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Here are some of last week’s highlights in gaming, movies, and more:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been delayed indefinitely, with publisher Paradox Interactive removing developer Hardsuit Labs off the project (via Bloodlines 2)
  • Sony has confirmed development of the next-generation version of PlayStation VR, with the new hardware not releasing until at least 2022 (via PlayStation Blog)
  • Gran Tursimo 7 has been delayed to 2022 due to COVID-19 related development challenges (via GQ UK)

 

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 are coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on March 26, with a Nintendo Switch version arriving later this year
    • Those who have purchased the game on last-gen systems can upgrade to current-gen systems for a $10 fee

 

  • Days Gone, the previously PlayStation-exclusive open world zombie action game, is coming to PC sometime this Spring

 

  • Star Wars: Republic Commando, originally released in 2005, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on April 6

 

  • Square Enix released a new trailer for Nier Replicant remaster ahead of the game’s release on April 23

 

  • Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, the Jet Set Radio inspired rollerblading/graffiti game from Team Reptile (via Lethal League series), is scheduled to release sometime in 2022
    • Composer Hideki Naganuma, who scored Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future, is composing Bomb Rush Cyrberfunk

 

  • Ripley and the Xenomorph from the Aliens franchise are no available in Fortnite
  • BioWare and EA have stopped development on Anthem, canceling the game’s previously announced revamp known as Anthem NEXT (via BioWare)
    • BioWare Executive producer Christian Dailey sighted development issues due to COVID-19 and other production problems for the cancellation

 

  • The long-in-development System Shock remake will release in late Summer this year, and a new demo is now available on Steam

 

  • Bungie has announced that Destiny 2‘s next expansion, The Witch Queen, has been delayed until early 2022
  • The next Dragon Age game will reportedly be single-player only, due to the lukewarm response to BioWare’s Anthem and the critical acclaim of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (via Bloomberg)
  • Sony streamed their latest State of Play presentation, focused on games releasing in 2021. Take a look at some of the highlights below

 

  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time originally released late last year, is coming to PlayStation 5 with enhanced features
    • Those who already own the game on PS4 can transfer game saves and upgrade their game at no additional cost, and will release on March 12

 

  • A short walkthrough of Returnal, from developer Mousemarque, was shown off
    • The game releases on April 30

 

  • Sifu, a new martial arts action game from Absolver developer Sloclap, was revealed 
    • The game is set to arrive on PS5 and PC later this year

 

  • Solar Ash, from Hyper Light Drifter developer Heart Machine, got its first gameplay reveal
    • The action platformer arrives on PS4, PS5 and PC later this year

 

  • New footage of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach was revealed

 

  • Oddworld: Soulstorm got a new gameplay trailer, and revealed the game’s release date as April 6
    • The gam will also be free to those subscribed to PlayStation Plus on PS5 

 

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits received a new trailer and revealed its August 24 release date for PS4 and PS5

 

  • Deathloop got a stylish new trailer before its May 21 release on PlayStation 5 

 

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, an updated version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, capped off the State of Play
    • The updated game is coming to PS5 on June 10, along with a new DLC chapter starring Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII
    • The update will be free to those who own the PS4 version and want to update to Intergrade on PS5, and the new chapter will be purchasable

 

  • Shortly after the State of Play, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, a mobile game that retells the entire Compilation of Final Fantasy story along with minor additions
    • The game will release on iOS and Android in 2022

 

  • Square Enix also announced Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, a mobile battle-royale game set thirty years before the events of Final Fantasy VII set to release sometime this year

 

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake, Farpoint, Maquette, and Remnant: From the Ashes are March’s PlayStation Plus games
    • Those who own the PlayStation Plus version of Final Fantasy VII Remake will not be able to upgrade to the PS5 version
  • Sony/PlayStation is reportedly is the process of winding down its Sony Japan Studio, with remaining staff going to Team ASOBI,the developers behind the Astro Bot games (via VGC)
  • The Pokémon Company streamed a new Pokémon Presents showcase to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the franchise, while making a few announcements as well

 

  • Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl released in Japan in 2006 and 2007 in the U.S., are coming to Nintendo Switch in late 2021

 

  • New gameplay from New Pokémon Snap was also shown off during the stream before the game’s release on April 30

 

  • Pokémon Legends Arceus was also revealed, a seemingly open world game taking place in the early days of the Sinnoh region that will release in 2022

 

  • The Sinking City, which had been removed from PC on Steam due to publisher/developer rights issues, is back on Steam but with developer Frogwares warning that it had no input on this version
  • The PlayStation 5 will reportedly become open to internal storage upgrades starting this Summer (via Bloomberg)

 

  • In gaming/streaming series news, Sony is reportedly developing a live-action Twisted Metal series from the writing team behind the Deadpool films and Zombieland (via Variety)
  • A Blue Beetle film is reportedly in the works from DC and Warner Bros, with Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto attached to direct (via The Wrap)
  • Netflix is developing an anime series based on The Terminator franchise, with animation studio Production I.G working on the series (via Polygon)

 

  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch, a spin off of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, starts streaming on Disney Plus on May 4

 

  • Marvel’s Loki will start streaming on June 11

 

  •  Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will start streaming on March 19

 

  • The first trailer for Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K animated series, starring comedian Patton Oswalt as the titular villain, was released
    • The series releases on Hulu on May 21

 

  • The first teaser trailer for Pixar’s Luca was released
    • The animated feature is planned to release this summer

 

And now a list of some of last week’s notable releases in games and movies

Games

2/23: Persona 5 Strikers (PC, PS4, Switch) – Omega Force/Atlus

2/23: Curse of the Dead Gods (XONE, Switch) – Passtech Games/Focus Home Interactive

2/25: Turok and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (PS4) – Nightdive Studios

2/25: Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection (Switch) – Capcom

2/26: Bravely Default II (Switch) – Square Enix/Nintendo
 

Movies

2/26: Tom and Jerry
 

2/26: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
 

2/26: Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry


 

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