How Madden 20 Is Addressing Past Gameplay Issues

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How Madden 20 Is Addressing Past Gameplay Issues

EA Sports and developer EA Tiburon have just announced Madden NFL 20 (out August 2nd), and while there are some sweet-sounding new features like superstar players and Face of the Franchise mode, fans want to know that the underlying gameplay is fixed. Last year's title was not only buggy at launch and beyond, but there were also plenty of complaints about key aspects like the running game, blocking, and catching.

Although the developer hasn't started talking about specific gameplay changes for Madden 20, creative director Mike Young said, "There is probably going to be a laundry list of things the community would get excited about... I think we did a lot with animations. It's a cleaner and a more bug-free game."

One of the structural things the team did to improve the game this time around was to address bugs and tune gameplay as they went along instead of trying to do it all at the end of development. Young says the game was playable earlier than ever and this has helped them fixed more bugs than previous years.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Beaten With Donkey Kong Bongos

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Beaten With Donkey Kong Bongos

Players are always coming up with interesting control schemes to take on From Software's famously challenging games, from Guitar Hero controllers to... Donkey Kong Bongo Drums!

A QA lead at Gearbox, AtwerkinYoshi, has taken on the tough Isshin, the Sword Saint encounter armed with this comical and curious controller choice. Check out the epic battle below, with an obvious spoiler warning! Check out our review for the game here.

UPDATE: U.S. Politician Absolved Of Alleged Infractions In EVE Online

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UPDATE: U.S. Politician Absolved Of Alleged Infractions In EVE Online

Update 4/25/2019: Brian Schoeneman has been absolved of wrongdoing according to an official post by CCP. An investigation uncovered that their initial findings were incorrect, and an apology has been issued. Schoeneman and the other two players involved are poised to have their accounts restored. You can read the full details on the situation here.

People in Eve Online take the game very seriously. There's shifts depending on time zone, corporate espionage, wars that are waged based on when a company's leaders are asleep, and now corruption and subsequent bans for them. While the idea of corruption is not new, the fact that it appears to be a U.S. politician at the other end of the ban this time around.

Brian Schoeneman once ran for a seat in the Virginia house of delegates in the 37th district in 2011. Schoeneman was uncontested in the primary and ran as a Republican, though ultimately lost in general election. But more relevantly, Schoeneman was living an online life as Brisc Rubal, intergalactic member of Council of Stellar Management (CSM), an elected position from which he has now been ousted.

Apex Legends Details Priorities Moving Forward

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Apex Legends Details Priorities Moving Forward

Hot out the gates as a live service battle royale game, Apex Legends has addressed some priorities moving forward and its approach to how it handles being a live game.

A post today has all the details, but one of the most significant is that season launches launch with a new character, new battlepass, and metagame shifts, followed up by meaningful balance updates.

EA Play in June features updates on what to expect from Season 2, including a new weapon and changes to King's Canyon.

Nintendo Has No Intention To Reveal New Hardware At E3

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Nintendo Has No Intention To Reveal New Hardware At E3

Nintendo released yearly financial information last night and, as we pore over it, one statement during the earnings call from the company's president Shuntaro Furukawa stuck out. According to Furukawa, despite rumors of a Switch revision swirling in certain circles, the company isn't going to be using E3 to show any new hardware off.

"As a general rule, we're always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it,"  Furukawa said to investors according to a translation from Bloomberg. "But we have no plans to announce that at this year's E3 in June."

The phrasing is key, because Furukawa all but says new hardware is coming, but he specifically says don't look to E3 for it. The Kyoto-based first party has not used the annual gaming showcase for hardware reveals since the (some would say disastrous) reveal of the Wii U in 2011 and 2012's shows. Since then, 3DS revisions were given their own Nintendo Directs or simple press releases, while the Switch itself was livestreamed via Nintendo's own channels toward the end of 2016.

Katana Zero Is Getting Free DLC And A Speedrun Mode

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Katana Zero Is Getting Free DLC And A Speedrun Mode

Katana Zero's puzzle/action mixup is getting free DLC and a speedrun mode, developer Askiisoft announced today.

Thank you so much for playing and sharing Katana ZERO - we're excited that we've sold over 100,000 copies in the first week! Work on the first free DLC plus a speedrun mode is underway. pic.twitter.com/DdD3Xws2bE

While we don't know specifics, free additions are always welcome. You can check out our review of the game here and watch us play in New Gameplay Today here!

BlizzCon 2019 Details Released

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BlizzCon 2019 Details Released

Blizzard has announced details for BlizzCon 2019, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 1 and 2, with tickets going on sale in two waves – Saturday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 8.

New this year is "more active hall space" at the convention center and pregame festivities outside the hall the day before the show. BlizzCon 2019 also features the Hearthstone Global Finals, the StarCraft II World Championship Series, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Finals, and the World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon International.

If you want to get tickets for the convention, there's a new Portal Pass, which gives you special access to the Darkmoon Faire area before the con for the "Night at the Faire," preferred parking, lounge access, preferred entrance on Friday and Saturday, and more.

Persona 5S Is Dynasty Warriors Meets Persona

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Persona 5S Is Dynasty Warriors Meets Persona

Yesterday Atlus revealed Persona 5: The Royal, an upgraded edition of Persona 5 will be released next year. Today Atlus showcased another title. It turns out Persona 5S, long-rumored to be a Switch port of Persona 5, is actually a Musou game like Hyrule Warriors or Dynasty Warriors called Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.

You can watch the trailer reveal here:

For more on Persona, check out our review of Persona 5 here.