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Monday, 5 October 2020

Mortal Kombat 11 Hits 8 Million Copies Sold

Mortal Kombat 11

Since its release in 2019, Mortal Kombat 11 has frequently appeared on the top ten on various monthly NPD sales charts across all platforms. Now, it's done well enough to become the second best-selling game in the franchise, with a whopping 8 million copies sold. Over the past few years since the franchise was already rebooted, Netherrealm Studios' take on the arcade classic has garnered praise from fans, critics and competitive players alike.

Creative Director Ed Boon initially announced the landmark sales figure via Twitter alongside a potential tease for the next DLC character for the game.

While it's safe to assume that they're sure to talk about the next downloadable kombatant (sorry) at some point this week, nobody at NetherRealm or WB has issued any sort of official statement on how any of their games will fare in the transition to next-generation consoles. But considering the PlayStation 5 will play most PS4 games and the Xbox Series S and X will be fully backwards compatible, it'd be surprising for them not to detail how games would fare in the transition to next-gen.

It's been a while since the last content update for the game back in May with Mortal Kombat Aftermath, a story expansion that picked up after where the original game's story left off. It also introduced the last new character for the game, RoboCop.

While there hasn't been any official word on which characters will and won't make it into the game outside of cheeky teases from Ed Boon, multiple data miners in the Mortal Kombat kommunity (I'm not actually sorry) claim that Rain, the highly-requested Mileena, and John Rambo from the Rambo movies would be entering the Mortal Kombat Tournament.

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Crypt of the NecroDancer is Getting A Physical Release and Collector's Edition in Early 2021

Crypt of the NecroDancer

Brace Yourself Games, the developer behind the rhythmic dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer announced near the end of September that the indie title will be receiving the physical treatment early of next year. The developer may be more recognizable for their partnership with Nintendo developing Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Feat. The Legend of Zelda which released last year along with DLC packs which just recently came out in the past few months as well as receiving a physical release later this month.

Announced via the Crypt of the NecroDancer twitter page and the Brace Yourself Games website, there will be a Standard Edition and Collector's Edition of the game. The Standard Edition will come with the Amplified DLC, full-color manual, and CD which includes tracks from the Amplified DLC. Those who pick up the Collector's Edition will receive everything in the Standard Edition along with a steelbook, an exclusive "Cadence" bandana, and an enamel pin.

Pre-orders for either edition will begin on October 23 with a planned release date of February 12, 2021. The Standard Edition will sell for $29.99 with the Collector's Edition coming in at $49.99. This release will only be available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. As of now, there is no information as to whether this will be purchasable at major retailers or directly through Brace Yourself Games. My best advice is to keep an eye out on the Crypt of the NecroDancer Twitter page and to check in on October 23 to see if there is any news regarding where pre-orders will be taking place. Despite the physical release being for only Switch and PS4, you can still purchase the game digitally on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Linux, Mac, and iOS.

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Check Out The New Kingdom Hearts ~Second Memory~ Goods From Ichiban Kuji

Kingdom Hearts Second Memory goods feature

Disney and Bandai Spirits revealed the full lineup of goods fans can win in the Ichiban Kuji event Kingdom Hearts Second Memory. If you've never heard of it, Ichiban Kuji is a lottery system by Bandai Spirits to win goods like keychains, posters and figurines for the rarer prizes. Starting November 4, tickets for the lottery, 750 Yen each, will be sold in Seven Eleven and Ito-Yokado convenience stores. And they'll keep selling them until all the goods have been won by participants.

There are multiple lotteries in Japan specialized in anime, manga and games goods like this. "Kuji" means lottery in Japanese, and they're all named similarly. One you'd often hear of as well is Web Kuji, which is online only, with the goods shipped to participants.

The best prize you can win in the Kingdom Hearts ~Second Memory~ Ichiban Kuji is a 15cm Sora and Roxas figure. And when I say "you", I obviously don't mean you but Japan residents only. Though those kind of lottery figures does end up on auction sites, and you'd have a chance to grab them then:

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The other prizes include: Sora and Mickey plushies. A Sora ragmat. Some keyblade shaped cutlery. Multiple mini canvas boards. Notebooks, and Keyblade charms keychains:

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All of the items are in limited quantity, and the lucky person who buys the final lottery ticket will receive a Roxas and Axel statue:

The Kingdom Hearts Ichiban Kuji goods were first announced in June 2020, with the Kingdom Hearts series trailer which also revealed Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. The rhythm game is launching on PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on November 13. Be sure to check our interview with Square Enix on the game. Tetsuya Nomura also shared some cryptic hints about the game's story. A playable demo was also announced at TGS 2020 and is coming in mid-October on all platforms.

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Disc Room Has Gone Gold; Releasing on October 22 for Switch and PC

Devolver Digital's latest title Disc Room recently went gold and today we know that the game will release later this month. From the team of Minit, Disc Room plays from a top-down perspective where you play as an astronaut exploring a giant disc that has ended up orbiting Jupiter. To progress through the game, you must beat every room with a different variety of discs to dodge as long as possible. What makes this different from other games however is that you are encouraged to die to learn new abilities and to complete objectives in each room. Alongside trying to survive as long as you can, you will be able to compete with your friends as well as all players worldwide to try and earn the longest time.

I got to play Disc Room PAX East earlier this year and ended up being my personal game of the show. It was an absolute blast to play and it has been one of my most anticipated titles ever since. Devolver Digital has been killing it this year with the major success of Fall Guys and other releases like Carrion and Sludge Life (which you can still get for free on the Epic Games Store).

Disc Room is set to release on October 22 for Nintendo Switch and PC. No price point has yet to be revealed.

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Crash Bandicoot 4 for Xbox Series X Seemingly Leaked on ESRB Website

Crash Bandicoot 4

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time only just this past week came to PS4 and Xbox One, but based on a new listing, it seems as though Activision's latest entry in the long-running platformer series could be coming elsewhere in the near future.

Spotted over on the ESRB website, Crash Bandicoot 4 has now been rated for release on the Xbox Series X. The listing doesn't say anything specific about when the game might arrive or what it would boast that is different from the current-gen versions of the title, but this is the first indication we've seen that Activision could be looking to bring Crash to next-gen. Assuming this rating is real (which there is a high likelihood of), a PS5 iteration wouldn't be out of the question, either.

The biggest question based on this listing, however, comes with whether or not a dedicated release of Crash Bandicoot 4 could be in the cards, or if this listing is merely for an "optimized" version of the game for Xbox Series X. However, when searching on the ESRB's website, some previously announced games that are said to be optimized for the XSX, including Cyberpunk 2077, don't have their own separate game listings like this one for Crash 4 does. As such, next-gen-specific installments could very well be coming.

Considering how close Crash Bandicoot 4 has released in proximity to both the PS5 and Xbox Series X, it shouldn't be a surprise whatsoever that next-gen versions may very well be on their way. Then again, until we hear anything directly from Activision or Toys for Bob related to these new editions, don't get too excited just yet.

As for our own thoughts on Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, stay tuned in the coming days as our review should be hitting the site soon.

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Eternal Arcadia: Kenji Hiruta Says Sequel or HD Remaster Depends on Sega

Eternal Arcadia, known as Skies of Arcadia outside Japan, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this October 5, 2020. It's been exactly 20 years since the JRPG was first released in Japan on Dreamcast. While a slightly different version launched a bit later on Gamecube, Skies of Arcadia never received a new game project. Many fans around the world are still awaiting a sequel, remaster, or anything.

Over on Twitter, Kenji Hiruta, ex-developer on Skies of Arcadia at Sega, often shares his wish to bring back the franchise, discussing with fans. For the game's 20th anniversary, he most notably noted a sequel, HD remaster or a new game project depends on Sega.

However, he's working on something, not game related, but still Skies of Arcadia related:

Many fans are also sharing their memories of Eternal Arcadia and fanmade content like fanart and cosplay on Twitter via the hashtag #ć‚Øć‚æćƒ¼ćƒŠćƒ«ć‚¢ćƒ«ć‚«ćƒ‡ć‚£ć‚¢20å‘Ø幓. An Eternal Arcadia 20th anniversary fan site has been set up as well.

Personally, I still believe a new Eternal Arcadia project will come around one day.

A lot of the staff of the series, who also worked on Sakura Taisen, is still at Sega or in close contact. Including Tetsuya Ootsubo, who we recently interviewed. Or Producer Rieko Kodama. All the initially planned Sega Ages Switch games were now released too, so I can dream that Kodama and the M2 team could work on a Skies of Arcadia remaster one day.

I'd also add Sega has been consistently bringing back its old IPs these past years. Sakura Wars is back. Virtua Fighter is finally coming back as well. Virtual On got a remaster. And while not directly by Sega, Streets of Rage 4 happened. Shenmue 3 happened along with remasters, and more Panzer Dragoon is happening too. Skies of Arcadia could be next. Once it happens, maybe Segagaga will come back as well.

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The Witcher Season 3 is Apparently Already in the Works at Netflix

Neftlix's The Witcher set the TV world ablaze when it launched last in 2019. So much so, in fact, that the streaming giant almost immediately announced that it had ordered a second season. And while we've only today started to see our first images of what the upcoming season of The Witcher will have in store, Netflix seems as though it has already started on working on the series past this slate of episodes as well.

Spotted by Redanian IntelligenceThe Witcher season three has now appeared on the official Writers Guild of America's database. Just what does this mean, exactly? Well, it basically makes clear that Netflix has already greenlit the show's third season, even though it hasn't made such an announcement public yet. For it to appear on this database, it would need to have been made official, which makes the listing viable.

As for the details that are offered up on the third season judging by this listing, well, there's nothing really to glean. Lauren S. Hissrich is still slated as the executive producer of The Witcher, much as she was and is for the series' first two seasons. To see her attached to the third season here really isn't a shock whatsoever.

As for when this season might premiere though, well, 2022 seems the most likely. For those unaware, the second season of The Witcher is still in production right now and isn't slated to release until later next year. Given the fact that season three seems to have been ordered so far in advance though, it stands to reason that filming on it could begin far sooner when compared to season two.

No matter when season three of The Witcher does arrive though, one thing is for sure: Netflix has absolutely doubled-down on this property. In addition to the three seasons of The Witcher that are now apparently coming, a prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin is in the pipeline as well. Best of all, Blood Origin is rumored to be looking to cast Aquaman's Jason Momoa in the central protagonist role, too.

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Genshin Impact is Already Close to 20 Million Downloads on Mobile Devices

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Genshin Impact has taken the world by storm over the last week. Since finally releasing as a free-to-play title on PS4, PC, and mobile a mere seven days ago, the game is already doing some pretty incredible numbers both in terms of money made and the number of downloads.

Coming by way of App Annie, it is being reported that on mobile devices alone (iOS and Android), Genshin Impact has already surpassed 17 million downloads in total. These numbers were taken through the game's first four days of availability as well, which means that the total has surely increased over the weekend. Assuming that downloads on mobile continued at a similar rate compared to the first four days, this likely means that Genshin Impact is somewhere around 20 million downloads solely on mobile, which is wild.

While this might seem staggering, Genshin Impact had over 20 million players pre-registered for the game before it ever even released. We had an idea that it would be a pretty big launch, but even then, these first-week numbers are nothing short of impressive.

As for how these downloads might translate to the monetary side of things, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad spoke to IGN and estimated that the total revenue the title has brought in so far is likely around $50 million. "This is a huge achievement not just for a Chinese developed game, but for a new original IP too," Ahmad said. As it already stands, Genshin Impact is the biggest international launch to ever come from a China-based studio in MiHoYo.

In short, the success of Genshin Impact out of the gate seems to make it clear that the action-RPG won't be going anywhere in the near future. While it may have borrowed some ideas and mechanics from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildGenshin is already finding an audience of its own in its infancy and will surely continue to only grow larger from here.

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Fall Guys Next Level is a Medieval Gauntlet of Destruction

Fall Guys Season 2

Fall Guys Season 2 launches later this week on October 8. The second season brings some medieval flair to the cutesy battlefield. Today, the team at Mediatonic has teamed up with the folks at IGN to release the newest level players will fumble through later this week. It looks terrifying. I could describe it for you, but it'd probably be more effective if you just gave the video below a watch.

I hope you brought your platforming sabatons. This latest Fall Guys creation is absolutely dastardly. There are spinning axes, rotating spiked logs, and draw bridges that will quickly close the door on your dreams. This might just be Mediatonic's most insidious creation yet. I can only imagine the ways Fall Guys' bullies are going to screw me over.

Of course, this level isn't the only thing coming with Fall Guys Season 2. Recently, the team announced we're getting banners and nicknames to add even more customization to the game. There are also sure to be tons of new costumes in the new battle pass and Mediatonic is making it a bit easier to get crowns. That means you'll finally be able to afford more of those sexy featured costumes. On top of that, it wouldn't be surprising to see a few more levels added to the game with the update. We'll know for sure soon.

Fall Guys is available now on PC and PS4. Season 2 drops on October 8. So, if you were hoping to finish the first battle pass, you better get after it before it disappears forever.

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Xbox Series X Full List of Optimized Games to be Revealed Later this Month

Xbox Series X Optimized

Compared to the PS5, Microsoft has actually been pretty darn forward with all of the specifics of the Xbox Series X/S. At this point in time, we're starting to see more looks of the next-gen console in action, glimpses of the new UI, and even are beginning to understand how older titles will run on the new platform. And with a little over a month left until launch, Microsoft has today made clear that they still have a whole lot more to share before the console arrives.

In a new blog post on the Xbox website today, the company's GM of marketing, Aaron Greenberg outlined what is still left to come with Xbox Series X before release. In particular, Greenberg made clear that the full list of titles that will be optimized for the next-gen hardware will be divulged in the coming weeks. "We'll be sharing even more details on every game being fully optimized this holiday for the launch of Xbox Series X|S later this month, as well as showing more gameplay from these titles, so stay tuned for more," Greenberg said.

While Xbox has previously announced a list of titles that will be optimized for Xbox Series X, new titles are clearly going to be joining the likes of games such as Cyberpunk 2077Gears 5, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla which have already been confirmed to be receiving these updates at different times. We'll be sure to update you whenever the full list does arrive, per usual.

It's also important to note that, as Greenberg mentioned, more gameplay of these titles will also be shown off in the coming weeks, too. If there has been any one complaint that many have had with the build-up to launch of the Xbox Series X, it has likely been that we haven't seen enough of the console in action. Fortunately, that should be changing here quite soon.

As for the Xbox Series X and S, Microsoft's two next-gen platforms are nearly upon us and will finally release next month on November 10.

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