After weeks of speculation, Atlus announced a new Persona 5 spin-off coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch. Developed by Koei Tecmo in conjunction with Atlus, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is a hack-and-slash action RPG, much in the vein of the Warriors franchise. It may not be the Persona game we were hoping for, but it looks interesting enough to hopefully make fans happy anyway.
Last month we learned that Goku is coming to Dragon Ball FigherZ… again. The latest iteration of the popular Super Saiyan is his child-like form from Dragon Ball GT. This new arrival is set for May 9th on all platforms. In the meantime, publisher Bandai Namco just put out a new trailer that shows off GT Goku in action, including his Super Saiyan 4 form.
After months of waiting and slow news drips, Atlus finally dropped the mother lode of Persona 5 The Royal information a few minutes ago. The reveal came at the end of the first day of the (excellent) Persona Super Live 2019 concert in Tokyo. Persona 5 The Royalwas officially named one month ago during a brief trailer in which we caught our first look at a new female character. Until today, we were still mostly in the dark about what the game would actually contain.
As Persona 4 Golden did before it, Persona 5 The Royal is going to be an enhanced version on the original, adding in new characters, new areas, and a new part of the school year. The first new character is one we’ve seen before, though we haven’t gotten any information on her until now. Kasumi Yoshizawa is a new student at Shujin Academy and excels as a gymnast. She seems to be driven by her own goals and will eventually join the Phantom Thieves in pursuit of them. Another new character is Takuto Moruki, a school counselor brought in to help students deal with the aftermath of early events in the game. While not playable, Takuto acts as one of the game’s confidants, filling the new role of “The Consultant.” The trailer also teased a human Morgana, making him even more like Persona 4’s Teddie.
In addition to these characters, Atlus is bringing some other new content to Persona 5 The Royal. Notably, there are new places you can visit, such as DARTSLIVE3, where you can hang out with your friends, and Kichijoji, which is supposed to represent Tokyo. The game’s already incredible UI is getting an update, and new menuing features are being added to make checking your status even easier than before. There’s even a new opening and ending theme!
As if I’m not already going ballistic over this reveal, Atlus is dropping even morePersona news tomorrow. Persona Super Live 2019 is a two-day event, the second part of which will be held tomorrow at 6:00 AM EST. During this performance, information will be released regarding Persona 5 S. If you’re up early enough, you can catch the concert either on Niconico or on the official Persona Twitter account. Niconico premium members can tune in starting at 6:00 AM, while everyone else can watch beginning at 6:30 AM. If you’re looking for more news on Persona 5 The Royal, however, you’ll have to wait a little bit. The next bit of information will come out on May 9th. At least it’s not a whole month this time!
Between Persona 5 The Royal and Persona 5 S, I’m ready for the Phantom Thieves to take my heart (and my money)! Persona 5 The Royal launches on PlayStation 4 (with PlayStation 4 Pro support) in Japan on October 31st, while those in North America and Europe will have to hold out until 2020.
Last May, Epic Games teamed up with Marvel for a crossover event that brought the villainous Thanos and his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet to Fortnitefor a limited time event. Players could find and equip the gauntlet to transform into Thanos himself and wreak havoc on their opponents with overpowered punches and laser attacks.
The event was short-lived, but it may soon be returning. Data miners have been digging through the version 8.30 update, and they’ve discovered new kill and death feed messages that mention Thanos. Last year’s event kicked off shortly after Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, so it would make sense to bring it back around the same time that Avengers: Endgame begins its run later this month.
A few months back Celeste developer Matt Thorson revealed that a new chapter is headed to the game as DLC. This final update is titled Chapter 9: Farewell, and it will be free on all platforms. Farewell will be a single, continuous chapter (no B-Side) with some new mechanics, and it’s said to be the hardest Celeste challenge yet.
We haven’t heard much about it since January, but Matt and his team are still hard at work. The official Celeste Twitter account just broke the silence to inform fans that development is “on the home stretch.” Although it won’t be out this month, it shouldn’t be much longer after that. The update also confirmed that the team is waiting to release the physical version of the game until after Farewell is completed.
If you’re a fan of over the top courtroom drama, today is a good day! The beloved Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series is back in a new trilogy bundle that includes Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations. All three games have been remastered with improved graphics and new features. You can pick the trilogy today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Millions around the globe are eagerly awaiting the debut of Stranger Things Season 3 (including yours truly), and when the new episodes drop on Netflix on July 4th, fans will also be able to enjoy a tie-in video game. Developed by BonusXP, the game is a top-down beat ’em up with puzzle solving and some added lore that will help flesh out the town of Hawkins. The latest trailer shows off some of the game’s dialogue and takes us on a tour of Hawkins that includes the pool, the mall, the ice cream shop, and more.
Last week, Gearbox Software finally released the first trailer for Borderlands 3. The game’s big reveal didn’t come with a release date attached, but Gearbox didn’t make fans wait long to find out. A new trailer launched today that highlights the new Vault Hunters and the villainous Calypso Twins they’ll be fighting. The trailer also revealed a release date of September 13th.
Borderlands 3 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sorry, Switch owners. Publisher 2K Games has confirmed that the PC version will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store until April of next year, so don’t look for it on Steam any time soon. We’ll find out more about the gameplay during a special livestream event on May 1st, but in the meantime, Gearbox gave the following descriptions for the game’s new heroes:
Moze as The Gunner: When Moze needs backup, she digistructs her mech – Iron Bear – for a sucker punch of additional firepower.
Amara as The Siren: A confident, capable brawler with the ability to summon ethereal fists, Amara uses her Siren powers to smash her enemies.
FL4K as The Beastmaster: FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits, those poor suckers.
Zane as The Operative: Specializing in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he were never there.
PlayStation Plus subscribers are in for a couple of free goodies for the month of April, each pitting your survivability skills to the test in hostile worlds out for your blood. On April 2, endure unending brutality in ancient times through Conan Exiles, as you start with nothing but your bare hands, craft materials and weapons, and fight for your life in an unforgiving, dangerous land. The Surge, on the other hand, will leave you fending for yourself in a dystopian future terrorized by haywire machinery.
These will switch in with March’s pair of free PlayStation Plus games, being Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the remastered version of a first-person shooter classic, and the acclaimed puzzle title The Witness.
This will mark the second month since Sony made a drastic change to this PS+ feature and pulled PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita support from the free game rotation, and their absence shows. Sony has confirmed last year that they would only feature PlayStation 4 games on this service from this point forward, but while an argument can be made for quality over quantity, gutting the number of free games from the usual six down to two does diminish the overall value of the subscription service. Meanwhile at Microsoft, the Games with Gold program continues on with the usual four free games per month, so here’s to hoping Sony steps up their game.
That aside, are you considering picking up Conan Exiles and The Surge? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
Yacht Club Games made a name for themselves with the highly successful retro-styled platformer Shovel Knight. Since its launch, they’ve been releasing regular updates and expansions, but they’ve also been working on something brand new. Today the indie studio revealed that they’ve teamed up with Mechanical Head Studios to create a new game called Cyber Shadow.
Like Shovel Knight before it, Cyber Shadow draws its inspiration from classic 8-bit games and will emulate that style. You’ll be playing as a ninja known as Shadow fighting back in a world that’s been taken over by synthetic life forms. Cyber Shadow has been in development by Mechanical Head for years, and with Yacht Club’s help it’s finally about ready to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. You can pre-order it now on the official website for $14.99, but the release date has not yet been determined. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from Cyber Shadow.
Dash, slice, and leap through masterfully designed levels filled with sharply honed ninja platforming action.
Authentic 8-bit presentation with hand-crafted sprites, a detailed pixel aesthetic, and perfect controls. Modern touches like fluid animation, multi-layered parallax backgrounds, and evolved game design.
Take down more than a dozen apocalyptic bosses, from enormous war machines to your synthetic clan rivals.
Relive the authenticity of classic 8-bit challenge or experience it for the first time.. with an added convenience or two.
Rescue your clan to unlock permanent Ninjutsu skills and abilities, combining them seamlessly as only the warrior of legend could.
Search for secrets as you explore the ruined world. Return to your old haunts to find supplies, items and upgrades.
Experience the gripping story, told both in-game and through animated cinematic story scenes between the action. Who can be trusted? How far will Shadow go to protect his clan and the one he loves?
Pulse-pounding soundtrack by Enrique Martin, produced by Jake Kaufman.
It has only been a little over two years since the launch of the crowdfunded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This fourth installment of WayForward’s acclaimed indie series was the titular half-genie’s breakout onto HD back in 2016. It made for Shantae’s biggest adventure yet, what with additional expansions, storylines, and playable characters cumulating towards the all-inclusive Ultimate Edition last year.
With the franchise milestones set with Half-Genie Hero, excitement towards the future of Shantae has continued to build, and it all came to a head tonight with a special announcement from WayForward. The studio has revealed that Shantae 5 is in active development, and set to launch on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and the recently unveiled Apple Arcade with an estimated release window for later this year — no Kickstarter campaigns necessary this time!
What do you hope to see in the indie darling’s upcoming adventure? Share your thoughts on Shantae 5 with us in the comments below.
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Sony kicked off today’s State of Play presentation by announcing another collaboration with Marvel. This time around it’s a virtual reality experience starring Iron Man. A short reveal trailer shows Tony Stark engaged in aerial combat, but a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen reminds us that this isn’t actually in-game footage. Iron Man VR launches later this year on PlayStation VR.
Sony opted not to hold their annual PlayStation Experience event last December, and shortly after that they revealed that they’d be skipping this year’s E3 (conference and show floor) for the first time in their history. With Sony stepping back from major events, many have been wondering how they plan to deliver gaming news in the future. Today we get our answer. Sony recently announced a new video series called “State of Play,” and the first episode kicks off today.
According to Sony the State of Play series will feature “updates and announcements from the world of PlayStation.” This first episode in particular will focus on upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR software “including new trailers, new game announcements, and new gameplay footage.”
The inaugural episode of State of Play will be livestreamed today starting at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern. That’s 9:00 PM for our readers in the UK and 10:00 PM Central European Time. You can tune in and watch all the reveals by clicking above!
Persona fans have been itching for more news on the upcoming Persona 5 R title for a few months now. Despite this thirst for information, Atlus keeps insisting on a slow drip of information and teases which do little more than give us more mystery and yet another date to look forward to. Such was the case yesterday, where, following the new Persona 5 OVA “Stars and Ours,” a new trailer for the game was released. While this short video did give us a title, a look at a new character, and a little hint at the upcoming conflict, it ultimately raised far more questions than answers.
The trailer opens on a city square, one rainy night. Standing in the midst of a crowd, a mysterious girl looks onward at a screen bearing the Phantom Thieves’ logo. She’s wearing the Shujin Academy uniform — the same school that the protagonist and a few of his comrades attend. Responding to a voice asking her “What do you think of the Phantom Thieves?” she replies, “I think helping people is a wonderful thing, but if I had to say, I don’t like them. I don’t think the Phantom Thieves’ methods will make the world a better place or help anyone. In the end, I feel like you can only solve that yourself.”
This trailer is revealed to be for the newly titled Persona 5 The Royal. Aside from the name and the look at the new character, not much else is known. Presumably, The Royal will be a definitive edition of the original game, much in the vein of Persona 4 The Golden, with the additional content focusing on this new character. I’ve seen some talk that she might even be playable, but I personally think this is unlikely, given the translation of her speech. The game’s website also lists it as being an RPG launching for the PlayStation 4, giving a bit more credence to this theory.
In any case, it’s clear that there’s still a lot we don’t know about Persona 5 The Royal. In keeping with their actions thus far, Atlus has promised that more information will be revealed on April 24th at the Persona Super Live concert. What do you think about what we’ve seen so far?
With a deeper insight into the inner machinations of Team Sonic Racing at SXSW 2019 came additional details about the upcoming racing title’s own music. Jun Senoue of Crush 40 fame has confirmed that the TSR original soundtrack—appropriately titled Maximum Overdrive—will be dropping worldwide with the release of the game, and it will be a behemoth of an anthology to collect at that.
The Maximum Overdrive OST will launch physically in a three-disc collection featuring a rough total of 130 tracks, with the crux of Team Sonic Racing‘s music split between remixes of old favorites and brand new tracks. For those who prefer the convenience of downloads, the soundtrack will also be available for purchase via popular digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Music, and Google Play, as well as streamable via the likes of Apple Music and Spotify.
At the panel, Senoue spoke at length to fans about the production process behind the music from Team Sonic Racing, most notably with a particular emphasis on the keyword “Team.” The Sonic sound director went on to describe the collaborative effort in producing the soundtrack with a number of special guests involved outside of SEGA’s own sound team.
One such artist was introduced to the Gotta Go Fast panel via a brand new song reveal, this being a remix of a fan-favorite track pulled straight out of Bingo Highway from 2003’s Sonic Heroes. TORIENA, an esteemed chiptune composer and performer based in Kyoto, Japan, has lent her talent to the project by joining forces with Senoue in “Bingo Party,” which you can jam to above! If you liked what you heard, you can also check out TORIENA’s website for her complete discography, social media links, and more.
TORIENA is but one of many names we know are involved with Jun Senoue in producing Team Sonic Racing‘s music, with the soundtrack building up to a real ensemble cast of Sonic music greats:
Crush 40 returns with vocalist Johnny Gioeli through the theme track “Green Light Ride.”
Tee Lopes, a longtime Sonic remixer who rose to prominence within the community in composing the entire soundtrack to Sonic Mania Plus, contributed to “Boo’s House” (feat. violinist Tei Sena) and “Sand Road” (feat. bassist Takeshi Kaneda).
The SEGA-hosted “Gotta Go Fast” panel at SXSW 2019 was all about Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing, the next multiplatform Sonic the Hedgehog racer coming to consoles in the next two months. Fans were treated to a deeper dive into what the upcoming Sonic title has to offer, with expectations high following the studio’s All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. If what was shown at the panel was of any indication, TSR is shaping up to be quite the treat for longtime fans.
One extensive preview of the game showed off the vehicle customization feature, where players can swap out parts, paint jobs, vinyls, and horns to make their car their own. Check out the trailer above, backed with a tasty “Crank the Heat Up!! …for Final Egg” remix from Sonic Adventure!
So yes, you can have the brooding Shadow drive a hot pink car while the content Big the Cat pilots a disastrously edgy ride, though you’ll need to put in some elbow grease to earn new swappable parts. You can earn more parts for your vehicles by nabbing in-game currency, though whether the parts are purchaseable, randomly earned like Rare Blades in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, or unlocked through a total currency count like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not yet known.
Team Sonic Racing comes to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 21.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has been a huge hit with well over 3 million copies sold since its debut just over a year ago, and Bandai Namco has kept players engaged with regularly released new content. New fighters have joined the game in DLC packs, and Season 2 is in full swing. The latest newcomer has just been revealed, and it’s… an interesting choice.
According to the most recent issue of Japanese publication Monthly V-Jump, Goku is coming to FighterZ… again. The latest version of Goku to join the fight is his childish GT form. He’ll come equipped with the Super Kamehameha which “transforms him into Super Saiyan 3 when there are two or fewer overall team members remaining” according to Gematsu. He also has access to the Super Spirit Bomb and another unknown Meteor Special. He can also fight with his Power Pole and fire off a Reverse Kamehameha.
While many fans wish they could just forget GT ever happened, GT Goku should be a welcome addition to the roster. The more the merrier!
The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and Capcom is enjoying another strong debut. After taking the number two spot with the Resident Evil 2 remake back in January, Capcom took first this week with Devil May Cry 5. Although the hack and slash adventure managed only about half as many launch sales as the survival-horror remake, it still had a respectable debut with 116,202 sales.
Devil May Cry 5 also helped boost PlayStation 4 sales for the week. Sony’s console seemed just about tapped out when multiple new games couldn’t boost its February sales, but Capcom’s latest did the trick. PlayStation 4 sales jumped by around 14,000 units this week. That said, Nintendo Switch is still in a dominating lead with nearly 70,000 sales to PlayStation 4’s 32,000.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
[PS4] Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom, 03/08/19) – 116,202 (New)
[NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 23,407 (2,932,439)
[NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 20,101 (499,543)
[NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 12,301 (2,166,999)
SEGA recently released Yakuza spin-off Judgment into the wild, but the game’s availability has since been halted. Actor and musician Pierre Taki plays the role of Kyohei Hamura, a prominent character in the game, and he was recently arrested by Japanese police for cocaine use. Japan takes the use of illegal drugs extremely seriously, and SEGA has responded by pulling the game off store shelves and digital storefronts.
So what’s next for Judgment? Will the game simply be dead and buried? And what of its planned worldwide release this June? At this time, SEGA is still weighing their options, and they haven’t officially voiced plans.
It’s possible that SEGA will recast the character, recreate the scenes with the new model and voice, and resume selling the game. They took similar steps when Yakuza 4 HD actor Hiroki Narimiya promptly retired after pictures surfaced allegedly showing him using cocaine. Taki is also slated to voice Olaf in the Japanese release of Frozen 2 (as well as Kingdom Hearts 3), and Disney is currently looking to replace him in that role.
Fortnite is one of the hottest games in the world right now, with millions of players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. It also has cross-play functionality, letting players on different platforms compete directly. However, Epic Games has just announced that the latest update makes some major changes to player pools.
According to the Version 8.1 patch notes, Battle Royale cross-play matchmaking is getting a big shakeup. From now on, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be pooled together (you’ll have to opt-in to cross-play) while Nintendo Switch players will be pooled in with mobile players. Epic expects this will lead to “an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players.”
It’s a move that makes a lot of sense from a hardware perspective. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are similar machines, but Switch is a different beast entirely. With its Tegra architecture, Switch is much more similar to a tablet, and now that will be reflected in matchmaking.