News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Captain Tsubasa Comes to Mobile Devices Internationally This December Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:18:22 -0500 It's Gavin!

If you love classic sports manga, then get ready to bring it to your phone with Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team! The title, a head-to-head soccer sim, will be released globally on December in markets outside of Japan.

Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team was originally released in Japan on June 13 and was downloaded over 4 million times. Players who join the game now will receive a free Tsubasa card and 25 Dreamballs (Dream Team's in-game currency).

To celebrate the game's new release, game developers Klab Inc. began a Pre-Kickoff Campaign to entice potential players. This contest gives players a chance to win Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team t-shirts and original artwork from Captain Tsubasa creator Yoichi Takahashi.

The rules are simple. According to the game's official press release:

To pre-register for Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team, players are simply asked to follow the official Twitter or Facebook account. The pre-registration event is currently being held in all 135+ countries and regions the global version of the game is planned for release in.

More information about the event series can be found on the game’s  official website and social media accounts.

The campaign began with an official message from Takahashi and will end on November 30th.

Will you be itching to try Dream Team, or would you prefer something based on newer sports anime? Let me know in the comments -- I'd love to hear what you think.

Square Enix Discusses Future Switch Support and More in Its Latest Financial Report Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:08:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Square Enix recently posted the English translation of its 2nd quarter financial report, and there are some interesting takeaways. The company discussed a variety of topics, from the state of the MMO market to the relative failure of its smart device games during the quarter. However, Square Enix also provided details about its future plans for supporting the Switch, including previously mentioned plans for revitalizing older IPs for the platform.

Switch Support

Company President Yosuke Matsuda and CFO Kazuharu Watanabe praised the Switch for its sales performance and presence in the gaming industry. Citing the system as being perfect for their mid-size games, Matsuda and Watanabe said they plan on being "proactive in our development efforts" when asked how they would be approaching development for it in the future.

The company plans on allocating its resources to suit the particular strengths of each platform, with plans of bringing assets from the company's back catalog, new IP, and "rebooting past titles" to the system. Square Enix's repertoire consists of a wide variety of franchises, including SaGa, Xenogears, Star Ocean, and the Mana series, among some of the more well-known ones, but no indications were given of which IP might be remade.

New Releases

More announcements are on the way, though not in the near future. Most of Square Enix's profits came from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age this year, with noteworthy contributions from other existing assets such as Final Fantasy XIV.

One question asked of Matsuda and Watanabe related to the high production content balance compared to the previous year, when DQXI was already released. Matsuda and Watanabe responded by saying there would be several new titles announced between the start of 2018's third fiscal quarter and 2019's E3, with development already underway for these titles in Japan and overseas. Matsuda and Watanabe are quite confident in the quality and appeal of these titles as well, claiming Square Enix will realize substantial profits from them in the fiscal year they are released, rather than the following year, 2020.

Struggles and Opportunities

Square Enix did face some losses in this fiscal year as well, mostly in the smart device arena, which Matsuda and Watanabe claim was due to low quality and inadequate research. The company is also planning on expanding its digital offerings and existing content for big sellers like Dragon Quest X and Final Fantasy XIV to accommodate demand and take advantage of changes in digital market trends. One other way Matsuda and Watanabe said they plan on combating poor mobile sales is by continuing the practice of beta testing to ensure a final product is bug-free and actually fun to play before release as well as expanding into the mobile AR field.


What do you think about Square Enix's plans for the future? Let us know in the comments!

Minecraft 1.2.5 Update -- Mixer Interactivity and Windows Mixed Reality Support! Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:32:06 -0500 Kengaskhan

The latest Minecraft update brings the game to Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and users will finally be able to explore their favorite sandbox world from a much more intimate perspective.

In addition, the 1.2.5 update introduces Mixer to Minecraft. Mixer is a brand-new, fully integrated streaming platform for mobile devices that will allow Minecraft streamers and viewers to experience the game in a whole new way.

Mixer adds a great deal of interactivity to the streaming medium, allowing a streamer’s audience to play along with them by giving them access to special buttons that will have an in-game effect when pressed. For example, in Minecraft, viewers could have the power to spawn a horde of zombies for the streamer to fend off!

Here are some of the specifics from the press release:

Native mobile broadcasting and Mixer Interactivity:
Players on Android and iOS platforms will gain access to instant, native broadcasting from directly within the game. By pressing the new “Broadcast” button in the Settings menu, you can begin broadcasting to streaming services such as Mixer, YouTube, Twitch, Mobcrush, and Periscope. If you’re streaming on Mixer, you’ll utilize the power of Faster Than Light technology, enabling you to broadcast with sub-second latency and also co-stream your gameplay with up to three friends.

We’re also introducing native Mixer Interactivity for Bedrock Engine-based platforms! Any Minecraft command can be turned into an interactive button on Mixer, enabling communities to play along with their favorite streamers in real time. Create mazes or puzzles for the streamer to solve, or summon Mobs, pets and zombie spawns – the possibilities are endless.

Windows Mixed Reality: Building, exploring and coming face-to-face with monstrous mobs in Minecraft takes on new meaning when experienced with a Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset. Now you can share the adventure with friends playing on mobile, Windows 10 or console, set up your own world with Realms, or join one of the massive player-run servers. Creeping into dark caves inspires even greater trepidation thanks to 3D audio, and Creative mode will take on a fresh perspective. Minecraft will work across all Windows Mixed Reality-immersive headsets and badged PCs.

Minecraft is a game that's all about exploration, so it'd make sense for it to try to push the boundaries of interactivity -- and it does just that with the 1.2.5 update, introducing some brand-new ways to play the game.

Check out our other Minecraft-related news, and stay tuned for more updates as they roll in!

Super Sonic Rumored for Upcoming Sonic Forces DLC Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:57:17 -0500 spacechaser

Since its release at the beginning of the month, fans of Sonic Forces have been wondering when they'll be able to play as Super Sonic. Super Sonic is one of Sonic's transformations, activated when he harnesses the power of all seven Chaos Emeralds. In previous games, Sonic's Super transformation gave him superior speed and jumping abilities -- and even the power of flight. 

YouTube user PTKickass, who made the video above, discovered Super Sonic hidden within the game's files on PC, behind an unfortunate lock:

That's right: if you want to play as Super Sonic, you'll have to wait for the DLC. In a time where more and more games are hiding content behind paywalls and DLC, seeing that kind of strategy being implemented in such a beloved game series has left many fans annoyed at Sonic Team. 

What do you think: Is it okay to lock Super Sonic behind DLC? In general, do you like or dislike DLC?


All the MINECON Earth News You Need to Know Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:26:40 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

MINECON Earth has come and gone. But if you missed it, we've got you covered with all the Minecraft news and reveals from it! Among the announcements Mojang revealed are a brand-new set of water-themed features, new skins, and the results of the Mob voting contest.

The Update Aquatic

Chief among the reveals is the next major Minecraft update, The Update Aquatic. The update will give you a multitude of new items and features to craft the watery paradise of your dreams, including kelp and coral, dolphins, shipwrecks to explore, new water physics, and more. You'll also be getting a new weapon to aid you in your exploits: the Trident. It can be thrown or used in melee combat, but you'll be able to enchant it as well. Some of the enchantments featured are Loyalty, which brings the Trident back after you've thrown it as well as Slipstream Dash and Impaler, which Mojang are leaving unspoiled for now. No release date for the update has been given yet.


If you missed the MINECON Earth skins during the convention, they're still available for you on the Marketplace. Here is what's on offer:

  • Alex Globe
  • Alex Party
  • Cardboard Cosplayer
  • Creeper Cosplay
  • Creeper Pinata Cosplay
  • Sheep Cosplayer
  • Steve Cake
  • Steve Party

New Server Partners

At E3 this past summer, Mojang first presented The Hive, a new Minecraft server partner. The Hive is bringing a new mini-game called Death Run for players to enjoy soon. Death Run sees you race through obstacles and traps in an effort to reach the finish line first, likening it to a giant, deadly military training exercise. Mojang is also working with existing Java partner CubeCraft to implement support for Bedrock as well, including a new adventure map, Island Games. Other than "soon," these new partner features have no set rollout date yet either.

New Mob

In recent weeks, Mojang presented four potential new mobs to players, asking them to vote on which they wanted to see. The result was shown off at the convention, and Mob B: Monster of the Night Skies is the winner. You can check it out in the overview video below.


Free Goods

In honor of MINECON Earth, Mojang is giving away a heap of Marketplace items. MINECON Earth skins (see above); maps, including the Purple Parrot Palace, Truffletop Town, and Enderman's Forest; and Halloween skins for Mineplex Friends are all up for grabs.


There were a couple of smaller announcements made as well.

  • Mixer broadcasting allows native broadcasting from directly in the game on iOS and Android, starting November 21, 2017.
  • For Bedrock players, any Minecraft command can be changed to an interactive button on Mixer.
  • The Better Together update for the Nintendo Switch has been pushed back to 2018.
  • The Super Duper Graphics pack was also pushed to 2018.
  • Following the Adventure Time Mashup Pack, Mojang will be releasing a complete Adventure Time episode next summer.


Excited about the new updates and changes? Let us know in the comments!

Fortnite Guide: Battle Royale SMG, Assault Rifle Hotfixes Update Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:05:59 -0500 Sergey_3847

Today, Epic Games delivered an update for Fortnite: Battle Royale that includes a new weapon and some major changes to a few other guns that you don't want to miss.

You will be able to play with a new silenced SMG, which arrives as a part of the latest hotfix for the game, and try out the good ol' Assault Rifle that was turned into an even more capable weapon.

New Weapon: Silenced SMG

The new SMG is available in three variants: Common, Uncommon, or Rare. The fact that it is suppressed makes it the quietest weapon in the game as of yet, which opens many great perspectives for players who like to be as stealthy as possible.

Assault Rifle Gets More Accuracy

But what about the Assault Rifle? It looks like Fortnite developers decided to make it a bit more precise. Here is the complete list of all the stat changes:

  • ADS accuracy benefit increased by 33%
  • Accuracy penalty per shot decreased by 20%
  • Accuracy reset speed increased by 20%
  • Recoil reduced by 30%

As you see, these changes make the Assault Rifle an absurdly good weapon. Now, spamming becomes more justifiable with all this increased accuracy and reduced recoil, which will surely make the AR the most dominant weapon in the game.

Other Weapons Changes

Besides these two main additions, the latest hotfix for Fortnite: Battle Royale also changes the stats of the following weapons:

  • SMG damage increased from 12/12/13 to 14/15/16 for all rarities
  • SMG magazine size increased from 25 to 35
  • Tactical SMG damage increased from 14/15/16 to 16/17/18 for all rarities
  • Adjusted SMG/Tactical SMG environmental damage to match base damage
  • Rocket Launcher reload time increased by 10%

The biggest news here is the Rocket Launcher's reload time increase, which some players may not like, but it is probably a good change after all. 


This is all you need to know about the latest hotfix for Fortnite: Battle Royale. If you have opinions on these changes, then be sure to leave them in the comments section below.

Ambition: A Minuet In Power - A Roguelike French High Society Simulator - Now On Kickstarter Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:34:03 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Ambition: A Minuet In Power, a roguelike simulator/dating sim game from newcomer indie developer Joy Manufacturing Company, has launched its campaign on Kickstarter as of two days ago. The game has a goal of $60,000 with 28 days to go (at time of writing) and has already reached over $13,000 in less than two days.

Set in 18th-century France, right at the turn of the Revolution, Ambition is a unique take on both roguelikes as well as visual novels, and it turns regulating your all-important social standing into the main goal of both the narrative and gameplay. To paint a better picture of what Ambition is like, here's a bit of an explanation from the game's Kickstarter page:

Many romantically focused games are like choose-your-own-adventure books with preset decisions and outcomes. Once you’ve beaten them, there’s rarely a reason to go back and play again.  

Romance in Ambition isn’t just story writing, it’s a mechanic. By engaging in liaisons with various nobles, the player gains limited access to the resources of the person they’ve seduced. The more devoted their partner is to them, the more power the player has over that noble. This lets the player influence the outcome of political events. A particularly creative (and ruthless) player can even maintain multiple secret liaisons simultaneously. Getting caught doing this, however, can have very dangerous consequences.  

How does one gain the devotion of a seduced noble? Wear their gifts out in public, attend their events, spurn their enemies, and more.  

Additionally, Ambition randomly generates the world you play in, every time. This means that every playthrough is a little different. Nobles you meet in one playthrough might not show up in another. The revolution may be a success, or a disaster. It’ll be up to you, as the player, to figure out who to befriend and who to snub, in order to ensure the best position for yourself. 

If you'd like to learn more about Ambition: A Minuet In Power, you can read our original article about the game or visit the game's Kickstarter page. You can also watch the new trailer for the game below:

Upcoming RPG Crowns Will Let Players Fuse Monsters to Their Heart's Content Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:29:22 -0500 Erroll Maas

Crowns is a monster-raising and battling RPG currently in development that centers around monster fusion rather than evolution. There are planned to be at least 200 different uncombined monsters that players will be able to mix and match however they want.

Players will be able to breed two monsters together to create a unique combination of the two or fuse them together, although the differences between these methods are unknown at this time.

Crowns is planned to have a "deep, dark story" and to feature online battles for players who have finished the main story and want an additional challenge.

Although the release date of the full version is currently unknown, a playable demo known as Crowns Frostbite is currently available for PC. Interested players can also follow the developers on Twitter for updates.

EA Apologizes For Microtransactions In Battlefront II; Will Temporarily Revoke It Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:30 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The recently released Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been receiving a great deal of backlash from fans regarding its extensive microtransactions and loot box system. It has been well documented at this point that the game's credit and reward system seems to be skewed against the playerbase in order to encourage further spending following the initial $60-$80 investment.

Many fans have discovered that in order to unlock and play as even one of the games "heroes" -- one of several major characters from the Star Wars franchise -- one would have to play for upwards of 40 hours. And if someone were to attempt to unlock all of the content available in the game, they would either have to earn credits naturally at a total time roughly equivalent to six months, or skip the whole process by paying a grand total of $2,100 to unlock things right away. 

Naturally, most players of Battlefront II were unhappy with this model, and they weren't afraid to let EA hear their complaints. In response to the backlash, EA has duly responded to the overall negative reaction to the game's progression model. On EA's official Star Wars-related Twitter, developer DICE's General Manager Oskar Gabrielson had this to say:

It's important to note that they did not say they would be removing the loot box and micropayment transaction model from the game forever, but rather until they can make changes to the game that better accommodate the system, downplay its importance, or generally adjust the game's progression. How this will effect the game overall is yet to be seen, and the date when the micro-transactions will return is unknown, but hopefully whatever changes are made are done for the sake of the game and the player.  

Star Wars Battlefront II is available now for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Battlefront II as it develops!



Koei Tecmo Announces Dynasty Warriors 9 Release Date Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Koei Tecmo America recently announced a Western release date for the upcoming open-world Dynasty Warriors 9. The game is set to launch February 13, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam and features a host of changes to the well-known musou mechanics from previous Dynasty Warriors games.

Dynasty Warriors 9 takes place during the tumultuous period of Chinese unification in the Han dynasty, when various factions vied for control as the empire seemed to crumble. And, according to Koei Tecmo, the game adheres faithfully to the historical narrative.

One of the major changes in DW9 is that it's now an open-world game, taking you to familiar locations like the Yellow River, across snowy peaks and fortified ruins, and numerous other locations. The story takes place across 10 chapters through which you advance in any order you desire, along with a myriad of missions to keep you occupied. These missions vary in type, including Critical and Regular missions, and the way you handle them often affects the how other missions play out.

In addition to the familiar "one-versus-one-thousand" battle format, Koei Tecmo has implemented new battle mechanics. There are three types of attacks, which deal progressively more damage when used in succession: Trigger, Flow, and Finish Attacks. Players will also find new strategic options available to them, including "attack head on," "infiltrate at night," and "launch a surprise attack."

Koei Tecmo plans on providing bonus costume content available to those who buy either the digital or physical version of DW9, centering around the seven fan-favorite characters Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, Zhao Yun, and Wang Yuanji. Zhao Yun gets a Beijing opera inspired outfit, where the other six receive special Chinese undergarments.


Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this one up! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for news and information on Dynasty Warriors 9 as it develops. 

Bungie Gives First Look at Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:07:19 -0500 Joe Garcia

Today, Bungie unveiled via Twitch new information regarding Destiny 2's upcoming expansion, Curse of Osiris, which is set to release on December 5. The stream showcased Mercury, The Lighthouse from the original Destiny, Brother Vance, and much more. 

Unlike in the original Destiny, the sequel's Mercury will be a fully-explorable area similar to Earth, Titan, and Io. Here, players will also be able to explore another new area called The Infinite Forest, a Vex simulation that takes players through Mecury's timeline, showing different versions of the planet through the eons depending on the mission in which Guardians are currently participating. 

Mercury will also host another Vex-like structure that represents the 12 new quests Guardians will be able to go on in order to "forge" new weapons. Once players complete the DLCs campaign quest line, they will be able to forge weapons with specific Vex enhancements -- although those were not covered in detail by the live stream. 

In addition to new lost sectors, adventures, and public events, Heroic Strike Playlists will return with the Curse of Osiris DLC. Guardians will see both base level and light level increases -- 25 base level, 330 power level, respectively. 

The current Leviathan raid will receive a content upgrade from the DLC in the form of the Raid Lair. While this content isn't an entirely new Destiny 2 raid, this "mini raid" will give Guardians new gear, have new bosses, explore new mechanics, and support new guided game content. For those still playing the Leviathan Raid, that end-game content will see a level increase, stronger encounter, and higher-level gear drops. 

Although we don't know much about Osiris yet, we do know he and his ghost, Sagira, will feature prominently in the new DLC as evidenced from the stream's opening cinematic.

Curse of Osiris will be released on December 5. Bungie will have two more reveal streams on November 22 and November 29 on Twitch at 11 a.m. PST.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC as it develops. 

New Super Mario Bros. Movie in the Works Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:26:28 -0500 spacechaser

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is currently in talks with Illumination Entertainment, the creators of "Despicable Me" and "Minions," to produce a new animated Super Mario Bros. movie. 

It won't be the first time Mario and Luigi have made it to the big screen. However, after the literal bob-omb of 1993's "Super Mario Bros." starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, it'll please fans to know that this time around, Shigeru Miyamoto is rumored to be more involved in its production. 

Nothing has been confirmed by Nintendo or Illumination yet, and since the movie is rumored to be in the very early stages of development, it's likely we won't see anything substantial for a few years.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Super Mario Bros. movie news!

New Details for Inazuma Eleven Ares Emerge Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:21:15 -0500 Erroll Maas

An interview with the Level-5 president and CEO, Akihiro Hino, has been released in the newest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. During the interview, Hino revealed a handful of new information about the upcoming Inazuma Eleven Ares, the newest game in the Inazuma Eleven soccer RPG series. The game is set to release after the start of the Inazuma Eleven Ares anime series.

Although the Inazuma Eleven series was originally intended for children, the developers are including more enjoyable features for older fans. Hino feels that Inazuma Eleven Ares has the potential to become as popular as Yo-Kai Watch (another series developed by Level-5) and hopes that everyone will play the new game. With the way development is progressing, players will be able to feel that they are truly playing a soccer game. The series' longtime feature of scouting players for your team will return and you will be able to scout players from the teams you have defeated.

It was decided that the game's scale was becoming too much for the Nintendo 3DS to handle, so the new game will be on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. In addition, Level-5 decided to support as wide a range of platforms as possible so that more people will get the chance to play the game. The game will also be supporting smartphones due to the needs of the current generation, though there will  likely be some differences in game design between the console and smartphone releases of the game.

Hino would like the game to have many different new features, including the ability to take screenshots. All assets the game is using are brand new, and there is a new player-related system that has not appeared in previous entries.

Inazuma Eleven Ares is slated for a Summer 2018 release in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. At this time, it is currently unknown if the game will have an official release outside of Japan.

Stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares updates.

Black Desert Online Gets Combat Gameplay Trailer Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:13:28 -0500 Luke Luby

After gathering much attention with their character customization video, the developers behind Black Desert Mobile have released a video showing the mobile MMORPG's combat gameplay. The video includes actual combat gameplay scenes for the Warrior, Ranger, Giant, Witch, and Valkyrie, which are five basic classes released when Black Desert Mobile launches.

This makes it possible to guess the special characteristics of each class. Young-chul Ham, Pearl Abyss’ Strategic Planning Director, spoke about the trailer - which you can see above - saying:

“We are excited by the reactions we got from everyone when we released the customization video last week. We will try our best to quell your curiosity at the ‘Media Showcase’ next week when we reveal more content and future service plans to everyone.”

In addition, the unique exciting action and surreal battles from the “Black Desert” can now be experienced in the palm of your hand. The combat effects from using powerful skills really help users engage with the game.

Black Desert Mobile will hold a media showcase on the 23rd and start pre-registrations in Korea. As of yet, there's no exact timeline for when the mobile MMORPG will be released. 

New Mimikyu Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Details Released Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:13:28 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

As promised, The Pokemon Company delivered its newest batch of news for the upcoming Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. This time, it's all about a new move for Mimikyu, the fan-favorite Ghost/Fairy type that debuted in the original Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Normally, if given a Fairium Z to hold with Play Rough in its move roster, Mimikyu can take advantage of the powerful Fairy type Z-Move Twinkle Tackle. That still holds true in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. However, there's now a new second Z-Crystal it can hold: Mimkium Z.

If Mimikyu knows Play Rough and holds this Z-Crystal, it can use Let's Snuggle Forever, a brand new Z-Move that's also Fairy type. This move hasn't been used yet by most players, of course, but the Pokemon Company promises it's even more powerful than Twinkle Tackle. You can get an idea of how it plays in the new trailer above.

If this is your first time seeing the Pokemon, know that it doesn't actually look like Pikachu. In fact, no one has seen what's underneath Mimikyu's rag -- and lived. It's a shy Pokemon that longs for affection, so it covers itself with a rag in the form of that most popular of Pokemon, Pikachu. It can use its power to change the rag into any form it desires, and the rag can also protect Mimkyu from an enemy attack one time during battle.

Do you plan on adding this new move to your battle tactics? Let us know in the comments! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon news and guides as they develop. 

Battle Chef Brigade Release Date Announced For Steam and Switch Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:41:40 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Battle Chef Brigade -- the 2D Action-RPG cooking/puzzle game developed by Trinket Studios and published by Adult Swim Games -- has finally been given a release date of November 20th on Steam and Nintendo Switch.

Battle Chef Brigade was the result of a Kickstarter by newcomer Trinket Studios in an effort to create a type of cooking game that focused more on the actual cooking, as well as made it more involving. On their Kickstarter page they say:

Cooking in games is always a simple affair, represented entirely by minigame or crafting mechanics. Not so in Battle Chef Brigade. Here, you decide what dishes to make. Each elimination round of the Battle Chef Royale will pit you against an opposing chef in a competition to wow the judges with your tasty dishes and culinary skills and spells

The gameplay is split between hunting monsters and collecting ingredients under a time limit in a style similar to Vanillaware titles, selecting the ingredients you want and need in order to impress the judges on the Battle Chef competition, and improving your dish through a match-three puzzle game. The game will also feature several playable characters, all with different abilities and play-styles, and personal narratives that are all interconnected in order to create a larger story. 

Battle Chef Brigade will release on Steam and Nintendo Switch on November 20th. You can watch the new release date trailer right here:

PAX East 2018 Tickets on Sale Now Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:38:01 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Passes and badges for Penny Arcade's PAX East 2018 show are now available for purchase on the PAX East Registration page here.

Single day passes cost $53, and if you want to bring your own computer and have a set space to play games over the PAX local network, you can pay an extra $40 to do just that. This upcoming year's show runs from April 5 through April 9, marking the first time it spans a full four days.

The PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) conventions focus on all things related to gaming culture. PAX East in particular has been one of the most popular gaming conventions since it first began in 2010, holding discussions on various topics in the industry and developer Q&A sessions, letting attendees go hands-on with some of the most anticipated titles of the season, competitions and, of course, hosting plenty of reveals.

This year's schedule includes Hearthstone and Call of Duty 3 competitions, discussions about the healing power of video games and the role of games in education, and a Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age panel, to name just a few. Those with children may be happy to know that there will even be some child-friendly events, such as The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes competition. You can check out the full lineup here, if you're interested.

If you find you simply can't wait until April, you can purchase PAX merchandise, including a blanket ($40), a dice set ($40), and socks ($25) with your badge orders, and the merchandise will ship prior to the expo.

Let us know in the comments if you plan on attending!

Warframe: Plains Of Eidolon To Hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:35:51 -0500 Luke Luby

Digital Extremes is ready to bring a whole new way of playing to its cooperative online action game, Warframe. With Plains of Eidolon's release hitting PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Tuesday, November 14, Digital Extremes' new Open Zone design proposes a vast new Landscape packed with exploratory daytime activities and towering night-time battles.

Recently released on PC to a phenomenal reception that saw the game nearly double its player numbers, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will get their chance to experience the free to play expansion, Plains of Eidolon, starting November 14.

You can check out the trailer for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game above. Key features of the expansion include:

  • Debut of the Deadly Warrior: Witness the introduction of the 34th Warframe, Gara, who manipulates glass to fracture the resolve of her enemies.
  • New Weapons and Reinforcements: Gara wields a new arsenal of powerful weapons, including: Astilla that shoots slugs that explode on impact; Volnus, which deals a large amount of damage and can beat enemies to a pulp; and Fusilai, stealthy glass shurikens pierce through flesh and armor. Reinforcements include Argonak, the Grineer rifle uses an advanced laser sighting system and is deadly in both single fire and automatic modes; Krohkur, a hooked blade that reward critical hits to those skilled enough to strike with finesse, and the Dual Krohkur, which doubles the battlefield butchery.
  • Fashionista: Indulge your Fashion Frame sensibilities with the Virago Helmet and Gara's new signature Hyalus Syandana.
  • Focus 2.0: Experience the reintroduction of the Operator-Warrior Focus Rework 2.0. This new system changes the Skill Tree to be more combat-focused, enabling you to equip your Operator with distinct Weapons and Armor found deep in the Caves of the Plains.
  • And More! Misc updates include the Mag Deluxe Skin, Deluxe Tonfa, and Deluxe Syandana, resource, decoration and weapon collecting and 'Stone Fish' collecting, and more Mods and Stances.

In Plains of Eidolon, players will discover a brand new experience vastly different from the procedurally generated tilesets they've come to know. For the first time in Warframe, players will see exquisitely lit vistas with an ongoing day/night cycle. During the day, Tenno (players' in-game name) will have the freedom to seek missions from colorful vendors in the makeshift colony of Cetus, including as many as 50 other players with which to socialize.

Outside town, solo or in squads of up to four, players can freely explore the Plains. Filled with stunning lush hillsides, busy lakes and rivers inhabited by underwater creatures, and hidden cave systems, the Plains offer mini-games such as spearfishing and mining to gather resources, or engage players in heroic land and air battles -- using the reworked Sky Archwing -- against an ever-belligerent Grineer presence.

Total War: ROME II Empire Divided Announced For Steam Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:33:47 -0500 Luke Luby

Creative Assembly has announced that Total War: ROME II will be getting its Empire Divided expansion on Steam. Describing the expansion, the developers have said:

"It is the crisis of the third century. A string of inept emperors and usurpers vying for power have torn the Roman Empire into three factions, and with barbarians and Eastern Empires ready to exploit the chaos, it's do-or-die time."

On release, Empire Divided will feature a host of new content to give a new lease on life to ROME II; including 10 different playable factions, new victory conditions and new campaign features such as plagues, cults and banditry. Empire Divided also puts a heavy focus on telling the stories of the characters and powers involved in this rich and fascinating period.

Some of the key features include:

  • A new grand-scale Campaign Pack for Total War: ROME II
  • Plunges players into the crisis of the third century, a critical turning-point for Rome
  • Play as one of ten different factions across five cultural groups
  • New Heroic Factions with elaborate victory conditions, famous leaders and crafted event-chains
  • New period-specific events, dilemmas and missions
  • New Campaign features: Plagues, Cults and Banditry
  • Restructured technologies and unique new buildings

Also joining Empire Divided on November 30 is the free Power & Politics patch update. This update overhauls ROME II's political system to create a more subtle and intriguing experience with farther-reaching consequences.


PUBG Developers Unveil MMORPG Ascent: Infinite Realm Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:56:53 -0500 Luke Luby

The developers of PUBG have unveiled a new MMORPG called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and the folks at Kakao Games will be in charge of publishing it in Western territories. During the announcement, the developers released a reveal trailer for the game, which you can see above.

The media briefing showcased Ascent: Infinite Realm’s open world―marrying a steampunk setting with high fantasy magical elements―as well as the Realm vs Realm (RvR) aerial combat feature that pits all kinds of fantastical ships against one another.

Speaking at the announcement, Minsung Kim, CEO of Kakao Games Europe, said:

“All of us at Kakao Games are very proud to be able to work with the remarkable talent at Bluehole and bring their new AAA MMORPG to Western audiences. We are confident that we can localize their creative vision effectively and help make A:IR into a massive global success.”

The MMORPG is set to have a number of features, including:

  • Explore a beautifully designed high fantasy steampunk world
  • Discover a fusion of classic MMORPG elements with multi-dimensional gameplay encompassing both land and sky
  • Choose from five fully customizable classes
  • Conquer the skies with A:IR’s Realm vs Realm mode and experience massive aerial battles

Ascent: Infinite Realm takes place in a high fantasy steampunk world where machines and magic rule and everyone is dependent on flight to explore, travel, and conquer. In search of a new home, adventurers take to the skies using a wide selection of airships, vehicles, and flying mounts to traverse the games open, highly vertical world.

Kakao Games expects to prepare a first Beta test for Ascent: Infinite Realm in the first half of 2018. Initially, Kakao Games intends to localize the game in English, German, and French.

Bioshock Celebrates 10 Years with Anniversary Collector's Edition Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:30:24 -0500 Sarah Elliman

The Bioshock series would have been celebrating its tenth anniversary back in August of this year. To celebrate the occasion 2K have announced an exclusive Collector’s Edition to commemorate the series, available on November 14th. 

The edition will set you back $199.99 and is only available for purchase within the US. You can either buy it directly from 2K’s store or at your local GameStop. The edition will also only be available for PS4 and Xbox One players.

The 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will include a copy of the Bioshock: Collection alongside a 11.5-inch statue of Bid Daddy and Little Sister. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the figurine has been modeled after the original art that was displayed on the first Bioshock cover. The statue will feature Big Daddy’s drill fully motorized and varying light components as well. To further pay homage to the original Bioshock they have added Bid Daddy and Little Sister voice clips directly taken from the game to feature for this statue.

The original Bioshock game was released in August 2007 for PC and Xbox 360, with a PS3 port coming later to the series. Bioshock was praised for its immersive story-telling and interesting combat mechanics. Many critics couldn’t get enough of the game, with IGN’s review praising the game immensely, stating that:

"Bioshock stands as a monolithic example of the convergence of entertaining gameplay and an irresistibly sinister, engrossing storyline that encompasses a lot of multifaceted characters."

The overall score on Metacritic, which comprises of critical reviews, rated Bioshock at 96/100.

Ken Levine was the driving force behind Bioshock, where he was the writer and creative director for the project. In all the games he has involved with, Levine tried to put a sociological tone over the game. The issue of harvesting the Little Sisters or not and the core story are a testament to his style. However, he was not present for the writing or directing of Bioshock 2, but later returned to work on Bioshock Infinite.

Bioshock 2 didn’t receive as much praise as its original counterpart, but was still  nominated for a variety of awards, including a “Best Story” for BAFTA Games Awards. Although nominated a fair number of times, the only coveted award that Bioshock 2 won was from the GANG Awards for the “Best Use of Licensed Music.”

Bioshock Infinite was a return to the extremely high praise that was bestowed upon Bioshock. Infinite not only won a variety of “Best Game” awards, but was nominated and honorably mentioned for many more. Bioshock Infinite sold over 10 million copies and was widely praised by critics.

What do you think of the Bioshock series? Are you going to purchase the Collector's Edition? Let us know in the comments.

Indivisible to Have Opening Animated by Studio Trigger Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:35:33 -0500 spacechaser

Lab Zero, the developer behind the 2D RPG Indivisible, announced today that the game will feature an opening animated by Studio Trigger. 

Studio Trigger is known for its dynamic and expressive style, producing hits such as "Little Witch Academia" and "Kill La Kill", among many others. While the anime studio has worked with western companies before, this will be their first video game affiliation.

Indivisible started as an Indiegogo campaign that was funded in late 2015, and is set to be released next year on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, XBOX1, and Nintendo Switch. Though a new studio, Lab Zero's team were the creators of Skullgirls, which was widely praised for its animation and gameplay. 

What's New in Fortnite Update 1.27 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:55:26 -0500 Brandon Janeway

The Fortnite 1.27 update is now live for Xbox One, PS4, and Mac and there are numerous features in this new patch. The new update has changes to gameplay, the user interface, performance, and cosmetics. The patch notes also state that there are improvements to the Fornitemares event. 

One of the biggest changes the update includes is a fix to the bug that allowed players to drink slurp juice while running, which has been a common complaint. The update also adjusts the issue of slurp juice's effects carrying over from the pre-game phase to the battle bus phase. 

A big change is that the frame rate on PS4 is no longer capped at 30 fps. While this allows for a wider variety of frame rates, it does have the potential to make your performance inconsistent and cause frame rate dips. 

Other fixes affect the world like the fix of floating trees or tears in the terrain; this change also removed the gap that allowed players to get under the terrain. There are many other changes that improve player experience with Fortnite and make the game better overall. You can find the full patch notes here

For more Fornite guides and news, stay tuned here at Gameskinny and let us know in the comments what you think of the game.

Xbox One X Releases Today -- Here's What You Need To Know Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:38:45 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

Back at E3, Microsoft announced their long-in-development 4K upgrade to the Xbox One. Dubbing it the Xbox One X, Microsoft sought to brandish the most powerful console on the market. And now that it's finally in the wild, there are a few things you should know before picking it up.

First among these being that the Xbox One X will set you back $500. For this, you will get a system that can play games in true 4K, which no other console can currently do. Many games will also be able to take advantage of HDR, which allows for a more dynamic range of colors. Lastly, some games will still see some small enhancements for the Xbox One X regardless.

It should be noted that there are not going to be any games exclusive to the Xbox One X that will not also be released on the normal Xbox One as Microsoft does not wish to fracture the install base. Moreover, while you do not need a 4K TV to use this system, there's not much point in having this system without a 4K TV.

It should also be noted that not all games will be able to take advantage of 4K, HDR, or Xbox One X Enhancements; only games that are being supported by developers will have those features. This means that mainly bigger, AAA titles will be supported. On the same note, there are older releases that will be seeing patches to allow access to some of these enhancements, however, the enhancements from game to game can drastically vary.

Microsoft has put together a full list of all the titles that will be taking advantage of the Xbox One X's new capabilities, which can be found here. Wikipedia also has a compendium of games that take advantage of the Xbox One X

Notable titles that are being supported by these upgrades are:

  1. Titanfall 2
  2. Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  3. Forza 7
  4. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  5. Gears of War 4
  6. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  7. Madden 18 
  8. FIFA 18
  9. NBA 2K 18
  10. Call of Duty: World War 2
  11. Crackdown 3 (In Development)
  12. Final Fantasy XV
  13. Halo Wars 2
  14. Mafia 3
  15. PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds (in Development)
  16. Slime Rancher
  17. Star Wars Battlefront 2
  18. And much, much more...

So there you have it, all the basics you need to know associated with the release of the Xbox One X. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the Xbox One X as it develops. 

ARK: Survival Evolved is an Xbox One X Enhanced Launch Title Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:32:19 -0500 Kengaskhan

Studio Wildcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved is one of the Xbox One X Enhanced launch titles, meaning gamers can now experience their favorite dinosaur survival game with beautiful HDR visuals and other graphical enhancements.

The graphical upgrade is provided as a free downloadable update for all owners of the game, and it will allow the game to take full advantage of the Xbox One X’s superior hardware.

The improvements provided by the update aren't just visual in nature -- some of them will even add to your gameplay experience!

Here are some of the game’s featured enhancements:

  • The "Eyes" Have It: Enjoy “Detail Mode” with buttery smooth 30 FPS gameplay at 1440p or 60 FPS at 1080p in “Medium Quality”
  • See Farther, and With More Detail: In 1440p "Detail Mode”, long-range shadows, high quality textures and extended draw distances enhance visual fidelity, while the "TrueSky" system renders volumetric clouds, realistic atmospheric fog & sunlight scattering, and dynamic weather systems.
  • Split Screen and Split Up: In local splitscreen multiplayer mode, players can now split up to independently explore the islands.
  • More Power Means More Players: With increased hardware performance, Xbox One X servers can now host 70 players in a game.
  • Get There Faster: Improved loading and streaming times get you where you want to go on the ARK faster than before!


If you've got ARK: Survival Evolved and an Xbox One X, there's absolutely no reason not to upgrade your game -- just be aware that you won't be able to blame some of your deaths on bad lighting or poor performance anymore!

If you're looking for more ARK news, check out our other ARK: Survival Evolved  content!

Star Traders: Frontiers To Hit Steam Early Access Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:29:56 -0500 Luke Luby

Star Traders: Frontiers, the upcoming sci-fi RPG from developers Trese Brothers, has been announced for Steam Early Access. With the announcement comes a new trailer, which you can see above.

Describing the premise of Star Traders: Frontiers, Trese Brothers has said:

"You are the captain of a starship venturing through a massive open universe. Customize your crew and take command at the helm of your very own ship as you explore an galaxy torn apart by internal strife, alien threats, and political intrigue."

The RPG is set to have a number of features, including:

  • Explore a rich, open universe: Discover endless procedurally-generated galactic maps, meet unique characters, and take on enemies to conquer the galaxy! 
  • Become an intergalactic captain: Take on the role of a spy, smuggler, explorer, pirate, merchant, bounty hunter, and more (21 jobs total)!
  • Customize your own spaceship: Choose from more than 300 upgrades and build your very own vessel to venture across the vast reaches of space. 
  • Assemble and tailor a loyal crew: Assign talents and equip specialized gear for every spaceship crew member.
  • Experience an ever-changing narrative: Decide to make friends or foes with other factions and influence political, economic, and personal vendettas.

In the game, players get to choose their path by assembling and commanding their custom crew and spaceship in a constantly evolving galaxy torn by internal strife, political intrigue, and alien threats. Describing the lore behind the game, Trese Brothers have said:

"First there was the Exodus – when survivors of a great war left the ruins of the Galactic Core behind in search of a new home in the stars. Scattered worlds were claimed on the fringe of the galaxy. Each pocket of survivors held on to an isolated set of worlds while trying to rebuild under the great law of Shalun."

You can find Star Traders: Frontiers' pre-release Steam Early Access page here.

November’s Seven Free PlayStation Plus Games Are Now Available! Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:28:29 -0500 KatherineZell

It’s that time again. All PlayStation Plus members can download seven titles for free on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Six of the seven titles will be available from November 7th until December 5th. The seventh, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, will be available through January 2nd. Until Dawn is also a PSVR title.

PlayStation 4 owners can download four games, one thanks to Cross-Buy with the Vita. There’s Dungeon Punks for Vita and PlayStation 4, which is an Action RPG that provides entertainment with friends, against friends, and solo. PlayStation 4 also gets Worms Battlegrounds, which is described on the PlayStation Store as bringing “friends and families together in the noble pursuit of self‐improvement, world domination and exploding sheep.”

There is also Bound, a game all about dance. Players have the option to experience the game completely with PSVR, navigating the world via modern-dance-inspired moves. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood finishes off PlayStation 4’s list. This game requires PlayStation VR and Camera and is for those of us who celebrate Halloween all year round with horror games.

PlayStation 3 owners have been gifted with Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic and R-Type Dimensions, while Vita owners can enjoy Dungeon Punks and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2).

Here’s the complete list with links to the PlayStation Store:

PlayStation 4:

Worms Battlegrounds 
Dungeon Punks (PS4 and Vita) 
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood 

PlayStation 3:

Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic 
R-Type Dimensions 


Dungeon Punks 
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2)

Which games are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct Reveals Tons of Info on Blades, Characters, and Upcoming DLCs Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:11:01 -0500 Autumn Fish

Today, Monolith Soft presented us with a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Direct to finally cover more details on their upcoming exclusive RPG -- and about time, if I do say so, myself. We're barely a month away from sinking our teeth into this crazy fantasy world, yet we've hardly been told a thing about it. They certainly had a lot to talk about, today, though, to make up for it.

Let's dive in!

Japanese Voiceover Available as Free DLC on Launch Day

Before they dived into the meat of the Direct, they revealed that they're adding a Japanese Voiceover for those of us who want to experience the game in its original language. It will arrive with the game on launch day and must be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Story and Character Introduction Trailer

Following the announcement for the Japanese Voiceover, they revealed a new trailer that covers some of the Characters found in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, along with a peek at the role they play in the story. At the end of the trailer, there's even a minor glimpse of a unique Blade for Rex called Mythra.

More Info on Blades, the Living Weapons

Blades are essentially artificial lifeforms who can be used as weapons by forming a bond with people called Drivers. These bonds form when a Driver finds a Core Crystal and resonates with the Blade that's born from it.

One Driver can bond with multiple Blades--some of which are rare. Each Blade is special and comes with its own weapon, abilities, and design to really set itself apart. Seek out many Blades and bond with them by building trust in order to grow the strength of your team.

Beautiful Landscapes Packed with Colorful Wildlife

The Direct shows off many different landscapes that you'll be exploring, including grassy plains, caverns, winter wonderlands, deserts, and cloud beaches. No matter where you end up going, though, you'll find all sorts of wildlife.

Wildlife found in each area changes depending on the time and weather. You might find peaceful herbivores or aggressive predators roaming the land. Many of these creatures have interesting AI that breathes extra life into the world, such as traveling in herds or performing rituals, while others still could show up in the middle of a fight or even call for help.

There are many especially strong monsters that drop rare items when defeated. If you manage to kill one, it drops a tombstone in its place. Interacting with this tombstone allows you to fight the monsters again and show it who's boss.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Recap 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Blade Abilities

Blades have a wide array of support abilities. For example, while you're out in the field, some Blades may increase the number of items you find while others may open up new pathways. In battle, they may use Blade Arts to protect or buff their Driver. Each Blade has their own unique weapon type, elemental type, and support abilities to make use of.

Blades can be strengthened in three ways. Aux Cores are essentially accessories that come with various passive boosts to enhance abilities. Core Chips directly alter weapons by boosting its stats and altering its appearance. And finally, you may boost a Blades abilities by filling out their Affinity Chart. As the trust between Blade and Driver grows through use and Heart-to-Hearts, you unlock more of the Affinity Chart to utilize stronger abilities.

Excess Blades can be paired together into Mercenary Groups. Send these Mercenary Groups out on Missions and the Blades in it will come back with Experience Points, Rewards, and extra Trust for the Affinity Chart.

Exploring the World of Alrest

The Cloud Sea goes through high and low tides just like any other sea, which means, depending on the time of day, you may be able to go cloud swimming and reach sweet new areas. As you explore, you'll find Collection Points reminiscent of older Xenoblade Chronicles titles. Interacting with these points allows you to collect items for use in all sorts of things.

There are also Salvage Points to be found near the Cloud Sea. Certain Drivers can use these Salvage Points to dive below the clouds and collect unique items. You may even drag a few monsters back up with you, while you're at it.

As you explore Alrest, you'll come across various landmarks. These landmarks are found all over the place, from centralized locations to hard to reach places. Unlocking a landmark allows you to fast travel back to it at any time. Here the DIrect also reveals that you may manipulate time by changing the in-game clock and even take the mini-map off the screen, or use a fullscreen translucent map to help you find your way around.

Exploring Alrest Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Recap

Of course, you'll find tons of cities while exploring the world of Alrest.  Each one is unique and packed full of people. There are merchants that will trade you gold or other items for packs of items that you put together. Other citizens you meet may even have requests for you to complete for rewards.

Interesting Collectibles and Unique Customization

The Trade Guild has many shops set up for all of your many needs. Here you can buy miscellaneous items like musical instruments or books that, when placed in a characters belt pouch, may greatly increase certain battle stats. There's even an accessory shop where you can buy items that increase your Drivers' stats while worn. 

There's a unique Blade called Poppi that can be customized by playing a special mini-game called "Tiger! Tiger!". The rewards earned from the game are used to upgrade her abilities and change her elemental type. No other Blade has unique customization quite like Poppi.

All About Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battles

A party consists of up to three Drivers with three Blades each to switch between (four for Rex). Auto Attacks will charge up the more powerful Driver Arts. If you overfill your Driver Arts gauge, you begin charging a powerful Special Attack. If you continue to charge the Special Gauge, you can level it up to a maximum of four for more powerful attacks. Allies will even wait for your command before they use their own specials.

There are three different types of Blades: Attackers, Tanks, and Healers. The combination you wind up bringing into battle determines the Driver's class. The class will determine what sorts of bonuses your Driver earns.

Each Blade has four Driver Arts to choose from. A Driver may pick only three of the four Driver Arts to bring into battle, leaving a Driver with up to nine Arts to choose from between their three different Blades. As a Driver levels up, they may learn new skills and buffs for their Arts.

Battles and Combos Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Recap

The Combo System

There are three different types of combos in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Driver Combos are performed by chaining together Arts to essentially juggle a monster. You can break a monster's guard, then topple it, launch it, and smash it back down to the ground. If you manage to get an enemy stuck in a Driver Combo, it won't even be able to attack or defend itself.

Blade Combos are performed by using a special that uses one of the specified elements on the HUD. Keep the combo going by following up with your allies' special attacks. If you reach the end of a combo, a mysterious Elemental Orb will appear and circle the enemy. If you start a Blade Combo while in the middle of a Driver Combo, you'll execute a Fusion Combo that deals massive damage.

As you battle, the Party Gauge will slowly fill. While it's normally used to revive fallen allies, it can be used to perform a Chain Attack when completely full. During a Chain Attack, each Driver performs their Special one right after another to combo the enemy. Normally this ends after three turns, but the Chain Attack will continue going if you manage to burst Elemental Orbs.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass DLC

They also announced an Expansion Pack available for $29.99 that comes with five unique DLCs that are set to release over the span of the next year.

Expansion Pass Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct DLC

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also getting an update on November 9th. The game will receive a new side quest that you can complete to earn Rex's costume.

Pro Controller, Special Edition, and eShop Pre-Purchase

A brand new themed Pro Controller will also release alongside the game on December 1st.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pro Controller

They even revealed a Special Edition for the game that comes with 220-page hardbound art book, a CD of some of the best songs from the soundtrack, and the game in a metal game case. Buying or pre-ordering the Special Edition will set you back $99.99.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition Nintendo Direct Recap

On a closing note, the DIrect ends off with an announcement that the game is now available for pre-purchase on the NIntendo eShop. If you snag it now, you'll have it all pre-loaded and ready to go when the game finally launches at midnight on December 1st.

That's all, folks!

Today's Nintendo Direct blew us away with a wealth of new information on the upcoming RPG. Thankfully, the game is just around the corner, so we won't have to wait much longer before we can finally play this gorgeous-looking game.

In the meantime, be sure to check back with GameSkinny for all sorts of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coverage and all things Nintendo.

Be Wary of Cheap Gaming Gadgets: They Could Be Selling Your Info Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:06:52 -0500 bazookajo94

It's been discovered that Chinese keyboard MantisTek GK2 has been sending users' information to an Alibaba server. Originally reported on a thread website similar to Reddit, an anonymous user warned other members that the keypad was sending "information about key presses statistics" to a separate website, meaning anything a user has typed--email addresses, passwords, and other such login information that has been typed--is being sent to someone using the Alibaba server. 

The appeal to the MantisTek GK2 over other mechanical keyboards is its cheap price, but such gadgets are also noted to often take user's information without consent. 

To help stop information from being sent on the MantisTek GK2, users should first make sure they stop the keyboard's Cloud Driver software from running in the background, as it is the main source sending the information. 

Following this step, users can implement the force of their firewall to help by blocking the executable file CMS.exe. 

Or, if they're desperate for a quick fix, users can download free firewall software GlassWire, which allows users to block apps from making connections on their computer. 

As a final step, exercise caution when buying similar products. Yes, the majority of products in the US are being manufactured in China, but products usually go through a local company who serves as a gateway to ensure these products are safer to use than when they come directly from China, with all their specs and "features" included, such as sending statistics to outside servers. 

VA-11 HALL-A On Playstation Vita Gets Release date Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:12:07 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Last year's surprise hit visual novel "booze 'em up" VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action has finally been given a release date on the PlayStation Vita. After some small periods of silence, and a few trade show tours to show it off to the press, the Vita version of the game will be released digitally on November 14th thanks to publisher Wolfgame. 

VA-11 HALL-A was developed and released last year by Sukeban Games and is an experience that prioritizes story over gameplay. The game has players mix and serve drinks to a variety of different customers over many in-game days, and slowly piece together the story and scope of the game's cyberpunk world through its unique inhabitants.

A new trailer was released for the game that confirmed the Vita version to be releasing digitally in most regions on November 14th. This version will include both new added touch screen support, as well as PlayStation TV compatibility.

The new trailer also revealed at the end that the game will soon be available in a limited physical print from indie game publisher Limited Run. This physical release will also be for the Vita only.

VA-LL HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action will be released on the PlayStation Vita on November 14th. You can watch the new trailer for the game with all the details below: 

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 & Dragon Ball FighterZ Get Collaboration Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:58:43 -0500 Luke Luby

Bandai Namco Entertainment has revealed more details on new content and a collaboration between Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The new game mode - Hero Colosseum - will be available for free this Autumn on all versions of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.

Hero Colosseum will have its own story mode where players will experience a tactical figurine battle. New content will also be available with the paid Extra Pack 1 and Extra Pack 2. Both will offer new characters and gameplay features:

  • Extra Pack 1, to be released this Autumn, will include Tapion, Android 13 and 2 new characters.
  • Extra Pack 2 will contain a new original character, a new scenario and a new way to interact with Dragon Ball characters. On top of that, players may also discover an all new form Goku in the Extra Pack 2.

Finally, the last important announcement is the collaboration between Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Dragon Ball Fighterz. Special items will be given to those who own both Xenoverse 2 and FighterZ.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is available now in Europe, Middle-East, Australasia and Africa for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. FighterZ will be launched on January 26, 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

BlizzCon 2017: Heroes Of The Storm Devs Highlight Upcoming Content And Game Changes Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:49:05 -0500 QuintLyn

It's been a pretty busy year for the Heroes of the Storm development team, as I'm sure any of them will be happy to tell you. Over the past year they've released a slew of new content and changes, including two maps and enough Heroes to bring the current total to double what the game launched with. Overall, it's been pretty impressive. But they're not stopping there.

Adjusting content releases

In the Heroes of the Storm "What's Next" panel at Blizzcon, the team revealed plans for upcoming content, as well as changes to how that content will be rolled out. Taking a look at how content releases worked over the past year, wherein they dropped a slew of new content and features at once, the dev team noticed several issues that they wanted to address.

The first issue the Heroes team took note of was that when releasing content in a batch like this, individual pieces failed to stand out. The second -- and perhaps more important -- issue is that dropping a ton of content at once can cause some instability, disrupting how the game plays.

To combat this, the development team is planning on spreading out the content, dropping individual pieces at different times. This not only allows each piece of content to make an impression, but it also allows them to offer more support to each release with things like additional artwork, effects, and sounds.

Small quality-of-life additions

Keeping this plan in mind, the team went on to highlight some of the things they have planned for the game in the near future, such as the introduction of a target info panel. This will provide players with a variety of statistics on "battlefield entities:" minions, mercenaries, structures, and other Heroes and obtain more information about them. This information includes things like health and mana, attack damage, movement speed, and more.

Another useful change is the addition of indicators that reveal when Heroes are hiding in things like vehicles or other objects. It's a small quality of life change, but one that should make a difference in combat.

Integrated voice chat

As for bigger changes, the team announced integrated voice chat. This system will pull Blizzard Voice directly into the game client, negating the need for players to set up their own chat systems and streamlining the whole system. The voice chat system will add two channels to the game. The first will be a party chat. This one automatically adds players when they join the party.  The second channel is for teams. This one is opt-in and players will be given the option to join the channel when they join a game.

The system seems fairly robust for an in-game addition. It offers indicators as to who is speaking and also give players the ability to adjust volumes for their chat-mates, as well as make other tweaks for a better experience.

Performance based matchmaking rating

Another big adjustment the developer team is working on is improving the accuracy of the matchmaking system. The goal of the changes being made to this system is to improve the accuracy when placing individual players by getting the system to take a player's performance in a match into account when doing adjustments.

The current system attempts to match players of similar skill (but not as accurately as the development team or players would like) by giving every player a matchmaking rating based off of games won or lost. The problem is that while winning and losing can be an indicator of how well someone plays, it doesn't take into account their personal contribution on the field. 

Granted, if a player is really good, the current system will eventually rank them appropriately based just on the amount of games they have won. But it will also take them a long time to get there.

To fix all this, the Heroes team has decided to make use of systems they have added to the game over time. The MVP system, personalized statistics, and the On Fire system will be used to get a more detailed view of how players perform as individuals when calculating MMR adjustments. Other information used in the new system include what Heroes are being played in a match, what battleground it's played on, and even the region being played in.

The new system is fully dynamic, so stats will be updated at the end of every match. In addition, because of how quickly players will now rise through the ranks if they're appropriately skilled, the new system will help prevent both griefing and smurfing. For players hoping to get this system in as quickly as possible, hey can expect it when the next ranked season hits in December. 

2018 gameplay update

Following the reveal of the the MMR system, the panel moved on to discuss gameplay updates set to arrive in 2018. These will be core updates that will change how players go about their business in game, and again, improve the quality of life for players across the board.

Camera changes

The first is a rework of the game's camera system, making it easier for players to see what's going on on the map. To achieve this, the developers have pulled the camera out some -- but not too much -- and expanded on how much of the map is visible .

Stealth Heroes

The next update is to stealth Heroes. Stealth Heroes are a tricky thing. They're supposed to be kind of hard to see, but how hard is too hard? As the developers note, the current stealth hero system functions more or less like an eye test. If your eyes are really good, you might actually be able to see faint movements on the field, meaning that you'd have the advantage over someone with less adept vision. 

This issue also results in stealth Heroes really only being popular in quick match play, while they make fewer appearances in competitive play and are rarely seen in esports.

With the new system, the stealth Heroes will be easier to see as ghostly silhouettes on the play field. However, to still make combating stealth challenging they have been made to disappear whenever they stop moving. These Heroes will also still be invisible on the minimap and an enemy hero will still be required to at least land a skill shot in order to pull them out of stealth. 

Lane updates

Since the lanes are where games generally start out, the Heroes team decided to give them another look in an effort to make them more interesting. As noted, the lane phase of a match ends pretty quickly -- it only lasts a few minutes into the match. In addition, the lane phase doesn't really mean much in regards to the outcome of the game. It carries very little weight compared to other aspects. 

One of the first things the developers looked at was the tower ammunition system, giving them an infinite number of ammunition that can no longer be drained by simply throwing minion after minion at them. Of course, this did result in balance changes in regards to minion health and other aspects.

Continuing with towers, the Heroes team went on to look at fortifications. One of the things they noted was that the towers found at the back of fortifications -- known as "standalone towers" -- have little to no meaning in the game. In fact, it's often the case that by the time these towers start firing, the rest of the keep has been destroyed. As a result, the developers decided to do away with them.

Of course, balance changes had to be made, so stats from these towers have been moved to other structures. In addition, the development team revisited characters that have been known to make use of standalone towers decided to add truesight -- a feature that reveals stealth Heroes -- to keep areas.

Map mechanics

Finally, the Heroes of the Storm team took a look at map mechanics. At present, the game features 14 different battlegrounds, each with their own set of mechanics. This means that players effectively have to learn 14 different sets of rules based on timing and other features withing each. The team has decided to fix this and simplify things so there are less rules for players to deal with.

Effectively there will be two rules for players to deal with.

1. In early battlegrounds the first map mechanic will spawn in at 1 minute 30 seconds.

2. Later battlegrounds will spawn in at 3 minutes.

The developers have also decided to provide information earlier, offering players 30 second warnings on these spawns and offering earlier alerts about where new map mechanics will spawn. 

Don't worry, these changes are not designed to increase game length. The developers are going out of their way to keep games around 20 minutes long.

Mercenary Camps

Various changes are being made to camps as well, to make them more viable. These changes include:

  • Night Camp: The night wizard will emit a spell armor aura that benefits all nearby allies, minions, and mercenaries
  • Hellbat: Deceases enemy armor with every basic attack. This is stackable
  • Seige Giants: Attacks will be telegraphed so they can be dodged better

As you can see, there are quite a few changes in the pipeline for Heroes of the Storm. Hopefully, these will improve the game for fans -- and possibly make it more appealing to new players. While the panel was going on, the audience seemed fairly enthusiastic about the changes that are being made. That said, we shall see once the changes hit the server.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero DLC "Friends to the End" Announced Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:58:41 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

WayForward Technologies has officially announced and revealed details for the next DLC expansion to Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, titled "Friends to the End", and it will revolve around playing as the characters of Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops.

Friends to the End stars Shantae's friends at a point towards the end of Half-Genie Hero's plot, where Shantae is overcome by a dark and sinister force that is keeping her mentally and physically incapacitated, and they are tasked with running through her memories -- consisting of re-worked levels from the game of course -- in order to break through the dark magic and free their friend. This will fill in a missing piece of the narrative that was addressed in the base game of Half-Genie Hero, but was kind of glossed over.

Each of the three characters will have completely different mechanics and play-styles, and the player has a great deal of liberty in how they'd like to approach each level and who with. On top of this, the design structure of Friends to the End is rather different from either of the play-styles shown off in Half-Genie Hero so far. The Kickstarter update for the expansion goes into some detail about the differences, stating that: 

From a design perspective, Friends to the End differs from Shantae and Risky’s modes in that the power up system exists “in the field”. There are no menus or inventory to manage. Collecting Gems will cause a hero to LEVEL UP, increasing their attack speed and damage dealt. Getting hit by enemies incurs a penalty, dropping the power level. Enemies and Bosses have been tailored around these new concepts, dropping health and Gems to feed the player’s needs. You could say that "Friends to the End" is part puzzle game, part action game, and part player management.


In terms of release date or gameplay footage we didn't get much information. We do know for sure that the development of Friends to the End is complete, and that the game is currently under review for release by the people at Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and Valve, which may see it releasing some time this Holiday season. We also know that like the previous DLC expansion, Pirate Queen's Curse, Friends to the End will be free to all Kickstarter backers of the game and will be paid content for everyone else.

As it stands right now, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. If you are interested in learning more about "Friends to the End" then click here to view the update on the game's Kickstarter page.

BlizzCon 2017: Overwatch Heads To The Park With The New BlizzardWorld Map Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:55:49 -0400 QuintLyn

 A long time ago, at a BlizzCon nearly forgotten, when Chris Metzen was still working a Blizzard and heading up Overwatch development, he teased fans with a crazy little idea that had been floating around in the office. It was a simple idea, and one that would remain in the minds of fans and Blizzard staff alike -- a Blizzard theme park.

It would be like Disneyland, only instead of princesses and fairies and a bear that lives in the 100 Acre Woods with his friends, this themepark would have orcs, and Zerg, and a little eatery named Snaxxramas. It would be named BlizzardWorld... and it would only exist in the world of Overwatch.

Because the park only exists in Overwatch, it's important to note that the game is not represented in BlizzardWorld. Blizzard exists in the world of the game, it is even located in Irvine along with the park; but within the context of the game, Blizzard did not create Overwatch. Nor do they have any kind of branding deals with the organization.

During the Overwatch "What's Next" panel, assistant game director Aaron Keller offered players a look at BlizzardWorld. He describes it as a "hybrid map", meaning that it mixes features from various map types found in the game. While playing this map, Overwatch players will go on an "epic journey" through the worlds of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. Players will also find references to Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

As with previous hybrid maps, BlizzardWorld starts with a fight over the game's first control point. The defending team will start out in a Heroes of the Storm themed arcade (or Heroes Arcade) and the attackers will be based out of the tavern. 

Three areas to fight in

The first control point is in the Warcraft area of the map and can be accessed via Stormwind, or by going through the Lost and Found Vikings. This later option allows players to avoid the choke point in Stormwind. Of course, there are other areas familiar to WoW players in this first section, including the Fargodeep Mine. The first choke is designed to play more like a mini-arena featuring multiple routes for both sides. It offers plenty of cover to players when they enter, as well as health packs scattered throughout.

If the attackers win the fight, they'll take control of the payload and push it into the StarCraft area, going past the siege tank statue and around another little cafe named Pylon Terrace. 

Unlike the Warcraft area, this one is designed to be a large circular arena, featuring plenty of high ground that can be accessed by both sides. There are indoor areas that players can take advantage of.

Again, once the attackers manage to gain control of the payload, they will move it into the next area. You guessed it: Diablo-land. At this point the spawn rooms will change, with the attackers spawning in the passenger loading area in the Reign of the Black King ride. The defenders, on the other hand, will be moved back to the park's command center.

As they move, the attackers will push the payload into the throne room in Leoric's manor. Apparently, players will be able to find all sorts of loot and lore to find inside. The area features high spots for players to get into and take advantage of, as well as one hell of a dangerous drop that should be avoided at all costs.

A labor of love for all of Blizzard

While the bulk of this portion of the panel focuses on what's in the map, the developers really wanted players to know that BlizzardWorld wasn't created in an Overwatch vacuum. In fact, developers from all Blizzard teams offered help on this one.  They came up with ideas for the park, helped design some of the rides, and even threw their hand in on designing some of the attraction signs.

The map is a bit of a love letter to all things Blizzard, "made by fans for fans".  To be honest, I imagine gameplay in this particular map is going to be a bit of a mess starting out -- not because the developers did anything wrong, but because the players are going to be so distracted by everything they've put into it they'll likely forget there's an objective to be met. It looks like a crazy fun map, and well worth the wait we've all had to endure.

BlizzCon 2017: The Overwatch Team Offers A Behind The Scenes Look At The Newest Hero Moira Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:46:45 -0400 QuintLyn

One of the great things about BlizzCon is that fans have the opportunity to peek behind the curtain ans see how things really happen. Say... For instance, how a new Overwatch Hero is brought to life. During yesterday's opening ceremony, Blizzard announced the latest  Hero to join the game's lineup -- a new healer with questionable scruples by the name of Moira. But, as is always the case with the opening ceremony, there are far too many games to talk about and not enough time, so players only got a brief look at the mad scientist.

But, that's okay. Because while each game has to share the spotlight with all the others at the beginning they each get their own time  later on, in panels dedicated to fans of each game. Each game gets forward -- and sometimes backward -- attention in the form of the "What's Next" panels. The Overwatch "What's Next" took place yesterday with a panel made up of the game's lead writer Michael Chu, assistant art director Arnold Tsang, lead Hero designer Jeff Goldman, and assistant game director Aaron Keller.

Since Moira was announced earlier in the day, the developers opted to spend some time talking about the process of creating her, starting with the overall thought process in her creation. While Moira is one of several healers on the Overwatch lineup, she is the first one to not really be "good". The lady's a scientist, and apparently doesn't really care what she has to do to make breakthroughs. She's not out to conquer the world, but she's not beyond making allies of those who are in order to reach her goals. Because of this, it was easy for Reaper to want to recruit Moira to Blackwatch. Of course, people like Moira don't make the most loyal of allies, so once Overwatch was gone she shifted alliances slightly and joined Talon.

Getting her appearance just right

Fans might notice that Moira is a somewhat androgynous character, a trait that's in line with her overall personality and general moral ambiguity. But, the Moira we see today isn't exactly what the team started out with. She's a bit more streamlined, and a good deal less Doctor Octopus.

Arnold Tsang, Overwatch's assistant art director offered players an in depth look at her overall design process, starting with the fact that Overwatch is filled with "benevolent" healers, including the "most upbeat, like positive DJ you've ever met". With that in mind, they wanted something a bit more "ambiguous" and "shady." This led to the designs you see here with the tentacles and other craziness.

The team liked them, but realized they were too complicated for the type of gameplay needed for this particular character. So they toned them down and tried designing a variety of weapons like the ones seen here.

In the end, they combined several features from all of these designs. For instance, taking the outfit from the design on the far left, the hair and face from the second to last on the right, and iterating on the final design on the right where each hand does something different.

Yes, Moira is a healer, but she's a leech healer. So she uses each of her hands differently. And the look of her hands reflect that, with her damage hand looking like the hand of an old witch, and her healing hand looking normal. As for the rest of her outfit, it also reflects both her healing and damage abilities by changing colors with what she is doing at the time. The whole thing is designed to have a very sci-fi feel.

Tsang also showed off some of the concepts the team worked up for Moira's ultimate ability.  Of the three, they settled on the beam effect on the far left, but you can get a really good idea of how they got there by looking at the images.

They also highlighted some of Moira's upcoming skins -- because seriously, what's a Hero release without skins? The first is her Oasis skin. Moira actually works for Oasis as their Minister of Genetics, so it's a good skin to start with. 

The other design is called "Glam" and is a tribute to glam rock. It's pretty Bowie.



Once Tsang finished speaking about the art aspects, the team moved on to discussing Moira's abilities and general gameplay. The mad scientist's original gameplay concept involved her having a ton of health and the ability to leech health from others while feeding her own to her allies. As it turns out, this didn't balance well because it made it possible for the players to effectively make themselves unkillable by simply leeching the whole time.

Her current skillset does take from that original idea. However, it tones things down a bit and offers more balance. The panel highlighted each of her abilities, three of which play off of the leech and heal idea. The final rundown is as follows:

  • Weapon - Biotic Grasp: Primary and Secondary fires
    • Primary Fire (Regeneration): A spray that pierces all allies and allows Moria to heal all allies within a cone area. Uses a meter system wherein the meter drains slowly as the ability is used and regenerates slowly over time when not being used.
    • Secondary Fire (Decay): Drains enemies affected of their health, leaching some to Moira herself while filling the Regeneration meter.
  • 1st Ability - Fade: Allows Moira to immediately disappear completely for less than a second. Also provides movement speed boost while in effect allowing her to get out of the line of fire.
  • 2nd Ability - Biotic Orb: 2 Modes
    • Primary (Regeneration): Throws off orb that bounces around healing all allies until it is gone. Has limited health, but allows for more long-range heals.
    • Secondary (Decay): Works like Regeneration, except doing damage to enemies instead of healing allies. Shares a cooldown timer with Regeneration, so the players must make a choice on which to use.
  • Ultimate - Coalescence: A super long range wide  beam that both heals and damages at the same time, depending on who it's hitting. Pierces all barriers, including shields.

The developers did describe the skillset as being potentially overpowered, but noted that they hoped this wasn't the case. That said, it will be a bit before she hits the live servers, so some of what you see here may change a bit by then. To aid in making that judgement call, Blizzard has made her available for play on the floor at BlizzCon and have requested that players let them know how they feel about her. 

As for those of us who aren't there, we'll just have to bide our time. That said, she looks pretty awesome and should be a great change of pace from the other healer Heroes in the game. Sometimes you just want to be a little bad... Or at least a little morally ambiguous. 

Rocket League Will Cost $19.99 on the Switch Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:01:21 -0400 bazookajo94

Nintendo has announced that popular sports game Rocket League will be released for the Nintendo Switch on November 14th. Though Nintendo's announcement doesn't mention an amount, Rocket League's official website released an article on October 30th saying the game would be priced at "$19.99 USD or regional equivalent."

Rocket League, originally released in 2015 for Microsoft and PlayStation, has since expanded to most playable consoles with its rising popularity. Supposedly it's a sequel to Psyonix's 2008 sports-and-cars game Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, though admittedly SARP Battle Cars was less popular than its successor, with Rocket League having over 150 awards and nominees under its belt for "Best of 2015" games. 

With its ports now joining the Switch, Rocket League fans can expect the same content and features from the other consoles, along with the ability to join players online from Xbox One or PC. Exclusive to the Switch, however, are the "customization items" featuring popular Nintendo staples from Mario, Luigi, and Samus as vehicle accessories. 

So get ready to get wrecking on Rocket League for the Switch this November 14th for $19.99.

BlizzCon 2017: What To Expect From World Of Warcraft's Next Expansion Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:24:05 -0400 QuintLyn

World of Warcraft's next expansion, Battle for Azeroth, was announced at BlizzCon yesterday as part of the convention's opening ceremony. Of course, with Blizzard's ever growing library of games, only a small amount of time could be dedicated to it; and it was just enough to get players excited for the things to come. 

That said, BlizzCon goes on all weekend, so the Warcraft team had no problem getting more stage time to really show off Battle for Azeroth in the game's What's Next panel. As with every World of Warcraft expansion, this one -- which will be the seventh -- promises to be a huge content dump.

During the announcement, the trailer teased two new continents, Kul' Tiras and Zandalar. Within these two continents are six new zones. These new zones will open to players once they hit level 120 and, as was the case with Legion, players will be able to pick the zone they start in.  World Quests will also become available at level 120, along with an Emissary feature.

Venture Into Enemy Territory

While World of Warcraft has always centered on the never-ending war between the Horde and the Alliance, this expansion takes things to the next level. An epic "war campaign" is woven throughout Battle for Azeroth, with each faction having their own campaigns that tie heavily into the war while forcing each side to venture into enemy territory. In fact, players will now be building outposts on the opposing faction's lands. 

All About Exploration

In addition to wading into enemy territory, players will also explore areas where neither side is in control. Because of this, there's a high probability of conflict. Players will venture into uncharted islands in search of Azerite -- a previously unknown magical resource needed for the war effort -- and risk running into enemy players doing the same. The end result will be skirmishes between the two groups, so be prepared for a little PvP.

Continuing with the exploration theme, Blizzard has added what they're calling "role-agnostic three-player" co-op scenarios. Using this, they've set up a system where three players in any role combination can explore an area several times and have a different outcome each time. One visit might result in making friends with helpful NPCs looking for players to help them out. The next time, those same NPCs might be a bit more put out by the players' appearance. Another time the area could be filled with hostile wild beasts.  

This new co-op system can either pit players against advanced AI who represent the opposing faction, or allow them to test their mettle against a team of three players from the other side. No matter what scenario players end up with, they'll hopefully come home with plenty of Azerite.

PvP's All New

In addition, there will be new PvP arenas in Tiragarde and Zuldazar, as well as a new battleground: Seething Shore. The battleground is a stretch of desert located off the coast of Silithus. It's not just a place to fight, but features in the story being told in Battle for Azeroth. 

Speaking of PvP, change is finally coming to the world PvP ruleset -- something that hasn't happened in about 12 years -- and it might be scary for PvE players. You see, Blizzard will be removing the division between PvE and PvP servers.

That said, engaging in PvP will still be optional. Players have to opt in to be engaged by others in combat. The end goal is to encourage players to take part in PvP as part of their world quests, creating more "organic encounters" in the process. In fact, to sweeten the pot for players, Blizzard is implementing bonuses for opting into world PvP.

All Those Dungeons and Raids

There are 10 new dungeons slated to arrive in Battle for Azeroth. Each faction has exclusive leveling dungeons that will open to the other side when they hit 120.

As there was limited time to outline everything arriving in the expansion during this panel, the dev team gave short rundowns on a few major points. Two of the dungeons, Freehold and Atal'Cazar, are live on the BlizzCon floor. Others listed include Tol Dagor, Waycrest Manor, Shrine of the Storm, Siege of Boralus, Temple of Sethraliss, The Underrot, Kings' Rest, and Kezan. The last one is located in the goblin starting zone.


It wouldn't be a WoW expansion without new raids to conquer. The development team teased two of these during the panel. The first is Uldir, the Halls of Control. This one takes place in a quarantine facility and features eight bosses. At the end, players will find themselves up against Zandalar's corruption. Blizzard billed this as the "Highmaul" of the expansion. The other raid is currently unnamed but players will find themselves face to face with Queen Azshara.


All-in-all, it sounds like a pretty robust expansion that will give WoW players old and new something to look forward to, even if this is a brief rundown of what can be expected. Hopefully, Blizzard will be rolling out more information on the expansion over the coming weeks.

Special Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Direct Announced Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:45:34 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

In a surprise announcement, Nintendo revealed a new Nintendo Direct focusing specifically on the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for Nintendo Switch. Set to air November 7 at 6 a.m. PST/9 a.m. EST, it is the latest in a line of promotions featuring Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The game was showcased during this year's Gamescom and was also the focus of a sizeable portion of the September Nintendo Direct. 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the numerical sequel to Monolith Soft's highly-acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles that debuted on the Wii North America in 2012. However, it appears to be more of a spiritual sequel than a literal one, with a storyline unconnected to its predecessor.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 takes place in a world called Alrest and has you playing as Rex, a young scavenger on the Titan he dubs "Gramps." (Titans are the continents of Alrest).Rex eventually meets a mysterious young woman named Pyra, who turns out to be a Blade -- the manifestation of a weapon. Blades form bonds with Drivers, those who use a Blade's power, and help them in battle.

Other than the overriding goal of recovering the lost paradise of Elysium and saving all humanity, story details are scarce as of now. However, the game's developers have promised an even more expansive world than other Xenoblade games and plenty of content to keep players occupied. 

You can watch the stream below when it airs and, of course, we'll be keeping you updated with any news that breaks.

Are you excited about adding this to your JRPG collection? Let us know in the comments below!

The Pokemon Company Announces Ultra Sun & Moon Features Fri, 03 Nov 2017 22:49:02 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company recently promised to announce new information about the upcoming Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon, and they delivered, providing several new reveals concerning plot and gameplay. Chief among these is the return of the dastardly Giovanni, the former Team Rocket boss from Pokemon Red and Blue, along with the Battle Agency, and every legendary Pokemon from previous entries.

There's a bit of a twist in Giovanni's return. He's brought together the leading villains from every Pokemon game, including Team Flare's Lysandre and Team Galactic's Cyrus, and formed Team Rainbow Rocket, with himself at the head. The announcement made no mention of the bosses' role in the game, though players should prepare to face off against them all at some point.

The announcement trailer also shows Mewtwo making a return, seemingly fighting alongside his creator, while Giovanni himself throws out some remarks that might tug the nostalgia strings of series veterans.

Players will also be able to visit the Battle Agency, where they will don a special pair of sunglasses and rent three powerful Pokemon for one-on-one battles, where the goal is to battle through the ranks to become the top agent. The more you interact with players via local or wireless Internet, the stronger the Pokemon offered you will be.

If you fancied the Totem Pokemon from the original Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, then you'll be happy to know Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon offer you the chance to have a "Totem-like" Pokemon on your team by collecting Totem stickers. These stickers are scattered across Alola, rather like Zygarde cores were. How many you collect determines the Totem-style Pokemon you can have fight for you, and different Pokemon will be available depending on which version you play.

The Island Scan makes a return in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as well. This time around, the Scan makes it possible for Pokemon not originally in the Alola Pokedex to appear, including Charmander and Grovyle, among others.


Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon release worldwide November 17, but the Pokemon Company promised yet another information drop on November 10.

Be sure to check back for more updates, and let us know in the comments whether you're excited for the new entries or plan on passing them by!


BlizzCon 2017: World Of Warcraft -- Battle For Azeroth Expansion Announced Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:43:17 -0400 QuintLyn

World of Warcraft is getting some serious love from Blizzard this year. Earlier, we told you about the Classic Servers announced during the BlizzCon Opening Ceremony, but that's not all the Blizzard development team has in the works for players. After all, BlizzCon doesn't quite live up to expectations if a WoW expansion hasn't been announced. Let's just say that BlizzCon has met expectations this year. 

Following the Classic Server announcement, executive producer J. Allen Brack more or less handed the reigns over to everyone's favorite Archmage Jaina Proudmoore (sort of) to reveal the game's next expansion, titled Battle for Azeroth

As with any WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth will arrive with a ton of new content. Here's what players can expect: 

  • Two new continents
  • Uncharted islands
  • A level cap increase to 120

On top of that, the Battle for Azeroth expansion inflates the ongoing fight between the Horde and the Alliance and, as it turns out, player factions matter more than they ever have before. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on BlizzCon 2017, as well as World of Warcraft, as it develops. 

BlizzCon 2017: Blizzard Announces World Of Warcraft Classic Servers Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:32:33 -0400 QuintLyn

It's that time of year again when fans of World of Warcraft wait with anticipation to hear what big news might be coming out of BlizzCon. And, well... We have some pretty big news. During today's opening ceremony, Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack announced that the company would be launching something players have been asking for for a long, long time -- Vanilla (or Classic) WoW servers.

Brack teased convention goers with the new servers, stating that they would offer an "authentic, Blizzard-quality classic experience." He noted that this did not mean the "actual launch experience," but that Blizzard wanted to offer players something that would reproduce the things they all loved about the game when it first launched in 2004.  

Over the years, some WoW players have gone so far as to create their own vanilla servers -- potentially risking the wrath of the developer as a result.  So, it's a bit surprising that Blizzard hasn't tried this before now. That said, Brack did offer some explanation as to why Blizzard has waited this long, noting the amount of work that goes into such an undertaking.

It's also worth noting that official Classic servers are not a feature that every World of Warcraft player wants. Many believe that they will have a negative impact on the full game by dividing the player base and hurt the overall game experience as a result.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more new and information on WoW's upcoming vanilla servers as it develops. 

BlizzCon 2017: Opening Ceremony Announcements Recap Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:05:57 -0400 Jonathan Moore

BlizzCon 2017 started off with a bang. Making some big announcements for some of the most-celebrated games in their catalog, such as StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, Blizzard opened the ceremonies in Anaheim, California with some big news. 

Here's a rundown from BlizzCon 2017 so far. 

StarCraft 2 is Going Free to Play

You read that right. The Blizzard RTS is going completely free-to-play beginning November 14. This F2P version of the game will give players access to the Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, as well as all co-op commanders until Level 5. 

Players who already own Wings of Liberty will be given Heart of the Swarm for free. Access to StarCraft 2's multiplayer component will also be free to all players who achieve 10 "First Wins of the Day" against CPU opponents. 

New Heroes of the Storm Characters

WoW's Alexstrasza and Overwatch's Hanzo are confirmed to be the latest characters joining the Heroes of the Storm roster in a 2018 gameplay update.

For those who don't know, Alexstrasza is a ranged support character that can transform into a dragon, as well as use her own life force to heal her allies in combat. Hanzo will be a ranged assassin and perform scout duties, similar to those he is able to perform in Overwatch

On top of that, Blizzard announced that Heroes of the Storm will be receiving major updates, such as stealth reworks, evolved battleground mechanics, refined camera mechanics, voice chat features, and reworked matchmaking mechanics. 

Hearthstone Expansion Announced

Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's upcoming expansion, is a self-proclaimed "love-letter to that famous fantasy dungeon-crawling experience" found in games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Set to release in December, the competitive card game's newest addition will focus on adventuring through dungeons and finding precious loot. This expansion is now available for pre-purchase. 

New cards featured in the BlizzCon announcement were Marin the Fox, Crushing Walls, Recruit, and Dragon Soul. Marin the Fox will be free for anyone who logs into Hearthstone starting Monday, November 6 -- and anyone who attended BlizzCon or holds a BlizzCon ticket will receive a gold version of the card for free. 

In addition to those announcements, Blizzard also revealed that Hearthstone will be receiving a new single-player experience called Dungeon Run. According to Blizzard, this mode is: 

All about defeating bosses, collecting loot, and leveling up your character. You'll defeat eight random bosses, and each time you defeat a boss, you'll earn new cards for your deck. 

And if you lose, you lose all of your cards and start over, adding a rogue-like element to the competitive card game's Rolodex. Dungeon Run will be completely free upon its release in December. 

New Overwatch Map and Hero Announced

Blizzard also announced a brand new, amusement-park themed map for Overwatch called "Blizzard World". Sporting all things theme park, from arcade areas to rides and more, Blizzard World is a part-assault/part-payload map that will go live sometime next year. 

But what is Overwatch without its heroes? Blizzard knows the answer, so to shake things up in the Overwatch meta, the company announced a brand new hero: Moira. The game's newest support/healer, Moira is mage-type character that is highly mobile and able to dole out loads of damage in conjunction to her healing abilities. Part of the Blackwatch and having a history with Talon, Moira is described by Blizzard as "OPAF" ... and we're sure you can figure out what that means ... 

World of Warcraft Classic

In one of the biggest announcements of the day, Blizzard revealed World of Warcraft Classic. This new "addition" to the game comes in the form of a throwback, "vanilla-WoW" server.

As of this writing, there is no word on when this newest WoW feature will launch. You can read more about WoW's upcoming vanilla servers here

World of Warcraft Expansion: Battle of Azeroth

Set to release sometime in 2018, Battle of Azeroth sees the horde facing off against the Alliance for the very soul of Azeroth. The expansion will introduce new continents in Kul Tiras and Zandalar; new allied races, new zones, and increased level cap (now at 120), and more. 

You can read more about the upcoming WoW expansion here


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for continued coverage on BlizzCon 2017. 

Bandai Namco Releases .hack//G.U. Last Recode Launch Trailer Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:03:24 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has released a new launch trailer for .hack//G.U. Last Recode to coincide with the North American and European release of the game. Last Recode is a collection of three volumes of the series: .hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2//Reminisce.hack//G.U. Vol. 3//Redemptionalong with a brand new fourth volume, .hack//G.U. Vol. 4//Reconnection.

The collection has been rebalanced, runs at 60 FPS in 16:9 widescreen resolution at 1080p, includes new content, such as a cheat mode for those who want to progress through the game quickly, and a parody mode with more humorous takes on significant moments of the game.

2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the .hack series, and the same year .hack//G.U. takes place..hack//G.U. is the second video game series in the .hack franchise, and originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2006. At this time, it is currently unknown if the first four-game series, known as .hack, -- which was also on the PlayStation 2 -- will be remastered.

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


Exciting New Details on For Honor Season 4 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:35:03 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Ubisoft have recently carried forward new details on what season four of For Honor has in store for its players. The new season will kick off on the 14th of November and includes new heroes, maps and modes.

The new season is entitled "Order and Havoc". The two new heroes are Aramusha and Shaman who belong to the Samurai and Viking classes respectively. Aramusha is going to be a hybrid character, mixing both fast attacks and quickly put together defensive skills. Shaman will bring together two new abilities called Blood Trance and Predator’s mercy. The first ability will allow players to gain back health from successful strikes whereas the latter will allow players to dive into other characters with a flurry of attacks.

The new heroes will be available for season pass holders on the 14th, however if you don’t have one you’ll still be able to get the players on the 21st of November for 15,000 Steel each.

Two new maps are also going to be available for the release of season four, titled Market Town and The Gauntlet. They are free and will be accessible for all For Honor players on November 14th.  

 Tribute mode will also arrive with the Order and Havoc season. This mode is an objective-based 4V4 team mode that is centered around bringing offerings to a shrine. In return for successfully securing an offering, you will be able to choose from three perks to help you for the match. Vindicator will give you an attack boost, Guardian will provide you with a regenerating shield and Oracle will allow you to spot players on the map. Ubisoft believes that:

 "...the Offerings and their blessings can tip the scale of battle in a team’s favor at any given time, requiring teammates to make thoughtful choices about the Heroes they bring into battle, what feats they equip, and how to adapt to any given situation."


If you haven’t been able to get your hands on For Honor then you’ll be able to experience the game as Ubisoft are offering a free weekend across all platforms. It will run from the November 9th to November 12th, and you’ll have access to all maps, heroes and modes running up to season three. Furthermore, any progress you make on the free weekend will be saved and carried over if you decide to purchase the game.

 Are you excited for season four of For Honor? Do you think you'll try the free weekend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The Brawlhalla World Championship 2017 Starts This Weekend Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:56:13 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

As esports' popularity rises, it's great to see that the action-packed fighting game, Brawlhalla, is holding its second World Tournament this upcoming weekend. For three days, starting November 3, players from across the world will be battling it out for supremacy on the global stage and $100,000 in prize money. 

Held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Cobb Galleria, the tournament will include 1v1 and 2v2 brackets both of which featured open registration. Now that open registration is over, we're winding down to the top 32 players who are anxiously looking forward to their chance at the World Championship. It's not all about the prize money though, as some of the competitors are also participating in a special event competition: the 2v1 combo contest. 

For a game that just had its full release within the past month, things are already pretty intense. If you're able to make it out to Atlanta, I'd recommend stopping by to see the competition for yourself. 

If you're not able to make it, check out the Brawlhalla stream on Twitch.

Nintendo Announces Legend of Zelda Themed Black Friday Deals Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:43:05 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

It's that time of year folks. Halloween is over, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and Black Friday is just around the corner. As with any other major retail holiday, Black Friday seems to come sooner and sooner every year, which is why Nintendo is already announcing many of their Black Friday bundles along with some of other special goodies that will be available over the course of the Holiday season.

First up is Black Friday goodies.


  1. A Legend of Zelda Themed 2DS with Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D preloaded onto it for $79.99. Note: This is the standard 2DS not the NEW 2DS. (Yes, Nintendo naming conventions are terrible.)
  2. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- Explorer's Edition includes the original game, a 100-page "explorer's guide", and a 2 sided map all for $59.99. (The header image depicts this item.) Note: This release does not include any DLC.

In addition to these Black Friday specific deals, there are also some other bundles that are available currently.

  1. A Nintendo Switch - Super Mario Odyssey bundle comes with a Switch, along with a Mario themed red Joy-Con controller, a download code for Super Mario Odyssey-- which we here at Gameskinny really loved by the way-- and a carrying case, all for $379.99. Considering the Switch + controller is usually $300 and SMO is $60, this isn't a deal per se, just a bundle. 
  2. White and Red 2DS with New Super Mario Bros 2 preloaded onto it for $79.99. There will be a similar bundle with Mario Kart 7 pre-loaded onto a blue 2DS.
  3. White and Orange NEW 2DS XL for $149.99.
  4. Pokeball Edition NEW 2DS XL for $159.99.


Finally, getting away from the various consoles, we have a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition that will come with a metal game case, 220-page hardback art book, along with a CD loaded with a part of the OST. This will set you back $99.99.

Continuing with the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 theme, there will also be a special XBC2 Nintendo Switch Pro themed controller for $74.99.



Personally, I feel this whole batch of deals is a little underwhelming. In particular, the Nintendo Switch is a trending purchase, so it's disappointing to see that there is not going to even be a moderate discount to the system over the holiday season. The good news, however, is that just because Nintendo isn't putting a product you want on sale, it doesn't mean a retailer near you won't be. So keep your eyes out for more news on Black Friday deals and continue to be a savvy shopper. 

Bloodborne Comic Series 'The Death of Sleep' to release in 2018 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:25:56 -0400 Erroll Maas

Titan Comics, known for their comic series based on video games such as Dishonored, Assassin's Creed, and Wolfenstein 2, has revealed that they have a comic based on From Software's PlayStation 4 exclusive game, Bloodborne,  titled The Death of Sleep, releasing in February 2018.

The art for the comic is being created by Piotr Kowalski, who also drew for the Dark Souls comic series and the Wolfenstein 2 tie-in comic, and the story is being written by Alex Kot.

The comic will see a nameless hunter arrive in Yharnam to slay the grotesque creatures which plague it. It is currently unknown if the comic will follow the story of the game or take place at a different time, but in the press release writer Alex Kot stated:

“There will be mystery, the weird, the eerie, the horrific and the bloody – and there will be an undercurrent of decaying romanticism (…) Ascend with us, Hunters old and new. And do remember: one has to seek Paleblood to transcend the hunt.”

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep will release in February 2018. The video game, Bloodborne, is available on PlayStation 4.

Amazon Releases Retro Zone With a Chance to Win an SNES Classic Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:41:44 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Today Amazon have announced the launch for their new service Retro Zone and to kick things off the launch they’re offering fans the chance to win an SNES Classic. There are five in the giveaway to mark the start of Amazon’s latest service.

Retro Zone is an "online destination for gamers to find content, discounts and exclusive retro games," with many more services centered around the retro gaming market. You will be able to purchase toys such as the Pokemon Plushies, and retro gaming consoles like the NES Classic and the SEGA Genesis Classic are also available.

Furthermore, Amazon Retro Zone will also feature exclusive discounts and in-game content on various mobile retro games. One example of the deals and content you can expect from Retro Zone is one of their kick-off deals: you can save 29% on RayForce and you will receive an Amazon exclusive stage 2 soundtrack with your purchase.

Retro Zone will also have featured pages for top retro brands like Nintendo and Atari where you can buy vintage physical games and featured consoles. Another featured page will be a specific games section that will highlight exclusive content that you can receive upon making a purchase.

Each month, Amazon will rotate the different discounted games and products that are available  within Retro Zone. Meaning there will be more retro games available every month with this service.

If you would like more information and want to check out the Retro Zone page than you can follow this link. Or look for the Retro Zone tab on the updated Amazon AppStore for Android.

What do you think of Amazon's new service? Do you think that you'll use Retro Zone? Let us know in the comments. 

New Shadow of the Colossus Footage from Paris Games Week Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:43:39 -0400 KatherineZell

Since its initial release in October 2005, Shadow of the Colossus has captivated players. It is often regarded as a prime example of the artistic capabilities of video games. Unique in that there are no dungeons or cities, nor are there hardly any characters, players spend their time traversing vast landscapes to defeat sixteen colossi in sometimes puzzle-like fashion. This is all to bring a girl named Mono back to life.

Sony announced their rebuilding of the game at E3 2017, released a short trailer at the 2017 Tokyo Game Show, and, this week, Sony showcased another piece of Shadow of the Colossus at Paris Games Week.

They also showed some gameplay, including some of the epic battles with colossi:

Shadow of the Colossus will hit shelves for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro on February 6, 2018 for $39.99 MSRP. Executive Producer Yasutaka Asakura stressed that Shadow of Colossus “is not a port or remaster.” It has been “completely rebuilt.” There are multiple side by side comparison videos that show the differences, including the one below.

Are you looking forward to this remake? What do you think of what we've seen of the upgrade thus far? Let us know what you think of the new footage in the comments!

Rocket League Coming to Nintendo Switch on November 14 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:42:07 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Psyonix's hit game Rocket League will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on Nov. 14. The game will be available to download through the Nintendo eShop for $19.99 (or regional equivalent).

Players who download the Switch version of Rocket League will have access to two exclusive battle cars: the Mario/Luigi NSR and the Samus Gunship.

To access the cars, players must complete special in-game requirements. Both cars come in an orange team and blue team version. For the Mario car, it's a Mario theme for the orange team and a Luigi theme for the blue team. For the Samus car, the orange team aesthetic features Samus' traditional suit while the blue team version is Zero Suit inspired.

Rocket League on the Switch will have cross-platform compatibility with Xbox 360, Mac, Linux and Windows players will be able to have matches with other people on those platforms. Unfortunately, PlayStation is not included because Sony isn't allowing cross-platform play due to concerns about player safety on non-PlayStation platforms.

Besides the new cars, Rocket League will have all of the content, modes and features found in the other versions of the game. Look for it when it drops Nov. 14 on the Nintendo eShop.

Check Out Nintendo's e-Shop Halloween Sale Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:29:16 -0400 Dpaige1991

Mwaah-haa-haa-haa. Nintendo is definitely in the Halloween spirit with the latest discounts on Nintendo Switch games. If you are a Shovel Knight fan, you might want to check the prices of discounted games that are 20% off the original price. Here are some Halloween related games that are eligible for discounts. Buy these before it's too late from the Nintendo eShop.

Axiom Verge - $17.99 ($19.99)

Astro Bears Party - $3.99 ($4.99)

Butcher - $7.99 ($9.99)

Thimbleweed Park - $16.00 ($19.99)

Lichtspeer: Double SPeer Edition - $7.99 ($9.99)

Phantom Trigger - $7.49 ($14.99)

Vaccine - $6.99 ($9.99)

Shovel Knight - Specter of Torment - $7.99 ($9.99)

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - $19.99 ($24.99)

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for the best holiday game sales and Black Friday deals. Let us know what games you've snagged at a discount in the comments below! 

Immortal Conquest's Charity Campaign begins with 10,000 players already signed up Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:51:43 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Mobile developer NetEase’s Nerd Vs. Veteran charity battle in Immortal Conquest is officially underway. A total of $15,000 dollars is up for grabs and will be donated to the winning factions chosen charity.

As both sides prepare their forces for combat, interested players can join specific Discord servers for either the Nerd or Veteran alliance. Over 10,000 players are fighting in this contest, and the match is still going strong. The battle allows both sides to show differing strategies while keeping up friendly competition for charity. 

While both sides fight to conquer Delphi, both Leaders have been formally introduced. Rapper Dan Bull and Stack-Up CEO Stephen Machuga might be the Ambassadors to both sides, but the players leading the fight are DayDreamZ and Dan Wise (aka. Little Lewbowsky). DayDreamz is celebrated for being one of the most elite strategy gamers by ranking in the top 10 in Clash of Kings, as well as being a noted strategy gamer on YouTube. Dan Wise is straight from the Pentagon after two deployments to Iraq, he’s an avid strategy gamer with skills in logistics and development.

Nerds and Veterans are fighting to conquer the city of Delphi in-game, a city notorious for its difficulty. Nerds began in Asgard, while Veterans began in Vanaheim. If either side is unable to take the city by the deadline, the winner will be chosen by the team with the most regional capitals. If it’s a tie, the money will be split evenly for both sides to donate to their preferred charity. The contest began with a $30,000 donation from Netease, the developers of Immortal Conquest, to Stack-Up: a charity dedicated to sending games to deployed soldiers and returning veterans.

Immortal Conquest is a strategy game that is heavily focused on the complexities of war, letting players create cities, build armies, and expand their territory to rule the world. Each in-game season resets the world, letting players fight for dominance. Interested gamers can download Immortal Conquest for free on iOS and Android.

Will you be joining the Nerd vs. Veteran fight? Let us know in the comments, or talk to us on Facebook.

Check Out L.A. Noire's 4K Remaster Trailer Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:37:16 -0400 KatherineZell

Rockstar recently released a new trailer for the remastered edition of L.A. Noire. This 2011 classic will be hitting shelves again November 14th, 2017, and will be available on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

L.A. Noire is a detective story based in Los Angeles in the 1940s  and is modeled after the film noir style popular in Hollywood during the same time. The cases that the player must solve are even based off real cases from 1947 in L.A.. Players control Police Officer Cole Phelps and solve cases leading to Phelps’ various promotions, including him becoming a detective.

An important part of the player’s ability to solve cases rests in determining if different characters are lying or not. The unprecedented facial animation technology used in L.A. Noire helps with being able to determine this. This technology is thanks to MotionScan, a technology developed by Depth Analysis, that captures an actors’ facial expressions with 32 different cameras. This technology led to the facial expressions and reactions of the characters in L.A. Noire to be unmatched by any other video game. This helped give the game a solid 89/100 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from Metacritic.

The remaster gives us consumers higher resolution, improved textures here and there, improved weather, better lighting, and more cinematic camera angles. Also, the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X will receive a 4K version of it. In addition to these remastered editions for the standard consoles, the HTC Vive, Steam and HTC’s virtual reality headset, will be getting seven of the cases from the game for some virtual reality case solving.

There doesn’t seem to be a solid consensus as to why Rockstar chose to remaster L.A. Noire over some of their other last generation games, but two theories include prepping consumers for L.A. Noire 2 or simply exploring virtual reality more.

Why do you think Rockstar chose L.A. Noire? Is it the game you would have chosen? Let us know in the comments!

Chinese Government Contemplates Banning PUBG [Updated] Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:24:10 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

NPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is one of, if not the, most popular PC games around right now, with an average of 500,000 players online at any given time. Bluehole, the South Korean company behind PUBG, wants to continue growing the game's popularity by expanding into China, one of the world's most lucrative gaming markets. However, as Bloomberg's Lulu Yilun Chen reports, the Chinese government is set to block the game, citing a clash of values and potential harm to young people.

For those of you who may not know, PUBG is a battle royale game that pits 100 people against each other in a Hunger Games style fight-to-the-finish. The China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association issued a statement saying the competition violates Chinese socialist values, and as Chen points out, undermines President Xi Jinping's recent call for national and political unity. Also cited as a problem is PUBG's realistic graphics, making the game too graphically violent and giving it the potential to harm young people.

The Association is not speaking without authority either. It consulted the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television prior to making its statement, so the decision and rationale behind it are essentially coming from the Chinese government. The Administration has been responsible for banning other content deemed unsuitable too, from television shows to video games.

Yet violence is not really the main problem here, since other violent—though admittedly cartoony—games have achieved great popularity, such as Tencent's Honour of Kings. That title, however, is based around the concept of cooperation, with teams of five hacking their way through the game.

Since the Association's statement is backed by the government, it doesn't seem likely at this point that Bluehole has much hope of making it into the Chinese market. It comes as a bit of a blow to the company too, since there has been widespread demand for the game among Chinese consumers.

Update 11/9

Shortly after the original Bloomberg piece's publication, Chinese market analyst group Niko Partners posted a blog speculating about the intent behind the state media department's reservations. Rather than constituting an outright ban, Daniel Ahmad says the statement more than likely refers to the desire for the offending features to be changed before it could be officially released in the Chinese market.

Unofficially, there are already plenty of players downloading PUBG via Steam, which works in a peculiar halfway zone. It's not entirely legal--since titles it provides aren't always licensed--but if the Chinese government clamped down on unlicensed distribution, it would mean closing the entire platform down. Ahmed suspects the goal is to encourage Bluehole to partner with a Chinese company to make the necessary changes.

PUBG and Politics

Ahmed's suspicions seem to be coming true as well. Park Hyong-ki of The Korean Times published a recent report about Tencent's continued interest in acquiring a substantial part of Bluehole. Not only is Tencent one of the only companies capable of affording a buyout; Bluehole founder Chang Byung-gyu has expressed interest in selling his shares of the company, which amount to about 1/5th of the total shares.

Chang has a role in the Korean Fourth Industrial Committee, so he cannot sell his shares publicly without facing accusations of using his position to influence sales. Yet he more than likely wants to sell, since his past trends show a pattern of building up companies then selling and starting another. Selling to Tencent would create the necessary partnership to have PUBG published in China and free Chang to pursue other ventures. Tencent, having recently bought shares in other major companies like Blizzard and Epic Games, would benefit greatly as well.

But political considerations are also playing a role in the situation, as The Korean Times notes. Relations between China and South Korea have been strained of late, on account of the controversial THAAD system's deployment in South Korea. Tencent's purchase of Bluehole would lay the foundation for Chinese businesses to invest in South Korean ones, and the other way 'round, thus creating closer commercial and political ties between the two nations.

Chang nor Tencent have commented on the situation apart from confirming that Tencent will be Bluehole's partner.

We'll keep you updated as any new developments arise, but for now, let us know your thoughts on the matter down in the comments!

Three New Games Available for PlayStation PlayLink Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:22:43 -0400 spacechaser

Announced last week on the PlayStation blog, Sony has released three new games to PlayLink. The three titles, Hidden Agenda, Knowledge is Power, and SingStar Celebration, are party games meant to gather friends and family who may not be gamers around the PS4.

PlayLink works by syncing to your mobile device, and allows you to play games by using your device without the need of multiple DualShocks controller. This system is similar to the one used in the Jackbox Party Pack series of games, but is unique in that PlayLink's titles are made by many different developers and offer a wider variety of games.

Hidden Agenda was made by the developers of Until Dawn, and is a horror game you play with your friends. Together, you decide what actions the characters in the game take, each decision bringing you either one step closer to solving the case, or one step closer to failing.

On the flip side, there's Knowledge is Power, a trivia game that allows you to sabotage your friends as you play. 

Lastly, SingStar Celebration brings competition to karaoke, pitching teams together to see who can, well, match the pitch. Using your phone as a microphone, you sing the notes on the screen as they come, and at the end of the song the game evaluates who sang it better.

You can purchase these titles now in the PlayStation Store or at retail shops.The first Play Link game, That's You! has also been updated and is available purchase. Frantics, another Play Link game, is set to release on March 6, 2018.

How to Download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Early! Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:30:58 -0400 spacechaser

Last week, Nintendo announced Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, an entirely too adorable mobile entry to the beloved series that will be released at the end of November. However, the same day as its announcement, the game went live in Australia. Of course, almost immediately, the internet was swamped with instructions on how to download it if you happen to not live down under, but still would like to get your hands on it early.

Keep in mind, if you download the Australian version of the game and later decide to play it when it comes out in your region at the end of November, none of your save data will transfer over. Otherwise, there's nothing illegal about this process!

On iOS
  1. Log out of your Apple ID on your phone by going to Settings, tapping on your name, and then "iTunes and App Store". The next screen should show your Apple ID at the top, and tapping on it should allow you to sign out.
  2. Go to the App Store and try to download a random app. It'll prompt you to sign in to your Apple ID or create a new one. Create a new one, and set your location to Australia. Make sure when you put in an email that it's one you own and can access, so you can actually use the Apple ID!
  3. Click here to go to directly to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp's App Store page. It will tell you that the app is only available in Australia. Hit "change store", and you should be able to access it. If it doesn't leave you on the app's page, you can find it easily in the Games tab.
  4. Download it and enjoy!

On Android
  1. Download an APK file of the app, locatable with a quick Google search (be wary of the website you download this from). We recommend this one from XPK.
  2. On your Android device, go to Settings, then "Security" and then "Unknown Sources." "Unknown sources" are your apps from third party developers, and may be called "Third Party" depending on your OS.
  3. Browse to find the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp APK that you downloaded.
  4. Tap "Install".
  5. Once it's done installing, it will ask you to select a country. Select Australia. It will also ask you if you'd like to install the latest version of the Google Play store, but it is not necessary.
  6. Hit "open" and enjoy!

For now we're not sure whether or not the Australian version is meant to be an Alpha of the game, or if it will be the build that will release worldwide at the end of November. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp news!

Night in the Woods Getting Director's Cut "Weird Autumn Edition" Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:22:27 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

It was recently announced by developer Infinite Fall that their narrative-driven, small-town adventure game Night in the Woods would be receiving a director's cut release titled "Weird Autumn Edition", and would be releasing on "all major consoles" starting December 13th. 

The announcement was made through the official Night in the Woods Twitter account, and was swiftly followed by another tweet that hints at a potential Nintendo Switch port, based on the "all major consoles" statement made in the new trailer shown above. Given the fact that the developers also recently announced a mobile port of the game coming in 2018, as well as the fact that the Switch supports Unity, the game's engine, the pieces all seem to fit together.

Night in the Woods is available now on Steam and PS4, and will begin releasing on other major platforms starting December 13th. You can watch a full trailer for the game down below:

Destiny 2 Expansion-- Curse of Osiris-- Revealed With Release Date Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:19:31 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Today, at Sony's Paris Game's Week keynote, details on Destiny 2's first expansion was revealed. It was given a name-- Curse of Osiris-- a release date-- December 5-- and a shiny trailer, which is the header for this article.

Despite the PC port of Destiny 2 only releasing recently, this expansion is set to release simultaneously across all platforms. It should also be noted that Curse of Osiris is only available as an expansion bundle for $34.99 along with the as yet undetailed second expansion.

In this trailer, a Vex threat via a gate on Mercury is announced. The lore behind Osiris is also fleshed out as it goes into brief detail about his accomplishments as one of the greatest guardians to have ever lived, his downfall and subsequent exile. Despite Osiris' exile, he is the only one armed with enough knowledge to adequately handle this threat and thus the expansion's setup is made clear: you need to find Osiris.

The trailer also has some interesting details. For instance, it is said, "An army of past and future machines," which seemingly opens up a lot of avenues for potential new enemy designs. Osiris, who seems to bear influences from his namesake: Osiris, the god of the dead from Egyptian mythology, is also seen fighting alongside a unique Ghost, which could also hint at something larger.

While this is an enticing first look at the expansion, it will be interesting to see what exactly is contained in this expansion as time goes on.  Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Destiny 2 news and updates. 

Augmented Empire Launches Mini-Documentary Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:16:49 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Coatsink, the studio behind cyberpunk RPG Augmented Empire, released a mini-documentary to YouTube.

The mini-documentary features voice actors Kate Mulgrew as 'Jules' ("Star Trek: Voyager", "Orange is the New Black"), Nick Frost as 'Chris' ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz") and Doug Cockle as 'Mund' (The Witcher: Wild Hunt, Horizon: Zero Dawn). The three of them discuss their characters and the experience of voicing them.

"The whole team's extremely proud of what we achieved with Augmented Empire and we're thrilled with the passion and talent of the actors involved."

- Jon Davies, Narrative Designer

Augmented Empire takes place in the city of New Savannah, where players play the game as Craven. Craven is one of two detectives who are protecting Willa, the game's heroine who's just been outcast from the city's high society. The game also has turn-based combat and 26 missions where players can pick up new team members and explore 60 different environments.

Augmented Empire is exclusively for the Samsung Gear VR. It is out now and available for $9.99. 

Visual Novel Maker: 2D Stories Come To Life Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:14:45 -0400 Dpaige1991

Have you ever wanted to create your story and not only visualize it, but also bring in your creative artwork as well? Coming to Steam on November 17th, Visual Novel Maker allows users to create their own 2D stories

Degica Games developed and published Visual Novel Maker for those who are into writing stories and are also fans of anime. The program uses a simple point-and-click interface with drag-and-drop features. It also includes free assets, such as backgrounds, characters, music, sound effects, subtitles and voice over capabilities. The latest trailer shows what users can expect from Visual Novel Maker and displays the core functions of the program. 

The developer is also the creator of RPG Maker VX Ace, a program that allows users to create their very own epic adventure. DLC includes resource packs, soundtracks, and expansions. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on upcoming game and software releases. 

New DLC Wicked Ward for The Escapists 2 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:41:44 -0400 Lauren Harris

Independent game company Team17 has released the first DLC for their game The Escapists 2.

The Wicked Ward DLC takes place in an abandoned hospital where the mad scientist and his huge clan of undead guard the halls. You’ll have to fight, craft, and scheme your way out of the spooky, rainy woods of evil undead creatures.

Wicked Ward DLC was released just in time for Halloween and it prepares players for:

  • A new horror themed map
  • New Halloween customization themes
  • All new items and recipes to craft

The DLC content is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can also purchase it as part of the Season Pass on SteamXbox Games Store, and PlayStation Store. Player's must have The Escapists 2 to play Wicked Ward DLC.

You can find more information about Escapists 2 DLC Wicked Ward on Twitter @Team17Ltd and you can also follow them for more information on new content when it becomes available.

 Will you be playing this spooky adventure? Let us know in the comments!

PUBG Test Servers Add Vaulting and Climbing Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:37:26 -0400 spacechaser

In an entry to their dev blog, the Player Unkown Battlegrounds (PUBG) team announced Friday that the test servers for version PC 1.0 of the game will include a vaulting and climbing system. This much-anticipated feature is new to the game, and can vary depending on the height of the climbable object, the speed at which you approach it, and whether or not a player character can stand on it.

At a panel during PAX Aus, the creator of PUBG, Brendan Greene said, "vaulting will change the game severely." Furthermore, in an interview with GameSpot after the panel, Greene explained that the reason vaulting hadn't been included in the game originally was because he, "thought it was not critically important to the overall experience" of the game.

It's unclear when the PC 1.0 build test servers will go live, only that they will sometime this week. The dev team expects there to be bugs because of the way the vaulting system works, and are hoping to iron out any wrinkles during this test period.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PUBG news!

PlayStation's Week 2 Deals for the Sale of the Dead Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:29:18 -0400 Lauren Harris

Playstation has announced Sale of the Dead for players online via PlayStation Store.

The week 2 sales are even better with up to 50% off a library of horror and scary movies and games for players. Playstation Plus members can also save 66% off the same titles. Sale of the Dead ends on October 31, 2017 at 8a.m. PT.

Some of the week 2 deals include:

  • Diablo (Eternal Collection) on PS4 for $41.99 and $35.99 for PS Plus members
  • 7 Days To Die on PS4 for $13.49 and $10.49 for PS Plus members
  • The Evil Within
  • The Complete First Season of The Walking Dead
  • Dead by Daylight: Special Edition
  • The Conjuring 2-Film Collection
  • Until Dawn

These deals won't last long so hurry before they disappear. Be sure to check out @PlayStation on Twitter and give them a follow for more updates and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on Halloween sales and in-game events

Physical Copy of Minecraft 3DS Edition Gets a Retail Release Date in the US Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:22:51 -0400 Brandon Janeway

Nintendo of America announced on Twitter that the physical copy of Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition will be released on November 10th. The tweet also included a image of the physical cover box. 

The game is already out digitally on the New Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS version of Minecraft allows players to access Creative and Survival modes, while also allowing access to skin packs, texture packs, and more. The 3DS version of the game utilizes the 3DS touch screen which offers a variety of functions like viewing the map, crafting items or checking your inventory. Players can also choose to play the game using the 3DS physical or touch controls. 

A Switch edition of Minecraft is also expected to be on its way, but Nintendo has offered no updates on this project. 

Is a hard copy of Minecraft for the 3DS tempting? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Minecraft news. 

Xbox Game Pass Game Titles For November Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:26:38 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Microsoft have recently announced the titles they plan to add to their gaming subscription service, Xbox Game Pass. The new titles will be arriving on the 1st of November and will be adding to a roster of more than 100 games.

Xbox Game Pass is a gaming subscription service that gives you unlimited access to titles in their roster for $9.99 a month. New titles will be added every month to the Xbox Game Pass for you to experience. The pass is only available on Xbox One, but will feature many classic Xbox 360 titles to play.


Some of the titles that will be included are Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Halo Wars and Resident Evil HD. They will be added to a library that already boasts popular titles such as DmC: Devil May Cry, Fable 3 and Gears of War. Additionally, due to the update from November 16th, if you’re a member of the Xbox Game Pass then you will also be able to pin the software to your homepage which makes it simpler to get to the games you want to play.

Nadella, Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer has praised the service and what it has done for Microsoft overall. The service is still new, but the executives have high hopes for the Xbox Game Pass. 

We now have a subscription offer with Game Pass that’s off to a good start, very good start…able to essentially (be) a Netflix for games.”

- Satya Nadella

The success of the Game Pass could mean to more and more titles being added over time and an increase in the quality of games received in the subscription.


You can find out more about Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service here.

Are you excited for the new games coming to the Game Pass? What games would you like to see Microsoft add in the future? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Hong Kong Youtuber Banned for Leaking Super Mario Odyssey Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:50:12 -0400 Dpaige1991

Nobody likes spoilers, especially when it comes to gaming releases. Especially, Nintendo. A Hong Kong YouTuber leaked an hour's worth of Super Mario Odyessy gameplay online before the release date and has been banned from YouTube for three months. 

Super Mario Odyessy, released today, has been trending for months and is already considered to be one of the hottest games Nintendo has ever developed. In Hong Kong, retailers are known for breaking the rules and releasing games to customers before the release date. Nintendo is very strict with gamers streaming their games on YouTube without Nintendo getting a piece of the pie. Unless YouTubers sign up for the Nintendo Creator Program, they can't stream Nintendo Games. Fair or not, this leak is probably something this streamer will regret. 

Do you think this punishment was too harsh, or is it an appropriate slap on the wrist? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and guides for Super Mario Odyssey. 





Leaked Kohl's Black Friday Ad Showcases Big Gaming Deals Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:17:32 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Kohl's Black Friday ad has leaked a full month before the biggest in-store shopping day of the year. The 64-page ad book is full of the typical doorbuster sales, but it also highlights some of the department store's Black Friday video game deals. 

According to reports, Kohl's will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, while some deals will be available to online shoppers beginning November 20. 

Here's a full list of the video game deals for Kohl's Black Friday sale: 

  • 500 GB Xbox One S -- $189.99 with $45 Kohl's Cash
  • Xbox One S 1TB Halo Wars 2 Bundle with two controllers -- $329.99
  • 1TB PlayStation 4 -- $199.99 with $60 Kohl's Cash
  • Xbox One wireless controller -- $39.99
  • PlayStation 4 Dualshock -- $39.99
  • Sony Gold wireless headset -- $69.99
  • Foldable gaming chair with on-board speakers -- $39.99
  • SEGA Genesis Classic -- $39.99
  • Atari Flashback with eight games -- $39.99
  • North virtual reality headset -- $9.99
  • Zeiss VR One Plus headset -- $49.99

On top of those doorbusters, there are also plenty of tech deals as well, such as TVs, speakers, projectors, and more. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday news as it develops. 

Stranger Things Skin Pack Added to Minecraft Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:58:41 -0400 Kat De Shields

Fans of the Netflix original series Stranger Things have cause to celebrate as Season Two is available to watch online today. As if that wasn't wonderful enough, Minecraft decided to sweeten the deal by announcing the addition of a Stranger Things skin pack.

If you've already binge-watched the entire second season, you'll want to check out your favorite characters in the Minecraft universe. Head back to Hawkins, Indiana with Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will and survive the dark forces that go bump in the night. 

The Stranger Things skin pack is available on Bedrock Engine platforms via the Minecraft Marketplace for 490 coins, and on PlayStation and other platforms for $2.99. 

You can find images of the Stranger Things skins in action on the Minecraft website. But be warned! Some of the images on the site may contain spoilers for Season 2, so watch with caution. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Minecraft news and information as it develops. 

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is Coming to Steam Thu, 26 Oct 2017 21:09:06 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Natsume recently announced that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be releasing November 14 on Steam, several months earlier than the Switch and PS4 versions debut. Light of Hope is the first Harvest Moon game to come to PC and is priced at $29.99. It's also the first major Harvest Moon game not on a handheld device in several years.

Natsume President and CEO Hiro Maekawa credits the hard work and dedication of the development team for putting the game ahead of schedule and making its early Steam release possible. He sees the game as a celebration of a combination of things, including fans, their wishes, and, of course, the series' 20th anniversary.

Here's what it's all about. Light of Hope begins with you setting sail on a voyage of new discovery, only to have your vessel wrecked in a storm. You drift into a small town which was battered by the same storm, and your life's task becomes rebuilding and making the town better than ever before. The ultimate goal is to rebuild the lighthouse, but along the way, you'll still be carrying out the daily chores that give Harvest Moon its identity, from raising crops and animals to making friends and settling down with that special someone to start a family.

The game itself is also a mix of implementing new ideas and honoring the series' past. It features an art style based on the 16-bit SNES Harvest Moon, though adds some modern graphical updates as well, and fans should expect to see some familiar faces return from previous games too. In terms of gameplay, Light of Hope adds several new features. One of them is the ability to repair broken objects and buildings, and using that ability eventually unlocks new shops and tools, among other things. Then there's the Farming Friend, an addition that helps increase your farm's abundance.

Do you plan on picking this one up? Let us know down in the comments!

Dead By Daylight Adds Horror Staple Freddy Krueger Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:22:04 -0400 Dpaige1991

As the roster of the killers on Behavior Interactive's Dead by Daylight grows with the inclusion of Leatherface, Jason, and Michael Myers, there is one more horror icon that has joined in on the fun. It is the man that comes alive in your dreams. A true live wire. Sweater, hat, and 5 finger blades. The face of fear. The demon of Elm Street. Freddy Krueger!

The latest trailer for Krueger has been released online and it looks amazing. The Freddy Krueger in the trailer resembles the one from the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street with Jackie Earle Harley. His character is now available to play. So, gamers, what are you gonna do when Freddy comes for you?

Behavior Interactive has definitely increased the horror and mayhem with their multiplayer online game, Dead By Daylight. Be sure to leave your comments below and let us know what you think about the latest addition to game.

Sugarhigh Shakedown: A sugary beat em up tale Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:58:04 -0400 Dpaige1991

There's a new game coming to the beat 'em up family. Developed by Stale Evolution Games, Sugarhigh Shakedown combines 2D art and animation with a 3D aesthetic. 

The game revolves around a police cadet named Gil who is called upon to stop an evil CEO from selling sweets to innocent children who become hyperactive and mind-controlled after eating them. Gil is tasked with stopping a villain who takes advantage of the thing kids love most to create mindless zombie-like children who run wild. Inspired by titles like Double Dragon and Battletoads, the game uses pixel art and graphics to create a classic video game aesthetic.

Stale Evolution Games is creating an online fundraiser using Patreon and Kickstarter to raise money to not only promote the game, but also expand it to other platforms besides PC and Mac. They are also providing behind-the-scenes videos of the making of Sugarhigh Shakedown on their YouTube channel. There are also plans to create a line of t-shirts, stickers, and candy to support the launch of the game.  

Sugarhigh Shakedown will be released spring or summer of 2018. For more information about Sugarhigh Shakedown or Stale Evolution, visit their website here.

The Second of Tarsier Studios' Little Nightmares Expansion Approaches: Prepare for the Spooks Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:34:24 -0400 bazookajo94

For those in the Halloween spirit, ready for the spooks, shooks, and shakes, Little Nightmares serves as the best solution for players who want something scary, charming, and puzzling. With the approaching release of Tarsier Studios' next DLC, The Hideaway, players will have enough time to play the main game, collect the collectibles, break the breakables, and experience the first expansion of the Maw, The Depths, all before the November release. 

Little Nightmares, a two-hour game if you're bad, a 54 minute game if you're good, follows itty-bitty, little Six on her journey across the Maw, uncovering secrets on her perilous journey across five chapters as the player guides her through nerve-wracking puzzles and intense chase scenes. 

A few months after the release of the game in April 2017, the developers announced the launch of the new DLCs for the game, following a different character, The Kid, on his own puzzling journey across the Maw.

From an interview with game producer Stephen Halett, Halett admits that the reason the DLC is going to be released in a three part series is because it "would have taken [them] a long time to produce a new adventure...[they] decided to break it down in three chapters so that players can get on with a story as soon as possible." The first DLC, The Depths, was released in July, while the following two will be released in November and January, if all goes according to plan. 

While The Hideaway release is still a month away, with the spirit of Halloween thick in the air (or maybe that's the pumpkin spice), players can get a head-start on the hype for The Kid and his new adventure in the Maw. 

Little Nightmares costs $19.99 on Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox One. The expansion pass is $9.99, or each individual game costs $3.99. 

And for those who can't wait until November or Janurary, there's a Little Nightmares comic book, or cute little paper dolls to play with while they contemplate what really is the secret of the Maw. 

Klei Launches Event Servers Beta Ahead of Don't Starve Together's The Forge Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:45:46 -0400 bazookajo94

Last week, indie-game developers Klei announced the first of several new Don't Starve Together servers called "Event Servers". The beta for the first Event, The Forge, went live this week for developer stress testing before the official release sometime in November. 

These Event Servers, Klei explains, host limited-time special events for owners of Don't Starve Together, giving them a chance to nab in-game items and apparel. These events are free to anyone who owns Don't Starve Together, and most of the items included in the special events will be free, randomly encountered items -- except for skins, which players can buy at $2.99 for one character or $12.99 for all characters.

Exclusive to The Forge, players can expect up to 200 new items, along with a few tweaks to the Don't Starve Together formula, such as how many drop items are in a chest and UI additions to the main menu. 

If you play the beta -- which ends October 30 -- the developers are looking for feedback on usability and general playability. However, be advised that any items you receive in the beta will not carry over when The Forge officially releases.

Klei anticipates a live drop of The Forge about two weeks into November, though no date has been officially announced, and the event will be available to play for three weeks. 

So grab your anvils, paint your faces red, and find some friends, because you're gonna need them to help you survive The Forge. 

GOG Halloween Sale Contains More Than 200 Deals Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:54:04 -0400 spacechaser

Halloween is almost here, and to celebrate this spooky season, Good Old Games is putting on a monster mash of a party. Starting today, you can find more than 200 games on sale -- some up to 90% off -- in GOG's marketplace. On offer are plenty of bundles and stand-alone games, and many are more recent titles as GOG continues to diversify its historically old-school games library. 

A few of the games currently on sale include:

  • Hotline Miami (-80%) 
  • Darkest Dungeon (-60%)
  • Quake and DOOM bundle (-66%) 
  • Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice & Shadow of the Comet (-75%)
  • Outlast 2 (-40%)
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (-75%)
  • Sunless Sea (-67%)
  • Oxenfree (-75%)
  • Layers of Fear (-60%)
  • SOMA (-75%)

In a press release about the Halloween Sale, GOG also revealed various Halloween-themed bundles, which give you "better discounts when you grab all the games in a bundle" without having you re-buy any you may already own. On top of all of that, spending $15 or more will get you a free copy of Tales from the Borderlands, straight to your email. 

If you're a GOG Connect user, you can also connect your Steam library with And during this sale, GOG Connect users can add nearly 30 games to their account, including Amnesia, Layers of Fear, and Sunless Sea.

The sale ends November 2 at 6 p.m. EST, so don't waste time. Pop on over and pick up some spooky games to enjoy over the upcoming Halloween weekend!

Town of Light Developer Donates $10,000 to Mental Health Awareness Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:56:14 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Wired Productions, the UK-based Indie game developer and publisher of The Town of Light, has announced it has reached its initial goal for funding mental health awareness non-profit Take This Inc. The company, alongside Italian game developer LKA, has raised $10,000 for the charity.

All the proceeds of the campaign will be donated to Take This Inc. to help the non-profit in its mission to support individuals with mental health issues. This is the first activity in a year-long campaign to help raise awareness for mental health.

Managing Director of Wired Productions Leo Zullo announced he was, "...delighted by (the) success of this first campaign". To raise funds, Wired Productions held a promotion where 25% of The Town of Lights sales went toward funding the donation. Both studios have received immense support from retailers when they offered a further 20% discount off the game and with a direct contribution to the fund from Games Planet.

Journalist and President for Take This Inc Paul Ritts considers said that, "Wired's financial contribution is a real help, but the more tangible support is knowing their voice has been added to ours." 

Zullo echoed that statement, saying that Wired Productions was, "...steadfast in our belief that mental health is an issue that the gaming community as a whole needs and wants to tackle." 

The Town of Light was not Wired’s first game, but for LKA, this initial project was one that hit very close to home.

Released in February 2016, The Town of Light is a psychological horror game set in a Tuscan hospital, the Pschiatrico di Volterra. You play as Renee, an ex-patient in 1940’s who is trying to piece together the events that happened in Volterra.

Inspired by the real hospital and events that happened there during its operation, The Town of Light illuminates the horrors of stigma centered on mental health issues. 

Wired Productions and LKA are exceedingly grateful to Games Planet, Humble Bundle, Xbox,PlayStation Store, Greenman Gaming and Steam for their help with the campaign.

You can directly donate to the work Take This Inc is trying to achieve by going to their website, where you can find out more about the work the company is doing and the plans they have for the future.

You can also get directly involved with Wired Productions' year-long campaign by creating charity events of your own. 

Switch's Latest Update Puts Your GameCube Controller to Good Use Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:28:59 -0400 KatherineZell

Nintendo released update 4.0.0 for the Switch on October 18 and the Japanese developer hid within it a pleasant surprise that gamers are just starting to notice -- GameCube controller compatibility.  

To use a GameCube controller with the Nintendo Switch, players are required to have the Wii U GameCube Controller adapter and a GameCube controller. 

For some players, syncing the GameCube controller to the Switch is a very simple process: plug everything into the correct places, go to the Switch’s controller settings, go to “Change Grip/Order,” and hold down L + R. 

According to GameXplain, the finding was first reported on October 23 by Twitter user @MasterMewking:


On June 21, a video released by Spawn Wave Media showed the limited use of a GameCube controller on the Switch. At the time, only one controller was useable and Nintendo's adapter did not work. However, with this new update, players are able to make use of the adapter and multiple GameCube controllers at one time. 

Although, as explained in GameXplain's video below, there are some drawbacks with using a GameCube controller with the Nintendo Switch, namely not having access to the ZL and ZR buttons. 


Night in the Woods Mobile Port Announced Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:15:00 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Night in the Woods, the narrative-driven indie adventure game set in the small town of Possum Springs, will be receiving a mobile port in 2018. The game's developers, Finji and Infinite Fall, confirmed the port in a recent tweet by on the game's official Twitter account:

Night in the Woods revolves around the story of ac atgirl named Mae, who has just returned to her small home town of Possum Springs after suddenly dropping out of college for reasons that aren't immediately clear. As she begins to reconnect with her friends -- the best she can -- and see how much has changed at home, she suddenly finds herself entangled in a possibly supernatural conflict that may threaten her and everyone she cares about.

The gameplay takes a serious backseat to the game's story, as the experience is primarily narrative-driven and based on uncovering the mystery. Though there is still gameplay to be had in the form of different mini-games that range from shop-lifting to knife-fighting and band practice, your primary means of exploration are running and platforming around the town. 

Night in the Woods will be coming to iOS devices in 2018, with no other mobile platforms confirmed at the time of this writing. You can watch a trailer for the game right below.


Clockwork City DLC Game Pack Now Live for The Elder Scrolls Online Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:57:20 -0400 Brandon Janeway

The world of The Elder Scrolls Online continues to grow with the long-awaited Clockwork City DLC, which is now officially available for Mac and PC. 

Packed with brand new content, the Clockwork City DLC allows players to explore the new mechanical land of Clockwork City, which includes a new array of bosses and quests, one of which is a unique story-driven line focused on the mystery of Clockwork City. In addition to the world and quests, Clockwork City also includes a 12-player team trail, which allows players to choose the difficulty of the trial, adding new strategic elements to party play. 

But the DLC offers more than just improvements to the story. The update also gives players the opportunity to obtain the new Scintillant Dovah-Fly pet and access to a new PvP mode called Crazy King. This mode is reportedly a faster version of king of the hill, where players fight for supremacy of certain points on the map; however, the twist here is that you must stay on your feet since capture points are always on the move and won't be in one place for long.

On top of that, the update also includes a transmutation system that allows players to alter gear traits, as well as a variety of bug patches. 

This update is free to ESO-plus subscribers or can be purchased for 2000 crowns in the in-game store. The update will be available for PS4 and Xbox One on November 7. 

If you want to know even more about the update, you can read the entire patch notes here

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more about The Elder Scrolls Online

Nintendo Announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:52:57 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The first mobile game in the Animal Crossing franchise has been revealed during a recent Nintendo Direct presentation. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was first teased in early 2016, but is now confirmed for a November release on mobile devices. 

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, players manager their own campsites, which they can fully customize and upgrade with furniture and other amenities, such as swings and pools. Furniture can be crafted by gathering collectibles throughout the Pocket Camp world and from visiting other campsites, while amenities can be commissioned after collecting a certain number of materials through in-game actions, such as completing NPC quests. 

Decorating and improving the campsite helps players increase their friendship levels with animals, which is a new feature for the series. Different animals will have different furniture and amenity preferences, so building a wide variety of each will only attract a more diverse set of animals to a player's campsite. 

In addition to finding collectibles and materials in the Pocket Camp world, players will also be able to buy certain items and increase build times with in-game currency called Leaf Tickets. Players will be able to both earn Tickets through play or buy them from the Pocket Camp shop with real-world money. 

Players will also find that in addition to being able to fully customize their characters, they also have access to a fully customizable camper. This mobile home will not only be a bragging right, but it will also help them get around the game world faster -- and in style.  

Pocket Camp will feature a multiplayer element where players can share their game IDs and visit each other's camp, giving kudos based on the furniture and amenities the other player has built. 

Returning elements include fishing, Kicks, paying mortgages, Timmy and Tommy Nook, and the Able Sisters. You can watch the 15-minute showcase here (skip ahead to 29:50 for the beginning of the presentation). 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as it develops. 




Western Release Date Revealed for Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:04:39 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has revealed in a new trailer that Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory will release on January 19 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe.

Players who pre-order the game will receive bonus costumes such as a Beelzemon Emblem T-shirt, Inoden School Attire, a Summer Camp T-shirt, V. Uchida costumes, and bonus Digimon including Crusadermon NX, Leopardmon NX, Omnimon NX, Sistermon Blanc and Sistermon Ciel.

It was previously revealed that the game will have a special Digimon 20th anniversary limited edition in Japan which will include two soundtrack CDs, a Digimon Story art book, an original art print, and download codes for two exclusive Digimon on the back of a special Kuremi Detective Agency business card.

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory will release for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on December 14 in Japan and on January 19 in North America and Europe.

Stay tuned into GameSkinny for more Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory news leading up to release.

SWTOR Expansions Rise of The Hutt Cartel, Shadow of Revan Currently Free Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:40:38 -0400 StrongerStrange

If you're a Star Wars fan, the past 24 hours have been chock-full of gaming news: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the 13 backward-compatible games coming to the Xbox Marketplace today; the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 campaign is five to seven hours long; and two expansions for Star Wars: The Old Republic are free now through November 6. 

The first free SWTOR expansion is the Rise of the Hutt Cartel. This expansion takes players to the planet Makeb, where the Hutt Cartel is planning galaxy-wide domination. The second free expansion, Shadow of Revan, sees players fighting the Order of Revan across Rishi and Yavin 4 through new Operations, new Flashpoints, and other Hard Mode content. 

Electronic Arts is also giving players free access to a KOTOR-inspired speeder, the Kakkran Daggerstar. Players can get a free code for this SWTOR giveaway here.

Codes expire November 6 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Star Wars: The Old Republic as it develops. 


Attack on Titan 2 Set For Release March 2018 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:48:19 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Today, Koei Tecmo announced that Attack on Titan 2 is set for release in March 2018. The sequel to 2016's hack and slash action game will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch. Koei Tecmo announced the news via a live broadcast. 

The sequel will focus on the second season of the show and will include new and characters to interact with and play as. These new playable characters include Mike Zacharias, Nanaba, Gelgar, and others that have yet to be announced. The original Attack on Titan had 10 playable characters, and with the sequel, Koei Tecmo has planned more than 30 for the new roster. Players will also be able to create their own custom scouts as well.

Koei has also improved character movement and attack to improve the flow of battle within AoT2. The newly improved omni-directional mobility gear will give players greater freedom of movement and better targeting during combat. 

The introduction of the Monocular will also play a part in the dynamic of Attack on Titan 2. This piece of gear allows 'scouts better analyzation based on pinpointing Titan from afar', better capturing the essence of the anime. 

Through all new town life system, players will be able to create bonds and deepen relationships with individual characters. This will also unlock specific stories and conversations related to the character you've been interacting with. Town life will give you an opportunity to rest from the battles, as well as train and prepare for battles to increase a character's strength for the next fight. 

What are you most excited for about Attack on Titan 2? What console are you going to play it on? Let us know in the comment section below.

Capcom's Street Fighter Popularity Contest Now Live Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:51:55 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Who's the best Street Fighter character? With your help, Capcom's determined to answer that question once and for all with its Character Popularity Poll. Running from October 23 to November 5, the winner of the poll will be announced January 16, the same day as Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition's release. 

Per the rules of the contest, each entrant can only vote once. 

The Popularity Poll includes Street Fighter mainstays such as Zangief, Vega, Blanka and M. Bison, as well as newer faces like Zeku and Necalli. 

Capcom ran a similar poll in 2013, asking fans to vote for their favorites to help with marketing and future games. Ryu won that poll, followed by Ken,
Akuma, and Chun-Li.

Will Ryu win again? Will Ken finally take the top spot? Or will one of Street Fighter's more obscure characters make a break for internet stardom? The only way to know for sure is to vote in Capcom's poll and wait until January for the results!

13 Xbox Games Coming to Xbox One October 24 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:03:02 -0400 StrongerStrange

One of the more eye-catching surprises from Microsoft's E3 press conference was the announcement of backwards compatibility between the Xbox and the Xbox One. Today, the company announced the first 13 original Xbox games coming to the Xbox Marketplace -- all of which will be playable starting tomorrow, October 24. 

Here's the list of available games: 

  • Black
  • BloodRayne 2
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Dead to Rights
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts 
  • Red Faction 2
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • The King of Fighters Neowave

These will be rendered in 1080p resolution, have vastly improved framerates, and of course, provide gamers with faster loading times.

If you own the physical disc for any of these games, the disc should work in your Xbox One. And in the case of original Xbox games that were previously re-released for Xbox 360, digital copies of those games will transfer over as well.

For those of you that don’t already own any of these titles, many of them will be available for $9.99 through the Xbox Marketplace. 

Nintendo Unveils SNES-Styled New 3DS XL Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:18:09 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Hot on the heels of the SNES Classic Mini, Nintendo has revealed an SNES-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL, adding to the library of collectible systems in the 3DS family. The system is an Amazon exclusive and is set for release on November 27, Cyber Monday. If you're interested, you can head over to Amazon to pre-order it now.

The handheld's aesthetic aims to almost-perfectly recreate the look of the original SNES, complete with purple Power and Reset sliders. The bottom also has the system information and bar-code close to where it was on the SNES itself. The inside mirrors the North American SNES controller, with the two shades of purple for the buttons being the most noticeable.

The SNES New 3DS XL comes with a download code for Super Mario Kart, highlighting one of the New 3DS's major features: the Virtual Console. This feature lets you play select Super Nintendo games, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Earthbound.

As of this writing, there is no word if the system will be available through other retailers, but we'll update accordingly once any information is released.

Let us know in the comments if you'll be picking one up!

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Season Pass Details Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:01:03 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

At New York Comic Con, Marvel Games was present to let fans get hands-on with their upcoming game, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. I was lucky enough to talk to some members of the team and get more information about the game.

When Marvel Games sat down to talk about Lego Marvel 2, the first thing they decided on was to make the game better than the first. They put a lot of time into this game and it shows.

The story is based on Kang the Conquerer and the Avengers Forever comics. The game sees Kang taking superheroes from different dimensions and bringing them into his city. The superheroes team up to stop Kang from not just taking over the city, but taking over the entire universe.

The game includes all your favorite Marvel characters you would expect from Captain America, Iron Man, to the Guardians of the Galaxy and so many more. It also includes special versions of superheroes like Cowboy Captain America and 2099 Spider-Man.

If you see any of these wacky heroes and wonder where they are from, don't you worry. You can go to the character select screen and see every hero's 'trading card.' On the back of the trading card, you will find out where the heroes are from, what their origin is and even what issue comic book they made their first appearance in.

If you want to create your own superhero, the new character customization tool is more in-depth than ever. You will be able to customize every aspect of the character includes its abilities, powers, colors of certain items. If you want beams coming out of their eyes, you can have that.

While there are more than 200 characters in the main game. The game's Season Pass adds even more with four Character Packs and six Level Packs.

The four Character Packs are:

  • Out of Time
  • Champions
  • Retro Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Agents of Atlas

The six Level Packs are: 

  • Black Panther
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Infinity War
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Runaways

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will release November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Stay tune to GameSkinny for more new and information on Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 as it develops. 

Power Up Digital Games Offers Free, Online Conference for Indie Devs Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:44:44 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

The Power-Up Digital Games Conference is holding its third free event to educate and inspire indie developers. Running from midnight on October 25 until 2:30 p.m. on October 28, the event will be held entirely on a Discord server so that people from all over the world can participate without the necessity of traveling and paying for lodging. 

As in the past, this newest event will focus on a theme, "Syntax Error". The theme is meant to bring focus to the fact that while there are a ton of problems in the world of indie game development, there are just as many solutions. 

The event is meant to bring together knowledgeable indie developers to give newbies a chance to learn from their collective experiences.

Some attendees include:

  • Mark Soderwall, Founder of Indie Game University
    With over 20 years of experience creating a directing games, Mark Soderwall created Indie Game University to share his real life experiences with others.
  • Renee Gittens, Creative Director and CEO of Stumbling Cat
    Renee Gittens is currently involved in creating Potions: A Curious Tale, as well as making a video blog about the process, titled "Making Potions: A Tale of Game Development". 
  • Rich Bosso, President of Hyperkinetic Studios
    Having previously worked on a variety of AAA titles, Rich Bosso co-founded Hyperkinetic Studios to puch the limits of the interactive learning and gaming industries.  
  • Tara Voelker
    Another veteran designer, Tara Voelker is a big proponent of accessibility. She is an accessibilty consultant, aiming to push for games to be made more accessible to players with disabilities. 

There are currently 36 guest speakers set to appear for panels involving everything from design to marketing. 

Make sure to join the Power-Up Digital Games Conference Discord server. And don't forget to visit the PDGC website for the full list of panels and guest speakers.

Limited Run Games Now Licensed To Print Nintendo Switch Games Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:13 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Limited Run Games has recently announced that it has finally received permission from Nintendo to publish retail games on the Nintendo Switch -- and the company will begin doing so in 2018. A small company that specializes in printing and publishing limited runs of video games that have only seen a downloadable release, Limited Run Games typically manufactures runs in the range of several thousand units. 

The company has published games for both consoles and handhelds, releasing such titles as Thomas Was Alone on the PlayStation 4 and Skullgirls on the PSVita. But by adding the Nintendo Switch to its list of consoles, Limited Run seeks to broaden its demographic. 

Limited Run hasn't announced any particular games that it intends to publish on the Nintendo Switch, but the company has confirmed that its first release will be coming in 2018. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Limited Run Games as it develops. 

Inazuma Eleven Ares Announced for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Mobile Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:55:35 -0400 Erroll Maas

In the latest Inazuma Walker broadcast, Level-5 revealed that the upcoming soccer game and seventh entry in the main Inazuma Eleven series, Inazuma Eleven Aresoriginally teased for "higher-end consoles" in  March, will release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS sometime in Summer 2018 in Japan.

It was stated that the game is being designed in a way so that players unfamiliar with soccer video games will still be able to enjoy it, while still keeping the strategic elements the series is known for. It was also said that the game will have higher quality visuals than what has been shown so far, and that they would like to have each individual character have the same high quality appearance as their anime counterparts. The developer is currently focusing on improving controls and making the game an enjoyable experience for all players.

Inazuma Eleven Ares in planned for release in Japan sometime in Summer 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS. It is currently unknown if the game will release outside of Japan. 

Stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares updates.

Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 Event: What to Look For Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:52:03 -0400 Allison M Reilly

If you're still playing Pokemon Go, then you may have already noticed the arrival of a few new Pokemon from Gen 3: Sableye, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull and Dusclops. If you stopped playing  since the release of Gen 2 or the legendary Pokemon, then now's a good time to jump back in as the Halloween 2017 event started Friday.

Halloween 2017 Perks

This year's Halloween event last from 12 p.m. PST on Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, 1 p.m. PST. Besides the new Pokemon, the event features some perks that were part of previous events, such as double candy and double stardust.

The Super Incubators are also back, but they aren't free. They're only available as part of the Great Box and the Ultra Box, which cost 780 coins and 1480 coins respectively. Raid passes also come in the boxes too.

More Ghost Pokemon

Like last year's Halloween event, there will be oodles and oodles of your favorite spooky Pokemon lurking about, including Gastly, Cubone, Meowth, and Drowzee. Some Gen 2 Pokemon will be appearing more often as well, such as Houndour, Houndoom and Misdreavus. To set the mood just right, Pokemon Go has new background music: a remix of the Lavender Town theme.

New Hats


If the new Gen 3 Pokemon don't interest you, then perhaps you'll be excited to know player avatars can don a new Mimikyu hat. All you have to do to get the hat is log into the game. Pikachu is getting a new hat as well. During the event, Pikachu will be sporting an adorable witch's hat. I know I'm only playing Pokemon Go again to get the new Pikachu.

What do you think of the Halloween event so far? If you haven't played Pokemon Go for a while, then will this event be enough to bring you back, even for a little bit? Let us know in the comments!

The Full Version of Super Mario Odyssey’s Theme Song is Now Available Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:41:01 -0400 KatherineZell

We all heard two minutes of it with the Super Mario Odyssey trailer at E3, but now you can experience the whole four minutes. It's titled Jump Up, Super Star! by The Super Mario Players featuring the talented Catherine Davis “Kate” Higgins (You might know her as Sakura from Naruto or Tails in Sonic or Tina Armstrong in Dead or Alive or Pauline in Super Mario Odyssey or etc.). I might be lying if I said I was happy with the title being Jump Up, Super Star! and not 1-UP Girl.

We all loved this. Let us watch it again.

You can jump over to iTunes and get this wonderful song for $1.29. It is worth every cent. Not only does it set the tone nicely for the E3 trailer and all my hopes and dreams surrounding Super Mario Odyssey, it also sets the tone nicely for my soul. Kate Davis’ voice and the big-band jazz feel make me want to both jump up in real life and in Odyssey. I will have to wait until October 27th for the latter.

Anecdotally, it also cures cancer.

What more could we ask for?

Mobile Life Simulation Game Deiland Seeks Funding for Console Release Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:13:40 -0400 Erroll Maas

Deiland, a life simulation RPG from Chibig Studio and an enhanced version of the previously released mobile game, Deiland Tiny Planet, is currently seeking more votes on via the Square Enix Collective. The game is set for release on PC and PlayStation 4, although no firm release date has been set as of this writing, and a Kickstarter campaign is planned to launch on November 7.

In Deiland, players take on the role of Arco, one of the many children sent to minor planets throughout the universe with the hope that he will be able to awaken the magic crystal buried within each planet. As Arco, players craft tools, collect various resources, and gather the food and items they need to ensure their survival. Players will also be able to trade items with intergalactic travelers who appear on their planets, which may result in players obtaining specific items which they might not be able to acquire through other means.

While making their planets their own, there is a chance that players will encounter aliens, both from within planets and elsewhere, which can be fought with weapons the player has crafted. Players will also be able to improve various stats such as strength, intelligence, and stamina.

The original mobile game, Deiland Tiny Planet, is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Deiland as it develops.

Immortal Conquest Donates $30,000 To Veterans, Begins In-Game Charity Event Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:04:18 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

NetEase, the developers of the mobile strategy game Immortal Conquest, is calling all strategy players to duke it out on the game's battlefield for charity. From October 21 to December 8, all players are welcome to join the brand new Nerd Vs. Veteran competition to prove which side is more deserving of the event's $15,000 prize. 

According to a press release from NetEase, “The Nerds will use calculation and data-driven choices behind their war strategy and test themselves against tactically-minded military veterans”.

The contest began with a $30,000 donation from Netease to Stack-Up, a charity dedicated to sending games to deployed soldiers and returning veterans. Aside from Stack-Up president, Stephen Machuga being part of the competition, the Nerd side of the competition will include familiar faces from geekdom, including Youtuber/Rapper Dan Bull and strategic Let’s Player, DaYDreaMz.

These two sides will fight to conquer the in-game city of Delphi, one that's notorious for its difficulty. Nerds will begin in Asgard, while Veterans begin in Vanaheim. If either side is unable to take the city by the competition's deadline, the winner will be chosen by the team with the most regional capitals. If it’s a tie, the money will be split evenly for both sides to donate to their preferred charity.

Players are now able to join specific Discord servers for either the Nerd or Veteran alliance. Those that want to be more connected to the battle can sign up to be a Chief Officer for either the Nerd or Veteran side: 

“Send in an application containing your in-game character, server name, alliance leadership experience, which alliance you want to lead (Nerd or Veteran), why you want to lead this alliance, and your plan for leading the alliance to Chief Officers will be announced on October 20th.” 

Immortal Conquest is a strategy game heavily focused on the complexities of war, letting players create cities, build armies, and expand their territory to rule the world. Each in-game season resets the world, letting players fight for dominance.

Will you be joining the Nerd vs. Veteran fight? Let us know in the comments below! 

Hand of the Gods Closed Console Beta Begins Today Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:44 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Get ready to dominate the Pantheon, console players. Georgia-based developer Hi-Rez Studios announced today that their strategic CCG, Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, is entering closed beta on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Gamers who are Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus members will have free access to the closed beta starting today. 

But that's not all. Those players will also receive with the beta a free Hand of the Gods promotional bundle that includes: 

  • Five Core Packs
  • A special Leader skin (PS4 players will receive Galactic Invader Ah Puch, while Xbox One players will receive Xeus Zeus)
  • A beta-exclusive Labyrinth card back
  • A unique Tree icon

If you are currently not a member of Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus, don't worry: you can still join the closed console beta. All you have to do is purchase either HotG's Founder's Pack ($19.99) or the Venus Competitor's Pack ($19.99). Both collections provide unique incentives, such as card packs, icons, and even bonus SMITE (MOBA) content.

Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics is a collectible card game that melds the world of SMITE with strategic deck building and tactical turn-based combat. The game first released on the PC and has been refined over months of closed- and open-beta testing on the platform. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics as it develops. If you're already playing HotG or want to make sure you start out on the right foot once joining the beta, make sure to check out our Hand of the Gods guides

Cuphead Goes Platinum After Selling 1 Million Units Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:15:06 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

After only about two weeks on the market, the run-and-gun shooter Cuphead has reached platinum status in sales after moving more than 1 million combined copies sold on both PC and Xbox One. The game has received critical acclaim from both critics and the public for its detailed cel-animated artsyle -- mimicking animation of the 1930s -- its constant variety and imaginative design, and its tough-as-nails gameplay.

The team over at Studio MDHR gave a statement on their website regarding the game's recent milestone and thanked fans for game's rapid success. Brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR had this to say:

Hello friends! Cuphead has only been out for two weeks and we never could have dreamed of the reception we’ve received from our amazing fans! Today, we wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support and we’re excited to share that Cuphead has gone platinum with over 1 million units sold!

We have worked tirelessly over the past few years to deliver a game that remained true to our vision and we are both humbled and excited that so many people from around the world are playing Cuphead – it truly makes it all worth it.

From all of us at StudioMDHR, thanks again for your support!

This image accompanied their post as an extra "thank you" to the fans.

If you haven't played Cuphead yet and would like to know a bit more about it, then feel free to check out our review of it. You can also watch a trailer for the game below:

Bandai Namco Details Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Limited Edition Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:07:04 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has revealed the contents of the Japanese 20th Anniversary Box limited edition of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Sleuth Hacker's Memory will release in Japan on December 14 and is planned for release in North America and Europe in early 2018.

The special limited edition of the game will include:

  • A 12-track TV Anime Soundtrack featuring openings and other songs from the Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, Digimon Data Squad, and Digimon Fusion anime series.

  • An original visual featuring both new and old protagonists from the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth series illustrated by character designer Suzuhito Yasuda.

  • A 170-page art book collecting art and visuals from the Digimon Story Nintendo DS series.

  • A 16-track soundtrack CD.

  • Obtainable Digimon Gallantmon NX and Alphamon (NX Edge Style) -- based on Bandai's NX Edge style figures -- with their download codes featured on the back of a Kuremi Detective Agency business card.

It was previously revealed that the first print run of the game in Japan will have download codes for Sistermon Blanc, Sistermon Noir, and Omnimon NX, as well as extra costumes for the protagonist. It is currently unknown if the first print bonuses or the limited edition will be available in North America and Europe.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory as it develops. 

Steven Universe Save the Light Release Date Announced Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:37:27 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The new Steven Universe turn-based-RPG, Steven Universe: Save the Light, the sequel to the RPG Steven Universe: Attack the Light, has been given a firm release date for Xbox One and PS4 -- October 31 and November 3, respectively. 

Save the Light is a made-for-console expanded sequel to the original mobile game and will feature eight playable characters, customizable parties, skill trees, character relationship dynamics, fusions usable in battle, and even the freedom to explore a show-accurate Beach City. 

The game's developer, Grumpyface Studios, has also acknowledged that it would like to bring the game to other platforms -- namely the Nintendo Switch and PC. However, the developer did not give a firm release date for the game coming to those platforms -- if at all. but can make no promises. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Steven Universe: Save the Light as it develops. 

Best in the Realm: Hi-Rez Studios Announces Paladins Console Series Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:58:01 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Think you're the best Paladins player in the Realm? If so, you'll soon have a new opportunity to prove it. Hi-Rez Studios announced today its $250,000 Paladins Console Series is set to kick off October 21 at 11 a.m. EST. The tournament is currently open to all European and North American console players. Those interested are able to sign up for the series on the Paladins World Discord channel.

If you're up for the challenge, teams will compete in monthly tournaments against other regional teams for supremacy and Crystal payouts. After three weeks of bracket play, the Top 8 teams in that region will face off for that month's prize pool in the monthly finals. Each month will see $19,000 and more than 84,000 crystals disbursed to qualifying teams. Those teams that perform the best during the monthly series will be invited to play LANs and to attend the Paladins Console World Championships at Hi-Rez Expo (HRX) 2018 for even more prizes. 

Broadcasts for the $250,000 Paladins Console Series will air exclusively on the Paladins Mixer channel, starting with the first European PlayStation 4 and Xbox One matches on October 21 at 11 a.m. EST, continuing every Saturday through October 2018. North American Paladins console matches will air every Sunday through 2018, starting October 22 at 11 a.m.

You can learn more about the Series' bracketing, payouts, and more by visiting the Paladins World website here

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Paladins and Hi-Rez Studios as it develops. 

Nyko Announces Release of Nintendo Switch Docking Kit and Boost Pak Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:49:00 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Gaming accessories manufacturer Nyko announced today that it has released a Docking Kit and Boost Pak for the Nintendo Switch, both of which are meant to afford Switch gamers more flexibility and battery power while playing on the go.  

Currently, there are several other battery packs and docking options for the Nintendo Switch on the market, but Nyko claims that their versions are the most affordable and efficient versions currently available to Switch players. Chris Arbogast, Nyko's VP of Sales and Marketing said:   

With [the] portable Docking Kit, we’ve created an affordable, compact docking solution that suits the on-the-go design of the Switch. Now, gamers can easily charge their Switch and enable TV mode no matter where they are. 

Nyko's Switch Docking Kit comes packaged with an HDMI cable and a Type-C AC adapter, while the dock itself has one HDMI port, a power port, two USB 2.0 ports, and one USB 3.0 ports. It retails for $49.99 and is currently available at WalMart, Gamestop, and

The Boost Pak for the Nintendo Switch reportedly provides players up to 50% more playtime via a 2500 mAh battery when on the go; it can also continue to charge the system when it is attached to the docking kit. The Boost Pak itself charges either through the docking kit or a USB Type-C cable. It retails for $29.99 and can be found at WalMart and

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the Nintendo Switch as it develops. 

SEGA Partners With Hooters To Promote Sonic Forces Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:41:35 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Sonic has had some interesting commercial tie-ins and partnerships in the past, such as the promotional material for Soap brand shoes in Sonic Adventure 2, or even his games promoting the Olympics in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series. He's even had tie-ins with food products and companies before, such as SpaghettiOs, Blue Bunny brand ice cream pops that look like his face, and even toys inside happy meals at McDonald's. 

But, in a partnership announcement that nobody saw coming, SEGA has announced that they will be partnering with the bar/restaurant chain Hooters at select locations in Japan in the coming months in order to promote the upcoming Sonic game Sonic Forces. SEGA made this announcement during their Sonic focused Tokyo Game Show livestream, and we currently know that the promotion will begin in mid-October at select Hooters locations in Japan.   

Some planned locations for Hooters restaurants in Japan participating in the Sonic Heroes promotion event are Ginza, Shibuya West, and Akasaka. More details are said to be coming regarding the promotion within the next day or so.