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Riot asks US$500 for LEAGUE OF LEGENDS skin

Plus the Legend of Zelda LEGO set we all dreamed of is announced and a new Doom game is on the way

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TRANSCRIPT

FIONA: Hi I’m Fiona Bartholomaeus

KYLE: and I’m Kyle Pauletto

FIONA: Welcome to Walkthrough, SIFTER’s weekly recap on the biggest news in video games. 

KYLE: This week Sony unveils a bunch of new games during a State of Play, Lego announces a budget breaking Zelda Set, and League of Legends fans are wild over a $500 skin. 

Here is the news for Sunday 2nd of June. Let’s go!

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KYLE: Sony held a PlayStation State of Play on Thursday, with some new reveals, remakes, and my least favourite thing, so many pre-order exclusives.

Confirming what we all suspected, God of War Ragnarok will be coming to PC on September 19th and will include the Valhalla DLC. It needs a PSN login so brace yourself.

A new IP titled Ballad of Antara is trying desperately to be Elden Ring, and we were treated to a really good look at the upcoming Monster Hunter Wilds.

FIONA: Until Dawn is being upgraded for PS5, and a remake of Silent Hill 2 is on the way. 

And finally Astro Bot was announced, with an incredible trailer that while looks fun, is in serious danger of being sued by Nintendo. Seriously, this game is so Mario Odyssey it was genuinely confusing at times. Nonetheless it looks awesome. 

There was plenty more announced, check the link in our show notes to watch the full show.

FIONA: It’s no secret that Riot Games makes its money from microtransactions in the form of in-game cosmetics, but the latest addition to the game has fans furious.

The new Ahri skin collection is based on Faker, League’s most iconic professional player, and has three tiers. 

The first tier costs around US$50 and comes with an event pass, the Risen Ahri skin, and a few extra goodies, so far so good.

The second tier costs around US$300 and comes with the Immortalized Legend Ahri skin with a bunch of extra animations and goodies, ok hang on a sec. 

The third tier costs around US$500 and comes with the Immortalized Legend Ahri skin with extra upgrades, a LeBlanc skin, three chromas and more, damn that hits right in the cozzie livs.

KYLE: Riot would argue that the third tier comes with enough content that it would justify the price tag, but the most expensive League skins are no more than $50, and they’re not exclusive, and can be received for free randomly. 

While League of Legends players often end up spending hundreds of dollars on the game, it’s usually over longer periods of time at smaller increments. 

It’s worth noting too that Faker himself doesn’t even use skins when he plays the game. It’s safe to say that Riot are way out of their League here. 

So maybe do what Faker does?

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KYLE: Eagle-eyed players have noticed a potential Call of Duty reveal a few days early, when it blasted onto their devices as a push notification. Whoops

Users of the Xbox Game Pass app on iPhone and Android got “Just announced: Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is coming to Game Pass on day one later this year!" flashing up on their phones.

FIONA: It’s been confirmed now that this is the case, marking a pretty big move after Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard.

It’ll be coming to everything else as well, but we all knew this was the plan at some point.

 

FIONA: It’s a collaboration we’ve all been waiting for, finally we’re getting an official Legend of Zelda Lego set.

Announced earlier this week, the Lego set will feature the Great Deku tree which can be built to either be the one seen in Ocarina of Time or Breath of the Wild.

You’ll get a couple of figures from both games three versions of Link and a Breath of the Wild Zelda, Link’s treehouse from Ocarina of Time, some monsters and some Koroks.

KYLE: It’s incredibly pricey though, with it going for $450 Australian dollars and set to arrive later this year.

It looks fantastic and it’s super cool that you can switch the appearance of the Great Deku Tree. I really hope this is the start to more Zelda lego.

Now If you’ll excuse me I’ll just be out hacking some long grass for rupees so I can save up. 

 

KYLE: After four years it seems we may be getting a new entry in the Doom franchise.

According to reports the new game will be called ‘Doom: The Dark Ages’ and won’t be the traditional sequel, instead it might be a prequel focusing on the origins of the Doomslayer and will be more of a medieval-inspired Doom world.

There were stacks of medieval knights and things in the recent Doom Eternal and Doom 2016 so this tracks.

FIONA: Rumours say that it’s the same Doom game that has been going by the name ‘Year Zero’ and it’s been in development for at least four years.

With how big Doom Eternal was, it’s unsurprising that they started developing a new game straight away.

Nothing has officially been announced but it’s rumoured that we will get more information at the Xbox Games Showcase next month.

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FIONA: That’s it for the big headlines, here are the games coming out this week.

KYLE: Songs of Silence is an art nouveau Strategy game that combines a bit of autobattling and kingdom building, and hits early access on the 4th. This game has a really lovely visual style, pick it up on PC this week. 

FIONA: Out on the 5th is the latest story update for Destiny 2, titled The Final Shape. It’s not the end of new content for the long running shooter, but is the final chapter of the Light and Darkness saga that began with the original Destiny. That’s out on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox this Tuesday. 

KYLE: A new asymmetrical multiplayer title is dropping this week, based on a classic 80’s Horror film, it’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game. Expect wacky powers and insane settings when it comes to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox on the 5th.

FIONA: If you like platforming roguelites then you might want to check out Dragon is Dead. You’ll die in this game, that’s a given, but build up your skills each run while enjoying the gorgeous pixel art. That’s in early access on PC on the 8th of June.

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FIONA: This has been Walkthrough by SIFTER, my name is Fiona Bartholomaeus. 

KYLE: And my name is Kyle Pauletto, thank you so much for listening. 

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KYLE: SIFTER is produced by Fiona Bartholomaeus, myself, Adam Christou, Courtney Borrett, Daniel Ang and Chris Button. The episode is edited by both Senior Producer Mitch Loh and Executive Producer Gianni Di Giovanni, who is also Walkthrough’s script editor.

FIONA: Thanks to Brian Fairbanks from Salty Dog Sounds for composing the Walkthrough theme tune, and Audio Technica Australia and Apple for their support of SIFTER’s podcasts.

KYLE: We’ll be back with more news next Sunday. See you then.

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League of Legends

PC
Developer:
Riot Games
Publisher:
Riot Games
Release Date:
October 27, 2009
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