Uncharted collection and Journey free on PS4 as part of Sony ‘Play At Home’ initiative

about X hours ago from
Uncharted collection and Journey free on PS4 as part of Sony ‘Play At Home’ initiative

Sony Interactive Entertainment is encouraging PlayStation 4 owners to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic by giving away two games: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey. Both PS4 games will be free to download — no PlayStation Plus required — and free to keep forever starting April 15.

The giveaway is part of Sony’s newly announced Play At Home initiative, which comprises both a way to “help keep the PlayStation community entertained at home” and a $10 million fund “to help smaller independent game studios who may be experiencing financial difficulties continue building great experiences for all gamers.”

Canceled Pokémon game may have been revealed by a Nintendo hack

about X hours ago from
Canceled Pokémon game may have been revealed by a Nintendo hack

Back in 2016, a teen stole the credentials of a Nintendo employee, allowing him to gain access to sensitive information belonging to the Japanese company. While that hacker now faces up to three years in jail, when the breach occurred, it led to big discoveries regarding early Pokémon designs — but more crucially, the folks who disseminated that information admitted that they were still sitting on assets that hadn’t been revealed yet. Until now, it seems.

Midway through April 2020, posts on image board 4chan appeared claiming to once again contain files related to early Pokémon games on the Game Boy. According to these assets, Game Freak was, at one point, considering developing Pokémon Pink, perhaps as a companion game to Pokémon Yellow, the spin-off focusing on Pikachu. Mostly, the files reference a game called Pokémon Pink, but there aren’t any actual sprites, maps, or monster designs to go along with it. The leading theory, however, is that the games would have put Clefairy front and center — because the pink monster was possibly going to be the series mascot before Pikachu took the reins.

First trailer for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope is full of witches and doomed teens

about X hours ago from
First trailer for The Dark Pictures: Little Hope is full of witches and doomed teens

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan was one of the best horror games of last year and the next installment of the anthology series finally has its first trailer. The new game is called The Dark Pictures: Little Hope, and it’s all about witch trials in early America and the horrors they left behind.

The trailer opens with The Curator, who acts as a narrator in these games, wandering around his study and telling us about the history of a town called Little Hope. As he’s talking, we get a brief flash of the characters that we’re likely to control this time around. The cast includes a variety of teens, including one played by Will Poulter — who horror fans might recognize from last year’s Midsommar.

Pokémon Gold and Silver’s Johto region recreated in Animal Crossing

about X hours ago from
Pokémon Gold and Silver’s Johto region recreated in Animal Crossing

Sure, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are turning the game into a horror video game — but how about something a little more wholesome? New Horizons player and YouTube creator ヒノッチ has swapped blood splatters for pixels to put together a recreation of Pokémon Gold and Silver’s Johto region in the game.

And here’s the best news: The player is sharing codes so that you can add Pokémon pixel art to your own game. A full tour and all the details are included in a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday. And if you’re not interested in recreating the island yourself — and I don’t blame you, it looks like a ton of work — you can, at least, grab a few Pokémon sprites. Pikachu! Snorlax!

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s new season comes with a rework of the Vikendi map

about X hours ago from
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s new season comes with a rework of the Vikendi map

Vikendi has been out of the map rotation in PUBG for a couple of months now, but with PUBG Corp. is bringing it back with a few upgrades. As part of the PUBG season 7, the developer has updated some of Vikendi’s locations, and added two trains to the map to help players get around faster.

The trains are the biggest change on the new version of Vikendi and add something completely different to PUBG as a whole. One of the trains is a Dinoland-themed passenger line, while the other is a cargo train. Both run on different tracks and stop at train stations around the map. PUBG’s never had public transportation like this on one of its maps, or such a fast-moving way to get from one place or another. Of course, since it’s PUBG, these trains will also be deadly if you stand on the tracks, and a good sniper can still hit you even if the trains are moving fast.

New Remnant: From the Ashes DLC coming in late April

about X hours ago from
New Remnant: From the Ashes DLC coming in late April

Remnant: From the Ashes will get new DLC, Swamps of Corsus, for Windows PC on April 28, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today. The new DLC will add a bunch of new content, including “three powerful weapons and mods, four challenging side dungeons, epic bosses and enemies and more.”

Swamps of Corsus will also bring “Survival Mode,” which is described as a “rogue-like game mode” in the news release. Players will begin the mode without armor (or clothing at all, really) and weapons to “fight for survival” as they acquire gear and “over 50 new armor skins.”

More than 70,000 Call of Duty: Warzone players have been banned

about X hours ago from
More than 70,000 Call of Duty: Warzone players have been banned

Call of Duty: Warzone developer Infinity Ward said last month it banned 50,000 players for cheating in the battle royale game. On Monday, it announced even more bans; 20,000 more players have been issued bans in the few weeks since the last announcement.

“We’ve now issued over 70,000 bans worldwide to protect #Warzone from cheaters,” Infinity Ward tweeted. “We’re continuing to deploy dedicated security updates and work continues on improving in-game reporting. We’ll share more details soon. We are watching. We have zero tolerance for cheaters.”

New XCOM game coming April 24 with a twist on turn-based gameplay

about X hours ago from
New XCOM game coming April 24 with a twist on turn-based gameplay

There’s another chapter in the story of XCOM, Firaxis Games’ reboot of the venerable turn-based strategy franchise. It’s called XCOM: Chimera Squad, and it’s coming very soon: The stand-alone game is due out for Windows PC on April 24.

The game focuses on a group of 11 named characters, brought together in a new location called City 31 to form the special operations team called Chimera Squad. Events take place five years after XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. All characters are combat veterans pulled from the ranks of human and alien forces alike. They include sectoids capable of mind control and mutons with overwhelming strength and agility. Together, this hybrid group of special operators is tasked with enforcing an uneasy peace after the fall of Advent.

Nintendo Switch system update adds button remapping, SD card transfers

about X hours ago from
Nintendo Switch system update adds button remapping, SD card transfers

Nintendo released a new system software update for Nintendo Switch on Monday, version 10.0.0, which lets console owners remap controller buttons on the Joy-Con controllers and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, as well as transfer software data from system memory to an SD card (and vice versa).

The update also gives Animal Crossing fans some new user icons from New Horizons: Tom Nook, Timmy and Tommy Nook, Isabelle, Wilbur, C.J., and Flick.

Minecraft with ray-traced graphics playable this week

about X hours ago from
Minecraft with ray-traced graphics playable this week

Minecraft players will be able to see the game in a whole new light this week: Real-time ray tracing will come to its blocky worlds through a public beta on April 16, Nvidia and Minecraft developer Mojang announced Tuesday.

Known as “Minecraft with RTX,” following the naming scheme of Nvidia’s line of graphics cards with hardware-based support for ray tracing, the visual revamp was revealed last August during Gamescom. It’s a complete overhaul of the graphics courtesy of a fully path-traced rendering of the game — the look of everything (aside from a few exceptions such as particle effects) is based on a simulation of the way light behaves. That includes real-time calculations of reflections, shadows, and ambient occlusion.