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If you wanted to be the coolest kid at school, then you should get your parents -- or if you are the parent, you should go and check out these new PlayStation sneakers.
Firstly, I'll refer to them just once by their official name -- PLAYSTATION SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SNEAKERS, which I will refer to as 'PlayStation sneakers' from now on. The new PlayStation sneakers are exclusive to Zara and cost $50.
There's nothing really special here, with the Zara website explaining: "Sneakers with sock-style construction with PlayStation print and details. Front and back pull tabs for ease. Elastic strap ay front to ensure fit. Fabric interior lining and memory foam insole. Lightweight soles with decorative air chamber".
A serious collector has just plonked down a cool $233,578 for an ultra-rare Pikachu Illustrator card, that was only recently sold back in 2019 for $225,000.
The elusive and ultra-rare Pikachu Illustrator cards were given to winners during a comic contest held in Japan back in 1997-1998. There were only 39 of the cards given out, with 10 left in the wild. One of the Pikachu Illustrator cards sold back in 2013 for $54,970 -- but then it was picked up last year for $225,000.
But at a recent ZenPlus auction, a PSA-graded mint-9-rated Pikachu Illustrator card was sold for $223,578.75.
Final Fantasy XIV's ambitious new Reflections in Crystal Patch 5.3 update brings the Shadowbringers expansion story arc to a close, while also expanding the game dramatically for existing and new players.
After weeks of delays, Square Enix today revealed new details for Reflections in Crystal (aka Patch 5.3), a huge free update that concludes the Shadowbringers storyline. Patch 5.3 will add in a bunch of new content including new quests, a new NieR crossover alliance raid that Yoko Taro helped design, a new co-op dungeon, and a new Unreal Trials battle event that lets you take on suped-up versions of powerful monsters throughout Eorzea (kind of like Final Fantasy X's combat arena).
The new patch also massively expands the game for free and existing players who didn't buy Shadowbringers. The Heavensward expansion is now 100% free for all players regardless if you're a free user or an active subscriber. Trial users now have access to Heavensward's full suite of bonuses and upgrades, including flying mounts and other content. The trial level cap has been boosted to 60 and free players can now access the Au Ra character race and use the Dark Knight, Astrologian, and Machinist jobs.
In a bid to help change its scandalous company culture, Ubisoft has instated a new policy that rewards team leads and executives when their workers are happy.
Photo: Yann Schwindowsky
Ubisoft is surrounded by controversy right now. Sexual misconduct is rife at the company, and several of its biggest executives have been outed with damning allegations, forcing multiple resignations and firings across all levels of the publisher. Now in today's earnings report company CEO Yves Guillemot outlines a new measure that ties team leads' bonuses to the workplaces they help create.
"It has been decided that a portion of team leads' bonuses will be tied to their ability to create a positive and inclusive workplace environment,"Yves Guillemot said during the call.
We've compiled the earnings reporting dates for gaming's top companies so you can track the numbers, announcements, and insights from executives.
Gaming's top earners are all ramping up for next-gen games. Third-party devs like Take-Two, Ubisoft, EA, Activision-Blizzard, Square Enix and Capcom are all working on their respective PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X titles, whereas Sony and Microsoft are gearing up their hardware platforms, ecosystems, and infrastructures for a whole new generation of gaming. So it's now more important than ever to pay close attention to earnings calls, reports, figures, and other data from these companies because they give critical feedback and insight on what's to come.
These reports are how I predicted Anthem would be an action game, not an RPG, for example, and how I made educated guesses that Battlefront II would be monetized with microtransactions. What these companies say in these calls and reports ultimately dictates their future, simply because they have to telegraph key info to investors, or the people that really power their companies.
SEGA's new Yakuza game is groundbreaking on a number of levels, including its new RPG combat system, but now SEGA confirms it'll be the series' first to feature full dubbed English dialog.
Today SEGA revealed a bunch of new details about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, like its November launch alongside Microsoft's new Xbox Series X. The most surprising news breaks the language barrier of the Yakuza series. The new Like a Dragon release will be dubbed in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, SEGA confirmed in a press release. Typically Yakuza games only have Japanese dialog complemented with English subtitles, which arguably adds more hilarity and personality to the experience.
Legendary Star Trek actor George Takei joins the English cast, and Kaiji Tang will play the game's main character Ichiban Kasuga. Takei voices pivotal crime boss Masumi Arakawa, and is taking his voice-over role very seriously. "Here is this man who, at his core, is a decent human being who lives within that culture and expects that same kind of fidelity. Some aspects demand inhumane fidelity to that code and it's a shared understanding," Takei said in an interview with the Reno Gazette Journal.
Riot Games' new esports-ready FPS Valorant had the biggest free-to-play launch in PC gaming history, analyst firm SuperData reports.
Weeks after release, Valorant has stolen the spotlight away from Overwatch and other shooters. The game has raked in substantial players, buzz, and more importantly, in-game revenues via monetization (helped by a pricey $95 skin pack), and is actually beating past performances of juggernauts like Apex Legends on PC.
According to SuperData's latest findings, Valorant is pulling players away from CS:GO thanks in no small part to a fresh new enthusiast-driven FPS system, as well as influencers, streamers, and new pro esports leagues. Valorant actually broke into June's top 10 best-earning PC games shortly after launch, trailing behind billion-dollar titan Roblox.
EA is currently ramping up its studios for major next-gen projects on PS5 and Xbox Series X, including Battlefield 6, but its latest Star Wars dogfighter won't be one of them.
Star Wars Squadrons, the new first-person starfighter inspired by X-Wing vs Tie Fighter, has a lot of ambitious features. It'll have full platform parity across Xbox One, PS4, PC, and even full VR support on PSVR and PC-powered HMDs, as well as full online multiplayer cross-play. But there's one thing it won't have: Next-gen optimizations.
According to EA Motive creative director Ian Frazier, the developer currently has no plans to release a PlayStation 5 version of Star Wars Squadrons, nor does it plan to support Microsoft's Smart Delivery initiative for the game. That means the studio won't release next-gen optimizations for the title that makes it play and look better on the newer consoles.
Saber's zombie-slaying hit World War Z is getting expanded in a bunch of new ways, complete with full cross-play support on all platforms.
Today Saber announced its new Dronemaster update that adds a new playable Dronemaster class and unlocks one of the most important features for any live game: Full cross-play. The PVE game breaks the ecosystem barriers and PS4 owners can now join up with Xbox One and PC players for ultra-chaotic zombie survival. This marks a significant development for Saber, who's now fully owned by THQ Nordic, and the team will continue adding more content to WWZ in an effort to monetize engagement over time.
Apart from crossplay, the update adds the eponymous D"It's been over a year since we first launched World War Z and we're still working towards our commitment with free content updates. Today I'll talk about the Dronemaster update.
Jet Set Radio isn't dead after all. It's just changed it's name a little bit.
Today Team Reptile announced Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, a new cel-shaded neo-funk spiritual successor to SEGA's rollerblading Jet Set series. The game has all the hallmarks of the classic series: the crazy rebellious style and cel-shaded art, the skating and breakdancing, the futuristic world, and an authentic series of musical tracks straight from original Jet Set Radio composer Hideki Naganuma.
The game is up on Steam right now, but you can't buy it just yet. Team Reptile hasn't listed a release date just yet. Check below for more info: