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Sony Uses Many Robots To Make A New PS4 Every 30 Seconds

A new report from Nikkei’s Asian Review offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sony’s PlayStation manufacturing plant in Japan. One of the most notable takeaways is that the process of making a PlayStation console is now largely automated–that’s right, robots are building game consoles.

The report says this advanced automation allows the PlayStation manufacturing plant in Kisarazu to assemble one PlayStation 4 console every 30 seconds.

There are humans involved in the process in a limited capacity–two humans put bare motherboards on the assembly line, and two others package the final consoles once they’re made.

Sony uses Mitsubishi Electric’s robots for the actual assembly of the PS4 consoles. A total of 26 robots are assigned to making PlayStation consoles at the plant, and some processes involve two robots working together to complete tasks. One example is that one robot will hold a cable, while another will twist it.

The new, robot-heavy assembly line in Kisarazu was completed in 2018. This will presumably be the same manufacturing line that creates the PlayStation 5 consoles that are due for release later this year.

In addition to the new PS5, Sony will continue to manufacture PS4 and PS4 Pro models, along with the digital-only PS5 edition. Robots will make this process faster and more efficient. No one quoted in the story is worried that the robots will become sentient and overtake the factory despite outnumbering their human production counterparts by a significant margin.

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Games Inbox: Why are death threats so common with video games?

The Monday Inbox is not sure that Horizon Zero Dawn on PC is a good idea, as one reader is very pleased with Ring Fit Adventure.

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Standard response
I just want to say how sickened I am at the news that Laura Bailey, who voices Abby in The Last Of Us Part 2, has been receiving death threats. And just one or two vague comments but super creepy, super personal threats about murdering her family and doing unspeakable things to her. Someone doesn’t like a video game and their go-to solution is to threaten to murder one of the people paid to read out a script?!

There is something deeply wrong with gamer culture given how completely predictable this was. I remember that poor little indie developer, making a cute little Pokémon style game, who also got death threats because the game was an Epic Games Store exclusive.

I realise it’s the anonymity of the Internet and all this happens in every other walk of life and entertainment field but the irony of making death threats against someone in The Last Of US Part 2, considering what that story is about is mindboggling. I don’t know what the solution is but I hope that Twitter and whoever allow some means to trace these people and make prosecutions because this has to stop.

To leave on a positive note I’d just like to say that Laura Bailey, along with the rest of the cast gave an excellent performance and I think them for it.
Collins

Comparative entertainment
Got to say I’m slightly concerned about the news that next gen games could cost £65. Hoping that physical copies will be cheaper because I don’t know that I could justify those prices.

I know I’ll probably be shut down, but I just don’t get the logic. Sure, I understand people will say development costs are up and video games have traditionally been the same price for a while. But just look at music. CDs used to be about £12 to 15, if I remember correctly. Nowadays, it’s about £10. And as for streaming. For the price of a £65 game I could subscribe to Spotify or whoever and have unlimited access to virtually every song every recorded for about six months.

Perhaps that’s unfair. Music costs far less to make. A better comparison would be film and TV. Films possibly cost as much as games to make, if not more. But yet I can go to the cinema for like £10 a ticket or less depending on offers. I can access hundreds of TV shows and films through Netflix or other streaming services for £5 to 10 a month. I get that the target demographic for these services is greater and can reach more people but seriously, Blu-rays cost about £15 new release. That means I could buy four Blu-rays for the price of a new game and still have a fiver left.

Imagine the production and development costs of all those films put together plus marketing, manufacturing of discs, etc. when compared to one video game. Not to mention the fact that loot boxes, cosmetic items, etc. mean games can be free to play and still be profitable.
matc784

GC: Physical copies won’t be cheaper, it’ll just be possible for shops to discount them. And the whole point of that article was that cinema tickets, Netflix, and so on have all seen price rises over the last 10 years, but games have not.

Computer daddy
This month is Sir Clive Sinclair’s 80th birthday, and no-one is celebrating it.

He is the pioneer of home computers, calculators, pocket TVs, and electric motors.

The Micro Museum in Ramsgate, Kent is hosting a month long event showcasing his inventions and how he defined bedroom coders, inventors, and collectors keeping his dreams alive.

The Micro Museum YouTube page can be found here.

The museum is non-profit and charges a small fee that covers their costs, run by husband and wife Mike and Carol Deer to display their collection with help from volunteers.
Leigh

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Opening the bottle
I have to agree that Sony letting the genie out of the bottle with a PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn is a bit of head-scratchers. I just don’t see what they have to gain from it. Sure, there’s money to be made selling the game but at the cost of making their console suddenly seem completely redundant?

Microsoft has already made steps to give up on hardware with Project xCloud but Sony don’t have that at all. The PlayStation console has been all that’s been keeping the company afloat at times and risking it all like this seems like madness, because you just know that more and more game are going to make the jump now, and they’ll be getting more and more recent each time until both come out at the same time.

It’s not a bad thing for customers but like many things I think many will come to regret this decision when consoles are no longer a thing and Sony are reduced to essentially being a third party publishers.
Grinch

Peripheral pleasures
I long ago when 100% digital, for the convenience and the fact that games are actually cheaper if you wait for the sales, but if there’s one thing I miss it’s box art. I know it still exists but it’s becoming less and less important and you can tell they’re putting less and less effort into it.

And while I’ll be as glad as anyone to see the end of loading, I’m going to kind of miss loading screens. As often they could be very iconic and memorable too. (Also, do this mean they’re going to get rid of the minute long stream of unskippable company logos when a game starts? I’d love to think so, but something tells me they won’t.)

Along with manuals a lot of the peripheral pleasures of getting a new game are going away now, replaced with day one patches and server issues. It’s all for the best in the long run, but I’m going to miss these little details.
Cubbin

Language Adventure
I’m surprised to be saying this myself, but I think Ring Fit Adventure may well be the best games purchase I’ve ever made! I’ve had it just over a week now and I’m already feeling the benefit. I don’t think I realised how much my body had turned to mush over the last few months with lockdown. The game genuinely makes exercise fun. It truly works wonders at keeping you motivated with its bright, colourful worlds, enthusiastic encouragement, from Tipp and Ring and a rewarding sense of progression.

Getting a new move takes on a whole extra level of excitement as you physically try it out to varied levels of success (the plank was not for me!). The Ring-Con itself is a brilliant peripheral, it’s really versatile and feels very sturdy. I especially love using it for the bow pull exercise whilst imagining I’m Link. I was surprised with the inclusion of the mini-games, which have all been great so far, and my quick go on the rhythm game was enjoyable too. I can see myself playing this game for years and hopefully becoming super fit!

Having worked their magic with fitness, I was thinking maybe Nintendo could turn their attention to some other daunting self-improvement activities. In particular I was thinking of learning a language. It’s been on my to do list for years but I really struggle to motivate myself. It may sound a strange suggestion but there were language training games on the Nintendo DS published by Ubisoft and Nintendo must have some expertise in the field to draw upon due to the extensive localisation their games go through. If Nintendo can make exercise seem so magical surely they can bring their talents to bear on this too.
Ryan O’D

GC: Now you make the suggestion it is surprising Nintendo has never tried that, as it does seem the sort of thing they’d be interested in. Maybe there was some sort of English language game in the early days but we certainly don’t remember any recently, let alone anything trying to teach English speakers.

Dumbing-up
Am I the only one has little interest or faith in a new Fable? The old games had a ton of problems and I’m not sure how you really make a new game that is good without it being completely different as well.

Are they just going to keep the combat ultra simple or will they actually make it more than just two buttons? Seems like an obvious decision but make it too complex and people will immediately start complaining it’s gone too far (dumbing-up?).

Just seems like a no-win situation to me and that they’d be better off going for a brand new franchise with none of the baggage.
Coop

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All according to keikaku
The Reader’s Feature at the weekend about Nintendo’s approach to 2020 awoke an unwelcome thought in my mind. As much as I hate to admit it, I think they’ve actually been pretty smart.

The main difference between Nintendo’s radio silence now and in the past is that their software and hardware is continuing to sell. Every week, their games pepper the top 10 and I can’t remember a time when that’s ever been the case. Even during the halcyon days of the Wii and DS, it was predominantly Brain Training and fitness titles that charted week in, week out. Ring Fit Adventure aside, that’s not the case here.

Some of Nintendo’s success this year is no doubt fortuitous based on a worldwide pandemic. But even without that, I think they could reasonably have foreseen that Sony and Microsoft would start to divert their attention to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. What additional value would Nintendo have gained by going hard this year?

They will need that momentum in 2021 when they’re going up against two new consoles and having more or less coasted through 2020 so far, in theory they should have plenty left in the tank. I don’t necessarily like Nintendo’s strategy this year but from being a disaster, it might serve them well in the long-term.

That is presuming they don’t once again manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
@craigherman (Twitter)

GC: You think all this was part of a plan? They had momentum already, why would they want to purposefully stop it?

Inbox also-rans
I’ve just noticed on Amazon that the PlayStation 5 has been listed. There is no price yet, just says unavailable, but seems to me Sony are getting ready to start pre-orders. Microsoft will be doing the same thing soon, all that’s left to say is next gen is nearly here.
David

GC: They’ve both got to start soon. The new consoles are due out in four months and are likely to be supply constrained from the start.

I think The Last Of Us Part 2 has some of the best graphics on the PlayStation 4! From cinematic to gameplay it’s so smooth. I get the delays for this game and really appreciate the hard work put into it. There’s scenes where you’re taken by how beautiful it looks, just brilliant.
Anon

This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cranston who, inspired by the release of The Last Of Us Part 2, asks what is the best ever video game story?

No matter what kind of game it was, or when it was released, what do you feel has been the best story told in a video game, and why? Was the story the main element of the game or just part of the overall package? Did it work so well because of the script, the characters, the voiceovers, the integration with the gameplay, or something else?

How important is the story to you when playing a video game and how much do you care when it’s not very good? And how much do you put up with poor gameplay when it’s good?

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You can also submit your own 500 to 600-word Reader’s Feature at any time, which if used will be shown in the next available weekend slot.

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Ghosts of Tsushima review: Mixed news for pre-order customers of PlayStation 4 exclusive

The Ghosts of Tsushima release date is closing in fast for PlayStation 4 owners.

The open world Samurai game has a July 17 release date, exclusively on PS4.

With the launch date close enough to touch, fans may be wondering when the Ghosts of Tsushima review scores will go live.

The good news is that the Ghosts of Tsushima review embargo lifts a few days ahead of launch.

Ghosts of Tsushima reviews will be published on July 14 at 3pm BST for fans living in the UK.

If you’re on the fence about picking up a copy, the review embargo gives you just enough time to pre-order a physical copy for launch.

The bad news, however, is that it may be too late to cancel a pre-order if you don’t like what you read.

Personally, I prefer it when review embargos lift a week or more ahead of launch, because it gives customers a bit more flexibility in terms of pre-ordering.

Still, if Ghosts of Tsushima is anything like previous PS4 exclusives, then fans should be in for a treat.

Ghost of Tsushima was revealed with an eye-watering trailer during Paris Games Week in 2017.

The game looked so impressive that fans were convinced it was being developed for PlayStation 5.

“The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan – until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population.

“As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But, honourable tactics won’t lead you to victory.

“You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting – the way of the Ghost – as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.

“Mud, blood and steel: Challenge opponents with your katana for an immersive samurai combat experience, master the bow to eliminate distant threats and develop stealth tactics to ambush enemies.”

PS4 gamers looking to buy a physical version of the game can check out the Special Edition, which includes a SteelBook case, plus a voucher for an in-game Hero of Tsushima mask and sword skin, Charm of Hachiman’s Favor, one technique point, the Director’s Commentary, and the digital mini art book.

Then there’s the Collector’s Edition, which comes with a host of additional bonus items.

This includes a replica mask, an individually-numbered display stand, a sashimono war banner, and a traditional-style furoshiki (wrapping cloth).

Pre-order customers will also get a copy of the game in a SteelBook case, a physical 48-page mini art book by Dark Horse, and an artistic rendition of the in-game map printed on cloth.

Also included is a voucher for all of the digital content from the Digital Deluxe Edition.

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Upcoming VR Games For 2020: Star Wars: Squadrons, Onward & More

We’re past the halfway mark in 2020 and we’ve already seen some great VR games release this year. But what else is coming between now and the end of the year? Let’s take a look at upcoming VR games for the rest of 2020.

Some recent announcements have elevated what was looking like a rather quiet H2 2020 to an exciting few months. We’ll be taking off in X-Wings and making Dreams come true.

Upcoming VR Games 2020

Dreams (PSVR) – July 22

At long last, Media Molecule’s fantastic creation tool is ready to add VR support. Dreams is essentially a development engine unto itself, letting players make their own games and share them online. The brief tease we’ve seen of VR support so far is hugely exciting. This will arrive as a free update to owners of the base game.

Onward (Quest) – July 30

The much-anticipated Oculus Quest port of Onward is very nearly here. The ever-popular military simulation shooter makes its way to the standalone headset with all the same features including, multiplayer, single-player and cooperative modes as well as, crucially, cross-play with PC VR players. If this port is up to snuff, expect Onward on Quest to be one of the biggest upcoming VR games for 2020.

Solaris: Offworld Combat (Rift, Quest) – August (PSVR in 2020)

The makers of Firewall: Zero Hour return with a new multiplayer VR shooter that trades Rainbow Six for Unreal Tournament. Solaris offers 4 v 4 battles in which players sprint and slide across maps, picking up new weapons and finding the high ground. Given the developer’s past experience, we’re hoping for a top-quality VR shooter here.

Star Wars: Squadrons (PSVR, PC VR) – October 2nd

We’ve been lucky enough to have lived out several Star Wars dreams in VR already, but Star Wars: Squadrons seems to have struck a particular chord with the fanbase. The chance to jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing or TIE Fighter in VR makes us a little weak at the knees. Fortunately, we’ll be seated for its online multiplayer battles and single-player campaign, though. This is probably the most anticipated of the upcoming VR games in 2020.

Medal of Honor: Above And Beyond (Rift) – 2020

Respawn Entertainment is one of the game’s industry’s best developers, which gives you more than enough reason to be excited for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Add in that this Oculus exclusive sees the developer return to a series it helped established as Infinity Ward, plus the promise of an expansive campaign and multiplayer support, and you have one of the most promising games of 2020.

Lone Echo 2 (Rift) – 2020

Lone Echo’s sequel has been a long time coming, but we’re hoping it finally enters orbit in the second half of this year. It’s high time we checked in on Liv and Jack after the first space odyssey’s dramatic cliffhanger and, now that Ready at Dawn is owned by Facebook itself, we wouldn’t expect this Oculus exclusive to hold back.

The Walking Dead: Onslaught (PSVR, PC VR) – 2020

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners may have stolen hearts and minds on PC VR and PSVR platforms already, but we’re just as excited for VR veteran Survios’ take on the zombie franchise. Aimed at the TV show instead of the comics, Onslaught delivers a full campaign with iconic characters including none other than Darryl Dixon, voiced by Norman Reedus himself. Definitely keep this on your radar for upcoming VR games 2020.

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The Steam Summer Sale 2020 Has Big Deals On Skyrim, Doom Eternal, GTA 5, And Lots More

Summer is always a busy time for deals, and while huge sales from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation have already ended, one of the season’s biggest gaming sales just launched. Every June, Steam users look forward to an absolute truckload of PC games going on sale as part of the platform’s annual Summer Sale, and the time has finally come: Steam Summer Sale 2020 is live now, as predicted by a developer at SteamDB back in May. The sale includes major discounts on a ton of great games, including Rainbow Six Siege, Disco Elysium, Skyrim, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grand Theft Auto V, and Terraria. It’s one of the best times of the year to bulk up your game library. Don’t miss it if there are any titles you’ve been looking to snag.

Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times

Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off Thursday, June 25, and will run until Thursday, July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.

Steam Summer Sale 2020’s best deals

As usual, literally thousands of games are seeing major markdowns across nearly every genre, from first-person shooters and action-adventure games to city-building games, horror games, and more. See our full roundup of Steam Summer Sale 2020’s best game deals for our recommendations on what to grab.

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence — $15.29 ($45)
  • Jackbox Party Pack 6 — $21 ($30)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — $6 ($20)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Complete Edition — $17 ($50)
  • Doom Eternal — $30 ($60)
  • Disco Elysium — $30 ($40)
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun — $6 ($40)
  • Helldivers — $10 ($20)
  • Tabletop Simulator — $10 ($20)
  • Total War: Warhammer II — $20.39 ($60)
  • Dragon Quest Builders II — $36 ($60)
  • Titanfall 2 — $9.89 ($30)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition — $16 ($40)
  • Outer Wilds — $16.65 ($25)
  • Dark Souls III – Deluxe Edition — $21.24 ($85)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot — $36 ($60)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — $30 ($60)
  • Rainbow Six Siege — $8 ($20)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $15 ($30)
  • Rust — $20 ($40)
  • …and more

Cheap games under $10

If you’re on a tight budget this summer, you can fortunately find some incredible games for dirt cheap in the Steam Summer Sale–some of them are just a few bucks. Games like Celeste, Undertale, Darkest Dungeon, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will cost you less than $10 apiece right now, and they’re absolutely worth playing. For more budget recommendations, see our roundup of the best cheap games under $10 in Steam Summer Sale 2020.

  • Celeste — $10 ($20)
  • Undertale — $3.39 ($10)
  • Moonlighter — $6.79 ($20)
  • Darkest Dungeon — $6.24 ($25)
  • Papers, Please — $5 ($10)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice — $9 ($30)
  • …and more

Best PC exclusives on sale

Most multi-platform games make their way onto Steam at some point, but there are still plenty of games that launch on PC and don’t get ported to other platforms right away. For that reason, it’s worth paying extra attention to PC exclusives during Steam Summer Sale, as you’re likely to find the best prices on these games that you’ll find in a long time. Put that gaming PC to good use and check out our list of the best PC exclusives on sale at Steam, including Total War: Three Kingdoms, Gears Tactics, and Half-Life: Alyx.

  • Half-Life: Alyx — $45 ($60)
  • Gears Tactics — $40.19 ($60)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms — $45 ($60)
  • XCOM: Chimera Squad — $15 ($20)
  • Tabletop Simulator — $10 ($20)
  • Black Mesa — $13 ($20)
  • …and more

Steam Summer Sale theme and trading cards

While last year’s Steam Summer Sale had a unique Grand Prix theme, Steam Summer Sale 2020 looks to have a more generic summer road trip theme. There’s no real mini-game this year, but you can earn Summer Sale trading cards. You’ll get one trading card for every $10 USD that you spend; plus, you’ll earn one card a day during the sale by completing your Discovery Queue. You can then craft those cards to gain levels for the Summer Road Trip Badge.

A “Road Trip Special” is also available during the Steam Summer Sale. You can save an additional $5 on any purchase of $30 or more. The discount is applied at checkout. There’s also a free sticker to claim each day the sale is live.

Steam Summer Sale introduces Points Shop

Steam has launched the Points Shop alongside the Summer Sale, which will now be open year-round and lets you earn points as you shop. You’ll earn 100 points for every dollar you spend, whether that’s on a game, DLC, application, soundtrack, or in-game items. Those points can then be redeemed for Profile or Chat items, including animated avatars, frames, backgrounds, and badges.

You can also redeem your points to get a background or emoticon for games you already own, including those that were previously associated with trading cards. Another new feature: Community Awards, which let you reward reviews or other user-generated content that you find particularly insightful, heartwarming, or notable in some other way. There are also badges you can earn by rewarding others’ content.

Unlike previous Steam sales where items you earned expired after a certain amount of time, any Point Shop items will be yours to keep and have unlimited uses, with the exception of a special Summer Golden Profile that you can purchase–it’ll display for up to 30 days.

Best Deals This Week

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Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you’re talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

June 9

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 – 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET
What It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what’s next for its living shooter. We don’t know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, “Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe.”
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

June 10

IGN Expo Day 1 – 1:45 p.m. PT / 4:45 p.m. ET
What It Is: The first day of IGN‘s virtual expo promises reveals from Funcom/The Outsiders, Merge Games, Arcade1Up, and more. We’ll also see new trailers for Beyond Blue, Chivalry 2, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and Wasteland 3 as well as gameplay for GTFO, Mortal Shell, Observer: System Redux, Second Extinction, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. This first day will also hold exclusive looks at Borderlands 3’s DLC and The Waylanders.
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

June 11

The Escapist Indie Showcase – 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
The Escapist is partnering with GOG.com to host an Indie Showcase. While the event kicks off on June 11 with a stream featuring more than 70 indie games from a global pool of developers, The Escapist will continue with videos and gameplay footage on its YouTube channel from June 12 to 14.
Where To Watch: The Escapist on YouTube

PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming – 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET
What It Is: Sony will finally pull back the curtain on the PlayStation 5. This digital presentation, which is said to last “a bit more than an hour” will focus on games of PlayStation 5. Sony says this is just a part of an ongoing series on PlayStation 5 and that even after this digital event, it will have a lot more to share.
Where To Watch: PlayStation on Twitch

IGN Expo Day 2 – 2:15 p.m. PT / 5:15 p.m. ET
What It Is: The second day of IGN‘s virtual expo will deliver new trailers for Stronghold: Warlords and XIII, as well as reveals from Merge Games and another unnamed publisher. Viewers will also see gameplay for Blankos Block Party, Iron Oath, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, and Spellbreak.
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

June 12

IGN Expo Day 3 – 2:50 p.m. PT / 5:50 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
The third day of IGN’s virtual convention will give fans new looks of 13 Sentinels, Everspace 2, Guilty Gear Strive, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Castlestorm 2. In addition, you can look forward to new gameplay from Chicken Police, Hardspace Shipbreaker, Skater XL, Total War: Troy, and Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus. The team will also have an exclusive preview of Blue Fire and a conversation with developer Brian Fargo on the founding of Blizzard and looking ahead to Wasteland 3.
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

June 13

Guerrilla Collective Day 1 – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: An online digital games festival featuring announcements, trailers, and game reveals from publishers and developers like Sega of America, Coffee Stain, Rebellion, Raw Fury, Thunderful, 11 Bit Studios, Larian Studios, New Blood, Versus Evil, Humble Bundle, and more. Hosted by Kinda Funny‘s Greg Miller.
Where To Watch: Guerrilla Collective on Twitch

The PC Gaming Show – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
What It Is: A digital adaptation of the annual E3 show of the same name. The show, presented by PC Gamer, will provide various updates on PC games.
Where To Watch: PC Gamer on Twitch

The Future Games Show – 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET
What It Is: An hour-long broadcast presented by GamesRadar and Future featuring exclusive trailers, announcements, and more. The event will focus on indie and triple-A titles for 2020 and beyond.
Where To Watch: GamesRadar on Twitch

June 14

Guerrilla Collective Day 2 – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: The second day of Guerrilla Collective’s virtual event that promises announcements, trailers, and reveals from publishers and developers. 
Where To Watch: Guerrilla Collective on Twitch

June 15

Guerrilla Collective Day 3 – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: The third and final day of Guerrilla Collective’s virtual event that promises announcements, trailers, and reveals from publishers and developers. 
Where To Watch: Guerrilla Collective on Twitch

IGN Expo Day 4 – 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
The fourth day of IGN’s virtual convention promises an unannounced game reveal, trailers for Ninjala and Vigor, a Humble Bundle Indies Showcase, and an interview with Tony Hawk about the upcoming remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. The stream will also feature a ton of gameplay, including Destroy All Humans, Corepunk, SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, Scarlet Nexus, New World, and more. 
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

June 16

UploadVR Showcase: Summer Edition – 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
The latest news and announcements in the world of virtual reality. Self-described as a “Nintendo Direct-style video,” but focused completely on VR. Last year, the showcase revealed games like After the Fall and Pistol Whip, and this year, the presentation will feature more than 20 VR games.
Where To Watch: UploadVR on YouTube

June 17

Pokémon Presents – 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET
What It Is: We don’t know much about what this stream will hold, but the teaser tweet plainly says, “We have Pokémon news. You want Pokémon news.”
Where To Watch: Pokémon on YouTube

June 18

IGN Summer of Gaming Streams – 8:45 a.m. PT / 11:45 a.m. ET
What It Is: Another stream from IGN featuring a D&D adventure and product reveal, as well as trailers for The Falconeer and Drake Hollow, gameplay for Fallout 76, Remnant from the Ashes, and an unannounced game, and special interviews with Chris Avellone and John Romero.
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

EA Play Live – 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET
What It Is: A digital version of what has traditionally been presented during E3. Fans should expect to see the latest news and trailers of games published by Electronic Arts.
Where To Watch: EA on Twitch

June 22

Mr. Sakurai Presents An Arms Fighter – 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET
What It Is: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai will give a 35-minute presentation featuring an in-depth look at the next DLC fighter who will join the game from the Arms roster.
Where To Watch: Nintendo on YouTube

Day of The Devs + The Game Awards Developer Showcase – 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET
What It Is: A look at upcoming projects ranging from independent to triple-A. This showcase in particular will feature games like The Artful Escape, Drake Hollow, and Sea of Stars, as well as new reveals from Thatgamecompany and more.
Where To Watch: The Game Awards on Twitch

Apple WWDC20 Keynote – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off with a special keynote address from the company featuring reveals and an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms.
Where To Watch: Apple.com

June 23

New Game+ Expo – 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET
What It Is: An online showcase of upcoming releases from developers and publishers like Sega, Atlus, SNK, WayForward, Arc System Works, GungHo, Natsume, Spike Chunsoft, Grasshopper Manufacture, and more. 
Where To Watch: New Game Plus Expo on Twitch

June 24

Pokémon Presents – 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET
What It Is: 
A week after the initial Pokémon Presents video that announced Pokémon Snap and other games and updates, The Pokémon Company promises it has one more “big project” to announce for fans.
Where To Watch: Pokémon on YouTube

Marvel’s Avengers War Table – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
A first look at new gameplay for Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Avengers game, including cooperative play. Players can expect new trailers, as well as looks at co-op play and story missions.
Where To Watch: Marvel’s Avengers on YouTube

IGN Summer of Gaming Streams – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
IGN‘s June 24 stream includes the reveal of an unannounced game, as well as new trailers for Dreamscaper and Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One. We’ll also get a new look at gameplay from the long-anticipated BioMutant. 
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

June 25

Night City Wire – TBD
What It Is: A stream centered around CD Projekt Red’s massively anticipated game, Cyberpunk 2077. 
Where To Watch: CD Projekt Red on Twitch

IGN Summer of Gaming Streams – TBD
What It Is: 
The final Summer of Gaming stream from IGN includes a publisher showcase with CD Projekt Red (including an interview with Marcin Blacha on the Witcher series) and new gameplay from Torchlight III.
Where To Watch: IGN on Twitch

June 27

BitSummit Gaiden Day 1 – TBD
What It Is: The premier indie showcase with an eye toward Japanese creations launches its first-ever digital event. BitSummit Gaiden will feature more than 75 games from Japan and the rest of the world, including streamable demos.
Where To Watch: BitSummit on Twitch

June 28

BitSummit Gaiden Day 2 – TBD
What It Is: The second day of BitSummit’s digital event showcasing indie games from Japan and around the world.
Where To Watch: BitSummit on Twitch

June 30

DreamsCon – 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET
What It Is: Media Molecule is hosting DreamsCon, a virtual expo to highlight community creations and surprise announcements for the excellent content-creation software. The livestream promises “amazing trailers & teases” from some of the most prominent Dreams creators. Following the livestream, players can hop onto a virtual expo showfloor that was made in Dreams to check out demos for upcoming Dreams games and even show off your own creations.
Where To Watch: Media Molecule on Twitch

July 7

Nacon Connect – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: Publisher Nacon is hosting a stream to show off a wide range of announcements, gameplay videos, and surprises featuring its suite of studios. Nacon is the publisher of such games as Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Warhammer: Chaosbane, The Sinking City, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, WRC 8, Tennis World Tour, Bee Simulator, and more.
Where To Watch: Nacon on YouTube

July 8

Limited Run Games: LRG3 – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
What It Is: A yearly show promising dozens of announcements of previously digital games getting limited physical editions. 
Where To Watch: Limited Run Games on Twitch

July 11

Devolver Direct – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
What It Is: Indie publisher Devolver Digital will host its typical over-the-top digital showcase complete with new game reveals, trailers, release date announcements, and maybe exploding heads? The announcement press release promises new information and demos for Carrion, Disc Room, and an unannounced game.
Where To Watch: Twitch Gaming

July 12

Ubisoft Forward – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
What It Is: A digital presentation similar to the E3 press conferences Ubisoft has traditionally done. Look for updates and announcements surrounding all the upcoming Ubisoft titles.
Where To Watch: Ubisoft on Twitch

July 20

Day of The Devs + The Game Awards Developer Showcase – TBD
What It Is: A second event hosted by Day of the Devs and The Game Awards, promising a look at upcoming projects ranging from independent to triple-A.
Where To Watch: The Game Awards on Twitch

July 22

San Diego [email protected] Day 1 – TBD
What It Is: 
With San Diego Comic-Con unable to happen this year, its organizers are hosting a free online version with panels, promotions, and products. We can likely expect the typical Q&As with the potential for the movie, TV, and game trailers we usually see around this time. 
Where To Watch: TBD

Bandai Namco: Play Anime Live – 7 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET
What It Is: 
A digital showcase featuring news, trailers, and developer interviews for upcoming Bandai Namco games.
Where To Watch: Bandai Namco on Twitch

July 23

San Diego [email protected] Day 2 – TBD
What It Is: 
The digital-only Comic-Con event continues. We can likely expect the typical Q&As with the potential for the movie, TV, and game trailers we usually see around this time. 
Where To Watch: TBD

July 24

San Diego [email protected] Day 3 – TBD
What It Is: 
The digital-only Comic-Con event continues. We can likely expect the typical Q&As with the potential for the movie, TV, and game trailers we usually see around this time. 
Where To Watch: TBD

July 25

San Diego [email protected] Day 4 – TBD
What It Is: 
The digital-only Comic-Con event continues. We can likely expect the typical Q&As with the potential for the movie, TV, and game trailers we usually see around this time. 
Where To Watch: TBD

July 26

San Diego [email protected] Day 5 – TBD
What It Is: 
The digital-only Comic-Con event continues. We can likely expect the typical Q&As with the potential for the movie, TV, and game trailers we usually see around this time. 
Where To Watch: TBD

August 1

Tennocon 2020 – TBD
What It Is: An update from Digital Extremes on the future of its popular game Warframe.
Where To Watch: Warframe on Twitch

August 22

DC FanDome – 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
What It Is: A free virtual fan experience centered on DC Comics. Fans should expect new announcements from WB Games, as well as film, TV, and comic reveals. The event also promises sessions with the casts and creators behind AquamanThe BatmanJustice League: The Snyder CutThe Flash, TitansWatchmenWonder Woman 1984, and more. 
Where To Watch: DC FanDome

August 27

Gamescom 2020: Opening Night Live – TBD
What It Is: A livestream event hosted The Game Awards host/organizer Geoff Keighley. The show is said to deliver the latest news, announcements, and trailers for anticipated games.
Where To Watch: Gamescom.Global

August 28

Gamescom: Daily Show/Gamescom Studio Day 1 – TBD
What It Is: Gamescom: Daily Show is a stream to talk about and expand upon the highlights of Gamescom, including the announcements and reveals of the various participating developers and publishers. Gamescom Studio is a show featuring developer interviews to learn more about the latest games.
Where To Watch: Gamescom.Global

August 29

Gamescom: Daily Show/Gamescom Studio Day 2 – TBD
What It Is: Gamescom: Daily Show is a stream to talk about and expand upon the highlights of Gamescom, including the announcements and reveals of the various participating developers and publishers. Gamescom Studio is a show featuring developer interviews to learn more about the latest games.
Where To Watch: Gamescom.Global

August 30

Gamescom: Daily Show/Gamescom Studio Day 3 – TBD
What It Is: Gamescom: Daily Show is a stream to talk about and expand upon the highlights of Gamescom, including the announcements and reveals of the various participating developers and publishers. Gamescom Studio is a show featuring developer interviews to learn more about the latest games.
Where To Watch: Gamescom.Global

Gamescom: Best of Show – TBD
What It Is: Serving as the official closing of Gamescom’s first all-digital event, Best of Show will provide highlights from the four days of content and award the best showing at Gamescom.
Where To Watch: Gamescom.Global

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2K Sets Next-Gen Retail Price At $69.99 With NBA 2K21

2K has set an example in what is likely to be a new trend by setting the suggested retail price (SRP) of the PlayStation 5/Xbox One version of NBA 2K21 at $69.99. This appears to be the first instance of an upcoming next-gen title listing its price.

The game’s press release notes that the game’s actual retail price may vary, but barring specific sales retailers typically sell products at the SRP.

We’ll have to wait and see if other publishers follow suit now or in the future, but with rising development costs, the power of the coming home consoles, and that this happens every few generations, it’s a good bet this is the new normal.

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Funko Reveals Limited Edition Sonic And Pokémon Pops For SDCC @ Home

Funko has announced a Sonic the Hedgehog two-pack of Pop figures, as well as two new flocked Pokémon figures for this year’s virtual San Diego Comic-Con. The Sonic bundle features Tails and Super Silver, while Pokémon fans can pick up flocked (or fuzzy) Mewtwo and Vulpix figures.

Funko SDCC 2020 Reveals: Pop! Games: Pokémon @Pokemon #FunkoVirtualCon #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/sWJtXzpcwA

Funko SDCC 2020 Reveals: Pop! Games: Sonic the Hedgehog 2-Pack @SEGA #FunkoVirtualCon #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop pic.twitter.com/sPbQyHfbdA

Prior to this announcement, Sonic fans have been able to collect two separate waves of Sonic Funko Pops. The first wave had less defined features, with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles as the sole characters in the collection. The ongoing second wave of Sonic Funko Pops feature more modern and expressive designs and include two separate Funko Pops for Sonic (one with a Chaos Emerald, one with a ring), Super Sonic, Shadow, Dr. and Eggman. The wave has featured other limited edition Pops, including retailer-exclusive figures like a metallic Sonic, a glow-in-the-dark Sonic, and a version of Shadow holding a Chao. However, the rarest of Sonic’s second Funko Pop wave is a Super Shadow figure, which was an E3 2018 exclusive.

As far as Pokémon goes, collectors have been able to thus far get their hands on three kinds of Pikachu (standard, waving, and grumpy), Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee, Pichu, Vulpix, Mewtwo, Mr. Mime, Rattata, Cubone, and Growlithe. To this point, only Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Eevee, and Pichu have received special flocked versions. 

Funko SDCC 2020 Reveals: Pop! Animation: DBS – Super Saiyan God Goku. @dragonballsuper #FunkoVirtualCon #Funko #Pop #FunkoPop pic.twitter.com/d2sDKSeWV6

In addition, Funko also announced new Funko Pops for Bakugo from My Hero Academia, Super Saiyan God Goku from Dragon Ball Super, Rippley from Fortnite, DJ Steve Aoki, Jack in Disguise from Jack in the Box, and a special SDCC Toucan figure that will be limited to 1,000 pieces and distributed exclusively through Comic-Con Museum.

Comic-Con @ Home runs from July 22 to 26.

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It’s Hard To Say Goodbye

I was 19 when the first issue of Game Informer released back in 1991. For me, it was a dream come true. There I was. In print. Official. I had done something I (and my parents) thought was impossible: I turned my love of video games into a job.

By some miracle, I’ve had that job my whole adult life. I worked hard, moved up, and had the pleasure of being part of Game Informer every step of the way. However, this is where that journey ends; after 327 issues, this will be my last one. I’m stepping away from games journalism.

I’ve had the time of my life here. I owe some of my best friends and most memorable experiences to this place. Countless people throughout this industry have inspired me, believed in me, trusted me, and ultimately fought with me to make Game Informer the best we could make it. Things were not always easy; we had a long road to success with plenty of challenges, but I was always proud of the Game Informer team spirit that could fight through anything.

Over the last 29 years, I have had the privilege to work with so many talented and amazing people. Andy Reiner (your new editor-in-chief) and I have worked side by side for 26 years – month after month, issue after issue. I don’t have the space here to individually thank everyone who is woven into Game Informer’s history, but you can find their names in every issue over the decades, and I am always happy to tell stories about our adventures together.

I am not leaving the game industry, so my time with these lovely people (or you) is not done. It will just no longer take place under the Game Informer banner – unless they invite me to be a guest on one of their shows! Please?

To the fans of Game Informer, there is no way for me to convey the depth of my gratitude for your support. From print and online to our shows and podcasts, you have always been the reason we do what we do. You are all part of the Game Informer family. The team here is so talented, you will barely notice my absence. Please support them in all they do. It is just time for me to try something new.

I love you, Game Informer fam, and I always will.

Cheers,

P.S. I’m not dead! Follow me on Twitter @therealandymc. Let’s talk games! Special shout-out to my Funcoland peeps! *Drops mic*

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Kick Off The Weekend With This Destroy All Humans! Trailer

Are you ready to fire up the grill for some perfect burgers or brats doused with delectable mustard? Maybe gearing up to fry up some wings and drummies? Or maybe you’re just going to check out some fireworks. All of this with the proper social distancing of course. I dunno. Maybe just watch Independence Day instead. That movie is pretty awesome. Remember Mars Attacks!? I didn’t like that movie until I saw it for the third time. Now I appreciate its campy comedy.

If you’re doing all or none of these things, that’s cool – we’ve got a “Dependence Day” trailer from the upcoming Destroy All Humans! remake for you to check out.

Unfortunately, the game won’t be available this weekend, but it’s coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on July 28. Observe the chaotic mischief below as we explore the terrifying but humorous possibility of an alien invasion in 1950s America. Take your flying saucer out for a spin!

 

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