Top RPG News Of The Week: January 12th (PS5, Nier, Pokemon and More!)

Happy weekend from Fextralife! If you’ve been too busy to keep up on the latest in the games we cover or are looking for a refresher we’ve got you covered! Here’s a bite-sized version of the Top RPG news of the week. Taste all the latest news across the Fextralife Wiki Network.

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Lost Soul Aside

  • Creator of upcoming action-RPG Lost Soul Aside, Yang Bing reveals aim to release the game by the end of 2020.
  • Now setting the goal for the release by the end of 2020, Yang Bing creator of the upcoming action-RPG has revealed this to Chinese gaming outlets. In an interview that was translated by Daniel Ahmad, Bing also wants to expand outside of the gaming for Lost Soul Aside, which could mean creating an anime adaptation for the IP.
  • Yang Bing’s Lost Soul Aside gained interest when he released his first trailer which started out as a solo project. The game is influenced by such titles as Ninja Gaiden and Final Fantasy XV. The title was brought under the China Hero Project which helped to expand his team under Ultizero Games.
  • After this news was announced, the official Twitter account for Lost Soul Aside shared that this is only goal for the release date and not an actual confirmed release window.

For more on this news you can find it here in Lost Soul Aside 2020 Release Goal Announced By Creator Yang Bing.

PS5

  • Sony’s press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020, had a new unveiling for PS5 which was not exactly what most speculated for them to reveal.
  • Instead unveiling the look of the next generation console PS5, instead Sony revealed their somewhat new logo. Keeping with the same look that consumers recognise about the brand. Many believed that Sony would reveal Playstation 5 during the press con due to sharing what was thought to be a teaser due to the statement of “unveiling a unique vision of the future”.
  • However, it looks like Sony are in keeping with past patterns and only showing non-gaming products.
  • They’re have been leaks of dev kits which supposedly show the front and back of the console, but Sony have not confirmed that this is the final look of the console.
  • Playstation 5 will release Q4 2020, no price or confirmed release date has been announced as of yet.

For more on this news you can find it here in Sony Unveils New PS5 Logo At CES 2020.

Nintendo

  • In a recent interview with Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, he shared his thoughts on Cloud Gaming and the future of dedicated consoles.
  •  In an interview with Nikkei which was translated by Nintendo Everything, Furakawa shared that cloud gaming could be the main focus in about a decades time, but current consoles aren’t going anywhere for now. However he did warn that focusing purely on dedicated hardware would not be wise.
  • Cloud gaming isn’t something new to Nintendo as previously in Japan they’ve already had games launch on their cloud service such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Resident Evil 7, but was exclusive to Japan alone.
  • While Nintendo can be deemed a little old school in what they offer, they seem to be taking the future of gaming seriously. With other platforms such as xCloud on the horizon and the already released Stadia, there will be plenty of choice.

For more on this news you can find it here in Nintendo President Shares Focusing Entirely On Dedicated Consoles Is Pointless.

Diablo IV

  • Last we heard about the next major news update from Blizzard on the subject of Diablo IV was Q1 2020. Well it’s Q1 and fans are eager to know when exactly that will be, looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer according to this forum post.
  • Blizzard community manager by the username Nevalistis shared on the Diablo subreddit, a post containing some details about the next Diablo IV update in terms of news. While it didn’t provide huge amount of details it did share where exactly the game is in terms of development. It revealed that Diablo IV was in “very, very early” development and what was shown at BlizzCon was what was ready to be shown.
  • Diablo IV isn’t the only project that the developer is working on, Blizzard reminds fans that they are also continuing to provide updates for current Diablo III as well as Diablo Immortal.
  • So when can we expect more news? Blizz says “sometime between now and end of March” and the post also states that it will be a solid update in terms of what will be shown.

For more on this news you can find it here in Blizzard Shares Next Diablo IV Info Update Between Now And March.

Nioh 2

  • On the Playstation Blog, developer Team Ninja shared what happened with all the feedback they received during the open beta that was held last month.
  • While most of the feedback is on the positive side from the infographic they released showing the results from player response, Creative Director Tom Lee shares that there will be balances changes for all Yokai actions due to “portions that felt unreasonably difficulty”.
  • There summary of Beta Demo results showed an overall positive response, but Team Ninja aren’t resting on their laurels as there are plenty of improvements being made, you can check out all the updates on Fextralife.com or visit our Nioh 2 wiki for all the latest.
  • Nioh 2 will be releasing on March 13th 2020, on Playstation 4.

For more on this news you can find it here in Nioh 2’S Open Beta Feedback Is Helping To Improve The Game.

To the Moon

  • XD Network have released a launch trailer ahead of the release of To the Moon for Nintendo Switch.
  • The remake of Freebird Games’ title To the Moon, a launch trailer has been released. To the Moon has been remade under studio XD Network, and is on track to release on January 16th. The new launch trailer shows off the game, originally made on an old version of RPG maker, XD has gone through the effort of making the RPG into a new version through Unity but still keeps the retro feel.
  • The story follows two doctors who try to rebuild the memories of a dying man, as this is his final wish.
  • The original version of the game is still available on PC, but the remake will be hitting Nintendo Switch on January 16th.

For more on this news you can find it here in To The Moon Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer.

The Surge 2

  • The action-RPG The Surge 2 will be releasing the Kraken come January 16th. In this latest expansion players will experience hours of new narrative driven content with new storyline and location to explore. It also bring new weapons, implants and armor. Those who own the Season Pass will be able to access the Kraken DLC 48 hours early on January 14th.
  • Kraken will take place on the outskirts of Jericho City, at VBS Krakow on a massive aircraft carrier which has been transformed into a retreat for those who are rich and famous. Players will face robot pirates, dangerous security systems and a new boss all featuring unique combat mechanics. Will you be able to defeat the enemies within to uncover the secrets of the military carrier?
  • Kraken is part of the Season Pass and Premium Edition of The Surge 2. The Surge 2 is now available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.

For more on this news you can find it here in The Surge 2 Expansion Kraken Launches January 16th.

NieR 10th Anniversary

  • Approaching the 10th anniversary of the NieR series, producer Yosuke Saito teases a cryptic message about an unannounced title.
  • In an interview with Weekly Famitsu which was translated by Twinfinite, producer of NieR Automata Yosuke Saito hints some form of announcement is coming concerning the 10th anniversary. He shares: “This and that and an unannounced title.”
  • This isn’t the first hint of something happening for the 10 year anniversary, as last month a teaser website launched.
  • Saito also shared that 2020 will be busy as their Square Enix game Babylon’s Fall, will begin to reveal more info following the gameplay trailer which was revealed at the end of last year.
  • We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for further news following this mysterious teaser from Saito.

For more on this news you can find it here in NieR: Automata Producer Teases 10th Year Anniversary Announcement.

Pokemon

  • Nintendo made some announcements during their first Pokemon Direct of the year, focusing on Pokemon Sword and Shield.
  • In the announcement they shared the release window for Pokemon Home, a cloud transfer service where you can bring Pokemon from previous games to Pokemon Sword and Shield. The service will go live in February 2020 but they did not reveal the pricing or exact date yet.
  • Nintendo also announced the expansion pass, which will include two expansions, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, both are inspired by the United Kingdom.
  • The Isle of Armor will have plenty of new locations including beaches, forests, caves, bogs and more, with new Pokemon to catch. Crown Tundra will will feature snowy landscapes inspired by Scotland.
  • The first expansion will release in June and the second in Autumn 2020. The expansion pass is priced at $29.99 and is available on the eShop to pre-purchase. Those who pre-purchase will receive codes for Pikachu and Eevee uniforms for their trainers.
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield is currently available to play on the Nintendo Switch.

For more on this news you can find it here in Pokemon Home Will Arrive Next Month and


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