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Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:46 PM

Gamescom's Opening Night Live kicked off Tuesday, August 22 with a smattering of trailers for Assassin's Creed Mirage, Black Myth: Wukong, and Little Nightmares 3, among others. Tucked into the presentation was a trailer for Black Desert developer Pearl Abyss' next game and, y'all, it looks pretty cool.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:42 PM

I love video game statues and figurines. My desk and shelf at home are cluttered with visions of Kaidan Alenko from Mass Effect and Joel from The Last of Us in miniature. But as a person who loves making custom characters in RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3, I'm often left wanting something tangible of the heroes I made.…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:04 PM

We got a lengthy look at a campaign mission from the upcoming Modern Warfare III during Gamescom 2023's opening night, and once again it appears that Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward, and Activision are banking hard on Call of Duty fans' nostalgia.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:30 PM

Game Awards host Geoff Keighley has once again been accosted by an irreverent, clout-chasing youth, this time at the 2023 Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase. A man rushed the stage to tell the audience that "Bill Clinton wants to play GTA VI." Keighley's disappointment was palpable.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:55 PM


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:27 PM

GPU manufacturer Nvidia announced its plans to remaster, with full ray-tracing, Valve's 2004 first-person shooter Half-Life 2 on August 22. Development will be handled by myriad Half-Life 2 mod teams, including those that made Half-Life 2: VR, united under new studio Orbifold, and it'll be released for free.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:15 PM

For years now, Destiny 2 has followed a similar pattern: release a big annual expansion followed by four individual seasons with familiar loot grinds and a predictable pace of narrative beats. No longer. After The Final Shape drops in early 2024, Bungie revealed the game will move to a new structure with bigger but…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:25 PM

Today we got our first look at The Final Shape, the last expansion in Destiny 2's "Light and Darkness" saga that was first set in motion back in 2014. It arrives February 27, 2024, and it's looking great so far.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:05 PM

I made a big mistake while playing Baldur's Gate 3. Nearing the end of Act 2, I was faced with a decision—a big decision. Frozen by choice paralysis, I couldn't pick, didn't want to pick, and panicked. I did a terrible thing. I Googled it. I'm here today to confess my folly, and share it with you so you might not do…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 PM

Reality television show Love is Blind is turning into a mobile game for Netflix's soon-to-be released Netflix Stories app. The interactive narrative game will debut on September 19, a few days before the show's fifth season premieres on September 22, an August 22 press release says.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:43 AM

One of my biggest pain points with Baldur's Gate 3 is its vague journal. In my first playthrough, I spent more time than I'm willing to admit chasing false leads because quest descriptions made it seem like solutions were hidden in the nooks and crannies of places I'd already been, only to find out they were on a…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:25 AM

Pokémon doesn't exactly shy away from providing dark backstories for its different monsters, and fittingly, that's especially true of ghost-type Pokémon. But it does feel like Scarlet and Violet are a lot more comfortable than their predecessors were with putting heavier subjects like death at the forefront, rather…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 10:30 AM

Immortals of Aveum, Ascendant Studios' first-person shooter rooted in magic—not guns—is not performing all that magically on PC. Its August 22 launch day is preoccupied by stuttering, sometimes, crashing, and making the average PC sweat with the game's ambitious Unreal Engine 5.1.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 10:10 AM

It finally happened. Microsoft has fully ended production of Kinect hardware. And no, you didn't stumble upon an article from 2014. Yes, it's 2023 and Microsoft, in case you didn't know, has been still trying to make Kinect work, just not in the gaming space. Well, today Microsoft has thrown in the towel.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 9:55 AM

The Pokémon TCG's Obsidian Flames was always going to be an awkward, middle child of a set. Released before the fuss of Paldea Evolved and its Iono frenzy was over, but also just a month ahead of the inevitable deafening noise of Pokémon 151, if it weren't for its Charizards it might have been entirely overlooked. But…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 9:37 AM

The Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 is just around the corner and publisher Konami's dumped a bunch of additional information about the ports and remasters ahead of their October 24 release date. One of the big reveals is that Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will still only run at…


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 9:15 AM

The Steam Deck is a super cool device…even if it does run a little hot. It plays an extraordinary number of games officially, can get a nice amount of unsupported games running unofficially, it's very repairable and moddable, and it can even double as a portable desktop PC.


Kotaku Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:33 AM

Somehow, over a year later, Microsoft's attempted $69 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard just took its weirdest turn yet. The tech giant announced today that it will sell off the streaming rights for Call of Duty, Overwatch, and more to rival publisher Ubisoft as part of one last attempt to get holdout regulators…


PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:51 PM
     Payday 3 release date, trailers, gameplay, story, and more

When is the Payday 3 release date? It's time to call up the gang, devise a dangerous plan to sneak into a New York skyscraper, and rob everyone blind. As the name gives away, Payday 3 is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Payday 2.

Just like its predecessor, Payday 3 is a first-person shooter co-op game from Starbreeze Studios. Thanks to several trailers and developer diaries, we've got a pretty good idea of what to expect from the FPS game. Here's an overview of the Payday 3 release date, gameplay features, storyline, and more.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:41 PM
     Tekken 8 release date, betas, trailers, gameplay, story

When is the Tekken 8 release date? As one of the biggest fighting games in the world, Tekken 7 was the most impressive game in the series to date, so it's no surprise that fans are excited to see what the developers have in store for the next entry.

One of the most highly anticipated fighting games got its big reveal during September's Sony State of Play, pleasantly surprising Tekken fans with the shock reveal that Tekken 8 was in development, with a trailer premiering showcasing gameplay in the new game engine. Given the critical and commercial success of Tekken 7, there's a strong possibility Tekken 8 will end up on our best PC games list in the future. Now that we've seen a fair bit of the game, here's everything we know about the Tekken 8 release date, trailers, gameplay, story, and more.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:34 PM
     StarCraft successor Stormgate unveils self-sacrificing Infernal Host

Stormgate lifts the lid on its second faction, the Infernal Host. This race of demonic aliens makes an initial impression that brings to mind the infamous Zerg of StarCraft, but once again the team at Frost Giant Studios, which consists of former Warcraft and StarCraft developers, has ensured that Stormgate brings a fresh spin on the RTS game formula while paying loving homage to its roots.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:30 PM
     Ice-T shows off his

Payday 3 is releasing soon, and Starbreeze is gearing up for the FPS game's launch at Gamescom right now. In a twist of events that took fans by surprise, iconic rapper Ice-T made an appearance during the opening night showcase to announce that he has teamed up with Payday 3 for an official in-game heist mission of his own. If you've ever wondered what one of your favorite musical artists could produce with your favorite game developer, then this heist should be right up your alley.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:11 PM
     Elden Ring meets Red Dead Redemption 2 in stunning new RPG

Elden Ring has the huge, scenic, and often magical open-world. Red Dead Redemption 2 meanwhile boasts one of the most in-depth and moving stories in all of gaming, combined with myriad little interactions and details that make the entire experience feel real and alive. Mix that with the parkour from Assassin's Creed Mirage, and some of the fairytale style of Zelda, and you get Crimson Desert, an upcoming RPG game from Black Desert devs Pearl Abyss, which just got a huge new trailer at Gamescom 2023.

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:30 PM
     One of the best horror games gets a new sequel, and it's multiplayer

Little Nightmares is coming back according to one of the most exciting horror game announcements I've seen in a while. Bandai Namco just confirmed that a third Little Nightmares installment is underway, but that's not all. Not only is a new game coming to the iconic spooky series, but it's going to have multiplayer functionality. That's right, you can finally traverse Bandai Namco's nightmarish world with one of your friends in Little Nightmares 3.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:37 PM
     GTA 6 fan storms Gamescom stage, interrupts Geoff Keighley

GTA 6 is likely on its way, though we're still waiting for an initial announcement from Rockstar. With the GTA 6 release date still pending, one Grand Theft Auto player storms the stage of Gamescom 2023, interrupting host Geoff Keighley to shout questions about the next Rockstar sandbox game and sequel to GTA 5. This appears to be the same person who has previously invaded live television shows to ask about GTA 6 and, most recently, a return to Vice City.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:11 PM
     Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin finally has a release date

With Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Realms of Ruin only being announced a few months ago on May 25 2023, Realms of Ruin fans haven't been left idly twiddling their thumbs or painting miniatures for too long as they eagerly await what could be one of the best Warhammer RTS games we've seen in recent years.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:35 PM
     Type Soul codes August 2023

August 22, 2023: We added new Type Soul codes to our list.

What are the new Type Soul codes? Death does not mean the end in this anime-inspired game, and no matter if you pick to become a Soul Reaper or one of the Hollow, you'll need the best gear if you want to survive.

While there are many Roblox games based on popular anime, this up-and-coming action adventure will eventually have a lineup of freebies to win. However, while you're waiting for new Type Soul codes, check out the latest Project Slayers codes or Blox Fruits codes if you're in the market for freebies in other anime-inspired Roblox games.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:30 PM
     You can fly Star Wars' most iconic ship in Starfield

Starfield is almost here, and it's likely going to be one of Bethesda's biggest RPG game releases to date. From its expansive, explorable space setting to its variety of questlines, Starfield is packing many features we fans can't wait to experience. Some prospective players are expressing their creativity ahead of the upcoming launch, using Bethesda's officially revealed spacecraft customization options to make unique ships. One fan used the Starfield assets to recreate one of Star Wars' most well-known ships, the Millennium Falcon.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:48 PM
     Slay the Spire meets Street Fighter in new Steam roguelike

Slay the Spire meets Street Fighter: bet you didn't expect to see that on a Tuesday afternoon. Blending CCG mechanics with the high energy of fighting games, Death or Glory is an upcoming Steam adventure that will test you to your limits: either rise to the challenge or die trying - it's your choice.

PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:43 PM
     Forget Mind Flayers, this man is Baldur's Gate 3's biggest issue

If there was ever a place that didn't need more gloom, it's Baldur's Gate 3's Underdark. Between Baldur Gate 3's numerous monsters, the exploding fungi, and the pitch-black lake, the fantasy RPG game's underground realm doesn't scream holiday destination. So, naturally, that's where miserable Mancunian presenter Karl Pilkington has been sent. What could possibly go wrong?

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:28 PM
     Star Wars Outlaws release date speculation, trailers, and more

What is the Star Wars Outlaws release date? Ubisoft is dipping its toe into the galaxy far, far away and recently gave us a glimpse of everything we can expect from its upcoming Star Wars game. Massive Entertainment, the team behind The Division series and the Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora game, has been working on Star Wars Outlaws since 2021.

In classic Ubisoft style, Star Wars Outlaws will be an open-world game, with action-adventure elements and a single-player experience. The story itself takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and centers around Kay Vess and her companion, Nix, as they take on a huge heist in the galaxy.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:27 PM
     Starfield Nvidia drivers arrive ahead of launch

While Starfield does have an exclusive partnership with AMD, this doesn't mean the Bethesda RPG is totally devoid of official support from the likes of Nvidia and Intel. Those hoping to play on a GeForce graphics card will be delighted to hear that not only is there a Game Ready driver for Starfield, it's also available right now.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:24 PM
     The best space games on PC 2023

What are the best space games on PC in 2023? Featuring the biggest Steam games, like Kerbal Space Program, and the best free games, such as Eve Online, these are the most sensational space epics around.

Trying to pick out the best PC space games is a galaxy-sized question. Developers have been churning out space adventures since the '70s, and with everyone getting excited about Jupiter, and with Kickstarter and crowdfunding allowing studios to strike out alone, we're currently just a teensy bit obsessed with what's beyond our little blue and green marble. While we wait for E.T. to return our numerous missed calls, let's kill the time by playing some amazing intergalactic adventures in some of the best games on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:16 PM
     Starfield Neon city guide

What can be found in Starfield's Neon city? In Starfield, Neon is the man-made, spacefaring equivalent of Vegas, except it's surrounded by a sea full of psychedelic fish rather than an arid desert. Still, it's full of bright lights and presumably a melting pot of interesting characters.

Among the many Starfield planets you can encounter on your journey through the galaxy, one was bound the be home to a psychedelic drug-fueled city of pleasure. That's where Neon city comes in. Neon is one of four major Starfield cities you can visit in the RPG game, and as the Starfield release date nears, here's everything we know about Neon city so far.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:19 PM
     Elden Ring bosses in order

What are the Elden Ring bosses in order? The most defining moments in any of the Souls-like games are the tough boss fights. They can be tricky for several reasons: some are hard to hit consistently, and others can squash you with just one attack. Despite having hundreds of monsters, you only need to beat 12 Elden Ring bosses in this order to finish the game.

In addition to a list of mandatory boss encounters, our list of the Elden Ring bosses in order includes where you can find them, and what items they drop when you beat them. We've also collated the top five bosses in order of difficulty. It's worth noting that, generally speaking, dungeon bosses are not as hard to kill as the major bosses. However, there are exceptions, so upgrading the Flash of Wondrous Physick with Elden Ring crystal tears can make all the difference in one of the best PC games of all time.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:12 PM
     Assassin's Creed Mirage release date, news, and gameplay

When is the Assassin's Creed release date? We know that Mirage is an homage to the original Assassin's Creed games, bringing back the stealth-focused gameplay in a densely populated Middle-Eastern city. While it's still an action-adventure game with a strong narrative focus, long-time Assassin's Creed players will be reminded of Ezio's adventures rather than Eivor's.

Assassin's Creed Mirage, announced in September 2022, is part of Ubisoft's larger Assassin's Creed series. Following the release of Valhalla back in 2020, it's the thirteenth major installment. Like other AC games, Mirage is all about fascinating historical settings, intriguing characters, and sneakiness - something that will hopefully place Mirage among the best PC games when it eventually releases. Whether you're a veteran assassin or new to stealth games, here's everything we know about AC Mirage release date and gameplay.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 PM
     You can play Guilds Wars 2 Secrets of the Obscure right now

If you thought you'd have to wait another five excruciating years for a new Guild Wars 2 expansion, then I have news for you. Arenanet has decided to release smaller, bite-sized Guild Wars 2 adventures with greater frequency, and Secrets of the Obscure marks the beginning of a new era for the age-old MMORPG.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:48 AM
     Starfield plants explained

Which plants are in Starfield? As you explore every Starfield planet, you will discover a range of unique flora and fauna to analyze and add to your database. Before you take a trip to one of the 1,000+ planets on offer, your ship provides you with a breakdown of everything the planet has, including its flora and whether you've already seen it.

Ready for each time spot a Starfield plant, your suit comes equipped with a special visor that lets you keep track of everything the planet has to offer. If you happen to scan every unique item available, a message pops up saying "Ecological Consortium", meaning you've seen everything on the planet. Find out the uses for each of the plants in the space game to further your Starfield research projects knowledge, unlocking new Starfield skills and experience points.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:41 AM
     Starfield Barrett companion guide

Who is Starfield Barrett? Space travel can be a lonely business. Blasting from planet to planet, getting into adventures, passing the time on your ship - the process can begin to wear thin if you don't have anyone to share the experience with. That's why you should really think about picking up a few crewmates; friendship and a couple of extra guns at your side could help tip the balance in your favor.

You can recruit many Starfield companions, and you might want to give the makeup of your crew some thought before the Starfield release date is upon us. Some members are great fighters, some can be left to man Starfield outposts, while others can supply you with much nicer food to chow down on - it's really up to you what kind of captain you want to be. Here's the rundown of Barrett, and what he can offer you and your band of adventurers.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:29 AM
     This Lenovo Legion gaming laptop has a unique cooling system

Lenovo is well known for its prowess as a gaming laptop manufacturer, but it's taken things one step further with its new Lenovo Legion 9i system. Inside its surprisingly thin chassis lies the thinnest water cooling system you'll find in a portable PC, alongside some killer specs.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:14 AM
     Starfield Marika Boros crewmate guide

Who is Starfield's Marika Boros? There's so many colorful planets, venues, and cities across the Starfield universe, so it would be pretty weird if there was no life on any of them. Thankfully, that's not the case, and Marika Boros is just one of over 20 named NPCs that you can recruit to your team.

One of the few names we already know leading up to the Starfield release date, Marika Boros is a crew member seen in the Constellation Question video below, where her Starfield skills and assignments were also shown. What else do we know about this Starfield companion, though?

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:08 AM
     Starfield Crimson Fleet faction guide

What is the Starfield Crimson Fleet? Bethesda based the Crimson Fleet faction on the concept of space pirates, so if you consider the Raiders from Fallout 3 with a little bit more organization and some spaceships, you're halfway there. Factions in Starfield are a core component of the space game, and the Crimson Raiders are one of the main foes.

Starfield factions will be integral when the Starfield release date finally arrives because depending on which ones you work with or fight against, those decisions will affect the entire game, and which of the Starfield endings you wind up at. We've scoured through all the information Bethesda has released so far to put together this comprehensive guide to the Starfield Crimson Fleet faction including who they are, where they're based, and what their goal is.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:19 AM
     Best antivirus software in 2023

What's the best antivirus software? For all PC-owners the best antivirus should be an important part of your repertoire. You don't want to have your save files corrupted, or your logins leaked so that any digital criminal can steal all your personal information and anything else that you have stored on your PC.

Well, many gamers are content with Microsoft Defender. Built-in with all modern Windows platforms, Microsoft Defender provides a solid antivirus, along with malware defence, biometric logins (e.g. fingerprints), and more. By all means, it's not a bad place to start, but what about those who aren't fond of Windows Defender? Or those who are looking for something a little more comprehensive?

We've got you covered. In this guide, we've gone over eight of the best antivirus providers, weighing up the costs and benefits of each one in order to help you better defend your own PC. Combine these with the most secure VPN services or the best gaming VPN and you'll have a really solid privacy and security set-up.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 4:00 PM

If you can't wait for Path Of Exile 2, and you've long since lost interest in Diablo 4, then you might want to cast your loot-hungry eyes toward Last Epoch, an upcoming time-travel fantasy ARPG that's been enjoying a successful stint in early access since 2019 and, as tonight's Gamescom Opening Night Live show revealed, is on track for a full release later this year. The Geoffcom mega show also revealed there's a new mage class called the Runemaster heading to the game next month that's capable of casting 40 different spells on a single attack key, but given this is the first time we've written about Last Epoch, I realise that probably won't mean much to a lot of you. So let's back up a bit and introduce Last Epoch properly, because hoo boy, if you love customisable skill trees, this is the ARPG for you, my friend.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:53 PM

Mark your calendars for November 17th, strategy fans, as that's when Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Realms Of Ruin is heading to PC - the same day as Atlus' Persona 5 Tactica, don't you know? Announced at tonight's Gamescom Opening Night Live show, Frontier Developments also showed off the game's new single-player Conquest mode, a procedurally generated series of challenges that will pit players against increasingly unpredictable combat scenarios, as well as its third playable faction: the wraith-like Nighthaunt. They'll be going up against the Stormcast Eternals alongside the Orruk Kruleboyz in the game's campaign, and I got to see them in action ahead of tonight's showcase. And I can confirm: they're a nasty bunch of spectral rags, this lot, especially when they pile on in large numbers.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:40 PM

Graham said to me earlier today, "you've got a real soft spot for chintzy big swing fantasy", and what can I say? The man is correct. Hence, though I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in open world survival crafting games like yer Valheims and what have you, I cocked my head like a dazzled magpie at the Gamescom release date trailer for Nightingale. It's the chintzy big swing fantasy (okay, Victoriana urban fantasy but it still counts) coming from Aaryn Flynn-founded studio Inflexion Games. And it's coming to an early access release near you on February 22nd next year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:35 PM

If you've been keeping an eye on Stormgate, the upcoming free-to-play RTS being made by former Starcraft II and Warcraft III devs, then its big bads, the Infernal Host, will probably be familiar in name, if nothing else. But during tonight's Gamescom Opening Night Live show, we got our first proper look at this demonic alien faction, as well as three of the units that will be at our disposal on release. And sure, the worker Imp and its long ears will no doubt appease the Grogu fans out there, but my personal highlight is the creepy flesh monster, the Brute. It looks rightly horrific, with its pair of grinning maws and glistening, pale skin, but at the tap of a key, it will rip itself down the middle in a mess of blood and gore so that two Fiends can burst forth Alien-style to continue the assault. It's kinda gross, but also weirdly rad? In any case, I'm into it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:11 PM

Cooperative horror FPS series Killing Floor will return for another monster mash (hopefully it'll be a graveyard smash) in Killing Floor 3, developers Tripwire Interactive announced today. Sadly they've said little about the game and shown even less but yup, once again you and your pals will get to fight through hordes of wacky bioengineered monsters. Honestly, science was a mistake. Isaac Downtown and his pal Harry Stottle owe us all an apology.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:09 PM

Upcoming Soulslike Black Myth: Wukong reared its monkey head again at today's Gamescom Opening Night Live show, where we got another look at its mythological beasts, lightspeed parries and, err, a headless bard. Interesting stuff all around. Take a peek below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:08 PM

LG's 27GL850 was a legendary monitor, as this 27-inch model was the first to use the Korean chaebol's Fast IPS panels - which combined the extremely fast pixel response times you'd expect to see on TN panels with the wide viewing angles and gorgeous colours of IPS screens. This combination proved popular, and today there's a deal on the modern successor to the 27GL850 - the 27GP850.

The 27GP850 is down to $299.99 at Amazon, versus an original price of $429.99. We saw a lot of sales on the 1440p 144Hz 27GL850 when it reached this price, so seeing an even better 1440p 180Hz model at the same point could result in quite a popular pickup.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:52 PM

Bandai Namco brought some news to this year's Gamescom 2023 Geoff Fest show that was very exciting for me, personally. Though it was but a short teaser trailer, we now know that Little Nightmares 3 is coming next year - and it's a co-op game that you can play with your pals. Good for moral support with a creepy horror game, although it's online co-op, so don't expect anyone to literally hold your hand. Also, and this is kind of unexpected, but there's a podcast tie-in.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:46 PM

AMD's Ryzen 7 7800X3D is the fastest CPU I've tested (on average across a nine-game benchmark suite), exceeding even the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and the Intel Core i9 13900K. That makes it an awesome choice for a full-fat gaming PC, and today you can pick up this top performer for just $385 at Amazon USA - with a free copy of Starfield included.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:35 PM

If you're keenly awaiting next month's launch of Starfield, Bethesda's new open-world sci-fi RPG, you can skip the new trailer. It's one of those live-action affairs with CG up the wazoo, complete with an 'epic' cover of Elton John's Rocket Man that would bring a tear to the eye of Zack Snyder*, and only Zack Snyder. It does not show the game at all, nor does it capture the thrill of escaping our Earthly bonds to find a load of grey rocks just like we have at home. But you can watch the trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:00 PM

Glance at a Fort Solis screenshot and you might summarise it as "Dead Space if it were set in a moodier corner of Ridley Scott flick The Martian". The correct bundle of analogies is actually "Tacoma if it was made by Supermassive Games or Quantic Dream - and also, if it were set in a moodier corner of Ridley Scott flick The Martian". If you're unfamiliar with all of those things, here's the translation: this is a creepy but seldom scary mystery-horror game about a couple of engineers exploring an abandoned spacebase full of quick-time events (aka, "push the button before the prompt vanishes") and audio/video diaries from the Project X Proceeds Apace School of Ominous Backstory.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 PM

Countless rivals have stepped up to challenge Vampire Survivors in the bullet heaven roguelite arena - Vtuber cats, Nic Cage's Renfield, Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor - but the recently-released Whisker Squadron: Survivor is probably the most unexpected challenger yet. That's because it's brave enough to ask the mind-expanding question: what if Star Fox was a Vampire Survivors-like?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 PM

Out of all of Supergiant's games, I feel like Pyre is the odd duck out. Bastion, Transistor, and Hades - all fit nicely into the action-RPG genre (as well as all being absolute bangers) but Pyre is something else entirely. Sure it also has action-RPG elements, but also is a story-rich visual novel and sports game? And they not only work together but also compliment each other?? It's a magical wizardry mix of genres that still feels fresh today, even though it's been five years since it released. It's story following a group of ethereal exiles playing fantasy sports ball in mystical purgatory isn't half bad too (by which I mean it's amazing).

The rules of the sport are simple - two teams are placed at opposite ends of a pitch each with a flame (the titular pyre) they must protect. An energy ball appears on the map and the two teams must grab the ball and dunk it into the opponent's flame until that flame has been snuffed out. Each character has a special ability, movement feels good, and when you pull off a combo you feel fantastic.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:40 AM

Gamescom 2023 begins today, and the Cologne-based gaming gigashow has a swanky, likely trailer-rich launch event to mark the occasion. Our Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023 liveblog will be up and running for the full two hours, and we – vid bud Liam and myself – will be reporting every scrap of news it feeds us. Care to join?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:38 AM

Developer Sad Cat Studios have delayed their debut cyberpunk platformer Replaced into 2024, because they "can't afford to release a sub-par game." The Belarusian-based studio previously pushed the game from 2022 into 2023 due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, but based on its moody retrofuturist trailers I'm happy to wait until every pixel is perfectly positioned, as long as the teams are staying safe.

"After Replaced's initial announcement in 2021 and its follow-up trailer in 2022 we had this incredibly high bar of community's expectations," the studio wrote in a recent Steam blog. "And at this point, we knew that we can't afford to release a sub-par game. We truly want Replaced to be something special and memorable for everybody. This is our first game, and we want to make every aspect of it the best it can be."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 9:00 AM

As with Half-Life 2 RTX, Nvidia have taken to Gamescom to make a heap of DLSS announcements. Chief among these is an upcoming new version, DLSS 3.5, which will add to DLSS 3's existing toolkit of upscaling and AI frame generation with a new trick named Ray Reconstruction. And it sounds pretty clever, if currently limited in application.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 9:00 AM

Nvidia are making an early start on their Gamescom announcements, which include the reveal of Half-Life 2 RTX. This incoming mod for the seminal 2004 FPS will, in the style of Portal with RTX, rejig the original game with modern technical goodies like ray tracing, updated environmental details, and Nvidia Reflex support. DLSS will also be on hand to absorb the inevitably mahoosive performance hit from bouncing all those rays around, and that includes DLSS 3, provided you have a compatible graphics card.

It's being developed by a collective of experienced HL2 modders, Orbifold Studios, without direct input from Valve. No release date yet, as Half-Life 2 RTX – or to use its full name, Half-Life 2 RTX: An RTX Remix Project – is still in the early stages. There is a teaser trailer, though.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:27 AM

Videogame collaborations seem to be getting increasingly common and increasingly random. Nicki Minaj in Call Of Duty? Fortnite skins based on Mexican comedy shows from the 1970s? Pentiment characters in mediaeval strategy Inkulinati? Okay, that last one makes sense. But now, a team-up between management game Cult Of The Lamb and co-op survival gem Don't Starve Together has joined the small club of fun but sensible crossovers. Games about cults and starving stick together, you know, so both games are celebrating each other's birthdays with free updates.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:42 PM

Sonic Superstars Sonic Frontiers gamescom

A new multiplayer trailer and release date for the upcoming Sonic Superstars appeared during the gamescom 2023 event. It will launch on October 17, 2023. This new entry in Sega's long-standing franchise will be a classic Sonic game with 2.5D graphics. It will include four-player co-op, as well as a competitive Battle Mode. Additionally, Sega revealed that Sonic Frontiers will receive new content in The Final Horizon Update on September 28, 2023.

You can take a better look at the new Sonic Superstars multiplayer trailer revealed at gamescom 2023 here:

Furthermore, here is the new Sonic Frontiers The Final Horizon Update trailer. It is yet unknown whether the update will be free or paid downloadable content.

In a June 2023 interview with Sonic Superstars Creative Officer Takashi Iizuka and Producer Naoto Ohshima, the developers confirmed that the game will have a Lego Eggman pre-order skin to commemorate the recent release of Lego Sonic sets. Additionally, Sonic Frontiers received a free Birthday Bash DLC update on June 23, 2023.

The Sonic Superstars release date is October 17, 2023. It will come out for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Sonic Frontiers is immediately available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch. The Final Horizon Update will appear on September 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:31 PM

New Assassin's Creed Mirage Gameplay Shown at Gamescom

Ubisoft has released new gameplay footage of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Mirage during Opening Night Live at gamescom 2023 in Germany. The footage outlined featured gameplay from this installment and primarily focused on showing how Arabic will be available as a voice acting option.

Here's the new Assassin's Creed Mirage gameplay footage with Arabic voice acting.

Previously, Ubisoft announced that Assassin's Creed Mirage would launch a week early, as well as news that the game had gone gold. Set this time in 9th century Baghdad, Assassin's Creed Mirage will focus on street thief Basim as he joins the Hidden Ones,  the group that was precursor to the Assassins. Mirage will also scale back the RPG aspects of the game that were prevalent in titles like Origins and Odyssey.

Assassin's Creed Mirage is set to launch on October 5, 2023 for the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:15 PM

Honkai Star Rail PS5 Technical Test Recruitment Starts This Week

During gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live, HoYoVerse announced a Honkai: Star Rail PS5 technical test. At the end of a trailer for the game, it revealed it begin recruitment for it on August 23, 2023. It didn't note when the test will actually take place. It only noted it will begin recruiting at 10am UTC+8 on August 23, 2023 for it. We'll likely see a website launch for applications that day.

Here's the gamescom 2023 Honkai: Star Rail trailer. It primarily focuses on Fu Xuan. She's a new five-star Quantum character from the Preservation path. It shows off gameplay, as well as insight into her character's personality. At the 1:30 mark, the news about the PS5 technical test recruitment came up. After that, it seemed like another new character for the game is being teased.
We don't have an exact release window for the Fu Xuan banner in-game. However, we know she'll appear after the Dan Heng five-star alt Imbibitor Lunae. That banner begins on August 30, 2023, immediately after the 4.0 update goes live for the game.

Honkai: Star Rail is available for PCs and mobile devices, and a PS5 version will arrive in 2023. The PS5 Technical Test recruitment will begin on August 23, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:06 PM

Zenless Zone Zero Reappears at Gamescom 2023

As part of the gamescom Opening Night Live, HoYoVerse shared a look at Zenless Zone Zero. This is the Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail, and Honkai Impact 3rd developer's new action game. Producer Zhenyu Li appeared on stage with a new trailer, which showed us more gameplay. People attending the event between August 23-27, 2023can also see it at the company's booth.

It begins by showing some locations, like a street exist and Brant Street construction site. After that, it highlighted four playable characters in the game. We got to see Von Lycaon, Koleda Belobog, Anby Demara, and Soukaku. The trailer showed Anby being selected. However, after that we also got to see Von's character model. It also showed some minigames reminiscent of Mr. Driller and Snake in an arcade setting. After that, it focused back on Zenless Zone Zero gameplay by showing some different sorts of assists.

Ahead of this new look, HoYoVerse also shared the following teaser trailer online:

Updates about Zenless Zone Zero have been relatively sporadic. We tend to only see news about it around major events. For example, during the 2022 Tokyo Game Show, HoYoVerse shared over 20 minutes of footage from the game. However, the developer also occasionally offers tidbits on social media. It will offer insight into possible enemies we'll face and characters we'll meet there.

Zenless Zone Zero will appear on PCs and mobile devices, and it will be at gamescom 2023 between August 23-27, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:01 PM

Preview: Fae Farm Is Incredibly Accessible

Phoenix Labs is dipping into the farming sim genre with Fae Farm and after spending time in its first few chapters after getting access to the game, it feels like accessibility is a core concept. In many different ways, it feels like the team endeavored to create a game that goes out of its way for players. For example, it means elements to allow you to make an avatar that looks like you. It also involves being clear about who characters are or where you might find some resources. It also cuts out some hassle behind managing your equipment.

Fae Farm's accessibility options when you start creating a character. All sorts of skin colors are available, and you can choose from four body types regardless of gender. You pick your pronouns. The hairstyles are universal as well, with many different options present. If you want dreadlocks, those are there. If you wear a hijab in real life, you can immediately select one for your avatar here. A lot of elements to make your character look like, well, you are right there. You don't need to unlock them.
[caption id="attachment_979073" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Image via Phoenix Labs Image via Phoenix Labs[/caption]
This continues on to the controls. For the main tools you'll use most often in Fae Farm, they're context sensitive. So if you water plants, use an axe to chop, swing a scythe to cut, dig with a shovel, or smash with a pickaxe, you don't need to dig through tools. The only pieces of equipment that do involve tabbing through with the triggers are the net, fishing pole, and wand. This means a lot less fuss and streamlines a lot of the more mundane interactions.

This doesn't mean those tools that don't automatically swap in when you need them aren't also accessible in their own way. The concept still carries over into certain sorts of creature catching interactions. Say you're going to go fishing or hunting bugs. There's a visible rainbow halo around "special" ones, to help signify they are rare on sight. This means you don't have to memorize their appearances. When you're fishing, you clearly see a charged line when you cast. In addition to audio cues, you'll see movements. If the line is in danger of breaking, its color changes to red and you'll see little stress mark signifiers. When stalking bugs, holding down the button to sneak causes little stars to appear around your prey when you would be able to successfully catch it.

Even interacting with people features some accessibility options to aid players. In the map menu, you can go into areas and choose to select a certain location to help guide you there. You can also track specific people. This is a huge help when clearing out the quest list. Also, whenever you speak to someone you'll see not only their name, but a brief summary of who they are and what they do. While the characters who act as shopkeepers don't leave their posts, this is helpful for other NPCs who do move around quite a bit.
[caption id="attachment_979074" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Preview- Fae Farm Is Incredibly Accessible 3 Image via Phoenix Labs[/caption]
I would even say the dungeon diving is accessible. When you head into these areas, which also function as mines you'll head into for ores and gemstones, you can craft seals. These use ores and sometimes gems. When placed in a pedestal at the start of a new floor, you can unlock the door to the next one and open up a fast-travel point that lets you immediately warp to that floor when at that point of the level. The menu will also note which resources will be on that floor and provide an idea of how plentiful they are, in the event you're going in specifically for an item like copper or maybe some topaz.

In its early hours, it feels like Phoenix Labs made Fae Farm the sort of game that is accommodating and easy to play. However, it does that without holding someone's hand too tightly. So there are elements that make it easy and take some extra actions off of your shoulders, while still ensuring you need to think about what you plant and manage your time and resources properly.

Fae Farm will come to the Nintendo Switch and PC on September 8, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:00 PM

Payday 3 Ice T gamescom 2023

Starbreeze Studios revealed a new mission for Payday 3 at Gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live. This mission features rapper and actor Tracy Morrow, better known as Ice-T.

The new Payday 3 mission features Ice-T instructing players to steal some "components" from a dockyard. The mission has a set time limit due to the components being removed from coolant during the mission. The gameplay shown off in the trailer starts off stealthily before quickly turning explosive.

Here's a closer look at the game.

And here's Ice-T talking about his Payday 3 appearance.

Payday 3 is the third game in the popular multiplayer heist series, with Ice-T confirmed to be a fan of the series. Payday 3 was first confirmed to be in development in 2016, and it finally got its first gameplay trailer at the Xbox Showcase in June 2023, alongside reveals for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess and Persona 3 Reload. Earlier in August 2023, PC and Xbox players got to take part in a closed beta.

Payday 3 is set to release on September 21, 2023 for the PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:55 PM

Crimson Desert Gameplay Trailer

A new gameplay trailer for Crimson Desert appeared at Gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live. It showed off a wide range of gameplay mechanics that suggest a massive game is on the way.

The new Crimson Desert gameplay trailer showed off combat against both human and monstrous foes, including a giant crab. There also appear to be large enemies that must be climbed to defeat, similar to Shadow of the Colossus. While much of the game appears grounded in reality, the trailer did show off a few magical portals to an alternate dimension of sorts. This also seems to include a set of sky islands that can be jumped off, not too dissimilar to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It wasn't all action though, as fishing, dog-petting and sheep rescuing all featured too.

You can see the full trailer here.


It's been a while since we last got an update on Crimson Desert. A gameplay trailer for the game was previously featured at The Game Awards in 2020, but not much has been heard since.

Crimson Desert is an open-world action RPG from the developers of MMO Black Desert Online. The story will focus on a mercenary named Macduff as he battles mythical beasts in the land of Pywel. It was originally intended to be a prequel to Black Desert's story, but during development it moved in a different direction. It's not clear if the two games are in the same universe.

Crimson Desert is in development for PC and console.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:46 PM

Tekken 8 Release Date and Arcade Quest Mode Revealed at Gamescom what is tekken 8 release date

During gamescom Opening Night Live 2023, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada showed off a new Tekken 8 Arcade Quest mode and announced the release date. The game will appear on January 26, 2024. Pre-orders open on August 22, 2023. There will also be Arcade Quest avatar costumes if you pre-order. The new trailer also confirmed 32 characters at launch.

With Arcade Quest Mode in Tekken 8, players create a custom avatar. They then head to an arcade for a fighting game community-inspired experience. This will exist alongside a more traditional story mode. The pre-order bonus gives people an Avatar Costume of Paul Phoenix. On PlayStation consoles, there is an exclusive Avatar Skin set for Mokujin and Tetsujin.

Here is the gamescom 2023 Tekken 8 trailer:

Bandai Namco's regularly revealed new Tekken 8 character trailers. Both new characters, like Azucena, and returning ones will show up. In case you missed some, here are the people we know will be in this installment:

The Tekken 8 release date is January 26, 2024. It is in development for the PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:35 PM

Little Nightmares 3 Revealed

Bandai Namco announced a third game in the Little Nightmares series at gamescom Opening Night Live 2023. It will be developed by Until Dawn developers Supermassive Games, replacing the original developers Tarsier Studios. This time, there will be a focus on multiplayer. Bandai Namco also confirmed that this time, people will find the game on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Little Nightmares 3 will star two new characters, Lou and Alune, who must work together to escape a place known as the Spiral. It's described as "a cluster of disturbing places". This also marks the first time the series will feature online co-op, as both characters will be playable. The gameplay looks very similar to the previous Little Nightmares games.

In addition, a Little Nightmares themed podcast will be released to promote the third game. It's called The Sounds of Nightmares, and will contain six episodes telling an original story set in the world. The first two episodes are available now on Bandai Namco's website.

Little Nightmares 3 will be released in 2024. People will be able to find it on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:00 PM

Splatoon 3 New Weapons

Two new weapons coming to Splatoon 3 appeared on the North American Splatoon Twitter account: the Octobrush Nouveau and the Custom Goo Tuber. These weapons are variants on existing weapons with tweaked characteristics and a variant loadout of specials and subweapons.

The Octobrush Nouceau is a variant of the existing Octobrush weapon. This time, it features a wider area-of-affect, but will be less mobile and cost more ink to use. It comes with the Squid Beakon subweapon and Ink Storm special ability that will allow canny players to deny large areas to their opponents while bringing in reinforcements. The Custom Goo Tuber is a variant of the original Goo Tuber, a sniper-type weapon in Splatoon 3. While the Custom version has the same stats as the original, it comes with new kit focused on close range encounters with Fizzy Bombs and the Ultra Stamp special.


Ahead of the new Drizzle season, Nintendo showed off some of the new additions coming to the catalog. A new splatfest and amiibos for the 3 members of Deep Cut were also announced as part of the Splatoon 3 1st anniversary celebration.

Splatoon 3 is immediately available on the Nintendo Switch, with the new weapons coming in the Drizzle season on September 1, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:30 PM


Koikeya, a Japanese chip brand known for producing the KARAMUCHO chip series, as well as the Polinky series of crispy snacks, shared a teaser image on its social media account that suggests an upcoming collaboration with the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV. The post and image included the hashtags #FF14 and #popotochips. A date is also included: August 25, 2023. It is likely further information about this collaboration could be revealed on that date.


In the game, the popoto is described as "a starchy tuberous vegetable originally introduced to Eorzea by explorers from the distant western continent." It's safe to say that given its description and image, it is Final Fantasy XIV's version of potatoes from the real world.

Square Enix announced many other Final Fantasy XIV collaborations with real-world brands in the past. In 2020, the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson held a event where Final Fantasy XIV chocolates were sold, along with a an in-game mount with every purchase. These were Bikkuri Man Chocolate sweets, a brand produced by Lotte. In August 2023, Square Enix announced a tie-in with Vogue Japan to celebrate the game's 10th anniversary. During this latest event, players could submit screenshots of their characters wearing outfits that pertained to the chosen theme of "future adventures."

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. Details about the Koikeya popoto crossover will appear on August 25, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:00 PM

JoJo Sono Chi No Sadame Opening Song

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime composer Kohei Tanaka shared on social media some anecdotes about the creation of the anime's first opening song, "JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)." Tanaka often shares information on his social media about projects he worked on, like Overman King Gainer or Sakura Wars. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Tanaka said that, due to unspecified circumstances, he received the request to work on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime opening theme song approximately two weeks before the deadline. After accepting, the composer then asked famous lyricist Shoko Fujibayashi to write the lyrics for the song.

Fujibayashi managed to finish the request within a week. Afterwards, Tanaka finished a demo for "JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)" in two days and sent it to composer Kow Otani to have it arranged.

Tanaka also talked about adding the backing vocals of the song that sing "JoJo JoJo." At first, the director asked Tanaka not to include it, but the composer went against their wishes. Once the director heard the demo, they changed their mind and asked Tanaka to keep it.

The most difficult aspect of creating the song for Tanaka was finding a singer. The composer remembered working with Hiroaki "Tommy" Tominaga once before, and managed to offer him the opportunity right on time.

You can listen to "JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)," the first opening song of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime, here:

Kohei Tanaka is a renowned Japanese composer that has worked on a multitude of anime series, including One Piece, Gunbuster, as well as the the Sakura Wars video game series, and the PlayStation exclusive Gravity Rush series. The original anime is streaming on Crunchyroll and Netflix, and Viz Media is handling the manga outside Japan.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:30 PM

Final Fantasy VII Rufus Outfit Details Revealed

Square Enix used the official Final Fantasy VII Remake Twitter account to show off a real-life recreation of the outfit Rufus wears. The tweet also included insight into the costume design of this particular outfit. It was described as being the most difficult outfit to picture the structure of, what with its heavy use of embellishments, accessories, and pockets.

Square Enix noted that in order for the recreation to be successful, small details such as the position of each pocket, as well as the size of the collar itself, had to be fine-tuned many times over. The Final Fantasy VII Remake Rufus outfit was described as having more details and decorations than other characters' in the game. The entire recreation is made up of seven layers, which includes the undershirt, belts, gloves, more belts, the necktie, hakama-style pants, and then the jacket on top of everything.


Rufus is an antagonist in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Being the vice president of Shinra and son of the president himself, he opts to wear a battle-ready ensemble that allows easy movement through a western-style hakama in the lower half. The traditional Japanese hakama is worn by both men and women, and they were introduced as a means of allowing easier movement compared to more standard, traditional Japanese clothing.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available worldwide on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. The sequel, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, is set to release worldwide in early 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 PM

My Time at Sandrock Release Date Delayed

The My Time at Sandrock release date got delayed by two months. The full version of the game was supposed to come to the Switch, PS5, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on September 26, 2023, with a PS4 version following. Pathea announced it will now launch on November 2, 2023. It didn't note if this delay now means the PS4 version will launch alongside all the other ones. However, the developer did say this means the digital and physical copies will arrive on the same day.

Pathea said it delayed My Time at Sandrock to ensure the final game's quality. It cited a desire to meet expectations. Here's the full statement, which it shared on Steam and its social media account:

Today we would like to address a release delay for My Time at Sandrock. Our team has been hard at work making sure the game is the best it can be upon release, but after much deliberation, we feel that a delay is necessary to better ensure the game quality will meet your standards and expectations.

We know players have been looking forward to this title, so we sincerely apologize for extending its development. November 2nd is our updated release date for physical and digital versions of the game.

We would also like to take this time to thank you for your continued support. Your continued enthusiasm and fan contributions are greatly appreciated and keep us focused and motivated as we come closer to launch. We wouldn't be where we are without your help and support. With all our hearts, we look forward to welcoming you to Sandrock on November 2nd!

My Time at Sandrock is able to be played right now. The game entered early access back in May 2022. It appeared on both the Epic Games Store and Steam.

The new My Time at Sandrock release date is November 2, 2023. It will appear on the PS5, Switch, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X physically and digitally at launch. A PS4 version is also in development.

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Siliconera Tuesday, August 22, 2023 11:30 AM

Armored Core 6 Launch Trailer, Global Release Times Shared

The Armored Core VI launch trailer is live, and Bandai Namco also shared the global release times for the game. While the game doesn't appear until August 25, 2023, this gives people a chance to prepare and see what to expect ahead of its debut. This follows the PC requirements for the game.

First, here's the Armored Core VI launch trailer. It focuses on both story segments and gameplay. It begins by establishing that people are willing to fight for Coral. Handler Walter explains that to 621, the pilot we'll control throughout the game. After that introduction, we get to see the Armored Core fighting various forces on Rubicon below. Both standard enemies and some of the bosses show up during the two minute video. It also suggests that a termination order's been sent out, and that there are also some choices that will be need to be made.

Bandai Namco also released a map showing the global release times for Armored Core VI ahead of launch. Here's the full map:

[caption id="attachment_979397" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Armored Core 6 Launch Trailer, Global Release Times Shared Image via Bandai Namco[/caption]

And here are some of the more notable time zones. The PC version unlocks earlier than the console one in some regions.

  • August 24, 2023 at 3pm PT for PCs and 9pm PT for consoles.
  • August 24, 2023 at 5pm CT for PCs and 11pm CT for consoles.
  • August 24, 2023 at 6pm ET for PCs and August 25, 2023 at 12am ET for consoles.
  • August 24, 2023 at 7pm BRT for PCs and August 25, 2023 at 12am BRT for consoles.
  • August 25, 2023 at 12am CET for PCs and 12am CET for consoles.
  • August 25, 2023 at 6am UTC+8 for PCs and 12am UTC+8 for consoles.
  • August 25, 2023 at 7am JST for PCs and 12am JST for consoles.

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will come to the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on August 25, 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:57 PM
     Tekken 8 Trailer Jin Kazama Close-UpDuring today's Opening Night Live show at gamescom 2023, Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada showcased a brand-new trailer for Tekken 8. Unlike the past several trailers, which tended to focus on a single character, this one unveils a whole slew of veteran fighters at once as well as a new single-player mode for fans and newcomers to enjoy. We also now finally know Tekken 8's release date, which is January 26 of next year. The characters who appear in the trailer seem to further confirm the roster leak that surfaced online several days ago. If you don't care about spoiling Tekken 8's full roster, you can click on this Reddit link to see it. As for the specific characters that the Tekken 8 trailer featured, they include Dragunov, Steve Fox, Shaheen, Leo, Yoshimitsu, and Kuma. Most of these characters appear to look and fight pretty much how you'd expect, but Kuma does seem to have a new Rage Art that sees him bringing out a transformin...

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     Best ways to use Mage Hand in Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3)Anyone familiar with playing Dungeons & Dragons outside of the Baldur's Gate series will understand the use of cantrips and spells outside of battle. The huge array of tricks available can be just as effective in the environment the game is set in. With Mage Hand in Baldur's Gate 3, many people will often overlook its usefulness. However, utilized properly, it can be a real benefit, and sometimes an essential tool, to get where you want. Mage Hand uses in Baldur's Gate 3 The trick is to be inventive. See the Mage Hand as a way of being able to manipulate things way outside of your grasp. You no longer need to be beside the thing you would usually use your hands on. Now you get the idea; here are some neat tricks for the Mage Hand. Manipulate levers in Baldur's Gate 3 You may notice a number of levers or buttons that sit just out of your reach. Bars and traps will often be in the way of progress. However, with the Mage Hand, you can easily reach over walls, ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:29 PM
     Emperor Of Fire And Iron 7The Emperor of Fire and Iron is a new world boss in Genshin Impact deep in an underwater cavern in Fontaine. This slumbering beast has a fiery molten Pyro core, flinging painful magma your way as you attempt to take it down. To take down this Pyro crab, you'll need to put out the fire and assemble a team with strong Hydro characters to make the process easier. If you're looking to obtain the Emperor of Fire and Iron's unique boss materials, you'll want to learn the best methods in taking this monster down. Here's our Genshin Impact guide on the Emperor of Fire and Iron world boss in Fontaine. Where to find the Emperor of Fire and Iron world boss in Genshin Impact This boss is in a bit of a tricky location, as you'll need to venture underwater and find a hidden passage to access this boss. First, teleport to the Teleport Waypoint south of the West Slopes of Mont Automenqui, which should be located right next to the beach. Jump into the water at approx...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:52 PM
     Gruesome Trailer For Killing Floor 3 Revealed At Gamescom 2023Gamescom promised two hours of game announcements and updates to upcoming games. One exciting announcement was a pretty gruesome trailer for Killing Floor 3 that Tripwire Interactive revealed at Gamescom 2023. This is the third installment to its survival horror first-person shooter franchise. It's been around seven years since the last Killing Floor, and fans of the franchise will be happy to know Killing Floor 3 is coming in the near future. Trailer for Killing Floor 3 revealed at Gamescom 2023 showcases gruesome combat and cutscenes Although the trailer was short, it gave fans a good glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming Killing Floor 3. The franchise began in 2009, with the second installment releasing in 2016. Developed by Tripwire Interactive, Killing Floor is a first-person shooter and a co-op survival horror game. In the description for the YouTube trailer, it's apparently set in the year 2091, and a megacorp Horzine has created a terrifying army. O...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:00 PM
     How To Play Fnaf In Chronological OrderFive Nights At Freddy's is a series known for having of the most confusing and convoluted timelines. The real life release dates of the games are sometimes far from where games fall in the actual story. If you want to experience the horror series of the 2010s in actual chronological order, we can roughly piece it together from what we do know. Here's how to play all FNAF games in chronological order. The Five Nights at Freddy's estimated games timeline The first entry is already a debate. It's either FNAF World, the RPG spinoff from the main series, or it's Five Nights at Freddy's 4. Both games depict an important event near the timeline's start, but we don't know which happens first. Five Nights At Freddy's 4 depicts a nightmare of one of William Afton's- the main villain of the series- sons' bad experience with the animatronics in 1983. FNAF World shows us the creation of Circus Baby, another early animatr...

Gamer Empire Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:52 AM
     It's always a unique experience when you enjoy Project Zomboid with your friends in multiplayer mode with several additional mods. However, a request from the server might require your friends to turn off anti-cheat, which you have no idea about. In this guide, we'll show you how to disable anti-cheat in Project Zomboid. Recommended Read: […]

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 4:00 PM
     Mantic Games, in collaboration with Team17, is gearing up to launch "Worms: The Board Game" on Kickstarter on August 29th. This announcement has sparked anticipation among fans and followers, and the excitement is palpable. "Worms: The Board Game" brings the iconic Worms experience to the tabletop, complete with classic weapons, supplies, destructible landscapes, and even …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 3:00 PM
     Portal Games has just launched the pre-order for their latest offering, Imperial Miners, a much-anticipated card-based engine-building game. Imperial Miners, designed by Tim Armstrong (Arcana Rising, Orbis), and illustrated by Hanna Kuik (Batman: Everybody Lies, Dune: House Secrets), is a dynamic engine-building card game that accommodates 1 to 5 players. Players take on the roles …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:53 PM
     Paizo's Starfinder brand, which has been generating considerable buzz lately, recently opened the curtains to their playtesting process for the much-awaited Starfinder Second Edition. Thurston Hillman, the Managing Creative Director for Starfinder, elaborated on the exciting playtests they've been conducting internally. Hillman is responsible for overseeing the brand's creative trajectory and coordinating with the talented …

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:57 AM
     Helping a pal move out of their apartment or house is a dreaded chore that most people hope will never be foisted upon them. It's hardly a recipe for a good time, and yet the original Moving Out managed to make the whole thing into an hilarious escapade full of slapstick comedy. I've spent a lot of time playing it with my nieces and friends because it was a great all-round family game. Moving Out 2 looks to expand on the co-op action by introducing whole new universes and crazy mechanics, and succeeds on just about every level.

Level Up Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2:00 PM
     Streets of Rogue 2 is on the way, and we got our first look at…

Level Up Tuesday, August 22, 2023 1:11 PM
     <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hyper Light Breaker</a>, the upcoming action title by Solar Ash and Hyper…

Level Up Tuesday, August 22, 2023 12:00 PM
     Last year, The Game Awards delivered several memorable moments, including the first look at <em><a…

Level Up Tuesday, August 22, 2023 10:43 AM
     Before the 1983 video game crash and Nintendo's subsequent takeover of the industry with the…

Level Up Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:39 AM
     Microsoft has submitted a new deal to the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority regulatory agency…