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Imran Khan

Imran is Fanbyte's News Editor and owns too many gaming t-shirts.


Street Fighter 6 Developers Hired Black Consultants When Designing Kimberly

When Street Fighter 6’s newest challenger Kimberly was revealed, fans across the world celebrated with enthusiasm and joy that is characteristic of Kimberly herself. The ninja character seemed by all accounts to be a win for representation, as a positive and undeniably cool portrayal of a subset of black culture, which…

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Ghost of Tsushima Was a Sign to Release Like A Dragon: Ishin in the West

Editor’s note (9/27/2022): A minor change was made to the headline to more accurately reflect the intention behind the comments made by RGG Studio’s Masayoshi Yokoyama. The original article, published on September 15, 2022, can be found below. Though Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin was praised heavily by Japanese fans when it released…

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Like A Dragon: Ishin

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No, Like A Dragon Was Not an RPG Because of an April Fool’s Joke

In 2020, Sega released Yakuza: Like A Dragon in the west to critical acclaim and seeming financial success. The title was a soft reboot for the series, bringing in a new protagonist and even an entirely new battle system. As Ichiban had been a fan of the Square Enix RPG Dragon Quest,…

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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Tales of Symphonia Remastered Will Only Be 30 FPS On All Consoles

Tales of Symphonia Remastered was officially announced at the Nintendo Direct earlier this week, bringing back one of the GameCube’s most beloved JRPGs to modern platforms. Characteristic of most Nintendo Direct streams, there were not initially a ton of details in the game’s announcement, but we have a better sense…

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Tales of Symphonia Remastered

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ICYMI: Everything From the September 2022 Nintendo Direct

Nintendo has once again skipped their traditional June Direct slot, which is when the biggest games in the company’s yearly schedule tend to be announced or shown off. Despite other dates and announcements this year, the Japanese company had been fairly quiet in the interim, seemingly choosing to focus their…

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The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Named Tears of the Kingdom

As part of today’s Nintendo Direct, we finally got the latest news on what everyone has been calling Breath of the Wild 2 but Nintendo refused to name until now. Titled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, we got surprisingly few details of the game, but I imagine people will…

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

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ICYMI: Everything From Ubisoft Forward September 2022

Starting in 2020 as a pandemic response to the lack of press conferences, Ubisoft Forward events have been traditionally annual in the last two years. This year, with no E3 to align with, the company skipped the usual June timing in favor of a September show. It’s a bit of…

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Assassin's Creed Mirage

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ICYMI: Everything from D23’s Disney Game Showcase

At this year’s D23, Disney’s annual conference about all the things they own and are currently producing, the mega-conglomerate held a video game announcement conference on their own. The event focused on their properties, which Disney licenses out to various developers and publishers around the industry, from Mickey Mouse to…

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Disney Illusion

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Immortality is a Meditation on the Worth of an Artist

[The following post contains spoilers for Immortality. There’s no good way to talk around it while also discussing its themes. I suggest just playing it. It’s on Game Pass.] There’s no good elevator pitch for Immortality, the newest title from Her Story and Telling Lies developer Sam Barlow. The game is…

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Awesome Games Done Quick Returns in 2023 as an Online-Only Event

Just a few months ago, Games Done Quick finally returned to a physical venue for the first time since the pandemic began. The speedrunning organization and its bi-annual charity events were still successful online, but the organizers told Fanbyte that they were eager to once again get back to in-person…

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Mobile Title Mario Kart Tour Blue Shells Its Gacha Mechanics For Good

If you have been playing Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s mobile version of their top-selling racing game series, you probably are familiar with the term “Gacha Pipe.” For everyone else who might be giggling already, it might need a little explaining. You see, when Nintendo made a brand new Mario Kart game for…

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Genshin Impact Has Too Much Dialogue

In the second act of Hamlet, Polonious is talking to the king and queen and trying to convince them that their son’s gone mad. It would be easy, he argues, to do all the pleasantries and flowery language and complicate the message by telling them at length every possible thing…

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Splitgate Developers Move On to Next Game While Servers Remain Online

Splitgate kind of came out of nowhere with its popularity a few years ago, suddenly exploding while still in early access after it was adopted by streamers and fans taking interest in the free-to-play shooter. With gameplay that married traditional deathmatch titles and, well, Portal, it’s no real surprise that Splitgate seemed…

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Nickelodeon Apparently Developing AAA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game

Everyone has that old media property that can hit the nostalgia button regardless of quality. It’s the thing that gets us to put on blinders, march on to the internet, and argue “Actually I think the new one was intentionally bad to make you remember the 1980s version, which means…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge

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Ubisoft Announces Assassin’s Creed Mirage to Debut at Ubisoft Forward

I would be hard-pressed to think of a single mainline Assassin’s Creed title has not leaked beforehand and I definitely don’t have to start thinking about it now. Rumored in various forms and descriptions, up to and including the actual title of the game, Assassin’s Creed Mirage is Ubisoft’s next title in…

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Assassin's Creed Mirage

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Halo Infinite Nixes Split-Screen as Roadmap Sees Delays

Today, 343 Industries announced the upcoming roadmap for Halo Infinite, a game that theoretically came out late last year after it had already been delayed a year prior. I say theoretically, because this roadmap includes some fairly hefty delays, some missed feature targets, and some completely axed features that were planned…

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What Could a September Nintendo Direct Announce?

Earlier this week, Giant Bomb host and #3 Games Journalist Jeff Grubb said on his Last of the Nintendogs podcast that a Nintendo Direct would be coming in September. This is not, like, a galloping shock. We’ve had a September Direct every year for the last five years. It’s not unprecedented…

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Digging for Treasure: The Ys Series

Welcome to Digging for Treasure, a semi-occasional Fanbyte column where I try to highlight games that aren’t the most mainstream. You may have heard of them, you may have even played them, but this column is for people who haven’t and need a convincing push to try a new game…

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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

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Dragalia Lost, Nintendo’s First Totally New Mobile IP, Officially Closes Down in November

When Nintendo first announced that the major Japanese company would be entering the mobile game arena, there was a lot of worries and gnashing of teeth from traditional console gaming fans. The late Satoru Iwata, who was president of Nintendo, explained that they largely wanted to use mobile games to…

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I Am Already Fatigued By Regional Pokemon Variants

On some level, the idea of new Pokemon generations is inherently untenable. Every few years, they introduce a brand new region, new gyms, new characters, and of course another set of Pokemon that numbers in the dozens upon dozens. That’s a big workload when developers space the games out a lot,…

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Paldean Wooper

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