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Persona-Inspired Watches Are Coming To Steal Your Heart

3 hours 46 min ago

A trio a watches celebrating the Persona series are coming in limited numbers soon, showcasing designs from Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5.

The timepieces stand out with the colors of the games they're inspired from, with motifs from each adorning the watch face. The straps feature more pointed references to the protagonists of each entry, with Joker's mask from Persona 5, Evoker from Persona 3, and the glasses from Persona 4 both featuring on their respective clasps. The straps are made of polyurethane to prevent any stickiness with sweat, while all three watches are water resistent up to 10-bar.

The watches, created by Q&Q SmileSolar, will be sold by Arma Bianca, with only 500 of each model being produced for sale. Preorders for the watches will start on February 1 and end on March 24 (or when stock runs out). Shipments are expected to go out by the end of July 2021.

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Fall Guys Dev Wants To Bring The Game To "Every Major Platform" With Cross-Play

4 hours 13 min ago

Fall Guys developer Mediatonic wants to bring the whimsical battle royale game to more platforms and add cross-play support for "all the different platforms."

CEO and co-founder Dave Bailey told GI.biz that while Mediatonic is keeping its expansion plans under wraps for now, the aim is to bring Fall Guys to more platforms ... eventually.

"We haven't said much about the roadmap for this, but what we can say is we want this to reach as many people as possible," he said. "We want it to come to every major platform, and we're working hard to achieve that."

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PS Plus February 2021 Games Include PS5's Control, Destruction AllStars

4 hours 15 min ago

Sony has unveiled February's lineup of PlayStation Plus freebies for PS5 and PS4 users. We've known about one of the upcoming free games since the PS5's launch. Destruction AllStars, which was originally slated to release alongside the console, will be available to PS Plus subscribers in February. The vehicular combat game is a PS5 exclusive and joins Concrete Genie and Control: Ultimate edition, which is getting a free PS5 upgrade on February 2. All three games will be available to claim starting February 2.

Destruction AllStars is an online multiplayer title developed by Lucid Games. Players take control of one of 16 playable characters, each of whom has their own vehicle with unique weapons and moves. As the title suggests, the goal is to zip around the arena and destroy your opponents' vehicles. If your vehicle gets destroyed, you can compete on foot, which understandably will make it tougher to emerge victorious. Destruction AllStars will be free for subscribers until April 5.

Control: Ultimate edition's PS5 version releases on February 2, the same day it becomes free for PS Plus subscribers. It will be available for both PS4 and PS5 users. The Ultimate edition comes with both DLC packs, and PS5 owners will get a free upgrade that lets you play in two different modes: Performance and Graphics. Performance will run the game in 60 frames-per-second, and Graphics mode runs at 30 frames-per-second with ray tracing. The stellar action-adventure from Remedy Entertainment earned an 8/10 in our Control review.

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Disney+ Pulls Peter Pan, Dumbo, Aristocats From Kids-Only Profiles Over Racist Stereotypes

4 hours 24 min ago

Disney hasn't always had the cleanest record with race representation with some of its past and most notable films. Classics as Peter Pan, Aristocats, and Dumbo are plagued with racial stereotypes and inaccuracies that have followed the legacies of these movies for decades. Now, Disney is trying to rectify that with their Stories Matter initiative.

Yesterday it was announced that the Jungle Cruise ride will be given an overhaul to reflect a more sensitive look to indigenous tribes and get rid of the "return to civilization" story of the ride as well. Last year it was also revealed that Splash Mountain will get a facelift and become Princess and The Frog-themed.

Disney isn't stopping there. This might have just been discovered, but we noticed it missing earlier this month when Peter Pan had been moved from kids-only profiles on Disney+ while trying to play it for one of our kids.

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The Last Story Director Shares Lots Of Concept Art For Game's Anniversary

4 hours 31 min ago

Today marks the 10th anniversary of The Last Story's original release in Japan, and game director Hironobu Sakaguchi is commemorating the occasion by sharing a ton of concept art of the acclaimed Wii RPG on Twitter.

The concept art was drawn by artist Kimihiko Fujisaka and ranges from various character sketches to battle system mock ups. You can see a selection of the concept art below, while more can be found on Sakaguchi's Twitter page:

On January 27, 2011, #TheLastStory was released in Japan. Our producer Hironobu Sakaguchi (@auuo) is sharing some original artworks by Kimihiko Fujisaka.
Happy 10th anniversary and thank you for sticking with us!#ラストストーリー10周年 https://t.co/d2DXu38J8N

— MISTWALKER Corp. (@mistwalker) January 27, 2021

LAST STORY
初期コンセプトアート
Initial concept art#ラストストーリー10周年 pic.twitter.com/REkaep0hnt

— 坂口博信 (@auuo) January 26, 2021

かなり初期のころ...
very early days...#ラストストーリー10周年 #ラススト#ラストストーリー#TheLastStory pic.twitter.com/QBvkbiyiFA

— 坂口博信 (@auuo) January 27, 2021

かなり初期のころ...
very early days...#ラストストーリー10周年 #ラススト#ラストストーリー#TheLastStory pic.twitter.com/tYOW7m02Xj

— 坂口博信 (@auuo) January 27, 2021

かなり初期のころ...
very early days...#ラストストーリー10周年 #ラススト#ラストストーリー#TheLastStory pic.twitter.com/gBJOkRWfDt

— 坂口博信 (@auuo) January 27, 2021

The Last Story was developed by Mistwalker, the studio Sakaguchi founded after leaving Square Enix back in 2004. Sakaguchi himself is most famous for creating the Final Fantasy series, and his studio similarly specialized in RPGs, releasing notable titles like Blue Dragon and, more recently, the mobile game Terra Battle (which recently ended services after six years on the market).

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PS5, Xbox Series X, And PC Part Shortages Won't End Soon, Says AMD

4 hours 34 min ago

AMD CEO Lisa Su has indicated that supply shortages for gaming consoles, desktop CPUs, and GPUs will continue until the second half of 2021, with the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Series S most affected.

The news was included in AMD's full-year financial earnings (via Tom's Hardware), which showed the company surpassing its past earning records with a strong Q4. This was in part thanks to the launch of a slew of AMD-powered products, including both current generation consoles, AMD's Zen 3-powered Ryzen CPUs, and RX 6000 series graphics cards.

Supply of all three has been tight since launch, however, and Su expects this to continue being the case until new production capacity comes online. Su also pointed out that lower-cost components for low-end PCs and both consoles will be affected the most given the overwhelming demand, with the prospects for new stock of much higher-priced components looking more positive over the same period.

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AMC Stocks The Next Target Of Reddit Traders

4 hours 34 min ago

The stock market has been going through some interesting ups and downs recently, and it's all thanks to a group of Reddit users who are targeting certain stocks to push their value to incredible levels. GameStop was targeted first, and now, they've set their sights on AMC Theatres.

Stock prices for the movie theater chain cost $5 a share on January 26, but have since tripled in price as of Wednesday morning. This is what's called an organized short squeeze where a stock jumps up, and it forces traders to buy it after betting the price to fall. This move to buy more only adds to the stock's price, and the needle could be moving up for AMC very soon.

This is what happened with GameStop's stock. It closed on January 8 at $17.69, and a few weeks later, it opened on January 27 at $354.83. However, this short squeezing started taking place back on January 22. If this happens again with AMC stock, the graph below is just the start of something big.

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Netflix Announces New Tomb Raider, Kong: Skull Island Anime Series

4 hours 38 min ago

Netflix is partnering with Legendary Entertainment for new anime shows based on the new Tomb Raider games and the Kong movie Skull Island.

The Tomb Raider anime will follow Lara Croft's adventures after the events of the Crystal Dynamics reboot trilogy, which wrapped up with 2018's Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The Skull Island anime, meanwhile, follows a shipwrecked crew on an island who face off against monsters and Kong himself. This was also the plot for the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island.

According to Deadline, Brian Duffield (The Babysitter) is writing and producing the Skull Island series. The Witcher: Blood Origin's Tasha Huo is writing the Tomb Raider anime series. You can see Netflix's announcement tweets for both shows below.

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Netflix Fantasy Show Shadow And Bone Gets First Images

4 hours 39 min ago

The first images from the upcoming Netflix fantasy series Shadow and Bone have been revealed. The eight-episode show is an adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's novels and it hits the service on April 23.

The pictures were tweeted by Netflix, and they reveal the show's main characters. The series is set in the war-torn land of Ravka, a world inspired by 18th century Russia, and it focuses on an orphan soldier named Alina who discovers she wields powerful magical powers. Upcoming British actor Jessie Mei Li plays Alina, and the cast also includes Ben Barnes (Westworld) as the powerful General Aleksander "The Darkling" Morozova and Archie Renaux (Morbius) as tracker Malyen "Mal" Oretsev. Check the images below:

Welcome to the world of Shadow and Bone where there are dangerous forces and powerful magic at play - summoners, sharpshooters and thieves.
Enter the world of the Grishaverse on April 23 pic.twitter.com/jw3XnumlK1

— Netflix (@netflix) January 27, 2021

Shadow and Bone also stars Kit Young (Endeavour), Amita Suman (The Outpost), and Freddy Carter (Pennyworth) as members of the criminal Six of Crows gang. Shadow and Bone adapts two separate book series by Bardugo, known collectively as the Grishaverse--the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. Shadow and Bone was the first Grishaverse novel and it was published in 2012.

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EA Establishes New Studio To Develop Next Skate Game

4 hours 51 min ago

The Skate franchise has a new studio that will lead development on the upcoming game, publisher EA confirmed. Called Full Circle, the "geo-diverse" team will be in charge of bringing the iconic skateboarding simulator back to life with a brand-new entry the publisher announced back in June 2020.

Leading Full Circle is studio general manager Daniel McCulloch, the former head of Xbox Live. McCulloch will be joined by Cuz Parry and Deran Chung, who served as the creative forces behind the Skate franchise and integral parts of the development of the three original games. Though based in Vancouver, the team is staffed by employees from around the world to "embrace a geo-diverse team and culture" focused on the next evolution of the Skate series.

In a press release announcing the new studio, McCulloch said Full Circle is looking for more developers to help out with "making great games that people want to play with the friends."

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The Division 2's PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X 4K 60 FPS Update Arrives February 2

4 hours 56 min ago

The Division 2 is getting its next big update soon, and it includes improvements for people playing on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, new Resident Evil content, and more.

Announced by the game's community developer on Twitter, title update 12.1 will launch on February 2 with a number of new additions. The patch adds 4K 60 FPS support for The Division 2 on next-gen consoles, while it also introduces the Resident Evil crossover event. The February 2 patch will also rebalance some of the Optimization Station costs.

No State of the Game tomorrow.

TU12.1 releases on Feb 2nd with the Resident Evil Apparel Event, a rebalance of the Optimization Station cost as well as 4K 60 FPS support for next gen consoles.

— Johan (@JohanLnh) January 26, 2021

In February, Ubisoft confirmed that it was not developing a bespoke version of The Division 2 for PS5 and Xbox Series X, with the developer instead focusing on improving the game for existing platforms. This effort is now extended to PS5 and Xbox Series X through next week's patch.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Helps Lift HBO Max Subscribers To New Heights

5 hours 25 min ago

Following the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day, HBO Max and HBO subscriber numbers jumped. Parent company AT&T has confirmed that the total number of HBO Max and HBO subscribers has now reached 41 million in the US and 61 million worldwide.

HBO Max had a particularly strong quarter, doubling the numbers from the end of the third-quarter of 2020 and reaching 17.2 million worldwide by the end of Q4.

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Watch Dogs: Legion Update 3.0 Prepares For Online Mode On PC

5 hours 27 min ago

Ubisoft has issued the new Title Update 3.0 for Watch Dogs: Legion on PC, with console versions of the patch coming sometime soon. The patch includes various fixes and improvements, but focuses mostly on preparing for a closed technical test for the upcoming online mode.

According to a post on the Ubisoft forums, the tech test will gather data on stability with a large sample size of players. The 3.0 update is coming to consoles too at some point, but the company notes that some of the changes might be rolled into a separate update on consoles as we approach the launch of the online mode.

The online co-op mode was originally planned to hit Watch Dogs shortly after launch, but Ubisoft ultimately delayed it to focus its efforts on patching single-player issues. It promised at the time that the online mode would come in early 2021.

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Hitman 3 Is Already Profitable In Under A Week

5 hours 27 min ago

Less than a week after its release, Hitman 3 has already been profitable for developer and publisher IO Interactive. It's the first game in the series to be self-published after a long relationship with Eidos and Square Enix, followed by Warner Bros. publishing Hitman 2.

"As the developer and publisher, we are immensely proud that we can say Hitman 3 is already profitable," IO Interactive told GamesIndustry.biz in a statement. "We have recouped the total project costs in less than a week. That puts us in a really good place and allows us to confidently move forward with our ambitious plans for future projects.

Those projects include a 007 James Bond game, which will be an origin story not based on any of the existing actors' portrayals of the character. In the past, IO Interactive also developed the cult-hit third-person tactical shooter Freedom Fighters, which saw the United States invaded by Russia and a plumber leading an underground guerrilla movement to take back New York City.

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Monster Hunter Rise Special-Edition Nintendo Switch Announced For Europe, Japan

5 hours 50 min ago

When Monster Hunter Rise arrives on the Nintendo Switch, fans of Capcom's beast-slaying adventure who want to take the experience with them will have the option to grab a special edition of Nintendo's successful console. Nintendo will release a Monster Hunter Rise-themed Switch on March 26 in Europe and Japan, which features intricate designs from the game on the Switch, dock, and Joy-Cons.

The system hasn't been confirmed for a North American release yet, but the design is stunning and also features Monster Hunter Rise's flagship monster Magnamalo etched across the Switch dock.

The game itself will be included through a download code, alongside deluxe DLC such as "Kamurai" Hunter layered armor set, "Shuriken Collar" Palamute layered armor piece, "Fish Collar" Palico layered armor piece, Gestures (4 Jumps), Samurai pose set, Kabuki face paint, and "Izuchi Tail" hairstyle.

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Modern Family: All 11 Seasons Are Coming To Streaming Very Soon On Peacock And Hulu

5 hours 55 min ago

All 11 seasons of the comedy Modern Family are coming to multiple streaming services. Deadline reports that every episode of the famous ABC show will be available to watch not only on NBC's own Peacock service, but also on the Disney-owned Hulu platform.

All 250 episodes of the show will be available on each platform beginning on February 3. The site reported that the deal covers multiple years and is said to be in the nine-figure range ($100 million+) that puts it close to the price for streaming rights to Friends, The Office, and Seinfeld.

According to Deadline, the first 12 episodes of Modern Family Season 1 will be available to stream on Peacock for free, but you'll need to pay for Peacock Premium ($5/month) for the rest. The situation on Hulu is not exactly clear.

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Bill Gates Responds To "Crazy" And "Evil" Conspiracies About Him And COVID-19

6 hours 19 min ago

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has responded to the conspiracy theories about him involving COVID-19, saying in a new interview that such theories are "crazy" and "evil."

Speaking to Reuters, Gates said the wild conspiracies about himself and US infectious disease leader Anthony Fauci have been driven in part by social media. He wondered if people actually believe the wild accusations or if they're just trying to have fun and get a rise.

"Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories," he said. "I'm very surprised by that. I hope it goes away."

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Former Nintendo Boss Reggie Fils-Aime Calls For More Game Industry Diversity

6 hours 26 min ago

Reggie Fils-Aime has left Nintendo of America, but he's still offering opinions and insights as an elder statesman in the games industry. During a recent panel at the New York Game Awards, the former NoA president talked about the benefits of diversity.

Asked about how the industry can show greater representation, Fils-Aime said diversity has to start with hiring practices.

"It starts with the people," Fils-AIme said. "It starts with having the broad representation within the companies themselves. In the last few years I was at Nintendo of America, we did a big push on diversity and inclusion within the company. And it's interesting, Once you do that, now there's a diversity of voices, it drives a diversity of representation in content, it drives a breadth and a view that you don't get when you have a more homogenous type of organization and culture. For me, for this industry to truly break through and to have a broad representation in all of the content that shows up on screen, it starts with companies having a broad representation of employees making the content. It's racial, it's sexual orientation, veteran, handicap, everyone that it represents. It's the people."

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The Medium Game Length Revealed: Here's How Long It Is

6 hours 51 min ago

With Bloober Team's psychological horror title The Medium now available on PC and Xbox Series X|S, we've finally learned just how long it is. Those familiar with the studio's previous outputs like Blair Witch and Observer can expect The Medium to last about eight hours long.

That estimation is based on doing the barest of minimums and refusing to turn over every stone to find all the collectibles. Those intent on seeing everything The Medium has to offer are looking at 10 hours in total, including gathering the various echoes and memory shards.

Bloober Team has released a few other psychological horror games that hover around the same length. According to How Long To Beat, Blair Witch and Observer can be finished in about six and eight hours, respectively. Meanwhile, the studio's other two titles, Layers of Fear and Layers of Fear 2, sit on the shorter side at roughly four and five hours long, respectively.

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Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Adds Luke Evans In Main Villain Role

7 hours 4 min ago

Having already starred in Disney's billion-dollar Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, Welsh actor Luke Evans is signing on with Disney once more to appear in the House of Mouse's new Pinocchio live-action film.

Deadline reports that Evans, who played the dastardly Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, has put pen to paper to appear as another evil Disney character, The Coachman, for Pinocchio. The film is being directed by Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future), with another Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks, lined up to play Geppetto.

The Coachman is one of the main villains in Pinocchio; he is part of the crew that tries to tempt boys to travel to Pleasure Island where they get turned into donkeys.

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