Xbox Game Pass Adds GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V is now available with Xbox Game Pass for console, Microsoft announced.

Users with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold will also have access to Grand Theft Auto Online.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that includes over 100 free games that can be downloaded and played on console or PC as long as you are subscribed to the service. Xbox Game Pass for console costs $9.99 a month, while Xbox Game Pass for PC costs $4.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for $44.99 quarterly. Xbox Game Pass for PC is available at $1 for the first month, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available at $1 for the first three months.

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Ni no Kuni anime movie coming to Netflix on January 16

The Ni no Kuni animated movie that premiered in Japan in August 2019 will make its international debut on Netflix on January 16, the company announced.

Here is an overview of the film, via Netflix:

Two average teens go on a magical quest to save the life of their friend and her counterpart from another world. But love complicates their journey.

Studio Ghibli animator Yoshiyuki Momose (Spirited Away) directs this enchanting film based on the renowned video game.

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PS5 Tech Specs Leaked (Rumour)

Fans are eagerly waiting for next gen consoles from both Sony and Microsoft, and with good reason. The PS5 and the Xbox Series X are touted to be the most powerful consoles yet, and if the leaked specs are to be believed, they might as well just be.

As reported by Eurogamer, the PS5 will pack in a 9.2 teraflop GPU, which is a huge jump from the current-gen PS4, with its theoretical max GPU power of 1.84 teraflops. It will also be moving to GDDR6 memory, much like the latest NVIDIA Turing and AMD Navi graphics cards.

We know that the PS5 will have custom Navi GPUs, and the Digital Foundry report lists the specs as the following: 36 Navi compute units running at 2000 MHz. Compare that to the PS4 PRO, which has 36 GCN compute units running at 911 MHz.

Now, it was revealed earlier that the PS5 will feature backwards compatibility, and we may now have an idea about how it will do so. The report says that the GPU will have three modes, which will help it play backwards compatible titles from the PS4 and PS4 Pro. There’s a ‘gen 2’ mode which will be responsible for handling all the next-gen games, while ‘gen 1’ and ‘gen 0’ modes will take care of the backwards compatible titles.

While there aren’t any specific details about the Xbox Series X Specs, the report does talk about the possibility of 12 teraflops of GPU power. For the PS5, here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 spec outlined in the leak points toward a device with more of a balance between price and performance,” DF’s Richard Leadbetter writes. “Assuming we’re looking at a not implausible 16GB of GDDR6 and a 1TB SSD, this is still an expensive-looking device – but stacked up against the monstrous Series X, it obviously stands more of a chance of hitting the magic $399 launch price-point.”

Do keep in mind that none of the above information has been confirmed officially by Sony, so it’s always better to take news like this with a grain of salt. The PS5 is set to launch Holiday season 2020. Let us know your thoughts about the leaked specs in the comments and stay tuned for more updates!

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Blood of Steel Gets A New Release Date

Evolution Studio, Chinese-based development studio of YC Games have announced a change in a release date for Blood of Steel and the introduction of in-game purchases to the game. The Blood of Steel release date has been pushed back by a month to 19.02.2020 PST / 20.02.2020 CET allowing for the developers to refine the game further and deliver the ultimate action meets tactics gameplay experience.

Also announced is the introduction of an in-game store where players can buy a plethora of new weapons, skins and heroes to personalise their game experience. With a focus on keeping the game fair, any purchases will not affect the balance of the game and are purely cosmetic, keeping the core experience the same whether players have invested or not.

“The introduction of the Blood of Steel in-game store gives players the ability to create a unique identity with the new weapons, skins and heroes that are available,” said Cao, Game Director of YC Games. “And with the extra month before release we can ensure the game is of the highest quality.”

About Blood of Steel

In Blood of Steel, you command the army of a legendary commander from world history to conquer cities and expand your territory against other players online to ultimately rule the world. Set throughout the Middle Ages, players choose from multiple authentic battlefields as they engage in 5-v-5, 7-v-7 or 10-v-10 legion-based battles, with each individual player allowed to lead up to 40 AI soldiers. Clever use of terrain, management of different troop types and adapting to dynamic weather systems incorporating variables such as rain and snow are the keys to victory. As well as the  legion-based warfare, players can play a one-on-one duel in PvP battles in the Heroes Arena, offering them a chance to truly show their mastery of the complex fighting system.

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Nominees for 9th Annual New York VideoGame Awards Announced

The New York Videogame Critics Circlewill host the 9th Annual New York Game Awards, honoring the best in video gaming on January 21 at SVA Theatre in New York City. The Awards celebrate the best games and game developers in the industry along with the Circle’s non-profit work in underserved communities, all announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

Highlights of the ceremony include the Andrew Yoon Legend Award, being presented to industry great Reggie Fils-Aimé, who helped change the gaming world with the Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch. The Legend Award recognizes individuals and organizations that exhibit a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional achievement and innovation. Past recipients include Jade Raymond, Richard Garriott, Todd Howard, Rockstar Games and Ralph Baer. The fifth annual Best Games Journalism Award, voted on by the Circle’s 40 critics, will also be presented (nominees announced at a later date).

New York Game Awards Nominees

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outer Wilds
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Death Stranding
  • Telling Lies
  • Disco Elysium

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Tetris 99
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Adventure Academy
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
  • Concrete Genie
  • The King’s Bird

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • Immortal Rogue
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Grindstone
  • Rayman Mini
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • Pilgrims

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game

  • Nintendo Labo VR Kit
  • Sea Hero Quest
  • Minecraft Earth
  • Stormland
  • Trover Saves The Universe
  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted
  • Blood & Truth

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Ape Out
  • Sunless Skies
  • Heaven’s Vault
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Telling Lies
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Disco Elysium
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Untitled Goose Game

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Tropico 6
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Borderlands 3
  • Death Stranding
  • Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield
  • Hypnospace Outlaw

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Death Stranding
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Outer Wilds
  • Hypnospace Outlaw

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

  • Erica
  • Telling Lies
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Disco Elysium
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Death Stranding
  • Life is Strange 2

Joltin’ Joe Award: Best Esports Player of the Year

  • VK Loon
  • Doinb
  • Sinatraa
  • Bugha
  • Arslan Ash
  • MKLeo

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Faye Kingslee as Nico in Devil May Cry 5
  • Norman Reedus as Sam in Death Stranding
  • Margaret Qualley as Mama in

Death Stranding

  • Courtney Hope as Jesse In Control
  • Debra Wilson as Cere in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tommie Earl Jenkins as Die-Hardman in Death Stranding
  • Alexandra Shipp as Ava in Telling Lies
  • Logan Marshall Green as David in Telling Lies

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • Resident Evil 2
  • ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!
  • Katamari Damacy Reroll
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Captain Award for Best Esports Team

  • Astralis (CSGO)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch)
  • FPX (League of Legends)
  • OG (Dota 2)
  • TSM (Apex Legends)

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Node War Pre-Season Begins in Black Desert Mobile

Pearl Abyss has revealed that the pre-season of Node War is now underway in Black Desert Mobile. Adventurers can now team up with their guild members to win battles and conquer Nodes ahead of the official Node War update scheduled to take place in mid-January.

Node War is a large-scale PvP mode that allows guilds to battle against each other and claim ownership of Nodes, certain locations on the map, in Black Desert Mobile. It is a great opportunity for guild members to work together and attain greater glory for themselves and their guild in the game.

Guilds can participate in a Node War through a bidding process, where 3 guilds with the highest bids will be selected as participants. Participating guild members must attack the opposing guilds’ Holy Artifacts while defending their own to win. Guilds that win the Node War will take possession of the Node for 7 days and receive large sums of silver collected as tax from the areas surrounding the Node. During the pre-season, Node Wars will take place from 10 PM to 12 PM (server time) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. 

Meanwhile, a special Pearl Shop event offering extra Black Pearls to Adventurers will continue to run this week. Until January 14, those who purchase a certain number of Pearls will receive the same amount of Black Pearls as a bonus. New items have also been added to the Pearl Shop to give more variety to the in-game items.

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Garena Free Fire Celebrates New Year with Special Event and Items

While 2019 was an exceptional year for Free Fire, Garena has big plans for the game in 2020 starting off with a brand-new map and a special one-day ranked event.

Starting on January 1st, survivors are encouraged to pack an extra canteen prior to exploring Free Fire’s newest desert-themed map, Sonoran. In addition to enduring the scorching heat, players will need to outlast each other as they find themselves surrounded by abandoned military buildings, tents, oases, cacti, and … a submarine? How did that get there?

A derelict submarine sitting in the middle of a desert isn’t the only surprise Free Fire has in store for survivors on New Year’s Day. For one day only, the game’s ranked mode will only allow players to rank up and won’t punish their unexpected poor performance by dropping their rank. Those who want to focus on improving their rank will want to take advantage of this special event as it’s only available on January 1st, 2020.

If a new map and a special ranked event weren’t enough to get survivors excited about 2020, Garena is giving Free Fire players a special New Year’s gift. All they need to do is to claim when they log in!

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Black Desert SEA New Year’s Rewards Out Now

Happy New Year from Black Desert SEA! It’s time for Adventurers to wrap up the year and prepare for new beginnings ahead of 2020. With an array of New Year’s in-game events, Adventurers can earn various rewards and items that will make their New Year’s Day more special than ever!  

Adventurers can get exclusive gifts on New Year’s Day by visiting the NPC Lara in Velia. They can acquire a Box Full of Wishes by completing a series of Black Spirit quests, speaking with Lara, and flying a Wish Lantern near Coastal Cliff. Upon opening the box, Adventurers will receive 50–100 of a particular item, such as Hard Black Crystal Shards or Cron Stones, that will help kick-start their adventures in the new year. 

A special log-in rewards event will also run until January 15 to celebrate the new year with Adventurers. Practical items including Advice of Valks, Hard Black Crystal Shards, and Cron Stones can be obtained by logging into the game every day. Furthermore, the New Year Hot Time event will offer remarkable in-game buffs, where Adventurers can level up their classes by receiving Combat and Skill EXP buffs throughout the week, with an even bigger EXP boost being offered from Friday to Sunday. 

Last but not least, Adventurers are highly encouraged to try hunting, auto-fishing, and fighting World Bosses to get various rewards. Until January 8, all item drop rates will be increased by 50% and chances to obtain items from defeating monsters also will be increased by 50%. Auto-fishing times will be 50% faster during this time as well. 

Find more information about Black Desert SEA on the official website at sea.playblackdesert.com

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Intro Leaked

The introduction scene for the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo has leaked online.

A link to the file server hosting the demo (among files for various other games), the PlayStation Store listing of which leaked last week, was posted by Twitter user @raziel2001. YouTube user Lystrasza was able to install and run the demo, likely on a jailbroken PlayStation 4 (as another Twitter user managed to install it, but was unable to get the demo running). The full game was reportedly also listed in the same file server, but has already been removed.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is due out for PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.

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PS Plus January 2020 Free Games Revealed

Travel the globe in pursuit of unimaginable treasures and *checks notes* cause untold amounts of property damage as a goat? Didn’t see that one coming!

More on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Goat Simulator, your new games available for free until February 3:

From the groundbreaking storytellers at Naughty Dog, comes the genre-defining epic that revolutionized adventure storytelling, rebuilt by Bluepoint Games with the power of the PS4 system. Follow the perilous journey of Nathan Drake across the globe, from humble beginnings to extraordinary discoveries. Meet an unforgettable cast of characters as Drake puts life and friendship on the line in a race against ruthless enemies to uncover unimaginable treasure.

Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection includes the single-player campaigns only for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

The title says it all, really. Hurl an immaculately rendered goat with blisteringly accurate physics at all manner of objects. It’s the definitive goat simulation experience.

Oh — actually, it’s a totally bonkers fling-em-up that has you launching a goat at things. A lot of things. Experiment and see what happens!

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Goat Simulator will be available from January 7 to February 3.

With January’s games fast approaching, this means you only have a few days left to grab Titanfall 2 and Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Game. They’re available until January 6, so act fast!

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