Where To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Where To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pascal isn't a newcomer to the Animal Crossing series, but he did make his first appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after wave one of its summer update went live this week. The red sea otter loves scallops and will trade you DIY recipes in exchange for them. He can also gift you pearls, a rare crafting item requires for certain recipes, including the new mermaid set.

You can find Pascal while swimming and diving in your island's oceans. If you don't know how to do either yet, check out our Animal Crossing swimming guide for instructions on where to get a wet suit and how to swim.

Once you're in the water and start diving for sea creatures, Pascal will eventually appear, but only when you find a scallop. He won't appear every time you catch a scallop or even the first time--it's random, and we're not quite sure what the rate is, but it seems to only be once a day. It does seem like he can appear on your island alongside other special visitors, however. Leif was in my island's town square on the same day I met Pascal.

CrossCode, A Cool-Looking PC Retro Action RPG, Is Getting A Console Release Soon

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CrossCode is finally coming to consoles, and Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One owners will be able to check it out soon. The retro-styled action RPG will release for consoles on July 8. The game will cost $20.

The game casts players as Lea, a mute MMO player in the future. The game is reminiscent of classics like Chrono Trigger, but with a more action-orientated battle system.

The game, which was first announced for Switch in January 2019, released for PC in September 2018 after a lengthy Early Access period. The trailer below is in Japanese, but the game has already been fully translated into English.

Crosscode is the debut title from Radical Fish Games, The PC version has an average rating of 86 on Metacritic, and sports "Very Positive" user reviews on Steam.

If you want to test out the game ahead of its console release, you can check out the demo on Steam.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare And Warzone Support Black Lives Matter With A New Splash Screen

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Players who boot up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone right now will be prompted to download an update, and it's added a new splash screen to the game announcing support for Black Lives Matter. The screen, reported on by The Verge, contains a message for the Call of Duty player community.

"Our community is hurting," the screen reads. "The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage. Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endures. Until change happens and Black Lives Matter, we will never truly be the community we strive to be."

The screen will appear for all players upon booting the game, and The Verge reports that it is also appearing on loading screens and when you switch between different modes.

Independence Day: Bill Pullman Reveals The Original Title

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1996's end-of-the-world movie Independence Day originally had a different title, actor Bill Pullman has revealed. He told CinemaBlend that the studio, Fox, originally wanted the film to be called "Doomsday." Writer-director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin were "in contention" with Fox about the title, and they ultimately got their way after one fateful night of filming.

Pullman, who played the US president in the movie, said Devlin and Emmerich were lobbying for the title "Independence Day" instead of "Doomsday," and the iconic speech that Pullman's character gives was central to convincing the studio.

"We had to make the speech really good. And then they cut it together, and a couple of nights later, Dean came to my trailer, and he said, 'Do you wanna see it'? … So he popped in the VHS, he showed me the cut of the speech, and I went, 'Holy Mother, they have got to name this movie Independence Day.' And they did," Pullman said.

PS5 Game Development Will Likely Cost More Than PS4, According To PlayStation CEO

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The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are set to release this year, kicking off the next generation of consoles, and our first look at what the PS5 will be capable of came from a demonstration of Unreal Engine 5. But producing such highly detailed graphics will not come cheap, and could lead to an increase in the development cost of AAA games.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has talked to gamesindustry.biz about the cost of creating a game that will look like the Unreal Engine 5 reveal video, "Lumen in the Land of Nanite" (see our breakdown below), will cost a lot.

"I think, to the extent that the technology enables the graphics side of it to become more interesting and life-like, [the games] will become slightly more human intensive and capital intensive to produce," Ryan told the site, noting that there will "probably will be an increase in development budgets." However, he doesn't expect these changes to be too extreme. "We don't see it as being a massive increase," he says.

The UK Wants More Info To Decide Whether Loot Boxes Are Gambling

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Last year, a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee in the UK sat down with executives from major games companies to talk about loot boxes. That committee's report has been released, but the government has decided that more info on loot boxes is needed, and will launch a call for evidence.

The committee on "immersive and addictive technologies" recommended that games with chance-based loot boxes should not be sold to children, and that PEGI guidelines should be updated to reflect this. Since the report was compiled, PEGI has added a new designation for "paid random items", as well as increasing the age recommendation for games featuring "simulated gambling"--a change that was also adopted by ESRB.

However, the UK government has decided this is not quite enough, and will be launching "a review of the Gambling Act 2005, with a particular focus on tackling issues around loot boxes." The new call for evidence on loot boxes comes as part of this review, though details on the call for evidence haven’t yet been released.

PlayStation Hit With $2.4 Million Fine Due To Refund Policy In Australia

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Sony Europe--of which Sony Australia is a branch--has today faced charges from the Australian Competition And Consumer Commission (ACCC) for misleading customers about their consumer rights. The Federal Court of Australia has hit Sony with $3.5 million AU (about $2.4 million US) in penalty charges "making false and misleading representations on its website and in dealings with Australian consumers about their Australian Consumer Law (ACL) rights."

The court found that Sony Europe had misled four customers after they purchased games described as "faulty" through the PlayStation Network. Sony informed customers that they were not entitled to a refund if the game had been downloaded, or if 14 days has passed since purchase, which is not in line with Australian consumer laws.

Proceedings for this case began one year ago, and there's precedent for similar cases in Australia, such as the 2014 case against Valve.

Metal Slug Is Returning To Consoles And Mobile This Year With Two New Games

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Metal Slug, SNK's long-running scrolling shooter series, is due to make a comeback in 2020. The Korean site Inven (which we learned of via Siliconera) has said that SNK CEO Jeon Se-hwan has announced that the series will release new games on console and mobile this year.

The new console Metal Slug game will reportedly be a traditional action experience, much like past entries in the series. The mobile title, which is apparently 80% along in development, will be a "card-type" mobile game. It is being developed for iOS and Android.

Both games are in development at SNK. The report also suggests that a third game, also for mobile, is being developed at TiMi Studios, a subsidiary of Tencent. No screens or further details are available for any of these games at this time.

With Xbox Series X Launch, Microsoft Not Focused On Selling The Most Consoles This Year

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The United States is currently in the midst of its first economic recession since 2009, but despite that perceivable economic crisis, Microsoft (and Sony for that matter) remain on track to launch their next-generation consoles this year. Xbox boss Phil Spencer spoke about this in a recent interview with the BBC, saying Microsoft wants to make Xbox as affordable as possible this year. Additionally, Spencer said the company's overall goal is not to sell the most consoles this year but instead to get people to sign up for its services.

"It looks like we're moving into a period of of massive economic uncertainty," Spencer said. "The thing I'm probably focused on the most is the macro-economic environment. We see the impact of people getting furloughed and layoffs. It's tough."

Gaming is a "leisure activity," Spencer pointed out. People don't need to play games. But they need to eat food and pay rent, he pointed out. Spencer said Microsoft is keeping this in mind for its next-generation strategy.