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GamersHeroes Tuesday, June 4, 2024 2:44 PM

Players can take advantage of a number of RDO$ and XP opportunities throughout June in Rockstar Games' Red Dead Online.

The post 4X RDO$, XP, and Additional Bonuses This Week in Red Dead Online appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:09 AM

A cooperative digital adaptation of the hit board game, Rock Manor Games and Mega Cat Studios have announced the Kickstarter and Steam launch of Maximum Apocalypse: The Video Game.

The post Maximum Apocalypse: The Video Game Announced appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:13 AM

Featuring a resume that spans the worlds of anime, gaming, and Twitch streaming, Kira Buckland is a standout voice actor in the space today. During FanimeCon 2024, Gamers Heroes sat down with her to talk about her wide range of work, cats, and how she engages with her "cowmunity."

The post Kira Buckland Interview: The Voice of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Jolyne Cujoh Shares Her Thoughts on Voice Acting appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:50 PM

I don't think I will ever get over the death of SSX. While EA's extreme snowboarding series isn't officially in the ground, there hasn't been an entry since 2012. Yet the franchise still looms large in many gamers' minds, including mine. That is especially true of 2001's SSX Tricky, an arcadey snowboarding game…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:28 PM

XDefiant, Ubisoft's new, Call of Duty-like free-to-play shooter, has been out for about two weeks now and I've spent a lot of time playing it. I'm not an expert. I don't claim to be one. But I do think I can offer some tips for both new players and vets about how to play better while also having fun and helping your…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 2:30 PM

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Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:50 PM

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has a wide variety of spells, abilities, and other unique ways you can defeat, steal from, or even transform your enemies. Morph materia provides one such unique ability called, you guessed it, Morph. While you can definitely get through Rebirth's campaign without using this ability, it can…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:40 PM

Pokémon has a rich history and spans across several mediums like video games, trading cards, merchandise, and more. So it would, in theory, be a perfect fit for fan conventions. The Pokémon Company hosts plenty of its own events like Go Fest for Pokémon Go fans and its World Championship tournaments for competitive…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:15 PM

As you explore the many biomes in Shared Memory's hit metroidvania Animal Well, you'll come across at least one enigmatic pillar simply called "Circular Recess." The game gives you no explicit clue about what to do here, and you don't need to solve these puzzles to complete the first "layer" of the game. This might…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:57 PM

The ModRetro Chromatic is the latest attempt to cash in on retro nostalgia. It's a slick-looking Game Boy Color knockoff that competes with the bespoke and perennially out-of-stock Analogue Pocket by playing all of your original Game Boy cartridges. The main difference is that the ModRetro Chromatic is being sold and…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:40 PM

Hey, late-stage capitalism has reached a new and depressing milestone: Digital stores run by real people.


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:30 PM

With less than three weeks until the release of Shadow of the Erdtree, fans are clamoring for information on the expansion. The one and only DLC for FromSoftware's award-winning action RPG Elden Ring is the big release of the summer, dropping on June 21. While we've had a couple of teases of the expansion's new gamepla…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:20 AM

It's hard to believe, but Destiny has been around just shy of ten years, and today's launch of The Final Shape marks the conclusion of the series' current saga. As players get ready to dive into this final campaign against the Witness and usher Destiny 2 into a new era, they're also fondly remembering the last ten…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:00 AM

No matter how much a game might try to teach you its rules, some people will just never learn. And hey, there's nothing wrong with a game not being for everybody! But what happens when the player just wants to be difficult? In the case of new indie dungeon crawler Cryptmaster, the game's titular narrator and guide…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:40 AM

It's almost time for this year's not-E3, Summer Game Fest. Geoff Keighley's annual World Premierathon, and several ostensibly unrelated events orbit it, pile vast mountains of gaming news upon us. For a breakdown of everything going down in the next week, check out this handy dandy guide for when, where, and how to…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:30 AM

Unless you've been living under a rock on Exegol for the last month, you've probably heard of YouTuber Jenny Nicholson's viral, four-hour-long video reviewing the Star Wars hotel, officially known as Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Titled "The Spectacular Failure of the Star Wars Hotel," it goes into excruciating…


Kotaku Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:00 AM

Amazon Prime clearly knows it's onto a good thing as it mines the seams of video games for new TV series. Falloutwas an astonishing success for the streamer, and you can only imagine how many meetings must have been held with every imaginable publisher for the last few months. One winner is Sega, with the…


PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:35 PM
     Beautiful 4X strategy autobattler game out now in early access

The best games don't just live in your monitor, they become ethereal and enter the air. Drifting between your ears to squat in your brain, the absolute best games take on a new life that continues to draw breath even after you stop playing. Songs of Silence is set to join that number with a heady combination of genres wrapped up in some of the most gorgeous art in gaming.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:04 PM
     Destiny 2 server status - is Destiny 2 down?

Is Destiny 2 down? If you can't access your character or log on to Destiny 2, it's possible Bungie's servers are having a bit of downtime or have run into a problem. To stop yourself from troubleshooting your own network, you should first check the server status of the shooter. Scheduled maintenance times can be found below.

If you're having issues, you might wonder what's going on with the Destiny 2 server status, or how long before the servers come back up. Or maybe you're experiencing a number of unusual disconnects or other problems you can't seem to solve, if so, you can always check out the Bungie forums, where fellow Guardians and Bungie staff will help you sort through your issues.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:49 PM
     The best co-op game drills deep for new stuff in big update out soon

Miners are made of sturdy stuff. Not only do they have to face the darkness and claustrophobia of undiscovered places deep underground, they have to handle waves of terrifying alien creatures. Well, maybe real miners don't have to deal with that last one so much, but the ones in Deep Rock Galactic certainly do. Still going strong years after launch, the next season is around the corner and a full preview of what to expect just dropped.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:35 PM
     Concord release date, upcoming beta, trailers, and more

When is the Concord release date? Originally revealed in May 2023, we got our first look at Firewalk Studios' 5v5 shooter, Concord almost exactly one year later at Sony's State of Play. Bearing a similar style to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, players take command of the Northstar crew, a mercenary 'guns-for-hire' group known as Freegunners.

There are plenty of Freegunners groups out there, all of them searching for risky jobs that pay well. It's up to your crew to stop them in their tracks, while earning a huge paycheck in the process. Concord gives you the freedom to pick the perfect set of soldiers to form the strongest crew available in the space game. However, with new updates set to add new Freegunners to the multiplayer game, you can expect the meta to shift regularly. Here's everything you need to know about Concord's release date, as well as the upcoming beta, the cast of characters, and more.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:34 PM
     Thief like immersive sim drops huge update alongside 25% off sale

If you miss old-school Thief or immersive sims like Deus Ex and Dishonored, there are plenty of indies carrying on the legacy. The newly released Selaco channels the genre in surprising ways, but we can't forget Gloomwood either. Released in 2022, this Lovecraftian-era imsim is making its way through Steam Early Access, and it's just had a massive update alongside a 25% off sale.

PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:02 PM
     New Guild Wars 2 expansion coming soon, with first new raid since 2019

Almost two whole years since Secrets of the Obscure, the new Guild Wars 2 expansion, Janthir Wilds, finally has a release date and will introduce the first new raid for the MMORPG in five years. If you've worked your way through World of Warcraft or finished with Final Fantasy 14 and want something fresh, this is the perfect time to get stuck into ArenaNet's long-running online fantasy. For the GW2 faithful, Janthir Wilds also introduces one of the key features we've been waiting for, as well as new maps, weapons, mounts, and updates.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:45 AM
     The 14 best life games on PC in 2024

What are the best life games on PC? Well, it depends on what you're looking for and what kind of fantasy you envision. As we look ahead to the likes of Life by You and The Sims 5, we've built some alternative lives in a range of the latest and greatest life sims so we can guide you to the best one to make your dreams a (virtual) reality.

There's more here than just farming and dating – though there's plenty of that as well. Like life itself, life simulation games come in all forms, and while your mind might leap to games like The Sims 4 and other staples of the genre, there are a host of inventive takes on the formula. Some of the best PC games that imitate life probe what it means to be alive, while others simply let you bake, date, or live as a witch. Be they adjacent to management games, farming games, or dating sims, here are the best life games in 2024.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:42 AM
     Intel's new chip could seriously threaten AMD and the Steam Deck

Intel has just announced a new chip that has the potential to completely transform the PC gaming handheld market. It's called Intel Lunar Lake, and it not only gives you eight CPU cores, but also a gaming GPU with ray tracing, an AI processor, and 32GB of DDR5 RAM, all in one package.

There haven't been many handheld gaming PC devices based on Intel hardware yet, with the MSI Claw being a notable exception. All the current handheld front runners, including the Steam Deck and Asus ROG Ally X, use AMD hardware at the moment. However, Intel Lunar Lake, which we just saw the company announce at Computex, has the potential to change this situation.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:20 PM
     Is MultiVersus down? Server status and scheduled maintenance explained

Is MultiVersus down? Warner Bros new fighting game has been in beta for a long time but has finally launched into its full version. Despite reaching some colossal numbers on Steam, the game has hit some teething issues on its first day, with many players reporting server issues and connectivity problems.

If you've been experiencing issues trying to play MultiVersus you might be wondering if it's the game itself which is having problems or if it's a local issue you may need to troubleshoot. The fighting game has just launched and like many online games it does appear to be struggling a little as players log on. That said, over 100,000 players have managed to launch the game on Steam in the hours after it released, which is a staggering number.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Multiversus impressions, Multiversus tier list, The best Multiversus mods

PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:03 AM
     The best free PC games

What are the best free PC games? Whether you're broke or just frugal, free is a price point that appeals to everybody's purse. No matter your genre of choice, it turns out that zero can buy you quite a lot in the F2P game world, and even beloved classics are available at the steepest possible discount.

We've collated the top free games on PC that are guaranteed to deliver a near-endless stream of complementary entertainment. All you need to spend is your time. From cultural landmarks like Fortnite to all-time greats like Team Fortress 2, some entries on this list can easily make our list of the best PC games of all time. In no particular order, here are the best free games on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:48 AM
     Star Citizen player remakes the entire first Star Wars movie in-game

How many times have you seen Star Wars? I'd wager we all know it like the back of our hands by now, standing and cheering when that one stormtrooper bonks his head on the Death Star - I say "Threepio! Where could he be?" in the same cadence as Mark Hamill a little too much. But if you're looking for a new take on a galaxy far, far away after all these years, an incredibly dedicated Star Citizen player has remade the entire original film in the game, and you can watch it right now.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:58 AM
     All Destiny DLC in order

What order should you play the Destiny DLC in? Bungie's space shooter has a storied history, and if a certain ten-hour recap video from the community's so-called Lore Daddy is anything to go by, a lot has happened in over the years. Bungie has released 12 expansions over two different games, with additional content packs to be enjoyed, too.

Whether you prefer the golden days of Destiny 1, or the modern additions to Destiny 2, there's plenty on offer across both games to get stuck in and enjoy. The beauty of Bungie's space game is you don't need to play the DLC in any specific order, although if you're a lore nerd like me you may want to go chronologically. Here's all of the DLC for the Destiny series along with a short recap of their events, with no major spoilers.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:46 AM
     Genshin Impact new characters in the 4.6 update and beyond

Want to know about new Genshin Impact characters? During each new update, there's usually at least one brand-new playable character introduced to the roster. They typically appear on event banners with increased drop rates, including one five-star character and three four-star characters.

While we know which characters are likely to appear on the next Genshin Impact banners, some characters featured in this guide might not be playable right now, but they can still be found in Genshin Impact. We've also included some characters who are rumored to join the free PC game down the line, but may not have an in-game model just yet. While none of this information is official until Hoyoverse says otherwise, here's a round-up of all the current rumors and speculation.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:31 AM
     Best Killer Klowns from Outer Space Klowns, weapons, and tricks

What are the best Klown builds in Killer Klowns from Outer Space? Success in any asymmetrical multiplayer game comes down to a combination of your own skill and in-game abilities. You might be great at Dead By Daylight or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but you're better with the right perks. Killer Klowns likewise need their tricks.

The great thing about the titular killers in Killer Klowns from Outer Space the Game is that they are almost entirely customizable. Your base killer model is determined by your Klown type, which also affects your stats, and there are preset loadouts for each. However, once you've unlocked all weapons in the multiplayer game, any Klown type can use any cotton candy gun, secondary weapon, and tricks, leaving it entirely up to you which you use. Below, we've ranked the best KKfOS weapons, Klowns, and tricks for you to put together.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:32 AM
     How Killer Klowns from Outer Space voice chat works

How does KKfOS proximity chat work? Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a unique asymmetrical multiplayer game in that there are a total of ten players per match: three Killer Klowns and seven Humans. These huge lobby sizes make co-operation all the more important.

In any multiplayer game, the key to success is working with other players. At first, it can be quite hard to understand how to do this in Killer Klowns from Outer Space as you might see the names of other team players popping up on your screen. If you're wondering why and how this affects your ability to make it out of KKfOS exits alive, or take down Humans with the element of surprise, here's how KKfOS voice chat works.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:18 AM
     How to play Killer Klowns from Outer Space - tips for each team

How do you play the Killer Klowns from Outer Space game? Illfonic's asymmetrical multiplayer game is a gaudy and camp blast back to the '80s. Think big hair, neon colors, and cheesy voice lines. What could be better?

We've spent hours with the horror game, getting to grips with the KKfOS exits, maps, and items, and we have a few tips we wish we'd known when we first started playing Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Despite our glowing KKfOS review, we do acknowledge that some things aren't explained too well in-game, so hopefully these KKfOS tips can help you win, whichever team you're on.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:14 AM
     All Killer Klowns from Outer Space exits and how to escape

What are all the exits in Killer Klowns from Outer Space The Game? As with any asymmetrical multiplayer game, the key is co-operation. With three killers and seven humans filling a lobby, both teams require solid teamwork in Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Depending on which team you're on, it's your mission to make it to, or stop humans reaching, any of the map's exits. We made it through each of the escape methods alive so we could tell you how to do it.

As one of the seven human player characters in the match, your only method of success is getting the hell out of the multiplayer game. While Killer Klowns from Outer Space is unique in that you can actually kill the Klowns, they're not out for long and respawn after 45 seconds, given you nothing more than a bit of a breather. So, as your only means of survival, here are each of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space exits and escape methods for you to familiarize yourself with.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:12 AM
     Is Killer Klowns from Outer Space on Game Pass?

Is Killer Klowns from Outer Space on Game Pass? The asymmetrical multiplayer game certainly isn't new, with the likes of Evolve and Left 4 Dead 2 influencing the genre, but it has started to blow up in recent years thanks to the success of Dead by Daylight.

Outside of Behaviour Interactive, the devs behind DBD, Illfonic and Gun Interactive are the predominant developers in the multiplayer game subgenre, producing the likes of Friday the 13th, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Predator Hunting Grounds between them. Illfonic are one of the teams now behind another: Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and if you want to give it a try without commitment, you want to know whether KKfOS is on Game Pass.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:00 AM
     Gaze into the reflection of this stunning AMD water-cooled PC build

Hardline water-cooling gear always makes a spectacle, but expert PC builder George Edward Kalaitzis has really excelled himself with this reflective gaming PC. This build features custom distro plates that reflect the silver tubing and magenta coolant back at you. The effect looks stunning, and it's all built into a massive Cooler Master Cosmos C700M case, with loads of top-end hardware.

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. Now let's chat to George, also known as LiquifyMods, about how he made this mirror PC build.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:55 AM
     Slay the Spire 2 release date estimate, early access, and more

What is the Slay the Spire 2 release date? Slay the Spire fans knew Mega Crit were in the kitchen cooking up something fierce after ending development on its debut game back in 2020. While there have been some small updates to fix some bugs and ensure compatibility on the Steam Deck, the original game has been complete for years.

First revealed at the Triple-I Initiative Showcase in April 2024, Slay the Spire 2 was announced to the world with a stylish animated trailer. The developers have confirmed there's a new set of slayers joining the cast, including returning favorites, Ironclad and The Silent. It's been over 1,000 years since the Spire was last open, so expect the creatures and monsters in this roguelike game to be completely different this time.

PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:00 AM
     Minecraft 1.21 update release date and features

When is the Minecraft 1.21 release date? As they do every year, Mojang Studios has revealed the latest annual content update for Minecraft: Tricky Trials. Just one of the many reasons players keep coming back to the game after all these years, these yearly updates change the game, so we've summarized all the latest new features right here.

We've already been able to get hands on with the Minecraft 1.21 update thanks to Minecraft snapshots, early access builds that allows players to test out new Minecraft features in the sandbox game. However, we still can't wait for everything to be fully rolled out into the vanilla build where we can safely load up our existing worlds. Don't forget that new features do only generate in previously unloaded chunks, though, so you might want to load up into new Minecraft seeds to fully experience Tricky Trials.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:29 AM
     The best new PC games 2024

What are the best new PC games in 2024? Perhaps you've just been paid, your bank account is filled with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the latest PC games because they're, well, new and shiny.

It's all well and good starting another round of Warzone, taking on a new 100-hour Football Manager save, or embarking on yet another Skyrim adventure. But, as much as we love firing up our old favorites, there are loads of new PC games that deserve some attention, too. To keep you in the know, we've got the definitive list of the best PC games from the last few months, from big-budget RPG games to indie strategy games. Whatever you're into, stay up to date with all the latest and greatest releases right here on PCGamesN.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:24 AM
     Save $250 on this Nvidia RTX 4060 Acer gaming laptop

Here's an awesome chance to get yourself an Nvidia RTX gaming laptop deal, as you can now get this Acer Nitro V machine, complete with an Intel Core i7 CPU and RTX 4060 GPU, for just $849.99. That saves you a massive $250 on the usual $1,099.99 MSRP, and you even get a screen with a 144Hz refresh rate.

The Acer Nitro V (ANV15-51-789J to use its full title) shares quite a few specs in common with some of the best gaming laptops, including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 gaming GPU, which is a great inclusion for a laptop at this price. With 3,072 CUDA cores at its disposal, as well as 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, it's a solid step up from the RTX 4050 usually found in laptops at this price, which has 6GB of VRAM and 2,560 CUDA cores.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:24 AM
     Is Destiny 2 Steam Deck compatible?

Is Destiny 2 Steam Deck compatible? Despite having over two years to get Destiny 2 working on the Steam Deck's Linux-based operating system, developers Bungie change the anti-cheat system to something more accommodating. You can, however, opt to dual boot Windows on your handheld to get around this roadblock.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:01 AM
     This new Steam RPG lets you therapize vampires, demo out now

Have you ever wondered if the bloodshed of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines could have been avoided if Prince LaCroix, Ming Xiao, and Nines Rodriguez had sat down around a table and chatted it out? Sure, the Anarchs, Camarilla, and Kuei-jin are always at each others' throats, but perhaps if they'd just take a moment to understand each other, hostilities could have been avoided. As a malevolent Malkavian, I can't say this option crossed my mind (I don't know if much did), but the upcoming indie from Little Bat Games, Vampire Therapist, has made me rethink my entire approach to immortal unlife.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 2:31 PM

Just Cause creators, Mad Max developers and Rage 2 co-developers Avalanche Studios have announced that they will lay off 50 developers - nine per cent of their global workforce - and close their New York, USA and Montreal, Canada studios in order to "ensure a stable and sustainable future for the company".

The announcement post doesn't go into much detail about either the reasons for the layoffs or how exactly Avalanche will be supporting the departing staff, adding only that "our focus is now on supporting all Avalanchers through this challenging time" and that "we're grateful for the invaluable contributions of those leaving and remain committed to creating incredible gaming experiences for our players."

Avalanche's Montreal studio had been open for all of eight months. The studio was founded in October 2023 after Avalanche acquired and integrated Monster Closet, who were themselves founded in 2021 by former developers of such headliners as Halo, Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed. Avalanche's New York studio, meanwhile, dates back to 2011.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:07 PM

I was a diehard WipeOut player as a kid. Seriously, me and the boys used to roam the streets of Bradford looking for F-Zero players to bully, at least till the RollCagers rocked up and stole our lunch money. Mind you, I think I was probably less interested in WipeoUt's racing than its trackside landscapes, which remain exquisite decades on - all those sweeping album-cover facades with their animate fixtures that thickened and solidified into full-blown peripheral cities as the series progressed.

I am similarly hooked by the worlds of Ghosts Ehf's Phantom Spark, which are a million lightyears from WiPeout in terms of their influences and atmosphere, much as the underlying hover-jockeying is a million lightyears away from WipeouT in terms of its gentleness and lack of combative elements. But these spaces are just as mesmerising to fly through and think about when not focussed on finding the perfect line through the next corner, or avoiding a patch of grass. Small wonder, given that the game's art director is Joost Eggermont, whose streaking astral contraptions and "small interactive moments" I've long admired, but never managed to write about until now.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:00 AM

From the moment I understood the weakness of my flesh, I thought: no bother, like. Everyone has different skills. Then, I realised that some other people might be less enlightened than me about the whole 'having limits' things, and that there was a lot of money to be made hawking implants. Enter space strategy story-spewer Stellaris, specifically, it's spost specent spee-LC The Machine Age. It adds many options for your space civs, most of which I'm too rusty with the ever-yawpening sandbox's myriad nuances to appreciate. But what's this? A new origin that lets you play as techno-religious corpo-cult obsessed with transcending the limits of their meat prisons through cybernetic augmentations? I recognise that from toys! Let's do some clicking.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:01 AM

Yes, I've played a portion of Elden Ring's expansion Shadow Of The Erdtree and I think it's brilliant. But there's one thing I didn't flesh out in the preview and that's the DLC's standalone levelling system, brought to our attention a month or so ago. Well, here I am to flesh it out! Be warned, though, the role of the system is a jarring thing to condense into words.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:00 AM

If you're SPOILER sensitive, please do not read this article. Just don't do it. I'll be talking about a bunch of stuff that's SPOILERY. But I'll obviously try and not be too spoilery for those who've decided to keep reading this, and hence, probably aren't as SPOILER sensitive. Right, onwards.

Life In Jars is this YouTuber I've followed for a while. He makes videos that might involve, say, scooping up some puddle water, leaving it in a sealed jar for a while, then coming back to it a few months later. He'll report on the results, which are often tremendous. Look at the LIFE in that jar! The little wriggly lads just wriggling around. The blobs whose job is to float and squidge indiscriminately. A lovely bit of fauna sloshing about there, like a forest dwelling for those who implement the five-second rule. It's a reminder that bog water is rather beautiful, actually.

Having spent three hours with Elden Ring expansion Shadow Of The Erdtree's opening area, I can't help but think of Life In Jars. What resides in the shadowy dome of the Big Tree is horrendous! Miserable! The forgotten creatures and their crumbling homes are grim. But oh my word, the shadows have spawned a beautiful disasterpiece. Just, errr, those other jars? The fun guys with the scoopy arms and little legs? Yeah. I have bad news.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:30 AM

I usually avoid writing sentences that could easily be quoted on a Steam page, but the exquisitely satisfying sound that Grunn's garden shears make is the exception. Please feel free to try any of these on for size: Grunn's shear sound is the Wilhelm Scream of gardening equipment, sure to be referenced for decades to come. Grunn's shear sound wormed its way past my eyes and into parts of my brain I'd previously assumed could only be accessed by either masterful ASMR or irresponsibly long Q-tips. I used to have anxiety, but now, my only fear in life is that Grunn's grass will run out, so I no longer have a reason to click away with its shears. Play Grunn, innit. There are, by the way, lots of other things to like about it, although I cannot hear them over the wonderful sound of these shears.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:22 AM

It's been one month since the sound of engines began. The hardest track ever created in Trackmania was published by a team of mappers on May 4th, bringing an intimidating 16-floor tower called Deep Dip 2 into the racing game. It became a magnet for competitive drivers after a prize pool of over $30,000 was offered to the first three players to conquer its hellish heights. The prize has yet to be claimed. Even today, determined racers continue to bang their heads against the brutally designed course, featuring icy surfaces, curving rails, and perilous loop-the-loops that hang kilometres about the ground. Some players have parked their hopes and given up. But others persevere. The top three players have reached the final floor and currently stand shoulder to shoulder, eyes focused on the prize.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, June 4, 2024 8:17 AM

If you heard loud swearing last night in the Watford area it may have been one of two things: 1) me cussing out my (borrowed) Steam Deck while stealthily accessing the wifi from outside a closed public library, as I don't currently have broadband at home, or 2) me subsequently trying to make head or tail of Mech Engineer, in which you take charge of a mobile undersea metropolis and send squads of painstakingly assembled robosoldiers to semi-auto-battle squidgy alien fauna.

Engineering a mech is a Herculean labour whose completion eludes today's puny scientists, and Mech Engineer doesn't aim to make life easier, whatever its putative status as a "means of fun". Mech Engineer is a game with an attitude problem, frankly. I realised this on in-game day two, when the interface coughed up a bunch of damage reports presented as pieces of paper, which I then had to crumple up and toss away individually.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:48 PM
How much longer?

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Just when I was short on rolls!

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Freebies? Don't mind if I do.

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Free gems? That's what I love to hear!

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Always tip your landlord.

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Can you rig RNG into your favor with these?

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You don't have to be a cat lover to like this game.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 4:00 PM

More Free Beat Saber Songs Debut in Beat Saber OST 7

After a series of teaser videos that started appearing on May 24, 2024, Beat Games released more free Beat Saber songs via OST 7. Everyone who already owns the game (or picks it up going forward) will automatically have access to its tracks in their game library.

As this is a free assortment of songs, it's smaller than a paid track pack. People get access to five pieces to play through. Here are all of the songs now available:

  • "Damage" by F.O.O.L
  • "Lustre" by Camellia
  • "The Master" by Boom Kitty and Teminite
  • "Untamed" by Lindsey Stirling
  • "World Wide Web" by Nitro Fun

Here is the trailer for Beat Saber OST 7:


Both paid and free songs come to Beat Saber rather regularly. For example, the paid Hip Hop Music Pack launched in April 2024. A paid Daft Punk add-on appeared in March 2024. The free OST 6 songs launched in December 2023, and that included the Lindsey Stirling song "Heavy Weight."

Beat Saber is available for the Meta Quest 1, 2, 3, and Pro, the PS VR and PS VR2, and PC headsets via Steam, and the OST 7 songs are available now for free. As a reminder, the Meta Quest 1 version support ends on November 2, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:30 PM

Hololive Tsunomaki Watame in Sound Voltex Exceed Gear

Konami Amusement revealed that Sound Voltex Exceed Gear will have new in-game collaboration content based on hololive's Tsunomaki Watame. The company will permanently add four songs from the Japanese Vtuber to the game's lineup on June 6, 2024.

The four songs in question will be "Ai-mai Chocolate," "Donten Hitsuji / Cloudy Sheep," "My song," and "What an amazing swing." As a reminder, "Cloudy Sheep" was the collaborative song Watame made with hololive English's Calliope Mori. But due to some circumstances, Konami only mentions Watame and uses her solo artwork from the Watame no Uta vol.1 album.

At the same time, Konami will add unlockable content related to Watame at the Premium Generator. The lineup will feature a total of 30 items, which consist of 10 voiced stamps, 19 touch panel background movies, and Watame herself as an in-game Nemesis Crew. Unlike the songs, these items are only available until July 6, 2024.

In addition to in-game content, Konami will also hold a couple of Japan-exclusive sweepstakes that reward Watame-themed e-amusement pass cards. A simple X account follow-and-repost campaign will reward the horizontal card to 50 lucky winners. Meanwhile, every player who submit a complete Premium Generator collection can also receive a vertical card themed after Watame Night Fever.

Tsunomaki Watame will be the third hololive Vtuber to be personally featured in Sound Voltex. Konami had previously added Shirakami Fubuki in October 2023 and Nekomata Okayu in February 2024.

Sound Voltex Exceed Gear is available in arcades and PC via Konami Station. Tsunomaki Watame's songs will appear in the rhythm game on June 6, 2024, and more in-game content based on her will be temporarily obtainable for a month until July 6, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:00 PM

SaGa Emerald Beyond Interview

As the years go by, the SaGa JRPG series gained a wider appreciation worldwide and, as a result, we get to see new entries like 2024's SaGa Emerald Beyond. Now that the game is available everywhere, Siliconera got a chance to catch up with this entry's Director and Lead Writer Akitoshi Kawazu, who is also the series creator, to go over its development.

Jenni Lada: First, when did SaGa Emerald Beyond development begin?

Akitoshi Kawazu: Development on SaGa Emerald Beyond started as soon as we completed development of the Japanese version of SaGa Scarlet Grace. Concurrent to working on the overseas version of the title, we held a series of meetings to accumulate ideas for the next entry.

How did SaGa Scarlet Grace influence Emerald Beyond's development and scenarios?

Akitoshi Kawazu: We designed a new event management system based on our experience with SaGa Scarlet Grace. As a result, it is now possible to incorporate fairly complex scenarios.

Likewise, SaGa: Emerald Beyond comes after the rereleases of games like SaGa Frontier and Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend. We also see Mr. S and mechs return. How did classic titles influence its development?

Akitoshi Kawazu: Our intention isn't to trace past works. The introduction of various races was an important element in the design of this work. In addition, we already had a character who was well-suited for the tutorial element, which is so important in modern games, so we simply had them make an appearance.


When creating the main cast of SaGa Emerald Beyond characters, what were your immediate goals?

Akitoshi Kawazu: Our goal for each protagonist was to offer a completely unique experience. To achieve this, we prepared a variety of characters with distinct cultural backgrounds in addition to different abilities and visuals.

Were there any potential leads you wanted to try and include, but couldn't?

Akitoshi Kawazu: There are indeed characters that couldn't be included, but it's probably best not to mention them. After all, there might be an opportunity for them to appear somewhere else.

In the case of Bonnie and Formina, we have two heroines in a single story instead of one lead. What influenced their development and direction?

Akitoshi Kawazu: Yes. When I thought of a female duo, the first one that came to mind was Thelma & Louise.

Each of the main characters have certain gimmicks that set them apart as heroes. How did you work on the balance for each one to ensure they'd be at about equal power levels and all be interesting individuals?

Akitoshi Kawazu: We allowed for some variation when it came to a character's ease of use. More so than maintaining balance, we wanted players to enjoy a different experience with each protagonist.

Image via Square Enix

What artistic influences helped shape SaGa Emerald Beyond and its characters and world?

Akitoshi Kawazu: For the artistic vision, I had a lot of in-depth discussions with members of the art team, especially with the lead artist, Satoshi Kuramochi. We asked him to design characters who encapsulated the essence of video games while having a realistic presence.

How did other forms of media affect the development of characters like the "magical girl" Ameya or vampire Siugnas?

Akitoshi Kawazu: The presence of magical girls in Japanese anime is the basis for Ameya's design and storyline. I think Siugnas also has less of a traditional vampire feel and is more like a character you might find in a Japanese manga.

Is there any sort of world or situation you wanted to include, but weren't able to? What would it have entailed?

Akitoshi Kawazu: We were working on designing worlds that were entirely mechanical or had a strong connection with music.

SaGa Emerald Beyond is available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and a demo is out now.

The post Interview: How SaGa Emerald Beyond Took Shape appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 2:30 PM

Yu-Gi-Oh Winged Dragon of Ra Figure-rise Standard Amplified model kit

Bandai Spirits confirmed the release window for its Figure-rise Standard Amplified model kit of The Winged Dragon of Ra from Yu-Gi-Oh. After previously showing a prototype of the kit at the 62nd Shizuoka Hobby Show in early May 2024, the company will release it in October 2024 in Japan for 8,470 yen (~$54.70).

The kit will feature parts that the owner can move upon its completion. Other than the movable head and jaws, Bandai Spirits will also make sure that the shoulders and wings are adjustable. Those are necessary for the owner to re-enact the dragon's Sphere Mode.

When the completed kit is fully extended, it will have an overall height of around 30 cm (~11.81 in) and a wingspan of 40 cm (~15.75 in). Bandai Spirits will also offer two different joint parts on the back and abdomen, so the owner can attach the kit to a display base in various poses.

Yu-Gi-Oh Winged Dragon of Ra Figure-rise Standard Amplified dimensions
Image via Bandai Spirits

More sample images of the model kit's features, made with its CG model, are available right below:

The Figure-rise Standard Amplified model kit of The Winged Dragon of Ra from the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise will be available in October 2024.

The post Yu-Gi-Oh Winged Dragon of Ra Model Kit Will Appear in October appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 2:00 PM

Voltes V Legacy coming to Japan as a theater movie

The Philippines-made live-action adaptation of Voltes V will formally make its way to Japan in late 2024. Toei has announced that it will release Voltes V: Legacy first as a movie in theaters across Japan on October 18, 2024. The company will also air an edited version of the television series on the Japanese channel Tokyo MX in Fall 2024. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

The Japanese company will thus bring both Voltes V: Legacy – The Cinematic Experience which premiered in the Philippines in mid-April 2023 and the 90-episode television series which originally aired on GMA Network from May to November 2023. The movie will be available in Japan in two versions: one with the original Tagalog voiceovers and Japanese subtitles, and the other with Japanese dubs.

Toei has published a special movie on YouTube, but it is geo-locked to Japan only. The company also attached a video combining scenes from the original 1977 anime with the newer live-action adaptation on the title's Japanese X account that is also more widely available to watch:


As a side note, Toei confirmed the Japanese release of Voltes V: Legacy right on the 47th anniversary day of the original anime's first episode airing on June 4, 1977. Meanwhile, Bandai has released a Shokugan Modeling Project kit of the original Voltes V robot. The latter also confirmed plans to release new figures based on the live-action adaptation.

Voltes V: Legacy will be available in Japan first as a movie in theaters on Friday, October 18, 2024. Toei will also air the TV series on Tokyo MX in Fall 2024.

The post Voltes V: Legacy Will Appear in Japan in October 2024 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:30 PM

FFXIV Allagan Tomestones of Causality and Comedy Being Phased Out

Square Enix regularly brings in and removes FFXIV Allagan Tomestones varieties, and the Causality and Comedy ones are on the way out in 7.0. Those two won't be able to be obtained or exchanged once Dawntrail debuts, while the Allagan Tomestones of Astronomy will be completely removed. Crafters' and Gatherers' Scrips changes are also on the way.

In the case of the Allagan Tomestones of Astronomy, Square Enix warned those will be completely gone once 7.0 begins. Those can be exchanged for the Causality variant at the moment. People could then exchange those for items until 7.0, or then exchange them for another Allagan Tomestones variant after 7.0.  Any remaining in a player's inventory when the update happens will be completely gone.

As for the Allagan Tomestones of Causality and Comedy, both will still be able to be exchanged in FFXIV after 7.0. So we won't lose any that are in our inventory. However, it won't be possible to acquire new ones and the ones held can't be turned in to get equipment or items. Instead, all you can do is exchange those for the Allagan Tomestones of Poetics.

There will be no changes to Allagan Tomestones of Poetics in FFXIV when 7.0 arrives. However, two more varieties will be added to the game after the patch. All Allagan Tomestones swaps both before and after the update happen when you talk to Auriana in Revenant's Toll (X:22.7 Y:6.7)

The update also mentioned changes to the Crafters' and Gatherers' Scrips. The Purple Scrips will be available, as will one other new variety. People will also be able to get White Scrips items with Purple ones. However, the White and Yellow Scrips will be gone. Yellow Scrips can be swapped for White ones until 7.0 debuts, while White ones can be swapped for Purple ones after 7.0. These exchanges happen at Revenant's Toll (X:22.7, Y:6.7). 

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Dawntrail expansion will arrive on July 2, 2024

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 1:00 PM

exit 8

The creator of the The Exit 8 and Platform 8 series of games stated that they're done with making games like it. They plan on releasing an action game after Strange Shadow comes out in 2025.

Kotake Create, the developer and publisher of The Exit 8 and Platform 8, said on social media that they started the series because they really like the underground subway. However, they're satisfied now, so they don't plan on releasing any more games within that universe.

The Exit 8 and Platform 8 both were popularity due to the prevalence of streamers playing them. Their gameplay loop is the same. You play as someone who's trapped inside of an endless train or underground passageway. In order to escape, you must observe your surroundings and look out for anomalies. It's kind of like Where's Waldo, but with a somewhat more unsettling aesthetic due to the nature of some of said anomalies.

In Kotake Create's announcement tweet, he QRT-ed a tweet he made in May 2024 about what kinds of games they want. According to that post, they want to make games like Inside, Little Nightmares, Sekiro, Katana Zero, Titan Souls, and The Last Guardian. Strange Shadow looks like it might have taken some inspiration from the first two. You play as someone in bright yellow who's trying to hide and escape from a scary giant monster. According to the tags on Steam, it's an action-adventure 3D puzzle platformer with psychological horror elements.

The Exit 8 is on Windows PCs and the Nintendo Switch. Platform 8 is on the Windows PC only. Strange Shadow will come out in 2025 for the WIndows PC.

The post The Exit 8 And Platform 8 Won't Get Any More Sequels appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:30 PM

Second Dragon Ball Super Collaboration Coming to PUBG Mobile

A second Dragon Ball Super collaboration is coming to PUBG Mobile starting on June 7, 2024, then ending on August 1, 2024. The event will bring new skins to the game, which can be obtained from the in-game store.

Krafton hasn't detailed which Dragon Ball Super characters will be added to the game as part of the new event. However, a recent teaser trailer featured Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and the adult version of Son Gohan. Additionally, a recently revealed key art for the event referred to one of the new characters as "that finest scientist," hinting to Bulma being one of the new characters featured. More information about the event will appear once it goes live on June 7, 2024.

You can also check out the new post teasing Bulma here:


The first Dragon Ball Super event appeared in PUBG Mobile on July 13, 2023, and it featured the aforementioned characters, as well as the villain Frieza. The event was originally announced on September 2022, to celebrate the release of the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie. PUBG Mobile has received various anime collaboration, with the most recent being a Spy x Family event appearing in April 2024.

PUBG Mobile is readily available on mobile devices, with the second Dragon Ball Super collaboration event appearing between June 7, 2024 and August 1, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 12:00 PM

Final Fantasy XIV Anniversary Plates Being Resold

Square Enix announced that the Final Fantasy XIV Wajima-nuri 10th anniversary plates will be available on sale again in Japan starting on June 11, 2024. Pottery brand Tsutaya had to suspend sales and manufacture of the plates due to the Noto Peninsula earthquake that struck Japan on January 2024.

There are two models available. One features the iconic dragon Bahamut, and another one shows bird and flower motifs inspired by Meteion. The Bahamut dish costs 66,550 yen (or about $429.52), while the Meteion dish costs 40,700 yen (~$262.68). Additionally, the dishes include the FFXIV logo on the back.

You can check out the Final Fantasy XIV dishes in more detail here:

The original pre-order period for the Final Fantasy XIV anniversary plates was announced on early December 2023, and they were expected to release in Japan on March 2024. However, the Wajima-nuri lacquerware industry was severely affected by the aforementioned January 2024 Noto Peninsula earthquake.

In a recent message, the Tsutaya pottery company announced that, thanks to the collaboration and help of artisans, craftsmen, and other people, the company is ready to resume sales of the FFXIV collaborative plates.

The Final Fantasy XIV Wajima-nuri anniversary plates will become available for sale again from June 11, 2024. Final Fantasy XIV is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:30 AM

New Pokemon Model Kits Focus on Gen 1 and 9 Starters and Scizor

Bandai Namco's Bandai Spirits announced new Pokemon model kits that involve the Red and Blue starters, the most recent Scarlet and Violet starters, and Scizor. The starters sets cost 2,145 yen (~$13.81) each and are expected to release in Japan in November 2024, while the Scizor model kit costs 1,540 yen (~$9.92) and will appear in December 2024.

As a reminder, the starters for Pokemon Red and Blue are Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. Meanwhile, the recent Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starters are Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. As for Scizor, it is the Bug/Steel evolution of Scyther. It evolves by trading a Scyther while holding a Metal Coat.

The two starters model kits focus on static figures. However, the Scizor model kit features articulated arm and claw parts, as well as effect parts used to replicate moves that the creature can use. You can check out the three new Pokemon model kit sets here:

Bandai Spirits previously released other Pokemon model kits, with a figure of Pokemon Black and White Fire starter Tepig appearing in Japan on May 2023. Ones of characters like Rowlet and Greninja are also on Amazon.

The new Pokemon starter model kits are coming out in November 2024 in Japan, while the Scizor model kit will come out in December 2024.

The post New Pokemon Model Kits Focus on Starters and Scizor appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:00 AM

Capcom Shares Monster Hunter Wilds Seikret Bird Mount Art

Capcom offered a closer look at the new Monster Hunter Wilds bird mount called a Seikret on social media. The new art highlights the creature's plumage and also shows the packs and gear it will have equipped.

Like the Palamute in Monster Hunter Rise and its Sunbreak expansion, we'll get to ride the Seikret in Monster Hunter Wilds to get around the world on missions. It is a bird, in the same way the Chocobo in the Final Fantasy series is. Hunters will ride on its back to get around, with Capcom noting that a player could have one "guide" them to locations when they are ridden.

The various bags on the Seikret also allude to some of the other actions connected to it. If we check in at the Monster Hunter Wilds bird mount, we will be able to change our weapon. While riding, we will also apparently be able to gather and use a whetstone or other items. The new Hook Slinger is one of the new gathering items that can be used while riding a Seikret. 

Here's a closer look at the Monster Hunter Wilds Seikret:


Earlier in June 2024, Capcom also introduced two of the Monster Hunter Wilds NPCs who will help us on hunts. They are the new handler and blacksmith.

Monster Hunter Wilds will come to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam in 2025.

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:30 AM

New Worlds Opening on FFXIV North American Data Center

Square Enix announced that ahead of Final Fantasy XIV Dawntrail, the FFXIV North American Data Center Dynamis will get four new worlds. These will open at 3am PT/6am ET on June 11, 2024, and players who move to them will get the Home World Transfer Service and World Population Balancing Incentives bonuses.

The four new worlds opening on Dynamis are Cuchulainn, Golem, Kraken, and Rafflesia. They will join Halicarnassus, Maduin, Marilith, and Seraph. Dynamis itself is a fairly recent addition to the game. It opened in November 2022. At last check on June 4, 2024, the World Server Status site showed none of its four existing worlds are congested. The housing lottery will also open on those new worlds at 8am PT/11am ET on June 11, 2024, with Free Company Plots between Wards 1-9 and Private Plots between 10-24. 

The bonuses for the first login for new characters on the new worlds will include Double XP until level 80, 10 Silver Chocobo Feathers, 1,000,000 gill, and 15 days of free play time. Transferring to one of the new worlds will, for a limited time, result in the same Double XP until level 80, free Home World Transfer Service, and 10 Gold Chocobo Feathers.

The FFXIV North American Data Center isn't the only one to get new Worlds. Square Enix opened new ones at the European one back in May 2024. The Shadow Data Center ended up getting Innocence, Pixie, and Titania. 

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Dawntrail expansion will arrive on July 2, 2024. The FFXIV North American Data Center new Dynamis Worlds will open on June 11, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 10:00 AM

metaphor refantazio showcase

An exclusive showcase for Metaphor: ReFantazio will stream on June 7, 2024 at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET. You can watch it from the official Atlus West YouTube channel.

Here is the stream:


The stream will take place after the Summer Game Fest on Friday.

We actually already know quite a bit of information about Metaphor: ReFantazio. Previous announcements from Atlus mentioned the story, characters, game mechanics, and worldview. We also know about the various pre-order bonuses and editions of the game. Atlus might give us more detailed information, as well as show new footage of the game. While not Atlus, something similar happened with the Silent Hill Transmission. During that stream, Konami showed a long gameplay video of Silent Hill 2 Remake.

Metaphor: ReFantazio is an upcoming JRPG from the creative minds of Persona 3, 4, and 5. However, it takes place in a medieval fantasy world who sets out to protect his kingdom with a fairy companion. You can also strengthen your bonds with your party members. But you won't be able to romance them like you can in Persona. Also unlike the Persona series, the battle system seems to be a mix of action-based combat and turn-based combat.

Metaphor: ReFantazio will come out on October 11, 2024 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC via Steam. The Metaphor: ReFantazio showcase stream will take place on June 7, 2024 at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET.

The post Another Metaphor: ReFantazio Showcase Appears This Week appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:30 AM

like a dragon yakuza amazon prime

A new live-action Like a Dragon: Yakuza series will appear on Amazon Prime Video on October 24, 2024. Ryoma Takeuchi will star as Kiryu Kazuma.

This will be a six-part series, with the first half appearing on October 25, 2024. The second half will air on November 1, 2024. There will be subtitled and dubbed versions of the show. It'll take place between two time periods—1995 and 2005—and follow both Kiryu's childhood and his adult life in the yakuza.

Masaharu Take (100 Yen Film) and Kengo Takimoto (Kamen Teacher) are the directors. As mentioned earlier, Takeuchi will be Kiryu, the protagonist and the Dragon of Dojima. Takeuchi's known for his role as Shinnosuke Tomari, the main character of Kamen Rider Drive. He also starred in Love You as the World Ends as Hibiki Mamiya, and voice-acted as Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) in Detective Pikachu.

Because of the two time periods above, it seems that Like a Dragon: Yakuza on Amazon Prime will also cover the events of the first Yakuza game. The Like a Dragon film (Takashi Miike) which came out in 2007 also focused on that entry. This film had a somewhat comedic and campy tone to it, though. So this upcoming live-action series seems to be a more grounded adaptation. According to Masayoshi Yokoyama (head of RGG Studio and executive producer), the games let you see the world through a subjective lens, this show will let you experience the events from an objective perspective.

Like a Dragon: Yakuza will come out on October 24, 2024.

The post Like a Dragon: Yakuza Series to Debut on Amazon Prime Video appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, June 4, 2024 9:00 AM

genshin impact cyno korean voice actor

Jeong Eui-jin has replaced Lee Woo-ri as the Korean voice actor for Cyno in Genshin Impact. This is due to Lee Woo-Ri passing away on March 14, 2024. [Thanks, HXG_Diluc!]

Lee Woo-ri passed away earlier this year at the young age of 24 years old. His cause of death is unknown and his funeral was a private affair. He debuted at the age of 21 and was the youngest male professional voice actor in South Korea. Aside from appearing as Cyno in Genshin Impact, he also voiced characters in Case Closed, Crayon Shin-chan, and more. Fellow voice actors in South Korea expressed their grief at the time and Alejandro Saab, who voices Cyno in the English version of Genshin Impact, also shared his condolences.

Jung Eui-Jin, who is Cyno's new voice actor in Genshin Impact, is in the game already as Heizou. Since the Korean version of Genshin Impact will credit both Jeong Eui-jin and Lee Woo-ri for Cyno, you'll still be able to hear Lee's performance in the game. As of the time of writing, Lee Woo-ri's name is still the only one in Cyno's profile. The addition of Jeong Eui-jin may appear after the upcoming Version 4.7 update. Sethos's Korean trailer has a brief clip of Cyno talking about how Sethos doesn't want to play Genius Invokation with him. You can hear Jeong's version of Cyno at the 0:25 timestamp.

Genshin Impact is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:44 PM
     Destiny 2 Tessellation Featured ImageWe all know your Tessellation has been waiting for this moment to arrive in Destiny 2, and now it's time to put it to the test. Here is how to get and complete the Tessellation Catalyst in Destiny 2. Destiny 2: How to get and complete the Tessellation Catalyst If you remember correctly, the Tessellation is one of the very first The Final Shape weapons we ever received in Destiny 2 – back when the news about the expansion's delay was not even a thing- and one of the many new exotics. To every Guardian who pre-ordered The Final Shape + Annual Pass edition, the Tessellation was waiting for you at the Special Deliveries Terminal at The Tower. The same thing applies to its Catalyst, which is now available at the Special Deliveries Terminal in the Tower with the release of The Final Shape. As you might know, this is only the very first step to unlocking the Tessellation Catalyst. The next one is collecting a decent amount of kills with the Tessellation fusion r...

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     Destiny 2 Speaker's Sight Warlock ExoticThe Final Shape expansion introduces a bunch of new Exotics for each class in Destiny 2, and Speaker's Sight is one of the most popular new Warlock armor pieces. It's a support-oriented Exotic that'll be highly sought after in LFG groups for high-end content. Speaker's Sight is a Warlock helmet with a perk called The Lost Voice, which makes Healing Grenades spawn a restorative turret. With Speaker's Sight equipped, all healing has a chance to spawn an Orb of Power as well. Warlocks are already desired for their healing abilities, and Speaker's Sight just makes them even better at it. How to Get Speaker's Sight in Destiny 2 The Final Shape To get Speaker's Sight in Destiny 2, you'll have to interact with the new Exotic Engram system introduced in The Final Shape. Instead of obtaining new Exotics from Lost Sectors, all new Exotic armor is now obtained from Master Rahool in the Tower. Image: Bungie Rahool has provided fo...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:39 PM
     Fastest Ways To Farm Rahool Reputation To Reach Rank 16 In Destiny 2 Featured ImageDestiny 2 has never really been the game to change a lot of things with every expansion. However, with the launch of The Final Shape, a longtime D2 character has become even more useful than they used to be. That's why we're going to talk about the fastest ways to farm Rahool reputation to reach Rank 16 in Destiny 2 and explain how resetting his rank is the best thing for you to do. Destiny 2 — Rahool Rank Reset, explained Screenshot: PC Invasion When you go to the Tower to claim your special deliveries or see if anything has changed, you'll want to make a B-line for Rahool. The Exotic Engram decryptor Rahool has been a mainstay since the days of Destiny 1, but now Bungie has decided to give him his own reputation rank. He has his own list of rewards for leveling up his rank, but the one that really matters is the rank reset reward. By resetting your rank with Rahool you'll unlock Tier 3 Exotic Focusing, a new system that allows you to spend 1 ...

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     Eliminate All Combatants Destiny 2While playing Destiny 2, I reached a point where I had to eliminate all combatants, but none remained. This prevented me from moving on with the mission, but I worked out how to fix it. How to fix the Eliminate all Combatants error I was worried about losing my progression in Destiny 2; however, this wasn't a problem. To fix the game-breaking bug with combatants, I simply exited the mission by visiting the Tower and relaunched it on the same difficulty. Destiny 2 remembered what checkpoint I was at and started me there, this time with combatants to eliminate. Screenshot: PC Invasion This is a helpful feature and can be used for other purposes in the game. If your inventory is getting a little full of weapons, you can head back to the tower. This will give you time to drop off weapons and armor you may want to go through later. Also, if you have forgotten to pick up your daily bounties, you can always drop out of the campaign and pick some up. There is no need to w...

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     How to get Wishful Ignorance Gauntlets Titan Exotic in Destiny 2 and best buildsIf you're a Titan main, you know the power of Strand. What if I told you there was an Exotic that made it even better? Here's how to get Wishful Ignorance Gauntlets Titan Exotic in Destiny 2 and the best build to go with them. How to get the Wishful Ignorance Exotic Gauntlets in Destiny 2 You can get the Wishful Ignorance from Exotic Engrams as a random drop. If you've done any Bounty Prep, there's a chance your Exotic Engrams will also decrypt into the Gauntlets. You'll need to visit Rahool in the Tower as usual to decrypt Exotic Engrams. The catch is to decode Tier 3 Exotic Engrams, which is how you get access to the new The Final Shape Exotics, you'll need to reset your rank with Rahool first, which will take some time. Rahool will slowly level up as you decode Engrams of any rarity with him. What is the Wishful Ignorance in Destiny 2? The Wishful Ignorance Exotic Gauntlets have a fantastic exotic perk that improves the Frenzied Bla...

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     Free League Publishing announced the release of "Mutant Year Zero: Zone Wars," a new miniature skirmish game set in the Mutant Year Zero universe. The game invites players to engage in battles for survival and dominance in a post-apocalyptic setting. "Mutant Year Zero: Zone Wars" aims to offer a fast-paced gameplay experience, emphasizing tactical battles...

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     EN Publishing has recently introduced a Kickstarter campaign for "Voidrunner's Codex," an expansion designed to propel Dungeons & Dragons 5E and Level Up: Advanced 5E players into interstellar adventures. The campaign aims to enrich the tabletop RPG experience with an array of new content. The expansion is anchored by the "Voidrunner's Codex," a hardcover volume...

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