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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mobile Monday: Dadish, Pascal’s Wager

It's a radish that's a dad. Get it? Every week, dozens of mobile games are released with little to no fanfare, pushed into a marketplace very few are capable of surviving. I'd like to change that, which is why I'm introducing Mobile Monday. Each week, this feature will focus on a handful of interesting mobile titles that go beyond the usual dreck clogging up the app stores.
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    Spider-Man artist explains how he designed Peter Parker’s nipples and bulge

    Every video game is composed of a million little details that someone, somewhere, had to make a decision about. And in Marvel’s Spider-Man, which lets players sling around in Peter Parker’s underwear, it means that someone had to decide how to depict Spider-Man’s nipples and butt.

    Three Massive Art of Capcom Books Will Start Rolling Out This Summer

    UDON’s Art of Capcom will release in three different volumes, the first of which rolls out this summer. Amazon has the hardcover editions of each available for preorder. They’re all currently listed at marked down prices, too, now costing about $34.99 apiece, instead of the original $49.99 asking price. The first, UDON’s Art of Capcom, is a 320-page tome. UDON’s Art of Capcom 2 features the same page length, while UDON’s Art of Capcom 3 is 300 pages long.

    Modern Warfare Season 2 Getting Tank-less Ground War Mode This Week

    As part of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Season 2, more content is coming later this week to keep things fresh. Highlighting the update is a new tank-less version of Ground War, giving players the chance to play on large scale maps without tanks or APCs. Called Infantry Ground War, it’ll come with its own new playlist. This week we’ll also be getting a new 3 versus 3 snipers mode on the Rust map, perfect for those who want to test their quick-scoping skills. A new map, Bazaar, is headed to the game later this week as well, but there’s no exact timeframe on when all this content will drop. Activision and Infinity Ward have made a habit out of not announcing dates for new content too early following Modern Warfare’s launch.

    Streets of Rage 4 Release Date is Scheduled for Spring 2020

    Finally, more details are live about Streets of Rage 4. For one, the beat ’em up is coming to the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Xbox One this spring, though a solid release date remains unknown. In addition to a launch window, multiplayer information has been confirmed. Online, players will have the option to join up with at least one other players. For the first time in the long-dormant franchise, local co-op will extend to a total of four players.

    Devolver Digital Announces Disc Room Game, Set to Appear at PAX East

    Devolver Digital is publishing another ultra-stylish and brutal experience in the form of Disc Room. Minit developers Jan Willem Nijman and Kitty Calis lead the charge, alongside Heavy Bullets developer Terri Vellmann and High Hell’s Doseone. Disc Room, an action title with the most peculiar premise, will launch sometime this year. Apart from a Steam confirmation, Devolver Digital has yet to specify which platforms the new project will release on.

    Here's Why Rob McElhenney's Minecraft Movie Never Came to Be

    In 2015, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney was scheduled to direct an animated Minecraft movie starring Steve Carell. After being given a $150 million budget, courtesy of Warner Bros., McElhenney’s version of the film fizzled out and he left the project. As it turns out, the biggest reason for the change had to do with the departure of the film studio’s chief Greg Silverman in 2016. His replacement Toby Emmerich did not have the same vision for the Minecraft film, and as McElhenney explains, it “slowly died on the vine.”

    Kojima Productions pulls out of GDC due to coronavirus concerns

    Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions will not be attending the Game Developers Conference this year due to concerns about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, according to a post on the company’s website.

    Dreams Sales Drop While Bayonetta and Vanquish Make a Splash in UK

    Last week, Media Molecule’s Dreams made a splash on the UK charts at launch, taking the eighth spot on the bestselling retail games list for the week ending February 15, 2020. That success has not carried over to the following week, ending February 22nd, though. Dreams has dropped down to the 15th spot, with a 20% decline in sales week-over-week. The top 10 list did see a new addition with Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle, making its debut as the 10th bestselling retail game in that territory throughout the same time period. Keep in mind, these sales stats only pertain to physical copies sold in the UK.

    Kojima Productions GDC Plans Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

    On the heels of Sony’s and Facebook’s cancelling their Game Developers Conference (GDC) plans, Kojima Productions is now doing the same. Members from the Death Stranding studio will no longer attend the conference next month, due to “increasing concerns” regarding coronavirus. This also means Hideo Kojima’s “Death Stranding Design Philosophy” discussion has been cancelled, as well.

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    New PlatinumGames Game Announcement Will Arrive on February 26, 2020

    The next new PlatinumGames game announcement will arrive this week. The official Platinum 4 website has been updated. The second star now has February 26, 2020 listed below it. As a reminder, in the past stars on the site have been updated when teasers or reveals have been made, as the first star now links a The Wonderful 101: Remastered Kickstarter page. [Thanks, NintendoSwitch.pl!]

    Leaked Resident Evil 3 Screenshots Show Jill Facing Old and New Enemies

    An apparent Resident Evil 3 screenshot leak from GamerGen has resulted in a number of better looks at Jill Valentine facing new and old enemies. The majority of the watermarked images show Jill during what appears to be the main campaign. However, there also seem to be some pictures looking at Becca Woolett, Martin Sandwich, and Samuel Jordan in Resident Evil: Resistance, the multiplayer mode included with the game. [Thanks, Resetera!]

    Buy Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One, get Xbox Series X upgrade free

    Fans who buy Cyberpunk 2077 for the Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade free of charge as soon as it’s ready. The announcement was made this morning by CD Projekt Red on Twitter.