May 11th - May 12th - May 13th - May 14th - May 15th

May 11th

Ubisoft announces Ubisoft Forward; a digital showcase per replacement of E3

Ubisoft posted an announcement on their social media channels to tell everybody they are having a digital event all about game news, reveals and more. The event will be named Ubisoft Forward and will take place on July 12 at 12 pm PDT / 8 pm BST.

May 12th

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 are grinding onto PS4, Xbox One and PC

The birdman is back and this time with some quality remasters. How do we know? Easy; Vicarious Visions remastered THPS1 and 2 and gameplay footage got shared that clearly shows they know what they were doing. Bringing back the classic skating games, the original levels and line-up of skaters and most of its original soundtrack, the two remasters will be available on September 4, 2020.

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Sony revealed a new branding animation for its first-party games

The PlayStation Studios brand will be used for upcoming PlayStation 4 and 5 games developed and managed by Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios. The logo has a resemblance to Marvel's Avengers.

"The cinematic you've seen is the one that has multiple games in it. But over time, as we introduce well established franchises, we can tailor that opening a bit to possibly show the franchise over the years, new characters that have come into play... There's a lot we can do that we're really excited about."

May 13th

Star Wars Episode I: Racer has been delayed indefinitely

Aspyr broke the news on social media, explaining that the ongoing work-from-home situation across the industry makes it difficult to finish the title in time. No new release date was mentioned. A new update will be shared as soon as possible.

The PlayStation 5 is still on track for a holiday 2020 launch, Sony says

In a document about Sony earnings for FY2019, the company explains that the console is still on track for its planned launch. In addition to that, no major problems have arisen at Sony's first-party studios about game development either. Hopefully, we will get a full reveal of the PlayStation 5 soon.

Sony introduces "Inside The Last of Us: Part II"

The miniseries will release an episode every week until the 3rd of June, diving deeper into the game's details. The first episode is all about the story. The gameplay, details and the world will follow in the upcoming weeks. If you are wondering - these are spoiler-free episodes.

Epic Games reveals Unreal Engine 5; UE5 demo is the first PS5 footage

As the first big announcement of Summer Game Fest, Unreal Engine 5's reveal was a glorious demo that ran on the PlayStation 5, showing off new technology that will most definitely blow you away. The demo focuses on two very specific technologies named Nanite and Lumen. Click on the title to read more and to see the beautiful demo in 4K. Oh... And Fortnite will be coming to the Unreal Engine 5 mid-2021 and it will be available on next-generation consoles at launch. I bet you did not expect that!

Microsoft store pages for Mafia I and Mafia II leaked

The official Mafia social media pages posted teasers and not too long afterwards, the Microsoft store pages were available for a brief moment. They were taken down rather quickly but the pages had a nice amount of details on them; for one, two separate pages were available, so it is safe to assume that the Trilogy will be released separately and that you can buy the games individually. On top of that, the first title will enjoy a full remake, whereas Mafia II will be a remaster. A release date was on the page for Mafia I as well, stating August 28 as a release date.

Though the leak was fairly detailed, we will get a full announcement and confirmation about all of the above when they officially announce everything on May 19.

May 14th

Nintendo announces Paper Mario: The Origami King

Nintendo revealed what could be the first of many upcoming Mario games. Paper Mario: The Origami King is a fully new Paper Mario game that seemingly goes back to its roots, bringing back the ability to partner up and bringing some new abilities with it as well.

For more screenshots and a trailer, you can click right here. The game will release on Nintendo Switch on July 17.

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Grand Theft Auto V is available for free on the Epic Games Store

Rockstar's biggest title is currently free to own on the Epic Games Store. The only requirement is that you add the game to your library and that 2FA (two-factor authentication) is enabled.

This didn't exactly go down without issues for Epic Games, as giving the title away for free seemingly crashed the store. For a long time, the store had a lot of issues during the rest of the day. Issues should be resolved by the time you read this. If you want to claim the game, then do it as soon as you can. The game is only available for free until May 21.

May 15th

The Elder Scrolls: Blades available 'worldwide' on Nintendo Switch

The game just left Early Access on mobile phones and has now been released on the Nintendo Switch. The game is free to play, but there is an optional package for sale for $14,99 named 'Quick Start Edition'.

The announcement says 'worldwide' but sadly enough, Belgians are kept in the dark about this. The game does not appear on the Belgian store and no mention of this can be found anywhere. Whether this is due to the lootbox regulations or not, is a question we have no answer to.

Ghost of Tsushima is the big focus in the newest State of Play episode

If you are (im)patiently awaiting the release of Ghost of Tsushima, then Sony has a little cheer-up for you. Their latest episode of State of Play is all about the upcoming title and nothing else, offering 18 minutes long filled with new gameplay, commentary and more. Its release is set for July 17, 2020.

Alan Wake joins Game Pass for its 10th anniversary

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Remedy Entertainment has announced that the brilliant game Alan Wake will be available on the Xbox Game Pass for both PC and Xbox come May 21. Quick tip though; you can currently buy the game rather cheap (90% off; $1!) over at a variety of stores. Click here to read all about it.

Lego Ninjago is free for a limited time on gaming stores

The awesome people over at TT Games are giving away the LEGO Ninjago game for free. The game is available for free on Steam, the Xbox Store and the PlayStation Store until May 21. Click here for direct store URLs.