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Harry Potter game set for 2021 release

The rumoured Harry Potter game is real and, despite controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling, set for a 2021 launch.

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The rumoured Harry Potter game is real and, despite controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling, set for a 2021 launch.

Reporting for Bloomberg News, Jason Schreier confirmed that the AAA wizarding game, which leaked back in 2018, is still on track to arrive late next year, despite a possible sale of WB Interactive Entertainment and backlash against Rowling’s recent transphobic comments.

Avalanche Studios’ Harry Potter Game

The game is being developed by Avalanche Software, a WB-owned studio best known for Disney Infinity 2.0 and 3.0. (Note: this is not Avalanche Studios Group, the folks behind the Just Cause series and last year’s Rage 2.) The Salt Lake City-based company has developed various licensed games over the years including Rugrats: Royal Ransom and Tak and the Power of Juju for Nickelodeon, and Cars 3: Driven to Win for Disney.

The upcoming game will be the most ambitious project from Avalanche yet. It will also mark the return of Harry Potter to consoles after the mobile excursions of recent years. The game will give players free rein to explore an open-world Hogwarts and the area surrounding the wizarding school.

Bloomberg News reported that several members of the team at Avalanche were “uncomfortable” with Rowling’s comments, but stressed that the Harry Potter creator has “very little direct involvement” with the game.

Rowling’s Comments

For context, Rowling faced instant and sharp backlash on Twitter earlier this month. On June 6, the author quote-tweeted an article from devex.com. She took issue with the article’s use of the phrase “people who menstruate.”

“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?,” the author wrote.

This tweet, and Rowling’s subsequent double-downs, were the most explicit expression yet of views she has been increasingly open with in recent years. Last December, the author faced backlash when she tweeted support for vocal TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) Maya Forstater. Prior to that, some fans had suspected that the author held transphobic views on the basis of the tweets that Rowling liked and accounts she followed.

Bloomberg reported that the game is set to be revealed later this summer. The reveal will take place after WB unveils their upcoming Batman game at the digital DC FanDome event.


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PES 2021 is cancelled, Konami working on PS5 and Xbox Series X versions

Konami has confirmed it will not release PES 2021 and is instead working on a next-generation version of its popular football simulation for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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Konami has confirmed it will not release PES 2021 and is instead working on a next-generation version of its popular football simulation for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

In an announcement on the company’s website, Konami has confirmed long-standing rumours that it won’t release a new version of PES this year. Instead, PES 2020 will receive a full update for the 2020/21 football season.

The news follows the recent confirmation that the series has lost the official license to use Italian Serie A teams AC Milan and Inter Milan.

The statement also outlines Konami’s plans for the series, confirming that it will return with a full game next year on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

“The sheer scale of everything we are aiming to achieve for our next-gen debut has made it necessary to pare back our efforts in other areas of development. As a result, we have made the decision to launch this year’s PES as a streamlined offering in the form of a “season update”. That being said, we are still extremely confident that this year’s game offers fans more than enough thrills to tide them over until our next-gen title is ready for launch.”

This year also marks a quarter of a century since the very first PES title was released. To commemorate this important milestone, and more importantly, to show our gratitude to you, our loyal fans, we are pleased to announce that this year’s PES will launch at an affordable anniversary price and will also come with several bonuses.”

The franchise’s next-gen entry is planned for testing in mid-2021, with a full release following later in the year.

Konami has also released a short teaser video to tide fans over. Erm, enjoy.

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This week’s Nintendo Switch releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

Paper Mario: The Origami King already has some Nintendo fans grumbling that it isn’t The Thousand-Year Door, but the series has long-since taken a different path. The Origami King certainly looks to be a (paper) cut above Sticker Star and Colour Splash. Expect a well-written and funny game with a surprisingly compelling combat system.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – which is a remake of the GBA Harvest Moon classic – also comes to Switch in North America. It’s available right now in Europe and Australia.

Other new Switch games include Radical Rabbit Stew, Ultra Hat Dimension, and turn-based tactical shindig, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can also look forward to Donkey Kong Country, Natsume Championship Wrestling, and The Immortal.

We’ll update this page with any late additions throughout the week. In the meantime, here is the confirmed lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases.

New Nintendo Switch releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Yoga Master Dreams Fantasy Bundle

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Pangeon
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (NA)
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (NA)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Bossgard
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
  • The Immortal (NES)
  • Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES)
  • Rez Plz

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Aracade Archives Kangaroo
  • Caretaker
  • High Explosive Dinosaur
  • Home Run High
  • Never Breakup
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Spyhack
  • Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: The Lair
  • Tanky Tanks
  • Waifu Uncovered
  • We should talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Get 10 Quest
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Power Racing Bundle
  • Starlit Adventures Golden Stars
  • Ultra Hat Dimension
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (EU)

My Nintendo members should also check out the summer eShop Double Gold Points promotion.


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This week’s Xbox One releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One this week.

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One between July 13 and 17, 2020.

Our highlight from this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases is the surprise release of Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The third game in Superhot Team’s innovative time-twisting shooter series promises more of everything, including larger levels and new combat mechanics. Best of all, the game is free to download for anyone who purchased the first game.

One game we have been watching for some time is Ooblets, which comes to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday. Glumberland’s super-charming life simulation game features many genre staples – farming, furniture, creature collection, and town upgrades – but, most importantly, it has dance-off battles. It’s also coming to early access on PC via the Epic Game Store.

We’re also pleased to see Hopfrog’s Zelda-like adventure Forager finally get an Xbox One release. Other games to look forward to include Neversong, We Should Talk, and Radical Rabbit Stew.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ooblets
  • Rez Plz
  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Bounty Battle
  • Dunk Lords
  • Forager
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • We Should Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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Save up to 90% in five massive Xbox One sales

Five new Xbox One sales include big games from Capcom and Ubisoft, and there are double discounts for Xbox Live Gold members.

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Five new Xbox One sales include big games from Capcom and Ubisoft, and there are double discounts for Xbox Live Gold members.

In addition to this week’s crop of Deals with Gold and Spotlight discounts, Xbox One owners can also save in publisher promos from Capcom and Ubisoft. Plus, there’s a Double Discounts sale for Xbox Live Gold members. Let’s rattle through a few highlights.

The Double Discounts sale includes a selection of big games, but we’ll highlight a few less obvious choices. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is not wholly successful, but it’s an ambitious, and idiosyncratic survival adventure. We’re also fond of painterly World War I story, 11-11 Memories Retold. And Puyo Puyo Champions is pure puzzle game perfection.

The first of this week’s publisher sales comes from Capcom and includes all the Resident Evils, various editions of Monster Hunter World, and Devil May Cry 5.

The Ubisoft Forward sale follows Sunday’s reveal event. Some hefty discounts give players the chance to catch up with the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs franchises ahead of their new instalments.

This week’s Deals with Gold include savings on Overcooked! 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Steep, and Vampyr. The influential Dear Esther is our pick from this week’s lineup of Spotlight discounts.

All five sales run through to July 20 on the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here are some more of highlights.

Double Discount Sale Highlights

  • 11-11 Memories Retold – 40% / 80% off
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – 25% / 50% off
  • Battlefield V Year 2 Edition – 30% / 60% off
  • Blasphemous – 25% / 50% off
  • Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night – 25% / 50% off
  • Control – 25% / 50% off
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 – 35% / 75% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 35% / 75% off
  • Fallout 76 – 20% / 40% off
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered – 25% / 50% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 25% / 50% off
  • Kingdom Hearts III – 35% / 70% off
  • L.A. Noire – 25% / 50% off
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm – 30% / 60% off
  • The Outer Worlds – 17% / 35% off
  • Puyo Puyo Champions – 30% / 60% off
  • Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell – 35% / 75% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 17% / 35% off
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition – 20% / 40% off
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – 20% / 40% off
  • Virginia – 40% / 80% off
  • Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair – 25% / 50% off

Ubisoft Forward Sale Highlights

  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – 60% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 70% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins – 80% off
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered – 50% off
  • Far Cry 3 Classic Edition – 90% off
  • Far Cry 4 – 80% off
  • Far Cry 5 – 85% off
  • Far Cry New Dawn – 75% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Rainbow Six Siege – Deluxe Edition – 70% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 67% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 80% off

Capcom Sale Highlights

  • Devil May Cry 5 – 50% off
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 67% off
  • Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite – 75% off
  • Mega Man 11 – 50% off
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Combo Pack – 50% off
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – 40% off
  • Monster Hunter: World – 50% off
  • ŌKAMI HD – 50% off
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 3 – 33% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 60% off
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – 60% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Citadel: Forged With Fire – 60% off
  • Masters of Anima – 80% off
  • Overcooked! 2 – 40% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Seasons after Fall – 80% off
  • Steep – 50% off
  • Styx: Shards of Darkness – 80% off
  • Vampyr – 75% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Claire: Extended Cut – 80% off
  • Creature in the Well – 35% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 70% off
  • Hue – 80% off
  • Vostok Inc. – 60% off

For regular updates on the latest video game deals, head over to our sales page. Visit our new releases section for the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Release date, pricey special editions revealed for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

Remember Flight Simulator? It was one of those things that everyone had, but nobody could really remember buying. Where the cool kids were having fun blowing things up on X-Wing or Tie-Fighter (or, indeed, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) the Flight Simulator aficionados were trying not to blow anything up. It was the corduroy of flight simulators. Even its name is the video game version of a tin of Ronseal wood stain.

The new Flight Simulator – called Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is very imaginative – looks rather interesting, though. Gone are the weirdly flat worlds with, you know, the thing you could land at or on, like the airport or aircraft carrier, being actually 3D. Microsoft Flight Simulator utilises data from Bing Maps and processing power in Microsoft’s Azure cloud for beautifully realised, accurately scaled 3D worlds.

It still promises to be technical in the extreme (and potentially corduroy dull), sure, but being able to flypast places you know in real life that are realistically recreated? It’s suddenly a lot more appealing.

But if one of those places you wanted to see was Heathrow Airport? Well, that’s going to cost you. (We’re not quite sure why it would be, but to each their own.)

There will be three versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator when it releases on August 18, 2020. They are the Standard, Deluxe and Premium editions – priced at £59.99, £79.99, and £109.99 respectively – come with different selections of aircraft and airports.

So if you want to fly the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, for instance? You’ll need the Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium edition. You don’t get to land at Amsterdam Schiphol, Cairo International or Chicago O’Hare unless you buy the Deluxe edition, while Heathrow, San Francisco, Dubai, Frankfurt and, weirdly, Denver are all gated behind the Premium edition.

No, we don’t get it either but, as we said before, to each their own.


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