Here’s what PS5 game boxes look like

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Here’s what PS5 game boxes look like

If you’re picking up the PlayStation 5 later this year — particularly the model that will include a Blu-ray drive — you may be interested in what physical copies of PS5 games will look like. Well here you go: As part of Sony’s plan to drop random, often minute details about the PS5 unceremoniously on a Thursday, we have our first look at PS5 game boxes, thanks to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

It’s a familiar look — nearly identical to physical copies of PlayStation 4 software, only with a white strip in place of the PS4’s gradient blue strip to match the PlayStation 5’s bold black and white design. Of course, it bears the also-familiar PS5 logo, which Sony revealed back in January.

Superhot: Mind Control Delete launches July 16, free if you bought the original

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete launches July 16, free if you bought the original

Superhot: Mind Control Delete, which was originally an expansion to 2016’s Superhot but grew into a stand-alone game, now has a release date: It will launch July 16, developer Superhot Team announced Thursday. Anybody who bought the original game — that is, spent money on Superhot, rather than got it via a giveaway like Twitch Prime or Xbox Games With Gold — will get the follow-up for free.

Superhot Team launched Mind Control Delete into early access at the end of 2017, a few months after it released Superhot VR. The expansion has since ballooned into what the team refers to as the third Superhot game. Superhot fans can expect more story in Mind Control Delete, as well as new types of characters and weapons to use. Like Superhot before it, Superhot: Mind Control Delete revolves around manipulating time to your advantage. The game moves in slow motion, until you either move or attack; then the world around you moves in normal time. This makes Superhot a combination of puzzle game and first-person shooter.

Tekken producer sends Yakuza speculation into overdrive

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Tekken producer sends Yakuza speculation into overdrive

Tekken fans have been hoping for Kiryu Kazuma, star of Sega’s Yakuza series, to appear as a guest character in Tekken 7 for months. Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada publicly responded to those requests back in February, but his statement about Kiryu possibly coming to the fighting game was vague at best.

A more recent tweet from Harada, however, has ignited speculation that the Yakuza and Tekken franchises may indeed collide.

How Animal Crossing players are protecting themselves from pirates

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How Animal Crossing players are protecting themselves from pirates

By the time G realized his island had been ransacked, it was too late. He didn’t even see the perpetrator jump off the airport pier and into the water, only to swim around the fencing and onto the rest of the island.

The infiltrator trampled his black roses, took 10 rare DIYs he’d placed on the beach for safekeeping, and shook 15 money trees he had set up in his elaborate garden — a total loss he estimated at around 1 million Bells.

Tetris update introduces cash prizes for playing daily game show

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Tetris update introduces cash prizes for playing daily game show

Players can now win cash by playing Tetris daily, thanks to a new update for the mobile version of the game. The update features four different modes, including a competitive game show, Tetris Primetime, that offers cash prizes for dropping some mad Tetriminos.

Tetris Primetime takes place each evening inside the Tetris app on Android and iOS, and features host Millen Baird, a New Zealand actor. Players can log on and compete for a $5,000 prize pool — like HQ Trivia, but for Tetris. That amounts to more than $1 million in annual prize money for Tetris Primetime.

Crash Bandicoot is getting a new mobile game too

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Crash Bandicoot is getting a new mobile game too

Crash Bandicoot is having a busy year. In addition to a new numbered sequel (Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time), the onetime PlayStation mascot is heading to Android and iOS devices later this year with Crash Bandicoot: On the Run from King, the Activision-owned company behind Candy Crush Saga.

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is, as one might expect, a runner-style game that pits Crash and Coco against Dr. Neo Cortex and his henchmen. Gameplay, which shows up about 70 seconds into the mobile game’s debut trailer, appears to involve plenty of running and platforming that’s not too dissimilar from classic Crash Bandicoot mechanics. The mobile game will rework game locations from other Crash games, such as Turtle Woods, Lost City, and Temple Ruins, as well as bosses, including Scorporilla and Nitrus Brio.

In Valorant, making a gun into a dragon proved to be a real pain in the ass

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In Valorant, making a gun into a dragon proved to be a real pain in the ass

On Wednesday morning, Riot Games announced Valorant’s most elaborate set of skins so far, themed with dragon designs. They also look great. Each different gun-dragon has its own roars, firing sounds, and animations for things like reloading or equipping. The dragons spread their wings, grab magazines with their claws, and fly toward players’ hands. They’re complicated and detailed, but Riot had another challenge with this skin line beyond just making it look good: The skins had to be fair and they had to feel fair. And those aren’t always the same thing.

Fairness in Valorant is tied to an idea that Riot refers to as “competitive integrity.” The main idea is that anytime you die, all the information and technology needed to avoid dying should have been at your disposal — rather than you dying because of lag, for example.

The Sims is getting a competition-based TV show

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The Sims is getting a competition-based TV show

The Sims is getting a competition series that will air Friday nights on TBS.

The Sims Spark’d is a reality competition in partnership with Eleague and YouTube channel Buzzfeed Multiplayer, where players will have to take on challenges to make unique characters, stories, and worlds in The Sims 4. The show will be four episodes long and will air starting July 17 at 11 p.m. ET. The winning competitors will receive $100,000.

Blizzard’s Shadowlands summit reveals new information on World of Warcraft’s covenants

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Blizzard’s Shadowlands summit reveals new information on World of Warcraft’s covenants

We’ve known about Covenants, the new system in World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, since BlizzCon 2019. Players will choose from one of four themed factions in the mystical lands of death, and that choice will grant their character powerful abilities. During Blizzard’s Shadowlands summit on Wednesday, World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas provided tons of information on what the player will have to do with their new friends after choosing a Covenant.

Each Covenant will have a series of companions. This, by itself, is not remarkable; zones like Nazjatar in Battle for Azeroth allowed players to equip bodyguards. However, these new companions in Shadowlands have old-school talent trees that harken back to the days of classic World of Warcraft. Players will level these champions up and bring them into the field. Some are utility focused, others are tanks, and some focus entirely on damage.