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Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:05 PM

E3 is dead. Again. Probably for good this time, given the circumstances. A lot of people have a lot of feelings—a weird thing for regular folks to have, since this was an industry trade show—but one thing we should be remembering through all the tributes and dunks is that E3 didn't mismanage its way into oblivion. Its…


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:35 PM

E3 2023 has been canceled, as first reported by IGN. This follows multiple video game publishers and companies pulling out of the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo over the last few weeks.


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:15 PM

As you may have heard, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been culture-war feuding with one of Florida's more famous corporate tenants, The Walt Disney Company. Earlier this year, DeSantis directed the state to take over control of the special district where Disney World is located. As such, Republicans appointed a new…


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:25 PM

Before E3, everyone gets excited for the big new announcements. But after E3, all anyone remembers—and cherishes—are the kind of screw-ups, misfires and awkward heroism you can only get when corporate executives and video game developers have to get on stage and act like salespeople in front of millions.


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:05 PM

I look out the train. A bright red cap stares back at me. I step out of the train. A bus departs the curb, plumbers splashed across its metal body. I open my laptop. Seth Rogen isn't singing the Donkey Kong rap, because that would be unbecoming, but he's still feeding the beast.


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:00 PM

It's Aries season, Women's History Month, the start of spring, and Kotaku Royale week. What's that last one, you ask? Well, we're spending all week bringing you exclusive interviews with the teams behind your favorite battle royales, pointed opinions about the state of Warzone and the genre at large, hot takes on…


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:50 PM

The blockbuster industries of pop music and gaming have been collaborating for almost as long as games have existed—at least since 1983, when Journey got their very own Midway arcade cabinet. Those kinds of branded crossovers have only grown with time, especially in online games like Fortnite, which has transformed…


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:45 PM

Suddenly, my boat crashes. When I wake up, wet on a wooden dock in a town I don't know, the lighthouse above doesn't look like it's pointing toward salvation. But I'm playing the disquieting new fishing sim Dredge, and I eventually learn that feeling out of my depth—subject to the changing waters' depths—is the point.


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:10 PM

Warzone 2.0 hasn't been a universal hit with fans of Call of Duty. Various gameplay and UI changes and frustrations over a slow and sometimes confusing battle pass structure have pushed many players, including pros and popular streamers, off the game, with many migrating to other games or to Warzone: Caldera, where…


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:30 PM

Mighty Doom, out now on iOS and Android, is a free-to-play Archero-like top-down shooter starring the one and only Doom Slayer, aka the Doomguy. In many ways, it reminds me of those weird '80s cartoons that adapted gory, adult action films into kid-friendly animated shows, like Rambo or RoboCop. Sadly, while Mighty


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:00 PM

Horizon Forbidden West was cross-gen on release, so it might have been surprising when Sony announced that the story DLC Burning Shores would be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. The publisher finally provided fans with some answers on the PlayStation blog as to why: the last-gen console wouldn't be able to handle all those…


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:40 PM

"Disney" and "controversial" don't typically go together. Even so, 58 million people visited Walt Disney World last year; it's impossible to please them all. And occasionally, there will be an outcry, uproar, outrage, or brouhaha that's large enough to make the news.


Kotaku Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:35 PM

As efforts to preserve video game history continue, we still stumble upon things that once seemed lost to time. This includes games dating back to the Atari 2600 days, such as this 44-year-old title made by Atari back in the 70s.


PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:24 PM
     Destiny 2 Legend difficulty just got a whole lot easier, finally

Destiny 2 Legendary difficulty has just gotten significantly easier, according to recent updates from Bungie. The changes are in response to player feedback that suggested that the FPS game's move to make content more challenging for its Lightfall expansion went too far, making some activities feel extremely difficult or, in one case, nearly impossible when playing with a Destiny 2 fireteam.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 Lightfall review, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:39 PM
     Path of Exile Crucible lets you risk it all for the ultimate weapon

The Path of Exile Crucible expansion has been revealed in detail, and the next big update for the hardcore, loot-driven RPG game asks you how far you're prepared to go to build that perfect weapon. Path of Exile patch 3.21 is all about forging the power of "an ancient race of titans who once shaped the primordial surface of Wraeclast" into passive weapon skill trees, which you're encouraged to push to their limits in search of the ultimate weapon.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: PoE 3.21 release date, Best free PC games, Best ARPG games

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:00 PM
     Genshin Impact fix nerfs Mika charged attack, but bigger issues remain

A new Genshin Impact fix has nerfed Mika by increasing the stamina consumption for his charged attack - an adjustment that fans feel is unnecessary given the fact that there are arguably more pressing changes that should be made in the anime game. Not to mention the fact that Mika released after Dehya, which makes the #FixDehya push look like it's amounting to very little at this point in time.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:27 PM
     Plague Tale Requiem was an emotional

Amicia and Hugo's journey in A Plague Tale: Requiem is fraught with strife and defined by anguish. As the rat game's protagonist starts to crumble under the weight of a hostile world, her mental state unravels, twisting into a PTSD-driven spiral. PCGamesN caught up with Charlotte McBurney, the BAFTA-nominated voice actor for Amicia, on the ground at WASD to discuss how both she and her character evolved during Requiem.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best stealth games, Best fantasy games, Plague Tale Requiem review

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:02 PM
     Space 4X game Galactic Civilizations 4 returns, blows up a star system

Stardock announces new Galactic Civilizations 4 DLC that sees the return of one of the most powerful and terrifying weapons in the series. The futuristic space 4X game's latest expansion, Supernova, also includes new starship classes, updates to combat, an upgraded diplomacy system, graphics engine improvements, and enhanced mod tools.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best 4X games on PC, Galactic Civilizations 4 review, Six games like Civilization

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:30 PM
     Minecraft Lush Caves, blocks, mobs, and how to find them

Wondering how to find Minecraft lush caves? We can't blame you. These beautiful underground biomes feature an abundance of unique and gorgeous items, mobs, and materials. Digging underground in Minecraft can be a terrifying proposition for newer players though, especially when you're only looking for this secret haven, and not killer monsters.

There may be nothing more breath-taking in the sandbox game than accidentally stumbling upon an glowing, expansive lush cave while exploring underground. However, if you're too afraid to head into the depths of Minecraft yet, or are just having no luck hunting for a lush cave, there's a simple way of locating them without setting foot underground. Here, then, is how to find Minecraft lush caves, and everything you need to know once you get there.

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:46 PM
     Counter-Strike 2 smokes – how to use new responsive smoke grenades

Want to know about Counter-Strike 2 responsive smokes? From a visual standpoint, Counter-Strike 2 mostly looks the same as its predecessor, with only minor changes such as cleaner and brighter maps. While this familiarity is a positive for players who can quickly adapt to the game without learning new mechanics, one notable feature may prove to be a pest in Counter-Strike 2.

In Counter-Strike 2, smokes have been revamped from top to bottom - they are no longer a blob of smoke rotating randomly in a single spot. Instead, smoke grenades are now 3D models that can interact with bullets, objects, and even light. There are a lot of Counter-Strike 2 changes you need to be aware of before the free PC game launches later this year. Here's everything you need to know about responsive smokes in Counter-Strike 2.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Counter-Strike 2 release date, Best FPS games, Best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:12 PM
     John Cena is about to destroy you at golf, because videogames

WWE champion, record-breaking philanthropist, Hollywood star, and one-man meme machine John Cena doesn't necessarily strike me as the kind of person that would play golf. But this is videogames, and if we can get an entire infinite runner out of Pepsiman, or a controller based on the logo for Wu-Tang Clan (yes it exists) then we can certainly put The Doctor of Thuganomics into PGA Tour 2K23. Prepare for cries of 'you can't tee me' as the WWE champ arrives in the Steam sports game just in time for a free trial period.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best sports games, Best football games, Best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:00 PM
     Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU could cost the same as RTX 3070 Ti

The Nvidia RTX 4070 could come with a lower price tag than originally expected, as it'll apparently match the RTX 3070 Ti's MSRP. Naturally, is this great news for anyone waiting for a more affordable RTX 4000 card with Nvidia DLSS 3 capabilities, and it may also influence the price of future entry-level cards.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Nvidia RTX 4080 review, Nvidia RTX 4070 rumours, Best graphics card in 2022

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:05 PM
     How to download Minecraft

Wondering how to download Minecraft is the first step in a journey that'll lead you towards one of the most beautiful and innovative games ever created. Thankfully, we're here to get you further along that path, with step by step guidance on how to download the sandbox game, including its different versions, from every available source.

From its beautifully ethereal soundtrack to the addictive feeling of just one more trip into the mines (gotta get those diamonds), it's easy to see how Minecraft became one of the best PC games of all time. Add Minecraft mods, maps, and annual content changes like the upcoming 1.20 Trails and Tales update, and it's hard to get bored of the survival game. It's relatively simple to buy, download, and install Minecraft through Microsoft, and you can download it for free with Game Pass, so we'll cover both of those, but with different versions available to buy and download, it can be hard to know where to start. Here, then, is everything you need to know about how to download Minecraft on PC.

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PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:04 PM
     Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 release date speculation

When is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 release date? The mid-range contender won't be the top GPU in terms of specs. Yet, if you're looking to balance price and performance, it could be an affordable graphics card gateway to features like DLSS 3 and Frame Generation.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Nvidia RTX 4080 review, Nvidia RTX 4070 rumours, Best graphics card in 2022

PCGamesN Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:53 PM
     Classic time-spanning JRPG Live A Live comes to Steam, with demo today

Following its success on Nintendo Switch, the Live A Live remake comes to Steam in April, with a free demo letting players get hands-on with the remake of the classic, time-spanning JRPG game from today. Coming from Square Enix, the publisher behind such classics as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts, the Super Famicom game has previously flown somewhat under the radar, before getting new life with a remake in 2022.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best JRPGs, Classic PC games, Best fantasy games

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:35 PM

E3 2023 has been cancelled. The Entertainment Software Association announced the news to its members earlier today and confirmed it publicly shortly thereafter. The ESA's email said that the event "simply did not garner the sustained interest necessary to execute it in a way that would showcase the size, strength, and impact of our industry."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:02 PM

Foxhole finished its early access journey last year as an expansive massively multiplayer World War 2 shooter that looks and functions like an RTS in which every soldier is an individual player. Now developers Siege Camp (formerly Clapfoot) have announced Anvil Empires, which seems similar in every way except its now thousands-strong armies are forging arrows and sieging castles in medieval warfare.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:33 PM

Each month, subscribers to Amazon's Prime service get a new batch of games to keep. April's collection includes a bumper crop of fifteen games, released in waves every Thursday, including Terraformers, Metal Slug 4, and BJ Blazkowicz sad eyes in Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:43 PM

Not many video game series reach the 40-year mark, but that's the anniversary Nobunaga's Ambition celebrates this year. The historical grand strategy series is celebrating with the announcement of a new western release, Nobunaga's Ambition: Awakening, which will launch this July. You'll find the first trailer below.

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Twinfinite Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:22 PM
     The Remote Raid Pass apocalypse is upon us.

Twinfinite Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:58 PM
     Not entirely unexpected.

Twinfinite Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:20 PM
     These memes are the cure for the PC port's infection.

Twinfinite Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:11 PM
     Soaring and gliding down Dreamlight Valley.

Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:30 PM

the idolmaster cinderella girls book

The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls shut down on March 30, 2023, but Bandai Namco will help players keep memories of the game alive with merchandise. As thanks for eleven years of support, Bandai Namco decided to create the  The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Complete Book. The title is a work in progress.

The book will contain all of the illustrations and text that were in The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls. It's basically the whole game in book format, but minus the gameplay. Bandai Namco is still developing it, so it's unclear how many pages it will have and the price. More information on all of those details, along with the release window, will come out some time in the future via the official Cinderella Girls Twitter account.

The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls debuted in November 2011 as the first mobile title in the The Idolmaster franchise. At its conclusion, it had over 190 idols and 90 of them had voices. Though not the same game, the rhythm game spin-off of Cinderella Girls, Starlight Stage, is still available on mobile devices in Japan.

Bandai Namco will release a book to commemorate The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls. It will announce more details on the project some time in the future.

The post The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Complete Book in Development appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 7:00 PM

Amano Pikamee last stream

At the beginning of March 2023, Voms Project announced that Amano Pikamee, one of their three original livers, will graduate as a a href="">VTuber. But before her graduation, Pikamee will be doing one final livestream on March 31, 2023 at 5am PT/8am ET/3pm CET/10pm JST. After that video airs, all her YouTube channel videos and any previous livestreams will be deleted.

The announcement came from Amano Pikamee's Twitter account, which will remain available, but no longer active, after her graduation. In addition, the announcement was accompanied by one final piece of artwork depicting Pikamee, drawn by artist hews (@hews__ on Twitter.) You can see the announcement for her final livestream in the tweet below.

The announcement also included a link to her livestream, which will start at 5am PT/8am ET/3pm CET/10pm JST. You can check out Pikamee's stream once she goes live here:

On March 30, 2023, she also held another stream. That was an almost two-hour long VR Chat.

Amano Pikamee will graduate from Voms Project on March 31, 2023. After that, her social media will cease posting and her YouTube channel videos will be deleted. In addition, any merchandise based on the Voms Project VTuber will no longer be available for purchase.

The post See the Last Amano Pikamee Stream Before She Graduates appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:30 PM

Super Mario Bros Movie Truff Hot Sauce Collection Announced

Truff, a company specializing in hot sauce, mayonnaise, oil, and salt featuring truffles, announced a collection of The Super Mario Bros Movie hot sauces. The set consists of three items, each one's label inspired by a character from the games and movie. It will cost $69.99 when it launches on April 5, 2023.

While this Truff The Super Mario Bros Movie Collectible Pack is a limited set, it will feature existing hot sauces from the company with new designs. People will get six ounce bottles of its Original Hot Sauce, Hotter Hot Sauce, and White Hot Sauce. Mario is on the Hotter Hot Sauce bottle. Peach is on the one for the White Hot Sauce. Toad is on the remaining one. All three are packed in a special box.

The Truff Original Hot Sauce and White Hot Sauce both come in at 2,500-3,000 on the Scoville Scale. The Hotter Hot Sauce is a 5,000-7,000 SHU one. All three feature red chili peppers and agave nectar. The Original Hot Sauce and Hotter Hot Sauce both include black truffles, while the White Hot Sauce uses white truffle instead. The Hotter Hot Sauce is more intense due to it also including red habanero powder.

This is one of multiple tie-ins with the upcoming film. Lush also launched a line of bath products that included a bath bomb and soaps. Build-a-Bear also brought back its Super Mario plush toys.

The Super Mario Bros Movie will launch in North America on April 5, 2023, which is the same day the Truff hot sauce collection inspired by it will appear.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:00 PM

The Twitter account for Sword Art Online: Last Recollection shared some new art of how Lisbeth and Silica will appear in the game. The two of them have logged into Super Accounts, which granted them access to goddess powers. Reki Kawahara (Accel World) came up with the concepts and abec (Sword Art Online) drew them. There's also a new Sword Art Online: Last Recollection story trailer.

Lisbeth, or Fire God Ignia, can freely create flames from any object or space she chooses. Her divine weapon is the hammer Ardent Heart, but normally she uses a single-handed staff. As for Silica, she's logged into the account of Wind God Aeria. She can control the weather, as well as directly attack her enemies with wind. Her uses a dagger, as well as the short sword Fierce Scourge.

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You can also check out the story trailer for Sword Art Online: Last Recollection here:

The trailer shows both the story and the gameplay. You can see the moves that Kirito and his friends can pull off either by themselves or through cooperating with each other. The game adapts the War of Underworld arc from the Sword Art Online game, though there will be original characters and events to the game.

Sword Art Online: Last Recollection will come out on October 6, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:30 PM

Crunchyroll Spring 2023 Anime Update Adds 3 New Shows

There are some updates to the different anime series that will be joining Crunchyroll in Spring 2023. Three shows will join the service. However, another one that had been confirmed won't appear. In Another World with My Smartphone 2Kizuna no Allele, and OPUS.COLORs will be available to stream. However, it seems Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress will not be back with season 2.

The Cardfight!! Vanguard will+Dress announcement came up first. On March 27, 2023, Crunchyroll actually confirmed it wouldn't be one of the Spring 2023 anime series to return. It previously noted it would be a returning series earlier in March 2023 alongside other announcements.

As for the newly confirmed shows, here's when you can expect to see them join Crunchyroll. The second season of In Another World with My Smartphone is the only one with a dub confirmed.

  • In Another World with My Smartphone 2 (English dub confirmed) - April 3, 2023
  • Kizuna no Allele - April 3, 2023
  • OPUS.COLORs - April 6, 2023

As a note, some of the other major shows that will be joining the Crunchyroll anime streaming lineup in Spring 2023 include Dr. Stone season 3, Hell's Paradise, Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World, and Mashle. Hell's Paradise will be among the first to appear, as it starts airing on April 1, 2023. Shows like One Piece and Vinland Saga will continue running.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:10 PM

Pokemon GO Remote Raid Pass Price Increasing, Limits Coming

Niantic announced it will alter the Remote Raid options in Pokemon GO through price increases on the passes needed to participate in them and limitations on how many can be performed in a day. Starting on April 6, 2023, people can only take part in five Remote Raids per day. The price of a single Remote Raid Pass will almost double, and the price of the three-pack will also go up. It claimed that this move is to fight the fact that this option came to "dominate the experience of playing Pokémon GO in a way we never intended

Right now, a single Remote Raid Pass in Pokemon GO costs 100 PokeCoins. If you get a three-pack, that is 300. After April 6, 2023, a single pass will be 195 PokeCoins. People will get a slight discount if they purchase a three pack, as it will be 525 instead of 600. They will appear as Research Breakthroughs after that date, however. As a reminder, you can earn up to 50 coins per day for placing Pokemon in Gyms. (You get said coins once they return.)

As for the limitation, it is capped at five times per day for ordinary use. Niantic did say that could "change and increase for special events."

Niantic did note that while the price is going up and they are being limited, they will not be removed. It said in the announcement:

We plan to keep Remote Raid Passes as part of Pokemon GO. However, we believe this change is necessary for the long-term health of the game, and we do not make it lightly. We feel this is a necessary step toward our goal of preserving and improving the unique experience of playing Pokémon GO—a game we hope you continue to enjoy long into the future.

It also cited extra Candy XL from in-person raids, Campfires, and Elite Raids are all measures to attempt to encourage in-person raids and discourage Remote Raids.

This isn't the first time Niantic substantially increased prices. At the end of 2022, it raised the prices of its Item Boxes, which previously offered affordable means of getting things like Egg Incubators, Poffins, Premium Battle Passes, Remote Raid Passes, Silver Pinap Berries, and Ultra Balls.

Pokemon GO is available for Android and Apple iOS devices.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:00 PM

spy x family mother's day

Lotte will start a new campaign focusing on Mother's Day with Spy x Family from April 4, 2023. As a reminder, Mother's Day this year will take place on May 14, 2023. There are five different key visuals all focusing on Yor Forger, who is the mother of the Forger family. [Thanks, Denfaminicogamer!]

The slogan of the campaign, which focuses on the Ghana brand of chocolates, is "Moms sometimes want to be spoiled, too." Ghana's site for the campaign has several pictures of Yor before introducing its  various chocolates.

You can check out the five different key visuals for the Spy x Family Mother's Day campaign here:
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Some other phrases in the ads include "Moms can work hard for everyone's smiles" and "When mom looks happy, everyone looks happy."

Lotte has also held a poll for mothers in preparation for this campaign, asking them about their true feelings. Over 60% of the participating mothers have replied that they've wanted their families to spoil them or treat them kindly. Half of the mothers who do not hear words of gratitude in their daily lives want to hear their family thank them. Lotte held the poll from March 8-9, 2023 and around 284 women took part in it.

The Spy x Family collaboration campaign for Lotte will start from April 4, 2023. You can watch Spy x Family via streaming services such as Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:45 PM

E3 2023 Canceled

The Entertainment Software Association canceled E3 2023, after announcing in September 2022 that the event would return and have a physical presence. IGN heard from two sources that it will not go through as planned this year. Apparently, members received an email notifying them of the ESA's decision on March 30, 2023. The official website does not yet reflect this. However, in the time since, the official Twitter account confirmed it. [Thanks, IGN!]

This comes after multiple companies noted they'd be pulling out of E3 2023 if it hadn't been canceled. In January 2023, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony all noted they wouldn't be attending the convention. On March 27, 2023, Ubisoft told VGC that it would not participate. IGN also reported on March 28, 2023 that both Sega and Tencent confirmed they would not be in attendance. This would also remove Atlus from the occasion.

In 2022, E3 did return as a virtual event. The physical portion of it was canceled due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual event was also held in 2021. In 2020, it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

E3 2023 is canceled and will not be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 11-16, 2023. The ESA hasn't made an official statement yet or gone on the record to discuss what will happen with the event going forward. Summer Game Fest will kick off June 8, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:30 PM

Guilty Gear Strive Bedman Starter Guide

In preparation for the release of as the new Guilty Gear Strive Bedman? DLC character, Arc System Works published a new Starter Guide video. This first look at the character's moveset showcases a whole new play style compared to its previous iteration. Bedman? and a new battle stage are set to release on April 6, 2023.

Check out the Guilty Gear Strive Bedman? Starter Guide video below.

As you can see in the video, Bedman?'s main highlight is the "error 6E" state which activates after some special moves. This feature allows for an additional attack after a certain amount of time and changes according to the move which activated it. Overall, the movelist is focused on putting pressure on the opponent by connecting combos with each of "error 6E" follow-up attacks.

Bedman first appeared on Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- as a main antagonist. However, this new iteration is composed of the original Bedman's sister, Delilah, and his apparently possessed bedframe as a single character. Furthermore, to signify this bizarre turn of events the "?" was added to the name and the moveset completely changed for a more mechanically-malfunctioning approach.

Bedman? is the third DLC character of Guilty Gear Strive Season Pass 2, previously joined by Bridget and Sin Kiske. A fourth and final character along with a new battle stage are expected to be released on May 2023.

Guilty Gear Strive is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Bedman? DLC character and the Fairy's Forest Factory stage will launch together on April 6, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:00 PM

evangelion escape room

A Neon Genesis Evangelion escape room heavily featuring Kaworu Nagisa will appear in Japan from April 28, 2023. You'll be able to experience it at the Tokyo Mystery Circus theme park, and it'll use the actual city of Shinjuku as the "room" in which you solve puzzles in. The title of the Evangelion escape room will be "The Mysterious Spy and Legendary Host." [Thanks, Famitsu!]

This escape room event is part of the Evangelion Kabukicho Impact that Tokyu Kabukicho Tower is hosting. You'll take on the role of a newbie detective at Seven Detective Agency. At Ryoji's request, you'll be searching for a mysterious box that's being transported through illegal means. Kaworu will not be a detective but rather, a legendary host, who you will run into as part of your investigation.

Aside from the normal ticket, you can also get a Kaworu Nagisa VIP Ticket. This will come with an original drink bottle and a bromide of Kaworu. This ticket will also give you access to an extra mission mini-game, with more details forthcoming. There is no time limit for the event, though it will take an estimated two hours to complete. Tickets are available from April 8, 2023 for normal guests. Normal tickets cost 2400 JPY ($18.10) if you book in advance and 2700 JPY ($20.35) the day of. For those who want the Kaworu Nagisa VIP Ticket, it'll be 12,400 JPY ($93.45).

The Neon Genesis Evangelion escape room featuring host Kaworu will start from April 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:30 PM

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Nippon Ichi Software revealed information about the characters and systems in Xicatrice. Xicatrice will be an RPG in which you play as a teacher who lives a normal school life. However, during emergencies you will become the leader of a special group of students who will undergo dangerous missions. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

As a teacher, you will have to take care of your students' physical conditions, as well as teach them their lessons. In these lessons, you'll be able to help them develop skills to use in battle. The battle system will be a turn-based one in which you pick from your students' suggestions. Only the student you chose will move that turn, but there are some passive skills that allow non-chosen students to attack.

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There will also be a skill build element. Each skill is part of a major and learning a skill requires your students to meet certain conditions. For example, in order to learn Resurrection, you'll need to be part of the Healing Arts major, have 44 Concentration, and 53 Logic. Though you can give your students any skills you want from the 300 in the game, they have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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There are non-student characters in Xicatrice as well. Renshi Kamiya will be the protagonist. He was also a student with superpowers but lost them in a certain incident. Now he is a teacher and the leader of RAUT 302nd Unit. His co-workers include Takayuki Akutsu, who is the squad leader of AUT, and Rui Akutsu, who can use a special gadget called CUAD to help students overcome emotional scars.

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Xicatrice is in development for the PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch. It will come out on June 29, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:00 PM

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Square Enix's Paranormasight was a fairly obscure title prior to its release. But its unique story and aesthetic have been quite well-received among its fans. We had the opportunity to interview Takaya Ishiyama, who was the writer and director for Paranormasight. He's also worked on Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wing, Blood of Bahamut, and Schoolgirl Strikers in the past.

Stephanie Liu: When did Paranormasight development start, and did you experience any issues due to the pandemic?

Takaya Ishiyama: I can't provide the details of the development period, but at that time, Square Enix had already adopted a work from home system, so development went smoothly with no particular impact from the pandemic. Working from home is truly wonderful.

When structuring the story with its multiple endings and controllable characters, what difficulties did you run into?

Ishiyama: We had an ending for the story, but the most difficult part was rearranging the story like a puzzle, trying to figure out the order in which the events and information should unfold for all the characters' issues to be resolved, while providing a different experience depending on how the player chooses between multiple chapters, and bringing the story to a conclusion!

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Why did you choose to set the game during the Showa era?

Ishiyama: For those of us who live in the Reiwa era, the mere mention of the Showa period alone evokes a sense of mystery. Culture and lifestyles have changed so drastically in the past few decades that it seems like a vision of a bygone era for adults, and like a mythical world of historical fantasy to young people. If this is the case, it is not surprising that supernatural phenomena, for instance the appearance of a cursed shadow, may occur and are perceived as realistic.

Despite the horror mystery genre of the game, a lot of the dialog is pretty lighthearted, such as the banter between the cops, as well as the conversations between Richter and Harue. Was it a conscious effort to keep the game from being too scary? How did you craft that kind of balance between comedy and dramatic tension?

Ishiyama: During uneventful, peaceful scenes, my style is basically to engage in comical banter. I believe that by doing so, one has fun progressing the game, attachment grows towards the characters, and in turn serious scenes are further heightened. Therefore, it can be said that it was not a conscious effort to keep the game from being too scary, but in fact an effort to enhance the scariness by creating this contrast. While the balance was adjusted by feel, we made sure not to mock any of the characters' duties.


Who was your favorite character to write for?

Ishiyama: The strong-willed characters from this title are all impressionable, and I have a fondness towards them, but speaking of scenes that were easy to write for, I immediately thought of Tetsuo and Erio bantering about whether or not they have a pen. So fun. I've watched it over and over.

What specific Showa pop culture or events influenced Paranormasight? The theme that plays for Tsutsumi and Erio sounds really familiar, as did the schoolgirl murder brought up in the game.

Ishiyama: As you pointed out, when designing the atmosphere of this work, we were very much aware of Japanese TV dramas broadcast during the Showa period, especially detective and mystery dramas. The same was true for the sound production. The "occult craze" mentioned in the film was an actual movement that was taking place at the time, and we were mindful of its atmosphere.

How did past Square Enix adventure games like The Centennial Case and Nanashi no Game influence Paranormasight's development?

Ishiyama: Although we have no direct connection with those projects, we've released many ADVs in the past, so we knew that the current release would not be so out of the ordinary and is a genre accepted by the public. Some of the ADVs released during the Enix days had great influence on me as a general user at the time!

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Paranormasight has some unusual character designs and aesthetics. How did you decide on an art direction for them and what were your influences?

Ishiyama: In keeping with the period setting, we adjusted the noise and filters based on the concept of artwork that looks like old CRT TV images. Our titles are dominated by high-definition graphics with high color saturation, so our aim was to make this title stand out from the crowd.

If Paranormasight ended up becoming a series, what would you like to do in a possible sequel?

Ishiyama: Wow, a series! Sounds wonderful! I'd like to ask for everyone's support for this to become a reality! It's a complete blank slate as of now, but it's for certain that paranormal activities and folklore will be a theme, so please do submit us your requests as well!

Paranormasight is readily available on the Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:30 PM

Genshin Impact Lego Ideas Liyue Harbor Project Appears

There's a new Genshin Impact project proposed on the Lego Idea official website, and this one would suggest a set based on Liyue Harbor. This is the city in the Liyue region, which has been a part of the game since launch. It's designed by BrickBob_Studpants and Ruibai. It has 1,530 as of 12pm ET on March 30, 2023. [Thanks, Dr_Sev on Reddit!]

The proposed Genshin Impact Liyue Harbor Lego Ideas set is designed to resemble hallmarks from the city. There's the dock, a major trade ship, stalls, the wharf tower, and the crane-shaped water statues. As suggested, the set would have 2,467 pieces. The possible custom minifigs would include the playable characters Beidou, Xiangling, Xiao, Xingqiu, and Zhongli.

Here's a closer look at the prototype concepts.
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Genshin Impact Lego Ideas projects aren't uncommon. Quite a few popped up over the years. For example, EZ gappie suggested a Baron Bunny one inspired by Amber. There were also two inspired by the Dvalin boss fight, with one by ItzVriska and the other by EvergreyJoey. As such, no actual sets resulted from any of them.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The Liyue Harbor Lego Ideas project is currently available to support for another 582 days, which would put its end date at November 1, 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:00 PM

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Bandai Namco added four new Tales of soundtracks to various streaming sites. You'll be able to listen to the OSTs for Tales of Rebirth, Tales of the Tempest, Tales of Legendia, and Tales of Innocence. Streaming services where you can listen to the tracks, along with the ones of other Tales games, include Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

Motoi Sakuraba was the composer for the Tales of Rebirth and Tales of the Tempest soundtracks. Shinji Tamura helped him with Tales of Rebirth. Sakuraba has had a long history of working on the Tales series, composing for the majority of the mainline titles. He worked on the very first entry, Tales of Phantasia, and was also the composer for the 2021 release Tales of Arise. Outside of Tales, you can hear Sakuraba's music in Golden Sun, One Piece Odyssey, and Valkyrie Elysium.

As for the other two games, Kazuhiro Nakamura was the composer for Tales of Innocence and Go Shiina composed for Tales of Legendia. Nakamura also worked on Tekken 6, as well as played instruments for various The Idolm@ster CDs. As for Go Shiina, he collaborated with Yuki Kajiura on Demon Slayer, as well as worked with Sakuraba on Tales of Zestiria.

The four new Tales of soundtracks are available from Bandai Namco's official accounts on music streaming sites.

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Siliconera Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:30 PM

Square Enix Makes Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Playlist That Matches Its Tracklist

The official Square Enix Music Twitter account shared a new Theatrhythm Final Bar Line music playlist designed to match the game's tracklist. The company announced it will update it to ensure it attempts to keep up to date with songs in the game. The curated list is available on Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify, and YouTube. However, it seems the Spotify one may be region-locked.

At the moment, the tracklist for the Theatrhythm Final Bar Line music playlist on services includes 52 songs that also appear in the game. The announcement did note that this will be updated as time goes by. In addition to the Final Fantasy songs included in the base game, it seems some of the DLC ones are included too. For example, there is a Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song added. However, none of the newly added NieR Automata or The World Ends with You songs that appeared as DLC tracks are in the playlist yet.

As a note, Square Enix only announced the Theatrhythm Final Bar Line Season Pass 1 tracklist so far. That brought Live a Live, NieR, SaGa Series Vol 1 and 2, and The World Ends with You Series Packs to the game. It hasn't mentioned if there will be a second one and what songs could be in it yet.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is available for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, March 30, 2023 5:45 PM
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:16 PM
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:49 PM
     How To Locate And Beat The Butcher In Diablo 4 3Fans of the original Diablo and Diablo 3 will probably remember Th Butcher. This hyped boss from the first game comes covered in gore, surrounded by corpses, and is featured as the first boss in the first game. The Butcher makes a new appearance in Diablo 4, and anyone lucky enough to have played the open beta may have stumbled upon him. Knowing how to locate and beat The Butcher in Diablo 4 will reward players with a ton of great loot. How to locate The Butcher in Diablo 4 Unlike Diablo, The Butcher isn't a set location boss; he instead turns up as a random event. The best method for having him turn up is to keep resetting and running dungeons. He can appear anywhere but in the boss room in any of the locations across the map. You will know The Butcher is on his way by the clanking of chains and growls. He can appear anytime, and spawning him is just a matter of chance. Perseverance is key. How to beat The Butcher in Diablo 4 This guy is a beast. He can take a beating and will absol...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:16 PM
     Ps Plus Games For April Have Been Announced Feature ImageOne of the perks of the PS Plus subscription service is Sony gives out free games each month. They can come in a whole different range of genres, so there could be something for everyone. In a blog post, PS Plus games for April have been announced, which include some iconic titles. Read on to find out what games have been confirmed to be released on April 4. Note that in order to get these games, you must be a subscriber to at least the basic tier of PS Plus. PS Plus games announced for April The first game – Meet Your Maker comes from Behaviour Interactive, the studio behind Dead By Daylight. You can either play solo or with a friend and will have you create bases on your own. The spin is that other players can raid your base and vice versa so you'd need to figure out ways to make raiding difficult. The community-driven aspect could help Meet Your Maker last since players be creative in what they do. Unlike the other games on PS Plus that have been announced, Meet Your Maker w...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:07 PM
     Microsoft Files A Patent For An Xbox Controller Featuring A Touchscreen Featured ImageThe Xbox controller has gone through many facelifts, not just in how it looks but in how they play. Catering to more play styles, Microsoft revealed an Elite Series controller, on top of the usuals. These controllers have everything that could make your gaming a little easier. Much like the other controllers, the pro-line has gone through a few facelifts itself.  This time around, the company is at it again. Microsoft has filed a patent for an Xbox controller featuring a touchscreen. Having a screen in front could make the controller more versatile. Continue reading to see the features that are being proposed. Microsofts new patent for the Xbox Controller could store useful data In a newly discovered filing uncovered by GameRant, Microsoft's patent aims to make the Xbox controller feature an LCD touchscreen. The patent also describes the controller's touchscreen showing in-game menus and other data like what music is being heard. The screen is suggested to be fitted on the...

Gamer Empire Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:36 PM
     In Project Zomboid, surviving a zombie apocalypse is no easy feat, but finding the right weapons can make all the difference. Guns are a crucial […]

Gamer Empire Thursday, March 30, 2023 1:07 PM
     Farming is a crucial aspect of survival in Project Zomboid, as it provides items for you to consume to stave off hunger and malnutrition in […]

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:00 PM
     Mythmere Games' latest Kickstarter project, Swords & Wizardry Complete Revised Rulebook, has already raised over $67,000 from a modest goal of $1,000 with 26 days left to go. The campaign is set to end on April 25, 2023. Swords & Wizardry is a tabletop roleplaying game that uses the rules of Original Dungeons & Dragons …

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:39 PM
     Every mainline entry of a fighting game always introduces something new to the established IP, and Tekken 8 won't be any different. Thanks to IGN, we have an in-depth look at the game's Heat System which will allow players the choice to spend the energy in their first round or just wait to eat at […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:28 PM
     It's not mystery that The Super Mario Bros. Movie is going to be about brothers Mario and Luigi, but the Mushroom Kingdom is full of all kinds of colorful characters. Just in, we have a new spot highlighting Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), and we see that she's actually quite capable despite being a dolled-up princess. […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:21 PM
     Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part I just launched for PC, and though the game is widely regarded as a visual masterpiece, the PC port was apparently plagued with all kinds of bugs and messes. The good news is, Naughty Dog has already released their first patch for the game. Here are the patch […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:25 PM

The trailer showcases story and gameplay details

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, March 30, 2023 3:09 PM

The games include Peaky Blinders: Mastermind

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:47 PM

A demo was released and is currently available on the PlayStation Store

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, March 30, 2023 2:27 PM

The port currently sits at a "Mostly Negative" rating on Steam

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Level Up Thursday, March 30, 2023 12:20 PM
     It's Wrestlemania week, and one would think that the last sport to get into the…