Bandai Namco Confirms A New Tales Game Is In Development

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Bandai Namco Confirms A New Tales Game Is In Development

This past weekend, Bandai Namco held the annual Tales Festival, an event where fans can meet voice actors, artists, and revel in the fandom of Tales games. During the festival, the Japanese publisher aired a video stating that a new game in the Tales series is currently in development.

The video has no other information, like art, logos, or even platforms. The series, which at one point was near-annual itself, has been on ice since Tales of Berseria in 2016. Though the game appeared on a Switch game list before launch, it has never been shown. Last year, it was revealed that series producer Hideo Baba had left Bandai Namco for Square Enix, leading to fan concerns about the direction of the series.

At E3 this year, Bandai Namco revealed a HD remaster of Tales of Vesperia for the game's 10th anniversary for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. The Definitive Edition contains characters and scenarios from the Japanese-exclusive PlayStation 3 release.

Nintendo And Disney Team Up For Switch-Focused TV Show

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Nintendo And Disney Team Up For Switch-Focused TV Show

Nintendo and Disney have announced that the two will be teaming up together to create a Switch-focused competitive game show, titled Nintendo Switch Family Showdown.

The new show is intended to debut this summer both on Disney's TV channels like Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as the online DisneyNOW service. The competitions themselves will evoke Nick Arcade, asking families to race for collectibles in Super Mario Odyssey or compete for score in Just Dance.

A call has gone out to families to compete for the initial batch of episodes, soliciting videos from families who want to take part. It is unclear what participating competitors can win, but presumably it is something Nintendo-related. Or maybe money.

Pretend To Be Anthony Hopkins In Westworld Mobile

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Pretend To Be Anthony Hopkins In Westworld Mobile

Westworld is getting a Mobile game themed around managing the titular park. Players will be able to customize the hosts, including their props and reveries, alongside running many of the locations within Westworld. You will be taking part as a new employee for Delos, the company behind the series of parks that the show takes place in. 

Players will have tons of options when it comes to personalizing their park, the hosts, and who the hosts interact with when the game releases June 21 on iOS and Android. 

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WWE 2K19 Gets A Poster Boy And A Million Dollar Tournament

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WWE 2K19 Gets A Poster Boy And A Million Dollar Tournament

Although he may not have the movie-star status of John Cena or Dwayne Johnson, wrestler AJ Styles is joining their ranks in one important way: adorning the cover of this year's WWE title. 

Styles is the current WWE champion and describes himself as a hardcore gamer. Exactly how hardcore he is will be put to the test next year, as he challenges the winner of WWE 2K19's new tournament. 

Players will have the opportunity to submit proof that they beat the in-game AJ Styles, and then selected players will be whisked off to New York. They'll challenge each other, and then the ultimate winner will have to fight the real AJ Styles to a virtual match. If the player wins, they'll get a cool million for their troubles.

World Health Organization Officially Recognizes Gaming Addiction

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World Health Organization Officially Recognizes Gaming Addiction

The World Health Organization has officially recognized gaming disorder as a mental-health condition, as part of the group’s newly released disease-classification document. The WHO, the health-care organization within the United Nations, likens the behavior to other impulse-control disorders, such as gambling.

The clinical diagnosis is based on three manifested behaviors. First, the person in question must exhibit impaired control over gaming, such as its frequency or an decreased ability to stop. Next, the behavior has to be so pervasive that it takes priority and negatively affects other elements of daily life. Finally, gaming has to continue or escalate despite negative consequences. The guidelines say that this behavior should be evident for at least a year before a clinical diagnosis can ordinarily be made, though the duration can be shortened in particularly severe cases.

The WHO emphasizes that this is a clinical condition that it requires a professional diagnosis. In an interview with CNN, Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, says it’s not a common occurrence. “Millions of gamers around the world, even when it comes to the intense gaming, would never qualify as people suffering from gaming disorder," he says.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Beta Planned For End Of Next Year

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Beta Planned For End Of Next Year

Ubisoft once again showed off Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3, and now that the show is over, the game's director Michel Ancel has more news for fans: a playable beta is planned for the game at the end of next year.

Ancel revealed the information via his personal Instagram account where he often shares project art. However, he didn't mention whether developer Ubisoft Montpellier anticipated that the beta would be closed or public.

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Pokémon Go To Get Friends Lists And Trading Soon

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Pokémon Go To Get Friends Lists And Trading Soon

In the days leading up to this year’s Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago, Illinois on July 14 and 15, developer Niantic is hoping to bring trainers closer together with the additions of two significant social features. Players can now become friends with other players, send gifts, and finally trade Pokémon.

Trading was one of the key features Niantic teased on the eve of Pokémon Go’s release in 2015, which was over 1,000 days ago. Niantic's development team didn’t forget about this feature, and spent numerous years iterating on it, trying to figure out a way to add it in a way that would be safe for players and not break the balance of the game, a representative of the company told me at E3.

To trade Pokémon, players need to be in close proximity to one another, and be at least level 10. With the exception of Mew, players can trade every Pokémon in the game, but legendary and shiny Pokémon can only be dealt if you are “good” friends with another player.

God Of War Father's Day Trailer Is Surprisingly Sweet And Very Spoiler-Heavy

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God Of War Father's Day Trailer Is Surprisingly Sweet And Very Spoiler-Heavy

Last April, Sony Santa Monica unleashed God of War to the game-playing public. Now, Sony is celebrating Father's Day with a new trailer that focuses on the relationship between Kratos and his son Atreus.

The trailer also goes into some pretty spoilery territory as well, going over one of the better dialogue exchanges between the two characters in the game. I'd personally wait until you play the game to watch it, but if you don't care about spoilers, give it a look.

You can find our review of God of War, which Joe Juba called one of the best games of the generation, right here.

Octopath Traveler Won't Receive DLC Because It Is A "Finished Product"

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Octopath Traveler Won't Receive DLC Because It Is A

In an interview with Japanese gaming website Dengeki Online and translated by JapaneseNintendo, Octopath Traveler producer Masashi Takahashi confirmed that the game won't have DLC. Takahashi's reasoning is that the game as it releases "is the finished product."

This means anyone hoping for a ninth major character or an epilogue chapter to the game shouldn't expect more than what's on the cart. Outside of some possible minor bugfixing patches on the table, the team intends to release the game and be done with it.

A new Octopath demo was announced at E3 and has since been released on the Switch eShop, allowing players to go through every character's first chapter and then use that save file for the full game. You should also check out our deep dive into the new Square Enix JRPG and why you should be excited for it.

Octopath Traveler Won't Receive DLC Because It Is A "Finished Product"

about X hours ago from
Octopath Traveler Won't Receive DLC Because It Is A

In an interview with Japanese gaming website Dengeki Online and translated by JapaneseNintendo, Octopath Traveler producer Masashi Takahashi confirmed that the game won't have DLC. Takahashi's reasoning is that the game as it releases "is the finished product."

This means anyone hoping for a ninth major character or an epilogue chapter to the game shouldn't expect more than what's on the cart. Outside of some possible minor bugfixing patches on the table, the team intends to release the game and be done with it.

A new Octopath demo was announced at E3 and has since been released on the Switch eShop, allowing players to go through every character's first chapter and then use that save file for the full game. You should also check out our deep dive into the new Square Enix JRPG and why you should be excited for it.