Tencent Pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile From China, Replaces It With Gentler Game

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Tencent Pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile From China, Replaces It With Gentler Game

Last year, after the release of PUBG Mobile, Chinese megacorporation Tencent seemed extremely excited to get the game out in China and be able to monetize the game. What they didn't see coming was China's freeze on approving new video games back in March of last year, which put a halt to any dreams Tencent may have had about monetizing the game. While the freeze was lifted in December, PUBG Mobile was still sitting and waiting for approval to turn on monetization. Tencent, seemingly, has had enough and pulled the game down in favor of a more patriotic, gentler game called Game for Peace.

Game for Peace is very much like PUBG Mobile but with a few key differences to please regulators and approval boards in China. To begin with, Game for Peace is billed as a military training exercise for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force; you may be shooting at people, but they're not dying. Instead, they get back up and wave goodbye, according to reviews on Chinese message board service Weibo. Similarly, there's no blood. You will also get reminders every three hours to remind you to quit playing for a while if you're under the age of 16.

They changed PUBG Mobile in China to comply with stricter game violence laws. Now when you 'kill' someone they give you a loot box and wave goodbye and honestly it's just so hilariously wholesome pic.twitter.com/Q5xkrtM0MA

Persona 5 The Royal Details Include New Confidants, Music, And More

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Persona 5 The Royal Details Include New Confidants, Music, And More

Last month, Atlus revealed the first details and trailer for Persona 5 The Royal, their revised version of their hit RPG with some new content. The new version follows in the same footsteps as games like Persona 3 Fes and Persona 4 Golden by taking the base game and putting out more content and tweaks, of which we finally get some details for with Persona 5.

The news comes from an interview with director Daiki Itoh, who directed Persona 4 Golden, and producer Kazuhisa Wada in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. In the issue, Itoh states that he expects fans of Golden to have their expectations surpassed in terms of new content, though they weren't quite ready to fully detail all that content yet.

To begin with, following feedback about the experience pacing of Persona 5, The Royal will include tweaks to how experienced is gained throughout the campaign. Since the game now includes a third semester, that might be part of the tweak, but hopefully it is just slightly more experience across the board to minimize any kind of grinding time in an already very long game.

Upcoming U.S. Senate Bill Proposes A Ban On Loot boxes

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Upcoming U.S. Senate Bill Proposes A Ban On Loot boxes

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced plans today to introduce a bill to the U.S. senate that would regulate or outright ban loot boxes in games that are sold to minors. The junior Senator from Missouri has even given this proposed legislation a name, the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, or PCAGA.

PCAGA has not been formally introduced on the senate floor yet, but Hawley stated in his intentions today that he is looking to protect children from what he calls predatory practices in video games through, by his description, "manipulative" online game features. This includes not only things like random loot boxes, but also "pay-to-win" purchasable items that help a player advance a game.

The text of the bill is not officially out, so it is difficult to say exactly what is being defined here as pay-to-win or as loot boxes, but Hawley did make a point to emphasize that this would be a ban enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. There's a number of thorny problems with that, but without having the actual bill out, which is intended to be released in the next few days, it is hard to directly counter it. At the moment, there is no direct government regulation or categorization of what video games are sold to minors; the ESRB rating is industry self-policing, which means the definition of what can be sold to minors is currently only determined by internal consensus.

John Wick Game Being Made By Mike Bithell

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John Wick Game Being Made By Mike Bithell

Well this is a surprise! If you had asked anyone, including Mike Bithell, whether the creator of Thomas Was Alone would be making a John Wick video game, then I think you would get laughed at. But here we are in this brave new reality where the Keanu Reeves-lead action series is not only getting a video game, it is a tactical title written and directed by Bithell.

You can check out the first trailer below.

Not a whole lot is known about the game quite yet. While it is coming to PC and consoles, it will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, though it's not clear if that is timed or not. No release date is given either, but Bithell says in a tweet that he has been working on the game for a year so far.

Microsoft Is Giving Away A Game Of Thrones-Branded Xbox One

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Microsoft Is Giving Away A Game Of Thrones-Branded Xbox One

If you have been losing your mind about HBO's Game of Thrones final season, in either good or bad ways, and you have been looking to pick up a disc-less Xbox One for some reason, then boy does Microsoft have a deal for you. As part of a promotion with HBO, Microsoft is giving away two Xbox One S All-Digital Editions, the ones which don't have disc slots, with Targaryen crests on them.

Go ahead and get your long Xbox name jokes out now. I'll wait.

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CD Projekt Red Opens Official Merch Store

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CD Projekt Red Opens Official Merch Store

CD Projekt Red's fantastic games have created a groundswell of passionate fan bases, even for games that aren't out yet like Cyberpunk 2077. Now, these Witcher, Gwent, and Cyberpunk aficionados have a new destination for all their swag needs

 The CD Projekt Red Store features hoodies, tee-shirts, plushies, coffee mugs, notebooks, figurines, and more. To celebrate the launch of the store, the studio commissioned the design of a hand-painted, 12-inch polystone Geralt of Rivia, which you can pre-order now. Here's an up-close look at the figure:

This exciting news comes with one caveat: right now the store only ships purchases to European Union addresses. CD Projekt Red says North American shipping "will be available soon."

Two PS VR Bundles Announced For May

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Two PS VR Bundles Announced For May

Sony has announced two PlayStation VR bundles coming out this month, with each bundle featuring two games apiece as well as a PSVR system, PlayStation Camera, and demo disc.

The Blood & Truth/Everybody's Golf VR bundle is $349.99 and is out May 28, while the Trover Saves the Universe!/Five Nights at Freddy's bundle is out May 31 for $299.99.

The price difference between the two bundles is down to the fact that the Blood & Truth/Everybody's Golf VR package includes two Move Motion controllers while the Trover/Freddy's one does not.

Square Enix Teases Final Fantasy In Advance Of Sony's State Of Play Episode

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Square Enix Teases Final Fantasy In Advance Of Sony's State Of Play Episode

Tomorrow Sony is holding a 10-minute State of Play presentation that the PlayStation-maker says features the MediEvil remake and a first look at a new title.

We don't know what that new title is yet, but Siliconera has found some interesting tweets that could point to something Final Fantasy VII related from Square Enix.

It starts with Square Enix executive Shinji Hashimoto tweeting about Sony's State of Play episode, which is followed by the official Final Fantasy Twitter account posting a picture of Cloud visiting a chocobo farm in Final Fantasy VII, and then a chocobo poll.

Battlefield V Granting The Ability To Make Your Own Private Games

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Battlefield V Granting The Ability To Make Your Own Private Games

Battlefield V has steadily been keeping its base of players and hoping to revitalize new ones as time goes on, which seems to be working. The release of Firestorm, Battlefield V's take on the battle royale mode, is apparently the biggest event in terms of participation that the series has ever had, according to EA's earnings call, so that might be working. Another initiative appears to be a return of private servers, which DICE has announced will be coming soon.

The news comes courtesy of a Community Broadcast blog post, which doesn't equivocate. In bold letters at the top of the post, DICE writes "Yes, take this as your confirmation that RSP is coming to Battlefield V and work is already underway."

The plan, DICE says, is to roll out the initiative this summer. While in previous games, this was called the Rented Server Program, it is now being renamed as simply Private Games. There's probably a pretty good reason for this change, as DICE has indicated that the base level for the tools will be free. What that means in practice is an open question, but it sounds like a much more community-driven plan.