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E3 is finally returning to in-person events next year

The gaming showcase is back

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The world of live events are slowly getting back to normal. Several tech showcase events have returned to in-person events. Sensing change in the air, even the most careful of event organizers are planning for the comeback. E3, one of the biggest gaming showcases of the year, is doing just that, confirming its first in-person event since before the pandemic.

The last in-person E3 was in 2019. After that, the pandemic and ongoing health concerns prevented the event from going ahead. Last year, it settled on a compromise by holding an online-only event. Plans were made for this year, but they ultimately fell apart.

Now, reported by The Washington Post, E3 will come back in 2023 as “both a digital and an in-person e event,” confirmed by the organizer’s president and CEO Stan Pierre-Louis. Dates are still unknown at the time of this writing.

Traditionally, E3 hosts the biggest companies in the gaming industry. However, the paradigm is slowly shifting. Some developers have held their own exclusive events outside of major conventions. The progress of digital presentations have reduced the need for an in-person debut.

That said, conventions like E3 can still hold a place in a more digital ecosystem. For one, celebrating gaming culture is still a big part of the industry. Secondly, holding a convention will likely help smaller indie studios present their latest games to audiences interested in their work.

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ACC is official game for 2022 FIA Motorsport Games

New DLC also released

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505 Games and KUNOS Simulazioni’s Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC) has just been chosen as the official game of the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games’ esports competition.

The competition will take place from October 26 to 30, 2022, allowing GT fans to experience a whole new level of esports racing across 17 disciplines in ACC’s roster of GT3 vehicles.

The FIA Motorsport Games challenges esports competitors around the world in GT, GT Sprint, and Endurance disciplines to become the annual champion of the simulation racing world.

It will be the first time that ACC will headline the event. Fittingly, the American Track Pack DLC has just released on PC via Steam, featuring renowned US speedways for the first time.

Among those scanned and rendered for absolute accuracy are the Watkins Glen, Indianapolis, and Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race tracks.

The DLC is available now on PC for the following rates:

  • SG$ 25.90
  • VND 245,000
  • PhP 539.99
  • IDR 229,000
  • MYR 80
  • THB 599
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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher: Raise your own Kaiju

Coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Players will soon be able to raise their own Ultra Kaiju and take them to battle as Bandai Namco has announced Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher for Nintendo Switch with a release date set later in 2022.

The title is a collaboration between Ultra Kaiju, the villain monster in Ultraman action programs, and the monster-breeding simulation game Monster Rancher which is fittingly celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Generate your Partner Kaiju

Just like Monster Rancher 1 and 2, the new title is a breeding simulation game, but this time, you’ll be raising Ultra Kaiju — like Alien Baltan, Zetton, or Gomora.

To generate your Partner Kaiju from the platform, simply follow these steps:

  1. Use the Song Search function to play songs that will generate a new Ultra Kaiju
  2. The Ultra Kaiju can also be generated using NFC-enabled devices or items such as transport ID cards
  3. The game reads your ID and card data using NFC and generates a Kaiju
  4. Different data produces different Kaiju, so you will never know what you’re going to get from over 200 choices

Raise your Ultra Kaiju for battles

Once generated, players will select from a range of actions like feeding them, training them, or sending them on an Errantry with rival Kaiju to raise them.

Your own Ultra Kaiju will be raised on a ranch. Once it has reached its potential, it will be time for tournaments where it will face off against rivals in powerful battles.

As the game is still based mainly on Monster Rancher, attacks will be available depending on the distance of the Kaiju and its opponent.

Using combinations and learning new moves via the Errantry will help your Kaiju dominate the arena.

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NieR: Automata is coming to Nintendo Switch

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Post-apocalyptic RPG NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is coming to the Asia region on October 6, headlining a series of title announcements from video game giant Square Enix at Nintendo Direct Mini.

Players from the region will soon enjoy the action RPG, which has 6.5 million units shipped worldwide since its 2017 release, on Nintendo Switch.

Assuming the role of androids 2B, 9S and A2, players will have to reclaim the world from machine life-forms and uncover truths about humanity. Free DLCs with additional content and challenges will also be available for free download.

NieR: Automata

Aside from NieR: Automata, three more Square Enix games are going to be released later in the year.

LIVE A LIVE

LIVE A LIVE, a classic RPG game, is reborn into HD-2D and scheduled for release on July 22. 

A demo version has already been made available for Chapters 1 to 3, and players may be able to carry over their saved data into the full game.

The game features seven time periods, seven protagonists, and seven gameplay variations which players may choose to play in whatever.

Each has unique elements and engaging battles along with interesting narratives. Completing all seven will unlock an eighth — the Middle Ages — where more adventures await.

Harvestella

Brand-new farming life simulation RPG with a dark twist Harvestella will follow on November 4, with a PC edition (Steam) to be released on November 5.

Harvestella is set in a vibrant and colorful world where giant crystals, Seaslight, create a smooth transition from season to season.

Players will grow crops, use ingredients to cook and craft items, visit different towns, interact with townsfolk, go fishing, and more.

However, abnormalities suddenly appear and a fifth season, the Quietus or “season of death” wreak havoc wherein crops cannot grow and people cannot go outside.

This is where the challenge begins, and players can from various Jobs, such as Fighter, Shadow Walker, and Mage, and venture into dungeons to uncover the truth behind the calamity.

Dragon Quest Treasures

Lastly, another new RPG, treasure-hunting adventure game Dragon Quest Treasures will launch worldwide on December 9.

It will be a completely new spin off from the Dragon Quest series, and will explore the childhood escapades of Erik and Mia, who first appeared in Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Players will take control of Erik and Mia, as they explore a treasure hunter’s paradise. Players may recruit monsters which shall aid them in hiding loot strategically and even battling other treasure hunters.

Collecting treasure will allow players to increase their vault value, expand their home base, and add to their brigade of friendly monsters.

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