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#ICYMI 7.24.20


ATHLETES IN GAMING

KYLIAN MBAPPÉ IS FIFA 21 COVER ATHLETE

Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain has been named the FIFA 21 Cover Star

Instagram | Twitter




INDUSTRY

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 HAS A RELEASE DATE

Paramount has announced its plans to release Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in theaters on April 8, 2022. IGN



XBOX LIVE GOLD KILLED OFF YEARLY SUBSCRIPTIONS

You must now purchase monthly or three-month Xbox Live Gold memberships. GameSpot | TrueAchievments



XBOX BOSS TEASES BIG CHANGE IN HALO INFINITE

The tease relates to a "structure" change in the game. GameSpot



NINTENDO'S BREAK FROM CONSTANT HYPE IS REFRESHING

The break we didn't know we needed. Kotaku



MIXER'S LAST DAY WAS A GHOST TOWN

Mixer has officially shut down as of July 22nd, and their last day online was pretty empty...Bye, Mixer. Kotaku



PRESSED ON ACCOUNTABILITY, UBISOFT CEO AVOIDS TAKING BLAME FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PROBLEMS

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot failed to take accountability for what is happening in his company. Kotaku | Bloomberg Businessweek




MMO

TEMTEM UPDATES!

The Pokémon-like MMO is getting an update! The update is bringing new creatures, island, and more released 7/21! IGN



STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC IS AVAILABLE ON STEAM

Bioware’s long-running Star Wars-themed MMO has finally made it to

Steam. Polygon




REVIEWS

BEYOND A STEEL SKY REVIEW

A long-awaited sequel to a 1994 classic that can't hold up against its predecessor. GameSpot



CARRION REVIEW

"I have never played a game with movement that feels this good." Kotaku



ROCK OF AGES 3: MAKE OR BREAK REVIEW

The game is a carefree hop, skip, and jump through world history, art, and absurdist meme culture. GameSpot



HYPER SCAPE REVIEW

More doesn’t necessarily mean better in a Battle Royale game. IGN




NEW GAMES

NBA 2K21 PRE-ORDER INFORMATION RELEASED

We officially have a release date, bonuses that will come with the game, and more, so mark your calendar for September 4th! GameSpot



NHL 21 OUT IN OCTOBER, NO NEXT-GEN VERSION COMING

NHL 21 will launch in October, and even though won't offer next-gen versions of the game, it will be compatible on Xbox Series X and PS5. IGN




GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

YOU CAN PET DOGS NOW IN SAKUNA: OF RICE AND RUIN

The new and exciting feature was announced on Twitter from Nintendo Treehouse Live! Twitter



MILES MORALES WILL BE FEATURED IN SILKY-SMOOTH 4K/60FPS MODE

You'll be able to swing through the city like never before! GameSpot | Twitter



THE LAST OF US PART 2 AND FINAL FANTASY 7 RANK AMONG BEST-SELLING EXCLUSIVES

In a matter of months, The Last of Us Part 2 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake have ranked among the best-selling PS4 exclusives in the US. Twitter



HALO INFINITE BOX ART REVEALED

It bears a strong resemblance to the game that started it all and also confirms some of the returning elements we can expect to see.

GameSpot | Twitter



ROCKET LEAGUE IS GOING FREE-TO-PLAY AND LEAVING STEAM

Rocket League is getting an update later this summer, making it free-to-play, and will launch on the Epic Games Store. Kotaku



FOOTAGE OF EIVOR GENDER SELECTION REVEALED

In Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, both male and female Eivor will be considered as canon. IGN | Twitter



SQUARE ENIX WANTS TO RELEASE FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE PART 2 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

In April, Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII Remake, and they are working very hard on making part 2. Kotaku



PAPER MARIO: THE ORIGAMI KING BUG MEANS THAT YOU CAN NOT FINISH THE GAME

Players have been discovering a bug towards the end of the game, in which it is impossible to beat the game on an existing save file. Kotaku | YouTube



GHOST OF TSUSHIMA IS NOW PS4'S FASTEST SELLING FIRST-PARTY ORIGINAL IP DEBUT

There have been more than 2.4 million units sold through globally in its first 3 days of sales. Twitter | IGN




CELEBRITIES IN GAMING

LOGIC IS STREAMING ON TWITCH, EXCLUSIVELY

The rapper recently retired after having a baby with his wife, and the deal was supposedly worth seven figures. Twitter | The Verge



WHY EA SPORTS UFC 4 DOES NOT INCLUDE JOE ROGAN AS A COMMENTATOR THIS YEAR

Rogan is one of the main commentators in real life, and in UFC 3, they had to splice live clips of with voiceover clips to put him in the game. GameSpot




TOURNAMENTS

FORTNITE GALAXY CUP FOR ANDROID PLAYERS

On July 25th and 26th, master your Galaxy and join owners in a tournament for a chance to win an new Outfit and Wrap before anyone else! Epic Games




TRAILER TIME

MARIO KART TOUR UPDATE TRAILER

Mario Kart Tour posted on Twitter to give users a sneak peek at the new game update! Twitter



MONUMENT VALLEY DEV'S NEXT GAME REVEALED

The new lighthearted, cute game has been revealed, and it is coming to PC and consoles! YouTube | GameSpot




THAT'S SOME CRAZY SHIT!

KID GIVES AWAY $20,000 OF PARENT'S MONEY TO STREAMERS WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE

Some streamers the teen had been donating to included Miami Heat star Meyers Leonard, Tfue, Gorb, and Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Kurt Benkert.

Twitter | Essentially Sports | LADBible



DAD WHO DOESN'T EVEN LIKE POKÉMON SELLING HIS CARD COLLECTION FOR $30,000

A 34-year-old father from England managed to get his hands on a complete set of original cards when he was a kid. Kotaku



HERE'S WHAT PLAYING MINECRAFT INSIDE MINECRAFT IS LIKE

In case the thought has ever crossed your mind. EuroGamer | YouTube




YOUTUBE NEWS

JaVALE McGEE HITS 300K SUBSCRIBERS

The LA Laker has been posting content from the NBA Bubble, and has been making videos since 2017! YouTube



GAME THEORY RELEASED 3RD SECTION OF THEIR INTRO: FOOD THEORY

Game Theory has become a household name in the world of YouTube, and the third section of their iconic logo is finally released. What do you think about the third section, Food Theory? YouTube




HARDWARE

YOU CAN NOW PLAY ANIMAL CROSSING WITH A PAD THAT LOOKS LIKE TOM NOOK'S FACE

Each one of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons-inspired controllers will be $40, and there is a sky blue and green option as well. NintendoLife | Twitter



XBOX SERIES X THIRD-PARTY STORAGE DEVICE REVEALED

If we are all being honest with each other, it looks pretty slick. GameSpot




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

SPLATOON 2 TURNS 3!

Nintendo posted a Tweet with an amazing art piece of characters from

the game! Twitter



"WALUIGI DEBUTED 20 YEARS AGO, AND I RESPECT HIM A LOT"

July 21st marks the 20th anniversary of Waluigi’s debut in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, and decades later, the lanky loser has become a meme among gamers. Kotaku

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