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Ghost of Tsushima is a grounded open-world game that aims to honor classic samurai films

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When Nate Fox was working on Sly Cooper, a series of stealth games about a master thief who also happens to be a raccoon, he looked around for inspiration on how to make anthropomorphized animals feel more real. This led him to the comic Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai, which followed a wandering samurai who also happened to be a rabbit. “I loved it,” Fox, now a creative director at Sucker Punch Productions, tells The Verge. “It really struck me as this beautiful, very reserved adventure series that would translate very well into a video game.”

It also rekindled Fox’s interest in classic samurai movies from the likes of Akira Kurosawa. So when the studio began brainstorming new ideas after launching the superhero game Infamous Second Son, he knew exactly the direction they should go. “For me, he is the inspiration touchpoint for this adventure,” Fox says of Sakai.

Sucker Punch’s next game is Ghost of Tsushima, which is slated to launch on the PS4 on July 17th, as the best-selling console’s last big release. Last week, the studio released an 18-minute-long gameplay trailer that provided the best look yet at the open-world samurai game. Like the classic films that inspired it, Ghost stars a wandering samurai named Jin Sakai (the name is an homage to Usagi Yojimbo’s author) helping to fight a Mongol invasion on the island of Tsushima. While the original inspiration may have starred rabbits, the team went in a more realistic direction for their own adventure.

“We wanted the game to be grounded,” Fox explains. “To have you experience what it would be like to be a wandering samurai in 13th century Feudal Japan. We wanted to ground it because it feels more tangible. Things are beautiful and magical in the everyday world, and they don’t get enough attention. You can see it when you look at our trailer; something like a field of grass that’s moving in the wind has a quality to it that’s exceptional. And if you put into that field of moving grass a still samurai, with just his sword held above his head, not moving at all, you get the full picture. You get the power of the samurai, inside of a dynamic world.”

Being grounded doesn’t necessarily mean the game is completely historically accurate, of course. While it evokes a specific time and place, Ghost of Tsushima is still a work of fiction. Fox says that Sucker Punch, which is based in Bellevue, Washington, utilized outside experts to consult on things like dialogue, swordplay, and the mannerisms of characters. “We’re not knowledgeable enough to do a great job,” says Fox. “To do that right we knew we had to ask for help.” The studio also teamed up with fellow Sony developer Japan Studio. The developers went on a research trip to the real Tsushima Island together, and members of the Japan team even made some field recordings to enhance the game’s sound design.

That said, realism and game design did come into conflict at times. “There’s a tension between wanting to make the game world feel authentic and also fun,” Fox explains. “Our game is inspired by history, but we’re not strictly historically accurate. We haven’t recreated Tsushima stone by stone.” As an example, Fox cites the swords used in the game. While a tachi was the most common weapon at the time, Jin wields a katana because it creates a more iconic image.

Those kinds of details are largely inspired by the samurai films that had such a big impact on Ghost of Tsushima’s developers. The game even has a black-and-white mode, so you can play through the entire experience as if it were a classic movie. Movies and games are obviously very different, but Fox believes the samurai genre shares a lot in common with interactive experiences.

He remembers a specific scene in Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, in which a lone samurai, unsure of where to go next, tosses a stick in the air and follows the path upon which it lands. This leads him to a town in need of help. “It’s this perfect encapsulation of a video game adventure,” Fox says. “The main character has this agency, they have this skill, and they react to the problem in real time. That was very much a jumping off point to see how we could create stories inside of an open world with this genre.” He adds that “the thing that is the soulful middle of our game is that desire to do right by these classic samurai movies.”

Those films also influenced the way Sucker Punch approached violence in Ghost of Tsushima. If you watch the lengthy gameplay trailer, it can get quite gruesome; when Jin attacks, his sword slashes are punctuated by giant spurts of blood. Fox says that this was by design. Much of the game is quiet and solemn, with a focus on nature. It’s meant to create a sense of contrast to the more violent combat. “They co-exist,” Fox explains. “And I think that the genre is made powerful by one off-setting the other. It’s not like it’s always blood. In fact, the fighting in our game is pretty fast.”

One of the big promises from the lengthy trailer is the choice the game offers players. While Jin is a well-trained samurai, over the course of the game he learns new skills, including techniques that turn him into the titular ghost. From a practical perspective, this means you’ll often be able to approach situations in different ways: you can play stealthily or go in with your sword swinging.

According to Fox, the choice isn’t necessarily a binary one, but rather one you can adjust to better suit your play style. “As you go through the game, you’re always a samurai,” he explains. “You have those skills. That never changes. However, as you go deeper into the game, Jin begins to transform into the ghost. He picks up new abilities. As a player, you get to craft and decide how those abilities grow.”

Outside of combat, Ghost of Tsushima is a game about exploration. It’s an open-world experience. Based on last week’s trailer, it’s one that doesn’t have all of the explicit signposting inherent to the genre, so your screen won’t be overrun with arrows pointing out where to go next. It’s a design ethos focused on immersion.

“Instead of having a lot of UI on the edge of the screen that makes you know you’re playing a game, the wind points you where you’ve chosen to go, and your attention is still firmly inside the island of Tsushima,” says Fox. “You can then be distracted by something like a bird that grabs your attention and will take you somewhere. We want to give you that transportive experience of being in this world.” He adds that these subtle clues mean you won’t get lost while playing — but they also mean two players are probably more likely to take different routes to the same objective.

“I’m hoping you’ll choose to defy what the game designers are asking you to do,” says Fox, “and just make up your own path.”

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TikTok Reliance Deal: RIL in talks with parent ByteDance to acquire TikTok for $5 billion in India!!

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TikTok Reliance Deal: RIL in talks with parent ByteDance to acquire TikTok for $5 billion in India!!

India banned 59 Chinese apps in June, including the short video app TikTok. Then another 15 Chinese apps were banned in late July.

After the ban in India, there was a demand to ban Tiktok in the US. The United States has placed a bet in front of TikTok to break ties with China.

Meanwhile, there is news that Reliance Industries may buy Tiktok’s Indian business.

Mukesh Ambani’s RIL in talks with parent

ByteDance to acquire TikTok in India

  • The report claimed that Reliance Industries is considering buying a stake in Indian business with ByteDance, the TikTok parent company. It is reported that the talks are currently at the initial stage.
  • TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer is reported to have met top Reliance executives. In this meeting, there has been talking about TikTok’s Indian business, although Reliance Industries has not yet released any official statement on this.

However, it is believed that ByteDance can get success in selling the Indian market of TikTok to Reliance.

“The Mukesh Ambani-led firm had begun talks last month with the Chinese firm to acquire its operations in India. The deal is said to be valued at $5 billion”.

Tiktok Reliance Deal, Reliance Industries may buy Bytedance

  • India’s richest industrialist Mukesh Ambani is considering investing in TikTok. It has been claimed in a media report.
  • According to the report, this conversation is currently in the initial stages, and Reliance Group is currently exploring possibilities of investing in this short video-based app.

This can also be a profitable deal for Reliance. The reason for this is that the TikTok app was quite popular in India.

Due to the ban on this, the Indian user could not find any other great option for this.

So if TikTok starts again, it will get a good response.

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All New Snapchat update August 2020: Every major feature coming to the app

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All New Snapchat update August 2020

After the Snap partner Summit, the news is prevailing over the web about the new Snapchat update. This is true! In the partner summit, they have decided to introduce new features, platform update, partnership deals, and many more things. The partner summit was held in the month of June and since then users have been waiting for exciting features every day. For example: After the summit. Camera kit and Snap, minis features are added to the app. Today I am going to share all new Snapchat update.

Snapchat is a great multi-media messaging platform. You can snap, connect, discover, play games, cloud storage, and share your pictures free with Snapchat! With billions of installs and a pretty good rating, Snapchat is winning hearts. Snapchat is a secure and fun way to partake the moment with your dear ones. Scroll down to know more about Snapchat already added and upcoming features.

Snapchat Updates after Partner Summit

New features have been added to Snapchat after the partner summit and these have enhanced user-experience to a great extent. Below is the features list:

1) Navigation Tools

  • New action bar element for top-level navigation.
  • A map features to find places popular around the globe.
  • Topics to add stories. Add topic/hash and then add a related story to categorize it under the section.

2) New AR Experiences

Snap announced new Lenses and augmented reality activities for Snapchat developers, creators, and everyday users.’ Introduction to AI and ML to Snapchat with AR begins here.

3) SnapMinis

Snap Minis are a unique way for developers to carry their services inside Snapchat. It empowers new, social experiences. Minis are carefully designed to deeply integrate within conversations, so coordinating with friends is faster than ever.

4) Bitmoji for games

Snapchat has added built the ultimate cross-platform avatar for gaming. Use anywhere on mobile PC and console, Bitmoji is fun-filled.

6 Best Snapchat Story Games: Questions & Challenges

New Snapchat Updates August 2020

VOTE features

Snapchat is ready to roll out a distinct set of features based on the election. It not only helps its users get informed about how to vote but also designate to vote right within the app. Snapchat has its most user base lying between the age of 13-24 years of age and thus this idea comes to add election feature. Reported by Axios, the election focused features will be activated by September.

  1. The new “Voter Registration Mini” feature lets users register to vote directly in Snapchat. It will also include would have a  tracker that monitor the number of users who have joined to vote on Snapchat.
  2. A new “Voter Guide” that provides users with information about topics like voting by mail, ballot education, and voter registration.
  3. Partnering with BallotReady to launch a new “Mini” feature that will help Snapchat users learn about different voting options (in-person, vote-by-mail, etc.) and will encourage them to make a plan to go vote.
  4. Launching a new voter portal that will serve as a checklist that can help users register to vote and will live in each Snapchatter’s user profile.

TikTok Style feature

It has been said that Snapchat is going to add TikTok style features like adding music to videos. The feature is already open for New Zealand and Australia and soon is going to be launched to other regions as well. This amazing feature will permit users to record videos set to popular songs within Snapchat only. Remember, there won’t be an infinite “For You” page of content, nor will there be assistance for viewing all videos that use a specific song or sound that is offered by Tik-Tok. Instead, Snapchat focuses on individual and personalized creativity for sharing with close friends not to the public or followers.

Wellness Feature

This amazing feature will help users to deal with stress, anxiety, and emotional issues. It is going to offer meditation tools from the health tech group Headspace, which produces apps for relaxing the mind.

“We found that an overwhelming majority of Snapchatters experience feelings of stress and anxiety and that their friends are the first people they turn to when they need help, more than professionals or even their parents,” Snap said.

Snapchat to Take on TikTok by Adding Music to Snaps With This New Cool Feature !!

Final verdict

Founded in 2011, Snapchat is expanding slowly and gradually to another level and in the near future, undoubtedly it would become the most prominent social media apps.

So, this is all about new Snapchat features I hope you would like it.

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Fortnite Game Removed from Google Play Store And Apple Store !!

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Apple and Google on Thursday removed the popular game Fortnite from their App Store.

Apple and Google have taken this action because Epic Games, the company that makes Fortnight games, has launched a direct payment plan for users, bypassing Apple, and Google.

Both Apple and Google earn 30 percent of revenue from app purchases. On Thursday, the game’s developer has updated both versions of Fortnite, which gives users the option of direct payment. Although Fortnite is a free game, users have to pay for some things in this game.

Direct payment plan presented for the user

Commenting on the matter, Epic Games said in a blog post that

the company is offering a direct payment plan for iOS and Play Store. The game developer said that this new system has a single payment system that will be applicable for PC and Mac computers and Android devices.

Android Users Can Still Use Fortnite

The Android users can still download and play the game from apps like Epic Games and Samsung users can enjoy playing app via Samsung Galaxy App.

But for iPhone users, No such options will be there.

About Fortnite

Fortnite is an online video game that has 250+ million users. In this almost 100 players can play together and enjoy the battle. One match takes 20 minutes’ time.

Apple issued a statement that-

Epic has enabled a feature that is not approved and reviewed by Apple. They have done so to violate the guidelines of app purchases. These guidelines are applicable on All those who sells goods and services.

Since Epic Games takes 30% purchase revenue from Apple and Google. So if company users take direct payment then partnership of Google and Apple will not be there. This definitely does not g well with both companies and they have been removed from their respective platforms.

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