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Proven News Wrap-Up: 5/18

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories for the week of 5/18. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) U.S. Senate Takes the First Step to Reinstate Net Neutrality 

This is a story that goes beyond the gaming world, but will directly impact the way gamers interact online. Back in December, the FCC voted to remove net neutrality rules, giving internet providers the opportunity top prioritize content and internet speeds. This, in theory, could allow for providers to charge extra for “gaming internet speeds”. There has been a lot of pushback to the decision to remove net neutrality, and the United States Senate has gotten onboard. With a 52-47 vote, the Senate has decided to reinstate neutrality rules. Although this is an important step, there is still a long way to go for net neutrality rules to be put into place. Next up, Congress will have to also vote to reinstate the rules. Finally, if the vote gets through Congress, President Trump will have to sign on the dotted line as well. There is a long way to go, but having the Senate vote pass is a step in the right direction.

2) Game Delays Coming in Hot

Shenmue III, Metro Exodus, Skull & Bones, a “Highly-Anticipated” sequel in a Take-Two Franchise, these are just some of the games that were delayed out of 2018 this week. Delays are always a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is always a bummer that gamers have to wait to get their hands on titles that they have been waiting to play. On the other, delays give developers a chance to work out the kinks, bugs, and other issues that a game may have. The reward for this, if all goes as planned, a better experience when the game does come out. Let’s just hope that all of the games that were delayed this week are being delayed for the better. Let them cook.

3) Pokémon Switch Rumors 

Back at E3 2017, The Pokémon Company announced that they were working on a new, core Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. However, that was all they said. No trailer, no title, no gameplay, just a quick video letting gamers know the game was being worked on. This week, the rumors started flying about what gamers can expect from this upcoming title.

Pokémon has always been known for its two-game system. The Switch version is no different with leaks and rumors suggesting the two games will be titled: Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go: Eevee. As the titles imply, the next Pokémon game will be heading back to the Kanto region, in what the leaks and rumors are describing as remakes of Pokémon Yellow.

Additionally, the rumors also stated that the game would tie into Pokémon Go, integrating some of the features of the mobile game. Hopefully, many of these rumors will be put to rest soon, whether it is a standalone Nintendo Direct, or as part of Nintendo’s E3 presentation.

4) Black Ops 4 Announces Battle Royale

There were new specialists revealed for multiplayer, three day-one zombie experiences were shown, new systems for both weapons and health in multiplayer were announced, Treyarch confirmed there would be no campaign,  but in the end, the big news from the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal is that the franchise will be entering the battle royale space. Treyarch’s take on battle royale, titled Blackout will bring in assets from across the Black Ops games, including Zombies. Additionally, players will have access to both air, land, and sea vehicles, helping Blackout to stand out from other battle royale games. Although it was announced the map for Blackout is the largest that Treyarch has ever made, combining elements from many other Black Ops maps, one thing that wasn’t announced was the player count. It will be curious to see if Treyarch is going for the 100 man experience, or if they have to scale things down a bit with all of the assets they will be putting into the mode.

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 5/11

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories for the week of 5/11. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) List of Pre-Orders Appear on Walmart’s Site

With E3 coming next month, the time of leaks and rumors is squarely upon the gaming world. Things got off to a hot start this week when Walmart’s website published a list of games, some of them unannounced. Check out the full list below:

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  • Splinter Cell
  • Insurgency: Sandstorm
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Just Cause 4
  • Destiny Comet
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake
  • Metroid Prime
  • Beyond Good and Evil 2
  • Rage 2
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • NBA 2K19
  • WWE 2K19
  • Dragon Quest 2
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Borderlands 3
  • Lego DC Villains
  • Dreams
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Gears of War 5

While a pre-order list by no means confirms the games are coming, it gives gamers more reasons to get excited about each of the E3 press briefings. If any of them are true, it is always a shame to see developers announcements undercuts by leaks.

2) Square Enix Announces E3 Presentation

The last time Square Enix did an E3 showcase was back in 2015. This year, they will be coming back, with a digital showcase on June 11. For the company to come back with a showcase after taking several years off, it is fair to assume that Square has updates on lots of games. With Shadow of the Tomb Raider coming in September, there will likely be a large showing at E3. Could new information be announced for Kingdom Hearts III? Is there anything of Final Fantasy VII Remake ready to be revealed? Also, lets not forget that Square Enix is working on an Avengers game that hasn’t had any new information since it was initially announced.

3) Nintendo Says No to Virtual Console

After Nintendo revealed the details of Nintendo Switch Online, they were quick to follow-up with the announcement that no Virtual Console was planned for the Switch. While this doesn’t mean that classic games won’t be coming to Switch(there are already 20 NES games confirmed for Switch Online), it does change the way these games will be accessed. Right now, it appears there will be two avenues for classic Nintendo games. The first are the classic consoles such as the NES and SNES classic. The second looks to be the list of games that will be added via Switch Online. However, with Switch Online, gamers will only have access to the games as long as they have a subscription. Only time will tell what the future of classic Nintendo games looks like. However, this announcement is the nail in the coffin for VC on the Switch.

4) Thanos In Fortnite!

Epic and Marvel are flying high right now. Avengers: Infinity War is shattering the box office and the Fortnite hype train doesn’t look like it is stopping anytime soon. So obviously the next step is to drop Thanos into a special, timed mode in Fortnite right? This isn’t something that had to happen, but everything about it seems to fit so well. This twist on the solo mode in Fortnite Battle Royale sees all the players scrambling to find the Infinity Gauntlet on the map and turn into Thanos, granting them increased shields, health, and powerful abilities. If someone is able to take Thanos down, they will have the chance to play as him.

The coolest part about this mode was how it caught everyone off guard. There wasn’t a ton of build-up. It was announced, then the next day it was a playable mode in Fortnite. Something like this also opens to the door for other potential crossovers into the game. What could Epic have in store next?

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Nintendo Announces Details for Switch Online

In a post to their website, Nintendo has announced details for the upcoming launch of Nintendo Switch Online. The post focused on two key elements, features, and prices.

Features:

The following features have been confirmed as part of Switch Online:

  • Online Play
  • 20 NES games available launch with the added feature of online play. These games include Soccer, Tennis, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Dr. Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros. 3. New games will be continuously added.
  • Cloud Saves
  • Special offers to members.

Pricing:

Along with the features of the service, the following pricing plans were also laid out:

  • 1 month: $3.99
  • 3 months: $7.99
  • 12 months: $19.99

A family plan has also been announced as a pricing option. This will give one account holder the option to add up to 7 other members, giving them all access to the online features. This will cost $34.99. For for more information, click here to check out Nintendo’s post.

PG’s Take:

There are three things that stand out when going through this information. First, with NES games being available as a Switch Online feature, what does that mean for Virtual Console? Additionally, will the library grow to expand games outside of the NES? Second, cloud saving is something that people have been wanting since the launch of the console, so it is good to see that coming. Finally, when compared to the other online subscriptions, it is nice to see the price significantly lower when the offerings are very similar(online play, free games, discounts, and deals).

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 5/4

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories for the week of 5/4. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Cyberpunk 2077 at E3?

A quick rundown of all updates on CD Projekt Red’s mysterious RPG Cyberpunk 2077. On January 10, 2013, the launch trailer for the game is revealed. At the end of the trailer, they make it very clear there is no release date on the game. The trailer goes as far as flat-out saying it’s coming “When it’s ready”. After the trailer, there wasn’t a peep about the game until, five years later, the game’s Twitter account put out the following, one-word tweet:

Now, rumors are starting to swirl that gamers may be getting another look at the game at E3. CD Projekt Red is listed to be showcasing a new RPG for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC While this is by no means confirmation that it is Cyberpunk, gamers can only hope they are about to get a new look at this long-awaited game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) God of War Hits 3 Million Copies Sold in 3 Days

What a ride it has been for Sony Santa Monica and the God of War team. After numerous perfect scores from the media and similar reactions from fans, Sony confirmed that the numbers are backing everything up. God of War has become the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive ever, selling more than 3.1 million copies in its first three days. After the five years of work that Cory Barlog and his team put into this game, it is great to see everything come together for an amazing pay-off on all fronts.

3) New Games Coming to Xbox Games Pass

Xbox Games Pass is still in its early stages. One thing that was always going to be important for the success of the program was the library of games available to the user base. Earlier this week, Xbox announced the list of new games coming this month. Sticking to the promise, Microsoft exclusive State of Decay 2 will be available via Games Pass the day of its release on May 22. Below are some of the other games coming this month.

  • Laser League
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 
  • Overcooked
  • The Escapists
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Unmechanical: Extended
  • Sonic & Knuckles

4) Red Dead Redemption 2 Latest Trailer Fleshes Out the Story

Rockstar has shown off three trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2 and each time, the gaming world seems to come to a halt to see what new nuggets they are going to see. The latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 is no different.

The trailer focuses on setting up the world that gamers will be experiencing when RDR2 launches on October 26. Outlaw gangs are being hunted and taken out across the West. As the Van der Linde gang tries to outrun the law, tension among its members starts to cause friction and division amongst its members. The trailer does its job, setting up more of the story and the world that players will get to experience. However, with about five months until its release, the first true look at gameplay hasn’t happened yet. Additionally, there still isn’t much information on what RDR2’s online component will look like. All of this is very likely coming, but boy does Rockstar know how to leave their fans wanting more.

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 4/27

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories for the week of 4/27. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Detroit: Become Human Goes Gold

The next PlayStation exclusive is almost ready to roll. Earlier this week, Quantic Dream announced that Detroit: Become Human has gone gold, about a month in advance of its May 25 release date. There is a lot about David Cage’s new game for PlayStation owners to be excited. First, after playing the game at PlayStation Experience and recently checking out the free demo(available now), the game is gorgeous. The environments, character designs, and lighting highlight what the PlayStation 4 is capable of producing. The stakes of the demo itself also feel high. Players will have the opportunity to play out the hostage negotiation scenario that has been shown several times. At the end of the demo, a flowchart is shown, highlighting all the different ways the game can play out. Detroit: Become Human releases on May 25.

2) Quantic Dream Sues French Media Companies

The background for this story dates back to events that occurred earlier this year. Several French outlets reported on sexist, racist, and toxic work environment at Quantic Dream, the company developing Detroit: Become Human. David Cage, the CEO of the company has denied these allegations since they surfaced. Now, the company is taking the next step, and have filed lawsuits against Le Monde and Mediapart. Hearings for the case will begin in June, so the resolution to this story is still to come.

3) PlayStation and Xbox Announce May Free Games

Free stuff is always the best. This is why the announcement of the free games coming for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games with Gold users is always a highly anticipated moment. Both companies have announced the free games coming in May, and neither disappointed.

Sony’s list is highlighted by Beyond: Two Souls and Rayman Legends. Beyond: Two Souls makes sense as a free game in May, with Detroit: Become Human releasing at the end of the month. Rayman Legends is a great platformer for all ages, featuring co-op up to four players.

Microsoft also has some big hitters coming in the month of May. Metal Gear Solid V will be available starting on May 16, while Vanquish, Platinum’s third-person shooter also releases that day.

4) Far Cry 5 Becomes Top Selling Game of the Year

The March NPD’s are out, and Far Cry 5 has found itself on top of software sales. Not only is it the top selling game of March, but Far Cry 5 also surpassed Monster Hunter World to become the best selling game of the year.

Along with the success of Far Cry, several other games hit big milestones for the month of March.  Sea of Thieves, number two in software sales for the month, had the best launch month for a Rare game since the NPD’s started being tracked in 1995. Kirby Star Allies, number three on the list, sold 90 percent better than the previous best selling Kirby game, Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.

5) Nintendo Announces E3 2018 video presentation for June 12th – Treehouse Live to return

Splatoon 2 and the Switch version of Super Smash Bros will be represented in a big way at this year’s E3. The Splatoon 2 World Championship will be staring on June 11th and conclude on June 12th. A Video Presentation will be an 12:00pm Eastern time on June 12th that will include the recently announced Super Smash Bros. game. Right after the video presentation we will have 3 days of Switch gameplay with Nintendo Treehouse members and developers. Right after the Splatoon 2 World Championships, there will be the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018.

6) Shadow of the Tomb Raider Trailer Debut

Square Enix has released the official Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer called “The End of the Beginning”. The trailer name eludes to the fact that this is the final chapter in the origin story of Lara Croft. What is also quite interesting is that the trailer opens and closes with X-Box logos without any mention of Playstation. The official website still lists Shadow coming on all platforms on September 14th, so it must just be a marketing exclusivity. Watch the trailer for yourself below.

 

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Sony’s New Exclusive IP’s Are Winning The Generation & Future

Throughout the modern console generation, Sony has separated itself by highlighting the variety of exclusive content that is available on their platform. Genres ranging from sports to open-world, riveting stories to silly action platforms, they have pretty much covered all their basis. Exclusive games are one of the things that has always made PlayStation special. Dating back to the PlayStation 3, there have been several franchises that have led the way for Sony. However, if recent announcements have shown a trend, Sony could be on the verge of introducing some entirely new IP’s to the PlayStation lineup. Some of these games have already been announced. They are not only coming from studios that are trying something brand new, but also a studio that is new itself. Let’s take a look at some of the trends from Sony’s studios, both first and second party, and what it could mean for the future of PlayStation.

First Party Studios:

Sony Santa Monica:

Before we dive too far into this, yes, God of War just came out. However, it is some of the recent comments from Cory Barlog, the creative director at Sony Santa Monica that stands out. God of War is already a success in the eyes of reviewers and it would be a shock to everyone if the gaming public doesn’t view it the same way. But regardless of its success, there is always a question of what is next. This leads to an interview that Barlog had with Skill Up, where he talked a little bit about what is next for him.

“Something that’s truly coming from my original vision. That would be awesome.”

While God of War does contain much of what made the original games great, all of the ideas are re-imaged to fit new ideas and themes. Imagine what Barlog could do if he was given the freedom to bring a brand new idea to the table for PlayStation. After the success of God of War, he probably deserves the chance.

Guerrilla Games:

Dating back to 2002, Guerrilla Games was associated with one thing, Killzone. Sony’s first-person-shooter had good success, with no game going below 70 on Metacritic. However, in 2015, everything changed. Managing Director Herman Hulst came on stage at E3 and revealed to the world Horizon Zero Dawn, an open-world game different than anything Guerrilla had done before. Gone was the war between the ISA and Helghans. In its place, the story of Aloy and the post, post-apocalyptic world that she was born into. Beyond its story, Horizon set a new bar for open-world, RPG combat. Learning the strengths and weaknesses of each of the machines was just as important as upgrading your various weapons and traps. Horizon was met with rave reviews, reaching an 89 on Metacrtic.

Beyond its success, Horizon has allowed Guerrilla Games to go off in an entirely new direction. After its initial launch, the game received more content with The Frozen Wilds, a DLC experience that helped further flesh out Horizon’s world and story. Most importantly, the end of the main game sets the table for a sequel, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Sucker Punch:

Much like Guerrilla, Sucker Punch made its name in the current generation era behind the Infamous franchise. Infamous, Infamous 2,  Infamous Second Son, and Infamous First Light built a world where the main playable characters, Cole MacGrath and Delson Rowe could either be applauded as heroes or feared as villains. All of it was built around a karma meter that the player could impact with their actions and decision that were made throughout the game. Every game in the Infamous franchise was met with success, with none of the main games scoring below an 83 on Metacritic.

However, after the release of Second Son and First Light in 2014, the studio went dark. Conference after conference, rumor after rumor, the question of what Sucker Punch continued to grow. Was it another Infamous game? Or, were they going a totally different direction. The question was finally answered at Sony’s 2017 Paris Games Week showcase. The show opened with a trailer introducing the world to a new IP. As the trailer rolled, bits and pieces of information came out, the game was set in Japan, with the main character a Samurai, who appeared to be fighting to save his land. The game was revealed as a new IP, Ghost of Tsushima was introduced to the world. But throughout the entirety of the trailer, the question of who was developing this game was in question. It wasn’t until the very end, after everything was shown, that the Sucker Punch logo was shown. While much about the game is still unknown, one thing is for sure, it is a brand new direction for the Studio. They have broken away Infamous, and have been given the opportunity to try something totally new.

Second Party Exclusives:

Insomniac:

Insomniac and PlayStation have a long history, dating back to Spyro in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. More recently, first-person shooter Resistance had three installments on the PlayStation 3. Ratchet and Clank has been a staple of the PlayStation lineup dating back to 2002, and had a reboot of the series hit PlayStation 4 in 2016. Insomniac has always been known for its crazy weapons, fast-paced combat, and over-the-top action.

After the Ratchet and Clank reboot, there was the talk of what was next for Insomniac. Could it be another game with everyone’s favorite lombax? Maybe a return to Resistance? E3 2016 answered that question, and the answer was none of the above. Insomniac gets to go in an entirely new direction, becoming the latest studio to take a crack and everyone’s favorite web-slinger, Spider-Man. Spider-Man and Insomniac seem like a perfect match. Everything that has been shown so far has only built the hype for the September 7 release date.

Kojima Productions:

If there is any one developer in the game world that epitomizes breaking away from the old and bringing something new and different to the world, it is Hideo Kojima. After officially breaking away from Konami, Sony was quick to cut a deal with Kojima, making the first game of his new studio Kojima Productions a PlayStation exclusive title. Death Stranding was announced in 2016 and the hype train has been rolling ever since.

This brand new IP will only go to bolster Sony’s library of games even more. More importantly, it is another new title for PlayStation to add to their quiver of exclusive games.

Sony will always pride themselves on their exclusive games. But to see the potential shift to a new set of IP’s is very promising for the PlayStation platform going forward. It sets the table for new characters, new worlds, and new ideas to drive Sony’s exclusive games forward.

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 4/20

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories for the week of 4/20. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order

1) Black Ops 4 Will Not Have Single-Player Campaign(Rumor)

Although this is technically still a rumor, it looks like the chances of it being true are high. Originally reported by Polygon, rumors have surfaced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not have a single-player campaign. The report suggests that the campaign would not have been finished in time for the October 12 release date and was scrapped to focus on the multiplayer and zombie modes. In addition to these modes, it also sounds like the game will have its take on battle royale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rumor poses several questions about the state of Black Ops 4. First, and most importantly, can any amount of additional multiplayer content make the game feel complete? Regardless of how they were received or how many people played them, campaigns in Call of Duty games have always existed. Sometimes they are nothing special, but they also had campaigns that have been crazy and a blast to go through. Beyond the question of the game feeling whole, the lack of single player raises other questions. How will the game be marketed? What is the context of the multiplayer world? These will be things that will have to be addressed going forward.

2) Dark Souls on Switch Delayed 

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Switch port of the remastered edition of Dark Souls was being delayed from the original release date of May 25 to the summer of 2018. While the delay itself is a bummer, there are two crucial details that make it sting even more.

First, the lack of a concrete release date is a shame. A summer 2018 release date could mean the game is delayed by just a few weeks, or by several months. Hopefully, the new release date will be announced soon. The second reason the delay hurts is that the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of the game are still coming on May 25. The reasons for the delay still aren’t clear, but not being able to take the game on the go right out of the gate is unfortunate.

3) Konami Doesn’t Renew UEFA License for PES

When it comes to soccer games, FIFA has always been the big man on campus. However, over recent years, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer has made a niche for itself as a viable second option for people who aren’t happy with FIFA. One of the things that set the game apart was the UEFA Champions League license. This license was exclusive to PES, allowing it to played as a tournament or in career mode.

It will be interesting to see if EA swoops up the license for FIFA, which already has a huge amount of teams, leagues, and international clubs in its lineup.

4) SNK Teases Classic Console

Since the announcement of the NES and SNES classic consoles, more and more of these game collections have started to come out. SNK is the latest to make the jump. In a post to their official Twitter page, they teased what appears to be a new piece of hardware.

The thing that immediately sets this unit apart is that it has the look of an arcade cabinet more than a home console. If that is the case, it raises some new questions. How big is the monitor? Does it have a battery? Can the games still be outputted to a TV screen? Hopefully, more news will come out about the unit soon and these questions will be answered.

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Proven News-Wrap Up: 4/13

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories of the week. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Radical Heights Joins Battle Royale Party

With the continued success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, the potential of a surge in of games diving into the Battle Royale genre was always in play. Boss Key Productions, the makers of Lawbreakers are next to step into the ring with Radical Heights. Radical Heights takes the typical formula for battle royale, but adds in its own features to make it stand out. Most notably, collecting cash to buy weapons and other items. This cash will carry over from game to game, giving players a “bank” that they can make withdrawals from if they need some quick dough. Radical Heights also separates itself with its game show style presentation, giving a context to gameplay that other battle royale games don’t have. Radical Heights is in Early Access on Steam and is free-to-play.

2) Billy Mitchell Banned From Competition and His Scores Removed

For those who don’t know the name, Billy Mitchell is a competitive gamer who made a name for himself on arcade games such as Donkey Kong. Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks and gaming high scores and records have concluded that some of Mitchell’s scores on Donkey Kong were done using an emulator, thus breaking the rules. The result, Twin Galaxies has removed the scores and also banned Mitchell from future competitions. In the world of high score video game competitions, this is a big deal. To play on anything other than an original arcade setup immediately brings any high scores into question. Good on Twin Galaxies for performing a thorough investigation and taking action.

3) Shovel Knight Hits Two Million Copies Sold

Shovel Knight is widely considered as one of the most successful Kickstarter games of all time. The 2-D platformer has found success on every platform it has come to (which is pretty much every platform you can think of) due to its old-school platforming and challenging gameplay. One of the most impressive things about Shovel Knight has been its continued success. Since its initial launch, the game has had multiple DLC expansions (with another one coming) and guest appearances in games such as Blaster Master Zero and Yooka-Laylee. Of all of the platforms, PC and 3DS lead the way, accounting for 48.3% of sales. Behind that, the Switch sits in third at 17.6 percent.

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 4/5

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top five stories of the week. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Removes Microtransactions

Although this comes more than six months after the game’s initial release, it still is important that Middle-Earth made this change. Along with Battlefront II, Shadow of War was highly criticized at launch for its use of microtransactions, especially with how it related to the end-game content. With two of the biggest offenders of microtransactions now removing them entirely, hopefully, this is a sign of a new direction that games will be taking with in-game purchasing.

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2) PUBG Tests New Map

One of the major differences early on between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was new content releases and updates. Fortnite seemed to be pumping out frequent updates to the game, adding new weapons, limited time modes, and costumes. On the flip-side, the updates for PUBG sometimes seemed few and far between. So earlier this week, when PUBG allowed players to get their hands on a new map, everyone was all in. Along with the demo of the new map, they have started special events, similar to Fortnite’s timed game modes. With these two games are leading the way in the Battle Royale space, it is important for PUBG to keep the content rolling out in order to not fall behind.

3) Spider-Man Gets Fall Release Date

Insomniac announcing a release date Spider-Man (September 7) is a big deal on its own merits. The game is shaping up to be a huge success for Sony, with the latest gameplay clips showing off fluid movement, quick and exciting combat, and a tone that fits Spider-Man perfectly. However, if we zoom out and look at the release date as part of the larger picture for Sony, its importance is only amplified. Two of PlayStation’s big hitters, God of War and Detroit: Become Human are coming in the next two months. Putting Spider-Man in the Fall not only gives PlayStation an exclusive for that time window, but also shows the confidence that Sony has in Insomniac to make a top tier, action game. With everything that has been shown of the game so far, it is fair to assume things are swinging in the right direction.

4) Spyro Reignited Trilogy Coming in September

The rumors of a Spyro remaster have been swirling for some time now. It was announced that Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon would all be getting remastered for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, set to launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 21. Much like the Crash Bandicoot remasters, I can only hope that this Spyro collection is a sign of testing the waters for a brand new Spyro game. The purple dragon is back!

5) Divinity: Original Sin 2 Coming to Consoles

Divinity: Original Sin 2 will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in August. Although bringing a PC based RPG to consoles can present some tough challenges (controls and interface for example), the chance for having more players get their hands on one of the best RPG’s of the year can only be viewed as a good thing. It has also been announced that the game will have online c0-op up to four players, as well as two-player split-screen co-op.

Did we leave out any of the big stories of the week? Leave them in the comments below!

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Spider-Man Releases on September 7th

Insomniac has announced that Spider-Man is releasing for PlayStation 4 on September 7. This date continues to help flesh out Sony’s first-party release window, giving it a major title coming in the fall.

Along with the release date, Insomniac also announced a Digital Deluxe Edition and Collector’s Edition of the game will also be coming. The Digital Deluxe Edition will include the base game and upcoming DLC for $79.99. The Collector’s Edition will sell for $149.99 and include a Spider-Man statue, artbook, steel case, a PSN theme, a PSN avatar, the in-game Spidey Suit Pack, and in-game skill points for leveling up.

Check out the release date announcement video for the game below:

Proven Gamer’s Take:

With God of War and Detroit: Become Human coming in the next few months, it was important for Sony to have a big hitter in the fall. Spider-Man gives them exactly that. Swinging through the streets of New York City has always been a blast, and we can’t wait to see what Insomniac has in store.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Removes Microtransactions

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be removing all microtransactions. This will stop players from being able to purchase chests with gold, which were bought using real money.

The changes will go into place in two stages. First, on May 8, players will longer to be able to purchase gold. Then, on July 17, players will no longer be able to use gold to purchase chests. Additionally, it has been announced that there will be narrative and gameplay changes to the post-game content.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Proven Gamer’s Take:

This announcement comes on the heels of EA announcing that they would be removing all changes from Battlefront II. Along with Battlefront, Middle-Earth was one of the other major games that took a lot of heat for its use of microtransactions. Hopefully, this is a sign of changes coming to the way developers shape their post-launch content plans.

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 3/23

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top five stories of the week. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1)  Ubisoft Avoids Vivendi Takeover

This has been a slow-burning story that looks like it has finally reached its conclusion. Vivendi, the French media company, had slowly been buying up Ubisoft stock in an attempt to take over the gaming company. Throughout the process, Ubisoft had been looking for ways to prevent this from happening, and they were finally able to. With assistance from Tencent and the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, they were able to buy out the 27.3% of the stock owned by Vivendi. From a gamer’s perspective, Ubisoft maintaining its independence is huge. It allows them to continue to pump-out games from all of their franchises, while still being able to innovate and bring new ideas to the table.

2) Sea of Thieves Shaky Start

When it comes to games with a heavy online component, launch day stability is one of the greatest challenges. Release day for a game is likely when most games will see the heaviest traffic on their infrastructure, with everyone logging on to check out whatever they have been waiting months, if not years, to play. Sea of Thieves, Microsoft’s exclusive pirate game from Rare, was no exception. On the day of its release, Rare had to temporarily stop allowing new players to join the game while dealing with server and connectivity issues.

Server issues like this have become common with game launches, to the point where it is almost expected. It is totally reasonable to say that in time, the servers for Sea of Thieves will stabilize and people will have no issues logging onto the game. However, what is more concerning for Sea of Thieves is the early feedback on the game itself. When joining up with friends, if someone is to join in late, that often requires all players to exit the game and start over. Unbalanced PvP combat gives the advantage to full squads of four (there is also no way to turn off PvP at this time). Combat is reportedly incredibly basic, with sword fights boiling down to who can mash the fastest. The mission structure seems to be very repetitive, with things boiling down to go to a location, find a chest, and return to your outpost (there are also combat based missions that follow a similar thread but instead of a chest, you are tasked with taking out a pirate captain). Microsoft doesn’t have a lot of exclusives, and Sea of Thieves is one that was pushed hard by the company. Let’s hope that content updates and patches can make the game the pirate adventure everyone is looking for.

3) God of War Goes Gold

Yes, games going gold is part of development process and happens to every title that is being developed. However, from its reveal at E3 2016, God of War has felt like it has the potential to be something really special.

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On the surface level, God of War seems new and fresh. A new Kratos trying turn the page and become a dad for his son Atreus, a new mythology and world to explore, a new weapon (axe hype!) for Kratos to wield, and a different camera angle and combat mechanics. All of this and more makes God of War stand out from the older games. However, when people got their hands on the game early this week, there was plenty of familiar elements as well. Despite the new camera and controls, combat was still as frantic and brutal as ever. Puzzles still play heavily into the game as well. This balance of old and new gives God of War a chance to be one of the great games of 2018.

4) CD Projekt Red Launches New Studio

The reveal trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was released back in 2013. Since then, CD Projekt Red has been relatively silent when it comes to breaking news about its new, open-world game. The last activity on the game’s Twitter feed came when they simply tweeted out the word “beep” with no other information or context.

So when it was announced earlier this week that CD Projekt Red had created a new studio, CD Projekt Red Wroclaw to help with the development of Cyberpunk 2077, people, myself included, got excited. Even though there isn’t any news about the game itself along with the announcement of the studio. It is the latest reminder that this game is a real thing that we will get to play at some point. CD Projekt Red is one of the few studios out there that operates on its own schedule. They will show off more of Cyberpunk 2077 when they are good and ready.

5) Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG Go Mobile

I don’t think the announcements of Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds releasing on mobile is a huge surprise. The reason it is a big deal is that it is further evidence that these two games aren’t going away anytime soon. Regardless of how bad the touch controls are, or if they are buggy, launching mobile versions of these games opens the door to an entirely new audience base for both titles. In recent weeks, Fortnite has gone from PUBG’s competitor to something entirely new and unique in the public eye. Athletes, celebrities, and everyone in between seem to have been sucked up into the behemoth of a hype train that is Fortnite Battle Royale. This was highlighted when Ninja, one of top Fortnite players teamed up with rapper Drake and set a Twitch record with 630,000 concurrent viewers. The battle royale genre bubble may very well pop at some point. However, I don’t think it is happening anytime soon.

Did we leave out any of the big stories of the week? Leave them in the comments below!

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Geralt Coming to Soulcalibur VI

The Soulcalibur series always had a history of bringing in guest characters from a variety of franchises. Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist of The Witcher games is the latest to join the roster.

Bandai Namco and CD Projeckt Red made the announcement, confirming that Geralt will be coming to the game at its launch. The reveal trailer shows him using many of the same fighting tactics from The Witcher games such as his sword, potions, and magic.

Check out the reveal trailer for Geralt below. Soulcalibur VI launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

PG’s Thoughts:

With the addition of Geralt to Soulcalibur VI, Bandai Namco continues to find guest characters that seem to fit perfectly into the mold of the weapon-based fighting game. I played a ton of The Witcher III and can’t wait to see how Geralt’s fighting style translates into the franchise.

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Sega Announces Genensis Classics Collection

In a post on Twitter, Sega has announced the Sega Genesis Classics will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 29.

The collection will feature more than 50 classic games from Sega’s lineup. There will also be new features to some of the games such as Rewind, Mirror Mode, and visual filters. Check out the announcement tweet and trailer for the collection below:

PG’s Thoughts:

With the success of the NES and SNES classic consoles, it only made sense for Sega to find a way to package their classic titles and make them available. One noticeable absence is a Switch version of the collection. We can only hope that it will come later down the road.

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Monster Hunter World Update Adding Deviljho

Capcom has announced the first, major, free update coming to Monster Hunter World. Highlighting the list of new content is the addition of Deviljho.

Deviljho will arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 22. The new Wyvern will give players access to two full armor sets as well as new weapons for each of the 14 weapon types.

It was also announced that the Spring Blossom Fest event will run from April 5 to April 18. This will give players a chance to participate in themed daily activities.

Monster Hunter World is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Click here to check out the full update post from Capcom. Check out the launch trailer for the game below:

PG’s Thoughts:

I am a little more than 60 hours into Monster Hunter World and still haven’t seen all the monsters the game has to offer. As a newcomer to the series, the addition of Deviljho just gives me a new reason to keep playing.

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Microsoft Announces E3 2018 Venue Plans

In a post to the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has announced their plans for E3 2018. This year, much like EA did two years ago, Microsoft will be leaving the Los Angeles Convention Center and centering its E3 activities at the Microsoft Theatre at LA Live, located across the street.

The Microsoft Theatre will host the Xbox’s press briefing on June 10 and will also hold the majority of their demos and activities for fans and the press to check out. There will still be a presence at the convention center, as it will be the home of the Mixer booth, Microsoft’s streaming platform.

Check out the full post on the Xbox Wire by clicking here.

PG’s Thoughts:

This seems to be a trend for E3 going forward. With EA and now Microsoft both leaving the convention center for their own locations, it will be interesting to see if Sony and other publishers follow suit. Alternatively, this could, in theory, open up more space on the convention center floor for other companies to play around with.

 

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Detroit: Become Human Release Date Helping to Shape PlayStation’s 2018 Outlook

First, it was God of War announcing a release date of April 20. Barely a month after that, another big hitter in Sony’s exclusives lineup has announced its release date. Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human is set to launch on May 25. David Cage, the game’s director made the announcement on the PlayStation Blog.

In the post, Cage talked about the ambition of the game and the branching paths the narrative will take.

“Each story is almost as unique as your DNA: it is the result of the choices you made, the minor ones and the important ones, because in Detroit, all choices matter. You will need to observe, think, decide, feel, follow your intuition or your heart, to tell the unique stories of each character, and their stories will become your personal story.”

With two of Sony’s exclusive games now having release dates, it allows gamers to start to look ahead to rest of 2018. Even with God of War and Detroit out of the way, Spide-Man is still coming sometime this year. Days Gone, the upcoming game from Sony Bend is also expected this year. For PlayStation owners, 2018 is shaping up to be a heck of a year.

 

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Warner Bros. Announces Injustice 2 Legendary Edition

Warner Bros. has announced that Injustice 2 Legendary Edition will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 30.

The legendary edition of the game includes the following content:

  • All DLC previously released characters(Darkseid, Red Hood, Starfire, Sub-Zero, Black Manta, Raiden, Hellboy, Atom, Enchantress and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
  • Premier skins for specific characters.

Additionally, the game will include several new features such as an expanded tutorial, new gear, and an increased level cap for all characters.

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Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank Highlight March PS Plus Games

Sony has announced the free games coming to PlayStation platforms on March 6. Highlighting the list are two major games from Sony’s exclusive library. Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank, the remake of the PlayStation 2 game will be coming to PlayStation 4. Check out the full list of games coming to PlayStation consoles below:

  • Bloodborne, PS4
  • Rachet and Clank PS4
  • Legend of Kay, PS3
  • Mighty No. 9, PS3 (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Claire: Extended Cut, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Bombing Busters, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

 

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A Way Out Goes Gold

Josef Fares, the founder of Hazelight Studios has announced that their next game, A Way Out has gone gold. The game is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 23.

A Way Out is a co-op only game that focuses on the story of Leo and Vincent, two inmates who escape prison. The game can be played either locally, or online, but two players are mandatory. As the trailers for the game have shown, both Leo and Vincent will be on the screen at the same time, adding a new twist to the co-op experience. Check out the official gameplay reveal trailer for A Way Out below: