Early Access Baldur's Gate 3 Will Only Have 5 Companions

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Following the Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay live stream at PAX East, a barrage of news about the upcoming title has hit the Internet. Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke spoke openly, on stream and to various publications, about the Early Access release of Baldur's Gate 3 and about how companions will work in the game

"The reason we’re selling it through Early Access is we have this many permutations, this many systems that are all working together," Larian’s CEO Swen Vincke told VG247 during the PAX East livestream. "So it’s going to take us some time to get everything to a state where we can say ‘okay, now it’s robust and it works in every single fashion.'"

While more companions are set to be released at a later date, the five available with Early Access are as follows:

A New Simpsons Short Will Premiere Ahead Of Pixar's Onward

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Onward, Disney Pixar's new movie, opens on March 6, and as is Pixar tradition a short cartoon will air beforehand. This time, however, the short will not be from one of Pixar's internal teams--instead, Disney is making use of its newly acquired Fox brands and putting a Simpsons short ahead of the movie.

Playdate with Destiny, the new Simpsons short, has been announced on the show's official Instagram. It will focus on Maggie, and looks to be set in a beautiful area of Europe, a coastal town with beautiful architecture. You can see the post, which teases the new short, below. Further details will hopefully follow.

Maggie Simpson is speechless... Playdate with Destiny, a new Simpsons short film before Disney & Pixar’s Onward. Exclusively in theaters! #TheSimpsons

Shovel Knight Artist Is "Sure" That A Direct Sequel Will Happen Eventually

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The original Shovel Knight saga from Yacht Club Games wrapped up in 2019 with Shovel Knight: King of Cards, the game's final expansion. Two spin-offs have been planned, with Shovel Knight Dig and Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon both in the works, but fans might be curious about whether a direct sequel will ever follow.

Shovel Knight 2 has not been announced or confirmed, but a member of the game's development team believes it will happen. Speaking to Dualshockers, Yacht Club Games artist Sandy Gordon says that we have definitely not "seen the end of Shovel Knight."

Asked whether this means there will be a sequel, he says that he is "sure that’ll happen at some point: it’s something we talk about a lot.”

Nintendo Switch Eshop Releases Feb 28-March 6: Pokemon, Metro, And More

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As February ends and March begins, a whole bunch of new games are hitting the Nintendo Switch Eshop.

A total of 15 games will be released on February 28 alone, including Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux, marking the end of February 2020 with a bang for the Nintendo Switch releases. March on the other hand is starting off with just a handful of games, 13 more games will follow over the week, making for a whopping total of 28.

In addition to the Metro games, Friday’s releases include the wild west action title Bloodroots; multiplayer arcades LocO-SportS and STAB STAB STAB!; 3D bullet hell Profane; and classic run and gun platformer Bucket Knight.

Crossy Road Castle Is Out Now On Apple Arcade

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Australian developer Hipster Whale created the mobile juggernaut endless-Frogger game Crossy Road, and it was a smash hit with 250 million downloads since its release in 2014.

A sequel of sorts, Crossy Road Castle, is launching this week through the Apple Arcade subscription service. Like the original, Castle is an endless running game, but this time you're making your way through and up towers full of "chaotic arcade fun." The levels are procedurally generated, which means they'll be different each time you play.

The game supports solo and multiplayer, and it also features both touch and console controller inputs. Check out the trailer below to see Crossy Road Castle in action.

Netflix's Altered Carbon Season 2: All The Season 1 Story And Characters To Remember

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Netflix's Altered Carbon Season 2: All The Season 1 Story And Characters To Remember

It's been quite a while since season one of Altered Carbon first streamed on Netflix, so you'd be forgiven for forgetting some or all of what happened--after all, the story included a twisting murder mystery, a whole bunch of sci-fi terms, and a ton of characters switching bodies. At the center of it all is Takeshi Kovacs, a character with a long history, a bunch of cool abilities, and some keen detective skills.

There's also a whole bunch of dense sci-fi material you need to be intimately familiar with to really appreciate Altered Carbon's future world, from artificially intelligent hotels to technology that makes some people effectively immortal. Altered Carbon is full of confusing terminology, which can make it tough to follow the story if you're not up on your concepts.

Lucky for you, we've run down everything you need to remember about Altered Carbon Season 1, from the concept of stacks and sleeves to the vast murder mystery and the lengthy political history of the world--all of which is important to enjoying the newest chapter. Here's everything you need to know about Altered Carbon to get ready for Season 2.

Pokemon Day: All The News You Need To Know

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Every year on February 27th, the Pokemon Company and fans celebrate the release of the original Red and Green Pokemon versions in Japan. Along with the celebration comes news on the various Pokemon franchises for the year ahead.

This year, we got a look at the next Mythical Pokemon, Zarude, who will feature in the next Pokemon movie, Pokemon the Movie: Coco, as well as as appearing in the upcoming DLC for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.

Sludge Life Brings Graffiti, Cat Butts, And A Fart Button To Switch And Epic Store

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Devolver Digital has announced Sludge Life for Nintendo Switch and the Epic Games Store. It's an open-world title set on a sludge-coated island that's rife with corporate branding, and it looks as grimy and goofy as you might expect. You play as Ghost, a graffiti tagger, and depending on how you play you can either rise to be a hero to the people of the island or bring the whole thing crashing down.

The trailer, below, shows off the game's unique aesthetic--note, for instance, how the cats have two butts. The game will also carry a dedicated fart button, which is good: in the wake of Untitled Goose Game, dedicated noise buttons are all the rage.

Sludge Life will have a very open structure, as you can wander through the island and complete tasks or explore at your own rate--there's an ending (in fact, there are three potential endings), but it's going for a non-linear structure. You can also get sidetracked by the game-within-a-game, Crypt Creeper, shown in the trailer.