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Something twisted is on the horizon. If you’ve been missing Needles Kane, you’ll be delighted by this week’s news!

We’ve got another exciting lineup of video game news stories to share with you this week! The Twisted Metal franchise is being revisited and a Grid reboot is rolling out this summer. Epic announced another exciting Fortnite collaboration, while the publisher behind Firewatch is cranking out a new handheld. Let’s dive in, shall we?

PlayStation Production is bringing Twisted Metal to the small screen

Clown character from the Twisted Metal video game

Sony is launching a new production arm to adapt PlayStation’s beloved IP for the big and small screen. The in-house studio will be led by SIE’s Vice President of Marketing, Asad Qizilbash. PlayStation Production will be taking a look at the cast of iconic characters and stories under the publisher’s belt.

We have already gotten word on the first project that will come from the new initiative. Two days after the initial announcement, Sony Pictures Entertainment held an investors meeting and detailed their plans to adapt Twisted Metal through the new production studio.

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra told investors: “We have a TV show we just agreed to get underway that will be developed from IP on PlayStation, it’s called Twisted Metal. It’s a game that was put out many years ago and we’re going to develop a TV series out of that.”

Unfortunately, no details were given as to when or where we can expect to see the Twisted Metal TV show air.

Codemasters announces Grid reboot is speeding down the race track

 

Get ready to start your engines this summer! Codemasters surprised the internet, announcing that they are rebooting the Grid series. Following the release of the teaser trailer, a post was published on the Codemasters blog.

The fourth entry in the Grid series is largely based on racing in four continents around the world. You will also have access to a great assortment of cars including GT, Touring, Stock, Muscle and more. In addition, the blog post bolsters the realistic damage effects expected when playing by saying: “Realistic damage can affect both the car’s performance and handling and too much contact with the same racer will see them emerge as a nemesis.”

Grid will release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 13th.

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Meet Playdate, the new handheld system developed by Panic

Brown hand with white painted nails holding Playdate video game console

Panic, the publisher of cult-hit Firewatch, is taking a leap into the hardware market. The Playdate system is reminiscent of the Dandelion Yellow Gameboy Color and features a 2.7-inch black and white screen, D-pad and A/B button inputs. In addition, Playdate will include a USB-C port and headphone port, plus allow WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. While unconventional, Playdate also sports a crank arm on the side.

Panic has stated that Playdate will come with 12 indie games pre-installed. The only title announced is Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, which utilizes the crank during gameplay. The remaining titles are still unknown, although Panic did note that many would use a traditional button layout.

Interestingly enough, the full games catalogue will not be available out of the box. Instead, Panic has designed Playdate to release one game per week after the system has been turned on. It’s worth noting that Panic refers to the 12 games as “Season One,” which may indicate more games will become available.

Playdate has been given an MSRP of $149USD. Playdate is expected to ship in early 2020.

Fortnite and Nike brings the heat for sneakerheads

 

Epic has launched Droptown Drop, a new LTM in Fortnite. In collaboration with Nike’s Jumpman brand, Droptown Drop sees you grinding and jumping through a creative map collecting coins.

Playing through the Droptown Drop creative mode, you’ll have access to a list of free challenges to complete. Completing each one will unlock the new Back Board Back Bling and a variety of new sprays. If you purchase the Hang Time bundle, you’ll see more challenges to complete that unlock the Clutch and Grind outfits, which features Nike’s iconic Air Jordan Is.

Epic has yet to confirm how long the LTM will be available. If you are interested in getting the full experience, the Hang Time bundle is available for 1800 V-Bucks.

Dreamhack Venezuela set to host all-female CS:GO tournament

Dreamhack Showdown

Dreamhack will hold their first all-female CS:GO tournament during Dreamhack Venezuela. Dubbed “Dreamhack Showdown”, qualified teams and players will face-off from July 5th through July 7th in an attempt to win their share of a $100,000 prize pool.

Dignitas fe has already accepted the invitation to the tournament. Besiktas, another esteemed all-female CS:GO team, is rising to the challenge as well! To fill out the remaining spots, LAN qualifiers will be held on June 8th and 9th.

Nioh 2 Closed Alpha Begins This Weekend

 

Select PlayStation 4 users are being invited to play through a closed alpha demo for Team Ninja’s Nioh 2. The closed alpha will run from May 24th to June 2nd and is intended to help Team Ninja gather feedback as they continue to develop the highly anticipated game.

Selected PlayStation 4 owners will be invited via email and receive a digital download code. Be sure to refresh your inbox if you are eager to jump in this weekend. In case you’re out of the loop, check out Nioh before the sequel hits later this year!

This Week’s Game Releases

 

GameRelease DatePlatformMetacritic
Team Sonic RacingMay 21, 2019PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One73%
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered/Liberation RemasteredMay 21, 2019SwitchTBD
ObservationMay 21, 2019PC, PS474%
DauntlessMay 21, 2019PC, Xbox OneTBD
Everybody’s Golf VRMay 21, 2019PSVR75%
Total War: Three KingdomsMay 23, 2019PC84%

What’s up next week?

 

If you own a PSVR headset, you are in for a treat! Blood & Truth and Trover Saves The Universe are releasing next week.

That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for more news as we gear up for E3 2019!

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