Kojima's Death Stranding is an open-world action game that will connect players

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Kojima's Death Stranding is an open-world action game that will connect players

Hideo Kojima expands on Kojima Productions' next video game

Kojima Productions head Hideo Kojima appeared at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference to talk to a Japanese audience about his next game, Death Stranding, saying the open-world action game aims to connect players.

Kojima described most online competitive and cooperative action games as featuring "sticks" for players to use in combat. Death Stranding, he said, will also feature sticks, but also ropes for tethering and connecting players. "At the end of the day I want to offer an action game where people get connected with different elements, not just clubs," Kojima said through a translator.

Nier: Automata gets a new trailer, release date for Tokyo Game Show

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Nier: Automata gets a new trailer, release date for Tokyo Game Show

The action-RPG will be available in Japan, at least, early next year

Nier: Automata, the next iteration in Square Enix's bizarre action-role-playing game series, finally has a release date for Japan.

As part of Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Square revealed a new trailer for Nier: Automata. While the brief trailer was light on new details or footage of the game, it ended with the big news: The game will release in Japan on Feb. 2, 2017 for PlayStation 4.

Koei Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden, Toukiden and Atelier cross over in Musou Stars

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Koei Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden, Toukiden and Atelier cross over in Musou Stars

New Warriors team up on PS4 and Vita

Publisher Koei Tecmo is working on a new entry in its Musou series of beat 'em up action games, this time featuring the company's original characters from series like Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Toukiden and Atelier. Musou Stars is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, Koei Tecmo announced at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

Included in a teaser trailer were Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Sophie from Atelier Sophie and Kasumi from Dead or Alive. Gameplay appears similar to Koei Tecmo and Omega Force's Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series.

Earth Defense Force 5 revealed, hitting Japan in 2017

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Earth Defense Force 5 revealed, hitting Japan in 2017

The next iteration of D3's arcade shooter features some new enemies

Today at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, D3Publisher revealed the next iteration in its cult classic series, Earth Defense Force.

While very few details were offered in the debut trailer for Earth Defense Force 5, some enemies old and new were on display. In particular, the trailer featured a whole lot of giant ants, as fans of the series have come to expect, as well as a new massive frog creature that walks around on two legs and carries weapons of its own.

Final Fantasy 15 is getting its own PlayStation 4 slim hardware

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Final Fantasy 15 is getting its own PlayStation 4 slim hardware

In Japan anyway

Sony's recently unveiled remodel of the PlayStation 4 hardware is getting a special "Luna Edition" for the release of Final Fantasy 15, Square Enix's Hajime Tabata announced at today's PlayStation pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference today.

So far, the Final Fantasy 15-branded slimmer PS4 is confirmed only for Japan. The console will be released Nov. 29 — the same day Final Fantasy 15 is slated to be released worldwide — and retail for 39,980 yen (about $400).

Watch the PlayStation Tokyo Game Show press conference live here

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Watch the PlayStation Tokyo Game Show press conference live here

Hot off a busy week, Sony's got another PlayStation press conference on the docket: the annual pre-Tokyo Game Show event, which you can watch above. The livestream kicks off at 4 p.m. JST — that would be 3 a.m. ET (or more amenable 12 a.m. PT) — and is set to run about 90 minutes, PlayStation Japan says.

Despite targeting a Japanese crowd, the press conference will feature live English translation. That should help you keep up with any of the news that crops up, like a possible release date for Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, an appearance from Final Fantasy 15, the last look at The Last Guardian or fresh game reveals from myriad Japanese developers.

If you can't stay up that late to see it go down live, Polygon will keep you posted on all of the big stories from this year's Tokyo Game Show. The event officially kicks off Thursday, Sept. 15, and we'll be reporting straight from the floor on everything that's big in Japan this year and those to come.

Blizzard veteran Chris Metzen retires

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Blizzard veteran Chris Metzen retires

World-builder and voice actor says goodbye

Longtime Blizzard Entertainment employee Chris Metzen has retired from the company he joined more than 20 years ago, according to an announcement posted to Blizzard’s Battle.net forums.

Metzen, who was serving as senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard, says he's retiring from the game studio to focus on his family. Metzen said he's not leaving the home of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo to join a new studio – like some of his former Blizzard colleagues – but to ‘slow down’ and rest.

Pokémon Sun and Moon leak has fans seeking the truth of mysterious Ultra Beasts

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Pokémon Sun and Moon leak has fans seeking the truth of mysterious Ultra Beasts

They’re not Pokémon, but maybe they’re ... human?

The latest issue of CoroCoro has made its way online before the magazine hits shelves this week, and in it comes a handful of Pokémon Sun and Moon news. Scans on Serebii.net show the introduction of canine Pokémon Rockruff’s evolution, which varies based on the time of day. More interesting, though, is the reveal of two more Ultra Beast characters — and the fans’ resulting theories about just what these strange non-Pokémon are.

The first Ultra Beast we saw is called UB-01, and a trailer released last week said that it isn’t exactly like a standard Pokémon. With the reveal of UB-02 Expansion and UB-02 Beauty in CoroCoro, players are convinced that they’re far from Pokémon. Instead, these characters may just be humans in disguise.

Mass Effect Andromeda contest seeks voice-over talent

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Mass Effect Andromeda contest seeks voice-over talent

Submit your voice for a chance to feature in new space RPG

If you've ever thought of yourself as a potential video game voice-over star, here's your chance to shine.

BioWare today announced a contest for its next big game, space epic Mass Effect: Andromeda. The famed RPG development company is looking for voice-over samples, with the winner being offered a chance to feature in the final game, including a paid trip to the recording studio.

BioShock: The Collection to keep PC players waiting just a little longer

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BioShock: The Collection to keep PC players waiting just a little longer

Another two days, another destiny

BioShock: The Collection goes live at midnight tonight — but only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On Windows PC, the remastered games won’t be available until Sept. 15, according to Steam.

A post over the weekend to the trilogy’s Steam community gives 3 p.m. PT on Thursday as the global launch for BioShock: The Collection on PC. That’s more than two days later than PS4 and Xbox One, and it’s beyond the original release date announced for the set. We’ve reached out to publisher 2K Games about why Steam owners won’t get the revamped BioShock games until after their console cohort and will update accordingly.