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

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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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The podcast returns with more content for you! The guys get into the Sony State of Play and adress the list of games announced (11:55). They also spend some time dissecting the latest Outriders demo, and their concerns with the base game as it stands (37:44). Pokemon announcements make its way to the stage as a main topic as well (51:00) before the guys give a fond farewell to Anthem Next as EA essentially discontinues the game (51:00). Of course, The Respec Section is chocked full of content as well, including the rebirth of Avatar, Mortal Kombat movie theories, and Skullgirls getting new life after nine years! Enjoy the content, and be sure to drop by as we record every Saturday night at 830, CST!   — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
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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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What are ya Playin’ This Weekend?

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Happy weekend gamers! I hope you get plenty of gaming in on this fine weekend.

I will be playing Kingdom Hearts 2.8. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far as I make my way through Dream Drop Distance. I will also be playing Pokemon Moon and get plenty of Overwatch time in.

That’s enough about me, what about you? What are you playing this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is Being Released on July 11th 2017 in North America and Europe.

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The announcement was made recently at the Final Fantasy 30th anniversary event. This was one of the highlights since Square-Enix really didn’t have much to show off at the event.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be exclusive to the PS4. Take a look at the gameplay recently shown at the Taipei Game Show.

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Final Fantasy XII Remastered is Coming to PS4 in 2017

Final Fantasy XII has been rumored for quite some time that a HD remaster was on the way. Those rumors can finally be put to rest as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been officially announced.

Along with a new sub title, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will introduce “several modern advancements,” like a “reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system.” There will also be trophy support for all of you trophy hunters out there. Check out the Final Fantasy XII website for more details plus screens shots from the game.

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New Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer Released Today

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In case you forgot, there is a new Deus Ex game coming out this year. It’s understandable if you did. There are a slew of good games coming out this year that it’s just so hard to keep up with all of them.

In case you needed a reminder of how good Mankind Divided looks, SquareEnix released a new trailer today titled, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – 101 Trailer. The trailer gives a synopsis of the story and shows off some of the new abilities Adam Jensen is capable of doing, such as invisibility and a  suit of armor that can absorb huge amounts of damage. Check out the 101 Trailer below.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided drops August 23rd, 2016 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Project Setsuna is Coming to the West This Summer

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The first game from Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory, I Am Setsuna, will be hitting PS4 and Steam this Summer. Hopefully a PS Vita port will be announced as well for the English version.

The game has been out since February for Japan and it is inspired by older RPGs such as Chrono Trigger. I Am Setsuna actually uses the same active time battle system as found in early Final Fantasy games and Chrono Trigger so it’s bound to be a great game.

When Project Setsuna was announced at last year, Tokyo RPG Factory stated they wanted to create games that are heavely influenced by classic RPGs. Check out the trailer below.

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