June 2019

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Days Gone Challenge Mode Released Today

Days Gone’s latest free content update adds a standalone Challenge Mode, which will see 12 weeks of challenges added to the Sony Bend PS4 exclusive. Players can take part in the first challenge, “Surrounded,” starting today.

As detailed in the latest Days Gone patch notes on Reddit, the first free DLC challenge “Surrounded” pits players against a never-ending horde of Freakers. Players will have to use weapons, the environment, and whatever traps are at their disposal to take down Freakers, and doing so will increase your timer to keep battling the horde.

Every Friday for the next 12 weeks (this week included), a new challenge will unlock in the new mode (exact times are to be determined), but players can compete in the challenges whenever they are available to earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold rankings. Doing so will earn players credits, allowing them to buy new characters, custom accents, and rings. And, once players complete a challenge, they’ll earn a Patch specific to that challenge, which Deacon will wear in both this mode as well as in the story mode.

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What Breath of the Wild 2 Might Mean for the Zelda Timeline

The Legend of Zelda’s timeline is long, complicated and notoriously messy. With 19 mainline entries, and one more on the way, it’s understandable that things have gotten a bit unwieldy. Even then, most timelines don’t include a split that generates three separate timelines rife with floods, parallel dimensions and resurrected demons.

The latest Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, simultaneously exists at the end of all three of these timelines, yet is strangely disconnected from each of them. The E3 2019 Breath of the Wild 2 trailer, however, suggests both it and its predecessor will finally have a much more concrete spot in this ever-growing legend.

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Respawn Talks Building AT-ATs And Creating Lightsabers For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Jedi: Fallen Order is a canonical Star Wars story. That means everything that appears in the game – characters, plot elements, designs, etc. – are all things that will exist in Star Wars lore for the foreseeable future. Creating something new for Star Wars is exciting, but it also requires precision, research, and LucasFilm approval. We spoke with the team at Respawn about what it’s like to create new things in the Star Wars universe, as well as expand on elements that already exist in the Star Wars universe – like modeling the interior of an AT-AT for the first time.

The AT-ATs in Fallen Order are based predominantly on those found in the TV show Rebels, as both pieces of Star Wars media take place during the same timeframe. “It’s different than a normal AT-AT. It’s actually a bigger unit,” art director Christopher Sutton says. The ones seen in the most recent gameplay footage, that show Cal climbing the quadruped tanks, also have turrets on top and have a different head than the ones seen in Empire Strikes Back, or later down the timeline with the gorilla-like AT-M6 walkers of The Last Jedi.

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Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Review – King Of The Castle

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This isn’t to say that Bloodstained has left the formula entirely untouched. A series of Techniques found in tomes around the castle teach weapon-specific move sets similar to a character-action or fighting game. With the increased emphasis on differentiated weaponry, the game introduces “Shortcut” loadout slots that allow you to quickly swap between different sets of equipment. It’s a small quality-of-life touch, but it’s smartly implemented.

The biggest addition comes from Shards, or pieces of the demons and other monsters that imbue you with extra powers. The Shard system combines the Spells, Relics, and Familiars from Symphony of the Night into one system that’s more …read more

‘Tetris Royale’ is 100 Player ‘Tetris’ and it’s Coming to iOS and Android

N3twork, the company formed several years ago by the founders of the iconic mobile games company ngmoco, have just announced a multi-year partnership with The Tetris Company to “exclusively develop and publish new Tetris games built from the ground up for mobile devices worldwide.” Worldwide, except for China, that is. The first of these games will be Tetris Royale, a 100-player battle royale version of the classic block-dropping game where players will battle for leaderboard supremacy across various seasons. In addition, “Players will have the ability to complete daily challenges while competing in the Tetris Royale mode to earn rewards including customization options as well as power-ups and boosters that can be used in battle.”

It sure sounds an awful lot like Tetris 99 on the Nintendo Switch, which is an absolute blast, so I wouldn’t mind at all having something similar to play on my mobile devices. And in addition to the 100-player battle royale mode, Tetris Royale will also feature “massive” daily competitons that will feature thousands of players as well as good old-fashioned single-player Marathon mode for those that just want to clear as many lines as they can. Tetris Royale is currently in development …read more

Help a Bird Shred on Bendy Straws in New ‘SkateBIRD’ Demo

SkateBIRD has released a demo for players to experience the life of a talented, skateboarding bird. You’ll be challenged to show off all your hottest tricks in the bird-sized skate park.

Don’t worry if you’re not a pro, as SkateBIRD encourages you to always get back up after having a tumble.

SkateBIRD is exactly what it says. You will be in control of an aspiring pro-skater-bird. You have quite the proving ground as well. Grind along some pencils carefully stacked atop erasers, or fly up a magazine half-pipe. There are even some secret areas to discover for those that like to find those underground hot spots. In this new demo, players will be able to get a feel for how to control this cute bird and navigate the intricate skate park. Perhaps you’ll find you’re a better bird-skater than you thought.

If you’re a fan of adorable birds and skateboarding, this is the game to follow right now. The birds, the hats, the attention to detail in the environment. Seriously. It will have you rooting for these plump little birdies as they flap their tiny wings mid-air. And all to some seriously chill lo-fi beats. Grab the Alpha demo right now if …read more

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Zelda Producer Discusses Upcoming Zelda Games

At E3 2019 we interviewed Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma about the just-announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel (Breath of the Wild 2?), the Link’s Awakening remake just around the corner, and other Zelda-related topics.

We’ve been reporting on the biggest news from this Aonuma interview over the past weeks, but because these high-level Nintendo developer interviews are so rare, we’ve also decided to present the interview in its entirety. Here are some highlights from the Aonuma interview, with the full transcript following below. We hope it will make for good beach reading for your summer break.

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Google Will Not Remove Games From Your Stadia Library

Games purchased for Google Stadia will not be removed from your library, even if the game is removed from sale.

Talking to IGN and UK press at Google’s offices in London, Google vice president and Stadia boss Phil Harrison addressed concerns that games could be removed from the service and prevent users who have paid for the game without the ability to play.

When posed with the theoretical idea of a publisher pulling support for Stadia after a user having brought one of the company’s games, Harrison responded “Yes, you will still be able to access the game.”

“Now there may be, as we’ve seen in the past, times where the developer or publisher no longer has rights to sell to new players,” he elaborated. “And that means that the game will not be available to new players, but it will continue to be available to existing players.”

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Yakuza 6 Actor Suspended From Agency Due To Organised Crime Link

Actor and comedian Hiroyuki Miyasako, who plays a supporting character in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, has been suspended by his talent agency due to an alleged link to organised crime.

As reported by The Japan Times (via VG247) Miyasako, who plays Tsuyoshi Nagumo in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, reportedly attended a party five years ago, along with other comedians, that was hosted by an organised crime group. The comedians provided entertainment for party guests and were paid for their efforts. It is that payment that has caused Miyasako and 10 other actors to be suspended by the Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. agency.

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IGN UK Podcast #493: In Case You Didn’t Know, Toy Story and Spider-Man Are Both Brilliant

Matt has seen Spider-Man: Far From Home which is nice for him. He also went to see Toy Story 4 with Cardy and they both cried together as their childhood’s flooded back to them in a touching, impactful 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Joe has watching Japanese men expose their rectums.

The Endless Starch is also back for another mind-bending dose of trivia and mental gymnastics.

IGN UK Podcast #493: In Case You Didn’t Know, Toy Story and Spider-Man are Both Brilliant

And remember, if you want to get in touch with the podcast, please do: ign_ukfeedback@ign.com

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