Saints Row: The Third Remastered revealed, Mafia II and III Definitive Edition rated in Taiwan, developers add ‘stay at home’ adverts to games, Uniqlo’s latest batch of Super Mario shirts are released, and Inside Xbox returns later tonight

  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered is coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on May 22nd. Check out the trailer on Twitter to see some of the game’s visual changes
  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition has been rated by the Taiwanese Game Rating Committee for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
  • Rebellion, Codemasters and King are set to include ‘stay at home’ Covid-19 start-up screens served exclusively to players in the UK. Sniper Elite 4, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Candy Crush Saga are among the games to include this messaging
  • Uniqlo’s new Super Mario 35th Anniversary clothing line launched this week. Unlike some of the previous Uniqlo Mario t-shirts, the 35th Anniversary line is only available in men and kids sizes
  • Inside Xbox’s first episode of 2020 debuts tonight at 2pm PT/5pm ET. Microsoft stated they will not have any new information about the Series X, however, they will be talking about Grounded, Gears Tactics, Sea of Thieves and Xbox Game Pass

Broken Sword 6 is a VR title and will launch in 2021, according to deleted listing

The European Commission may have accidentally leaked Broken Sword 6. Fortunately managed to save the summary which reveals Parzival’s Stone VR is actually Broken Sword 6: Parzival’s Stone. Looking at the European Commission page, it appears the game will launch some time between now and March 2021.

Here’s the general story of Broken Sword 6: “The player will be there in VR with their loyal heroes George and Nicolas they travel on their last epic quest in Europe: unravelling mysterious intrigue, facing sinister villains and solving devilish puzzles in a tale based on history, conspiracy, myths, power, greed… and particle physics.”

  • Revolution Software, the developers of Parzival’s Stone VR, received €150,000 in funding from the European Commission
  • Judging by the European Commission page, Parzival’s Stone VR has been in development for just over two years at this point

Too good to be true? As with all rumours we write about, it’s important to bear in mind that this is an alleged deleted description from the Parzival’s Stone VR listing. There is a chance things may not pan out exactly as claim.

Fresh rumours about the 2021 Resident Evil game emerge

Following last week’s rumours about Resident Evil 8, Biohazardcast has posted an article about the latest game in the series based off information from someone who has playtested the game. RE8 will feature a subtitle Resident Evil: Village, with the ‘VILL’ highlighted to reveal the Roman numeral 8.

The article expands on the leaks from Dusk Golem last week by elaborating on some of the key points. Perhaps the most interesting point of this leak is that Chris Redfield will play an important role in Village, though not in ways fans would expect. It looks like Redfield is being set up to play the villain this time around.

  • Resident Evil 8’s cast will include returning characters: Ethan, Mia and Chris Redfield
  • The game is set somewhere in Europe, presumably somewhere featuing a village-type location
  • Currently the game is scheduled to launch in Q1 2021, though this is likely to change due to Covid-19
  • Inventory management appears to be still be something that is still being tweaked. Supposedly Capcom are testing both RE7 and RE4 styles of inventory management

Who should we believe? If you have believed Dust Golem up until this point, he has posted on ResetERA giving these leaks his seal of approval. When asked why this game, in particular, has so many leaks, Dust Golem said: “Literally hundreds of random people have played the RE8 demo at this point… these tests did make the game leaking a lot more likely.”.

CERO, the Japanese Rating Organisation shuts down temporarily

The Computer Entertainment Rating Organisation (CERO), Japan’s video game rating organisation is temporarily closing down until May 6th. This could have an impact on the release of video games during Q3/Q4 as there will now be a backlog of titles that have not been rated.

Games are rated months in advance of launching, so anything due to release within the next few months will likely be unaffected CERO’s closure. Where things start to get awkward is in the latter half of the year with the next-generation consoles. If a major title has not been rated in Japan but it has in other regions, publishers will have two options: release the game outside of Japan, or delay the game entirely.

  • CERO’s closure is due to last for a month, though there is a chance this closure could be extended
  • Japanese companies traditionally do not allow employees to work from home, unlike Germany’s USK rating board which remains unaffected during the Covid-19 crisis

Here is CERO’s official statement on the matter: “All work including screening (including those under review) will be entirely suspended from April 8th to May 6th. We will be closed during that time, so we will not be able to receive examination materials such as mail or courier. The resumption of operations after May 7th will be announced on the website in the future.”