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April 9, 2024 96 mins
We are now fully into April and as we wait for the big games coming at the end of the month, there are some demos out for some of them. So, Sean has some Stellar Blade Impressions to share on this episode. Along with that, he's also played two versions of the Saga: Emerald Beyond. As well as a beloved game that was released bout a month ago in Unicorn Overlord impressions too. Marc is also just enjoying more Granblue Fantasy Relink.

Some details have dropped on potential games for the June Xbox Showcase including a long-awaited Gears 6 reveal. Likewise, rumors abound that much like last year, Sony may opt to get ahead of the Summer Games Fest brouhaha and have a showcase in May. Xbox is also in the news for some others including making a games preservation team and Hellblade 2 being locked at 30 FPS.

Plus, according to an annual report from Newzoo most gamers are playing old games or recurring annual franchises. Does this say anything about the state of gaming? And does this paint a grim picture for how many new players are available for recent Live-Service games? The controversial Tekken 8 Fighter Pass, the status of the Knights of the Old Republic Remake, and more!

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Timestamps:

00:01:00: START

00:02:15: Housekeeping & Intro

------------- Games We Played ----------

00:06:50: Stellar Blade Demo (Sean)

00:12:35: Saga Emerald Beyond Demo (PS5 & Switch) (Sean)

00:19:20: Unicorn Overlord Demo (Sean)

----------- What's in the News -----------

00:22:15: Hellblade 2 will be locked to 30 FPS

00:26:25: Ninja Theory (Hellblade 2 Developer) Co-Founder Antoniades Left the Studio

00:28:00: Xbox has a Game Preservation Team, a possible Gears 6 reveal and Talking more about the state of Xbox

00:47:40: Potential announcements at May 2024 PlayStation Showcase

00:50:10: Newzoo's report of gaming habits in 2023 and Most Played Games

00:55:35: Multiversus Returning and What will Nintendo do with the next Smash Bros game

00:58:55: Tekken 8 Adds Fighter Pass and could they also add 3 vs. 3 Mode too?

01:05:40: Dragon Quest XII in Trouble? Square-Enix reassigns Top Producer

01:10:00: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's Platinum issue will be patched soon

01:11:40: Could Square-Enix surprise us with DLC for FFVII Rebirth that isn't just Queen's Blood?

01:16:50: Knights of the Republic Remake is alive and well according to Sabre Interactive

01:19:40: Ubisoft and Relic Entertainment both have layoffs, The Crew 1 going to be delisted

01:26:05: Roku has patented a way to sell adds that can read what's connected to your HDMi is sitting idle

01:31:30: Apple will allow Emulators on the App Store

--------- The End ---------

01:35:00: Games Coming Out This Week!

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