Tag: console gaming

The RetroBeat: Games Done Quick will hold a special marathon to help with COVID-19 relief

Games Done Quick hit us with a bit bad news/good news today. Let’s give you the good news first! GDQ announced today that it will be hosting a mini-marathon, Corona Relief Done Quick. CRDQ will take place from April 17 to April 19. Sure, it’s not a week-long marathon, but that’s still three full days […]

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The DeanBeat: The game industry rolls with the punches of the coronavirus

Another week has gone by, and the game industry has rolled with the punches of the coronavirus. It demonstrates how resilient game companies are and how they can adapt to almost anything. But our collective experience shows it’s hard to dodge something as apocalyptic as a pandemic that shuts down many parts of the global […]

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next character will come from Arms

Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini revealed the next DLC character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate … well, kind of. The video presentation noted that the first character in the Fighters Pass 2 bundle will be from Arms, the 2017 Switch fighting game. However, Nintendo did not specify which character we’ll be getting. We’ll find that […]

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Catherine: Full Body is coming to Switch on July 7

Nintendo revealed during its Direct Mini presentation today that Catherine: Full Body is coming to Switch on July 7. Full Body is a definitive edition release of the Atlus puzzle game, which debuted in 2011. The original version sold over 1 million copies. Fully Body first released out in 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Vita, […]

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Bravely Default II demo releases on Switch

We got to see more of Bravely Default II during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, and a demo for the Square Enix role-playing game is out now on Switch. The full game releases sometime this year. Nintendo announced Bravely Default II during the last Direct in December. We only got a short look at the title […]

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Panzer Dragoon: Remake gets a surprise launch on Switch

Nintendo released a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini today, and with it came the out-of-nowhere launch of Panzer Dragoon Remake for Switch. We knew that this game was coming but, but the on-rails shooter didn’t have an release date. Nintendo often likes to have some kind of “surprise, it’s out today” reveal for its Directs. This […]

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Doom Eternal has the best launch weekend in franchise history

Bethesda announced today that Doom Eternal has had the best launch weekend of any game in the franchise’s history. The publisher did not specify how many copies it sold, but Bethesda did note that the launch weekend doubled the launch weekend revenue for the last entry in the series, 2016’s Doom. That game came out […]

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The DeanBeat: Esports pivots to digital because of the coronavirus

As the coronavirus epidemic accelerated, esports had to change. The first sign was when Blizzard canceled its events in China on January 29, to protect the safety of people who gathered at live events at stadiums in China to cheer on their favorite esports stars. And now, all of the esports events are being canceled […]

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Sea of Stars is a gorgeous retro-RPG from The Messenger studio Sabotage

Sabotage Studios announced Sea of Stars today, a new role-playing game inspired by the 16-bit era. This is the same studio behind the excellent 2018 action-sidescroller The Messenger (it was one of my favorite games that year). In fact, Sea of Stars takes place in the same universe, its story serving as a prequel. Sea of […]

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Xbox Series X will launch Thanksgiving 2020

Microsoft has created a new website for its upcoming console, the Xbox Series X, which reveals that the machine will be out this Thanksgiving. It’s not clear if this means Thanksgiving as a time frame or literally that day, which is Thursday, November 26. We have asked Microsoft for clarification. This announcement comes on the […]

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Overwatch reveals that Echo will be its next hero

Overwatch revealed today that Echo will be the team-based shooter’s next playable hero. This will be the first character that Blizzard Entertainment has added to Overwatch since Sigma‘s release in July. This is the longest gap between new heroes since launch. Blizzard is also working on Overwatch 2, which does not yet have a release […]

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Call of Duty: Warzone adds solo mode

Activision Blizzard announced today that a solo mode has come to its battle royale shooter Call of Duty: Warzone. Warzone launched a week ago on March 10. In its first four days, the free-to-play game attracted 15 million players. Adding new modes is one way to keep them coming back. At launch, Warzone only supported […]

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Hello Games’ The Last Campfire is coming to Switch

Nintendo revealed during its Indie Showcase today that The Last Campfire from Hello Games is coming to Switch this summer. Hello Games is the indie studio behind the popular galactic exploration game No Man’s Sky. The Last Campfire may not be as ambitious in scope, but it looks like a lovely action-adventure game with a […]

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Nintendo will show off Switch indie games on March 17

Nintendo announced that it will host an Indie World broadcast at 10 a.m. Pacific on March 17. You can watch it here. In the past, these video presentations have coincided with the Game Developers Conference. But even with that event cancelled this year (it would’ve started today in San Francisco), Indie World will go on. […]

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Vainglory founders raise $2.5 million for Bazooka Tango mobile game studio

The founders of mobile multiplayer game Vainglory have started a new game studio, Bazooka Tango, and they have raised $2.5 million. Bo Daly, the founding CEO of Vainglory mobile game studio Super Evil Megacorp, started the company with Stephan Sherman, a creative visionary behind Vainglory, the mobile multiplayer online battle arena game. The company is […]

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Xbox Series X’s ‘Quick Resume’ demo is better than magic

Microsoft is showing off many of the details of its upcoming next-gen console in the lead up to that system’s holiday release. And one of the key new features it’s demonstrating is the Xbox Series X’s Quick Resume technology. This enables you to continue playing multiple games from a suspended save point. And since the […]

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The RetroBeat: Chrono Trigger is the fast-paced blockbuster of JRPGs

Chrono Trigger turned 25 on March 11, which has had me thinking about this classic Japanese role-playing game (whenever I’m not spending my time freaking out about the current worldwide pandemic, anyway). I don’t know many JRPG fans who wouldn’t put Chrono Trigger in their top 5. It was a collaboration between Square and Enix […]

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Aragami game maker Lince Works raises $3.4 million

Lince Works, the Barcelona game studio that made the indie hit Aragami, has raised $3.4 million in a funding led by Game Seer. The funding is a milestone for the Spanish game company, which is working on an unannounced title for release in 2021. Lince Works isn’t revealing the name of that PC and console […]

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Dice Legacy has you rolling to build cities

Publisher Firesquid and developer DESTINYbit have announced Dice Legacy, a new city-building game with a dice-rolling twist. Dice Legacy will come to PC first this summer. Console releases will come at a later date. The game has you rolling dice to create a medieval town (and if that doesn’t sound unique enough, your town exists […]

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Amber acquires Scorpius Games and its PositronX shooter game

Amber, an outsourcing company that makes games for other publishers and developers, has acquired Scorpius Games and its PositronX shooter game for the PC. Under the deal, Amber is picking up 10 employees at Scorpius who are steeped in making PC gaming technology and games, and it will also likely find a publisher for the […]

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps review — an exhilarating, emotional masterpiece

Ori and the Blind Forest is one of my favorite games of the 2010s. I know that the 2020s have just started, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, is my favorite game of this decade. Will of the Wisps is out for Xbox One and […]

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Israel’s Toya creates social games for girls on Roblox

Toya is a game studio that makes social games on top of Roblox, but it is different because it is making games with girls and women in mind. Roblox has 115 million monthly active players, and people engage with it more than 1.5 billion hours a month. The top games are getting more than a […]

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Annapurna partners with Sayonara Wild Hearts dev Simogo Forge

Annapurna Interactive announced today that it has entered a new multiyear publishing deal with Simogo Forge, the indie developer behind 2019’s Sayonara Wild Hearts. Sayonara Wild Hearts is a stylistic rhythm-action game that debuted in September. It is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The title has earned praises from critics and […]

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