Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Nintendo wins April, with the Switch hitting the top console spot while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game. But Persona 5 was right behind it. In fact, it sold more than five times better in the U.S. than Persona 4 did. Also, Ubisoft confirmed that Far Cry 5 is coming, and Sega wants to bring back some of its older franchises.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: Destiny 2 is Bungie’s big chance to expand its audience
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Sega’s resurgence isn’t happening on consoles
  • What should you expect from Microsoft at E3? GamesBeat Decides
  • Why user interface designers must take cues from science fiction and games
  • Building the virtual reality experiences and worlds of the future
  • AR/VR Weekly: Keep your stinkin’ corporate hands off the metaverse
  • Injustice 2’s facial animations raise the industry bar
  • Gaming the system: Why the military embraced game-based learning and the classroom has not
  • 5 Sega franchises we want to see make a comeback
  • Rob Reid and Adam Gazzaley on putting the science in sci-fi
  • Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney fears the Metaverse will be a proprietary technology

News

  • NES Classic Edition outsold PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in April
  • April 2017 NPD: Nintendo and Persona dominate gaming with big sales
  • Destiny 2’s beta test is coming this summer
  • Destiny 2 isn’t coming to Steam — it’s exclusive to Blizzard’s launcher
  • Overwatch is adding three new Arena maps for its first anniversary
  • Kickstarter rounds up partners to support hardware creators
  • Nvidia launches inexpensive GeForce GT 1030 GPU for esports games
  • Microsoft and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds join E3’s PC Gaming Show
  • Overwatch’s first anniversary event starts May 23
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game gets public beta for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
  • RuneScape maker Jagex and Improbable partner to create massive open world games
  • Nintendo Switch was the top U.S. console in April
  • Final Fantasy IX PC mod adds high-def background art
  • Sea of Thieves is getting a tiny technical alpha test on Windows 10
  • AMD sets June launch for Zen-based Naples server chips
  • Hearthstone’s next update is about keeping 70 million players happy
  • Discord’s voice communications app for gamers quadruples to 45 million users
  • Ubisoft: Far Cry 5 is coming
  • Ubisoft’s online racer The Crew is getting a sequel
  • Oculus is pumping up support for its developer site
  • Sonic Forces takes a cue from Deviant Art with user-generated characters
  • Intel and AMD reportedly have powerful new multicore CPUs coming
  • Sega wants to revitalize its ‘dormant IPs’ while focusing more on PC games
  • Pa-Rappa, Gitaroo Man devs put Rap Rabbit rhythm game on Kickstarter
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is flying to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC
  • Aquantia’s chips will enable blazing-fast local area network games

Mobile and social

  • Google: Daydream has ‘more than 150 apps’
  • Google Daydream’s Star Wars VR experience touts PC-level graphics on mobile
  • Google unveils Daydream 2.0 with standalone headset support, Cast, and a VR browser
  • Plarium brings Skynet upon us with Terminator Genisys mobile game
  • Jeopardy! finally becomes a free-to-play mobile game
  • Social Native raises $8 million for user-created advertisements
  • Google announces new Daydream VR hardware — no phone required
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and LG will support Google’s Daydream VR
  • Kongregate and Hyper Hippo go Red with Adventure Communist
  • Former Disney leader will guide NBCUniversal into mobile games
  • Nintendo is reportedly developing a Zelda smartphone game

Previews, reviews, and interviews

  • Destiny 2: Hands-on video capture of a live Strike co-op mission
  • Everything we learned about Destiny 2
  • Destiny 2 new additions: Clans, more co-op play, and Red War story mode
  • Bungie unveils the first gameplay details of sci-fi shooter Destiny 2
  • Hands-on with the zany Arms for the Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo reaches for a brand new hit on the Switch with Arms
  • Shadow of War gets a new trailer showing the vast open world of Mordor
  • Rock Band VR review: It’s neat, but it’s not a breakthrough experience
  • Expeditions: Viking makes choice matter through failure

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