News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Nioh DLC, Dragon of the North, Launches Next Week,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/o/nioh2-b1191.jpg 2h3gh/nioh-dlc-dragon-of-the-north-launches-next-week Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:19:44 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Team Ninja has announced that Nioh DLC, Dragon of the North, will launch on May 2 for PlayStation 4.

The news was announced via the PlayStation Blog. Team Ninja provided the following summary of the DLC's plot, which contains a slight spoiler for the ending of the original game:

Dragon of the North will take place in the Oshu region and introduce the ambitious ruler, Masamune Date, also known as the “One-Eyed Dragon”. Just when you thought that peace is finally restored in Japan through your brave efforts in completing the original campaign... we now begin to hear troubling rumours that the One-Eyed Dragon is secretly gathering spirit stones, setting a stage for more unrest and mayhem to take hold.

In regards to the One-Eyed Dragon, a well-known historical figure, Team Ninja say he was an impulsive leader, who believed he was superior to most men. The team hope he will present a formidable adversary to William.

Dragon of the North will introduce new locations, Yokai, Guardian Spirits, armor, ninja skills, magic, and a new weapon called the Odachi. Furthermore, Team Ninja also announced the long-awaited PVP feature will accompany the DLC. This allows players to fight each other, assuming they have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Nioh originally launched on February 7, to critical acclaim, and managed to ship 1 million units in its first two weeks on the market. We thought Nioh was a great game that fused Onimusha and Dark Souls to create one of the best examples of the Souls-style yet.

The Dragon of the North DLC launches on May 2 for PlayStation 4. For more on Nioh and all other games, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

Nintendo Announces the New Nintendo 2DS XL,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/9b08376b11864cb8b019757382ee071b.jpg nncct/nintendo-announces-the-new-nintendo-2ds-xl Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:13:13 -0400 Erroll Maas

Nintendo has just announced its newest, and possibly last console in the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, claimed:

"This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the handheld market -- New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”

The newest iteration of Nintendo's popular handheld console boasts a new ergonomic folding design, XL screens, a C-Stick for enhanced controls, built in amiibo functionality, faster processing power, and a deep library of games playable in 2D. As of right now, the New Nintendo 2DS XL will only come in two different colors: black with light blue trim and buttons, and white with orange trim and buttons.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will be available July 28th in North America for the suggested retail price of $149.99. It is the sixth iteration of the Nintendo 3DS console, succeeding the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Nintendo's brand new handheld home console hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, released on March 3, 2017 and so far has sold 2.7 million units since launch, but it looks like it hasn't replaced the 3DS/2DS line.

GameSkinny is Ranked the 8th Largest Game News and Review Site on Alexa,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/1/5/2159020c148dd73.png s4l7t/gameskinny-is-ranked-the-8th-largest-game-news-and-review-site-on-alexa Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:56:43 -0400 katastrophic88

GameSkinny is kicking butt and taking names. And now we're climbing our way to the top ranks in Alexa.

Created by Amazon, Alexa is a tool that tracks website traffic, statistics, and analytics. According to Alexa, GameSkinny is listed in the top 500 sites on the web in the Game and News Site category. To sweeten the deal, GameSkinny comes in as the 8th most prominent game and news review site against more than 100 competitors. Aww yissssssss.

We're comin' for that number one spot!

According to the website, Alexa's site ranking is calculated by a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. 

We're excited for future opportunities and are looking forward to building an even stronger community. If you want to get involved, you can start writing immediately as a GameSkinny Community Writer, join our Journalist Training Program for a more structured in-depth learning experience, pitch articles, or apply to be a freelance writer. GameSkinny is 100% edited no matter who you are or how you found us -- and all of our writers receive the support of our seasoned editorial team.

GameSkinny has come a long way over the past five years, and we're incredibly proud of our success. However, we know that we wouldn't have gotten very far without our fantastic Community Writers, JTP Members (past and present), and a super awesome reader base. So thank you for being awesome and for helping GameSkinny to be awesome, too. We couldn't have done it without you. 

Prepare to be Terrified -- Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is Coming West This Fall,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/y/o/m/yomawari-midnight-shadows-602eb.jpg 4tj1i/prepare-to-be-terrified-yomawari-midnight-shadows-is-coming-west-this-fall Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:16:41 -0400 Danny21_2396

If you're a fan of last year's Nippon Ichi Software's SD-styled survival horror, Yomawari: Night Alone, then prepare to walk the nightmare once again as NIS America has confirmed that they will bring its sequel, titled Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, to the western world this fall.

The game is a new addition in Japan's market as well, as it was only recently announced in the latest edition of Dengeki Playstation as Shin Yomawari a couple of days ago. It seemed like the prequel's success encouraged NIS America to immediately announce a western release right after the Japanese one.

An overview of the game, given by NIS America, is as follows:

The follow-up to 2016’s cult horror hit Yomawari: Night Alone, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows introduces two brand-new girls, Yui and Haru, to the night and the spirits who haunt it. Separated by a mysterious attacker, each girl will explore haunting and bizarre locations, face the terrors of the night, and test their courage and wits to survive and reconnect with one another.

It has been confirmed that Midnight Shadows' map will be more than twice that of the original Yomawari. Just like its prequel, Midnight Shadows will use a quarter-view camera that will change to a side view once you enter special locations.

More locations can be explored, including a western-styled mansion and libraries. There is no mention of new ghosts or monsters that players can encounter yet, but we can hope for more announcements closer to the release date.

So far, NIS America has only stated "Fall 2017" as its launch window, with no exact date, but we will update you once NIS America release more details. If you can't wait to get scared, though, the Japanese version will be released on August 24. Both releases of Yomawari: Midnight Shadows will hit PS4 and PS Vita, while its western release will additionally receive a Steam version.

Brawlhalla Comes to PlayStation 4 Beta,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-ef0f2.jpg rtwp9/brawlhalla-comes-to-playstation-4-beta Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:20:56 -0400 Jerline Justo

Blue Mammoth Games announces that their 2D fighting platform game, Brawlhalla, comes to PS4 beta today.

The game was released on Steam about two years ago and is still free to play. Now, Blue Mammoth Games turns to PlayStation 4, where players can sign up for Brawlhalla's closed beta. By signing up, players will receive an exclusive avatar and free character.

In the game, players can choose a variety of characters with their set of weapons and skills and go head-to-head against other players. They can play either offline or online under different sets of matches--free for all, online ranked matches, single player. If players want to challenge themselves even further, they can also enter into tournaments during weekends to battle against expert players as well.

Matt Woomer, Creative Director of Blue Mammoth Games, shares on the PlayStation blog:

"We built Brawlhalla from the ground up to play great online, to be very easy to pick up and play, and to be free-to-play — not pay-to-win. Then we put in playable vikings, ninjas, aliens, pirates, cowboys, werewolves, knights, androids, superheroes and much more. So we think you’ll really like it."

On the post, he also shares that the full release of Brawlhalla will be coming this Summer. 

To learn more about the game, check out the trailer below. 

Stay tuned for more news on Brawlhalla at GameSkinny!

Call of Duty: WWII Trailer Offers a Sneak Peek of Classic Warfare,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/6a3c4b6960d6ba5da73fea4c40017c59.jpg g2sm7/call-of-duty-wwii-trailer-offers-a-sneak-peek-of-classic-warfare Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:05:30 -0400 Auverin Morrow

After tons of rumors and some leaked artwork suggesting that the next Call of Duty game would be set in World War II, developer Sledgehammer Games has confirmed that speculation with an official trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII. 

Marketed as an authentic reimagining of World War II, this is the first Call of Duty game in a long time that won't be featuring futuristic warfare. It's set in the European Theater from 1944-1945, and will have you playing a young private who is green on the battlefield and getting his first taste of "real action" during the Battle of Normandy. 

The trailer above teases several other features alongside the main campaign -- including a co-op Zombie mode, an Axis vs. Allies multiplayer mode, and a social lobby that looks a lot like what you'd find in Destiny. 

Call of Duty: WWII will be released on November 3 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. There will also be a closed beta available later this year, but there aren't further details on that just yet. 

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Revealed -- A New Fallout Tabletop Game,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-fallout-wastelwarfare-c080d.jpg vyi9h/fallout-wasteland-warfare-revealed-a-new-fallout-tabletop-game Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:51:26 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

The Fallout series has taken the RPG world by storm on PC, consoles, and even on mobile. Now Bethesda is bringing the series to yet another medium by partnering with Modiphius Entertainment to create Fallout: Wasteland Warfare -- a tabletop game. 

In a teaser shared via Facebook, Modiphius Entertainment showed off some new miniatures we can expect in the game -- including Deathclaws, Nuka Cola machines, and even the T-60 power armor from Fallout 4. The picture is accompanied with by this caption:

"Fallout: Wasteland Warfare - command a crew of detailed 32mm scale minis through PvP, co-op & solo tabletop missions."

There is little other detail on Wasteland Warfare aside from the image and caption. We can assume that staple characters and beasts from the series will be included, but it is still unclear what exactly we can expect.

Modiphius Entertainment has used Kickstarter in the past to elevate their games to success, but at this early stage we have no idea whether they will take this route or move the game straight to retail. 

In the meantime, a new website for Wasteland Warfare has been created while we wait for word on an official release date and other info.

Are you excited about this new way to experience Fallout? Are you eager to try it out? Les us know in the comments!

Night Trap Set to Re-Release With 25th Anniversary Edition, Including a Limited Physical Release,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/30151b26aa97a329d3746f317b9f0d17.jpg 2pij7/night-trap-set-to-re-release-with-25th-anniversary-edition-including-a-limited-physical-release Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:14:13 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

The SEGA CD console add-on has many claims to fame, but arguably, none is more infamous than the full-motion video game that starred girls going wild before it meant something else entirely. Digital Pictures’ Night Trap, which is now getting a re-release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for its 25th anniversary.

The game is notable for the role it played in the shaping of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (a content metric that’s still used to this day) because of its suggestive subject material and marketing, and now it’s getting a remastered version this spring from Screaming Villains.

The last time we heard anything Night Trap related was when the original executive producer of the cult-favorite Tom Zito, had launched a failed Kickstarter in 2014 that pitched to fund production of a remastered port if they were able to meet their $330,000 goal; the campaign was backed by less than a thousand pledges that were valued at just $39,843 total.

The game is not only going to be remastered with high resolution, but will also get a physical release through a collaborative deal with Limited Run games for the PlayStation 4, with three alternative colors that are based on the various editions of the game released on the SEGA’s 16-bit disc-based console.

The game had originally garnered a Mature rating, but after being reevaluated by the same board that it helped spawn 25 years later, has now earned a Teen rating as its use of violence and themes are fairly tame by today’s media standards. Until we get more info from Screaming Villains, enjoy this sweet free download of the game's theme song right here.

D.Va Receives New Skin From Playing Heroes Of The Storm,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/45bd135a5671acbdaa5172aed658f610.jpg 1d57p/dva-receives-new-skin-from-playing-heroes-of-the-storm Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:47:55 -0400 Dan Roemer

To celebrate the launch of its massive Heroes of the Storm 2.0 update, Blizzard just released a trailer that showcases new content for both HotS and Overwatch -- plus a fresh skin for D.Va that players can get for trying their hand at the revamped MOBA.

The trailer shows Genji fighting a Diablo, when suddenly D.Va appears to help him out. This video doesn't give us any information on when the event is happening, or how D.Va plays in Heroes of the Storm. But in order to take part, you'll have to boot up the game and enter the "Nexus Challenge 2.0" in order to participate once the event has started.


The event itself will last four weeks, with different rewards each week -- including loot boxes for both games, the potential to earn previous awards from the last Nexus Challenge event, and plenty of other rewards as highlighted in the trailer above.

Once dates are announced, we'll be sure to let you know. But for everything Blizzard related, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

Omnigames Has Announced Its MMO VR Game, Age of Heroes,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/5e0ef690f84a9ab9cc1587585f20a57e.jpg pmfzn/omnigames-has-announced-its-mmo-vr-game-age-of-heroes Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:08:56 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Though VR has a lot of potential in the games industry, much of it remains untapped in the multiplayer genre. But developer Omnigames has announced that it's developing an MMORPG VR experience -- with a twist. Dubbed Age of Heroes VR, this upcoming game will allow teams of up to five players to take on MMO style raids and use teamwork to overcome multistage boss fights. 

This prospect alone might excite many MMO fans, but that isn't all that Age of Heroes has to offer. Rather than the invisible bodies used in most current VR games, this multiplayer experience will have full body avatars instead. The game is also introducing a system known as "actual body movement" -- which means that in order to perform in-game actions like casting a spell, players must actuate the command by moving their bodies accordingly. This is intended to help create a more immersive experience while also combating dreaded motion sickness. 

Of course, this could be problematic for users with small spaces. But according to an official statement from Omnigames, they're already working on options that will make this more accessible to all players:

"In Age of Heroes, you need actually move your body like squatting or quickly side-stepping to avoid attacks and boss abilities. If you're worried about room size or other problems, you can set different game configurations to finish all these movements in a slight body reaction. It will be fun and feel real!"

Hopefully Age of Heroes will be able to live up to the potential of VR and provide enough content to feel like a true MMO experience. The game will be available on the three major VR platforms -- HTC Vive, Oculus, and PSVR. It will also support cross-platform play across all those devices. 

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite's Release Date and More Characters Announced,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1b3a115c48e09c9c16b06f57f9a80fdd.jpg 092er/marvel-vs-capcom-infinites-release-date-and-more-characters-announced Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:57:14 -0400 Nick Aguila

In a new trailer released today, Capcom has announced an official release date for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, along with a number of new characters for players to enjoy. But the biggest reveal we got from this video is a sneak peek at story mode -- where players will fight against the rise of Ultron. 

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite will be released on September 19, 2017. If you want to reserve your copy before then, there are three versions currently available for pre-order. Beyond the standard base game, players can pick up these editions: 

Deluxe Edition ($89.99)

    • 2017 Character Pass with all six additional post launch characters
  • Collectors Edition ($199.99)
    • Four premium character dioramas
    • Case containing all six Infinity Stone replicas
    • SteelBook packaging for the game itself


So far there has been limited mention of pre-order bonuses by region. But we do know that North American pre-orders will get bonus Warrior Thor and Evil Ryu costumes. NA pre-orders for the Deluxe Edition will get those two costumes, along with Gladiator Hulk and Command Mission X costumes.

Story Mode

For the first time in the series' history, the story will utilize a full cinematic story mode. Characters from both the Marvel and Capcom franchises are banning together to stop the pairing of Ultron and Sigma -- who have merged to form the powerful Ultron Sigma. 

While the center conflict was detailed in the trailer above, the story mode hasn't been expanded upon much. But is set to be a large focus of the game.

Game Play

Last but not least, there were several new characters announced from both franchises in the trailer. Alongside having story villain Ultron as a playable character, fans can also look forward to seeing:

  • Hulk
  • Thor
  • Hawkeye
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Chun-Li
  • Strider Hiryu
  • Chris Redfield

The game's fighting style is said to be more accessible for both casual and hardcore gamers, as opposed to previous Marvel Vs. Capcom games. For actual arenas, two new stages have been announced -- "Avengers Tower" and the "Throne Room."

That's all we know for now, but we're sure more information will come out soon. For further details leading up to the release of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

Dawn of Andromeda Gets Its Full Release This May,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b9de26e490ebbc1f19a32f063045cbbc.jpg fp19z/dawn-of-andromeda-gets-its-full-release-this-may Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Jerline Justo

GreyWolf Entertainment and Iceberg Interactive have announced that their new Steam game, Dawn of Andromeda, will be getting a full release on May 4.

An indie 4X strategy game, Dawn of Andromeda take players to the vast Andromeda galaxy, where novel and exotic species live as civilians, outlaws, and pirates. Players become an emperor in the galaxy by creating new colony planets, establishing alliances, and building an army to defend their civilizations.

Dawn of Andromeda was released with early access during December 2016, and after gaining feedback from the Steam community, the developers include new features to this full release.

These features include new animated cut scenes, a stats screen after each victory, and more gameplay functions. It also includes a new scenario mode called Eras, which allows players to live in the shoes of another fraction.

GreyWolf Entertainment's lead developer, Mike Domingues, states:

“After much time spent gathering player feedback and suggestions from the Early Access phase, we are extremely excited to put the final touches on Dawn of Andromeda. We are truly confident that fans from all over the world will be able to fully immerse themselves into this galactic world we’ve worked so hard to create.”

Based on the early access version of the game, players start off by choose between eight fractions: Terran Union, Kalzur Federation, Ynan Commonwealth, Orolith Confederation,  Aethis Conglomerate, Sython Collective, Drekkos Order, and Ulkar Republic. But players also have the option to create their own race by selecting a flag, an appearance, and a type of ship.

After selecting a race, players then choose an objective, such as defeat or allied all factions, research enlightenment, or survival for a certain number of years. Players then choice how to start off with their colony from having no planet to an advance empire.

This real-time strategy game opens players to a map of  Andromeda, where they can observe and learn about the planets on each solar system. On those planets, colonies can be establish in order to build ships, find resources, and earn income. While managing these colonies, players must manage their research, level up their council, and interact with other races.

To play the early access version of Dawn of Andromeda, check it out on Steam.

Stay tune to GameSkinny for more information!

Fire Emblem Heroes Navarre & Robin (F) Grand Hero Battles Return for a Limited Time,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/r/a/grandherorevivalnews-b9b09.png oz89h/fire-emblem-heroes-navarre-robin-f-grand-hero-battles-return-for-a-limited-time Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:17:00 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Intelligent Systems is now kicking off an event "Grand Hero Battle Revival" for Fire Emblem Heroes. During this event, 2 Grand Hero Battles from the past will be made available again for an entire week, to allow you to attain them again if you hadn't already. This event officially started at 2 am MT on April 24 and will end at 2 am MT on May 2.

During this event, new quests will also be made available. The quests either reward you with another copy of either Female Robin or Navarre -- or event with orbs. Many of the quests task you with accomplishing varying difficult tasks. For instance, having Alfonse on your team when you beat Female Robin or using a Navarre to beat a level 40 Navarre. I never said they were easy or practical.

Either way, this should provide some interesting challenges while also giving you extra copies of these characters just in case you wanted to "inherit" their abilities away to other characters. In particular, Female Robin's Blue Tomebreaker is one such skill that might be useful for inheritance, especially considering how popular and powerful the blue mage Linde is.

Stay on the look out for guides to both the Navarre and Female Robin coming out within the next day.

Summer Games Done Quick (2017) Released Its Full Schedule,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/g/d/agdqq-abd2d.png 38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:01:12 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Twice a year Games Done Quick holds a speed running event, one in January called, “Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ)” and one in the summer, which is coming up known as "Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ)." The event runs for a week, starting on Sunday, July 2 ending Sunday, July 9. The full Schedule is on the official website.

Why do these speedrunners decide to do this event? Well, this event is to raise awareness and money for Doctors Without Borders (donate if can). Awesome Games Done Quick in January broke their record with $2.2 million raised and last year’s Summer Games Done Quick raised almost $1.2 million.

The schedule has many different types of games for everyone to enjoy. One of the newer games and first on the list is Nier: Automata. The speed runner Clint “Halfcoordinated” Lexa will attempt a two-hour run on normal difficulty. His nickname “Halfcoordinated” is due to his disability that limits the use of his right hand. We’re in for a treat watching this speed runner do the impossible.

On Tuesday, July 4  is the debut for Dishonored 2 on Games Done Quick. Blood_Thunder who has a knack for Bethesda games, completing Doom (2016) during AGDQ 2017 with a 54-minute run, Wolfenstein: The New Order at SGDQ 2016 which he finished with a time of 1:45:41 and at the same event Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with the time of 1:06:53. It’ll be great to see how he tackles the problems and difficulty of the world of Dishonored 2.

A game that is notably not on the list is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don’t worry though there are many other Zelda titles in the main schedule like, Twilight Princess HD on Wednesday, July 5th, Majora’s Mask on Saturday, July 8th, and a triple threat on Thursday, July 6th with A Link to the Past, Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening DX to end out the day. Even though Breath of the Wild isn’t on the main list, it has been accepted as one of the six “bonus games” that will get an unscheduled hour demo that will be played on the Wii U.

Breath of the Wild is a weird situation when it comes to speed running. Once you complete the 30ish minutes of the Great Plateau you are given the freedom to fight the boss and complete the game, but there are DLC and Amiibos’ to factor in the speedruns. But it’s great to see the process of the speedrunners with Breath of the Wild.

Games Done Quick is an amazing organization, not only do they raise awareness and money for charity, but they also show another side of a gamer. The side that doesn’t just play for their own enjoyment, but also the happiness of others less fortunate. Games Done Quick does great things for this industry and it’s not just playing or talking about games, it’s the joy they spread around.

More Details Released for Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/i/e/field-1492678133-dd06e.jpg 7v9jv/more-details-released-for-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:22:54 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has provided more details for the upcoming monster battling JRPG, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory, the details are as follows:

The new main character, Keisuke Amizawa, has to become a member of a hacking group known as Hudie, due to mysterious circumstances. Keisuke's team meets up in an internet cafe to help with a handful on conflicts in the digital world. In this internet cafe, Keisuke will be able to access special underground websites and accept plenty of different quests to help him become a perfect hacker and solve more cases in the digital world.

New Digimon abilities will allow hackers like Keisuke to use different hacking skills which can unlock security or  provide support for other Hudie members, such as Erika Mishima, a smart girl with mysterious powers. A conflict arises between hacking groups when returning character, Fey, the leader of the largest and most well known hacker group in the digital world, known as Zaxon, uses Hudie to keep other hackers out of her way.

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory will be available both physically and digitally for Playstation 4, and digital only for PlayStation Vita in Japan later this year, and in early 2018 for North America and Europe.

Digimon Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory is the sequel to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, which originally released in Japan in 2015 for the PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation 4 version of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth released in 2016 for Japan, North America, and Europe, alongside the PlayStation Vita versions international release.

New StarCraft II Commander Reveal on Twitch Incoming,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/5/8/258fac1e44e2c5.jpg 3uqos/new-starcraft-ii-commander-reveal-on-twitch-incoming Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:45:57 -0400 ReverendShmitty

Prepare to tune in to the Star Craft II Twitch channel on Monday, April 24 at 11 am PDT.

Lead Co-Op Designer David Sum and Terran Champion Nathan “Nathanias” Fabrikant will head the unveiling of the new Co-Op Commander soon to be released. They’ll cover the new Commander’s abilities and characteristics, as well as what will make this new character really stand out. Sum will explain why they designed the Commander the way they did and what they expect it do before handing it off to Nathanias to show those in attendance what it can do with a more hands-on approach.

With Nathanias being a Terran Champion, many fans are speculating that the new commander will be as well. This has led to many using Starcraft lore to theorize that the new Commander will be either Fenix/Talandar or Tosh.

If you want to catch up and get your hands on some of Starcraft II's past Commanders, you can pick up a bundle here. And don’t worry if you can’t make the stream. Blizzard will also hold a Q&A to cover anything you might’ve missed.

Who do you think the new Commander will be? Let us know in the comments.

What's Next With PaRappa the Rapper? Stickers!,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/a/r/parappa-8bd89.jpg def1h/whats-next-with-parappa-the-rapper-stickers Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:17:59 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

For some strange reason, we are all drawn to stickers. The infatuation lasts longer for some than others, but at one point or another we have all covered a notebook, writing utensil, wall, or a console with a sticker (or a hundred). Why is this important in the game industry? Well, gamelets, PlayStation released a remastered version of PaRappa the Rapper earlier this month. And what's coming out next for this series?

PaRappa the Rapper stickers!

Take a look:

Don't these look fun?

PaRappa the Rapper was originally released by Sony on the PlayStation and PlayStation Portable. Now that the re-master is available on the PlayStation 4, Sony has decided to keep the hype up by releasing the stickers on iOS. Let's hope that Android follows soon!

For those of you who don't know, PaRappa the Rapper is a single-player rhythm game in which the main character, known as PaRappa, must rap-battle his way through the six stages of the game.

There's a "U Rappin" meter that gauges how well the player is following the beat. It rates you as Awful, Bad, Good, or Cool. I'm not going to go into all of the rules for gameplay, but let's just say you don't want to hit that Awful or Bad rating too many times -- it'll probably send you back to the beginning.

To get an idea about what it's like to play, check out the video below.

Will you be buying digital PaRappa the Rapper stickers anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below!

Target Gets Makeover In Time for the Release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/r/mario-header-61e24.jpg xhpml/target-gets-makeover-in-time-for-the-release-of-mario-kart-8-deluxe Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:45:19 -0400 Amy Turnbull

If you ever wanted to experience a little Mario Kart mayhem in reality, you might want to pay a visit to your local Target store within the next few weeks.

The U.S. chain-store is currently promoting the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe by kitting out their 650+ stores nationwide in a range of Mario-themed decorations.

You'll find that a number of their shopping carts have been upgraded to "Super Target Karts" -- made to look like the the games' vehicles, which allow you to "play" as Mario, Luigi, or Princess Peach as you shop.

The promotion also decorates the stores' entrances, making them look like the starting line in the racing games. Rigged with a sensor system, the entrances set off flashing lights and play the infamous countdown timer from the Mario Kart games whenever customers walk through the door, followed by the Super Mario theme tune.

Outside the store, you'll be greeted by Mario and Luigi as Target's usual red bollards have been transformed into the likeness of the famous duo.

The promotion only runs for a few short weeks, so head to your local Target as soon as possible if you want to experience the fun for yourself!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out on Nintendo Switch on April 28th.

First Screenshots of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Show New Digimon,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/t/battlescene-withui-thumb-8fe53.jpg ovgrz/first-screenshots-of-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-show-new-digimon Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:15:12 -0400 Erroll Maas

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory, the sequel to 2016's PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 game, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, has released new screenshots in the most recent issue of V-Jump, introducing four  new Digimon to the series.

Let's check them out in the screenshots below. 


First, we have the Mega level (Ultimate in Japan) Digimon, Gryphonmon, a Digimon that had a brief cameo appearance in the third Digimon anime series, Digimon Tamers.

Gryphonmon signature attack is Solo Roar (also known as Supersonic Voice), an attack which produces a high frequency sound wave which can disrupt the opponents entire data structure. Gryphonmon's other attacks include Mobius Bite, Legendary Blade, and Legendary Claw.

Guardromon (Gold)

Then we have the recently introduced rare Champion level (Adult in Japan) Digimon from Digimon World Next Order, Guardromon (Gold). Normal Guardromon is brown and part of the Andromon digivolution line. Fans may remember original Guardromon as the Digimon partner of Kazu Shioda in  Digimon Tamers

Guadromon (Gold) has the same signature attack as its regular counterpart, Guardian Barrage (also known as Destruction Grenade), where it shoots missiles from its wrists, which is also its only known attack at the moment.


Following that, we have the Ultimate Level (Perfect in Japan) Digimon, and pre-evolution of Gryphonmon, HippoGriffomon. HippoGriffomon may look familiar to fans of the fourth Digimon anime series, Digimon Frontier, as he was a villain in the movie, Digimon Frontier: The Island of Lost Digimon.

HippoGriffomon's signature attack is Heat Wave, where is spews out an extremely high-temperatured wind. It also has a Sonic Voice attack.


And finally, we have the Ultimate level SaviorHuckmon, a new Digimon in the Huckmon/Jesmon digivolution line. Jesmon is one of the Royal Knights from  Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth, while rookie form Huckmon has an important role in the recent Digimon Adventure Tri movie series.

SaviorHuckmon's signature attack is Trident Saber, where it attacks the enemy with its three red blades. SaviorHuckmon also has two other special attacks known as Rage Streit, where it launches a flying kick at the enemy using the blades on its feet, and Meteor Flame, where it rapidly shoots fireballs from its mouth.

Other screenshots released show new returning characters Fei and her Digimon partner, TigerVespamon, and new character Erika Mishima. 

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory will feature more than 320 Digimon. The game is slated for release some time later this year in Japan, and in North America and Europe in 2018 for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

Super Bomberman R Just Got a Huge Update,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/u/p/super-34ad9.jpg p1p8g/super-bomberman-r-just-got-a-huge-update Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:03:22 -0400 Paige McGovern

Super Bomberman R just updated to version 1.3, and the changes are huge. Since this action-maze game was released for the Nintendo Switch on March 3, players have complained about latency and other control issues. Version 1.2 delivered on addressing these problems, and 1.3 continued with these game improvements -- as well as adding a lot more to the game.

Konami tweeted about the changes on Friday, one day after the patch's release: 

Here's what you can expect in Super Bomberman R v. 1.3
  • FPS doubled from 30 to 60
  • Less lag when every Online Battle participant has working Internet access
    • Other > Basic Settings > Network Settings to find those players
  • Beginner and normal modes are easier to complete
  • Adjusted map height and slope to improve visibility
  • Strength of COM can be chosen by the players in Multiplayer Battle Mode
  • Battle Point increase/decrease rate changed for League Battle 
  • Story Mode improvements
    • Use of L/R to change map inclination
    • Camera positioning fix through Other > Basing Settings
    • Strength adjustment of Five Dastardly Bombers
    • Free continuation after a certain amount of times paid
  • New additions to the shop
    • Four VS stages: White Cross, Lagoon, Max Speed, Power Zone
    • Two accessories: crowns, bombs
  • Slight adjustments to controls
  • Small bug fixes

YouTuber GameXplain spoke about the 1.3 update and showed viewers a before and after comparison of the game's FPS. Watch below:

New Characters Announced

Konami has also revealed that three new characters will be coming to Super Bomberman R for free:

  • Pyramid Head Bomber from Silent Hill
  • Vic Viper Bomber from Gradius 
  • Belmont Bomber from Castlevania

As for when you can expect to see these new characters, there's no announced date yet. Stay tuned to GameSkinny to be the first to know when that news hits. 

Orion Releases New Game for Original Game Boy,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/s/c/escgb-35352.jpg cz03t/orion-releases-new-game-for-original-game-boy Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:38:01 -0400 tofuslayer

Orion, an independent retro video game developer, has just released Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders for the monochrome Game Boy devices. It's been a long time since we've seen new software for the original Game Boy, which debuted in 1989. Orion describes the new release as "a futuristic fast-paced platformer game in pixel art."

The game itself takes place in prison Bulor 24, where you must make your way through while avoiding the security cameras. Along the way, you collect grenades to defeat enemies and hack computers to unlock doors and deactivate security systems.

Users can also purchase Escape 2042 for Sega Megadrive/Genesis and MIL-CD compatible Dreamcast systems. The full-sized console game features three different game environments: prison, desert, and forest as well as two mini-games.

If you want to experience the retro gaming feel of Escape 2042 but don't have the proper devices, the new release is also available for PC on Steam -- so that's nice.

Broforce Composer is Working on New Indie Title AereA,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b1402bb9afca6037b626f16a9ce5026e.jpg 0ooqa/broforce-composer-is-working-on-new-indie-title-aerea Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:40:32 -0400 ESpalding

It was announced today by publishers SOEDESCO that Deon van Heerden, composer for Broforce, has signed up to do the soundtrack for Triangle Studios upcoming action-RPG AereA. The game is expected to release on June 30th on PC, XBox One and PS4 digitally as well as a boxed format.

Set in the mystical land of Aezir, AereA is a music-themed action RPG packed full of puzzles, exploration, and interesting musical themed enemies. You play as one of four disciples of Great Maestro Guido who has been set the task of retrieving what is known as the primordial instruments. There are nine of them but a mysterious evil has stolen them. They must be found so that balance can be restored to the world.

Even though AereA and Broforce are games with nothing really in common, the soundtrack on the trailer above gives us the same epic sound some may be used to hearing from van Heerden. From a game about the army and blowing stuff up to a fantasy land where creatures resemble musical instruments, it is clear that van Heerden can produce great music no matter the subject of the game.

If you fancy getting something extra from the game then make sure you grab yourself a retail copy AereA. As a special edition, this will include a copy of the game's original soundtrack.

Get Ready to Be Rick-iddy Rekt in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/e7da61e1653cec1c3348d8865285cd33.jpg sleot/get-ready-to-be-rick-iddy-rekt-in-rick-and-morty-virtual-rick-ality Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:51 -0400 Justin Michael

If you don't know what Rick and Morty is, chances are you've been living under a rock -- or in an alternate multiverse without the awesomeness of the show. But, if you do know what I'm talking about, then good news! You can now take part in crazy Rick and Morty shenanigans in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

In Virtual Rick-ality, you play the part of a Morty clone that your genius alcoholic grandfather Rick Sanchez created for the lowly purpose of being his laundry b!tch. After making it through that level -- and getting your balls busted if you take too long -- you'll get more and more interaction with familiar faces and places from the show. 

Virtual Rick-ality looks to be mechanically like many of the popular "Job Simulator" titles on the various VR platforms. And just like those titles, this game is VR only -- currently playable on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. 

If this sounds like something you'd like to play, you can find the game on the Steam marketplace and the Rift Experiences page for $29.99. 

Final "Meet the Heroes" Video Rounds Out Dragon Quest Heroes II Cast,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7fe54c89b568123671fac4a02f5c50ad.jpg ty00q/final-meet-the-heroes-video-rounds-out-dragon-quest-heroes-ii-cast Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:54:53 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Dragon Quest Heroes II, the sequel to Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below, is set to release for the PS4 and PC on April 25 in the US. Leading up to this launch date, Square Enix has been releasing "Meet the Heroes" videos, which detail various heroes from across the series that will star in DQH2. Today's video -- the last to be released pre-launch -- details the last 3 of 15 heroes that are coming with the base game. 

The 3 heroes shown in this video are all from Dragon Quest IV, which was remade for the DS. We see Alena, the warrior princess, Kiryl, the princess' guardian, and Torenko, the humble merchant. The former two characters were included in the previous game, but Torenko is a newcomer. 

Many of the moves on display for these characters highlight their natural traits -- whether it be Alena's flurry of fists or Kiryl's healing spells. One of Kiryl's moves even pokes fun at Thwack (an instant kill spell that rarely ever worked in spite of multiple casts).

Many of Torenko's moves are comical and a little badass. One move has him yanking 2 handheld crossbows out of his vest and spraying enemies with them. Other moves have him calling on a large group of townsfolk to assist in running monsters over.

As the video shows, we're seeing new life brought to all these characters. Old 8-bit and 16-bit heroes are being brought into the modern 3D era with full voice acting. It'll be interesting to see how this translates to their presentation in the full game. 

New Bandai Namco Dark Vampire RPG, Code Vein, Announced,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/d/code-vein-header-167c3.png oxzim/new-bandai-namco-dark-vampire-rpg-code-vein-announced Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:39:52 -0400 ESpalding

Last week, Bandai Namco released a teaser trailer using the hashtag #preparetodine. The trailer showed a dark, demonic kind of story with vampires big swords and lots of blood. It has now been revealed that this was the teaser for a new Vampire action-RPG called Code Vein to be released at some point next year on major consoles.

The game is set in the not so distant future in a time when society has crumbled, as well as the once proud symbols of business and infrastructure, due to a mysterious and devastating disaster. Underneath all the rubble lies a pocket of humans called the Revenants, fighters who, in exchange for their memories and thirst for blood, have had gifts bestowed on them to aid their fight. This society is called Vein.

Players take on the role of one of these Revenants and it is your job to put an end to this nightmare. With the help of a fellow Revenant and devices called Blood Veils, you must power up your character by draining the blood of your enemies which, in turn, help you enhance your own gifts resulting in being able to transform into demonic beings of increased strength and skill. All of which you can customize to fit your play style.

A full trailer hasn't been released yet but below are some screenshots from the game to whet your appetite until we can give you some more details so make sure you check back often to find out more!

Will Nintendo Be Releasing an SNES Classic Edition This Year?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/1/2/0/1200px-snes-mod1-console-set-2e2c4.jpg utn0x/will-nintendo-be-releasing-an-snes-classic-edition-this-year Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:00:01 -0400 Auverin Morrow

Last week, Nintendo made a controversial announcement about its decision to discontinue production of the highly demanded NES Classic Edition. And now, it seems we know why. New information has surfaced that the company intends to produce and release an SNES Classic Edition later this year. 

Sources at Eurogamer -- who leaked accurate information about the Nintendo Switch before its reveal -- have made claims that development has already started for the SNES Classic, and it should be hitting store shelves before the holiday season this year. 

This rumor has yet to be confirmed by Nintendo, and we don't have any further details on what games might be included. It also remains to be seen whether this new console will fix some of the technical issues that users encountered with the NES Classic Edition. 

If this does turn out to be true, we have to wonder whether or not we'll see the same supply issues that we saw with the NES Classic and even the Switch. Nintendo is infamous for producing a supply that's far lower than demand, which creates some serious competition when it comes to pre-ordering. 

But for now, we'll just have to wait for official word from Nintendo to get more information. The company has been contacted for comment but is remaining tight-lipped thus far. 

GGDA's SIEGE 2017 Tickets Are On Sale At Their Lowest Prices Ever,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/i/e/siege2017pricesset-7d317.jpg ogsin/ggdas-siege-2017-tickets-are-on-sale-at-their-lowest-prices-ever Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:40:58 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Starting today, tickets for SIEGE 2017 (the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo) are officially on sale -- and for a lower price than they've ever been. SIEGE is hosted each year by the GGDA in Atlanta, Georgia, and it's the largest game developer's conference in the southern US. This year, the convention will run from October 6-8.

This year's theme is "Climbing Your Skill Tree", so many of the panels and presentations will focus on career growth and expanding horizons as a professional in the gaming industry. The event will have multiple tracks to suit a variety of interests -- from game design and programming to art, audio, and business.

Confirmed presenters for the event include Tripwire Interactive Vice President Alan Wilson, Hi-Rez Studios Executive Producer Mick Larkins, and award-winning game music composer Chris Rickwood. GameSkinny (and its parent company, Launch Media Network) will also be participating in a games press panel at the event. 

Ticket prices are lower this year than ever before, at a range of prices depending on your status and membership with the GGDA. They're broken down as follows:

  • Student GGDA Members: $24.95
  • Non-Member Students: $44.95
  • Professional GGDA Members: $44.95
  • Professional Non-Members: $64.95

To learn more about these prices and what each ticket provides, you can check out the official SIEGE website. Ticket prices are set to increase after May 30, so if you want to reserve them at the current prices, you'll want to do that sooner rather than later.

YouTubers With More Than 1,000 Subscribers Can Now Live Stream,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/y/o/u/youtube-launches-mobile-live-streaming-egad640-8906c.jpg 58kvi/youtubers-with-more-than-1000-subscribers-can-now-live-stream Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:20:45 -0400 Auverin Morrow

In February, YouTube launched a mobile live-streaming service available to content creators who had more than 10,000 subscribers. After seeing a fair amount of success with this new feature, YouTube has lowered the original threshold to 1,000 subscribers. 

After completing a one-time verification for their channel and being approved by YouTube, content creators will be able to live stream from the YouTube mobile app or the Creator Studio. This new streaming service also includes a Super Chat feature, which allows users to monetize their streams by having fans pay to pin their comments on live feeds.

With the introduction of YouTube Live, the prolific video service is joining the ranks of other major streaming platforms like Twitch, Facebook, and Periscope. But the real question is... will it be able to compete in such a cutthroat market?

According to a recent report from Streamlabs, YouTube Live has already seen notable growth since its inception. In the last six months alone, it's outpaced Twitch in terms of growth and new users. It's already grown to about 75,000 monthly active streamers, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down just yet. But even so, Twitch is still the dominant platform among streamers, with about 250,000 monthly actives -- though its growth has slowed down considerably in recent months.

Streamlabs CEO Ali Moiz seems to think that YouTube Live has a real shot at running with the big dogs, but not necessarily for gamers and Let's Players who want to make the jump to live streaming. Instead, he believes that YouTube's new service will benefit most from growth in other industries that can use live-streaming to reach their audiences. In an interview with Tech Crunch, he said: 

"In my view, the biggest chunk of growth is going to come from outside of gaming. Mobile broadcasting is just getting started. Travel, fashion, beauty, concerts, food (that’s big in Korea). Gaming is going to have nice incremental growth, but it’s not going to double or triple like it has in the past."

Moiz's comments highlight an important distinction between YouTube Live and other services like Twitch -- it's focused primarily on mobile usage. There's still lots of room to grow in the mobile streaming market for sure, and YouTube Live seems to have a shot at growing with it. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on YouTube Live as the platform grows. 

StarCraft and Starcraft: Brood War are Free with Latest Patch,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/r/o/broodfreeblue-e5a11.jpg bd008/starcraft-and-starcraft-brood-war-are-free-with-latest-patch Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:21:31 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Earlier today Blizzard released patch notes for StarCraft: Brood WarIn this press release there were several small additions and bug fixes. A few of the more notable additions are:

  1. Support for Windowed mode and Fullscreen Windowed mode were added.
  2. An Actions Per Minute display option was added.
  3. Multiplayer was made more responsive.
  4. Popular Maps was added to assist in finding, well, popular maps (and game types).
  5. An observer mode was added.
  6. Replays will now autosave.

With the addition of an Actions Per Minute counter, an observer mode, and auto saving for replays it seems as if the developers sought to add in quality of life features that helped assist hardcore players' training.

There was also a small tidbit thrown in there: StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free via So developers are now apparently nonchalantly dropping the prices of their classic games to free while continuing to patch them like they are Beyonce or something.

If you have never played these classic games, then you can follow the links on the official StarCraft website to download it for Mac or PC.

Casual Bit Games Get More Than They Bargained For on Kickstarter,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screen-1280x720-2017-027-44c06.png 9cvgs/casual-bit-games-get-more-than-they-bargained-for-on-kickstarter Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:14:07 -0400 ESpalding

We all like it when we find out that something has done well on Kickstarter but it is great when an indie game rockets through its campaign and raises way more than they had originally hoped for. This is what has just happened for Canadian indie developers Casual Bit Games with their nostalgic arcade action adventure Battle Princess Madelyn.

You can read more about the game and the developers influences an interview recently done by GameSkinny's own Angelina Bonilla, but to give you an idea of the game; you play a pink armor-clad princess called Madelyn. You must battle your way through levels of monsters and ghouls to save your family and the Kingdom.

The developers were initially hoping to raise $60,000 CAD and within the first 24 hours of the campaign being live, backers had already pledged 60% of the target! Over the course of the funding period, they hit stretch goal after stretch until April 14th then the campaign closed and it could be announced that they had raised a staggering $212,665 CAD pledged by over 3400 backers!

"The campaign for Battle Princess Madelyn was an incredible and humbling experience. We honestly didn't anticipate such a strong response for our game and it's absolutely overwhelming hearing how people can relate to Maddi's story. With this level of funding we will deliver our vision and make the game the very best it can be."

Christopher Obritsch, Creative Director at Causal Bit Games

They do not plan to stop there quite yet as they have now opened a PayPal Store which will allow anyone who would still like to back the game an opportunity to do so and to receive the same tier rewards that were on the Kickstarter campaign. This is for a limited time only and will close on May 5th.

Anyone who is interested in having a look at the game, the developers have released a pre-alpha build demo for you to download for PC from either Steam or via IndieDB.

There is currently no news on any release date but we do know that it will release on PC, XBox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and on the Wii U. Make sure you check back with us for any major updates regarding the game and its release!

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Coming to the Windows Store and... Steam?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/l/halo-header-image-6bae3.jpg hdnby/halo-wars-definitive-edition-coming-to-the-windows-store-and-steam Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:49:16 -0400 Dan Roemer

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is getting a standalone release set to come out April 20th. It will be launching on Xbox One and the Windows Store -- but even more surprising, it will also be releasing on Steam.

As Destructoid originally pointed out, this is unexpected simply because Microsoft has been pushing hard for Xbox One and the Windows Store service on Windows 10 to be the absolute go-to place for its video games. So for a first-party title from Microsoft itself to end up on Steam (seemingly its top competitor in the digital marketplace on PC) -- is a bit of a shock, but it's also a smart business move in the short term.

Despite Microsoft and many others trying to push their own digital storefronts for games on PC, Steam is still the largest platform on the marketplace with an active userbase of well over 10 million users at any given moment on the storefront -- every single day.

Even so, releasing Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam might actually be a smart move for Microsoft. Though the Valve-owned platform is their most direct competitor, it's also likely the best hope for the game to see any long-term success or profit. 


Will you be checking out Halo Wars: Definitive Edition? If so, which platform do you intend to play or purchase it on? Let us know in the comments!

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Arrives Tomorrow,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2f30f890b4850a69ad68907b6a7c3ae3.jpg jz32w/marvels-guardians-of-the-galaxy-the-telltale-series-arrives-tomorrow Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:06:06 -0400 Nick Aguila

Tomorrow, April 18, the first episode for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is going to be available for download. This new Telltale adventure lets players take on one of the biggest baddies in Marvel's Cinematic Universe: Thanos.

The series will follow the Guardians as they uncover an ancient artifact of unknown power that each of them is said to have a reason to desire. Players will take control of Star-Lord -- whom the trailer reveals to be the reason the guardians fully assemble in the first place.

In spite of its sudden release date, the game is still available for pre-order. Like with any other Telltale game, this will only be the first episode in a promised five-episode run for the series. This episode looks to take up the story arc from the first Guardians movie, as Thanos becomes a major player while the Guardians learn to work as one.

Priced at $22.49, Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy is available on PS4, Steam, and Pre-ordering gives gamers access to all 5 episodes as they become available.

NieR: Automata To Receive New Costumes and Colosseum Challenges,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-lol-what-36bfa.jpg f73uv/nier-automata-to-receive-new-costumes-and-colosseum-challenges Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:04:55 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

Square Enix just announced today that fans of NieR: Automata will have more content to experience with a new piece of DLC that is coming soon. It will include extra striking costumes, brand new challenges in the Colosseum, bosses, and mor. 

The tongue twister that is "3C3C1D119440927" will be taking costumes from the Japanese release, NieR: Replicant, and giving players across the pond the chance to try them out for themselves. Androids 2B, 9S, and A2 will be receiving a makeover -- along with hairspray, various equipment, and other accessories for A2 and 2B's hair.

Sticking with the cosmetic theme, new masks will also be available, all with special effects that are revealed as they are equipped.

All players who own the DLC will be given access to records that will add a bevvy of special tracks to their jukebox. Unique bullets that in turn transform the appearance of enemy bullets will also make an appearance. 

There's no word on the DLC's price or release date in the West. All we know for now is that it's releasing on May 2 in Japan for 1,500 yen -- so we'll have to stand by for official word from Square Enix before anything is confirmed. 

Pictures can never do a costume true justice, so Square Enix was kind enough to provide some meaty gameplay videos that show off the new costumes, as well as the tantalizing boss battles:

NieR: Automata has been received very well by the public, so new content is something that many fans will be pleased to see. 

What do you think of all the new content coming to the game? Let us know in the comments below!

Kindess Has Its Perks: Wausau Boy Receives Gift From Nintendo,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/380a0a05e7ae82f0cb77860f903d09e3.jpg x5v3j/kindess-has-its-perks-wausau-boy-receives-gift-from-nintendo Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:22:19 -0400 Glitchiee_8928

A Wisconsin boy has a new Nintendo Switch because of his selfless actions following a tragedy involving a local police department. 

The story of Brady Duke has warmed many hearts recently. Duke, 7, donated his Wii gaming console to the Wausau Police Department in Wausau, Wisconsin, when he heard the department had recently lost a colleague.

The event in question happened on March 22, when during a domestic disturbance call in the Wausau area. Detective Joseph Weiland was killed, as well as three others, when a man opened fire in the city's south metro area.

Learning the officers were grieving, Brady donated his Wii to the department. He even stuck around and played games with the officers to cheer them up.

This news spread like wildfire, quickly gathering traction on Facebook and catching the attention of Nintendo. Upon hearing the story, the company decided to do something special in commemoration of Brady's act of kindness. Nintendo reached out to Chief Hardel of the Wausau Police Department and arranged for Brady to receive a new Nintendo Switch to replace the Wii he had given away. Several officers and Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy delivered the Switch to Duke on April 11. 

Stardew Valley Deluxe Console Version Comes with IRL Goodies,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/a/stardew-guidebook-9c5d8.jpg xm2vi/stardew-valley-deluxe-console-version-comes-with-irl-goodies Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:20:31 -0400 Glitchiee_8928

Chucklefish Games' indie farming simulator Stardew Valley first released on consoles in 2016 after it skyrocketed to success on Steam. But now, a new Collector's Edition has dropped for consoles, bringing along with it a ton of extra goodies.

Selling for $29.99, the Collector's Edition is only $10 more than purchasing the base game for Xbox One and PS4, and comes with the game, a mini-guidebook, game soundtrack, and poster of Stardew Valley. 

The guidebook is created by Kari Frye, artist and writer. Her full-length guidebook is available for purchase for $20.00. The content inside covers romances, fishing tips, how to get started in the game, and various other tidbits about the farming simulator. The soundtrack includes 33 songs selected from the game. 

Concerned Ape, combined with Chucklefish, worked on the Collector's Edition to bring consumers a variety of content from the game. Originally developed solely by Concerned Ape, he partnered with Chucklefish on the release of the game. Selling more than 2 million copies, Stardew Valley has been slated as the Harvest Moon for PC gamers. Now on console, the Stardew Valley's community only continues to grow. 

Will you be investing in the Collector's Edition for console? What do you think of the items included? Let us know in the comments!

ESL Announces Halo Pro League Return this Summer 2017,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/o/p/t/optichype-266a3.jpg qc07g/esl-announces-halo-pro-league-return-this-summer-2017 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:20:42 -0400 tofuslayer

ESL and 343 Industries has announced that the Halo Championship Series: Pro League is returning for its summer 2017 season starting May 24. Teams will have the opportunity to collect over $150,000 in prize money throughout the course of the season. ESL also announced that they will be crowd funding extra prize money to be added to the prize pool at season finals at DreamHack Atlanta in July.

The announcement from ESL also revealed the lineup of teams for the North American Pro League:

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Team Liquid
  • Str8 Rippin
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • TMMT Crowd Pleasers
  • Evil Geniuses

In a surprising turn of events, the eighth seeded team, Allegiance, disbanded and lost their spot this season. In the wake of these events, the final team set to compete this season will be decided at the NA Last Chance Qualifier.

The top six NA teams will compete at Finals at DreamHack Atlanta at the end of the season. With OpTic returning to the HCS Pro League as the 2017 World Champions, it'll be interesting to see how the season plays out!

Who are you rooting for this season? Let us know in the comments below!

EA Dice Unveils Official Star Wars Battlefront 2 Trailer at Star Wars Celebration,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/8fbb4a48672a5284e48e06c6614f7e55.jpg w5859/ea-dice-unveils-official-star-wars-battlefront-2-trailer-at-star-wars-celebration Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:39:17 -0400 Nick Aguila

In a panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando involving the developers across DICE, Criterion Games, and Motive Studios, the complete Star Wars: Battlefront 2 trailer was released for the first time. Amidst the leaks of the trailer days before, the panel expanded on the creation of and the motives behind the new game.

The panel included executive producer Matthew Webster at Criterion Games who described the game as "The most ambitious title EA's ever embarked upon." The story itself follows the commander of Inferno Squadron and will be a cannon story as the devs worked directly with Lucasfilm to develop the narrative.

Battlefront 2's Full Single-Player Campaign

Inferno squadron are devout elites led by commander Iden Versio, who arrive on Endor during Star Wars Episode VI and in the trailer are called special forces. Steve Blank, an executive director at Lucasfilm, described the squadron as versatile in their ability to go from aerial to ground combat proficiently.

The new game trailer focuses primarily on the single-player campaign during the transition between Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, but multiplayer will allow players to fight across all Star Wars eras. The single-player campaign does veer off from Iden at some point, the panel explained, as players will also take control of Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, and Rey, to name a few.

Full New Maps and Locations

One brand new planet, revealed during the panel, is called Vardos, and it is a city under Imperial control. The home world of Versio, the planet is one of the numerous new locations that will be featured in the game. Other locations revealed were Hoth and prequel planets like Kamino. Other planets will be revealed at a later date.

Mark Thompson, Motive Studios game director said of the creation of the campaign:

Who are the heores of the empire, who are the soldiers that can inspire the empire? We wanted to take off the helmet of the stormtrooper and find out who they are.

The game also comes with a full book to be released on July 25 by Christie Golden entitled Battlefront II: Inferno Squad. The book will show more of where the inferno squad originated from and the game's story will see where the characters go.

Battlefront 2's Full Multiplayer

Battlefront 2 has added in all eras from the prequel trilogy through the new sequel trilogy in multiplayer, letting you play as storm troopers, rebel soldiers, and even Trade Federation battledroids. But it also has additional features to the playable heroes. These include more weapons and vehicles as Bernd Diemer stated during the panel:

A squad of really good players maybe can stand up to Darth Maul. We introduced classes, new abilities, and I think that was a good call.

Introducing classes, there will be more classic FPS gameplay classes that players can adapt to. The panel also alluded to the ability to upgrade heroes, whereas in the current game, heroes are used solely as pickups on the battle front. The heroes are also described as more physical in their play style and progression in that players can customize each, adding depth to each character.

Space Combat and Vehicles

Ships and vehicles have been promised to also have upgradeable components, similar to the classes for soldiers on the ground. While these features expand across all eras, there will also be  different roll types included and yet to come features. There has been no word on seamless ground to air combat as of yet, but these improved changes will likely make up for the more lackluster space combat of the current game.


Star Wars Battlefront II will be released on November 17, a month before Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out in theaters. Players who pre-order the game will get exclusive Last Jedi costumes for Rey and Kylo, and skins for the Millennium Falcon and a special star fighter.

Sony also unveiled a custom Star Wars Battlefront II PS4 Pro, with only four being given away.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Battlefront II as it develops. 

Roberts Space Industries Releases 3.0.0 Overview for Star Citizen,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-69645.jpg hpz1v/roberts-space-industries-releases-300-overview-for-star-citizen Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:25:55 -0400 Emily Parker

Roberts Space Industries has been consistently chopping away at the ambitious Star Citizen for as long as most of us can remember. With an impressive case of feature creep, and a surprisingly interactive release schedule, many doubted that we would ever see the original concept in the flesh.

But it appears the team is one step closer to delivering its part-procedurally generated, part-hand-crafted space MMO sooner rather than later. A 3.0.0 patch overview was updated today, and Star Citizen's Persistent Universe appears to be its focus. 

The developers gave us a taste of their overarching goal almost a year ago, with the "mini persistent universe" planet Crusader. This was an introduction to wanted levels and an opportunity to communicate with other players, pick up missions, access your hanger, and take your ship for a spin. While this wasn't a huge offering, players got a good preview of what the MMO might eventually look like.

This 3.0.0 update has confirmed the addition of explorable content to Crusader's three moons -- Yella, Cellin, and Daymar. These moons will have outposts, new mission givers, derelict ships, and explorable debris fields. There may even be a new planet to land on, though Delemar is currently clarified as a stretch goal for the team. 

There are some gameplay updates as well, including player-manned turrets and pick-up-and-carry cargo. Character customization is confirmed, too, and I think we can all agree that changing up our space explorer's features is top priority.

There will also be significant UI improvements to the game, including updates to the mission manager app and personal inventory app. Moreover, important quality of life fixes like intelligent airlocks and cargo transfers will be exciting news for dedicated Alpha players that have been leaving feedback since Crusader. And on top of all that, long-awaited core systems like personal stamina and ship insurance will be implemented as soon as possible, with an expected release of May 31st. 

If you'd like to take a look at the full set of features, the schedule report can be found here.


Switch Owners Can Get Their Hands On a New Senran Kagura,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/e/n/senran-kagura-fixed-bcc4e.png jvhcr/switch-owners-can-get-their-hands-on-a-new-senran-kagura Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:23:27 -0400 ReverendShmitty

In Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct, producer Kenichiro Takaki announced a new Senran Kagura is in the works for the Nintendo Switch.

With the working title: “Shinobi Refle Senran Kagura,” the game will exploit the full power of Nintendo’s HD Rumble, and has undergone extensive testing to ensure the accuracy of what you’ll be feeling.

Care to see their super serious science at work?

Marvelous. Simply marvelous.

Developed by Tamsoft and produced by Marvelous Entertainment, Senran Kagura follows a group of scantily-clad female ninjas who protect Japan as students of Hanzo Academy. The series first appeared on the 3DS as a side-scroller, but has had several spin-offs as a card game, third person shooter, and even a rhythm cooking game, that have launched across several systems.

Now, for the new Switch title, we just wait for our opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor. If you've been looking for a not-so-family-friendly title to Christen your new Nintendo hardware, this is the title for you.

And don't fret if you're the impatient type. While Shinobi Refle Senran Kagura doesn't have a launch window yet, there are anime and manga adaptations of the series that you can get your mitts on right now.


New DLC and PS Vita Release Announced for Platformer Shu,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-shu-dlc-823c2.png qxjov/new-dlc-and-ps-vita-release-announced-for-platformer-shu Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:57:43 -0400 ESpalding

At the latter end of last year, Sunderland-based indie developer Coatsink released its hand-drawn platform adventure Shu on PC and PS4 -- with the hope of releasing on PS Vita at some point this year. Now the company has announced that this will be happening on May 23rd.

Coinciding with the Vita launch, Coatsink will also be adding a ton of new content in the game's first DLC, called "Caverns of the Nightjars". The DLC will come in two stages on Steam, but it will be released on PS4/Vita in full on May 23rd. 

New areas to explore

The first half of the DLC will include 3 new levels called Beneath the Ruins, No Turning Back, and Depths of Discovery. It will also add new character combinations, more collectibles, new achievements, and new time trial records to beat. This first part is available now for players on Steam and is free.

The second part of the DLC will introduce another three levels, and will be released on the same day as the game (and its DLC) arrives in full on the PS Vita.

Find out how different characters interact with others

If you want to know more about Shu, check out the high scoring review we did for it! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on the DLC once it all comes out.

Payday 2 Players Are Losing Their Minds Over a Pencil,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/0/1/20170411222950-1319c.jpg wf6p9/payday-2-players-are-losing-their-minds-over-a-pencil Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:54:38 -0400 Olly Smith

Fans of the co-op shooter Payday 2 are currently up in arms over finding a rare pencil.

As part of their 10 day "Search for Kento event", Overkill Software added a pencil as a melee weapon in the game. Dubbed "The Pen", this item is most likely a reference to the John Wick movie series which Overkill recently collaborated with in a crossover DLC. The weapon is only available via Steam codes given by the developer, and many players are currently upset about not being able to grab a code.

A thread with over 3,000 comments giving away keys was bumped to the top of the Payday 2 Steam forums. But despite the apparent abundance of codes, many people are still venting their anger -- with the main problem being that keys were seized too soon after being posted. Here are some of the comments we found from upset users:

"Aaaaaand too many activation attempts. This is ridiculous." -- Le Démon

"I hate this method for 'exclusive' items. Did we learn nothing from making the party hat website, it allowed everyone to get one. Here we are again." -- Dr. Dudeihateyou

Some users have even blamed the quick response on bot accounts, with user Vanilla saying, "GG BOTS".

I tried getting a code for myself but was never quick enough to beat the rush. It seems from how limited these codes are -- and the fact that it is just a reskin of a weapon already existing within the game -- the pencil will soon become another rare collector's item for Payday 2.

New Sonic Forces Website Goes Live, With Teasers of Upcoming Game,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b2e45aeb51cbf6def3061b56e5cd2c7f.jpg ep19b/new-sonic-forces-website-goes-live-with-teasers-of-upcoming-game Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:40:20 -0400 Amy Turnbull

The next instalment in the Sonic franchise has been a long time in the making; but with a title, official news, and some fresh short teasers being revealed in the last month, fans have finally been getting some solid evidence that this game is indeed something to get excited about.

Until this morning, Japan's official Sonic Channel website simply showed a banner for Sonic Forces, starting "April 14th: video release". Now, the site is live and offers all the content that's available so far for the new game.

Upon loading the page, we're instantly greeted with the message: "Sonic Forces: Join the Resistance!" Along with the looped animated backdrop that was teased earlier this week, and has got everyone talking about a potential new character.

On scrolling down, we are treated to the 3 videos available so far, teasing various parts of the upcoming game: 

While there's nothing brand new content-wise as of yet, it's great to see everything that is available in one place, and on a rather snazzy web page to boot. This new section of Sega's Sonic Channel website certainly seems like the place to be for any upcoming news and teasers we'll see in relation to the long-awaited game, so be sure to keep an eye on it!

As of now, Sonic Forces is scheduled to release in Winter 2017.

Go Egg Hunting with Pokemon Go's Easter Event,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-easter-31c84.jpg joa2g/go-egg-hunting-with-pokemon-gos-easter-event Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:22:00 -0400 Glitchiee_8928

Nintendo has announced a new event for Pokemon Go to celebrate Easter. Dubbed the Eggstravaganza, the event is live now until April 20th. Hatching eggs will now be more profitable, XP earned is doubled and lucky eggs are extra lucky.

The egg hunt is on as 2 km eggs will now be hatching a larger variety of Pokemon during the event. In addition to that, rare hatches will be more common. 2km eggs will now hatch more Misdreavus, Remoraid, Togepi, Slugma, Pichu, Igglybuff, and Cleffa. 5km eggs will hatch more Grimer, Kabuto, Koffing, Lickitung, Omanyte, Porygon, Dunsparce, Girafarig, Yanma, Wobuffet, Sneasel, Shuckle, and Quilfish. Aerodactly, Lapras, Snorlax, Miltank, Scarmon, Chansey, Mareep, and Sudowoodo will hatch more frequently from their 10km eggs.

Eggs hatched will also give extra candy, perfect for an egg hunt. Lucky eggs are on sale in the shop and will give 4X XP when used. Get ready to walk, hatch and level up your Pokemon with the Eggstravaganza Pokemon Go event. Which Pokemon are you looking to hatch the most? Tell me in the comments below and stay tuned to GameSkinny for your Pokemon Go updates! 


Nintendo Announces Discontinuation of the NES Classic,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/a/m/gamestop-will-restock-limited-quantities-nes-classic-this-4f-38951.jpg wfinz/nintendo-announces-discontinuation-of-the-nes-classic Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:34:21 -0400 Erroll Maas

Today, Nintendo announced that it will discontinue the NES Classic Edition, with the last shipments being sent to retailers throughout the rest of April. After that, they will only be available as long as the remaining supplies last.

In a statement provided to IGN, a Nintendo representative explained further and apologized for the already scarce availability of the system:

“We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”

The representative also stated the NES Classic Edition was never meant to be a long-term and ongoing product, but added additional shipments to their original plans.

The NES Classic originally launched last year on November 10th with 30 classic NES games and save states. After its launch, the NES Classic was plagued by supply problems both in stores and online -- leaving many consumers frustrated with their potential purchase.

Nintendo of America has not yet confirmed whether this discontinuation is worldwide or just for the North American region. The company says they have nothing else to announce regarding the NES Classic at this time.

Swatting Grows More Dangerous, Maryland Gamer Shot by SWAT Police,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-b708d.jpg grkw9/swatting-grows-more-dangerous-maryland-gamer-shot-by-swat-police Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:51:16 -0400 Dan Roemer

Swatting continues to happen more and more frequently thanks in part to online trolling and harassment. It is now possibly even becoming more dangerous as a gamer in the US state of Maryland was a victim of swatting attempt that ended with him being shot in the face with rubber bullets.

Robert McDaid from Coventry, Britain allegedly called a terrorism hotline in the state of Maryland posing as a man calling themselves “Tyran Dobbs” (the victim) -- claiming to be armed with a gun and explosives, he said that he would kill three hostages unless $15,000 was delivered in a red bag to his home address.

Armed police then raided the home address while Dobbs was asleep, the family of Dobbs claims they tried to persuade arriving SWAT officers that Dobbs was asleep and it was a misunderstanding, they then called him on his cell phone. Dobbs woke up and responded to the phone call insisting he would come outside, he walked around the apartment looking for something warmer to put on because it was a cold February night, walked out to the living room, saw the SWAT team and heard police yelling for him to come out, he then tried to turn around to go get his girlfriend but was then shot.

Dobb's father recalled the moment with ABC 7,

"I came in and saw all the blood out there and I said, "Is that from my son?" The police responded, "He has a slight head injury." Dobbs' girlfriend, Amelia Freidmann, and Dobbs' father didn't see him until the following day while he was in ICU at a local trauma hospital. Friedmann said, "I actually... I couldn't handle it. I actually ran to the bathroom and threw up when I first saw him. It was heartbreaking."

The police claim Dobbs repeatedly refused to obey officer's commands and also allegedly had his hand in his shirt, however there was no video evidence to support it.

As for Robert McDaid the man who is allegedly responsible for this, Maryland US prosecutor Rod Rosenstein had this to say,

“We are working with officials in the UK to ensure that Robert McDaid is held accountable for his alleged actions because the alleged criminal activity represents a grave threat to public safety.”


With swatting becoming more and more frequent, what do you think could be done better to stop this? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for GameSkinny for all your gaming related news.

Nintendo Direct Highlights (April 12, 2017): Release Dates Galore!,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-direct-4ed04.jpg zszul/nintendo-direct-highlights-april-12-2017-release-dates-galore Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:38:33 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Nintendo Direct is the place for all things Nintendo related -- and we just got treated to another one on April 12. During the sizeable stream, we got all the latest news on release dates, upcoming games, and more.

Here's a recap of tonight's live coverage:

Nintendo Switch

Since the release of the Nintendo Switch people have been speculating what games will come out and when. During the Nintendo Direct coverage, we got a glimpse as to what to expect in the next year.

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Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, according to Nintendo, allows you to:

Create, Explore and Survive alone or with up to 8 'crafters together online, while 4 can join each other in local multiplayer on the TV or in tabletop mode, supporting both split screen and the Pro Controller.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

The game will be released on May 11, 2017 with Super Mario Bros. themed content such as: 40 themed skins (Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, etc.), Super Mario World, islands shaped like Warp Pipes, Mario themed puzzles, etc.

Sine Mora EX

Sine Mora EX is a shoot-em-up game that has both a story and arcade mode. Story mode can be played in local co-op mode. This game has two story lines. In one, you are a father who seeks revenge against the Empire that murdered your son. In the second, you want revenge on the Empire for destroying your race -- known as Enkies. You are one of the few remaining survivors. The game is set in different eras on a planet similar to Earth.

This version has 7 diverse stages, risk and reward, a versus mode, and time extension based gameplay. It is set to release this Summer (2017).

Namco Museum

Namco Museum is essentially a compilation of several Nintendo games including: Pac-Man (1980), Galaga (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Tower of Druaga (1984), Sky Kid (1985), Rolling Thunder (1986), Galaga '88 (1987), Splatterhouse (1988), Rolling Thunder 2 (1990), and Tank Force (1991).

Nintendo has had success with this type of compilation in the past, so we'll see if it's the same for the Switch. Namco Museum is set to release in Summer 2017.

Battlechasers: Nightcrawler

According to Nintendo, Battlechasers: Nightcrawler is:

An RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.

In this game, you have a choice of playing one of three characters, who you must help survive. The game has a lot of exploration, and is known for its world building. It will be available for the Nintendo Switch during Late Summer of 2017.


Monopoly is a classic game that is beloved by most people -- when blood isn't being shed over who owns what property, that is.

In the Nintendo Switch version, set to release in Fall of 2017 there are three different 3D boards to choose from, you can play using 1 of 6 different sets of rules (no making it up like you do with the board game), and you can play with other people online. It's the game that keeps on giving.


Arms is a fighting game created by Nintendo themselves. It's a two player game in which competitors are able to choose a character and the type of arm that they wish to battle with.

Choose from characters like Minmin, who fights using ramen and martial arts, Springman, who is able to emit waves that deflect punches and powerful counterattacks, as well as a few others. Their arms vary as well including a glove type, multi-shot, curve, heavy, and whip. Each arm has special attributes like Fire, Electric, Wind, Ice, Explosion, Stun, and Blind.

One thing that might be interesting to see with this game is the two on two battle mode.

Although Amazon had released two different dates for the game, the official release date was confirmed as being set for June 16, 2017.

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is a team based third person shooter that was created by Nintendo for the Switch. In this game, there can be up to eight players in online four-versus-four matches. This version contains a new boss known as a "Steelhead" and the goal of the game is to beat him while placing Golden Eggs in a basket to be harvested.

Along with Splatoon 2 is the release of three Splatoon Amiibo's including: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and Inkling Squid. Each of these figures can appear in game as friends. You can swap outfits with them, snap pictures, and they'll even remember your favorite settings. The game is even compatible with previous Amiibo models.

Although Amazon had two different release dates for Splatoon 2, rest assured that the official release date is July 21, 2017.

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo Switch is not the only console worth covering on the Nintendo Direct page. The Nintendo 3DS is also getting an entire new set of games to be released this year. Below are a few of the titles mentioned.

Bye-Bye BoxBoy

Nintendo's Bye-Bye BoxBoy seems like it will be intense. Nintendo uses the following description as a way to lure players to the world where a box named Qbby is the only hope for the world:

Qbby is no ordinary box. Using his four startling new powers, you must solve hundreds of puzzles across 18 deadly worlds. Create boxes to climb, hover, warp, and bomb your way to salvation! Whether you're a newcomer or an old vet, thinking outside the box has never been more fun.

The game lets you visit 18 different worlds, create boxes that help you solve never before seen puzzles, and save something known as a QBaby. It is set to release tonight, April 12, 2017.

Team Kirby Clash

For the 25th Anniversary of Kirby, Nintendo has released Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, a free-to-start multi-player action game. You can play as four different characters: Sword Hero, Beam Mage, Dr. Healmore, or the Hammer Lord.

This version contains a ton of quests, new armor and weapons, and new amiibo figures! It was released today.

RPG Maker Fes

Have you ever wanted to create a game, but didn't have the know-how to do so? Enter: RPG Maker Fes. A game that allows you to create your very own RPG.

The easy to use tools, customized content, and the ability to play and share makes developing games look easy. Be ready for it on June 27, 2017.

Culdcept Revolt

Last on our list of Nintendo 3DS games is Culdcept Revolt. It's celebrating its 20th Anniversary in style. Nintendo had this to say about it:

...the addictive card game-meets-board game is back, bigger and better than ever with hundreds of new cards, inventive boards, and exciting multiplayer! 

In this game, you follow a character named Allen who is a recruit for a force known as the "Free Bat" forces. Your job is to fight for freedom and gain your independence from the dictator Count Krannis.

With its boasts of addictive fantasy gameplay, near endless strategy, and the ability to play solo or online Culdcept Revolt might just make it to the top of games to play. It will be on the market on August 29, 2017.

In Case You Missed It...

If you missed the Nintendo Direct coverage, don't fret. I've got you covered. Just check out the video below!

Happy Playing

Whether you decide to wait for the releases of Arms and Splatoon 2 or play a few games in between, I support your gaming decisions -- probably.

Happy Playing!

First Ever Photos Revealed for the Xbox: Project Scorpio Developer Kit & Hardware Break Down,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-image-ab8a7.jpg uz1an/first-ever-photos-revealed-for-the-xbox-project-scorpio-developer-kit-hardware-break-down Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:09:21 -0400 Dan Roemer

The Xbox One originally released in late 2013 and is now seeing its first major upgrade, similar to the PlayStation 4 Pro system released last year, known for now as “Project Scorpio” -- Gamasutra were able to get a first look and photos of the system's brand-new developer kit. Today I'll be breaking down all the juicy details and highlights from their coverage, starting things off with the actual specs of the development kit and retail models.

Notably the developer kits have a bit more juice under the hood outside of the CPU, featuring a GPU with 44 CUs (Compute Units) @1172 MHz (Megahertz) with a clock speed of 6.6 TFLOPS (Floating Point Operations Per Second) with 24GB GDDR5 RAM, a 1TB hard drive with an additional 1TB solid state hard drive and an optical disc drive with 4K UHD Blu-Ray support.

The retail model will have a GPU at 40 CUs @1172 MHz with a clock speed of 6.0 TFLOPS, with 12GB GDDR5 RAM, 1TB hard drive and will also have the 4K UHD Blu-Ray support and optical disc drive.

Comparing this to the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and even the PlayStation 4 Pro -- it's a huge upgrade in terms of raw power on the GPU side of things.

For perspective PlayStation Pro's GPU runs with 36 CUs @911MHz at a clock speed of roughly 4.12 TFLOPS. The Project Scorpio will also be boasting almost 50% more memory with its 12GB GDDR5 RAM @326GB/s compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro's 8GB GDDR5 RAM @218GB/s.

Project Scorpio will also incorporate DX12 support, speaking with Gamasutra, Kevin Gammill (Microsoft’s group program manager for Xbox Core Platform) -- had this to say,

“It's the first time I'm aware of us ever doing something like this,” Gammill said. “We actually pulled some of the DX12 run time components directly into the hardware. So basically, these high-frequency DX12 draw calls you'd normally call [to output a frame, for example] which would take up a lot of GPU and CPU cycles, now that that's baked into the system itself, it makes the system significantly more efficient.”

Developer feedback was also given on the previous hardware's 8GB DDR3 ESRAM and was replaced entirely with 12GB GDDR5 RAM -- speaking to Gamasutra,

“This was feedback we got from developers, that targeting ESRAM was harder, so we wanted to not make that an additional challenge,” he said. “The other thing we heard is that they wanted more headroom for their titles, so we moved from 5 gigs of RAM to 8.”

Xbox, Project Scorpio

Microsoft will be shipping out developer kits of the Project Scorpio in the coming weeks, they'll also be able to replicate both Xbox One and Xbox One S developer kits. The kit will feature a real-time clock and battery back up, an OLED screen with navigation buttons on the front of the box and five programmable buttons. (So for example if you're working with a Project Scorpio developer kit, you'll be able to set up the OLED screen to display useful information such as frame rate, GPU or CPU usage, etc.)

They'll feature the same ports as the retail Project Scorpio, but with have three additional front-facing USB ports, an extra NIC (network interface card), and will also sport vents on the back and sides as opposed to the top, this way developers can conveniently stack multiple developer kits without having to worry about overheating issues.

Xbox, Project Scorpio, Stacked

Speaking to Gamasutra:

“I kid you not, I go to first-party studios, I go to third-party studios, and they have dev kits stacked. But they basically built blocks, or used Legos, as a gap so they could vent. Well now you can stack these 10 high.”

In closing with Gamasutra -- Gammill had this to say:

“I want the best version of the games people want to play to be running on our platforms,” said Gammill, by way of explaining why Scorpio exists. “We didn't have that until we came up with Scorpio. So Project Scorpio fills that gap.”


Project Scorpio is set to release this holiday season, will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments below and for everything Xbox related, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

Georgia Becomes First To Offer Competitive Video Game Internships and Scholarships,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/g/d/ggda-news-74cb9.jpeg d671m/georgia-becomes-first-to-offer-competitive-video-game-internships-and-scholarships Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:45:24 -0400 Nick Aguila

The Georgia Game Developers Association has just announced that it will be creating the first statewide general eSports league. This league will sponsor collegiate teams in esports circuits that culminate in a state championship -- similar to club sports and NCAA teams at most colleges.

Though not the first esports league in the world, it will be the first that's sponsored by a state, as others have been university-sponsored by places like the University of California and University of Utah.

Andrew Greenberg, Executive Director of the GGDA, stated in the press release that this decision was influenced in part by how popular esports have gotten:

"Esports have become the fastest-growing form of competition, and video games are turning into the most popular sports of the 21st century."

It's no surprise that video games have become the most booming new sector of competitive sports, given that countries all over the world are seeing year-round esports tournaments these days.


For the GGDA, this new league is one of many programs that the non-profit uses to support and educate its members. It will be another place for gamers in Georgia to congregate around a thriving esports scene that boasts several collegiate leagues and the SMITE World Championships.

To gain access to the offered internships and scholarships that are being given out via this new league, you must be a member of the GGDA. But you don't have to be a Georgia resident. Memberships can be purchased for a variety of prices -- the lowest being the student membership -- and will offer career resources, job listings, and promotions for its members work. 

The league will start during the Fall semester of this year, running from August through December. But there have been no reports of a follow-up to the league's initial game schedule.

Payday 2's "Search For Kento" Event Has Ended After 10 Days,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/a/y/day1-annoucnements-challenges-8441e.jpg 4la1u/payday-2s-search-for-kento-event-has-ended-after-10-days Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:28:08 -0400 Olly Smith

After ten days of daily updates, Payday 2's "The Search for Kento" event has come to a close with the release of a new heist called Green Bridge. Players saw lots of new content and in-game balance changes for the duration of this event. 

As per the developer's modus operandi of doing regular free event periods, "The Search for Kento" was based on wrapping up a subplot that began years ago, with the Yakuza character Jiro coming to America to find his missing son.

During this event, two new heists -- Heat Street and Green Bridge -- were released. Both were based on levels from the first game and retconned to accommodate the new storyline. A new game mode called Crime Spree was also made available to players, which allowed them to string together heists in a never-ending sequence as each level gradually escalated in difficulty.

Along with this new content came several smaller quality-of-life adjustments in the form of armor skins, AI teammate management, a new pistol capable of penetrating shields, and many new masks to wear. Players could also participate in community challenges together to earn bonus experience points, as well as enter a competition that allowed them to design their own character that would appear in the game.

What's Next for Payday 2?

With this new event, Payday 2 has seen over 40 heists in post-release content, plus 150 updates with new weapons, characters and improvements, since its release in 2013. "The Search for Kento" also marks the point where the developers will be preparing for the end of their support contract,which is supposed to end later this year.

When asked about the game's future in an AMA on Reddit, Producer Joakim Wöntner did not comment on whether the game could be supported in 2018. He simply wrote:

"So far what's been publicly said is that Payday 2 is supported all through 2017."

It's unknown what features will be added next to the game as the clock ticks down. There are hints at new infamy levels, more classic heists, and new playable characters to join the Payday crew. But Overkill and Starbreeze have a record of being very secretive about this sort of stuff, so only time will tell what's coming. 

Lonely Sun Developer Announces Upcoming Sequel,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/9b65ef2da2f2590915b53dbbff63ced1.jpg xq9cs/lonely-sun-developer-announces-upcoming-sequel Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:06:24 -0400 Paige McGovern

It's been six months since the challenging mobile game Lonely Sun hit the App Store, and developer Rinikulous Games has just announced its sequel, Unlonely

Lonely Sun is the first game released by Rinikulous Games since its founding in April 2016. In a barren new solar system, the player is responsible for guiding potential planets through all the wonders and dangers of the universe. As the player progresses, planets grow until they are large enough to orbit the sun. To be successful, players must have concentration and a steady hand.

In Unlonely, players will guide planets once more. This time, each planet represents a different website that has supported Rinikulous Games: iFanzine, SnappZilla, Orange Bison, Indie Hangover, Indie Game Launchpad, and ourselves here at GameSkinny.


In their blog post, Rinikulous Games stated:

Unlonely, most importantly, is all about giving back. The game dev-reviewer relationship should be a two-way street. We firmly believe that it is our responsibility as game developers to do whatever we can to give back to this passionate community and always acknowledge the help and support we’ve received and still receive, especially game review sites.

Unlonely may have a beta release as early as July.

While you're waiting for the sequel to launch, read our review for Lonely Sun and head over to the App Store to buy it for just $1.99.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Releasing August 22,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/73afb7c42b1b63155d942fd627efcc85.jpg 42zi0/uncharted-the-lost-legacy-releasing-august-22 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:58:42 -0400 Nick Aguila

Having been revealed at the PlayStation Experience 2016, and to be the first Uncharted game to not feature series protagonist Nathan Drake, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will launch on August 22 2017 in North America for $39.99 USD, $49.99 CAD and in Europe the following day.

The game focuses on returning characters Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross who first appeared in Uncharted 2 and 4 respectively. The first ever stand alone release for the series, The Lost Legacy will be as rich as a full game, with a complete story and cinematic cut scenes.

As mentioned before, the release will be a first for the series while it tries to refocus the story of Uncharted from protagonist Nathan Drake to the supporting characters surrounding him. The two new protagonists will likely act in a similar manner to Victor Sullivan and Drake, and share similarities with their goal to capture the Tusk of Ganesha in India -- but we will find out for sure on August 22. On December 3 2016 Naughty Dog stated:

When we began to plot out the story and our vision for the game, we realized we were building something more than an extension of Uncharted 4, and instead, a standalone story in the Uncharted universe. We wanted this adventure to feature all of the hallmarks of the series, from cinematic storytelling set within exotic destinations, to dynamic combat and intricate puzzles.

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The future of the franchise could be spelled out by the direction and fan reception of the game as it will differ from the usual main story outlook but still hold most elements of the series. For instance the new standalone will take place in India but still take pieces of religion, in this case Hinduism, to influence the game's art, puzzles and more.

Unlike Drake, Chloe has been said to be less of a brawler and more stealthy in her approach. Drake, who usually falls into scenarios and trouble will be flipped with Chloe, a treasure hunter, looking for the danger.

The game itself will be available for digital download as well as physically in stores, and players who have Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition or the Explorer’s Pack, will get Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as a download at launch. This is bundled for those who pre-order with Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy on PS4.

German Twitch Streamers In Trouble With New Broadcasting Regulations?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/w/i/twitch-3541c.png k3rse/german-twitch-streamers-in-trouble-with-new-broadcasting-regulations Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:35:51 -0400 Nam T. Bui

Gamers in Germany will face difficulties while livestreaming on Twitch, as the authorities have set strict broadcasting regulations for this kind of activity.

Game streaming with Twitch has recently been recognized by German broadcast authority (Landesmedienanstalt) as a form of "radio services". This renders many game streamers required to own a broadcasting license -- the price ranges between €1,000 and €10,000, depending on audience size and other factors.

Moreover, streamers that acquired the license must follow the broadcasting guidelines and regulations that apply to traditional television services. This includes a 10pm curfew of violent content, and materials considered to be harmful to young persons, along with potential censorship when the streaming content must be approved by a commissioner of youth protection (Jugendschutzbeauftragten). Streamers that do not comply with the regulations will be considered as a pirate station, which is a criminal offense in German law.

After the announcement of the new ruling, the gaming community in Germany showed their dissatisfaction as they believe those regulations are outdated and not suitable for streaming activities. However, German authorities implied that they may update the guidelines in the future due to its potential misunderstandings.

At the moment, the broadcasting regulations for Twitch streaming are being implemented, as some notable German streamers such as PietSmith are told to obtain the license before 30th April 2017.

Star Wars: Battlefront II Teaser Trailer Leaks Ahead of Celebration,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/e/n/rendition1img-a3ed9.jpg gf5tw/star-wars-battlefront-ii-teaser-trailer-leaks-ahead-of-celebration Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:45:54 -0400 Jerline Justo

A 30-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II has leaked just days before Star Wars Celebration, which is set to take place April 13-16 in Orlando.

The trailer begins with the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, just as the second Death Star explodes. The camera pans to a set of Imperial TIE fighter pilots looking toward the sky as a woman narrates, recalling the day the Empire suffered its greatest defeat.

The trailer goes on to show various battle scenes between the Rebellion and the Empire across different Star Wars eras, from the prequel trilogy to The Force Awakens. It also reveals various villains and heroes from those eras, such as Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey, and Kylo Ren, as well as planets and locations such as Hoth, Takodana, and Starkiller Base.

Besides these characters and locations, the trailer shares that an “untold soldier's story” campaign will be included in the final game, in conjunction with a multiplayer battle mode. On top of that, if gamers pre-order Battlefront II, they will gain access to Star Wars: The Last Jedi heroes, although what heroes those might be is a mystery at this time.

Although the trailer packs a lot of information into a short 30 seconds, it does not provide a release date for the game. However, more information is sure to be revealed during Star Wars Celebration.

Check out the trailer here before it gets taken down. May the force be with you, Jedi! And make sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Star Wars: Battlefront II.

Hitman's April Content Update has Arrived,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/i/t/hitman-2016-for-desktop-6cd74.jpg 2n812/hitmans-april-content-update-has-arrived Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:39:31 -0400 Olly Smith

The April 2017 content update of the 2016 bestseller Hitman was made available to all PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 owners on 7th April. IO Interactive have been carefully adding to the game piece-by-piece over the last 12 months, with the philosophy of adding content every week. For the month of April, however, they have decided to allow all content to drop at the same time.

Included within the update are ten new featured contracts, which are smaller levels designed by members of the community, and an escalation contract "The Yuuma Tenacity", a type of contract that gets more difficult as you progress.

Also included in the update is a new elusive target, "The Paparazzo", who will be in Paris for 11 days. Elusive targets are limited time events that can only appear once. Players will only get one shot at the target and are restricted from restarting whether they fail or succeed.

In the press release for the update, IO Interactive stated,

We’re very proud to have released live content every single week since the launch of Hitman on March 11, 2016. Now, after more than a complete year of weekly content releases, we’re moving to a monthly release for April.

They went on to say:

Releasing all of our April Content on one day will ensure that you will be able to immediately play your favorite type of live content and have a larger amount of content to play, discuss and enjoy at once. Hitman is a game that has evolved a lot since launch and we want to keep exploring ways that we can improve the experience. As always, we’re eager to hear what our players think of this exploration and you can be sure that we’ll be reading all of the feedback.

Despite the move away from weekly updates, IO Interactive are confident there is enough content here to satisfy players for the whole month.

Make sure to check back in for more Hitman news and guides here at GameSkinny!

Bayonetta Struts Onto PC Today,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/63b467e96da9e97d4f45fa52929f58e0.jpg wzhxy/bayonetta-struts-onto-pc-today Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:01:34 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

And just like that, the rumored release of SEGA’s Femme Fatale on PC has come true -- Bayonetta landed on Steam’s storefront today. The countdown timer -- teased out of the 8-Bit easter egg last Saturday -- finally hit zero, and this iconic action experience is available on PC.

Bayonetta was only released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles when it originally dropped back in 2009, so this launch is a first for the franchise -- and SEGA is taking full advantage of it. The PC debut allows for 4K resolution, and will support a 60 FPS framerate for all the heavy action that the title is acclaimed for.

To celebrate the launch of this upscaled version of Bayonetta, SEGA has put  the Digital Deluxe Edition on sale until April 25th. This edition includes a five-track soundtrack, a digital art book, and exclusive wallpapers and avatars for a variety of digital platforms. Players can also pick up the base edition of the game on Steam for $19.99.

First Look: SWTOR - KOTET's New Adventure, The War for Iokath,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/w/t/swtorkotet-news-73312.jpeg dbehh/first-look-swtor-kotets-new-adventure-the-war-for-iokath Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:00:01 -0400 Nick Aguila

Star Wars the Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal ThroneThe War for Iokath is an adventure that refocuses on the conflict between the Galactic Empire and Republic while challenging players like never before. Iokath is an ancient planet that is entirely run by droids, but has become a point of interest for both factions as they seek to shift the balance of power away from the eternal throne. Iokath is home to great technology, but above all a super weapon capable of mass destruction.

In an exclusive live stream via UStream and roundtable Q&A, we spoke to Deborah Shin, Sr. Brand Manager, and SWTOR creative director Charles Boyd on April 4 about the update and what players can expect going forward. The update, also known as patch 5.2, follows directly after the conflicts with the Eternal Throne -- who the player's character is as the head of after defeating its' former royal family. The update takes a different direction however, Boyd stated :

We think its leaning into what are players have been asking for. More multiplayer, more for guilds

 Return to the Classic Conflict

SWTOR, Star Wars the Old Republic

The focus of the new update is around what players wanted out of SWTOR, as it returns to the forefront of the classic Republic versus Empire feud. This takes on a new role in the update however, as players have the option to betray or uphold their original intentions when first starting with a faction in-game. Along with these returning faction choices come returning companions and allies. In the update the Republic will be aided by Havoc Squad's Jace Malcolm and Elara Dorne, while the Sith will be aided by Malavai Quinn and Empress Acina.

Boyd went on to say that in this update and from here on out, "Choices lead to irrevocable consequences," to which the story can change dramatically from player's actions. Another return will be the use of Theron Shan whose familial drama may cause problems as well. One of the best aspects of this is the ramifications it will have on players after they finish the main storyline of the update.

From here on, players are going to be able to engage in PvP matches with friends one day, and against them the next. The new system allows players to change allegiance per day through daily missions that yield unique rewards.

More PvP and PvE

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Another aspect that will receive focus thanks to fans desires is the focus on teaming up with friends and fellow players to take on bosses, one of which makes his debut in the April 11 trailer named Tyth, the god of rage. Players will take on bosses such as him and be able to receive more unique items as they pair up in teams of eight or 16. Bosses such as Tyth were first tested in private test servers that Boyd said they would be "leaning on" in the future as it allows for better feedback before release.

This news, while similar to what has been done in past updates, will differ in the replayability for players. In The War for Iokath update a new tier has been added which will allow players to receive more items and loot from the Galactic Command system. At rank 300 players will be able to receive new sets of gear and replaying it will allow Tier 4 drops rather than the previous repeat gear of tier 3.

Repeat drops have also been addressed so that players will now be less likely to receive duplicate items from drops as well. This function will allow players to feel adequately rewarded for level progression.

More Features

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Further, PvP will still utilize features such as walkers that players can command, but has added components to change up the gameplay. These features include turrets the player can place and a remote controlled mouse droids for stealth attacks. When it comes to bringing back old players who may have dropped out due to Knights of the Eternal Throne's story or from raiding being a more neglected aspect of the game, Boyd stated:

We've seen a lot of old players return to [SWTOR]. Word of mouth has been excellent to get more operation players back. [The update] hopefully will be a good opportunity for new players to branch out. Hopefully the bug will bite them and they’ll get their gear and have experiences with friends from their guilds

Level 70 players will be able to access Iokath, and when battling fellow players they will drop Iokath specific currency. This adds in the the aspect of being able to change sides when players desire, while also allowing us to receive better replay value from the update. 

 More for the Future

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When it comes to the state of these changes, so far they are mostly in favor of Iokath, especially the faction switching options. Faction changing previously was only done when a player either created a new character or in the previous story with Knights of the Fallen Empire. If problems should arise, Boyd assured us that the team has done a lot in terms of optimization for boss battles and to improve player rewards.

The War of Iokath brings a host of PvP changes, such as faction switching, and boss battle improvements, along with a whole new story which takes place after the events of Knights of the Eternal Throne, and a new currency specific for Iokath.

If these changes will truly continue to bring players back while adding new ones remains to be seen, but the return to the classic galactic conflict gives us hope. Finally, the story of Iokath is one that seems to be the starting point for far more in SWTOR, all hinging upon the fun we get to have now and that may be just as exciting as the update itself.

Nintendo Switch May Have Prolonged Battery Life in the Near Future,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-4d2a6.png ijkhx/nintendo-switch-may-have-prolonged-battery-life-in-the-near-future Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:30:23 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

In the short time that it's been out, the Nintendo Switch has gained a lot of popularity. Some of it good, like how much fun new games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is; and some of it is bad, like the short time it takes for the battery life to run out (between 3 and 6 hours depending on a few factors).

What People Are Saying

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It seems that many people agree that something needs to be done about how long the Switch lasts, and the amount of time that it takes to charge the Switch itself (about 3 hours).

Something that could be of concern to Switch players is taking the Nintendo Switch out to play in public. A limited battery life would mean limited play, which some would say contradicts the idea of making it a mobile game device.

The feelings of battery life have even sparked a few jokes condemning the Nintendo Switch.

The only question left is this: Is there a solution to this problem? And, of course, there is.

The Solution

On April 5, 2017 a Kickstarter campaign on Indiegogo came about to solve this problem.

Enter: SwitchCharge

This new product promises that it will create a charger for the Nintendo Switch that will last up to 12 hours. It also promises to solve the pesky problem of not being able to charge while playing in kickstand 'mode'.

But what's interesting about this particular Kickstarter is that it's a product that people want. So much so, that the entire campaign was funded within two days of being posted online.

The company responsible for this revolution: InDemand Design.

But Can They Deliver?

This is the big question. Not all Kickstarter campaigns are able to produce what they promise. However, there is high hope that the SwitchCharge will be successful. Otherwise, people would not have invested in it. The demand for a product like the SwitchCharge is so high that people took to Twitter to promote the campaign. Clearly, it was successful.

SwitchCharge, SwitchCharge+, Nintendo Switch, Switch, Nintendo

I Guess We'll See

Only time can tell if the SwitchCharge will become a reality. In the meantime, we'll just have to wait and see.

Will you buy the SwitchCharge when it becomes available, or do you doubt its success?

Serious Sam is Back This Summer With Serious Sam's Bogus Detour,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/75d8956664ea89fa02b4efbf27e0bab0.jpg liz0x/serious-sam-is-back-this-summer-with-serious-sams-bogus-detour Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:05:13 -0400 Damien Smith

FPS legend Serious Sam makes a return this summer in Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, a top-down action shooter that will be available on Windows, Linux, and Steam OSThe game is being made by the developers of Hammerwatch, Crackshell and Croteam, who are also the creators of the Serious Sam franchise. 

What is Serious Sam's Bogus Detour?

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is a top-down action game where players will take on the role of Sam "Serious" Stone as they battle through Mediterranean locals, biological weapon labs, and much more.

The campaign can be played solo or via online co-op with two to four players, and it will feature an experience and level-up system. There will also be versus and survival modes, allowing up to 12 players duking it out simultaneously. The game will also release with a game editor, which will let players make their own mods.

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour will be the 13th Serious Sam title, not including re-releases, and it will be the 7th indie title in the franchise. It is being published by Devolver Digital and will release sometime this summer, although there has been no firm release date announced. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Serious Sam's Bogus Detour. 

Minecraft Adds New "Minecraft Marketplace",h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/n/minecraftmarket-news-a314f.jpeg e057u/minecraft-adds-new-minecraft-marketplace Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:46:39 -0400 Nick Aguila

The 1.1 Discovery update to Minecraft will allow players to create, download, and interact with one another's creations for the very first time. Available across Windows 10 and mobile, the update allows users to more efficiently purchase user-generated content using Minecraft Coins via in-app purchases. For now, Minecraft Coins will act as in-game money for downloads only, while the app store will take 30% of each download, leaving the rest of the profit for community creators. 

New Minecraft Commerce

The public beta for the update is set to launch in mid-April to test Minecraft Coins, but it won't unveil creator content just yet (more on that below). The staff at explained in a press release how content creators will profit off of this new feature:

It's super important to us that this is the biggest chunk of the profit: when a cool skin or map gets purchased, the app store platforms take a 30% cut, but creators get the majority after that.

Restrictions and Future Content

Before content creators are able to get their content in the marketplace, Mojang has partnered with larger crafters such as Noxcrew, Polymaps, and Sphax to set initial content-for-sale examples. In order for players to actually sell items in this new market, they must be a part of the Minecraft Partner Program, which makes them an officially registered business.

Then, the user-created content players purchase will be available across all platforms via Xbox Live accounts, so there won't be any accidental re-buying of the same item or piece of content. To answer questions about the update and all things featured therein, Mojang will host a Reddit AMA on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about the new Minecraft Marketplace and all things Minecraft

BANDAI NAMCO Announces New Naruto Title and Ultimate Ninja STORM Collections,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-team7-1491809083-79f65.jpg x965f/bandai-namco-announces-new-naruto-title-and-ultimate-ninja-storm-collections Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:30:12 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

Bandai Namco has just announced that the Naruto series will be receiving some attention in the form of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy for PlaStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The former title will be coming soon, with the latter two titles to come this Fall.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is changing up the formula somewhat, bringing new features to the series, such as vertical running to reach new heights and a new style of graphics.

The most interesting feature of all is the online, 4-player co-op that allows up to eight ninjas to battle it out in 4v4 matches. With the bright color palette that the game aims to show off, this mode may be one to keep an eye on.

A trailer highlighting all of these features has also been unveiled, toting the "acrobatic ninja battle action" that the game aims to provide for players:

The remaining two announced titles take past games and put them into handy collections for fans of the series or newcomers to experience. 

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy combines Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto into one remastered collection. Alongside the four games, this particular collection also includes a Naruto art book and an anime disc, all inside a metal case. 

The final option for Naruto fans is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy. This includes the first three three Ultimate Ninja Storm titles in a digital format.

A trailer for these collections has also been released to let both fans reminisce and newcomers get a slice of the action:

Will you be picking up the new NARUTO title or any of the collections when they hit the market this Fall? Let us know in the comments below! 

Blizzard May Consider Porting Overwatch to the Nintendo Switch in the Future,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/o/v/e/overwatch-73987.jpg ci106/blizzard-may-consider-porting-overwatch-to-the-nintendo-switch-in-the-future Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:20:37 -0400 Nam T. Bui

Jeff Kaplan, game director of Overwatch, has expressed his interests of bringing Blizzard's latest shooter to the recently released Nintendo Switch.

In an interview with UK-based Express, Kaplan stated that the company would take a look at how Overwatch performed on the Switch's hardware before committing to a port of the game. He believes that the issue with properly porting Overwatch to the Switch lies in ones and zeros -- or how to best exploit the console's specifications as they relate to Overwatch's build.

Moreover, Kaplan also implied that an Overwatch port on Nintendo Switch might bring more complexity to the workflow of maintaining the game, something that Blizzard has to work hard to achieve across three platforms -- PC, PS4, and Xbox One. He said:

"Our first couple of patches would come out on PC first and then later on the consoles. And a lot of that is because you're working with Microsoft and Sony, and you want to be compliant to their ecosystems. Adding a third ecosystem to that just adds a lot of complexity for us, as well."

Despite those challenges, Kaplan stated that he still won't rule out the option of porting Overwatch to Switch -- or not porting it at all. He said that Blizzard is very open-minded when deciding on what platforms their games will appear.

Overwatch is considered to be the second Blizzard games that available on current-gen console, after the first appearance of Diablo III. The game itself had already made a successful hit with 25 million players across all three platforms in January 2017.

EGX Rezzed 2017: World War 2 FPS Battalion 1944 Unveiled,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/fe29a52325db3783606b47e0c715fd74.jpg q1sqy/egx-rezzed-2017-world-war-2-fps-battalion-1944-unveiled Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:54:44 -0400 ESpalding

At any good gaming expo, you will more than likely get a world-exclusive or two, and EGX Rezzed 2017 was no exception. The Square Enix Collective was proud to unveil their latest sign, Battalion 1944. The World War 2 FPS has been developed by UK-based studio Bulkhead Interactive, previously known for making the first-person puzzler The Turing Test.

The team behind the game have been heavily inspired by series such as Medal of Honor and Call of Duty but are aiming to bring WW2 warfare to a modern audience. The game takes place in the thick of it all, with matches in such places as Carentan, where U.S. airforce troops engaged German infantry during the Normandy landings, or the siege of Bastogne, where American and German troops fought over an important strategic position in Belgium. All of the maps are based on actual events and locations from across the European theater of war.

The developers have built the game so that it totally relies on player skill. There is nothing to unlock and no abilities to level up, for example. Instead, everyone goes into it on a level playing field.  

There is currently no exact release date for Battalion 1944 but when it does arrive, it will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Take a look at the official announcement trailer at the top of this article, and let us know what you think about the game in the comments section below!

Twirlbound's Action Adventure Title Pine Gets Kickstarted,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/aafd2b13d364cbd07689bf9a4cf31cc0.jpg xrr1v/twirlbounds-action-adventure-title-pine-gets-kickstarted Sat, 08 Apr 2017 19:17:33 -0400 Damien Smith

Indie developer Twirlbound's Kickstarter campaign for action adventure title Pine received full funding today. The campaign reached its $100,000 goal with just under two days to go before the campaign's end.

What is Pine?

Pine is an upcoming 3D action adventure game currently in development by Twirlbound. Players will take on the role of Hue, a shy yet brave young adult who is attempting to find a new home for his leftover tribe. In order to do this, Hue needs to travel the landscapes of Albamare and work with (and against) a wide variety of species.

Pine is world-centric, allowing for events to happen across the island even without your involvement. With this mechanic, players will see all the species fighting for survival -- from small power shifts to utter extinction of an entire race.

Throughout their journey, the player will be able to uncover the history behind the island of Albamare, while using a variety of tools to help them in their quest.

The Kickstarter campaign

Twirlbound had a goal of $100,000 for their campaign on Kickstarter. With just under two days remaining before the campaign's end, a final flurry of pledges backed the project to fully fund it.

The money funded to the campaign will go towards the development, Kickstarter fees, taxes, audio, office and server costs for the game -- and of course, to fulfill pledge rewards as well.

With the success of the campaign, it will allow the core team of six to work full time on the game, along with hiring a freelancer for art support. Thanks to the support of over 3,000 backers, development on Pine is looking to be in full swing.

The game is set to release in 2018 on PC, Mac and Linux, with the potential to see console launches on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

Project Scorpio's Specs Will Blow the PS4 Pro Out of the Water,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/o/scorpio-banner-27045.jpg bzm36/project-scorpios-specs-will-blow-the-ps4-pro-out-of-the-water Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:57:36 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

Six months removed from the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro, Microsoft has been tight-lipped about its upcoming new console, code-named Scorpio. The only information that we have from the company so far is a promise that it will be the most powerful home system ever to exist, and a teased a holiday launch in 2017.

As we approach E3, Microsoft's internal team of Xbox developers met with the folks at Digital Foundry to reveal the confirmed hardware specifications for the new system, and the numbers certainly back up those bold claims made by the tech giant.

Project Scorpio set out to accomplish a specific set of goals for its processing and visual output, and is able to do so thanks to a custom CPU that can clock 2.3GHz of processing, backed by an impressive 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a bandwith of 326 GB per second. This trounces the PS4 Pro’s bandwith of 218 GB per second.

The horsepower continues to impress with an Optical Drive that can deliver 4K, UHD, and Blu-ray resolutions, promising developers that the engine packed within the machine will be able to maintain consistent framerates with 4K fidelity -- using actual 4K assets instead of simply just scaling non-4K assets up the resolution.

In addition, the team behind the new console also promises improved performance for older Xbox titles that will be backwards-compatible with the Scorpio, much in the way that the PS4 Pro does for compatible PS4 software. Only they'll be able to do it with a significantly higher leap in performance than the PlayStation. The advancements include improved texture mapping, load times, and framerates for Xbox One software that’s capable of running on the new system.

Just look at the port of Forza Motorsport 6 running on the Scorpio setup if you need proof.  

The sleek, smooth, and state-of-the-art lighting and visuals that the team was able to push showcased a degree of fidelity that was never thought to be possible out of a home market system.

Forza Horizon 3’s presentation was already was some of the best that the Xbox One had to offer. And yet the team managed to take the engine that they developed for the sixth entry, optimize it to the standards of the Scorpio’s capabilities, and complete the port of the title within just two days.

The craziest thing about the development of this Microsoft-exclusive racing sequel is that even with the game running at its highest performance settings, it will only push the 88% of the GPU’s capabilities to deliver that kind of performance. 88% may not sound like much on paper, but that sort of resource management can make a significant difference towards the operation of a game and what it’s capable of.

Calling Digital Foundry’s impressions praiseworthy seems to be a bit of understatement, as they were eager to endorse the grand boasts Microsoft has made with Project Scorpio -- even backing the claim that it will be the most powerful home console ever released on the market at launch.

But is all this enough to trump the PS4 Pro?

Stronger, faster, and louder tech won’t necessarily guarantee Microsoft the largest market share of console gaming. We’ve seen the company edge out the competition with similar technological advantages before, only to be squandered from poor management, bad endorsement decisions, and a subpar lineup of exclusives. For every Gears of War 4 or Forza Horizon 3, there’s been a Project Spark or ReCore to shift the paradigm of Xbox exclusives firmly back into above average territory. The new system is going to need to really deliver game quality first, and performance second, if It hopes to capitalize where Sony has fumbled so far.

In addition, Scorpio’s messaging has been just as fuzzy as Sony’s intel was with the PS4 Pro. It was unclear as to whether or not this was a humble improvement on the current iteration of hardware, or a full-fledged upgrade to everything currently available. The new information released on the project puts that confusion to rest, and it would seem that Microsoft will be the first to deliver the new future of tech for console gaming later this year.

Are Duplicate Cards an Issue in Journey to Un'Goro, Or is the Hearthstone Community Full of It?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/n/g/ungoro-945fa.jpg kh3gz/are-duplicate-cards-an-issue-in-journey-to-ungoro-or-is-the-hearthstone-community-full-of-it Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:27:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

During the release of Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion for Hearthstone in 2016 there was a huge problem with duplicate tri-class cards in the first batch of packs in NA region. Back then Blizzard admitted to the bug by fixing it and rewarding the players with additional 33% of packs from their initial amount.

However, it looks like the problem may still be persisting in the newly released Journey to Un’Goro expansion that just launched on April 6. Let’s investigate and try to understand if that is actually the case.

Hearthstone Subreddit and Forums Blow Up

In the last few days after the release of the Journey to Un’Goro, a number of threads appeared on Reddit and official Hearthstone forums about the unnaturally large amounts of duplicates opened by people from the Un’Goro packs.

One of the redditors admitted that his threads on an official HS forums were deleted multiple times. But this could have been because he posted the same threads many times, and simply fell victim to typical forum moderation.

"I hit the official Blizzard forums to ask what was going on with the high number of duplicate cards I was getting from the Un'Goro card packs, because I kept getting the Volcanosaur card every 3 or 4 packs fairly consistently. […]

Well get this.. every time I posted the [thread] it has been deleted from the Blizzard forums.”

But even the players from the Chinese HS forums reported that any threads which raised the issue with duplicates was censored within minutes. So things could be trickier than they look.

Just recently, Blizzard released an official statement on the matter denying such claims:

“We have seen a number of posts from our community today regarding Journey to Un'Goro packs and the possibility that they might be distributing an abnormally high amount of duplicate cards. We want to assure everyone that we have looked into this concern and have found that Journey to Un'Goro card distribution is working properly, both at a per card and per rarity basis, and is consistent with previous Hearthstone releases.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We really do appreciate all the feedback, even when related to possible bugs or concerns around the game.”

A Conspiracy of Greedy Players?

Is it possible that players wanted more Un’Goro packs for themselves again after the last incident with Mean Streets of Gadgetzan? The confirmation bias in the HS community is a normal thing, and while some players may have instigated the “uprising”, others simply jumped on the bandwagon with the hope to get more free packs.

But this kind of reaction is understandable given the current condition of Hearthstone prices.

A couple of weeks before the release of Journey to Un’Goro, Blizzard announced a price increase for the packs. This alone made the HS community angry -- and in one way or another, the reaction to possible duplicates was something to be expected. Their favorite game that wasn’t cheap to begin with, and has become even more expensive for supposedly duplicate content.

On the other hand, if you look at the stats of the opened packs on other threads at Reddit and Hearthpwn, you will see that many people are actually happy with the way their packs turned out. Some players claim opening as many as 5 legendaries (no duplicates) within 60 packs. So even if the problem exists, it hasn't affected every player, as was the case with Mean Streets of Gadgetzan.

Most likely Blizzard will do nothing about it, as they have already claimed that there is no such issue. So will the players believe them or will they persist in their claims? Only time will tell. But it will all probably calm down as soon as everybody realizes that it might have been just another moment of unlucky RNG.


Do you feel that there were too many duplicates in the Un’Goro packs when you opened them? Share your own stats and opinions in the comments below.

League of Legends Reveals Two New Champions to be Released Together,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/3/8/w38zgjfgihyqn5s2vcrddz-970-6c90a.jpg q2403/league-of-legends-reveals-two-new-champions-to-be-released-together Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:26:34 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

For the first time in several years, League of Legends is getting two brand new champions at the same time -- Rakan the Charmer and Xayah the Rebel. They are both lovers from the new region of Vastaya.

This release is odd compared to others, since both of these champions can be paired together in games to make 2/5 of a solid team. Rakan the Charmer is a support champion, while Xayah the Rebel is an ADC. Together, they can make a pretty powerful damage/support combo. 

Let's take a closer look at both these champions and what they bring to the Rift.

Xayah, the Rebel

Xayah is built to deal a lot of damage pretty quickly. She doesn't have an ammo system like other champions, and also drops feathers that will net extra damage on enemies to compound her punishing kit. Her abilities are as follows:

  • Clean Cuts: Mini-Twitch ult that will auto pierce all targets; leaves 1 feather
  • Double Daggers: Throws two knives that deals double damage; drops 2 feathers
  • Deadly Plumage: Speed boost when striking an enemy.
  • Bladecaller: Those dropped feathers deal damage to enemies that pass through them.
  • Featherstorm: Flies into the air, rains down daggers and leaves feathers behind

Rakan, the Charmer

Rakan is made to help Xayah as she flies around the rift. His kit is pretty standard for a support, with shields and heals he can provide to his allies. There's also a few damage abilities for those rare occasions when he needs to go on the offensive. 

  • Fey Feathers: Shield that scales with ability power
  • Gleaming Quill: Skillshot that hits a target will heal him and nearby enemies.
  • Grand Entrance: Dash through enemies, and deals damage
  • Battle Dance: Dash an ally, shielding them during the process.
  • Quickness: Movement speed boost and damages enemies after they are charmed by Rakan.


There is no word yet on when these new champions will be available, so be on the lookout here to see when you will be able to play as Rakan and Xayah.

What do you think about the new heroes? Will you try them out or are you going to stick with your main? Let us know in the comments!

Edna and Mikleo Joins the Cast in Tales of the Rays,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/o/r/sorey-event-5c25e.png 7h40o/edna-and-mikleo-joins-the-cast-in-tales-of-the-rays Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:43:09 -0400 Kevin Ngo

The latest event in Tales of the Rays -- titled "God's Recipe" -- has you going on an adventure with Edna and Mikleo from Tales of Zestiria. So if you wanted more Zestiria characters in the game, this is the perfect chance to go get them.

If you have played Tales of Zestiria, you will be very familiar with who Edna is. But if not, Edna is the Earth Seraph in Zestiria and has the tendency to tease others. She fights with an umbrella and primarily casts earth spells.

Mikleo is the Water Seraph, and the childhood best friend of Sorey. While he is a calm and composed individual, he has a tendency to get flustered. This makes him a very easy target to get teased by Edna. Mikleo uses a staff as his weapon of choice and primarily casts water spells.

Mikleo, Tales of the Rays

The new event comes with a prologue you will need to clear before you start the quest. Once you have beaten the prologue, you'll be able to start the 2-part quest. The first part has 17 stages -- and by clearing it, you'll unlock Edna and Mikleo for your party. Clearing the final stage in part one will unlock Mikleo Mirror Arte. The 2nd part has 10 stages, and is much more difficult than the first part. But you'll get Edna Mirror Arte at the end of it.

The one advantage this event has over the game's previous event is the inclusion of Mirror Arte as a reward for Edna and Mikleo. While the summon banner does feature a much more powerful Mirror Arte for the two characters, it's nice for them to have at least a basic Mirror Arte. This event also has rewards in the contract section for leveling Edna and Mikleo so you are encouraged to use them while the event is live.

Edna, Mikleo, Tales of the Rays

With this, we will now have had 4 characters added to Rays through events. The "Gods' Recipe" event will run from March 31 to April 17.

Bullet Soul Comes to PC with Steam Launch,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/2/5/2258e712e0199e1.PNG pt4bj/bullet-soul-comes-to-pc-with-steam-launch Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:34:33 -0400 Paige McGovern

Bullet Soul launches today on the Steam Store. It was first launched in Japan in 2011 before arriving on the Xbox 360 in 2016. Today, in 2017, it has finally arrived to obliterate enemies on PC.

Bullet Soul is a modern Japanese shooter game with a classic arcade feel. Players can see it all with the game's impressive, crisp graphics. There are 4 different game modes, both timed and causal, with several different characters and ships to choose from. Those who are looking to become truly immersed in the game can even rotate their monitor vertically to fill up the entire screen.

The new PC version has been received very positively, judging by reviews on Destructoid, ZTGD, and CGMagazine. Players are recommended to have an Xbox 360/One controller on hand, but that is not required. The game can be fully operated by using the keyboard and mouse.

All DLC available from the Xbox 360 version is included with the Steam purchase. Bullet Soul is currently $13.49, which is 10% off from the regular $14.99 price tag. This discount will end soon on April 13th.

Watch the brand new trailer below:

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest Bullet Soul news.

Kingdom Hearts Union X[Cross] Now Available for Mobile Devices,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/n/i/union-logo-3f153.jpg 6bdpc/kingdom-hearts-union-xcross-now-available-for-mobile-devices Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:19:13 -0400 tofuslayer

Today, Square Enix announced the relaunch of the mobile RPG Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] for the one year anniversary of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ. In a press release, Square Enix said the relaunch “introduces a major update that adds multiplayer mode and additional gameplay enhancements to deliver a complete Kingdom Hearts experience for gamers.”

In the new Union Cross multiplayer mode, mobile players join forces in teams of six while facing Heartless enemies and bosses. Players can communicate through text bubbles and emoticons as they take on new quests and missions. The text bubble feature can also be used to coordinate multiplayer sessions. Additionally, players can access cutscenes from the game in the new Theater Mode option.

The new content for Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] is now available for iOS and Android devices on the App Store and Google Play. For those who already have Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, players just need to update the game to experience the new content. All players who participate in the game’s anniversary will receive free items and in-game currency.

Elder Scrolls Legends PvE Expansion Starring Beloved Guild Available Now,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/a/r/darkbrotherhood-b2eac.png zdk21/elder-scrolls-legends-pve-expansion-starring-beloved-guild-available-now Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:10:29 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

As of today, a new PvE expansion -- The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood -- is available for Elder Scrolls: Legends on PC and iPad worldwide.

For $20 or a non-descript amount of in-game gold, you will get access to 25 new missions and 40 new cards. Many of which are only attainable via playing the new story missions, including 3 new legendary cards.

The campaign itself focuses on, well The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood. Taking place prior to the events of Skyrim, you are hired by a merchant to find his missing wife. This eventually leads you down a twisting path into life as a double agent in the Dark Brotherhood itself.

In one mission you must protect a pig. Not this pig.

Throughout the campaign, there are tough decisions you must make which affect the missions that you play. This suggests that there is potentially replayability to the campaign itself. However, it has been assured that you will be able to attain all of the cards regardless of your decisions.

The missions themselves will feature many unique scenarios which you must continually evolve and adapt to. For instance, there is a battle that takes place during a ball where things continually move around. There are even certain situations where you can go undercover, abandoning your deck in favor of a special deck more like that of the person you are disguised as.

Elder Scrolls: Legends is available for download on PC via the Launcher, or on iPad via the App Store.

Xbox's Project Scorpio Finally Reveals Its Hardware Specs,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/3eca806335f0f012d676b54c35d46267.jpg 5p0dd/xboxs-project-scorpio-finally-reveals-its-hardware-specs Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:36:14 -0400 Nam T. Bui

After a long period of rumors and speculations, Project Scorpio -- Xbox's upgraded equivalent to the PS4 Pro -- has finally revealed its official hardware specs on the YouTube channel Digital Foundry.

According to Eurogamer, Project Scorpio will deliver a new console that pushes its graphics processing up to 6 teraflops of computing speed, and can easily reach 60fps in native 4K resolution. The console itself includes an all-new customized CPU that can process 31% faster than the Xbox One and that's described as having "evolved" Jaguar cores.

Scorpio will also have a new audio processor with 7.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos support.

Here are the full specs of Project Scorpio, alongside the same specs for the PS4 Pro as a basis of comparison.

  Project Scorpio PS4 Pro
CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz
GPU 40 customized compute units at 1172MHz 36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz
Memory 12GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s 218GB/s
Hard Drive 1TB 2.5-inch 1TB 2.5-inch
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Blu-ray

When mentioning the capabilities of Project Scorpio, Microsoft implied that every Xbox One game should be able to run and display at native 4K resolution. In order to prove this, the company had run a special demo on Scorpio, with Forza Motorsport 6 running on 4K graphics. The result shows that the console can achieve 60fps in the native 4K resolution, while not devoting too many hardware resources to doing so. 

Based purely on initial comparisons given its specs, Project Scorpio is technically superior to the PS4 Pro. However, there are still concerns that this doesn't quite make up for the Xbox One's lack of notable exclusives -- especially when Sony's console has seen a strong year of exclusives with games like Horizon Zero Dawn. But things may turn around, as Microsoft is rumored to have a promising line-up of Scorpio games for this year's E3, including Star Wars Battlefront II, Forza Motorsport 7, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Stay tuned for more information as we learn more about the console!

[SPOILERS] Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia ROMs Have Leaked Onto the Internet,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/i/r/fire-emblem-echoes-1920x1080-6f599.jpg fq0oe/spoilers-fire-emblem-echoes-shadows-of-valentia-roms-have-leaked-onto-the-internet Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:28:14 -0400 David Fisher

Late last year, Pokemon Sun and Moon ROMSs were leaked onto the Internet a week before release, and Paper Mario Color Splash was leaked not long before that. Now another Nintendo 3DS title has gotten leaked and pirated on the internet, this time almost a month before release -- Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia.

While the leak is of the Japanese version of the game, it has nevertheless showcased a bunch of new information on the game that had not been revealed officially before. We've seen everything from the game's music to character portraits, and even an added sixth chapter that did not exist in the original Fire Emblem: Gaiden game that Shadows of Valentia is based off of.

Other information that has been released at the time of this article's publication include:

Nintendo has yet to make a public statement on the leak. But it should be noted that despite this being a Japanese version of the game, it is believed that the leak was most likely done by a foreign source. This is primarily due to the fact that Japan itself does not have a strong 3DS emulation community, while the United States does (as argued by Reddit user /u/brocopina).

SoV acts as the first Fire Emblem title in almost 10 years to release with the classic formula outside of Japan -- the most recent release being New Mystery of the Fire Emblem (a Japan exclusive). Now that the ROM has leaked and made its way to emulators, some fans are expressing concern that it could affect whether we see more remakes of the classic games and releases of future Fire Emblem titles that don't rely so heavily on the new pairing mechanic. 

More importantly, it should also be noted that anyone who uses these pirated files on their 3DS should expect their systems to lose all online privileges. This means not only the loss of your online account's purchased items, but also your physical device's ability to connect to the Internet. While this might not be important to some, it led to quite a bit of anger and frustration among pirating players who lost hundreds of dollars worth of purchases.

Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia releases on April 20th in Japan, and May 19th internationally. Be sure to check back with for when the official release launches for reviews, guides, and more!

Prey Trailer Gives New Look At Weapons, Gadgets and Gear,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4f7a2c8d3e61718ec9fe177d7cc83dc6.jpg 0p1e3/prey-trailer-gives-new-look-at-weapons-gadgets-and-gear Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:26:47 -0400 Nick Aguila

Bethesda's Prey is a futuristic game focused on the Talos I space station, which has been overrun by aliens called Typhons who aren't around to make friends. The initial trailer for the game debuted at E3 2016, but this new trailer goes in depth on more weapons, gadgets and gear that will be experienced by the player first hand.

The first piece of gear unveiled is the Transcribe, a communicator that is standard issue to all Talos I employees. The device also acts as the prime interface to manage the players abilities, area maps and acts as a general user interface (UI). Next comes the Artax Propulsion System that is attached to the player's uniform to navigate in zero g environments. The first gadget shown was the Recycler Charge and is described on the game's site as:

"a godsend when trying to clear out a room – but it’s also extremely dangerous if not handled properly."

The site goes on to say that standing too close will hurt the player which could possibly happen with other gadgets in the game as many are experimental.

Prey, Gun, Helmet, GLOO Cannon

The GLOO Cannon, one we can't wait to try out, will be one of the more versatile in the game. The dual gadget and weapon will be used to hurt and to aide and was first seen in the initial trailer, but was designed to stop the escape of Typhons; which is where the next weapon comes in.

The Typhon Lure, another grenade, can be used to both distract and attract a Typhon. The only non-direct carry asset of the player officially unveiled is the Engineering Operator. These robots are hostile enemies and apparently will travel in pairs similar to the aliens trying to kill the player. These are indications of possibly more robots to be seen as the first trailer for the game showed different robots who could be distracted similar to the Typhons.

Prey, Hardware Laps, Skills Tree

A look at the user interface that wasn't directly expanded upon in the new trailer shows quick glimpses of a wrench, shotgun and handgun, more basic items that the player will probably start with. Furthermore we got a quick glimpse at specialization tracks called Neuromods. These mods will likely act in conjunction with leveling up as the player can choose what to focus on to escape the station.

Prey releases on May 5, 2017 and if you pre-order now you'll receive the Cosmonaut Shotgun pack including a specialized shotgun, different from the one seen in the new trailer and other gear.

NieR: Automata Reached 1-Million-Copies Milestone After One Month,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/5ca059ac6ac67dd80392b26168625f8c.jpg q0w2s/nier-automata-reached-1-million-copies-milestone-after-one-month Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:00:24 -0400 Nam T. Bui

Square Enix has just stated, in their latest press release, that the open-world action-adventure RPG NieR: Automata reached more than 1 million copies sold, this is since the PS4 full worldwide release on March 10.

This milestone includes all numbers of physical and digital sales for both the PS4 and PC versions. It is also noted that SteamSpy has calculated that there are more than 220,000 users that owned the PC version of NieR: Automata, with an average of 6,000 to 10,000 concurrent players per day. Previously, the game has sold 198,542 copies on PS4 during the first week in Japan, which surpassed the predecessor NieR that reached about 134,000 copies in Japan after 7 months.

This news is unsurprising as NieR: Automata being lauded as one of the best video games in recent years, alongside with other open-world action-adventures such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Critics and gamers praised the game with its innovating combat gameplay, captivating story and characters, and striking audio and visual designs. The PC version also gained positive reception for its highly polished port, despite having some technical issues during the first days.

NieR: Automata sets its storyline after the fourth ending of NieR, taking place in a post-apocalyptic world during the proxy wars between YoRHa and the invasive android army from a different world.

It released for PS4 in Japan on February 23, and North America March 7. Then later made it's way to PC for a worldwide audience on March 17.

Extended Free Trial Announced for Dishonored 2,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/s/dishonred2-freetrialheader-da639.jpg 5x4xn/extended-free-trial-announced-for-dishonored-2 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:48:19 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

This morning Bethesda announced on their official blog that an extended free trial of Dishonored 2 would be made available via PSN Store, Xbox Live, and Steam on April 6th.

The trial can be played through using either of the game's 2 unique protagonists: Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano (the protagonist from the first game). The free trial seems to be quite extensive as it features the first 3 missions in the game. To accommodate the trial's length, if or when you upgrade to the full game your saves will be brought over as well.

This seems to offer quite a bit of content for its free price tag. I'd imagine you could potentially get several hours out of this, especially if you play through with both characters. The blog post does not seem to indicate that this is a limited time offer.

Since it's release Dishonored 2 received updates which retroactively added in a mission select and an extra difficulty setting (among other things).

GameSkinny's review of the game is rather positive, saying that is made "a huge step forward from its predecessor" is almost every aspect. But what do you think? Do you really enjoy being able to play a game before you buy it, or is it just too late to release a demo?

Shovel Knight's Finally Getting the Spectre Knight Update,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/p/e/specterannouncement-big-192c2.png wcqtt/shovel-knights-finally-getting-the-spectre-knight-update Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:39:05 -0400 Erroll Maas

Beloved 16 bit platformer, Shovel Knight, will finally be getting its Specter of Torment update on PC on April 5th, with the update coming to other consoles at an undetermined time later this month.

Specter of Torment is a prequel to the events of Shovel Knight and stars Specter Knight, who is sent by the villain, The Enchantress, to recruit members for her Order of No Quarter. The expansion will also cover the origin of Specter Knight and how he came into that position.

Shovel Knight Treasure Trove, a collection of all Shovel Knight updates and expansions as well as the first version of Shovel Knight to feature Specter of Torment, released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd of this year. Shovel Knight Treasure Trove will be released for other consoles at an unspecified time this month for $24.99, and will include all previous and future expansions and updates. Current owners of Shovel Knight will be able to have their game updated to Shovel Knight Treasure Trove for free. The  DLC expansions will also be available as standalone titles for $9.99 each.

Shovel Knight was originally released by Yacht Club Games in 2014. In Shovel Knight, you play as the character of the same name, collect treasure, and fight against enemies with your trusty shovel.

The game released to critical acclaim and has had one previous DLC expansion released in 2015 called Plague of Shadows, in which you play as the character Plague Knight.

Shovel Knight is currently available for 3DS, Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita.

Get Ready for the Chaos-Packed Gameplay Trailer in Agents of Mayhem,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/f1b5156a02923244f99b1ca23796e56d.jpg mc9mc/get-ready-for-the-chaos-packed-gameplay-trailer-in-agents-of-mayhem Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:07:39 -0400 Nam T. Bui

Deep Silver has just released an all-new trailer of Agents of Mayhem -- an open-world third-person action game that succeeds the legacy of the Saints Row series.

The latest trailer showcased chaotic gameplay actions from multiple playable characters -- which marks the first appearance of new protagonists not originally in the first trailer -- such as Yeti and Scheherazade. It also features the vehicle gameplay and the antagonists from L.E.G.I.O.N., as well as announcing the release date of 18th August 2017.

Agents of Mayhem is considered to be the spiritual sequel of Saints Row series, while also in the same universe. Set after the events of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. Players will take control the agents of an organization called M.A.Y.H.E.M with the mission to save the world from threats of terrorist group L.E.G.I.O.N. In Agents of Mayhem, players can control a squad of 3 agents chosen from the roster of 12 different playable characters.

Each character possesses different weapons and skills which give them a unique playstyle. Since the game is set in the Saints Row universe, many symbols from the series are mentioned in the game: from the 3rd Street Saints' fleur-de-lis logo, to the iconic Ultor Corporation and the return of Persephone Brimstone (Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell).

Agents of Mayhem is set to have a release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Get Ready to Rumble Your Way to a Total Extreme Wrestling Discount,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/78b1688f210831e37ed596c508010e5f.jpg 95zqt/get-ready-to-rumble-your-way-to-a-total-extreme-wrestling-discount Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:56:34 -0400 Glitchiee_8928

Grey Dog Software has announced a new promotion just in time for WrestleMania 33. Using code MANIA17, you can purchase Total Extreme Wrestling 2016 for 10% off. The code and promotion will run until April 10th.

Total Extreme Wrestling 2016 is the seventh in the series. The game includes 500 features, including some that fans of the series have asked to be added.

Taking on the role of a wrestling manager, it's the players job to send a wrestling company to the top. Prospect wrestlers, deal with divas, forge alliances with other companies and get a choke hold on that top industry spot. With the ability to change the difficulty of the game, Total Extreme Wrestling 2016 is a good title for new or curious fans to jump into the series with.

Interested in the game but not sure if you will like it? Check out the game trailer above for a bit more information. If you still need convincing, there is a playable trial version as well. 

Will Blizzard Release Hearthstone for Nintendo Switch?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-games-hearthstone-786581-3fe67.jpg mowr6/will-blizzard-release-hearthstone-for-nintendo-switch Sun, 02 Apr 2017 05:53:33 -0400 tofuslayer

Gamers everywhere are anticipating some exciting news to be revealed at Blizzcon 2017 in November.

While many are wondering if Blizzard will announce Diablo 4 or StarCraft 3, some fans think there’s a chance that we will hear news that some of Blizzard's games will be released for Nintendo Switch. The rumors are founded in the idea that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the free online card game, is a great candidate for the Nintendo Switch console. Since the Switch has a touch screen, some believe it would be a better fit for the console than to would be for PS4 or Xbox One.

Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Mike Donais was quoted by Express Online as saying:

I personally haven’t talked about it, but I’m more focused on card design. Hearthstone is available on iPads and phones, so it’s a good discussion worth having.

Though Donais’ statements don’t seem very promising, Hearthstone fans who want a Nintendo Switch version of the game are clinging to the possibility that Blizzard may surprise everyone at Blizzcon come November. Many believe that the convention’s return to Anaheim, California, is a sign that big news is coming for Blizzard fans everywhere.

Still, some doubt that the Switch will provide a big enough audience to justify Blizzard creating a Hearthstone port for the console. To support that, Blizzard does have a tendency to publish games on consoles that are more well-established and easy to use. 

If the Switch gains a large enough following and proves not to be a fad, Hearthstone for the Switch may not be out of the question.

According to a post on Reddit, Game Director Jeff Kaplan said he really enjoys the Switch. On top of that Kaplan said that though it may pose challenges, Blizzard is open minded about releasing their games on new platforms.

"We're always open minded about exploring possible platforms,” Kaplan said.

Blizzcon is quite a ways away, so there’s no doubt that we’ll hear more on the matter in the next few months. Only time will tell if the Blizzard card game makes it to Nintendo's newest console. 

Would you play Hearthstone on the Switch? Let us know in the comments below.

The Geekiest April Fools Pranks 2017,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/v/cov-856f5.jpg ggdpk/the-geekiest-april-fools-pranks-2017 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:49:08 -0400 Ty Arthur

Remember last year's hilarious April Fools pranks, like Think Geek manufacturing the Plumbus, PornHub becoming CornHub (hot young corn gets plowed!), and Rocket League's auto-rage quit feature? Game developers and tech sites across the web didn't slow down for 2017, going full throttle with more ridiculous announcements that can only be expected to land one single day of the year.

When dealing with gaming, there's a line to straddle for April Fools gags. It's between something believable that might anger fans (because they actually want the joke game to be made) and something so outrageous no one will ever get fooled.

Sometimes that line gets obliterated, and there's a long history of April Fools gags becoming reality, like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon or phone companies going all in to give us things similar to the Google Cardboard VR system. Hopefully, a few of the 2017 gags get a similar treatment in the not too distant future! Below we've rounded up all the best jokes you may have missed this year.

CERN Goes Doom

After discovering the long-theorized Higgs Boson (popularized in the media as "the god particle"), CERN stopped colliding particles underground at insane speeds to take a look up in the sky at some celestial bodies... and discovered something that will require a Doom Marine to check out!

Very early this morning the European science organization released a series of cryptic photos that got the Illuminati/ancient aliens crowd all kinds of excited, culminating in a story about discovering an ancient particle accelerator on Mars.  

It was all in good fun and eventually CERN confirmed it was a gag... but if you value your sanity, don't go read the Facebook comments. They are filled to the brim with a tin-foil-hat-crowd convinced it wasn't fake -- and making this announcement on April 1st is all a big cover up.

Le Sigh.

 Looks like a hell portal to me. Get ready for glory kills galore!

Tactics Alexander

A joke that's bound to upset more than a few fans, Square Enix tugged on our sense of nostalgia by uploading a video indicating a new Final Fantasy Tactics style game was coming (with super retro '80s sound effects) based on the Alexander raid scenario from Final Fantasy XIV. Leave a comment if you'd totally buy this!

Google Maps Goes Pac Man

The ever-reliable Google decided to have a little fun with people needing directions this year by turning the Google Maps site into a playable Pac Man experience! Fun for the kids, but maybe not so helpful if you're trying to find the nearest arcade...

Fire Emblem: Battle Of Revolution

Nintendo decided to follow in the footsteps of Square Enix this year, poking fun at fans who long for old school gaming sensibilities. They did this by posting screenshots of an 8-bit style Fire Emblem game coming to the newly released Switch console. Call me crazy, but I think people would actually buy this, so why not just go ahead and do it already?

Netflix Has Will Arnet Narrate Nothing

Netflix has had some killer April Fools videos over the years. My personal favorite was probably the two hours of sizzling bacon, mocking those videos of crackling log fires.

This year the streaming giant had comedian Will Arnet sit in a chair and narrate everyday objects like copiers and microwaves in a segment brilliantly titled Netflix Live. Sadly, there will never be a season 2.

Bear Party DLC

From the original Infinity Engine games to classic reboot Pillars Of Eternity, there's been a long running gag in D&D games about having a group of druids wild-shape into animals and playing through with no human characters.

For this year's April Fools shenanigans, Obsidian decided to make the all-bear play through official with the Bear Party DLC for Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire! I particularly like how one is clearly supposed to be bear Edér, with a corn cob pipe in his mouth.

GeForce Does The Work For You

In a "joke" that feels like it will probably be a standard feature on PCs and consoles not too many years down the road, GeForce announced the GTX G-Assist, a nifty device that watches and learns how you play.

Anytime you need to get up to grab an energy drink or microwave a hot pocket, the GTX G-Assist keeps playing for you, so you don't have to pause or go AFK during a multiplayer match!

Overlord Announcer

Who needs an intelligible announcer for any given Starcraft II round? With this exciting new announcer pack, you can have a Zerg overlord tell you everything you need to know in a series of incomprehensible grunts and wheezes! Predictably, fans love it, and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a reality.

Amazon's Petlexa

Love your Echo but wish your adorable puppers could order his own kibble without your help? Today, Amazon announced the Petlexa update for the Echo, which counts your hamster's wheel rotations and learns how to speak doggie!

That's all the best gags we've seen so far this year -- what was your favorite April Fools 2017 joke? Sound off in the comments below. 

Nintendo Announces New Splatoon 2 Map at ESL Europe Grand Final,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/p/l/splatoon2mapheaderimage-3b57a.jpg pk0jd/nintendo-announces-new-splatoon-2-map-at-esl-europe-grand-final Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:50:48 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Today at the Splatoon Europe Grand Finals competition, a new Splatoon 2 map was announced by Nintendo. This map, called Humpback Pump Track, looks as if it could have been ripped straight out of a Tony Hawk game in the best way possible. It features tracks and ramps in all sorts of haphazard directions, as well as walls that can be used for cover.

Perhaps most interestingly, it was revealed that jellyfish do in fact like to ride bikes. Which, as many of us Splatoon heads already know, was a huge lingering question left by the first game.  

Now, we can all collectively hold our breath hoping that Nintendo does not try to pull a fast one on us by insisting that this was an April Fool's Day prank. (Don't worry! We did our due diligence.) 

In the meantime, you can take solace in watching the reveal trailer on loop. Splatoon 2 is currently set to release in the vague time frame of "Summer 2017" for the Nintendo Switch.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more breaking news and info on Splatoon 2!

Star Citizen Alpha 2.6.2 Patch Has Been Released,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/a/star-5a263.jpg ob20t/star-citizen-alpha-262-patch-has-been-released Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:29:10 -0400 Paige McGovern

Star Citizen, the highly anticipated spaceflight MMO, has raised millions since developer Cloud Imperium Games began crowdfunding in 2012. And the game has made steady progress since. Now, Alpha 2.6.2 has launched.

The new patch adds a multiplayer mega map to Arena Commander and Star Marine modes. Improvements to Star Marine are expected to make gameplay more enjoyable, per the developer. What's more, enemy players will now be killed upon entering the spawn room, while prone and melee have been temporarily pulled due to exploits.

Wide screens are now supported with new screen resolutions, too, and the update also includes an incredible amount of bug fixes, including several adjustments to ships, camera modes, first-person perspectives, the user interface, and more. 

Players are recommended to change the game's files to optimize this patch:

Your launcher should show “2.6.2-521494” as the client version. It is strongly recommended that players delete their USER folder for the Live client after patching, particularly if you start encountering any odd character graphical issues or crash on loading. The USER folder can be found (in default installations) at C:\Program Files\Cloud Imperium Games\StarCitizen\Public.

There is no launch date for Star Citizen at this time. New players can join the Alpha by creating an account and purchasing a game package, starting at $45.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information regarding Star Citizen

Rogue Stormers Finally Releases For Everyone Outside North America,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/o/g/rogue-stormers-thumbnail-36e8e.jpg fr74l/rogue-stormers-finally-releases-for-everyone-outside-north-america Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:18:52 -0400 Scopersniper

The game Rogue Stormers, developed by the German-based studio Black Forest Games and published by SOEDESCO, releases today outside of North America, where it was released on September 8. Boxed releases for North America should arrive later this year. 

The game has both a single-player element and a local/online multiplayer element, which allows up to 4 players to join in the chaos. On top of that, Rogue Stormers also has 5 different characters, each with unique abilities players can progress as they play through each level.

Procedurally generated and theoretically endless -- if you don't die that is -- Rogue Stormers biggest selling point is its difficulty. Claiming to be "challenging but fair," the game is somewhat likened to theD Souls series when it comes to bone-crushing difficulty, especially when the single player uses permadeath (dying in co-op can be temporary based on certain mechanics).

Overall, Rogue Stormers' cartoony yet modern art style evokes games like Overwatch and more pointedly, Awesomenauts

Rogue Stormers has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Watch the game's trailer below:

StarCraft: Brood War 1.18 Delayed, But You Can Play on the PTR Right Now,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/e/l/delay-57f12.png nhtew/starcraft-brood-war-118-delayed-but-you-can-play-on-the-ptr-right-now Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:07:41 -0400 Ashley Gill

If you're an old fogey like me and waiting with bated breath to see StarCraft: Brood War go totally free -- and get that sweet remaster this summer -- you may be wondering where the 1.18 patch is. 

Officially postponed as Blizzard irons out issues with the game's first actual update in eight years, you don't have to wait for the free Brood War update. Yes, it is possible to download the patch and give it a whirl on the Public Test Realm (PTR) right now.

The download for the Public Test Realm build can be found on the official StarCraft forum. At the time of writing, this build only works on Windows (the Mac version is coming in time) and has some issues the development team is aiming to sort out before pushing the update to full release.

Patching a Patch of a 19-year-old Game

Some of the current issues with the PTR build include crashes on Windows 7, latency issues, and input lag. Furthermore, the current build does not have many of the social features previously found in Brood War 1.16 and below. On top of all this, there are a number of bugs pertaining to lobbies.

Of course, none of these sound like a good time and many of these bugs will need to be squashed before the patch is inducted into the professional Korean scene, the game's bonafide home away from home. The patch needs to be fully functional and lag-free as the future of its scene relies on 1.18's stability and first impression on newer players.

Developer Pete Stilwell announced on the forums yesterday evening that patch 1.18's actual release has been delayed at least a week as the team strives to iron out the build's problems. 

If you just can't wait, grab the 1.5Gb PTR download and give the current build a run for its money. Blizzard is keeping an eye on the forum looking for feedback and bugs, so be sure to report issues (or voice your strong opinions) should you have them to make 1.18 both the newest and best Brood War to date.

Mad Catz is Roadkill -- Hardware Dev to Officially Shut Its Doors and File for Bankruptcy,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/6/j/c6j9c47wgaimdwc-40ffa.jpg 6rmjf/mad-catz-is-roadkill-hardware-dev-to-officially-shut-its-doors-and-file-for-bankruptcy Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:48:17 -0400 Dan Roemer

Mad Catz, originally founded in 1989, has officially announced it will be shutting its doors and filing for Bankruptcy. Any assets the company owned will be sold to the highest bidder from its new trustee, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., as highlighted in an official announcement made today.

“Pursuant to the assignment in bankruptcy, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (“PWC”) has been appointed as the trustee in bankruptcy of the Company’s estate. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Mad Catz, Inc., ceased operations and also has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code to initiate an orderly liquidation of the assets of the Company. In addition, certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries have filed or will file for liquidation under comparable legislation in their countries of origin.”

Mad Catz was most known for their gaming peripherals, which ranged from third party controllers such as PlayStation and Xbox controllers to Rock Band and Guitar Hero controllers. The company also made accessories like screen protectors, carry bags, and much more. Mad Catz also owned the TRITTON branded gaming headsets and R.A.T. gaming mice lines. 

Nine Lives No More

Mad Catz seems to have been in financial trouble for years with revenue declining for some time. Back in 2016, Mad Catz laid off nearly 40 percent of its own workforce and at one point, the company was even notified by the New York Stock Exchange that they would be delisted if the company's stocks continued to plummet.

Last week, the company was officially delisted.

A source for Kotaku also mentioned the company was “bleeding money for years” and the the Tekken 7 arcade sticks they were developing were simply going to be a re-skin of an already existing product. What's more, this reworking and reskinning of existing products also included other upcoming products, such as TRITTON headsets.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information regarding Mad Catz bankruptcy and any future developments from the former company. 

Final Fantasy XIV Free Trial Now Has No Time Limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/f/x/ffxiv-combat-f30a4.jpg rw14m/final-fantasy-xiv-free-trial-now-has-no-time-limit Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:59:16 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Ever since the re-release of Final Fantasy XIV 2.0, Square Enix has been updating the game pretty consistently. Because of all this support from its developers and the enthusiasm of its fans, Final Fantasy XIV has grown – with a second expansion coming in June so even more players will be exposed to this great MMO. But before that launches, Square has removed the time limit from the game's free trial period so prospective players can test it out at their leisure.

At launch, Square Enix allowed new players to try FFXIV in a free trial that was very limited. You had a 14-day window to check it out, with a level cap of 35. Once you hit either the time limit or the level cap, the game locked you out of chat and asked you to buy the full version. 

Now, Square Enix has removed the two-week limit on the free demo, so you can go and do everything without worrying about how much time you have left in the trial period. The level cap of 35 is still active, but players now have access to many other areas and gameplay features that weren't available in the previous test built – like trying different jobs, running the first 10 levels of Deep Dungeon, testing their luck at the Golden Saucer, and more.

The previous trial also gave you a limited amount of time to buy the full game so you could continue your character -- and you'd lose any progress you made if you didn't pick it up during that window. But now that the time limit has been removed entirely, anyone who's created a character in the free trial won't lose their progression if they wait a while to buy the retail version. 

If you were on the fence about purchasing FFXIV, the free trial is a good way to experience the game beforehand. You can download it for PS4 or PC to try it out for yourself -- especially before the Stormblood expansion drops on June 20th. 

Are you going to give the FFXIV trial a go? Planning to dive back in now that you won't be locked out after two weeks? Let me know down in the comments!

Tangledeep Gets Kickstarted,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/a/n/tangledeep-8549e.png p64td/tangledeep-gets-kickstarted Fri, 31 Mar 2017 03:49:58 -0400 Scopersniper

Tangledeep, a game being developed by Impact Gameworks, has been kickstarted within its first week and is still going. The Kickstarter currently has 560 backers and $16,307 of its $15,000 goal, with 20 days still left (at time of writing).

The Kickstarter page allows you to download the pre-alpha build to play, with the game set for a late Q4 2017 release on PC, Mac, and Linux. The game may be released on consoles at a future date.

The game's kickstarter page describes it as:

"An upcoming turn-based, dungeon crawling, roguelike RPG for PC, OSX and Linux. Its gorgeous 16-bit aesthetic is inspired by some of the most classic RPGs of the SNES era, such as Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger, while its deep and strategic gameplay combines elements of modern titles like Diablo and Rogue Legacy."

While the words gorgeous and 16-bit don't often go together, Tangledeep makes it work with its rich colors. The soundtrack will have two styles: a retro version and a more modern, orchestral version. It will be interesting to see this game when it comes out, and how it's backers react to the finished product.

The game's Kickstarter trailer can be found below:

Are you interested in Kickstarting this retro throwback? Or have all the Kickstarter issues put you off the service? Let us know in the comments below!

Nexon's New Mobile Game, Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed, is Now Worldwide,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-5290c.jpg nxdhe/nexons-new-mobile-game-dynasty-warriors-unleashed-is-now-worldwide Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:13:05 -0400 Paige McGovern

On March 30, Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed was launched worldwide on Android and iOS devices. Previously, the mobile game could be downloaded in the Philippines, Australia, Canada, and Indonesia.

While the game is relatively new, the Dynasty Warriors series is not. The series revolves around the struggle for power in ancient China, and brings that struggle to life through hack-n-slash action combat. For Unleashed, developer Nexon drew their inspiration from one particular game, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends. The mobile adaptation features 48 characters from the series, new modes, including siege and conquest modes, as well as stunning cutscenes. 

In February, when the mobile game launched in select countries, Nexon called it a soft launch, as more improvements were needed. Players from these countries were assured that their progress would not be erased once the game was open to the wider public. 

Only a few days before the worldwide launch, Nexon released an update that included a bronze, silver, and gold frame system, a legendary weapon system, the Lucky Shop, new officers, mutants, and bug fixes. 

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed is free-to-play, with the option to pay for in-app purchases. It is the first of the series to come to mobile devices, as another planned adaptation, Dynasty Warriors: Blazing Battles, is still in development. 

Rare Discusses Sword Combat in Sea of Thieves,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ca16eb47a81bdb9061565ef04e81909d.jpg it92a/rare-discusses-sword-combat-in-sea-of-thieves Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:22:31 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

Rare's upcoming title, Sea of Thieveshas received regular updates for those awaiting the game's release sometime later this year. The most recent of these updates is a new behind the scenes series that looks at different aspects of the game. The first of these videos covers sword combat, something for which the community has been pressing Rare for some time.

Design Director Gregg Mayles explains why swords are so integral to the pirate theme of the adventure:

"When you think about a pirate, the first thing that springs to mind as well as a ship and treasure and gold is a sword. So a pirate fighting another pirate with a sword has always been an important part of the vision, and a key player expectation as well.

On top of that, Senior Engineer John Watkins gives us a more in-depth look at the weapons in action and how swords act in-game.

The developers have also invited anyone who wishes to support the game -- and even play early -- to join the Insider Program. This gives players the chance to check out more of the game's development, give personal feedback to help with Rare's vision of the game and, if you're lucky, get access to early versions of the game. Joining the program does require you to be 18 years or older, as well as having an Xbox Live Account.

Will Sea of Thieves be an exclusive worth waiting for? Sound off in the comments below. 

Second Teaser for New God Eater Project Released,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/bda7cc5dd057d9d5c9e1ccd44d861745.jpg unb2h/second-teaser-for-new-god-eater-project-released Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:15:33 -0400 Erroll Maas

During a live stream event on March 30, celebrating the seventh anniversary of the God Eater franchise, publisher Bandai Namco released a 1-minute long teaser trailer for the next title in the series.

Although it shows no human characters, the trailer instead reveals an annihilated city and a lone Aragami. The narration also reveals that an ongoing disaster has destroyed the Fenrir organization, with only the strongest being able to survive.

In the God Eater series, your character is a member or ally of the Fenrir organization, whose job is to exterminate Aragami, frightening creatures that appeared suddenly and destroyed most of the world prior to when the first game takes place.

The most recent game in the series, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, was released in Japan on February 19, 2015, and in western territories on August 30, 2016 for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. Additionally, those who preordered the game received a free download code for God Eater Resurrection, an enhanced port of the first game.

This new project in the God Eater series was first announced at the Tokyo Game Show in 2016. It is currently unknown what platform(s) the game will be on.

Destiny 2 Reveal Trailer Shares Release Date,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1277d4e05c765131ce9e82ff00e57930.jpg ndwsw/destiny-2-reveal-trailer-shares-release-date Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:41:32 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

A couple days ago we were treated to a teaser trailer for Destiny 2. Today we were given a full a reveal trailer that officially told us the release date: September 8th. Pre-ordering now will guarantee access to the early beta, although we don't have any details on when this will start.

The trailer itself does not actually depict any gameplay. Instead it depicts 2 guardians -- one of whom is Robot Nathan Fillion from the teaser trailer -- at different locations giving rallying battle speeches. It opens with the first guardian, who looks like he could was pulled out of the ranks of Diablo's angels, uttering the lines:

"Times may be dark, but we are Earth's greatest hope. Look around you, a gathering of Earth's guardians new and old."

This is quickly countered by Robot Nathan Fillion giving his own ragtag group a rallying speech.

"Okay. Listen up. You're a bunch of dirty misfits. But you are all that's left, so you will have to do."

It would appear that the Tower and surrounding city has not only been attacked, but successfully destroyed -- along with all of your stuff. This confirms what we already knew: items will not be carrying over into Destiny 2. It's a worthy reason to avenge all those lost!

Persona 5 DLC Schedule Updated with Prices and Release Dates,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/e/r/persona5preview-9fbcd.jpg f8kk7/persona-5-dlc-schedule-updated-with-prices-and-release-dates Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:48:50 -0400 Erroll Maas

The website for the long-anticipated JRPG, Persona 5has been updated with a list of all free and paid DLC items that will come with the game following its release next week. Free items for the game will be coming all throughout April, June, and July. 

Here's all the DLC you can expect for Persona 5, organized by release date. Each date listed below is for 2017.

April 4

This is the worldwide release date for Persona 5, and all DLC released on this date is free. On this day, players can look forward to:


  • Healing Item Set
  • Japanese Audio Track
  • New Difficult Level Challenge
  • Skill Card Set


April 11

This is the first round of paid DLC. The costume & BGM special sets are priced at $6.99, while the picaro sets will run players $2.99. Players will be able to pick up:

  • Persona 3 Costume & BGM Special Set 
  • Persona 4 Costume & BGM Special Set 
  • Persona 5 Regular Clothes & School Uniforms Set - Free
  • Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Set
  • Orpheus & Orpheus Picaro Set
April 18

Some of the DLC released on this day will be free, while some will be paid. Just like the items releasing on April 11, the costume and BGM sets will run $6.99, while the picaro sets will cost $2.99.

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Persona 20th Anniversary Logo Morgana Car Sticker (Free)
  • Persona 2 Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Persona 5 Phantom Thieves Logo Morgana Car Sticker (Free)
  • Shin Megami Tensei If...Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Kaguya & Kaguya Picaro Set
  • Magatsu Izanagi & Magatsu Izanagi Picaro Set
  • Thanatos & Thanatos Picaro Set
April 25

This date will see another mix of free and paid DLC. The prices for the BGM and picaro sets are the same as listed above. 

  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Persona 5 Swimsuit Set (Free)
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Ariadne & Ariadne Picaro Set
  • Asterius & Asterius Picaro Set
  • Tsukyomi & Tsukyomi Picaro Set
May 2

Players are going to see even more costume sets and picaro sets, still with the same prices as all others released on previous dates.

  • Catherine Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha Costume & BGM Special Set
  • Messiah & Messiah Picaro Set
June 6

On this date, players will get a single free costume set.

  • Persona 5 Maid & Butler Costume Set (Free)
July 11

This is the final date listed for planned DLC in Persona 5. It features only one free costume set. 

  • Persona 5 Christmas Costume Set (Free)

Persona 5 is set to release worldwide on April 4, 2017 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The game released in Japan on September 15, 2016. Players can check out the official Persona 5 website for more information about the game or its upcoming DLC.

Watermelon Games New Game for the Sega Genesis Is a Beat'em Up,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/facc434bb26e806aedae2f7513a45b10.jpg hs0f1/watermelon-games-new-game-for-the-sega-genesis-is-a-beatem-up Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:40:26 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

The studio behind the JRPG love letter to 16-Bit, Pier Solar, has officially announced their new game after 4 years of quiet development. It's called Paprium, and will be made available on the Sega Genesis console. 

Initially known as Project Y, the game will be an action-packed beat’em up in the vein of classics like Streets of Rage and Final Fight. Crafted around the architecture of the Sega Genesis, Paprium will feature 24 levels to punch and kick through -- with five different characters and three save slots to accommodate the large number of stages it offers.

The brawler will be sized at 80 MB and packaged onto a physical cartridge that will be compatible with both Genesis and Mega Drive hardware, promising advanced sprite detail and pixel art in 60 FPS. 

WaterMelon is stressing that this will be a limited run of physical copies, and it's uncertain as to whether or not they’ll launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the title modern hardware like they previously did with Pier Solar. Until an announcement like that crops up, the only way that you'll be able to play Paprium is on a Sega Genesis or MegaDrive.

The game is available for pre-order now on WaterMelon’s Magical Game Factory webstore. For the first 1,988 people who reserve pre-order copies, WaterMelon will also send out a free limited-edition manga that acts as a companion to the game's story. The game is set to release on September 16 of this year.

New MMO Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War Just Announced,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/e/p/depp-a36ef.png fbw2s/new-mmo-pirates-of-the-caribbean-tides-of-war-just-announced Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:00:01 -0400 Emily Parker

Get ready to sail the high seas!

A Korean developer, JOYCITY, just announced global pre-registration for its upcoming naval warfare MMO Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War.

You can expect everything from the ships to the story lines to mimic Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean blockbuster franchise. As a pirate on the Caribbean seas, the player will need to make strategic decisions concerning their crew, ship and alliances.

“We’re confident that this mobile game will align with the quality and high entertainment value that fans have come to expect from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise,” said Hanseo Jo, COO, JOYCITY. “Players will be able to experience the same fun and excitement from the game as they’ve felt from the movies themselves.”

Best of all, players can look forward to running into the likes of “Jack Sparrow,” “Captain Barbossa” and “Will Turner.”

jack sparrow, captain jack

Global pre-registration starts today for iOS and Android devices, and those that register via Google Play will receive a special gift upon reaching level 5.

Now, bring me that horizon!

Will We See Another WWII Call of Duty Game Soon?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/d/cod-20170328-wwii-9d471.jpg ectwh/will-we-see-another-wwii-call-of-duty-game-soon Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:44:51 -0400 tofuslayer

After Activision announced to investors that the next Call of Duty would return “back to its roots.” Since the news broke in February, the internet has been buzzing over the possible homecoming of the franchise back to a World War II setting.

Call of Duty, WWII, WW2, CoD

A recent video by YouTuber “TheFamilyVideoGamers” appears to show leaked images of CoD 2017 concept art that may be promotional artwork for the new game to be developed by Sledgehammer Games. The leaked images feature images portraying 1940’s inspired images that appear to be depictions of the Allies landing at Normandy with the title “Call of Duty: WWII.”

Call of Duty, WWII, WW2, CoD

Call of Duty, WWII, WW2, CoD

Publisher Activision has not confirmed if this artwork is, in fact, leaked marketing material. However, there have been hints in the past that Activision may be interested in returning the franchise to WWII. Michael Condrey, Studio Head of Sledgehammer Games, said previously that he was interested in seeing other WWII setting for a new CoD game.

Call of Duty, WWII, WW2, CoD

“I think a next generation game with the latest production values and robustness in a World War II setting like Band of Brothers would be amazing,” Condrey stated in 2014.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg later said in a 2015 interview that the idea is “certainly possible” and that:

"There’s definitely a chasing of innovation and new ideas within a well-worn genre that lead people to similar conclusions like changing time periods. And of course I think that opens up the opportunity for what is old is new again.”

Call of Duty, WWII, WW2, CoD

Do you think the artwork is legitimate? Are you interested in seeing another WWII CoD game? Let us know in the comments below!

Sony's PS4 Pro Will Finally Be Able to Playback Video in 4K,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/s/4/ps4-pro-new-banner-ccedc.jpg 2yy4d/sonys-ps4-pro-will-finally-be-able-to-playback-video-in-4k Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:11:58 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

One of the big selling points of Sony’s upgraded PlayStation 4 was its 4K capabilities, but it was a feature that couldn’t be fully accessed up until now.

Revealed recently on the PlayStation Blog, the incoming firmware patch will give the system the ability to finally playback 4K resolution MP4 files. Of course this will be on the hardware’s proprietary media player, where the video files can be played off a USB flash drive, or streamed directly from another connected source.

The update isn’t without its limitations though, as the Media Player will require you to reformat all previously attached storage devices, as previously formatted devices will not have the latest firmware for the 4K video playback.

The update does accommodate Virtual Reality media so long as you have the PlayStation VR set alongside your PlayStation 4 Pro, with VR specs clocking at a steady 1080p resolution when played.

The update is live as of Monday, the 27th for PS4 Pro owners to enjoy now.

EA Star Wars announces Star Wars Battlefront II coming this year,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/e/n/rendition1img-5ad8c.jpg rxqov/ea-star-wars-announces-star-wars-battlefront-ii-coming-this-year Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:10:30 -0400 Jerline Justo

The force is with the fans as EA Star Wars publicizes confirmation that Star Wars Battlefront II will be coming this year on Twitter.

On their website, they shared that the first trailer will be shown during their “The Galaxywide Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront II” panel at the Star Wars Celebration. The developers of the game, DICE, Criterion, and Motive Studios, will also be attending as well.

Star Wars Battlefront was first released the first on November 17, 2015, in North America, and it brought fans back to the Stars Wars trio -- Luke, Han Solo, and Leia -- as well as the infamous villain, Darth Vader.

With the new Battlefront game, fans on Twitter express their reactions towards this announcement, showing mostly excitement.

Fans will be able to see the trailer on April 15 at 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT. To find out where to watch the panel online, click on here.

May the force be with you, Jedis!

Cataclysm 3D Gets a Graphical Overhaul, Name Change, and New Features,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/o/project-warlock-c35b0.png zfs0e/cataclysm-3d-gets-a-graphical-overhaul-name-change-and-new-features Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:34:26 -0400 Damien Smith

Polish indie developer Jakub Cislo of Buckshot Studios has given his upcoming old-school FPS, Cataclysm 3D, a massive graphical overhaul -- complete with all-new textures, sprites, lightning, and more. According to an announcement on its Kickstarter page, the game is also having its name changed to Project Warlock.

What is Cataclysm 3D/Project Warlock?

Cataclysm 3D -- or as it will be known as upon release, Project Warlock -- is an upcoming old-school FPS title similar to 90s shooters like Wolfenstein 3D and DOOM. The game was initially titled Exitium 3D before being renamed to Cataclysm 3D.

You take on the role of a mysterious and powerful mage who travels through dimensions and universes in an attempt to remove all evil from existence. The player will have an array of weapons and magic at their disposal to help them on their quest.

The game will have a total of 30 levels spanning over a series of 3 episodes, just like other games from the 90s such as Quake and Doom.

Why the graphical overhaul and name change?

The 18-year old developer started a Kickstarter campaign November 21st, 2016 in hopes of receiving the funding to cover the cost of the game's submission to Steam Greenlight. By the end of the campaign, Cislo received just over twice the amount he had hope for, with €205.

[A screenshot of the game from the Greenlight page]

After submitting the game to Greenlight, it was met with harsh criticism and in some cases outright insulting remarks -- mostly in relation to its graphics. Cislo later removed the game from Greenlight and hired a professional art designer to help improve the visuals. The outcome is a complete graphical overhaul, which you can see in the header image above.

As for his decision to rename the game for the second time, according to Cislo's announcement on the Kickstarter page, he feels it "better reflects what the game is about".

What new features will be included?

Along with the announcement of the graphical overhaul, Cislo also spoke about a few new features that will be added to the game. The first major addition is that the game will now have a HUB similar to that found in Quake, as opposed to the main menu episode selection of DOOM.

Players will start in the HUB, with access to doors that lead to each of the episodes. There will also be weapon upgrades introduced to the game. Players will be able to find upgrade points throughout the levels that can then be used in the HUB to make their weapons more powerful.

The third and final new feature will be that the Protagonist will have a voice over. The voice actor and personality of the protagonist is yet to be announced, but according to Cislo:

"...the game is going to feature some BADASS oneliners!"

Rising from the ashes

Cislo is coming back strong from the harsh criticism and insulting remarks made while his game was on Steam Greenlight. While many would have simply given up or would have lashed back at the commenters of the Greenlight page, Cislo remained silent and continued to finding new ways to improve his game.

Here's hoping that the improvements keep coming, and Project Warlock will be able to give its players what they need to scratch that old-school 90s FPS itch. 

Diablo II Amazon Cassia to Join Heroes of the Storm,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/o/4/u/o4ue0mvu9dbu1490759248475-220b4.jpg nzt9z/diablo-ii-amazon-cassia-to-join-heroes-of-the-storm Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:02 -0400 Perchance to Game

Alongside the unveiling of Heroes 2.0 update, Blizzard also announced its next champion for Heroes of the Storm -- Cassia. Hailing back to the Amazon character from Diablo II, this highly-requested champion will be joining the fray later this month.

Back in 2015, Blizzard tried to assure players that an Amazon-themed skin for Nova didn't mean that a standalone Amazonian hero would never be in the game. Cassia's release should finally lay to rest the fear that certain skins can mean a hero's exclusion from Heroes of the Storm.

Cassia Combat Style and Abilities

In Blizzard's Hero Spotlight video for Cassia, we learn that she'll be a ranged assassin who excels against auto-attacking heroes. Her kit grants her a strong laning presence, as well as some powerful maneuvers that will let her pressure and disrupt enemies. 

Passive: Avoidance

While moving unmounted, Cassia gains 65 physical armor against Heroic basic attacks, reducing the damage taken by 65% 

This hero trait lends itself well to trading attacks in lane, which will allow Cassie to potentially outlast opposing heroes whose damage primarily comes from basic attacks -- like Raynor, Valla, or Illidan.  But you'll need to be wary of poke damage spellcasters such as Chromie, Jaina, or Azmodan.

Q: Lightning Fury

Hurl a lightning javelin that deals 175 damage to the first enemy hit and splits into two lightning bolts that deal 175 damage to enemies in their path.

This will be your primary source of poke damage, keeping you at a safe distance from melee ability damage assassins (like Kerrigan, Greymane or Alarak).

Lightning javelin

W: Blinding Light

After 0.5 seconds, Blind enemies in the target area for two seconds. Passive: Cassia deals increased damage to Blinded targets.

This is another ability made to shut down auto-attackers, but it will do next to nothing against long-range casters if you are unable to capitalize on the damage increase.

Blinding Light

E: Fend

Charge at an enemy, and upon arriving channel for up to 1.5 seconds, dealing damage in front of Cassia every 0.25 seconds.  Deals 50% reduced damage to non-heroes.

Despite the damage reduction to non-heroes, this sounds like Cassia's primary method of wave clear.  It's an adequate fallback when enemy mercs and minions are closing in on your fort or keep. But really, you'll want to leave the farming to better suited allies.  

For optimal use against enemy heroes, have a tank body-block for you while you maximize your channel time in team fights.   


Heroic: Ball Lightning

Throw a ball of lightning at an enemy Hero that bounces up to six times between nearby enemy Heroes and Cassia, dealing heavy damage to enemies.

League of Legends players will find this attack similar to Ryze's Spell Flux ability -- bouncing between the player and surrounding enemies. Naturally, you'll need to use this ability to best effect in team fights, especially when a large component of the opposing team is relatively fragile (and lacking in spell armor).

Ball Lightning

Heroic: Valkyrie

Summon a Valkyrie that rushes to Cassia after 0.75 seconds, pulling the first enemy Hero hit, dealing 190 damage and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds at the end of her path.  The Valkyrie knocks back all other enemy Heroes in her way. 

This is a good hard crowd control ability, which will be best used to drag backline heroes out of position -- disrupting their team's formation in the process.  Try to make sure the rest of your team is ready to follow up, though, since Cassia seems more adept at sustained damage rather than burst damage.

This could also be good for securing a kill on an escaping foe.


Cassia will soon enter beta testing for players who are interested in trying her out. Only time will tell if her kit and combat style lives up to the expectations of Diablo II fans. 

What are your thoughts on Cassia?  Which other Diablo II characters are you hoping will enter the Nexus?  Comment and let us know!

Blizzard Announces Heroes of the Storm 2.0; Beta Begins Today,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/8e0391adae045aeb618b9473c292408d.jpg 5o7d9/blizzard-announces-heroes-of-the-storm-20-beta-begins-today Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:56:04 -0400 Perchance to Game

Today, Blizzard announced the upcoming arrival of Heroes of the Storm 2.0 -- which will bring a boatload of new game content and changes. The beta for this update began today, so players who want to test it out before it hits full release can do so. 

The 2.0 update brings a new battleground, an overhauled player progression and rewards system, along with loot chests packed with new types of rewards (like announcer packs, voice lines, and more).  

Blizzard will be doling out more information throughout April regarding the new map and heroes -- including Cassia, who is based on the Amazon from Diablo II.  The developer has earmarked May 4th as the day for more details. While a precise date for the 2.0 update is not yet available, details for a launch event will be released April 18th.

So what's coming in the HotS 2.0 Update?

New Progression Systems

One of the biggest changes players will see is more rewarding out-of-game leveling for both the player and individual heroes. Player level will be the sum of accumulated hero levels, both of which are no longer capped.  Each hero level will add one to your overall player level -- allowing for bigger rewards every time you level up.

The rate of this experience gain has also been significantly adjusted to make progression more meaningful at lower levels, and less of a grind at higher levels. The requirements for the latter have been reduced by approximately 75 to 80 percent. So that master skin you've been chasing is suddenly way closer.

More and Better Loot

Master skins and portraits won't be the only thing players will have to look forward to when climbing the experience curve.  Aside from those two things, rewards were decidedly lackluster prior to this update. With the arrival of 2.0, though, all content in the game can potentially be unlocked through experience gain -- including heroes skins, mounts, and more. 

Banners, loot chests, and in-game currency will also be made available as player rewards. Banners are special animations you can activate when completing an objective in game -- taking a mercenary camp, destroying a fort/keep, or ruining an enemy's core.

Overwatch players will recognize the loot chests awarded at certain milestones, which contain some familiar content like voiceover additions and sprays. But these chests will also contain some items unique to the Nexus. On top of that, gems and shards (used for crafting) will begin appearing in loot chests as well. 






To join the beta, access the Heroes of the Storm tab in your Blizzard launcher and select/install "Heroes 2.0" in the region selector.

What do you think of the update? Is it as "game-defining" as Blizzard claims? Comment and let us know!