XSEED Announces Rhythm Game Gal Metal, Corpse Party 2, And Other Titles Coming West

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XSEED Announces Rhythm Game Gal Metal, Corpse Party 2, And Other Titles Coming West

XSEED, the American publishing branch of Marvelous Interactive, has announced that they will be bringing Switch heavy metal rhythm title Gal Metal to America, with Marvelous bringing the game to Europe. Titles such as Gungrave VR, Corpse Party 2, and Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity have also been confirmed by XSEED.

Gal Metal is a Switch motion-controlled rhythm game that uses joycons to help an all-female metal band through a series of vignettes that involves everything from putting on concerts to saving the town from aliens. The title has been highly requested for localization due to its unique and lighthearted style.

You can find a bit of footage of all the games in this sizzle reel below of XSEED localization announcements.

WWII Is The Next Setting For New Assassin's Creed Comic

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WWII Is The Next Setting For New Assassin's Creed Comic

Titan Comics has revealed a new Assassin's Creed comic series set in WWII called Assassin's Creed: Conspiracies This story will have two parts and standalone from other existing comics and games in the Ubisoft franchise. Conspiracies is the English translation of a series that has already been released in French by Les Deux Royaumes. This is the first time Assassin's Creed has taken place in the second world war, and marks the most modern time in history featured in the series. Conspiracies follows new assassin Eddie Gorm, who is embroiled with the Templars as is standard fare for the franchise. Titan Comics has a description available:

Eddie Gorm is the boss of the docks and his only obsession is to run his small business. For this, the docker does not shrink from anything: diversion of military rations, traffic of alcohol and settling of account in the district of the East End. The war? The Nazis? This is the problem of others. Except that when death knocks on his door, he has no choice: the only man to save the world from atomic horror, Eddie finds himself propelled despite himself in the midst of a millennial conflict between the Order of Templars and the Brotherhood of Assassins.

Assassin's Creed: Conspiracies will release in English on October 30, written by Guillaume Dorison and with art by Jean-Baptiste Hostache.

Overwatch To Get Lego Sets After Licensing Expo 2018 Announcement

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Overwatch To Get Lego Sets After Licensing Expo 2018 Announcement

Blizzard is never done promoting Overwatch in every conceivable way, and their latest move is to license Overwatch Lego sets.

Announced at the 2018 Licensing Expo, there are going to be multiple sets with varied pricing. No other info is available in terms of release dates or what exactly the sets will contain. Hopefully maps, characters and various skins will all get their own representations as Overwatch is rife with material to mine for Lego.

Blizzard is celebrating the second anniversary of Overwatch starting today, marking two years since the game launched with an in-game event and a large number of new skins.

Dead Or Alive 5 Will Make An Appearance At This Year's Evo

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Dead Or Alive 5 Will Make An Appearance At This Year's Evo

Koei Tecmo has announced the last entry in the Dead or Alive series, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, will be at this year's Evolution Championship Series (Evo) as a side tournament.

As part of a side tournament, the event won't get much airtime on the show's main stage, but fans and competitors in the series can sign up for the tournament, which is something the company has been "longing for over 10 years."

The last time we heard about Dead or Alive, people thought it was dead. Koei Tecmo had held a "funeral" for Dead or Alive 5, which some misinterpreted as a being a funeral for the series as a whole. The company then clarified the topic and mentioned it was working on something new.

Mike Bithell Announces Another Short-Form Game, Quarantine Circular

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Mike Bithell Announces Another Short-Form Game, Quarantine Circular

Following up on the success of Subsurface Circular, Bithell Games has announced a new title in the same vein, Quarantine Circular.

Mike Bithell, developer of games like Thomas Was Alone and the single-sitting title Subsurface Circular, has been hard at work to somewhat of a follow-up to the game. Thus arrives Quarantine Circular, establishing Circular as less of a series and more of an anthology of sci-fi games that can be completed in a few hours.

"Many, many, adults reached out to us about Subsurface Circular and expressed how happy they were that they could sit down and complete a game after a long day at work or in the few hours they had to themselves after putting the kids to bed," Bithell said.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Getting Xbox One X Enhancements Soon

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Getting Xbox One X Enhancements Soon

As previously teased, 343 Industries has outlined the upcoming Xbox One X enhancements to Halo: The Master Chief collection, as well as other major improvements. The Xbox One X update will have a host of fixes and visual upgrades, such as HDR support,  matchmaking fixes, user interface changes, and LAN (local area network) support. The team said their goal is to have every game running in native 4k, but due to the high-quality assets of the Halo 2 remake, that game might dip below the target resolution. A feature called "Intelligent install" will let players select which elements of The Master Chief Collection they would like on their console.  

Sal my friend, we have you covered. Here's a little work-in-progress glimpse of how the new MCC Intelligent Delivery feature is coming together: pic.twitter.com/If6DRatnV9

343 Industries has worked hard to support The Master Chief Collection well past its 2014 launch date, and it shows with players slowly coming back to the game after various fixes. This next major update looks to be the big push to draw new and old players back to the collection, which had an incredibly rocky launch. Hopefully, 343 Industries continues to tweak and update the game and use it as a lesson for their upcoming titles. 

Sega Remastering Yakuza 3-5 For PlayStation 4 In Japan

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Sega Remastering Yakuza 3-5 For PlayStation 4 In Japan

Sega's long-running Yakuza series gained a cult following in the West, but its popularity has exploded over the past couple of years. That's in large part thanks to the company's efforts to make early entries – including the upcoming remake of Yakuza 2 – playable on contemporary hardware. And according to Japan's Dengeki PlayStation, it's a trend that's going to continue through the remaining mainline entries in the series.

The magazine has reported (by way of Gematsu) that remastered versions of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 are coming to Japan, with HD resolution and increased frame rates. The Yakuza 3 remaster is set for an August 9 release, with the next entries coming in fall 2018 and spring 2019, respectively.

There's no word on whether the games will be coming to North America, or on what timeline if they do make it our way.

Sony Focusing On PSN & PS4 Games Until 2021

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Sony Focusing On PSN & PS4 Games Until 2021

In a mid-term corporate-strategy report, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida laid out the company's expectations for the PS4 and the overall Game & Network Services division from now until March 31, 2021. During this time, services and software are expected to drive revenue, not hardware sales.

The company says PSN currently generates annual sales of a trillion yen with 80 million monthly active users, and that PS Plus paid subscriptions have been growing from year to year – sitting at 34.2 million at the end of fiscal year 2017.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera said that gamers can expect more new IPs as well as "franchising successful IPs and refreshing existing IPs," according to Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki.

Scuf Debuts Insanely Customizable, Officially Licensed PS4 Controller

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Scuf Debuts Insanely Customizable, Officially Licensed PS4 Controller

The Scuf Vantage will retail for between $169.95 and $199.95, which is a steep commitment, but it has several bells and whistles that could take your competitive game to the next level.

Scuf made a name for itself designing custom controls with reprogrammable backpedals. Many professional gamers have navigated to Scuf looking to eke out every advantage on the digital battleground. Now, Scuf is teaming up with Sony to develop an officially licensed PlayStation 4 controller that has more customization features than ever.

The Scuf Vantage comes in two flavors: A wired version that retails for $169.95, and a version that can flip between wired and wireless modes that retails for $199.95. Otherwise, the two versions of the Vantage are nearly identical, and include a host of nifty features, such as: