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Oh boy, here we go again. Time for the latest set of conspiracy theories on the latest Overwatch release. In a recent livestream, Jeff Kaplan announced that the team was working on new content to be released every month for the rest of the year. Some of the content mentioned was “core mode” maps for quick play and competitive. Quality of life issues like saving highlights were also talked about as well. But perhaps the most intriguing news was how he mentioned “some really cool hero news just on the horizon.” Sounds like some really basic PR speak doesn’t it? Well not so fast!

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On the official Blizzard Blog, Atlas News posted something intriguing. They announced details on the lunar base’s last transmission in the Overwatch world. The post included 3 paragraphs and six pictures of logs from the crew on the lunar base. It talks about how the base’s gorillas under gene therapy were put in confinement due to unruliness. How the crew started to face strange noises in the air ducts, a station emergency, and a missing specimen named “Hammond”. Does anybody else smell a conspiracy?

In the post, one of the lead scientists, Dr. Winston (the namesake for Winston the gorilla) says some of the gorillas are reacting negatively to the genetic therapy. Also, he puts the station under emergency when an airlock is malfunctioning. And in the last picture shows that the lunar base is still in operation under the rule of the space gorillas. After some data mining, users found unused audio logs for a lunar themed map as well. And the last picture shows a strangely symmetrical design with an observatory marked in red. This could be the map layout for the lunar colony. Maybe we’ll have a low gravity section?

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New Character?

As mentioned previously, Jeff Kaplan hinted at characters “on the Horizon” for Overwatch. Now, while it’s possible, it’s highly unlikely that they didn’t mean something with this. Blizzard loves making cheeky little hints about things in public appearances and the like. While a lot of people have been hoping for the oh-so popular character Doomfist to be released (hopefully voiced by Terry Crews), it doesn’t seem to be the case. The betting favorite right now, is the mysterious Specimen 8 named Hammond. There isn’t much known right now obviously. However, what is known is that it’s most likely a fellow gorilla under genetic therapy, and that it’s also smaller than the other gorillas.

So far Overwatch has released a new character for three of the four roles. Offense with Sombra, Tank with Orisa, and Support with Ana. Does this mean that the new character could be a defense character to keep things balanced? The long held belief has been that defense characters in Overwatch are largely ineffective due to several different reasons. Inconsistent damage, other characters doing the same job but better, etc.

No matter what though, the Overwatch team is certainly working on something that is out of this world… Yes that pun was completely necessary.

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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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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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