Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Journey Out On iOS

Award-winning indie game Journey from Thatgamecompany gets a surprise iOS release on App Store today.

Originally released for PlayStation 3 back in 2012, indie adventure game Journey by developer Thatgamecompany was later ported to PlayStation 4 on 2015 and then for PC platform in 2019 as an Epic Games Store-exclusive title.

Right out of the blue, this award-winning game has seen a surprise iOS launch today and those who want to relieve that same great experience once again on their iPad and iPhone can purchase it for only $4.99 on App Store.

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Journey Out On iOS

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Developers have partnered up with Annapurna Interactive and Santa Monica Studio to bring the game to mobile audience. It was praised by critics and players alike for minimalistic design with gorgeous visuals and excellent musical score.

Journey lets player to assume the role of a traveler roaming through a vast desert and his quest to discover ruins of an ancient world buried within deep sands are entirely narrated by his gameplay actions to reach there.

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To celebrate successful iOS release of one of the best game ever made, a brand-new launch trailer is released.




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Exploring through sands is easier than ever with touch-responsive controls and an online multiplayer mode let you meet with others. However, you can only meet them in-game to offer help and communicate using emotes.

If anyone has been wondering if there is any chance of the game seeing a Nintendo Switch port anytime soon, Annapurna has made it clear that their current plan is limited to iOS and PC platform but we can have some hope though.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

THQ has announced to release Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition for Nintendo Switch console on September 26.

Earlier this year, developer Gunfire Games and publisher THQ Nordic officially announced Darksiders: Warmastered Edition for Nintendo Switch handheld console after an untimely upload has already leaked the news online.

People were suspecting that its hack and slash action-adventure sequel game would eventually follow suit at some point and finally, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition gets a Switch version release date set for September 26, 2019.

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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

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An official announcement trailer for Switch port is released with brief look at plot premise and gameplay.




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After a war between Heaven and Hell has ravaged Earth, first Horseman of the Apocalypse, War decided to intervene so he can restore order only to be betrayed by "The Charred Council" and got framed for a crime he didn't even commit.

His brother and second Horseman, Death enters the scene in Darksiders II to prove innocence of War and to possibly resurrect humanity. Armed with two scythes, Death is a force of reckoning and most feared among his enemies.

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Though it was Vigil Games who originally developed the 2012 game, Deathinitive Edition is a remastered version by Gunfire Games. All three DLCs; The Abyssal Forge, The Demon Lord Belial and Argul's Tomb are included as well.

Darksiders II allows you to customize armor, weapons and even skill trees to your preference aside from superior graphics quality. Experience an action RPG like gameplay in a vast open-world full of boss fights and side quests.

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.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

Showtime has announced six new casts for upcoming live-action Halo TV series, including Cortana.

Following announcement of Halo Infinite back at E3 2018 press conference, 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios officially revealed a live-action TV series based on military sci-fi shooter video game franchise Halo on Showtime.

In April 2019, series protagonist Master Chief John-117 was cast and now, here comes more six new casting announcements including actor Natascha McElhone (Californication, Designated Survivor) playing Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey.

Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

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McElhone actually made her name thorough another show from same TV network and will be playing two prominent roles. She will primarily play as an advanced artificial intelligence construct named Cortana, a guide to John-117.

Her second role is of a female scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey, who has birthed both SPARTAN Program to create futuristic super soldiers and superior battlesuits, Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor that is used for tactical military combat.

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Natascha McElhone Cast as Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey

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Halsey's brain was used as a template to create Cortana and she would serve as an AI companion to Master Chief. According to recent press release from Showtime network, she will be a key the survival of human race on the show.

Actor Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo, Underground) joins on board in role of privateer Soren-066 and old friend of John-117. Veteran actor Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother) will be playing Admiral Margaret Parangosky of Naval Intelligence.

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Bokeem Woodbine and Shabana Azmi Cast as Soren-066 and Admiral Margaret Parangosky

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An extended cast list also adds actors Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Edge of Tomorrow), Kate Kennedy (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Handy) and Natasha Culzac (Cursed, Netflix's The Witcher) in role of three original Spartans.

This array of new cast members will join Canadian-American actor Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, Orange Is the New Black) and Yerin Ha for a 9-episode first Season of Halo TV series, which is being produced by developer 343 Industries.

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Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy and Natasha Culzac Cast as Spartans

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Production is scheduled to begin this fall in Budapest with writer/producer Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) serving as executive producer alongside British film director Steven Kane (The Closer, The Last Ship), joining as co-showrunner.

Pilot and a few other episodes for upcoming Halo TV series will be directed by Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders). Showtime is looking forward to premiere the show on first quarter of 2021 but an official date is yet to be announced.

Slay the Spire on Humble Monthly Bundle

Roguelike deck-building game Slay the Spire and tactical shooter title Squad is Early Unlock games in Humble Monthly Bundle for September.

What if a game would cook up a mixture of roguelike gameplay elements with deck-building card game? It is likely that developer studio MegaCrit had the same thoughts when they came up with Slay the Spire for Early Access in 2017.

Of course, Humble Bundle has seen potential for this indie title and decides to become its publisher. Earlier this year, the game saw a full release on multiple platforms and is now included in Humble Monthly Bundle for September 2019.

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Slay the Spire and Squad on Humble Monthly Bundle

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Also joining along is first-person tactical shooter title Squad from developer/publisher Offworld Industries that was funded through Kickstarter. These two are currently announced as Early Unlock game with more to unveil on September 2019.

For a minimum amount of only $12 per month, you can choose to subscribe to Humble Monthly Bundle that offers players a handful of games each month on PC platform and are revealed each month on first Friday.

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Last month, there were 60 Parsecs, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Love is Dead, Moonlighter, NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, Road Redemption and Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus in Humble Bundle lineup that has a total value of $136.

In August 2019, monthly subscribers got games like Almost ThereDon't Give UpKingdom Come: DeliveranceRising Storm 2: VietnamSurviving MarsSwords and Soldiers 2: ShawarmageddonThe Adventure Pals and Yoku's Island Express.

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August 2019 Humble Monthly Bundle Games

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Not only this subscription model is an ideal one for PC gamers but also pretty convenient since there were not many monthly services offering you bunch of games that you can redeem with codes and own in your Steam library forever.

Although Xbox Game Pass for PC and Game Pass Ultimate service offers you a large collection of over 100 great games, they don't come close to Humble Monthly because those titles eventually leave their platform after a certain time.

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.

Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store returns this week to giveaway two new PC games, Alan Wake and For Honor for free.

In a running streak of offering players free games on PC platform, Epic Games continue to bring more new titles to their digital storefront Epic Games Store and their giveaway lineup has been slowly improving in each passing week.

Freebie titles are now being offered on a weekly basis on Epic Store and this week, players will be able to grab two new games into their collection with a free account and it has to be done before August 9, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

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People can head over to Epic Games Store to pick up PC version of Alan Wake and For Honor, a psychological thriller and a medieval action fighting game from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment and Ubisoft respectively.

Alan Wake takes you on a mysterious journey of a best-selling thriller novelist who is having a writer's block and goes to small town of Bright Falls for a vacation but ended up being busy saving his wife from shadowy dark presence.

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In For Honor, you will pick up a warrior character from renowned factions of Knights, Samurai, Vikings and WuLin. Then get into battle to fight enemies in single-player campaign and multiplayer modes to enjoy melee action.

Last week, EGS has given up two free games priced $7.99 only, simply because one of the titles, This War of Mine was M-Rated and was most likely to deprive younger players from accessing it if Parental Controls feature was there.

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Epic Games didn't actually need to go out of their way to offer an extra title in their giveaway program but doing that helped promote their store feature and eventually helped drive more people to their outlet seeking those games.

Epic Store will be offering 2016 puzzle-adventure game GNOG next week, from August 8, 2019 on their platform for a visually explosive fun-ride experience by developer studio KO OP, in association with Double Fine Presents.

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.

Genshin Impact Comes to PlayStation 4

Open-world action RPG title Genshin Impact from developer miHoYo invites you to an epic adventure on PS4 for 2020.

Mostly known as established a mobile game developer, Shanghai-based studio miHoYo has announced their new open-world action role-playing game Genshin Impact for Android, iOS and PC platform back in June during E3 2019.

Apparently, they are also interested in venturing console community as well and plans on releasing a PlayStation 4 version that is recently revealed by Sony Interactive Entertainment at ChinaJoy 2019 and scheduled to come out on 2020.

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Genshin Impact Comes to PlayStation 4

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Players would be exploring a fantasy world of Teyvat as "The Traveler" after waking up on a shore of this mysterious land earlier and will set off to solving puzzles scattered throughout the place to finally reunite with their sibling.

You can form your own part of four characters by inviting your friends online or pick from over 30 NPCs to join your cause. Just so you can wander around in Teyvat, there is a fast travel system to go to places more quickly.

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Open World of Possibilities

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Aside from freeform of movement, there are features for outfit customization and player housing. Genshin Impact offers an immersive experience by focusing on a combo-based combat system that complements its appealing story.

Introducing this upcoming open-world JRPG to PS4 gives it a wide range of audience since Sony has recently hit 100 million sales milestones. Plus, they definitely are planning to include some exclusive in-game content before launching on console.

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Ruins of An Empire

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A brand-new trailer has just come out lately that takes you on a brief tour of Teyvat and showcase gameplay aspects.




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Many people are already pointing out that Genshin Impact looks like a clone of 2017 Nintendo Switch-exclusive title Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and not just in terms of artwork style but for also having similar gameplay mechanics.

Despite criticism for that, developer miHoYo is aiming to launch on platforms that has lesser hardware restrictions and therefore, is actually trying to go further and beyond with how combat and puzzles are eventually going to play out.