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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 7:53 AM
     The 48 best Minecraft mods July 2024

What are the best Minecraft mods in 2024? Every game of vanilla Minecraft can vary quite dramatically, and the best Minecraft mods go one step further to provide an entirely new experience. Whether you love creative building, terrifying survival, or speedrunning the story, we've got the mod for you below. We've included interface mods and tools to make things easier, too.

All the Minecraft mods below are divided into sections, depending on what you want to do with the sandbox game – from simple utility changes to deep world mods you can get lost in for months. If you like to browse, the CurseForge Minecraft game mods hub has a whole section dedicated to the best Minecraft mods and add-ons - as well as equivalents for many of the other best PC games right now.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 7:38 AM
     Severely underrated city builder New Cycle deserves your attention now

New Cycle might be the most overlooked city building and strategy game of 2024. We've all been following the Cities Skylines 2 redemption arc. Likewise, our eyes are on the launch of Frostpunk 2 and stalking horse rival Endzone 2 - and don't get us started on Civilization 7. But New Cycle deserves a lot more attention. With a gorgeous steampunk aesthetic, complex (but not convoluted) building and production chains, a survivalist narrative, and incredibly slick road building tools, this is the apocalypse city building game that everyone should be playing right now, especially since it's just gotten a big update and is now available cheaper than ever.


PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 7:30 AM
     All Monopoly Go events, tournaments, dates, and rewards

What is the next Monopoly Go event? With so many limited-time events in Monopoly Go, it can be hard to keep track of the rewards you can get your hands on. Monopoly Go events can last anywhere from a few hours to a week, so bookmark this page as we'll keep it regularly updated with the next events and their start and end dates.

Monopoly Go is the latest online board game sweeping the globe, but completing all of these events won't be easy without some free Monopoly Go dice links, so check out our daily updated guide for some freebies and rewards before you get started on the next Monopoly Go tournament.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 7:15 AM
     Razer might have just changed gaming mouse settings forever

Razer has just announced two new features coming to some of its top-tier gaming mice that could make it easier for some gamers to optimize their mouse setup to suit their play style. Razer Mouse Rotation and Dynamic Sensitivity are software additions that open up the ability to change how your mouse reacts when you hold your mouse at an angle and how its sensitivity changes depending on your movements.

The two new features are only available currently on the Razer Viper V3 Pro and Razer DeathAdder V3 HyperSpeed - despite the feature seemingly being just a software/firmware addition - and if they prove to be useful they would see Razer's two most recent flagship gaming mice further cement their positions at the top of our best gaming mouse guide.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 7:25 AM
     Amazon Prime Day July 2024: dates, deals and what to expect

Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner, and we're gearing up to bring together all the best deals in one place. For 2024, the Amazon Prime Day sales event takes place July 16 -  17. Based on previous years, we expect you to get discounts on loads of great PC hardware.

Prime Day presents the perfect opportunity for gamers looking to get their hands on the best SSD for gaming at a reduced rate or upgrade their setup and bag one of the best gaming monitors.

So when will the sale go live? Who can take advantage of the Prime Day deals? Are there any early deals available now? If you have questions about Amazon Prime Day, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:48 AM
     Concord beta kicks off today as FPS looks to rebound from poor reveal

Sony has already scored one massive live-service success story this year with Helldivers 2, and with Concord, it's hoping to land itself another. Today marks the start of the first of two Concord beta weekends, and while it's not a fully open beta right now, there will still be plenty of shooter fans jumping in to see how it stacks up to rivals like Overwatch and Destiny 2's Crucible.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:49 AM
     The best 7 Days to Die mods for 1.0

What are the best 7 Days to Die mods? Over the last decade, 7 Days to Die has made a name for itself as one of the best survival games out there, and all while in early access. Now the full release is nearly upon us after all this time, it's as good as ever.

That said, if you've been playing since day one, you might be looking for ways to change up your 7 Days to Die gameplay in 1.0. Thankfully, inventive new 7 Days to Die mods continue to flood in thick and fast from the community, and they're showing no signs of slowing down. As you wait for the 1.0 release date, amplify your survival game experience with these top 7 Days to Die mods, all compatible with the current 1.0 beta.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:36 AM
     Once Human reworks cosmetics after meeting with ex Blizzard dev

In a year absolutely packed with survival games, Once Human is the latest to rise up the Steam charts following its launch on Tuesday July 9. Treading in the footsteps of Palworld and Soulmask, and aiming to challenge the likes of Valheim, Rust, and Ark, the Starry Studio game has so far reached a peak concurrent player count just shy of 150,000, putting it among the most-played games on the Valve platform. Yet with a mixed user review score of 62%, there's still work to be done. In a new update, the studio addresses some of the biggest concerns so far, making a key change to purchased cosmetics.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 7:05 AM
     Grab this blazing fast 4TB Samsung SSD for its lowest price this year

If you act fast you can grab this super-speedy and high-capacity PCIe 4.0 SSD for its lowest price in ages. This Samsung SSD deal sees one of the company's fastest and largest-capacity M.2 drives, the 4TB 990 Pro, available for just $299.99, which gives you 35% off its MSRP and offers incredible value for this size and speed of drive.

When it launched, the 990 Pro was clearly one of the best gaming SSDs when it came to speed, but this Samsung drive was also quite expensive then, holding it back from a general recommendation. However, it's a great buy at today's deal price. Slower drives of this size can be had for less money, but if you want performance and space, this is one of the lowest price options available right now.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:26 AM
     The best Elden Ring armor sets

What are the best Elden Ring armor sets? If we're being1  completely honest, there's no point in being good at something unless you look good while you're doing it. The best Elden Ring armor sets can separate you from the rest of the Tarnished out there, providing you with an outfit that can strike fear into the hearts of your enemies.

In this RPG game, upgrading your armaments using Elden Ring smithing stones and Ashes of War is just as important as leveling up your character. There are some armor sets imbued with powerful abilities, though their use largely depends on what type of character you're building. If you've got a fashion-conscious Tarnished, Elden Ring makes it difficult to find armor that is both protective and stylish, but it certainly can be done if you know where to look.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:19 AM
     We're hiring! PCGamesN is looking for a new hardware writer

We're looking to hire a new UK-based hardware writer at PCGamesN to write news, reviews, guides and op-eds about all the latest PC gaming tech. This role is ideal for a PC gamer who loves tweaking their machine to get the best frame rates, and who's eager to dissect the inner workings of the latest GPUs and CPUs.

You'll need a good technical grounding in the tech that powers the latest PC gaming components, and you'll be enthusiastic about finding out more. You'll also need the ability to write quickly, coherently, and accurately, producing informative and interesting copy that will engage our readers.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:47 AM
     The best games like Fall Guys on PC 2024

Looking for some games like Fall Guys? Equal parts infuriating and addictive, Fall Guys is the brightest, bounciest battle royale game we've ever failed repeatedly at - and we have failed at a lot of battle royales. Even though Fall Guys itself is now free to play, after one too many gleeful hours toddling around and bouncing out of the competition, you may be wondering what other fun-yet-competitive party games you can pick up and play with friends, family, or even strangers. Well, wonder no more, my wobbly bean.

As we gush about in our Fall Guys review, the 'original' - as it were - is a fun, mindless jaunt through colorful rounds, and it's as enjoyable as it sounds. Thanks to that flawless formula, a couple of controversial games have tried to directly imitate the aesthetic and Takeshi's Castle-esque gameplay of Fall Guys. This list, though, encompasses a variety of multiplayer games - from those with a similar eye-burning color scheme to rage-inducing battle royale games, and strategic puzzle games with hilarious and mind-bending limb physics, rather than exact rip-offs. So, whatever aspect of the Mediatonic battle royale you find most appealing, there's sure to be something in this list of games like Fall Guys that you'll love just as much.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:55 AM
     The best card games on PC 2024

What are the best card games on PC? From their humble beginnings as basic ports of paper-based systems and optional minigames in larger titles, card games have come a long way. Whether it's a beloved spin-off like Hearthstone or an indie darling like Balatro, we at PCGamesN truly believe there's a card game out there for everyone.

The best card games offer players a rich and constantly shifting meta, potentially limitless replayability, and are approachable to boot - so it is not hard to see why some have made our list of the best PC games. However, our collection of the best card games covers everything from the biggest player in the genre today, the best ports from paper, the up-and-comers you might not have heard of, and some of the best free card games out there. Let's draw.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:10 AM
     The First Descendant dev responds to claims it

The First Descendant developer Nexon says that it will update and alter imagery in the free-to-play looter shooter after a report highlighted that some of the game's icon and weapon designs bear similarities to those in Bungie FPS Destiny 2. Still one of the most-played games on Steam, The First Descendant was released on Sunday June 30, hitting a peak concurrent player count of more than 264,000. User reviews for the free game remain mixed, but Nexon says that it takes the concerns about copied assets "seriously."

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 6:03 AM
     46 of the best free Steam games you can play right now

What are the best free Steam games in 2024? If you are bored and don't have much spare cash, you don't need to fear a gaming drought. Steam is loaded with games you can play without spending a dime. What's more, many of them are very good indeed: games that are just as much fun to play as their full-price, wallet-destroying siblings.

In recent years, free Steam games have become the norm, with some even overtaking paid-for triple-A tiles as the leaders of the PC gaming hobby. Take a quick look at the platform's most-played list, and from FPS games to MMORPGs, you'll see that a significant proportion of the most popular and best PC games on the platform happen to be free-to-play. So, because we desperately care about the health of your bank account - and honestly worry about how much money you're spending on your nasty gaming habit - we want to help you find all the best free PC games you can play right now.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:34 AM
     When is the next Steam sale?

When is the next Steam sale? It feels like one Steam sale has just ended when the next one begins, but with some events offering better discounts than others and genre-specific sales, it's a good idea to keep these dates to hand.

Fortunately, we've got a complete list of all the Steam sale dates coming up, so you can make a dent in your wishlist without breaking the bank. Whether you're looking for new PC games to sink your teeth into or simply the best PC games of all time, there's something for everyone on Steam. Smaller publisher sales can introduce you to new favorites if you get to the bargains in time, while seasonal sales can weeks, with more games, DLC, and bundles available at chunkier discounts.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:45 AM
     The First Descendant codes July 2024

12 July 2024 Checked for new The First Descendant codes.

What are the new The First Descendant codes? The looter shooter is officially here, and though it's free to play, you'll still need to work hard for the best gear if you hope to survive the alien invasion.

Nexon's co-op RPG has plenty of The First Descendant characters, but you're going to need to jump through a lot of hoops to get them. That combined with getting the best weapons and gear, there's a lot to grind in The First Descendant, and though there are ways to get more The First Descendant Caliber, fortunately, it looks like codes are on the way.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:36 AM
     Once Human server status - is Once Human down?

Are the Once Human servers down? You can achieve a lot in Once Human if you have the right mindset: building a home - a safe space - is paramount. The eldritch monstrosities are closing in from all sides, and having a place away from the weirdness is vital. The one thing you can't fight, though, are the Once Human servers. If they're down, then you're stuck twiddling your thumbs until the issue is resolved.

The Once Human release date is upon us, and the free PC game appears to be running smoothly, with only a few minor hiccups at launch. We've created this page to show you the Once Human server status, so you can figure out whether any connection issues you have are yours, or server-side.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:28 AM
     FF14 server status and maintenance times - is FFXIV down?

Is FF14 down? If you can't log on to FF14 or access your character, it might be due to ongoing maintenance or server issues. Before worrying about any problems with your game, you'll want to check the FF14 server status and currently scheduled maintenance times below to see if the MMO is offline.

If you can't log into FF14, it's typically because of planned maintenance. The critically acclaimed MMORPG occasionally schedules downtime to implement patches, updates, and other hotfixes or to perform maintenance on the game's servers. Developer Square Enix usually announces these well ahead of time, so be sure to read on and see when future maintenance times are planned.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:15 AM
     Feed the Deep is a lovecraftian roguelike inspired by Spelunky

If the likes of Dave the Diver have left you hankering for more oceanic escapades, then Feed the Deep might be one to keep on your radar. Destined to hit Steam later this year, this lovecraftian roguelike is inspired by games like Spelunky and Dome Keeper, but its creator has a background that will probably surprise you.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:37 AM
     AFK Journey codes July 2024

July 12, 2024: We checked for new AFK Journey codes and removed 15 expired.

Looking for new AFK Journey codes? Redeeming free items is the best way to stay ahead of the curve without upsetting your wallet, especially in gacha-driven fantasy RPGs like AFK Journey. These redeem codes can help you stay competitive with the best team compositions, clear the story without issue, and reap the rewards of the PvP leaderboards. We've found and tested every code released by developer Farlight to find out which ones are active or expired.

The AFK Journey redeem codes often reward you with valuable in-game currency like AFK Journey Diamonds and Gold, which are required to pull on gacha banners and build the best characters in the AFK Journey roster. We also recommend checking out our in-depth AFK Journey tier list to ensure you're spending your freebies wisely in the anime game. Now that you're all set, here are the AFK Journey codes waiting to be redeemed.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:50 AM
     Reverse 1999 codes July 2024

What are the new Reverse 1999 codes? If you're making a start in Bluepoch's strategic RPG, you're probably burning through essential resources at a worrying rate. It's tough going in the early game while you're still finding your feet, so we've compiled all the active Reverse 1999 codes you could need for free clear drops, dust, and much more.

Reverse 1999 is another anime gacha game available on mobile and PC, joining the likes of Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail in the competitive genre. If you're torn between playing them all, we've got Genshin Impact codes and Honkai Star Rail codes, too, but this guide has all the latest Reverse 1999 codes for your alt-history 20th-century Timekeeper needs. Codes aren't enough to get you through those tricky battles, so be sure to check out our Reverse 1999 tier list featuring the best characters.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:03 AM
     The Alters release date estimate, trailer, gameplay, and latest news

When is The Alters release date? This survival sim from 11 Bit Studios tasks you with operating a giant wheel to escape the oncoming sunlight. Unfortunately, you are the only crew member, and this base needs an entire crew to operate. Taking advantage of an abundant resource known as Rapidium, you can create highly-specialized clones of yourself to help man each part of the ship.

For fans of management games with a sci-fi edge, The Alters has an otherworldly quirk. We now know that it's a space game about surviving certain doom with the help of your duplicates, and it's your choices that determine if protagonist Jan makes it out alive. That is, of course, if the multiple Jans can get along long enough to get the ship operational and avoid the deadly solar beams from a nearby sun. We've got all the gameplay and story details, as well as the latest news surrounding The Alters release date, right here on PCGamesN.


PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 4:55 AM
     Valorant codes July 2024

July 12, 2024: We checked for new Valorant codes.

What are the new Valorant codes? Everyone likes it when they get free stuff, and it's even better when it's for hugely popular multiplayer games like Valorant. However, in the case of high-profile titles such as this, there can be long gaps between giveaways, and even then, they may not be available to redeem for long.

When Riot Games does give us a few free Valorant items to redeem, they could include Gun Buddies, which you can clip onto your weapons after tinkering with Valorant crosshair codes. If you want a stylish new look to show off as you climb through the Valorant ranks, here's the latest list of codes for this highly competitive FPS game so you can get the newest freebies.

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PCGamesN Friday, July 12, 2024 5:57 AM
     Once Human codes July 2024

What are the latest Once Human codes? There are times in all of our gaming lives when we need a little bit of help. Call it a handout, call it a freebie, call it whatever you like, but receiving a gift from time to time is lovely - and vital when there are eldritch abominations around each corner, wanting to turn you into their next meal.

Whether you're just starting off in Nalcott or working towards the last of the Once Human bosses, you could always use a little help. As with many free PC games, Once Human offers redemption codes to give you a boost, and the Once Human codes below can help you fill your coffers without having to spend hours collecting resources and risking your life outside of your cozy home base.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 12, 2024 6:46 AM
    

Free-to-play open world survival shooter Once Human has spent its first week in the wilds weathering a series of complaints about its data collection practices, much of it orbiting a line from publisher NetEase's privacy policy in which they state that personal information they receive from you may include "government-issued ID, such as passport information, as required by applicable laws for age verification and correction of personal information".

Following a backlash in the user reviews (the game was Mostly Negative on Steam at launch, but has since risen to Mixed) and on social media, the game's developers Starry Studio have published a blog insisting that they harbour no dark intentions for your personal details, or at least, that they harbour intentions no darker than any of the large number of video games that collect your personal information.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 12, 2024 5:41 AM
    

Gotcha Gotcha Games, creators of the RPG Maker series, have announced Action Game Maker. Much like its predecessors, it aims to allow users to create games in its chosen genre without any programming experience, using a "node-based visual scripting system" (draggable arrows and concepts, basically). Could this finally be the opportunity to create the legally distinct Little Shop Of Horrors management sim of my dreams? No, of course not. The technology does not yet exist powerful enough to manifest it. Also, it's not an action game. Also, I don't know how to make games. Also it's Friday and I'm tired. Also, AGM isn't out yet. Still, I'm intrigued!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 12, 2024 4:12 AM
    

Kain is merchandised. The clans sell tales of him. Few know the truth. He was a character in a dead franchise once, as we were we all. However, his contempt for anonymity drove him to inspire the creation of an upcoming (crowdfunding allowing) graphic novel. The book stars Raziel, the first-born of his lieutenants, and It's a canonical prequel story to the original Soul Reaver. I have waited a millennium. Over time, I became less human and more…games blogger. I have had the chance to write about Legacy Of Kain precisely once. You're goddamn right I'm going to froth at the mouth at even the vague promise of more Shakespearean monologues and time-travelling vampires.

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Twinfinite Friday, July 12, 2024 4:13 AM
    
Free summons? Count me in!

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PCGamesN Thursday, July 11, 2024 6:38 PM
     Medieval survival RPG Bellwright shares what's next for the game

Some games take a while to settle down into their groove, often needing a few updates under their belt to either get things working right or give a clear direction to players about the future. Bellwright certainly appears to be one of those, slowly clawing up the Steam reviews after a mixed launch and now hitting its stride quite nicely. There's more to come too, as a new community update released by developer Donkey Crew has taken a look back at the last month and given a few peeks about what's next in store for the game.

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PCGamesN Thursday, July 11, 2024 6:43 PM
     The First Descendant dev confirms it won't nerf most popular build

When an online game launches there'll inevitably be a spot of chaos while players work out what builds and weapons are good and what's bad. Often, players will find something the developer never intended, giving them potentially too much power. That's what's happened in The First Descendant which has meant the community has been watching for a nerf hitting a very popular build, but developer Nexon has something else up its sleeve.

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Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 10:00 PM
    

my hero academia you're next villains

Bones revealed the six original villains who will appear in My Hero Academia: You're Next. They're all part of the criminal Gorrini family, who work with Dark Might to plunge society into chaos.

You can watch a trailer for My Hero Academia: You're Next here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mDZs7nFi8s&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fheroaca-movie.com%2F&source_ve_path=Mjg2NjY&feature=emb_logo

The new villains outside of Dark Might don't actually appear in the My Hero Academia: You're Next trailer.

As for the cast of the Gorrini family, as well as their pictures, they are:

  • Bruno Gorrini: Masaki Terasoma (Kuzuki in Fate/stay night)
  • Deborah Gorrini: Minako Kotobuki (Tsumugi in K-On!)
  • Jill Gorrini: Voice actor unknown
  • Kamil Gorrini: Yuki Ono (Josuke in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Paulo Gorrini: Yusuke Kobayashi (Subaru in Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World)
  • Simon Gorrini: Michitake Kikuchi (Blackthorne in FFXVI)
  • Ugo Gorrini: Ken Uo (Flying Dutchman in Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake)

My Hero Academia: You're Next will be the first time that a My Hero Academia movie will be available in IMAX, MX4D, 4DX, and Dolby Cinema from day one. The movie will start airing in Japan from August 2, 2024. Aside from the above trailer, there is also a new key visual showing Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki in the midst of jumping into action, all three of them using their respective powers.

My Hero Academia: You're Next will start airing in theaters in Japan from August 2, 2024.

The post My Hero Academia: You're Next Villains Revealed appeared first on Siliconera.


Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 9:00 PM
    

rent-a-girlfriend game

Mages announced that it's working on a game for Rent-A-Girlfriend. The game's title is Rent-A-Girlfriend: The Horizon and the Girl in the Swimsuit, and it'll come out for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

You can watch the teaser movie here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXtaYX643w

More information on it will appear on August 5, 2024. That's also when pre-orders will open. While we don't know a lot about the game, we do know that it'll be a visual novel or text-based adventure game.

Rent-A-Girlfriend is a Japanese manga and anime series that started serialization in 2017. The anime for it started airing in 2020 and it has three seasons thus far. As of March 2024, there are over 13 million copies of the manga in circulation, making it a fairly popular work. The story of Rent-A-Girlfriend follows Kazuya Kinoshita, who rents a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara after his girlfriend dumps him. As time passes and he meets other rental girlfriends, he falls in love with Chizuru and works to make their rental relationship a real one.

The Rent-A-Girlfriend: The Horizon and the Swimsuit game is in development for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders will open on August 5, 2024.

You can watch the show on Crunchyroll and Kodansha has licensed the manga for North America.

The post Rent-A-Girlfriend Game Announced For PS4, Switch appeared first on Siliconera.


Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 8:15 PM
    

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth AI Book

Square Enix has announced the release of a new book titled Square Enix AI featuring the FFVII Remake, with Cloud Strife on the cover. The book aims to provide an easy-to-understand guide on game AI and will be published on July 30, 2024. Pre-orders are now available.[Thanks, BD Publishing!]

View the announcement post below: 

https://twitter.com/bd_publishing/status/1810527559148360108

The book was created by Square Enix staff involved in AI development, aiming to make game AI accessible to a broader audience. It covers various aspects of game AI, including character definition, navigation mesh, pathfinding, steering, avoidance, 3D navigation, decision-making systems, and character animation.

Additionally, the book explores character interaction, emotional AI, natural language processing, and the concept of "meta-AI." It also discusses deep learning applications in games, such as style transfer, automatic lip-sync animation, and character animation generation. The final section addresses the use of AI in automating quality assurance, including bug classification and data analysis.

The book is published by Bourne Digital and will be available in Tankobon Softcover format, consisting of 336 pages. It is written in Japanese and currently ranks #879 in Japanese Books on Amazon.

FFVII Rebirth is readily available for the PlayStation 5, and the exclusivity arrangement ended on May 29, 2024.

The post Square Enix AI Book Cover Features FFVII Remake's Cloud Strife appeared first on Siliconera.


Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 8:00 PM
    

rent-a-girlfriend season 4

Reiji Miyajima, the mangaka of Rent-A-Girlfriend, has announced that season 4 of the anime is in development. He thanks the fans for all of their support, as that's the reason why it came to pass.

In commemoration of this news, Miyajima drew a picture of Kazuya and Chizuru holding hands. Around them are the various side and supporting characters cheering them on. The two of them are wearing Hawaiian shirts and matching jackets, as the fourth season will adapt the Hawaii Arc. It'll air some time in 2025.

https://twitter.com/Miyajimareiji/status/1811418689587253570

You can watch the teaser trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRr8tJDz-EY

Rent-A-Girlfriend is a popular anime and manga series. Serialization started in 2017 and the anime started in 2020. As of March 2024, over 13 million copies of the manga are in circulation. It follows Kazuya Kinoshita, who rents a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara after his real girlfriend dumps him. After a somewhat disastrous first date, he finds out that Chizuru's actually really mean. As they spend more time fake dating so that Kazuya can keep up appearances, he starts to fall in love with her for real and he works to make their rental relationship a real one.

Rent-A-Girlfriend season 4 is in the works and you'll likely be able to watch it on Crunchyroll with the rest of the show. Kodansha has licensed the manga in English.

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Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 7:15 PM
    

BANDAI SPIRITS Rowtashii Noise

Bandai Spirits has announced the launch of a new comprehensive brand called Rowtashii Noise, which aims to bring high-end collectible items to fans worldwide. This brand inherits the manufacturing techniques of the TAMASHII NATIONS line known for its collector's products for adults and is including figures for Oshi no Ko and Gintama for it's launch. The announcement was made on July 11, 2024. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

Rowtashii Noise will introduce two new figure series: "Adokenette" and "Tekupiku. Adokenette is a 5-head-tall figure series that focuses on the concept of innocence. The figures feature poses that make it seem as if they are peeking out from behind something. The first Bandai spirits releases in this series will include Oshi no Ko in September, followed by Gintama in November. Each figure is priced at ¥3,960 (approximately $25 USD).

The Tekupiku series consists of chibi figures designed for portability, characterized by their large bag and eye designs. Figures from Bandai Spirits Gintama and Haikyu!! will be available starting in November. Each figure in this series is priced at ¥3,850 (approximately $24 USD).

Bandai Spirits plans to expand both series with various IP products and introduce new figure series in the future.

The first season of Oshi no Ko can be streamed on HIDIVE. Gintama and Haikyuu are streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 7:00 PM
    

Old Nippon Ichi Software Games Head to PC via Steam

Nippon Ichi Software announced that four old games from the company's back catalog will soon be available on PC via Steam. There is currently no release date for the titles, and they will only be available in Japanese. [Thanks, Game*Spark!]

The Nippon Ichi Software titles hail from the original PlayStation console, and the first of the four games to be announced is The Oni Taiji!! Mezase! Nidaime Momotaro (The Ogre Slayer!! Aim for it! Momotaro The Second in English). This is a board game for up to four players inspired by classic Japanese folktales.

Jigsaw Island is the next title. It is a classic matching game with over 150 illustrations and photos available. The puzzle title also includes a story mode and a vs battle mode.

Bishoujo Hanafuda Kikou Michinoku Hitou Koi Monogatari, which roughly translates to Beautiful Girl Hanafuda Travelogue Michinoku Secret Hot Spring Love Story, is a hanafuda Nippon Ichi Software game. (That is a type of Japanese card game.) Aspiring photographer protagonist Yuya Amakusa plays cards with the heroines of the game in order to be able to take pictures of them to advance the story.

SatelliTV is the last of the batch, and it is a management simulation game in which players are in charge of running a TV broadcasting station. The gameplay involves deciding the programming that will be shown on the TV station and keeping an eye on the viewer count so as to not lose audience members.

These four old Nippon Ichi Software games are being re-released on Steam as part of the Nippon Ichi Software 30th Anniversary celebration, which also included a Disgaea Orchestra Concert that took place on June 23, 2024 in Ginza, Tokyo.

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Siliconera Thursday, July 11, 2024 6:30 PM
    

Long-Haired Rei Ayanami Evangelion Figure Arrives in 2025

A new Rebuild of Evangelion figure of long-haired Rei Ayanami will appear in Japan on July 2025. The figure will cost 19,800 yen (or approximately $124.66,) and is now available for pre-order from the S-FIRE online storefront until October 7, 2024.

The figure depicts Rei Ayanami's long-haired design as she appeared in the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time anime movie. The character appears wearing her plugsuit and laying in a relaxed pose while resting on top of a flat base. The figure is approximately 135mm (or 5.3 inches) wide and 118mm (4.65 inches) tall.

You can check out the new Rebuild of Evangelion figure of long-haired Rei Ayanami in more detail here:

Back in late April 2023, a similar figure of Rei Ayanami with long hair went on pre-order. The figure had a planned release date of February 2024 in Japan. In addition, a figure of Asuka Langley Shikinami from the Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time movie also appeared on January 2024 as an arcade prize re-release throughout Japan.

The new Evangelion figure of Rei Ayanami with long hair is now available for pre-order until October 7, 2024. The figure costs 19,800 yen (~$124.66) and will release in July 2025.

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Gaming on PC Thursday, July 11, 2024 10:26 PM
     Nacon and Spiders Studio revealed today that GreedFall 2: The Dying World will get a Steam Early Access release on September 24th. More details after the jump.