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Xbox 720 May 21st reveal: more sources back up date – rumour

Monday, 8 April 2013 14:04 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox 720 is rumoured to be announced at a Microsoft event on May 21st. Following claims from tech blogger Paul Thurrott, sources close the matter have said the same thing to tech site The Verge.

We covered Thurrott’s claims here. I’d suggest reading them as they seem to shed light on many mysteries surrounding Microsoft’s rig, including price windows and more.

Now, The Verge’s Tom Warren has written, “Microsoft had originally been planning to unveil its next-generation Xbox details at an event in April, but The Verge has learned that the company has pushed this back to May.

“Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.

“Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans have revealed that the event will be at a small venue with a focus on providing the very first details on the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, and Microsoft’s plans for Xbox in 2013.”

What do you think? Is the May 21st date more likely? What would you like Microsoft to show along with the reveal? Let us know below.

Thanks CVG.

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27 Comments

  1. orakaa

    I want Microsoft to reveal (if they will have) a mandatory Internet connection to play games, blocked second-hand games, $500 for their console (bundled with Kinect). And if that’s the case, I hope it fails.

    I don’t particularly like Microsoft and I don’t really want them to massively bomb… but if things get going the way they do, we’ll get LESS products (only a time-limited using licence for $60-70 games) for MORE money given (“unfair” DLC, broken mechanics to force players to pay micro-transactions to continue, etc.).

    So even if I don’t hold any major grudge against Microsoft, I hope, if they go this way, that they will fail, so that we don’t arrive to this kind of future (paragraph above). Giving more alternatives is good. Restricting access and use of products you buy… no. And if games are too expensive to produce… well, maybe we should come back to less expensive games, less AAA games. Sure everyone loves to play Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Gears of Wars, etc. But if they cost so much to produce and are not viable at all (if that’s the case), then it would be better to have more “modest” games, that would cost less to make rather than have major companies like Square Enix go bankrupt (I’m not saying they are going bankrupt but if they can’t get profit, in the long run, this is what will happen)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    I used to be really excited for when MS was finally going to unveil the next Xbox, but the rumours of late and things Paul Thurott said aren’t really things to get excited about really. The price of the thing doesn’t matter to me, if it’s powerful enough and has great launch games? Fine with that.

    However i do not like mandatory stuff. What Paul said about a constant internet connection required, i don’t like the sound of that. Don’t get me wrong, when i’m gaming i’m always online anyway but it’s the idea of having a useless system when my ISP is giving me shit that irks me. It simply should not be the case that if i’m playing a singleplayer game like Bioshock Infinite or whatsoever, that it simply stops working when my internet connection goes offline for a second or longer.

    I could be wrong, but we as gamers are the early adopters of these systems and Sony and MS know that damn well. Internet connection requirement will render the console useless for anyone without internet and these sure ain’t selling points. Neither is Kinect 2.0 and all that stuff. MS is really going to have to bring the big guns in May and at E3 to show to the people that made their Xbox and Xbox 360 big, US….that it’s very worth to buy their new system.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Microsoft will introduce Xbox glasses.

    http://i54.tinypic.com/257o9bp.jpg

    #3 2 years ago
  4. zinc

    I think it’s fair to say that no-one is excited by this news, but they are nervous.

    It’s like we’re all holding our breath, waiting for something bad to happen :-/

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    No one is excited because really, consoles can’t offer something new next generation.
    So far by Wiki “the free-to-play model as key issues to be addressed by 8th generation consoles” (c) Wikipedia. Which is already on the PC and other formats for 20+ years.

    this is probably the last gen and it will be with underpowered AMD POS on both systems with Kitchen Sink from WiiU.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin

    @5

    dont forget shitty POS sub-hd 30fps graphics bro

    #6 2 years ago
  7. tmac2011

    ill watch it to see if they reveal the whole console or just wait. for e3 , it wont be to far off. ithnik theyll show the controller and maybe a few games to excite fans. i doub they want sony to steal the show at e3 with their console. if internet is always on im not getting the next xbox, what if my internet is screwed up and i cant play any games… sorry microsoft i hope this rumor isnt true..

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OmegaSlayer

    I would laugh if Sony throws out there a big amount of new infos about the PS3 one day before MS conference LOL
    That would be an insane strategy.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!

    Sony with the PS4 has finally brought their offerings up to the standard set 7 years ago by MS with the 360.

    In May we’re likely to see how the Nextbox makes that standard seem archaic.

    Looking forward to some innovation. All this catching up by Sony has been extremely underwhelming.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    “Sony with the PS4 has finally brought their offerings up to the standard set 7 years ago by MS with the 360.”

    That was some classic Xbot trolling. Congratulations.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gadzooks!

    #10

    Fact. Dev tools, architecture, network service and developer relations have only just caught up.

    Go talk about screen resolutions somewhere else, oh shallow one.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. fearmonkey

    @9 “Looking forward to some innovation.”

    Online required, cannot play used games, forces Kinect down your throat, focused on media rather than games, underpowered compared to Ps4, gimmicky glasses, constant advertisements on a service we pay for……

    yep, thats some great innovation right there…I am just overwhelmed….

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gadzooks!

    #12

    So rumour is fact, is it?

    I’m somewhat overwhelmed by your assumption and ignorance.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. fearmonkey

    lol…..

    I have been an xbox brand fan since it launched in 2001, and Ive slowly watched MS go from being the cool kid on the block to the hipster emo guy nobody can stand..

    I realize its all rumor, but coming from many sources with the same info, and really I wouldn’t be surprised if its all true. MS has lost it, they have a whole new team of people that wasn’t there at the beginning, and don’t remember what made the xbox attractive in the first place.

    MS is like your parents now, we know whats best for you, so just dont fight us…trust us…

    Screw that…Ill stick with Steam and possibly get a PS4 (and I dont own a PS3) all I want is a controller and a powerful gaming box. I would bet thats all most want too.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Too early to know everything for sure, ofc.

    But Fearmonkey +1

    At least in notion. E3 is going to be HUGE. But I can feel the changes in the wind.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gadzooks!

    There’s no point conversing with closed minds.

    Assume all you want. I’ll wait for facts before making judgement.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    I agree Gad, there really isn’t much of a point in any of this. Untill VG247 can print the words “MS said” much of it is hersay.

    And I think the things we don’t know far eclispes the things we do know. But some of these things are points of concern, to say the lest.

    People are into a few disctinct groups.

    People that want company A or B to fail

    People that want company A or B to “win”

    People that just want the best experience for their money.

    Most people are in group three. But group three includes a lot of people that will jump ships from one company to another based on info.

    All groups are looking for shreds of info, for their own reasons. That is why these types of sites continue to run these types of stories. We fly to them like bugs to a light. Going to be a long ass wait till E3.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. ps3fanboy

    microsoft is shoot, you can just forget about them, they don’t know jack shit what gaming is about and what gamers want.

    if your are a gamer you have only one choice this gen and that is sonys playstation4. sony know what a gaming system are and what their customers want.

    with sonys playstatoion4, there is no always on drm crap and you can play used games. when you want to play your games online. you don’t need to pay xlive with no benefits, and forced mcdonalds/mountain dew ads showed in your face. sony also have more exclusives games and are gonna support their ps3 for many years to come. sony know what gamers want, microsoft don’t it is a fact.

    TREY4LIFE!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ActionGameKing

    This has to be a rumour. No way Microsoft would give Sony 3 months of PS4 limelight. Sigh… I was expecting Xbox to put up a huge fight straight out the gate. They’re either over-confident or have already admitted defeat.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    I just watched this video, and the stuff Paul Thurott says mostly make sense.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01qrzaZg7_g#t=54m44

    Always online is not bad at all, as long as they don’t fuck over gamers by letting the Xbox shut a game down when the internet connection is gone. That is just something that should not happen. All else makes a lot of sense and i do agree with Paul that people worry too much and jump to conclusions without having facts. I as a huge Xbox gamer (i simply prefer it over my PS3) hope MS will make us Xboxers, so to speak, happy and having us look forward to buying it.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    “Sony with the PS4 has finally brought their offerings up to the standard set 7 years ago by MS with the 360″.

    This guy is so in denial. The PS3 has always past the 360 standards. Please show me their equivalent to the Uncharted series….Heavy Rain….SingStar…and Infamous Series. Why can’t the 360 play as many music and video codecs as the PS3 and why do I have to pay $60 a year plus my netflix sub to use it when its usable on the PS3 for free?

    Gadzooks wake the hell up you moronic Microsoft ass licker.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Wen3

    I’m a playstation fan but honestly I think the next xbox will sell a lot t
    Even non gamers will pick it up because they going to make it super smart and really really hot hotter,sexier and smarter than smartphones with the best User interface yet to be seen and all this will evolve over time…..it will be a full entertainment thing who wouldn’t love that…..but as for games I gotta feeling we are going to lack fun games which sony usually delivers……knack,jak,rachet and clank,crash bandicoot etc…..and with that sony may underperform in sales…..and it will be bye bye awesome games……unless a partnership starts or sony delivers full entertainment too. But it will be a joke.I really hope the next xbox is the smartest thing on earth and it attracts developers who wants innovation itself…….I conclude by saying…..Microsoft dudes are geniuses ……but a may be wrong

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ps3fanboy

    @22

    wake up mickey$oft brainwashed ass licker!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Hellhound30x

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4uBXannB-w

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Gadzooks!

    #19

    MS have traditionally kept it close to the chest until near release. They work to their own schedules.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. SlayerGT

    I know for a fact what the Nextbox WON’T have…a red LED light anywhere on the machine itself ;)

    #26 2 years ago
  27. ps3fanboy

    I wouldn’t buy the “NETBOX”. Seems games come in the third place at mickey$oft.

    #27 2 years ago

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    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]