• The former chief of what was once Lionhead Studios, Stuart Whyte, has now joined Sony’s London Studio as the head of development for upcoming AAA PSVR projects.


  • The multiplayer maps for Splatoon 2 will rotate every two hours compared to the previous game’s four. This should help keep it fresh for all you Squid-kids.

  • Hallmark has collaborated with Nintendo to offer Christmas ornaments based on the Mario Bros franchise. Yoshi will be available this July while Yoshi and Luigi will be available in October.

  • RiME caused quite a lot of controversy when it was announced the digital version would be $10 more expensive on Switch than other platforms due to the higher manufacturing costs of bringing the physical version to a game card. To get around this, Grey Box is now including a digital code for the soundtrack with each physical version in order to lower the price of the eShop version to $30 in parity with other platforms.

  • HORI officially confirmed the existence of it’s Pro V arcade stick for Nintendo Switch. It’s expected to release near the launch of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers later this month.

  • The eShop for Switch received a server-side update enabling users to save their credit card info as well as adding a “view all” button to display all the games currently in the store. Finally.

  • EDGE Magazine revealed how playing with a single Joy-Con works in Arms.

    Punches can be thrown using the triggers, or two of the face buttons – jump and dash are mapped on to the other two. You click the left stick to guard. Everything you need is here, and it works – but something’s missing. Since the left stick controls the angle of your punches, you can’t move in one direction and punch in the other. You can’t strike at a different angle with your other hand until the first punch is fully extended, either.

Industry News

  • EA has started giving out details on the upcoming Need for Speed game ahead of this year’s E3. The latest installment will once again be developed by Ghost Games and will focus heavily on customization (probably similar to the Underground sub-series). The best detail from the company? You’ll be able to play the single player 100% offline, pause screen and all! That’s a welcome, uh, addition after 2015’s always online requirement.

  • Sega revealed after years of fan requests, that Vanquish will be coming to PC via Steam on May 25. Like the Bayonetta PC release, Vanquish will support 4K resolutions, include “extensive graphics options” and fully support keyboard and mouse play.

  • A full version of The Sims is coming to iOS and Android later this year as The Sims Mobile and will retain all the features of the original game on PC.

  • Job Simulator developer Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed price. Fortunately, studio co-founder Alex Schwartz said the team won’t be forced to build VR content exclusively for Google VR platforms.

  • Payday 2 is set to receive a free VR mode with an expected beta ready some time in 2017. According to Overkill Software, the game will be completely playable in VR including using motion controls to revive comrades, steal jewels, and give directions to hostages. The game will release on HTC Vive with no announcements of other headsets at this time.

  • Contra is getting a live-action film in China. Expect it to suck. Hard.

  • If a leaked image is to be believed, the new Assassin’s Creed game will be a prequel called Origins and take place in ancient Egypt. This lines up with what we’ve been hearing form the rumor mill for the past year or so.

  • Risk of Rain developer Hopoo Goes announced Risk of Rain 2. It’s still very early in development and will switch from 2D to 3D which will be interesting to see once the game is further along.

  • Famed YouTube teardown and hardware hacker Ben Heck has successfully got the only working SNES PlayStation prototype in fully working order after a year of delicate tinkering. This is a really historic deal for gaming.

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