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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night available now for Xbox One and PS4

Koji Igarashi’s gothic side-scrolling action RPG (role-playing game) Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available beginning today at major retail stores in South Africa today, and will be available in store for Nintendo Switch next week.

Click below to watch the trailer and to read about the game.

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Conceived by the legendary Koji Igarashi, the renowned godfather of the beloved Igavania genre, and featuring music by Mirichu Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and Ippo Yamada (Resident Evil), Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a modern, side-scrolling action RPG experience that will satisfy long-time fans of Iga’s previous work, as well as entice players new to his legacy. Everything in Bloodstained is rendered in 3D on a 2D side-scrolling environment that evolves as players progress through the biggest game map of his career, giving them more to explore and enjoy.

Set in 18th century England, where a paranormal force has summoned a demon-infested castle, revealing crystal shards infused with tremendous magical power, players of Bloodstained take on the role of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes her body, enabling her to use spells, weapons, special items and abilities to tailor the game to their playstyle. To save humanity and herself, Miriam must fight through the castle while collecting, crafting and unlocking a vast array of weapons, equipment and loot to defeat the summoner Gebel and the countless minions and bosses of hell that await.

In addition to the sprawling single-player story experience with alternate endings, more than a dozen DLCs will be released post-launch as free updates, including Online and Local Co-op and VS. mode, Roguelike mode, Boss Rush, Chaos mode and Nightmare Difficulty. Secret playable characters are also awaiting discovery, increasing the replay value even further.

The standard version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set at a recommended price of R599.

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Queen Sono release date revealed

Netflix has debuted the first teaser and also announced that Queen Sono will release worldwide on 28 February 2020.

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After the assassination of her mother, Queen Sono grows up to become a kick-ass yet unconventional spy devoted to protecting the people of Africa. During a dangerous field assignment, Queen unknowingly uncovers shocking details about her mother’s death, sparking her own truth-finding mission.

The highly anticipated South African-produced Netflix Original, Queen Sono, will be released on Netflix on 28 February 2020. It released the trailer and the date announcement on the Instagram post below:

Netflix provided the following facts

  • Queen Sono is Netflix’s first script-to-screen, fully produced African original series with an all African cast and crew 
  • Queen Sono was in production for over eight weeks and was shot in 37 different locations across Africa, including the Johannesburg CBD, Sandton, Park Station, Soweto, Lagos, Kenya, and Zanzibar. 
  • Viewers can expect a diverse set of languages throughout the series, including English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Russian and French. 

Queen Sono also stars Vuyo Dabula playing Shandu, an ex-spy who has taken a different path. Sechaba Morojele plays Dr. Sid, director of the SOG, with Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, and Rob Van Vuuren, playing agents on his team. Kate Liquorish plays Ekaterina, heiress of an oligarch family with ulterior motives. Khathu Ramabulana plays Queen’s childhood friend, William, now in a relationship with Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa’s character, Nova. Abigail Kubeka plays Mazet, Queen’s beloved Gogo, who has always supported Queen – no matter the trouble she gets herself into.  

Created and written by: Kagiso Lediga
Written by: Karabo Lediga, Camilo Saloojee, Christopher Steenkamp, Muzi Dlamini
Directed by: Kagiso Lediga (named as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2019) and Tebogo Malope (Cannes Lions and SAFTA award winner), with both directing three episodes each.
Executive produced by: Tamsin Andersson and Kagiso Lediga 
Produced by: Netflix and Diprente 

For more information, visit netflix.com/QueenSono.

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Persona 5 Royal lands early next year

The award-winning RPG, Persona, gets a new instalment at the end of March 2020.

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Two years ago, the Phantom Thieves stole the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Now, they’re getting ready to make their triumphant return in Persona 5 Royal, an enhanced release of Atlus’s acclaimed JRPG Persona 5.

Persona 5 Royal steals the show for the PlayStation 4 system on 31 March 2020 with a Phantom Thieves Edition, Launch Edition, and special digital bundles. Digital pre-orders, which are available now on the PlayStation Store, will come with an original Persona 5 Royal theme as a bonus. And, all the original Persona 5 DLC will be free for all Persona 5 Royal players.

With the Persona 5 Royal physical editions, players will get:

  • Official Joker Mask (comes with a stand)
  • Collector’s Box
  • Art book
  • Soundtrack
  • Limited edition Steelbook case
  • Dynamic PS4 theme code 

The game will be available on 31 March 2020 for the PlayStation 4.

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