Showing posts with label PlayStation 4. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PlayStation 4. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dead Island 2 in Development by Dambuster Studios

Dead Island 2 is not dead yet as developer Dambuster Studios will continue working on the long-delayed zombie game.

Although 2011 survival horror game Dead Island was successful enough to release a stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide and spin-off Escape Dead Island, it never saw release of its officially announced sequel, Dead Island 2.

After it was confirmed back in 2014, it has been five years in development and contrary to what many believes, the game is not cancelled yet. In fact, publisher Deep Silver has now handed over the project to internal developer Dambuster Studios.

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Dead Island 2 in Development by Dambuster Studios

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In a recent investment report shared by THQ Nordic, it was finally revealed that long-delayed 2011 zombie game sequel is now handed over to new studios Dambuster after Sumo Digital has wrapped up their part on the project.

However, it was not clear how much progress they made so far throughout 2016 to 2019 but they assured not to act as a support studio for current developer since they have already concluded work on it before a planned transition.

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Polish video game developer/publisher Techland came on board at first but then they shift focus to Dying Light franchise. German based Yager Development was put in charge when they made a pitch to Deep Silver in 2012.

With a targeted Q2 2015 release window, Dead Island 2 was revealed at E3 2014 and a gameplay video was dropped on Gamescom 2014. Then UK-based Sumo Digital has taken over when Yager backed out from the game in 2015.

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Those who almost forgot the announce trailer of Dead Island 2 at E3 2014 briefing event can check it out below.




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Dambuster has previously worked on first-person shooter title Homefront: The Revolution under publisher Deep Silver. Their current zombie-killing action will be launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with no set release date.

THQ Nordic is reportedly working on a new Saints Row game alongside Volition in parallel to a brand-new IP by developer Fishlabs. Also, TimeSplitters series co-creator Steve Ellis is making a return to make plans for its upcoming future.

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As of July 2018, official Twitter account for Dead Island still insisted that their long-anticipated sequel is still in development and most recently, THQ Nordic has backed that claim after assigning Dambuster Studios as its newest developer.

Following unfortunate departure of Sumo Digital and Yager Development, the game has now found its third developer. We only hope that Dead Island 2 find its charm the third time and become a worthy sequel to its 2011 predecessor.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Apex Legends: Iron Crown Collection Event

Iron Crown Collection limited time event for Apex Legends starts today with new challenges, mode, skins and more.

At launch on early 2019, free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends came out dominating other established genre favorite titles like Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Blackout mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

That fire somewhat died down by the time Season 2, which prompted developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts kicked-off Iron Crown Collection event recently through a massive mid-season update.

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Apex Legends: Iron Crown Collection Event

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With lots of new features packed, Iron Crown Collection event has gone live now as an official trailer is dropped.




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Latest Apex Legends event unloads a slew of new area, challenges, gameplay mode, skins and tweaks to popular shooter title. For upcoming two weeks, players will be able to enjoy these balance changes and roam around new map area.

Although it is a competitive squad-based play at heart, limited time Solos mode is introduced to appeal to lone wolves within community. You can go up against 60 players in a free-for-all style match just like any other battle royale shooter.

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Apex Legends Adds Solo Mode

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Then in Town Takeover, you will explore new Octane-themed areas in Gauntlet map from Kings Canyon. It has jump pads, ring of fire and upward ramps to make things interesting and has potential to be more lore focused in future.

A bunch of new skins for players and weapon are making their way into Apex via Iron Crown Collection Packs. You can earn these top-tier loots by completing specific challenges or purchase them with real-world money.

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Octane-themed Town Takeover

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Other than making slight UI and UX tweaks, developers are intending to keep Solos mode as it is at start and change a few things to make adjustments if Respawn ever brings back the mode in future after Iron Crown Collection event is over.

Titanfall spin-off title Apex Legends is now in full swing with their limited time Iron Crown Collection event on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that started with a bonus XP weekend opening to run until August 27, 2019.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Capcom May Have Teased Devil May Cry 6

During a recent panel at 2019 Anime Festival Orlando, Capcom may have secretly teased Devil May Cry 6.

According to recent financial earnings report, Capcom made double profits in first quarter of 2019, major credit for that goes to action-adventure hack and slash game Devil May Cry 5 and survival horror classic Resident Evil 2 Remake.

On a recent behind-closed-doors event at 2019 Anime Festival Orlando, official announcement regarding Devil May Cry series was made by DMC5 voice actors that may eventually turn out to be a first reveal for Devil May Cry 6.

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Capcom May Have Teased Devil May Cry 6

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Attending a recent panel, voice actor Reuben Langdon who plays Dante asks everyone present to put their phones away before revealing an exclusive footage from Capcom to audience nearing the end of their conversation (45: 12).

It was something related to DMC franchise that is planned to be officially revealed very soon but Langdon was given permission by publisher to unveil an early peak for attendees of their panel before they stopped filming it.

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Afterwards, it was posted by Daniel Southworth on his Facebook page, who played role of Vergil in Devil May Cry 5.



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Turns out, whatever they showed were cut off before at that point and everyone there may be under a non-disclosure agreement, which will not allow them to leak any major secret without facing some legal consequences from Capcom.

Considering DMC5 marks a long-awaited return to a beloved action series that sold over 2 million copies within first two weeks and has been out for six months already, Capcom teasing a potential sequel right now makes all kind of sense.

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Also given that the game will not be receiving any more DLCs following release of its last update Bloody Palace, possibilities for a Devil May Cry 6 announcement or something new related to DMC series would not seem out of place.

Capcom would most likely to keep current momentum the franchise have picked up this year by returning after a while and we might expect to get some exciting news regarding a follow-up sequel at Gamescom 2019 next week.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Black Desert PS4 Open Beta Live Now

Play Black Desert to become your true self in an open-world action MMORPG by taking part in Open Beta on PS4, live today.

Although it is coming pretty late already, 2015 massively multiplayer online role-playing game Black Desert from Korean developer/publisher Pearl Abyss is finally making its debuting on August 22, 2019 for PlayStation 4 consoles.

Before a worldwide release, you can sign up for Open Beta starting from now on until August 13, 2:00 AM PDT. Players on PS4 can jump in with a free download that doesn't require any subscription to PlayStation Plus service.

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Black Desert PS4 Open Beta Live Now

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Take your first steps into an expansive open-world of Black Desert to experience an adventure ahead of launch.




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Upon picking a character classes from Berserker, Ranger, Sorceress, Warrior, Witch or Wizard, you can enter the sandbox MMORPG to begin your quest. Each class features unique strengths and various weaknesses in form of attack or magic.

There are endless options for customization to let you create a living world of your own and then personalize your character with high details using various tools to forge an adventure that reflects your true adventurer self.

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There would be deadly enemies, fast-paced combat and quests to take part in alongside players from around the globe. Choosing to take part in a variety of events only improves chance of winning exclusive content and prizes.

Test your fishing skills or try to learn and tame a wild horse if intense PvP action is not your cup of tea. Since we have until August 13, don't let anything to hold you back from having some amazing adventures during beta.

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While they are in beta program, players get to explore Balenos, Calpheon and Serendia regions within its vast open-world. Your character will receive an exclusive Sky Hawk pet as reward to participate in beta and have a level cap of 50.

Holding an Open Beta on PS4 for Black Desert prior to official release gets players an early taste of what they are getting into. An exclusion of PS Plus membership will certainly encourage more people to download the beta client on PlayStation Store.

Capcom to Recruit US Testers for New Resident Evil Game

Capcom is looking for U.S. based RE Ambassadors to test out a new Resident Evil game very soon.

We already know that developer/publisher Capcom got on board for development of a sequel to 2017 survival horror game Resident Evil 7 following release, even though it is still not clear whether or not it is called Resident Evil 8.

lately, Capcom has been sending out invitation to members of their RE Ambassadors program who are residing in United States, to test out a new Resident Evil game that is currently under early phase of development.

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Capcom to Recruit US Testers for New Resident Evil Game

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According to Biohaze, the video game developer has sent emails to RE Ambassadors based on Japan last week. Now they are seeking out members within U.S. community to recruit testers and doing the same to get some feedback.

Interested applicants that lives in Los Angeles will be required to be free on September 20 or 21 and those from New York on September 23 or 24. However, they will not be compensated for their valued time and travel expenses.

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RE Ambassador Invitation

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Other requirement a participant should have is to have played at least any Resident Evil title in past aside from being a member. There is clearly no hint at if they will test out a remake of early title, a sequel to RE7 or even a spin-off.

After Resident Evil 2 Remake saw a massive opening on January 2019, fans were rallying for a follow-up with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake. Regardless, Capcom seems to be going ahead with Biohazard storyline through Resident Evil 8 for now.

Ark: Genesis Season Pass Out Now

Studio Wildcard adds a new chapter in Ark: Survival Evolved with Genesis Season Pass, out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Fans of survival game genre has loved the idea of being stranded on an island full of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures for premise of 2017 action-adventure title Ark: Survival Evolved by developer/publisher Studio Wildcard.

To introduce a brand-new chapter of more Jurassic adventures for established lore of Ark, a two-part expansion pack included within Genesis Season Pass is already out now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platform.

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Ark: Genesis Season Pass Out Now

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First chapter of Genesis is coming out on December 2019 and then on winter 2020, second part will become available. More story-based gameplay and all-new multiplayer mission are coming into your crafting and survival quest.

Season Pass owners can immediately access in-game cosmetic AI companion named HLN-A upon purchase. This helpful buddy-bot will follow you around narrating your action and perhaps even unveil secrets to Genesis.

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Exclusive HLN-A Cosmetic Pet

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HLN-A will have a full voiceover once both parts of Genesis eventually see launch to guide you through missions. Both chapters will feature varied biomes, crafting items, wild creatures to tame and unforeseen maps to explore.

New primeval creatures to debut are fire-shooting lava lizards, island-sized giant turtles and some shape-shifters. Start your journey with bare fists and then work your way up to having an army of these incredible beasts at your command.

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Giant Sea Turtle Boi

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Developers continue to add more DLC packs for Ark universe rather than working on issues even though a fraction of player community has been asking for load crash and server lag fixes, rest have accepted the game with its flaws.

Studio Wildcard however, claims to listen to their fan community and is working to improve Ark: Survival Evolved experience. Also, they don't currently have any plans to work on a sequel or at least, they are not on board just yet.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Trine 4 Release Date

Both Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince and Trine: Ultimate Collection is announced to arrive on October 8, 2019.

When 2.5D puzzle-platformer game Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince from developer Frozenbyte and publisher Modus Games was announced back in October, it had a primary release window set for a fall 2019 and no specific date.

After waiting a considerable amount of time to return to puzzle platformer experience of Trine series, fans now have an official release date of October 8, 2019 when it will be launched on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Trine 4 Release Date

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A brand-new official trailer is out today revealing the set date and offers a small glimpse of gameplay.




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Improved new combat system and skills for upcoming latest installment on top of a four-player multiplayer mode are shown. Whereas past games of the series would allow only three heroes, making room for one more in a fourth game makes sense.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will have you go for an epic adventure of a lifetime in a fantasy fairytale setup as Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight or Zoya the Thief to take on a breathtaking quest to retrieve Prince Selius.

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Four-Player Multiplayer Mode

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Trine: Ultimate Collection will arrive on stores the same day collecting all four games of the series bundled into one physical package, costing only $49.99 for all systems, which is a great deal compared to $29.99 price tag of Trine 4.

You will receive digital download code for all original soundtracks of the series along with a digital art book for latest installment. Ultimate Collection also includes a collector's reversible cover sheet and physical Trine 4 world map.

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Trine: Ultimate Collection Coming This Fall

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Players can get their hands on a world map by purchasing a physical edition of the game if that is what they desire to acquire. Pre-order for both games are now available and it comes with bonus content Toby's Dream DLC in-game level.

Modus Games have made sure that everyone could have most complete experience with Trine 4 and Trine: Ultimate Collection. Also, placing your pre-order for the latter now would allow instant access to first three Trine games on PS4 and Steam.

Bully 2 Rumored to Release in Holiday 2020

Rockstar Games rumored to release long-anticipated title Bully 2 for both current and next-gen consoles in 2020.

Though action-adventure game Bully came out more than a decade ago and has been ported to re-release several times for next generation consoles, fans still crave for a follow-up game by developer/publisher Rockstar Games.

Apparently, they have a reputation of delaying sequels and now that Red Dead Redemption got its overdue, it would be a good time to start working on a long-awaited one for one of their most controversial games of all time.

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Bully 2 Rumored to Release in Holiday 2020

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Set into classic open-world sandbox, Bully lets you play as 15-year-old troubled teenager named Jimmy Hopkins, who finds out that his boarding school is full of bullies after being admitted to Bullworth Academy of New England.

He can engage in activities and what not within in-game world to bring peace to his school other than taking part in mini-games. Players can align themselves with various groups or assert dominance over them to eventually bring peace.

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According to YouTuber SWEGTA, Bully 2 is going to see release on fall 2020 for cross-generation platforms. Information received from an insider reveals that the game will come out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One before next-gen hardware.

Previously, similar info was leaked by a self-proclaimed Rockstar insider that lines up with recent statement of SWEGTA. Their reason for cross-generation release of current consoles and upcoming ones are purely motivated by money though.

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On GTAForums, SWEGTA has given out following statement regarding development of Bully sequel yesterday.

The way they [Rockstar] are going about this has completely changed. As it stands, they are aiming to release their next game during the holiday season in 2020 (most likely October or November). I can’t say for sure, but that appears to be the current state of planning. Basically, what they want to do is release their next upcoming game on next gen hardware (PS5 and the new Xbox), as well as on the current gen. The motive for this is mainly financial, just like with GTA V on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Also to note that the same YouTuber has claimed Rockstar Games having to cancel development or to put hold on Bully 2 in a video four weeks ago, which completely contradicts his most recent claims that are yet to be verified.

Besides, any rumor like this regarding any major AAA-title should always be taken with a grain of salt until official confirmation. Surely, they can give a shot to some long-untouched IP before diving into development of their next smash-hit.

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Most recently, Rockstar has seen biggest player count days on Grand Theft Auto V upon releasing latest casino update for GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption 2 of last year has already sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

Bully had a pretty different premise back in 2006 and its sequel can be even more unique in 2020. Of course, fans would expect Rockstar to do exactly that but before they do, we now hold onto rumors while waiting for an official reveal.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Call of Duty 2020 Rumored to Be Black Ops Reboot

According to rumor, Call of Duty 2020 game is going to be a reboot of Black Ops sub-series and grittier than Modern Warfare.

Starting from this year, Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise is slowly leaning towards a reboot of their popular sub-series and thus, fourth Modern Warfare release is simply referred to as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for 2019.

Although CoD: MW is currently due for an October 2019 launch, publisher Activision has already rallied up developer Treyarch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 5, which may end up simply being named Call of Duty: Black Ops instead.

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Call of Duty 2020 Rumored to Be Black Ops Reboot

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Set during 1961 and 1968, first Black Ops title has served as a sequel for Call of Duty: World at War and had Cold War as its premise. This is a hint of series reboot similar to Modern Warfare, which went back to roots of their first game.

Originally, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games were working on upcoming Black Ops title, which is set to be on Cold War era. It was likely to feature some story campaigns based on Korean and Vietnam Wars as well.

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This rumor came from Twitter account of TheLongSensation, a YouTube insider who previously confirmed MW reboot.


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Before it was officially revealed, this YouTuber has leaked out correct name for latest Modern Warfare game when many other established outlets have done the same, which nicely establish credentials for information source.

When Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games collaboration for Call of Duty 2020 wasn't looking too good, Activision has put Treyarch in charge of creative leadership to have the project running from that point onwards.

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Black Ops is looking forward to a reboot model that is similar to Modern Warfare, where they took both new and old player base back to its original setup but somehow still keeping things fresh for everyone to enjoy a refined experience.

Call of Duty is an M-rated franchise that people like to point at for being a motivation behind people doing violent act from time to time and upcoming 2020 title Call of Duty: Black Ops would fan the flame by being more gruesome than MW.

Borderlands 3 Fans Boycott Game Over Controversy

2K Games has enraged fans boycotting their game for intimidating YouTuber SupMatto over alleged Borderlands 3 leaks.

Ever since developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games announced return of popular looter shooter franchise Borderlands for this year, Borderlands 3 is already being anticipated as "Game of the Year" by critics and fans alike.

So far, the title has managed to stay in headlines for nothing but wrong reasons and lately, a drastic action from 2K Games have sparked controversy that has angry fans rallying over on social media to boycott the game on release.

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Borderlands 3 Fans Boycott Game Over Controversy

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Up until now, most of negative press surrounding Borderlands 3 had Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford on their headlines but that just changed when publisher decides to go after a YouTuber known as SupMatto over alleged leaks.

Whenever a new game is announced, everyone from game journalist to greater part of interested players wants to know more about it until it is finally released and they heavily craves for juicy information leaks at all times.

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SupMatto has been a very reliable source of such leaked information on YouTube for some time to his followers, where he discusses Easter Eggs from past games and reveals brand-new leaks that have ties to Borderlands 3.

In one particular stance, Take-Two Interactive, parent company of publisher 2K Games took issue with how he was providing these information and selling them over to his private Discord server for $5 monthly membership in exchange.

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Aside from selling leaked information, Take-Two accuse him of using some thumbnails on his account that are taken from various developer streams on Twitch that Gearbox has been using time to time to test out their latest features.

So, they hired two private eyes to investigate his sources and they showed up to his doorsteps on July 25 to question him about leaks and other related details regarding gameplay, which obviously goes too far out of the line.

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Just as they leave, his Discord channel was removed all of a sudden and he received bunch of copyright strikes on his YouTube videos, effectively taken down many of his Borderlands 3 content and almost had his channel terminated.

Take-Two was very keen to know about how he acquired those development stream codes in first place that were actually out in public for months by then and most probably have been worried sick thinking SupMatto was some skilled hacker.

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It was no crafty work on his part and all he did was watching over an anticipated "Gameplay Reveal" video that was released on April 29. There, name of their testing Twitch account showed up and it was picked by curious fans.

He himself didn't even notice those codes at first and only got to them when many have shared this news over to Reddit and Twitter. So, basically thumbnails that he used were already made public for long before he saw and talked about it.

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SupMatto made a response video on allegations made by 2K Games, detailing the whole event that happened.




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Take-Two released a statement saying, they were actually running an investigation on him for past 10 months before making claims and accused him of making profits by breaking their confidential information leak policies.

Not only his actions have broken rules but also infringed their copyright but one can only wonder whether or not they have taken things too far by sending goons over to his house rather than simply contacting him over an issue.

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This has majority of fans from Borderlands community voice their utter displeasure against behavior displayed by 2K Games and have kick-started a movement over Twitter that got #BoycottBorderlands3 trending on top.

SupMatto has been making Borderlands related content on his YouTube channel for years and now he is quitting following this incident. This is a billion dollar company like Take-Two Interactive bullying him into submission.

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Borderlands 3 seems to be very promising and many were looking forward to it but after a series of mishaps from both developer and publisher studio, angry consumers have rallied up to protest by not supporting the game after all.

Development team at Gearbox Software worked hard on this upcoming release and Take-Two has obviously disappointed many fans by now. Only by properly addressing their fault to players, they may slightly redeem themselves at this point.

Death Stranding No Longer Listed PS4-Exclusive

Upcoming highly-anticipated social strand game Death Stranding by Hideo Kojima is no longer a PS4-exclusive title.

When video game director Hideo Kojima revealed an official release date for his upcoming anticipated action game Death Stranding back in May 2019, a strong rumor of a PC version release started emerging on social media.

Italian journalist Antonio Fucito came up with some hints that the game may come to PC on a later date back then. Now, it is no longer included among PlayStation 4-exclusive list and even though not a 100% confirmation, this is a clear hint.

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Death Stranding No Longer Listed PS4-Exclusive

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Fucito originally spoke on a Twitch stream about the game being a timed exclusive on PS4 consoles for six months or so and his takeaway was Death Stranding official box art is missing "Only on PlayStation" branding.

No assurance of this claim was confirmed so far from developer Kojima Productions and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment. However, Sony's official sites worldwide removing it from their exclusives lists tell a lot already.

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Throughout its entire history of existence, Sony has marketed the game as a PS4-exclusive and since they are not labeling it as one, rumors of the game heading over to PC platform after six months or a year seems more like a possibility.

Sony let Kojima use their in-house property, Decima Engine for his project that was used to develop PS4-exclusive game Horizon Zero Dawn and they have consistently promoted the game to build enough hype among fans.

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Earlier, Hideo Kojima announced to showcase an "exclusive new look" of Death Stranding on August 19, opening night of Gamescom 2019. Although many believe it to be a new trailer, it could end up being a PC version announcement.

While Kojima is more open about his game, Sony likes to keep things under wraps. That is exactly why just being delisted from their exclusive titles catalog after May 2019 doesn't confirm anything until they officially announce it.

Monday, August 5, 2019

The King of Fighters XV Announced

SNK took stage at EVO 2019 to officially announce upcoming King of Fighters XV with a short teaser clip.

There was a time when Japanese video game developer/publisher SNK would come up with a new installment of King of Fighters franchise each year but following release of King of Fighters XIV back in 2016, they took a break.

They were actually working on a brand-new KOF title for some time to make a surprise announcement for upcoming King of Fighters XV at EVO 2019, which is currently in development phase and aiming for a 2020 release window.

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The King of Fighters XV Announced

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There was nothing more than an official logo over a background just to confirm fans that SNK has not given up on their long-running, iconic fighting game series and there are chances of dropping some in-game showcase very soon.

Each year, major fighting games find a platform at Evolution Championship Series annual event. KOF has been absent at EVO for past two consecutive years only to be taken over by Samurai Shodown 2019 at eSports stage this year.

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What we got out of EVO 2019 is a brief teased look of KOFXV ahead of a full official trailer by SNK on a later date.


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Despite giving any details on release platforms, it is highly likely for the title to arrive for consoles and PC. However, they might very well choose to release the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first before launching on PC.

King of Fighters XV is stated to run on Unreal Engine 4, similar to most recent SNK project Samurai Shodown reboot for 2019 and their anticipated comeback to genre may even tie with upcoming next-gen Neo Geo console.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Soulcalibur 6 Adds Cassandra and Haohmaru

Bandai Namco brings back Cassandra for Soulcalibur VI and adding Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown in Season 2.

Up until now, weapon-based fighting game franchise Soulcalibur from developer/publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment made a successful comeback in 2018 with Soulcalibur VI, which is reboot to its long-running series.

Recently at EVO 2019 grand finals, game producer Motohiro Okubo took to stage revealing return of series veteran Cassandra Alexandra and adding surprise guest character, Haohmaru from iconic Samurai Shodown game series.

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Soulcalibur 6 Adds Cassandra and Haohmaru

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Players can unlock weapons and new story mission for Cassandra when she becomes available on August 5.




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Cassandra is younger sister to Sophitia and has been a recurring playable fighter character after debuting back in Soulcalibur II. Also known as The Valiant Princess, she last appeared in Soulcalibur IV and coming back within a few days.

A DLC character for Season Pass, Cassandra retains her old fighting style using a deadly combination of her sword and shield to attack. A new gameplay system will be introduced from Season 2 but more on that would be revealed in future.

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Season Pass 2 would of course add new downloadable content and Haohmaru, a legendary ronin samurai comes on board as a guest fighter. It appears that his reputation precedes him from his own franchise to other fighting games.

Very first among four bonus characters, Haohmaru is ready to cross paths with warriors of another world in his eternal quest to become the greatest warrior of them all and he will not hold back his furious sword for anyone.

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In latest reveal trailer for upcoming Season 2, Haohmaru shows-off his brief appearance before joining to Soulcalibur roster.




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There were speculations that Bandai Namco may add Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII or Kratos from God of War in future but the famed swordsman become their latest pick after making a comeback through Samurai Shodown 2019.

Fighting game lovers can easily dip their toes into Soulcalibur VI, which is now available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Whether you are willing to enjoy fighting on solo or online, there is much to explore and unpack.

GTA Online Breaks All-Time Biggest Day and Week Records

Rockstar Games broke records with "Diamond Casino & Resort" update for biggest day and biggest week for GTA Online.

Even five years after launch, developer/publisher Rockstar Games are still releasing regular content updates for Grand Theft Auto Online, multiplayer mode for their controversial action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto V.

On July 23, heavily anticipated "Diamond Casino & Resort" free update arrived for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that added a casino and Rockstar saw all-time records for biggest day and biggest week of player count.

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GTA Online Breaks All-Time Biggest Day and Week Records

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With inclusion of Diamond casino, in-game gambling using real money is finally introduced and GTA Online has seen an increasing number of players joining in across all available platforms after rolling out this latest update.

Aside from casino and resort, there are new story-based missions, expensive cars, various collectibles and much more for players. Anyone logging in between now and August 7 will get some more free in-game merchandise.

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During this period, people are also encouraged to try out their luck on Lucky Wheel at the lobby to win some extra GTA currency or even luxuriously sleek Grotti Turismo Classic sports car, which is a top prize for this week.

Subscribers of Twitch Prime will receive Master Penthouse and special discounts on all sale items for linking their account to Rockstar Social Club. Mammoth Thruster jet pack and TM-02 Khanjali tank offers another 70% off on total price.

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Win Grotti Turismo Classic This Week

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Last year, Rockstar Games revealed that GTA V has become most money-making entertainment product of all time and part of what made that possible was its online multiplayer mode GTA Online, which kept players engaged for so long.

Despite making tons of profits on a five-year old title, it was recently revealed in a report by TaxWatch UK that the company paid no UK corporation tax in past ten years and an urgent investigation over their tax history is required.

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Now that they have allowed players to spend real-world money via in-game gambling, developers will surely make more profit than ever even though more than 50 countries have already banned casino features of latest update.

A casino in Los Santos has been a long-time request from GTA Online player community and adding Diamond Casino & Resort has helped Rockstar to break their very own records of biggest player count day and week in past five years.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Days Gone Adds Dead Don't Ride Weekly Challenge

Bend Studio presents Dead Don't Ride weekly challenge for Days Gone to drop-off survivors in a golf cart.

With a clear vision of future roadmap, developer SIE Bend Studio and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment planned to introduce 12 challenges on 12 weeks for following launch of their PlayStation 4-exclusive game Days Gone.

First DLC pack of the game hit PlayStation Store back in June to make sure that PS4 community members would have fun in some weekly challenges with protagonist Deacon St. John and now comes a newest arcade-like mode "Dead Don't Ride".

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Days Gone Adds Dead Don't Ride Weekly Challenge

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Deacon would have to step out of his trusty drifter bike for once and take wheel of an electric golf cart to pick up waiting passengers from places around Salome Hotsprings and drive them to locations right on time in this latest challenge.

However, you are practically an Uber driver in post-apocalyptic Oregon and have to get the best passenger ratings possible to get a high score. Timely deliveries are a top priority and you should always try to outrun the clock.

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Drop-Off Passengers

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Also, while picking them up on your way; try to park as close as you can to a waiting survivor because it earns you bonus points for overall challenge. Keep an eye on their satisfaction meter to see if you get extra time, unless there are unhappy drop-offs.

Although not all deliveries are piece of cake, some might be a tough cookie and you pick-up ring color indicates difficulty level with yellow, orange and red. Distance to destination or complicated navigation will dictate difficulty.

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Find Best Delivery Paths

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Ride ain't over yet as you would come across Freakers in your way but need not to be alarmed and not because your golf cart has infinite boost. Driving over Swarmer on delivery routes will reward you additional two seconds in challenge clock.

There will be a total of 36 passengers waiting to get their destined places and successfully making all deliveries will earn you 2,000 points for every remaining second on the clock, so picking best paths to drop-off locations is important.

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Run Over Swarmers

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For Bronze or better rankings, players would earn "Hit and Run" patch that would reduce impact rate of bike or golf carts whenever they come in contact with enemy on road and have some extra time on clock to do a better score.

Days Gone is an action-adventure survival horror title for PlayStation 4 and Dead Don't Ride was originally a rumored working title when it was revealed during Sony's E3 2016 press conference as a biker gang adventure.

No Man's Sky: Beyond Update Release Date

Explore an infinite universe of No Man's Sky with VR support on its next major expansion update Beyond, out on August 14.

Last year, action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky saw massive improvement following launch of their NEXT update. Many in-game issues were resolved and developer/publisher Hello Games decided to move ahead with Beyond update.

Originally announced back in March 2019, upcoming free NMS update was scheduled to arrive in summer 2019. Game director, Sean Murray has recently revealed that Beyond will launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14, 2019.

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No Man's Sky: Beyond Update Release Date

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Beyond is the biggest update from Hello Games that comes with enhanced multiplayer, VR support and more on August 14.




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Beyond will be a free expansion that includes three major updates within it and will introduce virtual reality support on PC and PS4. Players will be able to move around in short distances by teleporting throughout in-game world.

VR support will allow you to explore unforeseen alien planets in virtual reality from the cockpit of your starship. Feel free to casually interact with your non-VR online friends or your peers in multiplayer mode while you are at it.

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Otherwise, everything else will be experienced like a standard game but VR would make things much more immersive. New radical social and multiplayer experience in Online focuses on bringing travelers from different universes together.

Murray has assured that social features will not turn NMS into an MMO; neither player would require any subscription of some sorts. Also, Beyond update is free for all existing players and doesn't have any micro-transactions at all.

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Expanded Online Experience

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Despite some initial setbacks they initially saw at release, developers have redeemed themselves by delivering player community what were originally promised at launch and by the looks of it, things are now in a much better state.

Beyond is looking forward to unveil next chapter of No Man's Sky legacy very soon and reflects community feedback of NEXT update. That being said, Hello Games definitely will be aiming at something more ambitious in their forthcoming content plan.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Capcom Profits Doubled Due to Digital Downloads

Capcom profits increased by 50% this year, thanks to digital downloads of "highly profitable" titles catalog.

Japanese video game developer/publisher company Capcom already have two of their biggest releases earlier this year; Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake, both of which performed commercially and critically very well.

Also, their year-on-year sales report suggests that their numbers have improved and saw 50% increase this year, mostly because of digital downloads revenue of their "highly profitable" catalog of popular games on all platforms.

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Capcom Profits Doubled Due to Digital Downloads

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According to their latest financial earnings report, Capcom made record profit first quarter of 2019. Apparently, digital downloads for titles that saw multi-platform release since 2017 has helped break in these impressive numbers.

Their approach to restructuring eSports events in past few years through Capcom Media Ventures has helped grow communities of fighting game and helped Street Fighter V garnering huge fan-support to grow over time.

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Capcom is doing pretty good throughout 2018 and 2019, releasing long-anticipated sequels of fan-favorite franchise like Devil May Cry and Resident Evil that has contributed to considerable amount of shipping units worldwide.

Also, Monster Hunter: World added more to their overall sales figure and the numbers were especially well on PC platform. Major success of MHW has led to upcoming massive expansion pack Iceborne to arrive very soon as well.

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Performance of both Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection alongside Resident Evil 7 was good enough to add. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch has seen good sales number in and outside of Japan.

Of course, they have no plans to slow down with DMC 5, MHW and RE2Make anytime soon and these crown-jewels of Capcom are likely to get a cross-platform release when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will finally hit the stores in 2020.

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There were never any doubts about increasing fame of these franchise as a new Resident Evil movie reboot is currently in development after its past series has earned over $1 billion while Devil May Cry animated series is in works for Netflix.

A live-action Monster Hunter movie is already in production and looking forward to set up a franchise as well. Capcom is well aware of market appeal of these titles and is likely to produce more installments in upcoming years.