Granblue Fantasy Versus Trailer Introduces Lowain

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Granblue Fantasy Versus Trailer Introduces Lowain

Cygames has released a new Japanese trailer of its Arc System Works-developed fighting game Granblue Fantasy Versus, and it features the game's wackiest character yet.

Lowain looks to be among the silliest characters in the roster, sporting some wild tricks that make for an interesting playstyle. His trademark ability is to get his buddies to help him out in combat, helping him throw his opponents, attack them as Lowain sits back (effectively making them projectiles), and letting Lowain enter a "stance" in which he's being carried by two of his friends and can deliver some powerful moves.

Other tricks in his arsenal is summoning a tank-like robot with a human-looking top half, and, as the cook who works for the main character in the mobile game that inspired Versus, can summon food mid-battle. It's likely these meals are used to heal him or buff him in some way.

Devil May Cry 5 Is Capcom's Second-Biggest PC Launch Ever

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Devil May Cry 5 Is Capcom's Second-Biggest PC Launch Ever

Capcom continues its streak of great renditions of its classic series with Devil May Cry 5, and fans have proved rabid enough for stylish action to make the game the company's second most-popular release on Steam.

According to third-party stat-tracking site SteamCharts, the title is currently sitting at an all-time peak of 88,735 concurrent players as of this writing. This makes it the second-largest launch Capcom has had on the platform. For perspective, Resident Evil sits at third place with an all-time high of 74,024, while Monster Hunter: World, the company's current juggernaut, sits at a cool all-time high of 329,333 players.

Of course, it's important to emphasize this is only for the PC versions of these games (the trio is Steam exclusive on PC for now). Sales and concurrent players of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of games are rarely made public, and could vary.

Latest Anthem Patch Adds Respawn Timers To Every Mission, Rebalances Weapons And Enemies

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Latest Anthem Patch Adds Respawn Timers To Every Mission, Rebalances Weapons And Enemies

BioWare has deployed a fairly large patch for Anthem over the weekend, adding some much-needed quality-of-life features.

The biggest change in this patch is the addition of respawn timers to every kind of mission. Before, regular missions had short respawn timers after which players would return to the battlefield, but other kinds of missions, like strongholds and legendary contracts, prevented players from returning to battle unless they were revived by other players. Now, every kind of mission lets you respawn, with strongholds, legendary contracts, and endgame missions now having 30-second timers, while every other kind lets you respawn after 10 seconds. Speaking of strongholds, those have been added back into the quickplay rotation.

A host of other changes should improve the overall experience for dedicated players. Common and uncommon gear, which becomes useless long before you finish the initial campaign, no longer drop for level-30 players, which means less clutter when managing gear. The game should also be more stable, since the patch includes "fixes for a number of issues that were causing crashes or connection problems," as well as for a glitch that caused the sound to drop out completely under certain conditions. The notes don't specifically call out an issue that was crashing PS4s, however, though it's possible that issue has been fixed.

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, PUBG, And Overwatch

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, PUBG, And Overwatch

This weekend, we've got a couple of leagues going strong, a big invitational, and the conclusion of a battle royale tournament (not the famous one, though! that one ended a long time ago and is fictional).

Esports stream outfit Beyond The Summit has their sights set on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scene this weekend, inviting 11 of the game's best players and asking fans to invite 5 more to round out the 16-player invitational. (Stream and Schedule)

The Overwatch League will host eight more matches this weekend, so make sure to root for your favorite locale-based team, even though most of the players are probably not from that region. Just like real sports! (Stream / Schedule)

Report: Richard Garfield Leaves Valve, Artifact Team Downsized

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Report: Richard Garfield Leaves Valve, Artifact Team Downsized

The other day, Valve announced layoffs within the company of about thirteen people. Rumors began swirling about why and what this could possibly affect, but the common sentiment was that Valve was eliminating hardware jobs as it pulled back from items like the Steam Link. it appears now that the layoffs may have involved the Artifact team and seem to have taken aim at the top.

The outlet Artibuff, an Artifact fan site dedicated to helping people learn about the game and how to play it, contacted Richard Garfield after suspicions that he may have been let go. Garfield created Magic: The Gathering, Netrunner, Battletech, and more, so his name being attached to Valve's new card game was a crucial piece of their marketing. As a contract employee, however, he confirmed that his job did not survive the layoffs at Valve.

"We weren't surprised by the layoff considering how rocky the launch was, the team was enthusiastic about the game and were confident that they had a good product but it became clear it wasn't going to be easy to get the game to where we wanted it," Garfield told Artibuff.

Weekend Warrior – The Weekend We Play Nothing In Common

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Weekend Warrior – The Weekend We Play Nothing In Common

Normally when I'm assigned Weekend Warrior, I try to find games we're all playing in common so I can write a witty headline that encapsulates our shared experiences. Well, this week that's easier said than done! It's just a big ol' buffet of games for Game Informer editors this weekend – one person's playing Overwatch, another is diving into Path of Exile, and only one or two of us are playing Devil May Cry 5. How the heck am I supposed to write a headline this week!?

If you're playing something out of left field too, tell us what it is in the comments below!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – As you've probably already guessed if you've ever read Weekend Warrior before, I'll be spending a bunch of time playing Overwatch and Marvel Strike Force this weekend. I'm also going to continue playing Far Cry New Dawn, which I'm really enjoying.

Ex-Bioware Veteran Aaryn Flynn Heads New Gaming Studio At Improbable

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Ex-Bioware Veteran Aaryn Flynn Heads New Gaming Studio At Improbable

Improbable, the tech company behind the engine-like SpatialOS, has announced that they will be getting into game development with the founding of two new studios. Moreover, one of those studios is headed by 17-year Bioware veteran Aaryn Flynn, indicating that Improbable is looking to make big moves in the game development space.

Flynn was the former general manager of Bioware during the studio's biggest years of output and expansion, including overseeing games like Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, and more. Flynn left in 2017, handing the reins to Casey Hudson. Flynn confirmed on his Twitter today that the Edmonton studio, which he oversees, is already working on a game.

John Wasilczyk, whose resume includes Call of Duty, DICE, and Fortnite, is heading the London studio which makes up the other half of Improbable's game development force.

The Sinking City's Haunting Horror Gets A Delay To June

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The Sinking City's Haunting Horror Gets A Delay To June

After rumors a week ago that Lovecraftian horror game The Sinking City was going to see a delay, especially as the intended release date was coming later this month with nary a word from the developer or publisher on it, the news is now official. The Sinking City will now release on June 27.

The publisher BigBen Interactive put up a video today explaining the new release, which you can find below.

Basically, March is really crowded. There's not only a lot of competition for money, but for time, and BigBen wants players to be able to spend as much time with it as possible. That reasoning sounds strange, as they could just say the game needs a few more months or that they don't want it to get buried, but you do you, BigBen. I'm not sure June is going to be that much less crowded.

The Division 2 Will Have A 90 GB Patch On PlayStation 4, Double The Size Of Other Versions

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The Division 2 Will Have A 90 GB Patch On PlayStation 4, Double The Size Of Other Versions

Video games take up a lot of space these days, which can be somewhat of an issue whether you're going digital or physical. It's never fun to bring home a new game, install it, and then also download a huge patch preventing you from playing the game for at least another few hours. If you're on the PlayStation 4, you might be running headfirst into that situation with The Division 2 when it releases later this month.

Ubisoft put up a support page today outlining what players can expect in terms of download sizes for the initial update. Of particular note is the PlayStation 4 version, which clocks in at nearly 100 GB.

"If you purchased a physical copy of the game, begin installing from the disc," the page reads. "Provided you are online, your console will simultaneously download Title Update 1 while you install it. Expect a 88-92 GB download, depending on your region and preferred language. Whether installed from a disc or downloaded digitally, the final HDD install size will be between 88-92 GB."

Octopath Traveler Getting Prequel Game On Mobile

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Octopath Traveler Getting Prequel Game On Mobile

Square Enix is seemingly quite happy with the Switch release of Octopath Traveler, announcing that it has shipped 1.5 million copies since its release last summer. They're so happy that they're expanding the series out and putting the next game in the series on iOS and Android.

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The new Octopath Traveler game adapts the same style and gameplay from the Switch version, which explains why Square Enix patented the HD-2D phrase a little while ago. The prequel game also makes some additions to the battle system, now incorporating eight players in battle, higher than the Switch game.