May 26, 2021

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Are Out This November

Posted on May 26, 2021 by Rae Michelle Richards

Get ready to catch ‘em all like it’s 2007 because the recently revealed remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl finally have a release date. Both games will drop simultaneously on November 19th 2021 for the Nintendo Switch. Alright, a pair of already announced Pokemon titles coming out in the early winter isn’t exactly earth shattering news, these things come out like clockwork. What was surprising was how Nintendo decided to break the news..

Usually big announcements like a release date for the largest franchise in all of video-games would warrant its own special event, a Pokemon Direct if you would. Not this time! The official Pokemon Twitter account just kinda posted the release dates this morning with no warning. Bam, there it was! Which is surprising because this is major news but let’s not forget that Nintendo themselves announced and gave the release date for Paper Mario last year on Twitter as well. Clearly they’re not afraid of making major announcements just through social media with none of the prepackaged video presentations we’ve come to expect.

The Diamond and Pearl release dates weren’t the only big news that the Pokemon Twitter account broke this morning. Surprisingly also given a release date was Pokemon Legends: Arceus, which will come out just 60 days after the Diamond and Pearl remakes. This might be surprising for some fans, including myself, as I was sure they were giving us an early look at Fall 2022’s major title. Pokemon Legends: Arceus will drop on January 28th, 2022.

With Nintendo and the Pokemon Company just dropping major release dates like it is nothing, I do have to wonder what they have in-store for E3 in just two weeks time. We already know Nintendo will have a direct focused on their Fall line-up of games, as they always do. But by choosing to reveal these release dates now rather than saving them? Could BOTW be released next March just in time for the Switch’s 5th anniversary?


Report: New Final Fantasy Souls-Like In Development At Team Ninja

Posted on May 26, 2021 by Rae Michelle Richards

According to new reports the Final Fantasy franchise might be branching out in a slightly unexpected direction – the “souls” genre. Going from a party of casters, melee, healers and heroes to a single playable character is quite the departure from what we are used to from Final Fantasy. Sure the series has experimented with a three member setup (XIII) and even a two party setup (Lightning Returns) but the slower paced combat, potential focus on counters and expected difficulty spikes could mean the end result is something entirely unseen in the FF series.

News broke via Fanbyte two days ago that this souls-like title will be titled Final Fantasy: Origin, it is under development at Team Ninja and will be exclusive to the recently released PlayStation 5. Further details have also supposedly come to light via the R/GamingLeakSubreddit where it was revealed that the game will focus on the setting of the first Final Fantasy game from the NES – and a reminder that game didn’t have jobs, bahamut or even Chocobos – so there’s lots of room for new inclusions. Difficulty will apparently be dynamic, meaning that multiple difficulty settings will be offered from the outset. To top this all off, like the Ni-oh games before – a playable Alpha version of the game will be made available for fans to leave feedback before the game launches.

As with anything of this nature – unconfirmed rumours of in-development games in the weeks leading up to E3, take it all with a grain of salt. The fact that other outlets, with much more reach inside of development studios, and other insiders are corroborating this story means there is probably something to it.

E3 will be held on June 12th through the 15th as an online only event. Square Enix will be holding their own presentation showcase during that time.

Source: IGN


Get the latest articles and news from BrokenJoysticks and a selection of excellent articles from other sources.

Simply fill out the form below and you’ll be on your way to getting our upcoming newsletter.