It’s been a burn for many around the world, but hopefully that doesn’t deter you from some of today’s hottest gaming news. It looks like Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, has also felt the heat, as he looks a little sweaty and sports a brand new hairstyle during our first glimpses of Yakuza 8.
Other stories in today’s recap include Doom creator John Romero announcing he’s creating a new FPS and the addition of Daisy and Shy Guy to Mario Strikers: Battle League. For more details on these stories and more, just read on.
Famitsu shares its first look at Yakuza 8
Yakuza fans are living on crumbs right now, desperately waiting for when we can finally get our hands on Ichiban Kasuga’s next adventure. The information has been very light so far, but we finally got our first glimpses of Yakuza 8 thanks to Famitsu. These screenshots show new looks for main character Ichiban Kasuga, as well as policeman friend Koichi Adachi and best friend Yu Nanba. Famitsu also reveals that Yakuza 8 will introduce a new city to explore, seemingly leaving Kamurocho and Ijincho behind.
Doom co-creator John Romero is developing a new FPS
Most gamers will recognize John Romero and his contribution to the gaming industry as a whole. The creator of Doom is arguably responsible for kickstarting the FPS genre we know and love today, and Romero doesn’t seem to be done with the genre just yet. Romero has announced that his studio is hiring for a brand new FPS to be made in Unreal Engine 5. That’s all we have to do, but with Romero on board the project is already looking very promising.
Mario Strikers: Battle League finally adds Daisy and Shy Guy
When Mario Strikers: Battle League launched, many fans were disappointed that Daisy was not part of the lineup despite being a fan-favorite character in previous Strikers games. Well, those fans don’t have to wait any longer, because the game’s first free update brought Daisy and Shy Guy to the field. It also brought a bunch of new gear to the game, allowing players to disguise themselves as knights, increasing their speed and strength stats.
Blizzard Albany QA workers announce plans to unionize
Blizzard Albany QA workers, formerly Vicarious Visions, announced their intention to unionize by creating the GWA Albany Twitter account. In their initial tweet, the workers explain that they try to “nurture work environments where we are respected and compensated for our essential role in the development process”. Blizzard Albany is now the second QA team to unionize, the first being Raven Software who very recently had their union officially recognized.
Nintendo closes 3DS and Wii U eShops March 27, 2023
Finally, you might want to grab some exclusive digital games on the 3DS or WiiU while you can, as Nintendo has announced when the eShops for both systems will be closed. You have until March 27 next year to grab whatever you want, and it might even be worth grabbing the physical games you want, as prices are likely to skyrocket next year. You’ll still be able to re-download purchased games and DLCs, so don’t throw away your systems just yet.
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