The Resident Evil 3 Digital Issue Is Now Live

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The Resident Evil 3 Digital Issue Is Now Live

If you have a digital subscription to Game Informer, you can now read our huge cover story on Resident Evil 3! Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone, and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Kindle and Nook.

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PlayStation 5 Tech Details Coming Tomorrow

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PlayStation 5 Tech Details Coming Tomorrow

Sony has announced it is revealing more PlayStation 5 details tomorrow (9 a.m. Pacific) via a "deep dive" presentation by system architect Mark Cerny.

The livestream will be hosted on the company's official blog, and it will go over the console's architecture and how it will apparently "shape the future of games."

Sony's presentation comes shortly after Microsoft recently revealed the specs for the Xbox Series X.

Resident Evil 3 Demo Coming Soon

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Resident Evil 3 Demo Coming Soon

Capcom has announced two separate chances for you to get your hands on Resident Evil 3 before it comes out on April 3 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC).

The game's demo – featuring Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliveira, and a terrifying Nemesis – is out this Thursday, March 19 (12 a.m. Eastern on Xbox One and 1 p.m. Eastern on PS4/PC).

The demo also includes an exclusive, post-completion cinematic trailer, as well as an interesting side challenge: Twenty Mr. Charlie statues are strewn throughout the demo for you to find (with an onscreen counter that keeps track of your tally). There's no word on what will be your reward if you get them all.

Microsoft Reveals The Power Of Xbox Series X

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Microsoft Reveals The Power Of Xbox Series X

Today on Xbox Wire, Microsoft revealed the full specs for Xbox Series X, and let Digital Foundry and Austin Evans take this powerful hardware for a test drive. The hardware used for these hands-on sessions isn't the final model that will ship to retail, but Microsoft is clearly comfortable enough at this point to say this is what the Series X will be.

The tests highlight the power of Series X, which Digital Foundry points out is "capable of running four Xbox One S game sessions simultaneously on the same chip." In the video below you can see just how much faster Series X can load games.

We're still going to get some load times, sadly, but they are dramatically reduced on Series X.

Pokémon Go Makes Changes For The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Pokémon Go Makes Changes For The Coronavirus Pandemic

Pokémon Go is one of the most popular social gaming experiences out there, but it now needs to scale back the social interactions as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Last night, developer Niantic issued a statement that addresses the outbreak, and what players can expect from Pokémon Go. The message states that "the safety of our global player community is our top priority. COVID-19 is challenging us and the world to adjust. We’re putting our focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting and that also encourage exploration!"

Niantic isn't turning off raids or other aspects of the game, but is giving trainers the ability to do more on their own. First up, trainers should go into the Pokémon Go store where they'll find a new incense gift that only costs one gold. This 99 percent discount gives players 30 incense items. When one is put into use, the time it lasts is doubled from 30 minutes to an hour. Incense ups the number of Pokémon players will be able to catch in an area, even if they are out in the middle of nowhere where nothing ever spawns.

All normal Pokémon habitats will generate more spawns, another move that limits the trainer's need to move around.

Overwatch's Archives Event Returns With New Skins

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Overwatch's Archives Event Returns With New Skins

Like clockwork, Overwatch is back with another Archives event, but this one is a little different. Although players will be entering the same Archives Brawls from previous years, extreme modifiers to both the enemies and players should make them play out differently.

In the first week of the event, which kicks off now, two Uprising missions are unlocked. In one, the enemies you square off against will drop lava on death. In the other mission, you have 50 percent of your normal health, yet you deal more damage.

In the second week, players can take on two Retribution missions. The enemies in the first can only be damaged if you land a critical hit. In the second mission, enemies only sustain damage if you are near them.

Lego Super Mario Adds Real-World Platforming To The Construction Toy

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Lego Super Mario Adds Real-World Platforming To The Construction Toy

Nintendo and Lego announced some kind of partnership a few days ago, and a newly revealed video sheds some light on just what we can expect from Lego Super Mario. Suffice it to say, it's a little more ambitious than minifigs.

As you can see in the teaser video, the centerpiece of the collaboration is a large Mario build. Players can switch it on, and his eyes and other elements will come to life through animations that appear on several screens. Players can then have the figure interact with a variety of Mario-inspired playsets to earn virtual coins (complete with sound effects), avoid hazards, and perform other actions. Judging from the clip, it looks to have board-game-like elements. 

The sets are due out this year, but details such as pricing and exact release dates are still unannounced.

Update: E3 2020 Officially Canceled

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Update: E3 2020 Officially Canceled

The ESA has officially canceled E3, and is currently looking at putting together an online version of the show in June.

Here is the organization's official statement:

After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.

State Of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition Hits This Friday, Delivers New Map And Improved Graphics

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State Of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition Hits This Friday, Delivers New Map And Improved Graphics

State of Decay 2 released on May 22, 2018 for Xbox One and PC, and was in rough shape when it hit. Game Informer's Jeff Cork gave State of Decay 2 a rating of 6.5 out of 10 and said that it has "a lot to love, but is overwhelmed by legacy issues and a slew of all-new ones that came along for the co-op ride." The game slowly improved through the various DLC offerings, and is now getting a second chance at life through the massive Juggernaut Edition, which is essentially a complete relaunch of State of Decay 2. It's free for people who already own the game.

Juggernaut Edition includes all of the previously released DLC (the Independence Pack, Daybreak, and Heartland), and also offers an all-new map called Providence Ridge, which is described by developer Undead Labs as a "rugged logging town." Providence Ridge features five bases, environmental storytelling, and a Sasquatch named Shaggy Jack. Players who are returning to State of Decay 2 will run into a different tutorial a revised user interface, and improved controls (which assign dodge and stealth to different buttons). Heavy weapons are being added to melee combat. There are 10 different kinds of these slow, but powerful tools, including a double-bit axe, "big ol' shovel," and a sledgehammer.

Horizon Zero Dawn Coming To PC This Summer

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Horizon Zero Dawn Coming To PC This Summer

PlayStation's head of Worldwide Studios Hermen Hulst today announced via PlayStation Blog that one of the most beloved exclusive titles of the PS4, Horizon Zero Dawn, is coming to PC this summer. Not much more information is available at this time, but Hulst, the former managing director of Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games, tells PlayStation Blog that the new studio directors at Guerrilla will have more details soon.

While bringing first-party titles to PC has become the rule rather than the exception for competitor Xbox, Hulst says this will remain on a case-by-case basis for PlayStation's first-party titles. "[Releasing] one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC," he says. "In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware."

Horizon Zero Dawn released in 2017 in close proximity to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5, and several months before Super Mario Odyssey. Even launching in a year with so many beloved titles, Horizon Zero Dawn was a legitimate Game of the Year contender thanks to its excellent world design, unique encounters, and terrific quests. You can read our review here.