Pokemon Dev's Steam Game Rated For PS4, Xbox One, And Switch

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While Game Freak is known primarily as the developer behind the mainline Pokemon series, the studio occasionally releases titles outside of its usual wheelhouse. One such example is Giga Wrecker, a stylish side-scrolling platformer available for PC via Steam, and now it appears the game is coming to home consoles as well.

A rating for Giga Wrecker Alt has been filed by the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee (via Gematsu). According to the filing, the game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, with Rising Star Games listed as the publisher.

Rising Star and Game Freak have yet to officially confirm if Giga Wrecker is indeed coming to consoles, although it isn't uncommon for unannounced games to be outed by ratings boards. The addition of "Alt" to the title also suggests the game will boast some form of new content, although this has likewise yet to be confirmed.

CES 2019: New AMD Ryzen Gen 3 Desktop Processor Announced

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Following its CES 2019 announcement of the Radeon VII GPU, AMD unveiled its third generation of Ryzen desktop processor. The new Ryzen isn't scheduled to launch until mid-2019, but it will support the Radeon VII.

According to CNET, AMD demoed the new Ryzen during the company's CES keynote presentation. Using the new Radeon VII, the Ryzen played Forza Horizon 4 with a consistent 100 frames per second at 1080p. "This system is the most advanced PC gaming hardware in the world, together in one system--third gen Ryzen, [and] Radeon VII," said AMD president and CEO Lisa Su. During CNET's CES coverage, they saw the new Ryzen go up against and slightly outperform the Intel i9-9900K on a Cinebench multicore test. Both CPUs performed similarly, but Ryzen used much less power.

The Radeon VII is the world's first 7nm gaming GPU, which Su claims to be the most powerful GPU that AMD has ever built. At CES, Su demonstrated how Devil May Cry 5 would play on the Radeon VII, which she explained runs "well above" 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. In comparison to AMD's previously most powerful GPU, the Vega 64, the Radeon VII runs most games with an average 25 percent performance boost. Some games see even greater improvements, such as Battlefield V, which receives a 35 percent boost.

CES 2019: AMD Ryzen Gen 3 Desktop Processor Announced

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Following its CES 2019 announcement of the Radeon VII GPU, AMD unveiled its third generation of Ryzen desktop processor. The new Ryzen isn't scheduled to launch until mid-2019, but it will support the Radeon VII.

According to CNET, AMD demoed the new Ryzen during the company's CES keynote presentation. Using the new Radeon VII, the Ryzen played Forza Horizon 4 with a consistent 100 frames per second at 1080p. "This system is the most advanced PC gaming hardware in the world, together in one system--third gen Ryzen, [and] Radeon VII," said AMD president and CEO Lisa Su. During CNET's CES coverage, they saw the new Ryzen go up against and slightly outperform the Intel i9-9900K on a Cinebench multicore test. Both CPUs performed similarly, but Ryzen used much less power.

The Radeon VII is the world's first 7nm gaming GPU, which Su claims to be the most powerful GPU that AMD has ever built. At CES, Su demonstrated how Devil May Cry 5 would play on the Radeon VII, which she explained runs "well above" 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. In comparison to AMD's previously most powerful GPU, the Vega 64, the Radeon VII runs most games with an average 25 percent performance boost. Some games see even greater improvements, such as Battlefield V, which receives a 35 percent boost.

Destiny 2's Niobe Labs Puzzle Deemed Too Tough; Bergusia Forge To Unlock On Its Own

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Destiny 2's latest expansion, Black Armory, was set to wrap up with the release of the fourth and final forge--the Bergusia Forge--this week. Before that happened, a group of hardcore players and streamers attempted to dissect a complex in-game puzzle involving Niobe Labs. Once they solved the puzzle, the forge would unlock for all DLC owners. But after more than 24 hours of attempts have not yet yielded a complete solution, Bungie is opting to simply unlock the forge while keeping the puzzle going on the side.

The Bergusia Forge will unlock today, January 9, at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT, Bungie announced on its website. "While coming together as a community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new content that you want to play has not been an ideal experience," the studio admitted. "As such, we will be decoupling the puzzle from the final offering of the Black Armory. All Annual Pass owners will be able to experience the Bergusia Forge when the puzzle is solved or when the deadline expires--whichever happens first."

Destiny 2: Bungie Deems Niobe Labs Puzzle Too Tough, Unlocks Bergusia Forge

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Destiny 2's latest expansion, Black Armory, was set to wrap up with the release of the fourth and final forge--the Bergusia Forge--this week. Before that happened, a group of hardcore players and streamers attempted to dissect a complex in-game puzzle involving Niobe Labs. Once they solved the puzzle, the forge would unlock for all DLC owners. But after more than 24 hours of attempts have not yet yielded a complete solution, Bungie is opting to simply unlock the forge while keeping the puzzle going on the side. [Update: The new forge is now unlocked.]

The Bergusia Forge will unlock today, January 9, at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT, Bungie announced on its website. "While coming together as a community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new content that you want to play has not been an ideal experience," the studio admitted. "As such, we will be decoupling the puzzle from the final offering of the Black Armory. All Annual Pass owners will be able to experience the Bergusia Forge when the puzzle is solved or when the deadline expires--whichever happens first."

Destiny 2: Bergusia Forge Unlocked, As Bungie Deems Niobe Labs Puzzle Too Tough

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Destiny 2's latest expansion, Black Armory, was set to wrap up with the release of the fourth and final forge--the Bergusia Forge--this week. Before that happened, a group of hardcore players and streamers attempted to dissect a complex in-game puzzle involving Niobe Labs. Once they solved the puzzle, the forge would unlock for all DLC owners. But after more than 24 hours of attempts have not yet yielded a complete solution, Bungie is opting to simply unlock the forge while keeping the puzzle going on the side. [Update: The Bergusia Forge is now unlocked, although there appears to still be some legwork involved before you can actually jump in.]

The Bergusia Forge will unlock today, January 9, at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT, Bungie announced on its website. "While coming together as a community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new content that you want to play has not been an ideal experience," the studio admitted. "As such, we will be decoupling the puzzle from the final offering of the Black Armory. All Annual Pass owners will be able to experience the Bergusia Forge when the puzzle is solved or when the deadline expires--whichever happens first."

GameStop Sale On PS4, Xbox One, And Nintendo Switch Games

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GameStop Sale On PS4, Xbox One, And Nintendo Switch Games

GameStop refreshes its weekly deals on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch games and hardware each Wednesday. This week's sale is now live, dropping prices on a handful of worthy items you might want to pick up for cheap. The sale ends on January 15, so let's dive in and look at some of the highlights before they go back up to regular price.

If you have a dusty old console you're ready to offload, you'll get an extra 25% in credit this week for trading it in. All pre-owned games $15 and under are available in a two-for-$20 deal. And anyone in the market for premium-quality headphones can get a nice discount on Turtle Beach Stealth 700 models for Xbox One and PS4, bringing them down to $120 (from $150).

As for game deals, you'll find some decent ones this week. You can pick up the online shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or the action-RPG Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition on sale for $40 each. Ubisoft's latest take on toys-to-life, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, is down to just $30. Each starter pack comes with the game and a controller mount for the included toy ship, weapons, and pilot; the Switch version comes with Star Fox's Arwing ship as a digital in-game bonus.

Call Of Duty Boasts Higher Lifetime Sales Than Marvel Or Star Wars

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Activision Blizzard has announced a variety of reshuffled executive positions, which collectively reshape the company's leadership structure. Each of the new roles is being filled by senior executives with the company, and the company included a brief moment of back-patting for its Call of Duty series in the announcement.

In the press release detailing the new roles, Activision mentioned that Call of Duty has generated more lifetime revenue than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and doubled the cumulative box office of the entire Star Wars series. Take those comparisons with a grain of salt given that new video games cost roughly six times as much as a movie ticket, but it's still an impressive comparison to show the scale of the franchise.

Rob Kostich, formerly the Call of Duty executive VP and general manager, has been named the new company president. King Digital CFO and CSO Humam Sakhnini has been named president of that unit. Finally, Dennis Durkin is remaining in his role as CFO and adding a new title: President of Activision Blizzard's Emerging Businesses. The announcement also notes that, as previously announced, J. Allen Brack will continue to serve as the new president of Blizzzard Entertainment.