News Category RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com News RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network New Digimon, Character and Quest Details Revealed For Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory https://www.gameskinny.com/mzu23/new-digimon-character-and-quest-details-revealed-for-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory https://www.gameskinny.com/mzu23/new-digimon-character-and-quest-details-revealed-for-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/g/digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-2017-023jpg-600-03767.jpg mzu23/new-digimon-character-and-quest-details-revealed-for-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:16:36 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has revealed new information for the upcoming JRPG Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory -- including details on new and returning characters, a new type of quest, and screenshots revealing some new obtainable Digimon which did not appear in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.

New and Returning Characters

Chitose Imai

The first character highlighted is a new character, Chitose Imai. Chitose is the vice leader of the hacker team "Hu Die" and helps improve the mood of the group while also being a creative hacker. Ankylomon -- the Champion level form of Armadillomon originally introduced in the second anime series, Digimon Adventure 02 -- seems to be his partner.

Nokia Shiramine

The other character highlighted is returning character Nokia Shiramine. Nokia has decided to create a new team called "Rebellions" to help protect Digimon from hackers with evil intentions. Nokia's partners are Agumon and Gabumon, well-known Digimon from the very first season of the anime, Digimon Adventure, who can combine to become the Mega level Digimon, Omnimon.

New Digimon

The screenshots released alongside this new information have also revealed a five new obtainable Digimon,  which have been detailed below.

Mushroomon

Mushroomon is a Rookie level Vegetation type Digimon and has appeared at least once in every Digimon anime series before the current one, Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters.  Mushroomon's signature attacks are Fungus Cruncher, Laughing Smasher, and Mushroom Mash.

Turuiemon

Turuiemon is an Animal type Digimon and the purified Champion level form of Lopmon -- a Digimon first introduced through promotional material for Digimon the Movie and the partner of Suzy Wong in the third anime series, Digimon Tamers. Turuiemon has only appeared in the Digimon Fusion anime series, and this will mark its first appearance in a Digimon video game. Turuiemon's signature attacks are Gauntlet Claw and Ninja Fist.

Airdramon

Airdramon is a Mythical Animal type Champion level Digimon who has appeared in a number of Digimon anime series and games. Airdramon's most notable role was in Digimon Adventure 02, when squadrons of them were kept by the evil Digimon Emperor and controlled by his dark rings. Airdramon's signature attack is Spinning Needle.

Megidramon

Megidramon, is an evil dragon Digimon and an alternate mega form of Guilmon, which happens when the full destructive power of the Digital Hazard -- the symbol on the chest of every Digimon in the Guilmon digivolution line -- is released.

Megidramon appeared briefly in Digimon Tamers, during perhaps one of the darkest scenes in the franchises history. Megidramon's signature attacks are Megiddo Flame and Hell Howling. Megidramon is also one of the "Four Great Dragons" --  a group of four Mega-level Dragon Digimon based on the Chinese myth of the Four Dragon Kings who rule over the four seas surrounding China.

Magnadramon

Magnadramon (middle) is a Holy Dragon type Digimon and an alternate mega form of Gatomon which first appeared in Digimon the Movie -- specifically the last third, known as Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals in Japan. Magnadramon's signature attacks are Fire Tornado, Dragon Fire, and Hermit Fog.

Goldramon

 

Goldramon, is Holy Dragon type Digimon and another one of the "Four Great Dragons."  Goldramon has not appeared in any Digimon anime series as of yet, but appeared in Digimon World Dawn and Dusk as an obtainable Digimon. Goldramon's signature attacks are Gold Flame and Good Summon.

Territory Battle Quests

In addition to new Digimon, there will also be Territory Battle Quests, in which players will have to battle other hacker groups in a dungeon and take over their territory by defeating them and suppressing their emblem, replacing it with your own.

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory will be released in Japan sometime in late 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, and is planned for release in Western territories sometime in 2018.

Make sure to stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more information on Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory as we move closer to launch.

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Prior to Draft, NBA Hopeful De'Aaron Fox Signs Deal With HyperX https://www.gameskinny.com/0su16/prior-to-draft-nba-hopeful-deaaron-fox-signs-deal-with-hyperx https://www.gameskinny.com/0su16/prior-to-draft-nba-hopeful-deaaron-fox-signs-deal-with-hyperx https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/y/p/hyperx-for-peripherals-b5a65.jpg 0su16/prior-to-draft-nba-hopeful-deaaron-fox-signs-deal-with-hyperx Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:50:59 -0400 Bryantcpereira

On the cusp of the anticipated 2017 NBA Draft, gamer and top-pick player De’Aaron Fox will now represent HyperX as a gaming headset brand ambassador. The former Kentucky Wildcats player will exclusively wear HyperX gaming headsets during his Twitch streams of games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Clash Royale.

While simultaneously being a driving force in high-end hardware, HyperX is a sponsor of top gaming organizations such as Cloud 9, Team Liquid, and SK-Gaming. As eSports continue to intersect with traditional sports, Fox joins professional players like Gordon Hayward to push gaming hardware and culture to the forefront of mainstream media.

Fox participated in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game and played one season at the University of Kentucky. As if being one of the top NBA draft picks of the season isn’t time-consuming enough, Fox is also a dedicated gamer.

Along with being a passionate NBA2K player, he also plays Dragon Ball Z, Call of Duty, and Need for Speed. Fox even managed to get the best time during a sneak peek demo of Need for Speed: Payback at EA Play 2017. 

In response to the recent deal, Fox said, “I’m as passionate about gaming as I am basketball and thrilled to be a part of the HyperX team...”

The 2017 NBA draft will be held tomorrow, June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and can be watched nationally via ESPN. As Fox balls his way toward a multi-million dollar deal, his partnership with HyperX brings him one step closer to the spotlight.

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Endless Space 2 Gets Stellar Prisoner Update https://www.gameskinny.com/341iy/endless-space-2-gets-stellar-prisoner-update https://www.gameskinny.com/341iy/endless-space-2-gets-stellar-prisoner-update https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/n/d/endless-space-stellar-prisoner7-360x203-5f2d5.jpg 341iy/endless-space-2-gets-stellar-prisoner-update Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:36:18 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Amplitude Studios' newest turn-based, 4X space strategy game, Endless Space 2, was released on May 19, to moderate popularity among critics and players alike. The game possesses a massive level of complexity, allowing players control over just about anything, from ship design to creating custom factions. 

Since its release, the game has been receiving regular updates. Most of these have been along the lines of bug fixes and balancing changes, but their newest update, the "Stellar Prisoner", has a bit more to offer. The game's AI received a change, helping it to analyze truces and alliances more effectively, and political traits were modified to appropriately affect political events.  

Besides the performance upgrades and bug fixes, the "Stellar Prisoner" update includes a few tidbits of new content. Two new heroes, a new quest, two new planets, and a new node (the Neutron Star) are the main additions. These additions might not drastically alter Endless Space 2's gameplay, but they will give players some fun new options. 

With all of these improvements to the game, it might be time to check it out for yourself. Endless Space 2 is available on Steam for $39.99, or $49.99 for the Digital Deluxe Edition. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and tips on Endless Space 2

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Film and Gaming Intersect at the TERMINUS Conference and Festival in Atlanta https://www.gameskinny.com/9kvgd/film-and-gaming-intersect-at-the-terminus-conference-and-festival-in-atlanta https://www.gameskinny.com/9kvgd/film-and-gaming-intersect-at-the-terminus-conference-and-festival-in-atlanta https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/d/3/cd3c621b-0d3d-4382-8a36-53f32d7f2010-large-a5e65.png 9kvgd/film-and-gaming-intersect-at-the-terminus-conference-and-festival-in-atlanta Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:32:30 -0400 Kat De Shields

If you're a film, animation, art, or gaming enthusiast, you won't want to miss the TERMINUS Festival and Conference. Running from June 22-25 at the W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta, Terminus is chock full of film screenings, game demos, multi-day workshops, panels, activities, and after parties.

According to the website:

TERMINUS Conference & Festival is dedicated to empowering today’s creators by providing them with the education, experience, and opportunities they need to develop and produce entertaining and impactful work. Our event hopes to bring filmmakers, video game developers, creators and fans of all types together for an event that is not only fun - but meaningful to their development as professionals and as storytellers.

TERMINUS presents attendees with an opportunity to learn through panels dedicated to exploring both the creative and business side of filmmaking and game development. Multiday workshops offer a more in-depth view of things presented by leaders in the industry. Aspiring developers and gaming fans have a multitude of panels to choose from, including everything from a multiday workshop on narrative design to a course on building a Unity game in 90 minutes. GameSkinny will present a panel on getting into games journalism on Sunday. 

The Game Expo Hall is open to gamers and guests looking to take part in tournaments, win prizes, and watch "let's plays" on systems ranging from the ATARI all the way to the Nintendo Switch. The hall will also feature demos and conversation with indie developer finalists for the 2017 Golden Joystick Awards

It's not too late to grab a badge and have a blast. Visit the TERMINUS website for more information about pricing or to see the lineup of events. 

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 Is Releasing This August with New Features https://www.gameskinny.com/alqpk/cook-serve-delicious-2-is-releasing-this-august-with-new-features https://www.gameskinny.com/alqpk/cook-serve-delicious-2-is-releasing-this-august-with-new-features https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-8108e.jpg alqpk/cook-serve-delicious-2-is-releasing-this-august-with-new-features Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:51:42 -0400 Damien Smith

After the massively popular release of Cook, Serve, Delicious!, the anticipation for a sequel has been sky high. Today Vertigo Gaming Inc has announced the release date of that long-awaited sequel, along with its price and a few details on the restaurant customization and local co-op features that will be present in the game.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 is the sequel to the immensely popular and critically acclaimed hardcore cooking game Cook, Serve, Delicious! that was released on Windows and mobile devices in 2013. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game, where the player has their platinum star restaurant shut down due to a business deal. Now, you need to start your restaurant business over from scratch.

Using your life savings, you buy a new restaurant in the Teragon Supertower -- the biggest skyscraper in the city -- and begin to rebuild yourself as the best chef in the world. The sequel boasts an array of features including:

  • A 60+ hour Campaign Mode: Build your restaurant from a roach infested eatery to a World Class Platinum Star experience.
  • A new campaign mode called Chef for Hire: Take jobs within the tower and various restaurants as you gain experience with the large array of foods. This massive new mode spans 400+ levels across 25+ restaurants!
  • The return of the classic Management mode: Build up your restaurant with the menu of your choosing, including decorating your restaurant with nearly one thousand unlockable objects!
  • All new gameplay features and additions, with a greater flexibility of difficulty for those who like it casual or insanely difficult.
  • Over 180 foods, sides, drinks and desserts to choose from -- a staggering increase from the 30 foods in the original game.
  • New local co-op mode: Split screen co-op feature allows you to play through the entire game with two players, with the ability for players to drop in and out during your progress within the game.
  • Full Steam Achievements/Cloud/Trading Cards/Leaderboard support.
  • All new 1080p native/60fps code.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 is aiming to improve on the original game in every way possible and is set to release on August 24 of this year for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. The game’s price has been announced as $12.99.

Restaurant Customization and Local Co-op Details

Along with the announcement of the release date and price, came details on Restaurant Customization and local co-op -- two new features to the sequel.

In the previous game, you had six restaurant styles to choose from, but no control over the design. The upcoming sequel boasts over 1000 unlockable objects that allow the player to customize their restaurant how they see fit. The objects will unlock randomly at the end of each in-game day, and players can unlock additional items by leveling up and completing optional objectives.

The other feature detailed is the local co-op mode. After the massive success that was the experimental implementation of multiplayer in the original game after release, Vertigo Gaming Inc has made it a full blown mode in the sequel.

The co-op mode allows two players to work in the kitchen together and swap around jobs to best suit the circumstances they are facing. So if one player is less familiar with the game they can be given easier jobs to complete while the other takes on the more complex chores.

The game's local co-op is also set to be played multiple ways. Two players can play using the mouse and keyboard (one on the mouse one on the keyboard) or with both on gamepads or one on each -- whichever best suits the players.

But that is not all!

At the end of the announcement post, the developer also announced that the original game will be going on sale tomorrow at an 80% discount. So for those who are yet to experience what Cook, Serve, Delicious! is all about, they can do so tomorrow for the price of $1.99.

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SEGA Forever Gives You Classics on the Go https://www.gameskinny.com/rdh2x/sega-forever-gives-you-classics-on-the-go https://www.gameskinny.com/rdh2x/sega-forever-gives-you-classics-on-the-go https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/e/g/sega-forever-6f91b.jpg rdh2x/sega-forever-gives-you-classics-on-the-go Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:28:02 -0400 LuckyJorael

SEGA classics Sonic the Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, Kid Chameleon, and Phantasy Star II headline the new SEGA Forever, a new service just announced by the developer for iOS and Android devices. Players will be able to download the app for free, though it costs $1.99 to rid the game of pesky ads.

Here's the SEGA Forever launch trailer:

Despite the retro gaming style, SEGA Forever promises more modern features like cloud saves, Bluetooth controller support, and leaderboards. SEGA also states that new games will be added to the service every two weeks, though no word on which games they'll prioritize.

Per SEGA:

As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, [and] it will include both official emulations and ported games that span all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.

Sonic the Hedgehog is already available on iOS and Android devices. SEGA Forever launches globally June 22.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood’s Early Access Hit by DDoS Attack https://www.gameskinny.com/586dr/final-fantasy-xiv-stormbloods-early-access-hit-by-ddos-attack https://www.gameskinny.com/586dr/final-fantasy-xiv-stormbloods-early-access-hit-by-ddos-attack https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/f/x/ffxiv-stormblood-0f712.jpg 586dr/final-fantasy-xiv-stormbloods-early-access-hit-by-ddos-attack Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:58:16 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Final Fantasy XIV's newest expansion, "Stormblood", released yesterday, but before that, players who pre-ordered the FFXIV expansion got early access on June 16 -- and it was a mess. Players were waiting for hours just to get access to the game, and to put salt in the wound, a main story quest couldn’t be completed because of server loads.

Final Fantasy XIV's last expansion, "Heavensward", was smooth throughout its launch window, leaving no reason for players to be worried about the "Stormblood" launch. 

On June 20 -- the expansion's full release date -- the Final Fantasy XIV website released news that they had been targeted by DDoS attacks throughout Early Access -- and into the "Stormblood" official release. The development team had this to say about the attack.

We have confirmed that since Jun. 16th [sic], we have been experiencing DDoS attacks from an anonymous third-party targeting the Final Fantasy XIV game servers on the NA data center. 

Our technical staff is taking every possible measure to address this issue but the attack is still continuing to take place by changing their methods at every moment. We will continue to monitor and work on recovery from every possible angle.

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Due to this attack, our game servers, network equipment and network connection are being hit with heavy load at an extensive level, which is causing a disconnection from the game and login difficulties.

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We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing.

These attacks have caused massive outages for the game's servers, impacting network equipment and connections. Because of this, gamers have been experiencing long load times, which has caused login difficulties. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Final Fantasy XIV and the "Stormblood" expansion as it develops. 

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Atari Teases the Atari Box - Their Answer to the NES Classic? https://www.gameskinny.com/4r8o8/atari-teases-the-atari-box-their-answer-to-the-nes-classic https://www.gameskinny.com/4r8o8/atari-teases-the-atari-box-their-answer-to-the-nes-classic https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/53173e454d1d8b92a9b23ceb20bbf5f3.jpg 4r8o8/atari-teases-the-atari-box-their-answer-to-the-nes-classic Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:40:18 -0400 daisy_blonde

Atari recently unveiled the Atari Box in a short teaser video on its official website. At first, given the lack of branding originally on the website, many doubted its authenticity. 

As a response to this, Atari posted this Tweet to confirm that the console is definitely in development:

Since then, the CEO of Atari, Fred Chesnais, has reiterated to games journalists that the console is indeed on its way. This marks a return to form for the troubled company, which was at the heart of the 1980s video games crash in the U.S. -- and also went bankrupt in 2013.

There has been no further information released since the short 30-second teaser trailer, but looking at the machine, it seems there are no noticeable slots for old Atari cartridges. So it could be similar to Nintendo’s plug-and- play NES Classic.

Other gamers have speculated that it could be a machine set up to run games from Steam rival GOG.com, as Atari has previously worked with GOG.com owners and Witcher creators CD Projekt Red.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on this upcoming console!

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Valkyria Will Fly The Friendly Nintendo Skies Later This Year https://www.gameskinny.com/uyn85/valkyria-will-fly-the-friendly-nintendo-skies-later-this-year https://www.gameskinny.com/uyn85/valkyria-will-fly-the-friendly-nintendo-skies-later-this-year https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/8393a8a7e3427099961d2639353a5258.jpg uyn85/valkyria-will-fly-the-friendly-nintendo-skies-later-this-year Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:26:45 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Doragon Entertainment has announced that Danmaku Unlimited 3 will release in late 2017 for the Nintendo Switch. The title was released early this year on Steam.

Danmaku Unlimited 3 was developed by a one-man team, and it serves as a homage to the bullet hell genre, which is emblematic of arcade shooters that often fill the screen with bullets. The game was inspired by the likes of IkarugaDodonpachi, and others.

As noted by the developer, this port will be one with no compromises. The Switch version will play and run exactly as it does on PC, and it will also allow new control options for the game, such as playing tate mode via the handheld tablet.

Tate mode is when the game's monitor is in portrait orientation. With this mode, a player will be able to see more of a stage than normal.

Fans of arcade shooters and owners of the Nintendo Switch can look forward to Danmaku Unlimited 3 later this year.

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The Latest Expansion for Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon Drops August 4th https://www.gameskinny.com/cbh1r/the-latest-expansion-for-pokemon-tcg-sun-moon-drops-august-4th https://www.gameskinny.com/cbh1r/the-latest-expansion-for-pokemon-tcg-sun-moon-drops-august-4th https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-tcg-sunmoon-burning-shadow-logo-eac45.PNG cbh1r/the-latest-expansion-for-pokemon-tcg-sun-moon-drops-august-4th Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:34:26 -0400 Paige McGovern

In February, Sun & Moon joined the Pokémon Trading Card Game series. Only six months later on August 4th, Sun & Moon's first expansion will debut: Burning Shadows.

The expansion is set to bring a host of new content to the Pokémon trading game fanbase. Here's what players can expect when the new content drops in a few months: 

  • New PokémonPlay with Necrozma, Marshadow, and many more from the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games.
  • Alolan Pokémon: Classic Pokémon will return with a unique appearance to match the proprietary Alolan forms of Sun and Moon.
  • New Theme Decks: These 60-card decks are ready for players to play immediately. 
  • New Booster Packs: The packs contain 10 new expansion cards. One card in each pack will be rare. 
  • New Cards: Have over 140 cards at your disposal, including 12 new Pokemon-GX and Supporter cards with full art.
    • Get ready to play with Machamp-GX and Charizard-GX.

You can read more about Burning Shadows by visiting the Pokémon official website. To pick up this merchandise on August 4th, find a participating retailer near you.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest Pokémon news!

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Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow Gets A New Trailer And Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/892na/futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow-gets-a-new-trailer-and-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/892na/futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow-gets-a-new-trailer-and-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/088884db6f775b0476d2bd1f02226e56.jpg 892na/futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow-gets-a-new-trailer-and-release-date Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:10:40 -0400 Erroll Maas

In a brand new trailer for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow has just revealed a June 29 release date. Developed by Jam City's, this upcoming mobile game is based on Matt Groening's critically acclaimed futuristic animated television series.

The trailer (above) features world famous scientists Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Stephen Hawking, and actor George Takei arguing about who would be a better choice for announcing news for the game -- whether it be because of their relation to science or just due to cameo appearances in the series.

Last month, Jam City released the first trailer, screenshots and gameplay details for the game in a press release -- emphasizing that it will feature RPG elements, choice-making, and exploration mechanics, as well as brand new fully-voiced animated content.

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will release on June 29 through the App Store and Google Play.

Excited fans can pre-register on Google Play or visit the game's website to be notified when it goes live and receive an exclusive in-game gift for free.

Stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more information on Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow leading up to the game's release.

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Project Rap Rabbit's KickStarter Campaign Fails, Doesn't Reach Half Its Goal https://www.gameskinny.com/17d69/project-rap-rabbits-kickstarter-campaign-fails-doesnt-reach-half-its-goal https://www.gameskinny.com/17d69/project-rap-rabbits-kickstarter-campaign-fails-doesnt-reach-half-its-goal https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screenshot-124-d7884.png 17d69/project-rap-rabbits-kickstarter-campaign-fails-doesnt-reach-half-its-goal Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:04:23 -0400 Erroll Maas

Project Rap Rabbit, the ambitious rhythm game from the makers of PaRappa the Rapper and Gitarooman, has failed to reach its funding goals on the last day of its Kickstarter campaign.

Many players were cautious about the Kickstarter campaign to begin with, due to its unusually high main funding goal and a severe lack of actual gameplay footage. The last notable update to the crowdfunding campaign was a lackluster concept gameplay video (below), which may have made players even more weary of the game or made backers regret their previous contributions.

The game's developers released a final update earlier today, which reads: 

"Your excitement for Project Rap Rabbit has been wonderful to behold, but today we must sadly accept that our crowd-funding journey must end here. We knew that sourcing funds for a high-quality rhythm-action game would be tough, and though we knew that Project Rap Rabbit would be an incredible game, unfortunately we weren't able to do enough to prove that to the wider world.

We sadly are not in the position to be able to fund further production for a future crowd-funding relaunch involving a title deeper in development, and wouldn't want to scale back our vision. As a result, work on Project Rap Rabbit cannot continue at this time."

While it was obviously unlikely for the game to reach its goal without concrete details and footage, it's still somewhat surprising that it was not even able to reach even half of the funds it needed. Hopefully this failure will help the developers reevaluate the game itself and create more attainable goals with higher-quality detail in the future.

Did you expect Project Rap Rabbit's KickStarter campaign to fail? What other game related funding campaigns seem too ambitious to you? Let us know in the comments!

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Pokemon Go's Gym Update Looks to Be the Biggest One Yet https://www.gameskinny.com/z4yc7/pokemon-gos-gym-update-looks-to-be-the-biggest-one-yet https://www.gameskinny.com/z4yc7/pokemon-gos-gym-update-looks-to-be-the-biggest-one-yet https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/a/i/raids-0f2e4.jpg z4yc7/pokemon-gos-gym-update-looks-to-be-the-biggest-one-yet Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:25:59 -0400 Zantallion

Niantic has unveiled Pokemon Go's upcoming Gym Update, and it looks like a doozy. It includes a rework of the Gym system, the introduction of Raids, the addition of Gym Badges, and more. Let's dive in first with the new Gym mechanics.

 

Gyms will no longer revolve around the previous training and prestige mechanics, but instead around a new motivation system. Indicated by a little heart, each Pokemon in the gym now has an individual motivation meter. As the Pokemon is battled against, it loses motivation and its CP drops. When the meter is completely empty and the Pokemon loses one more battle, it will leave the gym and return home to its trainer, so its previously held spot will open up.

In order to keep your Pokemon's motivation up, you have to re-visit the gym and feed your buddy berries to keep its spirits strong. You can also feed berries to your teammates' Pokemon. Gyms also hold up to 6 Pokemon now, but the new motivation system will likely see to gyms trading hands more often than before.

There will also now be a one-per-gym limit on Pokemon species -- so if there's already a Mantine in the gym, you can't add your own Mantine to the line-up.

Grow strong, my good boy.

Gyms now also double as Pokestops, so you can get items from them like you would any other landmark. The Gym Update also adds in Gym Badges, which are extra collectibles you can get by participating and defending in battles at different Gyms. Doing so for the first time will earn you the badge, and repeated battles at the same gym will level up your Gym Badge -- which in turn will help you earn more items and rewards from that respective Gym. 

The badge screen doubles as a list of gyms you've been to, and shows where your Pokemon are posted, which you can see below:

Gyms are now also host to the new Raid system. These raids take place at individual gyms, where eggs will randomly appear atop the gym. These eggs will have displayed timers that count down -- and once they hit zero, the raid boss Pokemon is revealed. These Pokemon are ridiculously strong, and take over the Gym for themselves, kicking out anyone in the Gym already.

You probably won't be able to beat one on your own, but thankfully, you can take on a raid boss with up to 20 people -- and it's not limited by teams, either. When in battle, you have five minutes to beat the boss, or you'll be kicked out and forced to try again. Raids happen regularly, and a new section of the tracker helps you keep track of what raids are happening where.

Raid Boss Tyranitar sure is excited for the update!

Beating these incredibly strong foes earns you incredible rewards too. Not only will you be able to capture a powerful Pokemon by beating them, you'll also be able to earn a boatload of items, including some that can only be earned via raids. Among them are Golden Razz Berries, which will greatly increase the chances to catch wild Pokemon or completely fill up a motivation bar.

TMs will also make their debut in Pokemon Go as Raid rewards, and allow players to permanently change one of the two moves their chosen Pokemon has, depending on the type of TM chosen. The other mentioned exclusive item is a Rare Candy -- which when used on a Pokemon, gives you an undisclosed amount of its specific candy type.

The new raid subsection on the tracker also appears to show difficulty ratings.

In order to participate in these raids however, you need raid passes. You can earn one of these per day by visiting gyms, and you can only hold on to one at a time -- so you need to be choosy about what raids you take part in. As another option, you can buy premium passes from the in-game store.

It's not mentioned in the press release, but some fans are speculating that Raids will be how Legendary Pokemon are going to finally make their way into the game -- so you might want to have a few Premium passes on hand just in case.

Until all these changes go live, Gyms have been temporarily disabled, but they'll be back up once the update drops, starting as a slow beta rollout before going live globally.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about this update, and other Pokemon Go guides that will help you tackle these changes once it launches. 

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Hasbro Launches Gaming Crate Subscription Service https://www.gameskinny.com/for43/hasbro-launches-gaming-crate-subscription-service https://www.gameskinny.com/for43/hasbro-launches-gaming-crate-subscription-service https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/s/hasbro-header-ea959.png for43/hasbro-launches-gaming-crate-subscription-service Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:11:32 -0400 Dan Roemer

Today, Hasbro will be launching its first-ever subscription service, known as the “Hasbro Gaming Crate”. A first for the board and party game industry. This service will include access to new and exclusive games that can be delivered straight to your home, every three months, for a price of $49.99 per crate.

The subscription window for the current series of crates will run from now until the early fall. Each crate will include three games, along with related products that follow the specific crate's theme. Hasbro will offer two distinct crate varieties:

  • The Party Crate: Catered towards parents, college students, and young adults in general with adult themed games ranging from: Judgemental, Box of Rocks, and Speak Out: Joe Santagato Edition.
  • The Family Crate: Geared towards families with children, but with games designed still in mind for all age groups with titles like: Mask of the Pharaoh, Leo Goes to the Barber, and Tricky Wishes.

To pick either of these boxes up for yourself or a family member, you can check out Hasbro's official website for more information.

Will you be checking out Hasbro's new subscription service or game offerings? If so, let us know in the comments. And for everything board and party game related, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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Developers Confirm Rocket League for the Switch Will Run at 720p and 60fps https://www.gameskinny.com/7tbst/developers-confirm-rocket-league-for-the-switch-will-run-at-720p-and-60fps https://www.gameskinny.com/7tbst/developers-confirm-rocket-league-for-the-switch-will-run-at-720p-and-60fps https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/w/i/switch-thumbnail-796ef.jpg 7tbst/developers-confirm-rocket-league-for-the-switch-will-run-at-720p-and-60fps Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:17:15 -0400 daisy_blonde

Owners of the Nintendo Switch needn't fret that they will be getting a raw deal compared to their Rocket League buddies on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. On the the last day of E3, developer Psyonix confirmed the frame rates in an interview with Gamespot.

According to the exclusive statement:

...with regard to how it'll look and perform, Psyonix VP Jeremy Dunham stated in an interview with GameSpot that the Switch version will run at 720p with a consistent 60 frames per second whether the console is docked or undocked.

This is welcome news for Nintendo console owners, who in have often received inferior ports of games in the past. Rocket League is also set to be playable with other consoles online via cross platform compatibility -- but we'll have to wait and see if that pans out, given Sony's recent refusal to allow Minecraft crossplay on PS4.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates about Rocket League for the Switch and its crossplay capabilities as we move closer to its release window during the holiday season of this year. 

 

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Nintendo Plans on Continual Support of the 3DS into 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/2z0ry/nintendo-plans-on-continual-support-of-the-3ds-into-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/2z0ry/nintendo-plans-on-continual-support-of-the-3ds-into-2018 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-3ds-with-pokemon-sun-moon-18855.jpg 2z0ry/nintendo-plans-on-continual-support-of-the-3ds-into-2018 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:57:59 -0400 CarlyEvans

At E3 this past week, IGN had an exclusive interview with Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, where he shared Nintendo's future plans for the 3DS -- particularly, the fact that the company still plans to support its handheld console and provide new content for it well into 2018. 

According to Fils-Aime:

"The way we continue to make Nintendo 3DS vibrant as a platform is first we continue to innovate from form factor standpoint. So the New 2DS XL is just the latest for us in having form factor innovation."

Fils-Aime continued to share the strategies his company knows will work for the 3DS. Offering different colors and changes in screen sizes has continued to be a major factor of success for the 3DS as well as the 2DS. 

Not only were tech innovation and variation discussed, but the interview also addressed what makes owning any gaming device worth it -- the games:

"We’re going to continue to bring new content, and that’s what’s going to keep this device vibrant and keep it going well into 2018 and beyond.

New content will continue to be released to the 3DS. Although the Switch has gained a tremendous amount of publicity and attention, Nintendo will stand by its previous handhelds as well. 

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Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse-Bouche And Many More Now Available Through New "Humble Trove" https://www.gameskinny.com/o6mye/cat-girl-without-salad-amuse-bouche-and-many-more-now-available-through-new-humble-trove https://www.gameskinny.com/o6mye/cat-girl-without-salad-amuse-bouche-and-many-more-now-available-through-new-humble-trove https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/a/t/cat-girl-without-salad-screenshot-e3e6e.jpg o6mye/cat-girl-without-salad-amuse-bouche-and-many-more-now-available-through-new-humble-trove Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:52:53 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse Bouche, along with all of Humble Bundle's past Humble Monthly exclusive games, can now be played even by those who missed them thanks to the website's new "Humble Trove" service.

Humble Bundle has introduced "Humble Trove" in order to allow customers to play games that were exclusive rewards for Humble Monthly subscribers and otherwise unavailable elsewhere.

This library of prior exclusives and free offerings includes games like the over-the-top roadkill simulator Oh, Deer!, the surreal gardening-based puzzle game Starseed Pilgrim, and of course, the quirky and colorful 2D space shooter Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse-Bouche.

Just to be clear, you do still need to be subscribed to the Humble Monthly service in order to play past Monthly exclusive games, but you no longer need to worry about missing out on a game you weren't around for when it was new. Hopefully this service will provide some exposure for some quality titles that went by relatively unnoticed due to their manner of release.

You can take a look at the monthly trove on Humble Bundle's website. If they look like something you want to check out, you can sign up for Humble Monthly for $12 a month.

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Will Feature Online Multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/1pi3m/ni-no-kuni-ii-revenant-kingdom-will-feature-online-multiplayer https://www.gameskinny.com/1pi3m/ni-no-kuni-ii-revenant-kingdom-will-feature-online-multiplayer https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/fa1569ac30402d4150d0232d89a6a0d7.jpg 1pi3m/ni-no-kuni-ii-revenant-kingdom-will-feature-online-multiplayer Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:59:49 -0400 Erroll Maas

From Bandai Namco's booth at E3 2017, the general director of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Akihiro Hino, shared more information about the upcoming JRPG sequel.

When asked about multiplayer, Hino confirmed the game will have a multiplayer feature, saying: 

“You will be able to play online with your friends in various capacities.”

Currently, there are no other details about the game's multiplayer features.

Hino also talked about the significance of playing the first game prior to playing Ni No Kuni II -- saying that there will be returning characters and references from the first game, which are being kept secret for now. But players do not need to play the first game to enjoy the sequel, as their stories are completely separate.

In addition to this, Hino discussed the new battle mechanics and the importance of the game's new kingdom building feature as well.

Ni No Kuni II will release worldwide on November 10 for PlayStation 4.

Stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more news and information about Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom leading up to its release.

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Blizzard Job Posting Hints at Diablo II and Warcraft III Remasters https://www.gameskinny.com/qdge5/blizzard-job-posting-hints-at-diablo-ii-and-warcraft-iii-remasters https://www.gameskinny.com/qdge5/blizzard-job-posting-hints-at-diablo-ii-and-warcraft-iii-remasters https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/l/i/blizzardent-9c17e.jpg qdge5/blizzard-job-posting-hints-at-diablo-ii-and-warcraft-iii-remasters Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:39:03 -0400 daisy_blonde

A recently posted job advert for a Lead Software Engineer on the Blizzard Entertainment website hints at a potential remaster of Diablo II and Warcraft III. The World of Warcraft developer is looking for an engineer with at least 5+ years of experience on an AAA title and fluency in C++ to work on an “Unannounced Project” in Irvine, Southern California.

Given Blizzard’s 2016 announcement that they plan to remake 1998 RTS hit Starcraft, this “Unannounced Project” has excited fans. Fan site BlizzPlanet reported today on an earlier version of the job advertisement, that mentioned Diablo II and Warcraft III by name. That version has since been taken down, but read as follows:

Courtesy of BlizzPlanet

The wording above is pretty unmistakable -- and when this version of the job posting disappeared within a few hours, it's pretty clear that all signs are pointing to more remasters being on the way. (And we totally called that Diablo II remaster months ago.)

If you're interested in this posting or think you have the skills to apply for the position, you can find the original hiring call on Blizzard's official website

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on these possible remasters as they are (hopefully) confirmed in the future!

 

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Sony Announces Dates and Location of PSX 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/n8n8z/sony-announces-dates-and-location-of-psx-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/n8n8z/sony-announces-dates-and-location-of-psx-2017 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/m/g/img-4049m11-5de45.jpg n8n8z/sony-announces-dates-and-location-of-psx-2017 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:50:04 -0400 CarlyEvans

At the pre-show for Sony's press conference at E3 on Monday, June 12, the dates and location were announced for PlayStation Experience 2017.

PSX 2017 will take place in the same location as PSX 2016: the Anaheim Convention center in Anaheim, California. The event will run December 9-10, and should offer a ton of exhibits, demos, prizes, posters, a physical PlayStation Gear store, and more for fans of Sony's consoles and games. 

Last year's fan appreciation convention pulled out all the stops with playable demos, VR booths, and game announcements -- including the reveal trailer of The Last of Us Part IIinfo about Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and a little something about Knack 2. Playable demos included Horizon Zero Dawn, Let It Die and Farpoint. 

So this year, with the console still going strong, there's no doubt that further games will be announced and demoed at PSX 2017.  

The conference is open to everyone and anyone who can get a ticket and travel to the event location. Ticket prices and sale times will be announced at a later date. So stay tuned!

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Owlcat Games has a Kickstarter for Pathfinder: Kingmaker! https://www.gameskinny.com/fwb5g/owlcat-games-has-a-kickstarter-for-pathfinder-kingmaker https://www.gameskinny.com/fwb5g/owlcat-games-has-a-kickstarter-for-pathfinder-kingmaker https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/m/a/image-98d46.png fwb5g/owlcat-games-has-a-kickstarter-for-pathfinder-kingmaker Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:41:31 -0400 Kevin S. Behan

Owlcat Games currently has a Kickstarter campaign up for Pathfinder: Kingmaker, an open-world RPG adaptation of perhaps the most popular and acclaimed of the Pathfinder tabletop RPG's adventure paths.

According to the game's Kickstarter page, players will embark on an adventure that include wars over land, kingdom building, and dangerous from both outside and inside your castle walls:

"In the north lies the Stolen Lands, a region that has been contested territory for centuries. Hundreds of kingdoms have risen and fallen in these lands, and now it is time for you to make your mark—by building your own kingdom! To do so, you’ll need to survive the harsh wilderness and the threat of rival nations… as well as threats within your own court."

The Kingmaker adventure path is a pre-written series of adventures for a Pathfinder party to experience. While some groups prefer to make up their own adventure, these 'adventure paths' are fully capable stories that take you through a huge amount of character progression, giving you wild plots and sometimes interesting mechanics. Kingmaker's claim to fame was letting the party of adventurers soon become rulers while still going on adventures dedicated to the protection and expansion of their people.

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about this project is that prolfic game designer Chris Avellone is working on it as a quest writer. Given his recent touches to the stories and characters of titles like Torment: Tides of Numenera and Pillars of Eternity, lots of fans are excited to see what he's able to bring to this new Pathfinder adventure. 

Speaking of characters, the Kickstarter page for Pathfinder: Kingmaker mentions numerous companions. It's unclear where these will be stat blocks with minimal background story, or if they're going to get the quasi-BioWare treatment so they're fleshed out with reactions to the world and personal stories to tell. Since this will be a single-player only game -- and there are no plans for that to change -- many fans are hoping that it will be the latter. 

Owlcat Games has promised that fans of Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons will see many of the mechanics that are central to those pen-and-paper RPG experiences. The developer wants to provide a considerable amount of mechanical variety in how players can build their characters. Fans of old-school RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Divinity: Original Sin should feel right at home in those mechanics, as well. 

The Kickstarter is still in progress, and is coming very close to achieving its' funding. The campaign official ends on July 11. So if you want to back the project, you'll need to do it in the next few weeks. 

If you're interested in other Pathfinder projects, then keep in mind that the RPG is getting a sci-fi spinoff called Starfinder as well. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information about this campaign as it comes closer to its end and enters a full development phase!

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Slayaway Camp Released on Android, iOS Version Receives Update https://www.gameskinny.com/o641x/slayaway-camp-released-on-android-ios-version-receives-update https://www.gameskinny.com/o641x/slayaway-camp-released-on-android-ios-version-receives-update https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-69a76.jpg o641x/slayaway-camp-released-on-android-ios-version-receives-update Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:58:31 -0400 Damien Smith

Blue Wizard Digital has announced the release of its 80s slasher movie-themed puzzle game, Slayaway Camp, on Android devices. Along with the Android release came news of an iOS version update that adds new content, other goodies, and a teaser for the new monthly killer coming up at the end of the week.

While Slayaway Camp has been available on other platforms including PC, Mac, Linux, Steam OS and iOS for some time now, it was only yesterday that it finally became available for Android devices. The game is available on the Google Play Store for $1.99 -- and just like the iOS version, contains no ads or microtransactions that would "distract you from pure puzzle slashery". In its newsletter, the developer notes that all fans need to do is "pay and slay".

The announcement of the game releasing on Android devices is not all that was in Blue Wizard Digital's latest newsletter. It also announced an update for the iOS version, introducing new Deleted Scenes (aka: extra challenge levels). 

There have also been new killers added to the mystery box for players to unlock, along with various alterations to the exit portal, plus tweaks and bug fixes. iOS users also get a set of Slayaway Camp iMessage stickers, as seen in the image below. 

There was, however, a warning about a bug in the iOS version of the game that has made some gorepacks (special kills) disappear. The developer wrote:

"Just a small note, the iOS update introduces a small bug that teleports a few gore packs to an alternate dimension. There's no need to be alarmed, the gorepacks are still in your inventory and are being well taken care of. We have an update already submitted to Apple and we're just waiting for the approval on it. Once it's approved, the gorepacks should return to your shelf like nothing ever happened. But something DID happen, because they were in the WATERSLIDE dimension."

Note: The bug in the iOS version is now fixed.

It was also noted that all new content for the iOS version of the game will also be present in the Android version. Just to finish off the newsletter, a teaser was presented for this months new Monthly Murderer, with the hint of "Voice actor, sketch comedian, Cthulhu Summoning Cultist."

The code to unlock the Monthly Murderer is only available to those who sign up for the Slayaway Camp newsletter. 

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero DLC Campaign "Pirate Queen's Quest" Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/c80gf/shantae-half-genie-hero-dlc-campaign-pirate-queens-quest-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/c80gf/shantae-half-genie-hero-dlc-campaign-pirate-queens-quest-announced https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/156093be468c110fc903d0b5d733e8d9.jpg c80gf/shantae-half-genie-hero-dlc-campaign-pirate-queens-quest-announced Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:24:12 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the quirky and colorful Metroidvania game that came from WayForward Technologies last year, has had its first additional DLC character campaign announced.

The campaign will feature a new story that with the Shantae series' recurring antagonist Risky Boots attempting to conquer Sequin Land, using her variety of pirate tools and crew members to advance through the game's levels, leading up to the evil plan that Shantae is meant to stop. WayForward has said in prior statements regarding this update that Risky will have a playstyle similar to that of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, which involved a series of quickly accessible tools, rather than Shantae's slower animal transformation dances.

The game will also be playable at the XSeed booth at E3 2017, according to WayForward's official Twitter:   

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Pirate Queen's Curse is currently planned for release on all platforms sometime this summer. A price has not yet been revealed, but as promised in the Kickstarter, this DLC, as well as all future DLC, will be free to backers.

If you would like to see more details regarding Pirate Queen's Quest, then you can read the whole update on the Half-Genie Hero Kickstarter page here.

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Become A Demon Slaying Harvest Goddess in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin https://www.gameskinny.com/xzy4t/become-a-demon-slaying-harvest-goddess-in-sakuna-of-rice-and-ruin https://www.gameskinny.com/xzy4t/become-a-demon-slaying-harvest-goddess-in-sakuna-of-rice-and-ruin https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b23ee93b64302eeb6bd11d65fca8759b.jpg xzy4t/become-a-demon-slaying-harvest-goddess-in-sakuna-of-rice-and-ruin Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:03:46 -0400 Erroll Maas

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a new side-scrolling action game being developed by Edelweiss and was recently announced for a Western release by XSEED games. Although there is currently no release date for the game, there is a playable demo featured at E3. 

In Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, players control the titular harvest goddess who has been banished to a dangerous island alongside a group of human outcasts. Throughout the game, Sakuna will make the island her new home by killing demons, harvesting rice, and improving life on the island for its human residents.

While fighting demons, Sakuna uses various farming tools as weapons and players will be able to chain together her strong, weak, and special attacks to perform skillful combos. Sakuna also has a celestial scarf in her possession that allows her to swing over harmful obstacles and throw enemies around, adding more variety to the different types of combos players can utilize.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is not only heavily inspired by Japanese mythology, but also by the art of cultivating rice, and the game will feature unique farming mechanics in addition to its sidescrolling action.

Players can expect Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin to be released sometime in 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Make sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin as it gets closer to release.

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Sonic Forces Gets Exciting New Trailer Packed with Villains https://www.gameskinny.com/eh9kp/sonic-forces-gets-exciting-new-trailer-packed-with-villains https://www.gameskinny.com/eh9kp/sonic-forces-gets-exciting-new-trailer-packed-with-villains https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/0a6947801b6ec8a63f86e1267802ac85.jpg eh9kp/sonic-forces-gets-exciting-new-trailer-packed-with-villains Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:45:52 -0400 Adreon Patterson

SEGA revealed key art and a new trailer for Sonic Forces at E3 yesterday

The trailer features modern and classic Sonic, along with the newly-added custom character feature, joining forces to save the world from an all-star cast of Sonic villains. On top of that, there's a brand-new enemy, Infinite, who joins Eggman’s henchmen, who have already taken over the world. 

With information on Infinite to be revealed later, here is the rundown of villains included in the trailer:

  • Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik: After failed attempts at world domination, Sonic's longstanding nemesis is back with reinforcements.

  • Chaos: After being defeated in Sonic Adventure, this ancient being makes a mysterious return.

  • Shadow: Sonic's frenemy comes roaring back with his own agenda.

  • Metal Sonic: Popping up first in Sonic CD, Robotnik's creation stands in solidarity with his creator.

  • Zavok: After appearing in 2013's Sonic: Lost World, the powerful Zeti has returned to join in on the fun.

While anticipation for the game ramps up, fans will have to wait until this holiday season for Sonic Forces to release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for the latest news on Sonic Forces as it develops!

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Remake Announced For 3DS https://www.gameskinny.com/lpkkj/mario-luigi-superstar-saga-remake-announced-for-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/lpkkj/mario-luigi-superstar-saga-remake-announced-for-3ds https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ff0b7261ecf7230c4dabc88cfb2c9497.jpg lpkkj/mario-luigi-superstar-saga-remake-announced-for-3ds Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:37:39 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Yesterday, during their E3 2017 Treehouse presentation, Nintendo revealed that a remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, titled Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

The original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003, and was the first installment in the long-running Mario & Luigi turn-based RPG series by developer Alpha Dream. 

This remake seems to promise a faithful adaptation of the original, complete with a graphical upgrade based on the style of the previous installments Dream Team and Paper Jam.  minor gameplay tweaks made since the original. The remake will feature gameplay tweaks, as well as a new mode titled Bowser's Minions, and a mode with new tactical battle elements.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is planned for release on Nintendo 3DS on October 6.

For those of you interested in seeing more of the game in action, such as the new Bowser's Minions mode, then you can watch Nintendo's presentation via Nintendo's E3 Treehouse stream below:

 

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Square Enix Releases New Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/bfn1m/square-enix-releases-new-kingdom-hearts-3-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/bfn1m/square-enix-releases-new-kingdom-hearts-3-trailer https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/a99ffb4446baf54620b06745211719b4.jpg bfn1m/square-enix-releases-new-kingdom-hearts-3-trailer Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:29:09 -0400 Erroll Maas

A new trailer has been released for the long awaited upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour concert in Los Angeles.

The trailer shows off more gameplay in Olympus Coliseum -- the returning world from the Disney animated film, Hercules -- and some intriguing interactions between the heroes and villains of the series.

The end of the trailer claims that another trailer and a brand new world will be revealed at the D23 Expo -- a bi-annual Disney fan event -- on July 15.

The game has also been reconfirmed for release on Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

Over the past several weeks, some fans of the series have been concerned over the news that fans should expect Kingdom Hearts 3 -- as well as the Final Fantasy 7 Remake -- to be released in "the next three years or so." This new trailer, as well as the upcoming KH3 trailer, may point to the fact that Kingdom Hearts 3 is actually coming sooner than previously thought.

Kingdom Hearts 3 still has no firm release date for the time being, but now fans can expect to see even more game footage and news in the near future.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Kingdom Hearts 3 as it develops.

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Elite: Dangerous Update to Feature Return of the Thargoids https://www.gameskinny.com/5mgup/elite-dangerous-update-to-feature-return-of-the-thargoids https://www.gameskinny.com/5mgup/elite-dangerous-update-to-feature-return-of-the-thargoids https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/l/i/elite-dangerous2-da611.jpg 5mgup/elite-dangerous-update-to-feature-return-of-the-thargoids Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:16:32 -0400 ActionJ4ck

Earlier today, Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier Developments announced the next expansion in the Elite: Dangerous Horizons season. Dubbed Elite: Dangerous Horizons 2.4 – The Return, this update will feature the long-teased arrival of the dangerous Thargoids.

David Braben, CEO of Frontier Developments and co-creator of the original Elite says: 

"'The Return' will be a dramatic ongoing event for the Elite Dangerous galaxy. Story events have hinted at the Thargoids’ return for a long time, but the Thargoids are returning at a moment when humanity is at its most divided. The Federation and Empire are at each other’s throats, a second tiny human-occupied bubble has scattered humanity’s greatest pilots, and Thargoid scout ships are drawing near. They have already probed our space, infiltrated our starports, and found humanity to be vulnerable. What happens next will be decided by every Elite Dangerous player."

Originally appearing in 1984's Elite, a game often touted as the original open-world game, the Thargoids are a mysterious, aggressive, and above all dangerous alien race. Among the deadliest enemies in the original game, the Thargoid ships were displayed as simple hexagons, but that was over 30 years ago. Now they look like this:

The Thargoids' arrival into the Elite: Dangerous galaxy had been teased since earlier this year, when a player reported being forcibly pulled from hyperspace (a feat previously believed to be impossible) and attacked by a strange, flower-like spaceship. Fans were quick to draw comparisons between this mysterious ship and the Thargoids of older games. Since then, players have found strange structures in the game's massive open-world galaxy similar in style to the mysterious ship, further fueling speculation that the Thargoids would soon be upon the galaxy. 

Though a specific release date for the expansion was not given, Frontier Developments did confirm that Elite Dangerous: Horizons 2.4 – The Return will launch on all platforms in Q3 2017.

Elite: Dangerous is currently available on both PC and Xbox One, and it will release on the PlayStation 4 on June 27th. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Elite: Dangerous news and guides. 

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Final Fantasy XV Universe Expanded Features VR, Prompto https://www.gameskinny.com/1hi0k/final-fantasy-xv-universe-expanded-features-vr-prompto https://www.gameskinny.com/1hi0k/final-fantasy-xv-universe-expanded-features-vr-prompto https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2131ac7ec6bcea81b05cceaf606dac97.jpg 1hi0k/final-fantasy-xv-universe-expanded-features-vr-prompto Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:06:18 -0400 daisy_blonde

At E3 today, Square Enix revealed more details on planned additions to the Final Fantasy XV in-game universe.

The second DLC expansion to Final Fantasy XV, "Episode Prompto", will focus on Noctis’ childhood friend and group photographer Prompto and is due to roll out on June 27. The episode will explore Prompto’s journey after Noctis is tricked by the villainous Arden into pushing him off the train to Graelea.

The PlayStation E3 Media Showcase also revealed a bit more of the Final Fantasy VR title, Monster of the Deep. Like in the original game, you will be fishing from a first-person perspective catching fish and other creatures, as well as participating in group activities like sitting next to an open fire. Monster of the Deep appears to be played from Prompto's perspective. 

For those who own the main game but don’t want to splash out on DLC, there will be free content rolled out on June 27. This includes the ability to drive off-road in the Regalia Type-D, addressing some of the "on-rails" criticism regarding driving in the base game. 

Square Enix also confirmed in a press release that the base game will support the Xbox One X, as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro. 

On top of that, a brand new mobile game referred to in-game by the Final Fantasy XV characters, King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon, is also due to be rolled out by the end of the year. You can check out the official trailer here.

King’s Knight is loosely based on a 1986 NES scrolling shooter of the same name, in which you play as four different characters to rescue a princess. Final Fantasy fans will be able to play the app on iOS and Android devices.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy XV news!

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Planet Coaster Free Summer Update Includes Fireworks and More https://www.gameskinny.com/40l5l/planet-coaster-free-summer-update-includes-fireworks-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/40l5l/planet-coaster-free-summer-update-includes-fireworks-and-more https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/l/a/planet-coaster-copy-27ba5.jpg 40l5l/planet-coaster-free-summer-update-includes-fireworks-and-more Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:59:16 -0400 ActionJ4ck

Earlier today, Frontier Developments, developer of Planet Coaster, announced details regarding the free summer update for the popular theme park management simulator.

Among other new features, the free summer update will include what the press release declares "the most detailed fireworks simulation ever created for a videogame". Fireworks displays can be edited to coincide with park events or be synchronized to custom music. To correspond with this new feature, the official Planet Coaster Youtube channel released a trailer showcasing a Walt Disney World-esque display of music and fireworks. 

In addition to fireworks, the free update includes the new ability to place custom images and videos on wall panels and screens, as well as several new rides, roller coasters, scenarios, and scenery. 

The free summer update is the third expansion for Planet Coaster since the game's initial release last November. It will be available for download on PC starting June 27. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Planet Coaster news.

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Nintendo @ E3: Everything You Need to Know https://www.gameskinny.com/f78mb/nintendo-e3-everything-you-need-to-know https://www.gameskinny.com/f78mb/nintendo-e3-everything-you-need-to-know https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/p/o/spotlight-00552.jpg f78mb/nintendo-e3-everything-you-need-to-know Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:14:12 -0400 David Fisher

Once again choosing digital mediums over a live event, Nintendo launched its E3 Nintendo Spotlight with promises of upcoming games for 2017, as well as some surprises during the first hour of the Treehouse Live presentation. With fans eager to hear about more games for the new Switch console, expectations were high, and Nintendo delivered.

If you didn't catch it yourself, here's what you missed!

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey took center stage for Nintendo's E3 presentation. New worlds, including an ice world and a dinosaur world, were revealed, further increasing the variety of worlds featured in the game.

Mario will also have the ability to change hats and costumes, and use his hat to possess various creatures, world objects, and more.

Several amiibo (seen above) will release alongside the game as well. These are all wedding themed amiibo, something that is a recurring theme in the game as Bowser tries to finally marry Princess Peach.

Super Mario Odyssey is set to October 27.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Elysium is the setting of the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and follows the story of a boy who wants to escort Pyra, a "Blade" who requires him as a driver to bring him back to the World Tree. A slew of characters was revealed, and it appears that the game is not a direct sequel to the Xenoblade Chronicles title found on Wii and 3DS as originally theorized. It looks fairly interesting overall and seems to be much more cinematic than previous Xenoblade titles.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still set for release holiday 2017.

Kirby (Tentative Title)

A new Kirby title is on the way for Nintendo Switch, and this time it has four player co-op similar to that found in Kirby Super Star, where players could take control of Kirby enemies. Not much is known about the title so far, but it is currently set for a 2018 release.

Metroid Prime 4

Metroid Prime is back on the Nintendo Switch! There are no details yet, but the game has finally been confirmed to be in development. Hopefully, Nintendo has brought Retro Studios back on for what should be an amazing Metroid title!

Yoshi (Tentative Title)

A new Yoshi game is on its way, and this time the main mechanic is full 3D movement in alternating 2D and 3D environments. It also features the ability to flip 2D environments around, so it will be interesting to see how these mechanics will change the typical Yoshi formula.

The adorable cardboard Yoshi world will be hitting shelves sometime in 2018.

Fire Emblem Warriors

New details on Fire Emblem Warriors were released at Nintendo's E3 Spotlight. The first detail is that the story will follow two protagonists whose kingdom has fallen after the dragon that protected them went rogue. Secondly, heroes from other Fire Emblem titles will come to their assistance. These characters include Marth, Chrom, Corrin, Xander, and Ryoma.

No specific release date has been revealed for the game, but it still has fall 2017 as its release window.

Pokemon (Switch)

Game Freak has begun work on a dedicated Pokemon RPG title for the Nintendo Switch. No information was revealed ath the E3 Spotlight, but the promise is there, and that alone is something to be excited for.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC

New information has been released for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's DLC. While we already knew what would be included in the DLC for some time now, we now know that the first pack, "The Master Trials", will be released on June 30. Meanwhile, the second pack, "The Champions' Ballad", has been pushed back to holiday 2017.

What's interesting to note is that there was a certain focus on the champions in the trailer. What their role in the DLC story will be remains to be seen, but it should be interesting to see more of the colorful characters that were otherwise only seen in memories.

The Champions will also be featured in a new line of amiibo that will be coming out soon, with a to-be-announced release date.

Rocket League

Rocket League has been announced for Nintendo Switch. The game will come with exclusive items and arrive holiday 2017. This release will also come with cross-platform support to play with players on other consoles.

Metroid: Samus Returns

We now know why AM2R was shut down. Metroid 2 has been remade as Metroid: Samus Returns. The game is a classic 2D Metroid title, and features full range aiming, melee counter abilities, and more. While the game still looks a bit rough, it's definitely a good showing to have as Metroid fans have felt somewhat rejected as of late.

Metroid: Samus Returns will feature plenty of new features and level designs, which is great for those who want to re-experience the title in a reimagined way.

The game launches September 15.

That's All Folks!

Nintendo's presentation was a big surprise with several huge announcements and is hopefully a sign of things to come for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo's dedication to 3DS titles is reassuring as well because it means fans will still have plenty to look forward to on the legacy handheld.

If Nintendo keeps this up, they will undoubtedly gain a lot of fans over the coming years. As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo news and all things E3!

But what did you think of Nintendo's E3 lineup? Are you impressed or left out in the rain? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Sony at E3 2017: It's All About the Games https://www.gameskinny.com/i22ws/sony-at-e3-2017-its-all-about-the-games https://www.gameskinny.com/i22ws/sony-at-e3-2017-its-all-about-the-games https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/o/n/sony-2017-press-conference-7ddc4.jpg i22ws/sony-at-e3-2017-its-all-about-the-games Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:36:41 -0400 LuckyJorael

As with years past, Sony's E3 focus for 2017 highlighted upcoming games for the PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation VR. After showing off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon: Zero Dawn's DLC "The Frozen Wilds", and Days Gone, Shawn Layden took the stage and said simply, "We love games, and we want to see more of them tonight. It's all about the games."

And Sony delivered the games. Trailer after trailer came on the screen at the Los Angeles Convention Center; Sony showed off a whopping 17 games during their hour on stage, while Shawn Layden had a bare few minutes of time on the stage, comparatively.

Like Layden said: "It's all about the games."  So here's what Sony showed off.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The focus of Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4 spinoff, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, seems to be the tenuous relationship between its two protagonists, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, as they scour India in search of the Tusk of Ganesha. Fans of the series should expect the puzzles, combat, and harrowing climbing sequences Uncharted has come to be known for. The stand-alone game comes out August 22, for $39.99. 

Horizon: Zero Dawn - "The Frozen Wilds"

Set in a frigid landscape, "The Frozen Wilds" introduces players to a new tribe surviving in the robo-dinosaur strewn landscape of Horizon: Zero Dawn, as well as a mysterious mountain with a roiling, lightning-filled storm clouding its peak. "The Frozen Wilds" is expected to release later this year.

Days Gone

Bend Studio's zombie adventure game Days Gone got a new trailer at Sony's E3 Showcase, showing off some great-looking character animations, hand-to-hand combat, driving, and zombie hordes. We also got to see what happens to animals when they eat zombie meat: zombie animals (specifically zombie bears!). Days Gone will release on December 29, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Monster Hunter: World

The latest title in the Monster Hunter series strays only slightly from the previous titles in the series in that it is an open-world game, as opposed to having sectioned-off portions of the map from previous games. Aside from that, expect the same gathering, crafting, trapping, and giant weapons fans of the games have come to expect. Oh, and turning meat over an open fire.

Monster Hunter: World releases in early 2018 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Shadow of the Colossus

The beloved PlayStation 2 title Shadow of the Colossus is getting an HD remake, scheduled for a 2018 release exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Check out the trailer below:

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Sony debuted a new story trailer for the fighting game, highlighting the undoubtedly convoluted plot and the interactions between Marvel favorites and Capcom's characters. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite releases September 19, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but Capcom has released a story demo alongside the newest trailer, which you can grab now on PS4 and Xbox One. No gameplay footage was shown during the showcase. 

Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty: WWII goes back to the series roots by once again exploring the European theater of war during World War II. The Showcase trailer showed off some of the game's multiplayer elements, but in a more cinematic environment.

PlayStation owners will get access to a CoD: WWII private beta starting August 25, with Xbox One and PC betas to follow sometime after. The full game releases November 3, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Skyrim VR

Bethesda's biggest RPG gets not only a Nintendo Switch conversion but a PlayStation VR version, as well. From the trailer shown at the showcase (seen below), there doesn't appear to be many improvements to the game outside of a virtual reality experience. Skyrim VR will be released November 2017 exclusively on PlayStation VR.

Star Child

News on Star Child, from developers Playful and Gametrust, has so far been fairly cryptic, leaving much to the imagination. The trailer shows a sidescrolling-style game with a menacing alien threatening the human character -- until a giant robot intervenes. Star Child has no confirmed release date as of this writing, but it will be released as a PlayStation VR game.  

The Inpatient

Supermassive Games is developing a new VR horror game, The inpatient, which is set in Blackwood Sanitorium 60 years before the developer's horror game Until Dawn. The trailer is light on details but heavy on tension and ambiance. The Inpatient does not yet have a release date as of this writing.

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV

What goes together well? VR, fishing games, and Final Fantasy! Rejoin familiar faces from Final Fantasy XV and explore the rivers, lakes, and oceans in Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV. Monster of the Deep is scheduled to release in September of this year, although a specific date has yet to be revealed.

Bravo Team

Supermassive Games also unveiled a co-op cover-based military shooter the uses the PlayStation VR, Bravo Team. The gunplay looks fairly realistic, with the recoil from automatic fire making the rifle jump around. Bravo Team's release date is unconfirmed as of this writing.

Moss

Developer Polyarc showed of the VR game Moss at the Sony E3 Showcase. It sets the player character to helping an adventurous mouse with a green gauntlet, sword, and dashing red scarf. Players allegedly help the mouse solve puzzles and combat huge bugs, as well as a very large snake. Moss is expected to release winter 2017.

God of War

Kratos returns in a new trailer, unveiling more details about the plot and gameplay of the newest game, simply titled God of War. Gamers were treated to new weapons, enemies, and a voiceover from a green-eyed wolf -- likely the trickster Loki -- as well as confirmation that Kratos' son is along for the bloody, gory ride. God of War releases early 2018.

Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human also got another trailer at the E3 Showcase, again highlighting the choices the player has in different situations during the game. The focus of the game appears to be the building android revolution in Detroit, and players will likely play Marcus, a free android with the ability to disrupt the control humans have over other androids. Detroit: Become Human does not yet have a release date.

Destiny 2

Developer Bungie revealed another cinematic trailer for their first-person shooter RPG, Destiny 2. And this time, the villain, Ghaul, gets plenty of screen time. The trailer also highlighted the PlayStation exclusive portions of the game: the Lake of Shadows strike, armor for each class, the City Apex ship, an exotic weapon named Borealis, and a PvP map named Retribution.  Destiny 2 releases on September 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for the PC.

Spider-Man

Sony wrapped up the Showcase with an extended look at Spider-Man, a third-person action game starring the titular webslinger. The trailer showed off Spidey's movement skills, combat prowess, and spider-senses, among other things. Spider-Man is expected to release in 2018.

That wraps up everything Sony showed off at their E3 Showcase.  What was your favorite trailer, and what are you most excited to play? Tell is in the comments below!

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MOTHERGUNSHIP Devs Announce Unreal Grant, Gamescom Attendance and Development Progress https://www.gameskinny.com/lxgp8/mothergunship-devs-announce-unreal-grant-gamescom-attendance-and-development-progress https://www.gameskinny.com/lxgp8/mothergunship-devs-announce-unreal-grant-gamescom-attendance-and-development-progress https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/o/t/mothergunship-47af1.jpg lxgp8/mothergunship-devs-announce-unreal-grant-gamescom-attendance-and-development-progress Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:04:02 -0400 Damien Smith

Indie developers Terrible Posture Games (Tower of Guns) and Grip Digital (Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island) announced in their newsletter today their attendance at Gamescom this year along with receiving an Unreal Grant from Epic Games plus how their upcoming FPS bullet hell game MOTHERGUNSHIP has been progressing in development. 

An indie developers dream - The Unreal Grant

Many indie developers who use Epic Games Unreal Engine dream of being selected to receive a grant from the owner and developer of the engine. And for the developers of MOTHERGUNSHIP, this dream came true a few weeks ago when Epic Games contacted them, informing them they were selected to receive a grant.

In the newsletter the developers stated in response to the grant: 

Apart from the financial part - which is, of course, important and welcomed - this is also a validation and a motivational boost for the hard work that we have been doing so far. It is always a nice feeling to see that your work is appreciated and it helps you to keep trying even harder.

MOTHERGUNSHIP is but one of seventeen titles to be picked for this round of grants, receiving a grand total of $275,000 between them for their projects.

MOTHERGUNSHIP is coming to Gamescom this year

Along with the announcement of receiving a grant from Epic Games, the team followed up by announcing that MOTHERGUNSHIP will be coming to Gamescom (22-26 August at Cologne, Germany) this year. While they gave little in detail about their attendance at Gamescom, they did say:

It’s a bit too early to share more details, but what I can tell you at this moment is that we will be showcasing a new and more improved build of the game. Keep an eye on our social pages as more info will be shared within the next weeks.

The devs followed up by giving insight into what they have been working on recently in the game's development that includes new enemies, designing new technologies and refactoring old ones. They stated:

Along the way, we have been refining the crafting system with exciting new gun parts and prototyped new bosses. We're also always working on equally important, but less exciting stuff to talk about (lately that’s been refining the demo, constructing a saving system, refining spawn camps and how we populate maps, and more).

This was followed by announcing the team has grown recently, with the new additions of a 3D artist, animator and an intern who will be helping with the coding.

They finished up the newsletter with:

This is all for now. Stay tuned for more info, since we have a lot of important news coming up within the next weeks!

While keeping low on details right now, particularly when it comes to their showcase at Gamescom, it seems that the Terrible Posture Games and Grip Digital will reveal more over the coming weeks in relation to it.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more MOTHERGUNSHIP news as it develops.

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.hack Series Returns With HD Remastered Trilogy .hack//G.U. Last Recode https://www.gameskinny.com/ijqpe/hack-series-returns-with-hd-remastered-trilogy-hackgu-last-recode https://www.gameskinny.com/ijqpe/hack-series-returns-with-hd-remastered-trilogy-hackgu-last-recode https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/o/t/dothack-565cf.jpg ijqpe/hack-series-returns-with-hd-remastered-trilogy-hackgu-last-recode Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:39:51 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has announced the upcoming release of .hack//G.U. Last Recode, an HD remaster of the .hack//G.U. trilogy of the PlayStation 2 .hack JRPG series. The collection will feature full 1080p graphics, high definition cutscenes, backgrounds and UI, and 60 FPS support.

In addition to graphical enhancements, there are also quite a few new gameplay improvements as well. These improvements include a retry function, a cheat mode, increased movement speed, more item slots, added item menu shortcut and sort functions, consecutive usage for specific items, increased weapon skill rates, increased experience points gains, and weakening of some of the more powerful enemies.

2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the .hack series, and is also the same year .hack//G.U. occurs. According to the president of CyberConnect 2 and director of Project .hack, Hiroshi Matsuyama, there are other plans in the works for .hack's 15th anniversary as well.

.hack//G.U. Last Recode is currently in development for the PlayStation 4 and PC. A release date has not yet been announced but players should expect it to release sometime later this year. A western release has not yet been confirmed.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny for more .hack//G.U. Last Recode news as it develops. 

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Indie Developer Black Hive Studio Finds Publisher, Announces Two Games https://www.gameskinny.com/clgsd/indie-developer-black-hive-studio-finds-publisher-announces-two-games https://www.gameskinny.com/clgsd/indie-developer-black-hive-studio-finds-publisher-announces-two-games https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/k/o/v/kova-b152e.jpg clgsd/indie-developer-black-hive-studio-finds-publisher-announces-two-games Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:19:38 -0400 Damien Smith

Indie developer Black Hive Studio has announced that they have found a publisher. After their Kickstarter campaign failed to receive funding for their Metroidvania title Kovathey were approached by multiple publishers. Along with the announcement of securing a publisher -- 2Dimensions -- and funding, Black Hive Studio also announced that it has two games in development.

The Kickstarter Campaign

The journey of Black Hive Studio began with their Kickstarter campaign for their currently in-development Metroidvania title Kova. The team was looking for a total of $28,000 to fund the development of the game, but despite the team's efforts, only $12,572 was funded. 

Despite not reaching their goal, the developers thanked everyone for their support throughout the campaign while keeping their spirits high for the development of Kova.

The Announcement

Shortly after the end of the Kickstarter campaign, the team was approached by multiple publishers. After much discussion, the team decided to partner with Luigi and Guido Rosso of 2Dimensions. Black Hive Studio stated in their newsletter:

"We already use their (2Dminensions) Nima technology and have also already formed a great relationship together. They have a vast background in games and software and we're all really excited to work together to bring Kova to life using their excellent animation software."

The team also announced another game that will be released on iOS and Android first, also set in the Kova universe.

Not only will Kova now get the funding it needed, but we're also already developing a title in the Kova universe for mobile that will release on iOS and Android first! Two games in the Kova universe!

According to the press release linked in the newsletter, the mobile game will be a card-based PvP strategy game that will release later this year. The mobile title is the developer's primary focus at this moment in time, and upon completion, full focus will be put on Kova .

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Kova news as it develops.

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Gunman Taco Truck V1.20 Update Released Today https://www.gameskinny.com/v5eo6/gunman-taco-truck-v120-update-released-today https://www.gameskinny.com/v5eo6/gunman-taco-truck-v120-update-released-today https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/t/t/gtt-0124f.jpg v5eo6/gunman-taco-truck-v120-update-released-today Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:43:47 -0400 Damien Smith

Romero Games roguelike shooter Gunman Taco Truck received its V1.20 update today, which adds smuggling packages and the mutated cop, Long Arm Jones. Along with the new gameplay feature, there are also bug fixes and improvements to the gibs physics of the game.

What is Gunman Taco Truck?

Gunman Taco Truck is a roguelike shooter developed by Romero Games. The concept was created by Donovan Romero, son of John and Brenda Romero of DOOM and Wizardry fame. After Donovan pitched the idea to his parents, they worked together on the game as a family project.

It released on Steam on January 28, and later on Android and iOS devices. You take on the role of a taco truck owner making his way across a post-apocalyptic America to reach Canada where his family business can prosper.

On your way to your destination, you must kill mutants and collect their meat to create your many delicious tacos for the survivors of the wasteland. As you progress, you buy and upgrade new trucks and weapons, too. But actually reaching Winnipeg is not as easy as it seems.

But actually reaching Winnipeg is not as easy as it seems.

What Does the New Update Bring?

The new update brings in the long-anticipated feature of smuggling. Now upon arriving at the shops located throughout the wastes, the shopkeepers may ask the player to smuggle packages or people across the border. But even in the wastes, there is still some form of law enforcement, and smuggling is strictly forbidden.

If the player dares to take up a smuggling job, they will be rewarded for their efforts but run the risk of being hunted down by insane, mutated law enforcement. 

Along with the new update, there have been number bug fixes made to Gunman Taco Truck. However, the game's patch notes have yet to be released. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Gunman Taco Truck news as it develops. 

 

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E3 Ubisoft Conference Recap https://www.gameskinny.com/onffu/e3-ubisoft-conference-recap https://www.gameskinny.com/onffu/e3-ubisoft-conference-recap https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/b/i/ubisoft1-df599.jpg onffu/e3-ubisoft-conference-recap Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:54:19 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Ubisoft's live stream at E3 showcased some impressive titles. With 11 games and one expansion, Ubisoft had quite a lot going on. They unveiled a few new games with a lot of promise, and took a look at some of their more long-standing franchises as well. 

You can watch (or rewatch) the Ubisoft conference on YouTube, or keep reading below for a brief recap. 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 

Starting off strong, Ubisoft introduced Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, confirming the Rabbids crossover leak that happened a few weeks ago. In a team up with Nintendo, Ubisoft has stepped up to make a Mario game unlike anything else. The brief gameplay teaser showed off the game's exploration aspect, as well as its turn-based tactical combat. The combat included some fun mechanics -- like the ability to perform combo moves and use pipes to move around the battle area. With classic Mario concepts mixed with the silly Rabbid-esque style of humor, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle should appeal to a number of different fan bases when it releases in August this year. 

 

Assassin's Creed: Origins 

An Assassin's Creed game might have been an expected reveal from Ubisoft, but that doesn't diminish the hype that Assassin's Creed: Origins is bound to generate. With a drastic change in location and time period, I'm particularly excited to see how this one turns out.  

Ubisoft set up a 30 minute live stream after the conference to show off Origins' features. A lot of the same gameplay that AC fans have come to love are still around, but the reconnaissance eagle feels like a nice addition to the player's arsenal. 

 

The Crew 2 

The Crew 2 is a new racing game that has truly embraced a variety of motor sports. The trailer shows cars and planes racing through city streets and forested off-road tracks, and even boats navigating rivers and the open ocean. Beautiful environments and the expansive race options are making The Crew 2 out to be a brand new experience for the racing world.

On top of everything, beta access is available for those who can't wait until the early 2018 release. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole 

The classiest title from Ubisoft this year, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a focus on the cast of South Park playing as superheroes. Fans of the previous South Park games, as well as the show, will be sure to get a kick out of this one as well.

Unfortunately, only a trailer for the game was shown, but a demo was accessible at Ubisoft's booth. 

 

Transference 

One of the most interesting titles that Ubisoft talked about was Transference, with a planned release date of Spring 2018. With a mini-movie to show off, Ubisoft and SpectreVision (a partner on this project) took some time to tease a bit about a possible future VR game.

The video spends some time discussing how VR can fit into making players "feel like [they] are in a movie," but it's unclear as to how this is going to be incorporated into the game. There is a creepy vibe throughout the whole video, which makes it seem like a horror or psychological thriller. But until more information comes along, we're stuck with speculation. 

 

Skull and Bones 

Skull and Bones was one of the most impressive titles from Ubisoft's lineup. Based on the naval combat from Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, players take on the role of a pirate, and can join up with other friends in a multiplayer mode to pit their ships against an enemy team's and see who really rules the open seas. This team-based game mode boasted different classes of ships, with each type specializing in some aspect of combat -- like ramming, long range shooting, and more.

A sign-up for beta access for Skull and Bones is available on the official website. But be warned...Ubisoft says this is a dynamic world that will react to you as much as you react to it. And there are far more dangerous enemies than pirates lurking in the open waters -- like the mysterious kraken, which makes a short appearance as the video comes to a close. 

 

Just Dance 2018 

The new Just Dance 2018 was announced, with an interesting song compilation to boot. Colorful lights, some fun dance moves, and an appearance by singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha were about all that was shown during the announcement of this newest installment.

A release date of October was announced, but Ubisoft didn't spend much time on this one.  

 

South Park: Phone Destroyer 

Another addition to the South Park games, South Park: Phone Destroyer is a new mobile game. In a play on the classic kid's game, Cowboys and Indians, the cast of South Park adds in all sorts of other groups to battle against each other -- with knights, clerics, buccaneers, princesses, and choir boys joining the fray (just to name a few). No substantial gameplay was revealed during the trailer, but glimpses of scenes imply that it is some kind of battle game. 

 

Starlink: Battle for Atlas 

Coming in Fall of 2018, Starlink: Battle for Atlas appears to be a science fiction, ship-based game. The game looks like it allows for on-the-fly component swaps, to allow players to tackle challenges no matter what their current equipment load out. Components can be gathered in game, but they can also be collected as figurines that attach to your console controller and can just as easily influence your options in game.

Coming to all consoles, Starlink promises freedom to play your way, hopefully providing enough options for all manner of people to find something to enjoy. 

 

Steep 

Last year, Ubisoft announced Steep, the open world extreme sports game. This year the company is giving us an expansion for it with the "Race to the Olympics" DLC that takes place in PyeongChang 2018. With a winter Olympics theme, the footage displayed a lot of races -- hinting at a more competitive style of play coming with its release on December 5th.  

  

Far Cry 5 

Far Cry 5 was no real surprise, but there was still plenty of new information to dazzle everyone. The gameplay looked similar to other Far Cry games -- but judging by some of the scenes shown, it looks like the player might be getting a little help from friends. It seems that companions will play a much more pointed role this go round, with the player having the ability to position them specifically and use them for other purposes -- whether it's having Nick Rye drop bombs from his plane, or having your dog Boomer attack enemies and fetch guns for you.  

So far, these companions look like a fun addition to an already enjoyable franchise.  

Beyond Good and Evil 2 

14 years after Beyond Good and Evil's original release, a sequel has finally been announced. Technically a prequel, the trailer debuted by Ubisoft shows off a cast of wild characters -- including a mob boss style pig man and a British monkey with a robotic arm attachment. While there was no gameplay footage for Beyond Good and Evil 2, this teaser was a fun ride, and will certainly hype fans of the original as well as new players to the series.  

That wraps up everything we saw at Ubisoft's E3 conference this year. What was your favorite reveal from the show? Let us know down in the comments!

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PC Gaming Show E3 2017: eSports, VR, PUBG, and Much, Much More https://www.gameskinny.com/yntcm/pc-gaming-show-e3-2017-esports-vr-pubg-and-much-much-more https://www.gameskinny.com/yntcm/pc-gaming-show-e3-2017-esports-vr-pubg-and-much-much-more https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/a/m/gaming-show-final-horiz-4e05b.jpg yntcm/pc-gaming-show-e3-2017-esports-vr-pubg-and-much-much-more Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:16:47 -0400 Bryantcpereira

As newcomers to the E3 conference, PC Gamer is insistent on pushing PC gaming to the forefront alongside console powerhouses like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. After awkwardly stumbling in 2015 during their "talk-show" style presentation, the conference last year was more focused on the games rather than the presentation itself. This year, the show presented a slew of games releasing this year -- with a focus on VR, eSports, and PC optimization. 

Keep reading below to stay updated on all of the new announcements from the conference.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

2K Games and Firaxis lead the conference with the announcement of the highly anticipated XCOM 2 expansion, War of the Chosen. Jake Solomon, the designer for the XCOM games, said that this is the biggest expansion in the series to date. War of the Chosen will feature new weapons, new soldier classes, environments, and a system similar to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor's famous nemesis system.

The main enemy in War of the Chosen is none other than the Chosen -- the ultimate enemy of XCOM. The Chosen consists of ultimate enemies with different personalities and fighting styles. These champions will be challenged repeatedly, and they will continuously become stronger and gain new skills as the game progresses. There are also three different factions that can be recruited to fight against the Chosen, each with their own specific fighting styles and advantages.

The story in the new expansion takes place 20 years after the original alien invasion. With that, major cities across the world were decimated and all of its civilians perished -- that is, until their bodies have been transformed into alien, zombie-like creatures. These enemies, known as The Lost, are heavily mutated humans who are mindless and will attack anything in their way, including enemy aliens.

The expansion releases August 29 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Ooblets

DoubleFine Studios has a reputation for taking risks and supporting innovative and obscure indie games -- and Ooblets is no exception. Constructed by Glumberland Studios, a team of only two people, Ooblets is described as "Harvest Moon meets Pokemon meets Animal Crossing meets the weird awkward people we are." 

This title immediately catches anyone's eyes with its vibrant colors, adorable creatures that grow like plants, and quirky characters. Through the video, it's clear the game has a wide variety of tasks the players can tackle. The Pokemon-like creature capturing aspect meshes with the crop-growing simulation of Harvest Moon. There's also a robust village filled with bizarre and cute characters to interact with.

And of course, it wouldn't be a Pokemon-inspired game without a turn-based battle system. For those who have played Nintendo's monster-catching games in the past, the system will be familiar right off the bat. The only difference is rather than immediately catching your Ooblets, you must retrieve the seeds enemies drop and plant them to grow new creatures.

The end of the trailer showed a slew of customization options such as decorating your house, dazzling out your own characters, and showing off a number of groovy dance animations. Ooblets is set to release in early 2018.

Battletech

The world didn't just want a turn-based tactical game based on the Battletech tabletop games -- apparently they needed it. After raising $2.8 million on Kickstarter, Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman of Harebrained Schemes showed off a sneak peek at the single-player campaign in Battletech.

The game takes place in the Battletech universe, where giant mechs go head-to-head in this highly strategic and tactical game. To begin, the trailer for the game shows a brief look at The Argo, a base where you can repair mechs, choose where to travel next, and more. The developers emphasized on the biggest problems mercenaries face, like spending less money on repairs than what you earn. This will clearly encourage more strategic planning rather than going guns-blazing into every battle.

After briefly going over The Argo, the game's combat got a highlight. It showed the movement range of specific mechs, how far their range of view is, and of course, how they engage in enemy contact. Each mech is designed differently, with different layers of armor that protect critical components inside the mechs. Rather than being giant "hit point sponges", each enemy must be attacked in different ways either to penetrate armor or disable certain weapons.

Battletech is slated to release sometime this year, and you can sign up for the beta now at the official Battletech website.

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord

Taleworld's original massive sandbox army simulator game was a huge success, and with Mount & Blade 2 releasing, they plan on pushing the bar even further. Although only a few minutes of gameplay was shown at the conference, the differences are immediately apparent. The graphics are improved, the game can handle a massive number of enemies at once, and there's a fluid combat system where soldiers rush at each other with spears and swords on horseback.

The developers were not present at the conference to give more details; however, Taleworld's press release gave us some snippets of information on what to expect in the new entry. Advanced Formations allows players to control each individual unit's movement, form, and behavior. AI commanders borrow heavily from their actual historical counterparts, so expect powerful cavalry forces from Alexander the Great

The game is expected to release later this year.

Total War: Warhammer 2

The second title in the already announced trilogy of this crossover series, Total War: Warhammer 2 developers Creative Assembly plan on doubling down on what made the first game so great. In addition to improving gameplay, graphics, and AI, there will be four new Warhammer factions to play with -- including the High Elves, Lizard Men, Dark Elves, and one unannounced race.  

The game is slated for release on the September 28, and will feature an early adopter bonus in the form of free DLC for the original Warhammer game.

Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams

Although CCGs have been around for decades, the release of Hearthstone threw the genre into the forefront of the gaming community. Developed by Cygames and heavily influenced by Hearthstone, Shadowverse is actually designed by some Magic The Gathering competitive players. The game is developed with the idea of focusing on mechanics more than luck.

This fourth expansion shows off new cards and character types, along with wowing the audience with pristine anime portraits. Coming out on June 29th, the Wonderland Dreams expansion will add 104 cards to the game -- most of which have fairy-tale themes to them. 

Tunic

A game about a tiny fox in a giant world, Tunic resembles everything we love about old-school Zelda games with a spirited artistic style and soundtrack. Developed by Andrew Shouldice, there were not too many details revealed other than the fact that the game will release sometime next year on PC, Mac, and consoles. For more, watch the trailer below.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

Day-Z has been in development for God-knows how long. H1Z1 just split into two games. But the survival game that has everybody screaming in terror and excitement is none other than PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG). Consistently on the top of Twitch streams and forums, PUBG has sold millions of copies in early access. With that being said, developer Brendan Greene stated that this month's main priority is server stabilization. However, that's not the only thing up PLAYERUNKNOWN's sleeve.

Greene showcased a number of gameplay improvements guaranteed to increase the intensity of each battle royal match. Previously, jumping over fences or objects was incredibly difficult, and could end in a number of unfortunate deaths if you lost focus. In the next update, players can now vault over a number of objects, each with their own animation and length of time it takes to do so.

Weather is being expanded as well. Rain was already a weather effect that drastically changed the game -- and while that is being improved, PUBG will soon feature fog and sunset weather as well. Greene showcased a new gun, and spoke about more game modes and maps that will be coming as well. A desert map and a snowy, mountainous region were briefly mentioned.

Lastly, Greene continued to show that he will support the game until it is completely done, and is looking forward to adding more features such as custom games and 3D replays.

Killing Floor

Tripwire Interactive is a very busy studio. The team just released Rising Storm 2 a few weeks ago to immense praise. And while the developers are busy working on new content for it, they have not forgotten about their gross, bloody baby, Killing Floor.

To begin with, Killing Floor VR: Incursion was announced. The game is a first-person hardcore horror game with single player and co-op options. Tight corridors, terrifying enemies, and motion controls are guaranteed to scare your pants off, just like Resident Evil 7 did earlier this year.

But wait, there's more! Tripwire listened to its  fans and decided to bring back more seasonal events for Killing Floor 2. Starting tomorrow, players can not only download the game for free for a week, but can participate in the Summer Sideshow. The event takes place in a worn-down creepy carnival, full of mini games, disgusting creatures like Mr. Pukey and Monkey Man, and weekly outbreaks. These outbreaks are different gameplay modes that will be playable each week, such as a headshot-only mode. The Summer Sideshow will only last for one month, and players can accrue up to 50 different cosmetic items for free.

Forza Motorsport 7

One of Microsoft's flagship titles, Forza, is finally getting a proper PC release after over a half-dozen iterations. The game will support 4K, have over 700 cars, and supports mouse & keyboard options. More importantly, for racing game enthusiasts, Microsoft Studios ensured that any USB powered racing wheel will work with the game, along with other controller options like a Guitar Hero controller (not recommended for sanity purposes).

Forza Motorsport 7 is slated to release on October 3 of this year -- and players with computers from budget to extremely overclocked will be able to zoom through this optimized PC title.

Sea of Thieves

If you haven't heard what Rare has been up to for a while now, you may have been living under a rock. Sea of Thieves, the ultimate pirate MMO experience, is being developed from the ground up, for PC and Xbox One. 

The game, heavily influenced by the wonderful Sid Meier's: Pirates, is looking to do everything that made the 2005 title so revered, and pushes the limits even further -- like letting you blow yourself out of an actual cannon. 

Similar to Forza, the game is looking to be extremely optimized for PC gamers, featuring an unlocked frame rate and 4K resolution. The game is in technical alpha and gamers can sign up to play at the official Sea of Thieves website. Expect to see this title in stores in early 2018.

The Last Night

French developer Odd Tales showcased its new, aesthetically-pleasing game at Microsoft's conference yesterday -- but today at the PC Gaming Show we were given our first look at the actual gameplay for The Last Night

The first thing that instantly hits any viewer is the incredible art direction. If you're looking for some incredible wallpapers to woo your nerdy friends, taking any snippet from the trailer today is guaranteed to make you the cool kid on the block.

The game is a platformer, but not in the same sense as a Mario title. Tim Soret of Odd Tales described the game as a "cinematic adventure game". He mentioned that the game's story is that of a futuristic dystopian society, in which AI controls every job, and all humans have left to do is consume as much as possible. A release date was not revealed for The Last Night.

Y-Lands

When you hear about a game from Bohemia Interactive, one would expect a hyper-realistic war game or a survival game like Day-Z. Y-Lands throws all expectations out the window by showing off artistic, polygonal graphics in a giant sandbox environment. Think Minecraft, but less blocky. 

The game starts you off on a deserted island where you can gather resources, build your own home, and eventually sail away to new lands. The game looks massive right off the bat, and can be played with others online as well. You can do anything -- from becoming knights in shining armor, to catapulting people, to creating an entire city.

In contrast to Minecraft, Y-Lands is described as building experiences rather than structures. So although the game has a heavy focus on exploration, the in-game editor is available at all times in order to open and modify existing games, or create your own within the game. 

The game's alpha can be accessed at the official Y-Lands website, and the full game is expected to hit Steam's Early Access later this year.

Grift Lands

Brought to you by the developers of Shank and Don't Starve, Klei Interactive is looking to change the indie game scene with more excellent hand-drawn animations and style. Grift Lands appears to be a turn-based RPG focusing on exploration, comradery, and betrayal. The gameplay shown was limited, but emphasized that "everything is negotiable" -- from money, loyalty, to morality. Whether these negotiable terms affect the overall story is yet to be determined, but with developers Klei Interactive hard at work, the game is definitely one to keep on your radar.

It's coming to PC in early 2018.

Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Briefly discussed during Intel's portion of the conference, Lone Echo is Ready At Dawn's new foray into the virtual reality landscape. Acting as cybernetic AI, this VR game allows players to interact with the environment around them in zero-gravity. Players must use their arms to move around space, grabbing different objects and propelling themselves forward. The game will have Troy Baker as one of the voice actors for the story.

A separate multiplayer game is also in development. Echo Arena will use the same physics as Lone Echo, but will be a multiplayer-focused game similar to Rocket League in space (and without cars). Players will move around the map and throw discs into opponents' goals in this "Sportsball" rendition. 

Both titles will be released separately on July 20, with Echo Arena releasing free of charge for Oculus Rift owners for a limited time.

Lawbreakers

Cliff Bleszinski, best known for the Gears of War and Unreal Tournament series, has a new child to foster and show his loving care to. Lawbreakers is the newest entry into the arena shooter genre. The game, already past the alpha phase, had a successful closed beta and will be entering open beta on June 30th.

This portion of the conference focused on a number of Twitch Streamers who had a chance to get their hands on the game. With buzzwords like "fastest game ever", "real twitch shooter", and "the best part is how difficult the game is", the game is already garnering some great reception before release. 

Bleszinski announced the release date of the game for August 8, and that the game will only be $29.99 -- "none of the $60 multiplayer-only game bullshit."

Wargroove

Although Nintendo has heavily focused on its Fire Emblem franchise and pushing its popularity, they seem to have forgotten about their counter-franchise, Advanced Wars. Another popular tactical strategy RPG, Wargroove is looking to modernize that beloved series. 

Similar to Fire Emblem, Wargroove puts players on a chess-like battlefield and has them command their units across the tiled map. Throughout the battle, you will move units around, build resources, and eventually ambush the enemy base to take their territory. There are a number of different types of soldiers, enemies, and even dragons. 

Wargroove's main means of modernizing this type of game is by including online and local multiplayer, along with 12 single-player campaigns. The game will also feature a map editor -- the same one the developers use to make the campaign themselves.  The game also includes an overworld map editor, where missions can be linked together and create branching paths. 

It's expected to release sometime in 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

This sequel to the heavily praised Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most anticipated titles of the year. The primarily story-based trailer revealed today showed us the Blade of Galadriel and her interactions with our previously fallen hero. Although the game is not released, the first DLC was announced to feature Galadriel herself as a playable character in her own arc. 

Although not much else was revealed, the developers noted that the game will build upon the combat, the nemesis system, and titanic full-scale battles that made the first game so great, but ultimately, the story is the biggest focus.

The game releases October 10, and will be featured in several more live streams throughout the rest of E3, from June 13-15.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

The last announcement of the conference left gamers in awe, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most important RTS games in history -- Age of Empires. After the success of remastering Age of Empires 2, Microsoft is ecstatic to announce that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is built from the ground up as a whole new game.

The game will support 4K resolution, new zoom levels, and a fully remastered soundtrack. The gameplay will remain mostly the same, with some modernization introduced in later games in the series. 

The game is scheduled to release later this year, and a beta signup began immediately. Adam Isgreen of Microsoft said this is just the beginning of the celebration, and to expect more Age of Empires news to come at Gamescom later this year.

Intel

Intel sponsored the PC Gaming Show, and had its own conference less than an hour before. But self-titled Software Guy Doug Fisher came out to the stage to talk numbers, Intel's cooperation with ESL, and the future of virtual reality.

Fisher promoted the new Core i9 Extreme Edition by discussing Intel's vision of creating fluid hardware that optimizes gaming and content creation all at once. Intel is also personally working with a number of developers, such as Bungie, to ensure their games run the best on PC.  Full-time Twitch streamer TeftyTeft talked about Destiny 2 on PC and how the game will run at an uncapped framerate in 4K.

Fisher made sure to emphasize how massive eSports are really becoming, saying that they will soon surpass the NBA, MLB, and more. With that, Fisher discussed the merger of virtual reality with eSports by showcasing the game Echo Arena. The game, developed in conjunction with Lone Echo, is an anti-gravity sports game played in VR. Players use their hands to drag themselves through space, and try to throw a disc into their opponents goal. The game will have a competition called the VR Challenge, with the finals held at IEM Poland 2018.

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The PC Gaming Show at E3 this year decided to blow its previous conferences out of the water by focusing primarily on the games themselves, and showing a slew of titles scheduled to release within the next year. Although there were still some awkward moments with hosts and minor production infractions, this looks like an amazing year to be a part of the PC gaming community.

What did you think about the PC Gaming Conference? Did it live up to your expectations? Are you planning on throwing your $1K+ monster out the window for a PS4 or Xbox One X? Sound off in the comments below!

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Disputed Space Hits Steam Early Access and Seeks Community Feedback https://www.gameskinny.com/2j5xa/disputed-space-hits-steam-early-access-and-seeks-community-feedback https://www.gameskinny.com/2j5xa/disputed-space-hits-steam-early-access-and-seeks-community-feedback https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/s/disputedspace-a523f.jpg 2j5xa/disputed-space-hits-steam-early-access-and-seeks-community-feedback Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:10:51 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Disputed Space is an upcoming space dog-fighting arcade action game, developed by ShilohGames. After three years in development, the team has decided to release the game through Steam's Early Access program on June 12th, with the final version scheduled for release in January of 2018. 

The brief gameplay footage on Steam shows a massive scale battle, similar to the old Star Wars Battlefront 2 battles. Disputed Space boasts 30 levels of vivid, procedurally-generated environments, and a well-developed flight system with which to explore them.   

In the official announcement, ShilohGames said it would allow fans of Disputed Space to spot problems and provide feedback that will be incorporated into the game via updates -- a very popular move with smaller developers. Being able to connect with the player base can really help a game to develop into the most fun version of itself. 

If you're interested in space battles and want to be part of this project as it moves forward, you can check out Disputed Space on Steam for $4.99.

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Life Is Strange Gets A Prequel, And You Can Pre-Order Now https://www.gameskinny.com/6aoux/life-is-strange-gets-a-prequel-and-you-can-pre-order-now https://www.gameskinny.com/6aoux/life-is-strange-gets-a-prequel-and-you-can-pre-order-now https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/i/f/life-strange-dc986.jpg 6aoux/life-is-strange-gets-a-prequel-and-you-can-pre-order-now Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:55:31 -0400 The Blind Seer

In Xbox's E3 showcase, it was revealed that Life Is Strange would be getting a three episode prequel titled Before the Storm, with the first episode being released for console on August 31.

While previous hints from DONTNOD Entertainment left Life is Strange fans with the sense that any sequel or addition to the story would focus on a separate cast of characters in the same universe, Before the Storm is going to be a prequel featuring some beloved characters from the original game. It takes place in a period of time before Max moves back to Arcadia Bay for school, and centers on Chloe and her life with Rachel.

The trailer, which you can view below, includes no dialogue -- just scenes from the game's three episodes which hint at Chloe exploring her life at school, the death of her father, fights in a bar, train hopping, and her relationship with Rachel. You can pre-order the first episode now on the Microsoft Store.

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Logitech Releases World's First Continuous Charging Mat for Wireless Gaming Mice https://www.gameskinny.com/gikbf/logitech-releases-worlds-first-continuous-charging-mat-for-wireless-gaming-mice https://www.gameskinny.com/gikbf/logitech-releases-worlds-first-continuous-charging-mat-for-wireless-gaming-mice https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/o/g/logo-logitech-black-65529.jpg gikbf/logitech-releases-worlds-first-continuous-charging-mat-for-wireless-gaming-mice Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:50:38 -0400 The Blind Seer

Today, Logitech revealed an innovative new piece of technology that hopes to revolutionize the use of wireless gaming mice -- the Powerplay Wireless Charging System. 

This system is a charging mat that allows users to continuously charge their wireless devices without ever having to plug in. Where other charging options require cords or having the device sit idle in a single area, Logitech's Powerplay delivers "uninterrupted charging" over the whole surface of the mousepad -- so gamers can juice up their wireless mouse even while they're playing their favorite games, without losing any performance. 

The Powerplay mat will be compatible with the two newest mice in Logitech's lineup -- the G903 and the G703. Both these mice will come with a Powercore module, which attaches magnetically to their undercarriages and harnesses the Powerplay mat's energy field to turn it into a charging current. 

The Powerplay mat will be available beginning August 2017, priced at $99.99. The two mice that are currently compatible with the mat will be made available in late June, at $99.99 for the G703 and $149.99 for the G903. This wireless charging mousepad will be available in both hard and soft finishes to suit any player's preference. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for reviews of these products as they hit shelves, and for further updates on this innovative new technology as we learn more.

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E3 Recap: Bethesda Showcases VR, Skyrim for Switch, and Two Upcoming Sequels https://www.gameskinny.com/7vkan/e3-recap-bethesda-showcases-vr-skyrim-for-switch-and-two-upcoming-sequels https://www.gameskinny.com/7vkan/e3-recap-bethesda-showcases-vr-skyrim-for-switch-and-two-upcoming-sequels https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/e/t/bethesda-69357.JPG 7vkan/e3-recap-bethesda-showcases-vr-skyrim-for-switch-and-two-upcoming-sequels Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:29:36 -0400 ActionJ4ck

Over a month ago, Bethesda teased its E3 plans with the above image, inviting us to enjoy a tour of “Bethesdaland”. With eight distinct areas denoted on the map, it seemed as though the company would have a lot of material to pack into their one-hour showcase. And while there was quite a bit to mull over, we didn't see either of the new IPs that were hinted at by the "under construction" areas in the teaser image.

Whether or not Bethesda disappointed is up to you, so read on to see everything they've been cooking up.

Virtual Reality for Doom and Fallout 4

Making good on last year's E3 promise to bring virtual reality to Fallout 4 and DOOM, Bethesda announced that both Fallout 4 VR and Doom VFR will see full releases later in 2017. The presentation touted Fallout 4 VR as "a full-length open world game with near limitless content playable entirely in VR". DOOM VFR, meanwhile, was confirmed via the official DOOM twitter account to be an entirely new game set in the DOOM universe and playable in virtual reality. 

The Elder Scrolls Online Content Packs

In addition to showing off The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind expansion that dropped earlier this month, a trailer for ESO teased the game's next two content packs: Horns of the Reach and Clockwork City. No specific release date was given for these two add-ons -- but Pete Hines, Global Vice President of PR and Marketing for Bethesda, later confirmed that they would be released before the end of the 2017. 

Creation Club: Paid Mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim

Between game announcements, Bethesda took a few minutes to discuss its upcoming Creation Club -- a collection of new game content for Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that includes gameplay enhancements, new items, enemies, etc.

Unlike mods, these additional add-ons will be developed by Bethesda Game Studios, in partnership with outside developers (and likely modders) to ensure compatibility. New content will be purchased using some sort of credit system which was not elaborated upon.

The Creation Club will be accessible in-game and become available this summer for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

A trailer for The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the virtual card game which saw its initial release earlier this year, showcased the addition of a new Dark Brotherhood storyline and in-game tournaments sometime next month. Additionally, the cinematic trailer teased the addition of Skyrim-based content -- including werewolves, Sovngarde, and Dragonborn, in the Heroes of Skyrim expansion, releasing June 29, 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch

Bethesda then went on to show off a bit of Skyrim gameplay on the Nintendo Switch. In addition to motion controls, the Switch version of the game will apparently include amiibo support. The example shown was of the archer Link amiibo granting the player access to a Zelda-inspired chest containing the Master Sword and Link's outfit from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Bethesda unveiled a trailer for Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, a campaign featuring Billie Lurk -- apparently now a cyborg -- as she reunites with mentor Daud in a scheme to take down the god-like Outsider. Rather than being a DLC for Dishonored 2, as was speculated, Death of the Outsider will be a standalone adventure that does not require Dishonored 2 to be purchased or played.

It will be released September 15 of this year on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. 

Quake World Champions Tournament

After a brief trailer emphasizing the passion of competitive gaming, Bethesda announced that there would be a world tournament for Quake Champions -- a game which is currently still in closed beta -- at QuakeCon 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Quake World Champions, as it is being called, will take place August 26 and include a million dollar prize-pool. 

Additionally, Bethesda revealed that Wolfenstein protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz will be added the Quake Champions roster, effective immediately. Players of the closed beta can log on and play with the new champion, as well as new maps, at this very moment.

The Evil Within 2

Taking place 3 years after the first game, The Evil Within 2 will pick up with main-character Sebastian Castellanos in search of his daughter, Lily, who he believed to be dead. The trailer gets a bit trippy from there, but we are left with a release date of Friday, October 13, 2017.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Finally, Bethesda unveiled what was probably their worst-kept secret: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. After being teased at last year's E3 and leaked earlier this weekend via Amazon, its presence at E3 2017 was thought to be a given. The trailer for the game shows a downtrodden America in which Nazis and KKK members openly walk the streets. Series protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz is attempting to organize the resistance against the Nazi regime. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be released on October 27, 2017.

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And that's the end of that. The presentation made special note that everything showcased during Bethesda's E3 conference will be available by the end of this year. You can watch the presentation in its entirety on YouTube.

So are you blown away by all the announcements? Downtrodden that there's no Elder Scrolls VI or new IP announcements? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check back with GameSkinny as more information on all these games becomes available. 

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Xbox One X and So Much More: Microsoft's E3 Conference Recapped https://www.gameskinny.com/z7dmt/xbox-one-x-and-so-much-more-microsofts-e3-conference-recapped https://www.gameskinny.com/z7dmt/xbox-one-x-and-so-much-more-microsofts-e3-conference-recapped https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/o/n/bonex-c2f84.jpg z7dmt/xbox-one-x-and-so-much-more-microsofts-e3-conference-recapped Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:46:45 -0400 Zantallion

Microsoft and Xbox were the first of the Big Three console developers to present at this year's E3, and the company came prepared with a swath of new things to show off. With 42 different games shown at its conference, Microsoft put a lot on the table this time around. 

The conference kicked off with a flashy neon showcase, with multicolor wireframes slowly becoming characters from some of Microsoft's biggest properties, like Gears of War and Halo. This graphic eventually segued into a visual reveal of the Microsoft's new console -- known until now only as Project Scorpio. Phil Spencer walked onstage shortly after the showcase ended to confirm the console's official name -- The Xbox One X.

Xbox One X

Taking the stage after Spencer was Kareem Choudry, who talked about the specs and capabilities of this new console, breaking it down into three different categories: Power, Compatibility, and Craftsmanship. In the Power portion, Choudry mentioned that the One X has a 6 teraflop GPU, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory, and 326 GB of memory bandwidth. Under Compatibility, Choudry confirmed that all prior Xbox One games would not only be backwards-compatible on the new system, but improved with faster load times and more. Finally, for Craftmanship, he talked about the console's unique liquid-cooled vapor chamber, its new power management system, and that it's the smallest Xbox system to date.

The Xbox One X will be available on November 7, 2017 for $499.

And what about Backwards Compatibility?

Microsoft had a pretty big announcement to make about its catalog of backwards compatible games. A fair number of original Xbox games are being made backwards compatible in an update coming later this year -- including 2003's Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.

Forza Motorsport 7

With specs done, Microsoft wasted no time diving right into the game reveal. It kicked things off with Forza Motorsport 7, debuting the game with an incredible reveal trailer showing off its visual chops, including dynamic weather and incredible environments on display. Also, in a world first, a new Porsche car made its debut onstage, the Porsche 2018 911 GT2RS. Driver customization was also mentioned briefly, with more details to come later on. Last but not least, its released date was revealed for October 7th, 2017.

Metro Exodus

Following Forza was a new title by 4A Games -- Metro Exodus. The trailer showed off a gas-mask-wearing protagonist exploring the ruins of a post-apocalyptic civilization, fighting bat-like humanoid monsters as they made their way through a ruined tunnel filled with destroyed cars and human corpses.

After sneaking around and sniping some hostile wolf-like enemies, a creature resembling a bear-crocodile cross bursts through a wooden wall. The protag runs for it after taking a hit from the beast, and eventually manages close enough to a cliffside that they can blast it down into the ravine below. Finally, the protagonist takes a quick zipline trip before hitching a ride on an old-timey train, which sets off into the distance.

Metro Exodus is coming in 2018, with more information on the way later this week.

Assassin's Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins was up next -- and despite it being one of E3's worst-kept secrets, the game still wowed with its full gameplay reveal. As is well known by now, Origins takes place in Egypt and stars Bayek, the last magi (or protector) of his community.

It is said that Bayek will eventually become the founder of the Assassin's Brotherhood, and that Origins will tell that story. The reveal trailer shows off numerous aspects of the game -- with scenes showing off Bayek sliding down the side of one of the pyramids, horseback archery, coliseum-like arenas for fighting, different weapon types, and a gargantuan basilisk-like snake dwarfing Bayek.

The gameplay footage that followed shows Bayek returning to his hometown to assassinate a false oracle. He uses an eagle named Senu to do reconnaissance on the oracle's temple, before infiltrating it himself. The gameplay showed off some of the game's mechanics, such as slowed-down time when firing arrows midair, weapon looting from enemy corpses, and chain assassinations. Origins launches on October 27.

PUBG, Deep Rock Galactic, and State of Decay 2

Next up was Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, which was announced to be exclusively coming later this year to the Xbox One in 4K, with even more improvements coming on the One X.

A new title called Deep Rock Galactic came afterwards, showing off voxel-y dwarves exploring seemingly endless cave systems, mining valuables and fighting against huge hordes of insectoid enemies. 

State of Decay 2 followed, showing off the game's co-op play. Aside from surviving the zombie apocalypse with vehicles, melee weapons and guns, players can also build safe haven communities, dictating where everything goes in their new homes. Different special zombie types were showcased as players raided houses for supplies, with some exploding, some clinging to vehicles, and an armless variant spitting blood. 

New IP: The Darwin Project

A new IP, The Darwin Project, made its debut next, clearly taking a page from The Hunger Games' playbook. With an art style very similar to Team Fortress 2, the game appears to be a multiplayer survival game where the characters are on an in-universe entertainment program, killing each other in a snowy environment with all kinds of implements and weapons -- all narrated by a floating robot head. Different abilities for the characters were also shown off -- one had a protection forcefield, while another could go invisible for a short time. More information on that should be coming soon. 

Minecraft With Cross Play and 4K

Minecraft took the stage next, and revealed that it had a big update on the way. A community marketplace is in the pipes, allowing for user-created skins and servers to be created and shared online with all. Llamas, recently introduced in the PC version of the game, are also on their way -- alongside a gaggle of new block types and a new lighting update.

The biggest announcement however, was cross-play across almost all of the different systems Minecraft calls home. PS4, Switch, Xbox One, VR, and mobile devices were all confirmed to have cross-play functionality. This new update for Minecraft goes live later this year.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

After being announced with screenshots a few days prior, the Arcsys-developed Dragon Ball Fighter Z made its gameplay debut on Xbox's stage, and its over-the-top nature shows hopes to keep Dragon Ball's legacy intact. The game has a 3v3 team/assist system much like Marvel vs. Capcom, with a 2.5D artstyle much like that of Guilty Gear -- but adjusted to match the visuals of Dragon Ball. Characters shown off include Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu, with more no doubt on the way when the game launches in Early 2018.

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online took the stage next. An MMORPG with anime-styled visuals, Black Desert looks to have a large variety of different playstyles based on what class and character is chosen -- but the combat shown in the trailer makes it clear that no matter whether you choose a magic or melee class, fighting will be quite the spectacle.

Artful Escape CodeVein

Up next was The Artful Escape, which appears to be a kind of rhythm-based infinite runner or platformer game. The game's paper-like art style lent itself well to the insane and surreal scenes shown off in the trailer, and it's rock-and-roll motif will certainly add to the game's charm.

CodeVein came next. This seems to be an RPG of sorts, with an interesting twist to it. The trailer showed off a handful of characters who appear to be party members fighting in a ruined city -- but what really set CodeVein apart was a system in which characters could apparently spawn metal limbs that doubled as weapons with which they could fight enemies infesting the city.

Sea of Thieves

We also finally got a more in-depth look at Sea of Thieves, and it did not disappoint. The trailer showed off a treasure trove of things that players could do -- like raiding sunken ships, following riddles and treasure maps to hidden booty on islands, exploring puzzle-filled caves, and fighting skeletons rising from their graves to defend their loot. Ship vs. ship battles were also showcased, and the player we were following put themselves into a cannon and blasted aboard the enemy ship, where they were able to take down the opposing crew.

After making a failed desperate leap back to their ship, the trailer ends with a shark eating the playable character, with the promise of there being more footage later, before it's final release in Early 2018.

Cuphead and Crackdown 3

Cuphead also had a quick reel, showing off its gorgeous old-timey cartoon look and finally giving us a long-awaited release date. Cuphead launches September 29, 2017...hopefully for real this time.

Terry Crews made a surprise appearance during the presentation. In a spot clearly reminiscent of his Old Spice commercials, Crews yelled and exploded his way to introducing Crackdown 3, which has fully destructible environments, a ton of different weapon types, mechs, and more. Crackdown 3 hits stores on November 7, 2017.

Lots of Indies & A Few AA Games

Tacoma also made an appearance. The spiritual sequel to popular walking simulator Gone Home, Tacoma follows a faceless player character after they wake up on an empty space station and try to piece together what happened while they were asleep. Tacoma releases on August 2, 2017

Super Lucky's Tale made its debut onstage as well, charming many with its cute visuals and fun-looking characters. The playable character, likely the titular Lucky, is a cute little fox who runs, jumps, and digs his way through a bunch of colorful worlds -- collecting coins and more. The game appears to be a 3D collectathon akin to games like Banjo-Kazooie and the more recent Yooka-Laylee.

We also got a look at Ashen, a very stylized game with a melancholy tone. The trailer showed inhuman grey beasts attacking and killing seemingly helpless and almost featureless humans -- who we were told by the narration are simply trying to find their way to "the light". Hopefully more details on this game come soon.

Before moving into its series of highly anticipated sequels and a brand new IP, an impressive line-up of indie games was showcased in a quickfire reel which included: Osiris New Dawn, Raiders of the Broken Planet, Unruly Heroes, Path of Exile, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Fable Fortune, Observer, Robocraft Infinity, Dunk Lords, Minion Masters, Brawlout, Ooblets, Dark and Light, Strange Brigade, Riverbond, Hello Neighbor, Shift, and Conan Exiles.

Middle Earth and Ori Sequels, Plus a Life is Strange Prequel

Life is Strange also got its prequel revealed, titled Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Attending school, getting into barfights, lighting fires, and throwing tantrums in junkyards all seem to be involved in what is set to be the first of three episodic installments.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War took the stage next, showing off its expanded Nemesis System. Enemies that are defeated can now be recruited to your army via a new mechanic, and the amount of dialogue in the game looks to be massive -- as each orc appears to have unique dialogue all to themselves. Players can even set what orcs they want to be in what positions in their army before engaging in battle. The showcase ends with the player's prepared army launching an attack on an enemy fortress, with all of their recruited orcs in tow. 

Ori made a surprise appearance at Xbox's conference with the reveal of her new game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The trailer showed off much of the gorgeous art that contributed to the original Ori and the Blind Forest being such a hit -- and ends with Ori comforting a small, sad owl looking upon its dead family. Could the cute little owl maybe be a second playable character? We'll have to wait and see.

Anthem

Closing out the show was EA and BioWare's momentous new IP, Anthem. Taking place in a futuristic city walled off from the rest of the world, Anthem is a cooperative third-person shooter with a massive open world.

Freelancers, the defenders of the walled city and the player characters, climb into flight-capable mechsuits (knowns as Javelins) to explore the wild overgrown world around their isolated city. These javelins can be equipped with all kinds of different weapons and gear, which can be looted from robotic enemies known as Scars. These items also appear to have varying rarity, as the demo shows a character collecting a "legendary" gun.

The world's events and weather are dynamic and unique, and include something called a "shaper storm" -- a storm with high winds and lightning, with a glowing ball of energy at its center. As the Freelancers fly towards the center of the shaper storm, the screen goes white, and the logo for Anthem fades back in, with it's release date listed as "Coming 2018". 

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The conference ended with a highlight reel set to music of all the games revealed and more, capping off a seriously long showcase for Microsoft.

So what did you think? Did you think Xbox's E3 briefing was a hit? Or was your favorite title missing from their lineup? Let us know down below, and we'll continue to keep you posted on E3 news as it happens for the rest of the week.

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The Future Archmage: The Unspoken Tournament https://www.gameskinny.com/feoz4/the-future-archmage-the-unspoken-tournament https://www.gameskinny.com/feoz4/the-future-archmage-the-unspoken-tournament https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/n/s/unspoken-main-f0f7d.jpg feoz4/the-future-archmage-the-unspoken-tournament Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:11:41 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

In an impressive union of VR and eSports, Insomniac Games' most recent release, The Unspoken, was the focus of a small tournament in New York. The competition began in early May -- and on June 3, the 8 remaining competitors came together to determine who would become the Archmage.

The final rounds were finished within a few hours that day, and player Ryan Shaw took home the gold. For his achievement, Shaw received an Oculus Rift (Oculus Touch included), an ASUS computer decked out to run Oculus games, and a cash prize of $1,250.

The Unspoken is a VR title released December 6, 2016. Players take control of a mage and are pitted against other mages in a battle for magical supremacy. With three classes to choose from (and a fourth on the way), players can utilize a variety of magical powers -- like telekinesis, elemental effects, and even summoning magical creatures. The game utilizes the Oculus Touch, allowing players to cast spells through hand movements.

The game includes a player vs player battle style, which lends itself well to a competitive scene. The gameplay can seem hectic, with exploding spell effects and players constantly teleporting -- but the high intensity battles are impressive. The biggest downside is that the matches are much shorter than more popular eSports, usually only taking five to ten minutes.

After watching the tournament, there seems to be a lot of potential for future VR eSports. We might be seeing stadiums fill up with spectators to watch intense wizard battles, in much the same way that League of Legends fans gather to watch their favorite teams.

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505 Games Releases Trailer for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night https://www.gameskinny.com/k2pq6/505-games-releases-trailer-for-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night https://www.gameskinny.com/k2pq6/505-games-releases-trailer-for-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/l/o/bloodstained-ritual-night-logo-8e324.png k2pq6/505-games-releases-trailer-for-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:10:22 -0400 heatherew24

505 Games, a global video game publisher of many well known free-to-play games, has released a trailer for its new game, titled, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

This Kickstarter-funded RPG is based in 18th century England, and centers around the Industrial Revolution. Players will be tasked with fighting the forces of Hell, as well as trying to find a cure for their characters' curse before they turn into crystal. Check out the trailer below:

The trailer has revealed a new map in the game called Church, and also features environmental improvements that have been added into the game overall. Changes to the characters include new weapons for Miriam, the protagonist and the players' character, new moves, and a new boss known as Bloodless. 

The original Bloodstained was created by Koji Igarashi, known for his work with Gothic and eerie game styles and plots. He is also famous for working on the Castlevania series. 

Bloodstained is set to be released in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, and several other platforms. If you would like to purchase the game, you can pledge on Kickstarter, where they will send you the backer edition of the game no matter where in the world you are.  

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Nintendo Launches New Competitive Gaming Twitter Account https://www.gameskinny.com/jq9or/nintendo-launches-new-competitive-gaming-twitter-account https://www.gameskinny.com/jq9or/nintendo-launches-new-competitive-gaming-twitter-account https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/1/8/9/18953132-1445438652145926-7116988024216353495-ce4b3.jpg jq9or/nintendo-launches-new-competitive-gaming-twitter-account Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:15:06 -0400 eleccross

Earlier today. Nintendo launched a new Twitter page called Nintendo Versus. The page's focus is on competitive gaming for Nintendo games. The account will start by posting updates about the invitational tournaments for ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Pokken Tournament DX that will be taking place during E3 next week.

One would hope this means that Nintendo will continue to support and host competitive events for their games into the future. With the company's official support, the competitive scenes for these games could go bigger and last longer than they would have with just the fans by themselves.

Competitive gaming began rising in popularity years ago with MOBAs like League of Legends  and Dota leading the charge. Nowadays you'd be hard-pressed to find a multiplayer game without a competitive mode, aside from party games.

Nintendo games are no exception. Long before its games had official in-game competitive modes, Super Smash Brothers grew an especially large competitive scene. For years Nintendo seemed neutral about, even against, the idea of its games having such a hardcore eSports scene. But this new account could be a good sign that Nintendo wants to support their game's competitive side .

 Stay tuned to GameSkinny to catch more news about competitive gaming and Nintendo in the future.

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When Does Double XP End in Overwatch's Anniversary Event? https://www.gameskinny.com/xan3q/when-does-double-xp-end-in-overwatchs-anniversary-event https://www.gameskinny.com/xan3q/when-does-double-xp-end-in-overwatchs-anniversary-event https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/6/j/l/6jlg1y6inn5l1496699525914-dca1f.png xan3q/when-does-double-xp-end-in-overwatchs-anniversary-event Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:12:31 -0400 Valoryan

As a thank you to players, Overwatch is holding a Double XP Weekend to close out the Overwatch Anniversary event. But a lot of players are asking: when exactly does the event start and end?

The Double XP Weekend started yesterday, June 8 at 5 pm PDT and will end on Monday, June 12 at 11:59 pm PDT. The bonus will be applied to almost every source of XP in the game -- including completing a match, winning a match, earning medals, and playing consecutive matches. The only experience that will not be boosted will be the First Win of the Day bonus.

The Anniversary Event closely followed (by less than a month) the Uprising event, with most people spending their coins and money on skins and loot boxes for the limited edition skins. Redditors complained about this, and some recommended a Double XP Weekend to help players obtain loot boxes. It's unclear whether Blizzard added this to the Anniversary Event in response, or if it's just a happy coincidence that will satisfy fans. Either way, it's going to be a good weekend for Overwatch. 

Good luck in your matches, and may your XP be plentiful!

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EA E3 Recap: Bioware's New IP & Battlefront 2 Single Player Revealed Along with Much More https://www.gameskinny.com/yslsv/ea-e3-recap-biowares-new-ip-battlefront-2-single-player-revealed-along-with-much-more https://www.gameskinny.com/yslsv/ea-e3-recap-biowares-new-ip-battlefront-2-single-player-revealed-along-with-much-more https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/a/h/eaheaderimg-98f41.jpg yslsv/ea-e3-recap-biowares-new-ip-battlefront-2-single-player-revealed-along-with-much-more Sun, 11 Jun 2017 13:00:41 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Last year at E3, EA had some big guns on display with the highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda and the return to historical Battlefield 1. This year, however, there were fewer bullets in the chamber -- with 30-40 minutes devoted to Battlefront 2, no news on any of the other Star Wars games that are in development, and plenty of EA Sports titles. 

Here's the rundown of what what we did learn during EA's presentation. 

EA Sports

Madden 18 Story Mode & Project Scorpio Screenshots

 EA started its press conference off with marching drummers wearing Tom Brady jerseys. This lead into what would be revealed as Long Shot mode for Madden 18.

In this story-based mode, you control Wade -- a QB who dropped off of the scene somewhere along his collegiate career and is now struggling to make his name known in the NFL. There are clips that show him playing for the Texas Longhorns and later the New York Giants, as well as a clip where he's shaking hands with Dan Marino (of Miami Dolphins fame).

This begs questions about how much control you have over his career path and whether or not there will be any collegiate games played (might this be the closest we get to a NCAA Football game for years to come?).

While not many details were given on this mode, it should be interesting to see more details arise in the coming days and months as similar story modes in sports games have been praised throughout the years. 

The only other mention of Madden 18 was in relation to Microsoft's Project Scorpio. There were several beautiful screens showing detailed uniforms and character models -- but none of them played out in live action, so it's hard to tell exactly how great things look in living color. 

FIFA 18 Tournaments, New Animations, Return of Alex Hunter

EA has promised a redoubling of its efforts for FIFA eSports tournaments, and seems to be referring ti larger tournaments and more prizes. That being said, specific details were sparse. Moreover, this message was slightly muddied by a montage of eSports clips from all of the EA Sports titles, which made it seem as if the company addressing more than just FIFA

Moreover, new dedicated animations for players were championed as a big feature for the next FIFA game. This reveal was accompanied by footage of Cristiano Ronaldo playing soccer in a motion capture suit. Like some of the other large announcements, it was unclear exactly how many soccer players they brought in for motion capture. It seemed to be more than just Ronaldo, but then it's a question of where they arbitrarily drew the line in the sand. Who made the cut and who didn't? This redoubling of efforts for unique player animations was also accompanied by a promise of more accurate recreations of the various stadiums. So clearly, EA is hoping to create a more authentic experience. 

The story mode from FIFA 17 will also receive its own continuation in what is being called"The Journey: Hunter Returns". Apparently, Alex Hunter has been unexpectedly released by his team and now he's up for grabs. Where he'll go next and the ensuing chaos are the setup for this story. 

NBA Live 18 Gameplay, Demo, and The ONE

NBA Live 18 received perhaps the least coverage during the sports part of EA's presentation. There was one play shown where LeBron is charging past Kevin Durant in stop motion/slow motion to go into the nitty gritty of dribbling with the right stick. While this was nice, it didn't really give a great feel for the game, since it's not Super Hot.

They also announced a new mode, which appeared to be single player, called The ONE. In this mode, your character is tasked with both rising through the ranks in The League and on The Streets. The Streets will feature matches against classic players in classic street arenas. These two styles of play will work slightly differently.

Your character will also have progression and will become better at dribbling, among other stats, as you play and (hopefully) win games. Sadly, not a lot of specifics were mentioned. It's unclear exactly how these two modes fit together-- why do you need street cred to get better in the NBA proper?Moreover, what exactly are the rule changes between The League and The Streets?

A free demo of the game is slated for sometime in August. Progression in the demo is also promised to carry over to the main game, which should be interesting since this effectively gives you early access to the larger experience. The contents of the demo were not specified. 

Need for Speed: Payback Story Mode, Open World, Customization, etc.

Need for Speed: Payback was one of the games that we received the most complete feature list for. We know the game will yet again try its hand at a story mode, which is going to feature you controlling 3 different protagonists -- each with their own unexplained unique abilities -- in an open world environment. 

The story is revenge tale that pits your three protagonists against The House, which is a crime syndicate. To take them down you will be performing heists, getting in cop pursuits, tackling car battles, and participating in unique set piece action scenes. The developer stated that victory is no longer just about crossing the finish line first -- which makes us wonder how heavy the emphasis on racing will be this time around. 

A short gameplay demo shows you chasing down a semi, ramming cars off the road and weaving through traffic in the process, only to eventually have your co-pilot jump ship and steal a car from the semi. At this point, control switched to your female cohort as she sought to escape chase. It's currently unclear whether heists are a mission type which might pop up in different places, or if they are completely scripted events for certain story moments. 

It was confirmed that customization would be a big part of the game, something which some of the more recent installments had largely done away with. Moreover, this customization would not only be visual but would also have performance effects.There was also mention of derelict cars which you would find throughout the world. They will start out as mere scrap, but can be upgraded into seemingly some of the best cars in the game. 

With so much being revealed about the new Need for Speed, I was glad to be left excited about an N4S title after the recent hiatus. 

EA Original: A Way Out

A Way Out is part of EA's Indie support program: EA Originals. It was also one of the more odd titles on display at EA's press conference, or rather I should say that the way that it was displayed was odd. The games' lead, Josef Fares (of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons fame) came out onto the stage to tell us about the game, but things quickly dissolved into rambling about the game being awesome. 

Awkward developer antics aside, A Way Out is a story-centric co-op experience which is always played in split screen, whether you are playing online or in the same room on the same console. The game starts out with Leo, who seems to have been in the Mafia from his stereotypical accent, and Vincent, who doesn't seem to be an immediately identifiable stereotype. Both are in prison. The beginning of the game centers on them escaping from prison together, but later the game shifts to their escape and life on the lamb. 

Currently, the primary genre seems to be uncertain. The game is definitely third person and features driving segments, exploration segments, and presumably some shooting segments. Its unique story, premise, and ever-present split screen make this an interesting game to watch in the coming months. The release window is "Early 2018".  

Battlefield 1 Night Maps & Expansion

Battlefield 1 also commanded a decent portion of the early part of the EA press conference. 

This summer will see the release of two Night Maps: Nivelle Nights in June and Prise De Ta Hure in July. The developer said these maps will require teamwork as you work your way through a complex series of trenches under the cloak of night. 

The upcoming expansion, In The Name of The Tsar, will expand the battle to the east into Russia. This expansion will include 6 new maps, the Russian Army -- including the Hussar cavalry -- new vehicles, weaponry, and the women's battalion of death. Watching the presentation did not make it clear as to whether there would be any additional single player content.

Operations mode will also be expanded upon with increased customization, progression, and specialization options. 

There is also a promise that there will be a new competitive "experience" announced at Gamescom in August -- which will be a small, tight, all out war that requires great team coordination which is also easy for viewers to keep track of. Yeah, that's a lot of promises. 

All the Battlefront 2 

EA spent nearly half the press conference on Battlefront 2. For the full rundown of what was revealed, check out our full article on Battlefront 2 announcements at E3. A couple big highlights include:

  1. The addition of a story mode
  2. Much more content than the original game
  3. Couch co-op

BioWare's New IP: Anthem

I wish I could tell you something really awesome about BioWare's new IP -- but honestly, I really don't have much to say. There was a short, cinematic trailer revealed that didn't say much about the game. It gave a general setting, in which a giant wall protects the vestiges of humanity from a dangerous outside wild.

There was also a power suit shown, whose design was reminiscent of something you might see in Destiny. The lush jungle environment, in particular, reminds me of Havarl, one of the highlights of Mass Effect Andromeda. EA then stated that further gameplay footage will be revealed at the Microsoft press conference, which is Sunday @ 4 pm CDT. So be on the lookout for our coverage shortly thereafter.  

In Review

EA had an odd press conference this year. We saw a Tom Brady drumming circle, several minutes of Battlefield 1 players talking about how awesome it is, eSports highlights/champions, competitive Battlefront players giving feedback on the game, awkward commentary by suits, guest speakers, and developers alike, and most of the show (30-40 minutes, at least) being devoted to Battlefront 2 while moving all the substantial info about Bioware's new IP, Anthem, to Microsoft's press conference. It wasn't bad, per se, but nor was it great. That being said, there's still some interesting info coming out that I think is worth being excited over. 

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: Everything You Need to Know From EA's E3 Press Conference https://www.gameskinny.com/i7wks/star-wars-battlefront-2-everything-you-need-to-know-from-eas-e3-press-conference https://www.gameskinny.com/i7wks/star-wars-battlefront-2-everything-you-need-to-know-from-eas-e3-press-conference https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/30005e1c235e21faba1cd61695b3e377.jpg i7wks/star-wars-battlefront-2-everything-you-need-to-know-from-eas-e3-press-conference Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:08:11 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

For a long time now, we've known that DICE is working Star Wars Battlefront 2. Today, however, EA released a ton of details about SW:BF2 at their annual E3 Press Conference -- so much so that they literally spent half the show on it.

What did the publisher reveal for this highly anticipated sequel? Lots of big things.

A Story Mode Has Been Confirmed

That's right -- there will be a story mode in Battlefront 2. Moreover, the story mode won't merely have you reliving the events of the game, but it will also have you playing through a unique storyline. This story is also said to help bridge the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens

Content Is King

More Isn't Always Better, but In This Case, It Is

One of the main complaints with the original Battlefront was the lack of content. EA has heard you loud and clear. As such, there seems to be a lot being added in this time. Not only is there a full-on campaign, but EA also promised that there would be "three times the content" compared to the previous title. 

You Get DLC, You Get DLC, EVERYONE Gets DLC!

Another common complaint about the previous game was the fact that DLC was so damned expensive. This, combined with the lack of content, made it almost impossible to resist EA's DLC scalping. But that shouldn't be a worry any longer, as DLC is now promised to be released in themed seasons for free. The first iteration of this DLC will be based on the upcoming film Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and will feature Finn and Phasma.

It's currently unclear whether all DLC is going to be made available for free, though. EA made it clear that they want to avoid splitting up the player base, which makes us think that maps could be free. As for characters, weapons, and/or skins, your guess is as good as ours. But we're willing to bet that if story DLC is ever released, we'll have to shell out for it.

Content From All Eras

This reveal was relatively simple: there is going to be content from all 3 eras of Star Wars. This presumably means that there will be content present from all 3 trilogies.

Return of Skirmish and Couch Co-Op Goodness

It was also confirmed that Skirmish, an offline single-player mode, will be returning in Battlefront 2. Along with this, a couch co-op mode was also confirmed. It's nice to see that there seems to be a continuity in the modes offered. 

Multiplayer

As much of a big deal as there was about the single player, there really wasn't much shown or said about it other than EA confirming its existence. The same could not be said for the multiplayer, however. In fact, there was more coverage of competitive Battlefront players giving feedback on the game than there was of single player. That being said, there's a lot to be noted here, so let's dive in! 

Customization & Progression

To start off, we have the low-hanging talking point that developers love: more customization and deeper progression. I think I must have heard this same sentence said about 5 different games during EA's conference. While they were vague on customization options, they did at least elaborate on...

Classes & Skills

That's right, there is now a class system in Battlefront, which I will go into some greater detail on below. As far as how you progress, and what the nature of progression will look like in this game (skill trees anyone?), it's anyone's guess. 

There have currently been 4 announced classes: assault, heavy, officer, specialist. It seems that this is probably the number of classes there will be at release, but EA hasn't confirmed one way or the other whether more classes will be added later down the line. Here's what we know so far:

  • Assault
    • The assault unit seems to function like your average character would in any of the games. These are the most generic ground troops. They are supposed to have access to a shotgun as a secondary weapon, which makes them lethal in mid-to-short range combat.  
  • Heavy
    • The heavy unit is your slower, higher HP unit that wields minigun-type weapons, and has access to a combat shield that protects them from the front and allows them to push forward to gain positions. 
  • Officer
    • The officer is more of a support unit than anything else. He's capable of healing nearby allies while also having access to a turret that he can throw down.  
  • Specialist
    • Lastly, we have the specialist. These units are generally looked at as snipers and also have access to trip mines, which they can use to protect their flanks while sniping. 
Battle Points

Battle points have been overhauled. Instead of finding them on the map, you now earn them through your exploits on the battlefield, either through getting kills, assists, healing allies, or going after objectives. They can then be used to purchase access to special units, like jetpack wielding units, heroes, or even vehicles. 

Multi-stage Battles

There will now also be multi-stage battles. EA hammered so hard on this that the publisher dedicated a good 30 minutes of its conference to one of these battles, called The Assault on Theed.

The Assault on Theed, which is inspired by events from the prequel trilogy, is a multi-stage battle that tasks the Separatists and their droid army with first guiding their MTT tank down the main path that leads to the palace, then making their way into the palace, and finally capturing the throne room proper. The clone troopers are challenged with defending their turf.

The first phase of the level was extremely open, with long and wide streets and a short supply of cover. Droids and clone troopers were often left vulnerable from several angles. On the ground, specialists were extremely useful, while aerial combat dictated the ebb and flow of the forces below.

However, the further you proceeded into the level, the more cramped the environment became. Transitioning from without the palace to within it completely flipped the script -- specialists became vulnerable and assault troops reigned supreme. And aerial combat literally didn't matter since the fight had transitioned indoors.

Moreover, since the palace interior was later into the fight, you began seeing more and more specialized units and heroes. Darth Maul ran rampant all over the clone troopers, which resulted in Muselk being the MVP with a combined 36 kills across the entire level.

From the looks of it, this structure allows designers to recreate classic battles and capture the feel of them, rather than just plopping players down into a classic location and expecting that to be enough. 

Unanswered Questions

We were left with a few questions concerning the classes, heroes, special units, etc. For instance, its unclear what class (if any) the heroes or special units would fall into. I suspect heroes wouldn't have a class because they are kind of their own unique self-contained character. But as for special units, like jetpack-wielding units, we don't know if they are a particular class or not.

EA was also not 100% clear as to whether or not different factions, like Stormtroopers and droids, used different abilities for the same class. For instance, would an assault class droid use different weaponry or abilities than an assault class stormtrooper? Based on what we saw, it seems like they have the same skills. They also seemed to either have weapons that were functionally the same -- or at least quite similar. 

Moreover, we once saw an assault unit use a combat roll. But I am not sure whether that is something unique to the assault unit -- which seems to be focused on slightly higher mobility than the other classes -- or if it was something that any class had access to. Hopefully we'll have more answers to these questions soon.

Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-ordering the game grants you access to the multiplayer beta as well as the Yoda Light Saber Mastery Star Card. (Note: There are conflicting reports on what the pre-order bonuses are, but this is what I noted during the E3 press conference.)

Good Night, Star Wars...

EA's press conference was heavily focused on Battlefront 2, and it stood out among all the other games that the developer covered during the presentation. And from the looks of it, DICE has made some great design decisions for the sequel thus far -- including more content, story mode, split-screen co-op gorgeous graphics, retooled multiplayer, and free stuff. 

Battlefront fans should be able to safely look forward to this new iteration in DICE's Star Wars series. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about Star Wars: Battlefront 2 as EA confirms more details and we get closer to launch. 

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AtGames Announces Fall 2017 Lineup of Classic Gaming Hardware https://www.gameskinny.com/1jp69/atgames-announces-fall-2017-lineup-of-classic-gaming-hardware https://www.gameskinny.com/1jp69/atgames-announces-fall-2017-lineup-of-classic-gaming-hardware https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/r/3/ar3620-box-b5a6c.png 1jp69/atgames-announces-fall-2017-lineup-of-classic-gaming-hardware Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:07:18 -0400 Angelica Dimson

AtGames® Digital Media Ltd., a leading force in interactive entertainment products, has announced their classic gaming hardware lineup for Fall 2017. In partnership with Activision, the Atari Flashback® 8 Gold, Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console, and the Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player were announced in addition to their other latest classic gaming releases: Sega Genesis Flashback, Classic Game Console, and Ultimate Portable Game Player. 

Each of these consoles and portable systems include a fantastic amount of built-in games and innovative features. Plus, a lot of them share the same games -- the only variance being the amount of games that can be on the consoles.

The Atari consoles are slated for release everywhere September 2017 but can be pre-ordered at select retailers in July 2017. While the Sega classic consoles don't have a set release month, they are expected to be in stores everywhere in Fall 2017 and are available for pre-order at select retailers Summer 2017.

Here's what we know so far about each console.

Atari Flashback® 8 Gold

 

  • Features 120 built-in favorite classic games, including Centipede™, Missile Command®, and Frogger.
  • Includes two high performance 2.4 ghz wireless controllers that are styled like the Atari 1600 originals and also two legacy controller ports for optional wired controllers.
  • Features 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game.
Atari Flashback® 8 Classic Game Console

  • Valued priced edition with 105 all time favorites like Space Invaders and Pitfall!
  • Two styled wired controllers made to look like the 2600 originals, and two legacy controller ports for personal wired controllers.
Atari Flashback® Portable Game Player

  • 70 built-in amazing retro games, including PAC-MAN™ and Kaboom!
  • A built-in rechargeable battery for gamers on-the-go.
  • Can add your own games with an optional SD card.
  • Games can be played on the 2.8" high resolution display or on a TV via an optional cable.
Sega Genesis Flashback

  • Features a new design that is inspired by the original Sega Genesis console.
  • Includes 85 built-in games, such the Mortal Kombat™ series and the Sonic™ series and an integrated cartridge port that plays almost all Sega Genesis and Mega Drive original cartridges.
  • Two high performance 2.4 ghz wireless controllers modeled after the Sega Genesis originals are included, in addition to two legacy ports for optional wired gamepads.
  • Has 720p HDMI output, scan line filtering, and a save/pause/ rewind feature for every game.
Sega Classic Game Console

  • Valued price edition of Sega Genesis Flashback with 81 built in games, such as Shining Force™ and Shining Force II™.
  • Includes two wired controllers modeled after the original Sega Genesis and two legacy controller ports.
Ultimate Portable Game Player

  • Contains 85 built-in Sega Genesis and Mega Drive enhanced games like PAC-PANIC™ and Splatterhouse 2™.
  • Ability to add your own games with an SD card.
  • A built in rechargeable battery for portable gameplay on its high resolution 2.8" display, or on a TV via optional cable.

With all these features and classic games built-in, AtGames is delivering a lot of favorite retro content.

What do you think? Are any of these consoles on your wishlist? Comment below.

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Bubsy Makes Return in "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back" https://www.gameskinny.com/vjmsm/bubsy-makes-return-in-bubsy-the-woolies-strike-back https://www.gameskinny.com/vjmsm/bubsy-makes-return-in-bubsy-the-woolies-strike-back https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/u/b/bubsy-woolies-strike-back-2017-005png-600-44888.jpg vjmsm/bubsy-makes-return-in-bubsy-the-woolies-strike-back Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:11:27 -0400 Michael Dellapi

Accolade, a publisher that operated from 1985-2000, has announced that they will be making their return with the release of Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back for PlayStation 4 and PC. The game will be developed by German studio Black Forest Games. 

The Bubsy franchise saw its most recent game on the original PlayStation in 1997 with Bubsy 3D, making this game the first sighting of the talking bobcat in about 20 years. Bubsy was first seen on the SNES in Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind.

The platformer will include entirely new environments and enemies in Bubsy's search for the "Golden Fleece". Most importantly, the wise-cracking protagonist will be even more talkative than he was in the previous iterators, with more than 100 additional one-liners being added to the bobcat's vocabulary. 

The game is slated to be released during the fall. For more on Accolade's return, as well as a personal interview with Bubsy, be sure to read more here

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back as it develops. 

 

 

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PUBG Gets Update, Console Anticipation Rises https://www.gameskinny.com/b30kz/pubg-gets-update-console-anticipation-rises https://www.gameskinny.com/b30kz/pubg-gets-update-console-anticipation-rises https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/l/a/playerunknown-battlegrounds-060b0.jpg b30kz/pubg-gets-update-console-anticipation-rises Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:06:51 -0400 stratataisen

A new update for PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS went live yesterday morning via Steam Early Access. This update brought some improvements to gameplay and a few bug fixes.

The server performance has improved with minor tweaks to the physics engine, as well as the issue around character’s freezing during large packet data sends. The render performance on care package airplanes has also improved, along with client performance in the lobby. On top of all that, the PUBG Update also changed the timer that called out the end of the match, taking it from 5 minutes to 1 minute before the end of the match.

The update also fixed minor bugs in the game as well. Weapon icons at the bottom of the screen now correctly show after switching weapons and opening the inventory screen. The client no longer crashes when changing a character’s look. And it’s now possible to Freelook (with Alt) while jumping.

however, the PUBG patch is not the only announcement fans of the game are waiting for.

An Xbox One version of PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is expected to launch soon via Microsoft's Xbox Preview Program. And later, at an as of now unannounced date, a PlayStation 4 version of PUBG is also expected to be released.  

Console fans are hoping that PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS will be a part of the Xbox E3 briefing since previous years have seen Preview Program games take the stage as a part of big announcements.

Brendan Green stated in a May 4 Business Insider interview that PUBG would definitely be coming to consoles, but he did not specify a release schedule. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we cover further news PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS and future patches.

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ESL Brings Live Competitive Gaming to E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/4d1dy/esl-brings-live-competitive-gaming-to-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/4d1dy/esl-brings-live-competitive-gaming-to-e3 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/3/h/e3header-d5797.png 4d1dy/esl-brings-live-competitive-gaming-to-e3 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:04:11 -0400 Michael Dellapi

Today, ESL announced that they will bring a dedicated eSports event to E3 this year in the form of the E3 ESPORTS ZONE. This event will be the first time that E3 will showcase live competitive gaming on the show floor. The E3 ESPORTS ZONE will present pros and players from the mobile MOBA Vainglory and the upcoming FPS Quake Champions.

The first day of the event, June 13, will highlight the Vainglory Collegiate Starleague Finals. For the final two days of the exhibition, Quake Champions will take the stage in the form of pro matches. Additionally, the E3 ESPORTS ZONE will reveal additional information about the future of

Additionally, the E3 ESPORTS ZONE will reveal additional information about the future of Quake Champions competitive scene as its developers discuss the game in greater depth. The stage itself will boast more than 300 seats for spectators in addition to being streamed live on live.e3expo.com.

You can find out more about ESL’s plans for the E3 ESPORTS ZONE here.

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SEGA reveals Sonic Mania’s Chemical Plant Zone https://www.gameskinny.com/9cnn3/sega-reveals-sonic-manias-chemical-plant-zone https://www.gameskinny.com/9cnn3/sega-reveals-sonic-manias-chemical-plant-zone https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/o/n/sonic-mania-logo-bcbf1.png 9cnn3/sega-reveals-sonic-manias-chemical-plant-zone Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:33:32 -0400 daisy_blonde

Today, SEGA of America announced the addition of the Chemical Plant Zone in their upcoming title Sonic Mania

The Chemical Plant Zone is a riff on the classic hazardous second area of Sonic 2 for the Genesis and Mega Drive. According to a SEGA press release, there have been a few changes to this incarnation of the stage:

Unlike Sonic 2’s version of Chemical Plant Zone, the new makeover in Sonic Mania features additional routes, new hazards, and other new surprises, plus an entirely original Act II that … few will see coming.

Sonic Mania will also have new zones in addition to revamps of classic zones and a new drop dash move for Sonic.

The game is being developed by Melbourne-based Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and award-winning indie development team PagodaWest Games. Those attending E3 will get the chance to try out Sonic Mania at the SEGA/Atlus booth.

For more information on Sonic Mania, check out the official website, and as always, stay tuned to Game Skinny for more Sonic Mania news.

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Little Nightmares to Receive New Expansion, Titled "Secrets of The Maw" https://www.gameskinny.com/optz6/little-nightmares-to-receive-new-expansion-titled-secrets-of-the-maw https://www.gameskinny.com/optz6/little-nightmares-to-receive-new-expansion-titled-secrets-of-the-maw https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-d9ec5.jpg optz6/little-nightmares-to-receive-new-expansion-titled-secrets-of-the-maw Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:30:03 -0400 Donogh

Fans of Tarsier Studios’ Little Nightmares, rejoice! It was announced today that the atmospheric indie title will receive an all-new expansion, titled Little Nightmares: Secrets of The Maw.

This expansion brings with it a new, parallel adventure -- giving brave players a new perspective on Six’s journey, as well as a myriad of new challenges to overcome.

Secrets of The Maw gives the player the opportunity to play as The Runaway Kid, another prisoner looking for his chance to escape. Players will take control him over the course of three chapters: The Depths, The Hideaway, and a currently untitled finale. Releasing in July, November, and January respectively, these new chapters look to sate fans’ thirst for more of this horror-laden puzzle-platformer.

From today onward, the Expansion Pass -- as well as the Complete Edition (which includes both the full game and Secrets of The Maw) are available to pre-order on all available platforms.

Little Nightmares is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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Kojima Confirms That Death Stranding Will Not Make an Appearance at E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/acc7h/kojima-confirms-that-death-stranding-will-not-make-an-appearance-at-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/acc7h/kojima-confirms-that-death-stranding-will-not-make-an-appearance-at-e3 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/e/a/death-stranding-b3823.jpg acc7h/kojima-confirms-that-death-stranding-will-not-make-an-appearance-at-e3 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:27:00 -0400 Adreon Patterson

Hideo Kojima made a surprising Death Stranding announcement this morning through his official Twitter:

He followed this up with a more cryptic tweet that included a new piece of art for the game, saying that it was the only new information he could give at this time -- further proliferating the secrecy surrounding his much-anticipated game.

The devastating news that Kojima and Death Stranding won't be making an appearance in any E3 conference this year was softened by a tweet from Kojima's production company:

With that tweet, gaming insiders and fans can anticipate the information Kojima might give during the E3 event. Ever since the Death Stranding's announcement at last year's E3, there has been very little information to come from Kojima and his production company. The only solid information anyone has, aside from the surreal trailers that have been released thus far, is that actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen are involved, as well as Guillermo del Toro. We also know that it's an open-world action game, but that's about it. 

The anticipation for Death Stranding is palpable, as it is the first release for Kojima and his production company since parting ways with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V.

Death Stranding is under development for PlayStation 4 with its release projected for 2018.

What do you think of this latest development ahead of E3? Let us know in the comments.

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New Logitech G433 and G233 Headsets Hit the Shelves This Month https://www.gameskinny.com/ul903/new-logitech-g433-and-g233-headsets-hit-the-shelves-this-month https://www.gameskinny.com/ul903/new-logitech-g433-and-g233-headsets-hit-the-shelves-this-month https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/o/g/logitech-g433-all-colors-8beef.jpg ul903/new-logitech-g433-and-g233-headsets-hit-the-shelves-this-month Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:15:01 -0400 Valoryan

Today, Logitech announced the release of a new line of headsets, the G233 and the G433. They will both come with a new Logitech audio driver, Pro-G, that “delivers clear highs and lows with minimal distortion.”

These headsets are lightweight and meant to be taken on the go, for listening to high-quality music and playing games.They have mesh ear pads that are breathable and stain-resistant, so they can stand up to the wear and tear of travel. The G433 headset will also come with microfiber ear pads that can be interchanged with the standard mesh ones.

There are currently four color options available for these headsets: Royal Blue, Fire Red, Triple Black, and a special Camo Blue that's sold exclusively through Best Buy in North America. 

The G233 and the G433 will both have removable, noise-canceling boom mics, and are Discord certified to ensure clear communication with your team while gaming. In addition, the G433 will feature DTS Headphone:X® 7.1, allowing for full surround sound and aural positioning. This will let the player to hear games precisely as developers intended, replicating distance and direction for an immersive audio experience.

Both headsets will be compatible with PCs, consoles (including Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch), and mobile devices -- and they come with both USB and standard 3.5 mm jack hookups, so that gamers can move seamlessly between sound experiences across all devices.

Logitech plans to have these headsets hitting the shelves later this month. The G433 will be priced at $99.99, and the G233 will be $79.99.

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Magic: The Gathering MMO Is In The Works https://www.gameskinny.com/4hkkt/magic-the-gathering-mmo-is-in-the-works https://www.gameskinny.com/4hkkt/magic-the-gathering-mmo-is-in-the-works https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/g/magic-gathering-5a6c8.JPG 4hkkt/magic-the-gathering-mmo-is-in-the-works Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:54:19 -0400 ActionJ4ck

Earlier today, Wizards of the Coast and Cryptic Studios confirmed that an MMO based on Magic: The Gathering is currently in development. 

Details on the project are scarce, but Cryptic Studios' official website confirms that the game will be a free-to-play action MMORPG in which players take on the role of a Planeswalker -- a world-hopping magic user featured prominently in the collectible card game and its associated lore.

Comments by Stephen D'Angelo, CEO of Cryptic Studios, in a recently published interview with GameIndustry also imply that the game will not utilize card-based gameplay like its source material. D'Angelo states: 

"My intent is to go forward with a Magic game that is not about the card game. It's about jumping into the world and the fiction of Magic: The Gathering."

Though there is no word yet on a release window for the Magic: The Gathering MMO, players can rest assured that development of the game is in experienced hands. Cryptic Studios is the same developer behind another MMO based on a Wizards of the Coast IP, Neverwinter, as well as Star Trek Online and Champions Online. And with over 20 years of MtG cards and lore to draw from, there should be no shortage of source material for Cryptic to build a virtual world around.

Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for updates as more information is released.

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Edmund McMillen Announces "Secret Project" The End Is Nigh https://www.gameskinny.com/4p1yl/edmund-mcmillen-announces-secret-project-the-end-is-nigh https://www.gameskinny.com/4p1yl/edmund-mcmillen-announces-secret-project-the-end-is-nigh https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1fd9a6cad34986d517e2f72ceb25cb91.jpg 4p1yl/edmund-mcmillen-announces-secret-project-the-end-is-nigh Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:05:11 -0400 glados131

Edmund McMillen, creator of popular indie games Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, has just announced his newest title -- a platformer titled The End is NighThe game has been mentioned in the past as a "secret project" in Binding of Isaac blog posts.

The announcement came from a series of tweets, as well as a blog post detailing the new game, which will be released July 12th on Steam (with the possibility of Switch and other console releases in the future). According to the post, the game is a "sprawling adventure platformer" where you play as a character named Ash -- one of the few survivors of the end of the world who's on a quest to (literally) make a friend.

The aesthetics of the trailer are sure to look familiar to fans of McMillen's work, as his signature art style is apparent here. Also familiar is the Super Meat Boy-esque platforming -- although in his blog post McMillen writes that the game "embodies aspects of basically every game I’ve ever created". He also claims that it's "by far, the largest game (level wise) I’ve ever worked on."

Also in development from McMillen are The Legend of Bum-bo, due in December, and Øuroboros (no release date). Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on The End is Nigh!

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Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 Continues Jesse's Adventures https://www.gameskinny.com/al74k/minecraft-story-mode-season-2-continues-jesses-adventures https://www.gameskinny.com/al74k/minecraft-story-mode-season-2-continues-jesses-adventures https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/n/minecraft-story-mode-season-episode-0c02e.jpg al74k/minecraft-story-mode-season-2-continues-jesses-adventures Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:50:24 -0400 Valoryan

Today, Telltale Games announced the release date for the second season of its highly acclaimed Minecraft: Story Mode adventure game -- and it's only a month away.

The first season left off with Jesse and friends defeating the Wither Storm and saving the world. Season 2 will pick up where Season 1 left off, with Jesse having a more complicated life as a hero. 

All that we know right now is that friendships have begun to fade, but they may be rekindled after Jesse gets his hand stuck in "a creepy gauntlet that belongs to an ancient underwater temple". Over the course of this season, players will be reunited with old characters and meet new friends along their journey.

On Jesse's right hand, we see the temple's gauntletJesse's right hand has the gauntlet from the temple

The first episode, titled "Hero in Residence", will be released on July 11, 2017 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Telltale's "Crowd Play" will also be included in Season 2, allowing for multiplayer interaction that will affect gameplay. 

The game will feature the voices of Patton Oswalt, Catherine Taber, Ashley Johnson, and Scott Porter, as well as some well known Minecraft YouTubers such as Stampy Cat and Stacyplays. It will also feature at least one temperamental llama.

There will also be at least one temperamental llama

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on this new season of Minecraft: Story Mode as it gets closer to release!

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is Coming to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/bpmo2/dissidia-final-fantasy-nt-is-coming-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/bpmo2/dissidia-final-fantasy-nt-is-coming-to-ps4 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/c2be43028d9ed4a52a823dfea47f7ba6.jpg bpmo2/dissidia-final-fantasy-nt-is-coming-to-ps4 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:41:04 -0400 stratataisen

Square Enix has just released an announcement trailer that reveals their plans to bring Dissidia Final Fantasy NT to the PlayStation 4. The popular Japanese arcade game, developed by Koei Tecmo Games’ Team Ninja, is set to ship worldwide in early 2018.

More details about this release were outlined in a 2-hour live stream (in Japanese), and via the official website. Here's the rundown of what the PS4 version game will include:

  • The original arcade 3v3 battle system. This will also have additional combat systems exclusive to the PlayStation 4, all with their own rule sets, single-player modes, and room creation for friends to battle.
  • Over 20 playable characters. Both heroes and villains alike will make an appearance for players to choose from, and more characters are on the way.
  • Several notable arena locations. These include Midgar, Besaid, and Porta Decumana.
  • An PS4-exclusive narrative style. This will be told through event scenes.
  • Single-player and co-op modes. Experience the story alone or with friends.

Though there are lots of features coming to the PS4 version of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, there are a few that aren't going to be implemented -- at least not yet. Cross-platform fighting between players will be unavailable. And for right now, there won't be any way for arcade users to carry over data to the PS4 version. But Square is hoping to bring that to the game in the the future.

Those attending E3 2017 with have the chance to play the game and find out more. For those of you who won't be on the show floor, stay tuned to GameSkinny as we cover any further news about the game and its release.

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Yooka Laylee To Receive Gameplay Tweaks In "Spit 'n' Polish" Update https://www.gameskinny.com/y8f24/yooka-laylee-to-receive-gameplay-tweaks-in-spit-n-polish-update https://www.gameskinny.com/y8f24/yooka-laylee-to-receive-gameplay-tweaks-in-spit-n-polish-update https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/y/o/o/yooka-laylee-banner-081c7.jpg y8f24/yooka-laylee-to-receive-gameplay-tweaks-in-spit-n-polish-update Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:17:45 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The collect-a-thon 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee from earlier this year was quite the divisive title -- many players loved it, but many others being unable to look past a number of flaws with the game regarding controls, camera, and sound design.

The game's developer, Playtonic Games, has taken all of the critical feedback from the last few months in stride, and plans to address a number of widely parroted issues with the the game in an upcoming update titled "Spit 'n' Polish".

The update will make tweaks to the gameplay and options of Yooka Laylee in order to add options such as the ability to skip cut-scenes, speed up dialogue text, improve controls in certain sections such as the Kartos mine-cart sections and mini-games, provide additional control of the camera, and so on. Their intention seems to be to polish the rougher bits of the game that received the most common criticism from fans.

The announcement of this update also briefly discussed the current progress Playtonic has made in porting Yooka Laylee to the Nintendo Switch. So far they have stated that they are entering the testing phase for the console, with hopes to have the port done in the near future. The dev also confirmed that all additions made in the coming update will be included in the Switch version of the game on Day One. 

Yooka-Laylee is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with a port for the Nintendo Switch currently in the works. 

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Erenor Eternal: Trion Worlds Reveals What Players Can Expect From ArcheAge 3.5 https://www.gameskinny.com/8p1rf/erenor-eternal-trion-worlds-reveals-what-players-can-expect-from-archeage-35 https://www.gameskinny.com/8p1rf/erenor-eternal-trion-worlds-reveals-what-players-can-expect-from-archeage-35 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/r/c/archeage-eba9b.PNG 8p1rf/erenor-eternal-trion-worlds-reveals-what-players-can-expect-from-archeage-35 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Paige McGovern

If you haven't been keeping track of what's going on with ArcheAge, you should. The MMORPG's newest expansion, Erenor Eternal, will be going live today in just a couple of hours.

The 3.5 update not only brings a whole host of new content, but also a lot of improvements to existing systems. These changes are expected to satisfy every player -- whether you're a PvP veteran, a returning PvE player, or someone who's just starting out in ArcheAge

Although some players have expressed concern over Erenor Eternal's short PTS testing time, developer Trion Worlds is not concerned. This version of the game has been live in Korea for over six months, allowing for all major bugs to be identified and fixed. This release is the best it can be, so players can jump right into the new content. 

Last week, we got a chance to talk to executive producer Merv Lee Kwai in an exclusive demo presentation of the new expansion. Let's go over what you'll be seeing today when you log in.

Erenor Eternal Expansion: The Highlights

All screenshots provided by Trion Worlds.

  • New Zone Battlegrounds: These max level PvP-enabled zones cycle through stages of intense war and peace, depending on the level of player activity in a particular zone. 
  • Ancestral System: Upon reaching level 55, players can gain Ancestral skills, which add more customization and versatility to each player's ArcheAge experience. 
  • Housing Improvements: 16x16 starter houses can now be upgraded to 2 stories.
  • Streamlined Trading System: Trading packs will no longer have one-way routes, and PvE players won't be forced to go overseas if they don't have to.
  • Revamped Crafting System: A lesser amount of tiers make weapons, armor, and accessories much more obtainable than before. 
  • Welcome Promotion: Both new and old players will earn some pretty sweet items when they log in after Erenor Eternal goes live. 

New Zone Battlegrounds & The Conflict System

Aegis Island and Whalesong Harbor are two new northern zones in Auroria that will be introduced in the 3.5 update. They are designed for high level players. 

How Conflict Zones Will Work: An Overview
  • Zones will cycle through many stages of war and peace depending on what players do (or don't). But all zones start out in a stage of conflict. With enough player activity, this stage will escalate to war. 
    • These activities consist of completing quests, fighting creatures, killing NPCs, and killing other players.
    • The type of battle is up to the players. In 3.5, the new zones each offer a unique war experience. 
  • The war stage is an open-world battleground. Player will gain honor for their kills.
What Aegis Island Offers

Many creatures will spawn here. They will fight players and each other. Players are responsible for pushing waves of creatures back. Players are also responsible for preventing Anthalon from destroying the seals. 

What Whalesong Harbor Offers

Players will be responsible for defending containment towers in their area. Enemy creatures will seek to destroy them. Utilizing the turrets and mines located around the zone can help a group emerge victorious. 

Rewards

Aegis Island: Based on how many creatures killed. 

Whalesong Harbor: Based on how long towers are preserved.

A player's reward will depend on their participation in each of their battles. Of course, how well they do also depends on their ability to work as a team with other ArcheAge players. If successful, players will receive: 

  • Large amounts of experience that can be put towards Ancestral skill progress
  • Crafting materials for Erenor gear

Ancestral System

ArcheAge hasn't seen an increase to its level cap in two years. That's about to change, but perhaps not in the way you expect. 

At level 55, players will unlock Ancestral leveling and skills. These are base skills that can be upgraded into a special ability once players have reached the corresponding Ancestral level (1 through 7). Each of ArcheAge's 10 classes have three skills with the potential to become Ancestral. 

Trion explained the augmented Ancestral forms of the Sorcery skill, Meteor Strike. The example showcased two possible forms of the skill:

  • Lightning: Deals more magic damage with a damage-over-time effect. 
  • Icy: Freezes opponents in place for a long duration.

The Ancestral system's appeal is in its customization. Players can choose the type of skill that suits their play style. Fortunately, we were reassured that Ancestral skills will not make anyone too overpowered.

New Crafting System & Gear

Previously, players had to craft five tiers of lower-level gear to reach the sealed tier. Now they only have to craft two. This is a huge win for newer players hoping to be competitive. 

In addition, unsealing an item used to produce a random -- and often useless -- result. Regrading had several unknowns. In ArcheAge 3.5, that's all changed. 

Here's the breakdown of the crafting improvements that you need to know:

  • Two Tiers: The lower tiers of Craftsman, Artisan, and Conqueror are no more.
  • A Choice After Uncloaking: You are now guaranteed to get the stat variation that you want when you uncloak an item. The Random Number Generator (RNG) that picked stats is no more. The unsealing process is gone.
    • Every single piece is now upgradable as well. 
  • Revealed Regrading Percentages: You're no longer in the dark. Now you can know the success rate of the item you're upgrading to. 
  • New Grade: Eternal is now the highest enchantment. 
  • New Gear: Erenor gear has been added. This is the first time Trion has added a new tier of crafting gear in two years. Ambitious players, you've been warned: crafting this set is no easy task. It will take a lot of time and resources. Fortunately, both are at your disposal. 

With all this being said, potential players -- and those who are returning -- shouldn't be discouraged when they see all this new, high-level content. Veteran players won't be able to progress their gear as fast as newer players, giving them a chance to catch up. The changes to tiers and regrading will help newer players out as well.

According to Trion:

"ArcheAge has in the past been criticized for having a unlevel playing field, meaning new players can basically not catch up fast enough, and so that will probably explain some of the reasons why we made these changes in the 3.5 update."

Changes to Housing

When players first get introduced to housing in ArcheAge, they are likely to get a 16 by 16 starter house. These houses may seem simple, but after the 3.5 update, they will be anything but. 

Starter houses can now be upgraded to two stories. This allows for greater storage and functionality. They will also be able to have the raised structure that's featured in more advanced buildings. According to Trion:

"This is the first time a 16 by 16 house type will be able to do that."

These small but important additions are expected to change the landscape of some housing zones. 

For anyone who loves the candy house and other food-themed furniture, you're in luck! While you won't see anything new in this update, Trion assured us that there will be more coming our way. 

New Trading System

ArcheAge's economy depends on trade packs. It only makes sense that this process should be as enjoyable and accessible for every type of player. 

Previously, the trading system forced devoted PvE players to cross the ocean for maximum trading profit. With this redesign, they don't have to.

The new trading system is divided into three important phases:

  • Crafting Packs: In this first phase, the player is responsible for bringing their specialty packs to one of a few different trade outlets, where a waiting NPC will then award them in gold. The gold a player earns is based on the pack's value and the outlet's current supply and demand for it. 
    • Players will be PvP immune in a 50 to 100 meter radius around these outlets. 
  • Transferring Cargo: It is now cargo, and not specialty packs, that goes overseas. Cargo will be produced as more and more packs are stored at the trade outlet. Players can spend about 30 gold to pick up a cargo pack. Then they must bring it across the PvP-enabled ocean to another continent. Here, they can turn it in for about 60 gold, with an 8-hour window to do so. The sooner they make it there, the more money they will make. 
    • Players can buy PvP protection to ride an NPC ship across the ocean. They will be PvP immune during this time.
  • Delivering Certified Cargo: Players can buy cargo that's already been brought across the ocean. This cargo now has a new name: certified cargo. When brought to starting zones, it can be exchanged for Charcoal Stabilizers. 

Note: Trion confirmed that existing packs in the game will directly convert to the new update, depending on where the pack is. They can be brought to any trade outlet.

The Welcome Promotion

Both existing and returning players will receive a free Immortal Guardian robe when they log in after Erenor Eternal goes live. Players who log in within 30 days after the update will also receive a competitive set of gear, free of charge. Characters must be at least level 50 to wear it. 

In addition, starting at 21:00 UTC today, players will receive triple the amount of experience, honor points, vocation badges, and loot drop bonuses as they play. This event will end on June 13th at 21:00 UTC. 

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So with all these exciting new changes and content to ArcheAge, we had to ask: what's the one aspect of Erenor Eternal that the Trion team is most excited about? The answer: removing RNG in the crafting system. We know they've been strongly against RNG, and now the painstaking process is behind us all. Phew!

Erenor Eternal goes live later today, June 7, at around 5 PM PDT. Comment below and let us know what you're looking forward to!

We'll see you in game!

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Everything You Need to Play Pokemon League of Legends (With Step-by-Step Instructions) https://www.gameskinny.com/y5px8/everything-you-need-to-play-pokemon-league-of-legends-with-step-by-step-instructions https://www.gameskinny.com/y5px8/everything-you-need-to-play-pokemon-league-of-legends-with-step-by-step-instructions https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-league-legends-47c2d.png y5px8/everything-you-need-to-play-pokemon-league-of-legends-with-step-by-step-instructions Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:27:41 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Two and a half years in the making, a League of Legends hack for Pokemon Emerald was finished recently -- giving players the ability to explore and battle in Riot Games' fictional world of Valoran. The creator, who goes by the username "C me", has been keeping fans updated about this project through Pokecommunity.com since December of 2015.  

The game takes the premise of Pokemon and utilizes the Champions of League of Legends in battle. A lot of the mechanics from Pokemon Emerald remain (including double battles and passive abilities), while introducing newer things, such as the Fairy typing from Pokemon X and Y

The process of getting the game is a bit involved, but we'll list out the steps you need to take to jump into this neat fan project.

How to Download and Play Pokemon League of Legends

Step 1: Get a Game Boy Advance emulator.

This will allow you to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games on your computer, specifically Pokemon Emerald. If you have another preference, then go for it; I used VisualBoyAdvance -- but if you have another preference, then go for it.

Step 2: Get a ROM of Pokemon Emerald

There are quite a few out there, but people complained of problems with some versions of the game. I used the Trashman version, which worked just fine for me. This version of the Emerald ROM is easy to download and use.

Step 3: Download a hack for League of Legends

After successfully downloading your preferred ROM for Pokemon Emerald, you'll need the most important part -- the League of Legends hack. You can use this League of Legends ROM Hack if you don't have one of your own. 

Step 4: Download a program to make them work together.

To make it all work together, you'll need to apply the League hack to the base Pokemon game. There are plenty of programs that can do that -- the two biggest being Tsukuyomi and NUPS . 

Use NUPS or Tsukuyomi to apply the League of Legends hack to Pokemon Emerald. Follow this detailed NUPS/Tsukuyomi Tutorial to figure out how to do that.

  • Note: Players have had a few problems with this step. But a thread on Reddit has emerged to troubleshoot a lot of the issues: Reddit Troubleshooting

Step 5: Open your emulator and run your newly patched ROM

This is the last step. Open VisualBoyAdvance. Click on "File" at the top, click "Open GBA", and select the newly patched Pokemon Emerald ROM. If everything worked properly, the game will start and a notification will pop up stating that the game isn't made by Riot.  

After all of that, you can explore Valoran and capture Champions -- essentially playing a brand new Pokemon game. My own brief playthrough has involved finding some low level champions to start building my team and defeat the first gym leader.  

For more information about this game or the resources you need to run it, you can check out the original Pokecommunity thread for this fan project. 

 

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Rebellion Introduces Strange Brigade https://www.gameskinny.com/4ne2a/rebellion-introduces-strange-brigade https://www.gameskinny.com/4ne2a/rebellion-introduces-strange-brigade https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/r/strange-brigade-d6b0c.jpg 4ne2a/rebellion-introduces-strange-brigade Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:49:56 -0400 LuckyJorael

Developer Rebellion, famous for the Sniper Elite Series, just announced a new third-person adventure game titled Strange Brigade. According to the announcement trailer, the game set in the 1930s in the “remote corners of the British Empire, where the shadows linger at their deepest.” 

Players will be able to select one of four adventurers, each with their own weapons and supernatural abilities. With these characters, they'll explore hidden tombs, discover lost cities, and fight supernatural threats to the British Empire.

Rebellion has confirmed that Strange Brigade is for 1-4 players, and it appears to be a co-op experience versus hordes of zombies, mythological creatures, and at least one Egyptian witch queen. Check out the announcement trailer below for a look at the gameplay:

Strange Brigade will be released “soon” for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and Rebellion will showcase the game at E3 2017. For more information about Strange Brigade ahead of E3, check out the Strange Brigade site.

Header image courtesy of Rebellion.

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National Symphony Orchestra to Perform The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses https://www.gameskinny.com/3bbby/national-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses https://www.gameskinny.com/3bbby/national-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/e/l/zelda-desktop-bb651.jpg 3bbby/national-symphony-orchestra-to-perform-the-legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:15:02 -0400 heatherew24

Recently announced via Wolf Trap, the National Symphony Orchestra is set to perform The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild as part of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, which will also include music from other games in the series. The concert will be held on July 22 at the Filene Center in Washington D.C. 

Where typical sit-in orchestra performances often don't include the audience in the performance, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will instead allow the audience to participate in the performance. 

The announcement encourages audience members to dress the part by donning their best cosplay attire. On top of that, footage from various games in The Legend of Zelda franchise will be projected in the performing arts center as the orchestra plays. 

The National Symphony Orchestra has been performing music from The LoZ franchise since 2011, and they are also scheduled to perform music from the Harry Potter series, as well as Jurassic Park, in the future. 

Tickets are on sale now for theJuly performance. 

 

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Gets An Official Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/8lgvk/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-gets-an-official-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/8lgvk/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-gets-an-official-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/3b943ae2f82456b97d4746d38e1fb401.jpg 8lgvk/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-gets-an-official-release-date Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:03:07 -0400 Erroll Maas

Originally announced in 2014 at Gamescom during the PlayStation media briefing, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice now has a release date. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is planned to be released on August 8.

Exclusive pre-order bonuses have also been announced. Players who pre-order Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from the PlayStation Store will be able to download a special dynamic theme, while players who pre-order the PC version of the game will be able to download Valiant Entertainment's digital comic, Hellblade: Senua’s Song

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, follows the warrior Senua (Melina Juergens) as she journeys through an underworld filled with psychological manifestations of her own creation. Many aspects of the game's story are based on Celtic and Norse mythology.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will be released digitally on PlayStation 4 and PC via GOG and Steam for $29.99 on August 8. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and updates leading up to the game's release.

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Battleborn Free Trial Makes Competitive Multiplayer Free-to-Play https://www.gameskinny.com/97a6v/battleborn-free-trial-makes-competitive-multiplayer-free-to-play https://www.gameskinny.com/97a6v/battleborn-free-trial-makes-competitive-multiplayer-free-to-play https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/t/battleborn-210ae.JPG 97a6v/battleborn-free-trial-makes-competitive-multiplayer-free-to-play Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:14:56 -0400 ActionJ4ck

Battleborn, Gearbox Software's arena shooter that was in the position of not being Overwatch last year, is introducing a free trial that allows players to download the game and play competitive multiplayer without actually buying the game.

Players of Battleborn's free trial, which begins rolling out today, will have access to all gameplay modes and maps within the game's competitive multiplayer mode. Similar to other MOBAs like SMITE and League of Legends, free trial players will have access to a weekly rotation of six of the games 30 heroes, with the option to purchase heroes and skins permanently using in-game or real world currency. There will also be the option to pay full price for the game to unlock everything included with the launch version, including all heroes, the game's story mode, and private matches.

Players who purchased the game prior to this shift have been awarded additional in-game currencies, loot packs, and cosmetic items.

Battleborn originally released for PC, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4 in May 2016. In addition to receiving middling reviews at launch, the game also had to contend with Blizzard's similarly-styled Overwatch releasing that same month. 

Battleborn's free trial will be available for PC, Xbox One, and North American PlayStation 4 owners starting today, with the Japanese and European PS4 versions rolling out on June 13.

Remember to check back with GameSkinny for your Battleborn news.

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Asymmetric Stealth Co-Op Hacktag on Steam Early Access https://www.gameskinny.com/slzov/asymmetric-stealth-co-op-hacktag-on-steam-early-access https://www.gameskinny.com/slzov/asymmetric-stealth-co-op-hacktag-on-steam-early-access https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/c/hacktag-309b2.jpg slzov/asymmetric-stealth-co-op-hacktag-on-steam-early-access Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:08:18 -0400 LuckyJorael

French indie game developer Piece of Cake Studios announced on June 1 that their asymmetric co-op stealth game Hacktag is now available through Steam Early Access. Piece of Cake Studios says the Early Access version of the game “allows players to experience the core mechanics of the game both online and locally with a split screen mode.” The Early access version contains the game’s experience system, as well as “some customization options,” and nine playable levels, with the promise of more playable maps on a weekly basis.

Here’s Hacktag’s early access launch trailer:
 

Piece of Cake Studios' co-founder Marine Lemaitre emphasizes Early Access players’ influence on the final game, stating that the game “requires thorough testing and iteration. We’re counting on players’ feedback through suggestions and surveys.”

Hacktag puts two players into the role of either a hacker or a stealth agent – both cute cat people – who work together to steal from any of the game's three different corporations in three different mission types. The hacker can see computer systems, alarms, and cameras through a stylized isometric interface, while the stealth agent sneaks around in the real world, though from the same isometric view. Each player needs to work with the other to steal data, shut down cameras, and avoid guards.

Hacktag is available on Steam Early Access for $14.99, but it has a 25% discount until June 9.

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The GOG Summer Sale Offers Big Savings https://www.gameskinny.com/ir9zc/the-gog-summer-sale-offers-big-savings https://www.gameskinny.com/ir9zc/the-gog-summer-sale-offers-big-savings https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/o/g/gog-summer-sale-87273.jpg ir9zc/the-gog-summer-sale-offers-big-savings Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:52:29 -0400 stratataisen

Set sail for the Mystery Island at GOG.com where you’ll find a wide variety of great games to explore during the Good Old Games Summer Sale

Kicking off today, this sale has more than 1500+ games available with deals on games up to 90% off. Here's a rundown of the best games currently on sale:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY -- 50% off 
  • Pillars of Eternity -- 60% off
  • Dragon’s Dogma -- 60% off 
  • SWAT 4 -- 40% off 
  • Stardew Valley -- 33% off
  • Night in the Woods -- 15% off
  • Shadow Warrior 2 -- 33% off 
  • Dragon Age Origins -- 80% off

On top of that, when you make your first purchase during the GOG Summer Sale, you’ll be rewarded with a free copy of Rebel Galaxy

GOG Connect is back again, too, giving you the opportunity to redeem 40 titles from your Steam account and grow your DRM-free collection on GOG.com. To add those games to your collection at GOG.com, check out connect.gog.com, connect your Steam account, and grab free DRM-free copies of your games.

The GOG Summer Sale runs for two weeks, Tuesday, June 20 at 8:59 a.m. EST. 

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Canada Getting Early Access to Super Mario Odyssey https://www.gameskinny.com/kwtnu/canada-getting-early-access-to-super-mario-odyssey https://www.gameskinny.com/kwtnu/canada-getting-early-access-to-super-mario-odyssey https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/u/p/super-mario-odyssey-b8a9e.jpg kwtnu/canada-getting-early-access-to-super-mario-odyssey Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:45:29 -0400 Adreon Patterson

Nintendo announced today that Canadian residents will get early access to Super Mario Odyssey beginning on June 10th. 

According to Nintendo of Canada, there will be kiosks in Mississauga, Ontario allowing fans access to the game months before its release.  In order to gain early access, individuals will have to sign up for a time slot beginning June 10 at noon (EST). With a limited number of slots, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The company recommends that participants arrive ten minutes early for their slot with their access pass (provided at registration) and a valid photo ID at check-in.

Dates and times for the event go as follows:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  • Erin Mills Town Centre at 3 PM to 9 PM EST
  • Metropolis at Metrotown at Noon to 9 PM EST


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

  • Erin Mills Town Centre at 10 AM to 9 PM EST
  • Metropolis at Metrotown at 10 AM to 9 PM EST


Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • Erin Mills Town Centre at 10 AM to 9 PM EST
  • Metropolis at Metrotown at 10 AM to 9 PM EST

According to Nintendo of Canada, there will also be a pre-order program happening in conjunction with the event, where players can pick up a special item if they've pre-ordered two games for the Nintendo Switch:

...Show us your receipt with two select Nintendo Switch game preorders from any retailer and get a high quality Mario Universe Challenge Coin (available while supplies last)! The pre-ordered games have to be two of the following titles: Super Mario Odyssey, ARMS and Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch console. 

Fans can also enter for a chance to win $100 Nintendo Kiosk credits at the event.

Around the same time that this event is happening in Canada, fans who visit Nintendo at E3 will also have access to the game. Super Mario Odyssey will be released only on Nintendo Switch during the 2017 holiday season.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny for the latest Super Mario Odyssey news and information.

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PlayStation to Launch Gold PS4 in Days of Play Promotion https://www.gameskinny.com/349zd/playstation-to-launch-gold-ps4-in-days-of-play-promotion https://www.gameskinny.com/349zd/playstation-to-launch-gold-ps4-in-days-of-play-promotion https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/eef32555d425f4e42f65d0149dc9da0f.jpg 349zd/playstation-to-launch-gold-ps4-in-days-of-play-promotion Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:58:07 -0400 daisy_blonde

PlayStation announced today its rollout of its Days of Play promotion, which will begin on Friday, June 9 and continue until Saturday, June 17. According to the official U.S. PlayStation blog:

This campaign is a thank you from us to the passionate PlayStation community for [its] unwavering support ...

As part of the event, gamers will be able to purchase a Gold PS4 Slim for $249.99. The system comes with a 1TB HDD and a special limited edition gold DualShock 4 controller.

Regarding peripherals, North American-based gamers can purchase a DualShock 4 wireless controller color for $39.99 and a PS4 gold wireless headset for $79.99.  And when it comes to discounted games, Sony is offering Nioh, Horizon: Zero Dawn and MLB: The Show for $39.99. 

For players outside of the U.S., there will be online discounts through the PlayStation Store during Days of Play on selected games. However, the European PlayStation blog reveals that gamers in the EU will have to wait until June 28 to purchase the limited edition gold PS4, which comes with a smaller 500GB HDD. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PlayStation news. 

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SMITE is Introducing a New PvE Dungeon Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/hszhk/smite-is-introducing-a-new-pve-dungeon-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/hszhk/smite-is-introducing-a-new-pve-dungeon-mode https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/e775f695ba3828e5d64b9d72263632aa.jpg hszhk/smite-is-introducing-a-new-pve-dungeon-mode Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:57:05 -0400 Donogh

Atlanta-based developer Hi-Rez Studios has announced a brand-new game mode for their MOBA, SMITE. Detailed in a recent press release is the addition of a new adventure game mode titled “The Trial of King Hercules”.

This new mode will play “like a classic dungeon experience”, offering SMITE players “a whole new way to play the gods and goddesses of mythology with their friends”. As seen in the screenshots released, this new mode is reminiscent of those found in the Dota and Diablo series.

Not only does this new game mode offer a change of perspective for the MOBA, but also a completely different playing experience. Instead of the already-established arena based, PVP combat SMITE is known for, “The Trials of King Hercules” presents the player with the opportunity to traverse dungeons as part of a team of three, testing their mettle against AI-controlled enemies.

It also introduces a new town hub, where players have the chance to accept different quests in exchange for gold, which can then be used to purchase in-game items, such as equipment and buffs, that can be used on adventures.

Project Lead on SMITE Adventures, Travis Brown, expressed his excitement surrounding the addition of this new mode, and revealed the different experience players will face in the all-new Adventure mode.

The Trials of King Hercules is our most detailed SMITE Adventure to date with unique methods of progression, quests, mobs, bosses, and loot drops.

For more information on “The Trials of King Hercules”, check out the official SMITE website.

SMITE is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Pokemon Direct Reveals Pokken on Switch, and New 3DS Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/vt71o/pokemon-direct-reveals-pokken-on-switch-and-new-3ds-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/vt71o/pokemon-direct-reveals-pokken-on-switch-and-new-3ds-titles https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/b/k/dbka8usxyaaf204-1c6de.jpg vt71o/pokemon-direct-reveals-pokken-on-switch-and-new-3ds-titles Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:54:25 -0400 David Fisher

Today, The Pokemon Company released an unexpected Pokemon Direct only a week before Nintendo's own E3 Presentation is set to air. If the suddenness of the Pokemon Direct announcement caught you off guard, what was announced during the direct certainly will. Here's what you need to know about the latest in Pokemon News!

Pokken Tournament DX

Pokken Tournament is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of Pokken Tournament DX -- a deluxe version of the arcade-style fighter that will be released on September 22, 2017. This new version will feature new modes such as 3v3 team battles, portable local multiplayer, as well as a slew of new Pokemon from the Japanese arcade version. It also includes a new exclusive Pokemon in the roster.

The newly included Pokemon are as follows:

Darkrai

Scizor

Empoleon

Croagunk

Decidueye

Each of these new fighters will have their own unique combat styles. Interestingly, Sceptile is missing in Pokken Tournament DX so far. Whether this was an oversight or not for the trailer is up to speculation, but would surely be a disappointment. 

Unfortunately, there was no information on whether or not there will be more fighters added in the future. If you missed out on Pokken on the Wii U, this game will be a must-have.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Coming November 17 of this year is Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These games are admittedly underwhelming, as many fans were speculating on Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes or even a sequel to Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green. According to Matsuda, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will tell alternative stories contained within the world of the original Sun and Moon titles.

While few details were released about the new titles, it is clear that they have something to do with the Prism Pokemon, Necrozma -- as the original legendaries of Sun and Moon have been redecorated with what looks to be parts of the hidden Pokemon.

More info is sure to come in the days leading up to the November 17 release. But if the comments on the Pokemon Direct's feed were anything to go on, The Pokemon Company needs to prove that this title is worth shelling out full price for, or else this was a move in bad faith for fans who were looking for something new.

Pokemon Gold and Silver Virtual Console Releases

While not entirely unexpected, Pokemon Gold and Silver's release on Virtual Console coming September 22 was much better received than the announcement of the newer titles. This port to the 3DS's Virtual Console will once again have Pokemon Bank support, and retain all of the features of the original titles. Whether or not that extends to the Time Machine is up in the air, but hopefully the games will be fully intact.

That said, Pokemon Crystal -- a version that is commonly seen as the definitive version of Generation II -- was not announced for the Virtual Console. Hopefully that will be revealed sooner rather than later.

That's all for now!

The Pokemon Direct may have lacked some of the luster fans expected for the latest for Pokemon. Thankfully, E3 is just around the corner, so maybe the main Nintendo company will be able to win its fans over on the Switch and 3DS.

In the meantime, be sure to check back with GameSkinny for all the coverage you need of Nintendo and all other things E3!

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Expansion Goes Live Today https://www.gameskinny.com/8wn0t/the-elder-scrolls-online-morrowind-expansion-goes-live-today https://www.gameskinny.com/8wn0t/the-elder-scrolls-online-morrowind-expansion-goes-live-today https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/10523c562cf31c2a05d2ede8cb423c2b.jpg 8wn0t/the-elder-scrolls-online-morrowind-expansion-goes-live-today Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:48:44 -0400 daisy_blonde

The eagerly anticipated Morrowind expansion for Elder Scrolls Online launches today on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.  In this addition, you will be exploring the island of Vvardenfell, which is located in the northeast of Tamriel. 

According to the ESO official Twitter account @TESOnline, the servers will go live at the following times worldwide:

  • London, UK  – 10:00 BST
  • Berlin, Germany/Paris, France – 11:00 CEST
  • Moscow, Russia – 12:00 MSK
  • New York, USA – 05:00 EDT
  • Los Angeles, USA – 02:00 PDT
  • Sào Paulo, Brazil – 06:00 BRT
  • Tokyo, Japan – 18:00 JST
  • Sydney, Australia – 19:00 AEST
  • Auckland, New Zealand -  21:00 NZST

 

Set 700 years before the events of the original main series Morrowind game, this expansion switches up the series’ usual focus on you against the world by introducing exciting real-time battle elements. The new Battlegrounds mode pits you against online opponents in brief 4v4v4 matches that are intended to offer a break from the MMO grind and make the game more accessible to casual players.

This expansion also introduces the iconic houses of Redoran, Telvanni and Tres, who call the shots in the new land of Vvardenfell. You'll also encounter the secret society of the Morag Tong (ESO’s answer to Stonemasons) and an expansion-exclusive Warden class.

Any fans who pre-ordered the Morrowind expansion will receive an exclusive Warden outfit, a new dwarven war dog pet, additional crates, and treasure maps.

For more information, check out the trailer above or visit the official Elder Scrolls Online website

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D&D's New Storyline Is Tomb Of Annihilation https://www.gameskinny.com/0qaw6/dds-new-storyline-is-tomb-of-annihilation https://www.gameskinny.com/0qaw6/dds-new-storyline-is-tomb-of-annihilation https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/r/stream-annihilation-8df3e.jpg 0qaw6/dds-new-storyline-is-tomb-of-annihilation Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:53:49 -0400 glados131

Wizards of the Coast has just announced that the new storyline for Dungeons & Dragons will be called "Tomb of Annihilation".

Set to be released on September 19, the adventure has been pitched as the latest re-imagining of the classic adventure "Tomb of Horrors"complete with the return of the demilich Acererak. It will take place in the land of Chult, a jungle region filled with zombies, dinosaurs, and zombie dinosaurs. The plot will be centered around a so-called death curse.

Image courtesy of Arc Games
Avoid ending up like these guys.

The announcement came as part of a two-day stream event on the D&D Twitch page called the Stream of Annihilation. Several games of D&D were played over the course of the event, some of which tied into the new storyline.

Also announced were Xanathar's Guide to Everything, a supplement with new rule options, including more than twenty new subclasses, and Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, a D&D-themed variant on the popular board game Betrayal at House on the Hill.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more D&D news

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PUBG Unveils Twitch-Themed Gear https://www.gameskinny.com/ldvqt/pubg-unveils-twitch-themed-gear https://www.gameskinny.com/ldvqt/pubg-unveils-twitch-themed-gear https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/u/b/pubg-2145f.jpg ldvqt/pubg-unveils-twitch-themed-gear Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:48:42 -0400 Zantallion

Starting soon, players of the chart-topping PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS will be able to deck themselves out in a new set of Twitch-themed gear. This ensemble includes a balaclava, a T-shirt, a set of shoes, and a pair of pants, all emblazoned with Twitch icons. The pants, in particular, are covered with Twitch emotes.

This new look is exclusive to players who are members of Twitch Prime, and the exclusive coincides with the expansion of the Twitch Prime service, which is now available in more than 200 countries worldwide. 

PUBG is already an acclaimed title, having sold more 3 million copies since its Early Access launch, and holding onto the title of third most played game on Steam. It is also one of the most played games on Twitch, often claiming the top spot on the popular streaming website, making this new gear a fitting addition. 

Twitch Prime members will be able to claim these new duds on June 9 on Twitch Prime when they go live.

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Real Madrid's Ronaldo Makes FIFA 18 Cover https://www.gameskinny.com/ce5kt/real-madrids-ronaldo-makes-fifa-18-cover https://www.gameskinny.com/ce5kt/real-madrids-ronaldo-makes-fifa-18-cover https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/0048d343fb663a412a8150365a9959f9.jpg ce5kt/real-madrids-ronaldo-makes-fifa-18-cover Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:26:35 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There isn't much Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't accomplished in his illustrious soccer career. But this fall, the Real Madrid forward will add another milestone to his trophy case of achievements when he finds himself on the cover of FIFA 18.

Making his professional debut for Sporting CP B in Portugal during the 2002-2003 season, Ronaldo would go on to play for Manchester United and Real Madrid, where he would work to cement his reputation as one of soccer's greatest athletes both on and off the pitch. 

Named FIFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2016, Ronaldo has scored more goals in European play than any other player at 100, and he has appeared for the Portuguese national team more than 135 times. He's also the only European soccer player to win the Ballon d'Or four times.

Aaron McHardy, senior producer for EA Sports FIFA, said in a press release that Ronaldo not only brings something special to the game of soccer through his unique playing style but that the forward is a great partner for the FIFA franchise because of his love for the game:

The world’s best player has helped fuel the biggest leap forward on the pitch that we’ve ever delivered. We are extremely excited to partner with Cristiano -- working with him we learned a lot about his unique play style and what makes him so special. His passion, energy, and global fanbase make him the perfect ambassador for FIFA 18.

Ronaldo was also a key element in the development of FIFA 18. Not only did EA hold a special training session to rigorously evaluate Ronaldo's football acumen "to bring veracity to his likeness and personality" in-game, but also to inform the ways in which FIFA 18 will play. 

Gamers looking to learn more about how Ronaldo influenced the upcoming installment of the franchise and how he will impact gameplay can check out EA Play on June 10, beginning at 3 p.m. EST on EA.com. 

Those who want to get their hands on the game early can also choose between several options. Pre-ordering The Ronaldo Edition of FIFA 18 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC will allow gamers to take to the pitch three days early on September 26 and get up to $60 of bonus content. Those who pre-purchase the ICON edition will also receive access three days early. 

On top of that, EA Access and Origin Access subscribers will get 10 free hours of FIFA 18 gameplay starting September 21. 

FIFA 18 will release worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on September 29.

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/kpwlg/mega-man-legacy-collection-2-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/kpwlg/mega-man-legacy-collection-2-announced https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/e/g/megaman-5a223.jpg kpwlg/mega-man-legacy-collection-2-announced Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:22:12 -0400 Ziegsy

Capcom has announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 2,  a follow up to Mega Man Legacy Collection, will be released this August. Picking up where the previous collection left off, this new release will contain Mega Man 7 through 10.

Challenge modes will be available for each game, allowing you to re-tackle levels in time attack modes, or do other fun things like face off against difficult Boss Rush stages. This comes in addition to a museum -- a compendium of Mega Man history for each game -- and a music player option, giving you access to the games' soundtracks for your listening pleasure. For players new to the series, first-timer options have been added -- offering checkpoint reloads and extra armor to make your first play just a little bit easier.

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be available digitally for $20 USD on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC starting August 8, 2017. There is no news about a release for the Nintendo Switch at this time. 

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Pokemon Direct Announced for Tommorow https://www.gameskinny.com/69eeo/pokemon-direct-announced-for-tommorow https://www.gameskinny.com/69eeo/pokemon-direct-announced-for-tommorow https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/m/d/pmd-d7c2f.jpg 69eeo/pokemon-direct-announced-for-tommorow Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:16:59 -0400 eleccross

The official Nintendo of America Twitter has just announced that a new Pokemon Direct will be streamed tomorrow, June 6, at 7 AM PDT (10 AM EST, 3 PM BST, 4 PM CEST).

The direct will only last about 8 minutes, so fans shouldn't expect to see too much. It's likely to be just a few smaller announcements that haven't made the cut for Nintendo's E3 showcase next week. But of course, you never really know with Nintendo -- they could tease something big ahead of the show, like the supposed third game to Pokemon Sun and Moon, speculated to be called Pokemon Stars. 

It's possible that one of the games shown will be their Western announcement for PokeLand, a new take on the Pokemon Rumble series for iOS and Android that already has a beta going in Japan.

Fans can watch the Direct via Nintendo's official YouTube channel, its official Twitch channel, or over on the Nintendo website

Even if you can't tune in, check back here on GameSkinny to see what unfolds in this Direct right as it's happening!

 

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance Releases Announcement Teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/g4ytz/kingdom-come-deliverance-releases-announcement-teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/g4ytz/kingdom-come-deliverance-releases-announcement-teaser https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/65ccece8a3481597c5dfb7ca39291443.jpg g4ytz/kingdom-come-deliverance-releases-announcement-teaser Sun, 04 Jun 2017 14:42:51 -0400 Klinestife

Warhorse Studios recently released a global announcement teaser for, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which has been in development for more than three years, with their initial announcement for the game coming in December 2013. Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been funded by Kickstarter, as well as a private investor, and it is being published by Deep Silver, the publisher of Dead Island, Homefront the Revolution, Persona 5, and more.

Kingdom Come is an open-world game featuring a classless roleplaying system, period accurate armor and clothing, combat techniques, and real-world castles recreated with the help of architects and historians. While it does feature a story, it is also a sandbox game, and every quest is open ended with multiple options for every playstyle. Every NPC has their own routine, which the player can affect. Eventually, the player will be able to participate in large-scale sieges and battles.

Kingdom Come's official announcement will come on June 9. You can head on over to Warhorse Studios' their youtube channel and subscribe to follow the game as it comes closer to release.

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Malthael Confirmed for Heroes of the Storm https://www.gameskinny.com/ysy0m/malthael-confirmed-for-heroes-of-the-storm https://www.gameskinny.com/ysy0m/malthael-confirmed-for-heroes-of-the-storm https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/s/p/aspect-death-frame-26b6e.jpg ysy0m/malthael-confirmed-for-heroes-of-the-storm Sun, 04 Jun 2017 14:34:59 -0400 Michael Dellapi

Blizzard has officially announced that Malthael, the Aspect of Death will be the next playable hero in Heroes of the Storm.

Malthael is a melee assassin that behaves differently to many of the other assassins in the Heroes of the Storm roster. Instead of bursting down priority targets, the Aspect of Death looks to wither down his opponents over time. Malthael’s kit is based on his trait “Reaper’s Mark,” a debuff triggered by each of the hero’s basic attacks. Reaper’s Mark depletes a percentage of the enemy’s maximum health every second for four seconds, and it looks like it will be an excellent way for getting through tank characters with ease.

The bulk of Malthael’s survivability comes from his ability “Soul Rip,” dealing damage to all enemies afflicted by Malthael’s trait and healing the hero based on the number of targets hit. To close the gap with fleeing foes, Malthael can use his “Wraith Strike” to teleport through a marked enemy and reapply the debuff again. Finally, Malthael can mark large groups with his “Death Shroud,” a wave of deadly mist that affects everything in its path.

Malthael’s choices for Heroic Abilities “Tormented Souls” and “Last Rites” provide the hero with additional survivability or immense finishing power, respectively. “Tormented Souls” surrounds Malthael with a wave of souls that applies Reaper’s Mark to everyone hit while granting him additional armor. “Last Rites,” conversely, deals 50% of the target’s missing health in damage after a 2-second delay. What makes this ability particularly potent is that the cooldown is reduced each time a hero is killed by the ability, down to a possible 15-second cooldown.

With this information alone, it looks like refreshing Reaper’s Mark on your enemies will be an essential part of Malthael’s kit, ensuring that his sustained damage is distributed to all members of the enemy team. With the assassin’s combination of survivability and mobility, Malthael looks to be a formidable asset to any team composition.

To learn more about the Aspect of Death, you can look at the full hero announcement on the official Heroes of the Storm site.

 

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Ashes of Creation: The Most Funded MMO Kickstarter to Date https://www.gameskinny.com/wcla9/ashes-of-creation-the-most-funded-mmo-kickstarter-to-date https://www.gameskinny.com/wcla9/ashes-of-creation-the-most-funded-mmo-kickstarter-to-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/s/e/ases-creation-abaf5.jpg wcla9/ashes-of-creation-the-most-funded-mmo-kickstarter-to-date Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:07:30 -0400 heatherew24

Intrepid Studios is quite excited with the results from their month-long Kickstarter event for Ashes of Creation. With over 19,000 supporters and over $3,200,000 raised (their goal was just $750,000), they are awe-struck with the amount of love and excitement players have for their game.

This is simply stunning. We cannot thank the fans of Ashes of Creation enough for their support. We promise we won't let you down, and we're absolutely thrilled to find so many like-minded gamers who want to see the MMORPG genre truly move forward," said Steven Sharif, CEO and creative director of Intrepid Studios

Set in a fallen, ever-changing fantasy realms swith ruins, beasts, and cities, Ashes of Creation will have players "rebuild, repopulate and rediscover this uncharted realm. 

As one of the most anticipated upcoming MMOs, the results of this one month fundraiser and the amount of support, Ashes of Creation has risen to become the most funded MMO on Kickstarter to date. In fact, so many people wanted to share their interest in the game that Sharif released this statement: 

Because of the high amount of members that requested alternate payment methods that Kickstarter did not offer, I have decided that during the month of June I will extend our crowdsourcing through our website for those of you who were unable to purchase packages through Kickstarter. All backers from Kickstarter will benefit from this additional month of funding with some pretty awesome backer goals and rewards, which we will be releasing today. We will have the ability for Kickstarter pledges to be upgraded as well.

The statement also confirms the biggest question of all: when are they releasing this game? It is not yet certain what Intrepid Studios will do with the extra funds, but they did mention some big announcements in the coming weeks. To stay updated go to their website for day-to-day information. 

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Game Festival Features God of War Composer "Gerard Marino" and Others https://www.gameskinny.com/sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others https://www.gameskinny.com/sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/r/marino-07192.jpg sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others Sat, 03 Jun 2017 20:41:45 -0400 heatherew24

Well known and critically acclaimed music composer Gerard Marino has been confirmed to be attending the panel discussion at the Brazilian Independent Games Festival (BIG) 2017. 

On June 28 in São Paulo, Brazil, there will be a special talk during the BIG business Forum appropriately titled, “From DJ to God of War Music Composer: A talk with Gerard Marino”. It will be hosted by the Marino and Brazilian game composer Antonio Teoli. The discussion will be centered around Marino's work and musical career. He is most known for his soundtrack work in the

Marino is most known for his work on the God of War series, one of which lead him to be nominated for the BAFTA Award, the highest honor given from the British film academy. The host, Teoli, is an award-winning Brazilian composer and sound designer and is most known for his work in Finding Monsters Adventures, Jelly Splash, and many more. He is also teaching a separate workshop on June 30, that will be focusing on aspiring musicians wanting to become a part of the gaming industry. Registration for this event is already closed. 

The 5th edition of the BIG festival takes place from June 24 to July 2.

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Steam Reveals Direct Fee and Upcoming Updates https://www.gameskinny.com/6gmje/steam-reveals-direct-fee-and-upcoming-updates https://www.gameskinny.com/6gmje/steam-reveals-direct-fee-and-upcoming-updates https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/3/1/2/3128483-steam-93d2a.jpg 6gmje/steam-reveals-direct-fee-and-upcoming-updates Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:08:12 -0400 Angelica Dimson

Earlier today, Steam released details about an important store update on their blog in regards to the store algorithm and direct fees.

Prior to their blog update, Steam was debating on how much the direct fee should be for developers to publish a game. Speculation for the direct fee ranged from $100-$5000 with Steam hovering around the $500 mark. However, community conversation challenged them as to ask themselves why the fee couldn't be made as low as possible.

In an effort to improve the Steam Store experience for both players and developers, they announced changes being made in the Store's algorithms. Here's what they decided for both the direct fee and algorithm improvements:

  • Steam decided to to make the direct fee as low as possible with a $100 recoupable fee per game. 
  • They are going to improve the Store algorithm by working on features and watching over the algorithm to ensure everything is working as intended and that players can see games that match their interests.
  • They will closely monitor game submissions to readily implement more features in order to reduce financial incentives from those who manipulate the store algorithm for their own benefit.
  • They plan to update Steam Curators by expanding the content that Curators can make, such as allowing them to share more information to players who are thinking of buying a game.

That's the general sum of it. For more detailed information about their plans, you can visit the Steam blog

What do you think about update; will it help both developers and players, or is it still lacking more features? Comment below with your opinions!

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Breath of the Wild's Open World Could Influence Future Zelda Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/phmnc/breath-of-the-wilds-open-world-could-influence-future-zelda-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/phmnc/breath-of-the-wilds-open-world-could-influence-future-zelda-titles https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/l/o/tloz-botw-488b0.jpg phmnc/breath-of-the-wilds-open-world-could-influence-future-zelda-titles Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:35:48 -0400 Adreon Patterson

When announced that the latest entry in the The Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild, would have an open world concept, many fans of the series were skeptical of the change. But Breath of the Wild released to universal praise from fans and critics for breaking from the normative conventions of the series.

The game's positive reception has some involved in the production of the series thinking about making the concept a permanent fixture of the franchise. When asked about the idea by online gaming website Famitsu, producer Eiji Aonuma stated:

I think that, in the future, open air games will be the standard for Zelda.

But before we all get too excited, director Hidemaro Fujibayashi was a little more facetious in an interview with GameRant, stating:

We can’t really say much at the moment but there are lots of things in this current game design we still want to explore. If, as a result of that exploration, we feel positive we can provide our audience with new experiences it’s possible this design could become the standard.

Even though both sides want to carry forward with the open world concept, there is some apprehension from Fujibayashi over whether the next game will further explore this concept.

Zelda fans will have to wait until the next entry in the series to see if the new vision will stay or go. 

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THQ Nordic Announces Three Major Releases for 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/dpa6a/thq-nordic-announces-three-major-releases-for-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/dpa6a/thq-nordic-announces-three-major-releases-for-2017 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/n/n/unnamed-a951f.jpg dpa6a/thq-nordic-announces-three-major-releases-for-2017 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:30:59 -0400 Manisha Hossain

Earlier today, THQ Nordic, the publishers behind the Darksiders franchise, announced three major titles set to be released in 2017.

The first announcement is Battle Chasers: Nightwar, an RPG inspired by "classic" RPGs. It has a battle system that harkens back to those found in early RPGs with an added twist: it has a two-tiered mana system and turn-based initiatives. Players will select from three heroes as they begin their journey of survival in the isolated town of Harms Way. Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on October 3.

Next up from the studio Piranha Bytes comes a new open world action-RPG titled ELEX. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world laced with science-fantasy elements, Magalan is a planet where magic and mechs both thrive. After a meteor strikes Magalan, war erupts across the planet. Survivors are fighting for the mysterious element Elex, which can power up machines, magic, and more. ELEX will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 17.

Last on the list is a multiplayer game that blends elements from the RTS and top-down RPG genres in an epic fantasy world. In Spellforce 3, players will return to the world of Eo and experience the catastrophic events that have taken place before the Convocation. Spellforce 3 is a PC exclusive coming on December 7. 

All three titles are now available for pre-order for PC on Steam and GOG.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on these three titles as their release dates get closer. 

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Nintendo Switch Online Service Details Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/n1rej/nintendo-switch-online-service-details-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/n1rej/nintendo-switch-online-service-details-revealed https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-2af88.jpg n1rej/nintendo-switch-online-service-details-revealed Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:16:58 -0400 Manisha Hossain

It's official -- we'll be getting online capabilities for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Nintendo just released details about its paid service and the compatible smart device app.

Let's dive in.

The Nintendo Switch Online service is indeed a paid service. So users will have to pay a monthly subscription fee to enjoy the benefits of this new system. The pricing will be as follows:

  • 1-Month Membership: $3.99 USD
  • 3-Month Membership: $7.99 USD
  • 12-Month Membership: $19.99 USD

Subscribers will also have the chance to download classic Nintendo games with added online play. Some of the titles include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.

Also launching in 2018 is a dedicated smart device app that will allow users to invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and engage in voice chat during online matches (for compatible games). Users will have access to a free version of this app in Summer 2017.

Online gameplay will be free until the paid service launches in 2018. Subscribers will have access to the following:

  • Online gameplay
  • Online Lobby & Voice Chat app
  • Classic Game Selection
  • Nintendo eShop deals

The following features will be available to both paid subscribers and non-subscribers:

  • Access to Nintendo eShop
  • Register and manage friends
  • Share screenshots to social media
  • Access to Nintendo Switch Parental Controls App

This will be Nintendo's first-ever paid online service. Playing online on the Nintendo Switch is free until 2018. Users will be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing into their Nintendo Account. After this trial ends, players will be required to purchase a subscription in order to play online. Keep in mind, this service is only for the Nintendo Switch and will not effect the 3DS or Wii U.

With E3 just around the corner, stay tuned for more updates on Nintendo!

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Release Delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/s4530/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-release-delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/s4530/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-release-delayed https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/h/a/shadowofwar-23d58.jpg s4530/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-release-delayed Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:14:01 -0400 glados131

Middle-earth: Shadow of Warthe sequel to Monolith's 2014 hit Shadow of Mordorhas had its release date pushed back from the middle of August to October 10. The game is being developed by Monolith Productions.

The announcement came from an official announcement by WB Games, which read in part:

As with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith is committed to delivering the highest quality experience. In order to do this, we have made the difficult decision to move our launch date to ensure that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will deliver on that promise.

The post also noted that some territories, including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, would have a different release date.

Shadow of Mordor received a great deal of praise for its innovative Nemesis System, which procedurally generated a full roster of Uruk antagonists for players to go up against, and dynamically had those Uruks develop relationships with the player. Its sequel aims to take that system to the next level, and no doubt the delay's purpose was to give Monolith enough time to do it justice.

To help tide you over until the game is released, be sure to check out our review of the original!

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Kalypso Media Teases Next Tropico Game https://www.gameskinny.com/5g6o4/kalypso-media-teases-next-tropico-game https://www.gameskinny.com/5g6o4/kalypso-media-teases-next-tropico-game https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/f706fa30daa23e35631c17f606563cc8.jpg 5g6o4/kalypso-media-teases-next-tropico-game Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:44:09 -0400 ActionJ4ck

Earlier today, Kalypso Media, publisher of several strategy and simulation games that include Urban Empire and the Tropico series, released a teaser trailer for the next entry in the popular Tropico franchise. 

The teaser, simply titled "Rule Again", depicts the series' staple El Presidente listening to current events on the radio and noting that it is "Time to get back into the game...". 

For those unfamiliar with the series, the Tropico franchise is a strategy and government management simulator similar to SimCity, except you play as a comically parodied version of Fidel Castro. But don't light your cigars just yet. The currently untitled entry in the series is not set to arrive until an unspecified date in 2018. For now, fans of dictatorship simulators will have to be content with Tropico 5 - Complete Collection, which released on the Xbox One Store earlier this week. I, personally, will be using this time to research the best methods of maximizing rum production. Viva Tropico!

 

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HORI Releases A New Headset for Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/fc3tc/hori-releases-a-new-headset-for-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/fc3tc/hori-releases-a-new-headset-for-nintendo-switch https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/b/o/dboquphuqaa-yjk-2300f.png fc3tc/hori-releases-a-new-headset-for-nintendo-switch Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:30:58 -0400 heatherew24

Third-party peripheral developer Hori has released its first Nintendo Switch compatible headset, and players are not happy about it. The announcement was made earlier this morning on Twitter, with a multitude of photos showing a complicated dongle system that requires the Switch and your mobile device.

People are also expressing concern over the fact that players will hear a game's soundtrack and their online friends at the same time.

Why does this headset involve the player's cell phone at all? It's because of how Nintendo has set up the Switch to function with online chat. The hybrid console allows players to join their friends online, but the audio jack that they'd use to chat with friends is covered completely when the Switch's side controllers are locked into its main screen. 

Rather than relying on the easily blocked audio jack for its chat function, the Switch has users turn to their mobile devices instead so they can chat with their friends. That's why the Hori has to have its complicated dongle setup, so that it's usable with the console no matter whether it's docked, undocked, or slotted with controllers. 

 

Player complaints seem to be less of an issue with the Hori itself, and more of an issue with how the Switch is set up. It's worth keeping in mind that peripheral developers for the console are still early on in the development/release of their first-generation Switch devices, so there are bound to be a few quirks here and there.

Hori's headphones are set to go on the market in Japan on July 21st.

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Power Rangers: Legacy Wars 1.3 Update https://www.gameskinny.com/s51t9/power-rangers-legacy-wars-13-update https://www.gameskinny.com/s51t9/power-rangers-legacy-wars-13-update https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-17855.jpg s51t9/power-rangers-legacy-wars-13-update Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:48:48 -0400 stratataisen

The mobile action PvP game, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, has received a mighty morphin' update, including new warriors, a new league, and a new missions system!

The original White Ranger, Tommy Oliver, has joined the growing roster of heroes, and actor Jason David Frank, the man who portrayed Tommy Oliver in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, lent his talents and teamed up with Lionsgate, Saban Brands, and the game’s developer, nWay, to create the MMRP White Ranger’s powerful move-set. Joining Tommy in the fight is Rito Revolto, Rita Repulsa’s brother from the original series, and three other characters, all of which have their own unique fighting styles.

The game's combat system has been refined by nWay with the use of feedback from the game’s community in order to shake up the meta and make the RPS rules more consistent across the board.

  • Strikes vs. Breakers – Strikes now defeat Breakers at any time during the Breaker animation
  • Assist Hit Reaction and Utility – The hit reaction from an incoming attack on an Assist warrior will carry over to the leader warrior requiring players to think more about when to use an Assist in different situations
  • Recovery time has been reduced to give blocked players a better chance at countering

Also added is the League 8 Juice Bar Arena! This new league arena location allows you to pummel your opponents in the original Power Rangers after school hangout, all to the beat of 90s themed music.

And if that’s not enough for you, complete the daily and weekly challenges in Power Rangers: Legacy Wars' brand new mission system. These new challenges provide rewards unavailable in normal PvP matches.

This update is now live on both the Apple App Store and GooglePlay! So pull out your phones and ready your morphers -- because It’s Morphine Time!

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Discovery 1.1 Update Arrives for Minecraft Today https://www.gameskinny.com/7b53s/discovery-11-update-arrives-for-minecraft-today https://www.gameskinny.com/7b53s/discovery-11-update-arrives-for-minecraft-today https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/83b790bdac4f22384e1416edd8754076.jpg 7b53s/discovery-11-update-arrives-for-minecraft-today Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:10:01 -0400 Dan Roemer

Discovery 1.1, Minecraft's first big update of the year, launched today on Windows 10 and Pocket versions of Minecraft. The new Discovery 1.1 update will be packed with new features, including a brand new “Minecraft Marketplace”.

The Minecraft Marketplace allows players to access a catalogue of community created content more safely and easily and allows creators to potentially make some hard earned money from their own creations by showcasing them on the marketplace.

Today's launch will also include six new worlds to explore, two new survival spawns, two texture packs, and four skin packs--as well as a number of new features, tweaks, and some minor bug fixes.

These new features and tweaks include a third new mode, "Adventure Mode" for people who like to create custom game modes and scenarios. Additionally, players will encounter Llamas in the wild, have new types of blocks to craft in the form of "Glazed Terracotta" and "Concrete Blocks", and a bunch of new localization options for plenty of new languages.

You can view the 1.1 update change log here, to view all the new features and changes.

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Will you be checking out the brand new update for Minecraft and the Minecraft Marketplace? Let us know in the comments down below and for everything Minecraft related, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Playstation Plus Free Games for June Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/noudj/playstation-plus-free-games-for-june-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/noudj/playstation-plus-free-games-for-june-announced https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ffe054d2e76c9675c1a49b6074609e40.jpg noudj/playstation-plus-free-games-for-june-announced Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:39:00 -0400 eleccross

Another month has gone by, and for Playstation Plus subscribers, that means another batch of free games fresh out of the PSN library. 

On the PS4, gamers will be able to download Killing Floor 2 and Life is Strange, while on PS3, Abyss Odyssey and WRC 5: World Rally Championship will be available. 

On PlayStation Vita, players will have access to Neon Chrome and Spy Chameleon. Both PS Vita games are crossbuy with PlayStation 4 and can be claimed and played on PS4 for free as well.

Don't forget to download last month's PS Plus free games. And remember, if you don't want a free game now, you can just add it to your library without downloading it. 

Killing Floor 2 is a co-op first-person shooter in which you and up to seven other players are tasked with surviving and killing waves upon waves of zombies, leading up to a boss in each level. 

Life is Strange is a Telltale-esque third-person story-driven game in which you follow Max, a student photographer, who discovers she has the power to rewind time. This five-part episodic adventure follows Max through twists and turns as she tries to prevent her home town from being destroyed.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on PlayStation 4 and PSN. 

 

 

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Steven Universe: Save The Light Will Feature Fusions In Battles https://www.gameskinny.com/3weoy/steven-universe-save-the-light-will-feature-fusions-in-battles https://www.gameskinny.com/3weoy/steven-universe-save-the-light-will-feature-fusions-in-battles https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/o/proper-stevonnie-banner-4e651.jpg 3weoy/steven-universe-save-the-light-will-feature-fusions-in-battles Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:28:59 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Steven Universe: Save the Lightthe upcoming sequel to the licensed RPG Steven Universe: Attack the Light from Grumpyface Studios, will feature several fusion characters from the cartoon show in its turn-based battles. 

The fusions available in-game have not been listed as of yet, and for now, we only know that Stevonnie will be playable. The fusions will tie into the game's recently revealed relationship mechanic, which involves a meter that builds between two characters the more they work together in battle, mirroring the themes of trust and emotional connection associated with fusion in the show.   

When the relationship meter between two characters fills up, certain characters, like Steven and Connie, will have the ability to briefly fuse in order to take different approaches in battle. 

Steven Universe: Save the Light is planned for release this summer and is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, with other possible platforms being revealed in the future. 

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Welcome to PokeLand! New Pokemon App For iOS and Android https://www.gameskinny.com/ks9u8/welcome-to-pokeland-new-pokemon-app-for-ios-and-android https://www.gameskinny.com/ks9u8/welcome-to-pokeland-new-pokemon-app-for-ios-and-android https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/b/i/dbiorp6umaa7pgm-69b4b.jpg ks9u8/welcome-to-pokeland-new-pokemon-app-for-ios-and-android Wed, 31 May 2017 18:10:30 -0400 heatherew24

Pokeland, the new Poke-app has just been announced -- and has its own official Japanese website. According to this site and other trainers, this app is meant to resemble Pokemon Rumble.

This is the starting of a new Pokemon trend, especially since this announcement is nearing the one-year anniversary of Niantic Labs' release for Pokemon Go -- which has been changing the Pokemon gaming experience with recent updates, worldwide adventures, and seasonal events that give players a chance to find rarer and rarer Pokemon.

PokeLand, however, is different from PoGo. It's meant for dueling on virtual islands within the game, so you don't have to go for a walk to get a Totodile. It also can connect to your Nintendo account and implement your Mii characters.

Currently the app is in alpha testing, and is only available on Android in Japan for now. After alpha testing, all progress will be erased for the major release in (hopefully) the near future.

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League of Legends College Championship Overview https://www.gameskinny.com/mrys3/league-of-legends-college-championship-overview https://www.gameskinny.com/mrys3/league-of-legends-college-championship-overview https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/r/maryvilleuniversitylolwin-4d496.jpg mrys3/league-of-legends-college-championship-overview Wed, 31 May 2017 16:10:09 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

With the League of Legends 2017 College Championship having just wrapped up, it's time to take a look at the journey that eight schools went through for a shot at the title of League of Legends College Champions.  

After six weeks of regional competition, 10 teams were selected and began preparing for the Campus Series. Texas A&M (South), University of Toronto (East), Simon Fraser University (West), and Maryville University (North) were victorious during the Campus Series, while the University of Maryland came out on top of the Big Ten Network Championship. With five teams locked in to participate in the College Championships, the runners-up for each region were given another opportunity at the Championship in the Wildcard Tournament. 

The Wildcard Tournament set the five runners-up against each other, allowing three more teams a chance to earn a spot in the Championship tournament. A round robin style first round eliminated one team from the running, leaving only four more teams competing for the final slots.



The remaining four teams were matched and locked horns in round two, with the two winners guaranteed a spot in the Championship. Finally, the runners-up for round two faced off to get the last coveted slot in the Championship Tournament. The Wildcard tournament saw Carnegie Mellon (East), Robert Morris (North), and University of British Columbia (West) moving on. 

Once the competitors had been locked in, the only thing left is the Championship. The eight teams were randomly matched against each other and began their fight for college e-sports supremacy. The quarterfinals passed with an impressive domination from Carnegie Mellon, who ended their quarterfinals without any losses.

Moving on, the semi-finals saw a clean 3-0 sweep from Maryville, setting them up to play in the finals against Toronto. As the finals came to a close, Maryville was able to wrap up their final game with a pentakill from their jungler, Cody "Walrus" Altman. Maryville University's win marks the first time an American college team has won the ULoL series, and the community now hopes this victory will spark an even larger growth in e-sports.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Gets Update https://www.gameskinny.com/ni20l/sniper-ghost-warrior-3-gets-update https://www.gameskinny.com/ni20l/sniper-ghost-warrior-3-gets-update https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-59676.jpg ni20l/sniper-ghost-warrior-3-gets-update Wed, 31 May 2017 14:56:01 -0400 Ziegsy

In April, CI Games CEO, Marek Tymiński, released a statement acknowledging issues and bugs found in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3. Various issues, such as crashes, long loading times, and frame rate drops, caused ire among players and critics alike, with some calling the game clunky and unfinished.

However, a new patch has today been implemented on all platforms to address a number of these issues. 

Fixes to Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 in the game's latest patch include, but are not limited to:

  • Reducing loading times
  • Amending collisions with certain buildings/objects
  • Amending issues causing players to fall through stages
  • Fixing save file corruption issues 
  • Fixing party mission crash bugs
  • Eliminating game freezes

For a comprehensive list of all fixes, which platforms they effect, and information on future updates, refer to the official Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 blog.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is developed by CI Games and is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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Platinum Games In Discussions For Bayonetta 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/qxvy5/platinum-games-in-discussions-for-bayonetta-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/qxvy5/platinum-games-in-discussions-for-bayonetta-3 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/y/bayonetta-banner-428c9.jpg qxvy5/platinum-games-in-discussions-for-bayonetta-3 Wed, 31 May 2017 14:36:37 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

In a recent interview with SourceGaming at this year's BitSummit convention in Kyoto, Japan, head producer of Platinum Games Atsushi Inaba confirmed that Bayonetta 3 is currently being discussed at Platinum.

No information was provided on the game's development cycle, and no release window was confirmed. When asked by SourceGaming whether or not Platinum Games intended to keep Bayonetta as the series protagonist, potentially replace her, or add new characters, Inaba said:

“I would like to make Bayonetta 3. We’re talking within the company – even now – about what to do. Of course, that’s just something that you talk about when you’re making a series – do you want to keep the same protagonist? There’s plenty of precedent for changing protagonists, and so that is something we discuss – do we want to keep the same one, have a different one, add new ones – but that’s certainly not anything I can say for sure at this point."

Inaba also briefly discussed his thoughts on the Nintendo Switch and bringing even more Platinum classics to the PC, among other things. 

The Bayonetta series was Platinum Games' first original IP, and it has been met over the years with acclaim from critics and gamers alike because of its unique style and fast-paced action.  

Bayonetta is currently available for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U. Bayonetta 2 still remains a Wii U exclusive. Platinum games recently released Vanquish for the PC. 

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Together We Ride: Marth and New Characters Shion and Lian join Fire Emblem Warriors https://www.gameskinny.com/bc08v/together-we-ride-marth-and-new-characters-shion-and-lian-join-fire-emblem-warriors https://www.gameskinny.com/bc08v/together-we-ride-marth-and-new-characters-shion-and-lian-join-fire-emblem-warriors https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/9/2/5/92592ed09395175.PNG bc08v/together-we-ride-marth-and-new-characters-shion-and-lian-join-fire-emblem-warriors Wed, 31 May 2017 10:23:31 -0400 Zantallion

We finally have an update on Fire Emblem Warriors, nearly five months after its initial announcement. The new issue of Famitsu magazine reveals not only fan-favorite character Marth, but also two all-new characters -- Shion and Lian, a pair of sword-wielding twins. Check out their designs in the header image above, courtesy of Gematsu

In a similar vein to Fire Emblem Heroes' original siblings Alfonse and Sharena, these two newcomers appear to be the main protagonists of the game's story -- with characters from mainline franchise entries taking on more of a secondary role. Two other characters named Darios and Yuana are mentioned, but no images of them have surfaced yet.

This isn't the first time we've seen original characters join a Nintendo musou, as Hyrule Warriors featured original characters like Lana and Volga amongst its cast of familiar Zelda faces. 

The magazine also revealed Marth, the Lord of the first game in the franchise, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. While his inclusion is no surprise to fans of the series, it's still nice to see Marth make his debut on Nintendo's new console.

Alongside the three character reveals, a slew of new details about the game were also shared in Famitsu. Among these details was the mention that the majority of playable characters will be from just three of the series' titles -- Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Awakening, and Fates. There was also confirmation that the number of playable characters will be considerable for a musou title. And among the game's roster are magic users, archers, and horseback units.

Many of the original series' main mechanics will also be intact in Warriors, like the classic weapon triangle and class system. But one feature that won't be present is the marriage system from some of the more recent titles. In its place is a new system called "Bond Conversations", which can apparently happen even between characters from different games in the series.

For now, that's all that Famitsu shared, but we'll keep you posted on any more Fire Emblem Warriors news as it comes up.

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