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Shenmue III Gets Much Needed Skip Conversation Option And Other Fixes

Talking to villagers in Shenmue III can be a time consuming and sometimes confusing process. In patch 1.04, developer Ys Net is taking some of the bite out of these talks. Players can now skip the initial conversation with a villager. If you want to speed things up or talk to someone for a second time, you don't have to hear about the goods they are selling or how their day is going. With the skip option, Ryo cuts to the chase and asks his question. 

The patch, which is out today for PlayStation 4 and PC, also addresses subtitle typos, minigame bugs, environmental collision, and skill balancing.

In addition to cleaning up the game, Ys Net released the Battle Rally DLC, which sees Ryo Hazuki, Wei Zhen, and Ren Wuying competing as they race along a course. If you place in first, you are rewarded with items. To start the DLC, you will first have to reach Niaowu in the core game. The DLC retails for 7.99.

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 8:05 pm

Ninja Theory Announces Experimental Exploration Of Mental Terror Called Project: Mara

Today marks the release of the first episode of The Dreadnought Diaries, a series of videos aiming to give insight into the various projects in development at Ninja Theory. While the beginning touches on Senua's Saga: Hellblade II and the previously announced The Insight Project, the video closes out with a tease of a new game at Ninja Theory called Project: Mara.

According to Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades, Project: Mara hopes to deliver a, "real-world and grounded representation of true mental terror." He says the studio will base its vision on interviews, firsthand accounts, and additional research to attempt to capture the true feeling of mental terror. The game will utilize experimental storytelling elements to recreate the horrors of the mind and only features one character and one location.

You can watch the first episode of The Dreadnought Diaries in its entirety below. The segment on Project: Mara begins at the 5:30 mark.

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[Source: Ninja Theory on YouTube]

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 5:32 pm

MLB The Show 20 Gameplay Trailer Slides In

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MLB the Show 20's first gameplay trailer has just dropped, giving teases of some of what's to come when the game releases for PS4 on March 17.

Apart from some new legends like John Franco, David Ortiz, and Mariano Rivera, the trailer also shows off some personality with team celebrations and Juan Soto's "Soto Shuffle."

In terms of gameplay, the trailer appears to reveal real-time hitting and fielding icons related to specific attributes such as Power Left and Fielding, as well as a red ring around balls dropping into the outfield as players try to dive for and catch them. The developer's upcoming livestream schedule has a day devoted just to covering defensive fundamentals, so we imagine this is related to that.

You'll also see these attributes in the rewards for the dynamic challenges of player career mode Road to the Show, which now looks to also contain perk rewards.

Other game elements coming in the livestreams, some of which are teased in the video, include (text from Sony):

The series is including other non-PlayStation platforms possibly starting "as early as 2021," and this is just a sample of why the franchise has been so lauded thus far. 

Posted on 22 January 2020 | 4:05 pm

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Debuts Exclusively On Netflix Next Month

Every year, The Pokémon Company likes to celebrate Pokémon Day, the anniversary of the Japanese release of the first Pokémon games, with some news or a special release. Last year, we got the official reveals of Pokémon Sword & Shield, and while we don't know if we should anticipate anything in line with that magnitude this year, The Pokémon Company has announced one of the things happening: the Netflix release of the computer-animated re-imagining of 1998's Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back.

Since Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution takes place during the early events of the anime, it sees the return of several fan-favorite characters from the original run including Brock, Misty, and Team Rocket. Ash and his friends receive a mysterious invitation to visit a powerful Pokémon trainer. Little do they know, that powerful trainer is Mewtwo, perhaps the most powerful Pokémon yet discovered.

You can see the most recent Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, trailer

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Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution premieres exclusively to Netflix on February 27.

Posted on 21 January 2020 | 8:17 pm

Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops Are On The Way

Funko revealed the first wave of Cyberpunk 2077 Pops at this year's London Toy Fair. Unlike McFarlane Toys' recent announcement of Cyberpunk action figures which just consists of a male version of main character V, Funko is creating both male and female figures. You'll also be able to purchase two different versions of Johnny Silverhand: one with dual pistols and sunglasses, and the other calmly sitting on one knee.

All four of these Pops are expected to hit store shelves on April 16, which was at one time the release date for the Cyberpunk 2077 video game. After a delay, it now has a release date of September 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can view all of the Pops below:

Posted on 20 January 2020 | 8:06 pm

Dying Light 2 Delayed

Polish developer Techland has delayed Dying Light 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) from its original spring 2020 release goal, and the studio says it will announce more on this front in "the coming months."

In a letter to the community, CEO Paweł Marchewka says Techland needs "more development time to fulfill our vision," noting that the game is the studio's biggest to date.

Given the size of Dying Light 2 – the world is four-times as large as the first – it's understandable that more time might be needed to bring it to life. Player choice and the sheer number of things to do are large components of the title as well, making it understandable that more time might be needed to bring it to life.

Dying Light 2 is among several recently delayed games, including Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Iron Man VR, and Avengers.

For more on Dying Light 2, check out our impressions from E3, as well as a 26-minute long demo.

[Source: Techland]

Posted on 20 January 2020 | 4:01 pm

Animated Mortal Kombat Film 'Scorpion's Revenge' Coming This Year

Warner Bros. Animation via The Hollywood Reporter

A live-action film is set to debut in 2021, but fans won't have to wait long to enjoy a cinematic adventure set in the brutal universe of Mortal Kombat. Warner Bros. Animation has announced Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, an animated film following many of the series' most iconic characters.

Scorpion's Revenge features a seasoned cast of voice actors and television stars, headlined by Community's Joel McHale as Johnny Cage and Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. Light as a Feather's Jordan Rodrigues will reportedly step into the role of Liu Kang, while Patrick Seitz and Steve Blum reprise their roles as Scorpion and Sub-Zero respectively. Darin De Paul, who played J. Jonah Jameson in Insomniac's Spider-Man, as well as Reinhardt in Overwatch, takes over the role of Quan Chi. Other actors include Robert Atkin Downes as Kano, David B. Mitchell as Raiden, Ike Amadi as Jax, and Grey Griffin as Kitana. Additionally, Kevin Michael Richardson, who provided the booming voice of Goro in the 1995 live-action film, will return to that role for Scorpion's Revenge. Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon is also working with the team as a creative consultant.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is scheduled to release in the first half of this year.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Revenge of the Fans]

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 8:49 pm

Iron Man VR Delayed To May

It's clearly delay season. Following Square Enix dropping the news of delays of its two biggest titles on the immediate horizon in Final Fantasy VII Remake and Avengers earlier this week, CD Projekt Red yesterday announced the delay of perhaps the most anticipated game of the year with Cyberpunk 2077. Now, developer Camouflaj has announced it is delaying Iron Man VR, the PlayStation VR-exclusive title that puts you in the heroic armor of Tony Stark.

In a tweet from the official Camouflaj Twitter account, the studio says the delay from February 28 to May 15 will allow the team to, "deliver on [its] vision and meet the high expectations of [its] amazing community." You can see the full tweet below.

https://twitter.com/Camouflaj/status/1218171126875951106

Iron Man VR now releases on May 15, the date previously occupied by the now-delayed Avengers title from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. To learn more about Iron Man VR, check out our hands-on with the title here.

[Source: Camouflaj on Twitter]

Posted on 17 January 2020 | 8:08 pm

Overwatch's Lunar New Year Event Delivers A Sombra Skin With Six Different Masks

Overwatch is ringing in the new year with new face-changing technology. Kicking off today and running until February 6, players can earn new skins that are themed to the Lunar New Year, which just happens to be the Year of the Rat.

The skin players will likely want the most is Face-Changing Sombra, which is based on "bian lian," an art form from traditional Chinese opera. "Bian lian" translates to "change face." That's exactly what Sombra can do. Using what a Blizzard calls a "digital Sombra glitch," her mask will switch between six different styles, meaning she can wear six different masks in a match. The rub: You may not be able to see the masks since you are playing from first person, but the team you are going against will get a good look at their beauty.

Sombra's legendary skin can be found in loot crates or can be purchased if you have credits handy. You'll also have the chance to find or buy three other legendary skins: Opera Brigitte, Mask Dancer Moira (which is awesome and you can see below), and Samul Nori Lucio.

If you put in the effort to win nine games in each of the events three weeks, you can unlock these epic skins: Monk Doomfist (week 1), Ancient Chinese Bronze Winston (week 2), Paper-Cutting Wrecking Ball (week 3).

For Arcade players, Blizzard is introducing a modified version of Capture the Flap called Brawl Blitz that has flags set at the closer overtime range. Given how fast flags can be captured, you'll need to grab six (instead of three) to win.

Good luck getting the skins you want this year, Overwatch players. You can see them all below:

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 7:10 pm

Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed To September

At E3 last year, CD Projekt Red revealed Cyberpunk 2077 would launch on April 16, 2020. However, the team today announced the hotly anticipated title is not making that release window. Instead, the game now hits in September.

In a note from CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński and studio head Adam Badowski, the game is complete and playable, but not quite to the point the team would like. The note says the extra time will be used for playtesting, fixing, and polishing. You can see the full note from CD Projekt Red below.

We have important news regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s release date we’d like to share with you today. pic.twitter.com/aWdtR0grYV

— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) January 16, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is now scheduled to launch on September 17. For more on Cyberpunk 2077, check out everything we learned about the game at E3 2019.

[Source: CD Projekt Red on Twitter]

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 5:40 pm

Second Fighters Pass To Bring Six More Characters To Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Following the announcement of Byleth, the fifth and final character as a part of the Fighters Pass, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai announced that even more downloadable content is on the way. As such, Sakurai announced Fighters Pass Vol. 2.

No additional details were available about the contents of the newly announced second Fighters Pass, but Sakurai said all the characters have already been decided. Those who purchase Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will also get The Ancient Soldier costume for Mii Swordfighter from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. More details will emerge in the future.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 2:43 pm

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Adding Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Byleth

During today's special "Mr. Sakurai Presents" livestream, creator of the Super Smash Bros. series and director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed that Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses is joining the ever-growing, enormous roster of fighters. 

Available in both male and female forms, Byleth is the eighth character from the Fire Emblem series in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Byleth isn't great at throws or mobility, but they have great distance and varied attacks thanks to a changing weapon depending on the direction of your attack. Byleth also has some seriously powerful attacks, but you have to be careful, as some of them are easily countered by other Fire Emblem characters. Byleth's alternate costumes are based on the house leaders, Sothis, and something that happens later in the game.

Along with Byleth comes Garreg Mach Monastery, which is full of guest characters from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and different locales. Near the marketplace, you'll find characters from the Blue Lion House, while the Reception Hall features Black Eagle characters. As you continue flying around thanks to the standard Super Smash Bros. platform, the Bridge is a wide area with Golden Deer guests in the background. The Cathedral is the final area of Garreg Mach Monastery with Seteth, Rhea, and Flayn watching in the background. 

This DLC pack also adds 11 new songs, all of which are available to use in all Fire Emblem stages. The Spirit Board also gains popular characters and the House Leaders, as well as a new "A Heroic Legacy" path in Classic Mode, which lets you battle through Fire Emblem-based battles.

Additionally, the pack adds new Mii Fighter costumes including Altair from Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's Rabbids, a couple of Mega Man costumes, and even a Cuphead costume. If you purchase the Cuphead costume, you even get a song from the game to add to your music collection in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The costumes are available for $0.75 each. 

Byleth and their stage join Smash Ultimate on January 28 as a part of Challenger Pack 5 for $5.99 or as the fifth and final character of the first Fighters Pass. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, check out how it serves as the culmination of 20 years of work on the series, or check out our interview with Sakurai from the lead up to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Posted on 16 January 2020 | 2:14 pm

Everyone Can Now Access The Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Pre-order Bonuses

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's pre-order bonuses were pretty fun. Case in point: the Bee-D-1 skin. Not only is it a silly pun, but you get to dress BD-1 up like an adorable insect. Okay, he's just a yellow droid, but are you going to tell us that he isn't adorable?

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's other pre-order bonuses are also available for everyone now, and these include:

If you still haven't finished one of last year's best games, now is the perfect time to jump back in.

[Source: Gamesradar]

Posted on 15 January 2020 | 10:50 pm

2020 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2020, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

Warcraft III: Reforged

January

AO Tennis 2 (PC) – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (PC) – To The Moon (Switch, PC) – Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Switch) – Temtem (PC) – Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind (PlayStation 4) – Mosaic (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (Switch) – Rugby 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (PC) – Journey to the Savage Planet (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Warcraft III: Reforged (PC) – Through the Darkest of Times (PC) –
Dreams

February

Life is Strange 2: Complete Season (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Monster Energy Supercross 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) – Zombie Army 4: Dead War (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Granblue Fantasy Versus (PlayStation 4) – KUNAI (Switch, PC) – AO Tennis 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Yakuza 5 (PlayStation 4) – Street Fighter V: Champion Edition (PlayStation 4, PC) – Darksiders Genesis (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Dreams (PlayStation 4) – Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (Switch) – Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind (Xbox One) – Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Samurai Shodown (Switch) – Two Point Hospital (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV (PlayStation 4, PC) –
Animal Crossing: New Horizons

March

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Switch) – Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (Xbox One, PC) – My Hero One's Justice 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – Nioh 2 (PlayStation 4) – MLB The Show 20 (PlayStation 4) – R.B.I. Baseball 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, Android) – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – Doom 64 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Doom Eternal (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Fairy Tail (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Bleeding Edge (Xbox One) – Moons of Madness (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Persona 5 Royal (PlayStation 4) –
Final Fantasy VII Remake

April

Resident Evil 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories (PlayStation VR, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation 4) – Predator: Hunting Grounds (PlayStation 4) – Trials of Mana (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Gears Tactics (Xbox One, PC) –
The Last of Us Part II

May

Marvel's Iron Man VR (PlayStation VR) – Wasteland 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac) – Maneater (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – The Last of Us Part II (PlayStation 4) – Fast & Furious Crossroads (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Cyberpunk 2077

September

Iron Harvest (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Marvel's Avengers (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Cyberpunk 2077 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Halo Infinite

To Be Announced

12 Minutes (Xbox One, PC) Away: The Survival Series (PlayStation 4) Axiom Verge 2 (Switch) Babylon's Fall (PlayStation 4, PC) Beyond a Steel Sky (Switch, PC, iOS) Biomutant (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Boyfriend Dungeon (Switch, PC) Bravely Default II (Switch) Carrion (PC) CastleStorm II (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Chivalry 2 (PC) Circuit Superstars (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Commander Keen (iOS, Android) Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Creaks (PC) CrossfireX (Xbox One) Crusader Kings III (PC, Mac, Linux) Dark Alliance (PC) Death Stranding (PC) Destroy All Humans (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Digimon Survive (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Disco Elysium (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Disintegration (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Doom Eternal (Switch) Drifters (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Dying Light 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Elden Ring (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Embr (PC) Empire Of Sin (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac) Everwild (Xbox One, PC) Evil Genius 2: World Domination (PC) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (PlayStation 4, Switch) Ghost of Tsushima (PlayStation 4) Godfall (PlayStation 5, PC) Gods & Monsters (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) Griftlands (PC) Grounded (Xbox One, PC) Hades (PC) Half-Life: Alyx (PC) Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC) Haven (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) Hollow Knight: Silksong (Switch, PC) Humanity (PC) Humankind (PC) Hunt: Showdown (PlayStation 4) Hytale (PC, Mac) Impostor Factory In Other Waters (PC, Mac) Industries Of Titan (PC) Inmost (Switch, PC) Kerbal Space Program 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) League of Legends: Wild Rift (iOS, Android) Legends of Runeterra (PC, iOS, Android) Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Little Nightmares II (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Magic: Legends (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox One, PC) Minecraft: Dungeons (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Mineko's Night Market (Switch, PC, Mac) Neurodiver (PC, Mac) New World (PC) Nine To Five (PC) Ninjala (Switch) No More Heroes III (Switch) No Straight Roads (PlayStation 4, PC) Oddworld: Soulstorm (PC) Ooblets (Xbox One, PC) Outriders (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Panzer Dragoon: Remake (Switch) Paper Beast (PlayStation 4) Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Phantasy Star Online 2 (Xbox One, PC) Planet Coaster: Console Edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Project Sakura Wars (PlayStation 4) Psychonauts 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Rainbow Six Quarantine (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Recompile (PC) Roller Champions (PC) Rust (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Sable (PC) Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Scavengers (PC) Session (Xbox One, PC) SkateBIRD (Switch, PC, Linux) Skull & Bones (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Sonic At The Olympic Games (iOS, Android) Space Channel 5 VR (PlayStation VR, PC) Spellbreak (PlayStation 4, PC) Spiritfarer (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Sports Story (Switch) Star Renegades (PC) State Of Decay 2 (PC) Streets of Rage 4 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Super Meat Boy Forever (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS) Superliminal (PlayStation 4) SuperMash (Switch) System Shock Remastered (PC) Tales of Arise (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Tamarin (PlayStation 4, PC) Tell Me Why (Xbox One, PC) The Artful Escape (Xbox One, PC) The Good Life (PC) The Outer Worlds (Switch) The Settlers (PC) Tom Clancy's Elite Squad (iOS, Android) Total War Saga: Troy (PC) Treachery in Beatdown City (Switch, PC) Twin Mirror (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Watch Dogs Legion (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Way to the Woods (Xbox One, PC) Yakuza: Like A Dragon (PlayStation 4)

Posted on 14 January 2020 | 5:00 pm

Avengers Game From Crystal Dynamics Delayed To September

Avengers

Crystal Dynamics' Avengers title (published by Square Enix) needs additional development time for "fine tuning and polishing," and is therefore being delayed to September 4. The game (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia) was originally slated to come out on May 15.

Scot Amos and Ron Rosenberg, co-heads of studio at Crystal Dynamics, released an open letter to fans explaining the decision as well as touching on the game's scope that contains a story campaign, co-op, and post-release content.

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— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) January 14, 2020

[Source: Crystal Dynamics]

Posted on 14 January 2020 | 3:18 pm

Final Fantasy VII Remake Delayed To April

Square Enix has announced that it is delaying Final Fantasy VII Remake by approximately a month, moving its release date on the PS4 from March 3 to April 10.

In a message at the publisher/developer's official website, producer Yoshinori Kitase apologized on behalf of the entire development team and said, "We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience."

The game that comes out on April 10 will only be the first installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake, a title that spans multiple parts. Square has said that each one will be a full-length game in its own right, although it has not announced exactly how many parts Remake contains.

[Source: Square Enix]

Posted on 14 January 2020 | 2:55 pm

Sony Is Once Again Skipping E3

For the second consecutive year, Sony won't be attending the biggest event in video games. Can we still call it the biggest event in video games? A Sony Interactive Entertainment representative told GameIndustry.biz that Sony will instead attend hundreds of consumer events across the globe to deliver PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 information. "We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year," the Sony representative said.

Sony bowing out of E3 isn't that surprising, given the company also didn't attend E3 in 2019, but with PlayStation 5 on the way, and its details still shrouded in secrecy, fans expected to learn about the next-generation hardware at the show or at least additional details if the official unveiling happens before June. Since abandoning E3, Sony has delivered news through other means such as the periodic "State of Play" videos.

E3 has been video games' big event for unveiling new games and hardware since its inception in 1995, yet companies are moving away from the show to hold their own events, such as Electronic Arts, who holds a fan event at the same time as E3 offsite.

What do you think of Sony once again sitting E3 out? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via GameIndustry.biz]

Posted on 13 January 2020 | 11:42 pm

CD Projekt Employee Anniversary Gifts Include Keanu Reeves Autographed Guitar

CD Projekt may seem like a newer company given The Witcher's recent rise to fame, but its history dates all the way back to 1994 and some of its earliest employees are still there. To celebrate their time with the company, CD Projekt put together gifts for their significant anniversaries. One of them is a Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny Silverhand guitar signed by actor Keanu Reeves, who plays Johnny in the game, and even put "J.S." beneath his signature.

You can see more on the creation of this guitar at Guitar Service. Check out CD Projekt RED's tweet to see the other anniversary gifts.

Each year we celebrate with the Rebels who hit some serious milestones at CD PROJEKT RED. This time we had 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th (!) work anniversaries to award – take a look at the unique gifts designed for that occasion! #insideRED pic.twitter.com/Breb6VWAqv

— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) January 13, 2020

 

Posted on 13 January 2020 | 10:19 pm

The Geek's Guide To Movies In 2020

With 2020 looking to be a great year for video games, we wanted to look ahead at all of the movies plotted out for the new year. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a state of refresh following the cataclysmic events of Endgame and Star Wars is taking a breather on the heels of The Rise of Skywalker, there are plenty of films in nerd culture to look forward to this year.

Check out our list below and start planning which ones you're going to leave the comfort of your house for, and which you'll probably wait until they're streaming to see.

Dolittle - January 17

We've previously seen the likes of Eddie Murphy and Rex Harrison take up the role of Dr. Dolittle from the Hugh Lofting children's books, and now we get to see how Robert Downey Jr. handles the role of the doctor who gains the ability to communicate with animals. Downey is joined by Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen as live-action actors, while a star-studded cast with the likes of Rami Malek, John Cena, Emma Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Selena Gomez, and more handling the animal voices. Fans of Marvel movies will even be able to enjoy a psuedo-reunion between Iron Man and Spider-Man, as Tom Holland plays Jip, a dog who wears glasses.

Bad Boys for Life - January 17

Nearly 17 years later, the long-awaited conclusion to the Bad Boys film trilogy is finally here. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return for one last action-packed showdown, this time taking on a cartel mob boss before retiring from their jobs at the police department.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) - February 7

The prevailing notion of 2016's Suicide Squad is that while it wasn't a great film, Margot Robbie does an excellent job giving Harley Quinn her live-action silver-screen debut. While 2021 will bring a new take on the Suicide Squad with a mix of new and returning cast members, in the meantime, Robbie returns as Harley in Birds of Prey. The storyline follows the crazed clown princess after she breaks up with Joker. However, she hasn't completely escaped trouble, as Black Mask (played by Ewan McGregor) starts stirring things up. This film promises appearances from other beloved female superheroes like Black Canary, Huntress, and more, but according to Robbie, we shouldn't expect to see Jared Leto's Joker appear at all.

Sonic the Hedgehog - February 14

After outrage ensued following the reveal of the original design of Sonic the Hedgehog for the upcoming live-action film, Paramount pushed the release back to February 14, 2020 to create the version of Sega's iconic blue hedgehog you see above. In addition to Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic, the live-action cast features James Marsden as Sonic's friend Tom and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. In typical Sonic fashion, the story revolves around collecting rings and stopping Robotnik from conquering the world. Here's hoping it can defy the odds and continue the trends set by live-action, game-inspired properties like Detective Pikachu of delivering an enjoyable end-product.

Onward - March 6

As the magic-using power of society diminishes thanks to the convenience of science, two teenage brothers set out on an adventure to recapture the abilities their world once wielded in order to save their father. This Pixar adventure stars Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and more.

Bloodshot - March 13

While Marvel and DC may reign supreme in the comic-book movie world, Valiant Comics is trying its hand at producing a blockbuster based on its property. Vin Diesel already looks and sounds (and has a name) like a comic-book character, but to this point, he's been relegated to voicing a single line of dialogue for a sentient tree in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bloodshot brings him out of the voice booth and into the spotlight as the eponymous technologically augmented killing machine on a quest for vengeance.

A Quiet Place: Part II - March 20

The tense first part, which stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, delivered a compelling and daunting tale of a family trying to survive in a world invaded by blind extra-terrestrial hunters who will tear anything they hear to shreds. Krasinski returns to the director's chair once more, with Blunt joining the remaining cast in front of the camera.

Mulan - March 27

Disney's live-action remakes with Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King have consisted of varying degrees of quality, but everything of Mulan looks terrific. Those familiar with the source material will revel in seeing iconic scenes recreated in stunning live-action sequences, while the uninitiated will be able to enjoy the tale of Hua Mulan overcoming obstacles put in her way as a result of the Imperial Chinese Army's perception of women as she strives to join the ranks of the military in place of her ailing father.

The New Mutants - April 3

Though Disney is poised to absorb the X-Men property into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a part of its acquisition of Fox, the final 20th Century Fox Marvel film is set to release this April. The New Mutants was originally supposed to be a jumping off point for a trilogy based on the comics of the same name, but with the acquisition and Disney likely already putting things in motion to bring mutants and the X-Men into the nearly all-encompassing MCU, we're not so sure how this fits into the Marvel puzzle.

No Time to Die - April 10

Daniel Craig takes up the mantle of 007 for the fifth time in No Time to Die. This time, he's opposite Mr. Robot, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Until Dawn star Rami Malek. The story centers on a post-retirement James Bond who, predictably, gets sucked back into the secret agent lifestyle through the abduction of an important scientist.

Black Widow - May 1

After the events of last year's climactic Avengers: Endgame (and the wrap up in Spider-Man: Far From Home), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has slowed down just a bit while it readies the stage for its next major narrative arc. Despite being set immediately after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow is said to serve as the jumping-off point for the next phase of the MCU. Whether that comes in the form of villain Taskmaster or some other way remains to be seen, but it will be great to finally see Natasha Romanoff take the spotlight for a long overdue solo film.

Scoob! - May 15

This origin story tells the tale (tail?) of how Scooby-Doo met the Mystery Inc. gang. With movie posters featuring puppy Scooby-Doo and the film possessing an endearing computer-generated art style, Scoob! looks like a cute and fun adventure for theater-goers of all ages. Throw in a voice cast featuring Will Forte, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, and Mark Wahlburg, and you can see the studio is hoping to create something more than simply another adventure with these beloved characters.

Fast & Furious 9 - May 22

For a series that started as a story about Paul Walker and Vin Diesel racing cars illegally at night with an occasional high-speed truck heist, the recent movies sure veer closer to the superhero genre than anything else. Who knows what we'll see in the ninth mainline entry of the series: Tanks flying through the sky? Cars backflipping over bodies of water? Vin Diesel punching through a nuclear reactor? Sure. Why not? None of the plot matters, but that doesn't mean these movies aren't relentlessly entertaining thrill rides, and we can't wait for the next entry. Oh, this one has John Cena and Cardi B.

Artemis Fowl - May 29

Based on the books from Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl is about a 12-year-old genius who comes from a family of brilliant criminals. However, when his father mysteriously vanishes, Artemis must investigate the disappearance, which kicks off an adventure. Disney has brought in a supporting cast that features Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and more to help tell the story.

Wonder Woman 1984 - June 5

As the sequel to the best film in the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman 1984 has lofty expectations placed on it by fans. Gal Gadot has shown to be the perfect casting for Diana Prince, and with Wonder Woman set to face off against both Maxwell Lord and Cheetah with a 1980s backdrop, it's easy to see why this is one of the most anticipated DC live-action films in years.

Soul - June 19

Pixar makes this list for the second time with Soul, a film that features Tina Fey, Jamie Foxx, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs in both writer and voice-actor roles. The story is set to tell the tale of an aspiring jazz musician whose soul gets separated from his body. The dynamic duo of Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor are set to provide the score in what is sure to be a crowd-pleasing animated film.

Top Gun: Maverick - June 26

Set 30 years after the events of Top Gun, Maverick looks to do for the Top Gun series what all direct sequels that come 30 years later do: revitalize the series with a mix of heavy-handed nostalgia from the original cast while giving the audience reason to be excited for the future thanks to a charming cast of new characters. Top Gun: Maverick places a keen focus on Maverick, reprised by Tom Cruise. With a story that involves the son of Maverick's late best friend Goose, and Val Kilmer returning to the role of Iceman, this sequel has all the nostalgic trappings fans of the original are likely looking for.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife - July 10

Set 30 years after the events of Ghostbusters II, Afterlife looks to do for the Ghostbusters series what all direct sequels that come 30 years later do: revitalize the series with a mix of heavy-handed nostalgia from the original cast while giving the audience reason to be excited for the future thanks to a charming cast of new characters. As you might expect, much of the core original cast returns in unknown capacities, but we're just excited to see Bill Murray as Peter Venkman once again – we just hope he has a bigger role in Afterlife than Luke Skywalker had in The Force Awakens.

Purge - July 10

With creator James DeMonaco saying the 2020 entry will be the final entry in the series, those who have been following the franchise are hoping the team can close it out in a satisfying manner. Unfortunately, not many details are available at the moment, but Everardo Gout is set to direct.

Tenet - July 17

Christopher Nolan films always garner a certain level of attention, but Tenet was off many fans' radars until IMAX theatergoers were treated to an extended Prologue for the film before screenings of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. A secret agent with the ability to time travel must use his powers to prevent World War III in what is sure to be a mind-bending, action-packed film that hits way too close to home in 2020.

Bob's Burgers: The Movie - July 17

After the success of The Simpson's Movie, Fox hopes to effectively transition another one of its beloved animated series to the silver screen with Bob's Burgers: The Movie. The voice cast from the popular show returns for what is being described as a "musical comedy."

Jungle Cruise - July 24

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt headline the newest Disney film to be based on a Disney ride – hey, it worked for Pirates of the Caribbean. The group heads out into the jungle in search of the Tree of Life while avoiding dangerous wildlife and racing a rival expedition.

Morbius - July 31

Jared Leto may not be in the Birds of Prey film, but that doesn't mean comic book fans will be completely deprived of his acting. The Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman and (former?) Joker actor steps into the role of Michael Morbius in the newest film in Sony's Marvel Universe based on the characters surrounding Spider-Man.

Bill & Ted Face the Music - August 21

Set 30 years after the events of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Bill & Ted Face the Music looks to do for the Bill & Ted series what all direct sequels that come 30 years later do: revitalize the series with a mix of heavy-handed nostalgia from the original cast while giving the audience reason to be excited for the future thanks to a charming cast of new characters. This August, Keanu Reeves will take some time out of running around Night City in Cyberpunk 2077 with us to join Alex Winter on yet another nostalgic time-travel romp.

Monster Hunter - September 4

If Capcom has demonstrated one thing with its loose game-to-film adaptations, it's that it loves Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich. The spousal combo that ran and starred in the Resident Evil films respectively returns to similar roles in Monster Hunter. Milla Jovovich stars as Natalie Artemis, a captain in the United Nations military team. Her team falls into a portal that leads to an alternate world full of giant monsters, and the adventure begins to save Earth from the invading beasts. Did I mention it's only loosely based on the games?

The King's Man - September 18

A prequel to the over-the-top action franchise Kingsman, The King's Man tells the story of a man who must stop a group of history's worst tyrants and criminals in order to save the world from a devastating war. If you've seen the first two movies, you probably have an idea of what to expect, but having it set in the early 1900s and starring a completely different cast gives us something new to look forward to.

Venom 2 - October 2

Two years after one of Spider-Man's biggest rivals kicked off Sony's Spider-Man-less SpiderVerse, Venom is back for a direct sequel. Tom Hardy returns to the role of Eddie Brock, while Woody Harrelson looks to deliver on the post-credit tease of his interpretation of the popular and brutal villain Carnage. Additionally, rumors have circulated that Tom Holland could have a small role in the film, which would connect Spidey (and potentially the MCU) to the Sony SpiderVerse.

Snake Eyes - October 16

The G.I. Joe film franchise has been dormant since Retaliation in 2013, so it would make sense to bring it back with a prequel film telling the origin story of one of the most popular characters in the series. Previously played by Darth Maul actor Ray Park, the titular character is now portrayed by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding.

The Eternals - November 6

While Black Widow kicks off Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in May, The Eternals looks to continue it by telling an extraordinarily different kind of story. Taking place over the course of multiple millennia, theatergoers will learn about this immortal alien race created by the Celestials. The Eternals also signals the entry point to the MCU for several high-profile actors including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and Kit Harrington.

Godzilla vs. Kong - November 20

Legendary's MonsterVerse comes to a head with Godzilla vs. Kong, the fourth film in the franchise. Bringing the Godzilla that has starred in 2014's Godzilla and 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters face to face with the King Kong from 2017's Kong: Skull Island should be an exciting cinematic affair for those who love kaiju films. The human actors are often meant to convey that everyone is afraid and things are out of control, and Legendary has tasked Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown in those roles.

Dune - December 18

Based on the classic novel of the same name, Dune adapts the first half of the iconic science-fiction book with a star-studded cast. Those who watch the film will see the novel brought to life by actors like Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, and Stallan Skarsgård.

West Side Story - December 18

The beloved musical gets a modern interpretation. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler, this story of forbidden love is said to follow the original script more closely than the 1961 film many know.

Coming 2 America - December 18

Set 30 years after the events of Coming to America, Coming 2 America looks to do for the Coming to America series what all direct sequels that come 30 years later do: revitalize the series with a mix of heavy-handed nostalgia from the original cast while giving the audience reason to be excited for the future thanks to a charming cast of new characters. Eddie Murphy returns to star, joined by a star-studded cast featuring Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones, and more.

Tom and Jerry - December 23

The timeless and iconic dynamic of Tom and Jerry makes its way to the big screen just in time to close out the year. This time, the classic animated series joins the trend of animated characters joining the live-action world. It will be interesting to see how the eternal game of cat and mouse translates to this latest cinematic trend this holiday season.


For our list of the games coming out in 2020, check out our constantly updated list.

Posted on 13 January 2020 | 4:44 pm

3v3 Gunfight Mode Coming To Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has several excellent multiplayer modes, but none deliver the intimate intensity of Gunfight. What started out as a mode delivering 2v2 battles, has since adopted 1v1 fights, and will soon add 3v3 battles in a forthcoming update. Developer Infinity Ward announced the news on its blog, and also revealed additional load out slots will be added to the game in the coming weeks.

Gunfight Tournaments sound like they are still a little ways off. Infinity Ward said it's still squashing bugs, but was pleased with the player engagement and is adding in more rewards for the next one.

The blog details issues Infinity Ward is working on and also reveals a schedule for fans to keep an eye on. Tuesday brings playlist updates, Thursday behind-the-scenes content, and Friday is the community update. 

Posted on 11 January 2020 | 3:59 pm

Batman: Arkham Origins Studio Once Again Teases New Project With Cryptic Logo

Will this Warner Bros. Montreal tease actually lead to an announcement? The studio's last attempt from September 2019 didn't go anywhere. In that moment, Warner Bros. Montreal released a series of logos that looked vaguely Batman-like, and today's tease is basically the same thing. The studio released pieces of a logo across three of its social-media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), and people were quick to put it together.

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— 🦇 joshua 🦇 (@JoshuaXXGaga) January 9, 2020

While the image doesn't necessarily scream "Batman," the skyline does have what appears to be the Gotham Clock Tower front and center. As another Twitter user pointed out, it also looks a lot like a Gotham City Police Department badge. Let's hope these teases actually go somewhere and lead to what we all hope is a new Batman game, perhaps even another in the Arkham universe.

This looks like a GCPD badge, so either something to do with Barbara or Gordon pic.twitter.com/4RlXdYSR8I

— Dr. Dre's brother's cousin's friend (@andreisygold) January 9, 2020

Posted on 9 January 2020 | 5:50 pm

More Pokémon From Past Games Coming To Sword & Shield This Year

During today's Pokémon Direct presentation, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced two new expansions that add new areas to explore and new Pokémon to catch. However, as a part of these big updates, Pokémon Sword & Shield will add several Pokémon from past games that did not initially appear in the games when they launched last November.

Across the two new areas, the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, several Pokémon that do not appear in Galar are available to encounter and catch. While each new area has its own Pokédex to complete, you can bring these returning Pokémon back to Galar with you to expand your Galar Pokédex. In addition, players will also encounter Galarian forms of familiar Pokémon including Galarian Slowpoke and its different evolutions. Players can even encounter Legendary Pokémon from previous mainline games deep inside Pokémon Dens in The Crown Tundra expansion.

If you don't want to buy the expansions but still want to get your hands on these returning creatures, a free title update is scheduled in conjunction with the launch of each expansion. These title updates make the added Pokémon compatible with Sword & Shield, allowing you to obtain them without owning the expansion through methods like trades and Pokémon Home's cloud service. Players who use Pokémon Home to import Pokémon from past games can bring them into Sword & Shield as long as those Pokémon appear in the base games or expansions.

The first expansion, The Isle of Armor, is set to launch in June, while the second expansion, The Crown Tundra, is scheduled for a fall release. Both expansions are a part of the Expansion Pass, which costs $29.99.

Posted on 9 January 2020 | 2:52 pm

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Coming To Switch In March

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While the big news coming out of today's Pokémon Direct presentation is the announcement of the Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword & Shield, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company also announced an enhanced version of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team for Switch. The spin-off game, which originally released in 2006, is being updated with new visuals in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX takes place in a world where only Pokémon exist – and yes, that includes the player character. After answering a few questions at the beginning of the game to determine which Pokémon you play as (there are 16 different options), you can access a job board. Together with your rescue team of fellow Pokémon, you venture out into the world to save innocent Pokémon from unexplained natural disasters that have begun occurring all over the world. Over the course of the adventure, players level up through experience gained during jobs, and find items like seeds, berries, and TMs to help them during their adventure.

This enhanced version of the original games features updated visuals and combines features found in Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team. This version can be played in TV mode, tabletop mode, or handheld mode. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX also adds new features like Auto mode, which automatically moves you through the world in efficient manner, and automatic attacks with the press of the A button. Up to eight Pokémon, including Pokémon they encounter in dungeons, can travel with players, and if a player faints in a dungeon, they can ask for other players to rescue them or they can use another one of their rescue teams to rescue themselves and resume from where they were defeated.

Starting tonight, a demo will be made available for download on the Switch eShop that allows you to play the early part of the story. Your save file from the demo transfers over to the full version when it releases on March 6.

Posted on 9 January 2020 | 2:51 pm

Expansion Pass For Pokémon Sword & Shield To Add All-New Areas, Pokémon, And Characters

Pokémon Sword & Shield have already proven to be massive successes for Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokémon Company, giving the franchise its highest-grossing launch of all-time and the Switch its fastest-selling titles yet. With more than six million copies sold worldwide, many trainers have been journeying through the Galar region looking for more to do. During today's Pokémon Direct presentation, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo announced new DLC for Sword & Shield in the form of two expansions that make up an Expansion Pass.

The two expansions are called The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. Both expansions bring a new area to explore, new Pokémon to catch, new clothes to equip to your trainer, and new features. In addition to more than a hundred new clothing items added across the expansions, new items like the leveling item Exp. Charm and new tutor moves will add new wrinkles never before seen in mainline Pokémon games. A new battle type called Restricted Sparring also appears in The Isle of Armor, where trainers can only use certain Pokémon types or must battle under specific conditions.

Each expansion also has its own Pokédex to complete, and in turn, expands the Galar Pokédex with more all-new Pokémon, as well as more returning monsters. Additionally, while in the expansion areas, players can complete Max Raid Battles against Pokémon not in Galar's Wild Area. Players can invite up to three friends to battle alongside them; you can even invite friends who don't own the Expansion Pass to hop into these battles. 

The Isle of Armor is described as a giant island with environments unlike what is seen in Galar including beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes. As expected, the Isle is home to a ton of Pokémon, several of which were not present in Sword & Shield's base game. While on the Isle of Armor, players find a dojo that specializes in a particular style of training. Trainers become become the apprentice of Mustard, a legendary trainer who held championship for 18 consecutive years – even reaching back to before Dynamaxing was a part of Pokémon League battles. 

Later in the year, players can travel to the Crown Tundra, a beautiful, mountainous landscape covered in snow. During this adventure, the trainer is appointed the leader of an exploration team to investigate the far corners of this frozen area. In The Crown Tundra expansion, players can even explore the depths of Pokémon Dens, which we've only seen the outside of in the Wild Area during Max Raid Battles to this point. These Dens not only deliver new gameplay features, but also allow players to encounter Legendary Pokémon from past generations. 

A major sticking point for some Pokémon fans going into Sword & Shield is how the games did not include a chunk of past creatures in the title. Through the new Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra locations, several past Pokémon make their way into Sword & Shield. In addition, all players will receive a free update to coincide with the launches of these expansions to enable them to receive these returning Pokémon through means such as trading or the Pokémon Home cloud service, which is set to launch in February. Pokémon Home will also enable players to bring these past Pokémon into Pokémon Sword & Shield as long as they appear in these expansions.

In addition, Pokémon Sword & Shield receives an update today that gives all players a sneak peek at expansion content. Once the update is installed, players can go to Wedgehurst Station, where they'll meet a new rival from the expansions. Sword players can encounter Poison-type trainer Klara, while Shield players meet Psychic-type trainer Avery. In addition, players can add Galarian Slowpoke to their collection. This update is available free to all players, regardless of if they have the Expansion Pass or not.

Players use the same save file to access these expansions as they do the main game, and the new areas can be accessed at nearly any time during the course of the adventure – all you need is to have reached the Wild Area in order to access the new content.

The Isle of Armor expansion is set to release in June, while The Crown Tundra will hit in fall of this year. Both expansions are included in the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Passes, which cost $29.99. Players can pre-purchase the Expansion Pass on the eShop starting today. Those who purchase the Expansion Pass receive Pikachu and Eevee-themed uniforms for use in Sword & Shield.

Posted on 9 January 2020 | 2:50 pm

The Magic: Legends Digital Issue Is Now Live

Digital subscribers to Game Informer are now able to learn all about Magic: Legends and read about our favorite games from 2019! Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Kindle, and Nook.

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Posted on 8 January 2020 | 6:44 pm

Mario Kart Tour, Minecraft Were 2019's Top iPhone Games

Apple must be pretty happy with how 2019 went, because the company revealed some data today regarding its services for the past year.  Customers spent $1.42 billion on the App Store between Christmas and New Year's Eve alone. New Year's Day (of 2020) set a new single-day record, with people spending $386 million. In total, the App Store has earned more than $155 billion since its launch in 2008.

Games account for no small part of the App Store's success. While the company's announcement doesn't offer much quantitative info regarding the relatively new Apple Arcade service,  Apple has revealed 2019's top App Store games in both the free and paid categories. Mario Kart and Minecraft lead their respective lists, but you can check out the whole rundown below:

Top Free iPhone Games

  1. Mario Kart Tour
  2. Color Bump 3D
  3. aquapark.io
  4. Call of Duty: Mobile
  5. BitLife - Life Simulator
  6. Polysphere - art of puzzle
  7. Wordscapes
  8. Fortnite
  9. Roller Splat!
  10. AMAZE!!

Top Paid iPhone Games

  1. Minecraft
  2. Heads Up!
  3. Plague Inc.
  4. Bloons TD 6
  5. Geometry Dash
  6. Rebel Inc.
  7. The Game of Life
  8. Stardew Valley
  9. Bloons TD 5
  10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

For more about Apple, you can check out our end-of-year discussion about the state of Apple Arcade. You can also watch the trailer for Apple TV's gaming-themed show, Mythic Quest, from some of the minds behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Posted on 8 January 2020 | 11:00 am

Corner Wolves Coming First As A Thriller Podcast

Earlier this year we introduced the upcoming IP Corner Wolves by new developer Brass Lion – a studio started by vets who've worked on the Mass Effect, Sleeping Dogs, and Fallout franchises. 

Corner Wolves tells the story of Jacinte, a young afro-latina living in mid-'90s Harlem who is caught up in events after she finds her father murdered. The game positions this mystery against the larger backdrop of the times: the government's self-proclaimed war on drugs which had its own negative effects on the communities it tried to help.

Brass Lion is currently working on the video game related to the property (no release date has been announced), but this year people can experience Corner Wolves via a podcast series produced by Loud Speakers Network and Marginal Mediaworks and distributed exclusively on Luminary.

“This is an aspirational crime thriller with a young woman of color at the center," says Marginal Mediaworks founder and CEO Sanjay Sharma. "A new hero, a new narrative, all part of a new narrative system. We are going to push the edges of a new, auditory and music-infused, storytelling experience."

The emergence of hip hop in the era will provide a rich backdrop, as well as other elements of Jacinte's Harlem that will no doubt add color to the podcast and the game.

To read more about Corner Wolves and the people behind it at developer Brass Lion, read our full feature story.

 

Note: The original story incorrectly stated that the podcast series was by Marginal Mediaworks and Luminary on the Loud Speakers podcast network. The text has been changed and we regret the error.

Posted on 8 January 2020 | 2:39 am

New Information Coming In Thursday Morning Pokémon Direct

The Pokémon machine continues to move forward. Hot on the heels of its first all-new mainline game on consoles with Pokémon Sword & Shield, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have announced a new Direct presentation focused on the beloved monster-collection franchise.

The presentation will consist of roughly 20 minutes of new information. While we don't know what specific topics will be addressed, many fans are itching to know more about Pokémon Home, the app where your Pokémon will live between games. Last year, Game Freak's Junichi Masuda hinted that we'll learn more about Pokémon Home in the not-too-distant future. "I think Pokémon Home, for a lot of players, will serve as a launching pad to gather them all there and then embark on future adventures," he told us as a part of our cover story visit.

It's also possible that we'll learn more about the Pokémon animated webseries that was announced in December, or the teased Detective Pikachu game for Switch.

It all goes down on Thursday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern/6:30 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Nintendo's official YouTube account, or by clicking the embedded video below.

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What do you hope to see in the presentation? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Nintendo on YouTube]

Posted on 7 January 2020 | 7:53 pm

View The First Trailer For Apple's Mythic Quest From The Team Behind It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

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Anything that takes away from more episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia being made should be viewed as a bad thing, but Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, which is created by Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz, looks to be an acceptable substitute. All nine episodes of Mythic Quest's first season hit Apple TV+ on February 7 and you can view the trailer now.

The show focuses on a fictional MMORPG that becomes the biggest video game of all time. You'll get a good look at the game in the show, as well as the dysfunctional development team behind it. Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is produced by Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Ubisoft Film & Television.

Posted on 7 January 2020 | 5:33 pm

Two New Spider-Man Statues Swing Into Stores

Insomniac's Spider-Man game gave Marvel's famed wall crawler a new look through the white-spidered Advanced Suit, which has become quite popular with collectors and fans. Cortes Studios has created a statue based on this design, as well as another based on a different costume from the game. The Advanced Suit statue, which hits store shelves today, is of Spider-Man standing stoically on top of a cab. This PVC statue stands in at nine inches in height and comes in a windowed box, complete with a stylish white spider.

The second statue releases a month later on February 7 and highlight's Insomniac's take on the Spider-Punk costume. This PVC statue is the same scale as the first, yet given his crouching pose, stands in at just seven inches in height. They both retail for $49.99 and are exclusively sold at GameStop. GameStop is Game Informer's parent company.

Cortes Studios has been making statues based on this game for quite some time now. Others include the Noir Spider-Man, Rhino, and other poses for the Advanced Suit.

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Posted on 7 January 2020 | 4:12 pm

Alienware Unveils Concept UFO, A Handheld PC Prototype Heavily Influenced By Nintendo Switch

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Alienware introduced something unexpected: Concept UFO, a handheld gaming PC that draws heavy inspiration from Nintendo Switch. The unit even features detachable left and right pieces that can be connected to create a controller that just happens to look like a UFO.

Alienware isn't revealing hardware specifics, discussing things like battery life, and won't even comment on whether this prototype will actually become a real product. What Alienware is showing is a unique vision for where PC gaming could go. Just picture being able to play some of your favorite PC games on a device like this.

The prototype runs Windows 10, weighs roughly two pounds, and features an eight-inch 1200p display. The controllers connect to it through magnetic strips. The screen is equipped with a back-mounted kickstand that can be extended when the controller is removed. USB-C ports on the unit can be used for a variety of things, including connecting a keyboard and mouse.

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CES showgoers can head to Alienware's booth to test out Rocket League, F1 2019, and Mortal Kombat 11 on this exciting prototype. What do you think of Alienware's vision of the future for PC gaming? Let us know in the comments below.

Posted on 7 January 2020 | 12:34 am

Xbox Series X's Processor Is Engraved With 8K

Not many of us ever open up our new consoles, but if you do take apart Microsoft's Xbox Series X later this year, you'll discover that the processor powering the machine is engraved with "8K."

Earlier today, Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer changed his twitter profile picture to an image of the new Xbox's chipset, which is based on AMD's Zen 2 architecture. Pretty powerful stuff!

When it comes to video, 8K refers to a display with a resolution of approximately 8,000 pixels. There aren't many 8K ready displays on the market yet, but that could change over the lifespan of the next consoles. AMD is also hosting a CES keynote later today, so maybe we'll learn more then.

[Source: Destructoid]

Posted on 6 January 2020 | 9:05 pm

Arcade1Up Focuses On The Future With New Retro Cabinets

Today at CES, arcade cabinet maker Arcade1Up announced its newest lineup of gaming machines spanning BurgerTime, Frogger, a new Star Wars cabinet, and more. 

While the company is focused on creating classic arcade experiences in the home, Arcade1Up is also ushering its cabinets into the present. While no release date was given, the company announced a collection of NBA Jam, NBA Hang Time, and NBA Jam Tournament Edition that allows for online play between cabinets.

Arcade1Up also announced that its next cabinet, a limited edition collection of classic arcade games including BurgerTime, Bad Dudes, Caveman Ninja, and Karate Champ, would start shipping March 1, and that fans can pre-order the new machines starting today for $399.

You know what time it is? It's BurgerTime! Arcade1Up is giving you all a New Year's present with this 3/4-scale home arcade machine featuring BurgerTime, Karate Champ, Bad Dudes, and Caveman Ninja. Pre-orders start today, only on https://t.co/CKlvGKi27n!#CESin2020 #CES pic.twitter.com/KCcOo7ykaL

— Arcade1Up Official (@arcade_1up) January 6, 2020

On top of all the arcade goodness, Arcade1Up will be partnering with Zen Studios to create new experiences in the pinball games arena.

For more on gaming tech, be sure to check out Phil Spencer's tease of Xbox's new processor and more from CES as the week goes on.

[Source: IGN]

Posted on 6 January 2020 | 9:03 pm

New Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Trailer Claims Game Will "Answer Some Burning Questions To The Dragon Ball Z Lore"

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CyberConnect 2 and Bandai Namco's upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot open-world RPG is filled with story moments, some apparently answer "burning questions" Dragon Ball fans have been waiting for. We don't know what the questions are, but we won't have long to wait, as the game is slated to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 17.

The trailer, which unfolds like a commercial for the animated show, teases the story moments, and also does a nice job of walking through the activities players will be engaged with, which range from flying and fighting to the more mundane (and exciting) fishing and eating. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot explores the Frieza, Cell, and Buu sagas. Players will likely be taking deep dives into all of these classic tales, and if the trailer can be believed, will learn more about them in meaningful ways.

Posted on 6 January 2020 | 8:53 pm

Newly Released New Mutants Trailer Highlights More Scares

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Fox has released a new trailer for The New Mutants, which shows a few more of the kinds of scares you can expect from the superhero thriller. A fresh batch of mutants is being held in a mysterious hospital, which is tapping into the powerful youngsters' abilities for an undoubtedly sinister purpose.

The cast includes Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Antonio Banderas (Spy Kids/The Nasonex Bee). The New Mutants hits theaters April 3. 

Posted on 6 January 2020 | 3:34 pm

Here Are Your Free January PlayStation Plus And Xbox Live Gold Games

If you have Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and own an Xbox One, you can download Styx: Shards of Darkness now through January 31. Styx is a 2017 stealth/action game from developer Cyanide. You'll also have the chance to download Batman: The Telltale series starting January 16 and running through February 15. Telltale's work on Batman doesn't get enough credit. The developer changed the caped crusader's lore in interesting ways, especially with the Joker. On the Xbox 360/Xbox One front, players can download Tekken 6 from now until January 15, and Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy from January 16 to 31.

Sony is giving away one of the best collections out there. Starting on January 7, PlayStation Plus subscribers can nab Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection free of charge on PlayStation 4. This roundup comes with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted: Drake's Deception. You can also pick up Goat Simulator on this same day for free. All of these games can be downloaded until February 3.

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Posted on 2 January 2020 | 4:58 pm

McFarlane Toys Unveils Three Cyberpunk 2077 Action Figures

Cyberpunk 2077 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, and there's a good chance you'll be able to pick up a Keanu Reeves/Johnny Silverhand action figure on the same day. McFarlane Toys is launching three different Cyberpunk 2077 action figures in the spring. Two of these figures are of Silverhand, one standing in at seven inches in height and the either at twelve. The seven-inch figure features 22 points of articulation, a guitar, bottle, base, and extra "rock on" hand. The 12-inch figure is sculpted in what McFarlane Toys describes as Silverhand's "Chrome Rock Concert" pose.

The third figure is of V, the playable character that characters get to design. This version of V is described as the "default setting," and is the character you see on the game's box art. He also stands in at seven inches in height, features 22 points of articulation, and comes packaged with a Kang Tao-Dian SMG, Militech Saratoga Pistol, katana, and base.

You can see all three figures below:

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Posted on 31 December 2019 | 5:34 pm

Reader Discussion: What Was Your Favorite Gift This Year?

We hope you had a great holiday season and are ready to take on a new year. This season always gets super busy, making it easy to lose track of the things that truly brightened our day. We wanted to take today to give you the opportunity to share the gift you enjoyed the most this year and why. Maybe you got a completely unexpected present, or you got exactly what you've been begging for. It could even be something you picked out for another person that totally made their day. Either way, now is the appropriate time to show off your loot and tell us why a gift meant so much to you.

Post your answers in the comments below. 

Posted on 26 December 2019 | 4:02 pm

Overwatch Once Again Gives All Players Five Free Holiday Loot Boxes

If you boot up Overwatch between now and January 2, you'll find five virtual presents waiting for you. As part of Overwatch's annual Winter Wonderland event, Blizzard is once again giving players five free loot boxes that are filled exclusively with holiday themed skins, sprays, and more. The boxes do not contain three of this year's Winter Wonderland legendary skins, as they are tied to weekly challenges that push the player win nine games to get a skin.

When you boot up the game, you are met with the message "It has truly been an eventful and amazing year, and we wanted to take a moment to thank you for being a part of it. We could not have done this without the tremendous support, passion, and enthusiasm that you've shown for Overwatch. From the entire Blizzard team, we wish you and yours the very best and look forward to spending an exciting new year with you!"

Here's hoping all of you get at least one skin or item you've been wanting to add to your collection, and above all else, I hope you have a great holiday and new year. 2020 is going to be a great one for games. We may even get Overwatch 2.

Posted on 25 December 2019 | 1:14 am

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Releases Sizzle Trailer

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It's Star Wars week, and there are a lot of reasons to be excited about our favorite space opera. One of those reasons is TT Games' upcoming release of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The new trailer doesn't add much, but when we saw the game during E3, we were really hot on it. May this farce be with us.

Posted on 20 December 2019 | 4:40 pm

See Your 2019 Nintendo Switch Stats

As 2019 wraps up, we're all looking back at what we did this year. Nintendo is here to help you do that with a tool that compiles various statistics from your Switch activity over the course of the year.

As you scroll down the page, Nintendo will give you various stats from your 2019 including most-played Switch games, how many hours you put in, and how many games you played on your Switch. One of the most interesting statistics presented on the site is your activity per month, which is accompanied by the three days of 2019 you spent the most time playing Switch. You can also download different stats in image form for easy social media sharing.

In addition to stats from 2019, it also gives you the date you first played your Switch, as well as the first game you ever played on it. You'll also see various highlights from Nintendo's year in the form of the major Switch releases like Super Mario Maker 2, Pokémon Sword & Shield, and the Switch Lite.

To see your results, head to Nintendo's website and log in with your Nintendo account.

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Posted on 18 December 2019 | 5:47 pm

Luigi's Mansion 3 Adding Multiplayer DLC In 2020

In 2020, Nintendo is releasing new content for ScreamPark and ScareScraper multiplayer modes through two separate DLC installments.

The DLC costs $9.99, with Part 1 releasing on April 30. It includes three ScreamPark minigames, six new themed ghosts, three outfits for Luigi, and three floor themes for ScareScraper co-op.

The second part arrives on July 31, and further supports the two modes.

The DLC comes in two parts, but at this time they cannot be bought separately.

For more on the multiplayer of Luigi's Mansion 3 – and how much fun it is – check out Brian's review.

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Posted on 18 December 2019 | 3:29 pm

PlayStation Announces DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment

For years, competitive gamers have used paddles on the backs of their controllers to give them the edge in matches. From Scuf Gaming's line of premium gamepads to the first-party Xbox One Elite controllers, we've seen these paddles appear on several high-end controllers. Today, Sony announced a new attachment that grants similar functionality to its standard DualShock 4 controllers.

The PlayStation Back Button Attachment slides onto the bottom of your DualShock 4 and can map up to 16 different buttons. For example, if you want the right back button to act as a shortcut for triangle, while the left back button is a shortcut for R1, you can map it as such. The Back Button Attachment features an OLED screen that shows you what each button is mapped to.

You can save three profiles to the Back Button Attachment, so you can swap between configurations for the games you play the most on the fly. It also features a headset pass-through, so you can still use a 3.5mm headset with the peripheral.

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The PlayStation Back Button Attachment launches on January 23 and retails for $30.

Posted on 17 December 2019 | 5:41 pm

Microsoft Clarifies Name Of Next Xbox Console

A Microsoft representative has told Business Insider that the name of the next Xbox system is actually just "Xbox" and not "Xbox Series X" as was widely believed when Phil Spencer debuted the console last week at The Game Awards.

"The name we're carrying forward to the next generation is simply Xbox," a Microsoft representative told Business Insider, "and at The Game Awards you saw that name come to life through the Xbox Series X."

Looking back at Spencer's Game Awards presentation and the accompanying official blog post, the way he referred to the upcoming system could have contributed to the confusion.

"Next holiday," Spencer said at the awards show, "Xbox Series X will lead us into the future of console gaming ..." Similarly, he said, "Developers around the globe are already hard at work building games for Xbox Series X."

The system's logo, on the other hand, with the words "Series X" in a smaller font to the Xbox name, seems to signal the console's actual name better.

Nevertheless, the Series X designation leaves room for Microsoft to come out with different versions of the system.

"Similar to what fans have seen with previous generations," the rep told Business Insider, "the name 'Xbox Series X' allows room for additional consoles in the future."

A smaller, cheaper version of the new system without a disc drive, has been rumored since last year, but no official announcements have been made.

Currently Microsoft has not announced a price for the next Xbox (Series X) – coming in holiday 2020.

[Source: Business Insider]

Posted on 17 December 2019 | 3:19 pm

Take A Look At The Rise Of Skywalker In Star Wars Battlefront II

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DICE continues to support Star Wars Battlefront II in big ways, this time with meaningful content from the upcoming Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker film, which opens in theaters this Friday. The latest trailer gives us a look at BB-8 as a playable character, and also shows off Kylo Ren's might in a disturbing (yet awesome) way. Once the Rise of Skywalker footage concludes, DICE artfully walks us through all eras of Star Wars to show off the content its created for the game.

Battlefront II started out rough, but DICE stuck with it for years and turned it into one of the most complete Star Wars experiences to date. The prequel trilogy support is particularly impressive. Are you still playing the game? Does this trailer make you want to go back? Let us know your thoughts on Battlefront II in the comments section below.

Posted on 16 December 2019 | 5:37 pm

New Frontier Pursuit, Moonshiners, Releases Today For Red Dead Redemption 2

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Rockstar has released Moonshiners; a new frontier pursuit for the enterprising spirit, it allows players to start their own bootlegging business.

To unlock the pursuit, players must reach Rank 5 in Trader progression. In the game, Cripps will introduce fledging booze peddles to Maggie Fike, a bootlegger with experience running around at Emeralds Ranch. From there, players will work with Maggie to build their business and get revenge on those that wronged her in a series of story missions.

As players progress through the story, their unassuming Moonshining Shack transforms into a full operation, replete with a fully customizable speakeasy and the option for a country music band to entertain guests.

Aside from the Moonshining business, this update adds Outlaw Pass No. 2, the Navy Revolver, new clothing options, and an increase in wardrobe size.

For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 check out our insightful 5 Moments You May Have MissedPC impressions, and our perfect 10 review that calls the game “an open-world western for the ages.”

Posted on 13 December 2019 | 5:38 pm

Xbox Series X Hardware & Controller Details

Microsoft surprised everyone with the reveal of its next-generation home console named the Xbox Series X, and apart from the name, our first look at the console itself, and the announcement of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, the company has revealed a few additional details about the system and its controller.

The Xbox Series X has four times the processing power of the Xbox One X, and uses a custom AMD processor with the "latest Zen 2 and next-generation RDNA architecture." The system does 4K and 60FPS, of course, but is capable of doing 8K and 120FPS. Microsoft says that devs will also be able to take advantage of the Series X's GPU with Variable Rate Shading (VRS).

Piling on more acronyms, Microsoft is also giving the Xbox Series X Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto-Low Latency Mode (ALLM), both currently in the Xbox One.

From a physical perspective, the system can be orientated horizontally or vertically – neither of which appear to interfere with the system's cooling vent at the top.

As for the controller, it's been reshaped slightly in size and shape to be more accommodating to more people, and a dedicated share button has been added right in the middle. The d-pad is a new one similar to the one on the Elite Series 2 controller.

Running with the theme of Series X's software backwards compatibility functionality, the controller works with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. The new controller comes packed in with the console.

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Posted on 13 December 2019 | 4:16 pm

Pokémon Announces Seven-Part Animated Webseries Based On Galar Region

The Pokémon Company International has announced a new seven-part animated webseries focused on the Galar region, the setting of Pokémon Sword & Shield. Pokémon: Twilight Wings will appear on the official Pokémon YouTube channel, with the first episode arriving in January.

With the Galar region being so focused on battling and battle culture, Pokémon: Twilight Wings focuses on the dreams of Galar's residents, the realities of their lives, and the challenges they must overcome. While this doesn't sound like a retelling of the Sword & Shield story, fans should look forward to seeing plenty of Pokémon from the Galar region in the series. However, you shouldn't expect a huge time commitment; each of the seven episodes is set to be approximately five minutes.

The animation is being done by Studio Colorido, which most recently created the 2018 anime Penguin Highway. You can see the uncropped key art released by The Pokémon Company below.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings' first episode is expected to arrive on the official Pokémon YouTube channel on January 15. If you want to check out another official animated webseries, you can watch 2016's Pokémon Generations, which retells stories spanning multiple generations of games. You can also read our cover story chronicling the making of Pokémon Sword & Shield here.

Posted on 13 December 2019 | 5:00 am

Fast & Furious Crossroads Pulling Off Another Job Next Spring

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Fast & Furious Crossroads was just announced at the Video Game Awards, including appearances by actors Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, who are also reprising their characters in the game.

Crossroads comes out next May on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, in advance of the next Fast & Furious movie out on May 22, and is being developed by new Codemasters internal studio Slightly Mad Studios (although Crossroads is being published by Bandai Namco). Slightly Mad is known for its work on the Project Cars franchise.

The game features the crew pulling heists around the globe, and features high-speed cars, stunts, gadgets, and multiplayer to go along with the single-player story.

Posted on 13 December 2019 | 4:35 am

Telltale Returns With The Wolf Among Us 2

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Telltale as we know it has gone through significant changes, but the band is getting back together to start work on The Wolf Among Us 2 on PC (as an Epic Games Store exclusive) and consoles.

The game was announced tonight at The Video Game Awards, and directors Nick Herman and Dennis Lenart, writer Pierre Shorette, and others from the first title are working on the series' second season. The developers are apart of AdHoc Studio, who are listed as co-developers for the game, focusing on its story and cinematic direction.

Also returning are voice actors Adam Harrington (Bigby) and Erin Yvetter (Snow), who you can hear in the teaser trailer, as well as composer Jared Emerson-Johnson. Telltale and AdHoc say the second season has a greater focus on Bigby and Snow, and is set in Fabletown.

The Wolf Among Us 2 is still only early in production and AdHoc is still recruiting, so there's no release timeframe in sight. Telltale says the story will still be "told in episodes," even if how these will be released is still be determined.

Posted on 13 December 2019 | 4:23 am