Demon Slayer is getting a spinoff manga about Kyojuro Rengoku

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Demon Slayer is getting a spinoff manga about Kyojuro Rengoku

The final chapter of the Demon Slayer manga is out now, but the series isn’t over. A short spin-off series about Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Pillar, is in the works by Ryōji Hirano.

Though the spinoff is not going to be made by Demon Slayer creator Koyoharu Gotouge, Hirano has worked on several spinoffs for this series, including Giyu Tomioka: Gaiden, a two-chapter story about the Water Pillar.

Animal Crossing hackers are selling impossible ‘star fragment trees’

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Animal Crossing hackers are selling impossible ‘star fragment trees’

A new sensation is sweeping the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fandom, but it’s not one you can participate in unless you know the right people. It’s also technically not possible to do under normal means.

The New Horizons modding scene has been alive and well for a while now, allowing fans with hacked Switches to do all sorts of things, like being able to eat tarantulas. Lately, hackers have taken to modifying trees, making it appear as if they are sprouting star fragments as fruit. However, unlike fruit trees, this sparkly greenery is purely decorative — they’re more like money trees, in that once you shake them, they won’t regrow the fragments, according to people who have them.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remaster will be full of rad middle-age dads

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remaster will be full of rad middle-age dads

The first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games are being remastered with impressive new visuals for modern platforms. But one update to the game that may not have been evident from last week’s reveal of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 is that the original roster of pro skaters will also be updated to their current likenesses. That means a whole lot of fellas in their 40s and 50s being recreated in video game form, including Tony Hawk himself, who just turned 52 last week.

It’s been more than 20 years since the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for PlayStation, and the roster was full of young professional skaters at the height of their careers. Most of the roster was in their 20s at the time, but they’ve been digitally rescanned at their current ages, the developer says, which is evident in a gameplay video released last week.

Minecraft passes 200 million in sales, 126 million monthly active players

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Minecraft passes 200 million in sales, 126 million monthly active players

Minecraft has sold over 200 million copies since its release almost exactly 11 years ago, with 126 million active monthly players.

In the last few months, Minecraft has seen a 25 percent player increase, as well as a 40 percent increase in multiplayer sessions. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many people have been flocking to multiplayer games, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, to hang out with their friends in virtual spaces. Minecraft is no exception.

Nintendo files lawsuits in crackdown against Switch hackers

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Nintendo files lawsuits in crackdown against Switch hackers

Nintendo of America filed two lawsuits on Friday against Nintendo Switch hack resellers that sell software to play pirated video games, according to court documents obtained by Polygon.

The first lawsuit was filed Friday in an Ohio court against Tom Dilts Jr., the alleged operator of the website UberChips. The second lawsuit was filed in a Seattle court that same day, against a number of anonymous defendants from a selection of websites. All defendants reportedly sell products from a group of anonymous hackers called “Team Xecuter.” Nintendo’s lawyers described the products as “an unauthorized operating system ... and accompanying piracy tools that install it.”

Bungie adding a new form of targeted Destiny 2 loot next season

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Bungie adding a new form of targeted Destiny 2 loot next season

For the past year, Bungie has been experimenting with new systems that help you pick the loot you want in Destiny 2, rather than having new guns be completely random. On Thursday, creative lead Robbie Stevens posted details about a new [REDACTED] Engram coming to Destiny 2’s 11th season, and more ways to earn seasonal rewards.

Since Bungie started Destiny 2’s new seasonal model, engaging with seasonal activities has been the only way to earn seasonal rewards. But when Bungie drops season 11 on June 9, players will be able to pick up some seasonal weapons from Strikes, Crucible, and Gambit — Destiny 2’s core activities. The goal is for players to feel good about engaging with all of Destiny 2, not just the newest activity.

BioWare says Anthem’s overhaul will be a long process

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BioWare says Anthem’s overhaul will be a long process

BioWare is going back to the drawing board with Anthem for an overhaul of the 2019 game, which launched to a mixed response from both players and critics. That revamp of Anthem — reportedly referred to as Anthem 2.0 or Anthem Next — will be “a longer process” than people were expecting, according to BioWare Austin studio director Christian Dailey, who is leading the project.

In a post on the BioWare website, Dailey says the Anthem “incubation team has kicked off and we are starting to validate our design hypotheses” and “experimenting/prototyping to improve on the areas where we believe we fell short and to leverage everything that you love currently about Anthem.”

Bungie previews Destiny’s new weapon retirement system

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Bungie previews Destiny’s new weapon retirement system

In February, Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith announced a new weapon retirement system coming in the fall. On Thursday, Bungie revealed how the system will work.

Currently in Destiny 2, players can power up any gun in the game through a system called infusion. The idea is that players “feed” numerically powerful guns that they don’t want into their favorite numerically weaker guns. The more powerful gun disappears, and the subject of the infusion gains the destroyed gun’s power level. It’s a way for players to keep using their favorite weapons season after season — and Bungie’s changing it this fall.

Epic Games Store ‘Mega Sale’ goes live with deals on Control, Borderlands 3, and more

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Epic Games Store ‘Mega Sale’ goes live with deals on Control, Borderlands 3, and more

The Epic Games Store kicked off a four-week sale on Thursday, offering discounts of up to 75% off dozens of PC games — and, of course, giving away Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5.

Epic’s “Mega Sale” has discounts on PC games like Control, Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus, Shenmue 3, and Anno 1800, all of which are 50% off during the sale. The full list of games and their various discounts is available at Epic’s website, but some of the more substantial discounts apply to older games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (70% off), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (67% off), and Alan Wake (90% off).

Guilty Gear Strive delayed to 2021

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Guilty Gear Strive delayed to 2021

Arc System Works’ new fighting game, Guilty Gear Strive, has been delayed to early 2021. Guilty Gear Strive was originally slated for release later this year, but development challenges related to the novel coronavirus pandemic have forced a delay.

Takeshi Yamanaka, producer of Guilty Gear Strive, announced the delay on Twitter and on a post on the game’s official website. Here’s a portion of Yamanaka’s statement: