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Proven News Wrap-Up 10/12

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 Announces PSN Name Changes Coming in 2019

Back at PlayStation Experience 2017, Shawn Layden said that he hoped gamers would have the ability to change their id’s on PlayStation Network before the event returned in 2018. Flash forward to now, there may not be a PlayStation Experience 2018, but name changes are coming. The long-awaited feature will be available in early 2019.  The first name change will be free, with additional changes costing $4.99 for PS Plus members($9.99 without PS Plus).

Although it is easy to make a case of this being something that should have happened a long time ago, it is also a better late than never scenario for Sony. With new consoles on the horizon, getting little features like name changes taken care of helps to set the table for what is to come.

2) PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatability Rumors

One place that Sony finds itself trailing significantly is the area of backward compatibility. Microsoft has made a huge push and has made it one of the best features on the Xbox One, allowing for players to play both 360 and original Xbox games. Sony, on the other hand, has resisted. However, a recent patent filed by Sony has people speculating that things could change come next generation. In short, the patent is for technology that would allow for “remaster by emulation”. Of course, the obvious speculation from there would be what consoles would the PlayStation 5 be able to emulate? Just the PlayStation 4? Or, could Sony be on the verge of something much larger?

First things first, companies file patents all the time. So, this could end up being nothing. However, with the recent announcement of the PlayStation Classic, it appears that Sony has at least started to explore their options for allowing players to enjoy the games that helped build the PlayStation brand. The next generation can’t come soon enough.

3) Microsoft Rumored to be Acquiring Obsidian 

Back at E3, Microsoft showed that they were ready to tackle one of the biggest holes in the Xbox lineup, first-party content. Phil Spencer came out stage with the announcement that Microsoft had acquired Undead Labs(State of Decay), PlayGround Games(Forza), Compulsion Games(We Happy Few), and Ninja Theory(Hellblade). Additionally, they announced the creation of a brand new studio, The Initiative.

It turns out, it doesn’t look like they are done there. Rumors have started swirling that they are close to acquiring Obsidian Entertainment, the makers of Pillars of Eternity. One of the more interesting things about this rumor is the history of Obsidian, specifically in the PC game market. Microsoft has made a push to make sure that its content is not just available on Xbox, but also on PC. Bringing in a studio with a background heavy in PC games could only go to bolster that more. For Obsidian, games like Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas have helped them make their mark on the market. Seeing what they could do with the backing of Microsoft is an exciting thought.

4) Microsoft Announces Project xCloud

Along with the studio acquisitions, Phil Spencer also announced plans to create a streaming service that would “unlock console quality gaming on any device”. This has been followed up with the announcement video of Project xCloud, Microsoft’s streaming service that will start public trials in 2019.

For many, game streaming is something that just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Compression, input lag, latency, and overall performance problems have prevented any streaming platform from taking off in a significant way, Microsoft claims to have solutions in place to fix these problems, most importantly, solving the latency issue. If that is true, the challenge of the user’s ISP still leaves many questions. What will the download speed requirements be? Will it kill batteries on mobile devices and tablets? Throughout all of the talks about streaming, Microsoft has promised that console gaming is still at the core of the experience. This is key since the world of streaming has proven to be a dangerous road in the past.

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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: 9/14

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 9/14. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Nintendo Direct: 9/13

After a delay, Nintendo released their latest Direct on September 13. Check out some of the announcements below:

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 coming to Switch in 2019.
  • Animal Crossing 3 coming to Switch in 2019.
  • Animal Crossing’s Isabelle will make her way to the Smash Ultimate Roster.
  • Pokémon Lets Go and Smash Ultimate getting Switch Bundles.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will launch on Switch on January 11.

The other big portion of the Nintendo Direct focused on the coming release of Nintendo Switch Online, which releases on September 18. Up to this point, online functionality has been free on Switch, but that will change next week. At this moment, it seems like Nintendo still has some work to do convincing players this service will be worth paying for. However, with features such as cloud saves locked behind the service, expect many to make the jump. Check out the full Nintendo Direct below:

2) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Outlines Season Pass:

Ubisoft has revealed the details of Assassin’s Creed post-launch plans and there are a couple big takeaways when looking at the season pass. First, there will be two major DLC story expansions. Legacy of the First Blade will tell the story of the origin of the hidden blade weapon, while Fate of Atlantis, will take players to the underwater city. Second, Assassin’s Creed III, set during the American Revolution will also be included in the season pass. The game will include graphical 4K updates and new gameplay mechanics.

Outside of the season pass, there will free updates that add in-game events, weekly challenges, and Discovery Mode will return after its inclusion in Assassins Creed Origins.

3) Belgium Continues to Fight Lootboxes

To catch people up that may have missed the early parts of this story, in April, Belgium declared that lootboxes in certain games were a form of gambling. This has led to titles such as Overwatch removing the ability to open lootboxes for people that play the game in Belgium. However, EA has kept lootboxes in all of their games in the country. Now, Belgium has started a criminal investigation into EA, since they refused to remove the boxes from their games(primarily the FIFA franchise).

Whether anything significant will come out of this is anyone’s guess. Does Belgium think they have case against the video game giant that is EA? Will EA put all their resources behind fighting the case if it goes to court? Only time will tell.

 

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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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Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access

Microsoft has announced a new, subscription-based service for both the Xbox One and Xbox One X. Xbox All Access will give players access to an Xbox console and 2 years of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass for a monthly fee.

For $34.99 a month, players can grab an Xbox One X with the bundle, while $21.99 a month will get them an Xbox One S. Xbox All Access will be available in-store only at Microsoft stores. Click here for full details from Microsoft.

PG’s Take:

This is yet another solid consumer move by Microsoft. All Access bundles some of Xbox’s best features into one package, with monthly payments giving players a way to pay for it without some of the upfront costs of purchasing a new console. Being an in-store only feature is a bit of a bummer, but I don’t see any reason this service won’t be anything but a success.

 

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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.

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

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 8/10

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 8/10. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

Here is a list of just a few things that were announced during Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Direct.

  • Simon Belmont and King K. Rool introduced as new characters.
  • There are 103 stages in the game, with the ability to transition between stages during a match.
  • There are more than 800 music tracks, totaling around 28 hours of continuous music.
  • Characters can now build their Final Smash as a meter like in other fighting games.

That is just the short list. There were also new items, assist trophies, echo characters, Pokémon, and modes. After E3, some were left a little underwhelmed by the showing of Smash Ultimate. After the latest direct, it is safe to say that Nintendo seems to be throwing anything and everything into this game. With several months to go before release, what other surprises may Nintendo have in store?

2) Rockstar Shows Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay

People have been clamoring for a gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 for some time, and Rockstar finally satisfied them with part one of their gameplay introduction. While there were brief looks and gunplay, hand-to-hand combat, and world traversal, what stood out the most from the trailer was the ability to interact with the world around the player. Talking to townsfolk, getting to know your fellow gang members, defusing or creating a tense situation, bonding with your horse, and much more all appear to have significant benefits or consequences for the player. Check out the gameplay introduction video below:

3) God of War Gets New Game +

God of War will be getting New Game + on August 20. Along with the added difficulty, the mode will also introduce new armor sets, resources, harder enemies, and the option to skip cinematics to keep things moving along at a steady clip. New Game + has been something players have been wanting in God of War for some time, and they won’t have to wait much longer to dive back into Kratos’ story.

Did we miss any major stories? Leave them in the comments below!

4) Sony Celebrates 500 Million Systems Sold with Limited Edition Console

In a post to the PlayStation Blog on Thursday, Sony announced that they have now passed 500 million PlayStation Consoles sold in the last 24 years. As a celebration of that, they are releasing a limited edition translucent PS4 Pro. The console will come with 2TB of space, PlayStation Camera and vertical stand. A matching translucent controller will also be included. There will only be 50,000 consoles released worldwide, which will sell for $499. It was also announced that the controller and a special PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset will be sold outside of the bundle as well.

 

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Mario Tennis Aces Tops June NPD’s

The NPD numbers are out for the top-selling games and hardware units for the month of June.

Mario Tennis Aces slotted itself into the top spot for June. One of the impressive things about this is that Nintendo digital sales are not included in NPD’s. This means that the game hit the top spot on physical copies alone. Following Aces, God of War comes in at number two. Released back at the end of April, Kratos and Atreus are still going strong.

Grand Theft Auto V, The Crew 2, and Far Cry 5 rounded out the top five. Check out the full NPD list below.

Mario Tennis Aces 1
God of War 2018 2
Grand Theft Auto V 3
The Crew 2 4
Far Cry 5 5
Mario Kart 8 6
LEGO Incredibles 7
FIFA 18 8
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy 9
Detroit: Become Human 10
Super Mario Odyssey 11
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 12
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege 13
NBA 2K18 14
Call of Duty: WWII 15
MLB 18: The Show 16
Assassin’s Creed: Origins 17
Vampyr 18
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 19
State of Decay 2                                                                                20
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Microsoft’s Next-Gen “Family” of Devices – What Does it Mean for the Future of Console Gaming?

At E3 2018 Phil Spencer confirmed that Microsoft is already working on the next-gen Xbox. What we know now is that they are, in fact, working on TWO new Xbox devices for the next generation. One will be obviously be the regular traditional console. The other: an affordable game streaming device that promises to succeed where all the other Cloud Gaming services have failed. This is a bold claim, yes, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Microsoft. They have been heavily invested in Cloud technology for quite some time now for their business dealings outside of the gaming industry. They also have deep enough pockets to really hit this type of service in a way other companies just can’t compete with.

Not a whole lot of information is out about the traditional console. However, it should be an obvious assumption that it will be more powerful and impressive than the Xbox One X. What we do know… is quite a bit about the streaming device code named: Project Scarlett. Scarlett Cloud is boasted to be powerful enough to handle all controller input, collision detection, and image processing. These things are believed to be some of the key elements that cause latency issues with other streaming services that handle those things server-side. It will also be using their Azure network of servers that should also help with latency in multiplayer titles. Azure being their very robust and powerful Cloud Computing Service being used by a wide number of developers and projects world-wide.

Other companies have been trying to enter this market and have not provided anything extraordinary or worthwhile. Sony tried breaking into this market a while ago with PSNow and it left a lot to be desired. Even with my Google Fiber connection I was unable to properly stream with it, the latency issues were terrible and frequent. My attempt left me frustrated and extremely unsatisfied. I canceled my free trial after a week worth of attempts. With every other company struggling to deliver a stab;e and enjoyable game streaming service, Microsoft could really capitalize on this market if they succeed.

Scarlett will include a service fee similar to their other online offerings and is part of their bigger plan to make playing Xbox titles on any devices a reality, including phones, TV’s, and other smart devices in the future. Will they be the first company to fix the glaring issues with game streaming services? If so, what will this mean for the future of gaming and the Xbox directly? Only more time will tell but it will be exciting to see where this goes. What do you think? Would you purchase a streaming device? Let us know in the comments!

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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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Microsoft’s E3 – A Potentially Promising Future for Xbox players!

Whether you’re an Xbox player or not, there is no doubt that Microsoft really outdid itself at E3 this year. Not only was it the largest show in their history, but they unveiled some really juicy details that should have any Xbox owner excited. I’m not referring to the 18 console launch exclusives, 15 world premiers, or any of that. I’m talking about their clear focus on creating original content in the future.

The creation of The Initiative, Microsoft’s brand new studio dedicated to creating first party titles, is big news. Based in Santa Monica and headed by Darrell Gallagher, The Initiative’s sole purpose is to make Xbox exclusives, which should be exciting to anyone who owns an Xbox as our lineup of first party games is basically a barren wasteland at the moment. The most exciting thing about this announcement is that while they are directly a Microsoft studio, they have been given the creative freedom to operate like an Indie studio. Which could mean getting some fresh and unique titles exclusively for Xbox.

As well as this new first party studio they have also acquired Playground Games, longtime development partner and team behind the Forza series, who are not only working on Forza Horizon’s 4, but have been confirmed to already be working on a brand new project. In addition, Microsoft will also be acquiring Ninja Theory, makers of Hellblade and Kung Fu Chaos. This will give them the resources and ability to make even more ambitious games on the Xbox platform. State of Decay 2 has seen over 2 million people playing, and more to come especially since it was available at launch on the Xbox Game Pass, and it sounds like Microsoft is planning on shelling out the resources to make sure that game continues to grow. Last, but surely not least, Compulsion Games. The brilliant minds behind We Happy Few, could truly benefit from Microsoft’s support and deep pockets. They have definitely shown they can make a unique and refreshing game, now imagine what they can do with the freedom to dream bigger and take risks. All of these teams developing for Microsoft is a HUGE boon for future releases, and I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

Also, one of the better announcements of Microsoft’s E3 presentation is the upgraded Game Pass, which will now see many big titles added such as Elder Scrolls Online, The Division, Fallout 4. As well as giving subscribers Xbox exclusives on their launch day, including games like Horizons 4 and Gears 5.

Definitely sounds like some exciting games will be coming to Xbox in the near future. What do you think? Let us know in the comments 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.

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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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