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Returnal for PS5 Gets New Trailer, Screenshots, and Details Focusing on Combat

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Today Sony Interactive Entertainment and Housemarque had a reveal to make for the upcoming PS5 game Returnal.

We get to see a batch of screenshots and a trailer focusing on combat, which certainly appears to be rather exciting.

A piece on the PlayStation Blog from creative director Harry Krueger also provides more information.

You can find all the details and assets below.

From lightning to tentacles

Selene will have many weapons and devices at her disposal to survive on the hostile alien planet Atropos. Some she’s brought with her – others she’s found and made her own. The above video shows some of the various abilities you’ll find while playing Returnal which we’ll dive into below.

The game features a number of base weapons that are augmented as you play. For example, the living Spitmaw Blaster weapon starts as a shotgun archetype you all know and love. As you progress, you’ll unlock and add on various Weapon Traits, each providing a unique gameplay modifier to the base weapon’s behavior. These Weapon Traits are custom tailored for each gun type – so your Spitmaw Blaster might gain exploding shells or generate acid pools upon impact; while the Electropylon Driver might extract extra loot from enemies, or generate shields for the player. These Weapon Traits will also stack, so the combined effects can lead to many surprising results that can have unique advantages and playstyles to explore.

Each weapon will also have an alt-fire mode randomly assigned to it from our diverse pool, ranging from the electrical impulses of the Shockstream to the tentacles of the Tendrilpod, and everything in between.

These can be used without ever taking your finger off the trigger using the default control scheme: with the adaptive trigger on the DualSense controller, just press L2 halfway to aim down the sights and use the main fire of your weapon, and squeeze it all the way down to enter your alt-fire mode.

With 10 base weapons, more than 90 Weapon Traits (each with three levels)and 10 alt-fires, there are numerous weapon combinations to test out on your journey.

While new weapon drops are frequent, Selene can only hold one weapon at a time, so your choice is important. Different challenges and enemies will also require different strategies to overcome, so you’ll need to be constantly adapting, experimenting with different weapons, and developing your skills to survive on the hostile planet of Atropos.

Making progress

For Selene, death is no escape. Each death sends Selene to the start of the time loop, just moments before crashing on the planet. Most abilities and items collected on the previous cycle will be lost…but not all of them. Some persist across sessions, so you’ll still make progress every cycle.

One of these persisting elements is the mysterious Cthonos, an alien device that generates a random item at the beginning of each cycle. This otherworldly device is tracking your performance, and when enough progress is accumulated you will be rewarded with a brand new item for immediate use, which will also be permanently added to the pool of available loot from that point on as well.

The items you earn or discover as you explore the planet Atropos will change the way you play and offer a wide array of effects and strategic options for Selene. They can be offensive Tools like the Dismantler, a smartbomb-style explosion which annihilates all enemies around you; defensive consumables like the Kinetic Siphon, which restores Health through melee kills; or more strategic Artifacts that give Selene some unique advantages under certain conditions.

Risk and reward

There’s plenty of loot to be found on Atropos, but be wary that not all that glitters is gold. Some items, called Parasites, have both positive and negative effects. You’ll need to think twice before picking up a Parasite that, for example, regenerates you while at low health but also causes enemies to leave behind a pool of acid on death.

Collecting Parasites will often feel like a risky decision, but there are multiple other scenarios that can help shift the odds in your favour, like for example carrying an Artifact that can increase your max health for every Parasite you’ve attached.

There are many other cases where risk and reward will come into play, which can all drastically alter how each cycle plays out. You might encounter a “cursed” container that can be holding valuable loot, but opening it might trigger a random Suit Malfunction which, for example, can damage Selene every time she uses door and chest opening Keys, and can only be repaired by collecting a large number of obolites. Obolites can be exchanged for valuable items to increase your chances of survival, but if you’re on a good run you might prefer to spend them on activating a checkpoint – die and you’ll resurrect there with your current items and abilities, rather than restarting the cycle.

Returnal is coming exclusively for PS5 on March 19. If you’d like to see more, you can enjoy the original announcement and more gameplay.

Source: https://twinfinite.net/2021/01/returnal-combat-trailer-screenshots/

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Bitcoin at $21,000? Is a buying opportunity coming soon?

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A series of on-chain metrics registered corrections when Bitcoin fell on the charts last week. In fact, BTC dropped down to as low as $43,000 briefly, with significant reshuffling seen after Futures Open Interest dipped by $4 billion too.

Other factors such as the Bitcoin funding rate experienced a reset as well, with Grayscale’s premium registering a low of -3.77%. AMBCrypto had previously reported about the positive reboot for the aSOPR, wherein it was identified that weak hands were getting washed out.

However, one particular metric carrying historical importance did not correct much. Interestingly, it could possibly alter the course of the rally going forward.

Bitcoin NUPL continues to avoid 0.5 reset

Source: Glassnode

According to Glassnode’s latest report, the strength of the current Bitcoin rally can be illustrated by BTC’s Net Unrealized Profit and Loss or NUPL. In the past, the NUPL has regularly retested the 0.5-mark during bull market corrections. While a 0.5 re-test was seen multiple times during both the 2013 and 2017 rallies, the same is yet to be identified in the current market.

Here, it’s worth noting that market dynamics have definitely altered over the years with respect to user profitability and hodling sentiment, with selling pressure not fueling massive outflows for Bitcoin.

Source: CryptoQuant

Further, data from CryptoQuant seemed to suggest that Bitcoin outflows from exchanges have continued to maintain their low levels over the week, with long-term hodlers unfazed by the 21% decline in cryptocurrency’s price.

The resilience exhibited by investors was coming to fruition at press time since Bitcoin had managed to establish a position above its immediate resistance of $47,400 over the last 24 hours.

While it is still a little early to predict the start of a new bullish leg for Bitcoin, according to Willy Woo, consolidation above $45,000 is a strong sign of stability.

If history repeats itself, does NUPL reset carry a damaging outcome?

While the NUPL has not registered a reset at 0.5 during this rally, historically, it has happened during every bull cycle. According to data, the realized price trading is currently $14,511, and if the NUPL drops down to 0.5, it would mean Bitcoin would possibly drop down to a floor price of $21,766.

That would mean a 55.76% drop from BTC’s press time position, a drop that will completely take away all of BTC’s gains since 15 December 2020.

While historical probabilities are worth pondering over, it is also important to consider the macro-difference between previous rallies and the current one, with Bitcoin at the receiving end of more adoption than ever before.

For instance, the average weekly investment into Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust during Q4 of 2018 was $2 million. The average investment in GBTC for Q4 of 2020 was $217.1 million. Needless to say, the course of history for Bitcoin is indeed changing.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-at-21000-is-a-buying-opportunity-coming-soon

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EOS, Neo, Ethereum Classic Price Analysis: 02 March

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EOS was trading within a descending channel, but an upwards breakout was predicted as trading volumes rose. Neo looked primed for a bullish reversal as the indicators flashed green signals at the time of writing. Finally, ETC awaited a broader market rally to break above its overhead resistance level

EOS

Source: EOS/USD, TradingView

EOS continued to move within a descending channel on the 4-hour timeframe after making a series of lower highs and lower lows. While there was a higher chance of a southbound breakout from this pattern, a pickup in trading volume countered bearish predictions. A rise above the upper trendline would present the next challenge for the bulls at the $4.14-resistance.

The Awesome Oscillator’s green bars moved about the half-mark as momentum rose on the buying side. However, the Stochastic RSI pointed to a reversal as the index was in the overbought region. While this does not necessarily mean a downwards breakout from the channel, it could work against a bullish outcome as well.

Neo

Source: NEO/USD, TradingView

The appearance of a doji candlestick on Neo’s daily chart reflected some neutrality in the price after it held above the $35.27-support. However, the indicators backed the possibility of a bounce back towards the $43.7-resistance level.

The Stochastic RSI noted a bullish crossover in the oversold zone, while the MACD’s histogram saw weakening bearish momentum, even though the Signal line moved above the fast-moving line. Conversely, a pullback in the broader market would see the bulls lose out to the press time support level and challenge the next line of defense at $27.8.

Ethereum Classic [ETC]

Source: ETC/USD, TradingView

Since the Bollinger Bands on Ethereum Classic were compressed, volatility remained low in its market. The RSI rested around the 50-mark and slightly favored the buyers, but a sudden price hike was unlikely over the next few sessions.

The 24-hour trading volume did tick up slightly and closed on the $1 billion mark, but stronger cues were needed for a hike above the immediate resistance at $12.5. A rally in the broader market could trigger ETC’s northbound move on the charts. Without the rally, ETC could continue to trade sideways and within its present channel.


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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/eos-neo-ethereum-classic-price-analysis-02-march

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MoneyGram Slapped With Class-Action Lawsuit For Issuing Misleading Statements Concerning XRP

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More Woes For XRP As MoneyGram Suspends Trading On Ripple's Platform

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The fiasco surrounding the legal status of Ripple’s cryptocurrency XRP continues to unfold as a new lawsuit filed against MoneyGram puts pressure on the case.

MoneyGram, presently the world’s second-biggest money transfer service provider, is being sued for allegedly making false statements regarding its relationship with Ripple and also for failing to reveal that XRP is an unregistered security under United States law.

It should be noted that MoneyGram has already broken ties with Ripple in response to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit against the San Francisco-based blockchain payments firm.

On March 1, Rosen Law Firm announced that it had filed a class-action lawsuit against MoneyGram on behalf of the clients who purchased shares of the firm between June 17, 2019, and February 2, 2021.

The law firm alleges that MoneyGram made misleading statements and also failed to disclose that XRP, which the firm was using for cross-border payments, was deemed an unlicensed and unlawful security by the SEC. Rosen added:

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“In the event that the SEC decided to enforce the securities laws against Ripple, MoneyGram would be likely to lose the lucrative stream of market development fees that was critical to its financial results throughout the Class Period; and as a result, the defendants’ public statements were materially false and/or misleading at all relevant times.”

Relationship Between MoneyGram And Ripple Is Currently On Hold

The strategic partnership between Ripple and MoneyGram started back in June 2019. Since then, the money transmitter has utilized Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity product to move in and out of fiat currencies. Ripple purchased a 10% stake in MoneyGram and has paid the company over $61 million for using the ODL service.

Unfortunately, XRP is currently shrouded in uncertainty in the wake of the ongoing SEC securities lawsuit which was filed last December. After news of the suit emerged on December 23, many crypto firms suspended XRP trading and/or delisted the token. 

At the time, MoneyGram said that it would take a wait-and-see approach as the lawsuit evolved, insisting that it did not use Ripple’s ODL and RippleNet services “for direct transfers of consumer funds—digital or otherwise.”

Now, the money transfer company has temporarily severed ties with Ripple. Suffice to say, the XRP token has been the biggest loser as it has been hemorrhaging value profusely. The cryptocurrency is now the seventh-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

Prior to all the SEC debacle, Ripple executives raised the possibility that the firm could relocate to greener pastures owing to the lack of clarity in the U.S. regarding XRP’s legal status. 


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Source: https://zycrypto.com/moneygram-slapped-with-class-action-lawsuit-for-issuing-misleading-statements-concerning-xrp/

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