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  1. Have you ever wanted to go on a turn-based RPG adventure with the League of Legends roster? Well, that dream will soon be a reality. Airship Syndicate's Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is coming in early 2021 to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC. Click image thumbnails to view larger version You will be able to upgrade to PlayStation 5 and Xbox One X/S for free. If you're a fan of League of Legends or even just a dabbler, you might recognize some of the characters involved in this trek across Bilgewater and The Shadow Isles. Players can expect to see Miss Fortune, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and more as they engage with a story-centric RPG experience. Check out the trailer below! Click here to watch embedded media View the full article
  2. Video game films are largely regulated to pure adaptations of existing games. Once in a while, though, you get films like 1UP, which uses gaming as a backdrop to tell a more personable story. The underdog comedy begins production this winter and centers on women in eSports, and the sexism that often surround it. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming film stars Paris Berelc (Hubie Halloween, Alex & Katie) as Vivian Lee, an eSports player who quits her college team after enduring sexist behavior from her male teammates. At the risk of losing her scholarship, though, she’s forced to assemble her own team led by an “enigmatic coach” played by Ellen Page (The Umbrella Academy, Juno). The film is the first production by BuzzFeed Studios and is directed by Kyle Newman (Fanboys, Barely Lethal). The fledgling studio aims to produce “socially relevant and high-concept films” aimed squarely at millennial and Gen Z audiences. 1UP’s script has been described as “being in the vein of Pitch Perfect but set in the world of eSports with a Gamergate backdrop”. Yes, 1UP is an easy concept to groan at, but there’s definitely a good idea in there somewhere. It’d be genuinely cool to see a well-made film tackling the social minefield women players navigate in eSports while being humorous at the same time. Now, making a comedy that handles the decidedly-not-funny Gamergate movement in a not-clumsy way...that I’m less sure about. Time will tell (no release window is given for the film), but perhaps if BuzzFeed Studios follows the examples set by a great video game movie – like, say, Mortal Kombat – 1UP could have a shot. What do you think of 1UP? Share your thoughts in the comments but try to keep it respectable, okay? [Source: The Hollywood Reporter] View the full article
  3. Ubisoft shared a blog post today explaining how cross-progression, cross-play, and backwards compatibility will work for certain games once next-gen consoles arrive. It’s an informative read, but one thing that stands out is that a handful of the publisher’s PlayStation 4 catalog, including several Assassin’s Creed games, won’t be playable on PlayStation 5. While all Ubisoft Xbox One games will be backwards compatible on Xbox Series X/S, the same won't be true for the following PlayStation 4 games on Playstation 5: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Russia Risk Space Junkies Star Trek Bridge Crew Werewolves Within The post doesn’t explain why these specific titles won’t work on PlayStation 5. Syndicate is perhaps the strangest entry, as it’s the only mainline AC game to get left behind (the Chronicles games are side-scrolling spin-offs, for those unaware). Entries that came before, such as Black Flag, and entries that came after, like Odyssey, have seemingly made the cut. That’s a shame given Syndicate is one of the best installments in the series. Again, this only applies to the PlayStation versions of these games. If you own Syndicate on Xbox One, for example, you can play it on Series X/S. On the plus side, Ubisoft also announced cross-platform saves for games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenix Rising, and Riders Republic. It also reiterated the free next-gen upgrades for those titles as well as Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six: Siege. You should definitely give the announcement a read to get the full scope of where and how you can play popular Ubisoft games across various consoles and PC. Do you care that you can’t play Assassin’s Creed Syndicate or any game listed on PlayStation 5? Let us know in the comments! [Source: Ubisoft via Kotaku] View the full article
  4. Click here to watch embedded media Beyond Good and Evil 2 was finally announced after years of rumors during E3 2017, and while we've had a few additional looks at the game since then, it's been mostly quiet on the Ubisoft front. With the recent events of game creator/director Michel Ancel leaving the games industry altogether, for reasons that seem more complicated than what was first revealed, the future of the sequel doesn't seem as bright as many fans had hoped. During a recent earnings call (which also revealed the delay of Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot assured investors that the game is not stuck in development hell and that it is "progressing well." Despite losing such a key name as part of the development process with Ancel's departure, Guillemot promised that "The game is progressing well. The world is really fantastic. As you can see, Netflix also decided to take that universe and create a movie with it. So there's a lot of progress in that team and the game is coming along very well." The Beyond Good and Evil sequel is a drastic change from the story we fell in love with in the first game, but the open-world premise and creative leaps do show promise for what's ahead. That being said, the rumors surrounding Ancel's exit do not inspire hope that the game is progressing as well as the Ubisoft CEO says, citing an abusive work culture under Ancel's leadership that led to depression, burnout, and exhaustion throughout his team. The claims against Ancel were vehemently denied through a series of Instagram posts and since then, the reports surrounding his departure have died down. Whether there is truth to those claims remains to be seen but it was one more piece to the Beyond Good and Evil puzzle that had fans worried that this game will never see the light of day. What do you think about what the Ubisoft CEO had to say to investors about the progress of Beyond Good and Evil 2? Do you think that all is well, or will the sequel be the latest game to take one fall too many to see completion? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below and tell us what you think! View the full article
  5. Click here to watch embedded media With the imminent release of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the Game Informer crew sat down with Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games' Vice President & Head of Creative, to discuss and explore the comic book origins and inspirations behind Insomniac's upcoming PlayStation exclusive. Specifically, Bill shares how the team found a natural fit by focusing on an older Peter Parker and younger Miles Morales within the same story, talks about the importance of representation within Marvel-based media, and how it all goes back to the genesis of Miles and the intended purpose behind his creation less than a decade ago. Additionally, the Marvel Games vice president recommends the best comic books to learn more about Miles Morales and his supporting characters, as well as shares one of his favorite moments from The Amazing Spider-Man issue #33 and how it encapsulates the spirit of not only Marvel Comics, but the fast-approaching Spider-Man: Miles Morales video game. If you enjoyed this look at Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, be sure to check out all of our content from this month's cover story, including a look behind the game's combat and stealth experience, how Insomniac has crafted fulfilling relationship's within the game's narrative, and footage of the friendly neighborhood hero's new feline friend! View the full article
  6. Click here to watch embedded media Watch Dogs: Legion is out and highly interactive adventure is all about hackers, revolution, and the freedom to play how you want. In a clever marketing move from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs: Legion is hacking its way over onto other Ubisoft big games like Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and more. Our own keen-eyed Brian Shea noticed something was a little off with Assassin's Creed Odyssey's cover art when looking through his gaming library and upon that discovery, there was a rabbit hole of hilarious marketing and Watch Dog crossovers to be found. Watch Dogs: Legion places the player smack dab in the middle of a near-future London where a they will join the resistance. Unlike the previous two games, there is no main protagonist. Instead, players can recruit from hundreds of NPCs, all with their own skills, personalities, and even voice lines. Hacking, as is the franchise's staple, is key and what better way to showcase that than to have Ubisoft's latest game "hack" all others? Click image thumbnails to view larger version Not every Ubisoft title got the Watch Dogs: Legion makeover, but plenty of them did. Take a look at the photo gallery above to see some of our favorite Legion takeovers from the Xbox Games Store. Watch Dogs: Legion is available now and is a drastic pivot from the series thus far. We gave the latest hacking adventure a 9 out of 10, and for good reason. While not a flawless game, Legion offers a healthy blend of familiarity with the franchise and newness to keep it fresh, and we couldn't get enough. You can check out our full review here as well as a small blurb from it below: While Watch Dogs: Legion mostly sells the fantasy of a wholly unique populous, hearing the same handful of voice samples or viewing similar character portraits with slight variations sullies that vision a bit. Another small but regular annoyance comes in the load time while switching agents (at least on current-gen hardware). While not egregiously long, it’s just enough of a delay to break your stride. Legion feels like the realization of the hacker fantasy the first Watch Dogs tried to capture. Between the fun team-building, fantastic mission design, strong narrative, and a gorgeous world, everything comes together in a largely entertaining and cohesive package. Whether you’re controlling a trained super spy or a gassy grandmother, Watch Dogs: Legion is a ton of fun. Watch Dogs: Legion is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. It will also be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when those systems launch later next month. View the full article
  7. Click here to watch embedded media The original Final Fantasy VII catapulted JRPGs into the limelight and established a new standard for expansive gameworlds and emotional stories. Final Fantasy VII Remake is an homage to and reimagining of its predecessor's motifs: Eco-activism, classism, atonement, and companionship (among many other important themes). We demonstrate how Remake's plot beats can be reevaluated with the themes of departure and reunion in mind. Square Enix plans to tell Cloud’s extensive story in parts but, because the first entry solely focuses on Midgar, Final Fantasy VII veterans get to experience the original game’s introductory setting and characters in more nuanced ways. The high stakes remain the same: The fallout from the Mako Reactor 1 and 5 bombings, the eventual destruction of the slums, and Sephiroth’s sudden and terrifying return. Our video essay considers these emotional moments and looks to provide other interpretations surrounding Remake’s most important plot motivations. There are many scenes that Square Enix will have to reveal and unpack in upcoming installments, but we’re excited to see what the future holds for Cloud and co. If you’re interested in any of our other deep dives, check out this Red Dead Redemption 2 video essay or head here to see an exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales interview. View the full article
  8. Recently we wrote up about the returning Left 4 Dead 2 crossover to the first Dying Light. Immediately, the comments about "what happened to Dying Light 2" swarmed following several major changes happening behind-the-scenes. Following the in-depth look at the anticipated sequel during E3 2019, Techland has parted ways with key members of its team and placed the upcoming game under the 'delayed indefinitely' label. This begs the question: what is going on with Dying Light 2? The indefinite delay was announced back in January of this year where Techland revealed that the team's vision needed more time to make it a reality. CEO Pawel Marchewka later promised that there would be more news following the delay reveal, but then the world was thrust into chaos following massive wildfires, a global pandemic, and pretty much everything else this year could throw at us. With 'work from home' orders in place, the strenuous development progress presumably felt the heat of the events surrounding COVID-19, only to later lose an important part of the narrative team several months later. Back in June, sexual assault allegations arose against accredited games writer Chris Avellone. “We treat matters of sexual harassment and disrespect with the utmost care, and have no tolerance for such behaviors – it applies to both our employees as well as external consultants, Chris among them,” Techland wrote in a statement following the news. “This is why, together with Chris Avellone, we’ve decided to end our cooperation.” Other companies Avellone was working with at the time also distanced themselves from the writer, including Paradox Interactive surrounding the company's work with him on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. During the public departure from his role as a writer on Dying Light 2, Techland confirmed that the game was still very much in development, pushing back against rumors that the sequel was stuck in development hell. The initial rumor began when a report from a Polish media company cited that the game's development was a "total mess" and that the future looked grim. This resulted in the following statement to Escapist Magazine: The article includes many inaccuracies which we tried to rectify in the materials we provided the author. Bbecause we believe in transparency, we gave its author the opportunity to talk to some of our employees, so they could show a different perspective to the story presented by the anonymous sources, or even dismiss it altogether. We provided the author with a great deal of information — unfortunately, not all of it was used in the article. Following the PR statement, lead game designer Tymon Smektala from Techland added that the sequel was in its "last stretch" of development, though there was no word on whether or not Dying Light 2 would see a 2020 release. Given that it was slated for a Spring 2020 release and we are heading into November with still no news, a 2020 launch seems highly improbable. That being said, more and more Dying Light fans, especially with the Halloween event returning, are wondering what is going on with the sequel and if it has hit one too many roadbumps. The first game made its launch debut back in January 2015, so a Janruary 2021 release date for its sequel would make sense. That being said, there is no evidence to support that it is near ready enough for that window, and nothing from the team has supported that possibility at this time. With the next generation of gaming upon us with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, it's likely that it will be awhile before we see the fruits of Techland's labor. What do you think about Dying Light 2 and its journey so far? Do you think we'll see its release here soon or will we be asking this question this time next year? Sound off with your theories in the comment section below. View the full article
  9. October is coming to an end, which means a new month ahead filled with even more games to enjoy. With the launch of next-gen gaming with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, November is an exciting month for diving into fresh adventures. Though some titles have been delayed, here are the biggest games releasing in November 2020. Whether you fancy yourself a Viking conqueror in Assassin's Creed Valhalla or want to try your hand as a crime boss in the latest Yakuza game, November has a plethora of gaming experiences to choose from. When looking to allocate your time (and your wallet), here is everything you need to know about the month ahead. Faeria (PlayStation 4) – November 3 Jurassic World Evolution (Switch) – November 3 – Read review Breathedge (PC) – November 5 YesterMorrow (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 5 Dirt 5 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – November 6 Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 6 PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 6 Tropico 6 (Switch) – November 6 – Read review Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – November 10 Borderlands 3 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Bright Memory (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Dead by Daylight (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Destiny 2 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Destiny 2: Beyond Light (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – November 10 Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Dirt 5 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Enlisted (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Evergate (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Fortnite (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Fuser (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 10 Gears 5 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Gears Tactics (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – November 10 – Read review Grounded (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 King Oddball (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Liftoff: Drone Racing (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – November 10 Maneater (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Manifold Garden (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 NBA 2K21 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Observer: System Redux (Xbox Series X/S, PC) – November 10 Ori And The Will Of The Wisps (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Planet Coaster Console Edition (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – November 10 Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – November 10 Sea of Thieves (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – November 10 The Falconeer (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – November 10 Warhammer Chaosbane (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Watch Dogs: Legion (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review WRC 9 (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 Xbox Series S – November 10 Xbox Series X – November 10 XIII (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – November 10 Yakuza: Like A Dragon (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – November 10 Yes, Your Grace (Xbox Series X/S) – November 10 – Read review Assassin's Creed Valhalla (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Astro's Playroom (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Borderlands 3 (PlayStation 5) – November 12 – Read review Bugsnax (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – November 12 Demon's Souls (PS5) (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Destiny 2 (PlayStation 5) – November 12 – Read review Destiny 2: Beyond Light (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Dirt 5 (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Esports Life Tycoon (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – November 12 Fortnite (PlayStation 5) – November 12 – Read review Godfall (PlayStation 5, PC) – November 12 Just Dance 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia) – November 12 Maneater (PlayStation 5) – November 12 – Read review Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – November 12 NBA 2K21 (PlayStation 5) – November 12 – Read review Observer: System Redux (PlayStation 5) – November 12 Planet Coaster Console Edition (PlayStation 5) – November 12 PlayStation 5 – November 12 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – November 12 Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – November 12 The Pathless (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, iOS) – November 12 Watch Dogs: Legion (PlayStation 5) – November 12 – Read review Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – November 13 Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – November 13 Monster Truck Championship (Switch) – November 19 Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch) – November 20 Katamari Damacy REROLL (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – November 20 World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (PC) – November 23 Football Manager 2021 (PC) – November 24 Just Dance 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – November 24 Vigor (PlayStation 4) – November 25 Gears Tactics is officially launching just as the news hit that Gears POP!, another spinoff from the Gears of War franchise, announced its servers are shutting down for good. Hopefully, Tactics will fare better. Godfall is also another huge pick, mostly because it seems that players are still confused as to what this particular title even has to offer, even still. It also wouldn't be November if we didn't have a Call of Duty launch in there with Black Ops Cold War. Shoot a few rounds in the latest Black Ops title in-between brutal deaths with Demon's Souls unforgiving gameplay with the remake, or just chill out with one of the new Nintendo Switch launches. Might we suggest Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin? What do you think about the biggest games coming out in November? Which title has your attention the most? Sound off with what you're most excited for in the comment section below! View the full article
  10. Click to watch embedded media When the Blair Witch game was first announced, fans of the iconic horror movie franchise were eager to see what the story would be like. When Layers of Fear studio Bloober Team was confirmed to be at the helm, that excitement grew. While Blair Witch as a game was met with mixed reception due to its length and its mechanics meant to confuse the player, this horror adventure carved a unique niche for itself within the genre. Now that it's in VR, those scares are amplified and the in-game choices matter more than ever. We sat down with Daniel Engelhardt, Lionsgate Senior VP of Interactive Venture & Games, to talk about how this partnership with Bloober came to be and why the jump to VR despite the mixed reviews. Usually, when two companies come together over an IP, the process is long, complicated, and full of negotiations. Engelhardt tells us that this wasn't the case with Blair Witch. In fact, it was coffee and mutual fandom that made this a match made in heaven (or Hell, if we're talking horror). "The idea of a Blair Witch game was really natural, funny enough," he tells us. "The head of Bloober is a huge fan of the Blair Witch movies and I'm a huge fan of their games like Layers of Fear. So it became this 'I'm a fan, you're fan, let's do this' type of situation. We actually started talking about this concept just over a coffee." From there, the concept became a reality and the partnership between Lionsgate and Bloober was quick-acting and smooth. "We spent a lot of time with the Bloober team, working together to make this real." He adds, "It's really about just aligning with really healthy teams and making great content. In some cases, like Blair Witch, it's about integrating those teams that have common goals and passion." "In terms of making the game for us, it was really about a game where they can tell great stories, and really craft interesting narratives," Engelhardt tells us. "For us the storyline takes precedence, and so we gave [Bloober] as much creative freedom as we could, which was a lot, to really honor what makes the Blair Witch franchise so special. There were so many amazing elements in the game that were so clever like the camera mechanics or being stuck in a house while having this mind-bending experience within the world around you. For us, we wanted the studio to bring something new to Blair Witch and we wanted to do everything we could to facilitate that." With Blair Witch diving into the world of VR, many elements of the game become more elevated. The mechanics meant to make you feel lost when confronted with the Blair Witch become even more disorienting and terrifying, and the feeling of being hunted becomes even more realistic. Bloober tempered this by tweaking interactions with Bullet, the in-game dog, by giving him all the pets and treats he can eat, but it's still a horror game at the end of the day; a horror experience that is ramped up by the immersive nature of VR. Click image thumbnails to view larger version "Blair Witch is more than just jump scares," Engelhardt explains when talking about the jump to virtual reality. "Jumpscares are obvious, right? While Blair Witch has them, that's not the whole picture. A big part of how we thought about the game, from a VR perspective, was the notion of being able to be unified with someone who is being tormented by the witch and could lose to those outside forces. Going through that experience is really compelling and VR takes it to a whole new level and makes it even more visceral and immersive. When looking at that potential, we knew we had to tell this story again with this medium." Interacting with a doorknob clumsily, seeing the subtle shifts in scenery when deep into the woods sparking hallucinations and paranoia; this all plays a part in how the VR edition of Blair Witch ups the ante. To make this even more realistic, the development team had to go in and rework many aspects of the game to make them work seamlessly in virtual reality. These adjustments led to improvements of in-game mechanics and features designed to terrify the player and make them feel truly doomed. So what does this game mean for the future of Blair Witch? Will we be getting a sequel to the game? A new movie? The answer: anything is possible! While he couldn't tell me a hard no for a new movie, which is something in itself, Engelhardt does mention that the future is pretty open for where Blair Witch goes next. Seeing how the game continues to be received will play a huge role in that and Lionsgate also just partnered with the tabletop adventure "Hunt a Killer" for a special Halloween Blair Witch collaboration. While the sequel movies that followed after the original didn't pull in the same numbers, the 1999 film changed the game when it came to horror. Social media wasn't like how it is today and when that film first launched, many thought it was an actual documentary and not a fictional documentary-style movie. The film's success spawned a new wave of documentary-framed fictional tales and changed how directors and creators approached this genre as a whole. The Blair Witch game itself is a completely standalone story, not an adaptation of the film's narrative. It puts the player in the role of someone who is forced to confront, and survive, against the dreaded Blair Witch. While the title is fairly short, usually clocking in at around five to six hours, it is unique in how it really makes the player feel disoriented, vulnerable, and like they are in actual danger. The VR version takes that experience to a whole new level of realism and you can check it out for yourself because Blair Witch VR is available now on Oculus Quest. View the full article
  11. Click to watch embedded media Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed once more and with its new December launch, other studios with planned releases during that time are scrambling to make changes as to not compete with competition of that size. Because of that new release date, Everspace 2 is no longer releasing in December, instead opting for a January 2021 launch instead. Rockfish Games took to its Kickstarter to "get the cyber elephant out of the room right away" with the delay news. "The Cyberpunk 2077 release has just been pushed back to December 10, which is a major blow to our planned EVERSPACE 2 Early Access release in mid-December. Not only will every media outlet and content creator cover the arguably most-anticipated AAA game in history throughout the entire holiday season (and not much else), we also know that there’s quite a bit of audience overlap within our community (and our team), so..." After a quick meeting with the studio's PR team, it was decided that a small delay would be better than competing against arguably the biggest launch of 2020. Because of that, the Early Access period for Everspace 2 will be taking place in January instead. The studio knows that some fans will be upset with the small delay but in the bigger picture, going toe-to-toe with a title like Cyberpunk 2077 is daunting. Giving a month cushion between the two releases gives players a chance to dive into Night City fully, leaving enough time for the hype to drop back down and gamers to be open to other experiences. For those that have backed Everspace 2 prior to Early Access, there will be a closed beta version available on November 2 for the $30+ tier. At this time, we don't have an exact January date yet, but more will be revealed during a Twitch stream at 2 PM ET right here. [Source: Kickstarter] View the full article
  12. Click to watch embedded media Twas the Replay before Halloween, and all through the house, the Necromorphs were waiting, just ready to pounce. As we found out last week, the Dead Space series still holds up for its chilling jump scares and its ridiculously precise gunplay. But do those same sentiments still hold true for the third entry in Visceral Games' horror series? Join Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, Blake Hester, and me as we answer those questions and save the universe from the grotesque nightmares that are the Necromorphs in Dead Space 3! We'll be going live at 2 p.m. CT, so be sure to end your week the right way and join us in the chat! If you can't get enough of our live shows, remember to subscribe on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook to get notified when we go live each week! If you're enjoying our frightening looks at scary games be sure to check out what horror movies you should watch for the holiday and our livestream where we play Phasmaphobia! View the full article
  13. Hey there, true believers! We only have a couple weeks to go before swinging into Insomniac’s latest Spider-Man game, and we heard that a few baddies are already making trouble in Miles’ neighborhood. It's up to you to stop them. But in order to defeat your enemy, you first need to know your enemy. My uncle Ben once told me that. So, with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Tinkerer and the energy company Roxxon, so we can see what makes those goons tick. Here is everything you need to know about the villains in Miles’ upcoming game. Meet Roxxon: First appearance: Captain America #180 (December 1974) Creators: Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema Base of Operations: One Roxxon Plaza, Manhattan, New York In the comics: First introduced in the ‘70s, Roxxon Energy Corporation is primarily an oil and gas company with offices around the world. One of the largest conglomerates on Earth, the company generates billions of dollars in profits each year. However, over the decades, Roxxon has been involved in all manner of morally-questionable business practices and outright criminal activity – usually centered on the exploitation of various energy-rich resources. In the game: Roxxon has moved into Harlem and is currently testing a new form of “clean” energy called Nuform. The big face of the company in Insomniac’s game is Simon Krieger, the director of the Nuform project, who puts on a nice smile for the cameras but clearly harbors sinister intentions. Roxxon’s special tech: Miles will fight several Roxxon security personnel throughout the game, and some of them have specialized tech designed to counter Miles’ spider abilities. For example, Roxxon has invented energy shields that can reflect and deflect Miles’ bioelectric venom attacks. The company also has specialized units equipped with goggles that allow them to see Miles’ heat signature when he’s camouflaged – effectively negating his invisibility power. Insomninc’s thoughts: “They’re serving as a primary antagonist and they’re a threat to Harlem,” says creative director Brian Horton. “At first, they present themselves as this clean energy company coming in with a modern clean energy. They say they’re going to revitalize Harlem, and it all sounds great through Simon Krieger’s PR lens. But, there’s an insidious truth behind all of that.” Meet The Tinkerer: First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963) Creators: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Real Name: Phineas T. Mason In the comics: Phineas Mason was a brilliant engineer and inventor with the simple dream of owning a repair shop. However, Phineas slowly became obsessed with superhumans and eventually grew to hate them. Using his shop as a front, Phineas set up a criminal empire and bugged the offices of state officials. Using information he gained through this espionage, Phineas blackmailed several politicians. Over the years, the Tinkerer has grown ever more Machiavellian, and his ability to invent ever more outlandish technology knows no bounds. In the game: Insomniac took several liberties when adapting the Tinkerer into the game space. The biggest change is that the Tinkerer is now a young woman. However, Insomniac’s version of the character is still a brilliant inventor. In the game, she has invented a new technology called Programmable Matter, which is a tricky substance that can transform into any shape. This Tinkerer uses this Programmable Matter to create several weapons that will undoubtedly force Miles to think creatively in combat. The Tinkerer’s motives: While Roxxon is clearly a malevolent force, the Tinkerer seems more nuanced. Spider-Man goes head-to-head with her at several points in the game, but the Tinker really has it out for Roxxon. Early in Miles' journey, the Tinkerer leads a gang of criminals called The Underground on an assault on Roxxon. During the attack, The Underground manages to steal a canister of Roxxon’s Nuform energy. Throughout the game, The Underground will actively seek to hurt Roxxon, creating a two-sided war that Spider-Man gets caught up in. Insomniac’s thoughts: “Tinker is one of the oldest Spider-Man villains,” Horton says. “He goes back really far into the earliest comics. At his core, he's always been an inventor of weapons for other people. He's never gotten into the middle of the fight. He’s a supplier. We wanted to update the Tinkerer for today, and make the Tinkerer more of a presence that we can put in the front lines. Making the Tinkerer a leader of this criminal organization, The Underground, seemed like a way that we could really evolve the character.” There you have it, web-heads. That's everything you need to know about Miles’ new villains, so get ready for the fight of your life. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales launches on November 12 for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. For more on the game be sure to stay tuned to our month-long cover story hub, which includes exclusive developer interviews and new gameplay footage. View the full article
  14. Sony's interest in Crunchyroll is nothing new, but it looks like the mega-company may be ready to make that final movie for the popular anime streaming service for a cool $1 billion. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a special partnership with Funimation as an incentive to buy into the Game Pass Ultimate membership. The Sony deal with Funimation's now-competitor, due to a split between the two streaming services back in 2018, is an interesting counterpoint leading into the world of anime and gaming. Nikkei Asia reports that Sony has been negotiating exclusive rights with Crunchyroll for a while now but is in a position where that interest may solidify into a done deal soon. For $1 billion, Sony would amass the community of over three million active subscribers to the streaming service. With the negotiations now in the "final" stages, it looks like a partnership is likely just in time for the next generation of gaming to kick off with the PlayStation 5. With both Netflix and Hulu both investing more into anime going into the future, Microsoft and Sony's interest is a lucrative goal in the grand scheme of both ecosystems. Even further than that, the amount of anime-inspired video games continues to rise, more so on the PlayStation platforms due to Sony's outreach beyond western studios. What's even more interesting is Microsoft's limited-time deal with Funimation given that its ownership under Sony itself. If the PlayStation company were to acquire Crunchyroll , this move would poise PS's network to be in the prime position to claim monopoly regarding the anime community, and could even add more benefits to PlayStation's existing memberships like PS Plus. What do you think about Sony's interest in Crunchyroll and the reports that a deal is nearing a resolution? Sound off with your $1 billion thoughts in the comment section below! [Source: Nikkei Asia via The Verge] View the full article
  15. On November 11, Genshin Impact gets its first substantial update. The 1.1 update features new characters, a seasonal event, the final chapter of the Liyue questline in the main story, a new reputation system, and PlayStation 5 compatibility. That's a lot! Some of the big new characters coming on the five-star front are Childe and Zhongli. Childe is a Hydro archer, Zhongli is a Geo polearm user, and they both have a lot of new tactics and skills to bring into combat. New four-star characters are also coming with Xinyan and Diona, and as we all know from running Fischl and Xiangling for the last month, four-stars can be incredible characters as mains or supports. During the first seasonal event, Unreconciled Stars, players take on various challenges over a two-week period to earn special rewards and participate in co-op challenges. Among the rewards is a copy of Fischl, so if you don't yet have the Electro princess unlocked, this is a great chance to score a free character. City reputation rewards allow you to become masters of the large areas in each region. Portable waypoints, portable cookware, a treasure compass, and many other new tools will become available for players, allowing them to truly become champions of the major regions. These will apply to current major cities like Mondstadt and Liyue, but expect these systems to continue as new cities and regions come to the game. For more on Genshin Impact, check out our beginner guide here! View the full article

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