Last we heard of Kojima Productions’ much-anticipated and very mysterious game Death Stranding it was behind schedule, which is not a good sign. It looks like creator Hideo Kojima is ready to give us another update in just a couple of weeks, though it may not be a major one.

Kojima and actor Norman Reedus (who stars in the game), along with The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley, are set to discuss the game for an hour at a panel at the Tribeca Film Festical on Thursday, April 25. The panel description says that “together, they [Kojima and Reedus] will discuss pushing the boundaries of the video game medium and talk about how their relationship has established over working on the title together.”

The panel doesn’t say any new gameplay or concepts will be revealed, and it’s likely to be more of a “behind-the-scenes” discussion rather than a deluge of new info. Still, it’s possible some new details might spill out of the panel, so if you’re just dying to see what Death Stranding really is (something even several trailers haven’t made completely clear), it might be worth marking April 25 on your calendar.

Although Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets and his studio Panache are currently working on Ancestors (you can find our impressions of a recent build of that game here), the studio originally wanted to work on Amsterdam 1666, a game set in that location and year that was something of a mix between Assassin’s Creed’s historical intrigue and Ancestors’ animal-manipulating hook. While that project has since been officially canceled, Désilets hasn’t given up on it completely.

Speaking with VG247, Désilets said Amsterdam 1666 game is still happening. “For sure, Amsterdam 1666 is gonna happen,” he told them. He also mentioned that Ancestors, which also has players controlling different animals, could work as a proof-of-concept of sorts to further refine many of the concepts shown in an off-screen gameplay video of Amsterdam 1666 shown a few years ago.

The game was the subject of a protracted legal battle between Désilets and Ubisoft, after the two parties had a dispute over the project’s development and Ubisoft decided to cancel development and terminate Désilets. 

Panache is still working on Ancestors, of course, which means we likely won’t see Amsterdam 1666 any time soon. And whenever Désilets and Panache decided to return to it, it’ll likely be somewhat different. “t’ll probably change a little bit,” Désilets told VG247. “You were more like the devil’s apprentice than the actual devil. Once I finish this and then, ‘Okay what’s next?’ If it’s Amsterdam 1666, I’ll probably restart from scratch.”

We’ve got a cavalcade of competition this weekend! Shootin’ and fightin’ reign supreme as League has its biggest NA match of the season.

The League of Legends North American LCS comes to a head this weekend as Team SoloMid takes on Team Liquid to determine the champion of the League league. Should be exciting! (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile, the Overwatch League continues, with eight more matches happening across today and tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule)

Apex Legends is hotter than ever, and Twitch is having a Rivals event for it at Twitchcon Europe this weekend! The event features 60 teams made up of three Twitch streamers each. Shroud won’t be participating, so it’s anyone’s game! (Streams and Schedule)

If you’re interested in more Twitchcon, by the way, you can find several panels, sessions and events today and tomorrow, including the Rivals event. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League kicks off this weekend and will be around for the next month or so, so whether you’re watching the North American or European league, you’ll probably have this tab open for a while. (Stream / Schedule)

Dota 2 team OG will be facing off against a team of highly-advanced AI opponents today at 1:30 p.m. central time. See whether or not the robots are smart enough to destroy humanity at this point! (Stream)

We’ve got three big fighting game events this weekend. First, there’s April Annihilation, which will host the usual events for Street Fighter VDragon Ball FighterZSoulcalibur VI, and more. (Streams / Schedule).

Second, we’ve got Damagermany, a German (hence the name!) tournament focusing squarely on Tekken 7 all weekend. Should be fun! (Streams and Schedule)

Finally, we’ve got 2GG: Prime Saga, a major Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event in La Mirada, California. (Streams and Schedule)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments.

Respawn Entertainment can’t catch a break with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Two days ago, Amazon accidentally posted concept art from the game on its site, and now it appears a pin that will be given away at today’s panel, has a November 15 release date printed on its back.

The image is making the rounds on Twitter, landing on various accounts like @Nibellion. You can see the image below, which would be an odd thing to doctor up, but we’ve seen people fabricate strange things, so take it with a grain of salt:

The November 15 release date is also appearing on the pic.twitter.com/hyUGUfWexL

— Nibel (@Nibellion) April 13, 2019 “>game’s listing on Amazon Italy. We’ll likely find out if this release date is true or not at the Jedi: Fallen Order Star Wars Celebration panel, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Replay – Bionic Commando

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What were you doing in 2009? If you’re Capcom, you were re-imagining your classic franchises! Between Street Fighter IV’s successful back-to-basics approach and Resident Evil 5’s focus on cooperative shooting, Capcom was in the mood for changing things up with its long-running series. Bionic Commando wasn’t as iconic as those two juggernaut series, but that didn’t stop Capcom from trying to thrust it into the limelight with a dark and gritty 2009 reboot.

No longer was Bionic Commando a 2D sidescroller; now the game was a 3D action game with third-person shooting, a story full of wild twists, and the biggest departure from the original game: the ability to jump. Join us as we experience the opening hour of Bionic Commando on Xbox 360 to learn why this reboot never inspired a sequel.

When Horizon Zero Dawn released a few years ago in 2017, the new IP from the makers of Killzone shocked and delighted players to the tune of 10 million copies. It would be absolutely no surprise to find out that the game is getting a sequel and thus it’s absolutely no surprise to hear it be teased through one of the actresses involved in the first game.

According to a post on Reddit, a fan at the Star Wars Celebration talked to actress Janina Gavankar, who most players might remember the protagonist of Star Wars: Battlefront II’s single-player campaign. Gavankar also played the character Tatai in Horizon’s Frozen Wilds DLC, which prompted the fan to thank her for getting them into the game by talking about it.

“Just wait until you see the sequel,” Gavankar replied in a now removed Twitch clip. “You’re gonna die. I know some secrets. You’re gonna die.” The clip is mirrored here.

Which, I mean, of course they’re making a Horizon 2. I would be shocked if that game weren’t greenlit before Horizon finished development, but it was definitely greenlit by the time the DLC was out. For me, the real question is where the sequel will land. With rumors of next-generation systems landing in 2020 and Horizon almost certainly not being announced and releasing this year, could it be a PlayStation 5 title? Perhaps, like The Last of Us on PlayStation 3, a game with intentions to bring forward a generation?

What would you want to see from a Horizon sequel and where do you think it will land?

In the spirit of Game of Thrones’ return, winter is coming to Minnesota one last time. We will be using that as an excuse to hole up and play some games this weekend! There will be a lot of The Division 2 going on, but a smattering of other games in there for good measure.

There’s also going to be lots of Star Wars talk this weekend. We already got the new movie trailer, and a tease of Respawn’s Fallen Order with more to come. There’s a lot happening. What are you getting up to? You excited to see which of your favorite characters is going to bite the dust in Game of Thrones? You going to play cool video games and forget television exists? Let us know in the comments! Please.

Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) – Do I really need to say anything? STAR WARS! ALL. WEEKEND. LONG. Also, that Episode IX trailer is ridiculously cool. Can’t wait!

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I am still making my way through Sekiro. I’m making decent progress, but I have hit a point where I have a lot of bosses who need defeating that I have been putting off. Otherwise my parents are in town and we will probably all go see Missing Link at some point. Honestly, I think that movie looks pretty underwhelming, but I really like Laika, so I will see anything they make. Otherwise I will just be looking at the surprise snow trying to will it into not existing. We had a few days of decent weather, but Minnesota just had to get one more snowfall in before officially declaring it spring, which I find pretty rude, frankly.

Jeff Cork – At first, I was a little bummed about The Division 2’s seasonal shift from winter to summer. After a surprise winter storm, I’m all about it. I’m sure that a lot of Hyenas and other bad guys will break up my relaxing virtual strolls, but I can handle it. I’m also planning to dive back into Bloodborne for absolutely no reason. I beat that Father Gascoigne guy just before I stopped playing last time. Oops?

Javy Gwaltney – The Criterion Channel launched this week! So I’m gonna be a big old nerd and continue to watch the Kurosawa films I haven’t seen yet. Outside of that, I finally hit World Tier 5 in The Division 2, so I’m probably going to dive into my backlog this weekend and give Final Fantasy VII the old college try.

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I have some unfinished business with Claire and The Drifter I need to attend to, so I’ll be taking care of that.

Hunter Wolfe (@Hunter_Wolfe) – I’m moving to Minneapolis permanently once the internship ends, so this weekend is about furniture shopping! You think you have a hard time trying to pick what games you want to play? Ha! Try mattress shopping. In the games space, I’m going to play some more Division 2, and I’ll probably play the new puzzle game, Photographs.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m spending this weekend playing MLB The Show 19 and maybe finally digging into The Division 2, Anthem, and Sekiro. Who am I kidding? Overwatch and Marvel Strike Force it is.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m going to refuse to watch old Kurosawa films with Javy, no matter how hard he begs to hang out. Other than that, I’m actually traveling so I am looking forward to starting up Phoenix Wright on my Switch. What a world. I’ll most likely fall back to just playing more Downwell on my Switch though. It was so cheap and is so simple and fun.

Jay Guisao (@GuisaoJason) – Big ole’ Final Fantasy fiesta this weekend: VII, IX, and XIII. Then I’ll probably try my hand at saving D.C. with my squad in The Division 2.

Leo Vader (@LeoVader) – I’m gonna try Dangerous Driving, because I’m not about to skip a game that looks cool just because some hack games outlet (us) gave it a bad review! Also gonna keep going for that exotic sniper in The Division 2 and set aside some time to play Werewolf in Tabletop Simulator with some friends. HAGS!

Nathan Anstadt (@NathanAnstadt) – This weekend I’m going to bang my head against the wall that is Baba is You. THE WALL IS STOP!

 

Today Lucasfilm released the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX (AKA The Rise Of Skywalker) and with it fans are already a flutter, with theories and rumors sweeping across Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit. However, J.J. Abrams has already uncharacteristically confirmed one of those theories hinted at in the trailer. If you want to go into Episode IX absolutely blind, turn back now. We’re jumping into spoiler space, friends.

Okay. So, at the end of this teaser, the familiar, spine-tingling cackle of Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine can be heard. Abrams has confirmed that the voice is indeed Ian McDiarmid and that Palpatine is returning in The Rise Of Skywalker. Empire Magazine digital editor-in-chief got the confirmation from J.J. Abrams himself:

It’s not clear whether Palpatine’s return is as a vision or actual character, but we’ll find out come December, when the movie releases. For more on Star Wars, check out our photo gallery from the Star Was Celebration event.

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Lucasfilm’s The Star Wars Show is broadcasting live from a stage set in the heart of Star Wars Celebration, and is delivering exclusive one-on-one interviews with the cast of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, the creators of Vader Immortal, and Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella, who will likely be on in the day’s ahead as well when he has more to share about Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

Zampella didn’t want to reveal much ahead of the game’s official reveal (tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. CT), but did light up the crowd by saying “It’s a single-player story with no multiplayer and no microtransactions. It’s a story game.” The “no microtranactions line” brought a big cheer. Jedi: Fallen Order is set in the dark times shortly after Emperor Palpatine initiated Order 66 – his command to wipe out all of the Jedi.

We’ll have complete coverage of Jedi: Fallen Order as the panel unfolds tomorrow. You can see Zampella on The Star Wars Show below at the 3:07:43 mark:

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Much like the video game series of the same name, the Tomb Raider movies also got their own reboot last year in the form of an Alicia Vikander-lead film that covers much the same ground as the game reboot. Both the movie and the game told the origin of Lara Croft before she came the eponymous Tomb Raider and it looks like the movie will be getting its own sequel, too.

MGM and Warner Bros. have given the go-ahead to Amy Jump to write a script, according to Deadline. Jump has shown her script to Vikander, who apparently liked it. It is likely that Vikander will go ahead and reprise her role as Lara Croft in a sequel.

If the second movie hews as close to the reboot games as the first one did, then it will likely follow the Rise of the Tomb Raider. That 2015 title had Lara dealing with the events of the first game emotionally and eventually searching for a long-hidden key to immortality in a hidden-away village. Considering the last movie ended on a bit of a cliffhanger revelation, a sequel will likely deal directly with that, as well.

[Source: Deadline]