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Updated: Geoff Keighley will not host 2020’s E3 Coliseum

Geoff Keighley is skipping E3 for the first time in 25 years.

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Geoff Keighley is skipping E3 for the first time in 25 years.

Historically, where there are game announcements, there is Geoff Keighley. That will undoubtedly remain the case as Keighley continues to produce and host The Game Awards and Gamescom’s Opening Night Live. But, Keighley has, surprisingly, announced that he won’t attend the biggest event for gaming announcements in 2020.

“For the past 25 years, I have attended every Electronic Entertainment Expo. Covering, hosting, and sharing E3 has always been a highlight of my year, not to mention a defining part of my career,” Keighley wrote on Twitter.

“I’ve debated what to say about E3 2020. While I want to support the developers who will showcase their work, I also need to be open and honest with you, the fans, about precisely what to expect from me. 

“I have made the difficult decision to decline to produce E3 Coliseum. For the first time in 25 years, I will not be participating in E3. 

“I look forward to supporting the industry in other ways and at other events in the future.”

The trouble with E3, beyond Geoff Keighley

For the past three years, Keighley has hosted E3 Coliseum as a way to spotlight developers with talks, panels, interviews and, in his words, “other surprises.” (Including the unwelcome surprise of seeing Todd Howard chat with tech billionaire and union buster Elon Musk last year). 

E3 has been trending downward in recent years as the show’s organizers have struggled to keep the show relevant. In 2018, the ESA opened the convention’s show floor to the public for the first time, in a bid for the consumer audience that buoys shows like PAX and Gamescom. Last year, Sony announced that it would be skipping the show. The PS4 manufacturer has also announced its intentions to skip 2020’s show.

Trust in the ESA eroded overnight last year when the ESA accidentally doxxed 2000 members of the press. Just this morning, Eurogamer reported that an early version of this year’s E3 website had leaked online. In fact, Keighley told Gamesindustry.biz that the site leak was what prompted his decision to communicate his plans to skip the show.

“Given what has been publicly communicated about plans for E3 2020, I just don’t feel comfortable participating in the show at this time. I saw the E3 website leak this AM and said, ‘You know what, I really need to let people know what to expect from me, so no one is disappointed,'” Keighley said. “This certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I think it’s the right one for me — and I wanted fans to know before tickets go on sale.”

Keighley’s decision to skip the show isn’t the death knell that more publishers dropping out would be. But, it certainly isn’t good news for a convention that desperately needs it.

Update: 21:20 GMT, February 12, 2020

We reached out to the ESA for comment and received the following statement in response to Geoff Keighley’s announcement:

“Geoff has been, and continues to be, a strong industry advocate and champion. He played a critical role in developing E3 Coliseum, a platform reintroduced three years ago that brought fans together for important conversations with industry luminaries and leaders in celebration of video games. We appreciate his contributions and hope to have future collaborations. In 2020, we look forward to presenting a reimagined E3 that will connect and delight fans worldwide.”


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Where do I watch the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct?

For some reason, angry nerds have been losing their cool over the “absence” of a Nintendo Direct recently.

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For some reason, angry nerds have been losing their cool over the “absence” of a Nintendo Direct recently.

That’s patently ridiculous, of course. They started wheeling out stats that it was the “longest wait ever” for a Nintendo Direct. (Well, other than the wait between the company’s foundation in 1889 and the first Direct in 2011, obviously.)

Some people were suggesting that Nintendo was “withholding” its Direct presentation. (Like Nintendo somehow owed it to them? Weird sense of entitlement.)

Then they started speculating as to why Nintendo was “withholding” the Nintendo Direct. (Maybe they don’t have anything to show? Maybe they’re waiting to reveal something new? Maybe they’re waiting to see what PS4 and Xbox Series X are going– seriously? Shhh.)

Anyway, there’s been a new Nintendo Direct announced, and it’s coming up tomorrow at 2 pm GMT / 6 am PT / 9 am ET. That’s February 20, 2020, if you’ve not been marking your calendars.

Tomorrow’s Direct presentation will be all about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, of course. It makes sense: the game’s release is only weeks away. In it, we’ll get a better look at Tom Nook’s island timeshare scam holiday packages, and all of the gameplay and other delights on offer in the latest Animal Crossing.

Where can you watch the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct? Why, right here, of course:

The main advantage of watching it here with us on Thumbsticks is that you don’t have to see the live comment feed. Gosh, YouTube is just the worst, isn’t it? The secondary advantage is that we’re really nice and you should hang out with us more.


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Save up to 70% in the PlayStation Store Essentials Sale

Save on some of the generation’s best PlayStation 4 games in the PS Store Essentials sale.

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Save on some of the best PlayStation 4 games of the generation in the PS Store Essentials sale.

A new raft of PS4 discounts are now live in Europe and North America in the PlayStation Store Essentials and Essential Picks sales.

Sale highlights include the ultimate edition of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, a value-packed collection of Assassin’s Creed games, and CD Projekt Red’s resurgent RPG, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. There are some brilliant PS4 exclusives to choose from, too, including Uncharted 4, Bloodborne, and The Last of Us Remastered.

Deeper cuts include Dontnod Entertainment’s Vampyr, Supermassive’s Man of Medan, and Greedfall, the impressive historical fantasy RPG developed by Spiders. We’re also rather fond of The Witness, Grid, and Metro Exodus.

The full range of discounted games varies slightly by region, so visit the PlayStation Store for the full lineup of available titles. The sales end on March 3, 2020.

PlayStation Essentials Sale Highlights

  • A Way Out
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Crash Bandicoot Bundle – N. Sane Trilogy + Ctr Nitro-Fueled
  • DayZ
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Erica
  • Far Cry 5
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Gran Turismo Spec II
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Greedfall
  • Grid
  • Jak And Daxter Bundle
  • L.A. Noire
  • Lego Marvel Collection
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Mafia III
  • Metro Exodus
  • Moss
  • NNL 20
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition
  • Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 Bundle
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man Of Medan
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
  • The Witness
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Vampyr

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The Nintendo Switch Lite will soon come in a lovely new colour

Sad that you’ve missed out on the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch bundle? This coral pink Nintendo Switch Lite is suitably pastel and calming.

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Sad that you’ve missed out on the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch bundle? This coral pink Nintendo Switch Lite is suitably pastel and calming.

Nintendo likes to yo-yo wildly. When a new console is released, you can usually only get it in one colour. The early consoles were grey. The Gamecube was as purple as Prince’s mansion. Then the Wii and Wii U were crisp white, and finally, the Nintendo Switch is a utilitarian grey. (It’s a similar story with Nintendo’s handhelds.)

Then after sufficient time has passed – and we have no idea what arcane calculation or criteria determines this – Nintendo goes batshit crazy with a Dulux paint colour-match tool, and turns its devices every colour under the sun. Colours, prints, patterns; we’ve even seen translucent hardware over the years.

For the most part, dalliances with colour on the original Nintendo Switch were for the Joy-Con controllers. With these, Switch owners can mix and match and create any number of glorious colour combinations. (And all the while, Nintendo makes more money because we need the watermelon green and purple ones, even though we only just bought the neon blue and yellow set. Nintendo Switch accessories are a whole thing.)

Then the Nintendo Switch Lite came along. In addition to stock Nintendo Switch grey, there are cheery yellow and blue-green options. Now there’s a third colour option on the way: coral pink.

And lovely it is too!

The coral pink Nintendo Switch Lite launches in Japan just in time for Animal Crossing: Horizons. It’s due to follow in North America on April 3, 2020. We don’t know if the coral pink handheld will be coming to the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world, but here’s hoping. It’s gorgeous.


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Some massive games join Xbox Game Pass for Console this month

Microsoft has announced a new selection of games coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console in February 2020, including some massive games.

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Microsoft has announced a new selection of games coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console in February 2020, including some massive games.

Kingdom Hearts III is the obvious headline item coming to Xbox Game Pass in February 2020. The massive, convoluted, Disney-powered RPG from Square Enix released a year ago and – while it’s not perfect – it is beloved by fans.

There’s no PC release for Kingdom Hearts III yet, though. The game’s (currently) only available on PS4 and Xbox One, so it’s no surprise that the game is only available on Xbox Game Pass for Console, with no Windows version in sight. (Yet.)

The other big hitters on Xbox Game Pass for Console in February 2020 are Yakuza 0, the prequel at the beginning of Kiryu’s saga, and Two Point Hospital, the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital made by veterans of the original game. Wasteland Remastered is also particularly noteworthy, as Wasteland 3 releases on May 19, 2020.

February 2020 has been a big month for Xbox Game Pass, with Final Fantasy XV, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Death Squared all making the trip to Xbox’s snazzy subscription service.

Xbox Game Pass for Console – February 2020

  • Ninja Gaiden II – February 20
  • Kingdom Hearts III – February 25
  • Two Point Hospital – February 25
  • Wasteland Remastered – February 25
  • Yakuza 0 – February 26
  • The Jack Box Party Pack 3 – February 27

But it’s not all good news. The addition of these new games means others will sadly be leaving the service in the near future. Here’s the list as it currently stands:

  • Fallout 3
  • Just Cause 4
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Snake Pass
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham City
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham Asylum

If you’re not done with these games, you can make use of Xbox Game Pass’s 20% discount to pick them up before they disappear.


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Save up to 90% in five new Xbox One sales

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair are among hundreds of new Xbox One savings.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair are among hundreds of new Xbox One video game savings.

Some excellent games are included in five new sales now live on the Xbox One Digital Games Store. The discounts start with the Anime Month sale, which features big price cuts on titles including Code Vein, Sonic Mania, Jump Force, and Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom.

This week’s Deals with Gold selection includes a 25% discount on the recent HD remaster of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz and the premium online edition of Grand Theft Auto V.

The latest Xbox One publisher sale features a huge collection of games from Electronic Arts. It’s a mixed bag, of course, but there are decent discounts on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20, Burnout Paradise Remastered, and the sublime TitanFall 2.

Spotlight picks include Starpoint Gemini 2, and the Wild World of Animals sale features an eclectic collection of animal-themed games. Our picks are Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair, Owlboy, and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

You can grab the latest Xbox One deals until February 24, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital store or the Microsoft online store for the full lineup of sale titles. Here are some more of recommendations.

Anime Sale Highlights

  • Code Vein – 40% off
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – 75% off
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse – 85% off
  • Jump Force – 60% off
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – 50% off
  • Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker – 85% off
  • Sonic Mania – 50% off
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition – 60% off
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – 50% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Blair Witch – 40% off
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition – 50% off
  • Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Masters of Anima – 75% off
  • Sonic Forces – 50% off
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – 25% off
  • ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove! – 30% off

Electronic Arts Sale Highlights

  • A Way Out – 75% off
  • Anthem – 85% off
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered – 75% off
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – 75% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 – 50% off
  • Madden NFL 20 – 60% off
  • Need For Speed Heat – 50% off
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville – 50% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II – 50% off
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – 25% off
  • The Sims 4 – 75% off
  • Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition – 85% off
  • Unravel Yarny Bundle – 67% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • AereA – 90% off
  • Age Of Wonders: Planetfall – 50% off
  • Road Rage – 85% off
  • Starpoint Gemini 2 – 80% off
  • The Golf Club 2 – 80% off
  • Wuppo – 90% off

Wild World of Animals Sale Highlights

  • Armello – 60% off
  • Cat Quest II – 25% off
  • The Deer God – 80% off
  • The First Tree – 60% off
  • The Flame in the Flood – 75% off
  • FoxyLand – 25% off
  • Goat Simulator – 60% off
  • Kingdom: New Lands – 60% off
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – 50% off
  • Owlboy – 40% off
  • Spy Chameleon – 25% off
  • Super Dodgeball Beats – 30% off
  • Supermarket Shriek – 30% off
  • Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair – 33% off

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