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First revealed last month during a huge Nintendo Direct that saw some blockbuster announcements, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will see the addition of select Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to add more value to the subscription. The price was not revealed back then but after the recently concluded Animal Crossing direct, we now know how much the expansion pack will cost. The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will set you back for $49.99 (around PHP2,500) for a 12-month individual subscription while a family subscription will go for $79.99 (around PHP4,000). For an expanding library of N64 and Sega Genesis titles, that seems quite pricey. As a consolation though, the latest Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise expansion will be included as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNsGXJ6Cl00 For comparison, an annual individual Nintendo Switch Online membership without the expansion pack is $19.99, a $30 difference. An annual family membership jumps…

After months of memes made and even after making a life-size fridge that actually works, Xbox has gone and finally announced pre-orders for the Xbox mini fridge that starts on October 19 and arrives in global retailers in December 2021. Created in partnership with Ukonic!, the Xbox mini fridge can hold up to 12 cans and even has 2 shelves to hold your snacks, enough to last you for a number of gaming sessions. It also features a USB port to charge your devices and all of this is powered by the included DC power adapter. https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/1449012381552574464 The Xbox Series X mini fridge will first be available in the US and Canada through Target and Target.com for $99.99 (around PHP5,000). Fans in the UK can look forward to its availability from GAME for £89.99 and other territories such as France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, and Poland will be available…

Dragon Age 4 is still a long way out but as early as now, there could be an indication that the previous generation console may not see a launch of the latest from BioWare. As spotted by Faizan Shaikh on Twitter, the LinkedIn profile of Dragon Age’s lead player designer Daniel Nordlander shows credentials for a Dragon Age game for the PS5, Xbox Series X+S, and PC, which he’s worked on from October 2019 until October 2020. While this might be disregarded due to it coming from a source that isn’t in the usual rumor mill, Jeff Grubb of Venturebeat has corroborated this piece of information, saying that “I’ve also separately confirmed that EA is planning the game only for the new-gen systems.” https://twitter.com/FaizShaikh7681/status/1448371184513339393 In reality, this shouldn’t be too hard to imagine. As early as this year, many games are already leaving behind the previous generation consoles like Returnal…

Call of Duty, just like any other popular online-based game, has been plagued with cheaters who are making the game unbearable to play, ruining the experience for the thousands of gamers out there. To combat this, a new anti-cheat system was recently announced but it may all be for naught if a report is to be believed. Just a day after its release, Call of Duty’s brand-new anti-cheat system Ricochet has reportedly leaked and is already being reverse-engineered by cheat-makers. The Anti-Cheat Police Department account on Twitter posted an update claiming the possible leak, showing some screenshots allegedly proving the incident. https://twitter.com/AntiCheatPD/status/1448715116543987717 On the other hand, another report comes from Twitter Account ModernWarzone, corroborating the story through anonymous sources. While there is no proof that the leak is actually true, it could be argued that the leak was “controlled”, resulting in a decoy that could distract the hackers from working…

After a long wait, Metroid Dread has finally landed in the hands of the gaming public, and needless to say, the game is receiving a round of applause by everybody, as evidenced by an 89 MetaCritic rating. Not everything is good news though because a LinkedIn post by Roberto Mejias (as reported by Vandal) claims that MercuryStream, the devs behind Metroid Dread, left his name out of the credits despite a few of his assets being used. He congratulates the team for the outstanding game and praises them for the amount of talent that they have but also goes on to ask if omitting his name from the credits was a mistake. Check out a screenshot of the post below: The report by Vandal has since been updated, adding another LinkedIn post from Tania Peñaranda, who also says that “it also saddens me to see that I am not reflected…

Battlefield 2042 will have one more mode that will round up the offering before its launch next month. EA has revealed the first look at Hazard Zone, an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the franchise that combines edge-of-your-seat gameplay with the best of the Battlefield sandbox that players have experienced for nearly two decades. Players will want to create squads that are the best at achieving their objective of retrieving Data Drives scattered throughout the battlefield, all while navigating through bullets from opposing squads and deadly environmental hazards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkMiPwL8G1w A Hazard Zone match consists of five main phases – Strategize & Equip, where players confirm their insertion point, choose their Specialist and select their loadout and Tactical Upgrades; Insert, deploying to the predetermined insertion points; Retrieve, where squads will deploy their Intel Scanner and face off against enemy squads, Occupying Forces and the world itself; First Extraction, the first of…

While you’re waiting for the second season, fans can sink their time on Demon Slayer The Hinokami Chronicles for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC, which is now available digitally or through your nearest retailers. The game features both the Adventure Mode that follows the story as portrayed in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime, and the Versus Mode where you can take control of the characters from the anime and match up against other players. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OU_PKWaYpg In Adventure Mode, you can follow Tanjiro Kamado and dive into the story from the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime, including both the “Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc” and the “Mugen Train Arc”. In Versus Mode, players can choose from a total of 18 characters, including favorites like Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and much more. Players can also look forward to 3 future free updates which will be adding…

Previously scheduled to launch later this month, Heart Machine and Annapurna Interactive have delayed the upcoming PlayStation / PC title Solar Ash to a December 2, 2021 release date. The developers have announced that the delay is necessary to “get the last pieces of polish and bug fixes into the game”, which is another title that has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. https://twitter.com/HeartMachineHQ/status/1448332721881812995 Solar Ash is the next game from creators of the award-winning 2016 game Hyper Light Drifter, and is a 3D third-person action platformer filled with sunken cities, vast water shelves, dangerous lava zones and more. Players take on the role of a Voidrunner named Rei who nimbly traverses through these dangerous biomes. Journey through a surreal, vivid, and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters. Solar Ash is now set to release on December 2, 2021 for the…

Didn’t manage to get one during the previous restock last month? You have another chance to get your very own unit at retail price as Sony has announced that the next wave of PlayStation 5 restocks in the Philippines is happening on October 15 at the usual 2 PM-2:05 PM timeslot from participating retailers. As early as today, various local retailers like Datablitz, GameOnePH, Gameline, and GameXtreme have already posted notices on their social media channels for the PlayStation 5 restocks, which you can check out below: 10th Wave of PlayStation 5 Restocks Philippines https://twitter.com/DataBlitzPH/status/1448499427107229698 https://twitter.com/gameoneph/status/1448498801212276739 You all know the drill, keep it locked in starting 2 PM tomorrow and try your hardest (and fastest) to acquire a unit during the allocated time window. Some retailers will offer standalone units while most will offer the usual bundles. Either way, we all wish you luck! Going into tomorrow, keep in mind that stocks are extremely limited…

It’s no secret that Call of Duty has a problem with cheaters and it has been ruining the experience for a lot of players who are trying to enjoy. In an attempt to further combat rampant cheaters in Call of Duty, Activision has announced RICOCHET anti-cheat, which is a robust system supported by a team of dedicated professionals focused on fighting unfair play. The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more. RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard, and later this year with the Pacific update coming to Call of Duty: Warzone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpOuVzm35no Call of Duty: Warzone will also add a Kernel-Level Driver that will be coming to Warzone later this year and will check the software…

Coming from a rather dodgy PS Plus lineup for the past couple of months, November might be the month the service makes a comeback because Sony has announced that the PS Plus offering for next month will include 3 additional PSVR games to celebrate PSVR’s 5th anniversary. While the titles have not been announced, this addition now makes it a total of 6 titles that subscribers will get, compared to the usual 1 PS5 and 2 PS4 games every month. Even if you don’t have a PSVR, more free games can’t be bad at all. Sony has also revealed the most played PSVR games globally, which consist of Rec Room, Beat Saber, PlayStation VR Worlds, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Speaking of PSVR, Sony is currently working on the next-gen VR set, which we hope to see more of because at this point, there’s…

Save the date folks as the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) will be making its return on November 19 – 21, 2021 as an online event after its successful pilot launch last year. Making its return this year are the highly anticipated online tournaments for MLBB, CODM, Valorant, and Rainbow Six Siege that will see numerous participants battle it out to claim the generous prize pool for their respective game. Segments like Game Room and Launch Pad will also be making a return, which will feature trending games from 2021 alongside the favorite video game developers and publishers from the community. Artist Alley and the Cosplay competition will also make a comeback, allowing participants to express their personalities through costumes or art. https://twitter.com/ESGSofficial/status/1447128727003881480 “Last year, because Gaming Never Stops, we refused to let the pandemic hinder us from creating anonline version of ESGS,” said Richard Brojan, CEO of Gariath…

Hearthstone Mercenaries, the all-new free-to-play game mode that focuses on providing players with an RPG-style adventure, is now live and available to play for all. This new mode will have players assemble Parties of six heroes from among their roster and set out to complete single-player Bounties that will provide experience points and rewards that will give your heroes new abilities and increase in power. Players can also earn a cache of treasure that includes Mercenary Coins, which they can use to craft additional heroes or upgrade ones they already own. The roster of Mercenary heroes, which includes over 50 at launch, was designed to encourage players to get creative when building teams, with countless powerful synergies for players to discover. https://youtu.be/R2IQBC1RY-o Co-leader of Blizzard Enterteinment Mike Ybarra shares that “Mercenaries provides an experience that feels completely new, but embodies the fundamental spirit of Hearthstone. The team has opened up a whole…

If you’ve ever imagined Spongebob, with his boxy shape and all, be the perfect Xbox Series X skin, Microsoft was way ahead of you as they’ve revealed a couple of custom Series X consoles in celebration of the release of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Announced by Microsoft, Spongebob and Leonardo of TMNT are getting their faces plastered on custom consoles, complete with a themed controller that looks absolutely perfect. Fans of these iconic characters, or even of the Series X in general, would surely be excited to get their hands on these. https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/1447562902496366593 Sadly, these won’t really hit retail as they are meant to be a promotion that fans can join to win one of these custom consoles, which you can check out here. We want to throw our money at these but Microsoft won’t let us. Would you want to see these designs hit retail?

Despite the clamor of the fans to have cross-play and cross-save implementation for Monster Hunter Rise, as evidenced by an actual survey from Capcom, it now seems that these features will not make their way to the PC version when it launches next year. This decision was announced by Capcom, saying that after looking into the possibility of doing it, they found out that they are “unable to implement it this time.” The wording seems strange, and maybe opens it up to being implemented sometime in the future, but this is certainly disappointing for fans of the game that were considering the possibility of double-dipping to continue their progress when the PC version releases in January 2022. https://twitter.com/monsterhunter/status/1447630591302713345 Did you have plans of playing Monster Hunter Rise on the PC or will you just play it exclusively on the Switch based on this update? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMLk9-tZ-_A