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Shenmue 3 Backer Surveys Being Sent Out; Kickstarter Reward Tier Upgrades Available

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Shenmue 3 Rin Survey

The development cycle for Shenmue 3 has been a long one, with Yu Suzuki and Ys Net taking their time to ensure the game lives up to the hype. Today it was revealed that the game’s backer surveys are finally being sent out, which include questions for backer rewards.

This survey will ask users their preferred game platform, guestbook message, credit name and more. All Kickstarter backers and those who pledged on the Slacker Backer campaign up through August 13th, 2018 at 11:59 pm JST will receive a survey. The survey will close on September 30th, 2018, with the developer needing responses quickly for game production and reward manufacturing.

Those who previously pledged to the Kickstarter and would like to upgrade their pledge now have a chance to do just that. The following is a list of Kickstarter Reward Tiers that can be upgraded:

  • $5 USD – Shenmue Lives
  • $29 USD – Digital Copy
  • $39 USD – Save Shenmue Digital Upgrade
  • $60 USD – Physical Copy – PC
  • $60 USD – Physical Copy – PS4
  • $80 USD – Shenmue III World Telecom
  • $100 USD – Shenmue 3 Trial Version
  • $120 USD – Toy Capsules “I Should Buy One”
  • $160 USD – Bonus Pack
  • $175 USD – Printed Art Book
  • $250 USD – Kickstarter Collector’s Edition

The developer also informed everyone that the game’s $7 million stretch goal is in reach, with the crowdfunding campaign having raised $6.9 million up to this point. If they can raise another $100,000 then they will be able to expand the battle system to allow AI Battling. “This control system lets you automatically unleash the perfect technique in response to the opponent’s positioning and distance. R&D for this system is based on Yu Suzuki’s concept for players who are not used to fighting games or for those who want a full immersion battle experience.”

A short announcement video featuring new character Rin was also released, which you can check out at the bottom of this post.

Shenmue 3 is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC. The game is currently slated to release in 2019, though a firm release date has not yet been announced.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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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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