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Telltale Games Announces Major Layoffs

Telltale Games, the maker of narrative, decision-based games such as The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us, Minecraft Story Mode, Batman, and others have announced major layoffs and a “major studio closure”, cutting their studio from 250 employees down to 25. In a post to Twitter, studio CEO Pete Hawley announced that lack of sales was one of the driving forces behind the staffing cuts.

This announcement comes with season 2 of Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, and the first season of Stranger Things being in development. The layoffs put these games in limbo, with the chance they never see the light of day. Compounding this problem are the reports that the remaining 25 employees are not working on the final two episodes of the final season of The Walking Dead, but a Netflix Minecraft series. If this is true, the conclusion to Telltale’s flagship franchise could remain unfinished.

If the final episodes The Walking Dead along with Telltale’s other games go unfinished, it marks the end of an era for decision-based, narrative games. Telltale was one of the first to truly capture what was special about the genre, and it is always a shame when a studio is forced to close down.

 

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Proven News Wrap-Up 9/21

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 9/21. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Sony Reveals PlayStation Classic

After the success of Nintendo’s NES and SNES classic, there was a lot of talk about whether other hardware manufacturers would give the classic console a shot. Sony has jumped on board, announcing the PlayStation Classic. Releasing on December 3rd at $99.99 the console will come pre-loaded with 20 games. So far, Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms have been announced, with more games to be revealed down the road. The console will also come with two controllers, HDMI Cable, and USB Cable.

The list of games coming to the PlayStation Classic is the most interesting part to track going forward. One of the problems Sony faces with this console is that the original PlayStation’s library is massive, with fan favorites all over the place. No matter what 20 games go on the c0nsole, some will be happy, others will be disappointed their favorites didn’t make the cut. Either way, seeing classic games kept alive is always a good thing. Let us just hope the availability problems of the NES and SNES classic don’t rear their heads for Sony.

2) Downloadable Games Coming to PlayStation Now

Back in mid-June, a photo leaked showing PlayStation Now giving subscribers the ability to download games directly to their hard drives. Jump ahead several months, and rumor has become reality. PS4 and PS2 games on PlayStation Now can be now downloaded and played without streaming the game. In a post to the PlayStation Blog, Sony explained that along with the games being downloadable, players will be able to transfer their saved game status of any streamed game to continue to playing locally(PlayStation Plus subscription required).

The problem with PlayStation Now has always been the internet speeds required to stream a game. With that variable out of the equation, the service just became a lot more viable for users looking to access Now’s lineup of titles. It gives Sony a competitor to Xbox’s Game Pass, although I wouldn’t expect new releases to go straight to PlayStation Now anytime soon. Either way, this is a good move for Sony.

3) PUBG PS4 Hits Korean Ratings Board

When PUBG was announced for Xbox back at E3 2017, it was revealed as a “Console Launch Exclusive”. This left the door open for the Battle Royale game to eventually make its way to PS4. Well, that announcement could be right around the corner, with the Korean Ratings Board listing PUBG for PlayStation 4.

If PUBG is coming to PS4 soon, it is releasing at an interesting time. Fortnite is the go-to Battle Royale game for the console, and it is free-to-play. Not to mention that Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII’s take on the genre is coming in mid-October (and is coming off a successful beta). The big question looks to be if PUBG is coming to PlayStation, can it find a foot in the market with Fortnite already dominating, and Blackout right around the corner.

4) Red Dead Online Gets Beta Release Date

Rockstar has been trickling out information for the single-player of Red Dead Redemption II for some time now. However, little to no information had been revealed about the online functions of the game. In a post to their blog, Rockstar has announced that a public beta for Red Dead Online will launch in November. In the post, Rockstar talked about how the core mechanics from the campaign will translate over to Red Dead Online allowing players to explore and fight together.

If GTA online is any indication, Red Dead Online has the potential to suck players in for hour upon hours of crazy fun. At this time, there still much information about what players will be able to do in Red Dead Online, but just a date for the feature is enough to get everyone excited.

 

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 9/1

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 9/1. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Battlefield V Delayed to November 20

In a blog post, it was announced that Battlefield V has been delayed out of October, to a new date of November 20. In the post, General Manager of EA Dice Oskar Gabrielson sited player feedback as the main reason for the delay, saying that they want make some more adjustments to the gameplay mechanics. I never see a delay as a bad thing. Letting a game cook to get it right is always better than releasing a product too early. However, this delay doesn’t change the fact that Battlefield V will be coming among a swarm of other highly anticipated titles. Moving out of the October release date separates the Battlefield V from games like Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Soul Calibur VI. But, it now slots into a November release date that is surrounded by Fallout 76, Hitman 2, and the Spyro remaster. However, in the end, if the correct adjustments get made, a delay for a game as mechanic heavy as Battlefield V is a good thing.

2) Spider-Man’s Visual Downgrade Controversy

With the release of Spider-Man on PS4 right around the corner, developer Insomniac has found themselves in a weird argument(if you want to call it that) with a group of potential players. Using the footage from E3 2016, some fans are comparing that to recent footage and are claiming there has been a downgrade to the game’s visuals. Here is just a small taste of some of the complaints that have made their way onto social media, which were then addressed by Insomiac’s Community Director James Stevenson.

 

While I am not going to sit here and pretend that I know much about the graphical component of game development, I can say this with certainty, games change over their development cycle. One of the main concerns you here developers mention when showing games before they release is this type of comparison. Over the course of two years of development, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to gamers that things may look a little different. In the end, Spider-Man still looks amazing and looks to be the game everyone has been waiting for.

3) Cyberpunk 2077 Releases Gameplay Footage. 

After E3, everyone was glowing about Cyberpunk 2077, the behind the scenes footage showed to the media had everyone fired up about the next project from CD Projekt Red. However, the question remained, when would the world-at-large get to see gameplay. Earlier this week it turned out, as an almost 50-minute gameplay reveal was posted on YouTube. For the most part, it sounds like this is a similar demo to the one shown at Gamescom and E3. With so much to discuss and get hyped for in this demo, it is better just to let it speak for itself:

 

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 8/17

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 8/17. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Diablo III Coming to Switch

Quickly after leaks and rumors of Blizzard’s dungeon crawler Diablo III coming to Switch started swirling, Blizzard confirmed that the game would be releasing later this year as the Diablo III Eternal Collection. The game will launch will all previously released content available, so Switch players will have access to the full game. Along with local two-player co-op, the number can be expanded to four with online or LAN play.

The portability Although the release of Diablo on Switch is huge, the next question to ask is what could be coming next? Is an Overwatch port in the works possibly? If Diablo is successful, hopefully, that could open the door to more collaboration in the future.

2) PlayStation VR Reaches 3 Million Units Sold

Although it may not be in the forefront of gaming like it once was, PlayStation VR continues to chug along at a steady pace since its October release in 2016. In the announcement on the PlayStation Blog, it was revealed that PlayStation VR has hit 3 million units sold, along with 21.9 million games sold. Even without the hype that used to be around it, Sony’s continued support for VR shows that it has been a worthy investment that they don’t see going away soon.

3) Rumors Circulating of a New Xbox Elite Controller

The original Xbox Elite Controller was released in 2015. It came with swappable components, improvements to the thumbstick, and hair-trigger locks, just to name a few features. Three years later, rumors of a new version of the controller have started making the rounds. A tweet by Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren suggests that the new controller will launch in October and sell for $149.

If this new controller is real and it improves on some of the shortcomings of the previous elite controller(most notably the overall durability), it should be a success among gamers looking for top of the line accessories. A potential official announcement of the controller could be coming soon with Gamescom just around the corner.

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LEGO DC Super-Villains Latest Trailer Shows Off Character Creation

With San Diego Comic-Con right around the corner, Warner Bros. is starting the party early with a new trailer for LEGO DC Super-Villains.

The trailer focuses on the customization options that players will have when creating their own character to fight alongside some of DC’s most iconic villains. LEGO DC Super-Villains releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on October 16. Check out the latest trailer for the game below.

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No Man’s Sky Update Bringing New Features, Visuals, and Multiplayer

Hello Games, the maker of No Man’s Sky has outlined new features and content that will be coming in the No Man’s Sky Next update on July 24. Along with the new features, the game will also launch on Xbox One on the same day. Some of the major features coming to the game include true multiplayer, the option to play in third-person, and improved base building mechanics. Additionally, the game will be receiving an overhaul to both space and planet visuals.

No Man’s Sky Next launches on July 24. Check out the trailer for the update below:

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 6/22

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 6/22. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) State of Decay 2 Tops May NPD

For all of the criticism it received in regard to bugginess and certain gameplay elements, State of Decay found itself at the top of the May NPD list. Behind it, Sony exclusives God of War and Detroit: Become slotted in at two and three. It is impressive to see Detroit be that high up, especially with its release near the end of the month. Another slot of note, Grand Theft Auto V continues to make the top twenty, slotting in at six. Check out the full top twenty list below:

1. State of Decay 2
2. God of War
3. Detroit: Become Human
4. Far Cry 5
5. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
6. Grand Theft Auto V
7. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition*
8. Rainbow Six: Siege
9. Mario Kart 8*
10. NBA 2K18
11. MLB 18: The Show
12. Call of Duty: WWII
13. Super Mario Odyssey*
14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
15. FIFA 18
16. Overwatch
17. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
18. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
19. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
20. Monster Hunter: World

2) Sony’s Cross-Play/Progression Stance

It has been a week since the end of E3 and Sony still hasn’t come out and directly addressed why they are preventing people from logging into their Epic Games account on other consoles(specifically Switch) so they can continue to progress on the same account. If they thought that not addressing would make the controversy of cross-play go away, it has only done the opposite. Now, not only are gamers still demanding access to their Epic accounts, Microsoft and Nintendo are getting some pokes in with a new Minecraft ad promoting cross-play across their consoles.

At some point, Sony is going to have to either cave and allow cross-play or yet again only address why they are so against the idea.

3) WHO Classifies Gaming as an Addiction

Earlier this week, the  World Health Organization officially declared that gaming could be classified as an addiction. It is being grouped in with impulse control related addictions such as gambling, eating, and exercising. While there are three criteria along with a minimum of twenty hours a week, there is already pushback against this decision. Earlier this week, the Entertainment Software Association and its partners issued the following the statement after gaming was officially declared an addiction:

“Video games across all kinds of genres, devices and platforms are enjoyed safely and sensibly by more than 2 billion people worldwide, with the educational, therapeutic, and recreational value of games being well-founded and widely recognized. We are therefore concerned to see ‘gaming disorder’ still contained in the latest version of the WHO’s ICD-11 despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community. The evidence for its inclusion remains highly contested and inconclusive. We hope that the WHO will reconsider the mounting evidence put before them before proposing inclusion of ‘gaming disorder’ in the final version of ICD-11 to be endorsed next year. We understand that our industry and supporters around the world will continue raising their voices in opposition to this move and urge the WHO to avoid taking steps that would have unjustified implications for national health systems across the world.”

Only time will tell what impacts this decision will have on the gaming world. There are a lot of scenarios and factors to keep track of, so it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds.

4) PlayStation Brings Back Greatest Hits

Its always good to give gamers access to more games and that is what PlayStation Hits. Games such as Bloodborne, Infamous Second Son, The Last of Us Remastered, and many other PlayStation 4 classics will be available for purchase for $19.99 USD. With the list of games including some of the best PS4 games, combined with a good price point, hopefully, it will give gamers the opportunity go back and play games that they may have missed earlier in the consoles generation.

 

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 6/8

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 6/8. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Days Gone Coming February 22nd

Days Gone has a release date. The latest game from Sony Bend will release on February 22, 2019. Although it is still a way out, having a release date helps to solidify the feeling that this game is coming. Along with the release date, a new trailer was shown. The trailer, like much of the coverage before it, highlighted how dangerous the world is for Deacon St. John. New enemy types were revealed as well.

With the release date in place, it is now time for the team at Sony Bend to smooth out all the kinks, bugs, and polish the game so it is everything it can be in 2019.

2) Crackdown 3 Rumored to be Delayed to 2019

Crackdown 3 has had a rough development to say the least. Originally announced to release in 2016, the game was then pushed to coincide with the Xbox One X launch in 2017. It was then delayed again, this time into 2018. Now, a report from Kotaku is out saying that the game is going to be delayed again, this time, into 2019.

At some point, constant delays go from frustration to the point of absurdity, and it seems like Crackdown 3 has reached that point. Eventually, the question can change from when will the game release, to will it release at all? Scalebound and Fable Legends both got the axe, is it possible that Crackdown 3 could be next. Only time will tell with this Microsoft exclusive.

3) Destiny 2: Forsaken Launches September 4

Bungie has seen a fair amount of criticism over the first year of Destiny 2. The company is hoping to change all that with the release of its next expansion in September, Destiny 2: Forsaken.

New weapons, armor, abilities, enemies, locations, and a new story will all be part of Forsaken. Along with the new story, a new hybrid PvP/PvE mode Gambit was introduced, adding something for players to check out after the campaign. Much like Taken King helped propel Destiny 1, Bungie is aiming for a similar impact with Forsaken. The major challenge, as always with Destiny, is will there be enough content to keep players satisfied over the long haul? All will be known come September.

4) Pokémon Company Talks 2019 Game

Yes, Pokékon Lets Go: Pikachu/Eevee are coming out later this year. But, that core, Pokémon RPG that many are waiting for will not be coming until 2019. However, that isn’t stopping the Pokémon Company from dropping a few hints about what can be expected. In an interview with Famitsu,  Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said that the next game will be “completely different”.

“We want to make Pokémon fans say ‘this is what I’ve been waiting for’ by delivering a brand-new product packed with gameplay elements and plenty of new Pokémon to encounter,” Ishihara said. “The game will give a good understanding of what an evolved Pokémon game looks like after it has continued to succeed the traditions of Game Freak.”

As a longtime fan of the Pokémon series, this is the type of stuff that I want to hear. Taking the Pokémon formula and building on it to create a new game is something that many fans have been waiting for, going back a long time in the Pokémon franchise. Hopefully. more will be shown of this game sooner rather than later.

 

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 6/1

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 6/1. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1)  Bethesda Announces Fallout 76

Bethesda sure knows how to get their fans riled up. After teasing something new on their Twitch page for several hours, the company revealed the latest game in the Fallout franchise, Fallout 76.

More concrete information about the game is expected at E3, but until then the rumors have begun to fly as to what type of game Fallout 76 will be. Most notably, there has been talk that the game will be an online RPG. For Bethesda, this wouldn’t be unheard of, with Elder Scrolls Online already existing. Hopefully all will be answered on June 10.

2) Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee Announced, Pokémon Quest Out Now, Core RPG Coming in 2019

Earlier this week, a Pokémon press event shed light on the future of the franchise for the Nintendo Switch. Three games were announced. First, Pokémon Quest, a “Free-To-Start” game was released for Switch, with a mobile release coming in June.

Next, the rumored Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! were confirmed. The games will release on November 16 for the Switch and will give players an entirely new way to experience the Kanto region. That new way is heavily centered around integration with Pokémon Go. Pokémon caught in Go can be transferred into Let’s Go. The capture mechanics from Go also appear to have made their way into Let’s Go. During the reveal trailer, encounters with wild Pokémon did not show the option to battle. Instead, just like in Go, the accuracy of throwing a Pokéball determined the chances of catching the wild Pokémon. Although there will be battles against other trainers, the initial reveal of the game really makes it look like a version of Go based in the Kanto region.

The final announcement was the one everyone was waiting to hear more about. Although there is still no title or information, Game Freak did confirm that the next, core Pokémon RPG is in development for Switch and will release in the second half of 2019. Until then, players can check out Let’s Go and Quest.

3) PUBG Corp. Taking Epic to Court

The battle between Fortnite Battle Royale and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has been taken to a different level. Although PUBG came out first, Fortnite Battle Royale has since surpassed it, and for that matter pretty much every other game in terms of popularity. Now PUBG Corp. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Epic Games. The suit was filed in the Seoul Central District Court, specifically against Epic Games Korea.

Whether or not there is a case to be made that Epic did cross a line somewhere for me, in the public eye, it is hard to see how PUBG comes out of this looking good. Fortnite is the premier battle royale game on the market right now, having taken that mantle from PUBG. Regardless of the outcome. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the public eye, as well as in court.

4) Assassin’s Creed is Going to Greece

Another upcoming Assassin’s Creed game, another leaked location. This time, French outlet JeuxVideoLive has said the game will be going heading to Ancient Greece. The title of the game: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.  Along with the leaked location and title, JeuxVideoLive and Kotaku have also reported that the game will be a sequel to Origins. Additionally, it is also been reported that dialogue options will appear for the first time in the franchise. Although there is no release date, Kotaku has reported the game will come out before March 31, 2019.

A leaked Assassin’s Creed game is nothing new, but the location and new mechanics are something to be excited about, to say the least. Dialogue options open the door for all sorts of possibilities. Most intriguing would be the possibility of branching paths, which would be something brand new for Assassin’s Creed. Hopefully, more information will be revealed at E3.

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 5/25

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 5/25. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Best Buy Ends Gamers Club Unlocked

This is a story that came out of left field. Earlier this week, the option to purchase a new membership to Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked, the feature that allowed gamers 20% off of new games and pre-orders was removed from the companies website. Since the removal of the feature, it has been confirmed that Best Buy is no longer taking new memberships to the service. However, they will continue to honor existing services until their expiration. At this point, there still isn’t much clarity as to why the program was removed. Hopefully, in time, we may see a return or reformat of a service that many gamers were enjoying.

2) Battlefield V Gets Revealed… Kinda 

DICE’s reveal event for Battlefield V on 5/24 was chalked full of information. It was confirmed that the franchise would be returning to WWII with no Premium Pass. In its place, a new, live service known as Tides of War will shift the focus of the game to various fronts and parts of WWII overtime. All of this will be free to the player. Along with the new format, new gameplay mechanics and modes were discussed. Of all the modes, the new take on Operations was emphasized heavily. The mode will now span up to four matches over four in-game days, with the conditions of each match changing depending on the previous day’s events. There was a whole lot discussed during the reveal. However, that is also the problem. A whole lot was discussed, but nothing was shown outside of a reveal trailer and pieces of concept art. The event talked about tons of things that will be in the game but didn’t show any of it. E3 is just a few weeks away, but to hold back basically everything from something deemed as a reveal event seems like a misstep. Hopefully, there will be much to show at the EA Play event at E3.

3) Sony Talks Future of Hardware

Earlier this week, PlayStation CEO John Kodera made two statements regarding the future of PlayStation. First, he said that the company will continue to focus on PS4 games till 2021. While this doesn’t mean that a new console won’t be announced or released before that time, it does give gamers some room to breathe knowing that there will be three more years of support for Sony’s current console.  A day later, a second Kodera’s comment stirred up PlayStation Vita fans. He talked about the importance of not thinking of portable gaming as separate from consoles. He went on to talk about the potential of portable gaming as a way to give fans more experiences. The obvious connection to Kodera’s comments is the success of the Nintendo Switch. Although he never referenced it directly, talking about not separating portable and console gaming is exactly what the Switch has accomplished. Maybe Sony does have another adventure into the portable space up their sleeve.

4) Sony and Nintendo Crush April NPD’s

The April NPD’s are out and God of War finds itself at the top of the mountain. In terms of dollars, God of War had the most successful launch month in the history of PlayStation. However, it wasn’t the only PlayStation exclusive to find its way to the top of the sales list. MLB: The Show 18 came in at number three, below Far Cry 5. This is back-to-back months Sony’s baseball exclusive has found itself in the number three spot. With its success, The Show is now the second best selling exclusive this year. Not to be outdone, Nintendo also a had a successful April. The Switch port of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze founds its way to number five. However, it was the number four slot on the list that caught this writers eye. The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit came in at number 4. Whatever your opinion of Labo, it is cool to see such a whacky idea have success.

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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.

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

 

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Cat Quest II Announced – Trailer Coming Soon!

Early in the night here on the east coast, The Gentle Bros announced on twitter that Cat Quest II is the next project the independent developers are working on. Cat Quest is an open world RPG with dozens of hours of content including side missions, dungeons and excellent character growth.

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Cat Quest was one of my favorite indie games to explore on the Nintendo Switch, so it is extremely exciting to know that this title will launch on the platform, as well as Steam, Android and iOS. Desmond Wong of The Gentle Bros was one of the first guests on Nintendo Duel Screens, where he talked all about Cat Quest, and even hinted at this project. You can listen to that episode here.

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8-bit Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Announced – Coming May 24th

Late last week, the official Bloodstained twitter dropped an 8-bit bomb that Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon would be coming to consoles and PC “soon”. How soon? Well Iga himself announced that the game is coming out May 24th for 3DS, PS4, X-Box One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Judging from the gameplay trailer introduced by Koji Igarashi, the players will be swapping between characters Zangestsu the sword and chain wielding demon hunter, Mirium the Knife throwing and whip cracking slayer, Alfred the spell wielding alchemist, Gebel the shape shifting human hater. All of these swaps will be on the fly which promises to lead to unique gameplay scenarios.

The world is still in anticipation of the release of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night hopefully coming later this year. Until then, it looks like we can look forward to this fully immersive adventure from Koji Igarashi and Inti Creates!

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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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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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In Case You Missed It: Assault Gunners HD Out Now on PS4, X-Box One & Steam

Mech-SPLOSION!

When a rogue army runs rampant on Mars, it’s time to strap in, mount up, and scorch the red planet in plasma energy. UberStrategist and MARVELOUS Europe have proudly localized and released a special classic game to the rest of the world. Involving massive mechs, big explosions, and frantic chaotic combat, this game is called Assault Gunners HD Edition, a newly localized and revamp edition of Assault Gunners.

 

The original game was launched in 2012, and was exclusive to Japan on the PlayStation Vita. Over the years, the game became a sensation, with deep customizations, a multitude of missions, and a variety of enemies to fight, all set against the backdrop of Mars. In a gaming world that lacks a new entry to From Software’s Armored Core, Assault Gunners HD has helped to fill that void. Now, the game has been localized for international audiences.

Assault Gunners HD has you as a in the pilot seat of a walking, hulking combat mission. All is routine around the orbit of Mars when suddenly, multiple distress signals erupt from the surface of Mars. As an elite team, you have access to a variety of mech parts and special weapons. Players will be thrust into 35 full-length, heavy combat missions, each with their own goals and unique challenges, set across an interesting sci-fi story.

Players will be able to customize their mech, form the color to what type of arm parts they will be using. Players will also be able to develop a variety of weapons, from laser rifles to rocket launchers to using melee strikes. Expect to face large-scale robotic armies, towering weaponized machines, and rival mech pilots. Additionally, players will be challenged in the Horde-mode, titled Inferno mode, where players will face endless waves of enemies.

Assault Gunners HD is now available for Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

 

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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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YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS RELEASING ON MAY 29TH

Award-winning international games label Team17 and independent developer Villa Gorilla have today announced that their delightful pinball platform adventure, Yoku’s Island Express, will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™ and PC on the 29th May.

Yoku the dung beetle has arrived on Mokumana Island to take over the role of postmaster and he’s ready for the easy life, soaking up the sun and delivering parcels on a tropical paradise!

However, an ancient island deity is trapped in a restless sleep – and it’s all down to Yoku to traverse the island using a unique blend of pinball mechanics, platforming and open world exploration, in an amazing adventure to help those in need!

Flip and bump our pint-sized protagonist around the stunning hand-painted island on your quest to rebuild the post-office and wake an old god from its slumber.

To celebrate the game’s impending launch, developer Villa Gorilla and Team17 have today released a new developer diary which explores the creation and the unique mechanics of Yoku’s Island Express. The video can be viewed here:

Yoku’s Island Express is rolling on to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™ and PC on the 29th May 2018 priced at £15.99 / 19,99 € / $19.99.

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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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