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Stingbot Games gives an update on The Forbidden Arts' Switch port

Moving along just fine

The Forbidden Arts was announced for Switch some time ago, but it's been awhile since we've gotten a progress update. Thankfully it seems everything is moving along swimmingly. Here's the latest tidbit from developer Stingbot Games.

Could it be? Is FA fully ported to Switch? Yes! However, a lot of testing still needs to be done. With a bit of modification from the base game, we're seeing a solid 60fps throughout gameplay without having to utilize dynamic resolution much. FPS stability is our #1 priority.

Thanks to ContraNetwork for the heads up!

Detective Pikachu major film details revealed - Character backstories, behind-the-scenes tricks, huge plot point, and more

Spoilers ahead!

We have another wave of details on the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, and these are some juicy tidbits. I'd consider some of these to be spoiler-territory, so read on at your own risk.

- 60 Pokemon was chosen as the target number, as that would be enough for main characters and background Pokemon
- every scene was filmed two-to-three times
- there's a reference pass with the puppets, and then another pass with puppets removed and just real actors
- some scenes had people in costumes to use as references for the actors
- there's a woman who work a Psyduck costume during the shooting of some scenes, but again, this was just for reference
- the crew went through the whole film with Ryan Reynolds on a soundstage and in a motion-capture helmet
- for later filming, there's someone else who reads Ryan's lines, and the other actors have to remember Ryan's performance
- they do fix some stuff in post with Ryan Reynolds
- Justice Smith had an earpiece where he could hear Ryan's lines as Pikachu
- to represent Charizard's fiery tail, the team had special lights on set that actors could follow
- there were also lights to light up the crowd when Charizard spouts fire
- Tim starts the movie having a particular aversion towards Pokémon because of the relationship he’s had with his father
- Tim's mother passed away on the day that he was supposed to get his first Pokémon
- Tim originally loved Pokemon, but lost the love due to his mother's passing, and he comes to find that love again
- Psyduck spends most of his time in the movie riding around in Lucy's backpack
- this was done to make sure Psyduck could keep up the speed of the other characters during intense scenes
- Lucy's actress carried a "giant blue tape ball" on her back that was 20-30 pounds in place of Psyduck
- the movie's fashion was inspired by 90's Japanese streetwear, as well as the anime
- Sebastian, the night club owner, has a Charizard tattoo on his chest
- Sebastian injects his Charizard with some sort of drug that increases its aggressiveness
- Tim and Pikachu meet Lucy, who gives them a tip that there’s a gas that’s making Pokémon go crazy
- the club/underground arena is where people are battling Pokemon illegally
- Pokemon are being drugged to make them fight against their will

Super Robot Wars T - details on pilots of the Cariacs, character designs, and more

Mecha Leka Hi Mecha Hiney Ho

Time for the monthly Super Robot Wars T stream! The dev team and other special guests gathered around to share insight into how things came together, new gameplay details, and more. Check out the wrap-up below.

- Hidetaka Tenjin designed Tyranado to look like a black, dark blue suit, with the part in the middle being a tie
- this reflects how the two SRW T Original protagonists, Saizo and Sagiri, are Japanese white-collar workers or “Salarymen”
- Producer Terada is the one who decided on Tyranado’s color
- when they decided on adding a black Gespenst in SRW T, he ended up regretting it
- this is because now the game has two OG mechas with the exact same color
- Tyranado’s face looks hidden behind a mask, but when it uses its strongest attacks the eyes light up
- the concept behind once again ties into a Salaryman, who usually hide emotions, except when they really mean business
- the Beam Bayonette on Tyranado’s hips is one of the few weapons it carries
- it was designed to look like an attache case
- Tyranado’s Magna Beam Launcher is stored in the “Cariacs”, the ship that accompanies Tyranado in battle
- the Cariacs was designed to look like a T from above
- Tyranado’s weapons are launched from the hatch at the bottom of the ship
- Tenjin wanted to make it feel like the wings support the ship
- he added the void area between the wings and the rest of the ship to give it a futuristic feel
- the void areas are used to accelerate certain particles, which are then used in the thrusters
- this is the system that lets the Cariacs fly
- Tyranado will use that system and/or those particles in its upgraded version
- the VTX Union is the company both protagonists Saizo and Sagiri are part of
- Hirosuke Amasaki is Saizo and Sagiri’s superior, and he's one of the three pilots for the Cariacs with Meryl
- Tenjin provides the voice of Amasaki, and it's the first time one of the dev team has done so
- Tenjin thought voicing Hirosuke was difficult at first because he couldn’t imagine being the boss of such a badass
- Meryl Spanna is voiced by Mai Aizawa, and Meryl is supposed to look and sound mature
- Meryl really loves Sagiri, the female protagonist, but not in a romantic way
- Eimis Arneston is voiced by Naomi Oozora
- all three Magic Knight Rayearth girls can use different types of magic
- Fuu can either restore 3000 HP to all ally units within 2 squares of her position (excluding herself), during one turn, increase by 200 the armor of all ally units within 2 squares of her position (excluding herself), or during one turn, decrease by 10 points all stats of an enemy unit within 5 squares of her position
- Tyranado’s strongest attack has the Cariacs attacking simultaneously
- the special scenario included in first print copies of the game is titled “Plan T1023”
- new voice clips were recorded for both Domon and Master Asia
- the animation team put a lot of effort into all of Shin Getter Dragon’s attack animations

Phillies player smashes TV with baseball bat after seeing his fellow teammates being distracted by Fortnite

The poor TV didn't do anything!

Fortnite has been blamed for all sorts of problems, from distractions at work to children performing poorly. Those complaints have even boiled over to the world of sports, where various athletes claim that their teammates "addiction" to Fortnite has caused them to lose real-world games. The latest example of that comes from Phillies player Carlos Santana.

According to Santana, his teammates were playing too much Fortnite. He felt the video game mattered more to them than their real-life games of baseball.

“I see a couple players — I don’t want to say names — they play video games during the game. We come and lose too many games, and I feel like they weren’t worried about it. Weren’t respecting their teammates or coaches or the staff or the [front] office.”

The baseball season wasn't going too well for the Phillies towards the end, and they lost their chance of making it to the playoffs. After a particularly rough loss late in the season to the Atlanta Braves, Santana decided he had enough. This was a real-life game where numerous players on the team stayed in the clubhouse playing Fortnite. This annoyed Santana even more, which is why he rushed into the clubhouse with a baseball bat and smashed the team's TV to pieces. He wanted to make sure the team had no way of playing Fortnite anymore, as he found it to be a huge problem.

Believe it or not, Santana's standing with the team at large seems to be decent right now. The event has passed, and things have been smoothed over. With that said, Santana still doesn't understand why the team would let Fortnite distract them from a real-life game.

“I don’t know what happened, but I’ve never seen that in my life — during the game, playing video games. It’s not professional. Each team is everybody all together. I understand we’re eliminated for the season, but you have to have pride.”

While I don't agree with Santana's actions one bit, I can understand his frustration. When you're playing professional baseball, that is your job. To play Fortnite before and after a real-life game is just fine. To be cooped up in the clubhouse playing Fortnite during a baseball game? That seems disrespectful to all involved.

Blazing Chrome - 'Boss' trailer

I'm a boss-ass boss

Blazing Chrome is a throwback to the golden days of side-scrolling shooters with modern touches ensuring its gameplay feels as precise as it does authentic to the era it channels. Players can tear through six highly-varied stages filled with deadly, bullet-spewing AI as Mavra, a lone human resistance fighter, or the rebellious robotic insurgent Doyle.

Fugue on the Battlefield delayed from Summer 2019 release, live-stream event announced

Summer 2019 is no longer the plan

Here's a bit of bad news about Fugue on the Battlefield, the “dramatic strategy RPG” sequel to Little Tail Bronx. CyberConnect2 originally planned to release the game sometime in Summer 2019, but that's no longer happening. We don't have information on when the game will now release, but hopefully something will be shared during an upcoming live-stream event.

A Fugue on the Battlefield live-stream is set for March 25th, 2019, and it runs from 20:00 to 21:00 JST. The stream will feature gameplay, with special guests CyberConnect2 president, CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama and director Johan Gerrit. During the stream, we'll get to hear about CyberConnect2’s “Next Plan,” which focuses on the next 10 years of CyberConnect2.

Limited Run Games to offer exclusive cover variant for Special Reserve Games' retail release of The Messenger

Get the message?

Well here's an interesting collaboration! We revealed last week that Special Reserve Games is going to be offering a retail release for The Messenger. Today we learn that Limited Run Games is going to be selling a variant cover for that retail release! They haven't shared the artwork for that cover yet, as the image above is a placeholder.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 themed beverage hits Kung Fu Tea locations nationwide

Phoenix Down the hatch

SQUARE ENIX® is joining with Kung Fu Tea to celebrate the upcoming release of FINAL FANTASY® X/X-2 HD Remaster on the Nintendo Switch™ system and Xbox One by launching an exclusive drink inspired by the game.

From March 25 through April 20, Tidus & Yuna’s Grape Elixir (A.K.A. Kung Fu Tea’s Grape Cream) will be available at all 170+ Kung Fu Tea locations nationwide. Fans who purchase the drink will receive an exclusive sticker, featuring the artwork of famed illustrator Nomura Tetsuya, while supplies last. The Final Fantasy X|X-2-themed beverage is a blend of fresh black grapes and berry jam topped with Kung Fu Tea’s best-selling creamy Milk Cap.

Fans will also have the opportunity to enter into a daily sweepstakes and an add-on giveaway through Kung Fu Tea’s official social media channels for a chance to win a digital copy of FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster or a custom-designed Xbox One or Switch console.

“We’re extremely excited to partner up with Square Enix and believe that our Kung Fu Masters in the gaming community will truly enjoy Tidus & Yuna’s Grape Elixir,” says Mai Shi, Kung Fu Tea’s Marketing and PR Lead. “We hope that this drink will keep gamers refreshed throughout their unforgettable journey in the World of Spira and Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster.”

Finally, fans that attend this year’s PAX East in Boston from March 28-31 can visit the SQUARE ENIX booth #11017 to obtain a limited quantity promotional flyer that can be redeemed at Kung Fu Tea locations in Massachusetts for a discount on the themed beverage during this time.

For more information on the collaboration, sweepstakes and giveaway, visit: www.kungfutea.com/ffxx2.

Bethesda hosting E3 2019 press conference on June 9th, 2019

E3 2019 is DOOMed

Start speculating! Refresh Walmart Canada!! But most importantly… mark your calendars!

E3 is coming, and on Sunday, June 9 (5:30PM PT), Team Bethesda returns to Los Angeles for our 5th Annual Bethesda E3 Showcase. It’s going to be a hell of a night. We have got an in-depth look at DOOM Eternal plus much, much more.

We want to “Be Together” with all of you this year and with that in mind we are planning to invite more of you, our biggest fans, to join us on our biggest night of the year. Official invitations – with additional event details, including how to register for a chance to attend this year’s showcase – are coming soon.

Don’t forget to share your thoughts using #BE3 on social media. During our preshow, we will be highlighting fan photos that use the hashtag.

Can’t make it to LA? We’ve got you covered. You can watch it live on our Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Mixer, and Facebook Live.
Whether you join us in person or online, we can’t wait to show you what’s coming. See you in June!

It's always nice knowing that a press conference at E3 will definitely have something for Nintendo fans. There's no doubt Bethesda's showing is going to mention at least a few things Switch-related, so we'll definitely be tuning in!

SEGA sends out fan survey about legacy franchises (Sonic, Phantasy Star, and more)

More Ristar, PLEASE!

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SEGA wants your input on how they're handling their various legacy franchises. If you want to help shape the future of those brands, this is a good way to steer things! Hit up the link below for the survey.

Welcome to the SEGA® player survey! As someone who has expressed interest in SEGA® games, we’d like your feedback to help us determine the next steps for some of our most popular series, including Sonic The Hedgehog, Yakuza, Valkyria Chronicles, Phantasy Star, and more.

Please take some time to read over the questions in the survey and answer them as accurately as possible. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Successful completion of the survey will give eligible respondents the chance to opt in to the SEGA® Player Survey Sweepstakes for the chance to win their choice of a gift card for the SEGA® Online Store, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation™Store, or Xbox/Microsoft Store. Full sweepstakes rules can be found here.

All responses will be recorded anonymously, and no user data will be made available to third parties.

Take the survey here (thanks Andreslop24!)