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Stranger of Paradise uses Final Fantasy 1 as a motif rather than being “directly connected to the game”

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’s concept is based on Final Fantasy 1, but is a story all its own.Speaking in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’s creative producer Tetsuya Nomura, producer Jin Hujiwara, and director Daisuke Inoue spoke about the game, and how it’s using the original Final Fantasy as a motif.Watch on YouTubeAccording to Nomura, the game is based on Final Fantasy 1, where at the end of which, you learn who the Warriors of Light really are and where they came from.In Stranger of Paradise, Jack and his friends are under the impression they…

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Bayonetta 3 “still exists” and development is “progressing well”

By Stephany Nunneley 19 June 2021 18:57 GMT Another E3, another Bayonetta 3 no-show. It’s getting rather depressing.But don’t worry lovelies: Bayonetta 3 is still in development and things are progressing nicely.Watch on YouTubeThat’s according to Nintendo’s Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff speaking in an interview with Gamespot.“I can definitely confirm it still exists,” said Bihlfroff.“I will even go one further and say that not only does it exist, but it’s progressing well,” added Trinen. “We like to show things when we’re ready to show them, and certainly, we like to show things when the developer is ready to show…

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Server capacity increased for Battlefield 4 due to influx of players following Battlefield 2042 reveal

By Stephany Nunneley 19 June 2021 16:21 GMT EA has increased the server capacity for Battlefield 4 due to an influx of players following the Battlefield 2042 reveal.Thanks to the reveal of Battlefield 2042, the amount of players itching for some modern combat has surged, causing the servers for Battlefield 4 to reach capacity, making queue times far longer in certain regions.Watch on YouTubeTo stop any more issues from coming about due to the deluge, EA has taken steps to help combat long queues (thanks, Neowin).“We were absolutely blown away by your excitement and reactions to the recent Battlefield 2042…

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Phasmophobia update adds two ghost types, Willow Street House map, more

By Stephany Nunneley 18 June 2021 20:38 GMT Phasmophobia’s latest update has moved out of the beta phase and is now live.Today’s Phasmophobia update has added two new ghost types, two more daily challenges, the Willow Street House map, and some changes and bug fixes.Watch on YouTubeSpeaking of the new ghosts, it’s worth noting that they will have 3x higher spawn rate until the next update, so just know that going in.Alongside the aforementioned, the update also added a way to reset corrupt save files, a sell button in the item store, a profanity filter, and a confirmation timer when changing the…

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George R. R. Martin’s work on Elden Ring was finished “years ago”

It sounds like George R. R. Martin isn’t as involved in Elden Ring’s development as you might think.Had it not leaked ahead of time, the news that George R. R. Martin is working with FromSoftware on its next project would have been one of the all-time best surprises in games. But since Elden Ring was officially revealed, and we learned what role he played in its development, we haven’t really heard anything from the author about his work on the game.Watch on YouTubeMartin recently spoke to local news station WTTW during a trip to receive an honorary doctorate from his…

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Pokemon Unite releases in July for Switch, coming to mobile in September

By Stephany Nunneley 17 June 2021 17:05 GMT The Pokemon Company promised yesterday we’d get some Pokemon Unite news today, and it delivered.Pokemon Unite will release for Switch in July and will arrive iOS and Android in September, The Pokemon Company and developer TiMi Studio Group announced today.Watch on YouTubeThe real-time, team-based battle game with cross-play capabilities will be free to start and was announced back in June 2020.Pokemon Unite takes place on Aeos Island, an island said to be on the ocean’s unexplored frontier. On it, you will find the Unite Battle Committee (UBC), which runs a series of tournaments. In Unite…

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Todd Howard on Starfield exclusivity: focusing on two platforms will make for a better product

By Sherif Saed 16 June 2021 13:44 GMT Starfield will not be coming to PlayStation, and Todd Howard doesn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.At the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, Microsoft made sure to let everyone know that Starfield, the highly-anticipated next game from Bethesda Game Studios is exclusive to PC and Xbox.Watch on YouTubeThis confirmation wasn’t entirely unexpected; Microsoft hinted at this being the case shortly after it acquired Bethesda for $7.5 billion, but many fans who don’t own an Xbox console or a capable PC were no doubt disappointed by this news.“You don’t ever want to leave…

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Former Xbox exclusive The Medium is coming to PS5 in September

The Medium, the apparently timed Xbox console exclusive from Bloober Team that launched earlier this year, is coming to PS5 on September 3, 2021.This isn’t a complete surprise, though: the Entertainment Software Rating Board listed The Medium on PS5 back at the start of the month. Bloober Team’s third-person psychological horror title was first announced for PC, Xbox Series X/S, and was a day-one release through Xbox Game Pass. At no point had it previously been mentioned that it would end up on PS5.The PS5 version of The Medium will feature “full DualSense controller support,” according to a press release, so there’s some specific…

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Adventure game Strange Brigade arrives on Nintendo Switch

By Stephany Nunneley 15 June 2021 19:55 GMT Rebellion’s Strange Brigade is out today on Nintendo Switch, and you can get it for 10% during launch week.The third-person adventure game Strange Brigade has you dealing with mummified enemies as you solve puzzles in booby-trapped ruins.Watch on YouTubeOther enemies include fire-breathing assassins, and armor-plated minotaurs all under the control of Seteki the Witch Queen who was buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years and has now returned.You can play it by yourself or team up with others in local wireless co-op and online for 1-4 players.On Switch, players will receive exclusive new…

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Elex 2 officially announced, set years after the events of the first game

By Sherif Saed 15 June 2021 13:01 GMT Piranha Bytes has returned with a sequel to Elex.Elex 2 was announced today, after a few teasers from developer Piranha Bytes. The sequel to the 2017 sci-fi action RPG returns to the world of Magalan, though not without expanding the fiction and implementing new gameplay tweaks.Watch on YouTubeElex 2 takes place following the conclusion of the original game’s story. The defeat of the Hybrid gave life to new factions, and The Berserkers have made good on their promise to terraform the planet. After a period of peace, protagonist Jax returns to warn…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is 30fps on Xbox Series X/S

By Sherif Saed 15 June 2021 10:01 GMT Asobo has clarified a few details about Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox.Microsoft Flight Simulator was only just announced for Xbox Series X/S, but developer Asobo is already talking about a few specifics.Watch on YouTubeThe studio confirmed, via the game’s official Twitter account, that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a 30fps game on Xbox Series X/S. This isn’t particularly surprising, either, as it’s one of the most demanding games on PC, where many setups struggle to maintain 60fps.What’s interesting, however, is that the Tweet also confirms that players whose TVs support VRR (Variable Refresh…

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A Plague Tale: Requiem cloud version coming to Switch

By Stephany Nunneley 14 June 2021 21:44 GMT Looks like A Plague Tale: Requiem is coming to a platform other than PC and Xbox Series X/S.According to the game’s Twitter account, A Plague Tale: Requiem is also coming to Switch via the cloud.Watch on YouTubeThe cloud version of the game will join Control and Hitman 3, both of which take advantage of the tech.Announced yesterday during the Xbox + Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, in the game, you will follow Amicia and her brother Hugo on a new quest, as they try to survive an uncaring world as a terrifying curse…

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The Season of Sloth kicks off in Hitman 3 tomorrow

By Stephany Nunneley 14 June 2021 18:56 GMT The Season of Sloth in Hitman 3 starts on June 15 with Act 3 of the Seven Deadly Sins. Hitman 3 players will be able to participate in the Sloth Depletion Escalation and go deep into the mind of Agent 47. Watch on YouTubeThere will be a new take on the Dartmoor location, and new sin-themed items and suits.The current season, Pride, ends today and includes a new Escalation in Chongqing called The Pride Profusion.Act 1, Greed, ran from March 20 to May 10.The Seven Deadly Sins features new gameplay opportunities, distinct…

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Forza Horizon 5 has 60fps performance modes on Xbox Series X/S

By Sherif Saed 14 June 2021 13:14 GMT Forza Horizon 5 will let you play it in 60fps on any Xbox Series console.Following the big Forza Horizon 5 reveal at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, Playground Games has offered a few more details about what we can expect from the game.Watch on YouTubeIn a wide-ranging FAQ posted on the Forza support website, it was confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 offers two different modes on both Xbox Series X and Series S. By default, the game runs at 4K 30fps on Series X, and 1080p 30fps on Series S. The game…

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Marvel’s Avengers expansion Black Panther: War for Wakanda coming in August

By Stephany Nunneley 13 June 2021 20:53 GMT The Black Panther: War for Wakanda expansion is coming to Marvel’s Avengers in August.The date for the Marvel’s Avengers expansion was announced during Square Enix Presents today.Watch on YouTubeBlack Panther: War for Wakanda will add Black Panther as a playable character, who must defend Wakanda from Klaw who seeks to steal Vibranium. You can expect the content to include the Wakandan Jungle Biome, new Klaw faction enemies, and much more. Alongside the expansion this summer, you can expect new hero outfits, a power level cap increase, and a new outpost.Also in the…