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Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 2:56 PM

Star Wars Outlaws' gameplay looks stunning in the new trailer publisher Ubisoft revealed at its Forward showcase event on June 12. A cinematic trailer introduced the open-world game during the Xbox Showcase on June 11, letting players establish a sense of what dusty orange, galactic drama to expect, but the gameplay…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 2:45 PM

Months after a long-in-coming face reveal that finally showed his mug to the rest of the world, big-name Minecraft YouTuber Clayton "Dream" Huff has put the mask back on following a seemingly never-ending pile-on of folks making disparaging remarks about his appearance.


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 2:33 PM

So you've just been appointed the very top job of the gaming company you worshiped as a kid. What do you do? Gush? Gloat? Not Takashi Kiryu, the new CEO of Japanese game publisher Square Enix, who took the moment as a chance to—with immaculate politeness—call out the teachers who condemned him for spending too much of…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 2:30 PM

Today, June 12, Ubisoft became the latest big game publisher to hop on stage and announce new games as part of Geoff Keighley's big, not-E3 Summer Game Fest 2023 extravaganza. In the last year or so, Ubisoft has struggled to consistently release games and has continued to delay and push back big titles, like Skull


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 1:55 PM

Hey, so, it's been three years since a new Assassin's Creed game launched. Can you believe it? Well, the wait for a new entry is almost over. On October 12, the assassination sim returns with Assassin's Creed Mirage, featuring Valhalla's Basim Ibn Ishaq and set in Baghdad.


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 1:30 PM

Ubisoft's livestream for the Summer Game Fest bonanza revealed an absolute ton of in-game footage from the new 2D Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. It also gave us even more time to love the new Prince design for the game that has somehow managed to cause controversy.


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 1:05 PM

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora might have missed launching alongside James Cameron's The Way of Water last December, but now we finally know more about what you'll do in the game. During Monday's Ubisoft Forward presentation, the publisher showed what fans can expect from its open-world take on Cameron's epic sci-fi…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 12:39 PM

At the recent Xbox Games Showcase, Atlus revealed that Persona 3, originally released in 2006, would be getting a full-fledged remake, bearing the title Persona 3 Reload. However, fans are conflicted about the news, as the game's original voice cast is being entirely replaced. Additionally, an IGN interview with…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 12:25 PM

With Starfield, Bethesda's next big mega-RPG on the near horizon, and the hotly anticipated sequel to Skyrim expected at some, likely distant, point after that, the studio sure has its hands full with crafting enormous worlds. But for Starfield's game director, Todd Howard, Elder Scrolls VI might be his final game in…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 11:20 AM

As we reported earlier in the month, Reddit, one of the most popular forums for gaming communities, is planning to make some changes under the hood that will essentially kill off every third-party app. Given the state of the official app and its heavy reliance on huge ads, it's a deeply unpopular move, so unpopular…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 11:15 AM


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 11:15 AM

Honestly, the most extraordinary thing about this 16-year-old breaking the record for typing by hitting over 300 words per minute is that he's ever heard of a keyboard. Shouldn't he be tapping at a phone screen so fast that his thumbs are a fleshy blur? Either way, I bet you didn't know speed-typing YouTube was a…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 11:00 AM

Once part of E3, the PC Gaming Show has more recently leapt into the loving arms of Saint Geoff, making its appearance on Sunday night's section of the Summer Game Fest. The two-hour show offered us footage from dozens and dozens of games, but also rather unfortunately thought it might be a good idea to perform a very…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 10:30 AM

Crash Team Rumble is probably not the Crash game you want. It's not a platformer, it's not even a kart racing game, it's a team-based multiplayer game that's structurally comparable to a MOBA. That label may scare some people off, but after playing a few rounds of it at Summer Game Fest, it's clear to me that Crash


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 10:00 AM

Oh no! I just looked at a calendar after all these video game showcases and realized that later this year has become really, really packed, with Alan Wake II, Spider-Man 2, and more all launching in a 10-day span of time later this fall. Prepare yourselves. And your wallets.


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 9:30 AM

The annual Wholesome Direct stream always brings with it the same question: What exactly is a wholesome game? Well, if this year's batch is any indication, it's a game with a cartoony font where an animal or witch runs a farm on an island. More generally, it's about games where the emphasis is on comfort rather than…


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 9:29 AM

With Final Fantasy XVI's June 22 release right around the corner, Square Enix decided it's finally time to drop a PlayStation 5 demo for the action-RPG so players can get a taste of the grittier, Game of Thrones-influenced sequel for themselves.


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 9:00 AM

Cyberpunk 2077 is no stranger to celebrity talent, from obvious ones like Keanu Reeves as the rocker-turned-terrorist Johnny SIlverhand, to some more sequestered ones like Grimes playing the android popstar Lizzy Wizzy in a side-quest. Phantom Liberty, the game's upcoming expansion, stars Luther and Sonic the Hedgehog


Kotaku Monday, June 12, 2023 8:30 AM

After showing a spate of blockbuster trailers and a lengthy look at Starfield during the Xbox Summer Showcase, top Xbox brass sat down with press to give a behind-closed-doors presentation on the future of gaming. During the Q&A (which was moderated by head of programming Tina Summerford and featured curated questions…


PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 3:08 PM
     Avatar Frontiers of Pandora has two story DLCs and Collector's Edition

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora has just blown our minds with its Ubisoft Forward premiere, from its bustling flora and fauna to its thrilling combat. The open-world game, inspired by James Cameron's lengthy films, is coming this winter and it seems the developers already have extra content planned pre-release for Avatar Frontiers of Pandora. Between a Na'vi statue and access to the game's season pass with story DLC, we have written up a quick run-down on each edition of Avatar Frontiers of Pandora and what you can expect to get with them.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 2:42 PM
     A Skull and Bones beta is happening later this year

Skull and Bones is getting a closed beta really soon, as Ubisoft reveals more about its upcoming pirate game that was birthed from Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag at its recent Ubisoft Forward showcase. With the Skull and Bones release date a ways off and more delays than you can count, here's everything you need to know about the Skull and Bones beta.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 3:01 PM
     Star Wars Outlaws features reputation systems and space combat

Star Wars Outlaws gameplay is here, as Ubisoft shares the first in-game footage of what might be one of the best Star Wars games yet. Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Outlaws is looking really, really good.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 3:00 PM
     Assassin's Creed Nexus hopes to push the boundaries of VR

Assassin's Creed Nexus, the upcoming VR game from Ubisoft based on the iconic series, made an appearance at today's Ubisoft Forward showcase, giving us our first proper look at the brand-new adventure. Assassin's Creed Nexus has now properly showcased its first-person gameplay, letting us have a glimpse of the revolutionary new way to experience in-game assassinations. From beloved features like the leap of faith to the series' thrilling parkour, Nexus seems to have a bit of everything that makes Assassin's Creed great while presenting it all in a new way.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best VR games, Assassin's Creed Mirage release date, Best stealth games

PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 2:59 PM
     The first Assassin's Creed Mirage gameplay is exactly what we wanted

We got our best look yet at Assassin's Creed Mirage during the Ubisoft Forward showcase, as the next adventure in the stealth game series is set to shake off the RPG direction and go back to the roots. While we await the upcoming Assassin's Creed Mirage release date, everything new you need to know about the game can be found below.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 2:56 PM
     XDefiant launches this summer, with an open beta coming soon

One of the most highly anticipated FPS games of the year is set to launch later this summer, and players looking to jump into XDefiant early will get to do just that. Tom Clancy's XDefiant is hosting an open session later this month, open to all wanting to experience a few PvP rounds prior to the game's full release. Following the feedback received after the end of its closed beta, Ubisoft has opted to hold another beta after taking improvements and weapon balancing updates into consideration and implementing them.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 2:54 PM
     Prince of Persia The Lost Crown brings back some iconic time powers

We got a deep dive into Prince of Persia The Lost Crown at today's Ubisoft Forward, showing us exactly what we can expect from the platform game. Be sure to check out exactly what we saw, with our breakdown, of Prince of Persia The Lost Crown below.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 2:52 PM
     Avatar Frontiers of Pandora is a co-op FPS game coming this year

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora made an appearance at the Ubisoft Forward livestream, as the upcoming open-world game based in the universe of James Cameron's film series. Frontiers of Pandora, one of the most anticipated reveals, now has an official launch date and more story details. You will play as a child of two worlds, born a Na'vi but raised by the RDA. Free after fifteen years, you will find yourself a stranger in your birthplace. Reconnect with your lost heritage, discover what it truly means to be Na'vi, and join other clans to protect Pandora from the destructive humans.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 1:02 PM
     Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty was made with Idris Elba in mind

Cyberpunk 2077 is seeing the launch of its first big expansion, Phantom Liberty, this September. We spotted many new faces while watching the trailer, but the one that stood out (even more than Keanu Reeves') was Idris Elba's. Cyberpunk 2077 is no stranger to in-game celebrity appearances, but Elba's role as Solomon Reed is set to be unique. Developers recently sat down to discuss the RPG game's new expansion in a detailed breakdown of the Phantom Liberty trailer, where they went on to state that Solomon Reed was actually written with Idris Elba in mind right off the bat.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:57 PM
     Forza Motorsport features more ray tracing at launch than Horizon 5

Forza Motorsport promises to continue the tradition of driving the graphical envelope of racing games, along with improvements to physics and mechanics (puns intended). Now, developer Turn 10 Studios is looking to shift things up a gear for the Forza Motorsport launch, with more robust ray tracing straight off the bat.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:44 PM

The new Hell Let Loose trailer, which outlines the upcoming Devotion to Duty update for the WW2 FPS game, is described as "embarrassing," "scary," and "sad," owing to complaints regarding voice acting and a number of apparent glitches. Devotion to Duty brings a smaller 25v25 game mode to the war shooter, based on the battle of Brécourt Manor, as made famous by HBO's Band of Brothers. It arrives after Hell Let Loose creator Black Matter handed full-time development to Team17 and its partner studio Cover 6, and is scheduled to arrive on July 8. Responding to concerns about the quality of the Devotion to Duty reveal, Team17 says it will "address" the trailer in a coming announcement.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:38 PM
     Vampire Survivors cheats

June 12, 2023: Added three new cheats for the Version 1.5 update.

What are the Vampire Survivors cheats? It seems like a cruel joke for the roguelike game to add cheat codes this late in development, but here we are. One of the later patches gave would-be vampire hunters a chance to enter some codes for powerful abilities. You can click on the Yellow Sign entry seven times to unlock this secret menu, but it will disappear not long afterward.

To permanently unlock the Vampire Survivors cheats, you need to find the Forbidden Scrolls of Morbane, which you can obtain by slaying the Bone Orb in the Bone Zone. Once you pick this up, a new secrets menu will appear on the main menu in the roguelike game. Not only can you enter cheats here, but you can also see the conditions for unlocking the hidden Vampire Survivors unlockable characters. Of course, you can just enter codes to unlock them; we have the full list below.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:31 PM
     Apex Legends Season 18 release date speculation and Revenant rework

What is the Apex Legends Season 18 release date? If it feels like Season 17 with the introduction of Ballistic only just happened, that's because he launched at the beginning of May. There's still plenty of time to go before the start of Season 18, and we've got some early information as to what we can expect from the upcoming season.

Fans of Revenant will be pleased to know that he's set to receive a big balance rework, potentially changing the effects of his kit and potentially his overall appearance. There's a chance this could happen before the Apex Legends season launches, but we fully expect it to tie in with the story events that lead up to the new update in the battle royale game. Here's everything we know about Apex Legends Season 18 release date so far, including information about the Revenant Reborn, balance changes, and more.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 1:12 PM
     Cities Skylines 2 system requirements

What are the Cities: Skylines 2 system requirements? The eight years separating the original city builder and its sequel naturally mean you'll need much more powerful hardware to run Cities: Skylines 2. However, before thinking your city building dreams are done for, you'll be relieved to hear the PC specs aren't too demanding.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:41 PM
     What is the Starfield fps? Frame rate explained

What is the Starfield frame rate? You may have heard that on Xbox consoles, the frame rate for this vast space game will be locked to 30fps. While this fact won't bother most people, you might be concerned if you own a high-end computer with a high refresh rate display. If an option on PC that gives you a higher, consistent fps exists, it's only understandable that you'd wish to know in advance.

As the Starfield release date is still a few months away, you could try to solve any potential issues by upgrading your PC. After all, Starfield is a massive open-world game, well, more like an open universe, with a rather ambitiously sized galaxy to explore. As such, Bethesda is being open with the Starfield fps on consoles, but what does this mean for the PC version frame rate?

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:07 PM
     You can play Road to Vostok real soon, and it looks very impressive

Road to Vostok is coming back to Steam in the next few months, as solo developer 'Antti' shares new details on weapon mechanics, combat, locations, and more for the ultra-realistic survival game. Combining elements of Metro, Stalker, DayZ, PUBG, and others, Road to Vostok has already seen a huge uptake of players as it works its way through early access. Now, a new demo is announced, and we get a glimpse of the ultra-detailed shooting and looting mechanics across the eponymous survivalist landscape.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:38 PM
     How to unlock secret characters in Vampire Survivors

June 12, 2023: Added the new Vampire Survivors unlocks for version 1.5.

How do you unlock secret characters in Vampire Survivors? When you start your first run, you only have a handful of characters and a few weapons available. However, on each playthrough, more items, weapons, and characters unlock for you to use in future attempts. Later, you can also find Arcana to give your weapons unique bonuses to annihilate your foes.

You can unlock secret Vampire Survivors characters by meeting requirements, such as leveling up your gear to a certain threshold, finding items in a level, or slaying a quota of monsters. These items are vital to use Vampire Survivor weapon evolutions to maximize a weapon's damage output for the best Vampire Survivors build. We also have Vampire Survivors cheats you can type in to get another hidden vampire slayer, steps to access other secret characters, and every unlock for the new Legacy of Moonspell and Tides of Foscari DLC packs.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:06 PM
     Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide

What are all the Vampire Survivors weapon evolution combinations? The roguelite indie game is still going strong with new updates, as players discover the sheer joy of walking around a forest or library, slaying an ever-growing encroaching horde of monsters that just want to be very close to you.

It's a relatively simple yet viral indie game. It's also one of the best PC games of the past year. However, mastering it and unlocking Vampire Survivors characters can get tricky if you don't spec into the correct build. To evolve a Vampire Survivors weapon, you must first level it up to its maximum level and collect its linked item before killing an elite monster and opening the chest. Unfortunately, you only have a few slots for weapons and items, so you must choose carefully. With the 1.5 update and release of the new Tides of Foscari DLC, it's worth reminding yourself how Vampire Survivors weapon evolutions work and what you need to do to discover the new ones.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:13 PM
     Diablo 4 world boss locations and spawn times

Where, and when, do the Diablo 4 world bosses spawn? World bosses of varying difficulties periodically spawn across the open world of Sanctuary and reward any player brave enough to vanquish them. We've scoured every hell-torn zone and region in Diablo 4 to discover where and when to find them all, along with some tips on how to beat these fearsome world bosses.

Now that we've had free rein to explore Diablo 4 following its release date, we can help you track down all of the Diablo 4 world bosses across the map without even breaking a sweat. World bosses can vary in difficulty thanks to their drastically different move sets, but we've also included some helpful tips to help you defeat them all in one of the best PC games of this year - just take a look at our Diablo 4 review if you need any convincing.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 12:09 PM
     When does Diablo 4 Season 1 start?

What is the Diablo 4 Season 1 start date? A much-loved feature from Diablo 3 makes its return in Diablo 4 with the (re)introduction of seasons. Seasons will introduce everything from new questlines to items, gameplay mechanics, and more. In order to expand on the rich, dark, gothic world of Sanctuary, Blizzard will make sure players have plenty to sink their teeth into, whether you're a fresh-faced player taking their first steps into Sanctuary, or a grizzled veteran of the Burning Hells.

Now that the Diablo 4 release date is finally here, and the Diablo 4 reviews are in, it's time to look ahead yet again in Diablo 4 to the first season. We've viewed every developer livestream and absorbed all of the information out there about the season roadmap. The seasonal model will be available to all of the Diablo 4 classes, but just how does that look currently?

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 11:58 AM
     DBD codes June 2023

June 12, 2023: We've added a new Dead by Daylight code to our list.

What are the new DBD codes? These freebie-granting DBD rewards can actually be quite hard to keep up with since they arrive pretty regularly, which is no bad thing. We're never going to complain about in-game giveaways, and Dead by Daylight codes can give you anything from outfits to charms, and even Bloodpoints and Iridescent Shards.

Whether you want your favorite DBD killers to get a stylish new look, or you want to add to your survivors' wardrobes, be sure to redeem the codes below before it's too late. There may also be codes for Dead by Daylight Bloodpoints, Rift Fragments, and charms, so there are plenty of goodies to be had. Some of these Dead by Daylight codes are ongoing though, so you may have snapped them up already.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 11:59 AM
     What is the Destiny 2 Lost Sector today?

What is today's Lost Sector in Destiny 2? Before you can take on Legend Lost Sectors, you need to complete all the normal Lost Sectors first. If you don't, the new Legend Lost Sectors will not appear on the map. Each day, the location, modifiers, and rewards rotate out for something new.

While many Exotics can be bought from Xûr or even in the world loot pool, the Destiny 2 Exotics in these special Lost Sector instances cannot, forcing players to explore these dangerous areas if they want the best equipment available. It's important to remember that exotic drops are not guaranteed after completing these quests, so you may have to run through the same Lost Sector multiple times. You can go through the quests in the free PC game with a fireteam, but your rewards will be reduced to Enhancement Cores only.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 11:52 AM
     Diablo 4 Battle Pass release date, price, and rewards explained

What is the Diablo 4 Battle Pass release date? The Diablo 4 Battle Pass Season 1 is an in-game rewards system that launches with the first season of D4. We check out a recent Blizzard livestream in which a team of developers shared what players could expect when season 1 comes around, and when.

As we've come to expect from most live-service games now, Diablo 4 will feature a battle pass system, including various tiers, cosmetics for all of the Diablo 4 classes, opportunities for paid progression, and more. We've got everything you need to know about the Diablo 4 battle pass ahead of season 1 below, but you might also want to check out our Diablo 4 review if you want to see how good it is first.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 11:18 AM
     Genshin Impact Leaks subreddit goes private to protest Reddit changes

The Genshin Impact Leaks subreddit is currently inaccessible to the anime game's community, as it's gone private to protest Reddit's new API (Application Programming Interface) changes that will have a major effect on third-party apps sitewide. The Genshin Impact Leaks subreddit isn't the only one to make this same statement by going private -- huge communities like r/gaming and r/music have gone dark in solidarity as well.

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PCGamesN Monday, June 12, 2023 11:44 AM
     How to earn Diablo 4 Twitch drops and Primal Instinct mount

How do I earn the Diablo 4 Twitch drops? Twitch drops reward you for watching your favorite streamers with cool in-game items or currency, and Blizzard is giving you the chance to earn some exclusive customization items for your character. These rewards operate on a rotational basis, so we've created a timetable to help you decide when you should tune in.

Most of the Diablo 4 Twitch drops are class-specific transmog items, but whichever of the Diablo 4 classes you choose, Blizzard has you covered. You can also grab a Diablo 4 mount, which presents a welcome alternative to fast travel. We gave the game a remarkable score in our Diablo 4 review, but if you're still not sold, perhaps watching a few hours on stream could help you decide whether to dive into Sanctuary? If you've already taken the plunge, then you're going to want these Diablo 4 rewards, so take a look below at what's on offer with these Twitch drops, including how to get the Primal Instinct mount.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 2:45 PM

After announcing they'd be bringing a bunch of their games to virtual reality back in the mists of 2020, it looks like Assassin's Creed Nexus is the first and only Ubisoft VR project to have made it to fruition (RIP Splinter Cell VR). Coming to Zuck's Meta Quest 2 headset later this year, Assassin's Creed Nexus will see you slip into the virtual skins of Ezio, Kassandra and Connor in a new story set across Renaissance Italy, Ancient Greece and colonial America. Come and watch the reveal trailer below. Honestly, why does every VR living room look the same in these game reveals?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 2:24 PM

I may not have seen Avatar or its sequel, but I like to think that means I'm numb to any preconceptions or bias. I am a man who understands only that there are lanky Smurfs who live in a world you'd get if you mashed Halo and Viva Piñata together. So, having seen roughly 30 minutes of Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora, I can give you the unfettered lowdown of a person who's analysed it with a cold, hard stare. In brief, the game looks rather lovely! If… too lovely. I worry there's a big catch somewhere and I can't put my finger on it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 2:15 PM

After its big reveal at Summer Game Fest on Thursday, the internet has not taken kindly to Ubisoft's new Prince Of Persia game. There have been reports that The Lost Crown's gameplay reveal trailer (which currently sits across five separate YouTube channels) is continuing to rack up significantly higher dislikes than likes since it got announced, and many seem to have taken issue with the trailer's accompanying rap song and that it doesn't look like a "true" Prince Of Persia game, whatever the heck that means. It's disappointing to see a game instantly dismissed like this, not least because, as someone who's actually been to Ubisoft Montpellier to play the damn thing, this is arguably the most exciting Prince Of Persia game in years - and certainly more interesting than the troubled Sands Of Time Remake.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 2:15 PM

I don't know about you, but the number of times I've combed the map of a Metroidvania game looking for the next path I can go down, only to discover that, 'Nope, still can't go down this road!' after hauling myself all the there is, simply too many to count. If only there was a way to get my brain to remember which obstacles were where... Happily, Prince Of Persia: The Lost Crown has an ingenious solution. Aside from shaping up to be one of the best platformers I've played in ages, it also has a very neat feature that lets you pin screenshots to your map screen, meaning you'll never have to pointlessly backtrack ever again.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 2:15 PM

Award for the Summer Game Fest demo with the quickest pace goes to Assassin's Creed: Mirage, the upcoming 'Creed that promises to take the series back to its stealthier roots. I saw roughly 20 minutes of gameplay in a hands-off presentation, where our boy Basim does some stabbing and some stealthing in what strikes me as a game that'll honour its promises. When they describe combat as the "backup option", you know they're onto something.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 1:45 PM

After several years missing in action, Ubisoft have put a date on their open world first-person Avatar game. Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora will arrive on PC on December 7th later this year, tonight's Ubisoft Forward showcase confirmed, and cor, it sure is cribbing hard on a lot of scenes from the first film, isn't it? Come have a watch of the new six-minute gameplay trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 10:19 AM

I gave up on the very last misssion of Marvel's Midnight Suns because I found the finale too gruelling, but all you clever eggs who finished it might be interested in today's update. Along with some fixes and quality of life updates that apply to the whole game, you can now tweak your New Game+ settings to customise what progress you bring into your next stab at Lilith. Want to not be friends with anyone anymore? Now you can!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 10:00 AM

Sometimes all you need from a video game is a bit of bloodshed with your pals. And sometimes, all you need from a sequel is the first one, but a bit bigger and bit better. Having spent a few hours with third-person co-op shooter Remnant 2, I reckon it's shaping up to be exactly those two things. It remains unconcerned with telling groundbreaking stories or delivering breathtaking cinema in its fights - it doesn't care. From what I've played, it's more about being the looter shooter for those who care about fine-tuning the consistency of the numbers they're able to extract from their foes.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 9:38 AM

Let me tell you, being at an Xbox Games Showcase in-person is quite the experience. I'd got my pass, got seated in the theatre and finally had a chance to take in my surroundings. There were lots of folks, obviously, either excitedly chatting or awkwardly swivelling their legs to let people pass. Many wore Xbox jerseys. One man had an Xbox logo shaved into his head. A photographer asked our section to smile, so I managed the pained grin of a British person who encounters a stranger on a walk, the bunching of my cheeks pulling my lips into a curl. Meanwhile, those dressed in their Microsoft jerseys crossed their forearms and hollered.

The countdown flashed up on screen and the crowd started chanting, "five, four, three!", and for a second it felt like I was the only one who hadn't supped from a bowl of green liquid or beat my chest to the rhythm of "Play it day one on Xbox Game Pass". The crowd was on another plane of existence and, for brief moments, I was there with them. At other times I felt the physical fatigue of the trailer train more acutely than ever.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 9:17 AM

Oh, to run a noodle bar in a cyberpunk city. Upcoming slice-of-life RPG Nivalis presents a cosy fantasy: you can stroll through rainy neon streets, do a spot of interior design, chat with your lovers, rivals, business partners and friends. As the soothing and only slightly creepy ASMR-style narrator in the new story trailer reveals, you can also take boat trips while praying you don't cross paths with the murderous android serial killer on the loose.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 9:00 AM

Ahead of the launch of its Steam Next Fest demo next week, I've been playing a substantial early build of Mimimi Games' latest stealth strategy game, Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew. After delighting us with Edo-period Japan in Shadow Tactics: Blades Of The Shogun and the rootin' tootin' tales of the Wild West in Desperados 3, Mimimi have taken a firm step outside their comfort zone with the high seas island-hopping of Shadow Gambit, offering up an altogether different approach to their tried and tested stealth antics.

As you might have guessed from the name, its eponymous crew aren't bound by the laws of reality in this latest tactical outing, and their extensive suite of magic abilities really open up the playing field for some creative takedowns. But the canvas on which you're painting these elaborate murders has morphed since the days of Desperados 3, with its handful of islands now offering multiple points of entry, a myriad of different missions and objectives and - for the first time ever - repeat visits to the same locations. It's quite the sea change from Mimimi's previous work, but rest assured: the crown jewels of the Mimimi stealth strategy experience certainly haven't been lost to Davey Jones' locker in the process. If nothing else, this is the most fun I've had with a Mimimi game, period - and I cannot wait to dive back in properly when it launches on August 17th.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, June 12, 2023 8:25 AM

Every weekend, indie devs show off current work on Twitter's #screenshotsaturday tag. And every Monday, I bring you a selection of these snaps and clips. This week's selection is a bit small because Twitter is throwing another technical wobbly and refusing to show the full weekend's posts, but the games are still good! Come enjoy town-building, a little snail, and a great deal of violence in this week's selection.

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Twinfinite Monday, June 12, 2023 3:25 PM
     The return of the Sands of Time.

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     Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.

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     Taking on a few heists in a galaxy far, far away.

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     Blood of the Dragon!

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     Yo ho ho.

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     It's all about Hawaii!

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     XDefiant could yet defy all expectations.

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     Becoming an Avatar... literally.

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     We're ready for a new challenger.

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     Seeing stars.

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     Remember these Street Fighter characters?

Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 3:30 PM

black jack ai

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Jack, Tezuka Productions will use ChatGPT-4 to create a new chapter. It will appear in Weekly Shonen Champion in Fall 2023. It will be a "collaborative effort" between humans and AI. [Thanks, Famitsu and Manga Mogura RE!]

This is not the first time that AI has been used for Osamu Tezuka's work. In 2020, Tezuka Productions penned a "new Osamu Tezuka manga," Paidon, using AI that learned from Tezuka's works. The way it worked was that the AI program came up with the plot and character designs, and then humans drew the illustrations. This method will be how Tezuka Productions will write the new Black Jack chapter.

According to an interview between Famitsu and Tezuka Productions, Makoto Tezuka (partial owner of Tezuka Productions and son of Osamu Tezuka) said the AI program was still new with manga in 2020. Since AI technology has advanced so much in three years, Tezuka says it can now handle the more arduous task of creating a new Black Jack chapter. The difficulty comes from the sheer number of genres and chapters that Black Jack encompasses. But he believes that a new Black Jack chapter is what "a post-COVID world wants the most."

Black Jack came out in the 1970s, focusing on the titular Black Jack. He is a very kind doctor who works for free. It was an episodic series with recurring characters but no particular plot. It spawned several adaptations, such as a live-action series and anime series, over the years.

The new AI Black Jack chapter will appear in Weekly Shonen Champion in Fall 2023. In other AI news in Japan, the Agency of Cultural Affairs ruled that AI art would be subject to copyright infringement laws due to how the learning process might use copyrighted works.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 3:00 PM

We Love Katamari ReRoll Official Art

There aren't many games like Katamari Damacy. Keita Takahashi's fever dream series about rolling up everything on Earth was a breakout hit for Namco on the PS2, with its quirky premise and bold art style. The first game got a remaster in the form of Katamari Damacy Reroll back in 2018, and now it's time for We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie to join it.

We Love Katamari originally released back in 2005, expanding on the original Katmari Damacy. If you're unaware of the concept behind the series, you play as The Prince of All Cosmos as he pushes a giant ball called a Katamari around. By rolling over items in the environment, they become part of the Katamari's mass, allowing it to roll up even larger items. In the first game, The Prince had to roll Katamaris so his father, The King of All Cosmos, could replace the stars that he mistakenly destroyed in a drunken rampage. In We Love Katamari, the people of Earth were so enamored with the concept of Katamari Damacy that now they're calling on The King to fulfill their Katamari-related requests.

It's utterly strange in every way, but that's the charm of We Love Katamari. It's a bright, colorful world of joy and silliness that must be rolled into gigantic balls to meet the whims of your fans. Rolling up a gingerbread house for fans with a sweet tooth. Rolling a sumo wrestler over food items to bulk him up to defeat an opponent. Using a Katamari to make friends (by rolling them up). It's all here, up to and including rolling up a Katamari big enough to capture the sun just because a dog asked you to.

[caption id="attachment_967139" align="alignnone" width="1200"]We Love Katamari ReRoll Plaza Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]

We Love Katamari Reroll is a straight remaster of the original, for the most part. The gameplay is still the same as it always was, and nothing has changed about level layouts or challenges.

Most of the more noticeable changes are in the Select Plaza, an area where fans gather and call out requests. The Prince can wander this area and talk to fans to start their levels. The area also features special locations for saving, options, viewing your item collection and viewing cutscenes. It's a charming feature that could have easily been a basic menu. However, it could sometimes be slow and cumbersome, and the remaster has rectified this in several ways.

For a start, The Prince now moves faster, meaning that his dash is extra speedy too. There's a pause menu where you can easily access things like options instantly. There's also a separate menu listing all the fan requests in case you can't remember where a specific person is. These new features speed up navigation significantly and feel like they should have always been there. Oh, and you can now make The Prince skip merrily through the Plaza. It's useless but, more importantly, very cute.

[caption id="attachment_967140" align="alignnone" width="1200"]We Love Katamari ReRoll School Level Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]

The rest of We Love Katamari is, happily, still just as enjoyable as it was on the PS2. The gameplay is simple, controlled almost entirely by the two analog sticks in a quirky tank control setup. It can be a little clunky at times, but this feels deliberate. The Katamari is a wonky, slippery ball covered in assorted household items (and pets), so it's not supposed to handle that well!

However, the simple control scheme makes it easy to pick up and contributes to its general addictiveness. With very few controls to worry about, you can focus on the task at hand, which is weirdly relaxing at times. There's something extremely satisfying about seeing your colossal orb grow bigger or hearing a chorus of pick-up noises as you run over a cluster of items.

The simple joy of the gameplay is enhanced by the presentation. The game has a stylised cartoony visual style that allows the game to go to some goofy places. Every level is full of little silly events, such as a race where F1 cars are going up against people on horseback, or a group of fish watching TV underwater. It's a game that revels in its own weirdness.

The silliness extends to the writing, which mostly features a self-absorbed King accepting any request that comes with a mild compliment and forgetting that he even sent you to roll a Katamari in the first place. Despite this, he still feels the need to mercilessly roast every Katamari you present to him. I'm doing my best, okay!

[caption id="attachment_967141" align="alignnone" width="1200"]We Love Katamari ReRoll Compass Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]

The presentation has only been marginally enhanced by the remaster. The visual style is already striking enough to work as is, but there is a nice HD sheen and a faster framerate now, which is nice. Loading times are also improved, although this does effectively kill off the Easter eggs that showed up in the loading screens, which is a shame.

A more significant improvement is a quality-of-life change to gameplay. In levels where you have a specific objective – light a bonfire, defeat a sumo, etc. – there is now a handy compass that directs you to that goal in the final minute of your time. We Love Katamari is chaotic so it's easy to lose your sense of direction, especially since you rolled up most of the significant landmarks. So this new compass is a really nice addition that reduces some of the frustration.

[caption id="attachment_967143" align="alignnone" width="1200"]We Love Katamari ReRoll King Story Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]

Where the remaster is a bit of a letdown is in the new content. In the main game, you can unlock a series of cutscenes about The King's childhood. In the Royal Reverie portion of this remaster, you can play as The King in these flashback moments. At least, in theory you can.

In practice, these new levels are simply remixed versions of existing levels. What's worse is that the new objectives never feel as inventive as the main levels. If I'm honest, they have the feeling of user generated content, as if there's some "Make Your Own Katamari Level" mode I'm unaware of. They're not bad levels, but certainly don't have the polish of anything cooked up by the main team. For something that Bandai Namco felt important enough to put in the title of the game, this portion feels phoned in.

This does not dampen the overall experience though. We Love Katamari is one of the most inventive and charming games ever made. It took the already great concept of Katamari Damacy and expanded on it to become the best game in the series. And despite being 18 years old, it holds up incredibly well, and can now be finally enjoyed by a new generation.

Everyone who needs some joy in their life is required to play We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie. It may be the bare minimum for a remaster, but it's hard to deny how much we still love Katamari.

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie is available now for the PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 2:40 PM

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Will Release on December 7, 2023

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora finally got a release date during the Ubisoft Forward 2023 conference. Following its delay in 2022, the first-person adventure spin-off will launch on December 7, 2023. Major gameplay details about the Massive Entertainment title were also revealed in a lengthy trailer that showcased the game's characters and world.

The release date trailer specifically previewed Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora's massive open-world map, which has multiple biomes to explore and tribes to obtain quests from. Ubisoft also gave us a first look at the game's combat, which will allow players to choose between human and Na'vi-style weapons and powers.



The first-person adventure game is a spin-off of the popular 2009 film Avatar directed by James Cameron. In the game you will play as a Na'vi protagonist who has been abducted by humans as a child. The story campaign will center around re-discovering Pandora as an adult and having your character connect with their lost heritage.

Ubisoft is offering up DLC for those who pre-order Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora before its Winter release. The bonus content includes the Child of Two Worlds Pack, which features a cosmetic set for your character, as well as a rare weapon skin.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is releasing on the PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X on December 7, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 2:30 PM

Soulcalibur v 5 Delisted

Soulcalibur V will be delisted, Bandai Namco announced. The game will no longer be available through digital storefronts for either the PS3 or Xbox 360 as of June 19, 2023. This will also include all associated DLC.

Here's Bandai Namco's official announcement.

While Soulcalibur V is being delisted, it's likely that the game and all the DLC will remain available to download for those of us who have already purchased it. This means that anyone wishing to own it should buy it between now and June 19, 2023. Players who own the disc-based physical version will also continue to be able to play the game as usual.

However, online play is likely be shut down. The Global Colosseum mode had previously been closed prior to the release of Soulcalibur VI, although other modes had remained available until now.

Soulcalibur V released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012. While it had remained active since its release, its delisting now is likely due to its age and it only being available on older systems. Soulcalibur VI was released in 2018 and has since passed 2 million sales. It will remain available.

Soulcalibur V is currently available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 but will be delisted on June 19, 2023. Soulcalibur VI is available for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 2:16 PM

Jet Set Radio Roller Champions Event Arrives in June

At Ubisoft Forward 2023, the company revealed a Jet Set Radio Roller Champions event. On June 27, 2023, familiar characters and places inspired by the series will appear. The announcement didn't explain how different elements will be earned. It only offered a first look at Beat and Gum in-game.

Here's the initial trailer for the Jet Set Radio event. It begins by showing Beat and Gum again. After showing both skating and using some familiar moves, the location was highlighted. When the event begins, people can head to Tokyo-to Skatepark in Roller Champions. It features the distinctive green and yellow color scheme. There's also a teaser for the goal explosion design based on the series. It essentially shows the logo for Jet Set Radio whenever somebody scores a goal.

If someone wants to see the full showcase, here's the Ubisoft Forward 2023.

Roller Champions is available on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, and the Jet Set Radio event will begin on June 27, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 2:00 PM

Rain code manga

A manga serialization for Master Detective Archives: Rain Code will start from June 30, 2023. That is the same date as the game's release. It will appear in Weekly CoroCoro Comics, with Pageratta as the illustrator. It's unclear if the serialization will cover events from the entire game. [Thanks, ryokutya2089!]

Pageratta is an artist who previously worked on series like 8LDK: Shisha no Ou and My Little Sister Split Apart. They also upload art onto Pixiv. It seems like Pageratta is only in charge of the illustrations. As mentioned earlier, it's unclear at this point how far into the game the manga will cover. If Master Detective Archives: Rain Code is similar to the Danganronpa series, then there might be some twists in the story that might spoil the experience of the game.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code is an upcoming adventure video game by Too Kyo Games and Spike Chunsoft featuring the main creative team behind the Danganronpa series. It focuses on amnesiac trainee detective Yuma, who is being haunted by a spirit named Shinigami. He is part of the World Detective Organization, and Master Detectives who are part of the agency can use special powers like clairvoyance to solve crimes.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code will come out on June 30, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch. The manga for Rain Code will also start serialization on that date in Weekly CoroCoro Comics.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 1:30 PM

Genshin Impact Feast of the Departed Warriors Event Detailed

A new Genshin Impact event called Feast of the Departed Warriors is about to begin. On June 14, 2023, it will launch in-game. To help us prepare, HoYoVerse shared details about participation requirements. It also showed the six different kinds of rewards we can get for taking part.

First, to take part you need to have hit Adventure Rank 30 in Genshin Impact. You also need to have finished all three acts of the Mondstadt Prologue Archon Quests. As long as you passed "Song of the Dragon and Freedom," you'll be fine.

As for the Genshin Impact Feast of the Departed Warriors event itself, it is a series of battle Domain challenges. You'll choose how difficult it is and attempt to earn certain tiers of points to earn rewards. There will apparently be four different stages to go through. However, based on HoYoVerse's description, it seems only one will be available on June 14, 2023. Additional ones will appear on June 16, 2023, June 18, 2023, and June 20, 2023.

The rewards include some typical items. You'll get Primogems and Mora for taking part. Mystic Enhancement Ores and Hero's Wit books will appear too. The Guide to Freedom icon showed up on the official site, indicating that Character Talent Material can be earned too. The Artifact Enhancement Material Sanctifying Unction will be one kind of thing you can get too.

Genshin Impact is available on the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Feast of the Departed Warriors event runs June 14-26, 2023. One of the last major events was Duel: The Summoner's Summit.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 1:00 PM

Street Fighter 6 Early Summer Vibes Fighting Pass

Capcom announced the first Fighting Pass for Street Fighter 6. The Early Summer Vibes Fighting Pass will be available from June 12, 2023 until July 2, 2023.

The content for Street Fighter 6's Early Summer Vibes Fighting Pass will include summer themed avatar gear, which will include shorts and an inflatable rubber ring accessory. There will also be a new emote, new stickers, three new titles, and a photo border.

New music will also be included in the Pass, featuring three themes from Street Fighter II: Grand Master Challenge. There will also be a Classic Game available for the Game Center. Capcom's 1986 shoot-em-up Legendary Wings will be added.

Here's the official announcement showing this Street Fighter 6 Fighting Pass lineup.

Premium rewards will be available for 250 Fighter Coins, although free rewards will also be able to be unlocked during the event period. The Street Fighter 6 Fighting Pass had previously been delayed due to network instability, although Capcom now confirmed the issues have been resolved.

Capcom also recently announced a crossover between Street Fighter 6 and Exoprimal. Shown at Summer Game Fest, the collaboration will feature robot versions of Ryu and Guile facing off against the game's dinosaurs.

Street Fighter 6 is available now for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and PC. The Early Summer Vibes Fighting Pass will be available from June 12, 2023 to July 2, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 12:30 PM

Capcom Town Website

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Capcom revealed a special website called Capcom Town. This is an interactive space celebrating some of Capcom's biggest franchises. The Capcom site contains polls, a museum, retro game emulation and merchandise. It also links to portals for franchises including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Monster Hunter.

There is a lot of love shown for Capcom franchises across this site. The home page presents a cityscape full of Capcom characters while music from games including Street Fighter II, Ghosts n Goblins, and Devil May Cry plays. In the museum, you can look through concept art, game design documents, and early promotional material. The site's polls are on a rotation schedule, with the current poll on June 12, 2023 asking visitors to choose between the Hadoken and Shoryuken as Street Fighter's most iconic move. There is also a small retro game library, allowing visitors to play five Capcom games in their browser. These include Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Street Fighter II, Final Fight, and Mega Man X.

Capcom Town looks set to be updated over time, as some sections of the site are currently unavailable. It's likely that more entries will be added to the museum and retro game library too.

It comes right before the Capcom Showcase 2023, to be held on June 12, 2023, as part of Summer Game Fest.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 12:00 PM

Tales of festival 2023 goods

New Tales of Festival 2023 merchandise is now available to pre-order via Asobi Store. You will be able to get goods of Tales of series heroes Yuri, Lloyd, Zelos, and Luke. The reason that it's these four is because they have appeared in every Tales Festival since it started fifteen years ago. The goods will be available until June 25, 2023.

In total, there are six types of Tales of Festival merchandise you can get. They are:

  • Acrylic stand: 1,500 JPY
  • Canvas board print: 5,000 JPY
  • Character fine graph print: 17,000 JPY
  • Keyholder with character's name: 1,300 JPY
  • Miniature tapestry: 1,200 JPY
  • Trading can badge: 800 JPY each/3,200 JPY box

The prints contain all four of the characters. Meanwhile, all of the other goods have four variations of Yuri, Lloyd, Zelos, and Luke from Tales on them. So you can pick and choose depending on who you like. As a quick note, it is the long-haired version of Luke that appears in the key visual and goods.

Tales of Festival took place in Japan on June 10-11, 2023. This year, guests included Flow, Deen, and Bonnie Pink. Others include voice actors from the series, such as Marina Inoue (Kohak in Hearts), Natsuki Hanae (Ix in The Rays), and Ryoka Yuzuki (Reala in Destiny 2). Since the festival was a paid event, archives for it are not currently available online.

The Tales of Festival 2023 merchandise are available via Asobi Store until June 25, 2023. Asobi Store does not offer international shipping.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 11:30 AM

New Final Fantasy XVI Teasers Show Benedikta and Hugo

There are more Final Fantasy XVI character teasers to see for Benedikta and Hugo. This comes after similar clips looking at Jill and Cid. Each one is brief, but it shows the characters as themselves and channeling Eikonic powers.

First, here's the Final Fantasy XVI Benedikta trailer, which also includes peeks at Garuda. It begins by showing Garuda and 2D art of Benedikta. After that, we see her tapping into Garuda's power to get wings, as herself, and fully transformed.

In Japanese, Benedikta is played by Akari Higuchi. She also played Mia in Resident Evil VII and Sylvi in Babylon's Fall. She's played by Nina Yndis in English, who voiced Uimet in Final Fantasy XIV, Birna in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, and was in the Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series title as Elsera Snow.

Next, here's the Hugo and Titan Final Fantasy XVI trailer. Again, it begins with the Eikon first. After that, we see him on a throne, as well as more scenes of him as Titan.

Yasuhiro Mamiya plays Hugo in Japanese. He also played Juvah in Octopath Traveler II, Ifrit in Final Fantasy XV, and Dukas Windelband Gatialo in Tactics Ogre Reborn. In English, Alex Lanipekun is his voice actor. He was also Nil in Horizon Forbidden West and Wells in Control.

Final Fantasy XVI will be available for the PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023. There is a six-month exclusivity period.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 11:00 AM

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth PlayStation Store Pages Open

Square Enix announced the PlayStation Store pages for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth are now open. The https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/final-fantasy-vii-rebirth/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">US and Japanese pages are both live. However, very few details appear on other. The only thing people can really do on each listing and opt to wishlist it. However, as the company noted, this means you get new information once it is available if you do add it to your list.

The hub page on the official PlayStation site is also available for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth in addition to its store listing. It only includes the "first look" trailer right now. The Summer Game Fest 2023 one isn't there yet.

Leading up to that new trailer and release window, Square Enix offered multiple details about what to expect. It confirmed new characters would appear, for example. It also mentioned people who pick it up without playing the original remake can still catch up.

In other Final Fantasy VII news, there's a new set of wallpapers. Square Enix shared one of Cloud and Zack together for Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will come to the PlayStation 5 in early 2024. The game will appear on two discs.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 10:30 AM

Persona 3 Reload

In an interview with Famitsu, the development team behind Persona 3 Reload confirmed that the remake will focus on the base version of the game title. This means that there will be no content like the feMC from Persona 3 Portable, and we won't see The Answer from FES in the Reload remake. However, there will be some elements of FES in the main story. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The main focus of the remake is to let players experience Persona 3 with Persona 5-like graphics and gameplay. So there are very few changes to the story or the characterization. However, there will be new side stories focusing on the SEES members. These will be separate from Social Links and will focus more on what certain characters were doing in scenes where you couldn't see them.

Ryouta Niizuma, who is the producer for the game, made it clear that the Persona 3 Reload will not be a remake of FES or Portable. Here is a translation of what he said in the interview:

"Persona 3 Reload is a project that prioritized remaking the original Persona 3 for modern consoles. So it doesn't contain the epilogue from FES or the female protagonist from Portable. However, that doesn't mean that the new additions to the main story that was added in FES won't be in Reload."

FES added new Personas, dorm videos, walks with Koromaru, a new Chidori event, and the Aeon Arcana Social Link. That's Aigis's Social Link. We will have to wait for more information from Atlus to see what FES content will be retained in Reload.

Persona 3 Reload will come out on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC in early 2024. Other platforms haven't been confirmed yet.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 10:00 AM

Final Fantasy XVI merchandise accessories

Square Enix recently revealed that new Final Fantasy XVI merchandise will appear in the form of a flocked Moogle figurine and three new pieces of jewelry. The FFXVI Moogle figurine has a flocked, soft texture. Meanwhile, the jewelry include a silver ear cuff with the House Rosfield crest, the same ear cuff in a pendant form, and a Wings of Promise pendant.

Here are the prices for the new Final Fantasy XVI figure and pieces of jewelry.

All three accessories are made with 925 sterling silver, and their expected North American release date is August 2023. They will appear in Japan on July 8, 2023. Meanwhile, the FFXVI Moogle flocked figurine will come out sometime around January 2024 in North America and September 21, 2023 in Japan.

Square Enix previously revealed two pieces of Final Fantasy XVI merchandise. Two plushes of pup and adult Torgal will appear in 2024. That came up alongside the announcement of a release date for the Final Fantasy XVI demo.

Final Fantasy XVI is will be available for the PlayStation 5 On June 22, 2023, and a demo will appear on June 12, 2023. There is a six-month exclusivity period for the game.

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Siliconera Monday, June 12, 2023 9:30 AM

Atelier Ryza anime

The first episode of the Atelier Ryza anime will be a special one-hour long one. The first two episodes of the anime will be combined for the premiere. The anime is slated to come out in Japan on July 1, 2023. Additionally, a new special key visual for the anime adaptation of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout was unveiled on June 10, 2023. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Character Designer Tomoyuki Shitaya is responsible for the newly released illustration. In addition, the new key visual for the anime adaptation shows returning characters Empel Vollmer and Lila Decyrus and how they'll look in the new adaptation. With the inclusion of these two characters, the Atelier Ryza main cast of characters is complete.

You can take a better look at the new key visual artwork for the anime adaptation here:

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As a reminder, a second trailer for the Atelier Ryza anime adaptation appeared in May 2023, alongside the release of the Japanese official website. The first announcement trailer appeared back in March 2023, alongside the final trailer for Atelier Ryza 3, the latest and final entry in the Atelier Ryza trilogy.

The release date for the anime adaptation of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout is July 1, 2023 in Japan.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, June 12, 2023 3:56 PM
     How To Get Shockwave Aspect In Diablo 4 Featured ImageThe Druid class in Diablo 4 has a high degree of customization, in terms of the builds you can create. Whether you're making a build around storms or beasts, there's so much room to work within this class. But no matter the build you make, you may not be strong enough to take on the minions on Lilth. This is where Aspects come into play, they make the build better by enhancing certain traits. Aspects can be found by either doing dungeons or by extracting them from Legendary weapons. However, there seem to be a few that drop randomly, and the Shockwave Aspect is one that falls in this category. If you're running a Druid and want how to get Shockwave Aspect in Diablo 4, this guide should help. Diablo 4: How to get the Shockwave Aspect This Aspect can be obtained in a few ways, but they're all random. So you may go through the entire story of Diablo 4 without running into it. That shouldn't deter you though, because if you keep trying, chances increase of finding it. So it could...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, June 12, 2023 3:54 PM
     How To Join The Skull And Bones Closed BetaUbisoft's new and upcoming self proclaimed ultimate pirate fantasy game, Skull and Bones, is entering closed beta starting August 25th. This game promises to be one where you climb reputation from nobody to a famed pirate outlaw, catering to whatever customization and playstyle you prefer as you partake in naval combat. Most interestingly, it also promises a map range all around the Indian Ocean with diverse regions to deal with. In short, it's most definitely a pirate game. So if pirate games are your forte and you can't get enough of them, or you really enjoyed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, you can register for its closed beta right now. Here's how to join the Skull and Bones closed beta and try it out for yourself. Skull and Bones closed beta access In order to register for closed beta, navigate to the Skull and Bones closed beta registration page on Ubisoft.com. Select your desired platform to play the game- PC, Xbox, or PS5- and click register. You...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, June 12, 2023 2:20 PM
     Assassin's Creed Nexus Vr Lets You Play As Ezio And More Iconic AssassinsIn a brand new trailer for Meta Quest's new Assassin's Creed game, Ubisoft showcased what it will feel like to become an assassin. Assassin's Creed Nexus VR will let you play as Ezio, and two other iconic assassins from the franchise. The Ubisoft Forward 2023 showcase demonstrated a quick trailer for this new VR game, alongside other exciting new titles. Assassin's Creed Nexus VR allows you to play iconic assassins such as Ezio Back in 2022, a few new Assassin's Creed games were revealed, such as this one. Although the trailer did not include real gameplay, the CGI scenes showcased who you will be able to play as. You can become three assassins, who are Ezio, Kassandra, and Connor. Each are from their own Assassin's Creed game, but each have their own missions in the new Assassin's Creed Nexus VR. Releasing on the Meta Quest, there will be plenty of features in Assassin's Creed Nexus VR. This will be a story game with its ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, June 12, 2023 2:18 PM
     Ubisoft Reveals Open Beta For Xdefiant Featured Image(1)Ubisoft reveals its free-to-play shooter, XDefiant will be going into Open Beta later this month. Over the course of the year, a few lucky players got to experience the arena shooter firsthand. A lot of reactions were shown off at Ubisoft's press conference, and it seems like it could be a hit. Additionally, we got news about when the game may arrive. If you're excited and interested in XDefiant, then we got all the juicy information for you. XDefiant: Ubisoft reveals the Open Beta If you've managed to play the closed betas for XDefiant, you can probably tell how much Ubisoft is putting into this game. With over 20 closed sessions, it seems like the company is trying to have the perfect launch for its shooter. XDefiant was announced back in 2021, and since then, Ubisoft has been working tirelessly trying to perfect the game. Plus, the company has been rather tight-lipped about certain things in the game. But, during Ubisoft's press conference, we got a whole...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, June 12, 2023 2:09 PM
     Assassin's Creed Codename Jade Closed BetaAssassin's Creed Codename Jade, the long-awaited AC game set in China, is available to register for closed beta now. Assassin's Creed Codename Jade is a mobile game with a new assassin and a new world set in China. Here is how to register for the Assassin's Creed Codename Jade closed beta. Note: If you're still confused about what Assassin's Creed Infinity is, check out our helpful guide. Assassin's Creed Codename Jade: How to play the closed beta Screenshot: Ubisoft While you're most likely hyped about Assassin's Creed Mirage, you shouldn't cross Assassin's Creed Codename Jade out just yet. If you want to register to play the Assassins's Creed Codename Jade closed beta, you can right now. To do so, you need to go to the app store on your Android or iPhone. Once there, search for Assassin's Creed Codename Jade. Then, select the game and press the register button. You are now re...

Gamer Empire Monday, June 12, 2023 8:47 AM
     There are a lot of cute animals that you can purchase and raise on your farm in Stardew Valley. There are Coop and Barn animals, and they all have their uses. The Chickens are probably the best Coop animals in Stardew Valley, as you can get them at a cheap price, and you can easily […]

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Monday, June 12, 2023 4:00 PM
     In what is touted as the most ambitious expansion to date, Deadball: Masters of the Game has launched on Kickstarter, aiming to let players rewrite the annals of baseball. In less than two weeks, the expansion for the bestselling tabletop baseball simulator Deadball: Baseball With Dice has garnered massive support, with 474 backers pledging $10,495, …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Monday, June 12, 2023 3:16 PM
     In an update from the Fantasy Flight Games team, The Circle Undone Investigator Expansion for Arkham Horror: The Card Game is now available for purchase. Starting today, you can grab your copy from a local retailer across the United States or order it directly from the Fantasy Flight Games online store. Set in the eerie …

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Monday, June 12, 2023 12:31 PM
     During the Xbox Games Showcase, we were treated to in-game footage of Forza Motorsport before finally being given a definitive release date: October 10th 2023. That puts it alongside quite a few other big games, including Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and a new Assassin's Creed.

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Monday, June 12, 2023 11:35 AM
     Todd Howard of Bethesda has confirmed whether Starfield will run at 30fps or 60fps on consoles.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, June 12, 2023 3:37 PM

A new world premier trailer and game overview trailer was also released.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, June 12, 2023 3:04 PM

The game's editions and a limited edition wireless Xbox controller and headset were also announced.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, June 12, 2023 11:00 AM

Xbox's 2023 Presentation Outshines PlayStation

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Level Up Monday, June 12, 2023 1:52 PM
     <p style="margin-bottom:11px">Today's Ubisoft Forward brought us a deeper look at The Crew Motorfest, with a…

Level Up Monday, June 12, 2023 1:34 PM
     Today during the Ubisoft Forward event, Adi Shankar (showrunner,&nbsp;<em>Castlevania</em>) presented the first trailer for&nbsp;<em>Captain Laserhawk:…

Level Up Monday, June 12, 2023 1:00 PM
     Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora kicked off Ubisoft Forward with a new trailer providing our best…

Level Up Monday, June 12, 2023 9:47 AM
     In case you missed it, yesterday's Final Fantasy XVI Pre-Launch Celebration event delivered the announcement…