• Friday, September 17, 2021

Nintendo has no plans for Switch price drop outside Europe

Nintendo won't extend its European Switch price cut to the US, the company has confirmed to Axios Gaming.

On Monday, Nintendo reduced the price of the original Nintendo Switch by £20, down to £259 in the UK and €269 in mainland Europe.

In a statement to Eurogamer at the time, Nintendo UK said the change was "due to currency exchange rates" as well as the impending 8th October arrival of the Switch's new OLED model.

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This weekend's Age of Empires 4 technical stress test open to all

This weekend's Age of Empires 4 technical stress test is open to all.

Following a closed beta, the upcoming strategy game goes live for all this Friday, 17th September at 6pm UK time until Monday, 20th September at 6pm.

The idea is to scale test the game's servers and systems with as many players as possible ahead of the 28th October release date.

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Sony appears to have announced the Destroy All Humans 2 remake early

Sony appears to have announced the Destroy All Humans 2 remake early.

The announcement of Destroy All Humans 2 Reprobed was made on the official PlayStation Twitter account, before it was deleted.

The trailer is still available, though. Whoops!

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Retro rhythm roguelike BPM: Bullets Per Minute arrives in October

BPM: Bullets Per Minute launches for PlayStation and Xbox on 5th October, developer Awe Interactive has announced.

A dungeon-clearing first-person shooter mix of Doom and Rock Band, this rhythm FPS originally launched on Steam in September 2020 to strong reviews.

Here's a look at it in action:

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Thatcher's Techbase sees the return of "one of humanity's greatest threats"

Thatcher's Techbase is - you guessed it - about the return of Margeret Thatcher.

The Boom-compatible Doom WAD comes out on 24th September via its website on GitHub. It's free and playable on pretty much any computer hardware. There are five levels of difficulty, co-op and deathmatch.

The trailer is below:

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Sony unveils new Midnight Black colour option for its Pulse 3D Wireless Headset

Sony has unveiled a brand-new colour option for its Pulse 3D wireless PS5 headset - black.

More specifically, the new headset variant comes in what Sony is calling Midnight Black, an all-black version ideal for those not overly keen on the white and black colour combination seen on the original iteration of its official PS5 headset.

This marks Sony's second PS5 peripheral to carry the Midnight Black moniker, arriving alongside the recently released Midnight Black DualSense wireless controller - one of two new "galaxy-themed" controller colours, the other being Cosmic Red.

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Deathloop PC stuttering issues being investigated, Arkane says

Deathloop players have complained of stuttering and poor frame-rates in the game's PC version, and now developer Arkane has acknowledged the problem.

In a statement shared by the game's community manager on reddit, Arkane said it was looking into the issue "as a priority".

"Hey all, I'm one of the Deathloop community managers," MortalEmporer wrote on reddit, replying to a post which jokingly suggested Deathloop's issues were due to the graphical quality of its in-game food.

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Twisted Metal TV adaptation casts Anthony Mackie as John Doe

Anthony Mackie is reportedly set to star as Jon Doe in the upcoming live-action TV adaptation of Sony's brash vehicular combat series Twisted Metal.

A TV series based on Twisted Metal was initially touted backing 2019, but it wasn't until last year that production appeared to shift up a gear, when first official details appeared online.

The show - an action-comedy take on the PlayStation series, scripted by Cobra Kai writer Michael Jonathan Smith - is said to tell the story of a motor-mouthed outsider who's offered a chance at a better life, as long as he can deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland dominated by savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction.

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Battlefield 2042 set for delay, reports suggest

UDPATE 9.10pm: DICE has officially confirmed reports of a delay for Battlefield 2042, announcing the game's release will be pushed back by a little over five week due to "unforeseen challenges" related to the ongoing pandemic.

Battlefield 2042 was initially due to launch on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC next month, on 22nd October, but will now arrive on 19th November this year.

"Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams," DICE wrote in a statement shared on Twitter "Given the scale and scope of the game, we had hoped our teams would be back in our studios together as we move towards launch. With the ongoing conditions not allowing that to happen safely, and with all the hard work the teams are doing from home, we feel it is important to take the extra time to delver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players."

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Deltarune Chapter 2 arrives this week on PC

Surprise! The second slice of Deltarune arrives tomorrow, Friday 17th September at 8pm Eastern time for PC and Mac. That's 1am Saturday morning here in the UK.

It's been three years since Undertale creator Toby Fox released Deltarune: Chapter 1 for free, and it's been a long wait without more information on when future installments might arrive.

That all changed overnight, with this short teaser posted to the official Undertale Twitter account:

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Battlefield 2042 beta reportedly pushed back to October

Battlefield 2042's upcoming open beta has reportedly been delayed from this month to October.

That's according to reliable Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson, who was one of the first to report yesterday on Battlefield 2042's overall delay to 19th November.

DICE had previously said players would be able to get their hands on with Battlefield 2042 during September. Now, the open beta is expected early next month, with 6th October floated as a date for pre-order customers before everyone else gets in on 8th October.

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Former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell found in contempt of court over use of Destiny assets

Composer Marty O'Donnell has been found in contempt of court over his use of Destiny assets and now owes Bungie tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, Eurogamer can reveal.

In April this year, Bungie served the celebrated composer behind the original Halo music with contempt of court papers over videos related to Destiny that were uploaded to O'Donnell's YouTube channel and other platforms.

Some of these videos were early musical sketches of what became Music of the Spheres, the much-loved musical foundation for 2014's Destiny.

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Brilliant Itch freebie If On a Winter's Night, Four Travellers coming to Steam this month

If On A Winter's Night, Four Travellers, an Itch.io breakout hit from indie developers Laura Hunt and Thomas Möhring, is coming to Steam later this month, releasing for free - like it is on Itch right now - on September 21st.

I played If On A Winter's Night, Four Travellers back in March and loved it. It's only a few hours long, featuring some mostly gentle point-and-click puzzling and a nicely gripping mystery. There are lots of literary references, lots of gothic horror, and lots - as you might have already noticed - of quite stunning pixel art, too.

It's "a ghastly little gem," apparently, with about 31,000 downloads on Itch. And free! You should check it out (and give that writeup from March a read if you're feeling extra generous, too).

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Tales of Arise breaks franchise records as it hits 1m sales milestone

Bandai Namco role-player Tales of Arise has shifted 1m copies worldwide in under a week, breaking sales records for the long-running series.

It means Arise is the fastest-selling Tales game ever, and the first to hit 1m copies in under seven days.

Bandai Namco announced the milestone on Twitter today, and shared a celebratory image of the game's characters Alphen and Shionne.

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Gran Turismo 7's big new campaign will require an internet connection

Following some uncertainty after Gran Turismo 7's release date reveal last week and a subsequent blog post that stated one of the new campaign modes will require an online connection, Polyphony Digital has confirmed that an internet connection is necessary to play the game's main campaign.

The addition of a fully fleshed out campaign is one of the key new features in Gran Turismo 7, following its absence at the heart of the online-focussed Gran Turismo Sport. Gran Turismo 7's campaign leans heavily on the series' past, allowing full modding and customisation of cars, as well as placing a fresh emphasis on the car collecting side with new and used dealerships and an all-new GT Cafe that lends some structure to the hoarding of cars.

A blog post published in the immediate aftermath of the release date reveal stated that an online connection is required for GT Cafe, something series creator Kazunori Yamauchi was able to expand upon in a recent interview with Eurogamer.

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343 to ditch Halo: The Master Chief Collection seasons after Halo Infinite comes out

343 plans to ditch Halo: The Master Chief Collection's seasons after Halo Infinite comes out, it's signalled.

Season 8, which launches later this autumn, may prove to be MCC's last season, as 343 moves away from the game's season model to focus on smaller updates "that can land when they're ready based on development status and studio roadmap alignment".

343 insisted these updates will continue to be free and will include the unreleased features and content from this year, and it will make a continued effort to improve stability and tackle legacy fixes where possible. "We still have a lot of goodness to deliver in 2022," 343's publishing team lead producer Michael "Farns" Fahrny said in a post on Halo Waypoint.

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Valheim development has an end point, developer says, as Hearth and Home arrives

Smash hit Viking game Valheim will eventually be completed and have a final ending, developer Iron Gate Studio has promised, as today's big Hearth and Home update arrives.

There's no suggestion we are close to that yet, but Iron Gate said it wanted to eventually polish off the project and move on - rather than keep it continually updated as a live service game or an MMO.

"Spoiler alert: this game will eventually have an ending. There will be a definitive ending where you beat the game, just so people understand," artist Robin Eyre explained in a 30 minute fireside chat developer video.

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There's a new WipEout game

WipEout Rush is a new game in PlayStation's legendary racing series - coming to iPhone and Android in early 2022.

Yes, this is an official WipEout game - at least in name, anyway. The debut trailer, below, clearly shows PlayStation's trademark at the end. It will feature "unique card-based racing" and a single-player campaign.

WipEout Rush is developed by Rogue Games, a studio set up by former IGN journalist and co-founder Matt Casamassina. IGN has the exclusive on the game's reveal today:

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Former Aeon Must Die developer uses copyright claim to force trailer off publisher's YouTube channel

A former Aeon Must Die developer has used a copyright claim to force the game's trailer off its publisher's YouTube channel.

Arsen Shakhbabyan, an animator who helped make the controversial Aeon Must Die trailer that first premiered during last year's PlayStation State of Play broadcast, had his attorney file the copyright claim after the trailer re-emerged on publisher Focus Home Interactive's YouTube channel last month.

The trailer for the game shown during the August 2020 State of Play, below, depicts a visually arresting beat-'em-up that caught the attention of PlayStation fans.

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Konami selling a £33 eFootball premium player pack you can't use until November

Konami has begun to unveil how it will monetise the free-to-download eFootball game, including a £33 premium player pack that gives you "chance deal items" you can't claim until November.

The premium player pack, for sale now on the PlayStation Store and Steam, offers six "chance deals" (plus two more if you pre-order).

A chance deal item lets you sign one of 16 featured players with an "exclusive design". These players include Lionel Messi, Neymar, Takefusa Kubo, Ansu Fati, Dayot Upamecano, Marcus Rashford and Jonathan dos Santos.

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Mysterious new Nintendo Switch controller listed

Nintendo has filed a new FCC application to launch a new type of controller for Nintendo Switch.

The filing popped up today, and was first spotted by Twitter user SamusHunter2. It specifically notes the product is a "game controller" with the Nintendo Switch "HAC" peripheral prefix.

Details are scarce, as the rest of the listing is being deliberately obscured until Nintendo officially announces the product, or for up to 180 days (which would take us to March next year).

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EA sticks with loot boxes for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, but adds preview packs

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team features the mode's long-standing and controversial loot boxes, EA has confirmed.

However, EA will use the preview packs it trialed towards the end of FIFA 21's life.

In June, under increasing pressure from governments, children's welfare groups and gambling charities, EA added the ability to see what's inside FIFA 21 loot boxes before you buy them.

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Sea of Thieves teases a "forgotten world of adventure" beneath the waves for Season 4

Following its majestic, Pirates of the Caribbean infused third season, Sea of Thieves will be embarking on a new adventure next Thursday, 23rd September, with the arrival of Season 4.

As to what's in store this time around (beyond the inevitable fresh 100 levels of seasonal progression and rewards), Rare remains in a teasing mood, albeit dropping some major hints in Season 4's newly revealed announcement trailer.

It appears the malevolant sirens - which got a long-awaited and wonderfully orchestrated introduction during Season 3's A Pirate's Life campaign - are poised to play an even bigger role. Last season's spectacular Sunken Pearl Tall Tale took pirates down into the depths to visit the gorgeous coral-hewn home of the Siren Queen, and it seems we'll be visiting more areas of the sirens' long-lost kingdom once Season 4 gets underway.

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Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One gets November release date on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, the latest entry in developer Frogwares' well-regarded deduction-based adventure series, now has a release date and will be coming to Xbox Series X/S, PS5, an PC on 16th November, with a PS4 and Xbox One release to follow.

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, as its name suggests, serves as a prequel to Frogwares' previous Sherlock Holmes titles, taking players back to the detective's days as a fresh-faced 21-year-old and the events that would lead to his life of sleuthing. It begins as Sherlock, with best friend Jon in tow, arrives on the sunny, Mediterranean-inspired island of Cordona - a significant aesthetic departure to the fog-shrouded London streets and rural corners of Frogwares' previous adventure - on the tenth anniversary of his mother's death.

Frogwares has already shared some of the new and returning mechanics players can expect in this latest third-person, open-world investigation adventure, but the developer has now offered some additional information in a new 7-minute gameplay "deep dive" trailer.

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ZX Spectrum creator Sir Clive Sinclair has died

Sir Clive Sinclair, perhaps best known as the inventor of the enormously popular ZX Spectrum home computer, has died at the age of 81 following a long illness.

Although Sinclair found success creating a range of small calculators in the early 70s, it was the advent of his first, highly affordable mass-market computer in 1980, the ZX80 - which retailed for less than £100 - that helped make him a household name.

In 1982, the ZX80 and its successor the ZX81 were followed by one of Sinclair's most influential products, the ZX Spectrum - a colour-capable home computer that, thanks to its popularity, played a key role in kickstarting the British software industry, leading to the creation of some of the era's most iconic games, from Manic Miner, Chuckie Egg, and Jet Pac to Lords of Midnight, Knight Lore, and Horace Goes Skiing.

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