Psychonauts 2 E3 panel will feature Tim Schafer and Jack Black

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Psychonauts 2 E3 panel will feature Tim Schafer and Jack Black

E3 2019 is edging ever closer, with video game fans eagerly awaiting the latest news on their own personal list of dream games. A (double) fine example of said games is the highly-anticipated Psychonauts 2, which will receive a panel at this year's expo.The Psychonauts 2 panel will be led by Geoff Keighley and feature two very special guests: Double Fine founder Tim Schafer and comedic actor Jack Black. The duo will be on-hand to discuss the ongoing development of the long-awaited sequel and will also have some fresh game footage to whet fans' appetites, ahead of the game's eventual release on PS4, PC and Xbox One.

No specific time was given for the panel, but we know it will be part of E3 Coliseum. The Coliseum is a series of informal interviews where Keighley chats with developers on their upcoming wares, which allows for a little more detail than is afforded in the big press conferences or on the show floor. No doubt a full schedule will be released once E3 is up and running.

E3 2019 takes place between June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

VR darling Beat Saber is leaving early access this week

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VR darling Beat Saber is leaving early access this week

Beat Saber, one of the most popular VR games to date (a sentiment I've heard from devs and players alike), is finally exiting early access and will enter 1.0 status.

What does that mean? Well it gains a level editor (huge), new visual options, an overhauled scoring system that promises more precision, and "one saber" levels. To clarify the latter bit: basically you have two remotes that simulate two lightsabers to smack beat squares with during songs, and the one saber variant allows you to mix things up a bit. Right now the level editor is only live on PC, but the rest is coming to PSVR.

At this point I've played Beat Saber extensively, partly because I couldn't avoid it. No matter where I looked someone was telling me to give it a go, and it's one of the flagship games on the Oculus Quest. While the early going was sweet enough for something you're going to jump into for moments at a time, the level editor will kick ass in terms of longevity.

Ubisoft's Mighty Quest for Epic Loot finds new life on mobile

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Ubisoft's Mighty Quest for Epic Loot finds new life on mobile

Ubisoft's The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot was a rare miss for the company when it launched the free-to-play action RPG back in 2015. Released for Windows, the colorful and cheerful game didn't make much of a dent in the F2P market and was shut down less than two years later. A few months after the PC version went belly up, Ubisoft quietly relaunched the game for mobile devices. It wasn't made available everywhere, but that's about to change.

Today, Ubisoft announced The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will launch on Google Play and in the App Store on July 9, 2019. The hack-and-slash RPG will feature hero characters you can customize with more than 1,000 pieces of gear, what is promised to be a "huge PVE campaign," PVP arenas, and, of course, lots and lots of loot. It does not seem the castle building portion of the original Mighty Quest will be included in the game, at least not at launch.

THQ Nordic says it had a great year thanks to Deep Silver and the Goat Simulator developer

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THQ Nordic says it had a great year thanks to Deep Silver and the Goat Simulator developer

In their financial report for January through March 2019, THQ Nordic is reporting a 158% increase in net sales this past quarter . The publishing giant gives most of the credit to Deep Silver (Metro Exodus, Outward in particular) which netted 794 SEK (Swedish Krona) or 82.3 million USD, but also gives a shoutout to Coffee Stain Studios, who earned 98 million SEK (Roughly 10.1 million USD) and "exceeded their expectations" with the early access launch of Satisfactory.

THQ Nordic also reminds us of their massive worldwide publishing house reach, which managed to strike deals with publishing partners for Kingdom Hearts III, Dirt Rally 2.0, Monster Energy Supercross 2, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Devil or Alive 6 in certain portions of the world.

Below, you'll find a list of THQ's full announced lineup throughout the next fiscal year, which the firm says it sunk 305.2 million SEK into. It should give you a bigger idea of just how much power the publisher has and how much IP it has at its disposal.

God of War has racked up a mighty 10 million total sales

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God of War has racked up a mighty 10 million total sales

In news that isn't particularly surprising, Sony's God of War has joined the list of PS4 exclusive mega-sellers, having just passed the 10 million sales milestone. This puts the fantasy adventure up there with previous big-hitters The Last of Us Remastered and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.Launching in April 2018 to universal praise from critics and players, God of War redefined not only its own brand, but the entire third-person adventure genre. Its emotional tale of a somber, aging Kratos and the quest he embarks upon with his young son Atreus resonated with video game fans worldwide, who were wowed by the game's amazing visuals and set-pieces.

Popping five million sales within its first month, God of War immediately became the fastest-ever selling PS4 exclusive at the time. This would be usurped later in the year with the release of Marvel's Spider-Man (which itself is about to hit the 10 million milestone). A documentary about GoW's development, Raising Kratos, was recently made available on YouTube.

God of War is available now on PS4.

Sony IR Day 2019 Games and Services Report [Official]

Where's Baldo? He's in a new game that looks like Zelda and Ni No Kuni

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Where's Baldo? He's in a new game that looks like Zelda and Ni No Kuni

Baldo? That's the worst name I ever heard. No, Baldo, wait!

Yes Baldo is a new "cel-shaded action adventure game" on the way to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch (read: everything, but this is going to sell so well on Switch), according to IGN. Details are slim, but you can watch the roughly minute and a half trailer below and get a basic idea of what's happening.

The art style looks extremely Ghibli-esque (and thus similar to Ni No Kuni), right down to the character designs and enemies. It seems to feature some puzzle-oriented gameplay alongside of an action adventure framework, with combat taking place in real time in the overworld (no random battles).

Check out the debut trailer for Comcept's first game since it joined Level-5

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Check out the debut trailer for Comcept's first game since it joined Level-5

The gaming industry is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers. Whether it's Activision and Blizzard joining forces to become the biggest company in the industry or Microsoft buying up the very best AA developers, ownership of companies change hands all the time. One of the strangest acquisitions in recent memory was Level-5 acquiring Comcept. Keiji Inafune's studio had struggled since Mighty No. 9 launched to disastrous reviews and ReCore tripped over itself right out of the gate.

I was sure after the one-two punch of those titles, as well as the millions lost on the never-released Kaio: King of Pirates, the industry would be done with Inafune and his studio of disappointment. And yet, Level-5 threw it a lifeline, acquiring the company and renaming it Level-5 Comcept. Two years ago it was announced its first game would be a mobile game called Dragon & Colonies. Now, we finally have a trailer for it, and it doesn't look half bad. 

Contest: Take a Discovery Starter Pack and win a Command Dreadnaught Cruiser for Star Trek Online

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Contest: Take a Discovery Starter Pack and win a Command Dreadnaught Cruiser for Star Trek Online

Today's contest is a two-fer: Take a free key for a Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery Starter Pack and enter to win a Command Dreadnaught Cruiser Bundle!

There's a lot going on with this one today, folks, so pay attention! Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery just launched last week, adding new content to the already massive game based on the hit CBS [online streaming only grrrrrrrr] show, Discovery. Here's where we come in: You could buy some of the new content, like a chump, or you could just take some from us!

And while you're at it, win a deluxe ship DLC pack. Play Star Trek Online. Win. It's pretty easy.

Sega unveils some new Virtua Fighter and House of the Dead slot machines

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Sega unveils some new Virtua Fighter and House of the Dead slot machines

「Global Gaming Expo Asia 2019 #G2EAsia2019」にて、セガIPを使用したカジノ機器『Virtua Fighter BATTLE GENESISTM』『HOUSE OF THE DEAD SCARLET DAWN BATTLE GENESISTM 』を初お披露目しました!今夏マカオをはじめアジアでリリース。大型カジノ施設に設置予定です。https://t.co/SvaZcckLE6 pic.twitter.com/kfjAOqJYnM

— セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) May 21, 2019

「Global Gaming Expo Asia 2019 #G2EAsia2019」にて、セガIPを使用したカジノ機器『Virtua Fighter BATTLE GENESISTM』『HOUSE OF THE DEAD SCARLET DAWN BATTLE GENESISTM 』を初お披露目しました!

今夏マカオをはじめアジアでリリース。大型カジノ施設に設置予定です。https://t.co/SvaZcckLE6 pic.twitter.com/kfjAOqJYnM