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The Developers of Mario + Rabbids on Working with their Childhood Heroes

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One of the best moments of E3 wasn’t necessarily a game reveal, though it did come during one. Viewers of the Ubisoft conference will remember a heartwarming moment between Shigeru Miyamoto and Davide Soliani, when the Nintendo legend talked about working with the Ubisoft developer on Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Soliani could barely hold himself together, waving to the camera and holding back tears as he thanked Miyamoto.

This was the end of a mo20-year 20 year long journey Solani took in Miyamoto’s footsteps towards this game. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, he talked about the Nintendo developer’s influence on his career. “Miyamoto-san is the main reason why I do this,” he said. Soliani met Miyamoto after the release of his second game, Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Wild Adventure for the Game Boy:

“I was super proud of it. I remember a review saying that it seemed like a Nintendo game. So the first time I went to E3, I brought my Jungle Book game and I met Miyamoto. But I was so shy, like a little kid, that I just gave him the game and asked him to sign it, without even saying hello, presenting myself and explaining that this was my game. So, Miyamoto-san looked at the box like: ‘Hmmm, this isn’t my game.’ But he signed it anyway because he is such a gentle guy. When he gave me the signed game, which of course I still have, I went out of E3 and cried like a baby.”

In 2002, on a press tour for Wind Waker, Miyamoto came to Milan, where Soliani lives. Soliani called every four and five star hotel to find out where Miyamoto was staying. He waited in the rain for hours until he saw Miyamoto, and he gave him all of Ubisoft Milan’s games. “I’m clearly quite crazy. I am a fan. I recognize that it’s not super rational.”

Soliani was again able to meet his hero in 2014, when he pitched the game to Miyamoto at E3. Miyamoto was impressed with the game, as well as Soliani.

Soliani got to work with another hero, Grant Kirkhope, composer for Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. It turns out, however, that Kirkhope was just as overwhelmed with the project. He thought he was being brought in to compose for a new Rabbids game, so when he found out Mario was involved, he was shocked into silence. “It struck me… how on earth was I going to write music for Mario after Koji Kondo, who is the greatest games composer in the world?” He continued, “It was super exciting, but it was massively scary. Getting to touch Mario in any capacity… it’s the holy grail.”

Leading up to this past E3, worries of fan reception scared the team. After all, it is a mix between Mario, Rabbids, and XCOM. When a little information on the game leaked, fans were sceptical as to how it would be received by Mario fans like him:

“When the game leaks, no one is happy. Also, let’s be honest, the reaction at the beginning was not ‘sceptical’ – it was a little bit worse than that. It was quite hard on the team morale to read some of those comments.”

Soliani even told his team to “prepare for the worst” at E3. All of that trepidation melted away, however, when Miyamoto walked on stage. The reaction from the audience was strong, and Soliani found himself overwhelmed with emotion. “It took me like two weeks to process what had happened. After the conference, we were walking the streets and people were stopping us and congratulating us.”

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle received 37 E3 award nominations, but that certainly pales in comparison to getting the opportunity to work with your industry heroes and an industry-defining series.

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New PS5 Patch Introduces Rare 40FPS Mode for Avatar Game

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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has received an exciting update that introduces a new graphical mode, elevating the game’s visual experience. With a smooth frame rate of 40 frames per second and enhanced resolutions, players can now immerse themselves in even more stunning and detailed environments. Now downloadable on PS5 with the latest patch 3.2, this mode is compatible with 4K TVs that can handle up to 120 Hz. Before this update, Avatar PS5 only offered quality and performance modes. However, with this new option, players can now enjoy the benefits of both modes after downloading the 2.4GB update.

Throughout the PS5 era, 40fps modes have been a rarity, much to the disappointment of the hardcore community. Insomniac Games first introduced them in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and later added the feature to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. They also included it in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Other PS5 titles, such as Hogwarts Legacy, Lies of P, and God of War Ragnarok, also offer 40fps modes.

In addition to that, Patch 3.2 for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora brings along the following:

Worldwide:

  • Research Station Alpha now features a convenient Fast Travel option
  • The issue of controller re-mapping and resetting on game restart has been resolved
  • Addressed multiple instances of crashes
  • I corrected a few spelling errors
  • Addressed the issue of voice lines overlapping during dialogue

Primary Objectives & Optional Objectives:

  • [Main Quest: Shadows of the Past] This main quest is an intriguing journey into the depths of history. Addressed a bug that previously hindered quest progression in co-op mode

More bug fixes have been implemented.

  • [Available on all platforms] The rescued human characters no longer return to the Resistance HQ wearing masks
  • Available on all platforms. There is a noticeable improvement in the visibility of NPCs when they are at the edge of the Player’s vision

 

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Exciting news for gamers! The highly anticipated PS5 game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be joining EA Play on Thursday

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Update: It seems that the PS Store may have acted prematurely, as it has now been officially confirmed that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be added to EA Play on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. Once the active members are in, they’ll have the opportunity to download and play the complete game.

Original Story: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, released in 2023, has been added to the EA Play subscription service. This exciting action-adventure game is now available for download and play at no additional cost for active members. While EA has yet to provide any official updates, you can head over to the PS Store and find it listed as “included with EA Play.”

Adding to the mix is the recent announcement of a forthcoming price hike for the subscription, affecting both monthly and yearly payment plans. Starting on May 10th, 2024, the monthly subscription fee will be increased from £3.99 / $4.99 to £5.99 / $5.99. For those who choose the 12-month commitment, the price will be £34.99 / $39.99, which is a £15 / $10 increase.

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In April 2023, the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor made its debut on the PS5. After thoroughly evaluating the game, we are pleased to announce that it has earned an impressive 9/10 rating in our review. We praised the game for its ability to build upon the first installment’s foundations and improve upon every aspect. “The combat is highly enjoyable and provides a plethora of options, while the exploration reaches new heights. The incorporation of Metroidvania elements adds an extra layer of depth, resulting in captivating puzzles and rewarding experiences.”

Click the link to access a comprehensive list of all EA Play games available on PS5 and PS4. Are you planning to give Star Wars Jedi: Survivor a try on the service? We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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Rest assured, the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, will be available in its original, uncensored form across all regions

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Fear not; for those worried about potential censorship issues with the PS5-exclusive Stellar Blade, set to release on April 26th, Sony has got you covered. ShiftUp, the developer, proudly assures players that the game will maintain its uncensored content across all regions, including Japan.

We have to admit, we didn’t anticipate this as a potential issue or a potential selling point. The main character, Eve, and her revealing costumes have been heavily showcased in the game’s pre-release marketing. Nevertheless, it is pleasing to witness ShiftUp’s evident enthusiasm as their vision prepares to reach the hands of a vast number of players.

Regarding Stellar Blade, Yoko Taro believes it surpasses NieR: Automata, and we were pleased to learn that the game will be considerate of your PS5 storage capacity. The demo is now available for you to try, and it has nearly doubled the daily active users of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This is quite impressive, especially considering it is the game’s first console showing.

Will you be there to experience Stellar Blade on its release day? It’s certainly a relief to witness the game remaining uncensored until the last moment. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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