Nintendo releasing fiscal year earnings on 7th May

Update: The May 7 date being so late is likely so it’s after golden week as it’s Shōwa Day on April 29 and public holidays on May 4-6 with many workplaces spending the week off wednesday-wednesday – Japanese Nintendo.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Will Add Charlotte Smoothie as a DLC Character in Summer 2020

Bandai Namco revealed in the latest issue of Jump that One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 will get a new DLC fighter with Charlotte Smoothie this summer. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089.]

Gears 5 is free-to-play on PC all weekend

Rev up your Lancers If, like myself, you've yet to try out Xbox Game Studios shooter sequel Gears 5, then this weekend may prove the perfect opportunity, as the full game is going free-to-play on PC from now until April 12. Simply download Gears 5 from either Steam or the Windows Store, and you've got the whole weekend to take it to The Swarm. The free-to-play period should offer you enough time to grind out the entire campaign, which sees protagonist Kait Diaz investigate the origins of the Locust, its former leader Queen Myrrah, and Diaz' own connection to both. If you have any time left, then Gears' legendary multiplayer modes are at your service, complete with the recently added new COG soldier, Batista. Gears 5 is available now on PC and Xbox One. A new strategy title, Gears Tactics, launches on PC April 28, with an Xbox One port to follow later in 2020.

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The Past and the Present Collide in a Fascinating Way in Resident Evil 3

After universal acclaim and endless gushing from yours truly and the rest of the community for 2019’s Resident Evil 2, I am in no way shocked at the response to 2020’s remake. As excited as I was to dive in and as much as I did enjoy my run through Resident Evil 3, I knew what to expect going in. What I expected was… Resident Evil 3. I have a stack of S.D. Perry novels on my bookshelf; the Resident Kool-Aid flows through my veins. But keeping expectations in check doesn’t negate the problems Resident Evil 3 innately comes with. And with a remake? Those problems stand out more, but in a peculiar, fascinating way that’s only possible in a series like Resident Evil.

Castlevania Interview: How Symphony of the Night Went Mobile

I doubt I was alone in being pretty shocked when Castlevania: Symphony of the Night appeared on mobile platforms out of nowhere. The timing lined up with the Netflix premiere of the Castlevania series’ third season, but other than that there was no indication it was coming or why. Luckily, Siliconera found itself in the position to ask a few questions. It can be hard to get a hold of folks who work on projects like this, but this time it worked out. Our inquiry was met by Konami’s Katsuya Shimazaki, game director on this port and a member of Konami’s KDE Production Department 1 Production Division 1. It’s a brief interview, but one that nonetheless gives us a look at some of the official mindset behind smaller projects like mobile ports of classic games.

Clannad Switch Limited Run Games Preorders Open April 14, 2020

Clannad, one of Key’s more well-known and loved visual novels, is going to get another bit of special treatment outside of Japan. People who wanted the Nintendo Switch version will soon have more options. Preorders for a Clannad Switch Limited Run Games release are about to open on April 14, 2020. Both standard and collector’s editions will be available to order until May 26, 2020.

The Fate/Grand Order Sanzang Event Gets a Rerun on April 10

Fate/Grand Order players might still be busy catching up to the first chapter of Cosmos in the Lostbelt, but the event schedule shall not be denied. The next item on the docket for the hit mobile game is a rerun of an event from May 2018. Its official title is “Sanzang Coming to the West: Revival Lite.”

A Square Enix Tokyo HQ Staff Member Tested Positive for COVID-19

Square Enix confirmed that an employee who works at its Tokyo HQ has tested positive for COVID-19. [Thanks, Gamebiz.]

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The Past and the Present Collide in a Fascinating Way in Resident Evil 3

After universal acclaim and endless gushing from yours truly and the rest of the community for 2019’s Resident Evil 2, I am in no way shocked at the response to 2020’s remake. As excited as I was to dive in and as much as I did enjoy my run through Resident Evil 3, I knew what to expect going in. What I expected was… Resident Evil 3. I have a stack of S.D. Perry novels on my bookshelf; the Resident Kool-Aid flows through my veins. But keeping expectations in check doesn’t negate the problems Resident Evil 3 innately comes with. And with a remake? Those problems stand out more, but in a peculiar, fascinating way that’s only possible in a series like Resident Evil.

Clannad Switch Limited Run Games Preorders Open April 14, 2020

Clannad, one of Key’s more well-known and loved visual novels, is going to get another bit of special treatment outside of Japan. People who wanted the Nintendo Switch version will soon have more options. Preorders for a Clannad Switch Limited Run Games release are about to open on April 14, 2020. Both standard and collector’s editions will be available to order until May 26, 2020.

Castlevania Interview: How Symphony of the Night Went Mobile

I doubt I was alone in being pretty shocked when Castlevania: Symphony of the Night appeared on mobile platforms out of nowhere. The timing lined up with the Netflix premiere of the Castlevania series’ third season, but other than that there was no indication it was coming or why. Luckily, Siliconera found itself in the position to ask a few questions. It can be hard to get a hold of folks who work on projects like this, but this time it worked out. Our inquiry was met by Konami’s Katsuya Shimazaki, game director on this port and a member of Konami’s KDE Production Department 1 Production Division 1. It’s a brief interview, but one that nonetheless gives us a look at some of the official mindset behind smaller projects like mobile ports of classic games.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Will Add Charlotte Smoothie as a DLC Character in Summer 2020

Bandai Namco revealed in the latest issue of Jump that One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 will get a new DLC fighter with Charlotte Smoothie this summer. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089.]

Higurashi When They Cry Hou’s Final Arc Arrives on May 14, 2020

It is the end of an era. The final Higurashi When They Cry Hou chapter is about to be released on PCs in English. On May 14, 2020, Matsuribayashi will finish up an in-game story that has lasted four years. This eighth and final episode will cost $7.95.

Giraffe and Annika Switch and PS4 Versions Heading West in August 2020

Remember Giraffe and Annika? It’s an indie adventure game involving some cute characters with animal qualities and rhythm-based battles. Basically, you go through the story to help an amnesiac girl find star fragments and reclaim her memory while fighting the witch of the forest, Lilly. It showed up on PCs worldwide back in February 2020, and now NIS America will bring the Giraffe and Annika Switch and PlayStation 4 ports to North America on August 25, 2020, Europe on August 28, 2020, and Australia on September 4, 2020.

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The Past and the Present Collide in a Fascinating Way in Resident Evil 3

After universal acclaim and endless gushing from yours truly and the rest of the community for 2019’s Resident Evil 2, I am in no way shocked at the response to 2020’s remake. As excited as I was to dive in and as much as I did enjoy my run through Resident Evil 3, I knew what to expect going in. What I expected was… Resident Evil 3. I have a stack of S.D. Perry novels on my bookshelf; the Resident Kool-Aid flows through my veins. But keeping expectations in check doesn’t negate the problems Resident Evil 3 innately comes with. And with a remake? Those problems stand out more, but in a peculiar, fascinating way that’s only possible in a series like Resident Evil.

Castlevania Interview: How Symphony of the Night Went Mobile

I doubt I was alone in being pretty shocked when Castlevania: Symphony of the Night appeared on mobile platforms out of nowhere. The timing lined up with the Netflix premiere of the Castlevania series’ third season, but other than that there was no indication it was coming or why. Luckily, Siliconera found itself in the position to ask a few questions. It can be hard to get a hold of folks who work on projects like this, but this time it worked out. Our inquiry was met by Konami’s Katsuya Shimazaki, game director on this port and a member of Konami’s KDE Production Department 1 Production Division 1. It’s a brief interview, but one that nonetheless gives us a look at some of the official mindset behind smaller projects like mobile ports of classic games.

Clannad Switch Limited Run Games Preorders Open April 14, 2020

Clannad, one of Key’s more well-known and loved visual novels, is going to get another bit of special treatment outside of Japan. People who wanted the Nintendo Switch version will soon have more options. Preorders for a Clannad Switch Limited Run Games release are about to open on April 14, 2020. Both standard and collector’s editions will be available to order until May 26, 2020.

The Fate/Grand Order Sanzang Event Gets a Rerun on April 10

Fate/Grand Order players might still be busy catching up to the first chapter of Cosmos in the Lostbelt, but the event schedule shall not be denied. The next item on the docket for the hit mobile game is a rerun of an event from May 2018. Its official title is “Sanzang Coming to the West: Revival Lite.”

A Square Enix Tokyo HQ Staff Member Tested Positive for COVID-19

Square Enix confirmed that an employee who works at its Tokyo HQ has tested positive for COVID-19. [Thanks, Gamebiz.]

Pokemon: Twilight Wings Nessa Episode Will Air in April 2020

The launch date for the fourth Pokemon: Twilight Wings episode has been announced via Twitter. People will be able to tune in online for the brief animated short on April 17, 2020. But this time around, we aren’t just having the launch date teased for us. We know who’ll be the installment’s star. This will be the Pokemon Twilight Wings Nessa episode!

People Can Buy Cooking Mama: Cookstar Again, but Only Physically

For a while, it was looking like Cooking Mama: Cookstar was going to become one of those incredibly difficult to obtain, unintentionally limited runs due to an array of drama surrounding the Nintendo Switch game’s release. However, while it still isn’t showing up on the eShop digitally, it seems like people have a chance to buy it again. Planet Entertainment, its publisher, has updated its official website with a “buy it now” option that lets you purchase a Cooking Mama: Cookstar physical copy directly from them for $59.99 (before shipping).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Characters Are Talking About Brewster

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, people might be noticing the absence of some familiar faces. While characters who don’t have permanent places, but can visit are showing up, like Celeste and Kicks, others have been mysteriously absent. However, players are beginning to see references that suggest they could be around. Most notably, some Animal Crossing: New Horizons Brewster-related dialogue has been discovered. [Thanks, Cheryl, Kasilyn, and Animal Crossing World!]

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Echo joins Overwatch on April 14

Overwatch’s newest hero, Echo, will join the game’s lineup next week on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced Thursday. “Following the flight plan,” the developer tweeted from the Overwatch account. “Echo swoops into Overwatch on April 14!”

See Fallout 76’s NPCs (and explosives) in a new Wastelanders trailer

Fallout 76’s next big expansion, Wastelanders, isn’t your typical update. The long-awaited Wastelanders add-on brings NPCs back into the game, along with traditional Fallout conversation trees, player choice, and factions. You can see it in action in the launch trailer that publisher Bethesda Softworks released Thursday.

Sea of Thieves’ next update is all about factions, fighting, and cats

Sea of Thieves currently has a handful of factions that hand out quests and cosmetics; they serve as the backbone for the game’s content delivery. The next free update to Sea of Thieves, titled Ships of Fortune, is all about reinforcing and upgrading those systems.

Call of Duty: Warzone gets quad squads in season 3

Season 3 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its battle royale spinoff, Call of Duty: Warzone, officially kicks off Tuesday, April 8 on all platforms, according to a new trailer from Activision and Infinity Ward. The new season will bring quads mode — aka four-player squads — to Call of Duty: Warzone, as well as new skins and new weapons.

Capcom survey asks if you want more Resident Evil remakes

Mere days after the launch of the Resident Evil 3 remake, Capcom is surveying fans about the possibility of more Resident Evil remakes. While the survey doesn’t offer many hints about what Capcom may be considering for future Resident Evil games, the options aren’t limited to just remakes.