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Monday, 22 February 2021

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout – Cuphead and Mugman Costumes Announced

Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout - Cuphead

It's been a big week for Mediatonic's Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Along with being announced for release on Nintendo Switch, it's also coming to Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One this Summer. Until then, even more costumes are being added to the fray with the latest being Cuphead and Mugman from Studio MDHR's Cuphead.

Cuphead will become available on February 24th and have a special emote while Mugman is available on February 27th. Each costume and emote will cost 5 Crowns so hopefully you've been stacking up those wins. Last month saw the addition of the DOOM Slayer as an outfit along with the Cacodemon and Cyberdemon.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is currently available for PS4 and PC. It's currently in the midst of Season 3 with the Season 3.5 update adding a new level, more than 40 variations on existing levels and much more. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks, especially with Season 4 on the way.


Valheim Guide – How to Find Buried Treasure and Build the Artisan Table

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The 10th world of Yggdrasil is a beautiful but scary place. However, as you explore Valheim, there a number of hidden treasures and secrets to uncover. Buried treasure is one of these and can provide gold, arrows and whatnot. Finding it thankfully doesn't take too much effort.

You do need to defeat Eikthyr, the first boss, before going treasure hunting. Upon felling it, use the Hard Antlers it drops to craft the Antler Axe. This will be your means of digging up the treasure. If you want a more precise location for the treasure, you could also take down the third boss, Bonemass. This drops the Wishbone, which can be used to locate buried items.

Now head to the Meadows and keep an eye out on stones that are jutting out of the ground. Dig around there or pull out the Wishbone – when the latter starts sparkling green and making beeping noises, you'll know the treasure is close. Search for other conspicuous stones and dig around to unearth more loot. Alternatively, you can use the Wishbone to locate Silver Ores buried underground in the Mountains.

How to Build the Artisan Table

Many of Valheim's higher-tier structures can only be unlocked by using the Artisan Table. Building it is a whole different story though. First, you need to kill Moder, the fourth boss, but summoning it requires locating three dragon eggs and sacrificing them on the altar. Killing Moder will net you Dragon Tears – two of these, along with 10 Wood, are used to craft the Artisan Table.

Once you have it though, you can create structures like the Windmill, Blast Furnace and Spinning Wheel. The Blast Furnace is especially useful since it can be used to turn black metal scraps into Blackmetal, which can then be used to craft the Blackmetal Axe, Blackmetal Sword, Blackmetal Shield, Blackmetal Knife and Blackmetal Ategir. To create the Blast Furnace, make sure you have 20 Fine Wood, 20 Stones, 10 Iron and 5 Surtling Cores along with the Artisan Table.

For the Windmill, you'll need 20 Stone, 30 Wood and 30 Iron Nails along with the Artisan Table. Its main function is turning Barley into Barley Flour, which can be used to make Bread, Blood Pudding, Fish Wraps and Lox Meat Pie. However, since it runs on wind which can be inconsistent, creating several Windmills is key to getting the most output.

Finally, for the Spinning Wheel, you'll need 20 Fine Wood, 10 Iron Nails and 5 Leather Scraps along with the Artisan Table. This will turn Flax into Linen Thread, which is necessary for crafting the Blackmetal weapons and Atgier, Padded Greaves/Cuirass/Helmet, the Linen Cap and Porcupine.

For more tips and tricks on Valheim, head here.


Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remakes to be Announced This Week – Rumour

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With the first three generations of Pokemon games having received remakes, series fans have been waiting for remakes of Gen 4 games Pokemon Diamond and Pearl for a while now, and recent rumours have suggested that those are on the horizon. Centro Pokemon reported last month that according to their sources, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes would be announced in celebration of the series' 25th anniversary this year.

Pokemon's 25th anniversary celebrations are happening this Saturday, February 27, which is the date Pokemon Red and Blue originally released for the Game Boy in Japan in 1996. However, it seems the announcement for the Diamond and Pearl remakes will be made before that. Centro Pokemon recently took to Twitter to state that the announcement would be made during the week, and that fans wouldn't have to wait until Pokemon Day on February 27.

As always, it's best to take this with a grain of salt, and with no way to verify the information just yet, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens during the week. Stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated should we learn anything else.


Kingdom Hearts 3 PC Requirements Revealed

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After many years of holding out, Square Enix finally announced that the Kingdom Hearts franchise was coming to PC via the Epic Games Store next month. The series has a long winding history of releases, and pretty much all of it is coming to EGS, including the latest mainline entry in the series, Kingdom Hearts 3. Its PC requirements are now live as well.

The game's listing is now live, and you'll need at minimum an Intel Core i5 3330 or an AMD Ryzen3 1200 with 8GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or an AMD Radeon R7 260X. For recommended, it's not a huge gap with an Intel Core i5 7500 or an AMD Ryzen3 3100 with 8GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. You'll also need 75 GB of storage. All the other titles' listings are also up on Epic Games Store with other entries having lesser requirements, so if you can run this one you are good for the whole series.

Kingdom Hearts 3 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will release along with the rest of the series on PC on March 30th.

Minimum
OS: Win 10 64 (ver. 1909 or later)
Processor: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz / AMD Ryzen R3 1200
Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 260X or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
VRAM: 2GB
Memory: 8 GB RAM or more
Storage: 75 GB or more

Recommended 
OS: Win 10 64 (ver. 1909 or later)
Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core 3.6GHz
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
VRAM: 8GB
Memory: 8 GB RAM or more
Storage: 75 GB or more


Xbox Series X/S' FPS Boost Will Mostly Focus on Xbox One Games for Now

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With support for an initial batch of five solid games, Microsoft's new FPS Boost feature – the newest addition to their increasingly impressive backward compatibility support on Xbox Series X/S – is already off to a great start, and with Microsoft promising that more games will continue to get support for the feature in the coming months and years, there's definitely cause for excitement.

But can players look forward to even some of the older Xbox legacy titles benefitting from the technology? The current batch of games is exclusively from the Xbox One library, but how long will it be before we begin seeing Xbox 360 and original Xbox games getting support added for FPS Boost as well? According to Xbox's director of program management Jason Ronald, for now, Microsoft are focused on Xbox One games.

Speaking with Kinda Funny, Ronald said that while support for now is mostly going to be for Xbox One games, Microsoft are still evaluating how to add the technology to older titles as well.

"Right now, we're focused primarily on Xbox One generation titles because we've seen the best results there," said Ronald. "We're still evaluating, can we bring this technology back to Xbox 360 games or original Xbox games?"

Thankfully, there's no shortage of games from the Xbox One library that would really benefit from FPS Boost (Dragon Age: Inquisition might be getting support soon), so it's not like Microsoft are going to run out of games to look at anytime soon. Let's just hope it isn't too long before we begin seeing the feature in older games as well.


NieR Re[in]carnation Has Been Downloaded Over 3 Million Times

NieR Reincarnation

Thanks in big part to the unexpected success and performance of NieR Automata, the franchise became an unlikely hit for Square Enix. Right now the eyes are primarily on the upcoming remaster of the first game in the series, NieR Replicant. However, it's not the only game that's fairly new for the franchise, as the mobile title Re[in]carnation is out in Japan, and its success shows the series wasn't just a one-hit wonder.

As announced on the official Japanese Twitter, it seems the mobile title has been quite the success having now been downloaded over 3 million times. The game is free to play, so what kind of money it made in that time is up in the air, but 3 million is still impressive, especially since the game is only widely available in one region. They are also giving out 1,000 gems to every active user due to the milestone.

NieR Re[in]carnation is available now in Japan on all compatible iOS and Android devices. The game has been confirmed to come to the west, but as of now no time frame is set.


Dragon Age: Inquisition Could be Getting FPS Boost Support on Xbox Series X/S Soon

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Microsoft recently unveiled and kicked off FPS Boost for backward compatibility on Xbox Series X/S, which natively boosts the frame rate of select titles (though that might come at the cost of resolution in some cases, it seems). The feature has launched with support from an initial batch of five games, namely Watch Dogs 2, Far Cry 4, UFC 4, Sniper Elite 4, and New Super Lucky's Tale. It seems, however, that if things had gone a little differently, that batch might have had one pretty big additional game.

As per Xbox's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, BioWare's 2014 RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition was planned for the first batch of FPS Boost supported games, but things didn't exactly pan out. "As with all best laid plans, things sometimes change at the last minute," said Hryb.

Given the fact that Microsoft were looking at the game as one of the first to support FPS Boost, the obvious implication would be that it's still being looked at, and might be one of the games to receive support for the feature in the near future (hopefully even the next batch). Microsoft have said that they'll be adding support for FPS Boost to more games going forward, while Hryb says we'll be hearing more "in the coming weeks and months."

Don't expect every single backward compatibility game to support FPS Boost though, as the feature might not be possible in certain games. Read more on that through here.


Sony Still Acquiring Bluepoint Games, "Just a Matter of When" – Rumor

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Amid the many acquisitions, both rumored and definite, Sony acquiring Bluepoint Games has been one of the more interesting. The latter has worked exclusively on Sony platforms over the past few years, most recently with Demon's Souls on the PS5. So an acquisition by Sony doesn't seem like the most far-fetched deal.

Nevertheless, when MarsipanRumpan posted this on ResetEra and agreed to be banned if it didn't come to pass before February 28th, there was some skepticism. Administrator Transistor has since commented recently that, "There's been smoke from multiple sources about Bluepoint being acquired by Sony, so it's pretty much going to happen, it's just a matter of when. I had faith enough that it was going to happen so I would never have to ban them in the first place."

Again, take this all with a grain of salt. It would certainly make sense given how well the relationship between both companies has worked out. Even if Bluepoint isn't acquired, there have been rumors of it working on a Bloodborne remaster with QLOC of Dark Souls Remastered fame. This will apparently be coming to PC but you can bet a PS5 release is on the cards as well. Stay tuned for more details, as always.


Starfield Release Targeted for 2021 "As of Late Last Year" – Insider

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With all the news surrounding Bethesda Softworks as of late, especially with its acquisition at the hands of Microsoft, the questions surrounding Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 haven't stopped. When will we hear more? When are they releasing? At least for the former, the goal seems to have been this year according to insider NateDrake on ResetEra.

Responding to comments by VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb on Microsoft holding an event in March, NateDrake said, "There has been a strong hope and desire to have Starfield launch this yer. How major the impacts due to COVID have been on the title is anyone's guess, but 2021 was the intended goal for release as of a few months ago."

Of course, he made sure to clarify that it's not guaranteed to happen. "I'm not saying it'll 100% for certain happen; but, as of late last year, I was hearing the goal was to launch this year. But it is a Bethesda game and delays or issues may arise to prevent the release from coming."

If it does release this year, it would certainly fit Bethesda's M.O. for releasing titles. Both Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 were revealed and released in their respective years. As for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen this affect development for other Bethesda-published titles like Arkane Studios' Deathloop.

Even if the company wants to follow the same process for Starfield, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft factors in. If the rumored March event following Bethesda's acquisition is indeed taking place, we may learn more there. Stay tuned for more details in the meantime.


Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition – Dan Hibiki Joins the Roster Today

Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition - Dan Hibiki

Season 5 of Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition kicks off today with Dan Hibiki joining the roster. As the first DLC character in the Season Pass, Dan brings new combos to the table. He's still plenty humorous though, as the trailer below showcases.

Billed as training and becoming stronger, Dan brings some fairly good-looking combos to the table. His V-Triggers are very good for setting up combos while his V-Shift seems to function as a nice last-minute evade (complete with a twinkling eye). Alternate costumes are showcased at the end, including one that's seemingly a cartoon version of Dan's head.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is out now for PS4 and PC. Along with Dan, Season 5 introduces other DLC characters like Rose, Oro and Akira from Project Justice. Purchasing the Premium or Character Pass will also provide a bonus character "Eleven". The fifth and final DLC fighter for this season has yet to be revealed so stay tuned for more details.


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