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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?

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

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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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In Case You Missed It: Dusty: Raging Fists Available Now on PS4

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!

Coming out from under the radar, Singapore-based PD Design Studio has released that their wildly passionate action brawler game, Dusty: Raging Fists, was released on April 12 for the PlayStation 4. A side-scrolling action arcade game, players will don one of three characters and set across an epic journey filled with magic, excitement, and adventure.












Dusty Raging Fist is a prequel to Dusty’s revenge where In a faraway land, filled with anthropomorphic creatures an ancient magic, a great evil as set itself across the peaceful nation. Children are mysteriously abducted and a corrupted army venture forth. It is up to Dusty, and his ragtag team, to band together and fight back.

Dusty: Raging Fist will allow players to choose one of three players in a battle against evil. Dusty is a well-rounded fighter with a strong sense of righteousness. The female fighter, Kitsune, is fast, nimble, and unpredictable. The last character, Darg, is all about brute strength. Whether player fight solo or with a friend, players will face towering bosses, relentless enemies, and hone the skills of magic to survive. The game utilizes a sharply rendered 2D animation style for a fresh, distinctive look. Dusty: Raging Fists promises a fulfilling, action-packed experience.


Dusty: Raging Fists is now available on the PlayStation Store.

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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


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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Runbow PS4 & Switch Release Delayed

Runbow has been delayed, with no new release date announced. According to the press release earlier today, Runbow needed to be delayed to ensure the games quality. We should have more information on the release date in the next couple of weeks. Read a portion of the press release below:

Düren, April 20th 2018 – The colorful racing chaos of award-winning party game Runbow will be postponed for some weeks in order to further optimize the game’s performance.

Headup Games and 13AM Games deeply apologize to everyone who’s already looking forward excitedly to play it, but in order to feature the highest quality possible, Runbow needed to be delayed for PlayStation®Store and Nintendo eShop. But rest assured – it’s just a matter of weeks. You will get the newest date, as soon as it is set.

The same may apply to the retail Runbow Deluxe Edition, due to the digital shift this date will probably shift back a bit as well. The Deluxe Edition will include all DLCs and nice physical goodies.

Proven Thoughts: Runbow is a chaotic mess of fun and could be one of the best couch co-op experiences on PS4 & Switch. With the Switch version boasting 8 player couch co-op I cannot WAIT to get my hands on that version. 

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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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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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Trophy Whores 341 – Jeff Goldblum is in the Game

Tricky is an April fool.  Come hear our opening segment in all its glory, as Tricky falls hook, line and sinker for an April Fool’s Day joke that pokes at wrestling fans.  Usually, it’s easy to see an April Fool’s Day joke from a mile away, but sometimes a nugget of fiction passes through our filters.

But we never let the most delicious topics pass through our news filters.  This week we discuss the latest offerings from PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, as well as a price drop for the PlayStation VR and Jurassic World Evolution.  As Tricky describes it, you get to manage your own theme park full of carnivorous and gigantic dinosaurs.  When you run a dinosaur zoo, it never ends well.  Expect a torrent of trouble and headaches.  And so much worse.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Track Mania Turbo and PixelJunk Monsters 2.

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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.

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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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Announced – Coming September 14th

Square Enix announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider is officially launching simultaneously on September 14th on PS4, X-Box One and PC. According to the press release “Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be unveiled on April 27, 2018. Fans around the world can visit for a chance to play the game and meet the developers at one of three exclusive reveal events”.

Watch the trailer below:

PG Thoughts: This rebooted series has been one of my favorite to play this gen. It is nice to see that it isn’t stuck on one console for a year, as I am sure that has hurt the sales of Rise of the Tomb Raider. It is a little disheartening that the Nintendo Switch is ignored at this moment, but I guess we shall see about that.

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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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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.