It took a lot of convincing to get Blizzard to merge Overwatch 1 and 2

All together now

Blizzard is handling things for Overwatch 2 in a way that's very different from how the industry usually operates. All of Overwatch 2's content will be made available to those who have the first game, and the player bases for each title will be merged together. No matter whether you have Overwatch 1 or 2, you'll be able to experience all content. Just how in the world did that come about? Overwatch technical director John LaFleur explained in an interview with Kotaku.

"It's very challenging because the industry has done things the same way for so long. And so it's hard to get people, push them out of their comfort zone and say, hey I think we could do it a better way.

The way that I try convince people, I try to tell them if we do what's right by the players, they will be happy, we we will have a better game, and we will end up in a better place in the long run. Rather than having this short sighted thinking that's usually driven by anxiety of 'the only way to get players to play Overwatch 2 is to cut off all the Overwatch 1 players and starve them out and force them to come over and, you know, make that game just sort of die on the vine.

That in my opinion is not the right way. I always try to come at things from a player-first standpoint. What do I want as a player? And I'm really lucky I work with a lot of awesome people who are willing to take big risks, and look at things differently and go, hey we can really influence this to be different."

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

The Art of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy book set for release July 2020

Book it!

Want a deeper look at the Spyro Reignited Trilogy and how it came to be? The Art of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy book might be up your alley. Check out details on what the book has to offer below.

In 2018 Toys for Bob Studios thrilled fans worldwide by releasing Spyro™ Reignited™ Trilogy, a faithful remaster encompassing all three titles from the beloved Spyro™ trilogy introduced in 1998. The Art of Spyro™ is a meticulously crafted compendium filled with in-depth behind-the-scenes content, insightful quotes from top illustrators in the industry, anecdotes from the game developers, and a dazzling assortment of incredible concept art, some of which has never been seen by the public. It is a must-have for art lovers, gamers, fans… and the fun-loving adventurer in all of us.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment (July 21, 2020)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 11 x 10 inches

Preorder the book here

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and the Call of Duty Endowment team up to bring fans a new kart for a good cause

Racing for a good cause

Get ready to jet across the track, Crash™ Team Racers!

Activision is proud to present the Firehawk, a special Kart in Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled that is modeled after a classic military plane. Put your favorite Crash Bandicoot™ racer in the captain’s seat and soar across the finish line with this unique in-game item.

As the first “plane” to make its way to CTR Nitro-Fueled, not only does the Firehawk look fly on the racetrack, it also supports a great cause: The Call of Duty Endowment, whose logo is featured prominently near the plane’s tail.

As of today, players in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to purchase the Firehawk kart directly from the PlayStation™Store, the Microsoft® Store, or the Nintendo eShop, and 100% of proceeds received by Activision for this special item will go directly to funding non-profits that place veterans in the US and UK into high quality civilian jobs. This item will be available up until $1 million USD has been raised for the cause.

Decked out in fighter-jet green, the Firehawk is a must-have kart to add to your collection!

Numskull releasing Spyro-themed holiday sweater

What happened to Halloween?!

Numskull is feeling the festive spirit early this year and is incredibly proud to reveal its brand-new range of official Christmas sweaters for 2019, based on your favourite video games, TV shows, films, and comic books – available to order starting today!

Featuring new designs based on Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Batman, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Xbox, Spyro the Dragon, Marvel, and more, Numskull has applied its world-famous touch to a whole host of beloved pop culture icons.

These new designs compliment the current range of hugely popular, high-quality knitted official sweaters, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, PlayStation, Street Fighter, PAC-MAN, and many more – with fan-favourites restocked for Xmas 2019!

Grab your sweater here

Spyro Reignited Trilogy's retail relese requires an 8.7 GB download

Spyro no!

Well gang, the news is in. After much speculation, we now know for sure that the physical version of Spyro Reignited Trilogy requires a download. This has been confirmed by a user on Reddit who has access to the game. While the back of the box says you'll need at least 10 GB, the file download itself is 8.7 GB. This comes from the Euro version of the game, and we already suspected the North American version would require a download as well.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy off-screen Switch footage

The original roast master is back, and he’s on-the-go! Same sick burns, same smoldering attitude, now all scaled up in stunning HD. Spyro is bringing the heat like never before in the Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy game collection. Rekindle the fire with remastered versions of the original three games, Spyro™ the Dragon, Spyro™ 2: Ripto's Rage! and Spyro™: Year of the Dragon. Explore the expansive realms, re-encounter the fiery personalities and relive the adventure in fully remastered glory. Because when there’s a realm that needs saving, there’s only one dragon to call.

Preorder Spyro Reignited Trilogy at GameStop, get a linen poster

An extra fancy poster
GameStop has a rather nice preorder bonus for those who plop down some cash for Spyro Reignited Trilogy on Switch. Preorders will come with a linen poster featuring concept art for the game. If that sounds like something you want to lock in, you can plac your preorder here.

No one knows whether the physical version of Spyro Reignited Trilogy requires a download or not

This shouldn't be so complicated

This whole situation has become a mess, and the confusion has only grown since the initial reveal.

Will the physical version of Spyro Reignited Trilogy require a download? It all depends on what retailer you look at. Some online stores feature cover art that state a download is required. Others have a version of the cover that doesn't make mention of a download. The situation is different depending on what region of the world you're looking at as well. Some retailers make it seem like the North American version will require a download, but the European version will not.

The only thing we know for a fact is what we posted earlier today. Nintendo.com has Spyro Reignited Trilogy listed as taking up 6.3 GB. It would be pretty crazy for all three games to fit into that file size, considering how the PS4 version took up nearly 70 GB when all was said and done. Will there be a supplemental download for the eShop version outside of the 6.3 GB mentioned? Hopefully we find out all these details before Sept. 2nd, 2019, which is when the game launches.

Thanks to operationgamer17 for the heads up!

SEGA reveals their lineup for Zentame Fest

A lineup of already-released titles

Earlier today we found out that Nintendo would be appearing at Zentame Fest, and now we know SEGA will be joining them. Here's what SEGA will be bringing to the show, which runs Aug. 3rd to 4th, 2019 in Gifu, Japan.

- Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game
- Puyo Puyo eSports
- Team Sonic Racing
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

SEGA will also have some special merchandise on-hand, including a SEGA Logo T-shirt (¥2,500), Puyo Puyo Die-cut Pass Case (¥700), and SEGA Game Gear Mug (¥1,000).

Check out the improved loading times in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Definitely a marked improvement

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled was recently updated to Version 1.0.5, which included a number of tweaks, with improved loading times on Switch being the most notable. Just how much faster are things after the update? Check out the comparison video above to see how things play out.


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