Elite Dangerous: Odyssey enters open alpha March 29, release by late spring

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey enters open alpha March 29, release by late spring

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, the highly anticipated expansion for the spacefaring simulation game, will begin open alpha testing on March 29, Frontier Developments announced Thursday. The studio also released a new video showing a three-player cooperative mission on foot.

Elite was released in 2014 and has undergone major improvements since that time. One paid expansion (which is now free with the base game) added planetary landings on some of the game’s trillions of worlds, while a free update added massive player-owned fleet carriers to the game. Odyssey stands apart, as it will allow players to leave their vehicles for the first time and set foot on alien worlds. It will also open up billions of new worlds to explore by making planets with thin atmospheres accessible.

Orlando’s Super Nintendo World delayed until 2025

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Orlando’s Super Nintendo World delayed until 2025

Construction on Orlando’s new Universal theme park has restarted following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally slated to open in 2023, Epic Universe — which will include Orlando’s own Super Nintendo World — is now scheduled to open in early 2025, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

Universal released a statement following Demings’ remarks, noting that construction has begun “immediately, but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal re-staff for the project and reassembles it vendor and contractor teams.” The company’s statement did not give a new time frame for the park’s opening; we’ve reached out for comment, and we’ll update this article with any information we receive.

Guilty Gear Strive delayed to June so ArcSys can fix the game’s lobbies

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Guilty Gear Strive delayed to June so ArcSys can fix the game’s lobbies

Guilty Gear fans are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the latest entry in the franchise. Guilty Gear Strive, which was supposed to launch on April 9, has been delayed until June 11, developer Arc System Works announced Wednesday.

In a statement released on the Arc System Works Twitter account, the development team explained that the decision resulted in part from the open beta test for the game. The statement also mentioned that the game’s online features will be a particular focus for the team during this extra development time.

Watch the new Super Smash Bros. gameplay reveal of Pyra and Mythra

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Watch the new Super Smash Bros. gameplay reveal of Pyra and Mythra

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai will offer an in-depth look at the next character(s) coming to the Nintendo Switch fighting game on Thursday morning. The newest episode of “Mr. Sakurai Presents” will cover Pyra and Mythra, the duo from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Sakurai will explain all starting at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, in a YouTube video, which you can watch above. Nintendo says the presentation will run about 35 minutes and include a release date for Pyra and Mythra.

Before Your Eyes is a life story that you control by blinking

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Before Your Eyes is a life story that you control by blinking

Before Your Eyes is a new game that you control using only blinking and your eyes. Developer GoodbyeWorld Games announced the game on Thursday and released a first trailer that shows off what it’s like to move through a story with blinks.

The trailer starts out by explaining the game’s premise. You’re reliving the memories of someone’s life. The trailer includes flashes of memories like playing with toys as a child, a date, and a funeral. All of your trips through these memories are guided and narrated by a character called the Ferryman, who shepherds souls to the afterlife.

Report: New Nintendo Switch model planned with bigger OLED screen, 4K output

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Report: New Nintendo Switch model planned with bigger OLED screen, 4K output

Bloomberg published a report Wednesday with new details on the long-rumored new, more powerful Nintendo Switch model, dubbed the Nintendo Switch Pro by fans and players. The outlet first reported on the upgraded model of the Nintendo Switch in 2020, though reports have circulated for years.

According to the report, Samsung will soon begin production on “7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels” for the device. The new Nintendo Switch model will also ship with “4K ultra-high definition graphics when paired with TVs,” Bloomberg sources said. Nintendo and Samsung declined to comment on Bloomberg’s report.

Doom 3 is coming to VR, officially

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Doom 3 is coming to VR, officially

The blood-spraying, demon-slaying classic Doom 3 is finally getting a VR release. The first-person shooter from id Software will come to PlayStation VR on March 29, and will be playable on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (through backward compatibility). Doom 3: VR Edition will feature both the original game and its expansions — Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission.

Doom 3 puts you in the position of a space marine who must fight off a catastrophic invasion of aliens on the colonized planet of Mars. The franchise is known for its unique blend of horror and first-person shooter elements that many have tried to adapt to VR. Ex-id Software programmer John Carmack demoed a prototype of Doom 3 in VR at QuakeCon 2012, there have been fan adaptations, and Bethesda made a stand-alone VR game based on the 2016 Doom reboot — but nothing on the scale today’s announcement.

Madden 21’s last round of Franchise fixes rebalances trade logic

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Madden 21’s last round of Franchise fixes rebalances trade logic

Madden NFL 21’s developers will launch, on March 4, the last of three rounds of updates promised for the game’s Franchise mode. Although very granular and technical in the areas they address and improve, the updates still answer long-running demands from Franchise lifers who felt the latest game did little to improve the core mode.

Central to the changes on deck is a reworking of the game’s player-trading logic, and the overall player valuation that behavior rests on. The changes EA Tiburon’s designers described in a blog post on Wednesday are meant to make trades for superstars “closer to what we’ve seen [in real life] based on changing perceptions of ‘realistic’ trades over the years.”

An ambitious open-world D&D adventure game is in the works

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An ambitious open-world D&D adventure game is in the works

Hidden Path Entertainment is in development on a AAA, third-person, open-world fantasy game. The developer made the announcement on March 2, via Twitter, in a Tweet that stated the studio is hiring for the project. Hidden Path Entertainment is the developer behind Raccoon Lagoon, Defense Grid 2, and VR titles Witchblood and Brass Tactics. Not much is known about the project at this time — aside from a notable figure on the development team itself.

Whitney “Strix” Beltran, a high-profile indie developer responsible for the award-winning tabletop game Bluebeard’s Bride, is the project’s narrative director. Bluebeard’s Bride is a horror RPG based on the French folktale, with a rules-light engine. Players take control of different aspects of the bride’s psyche, ultimately deciding the ultimate fate of the character, her husband, and her home.

The Sinking City’s studio just DMCA’d its own game off Steam

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The Sinking City’s studio just DMCA’d its own game off Steam

Frogwares, the studio locked in an acrimonious dispute with publisher Nacon over their game, The Sinking City, used a DMCA claim to have it removed from Steam’s storefront, a Valve spokesman confirmed.

To Vice on Tuesday evening, Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said Steam “received a DMCA take-down notice” for the version of The Sinking City that Nacon has shipped — the one Frogwares calls a hacked and pirated copy of their game. “So we have responded to that notice,” Lombardi said.