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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.
Back in mid-2016, action game developer PlatinumGames announced a partnership with Cygames to make a PlayStation 4 RPG based on their massively popular mobile RPG, Granblue Fantasy. Today, we get our first real good look at the game, titled Granblue Fantasy: Project Re:Link.
The first few minutes of the video are a little dry, showing off the environmental design as the main character strolls through an idyllic village visited by a massive airship. Before too long, action starts, and a lot of traditional PlatinumGames-style dodging and combo mechanics come into play. The trailer ends with a series of chain spells that destroys a larger enemy.
The game is based on the world of Granblue Fantasy, a Cygames-produced mobile RPG for Android and iOS, which has music and art from Final Fantasy legends Nobuo Uematsu and art Hideo Minaba respectively. It is a massive hit in Japan, having been downloaded over eighteen million times. Despite an English release, the game has never officially been released in the west.
There is no word over whether Project Re:Link will ever come to the west, either, and it currently sits without an even tentative release window. Check out the trailer below and maybe brush up on your Japanese skills if you're hoping to play it.
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The game looks extremely cool, so hopefully it does make it to the west. I have little familiarity with Granblue Fantasy, but it has a reputation of being a modern interpretation of old school Final Fantasy, so it's interesting to see a spin-off RPG be a fast-paced action game.
A new Japanese trailer for Valkyria Chronicles 4 details the game's planned DLC.
The trailer is in Japanese, but Gematsu writes that the DLC will include new missions as well as the option to use Edy Nelson from the original Valkyria Chronicles in the main story. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is planned for release in North America for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch in North America this year, but exactly how this DLC will be implemented – or if it will be implemented – is unclear. You can check out the trailer below.
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We're very excited about a return to Valkyria Chronicles here at Game Informer, placing it as our number two most anticipated RPG on our anticipated RPGs of 2018 list. For more on the game, head here.
Blizzard World, the Overwatch map that both celebrates and truly revels in Blizzard's history, is coming out in a matter of days. Blizzard thinks you should not have to wait that long, however, and is selling an art print map of the new stage ahead of its release.
Not only do you get the map, but you also get an informational pamphlet for your visit. For the diehard Overwatch fan, or even the diehard Blizzard fan, this is a pretty neat print. I personally tend to like gaming prints that are not just the logo or concept art and are reimagined and restylized versions of things in the game.
You can buy the print here, which at the moment has no reviews. Will you answer that sworn duty?
The other day, Nintendo introduced their Labo initiative, various kits that let children make toys from pre-cut cardboard and various permutations of the Switch's three pieces. Before it was revealed to the world, however, the German ratings board nearly accidentally threw it away.
Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (Entertainment Software Self-Regulation), commonly shortened to USK, is the ratings board for software in Germany. Today, the group tweeted a story about how they received Nintendo's new cardboard peripheral in the mail and weren't quite sure what to make of it.
"Finally we can tell the story, when we had the latest Nintendo hardware, it was almost dumped by the cleaning crew as waste paper," the tweet said when translated to English. "In the past no one would have believed this story, anyway."
There you go, Nintendo was one custodial mistake away from not understanding why Labo wasn't rated in Germany. Labo is releasing for the Switch on April 20 in Variety and Giant Robot packages. We also collected some of the internet's reactions to Nintendo's new project.
(Thank you to @TheYremaster for aiding the translation.)
In December's video game sales, brand recognition ruled the roost as a lot of familiar faces lined up the top ten sales, according to the NPD Group.
November and December are the Superbowl of video game sales in the United States with a rather large piece of yearly software coming just from those two months. This year, Call of Duty: WWII continued its surprising dominance over the year's sales with a strong first place showing, followed closely by Star Wars: Battlefront II.
In November, Activision was quick to point out that Call of Duty had not only topped the charts in November, it topped the charts for all games released in 2017 period. That momentum has not abated and Call of Duty: WWII is officially the best selling game of 2017. In terms of December sales, Battlefront II came in second, showing that the Star Wars brand vastly overcomes the controversy surrounding the game. Super Mario Odyssey rounds out the top three, moving up several places from its November placement.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One is the highest ranked new IP of the month, with Microsoft recently reporting a milestone of three million players on Xbox One version.
You can check out the top 20 below.Call of Duty: WWII 1 Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 2 Super Mario Odyssey 3 NBA 2K18 4 Mario Kart 8 5 Madden NFL 18 6 Playerunknown's Battlegrounds 7 Assassin's Creed: Origins 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 9 Grand Theft Auto V 10 FIFA 18 11 Destiny 2 12 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 13 Splatoon 2 14 Need for Speed: Payback 15 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 16 Just Dance 2018 17 The Sims 4 18 Pokemon: Ultra Sun 19 Pokemon: Ultra Moon 20
Additionally, we can also show the top 10 games for all of 2017, since the calendar year has ended.Call of Duty: WWII 1 NBA 2K18 2 Destiny 2 3 Madden NFL 18 4 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 5 Grand Theft Auto V 6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands 7 Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 8 Super Mario Odyssey 9 Mario Kart 8 10
In terms of hardware, Nintendo took command of the month mostly on the back of strong Switch sales, but it was not enough to overcome Sony's hardware dominance, which took the year overall. The two months before the Switch came out obviously favored the PlayStation 4, as well as the scattered other months where Sony won the numbers game. Based on a tweet from Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg, we know the Xbox platform outsold the PS4 in December, as well.
The 3DS also did remarkably well in December, selling 27 percent more than the little handheld did in the previous December.
Overall, it was a good month for sales in terms of raw revenue, as December 2016 had analysts worried that the industry was cooling down overall. The growth this year is encouraging. Nintendo seems bullish on 2018 being able to match the previous year and Sony really has nothing to worry about. Microsoft's objective for 2018 is to really show the world what the Xbox One X can do after strong launch months, so hopefully they're ready to do just that.
As the hibernating bear of sales analysis wakes up from its post-Christmas lull, it is time for companies to brag about how much hardware they sold over the holiday. First up is Nintendo, which boasts an absurd 2.6 million units of hardware in the month of December, an exceptionally high number even for the Christmas season.
The numbers, delivered by the NPD Group, include the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS, and the SNES Classic Edition, with the sales ranking in that order. The Switch, which notably had no official holiday bundle or discount of any kind, lead the charge with 1.5 million units sold during December, which brings its grand total up to 4.8 million. This confirms Nintendo's insistence earlier that the Switch is the fastest selling console in U.S. history.
The 3DS follows behind with 750,000 units sold, a nearly 30 percent increase over the previous December. The higher sales were likely spurred on by Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as well as the 3DS providing a cheaper handheld alternative to the more expensive Switch, but that kind of increase is still fairly unprecedented.
Most notably, that increase makes December 2017 the best month of sales for the 3DS since the same month in 2014.
The Switch had a great first year, which technically isn't even complete for another month and a half. The 3DS sales justify Nintendo's reluctance to let go of the system, so it wouldn't surprise me to see some more small software stay on the 3DS for at least a little bit longer.
Eric Hirshberg is leaving Activision after eight years as CEO of Activision Publishing, a division of Activision Blizzard.
Hirshberg arrived to the company as an outsider from the game industry, bringing his advertiser mentality to how games were marketed. Under Hirshberg, Activision saw massive successes like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Skylanders, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, among other hugely profitable titles.
He is staying until March as the search for a new CEO of Activision Publishing commences. Hirshberg is leaving the company on a high note, with Call of Duty: WWII's debut smashing records.
We have been able to talk to Hirshberg on a few occasions. He spoke with us about the importance of Sledgehammer on the Call of Duty franchise and how development rotation affects the series.
(Please visit the site to view this media)Hirshberg also talked to us about Hollywood and Call of Duty's symbiotic love affair.
(Please visit the site to view this media)And most recently, we got his thoughts on Call of Duty, Crash, and games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. "Serving as Activision’s CEO has been an honor and a thrill,” Hirshberg said in a statement release today. “This is an amazing company. One which routinely delivers epic experiences for our fans on a scale that no one else can. I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I have had the privilege to lead."
Twitch announced today that the Amazon-owned streaming company has made a deal with Disney's Digital Network to bring exclusive content from high-profile Youtube personalities like Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, LuzuGames and Strawburry17.
The deal gives the personalities their own channels to manage and create live and pre-recorded content that will remain exclusive to Twitch. While most of them have produced content on Twitch before, the deal struck ensures content will be more common and stay exclusive to Twitch.
The streaming service is also adding new tools for promotion, such as countdown clocks and the ability to re-run previously recorded videos at scheduled times.
While Twitch didn't go into details of the exclusive content, the company did confirm that there won't be anything preventing fans from making clips and potentially uploading them to other services, such as Youtube, except for the usual reasons like copyright infringement when the content is taken without the copyright holder's consent.
The new promotion tools should be arriving later today, alongside the first of the exclusive content.
The deal with Disney expands their digital network beyond Youtube and grants Twitch some immediate big names in the video on demand arena. As Youtubers begin to feel the pressure of the service's different rules and algorithms, Twitch providing a home for them is a smart move.
The aptly named expansion for Battlefield 1 Apocalypse, the fourth major expansion, hits next month, developer Dice announced today. The hellish looking expansion brings with it five new maps including battles set in Passchendaele and Caporetto as well as two aerial dogfight-focused maps. There's also a new Air Assault mode that pits players against one another in planes.
Dice also says that Apocalypse includes new "vehicles, weapons, and gadgets" for players to get their hands on, but doesn't give many details outside of the Rocket Gun that the Assault Class can use to help take down enemy aircraft.
The expansion will be available to premium pass holders sometime next month, though a date has not been given. For the full rundown of what Apocalypse is bringing to the front, head over to the official page here.
Battlefield 1 was one of our favorite shooters of 2016, with Editor Matt Bertz writing in his review "the World War I setting feels refreshingly different than the modern sensibilities of contemporary Battlefield games."
Life is Strange: Before the Storm, the prequel to the original Life is Strange, finished off its three-episode arc in December, but there is one more episode left for purchasers of the Deluxe Edition of Before the Storm. Players will be going back in time once more, this time without time travel powers, and visit with Max and Chloe before they separate on March 6.
Titled Farewell, the bonus episode is entirely removed from Before the Storm's story, and reunites the original voice actors for Max and Chloe after the voice actor strike forced recasting for young Chloe. Between this episode, Before the Storm, and Life is Strange, the major events of Chloe's life are mostly covered.
The bonus episode, as mentioned, is exclusive to the Deluxe Edition of the game. It can be upgraded to if fans bought the regular version and want to play this episode, but the episode itself can't be purchased separately.
Before the Storm was developed by Deck Nine while original Life is Strange developer Dontnod focuses on Vampyr and an upcoming new Life is Strange game. Life is Strange: Before the Storm is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our reviews of episode 1 here, episode 2 here, and episode 3 here.
I ended up really enjoying Before the Storm after being incredibly skeptical of it. It gave context to Chloe's empty rebellion and feelings of confused loss in the main game while also still leaving the mystery of who Rachel Amber is and how Max feels she compares with enough room to breathe. I'll play the bonus episode, but I'm still confused by Square-Enix's strange positioning of it as exclusive to a single edition.
With the film's release just around the bend (March 16), Warner Brothers has unveiled a new trailer for the film adaptation of Tomb Raider. Fittingly, this version of Lara's adventures seems modeled after the 2013 reboot, with familiar elements like a ship being torn in two, a mysterious island, and the evil organization Trinity showing up.
You can watch the trailer yourself right here:
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For more on Tomb Raider, check out what we thought of Lara Croft's latest virtual adventure.
After a delay last year, Microsoft today revealed the release of Age of Empires' Definitive Edition, a remaster of the first game that includes reworked graphics, sound, and UI. If that sounds up your alley, you'll be able to buy it on February 20.
But there's a catch. You can't buy it on Steam or GoG. According to the store listing for the game, you'll only able to buy it for Windows' Microsoft store here.
For more on Age Of Empires, you can read up on Age Of Empires IV here.
Trying to incentivize players to choose Microsoft store over their other digital stomping grounds with Age Of Empires, a game for a niche audience, seems pretty unwise. But hey, Age of Empires! It's good! It's nice to see a classic get a touch up.