PS5's Fan Will Be Optimised in Future Online Updates - IGN Southeast Asia
Way past cool.
The PS5's cooling fan will be optimized in future firmware updates, depending on how hot or cool future games cause the console's processing unit to become. In an interview with 4Gamer.net (translated by orzkare on ResetEra), PS5 Mechanical and Thermal Design Engineer Yasuhiro Ootori revealed that Sony plans to update the fan based on the effects upcoming games have on the console's APU. The APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is the chip that powers the PS5 - it's a hybrid CPU/GPU. "Various games will be released in the future, and data on the APU's behaviour in each game will be collected. We have a plan to optimize the fan control based on this data," says Ootori. Ootori also notes that there are three temperature sensors on the console's mainboard and another sensor within the APU itself. All of the above will be used to control the fan speed, based on the "internal temperature of the APU and the highest temperature of the three temperature sensors." Ootori also spoke about how the team at Sony used computer-aided engineering and real-world experiments to optimise the console's airflow. "We made a transparent model of the chassis and observed the dry ice smoke flowing through it, and took temperature readings in each part of the system as we made improvements." Hopefully, Sony will decide to release a transparent model of the PS5, as that sounds incredibly cool. It's yet more proof of how seriously Sony is taking the issue of heat buildup, cooling, and console noise - shown best by the fact that the console's size is almost entirely to keep it cool and quiet. In other PS5 news, here's a helpful comparison between the Xbox Series X and PS5 launch titles. Preorders for the console are currently sold out, but if more go up they'll be in our PS5 preorder guide right away. For everything you need to know about PlayStation 5, check out our PS5 guide. Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN who thinks transparent consoles should make a comeback. Follow him on Twitter.
Researchers Find Evidence of 'Microevolution' in Humans - IGN - IGN
Australian researchers have discovered evidence of "microevolution" in humans throughout the past 250 years, indicating some small but significant changes to our physiology for the future.
Most people learn about the phenomena of evolution in their middle school and high school science classes, but researchers have recently discovered evidence of microevolution with noticeable differences between generations of human beings. According to Septembers Journal of Anatomy, via Sky News, more babies are being born without wisdom teeth, an extra artery in their arm, or smaller jaws and shorter faces as a result of microevolution. "A lot of people thought humans have stopped evolving. But our study shows we are still evolving - faster than at any point in the past 250 years," Dr. Teghan Lucas of Flinders University said. The reasoning behind fewer teeth in human mouths can be attributed to human faces getting shorter and mouths getting smaller, leaving less room for teeth to develop. Natural selection and humans increased ability to chew food has resulted in fewer humans developing wisdom teeth. An additional artery in the human arm goes as far back as the 19th century. The median artery previously used to form in babies during pregnancy, and would normally disappear after birth while radial and ulna arteries had grown. One in three people now keep their median artery for their entire life. Thankfully, this poses no known health issues and actually increases blood flow to the hands. "The median artery is a perfect example of how we are still evolving because people born more recently have a higher prevalence of this artery when compared to humans from previous generations, author Professor Maciej Henneberg said. Researchers determined their findings by both tracking how many subjects retained different body parts throughout the generations, as well as dissecting preserved corpses of people born throughout the 20th century. The study also predicts that people born 80 years from now (so 2100) will all possess a median artery if the trend continues. For more historical discoveries, check out the theory on why Megalodons were so massive (hint: it's because of cannibalism in the womb). Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN, and his jaw is clenched.
Sony Confirms PS4 to PS5 Save Transfers, Reveals Incompatible PS4 Games - IGN Southeast Asia
There will be some "PS4 only" games.
Update:In a new PlayStation blog post, Sony has elaborated on the upcoming PS4/PS5 compatibility features. As revealed in the Support Page, save data can be transferred from PS4 to PS5, but it will be a developer decision. Cloud saves are also available for PS Plus members, and PS5 customers will find that their digital library will transfer once accounts are synched. Streaming PS4 games to PS5 or PS Now will also be available, but will not benefit from a performance boost some PS4 titles will get when played natively on the PS5. Original Story: Sony has confirmed that saved data can be transferred from PS4 to PS5, as well as listed ten games that will not be compatible with the PlayStation 5. In a new PlayStation support page, Sony states that You can transfer digital games and saved data from a PS4 console to a PS5 console using WiFi data transfer. There is no information as to if PS4 cloud saves can be downloaded onto a PS5 console. In addition, the backwards compatibility instructions reveal that playing digitally-purchased PS4 games will just be a case of downloading them from your game library to PS5, while discs can simply be inserted (although an update may be required). The instructions note discs and game library are accessed from the game hub of the PS5 UI, which hopefully Sony will show off in the coming weeks. As for what games are backwards compatible, Sony once again states that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles. This time, though, the company has published a list of 10 PS4 only games, suggesting only fewer than a dozen games will not be backwards compatible. Those games are:
- Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
- TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 2
- Just Deal With It!
- Shadow Complex Remastered
- Robinson: The Journey
- We Sing
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
- Joe's Diner
Pet Fighting Fish Finds Previously Undiscovered Glitch in Pokémon Sapphire - IGN Southeast Asia
Good thing there’s enough water in Hoenn huh?
A never-before-seen glitch within Pokémon Sapphire has been uncovered by a pet fish that has been playing the game on YouTube. Thats right, a fish has been playing the water-infested Generation III Pokémon game from the Game Boy Advance. The exploits of Lala the Siamese fighting fish are recorded and uploaded by its Japanese owner, Mutekimaru Channel. If youre wondering how this feat was achieved, it is similar to how the 2014 phenomenon, Twitch Plays Pokémon, works. But instead of having viewers typing in the games button inputs, Mutekimaru set up a camera over their fish tank. Sectioning off the tanks to specific button inputs, the camera registers the fishs position on these quadrants as the button inputs within an emulator running Pokémon Sapphire. Lala is one of Mutekimarus team of four fishes who take turns in this endeavour.It is definitely much more difficult to control the game when a fish with a mind of its own is swimming about, but miraculously, Lala and its underwater brethren have defeated the first two gyms of Pokémon Sapphire. The glitch in question involves a set of boulders in Seafloor Cavern, which typically required the use of the HM move Strength to move. Somehow, with Lalas erratic movements, last-minute button inputs as the player moves the boulders can result in the boulder multiplying instead, which means that the player cannot proceed in the game. Mutekimaru Channel recreated this glitch on their own accord, showing that anyone is able to activate this newly discovered glitch in their own playthroughs of Generation III Pokémon games. This is definitely one of the most unique ways that a glitch has been discovered within video games and one that is found by an animal no less. Heres hoping Lala and the rest of Mutekimaru Channels fish defeat the Elite Four soon.
Every Single PS4 to PS5 Free Upgrade Confirmed So Far - IGN Southeast Asia
This is how you can upgrade your PS4 games to PS5
The PS4 to PS5 upgrade situation can get a little confusing when you start to think too much about it. So, we're going to do some of the thinking for you. The PS5 upgrade approach is a new system being put in place that allows players to download a PS5 copy of a game if they already own the PS4 version. This can be achieved for free, or with a paid fee, and is also different from backward-compatibility. This is also different from the Xbox approach, which involves simply installing the game on whatever console you're using and it'll work with the correct graphical settings. This is what Microsoft is calling Smart Delivery, and it allows players to just buy an 'Xbox' game, without having to jump through any hoops. But, are there going to be any hoops for PlayStation users? Do You Need to Pay for Both PS4 and PS5 Copies of Games? According to the official PlayStation 5 page, 'The PS5 console gives game publishers the ability to let players upgrade their disc and digital PS4 games to digital PS5 games'. This means that, for the most part, you will not be required to pay full-price for both PS4 and PS5 copies of games, so long as the publisher is providing the option to. Thankfully, for the more part, this is the case currently, and there are already several games already confirmed to include a PS5 upgrade path. Not all games can be upgraded for free, however, so check down further in the article for the full list of PS4 games getting a free PS5 upgrade.Remember, upgrading a game to a PS5 version is not the same as backward-compatibility. The upgrade we are referring to is when the developer is specifically releasing a PS5 copy of the game that includes upgraded 4K performance, increased clarity, faster load times, and consistent/ uncapped FPS. Sony has confirmed that a large number of PS4 games will be backward-compatible on the new console. How Do I Upgrade My PS4 Games to PS5? We're going to refer to the official PS5 page again for this. If you have a PS4 game as a physical disc, you will need to insert the game disc into the PS5 to see an upgrade path. You will then have to download the PS5 version and keep the PS4 disc to use and insert every time you play the game. Presumably, the PS4 disc will still work on your PS4 as well.To take part in this upgrade, you will obviously need the PS5 console with a disc drive. That means no what version of a game you're upgrading, digital or physical, it will always result in a digital PS5 copy of the game. If you own a digital copy of a game that can be upgraded, you can simply download the game on your new console, as the console and publishers will automatically know you've already purchased a license for the game you're looking to play, and provide you with a PS5 copy of the game. So, as an example, you could preorder Spider-Man Miles Morales on PS4 digitally, and then download the PS5 version onto your new console at no added cost at launch. What PS4 Games Are Getting Free PS5 Upgrades? To help you decipher the current PS4 to PS5 upgrade situation, here is a full list of all the games that you can purchase on PS4 that will upgrade to PS5 at no added cost. But, a few of these do have some caveats to take note of. FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21 will require you to upgrade to the PS5 version before next year's installment (FIFA 22, and Madden NFL 22). Control will only upgrade to the PS5 edition if you own Control Ultimate Edition, not the original PS4 base game, and Hitman 3 will only be receiving a free upgrade for a digital copy of the game. Free Upgrades PS4 Games with a Paid PS5 Upgrade Path Unfortunately, not all games will be including a free upgrade path. Marvel's Spider-Man is available to play as a remastered version on PS5, but there isn't an upgrade version from the PS4 copy, and at the time of writing, it can only be accessed via the PS5 copy of Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition that will cost $69.99.Moreover, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has a slightly confusing upgrade path. But put simply, you'll need to pay at least $70 to get access to the PS5 version. Right now you have three options, the cross-gen bundle for $70, the PS4 version for $60, and the PS5 version for $70. If you buy the PS4 version, you'll be required to pay an extra $10 to get access to the game on PS5. To be fair, however, this is also the case with Xbox One to Xbox Series X. NBA 2K21 is another game that isn't receiving much of a free upgrade path, as you'll only be getting an upgrade to the PS5 copy if you own the $96 special edition copy of the game, the Mama Forever Edition. You'd probably be better off waiting for the $69.99 PS5 copy if you're looking to play next-gen. Edit: We've decided to move Control here, considering you'll be required to buy all the content again with Control Ultimate Edition in order to upgrade for free. Paid Upgrades Will My Save Files Carry Over From PS4 to PS5? Right now, the situation actually remains a little murky until Sony bucks up and clarifies the situation overall, or whether it's simply on a developer by developer basis to make the decision. There was some recent confusion when Yakuzas March PS5 release date announcement also confirmed that PS4 saves for the game cant be carried over to the PS5 version if players decide to upgrade. Moreover, Dirt 5s developers also confirmed that, while Playgrounds creations can be migrated, other game progress, like career mode and currency, cannot be moved from the PS4 to PS5.Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered will also not carrying over saves, so you could argue that most PS4 game saves won't carry over. It still sounds like any games that utilize online or cloud game saves will carry over your online process, but only time will tell for now. If you want a more in-depth overall of save games when it comes to PS5, check out everything we know on the PS4-PS5 game save confusion. If PS4 Games are Cheaper, with an Upgrade Path, Why Buy the Game on PS5? For a shiny white box. Yeah, it's a little odd but maybe you could argue you can avoid the additional PS5 download as well? If you can find a game like Far Cry 6, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, or Watch Dogs Legion preorders on sale at Amazon for $49.94, all of which are getting free PS5 upgrades, then maybe just get the PS4 copy and save yourself $10. Free Next-Gen Upgrades: PS5 vs Xbox Series X Xbox has a different approach to how PlayStation is doing things. From what we know currently, playing games on the Xbox Series X will function in a comfortably similar fashion to going between an Xbox One, to an Xbox One X. It's the same game, with a performance bump. This is seemingly how the current generation worked with different hardware, as you could play Xbox One games on Xbox One X and PS4 games on PS4 Pro without any change. Presumably, this should also be how PS4 backward-compatibility games will work on the new console, but that's yet to be confirmed.As we've explained previously, this isn't the case with the PS5. You'll be specifically instructed to upgrade to a digital PS5 version of the game upon inserting your PS4 disc, and you'll need to keep that PS4 disc to play the PS5 version of the game. This is why Xbox games are being promoted as just that, Xbox games, while PlayStation is very much leaning towards labeling games as next-gen. Although, it's not like Xbox isn't doing this a bit either, with it's massive 'Optimised for Series X' logo planted everywhere. Not only that but there also a few games that haven't opted into Xbox Smart Delivery, such as Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. Another difference when it comes to Xbox vs PlayStation (make love, not console wars), is the ability to go forward and backward generations using the same disc on Xbox. Seemingly, this is while Xbox One consoles are still being supported by Xbox, but for now, any Xbox games you buy can be played on both generations of the console. Whereas you will not be able to use a PS5 disc on a PS4, nor will buying a PS5 game entitle you to a PS4 copy as well. Have we missed any games on the lists above? Let us know in the comments, and keep an eye on our PS5 preorder guide and @IGNDeals for future PS5 and Xbox Series X stock updates. Robert Anderson is a Commerce Writer for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21
Supernova Explosion Discovered From 2.5 Million Years Ago - IGN Southeast Asia
It occurred too far away to cause a mass extinction.
Scientists have discovered that a massive supernova explosion likely occurred in Earth's vicinity 2.5 million years ago. Researchers have theories across the board on whether or not it links to the period of the Ice Ages or even bipedalism. In a new research paper from the Technical University of Munich, originally reported by Universe Today, a team of researchers led by Gunther Korschinek have discovered proof of a supernova explosion in the form of a very specific manganese isotope known as 53Mn. These isotopes were discovered in a chunk of manganese crust found on Earth and what makes them unique is that they can only be produced by a supernova. "The increased concentrations of manganese-53 can be taken as the 'smoking gun' the ultimate proof that this supernova really did take place," Korschinek said in a press release related to the discovery. What Is a Supernova? Supernovae are massive explosions with the potential to sterilize or even destroy entire planets. They occur when a large star reaches the end of its life and the resulting explosion can light up nearby skies for months. Without actually seeing a supernova, scientists are able to discover one might have occurred through the large blast of chemicals the explosions release. These chemicals are blasted outwards and can form concentrations of isotopes in places like Earth's crust.Scientists have long pondered the idea that a supernova occurred in Earth's vicinity due to a concentration of an iron isotope known as 60Fe. This isotope is produced by supernovae, but scientists have never been sure that the 60Fe actually came from such an explosion, because 60Fe can also be produced by Asymptomatic Giant Branch stars. With the discovery of the 53Mn isotopes in ferromanganese crust samples on Earth, scientists also discovered 60Fe, and unlike 60Fe, 53Mn cannot be produced by AGB stars. This is why Korschinek's team believes a supernova explosion produced both isotopes. A Hubble Space Telescope image of supernova remnants discovered in 2017. Image credit: NASA. "A feasible way to detect 53Mn in Earth's reservoirs is, as in the case of the finding of 60Fe, direct atom counting by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)," Korschinek said. Korschinek's team used AMS to detect 53Mn in samples of ferromanganese crust as AMS helped pick out this isotope among other very similar isotopes like 55Mn, which is more common to begin with as its the only "naturally occurring" manganese isotope. When the scientists discovered the 53Mn, they realized it was significantly abundant in concentration, too. This led the team to further believe it was the work of a supernova explosion that occurred about 2.5 million years ago. "This is investigative ultra-trace analysis," Korschinek said. "We are talking about merely a few atoms here. But, accelerator mass spectrometry is so sensitive that it even allows us to calculate from our measurements that the star that exploded must have had 11 to 25 times the size of the sun." Did the Supernova Impact Earth? The supernova explosion was too far away to cause something of a mass extinction for Earth, according to the team, but it likely caused a change in climate due to a shower of cosmic rays."However, this can lead to increased cloud formation," research paper co-author Thomas Faestermann said. "Perhaps there is a link to the Pleistocene epoch, the period of the Ice Ages, which began 2.6 million years ago." Some researchers believe that the supernova might have led to a partial extinction known as the Pliocene Marine Megafauna extinction, while others believe a supernova like this one might have triggered humankind's conversion to bipedalism, according to Universe Today. The supernova's effects of life here on Earth is still a question of debate, but this new discovery of 53Mn provides even stronger evidence that a massive supernova explosion did occur within the Earth's vicinity 2.5 million years ago. Here's hoping Earth survives the next one, whenever that may be. If you're looking for more science stories, read about the black hole closest to Earth recently discovered and then check out this story about how Earth might be causing the Moon to rust. For something off world, read about possible signs of life discovered on Venus that date back to 1978 and then check out this story where scientists claim to have evidence of a parallel universe where time runs backward. Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.
The Internet Thinks Minecraft in Smash Bros. Crashed Twitter - IGN Southeast Asia
Could be just a coincidence. Maybe.
This morning Nintendo announced the newest DLC character joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, and its none other than Minecraft Steve (and friends). Coincidentally, Twitter suffered a brief outage right after Minecraft Steve was announced, and while Twitter wouldnt confirm the reason for the outage fans believe the two are related. At 7 am PT, Nintendo revealed the newest character joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters list. According to Down Detector, Twitter experienced an outage two minutes later. When IGN reached out to Twitter to inquire about the cause of the outage, Twitter declined to confirm the cause of the outage. Although Twitter did confirm there was a short outage. This hasnt stopped Twitter users from claiming that the two events are related. After all, a lot of people were online to see the new character for Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Minecraft Steve has been a long-rumored, though unconventional, character. When Steve was finally revealed as the next character, the reaction online was swift and immediate. twitter the exact moment minecraft steve got announced for smash pic.twitter.com/CAR6riDrcP Kevampire Williwolf (@AwestruckVox) October 1, 2020 Sakurai: Minecraft Steve in Smash!Twitter Servers: pic.twitter.com/TNQMDsPriT TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) October 1, 2020 Twitter has survived numerous election campaigns, election days, election result, natural disasters, and a pandemic. Sakurai announces Minecraft Steve in Smash and this app just frame 1 exploded. Itano Circus (@TheItanoCircus) October 1, 2020 Literally Twitter after Minecraft steve reveal: pic.twitter.com/U1pe3G6GoY Jesus (Joestar) Renteria (@Jolly_Inkling) October 1, 2020 Again, neither IGN nor Twitter can confirm the reason for the 7 am disruption to Twitter that followed the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC news. And Twitter users are free to speculate on the reasons for themselves. Were just pointing out a funny coincidence.Minecraft Steve, Alex, Zombie, and Enderman will be released as upcoming DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They are part of the second Challenger Pack in Fighters Pass Vol. 2 following Arms Min-Min. You can see their announcement and move sets in the trailer below. For more, check out IGNs review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.
Save 61% on a Two-Year Subscription to SurfShark VPN - IGN Southeast Asia
Surf the internet on unlimited devices using torrent-friendly servers.
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Yakuza: Like a Dragon Hits PS5 in March, New November Release Date for All Other Platforms - IGN Southeast Asia
Now coming on day one to Xbox Series X and Series S.
Sega has confirmed Yakuza: Like a Dragon's PS5 release date in the west, while also slightly adjusting its release date on all other platforms. Like a Dragon is now set to launch on Xbox Series X and S, PS4, and PC on November 10. This date is a slight adjustment from the previously announced November 13 launch date, but that date came with an asterisk, as Yakuza has been planned as an Xbox Series launch game before Xbox's next-gen consoles were given a release date. Now, it will hit both Xbox's next-gen systems and current-gen hardware, as well as PC, on the same day. The next Yakuza, however, will not hit the PS5 until March 2, 2021 in the west for $59.99. Sega did not give a reason for the delayed launch, and IGN has reached out for clarification. We'll update this story should they respond. Those who purchase Like a Dragon digitally on PS4, though, will receive a free upgrade to the PS5 version, as is the case on the Xbox One to Xbox Series X and S versions. Earlier this year, Sega detailed the English dub of the game, and among the English cast is legendary actor George Takei. If you're looking to preorder the game, be sure to check out what comes in each edition of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Immortals Fenyx Rising Exclusive Hands-On - IGN First - IGN Southeast Asia
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite - the goddess of love - is said to have been born from the ocean. More specifically, she arose from the foam that bubbled up after Cronus chopped off Uranus testicles and hurled them into the water. That life-giving foam is my quest objective in a new, IGN First-exclusive hands-on demonstration of Immortals Fenyx Rising, although notably this PG-13 remix of the Greek Mythological Universe opts for a giant pearl rather than a severed gonad. This two-hour demonstration, which takes place in an entirely different zone to that explored by us and other press outlets in a previous hands-on, is set in the previously unseen Valley of Eternal Spring; the verdant region dedicated to Aphrodite. This is the first area following Immortals tutorial (although technically not the first area you have to do; the island can be explored in any order you like), and protagonist Fenyx is looking to restore the goddess of love, who has found herself transformed into a tree by the dastardly Typhon. Thinking back to the conditions of her birth, Aphrodite suggests the life-giving bubbles of the ocean could cure her condition, and so I embark on a simple-but-elongated physics puzzle to guide a giant ball down a mountainside to the coast. The route is mildly dangerous, patrolled by harpies and gorgons, and the pearl itself is guarded by a huge cyclops. A previous hands-on had instilled in me confidence about my combat abilities, but I immediately find myself struggling against these beasts. During my tour of The Forgelands, Fenyx had access to a wide range of god-like abilities, but at this stage in the game I have barely any skills at all. Fighting the cyclops is a scrappy affair; I hide behind rocks and ridges on my approach in order to pull off a sneak attack and get some extra damage in with my opening blow, and then play cautious with my strikes, dodges, and retreats. Experiencing Immortals power curve backwards has been an odd experience, but the contrast between the two really demonstrates the sizable journey Ubisoft has implemented for player development. When Fenyx can leap around and deal a dozen cuts in mid-air like the Yoda vs Palpatine battle from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, you really do feel like youve been blessed with mythical super powers. Without those powers, though, Immortals gently funnels you into activities that dont ask so much of your meagre abilities. Aphrodites area may not be the tutorial zone, but as the region adjacent to the offshore training isle its clearly still designed to teach players the street smarts required by the world. Seeing a group of demonic soldiers scares me away, but my diverted path leads me into a wood filled with pomegranate trees. I pick them one-by-one, using my bow to shoot them from branches, before realising that hitting the trunk with my axe will release all the fruit from their lofty prison. I then brew the juice into restorative potions, which help keep me alive when I have no choice but to butcher a gorgon while rolling the pearl down the mountain. You really do feel like you've been blessed with mythical super powers. The path the pearl takes is carved into the rock, and so gravity does much of the work, but it still needs a helping hand. Sometimes thats a barrier to break down, sometimes it's enemies to defeat, and the finale is a simple shoot-the-target puzzle that opens a gate through which the pearl tumbles into the waters below. Its not a taxing quest, but I appreciate that its an extended puzzle, rather than a go here, kill that checklist. Further core quests in subsequent areas will need to be more challenging to hold my attention, but hopefully the simplicity here is due to this being the first area of the island you visit. The island being freely explorable from the very start - you dont have to do this region first - does make me wonder exactly how the core quest challenge curve is handled, though.Thats not to say that the Valley of Eternal Spring is devoid of challenge at all, though. There are tasks clearly designed to be tackled after youve explored further and significantly improved Fenyxs powers. One such activity is a major boss fight against a wraith version of Achilles, which unlocks after I apply the healing bubbles to Aphrodites roots. Throughout the Isle, Typhon is able to send corrupted versions of Greek heroes to hunt you, akin to the way Assassins Creed Odysseys mercenaries would turn up out of the blue. You can never truly defeat them in these random encounters; to do that you must best them in a boss fight that takes place in the underworld. Ubisoft let me cheat and power up Fenyx so I could try out the Achilles fight. Upon entering his lair theres a short traversal challenge that must be overcome before stepping into the battle arena itself. The fight is a pretty standard boss battle - I had hoped for something more flashy, akin to Odysseys battle with Medusa, that made distinct use of the characters famous heel - but even with my extra powers I still found I was on the back foot. This is clearly a late-game activity that requires familiarity with the systems. In this second hands-on I saw a different side to Immortals; one more focused around a core quest. Its a side that Im less enamoured with compared to the vast array of smart puzzles I discovered in the previous demo, but I think thats mostly down to me not having enough abilities to be set fully loose. The greater focus on story did mean I was able to learn more about Fenyx though; they are gleefully obsessed with the Greek myths in the same manner that Marvels Kamala Khan is obsessed with the Avengers, and this makes for an endearing protagonist. The freeform character creator, which lets you mix and match any of its components to create whatever kind of Fenyx you want, is simple but effective. I made a Fenyx who is essentially Kassandra from Assassins Creed whos been listening to too much pop punk, but you could make him or her whatever you please within reason. That feeling of doing whatever you please permeates through everything Ive played so far, even if the experience feels a touch more restrictive without many powers. If that freedom only grows as Immortals progresses - which, lets face it, its obvious inspiration suggests it will - then I think Ubisoft Quebec has made something quite exciting: the first true post-Breath of the Wild open world. Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer.