There's an Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct happening this Thursday

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There's an Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct happening this Thursday

And here it is! After the longest gap between Nintendo Directs since the drought of 2016, another is finally on the way - and it's shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that it'll be focussing on Nintendo's next major release, Animal Crossing: New Horizon.

According to Nintendo's announcement tweet, the Animal Crossing: New Horizon's Direct will be broadcast this Thursday, 20th February at 2pm in the UK/6am PT. It should last around 25 minutes, and promises an "in-depth look at Nook Inc.'s Deserted Island Getaway Package".

You'll be able to watch proceedings unfold via Nintendo's YouTube channel, and given that I've been anticipating New Horizons with increasingly terrifying intensity since it was first announced in 2018, I'll be pretty much welded to the screen.

Simogo's sublime rhythm-action game Sayonara Wild Hearts is heading to Xbox One

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Developer Simogo's dreamy rhythm-action delight Sayonara Wild Hearts is finally making its way to Xbox One next Tuesday, 25th February.

Sayonara Wild Hearts tells the story of a young woman whisked away to a mysterious world of neon lights, masked bikers, and catchy pop, where, with the help of her alter-ego The Fool, she attempts to thwart Little Death and mend her broken heart.

What follows is a breathless musical extravaganza, melding time-honoured beat-keeping mechanics with gorgeously orchestrated, wonderfully varied arcade action, squeezing it all into a game about, as Simogo puts it, "being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph".

Long-in-the-works EVE Online FPS Project Nova is officially cancelled

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Long-in-the-works EVE Online FPS Project Nova is officially cancelled

EVE Online studio CCP Games has confirmed its long-in-the-works EVE-themed multiplayer shooter Project Nova is officially cancelled, although work on a new sci-fi shooter, with expanded scope, will continue at its London studio.

Project Nova was initially unveiled in 2016 as a spiritual successor to CCP's long-defunct free-to-play PS3 shooter Dust 514. All went largely silent after that, however, and it wasn't until October 2018 that more on the game - said to offer a blend of "tactical co-op PvE and explosive PvP modes, with a strong emphasis on mastery and strategy" - was finally revealed.

Just one month later, though, CCP announced it would "return to the drawing board" with Project Nova, telling fans that the "gameplay experience in its current form does not live up to our original vision and would not achieve our ambitious goals for this project."

Romero's mobster management sim Empire of Sin gets a delay

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Romero's mobster management sim Empire of Sin gets a delay

Empire of Sin, Brenda and John Romero's intriguing mobster-themed strategy game, will no longer release this spring as originally announced, and is now scheduled to arrive in a hail of sharp suits, fancy hats, and tommy gun fire sometime this autumn.

If you've yet to receive the elevator pitch, Empire of Sin drops players into the seedy side of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago, where the goal is to create your very own crime empire from the ground and become mob king or queen.

That involves a combination of business smarts and, inevitably, violence, as you "schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill" your way to success. Oh, and you can expect a healthy dose of turn-based tactical combat, reminiscent of XCOM, when there's blood to be shed.

A rogue Cooking Mama: Cookstar trailer has appeared

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A rogue Cooking Mama: Cookstar trailer has appeared

What's on the menu? A Cooking Mama game for Switch, apparently, and if a newly-discovered trailer is to be believed it could be arriving as soon as March. Emphasis on could.

The unlisted video was first posted on YouTube in November, but has only been discovered today thanks to a listing on Dutch store Nedgame. The channel bears the same name as the game's publisher, Planet Entertainment, but so far nothing else has been uploaded. Judging by the fact half the video is black screen, it's clearly been unveiled a little early.

The trailer gives a release date of March, and lists a retail price of $39.99 (£30.71), but as the video is a few months old and the linked website leads nowhere, it's worth taking this with a pinch of salt.

The cost of PlayStation 5: are we looking at a $500 console?

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The cost of PlayStation 5: are we looking at a $500 console?

A recent report from Bloomberg has attracted a lot of headlines - the suggestion is that Sony is struggling to control construction costs for the PlayStation 5 and that the $399 pricing sweet spot enjoyed by both PS4 and PS4 Pro may be out of reach for the next-gen system. Bloomberg says that the current cost for building the machine is around $450, suggesting that a retail price of at least $470 is likely - but is the analysis accurate? Will the next generation consoles really be more expensive at launch than their current-gen equivalents?

Pricing of console hardware has been a topic we've raised in the past on Digital Foundry because the fact is that the economics surrounding consumer electronics have been growing increasingly challenging for console manufacturers in recent years, while the pace of technological innovation has also slowed down significantly.

Stadia adds support for Samsung phones this week

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Stadia adds support for Samsung phones this week

A range of Samsung, Asus and Razer phones will soon support Stadia.

Google's game-streaming service will, on 20th February, become compatible with nearly two dozen Android devices. The full list lies below.

Up until now, Stadia has been confined to Google's own Pixel smartphones - as well as on PC and on TVs with a Chromecast Ultra.

Language app Duolingo is teaming up with Angry Birds

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Language app Duolingo is teaming up with Angry Birds

I'm almost at a 100-day streak on Duolingo, even though I feel bugged by the app's notifications into keeping going. I guess that's sort of the point? The game-ified language learning app makes things just fun enough - but it is still learning, and sometimes I'll need that nudge.

It'll get to 10pm and I know that I still need to finish a couple of lessons before midnight. I could skip a day, sure, though I'll use up valuable currency on a streak saver. And there's always the next achievement or leaderboard place to go chase.

Duolingo's constant nagging to keep going is theme of today's video - which sees the app's friendly owl mascot becoming ever more zealous and threatening as he interrupts a user's evening in the pub to make him play.

Hunt: Showdown review - a sweaty, stinking, cat-and-mouse masterpiece

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Hunt: Showdown review - a sweaty, stinking, cat-and-mouse masterpiece

A rough beast indeed, Hunt: Showdown, slouching toward the daylight after a couple of years in Early Access. A peculiar chimera of genres - survival horror, battle royale, boss rush shooter, insect, demon, human being. It resembles Far Cry 2 at a glance, all flammable shades of brown, but it moves more like PUBG, shunning the clear ground, ears pricked for proximity chat. It has the vivid markings of a Monster Hunter, but those patterns are really just for show, like the eye-whites of a killer whale - masking the gunsights protruding from its abdomen. You certainly wouldn't call it handsome, but you can't seem to drag your gaze away. How did something so... multiple ever survive the evolutionary process? But alas, you've looked for too long. It knows you're there now. No, don't try to run! The creature's girth is deceptive. We'll have to see if we can bring it down.

If Hunt: Showdown's unusual - and, as it turns out, fantastically exhilarating and engrossing - mixture of inspirations has a single guiding principle, it's that predators become prey. It's a game in which stepping on a twig while backstabbing a zombie can get you shot from a hundred yards off, and the ceremony of a bossfight offers zero defence against the player lobbing dynamite through a window.

Dishonored and Wolfenstein games are now available at GOG - and they're 70% off

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Dishonored and Wolfenstein games are now available at GOG - and they're 70% off

Entries from both the Dishonored and Wolfenstein series are the latest games to arrive on GOG - and to celebrate they're all available for up to 70 per cent off.

Although GOG already has a decent number of Bethesda titles in its library, this is the first time you've been able to get games from fantastical stealth-em-up Dishonored and the Nazi-punching Wolfenstein series DRM-free. Recent sequel The New Colossus and co-op spin-off Youngblood are not yet included, however.

Still, to see what is there, you can view the full Bethesda publisher sale or check out some of the choice highlights below: