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Transformers: Heavy Metal Is Niantic’s Next AR Mobile Game

Many of you play Pokémon Go every day; others are enchanted by Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Later this year, Niantic is inviting you to another augmented reality experience for mobile devices. In Transformers: Heavy Metal, you team up with the Autobots to uncover hidden areas on Earth that contain valuable resources. Standing in your way are those pesky Decepticons.

Niantic and developer Very Very Spaceship aren’t sharing many details about Heavy Metal at this time, but did reveal the game will have turn-based battles that you can tackle on your own or with friends. From that comment, there’s a chance these battles are designed in a similar way to Pokémon Go’s raid system, which allows for low-level battles to be completed by one or two people, but the harder enemies require an entire team.

All players are a part of a group called the Guardian Network, which is working with the Autobots. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are obviously two of the characters you’ll interact with in some capacity. Skywarp and Shadow Striker are two the Decepticons, which are likely led by Megatron. Niantic and Very Very Spaceship are partnering with Hasbro and TOMY to bring these beloved robots in disguise to life.

Although players are hunting for resources, I have to wonder if other Transformers are also discoverable. All of the exploring players do is handled through Niantic’s Lightship platform, the planet-scale AR system used in Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Heavy Metal will release later this year, and you can pre-register now to be alerted when it officially launches. Niantic says it will soft launch soon in select markets.

Citizen Sleeper is a dystopian slice-of-life RPG on a space station

It’s the future and you’re living on a space station in the great beyond! But the future is bad, and you’re only a human consciousness in an failing artificial body owned by a corporation who want you back. That’s how it goes in Citizen Sleeper, a sci-fi slice-of-life RPG announced this week by the creator of In Other Waters. I am certainly up for visiting a distant lawless space station to eek out a living, thwart a corp, and maybe even make some friends. Check out the announcement trailer below.

How Elden Ring ‘Spirit Body’ Companions Work

We’re still riding high on the E3 2021 Elden Ring reveal. There was so much to unpack with the full gameplayer trailer, and now we’re learning even more. First, we learned a little bit about the game’s co-op. Then we got some new insight into the open world. Now? Now it’s time for the Spirit Body companions to have their time in the spotlight. 

What are Spirit Body companions in Elden Ring? 

In a recent Famitsu interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki, he confirmed that Elden Ring players can summon what is called a Spirit Body. These spectral beings are pretty useful; they can help you when you’re in a tight spot mid-combat. If this feels new to fans of Bloodborne and Dark Souls, that’s because it is. These companions are completely on your side and, at least according to the translation from Japanese, can be commanded to perform certain roles. 

Miyazaki also confirmed that these spirits are actually the spirits of fallen enemies, so it’s like a one-two punch of complete destruction. Not only have you killed them, but you’re also making them essentially do your bidding. Nice. 

He also confirmed that these ghosties are interchangeable, meaning you can collect various types of fighting ghosts and swap them depending on your specific need in battle. They can also be upgraded, which is a nice touch when progressing through the Elden Ring storyline. 

During the interview, the director outlined a few different ways that these companions can be useful. Need something with reach? Summon a fallen archer. Need hefty damage? A spirit with a sword should do nicely. They can also be used as distractions, allowing players to strategically place one of these ghostly companions in a spot to detract attention away from themselves. I would imagine this would be great for someone who may be waiting on a cooldown or simply needs to regroup. 

Interested in learning even more? You can read the full interview right here. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our E3 2021 events hub here for any news you may have missed, including more about Elden Ring itself. 

Capcom Announces Resident Evil Village DLC

Today during Capcom’s E3 presentation, Capcom confirmed it was working on DLC for the recently-released Resident Evil Village – but didn’t say much else. 

VIllage’s producer, Tsuyoshi Kanda, delivered the news. As of right now, aside from knowing it’s being made, we know nothing about the upcoming DLC’s gameplay, story, characters, setting, or otherwise. 

“By popular demand, development has just started on additional DLC for Resident Evil Village,” Capcom said in the video, following Kanda’s presentation. 

While we don’t know anything about Village’s DLC just yet, it’s worth keeping in mind Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Village’s direct predecessor, released in 2017 – received numerous content drops expanding on the story and lore of the game’s central narrative. It also allowed players to assume the roles of characters other than protagonist Ethan Winters, including series mainstay Chris Redfield and newcomer Joe Baker. Whether Village receives similar treatment, time will tell. 

Resident Evil Village was released back in May to critical acclaim. We here at Game Informer also loved it, giving the game a 9.25 review score. If you’re interested in learning more about Village, make sure to check out our exclusive cover story hub full of gameplay details, videos, and interviews. If you’ve already beat the game, we also have a spoilercast breaking down all the twists and turns Village throws at its players

For more Resident Evil, we have our first look at the upcoming cast of the live action Netflix adaptation, an overview of the most important Resident Evil games to date, and news on when you can watch the upcoming new animated movie (also released by Netflix).

Lastly, to catch up on all the E3 news from the week, check out our ever-updating hub page, where you can see new looks at Battlefield 2042, Halo Infinite, Starfield, and Elden Ring

Resident Evil Village is going to have DLC, in case there was any doubt

Capcom have kicked off their E3 presentation for 2021 by leading with some hot, sizzling, not at all surprising news. They are in fact planning to develop DLC for their newest and shiniest RE game. That’s right, Resident Evil Village is going to have some DLC at some point. When? They didn’t say. What? They didn’t say that either. It sure is coming though. Oh, and so is the free multiplayer deathmatch mode Re:Verse. That’s launching next month after it was delayed.

Razer’s Blade 14 could be a pint-sized powerhouse with its RTX 3080 chip

So far, E3 2021 has all been about games, games, games and more games, but those green snakey folks over at Razer have also taken the opportunity today to show off some of their new gaming hardware today, including their all-new Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop. Not only is this the world’s thinnest 14in gaming laptop, but it’s also their first such device to come with an AMD CPU – and it looks rather lovely, if I do say so myself, especially when this super slim laptop is also going to be available with one of Nvidia’s RTX 3080 graphics chips inside it, too.

New The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Trailer Shows Off New Game Features

Let us engage in the art of deduction, shall we? Capcom’s E3 2021 showcase kicked off with an extensive new look at the upcoming Great Ace Attorney Chronicles collection, showing off new features, more about the characters, and the ever-present power of OBJECTION!

The newest adventure arrives on July 27, 2021, and we’ve got a hearty first look at what is in store. For those that may need a little catching up, Chronicles is a collection of the previous Great Ace Attorney titles that were limited to just a Japan release. This includes The Great Ace Attorney Adventures, which launched in 2015, and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. Between these two games, we’ve got ten cases to work through and eight escapades to enjoy

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Ryunosuke Naruhodo is the ancestor to the famous Phoenix Wright and he’s the one that players will be getting comfortable with in this collection. Set within the Victorian London era, the upcoming Ace journey will introduce players to new characters and challenge them to confront new cases. The gameplay focuses on the investigation and courtroom antics that we know and love, but the new trailer also gave us a closer look at the newer features that are specific to this entry. First, we’ve got the Dance of Deduction, a feature that challenges Herlock Sholmes and Ryunosuke to use abductive reasoning to solve the case. Logic is key here, as one might expect, but sometimes? Sometimes the conclusions made are not only wrong but also just hilariously bad. 

Interested in what else Capcom had to share? Check out their full showcase below. Spoiler: it’s not much.

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The next part that played a big role in Capcom’s showcase is the Summation Examination. With Summation, jurors have to explain why they’ve issued a guilty verdict. The defense attorney, then, needs to try to nudge out some new information in order to bolster their own stance. Can you change the jury’s mind and sway them to your side? It takes skill, but something tells me that Ace Attorney fans have this covered. 

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles arrives on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 27, 2021. 

To catch up on other E3 2021 goodness, be sure to check out our dedicated event hub here. We’ve got news, watch alongs, previews, and so much more! 

A Trial Version Is Coming For Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin

Capcom is less than a month away from releasing Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, and it had more to show off from the game in today’s E3 showcase.

First, a new trailer was unveiled for the game, different from the one shown at the Summer Game Fest opening ceremony on Thursday. It’s a great watch for a synopsis of what to expect in the story, as well as a look at the gameplay.

The big news came after the trailer, though: a trial for Monster Hunter Stories 2 is coming on June 25, which will carry over your save progress to the full game when it launches a few weeks later. It was not said whether this trial version is coming to PC as well as Switch. Capcom also revealed its first free content update for the game which brings Monster Hunter Rise’s canine companion the Palamute over as a new Monstie to use in battle.

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Wings of Ruin follows the descendant of a legendary monster rider who is bestowed a special Rathalos egg. The creature inside is known as Razewing Ratha, which legends say can cause the world to burn with just the beat of its wings.

As opposed to the combative nature of the mainline Monster Hunter series, Stories focuses on the friendship and camaraderie between riders and what they adorably call “Monsties.” Also, instead of being action-oriented, this spin-off is more like the Pokémon games. Monstie collection is a huge part of the experience, and combat is handled through turn-based battles with the protagonist fighting alongside a chosen team. Each Monstie has elemental affinities, so prepare to bone up on various strengths and weaknesses.

Newcomers to the series need not worry about having missed out on the original Stories. According to Capcom, this new entry is not narratively related to Monster Hunter Stories, which was a Nintendo 3DS exclusive.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is releasing simultaneously for Nintendo Switch and PC on July 9, 2021. Cross-over costumes are available for owners of both this and Monster Hunter Rise. Speaking of Rise, check out Game Informer’s review of the current Switch-exclusive title which launched back in March. Let us know in the comments whether you’re looking to get your hands on Wings of Ruin next month. If you are, which Monstie would you like to partner with?

Game Informer has you covered throughout E3 and beyond with expansive coverage of the show at our E3 Hub. Take a look there for all of the other news and reveals from Capcom’s showcase!

Pick up AMD’s Ryzen 3900X for $420 at Newegg (nice, $80 off)

AMD’s high performance Ryzen 9 3900X processor has hit a new low price on Newegg today, where you can pick it up for just $420 – down from a list price of $500.

Cyberpunk RPG The Ascent coming to Game Pass at launch in July

Cyberpunk action RPG The Ascent is queued up to launch next month and it’s just popped up with a fresh trailer. Developers Neon Giant have let on an extra quick look at some more co-op cyberpunk shoot ’em upping here in the new video. Good news for the subscription service fans as well. The Ascent has announced that it will be joining Xbox Game Pass for PC on its launch day in July.