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Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct Set for July 6th

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Nintendo continues its march towards a big release of Splatoon 2, announcing a Direct set for later this week. The company promises a “re-FRESH-er” on the upcoming title, as well as reveals of new features. The Direct will be streamed on Nintendo’s own site and their twitch channel this Thursday, July 6th at 7 A.M PST.

Continuing on Successes

The original Splatoon was a hit when it released over two years ago. Critics lauded its mechanics, style, and soundtrack. Nintendo also received praise for entering the shooter genre with a new IP. Splatoon hit the perfect balance between family-friendly game and competitive shooter. Splatoon topped sales charts in the UK and Japan on its release, and became Nintendo’s best selling new IP since Wii Sports.

Learning From Mistakes

Splatoon received criticism mostly for its multiplayer. Critics focused on a lack of multiplayer maps at launch, as well as no available voice chat feature. Nintendo provided extensive post-launch support, adding new content on a monthly basis. At launch, the game had 5 maps, by December of the same year, it had 16. Splatoon 2 will continue with these changes, and will have a slew of new features and modes:

  •  Salmon Run: A 2-4 player co-op horde mode, where players take on waves of “Salmonoids.”
  • Local Multiplayer: Perfect for the on-the-go nature of the Switch, players can now play offline with friends on the same console.
  • Smart Device Support: Players will be able to voice chat through an upcoming Switch app.
  • Controller Support: Players can use the Joy Con controller as well as the Switch Pro controller. Both of these feature motion-control support.
  • New Weapons and Mechanics: New weapons include the dual-wieldable “Splat Dualies,” and players now can take advantage of a dodge roll move. Returning weapons like the Splat Roller and Charger have been updated to fit the new game’s mechanics.
  • Launch-Day Maps: There will be 6 launch-day maps, 5 of which are new, with “Moray Towers” returning from the original game.

Nintendo again plans to continue updating the game post-launch, promising “Fresh Updates” of new content and in-game events.

A Competitive Scene

Splatoon 2 is part of the first waves of games in Nintendo’s dive into Esports, along with ARMS and Pokken Tournament DX. Super Smash Bros has always been a huge competitive game, but the company never embraced its Esports scene. Holding official tournaments at E3, along with launching Nintendo Versus, an official account for competitive updates, shows they are ready to enter the rapidly expanding industry. Splatoon’s fast-paced and original style make it perfect for Esports audiences. Nintendo has an edge over Sony and Microsoft in console-based competitive gaming, so entering the scene is a wise move. Expect a lot more Nintendo-sponsored Esports events in the future.

 

Splatoon 2 Launches on July 21st, be sure to check out the direct this Thursday!

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Fallout Season 2 has been confirmed as the show continues to captivate audiences, making it one of Amazon’s most-watched series

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Amazon has just made the exciting announcement that a second season of the highly acclaimed Fallout TV adaptation is in the works. Fans can look forward to another thrilling installment of the series, which will be exclusively available on the Amazon Prime streaming service. Confirmation has arrived regarding the second batch of episodes for the series, following the acquisition of $25 million in Californian tax credits.

In just four days after its release, Fallout has already captivated audiences, quickly becoming one of Amazon Prime’s most-watched TV shows of all time. It has garnered immense popularity, rivaling even the acclaimed season of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.

The Fallout TV show has caused a massive surge in sales for the newer games, resulting in a staggering 7,500% increase in purchases of Fallout 4 in Europe. Fallout 76, Fallout 3, and Fallout: New Vegas were also among the top 10 best-selling games across the continent last week. Next week, the highly anticipated PS5 version of Fallout 4 will be released, offering players an enhanced visual experience with new graphical modes. Additionally, players can look forward to exciting new content from the Creation Club.

Considering the potential for character development and narrative arcs, it would be intriguing to see where season two takes Lucy, Maximus, and The Ghoul. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s exciting to speculate on the possible directions their stories could go. We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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