Bluepoint Games’ remake of Demon’s Souls is coming to PlayStation 5, and Sony debuted new gameplay of the next-gen game during a livestream on Wednesday.
Demon’s Souls for PS5 was revealed in June. Sony says the remake has been “entirely rebuilt from the ground up and masterfully enhanced” for the next-gen PlayStation.
The original Demon’s Souls was released for PlayStation 3 in 2009. The action role-playing game bucked game design trends of the time, focusing on challenging gameplay and a stark narrative set against a gloomy, medieval European backdrop. The player assumes the role of a warrior exploring the kingdom of Boletaria, a land shrouded in fog and overrun by demons. Players must vanquish the demons throughout Boletaria, consuming their souls to become stronger before facing the Old One, an ancient evil.
Demon’s Souls’ unusual mechanics and its groundbreaking multiplayer helped the game find a wide audience, despite its opaque design. Its success spawned the Dark Souls series and helped game director Hidetaka Miyazaki ascend to the position of president of FromSoftware. FromSoftware is currently developing a new game, Elden Ring.
Twitter removed 130 Iran-linked accounts during last night’s debate
Twitter has removed 130 accounts that appeared to originate from Iran and were attempting to disrupt public conversation around the 2020 US Presidential debate. The social network’s Support account has revealed the deletion on the platform. It also posted sample tweets that show support for Trump and question whether moderator Chris Wallace truly is nonpartisan.
According to the announcement, Twitter found the accounts based on intel provided by the FBI. In a statement provided to CNET, the federal agency confirmed that it does share information with social networks but refused to discuss details about this specific deletion: “Although we cannot discuss the specific information provided, the FBI regularly shares information with social media companies so they can better protect their platforms. The FBI is actively engaged with our federal partners, election officials and the private sector to mitigate foreign threats to our nation’s security and our elections.”
Google’s ‘Hold for Me’ Assistant feature appears first on new Pixel phones
When the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G arrive, they’ll include an early preview of Google’s new feature for the Phone app, the Duplex-powered “Hold for Me.” Mentioned during the Launch Night presentation and explained in a blog post, it lets Google Assistant wait around and wait for someone to pick up when a business is keeping you on hold.
Hold for Me saves you, and your ears, hours of elevator music.
When you’re put on hold, Google Assistant will wait and notify you when someone comes on the line, ready to talk. You’ll like it, unless elevator music is your jam.https://t.co/Jieau9GfMQ #LaunchNightIn #Pixel5G pic.twitter.com/Ap6V4eJfq8
— Made By Google (@madebygoogle) September 30, 2020
It follows Call Screen and Verified Calls as new features that use Assistant to make phone calls less annoying, and repurposes the Duplex developments to let AI detect hold music and produce a notification once someone actually picks up. According to Google, you’ll see captions produced in real-time on your phone’s screen to let you know what’s happening, as Duplex can tell when it’s picking up a recorded message vs. a live representative.
The just-announced Pixel 5 has somehow already been unboxed
What’s in the box is fairly standard — there’s the phone itself, as well as a charger, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a USB-C to USB-A converter. The YouTube user who has the phone, who goes by the name Sergiu, does power it on, giving us a look at the phone’s 6-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED screen and 8-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera. Sergiu doesn’t use the phone all that much in the video, though, sticking mostly to the phone’s home screen.
Sergiu also zooms in on back of the Pixel 5, showing the phone’s aluminum back, fingerprint sensor, and square camera housing. If you’ve seen the camera housing on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, the Pixel 5’s looks pretty similar, though the Pixel 5 has a 16MP ultrawide camera instead of the 16MP telephoto camera found on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.
Overall, there’s nothing that surprising here, as Google has already shown us the device. But it’s still interesting to see the new phone in the wild a couple weeks before it’s officially available.
The Pixel 5 launches in eight countries on October 15th and in the US on October 29th. It costs $699.
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