News Category RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com News RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network ESL Announces Induction Of John "TotalBiscuit" Bain Into Esports Hall Of Fame https://www.gameskinny.com/esp3w/esl-announces-induction-of-john-totalbiscuit-bain-into-esports-hall-of-fame https://www.gameskinny.com/esp3w/esl-announces-induction-of-john-totalbiscuit-bain-into-esports-hall-of-fame Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:19:21 -0400 QuintLyn

Video game YouTuber and esports personality John "TotalBiscut" Bain is being honored with a spot in the ESL Esports Hall of Fame. The gaming personality was a long-time supporter of all things esports before his passing earlier this year.

While he often covered a variety of subjects from World of Warcraft to indie titles, Bain was well known for his support of esports titles -- particularly StarCraft 2. He and his wife even formed a competitive StarCraft 2 team by the name of Axiom.

With his induction into the ESL, Bain will be the first non-player member. It's a position well-earned with his dedication to the esports scene. During his career he was not only a vocal supporter of esports, but did everything he could to help grow the scene, often appearing at events as a commentator.

He also sponsored many events and lent a hand with others in management and production.

 

 

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Former WoW PVP Dev Brian Holinka Returns As Lead Combat Designer https://www.gameskinny.com/pq4jf/former-wow-pvp-dev-brian-holinka-returns-as-lead-combat-designer https://www.gameskinny.com/pq4jf/former-wow-pvp-dev-brian-holinka-returns-as-lead-combat-designer Mon, 22 Oct 2018 15:04:07 -0400 QuintLyn

It seems structural changes are still under way at Blizzard. Earlier this month Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime announced he would be stepping down from his current role and taking on an advisory position. At the same time, it was announced that World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack would be taking his place.

A few weeks later, Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm game director Alan Dabiri would be transitioning to a currently unrevealed position within the company.

Today, we have even more news of Blizzard team members taking on new(ish) roles. Blizzard dev Brian Holinka is returning to work on World of Warcraft. I say "returning" because while Holinka never left Blizzard, he did leave behind his position as Lead PvP developer for the popular MMO last year to work on an unannounced project for the company.

This past weekend, Holinka revealed via Twitter that he's returning to World of Warcraft.

According to Holinka's LinkedIn page, he won't be picking up his old role of Lead PvP developer but will instead be WoW's new Lead Combat designer. What this transition means for the other project he was working on is anyone's guess. It will also be interesting to see if any of these changes affect BlizzCon, which is taking place in less than two weeks.

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GWENT Trailer Gives Players The Lowdown On How To Play Ahead of Launch https://www.gameskinny.com/h03ca/gwent-trailer-gives-players-the-lowdown-on-how-to-play-ahead-of-launch https://www.gameskinny.com/h03ca/gwent-trailer-gives-players-the-lowdown-on-how-to-play-ahead-of-launch Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:21:07 -0400 QuintLyn

October 23 is a big day for CD Projekt Red's Witcher-based card game GWENT, as that's when the game will exit open beta on PC. And since release is, well, tomorrow, CDPR decided to drop a short video introducing new players to the mechanics of the game.

You can see the video in the header above. 

In GWENT, players choose between five different factions taking on the role of "commanders", leading their armies in battles that are divided into rounds. Rounds are won by obtaining more points than the opponent. Battles are won by taking two out of the three rounds.

Each faction offers players a different, unique playstyle and features very different leaders. Once a faction is chosen, players will then assemble their deck. But they'll need to be careful when doing it; the more power a card has, the higher its recruitment cost will be.

Players will need to balance power and cost in order to create a solid deck that fits within the recruitment cap. It's also important to note that decks must have at least 25 cards in them.

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game boasts several mechanic elements, taking advantage of card placement on the field as well as giving players a way to become even more powerful through play and resource collection.

As expected, cards are still the most important thing here and players can acquire them either through crafting or via card kegs.

Players looking for a little more info on GWENT's mechanics than what are detailed in the video above should feel free to check out some of our GWENT for Newbies guides, including

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on GWENT and every CDPR as it develops. 

 

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Fortnite’s PvE Mode Won't Go Free-To-Play In 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/r73eo/fortnites-pve-mode-wont-go-free-to-play-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/r73eo/fortnites-pve-mode-wont-go-free-to-play-in-2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:14:24 -0400 William R. Parks

While Fortnite Battle Royale may have stolen the spotlight, many fans have been eagerly awaiting the free-to-play release of Save the World, the shooter's PvE game mode.

In a blog post made today, Epic has extended their wait, stating that the free-to-play launch will no longer take place in 2018.

"We're working on a broad set of features, reworks, and backend system scaling we believe are needed to go free-to-play," the post states.

The post articulates some of the tweaks the dev team feels are necessary prior to going free-to-play:

The first is an overhaul to the UI, with the stated goal of making menus easier to locate and "adding polish and character(s)" to the menus themselves. More details on this are to be made available "in the next few weeks."

Additionally, Epic is redesigning the game's Hero System. Heroes are Save the World's playable characters, and the system is being "redesigned to offer a more flexible approach to customizing your loadout with more options and room for creativity."

Specifically, the number of Hero slots is being increased from three to six, and the developers are working to diversify the loadouts players can create. Full details on the new system will be available when they are finalized.

Further, the post acknowledges that fans may not be keen on waiting for the delayed launch. To compensate, Epic is offering the Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Limited Founder's Packs for 50% off.

All Founder's Packs come with access to Save the World.

A new free-to-play launch date has not been confirmed. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as more news on Fortnite, and its free-to-play launch, become available.

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New Game Releases: Week of October 21, 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:46:42 -0400 William R. Parks

As we begin a week that has no doubt been marked on many fans' calendars, let us look at who is willing to go toe-to-toe with Rockstar Studio's Wild West Goliath.

On Tuesday, October 23, players are invited to swing back into Spider-Man for its first DLC release, The Heist. Hot on the heels of last week's addition of NG+ and increased difficulty, the DLC brings more Black Cat, more costumes, and more enemies to PS4's high-flying blockbuster.

The Heist is the beginning of Spider-Man's three-part DLC package, The City That Never Sleeps.

Alternatively, fans of Gwent, The Witcher's digital card game, can look forward to Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on PC.

Set in the world of The Witcher, Thronebreaker features a new story, exploration, and a single-player Gwent experience.

And for those of you who just want to dance, Ubisoft's Just Dance 2019 is bringing Bruno Mars, Cardi B., and 40 chart-toppers to PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U.

Then it is Friday, October 26, a yet unrecognized holiday, a day where streets will be empty and a mysterious pandemic will cause millions to call in sick to work. It will be a day where we will all sit down and play Red Dead Redemption 2.

A friendly reminder: If you pre-ordered a digital version of the Western, go pre-load it now because it's quite big. At minimum, the sequel is a 99GB download, and you do not want to be the only person on the planet waiting for the game to load. Do you?

Here's a full list of what's coming out this week: 

Tuesday, October 23:
  • Cities: Skylines Industries DLC (PC)
  • Just Dance 2019 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U)
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • PAW Patrol: On A Roll (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Spider-Man: The Heist DLC (PS4)
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
  • Windjammers (Switch)
Wednesday, October 24:
  • Stardew Valley (iOS)
Friday, October 26:
  • Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood (PS4)
  • My Hero One's Justice (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

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Aside from RDR2, which, if any, of these games will you picking up this week? Which are you already adding to your Christmas list? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Fillip Miucin returns to Youtube https://www.gameskinny.com/ym0c2/fillip-miucin-returns-to-youtube https://www.gameskinny.com/ym0c2/fillip-miucin-returns-to-youtube Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:39:35 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

Filip Miucin, known for his work with IGN, returns to his YouTube channel after being let go due to plagiarism. In August of 2018, Miucin came under fire when his review of Dead Cells was plagiarizing Boomstick gaming's review.

Boomstick Gaming had released there review a few days before IGN's. After which, it was uncovered by Kotaku's Jason Schreier that Miucin had plagiarized multiple reviews from other outlets, such as Engadget and Nintendo Life. 

Miucin attempted to apologized for what he done, but his apology was met with negative reception from the gaming community, various gaming pundits, as well as some of his former co-workers at IGN.

Yesterday, almost 2 months after the incident, Miucin returned to making content for his Youtube channel with a video titled "The Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Transmitter."

In his video, he says the following:

"While I've been gone, I've had time to reflect on things.... The Up's and Downs of this past year have made me realized just how much I love doing this; Making video's here on Youtube. It's exactly where I want to be and I hope that you stay along for the ride, cause I'm going to be working hard to make this channel better than before."

Meanwhile, in the comments section, he posted this statement:

"Hey everyone, In the past several weeks I have learned a multitude of hard lessons that continue to remind me of my missteps, and the steps that I need to take to make things right. I would like you to know how truly sorry I am. I apologize to everyone personally affected, as well as the entire gaming community. From here on out I will do everything in my power to make things right. I will continue to work on being a better person every day and hope that will be reflected in my actions to come. Thank you, Filip"

Many commenters and pundits have since criticized Miucin for still refusing to apologize to Boomstick Gaming and the various other outlets he stole from.

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Sling Magic In Battle Royale Featuring Wizards https://www.gameskinny.com/hq0hl/sling-magic-in-battle-royale-featuring-wizards https://www.gameskinny.com/hq0hl/sling-magic-in-battle-royale-featuring-wizards Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:32:40 -0400 Zack Palm

Getting tired of all the guns in the battle royale genre? Spellbreak changes things up by giving players the opportunity to play as a magic-slinging wizard as they survive a battle royale. Check out the pre-alpha teaser above.

There's not only fireballs in this game, but massive acid clouds, tumbling boulders, accurate ice shards, and furious wind storms. From what we can see in the video, the magical elements get attached to the wizard's gauntlet, and they can switch between them at will. 

We can also see plenty of customization options on the wizards themselves. There's one with a rough western hat, plenty of hoods, and capes galore.

As of right now, Spellbreak is in pre-alpha and to get access to the game you'll have to sign up on their website.

Feeling a little impatient and you need to get into the game? You can always purchase Spellbreak's limited edition founder pack, and you'll get three pre-alpha keys -- though this costs $99.99. There are other packs listed on the website, but those have not released yet.

More details on Spellbreak will release as the development team make progress in the game and receive additional feedback from their pre-alpha players. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we learn more.

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Mythical Pokemon Zeraora Code Available at GameStop https://www.gameskinny.com/bj1g3/mythical-pokemon-zeraora-code-available-at-gamestop https://www.gameskinny.com/bj1g3/mythical-pokemon-zeraora-code-available-at-gamestop Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:27:28 -0400 Lee Forgione

GameStop will be issuing codes to download the new Mythical Pokémon Zeraora into your Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon game. You can stop by participating stores to ask for the code between October 19 and November 9. 

Upon receiving Zeraora, it will already be at Level 50 and have a special item called the Air Balloon attached to it, which will allow it to nullify Ground-type moves. It will also have a special move called Plasma Fists, which turns all Normal-type attacks into Electric-type attacks for that turn. 

GameStop will also be handing out special double-sided posters to those who pre-order Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!

Nintendo has posted all of the information for Zeraora and how to obtain it via code, as listed here:

Zeraora
  • Level 50
  • Ability: Volt Absorb
  • Held Item: Air Balloon
  • Nature: Random
  • Moves:
    • Plasma Fists
    • Thunder Punch
    • Close Combat
    • Thunder

Use these steps, along with your code, to get Zeraora.

  1. Open your Pokemon Ultra Sun or Pokemon Ultra Moon game.
  2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  3. Select Receive Gift.
  4. Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
  5. Enter your code.
  6. Watch as Zeraora arrives in your game.
  7. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Zeraora.
  8. Be sure to save your game.

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Be sure to grab your code before the event ends on November 9 and be one step closer to completing that Pokedex of yours. 

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New Features, Trophies Come to Spider-Man in Today’s Update https://www.gameskinny.com/w4lso/new-features-trophies-come-to-spider-man-in-todays-update https://www.gameskinny.com/w4lso/new-features-trophies-come-to-spider-man-in-todays-update Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:37:27 -0400 William R. Parks

A new update is now available for Marvel's Spider-Man, and with it come two features fans have been clamoring for: New Game+ and Ultimate difficulty.

With New Game+, master web-swingers and parkour aficionados (who have completed the game, of course) can start from the beginning with all the suits and skills they obtained the first time through.

Further, if these veterans are looking for a challenge, Ultimate difficulty promises a more punishing experience than the base game's hardest difficult setting. Hopefully, this increased difficulty will appease those that felt dissatisfied with the vanilla experience.

With these two new features come two new trophies: one for completing a New Game+ play-through and the other for completing the game on Ultimate difficulty.

Additionally, today's update adds functionality to the game's excellent Photo Mode.

As per the patch notes these features have been added:

  • The ability to rotate layers in Photo Mode
  • New frames and stickers to Photo Mode.
  • A shortcut option to trigger Photo Mode via the left directional button

Full patch notes, including some additional fixes and tweaks, are available in this reddit post.

Will you be relaying Spider-Man on New Game+ or on ultimate difficulty? Let us know in the comments below. And as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Spider-Man as it develops, including the game's upcoming DLC. 

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The Black Market Returns to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwgv6/the-black-market-returns-to-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwgv6/the-black-market-returns-to-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:47:52 -0400 Zack Palm

Do you think something is missing from Call of Duty Black Ops 4Treyarch thought so, and today they made the Black Market, the franchise's cosmetic marketplace, available on PlayStation 4. Xbox One and PC players will get access to the Black Market starting on October 26.

As of right now, the only feature available to players is the Contraband stream, which is the progression system players follow as they play the game. The more someone plays, the more levels they gain, thereby unlocking exclusive Blackout characters, weapon skins, specialist outfits, tags, and gestures. 

The rewards tied to the Contraband stream rotate every few months.

The Black Market also features special events where players can only access rewards related to it for a limited time. The first one kicks off on October 20 for PlayStation 4 user, and it's all about Halloween! Xbox One and PC gamers will gain access to this event a week later.

A brand new feature comes to the Black Market called Blackjack's Shop. This latest edition gives players access to specific cosmetic items -- but only for a week. Players can expect to see this new edition releasing in November.

Are you playing Call of Duty Black Ops 4? Check out our guide to the game's specialists and our essential tips for Blackout.

Stick with us at GameSkinny!

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Battlefield V Gifts and New Dev Talk https://www.gameskinny.com/5j4la/battlefield-v-gifts-and-new-dev-talk https://www.gameskinny.com/5j4la/battlefield-v-gifts-and-new-dev-talk Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:53:20 -0400 Zack Palm

For die-hard fans of Battlefield V, today is a bittersweet day as this was the original launch date for the game. The developers at DICE have not forgotten and want to reward fans for their patience with a special gift they can only receive during the first week of the game's launch. 

The special gift is called the OSCAR MIKE GIFT. You'll receive an OSCAR MIKE helmet that only Allied troops can wear, and an OSCAR MIKE Emblem you can put on any of your tanks, planes, and weapons.

There's also a brand new episode of Battlefield V Dev Talks where the developers behind the game give a behind-the-scenes look on how their hard work. The interview focused on one aspect: audio. You can watch this interview in the above video.

Battlefield V releases on November 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can pre-order your copy here. You can see what we thought about game's beta here and reference our gameplay guide in anticipation of the game's release.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny as Battlefield V approaches and wait to hear our opinions about it in our review! 

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Days Gone Delayed Two Months, Coming Later in 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/diamq/days-gone-delayed-two-months-coming-later-in-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/diamq/days-gone-delayed-two-months-coming-later-in-2019 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:45:32 -0400 William R. Parks

Announced at E3 2016, Days Gone got many a zombie fan hyped with its visceral gameplay and biker-tinged World War Z feel. But fans of the zombie apocalypse that have been eagerly awaiting the release of the new PlayStation-exclusive will have to wait a bit longer. 

In a blog post made today, Sony has announced that the release date has been moved from February 22, 2019, to April 26, 2019.

Per the post, Sony said:

We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeline," Sony's post reads. "While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.

In Days Gone, players will encounter a world ravaged by a pandemic, one that has transformed millions (humans and animals alike) into zombies called "Freakers." Located in the Pacific Northwest, players will use stealth and combat to survive in the game's harsh open-world.

Days Gone boasts a dynamic weather system and day-night cycle that alters the behavior of the "Freakers." Vehicles will be available to aid players as they explore the post-apocalyptic world.

There is certainly no shortage of titles to be excited about at the beginning of 2019, and hopefully, Bend Studios will use this extra time to be certain they are shipping a product that lives up to what many are anticipating.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on Days Gone as it develops. 

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Just Cause 4 Supply Drops Contain Massive Collection Of Vehicles, Weapons, And Other Items https://www.gameskinny.com/w11ab/just-cause-4-supply-drops-contain-massive-collection-of-vehicles-weapons-and-other-items https://www.gameskinny.com/w11ab/just-cause-4-supply-drops-contain-massive-collection-of-vehicles-weapons-and-other-items Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:01:38 -0400 QuintLyn

While Just Cause fans wait for the next installment in the series to come out in December, the game's devs are trying to make the wait more bearable -- or more difficult depending on your perspective -- with the release of a Just Cause 4 spotlight video.

Today's video covers supply drops and all the things that come with them. 

Supply drops will allow you to summon specific items to your location, even going so far as to let you determine how they'll be positioned once they land. This is similar to the mechanics we've seen in previous games -- with one hitch. Players will eventually be able to select from over 100 vehicles to have dropped on their location. Drops can also deliver weapons and other items.

Of course, the items won't all be available at once. Players will need to unlock them by completing various activities in the game. Once unlocked, they'll be added to the drop menu.

In addition, players will be able to unlock several pilots, decreasing the wait between drops. The pilots can also have specific items designated to them so that the items can be quick-dropped without any need to go into the menu and select them.

Just Cause 4 is set for release on December 4. If you'd like to see more of the game before then, check out the 20-minute game-play video from TGS earlier this year and our hands-on coverage from New York Comic Con. 

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2K Games Confirms Borderlands 2 VR for PlayStation VR https://www.gameskinny.com/lfm0q/2k-games-confirms-borderlands-2-vr-for-playstation-vr https://www.gameskinny.com/lfm0q/2k-games-confirms-borderlands-2-vr-for-playstation-vr Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:31:22 -0400 William R. Parks

VR is becoming home to an increasing number of AAA titles, and, on December 14, one more will arrive on PlayStation VR: Borderlands 2 VR.

More than just a VR port of the 2012 shooter, Borderlands 2 VR will feature "new VR-specific mechanics and skills." More specifically, players will have "BAMF (BadAss Mega Fun) Time" at their disposal, allowing them to slow down the action around them while remaining at full speed themselves.

"Activating BAMF Time will give you the speed and reflexes of a rabid skag," a blog post from Gearbox states, "allowing you to dodge bullets, pull off 360 no-scope headshots, and even use your Action Skill to fight off hordes of bandits, bullymongs, and whatever else Pandora might throw at you."

With the addition of BAMF Time, Gearbox has altered class skill trees to include upgrades to this new mechanic, making certain that it scales properly as players progress through the game.

Additional adjustments are being made to the skill trees to accommodate for another change Borderlands 2 VR is making to the base game; it is an exclusively "single-player experience", a change that may prove disappointing to many fans of the original release's rich co-op system.

Gearbox also shared some exciting news about vehicle gameplay in Borderlands 2 VR: it will take place in first-person.

"While accelerating and steering with the PlayStation Move motion controllers, players will be able to aim the vehicle's guns with their headset," Gearbox's post elaborates.

Since the announcement, fans have been hopeful that PlayStation VR Aim Controller will be supported, and the developers have clarified with a Tweet:

Will the lack of co-op and Aim support keep you from jumping in to Pandora? Let us know in the comments below.

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MapleStory 2 Reaches One Million Downloads https://www.gameskinny.com/4b60j/maplestory-2-reaches-one-million-downloads https://www.gameskinny.com/4b60j/maplestory-2-reaches-one-million-downloads Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:20:50 -0400 Ashley Gill

It is no secret I'm playing lots of MapleStory 2. My review is in progress, but what I can say now is this: It's a wonderfully casual MMORPG that's all too easy to spend four or so hours in at a time.

If you're playing the game, it may come as no surprise that the game has already reached the one million downloads milestone. One trip to Tria or even doing the Halloween event quests will tell you that this game is packed. Absolutely packed.

God help you if you're trying to get to Queenstown Channel 1 at peak times.

If you haven't been playing MapleStory 2, it may come as a total surprise that the game is actually doing well. MapleStory's peak was, what, a decade ago?

Luckily, the sequel has turned out to be a completely different beast from the original game. Leveling is quick and easy, with your primary rewards as a player (outside of Epic Quests) coming from dungeon runs, playing minigames, and socializing in one form or another.

To celebrate the game's success, Nexon is holding an event to help the current playerbase reach new heights. This event entails:

  • Double drops for Normal dungeons, from today (October 18) to October 25
  • 1 Style Crate for players who have reached 60, starting 8 p.m. EDT Friday, October 19 until 8 p. m. EDT Saturday, October 20
  • 500 Red Merets for players who have reached 60, starting 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, October 20 until 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, October 21

If you haven't hit 60, it's time to start exclusively doing Epic Quests. Those 500 Red Merets are too much to deny -- I need them. You need them. We all need them.

I've been writing some guides for MapleStory 2; check out my OX Quiz cheat sheet if you're sick of losing at the game's least active minigame.

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Gameplay Trailer Gives Closer Look At Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales https://www.gameskinny.com/pwrew/gameplay-trailer-gives-closer-look-at-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales https://www.gameskinny.com/pwrew/gameplay-trailer-gives-closer-look-at-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:21:56 -0400 QuintLyn

The next installment in CD Projekt Red's The Witcher franchise, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, arrives on PC in just under a week on October 23.

Thronebreaker is a bit different than your average Witcher experience; the game lets you experience a whole new RPG adventure centered not on Geralt of Rivia -- although he does appear -- but on Queene Meve of Lyria and Rivia as she faces off against the empire of Nilfgaard following its invasion of her country.

Today, CDPR offered players a peek at what that experience will be like by releasing a gameplay trailer that provides insight into the game's story, a look at its mechanics, and an overview of the game world.

To defeat the Nilfgaard empire, players will have to travel far across the kingdom, building alliances and an army. But they must be careful; not everyone is what they seem and mistaking enemies as allies could end in disaster. 

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a choice-based RPG where choices will have an impact. The game also features a base-building mechanic that is important to constructing and maintaining an army that can defeat Nilfgaard.

Since the game is tied to the GWENT card game, Thronebreaker's combat is card based. But the rest of the game is not.

Players will have plenty of opportunities to explore the world and discover different characters and stories, getting a full Witcher experience.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Thronebreaker in the coming days. 

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Defeat Pokemon Master Trainers And Take Their Titles In Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! And Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! https://www.gameskinny.com/sxo9y/defeat-pokemon-master-trainers-and-take-their-titles-in-pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-pokemon-lets-go-eevee https://www.gameskinny.com/sxo9y/defeat-pokemon-master-trainers-and-take-their-titles-in-pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-pokemon-lets-go-eevee Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:53:34 -0400 QuintLyn

Today, Nintendo announced that Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! players will be able to challenge "Master Trainers" to battle -- potentially earning their title.

Once players earn the rank of Champion by beating the Elite Four and making their way through the Pokemon League, they will begin to encounter Master Trainers in the world.

There's one for each Pokemon species in the Kanto region, which means there are plenty of titles to be earned. Each Master Trainer has their favorite Pokemon displayed in a bubble above their head, so players can easily decide who they'd like to challenge at any given time.

Keep in mind, however, that challenging these trainers won't be easy, especially since items can not be used in battle. 

Once a player manages to defeat a Master Trainer, they'll be able to claim their title. These titles aren't just for collecting either. Players will be able to display them in-game during Link Battles so everyone knows how good they really are. 

These challenges are just one of many that will appear in both Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news, as well as our review for these two upcoming titles. 

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The Official Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Launches https://www.gameskinny.com/zgqpl/the-official-red-dead-redemption-2-trailer-launches https://www.gameskinny.com/zgqpl/the-official-red-dead-redemption-2-trailer-launches Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:54:01 -0400 Zack Palm

The closer it gets to the end of the month, the closer Red Dead Redemption 2 becomes a real thing. To send the idea home, Rockstar released the official Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer today where they highlight the main story of the game. 

We find the game's main protagonist Arthur Morgan getting told he only needs to have one more big score before he can leave. Viewers can then see plenty of ways Arthur and the gang can get into trouble, from a train robbery to holding up a bank at gunpoint.

There's a lot left untold by the end, but one thing's for sure -- Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming. You still have until October 26 to pre-order the game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, which you can do so here

You can also look forward to the game's online presence, though you're going to have to wait until November for it to launch. We cover what you can expect from it here

Excited for the game's guns and combat? Rockstar hinted at the game's massive weaponry and customization options earlier this month, which we covered here

Stick to GameSkinny as we cover Red Dead Redemption 2 later this month and wait to hear our review!

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Battletech's First Expansion Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/74jm2/battletechs-first-expansion-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/74jm2/battletechs-first-expansion-announced Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:50:26 -0400 Zack Palm

The first expansion for Paradox Interactive's BattleTech got announced today, and it's called Flashpoint. You can learn the details of the expansion in a new video narrated by the game's director, Mitch Gitelman. You can pre-order this expansion now for $19.99 before it releases on November 27.

In Flashpoint, players will have the opportunity to take part in multi-mission contracts that bring them into direct conflict with the Great Houses. Gitelman shares that these contracts should tack on an additional 30 hours to BattleTech's post-game content. Each contract forces the player to face a command decision and includes a bonus item when completed.

This expansion also includes three new mech types players can use, a new mission type, and a new biome.

For those die-hard fans dedicated to playing BattleTech, you can choose to purchase the game's season pass for $49.99. The season pass includes the Flashpoint DLC, and the two other planned expansions when the release.

If you purchase the season pass before October 25, you'll receive an additional 20% off your total. The discount brings the total down to $39.99.

Not enough for you? Paradox made an even bigger bundle called the super-deluxe Mercenary Collection. In this collection, you'll get access to the Deluxe Digital Edition and the season pass. You can buy this version now for $89.99.

Still on the fence about BattleTech? Check out our review and see if this grand strategy game about mechs is right for you!

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Enhanced Versions of 4 Valve Classics Now Playable on Xbox One X https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:33:03 -0400 William R. Parks

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has announced that, starting today, enhanced versions of four more Xbox One Backward Compatible titles will be playable on Xbox One X: Valve classics Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2.

"Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count," Hyrb's post states.

Without altering the game's original code, enhanced titles "showcase the very best version possible with the existing assets."

With these additions, there are now 21 enhanced Xbox 360 titles playable on Xbox One X, including Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, and Red Dead Redemption.

While these four new additions may not all be created equal, it is hard to deny the impact they have had on their respective genres, and enhanced versions are certainly a boon for those that have sprung for the more powerful Xbox One.

To close, if you have not played Half-Life 2: Go!

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The Aye Aye Patch! Promises Big Changes, New Content For Total War: Warhammer 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/c0rph/the-aye-aye-patch-promises-big-changes-new-content-for-total-war-warhammer-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/c0rph/the-aye-aye-patch-promises-big-changes-new-content-for-total-war-warhammer-2 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:21:41 -0400 William R. Parks

Total War: Warhammer 2's newest campaign, Curse of the Vampire Coast, is coming on November 8, and Creative Assembly has announced a new update to go along with it: the Aye Aye! Patch.

According to the blog post linked above, the update brings with it some tweaks to the blood-sucking factions already in the game.

"The Aye Aye! Patch introduces some significant changes for the traditional Vampire Counts factions in Mortal Empires," the blog post reads.

Specifically, Vampire Counts are receiving a new mechanic called "Bloodlines" that will allow them to summon up to three Lords from each of five Bloodlines. The Lords have their own skill trees and grant "powerful faction-wide bonuses" when summoned.

But things won't be easy: "These Lords are not easily awoken," the post continues, "extracting an increasingly heavy price in Blood Kisses."

Blood Kisses are a new token attained by "vassaling other factions, slaying faction leaders, and wounding or assassinating characters through Hero actions."

The Aye Aye! Patch will also give the Vampire Count's Legendary Lord, Heinrich Kemmler, his own faction -- the Barrow Legion -- which will grant players an additional campaign starting point.

Further, Creative Assembly has announced one additional piece of free downloadable content: Legendary Lord Fellheart. Technically not a part of the Aye Aye Patch!, the new Lord will be available for download on November 8 as well.

The Aye Aye Patch! will also introduce a "plethora of balance changes to factions, Legendary Lords, and units."

The update will be automatically applied as players log into Steam, and full patch notes will be available "soon." Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates for Total War: Warhammer 2

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Super Dragon Ball Heroes Coming to Switch Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/jo2pb/super-dragon-ball-heroes-coming-to-switch-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/jo2pb/super-dragon-ball-heroes-coming-to-switch-soon Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:31:47 -0400 William R. Parks

Announced in the latest issue of Japanese manga magazine V Jump, the Super Dragon Ball Heroes franchise is making its way to Switch with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission.

Dimps, known for its work on the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai trilogy, is leading development.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is centered around collecting physical trading cards. These cards are scanned by a Heroes arcade machine, which gives a digital life to the heroes depicted on the cards and allows them to engage in battle against computer-generated enemies.

These battles play out like a table-top game, with players strategically moving cards across the screen that scans them to attack their foes.

With World Mission, the two separate screens that are required for scanning cards and displaying their digital representation will be condensed into the Switch's single screen.

The cards from Super Dragon Ball Heroes 1 through Super Dragon Ball Heroes 8 and those from Super Dragon Ball Heroes 1 and Super Dragon Ball Heroes 2 will be useable with World Mission, giving players access to more than 1,160 cards and 350 characters for 7 vs. 7 battling.

A release date for the game has not yet been confirmed, but fans can expect more information as they celebrate Dragon Ball Heroes' eighth anniversary this November.

 

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Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut Brings the Dating Simulator to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/5pxth/dream-daddy-dadrectors-cut-brings-the-dating-simulator-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/5pxth/dream-daddy-dadrectors-cut-brings-the-dating-simulator-to-ps4 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:20:21 -0400 William R. Parks

Vernon Shaw, co-creator of Dream Daddy, has announced via the PlayStation Blog that the "dad dating simulator" will release on console. Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut will be available for PlayStation 4 on October 30 alongside an update to the PC release

In Dream Daddy, players take the role of a recently transplanted single father who realizes that every one of his new neighbors is a "single, dateable dad." Players decide which of the dads they want to pursue, and this interactive visual novel has "a variety of paths and endings" for players to discover.

Shaw provides a few details on what fans can expect from Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut:

The Dadrector's Cut features cut content, new sidequests, the ability to replay minigames that you've discovered throughout the game, and a brand-new minimgame for your enjoyment!

Dream Daddy was a bit of a sensation in 2017, receiving critical praise for its writing and humor, and Shaw's post notes that "for one day it managed to outsell PUBG as the most-bought PC game on Steam."

Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut is a chance for a whole new audience to get out there and date some Dads. 

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Halloween Cosmetics & Skins Teased for PUBG https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:43:52 -0400 Zack Palm

To help get you into the spirit of Halloween, the developers behind PUBG have released a nine-second Halloween-themed video on their official Twitter page, which you can watch here.

While extremely brief, the video teases several pieces of cosmetic items likely on the way in a holiday-themed loot crate. 

Though the PUBG development team has not released any specific details since the tweet went out last night, it's possible that Halloween-themed skins are on the way to the popular battle royale in the form of a torn-up nurse outfit, a bloody butcher's apron, and a killer clown outfit. 

As we get closer to Halloween, there's sure to be a more formal announcement, perhaps even something introducing a themed event. We know that PUBG Mobile is set to get a Halloween event and night mode in the latest patch notes leak -- so something for the base game probably isn't that far off. 

How do you feel about PUBG releasing holiday-themed content? Stay tuned to Gameskinny as we learn more details about PUBG's plans for Halloween!

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First Hitman 2 Elusive Target Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/7070l/first-hitman-2-elusive-target-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/7070l/first-hitman-2-elusive-target-revealed Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:25:23 -0400 Zack Palm

The first elusive target for Hitman 2 has just been announced: the Undying Man, played by Sean Bean.

In Hitman 2, Bean plays Mark Faba, a former MI5 agent who went on to became a freelance assassin. Starting on November 20, one week after the game launches, players will have 10 real-life days to kill Faba before he completes a contract at the Global Innovation Race event in Miami.

In the above video, Faba uses refers to three separate weapons -- and IO Interactive invites players to vote for their favorite: a robot flash grenade, a concealable earphone garrot, or a compact pen explosive. Players will receive whichever weapon receives the most votes if they successfully kill The Undying during the event. 

You can vote for your favorite item on the Hitman 2 website.

The elusive target mode was first shown in 2016's Hitman. In this mode, players have a limited time to try a single attempt to eliminate a target, receiving a new suite with each successful completion.

You still have time to pre-order Hitman 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or your PC, and you can pre-order here. The game launches on November 13.

For more news on your favorite games and Hitman 2, stay tuned to Gameskinny.

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GameSir Reveals VX AimSwitch Brings Keyboard and Mouse to Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1pluh/gamesir-reveals-vx-aimswitch-brings-keyboard-and-mouse-to-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1pluh/gamesir-reveals-vx-aimswitch-brings-keyboard-and-mouse-to-consoles Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:22:22 -0400 QuintLyn

Players of competitive console games now have a new option when it comes to character control.

Depending on who you ask, there's a belief that when it comes to cross-play shooters, MOBAs, and Battle Royales, PC gamers have an advantage over their console counterparts because they're able to use keyboard and mouse.

While you can technically hook up a keyboard and mouse to consoles, there can also be compatibility issues. Plus, who really wants to use a full-sized keyboard when playing games on a console?

This is where the new GameSir: VX AimSwitch comes in. Inspired by the increasing popularity of cross-play, the keypad and mouse set brings the fine control associated with PC gaming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in a compact and completely compatible package. 

The package can be purchased on the GameSir site for $99.99 and includes a gamepad featuring all the standard left-side of the keyboard keys, including F1-F5, WASD, Shift, Alt, Tab, and even a mini-spacebar. There are also four G-keys for customization. Combine that with the GameSir GM190 gaming mouse and you have everything you need to play competitive games on a console.

The set uses the GameSir Agility X 2.4 GHz wireless receiver with a rather wide range of 32.8 feet. It also features 38 TTC red key switches and utilizes the GameSir G-Crux app for key configuration.

Oh, yes, for those wondering: The VX AimSwitch is compatible with the PC too.

 

 

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Override: Mech City Brawl Story Campaign Highlighted in New Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8g1w2/override-mech-city-brawl-story-campaign-highlighted-in-new-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8g1w2/override-mech-city-brawl-story-campaign-highlighted-in-new-trailer Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:58:23 -0400 Erroll Maas

Publisher Modus Games and developer The Balance Inc. have revealed a new trailer for their upcoming mech action game, Override: Mech City Brawl, which shows off both solo gameplay as well as local and online multiplayer.

The new trailer also highlights the story campaign where players will face off against other mechs as well as giant aliens. Each mech is equipped with their own unique set of weapons to deal with these threats, including powerful special attacks which get help them get out of trouble in a pinch.

Players will also be able to obtain new skins and accessories to customize their mechs within the garage.

A feature unique to Override is that players can play together operating just one mech, with up to four players controlling separate limbs.

Override: Mech City Brawl launches on December 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders for are available now.The standard edition will only be available digitally  while The Super Charged Mega Edition will be available both physically and digitally and includes a season pass with four extra mechs, 16 new skins post-launch, and instant access to 12 legendary skins which must be unlocked in the standard edition.  

Override: Mech City Brawl will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 4, 2018. 

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Blizzard Nixes Speculation On Diablo 3 Cossplay And Reign Of Terror Announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:47:01 -0400 QuintLyn

While we still don't know what Blizzard has planned for the Diablo announcements at BlizzCon, we may have a better idea of what those announcements won't be. Since players first took note of the fact that Diablo will be the first topic discussed on the main stage following the convention's opening ceremony, we've seen some serious speculation spurred by things like merchandise appearances and Blizzard representatives having a chat with the press.

In fact, GameSkinny recently covered both the rumor about Diablo 3 crossplay and the speculation on "Reign of Terror".  Unfortunately, it seems that neither of these things is what it appears to be.

Following the Business Insider article that attributed a comment indicating Diablo 3 crossplay would be happening at some point -- it was just a question of "when" -- Blizzard has informed press that cross-platform play is not in the works. 

The statement provided to DualShockers and Nintendo Life indicates that the company likes the idea, but has no plans for it at the moment.

While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time.

The good news here is that cross-play hasn't been completely ruled out. But, despite what the representative who spoke to Business Insider told them, it's still a question of "if" as well as "when". 

As for "Reign of Terror" being an accidental title leak, a Blizzard rep told GameSpot that's not the case. It seems "Reign of Terror" is just a title attached to the new products and nothing more. They even go so far as to explicitly state that the name doesn't directly reference any "content at the show". 

So, once again, we're left without any information on what, if anything, Blizzard will be announcing for the game at BlizzCon. Of course, they'd probably like to keep it that way.

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Gen 4 Pokemon, Balance Changes Come to Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/vt9n9/gen-4-pokemon-balance-changes-come-to-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/vt9n9/gen-4-pokemon-balance-changes-come-to-pokemon-go Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:48:42 -0400 William R. Parks

It has been confirmed by the Pokemon Company that Chimchar, Piplup, Turtwig, and a number of other Pokemon of Sinnoh, are now available for Trainers to catch in Pokemon GO.

As Ninatic has done previously, the remaining Pokemon of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum will be released in the mobile game in waves in the upcoming weeks.

Additionally, fans can look forward to gameplay changes that are "designed to promote an improved overall experience."

The first set of inbound tweaks addresses the behavior of Pokemon, reducing the effect weather has on their appearance and increasing their variety in certain areas, especially in places like parks and nature reserves.

A second group of changes looks to rebalance combat -- Pokemon's CP and HP values are being adjusted.

Additionally, the company has said that it wants defensive Pokemon to be more viable, and they are adjusting Defense and Stamina values to address this. Defense values for almost all Pokemon are also being "slightly reduced."

An exact date for these gameplay changes has not been provided. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information as it breaks. 

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Turtlebeach Introduces New Gaming Audio Controller: The Elite SuperAmp Pro https://www.gameskinny.com/u9m36/turtlebeach-introduces-new-gaming-audio-controller-the-elite-superamp-pro https://www.gameskinny.com/u9m36/turtlebeach-introduces-new-gaming-audio-controller-the-elite-superamp-pro Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:35:53 -0400 QuintLyn

If you've been eyeballing Turtle Beach's recently announced Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp bundle, but aren't so sure about the $249.95 price tag, there's now another option.

Today, Turtle Beach announced that the Elite SuperAmp Pro Performance Gaming Audio Controller is available as a standalone product for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, giving console gamers the opportunity to have more control over their audio settings. 

The standalone Elite SuperAmp Pro will work with any wired gaming headset no matter the brand. All players need to do is connect their existing headset to the device in order to take advantage of the amplified surround sound and a selection of other features that can be controlled via a mobile app on both iOS and Android. 

The one-dial audio controller connects to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, allowing players greater control over their settings, including game and chat audio, mic monitoring, and other presets.

The device is available for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at a price of $149.95. For those on PC, the Xbox One version also supports Windows 10.

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Spider-Man’s First DLC Brings New Story Missions, Three New Suits https://www.gameskinny.com/5a6ci/spider-mans-first-dlc-brings-new-story-missions-three-new-suits https://www.gameskinny.com/5a6ci/spider-mans-first-dlc-brings-new-story-missions-three-new-suits Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:47:58 -0400 William R. Parks

Sony has just released new information about what players can expect from The Heist, the first in the three-part Spider-Man DLC Insomniac is calling The City That Never Sleeps.

With The Heist comes a new story mission, what the developers say is "a robbery at an art museum [that] entangles Spider-Man and MJ with an old flame from Peter Parker's past, Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat".

A new story is not all players can expect from The Heist, however, as the add-on will feature "a whole new faction of enemies, new crimes, new challenges, new trophies, and of course, three brand new suits."

Insomniac provides a few additional details about Spidey's new costumes:

"One we'd love to highlight is the Resilient Suit, by famed Marvel illustrator Gabriele Dell'Otto. We loved bringing original suits to the game, starting with our Advanced Suit, and continuing with Adi Granov's Velocity Suit, and this is another great one," the post reads.

The other two suits may be familiar to fans as well: one is the suit from Scarlet Spider II and the other is the Spider-UK suit.

The Heist comes to PlayStation 4 on October 23. Retail for this individual DLC is $9.99.

Spider-Man's remaining two DLCs are scheduled for release in November and December. All three DLCs can be purchased for $24.99.

Be sure to check out our review of the game -- and go pick it up if you haven't already. 

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Rockstar Clarifies Red Dead Redemption 2 Work Hours https://www.gameskinny.com/56hgx/rockstar-clarifies-red-dead-redemption-2-work-hours https://www.gameskinny.com/56hgx/rockstar-clarifies-red-dead-redemption-2-work-hours Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:16:07 -0400 LJ Thompson

Crunch time has been a controversial topic throughout the video game industry, and it's something that Rockstar Games have been hit with in the past; when Red Dead Redemption was released, many employees said they were working excessive hours ahead of time.

Now, it seems that the studio have put their foot in their mouth again, this time with Red Dead Redemption 2. In an in-depth profile with Vulture, lead writer Dan Houser explained that they were working 100 hour weeks at some points throughout 2018.

Obviously, this prompted a lot of backlash from all parts of the gaming community.

In a follow-up statement to The Verge, Mr. Houser explained that it was just him and the other members of the writing team that were working that much; more importantly, he said, this wasn't a company-wide policy. In his statement, he further explained:

"After working on the game for seven years, the senior writing team, which consists of four people, Mike Unsworth, Rupert Humphries, Lazlow, and myself, had, as we always do, three weeks of intense work when we wrapped everything up."

In regards to the issue of crunch time at Rockstar, Mr. Houser said:

"But that additional effort is a choice, and we don’t ask or expect anyone to work anything like this. Lots of other senior people work in an entirely different way and are just as productive — I’m just not one of them!"

However, his point about "additional effort" being a choice has been met with criticism from many ex-Rockstar Games employees. Many emphasized across Twitter that, while they mightn't have been verbally forced to work that hard, they were seemingly penalized if they didn't.

From what ex-Rockstar Games employees are saying, the main consistency has been that there was an unspoken rule that employees would work extreme hours in the build up to, as well as aftermath of, a games release.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to be released on October 26.

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In-Game Tournaments Are Coming to Fortnite on October 16 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwdiu/in-game-tournaments-are-coming-to-fortnite-on-october-16 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwdiu/in-game-tournaments-are-coming-to-fortnite-on-october-16 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:10:41 -0400 William R. Parks

The Fortnite Esports Team has confirmed that in-game tournaments are coming to Fortnite beginning October 16.

"In-Game Tournaments are open to everyone and provide an opportunity for every player to compete directly alongside the pros for prizes and glory," the blog post states.

In-game tournaments will be accessed from the game's "Events" section, and the initial schedule is as follows (exact times for your region can be confirmed in the client):

  • Alpha Tournament (Solo): October 16 - 21
  • Beta Tournament (Duo): October 23 - 25
  • Friday Night Fortnite (Squad): October 19 - November 30
  • Salty Springs Cup (Solo): October 27 - 31
  • Tomato Temple Cup (Duo): October 28 - November 1

With these initial tournaments, "all players will begin with the same score and compete over several hours of intense competition to earn as many points as possible," Epic explains.

Points are earned by eliminating opponents and placing highly in matches, and players that reach a "target score" will receive shiny pins. In future tournaments, shiny pins will advance players to subsequent tournament rounds or award them prizes.

Epic also notes that matchmaking will pair players that have similar point standings, and players across all platforms (PC, console, or mobile) will "compete against one another as equals."

Epic cites the Summer Skirmish, PAX West, and Fall Skirmish tournaments as proof that players using controllers "can be successful while competing against some of the best PC players in the world."

Looking forward, fans can expect multi-round tournaments and those with new scoring formats and alternates modes.

The post closes noting that qualifiers for the 2019 Fortnite World Cup will be accessed through the in-game tournament system "later this year."

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Nintendo Announces Switch Diablo 3: Eternal Collection Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/dhsob/nintendo-announces-switch-diablo-3-eternal-collection-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/dhsob/nintendo-announces-switch-diablo-3-eternal-collection-bundle Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:02:03 -0400 William R. Parks

Nintendo of America has confirmed that a Diablo 3 Switch bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop beginning November 2. The bundle will retail for $359.99.

The Switch port of the popular RPG will include the base game as well as the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansions.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection also comes with exclusive, Zelda-themed content for Switch owners:

  • A "transmogrification" that allows players to make any armor look like that of Link's main adversary, Ganondorf
  • Cometic wings to add to your character
  • A Cucco companion pet
  • A Triforce portrait frame

With Diablo 3: Eternal Collection for Switch, Blizzard's 2012 hack-and-slash will now be playable on two operating systems and five consoles.

Be sure to check out our other Diablo 3 content while you're here, including our review of the original game and a handful of useful guides -- perfect for when you pick this bundle up later this fall. 

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Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Comes to Xbox Game Pass On October 18 https://www.gameskinny.com/j9dhp/sinner-sacrifice-for-redemption-comes-to-xbox-game-pass-on-october-18 https://www.gameskinny.com/j9dhp/sinner-sacrifice-for-redemption-comes-to-xbox-game-pass-on-october-18 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:57:52 -0400 William R. Parks

Microsoft has announced that Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption will be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers beginning Thursday, October 18.

Announced in August 2017, Sinner is a "boss battler action-RPG" that is inspired by FromSoftware's Souls series and Shadow of the Colossus (with "a dash of anime styling").

In Sinner, players assume the role of Adam, a man "guilty of a great sin," as he battles the "avatars of Sin" (the seven deadly sins incarnate).

Prior to each battle, players must sacrifice a stat, weakening themselves as their enemies become more challenging.

Along with this "level-down" system, Sinner promises combat that is "hard but fair" set against a "dark and harrowing tale."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our coverage of the game, including a review and boss guide. 

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New Game Releases: Week of October 14, 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/pfcft/new-game-releases-week-of-october-14-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/pfcft/new-game-releases-week-of-october-14-2018 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 13:22:35 -0400 William R. Parks

Tuesday, October 16th's releases are headlined by Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, Switch, Xbox One).

A third-person action-adventure developed by Ubisoft Toronto, players will explore the space and worlds of the Atlas star system in Starlink, forming alliances with alien races and battling the Forgotten Legion.

Modular toys will also be available for Starlink, allowing players to purchase pilot, starship, and weaponry toys that can then be connected to a special controller and imported directly into the game.

Nintendo Switch owners will have exclusive access to a very special pilot: Star Fox's Fox McCloud.

On Friday, October 19th fans will get the first numbered Soulcalibur entry in six years: Soulcalibur VI (PC, PS4, Xbox One).

This Bandai Namco fighting game will feel familiar to those enfranchised, with its weapon-based battling, but Soulcalibur VI is introducing a new mechanic: "Reversal Edge."

Triggered by landing a charged attack or parrying, "Reversal Edge" starts a slow-motion sequence that fans of Tekken 7 may already be familiar with.

Friday will also see Dark Souls Remastered come to Nintendo Switch.

Released earlier this year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, this portable remaster of FromSoftware's action-RPG comes with improved graphics (running in 1080p at 30 fps when docked and 720p at 30 fps handheld), changes to online play, and a Solaire of Astora amiibo (sold separately).

Dark Souls Remastered for Switch is yet another opportunity for those new to the franchise to play this classic game, and veterans may be happy enough to play a version with improved performance in the infamously laggy Blighttown.

A full list of releases for the week of October 14 is below.

What are you picking up this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tuesday, October 16:

- For Honor: Marching Fire expansion (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Heavy Fire: Red Shadow (PC, PS4, PS VR, Xbox One)
- The Hunter: Call of the Wild 2019 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Lego DC Super-Villains (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- Valkyria Chronicles (Switch)
- Warriors Orochi 4 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Thursday, October 18:

- AI War (PC)
- Heliophobia (PC)
- Moto Racer 4 (Switch)
- Resonance of Fate (PC)
- Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
- The Room (Switch)
- Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- Syberia 3 (Switch)

Friday, October 19:

- Dark Souls Remastered (Switch)
- Dark Souls Trilogy (PS4, Xbox One)
- Legend of Evil (PC, Switch)
- Soulcalibur VI (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- World War 3 (PC)

Are you looking forward to any of the games coming out this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bethesda Details The Map Size of Fallout 76 https://www.gameskinny.com/mabko/bethesda-details-the-map-size-of-fallout-76 https://www.gameskinny.com/mabko/bethesda-details-the-map-size-of-fallout-76 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:35:11 -0400 Zack Palm

Bethesda released new details about Fallout 76's map this weekend, which is set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia. With this game being the first multiplayer one of the series, Bethesda is taking a new approach to several traditional game mechanics, one of them being how players reference their map.

The layout of the map is shown above, but here's a link to a larger version. You can already see a few waypoints shown on the map, though there's probably more to explore when the game launches.

Bethesda claims the size of game's map is roughly four times that of the one in Fallout 4. With Fallout 76 being a multiplayer game, the massive map size makes sense due more people running around. It'll take you quite a bit of time to cover this entire map on foot, even with friends.

If you plan on getting the game, get used to the sight of this map as this is the final version of what you're going to use in the game. That's right, your character is going to get a physical map instead of looking at their Pip-Boy. This takes an entirely different turn than what previous Fallout games have used.

You'll get the chance to check it out for yourself prior to the game's release, if you attend the available beta. Check out the beta's dates here and figure out when you have the opportunity to jump online.

There's still time to pre-order Fallout 76 before it releases by heading over to Betheda's main website. The game releases on November 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Let us know what you think of not having to use your Pip-Boy to look at the map below in the comments. Are you excited for Fallout 76?

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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal's US Release Delayed, "Intimacy Mode" Removed On PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/2zet7/senran-kagura-burst-renewals-us-release-delayed-intimacy-mode-removed-on-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/2zet7/senran-kagura-burst-renewals-us-release-delayed-intimacy-mode-removed-on-ps4 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:24:22 -0400 William R. Parks

XSEED Games has announced that the US release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal will be delayed as they "remaster to remove the interactive 'Intimacy Mode' from the PS4 version."

The PC version will release simultaneous to the PlayStation 4 version with the "Intimacy Mode" intact.

Senran Kagura is a game series dating back to 2011.

In these brawler/visual novel hybrids, players assume the roll of female ninjas battling through a world where teenage girls are being secretly taught martial arts. As players sustain damage, the clothes of their selected kunoichi are gradually removed.

A prominent feature of the Senran Kagura series is its "Dressing Room" where players can pose the characters, change their outfits, and access "Intimacy Mode."

In "Intimacy Mode," players can interact with the underwear-clad ninjas by spraying them with water, groping them, or tearing off their clothes.

"We respect the wishes of the platform holder," XSEED Games posted on Twitter.

Re:Newal is a full 3D update of the 2012 side-scroller Senran Kagura Burst, which was itself an extended version of 2011's Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows.

A new release date will be available "shortly."

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Famed RPG Designer Greg Stafford Dies At 70 https://www.gameskinny.com/43ufz/famed-rpg-designer-greg-stafford-dies-at-70 https://www.gameskinny.com/43ufz/famed-rpg-designer-greg-stafford-dies-at-70 Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:20:19 -0400 William R. Parks

Chaosium has confirmed the passing of their company founder, Greg Stafford. He was 70 years old.

"As one of the greatest game designers of all time; winner of too many awards to count; and a friend, mentor, guide, and inspiration to generations of gamers, "the Grand Shaman of Gaming" influenced the universe of tabletop gaming beyond measure," Chaosium's blog post reads.

Stafford created Chaosium in 1975 to publish and market his first professional board game, White Bear and Red Moon.

This game was set in Stafford's fictional universe Glorantha, and, in 1978, Steve Perrin used Glorantha as the foundation of his tabletop-RPG RuneQuest. Published by Chaosium, RuneQuest built an infrastructure of mechanics that would be used in many other games.

In 1980, Stafford and Lynn Willis released Basic Role-Playing as part of the second edition of RuneQuest. This booklet outlined a skill system wherein players would roll percentile dice to determine if an action is successful.

This system would become the foundation for many of the "d100" games Chaosium would publish thereafter, including Stormbringer (1981), Elfquest (1984), and, perhaps most famously, Call of Cthulhu (1981).

This game, based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu (written in 1926), remains one of Chaosium's most popular releases and is currently in its seventh edition.

Outside of gaming, Stafford was a practicing shaman.

"He died as he lived," Chaosium's blog post states, "on a spiritual quest of enlightenment."

Chaosium has created a Condolence Thread at BRP Central for those that wish to celebrate and remember Stafford.

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Diablo 3 Cross-Platform Play In the Works According To Blizzard Representative https://www.gameskinny.com/vcs11/diablo-3-cross-platform-play-in-the-works-according-to-blizzard-representative https://www.gameskinny.com/vcs11/diablo-3-cross-platform-play-in-the-works-according-to-blizzard-representative Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:51:24 -0400 QuintLyn

On November 2, Diablo 3 will be released on the Nintendo Switch. In the years since the game's initial release, it's been made available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

While all those releases have made for a large player base (Diablo 3 is third on the list of most sold games following Minecraft and PUBG.), it's a fractured player base. Players on different platforms can't play with each other.

But that will be changing according to an article on Business Insider Australia, who recently attended a demo of the Switch version of the game.

During the demo, they asked about cross-platform play and were informed that Blizzard is working on it, with the Blizzard Entertainment representative even going so far as to say, "It's a question of when, not if."

According to the rep, Blizzard is working with both Microsoft and Sony to enable cross-platform play with the Nintendo Switch.

Now, there are a few questions here -- aside from the "when". During the discussion, the representative specifically mentioned "cross-console" play and said nothing of PC. While it might have been an oversight, it's also possible that Blizzard intends to keep PC Diablo 3 players in their own walled garden.

The other question is, "Will Sony actually go for it?"

That answer is, most likely, "Yes".

Sony did actually agree to cross-platform play when it comes to Fortnite. They even added that it could be implemented for other "select" third party games. The question is whether or not Diablo 3 is one of those games.

For the sake of the players, let's hope they get on board. Gaming is always more fun when you have someone to share it with. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Diablo 3 and the Diablo franchise as it develops. 

 

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Rockstar Shares Details On Red Dead Redemption 2's Weapons and Combat System https://www.gameskinny.com/jyfvn/rockstar-shares-details-on-red-dead-redemption-2s-weapons-and-combat-system https://www.gameskinny.com/jyfvn/rockstar-shares-details-on-red-dead-redemption-2s-weapons-and-combat-system Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:59:19 -0400 Zack Palm

You wanted more Red Dead Redemption 2 coverage? We've got it.

Rockstar just released a massive mountain of details regarding the game's weapons, customization options, and additional specifics about the combat system

The detailed weapon page on Rockstar's website looks like a period piece newspaper designed to sell you a variety of different weapons. According to the sheet, there are over 50 unique weapons in the game, and this page only shares a handful -- so there's still plenty of weapons to discover when the game releases.

For those who played the first game, there's also a handful of nostalgic items returning, such as the Volcanic Pistol, Cattleman Revolver, and the Carbine Repeater, to name a few.

The numerous customization options featured in the game grant players the opportunity to put personal spins on every gun they wield. The options include visual upgrades like changing a weapon's metal, woods, varnishes, and engravings, to improving a weapon's performance by changing a gun's barrel, grip, sight, or scope to your specifications.

The page also details how your horse acts as your mobile armory, carrying all of your weapons. However, your character can only hold so much; any weapon you leave on your horse cannot be pulled out in the middle of combat, so make sure you're carrying your favorites when you leave the saddle.

Your weapons can also use a unique ammo type that lets you perform specific tasks or provides a unique advantage. Ammo varieties include Split Point, High Velocity, and Explosive

The end of the page breaks down how the player's special ability, Dead Eye, functions. Much like the first game, this mode slows down time, allowing the player to run their crosshairs over their enemies in small red "x's". 

As the player progresses in the game they will to highlight an enemy's vital organs; of course, shooting these areas does significantly more damage and is likely fatal.

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We're just weeks away from Red Dead Redemption 2's release date. If you haven't already, make sure to pre-order your copy for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One to play it on October 26.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny and wait to hear what we think about the game in our review.

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The New Diablo Project is Still a Mystery, But We Now Have a Major Clue https://www.gameskinny.com/25s47/the-new-diablo-project-is-still-a-mystery-but-we-now-have-a-major-clue https://www.gameskinny.com/25s47/the-new-diablo-project-is-still-a-mystery-but-we-now-have-a-major-clue Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:36:55 -0400 QuintLyn

For a long time, Diablo fans have been waiting for Blizzard to announce something new for the franchise. After all, it's been a few years since Diablo III's last full expansion was released. As time has worn on, fans have begun to wonder if their favorite RPG was just being neglected (despite job listings on the Blizzard site indicating something was in the works.)

Recently, all that changed when Blizzard dropped the schedule for this year's BlizzCon. Sitting in the "we really have some big news here" slot following the convention's opening ceremony, is the "What's Next" Diablo panel.

Since the schedule reveal, the gaming community has been speculating about what the announcement might actually be. We even posted some of the theories that have been going around here on GameSkinny, ranging from the possibility of Diablo 4 to the Netflix show that is reported to be in the works.

Today, we have a bit more information on the upcoming announcement. No, we still don't know exactly what it is. But thanks to the most recent items added to the BlizzCon gear store (initially discovered by Game Reactor)  we now know that whatever it is, it's titled Reign of Terror.

Now, this is just speculation on my part, but based on the title structures of previous Diablo games, I don't think this is going to be Diablo 4Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 did not have a secondary title at launch. Those came with the expansions.

So whatever it is, it's new.

Of course, we'll just have to wait a bit longer and see. 

What do you think Diablo Reign of Terror is? A new game? A Netflix show? Or something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

 

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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Trailer and Gameplay Footage Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/xyh91/yo-kai-watch-4-trailer-and-gameplay-footage-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/xyh91/yo-kai-watch-4-trailer-and-gameplay-footage-revealed Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:16:17 -0400 Erroll Maas

Today, Level-5 has revealed a new trailer and gameplay footage for their recently delayed action RPG, Yo-Kai Watch 4. The footage was previously shown at Tokyo Game Show 2018. 

Both feature the game's different human protagonists, improved graphics from the previous entries, and an entirely new battle system where human characters fight alongside their Yo-Kai team. It seems similar to the gameplay seen in Level-5's Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

In the gameplay footage, the protagonist Touma and his Yo-Kai team are seen fighting against the Jingeki boss. A new summon ability which allows Touma to transform was also shown.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 is expected to launch in Spring 2019 on Nintendo Switch in Japan. It will be the first entry in the main series to launch on Nintendo Switch instead of Nintendo 3DS. The last Yo-Kai Watch title for the Nintendo 3DS, Yo-Kai Watch 3, will launch in North America on February 8, 2019, and in Europe this winter.

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Head-to-head Competitive Mode Coming to Hitman 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/l13w5/head-to-head-competitive-mode-coming-to-hitman-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/l13w5/head-to-head-competitive-mode-coming-to-hitman-2 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:13:11 -0400 Zack Palm

Have you always wanted to see how well you compared to your friends or other players in Hitman without relying on a leaderboard? Soon you'll be able to with the new competitive mode coming to Hitman 2. 

Called Ghost Mode, this is where you can gain the ultimate bragging rights in real time.

In Ghost Mode, players compete on the same map seeking out the same target. However, the players are in separate instances. Though both players can see what the other one is doing, they will only be able to see other competitors as black and white Hitman figures.

The goal of the mode is to complete five kills on the map without alerting anyone. If someone witnesses a kill, the point does not count.

When a player confirms a silent kill, their competitor must silently kill their target in 20 seconds or else they do not receive a point. No player starts with any disguises or weapons, and the competitors must find everything they want to use on the map.

Adding another competitive wrinkle to the mode, players can also find ghost crates; this gives both players the chance to get exclusive items before their counterparts. 

Lastly, there are also ghost coins players can find throughout the map; they can use these to cause trouble for the competition. When a player flips one of these coins, the sound alerts guards or other witnesses in the competitor's instance. This can prevent a silent kill from taking place or force someone to find an alternative route.

When Hitman 2 releases later this fall, players will only have access to the mode on the Miami map. However, IO Interactive plans to expand Ghost Mode the other maps in the game. 

The mode seems like a great idea as the 2016 Hitman game provided an excellent way for hardcore players to compete against each on leaderboards. This takes this concept to the next stage by forcing them to prove whose the true assassin real time.

Hitman 2 releases on November 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Make sure to pre-order your copy now and get immediate access to the new Hitman Sniper Assassin mode.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny as we get closer to Hitman 2 and check out the creative ways Agent 47 can take out his targets.

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More Changes Come to Eternal Card Game Ranked Play https://www.gameskinny.com/86p08/more-changes-come-to-eternal-card-game-ranked-play https://www.gameskinny.com/86p08/more-changes-come-to-eternal-card-game-ranked-play Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:47:29 -0400 William R. Parks

Only a week following the release of Into Shadow, Eternal's latest campaign, new balance changes have been implemented that promise to further alter ranked play.

"The ranked metagame is currently in a pretty good place," the release notes state, "but we are making a few changes to improve balance and to diversify some of the play patterns and card choices among top decks."

This time around, "changes" means nerfs, and they are as follows:

Auralian Merchant: Now 0/4 (previously 1/4)

Channel the Tempest: Now 9PPPP (previously 8PPPP)

Icaria, the Liberator: Now 8FFFJJJ (previously 7FFFJJJJ)

Predatory Carnosaur: Now 7TTT, 7/7 (previously 6TTT, 6/6)

Additionally, 24 other cards have been adjusted. While these changes almost exclusively affect Eternal's draft format, there is an additional nerf here that impacts current ranked play:

Vital Arcana: Now gains 2 health (previously gained 4)

The single deck most impacted by yesterday's nerfs is Temporal Control, a true control deck that plans to draw cards and stall the game until the opponent's soul has been sufficiently crushed and they concede.

This type of play-style can be extremely frustrating to play against, as it often leads to very long, grindy games, and I would not be surprised if Dire Wolf Digital is specifically targeting Temporal Control following complaints from the community.

Full playsets of Auralian Merchant, Channel the Tempest, and Vital Arcana are staples in Temporal Control, and these nerfs will definitely have an impact on the deck. However, I certainly believe that it will remain a viable, if not strong, choice for the foreseeable future.

The changes have splash damage outside of Temporal Control as well.

Since its release, Auralian Merchant has been considered the best of the Merchant-cycle, and the full four copies are featured in almost all Time decks. Channel the Tempest has also been ubiquitous, acting as the finisher-of-choice for many Primal-based control and midrange decks.

Both cards still seem playable, but a reduction in their power level will definitely open up some space for other cards as players begin assembling new decks.

The nerf to Icaria, the Liberator has a broad impact as well. Since her printing, Icaria has been one of the most powerful finishers in the game, and an Icaria on seven-power (or five with a Bulletshaper in play) is often unbeatable.

This has lead to a slew of midrange decks with casting Icaria as their game-plan, and it will be interesting to see just how much the one additional power will matter to these decks.

With this change and Into Shadows' printing of Azindel, Revealed, it looks like Dire Wolf feels that eight-power is the right spot for game-ending creatures to sit.

With so many new cards and changes in flux, aggressively-slanted Combrei decks seem like the clear choice for ranked play. Perhaps the strongest deck immediately preceding the release of Into Shadow, none of yesterday's nerfs directly affect it, and it is perfect for punishing new decks that have not been finely tuned.

Full patch notes, including all draft changes, are included in this post.

Information on the new promo card and avatar included with this patch are available on Dire Wolf's website.

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Darksiders III Developers Confirm Two Post-Launch DLC Packs https://www.gameskinny.com/bkon7/darksiders-iii-developers-confirm-two-post-launch-dlc-packs https://www.gameskinny.com/bkon7/darksiders-iii-developers-confirm-two-post-launch-dlc-packs Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:24:23 -0400 Zack Palm

When Darksiders III launches on November 27 and the credits roll, you probably won't have to wait too long to get your hands on more content. Earlier today, THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games shared details on two pieces of DLC they're planning to release following the game's launch. 

Both DLC packs have been named -- The Crucible and Keepers of the Void -- but they don't yet have a set release date.

Expanding on Darksiders III's post-game, these DLC packs will introduce new playable areas, challenges, puzzles, items, and enemies.

The Crucible DLC will see Fury's skills tested by a strange entity in various challenges. Completing these challenges will give you new rewards and items to carry into combat. These challenges include facing off against mobs of enemies using Fury's wide arsenal of skills and weapons.

The Keepers of the Void DLC pack will take a different approach, where Fury receives a quest from Vulgrim to go into the Serpent Holes. Here, an ancient evil lurks.

In the Serpent Holes, Fury will tackle new puzzles and enemies. If she proves worthy, she'll receive a new weapon and the ultimate prize: The Abyssal Armor. 

You can expect to hear more concrete details about the release dates for these DLC packs once the main game is out in stores.

There's still time to pre-order Darksiders III before it releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 27. Head on over to the game's official website to reserve your copy.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny for more coverage on Darksiders III and your other favorite games. And be sure to check out the game's latest trailer while you're here. 

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Lucasfilm Instructs Poem Studios to Stop Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Overhaul https://www.gameskinny.com/okoc8/lucasfilm-instructs-poem-studios-to-stop-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-overhaul https://www.gameskinny.com/okoc8/lucasfilm-instructs-poem-studios-to-stop-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-overhaul Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:01:50 -0400 William R. Parks

In 2015, Poem Studios began using Unreal Engine 4 to overhaul BioWare's revered Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Today, via the Apeiron Game Twitter account, they have posted a cease and desist received from Lucasfilm.

Led by Taylor Trotter, a self-taught game designer, Apeiron was being built entirely by volunteers -- modelers, UI artists, and programmers bringing an updated touch to the RPG. The goal was exciting and ambitious, including a new way to approach combat alongside the game's original implementation.

In response to the cease and desist, Trotter said via Twitter, "After a few days, I've exhausted my options to keep it afloat. I'm sorry and may the force be with you."

When questioned previously about legality, the team pointed to Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of Half-Life that has been available on Steam since 2015. Apparently, Lucasfilm disagrees that this type of overhaul is not infringing on its intellectual property.

While players would need to own an original copy of Knights to play the overhaul, Apeiron was to be made freely available to the public upon release.

A long time ago, a dev stream for the game used to occur on TheDigitalCowboy's Twitch. However, all videos from past broadcasts now appear to be removed.

What do you think of the cease and desist? Should Apeiron be allowed to move forward? Let us know in the comments below.

And may the Force be with you. 

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ELEAGUE and Riot Games Partner for League of Legends Special Feature on TBS https://www.gameskinny.com/7wp3p/eleague-and-riot-games-partner-for-league-of-legends-special-feature-on-tbs https://www.gameskinny.com/7wp3p/eleague-and-riot-games-partner-for-league-of-legends-special-feature-on-tbs Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:13:30 -0400 Zack Palm

There's little doubt that esports is quickly gaining popularity in and out of the traditional gaming scene. A lot of that has to do with Turner's ELEAGUE, a growing brand streaming and broadcasting esports events and features both online and on television. 

And their latest partnership with Riot Games has already started generating a lot of buzz. 

Set to air next Friday, October 19, at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT on TBS, ELEAGUE will broadcast a one-hour-long feature on League of Legends called ELEAGUE's Esports 101: League of Legends.

The special will be hosted by League of Legends experts Bil "Jump" Carter and Kelsie "KayPea" Pelling. They will discuss the culture, history, and in-game elements of the MOBA's esports presence while highlighting why the MOBA has been so successful in the space.

The television special will air at about the halfway point of the League of Legends World Championship, which began on October 1 and will continue through November 3.

Craig Barry, EVP & Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports, had this to say about the television special:

League of Legends has a massive, global fan base and ELEAGUE welcomes this opportunity to both celebrate the game's passionate community and provide additional opportunities to broaden its reach to a new audience.

ELEAGUE continues to expand its content experiences and overall portfolio through a collection of partnerships that showcase the biggest titles in esports and their unrivaled community of fans. 


The announcement comes among a slew of surprise ELEAGUE partnerships this month. Earlier in October, the esports broadcaster announced a partnership with Nintendo for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as with Activision, where ELEAGUE plans to provide live stream coverage for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 the day after it releases.

ELEAGUE has put a lot of work into legitimizing esports for casual fans and tangential demographics alike. Behind-the-scenes looks like these have been key to that success.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on ELEAGUE as it develops. 

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Magic: The Gathering-Personalities Play For Charity https://www.gameskinny.com/m1dkv/magic-the-gathering-personalities-play-for-charity https://www.gameskinny.com/m1dkv/magic-the-gathering-personalities-play-for-charity Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:17:37 -0400 William R. Parks

On October 20 and 21, Card Kingdom, one of the world's largest online Magic: The Gathering retailers, is hosting The Chalice, "an exclusive charity tournament and a celebration of all things Magic: The Gathering," at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue, WA.

Eight Magic-personalities are set to compete, and they are each raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound in the weeks leading up to the tournament. This organization has been mentoring children ages 6 through 18 for more than 60 years.

Card Kingdom's charitable giving program, ENGAGE, has supported local charities since 2013. Their biggest event to date is their annual tabletop gaming tournament, The Gauntlet, and they have raised close to $450,000 for local charities.

"The team at ENGAGE has a great relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we're thrilled to use our passion for play to support the impact they have in our community," David Peveto (ENGAGE's Marketing and Social Media Coordinator) told me via email.

The Chalice's eight participants are as follows:

  1. Kenji "NumotTheNummy" EgashiraMagic streamer
  2. Josh Lee Kwai of The Command Zone and Game Knights
  3. The Professor from Tolarian Community College
  4. Michelle Rapp, co-host of The Loregoyfs podcast
  5. Ashlen RoseMagic cosplayer and streamer
  6. Gerry Thompson, Platinum-level Magic pro
  7. James Turner of LoadingReadyRun
  8. Chris VanMeter, CK Products Manager and content creator

The Competition

They will compete in three challenges over two days, and, according to Card Kingdom's blog, the winner will "take home the Chalice itself."

While one of the challenges is a straightforward booster draft of Magic's newest set, Guilds of Ravnica, the other two are sure to throw the competitors for a loop.

In Battle Deck "Auction of the People," the players will bid on eight "Battle Decks" ("ready-to-play, 60 card decks" brewed by Card Kingdom) by offering a reduced hand size or starting life total. Once selected, the participants will spell-sling in three rounds of Swiss.

With Magic Block Party, players will "build their own Magic block by drafting three sets from Magic's history (plus a Core Set of their choice)." Using these sets, they will build Modern-legal, 60 card decks for head-to-head battle.

To complicate things further for the players, donations can be made to a specific Chalice competitor, and these donations come with perks for the participants.

"The more donations made on their behalf, the better, as the most successful fundraisers will unlock powerups offering tactical advantages throughout the weekend," the press release states.

Further, a 64-player Modern tournament (open to local players) will be held at Mox Boarding House alongside The Chalice, and the prize pool is close to $4,000.

The Chalice will be broadcast on Card Kingdom's Twitch on October 20 and 21, and there will be giveaways happening throughout the stream.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Magic: The Gathering as it develops. 

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Lucas Pope Announces Return of the Obra Dinn Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/1gv38/lucas-pope-announces-return-of-the-obra-dinn-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/1gv38/lucas-pope-announces-return-of-the-obra-dinn-release-date Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:13:27 -0400 William R. Parks

Lucas Pope has confirmed on Twitter that his new game, Return of the Obra Dinn, will release for PC and Mac on October 18.

After mysteriously vanishing for five years, a ship (the Obra Dinn itself) washes ashore. As an insurance adjuster, you're tasked with discovering what has happened to its crew members. However, your method of investigation is not typical; you'll use a time-travel device to back to the scene -- and discover the grim fate of those aboard.

Pope is best known for 2013’s renowned Papers, Please, an arguably strange game that puts you in the shoes of a border crossing agent/immigration officer. Papers, Please was critically acclaimed by reviewers and players alike.

In 2014, Pope announced Return of the Obra Dinn on TIGForums with a strong aesthetic in mind: “I’d like to capture the detailed black & white look of old Mac games in a realtime 1st [sic] person game”.

Four and a half years later, his vision has finally been realized.

A playable demo of Return of the Obra Dinn is available on Pope’s website. The game will retail at $19.99 when it releases next week. 

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombies -- Blood Of The Dead Gameplay: Not Your Ordinary Game Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ly5cy/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-zombies-blood-of-the-dead-gameplay-not-your-ordinary-game-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ly5cy/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-zombies-blood-of-the-dead-gameplay-not-your-ordinary-game-trailer Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:02:49 -0400 QuintLyn

Today, a stunning cinematic trailer was released for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blood of the Dead zombie mode, and even non-Black Ops players are going to love it. (Unless of course, you hate fun and zombies.)

The trailer is all story -- bloody, giblet splattering story.

It takes players to alternate-universe Alcatraz overrun by the undead. Exactly how this occurred, the trailer doesn't explain. There's no exposition. But if you watch the video, you might come to the same conclusion as me. The gates of hell opened on the island and claimed the damned, bringing with glorious zombie-slaying action.

Longtime fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops' zombie modes should recognize another prominent feature of this video, too -- the song. For those who don't know, a track titled "Where are we Going" was featured as an Easter egg in the Mob of the Dead zombies map in Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3. The song -- written by Treyarch sound designer Kevin Sherwood and James McCawley, and performed by vocalist Malukah, was originally about half the length of what appears in this trailer.

Of course, the Zombie mode isn't the only mode in the game. In fact, we posted a trailer giving a look at all the game modes was last month.  

If trailers aren't enough for you, then you might also want to check out our PC Beta Impressions or our thoughts on the Blackout battle royale mode. There's a lot of excellent information there for those looking for a little more info on what to expect from Black Ops 4.

Be sure to check back later this week for our review of the game, as well as guides and other helpful tips and tricks. 

 

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PSN Name Changes Will Happen, With Some Exceptions https://www.gameskinny.com/9yy2o/psn-name-changes-will-happen-with-some-exceptions https://www.gameskinny.com/9yy2o/psn-name-changes-will-happen-with-some-exceptions Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:57:14 -0400 Lee Forgione

Recently, there were rumblings that you might soon be able to change your PSN name. Today, we've found out that will actually (finally) be the case. 

Announced by PlayStation Social Media Director, Sid Shuman, PSN name changes will soon be made available -- for a fee. Before this feature is released to the general PlayStation public, however, it will be beta tested by select users who have signed up for previous PS4 system software betas. 

The beta will end at the end of November, and it will allow users to change their username as many times as they like. The first change will be free, but subsequent changes will cost $9.99, with PS Plus members paying only $4.99.

Upon changing your username, you will be given a choice as to whether or not you wish to display your old name alongside your new one, so as not to confuse friends of your identity. Once the choice to display your old name is decided, it cannot be undone. 

This feature will be supported by all games released after April 1, 2018. A list of compatible games released before this date will be made available upon the public launch in early 2019. Some games may not be compatible with the ID change, which may result in errors when playing online. Any errors can be undone by reverting to your original username for free. 

No word yet on when the beta will launch, but given its end of November wrap date, it shouldn't be much longer.

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Professors Oak And Willow Learn More About Meltan In This New Pokemon Video https://www.gameskinny.com/lxr8n/professors-oak-and-willow-learn-more-about-meltan-in-this-new-pokemon-video https://www.gameskinny.com/lxr8n/professors-oak-and-willow-learn-more-about-meltan-in-this-new-pokemon-video Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:58:27 -0400 QuintLyn

A few weeks ago, Pokemon GO players spotted a new type of Pokemon, which was later revealed to be Ditto taking on the form of a mythical steel pokemon named Meltan.

During the reveal, we learned two things from Professor Oak: that Meltan was thought to no longer exist, and if it did, it would be up to Pokemon GO players to discover them so it would appear in the upcoming Switch games Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! 

Since that time, Oak has been hard at work and has discovered a bit more about the mysterious Pokemon. Oddly, the new information involves an old box containing a lump of rusty metal -- that under the right circumstances will become Meltan. 

It seems this box is the only way to capture Meltan, and the only way to get the box is for Pokemon GO players to send Pokemon to either of the Let's Go! games. Normally, when GO players send Pokemon to the Switch games, they'll receive special items such as candies in return. But the first time they send one, they'll get a special Mystery Box instead.



Upon opening the box, Meltan will begin to appear in  Pokemon GO and can be caught in the same manner as every other Pokemon. Once a Meltan is caught, GO players can send it to Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's GO, Eevee!

 

It should be noted that the Mystery Box will close up again on its own and can only be opened again after a set time. But it won't just open by itself. Players wanting to open the box again will need to send another Pokemon to their (or their friend's) Let's Go! game -- each time they want to open the box.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on upcoming Pokemon games as it develops. Have you captured a Meltan yet? Let us know in the comments below. 

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The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury! Comes to Nintendo Switch Online https://www.gameskinny.com/1zyx7/the-legend-of-zelda-living-the-life-of-luxury-comes-to-nintendo-switch-online https://www.gameskinny.com/1zyx7/the-legend-of-zelda-living-the-life-of-luxury-comes-to-nintendo-switch-online Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:31:24 -0400 William R. Parks

Nintendo has just added a new version of the NES classic The Legend of Zelda to Nintendo Switch Online.

In The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury!, players start with “a ton of rupees” and all the equipment. As with the original release, completing the game will give you access to Second Quest, which is essentially a NG+ play-through of The Legend of Zelda where enemies are stronger and dungeons, heart containers, and (some) shops have been relocated in the map.

In an interview posted on Nintendo.co.uk, Toshihiko Nakago revealed that Second Quest was created because Zelda’s programmers had only used half of the memory allotted for map data.

“So, using half of the memory that was left over, we decided to create the Second Quest,” Nakago recalls.

Nintendo Switch Online went live on September 19 and costs $20 annually.

The service is now a requirement if you want to play games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Splatoon 2 online, but it does come with some additional perks, including Switch ports of NES games like this one.

However, is there an audience for this version of Zelda? Are fans that are clamoring for retro-gaming on their Switch looking for “souped-up” versions of the classics?

Perhaps people that are intimidated by the difficulty of the original release will now be excited to rush to Gannon without breaking a sweat. But if so, where's the appeal? 

Are you excited for this to hit Nintendo Switch Online? Let us know why or why not in the comments below! 

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Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost Halloween Event Brings New Content, Sweet Loot https://www.gameskinny.com/o3k2n/destiny-2s-festival-of-the-lost-halloween-event-brings-new-content-sweet-loot https://www.gameskinny.com/o3k2n/destiny-2s-festival-of-the-lost-halloween-event-brings-new-content-sweet-loot Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:23:18 -0400 William R. Parks

Via its blog, Bungie has just confirmed what we can expect from Destiny 2's Halloween-tinged Festival of the Lost event, available from October 16 at 1 p.m. EDT to November 6 at 7 a.m. EDT.

Following the disappearance of Eva Levante, Bungie says that “Shipwright Amanda Holliday has stepped up to raise everyone’s spirits. Thanks to her, the Tower is filled with merriment, as memories good and bittersweet fill our hearts".

Throughout the Festival, Holliday will offer players daily bounties for Fragmented Souls, which can be cashed in for Festival of the Lost masks and the new Horror Story Legendary Auto Rifle. No stats for this weapon have been revealed.

New Triumphs will also be available.

Additionally, a new game mode will be available that plunges Guardians into the Haunted Forest. Players will spend 15-minutes clearing floor-after-floor of “ghouls and demons” trying to reach the bottom before time expires.

“Be wary,” the developers write, “the deeper you go, the more difficult your job will become.”

The Haunted Forest can be taken on solo, with friends, or through the matchmaking system.

Beginning October 30, there will also be a new quest (with a “powerful reward”) that asks players to track down Master Ives’ killer.

Finally, with the Festival of the Lost comes increased rewards. Players at maximum level will now receive both an Ephemeral Engram and a Steadfast Engram every time their XP bar is filled.

“Players may also purchase Ephemeral Engrams from Tess Everis in the Tower,” Bungie’s post states.

What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming event? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Sony Confirms Development of Next Generation Console (Is It the PS5?) https://www.gameskinny.com/124s2/sony-confirms-development-of-next-generation-console-is-it-the-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/124s2/sony-confirms-development-of-next-generation-console-is-it-the-ps5 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:07:46 -0400 Zack Palm

You may have heard several rumors circulating that Sony is currently planning for its next generation of consoles. Per reports across the gaming industry, it seems the company is well in the process already; the higher-ups at Sony seem to have come to the realization it's not only time for them to develop a new platform with stronger hardware -- but it's required.

Kenichiiro Yoshida, Sony's President and CEO, recently did an interview with the Financial Times and shared that, "At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware."

However, don't start clicking to your favorite shopping website just yet. While Sony not-so-secretly prepares for their next piece of hardware, they don't expect to have it ready for release until three years from now.

Tsuyoshi Kodera, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke with the Wall Street Journal earlier this year and said, "We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future."

This means if you're still on the fence about purchasing a PlayStation 4, now's still a great time -- or you can wait a little longer for the PlayStation 4 Pro to go down in price. Regardless of which you choose, you'll still some mileage out of the console before the next iteration comes along.

What's interesting is both Yoshida and Kodera avoided using the term "PlayStation 5" in their interviews. This hints at Sony wanting to pull away from the expected numbered console and go toward something else (...perhaps). 

So while it's still a little too early to tell what the next PlayStation will be called, we do know the next piece of hardware in Sony's console line up will surely pack a punch as the company hunkers down and plans their next move.

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Ciri And Yennefer Cast In Netflix's The Witcher TV Series https://www.gameskinny.com/tc1g1/ciri-and-yennefer-cast-in-netflixs-the-witcher-tv-series https://www.gameskinny.com/tc1g1/ciri-and-yennefer-cast-in-netflixs-the-witcher-tv-series Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:04:27 -0400 LJ Thompson

Official news about Netflix's upcoming The Witcher TV series is pretty hard to come by; there's been a number of rumors since its announcement, but official confirmation on anything has been slim.

Now, however, it's been revealed that Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg have both been cast.

The Showrunner of The Witcher TV series, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, has revealed that Freya Allan (of Into The Badlands fame) has been cast as Ciri, and Anya Chalotra (of Wanderlust notoriety) has been cast as Yennefer.

So far, this means that they'll be starring alongside Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia.

Both Ciri and Yennefer play prominent roles across the original book, as well as the video game series based on it. With that in mind, it also looks like they'll both be prominent throughout the TV series, too.

Queen Calanthe will be played by Jodhi May, best known for The Last of the Mohicans. It's also been revealed that Fringilla will be played by Mimi Ndiweni, of Mr. Selfridge fame.

However, it's unclear as to who will be playing the rest of the cast. That being said, it should be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Take Your Farm on the Road with Stardew Valley Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/7f77d/take-your-farm-on-the-road-with-stardew-valley-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/7f77d/take-your-farm-on-the-road-with-stardew-valley-mobile Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:16:15 -0400 William R. Parks

Stardew Valley is going mobile and will be playable on iOS devices as of October 24.

On the Stardew Valley Developer Blog, Eric Barone (the game’s designer) confirmed that a mobile port will first launch on iOS, and an Android version is in the works. A release date for the Android version will be available “soon.”

Further, Barone’s post indicates that the port “plays almost identically to all other versions,” but the UI and controls have “been rebuilt for touch-screen gameplay.”

At launch, all current single player content will be available, but not multiplayer, and people that play on PC can transfer save data to the mobile version.

Barone also takes a moment to reassure fans that the mobile port is not impacting the addition of multiplayer to console versions of the game. He states that Switch multiplayer is now in quality assurance testing, and Xbox One and PS4 updates are forthcoming.

Stardew Valley Mobile is now available for pre-order on the iOS App Store at $7.99.

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Inazuma Eleven Ares Delayed Once Again https://www.gameskinny.com/jo11x/inazuma-eleven-ares-delayed-once-again https://www.gameskinny.com/jo11x/inazuma-eleven-ares-delayed-once-again Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:13:29 -0400 Erroll Maas

In addition to the Yo-Kai Watch 4 delay, the latest issue of CoroCoro Comic has also revealed that Inazuma Eleven Ares, the newest title in the Inazuma Eleven soccer strategy RPG series, has been delayed to this winter in Japan.

Inazuma Eleven Ares was originally slated to launch this summer for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, but was later delayed until fall, making this the second delay the title has received. Reasons for the delay are currently unknown.

Inazuma Eleven Ares will (allegedly) launch this winter in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android, with a 2019 release window for North America and Europe. It will be the first game in the Inazuma Eleven series to receive a North American release since the digital Nintendo 3DS re-release of the first Inazuma Eleven in 2014.

It is currently unknown if all versions will be released outside of Japan.

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Play Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 HD On Your Xbox One Today https://www.gameskinny.com/n11on/play-metal-gear-solid-2-3-hd-on-your-xbox-one-today https://www.gameskinny.com/n11on/play-metal-gear-solid-2-3-hd-on-your-xbox-one-today Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:08:13 -0400 William R. Parks

Larry Hryb (“Major Nelson”), Director of Programming for Xbox Live, just announced that Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today.

Released as part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, these remasters were last available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita back in 2011/2012.

Be it a new gamer whose first console is the Xbox One or a seasoned vet who wants to dive in again, this news means that these classic games are now available for play on current generation hardware.

With Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, writer and director Hideo Kojima delivered on the hype that the PlayStation’s Metal Gear Solid had built. Met with overwhelmingly positive critical response, these games refined the stealth and tactical gameplay fans loved from their predecessor and elaborated the vast (and often confusing) Metal Gear universe.

Major Nelson’s website states that Xbox Backwards Compatibility is one of the “most popular features” included in the New Xbox One Experience. As long as there are games as popular as these to be added to the list of compatible titles, I do not see that changing.

If you do not have access to a physical copy, both games can be purchased together here for $19.99.

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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Delayed to Spring 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/ffldz/yo-kai-watch-4-delayed-to-spring-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/ffldz/yo-kai-watch-4-delayed-to-spring-2019 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:58:54 -0400 Erroll Maas

The latest issue of CoroCoro Comic has revealed that Yo-Kai Watch 4, the first title in Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch series to be on the Nintendo Switch, has been delayed to spring 2019 after originally planning to launch this winter.

The reasons for the delay are unknown. However, the fact that only off-screen gameplay footage from this year's TGS was previously revealed and there was no official gameplay trailer released online made it likely that a delay would be announced.

All versions of the previous three mainline Yo-Kai Watch titles launched on Nintendo 3DS in Japan, while North America and Europe have now received both Yo-Kai Watch and all three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2, with Yo-Kai Watch 3 planning to launch on February 8, 2019, in North America and winter in Europe.

It is currently unknown which versions of Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be released outside of Japan. 

Yo-Kai Watch 4 will contain major gameplay changes, including human characters fighting alongside their Yo-Kai friends.

An action RPG spin-off series, Yo-Kai Watch Blasters, launched on September 7, 2018, in North America and Europe with Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad versions, while the Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Moon Rabbit Crew update launched on September 27, 2018.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 will launch for Nintendo Switch in spring 2019 in Japan.

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Left Alive set for March 5, 2019 Release https://www.gameskinny.com/ciaqk/left-alive-set-for-march-5-2019-release https://www.gameskinny.com/ciaqk/left-alive-set-for-march-5-2019-release Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:57:38 -0400 William R. Parks

Mech fan’s rejoice. Square Enix has just announced that Left Alive will be available on PlayStation 4 and PC on March 5, 2019.

Set in the world of the Front Mission series, gameplay footage suggests that Left Alive will be high on action - a third-person shooter that pits players against armed soldiers and gigantic mechs alike.

Toshifumi Nabeshima (producer on six of FromSoftware’s Armored Core entries) is directing, and Yoji Shinkawa (known for his character and mech design for Metal Gear Solid) has the character design credit.

Dating back to 1995, there have been 11 Front Mission releases, and only four have been localized for audiences overseas. Left Alive will be many’s first exposure to the franchise, and, with these vets at the helm of development, it looks promising.

Square Enix has also shared a new trailer elaborating on the world of Left Alive.

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Exciting Plans Ahead for Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links https://www.gameskinny.com/59u7v/exciting-plans-ahead-for-yu-gi-oh-duel-links https://www.gameskinny.com/59u7v/exciting-plans-ahead-for-yu-gi-oh-duel-links Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:32:58 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links was back at New York Comic Con this year showing off the newest 5D's World which just released at the end of September. 

I was lucky enough to chat with the Senior Producer Kenichi Kataoka to discuss future plans for the game. 

Yu-Gi-Oh fans have been looking for the game to add a draft mode. Kataoka responded to that by saying that it has been brought up before and the team is currently brainstorming ideas on how they can bring it to Duel Links. 

Yu-Gi-Oh is known for having an incredible story arch whether it is in the manga or the anime, but Duel Links does not have a narrative arc in the game. According to Kataoka, that might be changing soon. In 2019, they will be releasing a new story narrative based in the 5D's world that was released in September.

You have been able to find Duel Links on iOS and Android devices but recently it was added to your computers through Steam. The community has grown by 50% since its launch on the platform, but don't get excited about being able to use mods or hack the game to get a better deck. Cheating means a quick ban, as it should.

You can play Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links and its newest 5D's update on iOS, Android and Steam. I would like to thank Kenichi Kataoka for taking the time to speak with me.

If you were at NYCC, did you stop by the Yu-Gi-Oh booth and play the trading card game or play Duel Links on those giant monitors? If you did, let us know in the comments and how you did!

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Project xCloud Makes Xbox Games Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/yj34r/project-xcloud-makes-xbox-games-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/yj34r/project-xcloud-makes-xbox-games-mobile Tue, 09 Oct 2018 11:08:40 -0400 William R. Parks

At E3 2018, Microsoft announced their work on a game streaming network that would "unlock console-quality gaming on any device."

In a blog post made yesterday, Microsoft told us more about Project xCloud: an ambitious undertaking that is purported to make Xbox One’s extensive library of games playable across console, PC, and mobile devices.

In-house testing of Project xCloud is currently ongoing, and Microsoft states this testing is occurring on phones and tablets paired with Xbox Wireless Controllers as well as using touch inputs. The company mentions that they are “developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay” to enhance the experience for gamers that prefer to play on mobile devices without controllers.

Microsoft’s stated goal is to provide “a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that’s consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles.”

The company addresses the myriad of challenges that come with offering this “high-quality experience” globally, and they indicate that their worldwide network of datacenters is just what is needed to conquer issues like “low-latency video streaming remotely.”

Microsoft has indicated that completion of Project xCloud is a “multi-year journey,” and they plan to begin public trials in 2019.

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Comics App Izneo Coming to Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ivil1/comics-app-izneo-coming-to-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ivil1/comics-app-izneo-coming-to-nintendo-switch Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:35:50 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Switch and Comic fans rejoice! Pretty soon you'll be able to carry your favorite digital comics, graphic novels and more on your Nintendo Switch!

Izneo is a comics app that is currently available on iOS and Android devices and will be arriving on Nintendo Switch in November.

Izneo has been around for 8 years and they are the largest digital comics service in the United Kingdom. Featuring comics from Dark Horse, WebToons and so much more! They have over 25,000 comics with more coming every single week. You can purchase them separately starting at $1.99 or you can do a monthly subscription which is $7.99 per month.

Izneo also features sales frequently so you can load up on comics without hurting your wallet. If you need a break from all the comics you will be reading, you can cancel your membership at any time. 

While speaking with Izneo at New York Comic Con, I asked them about surviving in the same space as Marvel Unlimited and DC Universe. They aren't worried about competing against them since Izneo features a wider variety of comics from different publishers.

You can read the comics over a Wi-Fi connection or you can download them so you can read them offline. There is no limit to the number of comics you can download so make sure you have a large memory card since you're going to be downloading your favorite series like Dr. Who, Star Trek and Back to the Future

Viewing comics on the Nintendo Switch is super easy too! Whether you prefer to use the Switch in handheld, tabletop or docked mode, the comics always look amazing. They are available to read as full pages or you can read them panel by panel. The best part is, you can read all the comics with just a single Joy-Con. When asked about touchscreen support, they hinted that it may come in the future. 

Izneo launches on Nintendo Switch in November, but you can sign up for Izneo now at Izneo.com. Whether you buy the comics on your computer, iOS or Android devices, you can view them on any device where you can download Izneo. 

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Celebrate Halloween Wizard Style In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery https://www.gameskinny.com/ey4mx/celebrate-halloween-wizard-style-in-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery https://www.gameskinny.com/ey4mx/celebrate-halloween-wizard-style-in-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:14:33 -0400 QuintLyn

Fall is here, the leaves are changing, and everyone's preparing to celebrate the spookiest of holidays. Just today, Jam City, developer of the mobile adventure game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery announced the start of the game's Hallowe'en feast event.

The Great Hall has been decorated and all of Hogwarts ghosts are coming out to play. It's the perfect time to take a break from classes, and trying to solve the mystery of how your brother went missing -- or so you'd think. But that holiday cheer isn't going to last.

Later on this month, a time-limited seasonal side quest will throw a bit of a shadow over the fun and players will need to use all the defensive spells they've learned to defend Hogwarts from the dark forces arriving on the full moon. At the same time, players will be able to test their skills in a special Duelling Club event where they can even turn their opponents' heads in to a pumpkin.

The event is live as of today, and will continue throughout the month of October. So, be sure to update your game to get in on the Hallowe'en fun.

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Dark Bomber Skin, Lightning and Thunderstorms Gear Strikes Fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/dkl05/dark-bomber-skin-lightning-and-thunderstorms-gear-strikes-fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/dkl05/dark-bomber-skin-lightning-and-thunderstorms-gear-strikes-fortnite Thu, 04 Oct 2018 21:52:56 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Fortnite Season 6 started just last week, bringing with it a dark and spooky theme just in time for Halloween. Now, already at the beginning of Week 2, we're getting a brand-new skin in Dark Bomber. 

Teased on the official Fortnite Twitter account earlier today, Dark Bomber is the yin to Brite Bomber's yang. You can see what this new skin looks like in the gif below. 

We also know from data miners that more Halloween event skins and accessories are making their respective ways to Fortnite soon (duh). Although we don't know exactly when they'll swoop in, it's safe to safe we'll get a steady trickle as the month goes on. 


However, that's not all that was released tonight. A cauldron full of new goodies also appeared in the shop. Aside from the typical rotation, two especially electric accessories dropped that pair perfect with the Dark Bomber skin:

  • The Thundercrash Harvesting Tool (1,200 vbucks)
  • Dark Glyph Glider (500 vbucks)

As with all Fortnite cosmetics, neither items in the Lightning and Thunderstorms gear set will give you any in-game advantage -- except for maybe turning a few heads you can promptly snipe.

Coupled with the Dark Bomber skin, both the Thundercrash tool and Dark Glider will keep you fashionable while completing this week's challenges.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Fortnite news and guides as Season 6 rolls on. Be sure to check out our huge list of Fortnite tips and tricks while you're here. 

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Funcom Releases 20 Minutes of Mutant Year Zero Gameplay Footage https://www.gameskinny.com/07eyi/funcom-releases-20-minutes-of-mutant-year-zero-gameplay-footage https://www.gameskinny.com/07eyi/funcom-releases-20-minutes-of-mutant-year-zero-gameplay-footage Thu, 04 Oct 2018 14:00:33 -0400 Zack Palm

If you're excited about the zany tactical adventure that is Mutant Year Zero, you'll be glad to know that Funcom and The Bearded Ladies have released 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage of the game, along with commentary from Lead Designer, Lee Varley, and Producer, Mark Parker.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden was announced earlier this year and quickly went viral due to the team-up of three unlikely heroes: a human female named Selma, Bormin the mutated boar, and Dux, a crossbow-wielding duck. And yes, these three return in the above video, letting us finally get a good look at them in action. 

The gameplay looks similar to the tactical combat featured in an XCOM title with plenty of stealth and story thrown in. Players will have to survive in a post-apocalyptic Sweden where little of the human race remains -- but plenty of anthropomorphic animals have shown up to fill in the gaps. 

The game has received plenty of praise from those who have had the chance to play the demo at GDC, E3, and GamesCom. It's also been awarded numerous "Best of Show" awards at these events, generating a good deal of hype around of its inevitable release. 

You can pre-order Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for your PC through Steam or through the game's website. There are two versions to choose from, a standard edition for $34.99 and a deluxe edition priced at $54.99. The deluxe edition comes with:

  • Desktop wallpaper
  • Digital artbook
  • Digital soundtrack
  • Digital copy of the Mutant Year Zero pen-and-paper RPG book

Those who pre-order the deluxe edition will gain access to the game's Beta. Anyone who pre-orders at least the standard edition will receive a three-day head start at launch to jump into Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. The game launches later this year on December 4.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information about Mutant Year Zero as it develops. 

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You Might (Finally) Be Able to Change Your PSN Name https://www.gameskinny.com/jq4l9/you-might-finally-be-able-to-change-your-psn-name https://www.gameskinny.com/jq4l9/you-might-finally-be-able-to-change-your-psn-name Thu, 04 Oct 2018 11:54:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you've even remotely paid attention to anything PlayStation over the past 12 years, you might have heard a few complaints about PlayStation Network names -- and how users still can't change them more than a decade after PSN first went live. 

However, according to a report from Kotaku, that may very well change in the (nebulous) future.

Although there is currently no firm date on when the alleged changes might go into effect, anonymous sources have told Kotaku that they have been working on the change by "fixing bugs, tweaking settings, and ensuring that their games are compatible with Sony’s plans." 

If true, you can bet that PlayStation gamers the world over will breathe a collective sigh of "about time". 

As Kotaku and its sources also point out, it does appear that the fix isn't just a flip of the switch. But since PlayStation gamers have been asking for this for a long, long time, it's good to hear that Sony is potentially making some movement on the issue, especially with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve providing the functionality on their platforms. 

Recently, Sony took a U-turn on crossplay, so anything is possible. At this point, we'll just have to wait and see. 

Stay tuned for new and info on the PlayStation Network and all things Sony as they develop.  

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Too Kyo Games Announces Death March Club https://www.gameskinny.com/5kmft/too-kyo-games-announces-death-march-club https://www.gameskinny.com/5kmft/too-kyo-games-announces-death-march-club Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:11:42 -0400 Erroll Maas

The latest issue of Famitsu has revealed that the recently formed studio Too Kyo Games has announced the official title for one of its upcoming projects.  Death March Club, which will be published by Izanagi Games, will head to the PC in 2020.

Death March Club has been described as a "death game with kids, for kids," in a similar vein to Danganronpa. Although Death March Club features elementary school students, it's being made with an adult audience in mind. 

The gameplay is split between separate action and adventure sections, where players control a boy named Reicho to solve puzzles and clear stages. The action sections are reportedly side-scrolling, and Reicho will have several students with unique abilities help him along the way.

The adventure sections will be fully voiced -- even if Reicho himself doesn't talk. Additionally, Kazutaka Kodaka of Danganronpa fame has claimed that Death March Club will take 20 hours to complete, with a handful of different scenarios and twists along the way. 

Producer Shinsuke Umeda said the developer would like to have a demo of the game's action sections as soon as possible in order to get player feedback prior to launch.

Additionally, the full team for Death March Club was revealed and is as follows:

  • Kazutaka Kodaka: Creative Director
  • Kotaro Uchikoshi: Scenario Writer and Director
  • Takumi Nakazawa: Director
  • Take: Character Designer
  • Kentaro Yoshida: Art Director
  • Shinsuke Umeda: Producer
  • Yukio Futatsugi: Development Producer

Death March Club will launch on PC in 2020. It is currently unknown if it will launch on any other platforms in the future. Make sure to keep an eye out for the action demo in the near future.

Stayed tuned into GameSkinny for more Too Kyo Games news as it happens.

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Darksiders 3 Force Fury Trailer Rocks On https://www.gameskinny.com/37v3q/darksiders-3-force-fury-trailer-rocks-on https://www.gameskinny.com/37v3q/darksiders-3-force-fury-trailer-rocks-on Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:52:28 -0400 Zack Palm

Excited for Darksiders 3 to hit stores? THQ Nordic wants to make sure you're thinking about the next installment with this gameplay-focused trailer, which you can watch at the top of the page.

The trailer shows off how the next horseman, Fury, deals with her problems. Instead of relying on a sword like War did or a pair of scythes like Death, Fury deals with her foes with a cunning whip, a devastating hammer, and creative spells.

Unlike her brothers, Fury is a mage, meaning players will have a new realm of gameplay opportunities to handle their foes in combat. Though the latest trailer focused primarily on showing off Fury's trusty whip and hammer in combat.

Another big difference is Fury's overall agility. She's dodging in the game far more than War or Death had, and this may mean players have to do more dodging than they did in previous installments. We can hope THQ Nordic releases a future video where Fury uses more magic and obliterates foes using superior firepower.

You can pre-order Darksiders 3 over at this website. The game releases on November 27 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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ELEAGUE Announces Partnerships With Nintendo, Activision Just Hours Apart https://www.gameskinny.com/di63i/eleague-announces-partnerships-with-nintendo-activision-just-hours-apart https://www.gameskinny.com/di63i/eleague-announces-partnerships-with-nintendo-activision-just-hours-apart Wed, 03 Oct 2018 16:54:08 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It's been a busy 24 hours for ELEAGUE. 

Yesterday, the Atlanta-based esports broadcaster announced via Twitter that it would be partnering with Nintendo to showcase unique footage of the upcoming brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ahead of its release.

Today, it also announced it was partnering with Activision to live stream intense Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 action the day following the game's release. 

Historically, neither Nintendo nor Activision have formed many partnerships like this. So it's something of a big deal for ELEAGUE to collaborate with two titans of industry before or right at an IP's release.

In many ways, it shows the cache TBS and ELEAGUE have been able to create since entering the esports scene in 2016.

From Street Fighter 5 to OverwatchRocket League and, of course, CS:GO, the Turner Broadcasting brand has created a unique niche for itself in the industry by diversifying its distribution. By live streaming on platforms such as Twitch and Youtube and broadcasting on linear television via TBS, ELEAGUE has quickly reached and gained the trust of a large audience. 

Both Nintendo and Activision realize that. 


With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, ELEAGUE will feature unique footage taken at this year's E3 during Nintendo's SSBU Invitational 2018. The three-part program, called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational 2018 presented by ELEAGUE, will air on TBS in November.

ELEAGUE said it would release more information about the event, including exact air dates and times, in the coming weeks. 


On the other hand, Call of Duty will be presented in a more traditional ELEAGUE setting.

Beginning on October 13 at 5 p.m. EDT, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 x ELEAGUE CODNATION Challenge for Vets will pit three teams of five against each other "in several Black Ops 4 multiplayer games," including the game's battle royale mode

The event will follow the three-day Call of Duty Endowment event and will be broadcast from ELEAGUE's Atlanta studios. Highlights of the mini-tournament will air on TBS on Friday, October 26, at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT.  

Anyone watching the live stream will be able to contribute to the Endowment, which aids veterans in finding employment opportunities. You can contribute directly via the stream. If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to attend the event, you can get free tickets by following this link

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With these two partnerships just ahead of its third birthday, ELEAGUE is continuing to prove that esports is increasingly popular across demographics and mediums -- and that it currently has a winning formula on its hands. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on these events as it develops.  

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Get Zekrom & Reshiram for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon This October https://www.gameskinny.com/hvbuk/get-zekrom-reshiram-for-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-this-october https://www.gameskinny.com/hvbuk/get-zekrom-reshiram-for-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-this-october Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:27:52 -0400 Zack Palm

There are always more Pokemon out there for you to collect. Now GAME FREAK have partnered with Target to bring legendary Pokemon Zekrom and Reshiram to the Alolan regions in Pokemon Ultra Sun, Pokemon Ultra Moon, Pokemon Sun, and Pokemon Moon versions.

Zekrom and Reshiram are limited to specific versions. If you have Pokemon Ultra Sun or Pokemon Sunyou'll receive Zekrom. If you have Pokemon Ultra Moon or Pokemon Moon, you'll receive Reshiram. You need to visit a Target in your area participating in the event. When you're there and receive the code, you'll need to follow these steps to receive your new legendary creature.

  1. Open your game.
  2. Locate the Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  3. Select Receive Gift
  4. Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet (make sure you're at a location where you can connect).
  5. Enter the code you received from Target.
  6. Watch the arrival animation of your legendary Pokemon.
  7. Speak to the delivery person at any Pokemon Center to receive your legendary Pokemon.
  8. Save your game.

That's all there is to it! You'll have your respective legendary in no time. Each of the different versions of the Pokemon come with a different level and move set. 

Pokemon Ultra Sun (Zekrom)
  • Level: 100
  • Ability: Teravolt 
  • Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap 
  • Moves: Fusion Bolt, Bolt Strike, Outrage, Stone Edge 
Pokemon Sun (Zekrom)
  • Lv. 60
  • Ability: Teravolt 
  • Moves: Slash, Zen Headbutt, Fusion Bolt, Dragon Claw 
Pokemon Ultra Moon (Reshiram)
  • Lv. 100 
  • Ability: Turboblaze 
  • Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap 
  • Moves: Fusion Flare, Blue Flare, Draco Meteor, Earth Power 
Pokemon Moon
  • Lv. 60 
  • Ability: Turboblaze 
  • Moves: Slash, Extrasensory, Fusion Flare, Dragon Pulse 

Head to your nearest Target location between October 19 to the 28 to receive your Legendary -- don't miss out!

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Halloween Event Haunts Killing Floor 2, Brings Road Redemption Crossover https://www.gameskinny.com/j5er8/halloween-event-haunts-killing-floor-2-brings-road-redemption-crossover https://www.gameskinny.com/j5er8/halloween-event-haunts-killing-floor-2-brings-road-redemption-crossover Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:35:39 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Halloween's almost here and the walking Zed are on the prowl in Killing Floor 2's limited-time Monster Masquerade event

Released yesterday as a free update for consoles and PC, Monster Masquerade brings a new map to the game in Monster Ball, which takes place in Hans Volter's Transylvanian castle full of flamethrower traps, spiked pits, and dance floors. 

You'll also find new weapons in your arsenal for the Commando, Field Medic, and Sharpshooter, as well as event-exclusive items and cosmetics to collect.

The soundtrack has been tweaked to add new, grisly tunes to the main menu, in-game action, and trader menu, while specimen clones and bosses alike will get macabre makeovers with new models and effects during the event. 

Rounding out the gruesome giblet action, Tripwire has also pushed out a few bug fixes and matchmaking improvements.

As if all of that weren't enough, Tripwire also pushed out an exclusive crossover event between Killing Floor 2 and Road Redemption.

As of yesterday, players who own both games on Steam can take part in the free event: Killing Floor 2 players can get their bloody hands on the Road Redeemer, a barbed-wire covered baseball bat perfect for busting specimen skulls, while Road Redemption players will ride the badlands with Hans Volter and DJ Skully. 

The crossover event will be available for PS4 and Xbox One players later this year when Road Redemption launches on console. As of this writing, Tripwire did not specify an exact release date for the game on those platforms. 

So what are you waiting for? Rev your engines, strap on your Mask of the Abyss, and take advantage of these limited time events from now until November 9. 

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CDPR Announces Publishing Deal With Warner Bros. Interactive For Cyberpunk 2077 https://www.gameskinny.com/5uj9s/cdpr-announces-publishing-deal-with-warner-bros-interactive-for-cyberpunk-2077 https://www.gameskinny.com/5uj9s/cdpr-announces-publishing-deal-with-warner-bros-interactive-for-cyberpunk-2077 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 10:44:18 -0400 QuintLyn

Fresh on the tails of rumors that Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming in 2019, we have even more Cyberpunk 2077 news from CD Projekt Red. As we all wait (im)patiently for a firm release date, we do know who will be publishing the game in the United States when it does hit physical and digital shelves. 

In a press release, CD Projekt Red announced it will be working with Warner Bros. Interactive to publish the game in North America. This is pretty big news because it means CD Projekt Red is at the point in development where it is concerned with lining up publishers for various regions.

Although exciting, the partnership isn't exactly surprising. The two companies have been working together since the release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Warner Bros. published both that game and its sequel, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, both of which turned out to be very successful, watershed games.

With that history, it's obvious that the two companies understand each other and that a continued partnership in publishing only makes sense.

Until the game releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in the (hopefully near) future, I'll just be sitting over here watching this gameplay video some more.

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SteelSeries Introduces Wireless Gaming Mouse With New Sensor Technology https://www.gameskinny.com/tu652/steelseries-introduces-wireless-gaming-mouse-with-new-sensor-technology https://www.gameskinny.com/tu652/steelseries-introduces-wireless-gaming-mouse-with-new-sensor-technology Tue, 02 Oct 2018 13:00:18 -0400 QuintLyn

Today, SteelSeries announced two new mice are set to enter its Rival series lineup. The first is a completely new offering, the Rival 650 wireless gaming mouse, while the second is a rework of the Rival 700, named the Rival 710.

The Rival 650 features an improved version of SteelSeries sensor technology TrueMove3. The original tech features a 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical sensor built exclusively by the company in partnership with PixArt. This tech is expanded upon in the 650 with the TrueMove3+ dual sensor system, which adds a second sensor that exclusively tracks lift-off distance.

Players can adjust this sensor to customize when it stops tracking once the mouse is lifted off a surface. 

This, combined with the mouse's weight system supposedly results in a customizable low-latency, rapid-response tracking that provides the player with esports-level performance.

The Rival 650 is also the first wireless gaming mouse to offer a fast charging feature -- when connected to a USB port that supports it. Depending on how a player has the mouse's lighting profile configured, a five-minute charge can result in three hours of battery life. A 15-minute charge will provide more than 10 hours.

Those looking for a new wireless gaming mouse can grab the Rival 650 on the SteelSeries site for $119.99.

 

As for the Rival 710, the mouse builds on the design of the Rival 700, adding the TrueMove3 sensor and 60-million-click switch durability. It also allows players to set up vibration options.

The mouse is completely modular, even coming with a modular cable system and customizable parts -- like the back and the sensor. 

The Rival 710 is also available on the SteelSeries site and currently costs $99.99 US.

Be sure to check out all of our SteelSeries reviews here, and look out for reviews of these two mice in the next few weeks. 

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So What's Up With This Harry Potter Game We're All Hearing About? https://www.gameskinny.com/o2pxb/so-whats-up-with-this-harry-potter-game-were-all-hearing-about https://www.gameskinny.com/o2pxb/so-whats-up-with-this-harry-potter-game-were-all-hearing-about Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:02:02 -0400 QuintLyn

If you're like me, you looked at Twitter or your newsfeed this morning and saw at least one tweet or post about a new Harry Potter game. But instead of it being the long sought after Quidditch sports game we all know needs to happen, it was news about a previously unknown Harry Potter RPG. 

Cue the hype music ... 

But what is the deal with this thing? Is there really going to be a new Harry Potter game?

As of this writing, we honestly don't know. There hasn't been any confirmation the game exists in any form. However, it hasn't been denied either. 

What we do know is that a Reddit user known as u/VapeThisBro posted a video of something that does look very much like a game set in Hogwarts and the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

The full story of how this user was allegedly offered a chance to watch the trailer as part of a focus group can be seen in the Reddit thread posted above. 

However, the TL:DR is that was reportedly a random occurance where someone walked up to VapeThisBro in an undisclosed mall and asked if he'd want to participate in a focus study for a new game.

VapeThisBro did note that there were signs telling him he wasn't supposed to bring in his phone, but no one bothered to check him, so he did it anyway.

We also know that Warner Bros. had the video pulled from YouTube pretty quickly, so that may be another clue to this mystery.

This... might be an indication that there is an open world Harry Potter game in the works. On the other hand, it could mean that Warner is just being really miserly about HP related fan-work.

That said, we do have one other clue -- thanks to the Verge author Jon Porter, who dug back about a year and a half in NeoGaf posts to find information on a Warner Bros. Games job listing. At the time, the company was looking for a senior writer for the Avalanche Story department (a software company owned by Warner). 

The listing wanted a storyteller with a "deep understanding of British culture and grammatical presentation" who could "provide British authenticity to the tone of the project". 

The post on the forum was speculative, so let's get that out of the way.

However, the poster did make some very solid points. Since it was pointed out that Warner generally publishes games based on their IPs and Avalanche generally makes games based on popular IPs, Harry Potter would be a logical fit.

So, what did the video actually show?

Mostly a bunch of short clips showing off the environment, character creation -- which looked pretty solid -- creatures, and a bit of story. You can see clips of a few of these (borrowed from the Verge) in this post. There are a few more on their site if you'd like to check them out.

As of right now, that's all we know about this Harry Potter rumor. Be sure to check back as we'll update this article when we find out more information. 

Would you want to see a Harry Potter RPG? What do you think of the rumor? Let us know in the comments below. 

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New Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay Trailer Will Set Your Saddles Ablaze https://www.gameskinny.com/wtfk2/new-red-dead-redemption-2-gameplay-trailer-will-set-your-saddles-ablaze https://www.gameskinny.com/wtfk2/new-red-dead-redemption-2-gameplay-trailer-will-set-your-saddles-ablaze Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:38:07 -0400 QuintLyn

Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26 and with that launch date drawing closer, Rockstar has decided to show off more of the game in the second official gameplay trailer -- available on the Rockstar site.

And yes, it's all in-game footage captured in glorious 4K. If, for some reason, you haven't seen the first gameplay, you can find it on Rockstar's site as well.

While the first video gives a general overview of the game's narrative and systems, the second provides information on the types of activities the main character and his gang will get involved in. It's all the six-shooter shenanigans you'd expect a Wild West gang to get up to -- train robbery, fighting other gangs, robbing shopkeepers. You know, typical outlaw stuff.

One thing this video really sets out to highlight is how well the RDR2 blends storytelling with action. That blending takes players from one event to another without the usual transitions seen in most games; players can pretty much stumble across adventures and events at any point -- even just sliding out of a bedroom window into a gunfight. 

The game definitely seems to encourage players to be as bad as they can be, with Arthur and his gang engaging in all kinds of criminal activities to earn that sweet-sweet money. Everything is rob-able. Players can commit classic bank heists and train robberies or go for something smaller like shaking down stagecoaches and random citizens.

Or(!) there is always the option of hanging out with the ladies from the local brothel for a while. (Although maybe don't rob them, those Old West madams were pretty hardcore.)

If none of that works for you, the video also demonstrates just how large the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is.

The entire world map is filled with things -- dangerous things -- to do. Even just exploring the countryside might bring you in contact with a rival gang or wild animal. And if you don't run into one of those, there are the lawmen with questionable morals you'll need to watch out for.

And since making choices is a big part of the game, players will make all kinds of choices for Arthur, down to the mundane everyday stuff like what and where to eat, how to dress, and even whether or not to shave or bathe. Considering the choices you make in-game do affect your relationships with other people. I'm just going to go ahead and suggest bathing. 

The video also covers the new Dead Eye system, which allows players to slow time, paint targets -- making them easier to hit, and determine the best places to aim for when shooting someone.

For fans of open world games, Red Dead Redemption 2 is looking pretty awesome -- especially in 4K.

 

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Ragnarok Will Soon Descend on Northgard in New, Free Update https://www.gameskinny.com/kfp5s/ragnarok-will-soon-descend-on-northgard-in-new-free-update https://www.gameskinny.com/kfp5s/ragnarok-will-soon-descend-on-northgard-in-new-free-update Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:19:47 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Since its release on Steam Early Access back in 2017, Northgard has received steady updates from developer Shiro Games. Whether it was the game's highly-anticipated multiplayer component or new clans such as Bjarki or Slidrugtanni, Northgard has steadily improved over its lifespan and has sold 800,000 copies to date. 

While Shiro shipped the Snake Clan DLC back in July, the developers have just revealed that something else has also been in the works and will soon arrive to ravage the shores of Northgard: Ragnarok. 

Although we don't currently have a firm release date for the free DLC, we do know a little about what the update will include.

For starters, there will be a new map devastated only by what the developers call a "cataclysm." Though vague by itself, it's clear that resources won't be easy to come by; regions of the map will sparse of food and lumber and new tiles will introduce creative obstacles. 

The map will also introduce new events, such as invasions by metaphysical enemies, as well as previously uncovered secrets and a new faction, the Mythkälfer. 

However, one of the more intriguing elements will be the update's addition of the Military Paths battle mechanic. This essentially acts as a relatively small revision to the game's battle mechanics, where players can unlock new talents by filling up an experience bar. There will be three paths, each of which will have its own pros and cons. 

There is currently no release date for the Ragnarok update. However, since sources have said it was to originally release by the "end of September," it's safe to say its release is just around the corner. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Northgard's Ragnarok update as it develops, as well as our Ragnarok beta impressions in the coming days. 

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Turtle Beach Introduces Line Of Headsets For PC Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ar7a2/turtle-beach-introduces-line-of-headsets-for-pc-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ar7a2/turtle-beach-introduces-line-of-headsets-for-pc-gaming Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:39:11 -0400 QuintLyn

Turtle Beach, a company known worldwide for designing gaming headsets, announced the Atlas line of PC-specific headsets earlier today. The line offers three headsets ranging in price from $50 to $100, perfect for a range of budgets and needs.

To assure the Atlas line would fit the needs of PC gamers, Turtle Beach worked with pro gamers in the design process. The goal was to create something suited for competitive play, thereby making them the best available for every kind of player.

The first headset in the Atlas line is the Atlas One PC Gaming Headset. Priced at $50, this headset offers players a lightweight design, high-quality 40mm speakers, and a high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic. It can also be used on console and mobile devices -- even including a 3.5mm headset jack.

The next set in the lineup, the Atlas Three Amplified PC Gaming Headset, is for those who have a bit more to spend but don't want to break the bank -- coming in at the $80 mark. It offers some of the same features of the One while improving on others, with larger (55mmm speakers) and a metal-reinforced frame. This headset is also glasses friendly and offers other comfort features such as a breathable fabric-wrapped headband and memory foam ear cushions.

Finally, for those looking for all the features, there's the Elite Atlas Headset. Costing $100, the Elite Atlas features 50mm Nanoclear over-ear speakers, fabric-wrapped Aerofit ear cushions, that block out external noise, and a noise-canceling mic. Comfort-wise, players should be pretty happy with the Elite Atlas. The set offers a floating metal headband with a glasses friendly design.

All three headsets are now available to purchase via the official Turtle Beach website.

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SIEGE Con Releases 2018 Program Highlighting Panels, Speakers, & Events https://www.gameskinny.com/nj93n/siege-con-releases-2018-program-highlighting-panels-speakers-events https://www.gameskinny.com/nj93n/siege-con-releases-2018-program-highlighting-panels-speakers-events Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:42:08 -0400 Jonathan Moore

SIEGE, the southeast's largest video game trade show, has released the program for its 2018 conference, which is set to run Oct. 4-7 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest hotel in Marietta, Georgia. 

The program, which you can download here, highlights the panels and speakers at this year's show, including keynote speaker James Portnow of Extra Credits fame. 

In its 12th year, SIEGE Con 2018 will focus on what it takes to "survive and thrive" in the gaming industry. Andrew Greenberg, SIEGE conference director and executive director of the Georgia Game Developers Association, said that SIEGE, more than ever before, is a place for game developers and industry experts to not only learn from one another, but to also invigorate the industry as a whole. 

With great speakers like James Portnow from Extra Credits, Hi-Rez Studios VP Nathaniel Blair, Michelle Menard from Oxide Games and many others, attendees will always find sessions that both inform them and stimulate them to make better games."

From expert panels on community management and team building, to talks on efficient game design and how to Kickstart your indie project, there's something for both experts and novices alike on this year's schedule. 

For college and high school students interested in breaking into video games, there will be a career fair on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 8AM to 12PM.

If you'd like to attend SIEGE Con 2018, you still have time. You can register for badges here

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Mark Hamill And Kevin Conroy Return As The Joker And Batman In LEGO DC Super-Villains https://www.gameskinny.com/8ss9f/mark-hamill-and-kevin-conroy-return-as-the-joker-and-batman-in-lego-dc-super-villains https://www.gameskinny.com/8ss9f/mark-hamill-and-kevin-conroy-return-as-the-joker-and-batman-in-lego-dc-super-villains Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:29:27 -0400 QuintLyn

If you're a LEGO fan, a DC fan -- or better yet, both -- there's a good chance you're ready to get your hands on LEGO DC Super-Villains, set to release in just a few short weeks. 

Today, Warner Bros. dropped a pretty impressive cast list for the upcoming LEGO DC Super-Villains.  They've pulled out the big guns here, casting Michael Ironside as Darkseid, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried as Mister Mxyzptlk, and (yes) Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are back as Batman and The Joker.

As we all know, when it comes to the Dark Knight and his nemesis the Clown Prince of Crime, you can never go wrong with legendary duo of Conry and Hamill.

Of course, LEGO DC Super-Villains is filled with other popular DC characters, too, so there's a huge list of industry veterans lending their talents to the game. Aside from those listed above, WB also revealed the following actors and actresses will appear take on some of DC's most beloved characters.

Actor/Actress Character(s) Notable Roles
Fred Tatasciore Clayface, Doomsday, Killer Croc Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, God of War (2018), American Dad!
Gina Torres Superwoman Firefly, Serenity, Suits
Brandon Routh Shazam Superman Returns, Arrow,
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Mark Rolston Deathstroke Aliens, The Departed, Battlefield: Hardline, Injustice: Gods Among Us
Scott Porter Aquaman Marvel's Spider-Man, Madden NFL 18,
Batman: Arkham Knight
Julie Nathanson Silver Banshee Far Cry 5, Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Fallout 4
Michael Rosenbaum Flash Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham Knight
C. Thomas Howell Reverse-Flash   Sons of Anarchy, The Amazing Spider-Man, E.T., Injustice 2
Cissy Jones Lois Lane Life is Strange, Destiny 2, Firewatch, Darksiders 3, World of Warcraft
Clancy Brown Lex Luthor Thor: Ragnarok, Starship Troopers,
Archer, Star Wars: Rebels
Wally Wingert Riddler Invader Zim, Garfield, Bleach, Naruto
Tasia Valenza Poison Ivy Metal Gear Solid, Batman: Arkham Asylum, World of Warcraft, LEGO Dimensions
Tom Kane Commissioner Gordon Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Fortnite,
Robot Chicken, SoulCalibur 4
Lex Lang Deathstorm Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Dragon Ball Super, Pillars of Eternity: The White March
Travis Willingham Superman Batman: A Telltale Series, Team Sonic Racing, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, Knack 2
JB Blanc Penguin, Ra's al Ghul Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, X-COM 2,
World of Warcraft, Wolfenstein 2
Eric Bauza Mister Freeze Uncle Grandpa, Ben 10, Steven Universe 



It's a veritable who's who of the biggest characters in the DC universe, as well as some of gaming Hollywood's finest.

LEGO DC Super-Villains will be available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch on October 16. Preorders are available now via the game's official site.

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Get Your Tickets For Pokemon The Movie: The Power Of Us Now https://www.gameskinny.com/upj9l/get-your-tickets-for-pokemon-the-movie-the-power-of-us-now https://www.gameskinny.com/upj9l/get-your-tickets-for-pokemon-the-movie-the-power-of-us-now Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:24:49 -0400 QuintLyn

Beginning today, Pokemon fans can pre-purchase tickets to the series' next big cinematic adventure: Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us.

Tickets can be purchased through the Fathom Animation website

Fathom Events, in conjunction with The Pokemon Company, are offering fans the opportunity to see the movie in theaters as part of a limited-time event.

Join Ash and Pikachu as they travel to Furia City, a seaside town that relies on the wind to function. To keep the wind blowing, they have a deal with the Legendary Pokemon Lugia -- a Pokemon that Ash would love to see.

But when something mysterious threatens the town, Ash and Pikachu must team up with residents -- human and Pokemon alike -- to save it.

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us will be shown in more than 800 theaters in the U.S. on November 24 and December 1 at 12:55 pm local time.

It will also be aired through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network on November 26 and 28 at 7:00 p.m. local time

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Play World of Warcraft: Classic When You Buy The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket https://www.gameskinny.com/anw6j/play-world-of-warcraft-classic-when-you-buy-the-blizzcon-virtual-ticket https://www.gameskinny.com/anw6j/play-world-of-warcraft-classic-when-you-buy-the-blizzcon-virtual-ticket Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:44:20 -0400 Zack Palm

Planning to check out BlizzCon from the comfort of your own home? Not only will you get the chance the watch the show from your house, but you'll get the chance to try out a demo getting shown on the show-floor: World of Warcraft Classic!

The World of Warcraft class demo stretches across two specific Horde and Alliance Classic zones. You'll have access to the demo up until November 8, with the purchase of your BlizzCon virtual ticket.

Want some build up to the event? Blizzard plans to upload a video series leading up to BlizzCon where they show off some phenomenal coplayers, the secret of the Blizzard Vault, and more yet to come. This series will likely get uploaded to their YouTube page, or follow them at @Blizzard_Ent to receive more updates.

Before BlizzCon official kicks off, Blizzard is making the 12th annual BlizzCon Goody Bag available in their store. The bag contains:

  • Diablo vinyl figure
  • World of Warcraft faction keychain
  • Hearthstone magnet set
  • Overwatch challenge coin
  • Heroes of the Storm Raven Lord crest magnet
  • StarCraft 20th Anniversary pin
  • BlizzCon hardcover book where the developers share about their amazing community.

If you grab your virtual ticket, you can save $10 off your Goody Bag purchase. These items remain in the store while supplies last.

The BlizzCon event kicks off on November 2. You can go to Blizzard's online store to reserve your seat now for $49.99. For die-hard fans, make sure to download the free BlizzCon 2018 mobile application for iOS or Android to receive announcements, video content, and access to the live streams that come from the event.

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PUBG Heads To FACEIT Competitive Platform https://www.gameskinny.com/p8j4v/pubg-heads-to-faceit-competitive-platform https://www.gameskinny.com/p8j4v/pubg-heads-to-faceit-competitive-platform Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:00:49 -0400 Zack Palm

PUBG players are about to get a far more enriching competitive experience with a partnership with FACEIT. This partnership brings PUBG to the FACEIT platform where players can signup to get involved with a new progression system, competitive scene, and partner-sponsored tournaments.

The partnership comes out from the closed beta they ran in August. More than 200,000 players signed up to get involved and were excited about the new direction for the battle royale game. The progression system should make it easier for talent agencies to seek out the truly gifted players, streamlining the process to get them on a competitive team and fighting in the official tournaments. The FACEIT platform also makes it easier for organizations to create their own tournaments on customized servers and invite select attendees.

Niccolo Maisto, the CEO of FACEIT, had this to say:

“Whilst we anticipated high levels of success with the closed beta, we were blown away by the positive feedback and the number of sign-ups. The integration we developed with PUBG allows players to be in a match within seconds and we’re excited to welcome everyone on the platform to jump in and experience our competitive battleground. PUBG is continually proving its fierce potential as an esport, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that exciting journey by offering players unprecedented opportunities to develop their skills.”

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, FACEIT is rewarding the first player to earn 338 chicken dinners with a FIAT 500. Join in on the FACEIT platform to enter the competition and put your survival skills to the test!

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MINECON Earth To Be Streamed On Cartoon Network's YouTube Channel https://www.gameskinny.com/xhlpe/minecon-earth-to-be-streamed-on-cartoon-networks-youtube-channel https://www.gameskinny.com/xhlpe/minecon-earth-to-be-streamed-on-cartoon-networks-youtube-channel Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:52:59 -0400 QuintLyn

Cartoon Network and Microsoft are partnering to livestream MINECON Earth, the celebration of all things Minecraft, on the popular TV network's YouTube channel this Saturday, September 29. 

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT/8:30 a.m. PDT, the YouTube channel will stream pre- and post-show content, as well as community panels from MINECON Earth.

It will also host the MINECON Earth Remix, a recap episode that will feature iconic Cartoon Network worlds reimagined in the Minecraft style. This includes vignettes of The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go!, We Bare Bears, and -- for those of you that are probably missing it by now, Adventure Time

Leading up to the event, fans will be able to participate in pre-event activities via Cartoon Network's social media channels and the CN Sayin'App.

Those who miss the livestream need not worry either. The recap episode will air on Cartoon Network on Monday, October 8, at 6:45 EDT/PDT.

The livestream event follows a previous project the two companies worked on together. Some of you might have seen it... The "Diamonds and Lemons" Minecraft-style episode of Adventure Time?

Apparently, you can't go wrong pairing one of the world's most popular games with a beloved cartoon because cool things like MINECON streams happen. 

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Virtual Steel Takes on Real Steel in New SoulCalibur 6 Video https://www.gameskinny.com/l9c1p/virtual-steel-takes-on-real-steel-in-new-soulcalibur-6-video https://www.gameskinny.com/l9c1p/virtual-steel-takes-on-real-steel-in-new-soulcalibur-6-video Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:52:14 -0400 Zack Palm

Ever wondered how well virtual steel fares when compared to the real thing?

The developers behind SoulCalibur 6 wanted to know the answer and decided to put it to the test. To do it properly, they sought the assistance of world-renowned fencer and Team USA Olympic Bronze Medalist, Miles Chamley-Watson.

In the video, Chamely-Watson shows off his skills against SoulCalibur 6 producer, Motohiro Okubo. And ... it's a sight to behold.

With SoulCalibur 6 nearly upon us, it will be interesting to see if all the research Bandai Namco put into the game's development pays off -- and feels real. You can check the video in the header above, and then compare the fencing here to that of the recently unveiled Raphael here

If you haven't already, you can pre-order SoulCalibur 6 for your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Amazon, Gamestop, and Steam

The next iteration of the storied fighting game franchise is set to release on October 19. 

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Bethesda Reveals Fallout 76 B.E.T.A Dates https://www.gameskinny.com/8yoyj/bethesda-reveals-fallout-76-beta-dates https://www.gameskinny.com/8yoyj/bethesda-reveals-fallout-76-beta-dates Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:33:44 -0400 Zack Palm

Although Fallout 76 is just around the corner, those waiting to get their hands on it don't have to wait until November 14 to do. Today, Bethesda (finally) announced the date of the game's upcoming B.E.T.A. 

Xbox One players will get first dibs starting October 23. After that, on October 30, PlayStation 4 and PC users will get their chance.

The only catch is that you'll have to pre-order the game to get access to the B.E.T.A. You can do that on Bethesda's website, Amazon, Gamestop, and the Microsoft Store

Once you pre-order, head over to Bethesda's Fallout 76 FAQ page to redeem your the code on your pre-order receipt. 

Though players will have access to the B.E.T.A on the dates previously mentioned, the B.E.T.A.'s servers will not remain live indefinitely. The game will go down periodically during the test as developers attempt to troubleshoot any issues and attempt to stress test the servers prior to the official release date.

If you run into any hiccups during the test, you can check server statuses on the Bethesda.net Status Page. You can also get updates by following Bethesda on Twitter. 

Bethesda plans to release a series of videos detailing helpful tips prior to the B.E.T.A's release date. 

And while you wait patiently for the B.E.T.A., check out why we think Fallout 76 won't suck

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Yo-Kai Watch 3 Comes to North America in February https://www.gameskinny.com/0sbcr/yo-kai-watch-3-comes-to-north-america-in-february https://www.gameskinny.com/0sbcr/yo-kai-watch-3-comes-to-north-america-in-february Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:19:39 -0400 Erroll Maas

With the launch of Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Moon Rabbit Crew, the free update for action RPG spin off titles Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad, Nintendo and Level-5 have announced via Twitter that the next mainline series title, Yo-Kai Watch 3, will head to North America on February 8, 2019 and to Europe this winter.

Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura originally launched for Nintendo 3DS in Japan on December 15, 2016. The updated version, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, launched on July 16, 2016.

It has not been specified which versions of Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be localized or if their names will be changed for western audiences as they were for Yo-Kai Watch 2.

Yo-Kai Watch 3 follows two protagonists and as such, it splits the story between two separate areas. Nate Adams, the protagonist of the previous Yo-Kai Watch titles, returns with his Yo-Kai partners Whisper and Jibanyan while they explore their new home in the United States and find new Yo-Kai known as 'merican Yo-Kai.

In addition to Nate, we follow new protagonist Haley and her Yo-Kai partner Usapyon in Nate's hometown of Springdale.

Yo-Kai Watch 3 will launch for Nintendo 3DS in North America on February 8, 2019 and in Europe this winter. The next title in the series, Yo-Kai Watch 4, is set to launch on Nintendo Switch in Japan in winter 2018.

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Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Will Challenge Your Resolve Very Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/swccz/sinner-sacrifice-for-redemption-will-challenge-your-resolve-very-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/swccz/sinner-sacrifice-for-redemption-will-challenge-your-resolve-very-soon Thu, 27 Sep 2018 10:00:01 -0400 Zack Palm

Steel yourselves. Boss battler, Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, has a release date. 

Coming first to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on October 18, Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption comes from publishing company Another Indie and is heavily inspired by both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls

Where those games are expansive in scope, Sinner is more predicated on skill and intense battles against looming bosses -- hence the "boss battler" moniker given to it by its developers. 

In Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, players take control of Adam, a soldier who must answer for his sordid past. He embarks on a adventure where he must come to terms with what he's done, facing hordes of monsters and creatures eager to rip him limb from limb.

Many of these creatures are based on the seven deadly sins, detailing how Adam must rise against man's greatest follies and go beyond them to achieve redemption.

The creatures Adam faces also seem to have a connection to him. They're meant to remind him of his crimes, torturing both his mind and his body -- literally.

Before facing off against a monster, Adam must sacrifice a part of himself. This gives him a permanent debuff, making every future battle that much more difficult as the debuffs stack.

He'll lose health, armor pieces, and even weapons for each sacrifice. 

When a player completes the entire game, they can start their journeyagain in New Game+ mode, where they can use alternative gear to help them slay the beasts that lie ahead all over again.

Another Indie's Iain Garner, Director of Developer Relations, had this to say about the games ferocity and unforgiving nature:

Sinner provides the intense action players crave in hardcore games through intimate battles that are accessible in any order. By giving players the freedom to choose their path through its devilish challenges, Sinner offers player agency without sacrificing compelling story.


You can expect Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption to arrive on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 18. The game will also debut on Windows and Mac as a First on Discord launch title, later this year, along with a follow-up Steam release.

The game is currently priced at $18.99.

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PS4 Crossplay Beta Testing Begins Today With Fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/3pa5b/ps4-crossplay-beta-testing-begins-today-with-fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/3pa5b/ps4-crossplay-beta-testing-begins-today-with-fortnite Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:49:46 -0400 Ashley Gill

Did you think Sony was ever going to allow crossplay on its platforms? I sure as heck didn't, but here we are in September of the year of great surprises and suddenly, Fortnite players are able to participate in a PlayStation 4 crossplay beta.

Sony has had a hardline stance on crossplay through the past two generations, but it seems not even Sony can stand against Fortnite's popularity.

As of today -- meaning literally right now -- you can hop onto Fortnite on your PlayStation 4 and play against other players on PC, mobile, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

This will hopefully be the first of many games allowing crossplay on Sony's platforms. In the PlayStation Blog post announcing and detailing the opening of the server gates, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, John Kodera, stated this is the start of a "major policy change for SIE". He also said that the company will announce more details about the future of crossplay on Sony platforms and how the feature will roll out.

Whether you play Fortnite or not, this is an exciting announcement as it may mean that many of us blocked from playing certain games with our friends just because we have different platforms will finally be able to stop lamenting over buying the game on the "wrong" platform.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Sony's new cross-play initiative. 

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Celebrate Versus Evil's 5 Anniversary By Taking Advantage Of This Massive Steam Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/8uf33/celebrate-versus-evils-5-anniversary-by-taking-advantage-of-this-massive-steam-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/8uf33/celebrate-versus-evils-5-anniversary-by-taking-advantage-of-this-massive-steam-sale Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:20:40 -0400 QuintLyn

Independent game publisher Versus Evil has turned five, and as is generally the custom in video-game related anniversaries, players are getting the presents in this celebration.

Today, the company announced a huge Steam sale that covers its entire catalog of games -- including gems like Antihero, Guild of Dungeoneering, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Let them Come, and The Banner Saga franchise.

The sale also includes DLC for both the company's buy-to-play and free-to-play offerings.

Depending on whether or not you already have some of Versus Evil's games in your library, you can take advantage of two options when making your purchases. The first is to snag the publisher's entire library for $89.60. This is a 65% discount and will save you $165.

However, if you already have some of Versus Evil's games -- or maybe you're only interested in certain ones -- you can pick them up individually, saving anywhere from 20% to 90%. 

No end date for the sale has been provided, but as with most Steam sales, you can count on this one not lasting very long -- perhaps through the weekend.

So, if you'd like to take advantage of it, you can find the Steam sale page here. Or, if you'd like the whole shebang, the bundle can be found here.

 

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New Black Desert Online Drieghan Expansion Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/rlaep/new-black-desert-online-drieghan-expansion-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/rlaep/new-black-desert-online-drieghan-expansion-announced Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:56:22 -0400 Zack Palm

Fans of Black Desert Online, rejoice: a brand-new expansion is headed your way very soon. 

Titled Drieghan, the latest expansion to the popular MMO from Pearly Abyss and Kakao Games is set to release November 14. The trailer above shows players what they can expect in the expansion, most exciting of which is dragons. 

In the lore of BDO, Drieghan is home to the dwarves. And with dwarves typically come angry, fiery dragons. Players will have the opportunity to visit the mystical land for the very first time, as well as walk the streets of the dwarven capital, Duvencrune.

The expansion comes with several other new areas, over 300 new quests, new story content, and a new world boss named Garmoth, The Crimson Dragon. 

Currently, the expansion is not available for pre-order. However, you can expect it to arrive to the game's website shortly.

Be sure to check out all of our tips and tricks for Black Desert Online over on our BDO guides page

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Welcome to the Jungle: New Hitman Trailer Highlights Agent 47's Killer Tactics https://www.gameskinny.com/zlsy3/welcome-to-the-jungle-new-hitman-trailer-highlights-agent-47s-killer-tactics https://www.gameskinny.com/zlsy3/welcome-to-the-jungle-new-hitman-trailer-highlights-agent-47s-killer-tactics Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:38:22 -0400 Zack Palm

Set to release in just under two months, Hitman 2 just got a brand-new highlight trailer, showing us more of what we can expect from Agent 47's latest contract. 

Featuring the Columbia map, one of the new maps set to come to Hitman 2, the latest gameplay trailer is a masterclass in creative assassination, showing some of the truly creative ways players can eliminate their targets.

You can watch the trailer at the top and check out the latest options available to Agent 47. Another trailer revealed earlier this month also shows off some of 47's killer tactics. 

Like the trailer before it, this one highlights a specific aspect of Hitman 2's gameplay, namely how Agent 47 is able to use his surroundings as cover to take out his targets.

Players will have the opportunity to kill their marks from the well-covered jungle floor, gas-leaking fuel tanks, or bags of cocaine. 47 can eve crush them using a well-timed shot to the chain of a sharp, suspended piece of art.

If you haven't already, make sure to pre-order Hitman 2 and play it as soon as it releases on November 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Monster Hunter Stories Now Available for Smartphones in the West https://www.gameskinny.com/ugi7f/monster-hunter-stories-now-available-for-smartphones-in-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/ugi7f/monster-hunter-stories-now-available-for-smartphones-in-the-west Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:30:33 -0400 Erroll Maas

Monster Hunter Stories, Capcom's Nintendo 3DS RPG based on the Monster Hunter series, is now available for iOS and Android in North America and Europe for $19.99.

Additionally, a free demo titled Monster Hunter Stories The Adventure Begins is also available on iOS and Android for players who want to try the game before purchasing it.

New features for the smartphone version include high resolution visuals, an improved user interface, and an auto-save feature.

The smartphone version does not include crossover content from the Nintendo 3DS version, such as the Legend of Zelda armor and weapons or the Epona mount.

Monster Hunter Stories originally released for Nintendo 3DS in Japan on October 8, 2016, and released in North America and Europe on September 8, 2017. An updated version, Monster Hunter Stories 1.2 Renewal Edition, released in Japan digitally on July 26, 2017, and received a physical release a day later.

This updated version added new monsters, outfits, and allowed the player character to switch genders. A 1.3 update was released later as well, but did not receive a physical re-release.

The smartphone version of Monster Hunter Stories launched in Japan on December 4, 2017.

Monster Hunter Stories is available on iOS through the App Store and on Android via Google Play, and is also available both physically and digitally for the Nintendo 3DS

It is currently unknown if the game will see a sequel or enhanced Nintendo Switch port in the future.

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Mythical Pokemon Meltan Appears In Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/hcwv5/mythical-pokemon-meltan-appears-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/hcwv5/mythical-pokemon-meltan-appears-in-pokemon-go Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:51:05 -0400 QuintLyn

Recently, Pokemon GO players have spotted a previously unknown Pokemon that looks like a Hex Nut. As it turns out, what they've likely been seeing is Ditto that have transformed into this weird Pokemon.

Thanks to Professor Willow and Professor Oak, we now know that the mysterious Pokemon Ditto have been appearing as the Meltan, a mythical Steel Pokemon known to the professors only through descriptions in books. 

The little guy isn't restricted to Pokemon GO, it seems, as he will be appearing in Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!.

That said, the alternate reality mobile game is key to meeting Meltan in either of the Nintendo Switch games when they release. Professor Willow will need help from Pokemon GO players to better understand the habits and distribution of the Hex Nut Pokemon.

It's this research that will aid Pokemon: Let's Go! players in their quest to meet Meltan once the games launch on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo's press release isn't exactly clear on just how Meltan will make its way into the Pokemon: Let's Go! games. However, it seems likely that the recent announcement of the Pokemon transfer system that will exist between the two games is what will be used to facilitate this.

In this case, Pokemon GO players would upload a captured Meltan into the GO park system in Pokemon: Let's Go! Of course, at the moment, this is speculation on my part. So take it as you will.

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HyperX Adds Two Colorful, Potent SSDs To Its Lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/go71h/hyperx-adds-two-colorful-potent-ssds-to-its-lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/go71h/hyperx-adds-two-colorful-potent-ssds-to-its-lineup Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:12:22 -0400 QuintLyn

Two new gamer-centric SSDs are now available from HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology.

The first drive, the FURY RGB SSD, is an internal drive designed to provide gamers with a smooth experience and faster load times, all while making their cases look even cooler with colorful LED lighting.

The second drive, named the SAVAGE EXO SSD, offers players an external drive option that will run applications quickly and directly. Both drives utilize  3D NAND technology, which offers power efficiency and high read/write speeds. 

HyperX promises that both SSDs will meet the needs of a wide range of gamers.

Overclockers and system builders might want to look at the FURY RGB, which not only offers enhanced visual options for case building, but is a solid option for those into DIY systems and really tweaking things.

For those looking for something to use for game backups, video editing, and any other storage requirements that take speed into account, the SAVAGE EXO would be the way to go. It's also very portable.

Capacity-wise, both drives come in 480GB and 960GB options. The FURY RGB also offers a 240GB option.

FURY RGB prices start at $128 for the basic 240GB and go as high as $400 for the 960GB upgraded drive. The upgraded version includes additional features such as USB 3.0 enclosure, a SATA Drive cable, mounting, and a USB 3.1 Type A to Mini-USB cable. The SAVAGE EXO runs $219 for the 480GB option and $419 for the 960GB.

A full rundown on both drives' specs can be found on the HyperX site. You can also order directly from HyperX as well.

 

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MapleStory 2 to Launch Oct. 10, Pre-registration Rewards Abound https://www.gameskinny.com/wov1r/maplestory-2-to-launch-oct-10-pre-registration-rewards-abound https://www.gameskinny.com/wov1r/maplestory-2-to-launch-oct-10-pre-registration-rewards-abound Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:37:51 -0400 Ashley Gill

After a few closed betas, MapleStory 2 is ready for a full launch next month. New and returning Maplers have an opportunity to get some rewards for pre-registering for the game.

Starting today, you can head over to the MapleStory 2 website and pre-register for rewards.

Anytime between now and 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT on October 8, you can pre-register for the game to receive three free and downright adorable in-game items: the Rustic Mushcabin name tag, the Ducky Rickshaw mount, and the Roosting Seagull hat.

These items will be sent to players on October 10, which just so happens to be full launch day. However, Maplers more eager to get into game are able to purchase one of three Founder's Packs to get in early on October 1.

Founder's Packs grant a number of exclusive cosmetic items, cash shop currency, and Premium Club membership. The prices range from $24.99 to $99.99 -- the outfits in the higher tier packages are just too cute.

This isn't all, though. Maplers can also retweet or Like the new trailer on Facebook featuring the brand new Runeblade class and receive an in-game body pillow featuring fan-favorite character Mint. Only 40 players will receive this special item, so read the rules and Like or retweet when you can!

MapleStory 2 Head Start for Founder's Pack holders starts in a mere six days on October 1, but even non-Founders should be sure to pre-register between now and October 8 to get their hands on the three in-game items that come with a successful pre-register. Full launch is coming on October 10, whether you're ready or not!

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Launch Trailer Offers A Look At All 3 Game Modes https://www.gameskinny.com/hw39j/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-launch-trailer-offers-a-look-at-all-3-game-modes https://www.gameskinny.com/hw39j/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-launch-trailer-offers-a-look-at-all-3-game-modes Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:44:18 -0400 QuintLyn

Helicopters, tigers, and zombies. Oh my! 

The latest installment of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series is a little under three weeks away from launch and Treyarch is happily dropping all kinds of info on the upcoming game. Earlier this month, they dropped a gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout Battle Royale mode. Even more recently, they revealed some of their plans for post-launch DLC. Today they released a shiny new launch trailer highlighting all three of the upcoming game's feature modes: Blackout Battle Royale, Multiplayer, and Zombies. The trailer is an intense action-fest... and man is it pretty.

If you're wondering about the post-launch content I mentioned above, I have good news for you, and -- depending on which console you play -- some not as good news. The good news, Treyarch has plenty of free content and events planned to roll out after the game releases. Included in the current release plans are the return of the Nuketown map in November, the rollout of the first new Specialists in December, and regular updates to the Blackout mode.

The less good news -- if you're not a PlayStation 4 owner -- is that they plan to release the new content to PS4 first. This includes new specialists, maps, and seasonal events. 

Hopefully, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 players on Xbox and PC won't be forced into too long of a wait when it comes to these updates. But, of course, we'll have to wait and see.

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Open-World Sci-Fi Adventure HEVN Now Live On Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/m2l5e/open-world-sci-fi-adventure-hevn-now-live-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/m2l5e/open-world-sci-fi-adventure-hevn-now-live-on-steam Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:34:26 -0400 QuintLyn

HEVN, an indie sci-fi game from Seattle-based studio Miga that has been likened to an open-world System Shock 2, has launched on Steam.

HEVN game is set about a hundred years in the future, in a time when corporations fight for control over the solar system's resources. Others seek to take humanity back to a less technology dependent time.

Players take on the role of miner Sebastian Mar as he leaves on a celestial mining mission, only to find that the place he arrives at to be deserted. With some (extremely) long distance help, Sebastian must explore the world and find a way back home from the planet Naic.

In celebration of HEVN's launch, Miga is offering a 25% discount on the game, dropping it from $19.99 to $14.99. The sale is only set to last a week, so you might want to hurry to get your hands on this space adventure at its current low price.

 

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