Sega Announces Palm-Sized Game Gear Micro Console

A set of palm-sized Game Gear Micro consoles have been revealed as part of SEGA’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

The Game Gear Micro is currently only available to preorder in Japan and will launch on October 6th. At time of writing, there has been no news of a Western release for the device.

The console has a one-inch screen, and will arrive in four colour schemes, each with a different set of four games preloaded (full list below).

The fun-sized device will offer a headphone jack, charge via USB and use two AAA batteries for power. Sega is currently offering a promotion where, if you buy all four variants of the Game Gear Micro, you will receive a special Big Window accessory that magnifies the screen while you play. The console will retail in Japan for 4,980 yen, which roughly equates to £40 or $50.

You can check out the games preloaded on each colour of micro console below:

Black

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • Out Run
  • Royal Stone

Blue

  • Sonic & Tails
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Sylvan Tale
  • Baku Baku Animal

Yellow

  • Shining Force 1
  • Shining Force 2
  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
  •  Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux

Red

  • Revelations: The Demon Slayer
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • The G.G. Shinobi
  • Columns

As for the rest of Sega’s 60th-anniversary celebrations, the company has launched an anniversary website which offers a timeline of its history in games. We reviewed the SEGA Genesis Mini last year, calling it “as close to perfect as any retro all-in-one mini console has come so far.”

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Mobile Seasons Delayed

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile’s upcoming seasons have been delayed in response to the ongoing worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd.

Call of Duty’s Twitter account tweeted that it is “not the time” and that it would be “moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates. Right now it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice, and change to be seen and heard. We stand alongside you.”

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There is no indication as to the new dates for these new seasons, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s fourth season was set to launch on June 3, while Call of Duty: Mobile’s was also set for this week.

This news follows the announcement that Sony would also be delaying its PlayStation 5 reveal event from June 4 to a later date.

As for what Season 4 will hold for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a recent tease may have hinted that Captain Price could potentially become a new operator in multiplayer.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Director Details New Enemy Factions

The Last of Us Part 2 is Naughty Dog’s biggest game yet, and while that doesn’t mean the sequel is going open world, it does mean Naughty Dog is aiming to create an expansive, varied new series of environments for players to explore and survive.

Speaking to IGN ahead of The Last of Us Part 2’s final preview embargo, Director Neil Druckmann explained both the development team’s approach to creating Seattle, and how the introduction of new enemy factions added more variety to both story and gameplay.

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“One of the reasons we picked Seattle is because of how many diverse locations it has. We knew we’re going to spend a lot of time in the city and, like a good Naughty Dog game, we need to switch things up as far as art styles and locations go,” Druckmann said, noting the variety of city, residential, and environmental areas in the Pacific Northwest.

“So the team studied a lot of the architecture of the city, the foliage that grows in that part of the country. They scanned different materials so we can make them authentic.”

These decisions of course, are in concert with ensuring the level designers can create interesting exploration and combat spaces for players — as Druckmann said, they do a bit of “location scouting.”

“And then the level designers what they would do is also study that architecture as well,” he said. “What are interesting locations for exploration or for our new physics system to get different kinds of puzzles.

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“For combat, this has been an ongoing principle, [we want] to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar,” Druckmann continued, noting that residential areas, now overgrown with vegetation in this post-pandemic world, can offer something unexpected.

Druckmann also pointed to how the use of Seattle’s sewers and other similarly “creepy, dank areas” allowed the team to play up the sequel’s horror elements.

“We have Stalkers that are grown into the wall and sometimes they’re dead and nothing will happen, and sometimes they’ll rip off the wall and charge at you,” he teased.

Seattle is also home to the Washington Liberation Front and the Seraphites, two groups Ellie will contend with that offer new combat challenges playing to the strengths of the environmental design.

“You have the WLF, this secular militaristic faction and then the Seraphites, this religious group that has rejected technology of the old world and they built everything from the ground up,” Druckmann said.

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“Those two groups and their conflicts speaks to the cycle of violence, but mechanically how we wanted to separate them, the WLF has accrued all this military equipment. So they use more machine guns and they have vehicles in certain setups,” he continued.

“But the Searphites, what makes them creepy and scary to go up against is they’re very stealthy and quiet … and they’ll sneak up on you and use the vegetation the way that Ellie does and the WLF doesn’t.”

For more, read up on what Druckmann recently had to say about how the infected enemies in The Last of Us Part 2 have changed, as well as what he told us last year about how enemy dogs lead to tough choices in The Last of Us Part 2. Learn about some of the incredible tiny details Naughty Dog is filling the sequel with, and find out when you can read IGN’s The Last of Us Part 2 review.

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Sony Delays PS5 June Reveal Event

Sony has announced that it has decided to delay the PlayStation 5 reveal event, originally set for June 4.

“We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4. While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the statement reads.

Sony originally had announced last week a PS5 reveal event for this Thursday, June 4, which would have debuted games set for Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 5. Since that announcement, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic the world is facing, protests around the United States and the world have been ongoing, centering on police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

Sony has not announced any rescheduling plans for the event or its included announcements. It remains unclear at this time whether planned games will be showcased in the weeks and months to come or if Sony will put together a replacement event down the line.

The PS5 is still set for a holiday 2020 launch, and Sony CEO Jim Ryan recently said the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed the company’s plans for the PS5 price. The only aspect of the physical console Sony has shown is the DualSense, the PS5’s new controller.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass News Coming Tomorrow

We’ll get more details on Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Expansion Pass tomorrow, June 2 at 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern / 2pm UK / 11pm AEST.

Revealed in a tweet by the Japanese Pokemon Twitter account (below), no details were given of what could be revealed. However, with the first expansion for the latest Pokemon games – The Isle of Armor – due to arrive by the end of June, it seems likely we’d get a release date.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield expansions will include The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra (due this Fall), and each will add a new open area to explore. They’ll also add new legendary Pokemon, new regular Pokemon, new Galarian forms, and dozens of returning Pokemon that were previously unavailable to catch.

It marks a new step for the Pokemon franchise – which has previously preferred to release new versions of the same game, or semi-sequels. We think this is a very good next step.

We awarded Pokemon Sword and Shield a 9.3 review, and since named it one of the best Nintendo Switch games.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Drops to $49.94 on PS4 and Xbox One / Series X

The next game in Ubisoft’s long-running historical series is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It’s coming “Holiday 2020” to Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Stadia (phew). You play as Eivor, a Viking warrior who leads a clan out of Norway and begins raiding English towns during the Dark Ages. When you’re not looting and plundering, you can build and grow your own settlement to gain power in the region. Eivor can be male or female, and the game features a new combat system that includes dual-wielding weapons. You can read more in our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reveal.

As usual with major Ubisoft releases, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available in a number of editions. Here’s a look at what comes in each one, plus details about what preorder bonuses to expect. Note: the next-gen versions of the game are not yet up for preorder, but if you buy the Xbox One version, you’ll get the Xbox Series X version for free.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition

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Xbox One / Xbox Series X

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The standard edition comes with the game itself, as well as the preorder bonus (see below).

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gold Edition

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Xbox One / Xbox Series X

PC

The gold edition includes the game itself, as well as the season pass.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition

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Xbox One / Xbox Series X

PC

The ultimate edition comes with the game, the season pass, and the Ultimate Pack, which includes the following exclusive customization content: the Berserker Gear Pack, the Berserker Settlement Pack and the Berserker Longship Pack, along with a Set of Runes to improve weapons or gear.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Collector’s Edition

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The Ubisoft Store-exclusive collector’s edition includes the base game, the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack, a high-end Ubicollectibles replica of Eivor and her longship (30 cm high), a Collector’s Case, a SteelBook with unique artwork, a numbered certificate of authenticity, a Viking Statuette of Eivor with a raven and Dane axe (5 cm high), exclusive lithographs as well as a selected soundtrack of the game.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Preorder Bonus

assassins-creed-valhalla-preorder-bonusEveryone who preorders Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will receive an additional mission called The Way of the Berserker, “in which players will join a legendary Norse Berserker on his quest for revenge.”

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The Last of Us Part 2: PlayStation Boss Says Preorders Weren’t Hurt By Spoiler Leak

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has revealed that demand for The Last of Us Part 2 “remains strong” despite major story spoilers circulating online. Specifically, the spoilers appear to have had a limited effect on preorders for the game.

In an interview with CNET, Ryan acknowledged the unfortunate situation, but mentioned that Sony has “tallied more preorders in Europe for The Last of Us Part 2 than it did for Marvel’s Spider-Man at the same point before its launch.”

Ryan went on to say that he hopes The Last of Us Part 2 will be “a defining game for this generation,” and added that while there haven’t been any plans revealed for bringing the game to the PS5, The Last of Us Part 2 will run on the new console “without issue.”

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Back in late April, major spoilers for the game circulated online, ruining some major moments of the game for fans waiting to play the hotly anticipated sequel. They’re still doing the rounds, so please, be careful out there! Not long to go now until June 19, when the game launches worldwide on PS4.

For more on The Last of Us Part 2, check out our article covering the game’s incredible tiny character details. IGN’s review of the game will go live on Friday June 12, at 12:01AM Pacific Time.

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