Monday, 14 September 2020

PS5 and The Who Cross Over in Latest Commerical That's All About Heading into Next-Gen

Let's be honest: when we think about the PS5, the first people that come to mind associated with the platform are Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwhistle, and Roger Daltrey, right? Well, if that isn't the case for you yet, it might be after you check out the latest video for the forthcoming console.

To build up hype in the leadup to Wednesday's PS5 showcase, Sony today released a new ad associated with the next-gen platform that features a rather popular rock song. The commercial itself, which is titled "The Edge" features a number of boats that are heading towards, well, what looks to be the edge of the world. The edge itself is seemingly meant to represent the end of this current console generation, with the transition into what lies beyond representing the PS5 itself.

As for the trailer's backing song, The Who's incredibly popular track "Baba O'Riley" is subtly featured throughout. While the song is never outright spotlighted, the iconic opening keyboard section from the track is featured as a sort of undercurrent to the events of the commercial itself. It actually matches up pretty nicely, too.

Over on the official PlayStation Twitter account, it was said that this new ad is meant to dare "players to venture into new waters — and beyond." As a whole, the video does a pretty good job of showing exactly that and concludes with the message that "Play has no limits." We'll see if that ends up being true a few days from now.

After spending the last few weeks getting all of their ducks in a row, it seems as though PlayStation is set to go all-out with PS5 news this week, so stay tuned. We'll obviously share everything that's important about the next-gen console with you here on DualShockers as information comes to light.

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Master Roshi Shows He's Still Got it in Dragon Ball FighterZ Trailer

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Bandai Namco, Master Roshi

The Dragon Ball FighterZ character pass gets old school this week. The one and only Master Roshi is finally coming to the hit fighter. The inventor of the Kamehameha looks to be in fine fighting shape in the latest trailer. He's going up against several of his former pupils and more than holding his own. I do wonder if any of his special moves will incorporate his scandalous nosebleeds though. Give the trailer a watch below.

Master Roshi is only the third fighter in the current pass for Dragon Ball Z FighterZ. Before him, fans got access to Kefla and Ultra Instinct Goku. We don't know who's coming after Roshi, but hopefully, they'll give us a tease soon. Personally, I'm always holding out for a Mr. Satan release. Sure, he can't really be asked to fight against the galaxy's best, but I think he could be a fun comedy character. Imagine something like Mr. Satan carrying around Pan in a stroller and she's the one doing all the actual fighting. It's just too good to not consider.

Outside of Satan, I'd like to see them dig into some of the secondary villains in the series. I've seen some fans asking for either Raditz or Dabura, both of which I'd be down for. Regardless, Master Roshi is a great inclusion that I can't wait to see dominate a tournament down the line.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Roshi drops on September 16 if you have the character pass and September 18 if you want to pick him up separately.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Hasn't Left the Switch's Top 10 Best Sellers Since its Release

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Ever since its first title on the NES back in 1986, The Legend of Zelda franchise has been a huge success for Nintendo, selling just shy of 110 million copies for the entire series. In August of this year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ranked 6th on the monthly top ten list of best-selling Nintendo Switch titles.

According to The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella, that means that Breath of the Wild has been on the top ten list every single month since its March 2017 release, which is a period of 42 consecutive months where it has never charted lower than 7th.

While it's no surprise that the game is popular because new Zelda games usually sell several million copies, Breath of the Wild's continued popularity is something no one at Nintendo could have expected.

The previous best-selling entry in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, sold 13 million units between it's original Nintendo 64 release in 1998 and it's 3DS remaster from 2011. The Switch edition of Breath of the Wild alone has sold 18.6 million units, making it the fourth best-selling game on the console. Factoring in the additional 1.6 million copies sold on the WiiU, Breath of the Wild has sold over 20 million units, easily towering over the 13 million sold by Ocarina of Time.

The only thing that might be able to dethrone Breath of the Wild is its highly anticipated sequel that was teased at E3 last year. However, if past sales tell us anything about future sales, direct sequels to Zelda games never sell quite as well as the original. That said if Breath of the Wild's sequel only sells 10 million copies, half of what the original sold, I can't imagine that Nintendo would be disappointed.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. If you haven't picked up the game yet you can grab the game physically on Amazon to help support DualShockers. For more on Breath of the Wild 2 make sure to check out this article on its rumored production.

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Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. 2 Cross Boost Announced For Arcades in Japan

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. 2 Cross Boost feature

On September 14, Bandai Namco announced Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. 2 Cross Boost for arcade. No release date estimate was shared yet. However, a Closed Beta Test will be held in Japanese arcades in early November. The announcement happened at the end of the latest tournament, steamed live on YouTube, and was later shared by the GundamVS official account:

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. 2 Cross Boost is officially stylized "X Boost", with the Roman number X signifying it's celebrating the tenth anniversary of the series. "Cross" also symbolizes the intersection of all Gundam series, and how the game will strive to be the newest evolution of the classic 2 Vs 2 system of the Gundam VS series, featuring hot-blooded battles to be enjoyed with your friends and rivals. It's likely many new Suits will be added with this sequel. Most notably from the second season of Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise, which just finished airing this August.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. 2 Cross Boost will be the newest entry in the series following the PS4 enhanced port of Extreme Vs Maxi Boost ON, released worldwide on July 30, 2020. It's likely Cross Boost will also be ported to PS4 or even PS5 later on in the future. Hopefully the game won't take too long to release outside Japan as well.

Personally speaking, it's not a secret, arcades aren't doing too well these days in Japan seeing the Covid-19 situation. As such, I believe it's slightly worrying how Cross Boost will fare, or any recently announced arcade game, like that new Initial D The Arcade game by Sega, which recently had its own test event. We'll see how it goes. And hopefully all of the world will be out of this mess soon.

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DualShockers at PAX Online — Watch Our Upcoming Persona and N64 Panels Today!

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Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled or outright postponed most of 2020's major in-person events or gatherings, the upcoming PAX Online is aiming to bring the gaming community together virtually this coming September. In lieu of previously-planned events like PAX Australia and PAX West, PAX Online will bring the best of the gaming industry to everyone at home, from game showcases, to panels, to community events, and much more.

For this year's PAX Online DualShockers will be hosting two panels during the event, which is running from September 12-20, 2020. Doing what we know best, both of our panels will tap into what we love talking about (games) and what we're best at (arguing about them and giving our hot takes).

Both of our panels will be taking place on Monday, September 14 and will be streamed on PAX's official Twitch channel (we'll be on PAX2), and you can take a look below to find out more about them. It's safe to say if you love either the N64 or the Persona series as much as we do, we hope you'll have a good time and join us to watch along.

What Do We Want to See From Persona 6?

  • Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 1pm PT/4pm ET
  • Panelists: Logan Moore (Managing Editor), Iyane Agossah (News Editor), Nick Blain (Video Editor), Allisa James (Senior Staff Writer), Ryan Meitzler (Features Editor), Scott White (Video Editor)
  • How to Watch: Twitch (PAX2)

From its deep dungeon-crawling gameplay to navigating the day-to-day life of a Japanese teenager, the Persona series has gone from a cult JRPG series to a major worldwide hit. With the success of Persona 5, we're looking ahead to see how Atlus' beloved JRPG franchise can take things even further in its next installment. What exactly do we want to see from Persona 6? Our panelists will take a look at the longtime traditions of the JRPG series and its ties to Shin Megami Tensei, while also examining how its more recent installments have managed to take this initial spinoff series and gave it an identity of its own.

Building Our N64 Classic Console

  • Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
  • Panelists: Sam Woods (Staff Writer), Mario Rivera (Video Manager), Cameron Hawkins (Staff Writer), Scott White (Video Editor), Ricky Frech (Senior Staff Writer)
  • Special Guest: Asa GreenRiver (Founder/Host/Producer, Borderline Entertainment)
  • How to Watch: Twitch (PAX2)

The N64 is considered to have ushered in Nintendo's era of 3D gaming, and some of the best games of all-time have been released for it. From Super Mario 64, to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – we debate the 10 games that should make up the N64 Classic, if Nintendo ever decides to actually make one. This isn't the definitive list of the top 10 games on the system, but a mixture of the best games from different genres that would make it the complete package.


PAX Online will be running from September 12-20, 2020, and stay tuned for our upcoming panels at the show. We'll update this page and add the Twitch stream for the panels on September 14, along with VODs shortly after they air.

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Madden NFL 21 and the Nintendo Switch are Unsurprisingly August's Big Winners on NPD Charts

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Even though, in our own estimate, Madden NFL 21 has had a down year compared to past entries, that hasn't stopped the masses from picking up the game as they always seem to do each season.

The sales totals for the video game industry in the United States for the month of August 2020 were released this morning by The NPD Group, and as expected, Madden NFL 21 was the top-seller for the period in terms of software. EA's annual football sim has held the top position in its month of launch for the 21st straight year, which is a pretty staggering feat. It also currently stands as the year's sixth best-selling game overall.

As for the other big winners of the month, EA continued to have another strong sports title debut in UFC 4. The latest entry in the fighting series was right behind Madden for the month of August, while mainstays like Call of Duty: Modern WarfareGhost of Tsushima, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons rounded out the top five spots.

When it comes to hardware, it should be no shock whatsoever that the Switch continues to reign supreme, but Nintendo's platform had an even bigger month in August than usual. The Switch set a new record for hardware spending in the month of August last month, doubling what the console was able to sell in the same period one year ago. Most of this is likely due to the fact that Switch shortages have been transpiring for a large portion of this year due to the pandemic and are only now just coming back into stock at decent quantities. Hardware spending as a whole for the period also increased by 37% year over year.

And, as always, if you'd like to see last month's sales data gone over in greater detail, you can check out The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella in the video down below.

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Halo 3: ODST is Dropping on PC Next Week

Halo 3 ODST PC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is taking one more step towards being a one-stop-shop for all Halo games next week. Halo 3: ODST is making its way over to the collection's PC version on September 22.

A black sheep among the mainline Halo titles, ODST puts players into the shoes of an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper named Rookie. He, along with other ODSTs are stranded in the Kenyan port of New Mombasa, a massive city left in ruins after the Covenant's Prophet of Regret launches a slipspace jump. The game takes place immediately after the mission Metropolis in Halo 2. You're no supersoldier in this title – just a regular army man trapped in an extraordinary situation. A new trailer for the game's launch on PC shows the ruined cityscape while giving viewers a taste of its iconic somber soundtrack.

A host of other changes are coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection along with ODST. Besides its campaign, players can also dig into ODST's firefight modes, now with more customization than when they originally released with the game on the Xbox 360. And speaking of customization, September 22 will likely also be the launch date for the Master Chief Collection's next in-game season. That means new armor and weapon customizations, this time for Halo 3. Temper those expectations though, the only new additions for armor will be different colored visors, not entirely new sets.

Looking towards the future of the Halo franchise, things certainly aren't as clear. Development on Halo Infinite has hit some bumps, which developer 343 is seeking to remedy by bringing in some more seasoned developersHalo Infinite was originally going to release alongside the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but has been delayed until 2021.

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Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat! Is An Oculus VR Rhythm Game Coming This October For All VTuber Fans

Kizuna AI - Touch the Beat! feature

Kizuna AI Inc announced on September 14 that Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat, the rhythm VR game featuring the popular VTuber, will be launching on October 13, 2020. Coming to Oculus Store, Kizuna AI Inc describes the game as an experience where you can "connect" with the virtual idol.

As you already know, Kizuna Ai started in 2016, triggering the VTuber (Virtual YouTuber) boom. Every Japanese company or game studio nowadays has their own VTuber for promotion, and there are multiple companies who started specializing in VTubers. While VTubers are mainly popular in Japan, China, and Asia, some of these companies, such as Hololive, are also launching English audience focused VTubers.

With over 550K followers on Twitter, and over 2.82 million subscribers on YouTube, Kizuna Ai is everywhere nowadays, (as long as you're into Otaku culture) and even has her own credit card:

Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat will be the very first VR rhythm game featuring Kizuna Ai. It's developed by Kizuna AI inc and Gemdrops. Kizuna Ai started singing in 2018, two years after her debut. As such, it was only a matter of time until she'd get her own VR game like this. Additional details like the song list should be coming at a later date on Kizuna Ai's official site. It's likely all her popular songs will be included such as Hello, Morning.

Kizuna Ai was officially revealed in April 2020 to be voiced by Nozomi Kasuga. This is when Kizuna Ai Co., Ltd. was established following the report of huge debt suffered by original Kizuna Ai managing company Activ8.

Recently, Kizuna Ai also made an appearance in Neptunia Virtual Stars, coming in 2021 on PS4 in the west but already available in Japan since August 6. Kizuna Ai is a playable character obtainable through paid DLC.

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Microsoft Has Reportedly Attempted to Acquire Bungie Multiple Times, But the Price Was Too High [Update: Bungie Denied]

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Update: Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie, rejected all the rumors around Microsoft's interest in Bungie's acquisition.

Original Story: After leaving the development of the Halo series to 343 Industries, Microsoft and Bungie didn't have any eye-catching partnership with each other until this year, but some new rumors suggest that Microsoft has always been interested in acquiring the studio.

During a recent podcast by Jeff Grubb on YouTube, GamesBeat's writer confirmed that he has heard from different sources that Microsoft has attempted to acquire Bungie several times, but due to the studio's high price, they've failed to finish the deal each time.

That being said, Microsoft probably isn't interested in acquiring any studios in the near future as Grubb reveals that they are investing heavily in something that's not a studio acquisition. Check out the "Not an acquisition" part of the video below:

Bungie, the creator of Xbox's most signature video game franchise, once was a part of Microsoft Studios. The studio managed to deliver five iterations of the Halo series in seven years, including the first trilogy, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach. In 2007, Bungie parted ways with Microsoft and signed a new 10-year publishing deal with Activision in 2010, which resulted in the creation of Destiny as a new IP from Bungie.

Later in 2019, Bungie revealed that they wouldn't continue their partnership with Activision, and would try to be an independent company to publish their own titles. Since then, the studio has revealed multiple expansions for Destiny 2, with one of the biggest ones arriving on November 10th as a launch title for Xbox Series X and S. Destiny 2 and all its expansions will arrive on Xbox Game Pass at launch, based on a recent deal between Bungie and Microsoft.

This recent partnership between Microsoft and Bungie ignited some rumors around the acquisition of the studio for the second time by the Xbox owners. Although it might eventually happen someday, at least now we know that Microsoft has tried multiple times to make it happen.

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The Last of Us Part II's Ellie Comes Face to Face With Clickers in This Tense Cosplay

The Last of Us Part 2 has done pretty well for itself, hasn't it? Not only was it the third highest-grossing game ever on PlayStation in the US selling over four million copies in its first week but it continued to delight fans around the world by implementing a new grounded mode last month where players could experience permadeath and unlockable modifiers to change things up in how they play the game. But what I think really defines The Last of Us Part 2 isn't just its gameplay, it's the fandom and how far dedicated fans go to show their love for this incredible title. I've harped on in previous articles about how intricate and time-consuming cosplaying really is but to show us how much is actually put into this activity, check out this brilliant cosplay of Ellie and the Clickers from The Last of Us Part 2.

If you're a Last of Us fan here at DualShockers, you may remember this article of Nieke who portrayed the formidable Abby in her fierce cosplaying adventure. This time, photographer Carlos Adama from London is back again with more of his shots but this time the focus is on Ellie. As you can see from Carlos' incredible photography skills and Ellie (played by opal.ink.cosplay) who does a fantastic job at stepping into the shoes of the game's protagonist, the scene is dripping with atmospheric tension as Clickers approach Ellie who is hiding beside an abandoned car, just like you'd see her do throughout the gameplay.

Some of Carlos' other shots showcase Ellie being surrounded by two Clickers but as she's equipment with her trusty switchblade, there's a good chance she'll make it out of it alive. Another image depicts Ellie running up some stairs being closing followed by more Clickers. This shot by Carlos is probably my favorite due to the amount of work that's obviously been put into this particular scene. We can see some spores flying around as well as the haunting red hue from the bottom of the steps giving this image a really intense and heart-thumping moment. You can check out all of Carlos' pictures over on his Instagram right here where there's a buffet of The Last of Us Part 2 stills to feast your eyes on as well as some of his other work that includes The Shining, Cyberpunk 2077, and Bioshock.

You can also follow and see what all of the cosplayers from the pictures are up to on Instagram by heading over to their personal page:

That's not all though as there is also a video shot to go alongside these awesome pictures. In a fanmade film made by Samuel Triggs that includes the cosplayers from Carlos' photo-shoot, we see a fantastically produced video highlighting the road of vengeance that Ellie takes. The cosplayers and some amateur filmmakers from all around the United Kingdom who have a passion for projects and The Last of Us Part 2, all came together for one day only to film this profound and compelling sequence of events. Throughout the short film, Joel and Ellie make their way around an abandoned building surrounded with clickers and we even see Abby making an appearance too with it then ending in a fight scene between Ellie and Abby that cuts off in anticipation for the filmmakers part 2. Make sure you check out the entirety of the film below, it's a must for any The Last of Us Part 2 fan.

The Last of Us Part 2 is available now exclusively on PS4 (and soon to be PS5). The game was one of DualShockers' favorites of 2020; make sure to check out the official DualShockers (generally spoiler-free) review. Also, feel free to grab the game physically on Amazon to help support the site.

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