The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of April 8th 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Monster Hunter Rise prints money, E3 is all online, 99 Pac-Men appear out of thin air? That’s a lot of Pac-Men. I assume that’s the plural of Pac-Man, but anyways let’s get into the news!

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of March 4th 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Fall Guys gets bought out? Yuffie is in Final Fantasy VII Remake? Will we get the greatest Pokemon game of all time, next year? We’ll have to wait to find out. Let’s get into the news!

Epic Games Acquires Tonic Games Group

Via: Epic Games

The studio behind 2020’s smash hit, Fall Guys, is being acquired by Epic games. Epic jumped out ahead to assure nothing about Fall Guys will change by stating, “For Fall Guys fans, your gameplay isn’t changing and Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms. Your favorite colorful beans will still stumble through the chaos on PC, PlayStation, and soon Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Check out this blog post for answers to all your Fall Guys questions.”

Both parties seem to be very excited about this move as they share the same goals. Tonic Games CEO Dave Bailey feels like they have found a new home and they share a mission to “build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team.” Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeny also hones in on those same goals, “It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal. As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.” 

It will be interesting to see where Epic will go from here and if Fall Guys eventually goes free to play. Other than being the creators of the Unreal Engine, Fortnite battle royale has been Epic’s real stepping stone into the gaming space. With that they have been able to build by acquiring Psyonix, the team behind Rocket League, and now Tonic Games Group. Rocket League eventually went free to play under the Epic umbrella, so it could be safe to assume Fall Guys will do the same. Either way, this is a huge get for Epic and the sky is the limit for Tonic Games Group.

Pokemon Presents Delivered the Goods

Via: IGN

Last week we got a brand new Pokemon Presents presentation and they showed off some really cool games. First we were greeted with a new gameplay trailer for New Pokemon Snap showing off the world, new characters to the Pokemon universe, and some of the Pokemon you will run into on your adventure. New Pokemon snap is slated for an April 30th, 2021 release.

Next we were greeted with the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes, titled: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. This remake will not be handled by Game Freak themselves, instead Pokemon BD/SP will be handled by ILCA Inc. Their previous work includes Pokemon Home and they have also done support for many other games like NieR: Automata, Dragon Quest XI, and Yakuza 0 to name a few. This great news to see Game Freak out sourcing content. They are still a relatively small studio, so they can’t juggle too many projects at once. Also, good on ILCA for securing a lead big project like this. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are scheduled for a late 2021 release.

Lastly, we got to see what Game Freak has been working on and it is a treat. Pokemon Legends Arceus is a brand new open world action RPG Pokemon game! It takes place in the very early days of the Sinnoh region. The trailer shows off a little bit of early gameplay with your character running around the world, catching Pokemon, and a few battles. There is even a dodge roll mechanic! This was easily the most exciting part of the presentation and I cannot wait to see more. Pokemon Legends Arceus is expected to arrive early 2022.

Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and a Couple of New Mobile Games

Via: Square Enix

Our wishes have been granted! Final Fantasy VII Remake will get PS5 updates with it’s next iteration, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. The PS5 version will bring visual improvements, photo mode, as well as new story content featuring Yuffie. Owners of the PS4 version will be able to upgrade for free, but the Yuffie episode will be sold separately. Final Fantasy VII Remake is also now available in March’s PS Plus offering. That version is not eligible for the PS5 upgrade. Intergrade launches June 10th 2021.

Square Enix also announced a couple of new mobile games. Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis and Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier

Square Enix to have Multiple Remakes in the Works with Forever Entertainment

Via: Destructoid

Square Enix has recruited Forever Entertainment to publish multiple remakes on the studio’s classic IPs. Forever Entertainment has published the recent Panzer Dragoon remake and will also be publishing Panzer Dragoon 2. At this time, there is no information on what IP Forever Entertainment will be working on. Square has an incredible catalog of games. Fingers crossed it’s Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger.

Monster Hunter Rise will be Ported to PC in 2022

Via: Fanbyte

And to round out The Geek Dojo Weekly this week, turns our Monster Hunter Rise will not be exclusive to just the Switch as the game will appear on the PC in 2022 as well. The game is still in development, according to the producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Yasunori Ichinose.

Noteworthy:

Guilty Gear Strive is delayed until June: Twitter

PlayStation announces 6 new PSVR titles: The Verge

Mistwalker reveals a new mobile JRPG: Polygon

God of War Ragnarok will release “When it’s done.”: Push Square

Dragon Age 4 will not have multiplayer: Engadget

Sony working on PS5 storage solutions this summer: Game Informer

Sony Japan Studio is winding down: VGC

Elden Ring leaked trailer rocks the internet: Game Informer

Notable Releases:

Tuesday, March 2nd:

Maquette – PS5, PS4, PC

Harvest Moon: One World – PS4, Switch

Yakuza: Like A Dragon – PS5

Thursday, March 4th:

Mortal Shell – PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Sea of Solitude – Switch

Gnosia – Switch

Catch me every Monday on The Skill Tree: A Gaming Podcast

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We made it to Episode 10! Take a shot of (redacted) and get into today's content, which features the PS5's recent focus on blockbuster hits (10:40), Twitch finally taking a stand on banning streamers for serious off-platform conduct (28:20), E3 being an all-virtual event and what it could mean (45:28), and our reactions to Knockout City (1:06:45), the Street Fighter V Spring Update (1:18:20), and Streets of Rage 4's new DLC coming later this year. It's a content-filled hour and a half, so lock in with us! — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Milestone (Episode 10)
  2. Vocab (Episode 9)
  3. Rumors (Episode 8)
  4. Flowchart (Episode 7)
  5. Discontinued (Episode 6)

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of February 25th! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Anthem is dead, PlayStation hits us with a slew of new information, and some Konami games are getting a second chance at life. Let’s get into the news!

Konami Plans to Outsource Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania to Third Party Studios

Via: PSU

Konami is reportedly looking to outsource development on new Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania games, according to VGC’s Andy Robinson. These new games will not be seen for quite some time. There is very little information with no planned ideas or who will be developing.

This is pretty exciting to hear especially since Konami has pretty much been out of gaming for a long time. They have quite a few IPs that many of us love. I have personally wanted the MGS series to come back in a big way so it would be great to see another studio get the rights to it. If Konami really wants to shake the table, they would outsource the Suikoden franchise.

PlayStation News Extravaganza

Via: Game Informer

Sony hit us with a slew of information of what to expect in the coming months/years. First up, a new PlayStation VR headset is in development. It is currently in development for the PS5 and will not be launching in 2021. The headset will feature improved resolution and field of view. It will also only have one cable to connect to the PS5 console which is a huge plus. The headset is a long ways out, but devs kits will be sent out soon.

Next is the Play at Home initiative returns next month. Last year at the start of the pandemic, Sony announced Play at Home as a way to give back to the community. They offered Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey free for a limited time. Since the pandemic continues to spread, this program is being brought back again. Play at Home 2021 starts March 1st in the PlayStation store. Ratchet and Clank PS4 will be available for free until March 31st. Beginning on March 25th, Sony will be offering an extended access period for new Funimation subscribers.

Sony also announced more games will be coming to PC, starting with Days Gone. CEO Jim Ryan opens up about the topic in a recent GQ interview stating, “…our studios made some wonderful, great games. There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognize the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the caliber of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.”

Lastly, to top it all off, a brand new State of Play will premier this Thursday. Well today since this newsletter goes out every Thursday. I will cover it in next week’s post. It will be 30 minutes and will give us a deep dive on 10 upcoming games. I’m fully expecting a Kena: Bridge of Spirits release date. Tune in today at 5pm EST to find out more.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has Been Delayed

Via: Twitter

Paradox Interactive released a statement this week noting Bloodlines 2 will be delayed out of 2021. It seems the game has run into some development issues as the lead development team, Hardsuit Labs, has been dismissed from the project. No new release date has been given and no more pre-orders will be taken at this time.

I have never played the first game, but this one was on my radar for 2021. It is disappointing to see this happen, but take your time Paradox.

Cyberpunk 2077 February Patch Has Been Delayed

Via: Twitter

CD Projekt Red announced the next big patch for Cyberpunk 2077 will be delayed into the second half of March. “While we dearly wanted to deliver Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 in the timespan we detailed previously, the recent cyber attack on the studio’s IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update mean this unfortunately will not happen — we’ll need some additional time.” They also mention, “We’ve been working on numerous overall quality improvements and fixes, and we still have work to do to make sure that’s what you get.”

CDPR has definitely had a rough go at things since this game launched. Even though things have been rough, I’m am glad to see they are working to make things right. I have not made it very far into the game myself, but I am content with waiting on this big patch to see how much has the game improved.

Anthem 2.0 Development has been Cancelled

Via: Game Informer

Anthem had a troubled launch in 2019. It was a new direction for BioWare and EA. Upon release, the game seemed like it had something special in the beginning, but everything quickly feel apart after an hour or so in. EA looked to revamp this game with an Anthem 2.0 update. Two weeks ago there was a report that judgement day for Anthem was coming. EA would decide if they will save the game or discontinue development. Fast forward to Feb. 24th, it has been reported EA will be pulling the plug on Anthem completely. BioWare’s Christian Daily blames the pandemic for the project not coming together completely. The team working on Anthem will be moved over to Dragon Age 4. RIP Anthem.

Noteworthy:

PS5 and Xbox component shortage to be investigated by President Biden: Gamespot

New NieR Replicant trailer: Twitter

Pyra/Mythra Smash Bros. Ultimate Showcase date: Twitter

New Skullgirls DLC is on the way: Steam

Upcoming Monster Hunter showcases: Nintendo Everything

Notable Releases:

Via: Kotaku

Tuesday, February 23

Persona 5 Strikers | PS4, Switch, PC

Thursday, February 25

Hellpoint | Switch

Ghost n’ Goblins Resurrection | Switch

Littlewood | Switch

Friday, February 26

Bravely Default II | Switch

Catch me every Monday on The Skill Tree: A Gaming Podcast

Milestone (Episode 10) The Skill Tree (A Gaming Podcast)

We made it to Episode 10! Take a shot of (redacted) and get into today's content, which features the PS5's recent focus on blockbuster hits (10:40), Twitch finally taking a stand on banning streamers for serious off-platform conduct (28:20), E3 being an all-virtual event and what it could mean (45:28), and our reactions to Knockout City (1:06:45), the Street Fighter V Spring Update (1:18:20), and Streets of Rage 4's new DLC coming later this year. It's a content-filled hour and a half, so lock in with us! — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Milestone (Episode 10)
  2. Vocab (Episode 9)
  3. Rumors (Episode 8)
  4. Flowchart (Episode 7)
  5. Discontinued (Episode 6)

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of February 10th! This is a weekly video games news column featuring my top 5 stories of the week.

E3 is back? WB Games puts a ring on it? Can Sony beat Nintendo in a drift competition? I don’t know, let’s get into the news!

E3 is Back?

Via: VGC

The past few years have been rough for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Data leaks, major publishers deciding not to show up, and the most recent issue, the covid 19 pandemic. Hopefully with the backing of publishers, The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) looks to bounce back in 2021 with an online only event on June 15-17.

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly! A weekly video games news article featuring my top 5 stories of the week.

Guilty Gear Strive Gets a New Trailer

Via: YouTube

Arc System Works published a new trailer detailing Strive’s various game modes. Tutorial mode, arcade mode, mission mode, survival mode, training mode, and of course there is online play. It’s about what you would expect from a fighting game and it’s good to see there will be plenty of offline content for those who don’t necessarily want to play online. In the trailer, it seems like they made an effort to make sure we know Strive will have, “optimized net code.” Arc Sys has announced last year GG Strive will in fact have roll back net code, which is a major plus for online play. Only thing I wish was included in this trailer is a date for the next beta.

Guilty Gear Strive will be available on PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on April 9th, 2021. Crossplay will be available between PS4 and PS5, but PC has not been mentioned in that conversation just yet.

Could We Finally get An Update on Bayonetta 3 this year?

Via: DualShockers

It seems very likely. PlatinumGames has been teasing various announcements on their official website, since last year. Four have already been revealed, but the fifth star on the website has been mysteriously updated with the year 2021. According to DualShockers this lines up with a recent interview with Hideki Kamiya, who mentioned we will get an update on Bayonetta 3’s development later this year.

Bayonetta 3 was originally teased at the 2017 Game Awards show and we really haven’t heard anything since. This is a Switch exclusive I’ve been waiting for for quite some time so I am sure it will be worth the wait.

EA Creates a New Studio for the Skate Series

Via: Gameindustry.biz

Electronic Arts revealed their new Vancouver based studio, Full Circle. This studio will be dedicated to the Skate franchise and led by Microsoft’s former head of Xbox Live, Daniel McCulloch, with Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, who were creative leads on previous Skate games, joining the team as well. Fans, including myself, have been wishing EA would bring the Skate series back from the dead for well over a decade. The latest entry, Skate 3, came out in 2010. Skate 4 was revealed to be in the works, at EA Play back in June 2020, to much excitement. Considering EA has created a whole new studio for Skate, the series might be back for good. Maybe we could get a Skate game compilation with the first three games included. Finger crossed!

A BioWare-less Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Game is in the Works?

Via: Game Informer

According to a reputable Star Wars insider, Bespin Bulletin, that is. During the latest episode of B.O.B. The Podcast, Bespin claims the game is in the works and fans will never guess what studio is behind the project.

“Amongst my digging, I heard there is a Knights of the Old Republic project in development somewhere,” Bespin said. “I talked to a couple of people, and I also found out that Jason Schreier said that it’s not with EA, and we’ll ‘never guess’ who the studio is that’s making this game.” 

Even though this is just a rumor at the moment, this does excite me. EA losing their exclusive rights is a great thing and other studios will get a chance at making Star Wars content. Whoever the studio is, I’m sure they will do Knights of the Old Republic justice.

Seems like Ninja Does Not Want to be a Good Role Model

Via: GameSpot

Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins recently sat down with The New York Times and had an interesting take on parenting. The interview itself covered quite a few topics, but the part making headlines is on the kids who frequents his livestreams and their behavior in his chat.

“It all comes down to parenting,” Blevins says. “You want to know who your kid is? Listen to him when he’s playing video games when he thinks you’re not. Here’s another thing: How does a white kid know he has white privilege if his parents never teach him or don’t talk about racism?” He continues, “If they’re gaming and their first interaction with racism is one of their friends saying the N-word and they have no idea what it is–what if it was on my stream? Is it my job to have this conversation with this kid? No, because the first thing that’s going on in my head is, This kid is doing this on purpose to troll me. If someone says a racial slur on someone else’s stream, it can potentially get that streamer banned. It’s awful, but that’s the first thing I think of.”

My take is, he has a point. Parenting is in fact part of the problem, but I also think it’s Ninja’s job to moderate his streams and try to be a better role model in the public eye. Yes, it’s not his job to have conversations with them, but they are in your chat. You should not let that type of behavior go on in your chat to begin with. Shut it down, explain why that’s an issue and why you won’t tolerate it, and move on. If the rules are not followed then maybe that person should not be allowed in your stream. Just from these quotes, he comes off as a coward in my eyes. He refuses to step up and make a change in society and that is just sad.

Noteworthy:

Bandai Namco is interested in more Pokken Tournament: Nintendo Everything

Cyberpunk 1.1 patch introduces a new bug: Kotaku

Halo Infinite monthly development updates: IGN

2021 DICE Awards Nominees: VG247

PS+ February Lineup: PlayStation Blog

Scavenger Studio is in Hot Water: Gameindustry.biz

Notable Releases:

Via: Kotaku

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy | PS5, PS4, Switch, PC [Tuesday, January 26]

Project Winter | Xbox One [Tuesday, January 26]

Cyber Shadow | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC [Tuesday, January 26]

The Medium | Xbox Series X/S, PC [Thursday, January 28]

The Yakuza Remastered Collection | Xbox One, PC [Thursday, January 28]

Word from the author:

This is a part of my new experiment to start blogging again. I really enjoyed putting this together and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Look for the Geek Dojo Weekly every Thursday.

Also, if you didn’t know already, I started a new podcast with a couple of friends. It’s call The Skill Tree: A Gaming Podcast. Brought to you by The Geek Dojo and The L1TEWORK Company. K1ngeljay, Hashim (Paul), and myself break down the week in gaming news. New episodes every Monday. Check it out, share it with your friends, and leave us a good review!

My Most Anticipated Games of E3 2018

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E3 2018 has officially come to a close. It smacked us right in the face with plenty of new game announcements, game previews, some solid press conferences, and some not so solid press conferences. *cough cough* Square Enix *cough cough* Now begins the hard part of waiting for these new games to actually release to the public! Here are 10 that I am impatiently waiting for the most:

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood’s New Character Class is the Samurai

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Samurai will be the second new chracter class of the Stormblood expansion. The first was the Red Mage. The new Samurai class will be dps based, unlike FFXI tank based samurai. There will be no base class and will start at level 50. Check out the trailer below to get a good look at the new samurai class along with the new continent, Othard.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will be released on June 30th for PC and PS4.

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