A Playable Demo Of DEVIL MAY CRY 5 Will Be At Gamescom 2018

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Devil May Cry 5 will feature a playable demo of the game at this year’s Gamescom. The game’s director, Hideaki Itsuno, announced the upcoming demo via Twitter saying that the official preview will be ready for Gamescom 2018. 

The upcoming installment in the Devil May Cry series was initially announced during last June’s E3 expo. Capcom revealed at the event that the upcoming game would directly follow the events of Devil May Cry 4, which was released about ten years ago in 2008. 

The feature of Devil May Cry 5 at E3 revealed a few gameplay elements that players can look forward to in the game. The trailer showed the character, Nero, sporting a new cybernetic arm called the Devil Breaker, which as the name suggests, a cool weapon that will have powerful abilities such as lighting-based attacks among many others. 

The demo that will be featured at Gamescom will allow attendees to have a hands-on experience of the upcoming game. Devil May Cry 5 is scheduled to release at Spring of 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. 

Source: Twitter

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MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD Gets Taken Down in China A Few Days After Release

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The highly-successful game Monster Hunter: World was recently released in China via Tencent’s PC gaming platform, WeGame. However, a few days after it was released, Tencent had to pull the game out due to regulators in China having to cancel its license after receiving multiple complaints. 

China’s regulators would often require Western games to be slightly altered to Chinese standards before being released in the market. Games such as PUBG were deemed too violent that Tencent had to make changes in the game to ensure that it follows Chinese socialist values. The complaints with Monster Hunter: World were not revealed by the company but the Financial Times reported that it wasn’t about content issues at all. 

A source told the Financial Times that Monster Hunter: World is a victim of bureaucratic tensions. China has recently appointed a new regulator, which resulted in numerous mobile games pending for approval. It was not clear why the regulators would immediately revoke the Monster Hunter’s license, but IHS Market analyst Chenyu Cui said that Tencent “lost its good timing.” For now, players who purchased the game will be issued a full refund until August 20th. 

Why do you think Monster Hunter: World’s license in China got revoked? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Source: Engadget, The Financial Times

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The Xbox Game Pass Adds DOOM And RAGE

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The 2016 reboot of Doom and the original version of Rage, both of which are id Software’s most prominent franchises are now available to subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass in light of the recent QuakeCon 2018. 

In the event, both games were featured during QuakeCon’s opening keynote, which also revealed that both Rage and Doom would be releasing sequels in the future. Rage 2 promises a broader and more open environment than its predecessor and id Software released a trailer showcasing just that. Doom, on the other hand, revealed the first gameplay trailer for Doom Eternal, which was initially announced during E3 last June. The game will be massive compared to 2016’s reboot of Doom and will feature new enemies and a grappling gun for more exciting and unique combat. 

Doom 2016 and Rage are now available on Microsoft’s subscription service, which allows players to download select Xbox games for a monthly subscription. 

Rage 2 is scheduled to release on June 2019 for the PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One, while Doom Eternal still has no release date but is slated to launch on the PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

Source: Polygon

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RAINBOW SIX SIEGE Is Hosting Another Free Weekend

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To attract even more players, the highly-successful Rainbow Six Siege, which is currently the sixth most-played game on Steam, is hosting another free weekend, which will give players access to all the game’s content and will be available on all platforms the game is in from August 16-20, 2018. 

The free weekend will commence at different times for all the different platforms Rainbow Six Siege is in. You can check the schedule of the free weekend below:

PC: August 16th 17:00 UTC - August 19th 20:00 UTC
Xbox One: August 16th UTC - August 20th 06:59 UTC
PlayStation 4: August 16th 13:00 UTC - August 20th 13:00 UTC

The best thing about the free weekend is that all the progress made will be carried over when newcomers decide to but the full game. Moreover, Ubisoft will also offer the game at a discount for a limited time on all platforms below:

PC (via UPLAY): August 16-27
PC (via Steam): August 16-20
Xbox One: August 16-27
PlayStation 4: August 15-25

Rainbow Six Siege is available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. 

Source: Ubisoft

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DOOM ETERNAL On The Switch Will Probably Run At 30FPS

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A couple of days ago at Quakecon 2018, developer Bethesda officially revealed a proper first look for Doom Eternal, the sequel to the 2016 reboot of the series. The game was first announced during the last E3, but this time, the developer has released a gameplay trailer, which is posted below (Doom starts at the one-hour eleven-minute mark). Although the game still has no release date, it is confirmed to for the PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. 

Speaking of the Nintendo Switch version, Eurogamer (via Nintendo Life), had the opportunity to talk to Doom Eternal’s executive producer Marty Stratton and creative director Hugo Martin, who both discussed how the game would be released on Nintendo’s hybrid console. 

Stratton assured players that the Switch version would be released alongside its counterparts on other platforms. Moreover, the developer made it clear that Doom Eternal would be optimized for the Switch, which they consider as a “first-class citizen,” meaning that this would be a proper game and not a port like its predecessor. 

“We’re actually working with Panic Button again, but before, we made the game, and then we brought it to Switch, and now we are making the game with Switch in mind. It’s nice to know the platforms we want to hit up front.”

Currently, Stratton revealed that they are targeting the Switch version to run at 30fps, with all other versions running at 60fps. Of course, performance-wise, it is understandable that the Switch would be slightly inferior compared to its counterparts on other platforms because that is the price players would have to pay for the convenience of being able to play anytime, anywhere. 

Doom Eternal has no release date as of now but is slated to release on the Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. 

Sources: Eurogamer, Nintendo Life

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CUPHEAD Reaches 3 Million Units Sold And Reveals Upcoming DLC

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Cuphead, the critically acclaimed indie-game by Studio MDHR has achieved a new level of success. The developer was proud to announce that the game has now sold 3 million copies. 

Looking at Cuphead’s sales records, reaching triple platinum is impressive but not that surprising given that two weeks after its launch, the game was able to push out 1 million units. By the end of 2017, two months after its initial release Cuphead reached double platinum. 

In a blog post, the developer expressed their thanks to all the fans that supported the game from the beginning, “It’s hard for us to express just how appreciative we are to everyone who has played and enjoyed our niche little run & gun game with the wacky rubber-hose characters.”

StudioMDHR did not release the breakdown of Cuphead’s sales, which is currently exclusive for the Xbox One and PC. Moreover, the developer was also excited to announce the release of the trailer for Cuphead’s upcoming DLC called The Delicious Last Course.

Cuphead is available for the PC and Xbox One with a DLC slated to release sometime in 2019. 

Source: StudioMDHR 

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FALLOUT 76 Is Committed To Support Private Servers And Custom Mods

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During QuakeCon 2018, Bethesda’s Todd Howard revealed that the upcoming game, Fallout 76, will include support for private servers allowing custom mods in the game. 

The developer expressed his understanding of the role mods play in making the experience more fun for players and wanted to make sure that Fallout 76 will feature support for it. 

“That is definitely something we are doing, we're committed to it. It's not just having a private server, it's being able to mod it." Howard said at QuakeCon. "Once our games come out, that's what our hardcore players play, and they're still playing Skyrim and Fallout 4 too... two of, still, the most popular games in the world, and a lot of people are playing mods. And that is something, given the online nature of it, is going to be very very complicated."

The developer also noted that introducing mods in an online game won’t be an easy one to implement, but assured players that Bethesda will do everything they can to support it. However, Howard was not able to go into details on how extensive mods would be, but it seems that players would need to be part of a private server to do so. 

A few days ago, Bethesda also announced that the upcoming B.E.T.A. for Fallout 76 would already include the full game, and any progress made within the test would be carried over to the launch version. However, the B.E.T.A. would not be available for everyone since Bethesda will be selecting players who have pre-ordered the game from participating retailers. 

Fallout 76 is scheduled to launch on November 14, 2018, for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PCGamer reported that the PC version of the game would not be available via Steam but can be directly purchased from Bethesda.net. 

Source: Windows Central, PCGamer

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RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Will Run In 4K ON PS4 PRO

A couple of days ago, Rockstar Games has released the first-ever gameplay footage of the upcoming game, Red Dead Redemption 2. Now, the developer revealed that the game is going to run in 4K on the PlayStation 4, confirming the assumption of most players. 

The announcement was revealed via the PlayStation Blog after Sony posted the six-minute gameplay footage of Red Dead Redemption 2. The video was captioned saying, “Captured entirely from in-game footage on PlayStation 4 Pro, watch this introduction to Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay in 4K.”

Sony’s YouTube video of the gameplay trailer also showed the same caption. However, on Xbox’s YouTube channel, the caption was altered slightly saying, “Captured entirely from in-game footage, watch this introduction to Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay in 4K.”

The difference in the description from the YouTube channels of Sony and Microsoft would suggest that the video shown on all outlets were, in fact, the footage that was captured using the PlayStation 4 Pro running in 4K. In a statement to USgamer, Rockstar confirmed this to be true. 

However, even though the gameplay footage we’ve seen was captured on the PlayStation 4 Pro, the official Xbox website confirms that the Xbox One X will also be able to run the game in 4K since the upcoming title is “Xbox One X Enhanced.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to release on October 26 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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Don’t Panic! Nintendo Confirms That ‘Luigi Is Okay’

A few days ago, Nintendo released the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct that revealed new features that will be included, when the game hits the Nintendo Switch in December. However, the scene that got the most attention was during Simon Belmont’s teaser. The preview showed Luigi suffering a horrible death as his soul was sucked out of his body, which got people worried. 

It seems that everything is okay after all and Nintendo released a tweet saying that, “Luigi is okay.” 

Luigi’s horrific death took place in a preview from the latest Nintendo Direct. The footage showed Luigi heading to Dracula’s castle, where he came face to face with the grim reaper causing him to faint in fear. Almost immediately after the live broadcast, people began speculating on Luigi’s well-being, but the Nintendo UK VS Twitter account assured fans that Luigi is okay. 

This is not the first time that a Nintendo character got killed in a Nintendo Direct. During last year’s E3 live stream, Mario was pierced through the chest by Ridley, which revealed that he was a playable character. The preview ended with Mario’s hat left behind, which at the time, people thought symbolized the end of his career. Of course, we know today that Mario is alive and well, and unlike Luigi, Nintendo did not say anything about his status after the live stream.  

At least we can sleep easy knowing that Luigi is okay after all. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is scheduled to launch on December 7 this year for the Nintendo Switch. 

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All Three PERSONA Dancing Games Are Headed To The West In December

Developer Atlus has announced that all three Persona Dancing titles, Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night are all coming to the west on December 4, 2018. 

Atlus initially planned localization in early 2019 and revealed that the games would be released before the holidays this year. Both Moonlight and Starlight will be available on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita as standalone releases. However, All Night will be included via a download code from the Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection

The collection will include all three dancing games, together with a hardback art book that is priced at around $100. Pre-orders for the collection and the standalone games are now available via Atlus’ official store. 

Are you looking forward to these games coming to the West at the end of the year? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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