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NieR Replicant first released about 10 years ago for the PS3 and Xbox 360 and as was just announced, Square Enix will be bringing out an “updated” version of the action RPG title for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

Announced through their 10th Anniversary Livestream, the updated version is in development by Toylogic and Takahisa Taura, senior game designer of NieR: Automata, will be working on the title as well.

The updated version, which is unclear whether it is a remaster or a remake, will have full voiceovers starring quite a star studded cast of actors:

  • Nier (young boy) – Nobuhiko Okamoto
  • Nier (young man) – Koji Yusa
  • Yonah – Ai Nonaka
  • Grimoire Weiss – Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Emil – Mai Kadowaki

The trailer doesn’t show much, but with it being an updated version, it was announced that there will be new characters, new BGM, and maybe even new endings that is still being decided on by the development team.

NieR Replicant is currently in development with no release date scheduled yet.

Square Enix has already announced that the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be experiencing physical copy delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak situation happening all over the world. Locally, since malls are closed and no other retailers will be operating at that time, a digital purchase is likely the only way you’ll get to play the game on day one.

That has not stopped people (and some retailers) from jumping the gun on releasing the game, even if it means breaking the mandated street date for the title.

A Reddit user going by the name of NateLo22 has posted the copy of the game that he got early, stating that he had ordered and received it early. Shown below are the contents from the Deluxe Edition of the game, which gets you an artbook, a collectible steel case, and a mini soundtrack apart from the base game.

Square isn’t the only one experiencing delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak as Capcom has also put out word for Resident Evil 3, which is scheduled to release on April 3.

We still don’t know much about the PS5. Apart from the hardware and specs, two of the more important things like price and launch titles are still a bit of a secret for now. We know for sure that Godfall, a looter slasher game from Gearbox, will be coming out in the same release window as the PS5 but whether it is a launch title is to be determined.

Quantum Error, a cross generation PS4 and PS5 game, is the next title to be announced and it is from TeamKill Media. Check out the announcement teaser below:

Quantum Error is dubbed as a cosmic horror FPS, with some Dead Space vibes going for it. As of writing, it is not determined to be a PS5 launch title yet but given that it will be releasing on the PS4 may give us some hint that it could be releasing not too long after the launch of the PS5.

The quarantine due to COVID-19 is still ongoing in a lot of locales around the world and we’ll need a lot of distractions to survive the boredom. Thankfully, the Epic Store has been giving away free games since last year and today, a surprise addition joins the roster as World War Z goes for the cheap cheap price of… $0!

As with all of the free games from the Epic Store, you just have to download the client similar to steam and start playing from there! No frills, all free.

World War Z joins Figment and Tormentor x Punisher as your free games from today until April 2.

Atlus is joining the Switch party as a recent announcement revealed through the deceivingly “mini” Nintendo Direct that Catherine: Full Body is going full portable on July 7.

Catherine: Full Body was released last year as a remake to the 2011 classic. Part puzzle and part dating sim, the upcoming Switch release will be similar to that which was released for the PS4 and Vita last year, featuring new endings, mechanics, and stages as well as online multiplayer.

While it isn’t exactly a game that you’d let the kids play, fans of the title will appreciate the portability that comes along with this installment. Just don’t get caught in a seedy cutscene while on the public commute.

Following their formal announcement last year, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is now scheduled to be released on May 29, 2020.

Now where have we heard of May 29… OH RIGHT, a bunch of 2K games are releasing on the 29th as well.

With the definitive edition, expect updated graphics, a remastered soundtrack, and an epilogue entitled “Future Connected”. Check out the trailer for the official reveal:

Along with this release will be the various Collectors Editions depending on which region you wish to get it from. US fans will be slightly disappointed in the offering, as it lacks the usual CE offerings such as a Steelbook.

Fans from Europe get the longer end of the stick, getting a Steelbook as well as a better looking package overall, along with a Vinyl format soundtrack.

May 29 is going to be a wallet burner for Switch owners. Thankfully, you have a couple of months to save up for the impending bankruptcy.

There was quite a number of announcements during that not so mini Nintendo Direct that took everyone by surprise. One of which was the eShop release of the Sega Saturn classic, Panzer Dragoon, which you can get starting today.

Once an Apple Arcade gem, Capcom also released Shinsekai: Into the Depths with a surprise reveal.

As far as demos go, Trails of Cold Steel III and Arms both receive demos which you can start downloading as of this writing.

Arguably the biggest demo that everyone is looking forward to is for Bravely Default II, which is the… Third game after the confusing sequence of Bravely Default and Bravely Second.

Being a Switch owner has indeed proven to be fun, even in the midst of the quarantine situation. Fun, but with a very empty wallet.

It’s a rather old game, and also 2 years since it was released on the PS4 and Xbox One, but Burnout Paradise Remastered is making its way to the Switch later in the year. This release will include all expansion packs and DLC’s from before and best of all? The Switch version will keep the game at 60fps.

The Switch version will also feature online play as well as the ability to use the touchscreen to manipulate the map, all while retaining the fast paced action that the game has been known for, all in a fully portable package.

No exact release date has been revealed but we can expect the game to release sometime later this year.

Coming from a surprise direct “mini” as it’s called, Nintendo and 2K have announced a number of fantastic game collections for the Switch.

The Bioshock, XCOM2, and Borderlands collection will all come to the Switch on May 29 and will feature a total of 8 games all in all. Bioshock will have Bioshock 1, 2, and Infinite along with DLC, XCOM 2 will have the base game along with the War of the Chosen expansion and all 4 DLC’s, and Borderlands will include Borderlands 1, 2, and the Pre-Sequel along with all DLC’s.

As seen on the game sleeve covers, additional download will be required to play these games, which partially defeats the purpose of a physical release in the first place.

Borderlands will only include the first game on the cart, prompting you for a massive install to get both Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel up and running. XCOM 2 will only have the two base game missions, and Bioshock will need to download add-ons and DLC’s.

That said, maybe a digital purchase is the best way to go, seeing as digital versions tend to go on sale more often. If you collect physical copies though, then these are a must buy.

Grand Guilds, a story driven turn based RPG with card based combat mechanics, is currently scheduled to be released later today via digital realease. Steam, Utomik, and European Nintendo eShop account holders will be able to play the game come 10PM and US Nintendo eShop account holders will follow suit at 12MN.

Filipino based developers Drix Studios and publishers Keybol Games are as excited as the local fans because finally we can get to have a homegrown game that local gamers can fully support, with the hopes of bringing the emerging talents of the local game development scene into the forefront.

Grand Guilds will retail for $19.99 (or around PHP1,000) but if you pre-order before it goes live, you can avail of the 10% discount upon purchase!