Square Enix Store error gives players early access
by Liam Doolan
NEO: The World Ends with You is technically still a few weeks out from its official Nintendo Switch release, but it seems some lucky fans have already got their hands on the Switch eShop version well ahead of the game’s launch.
Unlike a lot of other leaks in recent times, this one is apparently due to an error on the publisher’s end. Select users who pre-ordered a physical copy of the game from the Square Enix Store apparently received a redeemable code yesterday for the full digital release on Switch.
This code was meant to contain some preorder goodies and instead allows users to download and play through the entire game. While Square Enix was able to fix its mistake within a few hours, many still had enough time to redeem the code.
If you’re planning on playing the sequel when it arrives on 27th July, keep in mind spoilers and leaks might already be doing the rounds on social media and message boards. Were you one of the fans who have been able to redeem this game ahead of its release? Leave a comment down below.
It came after there was a widespread search for the missing teenager earlier today. Despite being warned about the dangers of swimming in the quays many people still flocked to the area as temperatures hit over 30C in the north west.
Police were called at around 4.40pm and recovered the unnamed man’s body from the water around three hours later.
Paramedic vehicles from the North West Ambulance Service arrived just before 8:15pm.
The 19-year-old hasn’t been named and an investigation is underway into the death, with a file being passed to the coroner.
Announcing the sad news, the force tweeted: “Sadly, despite a rescue operation at Salford Quays this evening, a 19-year-old man has lost his life.
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“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.”
Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: “Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.
“Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can’t see below the surface of what could be very cold water.”
Many people claiming to have witnessed the tragic incident voiced their concerns about there being no lifeguards stationed at the quays.
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One person tweeted: “This was horrifying to witness. Please work with the council to have water supervision during this hot weather.
“I am from Belfast and they have the rescue service, lifeguards along the water every year after a big music festival.
“Young people just don’t see the danger.”
Another person tweeted: “This is so sad. But what is even sadder is that after this had happened, there were still lots of people jumping in the canal.
“Salford and Greater Manchester Police were trying to move people on and asked for a bit of privacy and were getting loads of abuse. So sad.”
A third wrote: “This is so sad. I see everyone enjoying themselves in the quays every weekend when the sun is shining.
“Just take care everyone when you are in the water. You never know what’s underneath. RIP my friend.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service assisted the police.
Next month sees the release of NEO: The World Ends With You on the Nintendo Switch. We’re excited and we know many others are, but if you’re not familiar with this series or the original game – which became a bit of a cult hit during the DS generation, you might want to try out the demo.
Yes, Square Enix has revealed players will be able to try before they buy, with a demo release on 25th July – a few days before the full release. This information was revealed at the end of the final trailer – which provides a five minute overview of what to expect.
“On June 25, you can play the free demo and start your adventure in NEO: The World Ends with You! Be ready when the full game drops on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 27, 2021!”
In the demo, you’ll get to meet Rindo and Fret as they fight to change their fate. Along the way, you’ll collect and developer powerful psychic pins and be one of the first to experience frenetic combat against the mysterious Noise.
In addition to this, your progress in the demo will transfer across to the full game. Note you’ll need to be playing on the demo and full game on the same platform. Will you be giving this demo a go? Leave a comment down below.
Update: As a quick reminder, Team17’s current Switch eShop sale is about to come to an end. All deals listed below will end at 11:59pm Pacific time tonight.
Original Article (Fri 28th May, 2021 17:00 BST): Looking for a new Switch bargain? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Team17 is hosting a new publisher sale on the Nintendo Switch eShop, discounting games by as much as 90%. Thanks to the new sale, a couple of titles can now be picked up for as little as $ 2.99 – madness.
Here are all the deals available in a nice, handy list. Aren’t we nice?
BRUSSELS — President Biden and fellow Western leaders issued a confrontational declaration about Russian and Chinese government behavior on Sunday, castigating Beijing over its internal repression, vowing to investigate the pandemic’s origins, and excoriating Moscow for using nerve agents and cyberweapons.
Concluding the first in-person summit meeting since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the leaders tried to present a unified front against a range of threats. But they disagreed about a crucial issues, from timelines for halting the burning of coal to committing tens or hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to challenge Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, China’s overseas investment and lending push.
Still, as they left Cornwall, where they had met at a resort overlooking rocky outcroppings in England’s far west, almost all the participants welcomed a new tone as they began to repair the breaches from four years of dealing with Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump.
“It is great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate,’’ President Emmanuel Macron of France said after meeting Mr. Biden — praise that many Americans will welcome but those who embrace Mr. Trump’s “America First” worldview might consider a betrayal of U.S. interests.
The difference in tone was indeed striking: The last time the Group of 7 met in person, in Canada in 2018, its final communiqué never mentioned China and the United States dissented from all the commitments to confront the climate crisis. Then Mr. Trump withdrew American support from the gathering’s final statement.
This time, however, the session had distinctly Cold War overtones — a reflection of the deepening sense that a declining Russia and rising China are forming their own adversarial bloc to challenge the West.
The group’s final communiqué called on China to restore the freedoms guaranteed to Hong Kong when Britain was returned it to Chinese control, and condemned Mr. Putin’s “destabilizing behavior and malign activities,” including interfering with elections and a “systematic crackdown” on dissidents and the media.
It cast the West as the ideological rival of a growing number of autocracies, offering a democratic alternative that Mr. Biden conceded they had to prove would be more attractive around the world.
“Everyone at the table understood and understands both the seriousness and the challenges that we are up against and the responsibility of our proud democracies to step up and deliver to the rest of the world,” Mr. Biden said, returning to what has become the central doctrine of his foreign policy: A struggle between dissonant, often unruly democracies and brutally efficient but repressive autocrats.
Even before the meeting broke up, the Chinese Embassy in London, which had been almost trolling the pronouncements of the Group of 7 nations — the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom — delivered a bitter denunciation.
“The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,’’ the Chinese government said in a statement.
China is a member of the larger and more contentious Group of 20, whose member nations will meet in Italy in late October, which could be the first time in more than a decade for Mr. Biden to sit face to face with President Xi Jinping.
Even as Mr. Biden successfully pushed his counterparts in England to embrace a more aggressive posture against autocracies, the group failed to reach agreement on key parts of the president’s early foreign policy agenda.
It did not settle on a timeline to eliminate the use of coal for generating electric power, and climate activists said that signaled a lack of resolve to confront one of the world’s leading causes of global warming.
And while the leaders called on China to respect “fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang,” there was no agreement on banning Western participation in projects that benefited from forced labor.
Instead, the effort to confront Beijing’s human rights abuses ended with a vague declaration that the allies were setting up a working group to “identify areas for strengthened cooperation and collective efforts towards eradicating the use of all forms of forced labor in global supply chains.”
Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Air Force One on the way from London to Brussels on Sunday evening that the question was: “Can we turn the commitments on forced labor and ending overseas financing of coal into genuine outcomes by the end of this year.”
And to counter China’s Belt and Road development push, the G7 leaders pledged to set up yet another working group to design what they called Build Back Better for the World, playing off Mr. Biden’s campaign theme.
Mr. Biden’s aides argued that he had never expected to persuade the allies to adapt his entire agenda. But they said he had pushed them toward concrete agreements, starting with a 15 percent minimum corporate tax, to prevent corporations from seeking the cheapest tax haven to locate their headquarters and operations.
His aides also cited the commitment to provide upward of a billion doses of vaccines to the developing world by the end of 2022. Half would come from the United States, though Mr. Biden, in an aside to reporters on Sunday, said that vaccine distribution would be a “constant project for a long time” and that the U.S. could eventually donate another billion doses.
The leaders unanimously promised to cut their collective emissions in half by 2030, a striking contrast with the statement issued by the same group three years ago in Charlevoix, Canada, where the United States refused to sign onto the pledge to combat climate change.
That year, President Trump joined the overall summit agreement but angrily withdrew his support in a tweet from Air Force One as he left the summit, accusing Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, of being “very dishonest and weak.”
Speaking to reporters at a news conference before he visited the queen at Windsor Castle, Mr. Biden told reporters he was “satisfied” with how the joint statement addressed China.
“I think China has to start to act more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights and transparency,” Mr. Biden said. “Transparency matters across the board.”
Mr. Sullivan said that G7 leaders had divergent views about the “the depth of the challenge” from China and how to calibrate cooperation with confrontation in dealing with Beijing. He said the discussion would spill into a meeting of NATO allies on Monday.
The strategy, Mr. Sullivan argued, is “don’t try to push towards confrontation or conflict, but be prepared to try to rally allies and partners toward what is going to be tough competition in the years ahead — and that’s in the security domain as it is in the economic and technological domains.”
On Russia, Mr. Biden told reporters he agreed with Mr. Putin’s assessment, in an NBC interview, that relations between Washington and Moscow were at a “low point,” and committed to being “very straightforward” with Mr. Putin during their planned meeting on Wednesday in Geneva.
Topping a list of concerns for that meeting are the SolarWinds cyberattack, a sophisticated effort by Russia’s most elite intelligence agency to undercut confidence in American computer networks by infiltrating the network-management software used by government agencies and most of corporate America. He is also expected to take up Russia’s willingness to harbor criminal groups that conduct ransomware attacks.
But Mr. Biden also raised areas for potential compromise, including providing food and humanitarian assistance to people in Syria. “Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on,” he said.
Mr. Biden indicated openness to Mr. Putin’s proposal to extradite Russian cybercriminals to the United States, on the condition that the Biden administration agree to extradite criminals to Russia. But the last time Mr. Putin proposed that — to President Trump — it turned out he wanted the United States to send dissidents back and allow for the questioning of Michael D. McFaul, the American ambassador to Moscow under President Barack Obama.
On climate, energy experts said the inability of G7 nations, which together produce about a quarter of the world’s climate pollution, to agree on a specific end date on the use of coal weakens their ability to lean on China to curb its own coal use.
The Group of 7 did promise that their nations would end by 2022 international funding for coal projects that do not include technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions. They also promised an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by decade’s end. And they promised accelerated efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of the meeting, hailed the summit’s results, he was battling a diplomatic flare-up over Northern Ireland, over which Britain and the European Union have been in a tense negotiations over post-Brexit trading rules.
British newspapers reported that France’s president suggested to Mr. Johnson in a meeting on Saturday that Northern Ireland was not part of the United Kingdom. On Sunday, the British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, described Mr. Macron’s reported comments as “offensive.”
But Mr. Johnson himself tried to play down the dispute, declining at a news conference to discuss the exchange and insisting that Northern Ireland had occupied very little of the leaders’ time during the meeting.
“What I’m saying is that we will do whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the U.K.,” Mr. Johnson said.
Mark Landler, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Lisa Friedman contributed reporting.
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Gamebyte has only listed the Disc version of the PlayStation 5 console and those who are lucky enough to get one will be limited to just one purchase.
A message on the site adds: “We know it’s been a while since we had a PS5 update. So, we’ll get straight to it.
“We’ll have a limited number of bundles for the disc version of the PS5 available very soon! These will be available to the community exclusively through email.
“All you need to do to be notified is sign-up using the form below. Please note: These will be available to UK residents only & are limited to one per-person.”
Based on the wording of the new announcement, the next PS5 stock from Gamebyte looks scheduled for later this week (June 10 June 11).
Other retailers will be offering stock over the coming days and weeks, including ASDA, John Lewis, AO and ShopTo.
These are some of the retailers which could drop more stock this week, while others are planning for further out.
Smyths Toys has been linked to a PS5 stock drop during mid-June, which could mean next week.
Meanwhile, Argos is expected to get its next big shipment before the end of the month, although no solid date has been confirmed.
Argos is expected to offer its latest shipment in the final weeks of the year, possibly starting on June 17.
Currys is another retailer which could offer a stock drop in June but this is expected to be much smaller in size when compared to previous events.
Knowing when a stock drop is about to happen is very important but it’s also worth knowing more about the site you’re going to try and use.
Here are a few examples of how best to try and buy a PlayStation 5 console from leading UK retailers:
AMAZON UK: Amazon UK runs better under strain but still comes with a few kinks worth mentioning. Having an account set up with your card details is a good start, and gamers should also try adding a console to their wishlist before checking out. More stock is expected before June 10.
ARGOS: The Argos website is notorious for crashing and being unable to complete purchases when site traffic is high. Stock trackers suggest using the mobile Argos app and keeping an eye on local store listings. Argos is not expected to receive any more stock until later in June.
GAME: GAME is a UK retailer that offers the most regular stock updates for PS5 consoles. However, console hunters have been warned to use Guest Checkout, as this option is less likely to crash when completing a purchase. GAME is expected to restock the PlayStation 5 in the next seven days.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just before 3 a.m. Thursday, a SWAT standoff involving two robbery suspects at an apartment in north Austin ended. Both men were taken into custody without injury.
SWAT and Austin Police Department officers responded to the 7100 block of Grand Canyon Drive, which is just north of U.S. Highway 290 and east of Interstate 35. Police asked people to avoid the area, and stay indoors if close to the location.
Officers said the initial call came in at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The two suspects were wanted in connection with an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Both spent hours inside an apartment unit and did not respond to commands from officers to come out peacefully, APD said. Nearby apartment units were evacuated.
APD said both suspects were considered armed and dangerous.
APD did not know if the suspects lived in the building or broke into the apartment unit. They believed the suspects were the only ones inside.
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FARO/LISBON, Portugal (Reuters) -Sun-hungry Britons landing in Portugal on Monday on the first flights since a four-month coronavirus travel ban between the two countries was lifted at midnight were elated to be back on holiday.
“It’s fantastic. The feeling is unbelievable. We got the sun, the people, the beaches, the bars. Can’t wait,” said British tourist Matthew Bolden, giving the thumbs up at the arrivals gate at Lisbon airport.
Twenty-two flights from Britain were due to land in Portugal on Monday, with most heading to the southern Algarve region, famous for its beaches and golf courses but nearly deserted over the past months as the pandemic kept tourists away.
“It feels amazing. Happy, everyone’s happy. We were on the first flight out of the UK,” said Kim, 27, who arrived from Manchester at Faro airport, where Algarve tourism office workers handed out packs of hand sanitiser and masks.
Tourism businesses hope the return of Britons, who pumped around 3.2 billion euros ($ 3.9 billion) into Portugal’s economy in 2019, will provide a much-needed boost to the sector, accounting in normal times for 15% of the country’s GDP.
“We were massively affected by the pandemic. It was so sad to see the arrivals gate empty. But today it’s better. It’s a breath of fresh air,” said Maria Joao, 55, whose tiny shop in Lisbon airport sells drinks and snacks.
Visitors from Britain must present evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken 72 hours before boarding their flights to Portugal and there is no need to quarantine for COVID-19 when returning home.
Portuguese doctor Rute Castelhano, who has been battling the pandemic in Britain, was another of the arriving passengers, exhausted but over-the-moon to see her parents at Lisbon airport after months apart.
“I’m so happy to see my family again,” she said through hugs and tears. “It’s great to be back home.”
Tourists from European countries with fewer than 500 infections per 100,000 people were also allowed in for the first time on Monday.
Portugal, which imposed a strict four-month lockdown in order to tackle a devastating COVID-19 surge this year, has reopened restaurants and shops but some capacity limitations remain in place and restaurants must close at 10:30 p.m.
Masks must be worn while walking on the beach. Nightclubs and indoor bars selling only alcohol remain closed.
HSBC is one of the first banks which is back with a switching incentive, following the fallout from the pandemic. With interest rates tumbling due to the Bank of England’s base rate decision back in March 2020, the desire to save is likely to be at low levels. This is because many providers aren’t offering the kind of return on funds saved that Britons are often looking for.
There are, however, account payment rules which are worth bearing in mind before savers take the plunge to switch.
Individuals will need to set up at least two standing order or Direct Debits for this account.
They will also need to pay at least £1,750 into the account monthly, or a minimum of £10,500 over a six month period.
Savers must also qualify for a minimum £1,000 arranged overdraft, but they do not have to have this facility if they do not want it.
The account can be opened by individuals who are aged 18 or older, and who live in either the UK or the EU.
However, for individuals who wish to benefit from this deal, fast action will be needed.
This is because HSBC has confirmed the deal will end on May 9, 2021, giving just a short time to benefit.
To secure this offer, savers must use the Current Account Switch Service within 20 days of opening the new account.
HSBC has, thankfully, explained the process to provide further insight to savers.
Its website reads: “Once your new account is open, you can choose any date to be your switch date, as long as it is in at least seven working days’ time.
“Talk to our staff about switching to HSBC on a date that suits you.
“You can either do this in one of our branches, or call us providing you have a UK based current account.”
HSBC will let a person’s old bank know they are moving, and ask for an old account to be closed once transfers are made.
An old bank will also send HSBC the details of regular payments such as Direct Debits and standing orders, which will then be set up on the new account.
All payments accidentally made to an old account will be automatically re-routed to ensure they reach the bank account of choice.