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Release Date, Lore Details Emerge from Junkertown Development Preview

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Three weeks ago, the Overwatch development team revealed Junkertown, the former home of Junkrat and Roadhog. The team released an animated short along with a more straightforward map reveal, but little information has been given since. Today, however, another video was released on the making of Junkertown, complete with lore details and a release date.

Junkertown is set to go live in one week, on September 19th. The preview video detailed how the team went about making the map, from backstory to sound design. In the lore of the game, after the Omnic Crisis the Australian Government gave parts of the Outback surrounding the Omnium (the factory where Omnics are made) to Omnics in an effort to create peace. This went south quickly as those who lived in the area were displaced, one being Mako Rutledge, better known as Roadhog. In order to take back their home, they fought back against the Omnics, eventually destroying and detonating the Omnium. Junkertown rests in the rubble of the destroyed facility.

The Queen of Junkertown (who some believe to be the next playable character) was a fighter in ‘The Scrapyard,’ a gladiatorial-like combat arena, and made a name for herself as a vicious and charismatic fighter. After kicking Junkrat and Roadhog out, they plan to win back her favor with a cart full of gold, which functions as the maps payload.

The sound team took samples from a ghost town to make Junkertown feel like the rusted, irradiated wasteland that it is. From squeaking cranks to swarms of flies, the ghost town served as a perfect source of sound for Junkertown.

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This abandoned town was used in capturing the sound of Junkertown.

 

In terms of the layout of the map not much else was revealed. The attacking team starts on Roadhog’s farm and brings the payload to the gates of Junkertown. Next, it’s brought through the streets of Junkertown proper, where players can find mechanics, tattoo parlors, restaurants, and bars. The payload is led into the Scrapyard, where a rotating turbine provides high ground to defenders and low ground to flankers.

This map is another step forward in the lore of Overwatch according to the team, as most of the maps revolve around either Overwatch or Talon. This gave them a chance to explore other characters and backstories, and fill out the world around the main roster of heroes and villains.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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