Jun 17, 22:00

Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 6:30 PM

Maja Moldenhauer, the director at the studio behind Cuphead and its DLC, recently talked about how the company's number one priority is making sure its employees are healthy and treated well. In fact, Moldenhauer explained that she didn't even care about delays.


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 5:45 PM

WWE CEO and chairperson Vince McMahon "voluntarily stepped back" from his roles within the company amid an investigation of an alleged affair and payout with a WWE employee, according to the Wall Street Journal. Here's everything we know about McMahon's ongoing investigation so far.


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 4:55 PM

Following last night's back-to-back JRPG stream, not-E3 2022 is officially a wrap. It was a weird one this year. Bethesda finally showed off more than eight seconds of Starfield gameplay, four years after its initial announcement. Several prestigious studios announced remakes of cultural touchstones that may or may…


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 4:40 PM

Here we find ourselves at another happy Friday, so to get your post-work life up and running as you engage weekend mode, I've put together a dainty little list of five noteworthy, totally free games on Steam.


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 3:15 PM

The CEO of Madden maker Electronic Arts is set to rake in $19.8 million in total compensation for his company's strong performance in 2021. That's about half of what it was for 2020 after EA's Board of Directors cracked down on exorbitant bonuses in the face of shareholder backlash, but still several hundred times…


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 3:00 PM

Neon White, out now for Switch and PC, is easily one of the best games of the year. Between the anime vibes and the kickass soundtrack from Machine Girl, you'll find a deliciously stylish speedrunning gauntlet that's as easy to learn as it is hard to master. Over the past few days, I haven't been able to put it down.…


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 2:40 PM

By now, you've probably seen the reviews for Tribute Games' TMNT: Shredder's Revenge. It's got an 85 on Metacritic and an 87 on OpenCritic, scores that solidify the general consensus among critics: Shredder's Revenge is 2022's raddest beat 'em up so far. I want to take that a step further and say this lovingly crafted…


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 2:27 PM

When developer Wilhelm Nylund shared a video of the upcoming Haste: Broken Worlds on Twitter earlier this week, it almost immediately blew up. The preview has since garnered almost 1 million views as well as thousands of retweets and likes. Much of the ongoing conversation, however, involves wishing Haste's speed and…


PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 7:09 PM
     Is Ark cross play or cross platform?

Surviving in a post-apocalyptic dinosaur world is more fun with friends, and if you're wondering about Ark cross play and cross platform support, there's good news for you – depending on who you want to play with. Studio Wildcard did implement Ark cross play support, but the way it works for PC players is somewhat restrictive. If you are able to play with your friends, joining a session is a straightforward process, as long as you don't want to host a dedicated server, so you can hop on with your friends in almost no time.

RELATED LINKS: Ark dinosaurs taming guide, Ark mods, Ark console commands

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 5:54 PM
     New Minecraft DLC wants you to crash land your ship by mistake

A new round of Minecraft DLC just landed, bringing Buzz Lightyear to the blocky builder game and transforming your Minecraft experience. The Lightyear DLC costs 1,340 Minecoins on the Minecraft Marketplace, or roughly $13, and it includes a Lightyear-themed character creation item and a mission pack that recreates Buzz's inaugural movie in Minecraft. It also lets you take control of Buzz and several key characters from the movie. You'll play through five missions spanning a mine, a swamp, and alien planets, piloting your own spacecraft – or crashing it – between destinations and using a wide array of Lightyear's signature gadgets and weapons to take down bosses.

RELATED LINKS: Minecraft console commands, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 4:59 PM
     How to craft an Ark Sanguine Elixir

Not sure how to craft an Ark Sanguine Elixir? The latest addition to the survival game's stable of DLC, Fjordur may have begun life as one of the many Ark mods out there, but it's (quite fittingly) evolved into something much larger. More creatures mean more taming, and that's where the Sanguine Elixir comes in handy.

Before you can begin to craft the Sanguine Elixir, you'll first need to tame an Ark Desmodus. These blood-sucking vampire bats are fiercely aggressive, and will certainly take you on the ride of your life. Thankfully, our lengthy guide detailing exactly how to handle a Desmodus will come in handy if it's your first time tackling these beasts.

RELATED LINKS: Ark dinosaurs taming guide, Ark mods, Ark console commands

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 4:05 PM
     Ark Desmodus: spawn locations, controls, and how to tame

So you want to tame an Ark desmodus? Introduced in the free Fjordur update to the survival game, this ferocious flying creature is considered one of the best Ark dinos you can subdue in the entire game. This is mainly for its ability to craft Sanguine Elixirs, but the Desmodus has plenty of other benefits as well, so grabbing yourself one of these bodacious bat-things should be high priority.

RELATED LINKS: Ark dinosaurs taming guide, Ark mods, Ark console commands

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 3:12 PM
     These Elden Ring mods add Final Fantasy 7 cosplay to The Lands Between

If your Tarnished is looking a bit like a goody-two-shoes, a new set of Elden Ring mods inspired by Final Fantasy 7 may just be the makeover you need in the action RPG. Mod creator Tailmaget designed a Sephiroth mod for your playable character in the vein of the one-winged angel's final form, and a fancy skin for Malenia's sword so it matches the original Safer-Sephiroth's weapon. If you want to claim the mods for yourself, though, it'll take a bit of work and is probably better suited to a New Game+ run, since the mods work with a select few pieces of armor and a weapon you can only obtain late in the game.

RELATED LINKS: The best Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, The best Elden Ring classes

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 7:34 PM
     Overwatch 2 features the brand-new Push mode which introduces players to Barricades and the big friendly robot known at TS-1.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 7:32 PM
     Mark your territory with these werewolf abilities in The Sims 4.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 7:31 PM
     The Sims 4 Werewolf Pack has finally dropped and for those looking to get the add-on, here's how much The Sims 4 Werewolf Pack will cost you.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 7:28 PM
     It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's werewolves!

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 7:12 PM
     A Wordle a day keeps the... word doctor away?

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 6:19 PM
     Today Atlus released one of its daily trailers of the upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2, focusing on the demons that will appear in the game.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 5:57 PM
     Today third-party developers had a lot of juicy reveals and releases of Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, including aircraft and airports.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 2:08 PM
     Bandai Namco released another character trailer of its upcoming fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R.

Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 4:00 PM

Final Fantasy XIV Crystalline Conflict European Cup

European Final Fantasy XIV players will have the opportunity to enter the Crystalline Conflict Cup. This is a PvP event that will be held from July 21-22, 2022. The tournament will feature commentary on the matches through Twitch. More details about the Final Fantasy XIV Crystalline Conflict European Cup will be announced close to the tournament date.


The Crystalline Conflict is a PvP mode that appeared in Final Fantasy XIV as of patch 6.1. The mode itself consists of players duking it out while trying to move their respective crystal towards objective points on the map. A ranked system exists for the Crystalline Conflict, which provides rewards for players based on their performances. A battle pass was also made available through the patch update.

Since its release, several Job Classes have seen numerous adjustments as a result. Final Fantasy XIV Producer Naoki Yoshida spoke briefly about the mentioned balance changes, assuring players that a lot of information regarding the win rates of specific Job Classes were taken into consideration. This was also done to encourage players to use other Job Classes, like the Black Mage.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. The Crystalline Conflict European Cup will be held from July 21 to July 22, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 3:00 PM

final fantasy tactics 25th anniversary

Final Fantasy Tactics launched in Japan on June 20, 1997. To celebrate the sub-franchise's 25th anniversary, we're sharing our Final Fantasy Tactics memories.

My Final Fantasy Tactics memory is a sad one! I arrived fashionably late to the PlayStation party and acquired a system long after launch. Which meant I didn't get to its games for a while! I'd purchased a used copy of FFT and meant to play it! I did get into a few battles. But an ex-boyfriend indefinitely "borrowed" it.Which means I didn't really play it until War of the Lions for the PSP. Given the extra classes and refinements, that probably wasn't the worst thing. — Jenni

final fantasy tactics 25 years

I've got two main Final Fantasy Tactics memories. The first dates back to a few years after the PS1 release, when I was in high school and found out that the copy of Tactics that was given to me as a birthday present was worth several hundred dollars on a website called "eBay," but only if it was in good condition. Sadly, my copy wasn't.

The second memory came after the game was relaunched as Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on PSP, receiving a new translation, and crucially, a number of exclusive cutscenes. The best of them is one celebrating eternal Saint of Lady Knights Agrias Oaks' birthday. Despite having some real "you have to buy the guide to even know this happens"-type BS requirements, the little scene is lovely and has slowly colonized all my memories of this classic game. People may occasionally argue that the PS1 version was better, but this scene proves them wrong all on its own. — Josh

final fantasy tactics advance tutorial

The original Final Fantasy Tactics is fun! It's great! But my heart lies with its GBA successor. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance swaps a visual style that hasn't aged technically quite as well for one that still looks stellar! It swaps a tough onboarding process for one of the best tutorials in gaming history. And perhaps most importantly, it doesn't swap the core tactical system that made the first game so great. I'd love a Tactics remake that polishes up its shortcomings, for sure. But Advance doesn't need one to be a blast. — Graham

What are your Final Fantasy Tactics memories? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! And read our other handy roundtables for more thoughts from the Siliconera team.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 2:00 PM

World of Games Storefront Puts Up Persona 5 Royal Switch Listing

World of Games put a Switch product listing up for Persona 5 Royal. This could be a potential leak for another version of the game. At the moment, the game is only confirmed for the PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. It will come to those platforms on October 21, 2022. However, WOG.Ch also suggests it will come to the Switch on that same day.

Here's a screenshot of the product listing that appeared on June 17, 2022, in the event the page is pulled.
World of Games Storefront Puts Up Persona 5 Royal Switch Listing

And here's the Persona 5 Royal Switch box art from the page. It has the WOG.Ch watermark across the front. It lists it as a PEGI 16 title, which is the rating the PS4 version had in the region.
World of Games Storefront Puts Up Persona 5 Royal Switch Listing

The product listing suggests that Deep Silver will be the publisher for the game. However, Sega acted as the publisher for the PS4 version of Persona 5 Royal in Europe.

This doesn't guarantee Persona 5 Royal is headed to the system. This could be an incorrect or inaccurate leak.

Persona 5 Royal is available for the PlayStation 4. It will come to the PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on October 21, 2022. If this possible product listing is accurate, Persona 5 Royal could also appear on the Nintendo Switch.

The post World of Games Storefront Puts Up Persona 5 Royal Switch Listing appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, June 17, 2022 6:30 PM
     V Rising patch castle deadSo far, developer Stunlock Studios' open-world vampire survival game V Rising has seen a surprising degree of success, as it has already exceeded two million sales and received a warm reception from players. Of course, being an Early Access game, V Rising still has a few rough edges and balancing issues that need ironing out. Luckily, the developer has fully dedicated itself to putting out regular updates that address feedback from fans. The newest patch for V Rising implements everything from balance adjustments to bug fixes to new features outright, including a nerf to mounted melee damage. According to the patch notes on Steam, one of the new features included in the update comes in the form of a quality-of-life improvement to castle building. Now, players can freely remove floors and borders located near walls and pillars without needing to take down the wall or pillar beforehand. Note that players can only do this if removing the floor or border piece "does not lea...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, June 17, 2022 4:00 PM
     DayZ update explosion carThose itching to experience something new in developer Bohemia Interactive's zombie survival game DayZ will likely appreciate the new update that just dropped. Labeled as update 1.18, this new batch of DayZ content grants players new weapon options as well as a new dynamic event to spice up gameplay. The dynamic event in question comes in the form of deadly train wrecks that can now occur somewhere on the map. These events have three tiers to them, which include civilian and military trains, and players can take advantage of these crashes by finding valuable weapons and loot in the middle of the wreckage. However, players should not expect to do so without meeting any resistance, as the former passengers of these trains will group up and attack those who cause too much of a racket.   An explosive new edge to zombie survival As for the new weapons, they mostly center around explosions in some way. For instance, the new M79 functions as a devastating grenade launcher that ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, June 17, 2022 2:30 PM
     Diablo Immortal revenueDiablo Immortal, Blizzard's recently released mobile (and PC) title, has racked up $24 million USD in revenue in two weeks. This data was revealed via AppMagic, and shows that the game has been a financial success for the company. However, this isn't exactly brilliant news due to Diablo Immortal's notorious use of microtransactions. The free-to-play mobile game received plenty of backlash at release for its monetization scheme. Essentially, players can level up their character's gear with a currency called Legendary Gems. These Gems range from different tiers, and in order to get the best ones, players will have to get lucky and hope they drop from Legendary Crests. Of course, there's another way to get them that involves spending actual cash, which is where the issue is.   In order to make decent progress in the game, players are heavily incentivized to spend real money. It's this tactic that has likely made Diablo Immortal so successful for Bl...

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, June 17, 2022 6:00 PM
     The classic Support Legend is finally getting the love she deserves. Lifeline has been around for basically forever in Apex Legends. The support Legend was part of the original six when the battle royale game first came out in 2019 and has continued to play a vital role in many squad lineups. The support Legend […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, June 17, 2022 5:00 PM
     Enter dungeons, slay enemies, collect rewards, rinse and repeat. Farm XP and gain Legendary Gems and Equipment by clearing out Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal. Fans of previous Diablo games will be very familiar with Elder Rifts in Diablo Immortal, as these dungeons resemble the Nephalem Rifts from Diablo III. Like Nephalem Rifts, players can […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, June 17, 2022 4:00 PM
     Goodbye, Bikini Girl. Hello, Lana del Ray. The amount of mod and customization that GTA 5 offers is truly insane at this point. Questions do not start with "what you can do with mods in GTA 5" anymore. These days, the question "what can you not do with mods" in GTA 5 is more appropriate.  […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, June 17, 2022 3:00 PM
     Undetected Infiltration is one of the world quests Genshin Impact that was added during the 2.7 version update of the game. It is one of the quests that adds detail and story to the region in Liyue called The Chasm. During this quest, you will help a Millelith Squad take care of a group of […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, June 17, 2022 4:05 PM

Dragon's Dogma veterans Daigo Ikeno and Kenichi Suzuki returning

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, June 17, 2022 3:25 PM

It will also be compatible with Steam Deck

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, June 17, 2022 2:09 PM

Jun 17, 14:00

Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 1:50 PM

Last year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announced that Sora from Kingdom Hearts would be the last character in the fighting game roster. But that hasn't stopped fans from trying to add their own favorites to the game. Yesterday, a fan uploaded a mod that lets Smash players turn Hero into Crono from Chrono Trigger. And…


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 1:30 PM

When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds publisher Krafton's attempt to put a face on its artificial "virtual human" technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She's airbrushed, but still tangible. She's biting her tongue, looking…


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 1:04 PM

Infamous internet clown and horrible SNL host Elon Musk and his two large companies, Tesla and SpaceX, are facing a ludicrously large $258 billion lawsuit over…uh…Dogecoin. As I've said before, 2022 is just a wild year of headlines.


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 12:12 PM

Today, WWE CEO Vince McMahon "voluntarily stepped back" from his roles within the company amid an ongoing investigation of an alleged affair and payout with a WWE employee, according to the Wall Street Journal. His daughter, Stephanie McMahon, will serve as the wrestling promotion's interim CEO and chairperson.


Kotaku Friday, June 17, 2022 10:50 AM

Indie tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) designers will have some new rules to play with soon. Monte Cook Games announced last week that its core set of tabletop roleplaying game rules, known as the Cypher System, is switching to an open license that will allow anyone to design and sell content using its rules. The…


PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 12:43 PM
     A new Dark Souls story is coming from a prominent Star Wars creator

Michael Stackpole, author of the Star Wars: X-Wing novels, is teaming up with FromSoftware to write a new Dark Souls story called Dark Souls: Masque of Vindication, publisher Yen Press announced in a press release. Masque of Vindication releases in October 2022 and returns to the setting of the original Dark Souls and presents the action RPG through "fresh eyes," Yen Press said. The key character is a nameless, hollowed sorcerer who awakens in a prison cell, surrounded by death and absorbing the flickers of life from the corpses around him to regain a sense of himself.

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 12:20 PM
     The best Minecraft seeds 2022

What are the best Minecraft seeds? These seeds are codes that the game uses to generate worlds for you - worlds full of interesting landscapes and key landmarks ripe for exploration. They cover everything from jaw-dropping vistas and landscapes to thrilling dungeons filled to bursting with loot.

Your job is simple: pick the one you want to play around in, whether that's a great spawn location or an idyllic landscape. To get the best Minecraft seeds up and running, all you have to do is grab the digits and place them into the seed field when you're next creating a Minecraft world. The game will do all the heavy lifting, leaving you to explore and create beautiful Minecraft seeds to your heart's content.

Regardless of whether you're a professional miner or someone about to load up their first world, there's something you can't control in Minecraft: the terrain itself. While your mind may be brimming with possibilities, all too frequently you'll spawn in a bland, uninspiring world full of flat grassland and the odd chicken. Hardly the canvas for your masterpiece. Hence this article, a complete collection of the best Minecraft seeds, from the inspiring to the functional and everything in between.

RELATED LINKS: Minecraft console commands, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 12:11 PM
     The Sims 4 players spot several sneaky FFXIV references

Fans playing the new The Sims 4 Werewolves expansion have spotted a couple of clever nods in the life game's item descriptions towards critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV. The text descriptions for several new items added to The Sims 4 make sneaky references to the latest FFXIV expansions, Shadowbringers and Endwalker.

First up is the 'Racked Teak-a Greatshelves' - the name of which which by itself might spark up recognition in fans of the MMO game as a fun play on Shadowbringers location the Rak'tika Greatwood. The item description references the "Warriors of Write" (a play on FFXIV's Warriors of Light) and features the line "one brings shadow, one brings light, some are even two-toned," a quote adapted from the lyrics of Who Brings Shadow, the theme song for Shadowbringers' primary antagonist.

As if that wasn't enough, the description finishes by saying that "having one of these in your house will have you RIDING HOOOOOOME as soon as possible just to see it again." Those iconic two words ring out as the centrepiece of the song's chorus, and - as a long-time Final Fantasy player myself - even reading them in text form out of context in a Sims game makes me just a little bit emotional.

RELATED LINKS: Best Sims 4 mods, Best Sims 4 sex mods, Play The Sims 4

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 11:57 AM
     Diablo Immortal microtransactions have made $24 million

Diablo Immortal microtransactions have generated $24 million USD of revenue in the game's first two weeks, with players in the United States and South Korea spending the most on in-game purchases for the RPG game.

Data from industry tracking website AppMagic reveals that, since its launch on June 2, Blizzard's latest RPG has been downloaded more than five million times and has quickly become the developer's second-highest mobile earner, surpassed only by the almighty Hearthstone, which released in 2014.

The majority of Immortal's downloads come from players in the United States and South Korea, and these two countries have also been the highest spenders in terms of microtransactions – the United States is top, accounting for around 43% of Immortal's earnings so far, with South Korea coming in second, contributing around 23% to the game's total yield.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo Immortal tier list, Diablo Immortal system requirements, Best Diablo Immortal builds

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 11:53 AM
     Diablo Immortal leveling guide – how to level up fast

What's the secret to Diablo Immortal leveling? Obviously, the aim of the game is to soak up as many experience points (XP) as quickly as you can in order to unlock more skills. More skills means dishing out more damage, and that means gaining even more XP. But since Diablo Immortal is structured as a mobile game, there are some additional sources of XP you'll want to look out for regularly, especially as you make your first steps in Blizzard's RPG game.

At its core, Diablo Immortal leveling is similar to its predecessors in the way you develop your characters: killing monsters gives you XP, gold, and loot, and you'll use this to advance in levels and gain additional power. Leveling up itself is a cinch: you'll gain a boost in power through some background stat gains automatically. To help you sprint to the level cap as fast as you can, here are some leveling tips to help you gain XP quickly:

RELATED LINKS: Diablo Immortal tier list, Diablo Immortal system requirements, Best Diablo Immortal builds

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 11:43 AM
     Steam Deck 2 – release date, price, specs, and benchmark rumours

Valve may have already released "the best handheld around" as we coined it in our Steam Deck review, but the company is already hard at work putting together Steam Deck 2. This isn't too surprising given how many people are clearly interested in the Deck, with the amount of reservations already pushing the expected availability of the device all the way back to 'after Q2' of this year. Time will tell, however, how much of an upgrade it will offer and whether it can stand up to competitors like the Ayaneo Next.

Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve, nonchalantly confirmed the existence of Steam Deck 2 in an interview with Edge magazine, saying that the release of the company's handheld gaming PC would "help frame our thinking for Deck 2." Newell elaborated that the design of a new Deck would concern itself with capitalizing on "the capabilities that mobile gives us, above and beyond what you would get in a traditional desk or laptop gaming environment."

Unfortunately, Valve is keeping the finer details of what it's cooking up in its Washington offices under strict lock and key. However, we do have some ideas of what to expect from the Steam Deck 2's specs compared to the company's current portable powerhouse.

RELATED LINKS: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 11:19 AM
     Minecraft Legends release date speculation, gameplay, and rumours

When is the Minecraft Legends release date? This is a new action strategy game from Blackbird Interactive set within the world of Minecraft. Minecraft Legends sees the player take on the role of a legendary hero whose destiny is to unite the factions of the Overworld. If the Overworld doesn't unite in time, they won't be able to defend their homes against the Nether's army of Pigmin.

RELATED LINKS: Minecraft Legends release date, The best strategy games on PC, The best crafting games on PC

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 1:50 PM
     Grab $450 off this Gigabyte RTX 3070 gaming laptop on Amazon

Using the best gaming laptop can help shake up your setup, as it'll enable you to bring your Steam library on the go. While full-fat gaming PC builds can feature beefier specs, mobile solutions now wield discrete GPUs that offer desktop levels of performance. Of course, portable rigs can cost a pretty penny, especially if they're equipped with the best graphics cards. However, deals do pop up from time to time, and you can currently grab $450 off Gigabyte's RTX 3070 offering on Amazon.

Over on Amazon US, you can now get the Gigabyte A5 X1 gaming laptop for $1,299, thanks to a 26% discount. This portable powerhouse is packing an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, and 16GB of gaming RAM, a specs list that puts it on par with some full-sized gaming PCs. It's also under £1,000 in the UK, if you live across the pond.

The Gigabyte A5 X1 features a 240Hz 1080p display, which should come in handy if you're into playing the best FPS games. The screen also boasts anti-glare qualities, so you won't need to worry about a sunny day spoiling your gaming sessions.

RELATED LINKS: Gigabyte Aero 15 laptop review, Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming 7 WiFi review, Best AMD gaming motherboard

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 10:47 AM
     The best Diablo Immortal Demon Hunter build for PvP and PvE

When it comes to making the best Diablo Immortal Demon Hunter build, there are several important factors to consider. The Demon Hunter is an attractive Diablo Immortal class as it's capable of dealing huge amounts of damage, earning a high rank on our Diablo Immortal tier list. A Demon Hunter's main objective is to deal as much damage as possible while herding large groups of enemies with its crowd control effects.

Taking advantage of late-game item drops, Diablo Immortal gems, and several powerful skills is key to making the best Diablo Immortal Demon Hunter build. We've gone for a mix of AoE attacks that inflict slowdown effects on foes, alongside a set of gear that greatly enhances the Demon Hunter's ultimate ability.

It's going to take a while to get everything you need to make this build, as one of the skills requires a level 50 character, and there's plenty of legendary gear to collect. Once you have everything, though, you'll be a nigh-on unstoppable monster in both PvE and PvP. This Demon Hunter build works best when playing with friends, but can do reasonably well if you're playing this RPG game independently.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo Immortal tier list, Diablo Immortal system requirements, Best Diablo Immortal builds

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 10:27 AM
     AMD could be working on a Ryzen APU for Steam Deck 2

AMD could be cooking up a Steam Deck 2 Ryzen APU, as rumours suggest a "Van Gogh Successor" is coming. The new chip supposedly features Zen 4 and RDNA 3 architectures, and it'll aim to be an "ultra low powered" version of the next-gen Phoenix point CPU.

According to Moore's Law is Dead, the potential Steam Deck 2 APU packs four cores, eight threads, and four WorkGroup Processors. It's apparently smaller than Valve's current chip of choice but larger than Mendocino, an RDNA 2 alternative that's similar to Van Gogh.

It's worth noting that while "Little Phoenix" like a perfect fit for the Steam Deck 2, it doesn't mean a handheld successor is coming soon. The current iteration of Valve's portable powerhouse is still in high demand, so the company probably isn't in a hurry to release a new handheld. Sources claim the new APU project began late into the Phoneix development cycle, meaning it probably won't be ready until sometime next year.

RELATED LINKS: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 10:16 AM
     Mana debit card: everything you need to know

If you've ever thought you should be getting more rewards that are better tailored to your lifestyle than you already do, then you should consider getting a Mana debit card. Mana is launching in the US later this year, and offers up reward points for everything you buy which you can then redeem for video games, gift cards and other gaming gear.

Imagine: you go out for your weekly food shop, put fuel in your card while you're there, and maybe drop by a drive-thru on the way home for a snack. You pay for all of this with your Mana debit card, earning reward points each time. And when you're next looking around the Xbox store for a bargain, you can use those reward points to pick up an Xbox gift card and save yourself some money buying the game that just caught your eye.

The best part is that Mana is free to use, so there's no cost to you for using the card - just rewards. That said, there is also Mana Pro, which for a yearly fee increases the rewards you earn and grants you a bunch of great bonuses, like a year of Discord Nitro and three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 9:54 AM
     Stardew Valley mod lets NPCs come visit you, just like Animal Crossing

A new Stardew Valley mod allows for NPC companions to randomly drop by and hang out at your farmhouse, adding a feature that fans have long wanted to see included, and bringing the agricultural adventure a little closer to Nintendo's Animal Crossing.

RELATED LINKS: Stardew Valley multiplayer, Stardew Valley realism, The best Stardew Valley mods

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 9:47 AM
     Dread Delusion is a vibrant take on Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Dread Delusion is a gorgeous fantasy game with a vibrantly coloured open world that feels inspired by classic RPG The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. James Wragg from developer Lovely Hellplace describes the game, which launched on Steam Early Access on June 15, as "a retro cosmic horror role-playing game, or perhaps just a swordy, jumpy romp through a world teeming with interesting characters and terrifying monsters."

Dread Delusion's eye-catching retro 3D design is reminiscent of late 90s visuals, even featuring the gentle graphical wobble associated with the likes of the first PlayStation's graphics. Most immediately noticeable is the bold pink and purple hues of the skyline and the giant, shimmering blood moon. The game features a handcrafted open world comprised of floating islands above a broken planet whose surface "seethes with an undead curse."

As you take on the game's quests or simply explore the world for yourself, you will encounter plenty of threats. However, Lovely Hellplace notes that combat is "never the only option" and that "a keen mind or charming wit can prove just as useful as a sword," so we're hopeful for plenty of non-violent solutions to encounters.

RELATED LINKS: Best PC RPGs, Best fantasy games on PC, Best open-world games on PC

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 9:40 AM
     Halo Infinite ranks – new ranking system explained

Want to know how Halo Infinite ranks work? In addition to the many unranked game types on offer, the free-to-play FPS game has a ranked mode where players can compete against each other in tense matches. The match's outcome determines how many points players gain or lose towards the next rank.

But how do you rise through the Halo Infinite ranks? Theoretically, it's straightforward: play well in every ranked arena match. However, that's not easy to put into practice. The ranked arena playlist has several game types on rotation: Slayer, Capture the Flag, Oddball, and Strongholds. You must complete ten matches in ranked arena mode to earn a starting rank in one of the many ranked leaderboards.

To increase your rank, you need to perform well in matches by killing enemy Spartans, assisting allies in killing enemies, or completing objectives in any non-Slayer match types. As long as you aren't constantly dying and you play well, you should make progress towards the next rank after every match. However, a poor performance will take away some progress towards the next rank, and you don't want that to happen.

RELATED LINKS: Halo Infinite system requirements, Halo Infinite Bosses, Halo Infinite ranks

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 9:33 AM
     Razer Viper V2 Pro review – the best ultra-light wireless gaming mouse

The Razer Viper V2 Pro could be the best wireless gaming mouse for many gamers out there, particularly those who predominantly play FPS games like CS:GO, Valorant, and Warzone. This clicker is crazy light at 58g while also offering class-leading specs and battery life to boot, but its high price tag and sparse feature set may push some to consider cheaper, more versatile alternatives.

RELATED LINKS: Razer Viper V2 Pro review, Razer Barracuda Pro review, Razer Enki Pro review

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 10:59 AM
     Does Diablo 4 have crossplay?

Trying to find out if Diablo 4 has crossplay? We've finally been given a crypt's worth of new information on this highly anticipated RPG game thanks to the recent Xbox and Bethesda showcase in June 2022. Diablo fans were treated to everything from a full reveal of the Necromancer class, new gameplay footage, and even some extra details on campaign length and what microtransactions you can expect when launch rolls around.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo 4 release date, The best games like Diablo you can play on PC, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 8:01 AM
     Intel Arc A380 barely beats entry-level AMD Radeon GPU

The Intel Arc desktop GPU is supposed to be 25% faster than AMD's Radeon RX 6400, but new benchmarks suggest otherwise. While the Arc A380 features higher specs at a cheaper price point, it supposedly fails to leave the red team's entry-level card completely in the dust.

According to benchmarks by 3DCenter, The Intel Arc A380 is only 4% faster than the Radeon RX 6400. Performance increase figures jump to 21% with price factored into the equation, with both figures failing to match the blue team's promotional claims.

Of course, further driver optimisation may help improve the A380's abilities, but 3DCentre has already reevaluated its performance forecasts for the Arc Alchemist lineup. The site now predicts that the flagship A780 will be "slightly worse than GeForce RTX 3060 Ti," while midrange cards might struggle against the RTX 3050.

RELATED LINKS: Arc Alchemist GPUs - everything we know, Raptor Lake CPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 8:53 AM
     Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters will have all their guns taken off them

Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters are the bane of our lives. It's hard enough trying to survive, with the STG 44s and EOD perks, and trying to get our heads around the new Fortune's Keep map – the learning curve, when your rivals have the best guns, immunity to explosives, and you don't even know where you're going, is steep enough.

RELATED LINKS: Warzone loadouts, Best AR in Warzone , The best guns in Warzone

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 7:51 AM
     The best Diablo Immortal builds

Looking for some powerful Diablo Immortal builds to start experimenting with? Blizzard Entertainment's mobile-focused action-RPG has arrived on PC, and hardcore Diablo fans are already busily min-maxing their favourite classes to create unstoppable farming machines.

Between the six classes and innumerable legendary items and gems, there are lots of ways you can hone your heroes, whether you want to be brilliant at buffing teammates, mighty in melees, or specialists at taking down single targets. Despite having so many options at your disposal, the basics of making the best Diablo builds are satisfyingly simple: you find a combination of abilities that you're comfortable with, and then buff them with all the legendary loot you can find.

We have not included a build for every class in the RPG game, instead we've listed builds that are straightforward to play and relatively easy to grind for - hence why our Diablo Immortal Necromancer build isn't here. And while we've listed the legendary items that are key to each build, you won't find recommendations for legendary weapons unless they're essential - most of the time, you only need to look out for good rolls and effects that gel with your build. Check out our dedicated Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Crusader, Monk, and Wizard build guides if you're looking for builds with full gear recommendations.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo Immortal tier list, Diablo Immortal system requirements, Best Diablo Immortal builds

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 7:32 AM
     GTA V's NPCs might actually be players trying to steal your car

The citizens of Los Santos, home to Rockstar's open-world epic GTA V, are a mixed bunch. Some are pleasant, idling away the hours playing volleyball, or shopping at Rockford Plaza. Some are rude, shouting, swearing, and trying to fight you if you so much as graze past them. And some aren't NPCs at all – some are rival players, trying to catch you off guard and steal your supercar.


PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 7:29 AM
     You can guarantee Overwatch 2 beta access – for a price

Getting Overwatch 2 beta access might be a bit of a lottery, but Activision Blizzard has provided one way to guarantee yourself an entry ticket - providing that you're willing to pay for it. The Overwatch 2 Watchpoint pack, which is now available for sale on the Battle.net store, ensures entry to the Overwatch 2 beta along with the first Overwatch 2 battle pass when the FPS game enters early access in October.

Currently, sign-ups are available for the game's second PvP beta on the Overwatch website. However, not everyone who signs up is guaranteed access, and having access to the previous beta does not carry over to this new one. The Watchpoint pack, which is priced at $39.99 USD / £34.99 GBP / €39.99 EUR, includes access to the beta starting on June 28 along with a copy of Overwatch: Legendary Edition.

Also included in the bundle are two legendary hero skins for Overwatch 2, space raider Soldier 76 and space raider Cassidy, which have a very 'space pirates' vibe to them. Players purchasing the pack will receive access to the season one premium battle pass, as well as 2000 of Overwatch 2's virtual currency for the new in-game shop, and an exclusive Overwatch 2 player icon to show off their support.

RELATED LINKS: Overwatch 2 heroes, Overwatch 2 release date, Overwatch 2 tier list

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 6:25 AM

Fans of horror games - us included - are eagerly eyeing up The Callisto Protocol's December release date, so we spoke with the team at Striking Distance Studios about the upcoming space game's influences and inspirations, and what goes into designing such terrifying experiences. The team states that it would love The Callisto Protocol to be the start of a franchise, and such ambitions start at the drawing table.

PCGamesN spoke with Chris Stone, chief creative officer at Striking Distance Studios and formerly animation director on Dead Space, about where the team are looking most closely for inspiration. Stone names genre-defining horror game series Silent Hill and Resident Evil as "obvious influences," but says that Striking Distance Studios also takes "a lot of inspiration from movies like The Thing and Event Horizon." Stone quotes French and Korean cinema as prominent influences, saying that both are "really stepping up their game in the horror genre."

In addition, Stone says, "we've found ourselves looking at a lot of real-life examples of horror and gore. While these were a lot less fun to research, it was some of the most memorable and valuable content when it came to creating realistic visuals and experiences." This has been a controversial subject in the past, with some people questioning the long-term effects on developers of studying real-world gore for games such as Mortal Kombat 11.

RELATED LINKS: The best horror games, The best survival games, The best space games

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 6:23 AM
     Minecraft's latest snapshot adds chat reports, for abuse-free building

Minecraft is a game that should be shared with friends. Sometimes you'll all be mucking in to build something incredible, sometimes you'll be using mods to recreate Elden Ring, and sometimes you'll be exploring servers online to see what the internet holds for you. If you are online and playing with strangers, though, sometimes things can get messy, and that seems to be what the latest Minecraft snapshot is trying to address.

RELATED LINKS: Minecraft console commands, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

PCGamesN Friday, June 17, 2022 6:16 AM
     The Quarry ending guide – how to save everyone

Want to get the best The Quarry ending? Unlike most slasher films, The Quarry allows players to save every important character in the same playthrough. This is easier said than done, however, as this horror game features many choices, prompts, and quick time events. It doesn't help that some decisions made at the beginning won't come to fruition until much later, and given how saving progress works, you need to replay the game to get a different outcome.

We recommend making a manual save at the start of every chapter. You must complete difficult quick time event challenges to get the best The Quarry ending. If you fail any of these challenges, these manual saves easily allow you to retry without playing the entire game again. Unfortunately, you can't make manual saves in-game, so you'll need to open Windows Explorer and navigate to the Users folder in your boot drive. From there, open your Username's folder and continue to AppData > Local > TheQuarry > Saved. Next, copy and paste the files inside this folder to another location. You can paste these files into the Saved folder to go back if you make a mistake.

In order to make things easier for you, we've separated all key choices into chapter headers. We've also tried our best to keep things as vague as possible, but there may still be minor spoilers in the paragraphs ahead.

RELATED LINKS: The Quarry cast and characters, The Quarry ending guide, The Quarry system requirements

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 1:48 PM

Not E3 2022 is over. It's done. I think? I mean there's a Nacon showcase in July but, I mean come on now, we can't start classing events that occur outside of June as being part of the event formerly known as E3 can we? That would be preposterous. Before long it would spool out across the entire year, absorbing every month until E3 is a constant series of video events that could happen at any point. Do you want to live in a world where Geoff Keighley is allowed to drop a World Premiere at 4PM on Christmas Day? It doesn't bear thinking about, really, does it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 1:45 PM

Denton's Law states: whenever someone talks to you about Deus Ex, there is a 45.1% chance you will start a new playthrough. If it's your turn this time, reader dear, wait one second! Perhaps you might enjoy a twist on this classic immersive sim? The Deus Ex Randomizer mod shuffles just about everything in the game, adding random surprises and new challenges to an old favourite, and it recently released a new version. See its random surprises in the new trailer, below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 12:17 PM

Apparently I'm very musical, which will come as a shock to anyone who's heard me sing. But when I found myself playing By The Rivers of Babylon by ear to thank a sentient stone head for opening a door, I realised why Sonority had grabbed me so easily.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 11:00 AM

There's something so intriguing about a new survival game. You just never know what you might find, with some becoming the best thing since cubed diamonds and others getting left in a state of endless early-access jank. Partly to help you all avoid the duds and partly to satisfy my own morbid curiosity, I trawled through this Summer's Steam Next Fest demo list to test out a bunch. As you might expect, I got subjected to some chugging framerates and a bit of body horror, but also found some great multiplayer shooting in Dysterra and terrific tile-placement in Above Snakes, which might just become a new personal favourite.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 10:27 AM

As I might have mentioned once or twice, one of my joys in life is dipping and drifting around rivers and ponds, lochs and seas. I am delighted to see some of the gentle pleasure and wonder of that captured in Naiad, an upcoming game about a water spirit adventuring downstream. It has a free demo in the Steam Next Fest, and it is quite lovely. I believe it to be what the youth call 'wholesome'.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 9:00 AM

I confess, I was worried about revolutionary robot Soulslike Steelrising. I'd seen it in a hands-off capacity and thought it looked like it could be in line for the Soulslike throne, but with Action-RPGs it's all about hand feel: does it feel rough or smooth under the thumbsticks? As luck would have it, I managed to get hands-on with the game to confirm whether its substance does, in fact, match its style. Here are my findings.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 7:40 AM

One of Nate's favourite animals (apart from all of them) are elephants, so for this edition of our supporter-funded special extra podcast we talk about some of the best 'phants from history, including a cool one that had all armour and one that sadly lost a fight with a train. Thank you once again from the bottom of our massive elephant hearts to our lovely supporters, who let us have lovely silly chats like this.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, June 17, 2022 6:56 AM

In 2019, Dragon's Dogma director Hideaki Itsuno said Capcom had gaven him the freedom to choice between making a sequel to the fascinating fantasy RPG and making Devil May Cry 5. He went with DMC. But that punchfest has been out for years so...? Yes! Capcom last night announced Dragon's Dogma 2, following a nice presentation where the devs reminisced about making the first game.

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Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 1:29 PM
     If you've already completed the content released with Final Fantasy XIV's update 6.15 more is coming, and we're going to hear more soon.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 1:06 PM
     Time to howl at the midnight moon! Here's how to become a Werewolf in The Sims 4.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 12:25 PM
     Here are the best Not E3 presentations, ranked.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 12:02 PM
     Today Riot Games released a new trailer revealing a new champion coming to its popular MOBA game League of Legends.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 11:53 AM
     Most of the questions in this quiz aren't too challenging. Well, mostly.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 11:00 AM
     Today Koei Tecmo released a new trailer of its upcoming Musou game Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, showing familiar and new faces.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 10:38 AM
     Almost time to get checking your wishlist on a daily basis again!

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 10:20 AM
     Smash the giant rock!

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 9:39 AM
     Why did Kaplan leave Blizzard, especially after such remarkable work and spending almost two decades at the company.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 9:00 AM
     These five ideas for Mario Strikers: Battle League would have added to the game's longevity, quality of life, and overall enjoyment.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 8:03 AM
     Have no idea about what the original Fortnite map is? Then, we have got your back. Over the course of three Chapters, the Fortnite island has undergone several changes and has even been flipped over its axis.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 6:55 AM
     Here's how to get your mitts on those handy slimeballs in Minecraft.

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 6:24 AM
     8 Movies and TV Shows Coming Out from Disney

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 6:13 AM
     Prime Day brings a bunch of free games!

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 6:07 AM
     Collect Invitations to unlock masks!

Twinfinite Friday, June 17, 2022 6:04 AM
     Has the ship sailed on Skull and Bones' PS4 and Xbox One versions?

Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 1:30 PM

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Giorno Giovanna Nendoroid Will Reappear

Good Smile Company is bringing back the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Giorno Giovanna Nendoroid. The figure first appeared back in December 2019 in Japan, before releasing worldwide. It sold out. The rerun will show up in January 2023 in Japan. Then in March 2023, it will return to North America. It will cost ¥5,478/$49.99. Good Smile Company Store pre-orders will include a special stand for display him on.

The rerelease of the figure will come with everything the original one did. You'll get three face plates. He's stoic in one, slyly smiling in another, and shouting in a third. He comes with both a lighter and tea cup, to recreate scenes from the story. He also has an effect part, to make it look like he's using his Stand.

Here's a closer look at the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Giorno Giovanna Nendoroid with a few of its accessories and face plates.
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Here's the Good Smile Company storefront pre-order stand.
Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company regularly makes Nendoroids based on the series. For example, a number of Stone Ocean ones showed up recently. At WonHobby G 2022 Spring, the Ermes Costello painted prototype appeared. A Jolyne Cujoh one is expected to debut in Japan in July 2022. There will be Nendoroids of Anasui and Weather Report too.

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Giorno Giovanna Nendoroid will return again in Japan in January 2023 and in North America in March 2023. Pre-orders are open until August 10, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 1:00 PM

FFVII Cloud Pin Badge Collections Coming in 2023

Following the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration Broadcast, Square Enix opened pre-orders for all sorts of merchandise inspired by the series. Among the items are two FFVII Cloud pin badge collections. Each volume will feature pins with his depictions in mainline games, spin-offs, and crossovers over the years. A purchase gets you a full display box for $60/5,500円. (Square Enix didn't note how many pins come in one "display.") They'll each appear on September 10, 2022 in Japan and in January 2023 in North America.

The thing about the sets is that these collections are displays of blind boxes. So when people buy either volume 1 or volume 2, they are getting a set number of blind boxes that could contain the 10 pins from that collection. You aren't guaranteed to get one of each with the purchase. Each pin features a picture of Cloud, as well as lists the game that image is taken from. Volume 1 features pictures of Cloud from FFVII, FFVII Remake, FFVII Advent Children, and the spin-offs Before Crisis FFVII and Dissidia Final Fantasy. There are multiple FFVII, FFVII Remake, and Advent Children pins in volume 2 too. However, that one also shows him as he appeared in Crisis Core and G-Bike.

Here's a closer look at all 20 pins.
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The FFVII Cloud pin badge collections volume 1 and 2 will appear in Japan on September 10, 2022 and in North America in January 2023.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 12:30 PM

More Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Soundtrack Songs Shared

As part of the measures to promote Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Nintendo shared even more songs from its soundtrack. It initially released a track connected to the main characters Noah and Mio. However, the newest ones are more general music people will hear when going through the game.

Both of the new songs feature the same background image. That means people can see the Mechonis and Uraya titan while the music plays.

Here's "The Weight of Life," the first of the two new tracks shared.

The second new song from the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 soundtrack is "Keves Battle." This is one of the battle themes and, given the name, it will probably play when characters are fighting in Noah, Eunie, and Lanz's homeland.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will come to the Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022. The special edition includes an art book and SteelBook case.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 12:00 PM

FFVII The First Soldier Crisis Core Polygonal Skins Appear, Events Begin

More of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is now present in FFVII The First Soldier. A special event kicked off as part of the 25th anniversary celebration. People can experience special gameplay elements during matches connected to the series. There are also new polygonal character skins based on Zack, Angeal, Genesis, and Aerith. All events started on June 17, 2022.

First, the new Crisis Core FFVII skins in FFVII The First Soldier are available via two ways. The one of Aerith in her white dress from the game can be earned. If you fight the event monsters, like Red Scorpion or a Cactaur, you can earn data items to get that skin and other Crisis Core Collab Collection items like polygonal Chocobos. There will also be Premium Shinra Packs with the Zack (FF7), FF7-Style Angeal (CC FF7), and FF7-Style Genesis (CC FF7) skins. Those will appear alongside the HP Shout dagger skin, Hyperion Chocobo skin, Premium Heart H2H skin, and Ultima Weapon sword skin.

As far as gameplay goes, there will be two things that call back to Crisis Core FFVII. First, the Digital Mind Wave roulette system will appear. Playing can make them appear, which can earn you buffs if certain characters appear and line up. A Zack Mimic element can also come up. As you fight, you can come across his Buster Sword and temporarily transform into him. Both features only will be available during standard matches during the event.

Here's a trailer showing off the additions.

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier is available on mobile devices, and the Crisis Core FFVII events are running until July 7, 2022. Back in March 2022, standard Crisis Core-inspired skins appeared in-game.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 11:30 AM

Splatoon 3 Undertow Spillway Turf War Map Teased

People can get a quick look at a new place to explore in the world of Splatoon. Nintendo shared a look at a Splatoon 3 Turf War map called Undertow Spillway. The over 20 second video looks at ramps, obstacles, and both upper and lower level areas.

As spillways are built at dams, there will likely be potential water hazard areas to fall into. However, the look at the Splatoon 3 Turf War map mainly focuses on surfaces people can walk along and leave ink on. A few platforms also appear, suggesting spots where people could make leaps to jump or ascend to new locations. Some jellyfish appear at the very end.

In the past, Nintendo showed off quite a few returning Splatoon 3 weapons. It showed off chargers, rollers, sloshers, and splatlings.

It also showed off some of the foes we'll face. Both Octarian and Octoling art and screenshots showed up online.

Splatoon 3 will debut on the Nintendo Switch on September 9, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 11:00 AM

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Mariah Trailer Appears

The latest JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R character trailer stars Mariah. She's one of the villains in the Stardust Crusaders arc. She's also one of the new fighters debuting in this version of the game.

Mariah's situation is a rather unique one. That's because Bastet, known as Bast in the game apparently, appears as an electrical outlet in the series. After Mariah places it, she can use it to draw items to foes via magnetism or shock them.

In case you missed some past JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R character trailers, here are the ones that showed up before Mariah and Bastet's.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R will appear on September 2, 2022. It will be available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The PS4 and PS5 demo is available to play between June 16-22, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 10:30 AM

July 2022 FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live LXXI Will Cover Patch 6.2

FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live LXXI is about to air on July 1, 2022. To help people prepare, Square Enix offered more details about the presentation. Folks will be able to watch it at 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET/1 p.m. CET. It will be on both Twitch and YouTube. As FFXIV patch 6.2 is expected to drop sometime around August 2022, it will be the main focus of the stream.

There are no details about exactly how long the FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live LXXI could be. However, there will be no translator present or English subtitles. The bulk of the presentation will only be in Japanese. However, as is typical for these events, all of the slides with information will provide details in both Japanese and English.

The additional details also went over some of the things people can expect. FFXIV patch 6.2 will be discussed. However, only the first part of it will come up during the stream. The last roadmap suggested more Trust System updates, Island Sanctuary, and weapon enhancements will all come up. There will also be "miscellaneous updates," but it didn't mention what these could be connected to. They could only be about the game, or they could also include information about things like merchandise.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. FFXIV Letter from the Producer Live LXXI will air on July 1, 2022 at 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET/1 p.m. CET, and patch 6.2 is expected to release around August 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 10:00 AM

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Heading to North American Theaters Blu-ray

People will have new ways to see the last Rebuild of Evangelion movie. GKids got the rights to it. This means that Evangelion 3.0+1.0 will appear in North American theaters and people could soon see things like a Blu-ray release or digital copies to buy. At the moment, it is available to stream on Amazon Prime. It should show up in movie theaters in places like the United States and Canada at the end of 2022.

GKids began by noting it had the "North American theatrical, home video, and EST rights." This would mean people will see Evangelion 3.0+1.0 on DVD, Blu-ray, and to purchase digitally alone on storefronts. In a follow-up tweet, it confirmed the "late 2022" launch window for the theatrical release.

It took quite a while for Evangelion 3.0+1.0 to release worldwide. The Japanese debut kept being delayed for production-related reasons and the due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It eventually ended up appearing in March 2021 in Japan. A worldwide release followed on Amazon Prime. It also made quite a bit of money when it released in Japan.

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time will head to North American theaters in late 2022, and home video DVD, blu-ray, and digital releases are on the way.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 7:30 AM

genshin impact shinobu

HoYoverse has released more information on Shinobu and how she will play when she debuts in Genshin Impact. She will appear as one of the four-star characters on the Itto banner, which will go live on June 21, 2022, and last until July 12, 2022. Aside from information on her kit, the official Genshin Impact YouTube account also uploaded the character demo video "Kuki Shinobu: Jack of All Trades."


Shinobu will be an Electro Sword user, and she will work as a combination healer and sub DPS in a similar way to Sayu. Her Elemental Skill, Sanctifying Ring, will create a ring around her that constantly deals Electro DMG. Activating it will sacrifice her HP, but the active character within the ring will have their HP restored. The healing will scale based on Shinobu's max HP.

As for Shinobu's Elemental Burst, Gyoei Narukami Kariyama Rite, she will deal continuous Electro DMG within an AoE. How much damage it does will also scale off of her max HP. Like Hu Tao, the lower Shinobu's HP is, the more effective her Burst is. In Shinobu's case, the field will last longer when her HP is 50% or lower.

In English, Kira Buckland voices Shinobu. Buckland previously played 2B in NieR Automata and Jolyne Cujoh in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. As for the Japanese voice-over, Kaori Mizuhashi voices her. Mizuhashi's previous roles include Mami from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Miss Crane in Fate/Grand Order. Shinobu played a major role in the Perilous Trail event. Additionally, she will have a Hangout Event from the next update.

Genshin Impact is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile devices. The Itto and Shinobu banner will run from June 21 until July 12, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 7:00 AM

dark souls novel

FromSoftware and Michael A. Stackpole (Warrior trilogy, Star Wars X-Wing novels) will collaborate on a Dark Souls novel titled Dark Souls: Masque of Vindication. It will release simultaneously in Japanese and English, with Kadokawa and Yen Press as the languages' respective publishers. It will come out on October 25, 2022, with both physical and digital copies available.

According to the press release, the novelization will expand on the existing mythos and lore of the game. The book will follow the story of Ferranos, an amnesiac man who wakes up in a tomb. When a reanimated corpse rises up and attacks him, Ferranos uses magic to destroy it. Using the sense of self he regains from this action, he starts off on an adventure.

Dark Souls came out in 2011 as a punishing RPG from Bandai Namco. The highly popular game is widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever made, winning a variety of awards and different aspects of it receiving praise. While the game is mostly multiplayer to allow you to experience the plot, there is a multiplayer component through the humanity system. In January 2022, FromSoftware paused it due to security breaches and did not restore it until after the launch of Elden Ring in late February 2022.

The Dark Souls: Masque of Vindication novel will come out in both English and Japanese on October 25, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 6:30 AM

Final Fantasy VII Remake Cloud Strife Static Arts

Square Enix has opened pre-orders for a Final Fantasy VII Remake Cloud Strife Static Arts figure. It will cost $189.99 and will release sometime in November 2023. Consumers can pre-order the figure through the Square Enix Online Store.

The Final Fantasy VII Remake Cloud Strife Static Arts figure features the protagonist holding the iconic Buster Sword, which is set with two different materia. It is modeled after Cloud's appearance in the remake, down to the details and color of the clothing on the figure.

You can take a look at the figure below.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now available on PC through Steam. This information came from the Final Fantasy VII 25th anniversary broadcast, which revealed several pieces of merchandise Square Enix plans to release. The Cloud Strife Statics Arts figure was one such reveal. Square Enix will also release a Roche Play Arts Kai. Two versions of that figure will be available, one of which will include his signature red motorcycle.

Information about the next installment in the trilogy also appeared during the livestream. This included a trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirthwhich will continue the story of events that transpired in Remake.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available for PlayStation 4 and PC. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is available on PlayStation 5, as well as on PC via Steam.

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Siliconera Friday, June 17, 2022 6:00 AM

N64 Pokemon Snap Switch

The next Nintendo 64 title to join the Nintendo Switch Online lineup will be the original Pokemon Snap. Nintendo announced that the game will release for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers on June 24, 2022. The game will be playable with both the Switch's N64 Controller and the Joy-Con.

HAL Laboratories developed Pokemon Snap and released the game in 1999. As a Pokemon photographer, the player follows a set course around various areas to capture photos of a variety of Pokemon. Professor Oak will then grade these photos based on certain factors and give points, unlocking additional tools based on the player's total score. A remake of the game, New Pokemon Snap, was released for the Nintendo Switch back in April 2021.


The announcement trailer shows footage of the game being played on the Nintendo Switch. Much like other N64 titles, the game plays in a 4:3 aspect ratio and will allow users to create a save state at any point. Furthermore, players will also be able to set their own button bindings if they do not have the N64 controller.

Check out the announcement trailer below:


Previous N64 titles for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack include Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and F-Zero X. In addition to classic N64 and Sega Genesis games, the Expansion Pack service also offers DLC for Animal Crossing New Horizons as well as Splatoon 2.

Pokemon Snap will release for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers on June 24, 2022. The original game is available to play on the Nintendo 64.

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The game will serve as the second installment in the Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy

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