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A studio of ‘Witcher 3’ developers are making an online action game set in feudal Japan

A group of former CD Projekt Red developers is working on a new online action that will take players to feudal Japan. This week, Dark Passenger co-founders Jakub Ben and Marcin Michalski announced the formation of their studio and put out a call for talent in a series of tweets spotted by PC Gamer. Ben and Michalski were part of the art team that worked on The Witcher 3 and later went on to do contract work on Cyberpunk 2077.

Dark Passenger’s first game doesn’t have a name yet, but the studio’s website provides some details on the project. Ben and Michalski say they want to create an online multiplayer game with support for both competitive and cooperative play. They describe a title that sounds like it will borrow elements from games like Titanfall and Absolver. “Our locomotion system will allow players to perform incredible [feats] such as running on arrows that were fired by other players, fast climbing on vertical surfaces with the use of shuko claws or using [a] yari spear like a pole to jump over obstacles,” the studio said. “Engaging [in] close-ranged combat will demand as much dexterity as tactics and close cooperation with teammates.”

The news of the founding comes after former CDPR executive Konrad Tomaszkiewicz announced at the start of the year he was creating a studio named Rebel Wolves. He said his team would release its first project, a dark fantasy role-playing game built in Unreal Engine 5, sometime in 2025. After directing the critically acclaimed The Witcher 3 and contributing to Cyberpunk 2077, Tomaszkiewicz left CDPR in May 2021 amid allegations he bullied coworkers. Before his departure, it came out that work on Cyberpunk involved a lengthy and brutal crunch period for many of its developers.

As PC Gamer points out, Dark Passenger’s careers page alludes to some of the criticisms of CDPR. “We create a prejudice-free environment based on tolerance, support and understanding. We treat individual needs as seriously as the group’s expectations,” the page states. “We provide all amenities, private medical care and paid overtime. With an emphasis on work-life balance, we offer flexible working hours and holidays.” As for when you can expect to play the studio’s first game, Dark Passenger has not shared a release date.

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KDDI deploying new HPE 5G virtual base stations across Japan

Japanese telecom provider KDDI is deploying more open standard 5G technology in a partnership with HPE to expedite 5G availability throughout the country.
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Super Nintendo World Japan confirms Donkey Kong expansion for 2024

Nintendo has confirmed that it will expand its Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Japan with a new Donkey Kong section. The new zone, which is reportedly already under construction, is set to open sometime in 2024 and will expand the park size by 70 percent, Nintendo said. 

"The area will feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences and themed merchandise and food," Nintendo wrote in a press release. "Guests will be able to take a walk on the wild side through the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live."

Super Nintendo World opened in March of 2021 after a delay due to COVID-19, with mask-wearing, temperature checks and hand sanitizer requirements in place. However, a surge in the pandemic prompted a temporary closure a month later. As it stands now, travel to Japan is banned for tourists and other travelers. 

Nintendo plans similar attractions at the Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore Universal Studios parks. Key attractions at the Japan park are the Mario Kart: Kuppa's Challenge rollercoaster and Yoshi Adventure. Guests also get a "Power-up Band" that lets them collect coins and have other interactive experiences. 

"I am very happy to be able to make the world of Donkey Kong a reality following the world of Mario," said Nintendo Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto. "I am looking forward to creating a thrilling Donkey Kong experience with the amazing team at Universal. It will take some time until it is completed, but it will be a unique area for not only people who are familiar with Donkey Kong games, but for all guests."

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Nintendo is releasing a six-button Genesis controller for Switch, but only in Japan

Next month, Nintendo will give Switch Online subscribers the chance to purchase Sega Genesis games as part of a DLC pack with N64 titles. And to make the experience as authentic as possible while playing them, the gaming giant is also selling wireless N64 and Genesis controllers exclusively to Switch Online subscribers. The gaming giant showed off a three-button Genesis controller at its most recent Direct stream in the west. Based on a tweet by Nintendo Japan, though, it will release a six-button version in its home country instead. 

Nintendo has confirmed to Polygon that the six-button Genesis controller will be exclusively available in Japan. A Nintendo of America rep told the publication that "different regions make different decisions based on a variety of factors" and that the three-button model was the more widely used and more well-known version in the US and Canada. As the publication notes, the three-button model came first, and the one with six buttons was only released when fighting games boomed in popularity. Playing titles like Street Fighter was easier with more buttons to mash. Take note that the Sega Genesis Mini also launched with a three-button controller outside Japan in 2019, whereas the Japanese version came with a six-button model.

Even if you find a way to import the Japan-only controller, it may be better to wait until other gamers have confirmed that it works with consoles in your region. Nintendo doesn't have a release date for the three-button model yet, but it will set you back $ 50 when it becomes available.

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Super Nintendo Land will open in Japan on February 4th, 2021

Super Nintendo World, the much anticipated “life-size, living video game” theme park will open on February 4th in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan has announced. The opening date is a welcome surprise, as Universal and Nintendo last said that the park…
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A sushi restaurant chain in Japan is using AI to evaluate tuna cuts

The highlight of almost any sushi platter is the fatty tuna. Finding that perfect cut of tuna that melts in your mouth is something that fish buyers spend years of their life learning how to do. But now a Japanese advertising agency named Dentsu Inc…
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Japan will help NASA build a space station near the Moon

Back in September, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) revealed their intention to work together under the Artemis program. Now, it's official — Japan will join NASA's quest to go to Mars and to return to the Moon. The Japanese go…
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Google’s Titan Security Bundle is now available in the UK, Canada, Japan, and France

After rolling out in the US almost a year ago, Google’s Titan Security Key Bundle is finally becoming available in other regions. Used for two-factor authentications, the bundle includes both USB and Bluetooth hardware keys built to FIDO security standards. The Titan Security Bundle retails for $ 50 in the US and is now available to […]

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Get new manga when Japan does with Shonen Jump’s subscription service

Shonen Jump, one of the most beloved and longest-running manga magazines on Earth is once again reinventing itself. First printed in 1968, the publication has hosted its American localization as an online magazine since 2012 and, come December 17th,…
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Japan axes its ‘fast’ nuclear reactor prototype

Japan's Monju reactor was supposed to be a more efficient alternative to conventional nuclear power. The "fast," sodium-cooled prototype plant would produce more plutonium than it ate up, making it relatively easy to recycle fuel. However, that's n…
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Japan is planning to build the world’s fastest supercomputer

It’s already one of the most technologically advanced countries, and now, Japan is looking to cement its position at the forefront of digital innovation. It’s all contingent upon a new supercomputer that aims to be the fastest in the world.

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McDonald’s Japan captures its first profit in two years thanks to ‘Pokémon Go’

By teaming up with the new hot app Pokémon Go, McDonald’s Japan has managed to secure its first profit in two years, thanks to an increase in sales immediately following the launch of the game in the country.

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False smartphone alert of major quake leaves millions in Japan sweating

Millions of smartphones across Tokyo started beeping in unison on Monday after a quake-alert app warned them that a huge tremor was about to strike. It was, however, sent in error, sparking unnecessary panic among those expecting the worst.

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With masses of hazardous space junk orbiting Earth, Japan offers a solution

Right now there are countless fragments of space junk orbiting Earth that are big enough to cause serious damage to working satellites or even the ISS. Japan’s space agency is close to testing an innovative solution it hopes can make space safer.

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Google and Verizon connecting Japan and Ecuador earthquake victims with loved ones

Google and Verizon have, with a combination of tools and fee waivers, made it easier to contact victims of the Japan and Ecuador earthquakes. They’re also contributing to the relief efforts in both countries.

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A Russian billionaire wants to build a cobra-like skyscraper in Japan

Architect Vasiliy Klyukin took to his blog this week to reveal the ambitious details of constructing a snake-like skyscraper in China or Japan. Though just a batch of renderings, the building would resemble a standing cobra.

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Samsung Galaxy Active Neo coming to Japan

Samsung_Japan_Galaxy Active Neo_image_100315Samsung is known for creating lots of variants and different line-ups of smartphones in order to soothe everyone’s needs. Just this past week, the company announced the Galaxy Active Neo in Japan, aimed for the outdoors man.

The Galaxy Active Neo is a new ruggidized handset running Android Lollipop. It packs a low in class 4.5-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of expandable storage, an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, LTE connectivity and a 2200 mAh battery. Buyers of the Galaxy Active Neo handset can additionally claim 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for 2 years.

The Galaxy Active Neo will cost you around $ 168 USD, and will be available in Japan beginning in early November via NTT DoCoMo.

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