Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is already Steam’s fourth most-played game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice only released two days ago, but it’s already the fourth most played game on Steam and it’s currently beating off Warframe and Rainbow Six Siege to secure a spot in the top five games for concurrent players.

Right now, there’s upwards of 104,000 players taking on From Software’s latest challenge, which – of course – doesn’t even take those playing on console into account. According to Steam Charts (thanks, PC Gamer), it peaked at just over 124,266 concurrent players.

It’s got some way before it breaks into the top three, though. While it’s currently more popular than Grand Theft Auto V and Team Fortress 2, Sekiro sits 390K players behind third place Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is currently sporting 494,286 concurrents… and to knock Dota 2 off the top spot, Sekiro would need to notch up another 800K or so players. That said, it’s a huge achievement for a primarily single-player experience.

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Death Stranding hits a “critical phase” as Kojima plays the game “every day” on PS4

Hideo Kojima has confirmed the highly-anticipated Death Stranding has moved into a “critical phase” of development but as yet, the disparate sections of the game have not been connected “into one game”.

In a tweet early this morning, Kojima updated his followers on where Death Stranding was in terms of development, intimating it had not yet reached debugging or testing stage, but confirming he plays the game daily on PlayStation 4, deciding what to keep and what to remove.

“[Death Stranding] is not yet in difficulty adjustment or debugging stage, but combining all the parts made in [different] tools and development machines into one game,” he said in Japanese, according to Microsoft Translate and my (less-than-stellar) Japanese skills. “It’s a process to connect the parts, to fix the operation, feelings, the production, the specifications, the trouble, and to strip the flesh and [make changes] while I play the game directly every day on PS4. Critical phase.”

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Uncanny games with hidden rooms

This piece contains spoilers for Sea of Thieves.

For a while, a university friend of mine rented a bedsit in which one of the walls came with the clear ghost of an old door on it. You could run your hand over the plaster and feel the bumps and ridges where a doorway had been filled in. The weird thing is that there was a room-shaped gap on the other side of the wall, and no clear way of getting into it. It wasn’t like the owner had decided to move the entrance to the bathroom, say. Instead, there was now a hidden room in the house – not very well hidden, granted – and who knew what was in there?

A hidden room. The effect is uncanny, I think – an intriguing, bewildering word which is even better in the original German, where it’s unheimlich. Heimlich itself means secret or concealed, I gather. For years I had it in my head that it meant homelike. (Heim is the thing that got me confused.) Unhomelike is the best of all. What could be less homelike than discovering a hidden room in a place you think you have already come to know well?

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Minecraft players write touching tributes on in-game signs for “amazing” server owner who died of cancer

Minecraft players have left tributes at an in-game memorial for a popular server’s creator after he died of cancer.

The touching community-created memorial includes hundreds of messages written on signs placed around the server’s hub.

Bryan, otherwise known as Pendar2, created the Emenbee Minecraft server back in 2011, and at its peak it hit 1531 concurrent players. Over the course of its seven-year life, Emenbee saw over one million unique players. But in October 2018, Pendar2 shut down the server after struggling to maintain it.

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Five months after launch, Super Mario Party finally gets its first update

Super Mario Party finally got its long-awaited first update this week, but it’s pretty much useless.

The update, released on Thursday five-and-a-half months after the game launched on the Nintendo Switch, brings Super Mario Party up to version 1.0.1. That sounds important, doesn’t it?

Well, it isn’t. According to the patch notes (note?), this update does just one thing – and that one thing is a bit of a let down.

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Apple reportedly working on premium games subscription for the App Store

Apple is working on a premium games subscription for the App Store, according to a new report.

Bloomberg reports Apple is discussing this new service with potential partners.

The idea is not to take on new video game streaming services, such as the recently-announced Google Stadia. Rather, the idea is to generate additional revenue from iPhone and iPad users by selling a bundle of paid games you can play for a monthly fee.

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Persona 5: The Royal announced, stars a mysterious new female character

Big news in the world of Persona: Atlus has announced Persona 5: The Royal for PlayStation 4.

The Royal stars a mysterious, unnamed new female character. In a short teaser, below, a voice asks: “What do you think of the Phantom Thieves?” The female character responds with: “I think helping people is a wonderful thing, but if I had to say, I don’t like them. I don’t think the Phantom Thieves’ methods will make the world a better place or help anyone. In the end, I feel like you can only solve that yourself.”

(Thanks, Gematsu.)

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