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[UPDATE] Cyberpunk 2077 Physical Versions Leaked, CDPR Taking Legal Action

Cyberpunk 2077

Update: Following correspondence with representatives at CD Projekt Red, the team confirmed with us that they are looking to "take legal action against anyone breaking embargo/street date." So let it be known that CDPR is doing their best to prohibit Cyberpunk 2077 spoilers from getting passed around.

Original reporting follows:


The development of Cyberpunk 2077 has been a rocky one, to say the least. The game has received not one, but two delays in the last few months. Now that the time is almost here for the game to actually release, it would be fitting that the game would leak.

An image of the physical version of Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 was uploaded to the game's subreddit.

We're almost there boys. I actually had the game in my hands. from r/cyberpunkgame

Now if you are like me, of course, you would be skeptical of this. However, this was then followed up with about 20 minutes of gameplay footage. The footage is running on a PS4 and starts from the very beginning scene of the game and also shows off the start screen and menus.

[Editor's Note: In the original version of the story we embedded to the video — we have since removed the content as it violates internal DualShockers policy of redistributing spoiler-based content.]

Make sure to be extra careful of spoilers as we bunker down until release day. This is obviously one of if not the biggest game of the year. There are definitely going to be people out there looking to ruin the fun for all of us.

Cyberpunk 2077 officially releases on December 10 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. There will be a next-gen upgrade that will come at a later date that takes full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series S. For right now though, the game will be playable on the next-gen systems thanks to backward compatibility.

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Among Us Will Be Translated in New Languages, Including Japanese

Among Us 2 canceled

It's no secret to how big Among Us is globally right now, and soon the game will better reflect its diverse audience. According to the official Among Us Twitter account, the title will soon be translated into several languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish EU and LA, Dutch, Russian, BR and EU Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and FIlipino (Bisaya) as of now:

https://twitter.com/AmongUsGame/status/1329515734637154306?s=20

This language update will be especially beneficial for Japanese players. According to an article tweeted out by Famitsu, Among Us is so popular with Japanese players that they've been playing the game in English and will continue to do so until their version is translated:

Recently developer Innersloth introduced a Community Director to the team, and the aforementioned Twitter account was born, which has already been keeping fans up to date on all things Among Us. The account teased an upcoming map that we've only previously heard about. The tease for the upcoming map shows one section of the new space station that Crewmates and Imposters will be able to explore, complete with what looks like a few tasks available in the room, and a vent for those who partake in Imposter tactics.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (also known as AOC) took to Twitch last month to make her debut on the Amazon-owned streaming platform. On October 19th, she put a call out for other streamers to join her for an Among Us stream while also encouraging people to get out and vote. The stream, according to Esports consultant Rod Breslau, saw the highest peak around 439,000, making AOC the third-highest individual stream of all time.

Among Us's increased popularity also made it a prime target for negative attention. Public games were also being hit by a hack that saw players spamming the text chat with links to a Discord and YouTube channel for "Eris Loris." There was also spam that promoted Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign. Innersloth Games announced in a Steam update that "some cheats still work and now there are bugs too." And while a recent patch fixed many of these issues, there are to be more server updates to fix the bugs that were caused by rushing an anti-hack fix.

Meanwhile you can check out our own play through of Among Us and see which among us (hah!) is the most sus:

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Yakuza Creator Reflects on Past, Present, and Future of Franchise

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Yakuza has gone from a cult classic to hit series in a matter of a few years, with over 12 million copies of the games sold. For the 15th anniversary of Yakuza, Archipel Caravan interviewed series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi — who is also the SEGA CCO and head of the Ryu Ga Gotoku studio — about the history of the franchise and what its direction might look like in the future:

This 25 minute long interview is a joy for fans to listen too, hearing Nagoshi's insights as he details first the trend of Japanese games performing worse in the West and then how him and his studio approached the issue by creating a franchise that would attract a very loyal playerbase.

The official video description is as follows: "The Yakuza series celebrates this year its 15th anniversary. With more 12 million units sold worldwide, it is a critical success praised for the story, action and sometimes over-the-top gameplay of its games. As part of the Archipel 'Caravan' series, we've met with the series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, SEGA CCO and head of the Ryu Ga Gotoku studio, who recollected on the origins of Yakuza, its evolution as one of SEGA's top IPs and his perspectives towards the future."

Archipel Caravan specializes in creating and publishing documentaries about various Japanese creatives. Their previous interview was with Danganronpa creator, which you can view here, and with the Resident Evil creator here. You can support them financially through Patreon here. If you enjoyed this video, Archipel has an entire lineup planned, which they posted on their official Twitter account:

Yakuza: Like a Dragon released on November 10th and as usual dropped a launch trailer that depicted the trademark shenanigans of the franchise in full glory. We get to see our homeless pal Nanba calling the city's pigeons to attack his enemies. There's a crab summons. At one point there's a group of dudes in diapers and Ichiban is probably drinking breastmilk. There's even some shots of the squad doing their best KISS impression. It's incredible.

Meanwhile a new 15th anniversary livestream will air next month that will feature announcements regarding "future developments for the series."

If you're interested, check out our official review of the title here (which our reviewer absolutely loved). The game is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Unfortunately PS5 owners will have to wait until March 2nd for their copy of the title.

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A Nuketown Easter Egg in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Has Been Revealed Before The Map is Even Out

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War wouldn't be a Black Ops game without Nuketown. The map doesn't come out until November 24. However, an easter egg for the map has already been found.

A Reddit user who goes by PimpOutMyPC has claimed that they have glitched into a custom game so that they could get into the map. They have uploaded gameplay footage of Nuketown on their YouTube channel.

The Easter egg discovered tasks players with shooting all of the mannequin's heads off in the map. Previous Easter eggs in Nuketown have been incredibly similar.

After the player achieves this in Black Ops Cold War's Nuketown level, the visuals for the level flip, and a blue 80's filter gets applied. A synthwave track also kicks in as well.

The Reddit user's Youtube footage has already been taken down by Activision since they would like for the map not to be seen before release. However, others have already scrapped it and have uploaded it elsewhere. Here is the video someone has reposted to Twitter.

I am happy to see that Treyarch is keeping the Easter egg tradition alive. I remember it being the coolest thing in the original Black Ops. I just wish more devs put in little features like this for players to discover.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is currently available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Make sure to check out DualShockers' official review of the game right here. Also, make sure you are actually playing the next-gen version of the game if you bought the cross-gen version

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Persona 5 Royal and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Discounted on PSN Store

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Atlus West pushed out a tweet on their official account promoting a digital Black Friday sale for two of its titles, Persona 5 Royal and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, on the PSN Store. The former is currently 50 percent off while the latter, a brand new release from Atlus, is 30 percent off:

For those who haven't purchased either game as of yet, this is an excellent opportunity to jump into two of the best PS4 exclusives of this generation.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim released exclusively on PS4 on September 22th, following a short delay. It has Japanese and English voices, along with subtitles in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can order it on Amazon to support DualShockers and if you're still on the fence, check out our in depth preview on the title here (with a full review coming soon). Also be sure read up on everything you possibly need to know about the title, which has been gathered in a handy article here.

Atlus has revealed that Persona 5 Royal's worldwide sales have officially reached over 1.4 million copies sold since it was first released in Japan in October 2019, followed by its Western launch this past March. Additionally, Atlus also highlighted that the series' total lifetime sales to date have reached over 13 million copies sold around the world. According to previous reports, Persona 5 Royal (the updated re-release of the original Persona 5) shipped over 400K copies in its first month in Japan. Royal also topped the sales charts in both Taiwan and South Korea. Plus, it was in the top ten for both the UK and US charts during its opening weeks.

You can read our review of Persona 5 Royal written by yours truly, in which I state that "Atlus has packed Persona 5 Royal full of new content that is sure to delight newcomers and even veterans of the original with a far more robust experience." There's also our post review discussion featuring myself and Video Manager Mario Rivera as we broke down some of our favorite parts of the game. And be sure to check out Staff Writer David Gill's editorial detailing why the game reminded him of what he missed about college and why Staff Writer Peter Hunt Szpytek felt this was the game he needed in 2020.

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Red Dead Redemption: The Outlaws Collection Rumor Has Been Debunked

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It wouldn't be the video game industry without plenty of rumors circulating around. The latest one surrounds a supposed Red Dead Redemption: The Outlaws Collection that was alleged leaked on Amazon. The collection is stated to contain both Red Dead Redemption Remastered and an enhanced version of Red Dead Redemption 2, with a release for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

However, Kotaku Weekend Editor Zack Zwiezen took to Twitter to debunk the rumors, asserting that the cover art is essentially a poorly done Photoshop job. In this fascinating thread, Zwiezen details the entire process behind how said covers were most likely made:

He first points out that the creator of the screenshot most likely searched for high quality PNG images of Arthur Morgan and John Marston, then cropped and recolored the images before superimposing them onto the PS5 and Xbox Series X case:

Next he states that the horsemen and the sun art from the leaked image are identical to the artwork found on the official Red Dead Redemption 2 cover art, with a low opacity brush used to blend the art into the image:

Finally, whoever created the leaked image seems to have messed up on the compositing of the cover and trees, which results in weird black marks on either side:

There's also another glaring error on the fake images that the thread didn't even mention — the return by date is earlier than the release date (it seems someone forgot to crosscheck the years, oops):

Overall the evidence overwhelmingly proves that these are fake screenshots and that no such collection exists. Once again, vetting sources is vital to avoid spreading misinformation.

Back in May, Red Dead Redemption 2 was the second title from Rockstar Games to make its way to Xbox Game Pass after Grand Theft Auto V. And in July, years after launch, fans have finally solved one of the biggest mysteries in the game: the ghosts of Bolger Gate. In other Red Dead Redemption 2 news, we explored the link between RDR2 horses and Mafia 2's cars — explaining the ways that Rockstar wants you to appreciate them. And on a less serious tone, a recent mod lets RDR2 fans ride giant animals.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you haven't picked up the game yet, you can grab the game physically on Amazon to help support DualShockers. And be sure to read our review as well, our Features Editor Ryan Meitzler gave it a perfect score.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sequel Rumor Confirmed False By Yakuza Series Producer

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Yesterday a major rumor cropped up concerning a possible next chapter in the Yakuza: Like a Dragon spinoff title. The only source was a screenshot of the Yakuza series producer Masa Yokoyama seemingly tweeting out that there would be another game in the same vein titled Yakuza: Like an Ashura. This version allegedly would be starring a young Watase:

However, the next day Yokoyama released a status update on his own official account completely denying any such game:

Yokoyama expresses tongue-in-cheek that while he's happy to be forged oversees, he didn't even make the Yakuza: Like a Dragon spinoff (it was directed by Ryosuke Horii and produced by both Hiroyuki Sakamoto and Daisuke Sato) so he wouldn't even be able to confirmed anything. And more humorously he also points out that he would never name it "Ashura" in the first place.

To the credit of the one who posted the initial screenshot, they did disclaim the rumor with "take it with a grain of salt" and was forthcoming once the original tweet was deleted. But this situation is why vetting sources is so important, especially when said sources forge screenshots of developers making statements they never did.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon released on November 10th and as usual dropped a launch trailer that depicted the trademark shenanigans of the franchise in full glory. We get to see our homeless pal Nanba calling the city's pigeons to attack his enemies. There's a crab summons. At one point there's a group of dudes in diapers and Ichiban is probably drinking breastmilk. There's even some shots of the squad doing their best KISS impression. It's incredible.

In a previous trailer highlighting the Xbox Series X version of the game, the team shows off all the features and optimization. And for the most part, they're pretty standard next-gen upgrades. However, the trailer also flaunts some more unique features such as "next-gen crustacean A.I." and "optimized protagonist optimism." Both of which sound incredible, if they weren't so obviously .

If you're interested, check out our official review of the title here (which our reviewer absolutely loved). The game is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Unfortunately PS5 owners will have to wait until March 2nd for their copy of the title.

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Doom Eternal on Switch Will Now Be Digital-Only

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It has been a while since we last heard an update on Doom Eternal for the Nintendo Switch. We knew it was coming, just not when it was coming. We have finely gotten an update and it might not be a good one for players looking forward to snagging a physical copy of the game.

Customers who pre-ordered Doom Eternal on Switch started to receive messages that their physical pre-orders were being canceled at GameStop. Some people began to wonder if the game was getting canceled altogether. Turns out, Bethesda is not offering physical versions of the game and it will be a digital-only release.

Bethesda released a statement to IGN and stated: "While Doom Eternal is 100% on track for an imminent digital-only release on Nintendo Switch, the absence of a physical release at retail resulted in canceled pre-orders."

The spokesperson continued,  "Affected customers will receive full refunds and should contact their preferred retailer for more information."

For those who were looking forward to a physical version, they might be disappointed now that they will need to do a hefty download. The file size for the original Doom on the Switch is over 21GB and I wouldn't think this one will be any smaller. Make sure to clear some room if you do not have a micro SD with much storage.

Doom Eternal is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game can also be played on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S thanks to backward compatibility. The Switch version still does not have an official release date. It is also on Xbox Game Pass. Make sure to check out DualShockers' official review of the game right here.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Developers Undo MP5 Nerfs on Accident

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

If you have hopped into the multiplayer mode in the recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, then you might have noticed how overpowered the MP5. The devs quickly patched the game after players expressed their concerns. However, that patch has now been reversed by accident.

The first nerf reduced the damage range of the weapon by 33% and adjusted the recoil to make it more challenging to stay on target when firing.

The first nerf was a quick hotfix made before a larger patch that came at a later date. That larger patch reversed the first hotfix though. Treyarch addressed the problem in the patch notes: "These changes were unintentionally reverted in today's update and will return in an upcoming update."

Hopefully, the patch that will reverse the second patch which reversed the first patch will be out soon. In my time with the online mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the MP5 is extremely overpowered. There are plenty of times that every player in the match is using the weapon. And, to be honest, I don't blame them. The MP5 is the first SMG players can use online. So it didn't take any time to unlock and players were decimating everyone with it. If the gun was the last SMG to unlock, maybe this wouldn't have been as big of an issue.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Make sure to check out DualShockers' official review of the game right here.

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Genshin Impact: miHoYo Sues Two Players Who Leaked Version 1.2 Closed Beta Content

Genshin Impact version 1.2 leaked feature. Humoristic screenshots with VEnti described as "leakers" and another Venti looking menacingly from behind described as "mihoyo", with paimon flying around described as "emergency food"

miHoYo announced on November 19 its plans to bring to court players who leaked content from the Version 1.2 Closed Beta Test of Genshin Impact (PC, PS4, PS5, Mobile, soon on Switch). Leaking content from the test is a violation of the non-disclosure agreement players had to sign to participate. As such, miHoYo has initiated "procedures to pursue legal action against those guilty of such violations".

miHoYo investigated and traced down the leaks to two players whose info has been partially revealed:

Server: Celestia Server
Nickname: 星***千鶴
Live Server UID: 100***556
Beta Server UID: 1***31

Server: America
Nickname: J**z
Live Server UID: 600***200
Beta Server UID: 2***28

miHoYo explained it understands players wish to learn about news as soon as possible. However, Closed Beta Test content is content that's still in development. As such, we might get the wrong idea if we see it before we should. miHoYo also urged players to follow official sources for content reveals. Lastly, miHoYo will turn up the effort to fight leaks, and kindly asked players to not share that kind of info.

The statement regarding the Genshin Impact version 1.2 leaked content was first shared in English on Facebook. Later on, it was published in Japanese as well:

Moreover, it's important to note why miHoYo is doing that. Nearly everything about Version 1.1 was leaked before its release on November 11. miHoYo is now taking leaks more seriously than ever, and it looks like it won't be happening anymore.

Personally speaking, its not like I'm on miHoYo or any company's side, but not breaking NDA is common sense. I believe Genshin Impact most notably has a lot of easily impressionable players because of their young age or their lack of experience with Japanese (gacha) games. As such, leaks and their batch of false or incomplete information can have pretty  dire consequences on the community. Something I personally don't want to deal with, as someone whose job is to regularly go through Genshin players' gathering grounds and official channels. I'm tired of "is this character gonna get nerfed" debates because of leaks. It's extremely rare in the first place for characters in a gacha game to get nerfed too.

miHoYo recently lowered the difficulty of the story boss fight against Childe. The ongoing Unreconciled Stars event also has a pretty neat detail if you own Venti.

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