Apr 03, 22:00

Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 5:45 PM

A former developer at Rockstar North, the studio behind the immensely popular Grand Theft Auto franchise, has revealed the reasons why sometimes planes in GTA: San Andreas would just randomly crash near the player. He also provided some insight into why a particular NPC in the game would take a photo and then walk off…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 4:45 PM

A new life-size replica of the robotic doll and star of 2022 horror hit M3GAN is now available to pre-order from collectible company NECA. The doll was revealed on April Fools, but this isn't a joke or prank product. No, this doll is real and it's also really expensive, too. You'll need to put down $500—the price of a…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:30 PM

Often, when you rest in Dragon's Dogma 2, your main Pawn will pick up work from other players online. These loyal non-playable characters in Capcom's latest high-fantasy role-playing game tend to return bearing gifts, such as the currency Rift Crystals (which you can use to hire other players' main Pawns) or…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:15 PM

Destiny 2 is a game I've gotten used to quitting on. For as long as I've played it, I've always found reasons to put it down. As much as it wants to be a game people keep coming back to, everything about the way it's been built makes it bristling, thorny, and off-putting. The longest stretch I've spent comfortably…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:00 PM

Final Fantasy XIV's next expansion, Dawntrail, releases on June 28 (for those who pre-order). I'm looking forward to it. There is just one problem—I still haven't finished the last expansion, Endwalker. Yes, I know it came out at the end of 2021, but time just got away from me and I fell off in the middle of the…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:30 PM

In an increasingly digital age, owning media outright has become less and less possible. Whether it's movies, music, books, or video games, the pivot to digital has made it harder for consumers to own permanent, physical copies of their favorite pieces of media. In video games, myriad titles that players have spent…


PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 5:48 PM
     Hollow Knight Silksong has been given an age rating in Korea

Hollow Knight fans have been waiting a long time for the sequel, Hollow Knight Silksong, and it looks as though their long vigil may almost be over. The Korean institution responsible for assigning age ratings for games has now evaluated and rated Silksong, which strongly suggests the game is complete and a release date announcement is likely forthcoming.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Indie Games, Hollow Knight Silksong release date, Upcoming PC Games

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 4:55 PM
     This weird roguelike is about working a slot machine

When you hear the word "roguelike," certain things leap to mind: procedural dungeons maybe, and randomized upgrades and loot. RP7 throws most of that playbook out the window: it's a game about a knight who moves back and forth across a set of slots, and your only way to control what happens is to spin the slots and hope something better turns up each time.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best indie games, Best card games for PC, The best roguelike games

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:36 PM
     The streamers have discovered Content Warning, and it's blowing up

Did you grab a copy of Content Warning earlier this week? Well, it seems a lot of people did, because the hilarious new co-op horror game is seeing a huge influx of players - many likely drawn in after seeing some of the most popular streamers try it out.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, Best co-op games, Content Warning system requirements

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 5:00 PM

Last time, you decided decisively that the spell Fireball is better than a button to unlock all unlocks. I should have known because our dear old friend Fireball is always there for us, always readily available, always keen to punch someone in the face, neck, and chest with a lump of solid fire. Thank you, Fireball. I love you. This week, it's a question of anxiety. What's better: security cameras following your every move, or shopkeepers annoyed when you don't buy anything?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:05 PM

Classic management sim series RollerCoaster Tycoon will now be published solely by Atari, making the reborn retro video game company the new stewards for the theme park franchise as it marks its 25th anniversary.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 5:00 PM

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Uniqlo Shirts Coming

A new line of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom men's t-shirts will appear at Uniqlo stores in Japan from April 26, 2024. They will be available from both the Uniqlo online store as well as physical stores.

The new collection includes 6 new t-shirts featuring different characters and motifs from the latest The Legend of Zelda title, including the main key art of Tears of the Kingdom, the Light Dragon, a variety of Bokoblin and enemies, Link and the new Sages, the travelling Koroks, and Addison and Hudson.

Each t-shirt costs 1,500 yen (or approximately $10.) While there is no news on whether they will appear outside of Japan, other similar video game and anime collaboration t-shirts have released overseas. You can check out the new The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Uniqlo t-shirts in more detail here:

The latest Uniqlo t-shirts collaboration features a collection inspired by the Detective Conan series, also known as Case Closed, as well as a new Sanrio collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty.

The new Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Uniqlo t-shirts will release in Japan on April 26, 2024, and will be available from the Uniqlo Japan online store. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is immediately available for the Nintendo Switch.

The post Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Uniqlo Shirts Coming appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 4:00 PM

OffKai Expo, the Vtuber con, announced the VShojo members Henya the Genius and Matara Kan, as well as Mint Fantome, will attend.

OffKai Expo announced VShojo Vtubers Henya the Genius and Matara Kan, as well as independent performer Mint Fantome, will attend the Vtuber con. This follows a tease earlier this week that suggested VShojo would assist Mint with some appearances. 

As the Events & Performances and Meet & Greet pages on the official OffKai Expo Vtuber con website, it is unknown how involved the performers will be. For the Henya announcement, it only confirmed that she will appear at the event. However, the Matara Kan and Mint Fantome reveal noted that the two will host an hour-long panel with a Q&A. It specifically referred to the Summer Special, which is the podcast the two former coworkers are hosting together.

As for the Mint & Matara's Summer Special, the next installment is expected to air at 12pm PT/3pm ET/7pm UTC on April 8, 2024. However, since then the two Vtubers have shared brief clips on the new YouTube channel they share together. First, Mint shared a "Psycho Mintis" clip referencing the Metal Gear Solid character.


Matara followed that with a "cursed" video.


Meanwhile, Henya has been regularly streaming on Twitch. One of her last major uploads was a cover of the Kaai Yuki Yukopi song "Kyoufuu All Back."  

These announcements come after OffKai announced that Nijisanji English branch members dropped out of appearing. Enna Aloutte, Millie Parfait, and Reimu Endou dropped out at the beginning of March 2024, following issues Anycolor had throughout the beginning of 2024 and the termination of Selen Tatsuki.

OffKai Expo will begin on May 31, 2024, and it will end on June 2, 2024. It takes place in Burlingame, California.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:00 PM

Review: Tengoku Struggle: Strayside Is a Heavenly Otome With Devilish Suitors

I love it when Idea Factory and Otomate create an otome game with a strong heroine, a strong cast of characters who all interact well with each other, and that can also mix in some humor or great lore building. Tengoku Struggle: Strayside is much like Variable Barricadein that respect, and as a result it is one of the better and stronger games Aksys has localized.

In the world of Tengoku Struggle: Strayside, there's a complex system of reincarnation and redemption that ties the human realm, heaven, and various levels of hell to ensure people move on and become the best versions of themselves. Rin Enma is a transient soul, one with no memories that would have disappeared, but she was adopted by the King of Hell as his daughter. She's dedicated herself to making a place for herself and making him proud, even becoming a Hell Guardian, to ensure she wouldn't disappear. 

However, immediately after graduation, some notorious figures managed to actually escape hell after a special thread of redemption was dropped from heaven. As such, King Enma sends Rin to the human realm, as part of the normal exchange program, to have her work alongside criminals Goemon Ishikawa, Kikunosuke Uga, Sharaku Toushuusai, and Yona Murakami. However, while these men are willing to work for her father, they have no such loyalty to her. It's up to them to somehow all work together, figure out what Shinobikuni and her escapee minions' plans are, and send the prisoners back.

That said, Tengoku Struggle: Strayside is one of those fantastic otome games where the whole cast is incredible. Not only does Rin have fantastic chemistry with all of the bachelor options, but they all get along well with each other. As such, we're getting to see all of them play off of each other and their relationships develop from a group of people who just wanted to get out of hell for a while to actually being friends who care about each other and maybe even love Rin. The fact that they come from different time period and have different "sins" that landed them in various hells also make them fascinating, since we can eventually identify with why they did what they did and see how they interact based on their backgrounds.

Because Rin is both living and working alongside of these new allies, we're seeing relationships develop naturally between them in this otome visual novel. They come to see how strong and dedicated she is, as well as appreciate how seriously she takes her role as a Hell Guardian to rehabilitate and prove herself. Likewise, she sees the good sides of them and understands that just because they wound up in hell doesn't mean they're evil. This means there are a lot of moments that are dramatic, insightful, touching, and even just plain funny. 

I also absolutely adored how the villains here are handled. Once Rin and her crew passes through the Hell Gate to the human world, they relatively quickly encounter Shinobikuni and the other prisoners she "saved." While Shinobikuni unquestionably comes across as villainous, some of the others fall into a more grey area. Azami, Okuni, and Sansaburo all seem like relatively decent people who happened to go through some unfortunate things that left them in hell, just like the prisoners Rin is working alongside. I loved the roles they ended up playing and how Tengoku Struggle: Strayside also took the time to tell their stories too.

Some minor things do come up that may keep Tengoku Struggle: Strayside from becoming someone's next favorite otome game. The more minor ones are some issues that came up likely during the editing and localization process, and I wouldn't be surprised if maybe a patch fixes up a few of those errors. Another issue is that this is absolutely a visual novel that feels like one route is the "right" and canon one. You won't see some of these loose threads tie up until that storyline, which is unfortunate. Especially since it is the last one you get to. However, because you do have to go through the others first, at least that offers some resolution for the other enemy and ally backstories. 

On the plus side, even though there is so much going on in Tengoku Struggle: Strayside, it never feels like the romance is an afterthought. It's very well integrated into the story. We're really seeing Rin grow closer to the men she's working with, and we get these pay-off scenes in the end as a reward for it. Even some of the "bad" endings are interesting when we get to see what happens to Rin and the individuals as a result of things not going as planned.

Tengoku Struggle: Strayside is a delightful otome game. This is the one you pick up and play if you like a well-rounded world, a heroine who stands up for herself and has a personality, and a cast of heroes and villains who all feel interesting. It's easy to get invested in its story. 

Tengoku Struggle: Strayside comes to the Nintendo Switch on April 4, 2024

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:30 PM

Prisma Wing KonoSuba Megumin Figure Can Be Posed With an Eyepatch

Prime 1 Studio announced its Prisma Wing KonoSuba figure of Megumin, and it comes with a number of face and eye parts for different poses. The ¥41,690 (~$275) 1/7 scale figure will come to Japan in April 2025, and retailers like AmiAmi are offering worldwide shipping.

While most scale figures are static, there are multiple posing options for this version of Megumin. For example, all versions of the figure, regardless of where it is purchased, comes with two face parts. One features her smiling face as usual, and the other has her wearing her eyepatch. While AmiAmi isn't offering the additional bonus face plate of her winking, the Prime 1 Studio site does note it is available and offer it. 

Here's how all the face part options look when used:

Those images also highlight two of the other optional posing parts for Megumin. She has two different left arm parts. In the Prime 1 Studio photo showing the version with both eyes visible, the arm part with her pointing is shown. In the one with her wearing the eyepatch, her left hand is brushing her hair out of her face.

Here are three other pictures Prime 1 Studios shared with us showing the Megumin KonoSuba figure in full. It also shows how she can be posed with or without her hat.

Megumin is one of the main characters in the series Konosuba. She's also the star of the spin-off Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World. She is often turned into figures or appears on merchandise, such as when she joined the Kadokawa Plastic Model Series.

The Prisma Wing KonoSuba Megumin figure will arrive in Japan in April 2025. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll, with season 3 beginning to appear on the service. Yen Press handles the light novels and manga.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, April 3, 2024 6:17 PM
     Call Of Duty Warzone Modern Warfare 3 MorsSeason Three of Call of Duty brings back the MORS sniper rifle from Advanced Warfare for use in Modern Warfare 3, Warzone, and the newly released Warzone Mobile. This rifle still packs a punch, even when compared to the newest Warzone snipers. Unlike other Warzone and MW3 sniper rifles, the MORS is a railgun that fires a single high-power shot before rechambering. Because it's from the future (the weapon originally debuted in 2014's Advanced Warfare) it never needs to reload. It's definitely one of the coolest weapons added to Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone this year, and this high-tech sniper is going to become a battle royale staple because of its damage and range. Best MORS Attachments in Call of Duty Screenshot: PC Invasion Because of its future tech, the MORS already has excellent damage, range, and stability, even when compared to Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone's extensive suite of sniper rifles. The best attachment setup for the MORS makes its str...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, April 3, 2024 4:46 PM
     How To Unlock The Jak Shadow Titan Kit In Mw3 Featured ImageEvery season on MW3 there are new aftermarket parts. Each offers new and fun ways to play. In some cases, like with the JAK Pruifer, the weapon becomes something entirely different. For the JAK Shadow Titan Kit in MW3, it's rather different. To find out how to unlock this aftermarket part, use this guide. MW3: How to unlock the JAK Shadow Titan Kit The first thing to take away from this guide is that the JAK Shadow Titan Kit is for the Bruen Mk9 LMG. It takes the large scale of the LMG and makes it smaller. So you get great maneuverability but at the cost of the magazine size. Second, like the JAK Feroicty Carbine Kit, you'll need to complete any five challenges from the first week of the season. This can be across the multiplayer of MW3, Warzone, or Zombies. Below, I'll break down which challenges you can complete to unlock the JAK Shadow Titan Kit in MW3. Multiplayer Get 35 Kills will using ADS with recommended LMGs Get 30 Kills via Quicks...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:52 PM
     Storm In Asa Scorched EarthThe Scorched Earth map for Ark Survival Ascended comes with many new dangers and trials, some of which are the different storms that will plague the entire map. But for some players, the rate of these storms is too much to bear. How to stop storms with console commands in Ark Survival Ascended Scorched Earth The best way to stop a storm, no matter what kind, in Ark Survival Ascended Scorched Earth, is by using console commands. It'll stop the storm immediately, so if you quickly type the command as it's starting, you won't have to suffer through it. It may be wise to keep this page up when playing the game so you can quickly copy and paste as needed, if you're on PC, that is. Screenshot: PC Invasion To access the console, press the appropriate buttons: PlatformConsole InstructionsPCPress the "Tilde" key (should be next to the "1" button)XboxPress LB, RB, X, and Y simultaneouslyPlayStationPress L1, R1, Square, and Triangl...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:49 PM
     Tusk Of The Boar God Roll Best Perks Destiny 2Tusk of the Boar is a Strand Wave Frame Special Grenade Launcher that is going head to head with Forbearance, which is an Arc Wave Frame Special Grenade Launcher, in Destiny 2. In this guide, you'll learn whether Tusk of the Boar is better than Forbearance, how to get Tusk of the Boar, what perks Tusk of the Boar has, and what the Tusk of the Boar PvE God Roll is in Destiny 2. Tusk of the Boar vs. Forbearance in Destiny 2: Which is better? Image: Bungie On paper, Tusk of the Boar and Forbearance are very similar. They are both 72 RPM, both can get Ambitious Assassin and Chain Reaction, and both are Wave Frame Special Grenade Launchers. Tusk of the Boar is Strand and Forbearance is Arc, and Forbearance has slightly better stats all around. Is Tusk of the Boar good enough to dethrone Forbearance? I think that Forbearance is still one of the best add-clearing weapons in the game, and it's better than Tusk of the Boar. Stats aside, the one thing that makes Forbearan...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:43 PM
     Psa Remember To Recharge Your Items Before Diving In Content Warning StationThis is a PSA for all Content Warning players to remember to recharge their low-battery items before diving into the Old World. While you may not have thought this game has a recharge station, you're wrong. Recharge your items before diving in Content Warning For the first few rounds of playing Content Warning, I had no idea where I should go to recharge my empty flashlights or the weapons like my Shock Stick. As a PSA, you should remember to recharge any items at the recharge station before diving into Content Warning. While you have an obvious battery recharge area in your ship in a game like Lethal Company, it's not as obvious in this co-op horror game. Head over to the area where you extract your video footage and look at the large white and blue machine. This is the recharge station, and it doesn't require you to manually recharge your items. Screenshot: PC Invasion All you have to do to recharge your low-battery items in Content Warning is hold th...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, April 3, 2024 4:31 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, April 3, 2024 3:22 PM

According to Giant Bomb's Jeff Grubb

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:38 PM

The event will feature updates

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:15 PM

Apr 03, 14:00

GamersHeroes Wednesday, April 3, 2024 7:30 AM

A cozy open-world survival journey awaits with the Early Access release of AniYa Games Studio's Pathless Woods.

The post Pathless Woods Now Available in Early Access appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:45 PM

Later this month the National Hockey League, WB Games, and TNT Sports are coming together to hold the first-ever "MultiVersus NHL Face-Off" game. What's that? Well, apparently it's going to give us all the chance to watch beloved WB characters—like Bugs Bunny and Batman—play ice hockey together on TruTV.


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:30 PM


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:30 PM

Ye, the rapper known by most as Kanye West, is the subject of a new lawsuit from an ex-employee who alleges he subjected staff to an abusive work environment. The lawsuit alleges that West imitated Nintendo's beloved video game icon, Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, while threatening his staffers.


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:31 PM

The next Prince of Persia game from Ubisoft, reportedly named The Rogue Prince of Persia, is being developed by Dead Cells DLC developer Evil Empire and is coming to Steam early access later this year.


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:15 PM

Everywhere I go, Malevelon Creek follows. It is in every other Helldivers-related post I see on Twitter, Reddit, and TikTok. When I first played Helldivers 2, the game was synonymous with this image of soldiers in some barren desert laying waste to killer bugs. Now? Now all I see is that damn jungle and those…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:00 PM

After multiple persistent threats against attendees and staff that led to the cancellation of the major Nintendo Live event in Tokyo in December 2023, Japanese police have reportedly arrested the person responsible.


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:05 AM

Windblown, the next game from Dead Cells developer Motion Twin, has given players a first look at its high-speed gameplay. The action roguelite was first announced at the 2023 Game Awards with a stylish reveal trailer, but didn't show much of what it would actually be like to play. The latest trailer gets right to the…


Kotaku Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:45 AM

A lot can happen to games that get stuck in development limbo. They can get passed around like a hot potato, stopped and restarted several times, and even canceled. Saber Interactive's Knights of the Old Republic remake has experienced many of these trials and tribulations, but has eluded the worst of them:…


PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:26 PM
     Fallout meets No Man's Sky in this sci-fi survival game

There's something incredibly satisfying about playing a survival crafting game that the setting can change dramatically without losing any of what makes the underlying loop so compelling. It's no wonder, then, that so many studios have set out to try their hand at it. A new indie studio called Goose Byte is working on one called The Signal, and it's about to head into some early pre-alpha testing - and you can get involved.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best building games on PC, The best survival games, The best crafting games

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:28 PM
     Grab these Razer speakers at their lowest ever price

Whether you're after a complement or replacement to your headset, this gaming speaker deal from Razer is not to be sniffed at. The Nommo V2 X are an affordable and punchy way to elevate the audio capabilities of your gaming setup, and there's never been a better time to buy them.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Razer Viper V2 Pro review, Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) review, Best gaming mouse

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:59 PM
     AFK Journey codes April 2024

April 3, 2024: We added new AFK Journey codes to our list and checked for expired codes.

What are the new and working AFK Journcy codes? Making good use of limited-time freebies is the best way to stay ahead of the curve without upsetting your wallet. Stay competitive with the best team compositions, clear the story without issue, and keep reaping the rewards of the PVP leaderboards by keeping up with these generous giveaways.

If you're new to AFK Journey, you'll want to check out our in-depth AFK Journey tier list and AFK Journey reroll guide. Codes are great for progression, but starting with the best character early is always the more time-efficient method of gunning through a gacha game.

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MORE FROM PCGAMESN: AFK Journey tier list, AFK Journey codes, AFK Journey reroll

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:43 PM
     Lovecraft Steam sale promises big discounts on the scariest games

Bloodborne on PC. It feels like a myth at this point, shrouded in shadows; a whisper on the wind that you can't quite catch. The wait feels eternal, and in the meantime, we need some good ol' fashioned horror to tide us over. That's where Lovecraftian Days comes in, showcasing a swathe of weird yet wonderful games, and slashing the prices of a whole lot more.

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:21 PM
     Your Asus motherboard could already support new AMD Zen 5 CPUs

The advent of AMD Zen 5 CPUs will undoubtedly usher in new AM5 motherboards, equipped with more advanced chipsets, but the new chips will also be backwards compatible with existing boards. This, however, requires manufacturers to provide BIOS updates for existing stock, something Asus is wasting no time in distributing.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Ryzen 7 7800X3D review, Best gaming CPU, Radeon RX 7800 XT review

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:20 PM
     Half-Life YouTuber starts campaign to stop publishers destroying games

The creator of iconic Half-Life YouTube series Freeman's Mind has launched a new campaign against publishers that close, shutdown, or otherwise bar access to videogames that players have already purchased. Ross Scott, also known via his YouTube channel name Accursed Farms, previously announced that he was considering ways to bring legal attention to this industry-wide practice after Ubisoft confirmed it would close servers for racing game The Crew on Sunday March 31. With that date now passed, Scott has launched a new website called Stop Killing Games, which outlines the campaign's objectives while guiding would-be supporters to a variety of platforms that they may use to protest or petition "the practice of publishers destroying videogames they have sold to customers."

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:53 AM
     Warzone and MW3 Battle Pass sectors, rewards, and Blackcell explained

How does the Battle Pass work in MW3? Most service games now come with a Battle Pass as standard, and it's one of the best ways to keep yourself coming back to your favorite game time and time again. Cool new skins, in-game currency, and other rewards to show off your prowess… they're pretty much the main reason we game.

Call of Duty MW3 and Warzone Season 3 is here, and with it comes another battle pass to work through. Read on to learn how to earn Battle Pass rewards, the best sectors to work towards, and all the new weapons in the latest MW3 Battle Pass.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: MW3 review, MW3 zombies, MW3 guns

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:46 AM
     How to play Minecraft snapshots – snapshot 24w14a

How do you install and play a Minecraft snapshot? These snapshots are the very first iteration of Minecraft updates, and are a way for Mojang to test out bug fixes, technical changes, and new mechanics before officially rolling them out. Anyone with the Java edition of the creative game can try these features without any risk to your current world, so let's find out how to be the first to try the next big Minecraft update.

During Minecraft Live each year, the next big Minecraft update is revealed to the community. In past years, we've had the likes of the Caves and Cliffs update, The Wild Update, and the Trails and Tales update - each of them overhauling the base game with new Minecraft biomes, blocks, and mobs. Since these updates come with so much new content, they need to be tested out first, and that's where Minecraft snapshots come in. Use them to test out new experimental features before anyone else, and feedback to Mojang if you have any issues. It's a win-win situation.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Minecraft seeds, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:44 AM
     Best clicker games 2024

What are the best clicker and idle games? Also known as 'incremental' or 'idle' games, the name betrays certain expectations: click your mouse, get a tiny reward, and repeat until you can make the process more efficient and lucrative. Once relegated to the dark corners of Itch.io and Kongregate, the genre has grown in popularity in recent years, and marketplaces like Steam are bursting at the seams with new idle, clicker, and incremental games for you to try.

Luckily, you have PCGamesN to help you find the best clicker games worth playing. The very best ones manage to distill high-complexity concepts into a series of single clicks and automation, and while they might not be among the best PC games for their depth or storylines, they're certainly among the most relaxing games to play for a calming few hours or more. They're also often free, so if you're looking for a low-budget alternative to the best free PC games, you may find an idle game that suits your tastes.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:24 AM
     Legends of Crusader Kings 3 aims to make grand strategy approachable

There's a good chance you've heard about Crusader Kings 3, and that's probably because players who love it (like me) rarely stop talking about it. However, like the rest of Paradox Development Studio's grand strategy catalog, it can feel overwhelming at first - there's just so much to take in that starting out can be daunting. Well, good news: Paradox has launched a new effort to introduce some of the notable leaders featured in the game in a way that makes picking up their stories feel a bit more manageable - and maybe even exciting.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Crusader Kings 3 DLC guide, Best Crusader Kings 3 mods, Crusader Kings 3 review

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:22 AM
     New Warzone Rebirth Island map and points of interest

What is the new Warzone Rebirth Island map? Since the return of Fortune's Keep in season 2 - and, well, long before, actually - fans of the battle royale have been clamoring for Rebirth Island to also be brought back. Now, our prayers have been answered.

With Warzone Season 3, and MW3 Season 3 with it, Rebirth Island is back in the battle royale game. Like Fortune's Keep before it, there are some familiar POIs - and some new ones, as well. If you want to check out what's changed, and whether your favorite POI remains in the beloved Warzone map, we've got each of the 11 Rebirth Island POIs.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Warzone loadouts, Best AR in Warzone , The best guns in Warzone

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:19 AM
     New Warhammer game that

Despite much preferring the grimdark world of Warhammer 40k, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Realms of Ruin somehow drew me in. Between the promise of a potential new Dawn of War and the stunning trailers, RoR looked like the perfect tide-over until Space Marine 2, yet it released to middling reviews and has arguably struggled to make its mark.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best strategy games, Best RTS games, Best Warhammer games

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:16 AM
     Your next SSD could read at 60.5GB/s, thanks to PCIe 7

We've still yet to see a gaming GPU that supports PCIe 5.0, but that hasn't stopped people working hard on not only this interface's successor but the one that comes after it. The official first draft for version 0.5 the PCIe 7.0 spec has now been released, and the performance numbers inside it are astounding.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:45 AM
     Some MSI motherboards are reportedly failing due to cracked chipsets

For decades, MSI motherboards have been rightly celebrated for their features, quality, and value. However, it appears that some models equipped with the Intel Z790 chipset may be at risk of failure following the discovery of cracks in the platform controller hub (PCH), affecting multiple boards.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:44 AM
     This wooden-fronted tiny gaming PC is coming for your game consoles

Not to stoke the fires of a never-ending online battle, but this wooden small form factor PC is an amazing example of how you can make a gaming PC look just as nice, and perform even better, than your standard home console. It uses a Lian Li A4-H20 case, which is smaller than PlayStation 5, yet it houses an RTX 4090 and large water-cooling radiator and pump.

Thanks to our rapidly growing PC building Facebook page, we've seen many custom gaming PCs, from mods based on existing case designs to scratch PC builds. You can even submit yours for consideration right here. Here we chat to Etienne about how they assembled and designed this SFF PC build.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:45 AM
     MW3 and Warzone Season 3 release date and details

When is the new MW3 and Warzone season release date? Both Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone are constantly changing, and whether you're a fan of the free-to-play battle royale, the many MW3 multiplayer modes, or all of the above, there's something new to enjoy with the arrival of each new season.

Warzone, the battle royale game, has received a considerable update with Season 3, as a beloved map finally returns, while Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer gets its usual update, with new maps and modes. The latest battle pass, meanwhile, features more new weapons and operator skins, including Snoop Dogg, as he makes a return to Call of Duty. Snooooop, and everything else coming to Warzone and Modern Warfare 3 season 2, can be found below.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:28 AM
     Best Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations – class tier list

What are the best Dragon's Dogma 2 classes? Known officially as vocations, these archetypes define how your character plays as you explore Capcom's expansive open world, slaying griffins and goblins galore. From basic vocations like Archers and Mages to advanced roles such as the Mystic Spearhand and Trickster, there's a lot to consider when picking your class, choosing which to put effort into leveling up, and which vocation to pick for your Pawn to complement your pros and cons.

The Dragon's Dogma 2 vocation system gives you a ton of different ways to approach the RPG game, but which is the best? We have all the information on Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, including a tier list detailing the most powerful classes. Before you jump in, check out the Dragon's Dogma 2 system requirements to make sure your system can handle the amount of destruction you'll likely wreak on your enemies.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:21 AM
     Doors codes April 2024

April 3, 2024: We're looking for new codes for the DRAKOBLOXXERS update to Doors Retro Mode.

What are the new Doors codes? Doors is a horror game on the Roblox platform that's not for the faint of heart – especially if you're sensitive to jump scares. Your goal is to advance through a series of doors while avoiding the terrifying entities that give chase. Thankfully, our list of the latest Doors codes is here to help you reach Door 100 in one piece.

The latest Doors codes unlock a trove of additional supplies in the Roblox game - including Knobs, Revives, and Boosts - so be sure to redeem them before they expire. We've also included a step-by-step guide on how to redeem Doors codes. Bring some levity to the spooky escape room by tuning your radio to the best Roblox song IDs. If you're a Roblox enthusiast, our Shinobi Life 2 codes and Project Mugetsu codes are sure to be of value.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:16 AM
     Death Ball codes April 2024

April 3, 2024: There's a big new update in the works so we're searching for any new Death Ball codes to go with it.

What are the new Death Ball codes? If you're looking for some free gems to afford the anime-inspired skin of your dreams or the best blades and skills you need to keep up with the competition, then you've come to the right place as we're here with some codes to help you win a round of Death Ball.

Of course, this is a very similar game to one of the most popular Roblox experiences out there, but with an anime twist. Incidentally, we have all the latest freebies in one place if you're looking for the latest Blade Ball codes, and if you prefer anime gems, these some Haze Piece codes, Fruits Battlegrounds codes, or Anime Champions Simulator codes will get you free stuff there too.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:14 AM
     Da Hood codes April 2024

April 3, 2024: We're searching for any new Da Hood codes that might have dropped for Easter.

What are the new Da Hood codes? You need tons of cash to equip yourself with the best weapons on these mean streets, whether you're a criminal ransacking banks and shops across the city or a cop trying to stop this crime spree in its tracks. No matter if you decide to side with the robbers or cops, you'll find that having lots of cash can help you take advantage.

Da Hood is a third-person shooter game you can play on the Roblox platform, and you can earn cash by either robbing places or catching criminals in the act. If you need further freebies, we've also got the latest Blox Fruits codes, Anime Adventures codes, and Shindo Life codes to redeem.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:08 AM
     The new Paradox strategy game is struggling on Steam

With Frostpunk 2 on the way, whispers of Civilization 7, and sleeper hits like Manor Lords imminently inbound, it's tough out there in the strategy game world. Both as a publisher and a developer, Paradox has a superb reputation, thanks to Crusader Kings, Stellaris, and Cities Skylines - Cities Skylines 2 might have some troubles right now, but there still remains every hope those can be turned around. Nevertheless, the studio's latest strategy opus is struggling to gain traction on Steam. We liked it, and it puts a smart spin on the entire genre. But with middling user reviews and a sloping player count, there's a chance Paradox's latest could be overlooked.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:07 AM
     Best Dragon's Dogma 2 Pawn Specializations

What are Pawn Specializations in Dragon's Dogma 2? Pawn Specializations are, first and foremost, a way to give your Pawn more utility outside of combat, though some specializations do prove useful while battling a swarm of goblins. They're difficult to obtain, however, and it's not always entirely clear which specialization is right for your Pawn, or which specializations you want on the Pawns you hire from the rift. We'll do our best to answer those questions below.

Want to know more about Pawns in Dragon's Dogma 2? You're in luck, as we've gone ahead and explained all you need to know about Dragon's Dogma 2 Pawns. Do be warned, however, that Pawns cannot become every class in the game – you'd better brush up on the 10 Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations before getting too ahead of yourself with specializations.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 9:43 AM
     Save over $240 on Steam Deck games in this month's Humble Choice

If you've just purchased a Steam Deck, or have owned one since launch, it can be overwhelming trying to find great games to play on the go. This isn't because there aren't many choices, but quite the opposite. I've found that one of the best ways around this dilemma is to take out a Humble Choice subscription, largely due to the sheer volume of Steam Deck supported games being offered in recent months.

April's Humble Choice games are available now, and it shows another strong month of support for the best handheld gaming PC. Of the eight titles included, three are certified playable while five are verified. This sees the continuation of a trend where Humble Choice continues to offer great value for Steam Deck owners like me, who want to find new games to play.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 9:38 AM
     Genshin Impact tier list April 2024: the best characters in 4.5

Looking for a Genshin Impact tier list? There are currently 82 Genshin Impact characters available, providing you with a wide variety of candidates to construct your dream team. But with so many weapons, elementals, talents, ascension bonuses, and constellation upgrades, finding your favorites can be challenging.

Don't let the placement of the characters on our Genshin Impact tier list deter you from pulling on the next character banner. While base stats and elemental abilities are important, the value of a character also depends on personal playstyle, available weapons and artifacts, and team composition. It doesn't matter if your favorite Genshin Impact character is on one of the lower tiers; you can still make it work with our recommended Genshin Impact builds. Being on a lower tier in the free PC game means that there are better alternatives, or the character needs a very specific build or team to shine. We've spent hundreds of hours trying different variations of teams in Spiral Abyss to establish who the best characters are in Genshin Impact.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, April 3, 2024 9:32 AM
     Is V Rising Steam Deck compatible?

Is V Rising Steam Deck compatible? On rare occasions, games can be deemed playable on Steam Deck, even though they have some pretty basic issues that plague the experience. V Rising is unfortunately one such case, as there is no controller support, meaning navigating your castle grounds is sometimes more hassle than it's worth.

While the Steam Deck is easily the best handheld gaming PC we've tested, it's not perfect, and V Rising is a game that exposes the game compatibility rating system.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:38 PM

Presumably, the remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic can't hold up a newspaper with today's date to prove that it is actually doing okay and hasn't been quietly disposed of in a tax report somewhere, Warner Bros-style. As such, it falls to the head of current developers Saber Interactive to promise that the long-in-the-works Star Wars game is still "alive and well".

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:11 PM

Despite seemingly escaping the Embrace(r) of death through their sale to Take-Two at the end of last month, Gearbox Entertainment haven't quite emerged unscathed. The studio has confirmed a number of layoffs shortly after the announcement of the sale, while clarifying that no positions related to the development of games were affected.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:35 PM

Vampire survival game V Rising has been kicking around in early access for a couple of years now, so there's a good chance you may have already picked it up. If you haven't but are curious to give it a go, you might want to grab it sooner than later. Ahead of the game's full 1.0 launch, its price tag will be permanently raised to almost twice its previous cost.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:53 AM

Earlier today Tom Betts - founder of Nullpointer and former lead programmer at The Signal From Tolva developers Big Robot - emailed me about his new game The Horror At Highrook. In the space of a single, rollercoaster paragraph, Betts earned my curiosity by describing himself as a fellow Soul Reaver enthusiast, lost it again by criticising Soul Reaver's camera - such insolence! - and earned it swiftly back by mentioning that he's from Yorkshire. Then, he upgraded my curiosity into attention by describing The Horror At Highrook as a "clockwork narrative" horror experience that takes inspiration from Poe, Stoker and Lovecraft on the one hand, and from boardgames, wiki-hunting and escape rooms on the other.

This is a heady brew indeed. Also, there appears to be a cat in the game called Mr Tubbs, described as a "portly grey barrel of fur". I entertain suspicions of Mr Tubbs. What fell secrets lurk behind his perfectly groomed exterior? Anyway, here's the trailer.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:28 AM

With a desktop version of the RTX 4050 looking less likely with every turn o' the Earth, the true entry-level GPU among Nvidia's current generation solely remains in the realm of gaming laptops. It's also, I'll admit, overdue some consideration on RPS. Between the lack of cheap graphics cards among the desktop RTX 40 series, the year-and-a-bit that DLSS 3 has had to grow its compatible games library, and the Steam Deck reminding everyone that portable, low-end gaming can still be pleasurable, now seems like the RTX 4050's time to shine. Or, at the very least, gently twinkle.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:06 AM

Do you remember the noughties fan warz over which game had the best terrain destruction physics? The victors of that particular forum skirmish were probably DICE's Battlefield games, with their woozy Frostbitten cinematography and dependable multiplayer tactic of having a whole team focus fire on a single capture point, gradually reducing it to stumps of foundation. But leftier souls may have preferred Volition's (RIP) Red Faction series, the third of which, Red Faction: Guerrilla, featured a granular demolition engine that you bash apart whole bases with a sledgehammer.

Well, Guerrilla's lead tech designer Luke Schneider is still in the architecture-ruining business: his and Radiangames's latest, the hopefully self-explanatory Instruments Of Destruction, leaves Steam early access on May 10th, 2024. Here's the 1.0 trailer.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 8:31 AM

It's a fond hope, a fool's hope, but perhaps 2024 will be remembered not as the year of Yet More Layoffs, but the year of Unexpected Hits. Surprise record-setters like Palworld, which I don't especially like, Helldivers 2, which I rather enjoy, and now Content Warning, which I'm still figuring out. If you missed it, the co-op horror game released on Monday with a temporary free promotion, and racked up a 200,000-player Steam concurrency last night. Published by Totally Accurate Battle Simulator outfit Landfall, it's sort of like Lethal Company in being about venturing into horrible places as a wibbly-wobbly defenceless explorer, but rather than gathering scrap for resale, you're filming yourself and the monsters in a bid to publish a viral "SpookTube" video, with tuber celebrity translating into cash for new equipment.

Each video is edited together automatically from your footage and accompanying voicechat, once you return from each trip to the Old World, and you can watch it all on an in-game monitor with a mocked-up chat feed and viewcount. It's a pungent, potted commentary on the machinations of Youtube celebrity, with heady notes of "cautionary tale about algorithmic content generation" and "cautionary tale about people endangering or hurting themselves being a dependable source of views". Urgh, I can feel an op-ed coming on. In the meantime, here's how the developers - a team of only five - are updating Content Warning following its launch success.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 8:00 AM

"It almost feels like proof-of-concept for a first-person Prince of Persia game, with an ever-so-gentle dusting of Portal," our Edwin said after playing free first-person platformer Grimhook when it launched in December. It's a cracking little game, parkouring about with the help of supernatural powers and a grappling hook, but ends right as it feels like it's getting started. I'd certainly be up for three hours of this, so how splendid to hear that the developers are planning to make a "complete" and fancier experience.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 7:27 AM

I have spent most of my working life looking at efforts to breach the FPS event horizon, and going 'OMG who cares, they literally all look the same?'. People like our hardware editor James then point and laugh at me, as an objectively wrong person. But according to a small study highlighted by the Guardian, I might have been right too! Turns out there's evidence that we might all see life at different FPS. That player might not be cheating, he might just experience Fortnite at a speed you don't.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 7:12 AM

The PC and console market grew by 2.6% to $93.5 billion in revenue last year, according to a new report by video games date company Newzoo (cheers, Kotaku!) That's good, right? Growth is universally a good thing, otherwise all those nice, dead-eyed men in suits wouldn't keep saying it was. You can't just lie about growth, that's a business crime. However, here's some slightly more worrying news, depending on how much you value new ideas: Of all the game time that gamers spent gaming in quantifiable Big Year for Gaming 2023, just 20% of that time was gamed on games other than the 66 specific games mentioned in the report.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, April 3, 2024 6:46 AM

The Elder Scrolls Online is the elephant in the room where discussions of The Elder Scrolls 6 are concerned, though calling it an elephant is obviously missing the opportunity for a banger lore joke – "dragon", perhaps, or even "Numidium"? Launched back in 2014 after seven years in development, ESO's hybrid of deceptively single-player-ish Elder Scrolls presentation with MMO fixtures attracted a lukewarm response, initially. "At its best The Elder Scrolls Online looks like a faithful addition to the lore," intoned Brendy in our own launch impressions. "At its worst it is a derivative and uninventive anachronism."

ZeniMax Online have made big strides with the game over the years, however - binning off monthly subscriptions and introducing a "level-free" format in the One Tamriel update in 2016. ESO has also swelled and sprouted steadily as a work of geography and history, with major chapters introducing areas hitherto only mentioned in dusty collectible tomes, or creatively reintroducing locations from the single player series – the forthcoming Gold Road expansion, out in June 2024, takes us to the West Weald in Cyrodiil, an area last seen in The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion.

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Twinfinite Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:50 PM
Hope they give me more gacha rolls.

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These codes are legen, wait for it, dary!

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While Rise of the Ronin is a great game, there are a few aspects where it falls short.

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Never say no to freebies.

Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 2:00 PM

Genshin Impact Genius Invokation TCG Prince Cup Prize Pool Is $60,000

HoYoVerse announced the Genshin Impact Genius Invokation TCG Astra Carnival: The Prince Cup 2024 Atlantic and Pacific region dates. It also noted that the total prize pool for the competition tied to the minigame in each region is $60,000. 

To participate, people in the Americas and Europe need to sign up for the Atlantic region. Those in Asia will need to go to the Pacific form. You must be at Player Level 7, be 18, join the Discord, and have earned 15 Genius Invokation TCG Character Cards in Genshin Impact. Both regions' registration periods are only open until April 15, 2024. The Atlantic region Wild Card competition runs April 26-28, 2024, while the Pacific one takes place between May 17-19, 2024. If someone registers and competes in at least one match online, they get 160 Primogems. 

There are no dates yet for the Regular Season or Knockout Stage for the top 32 and top 8 players. The Atlantic side's Regular season should be held between May and June 2024, with the Knockout Stage in July 2024. Meanwhile, the Pacific one will again follow with the Regular season in June through July 2024 and Knockout in August 2024.  

Only the top players will end up earning money in this TCG tournament. The champions for the Atlantic and Pacific regions will each get $16,000. People who come in second get $8,000. Third place finishers get $5,000.  Those in fourth get $3,800. The people who ended up in fifth and sixth each get $2,400. The seventh and eighth place players get $1,600 each. Everyone in 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th place will get $1,200 each. Finally, those who finished between 17th and 32nd place will get $600.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Genius Invokation TCG minigame is available in Mondstadt after people reach Adventure Rank 32 and finish the Archon Quest Prologue quests. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:30 PM

Moonstone Island Fishbo Fishbolution Spirits Teased

On April Fools' Day 2024, Moonstone Island developers Studio Supersoft joked that there would be Fishbo inspired "Fishbolutions" for other Spirits in the game. Now, due to the response to the joke, it looks like they are being implemented into the game.

First, here's the actual April Fools' Day joke. The developer said if the trailer got 1,000 likes, it would actually make it happen. 


On April 2, 2024, the social media account updated with an "uh oh" message, suggesting it would happen.


Now on April 3, 2024, it seems progress is being made on creating Fishbolution Spirits for Moonstone Island. So far, only Flambit and Wolfbane versions seem to be done. It is unknown how many Spirits could get this treatment and when we could end up seeing them implemented into the game via a patch.


Fishbo has become one of the mascots for Moonstone Island. So much so that a plush was actually made. On Makeship, a campaign started in October 2023 and resulted in stuffed versions of the characters shipping out in 2024. That toy ended up selling out.

Moonstone Island is available on PCs, and it will also eventually come to the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2024. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 1:00 PM

FFVII Ever Crisis Cait Sith Trailer Calls to Mind the Original Game

Square Enix and Applibot are continuing its rollout of introductory materials for Cait Sith in Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, and the latest trailer draws inspiration from the original FFVII. It shows how he meets and forces his way into the party.

The video begins with the line, "I'm comin' with you, no matter what you say!" This is a reference to the way the character joins in the original Final Fantasy VII. The joining is handled a bit differently in the FFVII Rebirth remake. After that, we see Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Yuffie, and Red XIII meet Cait Sith in the Gold Saucer arcade. After establishing his role as a fortune-telling machine, we see him and the party running from Dio at the amusement park. In the segment after that, we get to watch the Dice Limit Break in action during a fight in the Corel Prison area.

Here's the full FFVII Ever Crisis Cait Sith trailer.


Initially, Square Enix's April Fools' Day joke for 2024 was that Reeve Tuesti would be playable in Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis. However, shortly after the company confirmed it would be Cait Sith who would join the roster on April 3, 2024 worldwide and April 4, 2024 in Japan. It showed off how he'd look in-game and confirmed there will be a weapon banner with equipment for both him and Tifa.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is available for the PC and mobile devices. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:30 PM

seiko mickey mouse clock header

Seiko will release a clock of Mickey Mouse from July 6, 2024. It will be a very limited release, with only ten units available, and it'll cost 11 million JPY ($72,460). [Thanks, Famitsu!]

You can check out the trailer for this clock here:


This is a mechanical clock that weighs over 15 kilograms. It works by having a marble travel along the back of the device, with its weight moving the hands of the clock. In terms of what you'll actually be seeing, the clock's hands are Mickey Mouse's arms so it looks like he's pointing the time out to you. Classic Disney characters like Minnie, Donald, and Goofy appear on the face as silhouettes as well. Finally, "It all begins with dreams," which is a quote from Walt Disney, is at the base of the clock.

You can check out the clock on Seiko's website. Since it's not out yet, no one can order or pre-order it. Due to the fact that it's a decor clock, Seiko has a contact form for you to make an appointment. This will allow you the opportunity to see the item in person, just in case it's not what you expected from the pictures or video.

The Seiko Mickey Mouse clock will come out on July 6, 2024. Other Seiko collaboration products include watches of Cinnamoroll and Chainsaw Man.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:15 PM

Unicorn Overlord sequel will be included in Atlus TGS 2023 Media Briefing Which 2023 best Game Announcement Are You Most Thankful For

Atlus released a Unicorn Overlord survey targeting people in Asia that asked about a sequel. Specifically, it asked if the people participating in the poll would buy a follow-up to the strategy game.

Much of the survey is fairly typical. It asks for demographic information to start. Even though this is a questionnaire designed for people living in countries in Asia, the second page of questions does allow someone to say they are from a "non-Asian region." Many of the questions after that ask if people played other Atlus games or similar strategy titles like Triangle Strategy or Valkyria Chronicles. It also asks about platforms people play on, how they get their news about games.

It's near the very end of the Unicorn Overlord survey that the question about a possible sequel comes up. After someone offers feedback on the quality of the game, a question asks, "Do you plan on purchasing any sequels to 'Unicorn Overlord'if they were to be made?" Someone can then choose from responses that range from "very likely" to "very unlikely."

Here's a screenshot of the question in the survey.

So far, Unicorn Overlord seems to be a success for Vanillaware and Atlus. On April 1, 2024, the companies announced it passed 500,000 copies sold worldwide. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:00 PM

final fantasy pixel remaster cafe square enix

The Square Enix cafe will hold a Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series collaboration event. More information will come out in the future.

This news came from the official Square Enix cafe website. While we do not know when the event will take place, it seems that it will be in the summer. According to the description on the website, the cafe predicts that it will be "yet another hot summer."

Collaboration events at the Square Enix cafe usually includes a limited time menu based on characters, monsters, and such from a particular game. For example, in February 2024, the cafe had a collaboration event with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, featuring items like Zack's Seafood Pizza and drinks based off main characters like Cloud and Sephiroth.

The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series is a remake series of the first six Final Fantasy games. They're available on platforms like Windows PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Aside from updated graphics from the original, these games have new features such as being able to switch between two soundtracks. Square Enix also fixed a lot of existing bugs in these versions.

The Square Enix cafe in Japan will hold a Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series collaboration event some time in the summer.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:45 AM

DLSite Credit Card

Doujin and fan-works seller DLSite announced that it is suspending the use of Visa and Mastercard credit cards on its service. While described as a temporary suspension, no date was given for when it might be lifted.

Parent company EISYS announced the suspension via its website, but did not go into detail on why those particular cards were suspended or when it would be lifted. The company apologized to its customers for the inconvenience, and suggested using alternative cards like JCB and American Express in the meantime.

DLSite, originally called Soft Island, was founded back in 1996 as a shop focusing on selling doujin and other fanworks. The site has since expanded and now offers games, ASMR, and other software in addition to just doujinshi and manga.

You can read the full statement from EISYS below.

Thank you very much for your patronage of our services.

We regret to inform you that, as of 18:00 (JST) April 3rd, 2024, use of Visa and Mastercard will be temporarily suspended.

While this suspension is in place, please use an alternative transaction method or a different supported credit card brand, such as JCB or American Express.

We ask for your understanding of the circumstances and apologize for any inconvenience this may be.

Back in May, 2023, DLSite also announced it would stop selling works made with AI in some genres, though the site now appears to list such works under their own category. Then, in October of that year, the site also announced it would begin supporting several new languages including Thai and Bahasa Indonesia, for which it was looking to hire translators.

DLSite has temporarily suspended the use of Visa and Mastercard Credit cards until further notice.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:30 AM

unicorn overlord acoustic arrangement

Sample songs from the Unicorn Overlord acoustic arrangement album are available online to listen to. In total, the album will consist of eight tracks from the game. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

All of the samples are available on YouTube. As a reference, this CD will be a miniature album for Unicorn Overlord, and it'll come out on May 10, 2024. This is an exclusive item from Ebten, which means that you can only purchase it from there. Each sample is about thirty seconds long.

You can check them out here:


This miniature album includes six new acoustic arrangements from the game, as well as two tracks that appeared during the 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Orchestra Concert 2024 ReSTART event that took place in February 2024. The track list for the sample video is:

  1. "Albion -Scattered Autumn Leaves-"
  2. "Drakenhold -Rugged Mountain Range-"
  3. "Elheim -Spirits of the Deep Forest-"
  4. "Bastorias -Blizzard-"
  5. "Main Theme"

Unicorn Overlord is a TRPG that Vanillaware released in 2024. It focuses on Alain, an exiled prince who has to take the land of Fevrith from the Zenoiran Empire. While it's similar to Fire Emblem with its setting and play style, Unicorn Overlord takes place in real time. However, you can pause the game to strategize or check the current situation.

Unicorn Overlord is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X. The Unicorn Overlord acoustic arrangement album will come out on May 10, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 11:00 AM

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The console and Windows PC demo for SaGa Emerald Beyond will come out at midnight on April 4, 2024 in Japan, with the worldwide release following. Your playable protagonist will change depending on what system you play on. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

Those who play the demo on the Nintendo Switch will get to play as Ameya. Her story focuses on her double life as a normal student and a witch-in-training. However, she loses her magic right before her witch-in-training graduation exam, forcing her to go on an adventure to get it back.

Those on the PS4 and PS5 will play as Tsunanori Mido. He is a member of the prestigious Mido family and can control animated puppets, or kugutsu. He and his kugutsu must travel to various worlds to seek four elemental spirits and restore order.

Finally, those who play on Steam will play as Diva No 5. She is a singing mech but after she sang a forbidden song, she lost her memory and her ability to sing. After that, she abandons her body. These three in the demo are not the only protagonists that you'll be able to play as in the final version of SaGa Emerald Beyond.

SaGa Emerald Beyond is a new standalone RPG from the SaGa series. In it, you'll be able to play as five protagonists with their own stories and goals. It'll feature seventeen unique worlds, which you can access via the Beyond.

SaGa Emerald Beyond will come out on April 25, 2024 for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:30 AM

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It looks like April Fools' Day went on for another few days, as several Hololive VTubers reported that they were unable to change their usernames on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, back to what they originally were. They'd changed their usernames to funny ones for the holiday. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

As of the time of writing, some of these Hololive usernames are still the same as they were on April Fools' Day. Their handles (the name that follows the @ mark) are the same, so people should still be able to find them on Twitter (X). These are translations of the new usernames for the Hololive VTubers:

  • Minato Aqua: Atishigani (Real)
  • Natsuiro Matsuri: Natsuiro Matsuri (5) - the username is all in hiragana, as a joke that she is a five-year-old who can't write her own name in kanji yet
  • Roboco: Hageeboo Hololive Generation 0
  • Sakura Miko: Mikodanyee
  • Shirakami Fubuki: White Burinyan ♡ My Oshi-P's the Best

The reason for this is because these are all verified accounts on Twitter. After Musk's takeover of Twitter, in which he changed the verification system, Twitter will have to check a user's account again if they make changes to their profiles. It's estimated that the Hololive livers will need to live with the above names for about a week. However, when this happened to Rosemi Lovelock and her Katsuhiro Harada joke and picture, it was restored after about a day.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 10:00 AM

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The Android version of Suika Game, also known as the Watermelon Game, will come out in mid-April 2024. Pre-registration is now open on Google Play. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

As a reminder, searching up Suika Game or Watermelon Game in Google Play will result in a person seeing a lot of clones. If you want the Aladdin X Inc version, someone should use the direct link or visit from the company's Twitter (X) account. Once you pre-register for the game, Google should inform you as to when you can download it onto your device.

While Suika Game came out in December 2021 for the Nintendo Switch—then itself using a concept from January 2021's Merge Big Watermelon—it flew under the radar. It became popular in 2023 after major VTubers and streamers popularized it on YouTube and other similar platforms. Paid DLC and an iOS version for the game appeared in early 2024. The concept of the game focuses on dropping fruits that would merge into larger ones. Because the fruits could roll around in various ways, it added an extra layer of strategy as to how you would approach the game.

Suika Game is readily available on the Nintendo Switch and iOS devices. The Android version of Suika Game will come out in mid-April 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 9:30 AM

nintendo live tokyo 2024 man arrested murder threats

Police in Kyoto arrested the man who sent murder threats to Nintendo back in late 2023. The culprit is a worker for the local government in the Ibaraki Prefecture. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

For reference, Nintendo was supposed to hold several large-scale events in December 2023. These events included the Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo, as well as the Splatoon Koushien 2023. As well, Nintendo had to stream its live concert from the Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo to an empty audience at a later date. This was all because the arrested man in question sent in messages, threatening to murder the staff and guests.

The police have not put out a statement yet in regards to the man's motives. At the current time, we only know that he is a man in his twenties. According to the investigation, he used the contact form on the Nintendo homepage to send multiple threatening messages. The police have also arrested him due to obstruction of business. As mentioned above, as a result of the man's threats, Nintendo had to cancel plenty of major events.

Originally, the Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo event would have taken place in early January 2024, whereas the Splatoon Koushien 2023 would have been earlier in December 2023. Of particular note is the Splatoon Koushien 2023 cancellation. The winner of the tournament would have become the Japanese representative for the Splatoon 3 World Championship 2024. As a result, since there was no Japanese representative who won in December 2023, the World Championship—as well as the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online challenge finals and 2024 World Championship—has been postponed as well.

More information on the culprit, as well as his sentencing, will come out in the near future.

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Siliconera Wednesday, April 3, 2024 9:00 AM

FFXIV Ark Mount Collector's Edition FFIX

Players who pre-order and purchase the $59.99 Collector's Edition of FFXIV Dawntrail get a few different bonuses as part of their collection. One of the major bonuses, and perhaps the most important one, is the FFXIV Ark Mount. I would argue this bonus alone makes the entire collection worth it.

The Collector's Edition costs about $20 more than the fifth expansion for the long-running MMORPG. I purchased the Collector's Edition for the last few expansions, because the mounts that come with them are often among the best in the entire game. Fortunately, Square Enix is not changing that status quo with Dawntrail. However, this might be the most lucrative Collector's Edition mount yet.

In the past, we got mounts like the Syldra in Stormblood and the Grani in Shadowbringers. Basically all of these special items look utterly fantastic, with the case of Endwalker's Arion being another fantastic example. However, while they look great, they don't usually have much to offer in terms of lore. In fact, I would say that these Collector's Edition mounts could connect more to the expansions they are tied to or at least offer something different.

That is, fortunately, the case with the new Ark Mount in FFXIV Dawntrail. Veteran Final Fantasy fans will recognize this mount as an exact replica of the Ark eidolon in Final Fantasy IX. It is the ultimate summon in that game. It was known for being most powerful and offering some incredible visuals. Its defining features come from its airship style, which can transform into a mecha form.

This Collector's Edition mount possesses those same qualities. It appears as a basic airship while players fly around in it, but you can also transform it into its mech form as well. This alone makes the Collector's Edition worth buying to me, as the other mounts in the past didn't have this level of transformation and flexibility. This almost feels like two different mounts in one.

In addition, it fulfills my desire to enjoy some much-needed lore. Unlike the other expansions' offerings, it ties directly into a past game, complete with all of the pure nostalgia that comes with that. I feel it is by far the most desirable mount out of the various Collector's Editions we've had up until this point. Not to mention, this mount presumably has some ties to future FFXIV content or even a possible FFIX remake.

I know that I can't wait for either of those to happen, so getting the FFXIV Ark mount in the meantime will make the wait worth it. There are two ways to get the Ark mount. The first is to pre-order the $59.99 Collector's Edition of Dawntrail before launch. However, if you don't get it before launch, not all hope is lost. There will be a Digital Collector's Edition upgrade after the fact available anytime on the Mogstation. I should note that there are some pre-order items available immediately. However, this mount won't become available until the full expansion release on July 2, 2024.

Final Fantasy XIV is available right now for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. The fifth expansion, Dawntrail, will release on July 2, 2024.

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