New Leak Shows Metro Prime 4 Studio Behind Canceled Legend Of Zelda Game Starring Sheik

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New Leak Shows Metro Prime 4 Studio Behind Canceled Legend Of Zelda Game Starring Sheik

We first made Sheik in Ocarina of Time back in 1998, but what if she had her own game entirely? It almost happened, and following our previous feature talking about why we'd like to Zelda get her own game courtesy of our own Jason Guisano, the surfaced canceled Sheik adventure has captured our hearts and attention. 

A recent leak spotted by Source Gaming's EIC features a canceled Sheik-focused game that was seemingly in development from Retro Studios. This is the same studio that is also currently working on Metroid Prime 4.  Former Retro Studios artist Sammy Hall has shared looks at the alleged game before with artwork of Sheik. Sheik has the appearance of a male Sheikah, but it is later learned in the games that it is actually Princess Zelda in disguise. It was an awesome storyline when Ocarina was first released, making the prospect at a standalone game seem immensely appealing. That being said, the project seems to be canceled given a recent leak that comes via a few different sources, but the original source comes from a leaked document that showcases the Sheik title planned between the years 2005 and 2008. 

It says Retro Studio in katakana there so I'm pretty sure that is exactly what it is lol https://t.co/6RObu8p7ax

Dark Adventure RPG Black Book Arrives In August

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Dark Adventure RPG Black Book Arrives In August

Morteshka and HypeTrain Digital have announced a release date for Black Book, which arrives on August 10. Where can you find it? Well, just about everywhere. Black Book is coming to Steam, EGS, GOG, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. If you’re looking for a demo experience before diving into a purchase, the game has a prologue segment available for free right now on Steam and Xbox that covers the tale of Vasilisa becoming a witch, a narrative that flows into the core game. 

In the base game, Vasilisa is seeking the titular Black Book for its magical powers, specifically the ability to bring back the dead. Card-based battles are the order of the day as you move through a dark world of Slavic folklore. You’ll meet friendly companions, employ demons to your cause, and collect cards to strengthen your powers as you head through the main story and side content. Make sure you keep your demons occupied, because they’ll begin to annoy and even harm you if you don’t keep them entertained! The various villages, towns, and other somewhat friendly fare as you proceed through dark forests offers some respite from hordes of dangerous enemies and sinister supernatural foes.

The Official Game Informer Community Discord Is Now Open

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The Official Game Informer Community Discord Is Now Open

We're happy to announce a project that's been in the works for a long time — the Official Game Informer Community Discord! Yes, we finally made one. So if you're interested in hanging out, playing games, and chatting with Game Informer staff and our friendly community, this is the place for you. Want to join? Awesome. We want you to join, too. Simply subscribe to our Twitch channel, sync your Discord and Twitch accounts, and then join the fun!

Need guidance on how to join our Community Discord server once you've subscribed on Twitch? Follow these steps once you're signed into Discord, according to the Discord Twitch Integration FAQ:

Why are we connecting the Discord to Twitch? Well, we want this to be a positive and inclusive space that we can all enjoy together, and we have some wonderful community moderators in place. This link makes it easier to ensure our Discord remains a safe place for our fans at all times.

Skate City Gets A New Tokyo Level

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Skate City Gets A New Tokyo Level

In celebration of skateboarding being included in the Olympics for the very first time, Skate City has been updated with a new Tokyo, Japan level, available today. As publisher Snowman tells it, this level is the biggest added to the game to date. It's available exclusively through Apple Arcade.

The level will combine various parts of Tokyo, including famous skate spots from the real-world city, new large metropolitan areas, and small backstreets. The new level will also come with 21 new challenges, 30 new goals in Skate City's Endless Skate mode, new songs in the game's soundtrack, new skateboard decks and clothes in the shop, and a new leaderboard. 

Check out the level's new trailer right here:

Super Replay – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Super Replay – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Look at me: I am the captain now.

After watching Dan Tack wipe the floor with Bloodborne in our last Super Replay, it’s time that I, Marcus Stewart, do the same with its successor, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Released in 2019 to critical acclaim, this tough-as-nails ninja epic flipped the FromSoftware formula on its head with a combat and parry system that promotes pure skill and aggression. The game’s memorable bosses can’t be felled by simply grinding and out-leveling them. You have to out-finesse them. It’s a challenging game, but at 2 p.m. CT, I’ll be tackling Sekiro in its entirety in a quest for redemption. 

As much as I enjoyed Sekiro I never finished the game after I hit a wall whose name rhymes with “Lardian Grape”. After suffering defeat after defeat I walked away for over a year and decided to travel the globe in search of enlightenment. I scaled mountains, meditated under waterfalls, and trained under the tutelage of Tibetan monks: all to acquire the mental and physical skills necessary to beat Sekiro once and for all. 

Bungie Details Destiny 2: Season 15 Transmog Changes With Synthstrand Modifications

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Bungie Details Destiny 2: Season 15 Transmog Changes With Synthstrand Modifications

As Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer continues to inch towards completion, Bungie continues to provide updates for what's next in the immediate future and for season 15. When the current season implemented the long-requested Transmog feature, it was met with mixed feedback. Some didn't mind the seasonal cap and the grind for materials because it fell in line with similar aspects of the online game. In contrast, others were frustrated by the cap and felt that the studio overcomplicated the process. Bungie has just revealed a few changes it is making to Synthstrands and the overall transmog process with that feedback in mind. 

The latest Bungie Blog post opened up about some of the feedback players have given about the entire Armor Synthesis system. The first step to taking that feedback to heart includes a few small changes to the currency used to transmog: Synthstrands. "Effective at the start of Season 15, we will deprecate the passively-earned world currency, Synthstrand, that was used to purchase Armor Synthesis bounties from Ada-1," reads the latest blog entry. "In its place, these bounties will be purchasable for 10,000 Glimmer instead."

The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Featured Some Killer Songs From Games

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The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Featured Some Killer Songs From Games

The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing, and despite some odd policies involving cardboard beds, there is no mistaking that the excitement is high for Olympic fans. For those that may have missed this year's Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, the competitive event kicked off with some killer songs from some of our favorite games. 

From Final Fantasy to NieR, the opening ceremony was rife with amazing tracks from some of our favorite video games. I'm a little sad to see that there were no Nintendo tracks featured. Can you imagine the music from Legend of Zelda? That being said, they'd probably get sued, so maybe it's best that the Big N's amazing music was left out of this year's opening ceremony.

For those interested in the full tracklist: 

New Dead Space Remake Details Revealed, Including Zero Loading Screens And Learning From Past Mistakes

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New Dead Space Remake Details Revealed, Including Zero Loading Screens And Learning From Past Mistakes

Earlier this week, Motive and EA revealed the Dead Space remake after numerous rumors that some sort of revival was on the way. While the teaser was just that — a teaser — we did get a few more details about what the remake will have in store. Get ready to dismember some limbs, folks, and let's dive into what we know so far. 

In an interview with IGN, senior producer Philippe Ducharme and creative director Roman Campos-Oriola revealed a little more about what the remake has in store. For those worried that the remake will remake a little too much: don't be. The pair assures fans of the iconic space franchise that the team has the original vision in mind when tackling this project. That being said, it's not just a tiny polish job either; there is a lot of work going into rebuilding this game utilizing EA's Frostbite engine. 

“We started with the original level design of the original Dead Space," said Campos-Oriola when talking about referencing original assets, including those that never made launch. "What's funny is that you can see some of the iterations that were made prior to ship by the team. In the first chapter, you can see some corridors that they wanted to do first in a certain way, and then you can understand why they changed it for technical constraints or [some other reason].

Lawsuit Document Against Activision Blizzard Details A Long History Of Harassment And Discrimination

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Lawsuit Document Against Activision Blizzard Details A Long History Of Harassment And Discrimination

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard after years of investigation. The reason for the suit centers around "violations of the state's civil rights and equal pay laws," specifically regarding the treatment of women and other marginalized groups. 

Content warning for graphic conversations regarding sexual misconduct, abuse, and suicide. 

The investigation has been going on for over two years, and as Bloomberg reports, the lawsuit charges that the environment within Activision Blizzard hosts a "frat boy" culture. The studio is also being called a "breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women." The report is graphic at times, recounting purported incidents that scale from more casual discrimination all the way up to sexual assault and harassment. The lawsuit goes so far as to state that certain actions led to the suicide of one developer following a trip with her supervisor.

The Last Of Us TV Series Casts Anna Torv As Tess

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The Last Of Us TV Series Casts Anna Torv As Tess

The Last Of Us took the industry by storm when it first released in 2013. A definitive shift in video game storytelling, Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic journey about Joel and Ellie continues to resonate with people around the world almost a decade later. The HBO adaptation will follow the events from the first game, and Joel’s first battle buddy (and, perhaps, romantic interest at one point?), Tess, has finally been cast.

Anna Torv of Heavenly Sword (Nariko’s voice actress) and Fringe fame is joining an already growing family of talent, led by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the mind behind both games. Tess will be a recurring character that will travel across a devastated America alongside Pedro Pascal’s (The Mandalorian) Joel and Bella Ramsey’s (Game of Thrones) Ellie. Other cast members include Nico Parker (Dumbo) as Joel’s daughter, Merle Dandridge (The Last Of Us video game) as Marlene, and Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) as Joel’s brother, Tommy. Jeffrey Pierce, Murray Bartlett, and Con O’Neill will also be starring in the television series.