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Dragon’s Crown Pro is a Japanese PlayStation Plus Game Next Month

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Dragon’s Crown Pro is a Japanese PlayStation Plus Game Next Month

Yet again, PlayStation Plus in Japan will get an additional game that isn't available worldwide. The announcement for the region included a fourth Atlus title. In February 2022, the Japanese PlayStation Plus lineup also offers Dragon's Crown Pro. People with a subscription there can claim it until February 28, 2022.

It appears alongside EA Sports UFC 4 (PS4), Planet Coaster: Console Edition (PS5), and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure (PS4). All three of those will be available worldwide.

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Jenni Lada

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There Will Still Be Epic Games Store Free Games in 2022

2 hours 14 minutes ago

There Will Still Be Epic Games Store Free Games in 2022 and Daemon x Machina is Available Now

People will have a reason to visit the Epic Games Store each week again in 2022. The company announced how 2021 went for the storefront and what people can expect from 2022. In it, it confirmed that Epic Games Store free games will continue in 2022 too.

How it works is that each week on Thursday, Epic Games offers at least one free game. People have a week to claim it. Once they get it, they own it forever. All they need is an Epic Games Store account to claim it. During special events like the weekly winter holiday sale, the company will offer a free game each day. In 2021, it led that campaign with free copies of Shenmue 3.

In addition to more free games, other 2022 plans came up. There will be more download options. Game Hubs will be introduced. There will be rating and poll systems introduced.

As for Daemon X Machina, this is the mech action game that originally debuted on the Nintendo Switch. A PC version followed in 2020. Originally, that was only available via Steam. But now it is on Epic Games Store as well.

Daemon X Machina is the Epic Games Store free game for January 27, 2022 through February 2, 2022. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be available February 3-10, 2022.

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Jenni Lada

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KOF XV Garou Terry Costume Trailer Shows Off the DLC

2 hours 44 minutes ago

KOF XV Garou Terry Costume Trailer Shows Off the DLC

When KOF XV debuts, people who get a day one physical or special edition will also get a Garou: Mark of the Wolves DLC outfit for Terry Bogard. To help call attention to it (and some gameplay details), SNK shared a new trailer. In it, people can see Terry wearing the Fatal Fury look while fighting or talking to other members of the cast.

Here's a full look at the Garou Terry KOF XV DLC. The trailer starts with a conversation between Terry and Blue Mary. It hints at the relationship between the two characters. This also provides a chance to see the outfit up close. In-battle footage comes up after that. Then at the 47 second mark, the different color palettes for this costume are shown off. It's followed by him reuniting with King of Dinosaurs. However, he accidentally calls him by his Garou: Mark of the Wolves name.

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Jenni Lada

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Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel Downloads Exceed 4 Million Worldwide

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Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel Downloads

Konami announced downloads for Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel exceeded 4 million worldwide. The title launched on January 19, 2022, following a brief delay out of 2021. This means it hit the milestone after only a week. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel offers over 10,000 cards, which players can obtain through spending in-game currency or crafting. The in-game currency can be obtained by playing the single-player story mode. This mode is intended to help players learn the various rules and systems before jumping into online play. In addition, players can dismantle cards they do not want to obtain "Craft Points." These points can be used to craft cards. Players can also buy pre-built decks or cosmetic accessories through the in-game shop. There are also some free packs that people can get.

Konami plans to eventually host official tournaments through Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel. This could include the title potentially appearing at the Yu-Gi-Oh World Championships in some capacity. Leaks also suggested that some more single mode stories will appear for people who want more single-player options in the game.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Kurogiri DLC Comes to My Hero One’s Justice 2

3 hours 44 minutes ago

Kurogiri DLC Comes to My Hero One’s Justice 2

The latest My Hero One’s Justice 2 DLC is here and adds villain Kurogiri to the game. People can get him alone for $3.99. He’s also part of the $19.99 Season Pass 2. He arrives about a week after Bandai Namco announced he’d join the roster.

Kurogiri is known for his Warp Gate Quirk. This can be used to teleport or attack. You can see the full Kurogiri trailer below. It contains in-game footage of him in a match.

Here are some screenshots showing Kurogiri in-game. He looks pretty much exactly as he does in My Hero Academia.
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There are still two more My Hero One's Justice 2 DLC characters on the way with Season Pass 2. Hitoshi Shinso appeared as its first add-on. Present Mic followed. Bandai Namco didn't offer any hints as to who the ninth and tenth characters could be.

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Jenni Lada

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See the Horizon Forbidden West PS4 Pro Gameplay Teaser

4 hours 14 minutes ago

Here's How Horizon Forbidden West Looks on a PS4 Pro

There's a chance to see exactly how Horizon Forbidden West will look on a PS4 Pro. In addition to PlayStation Blog clips, there is a new trailer. It spends under a minute showing off how it looks there.

Here's the PS4 Pro clip.

In addition, the game went gold. This means the master version is complete. It also means there shouldn't be any delays.

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Jenni Lada

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Genshin Impact Alternate Outfits Will Be Distributed Today

4 hours 43 minutes ago

Genshin Impact Alternate Outfits Will Be Distributed Today

The Genshin Impact alternate outfits for Amber, Jean, Mona, and Rosaria will be distributed starting January 27, 2022. People will get them for free. MiHoYo went over the process. All someone needs to do is log in between January 27, 2022 and the launch of the 2.5 update for them. They will be included via an in-game letter. However, after 2.5 they will be unlocked in a different way.

The letter with the costumes will be available for 30 days after you get it. Once you do, you can change the way they look from the character menu. On the main page there, you can press a button to choose between available outfits. Amber, Jean, Mona, and Rosaria’s original outfits and alternate costumes will all be available there when you get them. (So will any paid outfits if you have them and are available.

After 2.5, the costumes will unlock once you get the characters. Of the four characters, Amber is the only person who is earned for free. As people go through the Genshin Impact tutorial, they unlock the four-star Pyro archer. Rosaria is a four-star Cryo character who uses polearms and is available via banners. Both Jean and Mona are five-stars available all the time via Wanderlust Invocation standard and event wishes. (Jean is an Anemo swordswoman, while Mona is a Hydro catalyst-wielder.) So once people would pull one of those three from a banner for the first time, they’d get them and the extra outfit.

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Jenni Lada

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Oozora Subaru Nendoroid Will Come With Her Mascot Duck

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Oozora Subaru Nendoroid Will Come With Her Mascot Duck

Good Smile Company has opened pre-orders for a Nendoroid of the Hololive VTuber Oozora Subaru. The figure is also available at $64.99 on GoodSmile US Shop for North American.

Subaru's Nendoroid will come with a removable hat and several facial expressions. The set will also come with a couple of plates featuring her famous tweets—her first-ever tweet and the "Subaru is a girl too" quote. As with other Hololive VTuber Nendoroids, Subaru's figure will have a pedestal with her name. A small figure of the mascot-like duck Subarudo will complete the set.

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Unlike other recent Nendoroids like Jojo Bizarre Adventure's Jolyne and Zagreus from Hades, Good Smile Company has put a hard limit on pre-orders for the Oozora Subaru Nendoroid. It will close the pre-order session when the amount has reached the limit. The company may re-open orders at a later date, but it will also produce and deliver subsequent batches later than the initial release.

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Kite Stenbuck

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Preview: Atelier Sophie 2 Focuses on Its Characters and World

5 hours 43 minutes ago

Preview: Atelier Sophie 2 Focuses on Its Alchemy and Characters

It’s been over six years since the original Atelier Sophie debuted in Japan. Since then, four other mainline entries appeared. Simply put, a lot’s happened! Now Atelier Sophie 2 is about to appear and take things Gust’s learned to apply it to new and existing characters and a new world. The result is something in which the changes are evident, even though it might also feel a bit familiar.

As before, characters dreams from the original game are still building in Atelier Sophie 2. Sophie still wants to be as grand an alchemist of her grandmother. She wants to be licensed. Plachta, while now in a doll body due to the events of the first game, hopes for a human form again. While working toward this goal, Plachta dreamed about a mysterious tree. Sophie and her found their way to it. When they do, it looks different than it did in her mind. Upon investigating it, it pulls Plachta in. Sophie grabs her hand to save her, and the two get dragged into another realm. Said other realm being Erde Wiege. It is a dream world filled with unfamiliar characters. But it’s also one where perhaps both women could continue to work toward their goals.

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Capcom Cafe Will Feature Multiple Devil May Cry Characters

6 hours 13 minutes ago

Capcom Cafe - Devil May Cry 20th Anniversary

Capcom will hold a new Devil May Cry collaboration event at Capcom Cafe Aeon Lake Town from February 25 to April 14, 2022. The new event will help celebrate the 20th anniversary by featuring multiple versions of the series' characters.

Capcom Cafe has held multiple Devil May Cry collaboration events in the past. However, those events only focused on a specific title. The December 2020 and July 2021 events, for example, focused on the fifth mainline entry.

The company has yet to publish the new menu and merchandise lineup. However, it has shared the key art showing characters for the upcoming collaboration. The front row showcases multiple iterations of Dante from every series title, including DmC: Devil May Cry. The art also shows different versions of Vergil, Nero, Lady, and Trish. The Devil May Cry 5 debutant V is the only character with a single design in this art.

Capcom is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Devil May Cry, which began in August 2021. Besides Capcom Cafe, it is currently holding a temporary Pop Up Store at Prime1Studio Gallery Shop in Shinjuku. It primarily sells merchandise decorated with Dante's designs from five mainline titles. The limited shop will remain open until February 28, 2022.

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Kite Stenbuck

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp 5.0 Update Adds More Villagers to Camp

6 hours 43 minutes ago

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp 5.0 Update

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has received a new 5.0 update. Nintendo shared just how extensive this update is, and a new quality of life feature that accompanies it. Through the new Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp 5.0 update, players can now invite a total of 16 villagers to their camp. Additionally, a new Diary feature has arrived. The Diary feature will allow for players to check the event schedule in-game and see when certain items will be available to purchase. Players can also add stickers to their Diary. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will soon have new items for players to obtain. In February, seasonal items will arrive, along with entirely new item sets. This includes a "Detective" inspired set, which includes new outfits. Additionally, players will be able to receive dog themed items. This includes a special skin for your caravan.

To coincide with the release of the update, Nintendo has uploaded a trailer to its official YouTube channel and Twitter account. You can watch the trailer below.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Atelier Sophie 2 Digital Deluxe Edition Will Come With Swimsuits

7 hours 13 minutes ago

Atelier Sophie 2 Digital Deluxe Edition Swimsuits

Koei Tecmo and Gust revealed new details regarding the Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream Digital Deluxe Editions, and the Season Pass. Additionally, those who pre-order the digital version of Atelier Sophie 2 before February 23, 2022 will receive two special costumes. The Atelier Sophie 2 Digital Deluxe Edition will come with a total of six swimsuits, one for every character. It will cost 9,900 yen ($85). The Digital Deluxe Edition with the Season Pass will cost 14,740 yen ($128). It will come with an extra costume for Sophie and Ramizel. It will also include future content scheduled to be released through the Season Pass. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

The two special costumes consumers will obtain by pre-ordering Atelier Sophie are the "Easy Breezy" and "Comfy and Casual" costumes. However, the "Comfy and Casual" costume may be available to purchase at a later date. And, as mentioned previously, a total of six swimsuits will come with the Digital Deluxe Edition of Atelier Sophie 2. Each major character will receive a special swimsuit.

You can take a look at the swimsuits below.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Demon Slayer Tamagotchi Will Focus on Entertainment District

7 hours 44 minutes ago

demon slayer tamagotchi entertainment district

Bandai will release three variations of Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Tamagotchi toys from June 18, 2022. They will cost 2,530 JPY, or $22.15, each. This is the fourth round of Tamagotchi toys in which you can raise your own demon slayer. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

There are three different color models: Hinokami Kagura, Burning Blood, and Water Breathing. Additionally, the Water Breathing color is limited to Amazon. The Water Breathing and Hinokami Kagura Tamagotchi use the pattern of Tanjiro’s haori. Meanwhile, the Burning Blood Tamagotchi has vines.

In total, there are 18 characters to raise. Aside from the nine Hashira members and the four main characters, you can also raise Sumiko, Zenko, and Inoko. Though you cannot raise them, Akaza, Daki, and Gyutaro also show up as you play. You can also meet characters like Koinatsu Oiran and Shinjuro Rengoku, who will re-enact scenes from the anime.

Other Demon Slayer Tamagotchi toys available include designs of Inosuke, Zenitsu, and the Hashiras. While the characters you can raise and gameplay are essentially the same, the color of the device is different. Like a normal Tamagotchi , you can raise them and transform them into different characters depending on how you treat them.

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Stephanie Liu

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Attack on Titan Brave Order Will Release for Mobile Devices in February

8 hours 13 minutes ago

Attack on Titan Brave Order Release Date

enish announced Attack on Titan Brave Order will release for mobile devices in Japan on February 11, 2022. Pre-registration for the title is immediately available for Android and iOS devices. Players will assume the role of a member of the Survey Corps, and take down Titans. The game will feature miniature 3D models, with full voice acting. Additionally, players will be able to customize their own headquarters. There is no word of a potential Western release. [Thanks, Dengeki!]

Pre-registration for Attack on Titan Brave Order opened in October 2021. However, at that time, the mobile game did not have an official release date. A February window of release was then announced sometime after. Pre-registration rewards include in-game currency for gacha pulls. If Attack on Titan Brave Order has over 300,000 pre-registered users, players will receive enough currency to perform ten gacha pulls.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Atelier Online Will End Service in Japan in March

8 hours 43 minutes ago

Atelier Online End of Service

Koei Tecmo announced Atelier Online: Alchemist of Bressisle will end service in Japan on March 31, 2022. Additionally, leading up to the end of service, paid currency purchases will be disabled. This will take place after February 28, 2022. Consumers will then have until June 30, 2022 to request and receive refunds. However, they will need to retrieve their refund code and attached password to file for a refund. This can be found in-game. Boltrend Games, the North American and European publisher of Atelier Online, has yet to announced an end of service for the title in those regions. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

Additionally, Atelier will not receive an offline version of the game. A statement made through the official website states that when end of service arrives in March, players will no longer be able to access the game. Additionally, in-game currency purchases for new players are now immediately cut off. The development team also thanks users for their support and hopes that players will continue to enjoy their remaining time with Atelier Online.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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WonHobby 35 Exhibition Cancelled, Pre-order Dates To Be Adjusted

9 hours 13 minutes ago

WonHobby 35 Cancelled

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Japan, Good Smile Company has cancelled WonHobby 35 two weeks ahead of the event date. The company initially planned to host the event during Wonder Festival 2022 Winter, on February 6, 2022. The pre-order dates for figures that were planned to be available during the event will be adjusted accordingly.

While WonHobby 35 is cancelled, it doesn't necessarily mean that it won't be held at all. In the announcement, Good Smile Company states that it will be adjusting its plans for the WonHobby 35 event internally. This could indicate that the company may choose to hold the event entirely online or reschedule to a later date. Accordingly, Good Smile Company will update fans on further details in the near future.

Furthermore, the cancellation means that fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the Snow Miku figma and Nendoroid. Originally the figures would have opened for pre-order on February 6 along with the start of the event, in addition to a series of Nendoroid More heart bases. The company will adjust the sales dates of the two figures and heart base.

Good Smile Company will provide further updates regarding the future of WonHobby 35 in the coming days. For more information, you can also check out the official WonHobby 35 website.

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Andrew Kiya

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Zagreus Nendoroid Pre-order Open Until March 2022

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Hades Zagreus Nendoroid Figure Pre-order Open Until March 2022

People can call dibs on a new Hades figure, as the Zagreus Nendoroid pre-order kicked off. Good Smile Company is now accepting orders. Those will close on March 9, 2022. ¥5,500/$54.99. He'll come to Japan first sometime in October 2022. Then in December 2022, he'll appear in North America.

We've seen the Zagreus Nendoroid progress since its September 2021 announcement. The unpainted prototype showed he'd come with a Stygian Blade. There's a Bloodstone as well, so he can be posed performing a Cast attack. He also can offer Nectar. He's smiling in both face plates, though in one he's grinning so widely that you can see his teeth.

Here's a closer look at some possible Zagreus poses.
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Jenni Lada

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Jolyne Nendoroid Release Date Falls in July 2022

16 hours 8 minutes ago

Jolyne Nendoroid Release Date Falls in July 2022

The JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean Nendoroid has its release date window, as Good Smile Company confirmed Jolyne will come to Japan in July 2022 and North America in September 2022. She’ll cost ¥5,478/$54.99. People who order directly through the company’s storefront will get a blue translucent base with Jolyne’s butterfly symbol on it and an attack effect.

When people get the Jolyne Nendoroid, they’ll only be getting her. There’s no decorative stand depicting Stone Free/Stone Ocean to go with her. However, she does come with hand parts that show her strings in motion. You also get a small Chorokichi to go with her. She has three face parts, with one smiling, one stoic, and one shouting. Medicos, the manufacturer, already teased all of those ahead of the pre-order phase.

Here's a closer look at some of the poses.
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Jenni Lada

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The Overture of Elden Ring Book Will Debut in February

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The Overture of ELDEN RING Book Will Debut in February

People will have a chance to read about Elden Ring in a book before playing it. Yen Press will release The Overture of Elden Ring on February 3, 2022. This ebook will offer insight into the game and its development. It’s described as a “primer” for it.

There aren’t many details about what will be in the book. It does mention an interview with FromSoftware Director Hidetaka Miyazaki will be in it. The November 2021 network test will be discussed as well. People might see art from the game. In addition, other Soulslikes like Bloodborne and Dark Souls will appear.

Here is a full look at the cover for The Overture of Elden Ring.
The Overture of ELDEN RING Book Will Debut in February

As for the game itself, things seem to be on schedule. Bandai Namco and FromSoftware confirmed it went gold at the Taipei Game Show 2022. This means the master version already shipped out and development is officially done. Producer Yasuhiro Kitao also noted at that time that someone who doesn't want to do and see everything could probably beat the game in around 30 hours.

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First FFXI Alter Ego Extravaganza of 2022 Dated

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First FFXI Alter Ego Extravaganza of 2022 Dated

People will soon have access to the next Alter Ego Extravaganza in FFXI. Square Enix announced the New Year’s Alter Ego Expo is about to kick off. Instead of happening in January 2022, it will begin on February 1, 2022. As usual, one of the two sets of characters will be available. This time, the Set A characters will be available to get.

There are 26 Alter Egos available total in FFXI, and during an Extravaganza event about half are available. These tend to be available in two batches. The official site confirmed which half of the NPCs wwill show up for people to get this time.

Here’s the full list of characters whose Trusts will be available.

  • Elivira
  • Ferreous Coffin
  • Gilgamesh
  • Joachim
  • Kayeel-Payeel
  • Kukki-Chebukki
  • Leonoyne
  • Lhu Mhakaracca
  • Margret
  • Maximilian
  • Mihli Aliapoh
  • Noillurie
  • Tenzen
  • Valaineral

As a reminder, you have to be level five or higher to start using Trust magic in FFXI. Once you go through the initiation questline, you can begin summoning alter egos. You can have three of these NPC allies around at once when playing by yourself.

Final Fantasy XI is available for PCs. The New Year’s Alter Ego Expo extravaganza will run February 1-28, 2022.

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Steam Deck February 2022 Release Date Set

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Steam Deck February 2022 Release Date Set

We now know the official Steam Deck release date. Valve confirmed that yes, the first units will appear on February 25, 2022. Those who placed reservations and are in the first round will get theirs in that group. Once they place their orders, their systems will ship on February 28, 2022.

Valve offered some details about how the order emails for the Steam Deck will work once the release date rolls around. People will get an opportunity to order the unit model they reserved. Once they get an invite, they have 72 hours to purchase their Steam Deck. After the first round of invites, eventually each week more chances to order will appear.

As a reminder, this comes after a brief delay. Back in November 2021, Valve pushed the handheld out of December 2021. As usual, the global shortages and supply chain issues were to blame. Certain items needed to create the Steam Decks ended up not being available when expected.

As a reminder, the Steam Deck will be available in three variants. The least expensive bundle is $399. It is the 64GB eMMC model. There is also a 256GB NVMe SSD variant for $529 and a 512 GB NVMe SSD model for $649. Each one comes with a carrying case. People who place reservations now are expected to be able to buy and get one in Q2 2022.

The Valve Steam Deck release date is February 25, 2022.

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PlayStation Plus February 2022 Games Include Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

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PlayStation Plus February 2022 Games Include Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

Sony revealed the PlayStation Plus games for February 2022. This time around, people are getting access to titles previously released in 2020 and 2021. The most recent title is Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure (PS4). The other two are EA Sports UFC 4 (PS4) and Planet Coaster: Console Edition (PS5). Note that while Planet Coaster is available on both systems, only the PS5 version will be free. All three titles will be available February 1, 2022. They can be claimed until February 28, 2022.

EA Sports UFC 4 is one of EA’s latest MMA games. There are over 200 fighters available, as well as the ability to create a character. Solo and multiplayer options are available. There is also a career mode that can use original characters. It first came out back in August 2020 and normally costs $59.99.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition lets people create an amusement park and its coasters. You can go through preset scenarios or build up a park with no limits. There is also a Frontier Workshop for custom creations. It appeared in November 2020 and typically costs $49.99.

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Jenni Lada

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Monark Demo Appears for Switch, PS4, and PS5

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Monark Demo Appears for Switch, PS4, and PS5

There's a way to try NIS America's next game ahead of its launch. The company announced the Monark demo is available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5 outside of Japan. While the eShop site page isn't online, people can visit the PlayStation Store in browsers to grab it. However, the trial is only limited to consoles at the moment. While Monark will come to the PC too, there's no demo on Steam. This appeared in Japan back in October 2021.

NIS America released more details about the Monark demo online. First, it took to Twitter to confirm progress carries over. It also shared a new trailer designed to highlight the trial.

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Jenni Lada

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Hololive Vtuber Medley Mix by IOSYS Includes 100 Songs

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Hololive Song Medley Mix by IOSYS is Over an Hour Long

There’s a new way to listen to lots of Hololive Vtuber songs. It involves doing so in a huge medley. IOSYS released a Hololive Medley Mix. It takes 100 tracks from Cover’s artists and combines them into an over an hour long presentation. This can then be watched on YouTube or streamed via Apple Music or Spotify.

Here's the full IOSYS Hololive Medley Mix of songs.

Given the size, it isn’t easy to list every track available. However, here is a list of some of the more notable Hololive Vtuber songs available in IOSYS’ mix. In addition to people from the Japanese division, tracks from Hololive En members also appear.

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Jenni Lada

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Bloodborne Figma Figure Releases Delayed

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Bloodborne Figma Delayed

Back in March 2021, Good Smile Company announced the original Bloodborne Hunter figma would be rereleased alongside a new weapon set and The Old Hunters Edition of the figure. It was supposed to appear in January 2022. However, this piece of Bloodborne merchandise is now delayed. It won’t appear until sometime in July 2022.

The announcement offered a reason for the delay. Apparently, this is due to a quality control issue. The news confirmed Max Factory will be “adjusting our production line” to ensure things are as they should be. In addition to the Bloodborne figures, the Cyberpunk 2077 V figma is delayed as well. That’s pushed back to June 2022 for the same reasons. Also, its Makoto female swimsuit body figma is delayed to an unspecified date.

As a reminder, the Hunter figma first appeared back in June 2018. Alongside the rerelease, a weapon set with Hunter Axe, Hunter Blunderbuss, Ludwig’s Holy Blade, and Whirligig Saw items, extra parts, and extra figma hand parts also appeared. People could get that alone or as part of a The Old Hunters version of the figma.

The Bloodborne Hunter figma, the standalone weapon set, and The Old Hunters Edition of the figure will all launch in July 2022. Bloodborne is available on the PS4.

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Jenni Lada

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Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Demo Appears on Consoles

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Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Demo Appears on Consoles

Trying before buying is now officially an option worldwide for the new Dynasty Warriors game. Koei Tecmo released the Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires demo on consoles. It features an opportunity to test out two types of gameplay. People can also create characters they can use in the full game. Japan got its chance to play the trial back in December 2021.

First, the main activity in Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires demo is seeing what the Castle Sieges are like. People can both try to protect their base in Defensive Battles or invade someone else with, well, Invasion Battles. There is only one difficulty level here. However, tutorials are present and the final game offers multiple difficulty levels.

As for custom characters, Edit Mode is present in this trial. People can make a Custom Officer. This character can then either be used in the Castle Sieges present in the demo or saved for the full game. Once that launches, someone can import that data.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires will appear on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Google Stadia on February 15, 2022. It is immediately available in Japan. People with consoles can get the Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires demo now.

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A Mana 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert Is Scheduled for April 2022

1 day 4 hours ago

Mana 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert

Square Enix and Aetas will hold the Mana 30th Anniversary Orchestra Concert on April 3, 2022. The concert will take place physically at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra will perform tracks from the Mana series during the concert.

Composers who created the series' soundtracks -- Kenji Ito, Hiroki Kikuta, and Yoko Shimomura -- will appear as guests. Square Enix will also invite the Mana series creator Koji Ishii to attend the concert, along with Hiromichi Tanaka and the current series producer Masaru Oyamada.

The companies have published a partial setlist for the upcoming concert, which revealed that the day and night performances will have several different tracks. The day show will focus on Trials of Mana, while the night concert will instead emphasize Legend of Mana.

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Kite Stenbuck

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Review: Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection Revs Things Up on the PS5

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Review: Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection Revs Things Up on the PS5

I have a history with the Uncharted franchise. I've half-finished two of them, bought the first three on PS3, picked up the PS4 compilation, and then grabbed the collection again when it was offered for free for PS5 owners. Something always comes up that derails my intentions of playing through the series. (Usually, it's a JRPG, as the genre is my Achilles heel.) With Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PS5, there was no way I could allow myself to be sidetracked by anything else.

Starting with Lost Legacy, and then heading into Uncharted 4, I spent the last week or so diving, climbing, dodging bullets, taking punches, and swinging from places where you will never catch me in real life. I met Sam Drake and Nadine Ross for the first time. (Gotta say, not a huge fan of in-game Sam. Retired Sam seems like a better dude.) There were gods and pirates and a surprising lack of torn clothing. My palms were sweaty from the intensity of it all. Nearly every minute spent in this world was amazing.

Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection PS5 review

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Annette Polis

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Persona Collaboration Cafe Will Have 3 Separate Menus

1 day 5 hours ago

persona collaboration cafe

The Sega Collaboration Cafe in Akihabara will have a Persona event for the series' 25th anniversary that lasts from spring to summer 2022. The first round will begin on February 12 and end on March 27, 2022. Afterwards, the second round will be from May 28 to July 10, 2022. During the first round, three types of menus will appear over the course of three sessions. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

All drink items will cost 660 JPY ($5.80) each. Food items will cost 1320 JPY ($11.60) each. As mentioned earlier, depending on the session, what you can order will change. The sessions and menu items are as followed:

February 12 - 25, 2022

  • Persona 4 tomato pasta
  • Persona 5 black ramen
  • Protagonist drinks
  • P3 Protagonist pancake (1320 JPY)
  • P1 Boy With Earring parfait (990 JPY)
  • P2 Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment parfait (990 JPY)

February 26 - March 11, 2022

  • Persona 1 Philemon chicken rice
  • Persona 1 Snow Queen ramen
  • Persona 1 & 2 duology drinks
  • St. Hermelin High School pancake (1320 JPY)
  • P1 Boy With Earring parfait (990 JPY)

March 12 - March 27, 2022

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Stephanie Liu

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Capcom Reports Strong Digital Sales in Financial Report

1 day 5 hours ago

Capcom Financial Report

Capcom has released its consolidated financial report for its third quarter, revealing that digital sales have bolstered the company's profits. As of December 31, 2021 net sales for Capcom have risen by 35.9 percent. Additionally, operating income for the company has risen by 43.9 percent during its third quarter. Capcom largely contributes this success to digital sales, which have seen solid growth. Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin are explicitly mentioned within the financial report. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

During this period, sales for video games exceeded 25.8 million units. Additionally, due to other endeavors, Capcom has now reached its highest net sales and highest level of all profit items at the end of a third quarter within the company's history. For this reason, Capcom has decided to keep its business forecast the same.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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AI: The Somnium Files nirvanA Initiative Will Have Two Protagonists

1 day 6 hours ago

Spike Chunsoft published new information for the upcoming sequel to AI: The Somnium Files in Japan. It announced that AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative will have two protagonists. The new images reveal that the man in the game's key art is in fact a protagonist on an equal footing with Mizuki. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

The male protagonist Ryuki is a rookie Psyncer affiliated with ABIS. He has a more reserved and calm personality. Though he is known for his high academic grades, he has no family as he has lost his parents and younger brother. Atsushi Tamaru will provide the Japanese voiceover for this character.

The woman with black attire is Tama, who is an AI-Ball, just like Aiba. She will accompany Ryuki as his assistant. Spike Chunsoft describes Tama as a rather interesting character who likes to encourage Ryuki by striking him. Ai Kakuma will voice this character in Japanese.

Spike Chunsoft also shared new artworks for the main characters, including the new protagonists, in nirvanA Initiative. It also confirmed that Tama will have a chibi form as well.

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Kite Stenbuck

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Yakuza Acrylic Standees Include Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima

1 day 6 hours ago

Sega will release a second series of Yakuza acrylic standees. This second set will come with 12 standees. This will include acrylic standees featuring Yakuza characters from Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5, and renders of characters as they appear in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. All twelve standees are available to pre-order. Each standee will cost 1,650 yen (~$15), with the expected release date set for March 23, 2022. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The line-up of characters includes:

  • Kazuma Kiryu
  • Goro Majima
  • Taiga Saejima
  • Haruka Sawamura
  • Shun Akiyama
  • Masayoshi Tanimura
  • Tatsuo Shinada
  • Masaru Watase
  • Ono Michio

The version of Tanimura that consumers can purchase is based on his new render from the Yakuza 4 re-release. Additionally, two versions of Akiyama will be available to purchase through this set. This includes his Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 6 appearance.

You can take a look at the standees below.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Final Fantasy XIV Home World Transfer Service is Congested

1 day 7 hours ago

Final Fantasy XIV Home World Transfer Service Congested

The Home World Transfer service in Final Fantasy XIV is currently congested due to the high volume of players requesting to have their Home World changed. Square Enix asks players to remain patient, as the process will take longer than usual. Additionally, if players are receiving an error message while applying for their free Home World Transfer, they should wait and try to apply again.

Square Enix also acknowledges that there is currently a very large amount of errors for those applying to transfer to the Oceania Data Center. The developer notes that this could in part be that players have not accessed the Data Center they wish to transfer to. Accessing the Data Center players wish to transfer to is a requirement for the transfer. However, players only need to access the Data Center once for the transfer to process correctly. In order to do this, players need to go to the start screen and change their Data Center to the Oceania Data Center. After that, the transfer should work, outside of the on-going issue with congestion.

Additionally, players will receive an e-mail once the application for the transfer processes. However, players are advised to avoid logging in to that specific character before the transfer is complete, as it will result in an error. It is unclear as to how long the Home World Transfer service in Final Fantasy XIV will remain congested.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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FFVII The First Soldier and FFVII Commemorative Broadcast Announced

1 day 7 hours ago

FFVII The First Soldier FFVII Commemorative Broadcast

Square Enix announced a Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier and Final Fantasy VII commemorative broadcast. The FFVII The First Soldier and FFVII commemorative broadcast will be held on January 31, 2022. It will begin at 7pm JST/2am PT/5am ET/11am CET. Several members of the development team will appear, including Tetsuya Nomura. Final Fantasy VII Director, and Final Fantasy VII Remake Producer, Yoshinori Kitase will also be present as a special guest. [Thanks, Gamer!]

The FFVII The First Soldier broadcast will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII in Japan. It will feature new information regarding upcoming developments for the mobile title. Additionally, the broadcast will feature a segment about Final Fantasy VII that will delve into memories of Final Fantasy VII. The FFVII The First Soldier and FFVII commemorative broadcast will be available to watch on YouTube and Japanese streaming platform NicoNico. It is unclear if English subtitles will be available.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Sin Chronicle Broadcast Will Detail Multiplayer Mode

1 day 8 hours ago

Sin Chronicle Broadcast Multiplayer

Sega announced a Sin Chronicle broadcast, set to air on February 2, 2022. The broadcast will cover various gameplay elements, including a multiplayer mode. Additionally, the broadcast will include more information about the main scenario of Sin Chronicle. A new piece of key artwork and a new promotional video will also be reveled during the broadcast. The broadcast will begin at 9pm JST/4am PT/7am ET/1pm CET. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

The mentioned multiplayer mode will allow players to take on events together. However, those interested will have to wait for the broadcast to learn more about Sin Chronicle's multiplayer. Game Director Hisashi Kobayashi and the General Director Jun Matsunaga will host the broadcast. Viewers can immediately set an alarm for the broadcast through YouTube. As it stands, the broadcast will only be available in Japanese. There will be no English subtitle option.

Originally set to receive a December 2021 release, in November 2021, Sega announced Sin Chronicle would be delayed to a Spring 2022. More specifically, Matsunaga revealed that the team is now aiming to release the game in late March 2022. That said, the game does not have a concrete date of release as of yet.

Sin Chronicle will release for Android and iOS devices in Spring 2022.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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JoJo Magazine #1 Issue Preorders Open in Japan

1 day 8 hours ago

JoJo Magazine Preorders

The first issue of the new JoJo Magazine is now open for preorders in Japan. Starting January 26, 2022, the magazine will be available for preorder on select Japanese online retailers such as Amazon JP, Rakuten, and Tsutaya. Furthermore, the new issue bought at select stores will come with a special illustrated post card to celebrate the magazine's launch. The Spring 2022 issue will cost ¥1,650 (about $15.50) and release on March 19, 2022.

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The magazine is open for preorders at 13 online storefronts. It's important to note that online preorders of the magazine will not come with the special illustrated postcard. The official JoJo Magazine Twitter account shared a list of stores at which the postcard will be available.

Below is the list of online retailer chains with preorders open:

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Andrew Kiya

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Twisted Wonderland Characters Often Show Their Good Sides

1 day 23 hours ago

Twisted Wonderland Characters Often Show Their Good Sides

So, the gimmick with Aniplex, Disney, and f4samurai’s Twisted Wonderland is people are in a high school where iconic Disney villains are admired. That means people like the Queen of Hearts, Hades, Jafar, and Scar are heralded as “The Legendary Seven.” Each one has a dorm tied to them. Every guy is based on a villain somehow. For example, Floyd and Jade Leech are based on Ursula’s eels Flotsam and Jetsam. But while the idea is “guys based on bad guys,” the Twisted Wonderland characters often really aren’t bad guys. Rather, there are a lot of moments where they’re good people and even heroic.

One of the first “good guy” characters people will meet in Twisted Wonderland is Deuce Spade. (He’s based on a Alice in Wonderland spade card soldier.) The player runs into him when pursuing the Heartslabyul first year Ace Trappola, who got into trouble with them and Grim and is supposed to take part in a window-cleaning punishment. Deuce helps you stop Ace from evading punishment. His goal is established as trying to be an honor roll student and succeed. He’s generally level-headed and amiable. Granted, as a member of the cast in this sort of game, he does have a side. There are times when he’ll ask for things like coffee from the player in exchange for doing the right thing. But he’s generally a good person.

Twisted Wonderland Characters Often Show Their Good Sides

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Jenni Lada

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Stranger of Paradise Gameplay Showcased in Battle Basics Video

2 days ago

Stranger of Paradise Gameplay Showcased in Battle Basics Video

While the final Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin trailer focused on the story, the new Battle Basics one is all about gameplay. Square Enix released a new look at how the game works. This is a more informational one focused on Jack’s capabilities. It also helps explains how to deal with enemies and use different jobs.

Things kick off by introducing Jack. He’s fighting with Ash, Jed, Neon, and Sophia. It shows off the action-RPG gameplay first. It shows how Jack might be fighting alongside two allies and deal with monsters twice as large as they are. As they attack, an enemy’s break gauge will wear down. When it does, they can combine that with a Soul Burst to shatter them. There will also be Command Ability special skills that can deal additional damage or offer various perks. After that, the video shows how Jack can use a Soul Shield to defend. The segment specifically shows how the move lets him steal enemy magic to use against them.

After general gameplay, the video focuses on Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin jobs work. The Swordsman, Lancer, Ronin, Duelist, Mage, Swordfighter, Marauder, and Pugilist all get highlighted here. When you choose a job, you can also set your combo abilities for it to customize your attacks and moveset.

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Jenni Lada

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Yu-Gi-Oh The Grand Creators Cards May Be Delayed in North America

2 days 1 hour ago

Yu-Gi-Oh The Grand Creators Cards May Be Delayed in North America

The newest Yu-Gi-Oh booster packs might not be out when people expect, as there could be a The Grand Creators cards delay. The official Twitter account for the game announced people might not find the packs as expected in North America. They are supposed to appear in stores on January 28, 2022. However, winter storms could keep them from arriving on time.

Here’s the official announcement. For reference, winter storms hit multiple areas across the country.

As noted by Konami, there are 60 cards in this new Yu-Gi-Oh booster set. There will be 35 rares, 15 collector’s rares, 15 super rares, and 10 ultra rares. The 2020 Create-A-Card Project winner Zektrike Kou-ou will also be a part of this set.

In the meantime, a new Yu-Gi-Oh game launched on multiple platforms. The free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel is live.

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Jenni Lada

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