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Hideo Kojima Disappoints Yet Teases Fans with Death Stranding News

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The much anticipated Death Stranding will not be present at E3 this year. Hideo Kojima took to Twitter to announce the disappointing news earlier today, simply stating:

“Apologies to our fans, Death Stranding will not be @ E3 as we are fully focused on development.”

It’s not all bad news however, as it’s clear that Kojima Productions is hard at work developing the game. The tweet ends with Kojima stating he’ll be with the producer/E3 presenter Geoff Keighley on the 14 of June, making it clear he will indeed be present at E3 this year. Hopefully he will be divulging more information on Death Stranding when there. However, this wasn’t the end of the news.

An enigmatic tweet then appeared  an hour later simply saying: “Here’s the only new information I can present at this time”, accompanied by a picture of a spider web in the shape of a star with the word “Bridges” written underneath, in addition to the title Death Stranding. The speculations of what this could mean have been running wild on Twitter ever since. Fans are used to this sort of cryptic release of information as it has become quite the trademark for Hideo Kojima to slowly drip feed information to his fans.

Death Stranding created a massive hype at Sony’s conference during the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 , when Hideo Kojima came to the stage and showed of a cinematic trailer of Death Stranding. The trailer starred American actor Norman Reedus, film director Guillermo Del Toro and actor Mads Mikkelesen,  famous for his role as Hannibal in the TV show of the same name. The trailer raises many questions as to what the story is about. There has been no sign of game play footage so far.

The game is set for a 2019 release on PS4. Plenty of time for more news and footage. That’s certainly something many Kojima fans are looking forward too.

 

Video games have been a passion of mine from the very first time I played one, at the age of five on Amstrad!( Never heard of it? It was an 80s thing) From then on, I developed a great love for video games and have always owned some form of console throughout each generation of gaming, from the NES to the PS4. Call me a casual if you like, I was probably gaming before you were even born, kiddo.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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