Square Enix Reveals its Avengers Video Game

First off, apologies for the delay. I’ve been on vacation, and now have a ton of catch-up to do. I won’t be covering everything, but select things that are interesting. Square Enix revealed their long-awaited Avengers video game at this year’s E3, showing off a massive, beautiful world inside the game. Additionally, Avengers will take place within an ever-expanding universe with a consistently growing roster of superheroes, and Square Enix has confirmed that every new hero and world will be added to the game for free.

Assemble your team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, embrace your powers, and live your Super Hero dreams.

Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix® are excited to unveil Marvel’s Avengers, an epic action-adventure game that combines cinematic storytelling with single-player and co-operative gameplay. Developed by Crystal Dynamics® in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal™, Nixxes Software, and Crystal Northwest, the game features an original story and delivers the definitive Avengers gaming experience. Assemble into teams of up to four players online, master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats.

Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Featuring regular content updates, Marvel’s Avengers will take players on an epic journey delivered over multiple years. This game is what’s next for the Avengers.

Release Date: May 15, 2020

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Death Stranding Gets Massive New Trailer and Release Date

Kojima Productions and Sony Computer Entertainment just finished a livestream revealing a massive, new trailer for Death Stranding revealing plenty of new gameplay footage, story details, and even an official release date: November 8th, of this year.

The long-awaited PlayStation exclusive looks sure to be quite the undertaking when it releases later this year, but if anyone can pull off a cinematic endeavor such as this, it would be Hideo Kojima.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Revealed

PlayStation’s most recent State of Play broadcast also revealed a new title, Predator: Hunting Grounds. The game is an asymmetrical multiplayer shooter, a la Evolve, that pits a team of human players against a single player serving as the iconic Yautja warrior, the Predator.

Few details were revealed at this time, but E3 is approaching, and this should serve as quite the teaser for sci-fi fans.

New Teaser for Final Fantasy VII Remake Now Online

Square Enix has revealed a new teaser trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, the first bit of new footage from the title for several years, with the promise of more to come this June at E3 2019. The trailer gives us some morsels of new gameplay footage that looks absolutely gorgeous, showing a great blend between the classic and modern gameplay of Final Fantasy.

With E3 approaching quickly, it’s only a matter of time before we see more, with Final Fantasy VII Remake sure to be making some large waves this year at the Expo.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Announced

The long-awaited Nintendo Switch Persona 5 has been announced, but not quite as the title many of us were expecting. Atlus has unveiled Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers as a new Musou (Dynasty Warriors) style title that sees the Phantom Thieves tackle large groups of monsters in massive, sprawling brawls.

No release date has been set for the title yet, but with E3 approaching, it’s possible we receive more information around that time.

Men in Black: International… International Trailer Now Online

Sony Pictures has shared the new international trailer for the upcoming Men in Black spin-off, Men in Black: International, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reuniting from Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson reprising her role of Men in Black 3.

The new film introduces Agents H and M, as they attempt to counter a threat from within the MIB themselves to save the planet. Men in Black: International hits theaters on June 14th.

Persona 5: The Royal Announced

Atlus has announced the much anticipated expanded edition of Persona 5, officially titled Persona 5: The Royal. A PlayStation 4 exclusive, the new edition will feature graphical upgrades, and additional content such as a new area to explore, complete with all new social links.

There will also be a new Phantom Thief, Kasumi Yoshizawa, a transfer student to Shujin Academy. With Persona 5 S still on the way, Persona 5: The Royal will hit Japan on October 31st, and North America in early 2020.

Doraemon: Story of Seasons Headed West

In a pretty shocking, but welcome announcement, it’s been confirmed that Doraemon: Story of Seasons will be heading west, hitting North America in Fall 2019. The game finds iconic cat robot, Doraemon, and his best friend, Noby, in another world without their gadgets to get by. Fortunately, the small town of Shizen is welcoming, allowing them to farm and help the town grow in order to live there.

Hitting shores in Japan this summer, the game will release later this year for English audiences for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

First PlayStation 5 Details Revealed

Sony’s PlayStation 5 lead system architect, Mark Cerny, sat down with Wired in a report that was released this morning to reveal the first details for Sony’s next-generation console, the PlayStation 5. The report is quite the in-depth read, revealing a focus on audio quality, backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4, the addition of a solid-state drive to reduce load times dramatically, and an all new CPU and GPU combo.

The addition of a solid-state drive in place of previously used SATA drive standards alone will make an absurd difference.

To demonstrate, Cerny fires up a PS4 Pro playing Spider-Man, a 2018 PS4 exclusive that he worked on alongside Insomniac Games. On the TV, Spidey stands in a small plaza. Cerny presses a button on the controller, initiating a fast-travel interstitial screen. When Spidey reappears in a totally different spot in Manhattan, 15 seconds have elapsed. Then Cerny does the same thing on a next-gen devkit connected to a different TV. (The devkit, an early “low-speed” version, is concealed in a big silver tower, with no visible componentry.) What took 15 seconds now takes less than one: 0.8 seconds, to be exact.

Additionally, the system’s new integrated graphics is set to be light years ahead of its current generation, ensuring the new console will not be a mere upgrade, but a complete overhaul.

PlayStation’s next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device. (Warning: some alphabet soup follows.) The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments. While ray tracing is a staple of Hollywood visual effects and is beginning to worm its way into high-end processors and Nvidia’s recently announced RTX line, no game console has been able to manage it. Yet.

The PlayStation 5 has not been officially revealed, but could release in 2020, for what is sure to be a hefty price tag. We know Sony is not afraid to price their consoles accordingly, with the PlayStation 3’s $599 launch price. With E3 just around the corner in a few short months, it’s possible we learn more at the biggest show in gaming.

Iron Man VR Announced for PlayStation 4

Sony dropped a pleasant surprise last night with the announcement that Iron Man VR would be releasing on the PlayStation 4. The game will be releasing later this year, and will put players head-first into the vaunted Iron Man armor that Tony Stark uses to defeat his enemies, alongside his A.I. secretary, Friday.

The first trailer can be seen above, which shows off the amazing visuals, and confirms that Ghost, last seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be the main antagonist.

Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man

After years of ups and downs, it looks like Sony’s reboot of Masters of the Universe may finally be moving forward. The Wrap is reporting that Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) is in final talks to portray He-Man. The report doesn’t mention if he will also portray Prince Adam, but it’s likely. Centineo has a role in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, which has supposedly impressed Sony enough to offer him the role.

Masters of the Universe is being directed by Aaron and Adam Nee, from a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. There is currently no production date set for the film.

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Partners with Dippin’ Dots

As strange as it seems, Square Enix has partnered with futuristic ice cream brand, Dippin’ Dots, for its upcoming title Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! The contest is free to enter here, and entrants can win a Nintendo Switch, a copy of the game, an exclusive lunchbox, and free Dippin’ Dots home delivery, obviously the best prize of them all.

The partnership even introduces a few “specialty” flavors, which actually equate to renaming the chain’s everyday flavors. This includes White Mage’s Healing Vanilla, Red Mage’s Sweet Strawberry Spell, and more. Head over to the site, and try your luck!

First Trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home Drops!

Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official trailer for the sequel to the wildly successful Marvel Studios film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The new film sees Peter Parker taking a school trip to Europe where he’s recruited by Nick Fury to stop an international terrorist in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

Tom Holland is returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei as “MJ” and Aunt May. Jake Gyllenhaal will play Mysterio while Michael Keaton is set to return as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. New additions include comedian J.B. Smoove and Numan Acar as Dimitri, with Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders signed on to join the sequel as Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively. Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters on July 5th. You can also hit the jump to check out the first official poster for the film.

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Uncharted

It would seem that Sony still has their eyes set on a live-action adaptation of the award-winning video game franchise, as Variety is reporting that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is now in the director’s chair for Uncharted. The series follows adventurer Nathan Drake across numerous globe-trotting adventures.

Tom Holland is still set to star as a young Nathan Drake, with a screenplay by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.

New Trailer for Super Robot Wars T

Bandai Namco has shared an incredible, 11-minute new trailer for the upcoming Super Robot Wars T. The footage shows off the classic gameplay the series is known for, and many of its iconic returning characters, and original characters.

Super Robot Wars T releases on March 20th in Japan for the PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Asia version with English subtitles launches on March 20th, as well.