Boundary, a high-concept space FPS, headed to PS4 and PC in 2020

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Boundary, a high-concept space FPS, headed to PS4 and PC in 2020

Boundary, the space combat simulation from the Chinese indie team Surgical Scalpels, is headed to the PlayStation 4 and PC platforms in 2020. The zero-gravity first-person shooter was originally expected to launch some time last year. Sony made the announcement Thursday on Twitter, along with an accompanying blog post by the game’s producer, Yongliang “CT” Cui.

“First-person shooters are a classic genre,” CT said, “having been enjoyed by players across different environments and time periods including wars, cities… and even other planets! This got us thinking: Why can’t we set the stage in space?”

Sony donating $100 million to COVID-19 relief

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Sony donating $100 million to COVID-19 relief

Sony Corp. has created a $100 million COVID-19 global relief fund to support people impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The fund will be divided among three main areas, the company said in a news release: “assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been greatly impacted by the spread of the virus.”

Out of the total, Sony said $10 million will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as well as Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This money is meant to “assist medical workers and others on the frontline of response efforts to the virus.” The Japanese company also said it’ll continue to explore ways to “prevent the further spread and contribute to the treatment of the COVID-19 virus.”

The world’s best Breath of the Wild players got together to kick ass

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The world’s best Breath of the Wild players got together to kick ass

RinHara5aki, Kleric, CHC Yu-Da, and Peco are, on their own, some of the most technically impressive The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild players on the planet — their videos showcasing advanced and obscure combat methods have accrued millions of views on YouTube. The four of them getting together for a single video is almost too much to handle.

“The Four” is a combat montage that is the result of four months of work, and it is meant as a last hurrah for Breath of the Wild. With a sequel on the way, group leader RinHara5aki thought it would be a good idea to make a love letter to the game before saying goodbye.

Gloomhaven costs $140 and weighs 20 pounds (for now)

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Gloomhaven costs $140 and weighs 20 pounds (for now)

The hit board game Gloomhaven is getting a sequel called Frosthaven. It’s the biggest Kickstarter of any kind in recent memory, but it won’t be shipping to backers until at least March 2021. Have faith, however, because the next game in the franchise will be out much, much sooner than that.

Gloomhaven proper is essentially a role-playing game-in-a-box weighing in at roughly 20 pounds. That includes a modular game board, a world map, cardboard standees for virtually every enemy in the game world, and a bevy of plastic hero miniatures at 28mm scale. Designer Isaac Childres tells us that Frosthaven could be even bigger, accounting for the additional cardboard components that he included in his build.

Animal Crossing player perfectly goofs on art world

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Animal Crossing player perfectly goofs on art world

Shing Yin Khor is a real-life installation artist who’s seen an impact from the novel coronavirus on their work: All their events have been canceled for the foreseeable future, as many museums shut their doors to the public. Instead, they’re turning to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to poke fun at the art world, creating a rival art museum to Blather’s setup.

“I would certainly prefer to be an employed installation artist in real-life, and not in Animal Crossing, but all my gigs and events are currently cancelled,” Khor told Polygon via email. (We considered doing this interview in-game, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ text features are infuriating.) “I’m pretty sure I’m just using Animal Crossing as a space to goof off right now but the art world also has a lot of tree branches up their collective butts, so I am enjoying responding to and poking fun at it within this little game.”

Epic Games offers $1M for proof of ‘smear campaign’ against chat app

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Epic Games offers $1M for proof of ‘smear campaign’ against chat app

Epic Games believes its Houseparty chat application is the victim of a coordinated smear campaign, and will pay $1 million to anyone who can provide proof of that allegation.

It’s a remarkable, public pushback from a company that has, since it launched the Epic Games Store at the end of 2018, been accused of harvesting users’ data, or installing spyware on their devices. The unfounded allegations usually insinuate that China-based Tencent, a 40 percent owner in Epic, is behind it all.

Thousands of Animal Crossing strangers are waiting hours in line to sell turnips

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Thousands of Animal Crossing strangers are waiting hours in line to sell turnips

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ stalk market may be a fickle mistress, but fans are using the internet to get rid of the guesswork. After folks buy turnips from Daisy Mae on Sundays, rather than waiting to see what their shops provide, they’ll peruse social media or join groups and Discords to ensure a good selling price. But actually getting those turnips to foreign Timmy and Tommy Nooks can take a good, long while.

On social media, many players are reporting spending hours in queues made up of hundreds if not THOUSANDS of people, all to get through the gates of a stranger they don’t know — but who happens to have a good turnip buying price. Usually, that’s 500 Bells or more for turnips, with some prices reaching over 600 Bells.

i wanted in a turnip queue for like 3 hours but worth.
100k -> 660k
thank u @homenekonomics

PlayStation Plus offers Uncharted 4, Dirt Rally 2.0 in April

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PlayStation Plus offers Uncharted 4, Dirt Rally 2.0 in April

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to two games in April: Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Codemasters’ Dirt Rally 2.0. Those PlayStation 4 games will be available to download as part of PlayStation Plus starting Tuesday, April 7.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End sees series protagonist and fortune hunter Nathan Drake coming out of retirement for a globe-trotting adventure with personal stakes. Developer Naughty Dog’s action-adventure game is about to celebrate its fourth anniversary in May, and PlayStation Plus subscribers had a chance to catch up on Drake’s story so far with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection back in January through PlayStation Plus.

Bethesda will not host a digital showcase for its upcoming games in June

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Bethesda will not host a digital showcase for its upcoming games in June

With the cancellation of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and many of the press events that normally happen there, many game developers have planned to show off their upcoming titles on streams and digital presentations instead. However, Bethesda won’t be taking part in even a streaming press conference.

On Wednesday morning, Pete Hines, Bethesda’s senior vice president of global marketing and communications, announced on Twitter that the developer will not be hosting a digital showcase in June. This means that there won’t be any replacement for Bethesda’s usual E3 presentation in that timeframe. In his tweet, Hines did mention that the studio will have news to share sometime in the coming months.