News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Diablo Immortal Trailer Released, Website Updated for ChinaJoy 2020 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:09:19 -0400 Ashley Shankle

The Chinese market-focused Diablo Immortal seems to be coming along just fine, based on an update of the official site showing off the game's visuals and classes.

Numerous gameplay clips give a look at the game's six very familiar classes; Diablo Immortal doesn't look to be trying to do anything new — but sometimes that's okay.

The game has been confirmed to included the Crusader, Demon Hunter, Barbarian, Necromancer, Wizard, and Monk classes that Diablo 3 players are familiar with, with each one having at least four skills and a basic attack.

Whether the game will have any sort of skill customization is yet unknown, as the official site currently only lists three skills for each.

Diablo Immortal's release date in any region is still a bit of a mystery and Blizzard themselves have not said much about the upcoming mobile title since its poorly-received reveal at Blizzcon 2018.

Sony Clarifies PS5 Compatibility with DualShock 4, Other Accessories Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:26:08 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

While we're still waiting to find out how much the PlayStation 5 will cost, Sony released a short guide of sorts outlining what controllers and accessories will work with the PS5 on the PlayStation Blog. 

The DualShock 4 works with the PlayStation 5, but not with PS5 games. That's not really surprising, seeing as the PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility only supports select PS4 games.

Only the DualSense controller will work with PS5 games because Sony believes "PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform."

According to Sony, other "officially licensed" peripherals and specialty items, including steering wheels and the like, will work with "supported PlayStation 4 games" and all PS5 games.

But at the end of the list of compatible peripherals, Sony says that not all officially licensed accessories will work with the PS5 and recommends checking with the manufacturer before purchasing.

TL;DR: if you're buying an accessory or peripheral in the hopes of using it for your PS5, contact the manufacturer first to see if it'll actually work the way you need it to.

Sony is more certain about headsets. "Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets" and other headsets "that connect via USB port or audio jack" will work with the PlayStation 5.

Finally, the PS Move and PSVR Aim controllers will work "with supported PS VR games on PS5."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny to hopefully find out what those supported games will be sometime soon, and for more PlayStation 5 news as it comes our way.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

New Final Fantasy XI Story Update Breathes Life Into Slumbering Legend Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:19:04 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

After lying nearly dormant, even presumed extinct, for five years, there's some new Final Fantasy XI story content coming soon. It's not just a one-off, as Akihiko Matsui, the game's producer, said the new content is part of a series of updates starting August 3.

The new Final Fantasy XI story update is called The Voracious Resurgence, and Matsui said players will need to have completed the Rhapsodies of Vana'diel — the last major content update — to access it.

There's a small blurb accompanying the announcement on the official Final Fantasy XI site, offering some background on the journey ahead.

The Voracious Resurgence update revolves around strange eggs spoken of in Beastmen legends and appearing across Vana'diel. The story that unfolds around these eggs will take adventurers brave enough "... beyond the veil of death [to] unravel the tangled threads of a conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of the world."

The August update includes a number of other adjustments, such as job set alterations, new items, and brand-new quests. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy XI news as it develops.

[Source: RPGSite]

No Straight Roads Preview: Rock vs. The Evils of Techno Music Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:37:40 -0400 Thomas Wilde

I played a short sample of No Straight Roads last year at E3. It wasn't much more than a vertical slice back then, consisting of a single boss fight, but it had a lot going for it just on the basis of raw style. It's a crazy cartoon of a beat-'em-up, where every frame looks like a high-concept music video.


No Straight Roads is a passion project from Wan Hazmer, a Malaysian game designer who previously worked at Square Enix as lead designer on Final Fantasy 15. Inspired by Psychonauts and Jet Grind Radio, he had the bare bones of the game half sketched out before he left SE in 2017 and put together an international, distributed team under the name Metronomik to make it happen.



In Vinyl City, music is both big business and clean energy, courtesy of the NSR corporation. Musicians compete to prove they have what it takes to power up the city. You play as Mayday and Zeke, the two members of Bunk Bed Junction, the last rock band in Vinyl.


One night, Mayday and Zeke show up for an audition at NSR's Lights Out program, but they get unceremoniously kicked out the door for being rock musicians. EDM, they're told, is the only music worth talking about.


On their way home, though, Mayday and Zeke find out that their performance, despite the genre, was more than powerful enough to keep the lights on. They're subsequently caught in a blackout, which cuts power to every part of the city besides the NSR buildings, leaving ordinary people in the dark despite the surfeit of power.


On top of that, when the lead judge Tatiana makes a public announcement specifically to talk trash about rock music, Mayday decides the time has come for a revolution. EDM must fall before the power of rock.



Hazmer told me at E3 that No Straight Roads was made by designing its soundtrack first, then building the game up around it. On paper, it's a straightforward, colorful brawler, where you can play it co-op with a buddy or single-player with Mayday and Zeke as a tag-team, but the music and animation are carrying the show.


You fight with Zeke's drumsticks or Mayday's guitar, doing simple chain combos, and you can collect notes from the environment to use a ranged attack. Mayday is the power hitter, delivering more raw damage per hit, but Zeke delivers quick combo strings that are easier to cancel into a dodge.


The trick is that almost everything in NSR works a little-to-a-lot better if you can do it to the soundtrack's beat, whether it's dodging an enemy's shockwaves, parrying a projectile back at its user, or dodging a boss's fusillade. You can get by without paying too much attention to the beat, which is what I have to do, as I am substantially rhythm-challenged, but the game does feel a lot better when you're moving and fighting along with the music.



It's difficult to convey, in fact, how well the game works when it hits its stride. In bigger fights, where Mayday and Zeke are up against another musician, the game turns to a round of dueling soundtracks. The better you're doing, the harder Bunk Bed Junction's rock themes overpower your opponent's EDM-fueled beats, and back again.


Between that and the constantly evolving visuals, this was one of my big picks coming out of E3 last year. The gameplay's okay, but the presentation is what gets and keeps your attention.


Besides, not every game makes you crazy musical rock rebels trying to overthrow the tyrannical dominance of electronic dance music. Sometimes, I appreciate a game just for the sake of the sentences it allows me to construct.


No Straight Roads is due out on August 25 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store. Stay tuned for more coverage, including our review, as the launch date approaches. 

Ubisoft and Netflix Gear Up for a Splinter Cell Anime Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:42:35 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

According to an exclusive Variety report, Netflix and Ubisoft are working on a Splinter Cell series. Don't expect gritty realism or Michael Fassbender front and center, though. This is a Splinter Cell anime series, written and produced by Derek Kolstad of John Wick fame.

Variety's sources claim there are two seasons of the Splinter Cell anime planned, for a total of 16 episodes.

Variety didn't disclose its sources. Still, Variety's had plenty of video game and game adaptation scoops in the past, like the Fallout series announcement.

As the report mentions, this isn't the first time Ubisoft's tried adapting one of its franchises, although we sincerely hope the Splinter Cell series is better than the Assassin's Creed movie Fassbender starred in. At the very least, it's a sign Ubisoft hasn't completely abandoned Splinter Cell, even though it's been seven years since Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist released.

Dark and gritty games getting anime adaptations isn't wholly unprecedented either. During June's Night City Wire event, CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its own anime series soon. And, of course, there's Netflix's Castlevania series, which is heading into its fourth season

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Splinter Cell anime news as it develops.

[Source: Variety]

Stella's Horizons Widen Ever Further in New Spiritfarer Trailer Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:00:56 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Spiritfarer, Thunder Lotus' game where coziness and death hold hands, is still slated for a 2020 launch date. While we still don't have a solid Spiritfarer release date, we do have another trailer showing how far along the game has progressed, which also introduces some new passengers too.

After Alice the hedgehog requests help from Stella, we see the scene shift to Stella charting a new course for Mount Toroyama. There, she learns the secrets of meditation from Summer the snake — the same Summer we first met last year in the game's initial demo.

The trailer shows us a number of glimpses into Stella's expanded world, from sun-kissed villas to sumptuous townhouses, plus a new weather condition on the boat.

Stella herself shows off a couple of new abilities as well, like riding updrafts with her hat and using her belt as both electrical conduit and handy zipline.

And there are two new passengers making their debut: Giovanni the lion and Stan the mushroom.

Thanks to the Spiritfarer demos, we knew Stella completing quests for her passengers features prominently. But the new Spiritfarer trailer shows there's even more: mini-games with each passenger. We see Summer teaching Stella how to help speed up crop growth time by playing music, but Thunder Lotus' Rodrigue Duperron confirmed each animal has a mini-game unique to them.

So there's even more reason to get attached to Stella's passengers, making that final farewell all the more difficult.

In a different bit of news, Thunder Lotus also announced Spiritfarer will release on the Epic Games Store and Google Stadia when it does launch. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Spiritfarer news as it develops.

Spiritfarer made out most anticipated indie games of 2020; see what other indie titles we're looking forward to over here!

Atelier Ryza 2 Trailer Drops Story Details, Info on This "New" Ability Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:16:50 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Gust and Koei Tecmo recently announced Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and The Secret Fairy, a direct follow-up to last year's best-selling (and very good) Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout. Today, the developers shared the first big details about Atelier Ryza 2, including a story outline and some of the returning characters we can expect to see.

Atelier Ryza 2 takes place three years after the first game. It's a rare example of a direct sequel in the Atelier series, which typically just includes previous characters in cameo roles as Atelier Lulua did.

In Ryza 2, Ryza sets out on another journey, this time not a secret one, to uncover the mystery behind a series of ancient ruins and the legends surrounding them.

She's joined by some old and new friends. Klaudia, now working in the royal capital city, features in this first Atelier Ryza 2 trailer. There's no sign of Tao or Lent yet, though we'd be surprised if they don't make an appearance later. One newcomer is the creature Fi. It can't talk, but it does play an important role in Ryza's adventure. 

Ryza's got some new tricks up her sleeve — well, if she actually had sleeves. She can swim, for starters. That's not exactly new to the Atelier series, but Koei Tecmo is presenting it as an ability and not a limited-time thing you can only do with the right synthesized item. There's an underwater dungeon and plenty of synthesis items to find underwater.

The Atelier Ryza 2 trailer also shows Ryza using a grappling hook-type device that lets her cover long distances in no time and teases some ride-able animals.

And that's that on the new Atelier Ryza 2 trailer. Atelier Ryza 2's release date is set for sometime this winter on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more as it develops.

[Source: Koei Tecmo]

Studio MDHR Releases Cuphead on PlayStation 4, Delays Last Course DLC Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:52:03 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Summer Game Fest is still going strong, with today's big update coming from Studio MDHR of Cuphead fame. There were several Cuphead updates mentioned, but the biggest news is that Cuphead is coming to PlayStation 4 — right now.

The news was accompanied by a stop-motion Cuphead recreating the 1930s cartoon style that inspired the game to begin with. There's a detailed PlayStation Blog post from the studio breaking down the process and how '30s animation techniques blended with modern design.

Whether that design process has anything to do with what we can expect from The Cuphead Show when it releases is another matter. Studio MDHR said the show is still a work in progress, though it has advanced far enough for some of the development team's children to watch episodes.

The other incoming Cuphead update is, of course, the Cuphead DLC: The Delicious Last Course. However, MDHR's Maja Moldenhauer said "DLC" might not be completely accurate at this point, since it's expanded so much from its concept days.

Last Course includes a brand-new playable character and plenty of surprises MDHR isn't going to spoil. In other words, no big Cuphead DLC news until closer to launch.

Moldenhauer also said that launch has been delayed, since there's more work than the team expected in making The Delicious Last Course as good as it can be. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Cuphead news as it develops.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Summer Update Adds Fireworks, Backup Saves Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:27:57 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Animal Crossing New Horizons summer update just keeps on giving. We knew a New Horizons summer update 2 was coming, and Nintendo recently revealed what it includes and when it launches.

The Animal Crossing New Horizons summer update for August introduces a weekly fireworks show, the dream suite, and more importantly, backup save support.

The Animal Crossing New Horizons summer update part two will be available for free starting July 30. The annual August fireworks show makes a comeback every Sunday during August and brings back Redd's raffle stand from the original Animal Crossing. You can watch regular fireworks, sure — or you can make your own using your custom designs.

The other big and long-awaited addition is New Horizons backup saves. The option to save your New Horizons island to the cloud was a notable absence when the game first launched, but it's being rectified with the summer update. 

As always with Nintendo's cloud saves, you'll need to be an active Nintendo Switch Online subscriber top take advantage of them. Later in the year, Nintendo is also adding the option to transfer your island to another Switch console.

Finally for the New Horizons summer update is the Dream Suite's return. First introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Dream Suite lets players visit other towns, now islands, without any fear of permanent repercussions. For example, someone could visit your island to see how amazing it looks, and whatever they do while there won't actually happen since it's a dream.

It's not too different from inviting people over without giving them friends' privileges, though, so we don't quite know what the New Horizons Dream Suite will offer that's different if anything.

On top of all that, there's another New Horizons update planned for the fall. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons news as it develops.

Netflix Announces The Witcher: Blood Origin Prequel Series Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:11:30 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

We've known for a while that Netflix's The Witcher Season 2 is in the works, but there's even more Witcher goodness on the way. Today, Netflix announced The Witcher prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin is also set for production, exploring Geralt's world 1,200 years before Geralt set foot on the scene.

According to Netflix's press release, which Nerdist picked up, The Witcher: Blood Origin's executive producers are Lauren Hissrich (showrunner for The Witcher Season 1) and Declan De Barra (The Witcher, The Originals) will be both co-executive producer and showrunner.

Blood Origin will explore the world of The Witcher before humans arrived, bringing catastrophe with them. It's also set to focus on the "forgotten" story of the first-ever Witcher. If you're concerned about Netflix creating Witcher lore independent of the book series, worry not. Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski will act as a consultant for the series.

De Barra said he specifically wants to explore the pre-human world before the conjunction of the spheres:

What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations... Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.

As yet, there's no anticipated air date for The Witcher: Blood Origin. But between Blood Origin, Season 2, and the Netflix Witcher animated series, there's at least plenty to look forward to. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Witcher news as it develops.

[Source: Nerdist]

Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter Campaign Goes Live, Promises Realistic Goals Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:39:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Following last week's surprise reveal of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, developer Rabbit & Bear Studios has launched the Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter campaign.

The Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter page goes over the plot and character details from last week's announcement and contains some additional video clips and screenshots. These highlight Eiyuden Chronicles' unique style, sitting somewhere between modern 3D graphics and Octopath Traveler's 2D-HD style.

As the Kickstarter info page details, that style is indicative of Rabbit & Bear's design philosophy. The studio wants to create a game hearkening back to the golden days of JRPGs while including modern elements to make the game both something the developers and fans want. To that end, Rabbit & Bear is encouraging plenty of fan feedback between now and Eiyuden Chronicle's anticipated 2022 launch date.

Rabbit & Bear is also making this a transparent campaign. They purposely haven't included many stretch goals, learning, as they say, from previous mistakes similar campaigns made — including Koji Igarashi's for Bloodstained campaign.

There's a BGM sample from composer Motoi Sakuraba as well

Existing goals include the base $500,000 funding goal and a $1 million goal for getting Eiyuden Chronicle on other consoles.

What consoles it might appear on is a bit more ambiguous. The team said they want it on as many systems as possible, but recognize the development landscape between now and 2022 will change significantly thanks to next-gen consoles. If the goal is reached, though, Rabbit & Bear promises to develop an Eiyuden Chronicle Switch port, whether it's for the existing Switch or a new Nintendo console.

There are plenty of backer tiers — including one that lets you get your own cat in the game — but Rabbit & Bear said they've learned from previous campaigns that offered too much. Rather than just promising the moon, the studio has taken steps and secured partnerships to ensure they can meet demand and keep up with it, should demand exceed expectations.

Half the base funding goal has already been met in less than an hour since the Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter opened.

You can check out the Eiyuden Chronicle Kickstarter campaign over on, well... Kickstarter. We'll be keeping up with it in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Eiyuden Chronicle news as it develops.

Former Suikoden Creators Announce Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:20:41 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Earlier in the week, Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama teased a new announcement for the long-dormant Konami series. Today, Murayama followed through on that tease, announcing Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a spiritual successor to Suikoden made in collaboration with Junko Kawano, Osamu Komuta, and Junichi Murakami, all of whom worked on other games in the series.

Rabbit & Bear Studios, the company Murayama and the others founded, announced Eiyuden Chronicle via a press release courtesy of Gematsu.

A Hundred Heroes Kickstarter is set to go live on Monday, July 27, at 12 p.m. EST. Eiyuden Chronicle is currently slated for a PC release. Depending on how much money is raised, it will also release on the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes takes place on the continent of Allraan, a “tapestry of nations with diverse cultures and values.” 

The story begins as the game's two main characters, Seign Kesling and Nowa seek to find an artifact, but because this is a Suikoden successor, they soon get pulled into a massive conflict spanning the continent.

And as you’d expect from a game subtitled Hundred Heroes, Seign and Nowa aren’t the only heroes you’ll encounter. There are a great many more characters to recruit and learn about, like Marisa the forest Guardian and warrior, Melridge the cynical researcher, and Garr the beastman. In true Suikoden fashion, you’ll be pulling together a wide-ranging group of warriors with their own motives, desires, strengths, and weaknesses. 

Recruiting more heroes also into Eiyuden Chronicle’s many gameplay features. Balanced teams stand a better chance of success on adventures or when gathering resources, and they’ll unlock more trade options.

They’ll also help you defend your fortress, a key feature in Eiyuden Chronicle. As you progress on your journey, your ragtag band of heroes gradually builds up a hometown-meets-fortress that you’ll also be required to defend from time to time.

The developers said they’re including plenty of freedom with how you create your team and what you choose to focus on with your fortress, like developing defenses, which will ultimately make each playthrough feel different.

We’ll be following Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes very closely during its Kickstarter campaign and beyond, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Eiyuden Chronicle news as it develops.

[Source: Gematsu]

Psychonauts 2 Trailer Puts Raz Back in Brain Hopping Action Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:39:15 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

It’s been over a decade since Psychonauts first released on PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox, but we’re finally getting a sequel with Psychonauts 2. Today’s Xbox Games Showcase gave us a new look at some Psychonauts 2 gameplay and a brand-new character joining Raz on his adventure.

Psychonauts 2 picks up where the first game left off. Raz joins a team of Psychonauts, spies who use their abilities to jump into people’s brains to uncover the truth. It seems there’s a traitor in their midst, though, and Raz sets off on a journey to find out what the traitor knows before it’s too late — too late, as in “a giant psychic monster comes to life and destroys the world.”

Raz isn’t alone on his quest. He joins up with a ball of energy voiced by Jack Black, who also sings the game’s central song in the trailer embedded above.

Psychonauts 2 takes place across multiple different psyches, which means there’s plenty of license to make the levels as quirky and outrageous as possible.  

One stage sees you navigating through a world made entirely of teeth, while another is literally a stage, being part of a concert hall dripping in enough psychedelica to make Pink Floyd blush.

Raz has plenty of psychic abilities at his disposal too. He can control time, slow down objects, and even freeze enemies to make dispatching them easier.

The Psychonauts 2 release date is a vague 2021 window, but it’ll launch on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 whenever it does release. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Psychonauts 2 news as it develops.

Halo Infinite Gameplay Unveils the Series' Biggest World Yet Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:27:29 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The headline act for the Xbox Games Showcase was Halo Infinite. And while the nearly nine-minute gameplay video focused more on setup and a bit of action, IGN followed up with a series of exclusive interviews providing more Halo Infinite details. Minor story spoilers follow the video below.

Following a snazzy cinematic where we see Master Chief's armor being assembled, Halo Infinite transitions into its classic first-person gameplay. The world Chief steps into is rendered in gorgeous detail. It's also huge.

At one point, we get to see a portion of an open-world map — a first for the series — and there's a lot to explore. According to one IGN interview, the Ring opens up tremendously a few hours into the game. From there, you’re free to explore as you see fit, and 343 Industries says there are plenty of story reasons to explore every nook and cranny, even when it isn’t connected to finding upgrades.

Speaking of upgrades, you’ll come across a number of them to pad out Master Chief’s arsenal and defenses. There’s no experience-based or skill-based upgrade tree, though, as the goal is making everything feel like a natural part of the game. One of Master Chief's upgrades is the brand-new grappling hook, which you’ll use to get around the environment and deal with enemies in new ways.

Halo Infinite takes place after Halo 5, with Master Chief still in space following the events with Cortana. 343 Industries intends Infinite as an end to the Forerunner Saga and the beginning of something else, with The Banished taking the role of the central enemy.

At their head is War Chief Escharum, the loud hologram in the gameplay segment. Halo Infinite’s position between two sagas means it’s a good jumping in point for newcomers while rewarding those who’ve stuck around and absorbed the lore since the very beginning. 

We can expect to see more Halo Infinite for a while. 343 said it’s the start of a model they’ll be using for the next several years. Halo Infinite will continue being expanded and further developed, though they note it isn’t a live service game.

Investigate a Strange and Smarter Threat in Hello Neighbor 2 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:34:02 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

One of the Xbox Showcase pre-show world premiers was a sequel to the cult classic Hello Neighbor, unsurprisingly titled, Hello Neighbor 2

Just like you'd expect, there's plenty of smart stealth involved in Hello Neighbor 2. You play as a reporter named Quentin, investigating strange disappearances in Raven Brooks. The home your investigation leads you to is none other than the home from the original Hello Neighbor. Only this time, it’s occupied by a strange creature in a raven costume (It isn’t. The trailer shows it’s the original neighbor, but it's still fun).

Like before, you’ll use everything you can in the environment to distract and outwit your foe. It appears there’s the same sense of immediacy and dread as you figure out ways to keep the neighbor from realizing you’re there — and then the desperate scramble to find some means of escape once you’re discovered. 

But developer tinyBuild said Hello Neighbor 2 uses smart AI, where enemies learn your patterns and stalk you accordingly. So you’ll have to bear that in mind as you explore the environs in Ravens Brook since your investigation includes multiple places outside the house.

If you can't wait to get your hands on it, you can try the Hello Neighbor 2 alpha available now.

Hello Neighbor 2 is planned for a 2021 release date on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC, and it supports Smart Delivery as well. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Hello Neighbor 2 news as it develops.

Balan Wonderworld is a Platformer All About Heart and Theater Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:23:45 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix has been teasing a new game from its spinoff studio, Balan Company, for a while now. And during the Xbox Games Showcase, we finally got to see what that new game is: Balan Wonderworld, a 3D platformer adventure game tasking you with restoring balance to the human heart.

According to the developers, Balan Wonderworld is built around a mysterious musical theatre that appears when the balance between positive and negative emotions is lost. Everyone comes to Balan at some point, where their emotions are purified and what ails them gets set right.

Though all of this takes place on the stage of that person’s emotions, Inside Out this is not. Balan Wonderworld unfolds over a series of fantastical worlds, ranging from snowy wonderlands to neon underwater landscapes. You'll solve puzzles using 80 different costumes with their own unique abilities and approaches to dealing with enemies as well.

Balan Wonderworld is set for a spring 2021 launch, and despite premiering during the Xbox Game Showcase, it’s coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch as well. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Balan Wonderworld news as it develops.

State of Decay 3 Trailer Emerges From Xbox Games Showcase Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:17:26 -0400 GS_Staff

State of Decay 3 is coming. The latest installment of the open-world, zombie survival series was unveiled during the recent Xbox Series X Games Showcase. It will be coming to the Xbox Series X and PC. According to Microsoft, every game that appeared during the showcase will be playable through Game Pass, including State of Decay 3

There is currently no release date for State of Decay 3. Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, said more information about the games featured in the showcase would be released at future events, some later this year. So it's possible we'll know more about a release date or release window before the end of 2020.

It's also possible we'll know more about State of Decay 3 in general by the end of the year. It appears that the game is still early in development. Undead Labs, SoD 3's developer, announced through the State of Decay 2 Twitter account that the new game "is in active development." 

Other than that, there really isn't much for fans to go on right now. The footage below doesn't show any gameplay, instead focusing on a short cinematic in which a lone survivor fights to stay alive.

The original State of Decay launched back in 2013, while its sequel, State of Decay 2, released in 2018. Though we spoke highly of the original, the sequel left us a bit wanting, lamenting its bugs and repetitiveness. 

However, that didn't stop millions of players from jumping into the game at release, growing the playerbase to some 5 million as of August 2019. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on State of Decay 3 as it develops. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer above by joining the conversation over on Twitter @Gameskinny

Final Fantasy XIV Expanded Free Trial Makes Heavensword Free Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:38:16 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix recently announced it's sweetening the pot for anyone who's been holding off on Final Fantasy XIV. Starting August 11, the Final Fantasy XIV free trial is getting a significant expansion — all the way up through the end of Heavensword.

Previously, the FFXIV free trial only included the base game, until you leveled up to Level 35. With the FFXIV expanded free trial, you can play up to Level 60. That includes almost all of Heavensword, up to FFXIV patch 3.56, which is Heavensword's endgame.

It also means players can unlock and play as Heavensword's locked jobs: Astrologian, Machinist, and Dark Knight.

And just like with the original free trial, this expanded version is for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Note you'll still need a copy of FFXIV to get started. The free part is not having to pay the usual monthly subscription to access the game. If you already have the A Realm Reborn Starter Edition, then Heavensword gets added to your game for free.

Square Enix didn't say anything about limited features for free trial users. Presumably, these would be the same as the base trial, though: things like no access to the Lodestone or forums, being locked to one character per homeworld, and so on.

The FFXIV expanded free trial coincides with the long-awaited Reflections in Crystal 5.3 patch set which will bring Shadowbringers to a close. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy XIV news as it develops.

Sega Confirms Yakuza 7 for PlayStation 5, Announces English Cast Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:22:40 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Following the Yakuza 7 (Yakuza: Like a Dragon) English reveal as part of the Summer Game Fest, IGN confirmed Yakuza 7 is getting a PlayStation 5 release and a star-studded English voice cast. There's also a snazzy new Yakuza 7 trailer showing that voice cast in action.

Yakuza 7 is set for a November launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Windows Store. The Xbox Series X version of Yakuza 7 has a vague holiday release date as an XSX launch title, but the PlayStation 5 version is just confirmed for "a later date."

Sega also told IGN it's working on an "upgrade path" similar to Microsoft's Smart Delivery system and in keeping with what we know about Sony and other developers' approach to a PlayStation 5 smart delivery concept.

When Yakuza 7 does launch on next-gen platforms, it'll be the same price as current-gen games, $59.99 — no price boost is planned for this next-gen game at least.

Along with being the first turn-based Yakuza game, Yakuza 7 is also the first in the series to feature an English voice dub. However, Scott Strichart, head of the Yakuza localization team, confirmed on Twitter that Yakuza 7 dual audio will be a thing, with lip-syncing changes to match whatever voice options you play with.

Kaiji Tang (Beastars, Demon Slayer, Trails of Cold Steel 3) voices Yakuza 7 protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, while George Takei (Star Trek, Futurama) lends his famed talents to Yakuza 7's family patriarch Masumi Arakawa.

Andrew Morgado (Metro Exodus, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4) is Koichi Adachi, a former police officer who joins Ichiban's group. Greg Chun, who voiced the protagonist in Judgement, stars as ex-nurse Yu Nanba, while Elizabeth Maxwell (Persona 5, Fruits Basket, Attack on Titan) is Saeko Mukoda, "a bar hostess on a mission."

While the Microsoft Store currently has a Yakuza 7 release date of November 13, there's been no official release date announcement yet. Pre-orders are currently open, though. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Yakuza 7 news as it develops.

[Source: IGN]

Atlus Annonunces Shin Megami Tensei V Release, SMT III Remaster Mon, 20 Jul 2020 11:38:11 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Today's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini focused on third-party games from Nintendo's publisher partners, and Atlus was one of them. It wasn't just one Atlus announcement either. Alongside a Shin Megami Tensei III remaster announcement, Atlus finally has a Shin Megami Tense V release timeframe.

Shin Megami Tensei V is set for a 2021 release. Whenever it does launch next year, it'll be a simultaneous worldwide release. A new Shin Megami Tensei 5 trailer accompanied the announcement, providing a brief and tantalizing look at what's to come.

The world is in ruins, which is no surprise to series fans. This time, though, the Creator is dead, and it seems the world has already fallen down the chaos route, or so the giant green demon seems to be telling the protagonist.

But there's still a range of options available. The series' signature choice feature makes a return. It's a path the protagonist can carve out and fulfill their destiny, re-shaping the chaotic world into something new.

Atlus is also releasing a Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne HD Remaster in Spring 2021. It's a shiny new version of the PlayStation 2 hit that turned the Shin Megami Tensei franchise into a cult classic.

In SMT 3, you play as the Demi-Fiend, part human, part demon. The rest of the world is dying, "paying for its sins" as one of the narrators says.

Demi-Fiend is responsible for navigating his way through the rubble of the old world to try and create something new, but he's also being pulled by different forces with their own hidden agendas.

We'll be keeping a close eye on both of these, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Shin Megami Tensei Switch news as it develops.

Three New Cadence Of Hyrule DLC Packs Keep the Beat Going Mon, 20 Jul 2020 10:56:35 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The latest Nintendo Direct was all about Nintendo's "developer and publisher partners," and the first big announcement is Cadence of Hyrule DLC.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer is getting three new DLC packs, on top of the free one that's already available. The first brings five new characters to the game: Aria, Shadow Link, Shadow Zelda, Frederick, and Impa. Each character has their own unique playstyle. Impa, for example, excels at ranged combat. This first pack is due out later today (7/20).

Pack 2 is the Melody Pack. This one adds 39 new songs to the game, including remixes of the background music. And unlike in the base game, you can change the track playing at any time during your adventure.

Pack 3 adds new story content called Symphony of the Mask. Symphony of the Mask stars Skull Kid from Majora's Mask (hence the title), and it revolves around a new map and brand-new music. Skull Kid's big feature is he can change abilities based on what mask he wears, though we don't yet know what masks will actually be there to find.

Finally, Cadence of Hyrule is getting a Season Pass if you want just the DLC, and there's a Cadence of Hyrule: Complete Edition out on October 23. It'll include all the DLC and the base game on one card.

Nintendo promised more Nintendo Direct Mini presentations focused on third party games for the rest of the year, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Switch game news as it develops.

Microsoft to Discontinue Some Xbox One Models Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:35:44 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ahead of the Xbox Series X launch, Microsoft confirmed it is ending production of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles. Xbox One S, the standard Xbox One system, will still be in production however.

The news comes from an exclusive report by The Verge's Tom Warren.

The official statement from Microsoft reads:

As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.

"The natural step" here might sound a bit fishy, since the Xbox One X is the more expensive console. But it's also the most powerful.

Microsoft remains committed to releasing first party titles on both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X for the next few years, so it's fitting the only Xbox One system continuing in production will be the more powerful one.

Microsoft did not say when Xbox One X and Xbox One SAD production will officially stop. But a Microsoft spokesperson suggested the best thing for consumers who still want an Xbox One S or Xbox One SAD should keep checking their local stores for availability.

That said, Warren also mentions there've been shortages of Xbox One consoles all around thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, similar to what we saw earlier in the year with the Nintendo Switch.

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

Get a Sneak Peak at Nexomon Extinction's Locations, Rare Nexomon Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:58:52 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Nexomon: Extinction is out on consoles and PC later this year. After learning a bit about Nexomon's starters a short while ago, we're now getting a look at some of Nexomon Extinction's locations and a handful of rare Nexomon to boot.

New Ignitia

2D, above view of lava area with giant beast skeleton in the middle.

Felclaw evolutions, from kitten to cat. First up is New Ignitia, the fire region. It's a city built at the bottom of a volcano, but rather than New Ignitia being safe and isolated because of that, it's actually vulnerable to Tyrant Nexomon attacks.

On the bright side, you can upgrade your axe there, which is good for mining elemental shards. And you might find the lil' critter shown to the right, Nekpanchi the Fire Nexomon. It's a Mega Rare Nexomon that eventually evolves into Felclaw.


2d, from aboce view of desert area with plants, palms, and huge horned skull.

Rustung evolution, from small floating bot to large clawed armor beast.Solus is a desert region in Nexomon Extinction, full of Mineral Nexomon, mines to explore, and bandits to hopefully not get caught by. Other must-see sites include massive fossils of ancient Nexomon and Lateria, a desert fortress you'll be making your way to during your journey.

On the way, you'll possibly run into Rust, an Uncommon Nexomon. This one uses its steel head to attack foes and will evolve into Rustung eventually.

Frozen Tundra

2D, view from above of Frozen tundra region covered in ice.

Domigator evolutions, from small alligator to large alligator.Finally is the Frozen Tundra, and it should come as no surprise this is an icy region. It's also a very dangerous area, one the Guild won't let tamers into unless they're sufficiently experienced. There are plenty of Water Nexomon capable of turning their opponents to ice, and a location called the Cursed Tower that's somehow able to attract more wild Nexomon than usual.

One standout Nexomon for the Frozen Tundra region is Cruff. It's a Water Nexomon too and starts out looking like a wannabe pirate gator called Cruff before evolving into it's final, definitely-a-pirate form called Domigator.

There's still no solid Nexomon Extinction release date yet, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nexomon Extinction news as it heads our way.

Uncover the Fate of Lost Crews in No Man's Sky Desolation Update Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:51:07 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The No Man's Sky Desolation update dropped today. As the name suggests, it brings a splash of destruction and despair to the game, with derelict, abandoned spacecraft rich with lore, danger, and plenty of loot up for grabs.

Like the rest of the game, the interiors of the Desolation ships are procedurally generated, so no two ships are the same. Each has a separate story to tell of how its crew met their fate as well if you're willing to do the legwork and find the ship's logs.

Even if you're not interested in the lore, the Desolation ships contain unique parts you can use to upgrade your ship. These are stamped with the mark of the ship you found them in because Hello Games wants them to "reflect something of your journey."

But it's not just upgrades and eerie atmosphere you'll run into in the No Man's Sky Desolation update. These ships are rife with alien creatures and a number of other hazards you'll need to deal with if you want to go spelunking.

As for why Hello Games went in this direction for the latest No Man's Sky update, the dev team said:

Terror in the face of the unknown, or the dawning realisation that you're treading in the footsteps of those who met a lonely end at the edge of the universe  it's a rich science fiction tradition, and one not really touched on in No Man's Sky  until now.

The No Man's Sky Desolation update is available now on consoles and PC. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more No Man's Sky news as it develops.

[Source: Hello Games, GamesRadar+]

Microsoft Combining Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:38:22 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

In a recent Xbox Wire post, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced Project xCloud is being merged with the Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost starting in September. Spencer also re-affirmed Xbox's commitment to bringing all Xbox Studios games to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X for a while yet.

Project xCloud is Microsoft's version of Google Stadia. It lets you stream your Xbox games to your Android phone or Android tablet, but not iOS, for obvious reasons. And it works very well too.

The goal is giving Xbox players as many ways as possible to enjoy their games and connect with others. Spencer said:

With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet. And because Xbox Live connects across devices, you can play along with the nearly 100 million Xbox Live players around the world.

Spencer earlier said there would be no pressure on consumers to upgrade to the Xbox Series X, despite the XSX boasting superior performance over the Xbox One. And he reiterated that commitment again, saying:

...Xbox Game Studios titles we release in the next couple of years—like Halo Infinite — will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One. We won’t force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play Xbox exclusives.

And all Xbox Studios games will head to the Game Pass on day one.

Despite all we know about the Xbox Series X, we haven't seen much in the way of first-party games yet, though that's about to change on July 23 with the Xbox Games Showcase. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xbox Series X news as it develops.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Uncharted Movie Filming Has Apparently Started Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:59:45 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Uncharted movie has been in the news a lot since it was first announced, but not always for positive reasons. Finally, though, after multiple delays and changes in director, it seems the Uncharted movie has started filming.

The news comes from an Instagram post by Tom Holland that USGamer spotted. Tom Holland plays Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake in the film adaptation, said to be a brand-new story in the Uncharted saga. Holland posted an image showing a strip of fabric from a set chair with "Nate" on it in big red letters riddled with bullet holes.

Lest there's any confusion that Holland just decided to buy a chair for himself at home while waiting for filming to begin, though, a post with the Uncharted hashtag and "Day One" accompanies the image.

That's good news considering the Uncharted movie release date is set for next summer — for now, at least. Sony's shuffled the Uncharted movie around for years now, going through multiple directors and scenarios before settling on Venom and Zombieland director Reuben Fleischer.  And it also suggests preliminary filming is going well, since stunt work already started back in February.

Hopefully, we'll be seeing more from the Uncharted movie in the coming months. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for it, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Uncharted movie news as it develops.

[Source: USGamer]

Far Cry 6 Cinematic Trailer, Release Date Revealed Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:18:02 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Whelp, Far Cry 6 is officially official. The first trailer for the next game in Ubisoft's ongoing first-person shooter franchise was shown at Ubisoft Forward on Sunday. One hundred percent cinematic, the trailer (unfortunately) doesn't show any gameplay. Presumably, that's set to come at a future Ubisoft Forward presentation. 

However, what has been revealed so far coincides with what we know of Far Cry 6 from last week's PlayStation Store leak, including confirmation that Far Cry 6 will release on February 18, 2021, for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. 

Giancarlo Esposito  who, as expected, absolutely steals the trailer above  is the game's primary villain, Anton Castillo. Action will yet again take place on an island torn apart by rebellion, and although Ubisoft didn't specifically mention the game's map, it did say that some areas will be incredibly expansive. 

The cinematic trailer was accompanied by the game's title trailer as well, which can be seen below.

Far Cry 6 is available for pre-order now. Each edition comes with the expected cornucopia of bonuses, including a steelbook case or a replica of a flamethrower. 

  • Standard Edition ($59.99)
  • Gold Edition ($99.99)
  • Ultimate Edition ($119.99)
  • Collector's Edition ($199.99)

More information can be found over on the Ubisoft Store. Those who buy Far Cry 6 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will be able to play the PS5 or Xbox Series X version of Far Cry 6 for free when they upgrade their consoles.

According to the fine print on the Ubisoft Store page, this will be done by using the original PS4/Xbox One game disc inserted into the PS5 or Xbox Series X. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Far Cry 6 as we learn it. Be sure to follow us over on Twitter and let us know what you think. 

Monster Hunter Movie Hit with Apceros-Sized Delay Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:28:25 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Long, long ago, Capcom announced that Monster Hunter was getting a big Hollywood film adaptation. And while it's still in the works, the Monster Hunter movie joins the long line of other films that have been delayed, with Paramount pushing the Monster Hunter movie release date to April 23, 2021.

The news comes from an insider scoop Deadline's Anthony D'Alessandro has on the film's production and Paramount's lineup plans.

Paramount originally planned a Labor Day weekend 2020 release for the Monster Hunter movie. According to D'Alessandro's sources, though, Paramount doesn't want to compete with its A Quiet Place 2, also set for a September 4 release date.

Another potential reason is one we've come to expect since March: potential scheduling problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. D'Alessandro says Los Angeles may be shutting down again soon, which means major movie theaters will remain closed for at least an additional month or so. That's hardly an ideal condition to debut any film under.

At least we have a vague idea of what to expect from the Monster Hunter movie, though. Milla Jovovich of Resident Evil fame (or infamy, depending on who's talking) stars as Lieutenant Artemis, leader of a squad transported to a strange world full of... well, full of monsters.

Hopefully, the Monster Hunter movie doesn't pull an Uncharted and end up with a release schedule more fluid than Alatreon's elemental changes. We'll keep tracking it, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Monster Hunter movie news as it comes our way.

[Source: Deadline]

Horror Game Carrion Gets Firm Release Date for PC, Console Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:17:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

After a handful of teases, demo releases on Steam, and appearances at conventions far and wide, we now know when Devolver Digital and Phobia Game Studios' Carrion will release for PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One: July 23. The same day that Crysis Remastered hits Switch. 

Devolver Digital announced the release date for the "reverse horror game" during its not-E3 presentation over the weekend, where the developer also provided new looks at Shadow Warrior 3 and Serious Sam 4

A new trailer shows off the grotesque, Lovecraftian horrors you'll inflict upon those unlucky enough to imprison you and stand in your way. 

Not only does Carrion look deliciously devilish, but it plays well, too. Back in December, we were able to go hands-on with an alpha demo of Carrion, and it left us mostly impressed. Of his time with the demo, Ty Arthur said: 

Carrion's selling point is that you play as a monster escaping a research facility. It's immediately clear that the game takes inspiration from John Carpenter's The Thing — just with a bloodier worm motif.

As the titular monster, you roll around on pseudopods that can stick to any surface, lending a serious World Of Goo feel to the game's wobbly movement. It might take some time to figure out, but it's satisfying once you start stalking the soldiers and scientists roaming about the lab.  

Carrion's art style nails that dark and bloody feel, but it's the excellent sound effects that really take things to the next level. Between the whipping and suctioning of tentacles and the screams of dying fleshy scientists, this is a game best experienced with the sound turned up.

Staying with the gory style, there's also an appropriately gross take on save points. Your tentacled creature squiggles into wall cracks to form a beating heart that can be used to re-spawn and fill regain any lost biomass. It's delightfully creepy. 

Unsurprisingly, Carrion made our list of most anticipated horror games of 2020 alongside the likes of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 and the System Shock remake. 

There is currently a demo for the game available on Steam, though it's possible it could come down any day now, so check it out while you still can. 

Carrion will retail for $19.99 on PC (Steam and GoG), Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It will also be available on Xbox Game Pass for console and PC at release. 

NieR Reincarnation Trailer Highlights The Cage, New Gameplay Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:59:39 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix announced NieR: Reincarnation (or Re[in]carnation if you want to get technical) for mobile devices a few months back. After near total silence since then, we're finally getting a first look at Reincarnation's gameplay and characters by way of a new trailer.

The information comes from the official NieR Reincarnation website, as translated by Sal Romano of Gematsu.

The protagonist so far doesn't have a name. She's just "Girl in White," a lost girl who wakes up on the stone floor of what's called The Cage, a huge structure built by an unknown architect. The girl must travel to the top of The Cage to "reclaim what was lost and atone for her sins."

She's not alone on her journey through The Cage's myriad environments. Acting as her guide is a mysterious ghost-shaped creature that calls itself Mama, which the Reincarnation website describes as mischievous, frequently messing with decorations in the environment or stopping the journey to appreciate the scenery.

Finally is Dark Monster, a creature shaped like a bug in knight's armor, but with unknown goals and purposes.

All this info accompanies the new NieR Reincarnation trailer showing the gameplay in action. It gives a look at some of The Cage's different environments, snippets of the battle system, and some intriguing 2D side-scrolling segments that swap art styles for something akin to classical Japanese ukiyo-e style.

But we'll have to wait to find out more, including a NieR Reincarnation release date.

The original story is over on Gematsu if you want to check it out. There's an open beta planned for the end of this month in Japan, and NieR Replicant is still in the works as well. Hopefully, we'll hear more about both projects soon, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more NieR Reincarnation news as it develops.

Crysis Remastered Coming to the Nintendo Switch This Month Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:15:28 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Although Crysis Remastered has been delayed on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch version of the game is still on track for deployment. According to Crytek, the Switch version of Crysis Remastered will launch on July 23. 

The update was shared on July 10, nine days after Crytek said the remaster would not hit its target launch. When news of the game's postponement initially broke, specific platform delays were not mentioned, so it wasn't clear if all platforms were affected or not.

At the time, preorders for the Switch remained open while preorders for other platforms were closed. Now we know why. 

Currently, there is still no news regarding the release date for Crysis Remastered on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. Following several leaks, including one in early April and another in late June, the game was delayed "several weeks" for polish on those platforms.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Crysis Remastered as we learn it. 

WayForward's Switch Exclusive Is Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:14:57 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Today's Nintendo Treehouse Live didn't just focus on Paper Mario: The Origami King. The second half was about WayForward's new game: Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia. It's an original, brand-new Bakugan expanding on the TV series, and it's meant to be a deep strategy-oriented game with plenty of customization.

The new Bakugan game offers 81 Bakugan to collect and over 100 quests to complete. All these take place across a colorful RPG world full of other Brawlers to battle and folks to get to know. The overall goal is uncovering the truth behind a series of mysterious natural disasters plaguing the region.

The Bakugan fights play out in almost Ni No Kuni style, where your player character runs around an open battlefield and the Bakugan themselves duke it out in gigantic fashion. You'll need to collect energy to fuel your Bakugan. These energy bits act like MP in other RPGs, according to WayForward, and you'll have to do a bit of resource management when deciding which cores are going to serve you the best.

Later, you'll also get access to new combat options like team attacks that require strategic planning to pull off right.

As you move forward in your adventure, you'll compile an expanding deck of cards built around Bakugan abilities. These correspond to different Bakugan types, aka factions, so a big part of the game's strategy revolves around how you build your decks.

Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch in the first week of November. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Bakugan news as it develops.

Nintendo Treehouse Live Shows Paper Mario: The Origami King Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:45:07 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

With E3 cancelled this year, we obviously didn't get any Nintendo presentations this summer. But we did get a surprise Nintendo Treehouse Live focused in part on Paper Mario: The Origami King.

The Paper Mario Treehouse segment gave us a deep dive into the game's early stages, showing off gameplay, and thankfully skimming over potential plot spoilers for those who want to go into the game with a clean slate.

In a throwback to Color Splash, portions of the world are missing. King Olly's minions have ripped chunks out, and it's up to you to fill the holes in with paper scraps gained from battles and the environment. It's worth your time as well, since you'll often find lost Toads who go back to Toad Town and later offer you some important benefits.

The Treehouse segment focused on the opening area, Picnic Road. Alongside portions we've seen before with the road gradually winding up towards a hill, there's a Koopa Troopa shrine further down and a Toad shack near the river. Here you'll find a number of side scenarios unfolding apart from Mario's primary journey, some of which you can't access until other events take place in the main story.

Almost every area is stuffed full of detail and Toads, with plenty of clever references to past Mario games and foibles. And you can explore almost entirely as you please, thanks to Paper Mario Origami King's interconnected areas.

Picnic Road leads straight to Overlook Mountain without any need for a map or hub world. You're supposed to follow the streamer to find a member oft he Legion of Stationery, but there are plenty of rewards for those who take the time to drift off the beaten path and find them.

We also got to see the Paper Mario Origami King battle system in a bit more depth. Like we already knew, you'll have a limited period of time to manipulate the battle arena to line up your foes. Successfully doing this means you can basically finish most regular battles in one turn; failing means your enemies take a big chunk out of your health.

Coins are plentiful in Origami King, and one thing you can use them for is adding more time to the battle arena timer. And you can pay off Toads to help out with the ring and do some minor damage to enemies.

Your standard Boot and Hammer attacks never go away, unlike Sticker Star. But you can get a number of extra attack items like the Iron Boots that augment your abilities, e.g. letting you stomp on Spinies. These, however, are consumable.

Boss battles are a completely different affair. In these, your goal is getting to the center of the arena, while also planning your route to activate key tiles and either damage the boss or keep it from acting. Each round changes the icons and dangers Mario needs to navigate around, but you can still call on Toads to offer some guidance if you need it.

Bosses shift their patterns towards the end of each battle, but naturally, the Treehouse segment ended before showing us what to expect there.

Paper Mario: The Origami King launches July 17 for Nintendo Switch, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for our Paper Mario Origami King review shortly after that. If you can't wait for more Paper Mario, though, check out our dig into the best Paper Mario moments of all time.

Far Cry 6 Leaks Ahead of Ubisoft Forward Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:10:12 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Update: Far Cry 6 was officially revealed during the Ubisoft Forward event, confirming much of the information below. 

Ubisoft's Summer Game Fest event, Ubisoft Forward, goes live in just a few days, but we've already got an idea of at least one big announcement to expect: Far Cry 6 leaked on the Hong Kong PlayStation Store, complete with brief description and anticipated release date of February 18, 2021.

Portions of the game's description showed up on Twitter, with Eurogamer catching some of the more detailed bits.

As expected after his earlier tease, Giancarlo Esposito stars as Far Cry 6's villain Anton Castillo, the dictator of a fictional country called Yara. According to the description, captured by AlexRichards65 on Twitter, Castillo and his son Diego embark on a campaign to "restore the country to its former glory" and incite a revolution in the process.

Your goal as protagonist Dani Rojas is leading the guerilla war against the dictator, and, as Eurogamer's portion of the description says, you'll use makeshift weapons, networks of sympathizers to "burn the tyrannical regime to the ground."

All this political drama unfolds across Far Cry's biggest maps ever, with jungles, beaches, and a huge capital city called Esperanza.

While there's still no word on a PlayStation 5 version of Smart Delivery, it seems Ubisoft is following EA's lead and creating its own form of Smart Delivery for PS5.

If you buy the PS4 version of Far Cry 6, you can upgrade to the PS5 version "when available" at no extra cost, the same as Square Enix promised for Marvel's Avengers. It's not clear whether "when available" means Far Cry 6 Smart Delivery won't be implemented until a later date though.

We'll probably know a whole lot more after Ubisoft Forward, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Far Cry 6 news as it develops.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Update Adds New Endgame Hunt and More Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:09:30 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The latest Monster Hunter: World Iceborne update, version 14.0, is set to launch July 9. Ahead of that, Capcom's development team released a new MH World dev diary outlining what we can expect, including new monsters like Frostfang Barioth and the return of Alatreon.

Alatreon is back from Monster Hunter 3 and gets its own quest in Iceborne. More importantly, it brings a whole new set of Alatreon armor to modify your hunter in some unique ways. You'll need to finish Iceborne's main storyline first. After that, speak with the Third Fleet Master to kick off the Alatreon quest.

Once you find the elder dragon, you're in for quite a fight as well. Alatreon switches between fire, ice, thunder, and dragon elements, unleashing a powerful shockwave each time. Its weak points and attack patterns change with each element as well, so you'll need to stay on your toes.

Once you've claimed victory, you'll get elements used for crafting Monster Hunter World's Alatreon armor. Apart from looking pretty badass, the Alatreon armor also boosts your elemental attack power as you increase the corresponding elemental resistance.

The other big new addition coming with Monster Hunter: World Iceborne's update is Frostfang Barioth is an icy variant of the usual Barioth added in a 2019 update. With this one, you'll need to pay attention to positioning more than ever, since Frostfang Barioth uses ranged attacks that can freeze you in place or restrict your movement.

Frostfang Barioth is only found as part of an upcoming event quest. You'll need to be at least MR 24 and head to Hoarfrost Reach to hunt the tempered monster. If you're successful, you'll get access to another new bit of hunter gear. Best of all, you only need one piece to unlock the armor's special skill: Punishing Draw. Punishing Draw adds stun abilities to your draw attacks. If you get the whole set, though, you'll unlock Slugger Secret, which may grant stun bonuses to any weapon.

Finally, the new Monster Hunter World developer diary touched on an upcoming seasonal event: The Sizzling Spice Fest is a "carnival-like" festival celebrating food, namely meat. Lots of meat. Everywhere. And you'll get a number of new outfits for your trouble as well.

There's even more the new update will introduce, from improved tracking methods to new pendants and decor sets. Check it out in the full diary embedded in the middle of this post, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Monster Hunter: World Iceborne news as it develops.

Enhanced Port of Monster Rancher 2 Heads to Nintendo Switch & Mobile in Japan Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:38:28 -0400 Erroll Maas

In the latest issue of Famitsu, Koei Tecmo has revealed that an enhanced port of Monster Rancher 2 (known as Monster Farm 2 in Japan) will be coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android this Fall in Japan.

This comes a month after Koei Tecmo asked fans if they'd like to see Monster Rancher 2 receive a similar treatment to the enhanced port of the first Monster Rancher released last year. Not much information has been revealed yet, but it has been announced that the port will contain over 400 monsters. It has also been said that the port will have various improvements based on fan feedback.

Monster Rancher 2 originally released for PlayStation in Japan on February 25, 1999, in North America on August 31, 1999, and in Europe on October 20, 2000. It was the first Monster Rancher title to release in Europe and was named Monster Rancher there and in other PAL regions. Monster Rancher 2 also featured a system where players could transfer their monsters over from the first game if they had a save file for it.

The enhanced port of the first Monster Rancher game released for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in Japan in Fall 2019 and featured various adjustments and improvements. Instead of using physical discs to unlock monsters, the port featured a CD database that players could look through.

It is currently unknown if either of these enhanced Monster Rancher ports will see a release outside of Japan. The last Monster Rancher title to see an international release was My Monster Rancher, a mobile title that was released for iOS and Android devices in 2011.

Monster Rancher 2 will come to Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS in Fall 2020 in Japan. Monster Rancher is currently available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop as well as Google Play and the iOS store in Japan.

Pathologic 2 to Receive Next Character, the Bachelor Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:48:09 -0400 Ashley Shankle

It seemed even the developers of Pathologic 2 weren't initially sure the game's additional characters and their stories were going to be developed, but today we do have confirmation another character is coming to the plague and paranoia-infested village.

Pathologic 2 is a reimagining of the original game, but released only with the Haruspex as a playable character. It's not going to be that way forever, though — the developers over at Ice-Pick Lodge have confirmed they are working on the next character's story.

The Bachelor from the original game will be the next character added to Pathologic 2, with his own unique story and gameplay from Haruspex. With him will come a "raising of the bar" from the original release.

Few RPGs are as harrowing and unforgiving as Pathologic, and by extension this re-imagining in Pathologic 2. Players must manage their vital functions like hunger and thirst while attempting to unravel the mystery behind a plague eating a small town both physically and mentally.

Ice-Pick Lodge are also working on three other intriguing titles this year: Know by Heart, Neuro Skazka, and Franz. More details on these titles can be seen on the official site, though they're scarce until the studio decides to give us a glimpse into them sometime later this year.

Kingdoms of Amalur Re-reckoning Announced, Out This Fall Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:43:57 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Kingdoms of Amalur remake was all but officially announced thanks to rumors and leaks from earlier in 2020. Now we've got that official announcement from THQ: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning launches September 8 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Kingdoms of Amalur remake is an extensive remaster of the original game, featuring a story born from collaboration between fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, Elder Scrolls 4 designer Ken Rolston, and Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn. It's set in the Faelands, your usual fantasy world full of gnomes and the like, and it centers around the Fateless One (that's you).

In a world where immortals exist, continually reborn in new vessels, the unthinkable happens. A dead mortal is reborn. While it triggers conflict between the warring Fae factions, it also sets the Fateless One on a journey to both uncover the truth of their origins and change the fates of others they encounter.

On top of the obvious graphical enhancements, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning comes with all the DLC from the original release, including Teeth of Naros and Legend of Dead Kel, and an all-new expansion titled Fatesworn baked into it.

And if you're keen on it, THQ Nordic is putting out a Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning collector's edition as well. The collector's edition comes with:

  • The Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning game
  • Alyn Shir collectible statue
  • Soundtrack
  • Amalur keychain
  • 5 art cards
  • Collectible box

You can check out a bunch more screenshots showing off the Kingdoms of Amalur remake's new graphics on the official website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning news as it develops.

A Fallout Television Show is Heading to Amazon Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:38:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Fallout is set to be the next video game franchise turned into a television series. Variety reports (via IGN) that Amazon Studios has nabbed the rights to Fallout on the small screen and will collaborate with Bethesda and Kilter Films to bring the series to life on Amazon Prime. 

As of this writing, there's very little to go on in terms of details. It's unclear if a script yet exists or when production might begin, and there's no word if the Amazon series will tie directly into the games, such as Fallout 3 or Fallout 4, at all. 

Bethesda shared a very short teaser for the project on the official Fallout Twitter account earlier today. 

Though we don't know many particulars at this point, we do know that Todd Howard, Executive Producer at Bethesda, will be an executive producer on the show, alongside James Altman, Director of Publishing Operations at Bethesda Softworks. 

The two will join three other EPs on the project, including Athena Wickham, Lisa Joy, and Jonathan Nolan, all three of which are most recently known for their work on HBO's Westworld

Of the partnership, Howard said: 

Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring Fallout to the screen. But it was clear from the moment I first spoke with Jonah and Lisa a few years ago, that they and the team at Kilter were the ones to do it right. We’re enormous fans of their work and couldn’t be more excited to work with them and Amazon Studios. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the Fallout television series as we learn more. You can see the original report over on Variety

NBA 2K21 Could Indicate Increase in Next-Gen Game Prices Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:16:49 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

NBA 2K21 is the first next-gen game so far to get a price tag, and it could point to an overall increase for next-gen game prices. According to IGN, NBA 2K21 will cost $69.99 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and there's no plan for any kind of Smart Delivery feature.

In case you missed out before, Smart Delivery is Microsoft's plan to let consumers who purchase current-gen versions of a game — like Yakuza 7 for example — receive an upgraded next-gen version for free.

The lack of Smart Delivery is possibly because Visual Concepts is building next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 "from the ground up" — or maybe not. It's not currently clear.

While a spokesperson for the game told IGN that they're interested in the possibilities of Smart Delivery, the only way to get a free upgraded next-gen version is if you buy the $99.99 NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition.

Of course, the big question is whether we'll see other next-gen games follow suit with a $10 price increase. Since Sony and Microsoft are still playing coy with console prices, we probably won't know anything new about next-gen game prices for a few more months at least.

The original story is on IGN if you want to check it out. NBA 2K21 is set for a  September release date for PS4 and Xbox One, and a Holiday 2020 launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, though we've only seen the barest glimmer of a teaser for it so far. 

Current- and next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 give you the option to buy the Mamba Forever Edition, a tribute to Los Angeles Laker's legend Kobe Bryant. The standard, current-gen edition of NBA 2K21 will feature Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers on the box art, and standard next-gen editions will feature Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more NBA 2K21 news as it heads down the court.

Inside the Box Update to Bring PSVR Support to Dreams Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:03:32 -0400 GS_Staff

Media Molecule's Dreams will be receiving PSVR support on July 22, alongside a number of other updates meant to make the game creation tool more accessible and comfortable for creators. 

Called Inside the Box, the primary component of the free update is the inclusion of PSVR support. It will include new tutorials for both creators and players, teaching them the ins and outs of experiencing the game's new virtual reality content. 

The news comes straight from the PlayStation Blog. 

Though players will need a PSVR headset to experience this new content, those hoping to create new worlds and experiences can create VR content without one. Though the blog post doesn't outright clarify, it seems that dreamscapes and games will be playable and creatable(?) using either a DualShock 4 or a set of PlayStation Move controllers. 

When it comes to Create Mode in VR, sculpting is truly unique, allowing you to bring your Dreams to life around you. If you have PlayStation Move Controllers, you’ll find sculpting in VR is a very one-to-one experience and lets you fully immerse in the creation process. 

The Inside the Box update will also introduce new accessibility options, such as comfort mode, vignette strength, and static sky to be as inclusive and useable as possible. Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2 recently set a new benchmark for accessibility options in games, so it will be nice to see what's available through this expansion.  

Of course, the rating system already baked into Dreams will allow users to pick out the best experiences and share them with others. Per the blog post, "UGC content in Dreams will ask for a comfort rating from players, so you’ll be able to see what games are the best experience in VR."

If any game is ripe for VR content, it's certainly Dreams. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Dreams, and while you're here, be sure to check out our review of the game

Microsoft Conjures Up New Fable Trademark, Social Account Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:07:49 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Rumors of a new Fable game have been going around for years, but there's good reason Fable rumors are picking up again. Not only does Microsoft has an intriguing Fable-related social media placeholder account up and running, but they've also renewed Fable trademarks recently with "intent to use" them.

The trademark news comes from IGN, while Tom Warren of The Verge spotted the social accounts earlier in the week.

The social media account in question is on Twitter, with "Placeholder" as the name and "Fable" as the tag. Warren noted an Xbox employee was the only follower for the account as well. But Microsoft responded and said fans shouldn't get their hopes up because the company routinely creates placeholders for its IP.

The day before Warren found the Fable Twitter account, Microsoft submitted a new trademark application for Fable. It's not a game trademark, though. This new Fable trademark is for accessories like speakers, headphones, and chargers. It's currently set to "no" for use, but "yes" for intent to use.

In other words, unlike those "cover your bases" trademarks we often see, Microsoft apparently has plans to put this trademark in effect at some point in the future for Fable-related merch.

Hopefully, we'll know if a new Fable game is in the cards later this month during Microsoft's big Xbox Series X showcase — the one where we'll see actual gameplay instead of snazzy cinematics only.

The original trademark story is on IGN if you're interested.

Fallout 76, Soul Calibur 6 Lead Xbox Game Pass for July Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:20:02 -0400 GS_Staff

Microsoft has unveiled the games, DLCs, and updates coming to Xbox Game Pass for July — as well as everything that's leaving — over on the Xbox Wire. Fallout 76 and Soul Calibur 6 certainly lead the pack of announcements, but there are several other worthwhile games hitting the service this month as well.

We'll give you a quick rundown below in case you missed it, starting with games by release date, then followed by updates by release date. 

Starting July 1, console players will have access to Soul Calibur 6, the latest installment in Bandai Namco's long-running fighting game franchise. The game features the expected arcade and multiplayer PvP modes, but it also includes two different story modes — Soul Chronicle and Libra of Souls —offering hours of play that we quite enjoyed

On top of that, the game includes many of the fighters and combatants fans have come to love over the years, as well as a few new faces, such as The Witcher 3's Geralt of Rivia, Nier: Automata's YoRHa No.2 Type B, and Samurai Shodown's Haohmaru. 

Unfortunately, the stage of champions won't be making an appearance on PC. However, those using the service on desktop will get Out of the Park Baseball 21 on July 1.

Though we haven't played it (sorry), we do know that the baseball management sim has been mostly well-received over the years, with many praising it for its design and presentation. More importantly, though, Steam tells us is OotPB21 is (probably) good because it carries a "very positive" rating across more than 700 reviews since March 2020. 

CrossCode, a 16-bit action RPG that was crowdfunded way back in 2015 and released in late 2018, will be coming to Game Pass for console on July 9. We reviewed the game last year, giving it high marks for its story, characters, combat, and presentation. 

According to the Xbox Wire, Corsscode includes "more than 30 boss fights, over 120 enemy types, huge dungeons filled up with countless puzzles, combat skills, and a ton of quests supported by handmade music tracks...". Sounds pretty good.

Perhaps the most intriguing inclusion in this month's games is Bethesda's post-apocalyptic quasi-MMO Fallout 76. It will be available for both console and PC starting July 9. Its debut on Game Pass includes the recent Wastelander's expansion, which brings NPCs to the wasteland, as well as new quests, creatures, and gear. 

We thought Bethesda's "experiment" was ok when we reviewed it at launch in late 2018. But two years is a long time, and Bethesda has done a lot of work on 76 between now and then. Considering it's free through Game Pass, there's no harm in checking it out for yourself — or even give it another go. 

Other additions to Game Pass in July include Minecraft Dungeons: Jungle Awakens DLC (July 1) and the State of Decay 2 Green Zone & Plunder Packs (undated). 

Lastly, these games will be leaving Game Pass on July 15: 

  • Blazing Chrome
  • Dead Rising 4
  • Metal Gear Solid 5
  • Timespinner
  • Unavowed
  • Undertale

We plan on providing more coverage of what's coming to and leaving Game Pass in the future, so be sure to check back next month for news on what's being added and removed in August! 

Resident Evil 8 Passes Production Milestone, More News Soon Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:01:49 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

According to a new Famitsu feature, production on Resident Evil 8aka Resident Evil Village, is over 60% complete, which Capcom is calling a turning point. There's no news yet on a Resident Evil 8 release date yet, but more information is expected sometime in August.

Summary of the Resident Evil 8 Famitsu blurb comes from ryokutya2089.

The piece also mentions RE Village's use of first-person perspective is greatly evolved from its use in Resident Evil 7. What that means is anyone's guess, though presumably, it means a more polished and refined experience.

We can likely expect a lot more polish in general too. Capcom noted RE8 is designed exclusively for next-gen platforms because it just wouldn't work on current-gen consoles, and the company believes newer hardware makes better games possible. Which isn't surprising, considering what the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are promising.

Finally, there was some clarification on the village itself —s ort of. It's located somewhere in Europe, which obviously has quite a few places for a remote village to be. But given the places and legends shown off in the trailer, we'd be surprised if it's in Spain like Resident Evil 4's setting.

Fortunately, August and more RE 8 information isn't that far away. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Resident Evil 8 news as it develops.

Paper Mario Origami King Has an Open World, Rotating Cast Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:03:10 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Game Informer recently previewed Paper Mario: The Origami King, which yielded a great deal of information about the newest Paper Mario game. For one thing, Paper Mario Origami King has a kind of open-world setup, and you won't want to get too comfy with your partner characters either.

Origami King boasts a number of massive areas, and since the game isn't built around chapters, you're free to explore as you see fit. The goal is reaching the five members of the Legion of Stationery. Each one guards one of the five streamers winding their way throughout the world, but Intelligent Systems told Game Informer they aren't just in one place waiting for Mario. They're also scattered around the world.

Aside from finding bosses, Mario encounters a number of side quests and "one-off" events, so it's worth exploring the world.

As for how you'll get around Origami King's open world, you've got a number of different transport modes. There's on foot, of course, but there's also a boat and a boot-shaped car. Periodically, Mario gets caught up in airship segments too, where you'll have to fend off enemy (paper)aircraft.

Origami King partner characters like Bobby the Bob-omb don't stick around forever. Intelligent Systems designed a rotating cast so you don't have to decide which friends you should bring along. Olivia, however, remains by your side the whole time.

We already saw a few new details about Origami King's combat, but one new tidbit is you can spend coins to get extra time if you need to mull over how you want to arrange your foes.

Toads you rescue along the way can offer hints too, if you pay them of course. And those same Toads — assuming you rescue them — flock back to Toad Town and open up important shops or areas of the town as well.

You can check out the full preview and interview over on Game Informer. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Paper Mario: The Origami King news as we near its July 17 launch date.

Crysis Remastered Delayed From Its July 23 Launch Date Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:58:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It looks like the release of Crysis Remastered has been delayed. Crytek, the game's developer, released a statement on Twitter early Wednesday, confirming the delay on all platforms. A new definitive launch date was not provided.

Instead, Crytek said that it would be "a few weeks" before the first-person shooter would become available to everyone. Currently, Switch pre-orders are still open, though those on PC, PS4, and Xbox One will remain closed for now. 

As with some other recent game delays, Crysis Remastered is shifting its launch date to provide further polish to the final product. However, the developer did say that most of the game's features are already set in stone, asking the community to "stay with us while we take the time to make a few more improvements."  

Crysis Remastered was unveiled back in April. More recently, an alleged release date of July 23, alongside a trailer for the game, was leaked on the Microsoft Store. Both the MS Store page and its trailer have since been removed, though YouTuber EvilBoris has saved the trailer for posterity

Crytek did not specifically mention what their planned improvements would be outside of continued work on a "storefront." Though, some believe the tweaks will revolve around the game's graphics, which have been a polarizing subject on Reddit, ResetEra, and YouTube in the last 24 hours. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Crysis Remastered in the coming weeks. Hopefully, we'll know more sooner rather than later. 

Crash Bandicoot 4 Will Not Include Any Microtransactions Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:47:19 -0400 GS_Staff

Earlier this week, we reported that Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time could have microtransactions. We now know that it won't.

Developer Toys for Bob took to Twitter on Tuesday to confirm that the long-awaited sequel to the Crash Bandicoot trilogy won't require players to pay for extra content such as skins. 

Though there's been no word on future content for the game (it was just announced after all), it's conceivable that Activision and Toys for Bob could release subsequent DLC packs for Crash 4 that wouldn't be free. But, of course, that's to be expected for such add-on content. 

The initial confusion surrounding the existence of micros in It's About Time came from a Microsoft Store listing that included a "+" symbol next to the game's price, which typically indicates a game contains microtransactions. Several sites, including IGN and VG24/7, first reported the news.

As of this writing, the "+" symbol is still next to the game's price on the Microsoft Store, along with the text: "offers in-app purchases." 

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is set to release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2 for $59.99. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the marsupial's next adventure, including if micros actually make it into the game. Until then, check out some brand-new gameplay

Skater XL Community Maps Drop In With 1.0 Release Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:02:46 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Skater XL has been in Steam Early Access since December 2018. In that time, Easy Day Studios, the game's developer and publisher, has worked with the community to (hopefully) create a skateboarding game by skateboarders for skateboarders.

If Skater XL's currently "very positive" Steam rating is any indication, the builds leading up to the game's July 28 1.0 launch have done just that. 

In a new post shared to both the game's Steam page and the PlayStation Blog, Dain Hedgpeth, director and co-founder of Easy Day Studios, said that community feedback been integral to the game's success so far. To highlight that, Skater XL will feature three community-developed maps at launch:

  • Grant Park by Theo
  • Streets by Jean-Olive
  • Hudland Training Facility by Pactole

You can get a glimpse at the maps below, which are just a small handful of the more than 30 you can find over on the official Skater XL mods page, and not including the thousands that have been created using the in-game map creation tools. 

Skater XL features a control scheme similar to the one found in the Skate series, where tricks are controlled by the control sticks. As Easy Day Studios points out, there are no "canned" tricks in the game. Instead, players learn tricks based on practice and creativity. 

There's a great PlayStation Blog post here that details the game's control scheme and gives better insight into how the system works. 

Skater XL 1.0 was originally slated to release on July 7 but was pushed back to July 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The console versions of the game will retail for $39.99, though PC players can buy the game now for $15.99 during the Steam Summer sale. 

New Ghost of Tsushima Trailer Highlights Jin's Double Life Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:01:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima finally launches July 17 for PlayStation 4, and there's an atmospheric new trailer called "A Storm Is Coming" to get us ready for launch day. The focus in this new Ghost of Tsushima trailer is Jin's split life between honor and doing what must be done.

Focusing on the game's diametric gameplay, we see Jin engage in traditional combat in the daylight, where he freely engages the Mongols without hiding his identity. But when that isn't enough, though, Jin turns into the Ghost, a merciless killer willing to do whatever he must to defend his island.

Whether that's ambushing his foes, using skillful stealth tactics to take down an entire fortress, or just using his reputation to terrify the Mongols into submission, there's no denying Jin-the-Ghost has a few tricks up his sleeve.

What the cost for that is remains to be seen, although we know choice won't factor into it. Sucker Punch has made it clear several times that Jin must sacrifice part of his identity to walk this road, and the new Ghost of Tsushima trailer makes that pretty plain as well. "A storm is coming," says Jin's father. Is it coming for the Mongols — or for Jin? We'll find out soon enough.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Ghost of Tsushima news in the coming days, and be sure to snag your Ghost of Tsushima pre-order if you haven't already.

Dying Light Hellraid DLC Conjures Hell's Minions This July Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:34:31 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Dying Light has seen its fair share of DLC since it launched in 2015. To date, it has received 23 various free and paid add-ons, including the season pass. Soon, it will receive perhaps its most unique DLC yet: Hellraid

Set to release on July 23 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Hellraid transports players to a hellish fortress overrun with the undead and full of brand-new weapons, including swords and maces. 

Techland, the game's developer, said: 

Each run through the dungeon will reward you with coins that you can spend to proudly wield Hellraid weapons in Harran. Every time you revisit the fortress, you'll have a choice to increase the prize by picking up bounties. Whether you choose to test your skills alone or in co-op (up to four people), you'll face a considerable challenge.

The DLC's "dark fantasy" setting is a bit different than what Dying Light players might be used to. That's because the Hellraid DLC is actually content from another Techland project of the same name.  

Hellraid was originally intended as a stand-alone game that began life as a mod for Dead Island before morphing into something more fantastical. It was eventually shelved and has sat in development limbo for the last five years. 

As of this writing, it's unclear if Hellraid will ever see release as an independent game, but Dying Light players can get a taste of the project with this latest DLC, which is set to retail for $9.99 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Crash 4 Gameplay Footage Shows Off Huge Levels, New Features Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:50:44 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Following yesterday's news of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time boasting a massive number of levels, we're seeing how big some of these levels might be. IGN showed off an exclusive new bit of Crash 4 gameplay focused on a large pirate-themed level full of old Crash staples and new mechanics alike.

The new Crash 4 gameplay footage shows off different stages of the level. The opening includes plenty of familiar Crash features — multiple crate types, Wumpa Fruit, a stopwatch to kick off the level's time trial, and a protective Aku Aku mask.

The mid-section of the reveal sees Crash navigating multiple rope lines to avoid crashing (ha...). But underneath, you can see different portions of the level you've already played through laid out below. Not only does it suggest some pretty darn big levels this time around, but also an interesting vertical layer added to the level design.

Later on, there are at least three new crates scattered around as well. One shoots fire out the sides and top, one houses a Golden Wumpa Fruit whose purposes are yet unknown, and then there's a shark crate too. That one looks suspiciously like Donkey Kong Country's critter companion crates, so it'll be interesting to find out what's actually inside.

Crash's attacks seem to have more oomph in Crash 4. One sequence sees Crash kicking up a whirlwind effect with his spin attack, sending foes crashing into each other.

Head over to IGN to see the footage in full.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC October 2. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Crash 4 gameplay news as it wumps our way.

PlayStation Plus July Lineup Includes Three PS4 Games Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:14:50 -0400 GS_Staff

It's been a while since PlayStation Plus offered more than two games in a single month, and even longer since it offered more than two games for a single system. July 2020 marks a shift in Sony's normal PS Plus strategy, even if it is just because the service turned 10 on June 29. 

July's lineup is a little more diverse than the ones featured in May (Cities: Skylines, Farming Simulator 19) and June (Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront 2), including a sports game, an action-adventure game, and an interactive adventure game. 

Here's what you can expect when the lineup refreshes on July 7. 

NBA 2K20

NBA 2K20 is the latest release in the long-running franchise that started all the way back in 1999 with NBA 2K. As with many sports games, NBA 2K20 iterates on the franchise formula with new controls and upgraded systems. 

It sees the return of fan-favorite modes, such as MyCareer, MyTeam, and MyGM, and notably, the game includes every team from the WNBA, though they are only available in a single mode. 

Generally praised by critics, NBA 2K20 was mostly critiqued for its reliance on microtransactions. However, it sold exceptionally well during its launch month, and it has continued to perform well, with Take-Two reporting in February that the game had sold some 8 million copies.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the second installment in Square's Tomb Raider reboot series. This time, Lara's adventures take her to Syria and Siberia in search of Kitezh and the source of everlasting life. It continues the story that began in Tomb Raider (2013). 

Gameplay is largely unchanged in Rise when compared to its predecessor, including many of its crafting and RPG elements. However, the world of Rise is much larger, and it affords for increased combat and exploration options. Challenge tombs also make their debut, which are grandiose puzzles reminiscent of the original Tomb Raider titles. 

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition includes the base game, as well as all previously released DLC. It also includes new story missions, co-op features, skins, and PSVR support for the new single-player content (not the full game, unfortunately).  


Erica is a narrative-driven FMV game along the lines of Her Story, except this time you're unraveling the mystery of what happened to Erica's father, all while dealing with the trauma of her childhood. Oh, and did we mention it's all wrapped in occultism? 

With a roughly two-hour running length, Erica may not take long to complete, but its story will stick with you well after the credits roll. Featuring multiple paths and endings, as well as some truly disturbing imagery, Erica is well-worth replaying multiple times and shows that FMV games still have a lot to give. 


All of these games hit PS Plus on July 7, giving you another week to pick up Call of Duty: WWII and Star War Battlefront 2. Aside from the Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on PS Plus. 

Crash Bandicoot 4 Will be Massive, Could Include Microtransactions Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:11:15 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Last week, the Summer Game Fest gave us our first look at Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. And thanks to an email circulated by GameStop, we're learning even more about how many levels Crash 4 will have, among other things.

According to the email from GameStop, Crash 4 features more than 100 levels. That's absolutely N.sane when you realize Crash 4 will probably have more levels than, or the same number as, the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy combined. Including secrets, the original trilogy boasts 102 levels.

On top of all that, Crash 4 introduces "new modes." There's no telling yet what those might be. But seeing as their designation as new, it's probably safe to assume these modes are something other than the standard time attack challenges from the first three Crash games.

The email, courtesy of Crash Discord member StrawHatRy, also shows a lineup of Funko Pop merchandise as well, with figures for Tiny the Tiger and a number of Crash variations.

In a related bit of news, it appears Crash 4 could include microtransactions of some kind. IGN spotted a Microsoft Store listing for the game that includes a "+" symbol next to the price; that symbol indicates in-game purchases of some kind.

As StrawHatRy also notes, however, Crash Team Racing included additional skins and the like that you could buy with Wumpa Fruit you earned or bought with real money. Seeing as the same Microsoft listing also includes mention of a skin pre-order bonus, it makes sense to assume Crash 4 will do the same thing.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Crash news in the lead up to the Crash 4 release date on October 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 Release Date, New Characters Revealed Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:04:04 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 was announced last week during NGPX. The reveal was somewhat of a surprise considering the first game was a companion game to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and there had been no previous word on a sequel. 

However, we now know Curse of the Moon 2 is just around the corner. The 8-bit retro-style platformer will release on July 10. 

The release announcement comes alongside a trailer showcasing brand-new gameplay, as well as a few familiar faces. 

While the original trailer and announcement only revealed four playable characters, this new trailer nearly doubles that. There are now seven playable characters in Curse of the Moon 2.

Zangetsu returns from Curse of the Moon and Ritual of the Night, alongside Miriam, Gebel, and Alfred. They're joined by exorcist Dominique (RotN), as well as newcomers Robert and Hachi, a long-range sharpshooter and a mech-commanding corgi. Transformations also make a return, and players can still swap characters at any time. 

Curse of the Moon 2 will release for PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. According to its Steam and Nintendo eShop pages, it will support split-screen co-op. 

The game is developed and published by Inti Creates and comes from the mind of Koji Igarashi, perhaps best known for his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Naughty Dog Says There are "No Plans" for The Last of Us 2 DLC Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:03:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2 isn't even two weeks old, but fans are already wondering if we can expect The Last of Us 2 DLC of some kind in the future. According to Naughty Dog Creative Director, Neil Druckmann, though, that's probably not going to happen.

Druckmann made his comments during a recent episode of the Kinda Funny podcast. When asked whether there's any word on The Last of Us 2 DLC, he said there are "no plans" for additional story content at this time.

Of course, that's akin to saying "we have nothing to announce," so there's always a chance we might see some sort of story add-on down the road.

The more likely scenario is that we'd see The Last of Us 2 DLC bring in some kind of extra mode, though. Druckmann said Naughty Dog is still working on that side content rumored to be the scope and breadth of a standalone title.

Will we get a The Last of Us 2 factions spin-off game, pitting the gut-ripping Scars and head-smashing WLF together in multiplayer combat (please no)? Maybe. But the possibility still exists this new mode could be something completely unrelated to the series as well.

Whatever the case may be, Naughty Dog probably won't announce anything for a while yet.

You can check out the full Kinda Funny episode on YouTube if you're interested, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Last of Us 2 news and updates. If you're just getting started on your Seattle journey, make sure to check out our The Last of Us 2 guides to smooth out your road to vengeance, and head over to our review of TLoU2 to see what we thought of the game.

Bloomberg Report Casts Lumos on New Harry Potter Game Leak, Rumors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:00:18 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

We know the big new Harry Potter game is still in the works. But a new report from Bloomberg's Jason Schreier sheds more light on the Harry Potter game leak and what we can expect from Warner Bros.' ambitious Harry Potter project

Avalanche Studios is working on the Harry Potter game, which Bloomberg confirms is an open-world RPG. Hogwarts is the central location, with a number of areas to explore outside it. And the new Harry Potter game's release date is tentatively set for late 2021 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The leaked footage from a couple of years ago was legit, but "most" of the rumors about the game since then are false. So much for Dark Legacy Harry Potter game leak, which is hardly surprising given how oddly specific those rumors were.

The Bloomberg report mentions the studio has yet to respond to Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling's controversial remarks about transgender people. Some of the development team members were very uncomfortable about those comments, however, and one of them told Bloomberg that Rowling actually has very little to do with the new game.

Still, the backlash could potentially affect when Warner Bros. reveals the new Harry Potter game. It was originally planned for reveal sometime after August 22 and DC FanDome, when Warner Bros. is reportedly revealing its new Batman game. But this was planned before Rowling's latest Twitter disaster, and the report suggests reactions might affect the release date.

If you can't access the Bloomberg story, Gematsu has a handy summary of it. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Harry Potter game leak news as it flies our way.

New Biomutant Trailer Finally Shows the Game in Action Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:55:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The last we heard about Experiment 101's Biomutant, the developer said that it hadn't been cancelled. THQ, the game's publisher, reconfirmed that during a recent Summer of Gaming livestream and went quite a bit further too, presenting a full nine minutes of Biomutant gameplay.

Biomutant's creative director Stefan Ljungqvist told IGN (courtesy of Gematsu) that the game is currently in the final stages of development. The biggest challenges now are providing balance between a completely open game and guiding those who might get stuck, while also doing the usual bug checks and fixes. There's still no firm Biomutant release date though.

The new Biomutant trailer gives us a glimpse at a bunch of different animal types spanning multiple tribes, ranging from frog royalty to something vaguely resembling a Lombax. It's the kind of anthropomorphic mashup you'd expect from a game about mutated animals struggling for survival.

On top of the animals themselves, the Biomutant trailer showed off some special wheels too, though that's definitely not a catchall term. One critter had a trolley of some kind, while another was sweeping the battlefield with a gold-plated clockwork hand that fires bullets when it makes a gun shape.

Speaking of combat, it looks like Biomutant has several different kinds. There is what's probably the main course of fighting against other animal tribes as you try to restore the Tree of Life. And there's also a fair few battles shown against giant monsters lumbering around Biomutant's gorgeous open world.

Getting ahead in combat means crafting the right gear, and we got to see some of Biomutant's crafting in the trailer. You'll piece together weapons from numerous different components, all of which add their own unique properties to the end product and affect how it looks.

You can check out Ljungqvist's full comments on Gematsu if you're interested. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Biomutant news as it heads our way.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Will Have an F2P Version Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:48:12 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is out August 27 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices. But if you're still not sure about FFCC Remastered, there's a big demo releasing on launch day called FFCC Remastered Lite that lets you experience a sizeable chunk of gameplay.

FFCC Remastered Lite is a free demo download consisting of three full dungeons. You'll even have access to online multiplayer and FFCC Remastered's cross-play capabilities, so you can join up with friends. If one of your caravan members (read: multiplayer party members) has the full, paid edition of the game, you get access to even more content with the Lite edition — a full 13 dungeons.

Whatever progress you make carries over to the main game, should you decide to purchase it.

All this comes in a new FFCC Remastered trailer outlining how the game works. There's an overview of each race to start with:

  • Clavats — all-'rounders
  • Lilties — slow, but strong
  • Selkies — fast
  • Yukes — good with magic

We go into much more detail in our guide to the game's classes too. Either way, the ideal caravan mixes and matches characters to cover each other's weaknesses.

Part of that involves fusing items to make more powerful magic and then combining spells with your party members to dish out even more damage.

If all this is way too familiar for you, FFCC Remastered is adding some all-new, high-difficulty dungeons after the main story ends. And there's some all-new gear and weapons to help you tackle these challenges.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered news as it trundles our way.

Cyberpunk Edgerunners Anime Announced During Night City Wire Thu, 25 Jun 2020 16:00:32 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The first-ever Night City Wire episode aired today, focused on all things Cyberpunk 2077. Aside from gameplay and a new trailer, Night City Wire also lifted the lid on a brand-new Cyberpunk anime, called Cyberpunk Edgerunners.

It's a collaboration between Studio Trigger and Netflix set for release in 2022, and there are several anime luminaries attached to the project according to Gematsu.

Hiroyuki Imaishi (Kill la Kill, Promare) will act as director, with Masahiko Otsuka (Promare, Gurren Lagann) as co-director. Kill la Kill's Hiromi Wakabayashi is creative director, while Little Witch Academia's Yuto Kaneko and Yoh Yoshinari serve as character designers.

Finally, the anime's composer is Akira Yamaoka of Silent Hill fame.

The goal with Cyberpunk Edgerunners is to explore more of the Cyberpunk lore and side stories than the developers can fit into the game. And there's a lot of Cyberpunk lore, as evidenced by CD Projekt Red's Pavel Sasko's massive notebook full of gameplay ideas about Cyberpunk's story and side quests.

Today's Night City Wire also gave us a look at Cyberpunk's prologue (and Keanu Reeves) along with a big look at how braindancing works in Cyberpunk.

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Night City Wire Gives First Look at Cyberpunk 2077 Braindance Mechanic Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:59:24 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Night City Wire's first episode gave us an action-packed new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, and it also offered a deep dive into Cyberpunk's braindancing feature. It's an integral part of the game's storytelling and mechanics. 

In terms of Cyberpunk lore, braindancing is what happens when you get inside footage shot by what's called a Roller — a bot of some kind filming things around Night City. Certain elements will pay high prices for a good bit of braindancing, especially if they're full of heightened emotions and sensations. In short, they're in high demand on the black market.

In gameplay terms, braindancing is a series of gameplay segments where you'll live out scenes through the thoughts, experiences, and senses of someone else as you explore the city.

After going through the initial experience, you'll enter editing mode and analysis mode where you can freely look around and examine the scene and play or rewind whichever parts you need to.

It's a completely new perspective on scenes, not just because you're seeing them in third-person instead of first. Analysis mode lets you scan important items and filter out sounds, then try to isolate the sources of individual sound signatures or identify important elements of a scene you'd miss out otherwise.

Your job is solving crimes and mysteries using braindances. It's closely intertwined with the gameplay and story as well, rather than just being a collection of side quests. But CD Projekt Red's Pavel Sasko said even the side quests have meaning, whether it's giving you a deeper emotional look at Night City or fleshing out the story and its various themes.

And that wasn't all. Night City Wire's first episode teased Cyberpunk's expansive prologue (and "beautiful" Keanu Reeves) alongside an announcement for a Cyberpunk anime series.

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We'll be getting another episode in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Cyberpunk 2077 news, and if you're just tuning in to Cyberpunk 2077, check out some of our other coverage of it in the links above.

Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer "The Gig" Shows Off Prologue, Keanu Reeves Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:56:52 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer debuted during today's episode of Night City Wire. There's a ton to unpack from it, including fellow gang members, missions, and Night City's seedy underside.

The Cyberpunk 2077 Gig trailer shows off Night City's criminal elements and introduces the core group's motivations. They're on a high-risk, high-reward mission with the goal of stealing a new piece of technology that's the gateway to eternal life. 

It's all high-octane action — and it's all just the beginning. Everything unfolding here is just the first few quests in the prologue. To spice things up even more, a "beautiful" Keanu makes a short appearance as well. 

CD Projekt Red's Pawel Sasko explained more of what was going on. Your goal is carrying on the mission of a gang formed in 2076 called The Moxies. Their leader is a former sex worker determined to protect the city's working-class and those down on their luck, which is somehow where you step in. 

Sasko also touched on the game's seventh district, the Badlands. It's an open-world region you'll need to traverse using your fully customizable and very fast car. It's got a lot of Mad Max vibes. 

Then there are a few other important characters mentioned — Adam Smasher, a fully automated monster loyal to his corporate overlords, and the Ripper Docs, the folks responsible for upgrading your body. We've seen Ripper Docs before, but this time, the devs mentioned you'll actually form relationships with them throughout the game.

Night City Wire showed us so much more, including the first big look at braindancing and a brand-new Cyberpunk 2077-inspired anime. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Cyberpunk 2077 news as it develops. 

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Hit the Beach with Animal Crossing New Horizons' Summer Update Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:00:41 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

With June and wedding season wrapping up in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you might be wondering what's next for Nintendo's smash-hit island sim. The answer is a big new Animal Crossing summer update that sees the return of features like swimming, as well as a few familiar faces.

The Animal Crossing summer update is actually split into two parts. Part one of the summer update goes live on July 3. As with all other previous Animal Crossing updates, this one's completely free.

The big new feature is swimming. Just like in New Leaf, you'll don a wet-suit and head out into the ocean whenever you please, then dive down to nab new deep-sea creatures for the museum.

You might run across Pascal the philosophizing otter as well. If you find a scallop for him — another item you'll dive for — he'll reward you with a DIY recipe for furniture in the Mermaid furniture set.

There's also a second new encounter with the Animal Crossing summer update — sort of. Gulliver finds his way back to your island's shores, but this time, he's wearing some rather distinct, pirate-like apparel.

Part two of the summer update is planned for early August. And while we don't know exactly what it might bring, the big fireworks background behind the announcement and the fact that Animal Crossing always has a summer fireworks show is probably a hint.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons news as it develops.

Pokemon Unite is a Team-Based Pokemon Game Coming to Switch, Mobile Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:19:11 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The second Pokemon Presents for June aired today and contrary to most expectations, it didn't pull the curtain back on Pokemon Let's Go Johto. Instead, The Pokemon Company unveiled a new Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch called Pokemon Unite.

Pokemon Unite is a collaboration between The Pokemon Company and Tencent (Timi Studios in particular), and it's the first strategic, team-based Pokemon game.

You'll take part in real-time battles with teams of five Pokemon each. It's a cooperative game where you must team up with an ally to catch wild Pokemon in the field and take over bases on the map. Whoever scores the most points at the end of the time limit is the winner, so you'll need to defend your own bases too.

It's designed so anyone can pick it up and dive in, but Pokemon Unite also has enough depth to keep experienced players interested for a long time — at least according to the developers.

Like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, you'll grow each Pokemon by choosing its moves, and you'll want to balance each team with short and long-range moves.That takes precedence as far as planning, since type advantages don't exist in Pokemon Unite. You'll level up as always by defeating opponents in the field.

Pokemon Unite includes new Unite Moves unique to each Pokemon. These can turn the tide of battle, but you'll need to choose the right moment to unleash them and try to deal with the effects of your opponent's Unite Moves.

Pokemon Unite is coming out as a free-to-start game for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, and it also supports cross-platform play. As for when Pokemon Unite is coming out, there's no actual release date yet — or even a timeframe.

Check out last week's Pokemon Presents if you missed some of the big announcements like New Pokemon Snap. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Unite news as it storms the field.

PS4, Xbox One Versions of Marvel's Avengers Will be Upgradable Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:46:12 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There's a lot to be excited about when it comes to the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Faster load times. Better graphics. Haptic feedback. Awesome new games. But one of the most enticing might be the ability to upgrade games from one generation to the next, a feature that Microsoft calls Smart Delivery on the XSX. 

Square Enix has confirmed that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Marvel's Avengers will be upgradeable to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions at no cost. According to both a press release and a more in-depth post on the PlayStation Blog, this includes both digital and physical versions of the game. 

Gary Snethen, Chief Executive Officer at Crystal Dynamics, the game's developer, said: 

At Crystal Dynamics, we are gamers and we have a gamer-first mentality. We want to make it easy for Marvel’s Avengers players to enjoy the additional features PS5 brings to the game.

Therefore, we’re happy to announce that when you purchase Marvel’s Avengers for the PS4 platform, either digitally or on disc, and later upgrade to a PS5, you get the PS5 version of the game with all of its enhancements free of charge!

In addition, PS5 gamers can play Marvel’s Avengers online with PS4 gamers, so anyone can upgrade at any time and continue playing with friends on both platforms.

In addition to this news, Square Enix also said that Marvel's Avengers will be a PS5 and XSX launch title when both next-gen console release later this year. The PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia versions of the game will release on September 4, and it will feature cross-play and cross-save functionality for PS4 and PS5, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X. 

While reports say that Sony will not support a similar Smart-Delivery-type feature for the PS5 from their end, those same reports contend that the company is "leaving [the implementation a Smart Delivery feature] up to publishers."

However, other reports say that Sony has mandated recent PS4 games be compatible with PS5. Though, to be fair, that doesn't exactly confirm the existence of such a delivery system or if one will ever be implemented by Sony itself. 

Square unveiled Marvel's Avengers in 2017. The game's first trailer was shown at E3 2019 during the company's games showcase. We were able to go hands-on with it at PAX West 2019, learning, among other things, that multiplayer and single-player have their own distinct mission strands

Marvel's Avengers Will be a PS5, Xbox Series X Launch Title Tue, 23 Jun 2020 18:08:49 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Marvel's Avengers will launch later this year on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on September 4. However, Square Enix has also confirmed that the action-adventure game will also be a PS5 and Xbox Series X launch title. 

Currently, we don't know precisely when the next generation of consoles will release, though both are slated for Holiday 2020. With that in mind, the PS5 and XSX versions of Marvel's Avengers should hit shelves sometime in November or December, when Sony and Microsoft have (mostly) traditionally launched consoles. 

Narratively, Avengers is set five years after A-Day, and it will feature several notable and famous characters, including Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel. Though not all of the game's villains have been revealed, we do know that Abomination, Task Master, and A.I.M. will make appearances. The story is not connected to the MCU. 

Marvel's Avengers can be played as a single-player experience or as a cooperative experience, allowing for 4-player co-op. Square Enix also recently revealed that it will feature crossplay between current- and next-gen consoles, including PS4 and PS5, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X. 

In addition, Square has confirmed that PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to upgrade their PS4 and Xbox One versions of Avengers to PS5 and XSX versions for free should they pick up the new systems. Cross-save functionality will also allow for saves, player progression, and player profiles to be transferred between versions. 

Marvel's Avengers was announced back in 2017, while the game's first trailer was unveiled at E3 2019. Originally set to launch in May 2020, the game was delayed to September 4 for extra polish. 

We were able to go hands-on with Avengers at PAX West 2019 and learned more about Hero Missions, Warzone, and how Mjolnir feels a lot like Kratos' axe. Pre-orders are currently available, and you can see what's included in each version of the game right here

THPS 1+2 Remastered Warehouse Demo Coming in August Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:47:36 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The first two entries in the Birdman's iconic skating franchise are set to hit modern platforms as a single package on September 4. However, those who pre-order Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Remastered will have access to the first game's famous Warehouse level ahead of anyone else. 

In a recent blog post, Activision's James Mattone said that the Warehouse level will be available starting August 14 across PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Epic Games). The demo will feature only one skater, though: Tony Hawk himself. 

The blog post also confirmed that the game's roster will increase from 13 skaters to 21, with more contemporary pros joining the mix. When the game was announced, the roster only included legacy skaters from the original releases of THPS and THPS2

As of this writing, the complete list of skaters includes: 

  • Tony Hawk
  • Bucky Lasek
  • Steve Caballero
  • Geoff Rowley
  • Andrew Reynolds
  • Elissa Steamer
  • Chad Muska
  • Eric Koston
  • Rodney Mullen
  • Rune Glifberg
  • Kareem Campbell
  • Jamie Thomas
  • Bob Burnquist
  • Lizzie Armanto
  • Leo Baker
  • Leticia Bufoni
  • Riley Hawk
  • Nyjah Huston
  • Tyshawn Jones
  • Aori Nishimura
  • Shan O'Neill

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 Remastered was announced earlier this year during the Summer Game Fest. Activision revealed that it will include all of the levels from both games and that both Create-a-Skater and Create-a-Park will be making a comeback. 

In an interview with GameSpot, Vicarious Visions' Jennifer Oneal said that while Remastered won't have microtransactions at launch, it's possible that certain paid content could come to the game post-launch. 

The skating game that started it all is set to launch on the PC through Epic Games, the PS4, and the Xbox One on September 4. It is currently up for pre-order, with the collector's edition including a sweet limited-edition full-sized skateboard. 

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Announced, "Coming Soon" Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:07:13 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Before Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launched, we got Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, an 8-bit throwback to classic Castlevania games. Now we know that we're getting a sequel, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, which is set for release sometime soon for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Curse of the Moon 2 stars two familiar characters and two new ones. Zangetsu (Curse of the Moon, Ritual of the Night) and Dominique (RotN) are two of the game's playable characters, while Robert, a sniper who uses a wide-ranging arsenal to take out foes from afar, and Hachi, a Corgi using a magic suit of armor to squash foes, round out the roster.

There were no transformation powers shown in the trailer, but we'll see if those reappear as we learn more, hopefully, later this year.

So far, there's no word on a sequel to Ritual of the Night. Whereas Curse of the Moon was a companion title to RotN, Curse of the Moon 2 is currently a standalone game brought forth thanks to the first one's popularity. However, series creator Koji Igarashi has said in the past that he would like to make Bloodstained into a larger series. 

We're big fans of Bloodstained and will definitely be keeping an eye on this. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 news as it develops.

Trails of Cold Steel 4 Release Date Revealed at New Game+ Expo Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:29:59 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

We knew Trails of Cold Steel 4 was coming out sometime this year, and today's New Game+ Expo confirmed the release date. Trails of Cold Steel 4 will launch for PlayStation 4 on October 27.

The announcement came with a brand-new sizzle reel. There are some big spoilers for the excellent Trails of Cold Steel 3 in the reel, so if you haven't finished that yet, don't read on.

The Cold Steel 4 trailer focuses on protagonist Rean Schwarzer immediately after Cold Steel 3 ends. Rean's imprisoned by the Erebonian Chancellor Giliath Osborne and struggles to overcome the as-yet unexplained darkness inside him before he destroys everything he once held dear.

There's a war going on, but in true Cold Steel fashion, the focus is on facing personal challenges as each member of Old and New Class VII tries to figure out their place in the world. Cold Steel 4 probably won't wrap up all the sub-series' plot threads. That's what Hajimari no Kiseki is for.

Following its PlayStation 4 release, Trails of Cold Steel 4 will launch on PC through Steam and Good Old Games, as well as Nintendo Switch sometime in 2021. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Trails of Cold Steel 4 release date news as it develops.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Returns to the Series' Roots Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:42:41 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time was probably the worst-kept secret for the Summer Game Fest after logos, ratings, and screenshots leaked last week. Crash Bandicoot 4 launches October 2. Here's what it's all about.

The trailer sets up Crash 4's premise, which is charactersitically goofy and an excuse for new powers and crazy platforming levels. Neo Cortex was banished to the past and works with Uka Uka to rip holes in the space-time continuum, exposing a multiverse and setting Crash on a journey to restore order by collecting the Four Quantum Masks.

You'll be playing as Crash and Coco, just like in Crash 3, and it looks like classic enemies including N.Tropy make a return as well. There's also a stage showing Cortex handling some platforming challenges, and Geoff Keighley later confirmed Cortex is playable in Crash 4. You can choose between Crash and Coco at any point, and they both have the same moveset.

You'll also encounter other characters at certain points, like Cortex, and you can use their special powers — Cortex's ray gun for example — to add a different layer of challenge and strategy to getting through levels.

Paul Yan from Toys for Bob introduced two of the Four Quantum Masks as well, the Time Mask and Gravity Mask. The Time Mask lets you slow down time to deal with certain challenges (like getting away from explosive Nitro crates). The Gravity Mask lets Crash invert the laws of gravity to walk on ceilings or the undersides of platforms, among other things.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time! is from the minds behind the original Crash trilogy remaster and the Spyro remaster. Toys for Bob decided to go back to the original trilogy to try and build on it since reception for the N.Sane Trilogy was so positive.

Despite Crash 4 releasing over 20 years after Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, it's retaining the classic linear platforming level design of the originals. This, too, was based on fan feedback, where fans said returning to classic platforming challenges and "densely packed" level design was refreshing in the face of so many open-world, non-linear games.

As mentioned, Crash Bandicoot 4 launches October 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Crash 4 news as it develops.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Arms Fighter is Min Min Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:39:07 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Nintendo delivered on its promised reveal of a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Arms fighter today in another episode of Mr. Sakurai Presents. It turns out fan-favorite Min Min is the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character, and she'll be available for download on June 29, either as part of the Fighter Pass or individually for $5.99.

Sakurai said the reason it's Min Min and not other characters is pretty simple: the Arms producer Mr. Yabuki said he wanted Min Min.

Min Min is strong against heavy fighters but has trouble with lighter characters and those who excel in mid-air combat. Min Min's basic directional attack is just her ARMS extending, and the same for her side smash. You can actually bend the extendable ARMS, jump during the attack, and even execute a smash in mid-air.

If you tap "A" quickly instead of holding the button, Min Min performs kung-fu style kicks. These act as Min Min's neutral attacks, and they can be combined with movement for a dash attack, an upward kick, and a kick that reflects enemy projectiles.

Min Min's special is different from most. Pressing "B" extends her right ARM, where pressing "A" uses the left ARM. You can launch two attacks at once and create a number of combos or smashes. If you do launch two smash attacks at once, the left always goes out first.

The "up" and "down" "B" specials are different. The "down" special changes the right ARM out, with new extensions like the Ramram (low power, high range), the Megawatt (super strong, but slow), and Dragon, which is just a replica of the left ARM Min Min uses.

The "up" special lets Min Min jump using the ARMS, though Sakurai says it's best used to escape from opponents instead of working as a normal recovery move.

Finally is Min Min's Final Smash. Like the Dragon Quest Hero fighter, Min Min's Final Smash summons all the other ARMS fighters for a full-on assault.

Min Min isn't suited for close-range combat because her attacks are easy to dodge, though her direct attacks aren't affected by counters. Since the ARMS don't extend that far, you'll want to be careful from fighters that attack from above. 

Move Into Attack Position with the Star Wars Squadrons Gameplay Trailer Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:45:16 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

After briefly teasing fans with a cinematic Star Wars Squadrons trailer earlier in the week, EA finally offered a look at how the game plays with a Star Wars Squadrons gameplay trailer during EA Play. On top of that, the trailer also confirms Star Wars Squadrons won't have microtransactions and offers a robust single-player mode, alongside the multiplayer suite and VR support we already knew about.

Star Wars Squadrons' gameplay is classic space-combat action mixed with ship management. You'll need to optimize your ship's loadouts before going on missions, with all upgrades and cosmetics unlocked through gameplay only  no microtransactions.

During the missions, you'll manage your craft's power levels, shields, and more through the ship's onboard user interface for the best chances of staying alive and completing your assignment.

Single-player mode includes a meaty campaign that includes pilots from both the Imperial fleet and the New Republic fleet, though it's not yet clear how their stories intertwine.

Star Wars Squadrons' Fleet Mode, what EA calls the game's signature mode, can be played single-player or in multiplayer. You and four other pilots, either AI or human, take on an enemy fleet, working through their fighters, defense ships, and finally trying to take out their flagship.

Of course, there are regular multiplayer dogfights as well, focusing squarely on one-on-one action. Any of these modes, including single-player, can be played fully in VR too.

All this unfolds across numerous systems from the Star Wars universe, and each location offers unique challenges and has some kind of story significance to either the Empire or the New Republic.

There's Yavin Prime, the planet around which the Rebel base on Yavin IV orbited, and an icy Imperial outpost — that isn't Exogol — called Esseles. The Zavian Abyss has electrical storms and asteroids as hazards for all who enter, while the remote moon of Galitan has molten chunks floating everywhere after a nebula ripped the moon apart.

You can check out each planet and some additional info on the game's official site. We'll hopefully be hearing more about Star Wars Squadrons as we near its October 2 launch date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Star Wars Squadrons news as it develops.

Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Until November Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:31:38 -0400 Henry Stockdale

Cyberpunk 2077 might be one of gaming’s most hotly anticipated titles, but it’s clear that CD Projekt Red don’t want to rush its release. Having previously been delayed from its initial April 2020 release to September, it’s been confirmed today via Twitter that the first-person RPG has now been pushed back once more, this time to November 19.

Confirming that Cyberpunk 2077’s main content is now complete, CD Projekt advised that this delay is for quality assurance:  

The quests, the cutscenes, the skill and items; all the adventures Night City has to offer — it's all there. But with such an abundance of content and complex systems interweaving with each other, we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out and we will spend the additional time doing exactly that.

What hasn’t been delayed is the Night City Wire event, still set to take place on June 25. So for any fans disappointed at this news, there’s still much to look forward to in the coming week. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Cyberpunk 2077 as we learn it.

Horizon Forbidden West PS5 Release Window Confirmed by Guerrilla Wed, 17 Jun 2020 17:42:13 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Fans got their first look at Horizon Forbidden West at last week's PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming showcase. This week, we have a better idea of when to expect the ARPG on PS5: sometime in 2021. 

The news comes straight from developer Guerilla Games. Forbidden West Director Mathijs de Jonge revealed the release date at the end of an approximately 3-minute video released via the official PlayStation Youtube on June 17. You can see the entire clip below. 

Horizon Forbidden West (once referred to as Horizon: Zero Dawn 2), is set in the American West, specifically in the region between "Utah and the Pacific Ocean." It features vicious (and gorgeous) new machines, as well as new tribes. 

Loading screens may also be a thing of the past. de Jong that "with the PS5's SSD, there will be virtually no loading screens... if you open the map and fast travel from end to the other, restarting from a checkpoint will be super fast." de Jong went on to say that the Horizon Forbidden West map is large, playing host to "valleys, deserts, and ruin cities full of ruined landmarks."

There's still a lot we don't know about Horizon Forbidden West, but many of us around the office are certainly excited for it. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the HZD sequel as we learn it.

Pokemon Presents Unveils New Pokemon Snap, Teases Big Project Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:29:01 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company dropped a surprise tease yesterday for a presentation called "Pokemon Presents" (as in "ta-da!" not "here's a gift"), promising 11 minutes of Pokemon news today. Following the rapid-fire presentation, we now know a little bit more about Pokemon Smile, Pokemon Cafe Mix, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon GO Fest 2020, and the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. 

We also know there's a brand-new project in the works. Here's everything shown off in today's Pokemon Presents.

Pokemon Smile

First up was a brand-new title called Pokemon Smile.

Pokemon Smile is most definitely geared towards parents with young kids. It's an app encouraging tooth-brushing habits in young children — and hey, maybe in adults too, if you really need it. You'll brush to rescue Pokemon from nefarious bacteria, after which you can catch and befriend the Pokemon. Pokemon Smile is available to download now on Android and iOS devices.

Pokemon Cafe Mix

Next was a puzzle game called Pokemon Cafe Mix, where you own a Pokemon cafe visited by Pokemon (of course). You'll take their orders and fill them by completing different puzzles that take advantage of a unique swirling mechanic. But Pokemon Cafe Mix is also about actually managing a cafe.

You'll hire Pokemon to help staff the cafe, and they'll offer special abilities to help through the game. As you continue doing a good job, you'll attract new Pokemon and also unlock swag to decorate your cafe.

Pokemon Cafe Mix is free to start and will launch for Nintendo Switch and iOS and Android devices "soon."

New Pokemon Snap

After what seemed like an eternity of agony, we're finally getting a new Pokemon Snap game called... New Pokemon Snap. For now at least, since it's still in development. The name could change. 

You'll visit multiple islands stuffed full of Pokemon spanning all eight generations, and while we didn't get actual gameplay footage in keeping with the spirit of summer, we know New Pokemon Snap will launch on Nintendo Switch when it does release.

Pokemon GO — Go Fest 2020 and Mega Evolution

As Pokemon GO players probably already know, Niantic is making this year's Pokemon GO Fest all, but Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokemon Company, mentioned that Victini the Victory Pokemon is also making an appearance during the Pokemon GO Fest 2020.

On top of that, Mega Evolution is coming to Pokemon GO in a way that's specially designed to fit Pokemon GO's gameplay. Galarian Farfetch'd is also available to catch in Pokemon GO.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass launched during the presentation as well, and there were a couple of special events announced in honor of the launch. A special Max Raid Battle featuring Zeraora is available starting now through June 28, and if 1 million players take part and win, everyone will get a Shiny Zeraora. Just make sure you get the right Expansion Pass version.

New Project

In usual Pokemon Direct fashion, the presentation closed with a teaser for an unannounced new project. We didn't actually get a name, but we'll be hearing more on June 24 in another Pokemon Presents episode focused specifically on this unannounced Pokemon game.

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And that was it for today's Pokemon Presents, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news and the next Pokemon Presents on June 24. 

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is Coming to Consoles Later This Year Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:00:48 -0400 Henry Stockdale

With the recent announcement of Kingdom Hearts: Dark Road on mobile devices, it’s clear that Square-Enix has no intention of winding up the franchise following Kingdom Hearts 3’s DLC, Re:Mind, released back in January. 

We’ve seen our share of series spin-offs before but few were expecting today’s announcement of Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory, confirmed for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Revealed via a trailer on the Japanese Square Enix YouTube channel, Melody Of Memory is another departure from the RPG franchise, and this time, it looks to be a rhythm game. Not too dissimilar to previous Square Enix title Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Melody of Memory takes place over a set of mini-games, promising to include 140 songs. 

There’s not much to go on from the trailer, but Melody of Memory appears to revisit classic worlds and will link up with Re:Mind’s story, adding a new layer to an already convoluted timeline.

Further details through the official website confirm multiple playable characters and four modes of play, including online battles. Just how this turns out remains to be seen, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as it comes in.

Madden 21 Dials Up Gameplay Changes on Offense and Defense Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:12:17 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Electronic Arts gave Madden fans their first extended look at Madden 21 today. The official gameplay trailer below highlights the on-the-field-changes coming to this year's installment. 

Madden 21 will reportedly make improvements to the franchise's ball-carrying mechanics, specifically for running backs and wide receivers. Though EA said this year's changes will give players "all out [ball] control," exact details were scant. Offensive moves such as the dead-leg and side-hurdle come alongside the Skill Stick, which EA said allows players to "link together clever skill-move combos."

New mechanics on the defensive side of the ball emphasize pass rushers. To make those "positions more responsive, and fun to play," the Skill Stick gives players more control of D-Line moves. Other adjustments come in the form of more realistic open-field tackling, which, from what's shown in the trailer above, does appear more realistic. 

Players will also have more control over celebrations than in previous iterations, which hopefully also means a larger pool of animations across the board. There will be an additional 50 Superstar X-Factor abilities added to Madden 21, and Playbook 2.0 updates playbooks in real-time. 

These details are accompanied by the news that Baltimore Ravens' QB and 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson will be on this year's cover

This isn't the first time we've seen Madden 21 in action, but it's the best look we've gotten yet. The game was first revealed during May's Inside Xbox, with footage captured from the game on an Xbox Series X. Perhaps we'll learn more during EA Play Live on June 18. 

Madden 21 is set to release on August 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Current-gen pre-orders are now available. The game will also release sometime this winter for Google Stadia, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. Through EA's Dual Entitlement initiative (the developer's version of Microsoft's Smart Delivery), players will be able to upgrade to the PS5 and XSX versions "at no additional cost."

Pay Attention When You Buy the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:45:37 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Update 6/22: Over the weekend, Nintendo advised consumers who accidentally purchase the wrong version of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass to contact customer service.


The original story continues below.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, specifically The Isle of Armor, launches sometime on June 17. But you'll need to make sure you buy the right version of the Expansion Pass, because Nintendo isn't offering refunds if you get the wrong one.

The news comes via Nintendo of Japan's customer service Twitter account, as translated by NintendoSoup. NoJ's customer service has reportedly seen an uptick in the number of complaints by people who purchased the wrong version of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. If that includes you, unfortunately, it means you're out $30; despite recognizing a problem in customer purchasing patterns, Nintendo won't be refunding your money.

If you're buying the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass in the game itself, you won't really have to worry about paying attention to get the right one. The in-game prompt to purchase the Expansion Pass takes you directly to your version's corresponding Pass in the Nintendo eShop.

The trouble comes if you're buying it separately on the eShop or buying the download card from a retailer. According to the game's official site, the actual download code is the same for each version of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and after you enter it in the eShop, you then need to pick the version corresponding with your Pokemon game.

Yes, it's needlessly convoluted, so just make sure you're paying attention.

The original story is on NintendoSoup if you're interested, and be sure to check out our preview roundup for the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass if you haven't already.

Convoluted buying process or not, we'll be getting into the Expansion Pass once it launches, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield news as it develops.

NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is Madden 21's Cover Athlete Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:22:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Baltimore Ravens' QB and 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is officially the cover athlete for Madden 21. Electronic Arts shared the news today through a press release, revealing three different covers for the perennial football game  one for the standard edition, one for the deluxe edition, and one for the MVP edition.

The covers are somewhat of a departure from previous years. Whereas many Madden covers feature athletes on solid backgrounds (Madden 20 and Madden 19) or generic football backgrounds (Madden 18 and Madden 17) striking different poses for different editions, the covers for this year's game feature unique photos from Jackson's young yet already-explosive NFL career. 

Of being on the cover, Jackson said: 

I grew up playing Madden and owned every copy I could get my hands on, so to be on the cover of Madden NFL 21 is a dream come true, especially when the cover represents so much of my story. The welcome to the Madden family from around the league and from fans has been phenomenal and I think people will have a lot of fun with the new features coming in this year’s game.

EA also released a 1:43-second featurette on Jackson, highlighting the QB's rise from high school to the pros. 

We've known that Lamar Jackson would be this year's cover athlete since he dropped the news on a conference call back in April. He was also our top choice for the Madden 21 cover. 

Though the Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card Round of the 2019 playoffs, Jackson led his squad to a 10-7 overall record. Amassing 3,127 pass yards (36 passing TDs/6 INTs) and 1,206 rushing yards (7 rushing TDs), Jackson was one of the top quarterbacks in the league last year, alongside Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson. 

EA released more information about Madden 21 ahead of Thursday's EA Play Live showcase, including new gameplay improvements and pre-order information. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Madden 21, which is set to release on August 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, as well as Google Stadia, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X this winter. 

The FDA Approves EndeavorRX as the First-Ever Video Game Therapy Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:55:16 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Roughly a year after the World Health Organization declared video game addiction a mental illness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially approved a video game as a mental health tool to help treat ADHD in children.

The game in particular is a new creation from interactive software developer Akili Interactive Studios, dubbed EndeavorRX. It's the first-ever prescription video game, and it's planned for launch on iOS devices.

EndeavorRX is a racing game, in essence, tasking players with picking out specific cues and distinguishing distracting cues from non-distracting ones.

The FDA said EndeavorRX is meant to:

improve attention function as measured by computer-based testing and is the first digital therapeutic intended to improve symptoms associated with ADHD, [and it is] the first game-based therapeutic granted marketing authorization by the FDA for any type of condition.

However, the bureau also notes the game should be used in conjunction with other treatment options, including medication therapy. And you can't exactly get a prescription for it right away either, as Akili told The Verge EndeavorRX isn't ready for launch yet.

That said, the FDA did create a new category specifically for games-as-therapy to make it easier for developers to get marketing approval for similar games in the future.

But there are a few important things to note about Akili and EndeavorRX, apart from the fact that the study was carried out by researchers affiliated with the developer.

The research study the FDA based its approval on makes mention of significant limitations in the process. Some of these include how the researchers didn't gather information about how or why the game works in treating ADHD, nor did they try and test the effects in a real-world situation or using different "dosing" schedules.

Instead, tests were carried out in one setting simulating a "tedious" school scenario, for 25 minutes per day, five days per week.

There's also some discrepancies between the officially published study and Akili's presentation of the findings published informally three months before the article. Akili claimed the test groups included children taking ADHD medications, but the official study says that wasn't the case.

Akili also said clinicians noted improvements in symptoms and impairments, while the official study hedges that by saying some improvements might not be easily noticed and it treats certain symptoms, not necessarily impairments.

In other words, more testing is needed, as the study mentions at the end. Still, it's a step forward for treatment, as research psychologist Dr. Rachel Kowert mentioned on Twitter. According to Kowart, "games have been informally used [for treatment] for years," though this is the first time a body with authority has recognized their use for mental health treatments.

System Shock Remake Trailer Offers New Glimpse at the Game Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:19:50 -0400 Jonathan Moore

We've been keeping an eye on the System Shock Remake since around the time of its 2016 Kickstarter campaign. Since then, a lot has happened with Nightdive's reboot, including multiple delays and a complete restart in development.

The studio released a new trailer over the weekend during the Guerilla Collective Showcase. The trailer is fairly short, but it gives fans a good glimpse of the game. There's lots of shooting, lots of exploding, and lots of mutant bashing. You can see it all in the trailer above. 

An alpha demo of the game is currently available through both Steam and Good Old Games (GOG), though it's unclear for how long. We were able to try out the pre-alpha demo that was available during Steam's Games Festival back in December and were left with mixed feelings. Ty Arthur said: 

In the end, I came away neither hyped nor overly disappointed after playing the demo. My gut feeling? If the development crew doesn't run out of money and actually releases a finished product, I expect it will be just all right. But we'll have to see.

The System Shock Remake is currently in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It's not to be confused with System Shock 3, which is the sequel to (gasp) System Shock 2. Tencent is now working on that game, and there's no word on when it will release or what platforms it will ultimately call home. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the System Shock franchise as we learn more. Check out the demo over on GOG and Steam

Gory Teaser Trailer for The Outlast Trials Sets Up 2021 Release Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:37:42 -0400 Jonathan Moore

A brutal teaser trailer for The Outlast Trials was released over the weekend during the PC Gaming Show, giving fans their first look at the upcoming survival horror game from Red Barrels. 

The trailer doesn't provide much in the way of new information about the game, other than it will release sometime in 2021 for PC on Steam and the Epic Games Store. As of this writing, there is no mention of The Outlast Trials being exclusive to Epic's storefront. 

According to the game's developer, The Outlast Trials can be played alone or with up to three other players (four total). No mention of asymmetric multiplayer has yet been made, so it seems The Outlast Trials is a more traditional cooperative experience.


The game is set in the same universe as the previous two Outlast games, but it is not a direct sequel

Though Red Barrels has said that The Outlast Trials will prominently feature the nefarious Murkoff Corporation yet again, it's unclear if the game will revisit either Mount Massive Asylum or Temple Gate. If franchise history has any bearing on the game's setting, it will be an entirely new location (but that's pure speculation at this point). 

As of this writing, the Steam page for The Outlast Trials says that it features full controller support and cross-platform multiplayer. The game has not yet been announced for consoles. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the game as we learn it. 

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Scales to Your Level Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:06:21 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass launches in just a couple of days, but we're getting some new information about what to expect from it thanks to a handful of preview impressions that went live today. Basically, The Isle of Armor is a giant Wild Area with tons of Pokemon designed to accommodate your experience levels at any point during your eighth-gen Pokemon adventure.

According to IGN, The Isle of Armor uses level scaling, so you'll encounter Pokemon near the same level as your team. It's not clear yet whether they continue to grow as your team does or if the stay at that initial level, though.

The island itself reportedly boasts an even wider array of landscapes than mainland Galar, with IGN noting swamps, lush forests, beaches, caves, and deserts. At this point, it seems none of these are gated either, so like the Wild Area, you can access them whenever.

The camera is fully moveable throughout the entire island as well, and you'll see Pokemon interacting in the environment in much more detailed ways than before.

As for the story, you'll start off being re-introduced to your Expansion Pass rival (Avery for Shield, Klara for Sword). You'll then be shuffled along to the dojo for training. You'll also catch a glimpse of the special new legendary Pokemon Kubfu along the way and probably some Galarian Slowpoke and their evolved forms too.

Best of all, you can access The Isle of Armor almost straight away. It becomes available as soon as you reach the Wild Area in the main Sword and Shield game, which happens even before you reach the first gym.

Serebii mentioned Isle of Armor will include lots of side quests as well, including one where you're tasked with finding several Alolan Diglett, while GamesRadar+ said there's a new EXP Charm item that lets you direct the lion's share of experience points earned to one specific Pokemon

The original preview is over on IGN if you're interested.

It sounds like there's a lot to dig into with the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor expansion, and rest assured, we'll be digging in when it launches June 17. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Isle of Armor news as it develops.

Star Wars Squadrons First Look Debuts at Summer Game Fest Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:45:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Summer Game Fest continued today, following last week's big PlayStation 5 games reveal with EA's latest Star Wars game, Star Wars Squadrons.

Star Wars Squadrons launches on October 2 for $39.99 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. It will feature VR support, including PSVR, Oculus, Valve Index, and HTC Vive. Squadrons will also be crossplay with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and virtual reality. 

The trailer provides a small taste of what fans can expect with impressive cinematics, and it frames the story around the continued conflict between the defeated Empire and the fledgling New Republic post Return of the Jedi. The former wants revenge, while the latter must struggle to snuff out imperial resistance wherever it's found.

While we know that doesn't happen thanks to the Disney film series, it's the perfect excuse for some big setpiece battles featuring all the classic Star Wars fighters and ships, plus some that never appeared in the original trilogy. That includes locations as well, with at least two never-before-seen planets.

The game will feature 5v5 multiplayer battles with the goal of destroying the enemy flagship, and even though multiplayer is a big focus, there's still a single-player campaign as well. The main story focuses on new characters — customizable pilots serving the Republic and Empire, respectively — but there will be cameos from well-known characters from the series as well. 

The EA Play presentation on June 18 will have more information about the game, including actual gameplay, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Star Wars Squadrons news as it develops.

Editor's note 6/16/20: This article has been updated with information regarding the game's supported VR platforms, as well as its crossplay functionality. 

Insomniac Says Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a 'Stand-Alone' Game Fri, 12 Jun 2020 18:59:16 -0400 Daniel Hollis

What appeared to be a new Spider-Man game, subtitled Miles Morales, was announced yesterday during the PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming reveal show. Since its reveal, however, there's been a bit of confusion about whether it's a full-fledged game or an expansion. 

The long and short is that it's reportedly a stand-alone game, not an expansion. According to Insomniac Games, which released a statement through Twitter, "Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the next adventure in the Marvel's Spider-Man universe. We will reveal more about this standalone games at a future date."

Bloomberg's Jason Schreier also said that according to sources, the game "is a brand-new standalone game similar in scope to Uncharted Lost Legacy." Lost Legacy is a spinoff from the mainline Uncharted series. 

The confusion of whether Spider-Man: Miles Morales would be a full sequel to 2018's Spider-Man or a DLC adventure attached to a remastered version of that game began with a Telegraph interview with the Simon Rutter, EVP head of European Business at Sony Interactive Entertainment. 

Rutter stated that Spider-Man: Miles Morales is "more akin to an expansion bolted on to an upgraded version of the original title." He went on to mention "expansion" again when saying that Spider-Man on PS5 will see "major enhancements to the game and the game engine..."

Though Insomniac has released the above statement clarifying the state of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, there's still a bit of confusion if Spider-Man will release on the PS5 separately, or what Morales' launch will look like. We'll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Spider-Man: Miles Morales as we learn it. 

KartRider: Drift Closed Beta Hands-On — Frantic Kart Racing Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:14:52 -0400 Gabriel Moss

If you've been waiting for a Mario Kart-style racing game to appear on a non-Nintendo platform, you might want to check out Nexon's upcoming free-to-play kart racer, KartRider: Drift.

We got a chance to check out the latest closed beta for KartRider on Steam this past week, which helped us get our bearings and a taste for how this new racer plays in motion. Here's what we think about it so far. 

KartRider: Drift Closed Beta Hands-On — Frantic Kart Racing

From the 45 minutes I spent in the KartRider: Drift closed beta, I can think of one word to summarize my experience: smooth. My time was far smoother than I would have expected from a free-to-play kart racer on Steam.

With an Xbox One controller in-hand, I found the game's handling, steering, and drifting mechanics almost as responsive as I'd expect from the controls in a quicker-paced combat racer like WipEout.

And, while its art-style is a bit generic, I found that when the graphics are maxed out and the rubber is burning, KartRider has some truly robust visuals that make the experience all the more delightful.

Each track is designed with a unique theme, and there is a remarkable variety between the 16 different available tracks. You can customize your kart as well: there are character skins, kart decals, paint jobs, license plates, and similar things that you can change in and out to your heart's delight.

KartRider will be free-to-play upon release with a daily rewards system (and presumably a cash shop?). It will also have a handful of different gameplay modes, though I was only able to try the Time Trial mode in the beta. In typical fashion, it had me set my own best time and then compete against a ghost version of myself. However, I noticed that there was also a set of really comprehensive tutorials ranging from Beginner to Advanced.

In regards to multiplayer, I didn't see a multiplayer mode inside of the closed beta. That said, Nexon claims on KartRider's Steam store page that several multiplayer modes are coming with the racer at launch, including local split-screen and cross-platform online multiplayer modes.

My experience with the KartRider: Drift closed beta was a bit short, but we should have more details on KartRider at some point in 2020. The racer is slated to release on the Nexon launcher, Steam, and Xbox One at some point in 2020, though we don't have any further details as of yet.

[Note: A copy of KartRider: Drift was provided by Nexon for the purpose of this hands-on preview.]

Control is Coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:27:24 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Control will be making its way to the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Remedy Entertainment, the game's developer, shared the news through their official Twitter account. 

Currently, we don't know exactly when Control will be making the jump; no release date or window was shared in the initial tweet. Remedy said that "more details [will be] coming at a later date." It's also unclear if the release will take advantage of Microsoft's Smart Delivery system or if the PS4 version is one of the "hundreds" of tested backwards compatible PS5 games. 

Control released on August 27, 2019, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as a timed exclusive for PC through the Epic Games Store. It will be coming to Steam sometime in 2020, most likely in August. 

In our review of Control, Mark Delaney said that "Control is undoubtedly Remedy's biggest and weirdest game yet. In many ways, it's also their best, all while it paves the way for a Marvel-like connected universe."

It's first DLC, The Foundation, was also well-received, further fleshing out the story surrounding The Oldest House, while also iterating on the game's core gameplay mechanics. Control's second expansion, dubbed AWE, is set to release sometime in 2020 and is rumored to revolve around another classic Remedy game, Alan Wake

Mark has already taken a deep dive into how Control ties in with other Remedy properties, such as Quantum Break, Max Payne, and Alan Wake. If you're interested in further exploring Remedy's shared universe, you can see the connections here. Just beware that there are major spoilers. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Control, including the AWE expansion, when it drops later this year. 

Paper Mario: The Origami King Trailer Unveils Partners, Locales, Lots of Toads Fri, 12 Jun 2020 11:20:33 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

We finally know more about Paper Mario: The Origami King thanks to a brand-new meaty trailer Nintendo dropped earlier today. It's all about environments and combat, and yes, partner characters make a comeback.

Professor Toad, Kamek the Magikoopa, and Bobby the bob-omb make appearances. And of course, there's Mario's constant companion, Olivia, sister to Olly the Origami King. It seems not all partners can actually help Mario out in combat, but we do get to see Bobby land some hits in a short scene.

This trailer also expands on the ring-based combat system briefly shown in the Origami King reveal trailer. Each turn has its own timer, during which you can line up the concentric rings that make up the battlefield and slide pieces around to put more enemies in range. How you'll arrange them depends on what your attack is. Jumps go in a straight line, for example, but hammer blows fan out wider and don't stretch back as far.

The trailer also shows items and attacks, like Shiny Jump and Shiny Hammer, alongside special moves based on classic Mario items such as the Tanooki Suit, Pow Block, Fire Flower power-up, and so on.

Combat takes place in a myriad of zany, gorgeous environments ranging from Toad Town to an autumn-themed mountain, a lush jungle, a "ninja-filled mansion," and a whole lot more. Each area seems to be stuffed with things to uncover and explore, and that's even without the mini-games like finding Toads hidden in everyday objects.

At the end of each area, you'll run into a member of the Legion of Stationery, origami supplies come to life to do Olly's evil bidding. There's the devious colored pencil set, an evil tape dispenser, and a sentient pile of rubber bands, among other things. Combat changes during these encounters too, turning into puzzles where you must plot Mario's course to the boss and figure out the best ways to deal the most damage.

We're just over a month away from Paper Mario Origami King's release date on July 17. That probably means there's more new information to come, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Paper Mario Origami King news as it develops.

PlayStation 5 Console Revealed, Includes Two Options Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:17:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

We finally know what the PlayStation 5 looks like. After months of conjecture, and a render I thought looked a little silly back in August, the final PS5 design has been unleashed upon us. Sony revealed it today at the very end of its Future of Gaming presentation. 

At launch, the PlayStation 5 will come in two variations. One will be a digital-only model, while the other, presumably more expensive model, will feature a disc drive. The latter is a bit bulkier because of that, but overall, the two systems feature a similar design.

A Dualsense charging station, HD camera, media remote, and Pulse 3D wireless headset were also revealed alongside the system. Sony unveiled the Dualsense earlier this year, detailing the controller's haptic feedback capabilities and the iterative changes made when moving on from the classic DualShock design. 

As of this writing, it's still not clear how much the PlayStation 5 will cost when it launches this holiday season. We'll just have to wait and see. 

For more on the PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming event, be sure to head over to our recap article here, which collects all of the showcase's trailers in one place. Trust me: you'll want to check it out. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the PS5 as we learn it. 

PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming Recap: Every Game Reveal Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:26:49 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Today's PlayStation 5 The Future of Gaming showcase gave us a look at a full hour's worth of new PlayStation 5 games. From bold new departures to epic (and gorgeous) adventures, we've rounded up the biggest reveals below.

Highlights include Resident Evil 8, Horizon Zero Dawn 2, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a Demon's Souls remake, Hitman 3, and tons of awesome-looking indies.

We've collected every trailer from the showcase below. Let's get started.

To see what the PlayStation 5 itself looks like, head over here. Sony revealed two PS5 models, as well as a number of peripherals, at the end of the showcase. 

Resident Evil 8 (Resident Evil Village)

Those Resident Evil 8 rumors, about how it's a big departure for the series, were right. It's first-person horror with a dash of Brothers Grimm, as a local tale comes to life — and brings hell to Earth. 

According to Capcom, the game is "set a few years after" Resident Evil 7 and features Ethan Winter as the protagonist yet again. Oh, Chris Redfield plays a significant role, as the rumors said he would.

"Witches, werewolves, and insanity" sound bizarre for the series written out on their own, but it looks like a promising entry in the franchise following Resident Evil 7. It's scheduled for a 2021 release for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

Horizon Zero Dawn 2/Horizon: Forbidden West

If that wasn't enough, how about Horizon Zero Dawn 2? Only it's officially called Horizon: Forbidden West.

Aloy journeys to uncover the secrets of the Old Ones and why they vanished from the planet, lest the same destruction revisit the world and destroy it forever. And it looks as fantastic as you'd expect, full of vibrant color, creatures, and environments for Aloy's next colossal adventure in a post-apocalyptic version of the U.S.

Sadly, there's no release timeframe yet, but Guerilla said we can expect more news soon.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

While it seems some of the games shown off may release after the PS5 launches, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set for a Holiday 2020 release, presumably alongside the PlayStation 5. We didn't get to see too much of the game in action, but it looks like Miles' adventure is gonna be a doozy.

What is evident is that the excellent combat and traversal systems from 2018's Spider-Man will make a return.  

Demon's Souls Remake

Nearing the end of the presentation, Sony revealed footage of the highly-anticipated (and previously unconfirmed) Demon's Souls remake. Yes, that's right. Those Demon's Souls remake rumors were true. And it looks abso-freaking-lutely incredible. To say fans have been waiting a long time for this one is an understatement.

No release date was provided, but we know it will be a remake built from the ground up. 

Gran Turismo 7

As expected, Sony and Polyphony also showed off the next Gran Turismo game, Gran Turismo 7. Apart from looking gorgeous and on-brand for the storied racing sim, Gran Turismo 7 sounds more realistic than ever, and we can't wait to see how the DualSense and the PS5's other features shape the experience. 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

It turns out the new Ratchet and Clank rumors were true as well. In Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the dimensions are collapsing, and Ratchet and Clank are being chased through a number of incredible-looking worlds — futuristic, Jurassic, and pirate just to name a few, all presented without a single loading screen.

And Ratchet himself gets lost somewhere in the process, leaving room for a brand-new female Lombax to take center stage. There's a new partner in town for Clank, and Insomniac is promising loads of new gear and worlds built from the ground up specifically for the PlayStation 5.

Surprisingly, there was no Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart release date, though that's likely because this was pre-alpha footage.

Project Athia

Next up was a new game from Square Enix and Luminous Productions: Project Athia. There's wolves, dragons, all manner of fantastical beasts, and the sort of realized environments we should probably start getting used to. For anything else Project Athia, though, we'll just have to wait and see.


Annapurna Interactive debuted footage from Stray. Set in a dystopian world where robots scavenge the streets for survival and cats act as delivery critters, Stray looks like a unique take on the cyberpunk genre — because you're the cat. We'll be keeping an eye on Stray as we learn more ahead of its 2021 launch.


Returnal is a brand-new IP for Sony Worldwide Studios from Housemarque. It follows an astronaut who can't escape an endless cycle of exploration, entrapment, and death. Somehow, the world she explores with every cycle of rebirth becomes a part of her — at the cost of her sanity. So she keeps fighting and tries to uncover the truth in the possibly vain hope of escaping this cycle.

It's a departure from the studio that's cut its teeth on games like Resogun, Nex Machina, and Matterfall

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sumo Digital debuted their latest title: Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Think Little BigPlanet, where all the best possible level designs got crammed into a 3D platformer that's bursting at the seams with charm. Sackboy's journey takes him through all kinds of varied locales, from a desert oasis to the high seas, all with the series' signature charm and style.

Destruction Allstars

Destruction Allstars is basically what happens when you inject (more) steroids into a monster truck rally and a wrestling match, then throw them in a cage and give them weapons. It's bright, loud, and chaotic. It's Twisted Metal with a Rocket League skin, and it currently has no release date.

Kena Bridge of Spirits

Ember Lab presented Kena: Bridge of Spirits, a charming-looking adventure about a young girl (Kena, presumably) learning to harness the power of the world around her. Her goal is aiding troubled spirits who come to her for help, but she's not alone. She's accompanied by a veritable army of adorably fuzzy creatures who carry items for her and generally act as support.

Goodbye Volcano High

After that was Goodbye Volcano High from Ko-Op, an introspective look at one character's insecurities and doubts about stepping out and trying to find their destiny. That's about all we know right now, other than it has a 2021 release window.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Remember Oddworld Soulstorm? Well, we finally learned more about Oddworld Inhabitants' new project.

Abe escaped his own terrible fate in New N' Tastey, but now he's got the future of his entire species resting on his shoulders — so, no big deal really. Except that failure is, according to creator Lorne Lanning, supposed to be devastating and hilarious at the same time.

The game will be exclusive to the PS4 and PS5. It will also launch on PC through the Epic Games Store. 

Ghostwire Tokyo

The next PS5 game shown off was Ghostwire Tokyo, an enigmatic game about a Tokyo that's gone very wrong indeed. You have special abilities that allow you to hear and sense things others can't, and you have to fight to free Tokyo from the grip of an unknown menace. Ghostwire Tokyo launches in 2021 for PS5 and PC.

Jett: The Far Shore

Superbrothers' Jett: The Far Shore is all about creating a new world where people can hope and dream, a world built on the rubble of failure and despair. We only got to see a cinematic trailer, but Jett: The Far Shore launches Holiday 2020, so we'll probably learn more soon.


It's only fitting the first-known PS5 game, Godfall from Gearbox, made an appearance too. It's definitely a huge step ahead of that "leaked" footage from last year. You'll fight fearsome foes, gather godlike weapons, and strive to grow even stronger this holiday season when Godfall launches.

Solar Ash

Annapurna Interactive debuted another PS5 game, and it couldn't be more of a departure from Stray. In Solar Ash, you play as an abstract-looking being navigating a lush and equally abstract world called the Ultravoid, "an unstoppable rift of despair ripping through space."

We'll be keeping an eye on Solar Ash leading up to its 2021 launch date.

Hitman 3

Next up was a new Hitman game, Hitman 3. The dev team calls it the dramatic conclusion to the trilogy and Agent 47's most intimate and difficult case yet. The setting this time is Dubai, but other than a moody trailer, the only thing we know about Hitman 3 is its launch date: January 2021. 

Astro's Playroom

In a complete 180 from Hitman 3, we got a short look at Astro's Playroom next. It's a rollicking romp with every kind of platforming challenge and environment imaginable. It currently has no anticipated release date.

Little Devil Inside

Combine Monster Hunter with Tim Burton, and you'll get Little Devil Inside. You'll travel the world, hunting a number of fantastical beasts and trying to survive, all while a parallel storyline takes place in a grim-looking village somewhere else.

NBA 2K 21

While we did get a super short look at NBA 2K21, we can't really say much about it because A.) it's still in its pre-alpha phase, which means B.) there isn't much to show. What we did see looks impressive, though, especially for alpha footage. Expect NBA 2K 21 in Fall 2021.


Then there was the Bugsnax, a quirky adventure where you take on the characteristics of the bug snacks you eat. It's another 3D platformer adventure game that also looks like it takes excellent advantage of the PS5's engine. And Bugsnax is likely a PS5 launch title because it'll release Holiday 2020.


Deathloop from Bethesda Softworks is a stealth-driven shooter, but not like you'd expect. You've got the power to rewind time, and everyone's out to get you. Literally. The island's main sport is hunting down the protagonist, Colt, who's stuck on a loop as they try to take out eight targets to break free.

The only trouble is, Colt has a rival on the island of Black Reef. Her name's Julianna, and she's determined to keep him in the loop forever. It's set to launch sometime in Holiday 2020.  


And that was PlayStation 5's The Future of Gaming presentation. Sony's Jim Ryan said there's even more to share as we approach the PlayStation 5 launch date this holiday season, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PS5 news as it develops.

Death Stranding PC Specs and Requirements Thu, 11 Jun 2020 14:27:21 -0400 GS_Staff

505 Games and Kojima Productions have revealed the PC specs and requirements for Death Stranding. The game will hit Steam and the Epic Games Store on July 14. 

Death Stranding is one of the more visually impressive games in the PlayStation 4 catalog, and though the specs below aren't that beastly, they don't include the recommended requirements for running the game at 4K 60fps.

The specifications only cover 720p 30fps, 1080p 30fps, and 1080p 60fps. Though not confirmed, it's a safe bet you'll be able to hit 4K 60fps on newer GPUs — and perhaps a solid 4K 30fps on a GTX1080 equivalent depending on your settings. 

The following info comes directly from 505 Games and Kojima Productions. 

Death Stranding PC Specs and Requirements

Death Stranding PC specifications and requirements data sheet.

Death Stranding Minimum Specs 720p 30fps
  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3470 or AMD Ryzen™ 3 1200
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce® GTX 1050 3 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 4 GB
  • Direct X: Version 12
  • HDD Space: 80GB
  • Sound Cards: DirectX compatible
Death Stranding Recommended Specs 1080p 30fps
  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel™ Core i5-4460 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1400
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti  4 GB or Radeon™ RX 570 4 GB
  • Direct X: Version 12
  • HDD Space: 80GB
  • Sound Cards: DirectX compatible
Death Stranding Recommended Specs 1080p 60fps
  • OS: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel™ Core i7-3770 or AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce® GTX 1060 6 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 590
  • Direct X: Version 12
  • HDD Space: 80GB
  • Sound Cards: DirectX compatible
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We've known that Death Stranding would be coming to PC for some time now. Rumblings began before the game was released on PlayStation 4 last November, and the proverbial beans were spilled back in early March. After Kojima Productions announced a slight delay, the game's release date was moved to July 14, just a few short weeks away. 

That's it for Death Stranding's PC specs and requirements. We will update this article with more info (such as 4K requirements and recommendations) if it becomes available. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Death Stranding and Kojima Productions. 

New Mortal Shell Gameplay Revealed, Closed PC Beta Begins in July Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:56:10 -0400 GS_Staff

We first got a glimpse at Cold Symmetry's Mortal Shell back in April. Since then, the development team has shared several small teasers to the game's official social media accounts, slowly revealing more details about the Dark Souls-inspired ARPG.

During the first day of IGN's Summer of Gaming, Cold Symmetry revealed brand new Mortal Shell gameplay footage, as well as more info on what players can expect from the dark fantasy world and when the PC beta will begin.

According to the team, each of the game's four shells has its own backstory and "theme," and that theme informs the abilities unique to each shell. Skills are unlocked as players become more familiar with shells; "when you unlock their storyline ... you unlock a little more about their story ... [and] you acquire one of their abilities as well." For example, an executioner may have distinct offensive or defensive abilities, while a poisoner may have others.

Shells also have different playstyles. Cold Symmetry said that some shells can dodge and roll in unique ways.


Like the Dark Souls series, Mortal Shell's combat is all about managing health and stamina. Of course, attacks, dodges, and rolls deplete precious stamina, and items and abilities buff core stats, such as health regeneration.

Players can also lose their shells, but doing so knocks their HP bar to 1HP. It's a similar system to Hollowing in Dark Souls, except perhaps more brutal and demanding. Cold Symmetry clarified that players can return to their shells, but stressed that this could only be done "a limited number of times." Mortal Shell can also be played without using any of the game's shells if players want a greater challenge. 

Weapons appear to have different modes and attacks associated with them. For example, one shell in the demo wields a two-handed greatsword that also turns the hilt into a spear. However, alternate weapon modes were not covered in the IGN interview, so it remains to be seen if each weapon will have a secondary attack or not. 


Indeed, other similarities to Dark Souls and Demon's Souls appear throughout the new gameplay footage. Nectar is a currency comparable to Souls, and it allows players to upgrade their shells and abilities. 

Though it was not explained in the interview above, items employ a familiarity system that increases the more players use specific items. It is not clear if item attributes increase with more uses or what exactly familiarity does outside of revealing "more details" in-game. 

Cold Symmetry said that Mortal Shell's level design was inspired by Demon's Souls and the original Dark Souls, specifically in regard to elements they felt had been "left behind" in later sequels and spinoffs. The team mentioned that though the game is "a fairly compact experience ... [that] takes around 20 hours [to complete]," there is a Nexus-like area that connects various stages, of which players can take on in any order. 

Additionally, Cold Symmetry confirmed there will be some form of fast travel, though there will be no minimap. 

Mortal Shell is set to release sometime during Q3 2020 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A closed PC beta will begin on July 3 and run through July 10. Two shells and two weapons will be available in the beta, and players will "battle through enemies" from Fallgrim to the Crypt of the Martyrs.

Those interested in participating in the beta can join the game's Discord for more information. Keys will be distributed through Mortal Shell's official social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Mortal Shell

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX Touches Up the Series' Roots Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:33:54 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

One surprise reveal in today's IGN Summer of Gaming event was Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, a shiny new remake of Sega's classic 1980s platformer. Alex Kid in Miracle World DX will launch on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Series X, Steam, and PlayStation 4 and PS5 sometime during 2021's first quarter.

What we do know is it looks gorgeous with its remastered visuals. But those still yearning for the Sega Master system's graphics can swap back to those on the fly.

However you choose to play it, Miracle World DX includes all the original content plus new levels and new story elements as well. On top of that, it adds a brand-new boss rush mode and makes some alterations to how certain boss fights work. Finally, there's some quality of life tweaks to controls and other systems too, though we don't know what those are yet.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World is the first game in the six-game Alex Kidd series. And while it's not exactly hard to find thanks to its recent Sega Ages release, it's nice to see Alex Kidd in Miracle World getting a full-fledged remaster. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX news as it develops.

Sega Details Yakuza 7 Party System, Drink Links in New Gameplay Wed, 10 Jun 2020 17:42:54 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The first day of IGN's Summer of Gaming Expo brought us a new look at Yakuza 7, aka Yakuza: Like A Dragon. Though it was still tantalizingly brief, we did get a glimpse at the Yakuza 7 party system and some quirky mini-games, amongst other info.

Yakuza 7's city is Yokohama, which is a whopping three times the size of Kamurocho from previous Yakuza games. There are nine districts to explore in total, like Korea Town and the port district. And each district has its own threat level that forces you to strategize differently depending on which area you happen to wander into.

As we mentioned before, Yakuza 7 focuses on a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga. In a big new twist, it's a turn-based RPG, and Sega says the reason for the change is because Ichiban's story revolves around his friends as much as himself.

The dev team wanted players to experience stories of Ichiban's friends as well, so they're playable as party members too. Ichiban has "Drink Links" with characters, much like Persona's Confidants, and they relate to his social stats and impact battle.

The whole system is a nod to retro gaming, a particular passion of Ichiban, recognizing properties like Dragon Quest and Ichiban's overall gaming obsessions. But it remains true to Yakuza's action core and includes cameos from other Yakuza characters.

In keeping with traditional RPGs, you can have four characters in your party at once, with two in reserve. There's a robust class system of 19 different job classes spanning real-life job types too. Each job has a custom outfit and a few variations for how its specific costumes look — not that we got to see any of them today, though.

Yakuza 7 will go all out with the series' characteristically bizarre mini-games. One of them is Dragon Kart, a kart-racing mini-game complete with missiles and satellites. Then there's a garbage collecting mini-game, and the fan-favorite business management mode makes a return as well.

Though IGN tried getting a Yakuza 7 release date out of Sega, we still only know that it's launching sometime in Holiday 2020, and it's a day one release for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, alongside PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Yakuza 7 news as it develops.

Explore Together with No Man's Sky Cross-Platform Multiplayer Update Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:04:20 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

We knew No Man's Sky was heading to Xbox Game Pass for consoles and Game Pass for Windows 10 soon, and now Hello Games provided a specific date: June 10. Coinciding with No Man's Sky's first appearance on Xbox is a new update introducing No Man's Sky cross-platform multiplayer.

That means you can play with your friends regardless of whether it's on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.

The No Man's Sky cross-platform update makes it possible to build, trade, and work together to survive. And of course, that comes with updates to the friend and group systems so you can do all this with ease.

Here's how the official update describes it:

  • Cross-platform groups can be created or joined in game, or from the frontend.
  • Ambient multiplayer on the Space Anomaly, in space, or on planets, can now match you with players from any platform.
  • When face-to-face with another player, a quick interaction has been added to smoothly create a new group or invite new players to your existing group.

If you're in a group with someone who isn't on your friends list, you can interact with them the same way to add them to your list. There's also a system using "unique codes" to add new friends.

Finally, the No Man's Sky cross-platform multiplayer update re-introduces voice chat to PS4, with a number of tweaks and bug fixes to make it a smoother, better experience.

The full No Man's Sky cross-platform announcement is on the official No Man's Sky website. If you're just exploring the galaxy for the first time, make sure to check out our extensive No Man's Sky guide collection to help you live long and prosper.


Meet All Nine Nexomon: Extinction Starters Tue, 09 Jun 2020 13:51:39 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Developer VEWO Interactive is bringing Nexomon: Extinction to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam this summer. And they just revealed the game's starters, nine Nexomon you can choose from.

That's two more than the original Nexomon — which was Steam only when it was first ported from mobile a few years ago — let you choose from.

Here are all the Nexomon: Extinction starters and their types.

Noki — Water Nexomon

First up is Noki, the Water Nexomon. It's a water fowl known for loyalty and confidence.

Gekoko — Electric Nexomon

Gekoko is an Electric Nexomon, a curious critter who, despite wanting to know more about the world around it, prefers to remain hidden most of the time.

Behilda — Ghost Nexomon

As the name suggests, Behilda the Ghost Nexomon likes to take its head off. These Nexomon stay hidden in the darkness most of the time, though.

Lume — Fire Nexomon

Lume might look absolutely adorable, but cuddle it at your own risk. This Fire Nexomon is completely covered in flames from paw to tail.

Masquiti — Psychic Nexomon

Apparently, people see Masquiti and think it's a Ghost Nexomon. But it's not. It's a Psychic Nexomon with a rather off-beat sense of humor.

Mearn — Wind Nexomon

Mearn is deceptive in that it looks friendly, but is actually a devious wild hunter. This Wind Nexomon lives in the prairies and mountain foothills, using the wind to aid its search for prey.

Trebly — Mineral Nexomon

Trebly the Mineral Nexomon likes to prove how strong its horns are by challenging other Trebly to headbutting competitions.

Mara — Plant Nexomon

Mara, the Plant Nexomon, wants you to pet it. A lot. That's easy to do thanks to how cute and charming it is, two qualities it uses in battle to unsettle opponents.

Dinja — Normal Nexomon

And finally is Dinja, the Normal Nexomon. It's fluffy, stubby legs mean it gets around by hopping everywhere.

If this is the first you've heard of it, the original Nexomon drops you in a big world with hundreds of Nexomon to discover. Unlike another certain monster catcher we could name, Nexomon's villains are actually Nexomon themselves, wild and giant versions of the creatures bent on destroying the world.

Nexomon: Extinction is a sequel set in a new region, with over 300 Nexomon spanning 11 element types to tame as you try to stop the Tyrant Nexomon from wreaking havoc across the world. You can get a glimpse of how it looks in the trailer at the top of this post.

Between Temtem earlier in the year, Pokemon Sword and Shield's expansion pass due out June 17, and now Nexomon: Extinction, it's safe to say 2020 is the year of monster catchers so far.

The original starter Nexomon announcement is over on Gematsu. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nexomon: Extinction news as it develops.

Rumor: Harry Potter RPG is Called Hogwarts: Dark Legacy Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:45:02 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

It's been a while since we've heard anything about Warner Bros.' Harry Potter RPG. But there's a new thread floating around on Reddit detailing what the Harry Potter RPG is all about. And it claims there's a trailer in the works for this summer.

VG24/7 first spotted the thread, and despite the Reddit poster claiming they're on the game's marketing team, this should be considered an unverified rumor for the time being and taken with a big grain of salt.

If it is true, we should be getting a reveal trailer before August and a release timeframe of June 2021.

According to the Reddit post, the game is called Hogwarts: Dark Legacy, which is a bit suspect in itself given "Dark Legacy" is a popular subtitle often attached to some rather steamy Harry Potter fan fiction.

Anyhow, Hogwarts: Dark Legacy is supposedly set well after the Harry Potter novels, so Voldemort isn't the main antagonist. Instead, it's a prominent Death Eater. The rumor also says that several Harry Potter hero and villain cameos are planned.

Reportedly, you play as a 5th-year Hogwarts student transferred from another school of magic. Though the majority of Dark Legacy's action is said to center around Hogwarts, there are at least four main areas full of NPCs and quests: Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and London/The Ministry of Magic where you work later. The leaker claims they weren't given details on the other location.

Choices purportedly factor heavily in the game's plot, including how it unfolds and what happens to certain characters. Hogwarts: Dark Legacy also reportedly uses a system similar to Shadow of Mordor, where you have specific rivals you can either recruit, defeat, or kill.

Combat is another aspect that centers around choices, where a Good/Evil points system determines how you develop and what spells you learn. It's also based around an energy system, so you'll need to consider each action carefully. That said, the leaker mentioned combat and story are a slow burn and take a while to ramp up.

Finally, Hogwarts: Dark Legacy is supposedly a very dark game with romance and marriage geared towards adult fans of the books, so it'll be a Teen- or Mature-rated game.

Again, it's wise not to read too much into these rumors yet, but we'll see what happens when and if a Harry Potter RPG trailer does drop this summer. The original story is over on VG24/7, but you can get more detail from the Reddit thread as well. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Hogwarts: Dark Legacy news as it develops.

Riot Says It's Testing Valorant on Consoles But Not Sure if It Will Translate Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:59:30 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Riot Games' Valorant just launched on PC, but there's already some indication Riot might have plans to bring Valorant to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It depends on how the experience would transfer over.

The news comes from an interview GameSpot carried out with Valorant's Executive Producer Anna Donlon, whom you may remember from the Summer Game Fest a few weeks back.

Donlon told GameSpot:

We are definitely prototyping [Valorant on consoles] right now. But there's a way to play this game and there's a way to experience this game that we're not entirely sure translates completely to console play.

If we feel like we can deliver this experience on those platforms, we absolutely will, but we really want Valorant to stand for a certain type of gameplay and a certain type of experience.

Donlon also clarified what she meant by the specific experience, saying Riot has concerns players on one platform might be disadvantaged against players on another.

While it might seem like Donlon is just referring to how some players find keyboard and mouse easier than a console control, it could also relate to how Riot handles the game moving forward. When Overwatch came out on consoles, for example, Blizzard had to handle the update process in completely different ways for each version so as not to affect the console experience with PC-related changes.

In other words, there's a lot that goes into porting games like Valorant, and Valorant on consoles may or may not happen.

The original story is on GameSpot. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Valorant news as it develops, and be sure to check out our Valorant guides as you head into the fray.

Infinity Ward Outlines Plans to Combat Racist Content in Call of Duty Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:32:11 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Infinity Ward, developers of Call of Duty and the more recent Call of Duty Modern Warfare and its battle royale component, Warzone, have promised to take a stand against racism. The company announced its new initiative on Twitter.

In the statement, Infinity Ward says it will add new monitoring and reporting systems to identify and deal with racist content, add new filters and other in-game improvements, and increase permanent bans to "root out" offenders.

The full statement is below:

There is no place for racist content in our game. This is an effort we began with launch and we need to do a better job. We're issuing thousands of daily bans of racist and hate-oriented names. But we know we have to do more — and we are: 

  • Adding additional resources to monitor and ID racist content
  • Addition additional in-game reporting systems to increase the number of bans by hour
  • Adding filters and greater restrictions on name changes
  • Evalutating in-game improvements to make it easier to report offenses
  • Increasing permanent bans to root out repeat offenders

We apologize to our players. This is our commitment to you, our fans, thank you. 

Toxic and racist content isn't new in online games, and it's something that the Call of Duty community has grappled with for some time. 

An AI study from The Clutch ranked Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Black Ops among the five most toxic gaming communities on Reddit. And while those communities didn't rank high for racist content in the "Identity Hate" category, a recent Reddit thread highlighted numerous IDs containing racial slurs.

Ultimately, it is a step in the right direction to ridding CoD's multiplayer modes of such harmful content. 

Niantic Pledges Support to Black Charities, Development Programs Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:31:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic have pledged to donate proceeds from Pokemon GO 2020 Fest to Black creators, developers, and communities. The commitment is for at least $5 million in support. 

The announcement comes by way of a memo from Niantic's CEO, John Hanke, which was published on June 3 on the company's official blog. The statement was also released on Twitter. Hanke said:

Half of the proceeds donated will be used to fund new projects from Black gaming and AR creators that can live on the Niantic platform, with the ultimate goal of increasing content that represents a more diverse view on the world. The other half will go to US nonprofit organizations that are helping local communities rebuild.

On top of that, Hanke pledged Niantic to a $100,000 donation to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, with employee donation matching up to $50,000. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is an organization dedicated to promoting human rights for Black trans people.

Niantic will also be increasing its work with Gameheads, which focuses on helping "low-income youth and youth of color" gain employment in games and tech, by providing money for scholarships and helping create a new augmented reality development program.

There's more to Niantic's involvement than these initiatives, including diversity and inclusion training and apprenticeships, which will continue well into the future. 

These initiatives don’t end with an announcement. The work to follow through will require years of effort to yield the impact we seek. Along the way, we’ll be looking for even more opportunities to deepen these initiatives.

You can read Hanke's full statement here

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Release Date Appears Wed, 03 Jun 2020 09:00:01 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The latest Pokemon Sword and Shield announcement for Expansion Pass dropped recently in a new trailer. There's tons of gameplay footage, legendary Pokemon teases, and most importantly, a release date. Pokemon Sword and Shield's The Isle of Armor releases June 17.

The trailer's first half shows The Isle of Armor in fairly good detail. As we mentioned before, it centers around your journey to an island off the Galar coast, where people apparently love to train alongside new legendary Pokemon Kubfu.

When you aren't at the Dojo and doing your own training with Kubfu, you'll be exploring the island's own Wild Area and encountering all manner of familiar Pokemon. The trailer shows dozens of Pokemon spanning the generations, from Druddigon to Loudred, Emolga to Gigantamax versions of the Kanto starters.

And Galarian Slowbro, assuming you still have the Galarian Slowpoke from earlier in the year. It's a dual Psychic/Poison type.

There's a strange-looking backpack with a Cramorant head as well called the Cram-o-Matic. You can feed it four items and get a completely new item in return, including a rare item depending on what you put in.

Then there's Max Soup, which is something you can apparently only make on the Isle of Armor, and it grants the Gigantamax ability to whatever Pokemon drinks it.

The second half of the trailer focuses on The Crown Tundra, part two of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass (the part that still doesn't have a release date). It seems more exploration based, with lots of big, set-piece encounters with legendary Pokemon.

It looks like almost every legendary Pokemon from generation two on — the Regi Pokemon, Lugia, Dialga and Palkia, on up through Solgaleo and Lunala. There's two new Pokemon in the Regi family, an Electric one called Regileki and a Dragon one called Regidrago.

All these encounters appear to revolve around the Crown Tundra's three legendary bird Pokemon, which are Galar versions of Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres.

Galarian Zapdos is Fighting/Flying type, Galarian Moltres is Dark/Flying, and Galarian Articuno is Psychic/Flying.

Finally, The Crown Tundra introduces the Galarian Star tournament, where you'll team up with, and battle against, numerous Galar trainers you met during your journey.

We'll doubtlessly find out more as the year wears on, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Sword and Shield announcements as they turn up.