Jul 08, 22:00

GamersHeroes Monday, July 8, 2024 9:34 PM

Get acquainted with Safi Llewellyn-Fayyad in the latest trailer for Deck Nine Games and Square Enix's Life is Strange: Double Exposure.

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GamersHeroes Monday, July 8, 2024 5:55 PM

CRAFTS & MEISTER and Bandai Namco's Gundam Breaker 4 will be doing a collaboration with the PAC-MAN series.

The post Gundam Breaker 4 x PAC-MAN Collaboration Announced appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Monday, July 8, 2024 4:48 PM

Featuring cover athlete Donovan Edwards and @BordeauxYT, the latest video for EA Sports College Football 25 takes a look at this title's gameplay.

The post College Football 25 Gameplay First Look Released appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Monday, July 8, 2024 2:25 PM

Making its debut at Anime Expo 2024 this past weekend, SEGA has released a teaser trailer for Sonic X Shadow Generations' upcoming prologue.

The post Sonic X Shadow Generations Dark Beginnings Teaser Trailer Released appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 4:30 PM

Above all else, Zenless Zone Zero is beautiful to look at. HoYoverse's latest action RPG gacha title, following 2020's Genshin Impact and last year's Honkai: Star Rail, has a lot much going for it, with a beautifully detailed world, characters, and animations. Underneath that style there is even some substance, but…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 4:20 PM

In June, Bethesda brought mods to the Xbox version of Starfield. Since then, fans have created a ton of cool and useful mods for the massive, space-faring RPG. And one fan has even started porting Star Wars ships like the X-Wing into Starfield on console.


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 3:45 PM

If the revelations of last week's House of The Dragon told audiences anything, it's that we are too far ahead in this Targaeryn war to retreat. It's war or die!


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 3:40 PM

Former pro Gears of War player Nick "Nickmercs" Kolcheff received his first ever ban from Twitch after using a transphobic slur during a recent stream, commemorating another Pride Month with his annual anti-LGBTQ+ bullshit.


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 3:13 PM

Sure, Shadow of the Erdtree has its share of colossal pains in the ass, but even in a world where the likes of the Scadutree Avatar and Messmer exist, there's at least a sort of begrudging fairness to them. They can be scouted and planned for. You can see the openings your enemies are giving you after you've taken…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 2:56 PM

On July 4, 2024, film critic Brandon Streuessnig posted a movie clip on X (formerly Twitter) with the caption, "gf asked me to show her my favorite movie tonight. Probably the most important step in the relationship. No goin back now." The clip in question shows the opening moments of Michael Mann's 2006 action movie, …


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 2:35 PM

After a long wait, the first official teaser trailer for Disney and Marvel's Agatha All Along, the highly anticipated upcoming spin-off of WandaVision, is here, and it seems to be promising a creepy, fun, and wild time for everyone's favorite witch.


PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 6:42 PM
     Classic MMO Tibia finally makes looting easier in new summer update

The last time I played Tibia was in 2004. I formed a band with a friend and we played tunes for coins outside a tavern in one of the game's main cities. With no music in-game, it mainly consisted of us copying and pasting lyrics into chat - but it still lingers as a moment only possible in an MMO, especially one of a certain vintage. Still going strong today, a new update has just hit the game and it adds a ton of stuff along with some much-needed quality of life features.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 4:57 PM
     Apex Legends review bombed following controversial battle pass changes

Well, that backfired. Today Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment announced that it's changing how battle passes worked - something that should be good news, as fans have been increasingly unhappy with the system. Unfortunately for the developer, the game, and the community - this announcement has gone down like a lead balloon, with fans planning protests and hitting the game with negative reviews on Steam in its wake.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Apex Legends characters guide, Apex Legends skins, Apex Legends tier list

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 4:42 PM
     Massive new Bulwark Falconeer Chronicles update explained by dev

There are plenty of great strategy and building games to check out, with this year alone providing a wealth of options that runs from Manor Lords and Homeworld 3 to survival hybrids like Palworld and more to come soon with Frostpunk 2 and Nova Roma. One of the most refreshing takes on the genre, though, is Bulwark Falconeer Chronicles, an innovative approach to strategy design convention that tosses away unnecessary complexity and presents a unique fantasy world through a lovely visual style. Since it launched earlier this year, creator Tomas Sala has continued working on the project and now its newest update, the upcoming Naval Command, has been explained by Sala in further detail.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best city building games, Best strategy games, Best building games

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 4:15 PM
     Free to play ARPG Diablo Immortal details new Cursed Solstice events

Diablo fans have never had it so good. You can play the original on GoG, the second game has been remastered, the third is still going, the fourth is in the middle of a renaissance, and Diablo Immortal has come a long way from its pre-launch reception. No matter which of these games you prefer, you can hop into them right now. If bite sized adventures are your thing, Diablo Immortal's next swathe of content has been detailed - and you won't have to wait long.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo Immortal tier list, Diablo Immortal system requirements, Best Diablo Immortal builds

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 3:40 PM
     Get one of the best strategy games, Civilization 6, for less than $3

While we recently learned that Civilization 7 is being made by Firaxis right now, it won't be launched until sometime next year. That isn't a huge issue, given that strategy players have plenty of other great options to check out in the form of recent games like Manor Lords, Homeworld 3, Total War: Pharaoh, and Against the Storm, as well as extremely cheap ways to catch up on past Civilization entries — like Civilization 6, which is currently discounted by a massive 95% for a few more days via the Steam Summer Sale.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best Civ 6 mods, The best Civ 6 civs, Play Civilization VI

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 2:52 PM
     The End of the Sun is a new Witcher 3 style game that's coming soon

Since CD Projekt Red found enormous success with the excellent The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, game makers have explored the potential for fantasy settings that, like it, draw from Slavic mythology. Among these are projects like Black Book and Thea: The Awakening as well as Gord, Yaga, and Reka. There's also The End of the Sun, a first person adventure game that's been on our radar for quite a while now and that has finally unveiled a launch window for later this year.

Twinfinite Monday, July 8, 2024 4:07 PM
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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 9:00 PM

silent hill 2 mira the dog mask

The official Silent Hill Twitter (X) account has shown off how the pre-order Mira the Dog mask you can wear in Silent Hill 2 looks during cutscenes . As a reminder, you can get Mira the Dog and Pyramid Head, with Robbie the Rabbit being a PS5 exclusive.

A video on the Silent Hill 2 account shows how the masks look in-game, with the Mira the Dog mask as an example. It shows James looking into a bathroom mirror—a scene that is one of the more iconic moments from the game. However, it's hard to see his expression due to the giant, silly Mira the Dog mask he's wearing on his head.

As mentioned earlier, the three masks that'll be in the game at launch include masks of Pyramid Head and Robbie the Rabbit. The Mira the Dog mask is for people who pre-order the Standard Edition and the Robbie the Rabbit one will be for those who get the PS5 version. If you pre-order the Deluxe Edition, you can get Pyramid Head (as well as other goodies and early access to the game). Konami announced all of this during the May 30, 2024 Silent Hill Transmission stream. It's unknown if Bloober Team will eventually release more cosmetic items like a different jacket or something after the game comes out.

Silent Hill 2 will come out on October 8, 2024 for the PS5 and Windows PC.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 8:00 PM

You can get your own cat cake for your room.

The post Honkai: Star Rail Ruan Mei Creation Plush Toys and Cat Beds Appear appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 7:00 PM

Moriarty the Patriot Manga part 2

Shueisha announced the manga series Moriarty the Patriot is set to return in December 2024 with the second part of the series. Serialization will resume in the January 2025 issue of Jump SQ, available online starting December 4, 2024. This announcement was made by Jump SQ through its official channels.

Moriarty the Patriot is set in the late 19th century and follows Albert James Moriarty and two adopted orphans. The series explores the social divide between the upper class and the working class in Great Britain. Witnessing the cruelty inflicted upon the orphans by his own family, Albert develops a hatred for the aristocracy. This experience leads him to conspire with the older of the two orphaned boys, who has both a genius mind and a killer instinct, to rid the world of corrupt nobility, starting with his own family.

For those looking to catch up on the series, Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 1 is available in both paperback and digital formats. It can be purchased through various retailers, including Kinokuniya and Crunchyroll. The price for the paperback edition is approximately $9.99, though actual prices may vary.

Moriarty the Patriot is published overseas by VIZ Media. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll.

The post Moriarty the Patriot Manga Will Return in December 2024 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 6:00 PM

One Piece Day 2024 Uniqlo Shirt Collaboration Detailed

Uniqlo revealed new details about the upcoming shirt collection collaboration for One Piece Day 2024. The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the TV anime One Piece and feature exclusive merchandise, including a new collection of Uniqlo unisex men and kids shirts themed around the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy from the East Blue arc to the current Egghead arc.

These  limited-edition shirts will be available online and in-store starting on July 22, 2024. These designs will include various themes such as Determination, Friends, and Strength, with each being a reference to key moments and characters from the series. The collection includes sizes ranging from XXS to 3XL for both unisex men's style and kids shirts, with prices set at ¥2,490 (approximately $14.49 USD) for adult sizes and ¥1,490 (approximately $9.27 USD) for kids' sizes.

Here are all the unisex men's style designs:

And here are the kids' shirt styles:

One Piece Day 2024 will also feature a large-scale exhibition of 173 carefully selected apparel from past Uniqlo collaborations and a runway event with appearances by the voice actors of the seven Dr. Vegapunks.

One Piece Day 2024 will take place from August 10-11, 2024, at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba, Japan. The manga series is available via Viz Media. You can find the anime on Crunchyroll and Netflix, and the live-action series is on Netflix.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 5:00 PM

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 3 Begins in October

Part 3 of the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime series will premiere in October 2024. A new trailer showed the new release window alongside a glimpse at the opening and ending theme songs for the series.

The opening theme song for the new part 3 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will be performed by Six Lounge and is titled "Kotoba ni Sezu Tomo" (or "Without any words,") while the ending song is called "Monochrome" and is performed by suisoh. The new trailer depicts various of the key characters in the upcoming season unleashing their Bankai abilities, and you can check it out here:


In addition, a new key visual art for Part 3 The Conflict was revealed and it features Ichigo Kurosaki standing with his zanpakuto unsheathed next to Orihime Inoue, Yasutora "Chad" Sado, and Ganju Shiba.

Here is the key visual:


An estimate 2024 release date for the new Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime season was previously confirmed in October 2023 with the release of a short teaser trailer.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 3 "The Conflict" will premiere in October 2024. The exact release date will appear at a later date. Parts 1 and 2 of the anime series are now available on Hulu in the United States and Disney+ worldwide. The manga was localized by Viz Media.

The post Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 3 Begins in October appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 4:00 PM

Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 20th anniversary

Bandai Namco opened a new webpage to mark the 20th anniversary of Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune. The company will gradually add congratulatory messages from both staff members and players of the arcade game series. The page is only available in Japanese as of its initial reveal, but the company is also planning to add English and Chinese versions in the near future.

This anniversary specifically pertains to the Maximum Tune series of arcade racing games. Namco released the first-ever Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune entry in July 2004. It modeled the arcade game after Michiharu Kusunoki's manga series that launched in 1990.

Bandai Namco gradually updated the arcade games with new iterations that also added new cars to the roster. The more recent entries have been noted for featuring not only Japanese cars but also those from international brands, such as Audi, Lamborghini, Dodge, and Chevrolet.

The company had also launched Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 6RR Plus in Japan in April 2024 to mark the series' 20th anniversary. The home country usually enjoys the latest iteration exclusively for a period of time before Bandai Namco brings it to other regions.

For instance, the original Midnight Tune 6 appeared in Asia Pacific in July 2019, which was roughly a year after it came out first in Japan in July 2018. The release gap for 6RR was reduced to just a month when it came out in Japan in November 2021 and Asia Pacific in December 2021, although it ended up completely skipping the 6R version that appeared in Japan in 2020. Bandai Namco has still yet to announce 6RR Plus' launch window outside Japan as of July 2024.

Wangan Midnight has also been often compared with Initial D. Both car street racing manga series have been featured in crossover content updates, although the Maximum Tune games have still yet to directly feature Initial D characters like what Sega did in Initial D The Arcade.

The only direct collaboration event between Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune and Initial D arcade games to date happened in 2015, and it only rewarded seasonal interface decorations without any actual character content. Bandai Namco instead featured the character crossovers in its mobile game Drift Spirits.

The Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune arcade racing games are readily available in arcade centers worldwide. The series' latest iterations as of July 2024 are 6RR Plus in Japan, 6RR in Asia Pacific, and 5DX Plus in North America—which launched in January 2022.

The post Wangan Midnight: Maximum Tune 20th Anniversary Site Opens appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 3:30 PM

Ubisoft Apologies for Assassin's Creed Shadows Flag Art Infringement

Ubisoft Japan issued an apology regarding the unauthorized use of a flag in concept art for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Shadows game. The company used the flag of a real world Sekigahara reenactment group in concept art for the latest title in the Assassin's Creed series.

The flag in question belongs to the Sekigahara Teppo-tai (or Sekigahara gun group) infantryman reenactment group. The apology post originally appeared on July 8, 2024 on the Ubisoft Japan X (formerly Twitter) official account. In it, the company confirmed that the flag was used in two instances of concept art. Additionally, with the exception of the flag being featured in the physical art book of the collector's edition of Assassin's Creed Shadows, Ubisoft revealed that it won't be used moving forward.

Ubisoft also said that it directly contacted the reenactment group and apologized to its members. The own Sekigahara Teppo-tai confirmed via X (Twitter) that they had been approached by the company with an apology on July 3, 2024, and it reiterated that the already printed data showing the flag would be difficult to eliminate.

Assassin's Creed Shadows was originally revealed on May 16, 2024, and a new trailer featuring the protagonists, Naoe the shinobi and the samurai Yasuke, appeared on June 10, 2024.

Assassin's Creed Shadows will come out on November 15, 2024 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 3:00 PM

Review- Riven VR Is a Noble VR Endeavor

Even if a VR adaptation of a game isn't perfect, sometimes it feels worthwhile due to the nature of it and effort put into making it work. Riven is a great example. We already know the game is a fantastic and beloved adventure. The core of the experience is tried and true. The VR adaptation of Riven at times is incredibly impressive on the Meta Quest 3, especially if you played the original game in the 1990s, even if there are some issues with loading, textures, and properly keeping notes to help you on your way.

Riven picks up after the events of Myst, but the execution is such that someone unfamiliar with the lore could jump in and appreciate the puzzles and adventure without knowing all about Atrus, Gehn, and the nature of the linking books in the world. The important thing to know is Atrus seeks the player's help in saving his kidnapped wife Catherine from his father Gehn, who brought her into the collapsing world known as the Age of Riven. Since Atrus needs to try and keep the world stable, it is up to those of us playing to head in, find Catherine, and imprison Gehn, solving many puzzles along the way.

While Riven began its life as a point-and-click adventure, the VR version succeeds in making it feel a bit more like a traditional adventure game filled with puzzles. You'll explore the five islands in the world, solving puzzles that help you proceed, learn more about the situation, and carry on. It's a much more tactile experience on the Meta Quest 3, which suits the game even better than I expected. After all, you need to look through environments and interact with what you find to constantly learn more about the age. The controls feel natural. The puzzles and nature of it all is also very freeing, with someone left to essentially learn by doing, which makes it feel even more satisfying when you see the influence your actions have.


However, I experienced many moments when I honestly would have preferred to be playing Riven in a more traditional way and not in VR on my Meta Quest 3. Some of it involved the pitfalls that can come from VR games in general. That is, your degree of comfort may vary, and I found it wasn't as good as accommodating my needs and warding off potential motion-sickness as Asgard's Wrath 2. (I still consider that the pinnacle of comfort in VR adventuring.) This is a your mileage may vary sort of issue, as others might feel more at ease with it. Plus, you can mitigate it by playing in shorter sessions. However, the extent of it can also depend on the randomized solutions for some puzzles or how observant you are when figuring out what items to find and use. 

Which brings me to the more pervasive issue with Riven in VR on the Meta Quest headsets. In the more traditional and PC versions of the game, I always felt like it was fairly easy to see when I'd need to find especially notable objects or switches in the game. I also played both Myst and Riven with actual physical notebooks by me, so I could jot down places or things I needed to remember. These are really thoughtful games that demand a lot of your attention. You need to be able to remember and reference things easily. While I could take screenshots of moments to help recall things I needed to know, it pales in comparison to taking more detailed notes. It isn't as easy to keep track of what I'm doing. I did find myself actually sitting down while playing at one point, taking notes on paper as I played, and it ruined the immersion and moment as I kept taking the headset on and off. (Not to mention it ended up being a bit disorienting!)

If you can get past those things, Riven is really something in VR. Especially since it generally looks really great. Cyan Worlds and Starry Expanse Project did a fantastic job of turning the original game into an actual world we can move through and explore. There is occasionally a loading issue with some elements of the world, not to mention when you're actually getting into things. I did notice some textures might not look as good as others, and it does feel a bit like some of the personality of the characters is lost with the new models that needed to be used. But considering the age of Riven and the feats needed to bring this VR version to life, it feels like a small price to pay for something that does look and feel as immersive as it does. Not to mention, it's a testament to how enduring the design of the original game was.

Riven may not be perfect on the Meta Quest 3, but the VR version is worth experiencing if you love the game and series. Considering what needed to be done to bring it to life, it feels incredible to actually be walking around the Age of Riven's five islands. It's enough to make me forgive the smaller technical issues and shift to character models from FMV. However, it can be more difficult to play due to it not being as easy to keep track of what you're doing and work out solutions in optimal fashions, especially since the nature of the medium could mean you'll have some trouble finding what you are looking for or interact with to proceed.

Riven is available on the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3, and PC and Mac with VR support.

The post Review: Riven Remake Is a Noble VR Endeavor appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 2:30 PM

Takeharu Ishimoto Hear a Song From the Bleach: Rebirth of Souls Soundtrack

At Anime Expo 2024, Bandai Namco and Tamsoft announced the new Bleach: Rebirth of Souls game, and now there's a chance to hear two songs from its soundtrack. The companies shared the songs "Rebirth" and "Absolution" by The BONEZ and Sound Composer Takeharu Ishimoto on social media.

First, here's the full one minute and twenty-four second clip of "Rebirth." The Bleach: Rebirth of Souls song features some lyrics to it, and it sounds like it could be the sort of track off a soundtrack used for a something like a menu. There's no gameplay footage shown during it. Only the key art of Ichigo in his Soul Reaper attire appears alongside the game logo.


Next, here is how "Absolution" sounds.


Takeharu Ishimoto recently worked on Neo: The World Ends with You, following work on the original TWEWY game and anime soundtrack. The Steam page for the upcoming 2024 release Tsurugihime also confirmed he is a composer for it.

Bleach Rebirth of Souls is now in development for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC. There's no release window for the game just yet, beyond "coming soon." The Bleach anime, including Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, is streaming on Disney+ and Hulu. Viz Media handles the manga.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, July 8, 2024 5:28 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, July 8, 2024 4:57 PM

It will not have multiple difficulty settings.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, July 8, 2024 4:22 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, July 8, 2024 3:45 PM

This follows the recent allegations against the streamer

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Gaming on PC Monday, July 8, 2024 3:42 PM
     Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed this week that Gundam Breaker 4 is getting an Open Network Test on July 19th. Read more after the jump.

Jul 08, 14:00

GamersHeroes Monday, July 8, 2024 1:40 PM

The team at HardieSoftworks announced that their quirky 2D puzzle platformer Kiopioke! is set to take flight when it launches on July 18.

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Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 1:55 PM

While everyone is eager to get their hands on the upcoming full-blown Astro Bot game, developer Team Asobi is giving us all a reason to revisit the PS5 pack-in title Astro's Playroom in the meantime. Each month until the new game arrives, the team is placing a new Special Bot in Astro's Playroom that fans can track…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 1:20 PM

Apex Legends is revamping how its battle pass economy works in season 22 and it sounds expensive. Every season will now have two premium battle passes starting at $10 each and Apex Coins (AC) can no longer be used to purchase them. Weirdest of all is the fact that Respawn Entertainment seems to be presenting this all…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 1:10 PM

The First Descendant, Nexon's new third-person sci-fi free-to-play online looter shooter is a lot like a bowl of so-so mac and cheese. I promise that opening sentence will make some sense by the end of this article, okay?


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 1:00 PM

Disney Dreamlight Valley is overflowing with beloved Disney characters, and while some are from more recent film outings, many have been adored by fans for decades prior to their arrival to the valley. Two of the newest additions to the game fall in the latter category, hailing from 1998's hit animated film Mulan.…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 12:50 PM

Overwatch 2's latest collaboration gives four of its heroes skins based on Transformers. It started with a comic that seems to actually canonize the robots in disguise within Blizzard's universe, rather than simply letting its characters "cosplay" something from a different property as it did with One Punch Man and Cow…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 11:50 AM

If you're a dedicated Final Fantasy XIV player, there are two paths you can take to start your adventure in Dawntrail. On one hand, you could simply equip your main job of choice, look for the "A New World To Explore" quest in Old Sharlayan, and go straight into Dawntrail's new zones. Alternatively, if you're up for a…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 11:40 AM

Free-to-play tactical shooter Rogue Company has disabled all cosmetics themed around Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm in the game following the streamer's admission that he was banned from Twitch back in 2020 for having "inappropriate" conversations with a minor. Players will get refunds but only in the form of Rogue Bucks,…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 11:30 AM

Sega has designated 2024 as the Year of Shadow, celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog's rival through games like Sonic X Shadow Generations, a starring role in the third live-action film, and an animated mini-series delving into the character's past. At Anime Expo 2024, Sega held a panel with Sonic Team studio head Takashi…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 11:21 AM

With the recent release Final Fantasy 14's new expansion comes the inevitable thirsting over a new character players encounter. For Dawntrail, that character in question is a bit of a surprise. Yes Dawntrail is full of cat-like female Hrothgar, including the ever-lovable Wuk Lamat, to fawn over (in part because the…


Kotaku Monday, July 8, 2024 10:35 AM

I've had some fun with The First Descendant but I wouldn't say a strong, distinctive art style is one of its core virtues. It's a pretty derivative game from head-to-toe. Now it turns out that some of the free-to-play loot shooter's in-game icons appear to be ripped almost wholesale from Destiny 2.


PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 1:58 PM
     A Banana style idle game called Hamster is blowing up on Steam

Create a platform of any kind on the modern internet and it won't be long until enterprising users figure out strange new ways to exploit it. Steam, despite being around for quite a while now, is no exception, with extremely simple idle or clicker games popping up on the storefront and climbing the charts based on the absurdity of their premises. In the past, we've seen games like Banana and Cats trend, their take on a genre once dominated by Cookie Clicker, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, and AFK Journey boiled down to their foundations — and made a bit more nefarious by offering chances to collect item drops that can be sold for real money. The latest of these is called Hamster and, as its title suggests, it involves clicking (and clicking and clicking) on an image of a hamster.

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 1:55 PM
     Superb zombie strategy game They Are Billions on sale for lowest price

I love a good strategy game, especially when it combines multiple genres and mechanics like tower defense and dungeon crawling. I also love killing zombies, as I think most gamers do. Well, in the aptly named They Are Billionsyou can slay (as the name suggests) billions of the nasty creatures. And right now you can do it for 30% off, the game's lowest price.

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 1:46 PM
     Dr Disrespect content removed from free to play shooter Rogue Company

It's looking like today will be yet another bad day for Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm with one more company cutting all ties with the streamer. This time around it's the turn of Hi-Rez Studios who has pulled all Dr Disrespect content from its free to play hero shooter Rogue Company, with compensation incoming for those who had previously purchased it.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 1:07 PM
     Dark and Darker is still doing well on Steam one month after launch

Dark and Darker has had a tough time heading into its Steam Early Access launch. A throwback dungeon crawler that owes as much to classics like Wizardry, King's Field, Ultima Underworld, Eye of the Beholder, and Arx Fatalis, as it does modern takes on the genre like Darkest Dungeon or the Legend of Grimrock games, Dark and Darker vanished from Steam and spent much of last year embroiled in legal issues before finally returning to the platform last month. Since then, it's faced criticism from players upset with the difference between its paid and F2P versions, leading to mixed reviews. Still, despite these troubles, it's managed to maintain a healthy player base, continuing to foster an active community a month since its relaunch.

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

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 12:59 PM
     Don't play Dungeonborne on Steam Deck, unless you want to be banned

If you're looking forward to the release of Dungeonborne, the PvPvE dungeon crawler, it's worth noting that you might not be able to play it on the Steam Deck. This information comes from users participating in the current playtest who say they have been banned after playing the game on Valve's handheld.

Even as the best handheld gaming PC on the market, the Steam Deck has its weaknesses when it comes to gaming. One example is the Linux operating system's incompatibility with various anti-cheat software.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 12:58 PM
     MMO spinoff EVE Vanguard shows off 2024 roadmap with big updates

It's been several months since EVE Vanguard was first announced and it's already made waves in ways its predecessors, like Dust 514, didn't quite manage to do. The EVE Online spinoff has held several playtests and betas, accessible to players who subscribe to the main game. Each time the game's become available to fans it's been a quiet success, with feedback erring on the positive. Now, the next few months have been detailed on the road to a wider Steam Early Access release.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 12:36 PM
     New Red Dead Redemption 2 mod fixes the game's most irritating problem

I love the chapter one prologue to Red Dead Redemption 2. It's a slow, monotonous trek through mountains during a blizzard. This makes it a chilling set up for the fate of the gang - doomed by poor leadership and bad luck. A lot of people hate it, however, because it stops them getting into the meat of the game on a new playthrough. Fortunately, a new mod will fix the issue for these players by providing a save file that dumps you right into chapter two, complete with all five gang member requests initiated.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 12:18 PM
     You can get free Zenless Zone Zero polychrome by clicking a button

I was on annual leave last week, away from my desk, supposedly touching grass. What actually happened, however, is that I plowed literal days into Zenless Zone Zero, HoYoverse's neo-futuristic anime game. I've fallen in love with Nicole, cried when my partner pulled Rina and I didn't, and wiled away the hours collecting Zenless Zone Zero polychrome, the flickering rainbow resource that brings me ever-closer to finally pulling Ellen.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 12:22 PM
     The 14 best dating sims on PC July 2024

What are the best dating sims? These games all feature carousels of cute, courtable characters ready for romance. Whether you're moving into a sleepy seaside town searching for love or ready to find that spark with a kick-flipping dinosaur schoolmate, players have more options now than ever to date around.

While dating is at the forefront of these simulators, great examples of the genre are feature-rich, captivating settings, underlying intrigue, and unique art direction, some of which could even be considered the best PC games overall. The top dating sims tend to twist the traditional visual novel style and fork it into a new genre, such as adventure games or dungeon crawling - and, believe it or not, one or two even take inspiration from horror games. Regardless of where you want to look for love, this list has you covered with the best dating sims to play in 2024.

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:51 AM
     The best FPS games on PC 2024

What are the best FPS games on PC? From the classic physics chaos of Half-Life 2 to Halo Infinite's beautifully rendered worlds, these are the finest FPS games. For more than two decades, FPS games have been the driving force of the PC games industry. They've let us travel from the depths of Hell in Doom to the outer reaches of space in Titanfall 2. Others have taken us on a detour through the likes of Half-Life 2's zombie-infested Ravenholm, while some have embraced futuristic cities.

Some of these games are old, others are new, and all are great. Warhammer 40K: Boltgun and its '90s-boomer-shooter-inspired graphics; Rainbow Six Siege's tight tactical multiplayer; Overwatch 2 and its vast array of amazing heroes. No matter what sort of virtual gunplay you're after, whether you want multiplayer games, war games, or something altogether different, the following titles will satisfy your itchy trigger finger. So crack those knuckles, and make every shot count. These aren't only the best FPS games, some of these entries are included in our best PC games too.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 12:12 PM
     Best mini gaming PC: top compact PCs in 2024

What is the best mini gaming PC? The traditional image of a gaming custom PC is some hulking behemoth of a machine, with frantically spinning fans, blazing rainbow RGB LEDs, and monstrously large graphics cards. But the best mini gaming PCs are compact machines that house full-scale components. Despite their size, mini PCs don't skimp on performance and are ideal for smaller gaming desks or if want to take it traveling.

In this guide, we've chosen pre-built mini gaming PCs from the likes of Origin, Corsair, and more. Check out how to build a gaming PC if you want to choose the components and PC case yourself.

Some exceedingly small and cheap mini gaming PCs such as those offered by Minisforum take AMD mobile CPUs, with their iGPUs that punch well above their weight and let them rip with their maximum power draw – which can be capable even at 1080p.

We suggest thinking about cooling solutions and how easy it is to upgrade the machine. There's no point in spending money on components that are going to throttle the moment they heat up. These are the best mini gaming PCs to game in confidence and small spaces. If you want full power (and have the room), check out our full best gaming PCs guide.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:48 AM
     Best racing games for PC 2024

What are the best racing games on PC? Whether mastering muddy tracks in Dirt Rally 2 or embracing Forza Horizon 5's magnificent Mexico, these are the best racers around. Before you hop into the driver's seat, we recommend plugging in a controller instead of using a mouse and keyboard - or, even better, getting yourself a wheel.

While a couple of these could be contenders for our list of the best PC games overall, there are plenty of options here if you consider yourself a speed demon. While the likes of Gran Turismo 7 may not be available on PC just yet - fingers crossed it arrives eventually - there are plenty of excellent racing games here, no matter your taste.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:24 AM
     Payday 3 could be making a comeback following an update and a big sale

To say Payday 3 had a tumultuous launch would be an understatement. Its Steam reviews plummeted to mostly negative and people abandoned it for its predecessor - Payday 2 - following technical issues and reports of missing features. It seemed dead in the water but a recent update and the Steam Summer Sale seem to have revitalized the game. More players are heisting now than anytime in the last six months. Could this be the start of a comeback?

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:26 AM
     Elden Ring DLC map - all locations and Sites of Grace

Want to see the entire Elden Ring DLC map? FromSoftware is ending Elden Ring on a high note with its largest expansion to date. Taking place in the mysterious Realm of Shadows, players have a chance to explore an entirely different region, discovering new enemies, spells, and items along the way.

Now that the Shadow of the Erdtree release date is here, it's time to dust off your old Elden Ring save file as you get ready to go on a new adventure. If you aren't confident in your character's current setup, feel free to check out our Elden Ring builds guide to drastically strengthen your character. Here's the full Elden Ring DLC map, complete with all the Sites of Grace.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:38 AM
     The 20 best Baldur's Gate 3 mods

What are the best Baldur's Gate 3 mods? The modding community working on Larian games has a storied history when it comes to DOS and Baldur's Gate, and the BG3 community is no different thanks to official mod support for the DnD game. We've delved into the BG3 mods that are available to add even more to the already massively entertaining game to find the very best ones.

As we explore in our Baldur's Gate 3 review, the RPG game is filled with interesting and unique experiences, including hours of content that most players will likely never see, which includes most of the Baldur's Gate 3 endings. Somehow, though, the modding community has still found gaps worth filling to improve your Baldur's Gate 3 experience.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:15 AM
     NBA 2K24 codes July 2024 - all locker codes

July 8, 2024: Added a new NBA 2k24 code.

What are the active NBA 2k24 codes? Every new game in the 2K sports series has a selection of freebies given away, and the latest in 2K's basketball games is no exception. There are plenty of NBA 2K24 locker codes to redeem for new player cards, XP boosts, and MyPlayer gear, among others. However, you'll need to be quick to snag them for yourself.

This is because many of the early NBA 2k24 codes are exclusive to relatively small thresholds of players. Some freebies in this series of sports games come and go like whispers in the wind, so you need to act fast. However, we're starting to get some freebies that are sticking around for longer, so we've gathered these NBA 2k24 locker codes to give you a little boost.

PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:07 AM
     Soaring on Steam, Once Human may be the biggest survival game ever

We all thought Palworld would find some kind of success, but I don't think anyone - even its creators - expected the seismic splash that it made on Steam back in January. At its peak, Pocketpair's monster-driven survival game pulled in more than two million players at once. Now, some six months later, it averages just over 100,000. That's a big decline, but Palworld is one of the lucky ones - big games, especially middle-budget survival and horror projects, arrive, thrive, and die at an alarming rate, and the competition is more extant than ever. It's a tough world out there. Once Human, one of the most popular games on Steam already, has every chance of success, but in such a crowded genre, how does it stand out from rivals like Stalker 2, Soulmask, and the esteemed Palworld itself? Speaking exclusively to PCGamesN, developer Starry Studio explains.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:20 AM
     The First Descendant codes July 2024

July 8, 2024: We checked for The First Descendant codes.

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

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

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 10:54 AM
     Once Human codes July 2024

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

Players are prepping for the Once Human release time, with many chomping at the bit to put down roots on the island and discover the secrets hidden within the dangerous epicenter. As with many free PC games, we're hoping that Once Human will have codes come the release date, so we can fill our coffers without having to spend hours collecting resources and risking our lives outside of our cozy safe space.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 10:46 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 4 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, including everything coming with Season 4 Reloaded.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 11:10 AM
     Once Human release date, gameplay, trailers, and more

When is the Once Human release date? Starry Studio's open-world online multiplayer game drops us into a strange and wonderful - but terrifying - post-apocalyptic version of reality, filled with gruesome horrors, adorable companions, walking houses, building, crafting, shooting, and more.

Since the almost unbelievable story of The Day Before, a zombie survival MMO game, it's been clear that what we're all missing is a post-apocalyptic, open-world, online multiplayer game. We want to team up with others is a more realistic example of how we might survive the end of the world. Once Human is just that: you were once human, and now you're a Meta-Human. Imbued with the powers of Stardust, you and other survivors must learn how to live in this new world. If that interests you as it does us, read on for more about the story and gameplay ahead of the Once Human release date.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 10:36 AM
     All Monopoly Go events, tournaments, dates, and rewards

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

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

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 10:35 AM
     Save $150 on this stunning Turtle Beach PC steering wheel

If you're looking for ways to make you really feel like you're right in the middle of the action in racing games, but don't want to spend a fortune, we've found a brilliant PC steering wheel deal that will leave all the others in the dust. The Turtle Beach VelocityOne is a fantastic wheel and pedal setup that offers a premium suite of features, and you only need a desk to which to attach it.

Many of the best PC steering wheel models often require a full racing rig to get the best out of them, or perhaps even use them at all in some cases. It's understandable that hardcore sim racers are often the target of this gear, but this Turtle Beach set instead focuses on a design that suits everyone.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 10:32 AM
     The 42 best Minecraft seeds for 1.21 July 2024

What are the best Minecraft seeds for 1.21? In essence, seeds are codes that Minecraft uses to generate worlds for you. With the right seed, you can live your every fantasy in this amazing game, like easy-access strongholds for speedrunning, beautiful landscapes for building, or rare structures for looting. Given the infinite nature of Minecraft seeds, we've scoured the internet and tested out own to find the coolest and most demanded seeds.

You can leave your world generation completely up to fate, but if you're unlucky, you could spend hours looking for a Minecraft village, an ancient city, desert temples, or whatever else you want to experience in the sandbox game. So that you don't waste time exploring a bad seed, keep reading our comprehensive list of 40 cool Minecraft seeds, or use the handy jumplinks to find the specific experience you're looking for. Unless otherwise stated, these seeds work for Minecraft Java version 1.21, the latest version of the game, so make sure your Minecraft launcher is set up for version 1.21 before heading into the game, or you may get different results. You will use these seeds in Bedrock edition thanks to parity, but some structures may differ.

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PCGamesN Monday, July 8, 2024 10:25 AM
     The 13 best Cities Skylines 2 mods

What are the best Cities Skylines 2 mods? With bigger maps, signature buildings, and even new weather cycles, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Cities Skylines 2 has everything you could possibly need. However, with the immense mod support that the first city builder received, it would be a shame if this entry missed out on the community creativity that made Cities Skylines so engaging for so long.

While we've explored every aspect of the game in our Cities Skylines 2 review, fans of the series are dreaming up their ideal mods - it could be recreating real-life locations, adding fantastical elements to their settlements, and everything in between. Now that official mod support has reached Cities Skylines 2, the quantity and quality of these mods is ramping up, so we've scoured through them for very best of the best.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, July 8, 2024 12:51 PM

The Ukrainian city of Mariupol came under heavy bombardment during the opening months of Russia's invasion in 2022, a programme of artillery and air strikes that damaged or destroyed the majority of residential buildings and has killed or dispossessed thousands of people. It has now been occupied by Russia for almost two years, during which, as reported by the Associated Press, Russia has demolished, rebuilt and renamed much of the city, overwriting its Ukrainian heritage.

The Disco Elysium-inspired RPG Hollow Home is a memory of Mariupol from just before the war - not a 1:1 recreation, but a collection of details, colours, personalities and some familiar buildings, painstakingly amassed and offered up in the face of erasure. Speaking to me during a very brief demo at Digital Dragons in Poland this year, artist Anastasia Hlyniana called my attention to the plants jutting from old car tyres around the game's isometric map, which she says are a common sight in Mariupol.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, July 8, 2024 10:48 AM

They get knocked down, but they get up again, and you're apparently never going to keep Eve Online studio CCP Games from trying to make an FPS set in the universe of their Excel(lent?) MMO happen. EVE Vanguard - the studio's admirable fourth crack at it - was announced last September. Since then, it's had several open betas and, according to a new and rather vague roadmap, should release sometime post this coming November. Here's said infographic - more pork scratching-stained napkin scrawl than sat-nav.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, July 8, 2024 8:59 AM

I don't plan on having kids, but in the event that I change my mind, commissioning a forest Witch to grow one from a mushroom seems a lot easier than the usual human procreative process, though possibly just as abundant in screaming. I've been playing the demo for "cute-creepy" RPG and life sim Mushroom Musume, in which you - an unnamed "Recluse" - cultivate and play as a series of mushroom daughters. My current mushroom daughter is called Alia. She's a Common Turquoise Truffle. She's got a small pig acquaintance, who so far hasn't tried to devour her, and a cute fuzzy hat, which she stole from outside a church - precise impact on character development still TBC.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, July 8, 2024 8:34 AM

Another year, another huge amount raised for charity by obscenely skilled gamers. Popular speedrunning event Summer Games Done Quick took place last week and raised more than $2.5 million for Doctors Without Borders, fielding runners who took on a mix of modern and retro games with various quirky goals or challenging requirements. Like an attempt at getting through Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice without being hit (oh god) and a hasty anti-gravitational swim through the solar system of Outer Wilds but without using the game's spaceship (what). Let us be glad these folks use their powers for good.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, July 8, 2024 7:27 AM

Time hopping in Berlin usually means queuing several hours for a club, only to magically find yourself either right back at the end of the line, or else waking up on the U-Bahn three days later with tinnitus and currywurst spilled down your Acronym jacket. Not so in cyberpunk tactics game All Walls Must Fall. Here time travel means dodging bullets, reversing flubbed hacking, and replaying that conversation you had with the bouncer that got you booted to the curb. "A bloody good time-troubling tactical shooter," decreed Adam Smith (RPS in Peace) in his review. Well, now it's a bloody free time-troubling tactical shooter. Take that, Monday!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, July 8, 2024 7:18 AM

The publishers of recent city builder sensation Manor Lords and elder survival sim juggernaut The Long Dark are having a mostly gentlepersonly skirmish about how many significant updates a game should have in early access, and the potential consequences in terms of both developer overwork and players losing interest.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 1:30 PM

Overlord Imagine Stories card game

Kadokawa revealed a new Overlord-themed card game that will let players generate random stories featuring characters from the franchise. The game's title will be Overlord: Imagine Stories, and it will appear in Japan in September 2024.

The game can be played solo or multiplayer with an average play session time of around twenty minutes. The player will place seven characters who will interact with each other, along with event descriptions like amnesia or betrayal. They can then roll the dice to determine whether the characters will have neutral, friendly, or hostile encounters, as well as the quality of the story's ending.

Overlord: Imagine Stories will be available for purchase via four Japanese web stores: Animate, Rakuten Books, 7net Shopping, and Kadokawa Store. However, none of them formally support international shipments of this product. Even though Kadokawa Store does have a WorldShopping widget, it does not include global shipping compatibility for this set.

Each outlet will also feature a limited stock of exclusive bonus cards based on the new characters appearing in the Overlord: The Holy Kingdom movie, which is set to launch in Japanese theaters on September 20, 2024—the exact same day Kadokawa releases this card game set.

The exclusive character list is as follows:

The Overlord: Imagine Stories card game set will be available on September 20, 2024.

The post Overlord: Imagine Stories Card Game Will Create Random Tales appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 1:00 PM

New Wuthering Waves Merchandise Includes a Figure Plush, and Pins

Kuro Game announced that 10 kinds of Wuthering Waves merchandise based on characters will be released, with items expected to arrive worldwide between August 2024 and January 2025 depending on the item. It noted that the three online stores people can find items that ship to most locations are AmiAmi, Nekotwo, and Omo Merch

Depending on the type of item someone wants, it is possible different variations are available. However, in some case the options are limited. For example, the only figure is the Jiyan one. The Resonator Scene Illustration acrylic stands are only available in Jiyan and Yinlin options. However, there are multiple Resonator badge and standard acrylic standees available. 

Here's the full list of all the Wuthering Waves products that are available on all three storefronts. Prices tend to be slightly cheaper at AmiAmi, but the Nekotwo and Omo Merch ones seem fairly consistent with each other. In cases where AmiAmi is significantly cheaper, it is noted.

  • 100-150mm plush of Gulpuff, Hoartoise, Jianxin Panda, or Yangyang Lark - $18, but $14.38 at AmiAmi - expected in August 2024
  • Jianxin Panda or Yangyang Lark plush keychain - $12, but $9.59 at AmiAmi - expected in August 2024
  • Jiyan Echo Hunting Chibi Figure - $50, but $32.87 at AmiAmi - expected in January 2025
  • Resonator Acrylic Flowing Sand Ornament (Baizhi, Chixia, Jiyan, Lingyang, Yangyang, or Yinlin) - $14 
  • Resonator Scene Illustration Acrylic Stands (Jiyan or Yinlin) - $18, but $12.67 at AmiAmi - expected in August 2024
  • Resonator Themed Acrylic Standee (Baizhi, Chixia, Lingyang, Rover Female, Rover Male, or Yangyang) - $15- expected in August 2024 by AmiAmi
  • Resonator Themed Metal Badge (Jiyan or Yinlin) - $15, but $10.96 at AmiAmi - expected in August 2024
  • Resonator Themed Raster Keychain (Jiyan or Yinlin) - $12 - expected in August 2024 by AmiAmi
  • Resonator Themed Tin Badge (Baizhi, Chixia, Jiyan, Lingyang, Yangyang, or Yinlin) - $5 - expected in August 2024

And here are some of the official Kuro Games photos of the Wuthering Waves merchandise shared with us:

Nekotwo and AmiAmi also showed a few items that aren't available at every retailer. One is a $400 Crownless Ultimate Figure that Nekotwo expects to ship to the US in April 2025. The other is a Lingyang Resonator Impression Series Ceramic Mug available at both stores and expected between October-November 2024. It costs either $26.71 or $35, depending on where you order it.

Here's what those look like:

Wuthering Waves is available for PCs and mobile devices, and the new merchandise based on the series is expected to begin shipping from multiple storefronts in January 2025.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 12:30 PM

New Hima-Ten Manga Debuts in Shonen Jump

Genki Ono's Hima-Ten is the latest new manga to show up in Shonen Jump. Its run started its run on July 7, 2024, and people can also read it in English on Viz Media and MangaPlus

Hima-Ten features a premise that is sort of similar to the shojo series Tamon's B-Side, in that an ordinary student who works cleaning houses suddenly ends up being a major part of a famous person's daily life due to working for them. In the case of this series, Tenichi Iemori has a part-time job cleaning houses, and Himari Yoshino is a model and president of a cosmetics company known as Hima Riz. As the class representative, Ten ends up helping her on her first day as she transfers to their school, then learns his new client for cleaning is her and she isn't what she seems.

There have been quite a few new manga series that debuted in Shonen Jump worldwide over the last few weeks. The latest run of new series really started to kick off in April 2024 with Astro Royale. Others like Kyokuto Necromance, Psych House, Yokai Buster Murakami, Shiba Inu Rooms, and Ultimate Exorcist Kiyoshiare among them. 

The next new chapter of the manga Hima-Ten will appear in Shonen Jump and online on July 14, 2024. 

The post New Hima-Ten Manga Debuts in Shonen Jump appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 12:20 PM

Overwatch 2 Transformers Trailer Shows Bastion Bumblebee, Optimus Prime Reinhardt

The latest Overwatch 2 Transformers trailer ahead of the July 9, 2024 event showed Bastion as Bumblebee, Reinhardt as Optimus Prime, and Illari as Arcee. This comes after a July 5, 2024 Overwatch Transmission comic confirmed Megatron Rammatra. 

Here's the full animated Overwatch 2 Transformers trailer. It begins with us seeing the Bumblebee version of Bastion. After that, we see the Illari version of Arcee lying on some grass with her gun nearby. This is followed by the Optimus Prime version of Reinhardt at a castle, with his hammer at his side. As the video goes on, Megatron Rammatra shows up. We then see the Transformers versions of the characters take action to fight against Rammatra. 


The video doesn't note if there will be any special limited-time mode to go along with the crossover. 

This comes following the return of Pink Mercy. That skin and a Rose Gold Mercy Bundle appeared for Breast Cancer Research Foundation support. Those are only available until July 8, 2024. If people buy them, Blizzard donates all money spent to charity.

Overwatch 2 is available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Transformers crossover event begins on July 9, 2024. 

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 12:00 PM

Sergeant Sgt Frog Sanrio crossover

KThingS announced that it will sell exclusive crossover merchandise involving Sgt Frog and Sanrio characters for a limited time in Japan. The company will sell these items via its online and physical pop-up stores in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka from July 2024 until October 2024.

This crossover will see five pairings between Sanrio mascots and characters from the manga and anime series originally known in Japan as Keroro Gunso. It will be part of the celebrations for the double anniversary of the latter franchise—the 1999 manga is having its 25th anniversary, while the 2004 anime is on the 20th anniversary year.

The primary pairing will tag the eponymous sergeant with the fellow frog mascot Keroppi. Cinnamoroll, who is arguably the most popular Sanrio character after updating his win streak to five consecutive years following the 2024 ranking contest, will also appear with Tamama.

The full list of pairings in this crossover will be as follows:

  • Sgt. Frog (a.k.a. Keroro) with Keroppi
  • Tamama with Cinnamoroll
  • Giroro with Kuromi
  • Kululu with Pompompurin
  • Dororo with Hangyooon

The items will be available at the following outlets and times:

  • Tokyo Station First Avenue Character Street and Online Plaza web store - July 19, 2024, until August 1, 2024
  • Munyugurumi Patio EC web store - July 22, 2024, until stocks run out
  • Munyugurumi Patio at Nagoya Parco - August 23, 2024, until September 12, 2024
  • Munyugurumi Patio at Hep Five Osaka - September 14-24, 2024
  • Munyugurumi Patio at Laforet Harajuku - October 11-20, 2024

And here is the complete list of merchandise, along with the prices in Japanese yen:

  • Hanging mascot - ¥1,980
  • Trading tin badge - ¥495
  • Trading clear card - ¥330
  • Trading acrylic stand - ¥990
  • F3-sized canvas art - ¥5,500
  • Tote bag - ¥2,200
  • Die-cut sticker - ¥440
  • Printed drawstring pouch - ¥990
  • Mug cup - ¥1,980
  • Memo notepad - ¥880

As a side note, for every 3,000 yen made in a single receipt in any outlet other than the Munyugurumi Patio EC web store, KThingS will give away a random postcard or bookmark based on one of the five aforementioned pairs.

The Sgt Frog - Sanrio Characters crossover merchandise will be available for a limited time and stock in Japan from July 19, 2024.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 11:30 AM

Fate/Grand Order Arcueid

The newest SSR to arrive in the worldwide version of Fate/Grand Order is a version of Tsukihime heroine Arcueid Brunestud, known as Archetype: Earth. She is available to pull for on the 7th anniversary banner up until July 16, 2024.

The character originally released on the Japanese version of FGO back in 2022 as part of the game's 7th anniversary celebrations, but has only just come to the global version because it runs approximately two years behind. The gacha banner for Archetype: Earth began on July 6, 2024, and is set to remain available until July 16, 2024. Arcueid appears as the Moon Cancer class, and she will be joined on her banner by the SR Alter Ego Xu Fu. Several craft essences like King of the Seraph and Hunter's Dream will also be available before they and Xu Fu are added to the permanent banners.

You can get a look at SSR Archetype: Earth's attack animations and Noble Phantasm via the Youtube video below:

Meanwhile on the Japanese server, the new SSR Alter Ego character(s) Azumi no Isora were revealed back in June, 2024. That month also saw a new key visual revealed for the upcoming Fate/Stay Night remaster.

The Fate/Grand Order 7th Anniversary Archetype: EARTH Pickup Summon featuring Arcueid Brunestud will be available until July 16, 2024. Fate/Grand Order is available now for mobile devices worldwide.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 11:00 AM

11 Zenless Zone Zero Known Issues Fixed

HoYoVerse announced that between July 4-6, 2024, it fixed eleven known issues in Zenless Zone Zero. While some are minor and involved in-game text changes, others could be more serious and affect progression during a specific Rally Commission or keep someone from properly using the Squad configuration section.

Some of the fixed Zenless Zone Zero known issues were bugs that caused problems on all platforms. For example, "The Proxy and the Hare" quest negatively affected HP recovery, until it was fixed on July 4, 2024. Events might not have shown new icons, the "Qualification Assessment - Edge" Hollow Zero Gatekeepers wouldn't give enough points, unlock requirement descriptions for some locations might not show properly even though it will unlock correctly, and store tags won't show up correctly. One of the problems, which was fixed on July 6, 2024, could be gamebreaking and stop progress in the Metro Terminal - Edge" Rally Commission. 

A few of the problems were platform-specific. For example, two were known for Android and iOS devices. On June 5, 2024, the issue keeping Agents from showing in Agent Interface was fixed for Android devices. Then the next day on June 6, 2024, the issue with Plugboo on iOS devices that kept people from changing things up in Squad Configuration was fixed.

Zenless Zone Zero is available for the PS5, PC, and mobile devices. 

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 10:30 AM

Uzumaki Anime English and Japanese Voice Actors Shared

At Anime Expo 2024, we finally learned more about the upcoming Uzumaki anime adaptation again, with the latest reveal involving English and Japanese voice actors for a handful of characters. That brings the total of known performers up to eight, if we consider we already knew Junji Ito makes a cameo appearance

Here is the full list of confirmed Uzumaki Japanese voice actors.

  • Azami Kurotani: Mariya Ise
  • Katayama: Katsutoshi Matsuzaki
  • Kirie Goshima: Uki Satake
  • Kirie's Dad: Toshio Furukawa
  • Shuichi Saito: Shinichiro Miki
  • Shuichi's Dad: Takashi Matsuyama
  • Shuichi's Mom: Mika Doi

And here are the English dub voices for Uzumaki characters:

  • Azami Kurotani: Cristina Vee
  • Katayama: Max Mittleman
  • Kirie Goshima: Abby Trott
  • Kirie's Dad: Doug Stone
  • Shuichi Saito: Robbie Daymond
  • Shuichi's Dad: Aaron LaPlante
  • Shuichi's Mom: Mona Marshall

Here is the official Uzumaki anime voice actors announcement that appeared on social media. It included art of Kirie, Shuichi, and Azami from the show.


Prior to this reveal, we did get to hear the Japanese voice actors briefly for both Kirie and Shuichi. They appeared in a "first look" trailer for the show that appeared at the 2023 San Diego Comic Con.


While we did get to know about the actors, we still didn't get a release date for the Production IG show. It has been delayed multiple times since the original alleged 2020 launch window. Most recently, a Japan Times interview with Junji Ito in June 2024 suggested the show would appear on Cartoon Network in 2024.

The Uzumaki anime will apparently air during Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2024, and Viz Media handles the manga outside Japan. 

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 10:00 AM

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movie compilation on TV for 20th anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series falls in 2024, and the team behind the anime shows will return to celebrate the milestone. The Nanoha Project team has formally launched the anniversary project, and it will gradually reveal new works to mark the anniversary.

The first work in this project will see the series' first two movies recompiled into TV shows in October 2024. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st and The Movie 2nd A's originally appeared on theaters in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Each of them featured a parallel retelling of the first two seasons of the original TV anime that aired in 2004 and 2005.

King Records is also accepting submissions for fanart related to the Lyrical Nanoha franchise until October 5, 2024. People can submit their fanart digitally via an online form or physically by sending a mail to King Records' office in Tokyo, Japan. The company will feature the winning entries on the ending credits for the above compilations. It will also send a physical anniversary logo sticker to each person behind the fanart.

While the Lyrical Nanoha series has been mostly known for its anime and manga adaptations, Bandai Namco had released two games based on the franchise for the PlayStation Portable. The two titles in question were The Battle of the Aces in January 2010 and The Gears of Destiny in December 2011.

The new compilation of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st and The Movie 2nd A's will appear on television in October 2024. It will also be the exact month the series' 20th anniversary falls in, as the inaugural Lyrical Nanoha anime show aired first on October 1, 2004.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 9:30 AM

Junji Ito Sanrio Collaboration Pairs Tomie With Hello Kitty

A new Junji Ito x Sanrio Characters Pop Up Store collaboration of merchandise will appear in Tokyo and Osaka, and the newly unveiled key visual art pairs Tomie with Hello Kitty. Tomie will appear in gyaru fashion, while the Beautiful Boy at the Crossroads from Junji Ito's Lovesickness collection will appear on a swing floating thanks to the aid of various Sanrio character balloons.

Aside from Hello Kitty, other pieces of merchandise will pair Tomie and the Beautiful Boy with various Sanrio characters. The pop up store will be available at the Shibuya Parco store between August 23, 2024 and September 9, 2024, and the Shinsaibashi Parco store in Osaka between September 27, 2024 and October 14, 2024.

Here's the full lineup of merchandise items in the upcoming Junji Ito x Sanrio Characters Pop Up Store alongside their prices:

  • Tomie Acrylic Stand – 2,200 yen (~$13.67)
  • Tomie Clear File Set – 440 yen (~$2.73)
  • Tomie Holographic Heart-shaped Badge – 550 yen (~$3.42)
  • Tomie Aurora Sticker – 605 yen (~$3.76)
  • Tomie Compact Double Mirror – 1,100 yen (~$6.84)
  • Tomie Acrylic Heart Hair Clip – 990 yen (~$6.15)
  • Tomie Black T-shirt – 4,950 yen (~$30.76)
  • Tomie White T-shirt – 5,500 yen (~$34.18)
  • Tomie Large Towel – 4,400 yen (~$27.34)
  • Tomie Key Art Print – 22,000 yen (~$136.71)
  • Boy at the Crossroads Floating Acrylic Stand – 2,200 yen (~$13.67)
  • Boy at the Crossroads Clear File 2 Set – 880 yen (~$5.47)
  • Boy at the Crossroads Stickers – 550 yen (~$3.42)
  • Boy at the Crossroads Canvas Panel – 4,400 yen (~$27.34)
  • Boy at the Crossroads Black T-shirt – 4,950 yen (~$30.76)
  • Boy at the Crossroads White T-shirt – 4,950 yen (~$30.76)
  • Boy at the Crossroads Tote Bag – 3,850 yen (~$23.92)
  • Junji Ito Collaboration Trading Square Pin Badges (6 available) – 495 yen (~$3.08)
  • Junji Ito Collaboration Trading Acrylic Keychains (6 available) – 770 yen (~$4.78)
  • Junji Ito Collaboration Clear File Set – 440 yen (~$2.73)
  • Junji Ito Collaboration Cork Coasters (6 available) – 880 yen (~$5.47)
  • Junji Ito Collaboration Trading Holographic Stickers (9 available) – 550 yen (~$3.42)

And here's how the items will look:

As a reminder, a figure of Tomie by sculptor Yoshiki Fujimoto that costs over $200 was announced back in April 2024, and it will come out in May 2025.

The Junji Ito x Sanrio Characters Pop Up Store will appear in Tokyo between August 23 and September 9, 2024 and Osaka throughout September 27 and October 14.

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Siliconera Monday, July 8, 2024 9:00 AM

Nintendo booth at BitSummit Drift

Nintendo has revealed that it will have a booth containing game demos at BitSummit Drift. The company will feature demos of twelve titles on the Switch console, including Suika Game and SCHiM.

The company had featured most of these games at previous Nintendo Direct and Indie World streams. Titles like The Star Named EOS and Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus appeared in the Japanese edition of the June 2024 Direct. Nintendo even featured The Exit 8 exclusively in the Japanese version of the April 2024 Indie World stream.

Nintendo will also distribute free memorabilia to the booth's visitors. It will have a lantern-shaped notebook containing interviews with the developers behind the featured titles. The company will also give away hand towels with a large hiragana inscription of "Indie World" while stocks last.

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Image courtesy of Nintendo

Here is the full list of all twelve titles that Nintendo will feature at its BitSummit Drift booth:

  1. A Dance of Fire and Ice
  2. Arranger: A Role-Puzzling Adventure
  3. Kill The Crows
  4. SCHiM
  5. Bō: Path of the Teal Lotus
  6. The Star Named EOS
  7. Suika Game's 2-Player Mode Expansion
  8. Butto Bird
  9. Little Kitty, Big City
  10. The Exit 8
  11. Lorelei and the Laser Eyes
  12. Balatro

BitSummit Drift will take place at Miyako Messe in Kyoto, Japan, on July 19-21, 2024. Nintendo will set up its booth at the 3rd exhibition hall on the third floor of the building.

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