Japan’s getting some gorgeous Persona 5 The Royale PS4 hardware

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Japan’s getting some gorgeous Persona 5 The Royale PS4 hardware

The release of Persona 5 The Royale this October — in Japan, that is — will coincide with the arrival of some very nice looking PlayStation 4 hardware aimed at Persona fans. That includes a limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro, two standard PlayStation 4 consoles, a pair of top covers, and two DualShock 4 controllers that put Morgana right there on the touch pad.

The PlayStation 4 Pro Persona 5 The Royal Limited Edition, pictured above, will come in “glacier white” and is paired with a matching white DualShock 4. It will cost 44,980 yen (about $417) and arrives on Oct. 31, the same day Persona 5 The Royal is slated for release in Japan.

New Resident Evil multiplayer game is a survival horror escape room

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New Resident Evil multiplayer game is a survival horror escape room

Capcom unveiled a first look at Project Resistance, the Resident Evil spinoff it teased earlier this week, at Tokyo Game Show today. The publisher describes Project Resistance as “a new type of survival horror” that features asymmetrical multiplayer for five players.

Four of those players will assume the role of survivors who must cooperate to endure a deadly experiment. Each survivor comes equipped with his or her own special skills, and players will need to coordinate to solve puzzles and stay alive.

Death Stranding ‘Briefing’ trailer shows 7 minutes of story

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Death Stranding ‘Briefing’ trailer shows 7 minutes of story

Kojima Productions released a seven-minute exposition trailer for Death Stranding today, as Tokyo Game Show got underway.

The ‘Briefing’ trailer sets the stage for Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima’s TGS presentation in the next few hours, in which he’ll be showing more gameplay from the PlayStation 4 title. But the trailer is entirely focused on a single scene, set in the White House Oval Office.

Apple Arcade’s most promising game now has a release date on Switch and PS4

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Apple Arcade’s most promising game now has a release date on Switch and PS4

Sayonara Wild Hearts, a highlight from this week’s annual Apple iPhone event, now has a release date. The stylish romp will arrive on Apple Arcade, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 on Sept. 19.

The neon-colored action game blends rhythm mechanics with racing games. But that’s not all. When we laid hands on an early version for Switch in March, we found elements common to beat-em-ups, arcade shooters, and even skateboarding games. It’s a wild amalgam of different systems, linked together with a throbbing soundtrack, “a world of cavorting, jesting joyfulness.”

Reggie Fils-Aimé’s next gig: SXSW speaker

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Reggie Fils-Aimé’s next gig: SXSW speaker

Earlier this month, Reggie went back to college. Now, now we’re learning that the former Nintendo of America honcho will give his next lecture at SXSW 2020.

Reggie Fils-Aimé will give a keynote address at the annual conference on technology, film, and music, to be held March 13-22, 2020 in Austin, Texas. A statement from the conference organizers notes that Fils-Aimé oversaw Nintendo of America “during its most successful era,” including three console launches. Fils-Aimé’s topic category will be “convergence,” the conference said.

SHODAN’s here to creep you out in System Shock 3’s latest trailer

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SHODAN’s here to creep you out in System Shock 3’s latest trailer

SHODAN is back to taunt and torment you in the latest gameplay reveal for System Shock 3. The footage is listed as pre-alpha, but it shows that the realm and the ruler of a 20-year-old classic is coming along quite nicely for more modern hardware.

In it, we see a motion-capture animated SHODAN, a look that excited fans and shows some strong progress over OtherSide Entertainment’s last trailer, a brief teaser from GDC 2019.

This board game has you play as Afghan leaders subverting imperialist ambitions

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This board game has you play as Afghan leaders subverting imperialist ambitions

Pax Pamir: Second Edition was created by Cole Wehrle, the designer of John Company and Root. It’s set in Afghanistan in the 19th century, at a time when European powers were competing to win control of central Asia. Unlike most conquest games, Pax Pamir is played from the perspective of the locals, in this case, Afghan tribal leaders seeking to capitalize from the chaos of imperial pretensions.

When he pitched his game, Wehrle wrote that the game attempts to “reverse the standard tropes about games about empire” and “offer new perspectives on complicated problems.” Certainly, this game offers an innovative and engrossing take on the colonize/conquest genre. It’s a long way from the expand and exterminate basis of many colonization-era games.

Nioh 2 targeted for early 2020 release

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Nioh 2 targeted for early 2020 release

The U.S. PlayStation YouTube account uploaded, then quickly removed, a Nioh 2 trailer for Tokyo Game Show that promises an “early 2020” launch for Team Ninja’s action RPG. Several other YouTubers caught the video before it disappeared; we’ve embedded it above.

The video is entirely in Japanese, but it does show off in-engine scenes and gameplay, as well as the characters, enemies, and fearsome yokai that players will encounter. Apparently, that’s a younger Oda Nobunaga at the end.

Why an in-game backpack has World of Warcraft fans fuming

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Why an in-game backpack has World of Warcraft fans fuming

In World of Warcraft, one of the biggest sources of content is acquiring new gear for your character. Players can complete new content, search the world, run old raids, and craft gear, then spend hours in the transmogrification system to make sure that their hero looks as cool as possible. For many players, this means that sets like endgame raid gear are highly treasured. So why are fans so upset over the addition of an in-game backpack?

This backpack is one of the rewards for the overhauled Recruit A Friend system. If players get their friends to play World of Warcraft, and pay for a subscription, the player will earn exclusive rewards that include the aforementioned backpack, a plane mount, a two-seated camel mount, and other desert explorer–themed rewards. For the most part, this isn’t surprising, and mirrors similar rewards from past Recruit A Friend initiatives.

Fallout 76 fans are furious over the newest cash shop items

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Fallout 76 fans are furious over the newest cash shop items

Fallout 76 is in a perilous play for an online game as a service. Despite an infamously rocky launch and persistent gameplay issues, the game has cultivated a cult fanbase who are sticking around to build custom CAMPs, roleplay characters, and build their own societies in a world all about reconstructing society from scratch.

There’s Sims-style fun to be found in the world as it is, and the upcoming Wastelanders update promises a heaping helping of story content and good old fashioend Fallout. The problem is with the recent Atomic Shop updates ... and the lack of updates behind an in-game paywall or grind. The Atomic Shop items can be purchased with Atomic Points, which can either be earned in game ... or purchased much more efficiency with real world money.