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Koji Igarashi Unveils the Latest Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Update for Halloween

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Koji Igarashi, the mind behind some of Castlevania‘s best entries, including Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, has been hard at work on his latest game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The game’s Kickstarter campaign received over ten times its original funding goals, and while it missed its original estimated release date of March 2017, Igarashi has yet to stop developing the game or update its backers. And, since Bloodstained is horror-themed, Halloween is as good a time as any for an update.

Today, Igarashi revealed that the music team at Noisycroak is helping develop some of Bloodstained‘s songs, including the boss battle music from the 2017 E3 demo, the theme for the side character Johannes, and music for a yet-to-be-announced location in the game. And, what is a Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night updated without a video?

The video takes place in ruined courtyard covered in vines and crawling with new enemies, including toads and an archer named Barbatos. The update also reveals that the side-character Zangetsu will be a boss in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and that he comes with a grappling hook and an affinity for ice magic. Also, it was revealed that players will be able to customize the protagonist Miriam’s appearance, as the video demonstrates she can wear different hats. Sure, it’s not much, but it’s more customization than gamers usually get in Metroidvania games.

Igarashi finished the update with the promise that he and the Bloodstained team have more surprises in store for gamers and backers. And that the Bloodstained booth at New York Comic Con was so successful that almost 10,000 people played the available demo (I was one of those people). The booth also gave away free Bloodstained prints that Igarashi signed, also for free.

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Either I missed the prints or they were already out by the time I made it to the Bloodstained booth, but it’s a beautiful piece of work. Still, Igarashi continues to wow me with his game, and I look forward to its eventual release.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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