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2. 5. 2021 – GamingHub
ESA Releases Statement Regarding Konami’s Decision To Back Out Of E3 2021
Other / 2. 5. 2021

Previously, Konami confirmed that it has “a number of key projects” in the works to share with fans, but the company has opted to join Nintendo, EA, Sony, and more in the decision to skip out on E3 2021. Following the confirmation of another company missing from the now-digital showcase (due to COVID-19), the ESA has issued its own statement.  “Due to timing, we will not be ready to present at E3 this year,” reads the initial statement from Konami. “We want to reassure our fans that we are in deep development on a number of key projects, so please stay tuned for some updates in the coming months. While we are not participating this year, we have great respect for the ESA and we know that 2021 will be a great success. We will continue to support the ESA and wish the best to all participant’s in this year’s show.”  Given that the company’s attendance was previously confirmed by Konami itself, the statement riled up conversation centering around the continued evolution of E3 and what the future looks like for the gaming event. The ESA responded with its own statement, provided to Game Informer, saying, “We support our partner Konami’s decision…

The Skyrim Grandma is now a Skyrim follower – thanks to a mod
Other / 2. 5. 2021

Shirley Curry, better known as the Skyrim Grandma, is now available as a follower in Skyrim via a mod. Curry is available as a follower via the Shirley – A Skyrim Follower mod, which is now available to download from Nexus Mods for Skyrim Special Edition and Skyrim VR, and from Bethesda.net for PC and Xbox. “She’ll join you on your adventures, but don’t expect her to simply carry your burdens!” reads the official blurb. Read more

In Returnal, Selene moves like Samus
Other / 2. 5. 2021

Image: Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment via Polygon Returnal’s Metroid influences run deep, even into Selene’s movement speed Continue reading…

Internal Microsoft document reveals plan to slash cut on Xbox game sales, too
Other / 2. 5. 2021

UPDATE: Microsoft has said it will not change its revenue share from Xbox game sales, after an internal document suggested it had planned to do just that. In a statement issued to The Verge, Microsoft said: “We will not be updating the revenue split for console publishers.” It looks like Microsoft had a change of heart from just a few months ago, when the internal document was put together. More on that in the story below. Read more

Six blurry seconds of Elden Ring leak online
Other / 2. 5. 2021

Six blurry seconds of Elden Ring have leaked on the internet. VGC reports the short clip emerged from 4Chan, before ending up all over social media. The clip, which ResetEra is currently hosting, features the same Bandai Namco internal watermark seen in the footage that leaked in March. Read more

Saints Row The Third Remastered hits Steam late May
Other / 2. 5. 2021

Saints Row The Third Remastered hits Steam on 22nd May. Confirmation comes from the official Saints Row Twitter account. The Saints Row The Third remaster came out in May 2020 on console and PC via the Epic Games Store. Now Epic’s standard one year of PC exclusivity is up, Volition’s game can hit Steam. Read more

How Animal Crossing became a place of protest in China and Hong Kong
Other / 2. 5. 2021

On New Year’s Day 2020 I attended a protest march. My friend, a Croatian journalist covering the technology beat for The South China Morning Post, and I, a visitor passing through, left her apartment around noon. Following a fortifying meal of phở we joined the thousands thronging the streets of Wanchai, on the central island of Hong Kong. Many of the protestors were dressed in black. It was even a family affair for some, with three generations turning up for the march. In Cantonese they chanted, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our era!” It was a chorus sung by all, but most vocally by the young. They were creative: on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hundreds had occupied malls and shopping areas, with many wearing reindeer antlers. In November, university campuses had transformed into fortresses with the student protestors using tables and umbrellas as bulwarks. The protests also spilled over, expansively, into the digital realm. Read more