News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is Getting a Little More Physical,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/01e21b80c618e809b310b2e1d665d9f7.jpg idyyp/ultimate-marvel-vs-capcom-3-is-getting-a-little-more-physical Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:57:28 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, Capcom announced that a physical edition of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be available soon.

The limited physical edition will be released for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 7. The digital version of the fighter was released for PlayStation 4 following the PlayStation Experience.  The title will also be available digitally for Xbox One and Steam in March.

The game's physical release will retail for $29.99 and includes a collector's comic. The new comic and new box art will be provided by Marvel artists Sean Chen and Gerardo Sandoval. 

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was originally released in 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Since its release, the title has gained the attention of the eSports community -- seeing back to back showings at EVO and other events. In more recent years, its competition support has declined, but this is due in part to the shift toward new consoles and the lack of a sequel to compensate.

However it was announced that a true sequel, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, will be released in 2017. Then Capcom made the previous title available on current consoles to generate new popularity for the series.

Fighting game fans can acquire themselves a retail version of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in March.

White Wolf and Focus Home Interactive Work to Deliver New Werewolf Game,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/h/i/whitewolfheader-9e6fe.jpg vul5o/white-wolf-and-focus-home-interactive-work-to-deliver-new-werewolf-game Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:54:12 -0500 Will Dowell

White Wolf, creators of the World of Darkness board game series, just partnered with Focus Home Interactive to make a licensed video game based of Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Game development studio Cyanide, the creators of Blood Bowl and Call of Cthulhu, will be taking reigns for this adaptation.

In this adaptation, you will be taking control of Garou, a werewolf who must fight The Wyrm, a villain that's leading the world to the Apocalypse. Players will focus on raw power and rage when exploring this new world. According to Martin Ericsson, Lead Story Teller of White Wolf:

"The core question of Werewolf: The Apocalypse is more relevant today than ever before and the cooperation with Focus and Cyanide will finally give gamers the opportunity to revel in the raw power and primal spirituality of the Garou. What is the price of saving the world with fang and claw?"

This is not the first video game adaptation set in the World of Darkness universe. Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines is considered a cult classic and a pinnacle in fantasy storytelling. In Bloodlines you explore the vampire culture present in Los Angeles as a new fledgling. Hopefully, the same immersion will be found in this upcoming title.

Stay tuned for more White Wolf News!

Ubisoft Picks Up FreeStyle Games from Activision,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/r/hero-f189f.jpg pxesi/ubisoft-picks-up-freestyle-games-from-activision Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:51:57 -0500 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Polygon recently reported that Ubisoft acquired the studio that was behind DJ Hero and Guitar Hero Live. The musical titles' developer, FreeStyle Games is now Ubisoft Leamington.

The Studio was formed in 2002 and has made multiple rhythm-based games with Guitar and DJ peripherals.

After their last game didn't do as well as they expected, Activision decided to sell it to Ubisoft. Activision believed that FreeStyle Games can be a great asset to the Ubisoft.

In Ubisoft’s blog, Pauline Langourieux, current Managing Director of Ubisoft Leamington, wants to be more hands-on with productions within the studio. With that news, there will have to be someone to step-up, that's where Richard Blenkinsop comes in.

Richard has over 17 years of experience in the gaming industry as a producer, senior producer, and executive producer. He has worked on many games like Blur, Call of Duty 3, The Division, The Crew and more. He joined Reflections in 2012, which is one of the biggest studios within Ubisoft, and has then moved up from Associate Managing Director to Managing Director.

With all his experience serving as Managing Director for Ubisoft Reflection and now Ubisoft Leamington, it will bring them new forms of game development..

Skyrim Is Coming to the Nintendo Switch,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-900-b63a0.jpg czv39/skyrim-is-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:07:49 -0500 schenermansam

Bethesda Softworks has confirmed on the company's website that one of 2011's most decorated games, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall. According to the same post, this will be the first Bethesda made game released on a Nintendo console, ever.

Game director Todd Howard had this to say:

“We love to make games and worlds that you can get lost in, that you can make your own, and that you never want to put down... well, now you don’t have to. Now you can play Skyrim wherever you want, and take it on your own adventures.”

This is historic for both longtime Nintendo fans and all others who are undecided as to whether or not taking the plunge and pre-ordering the portable/home console hybrid. Netting a third party game of this quality is a huge win for Nintendo as it tries to once again take on Sony and Microsoft in the war of supremacy of game systems.

This time is different, however. With all its' new features AND a clear focus on netting previously unobtainable third party titles, Nintendo is clearly trying to recapture its' old spot as premier destination for console gamers everywhere.

For everything gaming related, keep it here on Gameskinny.

Nintendo Crams Four Fire Emblem Games Into Their Latest Nintendo Direct,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/i/t/title-1d7a7.jpg fsh4j/nintendo-crams-four-fire-emblem-games-into-their-latest-nintendo-direct Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:12:35 -0500 David Fisher

Today, Nintendo gave us some insights into their future Fire Emblem titles during their Fire Emblem Direct. Among them are: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which is a remake of the Japanese exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden; a Fire Emblem Switch announcement, Warriors, and more!

Let's check them out!

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia is the name of the upcoming Fire Emblem title for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Inspired by the story and gameplay of the Japanese exclusive NES title, Echoes will follow the story of two warring kingdoms, each with very opposed methods of ruling their kingdoms.

The story will include two protagonists: Alm and Celica. Both characters will travel over the continent of Valentia to try to achieve peace between the warring nations of Rigel and Zofia.

Fire Emblem Echoes is unique in that units have entire class trees, as opposed to singular classes. Furthermore, units promote by going to special shrines instead of using Master Seals or other special items to change class.

There are various other features that are unique to Gaiden that are recreated in Echoes -- like free roaming, dungeon exploration, flexible character progression, and more. The game will also feature animated cutscenes by Studio Khara - known for Rebuild of Evangelion, and Gurren Lagann.

Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia is expected to release on May 19th, 2017. Also, be on the lookout for the two-pack of Fire Emblem amiibo coming out on release date as well (below).

Fire Emblem Switch

While there was nothing yet to show, Nintendo made sure to announce that there is an upcoming Fire Emblem title coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. No details about the game have been revealed as of yet. However, it is interesting to note that this would be the first console Fire Emblem to be released ever since Radiant Dawn on the Nintendo Wii.

Speculation Alert!

It is also possible that the reveal might also hint at the Nintendo 3DS line of systems, perhaps seeing their retirement in 2018 as the focus shifts over to the Nintendo Switch.

Fire Emblem Warriors

Today we also got our first video presentation of Fire Emblem Warriors in action. In it we see Chrom mowing down a horde of enemies in true Warriors fashion, with special skills featuring the cut-in critical lines we've come to expect of modern Fire Emblem titles. How else they will implement Fire Emblem into gameplay has yet to be seen.

Hopefully we'll get to see more characters in the near future. As for now, the game has an expected Fall 2017 release, and will also be coming to the Nintendo new 3DS line of systems.

Fire Emblem Mobile

The mobile game that was announced almost a year ago was also featured during the Fire Emblem Direct. Branded Fire Emblem: Heroes, the free-to-play mobile title is headed to smart devices on February 2nd and will feature a brand new Fire Emblem story, as well as the majority of past characters from the series.

In Fire Emblem: Heroes, players will assume the role of a summoner. As the summoner, you will be responsible not only for basic strategy on a 8x6 grid, but also to summon various heroes from past Fire Emblem games. All of the classic Fire Emblem strategy is there, as well as some typical mobile game approaches.

One example of the mobile transition is the requirement to use orbs in order to summon new Fire Emblem characters. These are acquired by rather playing through the game, or through in-game purchases.

The color of the orb determines what type of character you will get, and the more you use will reduce the required orbs over time. Successive summons will likewise reduce the number of orbs temporarily. Each orb also has varying traits, be it elemental types, weapon types, or otherwise. As such, it is somewhat easier to get the exact heroes you want.

Similar to games such as Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, summoned characters will have a star rating which determines how powerful they will be compared to other versions of themselves. Characters will also feature various artworks, and so it is possible to get multiple versions of the same character without the two ever being identical.

There are also other modes for players to explore outside of the main story and summoning. The Training Tower allows for experience grinding and rewards, special maps will correspond with various seasonal events, arena duels are a leaderboard style game, and also a separate hero battle game mode will allow players to hire much more powerful units.

What the game essentially boils down to is a simplified mobile version of the franchise. Whether or not it is successful comes down to the individual player, but considering it's an entirely free to play game there's no harm in at least trying it out when it releases next month.

That's it for now!

This Fire Emblem Direct certainly took viewers for a spin as it showcased two announcements that no one expected. While the focus was certainly on Heroes and Echoes, Nintendo has at the very least shown that it is dedicated to its Fire Emblem fans.

But what about you guys? Are you excited about any of the upcoming titles? Still wish Fire Emblem Fates was still coming to the Switch like rumors said? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Last Chance To Demo Team Ninja's Nioh,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/03e42f6eaf295e9e133e1e576020e904.jpg qt136/last-chance-to-demo-team-ninjas-nioh Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:28:33 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, it has been announced that another demo will be released for Team Ninja's Nioh. The action title has gained notice for drawing comparisons to the Dark Souls series. Unlike the souls titles, the game is a samurai action game.

The demo will be available to play from January 21-22 for the PlayStation 4.

The game is based on the story of Englishman William as he travels to Japan during the Sengoku period. In the pursuit of an enemy, he meets famous historical figures in this dark fantasy.

Previously, the game has offered demos with different builds of the game. After each demo period players were asked for feedback. Team Ninja has been proactive and tuned each demo according to critiques. Some changes, for example, was the matter of stamina. To curb the game's already difficult nature stamina reduction was adjusted.

The demo, titled the Last Chance Trial, offers a number of last chances. Players whom conquer the demo will receive bonuses for the full game. Completing the demo will award players with the Orgress headgear. Conquering the Twilight mission (higher level difficulty) will offer the Mark of the Conqueror and the Mark of the Strong DLC. These rewards will be available on release day to successful players.

Fans of action adventure games can look forward to the demo this weekend.

Nioh is scheduled to release February 7 for the PlayStation 4.


Co-founder of Playdead Resigned After Intense Power Struggle,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/n/s/inside-a905b.jpg 3u3ob/co-founder-of-playdead-resigned-after-intense-power-struggle Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:23:11 -0500 Nam T. Bui

Back in July of 2016, Dino Patti, co-founder of indie studio Playdead, left the company after working there for nine years. He was reported to have sold his shares and granted full company ownership to fellow co-founder Arnt Jensen, stating that he wanted "to seek new challenges." However, a recent report from Danish financial newspaper, "Børsen," has revealed a messier side of the story with power struggles and buy-outs within the company.

According to the report, the conflict between Patti and Jensen started back in 2015 with Patti's frustration of the slow development progress of their projects, with each game taking four to six years to complete. The disagreement also extended to the ownership of Playdead's game rights.

Since then, their conflict has escalated to the point that the two only communicate with each other via lawyers and emails. On November 10th, 2015, Arnt Jensen expressed his dissatisfaction working with Patti, as well as his desire for "other ways to continue my creative activities."

Jensen's statement prompted a removal of Jensen as the director of Playdead's Central Business Register (CVR) in Denmark. This act was conducted by a shocked Patti since he interpreted Jensen's statement as  intention to step down from the company. However, Jensen's lawyers claimed that it was all a "misunderstanding" and Jensen only intended to resign from the position of "creative director", not co-owner of the company.

Sometime later, the Danish Business Authority decided that Patti must leave the company due to continuous disagreement between two parties. Jensen was reported to have paid 50 million DKK (~7.2 million USD) in order to buy out Patti's shares in Playdead, thus giving him complete ownership of the company. After that, Patti believed his received amount was undervalued, and attempted to trade in the money, hoping that in exchange, he could be granted back his old position at the company.

At this moment, Arnt Jensen has refused to comment about the conflict, while Dino Patti has said that he considers this all to be very personal. He has even compared the questions about the disagreement to questions about a breakup with a significant other.

Do you think this will effect the studios output? Or can Playdead weather the storm? Let us know in the comments below!

Injustice 2 Story Trailer Released -- Darkseid Confirmed,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/a/r/darkseid-cea66.png 09181/injustice-2-story-trailer-released-darkseid-confirmed Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:40:41 -0500 Unclepulky

Since its announcement, the hype for Injustice 2 has been growing. Now, NetherRealm Studios has given us some glimpses as to what the story may be about in its newest trailer:


The game will be set some time after the first Injusticeand will follow the world as it attempts to fix itself after the downfall of dictator Superman.

This time around, it appears that Braniac, an alien-computer hybrid who likes to collect civilizations in bottles, will be serving as the main antagonist. It seems that he'll be influence on the heroes of the Earth which will be driving them to fight against one another in this game.

In addition to the revelation of our likely antagonist, several characters yet to be confirmed as playable were teased. These characters include: Damian Wayne, the current Robin, Bane, and Poison Ivy,

However, this trailer did more than just tease a few potentially playable characters. At the very end, we learned that by pre-ordering the game, you will get Darkseid as a playable character. Darkseid is the god of Apokolips, and one of the biggest villains in the DC Universe. He was playable in the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us, and now he's making his way to consoles.

Injustice 2 will be coming out May 16th, 2017.

Elite: Dangerous is Getting Kickstarted as an RPG,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/e/s/desktop-capture-2017-337-65129.jpg jvvbb/elite-dangerous-is-getting-kickstarted-as-an-rpg Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:15:31 -0500 Rafal Gac CodeRM11

Elite: Dangerous launched today on role-playing game! If its crowdfunding campaign succeeds, the project (dubbed EDRPG) will be released in December 2017 with a Core Manual and four Supplements, which will allow commanders to take their beloved Elite: Dangerous gameplay experience into role-playing world.

Backers of this Spidermind Games project who pledge enough money will receive a number of extra perks for the game, including:

  • Rule Book
  • Military Sourcebook
  • Espionage Sourcebook
  • Supertraders Sourcebook
  • Exploration Sourcebook

Each of these books will help players shape their characters and stories behind them.

According to the description of EDRPG on the developer's website, players will dive into dangerous galaxy that's full of police shooting on-sight in systems overrun by smugglers and pirates. Each player will own a personal ship, which will be completely customizable with modules known from Elite: Dangerous. Player can also land on alien planets, use SRVs, or even battle tanks! 

The project is licensed by Frontier, which means that the final game (if it's funded) should be closely connected to real Elite: Dangerous lore.

Will you be supporting this venture into RPGs for Elite: Dangerous? Got other games you think deserve a crowdfunding campaign like this? Let me know in the comments!

We'll See More Super Mario Odyssey at E3 2017,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/8f0fe544439070533d8d40252f381d90.jpg 4vg8u/well-see-more-super-mario-odyssey-at-e3-2017 Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:52:01 -0500 Naomi N. Lugo

The world finally got an official look at the upcoming Nintendo console, the Nintendo Switch, on Jan. 12 during the game developer's press conference in Tokyo, Japan. There, we got hardware details, the Switch's price ($299 in North America) and learned about the real important stuff -- the games.

There will eight launch titles (see more on those here), and a new Mario game. 

During the conference, Nintendo unveiled the trailer for the new game, entitled Super Mario Odyssey. Not many more details besides that were revealed at the conference and the game was not playable during the Friday Treehouse event, although some new footage has been recently revealed. It was also revealed that the game will be playable at E3 this year.

“The only decision that was made from an E3 consideration standpoint was ‘do we show Super Mario Odyssey from a hands-on perspective today versus E3?’ And we’re going to show it at E3,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé to IGN in an interview.

E3 this year will take place June 13-15 giving plenty of time for the hype to build up before the game's release date of Holiday 2017.

Nintendo Investors Unimpressed with Switch Presentation,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-sad-mario-39719.jpeg s56lu/nintendo-investors-unimpressed-with-switch-presentation Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:51:07 -0500 Emily Parker

It seems our excitement about the new NIntendo Switch console didn't translate to its Wall Street investors. Nintendo's stock dropped 10 points immediately following the presentation earlier this week. 

This isn't totally unexpected, though it is still troubling. Nintendo stocks struggled after their Switch announcement in October, as well. It seems investors consider their efforts with the console too gimmicky, and are worried the console will never be able to compete with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Statistics gathered from the Game Developers Conference's fifth annual State of the Industry Survey may point to a grim fate for the Switch. Only about 50% of developers thought that the Switch would outsell the Wii U. The Wii U has only sold around 13 million units, compared to the Wii at 101 million. If only around half of industry experts think it will be able to meet that low bar, what might Nintendo's future hold?

It's worth considering that the suits on Wall Street can be out of touch with gaming culture. In fact, Nintendo's huge stock surge after Pokemon Go -- a phenomena that had many of us scratching our heads -- only lasted until investors realized Niantic actually owns the AR sensation. 

Another console flop with the Nintendo switch will surely increase investor pressure, possibly taking the company away from hardware altogether. Only time and launch success will tell.  

What do you think? Are Nintendo's investors overreacting to the Switch, or is it doomed to be another overhyped console? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

New Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay Footage Released,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/m/o/smo-220ef.jpg tmck9/new-super-mario-odyssey-gameplay-footage-released Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:25:42 -0500 Rob Kershaw

After this week's arguably divisive Switch presentation, Nintendo is hoping to win back undecided gamers around the world. To do so, they have just released more gameplay footage for Super Mario Odyssey, the open-world sandbox title that has the titular plumber wandering around New York and interfering with traffic before taking to what appears to be an expansive galaxy full of adventure -- and cool new Mario moves.

The newest footage starts at around 15:30 in the video below.

While not revealing much more than what we'd already seen in the Switch presentation footage, it's clear from this separate half-hour release that Nintendo is putting a lot of faith in the red one's latest escapades.

One of the main criticisms Nintendo has faced is the lack of excitement around the Switch's launch titles. And it appears that this new footage release is aimed at course-correcting that lack of excitement.

Unfortunately, Super Mario Odyssey isn't likely to drown out the grumbling since it isn't due for release until holiday 2017. So unlike Mario, we'll have to hang on to our hats a little while longer -- and wait in bated anticipation for a Switch launch title that knocks our socks off. 

Do you think Super Mario Odyssey will be worth the wait? Let us know in the comments below!

Stolen Razer Project Valerie Laptop Retailing In China For $22,000,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/a/z/razor-project-valerie-triple-display-laptop-7a4a5.jpeg a73z0/stolen-razer-project-valerie-laptop-retailing-in-china-for-22000 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:55:03 -0500 Unclepulky

Earlier in the year, Razer's Project Valerie -- a triple monitor gaming laptop setup -- was shown off at CES 2017. Following this, the product prototype was stolen, along with Project Ariana.

Well, it now seems we have an answer as to where the laptops ended up: China. The prototype of Project Valerie is now on sale for $21,733 on a Chinese site.

When the product was first stolen, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan made a point of saying how hard and passionately he and his team had been working on this project -- and as such, did not take the theft lightly. Razer went so far as to put out a reward for anyone who could provide information regarding the theft.

While it is possible that this is purely a scam for money, it's equally plausible that this is indeed the stolen prototype -- on sale for what is frankly a ludicrous price.

Even if the price tag wasn't so high, there are other reasons why people wouldn't want to buy this. (For example, the automatic screen deployment wasn't even finished.)

So long as the prototype is supposedly on sale, Razer has a better chance of tracking down those responsible for the theft. But only time will tell whether or not this is the real thing, or just a dead end for the gaming tech company. 

Star Citizen Introduces Its First FPS Attempt with Star Marine Module,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/4/9/5/4958792caed79c4.png rsvvn/star-citizen-introduces-its-first-fps-attempt-with-star-marine-module Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:51:43 -0500 Rafal Gac CodeRM11

Star Citizen -- the highly anticipated, very controversial, and still unfinished MMO from Robert Space Industries -- just released its 2.6 Alpha version, which includes the new Star Marine module for backers to play.

Normally a new patch wouldn't be worth mentioning, as this game is infamous for its unusually long development process and the fact that patch after patch changes very little in Star Citizen each time.

But this time RSI -- alongside with usual non-significant changes in game mechanics, sound, universe and mechanics -- introduced an in-game, self-sufficient FPS module called Star Marine.

So what's the deal with Star Marine?

According to RSI, Star Marine is a first person combat simulator which will let game backers engage in FPS duels. There will be multiple game modes, and it seems that it also includes some sort of leaderboards. It sounds tempting for fans to try out, especially that the visual sensations in Alpha versions are rather stunning.

But for now, players have only 2 maps at their disposal -- OP Station Demien and Echo Eleven. There are also two different game modes. First is Elimination (which looks like Quake in terms of free-for-all gameplay). Then there is Last Stand mode, where players may team up and fight for domination of several control points.

As of now, fans seem hard-pressed to find anything original in the Star Marine module that differentiate it from any other FPS title like Call of Duty or Battlefield.

Star Marine is available only to Star Citizen backers with game packages. Anybody who wants to see how this sci-fi FPS compares to others on the market will need to invest in the full Alpha version of the game -- that means buying the ship, with its own hangar and insurance. That'll run you about $42. 

Will you be trying out the new Star Citizen module? Already gotten in on the FPS action in Star Marine? Let us know down in the comments!

Here's What's In The Master Edition Of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild!,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d535578977be0c7c1be4eca53e56063c.jpg 9dn9w/heres-whats-in-the-master-edition-of-the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:46:10 -0500 DannyPTP

In the midst of all the hype around its recent Switch reveal, Nintendo has also announced a Master Edition Version of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild to be released alongside the console in a few months. This edition includes a ton of extras for the hardcore Legend of Zelda fan.

Along with the base game game, here is a list of everything that is included with the Breath of the Wild Master Edition: 

  • Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case
  • Master Sword Statue
  • Relic Of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry
  • Weather Worn Map
  • Sheikah Eye Collectable Coin
  • 24 Song Soundtrack CD

The Master Edition is priced at $129.99 and will release on March 3, 2017 as a launch title. There's no news on a UK price at the moment.

For this latest title in the Legend of Zelda series, Nintendo has overhauled the player experience almost entirely -- from graphics and survival gamplay to how items and combat work. Fans everywhere are interested to see what this new story brings, and are keeping their fingers crossed that Breath of the Wild will live up to its hype.

Will you be picking this special edition up? Do you think it's worth the price? Comment below with your thoughts and stay tuned for everything Nintendo Switch and Legend Of Zelda!

Dishonored 2 Adds Customizable Difficulty and Mission Select,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/h/r/throne-610-efcc8.jpg 91rib/dishonored-2-adds-customizable-difficulty-and-mission-select Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:11:15 -0500 Marc Anthony

Bethesda Softworks has recently announced that its second update for Dishonored 2 will contain customizable difficulty settings as well as mission select options. Originally, the customizable settings were planned for the initial release in December, but were pushed back to release later this month.

The update will introduce up to 20 sliders into gameplay that will impact core game mechanics such as the ability to effectively peek around corners, the amount of enemies that attack at once, as well as the potency of sleep darts (so it is severely unlikely you will be able to have rooms such as these below).

In addition to the sliders, the update will include a mission select that was missing in the sequel (much to the dismay of those seeking flawless runs at particular missions).

Finally, a more popular slider coming with the patch is the Iron mode. The Iron mode can be selected at the beginning of a new game, and will prevent manual saving and loading. But the most interesting and challenging portion of this slider is that it adds... permadeath. One game... one save... one life. Embrace the void and good luck.

Dishonored 2's update will hit Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC in full on January 23.

Ubisoft Announces Multiple Games Coming to the Nintendo Switch,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/b/i/ubisoft-nintendo-switch-d5864.jpg 3qjy7/ubisoft-announces-multiple-games-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:18:55 -0500 Will Dowell

With the Nintendo Switch presentation exciting long-time fans and newcomers alike, it is only natural for developers to display their content for the upcoming system. And Ubisoft has currently announced 3 games coming to the Nintendo Switch: Just Dance 2017, Steep, and Rayman Legends Definitive Edition

Just Dance 2017 will be released at the Switch's launch, with the dance track "How Deep Is Your Love" by Calving Harris & Disciples being a Switch exclusive. Steep is an open-world extreme sports game in which you experience the fantasy of being a daredevil, taking great risks for a higher score. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition is a re-release of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends. 

Ubisoft, in addition to these titles, has announced its continuing support of the Nintendo Switch. According to Xaviere Pox, Ubisoft's Managing Director of French Studios:

"We’re proud to be working closely with Nintendo on this new console, making sure players can enjoy great games on a device that shares the same philosophy these games: great accessibility and the ability to bring people together."

The Nintendo Switch will be coming to store shelves March 3rd at $299 a piece. Stay tuned for more Switch and Ubisoft News.

Naughty Dog Takes Platinum in the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Award,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/r/harted-aadfa.jpg jicrb/naughty-dog-takes-platinum-in-the-2016-playstationblog-game-of-the-year-award Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:29:41 -0500 TL Bickler

Over half-million fans took part in Sony’s 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards and we have the results! Out of fourteen categories voted on one game company soared above the rest: Naughty Dog. Naughty Dog snagged seven platinum awards -- including the game of the year and the studio of the year.

Naughty Dog’s Hero: Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End claimed 40% of the total votes and stole most of the platinum awards. Uncharted came in on top for game of the year, best story, best performance with Nolan North taking platinum and Emily Rose taking silver, best soundtrack, and best visuals. But Uncharted didn’t stop there; they also won the gold for best post release game content. With six awards just with one game, it’s no wonder they took the platinum for studio of the year.

The Last of Us Part II

But Uncharted wasn’t Naughty Dog’s only star. The Last of us Part II brought home the platinum for most anticipated game of 2016. Since The Last of Us took platinum for Naughty Dog back in the 2013 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards, it’s not a real shock it won most anticipated game of 2016.

Here is a quick rundown of the other Platinum winners for the 2016 PlayStation.Blog Game of The Year Awards.

Best PS Vita Game

World of Final Fantasy

Best Independent Game


Best Use of PS4 Pro & Best Multiplayer

Battlefield 1

Best PlayStation VR Game

Batman Arkham VR

Best Post-Release Content

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Most Innovative

The Last Guardian

Blue Reflection, A Game About Transforming Magical Girls, Finally Gets a Character Trailer,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/9421ea451d337591011b939d5cb744c9.jpg hrv3y/blue-reflection-a-game-about-transforming-magical-girls-finally-gets-a-character-trailer Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:19:19 -0500 Danny21_2396

If restoring a girl's dream while helping her fights hideous monsters is your thing, then you're in luck. Gust recently shared the first trailer for their new game, Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions. I know, it's a long title not uncommon in Japanese games, and like many games from Gust, Blue Reflection is filled with cute and beautiful girls who needs your help to solve their problems. The first trailer gets us to know more of the game's main protagonist, Hinako Shirai.

Hinako seems like a normal teenage girl, but a year before the game starts, she injured her foot which ultimately forfeits her from an overseas ballet competition. She has never danced again after that incident, and it resulted in Hinako sealing up her heart. However, she still believes that one day her foot will heal and she can dance again. Her life then changes when she receives a magical power and the ability to transform as a magical girl, a “Reflector,” after her meeting with the sisters, Yuzuki Shijou and Raimu Shijou.

The game takes place in a high school in modern-day Japan and is based on the concept of interaction between girls. In this game, you will deepen your connections with the other high school girls and help them to solve their problems. In solving their problems, Hinako will use her Reflector powers to jump into another world, a world of humanity's collective unconsciousness, called the “Other World.” You can solve their problems by looking for “fragments” of emotions in the Other World, defeating any monsters there in the process.

By solving their problems, Hinako's bond with the other students will grow and her interaction level will increase. These strong bonds are important, as the Other World is not the only place Hinako will fight monsters. Gigantic monsters, called Pure Breeds, will appear and attack humanity while you're solving problems and spending days with friends at school. The friends you've helped and the bonds you've created will be important as they will aid you as a support against the Pure Breeds. And of course, the stronger your bond, the stronger they are as a support.

Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions will see a PS4 and PS Vita release on March 30 in Japan.

Super Mario Odyssey Reveal Trailer,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/67a2972883a234d3798f2af383990a20.jpg 543n7/super-mario-odyssey-reveal-trailer Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:05:43 -0500 JohnnyNudes

During the Nintendo Switch Presentation, a new Super Mario game was announced. Named Super Mario Odyssey it will be the latest Mario game. The game will be in 3D and appears to be an open world game, a little like Super Mario Sunshine. The game seems as if it will be in a human world.

Upon viewing the trailer it reminded me a lot of the old Super Mario Galaxy games, and it seems as if the graphics are great.

As you watch the trailer it will show other humans in a city which looks almost identical to Chicago or New York. We are also shown Mario flying from planet to planet in a ship; similar to the Super Mario Galaxy games, we will be able to travel around the galaxy completing challenges in hopes to defeat Bowser and save Princess Peach.

The game is set to launch on the Nintendo Switch, but the release date is not announced yet.

Nintendo Hits a Home Run with its Nintendo Switch Presentation,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/53afcf53a5b59b897f338ae2704aa6ef.jpg fnmxj/nintendo-hits-a-home-run-with-its-nintendo-switch-presentation Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:27:32 -0500 David Fisher

As of 11PM EST on January 12, 2017, Nintendo has unlocked all the secrets behind its latest console. Rumors have been confirmed and debunked, launch titles have been revealed, and those who bet on the Switch costing $299.99 USD are now a bit richer than they were only hours ago. If you missed the presentation, however, here's everything you need to know!

Switch on the Console Factoids!

As mentioned before, the Nintendo Switch's release date will be on March 3rd, 2017 - a full two weeks earlier than the March 17th rumors. The retail selling price stands at $299.99 USD. Included in that price are the following:

  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • 2 Joy Con Controllers (Neon Blue/Red Combo, or Grey)
  • 2 Joy Con Grip Straps
  • Nintendo Switch Dock
  • HDMI Cable
  • AC Adapter

The console was also advertised as being a console that brings in multiple features spanning the entirety of the company's history. Each Joy-Con will have its own L and R buttons, feature special cameras used to detect range and shapes, and NFC and RFID support. What's more is that the Joy-Cons feature a brand new feedback system. Dubbed "HD Rumble", the Joy-Cons can simulate the movement and feel of ice cubes in a glass of water.

According to Nintendo, the console also supports social media sharing of videos and screenshots. The battery life is also reported to last approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the game in use. In comparison, the Nintendo New 3DS XL lasts between 3.5 to 7 hours. Furthermore, the Nintendo Switch is compatible with portable battery chargers, and comes with an AC portable adapter.

The console will support multiple online functions as well. According to the presenters, the Switch will support social media interactions (i.e.: sharing video and screenshots) as well as the ability to use a smart device app for interacting with other players. This app will tie into an online service that from the sounds of it will be fairly similar to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Multiplayer play is also much easier, as the Nintendo Switch supports multiple game modes including: TV Mode for split screen, Tabletop split screen and local multiplayer, as well as handheld local wireless multiplayer supporting up to 8 players.

The best part of it all? No more region locks!

The Games!

The Nintendo Presentation included multiple first party and partner titles, many of them ready to blow the viewers away. Among them were the following:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally has a release date! According to the above trailer, players can expect to finally get into the game on March 3rd. That makes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a Nintendo Switch launch title, and it looks amazing.

But don't just take my word for it. Check out the above trailer!


1-2-SWITCH is a game with a fairly simple premise: playing without using the screen as the main tool. In 1-2-SWITCH, players will engage in various simple minigames such as a western showdown, eating competitions, samurai fights, and boxing. The game has a very strong Wii Sports vibe to it, but the catch is that all the games are played by using a Joy-Con for each player without the screen being the focus.

1-2-SWITCH releases alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd.


ARMS is a sports fighting title for the Nintendo Switch. It is a 2-player battle game that uses the Joy-Con Controllers in a method fairly similar to dual-joystick arcade titles such as Virtual ON - Cyber Troopers in that tilting the controllers controls movement, while pressing the buttons and swinging is used to attack.

The game can be played in a variety of modes including online, local wireless, as well as local split screen.

The game will launch later in the Spring of this year.

Splatoon 2

Those of us who didn't get the chance to figure out if we're a squid or a kid will get the chance to do so once more on the Nintendo Switch! Coming out in the summer of 2017, Splatoon 2 is everything fans loved about the original Splatoon and more!

Splatoon 2 will feature brand new stages, hair styles, clothes, and other neat gear. It also features a brand new weapon style called the "Splat Dualies" which are a pair of paint pistols. New special abilities including summoning paint clouds, jetpacks, mortars, and more will be included. What's more, Nintendo has promised that there will be more free DLC with the game - just like the original. The game will also improve on the predecessors multiplayer components by allowing for both online and local wireless multiplayer.

Super Mario Odyssey

What's a Nintendo console without Mario? Coming to the Nintendo Switch is a new Super Mario title dubbed Super Mario Odyssey. The game takes Mario outside of the Mushroom Kingdom, and into none other than our own world! With various locales inspired by real life areas, Super Mario Odyssey will be an open sandbox style platformer similar to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

The game will be much more exploration oriented, separating it from titles such as the Super Mario Galaxy series and other recent 3D titles. Sadly, Mario won't be on the Switch until the holiday season. Thankfully, other titles are still on the way.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Speaking of Mario, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The trailer (above) shows off various new features, including none other than new playable characters: the squid kids! Furthermore, battle mode has been improved with specific battle mode stages. Not many other details have been released, but it appears that all DLC from the previous title will be included.

Fire Emblem Warriors

A teaser trailer for Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo's next Nintendo crossover title was released, and it is none other than Fire Emblem Warriors! In the trailer we see various legendary blades from the series, originating from Fates, Awakening, Shadow Dragon, and Sacred Stones.

For the time being, all we have is this short teaser, but hopefully we'll get more soon!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Just when you thought it was all over for the original Xenoblade Chronicles, Monolithsoft just announced Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Little is known about the title outside of its teaser trailer, but the "2" might suggest that this is a direct sequel to the first title. More information is sure to come, but without a doubt this trailer makes a great first impression.

Other Upcoming Titles

Multiple other titles were confirmed for the Nintendo Switch as well. Among them were the following:

  • Dragon Quest X
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Dragon Quest Heroes I + II Combo Pack
  • An upcoming Shin Megami Tensei
  • Octopath Traveler (an upcoming title by Square Enix)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Definitive Edition
  • A No More Heroes series title
  • FIFA
  • Sonic Project 2017
  • Sonic Mania
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Disgaea 5
  • An unknown Dragon Ball Z title
  • Minecraft
  • Fast Racing Neo

Keep in mind that these are only the titles that were seen and/or mentioned during the presentation. Even then, the final part of the presentation flashed many titles - some of which were more recognizable than others. If you'd like to pick them out for yourself, the montage starts at the 1:25:00 mark on the YouTube video.

That's all for now!

With all the information delivered during the Nintendo Switch presentation, Nintendo has launched a powerful head start for the console. Fans on both the Twitter and the YouTube livestreams were in utter chaos, excited beyond belief about the upcoming hardware and software lineup. So much so that it was difficult to keep track of a single comment as barely a letter was readable before disappearing off screen.

With the console just over 2 months away, Nintendo seems set for success with this new product. Only time will tell, of course, but for now it seems like smooth sailing.

Let's just hope Nintendo can match the demand with equal fervor!

Sims 4 Update Adds Toddlers to the Mix,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/i/m/simsheader-bbee7.jpg u5mhe/sims-4-update-adds-toddlers-to-the-mix Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:45:27 -0500 Will Dowell

Released over two years ago, The Sims 4 has entertained the minds of countless gamers everywhere. And now is the perfect time to dive back in with the new toddler update.

Experience your parental fantasies as you take care of your very own toddler. Teach him or her new skills through flash cards, build your very own dance party, or just have the little one by your side as you go throughout your Sim's day. 

The Sims 4 originally felt empty at launch, lacking content that previous entries contained. Now with the combination of free updates and expansion packs, The Sims 4 feels more complete than ever. With the Vampires Game Pack coming out on January 24th and the toddler update out today, you have much to experience in The Sims 4. Hopefully EA continues this trend in providing continuous support to games like The Sims 4 while creating new content. 

Stay tuned for more EA and Sims news.

Director of "Guardians of the Galaxy" Takes to Twitter to Praise Mass Effect,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/s/mass-effectromeda-logo-47000.png hblx9/director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-takes-to-twitter-to-praise-mass-effect Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:48:52 -0500 schenermansam

Mass Effect fans everywhere rejoice, because James Gunn, director of both Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) and its' sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took to Twitter on Monday to share his post Guardians plans.

As is plain to see, the veteran director has his priorities straight, at least according to the millions of gamers across the globe who similarly are marking their calendars in anticipation for the release of the game on March 21. When asked about his experience with the original games, Gunn stated it simply in another tweet:

Another follower wished to know how ME inspired the director in the creation of GotG and its' sequel.

I can see millions of people searching their hard drives for GotG and scouring it, frame by frame, for ANY sign for Chora's Den, a Stormtrooper helmet, or maybe even an Atari in the background of a scene. All that notwithstanding, it's simply cool noting that Hollywood's top creatives are fan of things just like all us regular folks.

F-Zero X Added to Wii-U Eshop!,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/e/r/zeroheader2-cbd6c.jpg kkh3i/f-zero-x-added-to-wii-u-eshop Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:50:45 -0500 Will Dowell

While the Switch may be coming soon, Nintendo has not left the Wii U to rot. On the contrary, the Wii U has been getting a plethora of virtual console releases to tide fans over to the Switch.

Next in the lineup is F-Zero X -- a fast paced racer that pushed the N64 to its limits in speed. Now all players can enjoy it on Wii U for just $9.99, starting on January 12th. With this and Pokemon Snap both giving love the N64, let's hope other titles get the same treatment. 

Nintendo has currently been trying to revitalize old series and introduce them to the modern age. Both Starfox and Kid Icarus have been reintroduced with varied degrees of sucess. While we did not get a Wii U or 3DS F-Zero, this shows that they at least have some interest in the franchise.

Hopefully, the success from this re-release will encourage Nintendo to give F-Zero a shot. Stay tuned for more Nintendo News.

Telltale's Next Installment Will Be Guardians of the Galaxy,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ca617eef914a9ff2985c9f603dfdd397.jpg xzbwk/telltales-next-installment-will-be-guardians-of-the-galaxy Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:47:48 -0500 Marc Anthony

Telltale has announced that their next narrative driven game will be surrounding the critically-acclaimed Marvel Comics IP, Guardians of the Galaxy. The installment will follow each member of the team such as Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Drax the Destroyer, and everyone's favorite oak, Groot. 

Kevin Bruner, Co-founder and CEO of Telltale games had this to say:

"The energizing blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and full-on sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians provides an enormously satisfying space to explore through Telltale's unique style of interactive storytelling...We are always honored to be working with the best creative partners and storytellers in entertainment, and working with Marvel on this series leaves us excited to share what we've been developing when it premieres in 2017."

Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Inovation, Marvel Entertainment had this to add:

"With the story at the core of everything that Marvel creates, who better to team with than master storytellers Telltale Games. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series fully showcases Marvel and Telltale's rich legacy of storytelling, and fans will find themselves immersed in an original, character-driven narrative."

According to Gamestop's product page, the Guardians will be in possession of a particular artifact of unimaginable power that is desirable to each member of the Guardians, as well as a cruel villain whom will do anything to obtain it for her own personal goals. Putting yourself into the role of the self-proclaimed "legendary outlaw", Star-Lord, you will make your own path through the next Telltale story, where your decisions define your experience from Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond. 

Get ready to be hooked on a feeling as Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series will be released in 2017 on console, PC, and mobile devices.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Specter of Torment Announced!,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/k/t/sktt-6fe1d.png 23r0t/shovel-knight-treasure-trove-and-specter-of-torment-announced Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:24:44 -0500 DannyPTP

Yacht Club Games have announced Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove and Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch!

Among these announcements, Body Swap Mode has been added. Have a look at these released designs:

In addition, co-op mode will be added to all versions, bar the 3DS and Vita. This allows a lot of replayability to the game and has been a requested item for some time.

Shovel Knight will also be rebranded to Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope to go with the new titles. Plague of Shadows will be released separately allowing players to go through Plague Knight's campaign whenever they want. Specter of Torment allows players to take on the role of the reaper, which will change things up.

Even more will be added in 2017! (Titles TBD)

  • Shovel Knight: King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
  • Shovel Knight: Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (3DS/Vita not included)

There's certainly a lot coming for fans of Shovel Knight. Will you be picking these up? Dig down in the comments!

NBA 2K17 All-Star Uniforms Have Arrived,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/q/q/q/qqqqqq-ca4fc.jpg x6xou/nba-2k17-all-star-uniforms-have-arrived Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:19:29 -0500 Marc Anthony

NBA 2K17 has officially released its All-Star uniform package this week, after being previously leaked in September. The Eastern and Western conference uniforms are now available for your NBA All-Stars to wear.

According to the NBA league and its apparel associates:

"The carbon and red Western Conference, and light granite and blue Eastern Conference [uniforms] incorporate aged metal treatment across the jersey font outlines and adidas logo, as a nod to the French-inspired ironwork displayed throughout the city of New Orleans." 

The league has given many props to hometowns with their uniforms in more creative and artistic fashion in the past, leaving these uniforms lacking a certain flair that's come to be expected of the all-star season.

The game itself will have to carry the weight of the more exciting nature of the all-star weekend break instead, but still the release of these uniforms plays a unique role in defining the success and branding of all-stars this season.

New Story Trailer For Horizon Zero Dawn Teases New Friends And Foes,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/o/r/horizon-banner-d6e06.jpg 25dg9/new-story-trailer-for-horizon-zero-dawn-teases-new-friends-and-foes Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:59:00 -0500 Rob Kershaw

A brand new trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn has just dropped courtesy of Sony, offering a little more substance to the already gorgeous world we've previously seen.

As the trailer opens, Aloy's tribe has been massacred -- prompting her departure in search of this powerful, unknown enemy. Traversing desolate lands populated by massive, mechanoid beasts, Aloy arrives in neighboring Meridia to warn them of the impending threat.

It appears as though the robot fauna are somehow being raised and controlled with a corrupting force wielded by the leader of a band of masked warriors. To what ends he plans to use them isn't clear, but it isn't likely to be pleasant for the natives.

However, it looks like Aloy won't be alone in the fight. Another mysterious figure (voiced by The Wire's Lance Reddick) has a stake in the battle too -- but whose side is he actually on?

There are plenty of questions raised by this new video, but it certainly eases concerns that Horizon Zero Dawn would be something of a rudderless technical showpiece. There's a core storyline, a ruthless villain, and a mystery to unpack. The fact that it offers up even more wonderful visuals is a bonus.

Horizon Zero Dawn is scheduled for release on February 28th, 2017.

Are you excited by the new trailer? Or are you still hesitant about what the game will actually offer? Let us know in the comments!

Special 25th Anniversary Website for Shin Megami Tensei Just Opened,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/t/l/atlusnewsheader-41b42.jpg 47jxh/special-25th-anniversary-website-for-shin-megami-tensei-just-opened Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:31:22 -0500 Will Dowell

Shin Megami Tensei, Atlus' premier demon recruiting RPG is hitting its 25th year anniversary and Atlus is ready to celebrate. After creating a series of challenging RPG's Atlus has opened a new 25th Anniversary Projects website and has reopened Shin Megami Tensei's official twitter account. Nothing about this project has currently been announced, but fans have been wildly speculating on how Atlus will reward its loyal fans.

This is not the only Atlus release exciting fans. Persona 5 is coming to North American audiences this April while new IP "PROJECT Re FANTASY" was just announced this last month.

While this may seem unimpressive to those outside of Atlus's fanbase, Atlus has been famous for not their amount of new releases, but the quality and content these releases contain. With Shin Megami Tensei reaching its 25th year anniversary and Persona 5 hitting store shelves soon, it is a good year to be an Atlus fan. For more news on Atlus and Shin Megami Tensei, stay tuned to Gameskinny.

Chinese Pokémon Fans May Miss Out on Global Hit, Niantic Potentially Loses Huge Audience.,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/y/y/cyy9ry8xeaa0qqp-2eda7.jpg p9mmt/chinese-pokemon-fans-may-miss-out-on-global-hit-niantic-potentially-loses-huge-audience Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:24:53 -0500 Bryantcpereira

The Chinese Government is evaluating augmented reality games like Pokémon Go for security reasons. The game that brought Pokémon fever back won’t be releasing in China until these possible risks are assessed.

Source: Credit George Etheredge/The New York Times
Reuters reports that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television finds a “high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people’s lives and property.”

The game focuses on exploring real-life neighborhoods and cities, and last year led a teenager to find a dead body in a river.

Until similar risks can be judged, the Chinese government will not allow fans to download and play the game, leaving Niantic out of millions of potential players.

Pokémon Go topped the mobile market charts for weeks straight, and although the number of daily users is dwindling, the craze that swept the nation will likely be remembered for years to come.

If the Chinese release of Pokémon Go resembles that of the US launch, this set-back blocks Niantic from gaining huge profits.

Another hurdle for the game is its usage of Google Maps services, which are currently blocked in China.

Pokémon Go released an update at the end of last year introducing a few Pokémon from the second generation.

The Sims 4 Vampire Pack - Wanna Be Immortal?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/159d4e0bd0fdc00b19565e70927c4daf.jpg 3rye3/the-sims-4-vampire-pack-wanna-be-immortal Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:10:18 -0500 Henri Herrera

The Sims 4 "Vampires" Pack is coming on January 24th 2017. Maxis really wanted to build out Vampires more than they have ever done before. The Vampires in the pack have their own motives and needs, focused around gaining enough Plasma, powers and sleep.

Plasma is what Vampires drink, and it comes in a few different varieties.

You'll be able to buy plasma packs if you want an instant solution or grow plasma fruits for a more long-term option. You also will have the option to drink plasma from other sims for a more vampire experience.

Vampires will have have powers like turning other Sims into Vampires, even moving around in different forms, and with more powers to be revealed in the following weeks. The power will affect your story. Gaining powers but also weaknesses will give you complete control about how you play your Vampire.

Alongside all of this, the "Vampire" Pack will also add new create a Sim options.

Players will be able to customize their Vampire forms differently as much as they want. Sims can be born Vampires, but their powers won’t start until they are Teenagers. At that point, they’ll also stop naturally aging, but you will be able to get the birthday cake and allow them to age that way if you want to.

The Sims 4 "Vampires" Game Pack will also come with a new world called Forgotten Hollow, it's completely different from the other worlds and is perfect for Vampires to live there. It's all centered around a plaza area dedicated to Vlad, the founding Vampire of Forgotten Hollow. Maxis wanted it to feel like a centuries-old neighborhood with history and secrets. Vampires will show up sometimes in other worlds so players needs to keep an eye out for them.

If you are up to hide away from the light of the sun, drinking the very essence of the other Sims, transforming them to your will and having special powers this pack was made for you, so hurry up and get your immortal life of darkness.

Miami Heat is Investing in eSports Through EU Team Misfits,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/s/misfits-fgc-8dafc.jpg 0u6lo/miami-heat-is-investing-in-esports-through-eu-team-misfits Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:50:16 -0500 Henri Herrera

The NBA team Miami Heat has just made the move to invest in eSports by buying up the player organization known as Misfits. The NBA franchise announced this purchase alongside its upcoming multigame eSports organization on Tuesday. Following this investment, the Heat will assist in a rebrand of the organization to match their colors, marketing, brand promotion and sponsorship.


Miami Heat chief executive officer Nick Arison said in a news release:

"The Miami Heat pride ourselves on being innovative in all aspects of sports and business. For us, it made perfect sense to partner with Misfits, a young and ambitious franchise in a sport that is blazing a trail in terms of 21st century recreational competition amongst Millennials". 

Miami Heat is the second NBA team to fully integrate into an eSports team. In September, the Philadelphia 76ers purchased a big part of Team Dignitas and Apex Gaming, merging the two into the Dignitas banner and using some of their staff from the NBA for the eSports team. 

Misfits CEO Ben Spoont said:

"This partnership will be the catalyst and foundation to our continued expansion of the Misfits organization into a global esports brand and company. The Heat, innovators and leaders in traditional sports, will help Misfits to unlock meaningful value across all facets of our business."

Misfits is an European multi-game eSports organization that's currently participating in League of LegendsOverwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and Super Smash Bros.

Now that a team like Miami Heat has shown interest in eSports organizations, will other teams follow their lead? Only time will tell, but we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Tales of Berseria Demo Now Available,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/e/r/berseria-art-bbace.jpg rmgus/tales-of-berseria-demo-now-available Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:27:09 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Ahead of the full game release on January 4 (PS4) and January 27 (PC/Steam),  the demo version of the upcoming Bandai-Namco RPG Tales of Berseria has been made available on PSN and Steam for PC in both North America and Europe.

Game Features
  • Fight alongside 5 comrades and unravel their secrets and skills
  • Set out and explore the stunning, ever-changing landscapes of Midgand Kingdom 
  • Feed on the strength of your enemies and strike with this evolved battle system
  • Discover even more of the world with side-quests and fun mini-games 

Pre-orders for the game will receive a 15 minute skit. While on Steam, customers who pre-order for PC will have a 10% discount on either Tales of Zesteria or Tales of Symphonia.  PSN pre-orders will gain a Tales of Berseria theme and receive three soundtracks.  

While there will be very early game spoilers, it's a good opportunity to see what improvements and changes have been made to the combat system.

Will you be picking up the demo or just waiting for the full game release?  Let us know in the comments below.

HORI Nintendo Switch Accessories Leak Ahead of Presentation,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/a/stand-bb50c.jpg bwjhx/hori-nintendo-switch-accessories-leak-ahead-of-presentation Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:46:31 -0500 David Fisher

We're only two days away from the Nintendo Switch presentation, and some people just can't wait to get more news. So how do you satisfy? Well, you could always launch your favorite Wii U or 3DS titles in the meantime. Or you could check out the leaks of HORI's upcoming accessories for the upcoming Nintendo console.

Cashed in for a few minutes of fame, twitter user DroidXAce has released multiple papers confirming various Nintendo Switch peripherals designed by HORI. Most of the inventory items are commonplace things we'd expect for a Nintendo product. Nevertheless, they're pretty cool.

Here are some of the ones that jumped out from the crowd, check 'em out!

Note: All prices were translated using the current exchange rate on 10/01/2016

PlayStand ($13.71 USD)

Just as the title suggests, the PlayStand is a simple foldable device that allows you to place your Nintendo Switch on a cradle for mobile gaming. Likely a must-have for those of us who get tired of holding gamepads for long periods of time.

Joy-Con Multi-Charger ($31.66 USD)

As expected, the Joy-Cons will have their own separate charging accessory. The device is similarly shaped to the Joy-Con controller cradle seen during the original presentation. It also somewhat confirms that the Joy-Con controllers will charge while attached to the main console, but still doesn't confirm whether or not it will charge them while in portable mode.

Accessory Kit (USD $10.54)

Thumb grips, and triggers are included in this accessory kit. There are two pairs of each, suggesting replacements for when the parts wear out. The size of the lower trigger accessories might have been designed with hardcore audiences in mind as the triggers seemed rather slim in the trailers.

Starter Set ($31.66 USD)

Cartridge holding kits, a protector for the Joy-Cons, screen protector, and a carrying case. All of this screams "handheld console".

Real Arcade Pro Switch Controller ($158.32 USD)

Could this have been made in anticipation of yet unannounced fighting games for the Nintendo Switch, or was it simply inevitable?

Breath of the Wild Skin Set ($10.54 USD)

The interesting thing about this skin set is that it opens up the possibility for the Nintendo Switch to have customizable plates, similar to the New 3DS. Perhaps Nintendo noticed the popularity of the custom consoles and decided to stick with it? It should also mean that special edition consoles might be a thing of the past.

"Snap and Go" Protector ($21.10 USD)

Why protect your screen when you can protect the entire console! Once again, this type of accessory really puts an emphasis on the portable nature of this console.

HORI Pad ($31.66 USD)

An alternative to the Nintendo Pro Controller, the HORI Pad doesn't look quite as nice as the one we saw in the preview. However, it may serve as a good alternative to the often more expensive official Nintendo products.

LAN Adapter ($31.66 USD)

Perhaps the most interesting item of them all, the LAN Adapter confirms that the Nintendo Switch will not only have online play, but that there are ports on the Switch (rather on the dock or the console) that will act as expansion slots. The LAN Adapter also means that the Switch will - thankfully - have much more powerful online capabilities than the Wii U.

Car Charger ($21.10 USD)

Hopefully a good tie-in with the car stand that we saw in the preview, the car charger would be a great buy for parents who want to set it up for their kids while on the go.

That's about it!

There are, of course, several items that we didn't cover here due to overlapping information, but you can always check out this NEOGAF thread where all of the images have been compiled. Remember, despite the authentic looking images, these could still very well be nothing more than rumors as much more compelling material than papers have been submitted in the past.

Still, none of it seems particularly questionable, and some are certainly interesting. Mixed in with rumors circulating on the internet that the Nintendo Switch will sell for approximately $250 USD, the console seems to be quite affordable considering its utility.

What do you think of the accessories? Anything particularly stand out to you? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Razer Offering $25,000 Reward for Information on Prototype Theft,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/a/z/razerheader-44793.png 40vgk/razer-offering-25000-reward-for-information-on-prototype-theft Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:46:32 -0500 Will Dowell

Razer's new triple monitor prototype, Project Valerie, has been stolen from the Las Vegas show floor of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). There has been rumors of industrial espionage which surfaced, but no findings have been made. Currently, a $25,000 reward has been offered for information regarding the prototype theft.

According to a Facebook post by Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan:

"This update is to confirm that two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect."

This triple-screened laptop was one of the showstoppers this year at CES, with its automated screen deployment and huge resolution wowing press and consumers alike. With this new hardware certainly being extremely valuable, solving this theft will be of the utmost priority to Razer.

Razer does have experience with these crimes however. In 2011, two prototype Razer Blades were stolen from Razer's very own offices. Luckily, the Razor Blade was quite successful despite these setbacks. Hopefully the same can be said for Project Valerie.

If you know anything about the Project Valerie's theft, Razer asks you contact them at giving all the information needed.

Learn More About Building in Conan Exiles,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/1/j/c1jzakxviaaalqn-a6666.jpg fe1kv/learn-more-about-building-in-conan-exiles Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:39:22 -0500 Emily Parker

With an Early Access release date just around the corner (January 31st), Funcom is pushing out some more footage of their gritty, open world survival game, Conan Exiles. The video heavily focuses on the game's base building mechanics, and nearly equally as heavily on its base destroying mechanics. If conquering your enemies, surviving the elements and decorating your fortress just right sounds like a good time to you, check out the video below:

The builder looks polished and easy to use, and it's exciting to think about building on rocks, mountains and lakes to aid your defense strategy. The creative director, Joel Bylos, suggests having some sort of base of operations will be necessary to make much progress in the game, so it's good to see that ease of use and features are important to Funcom.

Though we're currently not suffering a lack of online multiplayer open world survival games, it's easy to see why Funcom thought this genre would be a good fit for Conan Exiles. This franchise's world is brutal, and survival, competition and defending your possessions are all great ways to stay true to the Conan name.

So get ready to dominate the wastelands, meticulously craft your hideout and watch a big muscle god stomp all over it. Can you wait?

Xbox Exclusive Scalebound Now Cancelled,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/a/scaleboundheader-2fbd0.jpg ph9e7/xbox-exclusive-scalebound-now-cancelled Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:14:09 -0500 Will Dowell

Platinum Games' dragon adventure in the making, Scalebound has been cancelled. With rumors of troubled development circling around the internet for a few days now, Microsoft has officially stated that Scalebound's development has ceased.

Shown off in E3 2014, Scalebound was a cooperative action game in which players would use their dragons to fight fierce beasts. Since then, it struggled through a series of delays, finally ending as Microsoft axed the product.

According to the official Microsoft press statement:

"After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3State of Decay 2Sea of Thieves and other great experiences."

This has been yet another blow to Platinum Games, especially after its lackluster performance last year with Star Fox Zero and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan being critical and commercial failures. Hopefully their next release, Nier: Automatafares better as this has been a poor start for the new year.

Mafia 3 Now Updated With PS4 pro Patch 1.05,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/f/mafia-5e474.jpg hj5yj/mafia-3-now-updated-with-ps4-pro-patch-105 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:33:30 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

The team over at Digital Foundry have discovered that Mafia 3's latest patch has given the title a boost on the Playstation 4 Pro, despite no mention of the upgrades in the recent patch notes.

Improvements via the patch are as follows:

  • Resolution increased to 1440p
  • 1080p supersampling
  • Improvements in shadow quality
  • Improvements to draw distance
  • Improved motion blur effects

4K televisions users will see a benefit in a locked 30FPS with full V-sync.  A welcome improvement as screen tearing was quite apparent with the launch version of the game, although base Playstation 4 users will still see occasional tears when frames drop below target.

Interestingly there have been a few drawbacks with the update on the more powerful hardware as Digital Foundry noticed that the Playstation 4 Pro version suffered a loss in performance in the more action based areas of the game with drops in frame rate hitting as low as 26FPS when compared to the base Playstation's 30FPS.

Hi-Rez Expo 2017: SMITE World Championships Finals Results & Highlights,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/r/x/hrx-meta-90f96.jpg 4dbc8/hi-rez-expo-2017-smite-world-championships-finals-results-highlights Sun, 08 Jan 2017 22:08:25 -0500 Auverin Morrow

It's been a long journey for the two teams that took the stage today at the SMITE World Championship. They battled their way through the brackets, survived some seriously close calls, and arrived at the end of it all with only one task in mind: winning. 

For the first time in SMITE Pro League history, two European teams fought it out in the finals -- Team NRG and Obey Alliance.

NRG came into the match defending the world championship title they earned under the Epsilon name last year with more than a year-long winning streak under their belts. But Obey didn't seem too daunted, as they've spent most of the regular season scrimming against NRG and learning from them as a team. So the question going into this matchup became: would the students be able to beat the teachers and end NRG's hot streak?

Not this time around. While Obey did take a game off NRG and did their best to force the match to a full 5 games, they couldn't quite make it happen and NRG once again walked away with the World Championship title.  

Game 1

Winner: NRG
  • NRG: Janus, Chronos, Khepri, Bellona, Thor
  • Obey: Scylla, Thanatos, Tyr, Jing Wei, Sylvanus

As most viewers have come to expect from EU matchups, the early game began with both teams dancing around and poking each other away from buffs for several minutes before moving in to secure anything. Obey had the better early damage, though, and managed to push NRG far enough to take parts of their jungle. 

First Blood finally went to Obey at 6 minutes, but NRG retaliated with a pick of their own for a 1-1 trade. It didn't seem to faze Obey, though, as they kept pushing and took the first Gold Fury just a few minutes after. 

Clearly aware that they hadn't come online enough to sustain in team fights, NRG pulled back and started looking for individual picks across the map to bide time until they could keep up in larger engagements. They found a single kill and 1-1 trades, and the next engagement was a 3-0 sweep in their favor. 

After another 2-for-2 engage at the Gold Fury and a much cleaner 2-for-0 engage a few moments later, NRG was sitting pretty with a decent lead. But Obey wasn't inclined to give up, and they managed to get an 0-2 engagement that opened the way for them to take the first Fire Giant. 

Using buff momentum, Obey started laying on the map pressure and took 2 Phoenixes. They couldn't secure the end of the game, though, and got pushed out after losing a few members. Afterward, NRG stole two more Fire Giants and eventually moved in to make a 5-0 wipe on Obey that gave them the win in Game 1. 

Game 2

Winner: NRG
  • NRG: Chronos, Khepri, Poseidon, Rata, Tyr
  • ObeySylvanus, Vulcan, Erlang Shen, Camazotz, Jing Wei

Once again, Obey took early control of the jungle by stealing a red buff from underneath NRG. But NRG retaliated by grabbing first blood, then another 2-1 trade at the Gold Fury. 

As the early game faded to mid game, a few unfavorable engagements for Obey proved that NRG's Poseidon ults were simply too much to handle. Obey tried to recover some ground by diving into an enemy tower for 2 kills, but NRG kept finding good picks that prevented them from securing any sort of lead. Pretty soon, Obey's frontline was too far behind in levels to keep up during engagements. 

Snowballing their lead and keeping the map pressure heavy, NRG grabbed a Gold Fury and an enemy Phoenix before regrouping and looking to the Fire Giant. They were able to steal the Giant from Obey, but they lost 3 of their members in the process. NRG recovered, though, and got 4 picks in an engagement at the Gold Fury that cleared the way to Obey's base. 

Obey did their best to defend against the wolves at their door, but NRG landed a 5-man sweep without losing a single member. With respawn timers nearing 60 seconds, Obey could do little but watch as NRG took their Titan and the second game win. 

Game 3

Winner: Obey
  • NRG: Zeus, Chronos, Geb, Amaterasu, Nemesis
  • Obey: Sylvanus, Ratatoskr, Sol, Poseidon, Mercury

NRG started out strong this game, grabbing an early First Blood in a 2-1 trade. But Obey quickly began to take an early lead with their jungler and nab better map control, which put them in a better position to take a game off NRG. 

Their lead only increased as they carefully chose which objectives to take in this high-stakes game. They nailed a 4-3 engagement that fell in their favor, then snuck another 2-1 cleanup that lost them Sylvanus but won them the Gold Fury. 

NRG tried to lay down the law with a 2-0 engagement not long after, but Obey was simply too far ahead and wouldn't relinquish anywhere near enough map control for NRG to get into a more advantageous position. 

Both teams clashed again at the Gold Fury, and Obey came out on the better end of the 4-3 trade. Almost as soon as the Fury respawned, the teams were at it again. But this time, Obey completely wiped NRG and secured the objective. 

NRG tried hard not to give up their defenses and even made a Fire Giant steal, but ultimately it wasn't enough. Obey waited for the next Giant respawn, forced a fight that NRG wasn't ready for, then used the respawn time to take the Titan and their first win of the match. 

Game 4

Winner: NRG
  • NRG: Poseidon, Ratatoskr, Erlang, Freya, Terra
  • Obey: Sylvanus, Fenrir, Vulcan, Janus, Thanatos

Everyone was wondering if Obey would be able to force this match to game 5, but NRG was clearly on top of their game from the outset of Game 4. They took first blood with a triple kill in a 3-1 engagement, then landed another 2-0 engage in the jungle not too long after. 

Obey found a few good picks with a 2-1 engage and a Gold Fury steal, but NRG's immaculate rotations were just too much. Obey could dominate in team fights, but NRG kept finding the right picks after disengaging to keep Obey from gaining too much ground. 

With the kill advantage going to NRG and the map pressure advantage going to Obey, it looked like it could be anyone's game. Obey secured the Gold Fury in a 2-0 engagement, but it was the last fight in which they came out ahead. 

The next engagement at the Fire Giant was a 3-0 wipe for NRG, after which they rotated over to take the Gold Fury and clear all Tier 1 and Tier 2 objectives.They kept forcing their way down the map to the right Phoenix, but couldn't secure it. Intead, they backed off to clear out the enemy jungle instead so Obey couldn't farm it. 

NRG picked up another Fire Giant buff a few minutes later, then another Gold Fury immediately after. With tons of momentum behind them, NRG cleared all of Obey's Phoenixes and broke the base defenses. Though they paid with three members, it wasn't long until they had all respawned and took another Fire Giant. 

Tired of biding their time and riding high on a map advantage, NRG made their final push into Obey's base to take the Titan and win the game. 

So for the second year in a row, the boys of NRG are the World Champions for SMITE on PC. As we move forward into the Spring Split and all the changes happening in Season 4, only time will tell how much longer NRG can defend their title and keep their winning streak alive. 

Hi-Rez Expo 2017: SMITE Console Finals Highlights and Results,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/r/x/hrx-meta-e1e62.jpg 8t8uu/hi-rez-expo-2017-smite-console-finals-highlights-and-results Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:05:30 -0500 Auverin Morrow

It's the last day of this year's Hi-Rez Expo, and the top SMITE teams in the world are going head to head in intense matches for the ultimate championship title. After a hard-fought week of sets (and upsets), two teams remained in the SMITE Console League -- Team Eager and Soar G2A.

With the Season 1 Console Championship title on the line, these two North American teams battled it out on the worlds stage to see who would claim the biggest win of the SMITE season. It was a well-played set on both sides, but Eager came out on top in the end with a 3-1 record over Soar.

Game 1

Winner: Eager
  • Soar: Odin, Thor, Scylla, Terra, Jing Wei
  • Eager: Nike, Awilix, Zeus, Sylvanus, Chronos

Soar started strong in this game, racking up 3 kills on Eager at just two minutes in. A few aggressive engages from Soar kept Eager on the back foot. But the early lead must have gone to Soar's head, because they quickly lost their footing as Eager pushed back. 

At the 10-minute mark, Soar made a messy engage with a wasted Thor ult. Eager punished them for the bad call by picking off two kills. Soar tried to make up for it by taking Gold Fury a minute later, but they overextended and wasted another Thor ult -- netting Eager another 2 kills for free. 

Soar continued making sloppy calls, and Eager patiently waited for their mistakes, then played an excellent countergame. The next engage ended in a 2-1 trade in Eager's favor, bumping them up to 9 kills over Soar's 8 and putting them firmly in the lead. 

Between Eager's clear calls in comms and Soar's insistence on picking team fights rather than farming objectives, Eager's strong lead only snowballed harder as the rest of the game played out. Soar quickly started losing objectives, with Eager steamrolling several Tier 1 and Tier 2 towers. In a 2-2 engage at mid lane, Eager took the mid Phoenix and put some serious pressure on Soar's base. 

At 27 minutes, Eager initiated once again and came out on top in a 3-1 trade, which cleared the way for them to take the Fire Giant for free. Just three minutes later they landed another triple kill and pushed into Soar's base to bring down the Titan as well. 

Game 2

Winner: Eager
  • Soar: Sylvanus, Odin, Susano, Zhong Kui, Cupid
  • Eager: Nike, Hun Batz, Zeus, Xing Tian, Chronos

Just like Game 1, Soar hit the ground running in Game 2. They took the first blood, then made a few more picks in their lanes during the early phase. Eager was able to knock out a few Soar members here and there, but the next major engage at 12 minutes didn't go in their favor. Soar landed a quadra kill on Eager for free, then rotated through multiple lanes to take control of the jungle and grab as many Tier 1 towers as they could. 

Eager didn't take kindly to getting wiped out, and during their next engage turned a fight around for a 4-0 trade in their favor. Soar managed to pick off one member after the disengage, but it wasn't enough to hold their advantage. 

After that brutal team fight, it was clear that Chapo (Soar) was getting a little bit too tilted to keep his head in the game. Eager kept punishing his Sylvanus to keep his healing out of the equation, and it was clearly getting to his head. Comms for Soar started to crumble around the same time that Eager's anti-healing came online in full force, which lead to a snowball lead for Eager. 

Around the 25-minute mark, the teams clashed again in a 3-2 fight, which fell in Eager's favor. This let them grab a Tier 2 tower and increase their map pressure. After their full team had respawned, Eager moved in for a 5-1 wipe on Soar. With the lane clear and the respawn timers too long for Soar to do anything, Eager brought down the middle Phoenix then took the titan for the second game win. 

Game 3

Winner: Soar
  • Soar: Odin, Scylla, Terra, Cupid, Hun Batz
  • Eager: Tyr, Awilix, Ra, Sylvanus, Sol

Once again, Soar came out of the gate swinging in this game. They took the first blood, then farmed their side of the map until they grabbed a 2-0 engage with Eager at 7 minutes. One more pick in lane left Soar ahead at 4 kills to 0 by the 10-minute mark. 

With Eager playing from the back foot, Soar would not stop the pressure in their lanes. They forced several team fights in the next few minutes, relentlessly forcing Eager's gods back to base and sneaking away jungle objectives. 

Things were looking grim for Eager by 22 minutes, with Soar up on kills 17-6. Eager quickly lost several Tier 1 and 2 map objectives, which they simply weren't able to recover from. In spite of concerted efforts to group up and sustain in team fights with the Sylvanus heals, they kept getting split up and picked off one by one. 

At 26 minutes, Soar stormed into their base and took the Titan for their first win of the match. 

Game 4

Winner: Eager
  • Soar: Scylla, Odin, Jing Wei, Guan Yu, Ne Zha
  • Eager: Sylvanus, Nike, Chronos, Ratatoskr, He Bo

Continuing their streak for the match, Soar grabbed the first blood and got in some good early-game aggression at the outset. But shortly after landing that pick, Eager turned around and made Soar pay in a 2-1 trade. Soar retaliated again with 2 free kills for themselves, then found another 2 shortly after. Eager made a pick too, but were still trailing behind with half the kills at 6-3. 

At 8 minutes, a fight in the mid lane fell in Soar's favor, and it looked like they might start snowballing their lead like they had in the previous game. But an engage in the jungle left them looking a little unsteady after Eager got a few key kills, and Eager fed off that momentum to grab three more during their next engage at the Gold Fury. Although they weren't able to secure it before having to disengage, they rotated back soon after to grab the Gold Fury and 4 more kills on Soar. 

Eager nearly took the Fire Giant uncontested, but Soar came in at the last second to try for the steal. They couldn't pull it off though, and lost 2 people in the fight. Soar tried to regroup, but Eager's map pressure was simply too much and they couldn't hold their ground. 

Not too long after, Eager made their final push into Soar's base to take the Titan and the match win -- earning them the first Console Championship title and a pretty penny in prize money, too. 

All that's left now is the PC World Championship game, where the reigning champions NRG will take on EU team Obey. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news as the action unfolds at Hi-Rez Expo 2017!

Hi Rez Expo 2017: Paladins Invitational Highlights & Results,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/r/x/hrx-meta-671b8.jpg em9cu/hi-rez-expo-2017-paladins-invitational-highlights-results Sun, 08 Jan 2017 14:40:31 -0500 Seth Zulinski

It's the last day of the 2017 Hi-Rez Expo, and the best pro teams for SMITE and Paladins have gone head to head for the world championship titles in their respective games in some truly intense match ups. 

The day kicked off with the final round of the Paladins Invitational -- the inaugural tournament for Hi-Rez Studios' new arena shooter. It was looking like a long road ahead for Burrito Esports in this best of 7 matchup for $150,000, however, as they'd yet to win a set against their European rivals, and winners of the Paladins Dreamhack tournament -- District 69.

The match went to a full 7 games, as both teams brought everything they had to the world stage. But in the end, Burrito emerged victorious and took home the first ever Paladins championship title. 

Bans: Timber Mill, Fishmarket

Game 1

Frog Island

Starting off in the open Frog Island, Burrito lands a solid roster of Sha Lin, Viktor, Evie, Maldamba and Makoa to face off against D69's Androxus, Cassie, Ruckus, Fernando, and Ying line-up.

While the double frontline "Ruckus meta" role call was in contention only a few short weeks ago, D69 demonstrated the power of the green-skinned game-winner with a powerful 4-0 victory on the map.  

It was a strong opening statement from the fightin' 69, and reminders of Dreamhack for the mighty Burrito. 

Game 2

Jaguar Falls (1-0 favor D69)

The standard lineups for the set start to coalesce, as D69 drafts their familiar Fernando and Ruckus comp, backed by Androxus, Maldamba and Pip, while Burrito picks up a well-rounded quality team of Makoa, Evie, Ying and the Bow Bros Cassie and Sha Lin. 

Burrito rallies hard from their 0-4 loss in game 1 and storms the first point, taking it in Overtime and making good on the conversion for a 2-0 lead. 

69 wins the second heads up, however, and takes their overtime victory on the objective, but fails the conversion (with a little help from an Evie ultimate). 3-1 quickly turns to 3-2, however, D69 claims the next objective, and refuses to be shut down twice in a row, scoring the conversion and bringing the game to 3-3. 

In a desperate battle in which overtime lasts for all time, D69 again fires up the Ruckus machine and brings home the last point, scoring the map and a hefty 2-0 lead in the series. 

Game 3

Serpent Beach (2-0 favor District 69)

Now with pick priority for the first time in the draft, D69 tired of challenging Makoa and scoops up the turtle-tank first thing, followed by Androxus, Sha Lin and Maldamba, and tried to fill out their double front line comfort strategy with the competitively under performing Barik -- as the boys of Burrito had themselves drafted the Ruckus Wrecker comp with Ruckus, Fernando, Cassie, Evie and Ying. 

They may be on the back foot in heads up LAN victories, but the Burrito is first for a reason -- quickly conquering the D69 comp with their own game and taking the first point, but failing the conversion. Crushing the next point with a clean 100-0, Burrito takes it to 2-1... but quickly falls to 2-2 as D69 claims their second successful defense. Third try's the charm, however, as Burrito's Shipa (on Sha Lin) goes on an absolute rampage, claiming the point -- and the conversion, landing their fourth point for the game, and their first game in the series. 

Game 4

Ice Mines (2-1 favor D69)

Back in the driver's seat, Burrito claims the Makoa slot and fills out their squad with Sha Lin, Evie, Maldamba and Pip. District fires back with their Fernando, Ruckus and Androxus core, rounding out with Cassie and Ying. 

D69 rallies from their last game and starts off strong, quickly claiming a point and a conversion, putting Burrito in a 2-0 hole to dig themselves out of in the Ice Mines. 

Dig they do, however, and while they fail the conversion, they do grab the next objective and put their name on the board, 1-3. With an incredible last minute cap, pulling back from 99-0, they claim the next point as well but can't take it home. Now 3-3, Burrito's Laizy (on Evie) snags the last heads up with, the fourth point, and the momentum in the series bringing the match to a tie. 

Game 5

Frozen Guard (2-2 tied favor)

Both teams find their comfortable rosters as Burrito nabs their Makoa and Bow Bros core, backed by Evie and Ying, while D69 Lands Fernando, Ruckus, Androxus and has their two tanks backed by double support -- Maldamba and Pip. 

Burrito grabs the first point but just can't seem to close, landing the game at an early 1-1. The clocks ticking on their second capture, but as D69's PERDO winds up an Androxus ult to try and storm the point, bonkar's Sha Lin takes the wind right out of his sails, nailing the Ultimare and securing the second point for Burrito - but not the second conversion. 2-2. 

D69 nails point 3, and Sha Lin can't snipe Burrito's way out this time as the conversion lands, scoring D69's fourth point and the map. 

Game 6

Jaguar Falls (3-2 favor D69)

D69 nails the Makoa pick, Bow Bros and the support-squad wombo combo Pip and Maldamba, while Burrito supports their Fernando, Ruckus, and Androxus core with Evie and Ying. 

The Ruckus wrecking machine was strong the last round on this map, and continues to be as the roles are reversed -- but it's bonkar's Cassie holding down the fort as Burrito claims the first point from a nail biting shootout at 99-99%. 

The hardest fight was over there, however, as Burrito channels the first point momentum into reminding D69 they're #1 in the EU for a reason, and flipping the game 1 script as they railroad D69 with a 4-0 victory. 

Game 7

Frog Isle (3-3 tied) 

Down to the wire, the end looks an awful lot like the beginning -- Burrito first picks Makoa, grabs Cassie and Sha Lin, and rounds out with Maldamba and Pip. D69 decides if it ain't broke, they aren't gonna fix it - -grabbing Fernando and Ruckus early, followed by Evie, Androxus and Ying. 

It was a clean sweep the same as game 1 -- but the roles were unfortunately for D69 reversed, as bonkar's Sha Lin shows Shipa he's not the only wind in town, and rolls a massive killing spree into a 4-0 for the boys of Burrito. 

Winner: Burrito Esports

It was a dark start for the Burrito Esports squad, as it looked like a repeat of Dreamhack, but from that 0-2 start came a delicious Cindarella story as they clawed and scraped their way back from the brink to emerge from the Best of 7 Invitational finals as the world champs (and $150,000 richer). 


The finals may be over, and the winners crowned, but Paladins is just getting started -- soon entering Season 1, and with a serious pathway to professional play, the team shooter will mark developer Hi-Rez's third professional gaming circuit and a clear cut method for those teams who stand together to make it to next year's world stage. 

Be sure to stay tuned for coverage of the other finals here at Hi-Rez Expo, too, as both the Console and PC SMITE World Championships are still ahead. 




Backer Betrayal: Mighty No. 9 Backers Still Waiting On Physical Rewards,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/g/mighty-c1503.png 2o9vh/backer-betrayal-mighty-no-9-backers-still-waiting-on-physical-rewards Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:18:29 -0500 Will Dowell

Mighty No. 9, the Kickstarter project infamous for its mismanagement and lackluster release, has taken another hit. Backers have reportedly not received the promised physical rewards for their monetary support. The merchandise company contracted to fulfill these rewards, Fangamer, has come forward in an attempt to explain the situation. In a game backer forum post, Fangamer has explained that while they were contracted to provide these backer rewards, they do need necessary materials from Comcept to fulfill said contract. 

Currently, these physical rewards are in production and are planed to be shipped in early 2017. However, this date is based on if production schedules are fulfilled and successful. There is limited to no information from Comcept to affirm or deny these claims. 

This is not the first time Mighty No. 9 has faced issues supporting its backers. The game faced numerous delays, even after Keiji Inafune promised that there would be no further delays. Trailers such as the one below rubbed many potential backers and buyers the wrong way, with quotes such as " Cry like an anime fan on prom night." The game even had graphical downgrades after the first trailers and screenshots were release,easing many backers to feel as if they had been taken advantage of. 

 Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on The Mighty No. 9



Elite Dangerous Players Aren't Alone -- Thargoids Have Arrived,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screenshot-942e1.jpg rv94t/elite-dangerous-players-arent-alone-thargoids-have-arrived Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:36:25 -0500 Rafal Gac CodeRM11

thargoids encounter

They are here -- looking like some sort of demonic flowers scanning ships with eerie, otherworldly music.

That's right, Thargoids have arrived to the space of Elite Dangerous. And while it's difficult to say what they are really planning for the overall universe, they're arrival is a huge answer to a question Elite players have been asking for a long, long time: Are we alone in the universe?

To set things up, a Thargoid scout ship is bigger than any human construction flying around in the game, including huge human Corvettes. We can probably expect that in the future Thargoids will bring more, even bigger constructions to the world of Elite Dangerous, since the one we saw was just a scouting unit.

Also from observation of the first encounters, it seems that aliens are not really leaving human pilots much control over their ships, switching off engines, sensors and weapon systems. Although it might be a safety feature, it also raises a simple question: Are Thargoids friendly and is there any way to shoot them down if they are not.

The first game of the series, called Elite: Dangerous, was released in 1984 and in this installment, Thargoids were at war with the human race. According to the game's lore, the Thargoids retreated from the galaxy, as human race discovered some sort of virus, which affected the biological structure of Thargoids ships.

When the game was released again in 2014, there was no sign of Thargoids. In 2015, Frontier, the game's developers, introduced crash sites with alien artifacts. This was the first suggestion that Thargoids would be back. During the first discoveries of alien artifacts in the game, vast amounts of commanders were trying to shoot them down, assuming that this alien race cannot be friendly.

Thargoids are here -- and impressive as hell! And there will probably be more in the not so distant future. Frontier confirmed that this is not the end of close encounters. They also mentioned that there will be more than one alien race in the game.

Take a look and if you are human - prepare for your encounter with alien race:

Play Lost Order Wherever, Though Probably Not on Handhelds,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/o/s/lostorder-17f9c.jpg 6ueeh/play-lost-order-wherever-though-probably-not-on-handhelds Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:54:53 -0500 Danny21_2396

It has been a year since Cygames announced Lost Order (as Project Re:Link), their real-time tactics game, and not much has been heard about the game since.

We do know that the game is developed by Platinum Games and helmed by people who have worked on many Final Fantasy titles in the past. Names like Yasumi Matsuno and Akihiko Yoshida, both are famous for Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII. There's also Yoshiki Kashitani, who was the lead game designer for Final Fantasy XIII-2 as well as being main programmer for Final Fantasy XIII and Dirge of Cerberus, and Daisuke Sakata who was the sound designer for Bayonetta.

Speaking to Famitsu magazine, the developers said that the game, which is planned to be released on iPhone and Android, is about 70% complete and they will have some information to share at the beginning of 2017. Unfortunately, they didn't mention when they will update us exactly, nor did they mention the game's release date. But, they said that they aim to make Lost Order go beyond the limitations of smartphone apps in terms of quality, with its rich 3D graphics and enhanced contents such as team composition, equipments, and other strategic elements.

Lost Order takes place in the “Perished Capital of Gold Heaven,” a hierarchical city created for colonization purposes in a new continent. Not much can be shared about the story other than it will revolve around the social disparity issue rooted in the city. It is said that there will also be a “Legend of the Thirteen Soaring Jet Black Knights” that will play a key part in the game’s storyline.

The game is labeled as a “real-time tactics” game where players will have to make strategic choices for automatic battles in a vast field. It has not been confirmed whether the game will have a multiplayer mode, either local or online. There has also been no confirmation if we will see the game on home or handheld consoles. But, stay tuned on GameSkinny for the updates on Lost Order.

League of Legends is Allowing 10 Bans in Pro Play for Season 7,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/b/a/cba3935b08ddd421c27851a2b03bb375051d0108-23274.jpg m6r2n/league-of-legends-is-allowing-10-bans-in-pro-play-for-season-7 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:49:04 -0500 Henri Herrera

When Season 7 starts this spring, League of Legends will be implementing a 10 ban system in all its professional player tournaments. According to Riot, these pick/ban changes will hopefully lead to an increase in champion diversity and strategic play -- and that offering more bans will encourage deeper champion pools so more individual champions seeing the Rift.

The strategy here is to give each team two more bans to make the draft phase more fun and engaging for fans to watch. The extra bans should encourage adaptability, and teams will have to have a better working knowledge of all champions in order to discover what strategies opponents are going to use then quickly counter them.

Riot tested the new system with pro players, then kept their feedback and fan feedback in mind as they implemented those new changes. As they roll it out, they'll be gathering even more feedback to further improve the system throughout the season. 

The New Pick Order

Of course, changing the number of bans means changing the turns in the pick/ban phase as well. The first part of champion drafting will stay the same, with both sides banning 3 champions each. Then the draft will follow the usual order (1 pick Blue, 2 picks Red, 2 picks Blue, 1 pick Red). This is when the extra two bans come in.

During the second ban phase, the two sides alternate bans back and forth (starting with Red side). Once all 5 bans are made, the draft will rotate back to pick phase. Red picks once, Blue twice, then Red again to finish it all out. 

So does this mean anything for regular matches?

It looks like there might be some changes there too. Riot has decided that some sort of banning might come after some time for regular League of Legends matches. But first, they want to make sure they know what pick/ban format makes the most sense for regular games due to unfamiliar allies and a lack of information about the opposition.

Should they decide to implement the feature in regular play, Riot is considering only one ban per player. There are already concerns about the queue times being too long, which would only be made worse by an extensive draft time. So the team is exploring other options as well to make room for everyone, like reducing the time for champion selection. 

The 10 ban system still has a lot of appeal for regular matches, and the player feedback has encouraged Riot to try hard and implement it. But ultimately it depends on how the testing phase goes. If it goes well, we may see a completely different draft phase for players to enjoy.

Pokemon Bank Update Still Hasn't Received a Release Date,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-bank-f2d41.jpg yr0ci/pokemon-bank-update-still-hasnt-received-a-release-date Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:01:00 -0500 David Fisher

Back when Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were announced, we had confirmation that Pokemon Bank would not only be compatible with the upcoming games, but that we would be able to transfer our beloved Pokemon from Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow as well. The update was originally to be released in November alongside Sun and Moon, but was then delayed until January 2017.

Well... it's January now, and we still haven't heard anything about the update from The Pokemon Company.

Unless something else has come up, chances are that we'll still be getting our update sometime this month. However, the question that comes to many fan's minds is "when".

Considering the virtual silence that The Pokemon Company has had about the update in recent months, I'm going to assume that the update will roll out sometime after the Nintendo Switch event on the 12th. If this turns out to be true, and the Pokemon Bank update is revealed during the event, I'm going to put my money on the rumors of Pokemon Stars being true as well.

In the meantime, Pokemon Trainers should invest their time in getting all their previous generations of Pokemon ready for the move into the next generation. If you don't know how to prepare, then be sure to check out this guide on transferring your Pokemon from Generation 3 all the way to Generation 7. 

Also, if you're transferring up from Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow, be sure to teach your Pokemon all sorts of cool moves they can only learn in that generation! Some cool examples include: Bubblebeam Articuno, Explosion Mewtwo, and Submission Raichu! If you want the full list of exclusive moves, check them out here!

Be sure to keep checking back for news of Pokemon Bank Sun and Moon's eventual release!

(Updated) Square Enix Twitter Accounts Hacked,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/6/8/5/68586f85314eda7.jpg o4loj/updated-square-enix-twitter-accounts-hacked Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:03:56 -0500 DannyPTP

It appears that the Square Enix Europe and Just Cause Twitter accounts have been hacked.

Currently taken over by a group known as #cyberwolfgang, the accounts are presenting nonsensical tweets, along with harassing other game companies, and spouting general racism into the internet void.

While it appears that only 2 accounts have been hacked so far, time will tell if other accounts handled by Square Enix staff will also be taken over.

Cyber Wolf Gang have been known to hack other accounts in the past in the past, including British pop singers Liam Payne and Cheryl Fernandez-Virsini.

Thankfully, at the time of writing, Square EU's account has been locked, giving the hackers no access, only Just Cause remains fully hacked for the time being, but other accounts may be at risk.

Will the hacker's reign of terror continue? Or will Square take back what's theirs? We'll keep you updated as this story develops.

Update: Square have managed to regain control of their Just Cause Twitter page, while Square Enix EU remains locked. Here's hoping they can gain back control in the foreseeable future.

Witcher Developer CD PROJEKT RED Has a Bunch of Job Openings for 2017,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/d/p/cdpr-logo-horizontal-black-rgb-3143f.png 2w7ao/witcher-developer-cd-projekt-red-has-a-bunch-of-job-openings-for-2017 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:02:18 -0500 Naomi N. Lugo

2017 is set to be a big year for CD PROJEKT RED, and they’re not shy about it. “If your New Year’s resolution is to work in the Game Industry, you’re in luck! We're recruiting!” they posted to social media on Dec. 4. Of course, this message was accompanied by a smiling Geralt, because he smiles all the time.

Anyway, they weren’t kidding with this proclamation. Their careers page is six pages long full of jobs. The listings range from working on Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, internally for the company, working with CD PROJEKT RED’s digital distribution platform and of course on the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.

This push to hire more people onto the team is hopefully a good sign for Cyberpunk 2077’s release date and the future of the dev overall. Dec. last year, CD PROJEKT RED received some major support from their native Poland in the form of a $7 million grant. Reportedly, the company received the largest portion of the funds.

The positions are mostly internationally located in Warsaw and Krakow in Poland or Shanghai, but there is one opening in Los Angeles for a lead illustrator. Working with a critically acclaimed company like CD PROJEKT RED, however, might be worth the move.

Are you excited for Cyberpunk 2077? Do you think it will come out in 2017? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Mass Effect 2 Is Now Free and How to Get It,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/a/l/wallpaper-fftl-1920x1080-ad1d8.jpg o8cjg/mass-effect-2-is-now-free-and-how-to-get-it Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:54:09 -0500 Henri Herrera

Mass Effect 2 is now completely free for users of Origin in it's Standard version -- that's without the DLCs, "Arrival" and "Lair of the Shadow Broker" as well as missing some weapons and armors among other content.

Mass Effect 2 is the second games of the trilogy developed by BioWare. Released for PC and Xbox 360 on January 26th 2010, and for PlayStation 3 on January 18th 2011. In the game we assume the role of Commander Shepard in the galaxy of the 22th Century, where humanity is threatened by species known as the Collectors. Our goal is to gain the trust of a diverse team in order defeat an enemy in a suicide mission. The player can affect the story of the game in numerous ways through dialogue, and other actions.

BioWare originally announced Mass Effect 2 would be part of the December gifts, but after five days the game was pulled due to an apparent mistake on BioWare's part and returned to the original price. Now there is another chance of downloading it for free.

To get Mass Effect 2 for free you need to register or already have an Origin account, then simply head over the the games store page and hit download. It will be available only for a limited time, so hurry up and get it before it's over.

Landmark Servers Shutting Down,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/a/n/landmark-bf379.jpg 5kdbl/landmark-servers-shutting-down Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:34:12 -0500 Ainyan

Daybreak Games announced today that the servers for its creative building game Landmark will be shut down on February 21, 2017, along with the accompanying forums and social media channels. The shutdown will occur at 4:00pm PST (7:00pm EST). The announcement was made on Landmark's official site and included a personal thank you to the players.

Since Landmark first entered Alpha, we have been impressed by the creative talents in this community. You pushed the boundaries of what Landmark could do, and we are grateful for the time and energy you shared through your creations in this game.

In addition to the announcement of the imminent closure of Landmark, Daybreak also stated that the Player Studio -- a real-money marketplace where Landmark players could buy and sell player-made items in the game -- would also be closing. The ability to list items for purchase was removed at the time of the announcement, and all items still listed for sale would be reduced in cost to 1 Daybreak Credit (DBC). The game itself is also no longer available for purchase.

Since it was first announced, Landmark has had a rough time gaining momentum. Originally slated to be an add-on to the now defunct Everquest Next, it was intended to allow players to have a hand in building the EQ Next world. While Landmark itself was intended as a stand-alone, it was initially stated that the best player-made worlds would be integrated into EQ Next.

Although development on EQ Next stopped and the game itself was officially cancelled in March of 2016, development on Landmark continued and the game was officially launched on June 10, 2016. The launch itself was rocky and plagued with bugs, including server outages, difficulty connecting and staying connected, and graphical errors that caused the game to be unplayable for many lower-end systems.

Despite the problems, many players still purchased the games and enjoyed building up Lumeria. The game received several updates during its short lifespan. However, players often cited a lack of content or community as an incentive to keep playing, and the population swiftly dropped off. While the concept had potential, Daybreak failed to capitalize on it, and the rocky road to launch likely chased off many players who might have otherwise been interested in playing.

When the servers shut down for the final time, Daybreak Studios will retain full control of the code and data from the Landmark Servers, and have stated that they "will not license or authorize the operation of a Landmark emulator or a fan-operated Landmark server," a familiar sentiment to many City of Heroes fans. Whether or not anyone will try to buy the rights from Daybreak Studios remains to be seen.

Did you play Landmark? If so, how do you feel about them shutting the doors barely six months after launch? If not, what didn't appeal about the game?

Resident Evil 7 - When Will It Launch?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/n/r/bnr-top-media-942e5.jpg qgu46/resident-evil-7-when-will-it-launch Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:28:22 -0500 Henri Herrera

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be released January 24th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!

Resident Evil series promise to take a huge jump in the horror category with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The public had access to the demo and the teasers to show us the direction that the team was taking, but it won't be part of the final game like it was announced during Sony's presentation at E3 2016.

For the PlayStation 4 platform we can expect having support for the PlayStation VR headset, being promised to be from a first person perspective, but the core gameplay will remain the same between both models.

The game is expected to be released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America and Europe on January 24th 2017 and in Japan on January 26th. For 12 months of it's release, the virtual reality format will be exclusive to PlayStation VR. A cross-save feature between Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One is also confirmed as of November 2016.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard pre-order is available on the official site -- the Standard Edition at $59.99 and the Deluxe Edition at $89.99, which includes the Season Pass with three packs of additional content as they become available. It promises to be one of the best survival horror games of the series. Will you be controlling Ethan and overcoming all the threats that step in your way on January 24th?

What Is The Madden NFL 17 January Gauntlet?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/1/7/m17gauntlet-ec183.jpg 0sq6j/what-is-the-madden-nfl-17-january-gauntlet Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:09:18 -0500 JakeElman

All it takes is one rumor or hint of speculation to get people crazy. This will always be true in the sports community, where a simple mention of 'EA football' or 'Xbox baseball' is enough to make blood pressure skyrocket.

And lately, the mention of a 'January Gauntlet' for EA Sports' Madden NFL 17 has football fans excited and curious.

Some are speculating that the 'January Gauntlet' could be an updated version of the regular Gauntlet which might feature snow, new levels, and boss battles. But others think it's an early tease of something far more complex.

Unfortunately, things right now appear to be this simple: the January Gauntlet is just more challenges to Madden Ultimate Team, not the Gauntlet Challenge mode available offline.


For those unfamiliar with Ultimate Team, it's essentially a card collecting mode that children use their parents' credit cards to buy the best cards for and then make pack opening videos allows players of the past to play with current players -- hence the term ultimate.

First introduced as a DLC pack for Madden NFL 10, Ultimate Team has easily become the game's most popular mode. As a result, EA creates a new 'gauntlet' for Ultimate Team each month that consists of 60 solo challenges -- 20 each in passing, rushing, and defensive categories -- with the reward being an exclusive MUT card.

December, for example, had a 91 overall Rob Ninkovich as its special card.

As they continue through the challenges, MUT players will also earn coins and up to 30 packs for their Ultimate Team.

At the time of this article's writing, no particular card for the January Gauntlet has been announced. With the playoffs starting Saturday, January 7, fans may want to expect some of these postseason-bound NFL players to be in the running.

  • Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
  • Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
  • Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Damon Harrison, NT, New York Giants
  • Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons
  • Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Oakland Raiders

Those who believed the January Gauntlet to be an update to the regular Gauntlet mode will likely be disappointed. Introduced in Madden NFL 15, The Gauntlet is part of the 'Skill Trainer' mode, but with a 40 level challenge that mixes teaching basic NFL plays (i.e. a touch pass or aborting a play action) with humor and boss battles.

After the mode was first introduced in 2014, EA's Danny Doeberling told GameZone:

"With an established brand that tries to capture authentic football, you have to be creative when it comes to doing something out of the ordinary. This started as a side project for us and people were having so much fun with it, we knew we had to get it in the game."

Doeberling added:

"Our hope is that increasing a player’s football IQ will help make you not only a better Madden player, but also a more knowledgeable football fan in general."

Immediately after, The Gauntlet became a popular challenge video for YouTubers, both those who played Madden for the gameplay and those who simply gleaned what it had to offer. Still, it was clear that only the best of the best could really have true success on this mode...


The speculation of updates to the Gauntlet mode may have been a result of both optimism and not being aware of the monthly MUT Gauntlet. Madden's past history with updating game modes as the year goes on could potentially have contributed, as longtime fans will remember that Ultimate Team was a January 2010 addition to Madden NFL 10 and did not come with the initial release.

In short, there are no plans that we know of in the near-future for Madden NFL 17 to update the regular Gauntlet mode. The monthly gauntlet you will see on Twitter and in-game refers to Ultimate Team, not the Skill Trainer.

Keep it tuned to GameSkinny for any additional news on the January Gauntlet, including who the special card will be.

Do you play Madden Ultimate Team? Will you be playing the January Gauntlet? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below!

Hi-Rez is Making a SMITE Mobile Game,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/0c7b70d667ff0b40462d5721d72cfec6.jpg wqpin/hi-rez-is-making-a-smite-mobile-game Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:04:56 -0500 Auverin Morrow

First, they took the MOBA world by storm with a third-person title based on ancient mythology. Then they ported it successfully to console. Then turned it into a turn-based CCG featuring fan-favorite gods. And now... SMITE is getting a mobile game. 

Today at their 2017 Hi-Rez Expo, the developer announced that it's currently working on SMITE Rivals -- a collectible card arena game that uses fast-paced, deck-based gameplay to bring a new SMITE experience to mobile devices.

Rivals will pit players against each other in quick, intense one-on-one matches that take place on a three-lane battlefield. You must collect cards and use them to build decks that will help you deploy units across lanes, destroy enemy objectives, and defend your own base. As you accumulate more cards, you'll get access to new units and strategies that will help you reign supreme on the battleground. 

According to Executive Producer Brian Grayson, Rivals will also be fully cross-platform compatible. Any progress players make on their account from one devices will be synced to that account across all other devices for a consistent gameplay experience. He elaborates in the official press release:

"If you play on PC, you can pick up wherever you left off on your mobile device, and vice versa.”

This will be Hi-Rez's second mobile game, following their colorful platformer Jetpack Fighter, which released last year. There's no word yet on when we can expect to see a full release, but the game is currently playable for all attendees at Hi-Rez Expo. Others who aren't in attendance can sign up for the closed beta on the official website.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info and reveals as this year's Hi-Rez Expo kicks into full swing.

NVIDIA Announces Geforce Now Game Streaming Service,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/v/i/nvidia-c5e57.jpg 52wsf/nvidia-announces-geforce-now-game-streaming-service Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:50:55 -0500 Ainyan

At CES, NVIDIA announced the upcoming launch of its video game streaming service Geforce Now.

This service will connect users with non-game ready PCs to powerful PASCAL-powered computers via the cloud, allowing gamers whose computers are unable to handle modern AAA games (such as PCs with integrated graphics, Apple computers, or note/netbook computers) to access a variety of games and apps, including Netflix and their full Steam library. Previously available on the Nvidia SHIELD, Geforce Now will be available to all PC and Mac users.

Users will be able to use virtually any device to access and play the available library -- but instead of having to have their own gaming rig to connect to as with Steam's Big Picture streaming service, they would connect to a series of gaming-ready computers managed by NVIDIA.

This would open up PC gaming to a large number of people -- estimated at one billion by NVIDIA -- who currently lack the necessary hardware. It will even allow Mac users to access their entire Steam libraries -- including the plethora of PC games that are unavailable on Mac OS.

Geforce Now heads into Early Access in March 2017, with initial pricing set at $25 per 20 hours of gameplay. Other plans with increased features will also be available.

Diablos 20th Anniversary in WoW - Kill Them Before They Escape!,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/a/l/wallpaper033-large-9c8a5.jpg jy77e/diablos-20th-anniversary-in-wow-kill-them-before-they-escape Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:36:40 -0500 Henri Herrera

World of Warcraft is now ready to celebrate the Diablo 20th anniversary, the event is live on all NA and EU Realms and it will only last until January 11th.

The Diablo series grabbed the attention of a really big crowd during all those years, even today, it's common to see someone who has been playing it since the start of the first game of the series.

To celebrate the loyalty of those who have been playing since the beginning or those (like me) who started catching up later. Blizzard released special in-game events and other surprises in Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft! 

 In World of Warcraft, players will be able to get the 20th anniversary achievement and items for completing the event.

To get the achievement, players must grab Twelve-String Guitar toys dropped bythe Cow King in the Secret Cow Realm.

You will want to head to the Broken Isles, in Legion dungeons of any difficulty or in the Dalaran Sewers and look for a Treasure Goblin. They will attempt to escape, so you must kill them before they finish casting the escape portal (it takes 5 seconds to cast). The Goblins have lots of HP so remember to go with friends.

When you kill them, they will drop the portal needed to enter the new realm, but remember that you can only loot the Cow King once per day so remember to do it daily until you get what you want. It's a fun event that needs a bit of patience, but also be careful in the Cow area as it's a PvP zone.

For both World of Warcraft and Diablo fans this is an amazing event which will give you some daily fun while you look for your desired event reward. Remember, the event will be up only until January 11th, 2017, so hurry up and get your rewards.

SMITE Fans Worldwide Can Join Hi-Rez Expo for Special Rewards Thanks to Twitch Prime,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/r/x/hrx-53d46.png emgdr/smite-fans-worldwide-can-join-hi-rez-expo-for-special-rewards-thanks-to-twitch-prime Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:58:06 -0500 ESpalding

Starting tomorrow, January 5th, SMITE and Paladins fans from all over the US will descend on the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, for the Hi-Rez Expo (HRX). This annual event celebrates the fan community of Hi-Rez Studios and gives the most determined SMITE and Paladins players the chance to compete against others for championship titles, lots of cash, and of course, bragging rights.

Cassie and Ruckus are ready for battle. Are you?

This year the event is sponsored by Twitch Prime, which will allow Hi-Rez fans from all over the World to join in the occasion on the streaming platform -- and Twitch is offering up a number of rewards for those watching. Twitch Prime subscribers will be able to get an exclusive JT-6000 skin for Janus, and HRX viewers will also be able to get special loot drops during the coverage if they have their Hi-Rez account linked to Twitch.

Twitch Janus

The Hi-Rez Expo will be hosting the 2017 SMITE World Championships (both PC and Console) and there will also be a Paladins Invitational. Even if you are unable to catch any of HRX on Twitch, Coca-Cola will be hosting the SMITE World Championship finals in select Cinemark Theaters across North America so US fans have no excuse to miss it! (To find your nearest theater, check out the event page).

On top of all the competitive events, there will also be a cosplay contest, with cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to hear SMITE and Paladins news firsthand with special game and studio announcements.

Make sure you check back here for any of the latest news announced at the event!

Nintendo Switch May Not Be Able to Handle Current-Gen Ports, Maybe?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screen-shot-2016-7f8d1.png 5vojg/nintendo-switch-may-not-be-able-to-handle-current-gen-ports-maybe Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:10:08 -0500 Danny21_2396

It would not be an understatement to say that Nintendo's future console, the Nintendo Switch, has gained gamers' attention and anticipation throughout 2016.

We enter 2017 with greater anticipation as Nintendo has planned a special event rightfully named The Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. With the presentation in less than two weeks, speculations and predictions can be found in online forums like wild fire. Specifically, a rumor from former Ubisoft guys about the Switch that gamers have predicted and dreaded ever since it's announcement; it's probably not strong enough to handle current-gen ports.

Sebastian Aaltonen, former senior rendering lead for Ubisoft, shared on Beyond3D forum some news about Switch's processing speed:

"Switch certainly fares well against last gen consoles. Too bad last gen consoles already got their last big AAA releases years ago. Xbox One is a significantly faster hardware. Straightforward code port is not possible. Content also needs to be simplified."

Basically, this means that any developer aiming to port their current-gen games to Switch will have to go back and rework all of the game's codes. And even then, there's still no guarantee that the game will play better or if gamers are gonna like it more. However, there's no mention on how this will affect developers, indie or big names, intending to develop a Switch exclusive game.

Many third-party developers have announced their support for Nintendo Switch, including Ubisoft. And, while this may not sound good for people who want to play with power behind the boot, power has never been Nintendo's strong side. Their consoles always have a gimmick that stays long in gamers' mind, for good or bad.

We will know more about Nintendo Switch's specifications, and other details, during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, which will be held in Tokyo on January 13.

A Beautiful Introduction Video for Valkyria Revolution's Royal Princess,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/038835d9d22a22896f405ecb4422e6cc.jpg 3j5og/a-beautiful-introduction-video-for-valkyria-revolutions-royal-princess Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:02:17 -0500 Danny21_2396

It has been quite some time since we first saw the Royal Princess during Valkyria Revolution's introduction trailer, and now Sega has finally released the introduction trailer for Valkyria Revolution's main heroine, named Ophelia Augusta Jutlan.

She is the princess of Jutland, and is capable of utilizing Song Magic. She is also a member of Jutland's elite Anti-Valkyria unit, known as Vanargand. In combat she didn't lose the gracefulness of a princess as she makes good use of her blue-glowing sword.

As previously reported, you will play as Amleth, leading the Vanargand against Rus Empire's Four Commanders. You will lead the Vanargand in a musou-like gameplay. Players will able to customize the character's skills and equipments during the course of the game. A demo is also available and there will be a bonus for players who complete the demo.

You can also utilize Magic Arts, a magical power originated from azure magical mineral named Ragnite. In the game's setting, Magic Arts brought various blessings to mankind. Heralding an industrial "Azure Revolution" that allowed everyone to use the art.

The game will use what is called a "Gouache" visual engine, depicting a new painting-style visual similar to it's spiritual predecessor, Valkyria Chronicles. This visual engine is only realized as a result of PS4's high specifications, showing shaders characterized by detail, vividness, and unique use of color.

Valkyria Revolution is scheduled to see Japanese gamers on January 19 on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. The US version will be available on the second quarter of 2017, with the additional release on Xbox One.

GTA 6 Confirmed? No, Not Yet. Here's What's Actually Happening.,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/t/a/gta-chop-3751d.jpg 101sp/gta-6-confirmed-no-not-yet-heres-whats-actually-happening Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:47:21 -0500 JakeElman

Like Diablo 3Star Wars Battlefront, and Pokemon's Hoenn region, the topic of Grand Theft Auto VI is one that gets gamers anxious and excited. As we are now three years after the release of 2013's Grand Theft Auto V -- and two years since the systems hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC -- fans are ready to find out what the deal is with the next game in the legendary open world series.

A Grand Theft Auto VI announcement may have been on plenty of Christmas lists, but there's no official news yet. Yet if you take a quick look at Google, it seems like a lot of publications have been saying otherwise. 

Tuesday night, a report from Dez Bryant of iTech (likely a fake name, as Dez Bryant is the star wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys) came out that not only has Grand Theft Auto VI been confirmed, but so have some other details that include:

  • Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes will have voice acting roles.
  • The game takes place in London.
  • There will be a female protagonist for the first time in the series (not counting Grand Theft Auto Online). 

Whether due to the desperation of wanting Grand Theft Auto VI news or people not seeing that the article was written by Dez Bryant, the internet has begun to explode with articles about what's next from Rockstar Games. 

Relax, folks. I hate to break it to you, truly I do, but Grand Theft Auto VI is a long, long ways off -- at least, from what we the general press know right now. 

Let's start with what we do know.

Earlier this year, Rockstar announced a sequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption that was simply titled Red Dead Redemption 2.

At the same time, PlayStation made an announcement of their own that confirmed a partnership between them and Rockstar -- similar to what PlayStation and Activision have done -- that will give PlayStation users a first opportunity at Red Dead Redemption 2

Here's the official statement:

"Now, following up Grand Theft Auto V — one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time — Rockstar is set to return with Red Dead Redemption 2, the latest entry in the Red Dead series of games. And there’s no better place to play it than PlayStation.

Hand crafted to take full advantage of PS4, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. 

We are pleased to announce that PS4 players get first access to earn select online content in the vast open world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Check back on PlayStation.Blog for more details soon and for all of the latest information on Red Dead Redemption 2."

At no point in there did PlayStation or Rockstar say anything about a sequel to Grand Theft Auto VI. Some may speculate that a sequel was teased because Grand Theft Auto was mentioned, but that's just grasping for straws and clicks.

Keep in mind that both before and after the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar has never said anything about Grand Theft Auto VI, especially not with how well Grand Theft Auto Online is still doing as an MMO to even the casual fan. 

If Grand Theft Auto Online was a flop or had lost interest, maybe we'd have heard something in 2016 about Grand Theft Auto VI, but for now it's just crackpot theories and tinfoil hats. Rockstar knows what's working and with Grand Theft Auto Online still reeling in players and Red Dead Redemption 2 on deck, the point is this:


Everything that is currently being published about it is pure conjecture based on vague goings-on. 

As you try to figure out if the VI in Grand Theft Auto VI stands for Vice City, do us all a favor: avoid the clickbait, avoid the crackpot theories, and avoid people's desperate attempts to figure out what's next. 

For now, just know that the GTA VI rumors are unfounded until we have further information. While there are many signs that might be pointing in the direction of the much-anticipated sequel, nothing is set in stone just yet -- and likely won't be until at least Red Dead Redemption 2 is closer to release. 

Star Wars Gamers Honor Carrie Fisher,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/a/r/carrieswtor-d44c6.jpg ic293/star-wars-gamers-honor-carrie-fisher Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:00:01 -0500 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

In nearly 40 years since George Lucas' space fantasy first took audiences to another galaxy, video gamers have been trying to relive those big-screen moments on their own smaller screens. Indeed, the people and places of Star Wars captured the imagination of an entire generation. A generation that grew up playing video games.

When Carrie Fisher, whose inspirational Princess Leia, passed away Tuesday, the Star Wars Universe felt a loss greater than any tremor in the Force. So, it's no surprise that those in the gaming community would take time to honor the actress and author who brought the character of Leia Organa to life.

On A Diplomatic Mission

Tuesday night, players of Star Wars: The Old Republic gathered on the various servers at House Organa. In the MMORPG, several planets from the Star Wars films and books are represented as locations that players can visit.

On Leia's adopted home planet of Alderaan, the Organa family's home became the site of a memorial. Players assembled in the great hall to pay honor in their own way.

You can watch a video of one of the gatherings here:

As game avatars of all kinds stood or sat in the great hall, players listened as a eulogy was spoken. Such impromptu in-game events are not uncommon in various MMOs. Others have been held in games like World of Warcraft or EVE as gamers express themselves as a community.

Part of the Rebel Alliance

Many players of the Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes mobile app are honoring Carrie Fisher this week by placing Princess Leia in the Leader position of their teams.

The squad-based RPG pits teams of up to 5 various Star Wars characters against other units. Players can mix and match their teams as well as upgrade their characters.

Also on the EA Forums for Star Wars: Battlefront, several players indicated they would be playing Princess Leia in the PvP game this week to pay tribute.

The Star Wars: Battlefront series has been a popular shooter since the original was released in 2004. Princess Leia was added as a playable Hero character in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 a year later, and she's still part of the next generation of Star Wars: Battlefront. 

From Princess to General

Like Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher was royalty. Hollywood royalty. She grew up the daughter of entertainment legend Debbie Reynolds (Singing in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown) and pop singer Eddie Fisher.

Star Wars was only Carrie's second movie but it launched her to world-wide fame. She would go on to play dozens of roles, mostly in comedies like When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and The Burbs.

She also wrote several novels, non-fiction books, plays and was a successful screenwriter; often going uncredited for scripts she rewrote or "fixed" for numerous feature films like Sister Act and The Wedding Singer.

But, Princess Leia Organa was her first big role that she'll always be remembered for. A character who flipped the damsel in distress trope on its head and inspired many more strong female characters that were to come. 

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is Free-to-Play from Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is Free-to-Play from BioWare, EA and LucasArts.

Star Wars: Battlefront is available for PS4, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

In Case You Missed It, Sony's Gravity Rush Anime Has Aired,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/5879f88b84997d1cbd392519f83e65a0.jpg 8enu3/in-case-you-missed-it-sonys-gravity-rush-anime-has-aired Tue, 27 Dec 2016 04:54:05 -0500 Danny21_2396

Gravity Rush surprised everyone when it first graced gamers back in 2012. As one of the first few titles for the Vita, Gravity Rush showed what the handheld was capable of. Unfortunately, not many games managed to repeat Gravity Rush's success, and the handheld slowly withered away.

Gravity Rush later enjoyed a more beautiful rendition on Sony's current gen console, the PS4. Gamers have also been patiently waiting for the sequel, which promises to be just as beautiful as the original, especially since Sony has long announced that the game will come with an anime accompaniment. And you can see that anime, called Gravity Rush - Overture, on Youtube today.

More specifically, from now you can watch the anime on Playstation's official Youtube channel. Each episode of the series is about seven to nine minutes long, and will try to bridge the gap between the first and second game. It will also be a quick refresher for those who may forget some details from the first game, since Gravity Rush came out about four years ago.

The anime will feature the game's two protagonists, Kat and Raven, living about their daily life, which includes several action scenes involving the pesky Nevi. It is reported that half of each episodes will be filled with fighting scenes, animated by Studio Khara, who some of you might have already known from Rebuild of Evangelion.

It also comes without saying that the anime will be sub-only, and we can expect it will be that way for a long time. If you're waiting for Gravity Rush 2, which will available in January next year, you may want to watch this anime first, though you don't have to -- the anime won't have any big plot revelation.

Project Re Fantasy Gets New Concept Art, Video and Website,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/21df8f41feb1dda2382df293e850b20c.jpg ghtk7/project-re-fantasy-gets-new-concept-art-video-and-website Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:12:39 -0500 Danny21_2396

After Atlus' livestream on Nico Nico Douga, we now know a little bit more about Project Re Fantasy, the studio's new medieval fantasy RPG project. For one, Studio Zero now have their own website, where gamers will able to find every bit of information about the studio and the game they'd ever want to know. There's also a message from Katsura Hashino, the game's Producer and Director, some beautiful artwork for the game and a concept video at the end.

For those of you who don't know Japanese, here's Katsura's message translated in full:

25 years ago, the Atlus RPG uttered its first cry. Speaking of RPGs in those days, the stories of morality in so-called medieval fantasies worlds were mainstream. The Shin Megami Tensei series was released as an “opposition” to such a “common” world view, and the Persona series was released as its spin-off. Both series, even today in their latest entries, have always been made with the concept that it will be a counter to the times. And now how will Atlus, which has been creating counters to such eras, approach a new RPG? That is, to challenge the norms of the genre users have already been consuming for decades in various media on a regular basis.

So, we have succeeded at contemporary drama so far, but the next RPG theme is nothing other than a return to a “true fantasy world.” We firmly believe that to make this beautiful gaming experience, going somewhere among all the games made about overflowing fantasy worlds only we can go, is a counter to the current era. As only the creators of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona can do, we’ll offer players all around the world a “true journey” based on the themes and essence at the foundation of those two titles. By all means, please come and witness this challenge.

Also, if you think you got what it takes to help Studio Zero with the game's development, Atlus is currently recruiting staff for the project. If you're near Sangenjaya in Setagayaku, Tokyo, you can apply for the position here.

As the game is still in its early stage of production, Atlus and Studio Zero can't confirm when, or on which platform, gamers will see the game. Even the concept video above doesn't show any footage of the game, but talks more about the concept and challenge of making an unorthodox game. But Atlus has stated that they will make a game that only Atlus and the Studio Zero team can make. And we can be sure they won't let us down.

Stay tuned on GameSkinny for more info about Project Re Fantasy.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Expands Its Universe With First DLC Pack,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/cdc98c68454acb88f61cef115f3c5b56.jpg wneoi/dragon-ball-xenoverse-2-expands-its-universe-with-first-dlc-pack Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:01:21 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

This week, Bandai Namco released the first DLC pack for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. The first official pack contains a variety of delicious content for fans.

First of all, the new DLC pack includes a number of new characters: Cabba, a peaceful young saiyan from a universe where the race isn't extinct; Frost, a police officer of the galaxy who is part of the villain Frieza's race; and the assassin, Hit. 

New additions to the game will include new teachers such as Bardock, Cooler and Hit. Fighters will be able to learn those teacher's respective signature moves. 

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, released this October, has shipped 1.5 million units worldwide as of November. This year also marked the series' 30-year anniversary. The sequel features more content pulled from the media franchise. The most notable draw is the content from Dragon Ball SuperSuper is the new anime; that features new foes, heroes and saiyan forms.

Fans of the Dragon Ball series and fighting games can find the update available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Make sure to check out our guides for Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 if you're having any trouble with the game:

Valkyria: Azure Revolution's New Trailer Shows Off Scary New Mech,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d6c8a45c85b321f8aecfdf42a28e84bf.jpg 3ozk1/valkyria-azure-revolutions-new-trailer-shows-off-scary-new-mech Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:40:43 -0500 Danny21_2396

As some of you may already know, Valkyria: Azure Revolution has just released its PS4 demo in Japan. In time with the demo, Sega also released a new trailer detailing "The Four Commanders of the Rus Empire," Azure Revolution's main baddies. Oh, and did I mention that they have giant mechs?

The first Commander shown is Balthius Greppenberg. The youngest of the Commanders -- and voiced by Kenji Nojima -- Balthius is a sly character who is adept at both diplomacy and combat. 

Next is Gustav Mechlenburg -- voiced by Toshihiko Seki. Mechlenburg serves as the Minister of the Navy and excels at using Magic Machinery, the giant mecha built to imitate living and magical beasts. 

Next up is Viktor Timashev, number two in the hierarchy of The Four Commanders, Head of the Army General Staff Headquarters and Minister of Home Affairs. Voiced by Atsuki Tani, Viktor idolizes crown prince Claudius and has helped the Empire's conquest with his brilliant tactical skill.

The leader of The Four Commanders is Gilouche Benckendorff, who is the Minister of War and the general of the army. Voiced by Tesshou Genda, Gilouche, who is also the foster brother of Claudius, has always been his brother's loyal follower, ever since Claudius' ascension to the throne. 

Each Commander will have their own Magic Machinery, shaped in various beast forms and (seemingly) woefully outmatch our heroes in power and size. But judging from previous Valkyria games, the Magic Machinery's ragnite, a magical stone used as a source for energy and healing in the game, will be the key to defeating these big bads.

In Azure Revolution, you will play as Amleth, a young boy raised in an orphanage. As a boy, Amleth was really close with his teacher at the orphanage, Maria Schmeichel, who everyone called "Teacher Mary," whose actions ultimately led to the destruction of the series' orphanage.

Amleth later vowed to destroy the Empire as a revenge for the orphanage raid incident. During Azure Revolution, Amleth will lead the Vanargand, an anti-Valkyria special unit of Jutland Kingdom. Players can also customized the Vanargand member's skills and equipment.

Valkyria: Azure Revolution will see be released in Japan on January 19, 2017 on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. It will hit western shores  as Valkyria Revolution in Q2 of 2017 on Playstation 4, Vita and Xbox One. 


Digimon World: Next Order Trailer Shows Off New Digimon, Guest Characters and New Features,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/g/digimon-ccbe9.jpg raeea/digimon-world-next-order-trailer-shows-off-new-digimon-guest-characters-and-new-features Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:22:17 -0500 Danny21_2396

Fans of Digimon, rejoice! Bandai Namco has just released a new trailer for their upcoming game, Digimon World: Next Ordershowcasing the game's strongest enemy, three new digimon and two guest characters from the game Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. Aside from that, the trailer also showed new features for the game. Are you ready to jump into the Digital World?

The menace threatening the Digital World now is Omnimon Alter-B, the digi-evolution of Omnimon. And he means business, with the Grey Cannon and Garuru Sword in either hand, he could very well be on his way to destroy the Digital World. Unless, of course, players can stop him.

The three new digimon introduced are Justimon, Dianamon and Minervamon. It is not mentioned what level these digimon are, but we can be sure they're strong enough to help players prevent the destruction of Digital World.

Aside from that, Mirei Mikagura and Rina Shinomiya from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth also come to help the players. Mirei wants to investigate the cause of the disaster depicted in the trailer, while Rina is currently lost in the Digital World with her partner, Veevee.

What's more, new facilities are introduced that will make players' adventures more survivable. The first what is called a Transfer Shop, which will shorten the time it takes to go to far away fields, while the second new facility is a Safe-Keeping shop where players can keep items they don't immediately need when looking to open up inventory space. Finally, the third new facility introduced in Digimon World: Next Order is a Digivolution Dojo, where players can train their digimon to become stronger!

Digimon World: Next Order will see a western release on January 27, 2017 on Playstation 4, both digitally and physically.

Civilization VI Gets Viking and Polish DLCs This Holiday Season,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b1a88a90121852aaf6c351ba8e9392a4.jpg p438m/civilization-vi-gets-viking-and-polish-dlcs-this-holiday-season Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:24:15 -0500 Justin Michael

The elves have been programming in overtime this holiday season and have decided to give the good guys and gals playing Civilization VI an early gift today with patch updates for the main game, as well as a batch of DLC to make you feel all the merrier this Yuletide. 

Winter Update Features

According to the Civilization VI's Steam page, there have been quite the number of patches, fixes and additions to the game with this latest update. Some of them include:

  • New Mechanics
  • Gameplay Updates
  • Balance Changes
  • AI Tuning
  • Bug Fixes
  • Visuals Fixes
  • Multiplayer Fixes
  • UI Additions
  • Audio Additions

Of course, these sections go a lot more in-depth on the Steam page, but you're not here for the patch notes -- you want to know about the DLCs.

Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack -- $4.99

This latest DLC allows you to rule over Poland as Jadwiga, King (although technically a woman) of Poland who ruled in 1384. She brings with her the unique mounted unit, The Winged Hussars, as well as the Sukiennice, a unique building that boosts trade routes. She also has the ability to swipe land off other nations, similar to culture bombing in Civilization V.

The DLC also boasts a 60-turn scenario to defend Poland, Prague and Vienna from angry folks like the Teutonic Knights and the Ottoman Empire, who are up to their usual sneaky ways.

Vikings Scenario Pack -- $4.99

The Viking Scenario pack adds six new city-states to the game, as well as a 100-turn scenario with plenty of exploration and coastal village raiding. It also includes three iconic landmarks of the old-world in the form of Ireland's Giant's Causeway, Norway's Lysefjord and Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano in Iceland.  

All-in-all this some great DLC for those looking for more content and scenarios to test their mettle, as well as general patches and optimizations for all. 

Which of the DLC are you most looking forward to playing and why? Let's talk about it in the comments below!

Overwatch -- It's Been a Good Year,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b39b5f5e9337411653ffb3ed70bbf9b9.jpg m4e56/overwatch-its-been-a-good-year Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:33:09 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, Blizzard has shared a new developer update for Overwatch. The video, again featuring Jeff Kaplan, addresses 2016 and the game's number of content.

Kaplan begins the video noting the success that Blizzard has seen with Sombra upon her release. It was addressed that any update to Sombra may take some time. The team wants to avoid an issue that would create an overpowered character. Previously in a past update, Ana became somewhat over powered after she was perceived as being too weak. The development team does not want to repeat the same mistake.

He also goes on to confirm that new heroes are in development. Their release is dependent upon a number of factors. This requires a number of play testing and so forth. An example he refers to is the hero Genji, whom required a year and half for proper testing. This being said, he also hints that a new hero maybe ready for 2017.

More details can be found watching the video.

Fans of competitive FPS titles and Overwatch can look forward to these changes in 2017.

Atlus Made a New Studio Specifically for a New Franchise,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/o/project-fantasy-3889c.png y10tt/atlus-made-a-new-studio-specifically-for-a-new-franchise Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:45:02 -0500 Danny21_2396

If there's one game company who isn't afraid of breaking new grounds with a game, Atlus is definitely one of them. Not being content with Persona and the Shin Megami Tensei series -- even after they've made many spinoffs to the franchises --  Atlus recently announced a brand new IP made by a brand new studio.

The game is currently labeled as Project Re Fantasy, which will be an RPG in a fantasy medieval setting. Studio Zero is Atlus' new production studio, led by Persona series' Director/ Producer Katsura Hashino, tasked with developing the game.

As the project is still new, not a lot of detail can be dug up, though we know who the key players in the Studio Zero team are. Aside from Katsura Hashino, the line-up is strengthened by artist Shigenori Soejima and composer Shoji Meguro. All of them are key players in the Persona franchise, so we can likely expect a heavy Persona-like feel in this game.

Apparently, Atlus will host a livestream over at Nico Nico Douga on December 23rd 08:00 PM JST to share more about the game.

Atlus' Director Naota Hiraoka and Katsura Hirano recently had an interview with the Famitsu magazine, where they shared a little bit more info on the game. Unfortunately, they have yet to specify details about it, such as the platform(s) that they're planning to release the game on.

Hiraoka said that the reason behind the new IP is that Atlus wanted the Persona series' staff to be more active, without having to be restricted within the Persona series. He also said that both Meguro and Soejima will continue to participate centrally in the Persona series.

Hashino said that the reason they chose medieval fantasy is because Atlus has always put an importance in making games contrary to the orthodox way of doing things. When fantasy was the norm, they made series set in the modern setting. Now that modern settings are popular, they're going back to older fantasy.

The studio also always had the idea of challenging the orthodox genre with something that only Atlus and its characteristics can do. Project Re Fantasy is the result of that idea.

Hashino also said that the cover illustration isn't necessarily the protagonist's illustration.

We'll keep you informed with more details as they emerge. Stay tuned!

Street Fighter V's Season 2 Is Here with Akuma And So Much More,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/e0fbc0e0e61c79b2e35942cc85351e66.jpg rcihf/street-fighter-vs-season-2-is-here-with-akuma-and-so-much-more Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:37:40 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Recently, Capcom has released their new update for Street Fighter V. The new Season 2 patch has been released to lay the foundation for 2017.

The most noticeable addition is that a new character, the antagonistic Akuma, is now available. His story and costumes are available via the Season 2 Character Pass. The Character pass will also grant players five brand new characters throughout 2017. This will also include their respective premium battle costumes and PS4 theme.

The update also includes updates to the current roster. New changes have been implemented to address fighters' respective weaknesses. A few noticeable examples include: Urien's previous difficulty with addressing aerial attacks, and Alex's lack of certain combos found in previous games.

Another key addition is the change to the rage quit system. Capcom has now included harsher penalties for players that disconnect from matches often. Some changes include:

  • Those whom exhibit the behavior will be more likely to be matched with other offenders.
  • Said quitters will lose league points and will be locked out of online matchmaking for certain amounts of time.
  • Players profile will reflect if they quit or exhibit fair play accordingly as well.

Fans of fighters, competitors, and long-time fans of Street Fighter V can find the Season 2 pass and update available for both PC and PlayStation 4 now.

Overwatch Gives a Big Tracer Reveal in its Newest Comic,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/a/tracer-kiss-6282b.jpg h2gf0/overwatch-gives-a-big-tracer-reveal-in-its-newest-comic Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:33:34 -0500 Unclepulky

The cast of playable characters in Overwatch, currently numbering 23, are beloved by all who play it. One of the ways we've learned more about them is through the free-to-read webcomics Blizzard releases. And with the newest issue, we've learned something new about Tracer.

The comic mainly features Tracer trying to get a gift, and then get home for Christmas, but her good heart keeps getting in the way, as she can't just ignore a theft in progress, and won't even buy a scarf when she sees that someone else wants it.

Down and depressed, she's surprised to find that the daughter of a man she helped has gotten her a present.

It's at this point that we meet Tracer's, AKA Lena's, girlfriend, Emily. 


      The daughter gave Tracer the scarf she was planning on getting for Emily.

Considering the hullabaloo that was started over one of Tracer's original victory poses, it is a little funny to learn that she isn't straight. People may have thought that Blizzard was using her to arouse male players -- but as it turns out, even if she was real, no guy could have her.

Lena and Emily are clearly shown to be in a happy, loving relationship, and its quite touching to see them sitting down to Christmas dinner together with Tracer's best friend, Winston.

Blizzard has previously announced that multiple Overwatch characters are LGBTQ, and now we know that Tracer is one of them.

Fan Reaction to Super Mario Run is a Sign of Player Entitlement,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/u/p/super-mario-run-new1-f3086.jpg 9zzfw/fan-reaction-to-super-mario-run-is-a-sign-of-player-entitlement Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:20:12 -0500 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

After Nintendo exploded the mobile market with Pokemon Go, expectations were high when word came of a Super Mario game in the works for phones and tablets.

Indeed, when Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto showed up on Jimmy Fallon's show to help promote their latest products, NBC's hypeman gave them the full, 'It's great... it's so great!' treatment. 

What a difference a week makes.

Nintendo stock took a 16% nosedive after the opening bell. It did rebound some 20%, but that still meant it was down some 11% from last week. What could have happened?

Looking at the iTunes page for Super Mario Run today, the game's rating is showing at only 2.5 stars. And a lot of those reviews are 1 star. Really? A ton of 1 star reviews for a classically styled Nintendo game?

When you read those negative 'reviews' they are almost uniformly about the same topic. The $9.99 price tag.

When They Give Away The Milk

Nintendo's previous massive success with Pokemon Go followed the tried and true free-to-play (F2P) pricing option where players could download and play the basic game with no cost at all.

Many F2P games have advertisements in them for revenue, but mostly rely on micro-transactions in the game as players buy add-ons, upgrades and other options.

Some in the gaming community have argued that this has created a sense of entitlement among mobile and casual players that games should always follow this model or a similar revenue program.

But, Forbes Magazine writer Eric Kain argues that companies like Nintendo have every right to price their premium products to protect their brand's image. With so many F2P games on the market, many come from unknown companies sometimes creating dubious products.

A company like Nintendo has a reputation for producing high-quality products that are safe to download and fun to play. And such a pay scheme is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every company or every title.

"What shareholders would like to see is that Nintendo [mobile] games will position themselves on such a high level as that [Freemium products like Clash of Clans], but that's almost impossible..."

-- Peter Warman, Newzoo

When you compare the price tag of Super Mario Run, which is $9.99 for Worlds 1-6, against AAA console titles premiering at $59.99 and even $69.99, it hardly seems like a drop in the bucket. But mobile apps have a stigma.

Perhaps it's due to so many products already offering free-to-play models. Or maybe there's still something strongly psychological about holding a game package in your hands after you've paid for it vs. a digital download -- even when that digital download is a premium product from a long established company.

Despite the negative reviews and stock price dip, Super Mario Run still made over $4 million dollars in revenue on Day 1 of release, according to It was the top ranked download in 60 countries worldwide, with over 10 million users installing a copy on their devices. So clearly the price didn't bother that many people at launch. 

Why Buy The Cow?

Unlike the AAA level of console and PC gaming which normally requires a massive studio with a multi-million dollar budget, big name franchises and promotions, the mobile market was an opportunity for developers starting at the ground level.

For those garage band companies working on a shoestring budget or a Kickstarter prayer, getting their product seen often means offering it for free with hopes later games can be sold at a price break.

But, when even the big boys are giving away the milkshakes does that do more harm than good?

Independents have to compete even harder to get player attention when big studios are creating free-to-play games -- many of which are tied to their big ticket franchises. Spin-offs like Injustice or Assassin's Creed: Pirates fed off and even enhanced sales of their original products. Some apps like Fallout 4's Pip-Boy are direct tie-ins meant to augment the console experience.

Nintendo is late to the mobile market, and premium product pricing has not had the levels of success F2P options have. While it's very unlikely Nintendo will make any changes to their price break for the upcoming Android version of Super Mario Run, it will be very interesting to see what they decide to do with future mobile apps moving forward.

Get What You Pay For?

Is being able to play a game for free worth sifting through all the knock-offs and bad imitations? Clicking or waiting through constant ads every few minutes? Knowing you'll never be able to rank up with the pay-to-win crowd? Or worse, risk exposing your device to potentially harmful code?

Then, there's the micro-transactions themselves, which creep up on you. Sure, spending $1 here or $5 there for a quick upgrade or bypassing a level isn't much. But after just buying a few, you've paid for a premium download.

Sure, Super Mario Run might be pretty expensive for a mobile game -- but its price tag isn't much higher than what most people pay in microtransactions anyway. And the fact that so many fans are complaining about paying the price up front just shows that we're only tricking ourselves into thinking that one model is better than the other. 

We might think we're being smart by picking the F2P version only to spend more money over the long haul. But the truth is that once you've bought that cow, you can have all the milk you want, whenever you want. And among a herd of mobile games that are mostly offering sour milk at an ultimately higher microtransaction price, an excellent game like Super Mario Run is a good thing -- even at $9.99.

What's the most you're willing to spend on a mobile app? Are you willing to pay a premium upfront price if everything's included?

Pikachu is on Park Place in Monopoly: Pokemon Johto Edition,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/o/n/monopoly-pokemon-johto-edition-e0e22.jpg hm2e5/pikachu-is-on-park-place-in-monopoly-pokemon-johto-edition Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:40:49 -0500 katastrophic88

If you're a Pokemon fan, here's your chance to catch 'em all as you monopolize the Johto Region. Hasbro recently released Monopoly: Pokemon Johto Edition just in time for you to play with family and friends over the holidays. As a Pokemon trainer, it's your duty to collect Gym Leader Pokemon and create the very best team to win the game. It's the Monopoly we all love with a Pokemon spin. 

The rules of the classic Monopoly still apply with a few, key differences: 

  • Property types include Pokemon, Poke Balls and Raikou & Suicune 
  • Instead of houses and hotels, you can build Poke Marts and Pokemon Centers when you own all the Pokemon in a color group
  • Professor Elm cards have replaced Community Chest cards, and Trainer Battle Cards have replaced Chance cards 
  • Poke, Great, Ultra and Master Balls have replaced the traditional railroad spaces
  • We all know that Monopoly can go on for days, so take advantage of the Speed Play guidelines for a quick 60 - 90 minute game. 

The game is suitable for 2 - 6 players ages 8 and up and available for purchase on Amazon. If you want to conquer a different region, be sure to check out the Kanto Edition with more of your favorite Pokemon. 


Dragon Quest XI Officially Announced for Nintendo Switch,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/0/1/20161219-015613-thumb-0fbae.png kua21/dragon-quest-xi-officially-announced-for-nintendo-switch Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:51:10 -0500 David Fisher

While Square Enix did not make any statements about the fate of Dragon Quest XI on the Nintendo Switch during Jump Festa 2017 over the weekend, Nintendo has taken it upon themselves to reassure players that there is in fact a Dragon Quest XI port for the Nintendo Switch on the way.

On the official Nintendo of Japan news website, Nintendo offered some gameplay footage and information about the Dragon Quest XI gameplay that was presented during the weekend event. However, they also stated the following in a footnote:

"It should also be noted that a Nintendo Switch launch is also in the works."

While this is a rough translation of the statement, it is good to know that we should be seeing a Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI in the future.

Unfortunately, since it is just a footnote, we don't actually know at this time if the game will be a port of the 3DS or the PS4 version of the game. Thankfully, Nintendo is planning a big event for January 12th in which we'll hear about upcoming titles -- and in turn perhaps a bit of clarification on which version of the game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

NA LCS Teams Have a Promising Performance at IEM Gyeonggi,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/e/m/iem-gyeonggi-ggnetworktv-featured-1366x450-719x237-5f978.jpg u9msy/na-lcs-teams-have-a-promising-performance-at-iem-gyeonggi Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:30:02 -0500 Ted Racicot

From Dec. 16 through Dec. 18, eight League of Legends teams from around the world faced off at the Intel Extreme Masters in Gyeonggi, Korea. This small tournament was the first time fans got to see many of these teams compete with their new lineups following off-season roster changes. As was expected, the Korean teams dominated the tournament. Both Kongdoo Monsters and Samsung Galaxy went undefeated through the group stage and made it to the finals, where Samsung Galaxy won 3-1, which came as little surprise to anyone. 

The bigger surprise from the tournament was the performance of the North American LCS teams. Immortals and Team Liquid have both undergone some pretty significant roster changes and their first tournament with their new lineups, though far from perfect, showed quite a bit of promise. 

Both Immortals and Team Liquid were able to advance from the group stage of the tournament. While the non-Korean teams in these groups were not exactly the toughest competition, both NA LCS squads showed that they could win decisively against teams that they are favored against.

Even against the Korean teams in the semi-finals, both Immortals and Team Liquid showed that they could at least compete with these teams. Immortals were able to take one game off of Kongdoo Monsters and were close to taking a second had it not been for a few mistakes in the late game. And while Team Liquid lost 2-0 to Samsung Galaxy, they were also able to gain a significant lead in the early game (their downfall was their inability to capitalize on their early lead in the late game).

If both teams can continue to polish their play during the remainder of their respective off-seasons, they will both definitely be serious contenders in the 2017 NA LCS Season.

This pattern of winning in the early game and losing in the late game shows that these North American teams have the individual skill to compete with Korean teams. What they lack is late game decision making, something that will become easier once their new rosters engage more in competitive play. 

As for individual play, each team had players with impressive performances. For Immortals, their new Jungler, Dardoch, was a big reason for their success. His early pressure was a big reason that his team was able to get the early game leads that they had.  

As for Team Liquid, their Top Laner, Lourlo, had quite the performance. Lourlo was able to get multiple solo-kills in the early game, something that is incredibly unexpected with the top-lane being so focused on tanks.  

While both Immortals and Team Liquid would have no doubt liked to walk away from IEM Gyeonggi with a first place finish, each team can be satisfied with their performance. If both teams can continue to polish their play during the remainder of their respective off-seasons, they will both definitely be serious contenders in the 2017 NA LCS Season.

MLB Pays A Hefty Amount To Stream League of Legends,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d28351912b099ec7b0813ed078a7514b.jpg e774u/mlb-pays-a-hefty-amount-to-stream-league-of-legends Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:04:26 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, the MLB's streaming service BAMtech reached a deal with Riot Games for streaming League of Legends. 

BAMtech is set to pay a minimum amount of $300 million to League of Legends' developer, Riot Games. The relationship between the companies will provide content to regions across the world. The deal states that BAMTech will have the exclusivity to stream and monetize the game's official competitions. The deal is set to last until 2023.

In 2017, a new streaming application will launch for PC and smartphones. Monetization for the service will be done via advertising and various sponsorship deals. In regards to other streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube, BAMTech will oversee its distribution. 

Riot's director of eSports, Whalen "Magus" Rozelle and co-founder Marc "Tryndamere" Merrill addressed some concerns of the deal via reddit. Some concerns included platform exclusivity of the deal.

The current experience we have today is and will continue to be free, said Rozelle in one thread.

Merrill wrote in another discussion"

"It's also not platform exclusive -- pretty important distinction."

Fans of eSports and League of Legends can look forward to the new viewing service in 2017.

Expect To Hunt Demons On 2017 With Toukiden 2, But On Which Platform?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/o/u/toukiden-d2b55.jpg og64y/expect-to-hunt-demons-on-2017-with-toukiden-2-but-on-which-platform Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:25:38 -0500 Danny21_2396

Fans of the Monster-Hunter-style, demon hunting game set in a pseudo-Japanese setting better get their hands, and wallet, ready. We have known for quite some time that the latest title in the Toukiden series, Toukiden 2, will see a western release by early 2017. Just recently, Koei Tecmo announced that Toukiden 2 will see a Spring 2017 release window. No exact date has been given yet, but we're sure that Koei Tecmo will update us as we ease our way into 2017.

In Japan, Toukiden 2 was released on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, but Koei Tecmo has not stated which platform western audiences will receive the game on. We can be optimistic that the game will land on PlayStation's console and handheld, like its Japan release, and expect Koei Tecmo to spill the beans closer to release.

Toukiden 2 is the third game in the franchise, after the initial Toukiden game and its sequel Toukiden: Kiwami. It takes place two years after Kiwami, where players must fight demons that have engulfed Nakatsu Kuni with a peculiar miasma. Nakatsu Kuni just conveniently happens to be an ancient name for Japan!

Both the first Toukiden and Toukiden: Kiwami eventually became available on PC via Steam.

In Toukiden 2, players will create and customize their own character, called Slayer, to fight the demons. There are numerous weapons which players can choose that will provide a wide array of strategy in fighting the numerous demons. Players will explore the land in an open world environment, complete with day and night cycles. Combat is designed to be a seamless encounter that can happen anywhere in the field.

Koei Tecmo initially announced Toukiden 2's western release along with games like Atelier Firis, Nights of Azure 2, and Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru. It is not clear if all of these games will receive the same release window or not, but stay posted on GameSkinny for more details!

Valkyria Revolution Demo Confirmed, Still No Words On Cross-Play,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/v/a/l/valkyria1-1481590488-thumb-76cea.jpg di5ep/valkyria-revolution-demo-confirmed-still-no-words-on-cross-play Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:57:42 -0500 Danny21_2396

Those of you who love the Valkyria Chronicles series from the early days of PS3, like me, might want to get your PS4 and/or Vita ready. As, this December Sega is going to release a prologue demo for the game inspired by the franchise, Valkyria Revolution. The demo will come on December 22nd for the PS4 and on the 26th for the Vita. You will also be able to carry over your save data to the full game later on.

As the name suggested, the demo will take place at the beginning of the game, introducing background info on the main conflict of the game as well as some major characters. Speaking of major characters, here you'll get to know more about the Five Grand Criminals, the group that sets the game's story into motion.

Sega also prepared some rewards for those who complete the demo. Players can get a new magic art called "Rush Blaze+." It's not clear what the magic can do, or if you gain it at the start of the game later, but we can assume it's something pretty neat.

Valkyria Revolution will be released on both console and handheld, but so far it's not clear whether or not the game will support either cross-play or remote play. We will wait for confirmation from Sega before we can say anything definite.

Valkyria Revolution will tell the story of a war between the Rus Empire and the Jutland Kingdom. It is set in a different world than the original Valkyria franchise and will have a musou-like gameplay, with the additional ability to customize your hero's skills and weapons.

Yasunori Mitsuda, of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy fame, will handle the soundtrack.

Valkyria Revolution releases on January 19 2017 for both PS4 and the Vita in Japan. Both North American and European audiences will get the game on Q2 2017 for PS4, Vita, and Xbox One.

Paladins Introduces New Champion in OB40,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/y/r/tyra-bb273.png 8tjc0/paladins-introduces-new-champion-in-ob40 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:21:10 -0500 Lydia M

During the live patch preview show Thursday, Paladins lead designer and lead developer announced a new champion entering the realm in the latest patch, OB40. 

Tyra, The Untamed

Her weapon is an automatic rifle. Unlike Kinessa or Victor, she doesn't look down the sights to aim -- all firing is off the hip. Her abilities are as follows: 

  • [LMB] Battle Rifle- 180 damage on headshots, 120 regular damage.
  • [RMB] Grenade Launcher- Launches grenade at target that deals explosive damage.
  • [Q] Molotov Grenade- Tosses fire grenade that spreads on the ground dealing percentage health.
  • [F] Hunter's Mark- Marks an enemy for a short duration. Tyra can do extra damage while they're marked. Teammates can see marked enemies through walls. 
  • [E] Unleash- Shooting speed, movement speed is increased for a short duration along with unlimited ammo for the duration of the Ultimate.

Looking at the gameplay preview, it looks like Tyra is definitely going to be a tank shredder -- especially when using items like Wrecker and Nimble. We didn't really get to see what cards would be provided to her quite yet, but as she becomes available on the Public Test Servers, players will get to try her out before she is added to the live servers.

Tyra will be available in the OB40 patch next week.

Minecraft Enters the Wasteland with Fallout Mash-Up Pack,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7603e140970a2fabc9f1f351c8a2c47c.jpg j6r7f/minecraft-enters-the-wasteland-with-fallout-mash-up-pack Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:43:34 -0500 Glitchiee_8928

The world of Fallout by Bethesda Softworks is entering new territory this week. Teaming up with Minecraft, the Fallout Mash-Up Pack will be hitting console editions in the next few days. Featuring a new area, new skins and new items, Minecraft is about to get a little more radical. 

When it comes to the new locale, there are a variety of familiar Fallout locations. From the Tenpenny Tower to the trusty Red Rocket Truck Stop to the Capital Building. Not only are the buildings present, but cows are now the two headed variety, ghouls lurk in the shadows, and spiders have even deadlier stingers. 

A whopping 44 new skins have been added with the Mash-Up Pack. Become Nick Valentine, Fawkes, a Vault Dweller or even Jangles the Moon Monkey. The UI is now decked out like a Pip-Boy. New doors, caps, flowers and more have been added to bring the wasteland to life. 

The Fallout Mash-Up Pack will cost $5.99. It's coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, but no specific release date has been announced.

Will you be entering the wasteland in Minecraft when it does become available? Let us know in the comments!

Long ArcheAge Queue Times are Killing Fans, But Has Reddit Found a Fix?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/r/c/archeage-ae3d1.jpg 54d04/long-archeage-queue-times-are-killing-fans-but-has-reddit-found-a-fix Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:30:13 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

Players of the MMORPG ArcheAge have been reporting long queue times for the game's new fresh start servers. Some players have reported queue times as bad as 36 hours.

These new fresh start servers were part of the game's new 3.0 update, which brought many new features to the game. These servers were created to allow for players who wanted a completely fresh start to the game to do so. They require a brand new game account to play on, and no items from previous accounts can be transferred to these servers.

Over the weekend, all of the game's servers were updated to support this new content. But the ridiculous queue times and countless other issues mean that fans are still really unhappy. However....we may have found some temporary solutions.

How To (Possibly) Fix Queue Time Issues

Along with the queue time issues, people were also reporting crashes before players were actually able to select their servers. One redditor supposedly found a fix to the issue where if you pressed alt+enter the issue would be resolved. This fix also supposedly was fixing issues with the long queue times and issues with a greyed out connect bar. As of right now, that fix has been removed from the ArcheAge subreddit for undisclosed reasons. 

Another redditor has said that the way to fix these queue issues is to just hope for the servers to go down and if they do, immediately spam your way into the queue as soon as they go back up.

The official Twitter for the game has been posting frequent updates to the status of the servers. The developers have also posted a state of the game post to their official forums

Have you been running into these long queue times? Have you found a way around them? Let us know in the comments!

War for the Overworld Offers Free DLC in New Update,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/49e122eece36e6866d18567522cb9d50.jpg 4a8j7/war-for-the-overworld-offers-free-dlc-in-new-update Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:10:33 -0500 ESpalding

The popular dungeon management game War for the Overworld, by Brighton-based indie devs Brightrock Games, today released -- not one but -- two big updates for those already playing the game but is also offering a crazy discount for those who would like to buy it.

The first part of the new update is the release of the Crucible DLC which is bringing survival mode to the game. Players will now be able to pit their wits against wave after wave of enemies and really put their skills to the test. The second part of the update is the Trial by Fire patch (patch 1.5). This patch will be bringing a whole host of new features to the game including new units such as Democorns and the Chunder King Baron von Pukemuch, 6 new maps which will be exclusively for the new survival mode, new mutators for all modes and will be introducing community translation support through the Steam Workshop.

No pink and fluffy unicorns here!

For those not already familiar with the game, War for the Overworld is a dungeon management game which allows you to craft your own dungeons. You play an evil Underlord who has just woken up after many years of sleep and must face off against invading dungeoneers and rival Underlords. Once you have built your dungeon and have amassed a great army of minions, you must then conquer the rest of the World and attempt to take over the Overworld.

If this is all new to you then you should head on over to Steam and take advantage of the one-day only discount for the base game today! Brightrock Games has deducted the price today by 75% making it only $7.50 / €7 / £5.75 / 124.75 ₽! All the other War for the Overworld products on offer as well.

In the meantime, check out the launch trailer below!

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Free to Play on PS4 from December 15th to 20th,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/a/l/call-duty-infinite-warfare-efcb7.png zn12k/call-of-duty-infinite-warfare-free-to-play-on-ps4-from-december-15th-to-20th Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:43:56 -0500 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

Interested in playing the latest Call of Duty installment, but not convinced it'll be good or varied enough to pay the price? Worry not, because the PS4 version will be available to trial from December 15th until the 20th.

All three game modes have limited access in this trial. This includes the first two levels of the single player campaign, multiplayer access with a Level Cap of 15, and the Zombies in Spaceland mode with a Level Cap of 3.

In order to access the trial, all you need to do is open up the PlayStation Store and search for "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Free Trial." Alternatively, you can access this through the Demos category on the Infinite Warfare page.

Please be advised that you will need an active PlayStation Plus account in order to access the multiplayer and Zombies features. You can, however, play the single player levels without.

In addition, it's worth noting that a fairly hefty 60GB download is required, as the trial is effectively the full game but with content gating. The caveat is that purchasing the game after the trial will not require a second download, but all progress for both single and multiplayer modes will be retained.

Whether this is an honest marketing move in celebration of the holiday season or a sign of comparatively low sales is anyone's guess. But hey, a free game is a free game, so if Infinite Warfare sounds like your thing, now's the time to try. Be sure to check out our review of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for more information.

What are your thoughts on Infinite Warfare thus far? Still on board the Call of Duty train or have you jumped to other shooters? Let us know in the comments!

Dota 2 Just Launched a Massive Update,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/o/n/monkey-king-dota-conteudo-nerd-13f4b.jpg k65qk/dota-2-just-launched-a-massive-update Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:05:31 -0500 Caio Sampaio

Mark this date, December 12, 2016. After today, your experience playing Dota 2 will never be the same.

Valve has released the massive 7.00 patch for its free-to-play MOBA, and it presents players with massive changes to the game -- including a new hero and many alterations to the mechanics and visuals of the experience.

And The changes don't stop there.

Valve listed the new content under four categories: a new hero, new interface, new pre-game mechanics and new gameplay elements.

The New Hero - Monkey King

Monkey King is a hero that focuses on melee attacks -- but if things get tricky on the battlefield, he also counts on his “escape” and “disable” skills. His ultimate ability consists of spawning a group of monkeys to assist him in combat.

In addition to the new hero, Valve is also selling a map terrain based on the new hero, for $12.99, as well as Arcana skins. As the official website states, when equipped, the Arcana grants the following upgrades to the new hero:

  • New base model and texture 
  • Custom particle effects for Monkey King's Primal Spring ability 
  • Dynamic Style that changes according to the level of Wukong's Ultimate 
  • A cloud-riding run animation when travelling vast distances in a short period of time 
  • Altered Voice and additional voice responses for style changes and cloud animation 
  • Custom Hero Portrait 
  • Arcana Loading Screen 
  • Custom Taunt 
  • Custom Emoticon 
New Interface

The interface of the game has been fully redesigned, including new selection screens, a new animation before the matches, and several changes to the HUD, as shown in the image above.

New Pre-game Mechanics

Valve has offered to players an easier way to pick their heroes and tactics before their matches commence. As the official website clarifies:

"With a staggering number of possible heroes to choose from, and endless new combinations and strategies to discover, there's a lot to consider when preparing a squad to take down an Ancient. Now players have more tools to help find the right heroes and plan their early-game attack as a team, all while the game loads seamlessly in the background so it's ready when you are."

Gameplay Mechanics

The experience of the game changes significantly in the 7.00 patch. The features added include “backpack slot”, “hero talent”, changes to the maps, and various small adjustments.

The patch includes a talent tree that gives bonuses to heroes at the 10/15/20/25 levels. These are special bonuses or skills for players to use in combat.

The backpack gives to players the ability to carry three more items in combat.

These are the most important changes the 7.0 patch brings, but there are dozens of other minor alterations that influence the experience of the game -- including community-authored bots, remodeling of some heroes, dynamic grass, windblown trees and a lot more.

For more details, be sure to chek Dota 2's Official Website.

More Pokémon and a Limited Edition Pikachu Are Coming to PokéMon GO,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/5749905e9a71ebbf0e691715b96241b4.jpg 8mohf/more-pokemon-and-a-limited-edition-pikachu-are-coming-to-pokemon-go Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:10:15 -0500 Janette Ceballos

After weeks of teasing from Niantic and datamining revelations, Pokémon GO has officially released information on the second generation addition of pokémon.

Not all of gen two will be released immediately, but Togepi, Pichu, and a few others are now available to hatch from eggs starting earlier today. Hatching these little monsters seems like a good idea for introducing them since they are the "baby" versions of other pokémon, but it's not clear if that was an intentional decision.

Regardless, the additions are nice and will definitely add to the game. We just have to wait for the rest of the Gold/Silver pokémon to be released later this month!

In addition to the release, Pokémon GO is also including limited edition Pikachu players can take photos with. These festive buddies come with little hats to celebrate the holidays and the update.

While this is definitely the biggest update Pokémon GO has been planning, there's sure to be more features and events to follow!

So, what do you guys think about the news? What other features are you excited for? What do you want in future update?
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Retail Sales Half of Black Ops III,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/n/f/infinite-warfare-bd15c.jpg 1gsu0/call-of-duty-infinite-warfare-retail-sales-half-of-black-ops-iii Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:58:43 -0500 Sonny Go

While a drop in sales for the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise was indeed anticipated, the number of sales Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare drew upon release was well below expectation, and indeed concerning for Activision.

Coming in at half of last year's Black Ops III sales, Infinite Warfare's slump does not bode well for the continuation of Infinite Warfare as a mini-franchise within the overall Call of Duty series. 

According to analysts, Infinite Warfare's retail sales for November 2016 were just around 50 percent of Black Ops III's first-month figures. Take note that retail sales are basically physical copies bought, and those sales do not take digital sales into consideration.

Many of those who did buy a physical copy of the game predominantly bought the $80 edition that came bundled with Modern Warfare Remastered, which, as of this writing, costs $20 more than the base game.

What's more, a significant portion of Call of Duty's player base is on console. Since this is the first Call of Duty title not released for the Xbox 360 and PS3, the market would undoubtedly be smaller for the release. 

However, there is a CoD following within the PC community, and comparing numbers on PC through Steam, the data from SteamDB, coupled with the latest console sales figures, is quite telling of the game's overall performance.

For instance, as of this writing, Black Ops III has over 5,900 concurrent players online, with over 6,800 players at peak in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, Infinite Warfare has over 4,600 concurrent players, with over 5,100 players at peak in the last 24 hours. That means a game that came out a year ago is still beating the newest game in the Call of Duty franchise -- a game that came out just a month ago.

Other than the inclusion of Modern Warfare Remastered, most of the press that met Infinite Warfare's announcement was fairly negative for various reasons

While Infinite Warfare seems to be the most different-looking Call of Duty game in a long while, it has also somewhat alienated its core audience with its gameplay being different than that of the usual CoD fare (even more so than Advanced Warfare) and many considered it's gameplay to be encroaching a bit on the territory of Halo and Titanfall.

It being released around the same time as Battlefield 1 didn't help either. And while released earlier this year this Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch has been steadily impressing FPS fans, and undoubtedly pulling some players away from CoD's core playerbase. 

However, while it's not like Activision will go bankrupt with this recent disappointment, it still doesn't bode well for the future of the Call of Duty series. 

Everything You Need To Know About Activison's Holiday Call of Duty Perks,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/d/cod-remastered-ed497.jpg qkrry/everything-you-need-to-know-about-activisons-holiday-call-of-duty-perks Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:28:06 -0500 JakeElman

'Tis the season for giving, getting, and aiming down the sights at some twelve year old with a microphone.

With the holidays upon us, Activision has made it clear that Call of Duty players -- both those on Infinite Warfare and the Remastered edition of Modern Warfare -- won't have to pay a single cent for their gifts this month. 

In an email released to the media on Thursday, Activison confirmed the long-awaited 'missing' maps for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

"On December 13 players who own Modern Warfare Remastered will receive the remaining six remastered multiplayer maps: Bloc, Countdown, Pipeline, Showdown, Strike, and Wet Work, along with the Hardpoint and Gun Game modes being made available in Modern Warfare Remastered for the first time."

This is welcome news for players who have had the game since day one, and those who have been waiting for a more 'complete' version before buying. When the game first released last month, the available maps were the Ambush, Backlot, Bog, Crash, Crossfire, District, Downpour, Overgrown, Shipment, and Vacant.

[Image via Activision]

Unfortunately, there is still no word on the Broadcast and Chinatown maps, which served as DLC for the original game. But Activision did announce the return of the 'Winter Crash' map, which is seen in a trailer below.

Snow maps are always fun, and it's really great to see how much effort went into these newer maps. Like with the rest of Modern Warfare Remastered, it would have been so easy just to do a basic port -- but Activision and Raven went in, cleaned everything up, and gave fans the best remastered version of a game we've seen so far.

In a separate blog post, Activision's Kevin Kelly teased:

"We’ll be running a 24/7 Winter Crash playlist beginning on December 20 that will last through the holidays, and we’ll have more details soon."

Also in that blog post was news about the following:

Shoot 'Em Up

Players that have clocked in time on both Infinite Warfare and last year's Black Ops III will receive a new gun: the prototype Hailstorm – Thunder pistol. 

"The Hailstorm – Thunder is extremely shiny (and deadly), and features a three-round burst along with two perks: Whirlwind, which is a fast cycling auto burst that increases recoil, and Focus to reduce idle sway while aiming down sights," Kelly explains. "So, jump in the game today and equip it in your loadout to show some pride."

It is unclear if those who played Black Ops III on a previous generation console will be treated to the perk as well. More info on how to obtain the gun is coming in a few paragraphs. 

This gun sounds absolutely fantastic, with the whirlwind feature especially standing out. When you're playing, however, look for many players to try testing it out in their first few sessions, leaving them wide open for a nice headshot.

As harsh as taking advantage of players who are testing their new weapon out may sound, the battlefield is a time where being harsh matters. That is especially true in times of warfare...Infinite Warfare.

[GIF via FOX]

 Activision explains that in order to get the Hailstorm pistol, "players who own both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops III and have logged into Black Ops III with a live internet connection and played Infinite Warfare during the offer period."

What's interesting about the wording here is that the system is actually checking to see that you've logged into both rather than simply going off system data and cloud saves. If you're someone who traded in Black Ops III recently, then you may be in a bit of trouble...

'Tis The Season

[Image via Activision]

In addition to the new gun, all Infinite Warfare players also will have access to a new map: Genesis. Well, technically the map is a new-look one, as Genesis (or the Headquarters for the Division of Mechanical Evolution) is getting a 'festive new look.'

Kelly also wrote:

"There will be a 24/7 Genesis Holiday playlist, ready to spread cheer, goodwill, and high KDRs."

The high KDRs are a must, really.

On another note, I was admittedly surprised at first that we're not getting any 'new' maps for Infinite Warfare. With how many maps that are being added to Modern Warfare Remastered, however, only getting one revised map makes sense. 

[Image via Jake Elman]

But Wait, There's More

In addition to everything else, Activision is promising gifts for all players who log in right around the time of Christmas. It's a twelve day streak of gifts, in fact.

"These freebies range from big Salvage and Key bonuses, to winter-themed personalization items, and even winter-themed Common, Rare, and Legendary prototypes! Twelve Days, twelve awesome gifts for free, just for logging into the game. Just remember to log in every day from December 21 through January 1 to get that day’s bonus."

With the update coming on December 13, I fully expected them to do a 12 day streak starting that day so it would end on Christmas. But, at the same time, I do like the idea of ending it at the start of the new year. 

What You Need To Know

First off, major props has to go to Activision for giving fans -- regardless of what version of the game they bought -- all of this free stuff, even those who may have only bought the standard edition. 

Speaking of the standard edition, I need to emphasize this because it will get lost in the holiday fever. Just buying the standard edition of Infinite Warfare is not going to land you the remastered version of Modern Warfare. You need to purchase the Legacy or Deluxe Editions and have the physical copy of Infinite Warfare inside your system to play Modern Warfare Remastered.

The hopes people had of Activision releasing Modern Warfare Remastered as a standalone game for the holiday season seem to be on hold for now, though it is certainly possible that we could see the legendary game show up on the PlayStation Store right around Christmas.

With Activision having the exclusive rights deal with Sony and PlayStation, I would not be surprised in the least bit if PS4 users got a notification one day saying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered was available for download. How much the game would cost, however, is a different story. 

[Image via Activision]

As you might expect, these bonuses are all valid through 11:59 P.M. PST (as Activision operates out of California). While there is no confirmation yet that Activision may do something similar to what Rockstar Games does with their 'holiday updates' on Grand Theft Auto Online and keep them running into the new year, expect that date to remain firm until told otherwise. 


Players are also encouraged to use the hashtag #TisTheSeason on social media. Who knows, maybe using that will lead to a perk or two of its own...

To keep up to date with the latest Call of Duty news, make sure to follow @CallofDuty, @InfinityWard, and @RavenSoftware

EU Player is the World's First to Max Out an Artifact Weapon in World of Warcraft,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/r/t/arti-wep-46de5.jpg tupyq/eu-player-is-the-worlds-first-to-max-out-an-artifact-weapon-in-world-of-warcraft Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:04:18 -0500 ESpalding

A World of Warcraft player on The Maelstrom-EU server, who plays a Death Knight called Cerli, has become the first person in the world to max out all the traits on his artifact weapon.

Artifact Weapons are a new addition to World of Warcraft which got introduced to the game in the latest expansion, Legion. The artifact weapon for the Unholy Death Knight spec is a two-handed sword called Apocalypse, and it has a total of 18 traits with a combined number of 58 ranks.

To unlock traits, players must collect artifact power from various items collected around the Broken Isles. In this particular case, Cerli would have had to collect a grand total of 65,256,330 artifact power!

Apocalypse - a Death Knight weapon that even Arthas would be proud of

Some find the daily grind for artifact power in World of Warcraft a chore and an unnecessary evil, but for others it is just another way to become the best. It has taken Cerli many weeks of running through Mythic+ instances -- at the last count he has run Darkheart Thicket 383 times, Maw of Souls 818 times, and Court of Stars 444 times.

We applaud his dedication to his character and wonder if he is now going to change spec and do the same on another of the Death Knight's artifact weapon.

Dustin Browder Steps Down as Heroes Director; Alan Dabiri to Take Over,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/r/o/browder-cf2b6.png 3djxi/dustin-browder-steps-down-as-heroes-director-alan-dabiri-to-take-over Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:42:14 -0500 Lydia M

With progression of major titles comes transitions.  And on Thursday, Heroes of the Storm director Dustin Browder announced he will be stepping down from his lead position. Heroes technical director, Alan Dabiri, will be replacing him. 

2017 will be a huge year for Heroes of the Storm, given the revamp of their eSports division, extensions from the newly introduced brawl mode, and more and more heroes added every couple of weeks. Dabiri is no stranger to these additions, as he was key component in the creation of the Heroes Brawl mode.

But Brawl won't be his only focus as he takes the lead chair. Dabiri tells Polygon he has big plans for the eSports scene as well.

We’re adding a tournament draft mode with draft observer support. It’s been a long time coming, and we’ll be glad to finally get this into the game. This also includes an early version of a ‘hero swap’ phase to support eSports in custom games.

Dabiri goes on to say the team will continue to look into in-game match spectating as well. 

Browder has been an important voice in the Heroes community as a strong connection between the corporate side of HotS and the true fans of the game. With Twitter response marathons for virtually any question under the sun, to game updates and a look inside the developer team, his shoes will certainly be difficult to fill. 

He took time in his announcement to show respect for the game he's been lead of for three years. 

The Heroes of the Storm team is one of the best game teams I have ever had the honor of serving on. I cannot believe how much work and love went into turning what started as a tiny mod into the epic experience that it has become today. And the team just continues to pour their passion, dedication, and expertise into patches, updates, and awesome new game features. 2017 is going to be a huge year for Heroes of the Storm, with new Heroes, Battlegrounds, a massive progression update, improvements to our ladder and matchmaking systems, new social systems, new Brawls, and more.

Browder will be staying in the Blizzard family, but it's unclear what project he'll be working on next.

Pokémon GO Partnership Update,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokebucks-8fda7.png t4kaw/pokemon-go-partnership-update Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:22:03 -0500 Janette Ceballos

It’s been a crazy year for the monster-catching app that swept the world and while some people have lost interest, Niantic has continued reworking and fine-tuning the game to make a more enjoyable experience. One of these major changes happening in the past few days is their partnerships with certain companies in the U.S.

Their first partnership with Sprint a few days ago now allows for new Pokéstops and gyms at over 10,000 Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at Radio Shack locations. For a special treat to celebrate, Sprint stores will now carry in-store charging stations for players.

Their latest partnership with Starbucks also offers a little bonus. In addition to adding a whole heap of Pokéstops and gyms for the U.S., the coffee shops are selling a special edition Pokémon GO Frappuccino!

The developers also say to keep an eye on their Twitter feeds and official channels on December 12 for more information about upcoming content. They’re being a bit tight-lipped about the whole thing, but with recent datamining, it’s possible Niantic will be releasing the second generation of Pokémon real soon.

This seems to be the beginning of a trend for more business partnerships to come. Maybe this is a small answer to many players’ concerns about there not being enough pokéstops around. Maybe we’ll even get the fables trading feature after this? Who knows! One thing’s for sure: Niantic is still focused on adding content to the game for a more entertainment.

Hitman is Getting a Holiday Update,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/900a6bfff148070ebdb917edcaeb5749.jpg i5x6r/hitman-is-getting-a-holiday-update Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:17:13 -0500 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

 IO Interactive released a free Hitman holiday update trailer this week called “Holiday Hoarders”. The update will roll out new challenges every week in the month of December, and is very much in the spirit of giving, as IO Interactive is releasing this update to support The World Cancer Research Fund.

"The Holidays are for giving and Hitman has given us so many funny and enjoyable moments, so lets’ try to give back." Is what is feels like IO are saying. With The World Cancer Research Fund being the developers’ charity of choice, if anyone would like to donate you can do so on the website.

The “Holiday Hoarders” update is held in Paris at a Christmas themed fashion show. During the mission, presents will be scattered around the map, which leaves the opportunity for greedy thieves. Securing the presents before the thieves find them first will give you a random weapon that will assist you in your mission.

December is the month of Hitman

Week 1: This update released on Thursday (December 8th). As the challenge states, “Master Sniper” Challenge pack will give the players five new sniper-related challenges, completing them all will entitle you to a “Jaeger 7 Covert” Sniper Rifle.

Week 2: This update will implement the “Holiday Hoarder” mission, with an elusive target in Sapienza. The update is slated to release on December 12 - 18.

Week 3: The third update is light on content and will release on December 19 - 25. The only thing that they’re adding is a new escalation contract in Sapienza. Escalations are missions that require a specific assassination, then builds up when completing the mission.

Week 4: From December 26 - 31 another elusive target will be available, this time in Bangkok.

Hitman was the biggest surprise in 2016 for many, with The Full Experience having all the content being a reason for this. Even though Hitman Season 1 has ended, updates and elusive targets are still coming out to the game. The continued support of Hitman keeps people playing, and while there is no release date for Season 2 Hitman fans are eagerly awaiting it.

Stardew Valley: Start Brainstorming Chicken Names Now,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/0/1/2016-e8a92.jpg uwr54/stardew-valley-start-brainstorming-chicken-names-now Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:21:50 -0500 Emily Parker

If my wife knew how many hours I've logged running around Stardew Village with a fresh pumpkin held over my head looking for Abigail, would she be excited to hear the game is being ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on December 13th? Probably not, but we've been through this with Josephine Montilyet, and the fact of the matter is that my chickens need me. 

Are you prepared for a hundred charming, pixelated hours? Get prepared. Developer Chucklefish Games has crafted a gorgeous homage to Harvest Moon, that arguably outshines it. The polished story, mysteries and music (omg the music) really drag you right into your new life as a farmer. You'll also need a sword in Stardew Valley, and there's something comical about rushing through petting your cows so you can get to the mines with plenty of time to do some adventuring. 

Stardew Valley already feels ready for a console port, often irritatingly so on Steam's version. Mechanics are simple and directional, so there is no need to worry about a clunky transfer. In fact, my only complaint about the game in general are the controls, and I have a strong suspicion the UI was built for consoles primarily. 

But let's get to the important considerations. What will you name your cat? Will you be a rancher, farmer, fisher or adventurer? How many men and women will you throw gifts at until you decide who your 8-bit soulmate really is? What's important is that you look good doing it, if I collect any more hats I'll need to build a another chest just to store them. 

I'm very interested to know how many computer players will decide to start a new life in Stardew Valley on their consoles.

Will this be your second farm or are you thinking about picking it up for the first time? Let us know what you think of the ports to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One below. 

Here's a Preview of Alexei Stukov, the Next StarCraft II Co-Op Commander,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/u/stukov-header-ad8e3.jpg 30ssn/heres-a-preview-of-alexei-stukov-the-next-starcraft-ii-co-op-commander Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:24:19 -0500 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

A huge fan favourite and a frequent request since the introduction of StarCraft's Co-op mode, the infested Terran Alexei Stukov was finally unveiled at BlizzCon 2016. Today, a full preview of his army and upgrade progression has been shown off by Blizzard.

Perfectly blending Terran machinery with Zerg infestation to create an army of horrible biomechanical abominations, Stukov's army will have a mix of both worlds. He starts each game with a Colonist Compound, which produces waves of infested for free to batter enemies while you build up your army and can be upgraded to unleash literal hordes.

Once he gets going and gains a few levels, Stukov will be able to unleash the monstrous Apocolisk or summon his infested Battlecruiser Aleksander to carve destruction through his foes. Despite slight concerns about his variety of units being extremely limited and plain, he still does look like a lot of fun, and I'm excited to finally play him.

Of all the StarCraft II updates released with the launch of Legacy of the Void, Co-op mode has been the biggest surprise sleeper hit. A less demanding mode for playing StarCraft with a friend and taking on the computer in an array of bite-sized challenges with a steady progression system? It's the kind of RTS niche that we didn't know needed filling until we had it, and it's been receiving steady updates ever since its inclusion.

While there has been no official announcement for his release date, past trends related to these previews would suggest Patch 3.9 will go live on Tuesday, December 13th. However, this is still speculation, so take this with a grain of salt. Stukov will cost $4.99 USD.

If you've not had a chance to try the Co-op mode yet, it is available with the FREE Starter Edition of StarCraft II. Additional Commanders are available to those who have purchased Legacy of the Void, and more are available for similar prices to Stukov.

Are you keen to bring a new meaning to Zerg Russian? Ready to bring the zombie horde down on Amon's forces? Sound out in the comments!

Two More Breath of the Wild amiibo Boxes Revealed,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/e/l/zeldaheader2-723bc.jpg c04gk/two-more-breath-of-the-wild-amiibo-boxes-revealed Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:35:01 -0500 David Fisher

Less than a week ago, Nintendo revealed the Guardian amiibo's box art on their CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) documents. Today, the CPSIA page has received two new submissions by Nintendo, these being the Archer and Rider Link amiibos that are tied in to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

So let's take a look, shall we?

To the left we have the Link [Rider] amiibo, with Link on none other than his trusty steed, Epona. The splash art for both this and the Link [Archer] amiibo on the right share the same style that we saw in concept art that has been circulating since E3 2016.

An important detail this time around is that both amiibo seem to be supported by clear plastic this time around, as opposed to the colored plastics we saw commonly used in the Super Smash Bros. line of amiibo, which really helps the overall presentation. There also seems to be a fair amount of detail on the tunic on both the Rider and Archer versions, something that amiibo collectors will be happy about considering the lack of quality on other models such as the early Fire Emblem amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. line.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still some time away -- March to be exact -- but these amiibo are certainly starting to take shape. With the Nintendo Switch gameplay shown off on Jimmy Fallon last night, and all the buildup toward Breath of the Wild, the Japan-based company is really working hard to push both this game and their next console.

Hopefully things work in their favor this time around.

New Trailer For Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7e90f30c548add1eb945f026f1efedab.jpg mxhff/new-trailer-for-kingdom-hearts-hd-28-final-chapter-prologue Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:09:50 -0500 Justin Michael

Square Enix has released the final trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue. While only roughly 2.5 minutes long, the trailer packs a lot of information into it. Here's some of what I've been able to discern from watching it. 

First, we get a good look at what appears to be some content from Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, which is following the story of Aqua and Mickey Mouse. 

After that point we see a bit of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance HD Remaster which is remastered content from the Nintendo 3DS game released in 2012. 

The video then finished with a few peeks at Kindom Hearts X Back Cover, an animated film and companion piece for Kingdom Hearts X.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue has a release date of January 12th, 2017 in Japan, with the rest of the world getting the release on January 24th. 

Are you looking forward to the release? Let us know in the comments below!

(Updated) Sea of Thieves Insider Programme and Alpha Test,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b5f1445e6fe383b9cd393be83d928405.jpg 2nxbc/updated-sea-of-thieves-insider-programme-and-alpha-test Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:23:50 -0500 Capt. Eliza Creststeel

(Update) ...Always Be A Pirate

Since seeing the first gameplay videos, this old salt admits that Rare Ltd.'s upcoming pirate game, Sea of Thieves for Xbox One and Windows 10, had me pining to jump aboard, ride the waves, and head for the horizon.

And now, that time is nigh -- Rare has announced that their first Technical Alpha Test will begin December 16th-18th. That's only 1 week away!

*NOTE: Rare's first Technical Alpha (Update 0.1.0) test is going to be for the Xbox One only. This is due to the Xbox One being a more consistent hardware platform since it is primarily the device same across all players, unlike PCs. They do want to reassure PC players (1/3 of their Insider membership) alpha tests for Windows 10 PCs are coming in the future.* do you get into the Alpha? 

Stand Before The Mast

Many gamers love inside knowledge, finding something first, seeing what few are privy to. Add the yen of a pirate seeking adventure and you get a taste of the anticipation many have over this title.

To feed that need, Rare Ltd. has been posting teaser images, short videos and more recently doing podcasts and posting gameplay. Now, players have a chance to sign onto their scurvy crew via the Insider Programme.

The Insider Programme (yes, that's the correct spelling) will post email updates and development surveys to those who register. There's even a chance to be part of the Sea of Thieves testing!

And what's it take to be a part of this crew?

Your first port of call is to head over to and fill out the survey. Just know there be a couple of stipulations, mate:

  • Xbox Live Account ID (Takes about 5 minutes to set one up, and it's free) 
  • You Must Be 18 or Older (Testers sign non-disclosure agreements)
  • Registering does NOT guarantee Alpha or Beta Test selection
What Say You?

For me, the real draw of becoming part of this crew is a chance to play test Sea of Thieves and having input on how to make the game better.

Being part of the Insider Programme crew means:

  • Insider development email updates
  • Feedback surveys (game, development, web site, etc.)
  • A unique “Insider” badge on the official Sea of Thieves Forums 
  • Access to an exclusive Insider discussion space
  • And all Insiders will be considered for early testing phases

Rare Ltd. is looking for pirates who will give honest responses, meaningful feedback and fill out the emailed surveys. So, sharing and speaking out definitely improves your chances of being selected. They want to know their crew are ready and able to set sail.

Weigh Anchor!

There's no time to spare, mates! With the announcement of Technical Alpha tests starting Friday, December 16th, if you want a chance to get aboard you best shake a peg leg and join the Insider Programme now!

Rare Ltd. will be selecting 1,000 players from the programme -- and mum's the word, as everyone must agree to the Non-Disclosure Agreement.

As the testing moves forward, more and more pirates will have their chance to prove their sea-faring mettle and try out the game's mechanics and features. One of those features are quests that crews can undertake to find buried treasures. Take a sneak peek at it in this new video:

Remember mates, testers give feedback to help make the game even more fun for those who follow. So if you want to help shape the game, now is the time to do it. 

More on Sea of Thieves 

The Golden Age of Piracy has colorfully captured the imagination, even if that image more often blurs out a darker reality. Fictional pirates of books, film and television create a wide-open world of thrilling adventure where even the most lowly men... and women from any background can find fortune and glory.

While fearsome criminals in their day, the mythos of the 17th century pirate became one of rugged individuals who struggled to live their own free lives in a time of colonialism and oppression. While truth may be something more in a gray area, Sea of Thieves is a full-blown four-color swashbuckling action-adventure MMORPG.

Gamers looking for pirate adventure are wanting high-seas action, ship-to-ship combat, mysteries to solve while exploring uncharted isles, and loot. Lots of loot. And they want the chance to be their own captain while feeling they're part of a bigger crew on a journey together.

On the MMORPG front, a few games have tried to capture that experience, but most only had mixed results. Sea of Thieves is promising to be everything a sailing scallywag wants and more.

To find out more, check out Rare Ltd's Forums and Sea of Thieves SubReddit.

Are you as hyped as me about Sea of Thieves? Have you signed up yet? Have you ever beta tested a game before?

Get Ready To Slay Some Slimes with Dragon Heroes II Next Year,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/67a598b528367a1a2462079e94492cc7.jpg itez3/get-ready-to-slay-some-slimes-with-dragon-heroes-ii-next-year Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:40:18 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, Square Enix officially announced Dragon Quest Heroes II. The action RPG will be released for the PlayStation 4 April 25, 2017.

The sequel to Dragon Quest Heroes will feature a brand new story. The narrative stars two cousins who are knights charged with saving the world. Along the way, players will be joined by both heroes (such as Dragon Quest VI's Terry) and heroines (such as Dragon Quest VIII's Jessica) from past entries the franchise.

The sequel will feature new multiplayer options for players as well -- like the ability to create parties of 4 to combat armies of monsters and larger foes online.

The JRPG series has featured turn-based battles since its debut in 1985. Dragon Quest Heroes developed by Omega Force; a division of Koei Temco, is an expansion on the series' brand. It was created as an action title where players could experience the world from a different perspective. The first Dragon Quest Heroes was received well by both critics and fans alike.

Fans of action RPGs can look forward to Dragon Quest Heroes II next year.

Nintendo Switch Appears on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/e6acff5f46d6801b8f5886905c2dcb45.jpg vplm7/nintendo-switch-appears-on-the-tonight-show-with-jimmy-fallon Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:52:21 -0500 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

Reggie Fils-Aime appeared as a special guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in order to showcase Super Mario Run, but also brought two surprises: Shigeru Miyamoto, and a Nintendo Switch.

The segment saw Fallon play through a level of Super Mario Run, earning Mr. Miyamoto's approval in the process. Much to the utter delight of Fallon, Fils-Aime then unveiled a Nintendo Switch loaded up with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

While brief, the gameplay showcased features such as dropping boulders from above to take out enemies, or sliding down a hill on the back of Link's shield. Fils-Aime and Fallon also showcased the flexibility of the Switch by seamlessly swapping to the portable screen mode.

It's nothing we've not seen before, but it's still good to see the console in action ahead of the Nintendo Direct on January 12th. More importantly, Jimmy Fallon's sheer enthusiasm is infectious and a treat to watch.

The Nintendo Switch is currently set to release sometime in March. As always, we'll be sure to provide more details the moment we get them!

Rumor: Nintendo Switch To Offer Gamecube Games On Virtual Console?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/945a653980fc3265f84426fc30309e6e.jpg h82hh/rumor-nintendo-switch-to-offer-gamecube-games-on-virtual-console Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:52:41 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Recently, it has been reported by various sources that the Nintendo Switch's virtual console will featured Nintendo GameCube titles.

The details of the rumor are that currently Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee are being tested for releaseIt should be noted these title were considered by both critics and fans to be some of the best games on the console. 

Animal Crossing is also being tested and may see a release as well. 

Now, the inclusion of Super Smash Bros. Melee is an interesting one. 2016 marked the title's 15 year anniversary. The game to date still sees active professional competition by players world wide. Its inclusion may be a means to encourage players to switch to the new console.

With the Nintendo Switch on schedule for release in 2017, this rumor will likely be addressed relatively soon -- we're guessing at the next Switch reveal event in January. 

What Nintendo Gamecube game would you like to see on the Virtual Console? Please let us know in the comment section below.

New Pokemon Are Coming to Pokemon Go,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/g/pogo-4c195.jpg sptrt/new-pokemon-are-coming-to-pokemon-go Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:50:29 -0500 ESpalding

It really is happening! Today in a press release, Niantic confirmed that new Pokémon will be coming to Pokémon Go! The teaser announcement only confirms that there will be a big reveal on December 12 regarding the addition of more Pokémon in-game.

Gen 2 starter Pokemon Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile

So, could this be the Gen 2 pokémon we've been waiting for? What about the other original Pokémon currently missing from the game? As it stands, there are still five Generation 1 Pokémon unaccounted for. There were six, but recently the shapeshifting pokémon Ditto was released into the wild. The team mascots -- Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres -- are yet to be found (although someone had already claimed they found one). Mew and Mewtwo are missing as well.

There are 100 Pokémon in Gen 2, including many evolutions for some from the original generation. For example, it introduces Pichu -- which evolves into the much loved Pikachu -- and Steelix, which is evolved from Onix. Fans of the original anime will also recognize Togepi (one of Misty's Pokemon) and Marill (Tracy's Pokemon).

Yesterday, we reported on the fact that someone at Starbucks had leaked information regarding a new update, so this seems to coincide with that news. Perhaps this press release is a response to the leak....?

Either way, we'll be keeping our ears to the ground when December 12th rolls around. So stick around, and we'll give you all the latest info on which new Pokemon you can expect to see in Pokemon Go later this month. 

Is Dead Rising 4 coming to the PS4?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/r/4/dr4cover-4db83.jpg 736u8/is-dead-rising-4-coming-to-the-ps4 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:26:17 -0500 Ty Arthur

One of our most anticipated game sequels set to arrive this year, the fourth Dead Rising entry has finally landed just in time for the 2016 holidays, but only via the Windows 10 store or on Xbox One, leaving Steam gamers and PS4 players in the lurch.

While Xbox One owners have been having a blast with this gore-soaked experience that takes square aim at the absurdity of Black Friday consumerism, those with a certain other console are left with nothing but coal in their stockings.

This apparent launch day oversight has left many fans asking... is Dead Rising 4 coming for the PS4? 

Sorry, no power suits or lightning axes for PS4 players... yet

Dead Rising 4's Timed Exclusive Release

While originally announced as an Xbox One / Windows 10 exclusive, there's a major caveat there, and hope is on the horizon for Sony fans. Dead Rising 4 may have finally ditched the mission timers (much to the delight of long-time fans), but the game's console restriction most definitely has a ticking timer on it.

Microsoft has revealed a few tidbits in a recent press release worth noting. Specifically, Dead Rising 4 is set to be a Windows 10 exclusive for a mere 90 days, meaning in early 2017 you should be able to grab a copy at Steam, hopefully with some crazy trading cards attached.

PS4 users have a longer wait though, as the Xbox One console exclusivity is slated to last for a full year! Sorry Sony fans, but there won't be any absurd zombie killing sprees for you (at least not in Willamette with a returning Frank West) until the end of the year 2017.

There's been no official statement from Capcom that Dead Rising 4 is specifically going to get a PS4 release date, but the fact that Microsoft went out of the way to state a length of time on the Xbox One exclusivity makes it clear the game will be ported to some other console.

PS4 seems like the obvious choice, so hopefully next Christmas will be very merry for the Playstation fan base indeed.