Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The Sonic 30th Anniversary Logo Is Way Past Cool

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To celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th anniversary, Sega has announced a slew of new merchandising partnerships, including the Sonic Encyclo-Speed-Ia, a new line of Funko Pop! figures, jewelry, comics, toys, clothing, pins and a partnership with Bang Energy drinks, and of course, would a video game anniversary be complete without a cool new logo?

Following in the footsteps of the likes of most other major mascot characters, the Blue Blur got a clean new logo to commemorate his 30th anniversary. Featuring a silhouette of Sonic with the 0 in 30 as the iconic loop that Sonic's feet make when he runs, the logo's certainly way past cool to say the least.

It's been a weird year for everyone. Including everyone's favorite chili dog-loving, fast-talking blue hedgehog. Originally, Sega had planned a slew of announcements and reveals this year, promising that Sonic news would break once a month.

While the merchandising and marketing is Sonic news (from a certain point of view) it's pretty clearly not what they meant. Since next year is Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th anniversary, it would stand to reason that there would be concrete game announcements and release dates. Aside from the box office success of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie that released last February, there really hasn't been much to talk about or celebrate.

Since then, however, Sega has given a vague promise that they'd be announcing new games and digital events. What exactly that entails remains to be seen, but based on the fact that fan developer Christian Whitehead hasn't produced a new Sonic game might suggest we'll be seeing the next iteration of 2D Sonic. On top of that, the main Sonic team has been relatively quiet, with spin-offs like Team Sonic Racing and two Mario and Sonic games filling in the gap since the last major 3D Sonic game, the maligned Sonic Forces.

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Razer Accidentally Leaks Info For 100,000 Customers

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Razer, the gaming hardware manufacturer with a product list ranging from phone clips for controllers to specialty gaming phones, accidentally leaked the personal information of over 100,000 customers recently.

Detailed in a report by cybersecurity consultant Volodymyr Diachenko, the information leaked includes full names, email addresses, phone numbers, billing and shipping addresses for Razer customers. Credit card information and passwords were not leaked by the company. The report, published September 10, has since been confirmed by Razer, which stated the following:

"We were made aware by Mr. Volodymyr of a server misconfiguration that potentially exposed order details, customer and shipping information. No other sensitive data such as credit card numbers or passwords was exposed. The server misconfiguration has been fixed on 9 Sept, prior to the lapse being made public. We would like to thank you, sincerely apologize for the lapse and have taken all necessary steps to fix the issue as well as conduct a thorough review of our IT security and systems. We remain committed to ensure the digital safety and security of all our customers."

While criminals can't use the data to steal your identity or get into your bank account, Diachenko's report does say that customers should be aware of phishing attacks. These attacks could come in the form of people reaching out to you over email or by phone claiming to be Razer or another affiliated company in an attempt to get your private information. If you're a Razer customer (like I am), be extremely aware of what arrives in your inbox over the coming weeks, and be sure not to click on any suspicious links.

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Check Out The Upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake Material Ultimania Guidebook

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Square Enix published a new video introducing the Final Fantasy VII Remake Material Ultimania guidebook, ahead of its release on October 29 in Japan. The video is included further below, alongside a gallery with all the previews.

As we already explained, Final Fantasy VII Remake already had a first Utimania book released on April 28 in Japan. It was a B5, 752 pages book and is digitally available on Amazon Japan. It included detailed information on the game's playable characters, the battle system, the enemies, the scenario, side quests and mini-games. Items, "secrets" that you might miss in a normal playthrough, an image gallery and interviews with the staff.

This brand new book, Final Fantasy VII Remake Material Ultimania, will be more akin to an anime official guidebook. As in, instead of compiling information you can already find in the game itself, it'll detail the various materials used by Square Enix to develop Final Fantasy VII Remake. This includes rough drafts of character designs, storyboards for the cutscenes, CG artwork, Liner Notes from the sound staff, and references for the characters' costumes. All accompanied by comments from the developers. The book will include brand new interviews of the main characters' seiyuu as well. It's the definitive FFVIIR book to own for any Otaku.

The Material Ultimania guidebook is A4 sized, full color, and 336 pages long. It'll be sold for 4400 Yen tax included. It's unlikely it'll be released outside Japan anytime soon.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is available exclusively on PS4 since April 10, 2020. The exclusivity will be removed in April 2021, and it's all but officially confirmed it's coming to PC. Square Enix is already working on the sequel as well.

Square Enix might have some new announcements in store at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show 2020, from September 23 to 27.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Becomes Fastest Entry in Franchise to Reach 1 Million Copies Sold

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Turns out, folks really like nostalgia, apparently.

Announced by Activision today, the recently released remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, which we loved here at DualShockers, has now sold over 1 million copies around the globe across all platforms. Considering that the return to form for the iconic skating series has only been out for about ten days, that's a pretty darn good pace. So good, in fact, that Activision said THPS 1+2 now stands as the fastest-selling installment in the long-running series when it comes to reaching this 1 million threshold.

Obviously, the game's early success, both critically and commercially, bodes well for the series in the future. Over the past few years, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater has been in a rough spot. After the dismal response to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, a game that many would like to pretend doesn't even exist, it looks as though returning to the roots of the franchise here with THPS 1+2 was the right call. Whether or not Activision levies this newfound momentum in an entirely new entry in the series (much as it has done with Crash 4) or it chooses to continue remaking older installments remains to be seen.

Regardless, it looks as though Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is in the best spot the IP has been at in over a decade, which is great to see. If you're still looking to pick up THPS 1+2, it's currently available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC right this moment.

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Twin Mirror From Dontnod Set To Get a New Trailer Tomorrow

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Dontnod has been quite busy lately. They've just wrapped up Tell Me Why, their latest adventure game on PC and Xbox One, and are to start off their next adventure with Twin Mirror. Fans of the developer likely remember the game's announcement trailer from 2018. At that time, it was still set to be episodic like most of Dontnod's games. However, the team has since decided to move Twin Mirror away from that style and make it a full release on day one. Outside of that, we haven't heard too much about the game outside of a brief appearance at the 2020 PC Gaming Show. It appears that's all changing tomorrow.

As you can see in the tweet above, Dontnod is teasing a release date for Twin Mirror tomorrow. Of course, it could just be a new trailer, but having that teaser focused on people asking for a release makes me assume that's exactly what this will be. The game is supposedly still coming this year. So, if that's still the plan, they'll have to announce a date soon.

No matter what, I'm certainly intrigued to see what Twin Mirror will bring to the table. We know the game stars an investigative journalist who is going back to visit his hometown. There's also a second world that Dontnod calls his "Mind Palace" and an inner voice that could affect your investigation. Maybe I've just been playing too much Deadly Premonition this year, but that sounds very familiar. That said, I can't wait to see what Dontnod does with this premise. It seems like the perfect thing for the team to dig their teeth into.

Twin Mirror is set to launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime in 2020.

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Cyberpunk 2077 PS4 Trophy List Teased by CD Projekt Red Dev

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As we continue to approach the release of Cyberpunk 2077, some ancillary details of the project have finally started to come about. While we're still waiting to hear about what those looking to play on PC will need to run the game, those who adore hunting down trophies and achievements

Over on Twitter today, CD Projekt Red's QA Lead Łukasz Babiel shared an image of what looks to be the finalized trophy list for Cyberpunk 2077. While the individual trophies themselves weren't shared, it looks as though the game will contain 44 trophies in total, with an additional one on PS4 being that of the platinum trophy. As for how the list breaks down on the PlayStation platform, 26 of the trophies look to be bronze, 17 are silver, and 1 is gold.

Considering that CD Projekt's CEO has recently said that Cyberpunk 2077 is in the process of being finalized for certification, there's a pretty strong chance that this is indeed the final list of trophies that will appear in the game. And, of course, even though what is being shown here is on PS4, the achievements list on Xbox One and PC will likely break down in the exact same manner.

This information also comes to light only a few days before the next Night City Wire stream for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red is set to share more about the game's main locale, gangs, and the creation of its soundtrack during the latest edition of the ongoing video series later this week on September 18.

As for Cyberpunk 2077 itself, the highly-anticipated RPG is finally set to release on November 19 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Other iterations of the game on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia will be coming in the future as well.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Unveils Wild New Adventure Mode

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Sega's Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is set to launch this December. It will give fans some of that great gameplay we've come to expect from the puzzle mash-up. In a recent video, Tetris creator Alexey Pajinov gave us a great look at the game's Adventure mode. It looks to build on everything the first had, complete with a zany story that sees you battling against the diabolical Dimensional Parasite. If that doesn't sound like the perfect next step for Puyo Puyo Tetris, I don't know what does. Give the trailer a look below.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2's Adventure mode takes what the team had in the first go and adds several major features. Now, players will have an overworld to navigate around. This opens up the options for branching paths, which should incorporate fun secrets and unlockables. As you move through the stages, you'll level up your character and earn item cards. These will open up new strategies in the new Skill Battles, which serve as a fun way to put your skills to the test.

Between Adventure mode and Skill Battles, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is quickly shaping up to be a quality game that builds well on its foundations. The additions make tons of sense and should provide players with some silly ways to change things up.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 releases on December 8 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. A PS5 version launches this holiday as well. Anyone who gets the game on PS4 or Xbox One can upgrade to next-gen consoles for free. Finally, the game will come to PC sometime in 2021.

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Oculus Quest 2 Leaked Ahead of Facebook Connect

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Last month, Facebook announced Facebook Reality Labs, the new umbrella for Oculus Virtual Reality and Spark AR alongside a new digital presentation about the brands' future called Facebook Connect that's scheduled for September 16, the same date as Sony's PlayStation 5 digital presentation. Now, two days ahead of the presentation, Facebook accidentally leaked what's likely to be one of their biggest upcoming announcements.

First spotted by John Papadopoulos of Dark Side of Gaming, tutorial videos for the Oculus Quest 2 leaked onto Facebook's blog, Facebook Blueprint. The videos, which have since been removed from the site, feature some technical information about the standalone VR device, but no information on price or release date.

According to the technical information detailed in the leak, the Oculus Quest 2 will feature "nearly" 2k (1440p) displays for each eye, will be based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform and is set to have 6GB of RAM. While the leak is missing pricing and release date information, the Facebook Connect is sure to reveal both a suggested retail price and a release date, or at least a release window, but considering tutorial videos exist for the device, its launch is likely near.

One of Oculus and Facebook's biggest competitors in the VR space, Sony's PS VR, is likely to also receive a follow-up based on what they've said in their marketing and messaging. Considering Sony has a lot to reveal about their platforms, it would stand to reason that a PS VR 2 could be revealed at the event on the same day as the Oculus Quest 2. With Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo chasing different slices of the gaming market, virtual reality could become the battleground for the next iteration of the console war, especially if Sony and Facebook are set to reveal new iterations of their VR platforms on the same day.

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Star Wars: Squadrons Receives New CG Short That Was Created in Tandem with Lucasfilm and ILM

Ahead of the release of Star Wars: Squadrons, which is set to drop in a little under a month, Electronic Arts and Motive today released a pretty rad new trailer for the game that has connections to the larger Star Wars creative teams.

Created with help from Lucasfilm and ILM (Industrial Light and Magic), which are two of the teams that work on all of the actual Star Wars movies, Squadrons has now received a fully-CG short film of its own. The trailer, which is entitled "Hunted," centers around one of the Imperial characters that will be featured in the game and takes place before the events of the story that Squadrons will tell.

Following the retreat of the Empire in a battle against the New Republic, Hunted finds TIE pilot Varko Grey alone as he tries to avoid the array of X-wing fighters that are after him. The video itself is pretty action-packed and sees dogfighting between the two combatants taking place in a variety of different locales over the course of its nearly seven-minute runtime.

Honestly, this is one of the cooler promotional materials that any Star Wars game has received in recent years and I would highly encourage you to check it out if you're looking forward to Squadrons. Hopefully, Lucasfilm and ILM can work on other forthcoming Star Wars games in this same manner down the road. I know that I'd definitely be down for it, at least.

Star Wars: Squadrons is set to be released next month on October 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you'd like to watch the full new short, you can check it out below.

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Fall Guys Opens Up About "Cheater Island", Revels Plans to Curb Cheating

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Fall Guys is a game all about fun. In a just world, the mini-game collection wouldn't have players focused on turning it into a competitive game and giving it all the problems that come with that. Unfortunately, people are doing that and thus, the cheaters have come out in droves. It's an annoying problem that helps kill some of the goofy joy Fall Guys brings. Today, the developers at Mediatonic talked about their early efforts to stop cheaters by putting them on their own island. Click on the tweet below to drop down the rabbit hole.

Fall Guys version of Cheater Island was just a place for cheaters to play against each other. At first, the island wasn't very populated, which led to players being unable to find games. Mediatonic didn't want to talk about it because once the cheaters learned they were only playing with others like them, they'd look for ways off of the island.

Unfortunately, people did start to find ways back to normal games. Plus, people kept uploading videos of what appear to be games happening on Cheater Island. Not only does this make the game look bad, but it also shows that maybe some legitimate players are ending up on the island. So, Fall Guys is closing Cheater Island for good and bringing in Epic to help get cheaters out of the game.

Alongside the Big Yeetus update, the team is implementing Epic's anti-cheat software. This should help alleviate the cheating problem. Of course, people will still get through, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. If only they could also get rid of those idiots that only exist to hold other people down at the finish line.

Fall Guys is available now on PC and PS4. No word yet on when the Big Yeetus update will drop. Presumably, it'll be right around the time season two kicks off.

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