16

Now, IGN reports it has learned that PlayStation, Xbox, and Sony will be skipping E3 2023, a major blow to what was supposed to be E3's big comeback. The publication also reports that these companies won't have a presence on the Los Angeles Convention Center showfloor, either, which is where game companies typically have large (and flashy) booths where people can preview games and learn more about what's in store. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Dragon Ball Super Is Back In Fortnite With New Piccolo And Gohan Skins

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The official Fortnite Twitter account revealed yesterday that another Dragon Ball Super collaboration was coming to the battle royale and now, it's live.

It brings two new quests (with rewards) and a skin for both Piccolo and Gohan. You can purchase both in the Item Shop and each come with accessories. The Dragon Ball Super outfits and accessories from the first collaboration will arrive in the Item Shop again at a later unspecified date. 

The Son Gohan outfit comes with Gohan's Cape Back Bling (can only be used with this outfit), but you can also purchase Gohan's Beast Axe Pickaxe and the Capsule No. 576 Glider seperately. The Piccolo outfit comes with Piccolo's Cape and Turban Back Bling (can only be used with this outfit) and Piccolo's Demon Symbol Back Bling, but you can also purchase Piccolo's Handheld House Pickaxe and the Red Ribbon Army Aircraft Glider. The Piccolo outfit features the built-in Charging Up Emote to change into the Power Awakening version of Piccolo (this version can also be selected in the locker). 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

How Dead Island 2's FLESH System Procedurally Breaks Skin And Bones

5 days 21 hours ago

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As part of our monthly cover story, we interviewed Dambuster Studios' senior render programmer Aaron Ridge and technical art director Dan Evans-Lawes about designing Dead Island 2's procedural FLESH system that allows players to tear zombies from limb from limb. The pair happily simplify the tool's purpose as transforming zombie character models into "meat pinatas," with layers of exterior skin protecting internal organs. 

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Alex Van Aken