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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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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EA Really Wants to Buy WB Games – And It Just Might Happen

Rumors are what help drive a lot of gaming news media forward but also they act as a kind of signal to elicit some kind of response.

In this case, we’re wondering if EA is trying to come on a little strong in expressing its interests.

WB Games might not be one of the first publishers that come to mind when you think about the big names out there like Capcom, Sega, and Square, but they not only publish some pretty big titles but also they have some hot properties on the horizon.

And EA would like to scoop them up in a deal, for better or worse. That’s right, gaming’s own Cronus wants to devour yet another titan of the scene and who knows what kind of impact that will have on Batman games and the upcoming open-world Harry Potter title, if anything.

But EA has never let their reputation for sterilizing creative forces stop them from making a major acquisition in the past.

Could the WB Games thing actually happen?

Well, one major roadblock might be other gaming publishers themselves. If WB Games makes it known that it wants out of the business, this could lead to a veritable feeding frenzy among the big names out there. Also, while EA has deep pockets, many of its competitors have caught up with and some names surpass it entirely, like Microsoft for example. One name bandied about as a potential suitor for WB Games should it come up for acquisition is none other than the Redmond clan behind the Xbox, a console relatively starved for exclusive content when compared with Nintendo and Sony and which could really benefit from something like a triple-A open-world Harry Potter game and the license to the Batman property. Spider-Man on PS, Bat Man on Xbox, anyone?

That brings up the second aspect of all of this and that is anyone who buys WB Games will likely need deep pockets. It isn’t that EA isn’t capable of buying it, it’s all a matter of who else wants a piece of it. 

Some analysts have cited the business impact of the novel coronavirus and, specifically, finance. The implication here is that a company that doesn’t have the cash on hand might not be able to secure financing for such a purchase given the current environment. Yet, on the other hand, one industry that has boomed while everything else has largely suffered is video games. In other words, we don’t think EA would have to try too hard to find someone willing to help it cough up the cash for a WB Games acquisition if it comes down to that.

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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

Destiny 2’s Next Expansion Delayed Until November 2020

Expansions are pretty much the lifeblood of MMOs hence why delays make people upset in more ways than one.

But this delay might be understandable from a range of circumstances, not least among them the current global pandemic that is bringing the world to a halt.

It looks like the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t just impacting daily life and the economy in a broad sense but also the development of updates such as the much-anticipated expansion for Destiny 2, Beyond Light. That’s the reason behind the delay of Beyond Light until November 2020, an announcement that has come as a disappointment for many content-starved Destiny 2 fans.

In a game update, community manager David “Deej” Dague posted: “As the first chapter in a new trilogy of expansions, Beyond Light is the beginning of a new era of Destiny 2. We have a powerful story to tell and incredible new features that we’re really excited for players to experience. As always, our goal is to make the coolest, most entertaining expansion we can possibly make for our fans. To that end, we are doing what’s best for the game and moving the launch date. The past few months have been a challenge and will continue to be during this pandemic. We’ve learned to create together in a new way, by having to work apart from one another. Despite these hurdles, we’re still committed to the same level of quality that our fans expect.”

Though the delay is a disappointment for many, the devs promise to make up for it with a stellar expansion. They also are going to keep the community in the loop as to what they are developing and what that roadmap is looking like moving forward. And, to be clear, Beyond Light isn’t just your average expansion either. It is the beginning of a new yarn in the Destiny 2 saga and likely to bring a host of changes with it. It’s not quite World of Warcraft: Cataclysm level changes, but they’re a pretty big deal in terms of the game itself.

“Over the coming weeks, we’ll be unveiling more of what we’re working on for Beyond Light and what that also means for Season of Arrivals, which will now extend to November 10. Beyond Light sets the stage for an incredible future in Destiny 2 and, though it’s coming later than we originally anticipated, we’re excited to continue that journey with you this November.”

As for the current Season of Arrivals, it will extend until the November 10 launch of Beyond Light. Luckily for Destiny 2 players, Bungie has one of the most robust community support teams around so we’re likely to hear a lot more about Beyond Light in the coming weeks to keep us enthusiastic. 

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The Upcoming Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare Season 5

Season 5 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its popular Warzone mode is almost here. And it couldn’t come soon enough for some fans.

To get things started, we’ll begin with the date that all of this is supposedly going to kick off: August 5.

In a brief teaser sent to Twitch streamer NICKMRCS and later picked up by outlets such as Gamestop, the Season 5 teaser hints at trains, the inside of the stadium, and even a nuclear explosion.

What does all of this mean?

For one, people are somewhat certain about the start date for the new season. Given that the current battle pass ends on that date it is safe to assume that the next round will begin on or around that same time frame.

Though the clips released so far don’t really give us much solid information to go on there is one salient feature that is being picked up on but most fans and that is the fact that you can see inside Stadium, something you can’t currently do.

This has speculation about an open arena running wild and it is something that is not only widely wanted but likely coming our way this season. Another event in the trailer, the nuclear explosion, has some imaginations wandering off into Fortnite territory and speculating that this could be evidence of a permanent “terrain altering” event. The likely candidate is Verdansk and what this means for that is just another area where we can all speculate but no one knows exactly what the devs have up their sleeves. Whatever it is, it looks exciting.

Of course, this is starting to become almost standard for Warzone and Modern Warfare. They keep knocking these updates out of the park and we can’t get enough.

Even though it isn’t a lot to go on, we won’t have to wait long to see what Infinity Ward has waiting for us.

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Rogue Company Beta Out Now

Find out how to get a beta drop key

The new Hi-Rez developed game, Rogue Company, has entered its Beta which is open to those who preorder the game or receive a beta drop or key. The game will be available on all major consoles – PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch. As for PC, it will be available via the Epic Games Store. Good news – it seems cross-play will be enabled across all platforms so no friend is left behind.

The game is another cross breed of sorts blending elements of different games into a new shooter. It plays as a third person and the camera setup reminds me very closely of Fortnite or even The Division. You’ll also see that each character has a special ability and/or a passive ability, kind of like Rainbow Six Siege.

The game currently will play in a 4v4 or 2v2 objective format.

How to get into the beta:

Once again another game adopts the twitch drop strategy. You know the drill, link your account to Epic/Hi Rez and turn on a stream with drops enabled and wait. Find a stream here

Stay tuned for thoughts on the game once I can get my hands on a beta drop.

Microsoft’s Cloud Gaming Service Coming in September 2020

Microsoft’s vision for the future of video games is almost here and we’re not talking about its next-gen console. Announced for September of this year, Microsoft’s long-anticipated cloud gaming service called Project xCloud will be arriving and for free for holders of its Game Pass membership. The service promises gamers the ability to “game” on the device of their choosing such as a phone, tablet, or console.

If that’s a promise you think you’ve heard before, well, let’s just say that Microsoft isn’t the first mover in this space. But they might be one of the biggest and sooner rather than later.

Of course, with the next-gen hardware right around the corner, people might not be as interested in or paying as much attention to things like a cloud-gaming service with the Xbox branding. Yet, for industry watchers, this news is probably as big as the details we got about the new console coming out. All of it paints a picture of a company dedicated to its gaming division – a fidelity that many people have questioned in the past. After all, let’s not even get into how wary some consumers are about Stadia given Google’s history with abandoning projects.

The chief of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer said of the new service in a blog post, “We’re bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together at no additional cost for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet.”

While some people are comparing it to rival services from Nvidia and Google, analysts point to one key distinguishing difference between the xCloud service and its rivals: The integration with Xbox Game Pass and the broader Xbox user base.

Highlighting this, the research director of games at analytics firm Ampere Analysis Piers Harding-Rolls told CNBC, “Integrating the offer into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate fully commercialises the technology and gives people using it the ability to game with the almost 100 million Xbox Live community of users across console,  PC and mobile.”

Describing how it will bring streaming to a mass audience, Harding-Rolls continued:

“The fact the feature is free means that usage of the technology is likely to be widespread across the subscriber base and will give many the first taste of this distribution technology, its advantages, and its limitations.” There’s little doubt that streaming platforms will be a part of the future composition of the gaming landscape. It’s just a question of how important they are and the kind of value proposition they offer gamers. Another aspect of this debate is that “streaming” means different things in gaming than it does for the often-cited Netflix business model. Offering a Netflix-style library of triple-A games, as opposed to an iTunes style option of buying a game and then streaming it (a la Stadia), could be the true breakthrough moment for video games in the cloud space.

Sony Plunges $250 Million Into Epic Games

Things just keep getting better for Epic Games. Japanese gaming and electronics giant Sony just announced that they are putting up no less than $250 million in an investment in the Fortnite maker and it has industry tongues wagging with speculation.

Could this be a power move on Sony’s part to secure Fortnite exclusivity moving into the next generation? Who knows but if speculation could power a city, we’ve got enough for the whole US East Coast from this story alone.

Polygon quotes the official press release on the deal which said that the two companies wanted to “broaden their collaboration across Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem to create unique experiences for consumers and creators.”

IMAGE SOURCE: EPIC GAMES.

While that is vague in and of itself, it could also speak to other possibilities outside of the next console generation. Sony could be looking for a partner in the PC gaming space. You know, one that could sell their exclusives to a ready and waiting PC audience.

CEO of Sony Corporation Kenichiro Yoshida said of the investment, “Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations. There’s no better example of this than the revolutionary entertainment experience, Fortnite. Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape.”

“Sony and Epic have both built businesses at the intersection of creativity and technology, and we share a vision of real-time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music. Together we strive to build an even more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators alike,” Founder and CEO of Epic Tim Sweeney remarked of Sony’s contribution.

You have to hand it to them, Epic knows how to make big moves in the video game industry and do they ever garner attention. From securing exclusives to paving the way for a monetized-everything future, Epic’s influence on the current direction of video games cannot be denied.

Still, one does have to wonder where Sony’s head is in all of this. It can’t just be about one thing over all else but Fortnite’s popularity (and ability to make money) means that Epic is playing with a powerful deck. One salient fact of the past five years or so of Sony’s run is that much of the PlayStation 4’s staying power comes from the fact that the console commands one of the most impressive libraries of exclusive games for this generation.

As we move closer to the next generation systems, it looks like Sony is going to double down on that strategy and is even reaching out to other companies, like Epic, in aggressive ways to do just that. Even timed exclusives are better than nothing at all.

Far Cry 6 Trailer Revealed

Far Cry 6 was revealed during the Ubisoft Foward event.

You might notice Giancarlo Esposito is featured in the trailer…aka GUSTAVO FRING of Breaking Bad. The trailer depicts Fring as El Presidente of a country that seems to be in rebellion.

The CGI graphics are quite nice judging from the trailer. We don’t get to see any game play, but the game has been announced to be coming February 18th, 2021. The game will release on all major consoles – PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia.

Catch the trailer below.