New Resident Evil Village Playtest Rumors Shed Light on New Characters, Enemies

More new information about Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evill Village is starting to leak to the press and it looks like a bunch of fan assumptions are getting tacit confirmation.

For one, the playtest leaks are coming from someone that helped test the game back before RE3’s release. This source confirms a new enemy, a second playable character, and even a new location for the game.

The playtester reportedly test drove a build running on a PlayStation 4. The stage that the tester described is a dark cavern where a female protagonist tries to work her way out using a kerosene lantern, Bloody Disgusting reports. This segment features the new enemy type – a bipedal sword-wielding goat creature that is able to bite the character. The new enemy type is being likened to the German folktale Krampus in terms of appearance and execution.

For those gamers that haven’t kept up with Resident Evil Village and how different it is promising to be from its counterparts, the enemy type already demoed is a werewolf type creature so that, combined with the vengeful sword goat, and we’ve got a game that is really coloring outside of the lines in terms of fan expectations of an RE game.

The goat enemy is allegedly called a “Strigoi in-game. This calls back to the Romanian creature from that country’s mythology which is both a shapeshifter and vampire-like being. Apparently they are controlled by an enemy type called the “witch.”

 Of course, all of this is based upon leaks from a purported playtester of an early version of the game. We don’t know how much of this will be verified or debunked by the time the game comes out. And we’ve got quite a while until then. Capcom has pretty much kept a vague stance with regard to when they will actually release the game.

All we know so far is that it is sometime in 2021. As for continuity with the rest of the series, this will not be a side-game or alternative universe story. There was some speculation about this and the game’s logographic didn’t really do it any favors in putting the question to rest. It incorporates the Roman numeral for 8 in a very interesting way thus leading to fan confusion as to whether or not this was RE8. The game will follow the events of Resident Evil VII directly, Capcom has commented on numerous occasions.

The setting is Europe and there will be characters from the series’ past that show up in the title. Like Resident Evil 7, it will use the same engine and feature a first-person gameplay perspective. While many people expected that, it wasn’t a given when you consider Capcom’s recent string of popular RE remake games, each of which has featured an over-the-shoulder viewpoint.

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Gamer Bias is Hosting a Valorant Tourney!

We’re hosting our 2nd Tournament, with a new format! Visit our tournament page for details and sign-up!

This tournament will be FREE to enter again, so don’t hesitate to participate! $50 cash prize to the winner of the tournament.
The new format will include a round robin group stage, so you’ll have more than one chance to make it to the next round!
Registration is open until Sept 3rd! Tournament begins Sept 5th! Only 8 team spots available, so don’t wait to sign up.

Sign up and Details here!

Vindex, Andbox, and Envy Team Up for Gaming Centers in Dallas and New York City

It looks like the world of eSports is getting a new set of power players as Vindex, Andbox, and Envy partner up to launch a fleet of gaming centers in major metropolitan centers across the globe. With eSports as a primary focus for these centers – and, we assume, the events and spectator festivals that go along with it – this could prove to be a very lucrative move for the three companies as entertainment’s fastest-growing segment seeks to further that advance.

Vindex’s purchase of Belong Gaming for $300 million is the first volley in what is expected to be a long campaign to roll out this concept, especially given the constraints presented by the COVID-19 pandemic on public events like this.

Envy Gaming’s president and COO Geoff Moore said of the planned Dallas center, “The Dallas-Forth Worth market has been, at least until this year, very event, team and competition focused as an entertainment source. So we’re very happy to have such high class experienced operators who understand esports to partner with us as we build out the entire esports ecosystem.”

Andbox’s president and co-founder Farzam Kamel said in a statement concerning the partnership, “These new gaming centers we’ll be launching in partnership with Vindex will provide a high quality, best in class experience that esports fans in the New York metro area deserve. One of Andbox’s goals has always been to provide the local community here with physical spaces specifically designed for and dedicated to gaming, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of making that a reality.”

A huge component of the plan is to bring together various gaming communities into one space. This is not only to agglomerate talent and thus find tomorrow’s stars but also to elevate certain games that are staples of the scene but that don’t draw huge crowds currently.

“Here, there are hundreds of thousands of people playing all these different games, but they’re all doing it individually from their homes and they’re linked together through their headphones and the internet. But what’s been the missing part of that vertical stack is the venues that allow them to scale and come together for events or participatory entertainment. It’s just a big piece of the puzzle that gets filled in,” Moore added.

Both executives noted how fast eSports is rising not only as an entertainment source but also as an accepted activity using school-sponsored eSports as an example of just that phenomenon. Even with all of this optimism, however, the question remains as to what impact the novel coronavirus pandemic will have on this development moving forward. While no one thinks that the pandemic is going to stop anything dead in its tracks, it is question as to how much of a delay we can expect before massive public events become acceptable again.

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shroud Returns to Twitch

He also randomly announces going pro.

Shroud makes a BIG return to twitch today, playing Valorant on live stream. Also sporting a brand new layout, intro video, and facial hair. Shroud recently took over a month off from streaming, being quiet and inactive since mixer shut down and he did not opt into a contract with Facebook gaming. Everybody was wondering if he would return to twitch or stay away from streaming and go strictly pro.

For those of you who are not familiar, shroud has been one of the biggest streamers in the first person shooter genre for a long time now.

He did randomly mention going pro during his stream saying “Am I going pro in valorant – Yes.” I managed to capture a clip of it here. He doesn’t go into any detail after that and quickly changes the subject, but it does seem to confirm that he will be going pro.

During his stream he amassed over 500,000 concurrent live viewers at one time which is absolutely impressive. To put that into perspective, he had more viewers than an entire categories of games did. Viewers definitely welcomed him back with open arms and his subscription count immediately skyrocketed to the tens of thousands within a few hours.

He casually played some ranked Valorant games on his main account which apparently he did not use to play any ranked games as his Act 1 and Act 2 stats were showing blank. He was playing in diamond tier during the live stream, but quickly made it to immortal.

You can catch the replay of his first stream back below!

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Details and What It Means for Phantasy Star Online 2

Fans of Phantasy Star Online might have another reason to give PSO 2 a look with the coming release of New Genesis, a separate yet parallel game that will sport revamped graphics and a new game engine.

You read that correctly: There will be two Phantasy Star Online 2 games, one called New Genesis, and they will be separate games. New Genesis will not be an overhaul a la Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, nor will it be tied in with the current game bearing the PSO2 moniker. They will exist in “parallel universes” according to the devs.

For gamers who might not be familiar with the Realm Reborn reference, this points to the initial disaster that was Square’s attempt at releasing FFXIV back in September 2010. The current game, A Realm Reborn, is a completely different title with everything from the combat system to the overworld maps reworked. Of course, that was done out of necessity. The original FFXIV was a disaster beyond belief so comparing PSO2 to it in any way is unfair but that’s the reference.

But if New Genesis isn’t an overhaul, and it isn’t an expansion, then what the heck is it exactly? Why not make it a new game. We don’t know.

But the differences between the two games are also pretty immediate for anyone that is familiar with PSO2.

To start, New Genesis will feature an open-world format similar to traditional MMORPGs. Forbes notes that this is to encourage exploration and that is typically why theme park MMOs like World of Warcraft feature such large, seemingly boundless worlds.

The games will both share New Genesis’ revamped graphics engine but that’s about it. It wasn’t clear on when PSO2 would receive a graphics overhaul like PSO2: New Genesis. 

You will be able to bring your PSO2 character over to New Genesis but progression stays behind on the other game. That means all of your leveling, techniques, and so on remain on PSO2 and your character comes over to the other game starting anew. As you can probably imagine, this also includes anything that might give you a leg up over other people like money.

There might be a pretty good incentive to just create your own new character for New Genesis. Sega showed off what looked like a pretty robust and in-depth character creation mechanic that is almost a necessity in these kinds of online games.

As to whether or not the market can support not one but two Phantasy Star Online games is a question that will have to be answered once New Genesis lands on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows 10 next year. The PSO fanbase is pretty dedicated but two game worlds is quite a bit to shoulder. Even so, New Genesis looks like it is going to offer enough “new” stuff to justify its existence with fans and new players alike.

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Microsoft xCloud Out on Sept 15th

xCloud will be included with Game Pass and run on Android devices.

Microsoft had just announced more details surrounding their new xCloud gaming service. In addition to being able to play any game in their game pass library for a monthly fee, the cloud service will be free for Ultimate Game Pass holders. The ultimate game pass subscription costs just $15 per month.

Microsoft states that most titles in the library will be available on xCloud which includes popular games such as Gears of War, Halo, Grounded, Destiny 2, and upcoming games like Tell Me Why. Microsoft revealed a few weeks earlier that all their upcoming games will be immediately available on Game Pass.

xCloud will not be available for PC at launch and will only support Android phones and tablets. They have not yet addressed the situation of iPhones or iPads.

Microsoft also has some hardware displayed on their website that is designed to transform your phones into a full gaming experience by adding proper controls. This includes the Razer Kishi that mounts your phone and their mobile gaming clip that hooks your smartphone onto an Xbox controller.

Razer Kishi

Microsoft xCloud details can be found here

Review: Pwnage Ultra Custom Wireless Mouse

Bonus unboxing footage too.

There’s been a lot of buzz around the Pwnage branded mouse as they capture a market that seemingly is untapped for the most part by bigger brand names.

Pwnage brings us their “Ultra Custom Wireless Mouse” – a lightweight, wireless, and color customizable mouse with easily replaceable parts. I received mine recently, so lets talk about what you get with it – Mouse in white or black, extra back cover, extra primary button covers, extra rubber dpi buttons, USB C cable, USB wireless receiver, and button spacers. You also have the option to order an extra set of colored pieces if you wish!

The $90 base mouse still comes with an entire extra set of panels in the opposite base color.

The mouse comes in at only 69 grams using the honeycomb shell, while the solid shell bumps it up to 73 grams. hardcore users can use no cover at all, or even take out the battery and use it in wired mode only – but I think we can agree that defeats the appeal of this mouse. To put this weight into perspective, the 2 most popular big brand wireless mice right now are still both heavier – Razer Viper Ultimate (74g) and the Logitech G Pro Wireless (80g). However, the most impressive part is that the Pwnage is lighter WHILE being slightly bigger and more ergonomic. The G Pro and Viper are both ambidextrous, so some people find them less comfortable than an ergo mouse. I personally found the shape of the Pwnage to be suitable for medium to large hands, smaller hands might want to look elsewhere.

So the Pwnage so far on paper is more appealing than its main competitors, but how does it perform? The sensor in the Pwnage is the PAW3335, which is a high performing, low power consumption sensor. I also own a Logitech G305 and comparing them side by side, I can say the Pwnage works almost identically to the G305 Hero Sensor – at least from what a human can detect. The DPI levels match very closely after I set them both to 800. The mouse does go up to 16,000 dpi, but i don’t know what sane person would game at such an absurd dpi.

All the buttons have the perfect click and resistance; I often found myself doing a lot of misclicks on other mice, this was probably the first mouse I pulled out of the box and didn’t have to re-learn how to not accidentally click all the time. The side buttons are placed perfectly as well, no complaints. The scroll wheel includes an RGB effect and the rear has a RGB strip that lights up along with the Pwnage logo itself, which is visible only with the honeycomb shell, the solid shell will hide it.

How I set my Pwnage mouse up.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. The features beat out the more expensive brand name mice, while having a sensor that is just as good. You simply get more accessories/features for less money. At the time of writing, I purchased my Pwnage for $90 plus shipping, while the G Pro and Viper Ultimate are going for around $150, although I’ve seen those prices flex by about $20.

Also Pro Tip: I used a Gen X USB C magnetic charging tip and cable to make charging this mouse effortless. The magnetic cable just snaps into place. You can find them on amazon here.