Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge VR Experience

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Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy’s Edge VR Experience

You might not be able to visit Galaxy’s Edge in Disney right now, but you may soon be able to bring a piece of those parks into your home. Oculus Studios, ILMxLAB, and Lucasfilm are working on a new VR experience that ties into the Disney’s Galaxy's Edge theme park at Disney’s resort parks. We don’t know much about the VR experience at the moment, but the studios were careful not to call it a game, which is interesting.

“The rich storytelling in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has redefined what a Disney park experience can be, and we are thrilled fans will have an opportunity to discover new stories, meet new characters and explore new regions of the planet Batuu in Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge,” said Scott Trowbridge, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Executive. “Now our guests can immerse themselves in these stories both inside and outside our parks.”

What we do know about this new VR project is that it features an original story starring both new and iconic characters from the Star Wars universe, is set on the planet of Batuu, and takes place between the films The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

Microsoft Further Details Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility

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Microsoft Further Details Xbox Series X Backwards Compatibility

A huge talking point going into the upcoming console generation centers on compatibility. Players have already invested a ton of money on games and accessories, and many are crossing their fingers that those investments won't be completely canceled out when new systems hit store shelves this holiday season. Xbox has already said that Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games that run on Xbox One through that system's backwards compatibility initiative will work on Series X, and that accessories will also carry forward into the next generation of hardware. Today, the team at Xbox gave more insight into the backwards compatibility features of the upcoming Xbox Series X.

With more than 600 games from previous generations working on Xbox One, as well as the massive library of games released for Xbox One available, the Xbox Series X will have thousands of compatible games at launch. This feat required Microsoft to clear major hurdles when it comes to system and chip architecture to allow games from multiple generations to be played on the newest hardware. In addition, Microsoft has put in more than 100,000 hours of playtesting to make sure that Series X is not only compatible with your current libraries, but also delivering an optimal performance in ways past systems couldn't. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 Arrives June 3

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 Arrives June 3

The next big Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season is just around the corner.

The action kicks off next week on June 3, and there's a spiffy new trailer to catch you up on exactly what's going on in the larger story.

Yes, there's a story going on outside of those Shoot House 24/7 matches! Check out the new trailer below.

Naughty Dog Shows Tantalizing New Glimpse At The Last Of Us Part II

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Naughty Dog Shows Tantalizing New Glimpse At The Last Of Us Part II

Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann narrated a new look at The Last Of Us Part II, offering some in-depth details about how the game plays.

Part II picks up the story several years after the end of the first game, when Ellie and Joel have settled in a protected community in Jackson, Wyoming. Ellie is now 19, and just as she is beginning to gather a life for herself, disaster strikes, in a form that that will likely wait until the game’s release to discover. Ellie sets out alone in pursuit of retribution and justice.

While the game includes varied locales including snowy areas near Jackson and lush forest zones in the Pacific Northwest, the bulk of the story is told in the old quarantine zone of Seattle. There, we see that Ellie has a host of new navigation options, including jumping gaps, and using ropes to swing to new platforms, or for tactically bypassing enemies. She also regularly makes use of horseback riding and a motorboat to get around.

New Anime, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Revealed Alongside Action/RPG, Mobile, And Arcade Games

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New Anime, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Revealed Alongside Action/RPG, Mobile, And Arcade Games

Square Enix had a big day with a stream that showcased some big news for Dragon Quest fans. The beloved and mega-popular Japanese series is getting an anime based on an early '90s manga spin-off: Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. Not only did we get our first look at it,  but Square Enix also took the opportunity to announce an action/RPG, mobile title, and arcade game to support it. 

The anime is set to debut this October in Japan, and you can watch the trailer below:

The other big announcement was several games, including a mobile game (iOS, Android) hitting some time next year and an arcade card game coming this fall. But perhaps the biggest reveal was an action/RPG for consoles called Infinity Strash – Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, where players freely control characters using flashy moves to takedown iconic monsters from the series. Square Enix is publishing and Game Studio is developing it. The exact consoles have yet to be announced. You can watch the trailer below.

This Year's Pokémon Go Fest Will Be Held In Your Backyard

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This Year's Pokémon Go Fest Will Be Held In Your Backyard

This year's Pokémon Go Fest will be held on July 25 and 26, and you don't need to travel to any particular location in the world to play it. Developer Niantic is turning this year's Fest into a global event that can be played anywhere by anyone. Tickets will be made available to as many players as possible.

The previous years' Pokémon Go Fests that were held in Chicago and other places around the world only allowed players to participate for one day. This year, players can play on both days.

If this year's Fest plays out like those in the past, this will be a great time to catch shiny Pokémon and possibly a new mythical tied to a quest. For more details on what the event may be like, check out my impressions of last year's Fest.

Grand Theft Auto VI Release Speculated For Before March 2024

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Grand Theft Auto VI Release Speculated For Before March 2024

Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive recently submitted a 10-K SEC filing that may have tipped off when Rockstar plans to release Grand Theft Auto VI. Industry research analyst Jeff Cohen (for investment firm Stephens) noted that the planned marketing budget for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2024 is twice that of the years leading up to that period. The cause? Cohen speculates it could be Grand Theft Auto VI.

"We are not sure how much we should be reading into this shift," said Cohen in a note to investors, "but we would note that this disclosure accurately predicted the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 prior to that game’s announcement.”

In the meantime, Rockstar can certainly keep making money off of Grand Theft Auto V sales as well as lucrative microtransactions through Grand Theft Auto Online. Waiting until 2023/2024 also increases the installed base of the coming next-generation home consoles.

This Year's BlizzCon Is Canceled

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This Year's BlizzCon Is Canceled

BlizzCon is officially canceled. After much uncertainty due to the current state of things with COVID-19, executive producer Saralyn Smith finally made things official today on Blizzard's website.

Smith said she and her team evaluated many different paths to potentially make the show work within the national and local health guidelines, but with still so much uncertainty, there just wasn't an ideal solution for having the show go forward as planned. "We're feeling deeply disappointed about this decision," she said in a blog post.

While the show is canceled, Smith said the team is searching for ways to celebrate Blizzard, perhaps in an online venue. "We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings," she wrote. "We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year." 

Silent Hill Characters Invade Dead By Daylight

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Silent Hill Characters Invade Dead By Daylight

Behaviour Interactive’s asymmetrical 4v1 survival game, Dead By Daylight debuted a few years ago to favorable reviews, and since then the studio has added a number of notable DLC characters from franchises like Halloween, Left 4 Dead, Evil Dead, and Stranger Things. The latest franchise to join that list is Konami’s Silent Hill.

Silent Hill 3’s protagonist Cheryl Mason is Dead By Daylight's new survivor. If you’re more into tormenting your victims, Cheryl will be hunted by Silent Hill 2’s version of Pyramid Head, who is called The Executioner here. Dead By Daylight is also getting a new map called Midwich Elementary School, a hunting local that was first seen in the first Silent Hill game.

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New Funko Pops Dive Into Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic And PlayStation Legends

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New Funko Pops Dive Into Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic And PlayStation Legends

Funko continues to explore video games in fun and unexpected ways. The toy manufacturer's next line of game-inspired Pops highlights key characters from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars Battlefront, as well as some of PlayStation's most recognizable heroes. Each figure in both lines retails for $11.99 and are sold exclusively at GameStop. Preorders are open now, with the release set for July 20 for the Star Wars line, and August 18 for the PlayStation line.

The Star Wars line consists of awesome sculpts of KOTOR's Darth Revan and Darth Malak. This series is rounded out with two figures from Star Wars Battlefront: a new hooded Yoda Pop, as well as a Shadow Trooper. You can get a good look at all four figures below:

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