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Can the New Assassin’s Creed Save the Series?

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As of right now, we know next to nothing about the new Assassin’s Creed. Even the featured image of this article above is just fanart made based on speculation from leaks over the past year or so. Recently, there have been some leaked images that actually add something concrete to the speculation. One is of the Assassin’s logo with an Eye of Horus in the middle and another is a shirt with what appears to be the main protagonist on the front.

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Anything else we heard about it was either fake leaks, like the fake E3 trailer leak from earlier this week, or unsubstantiated claims about the direction of the next game. Some of those claims ended up being mostly true, like the Eye of Horus basically confirming the setting to be Egypt as speculated. However, that doesn’t mean any of the other claims about the series are true which just means we’ll have to wait and see.

From all the speculation that has occurred regarding this new game, it’s pretty clear that there’s an interest in this new entry into the Assassin’s Creed series, at least where video game journalists are concerned. The public and critics are a different story entirely. 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was very poorly reviewed, being filled to the brim with bugs upon release and not keeping the interest of gamers for very long. It’s counterpart, Assassin’s Creed Rogue did slightly better but is only available on last-gen consoles hurt its sales tremendously. The 2015 entry, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, was well-reviewed but the damage had been done by Unity and sales were less than expected for Ubisoft. They decided to take a year break and here we are now awaiting the next Assassin’s Creed game.

Will the new entry be enough to keep the series afloat after some misfires in the gaming series and a critically panned movie? We don’t know much right now, but I think it definitely has the potential to do so.

The very fact that they took some time off heavily implies they’re making the next entry with much more care, which is a great sign by itself. Aside from that, the Egyptian setting (*not confirmed 100% but the Eye of Horus says a lot*) should help too. There have been African settings in Assassin’s Creed before, however they were very brief and none of them were in Egypt, a culturally and historically unique country in that continent. Considering the age and previously mentioned history of Egypt, there are countless points in time the series could pick as well, including settings before the original game as speculated by leaks sometime last year.

With all of that in mind, hopefully, the next entry is where Assassin’s Creed regains the old credibility it once had with gamers.

I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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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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