Atlus Drops Teaser Trailer For Persona 5: The Royal

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Atlus Drops Teaser Trailer For Persona 5: The Royal

Atlus has been teasing something called "Persona 5 R" for some time, but their latest teaser trailer gives us a bit more info the title.

Now titled Persona 5: The Royal, it's not clear whether this is a sequel, expansion, or updated version of Persona 5, but I'd lean toward the latter. The Royal takes place in the same locale as Persona 5 and introduces a new red-headed character, who doesn't seem to be into the methods of the Phantom Thieves (according to a translation from Gematsu) and would rather solve her problems on her own. Whether they'll be an ally, foe, or (in a longshot guess here) a new playable character remains to be seen.

It isn't a ton of info to go on, but don't worry; Atlus also announced we'd be getting more info on April 24, the date of the "Persona Super Live" concert in Japan.

Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

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Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

While Google is making waves in the gaming market with its Stadia streaming service, another tech giant is also looking how it can expand within the space: Apple.

Bloomberg reports the company, who is looking for new ways to capitalize on its enormous install base as its hardware sales begin to slow down, may reveal new subscription services to keep users spending after they've invested in their Apple hardware, and this could include a gaming subscription service.

The service would be less Stadia and more Xbox Games Pass. It would take several paid games (so no free-to-play games like Fortnite) on its iPhone and iPad app stores and bundle them together every month for a flat fee, letting users slowly build a library of games they don't own. The service would pay out to developers based on the amount of time players spend with their games.

Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

about X hours ago from
Report: Apple Considering Monthly Gaming Subscription Service

While Google is making waves in the gaming market with its Stadia streaming service, another tech giant is also looking how it can expand within the space: Apple.

Bloomberg reports the company, who is looking for new ways to capitalize on its enormous install base as its hardware sales begin to slow down, may reveal new subscription services to keep users spending after they've invested in their Apple hardware, and this could include a gaming subscription service.

The service would be less Stadia and more Xbox Games Pass. It would take several paid games (so no free-to-play games like Fortnite) on its iPhone and iPad app stores and bundle them together every month for a flat fee, letting users slowly build a library of games they don't own. The service would pay out to developers based on the amount of time players spend with their games.

What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, Halo 3, And Overwatch

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, Halo 3, And Overwatch

This weekend we have some majors wrapping up, but also a charity event themed around a classic competitive game.

The Dota 2 Dreamleague major concludes this weekend. Will Team Secret and Virtus Pro make it to the grand finals match, or will China reign supreme no matter what? Find out! (Stream / Schedule)

The Super Smash Bros. community gathers in Bloomington, Indiana for Full Bloom 5, which features tournaments for both Ultimate and Melee. (Streams and Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, Halo 3, And Overwatch

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: Dota 2, Halo 3, And Overwatch

This weekend we have some majors wrapping up, but also a charity event themed around a classic competitive game.

The Dota 2 Dreamleague major concludes this weekend. Will Team Secret and Virtus Pro make it to the grand finals match, or will China reign supreme no matter what? Find out! (Stream / Schedule)

The Super Smash Bros. community gathers in Bloomington, Indiana for Full Bloom 5, which features tournaments for both Ultimate and Melee. (Streams and Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – The Way Of The Ninja

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Weekend Warrior – The Way Of The Ninja

Last weekend was all about shootin' and lootin' in The Division 2. And while that game will still be gracing our television screens, we now have From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to sink our teeth into. For those of you who will also be roaming the frustratingly difficult landscapes of Sengoku Japan, we wish you the best of luck. Trust us: you're gonna need it.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m going to attempt to play Sekiro this weekend, but chances are I won’t last long and will want to go do something relaxing. Overwatch and Marvel Strike Force are always my go-tos, but I may fire up something like Anthem. 

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – Sekiro has made a strong first impression, so I plan on still going strong on that. I am also still dabbling with Crackdown 3 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Otherwise I need to watch the new episodes of Arrested Development and I have been making my way through One Piece. I might grill something, too. It’s still cold in Minnesota, but waaaaay less cold than it has been. It might be time.

Weekend Warrior – The Way Of The Ninja

about X hours ago from
Weekend Warrior – The Way Of The Ninja

Last weekend was all about shootin' and lootin' in The Division 2. And while that game will still be gracing our television screens, we now have From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to sink our teeth into. For those of you who will also be roaming the frustratingly difficult landscapes of Sengoku Japan, we wish you the best of luck. Trust us: you're gonna need it.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m going to attempt to play Sekiro this weekend, but chances are I won’t last long and will want to go do something relaxing. Overwatch and Marvel Strike Force are always my go-tos, but I may fire up something like Anthem. 

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – Sekiro has made a strong first impression, so I plan on still going strong on that. I am also still dabbling with Crackdown 3 and Kingdom Hearts 3. Otherwise I need to watch the new episodes of Arrested Development and I have been making my way through One Piece. I might grill something, too. It’s still cold in Minnesota, but waaaaay less cold than it has been. It might be time.

One Year Later, Game Developer Union Discussion Feels Listless

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One Year Later, Game Developer Union Discussion Feels Listless

At last year's Game Developers Conference, the industry seemed ready to pounce on the idea of forming unions. International Game Developers Association head Jan MacLean found herself cast in the role of the villain of the unionization story due to some seemingly anti-union quotes and a defensive posture during a roundtable. A year later, MacLean exited the discussion as a whole, bowing out of the roundtables and sticking to a script that avoided taking a stance on the issue. This left the developers now focusing on unionization under the Game Workers Unite banner, for better or worse, with little impeding their discussions on the subject.

While the discussion in 2018 was centered on anger at employers, at MacLean, at an industry that seemingly did not care much for its workers, that white hot indignation has seemingly given way to a number of fears. In two completely full rooms, developers talked about their various thoughts and feelings about organizing under Game Workers Unite or just organizing at all. Developers sat and spoke openly about retaliation from their employers, from the gaming community, and worries about specific situations like international emigration.

One Year Later, Game Developer Union Discussion Feels Listless

about X hours ago from
One Year Later, Game Developer Union Discussion Feels Listless

At last year's Game Developers Conference, the industry seemed ready to pounce on the idea of forming unions. International Game Developers Association head Jan MacLean found herself cast in the role of the villain of the unionization story due to some seemingly anti-union quotes and a defensive posture during a roundtable. A year later, MacLean exited the discussion as a whole, bowing out of the roundtables and sticking to a script that avoided taking a stance on the issue. This left the developers now focusing on unionization under the Game Workers Unite banner, for better or worse, with little impeding their discussions on the subject.

While the discussion in 2018 was centered on anger at employers, at MacLean, at an industry that seemingly did not care much for its workers, that white hot indignation has seemingly given way to a number of fears. In two completely full rooms, developers talked about their various thoughts and feelings about organizing under Game Workers Unite or just organizing at all. Developers sat and spoke openly about retaliation from their employers, from the gaming community, and worries about specific situations like international emigration.

Apex Legends Earns Over $92 Million In Its First Month

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Apex Legends Earns Over $92 Million In Its First Month

It should be no surprise that Apex Legends is one of the most successful games of 2019 by far but some recent numbers put the game's success in an interesting context.

Research firm SuperData reports the game has raked in over $92 in its first month, with most of the spending coming from its console users. This makes it the most successful launch month of any free-to-play game in history, according to the firm. Considering the game hit 50 million players in a quarter of the time it took Fortnite to reach that number, the number is large, but not necessarily too surprising.

SuperData's report also puts those numbers into context, pitting it against the modern giants in terms of gross revenue earned. Its exemplary month places at the sixth highest-grossing on PC, and the fourth-highest on console. On PC Dungeon Fighter Online, League of Legends, and Fortnite are still ahead of it, but it has managed to outpace World of Tanks and Dota 2.