Final Fantasy VII Remake was one the most talked-about games of at E3 this year, and with good reason. It looks to be a thorough remake with lots of things to uncover, even if it will take Square Enix quite some time to deliver the game in full to excited fans. One of those fans is a director at Cyberconnect2, the developer previously at the helm of Remake.
Currently, Ryosuke Hara is directing Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, an action-RPG set in the Dragon Ball universe. When speaking to him about that game, we couldn't help but bring up Cyberconnect2's history with Remake; it was the original developer on that project before publisher Square Enix decided to bring development in-house after director Tetsuya Nomura expressed dissatisfaction with how the game was shaping up.
While Ryosuke wasn't able to confirm whether he was one of the people working on Remake at that time, he was able to express how excited he is for Square's version of the game. "I think as a fan and as a creator, I have very, very high expectations for what this game is going to bring to all these long-awaiting fans as well as the industry," Hara told us. "I think I'm genuinely just excited to see how it will be packaged, and how this game is going to end up looking in its final form."
This week Amazon has laid off "dozens" of its Amazon Game Studios employees, who have 60 days to find another job within Amazon proper or receive a severance package on their way out.
The news comes from a Kotaku article that reports the layoffs were made during the week of E3, and that AGS has also canceled some unannounced games.
In a statement to Kotaku, an AGS spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, saying the move was made to consolidate development on its upcoming New World and Crucible games. "These moves are the result of regular business planning cycles where we align resources to match evolving, long-range priorities," the spokesperson said. The company would not confirm the exact number of employees affected.
Among the many cool things we saw about Cyberpunk 2077 is its character creation tool, which allows you customize your character's look and stats, even allowing you to modify their street cred. However, the demo we saw this week showed only two cosmetic renditions of the character, one male and one female with different skill builds. CD Projekt Red has confirmed the creation tool will be much more diverse than this in the final version of the game, especially when it comes to physical appearance and gender.
For context, while Cyberpunk 2077 was being shown off at E3, a controversy regarding a risque in-game ad depicting a transgender character emerged, with some taking offense to how the ad fetishized or dehumanized trans people.
Speaking with Polygon, CDPR art director Kasia Redesiuk said the ad is meant to be dystopian satire, and the company's goal is to create more acceptance for trans people and those with non-binary genders.
Rockstar has announced a 13-track album called The Music of Red Dead Redemption 2 (Original Soundtrack), which collects some of the original music written for the game.
Out July 12, the soundtrack is produced by Daniel Lanois and includes vocal work from D'Angelo, Willie Nelson, Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens, and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. There's also a track written, produced, and performed by country-music producer David R. Ferguson.
The full song list is as follows:
E3 may have had an esports zone, but this is the REAL esports zone, folks! We have a bunch of events going on this weekend across several genres, so watch something while you wait for your favorite upcoming games!
We have another weekend of the Overwatch League upon us, and the Boston Uprising (the new underdogs I am rooting for now that the Shanghai Dragons are winning matches) are playing! Let's all root for them now. (Stream / Schedule)
It's finally over! Video games are cool and all, but sometimes you just have to take a break. With another E3 come and gone, it's time to kick back, relax, and not think about video games. Except for those of us who are still playing video games. What are you all playing? Let us know!
Jeff Cork – E3 is kind of an all-consuming time for gaming, so I’m going to carve out a nice chunk of time for doing literally anything else other than playing video games. Lawns don’t mow themselves, or at least they don’t until I teach my kids how to use the mower. Hey! That’s really boring! Moving on, I am playing something for review, and I’ve been having a good time with it so far. I can’t be specific right now, but take solace in the fact that an upcoming entertainment product is fun. What a time to be alive!
Emma Welch-Murphy (@EmmaMcmurphy) – This weekend we all finally get time off! We all had to come into the office over the passed weekend for E3 and after 12 days of gaming coverage, it's finally over. I have a lot of freelance writing to get done but sleeping in is what i'm looking forward to most.
The fate of Conan O'Brien's recurring video game segment was called into question with the recent reformat of his show, but a recent episode confirms that it is still a thing, and O'Brien still doesn't seem to know much about video games, but in a way that's entertaining. In the latest episode, O'Brien is joined by Billy Eichner for a few rounds of the upcoming Crash Team Racing remake. You can watch the video above.
For more on Conan O'Brien's video game-related shenanigans, you can read this interview with O'Brien's cohort, Aaron Bleyaert, where he talks about his favorite video games of all time.
If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2019, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.
New additions or changes to the list will be in bold.
As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.
In an update trailer for the upcoming Japanese release of Persona 5 Royal, developer Atlus showed off some updates to palaces and battles to make the Phantom Thieves even more stylish. While the video is in Japanese, there is enough information in what is shown to cast educated speculation on some of the game's changes.
The trailer shows off a number of combat updates, including purchasing bullets and customizing guns to use elemental effects in battle. In the base game, bullets could inflict status effects, like despair or fear. Now bullets will be capable of striking with elemental effects that were previously attached exclusively to player skills, like electricity or fire.
Another update is Joker's use of the grappling hook. While the hook was shown off in Joker's Smash Bros. appearance, fans had yet to see it in the actual game. Now, in the trailer, you can see the grappling hook being used for palace traversal, dodging traps and crossing gaps, but it can also be used to start a battle from a distance. If you see an enemy walking around in the palace, you can grapple yourself right to it, leading to a quick battle in your favor.