Resident Evil Village’s multiplayer mode coming this summer

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Resident Evil Village’s multiplayer mode coming this summer

Capcom’s latest attempt to transform Resident Evil into a multiplayer game, the free bonus mode for Resident Evil Village known as Resident Evil Re:Verse, has been delayed. Originally expected to release alongside Village in May, Resident Evil Re:Verse is now slated to launch sometime this summer, according to the game’s website.

Resident Evil Re:Verse pits four to six players in a Resident Evil-inspired deathmatch. Pitched as a celebration of the survival horror franchise’s 25th anniversary, Re:Verse features Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, Nemesis, Hunk, Chris Redfield, Ada Wong, and Jack Baker as playable characters. The Resident Evil mash-up comes with a cel-shaded comic book aesthetic that aims to unify the past and present of the series.

Anime fans keep roasting each other at Demon Slayer movie screenings

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Anime fans keep roasting each other at Demon Slayer movie screenings

Anime fans rejoiced this week at the debut of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train in North America. The movie had a great start and made roughly $21.1 million, making it the biggest US foreign-language box office debut ever. And with all those sales came a major gathering of anime fans for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

The pandemic still has an effect on the movie-watching experience, of course. A recurring joke on the internet speculates about whether or not people will know how to act normal after spending over a year away from other human beings. Anime fans are already used to being told they don’t “act normal,” or hearing jokes that they don’t wear deodorant. But the anime fans going to see Demon Slayer have decided to embrace the cringe.

Cyberpunk 2077’s latest patch squashes more bugs

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Cyberpunk 2077’s latest patch squashes more bugs

Developer CD Projekt Red rolled out a new update for Cyberpunk 2077 on Wednesday, a hotfix for the game’s recent 1.22 patch. This time, CDPR is targeting quests and open-world bugs, including Cyberpunk 2077’s first “retrofix.”

Most of the bug fixes contained within the update address quest progression problems, but there’s also another round of crash fixes, according to the update’s patch notes. NPCs will be relieved to read that “various issues related to clipping in NPCs’ clothes” have been fixed.

Hasbro CEO says NFTs are being considered for Magic: The Gathering, other franchises

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Hasbro CEO says NFTs are being considered for Magic: The Gathering, other franchises

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner says his company is working on NFT technology, and that it could be applied to collectibles in the company’s portfolio — including Magic: The Gathering.

Also known as non-fungible tokens, the blockchain-based cryptographic asset tags have proved controversial as speculators snatch up claims on existing physical and digital art, among other things. Responding to questions from analysts during a quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Goldner indicated that NFTs could be an option for several brands in the portfolio.

Knockout City is free for EA Play members — on Xbox Game Pass, too

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Knockout City is free for EA Play members — on Xbox Game Pass, too

Knockout City, the multiplayer dodgeball game coming May 21 from Electronic Arts, will be free and fully accessible for all EA Play subscribers, including those who have the program through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Electronic Arts announced the availability in a blog post on Monday. Knockout City, which is also launching on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC (and is cross-play and cross-progression compatible among all of them) is $19.99 at launch for those who aren’t EA Play members.

Pokémon Go Fest returns with an online celebration this July

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Pokémon Go Fest returns with an online celebration this July

Pokémon Go Fest returns this summer, and like last summer, it will be an online-only celebration covering two days in July.

The event, fully playable from home, will be July 17-18. In a statement today, Niantic organizers revealed no plans beyond the event dates. But the studio did note that July marks the fifth anniversary of Pokémon Go’s launch. The game became a mainstream news-dominating story over the summer of 2016 — which only seems like 29 long years ago.

Wyrmwood and Dispel Dice have survived the pandemic, now they’re collaborating

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Wyrmwood and Dispel Dice have survived the pandemic, now they’re collaborating

Two of tabletop gaming’s biggest success stories are teaming up for an exclusive new line of products. Wyrmwood Gaming, makers of specialty tables and other accessories, is coming together with Dispel Dice, whose unique, sharp-edged dice turned heads in 2019. The Dice By Wyrmwood and Dispel Kickstarter campaign will offer three unique dice vaults and 18 dice styles — including, according to a recent YouTube video, dice with real flowers embedded inside.

But the campaign also underscores just how challenging the world of boutique gaming accessories can be.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s new update means you don’t have to watch finishing moves anymore

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s new update means you don’t have to watch finishing moves anymore

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is full of close-ups on gory, Viking violence, but after the game’s latest patch, it doesn’t have to be. In a patch released on Monday, Ubisoft gave players the option to turn off the cinematic camera for finishing moves.

Valhalla’s cinematic camera zooms in extra-close for certain special finishing moves in the game. That means, if you’re winning a fight and about to chop off your opponents hands, head, or leg, the game gives you a nice, close-up view of the grisly details.

Monster Hunter Rise’s April update hits tomorrow, adds elder dragons and Chameleos

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Monster Hunter Rise’s April update hits tomorrow, adds elder dragons and Chameleos

Monster Hunter Rise will add elder dragons and more on April 28, Capcom revealed in a new video on Tuesday. Hunters will finally be able to uncap their Hunter Rank and fight even more powerful monsters. Players can download and play the update on Wednesday, April 28.

Monster Hunter Rise is an awesome Monster Hunter game for veterans and new players, but it also ends very abruptly, without some of the endgame features we expected. But Rise’s latest update should help occupy fans who burned through the game’s existing content shortly after launch.

Fallout 76’s big quarterly update Locked & Loaded available now

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Fallout 76’s big quarterly update Locked & Loaded available now

Fallout 76’s rather chonky Locked & Loaded update is available right now, bringing with it several options for swapping the character’s build and CAMP location, a new Daily Ops mission type, and other quality-of-life upgrades players seem to have enjoyed on the game’s test servers.

The full patch notes call out the new SPECIAL loadouts, which are available at level 25 and later, and the “second home” feature that allows players to build and maintain a separate CAMP, at a different location, held in reserve like a loadout slot. Smaller but no less useful features include an aim assist option in the settings menu, as well as a batch crafting slider for those spending a lot of time tinkering at workbenches.