Gaming: Cyberpunk 2077’s sizzling new screens; Shenmue 3 release date; Nintendo’s comic book reader and more

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Aug 22, 2018, 9:10 PM EDT

This week's Gamescom convention in Germany has given CD Projekt its newest opportunity to showcase more of Night City, the amplified, Blade Runner-esque dystopian sprawl where Cyberpunk 2077 will unspool its open-world RPG adventure. 

A batch of killer new high-res screenshots emerged this week as part of the studio’s update on Cyberpunk 2077’s progress, reinforcing Night City’s status as a dense, dark, neon-lit playground for hackers, holographs, tinkerers, and thugs — and it’s got us more eager than ever to find out when the Witcher developer's next AAA title will finally see a release date.

Check it out in all its gritty glory (including the concept art in the embedded tweet).


Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter


Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter


Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter


Cyberpunk 2077 on Twitter

Sure it's just a tease, but an exciting one at that. And hopefully we'll get a bigger glimpse of Cyberpunk 2077 soon, perhaps when the PAX West festival hits Seattle at the end of August.

Nostalgic fans who’d spent most of the 21st Century pining for another installment in Sega’s iconic Shenmue franchise got the jolt they’d been waiting for back in 2015, when creator Yu Suzuki walked onto Sony’s E3 stage and revealed a Kickstarter campaign to fund development on Shenmue 3.

Fast forward to the present, and the phenomenally successful crowdfunding effort is showing the biggest sign yet of paying off: Publisher Deep Silver announced during Gamescom that we’re one year away from holding the next chapter in our hands. Shenmue 3 is slated to release on Aug. 27, 2019. 

Shenmue 3 will tie the series’ Japanese origins into a new revenge story that takes Ryo Hazuki on a trek across China to exact justice for the murder of his father. Fortunately for longtime fans, Suzuki has said that Shenmue 3 is being written to advance the series without concluding its overall story — a good sign that more Shenmue installments are planned, if the upcoming game is as successful as we hope. Shenmue 3 is being released as a PlayStation 4 and PC game (sorry, Xbox One and Switch fans.)

Sometime this November, the Nintendo Switch will greet comic book fans with a new way to read: a one-price, all-you-can-eat reader app that allows you to the digital pages of comic books on the hybrid console.

Via, the InkyPen subscription service will allow Switch access to a trove of U.S. and European comic books and manga for a monthly price of $7.99. The service’s catalog includes digital versions of both conventional paper comics (Transformers, Warhammer, Dark Souls), as well as web comics (Girl Genius). 

No exact date in November has yet been announced for InkyPen to appear in the Switch’s eShop (the download itself will be free), so stay tuned.

Finally, call it a sign of the times: At least one game developer is signaling the end of the PS Vita era may be arriving very soon.

Developer Koji Igarashi has informed backers of his Castlevania-style cross-platform game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night that the Vita won’t, after all, be one of the places where the upcoming action-adventure title will land. 

On the game’s Kickstarter page, Igarashi cited “Sony’s plans to discontinue the Vita console,” as well as the company’s decision to stop producing physical game media for the flagging portable. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will still be available on just about every other platform, though its release has been pushed back to 2019.

Sony’s highly capable but tepid-selling handheld never got the foothold in North America that its predecessor, the PlayStation Portable (PSP), enjoyed. While it’s not really surprising that the Vita’s moment is fading, its slow demise reflects a shift in the way people are choosing to take their games — mostly in the form of iOS and Android downloads — on the go.