Sega's Judgment To Go Back On Sale In Japan

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Sega's Judgment To Go Back On Sale In Japan

A few months ago, Sega pulled their Yakuza spin-off Judgment off store shelves following a drug scandal with one of the actors. When actor Pierre Taki was arrested for cocaine possession, Sega moved quickly to pull Judgment from store shelves, with promises to recast the actor and put the game back eventually. Now, several months later, Sega is finally ready to put the game back in retail and on PSN with a new actor in July.

Last month, Sega showed the new actor for the game replacing Pierre Taki. The voice actor, who is separate from the acting likeness, will be Miou Tanaka, who played a character in Yakuza Kiwami 2 just recently. While the recall on the game was immediate, many copies still managed to filter through to consumers in Japan, and likely command an exceedingly high price as an incredibly rare print featuring Taki.

This new version of the game will be what we get on the western shores next month on disc on June 25, releasing a few days earlier on PSN for pre-orders. Judgment is currently exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and, for the first time since Yakuza 1, will contain an optional English dub.

Dota Getting Standalone Auto-Chess From Valve

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Dota Getting Standalone Auto-Chess From Valve

It probably has occurred to Valve by now that the most popular Dota 2 spinoff in the world is not their card game Artifact, which ended up being such a failure that Valve had to nix their roadmap in order to work on it from the foundation, but instead is the fan-made Dota Auto-chess. We explored the popularity of the mod a little while back and it has only gotten bigger from there. It even got to the point where the developers have launched an original mobile version without Dota characters in China.

In that context, it makes perfect sense that Valve is taking the idea and doing it officially.

The news comes from a Dota 2 blog post, where Valve explains that they flew the mod team to their headquarters where they got their blessing to make an official Dota 2 version of the game. In exchange, the Auto-chess mobile game in China will be able to import the Dota Auto-Chess accounts that already exist into their game.

Mortal Kombat And Days Gone Duke It Out As The Top Selling Games Of April

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Mortal Kombat And Days Gone Duke It Out As The Top Selling Games Of April

April tends to prove out to be an interesting month for game sales, as it starts a new quarter for a lot of companies and begins the financial year for others beyond that. That makes it an odd combination of some publishers putting their best put forward while others have already spent whatever is in the chamber the month prior, meaning that April game sales tend to be a combination of what's new and what stuck.

This year is no real exception. The month's biggest release was the multi-platform Mortal Kombat 11, a series which has been on an upward trend since the release of Mortal Kombat 9 last generation. MK11 was critically acclaimed and featured a drastically shorter marketing cycle than other NetherRealm Studios games, having only been announced in December, and crucially was also on the most platforms ever at launch this time around. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC all got the game, meaning it was well-primed for success in terms of sheer volume if nothing else.

Report: Disgaea Developer Nippon Ichi Can No Longer Pay Employees

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Report: Disgaea Developer Nippon Ichi Can No Longer Pay Employees

Nippon Ichi, the company behind games like Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and Labyrinth of Refrain, is reportedly unable to pay its employees after a recent Disgaea title met unexpected financial hardship. The new report might be the first steps of the end of the company, if accurate.

The news comes from Japanese site from Ha-Vi, which reports that Nippon Ichi has had to issue a MS Warrant to shift stock at a reduced price to investment firm Daiwa Capital in order to raise emergency funds. This is generally done when a company cannot raise funds through other means, such as loans or advanced payments, due to already being at a deficit, but needs the money immediately.

The cause of this issue appears to be the flubbed launch of the online mobile game Disgaea RPG. Technically launched on March 19, the game only survived for about two weeks until it was taken down indefinitely due to technical issues. All progress from the game was wiped and Nippon Ichi has not spoken publicly about the game since taking it down. They have, however, encouraged consumers to request refunds, a policy which is no doubt contributing to their poor financial state.

PlayStation Boss Believes The Streaming Era Is About To Experience Rapid Growth

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PlayStation Boss Believes The Streaming Era Is About To Experience Rapid Growth

With the shocking announcement last week that Sony will be working with Microsoft to engineer and incorporate new cloud streaming technology into future gaming initiatives, it is no surprise that Sony thinks streaming will be big soon. The question is, then, how soon? Does Sony expect this to be a big deal with the PlayStation 6? A new remote play initiative? According to Jim Ryan, we're already there.

During an Investor Relations meeting yesterday, where Sony showed off a bit of what they expect from next-generation hardware, PlayStation's newest boss Jim Ryan spoke a little bit about Sony's next big initiatives with streaming services. The PlayStation chief said "we believe the streaming era is upon us and is about to begin a period of rapid growth."

This does not simply mean streaming games from a server, but an emphasis on things like Remote Play as a major feature of the PlayStation ecosystem (and is returning for the next generation console). According to Ryan, Sony's experience with PlayStation Now gives them a leg up in this upcoming world of streaming things to consoles, allowing them to be ready when it does really blow up.

Twisted Metal TV Series Already In The Works At PlayStation Productions

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Twisted Metal TV Series Already In The Works At PlayStation Productions

Sony's new production studio has wasted no time getting to work on adapting its games. Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra confirmed in an investor relations presentation earlier today that a TV series based on the Twisted Metal franchise has begun development. "We have a TV show we just agreed to get underway that will be developed from the IP on PlayStation, it’s called Twisted Metal." Vinciquerra stated. The explosive car battle series has been dormant since 2012, with a film adaptation announced but never acted upon.  

Vinciquerra also confirmed that the Uncharted film has not fallen by the wayside, describing it as in 'advanced development' after the director of 10 Cloverfield Lane attached himself to the project. While very little information was given about either project, neither are expected to be released any time soon. "We don’t have to rush to market. We don’t have a list of ‘X number of titles must be done in this year.’ None of that," says chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden. "The company has been very accommodating to our ambition around this, to grow this in a measured, thoughtful way.

You can read more on PlayStation Productions here.

Valve Was Not Sure What To Do About Positive Review Bombing

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Valve Was Not Sure What To Do About Positive Review Bombing

A few weeks ago, after the unfortunate fire that hit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Ubisoft decided to briefly give away copies of Assassin's Creed Unity due to how much that game featured the famed historical landmark as part of its French Revolution-era city. The free copies meant a huge influx of new players who were, emboldened by the publisher's generosity or the inclusion of the cathedral, motivated to provide hundreds of positive reviews for the game on Steam even if the game itself was not free on Steam.

But this introduced a problem for Valve, which had recently instituted a new method of combating review bombing for what they deemed as irrelevant reasons by not factoring anomalous reviews into the overall score. Theoretically, this is to stop things like review bombing Borderlands 2 because Borderlands 3 is going to be a timed Epic Game Store exclusive or reviews hitting a game hard because the audience does not like the developer. Under those rules, however, the positive reviews for Assassin's Creed Unity, which also had more to do with Ubisoft giving it away for historical significance reasons rather than the game itself, would need to be similarly dismissed.

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch Very Soon

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Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch Very Soon

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has been available for nearly every platform imaginable since its launch in 2013, and now it's coming to Nintendo's latest console. Directed by Josef Fares, the action adventure title tells the story of two brothers going on an emotional fantasy journey. 

Exclusive to the Switch version of the game is a new co-op mode, where each player controls one brother with one Joy-Con. In all previous games, the player would control both brothers with each analog stick, an option that also returns for the Switch version. The game will also feature director commentary and a concept-art gallery, both of which were also present in the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

Brothers will run at 30 FPS, with a 720p resolution in handheld mode and 1080p resolution docked. The game has previously been available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS, Andriod, and PC.

Nintendo Pulls Animal Crossing And Fire Emblem Mobile Games From Belgium

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Nintendo Pulls Animal Crossing And Fire Emblem Mobile Games From Belgium

Belgium is in the midst of a war about loot boxes and their classification as gambling. On one side is, well, the government of Belgium, which classified loot boxes as illegal one year ago. On the other are the video games that use loot boxes, which have either changed things to avoid trouble or become a target before they changed anything. Now two more notches are added to the wall as Nintendo has just totally pulled two of their mobile games from the country.

Both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes are not only being removed from the app store, but a message that appeared in both games today stated that they will go offline within a few months. Both games use a loot box model for monetization, though Animal Crossing only added that feature recently. In a statement provided by Nintendo and translated by Eurogamer, the company explained that it was specifically Belgium's new laws that forced this change.

Moreover, Nintendo says they do not plan to release any games with loot boxes in Belgium in the future. This does not mean these games will not exist, just that they do not plan to release them in Belgium.

George R.R. Martin Consulted On Japanese Game Rumored To Be From Software Title

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George R.R. Martin Consulted On Japanese Game Rumored To Be From Software Title

A Song of Ice And Fire author George R.R. Martin is working on a number of projects in various mediums, and a recent blog post from him mentions that he has "consulted on a video game out of Japan."

Gematsu and Wario64 have tied it to an older rumor that Martin is working with Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software on an open-world action title to be published by Bandai Namco and announced at Microsoft's E3 press conference next month.

Certainly a collaborative work between Martin and Miyazaki involving the latter's hardcore action gameplay would be a match made in video game heaven, and Gematsu's rumor states the game involves visiting various kingdoms to obtain abilities by killing their leaders.