News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Dead by Daylight Launches New Tome Mid-Chapter Update Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:13:40 -0500 Yaneki

The new Mid-Chapter update for Dead by Daylight is here, bringing with it a host of new features. There's a rework of The Doctor, a controversial change to the previously widely-used perk Hex: Ruin, and, of course, the new Archives and Tome update, titled Reckoning.

For those unfamiliar, the Archives are a series of challenges players can complete for lore and points towards their Tome, Dead by Daylight's attempt at a battlepass-esque route for monetization.

This is the game's second outing with the system, and it's clear the developers have already learned a lot from their first excursion. Challenges are now more achievable and diverse, and a greater number of characters have been added to the Archives lore this time around, including Jane Romero, David King, The Doctor, and The Spirit.

Some mild spoilers: apparently, the Doctor used to be handsome. Yep, this guy. Players will have to work their way through the Archives and unlock his cutscene to see for themselves, however.

The Doctor himself has also gone under the knife this update, receiving a much-requested rework. Previously, players felt that the Doctor required very little input or skill to get the most out of his powers, and for the most part, he was an underwhelming but annoying killer. The rework has garnered praise from most, and The Doctor seems to be performing better than before.

Decidedly much less praised was the decision to effectively nerf Hex: Ruin with a complete revision, setting the Hex perk up to be more effective in the late-game. The decision was met with a lot of backlash from players, who saw the decision as short-sighted, lacking understanding, and catering to lower-ranked players.

While many could agree that Hex: Ruin was a band-aid on other underlying issues, and it needed to be changed and addressed in some way, treating a Hex perk as intended for "late-game" seemed a step back. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Dead By Daylight news and information. Be sure to head over to our Dead By Daylight guides hub if you're in need of any help.

Rune Factory 4: Special Release Date Unexpectedly Sprouts Up Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:14:45 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Rune Factory 4: Special was announced for Nintendo Switch during one of last year's Nintendo Directs. We've waited a long time for a release date, and now we've got one. Rune Factory 4: Special will hit Nintendo Switch on February 25 in the U.S., both physically and digitally.

Rune Factory 4 first appeared on the Nintendo 3DS and was widely regarded as the best title in the Harvest Moon spinoff series. This is basically the same game, with a few twists — hence the "Special" moniker. This enhanced Switch version includes new scenarios, including a post-marriage scenario in the Newlywed Mode, new content centered around Ventuswill, and dual-audio support.

There will also be additional DLC, included free at launch for early buyers before going on sale for $5 starting March 26. However, pre-purchasing Rune Factory 4: Special nets you the Swimsuit DLC, where — surprise! — everyone gets a swimsuit.

As a straight-up farm-sim game, we still think Stardew Valley is the king, as its recent sales milestones show. However, Rune Factory 4 offers so much more than just farming, from deeper relationship-building and exploration to combat, crafting, and everything else you'd expect from a traditional RPG.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Rune Factory 4: Special news as it drops from the sky.

GTA Online Overtime Rumble Offering Double GTA$ Cash and RP Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:24:02 -0500 Ty Arthur

Ready for a weekend of insane GTA Online driving shenanigans? The GTA Online Overtime Rumble event is now live and runs from January 23-29. While the event is going, Overtime Rumble is dishing out Double GTA$ cash and RP.

Aside from the doubled rewards and double the money, there's also a new rugged offroader available so you can get into trouble off the mean streets as well. Go pick up the Nagasaki Outlaw at Southern San Andreas Super Autos, or aim to grab the top podium prize instead.

This week that coveted prize vehicle is a Progen Emerus supercar with custom Hexagon Blue livery.

In addition, during the Overtime Rumble event, all weapons and Mk II weapon upgrades at Ammu-Nation are 40% off, while a variety of properties and vehicles also see 25%-40% discounts. Time to spend all that money!

According to Rockstar, these are the discounts you can expect to see: 


  • Master Penthouse  25% off
  • Penthouse Upgrades  25% off
  • Penthouse Decorations  25% off
  • Mobile Operations Center  40% off


  • TM-02 Khanjali  40% off
  • HVY Apocalypse Scarab  40% off
  • HVY Future Shock Scarab  40% off
  • HVY Nightmare Scarab  40% off
  • HVY Chernobog  40% off
  • B-11 Strikeforce  40% off 
  • P-996 Lazer  40% off
  • Mammoth Hydra  40% off 
  • BF Ramp Buggy  40% off


  • All Weapons at Ammu-Nation  40% OFF
  • Mk II Weapon Upgrades  40% OFF

While using your new offroader or upgraded weapons, don't forget to hit up all the GTA Online treasure hunt clue locations and be on the lookout for even more updates and events coming soon. 

New Kingdom Hearts Mobile Game Announced, Coming Soon Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:12:51 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Kingdom Hearts: Re:Mind just launched, and we've already got news of another Kingdom Hearts game on the way. This time, it's a mobile-and-Amazon game, codenamed Project Xehanort. It is set for a release sometime in spring 2020, and will be available on iOS, Android, and Amazon.

The news comes from the official Project Xehanort Twitter account, which gives very little indication of what we can expect from the title. There's a shot of young Xehanort holding a chess piece, referencing the opening sequences of Kingdom Hearts 3, and... that's about it.

The game's slot on the Kingdom Hearts website provides a tiny bit more detail, saying the new title will explore why Xehanort became a seeker of darkness. Sounds a bit like Maleficent if we're being honest. However, since it's Kingdom Hearts, with all the twisting lore that entails, we can probably expect a lot more depth to the story than that.

There's also a name guessing competition running until January 28 at 6:59 p.m. PST/9:59 p.m. EST. Entrants can guess what they think the game's official title will be, using two hints Square Enix provided: it's two words and contains eight letters.

The site has more details, but you can enter on Twitter.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdom Hearts and Project Xehanort news, and look forward to our Kingdom Hearts: Re:Mind review soon.

Half-Life: Alyx Clocks in at About What We'd Expect Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:53:29 -0500 Calen Nakash

A game series like Half-Life doesn't pride itself on hundreds of hours of gameplay, or repetitive looter-shooter mechanics like Borderlands 3 (as exciting as those mechanics can be).

As it stands, it looks like Half-Life: Alyx, the upcoming VR first-person shooter set in the Half-Life universe, will follow its predecessors as a roughly dozen-hour adventure. The news comes from a Reddit AMA with the game's developers.

For comparison, Half-Life 2 clocked in at around 13 hours and 15 hours for completionists. The original Half-Life takes about 12 hours to complete, with a playtime of about 14 to15 hours to finish up.

In other words, Half-Life: Alyx is par for the course when it comes to titles in the series. According to the recent developer AMA, playtesters have found themselves spending roughly the same amount of time with the new virtual reality game as the first two games, which should be plenty for a rich, memorable experience.

More good news comes with the fact that Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game, too: there will be tons of face-eating monsters jumping directly into your eyes. Half-Life: Alyx is coming out in March for Windows. Whether it will eventually drop for the PS4 and Xbox One remains to be seen.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Half-Life Alyx as it breaks. 

Wasteland Remastered PC And Xbox Game Pass Release Date Announced Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:37:59 -0500 Ty Arthur

While waiting to explore the frozen Colorado landscape in the upcoming Wasteland 3, fans of this post-apocalyptic series have something else to look forward to soon. Wasteland Remastered, a remake of the classic 1988 title with a host of quality of life improvements, will arrive next month.

The Wasteland Remastered release date has now officially been set as February 25, 2020. InXile Entertainment will drop the re-release on PC via the Windows Store, Steam, and GOG platforms, as well as Xbox One on the console side.

Best of all? Wasteland Remastered is set to be included in the Game Pass service, so Xbox One players can jump in for free if they are monthly subscribers. 

The remastered version makes the leap from 2D pixels to 3D environments, but otherwise keeps the classic tale of the Desert Rangers. Based on the early screenshots, it appears all the text will finally be available in-game as well, rather than needing to refer to a separate manual like in the original release.

Are you planning on returning to the original Wasteland, or are you holding out for Wasteland 3 to drop on May 19? That next entry in the long-running franchise will also be available via Game Pass, and is currently available for pre-installation on PC.

Stardew Valley Shoots Past Major Sales Milestone Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:31:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Stardew Valley creator and developer Eric Barone, aka "ConcernedApe," recently updated the game's fact page with a huge new piece of information. Stardew Valley has officially passed the 10 million sales mark,

That's pretty incredible. Not only is Stardew a farm-sim game developed by just one person who taught himself, but the game has only been on the market for four years.

The total shared sales figure includes sales on all platforms supporting Stardew Valley, including mobile and the almost-officially-dead Vita. While it's not clear which platform the game is most popular on, it's basically always in the Switch eShop's top-selling games and download-only games; at the time of writing, it's actually at the top of both lists. 

It's often in Steam's top-played games as well, currently sitting at #28 on Steam Charts behind Civilization 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, Temtem, Terraria, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to name a few. That's pretty good company.  

Incredible though the news might be, we're not too surprised. Stardew Valley gets substantial content updates on a fairly regular basis, and even the base game is one of the best in the genre.

What's next for the farm-sim king? Barone just finished getting the console versions watered with the latest update; he's also working on a new game set in the same universe, though it's not a direct sequel. We'll probably be waiting a while for more major updates and new games, but chances are, it'll be worth the wait.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Stardew Valley news as it sprouts.

Kojima Productions Plan on Working on Multiple Projects Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:18:12 -0500 Ashley Shankle

As if Death Stranding was going to be Hideo Kojima's last video game.

Speaking with Japanese gaming publication Famitsu, Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear Solid character designer Yoji Shinkawa detailed some aspects of Death Stranding's development. The interview brought to light the fact Shinkawa joined Kojima Productions of his own will, rather than being asked the duo's work certainly go hand-in-hand.

However, the big piece of information revealed during the interview was that Kojima Productions is gearing up to work on multiple projects, with one being a larger game release. Kojima would also like to make something including mecha to touch on Shinkawa's design specialty, whether in game, manga, or anime form. It is unknown whether the undisclosed larger game project the studio may be taking on is mecha-related.

Also during the interview, Hideo Kojima mentioned he would be open to doing smaller or episodic games. Though as a fan, it's hard to imagine him turning down the scope of his ideas to work them into a smaller title.

It comes as no surprise that Kojima Productions would begin working on more games after last year's Death Stranding, which has been met with mixed reception due to its off-the-wall approach to the video game medium as a whole. Whatever the studio's upcoming projects might be are a total mystery in just about every regard.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kojima-related news as it develops. 

Ninja Theory Announces Experimental Horror Game, Project: Mara Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:19:13 -0500 GS_Staff

Ninja Theory has announced a new experimental horror game in Project: Mara. A short teaser for the game was unveiled in a recently-released developer diary from the studio behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

It's no secret that Ninja Theory has been deeply invested in research surrounding mental illness over the past several years, specifically in how video games can shed new light on the stigmatized and seemingly verboten subject. Senua's Sacrifice was molded around exploring themes of mental illness in video games, even if it was in a fantasy setting. 

As what Ninja Theory is calling "experimental" and a "showcase," Project: Mara looks to eschew the fantasy trappings found in Hellblade and explore the effects of mental illness in a "real-world" setting. 

Speaking about Project: Mara in the Dreadnought Diaries 1 developer diary (seen below), Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades said:

[Project Mara is] a real world and grounded representation of true mental terror. It will be based heavily on research, interviews, and first-hand accounts to recreate the horrors of the mind as accurately and believably as possible.

To that end, Project: Mara is a character-driven game featuring only one character and one location. From the looks of the short trailer, the game will also use physical manifestations to represent the main character's mental state — similar to the system found in Senua's Sacrifice

As of writing, we don't know anything more about Project: Mara. What's more, the announcement did not say which platforms the game would be coming to or when it might release. While this is purely speculation, it appears Project: Mara is still in the very early stages of development.

The Dreadnought Diaries 1 is a series of developer diaries set to follow Ninja's Theory's new development model. It's one that sees the 120-person team split into smaller groups to tackle more creative and experimental endeavors, one of which is Project: Mara.  

In other news, the DMC: Devil May Cry and Heavenly Sword developer announced Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 at the 2019 Game Awards in December. Currently, the studio is set to release a team-based fighting game, Bleeding Edge, on March 24 for PC and Xbox One.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Project: Mara and Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 as it develops. 

Project xCloud's Streaming Lineup Expands With New Games Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:08:18 -0500 Ty Arthur

Though Project xCloud is still only in beta, the games streaming service already has 83 games in its catalog. The increase comes as a dozen new games were just added by Microsoft. They cover a wide range of genres. 

The new lineup includes a number of Telltale titles, which goes against the norm considering the studio's demise. Some other digital services have been jettisoning those games instead. For fans of those games, though, their inclusion in the xCloud lineup is a boon. 

Other games, such as SUPERHOT, Destiny 2, The Surge, and Sid Meier's Civilization 6 also make appearances. Here's the full list of newly added xCloud titles:

Several of those games are currently available through the growing Xbox Game Pass library, although Project xCloud and Game Pass are two separate entities at this point.

Game Pass notably has a monthly fee and currently supports installing games on Xbox One and PC. The two services are expected to eventually become compatible with each other, however, and may merge in some way.

At the moment, Project xCloud remains free, though in beta. If you get into the beta, you can play all the available games at no cost, However, the service is currently only available for a small number of player testers. Potential applicants need a compatible Android mobile device, a wireless Xbox One controller, and a stable wi-fi connection to take part.

Wondering what all the fuss is about and how this streaming service works? Check our Project xCloud early impressions here! Stay tuned for more news and info on Project xCloud as it develops. 

The Witcher Animated Film Coming to Netflix Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:17:09 -0500 Ty Arthur

Barely a month after its release on Netflix, the mania for The Witcher is still in full swing, with news rapidly arriving of yet more content to come. After Netflix apparently confirmed that multiple seasons are in the works in an earnings video, we now know an animated film is set to arrive later this year.

The news broke when a Writers Guild Of America listing popped up showing a new Witcher movie penned by Beau DeMayo. 

Titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, this new flick will keep the same showrunner as the live-action series, according to a report from io9. Studio Mir (Voltron: Legendary Defender, The Legend of Korra) is set to handle the animation. 

This standalone entry will explore a powerful new threat to the Continent apparently not seen in the first season. Voice actors for the project haven't been announced yet, so it isn't clear if Anya Chalotra will continue to voice Yennefer or if any other cast from the base show, such as Henry Cavill, will appear.

Are you excited for even more of The Witcher to appear between Netflix seasons? Let us know in the comments, and sound off with your best guesses as the plot and villain in Nightmare Of The Wolf!

If all these shows have inspired you to re-install the game, don't forget to take a look at our updated list of the best Witcher 3 mods currently available.

ScourgeBringer's Rouge-Like Action Slices Into Early Access, PC Game Pass Soon Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:04:39 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Flying Oak Games and Dear Villagers recently announced that their rogue-platformer game Scourgebringer is leaping its way onto Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Pass for PC on February 6.

Describes as part Celeste and part Dead Cells, ScourgeBringer follows a hero named Kyhra as she tries to uncover the secrets of an Eldritch monolith naturally set on destroying the world. Kyhra isn't completely alone on her journey, though, as she gets some assistance from her trusty combat drone.

She'll need it, too. The dungeons in ScourgeBringer are never the same twice (it's a rogue-like, after all). They're full of deadly enemies, massive bosses, and ghosts of the past, on top of devilish platforming challenges.

There's no backtracking in the game either. It's all about moving forward, and combat is all about attacking; Kyhra's skills are offensive-focused only. Yet it's the clues she uncovers from the past that will unlock the secrets of the present.

Suffice to say, there'll be plenty of content to sink your teeth into here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more ScourgeBringer news as it develops.

Xbox Series X Leak Reveals Prototype Console, Rear Ports Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:00:51 -0500 Ty Arthur

Somebody's likely in big trouble after posting photos of an actual Xbox Series X to Twitter. While they are dealing with what is likely an NDA nightmare, we all at least get to see what's in store for the next-gen Xbox console.

It appears the tower-style indicated by the mockup images used in Microsoft's advertising is really happening, so get ready to go vertical rather than horizontal this time around.

It's the ports that have the internet abuzz, though. There appear to be two USB ports, an Ethernet port, an optical audio port, a power connector, and an HDMI port. There's also a mystery port.


As an early prototype release for testing, it's important to note that the final version hitting shelves may feature different ports. That big one on the left side, in particular, is unclear. Is it a card slot for memory expansion or something for troubleshooting that won't appear on the launch Xbox Series X later this year?

What do you think of the port setup and tower design, and are you looking forward to jumping into the next-gen later this year? While we don't have a firm Xbox Series X release date and price yet, we do know it's set to hit shelves sometime in Holiday 2020. 

SteelSeries Sets Sights on "Boring Office Peripherals" With New Mouse, Keyboards Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:41:01 -0500 GS_Staff

Considering the crushing burden of student debt, not everyone can afford a $150 gaming mouse or a $250 gaming keyboard. Or, appraising the deliciousness of well-prepared restaurant-style Ramen, one might prefer to spend their money elsewhere. Luckily, SteelSeries has released three new gaming peripherals set on providing gamers with quality on the cheap. 

Enter the Rival 3 gaming mouse and the Apex 3 and Apex 5 gaming keyboards. The goal with each peripheral is to replace "boring office peripherals" that many gamers use on a day to day basis. Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO, said of the new peripheral line: 

There are so many gamers out there that are stuck using boring, traditional office peripherals for gaming. With these new products, we set office products in our sights and sought to retool our cutting-edge technologies and put them into products that are accessible for every gamer. No one should have to be stuck using run-of-the-mill office products for gaming.

The Rival 3 retails for $29.99 and employs SteelSeries' TrueMove Core optical sensor. The sensor, made in collaboration with PixArt, is capable of reaching 8,500 CPI. Though that value isn't as meteoric as the Rival 600's 12,000 CPI, it's also $50 cheaper than the Rival 600. The Rival 3 is also 77g and has switches rated for 60 million clicks. 

Retailing for $49.99, the Apex 3 is a full gaming keyboard, complete with num-pad. It features proprietary SteelSeries switches said to surpasses 20 million keypresses. The keyboard is also IP32 water-resistant, similar to the Corsair K68. The Apex 3 also features nifty cable re-routing underneath the chassis, magnetic wrist rest, dedicated media keys, customizable lighting, and "gaming-grade" anti-ghosting. 

At $99.99, the Apex 5 gaming keyboard is the most "expensive" product in the new SteelSeries line. However, it has a few tricks up its sleeves, such as featuring switches that bridge the gap between membrane and mechanical. According to SteelSeries, the Apex 5 also has a magnetic wrist rest, dedicated media controls, and customizable lighting. It also has an OLED Smart Display for viewing information from Discord, TIDAL, and more. 

Of course, we haven't tried any of these products ourselves, so we can't specifically speak to their quality. But SteelSeries has been steadily upping its quality over the past several years, as seen in its other products, such as the Arctis Pro+ gaming headset, Stratus Duo controller, and Sensei Ten ambidextrous gaming mouse. 

All three peripherals are available now globally. You can learn more about them by visiting the SteelSeries website. Be sure to stay tuned for more on these products as we're able to go hands-on with them in the coming weeks. 

Mortal Kombat Kollection Online May No Longer Be Kanceled Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:41:20 -0500 Ty Arthur

Rumors of remastered Mortal Kombat titles have swirled for years now, but the latest news back in April indicated Mortal Kombat Kollection Online had been KO'd. The classic games that kicked off the gory fighting genre were seemingly left behind. 

However, there's been a surprising development in the planned remaster of the first three MK games. PEGI, the European games rating board, just put up an 18+ rating for a new Mortal Kombat entry with the same title. The title is said to include online play, updated art, and upgraded gameplay.

According to the listing, the game is set to release on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It's doubtful, though, that it will make its listed January 21, 2020 launch date as that date has already passed. 

As of writing, it remains unclear if the rating means Mortal Kombat Kollection Online is back in production, or, perhaps, the developers had previously submitted for a rating and PEGI just wasn't up with the cancelation news. If the former is the case, get ready for an official announcement soon now that the rating news has leaked.

In the meantime, Mortal Kombat 11 keeps getting new cross-universe DLC characters. After the Terminator and Joker appeared on the roster as new fighters, we'll get the Hellish Spawn in March.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Mortal Kombat and the Mortal Kombat Kollection as it enters the arena. 

Turns Out It Wasn't Godfall PlayStation 5 Footage After All Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:26:01 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Yesterday, we reported on alleged leaked footage from Godfall, the upcoming PlayStation 5 launch title from Counterplay and Gearbox. While the leaker — and we — never mentioned this was definitely PS5 footage, some did wonder whether it was showing off next-gen software. Turns out, it wasn't.

Gearbox's Randy Pitchford and Counterplay responded to the trailer on Twitter, both saying variations of the same thing.

The footage was only ever of the PC version to begin with and wasn't meant a kind of goal to hit for the team.

Both Counterplay and Pitchford suggested the game has come a long way since the trailer from last year and are excited to show off all the changes.

This all makes sense. The leak offered nothing definitive about the footage other than saying it was from last year.

So, now that that's out of the way, we still have no tangible idea what the PS5 is capable of and what it might consist of other than spruced up hardware. Backwards compatibility? Maybe. Ray tracing? Definitely. Anything else? Hopefully, we'll find out soon.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X news as it develops.

Report: The Witcher Likely to See More Than Two Seasons at Netflix Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:20:57 -0500 Ty Arthur

Can't get that catchy "toss a coin to your Witcher" tune out of your head? Get ready to hum it a whole lot longer than expected. It looks like The Witcher is getting more than just two seasons at Netflix.  

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings appeared in a Q4 earnings report video (available below) to discuss how The Witcher is becoming one of the most-watched first seasons in company history.

One line from his presentation, in particular, may interest fans of The Witcher series, as Hastings described it as a "massive new franchise that will develop season after season." In other words, expect multiple seasons.

According to the earnings video, at least 76 million households watched the show since it released on December 20. While many Netflix originals tend to end between Season 2 or Season 3, it seems like The Witcher is popular enough to keep going for years to come.

While casting hasn't actually begun, we may see Mark Hamill as Vesemir in the second season of The Witcher thanks to some serious fan meddling on social media.

When will The Witcher season 2 premiere? We don't have a specific date yet, but it was greenlit before the first season even hit Netflix. Barring any production snags, expect it to land in 2021.

Have Jaskier, Yennefer, and Geralt officially overtaken The Mandalorian's Baby Yoda as the internet's next obsession? Sound off in the comments below!

CremaGames Promises Bug Fix for Temtem Problems and Lag Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:19:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Temtem, the Pokemon-esque MMORPG developed by Crema Games and Humble Bundle, entered early access January 21. The bad news is it's currently experiencing some significant technical issues. The good news is that Crema is currently aware of them and is working on a fix.

The specific problems Temtem tamers are running into are actually quite varied. There's the usual things you'd expect from a brand-new online game like server problems, lag, and long queues. Then there are some additional bugs causing some Tamers to lose their lovely little Temtem, not letting players form co-op parties, and some sort of issues with medicine items as well.

Crema has been acknowledging all of these issues on Twitter since early yesterday and said it's working on multiple hotfixes. Whether these are working isn't too clear yet, though Crema is still keeping a lighthearted view of things.

And that's an important number to keep in mind. The game was inundated with over 20,000 players once it entered Early Access. Even with Humble Bundle's help, Crema is a small studio. After a short break, the team is back at work reviewing bug reports, so if you've encountered an issue with Temtem, keep an eye on the official Twitter to see whether the bug's been fixed.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our Temtem early access impressions coming soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out Temtem's Luma trailer, as well as our growing collection of Temtem guides

Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Levitating to Netflix Soon Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:54:37 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's been 21 years since Pokemon: The First Movie released in Western cinemas. Last year, we reported on a remake of the film releasing in Japan, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, and it's finally heading West on Netflix February 27. It will be a Netflix exclusive.

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution isn't quite a 1:1 remake of the original film. It trades the series' traditional anime style for slicker CGI effects. While we're still not entirely sure that's a good thing, it certainly makes an old film feel fresh. And it seems to be a growing trend in Japanese films based on video games, with last year's Dragon Quest: Your Storyalso coming to Netflix — adopting a similar style.

On top of that, Evolution expands a bit on Mewtwo's backstory, subtly integrates a few later-generation Pokemon references, and adds more for Jessie and James to do.

There's quite a bit of video game movie adaptation goodness going around on Netflix, with Ni No Kuni, The Witcher (technically based on the books, but still), and Dragon Quest. Now, we have Pokemon. It's probably a trend we can expect more of too, what with studios like Sony opting for more movies and TV series based on their game properties moving forward.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon and video game movie news as it develops.

Capcom Devs Acknowledge Fans Mega-Crave Battle Network Remakes Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:03:08 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

You want Mega Man: Battle Network remakes, we want Battle Network remakes — and now Capcom knows how much fans want them as well.

TV Tokyo broached the subject with several Capcom members, Battle Network director Masakazu Eguchi, designers Yuji Ishihara and Tomonori Hashinaga, and producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya. In other words, all the right people for making remakes happen.

They were all surprised that so many people wanted remakes, but the only comment provided was that they would keep it in mind moving forward. The reasons for that are actually less PR than they might seem. Eguchi thinks the games are a unique relic of the time they were created, before wireless was ubiquitous.

He also said changes in society and digital culture shifted people's habits and visions from less of a shared vision to something that varies from person to person. That means, Eguchi claims, it's difficult to figure out what kind of remake might satisfy audiences because everyone wants something different.

Whether this means remakes are completely out of the question naturally remains to be seen. At the very least, we'll be getting some classic Mega Man action next month, in the form of the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. That's following last year's surprise re-release of the nearly impossible to find Mega Man: Wily Wars as well.

The full interview can be found here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mega Man and Battle Network news as it gets jacked in.

New Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Trailer: Biometal X's Megamerge in Action Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:15:22 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's been a fair while since we've heard anything about the upcoming Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. However, Capcom just broke that silence with a brand-new trailer highlighting the Chosen Ones and their special abilities.

The story in the X and ZX games revolves around robots called Biometals, creations whose power far exceeds their creators' expectations. One, in particular, Biometal X, has the power to Megamerge with heroes of the past and can take on their special characteristics.

That's the big draw in these games: playing as regular Biometal X and using a variety of powers drawn from other robots to completely change your playstyle. It's pretty standard form for Mega Man on paper, but in practice, it opens up a range of different possibilities and approaches, which the trailer shows off.

Of course, that's just related to the ZX games. The regular Mega Man Z games are remakes of earlier Zero titles, some of the best and most challenging games in the entire series.

After suffering a slight delay — a herald of more things to come, one might say — the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is set to launch on February 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Look forward to our review around that time, and stay tuned to GameSkinng for more Mega Man news as it comes busting in.

The Witcher Showrunner Responds to Fan Requests for More Mark Hamill Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:13:05 -0500 Ty Arthur

The chances of the original Luke Skywalker actor and long-time Joker voice actor Mark Hamill joining the cast of the second season of The Witcher just shot up thanks to a fan campaign.

After the notion of Hamill playing Geralt's mentor, Vesemir, caught on via social media, the veteran actor posted this message on Twitter with the hashtag #CallMyAgent:



Fan speculation went off the charts when The Witcher Netflix showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, responded to the tweet with the side-eye emoji. After that teasing non-answer, Hissrich then issued this statement to IGN

Mark has always been of interest to me and interest to the project. We have not contacted his agent yet because we’re not casting the role quite yet, but that being said, I am loving what’s happening on the internet. And I’m loving all of the fan reaction to it. Obviously, we’ve seen what a huge fanbase The Witcher has, and to add that to a Star Wars fanbase... it makes my mind explode a little bit.

Aside from reprising his role as Luke Skywalker in The Rise Of Skywalker, Hamill most recently played the voice of Chucky in the 2019 Child's Play reboot. He has additionally offered up his voice talents in a wide range of animated-film and video game roles in the last three decades, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Kingdom Hearts 3, Yakuza, and, of course, Wing Commander

Geralt of Rivia is currently played by Henry Cavill in Netflix's rendition of The Witcher, while Anya Chalotra portrays Yennefer. Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming second season.

Want to make The Witcher 3 more like the Netflix show version? Check out our roundup of the best Netflix Witcher mods here!

DC Comics to Release The Last God D&D Sourcebook Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:00:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

Thanks to the open game license, an unexpected name is about to release a Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook. DC Comics decided to dip into the pen and paper RPG realm with a book of rules covering the city of Cain Anuun.

The Last God: Tales from the Book of Ages is scheduled to drop on April 29. The 40-page one-shot 5th Edition supplement will set you back $4.99 and will make its appearance at local comic shop retailers, as well as digital storefronts.

DC Comics commented on the release, saying:

In Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Riccardo Federici’s The Last God, the city of Cain Anuun serves as a rich and layered backdrop to a story of fantasy, adventure and horror. The evil armies of the Last God are marching across the mythical city, laying waste to everything in its path and a group of unlikely allies are the last line of defense against absolute destruction.

DC isn't the only company to unexpectedly get into tabletop RPGs lately, as fast-food giant Wendy's released the free Feast Of Legends PDF back in October.

In addition to new primary and third-party book releases, D&D is set to make a major digital return with at least eight games currently in various stages of production.

Right now, the 4-player co-op hack 'n slash Dark Alliance and long-awaited return to roleplaying roots Baldur's Gate 3 are the next video games in the franchise slated for release.

Wondering what current D&D video games are worth your time? We ranked every single one of them in the franchise's 30+ year history from best to worst here!

Back on the tabletop side, Wizards Of The Coast recently confirmed that Explorer's Guide to Wildemount is the next campaign setting hardcover. That tome will bring the homebrew world of the popular Critical Role series into official D&D canon.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Dungeons & Dragons as it develops. 

Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops Up for Pre-Order, Including Johnny Silverhand Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:15:19 -0500 Ty Arthur

That ultra rockin' Keanu Reeves figurine isn't the only Cyberpunk 2077 collectible coming your way ahead of the game's September release. A line of Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pop figures is also in the works, featuring instant fan-favorite Johnny Silverhand, as well as the male and female versions of the main protagonist. 

The new Pops were revealed at the London Toy Fair, including two variants of Johnny, one kneeling, and one dual-wielding pistols. Pre-orders are available now via Amazon and Gamestop, with the Pops expected to arrive sometime in April or May. 


Cyberpunk 2077 itself was previously due to release on April 16 before it was delayed. CD Projekt Red announced the delay last week, citing a need for more time to polish and playtest the cyberpunk RPG before Night City would be fully ready to explore. 

The long-awaited video game rendition of the Cyberpunk tabletop RPG universe is now slated to launch closer to the release of the PlayStation 5. Despite the delay, CD Projekt Red recently confirmed that the game will still release on current-gen consoles, including the PS4 and Xbox One. 

Want to see what other Cyberpunk 2077 merch is available? Check out the previous Johnny Silverhand 12-inch guitar figurine over here, and stay tuned for more coverage on all things Cyberpunk 2077.

Galakrond's Awakening Chapter 1 Launches for Hearthstone Today Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:32:50 -0500 Ty Arthur

Need more challenging single-player bosses to overcome between multiplayer matches in Hearthstone? Well, the first chapter of the latest Hearthstone solo campaign goes live today, and it provides just that. Part 1 of Galakrond's Awakening Adventure is now up and running, kicking off the final solo adventure in the Year of the Dragon series.

Galakrond's Awakening will conclude the saga that began with The Dalaran Heist and follows the previous Tombs Of Terror release. Unlike those sets, bosses must now be faced in a specific, linear order.

Want to know what's in store with this latest solo adventure? Check out the cinematic teaser trailer below, where Arch-Villain Rafaam reveals the League of E.V.I.L.'s villainous ploy to Reno Jackson.

You can pick up all four chapters of Galakrond's Awakening (or buy individual chapters as they are released) through the in-game store or over at the Hearthstone website here. Here's the full Galakrond's Awakening release schedule:

  • Chapter 1: January 21
  • Chapter 2: January 28
  • Chapter 3: February 4
  • Chapter 4: February 11

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Hearthstone as it becomes available. And be sure to check out our Hearthstone guides for more. 

Nintendo Files Patent for Multi-Use Switch Pen Accessory Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:11:01 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Nintendo recently filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a nifty new touch pen Switch accessory. It does quite a bit more than your average stylus, but whether we'll actually see it on our consoles is another matter.

The touch pen would be an attachment used in tabletop or docked mode. It reportedly slides onto the Joy-Con rails in the spot where the wrist strap usually goes when the controllers are detached from the system. That means Switch Lite-only users would have to buy an extra pair of Joy-Con to use the pen.

From there, the accessory would do a number of things.

There's planned haptic feedback, where the pen vibrates when it comes into contact with digital objects. There are also multiple levels of interaction it would be capable of. Performing an action, such as drawing a line,  is accomplished by pointing the pen at the screen and drawing a line. Hold down the "X" button, though, and the line gets heavier and thicker.

Whether this is all the pen attachment would be capable of isn't clear, and it's also not certain it will ever make it into production. Patents are frequently filed and re-filed for products that might remain in the planning phase, though some do often point to new products just over the horizon.

You can see the full patent filing here. While we can think of a number of ways such a pen attachment might be useful in games like Super Mario Maker 2, we'll just have to wait and see how it pans out. Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch news as it's drawn up.

First Trailer for PS5 Launch Title Godfall Might Have Leaked Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:02:55 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

We know Godfall is going to be one of the PlayStation 5's launch titles this holiday season. And now, we might have gotten something of a first-look at Counterplay Games and Gearbox's looter-slasher title.

An anonymous poster on Reddit posted a short clip of an alleged internal trailer from early last year. They then popped back on a few hours later, posted the full trailer, and deleted their account.

The trailer shows off a game that looks like it has a good bit of Dark Souls in its, which — if this trailer is indicative of the final product — seems much slower and more deliberate than some games of its ilk, like Darksiders.

However, it's been a year since this trailer was reportedly produced, and there's no telling what might have changed since then. There's also no telling at this point how long Godfall has been in development.

While the trailer might not look too graphically impressive, it could either be completely different now or just have been too far along in development to make use of some of the PS5's hardware capabilities. The trailer does bear resemblance to images we've seen in the past. 

Though new next-gen games are obviously exciting, it seems Sony is taking steps to emphasize older games and backwards compatibility even more as well. Whatever the next console generation may bring, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PS5 and Xbox Series X news.

"Nothing Has Changed" After Cyberpunk's Release Date Delay Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:47:38 -0500 Calen Nakash

Recently, Cyberpunk 2077 saw a delay that put it well off its initial release date. While it was originally planned for April, it's now a lot closer to the release of next-gen consoles. 

Because of the proximity of the game's new release date to the PS5's release window of Holiday 2020, as well as the release window of the Xbox Series X, some fans were worried that Cyberpunk 2077 would skip the PS4 and Xbox One entirely. However, according to CD Projekt Red's latest investor call, "Cyberpunk is right now heading for PS4, Xbox One and PC."

The developer added, "We’re of course looking at the next generation all the time. We’re privy to a lot of information on what’s going on with these platforms, but frankly speaking, we have nothing to share now related to that." In other words: whether or not the game will drop for PS5 or the Xbox Series X on release is still to be seen.

We do know, though, that Cyberpunk 2077 will be at the Taipei Game Show in some capacity. The game show is set to run from February 6 to February 9. Hopefully, the game will not see any further delays, and, for good reason, make its yearly appearances on our most-anticipated games lists a thing of the past. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Cyberpunk 2077 as it develops. 

Dying Light 2 Won't Release in Spring 2020, Delayed Indefinitely Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:17:16 -0500 Calen Nakash

Dying Light 2, once scheduled for a spring 2020 release, has been officially delayed by Techland. Like Marvel's Avengers, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Cyberpunk 2077, the open-world zombie game needs a bit more time to cook. As of writing, Techand has not provided a new release window for the game.

Techland CEO Paweł Marchewka said of the delay via the studio's official Twitter account: "We were initially aiming for a 2020 release with Dying Light 2, but unfortunately, we need more development time."

From the sound of things, it appears that Dying Light 2 might not be ready for months, but it will (hopefully) be much better when it eventually drops.

For fans frustrated that many of 2020's tentpole games are getting delayed, it's important to remember that games are often delayed to make them better. Often, a rushed game is bad forever.

We'll have more information on Dying Light 2's release date when more is revealed in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned. 

Will We See The Last of Us Part 2 on PC? Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:31:45 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Naughty Dog posted a rather interesting job listing for a graphics programmer, with said programmer working on The Last of Us Part 2. The posting's specifics suggest a fair bit more is going into the game than is usually the case for PlayStation 4 software and might point to either a Last of Us Part 2 PC port in the works or performance enhancements for The Last of Us Part 2 on PlayStation 5.

The listing calls for the usual experience with programming languages and understanding of graphics architecture. It lists AMD, which one would expect given that's what the PS4 uses. But right after that, it lists Nvidia Cuda. The next line asks for experience with "DirectX12, Vulkan or other modern graphics or computer APIs." 

With rumors about Horzion: Zero Dawn and Death Stranding making the leap to PC, the first conclusion that presents itself is that we can expect The Last of Us Part 2 on PC eventually as well. A slightly more farfetched conclusion is that the PlayStation 5 will use these architectures, and this position would be working on an eventual PS5 port of the game.

At this point, though, it's all conjecture. We know the PS5 will be a lot different from the PS4, but not how different. We also have very little knowledge about what games will be available on next-gen hardware when it launches holiday 2020, what ports we might see, and what brand-new IPs we can look forward to.

The full job listing can be seen here.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Last of Us 2 and PlayStation 5 news as it develops.

Mortal Kombat Animated Movie Scorpion's Revenge Announced Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:37:22 -0500 Ty Arthur

We may not see a hard-R live-action Mortal Kombat flick for some time still, but an animated Mortal Kombat movie described as "brutal" is due out by the end of Q2 2020.

The upcoming Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge will feature Joel McHale (Community) voicing Johnny Cage and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) taking the role of Sonya. Patrick Seitz (Shenmue 3, Days Gone) will take up the title character of Scorpion.

Franchise co-creator Ed Boon broke the news via Twitter, and since then, we've learned the animated film will be directed by Ethan Spaulding (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman: Assault on Arkham) and written by Jeremy Adams, who has previously worked on Teen Titans and Supernatural.

A live-action movie is also in development and currently slated for a 2021 launch window.

In gaming news, the series' latest entry, Mortal Combat 11, has seen a slew of crossovers lately, with Terminator and Joker recently appearing as DLC fighters, while Spawn will make an appearance in-game starting in March.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on the Mortal Kombat franchise. 

Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary Beta Test Coming Soon Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:08:04 -0500 Ty Arthur

After Halo: Reach finally made its way to PC with a remastered version late last year, a slew of additional updated Halo titles on also on their way with the Master Chief Collection. Gearing up for new titles to be added to that collection, a beta test for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will land next month.

The beta test will cover both single player campaign and multiplayer matches, as well as player progression tweaked for the Anniversary edition. Brand new mechanics are additionally being added to these updated renditions of classic titles, with Halo: Reach due to receive a crouch-and-move system. 

Want to get in on this "test flight" of the latest version of this iconic first FPS in the franchise? Sign up for the Halo Insider program over here and make sure to opt-in for the console or PC flighting option.

In addition to Reach, the Master Chief Collection will eventually include Halo: Combat Evolved AnniversaryHalo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. Each of those reworked games will be available singly.

In other Halo news, the next iteration of the franchise titled Halo: Infinite is also currently in development.

Castlevania Season 3: New Image Sheds Light on Netflix Series Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:51:17 -0500 GS_Staff

Netflix has unveiled a brand-new image for Castlevania Season 3, the streaming network's anime series based on the video game IP of the same name. Though the image (seen below) doesn't show us a whole lot, it does give us a glimpse at Carmilla, as well as three new characters.

Though we don't know anything about the dramatis personae sharing the spotlight with Carmilla, it's safe to say they will be important characters in the upcoming season Castlevania on Netflix. It's even possible that their appearance alongside the series' new antagonist makes them guilty by association. 

However, there has been no confirmation of such an allegiance from Netflix or anyone associated with the series, so that's simply speculation on our part. It's possible they're on anyone's side come the end of Season 3 — perhaps even the Belmonts'

The new image first appeared on the Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes Twitter account, which is the official Twitter account for the Netflix show. 

As of writing, we don't know too much more about Castlevania Season 3 on Netflix. Though Season 3 was ordered in late 2018, Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind the anime series, has, until recently, remained relatively mum on the subject. 

It is likely, though, that with the latest reveal, alongside a handful of tweets from the studio teasing Castlevania Season 3, more details will emerge very soon. That's not to mention the series' description on Netflix has been updated to confirm a new season is coming, complete with a blurb describing the state of the show and Trevor Belmont post Season 2:

Trevor Belmont isn't the man he used to be. But he's all that stands between humanity and Dracula's fury.

Season 1 and Season 2 of Castlevania are currently available to stream on Netflix. The dark fantasy series debuted on the streaming service in 2017, and is written by Warren Ellis. We caught up with Ellis just after the first season aired to discuss his relationship with Castlevania, as well as his vision for the series. 

Castlevania stars Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, James Callis as Alucard, Graham McTavish as Dracula, Alejandra Reynosos as Sypha, and Jaime Murray as Carmilla. Season 1 consists of four episodes; Season 2 consists of eight episodes. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Castlevania on Netflix as it emerges from the shadows. 

Don't Miss Out: PlayStation Under $20 Sale Discounts Tons of Awesome Games Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:54:30 -0500 GS_Staff

There was a time when PlayStation sales were few and far between. But that's certainly not been the case over the past several months. And the latest post-Christmas sale discounts a plethora of PlayStation 4 titles and DLC packs. 

Since 185 items are currently on sale on PSN, we won't cover them all below. However, we will highlight some of the better and more popular deals available. 

The "Games Under $20 Sale" is live until February 5 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. If you happened to miss out on Sony's Holiday Sale, then now is the perfect time to burn that Christmas cash on new PS4 games for your library. 

Games such as Grand Theft Auto 5 aren't as cheap as we've ever seen them, but if you've somehow still not taken the plunge, 50% off is a pretty good deal if you have the dosh. 

Game Normal Price Sale Price
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag $29.99 $8.99
Assassin's Creed: Unity $29.99 $8.99
Batman: Arkham Knight $19.99 $9.99
Batman: The Telltale Series  $14.99 $4.94
Call of Cthulhu $39.99 $9.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Ed. $59.99 $19.79
Conan Exiles $49.99 $19.99
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin $39.99 $9.99
Dead by Daylight: Special Edition $29.99 $14.99
Dishonored 2 $39.99 $13.99
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $29.99 $10.49
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Ed. $19.99 $4.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse $39.99 $7.99
Dying Light $19.99 $12.99
Elite Dangerous $29.99 $11.99
Far Cry 4 $19.99 $9.99
Far Cry New Dawn $39.99 $15.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $19.79
Grand Theft Auto 5 $29.99 $14.99
Injustice 2 Legendary Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes $14.99 $5.99
L.A. Noir $39.99 $19.99
Mad Max $19.99 $9.99
Mafia 3 $39.99 $9.99
Mass Effect: Andromeda $29.99 $11.99
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Mortal Kombat X $19.99 $9.99
NBA Live 19: The One Ed. $29.99 $14.99
The Outer Wilds $24.99 $19.99
Overcooked + Overcooked 2 $34.99 $17.49
PayDay 2: Crimewave Ed. $19.99 $2.99
Rayman Legends $19.99 $4.99
Resident Evil 7 $19.99  $14.99
Resident Evil Revelation 1+2 $39.99 $15.99
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Ed.  $59.99 $8.99
Slime Rancher: Deluxe Ed. $29.99 $17.99
Sniper Elite 3 $29.99 $7.49
South Park: The Stick of Truth $29.99 $1.99
Space Hulk: Tactics $29.99 $7.49
Steep $29.99 $9.89
Street Fighter 5 $19.99 $7.99
Tales of Berseria $59.99 $14.99
The Blackout Club $29.99 $19.49
The Crew $19.99 $6.59
The Evil Within $19.99 $7.99
The Evil Within 2 $59.99 $19.79
The SUrge Augmented Ed. $39.99 $13.59
The Wolf Among Us $14.99 $4.94
Thief $19.99 $2.99
Titanfall 2 $19.99 $7.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands $49.99 $19.99
Tom Clancy's The Division $39.99  $7.99
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 $59.99 $14.99
Unravel Yarny Bundle $29.99 $10.49
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Ed. $49.99 $17.49
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr $59.99 $14.99
Watch Dogs $19.99 $6.59
Watch Dogs 2 $49.99 $12.49
Wolfenstein: The New Order $19.99 $9.99
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood $19.99 $9.99
XCOM 2 $59.99 $14.99
Zombi $19.99 $3.99

From Resident Evil 7 to Rayman: Legends, The Outer Wilds and XCOM 2, head over to the PlayStation Store to see the entire list in alphabetical order. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales info as we come across it. 

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne PC Updates to Align With Console Schedule Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:13:15 -0500 Ty Arthur

Following an unpleasant port to PC marred by save overwrite problems, heavy CPU usage issue, and an infinite loading bug, Monster Hunter: World Iceborne is finally starting to see smoother sailing. Notably, Capcom is aiming to bring the PC and console versions together for a title update sync later this year.

Following the launch of the Grand Appreciation Fest event on January 24, new content for the Steam edition of Iceborne will arrive in February with an additional monster and region.

On top of new variant monsters, an April title update will bring the two versions into alignment. At that point, PS4 and Xbox One players will receive events and patches at the same time as the PC crowd.


Capcom additionally launched a patch last week to work on various issues with the PC launch of Iceborne. If you are still experiencing slowdowns and heavy CPU usage with update 10.12.01, the developers currently recommend capping the frame rate to either 60 or 30 by navigating to Options -> Display -> Frame Rate. 

An additional patch is still in the works for more PC fixes and is expected to arrive shortly. Head over here to see our current list of fixes and workarounds for the remaining Iceborne PC bugs.

Feast on Delectable Dungeons in Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Trailer Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:09:26 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold, one of Level 5's more recent creations, is heading to Nintendo Switch on February 14. A new trailer shows some of the game's signature quirkiness in action.

As Snack World's subtitle indicates, this is a dungeon-crawling, loot-grabbing game to the core. The trailer shows off some of the extensive character customization options at your disposal before diving right into the dungeons.

The goal in each dungeon is fighting all the monsters and gathering as much loot as possible. Diablo-light with an emphasis on "light." Characters rely on a range of over-the-top skills to take on equally over-the-top foes. Like all good looters, you'll be using what you gather and scavenge to craft better gear and take on tougher dungeons.

They're all food themed, naturally, from the Succotash Sands to the home base of Tutti-Frutti Kingdom. They also tend to draw on mythology for inspiration, as we see characters exploring Greek temples and facing off against monsters of legend, like Medusa.

Despite having set themes, each dungeon is randomly generated and, as such, will be different each time you plunge in for more loot.

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold launches on February 14 for Nintendo Switch, and it's one we'll be keeping a close eye on. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Snack World news as it's cooked up.

New Fire Emblem: Three Houses Cindered Shadows Details Emerge Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:37:25 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The final part of the Fire Emblem: Three Houses expansion pass, Cindered Shadows, was announced last week. It introduced us to the mysterious fourth house called the Ashen Wolves, with its students who live under Garreg Mach Monastery for... reasons. The reveal also raised some questions about how it all fits in with the main game.

We're now getting a better idea of how Cindered Shadows will play out thanks to some new details from Nintendo Japan, along with the Fire Emblem Twitter account. Translations courtesy of RPGSite and Nintendo Everything, respectively.

The DLC is genuinely side content. It will be accessed from the main menu and isn't integrated into the main story. Once players have completed the scenario, though, they can recruit all four main Ashen Wolves into their army — er, class. However, we still don't know if they will have support options with other characters or if they'll be silent helpers like Anna.

The maps are designed to be much more difficult than those in the main game, with new gimmicks and challenges, and players will be using a set group of students for combat. The Fire Emblem Twitter account revealed they will be Dimitri, Claude, Edelgard, Linhardt, Ashe, and Hilda. That's in addition to the four Ashen Wolves students and, of course, the just-announced-for-Smash Byleth.

Non-combat exploration reportedly doesn't use the calendar system either, so we're still in the dark on how the rest of the Cindered Shadows content will play out. Hopefully, we can at least invite these poor wretches denied the light of day to a lovely little tea party. That would make everything better, right?

Anyhow, Cindered Shadows isn't quite a new fourth path that lets you get by without killing everyone, but letting all the House Leaders fight together again is some pretty darn good fanservice nonetheless.

We loved Fire Emblem: Three Houses when it launched last summer and are anxiously awaiting Cindered Shadows' February 13 release date. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Fire Emblem: Three Houses news as it crawls out of the shadows.

Valve Dashes Hopes for Left 4 Dead 3, Left 4 Dead VR Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:05:04 -0500 Ty Arthur

After a new VR iteration of Half-Life was announced in Half-Life: Alyx, hope sprang back to life for the co-op zombie-smashing franchise Left 4 Dead. Sadly, the ever-mysterious Valve dashed those hopes by confirming that Left 4 Dead 3 is not currently in development.

Various Steam data leaks, including Left 4 Dead related keywords, have come online over the past several years, frequently leading the gaming community to believe something new was in the works.

Valve issued this statement to IGN after the latest round of rumors began cropping up:

We’ve seen rumors to this effect for the last couple of months. We did briefly explore some Left 4 Dead next gen opportunities a few years ago. But we are absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven’t for years.

Sadly, none of those various projects ever received full backing, nor did they begin development in earnest. One iteration was reportedly canceled in 2017 just as it was getting off the ground. The last full entry in the series came out in 2009 on the Xbox 360.

Do you also miss the calls of "reloading!" or hearing Coach's reassuring voice yelling about the "tunnel of love" before a horde of zombies arrives?

Commiserate with us in the comments below and sound off about what survivors you'd like to see a hypothetical future L4D3!

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 Steams Over to PC Soon Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:57:43 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 is coming to PC on March 23. It will be available on both Steam and Good Old Games. The news came during Nippon Ichi Software America's PAX South panel on January 17.

Unlike the original port of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, NISA isn't handling this one. Instead, Engine Software and PH3 Games are responsible for porting the massive JRPG to PC.

Cold Steel 3 launched back in October on PlayStation 4. The first two games in the sub-series — and all three in the Trails in the Sky sub-series — are all on PC, so fans naturally wondered if and when they could expect a PC port for CS3.

Like all previous PC ports in the series, this one is getting some extra special features, too:

  • Ultrawide screen support
  • Fully customizable key bindings
  • Enhanced visuals
  • Additional High-Speed Mode Options (now up to 6x faster)
  • Auto-Save functionality

In short, it's easily the definitive edition of the game. Whether it will be getting a demo like the PS4 version isn't certain yet.

We were rather taken with the third entry in the deep Cold Steel saga, with its expert weaving of plot threads and character arcs. More and better ways to experience this school-saga-meets-war-drama certainly can't be a bad thing. While more March games might be quite a strain on our wallets, we at least don't have to worry about spending on Final Fantasy VII Remake until April.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Trails of Cold Steel news as it mobilizes.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind Introduces Customizable Combat, Data Greetings Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:43:31 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix recently lifted the lid on some new Kingdom Hearts Re:Mind news. A fresh information page for the Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC expansion shows off some just-for-fun modes, along with options that let you customize your battle experience as you see fit.

The update is only on the Square Enix JP website, though Gematsu translated the screenshots and accompanying text blurbs.

First up is the Premium Menu. This screen hosts PRO Codes, a shmancy term for additional features you can toggle on or off, and ones that have a pretty significant impact on Re:Mind's battles. It's like Dragon Quest XI's Draconian Quest; for example, you can set it so Sora and other party members can't cast Cure, Team Attacks can be disabled, and Form Changes can be turned off.

Apart from that, Re:Mind is getting a fun little snapshot mode. You can choose specific characters, backgrounds, expressions, and poses, then snap a shot known as a Data Greeting. Stuff these into an album, set unique background music for each, and you've got a custom Kingdom Hearts slideshow unlike any other.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind releases for PlayStation 4 on January 23 and Xbox One on February 25. We quite liked Kingdom Hearts 3 and we're looking forward to the expansion quite a bit, actually. We'll have our review for the DLC up shortly after the PS4 launch date, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC news as it develops.

PlayStation France Info Page May Have Confirmed PS5 Backwards Compatibility Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:52:12 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

PlayStation France recently posted an informational page comparing the PlayStation 4's three models. Normal, boring stuff, right? Except this time, it might just point to PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility thanks to a mention of the DualShock 5.

The original page has since been revised, but ResetEra user Vestan captured a screenshot of the original comparison chart. It lists controller compatibility for each model, and more importantly, it lists the "DS4" and "DS5" as compatible with each.

Given the context, it's safe to assume DS5 refers to the DualShock 5, which means the PlayStation 5 would be fully backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4, even down to the PS5 controller working with the PS4.

Even though we don't have official confirmation the PS5's controller will be called the DualShock 5, Sony's naming trends since the dawn of PlayStation mean the likelihood of it being called something else is pretty low.

Assuming this original page wasn't some horrible typo or mishap on the part of some poor PlayStation France employee, it would be in line with Sony's earlier statement about backwards compatibility being highly important for the PlayStation 5. While it doesn't confirm the PS5 would be backwards compatible all the way back to the original PlayStation, it's a step in the right direction. The PS4 isn't even compatible with the PS3 after all.

Speculation is rife that with Sony skipping E3 yet again, it may be gearing up for another February console reveal like we got for the PS4. Whatever happens, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 5 and next-gen news as it develops.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Now Lets Everyone Wield Orange Lightsabers Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:56:09 -0500 Calen Nakash

Preordering Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for consoles and PC gave players a special orange lightsaber, as well as some more Force-sensitive goodies. Of course, these types of preorders aren't new, providing players an incentive to get in on a title when it first drops.

Fortunately for those who joined the fight against the Empire a little later, the orange lightsaber color is now available for everyone. The lightsaber also comes with two hilts and two skins for BD-1 and the Mantis, all of which were preorder bonuses when the game first released. To access the content, just head over to Fallen Order's DLC page on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Fallen Order's update also provides some bug fixes for the title, which could come as a welcome surprise or an annoyance depending on if you've been using the photomode glitch to exploit rockets. There's a full description of the patch notes here.

We reviewed Jedi: Fallen Order highly, calling it "the best Star Wars game we’ve seen for years. It’s particularly impressive, given the current gaming landscape, where live service titles are more prevalent than ever, and real singleplayer epics are falling by the wayside."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Star Wars and Jedi: Fallen Order as it develops. Hopefully, we'll hear more about the game's rumored sequel sooner rather than later. 

Mobile RPG Mobius Final Fantasy Shutting Down Globally Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:42:45 -0500 Calen Nakash

Playing a mobile game is always a risky endeavor because there's no guarantee if and when the title will close down. Unfortunately, the long-running Mobius: Final Fantasy will be closing its doors to players in March in Japan, with the Global (American) release officially shutting down officially on June 30.

The game's developers thanked players for all of their support, saying "We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our players who have supported us since service began on August 3, 2016."

Mobius will continue to be supported until the end with the final "Warrior of Despair" story, but players will not be able to use real-world money to purchase Magicite past March 31 in Global. Japan's in-game store is already down.

Mobius: Final Fantasy is a free-to-play turn-based role-playing game for Android and iOS. Playing as the Warrior of Light, players have wandered the world, meeting iconic FF characters and upgrading their equipment. Like many free-to-play titles, players can opt to spend real-world money for added in-game bonuses and gain a little power in their battle against evil.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on the Final Fantasy franchise and its many spinoffs as it develops. 

New Temtem Trailer Offers End Game Sneak Peak, Look at Lumas Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:32:47 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

We're getting closer to the January 21 Early Access launch date for CremaGames and Humble Bundle's monster collector Temtem. Ahead of that, we've got a new trailer showing off the game's battle system and end-game areas, among other things.

Battling in Temtem is always a two-on-two affair, which forces you to carefully plan your battle pairs and take advantage of how they complement each other through synergy. It's especially important, the trailer tells us, as you progress through the game and take on powerful Tamers and bosses.

As in Digimon, simply raising your Temtem won't be enough to get you the most powerful critters on the Archipelago, however. For that, you'll need to take advantage of the Breeding Center, matching up the best pairs to impart their high stats and desirable moves to their monster children.

It's also the only way to get certain Temtem and move combos, rather like Pokemon. It's not completely like Pokemon, though, as we've discussed before.

You'll also run across Luma Temtem in the wild. Lumas are basically Shiny Pokemon; they are rare, bright versions of the original monster that also come with enhanced stats. These are reportedly difficult to find in the wild, but they'll be more prevalent in Temtem's end-game areas.

These areas will include new Temtem every week, more Lumas, and Temtem with higher stats, so it sounds like there's plenty to do even after the main adventure is over.

We'll have our impressions of Temtem later this month, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Temtem news and info as it synergizes. Meanwhile, check out the Temtem starters and type overview so you can plan ahead for the Early Access launch.

Retro RPG World Of Horror Dabbles in 1-Bit Terror Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:28:56 -0500 Ty Arthur

A sleepy Japanese seaside village is about to get a dose of terror when the retro, 1-bit World Of Horror hits Steam Early Access next month.

This roguelite, turn-based RPG will first come in Early Access on February 20, with the full launch due to land on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch by the end of the year.

Developed by Panstasz and Ysbryd Games, the writing team will also include Ubisoft scriptwriter Cassandra Khaw, who penned the novel Hammers on Bone. The development team commented about World Of Horror:

Investigate the return of eldritch monsters and solve puzzles to collect arcane spell components. Struggle against malevolent legends of folklore like the Aka Manto and Kuchisake-onna, summoned by performing dark rites.

Fight to survive this nightmare roguelite reality with turn-based combat. Defeat gruesome bosses, all illustrated and animated with disturbing images made in Microsoft Paint with a classic 1-bit graphic style.

With clear cosmic horror leanings and some elements that suggest Uzumaki Spiral influence, get ready for things to get very weird when Early Access arrives late next month.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Patch to Fix Save Overwrite, Loading Issues Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:18:54 -0500 Ty Arthur

While console players have been successfully hunting giant creatures in the frozen wastes for months, the PC launch of Monster Hunter: World Iceborne has been somewhat of a flaming disaster. From the infinite loading bug to a problem with save files being overwritten with new data, all has not been well for hunters of Steam.

Thankfully, Capcom has finally acknowledged the problems and revealed a patch is in the works. You can read the full patch pre-launch notification update over here.

Unfortunately, we don't know exactly when the patch will land, as Capcom stated it will arrive in the "coming days," with no specific release window at this time. Since these major problems have affected such a wide slice of the PC playerbase, it seems likely the patch will drop sooner rather than later.

The developers are currently advising that if players receive the "failed to read save data" error message, simply close the game entirely and don't choose either available option. This is the only sure-fire way to avoid having your save game overwritten.  

We've got some workarounds here for the Iceborne not loading on PC problem, as well as potential fixes to try out for the save overwrite issue. No matter what, make sure to keep backing up your original Steam cloud save or you may lose your character rand progress entirely when the new patch lands.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news, info, and guides on Monster Hunter: World Iceborne

Magic: The Gathering to Release Year Of The Rat Limited Time Set Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:11:16 -0500 Ty Arthur

The Secret Lair Drop Series is set to go live once again, offering Magic: The Gathering fans a (very) small chance to order unique cards not available in any other set. This time around, the limited-time set is called Year Of The Rat and will go for $39.99 on January 27.

That will be the one and only day these cards can be ordered. This particular collection is based around utilizing art that never made it into other sets for one reason or another.

Four artists all give their renditions of rodent-themed cards with diverging art styles. Year Of The Rat features eight foil cards, as well as a special sleeve, and it will be printed on-demand based on the number of orders received.

Head over here and sign up to be notified when the sale goes live, or just return to the site on January 27 to place your order. Remember: this is a 24-hour only event! The series goes live at 9 a.m. PT on January 27, and it ends at 9 a.m. PT on January 28. 

Get to Know Your New Digi-Pals in Latest Digimon Survive News Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:06:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Digimon Survive is set for worldwide release on Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4 sometime this year, and Bandai Namco just offered some juicy details about the upcoming title, which cover some of the game's main characters and the Persona-like Free Time system. 

First up, we have Saki Kimijuma. She's a first-year middle school student who seems popular but actually drives most of her friends away with her unique and outspoken personality. One day, during a particularly boring summer camp — which should seem pretty familiar to fans of the classic Digimon anime — she meets up with Takuma and his friends. Together, they walk through an old shrine and end up in a completely different world.

It's a world with kind and deadly Digimon. Saki befriends the peculiar Floramon, peculiar because it has reptilian characteristics mixed in with its Plant-type qualities. Curious though it may be, her new friend plays an important role in keeping her safe from the less pleasant denizens Saki and friends encounter in the game's tactical RPG combat.

Outside of combat, Digimon Survive focuses on "Drama Parts," how you spend your time with friends and interact with the world. It's split into two systems, the "Search Action" and "Free Time Action."

Search Action has you finding a solution to a specific crisis or problem facing your group, while Free Time Action is where you get to spend time with friends. You'll learn about their troubles and strengthen your bonds with them, and those bonds will have important effects during battle as well.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Digimon Survive news as it digi-volves.

Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date Pushed Back for Playtesting, Polish Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:03:05 -0500 Ty Arthur

CD Projekt Red has some bad news today for Cyberpunk 2077 fans. After waiting years to finally get an April launch window, Cyberpunk 2077's release date has officially been pushed back six months to September 17, 2020.

Citing a need for additional playtesting and polish to deliver the best possible launch experience, CD Projekt Red just delivered the disappointing news directly to fans via social media this morning.

You can read the full official announcement from the development crew below, or over at Twitter here.

Seeing as we've waited eight years for the game following the jaw-dropping first announcement trailer, what's a few months more? It seems we can rest easy that the game will, at the very least, arrive before 2077 (maybe).

If you've got money to burn and want to drown your sorrows, don't forget the Keanu Reeves rocker Cyberpunk 2077 figurine is now up for pre-order!

Dragon Quest: Your Story Coming to Netflix Soon Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:13:38 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Dragon Quest: Your Story, the CGI film adaptation of fan-favorite Dragon Quest 5: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, is coming to Netflix on February 13. You can see the original Japanese trailer for the film above.

Hand of the Heavenly Bride is an epic quest following a family's struggle against an all-powerful darkness through three generations. The original game is surprisingly heavy at times and doesn't pull emotional punches — at all.

Given that Your Story is an adaptation, though, it naturally isn't identical to the game. It doesn't hit all the same beats or follow quite the same path, and Akira Toriyama's art is only the inspiration for the CGI work. There's also a rather... unexpected ending. We won't spoil it for you, but it's best to go into Your Story with an open mind.

Still, it's a sweeping tale nonetheless. More importantly, it's a film adaptation based on a renowned game franchise that we're actually getting in the West. We don't get to see that very often. Perhaps with the star-studded Detective Pikachu's rousing success and Super Nintendo World on the way, video games crossing mediums and blending into the mainstream won't be so uncommon from here on out.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Dragon Quest: Your Story news as it goo-es live.

Metro Redux Brings Two Last-Gen Gems to Nintendo Switch Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:29:40 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

4A and Deep Silver have announced that Metro Redux is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 28. The package contains Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, along with all previously-launched DLC. Everything fits on one card, so no additional downloads are required should you purchase the physical edition.

Set in 2033 Moscow, 10 years after a disaster poisoned the Earth's surface, Metro 2033 tells the story of people forced to live underground. A new threat looms on the horizon, and it's up to you — someone who's never before gone beyond the city limits (though you aren't called Sam Gamgee) — to journey forth into the Metro and warn the other inhabitants of the impending doom.

The problem is they don't really care. The Metro is divided into fractious factions bent on conflict and domination, and a doomsday device that could potentially end the world is pretty appealing to them. 

Metro: Last Light continues that story and is set in 2034. 

Each game offers two distinct playstyles that let you experience it in a completely different way. There's Survival Mode, which turns the experience into more of a stealth-themed horror adventure, along with the more combat-oriented Spartan Mode.

While it might not be as technically impressive that the Switch is getting these two last-gen gems, what with The Witcher 3 running so well on the system, both games are among the best the previous generation has to offer.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Metro Redux news as it mutates.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Expansion Pass Introduces Fourth House Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:11:07 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's called Fire Emblem: Three Houses in the West, but the Three Houses expansion pass doesn't care. On February 12, the final wave of Three Houses DLC, titled Cindered Shadows, will introduce a fourth house called the Ashen Wolves. It will also add a new side story on top of the three (or four) main scenarios.

Nintendo of America announced the new scenario in a trailer on Twitter, immediately following Masahiro Sakurai's stream that revealed Byleth from Three Houses for Smash Bros. Ultimate as the final DLC character of the first Fighter Pass.

The Ashen Wolves house is a secret house living and operating underneath Garreg Mach Monastery. Why? We have no idea. Living underground does suggest some interesting connections with the game's important background lore, but Ashen Wolves' leader, Balthus, says the House is comprised mostly of rejects from society.

It seems players will first encounter the Ashen Wolves as enemies, regardless of which House you chose. However, as events start to unfold, they become allies and ask that you help the students fulfill their goals and set things right. It's not clear yet how many students are in the Ashen Wolves, though. The trailer only shows us Balthus, magic-wielder Constance, Hapi the Paladin, and Yuri of the purple hair.

How long the Cindered Shadows, aka Abyss, side content will be is also unclear. Since it's billed as side content, it probably won't be a full narrative arc like the other four paths, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Ashen Wolves news as it's unearthed.

Byleth Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Fifth DLC Character Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:06:57 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The fifth Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass fighter is Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Byleth will be available on January 28 for $5.99 or will unlock automatically if you have the Ultimate Fighter Pass.

They were revealed in today's Mr. Sakurai Presents episode, along with the usual overview of the series and character and refreshing joviality from Masahiro Sakurai himself.

If you're thinking, "What? Another swordsman?", don't worry. The development team knows that and even parodied it in Byleth's clever reveal video, with Sothis criticizing our hero for daring to venture into battle with just a sword.

So, they get three different weapons instead, all of which are Hero's Relics (important items in Three Houses).

The Sword of the Creator is Byleth's default attack and dash attack. It turns into a whip for the up smash attack and the up attack, and it's a grappling whip of sorts with a huge attack range and multiple hits for the up special.

Areadbhar is the side weapon, offering even greater reach than the whip. The side smash using it can even be angled up and down. Because the lance's tip is more powerful, it's best to try and attack enemies at a distance to deal the most damage. The side special is a powerful upward swing taking advantage of that extra reach, but it also has Byleth charge forward.

The axe Aymr is the down attack. It's a tremendous axe blow that can be used with a meteor effect if you're brave enough. The down special is a charged axe strike that also lets Byleth pass through platforms. It's slow, so you'll need to plan carefully to effectively pull it off. Fortunately, it's got a splash effect that damages foes if they're nearby, even if the actual strike misses.

Failnought the bow relic is the neutral special. It's more powerful than Link's bow but can't be fired until the arrow is finished charging. If you keep the button held down after the initial charge, it powers up even more and fires off a beam of light. However, you can't actually do anything else while the bow is charging, though shielding during the charge will cancel the attack.

Byleth's Final Smash is Progenitor God: Ruptured Heaven, a move which sees Byleth channel the power of Sothis into a tremendously strong strike using the Sword of the Creator in its whip form.

The new stage should come as no surprise: Garrag Mach Monastery. It will cycle through the Marketplace, Cathedral, Bridge, and Reception Hall, and each area has its own special guests, like the Marketplace hosting prominent Blue Lions students. One other thing to note about each area is that it has fully destructible objects you can smash to expand the stage's size or use to your advantage.

Some of the music tracks shown off include the ever-popular Fodlan Winds and Between Heaven and Earth, though it's not certain whether more tracks will be added as well.

We've still got six more Fighter Pass characters on the way between now and December 2021, so if you didn't see your all-time favorite in the first round of five, there's always next time. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Smash Ultimate news as it crashes in.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War Trailer Uncovers Enemies, Perks, and Zombie Tanks Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:06:58 -0500 GS_Staff

Rebellion's Zombie Army 4: Dead War looks like a Hellish good time, and the developer's latest 101 gameplay trailer does a ghoulishly good job of throwing the hype train into high gear. 

Spanning six action-packed minutes, Dead War's latest trailer (seen above) introduces us to war-ravaged Europe circa 1945. Undead Hitler is caput. He was killed at the end of the Zombie Army Trilogy. Unfortunately for humanity, his shambling horde still haunts the land, this time with a little help from a new cadre of malefactors wearing goat skulls. 

While we don't know the details of Dead War's story, we do know that the game will have a fairly hefty campaign mode, which can be played alone or with up to three friends in 4-player co-op. Locations include the canals of Venice, a zoo, and a town in the shadow of a volcano, presumably somewhere in Italy. 

Enemies include the zombie hordes fans have come to expect from the series, including melee hordes, ranged enemies, and tough-as-nails elites that wield everything from flamethrowers to chainsaws. However, there are some new additions to the roster, including zombie sharks and zombie tanks. Yes, literal zombified tanks. 

Though the gameplay trailer doesn't show off Dead War's entire arsenal, it does give fans a look at some of the series' more well-known zombie killers, such as the Thompsom submachine gun and the trusty Karabiner 98k sniper rifle. Staying in line with both the Zombie Army Trilogy and the Sniper Elite games the series is based on, X-ray bullet-time also makes a comeback.

Horde mode makes a return, where up to four players can stand against relentless rounds of increasingly difficult enemies. As in the game's campaign mode, Rebellion says that the levels are massive, full of twists and turns ripe for traps and ambushes. 

Players will also unlock dozens of perks, weapons upgrades, and item improvements across a 100-level progression system. The 101 gameplay trailer also makes mention of cosmetics and alludes to emotes, though it does not go into any specifics. 

Zombie Army 4: Dead War is set to release on February 4 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It is an Epic Store exclusive on PC. Those who pre-order the game will automatically receive the Undead Airman Character Pack.

The Super Deluxe Edition of Dead War includes three additional campaign levels, 9 weapon bundles, 5 weapon skin packs, 4 character packs, and 4 character outfit bundles.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information Rebellion's Zombie Army 4: Dead War as it rises from the grave. Check back in early February for our official review of the game. In the meantime, be sure to check out our impressions of the shooter from E3 2019. 

Hero Forge 2.0 Blows Through Kickstarter Goal in 20 Minutes Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:16:22 -0500 Ty Arthur

The age-old tabletop dilemma of finding the perfect mini for your Pathfinder or D&D character was tackled through the advent of 3D printing via sites like Hero Forge.

While the service has offered customization of various fantasy and sci-fi miniatures for years, a horde of additional options lies on the horizon with Hero Forge 2.0.

The next iteration of this popular mini customizing tool will add pre-colored figurines, as well as an option to have individual minis hand-painted based on your own color scheme.

The new color selections are coming via a crowdfunding campaign, which immediately blew past the original funding goal of $42,000, hitting 2000% of its goal in less than an hour.  As of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign sits at $1.2 million.

That amount has already unlocked 19 stretch goals, including a portrait studio, glass effects, earrings, new magic items, makeup, and other options for customizing minis like tattoos, decals, and clothing patterns. The next stretch goal features tights and masks for superhero-themed units.

Are you planning on funding the campaign, and what customized mini are you going to build? Sound off in the comments below!

Make the Best of Winter with Mario Kart Tour's Ice Tour Event Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:49:53 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Mario Kart Tour's latest tour kicks off today, the Ice Tour, and it runs until January 29. It brings the usual collection of gifts, Gold Pass rewards, and new karts and drivers, all of which are winter-themed. We know; we were surprised too.

There's Wintertime Peach, sporting her cold-weather duds from Super Mario Odyssey, the Penguin Suit Luigi because of course, and Ice Mario. The new course is Mario Kart 64's Frappe Snowland, which got a spiffy visual upgrade from its pixelated N64 days and looks quite lovely this time around.

The newest kart is the Gilded Prancer, and those who have a soft spot for gliders can try for the Blizzard Parasol during the tour.

"Try" is key here because, as always, you won't be getting most of these items for free. You can try and get lucky with the Pipe gimmick — shooting off Pipes for a price in the hopes of getting a rare item — or you can shell out 90 Rubies for the Mario Ice Pack that contains everything. Be aware, though, that it would cost approximately $40 to do that, and the new packs are only available until January 22.

While you're out there drifting around the snowdrifts, be sure to check out our ever-growing set of Mario Kart Tour guides, including:

New Survival MMO Last Oasis Early Access Trailer Drops Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:49:54 -0500 Ty Arthur

Burned out on ARK, SCUM, or one of the other dozen survival games on Steam and looking for your next obsession? The nomadic survival MMO Last Oasis is nearing release, and today the developers dropped a new trailer showing off giant sandworms and a whole lot more.

The goal in Last Oasis goal is to stay mobile in a parched, sun-scorched land where players must build walking mobile bases to survive. Those crawling bases serve both as combat platform and means of harvesting much-needed resources.

Due to launch in Early Access in Q1 2020, you can check out the Steam page over here, although Last Oasis isn't available to install yet. For now, fans can join the Discord community and wait for new keys to be released!

Looking for another survival game to fill the void in the meantime? Be sure to check out the fantasy excursion Outward, or take a look at our list of the most anticipated survival games of 2020.

Craft Your Own Hero's Story in Ephemeral Tale Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:46:43 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

RPGs often confine players to a specific role, but Ephemeral Tale from Dawdling Dog busts that trope with a random hammer it found under a rock.

That's because what you're capable of, who you become, and how you handle challenges in Ephemeral Tale all depends on what loot you find on your journey — and it's completely random. It's an interesting twist that makes scouring the land for any and every bit of loot you can snag completely worth your time.

Whatever path you choose, you'll need to focus on creating a balanced build that can handle both the normal enemies and super-hard bosses scattered across the game's five dungeons. Each enemy holds an item you can use for crafting as well, and if that still isn't enough ways to get hold of goods, you can try to find secret vendors throughout the world as well.

Despite breaking the RPG mold, enemies and the basic scenario are highly reminiscent of the likes of Dragon Quest, with monster boxes, evil slugs, a plot to envelop the world in darkness, and a first-person view during combat. It looks like there are even varying dialects among the folks and critters you come across on your quest.

Ephemeral Tale is in early access now on Steam.

Super Nintendo World Pits Visitors Against Bosses, Each Other Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:22:46 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Some more Super Nintendo World updates are trickling in after the initial reveal a few days ago in Japan, courtesy of

We reported on the park's Jump Bands and how they will let visitors interact with the park and each other in different ways. provided further information about these interactions. Along with collecting digital coins, visitors will gather stamps and team up with other visitors to take on bosses. There will also be competitions of some kind between visitors.

Universal Creative CCO Thierry Coup also expanded on the original comment that the park is a living video game. Coup said:

You're not just playing the game; you're living the game, you're living the adventure. Nintendo's most iconic locations and experiences will be brought to life, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach's Castle, an incredible Mario Kart ride, Bowser's Castle  and more.

Sorry Cinderella, but we'll have to cancel our castle visit with you; Bowser's calling.

While at least one of the U.S. Super Nintendo World parks will have some Donkey Kong-themed areas, it seems the Osaka park is heavily Mario focused. It's not too surprising, given the park's opening coincides with the Summer 2020 Olympics and how Mario famously closed the last Summer Olympics.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Nintendo World news as it's built up.

Shenmue 3's First DLC, Battle Rally, Gets Release Date Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:18:36 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Shenmue 3's first DLC add-on is coming soon — January 21, in fact. It's the first of several anticipated DLC expansions, and it introduces a new mini-game called the Battle Rally.

Battle Rally lets you play as a different character other than Ryu, which is a first for Shenmue, with some playable characters including Wei Zhen and Wuying Ren. It's not completely clear what sort of racing we'll be doing, though it will involve "fresh gaming activities in a race unlike any other."

So, please look forward to that.

The Battle Rally DLC can be purchased as a standalone item from the PSN Store or Epic Games Store for $7.99. However, if you purchased the complete edition of Shemnue 3, the DLC will unlock automatically on January 21.

Shenmue 3 made it on our list of 2019's best games, and it's a lot of fun for the right audience. In our official Shenmue 3 review, we said that, "for better or worse, Shenmue 3 is a blast from the past. It's a beautiful world marred only by its insistence to stay the same.

We'll be keeping an eye out for this and other DLC that gets added to the game, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Shenmue 3 news and updates as it develops.

Turtleblaze, The Arcade Crew Unsheath Kunai's Release Date, New Trailer Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:47:28 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Turtleblaze and The Arcade Crew have announced a release date for their upcoming action-platformer Kunai, which we first heard about all the way back in 2019. The action-packed robo-game will release on February 6 for Nintendo Switch and PC.

The point of Kunai is fighting back against a robot uprising bent on dominating the world after some AI gets a bit out of control. You won't be playing as Will Smith, though. Instead, Kunai sees you play as a living, thinking tablet.

On top of these basic qualities, the tablet can also fight pretty darn well and wields a wide array of weapons, including the titular kunai and a katana. These have obvious uses during combat, but some of your arsenal doubles as exploration tools as well.

The launch date announcement came with a new trailer as well, which you can see above. It gives a pretty good idea of the wild, fast-paced action we can expect in Kunai, along with the exploration component that comprises the game's other major focus.

We rather like the idea of playing as a sword-wielding tablet, and we'll be keeping an eye on this Kunai as it gets closer to the February 6 launch date. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kunai news as it's coded.

Skies of Arcadia Developer Seeks to Start Movement for Sequel Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:18:55 -0500 Erroll Maas

Programmer Kenji Hiruta recently tweeted an image of an autographed illustration of Skies of Arcadia by illustrator Itsuki Hoshi and said that he would send it to a randomly-chosen fan overseas by the end of January 2020. To receive the autographed illustration, fans only need to follow him, send him a direct message, and retweet the initial tweet.

In a follow-up tweet, Hiruta stated that if a movement like this gains enough traction, SEGA might consider developing a sequel to Skies of Arcadia, further stating in a reply that he would "really really want to develop it".

Last year, Kotaku interviewed producer Reiko Kadama, who doesn't think Skies of Arcadia needs a sequel, although she had interest in making one in the past. And while Kadama disregarded the question when asked about a port on modern platforms and feels that the GameCube version is the "Director's Cut", she didn't completely deny the possibility either.

Skies of Arcadia originally launched for the SEGA Dreamcast in Japan on October 5, 2000, with North American and European releases coming afterward. Skies of Arcadia later received an enhanced port on the Nintendo GameCube known as Skies of Arcadia: Legends in Japan as well as North America and Europe once again. Both versions of Skies of Arcadia were critically acclaimed.

In addition to its GameCube release, Skies of Arcadia was also planned for release on PlayStation 2 and PC, but both were ultimately canceled. A portable iteration for the Game Boy Advance was also considered, but it never released.

In 2012, the trademark for Skies of Arcadia was renewed and an HD port was expected for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 alongside other SEGA titles like Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, and the Sonic Adventure series. But once again, it was never released. Characters from Skies of Arcadia have made cameo appearances in other SEGA titles such as Valkyria Chronicles and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which also features a race track based on the game.

Will Skies of Arcadia finally be able to make it to modern platforms? Or will the ship sink yet again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Skies of Arcadia as it develops. 

Doom Eternal Gameplay Trailer Razes Hell With Swords and Gore Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:09:34 -0500 GS_Staff

Doom Eternal's latest gameplay trailer wades knee-deep in gore and lore. Bethesda's followup to Doom 2016, Eternal cranks the proverbial knob to 11 and breaks it off. Doom Guy is peak slayer, and the dead of Hell are in for a world of hurt. 

Giving off some serious Doom 2 vibes, Doom Eternal carries on from where its predecessor left off. Earth is overrun by Hellspawn, but that won't stop our favorite UAC marine from painting the world red. New guns, new glory kills, and new demons feature heavily in the gameplay trailer seen above. 

Though id and Bethesda have infused Eternal with a hefty dose of story and plot — which is on full display here — Doom has always been about slaughtering demons in the goriest ways imaginable. And Doom Eternal appears to deliver in blood-soaked spades

Calling back to baddies such as the Cyberdemon, Spiderdemon, and Hell Guard, we get our first look at some of Eternal's towering bosses. The Marauder makes a bone-chilling appearance, too, complete with its blood-red battleax. 

As expected, we also see the weapons with which we'll be able to dispatch imps and cacodemons, from a brand-new sword to series' staples such as the Super Shotgun and BFG. Eternal's new grappling and movement mechanics also make an appearance. It's all set to the head-thrashing awesomeness that is Mick Gordon's bone-crunching soundtrack. 

Doom Eternal is set to release for the PC on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on March 20. The release date for the seemingly maligned Switch version of the first-person shooter is still up in the air. It's listed as "TBA 2020." 

Those who pre-order the game will get Doom 64 as a digital download, as well as the "Rip and Tear" pack, which includes the Doot Revenant Skin, a bonus campaign master level, and a throwback shotgun weapon skin. The Doom Eternal deluxe edition includes the Year One Game Pass (two currently unannounced campaign DLCs), the demonic slayer skin, and the classic weapons sound pack.  

Delayed from its original November 22, 2019, release date, Doom Eternal was first unveiled at QuakeCon 2018. To no one's surprise, it recently made our list of most anticipated FPS games of 2020

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Doom Eternal news as it spawns. 

Gloomhaven Developers Announce Return to Dark Tower Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:37:20 -0500 Ty Arthur

Isaac Childres from the Gloomhaven team and Rob Daviau of Pandemic Legacy fame have teamed up to resurrect the Dark Tower board game. With a crowd funding campaign now live after three years of development, Return To Dark Tower will be a co-op tabletop game for 1 - 4 players.

That large black dice tower itself is the centerpiece of the game experience, utilizing a rotating, motorized core for dropping skull as well as lighted glyphs. While trying to enter the tower and defeat their adversary, players will have to cleanse and fortify buildings while avoiding corruption.

Return To Dark Tower also uses a companion app for tracking enemy cards, combat, and resource management. The Kickstarter campaign has already crossed its base $850,000 goal, sitting at just shy of $1 million as of this writing.

Like what you see? You can join on the Kickstarter here. The base game will run you $125, with higher level tiers available that include expansions and various stretch goal extras.

Watch a full two and a half hour playthrough of Return To Dark Tower's prototype build below, or check out an interview we previously conducted with Daviau about game systems over here.

Pathfinder: Wrath Of The Righteous Kickstarter Coming in February Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:18:17 -0500 Ty Arthur

After conquering the Stolen Lands and becoming the lord of your own kingdom in Pathfinder: Kingmaker, another player-favorite adventure path is about to make the leap from the written page to the digital realm. Owlcat Games will launch the official Kickstarter campaign for Pathfinder: Wrath Of The Righteous on February 4. 

Instead of conquering a wilderness and dealing with fey creatures from the First World, this time around, the player will be tasked with leading a crusade against the demonic Worldwound. 

Building off the kingdom management system of the previous game, Wrath Of The Righteous will utilize the new Crusade Commander feature for raising and maintaining an army. Like the tabletop adventure, Wrath will include the Mythic power rules.

Owlcat Games Creative Director, Alexander Mishulin, commented on the upcoming new entry:

Players will have to carefully consider each decision they make as they lead the crusade. Recruiting and upgrading one’s armies, capturing and holding strategic points, and exploring ancient ruins to find powerful artifacts are just a few of the many activities that require one’s undivided attention.

Of course, companions will try their best to help. We listened to the feedback on the kingdom building and acted upon it to make the most captivating crusade experience possible.

Although we know combat will be real-time with pause rather than turn-based, there's no indication as to whether the new second edition Pathfinder rules will be utilized. The original Wrath Of The Righteous tabletop adventure path started in 2013, well before the second edition was released.

Was Wrath Of The Righteous the adventure path you were hoping would make the leap to PC next? Let us know if you plan on backing the Kickstarter, or if you'd rather see a different path get its own video game down the line!

Dust Off Your Deck, Planeswalker: Magic Legends Comes to Beta This Spring Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:37:07 -0500 Ty Arthur

Classic CCG Magic: The Gathering is about to get a major digital makeover with the top-down massively multiplayer online action RPG Magic: Legends. Due for an official launch on PC in 2020, Magic: Legends will see a beta test this coming spring. The game is set to release on PS4 and Xbox One in 2021. 

The shift from the direct card game conversions of recent years shouldn't be much of a surprise; the franchise has seen many iterations over the years. Longtime fans may remember the original isometric single-player game launched on PC in 1997, as well as the ill-fated real-time strategy console game BattleMage. So venturing into the world of MMOs isn't terribly off-brand for the series

So far Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have revealed two classes for Magic: Legends.

Players can take up the role of the earth-magic focused Geomancer or the psychic Mind Mage while exploring the worlds of Benalia and Shiv.

Three more planes and additional player class options are still due to be announced ahead of launch.

Those wanting to get into the action as early as possible can sign up for the Magic: Legends Beta over here.

CCG and tabletop fans will see many other major table to digital and digital to table conversions in the near future. League Of Legends developer Riot Games is currently working on a physical tabletop game titled Tellstones: King’s Gambit.

The star-studded Critical Role web series is also going from meta to canon with Wizards Of The Coast planning to launch the Explorers Guide To Wildemount campaign setting book for D&D 5e in March.

Looking for more games like Magic: Legends that are tabletop adjacent? Check out our list of the 12 Best Steam Games for Tabletop Fans! And be sure to check out our review of the upcoming mobile game, Magic: ManaStrike.

Latest Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Character Coming Soon Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:03:17 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans have eagerly awaited an announcement for the latest Fighter Pass addition since Terry Bogard was unleashed last year. That announcement is coming in a new Mr. Sakurai Presents episode this Thursday, January 16, at 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST.

Like previous demonstrations Smash Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai hosted for new DLC characters, this one will be roughly 35-minutes long. That's plenty of time to discuss the character and go in-depth with what they can do.

There are all kinds of rumors about who the new character might be, with a lot of emphasis on Capcom franchises; Resident Evil's Jill Valentine, Phoenix Wright from, well... Phoenix Wright, or a character from Devil May Cry are all popular bets. But this is Nintendo, which means it will probably be something we never would have guessed. It's a company good at surprises, after all.

Lest ye think this is the last Fighter Pass character, don't forget Nintendo promised an additional round of new Smash Bros. Ultimate characters on top of these initial five — at some point in the near future. We don't know when, though.

We'll be watching the presentation as soon as it goes live, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news once the dust settles.

Beat It Mickey: Super Nintendo World Might be the Happiest Place on Earth Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:01:14 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Super Nintendo World, Nintendo's first foray into the IRL theme park universe, is set to open in Osaka, Japan, sometime this summer. The park's opening will coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics. It's a partnership with Universal Studios Japan, and Universal Orlando, Hollywood, and Singapore openings will follow sometime later.

The news comes from a press event in Japan, with commentary and translations from Bloomberg reporter Kurumi Mori. The news was accompanied by the trailer you can see at the top of this article. Unfortunately, the trailer doesn't show actual footage of the theme park, so no, you can't literally race against Bowser — at least not yet

That said, the goal is to make Super Nintendo World as immersive and fun as possible, making it a "living video game." There's a special smartphone app and Jump Band that go along with the park that reportedly adds to the sense of being in a game. It's unclear what the app does, but the bands — themed after Mario characters, of course — let you collect digital coins and compete against other visitors somehow.

Universal Studios Japan's Marketing Director Ayumu Yamamoto said, "If Disney is the dreamworld, then USJ is the wake world where we will energize you and make you feel alive."

So, take that Mickey and friends.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Nintendo World news as it pops out of the Question Block.

There's No Escape from Nemesis in New Resident Evil 3 Remake Trailer Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:44:19 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake release date of April 3 is shuffling ever closer, and Capcom just released a new trailer showing off some of the game's action and heroes.

In it, we see more of Carlos Oliveira as part of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service sent to Raccoon City to investigate what exactly is going down there. The U.B.C.S. seems like it will play a much bigger role this time around, with more conflict between them and S.T.A.R.S. members Jill Valentine and Brad Vickers, likely part of the story expansion Capcom promised before.

The trailer also shows off a new horror called the Hunter. These are a genetic mix of reptiles and humans, move extremely fast, and, duh, they hunt you.

The real star is the S.T.A.R.S.-hating Nemesis, though. He's massive, he's terrifyingly realistic, and he's everywhere. The trailer provides us with a glimpse of just a few weapons in his arsenal, showing him stalking Jill throughout the city, and giving just a taste of that famous rooftop scene as well.

You can check out the trailer at the top of this post. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake news as it's spliced together.

BioShock: The Collection Might be Heading to Nintendo Switch Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:42:20 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's been almost four years since 2K's BioShock: The Collection launched on all modern platforms — except Nintendo's Wii U, of course. Now, though, a new rating from the Taiwanese ratings board suggests it might be heading to a Nintendo platform after all: the Nintendo Switch.

The ratings board provides a ratings description for BioShock: The Collection on Nintendo Switch, as well as separate ratings for each game included in the collection. International ratings are much more reliable than retail listings when it comes to predicting new releases and launches, as we discussed just recently with the Tales of Arise rating in South Korea.

Whether this means a Nintendo Direct announcing BioShock: The Collection is imminent or not is another matter, but we're guessing per usual, one will be announced in the next month or so.

BioShock: The Collection includes all three BioShock games plus all single-player DLC. For those who like lists, that means it includes:

  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • The Columbia's Finest pack, among others

And it's all remastered from the original PlayStation 3 release. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more BioShock and Switch news as it develops.

Sony to Skip E3 2020, Focusing on Other Events Worldwide Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:08:30 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

For the second year in a row, Sony won't be attending E3, though Microsoft plans on a strong showing at this summer's big expo.

Sony issued a statement to IGN yesterday stating what seems like creative differences between the Entertainment Software Association's plans to engage fans and Sony's engagement goals. It reads:

After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.

We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe. Our focus is on making sure fans feel part of the PlayStation family and have access to play their favorite content.

It's an interesting statement for a few reasons. One of those is the ESA's vision for the expo. Shortly after Sony issued its statement, the ESA responded with its own, seemingly meant to reassure attendees (and investors) that Sony's no-show won't spell disaster. E3, it says, will be:

... an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike.

We aren't really sure what an "activation" is, but the ESA appears to be shifting the show over to focus more on influencers and one-time experiences solely for attendees, while Sony wants to get its software into as many hands as possible.

According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, though, Microsoft sees it differently. E3's new approach is the ideal way to showcase Xbox's new mix of creativity and technological prowess, and Xbox will be there for sure.

It looks like we might see Sony continue to adopt a Nintendo-like approach to information delivery and engagement. State of Play negates the need for big expositions to deliver information and removes the risk of competition overshadowing announcements. 

More importantly, if the PlayStation 5 is going to focus more on experience-driven gameplay over hardware specs, as Sony CEO Jim Ryan suggests, then this move makes sense. 

Either way, it's plain the games industry is in its usual state of flux as we near the dawn of the new console generation. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and E3 2020 news as it develops.

Square Enix Delays Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvel's Avengers Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:00:51 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix's Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Crystal Dynamics' Marvel's Avengers have both been delayed, according to two separate announcements this morning. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is delayed to April 10, and Marvel's Avengers got pushed back to September 4.

Square Enix issued a press release with Final Fantasy 7 Remake's producer Yoshinori Kitase saying the delay pushes FF7R's release date from March 3 to April 10. Kitase says the delay will "ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve."

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of this year's most anticipated titles, promising a massive expansion of the game's opening Midgar section and all the goodness that entails.

While we're looking forward to it, we also can't deny its delay eases the March strain somewhat. Nioh 2, Animal Crossing: New HorizonsDoom Eternal, the recently-announced Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, and Persona 5 Royal are all slated for release the same month after all.

Crystal Dynamics' delay is apparently a bit meatier, though we still don't get much context from Square. The announcement reads basically the same as the Square Enix one, saying the game is delayed from May 15 until September 4 so the team can use that extra time for greater polish to deliver a better experience.

At the time of writing, the Crystal Dynamics website is actually undergoing maintenance, though IGN quoted the press release in full.

It's possible we'll get the Final Fantasy 7 Remake demo in March as compensation, and Marvel's Avengers might get some screen time during E3 now as well. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 7 Remake news and Marvel's Avengers news as it develops.

Go All Out with Persona 5 Scramble's Opening Video, 2-Hour Livestream Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:33:24 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Atlus capped off a week of new Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers reveals with a 2-hour livestream of the game's opening segments. The developer also unveiled P5S' opening video, which you can see above.

The opening video shows off the Phantom Thieves in their new attire, since the game takes place six months after Persona 5. It also heavily emphasizes the game's theme of traveling to different places and shows how central a role the group's phones will play — which makes since as that's where the newest protagonist Sophia lives. Yeah, it's a thing.

Equally as important, the P5S opening video gives us a glimpse at a second new Phantom Thief, a pistol-wielding person who's more than likely the government agent Zenkichi Hasegawa we also saw in the new trailer last week.

Finally, it features a brand-new opening song, with lyrics by Lotus Juice — responsible for much of Persona 3's and Persona Q's soundtrack, among other things — and vocals by Persona 5's Lyn.

Then we have the livestream. Non-Japanese speakers won't get quite so much out of this, since like any Persona game, the opening hours are heavily text-based. However, it shows off a lot of new and old.

The old includes Cafe Leblanc, where Joker reunites with the Phantom Thieves once more, and the nearby areas of Shibuya. There's a lot of talking and exploration like in Persona 5, but no Confidant events — yet.

New things include Shibuya's Jail, run by a dominatrix-themed adult Alice in Wonderland because why not... we guess. Anyhow, it seems that, like with Palaces, the Phantom Thieves can go back and forth between Jails and the regular world at will, and it's also looking like some kind of Persona 4-like investigation is involved in uncovering the secrets of each Jail.

We'll likely know even more soon, as Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers launches February 20 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. We still don't know when it will launch in the West, though. We'll just have to content ourselves with Persona 5: Royal for the time being.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Persona 5 Scramble news as it breaks.

Tales of Arise Might See a Release Date Soon Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:30:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Tales of Arise's release date might not be too far off. The latest entry in the storied Tales of franchise was first shown off during Xbox's E3 2019 event, before getting a dribble of information and another new trailer at the Tokyo Game Show. Bandai Namco has been completely silent since then, but according to Gematsu, Tales of Arise was recently rated in South Korea.

It was rated for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, all the platforms Tales of Arise will launch on whenever it does release.

Obviously, a Korean rating doesn't mean the game's going to launch next week. However, unlike all those international retail listings, when a game's rating shows up on an international board, it's a good sign the release date isn't far off.

The South Korean board rated it 12+, basically the equivalent of the ESRB's "T" rating. It's also in line with the South Korean rating for basically every other Tales of game except Tales of Berseria, which received a 15+ rating there (and, incidentally, a 16+ rating with Europe's PEGI system).

Tales of Arise follows the story of two planets, Dahna and Rena. Rena is the divine planet and is revered by the people of Dahna. The fine folk of Dahna don't realize, or just overlook, that Rena is siphoning off all Dahna's vital resources in exchange for absolutely nothing. Two people — who handily happen to be the game's main protagonists — are looking to change this relationship and forge new futures for both worlds.

While the South Korean rating suggests Tales of Arise won't be quite as dark as Velvet Crowe's journey of vengeance in Berseria, there's still a lot to look forward to. Bandai's goal for Arise is creating the most immersive world and combat as possible as a rebirth for the series, and as a way to carve a more stable home in the West.

We'll be keeping a sharp lookout on any new information, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Tales of Arise news as it develops.

It's Official: The Next D&D Campaign Setting is Coming From Critical Role Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:33:49 -0500 Ty Arthur

Ever since Wizards of the Coast drastically cut back the physical release schedule of 5th Edition D&D, players have been wondering what campaign setting book would be next. If you were expecting a return of famous settings like Dark Sun and Planescape, you're in for a surprise. It turns out that the next official Dungeons & Dragons setting is the homebrew campaign from the Critical Role web series!

An early Amazon pre-order listing page let the cat out of the bag before official confirmation arrived from Wizards Of The Coast today.

Explorer's Guide to Wildemount will arrive March 17 and follows other unexpected forays from D&D lately, like a Magic: The Gathering crossover with the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica hardcover release.

Here's what Wizards Of The Coast had to say about the upcoming expedition into Wildemount:

A war brews on a continent that has withstood more than its fair share of conflict. The Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty are carving up the lands around them, and only the greatest heroes would dare stand between them.

Somewhere in the far corners of this war-torn landscape are secrets that could end this conflict and usher in a new age of peace —or burn the world to a cinder.

The campaign book will include subclasses like the Echo Knight option for the Fighter class, as well as new spells, magic items, and monsters set in Critical Role's second main campaign. 

The tabletop role-playing phenomena is about to see a resurgence on the digital front as well, with the long-awaited Baldur's Gate 3 and the hack 'n slash Dark Alliance coming soon. 

Are you planning on picking up the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, and was this the D&D 5th Edition campaign setting you were hoping would arrive next? Sound off in the comments below!

Breath of the Wild Exploit Lets You Completely Skip The Lost Woods Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:13:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is absolutely stuffed full of secrets, tricks, and exploits. It's got so many that players are still uncovering new ones, almost three years after the game launched.

This time around Reddit user u/Rofalls figured out a way to get into Korok Forest without having to deal with the fog puzzle in The Lost Woods. Under normal circumstances, the fog prevents you from taking any other route to the Forest.

If you try paragliding in over the edge of the cliffs, the fog envelops you, and you start back where you took off. The same happens if you try taking any other route in The Lost Woods apart from the proper one.

Unless, of course, you manipulate time to speed Link up and trick the game like Rofalls did.

After jumping off the Woodland Tower, they rapidly dropped two bombs, then slowed time by acting as if they will fire an arrow in midair. The force of the bombs exploding, combined with the slowdown, increases Link's air travel speed exponentially, freezing the game for a second as he crosses into The Lost Woods from above and then pushing him through the fog and into Korok Forest.

You can check out the full video in action here.

It's not the only way people are taking advantage of the mid-air arrow slowdown either. Twitter user Marmastry recently posted a video combining that slowdown with the Cryonis rune under a Guardian to trick the game's physics engine into thinking the Guardian needed to go much higher than it really did. 

There's seemingly a ton of ways to use this slowdown method that just aren't possible with the Stasis rune. Whether it's a fun technique the developers included to encourage experimentation or simply an unintended consequence of the physics engine, we're definitely adding exploits like this to our list of what we hope Breath of the Wild 2 includes as well. You know, as actual mechanics. 

Mama Mia! Did Nintendo of America File a New Mario & Luigi Trademark? Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:03:54 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

There's been a fair bit of doubt about the future of the Mario & Luigi series since developer Alpha Dream filed for bankruptcy last year. However, a new trademark surfaced in Argentina that could point to a new Mario & Luigi Switch game on the horizon.

Nintendo of America was responsible for filing the trademark, and the trademark was first uncovered by Let'sGoDigital — the same outlet responsible for uncovering the PS5 devkit and possible new PS VR patent. There's no doubt the trademark is for Mario & Luigi games, because the description reads:

Computer game cartridges; game memory cards; computer game software; video game memory cards; interactive entertainment software to play video games; covers for mobile phones.

Whether it's for a new Mario & Luigi game is a bit murkier. Normally, we'd expect to find a Japanese-filed trademark for a new installment in a Nintendo franchise. The trademark does include mention of things like phone cases, but that could just be general legal jargon; after all, we've never seen official Mario & Luigi memory cards, and even the official Nintendo-published Switch SD cards don't have licensed properties on them.

So, this could sadly just be a case of keeping hold of trademark IP so it doesn't get into the wrong hands. If so, it's a bit of a shame. The Mario & Luigi series was a shining (bean)star among handheld RPGs, but it faltered thanks to a slew of remakes and declining interest in the 3DS after the Switch launched.

We'll be following this in the months to come, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mario & Luigi news as it develops.

Microsoft Talks Xbox Series X Exclusives, Launch Titles, Game Pass Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:03:16 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

We're well into 2020 now, which means we can (hopefully) expect Xbox Series X news more regularly as we near its holiday 2020 release date. MCV/Develop recently spoke with Microsoft's Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, about what consumers can expect from the XSX launch lineup, exclusive titles, and more.

Most importantly, Booty said there won't actually be any Xbox Series X exclusive titles when the system launches, which lines up with what we knew about Xbox Series X backwards compatibility. For a while, we'll only be seeing titles that run on both Xbox Series X and Xbox One. However, that doesn't mean Xbox fans should worry about quality.

Booty also said titles like Halo Infinite will be developed to take special advantage of other Xbox Series X features. What exactly those might be, though, we still don't know.

Booty mentioned the long-term goal is creating a number of XSX exclusive titles that fans "can be proud of as exclusives," and that means leveraging the 15 — and possibly more to come — studios under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella.

Each studio has dedicated teams working on specific projects to help streamline the process and ensure all deadlines are met. It's also a way to help diversify the Xbox Series X library and what ends up on the Game Pass.

For the latter, Booty said Microsoft sees Game Pass as an excellent way to both provide content of all types for all players and help free developers to create what those players want.

Game Pass becomes the service, Game Pass becomes the structure. And now, in our green light and concept review process, I don’t need to ask: ‘What’s your service plan, what’s your monetization plan, are you going to offer any DLC later, what is your monetization?’

We don’t have to ask any of that anymore, the teams can just go design the game that they want. And we can let Game Pass end up being the service.

It seems like the Xbox Series X is gearing up for a strong launch and even stronger future built around the Switch model of providing as much content for as many people as possible. We'll know more as the year progresses, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xbox Series X news as it develops.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne PC Expansion Overwriting Player Save Files Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:01:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

The PC rollout of the Monster Hunter World Iceborne expansion is again experiencing major problems just a day after its launch. After discovering a fix for the Iceborne not loading on PC issue (which appears to be caused by a conflict with mods), players are now seeing their save files corrupted and overwritten.

When in the main menu with the DLC installed, many players receive a message stating an Iceborne compatible save isn't detected so one should be created. 

Unfortunately, choosing that option  which is mandatory  creates a new save back at the very beginning of the game. It then overwrites your existing save file with the new one. Since the new file replaces your previous save game with the new data, that means all player data is permanently lost with no apparent way to get it back.

According to a report from Polygon, the developers at Capcom are aware of the issue. Unfortunately, there's no ETA on a fix. Even when a patch does arrive, it seems unlikely the resolution will involve anyone getting their original data back.

We're currently working on finding a workaround to keep your save data backed up and available after the problem is fixed.

*Update: We have found several fixes and workarounds to try over at this location*

For now, simply do not click the option to start a new game or create an Iceborne compatible save file — or you will lose everything! Eesh...

Monster Hunter World's Iceborne expansion dropped for consoles back in September of 2019 and arrived without many of the game breaking bugs that are currently plaguing the Steam edition. After launching on January 9, 2020 for PC, players have consistently reported an inability to launch the game, frequent freezes, high CPU usage, and now this save overwrite issue.

Have you managed to get Iceborne running and keep your save data? Let us know what worked for you in the comments below!

Trials of Mana Character Spotlight Shows Off Charlotte, Kevin Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:39:03 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Last year's release of Trials of Mana within the Collection of Mana on the Nintendo Switch and the announcement that the previously Japan-only title would be getting a total remake and international release was one of the biggest surprises for classic JRPG fans in 2019.

The original title, Seiken Densetsu 3, was known to some in the West as the lost Mana game, though it was playable and in English via certain means.

Unlike the Seiken Densetsu 3 on the Super Famicom, the new upcoming Trials of Mana will be a solo excursion. Tossing the original title's multiplayer capabilities to the side, the remake appears to be even more combat-oriented.

The persistent top-down view has been exchanged for a more dynamic camera, and it appears to be notably faster a boon considering the original game's slow, imprecise combat and sluggish menus.

Square Enix has released two character spotlight trailers, one of which released this week. The first, seen below, features two of the game's playable characters, the reliable Duran and fan-favorite Angela.

The second character spotlight trailer highlights Charlotte and Kevin. Charlotte retains her signature cutsey-speak (thank goodness), and half-beastman Kevin's introduction story is pretty much laid out in full.

Trials of Mana
will breathe new visuals, music, and combat into this classic title, but whether players will have increased control over their other party members has yet to be seen. The question also arises whether we will be able to hot-swap characters mid-combat as in the original Seiken Densetsu 3, but that seems a given.

We've still got some time until the game's April 24 release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam; and we're due for one more character spotlight trailer to highlight Riesz and Hawkeye before then.

I suppose we can toss the Seiken Densetsu 3 moniker now and just refer to it as Trials of Mana. Are you looking forward to seeing Trials of Mana remade to suit modern tastes? I certainly am since nothing seems amiss so far. Let us know in the comments below and warm up that wallet for the game's release in just three months.

Save the World with Pen and Sword in Literary Platformer Bookbound Brigade Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:19:28 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

You may not realize it, but the entire world of words is governed by one master book called The Book of Books, or B.O.B for short. At least, that's how it is in the world of Bookbound Brigade, a quirky new platformer-Metroidvania hybrid from Intragames and Digital Tales set to launch on January 30 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The problem is, someone's gone and stolen B.O.B., putting the Literary World at risk of extinction as its pages slowly fade into nothingness. That's where you come in — you and your team of historical and literary heroes who venture forth to save the world.

Like Codename S.T.E.A.M. before it, Bookbound Brigade lets you control a varied cast of literary and historical notables, ranging from Count Dracula and Queen Victoria to The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy Gale and more. Each hero has a unique set of abilities that helps you explore the five vast, hand-drawn worlds against the backdrop of a fully orchestrated soundtrack.

There are over 50 NPCs to interact with as well, offering sidequests that grant upgrades and new abilities that help you uncover all the secrets, lost items, and clues needed to find B.O.B. again.

Literary figures and literature, in general, are pretty underused in video games, so Bookbound Brigade is one we'll be keeping an eye on. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Bookbound Brigade news as it comes off the shelf.

Capcom Talks Resident Evil 3 Remake Details, Making Raccoon Real, More Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:25:25 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

PlayStation Magazine UK recently held an interview with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake's producer, Peter Fabiano, to find out more about what we can expect from the horrifying remake ahead of its April 3 launch.

For one thing, Raccoon City still isn't open world, though no one really anticipated it would be. However, it is bigger than before, with more emphasis on exploring every corner. The expanded use of sound to create atmosphere (and jump scares) is making a comeback. Combined with a focus on improved visuals, also like Resident Evil 2, the goal is creating a Raccoon City you can practically feel.

The interview did confirm some specific locations will make a return too, including the hospital, Raccoon City press offices, and the Stagla Gas Station.

You won't be playing as just Jill, either. Fabiano said Carlos Oliveira has his own "interesting section to play through". Even if Carlos isn't elevated to Claire levels of second character-dom, the development team is working to ensure the entire game is more closely interconnected with the Resident Evil 2 remake than the original two games were.

That said, the choice system that determined what ending you received is gone, and there's only one ending this time.

Finally, it's the big guy himself, Nemesis. If you know the original Resident Evil 3 back to front, get ready for some big surprises. Nemesis' AI was based on Mr. X from Resident Evil 2 remake — and improved, so he's even nastier than before. On top of being smarter, Nemesis will also look a whole lot different. Fabiano said the team made Nemesis and used photogrammetry to scan him into the game.

Other Capcom employees were scanned and used as regular zombies, and since we're not entirely sure what it means that Capcom created Nemesis, we'll probably be sleeping with the lights on tonight.

Regardless, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake launches April 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Resident Evil news as it develops.

WB E-Nigmatically Teases Batman Game with Images, 'Capture the Knight' Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:22:59 -0500 GS_Staff

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is seemingly teasing a new entry in the publisher's vaunted Batman series. Earlier today, the studio shared three pictures to its social media channels: one on Twitter, one on Facebook, and one on Instagram. 

Each of the three images were part of a larger whole, which, of course, Batman fans have already pieced together. From the looks of it, the symbol shares elements with the Gotham City Police Department Crest. However, it doesn't match exactly. 

This isn't the first time Warner Bros. has teased a new Batman game in the last two years. In 2018, we reported on a social media post from WB Montreal assistant producer Valerie Vezina. In the picture shared to Twitter, Vezina wore a shirt that appeared to show the symbol of The Court of Owls. 

In January 2019, we reported on a rumor that said the next Batman game would be called Batman: Arkham Crisis. However, the rumors surrounding that title proved to either be false or premature. Nothing came of Batman: Arkham Crisis in the following months. 

In September 2019, WB shared a cryptic GIF on Twitter, with the tagline "Capture the Knight/Cape sur la nuit". Though we missed it at the time, it appears the Tweet was one of the first "official" teases surrounding the Batman project being teased by the picture above. 

While Rocksteady Studios has developed most of the Batman: Arkham games, including Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight, WB Montreal was the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins

While Origins is currently the lowest-scored game in the Arkham franchise, some loved the game for its portrayal of the Caped Crusader, as well as the new system introduced by the development team. 

Only time will tell what WB Montreal is teasing. Hopefully, we won't go almost another full year before we get more information — even if it is just another e-nigmatic social media post. 

Start the New Year Right with Nintendo's Massive New Year Sale Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:16:02 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's a new year, and Nintendo is celebrating with a week-long sale featuring discounts on some of the Nintendo Switch's hottest titles, and even some Nintendo 3DS titles.

The sale is live now and runs until January 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Here's some of the discounted goodness on offer, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Stardew Valley, and a whole lot more.


Game Sale Price
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Splatoon 2  $41.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
Yoshi's Crafted World
Kirby: Star Allies  $41.99
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Resident Evil 4
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Wargroove $15.99
Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection
New Super Lucky's Tale  $35.99
Stardew Valley
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Celeste  $9.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Definitive Edition
Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)  $23.99
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)


There's a whole lot more on offer as well. Check out the full listing here, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo and video game sale news as it breaks.

Langrisser I & II Gets a Launch Date, New Trailer Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:09:13 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Langrisser I & II remake recently got another story trailer showing off battles, characters, and a fierce fight between light and dark. This is ahead of its just-announced release date as well, which is March 10 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

Yes: Like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Nioh 2, Animal Crossing: New HorizonsDoom Eternal, and the just-announced Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXit's another March game. We feel your pain.

The trailer gives us an extended look at some characters the previous trailer introduced us to, plus some extras. We see them in a variety of combat situations, though the fighting isn't quite what it seems at first glance.

Though the initial conflict is the usual RPG fare of big country invades little country, the overarching conflict revolves around an ancient war of the gods that pit light and chaos against each other. It was never fully resolved, though. Now, the powers of light and darkness now reside in specific weapons that have the power to unleash chaos across the land.

We also get the chance to witness Langrisser's defining choice feature in action. At pivotal points in the story, the game tasks you with choosing how you wish to proceed and what characters you want to interact with or involve in certain situations. Your choices can have drastic consequences on how the story plays out, which sets the Langrisser series apart from other SRPGs in magic medieval settings.

We're fast approaching Langrisser I & II's March 10 launch date, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as it unfolds.

Magic: Legends Gameplay Looks a Lot Like Diablo Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:48:02 -0500 Jason Coles

Well, we've finally seen some footage of the Magic: The Gathering MMORPG, Magic: Legends. The newest gameplay trailer was revealed over at Game Informer, and while you might have had ideas about what it could end up being, it probably wasn't Diablo

Magic: Legends was initially announced last month at The Game Awards, and the reveal had a lot of fans pretty excited. There will probably be a mixed reaction to the newest gameplay, though, as it looks less MMO and more general co-op game. But hey: at least we're getting a new MtG game. 

It looks like the different colors of Magic are being pushed into five different classes. It will be interesting to see whether or not they can represent things like countermagic, or ramp spells in this style of game, but we'll probably see more when the beta kicks off. You can sign up for the beta here

Diablo isn't a bad formula to copy either way. Diablo 3 has been around for nearly 300 years and is still a good laugh if you decide to drop into it with some friends. It also never ends, and people seem to like that in a game nowadays. So endless Magic also sounds like a good time.  

If you're trying to do a bit more research on the game itself, why not have a look at some of the weirdest Magic: The Gathering cards, or even take a look at an old wishlist for this style of game. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Magic: Legends as it develops. 

Check Out the Latest Action-Packed Persona 5 Scramble Trailer Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:39:20 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Atlus released yet more new Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers footage ahead of the game's February 20 launch in Japan. This time, it's an epic story trailer set against Persona 5's "Rivers in the Desert."

Anyone concerned this musou-style sequel would be too Dynasty Warriors should leave their fears at the door. From possessed classmates and the legions of darkness, to a new maybe-Shadow look for Joker (golden eyes, and all that), drama, Persona fusions, and, of course, a romantic Ferris Wheel scene, there's a huge variety of action in the trailer. And it's all very much Persona.

The trailer mostly focuses on areas we've seen already, but we do get a glimpse of some areas outside Shibuya and Sendai and lots of action. There's what looks like an underground factory of some kind, reminiscent of a similar area in Persona 3, plus an ice-themed region complete with a snow queen Shadow boss. Story specifics are still unknown, but it seems like the stakes are even higher this time around — but there's always time for a snowboarding break.

It seems at least one of the new NPCs outside the prominent NPCs we reported on previously, government agent Zenkichi Hasegawa, will play a fairly prominent role throughout P5 Scramble. Lavenza gets at least some additional screentime outside the five seconds the story allowed her in the original Persona 5.

If that Ferris wheel scene is anything to go by, we'll probably be getting the usual Confidant/Social Link options as well, which is particularly interesting to see given how the characters have all moved on from the first game.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will launch in the West at some point on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. We just don't know when, though Persona 5: Royal releases in March. Keep it here on GameSkinny for more Persona 5 Scramble news as Atlus rolls back the darkness.

Good Old Games New Year's Resolutions, Weekly Sale Live Wed, 08 Jan 2020 17:25:28 -0500 GS_Staff

We might only be a few days into the new year, but that doesn't mean we don't already have a decent bargain on our hands. Good Old Games (GOG) is currently hosting its New Year's Resolutions sale, heavily discounting a wide variety of video games. 

The somewhat eccentric list of titles available is discounted until 9 a.m. EDT on January 11. From RPGs to RTS games, GOG has a little something for everyone. Some games, like the criminally-good Everspace, are discounted as much as $25. Others, like the well-beloved RPGs Mount & Blade and Mount & Blade: Warband, aren't as heavily discounted but well worth the current sales price. 

Whether it's in celebration of the recent release of The Rise of Skywalker or pure happenstance, a handful of rather-good Star Wars games are on sale here as well. If you've somehow still not picked up the likes of Knights of the Old Republic 2, Dark Forces, or The Force Unleashed, now's the time to do so. 

There is also a handful of DLC available for several games, including Homeworld, Everspace, and Surviving Mars

Here's the full list of games currently up for grabs at a discount: 

Game/DLC Regular Price Sale Price
Anno 1404: Gold Edition $14.99 $3.74
Anno 1503 A.D. $5.99 $1.49
Anno 1602 A.D. $9.99 $2.49
Anno 1701 A.D. $12.99 $3.24
Caesar $5.99 $4.79
Caesar 2 $5.99 $4.79
Caesar 3 $5.99 $4.79
Caesar 4 $9.99 $5.99
Castles 1+2 $9.99 $3.39
(Sid Meier's) Colonization $5.99 $1.49
Diablo + Hellfire $9.99 $8.49
Draugen $19.99 $11.99
Draugen Collector's Ed. $29.99 $17.99
Emperor: Rise of the
Middle Kingdom
$5.99 $2.99
Everspace $29.99 $4.49
Everspace: Encounters $9.99 $3.99
Everspace Deluxe Ed. Upgrade $9.99 $3.99
Gabriel Knight $5.99 $3.89
Gabriel Knight 2 $5.99 $3.89
Gabriel Knight 3 $5.99 $3.49
Her Story $9.99 $0.99
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak $49.99 $12.49
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Expedition Guide
$5.99 $1.49
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Khaaneph Fleet Pack
$6.99 $1.39
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Soban Fleet Pack
$6.99 $1.74
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
$7.99 $1.99
Homeworld: Emergence $9.99 $1.99
Homeworld Remastered Collection $34.99 $6.99
Homeworld Remastered Soundtrack $15.99 $3.99
Jenny LeClue $19.99 $15.99
Mount & Blade $9.99 $3.99
Mount & Blade: Warband $19.99 $7.99
Mount & Blade: Warband
Napoleonic Wars
$9.99 $3.99
Mount & Blade: Warband
Viking Conquest Reforged
$14.99 $5.99
Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword $9.99 $3.99
Secret Files 2 $9.99 $3.39
Secret Files 3 $9.99 $3.39
Secret Files: Sam Peters $9.99 $3.39
Secret Files: Tunguska $9.99 $3.39
Sherlock Holmes and
the Hound of the Baskervilles
$9.99 $4.99
Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper $9.99 $4.99
Sherlock Holmes: Crime & Punishments $29.99 $14.99
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis Remastered $9.99 $4.99
Sherlock Holmes:
Secret of the Silver Earring
$9.99 $4.99
Sherlock Holmes:
The Awakened Remastered
$9.99 $4.99
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter $49.99 $9.99
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Planetary Pack
$5.99 $1.49
Sid Meier's Covert Action $5.99 $2.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Ultimate Sith Ed.
$19.99 $6.99
Star Wars: Empire at War Gold Pack $19.99 $6.99
Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds $5.99 $2.09
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 $5.99 $2.09
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 $9.99 $3.49
Star Wars Rebellion $5.99 $2.09
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire $5.99 $2.09
Star Wars: Dark Forces $5.99 $2.09
Star Wars: Jedi Knight Jedi Academy $9.99 $3.49
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2 Jedi Outcast $9.99 $3.49
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic $9.99 $3.49
Star Wars Rebel Assault 1+2 $9.99 $4.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 $19.99 $6.99
Surviving Mars $29.99 $10.19
Surviving Mars Digital Deluxe Ed. $39.99 $13.59
Surviving Mars Digital Deluxe Ed. Upgrade $10.00 $6.70
Surviving Mars First Colony Ed. $64.99 $22.09
Surviving Mars Season Pass $34.99 $23.44
Surviving Mars: Space Race $12.99 $8.70
Surviving Mars: Stellaris Dome Set $3.99 $2.67
Surviving Mars Colony Design Set $4.99 $3.34
Surviving Mars: Green Planet $19.99 $13.39
Surviving Mars: Marsvision Song Contest $3.99 $2.67
Surviving Mars: Project Laika $5.99 $4.01
Surviving Mars: Space Race Plus $19.99 $13.39
The Testament of  Sherlock Holmes $19.99 $9.99
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter $19.99 $2.99
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Collector's Ed. Upgrade
$9.99 $1.49
Titan Quest Anniversary Ed. $19.99 $3.99
Titan Quest: Atlantis $14.99 $11.24
Titan Quest: Ragnarok $19.99 $4.99
Warhammer 40K: Fire Warrior $5.99 $4.19
Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus $29.99 $14.99
Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus Heretek $9.99 $6.99
Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus Heretek+ Ed. $12.99 $9.09


The entire list of games on the New Year's Resolutions sale can also be seen on the GOG website.

On top of that, Good Old Games is also holding a just-as-big weekly sale, discounting 92 other games as much as 90% Some Weekly Sale deals include: 

You can see the entire list of GOG's Weekly Sale discounts here. The Weekly Sale ends at 9 a.m. EDT on January 13.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on video game sales as it becomes available. 

Exit the Gungeon to Roll Its Way to PC and Consoles This Year Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:37:09 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Enter the Gungeon is the most prolific twinstick roguelite on the market, as evidenced by last year's announcement of arcade lightgun spin-off House of the Gundead. Well that ain't all, buddy soon you'll also be able to Exit the Gungeon.

The folks over at Dodge Roll Games announced via Twitter that not only will House of the Gundead be making its way to arcades early this year, but also a sequel to the original game where, seemingly, you're making your way out of the Gungeon rather than delving into each of the six Chambers.

No further details are known about Exit the Gungeon at this time, but I'm curious how the dynamics will change with the Gungeoneers fighting their way out. Hopefully, we'll see more of Exit the Gungeon from Dodge Roll over the next couple of months, considering their statement that both games would be coming to PC and consoles "early this year".

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more news on the upcoming Exit the Gungeon, and peek around your local arcades when the time comes for House of the Gungeon's cabinets.

The Surge 2 Getting New Retro Content with The Kraken DLC Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:35:14 -0500 Ty Arthur

If you couldn't get enough brutal android dismemberment with The Surge 2, then you are in luck: a new expansion titled The Kraken is due to land later this month.

Following a string of gear packs that offered additional armor, weapons, and implants, The Kraken will extend The Surge 2's playtime with a brand-new story set on the suburban outskirts of Jericho City.

Following in the footsteps of the A Walk In The Park DLC from the first game in the series, this time around, we're getting another tongue-in-cheek expansion featuring a blend of horror and humor.

The Kraken has an '80s retro theme that will go from housewife-Hell to an aircraft carrier transformed into a bunker for the apocalyptic rich and famous.

Cheesy '80s movies, old-school workout videos, and robot pirates galore await! Both The Kraken expansion and The Surge 2 Premium Edition will hit all platforms Xbox One, PS4, and PC on January 16, 2020.

Existing Season Pass holders will also gain access to The Kraken early and can begin playing the expansion a full 48 hours ahead of time on January 14. Check out the DLC's teaser trailer below.

In our review of The Surge 2, we said that the ARPG sequel from Focus Home Interactive and Deck13, "is a nearly perfect refinement of this style and a significantly improved follow-up to the previous game. If there's an award for 'best sequel,' Deck13 definitely deserves to take it home for The Surge 2."

Stay plugged into GameSkinny for more news and information on The Surge 2 and any future DLCs as it develops. 

Clean Your Evil Spirits in Bathhouse Management Sim Spirittea Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:17:34 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

If you have a knack for finding disgruntled, dirty spirits and thought Spirited Away's Chihiro was absolutely daft for wanting to leave Yubaba's bathhouse, then Cheesemaster's upcoming Spirittea is probably your kind of game.

Playing as a writer who moves to a new town while trying to finish their book,  you quickly discover this quaint hideaway has some serious problems. It's almost like the gods have a grievance with the place — because basically, they do.

The town you move to is plagued with a host of angry spirits, beings forgotten by the locals, no longer worshipped, and seriously displeased by the fact. After you drink some tea from a special pot, you find you can see these beings, and it's in your best interest to calm them down.

That's where the bathhouse comes in. These spirits like their baths, tea, and proper respect, and they'll reward you for taking good care of them and fulfilling their requests. Each one has different needs and affiliations, so you'll always be kept on your toes as you try and manage your bathhouse, find new spirits, and get to know the local living people too.

Spirittea has a day/night cycle, seasons, festivals, a tea-gathering mini-game, and, of course, fishing and bug catching. Spirittea proudly wears its Animal Crossing, Spirited Away, and Harvest Moon/Stardew Valley influences on its sleeves and seems like it's set to combine all these things into a unique blend all its own.

Spirittea has a Kickstarter campaign running until the end of the month and aims to enter Early Access in 2022. Though specific platforms are still up in the air, Steam, iOS, Android, and are some of the main emphases right now.

This is one we'll be following closely, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Spirittea news as it's brewed up.

Two Classic Oddworld Games Coming to Switch in 2020 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:09:55 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

We've known for a while that Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is coming to Nintendo Switch in January — but that's not all. Yesterday, French publisher Microids announced a partnership with Oddworld Inhabitants to bring two more Oddworld games to the Switch sometime this year.

Don't expect Oddworld: Soulstorm to be one of those games, though. Microids CEO Stéphane Longeard said the additional two Oddworld games are classics in the Oddworld series and will "fit quite nicely in our catalog where retro gaming has a prominent place."

Because "classic" is emphasized, and there aren't that many Oddworld games to begin with, chances are these additional two will be Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus. Both games offer the franchise's signature wit and biting satire and still hold up as quality games after more than two decades.

Microids will reportedly take steps to ensure that quality shines through in the Switch versions, with Longeard saying, "We are going to help as much as we can to ensure these masterpieces get the spotlight they deserve."

It's a major turnaround for the series' relationship with Nintendo after creator Lorne Lanning infamously criticized Nintendo's lack of indie promotion and predicted the Switch would fail like the Wii U. Neither of those predictions has panned out thus far, with the Switch continuing to sell like hotcakes and promoting a robust indie catalog.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Oddworld news as it develops.

Final Fantasy 15 Getting Mobile MMORPG Spinoff Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:31:00 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Final Fantasy 15 might never get all of its originally planned DLC, but the story will continue in a brand-new mobile MMORPG nonetheless. The game is tentatively titled Final Fantasy 15 Mobile and is the result of a partnership between Square Enix, Korean developer JSC, and GAEA.

FF15 Mobile will release in China first, with a global launch planned sometime after that. There's no word yet on when these launches might be, though more details and a trailer are planned for the first half of this year.

FF15 Mobile is set in a world parallel to the original Final Fantasy 15, but it borrows many elements from the base game. Players take control of Prince Noctis and friends and travel around the massive world. While the mobile game will include many elements from FF15 Royal Edition, it will also have new content that expands on the game world and lore based on the "Origin of Mythology."

That means new locations as well, like the Great Pagoda and, in true Final Fantasy fashion, floating continents. Combat is touch-controlled, and even though gameplay is designed as a large-scale multiplayer experience, the dev team is taking steps to ensure it has a specific JRPG and Final Fantasy feel to it.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 15 Mobile news as it's conjured up.

More PlayStation 5 Specs, PS5 Logo Shown at CES 2020 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 13:36:07 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The consumer technology show CES 2020 is well underway, offering us a glimpse at the exciting new technology coming our way this year. That includes further PlayStation 5 specs info, as well as another holiday 2020 release date confirmation.

The PlayStation 5 logo was also revealed, which is, well... basically the PlayStation 4 logo, but with a "5" instead. Not super exciting, admittedly, but what's under the PS5's hood is of much greater interest.

Granted, some of tech info released by Sony at CES 2020 is just a rehash of what we already knew. The PlayStation 5 boasts an ultra-high-speed Solid State Drive that drastically reduces load times, first shown off in a private event last year. Ray tracing technology, also confirmed during that event, was confirmed again as hardware-based, which gives a more reliable and immersive effect over software-based ray tracing.

The Xbox Series X might have shown off movie-like games such as Hellblade back at The Game Awards, but it seems the PlayStation 5 won't be too far behind in that regard. And that's even considering what we saw from the next-gen Xbox console was in-engine. 

The PlayStation 5 will also offer 3D audio sound, which is particularly interesting. It's been around for a donkey's age, and games like Uncharted 4 used it to some extent. However, most games outside of VR still don't really make much use of it.

That 3D audio is billed as a console feature suggests Sony's making it easier for developers to implement as a standard feature from here on, allowing gamers with 3D-capable headsets like the Mobius greater range of use.

Haptics and adaptive controls were re-confirmed for the PS5 as well, which makes us all the more excited about what we can expect from the DualShock 5 when it's finally revealed.

Finally was the confirmation that the PlayStation 5 will support Ultra HD Blu-Ray. Ultra HD Blu-Ray handles data transfers of much larger quantity than standard Blu-Ray and makes hitting and maintaining 4K 60fps a lot easier — something even the PlayStation 4 Pro can't always do.

Equally important is how the PS5 is compatible with standard Blu-Ray, which fits with Sony's promise of backward compatibility to one extent or another.

We haven't actually seen the PlayStation 5 yet — just the rather silly-looking pizza warmer/dev kit version. However, CES 2020 shows Sony is obviously making the PlayStation 5 a big part of its plans for all of 2020, so we can expect much more in the months to come.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation 5 news as it breaks.

Super Mario Maker 2 Gets Course Cap Increase, Hits Major Milestone Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:46:08 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Super Mario Maker 2's course upload cap just got a meaty increase, growing from 64 up to 100. The change comes as Nintendo celebrates SMM2 hitting a major milestone: there have been more than 10 million playable courses uploaded since the game launched last year.

That's an incredible number of courses, and even though we could try to figure out how long it would take to play them all, we aren't going to. It's just a lot. 

Relatively speaking, that number is not surprising either. Not only does Super Mario Maker 2 include a vast number of additional course-making tools over the original game, but it also recently added a Legend of Zelda makeover. That's not to mention SMM2 basically does almost everything better than the first Super Mario Maker.

There are a ton of ways to go about making your dream course, whether it's the trash trial from hell or a carefully designed platforming masterpiece.

Of course, not all courses are created equal. That's why we have some ideas of the best Super Mario Maker 2 courses you should try and some handy tips for how you can try and get your own courses seen more.

Super Mario Maker 2 isn't going anywhere soon, and we'll likely see more updates, content, and tweaks as the year goes on. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Mario Maker 2 news as it builds up.

First Pokemon Direct of 2020 Announced Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:24:46 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The first Pokemon Direct of 2020 is set for this Thursday, January 9. the Direct will air at 9:30 a.m. EST/6:30 a.m. PST. The Nintendo livestream should last roughly 20 minutes or so.

Outside of "Pokemon," what the Direct will cover is anyone's guess. The only announced Pokemon initiatives we know of so far are Pokemon Home, which is the successor to Pokemon Bank, whispers of a Detective Pikachu 2, and some new initiative between The Pokemon Company and Chinese media firm Tencent.

There's usually at least one new Pokemon game launched every year, and speculation is rife that fan-favorites Diamond and Pearl might be getting remade — but it's just speculation at this point. 

We usually expect a Pokemon Direct early in the year, but what makes this one so interesting is the anticipated run time. Joe Merrick of tweeted a list of previous Pokemon Directs and their run times.

In the past seven years, only two have approached 20 minutes: the September 2013 Direct preceding Pokemon X and Y's October launch and the pre-E3 2019 Direct unloading a ton of Sword and Shield information.

Of course, the September 2013 Direct also served as an extended showcase for connectivity and transfer features in X and Y, so this early 2020 Direct might just be about new features coming to Sword and Shield.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information about whatever Game Freak reveals during the January 9 Pokemon Direct. We'll have the news right here once it breaks. 

Save or Conquer the World in G.I. Joe: War on Cobra Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:15:02 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

D3 Go!, Emerald City Games, and Hasbro have teamed up to create a brand-new G.I. Joe game launching for Android and iOS devices on January 20. It's titled G.I. Joe: War on Cobra and is essentially a love letter to the franchise, both the 1980s animated series and the classic action figure lines.

Players will build card decks featuring Hero, Vehicle, Command, and Troop cards. These cards represent characters and vehicles spanning the entire G.I. Joe line, both the Joes (good guys) and Cobra (villains). Each side has buildings and units unique to it as well.

Some of the units you can expect to find include:

G.I. Joe Heroes
  • Duke
  • Scarlett
  • Roadblock
  • Snake Eyes
Cobra Villains
  • Cobra Commander
  • Baroness
  • Destro
  • Storm Shadow
G.I. Joe Vehicles
  • Killer W.H.A.L.E.
  • V.A.M.P.
Cobra Vehicles
  • Piranha
  • Stinger

The goal is to complete missions or engage in PvP battles to defend your base and attack your opponents using your chosen team. These battles unfold strategically, requiring careful deployment and fast reactions when trouble arises. And trouble will arise, on land, in the sea, and from the air, forcing you to make good use of special defenses like mines, turrets, and troop depots.

The game's PvP element will include an online ranking system, though it's not certain yet whether ranks come with rewards or if they're just for prestige.

It's also unclear what role, if any, microtransactions will play in G.I. Joe: War on Cobra, but given the nature of the game and its card system, we can probably expect to see at least a few special units locked behind paywalls.

Card building strategy games seem to be the order of the day for famous franchises of late. Lego's Star Wars Battles also launches this year and employs a very similar premise as War on Cobra.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more G.I. Joe: War on Cobra news as it deploys.

Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077 Highlight Sony's Taipei Game Show Lineup Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:58:02 -0500 GS_Staff

With the Taipei Game Show quickly approaching on February 6, Sony has unveiled the games we can expect to see at the convention in some form or another. The current list of 23 games includes titles such as Elden Ring, Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us 2, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Though we've certainly seen plenty of the latter three titles over the past several months, this will be the first time we've seen or heard anything about From Software's Elden Ring since it was first announced at E3 2019. Unfortunately, we haven't received any trailers or screenshots in that time, though there is an unconfirmed rumor circulating that Elden Ring will release in June 2020. 

Reportedly, Sony will also show off Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which recently received new information and a batch of new screenshots. The full list of games making an appearance at the Taipei Game Show can be seen below. Sony may add or subtract from the list at any time leading up to the show. 

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim 
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Elden Ring 
  • Fairy Tail
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake 
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus 
  • Gleamlight 
  • Gungrave G.o.r.e.
  • Marvel’s Avengers 
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR   
  • NBA 2K20  
  • Nioh 2 
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 
  • Persona 5 Royal 
  • Resident Evil Resistance  
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris 
  • Tales of Arise 
  • The Last of Us 2  
  • Trials of Mana 
  • Way of the Samurai Gaiden Katanakami 
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon 
  • Yo-Kai Watch 4++ 
  • Ys IX 

The Taipei Game Show 2020 runs from February 6 to February 9. It will be held at the Nangang Exhibition Center, in Taipei, Taiwan. The convention is one of the largest gaming expos in Asia, seeing some 320,000 visitors in 2019. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Elden Ring, as well as all of the games on Sony's Taipei Game Show list, including Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Cyberpunk 2077, The Last of Us 2, and the Final Fantasy 7 Remake

MyArcade Shows Off Two New Retro Gaming Systems at CES 2020 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:17:11 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

MyArcade announced two brand-new additions to its lineup of mini-arcade cabinets and retro gaming devices as part of its CES 2020 showcase.

The first is a partnership with Capcom to bring consumers the Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition Micro Player. Like all MyArcade Micro Players, the Street Fighter 2 Micro Player is built as a 1/10th scale of the original arcade cabinet. It stands 7" high with a 3.5" screen. It will also feature packaging and cabinet artwork inspired by the original arcade classic.

Because it's better to fight Bison (the character, not the cattle) with a friend, the Street Fighter 2 Micro Player includes MyArcade's CO-VS technology that lets two Micro Players connect for fierce two-player competition. Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition Micro Player will retail for $49.99. And FYI: batteries are not included.

The second new MyArcade device is the Super Retro Champ Console. It is a follow-up to the original Retro Champ and, as the name suggests, supports SNES, Super Famicom, and Sega Genesis and Mega Drive cartridges. You feast your eyes upon it in the picture at the top of this article.

What's different about this retro console compared to the numerous other retro consoles that do the same thing is the Super Retro Champ is handheld. It boasts a 7" screen, a rechargeable battery promising up to five hours of play, two wireless gamepads, and an HDMI cable should you wish to play in tabletop or TV mode. It will retail for $109.99.

As of now, neither of these devices has a release date, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more MyArcade and retro gaming news as it develops.

Could a New Ape Escape Game be on the Way? Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:11:09 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

A new Ape Escape game is something series fans have dreamed of for almost a decade now. That dream might just come true in 2020.

The Twitter account Piposaru20th, aka the "Official" Sarugetchu (Ape Escape) 20th Anniversary account, posted an intriguing New Year's message. Roughly translated by Google Translate, it essentially says 2020 will be an exciting year to share more franchise news. 

That tease could point to potentially exciting news about a new Ape Escape game at long last.

The Twitter account is mostly retweets related to the Ape Escape series, with a few teases here and there about a new game since the account was launched in June 2019. Additionally, the only thing official about the account is the word "official" in its name.

Though the account lacks the blue checkmark imparting legitimacy to its tweets, it does have Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan as a follower. SIE Japan doesn't follow that many accounts except for influential figures in the press and games industry, including developers. Consequently, one could reasonably assume the Ape Escape Twitter account from which this news comes is trustworthy.

Still, the message itself is rather vague and could just refer to more of the same content as much as it could be a new PlayStation 4 game or even one of those elusive next-gen games we still don't know much about. We'll just have to wait and see.

Debuting in 2001 with the original Ape Escape game, the series went on to spawn two solid sequels on the PlayStation 2, before devolving into spinoffs. It all seemingly came to an end with the very badly received PlayStation Move Ape Escape, partly thanks to implementing motion control long after its heyday.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Ape Escape news as it gets peeled.