No More Heroes Creator Suda51 Has Talked With Marvel About Working On A Game

By Wesley LeBlanc

It’s no surprise when a video game developer says they want to make a Marvel game. Marvel is chock full of exciting super villains and heroes to explore in video games, and the different abilities and powers of each make for some exciting gameplay. One only needs to look at titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man to see that. However, No More Heroes creator Suda51 recently told Japanese publication Automaton that he’s met with Marvel to talk about working on a game, as reported by Video Games Chronicle. Of course, this doesn’t mean Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, which NetEase recently acquired, are working on a Marvel game, so don’t get too excited just yet. 

When asked about Grasshopper Manufacture’s plans to release three original IP games over the next ten years, Suda51 reiterated this desire but also mentioned the idea of maybe making a Marvel game. 

“The first thing we’re going to do is create original IP,” Suda51 told Automaton, as translated by VGC. “Until now, we’ve worked with publishers who have their own IPs, and we’ve been given the budget to make them on commission. For independent studios, this is often the case. From now on, we’d like to create three new IPs and launch them one by one. However, we have also said that we would like to make IPs that are based on attractive original works, if there are any. I think that will depend on discussions we have with Marvel Studios. If Marvel Studios comes up with something good, we’ll think about it.” 

“I’m sorry, I was saying that from the top down, I’m just kidding,” he continued. “But we’ve had a few meetings with Marvel, and we’ve talked about the possibility of working together on something. We hope that the power of video games will help boost these opportunities.” 

So there you have it – Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture have met with Marvel. Here’s hoping those discussions went well because we’d love to see what a Marvel game developed by the developer of No More Heroes 3 would look and play like. 

For more, check out our thoughts on Grasshopper Manufacture’s latest in Game Informer’s No More Heroes 3 review and then read about how NetEase acquired Grasshopper Manufacture. Check out Game Informer’s breakdown of Grasshopper Manufacture’s history after that. 

[Source: Automaton via Video Games Chronicle]

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No plans for Star Wars Battlefront 3, as DICE focuses fully on Battlefield – report

By Tom Phillips

You know it to be true. 

Don’t expect Battlefield studio DICE to make a third entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series.That’s according to a new Venturebeat report, which has dug further into this afternoon’s flurry of Star Wars details. Star Wars Battlefront was notably absent amongst announcements of a Jedi: Fallen Order sequel from developer Respawn, a new first-person shooter also from Respawn, and a new strategy game from Bit Reactor… and also Respawn.

Venturebeat reports that EA’s Star Wars output has now been “siloed” at Respawn – which will also continue to work on its popular battle royale Apex Legends. (And no, there’s no word of a Titanfall 3.)DICE, meanwhile, will focus solely on righting the wobbly-looking Battlefield ship, following the shaky launch of Battlefield 2042. (A separate report this week suggested EA was considering releasing part of that game for free to tempt more players onboard.)There are no other new Star Wars projects active at EA outside of the three being worked on by Respawn, Venturebeat’s report concludes. Other EA studios are busy working on Dead Space (EA Motive), Dragon Age and Mass Effect (BioWare).Star Wars: Battlefront 2 arrived back in 2017 with an enjoyable campaign, although its release was vastly overshadowed by the saga of its loot boxes – which were dramatically disabled on the day before release following ferocious pre-launch feedback.

Elgato releases Stream Deck Pedal

By Ed Nightingale

Elgato, provider of streaming peripherals, has released the new Stream Deck Pedal for foot control of streams.It consists of three pedal buttons that can be programmed – like the standard Stream Deck – to control software, hardware and more.On a basic level it means keeping your hands on the controller or mouse while you play games. But it has other applications too.

Introducing Stream Deck Pedal.Instant, hands-free control of your apps and tools with 3 customizable pedals. Available now:— Elgato (@elgato) January 25, 2022

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For some disabled streamers, for instance, the Stream Deck Pedal could provide useful alternative inputs, although the price point may be off-putting for some.
This is a huge leap forward for making the Stream Deck more accessible. I love this.— Radderss ? ? | BLM ? (@RadderssGaming) January 25, 2022

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A pity that such an accessibility friendly device has the biggest accessibility barrier of them all – cost.?90 for this is a farce.This is ?30 tech at most.— Words | FFVI (@NoWordCount) January 25, 2022

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Additionally, as more content creators from outside of gaming join streaming platforms, the pedal provides extra control away from a computer desk – for musicians for example.Elgato also promises the pedal “is built to take a stomping without budging”. So streamers can step on this to their heart’s content.Check out the Elgato product page for further details.Elgato has also announced its official Discord Stream Deck plugin to control Discord using its devices.
And one more thing…Today we’re also launching our official Discord Stream Deck plugin!? Mute Mic? Push-to-Talk? Join Voice Channels? Switch Text Channels? Works perfectly with Stream Deck Pedal— Elgato (@elgato) January 25, 2022

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Twitch streamers are currently campaigning for the platform to introduce a Disability Pride Month, with a post on UserVoice now gathering over 1,100 votes.

Steam Deck Adds Dynamic Cloud Sync, Enables Seamless Save Transfers Across All Devices

By Jason Guisao

The release of Valve’s highly-anticipated handheld device, the Steam Deck, is right around the corner. Slated to be a formidable rival to the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck boasts powerful technology, including an AMD processor, LCD screen, and a dock that allows it to connect to monitors, controllers, and mouse and keyboards. Moreover, Valve is adding a “Dynamic Cloud Sync” – a component that enables seamless save transfers.[embedded content]

According to Eurogamer, the Dynamic Cloud Sync means that players won’t necessarily need to exit their favorite PC game on the Steam Deck to play it on other devices. An official blog post elaborates on this with more detail:

“We anticipate that users will frequently suspend their Steam Deck without exiting the game, as is common with other hand-held gaming devices. With Dynamic Cloud Sync, if they then choose to play on another device (whether a PC or another Steam Deck), their progress will be there waiting for them.

With Dynamic Cloud Sync, Steam will automatically upload all modified save game data to the cloud prior to the device entering sleep mode. Users can then resume their game on any PC, laptop or other device. Steam will also automatically download any save game changes when users return to their Steam Deck and wake up the device.”

If Dynamic Cloud Sync is disabled on your Steam Deck, you’ll be prompted to close the game fully if you try to access it elsewhere. So, to save time, it’s probably better that you leave it on. Besides, who wouldn’t want to jump right back into the action any time, any place? 

In case you’re unfamiliar with the other capabilities of the Steam Deck, an old press release states:

“Steam Deck is a powerful all-in-one portable PC. With a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD, Steam Deck is comparable to a gaming laptop with the ability to run the latest AAA games. Your Steam library will be on Deck to play games wherever and whenever you want. Steam Deck is also an open PC, adding the ability to install any software or connect with any hardware.”

The Steam Deck is on track to release in February 2022. If you’re one of the lucky ones that have already preordered the handheld, brush up on what PC games you should probably download first.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Will Feature New Evolutions for Classic Starters

By Jared Moore

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to feature new evolutionary forms of its classic starter Pokémon when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Friday, January 28.As per the YouTube description for the game’s latest trailer (which can also be seen below), Pokémon Legends: Arceus will seemingly treat Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet to their very own Hisuian final form evolutions.”You may have met Dartrix, Quilava, and Dewott in your other adventures,” reads a statement beneath the YouTube video. “But you’ve never encountered their Hisui region Evolutions.” Dartrix usually evolves into Decidueye, Quilava into Typhlosion, and Dewott into Samurott.While the trailer itself doesn’t show off any of the three final form evolutions, it does treat fans to a further look at the Hisui region and what it has to offer. Across the clip, fans can take another look at the different ways they’ll be able to utilise Pokémon to travel around the region as well as further chances to check out noble Pokémon and the game’s wider landscape. In addition to the trailer, the official website for Pokémon Legends: Arceus did show off silhouettes for the starters’ Hisuian final forms, which can be seen below. Image Credit: The Pokémon CompanyIn other recent Pokémon news, reports around the internet last week suggested that a great detail of the game’s material including the opening movie, a range of new Pokémon, and story elements had been leaked online. The reports followed images that cropped up online showing fans holding boxed copies of the game that had seemingly been sent out early by mistake. With only a few days left until Pokémon Legends: Arceus officially releases, this is once again your friendly reminder to stay cautious on social media for a little while longer. For some slightly different Pokémon news, make sure to check out this article detailing how Logan Paul has denied faking his reaction to the $3.5 million dollar Pokémon scam he became caught up in. And, if you’ve finished that then you may (or may not) want to check out this piece showing off a fan-made Pokémon FPS – though, prior warning, it’s kind of disturbing. Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Gord, a New Dark-Fantasy Strategy Game from a Former Witcher 3 Producer, Gets New CG Trailer

By Ryan McCaffrey

Publisher Team17 and developer Covenant, a group of two dozen veteran developers headed by former producer on The Witcher 3 Stan Just, have just released a new cinematic story trailer for Gord, their upcoming dark-fantasy strategy game for PC.See the new trailer above and the original announcement trailer – which got over a million views on IGN’s YouTube channel – below.Gord is inspired by Slavic folklore and will incorporate city-building elements similar to Frostpunk, and with a sanity system for NPCs that may make you think of Eternal Darkness back on the Nintendo Gamecube. “Players will have to complete quests to grow the tribe’s settlements (known as ‘gords’) and fortify these from invaders while managing a populace whose personal stories, familial ties and mental well-being can have devastating impact on the survival of their communities,” Covenant says.Gord does not yet have a release date, but stay tuned to IGN later this week for more on this game.Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s executive editor of previews and host of both IGN’s weekly Xbox show, Podcast Unlocked, as well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN Unfiltered. He’s a North Jersey guy, so it’s “Taylor ham,” not “pork roll.” Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.