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Yakuza Combat Will Forward Be Turn-Based Going

Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa has surfaced on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to its action-combat roots, leaving many fans to wonder if that meant the Yakuza series would also return to that style following last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will carry on the studio's action style of gameplay, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. "The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG," they told IGN. "On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment." Yakuza: Like a Dragon's turn-based combat Romain Mahut of GameBlog was in attendance at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the Lost Judgment reveal and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Lost Judgment. "For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the game's battle system from action into a turn-based RPG," Nagoshi said in response. "This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received, which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing that battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. It's my hope that our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' as an important keyword for the Judgment series.  Nagoshi also said on the Judgment Day video he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global launch is "the right way to go" and that the team has "determined to make every effort to support this for all [its] games moving forward." This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western versions releasing years after the Japanese version. Following the success of Yakuza 0 in the West, the release windows have narrowed, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between the Japanese and worldwide releases. Lost Judgment's action-oriented combat Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. For more on what we thought about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, check out our review here. For more on the history of the Yakuza series, read our retrospective featuring interviews with Nagoshi and other members of the team here. For more information on Nagoshi's career, you can read our profile on him here. [Source: IGN, Sega of America on YouTube]
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    Tag Heuer's Connected watch has its wellness app now

    With the promise of more style than other wearOS devices, Tag Heuer's Connected smartwatches are surprisingly popular considering the elevated price tags. Now, the Swiss manufacturer has unveiled its own wellness app app to make its devices more useful (and exclusive). It also updated its Golf edition watch with improved 3D mapping and other useful features for golfers.  The company emphasized the "beautifully presented" and "stylish" nature of the app, in keeping with the way it markets its smartwatches. Otherwise, it offers regular fitness features like continuous heartrate monitoring, along with key metrics like the number of steps, calories burned and exercise intensity. It also shows granular information like peak exercise, cardio and fat burn. A new Wellness tab shows your goals and progress over time to help you stay motivated ,and you can also check your stats and see a weekly summary of your goals on the Wellness smartphone app.  Tag Heuer Tag Heuer launched some new features for its Golf Edition watch, too. Those include updated 2D and 3D maps with more details, including forests and even single trees. It also updated its iOS app using Apple's SceneKit "to make the 3D renderings more detailed than ever." The company notes that the graphics "recall the visuals seen on telecasts of professional tournaments," particularly the shot tracer tech that shows a 3D view of drives and other shots.  Other new features on the Golf Edition include club recommendation based on distance and your own club settings, along with enhanced scoring for stroke, stableford and match play. It also offers faster Bluetooth synchronization and a smoother overall experience, Tag Heuer said. While the Golf Edition is a unique model with a dimple-patterned white and green rubber strap and black titanium case, the Golf app works on other Connected watches. The Golf Edition costs $2,550 while the Connected watch starts at $1,800 with a steel case and black rubber band. 

    Google tests a beefed-up YouTube Android app for Chromecast

    Google might be working on a new version of YouTube for Android that significantly improves the Chromecast experience, 9to5Google has reported. Currently, casting to a Chromecast-connected TV using the YouTube app is a minimalistic experience, with your TV showing only basic details like the channel name, view count, date and time. With the new pseudo-app, however, casting YouTube will reportedly be more akin to using Android TV.  The new player appeared to some Android YouTube Reddit users, with a remote control appearing in the app. That launches a player on your Chromecast-powered TV that lets you change settings like resolution, captions and subtitles, and even use granular controls like "stats for nerds," according to 9to5Google.  When a video concludes, instead of just seeing the usual "ready to watch" image, you'll see a home screen with "what to watch next" suggestions, much like Android TV. Reddit user garethonreddit captured a screen indicating that the app appears to be an HTML5-powered web experience. Another user noted that the new interface seems to come with more advertisements, however. If the new app rolls out widely, the richer on-screen YouTube experience would certainly give Chromecast owners more value for their money — though many wouldn't trade that for more ads. It would be nice to see similar improvements in other Chromecast-enabled apps that deliver a more Android TV-like experience, like you get from Google's latest Chromecast devices. 

    Google Fit’s camera-based breathing and heartrate trackers arrive March 8th

    Google will start rolling out the Fit app's camera-based heart and respiratory rate trackers on Monday, March 8th. The tech giant first revealed the new features, which rely on the power of a phone's camera, at a Health event in early February. Both trackers will give you a way to measure your pulse and breath rates even without a wearable sensor, though they're only making their way to the Fit app for Pixel devices worldwide for now.  To use the heart rate tracker, you'll have to hold your finger over the rear camera and apply light pressure — the app will calculate your heart rate by looking at tiny changes in color under your skin. The respiratory rate tracker is a bit more complicated to use, because you'll have to make sure that the front camera has a good view of your torso for around 30 seconds. You'll have to prop up the phone on a stable surface, sit and make sure your head and chest are in the frame. The feature then calculates your breaths per minute by measuring the small movements your chest makes. It remains to be seen how accurate the trackers are: Things like hats, masks and loose clothes could affect the respiratory rate tracker's results, for instance. If you think they could be useful but don't have a Pixel device, you'll just have to wait for the wider rollout. Google promises to expand their availability to more Android devices in the future.

    Microsoft launches a cross-platform password autofill feature

    Microsoft has rolled out a big update for its Authenticator app, which gives it the capability to automatically fill log ins with your usernames and passwords. The tech giant has launched a new autofill feature that works across devices and platforms, and it’s bringing it to iOS and Android devices through its Authenticator app. That means you’ll be able to access all the credentials you’ve stored on Edge under your Microsoft account on mobile — you just need to go to Authenticator’s Passwords tab and log in first. After Authenticator is done syncing, it’ll offer to autofill your password when you open an app or visit a website, so long as you’ve saved your login for them. Simplify and secure your life with Microsoft’s autofill solution for passwords https://t.co/mOyPwWhsjX pic.twitter.com/FMcQ7Z9nTm — Windows Blogs (@windowsblog) February 5, 2021 Microsoft has also introduced an autofill extension for Google’s browser, in case you primarily save your passwords on Edge but want to use them on Chrome. The feature works just like Chrome’s built-in autofill feature, and you’ll even be able to edit or delete your logins within Chrome instead of having to go through Edge first. If you’ll recall, the company released a preview of these features back in December, but they’re now officially available. In addition to launching cross—platform autofill capabilities, Microsoft’s Authenticator update gives the app the power to import passwords from Chrome, some popular password managers and from CSV files. The company says it’s safe to use the app as a password manager of sorts, since Authenticator requires multi-factor authentication. Your credentials will also be encrypted. Further, you’ll have to use your biometric information or type in your PIN first before Authenticator autofills any app or website you visit.

    Facebook wants users in order to set Messenger because the default on iOS

    Sponsored Links NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook wants you to be able to choose Messenger as the default messaging app on iOS, The Information reports. Apparently, Facebook has been trying to convince Apple to let users swap the default messaging app to Messenger for years. Now that iOS 14 lets users select alternative web browser and email apps, Facebook is renewing its Messenger push.  “We feel people should be able to choose different messaging apps and the default on their phone,” Stan Chudnovsky, a Facebook VP, told The Information. “Generally, everything is moving this direction anyway.” Messenger probably isn’t the greatest option for your main messaging app, but being able to reset the default could let you choose apps that offer a better experience than Messenger or Apple’s Messages. Android’s mobile OS already lets users choose their preferred messaging app. Sadly, Apple is probably not going to give users that choice. Apple’s Messages app is still one reason that people buy Apple hardware, and Apple uses the encrypted messages to brag about its privacy practices.  But not allowing users to choose their default messaging app could add to the argument that Apple practices “monopolist behaviors.” The company is facing increased criticism over its App Store fees, and it is the target of multiple antitrust investigations. Today, Epic Games, Spotify and others announced the Coalition for App Fairness, an alliance to pressure both Apple and Google to change their app store rules and other restrictive policies.  In this article: facebook, messenger, messaging, app, default, ios, apple, antitrust, monopoly, news, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Comments 330 Shares Share Tweet Share

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