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Crash Bandicoot to Smash onto the Switch and PC This Year

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Crash Bandicoot was once a critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusive franchise, and then it turned into a series of multiplatform games with fluctuating quality. The series returned to the PlayStation 4 last year in the glorious Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, but, for whatever reason, Activision has decided to try Crash’s luck again on non-Sony consoles later this year.

The Spring 2018 edition of Licensing Source Book Europe is filled with over 200 pages of material. It’s honestly a daunting task to look through the entire thing, but on page 97, tucked away in a little corner, you will find an intriguing statement by Max Arguile, the licensing manager of the merchandising company GB eye:

The new game was a huge success at retail with no marketing spend. Next year it will be going broader (Switch and PC) and there will be another game in 2019. Activision have a five year plan for this and GB eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products.

The Nintendo Switch and PC, you say? Whatever could Arguile mean? Odds are he means the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is being ported to the Switch and PC, which sadly leaves the Xbox One out in the cold, a pattern that is all too common these days. After all, the Xbox One has sold a measly thirty million units. Sure, that doesn’t sound measly, but compared to the PlayStation 4’s sixty-two million, that’s downright low. The Nintendo Swith has only sold sixteen million, but it hasn’t been on the market anywhere near as long; sixteen million units in under a year is still impressive. Many developers and publishers seem to believe it’s not worth the time and money to develop their games for the Xbox One, Activision included.

Moreover, what is this about “another game in 2019?” Will Activision publish a new Crash Bandicoot game, or has it hired Vicarious Visions again to remake other games in the franchise, such as Crash Team Racing or The Wrath of Cortex? Given the game is set to release next year, we are almost guaranteed an announcement trailer during this year’s E3.

As a gamer who doesn’t own a PlayStation 4, I am excited to finally play Crash Bandicoot on my PC.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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