Final Fantasy 7 Remake is getting a free PS5 upgrade that adds Yuffie

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake is getting a free PS5 upgrade that adds Yuffie

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is coming to PlayStation 5 in an updated version called Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade. The updated release will add new content and new visual enhancements.

Shown during Thursday’s State of Play stream, Intergrade adds new story content to the first game in Square Enix’s multipart Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Intergrade has all the technical and graphical improvements one would expect from a PlayStation 5 upgrade like decreased load times and better visual effects, but more importantly it adds a new part to the story featuring Yuffie, a character we don’t normally see in the story until after the gang leaves Midgar.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits hits PS4 and PS5 in August

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits hits PS4 and PS5 in August

Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the action-adventure game from Ember Lab, lands on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on Aug. 24. Ember Lab announced the new release date and showed off a new trailer during Sony’s latest State of Play livestream on Thursday.

Kena’s new trailer showed off some of the lush wilderness and cute spirits of the forest. Ember Lab also showed off Kena’s combat and its beautiful cutscenes.

Knockout City’s first console beta coming in April

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Knockout City’s first console beta coming in April

Knockout City, the futuristic dodgeball game coming from Velan Studios and Electronic Arts in May, will hold its first console beta from April 2-4, allowing players on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X to duke it out amongst themselves and players from Windows PC via Origin and Steam.

It will be the first test of Knockout City’s all-platforms promise. A PC-only beta was held this past weekend. Players may sign up for April’s play session at the game’s official site.

New Five Nights at Freddy’s game Security Breach gets a new trailer

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New Five Nights at Freddy’s game Security Breach gets a new trailer

Sony’s State of Play livestream showed off a host of games coming to the PlayStation 5, including a creepy horror game called Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach. This game is part of the Five Night at Freddy’s franchise, which is based around the horror of Chuck E. Cheese-esque environments full of murderous animatronics. Security Breach is being developed by Steel Wool Studios, who were behind Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted.

This looks like the largest addition to the franchise yet, as it takes place inside a shopping mall, and the trailer showed off a few environments: a Freddy Fazbear’s pizza parlor, a mini-golf course, and a kids’ playground. It also looks like there’s a strong narrative element, with mysterious figures taunting the protagonists, one of whom is a mall security guard. The game was announced in August 2019, and players have found ARG-style messages hidden in a promotional website’s code leading up to the lore of the final game.

Hyper Light Drifter developer shows off upcoming game, Solar Ash

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Hyper Light Drifter developer shows off upcoming game, Solar Ash

From Hyper Light Drifter studio Heart Machine, Solar Ash is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC via the Epic Games Store later in 2021. The developer showed off new footage of the stylish alien world during Sony’s State of Play presentation on Thursday.

Heart Machine first revealed Solar Ash in 2019. The game’s aesthetic — rich with purple and pink tones — feels connected to the studio’s legacy. But unlike Hyper Light Drifter, which is a top-down, pixelated game, Solar Ash is a dynamic, 3D game. Solar Ash creative director Alx Preston showed off and described the gameplay in a nearly 3-minute video during the Sony event. Preston said the player takes control of Ash, on a mission to save her planet, using “fast and fluid” movement and combat.

Destruction AllStars is free until April, $19.99 thereafter

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Destruction AllStars is free until April, $19.99 thereafter

Destruction AllStars, the futuristic, demolition derby smash-’em-up that launched on PlayStation Plus at the beginning of February, will be $19.99 once it leaves the lineup at the beginning of April, Sony and Lucid Games said on Thursday.

The price becomes effective beginning April 6. Obviously, PlayStation Plus subscribers who have already added the game to their collections keep it as long as they maintain their subscription.

Animal Crossing’s Sanrio items and villagers are perfect

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Animal Crossing’s Sanrio items and villagers are perfect

OK, Nintendo announced in January that it’d re-release its Sanrio and Animal Crossing crossover pack, but the company just showed off exactly how good the cards are. On Twitter and YouTube Thursday, Nintendo posted a two-minute video that showcases all the new additions the Sanrio cards will bring to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

“From Hello Kitty, My Melody, to Keroppi, get ready to discover new residents, styles & items inspired by adorable Sanrio friends,” Nintendo tweeted from the Animal Crossing account.

Potato Heads lose the Mr. in gender neutral relaunch

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Potato Heads lose the Mr. in gender neutral relaunch

Mr. Potato Head has been a classic children's’ toy that debuted back in 1952, but the brand is undergoing a more modern gender neutral relaunch.

Mr. Potato Head is now Potato Head, and Hasbro is releasing a product this fall called Create Your Potato Head Family. The new toy offers a bunch of different accessories and faces to allow folks to create whatever combination of potato heads they like.

Bungie kills Destiny 2’s weapon sunsetting after only four months

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Bungie kills Destiny 2’s weapon sunsetting after only four months

Destiny 2’s new infusion cap system — often called weapon sunsetting by the community — is no more, assistant game director Joe Blackburn announced on Thursday. In a post on Bungie’s website detailing major changes for the game, Blackburn revealed that players no longer have to worry about losing their favorite weapons to the sands of time.

In Blackburn’s post, he noted that the team believes shifting the weapon meta is key to keeping Destiny lively, but that the team overstepped with weapon sunsetting. Starting next season, weapons will no longer see an infusion cap after a year. Anything players can use now, that didn’t get sunset at the start of Season of the Chosen, will permanently retain its functionality.

Report: Dragon Age 4 will be single-player only

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Report: Dragon Age 4 will be single-player only

The next Dragon Age game from BioWare and Electronic Arts will be a single-player-only experience, according to a report from Bloomberg. EA reportedly opted to remove multiplayer components from the role-playing game following tepid response to BioWare’s cooperative shooter Anthem and the better-than-expected sales of Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a single-player game.

According to Bloomberg, the new Dragon Age was being designed with a “heavy multiplayer component” in mind. That feature, or series of features, has since been excised from BioWare’s new project; rather than a live service game in the vein of Destiny or The Division, BioWare will develop a more traditional role-playing game.