Blizzard To Continue Expanding The Overwatch Universe

J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, has announced that Activision Blizzard will continue expanding the Overwatch universe for the foreseeable future. According to Brack new heroes, maps and experiences will be added over the 2019 and 2020 financial periods as they continue to grow the game. Brack also confirmed that they are working on some “other work” they have in the pipelines but they did not clarify what that is. Overwatch is currently available on the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

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New Project Sakura Wars Details Announced

Tetsu Katano, Shin Sakura Taisen (Project Sakura Wars) producer, Takahara Terada, series director and scenarist, and Tetsuya Otsubo, series development director, have revealed new information for the latest entry in the Sakura Wars series in an interview with Famitsu.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Project Sakura Wars had the largest development team in the series’ history with well over 100 people working on the game, both within Sega and from external development studios.
  • The game was titled Shin Sakura Taisen because it is a soft reboot of the series but it also acts as a sequel to previous games. Characters from Sakura Wars 1-5 will appear in Project Sakura Wars.
  • Project Sakura Wars is powered by the Hedgehog Engine, making it the first non-Sonic game to use the engine.
  • Over 300 variants of the logo was designed by Sega.
  • The game will feature over 80 songs with each of the main cast getting their own solo songs.
  • The games scenario writing has been completed.
  • The game is a full 3D game, the team are currently working on making it as seamless as possible. Dialogue will make use of the camera changes.
  • Mini-games will be revealed alongside the combat at a later date.
  • The games development is around 40-50% complete.
  • Smartrons, the smartphone-like devices characters use, will have more uses than before. You can view details on where to go to progress the story and character events, similar to the Persona 5 smartphone.
  • Seijuro’s personality will change depending on player choices.
  • The game has many famous people working on it, Sega will reveal them at a later date.
  • Areas have been meticulously recreated in 3D, everything from main to mundane areas have been detailed.

The trio also revealed new information and screenshots for the main cast of characters:

  • Sakura Amamiya: She’s a huge fan of Sakura Shinguji and wants to be just like her. She has a cheerful personality and is a bit of a tomboy. She’s also clumsy. Sakura was the character the team had the most difficulty creating, her design was completed early on but her personality took a long time to nail down.

  • Hatsuho Shinonome: She was designed so that when someone sees her they think, “That’s a Kubo character”. Details on her personality weren’t revealed.

  • Azami Mochizuki: A kunoichi that follows the 108 codes of the Shinobi from her village. The team acknowledged how weird her attire is given her role as a Shinobi but confirmed that her reason for dressing that way will be revealed in the game. She enjoys chatting with her friends. Throughout the story she will eventually break all 108 codes.

  • Anastasia Palma: Anastasia might look like a cold woman but she’s actually caring and has a warm personality. She has a gentle demeanor and doesn’t break her principals. Anastasia also crossdresses but whether it’s for story purposes or not was not revealed.

  • Clarisse: A stereotypical noblewoman, she loves books and is interested in magic. She curses in a cute way such as, “Please go to hell!”

Project Sakura Wars releases next Winter in Japan, exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and in the West in Spring 2020.

 

Rage 2 Has Gone Gold, Performance Details & PC Requirements Announced

Bethesda has officially announced that Rage 2 has gone gold ahead of release for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One on the 14th of May 2019. Additionally Bethesda also revealed how the game will perform on consoles and PC as well as the requirements for PC, here’s the rundown:

PlayStation 4:

  • 1080p
  • 30 fps

PlayStation 4 Pro:

  • 1080p
  • 60 fps

PC:

  • 4K
  • Uncapped framerate

Xbox One:

  • 900p
  • 30 fps

Xbox One X:

  • 1080p
  • 60 fps

PC Recommended Settings:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

PC Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Original Claptrap Voice Actor Won’t Be Returning For Borderlands 3

David Eddings, the voice actor who lent his voice to Claptrap in Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and Tales from the Borderlands, has announced that he will not be reprising his role in Borderlands 3. Eddings claims that the reason he isn’t involved in Borderlands 3 is due to monetary issues, he also doesn’t want fans to get upset with Gearbox Software as his departure created opportunities for others.

Here’s what Eddings had to say in a tweet:

“For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn’t afford me. Now I’m not telling them how to run their business but maybe next time they should put the $12M payment from 2K in the Gearbox bank account instead”

UK Charts: Days Gone Was The Best Selling Physical Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment Bend Studio’s Days Gone has topped the UK Charts for April, becoming the best selling physical game for the month within just 5 days. Days Gone had a weaker opening than both Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War but that could be attributed to the rise in digital sales. The PlayStation 4 also saw an increase in market share with 49% of all physical sales coming on the the platform. Here are the 10 best selling games for April:

  1. Days Gone
  2. Mortal Kombat 11
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  4. FIFA 19
  5. Red Dead Redemption 2
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  7. Yoshi’s Crafted World
  8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  9. World War Z
  10. New Super Mario Bros U. Deluxe