Tuesday, August 16

Genshin Impact’s Sumeru Update Arrives Right As I Hit Live Service Burnout

Image: HoYoverseBurnout eventually comes for everyone who plays live service games. Still, I didn’t notice that my relationship with Genshin Impact was headed in that direction until I stopped logging in every day. The summer event felt bloated with lackluster puzzles. The lore revelations never reached the epic heights that Enkanomiya or the Chasm once did. The whitewashing controversy dampened my enthusiasm for the new character reveals. And artifact farming continues to be the worst part of the game. As I scrolled down my list of unfinished quests, I started to wonder if it was finally time to address my RPG backlog. I hear Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is good?Version 3.0 “The Morn a Thousand Roses Brings” Trailer | Genshin ImpactSo with all of this in mind, I’m trying to manage my expectatio...

MultiVersus Answers Fan Pleas To End Bugs Bunny’s Rampage In Latest Patch

Image: Warner Bros.Hot on the heels of Season One’s arrival, Warner Bros. icon fighter MultiVersus is making some big moves. Bugs Bunny’s rocket cheat is gone. Finn is getting nerfed. LeBron is getting buffed. And new characters Black Adam and Stripe from Gremlins are on the way. It’s a big day for one of the biggest fighting games of 2022.MultiVersus’ Season 1 Patch arrives in two parts. The first goes live on August 15, with the rest to follow later in the week. Finally, Morty from Rick and Morty will be playable starting on August 23. But the biggest news is who’s getting stronger and weaker as a result of the latest gameplay tweaks. Bugs Bunny is at the top of the nerf list, providing some long-overdue solace to players who have spent the last couple of weeks getting their asses kicked...

Arcade1Up Reveals NFL Blitz Legends Cabinet That Features Remasters Of Three Franchise Classics

Arcade1Up, the team behind the upcoming Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 arcade cabinet we recently played at EVO 2022, has announced NFL Blitz Legends, a new at-home cabinet that features remasters of three games from the popular franchise.  Those three games are NFL Blitz (first released in 1997), NFL Blitz ‘99 (released in 1998), and NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition (originally released in 1999), and each will be easily playable in the NFL Blitz Legends cabinet from Arcade1Up, which features a $599 price tag.    “We could not be more excited to bring NFL Blitz Legends to fans who have been waiting years for the return of this iconic game,” Arcade1Up CEO writes in a press release. “Our team spent the better part of the last two years making sure we both honored the games’ past while bringing it up to ...

Spider-Man Had A Scrapped Multiplayer Idea, New Datamine Suggests

Image: Insomniac Games / SonyThe dream of a multiplayer Spider-Man has been unearthed in the PC files for Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on Steam. A few references point to Insomniac Games possibly toying with a two-player mode that would include both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, before likely abandoning it for one reason or another during development. Screenshots of the file text in question were shared by modder DniweTamp on Twitter over the weekend and later confirmed by VGC. One part of the files points to something called “Superior Spider-Man” in which either Parker or Morales will receive a winning message. Another piece reads, “If set and in co-op, Character2 will see this text.” There are also references to Red Team, Blue Team, and corresponding character models. It’s not a lot ...

Private Division Partners With Weta Workshop To Publish New Lord Of The Rings Game

Private Division, a publishing arm under the Take-Two Interactive umbrella, has signed a publishing agreement with Wētā Workshop to publish the studio’s new Lord of the Rings game.  Wētā Workshop is the VFX studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, and in 2014, it founded a video game division. That team is now developing a “new game set in the Middle-earth universe of J.R.R. Tolkien,” according to a press release. Middle-earth Enterprises has licensed the literary works of the series to Wētā Workshop, too, giving the studio “the broadest creative license to interpret the underlying lore of the books.”  “We are thrilled to partner with Wētā Workshop to publish a game set in such an extraordinary and celebrated universe,” Private Division head Michael Worosz w...

The Ghost Of Tsushima Movie Could Be ‘In Japanese,’ According To The Film’s Director

PlayStation and Sucker Punch Productions’ 2020 hit, Ghost of Tsushima, is being developed into a feature film with John Wick director Chad Stehelski set to direct it. The movie seems to be early in development, although it did land Takashi Doscher as its writer earlier this year, but we might have some new information about it straight from a recent interview with Stehelski.  More specifically, Stehelski revealed to Collider that the movie might feature an entirely Japanese cast and that the film could be in Japanese. Plus, he says Sony is on board with the idea. Here’s what he had to say: “[I] think if we did this right, it would be visually stunning. It’s character driven. It’s got an opportunity for great action, great looks. And honestly, we’d try to do it, all in character. Meaning,...

Update: Black Adam and Stripe From Gremlins Confirmed For MultiVersus Season 1

Update, 3:08 p.m., 8/15/22 After seemingly leaking by way of an in-game startup screen uploaded to MultiVersus a few hours too early, Player First Games has confirmed that both Black Adam and Stripe from Gremlins will hit the free-to-play stage fighter during its first season. You can check out the official announcement below:  With Season 1 now live, you might be wondering when Black Adam and Stripe will hit the game. Player First Games says the two fighters will join the MultiVersus roster "in the coming months as part of Season 1, along with Morty Smith and Rick Sanchez" from Rick and Morty. Morty hits the game on Aug. 23, while Rick will be released later in Season 1. Additionally, new modes will be added to MultiVersus in the months ahead during Season 1, including Classic Arcade ...

MultiVersus Leak Seems To Confirm Stripe From Gremlins And Black Adam Will Join The Roster Soon

MultiVersus finally launched into 1.0 after weeks of beta testing, and while the launch was quite smooth, Player First Games opted to delay Season 1.  However, that brief delay is behind us as Season 1 begins today and you can check out the patch notes detailing every character buff, nerf, and more here. Alongside today’s patch notes, though, came a small leak from Player First Games and MultiVersus itself. Twitter user _FireMonkey booted up MultiVersus and saw a Season 1 startup loading screen a bit too early, as reported by Eurogamer. That’s because this startup screen featured two characters not yet revealed for the roster: Stripe, the antagonist from Gremlins, and Black Adam.  Check it out for yourself below:  As you can see in the screenshot above, it seems Black Adam and Stripe ...

MultiVersus Season 1 Patch Notes: Every Character Nerf, Buff, And More

MultiVersus finally launched into 1.0 on Aug. 15 after weeks of beta testing, and now, after a brief delay, Season 1 is upon us.  Set to launch sometime today, Season 1 will feature a healthy dose of content for the free-to-play stage fighter, although exactly what remains unknown. However, we do know that Morty from Rick and Morty will join the roster next week on Aug. 23. Beyond that, the studio says that new modes and content will be added to the game throughout the duration of Season 1.  In the meantime, ahead of today’s Season 1 update, the team has released the Season 1 patch notes, and you can check them out in full below:  General Morty will be arriving on 08/23! He will be our first Plumbus-wielding character! The patch will come in two parts. The first will be on August 15...