Sony had quite a few updates last week, including an announcement for an event about the PS5. Originally scheduled for early June, the event has recently been delayed, with no word on a new date. Eurogamer highlighted the backwards compatibility of the PS5 with reports of new requirements for upcoming PS4 games, saying that titles requesting certification after July 13 must offer support for the new console. Updates about PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us Part 2 were also shared in a State of Play showcase. In other gaming news, Pokémon Go Fest becomes an online event and Silent Hill is the focus of the latest chapter in Dead by Daylight.
Highlights From This Week's Gaming News
According to Eurogamer, PS4 games sent for certification after July 13 have to support the PS5. There was no word on support for older PlayStation generations. Sony also announced today that it would postpone its "Future of Gaming" event, originally scheduled for June 4.
Ellie will have more navigational freedom, vehicles and mounts will be available, and there will be new types of infected wandering around. Combat and customization has also been expanded.
According to developer Niantic, the event will let everyone virtually participate from home. Along with Pokémon encounters, it will have bonuses and special research. Pokémon Go Fest is currently scheduled for July 25–26, and unlike previous editions of the event, people can play on both days.
The latest chapter of the asymmetrical multiplayer horror game focuses on the iconic terror of Silent Hill with Pyramid Head as the new killer. The new chapter will also bring back Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka to create the music, and it will introduce a new character customization mechanic that lets players dress up as Silent Hill character Lisa Garland.
Subliminal’s upcoming game follows the fox Fennel and his other animal friends as they try to protect their local arcade from corporate greed. It was one of many games from the recent Wholesome Games Direct, a presentation that highlighted chill and cozy indie games. Other titles featured in the Wholesome Games Direct include Sayri: The Beginning, Calico, and Hoa.
Features and Reviews of the Week
Though very difficult, BE-A Walker offers a neat branching narrative that lets players pilot a bipedal mech reminiscent of AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars.
After this year's Gen Con was officially cancelled due to COVID-19, TechRaptor discussed the repercussions of that with figures in the tabletop gaming industry like Privateer Press, Paizo, and Gloomhaven's creator.
If you’re home alone or with others who aren’t interested in playing any games, you don’t have to give up and accept that video games are the only things to play during quarantine. TechRaptor offers their recommendations for single-player tabletop games, including Core Space, Gloomhaven, and Dark Souls: The Card Game.
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