Lil Nas X set to perform first ever Roblox in-game concert

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Lil Nas X set to perform first ever Roblox in-game concert

Lil Nas X is due to perform live in Roblox this weekend, marking the popular online gaming platform’s first ever in-game concert.

According to Roblox, the concert will feature a set of stages inspired by the rapper’s songs and videos, created using the latest shadowing, lighting and physically based rendering (PBR) facial recognition technologies available on the Roblox platform.

The show will see the ‘Old Town Road’ star perform his new single ‘Holiday’ live for the first time, and will be preceded by an artist Q&A – also taking place within the game, which now boasts over 150 million monthly users.

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“We’re thrilled to partner with Columbia Records to bring Lil Nas X fans and the Roblox community together in an entirely new way,” said Jon Vlassopulos, global head of music at Roblox. “This concert with Lil Nas X will transport players and their friends into the metaverse, and bring to life the future of what immersive, social experiences can look like.”

Ryan Ruden, SVP of experiential marketing and business development for Columbia Records, added that the event represented “an exciting opportunity to share Lil Nas X’s new music with over 150 million kids and teens globally through this first-ever high-fidelity concert experience on Roblox.”

The free-to-access concert experience will air three times, including a 5pm GMT showing on November 14 for European viewers. New Roblox users will need to create an account to access the concert venue.

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The rapper’s new single ‘Holiday’ will drop on Friday (November 13), after the news was revealed in an ad aired during an NFL game earlier this week.

In the clip, Lil Nas X witnesses Santa being kicked out of a saloon for being too drunk, then proceeds to morph into the jolly Christmas icon himself. He flies off into the distance, leaving us with a cameo from Michael J. Fox, warning “whatever you do Nas, don’t go to 2020.”

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Published at Wed, 11 Nov 2020 18:48:52 +0000

Store listing seemingly reveals new ‘Deathloop’ release date

A store listing for Deathloop has appeared which has seemingly pinpointed the game’s new release date.

Arkane Studio’s upcoming shooter was intended to launch alongside the PS5, as well as a PC release, but was delayed earlier this year. While no new date was announced at the time, a New Zealand PlayStation Store listing has posted a new release date of May 21, 2021.

Listings for both the standard and digital deluxe editions are live and both contain the same date. Numerous pre-order bonuses are also cited, including unique weapons, character skins and buffs.

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Initially, Deathloop was delayed due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. At the time, the developer stated that “the health and safety of everyone” was its top priority, and that working from home means development was “taking longer than normal”.

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Deathloop. Credit: Arkane Studios.

It later added that the extra development time would “bring Deathloop’s world to life with as much character and fun” that fans of the company have come to expect.

Deathloop’s PS5 console timed-exclusivity was brought into question earlier this year when Microsoft acquired Bethesda and other developers – including Arkane Studios. However, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed he was committed to still bring the game to PS5, but added that any future games from the companies would be judged on a “case-by-case basis”.

A PS5 showcase earlier this year delivered gameplay footage for Deathloop, demonstrating the unique premise of players trapped in a time loop. Numerous supernatural abilities that players will be able to control were also shown.

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Published at Wed, 11 Nov 2020 18:45:46 +0000

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