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The biggest video game news of the week (24

HBO’s The Last Of Us trailer, the Google Stadia shutdown, and all the other biggest stories from the past seven days in video games.

The past week has been a real mix of good and bad news in the video game industry. Encouraging revelations about the near future thanks to HBO and EA were offset by delays and shutdowns courtesy of Google and Ubisoft. Plus, of course, more news on the GTA 6 leaks as Rockstar and the FBI try to get to the bottom of it all. Everything you need to know about all of that and a little more as we round up the biggest gaming stories from the past seven days.

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HBO trailer for The Last Of Us.

September 26th is The Last Of Us Day, and this year, for the first time, fans were treated to an in-depth look at HBO’s TV adaptation of the series. The trailer was full of references that those who played the games would have recognized instantly, with some scenes clearly taken straight from the first game. There’s clearly a huge audience for the show as well, as the trailer got 2.5 million views in the first hour and 12.5 million views in less than 24 hours. The series will debut on HBO and HBO Max in 2023.


Stadia is shutting down

Google’s ambitious cloud streaming service, Stadia, has always been an ambitious leap into the unknown. It turned out to be even more ambitious than anyone could have expected, and after Google’s lack of impact on the video game world, Google has announced that the service will be discontinued. The good news is that any Stadia hardware and games you’ve purchased will be refunded by Google. The bad news is that the storefront has already shut down and developers working on Stadia games found out about the closure at the same time as everyone else.

EA unveils Wild Hearts

EA and Koei Temco have been teasing a new game together for a while. This week was deemed the right time to introduce this game to the world. The first-ever trailer for Wild Hearts was shown on Wednesday, and the game clearly takes inspiration from a number of places. A little bit of Monster Hunter, a little bit of Fortnite, and all of these elements in an environment designed to make it appear as if the player is in feudal Japan. Wild Hearts launches on February 27th, 2023, so don’t wait if you enjoy it.

Skull & Bones has been delayed

There was a time when we hadn’t heard from Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones for so long that many assumed the project had been shelved. That wasn’t the case, and the studio finally confirmed that its pirate game will be here in November. Well it would be. Skull & Bones is now only releasing in March 2023, and while that might be frustrating for those of you who have been waiting for the game for years, for others it’s a blessing in disguise. That means a ten-day period of Sonic Frontiers, God of War Ragnarok, and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet all launching is now a little less busy.

Potential GTA hacker charged

Although it has still not been confirmed as the party arrested is under the age of 18, the hacker brought in last week is believed to be the person responsible for leaking the GTA 6 videos and screenshots. Whoever they are, they appeared in court this week facing charges of computer abuse. Shortly thereafter, it became known that the alleged Uber and GTA hacker was not guilty of the crimes he was accused of. No word yet on how severely they will be punished for being the hacker they are thought to be, and whether Rockstar will take additional action against them.

Pokémon introduces Wiglett

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will be released on November 18th and when it does Gen 9 will officially be underway. Some of the new Pokémon coming to the series via Generation 9 have already been revealed, and that list got a little longer this week when Wiglett was first revealed. A long white diglett in appearance that actually bears no relation to the first generation base type at all. Instead of a Paldean form of Diglett, Wiglett has its own Pokedex entry since it and Diglett aren’t descendants of the same kind of ancient Pokemon. If you’re as confused as I am about all of this, check out how one trainer used convergent evolution to explain what it all means.

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