Ys VIII's PC port is proving to be continuously problematic, so NIS America has made the decision to delay the game further in order to take the time needed to improve its performance.
On the game's Steam pre-order page, NIS has offered a thorough explanation of why it has chosen to delay the game writing, "This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that many of you will be upset about this news. For that, and most importantly, for the delay, we are very sorry." The game is having memory leak issues and framerate problems in its transition from PlayStation 4 to PC and NIS is going to bring the game to a new team writing, "We will be moving development to an entirely different developer who will primarily focus on frame rate improvements as well as other PC optimizations. Once that process begins, we will monitor the progress and determine the release schedule. We will also be sure to give regular updates to our progress." NIS is also offering refunds on pre-orders for those disappointed by the delay.
NIS is quick to point out that this delay will not affect the planned localization patch which is coming to Vita and PlayStation 4 on January 30. It's unclear if this delay will affect the Switch version of the game, which is planned for a vague 2018 release date. For our review of the PlayStation 4 version of the game, head here.
This is a bummer for those looking forward to the game on PC, but I appreciate NIS America's transparency in saying the game is not working as well as it wants, it's bringing on a whole new team to get it fixed, and it will happily refund your pre-order. It certainly lessens the sting.
The cast of the Detective Pikachu movie continues to expand in surprising ways.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Detective Pikachu's cast now includes Ken Watanabe who will play Detective Yoshida, a new character exclusive to the film. Watanabe joins Ryan Reynolds, who will be playing the titular role, alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). The movie is being directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch, known for creating Gravity Falls. The film will follow Pikachu as he helps Smith's character track down his kidnapped father.
The Detective Pikachu video game was recently confirmed for a release in North America alongside a Detective Pikachu amiibo. You can read more about the game here.
This weekend all the video editors are swimming around underwater, Dan Tack lies about a fancy meal he plans on eating, and I lie to myself about planning to clean the house. It sounds like a perfectly average weekend. What about you? Hopefully you're doing something more exciting than the rest of us. Let us know in the comments.
Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I haven’t had a chance to start learning Sakura and Menat in Street Fighter V now that Arcade Edition is out, so I’m hopefully going to rectify that this weekend. I’m also going to play a lot of Destiny 2 for the first time in a while, since the ornaments for the New Monarchy outfit look real pretty!
Javy Gwaltney (@HurdyIV) – I'll be reading a bunch of books, playing Pyre, and maybe finally going to see Jumanji and not being able to get out of the theater until a coworker rolls a 5 or 8.
Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – This weekend, I’m continuing my playthroughs of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Final Fantasy X. Of course, I’ll always find time for Overwatch.
Daniel Tack (@dantack) – Culatello prosciutto, sopressata, bufala mozzarella, burrata, stone ground course mustard, Carolina Reaper sauce, jalapenos (fresh), and an ice-cold Cheerwine.
Leo Vader (@leovader) – I’m eager to “dive in” to Subnautica. [Editor's note: I asked Leo to take Weekend Warrior seriously next time. I just wanted to apologize here for his clearly dismissive attitude.]
Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m just focused on playing more Subnautica on Steam. I’m really enjoying the game, it has fully scratched that Minecraft itch I forgot I had previously scratched… does that make sense? It’s an underwater survival-crafty thing, but really satisfying and a top-notch game to play while listening to podcasts. Enjoy the weekend!
Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – It's not unbearably clod outside, so you know what that means – time to clean the inside of my car and garage! Yeah! I also plan on having a spotless house full of clean laundry by Sunday night. It's definitely going to happen! In terms of video games, I want to check out the Metal Gear Survive beta and revisit Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on my Vita, as long as I can get them all to work properly.
The Overwatch League, a pro esports league devoted to its titular game, has had to deactivate a player due to comments made on their personal stream.
According to ESPN, the Dallas Fuel's Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been "deactivated" from their match with the London Spitfire due to comments he made on his personal stream directed towards the Houston Outlaws' Austin "Muma" Wilmot. This news follows some more Overwatch League controversy involving a public apology from the Shanghai Dragons who offered assurances to their fans that they will improve after a rough start.
The writer behind the first season of Netflix's Castlevania series, Warren Ellis, recently confirmed on twitter that a part two is on the way.
Ellis didn't offer an exact release date, but said eight more episodes are coming this summer.January 19, 2018
This is good news... I assume. Castlevania has been languishing on my Netflix queue since it launched. I watched the first episode and was impressed, and I enjoy the games, but I just haven't gotten back to it. I want to though, I promise. For Game Informer's thoughts on the first season of Castlevania, head here.
After three consecutive losses in the newly minted Overwatch League, the Shanghai Dragons have issued an apology for the team's lackluster play. The league is only in its second week (with the season lasting twenty weeks), yet the Dragons clearly aren't happy with where they are at, and felt the need to publicly share why the team has been struggling. The Dragons are one of three teams to not have a win this season, joining the Dallas Fuel and Florida Mayhem.
The apology comes from the Dragons' manager Yang Van, and addresses everything from the mental health of its players to strategies used in the field of play. Van also addresses rumors of the team being overworked in practices. Here's the statement that was shared on Twitter:
Overwatch League inaugural season launch has gone to week 2, and we didn’t bring out the performance that players expected in the past 3 matches. I am here to offer my sincere apology to all the fans of Shanghai Dragons and Overwatch. I am the first to blame and responsible for the less than stellar results. I am sorry to have disappointed all the players.
We recognize our problems, disadvantages and current status of Shanghai Dragons. In the meantime, we appreciate all the suggestions from Overwatch players, and we need time and space to tackle these problems. Accordingly, we will focus on our teamwork, contrapuntally training on all positions, game strategy execution and planning, mentality adjustment of our players, and in-game communication.
These current issues and problems will be given highest priority in our daily training schedule instead of repetitive training. We had one session on adjusting mentality for players after last week’s games and we will further assist our players on their mentality issues whenever it is needed. We realize it is crucial for our players to play with their true potential in a stable state of mind. We understand and are grateful for your concern on the training schedule of Shanghai Dragons; I am here to provide a holistic introduction to our approach. Daily training starts at 10:30 [a.m.] and ends at midnight, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks. Meals are handled and delivered by our local support specialist and players commute by our cars between the practice room and Shanghai Dragons’ own bares. In terms of the nutrition and tastes of our players while being far away from home, our local support specialist makes sure that there is at least one meal that is Chinese cuisine every day, which include a variety of Shanghai, Hunan, and Sichuan genres of cuisine.
With a reasonable amount of training time ensured, the management team has also developed plans regarding life issues, for the well-being and health concern of our players, both physically and mentally. For example, casual and game-related English lessons, team-building, and mental assistance. We understand that you are blaming us because you want us to be better. But we also hope that you will acknowledge the existence of rumors that are simply not true.
We also recognized that there is a lack of time for physical exercise and entertainment in our current training schedule. However, we are planning them and we will share with you when more news is available.
The Shanghai Dragons, more than anyone, are looking forward to our first victory, as well as seeing our players shining bright on the stage. To achieve this goal, the management team, coaching team, and the players will all work together to solve problems that we are facing now. Even though the future matched will be an uphill battle for us, we promise that we will be positive and take all advice and suggestions bravely, and enhance our speed in improving ourselves. We believe that given time, Shanghai Dragons will be a remarkable team.
The Dragons have a shot at netting a first victory tonight against the Mayhem. The match begins at 8 p.m. CT, and can be viewed on Twitch or through the Overwatch game.
Losing three games to begin a season isn't a big deal. Some players need time to warm up, especially in a new setting like Overwatch League. This statement reads more like a way for the team to address the rumors of the players being overworked. Let's hope the Dragons net a victory soon.
Activision has announced a time-limited event for Call of Duty: WWII titled The Resistance which brings a host of new things to the multiplayer FPS.
The event begins in just a few days on January 23 and lasts all the way to February 27. Titled The Resistance, the event brings a new Division to the game, also called the Resistance, which provides a new player class to the game with its own class-specific skills and perks and a focus on close-range combat.
The event reintroduces Prop Hunt to Call of Duty, a hide-and-seek mode where a player takes the form of an in-game object and does their best to blend in without being found. It also brings Demolition, which resembles Search-and-Destroy with respawning.
Players can also access the Orso SMG, combat knife, and Volkssturmgewehr assault rifle through completing Orders.
The event ends just ahead of the game's first DLC pack, also called The Resistance, which launches on PlayStation 4 on January 30. It includes new maps for War Mode, Zombies, and three maps for multiplayer. The DLC will come to other platforms at an unspecified later date.
Call of Duty: WWII is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The NPD Group and Activision have confirmed that the title is the best selling game of 2017.
I get that branding is important, but they maybe could have made these names a little less confusing.
It is no secret that the Switch is somewhat of an indie success story in its first year, with owners happily buying new and old indie games that appear on its eShop. It appears, under a certain criteria, that Stardew Valley topped the Switch sales list in the last year.
Nintendo released rankings today with no sales numbers attached, but there are a few caveats. Since it's a Japanese list, it only includes games that were released in Japan, even for the global list. That means games like Golf Story couldn't be on there. The list is also in two parts, one solely for Japan and one Global.
That said, it's no surprise Stardew Valley took the top spot, considering how excited people were for the Switch port. It beat out Minecraft, Rocket League, and Sonic Mania. In the Japan-only list, Stardew Valley is not in the top ten at all, with the top spot being taken by Mojang and Microsoft's Minecraft.
Stardew Valley's multiplayer expansion, which comes with new content for the single-player portion, is currently being tested for release. It will be supported on all of Stardew Valley's platforms except for the upcoming PlayStation Vita version.
Stardew Valley definitely deserves the praise and high sales. Hopefully indies continue seeing success on the Switch in the future.