Square Enix President Comments On Final Fantasy VII Remake Potentially Going Cross-Gen

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Square Enix President Comments On Final Fantasy VII Remake Potentially Going Cross-Gen

No official announcements have been made regarding Final Fantasy VII Remake going cross-gen. However, considering it will span multiple games and the first one isn't even scheduled to come out until March 3, 2020, it seems clear that later installments will be on new hardware. But what about that first entry? Based on our interview with Square Enix president and CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, the first Final Fantasy VII Remake game could eventually hit next-gen systems. 

We asked Matsuda if Square Enix is having any reservations about having the installments of Final Fantasy VII Remake split between generations, or if the first installment had a chance of making it over to new-gen consoles. "It's the hottest topic at the moment and we thought you might ask us that," Matsuda said. "I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles. I believe it is being developed so that it is going to be playable on both, so I'm not really concerned about that and I believe that the fans are also going to be able to enjoy it on both, including the next-generation of consoles."

Matsuda's comment does not constitute an official announcement, but it can at least give you some comfort if you've been wanting to know if there's a chance you'll be playing Final Fantasy VII Remake on the new consoles. 

Arcade 1Up Announces Star Wars Home Arcade Cabinet Releasing This Fall

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Arcade 1Up Announces Star Wars Home Arcade Cabinet Releasing This Fall

At its E3 booth today, home arcade manufacturer Arcade 1Up unveiled its newest cabinet, an Atari Star Wars home cabinet. 

According to the company's press release, "This is the only at-home arcade cabinet that uses the original arcade software and features the X-Wing pilot controller! On this new addition to our line-up, will be the original arcade versions of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi!" 

The Star Wars cabinet will be joining a roster of home consoles that includes Street Fighter II, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, Centipede, and several others. While no information on pricing has been disclosed for this cabinet, similar cabinets are listed under $400 on the website, and the Star Wars cabinet is expected to follow that trend. 

Nintendo Plays Through Half An Hour Of Fire Emblem: Three Houses On Treehouse Live

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Nintendo Plays Through Half An Hour Of Fire Emblem: Three Houses On Treehouse Live

Nintendo kicked off today's Treehouse live stream with gameplay of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The game seems to be a dramatic departure from its recent 3DS Fire Emblem titles, with a sizable central hub – dubbed "the monastery" – fully 3D battles, and a new Persona-like calendar system. Check out the nearly half-hour segment for even more details!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches on Nintendo Switch on July 26, 2019. You can see the game's E3 story trailer right here.

How Street Cred Can Help Or Hurt You In Cyberpunk 2077

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How Street Cred Can Help Or Hurt You In Cyberpunk 2077

In Cyberpunk 2077, you’re working as a mercenary named V, taking on jobs to get by and brushing shoulders with unscrupulous personalities. It’s just another day on the job, but in the world of mercenary work, your reputation means everything. That’s where the “street cred” feature comes into play. This is how you improve your reputation, which in turn gets more people interested in your services.

“The more you work on the streets, the more assignments you do, the more contracts you complete, as a merc, you gain a bigger name for yourself,” explains lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz. “This works both for gangs and for the other potential employers that you might get.”

Here’s why it’s essential to getting the most out of your Cyberpunk 2077 experience: The more street cred you accumulate, the better contracts you gain access to. If you improve it enough, some factions might come directly to you with jobs, meaning you won’t have to seek out employment. While Tomaszkiewicz said they’re still working on the game so he can’t go into specifics, he did hint that the rewards can get pretty big. When I asked if this would unlock some of the best items and gear in the game, he responded with “probably.”

Konami Announces The TurboGrafx-16 Mini

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Konami Announces The TurboGrafx-16 Mini

Konami announced plans recently for a series of TurboGrafx mini consoles that will each come with a collection of games, much like the NES and SNES Classic miniature consoles that presumably inspired it. North America is getting the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, Europe is getting the PC Engine Core Grafx mini, and Japan is getting the PC Engine mini.

The consoles will include one controller (that will not be miniature) offer quick save options, various display modes, and up to five player multiplayer with the aid of a multitap that is sold separately.

The full line-ups have not been revealed yet, but the TurboGrafx 16 mini for North America and PC Engine Grafx Core mini in Europe are getting the following games:

Sea Of Thieves Adds Halo-Themed Ship Free This Week

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Sea Of Thieves Adds Halo-Themed Ship Free This Week

You can rock some new Halo-themed digs in Sea of Thieves this week, and all you have to do is show up. To celebrate E3 week, anyone who logs on to play adventure or arena mode in Sea of Thieves will automatically receive a Spartan ship set, boasting the colors and emblem of the UNSC from the iconic shooter franchise. 

Dive into @SeaOfThieves any time from now through June 15 to earn the Spartan Ship Set and represent Halo while you sail on the high seas! pic.twitter.com/jdQNezzcie

The ship will only be available until June 15th at 6 PM CT, so act fast to rep the Halo series on the water. The ship may take up to 72 hours to be added to your account.

Grid Returns With A Familiar Feel

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Grid Returns With A Familiar Feel

Codemasters does a good job with the F1 license, but it's also nice to get away from the strictness of a license and the more sim-racing approach, and just get behind the wheel and drive. The return of the Grid franchise affords racing fans just that, letting them tear up the track across over 150 events encompassing different racing series.

The beauty of the game's structure – apart from being able to race muscle cars, touring cars, prototypes, and more – is that it's designed around openness. Although each series progresses linearly once you start it, culminating in a boss showdown, you can skip between the other series as you see fit. This way you don't have to feel stuck in a single racing silo.

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Dr Disrespect Banned From E3 For Streaming From Public Bathrooms, Twitch Account Suspended

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Dr Disrespect Banned From E3 For Streaming From Public Bathrooms, Twitch Account Suspended

Popular mustachioed streamer Herschel "Guy" Beahm (better known as Dr Disrespect) had his E3 badge revoked and was banned from the 2019 show for live streaming from public restrooms on more than one occasion from the Los Angeles Convention Center. His Twitch account is also currently offline.

According to reports and videos posted online (which we're not linking to or sharing due to the nature of the content), Beahm entered public restrooms at E3 with his camera person in tow on multiple occasions commentating his experience while people, including what appeared to be a minor, were in the background using the restroom.

Taking cameras into bathrooms is an illegal act in California which is a violation of Twitch's policy that illegal acts not be streamed. You can find more details on the laws in question here.

What Makes Cyberpunk 2077 An RPG?

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What Makes Cyberpunk 2077 An RPG?

After seeing Cyberpunk 2077's shooting mechanics and having The Witcher 3 work to appeal to a more general audience, many fans weren’t sure what to make of Cyberpunk 2077. Would the changes to combat mean it would have more light RPG elements? How deep would the character building with the upgrade system go? Today, we saw a 50-minute demo at E3 that clarified some of this. Here’s what we discovered. 

RPG fans love to tinker with numbers and maximize their character’s potential by distributing these efficiently. Cyberpunk 2077 puts a lot in your hands in terms of how you build your character. “What was very important to us was to build a game in the way that you can play it as you would like to play it,” says lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz.

To achieve this, CD Projekt Red gives you many options to consider when it comes to your attributes and skills. Doing missions levels up attributes, which can be anything from strength to intelligence. “Those basically set for you the limit of how far can you draw on a specific skill set,” Tomaszkiewicz explains. For instance, heavy weapons will require a lot of strength and guns will require more agility. The more you use something like melee or hacking, the more you level up the skill in that specific area. 

Detailing Pokémon Sword And Shield’s Yamper And Impidimp

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Detailing Pokémon Sword And Shield’s Yamper And Impidimp

The E3 demo for Pokémon Sword and Shield took place inside a water gym, and it was nice to see gyms return to the series after they took a break in Sun and Moon. This gym was filled with a handful of trainers to battle and a number of switches that turned on/off a series of waterfalls. To finish the gym, players must figure out how to flip the switches in the right order to open a path to the gym leader. It wasn’t very hard to figure out this “puzzle” solution, but it was a nice change of pace from Pokémon battling.

But what about those new Pokémon we teased in the headline? The first guy is an adorable pup named Yamper (use your imagination, because Nintendo hasn’t released any official shots). This corgi-looking critter is a lighting-based good boy with moves like: play rough, spark, crunch, and wild charge. His Ball Fetch ability allows him to retrieve the first PokeBall you throw in battle. In short: he’s adorable.

But not every Pokémon can be a looker. For example, we also encountered a dark/fairy monstrosity called Impidimp. This guy belonged to a gym trainer, so we don’t know all his moves, but he looked like a dopy purple imp. We won’t be using him, but more power to you if you like him. Some people have bad taste and that’s fine.