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GamersHeroes Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:06 PM

The world of Starbreeze and Deep Silver's co-op heist shooter fantasy Payday 3 will see two new faces with the inclusion of Pearl and Joy.

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Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 6:15 PM

Starfield, Bethesda's newest RPG, is, well…a big game. It's filled with quests to complete and aliens to shoot. It's also jam-packed with items to grab, sell, and manipulate. And it's very easy to pick up too much junk and suddenly find yourself overencumbered, unable to fast-travel or sprint as much as usual. That's…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 5:40 PM

The producers of Netflix's surprisingly popular One Piece live-action series say scripts for a potential second season are done and the show could return on the streamer as early as next year.


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 5:00 PM

Fan Expo Canada, which took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 24 to the 27, always brings a fine selection of cosplay, and this year was no exception.


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:13 PM

I walk up the stone steps of Brooklyn's Williamsburg Savings Bank just as the J train loudly scrapes by overhead. I'm here for an "immersive" Payday 3 hands-on experience, which includes a champagne tower that glitters and winks at me as soon as I cross through the double doors, an actor posing as a security guard…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:05 PM

Starfield is finally here and it is big, complex, and often overwhelming. There are tons of menus to navigate, cities to get acquainted with, and skill trees to invest in, not to mention resource mining, base building, and ship customization. Before you get into any of that, however, let's go over some basic tips and…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 3:52 PM

Bethesda's space monster Starfield landed on Xbox consoles and PCs worldwide on its September 6 release date, officially ending the Fallout developer's 25-year-long dry spell for new IP. These conditions—the decades of ideating, a novel franchise opportunity, Starfield's intimidating hugeness—naturally inflated fans'…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:21 PM

Pokémon 151 is set to be one of the biggest sets the Pokémon Trading Card Game has ever seen. Releasing on September 22, it's a celebration of the original 151 Gen I Kanto pocket monsters, uniting the gang in full for the first time ever. Things are likely going to get loud, with pre-orders already selling out across…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:04 PM

With a scope possibly larger than anything Bethesda has done before, Starfield can be a little overwhelming to navigate on your first trip around the stars. With a map that's four levels deep, and more than a couple of unconventional menu navigation options, it's not very hard to simply get lost in the interface


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:00 PM

Overwatch 2's sixth season is ongoing, and now that Blizzard has rolled out its new PVP mode, new support hero, and the long-awaited story missions, today, it unleashed out a balance patch and a new mode called Hero Mastery. The latter will let you take part in some solo skill-based challenges to learn how to use a…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:30 PM

Starfield, the latest and largest open-world RPG from Bethesda, is out now. The game contains all manner of spaceships, even letting you create your own custom vessel to explore the stars. But when you land on a planet, you don't get any kind of ground-based vehicle to help you travel faster on the surface. Why? Well,…


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:55 PM


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:51 PM

Netflix dropped a new trailer for its upcoming Castlevania sequel anime, Castlevania: Nocturne, giving fans a closer look at its cool new cast of characters, story details, and typically awesome bloody vampire-killing action sequences.


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:24 PM

Bethesda RPGs are known for their sprawling worlds, varied questlines, and moral choices. But Starfield is also impressing players with some incredible detail when it comes to the tiny objects littered throughout environments, and the physics around how they interact with one another.


Kotaku Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:09 PM

The average Starfield player is completing the main quest in Bethesda's role-playing game in around 18 hours, the website How Long To Beat estimates. It takes around 49 hours to finish both the main quest and major side quests.


PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 6:29 PM
     The Sims 4 finally has fairies, thanks to new wand-erful mod

The Sims 4 is undoubtedly one of the greatest simulation games of all time. From its silly yet realistic Sims to its dollhouse-like qualities, EA's latest entry in the iconic Sims series stays winning. If you're just as obsessed with The Sims 4 as much as I am, then you probably know that many of us have awaited news of a fairy-themed expansion. Now that we have horses, how am I meant to live out my fairy pony princess dreams without fairies? Thanks to one very creative and talented modder, this isn't a problem anymore.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:22 PM
     Forget Baldur's Gate 3's Astarion, I'm playing the OG vampire RPG

There are a thousand and one vampire games out there, yet none have the allure of Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines. Sure, by modern standards it's pretty janky and looks its age (and then some), but the game has withstood the test of time and earned its place among the best RPGs. With a potential Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 release date on the horizon after an almost 20-year wait fraught with turbulent changes in developer, numerous lengthy delays, and rumors that the game had actually been canceled, I've asked myself again and again how it can continue VTM's legacy and inject some new (eternal) life into a withering videogame franchise. The answer lies in Bloodlines' roots, and if Bloodlines 2 draws upon them, it could be the best vampire adventure that we've seen in years.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:04 PM
     Stardew Valley creator shares old music, says it may be in new game

Stardew Valley is probably my favorite farming game of all time, and one of my faves regardless of genre, too. Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone poured his heart and soul into the cozy pixel experience, working as the game's creator and its solo developer. The video game genius just shared some of his old personal music on social media, describing how a few of the tracks made it to Stardew Valley. He also confirmed that some more songs could end up in his upcoming game, Haunted Chocolatier.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:55 PM
     Ark meets The Forest in new Steam survival game, coming soon

Wildlands is an upcoming survival game that you should definitely keep an eye on if you enjoyed Ark or The Forest. While it doesn't have mutant cannibals or roaring dinosaurs, Wildlands places players in the midst of the beautiful yet dangerous wilderness. You can play alone or with friends while you try and not only survive but also thrive among the animals. It has all of the essential components that make up great survival experiences, from endless exploration to crafting.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:22 PM
     Dark and Darker update spurs

Dark and Darker is one of this year's most unexpected yet fun RPG game releases. Ironmace Games dropped its debut game out of nowhere, much to the joy of excited fans. Now that Dark and Darker has been out in the wild for a short while, the developer has steadily released regular updates for the game. From more minor hotfix changes to bigger patch adjustments, a lot of new content has come since the initial launch. Following the latest update, though, an unexpected DDoS attack also occurred.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dark and Darker release date, Dark and Darker system requirements, Dark and Darker classes guide

PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:11 PM
     Starfield easter eggs – all the secrets we've seen so far

What are the best Starfield easter eggs? As expected, Bethesda's latest epic is filled with secrets and references, some obvious, some a little more obscure. This list of easter eggs is currently limited to what we've seen in pre-release material, but it will be constantly updated with all the in-game easter eggs and secrets we find post-launch.

There are over 1,000 Starfield planets, plenty of which have hand-crafted content full of powerful loot, such as Starfield guns and Starfield armor, along with undoubtedly funny and interesting secrets. These could be references to other Bethesda games or videogames in general or films, TV shows, and books. Here's everything we've seen so far.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield review, Starfield companions, Starfield traits

PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:07 PM
     RazerCon 2023 – dates, times, and how to watch

RazerCon 2023 looks set to be heaven for gamers when it comes gaming laptops, headsets, and multiple other peripherals. Razer is no stranger to grand events and we're looking forward to seeing what it has to offer this year. 

Last year saw the unveiling of the Razer Edge, the Kraken Kitty V2 Pro, Kaira series headsets, and the Razer blue screen. We're expecting a similar number of announcements this year and it should include something from every corner of the hardware portfolio.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:03 PM
     WoW Dragonflight's Dragonriding system may become the norm

WoW Dragonflight 2.0 adds an adorable new mount to the Dragonriding pool - the Fire Owl. Not only is it cute, it's the first Dragonriding mount to not be, well, a dragon. So, I asked Blizzard if we can expect dynamic riding to become a staple feature in upcoming World of Warcraft expansions - after all, it's one of the MMORPG's best features to date.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW Dragonflight tier list, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight review

PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:00 PM
     Dead by Daylight devs' new puzzle game gets free Steam download

Islands of Insight, the upcoming puzzle game published by Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive, is making its first playable debut as a free Steam download. You'll have a bit of time to try Islands of Insight out, but it will vanish just as soon as it appeared, so make sure you act fast.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best puzzle games, Best multiplayer games, Best open-world games

PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:56 PM
     Starfield ships pale in comparison to Futurama's Planet Express

Starfield ships come in all shapes and sizes. We've seen the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars and, personally, I want to try and build that huge spinning one from Interstellar. But as the Bethesda RPG game hits its full launch, and the world embraces the Fallout and Skyrim follow-up, of all the Starfield ships, there is one to rule over them all. Grab your two liter bottle of Shasta. Put on your all Rush mixtape. One intrepid Starfield player has built a shiny metal full recreation of Futurama's Planet Express.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield review, Starfield companions, Starfield traits

PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:25 PM
     How Diablo 4 world tiers work

Want to know how Diablo 4 world tiers work? The Diablo 4 world tiers are essentially difficulty settings - the higher the tier, the more difficult the game is. When you create a character for the first time, you also have to pick a world tier. Diablo 4 recommends veteran fans pick world tier 2, whereas newbies should stick to world tier 1 where the enemies are easier to defeat.

Playing on a higher world tier does have its advantages for playing against stronger enemies, including increased experience and additional gold for defeating monsters using Diablo 4 classes. It's important to note that the first two world tiers only apply from level 1 to 50, once you hit the Diablo 4 endgame, players can access three additional tiers upon completing specific challenges. Here's everything you need to know about Diablo 4 world tiers.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:24 PM
     Counter-Strike 2 update brings big changes to Premier matchmaking

Counter-Strike 2 is gearing up to have one of the biggest and most exciting FPS game releases of recent years. As Valve continues its work on the highly anticipated CSGO sequel, more players join the game's limited test beta. If you're one of the lucky few with access to Counter-Strike 2, you should check out its latest update. The recent CS2 patch brings changes to the newly added Premier matchmaking mode, as well as other adjustments to smoke grenades and more.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:22 PM
     How long is Lies of P?

How long is Lies of P? The beautiful soulslike mashes Belle Epoque-era style with the story of Pinocchio, so there's a lot to unravel, and could lead to a lot of gameplay if you really want to take in all the scenery. With your own robotic arm and a classic sword at your disposal to take down bloodthirsty puppets and dolls, this might not be what you had in mind if you've ever wondered what it's like to pull Pinocchio's strings.

When it comes to the Lies of P release date, you might want to know how long you're likely to spend roaming the blood-soaked streets of Krat. As a soulslike game inspired by the likes of Bloodborne and other FromSoftware games like Dark Souls, you might not be surprised to know we could be looking at something of a similar length for Lies of P. So here's the exact Lies of P length - and we promise we're telling the truth.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:20 PM
     What is the current and next Genshin Impact banner?

Genshin Impact banners rotate every few weeks on a precise schedule, and we always know what to expect thanks to regular updates from Hoyoverse. The developer of the anime game always keeps its fans in the loop with regular Twitter posts and livestreams, so you can plan where you want to spend your hard-earned Primogems.

With a two to three-week turnaround for banners, the roster of Genshin Impact characters is always changing, and the free PC game regularly introduces two new characters to wish for. Every limited-time character banner - or Event Wish - contains a five-star character, and three four-star characters with increased drop rates. There's also a Genshin Impact Weapon banner - Epitome Invocation - which runs alongside each character banner and changes weapons every update.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:00 PM
     Starfield's dead planets kill Skyrim and Fallout's iconic exploration

Bethesda's Starfield isn't quite the same as Skyrim or Fallout. While the space-faring RPG does adopt many of the mechanics from the studio's previous releases, the promise of a vast universe alongside a game of triple-A scale spreads many of the Starfield planets too thin, giving you scant reason to actually explore them.

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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:01 PM
     Best Starfield mods

What are the best Starfield mods? Mod support is an important part of many PC games, especially RPG games. Skyrim has endured all these years partly because it's a great game, partly because Bethesda keeps releasing it on hitherto unknown gaming platforms, but also because it's powered by a vibrant and creative modding community.

Thankfully, Starfield mod support has technically been available since before the Starfield release date rolled around thanks to early access. If you're playing Starfield Game Pass, you may experience some difficulty installing all of the mods we've listed below. For maximum compatibility, you're going to want the Steam version of the game.

Continue reading Best Starfield mods
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PCGamesN Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:20 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 a melting pot of interesting characters.

Among the many Starfield planets you can encounter on your journey through the galaxy, one was bound to be 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 Bethesda's RPG game, so here's everything we know about Neon city, including the locations, factions, and companions you can find while exploring its streets.

Continue reading Starfield Neon city guide
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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, September 7, 2023 3:35 PM

Some would say the best way to wind down after a rough day down the Content Reactors isn't to play a grotty occult horror game, but I caught a trailer for Tenebris Somnia earlier, and couldn't help myself. In this foetid offering from Argentinian devs Andrés Borghi and Tobías Rusjan of Saibot Studios, you play a young woman, Julia, who is visiting her film-maker ex-boyfriend to drop off their old apartment key. Julia's having a hard time getting over the break-up, but she's clearly doing better than her ex: his apartment is full of broken glass, anomalous red gloop and creepy occult books.

The game's twist is that it's two visual styles thrust into the same frame. On the one hand, you'll explore an 8-bit world of unpleasantly bright colours, finding and combining objects adventure-game-style (I say adventure-game-style, because this is a bit more energetic than most adventure games – you can equip and swing a wrench, and there's a run button). On the other hand, well. Click the headline to find out, if you dare. Yes, this is me trying to do a jumpscare. Brace yourself!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:53 PM

Early access action RPG Last Epoch has just received update 0.9.2, which adds a new class of mage called the Runemaster. The Runemaster has five new spells they can use to tear through the game's monsters, and each spell can be customised via its own skill tree.

The update, called "Runes Of Power", also adds eight new languages, and a new type of event called Rune Prisons. Developers Eleventh Hour also announced that Last Epoch's 1.0 release would happen in December this year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:24 PM

The latest iteration of Konami's free-to-play successor to Pro Evolution Soccer, eFootball 2024, is live now. It introduces a new season and a slew of baffling bonus unlockables and currencies to celebrate, but the real draw is that they've continued to try to improve its football simulation after the abysmal launch of eFootball 2022.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:49 PM

Kung-fu brawler Sifu's final update is out now. It mostly adds new content for previously added modes, including 75 Challenges, six Arenas, two Outfits and 27 cheats and modifiers. There is also a new Custom Mode, however, which lets you "play and replay the Arena Challenges with your own twist."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:26 PM

Bad news for fans of trade events with an identity crisis: it looks increasingly like E3 will not happen in 2024 either. The ESA have informed the Los Angeles Convention Center, the event's traditional home, that it will not be hosting a show there next year, and events company ReedPop are no longer working with the ESA on future E3 events.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:45 PM

Maybe it was replaying Aperture Desk Job for the RPS Game Club, or maybe it was the sheer scale of Baldur's Gate 3 activating the ol' fight-or-flight. Either way, I've recently developed an intense appreciation for teeny, tiny microgames, to the point where I've essentially been begging in the RPS Slack channel for recommendations. Just one more Steam link and I'll be fine, promise.

And I don't mean short games in the seven- or eight-hour sense. Not even film-length games like Portal or Jazzpunk. No, I seek to gorge on the slightest sub-hour canapés, games in which you can see and do everything in one or hour or less. "Irresponsibly large"? Another time, Mister Starfield, I crave something irrevocably small.

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Twinfinite Thursday, September 7, 2023 3:17 PM
A disturbance in the Settled Systems.

Twinfinite Thursday, September 7, 2023 3:00 PM
So that's what the bins are used for...

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 7:30 PM

playstation pop up store japan header

An official pop up store for PlayStation will be at TGS 2023. As a reminder, TSG 2023 will be from September 21 to September 24, 2023. It costs 2300 JPY to enter the PlayStation pop up store and this is per day. That means if you want to go again another day, you'll have to pay the 2300 JPY again. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

This pop up store is a collaboration between Sony and apparel brand Grapht. You'll be able to get accessories and fashion items that use various motifs and color schemes from the PlayStation brand. For example, there is a cable clip that costs 1485 JPY that looks just like a PlayStation controller. You can use it to keep your cable together, as well as use it as a decorative shoulder strap.

The entire line-up of items if available via the Grapht website. Some items that you will be able to purchase include:

  • Alarm clock: 3900 JPY
  • Big tote bag: 3900 JPY
  • Bucket hat: 4400 JPY
  • Controller mug: 2400 JPY
  • Ice cube tray: 1500 JPY
  • Icon light: 4500 JPY
  • Logo scarf: 4900 JPY
  • Notebook: 900 JPY
  • Packable backpack: 8800 JPY
  • Playing cards: 1000 JPY
  • Spray art t-shirt: 4300 JPY

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As well, if you spend over 15,000 JPY at a time, you'll be able to get a novelty controller light for free. Since supplies are limited, you might not receive one if too many people purchased enough to qualify ahead of you.

TGS 2023 will take place from September 21 to 24, 2023.

The post PlayStation Pop Up Store Will Be at TGS 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 7:00 PM

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Eevee Backpack Coming to Pokemon Centers Soon

The Pokemon Company will be releasing a brand new Eevee backpack like the one Penny wore in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The Eevee backpack will cost ¥6,930 (~$47) and release in on the official Pokemon Center website on September 14, 2023 and at Pokemon Center stores on September 16, 2023. There's no confirmed release window for the worldwide Pokémon Center yet.

This Eevee backpack is modeled after the same backpack that Penny wears throughout the game. She is a shy student in the same grade as the player character at the Academy. She rarely spends time at the Academy. Whenever the player runs into her, she is always wearing her large Eevee backpack.

Images of the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Penny Eevee backpack can be viewed below:

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This Eevee backpack is a part of the Pokemon Trainers: Memories of Paldea lineup of merchandise that celebrates the different trainers from the game including Penny, Nemona, Arven, Iono, Grusha, Larry, and Rika. Each character has their own unique line of merchandise, which includes shirts, towels, keychains, acrylic stands, stickers, and other items.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available on the Nintendo Switch. The first part of the DLC expansion, The Teal Mask, will release on September 13, 2023. The second part of the DLC expansion, The Indigo Disk, will release Winter 2023.

The post Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Eevee Backpack Coming to Pokemon Centers Soon appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 5:30 PM

FFVII Ever Crisis Tifa novel

In a recent 4Gamer interview, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Director Motomu Toriyama confirmed that the game will include new scenarios and character moments from an FFVII novel and elements not present in the original Final Fantasy VII game. Additionally, some of the new chapters will be completely original scenarios. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

Note: This story contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VII and its Remake.

Director Toriyama said that some of the new story quests that will be included in Ever Crisis will allow players to delve deeper into character backstories from the original Final Fantasy VII. These scenarios will explore elements and settings that haven't been explored in games before.

One example of this includes an episode focused on Tifa meeting the members of Avalanche for the first time. This is one of the episodes planned to appear in FFVII Ever Crisis. Toriyama said that thanks to the aforementioned episode, players will be able to witness Tifa's grief at the loss of the Avalanche members from a different perspective.

This new FFVII Ever Crisis scenario is based on the novel Final Fantasy VII Remake: Trace of Two Pasts, written by Kazushige Nojima, the original FFVII scenario writer. While the story of Ever Crisis is based on the original FFVII, Toriyama mentioned that the game is also designed to further explore elements present in both FFVII Remake and FFVII Rebirth.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is now available for Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. Final Fantasy VII Remake: Trace of Two Pasts is available worldwide.

The post Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Will Include Scenarios from FFVII Novel appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 5:00 PM


Square Enix and Embody announced the free trial for Immerse Gamepack, a 3D spatial sound upgrade for FFXIV, has been extended. It used to last 14 days. Now, someone can try it for 30 days. Additionally, those who have already used the trial will be able to activate it once more.

Created by Embody, the Immerse Gamepack is an upgrade to FFXIV's sound system to work with 3D Spatial audio. It was created with the cooperation of the FFXIV sound team and aims to make the games SFX and enviromental sounds clearer. The product also boasts full headset compatibility and supports sample rates up to 384 kHz.

That's one of multiple updates for the game on the way. Part 1 of Patch 6.5 is set to come to FFXIV in October 2023, with Part 2 to be detailed in a Producer Live Letter at TGS 2023. The game also recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with several events and a side story for the character Thancred. The game is also scheduled to come to Xbox Series X in Spring 2024, as revealed during the latest FanFest in Las Vegas.

Final Fantasy XIV is immediately available for PC, PS4 and PS5,with part one of Patch 6.5 scheduled for October 2023. The Immerse Gamepack for FFXIV is available now for $19.99, with a 30 day free trial available as well.

The post FFXIV Immerse Gamepack Free Trial Now Lasts 30 Days appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:30 PM

Super Groupies Castlevania Merchandise Richter Alucard

Super Groupies launched a new line of Castlevania merchandise based on Richter Belmont and Alucard. It features watches, jackets, and wallets inspired by the characters from the long-running franchise published by Konami. The jackets and wallets will ship out in January 2024, while the watches will ship out February 2024.

The merchandise in this line features intricate details that call-back to familiar design motifs for Richter Belmont and Alucard in games like Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. Richer Belmont's wallet has artwork of one of the stages from franchise, and his jacket has a small patch with a cross, holy water, and a heart. Alucard's watch has a small wolf on the face.

More details can be seen in the images below:

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The full list of the upcoming Super Groupies Castlevania merchandise and their prices can be viewed below:

Richter Belmont is a vampire hunter who made his first appearance in the franchise in Rondo of Blood, and he will appear in his own animated show releasing on Netflix in September 2023. Alucard, the son of Dracula, made his first appearance in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Alucard is also one of the main characters in Netflix's animated adaption of Castlevania.

Castlevania Nocturne will come to Netflix on September 28, 2023. The pre-orders for Super Groupies Castlevania merchandise will end on September 25, 2023. Super Groupies ships worldwide through WorldShipping.

The post Super Groupies Castlevania Merchandise Inspired by Alucard and Richter appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:00 PM

New merchandise of Adol and Ys series heroines

Nihon Falcom and Village Vanguard started selling new Ys merchandise featuring the protagonist Adol Christin and numerous heroines from the series. The heroine roster ranges from Ys I & II Chronicles' Feena and Lilia to Ys VIII's Dana and Ys IX's Aprilis.

Most of the items in this collection feature the characters in chibi body proportions. However, Village Vanguard also sells bromide portraits of Ys series heroines in their normal proportions. The bromides for Dana and Aprilis are particularly based on key artworks from their respective games.

Here is the full price list for Village Vanguard's collection of merchandise featuring Adol and the Ys series heroines:

  • Acrylic stands - ¥1,980 individually
  • Desk mat - ¥6,600
  • Face towel - ¥5,390
  • Bromide portraits - ¥300 for a single random item
  • Stickers - ¥650 for a single random sticker or ¥8,450 for the complete 13-in-1 set
  • Tin badges - ¥550 for a single random badge or ¥7,150 for the complete 13-in-1 set

Adol and Ys Heroines merchandise - full lineup

Sales for these items will be available in two separate order waves. The first wave runs from September 7 to 24, 2023, and Village Vanguard will process these orders between late October and mid-November 2023. The second wave will run from September 29 to October 22, 2023, and the company will ship the items in December 2023.

Nihon Falcom is working on the series' newest entry, Ys X -Nordics-. It will release the action RPG for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in Japan and Asia on September 28, 2023. However, Village Vanguard has not included the new title's heroine Karja in this merchandise lineup.

The post New Merchandise of Adol and Ys Series Heroines Appear in Japan appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 3:30 PM

Persona 5 Royal Requiem Coffee Includes Keychains

Atlus announced a Persona 5 Royal event will be held at Requiem Cafe. Starting on September 22, 2023, people can visit to order special drinks and food based on characters. There will also be merchandise. Specifically, the event's acrylic charm keychains of Persona 5 Royal characters appeared.

Three of the special event drinks were revealed. These are based on Ren "Joker" Amamiya, Kasumi "Violet" Yoshizawa, and Goro "Crow" Akechi. Each one is a latte. Here are the official ingredients listed for each one.

  • Detective Prince: French toast and butter pecan latte with white chocolate drizzle and black sesame cold foam.
  • Joker's Wild Card: Brown sugar and white chocolate latte with black raspberry cold foam.
  • Violet's Awakening: Brown sugar and caramel latte with lavender cold foam.

Here's a photo of all three. It appears there will be an accessory on each that shows the corresponding character in their Phantom Thief attire.
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While many of the pieces of merchandise from the event weren't shown, the announcement did include pictures of the Persona 5 Royal keychains. There will be 12 options. Each one will cost $16 for the acrylic charm with (fake) gold accents.

Here's the full list of characters that will appear on those keychains:

  • Ann
  • Futaba
  • Goro
  • Haru
  • Joker
  • Jose
  • Kasumi
  • Makoto
  • Maruki
  • Morgana
  • Ryuji
  • Yusuke

And here's how they'll look:
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As a note, you can only visit Requiem Coffee if you happen to be in the vicinity of Anaheim, California. Its only location is at 280 S Clementine St in Anaheim, CA.

Persona 5 Royal is available now on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The original game appeared on the PS3 and PS4. The Requiem Coffee event that ties in to the game will be available September 22, 2023 through October 22, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 3:00 PM

Holocure Main Page

Holocure is the simple fusion of Vtubers and Vampire Survivors sorts of games, both of which appeared almost overnight to become staples in the gaming and streaming spheres. Created primarily by animator Kay Yu, who also worked on other official Hololive projects, the game is a love letter to the streamers and the unending tide of memes, anecdotes, and "lore" spawned by their communities. But as numerous and often baffling as the references are, at the heart of Holocure is a genuinely well-made game that captures exactly what makes the Survivors-like minigenre so compelling.

Like its contemporaries, the gameplay mainly consists of maneuvering your character around the stage while using your weapons to clear the swarms of enemies, then collecting the experience they drop. Leveling up allows you to pick an item or weapon, some of which combine into "collabs" that change how they work dramatically and free up a slot. Stickers can drop from enemies, applying effects to the main weapon ranging from beneficial (like damage over time) to comical (like playing an off-key trombone effect with every attack). One even provides a significant damage boost to the main weapon for every open weapon slot, opening up the option for a main weapon-only playstyle.

[caption id="attachment_982084" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Holocure Gameplay Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]

The stages themselves are bright and colorful affairs with stage-specific bosses and telegraphed danger zones appearing at regular timed intervals. While most non-boss enemies do little more than walk towards the player, the tempo of the levels, charming chiptune soundtrack, and sheer variety of enemy designs keep it from becoming rote or tedious. Especially when every run is consistently earning you more coins, which can be put towards new characters, items or upgrades.

The upgrade store has your typical suite of health, movement, and damage up, but also has options to unlock or disable specific mechanics to affect the difficulty. Increasing enemy density, restricting the number of weapons you can carry, or locking you to a single health point are all present for those wanting a challenge. But the real draw is the gacha system, which is how you unlock new characters. Sectioned into banners of 3 to 5, with a generous pity currency on each, pulling for a specific character is far less painful than actual, microtransaction-fed gacha systems. Once you get a new character, trying them out will net you even more coins towards new ones.

There are currently 38 characters, each based on the various streamers belonging to the Hololive Vtuber agency. All of them have their own signature weapons, special abilities, and three unique skills. As well as referencing or representing the streamer's personality, they all encourage particular playstyles or item synergies. One character might have a simple kit based around a gun and some damage buffs, while another might scale their damage from the area size stat or or summon damaging spikes whenever they heal. It's not just colorful, but adds an impressive degree of variety to the mechanics and encourages finding synergies with other items and weapons.

[caption id="attachment_982085" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Holocure gacha Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]

Then there's the Holohouse mode added with Update 0.6, which lets players access an alternate map with cooking, farming, and fishing minigames. As well as allowing you to cook food that offers buffs while playing the main game, this area also acts as a timesink for additional coins earned as you buy furniture to customize your room. Various characters can join and leave your little area, dropping fish for you or just milling about. It's a cute addition and a nice distraction from the main game, while still allowing you to earn coins towards upgrades or characters if you wish.

When reviewing Idol Showdown, another Hololive fangame, I wondered if the sheer density of references would make the game less accessible or even obnoxious to the unfamiliar, and that worry still applies to Holocure. But then, Vampire Survivors itself was a hodgepodge of bootleg Castlevania vibes, jokes intentionally half or mistranslated, and references to anime popular with a certain generation of Italian children, so perhaps it's a moot point. Just don't ask what 'AsaCoco' is or why it's shaped like... that.

When Holocure first launched with only 10 characters and one level, it was a promising project to keep an eye on. Now, several updates later, its an easy recommendation even to non-fans because the foundation was solid and the style charming. Beyond the jokes and references, Holocure stands on its own as a great example of the genre, scratching the itches for unlock-hunting and build-crafting that these games do so well. And with regular updates and a passionate fanbase, it could be something really special by the time it reaches 1.0.

Holocure is immediately available for free on PC via Steam and

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Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:30 PM

Castlevania Nocturne Official Trailer

Netflix released a new trailer for the upcoming Castlevania: Nocturne anime series. The first season of the new show is set in 1792, and it follows the iconic vampire slayer Richter Belmont facing a new vampiric threat during the French Revolution. Richter will be accompanied by young revolutionary Maria Renard and Caribbean sorceress Annette.

You can check out the new Castlevania: Nocturne official trailer here:

Edward Bluemel voices Richter Belmont in this new adaptation. Meanwhile, Pixie Davies voices Maria Renard, and Thuso Mbedu voices Annette. The main antagonist of the new series will be legendary vampire Erzsebet Báthory, and she is voiced by Franka Potente.

Castlevania: Nocturne is a sequel to the original Castlevania Netflix series. The show is based on the Konami video game series, and the new Nocturne series adapts Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, originally released for the PC Engine, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the PS1.

The original series ran for four seasons between 2017 and 2021, and it adapted Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse for the NES. It also included characters and elements from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness for the PS2.

The Castlevania: Nocturne anime series is coming to Netflix on September 28, 2023. A digital livestream premiere event for the series will start on September 27 at 9am PT/12pm ET, and it will be available from the Netflix YouTube and Twitch channels.

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Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:00 PM

Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Sora Plush Toy

Sega Plaza announced its latest Kingdom Hearts plush toy based on Halloween Town Sora. It will be arriving in stores across Japan on September 8, 2023 as a prize item. This plush toy is based Sora's altered appearance in Kingdom Hearts 2 when he visits Halloween Town, the world based on Tim Burton's iconic stop-animation film The Nightmare Before Christmas. In October 2023, Sega will be releasing a King Mickey and Shadow dome cushion as the next sequential prize item.

Previous Sega prize plush toys released earlier in 2023 included Axel, Roxas, Goofy, and Donald Duck. The Axel plush toy can still be found in some stores across Japan. Sega has been producing special Kingdom Hearts prizes since 2021 encompassing a variety of different pieces of merchandise: watches, pillows, posters, floor mats, and cups.

A better look at the Kingdom Hearts Halloween Town Sora plush toy can be seen below:
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Square Enix released their own plushies as well for the Kingdom Hearts series, including a posable King Mickey plush doll which released earlier this year in May. Other pieces of merchandise released by Square Enix include light-up Keyblades, a vinyl boxset with 36 songs from the games, two music boxes, a $2,000 chair, and jewelry.

Kingdom Hearts 4 is currently in development. Missing-Link is also in development for mobile devices.

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Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:30 PM

Star Ocean: The Second Story R Noel Character Trailer Appears

There's a new Star Ocean: The Second Story R character trailer, and this one stars Noel Chandler. He's a later game recruit. He also isn't limited to certain routes, like a few other characters. He's known as being one of the symbology users and someone you can rely on for support.

Here's his trailer. It begins with the Star Ocean: The Second Story R scene where everyone meets Noel for the first time. He's living in a cabin in the Endangered Species Protection Zone. After that, he joins the group to investigate a disturbance. After that, we get to see him in battle. He first performs an earth-based spell that summons a rocky titan. After that, he uses Stone Rain.

Here's a list of the other Star Ocean: The Second Story R character trailers we've seen so far:

This means only Chisato Madison and Welch Vineyard trailers are missing.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R will come to the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC on November 2, 2023. The game can also immediately be found on the PlayStation and PSP worldwide and the PS3, PS4, and Vita in Japan.

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Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 1:00 PM

Evangelion Unit 13 Model Kit Figure

Kotobukiya announced its Evangelion Unit 13 model kit figure is coming back. It first showed up in 2020. The model kit costs ¥9,680 yen (or about $65), and it is expected to release in April 2024 in Japan. Pre-orders for the new Unit 13 model kit are now open from the Kotobukiya online store. As a reminder, Kotobukiya offers a variety of overseas shipping options through associated partners, though those tend to release a few months after the Japanese versions.

The model kit comes with a variety of parts. These include two Spears of Longinus, several hand parts, four defensive drones, four long and four short support pillars, alongside support bases for the drones, storage pieces for the drones, and an alternate chest piece compatible with four sets of arms to transform the unit into its upgraded form.

You can take a better look at the returning Evangelion Unit 13 model kit figure in the gallery below.
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Unit 13 is a mecha that appeared in the Rebuild of Evangelion series of movies, making its first appearance in Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. This Evangelion unit is a unique one, as it needs two pilots in order to function. In the movie, it was piloted by both Shinji Ikari and Kaworu Nagisa.

The new Evangelion Unit 13 model kit figure expected release date is sometime in April 2024 in Japan. The Rebuild of Evangelion movies are streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Siliconera Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:30 PM

Nijisanji Shu Yamino and Kagami Hayato as TGS VR 2023 ambassadors

CESA published details about the upcoming Tokyo Game Show VR 2023 event. Some of the announcement's main highlights include the appointments of the Japanese Nijisanji Vtuber Kagami Hayato and Nijisanji EN's Shu Yamino as new ambassadors for the latest TGS VR event. The VR venue will open at the same time as the main physical event on September 21, 2023. But while the original event closes on September 24, 2023, the VR version will remain until October 1, 2023.

TGS VR 2023 will appear with more gameplay elements than the 2022 edition. Visitors will be able to choose from 25 available avatars and collect stamps by completing quests in multiple zones. After gathering enough stamps, they will be able to visit hidden areas. The venue will also contain booths from Capcom, Koei Tecmo, Konami, Square Enix, Sega, Atlus, and Bandai Namco.

The Nijisanji Vtubers Kagami Hayato and Shu Yamino will newly accompany Omega Sisters as TGS VR 2023 ambassadors. The latter is a pair of Vtubers who have been regular ambassadors of the VR event since CESA established it in 2021.

A VR device will not be required to access TGS VR 2023, as visitors will also be able to view it with regular PC monitors and mobile devices. People without VR will be able to join with Intel UHD Graphics 620 as the PC's GPU. However, if they want to use VR, the minimum requirement will be raised to Nvidia GeForce GTX1060.

Tokyo Game Show VR 2023 will be available on Windows PCs, mobile devices, and standalone Meta Quest 2 from September 21, 2023 to October 1, 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, September 7, 2023 6:37 PM
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A new trailer for the character was also released.

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The trailer reveals Pear and Joy, new heisters that will be featured in the game.

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The tech demo also reportedly ran using Nvidia's DLSS upscaling technology

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