News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network ELEAGUE's SFV Invitational Prepares for the Group of Death Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:45:38 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Prepare yourself, fighting game fans. The time has come for ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational Group D round -- otherwise known as the Group of Death. 

The Invitational's previous three rounds featured some truly scintillating play from household FGC names such as Tokido, Problem X, and Punk -- but what we've seen so far might very well pale in comparison to what will go down in the ELEAGUE studios in less than 48 hours. 

And the action will start right out of the gate. 

Two living Street Fighter legends in Daigo Umehara and Haitani are set to face each other in Match 2 of round-robin play(!), while Fujimura, Infiltration, FChamp, and iDom will round out the star-studded field while vying for the group's number one seed. 

Stakes are high, the competition is fiercer than ever before, and anyone could win -- or go home.  

"Group D stands for the Group of Death. It was clearly constructed with entertainment top of mind, with it bringing such heavyweights as EVO Champions Daigo, Infiltration and Filipino Champ. Get your popcorn ready."

-- Zhi "Zhieeep" Liang Chew, ELEAGUE Analyst


Starting tomorrow, Friday, June 22 at 3 p.m. EDT on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel and B/R Live, Group D round-robin play will get underway, with competitors facing each other for a chance at two spots in the Invitational's playoffs -- and a prize pool worth more than $250,000.

Fans can see the entire round-robin schedule by visiting ELEAGUE's website

Following the livestream, be sure to tune in to TBS at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT to see the group's strongest world warriors square off in the upper- and lower-bracket Group D finals. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on ELEAGUE and Street Fighter V as it develops. Make sure to check out our ongoing coverage of the tournament here

The Surge 2 E3 Preview: A Ferocious Fan-Influenced Sequel Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:05:41 -0400 Erroll Maas

E3 2018 was full of fantastic showcases and thrilling reveals. Some were shown at the big press conferences, while some were show behind closed doors. 

Despite not making an appearance on the main stages, The Surge 2 was one of those E3 2018 games that (mightily) impressed. 

A direct sequel to 2017's The Surge, we had the chance to take a look at a behind-closed-doors, hands-off demo of Deck 13's sci-fi action RPG sequel The Surge 2. Along with around 10 other journos, what we saw made us excited for what's to come for the franchise. The Surge 2  seems to be a vast improvement on its predecessor, and it is shaping up to be a meaty sequel.

Taking place in the dangerous Jericho City, The Surge 2 explores an area under quarantine -- and one that's much more expansive than the facility of the previous game. According to the developers, Jericho City will employ a more ambitious level design and a larger variety of environments, many of which were heavily inspired by player feedback following the first game.

However, it's not just the locale that's getting changed up. The game's protagonist will change, too. This time around, instead of taking the role of Warren, players will be able to create their own customizable character as they create their own narrative within the game world.

The number of different weapon types has also been doubled from five to 10 and includes the new double-duty type weapon we were shown.

Similar to heavy-duty weapons, double-duty weapons can be used for strong and heavy attacks, but can also be used for faster attacks. The weapon we were shown was able to switch from a heavy two-handed blunt weapon to dual-wielded smaller weapons, allowing players to adapt to each situation on the fly.

A new directional block system has also been added, which allows players to stagger enemies and execute a counter-attack when they've properly blocked an enemy attack. This can be helpful when utilizing the limb targeting system to obtain new parts. And that, too, has been tweaked in The Surge 2, offering more options to obtain the parts players want or need to build new weapons and armor.

One thing that stood out in our demo was that not all enemies were visible to the naked eye as some required special equipment to be seen. This required equipment can be obtained from enemies as well, and depending on player positioning, can help with a sneak attack when using the terrain to the player's advantage.

However, the environment can also be harmful to the player if they aren't careful, so some strategic planning may be needed to prevent an untimely death. 

The Surge 2 also contains a more advanced AI than the first game, and enemies will work together to defeat the player when in the same area.

Some enemies, such as large bosses like the robotic sentinel, Goddess Helena, can't be hit with melee attacks unless staggered first. Their defensive capabilities may seem like a problem at first, but players will have a variety of ways to deal with them as long as they can figure them out, adding to the depth of gameplay that is sure to be shown off in the near future.

The Surge 2 is shaping up to be a proper sequel, fixing some of the biggest problems players had with the first game. Taking player feedback into consideration to help improve gameplay and variety will make The Surge 2 a sequel to keep an eye on.

The Surge 2 will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019.

ELEAGUE CS: GO Premier Takes Aim at High-Profile Matches Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:28:39 -0400 Jonathan Moore

CS:GO is one of the most intense competitive shooters to ever hit the eSports scene -- and that intensity is sure to be on full display during the CS:GO ELEAGUE Premier starting July 21. 

That's where the world's Top-8 CS: GO teams will face off in what's sure to be a war of the worlds. All eight teams competed in last year's tournament, with FaZe clan looking to repeat -- and be crowned Premier champion two years in a row.

Here are the teams competing in this year's tournament in order of their HLTV ranking as of May 21 this year: 

  • Astralis 
  • FaZe Clan
  • Natus Vincere
  • mousesports
  • Liquid
  • Cloud9
  • SK Gaming

Each team will compete for a piece of the $1 million prize pool that's up for grabs. The Group Stage of the competition will be held from July 21 to July 25. In this phase of the competition, teams will be split into two groups and vie for supremacy in best-of-three matches.

The double-elimination bracket will then seed two teams from each group to compete in the Premier Playoffs, which will be held July 28-29. 

What's more, some familiar faces will round out the Premier's analysis and commentary team. Returning from last year will be Anders Blume, Daniel Kapadia, James Bardolph, Jason O'Toole, Janko Paunović, and Sue Lee. Seasoned commentator Alex Richardson will be this year's host, bringing his expertise from ECS, ESL, and more. 

Fans can tune in to ELEAGUE's Twitch channel, B/R Live, and ELEAGUE's multi-angle Game Command at 2 p.m. starting July 21 to see the action as it unfolds. 

Make sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on CS:GO and ELEAGUE as it develops. 

Street Fighter V Invitational Group C Highlights Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:55:16 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Another Friday meant another raucous melee at ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational. This week, the story was all about the good ol' U.S of A: four home-grown fighters entered the arena to vie for the chance at the ludicrous first-place prize money. And while only Smug made it out for NA unconcussed, his victory means we will see at least one more North American representative in the Invitational's finals on July 13. 

Coming out of the vicious preliminary rounds, the story line of Friday's featured matches was the intense play of Snake Eyez, who had blazed through the competition's round-robin play with only a loss to Nuckle Du. Going into featured play, he was the number one seed -- and he was playing at the very top of his game. 

But what may have been of even greater note going into the featured matches was that Justin "JWong" Wong, a name synonymous with Street Fighter and a living legend, had been eliminated from contention by a plucky Brolynho in the first game of featured matches. We'll be seeing him on the analysis desk next week -- and any of us rooting for him will have to go to our backups as the tournament moves forward. 

In a group where none of the players made it into the playoffs for ELEAGUE's Invitational 2017, things were chippy throughout the night. Here's what happened.     

Problem X vs Smug (Abigail vs Balrog)

The first winner's bracket match of the night was a struggle between two super powers in Great Britain's top-ranked Problem X and North America's confident (and dangerous) Smug. The two had faced off at NCR back in April, with Problem X using strong Abigail play to come out the victor.

Friday's first bout would end in similar fashion. 

Calling Problem X a cheater just before the match, Smug added fuel to Problem X's fire, none of which he needed to win with a powerful Abigail. 

The beginning of the game was all high intensity, with Abigail and Balrog both landing massive hits on each other. The crowd quickly came alive with the frenetic play and heavy combos lighting up the screens in the ELEAGUE studios -- and the first round went down as one the most intense matches in 2018's Invitational.

But as things calmed down and the two fighters settled into more defensive stances, Smug fell victim to several high-damage normals and EX moves to lose the first match of the game.

Not matter what Smug tried, he couldn't overcome the strong play of Problem X and Abigail. Vicious hit after vicious hit gained screen advantage for Abigail again and again, pushing Smug into stun after stun. Pushing hard, Smug didn't give Problem X much to work with, but Problem X was so focused and knew Smug's tendencies so well that the U.K. standout was able to easily body Smug for most of the game. 

Despite a Smug win in the second round of the third match, Problem X handily won the game 3-0 to move forward and face Snake Eyez.

Smug would move down to the lower bracket to take on NuckleDu. 

NuckleDu vs Smug (R. Mika vs Balrog)

NuckleDu and Smug had already faced off in Match 13 of round-robin play, with Smug coming out on top. A.) And going into this lower bracket match, it was clear that although Smug had just come off what could have been a demoralizing loss to Problem X, he was focused and ready to redeem himself.

Smug immediately showed the power of Balrog as he pushed NuckleDu's R. Mika into the corner to gain screen advantage and win the first round. With NuckleDu flipping the script in the second round for the win, he parlayed that small energy into a huge stun/K.O. combo in Round 3 to take the first match from Smug. 

As the game continued, each combatant traded heavy blow after heavy blow while sprinkling some truly stellar defense in between. Clutch command throws and Nadeshikos placed NuckleDu in the position to win early, but Smug wouldn't go away, taking the second match and evening the game 1-1. 

Extremely smart plays by Smug, as well as some well-placed combos, kept him well in the game as the two combatants went into Match 3, but NuckleDu's insane defense and clutch Critical Arts pushed the game to an elimination round where Smug stalwartly defends a flurry of attacks to a  push the game to a final match. 

Channeling that energy into pure focus, Smug quickly pushed NuckleDu into the corner to gain screen advantage. Relying on V-trigger, patience, and fundamentals to take control of the final match, Smug completely bodied NuckleDu, sending NuckleDu home as Smug advanced to the last game of the lower bracket against an unlikely opponent. 

Snake Eyez vs Problem X (Akuma/Abigail vs M. Bison)

With the 2018 Street Fighter V Invitational being the first time these players had faced each other in either Street Fighter IV or Street Fighter V, the x-factor in the duo's round robin match was Snake Eyez' willingness to take risks against Problem X's Abigail. 

So the question going into the match was: would he be able to do it again? 

Early on, that seemed the case as Snake Eyez quickly bodied Problem X with v-reversals and huge combos to take the first round of the game. However, Problem X wasn't going to let the European curse keep him out of the winner's circle. Quickly falling in stride after his first round loss, Problem X punished Snake Eyez to win two rounds in a row and finish off the match with a perfect. 

Realizing that his Akuma wasn't going to work against the savage offense brought on by Problem X's M. Bison, Snake Eyez changed to Abigail going into the second match. But like a true master, Problem X didn't get phased. Instead, he used his knowledge of Abigail against Snake Eyez, punishing him over and over with catastrophic EX moves and v-reversals. Against Abigail, Problem X made M. Bison look like a god. 

Knowing his hopes of moving into the playoffs were dwindling -- and that Abigail wasn't the answer to M. Bison -- Snake Eyez switched back to Akuma in the third match seemingly out of desperation. And initially, it seemed to work as Snake Eyez quickly gained a first-round perfect. It was almost as if Snake Eyez was a different player, showing complete focus and patience to body Problem X. 

Unfortunately, that power wouldn't last long. Problem X returned in rounds two and three a ferocious predator, crushing the Euro curse to win 3-1 and move into the playoffs. 

Smug vs Snake Eyez (Abigail vs Balrog)

Again it was Smug vs an Abigail. And by the look on Smug's face, he had had enough of Abigail, falling to Snake Eyez in round-robin play and having faced the same from Problem X just an hour before.

But with Snake Eyez in danger of being eliminated from the tournament despite coming into the featured matches as the number one seed and having played like a freak for the entire day, it was no one's surprise when he chose Abigail going into the game. 

Playing great neutrals and landing some stellar jump ins gave Smug hope early on -- and it showed in his play. Slowing things down, Smug made Snake Eyez play at his pace and by his rules, using surgical normals and ex moves to slowly whittle Snake Eyez down. 

However, that didn't mean Snake Eyez wasn't able to get the best of Smug from time to time. Trading matches, the fighters went into Game 3 bodying each other, landing heavy body blows and doing hefty damage. Smug again slowed the pace to get the better of Abigail early in the third game, gaining screen and pushing Snake Eyez into the corner for victory.  

With things tied up 2-2 going into the final match of the game, the tension in the ELEAGUE studios reached a fever pitch. The crowd cheering for Smug to pull off the victory, both players traded blow after blow, neither relenting to the barrage inflicted by the other. And just as it looked Smug was about to achieve victory, Snake Eyez viciously countered ... and in fact, I'll just let you see what happened to send Snake Eyez packing and Smug into the playoffs. 


ELEAGUE'S Street Fighter V Invitational is a five-week competition that pits some of the world's best Street Fighter pros against each other for $250,000 in prizes. This week, Group D takes the stage. You can watch the matches on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel, as well as TBS, each Friday through June. 

Want to know what went down in Group A and Group B? Click here and here to find out.  

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more coverage of the tournament, as well as Street Fighter V, as it develops.

Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist Announced Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:54:41 -0400 Erroll Maas

In the most recent issue of V-Jump magazine, it was revealed that Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist, a survival action game based on the Tokyo Ghoul:re manga and anime series and the sequel to Tokyo Ghoul, will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 this winter.

Players will be able to choose from three different characters to play as, including both ghouls and investigators, and will fight using their Kagune -- a ghoul's predatory organ which  functions as their weapon and claws -- or their quinques -- weapons manufactured from a ghoul's kakuhou, a sack like organ which only ghouls have.

The game will also feature online co-op and team play with large groups of players separated into ghouls and investigators.

Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist is set to launch in Japan this winter. It is currently unknown if it will see a release outside of Japan, however, Bandai Namco did recently trademark Call to Exist in Europe, so it may be localized. Tokyo Ghoul: re Call to Exist will be the first Tokyo Ghoul game to launch on PlayStation 4.

Greedfall Preview: In Search of A Cure Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:43:40 -0400 Erroll Maas

At E3 2018 we got a behind closed doors preview of Paris based developer Spiders' upcoming 17th century Baroque inspired action RPG, Greedfall.

In Greedfall, a group of mercenaries and treasure hunters have become settlers on a previously unexplored island due to their original home being ruined by pollution and a particular disease. This unexplored island is revealed to be exuding magic and is filled with plenty of treasure and secrets.

As the adventure continues, the player finds themselves caught in in a war between the settlers and the island's natives, who are protected by supernatural beings which have manifested from the island's magic. 

The player character can be customized to your liking, but seemingly always has a strange marking on their face and neck due to the previously mentioned disease.

The leader of one faction then will send you on a mission which may have you dealing with another. In our demo, we were told to go to another faction to make a deal with them -- due to one of our companion character's being the daughter of the queen of that faction, and from there we were sent to help her sister in fight against an invading faction.

There are five companion characters in total, one for each faction, and two of them will always be by your side. Because each companion character is tied to a different faction, having different ones come along with you will improve your otherwise tense relationship with their respective factions. 

Even with less than ideal relations, all factions are after the searching for the same thing: a cure for the disease which has afflicted their people. Although each companion will usually work together with you, they may also betray you depending on the choices you make, so you have to choose wisely if you don't want to lose an ally. All of your choices will also affect the main story in different ways, but not much detail was provided.

Each area had an open feel to it, but it didn't seem like a truly open world, as you could travel from one area to the next without having to travel in between -- due to a campfire fast travel system -- and it's unclear whether this was specific to the demo.

Because the island is teeming with magic, the creatures are less typical than what you might expect, with some only being seen during the day and some only at night. In our demo, we encountered some large and aggressive sloth bear boar hybrids that had to be taken down. Combat consists of a mixture of melee and magic, and the skill tree contains different weapon specializations and magic with over 14 different weapon classes to master -- including swords, which we saw in the demo.

Although Greedfall may not be as well known as other upcoming titles, and didn't seem to stand out as much as it could, its setting and intriguing choice and companion mechanics make it an action RPG to look out for.

Greedfall will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019.

Street Fighter V Invitational's Group C Features Top American Fighters Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:26:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Over the past two weeks, ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational has showcased some of the very best fighters in the world. The matches held inside the ELEAGUE studios at TBS have been fast, furious, and at times, straight up mind-bottling with both champions and underdogs alike showing why they're the cream of the FGC crop. 

But heading into tonight's Group C matches, it's the tournament's American stars that are set to punch their ticket to the Invitational's playoffs on July 13 -- and truly light the competition ablaze. 

In a change from recent weeks, four of the six world warriors set to face off tonight hail from the United States:

  • Justin "JWong" Wong
  • Du "NuckleDu" Dang
  • Bryant "Smug" Huggins
  • Darryl "SnakeEyez" Lewis

Early predictions from ELEAGUE's Sajam and Zhi have "NuckleDu" making it through winners and into the playoffs, but as we've seen, literally anything can happen when fists start flying. 

Group C's preliminary round-robin matches start at 3 p.m. EDT today on both Twitch and B/R Live.

Group C's featured matches -- which will showcase the group's final four -- will air on TBS at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT tonight

The American hopefuls will not only have to compete against each other but also against a Top-20 Benjamin "Problem X" Simon and a plucky Thomas "Brolynho" Proenca, who's strong Necalli play has led him to upsets over championship players such as Infiltration at 2016's Brooklyn Beatdown. 

To catch up on the Invitational's previous rounds, be sure to check our coverage for Group A here and Group B here.  Stay tuned to GameSkinny for complete coverage of Group C following tonight's bouts. 

Analysis of the Devil May Cry 5 Trailer Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:52:19 -0400 Zack Palm

During Microsoft's press conference at E3, Phil Spencer announced a number of great titles releasing on the platform many fans could look forward to playing the future. One unexpected title came out of this press conference: the return of a numbered Devil May Cry game.

Since the game does have a number at the end of the title says a lot about what to expect from this game. As a result, there's plenty to digest and break down in not only the trailer but where the game is headed based on where the Devil May Cry 4 entry ended in the series. Let's go through it together!

When Does It Take Place?

The last numbered entry in the Devil May Cry series released in 2008, and it was Devil May Cry 4. Fans have been hungry for a new entry for the past ten years and now they finally have it.

This game does not pick up immediately following Devil May Cry 4. It takes place several years after the end of the fourth game. By how much, remains unknown. So far, the Capcom team have not announced concrete details and plan to release more information during throughout the year.

Who's In The Trailer?

The trailer features a young man with short white hair, who dashes around, killing demons with a flashy sword with plenty of attitude. While many who only know about the 2013 reboot DMC: Devil May Cry, those who believe this to be Dante, are incorrect. This is Nero, a character who first showed up as a character in Devil May Cry 4.

How does he fit into the overall story? When he made his debut, he was actively hunting Dante during the first part of Devil May Cry 4 for the Order of the Sword, a cult that worships Sparda, a powerful demon and the father of Dante and Vergil, the latter of the two fell during Devil May Cry 3

Nero later rebelled against the Order and found himself teaming up with Dante. The two were able to defeat the game's main antagonist together and then parted ways; Nero also learned and came to terms with the fact he had Sparda's blood in him. At the time, the game didn't dive into specific details about how he's connected to Dante's family. But he's certainly a part of it.

Early on in the trailer we're introduced to a new ally who fights at Nero's side, Nico. She provides some narrative details to a soldier about how she and Nero know each other. Apparently, between Devil May Cry 4 and this entry, Nero lost his right arm and needed a new one. She possess a unique of skill set to build him a brand new one that comes with plenty of bells and whistles.

The right arm gets shown pointedly throughout the entire trailer, and will definitely make for a unique gameplay mechanic. 

The reason Nico had to make that metal arm for Nero was because a shady figure took his right arm from him, which we see in the middle of the trailer. Why does the right arm matter?

It was Nero's source of demon power, called Devil Bringer. This may serve as a plot point in the game or something we learn about later on as more details about Devil May Cry 5 surface. The importance of Devil Bringer in this story remains unknown, but despite having lost it, it won't stop Nero from killing an army of demons.

Near the end of the trailer we see the series' original protagonist himself: Dante. He's riding a slick motorcycle, sporting a little facial hair, and the same cocky-grin he's known for. Because he was shown near the end of the trailer, it's unclear how much he'll get featured in the story. He may return as a recurring character who actively assists Nero throughout the story, or one that shows up every so often to provide small amounts of fan service. Either way, he's in it!

What Do We Know Of The Plot So Far?

Only a small amount of details have released so far. We do know this: a demon tree has spawned in the middle of Red Grave City and leads to another demon invasion. This invasion brings our new protagonists, Nero and Nico, to the scene of the crime where they fight hordes and hordes of demons. Nico serves as Nero's sidekick who can crafty him weapons and upgrades to use during his crusade of purging this demon threat.

While in Red Grave City, the pair are on the search for Dante, for reasons unknown. It's likely because Nero lost Devil Bringer and wishes to have it returned to him, but that remains speculation. 

Dante's role in this? Again, he's there, but how he fits into the overall story remains unknown. Regardless, he's involved and he'll likely show up plenty of times to serve the fans eager to learn more about what he's been up to.

Any Gameplay?

There's a brief amount of gameplay during this trailer, which is always good!

The action starts at 1:13 in the trailer. You can clearly see Nero using his robot arm to shock his foes, along with him utilizing his sword to slash down any demon foolish enough to stand in his way. There's plenty of quick, adrenaline-pumping action in this trailer, so don't expect the gameplay to be any different! Nero does quite a bit with his robot arm, such as firing his hand to pull him closer to enemies, grappling his foes, and even slowing down time to make some clean strikes.

Since Nero lost his right arm, Devil Bringer, it'll be interesting to see how they work in any demon powers at all into the gameplay. Though, the robot arm's unique characteristics seem to make up for that greatly.

During 1:32 of the trailer, we clearly see these magical cogs wrapped around a demon, slowing them down. How this was done was not disclosed. Was it the technology of the right arm, or some magic Nero can still tap into?  

Regardless, the gameplay certainly looks like a Devil May Cry game, and fans should get excited.

What About The DMC Reboot?

Because this is an official entry in the Devil May Cry series, it goes beyond the reboot that launched in 2013 by Ninja Theory. Capcom did not detail if they're scrapping the reboot. This may depend on the overall reception of Devil May Cry 5. If it does well, they could sweep the reboot under the rug and continue on their path of creating new stories in the main game series. There's a lot of factors they have to consider.

But this may serve as the nail in the coffin, especially since they released the remastered Devil May Cry collection for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018. This collection features the first three Devil May Cry games.

However, because it's been five years since the reboot was first released, it's safe to say it was an attempt on their part, but they won't continue forward with me. Plus, the massive amount of attention the Devil May Cry 5 announcement is receiving only proves the popularity of the main series with fans.


The trailer announces the game will release in Spring 2019 for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox. For information about Devil May Cry 5 and any E3 announcements, keep it here at GameSkinny.

E3 2018 Nintendo Direct Recap: All the Trailers & Release Dates Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:58:41 -0400 Ashley Gill

Nintendo going the Direct route for E3 these past few years has been a strange ride, but fans can always count on E3 Directs to have two things: Some anticipated reveals, and a lot of gameplay.

Though today's biggest Nintendo announcements were Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Fortnite launch, they did reveal a number of other ambitious projects that can find a home in most Switch libraries.

Out of all of Nintendo's showings today, I am most excited to see Kenichiro Tsukuda's DAEMON X MACHINA in action as it's been a long time since we've seen a mecha game from Armored Core's backbone producer. And the Macross guy doing the mecha designs? Yeah, I'll take that.

DAEMON X MACHINA may be my most hyped game out of this Direct, but chances are you're excited about any of the other great titles shown during the conference.

There's something for everyone in Nintendo Direct E3 2018!

Fire Emblem Three Houses trailer

It's been how long since Fire Emblem has seen a release on a home console? Ah, that's right: It's been 10 years since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was released on the Wii.

Fire Emblem Three Houses
looks to be the most graphically/technically impressive game in the series yet. Look for its release in Spring 2019.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: "Torna -- The Golden Country" trailer

The only expansion in Nintendo's lineup this E3, "Torna -- The Golden Country" is set 500 years before the events in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.


"Torna" won't just be a story expansion; it will also feature tweaks to the battle system, allowing you to play as both Blades and Drivers in combat. This is a sure buy for fans, look for it on the Nintendo Switch on September 21.


We need more mecha games these days. Fact.

from Marvelous! is headed by Armored Core producer Kenichiro Tsukuda, with designs from Macross's Shoji Kawamori, not to mention the other talent involved. It will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Super Mario Party trailer

The Mario Party games have come in a lot of numbers, but none of them have had "Super" in the name.

Super Mario Party
will be able to make use of two Switch consoles for unique four-player gameplay and minigames. For the first game in the series to be Super, you've got to assume Nintendo is confident in this entry to their long-running party game series. Expect to see this one on the Switch this fall on October 5!

Overcooked 2 trailer

Overcooked has swiftly taken over as one of the go-to co-op games for many, so it makes sense for developer Ghost Town Games to keep the ball rolling with a sequel.

Overcooked 2
will feature more recipes, kitchens, and chefs to keep returning players engaged -- and if that wasn't enough, the game will also come with online multiplayer. There's no such thing as too many cooks.

Along with all of the above, Nintendo showed the following games briefly during today's Direct:

  • Hollow Knight (2018)
  • Fortnite (Today)
  • Killer Queen Black (Winter 2018)
  • SNK Heroines (September 7)
  • Octopath Traveler (July 13)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (2018)


And that's it! Everything you need to know about the great games shown at Nintendo's E3 Direct! 

As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on these titles as they develop. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Announced With Whole Roster, Release Date Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:22:26 -0400 Ashley Gill

Rumors were flying that we'd hear about a new Smash Bros. game during this year's Nintendo Direct at E3 -- and those rumors turned out to be true, but no one could have anticipated it to have turned out to be such an ambitious project. This seems like it could be Smash's final form -- though that is surely not the case.

The new entry to the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, aims to pull Smash of all generations together to make for one big cohesive fight-off. Within its roster lies every single fighter previously found in a Smash Bros. game. Newer combatants, like Kid Icarus, will be able to fight with old staples like Ice Climbers and each crossover character the series has seen in previous entries, such as Snake and Sonic.

There's a lot more to get excited about in this upcoming release than just the character roster, though. The game was shown to have a number of changes from previous iterations during today's Nintendo Direct Smash presentation with Masahiro Sakurai. Instead of boring you with a bunch of paragraphs, let's go over some of the new features/changes in some easily digestable chunks.

  • The game will have directional air dodging
  • Perfect shielding will be done upon release of the block button
  • Many characters have different Final Smash moves
  • Ryu will automatically face opponents
  • There will be male and female Pokemon Trainer options and players will be able to "main" a particular Pokemon out of their three
  • "Echo Fighters" are being introduced, which are slight variations of the character they are echoing (Daisy is an echo for Peach, for example)
  • Returning stages have been balanced or changed aesthetically
  • All stages will now have the standard as well as Omega forms, with the Omega form being universal across all stages
  • More assist trophies are being added, including the Squid Sisters from the first Splatoon
  • Many characters now have unique mechanics that will be displayed above their health gauge, like Cloud's Limit Break and Villager's pocket

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on December 7, 2018

Announced roster

As it stands, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has 65 characters announced and three Echo Fighter variations. You are sure to see some of your favorites from previous entries below, as Ultimate will feature every character ever introduced into the Smash Bros. Universe.

Two new characters have been announced for this release: Inkling and Ridley.

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Fox
  • Shiek
  • Zelda
  • Meta Knight
  • Villager
  • Mewtwo
  • Sonic
  • Ice Climbers
  • Pikachu
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Ness
  • Lucas
  • Peach
  • Captain Falcon
  • Inkling
  • Cloud
  • Sonic
  • Ike
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Lucario
  • Dark Pit
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Greninja
  • R.O.B.
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Rosalina & Luna
  • Wario
  • Mii (3 modes)
  • Little Mac
  • Young Link
  • Toon Link
  • King Dedede
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Yoshi
  • Ganondorf
  • Ryu
  • Luigi
  • Mega Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Dr. Mario
  • Palutena
  • Ridley

Nintendo had a pretty great Direct this E3, but Smash Bros. was by far the icing on the cake. Look out for more Smash Bros. Ultimate news on GameSkinny. Don't forget that ever-important December 7 release date!

Yo-Kai Watch 4 and Unannounced Yo-Kai Watch Game to be Revealed Soon Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:59:22 -0400 Erroll Maas

Level-5 has announced that Yo-Kai Watch 4 will be revealed with a trailer on June 23 for Nintendo Switch. It is reported that it will launch in Japan in late 2018.

Additionally, another unannounced Yo-Kai Watch game will be revealed on June 27 at Level-5's event for the fifth anniversary of the series.

These announcements come after the previously revealed Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside project, which includes an upcoming game and an anime series, which started airing in April.

It is currently unknown if the Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside game is separate from Yo-Kai Watch 4 or the unannounced Yo-Kai Watch game.

It is also unknown if any of these games will release outside of Japan. The most recent titles in the series, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, and the updated version, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, all for the Nintendo 3DS, have not yet been confirmed for a western release.

They originally launched in Japan on July 16, 2016, and December 15, 2016, respectively.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on these games as they develop. 

Ooblets Replaces Traditional Monster Battling with Dance-Offs Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:53:09 -0400 Erroll Maas

Indie developer Glumberland has revealed that its monster-raising-life-simulation game, Ooblets, has replaced traditional monster battles with dance-off battles in a new trailer from E3 2018.

Ooblets will have different dance moves to perform, which can agitate opponents or boost your team's confidence. Ego is the dance-off version of health, and Ooblets will run back home in shame if they lose all of it.

Crash is a randomized event that can cause a move to miss and can be affected by accessories and other moves, while Fresh is another randomized event more akin to a critical hit; it is also affected by certain accessories and moves.

As Ooblets gain experience, they can be taught more dance moves and each of them will have different movesets and specialties.

There will also be a Dance Barn that will let players engage in friendly dance-off battles against in-game Ooblet trainers.

To learn more about Ooblets and the details on why the developers made this change, you can read the devlog post on the Ooblets website.

Ooblets is slated for a 2018 launch for Xbox One and PC.

Playstation E3 2018 Showcase Recap: The Last Of Us 2, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Death Stranding, and More! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:54:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

Kicking off the Monday evening's E3 festivities, Sony was running up against stiff competition from the bombshell Bethesda E3 press conference and the debut of the Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer this past weekend at the Microsoft showcase.

With new games we didn't know about, as well as killer looks at The Last Of Us 2, Death Stranding, and more, Sony was more than up to the task of standing against their competitors.

All in all, it was a nice little showcase, even if it was marred by some odd jokes and musical segments that seemed to have the audience scratching their heads.

Here's everything you need to know if you missed the PlayStation E3 live stream!

The Last of Us Part 2

Easily the most-anticipated offering from Sony, the E3 trailer onslaught kicked off with a cut scene finally featuring our first good look at the world -- and a badass Ellie.

Giving the audience absolutely whiplash, the trailer went from Ellie kissing a new character named Dina to stabbing a dude in the throat and showing off some insane stealth game play.

There's some serious brutality this time around, featuring disembowelment, throat slitting, and much more. The environments also seem to be more heavily used and integrated into the game more seamlessly than in the first entry of this award-winning series.

Resident Evil 2 Remake

While we didn't see anything from that Final Fantasy 7 remake (which reportedly is descending into development hell), we did get a nice long look at the updated rendition of Resident Evil 2.

Featuring the over-the-shoulder look from RE4, it seems like we're getting an updated story as well when the game lands January 25, 2019.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III

Yep, you read that correctly -- the conference did, in fact, cover the previous Black Ops entry instead of the new one. An odd choice, but there's good reason for PS+ players.

Remastered renditions of popular maps from earlier in the franchise will be available for Black Ops III if you pre-order the upcoming battle royale entry Black Ops 4. And if you don't have the previous game? Black Ops III is now a Playstation+ surprise free entry tonight!

Trover Saves The Universe

We didn't see much of this bizarro platformer, instead getting some rambling from two characters who are very much in the vein of Rick And Morty (which shouldn't be surprising, as this is from Squanch Games). We'll have to wait and see what's in store with the cartoon insanity ahead.

Kingdom Hearts III

Yep, after the first look from Microsoft (and the second same look from Square), we got another glimpse at Jack Sparrow joining Goofy and Sora for pirate adventures in this long, long-overdue sequel.

The number of universes colliding here has absolutely exploded from the older titles. Final Fantasy, Toy Story, Frozen, and more all showing up this time!

A special edition PS4 will launch alongside the game on January 29 and include all the games in the series, including Kingdom Hearts III


This was a completely unexpected entry that we didn't have much info about prior to E3. The game appears to be about a woman with telekinetic powers in what is clearly going to be a mind-bending story that gave off a Quantum Break vibe. 


We knew there would be something VR related at E3 2018 when the Playroom VR dudes made an appearance during the conference's intro, but we did not expect it to go this direction! 

This is set to be an artistic, atmospheric experience totally different than what you'd expect from From Software. Presumably there won't be nearly as much obnoxious, brutal death this time around.

All we really saw was paintings of wildlife, a house, and some sort of magic flower, so its totally up in the air as to what's going on here.

Destiny 2

Although there wasn't any gameplay, we did get a cut scene trailer for Destiny 2's upcoming Forsaken DLC, which comes September 4 and will include the new Gambit mode. This PvPvE mode will feature both cooperative and competitive elements, so get ready to jump back into the game!

Ghost of Tsushima 

E3 was our first game play glimpse at this open world entry set in feudal Japan. There's a lot of clear influences from different games here that look like they will add up to something unique.

The stealth aspects and an enemy in a stronghold calling for reinforcements gave off a Far Cry/Horizon Zero Dawn flavor, although the action-oriented combat seems brutal and brings to mind Nioh.

Speaking of, Nioh 2 was also officially confirmed, although we saw nothing of the gameplay and just got a little cut scene of a character turning into an oni.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

This slick super hero entry is looking very strongly like an upgraded version of previous game Shattered Dimensions, with a return of the fan-requested web swinging.

The story seems to revolve around a prison break featuring Electro, Rhino, Vulture, Negative Man, and Scorpion, and will showcase strong open world elements with sandbox combat improvisation.

Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima's messy split with Konami, resulting in the announcement of this Norman Reedus-driven bizarro horror game way back in 2016, has been one of the biggest mysteries of the gaming universe.

Don't expect any answers, as there are now only more questions, with the trailer featuring a baby in the birth canal. That's just the beginning of the "delivery" motifs, as gameplay showcased two different characters carting around increasingly huge loads on their backpacks across the game world.

Other than some invisible thing that apparently walks on its hands as an enemy, and dying apparently being part of the gameplay, we probably came away from this trailer more confused than before.

There's no release date yet, but we do know now that Mads Mikkelson from Hannibal will also be a character.


That's all the biggest announcements and reveals from the Playstation E3 2018 showcase! What was your favorite trailer, and what game are you most looking forward to playing?

First Impressions of Realm Royale and Their Epic Superhero Landing Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:32:34 -0400 Zack Palm

Another entry in the battle royale genre enters the fray, this time from Hi-Rez Studios, called Realm Royale, and is currently in Alpha. 

Having played a number of other games from Hi-Rez Studios, such as Smite and Paladins, I found myself downloading this game with a level of skepticism and worry. What would these developers know about creating a battle royale game, in a world where Fortnite dominated everything on the topic?

Realm Royale may have a long way to go, but it felt like a pleasant surprise all the way from falling to the ground, to nearly earning my first victory.

Something's Already Different - You Get Classes!

The start of the game immediately feels familiar: you start the match on an island, outside of the main map, and you’re surrounded by the other players you’re about to fight. Though, you can’t think too much about this because this is where you choose your class.

No, you did not mistakenly find yourself in a RPG.

You pick to play as one of five different classes: Warrior, Engineer, Assassin, Mage, or Hunter. Each class looks different, comes with a unique set of passives, abilities, and have a single unique weapon. Everyone starts out with a basic knife and a jump ability; your starting jump ability is determined by your class.

If you do not pick a class before the a match starts, you automatically play as the Warrior.

Though, some things never change: the jump!

First Jump Into A Beautiful Setting

While the class choices felt like a unique trait to add to the game, the start of my first Realm Royale match rubbed me the wrong way. It all felt too familiar. It was everything you'd expect from a standard battle royale pitch: spawn on an island, jump off an air ship, fight against 99 other players, and be the last one standing.

This feeling of familiarity didn't last long.

There were two things that stood out to me upon closer inspection of my inaugural jump -- the first were these icons on the map. These anvils, which I later learned were forges, were scattered all across the map. I had no idea what of their purpose or how they worked, but I knew players were going to land all over them. I stayed far away from those anvils during my first few games.

The second intriguing detail I noticed was during my fall. I observed my character did not have a parachute attached to their back.

I kept expecting to hear the "Whoosh!" of a glider, or anything, to slow my descent so I could properly angle my fall closer to a building to start my looting frenzy, but it never arrived. It wasn't until my character landed hard on the ground in the most epic of superhero landings did I realize these characters were stronger than the average person from PUBG or the characters you played in Fortnite -- they were on a different level.

This was where it clicked for me that Hi-Rez had something different here, and they were going to have fun with it.

For those who have followed the game's development or have played Hi-Rez's, Paladins, you may notice a lot of the structures and graphics feel like they were pulled from the Paladins universe. It's because they were.

Initially, this game was intended to be an add-on to Paladins. At some point, the developers pulled away from this and decided to make it a separate entry. Realm Royale felt like a medieval fantasy world, not like Lord of the Rings, but more akin to World of Warcraft. It was different from Fortnite, too.

While I enjoyed the background, I didn't have time to appreciate everything. The fighting ensued almost immediately.

The Same Formula With Different Mechanics

When I got over how phenomenal my landing looked, I saw other players had already landed nearby! I firmly relied on my previous expertise gained from my other battle royale games and entered the first medieval, fantasy house I could find and started looting. I chose to play as the Engineer class because its passive was when I had missing armor, I would regain 5 armor points back every second  -- a useful tool for someone just starting out!

The first crate I opened had gauntlets and a revolver inside of it. I opened up the rest of the chests in the house and found a rifle, an exclusive Engineer ability, a turret, and a helmet.

The next house had fewer items, and many of them I couldn't use. Instead of leaving these items for someone else to pick up, I disenchanted them. Disenchanting broke the items down and turned them into shards. I didn't know what shards did, but I had plenty of them in every match!

It didn't take long to run into a number of other players equipped and ready to fight. Plenty of them had a partner at their side, which was bad for me because I did not party up with another person. I fought hard and did my best. During my battles I was able to take out a few, though many times I was completely outmatched. After learning a great deal and finding a weapon combo I liked, I nearly won one of my games!

Combat may feel a bit difficult during your first few games. You'll find its hard to hear when you've taken damage from an enemy during an engagement, since the weapon sounds are pretty load. Make sure you're watching your health and armor during your fights!

When I died, my character turned into a chicken with a white flag. The first time this happened, I was laughing too hard to notice this was the game's revive mechanic. On my second death I was more aware and prepared for it.

How it works is when you die, if you survive 30 seconds as the chicken you get to come back. While I never respawned from the chicken form, I enjoyed knowing this was not a party-exclusive feature. I could revive on my own!

The final thing I discovered was that every player comes with their own mount they can summon for increased mobility. While a great piece to add, it made the bite of the circle feel less fierce. I was never worried about dying to it, unless I wasn't paying attention or it was at the end of the game and I had nowhere to go.

The Gear, Weapons, and Abilities in Realm Royale

After several games, here's what I learned about the basics of Realm Royale's looting system.

You can loot from three different objects: a chest, a sleeker chest, and a crate. The standard chests contain random armor, weapons, and abilities. The sleeker chests only have weapons in them. And the crates only store potions, which you use to replenish your lost armor and health. There's a crate that air-drops from the sky, but its location is plainly displayed on the map, until someone loots it.

The weapons in Realm Royale are not elegant or fast. They're slow-paced and hold small amounts of ammunition at a time. For example, the "rifle" in the game fires off 8 shots before you need to reload it. The pistols in the game come with more ammo, but don't do as much damage. You can also loot a sword, and it does not have finite uses. Hack and slash to your heart's content!

You're limited to holding two weapons and two abilities at any time. The abilities are class exclusive, and if you loot something your class can't equip you turn it into shards.

Though, here's a great thing to note: there's no ammo in this game. You automatically have all the ammo you need. Additionally, there's no inventory management, only weapon and abilities management. What a relief!

Your character can equip four different armor pieces: a helmet, a breastplate, gloves, and boots. If a player shoots off your armor, you can replenish those lost points with the armor potion. You do not have to find new armor once its gone. They treat armor as if it were health. 

None of the armor you equip changes the appearance of your character. While unfortunate, this leaves the door wide open for Hi-Rez to rake it in big by selling unique class skins and items later on.

All items have a rank: grey for common, green for rare, purple for epic, and orange for legendary. You can find the first three tiers throughout the entire map in chests. But you have to create legendary items at the forge, the anvil icons I mentioned earlier!

Hi-Rez included a great tool where any item you find on the ground displays an upwards pulsating arrow, if it's better than what you currently have equipped. This makes looting a lot faster!

The Forge

Here is where you use those shards you've been amassing since the start of the game. At the forge! There you can craft legendary items, such as your class' weapon, armor, class abilities, and potions.

These locations do not have limited uses. You can craft as much as you like, as long as you have enough shards. Additionally, you can craft multiple items at once.

Using the forge comes with a price: everyone nearby knows you're using it. They won't hear a sound, but there's smoke coming out from the top. If you see a smoke stack coming up from the tower of a forge, you know there's players inside working on crafting legendary items.

Party Up

So far, my biggest worry about the game is the fact that I have to choose between Duo or Squad matches. I have to choose between having a friend join me, or getting placed with a random person.

No solo queue is available, but if you're too eager to wait for your friends, you can join a Duo match and not have an ally drop with you. This makes the game more difficult as many players will have a partner with them.

This problem may get amended in the future, but there's no word on when, or if, to expect this. It's a bold move by the Hi-Rez team to not include this during their launch, but they may have other plans around this choice.

Though, if you take a closer look at the classes, you may notice there's a reason Hi-Rez did not make a solo mode available.

The abilities available to the classes feel like they were designed for players to create team dynamics.

For example, if you play as the Engineer, you have an ability where you can spawn a healing totem to heal yourself and an ally. If your buddy chose to play as the Warrior, they have an ability where they give you a protective shield to make you invulnerable to damage.

The two classes complement each other, and if you were to play either on your own, sure, you'd do fine. Though you're missing something when you don't play with a partner!

Hi-Rez knows what they've made. They've made a co-operative battle royale game where the players don't want to have the same class as their party members. They want you and your partner to think about your abilities and choose your play style wisely.

Get Ranked!

After a few matches you may notice you've received a ranking on the "Player Rating" icon on the main menu. I assume Hi-Rez added this to give players a higher quality matchmaking experience.

This may indicate future plans of making Realm Royale into a truly competitive Battle Royale game. How well this works out rests on how the quality of their matchmaking service and the intensity of player matches.

You Ready To Drop?

This certainly feels like the Hi-Rez team extensively played PUBG and Fortnite as they developed their own unique system. The graphics feel cartoonish like Fortnite, but the gear you find in chests all over the map make you want to check every house as the fog descends around you.

Because Realm Royale was just released, don't get too comfortable with how the game feels right now! Plenty will change during its development.

As of right now, Realm Royale sits as a unique entry in the battle royale genre. And if you want to figure out the nuts and bolts of the game while people figure things out, now's the best time.


You can jump into Realm Royale whenever you want to on Steam for free. Do remember the game is in Alpha, so expect plenty of problems, lag, and sometimes game-breaking moments. Overall, you should have a worthwhile experience and bring plenty of friends.

For more on Realm Royale, stick with GameSkinny, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our Realm Royale beginner's guide to dominate the competition!

Square Enix E3 Showcase Roundup: Kingdom Hearts 3, Tomb Raider, and More! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:53:29 -0400 Ashley Gill

This year's showcase from Square Enix may not have been long, but it did pack a punch. Fans of their long-running series like Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider have plenty to look forward to based on what was shown during their showcase during E3 2018 -- but there's definitely something for everyone among the lineup.

Without further ado, let's get to what was shown during this year's Square Enix showcase.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay reveal

Shadow of the Tomb Raider got a brand new trailer yesterday during Microsoft's showcase, but it seems Square Enix wanted the real hype-inducing meat to be during their own presentation. It's some juicy meat.


The gameplay demo featured above shows some great gameplay footage, especially focusing on stealth combat. The developers claim Shadow of the Tomb Raider will have wall-running, grappling, underwater swimming and survival, and will feature the largest world of the series yet. Laura Croft has really come a long way from the PlayStation, that's for sure.

Final Fantasy XIV Under the Moonlight 4.3 trailer

All I wanted from FFXIV at this point was some Final Fantasy XII-related content and it looks like we're finally getting it. The trailer for patch 4.3 is sure to send FFXII fans up the wall.


The trailer features familiar music, outfits, themes, and even the Bangaa race from the Ivalice Final Fantasy games. These certainly aren't the only things Final Fantasy XIV fans have to get excited about in the above trailer, though. There's a lot going on, and it all looks great.

Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter World collaboration trailer

This was my personal hype machine.


Not much to say, not much to see! But nothing in the world can get you as excited to play a game like the Monster Hunter theme. This seems to be a collaboration that will take place in FFXIV, and will be coming sometime this summer. HYPE!

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit trailer

We got a second look at Life Is Strange developer Dontnot Entertainment's new spin-off for the series called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which they promise will have an impact on the upcoming Life Is Strange 2.


Captain Spirit will share his child-like wonderment with us via a free download on June 26.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age trailer

Fans of the classic Enix RPG series will be happy to find that Dragon Quest XI now has an official North American release date: September 4, 2018.


As with previous entries released overseas, Dragon Quest XI will feature voice acting not present in the original Japanese release. We may be getting it over a year after it released in Japan, but late is better than never in the case of this classic turn-based series.

Babylon's Fall trailer

A Japanese publisher needs to have at least one Platinum game in their lineup, right? Right, that's what I assume. Even if it's not really the case.

Enter Square Enix's newest game from developer Platinum Games, Babylon's Fall.


The above trailer doesn't show much, but it does show some of that signature over-the-top Platinum style. Hopefully we will hear more about this game during or soon after E3.

Octopath Traveler trailer

Octopath Traveler is looking like the first completely original classic-style JRPG on the Switch and, for all intends and purposes, it looks fantastic for what it is.


This is one game we've known about for some time but we're mere weeks away from its release. Octopath Traveler looks very much like a SaGa game, with cues from Romancing SaGa and even SaGa Frontier. How will it actually play, though? Hopefully it'll play like it looks.

Just Cause 4 trailer

In case you needed some true chaos in your Square Enix presentation, Just Cause 4's trailer is here to give you just that. The off-the-rails open world series returns with a bigger and more varied world than ever.


The new weather system looks to be the biggest introduction in this release, with full-size tornadoes, massive thunderstorms, and more. And let's not even get into the vehicles and open world. Just watch the trailer!

The Quiet Man trailer

There's not much said in the below trailer and it goes lengths to blur the lines between live-action footage and in-game footage, but it does look interesting. It's an understatement to say there are not many games with deaf protagonists.


Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer

It's been how long since we've gotten a mainline Kingdom Hearts game? It's been 12 years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released on the PlayStation 2. The series has survived in remixes and spin-offs since then and it's gone on strong, but all anyone wanted was a third game.


This time around Sora and the game will going into both Disney and Pixar worlds, featuring Hercules, Wreck-It-Ralph, Frozen, Monsters, Inc., Tarzan, and more. Fans will be watching this trailer over and over for sure, just to get a glimpse of what might be.

That's it for what Square Enix had to offer in their showcase during E3 2018. Later today we have more from Sony, Ubisoft, and more as E3 and its nearly endless stream of reveals pushes forward.

Square Enix's showing was strong, but there is surely stronger to come! Did one of these games make your E3? I have to admit, the FFXIV patch and collab have me worked up. Let us know in the comments!

Displate Reveals New Hearthstone Poster Collection Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:38:40 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Do you love Hearthstone? Is your game room lacking that "special something"? Perhaps paper posters are getting on your nerves and not holding up to your standards?

Well then, you're in luck because Displate, the company behind the widely successful metal posters craze, has announced a partnership with Blizzard to create a new collection of Hearthstone-themed posters.

The first set of posters is available for purchase on Displate's official website. New additions to the collection will be announced soon.

Made of high-quality metal, these posters are easy to mount thanks to an integrated magnetic system. And although they're a bit on the pricey side, they last a very long time, so the investment is well worth it.

Shipping is available across the globe. Each poster currently costs $47.


Let us know if you're planning on picking one of these up and, as always, stay tuned right here on GameSkinny for all things Hearthstone.

Metal Wolf Chaos Heads West with Metal Wolf Chaos XD Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:02:16 -0400 Erroll Maas

At their E3 2018 press briefing, Devolver Digital announced that From Software's 2004 Japan-only Xbox exclusive title, Metal Wolf Chaos, is receiving a remaster known as Metal Wolf Chaos XD. It will see a worldwide launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD will have upgraded visuals, refined controls and gameplay, a brand-new save system, and 4K and 16:9 support for modern displays. The cheesy, over-the-top English dialogue Metal Wolf Chaos is known for will also remain intact.

This announcement comes after Devolver Digital previously teased Metal Wolf Chaos by uploading an image the presidential seal seen in the game via Twitter.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD's official release date was only revealed to be 2018. It is currently unknown if the game will receive a physical release. Interested players can also visit the Metal Wolf Chaos XD website for more information. 

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

Street Fighter V Invitational Group B Highlights Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:04:06 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Over the past two weeks, ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational has turned out to be a phenomenal and continuously surprising tournament. In last week’s Group A bouts, we saw a reigning EVO champ in Takido, as well as a tenacious Group A underdog in Dogura, make it to the playoffs. It was a night full of comebacks and shocking twists. 

Friday’s Group B matches provided more of the same. 

Moving out of round-robin play and into the bracket finals, Punk, Phenom, Momochi, and Commander Jesse were the four contenders left standing. In an almost perfect mirror of Group A's standings, Momochi went winless in round-robin play but ignited going into bracket play to defeat both 801Strider and Fuudo in the first two matches of the lower bracket. 

What’s more, Jesse "Commander Jesse" Espinoza, a contestant on ELEAGUE's The Challenger: Street Fighter V found himself in the Top 3 entering bracket play -- much like Jonathan "JB" Bautista did the week before in the Group A round.  

However, the primary storyline going into the night was the rematch between Punk and Phenom. Earlier in the afternoon, the two world warriors had faced off in the very first match of round-robin play. There, Punk bested Phenom just as he had in ELEAGUE’s 2017 finals — Phenom even had a similar nightmare drop. 

So going into the bracket finals, both analysts and fans alike desperately wanted to know if Phenom had truly gotten over “the drop heard around the world” -- and if he would get one more shot at Punk. 

Everyone would soon know the answer, but Phenom first had to get past Commander Jesse.

Phenom Vs. Commander Jesse: (Necalli vs. Dhalsim)

Ahead of the match, the atmosphere inside the ELEAGUE studios was tense — especially between Phenom and Jesse. Both were hyper-focused, dedicated to moving on to the impending match against Punk. Jesse told the audience he was just happy to be on such a great stage, but the look in his eyes said otherwise: he wanted to take down Phenom, too. 

The first game of the match started off clean for Phenom as he landed early heavy attacks to put Jesse into stun. A quick commando throw from Phenom took Jess down and secured Phenom's first-round victory in only 19 seconds. 

Although it wasn’t looking good for Jesse going into the second round of the first match, Jesse buckled down and set into focus. More composed, Jesse played very defensively and stretched out the second round. Both fighters went down to (crazy) low health, with Jesse pulling off the round victory with 39 seconds left on the clock.

However, it was one of the rare highlights for Jesse in the game. 

With Phenom up on Jesse 2-0, the third match of the game set the stakes high for Jess. Despite his every counter and adjustment, Jesse simply couldn’t get a consistent bead on Phenom. Not only was the concern palpable from the audience — it was written on Jesse’s face as the fighting resumed. 

Turning into a huge offensive battle between both players, Jesse pushed and brought Phenom to the brink in an excellent show of patience and poise, stealing another round from Phenom. 

But Jesse’s success would be short-lived. In the subsequent rounds, Phenom came out swinging, pulling off punishing command throws and completing clean jump-ins. In what proved far too much for Jesse’s Dhalsim, Phenom was able to cover incredible distance and activate clutch v-triggers to win the game 3-0 and advance to face his arch nemesis Punk. 

Jesse would move down to the “loser’s” bracket to face Momochi. 

Momochi vs. Commander Jesse (Kolin vs. Dhalsim)

Despite the veritable battle he had just fought against one of the best Street Fighter V players in the world, Jesse’s next loser-goes-home matchup would be one of his hardest of the night … and perhaps his last. 

Momochi had already proven a powerful bracket competitor by defeating 801Strider and Fuudo in the first two matches of the lower bracket. And that was after he had gone 0-5 in round-robin play. However, based on matches between the two earlier in the day, Jesse had gotten the best of Momochi, so it was anybody’s game going into the first round.

Just as the game between Phenom and Jesse had started off slow, so did the first match between Momochi and Jesse. Each player played neutral, attacking intermittently to test the other before jumping in with bigger prods.

Ultimately, it was Jesse who gained first damage and a win in the first match.

However, the confident look on Jesse’s face would soon fade. 

Despite the fantastically patient play from Jesse, Momochi’s Kolin played very aggressively, mauling Jesse for huge multi-hit combos. In the second match of the game, Jesse pulled off some incredible normals, specials, and throws, but got slammed into the corner after badly faltering. Where he was able to weather Momochi in the first match, Jesse dropped both rounds of the second. 

With the bout tied 1-1, it was obvious that Momochi had flipped a switch as he stared across the stage into the very fabric of Jesse’s soul. 

From then on, Jesse had rounds where he showed echoes of his former brilliance, but nothing he did could stop the onslaught that was Momochi. At times, Jesse looked petrified, locked in place by Momochi’s viciously relentless attacks. In the third game, Momochi landed multiple consecutive throws to go up 2-1 in the game. 

Things only got horribly worse for Jesse. In the following match, Momochi straight bodied Jess in the first round. And although Jesse fought back valiantly, taking Momochi down to a tic of health, it was too little too late for the Southern California hero. 

Jesse lost 3-1 -- and Momochi put himself in position to make it to the playoffs. 

Punk v. Phenom (Cammy v. Necalli)

This was the match everyone had been waiting for. Going in, Punk talked a ton of smack to Phenom, letting him know that he wasn’t going to be bested — no matter what his opponent threw at him. Phenom took it in stride, but from his body language, it looked as if Punk’s pre-match smack talk had (perhaps) gotten under his skin. 

Phenom started the game aggressively, pummeling Punk with normals and specials, interspersing a few throws for good measure. Phenom pulled great v-triggers, too, defeating Punk in first round. 

Into the second round, Phenom once again started strong, quickly putting Punk in the corner.

As Punk missed a crucial anti-air, Phenom jumped in again, pummeling Punk to gain screen advantage. But as the first match wore on, Punk leveled the playing field with a clutch critical art and disciplined, yet terrifyingly powerful normals to come out on top 1-0 in the match. 

Despite Phenom’s aggressive play throughout the next two matches, masterful blocking and defensive play from Punk kept the Norwegian player from connecting just about anything consequential at all. In the second match, Phenom struggled to connect anything early, with Punk utterly devastating him in all aspects of the game. And although Phenom started to come back in the later rounds, Punk firmly put him in his place with a completely dominating Match 2 performance -- and one that would inform the rest of the game.

Ultimately, Phenom couldn't overcome the sheer will of Punk, the alpha. Winning the game 3-0, Punk quickly forgets Phenom and issues a warning to Tokido, his first matchup in the upcoming Invitational playoffs: 

I don't really care about many opponents. I just care about the one that I play next and that's the only guy that I feel like has haunted me -- and he's the only guy I have to beat to regain everything. And that's Tokido. I just want Tokido to know that I'm coming for him next time and it will not be as free as last time. 

Momochi v. Phenom (Kolin vs. Necalli)

When these two fighters had faced each other earlier in the day, Phenom had completely disrespected Momochi with four consecutive throws and a savage win. The crowd was ready to see if Momochi would finish his Dogura-esque lower bracket run and redeem himself against Phenom or cave under the pressure of securing so many consecutive high-profile wins.

The winner would go on to fight Dogura in the playoffs. 

As the first match of the game began, both fighters started fierce. Both immediately jumped in each other’s faces, trading normals and specials to come even in health. The intense fighting eventually subsided into more cautious approaches by both players, with each only unleashing in short spurts of violence. 

Momochi secured the first round, and the second began more freely than the first, with both Momochi and Phenom trading places in the right corner — and trading rounds. 

As Kolin neared, stun in round three, Momochi pushed Phenom across the stage and the two played in the neutral before erupting into a hail of attacks from both sides. Ultimately, Momochi won the first match to go up 1-0 in the game. 

As the game wore on, Momochi continued to bring vicious, unrelenting attacks to bear, mixing in unbelievable range to wreak havoc on Phenom. Two devastating multi-hit combos sealed the first round of the second match for Momochi as Phenom's attacks couldn't seem to find their targets. 

Going into the third match, a seemingly desperate Phenom switched from Necalli to Guile, hoping to force Momochi into a new strategy. Alas, the character change didn't change the tenacity and ferocity of Momochi’s play. The one-sided match played out completely Momochi's favor. 

Phenom went home, and Momochi spectacularly won four straight 3 out of 5 games to advance to the playoffs against Dogura.


ELEAGUE'S Street Fighter V Invitational is a five-week competition that pits some of the world's best Street Fighter pros against each other for $250,000 in prizes. Next week, Group C takes the stage. You can watch the matches on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel, as well as TBS, each Friday through June. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more coverage of the tournament, as well as Street Fighter V, as it develops.

E3 2018 Bethesda Showcase Recap: Attention, There's a New Elder Scrolls in the Works Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:50:13 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Going into E3 2018, Bethesda's press conference was one of the most hotly-anticipated keynotes of the entire show. With surprise pre-show reveals for both Rage 2 and Fallout 76 landing in May, Bethesda gave fans, critics, and journalists alike plenty of reasons to get hyped. 

So like rapt little lemmings, we all did the only thing there was to do: we tuned in. 

Thankfully, we were all right in thinking this showcase was going to have some truly killer trailers. Bethesda kept things moving fast; they showed lots of trailers and (mostly) kept the pontificating to a minimum. On top of the trailers, there were also some big (BIG) reveals. And we got a lot more info on both Rage 2 and Fallout 76

Here's everything you need to know if you (somehow) missed the livestream. 

Elder Scrolls 6

We got an Elder Scrolls 6 reveal. Holy shit. We have a teaser trailer. I repeat we have a teaser trailer. You can view it above.

We don't have a release date yet, but it's coming, folks. It's freaking coming. 


Fallout 76

Fallout 76 will release on November 14. 

First revealed on May 30, we finally got confirmation that Fallout 76 is, in fact, an entirely online open world survival RPG. You can play it solo, experiencing a story and leveling up by completing quests and other normal wasteland activities. However, the big draw is teaming up with a group of friends and exploring the wasteland. 

And to make things fit even more with the Fallout ethos, there won't be hundreds or thousands of players running around the wasteland at a single time. Instead, there will be only "dozens" of players in a given instance.  

Earlier in the day, another Fallout 76 trailer was shown during the Microsoft conference. There, Bethesda's Todd Howard said that the game would be a prequel set 25 years after the first bombs dropped. He also confirmed that the game would take place in the Appalachian Moutains of West Virginia -- and that it would be "four times bigger" than Fallout 4

But at Bethesda's press conference, we were shown more of the game. 

Players will find themselves emerging from one of the very first vaults to open up after the bombs fell. With a brand-new gameplay trailer, we got to see what the game will actually play like. I won't even try to steal the other awesomeness and beauty of it from you. You can view it above.  

Fallout 76 will employ all new rendering tech to achieve 16x the detail for the environment and weather across the map when compared to Fallout 4. And new Fallout creatures will make their debuts in Fallout 76, many of which not only look completely amazing, but ones that also use the real-life folklore of West Virginia as inspiration. 

A series of "informational" videos was also shown that expanded on what we'll see in Fallout 76's gameplay -- and how some of the game's systems work in multiplayer. You'll be able to team up with friends and create camps and settlements complete with all the accouterments you'll need to explore and conquer the wasteland. You can build wherever you want and move your settlements and camps wherever you want.

Additionally, there will also be multiple atomic missile sites peppered around the Fallout 76 map. In the vein of player agency, you can literally do whatever you want with them. You'll need to work with friends to acquire codes -- or take them off dead bodies -- to access the missiles that you can then launch on a rival camp ... or anything else you want to rain devastation upon. You'll be able to farm rare and valuable resources from the fallout areas. 

The game will feature 100% dedicated servers, and Bethesda is planning on supporting the game for years to come.  

There will be a Power Armor collector's edition that will feature a fully functional T-51 power armor helmet, an awesome glow in the dark map, figurines, and in-game bonuses. A price for the collector's edition was not revealed. Lastly, there will be a beta for the game, but no further details were revealed as of this writing. 

Rage 2

Many gamers were surprised when Bethesda announced Rage 2 back in May. Depending on what forums or social media networks you visited, you might know that a lot of fans weren't too keen on a followup to Rage, a game that met with mixed reviews when it was originally released. 

However, here we are nonetheless, talking about what we now know about the FPS sequel. But from what Bethesda has shown so far, the game doesn't look half bad. 

Following a live performance from Andrew W.K., the gameplay trailer above was shown. Player will find themselves in the shoes of Walker, the last ranger of the wasteland -- and someone who is, of course, going to save the world as he knows it.

Set against a dystopian backdrop, where the future is full of mangled and irradiated wasteland gangs, Rage 2 embraces its ludicrous nature and give players all the guns, powers, and vehicular combat they could want.

We're sure to see more of the game ahead of its Spring 2019 release.

Elder Scrolls Legends

Elder Scrolls Legends will be relaunching with improved visuals later this year. It will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. 

That's basically it. The game is still the same kickass card game you've come to love -- just now on more platforms!  

Elder Scrolls Online

Named MMO of the year for the past three years, the Elder Scrolls Online has only gotten better in the last year, with the release of the Morrowind and Summerset DLCs greatly expanding the game.

Bethesda announced two brand-new DLCs -- both slated to come out some time this year. The first will be a dungeon-centric DLC named Wolfhunter. All we currently know is that it will "be based on werewolves." No other information was provided.

The other DLC will be story DLC set in Murkmire. This one will go into deep Argonian lore and culture. 

Yep, we're going back to Blackmarsh. 

Doom Eternal

It was just a trailer, but Doom guy facing off against hordes of demons and hellknights in a hellscape right here on Earth. Crushing skulls and pumping shotties, Doom guy  is ready to save the world (again). 

Doom Eternal will be a direct sequel to 2016's rebooted Doom. The Doom-slayer will be even more powerful this time around, facing off against twice as many demons than in the original game. 

A pure callback to Doom II: Hell on Earth, Doom Eternal will premiere in full at Quake Con in August. 


If you haven't played Prey, you should do yourself a favor: stop reading this and go play it. 

And considering how good the game is and well players and critics alike have received it, there was little doubt it would be eventually receiving DLC. 

In fact, it's receiving two DLC packs. 

"Mooncrash" (a $19.99 add-on available right now) sees the player venture to the moon and fight mimics and all things that are bad. From the trailer above, it looks like a survival battle simulation gauntlet. It also looks like you'll probably die a lot. 

Then there's "Typhon Hunter", which features a tense MP mode of 1v5. Here, in what's essentially Extinction, one player goes toe to toe with five mimics, who can be anything in the game, creating a fierce game of cat and mouse.\

"Typhon Hunter" will be available later this summer, and it will support VR.


Starting things off, Wolfenstein 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 29. 

However, that's not the biggest news of the night featuring our favorite Nazi killer.

Wolfenstein's next adventure will put players in the boots of BJ's twin daughters. Wolfenstein: Young Blood pushes the Wolfenstein story forward to the 1980s, where the future is a bleak and violent place.

It will be a co-op experience, where you can play solo but also with friends. Young Blood is set to release sometime in 2019

Lastly, Wolfenstein: Cyber Pilot will is a VR game currently in the works. The only information given was that players will be able to hack into Nazi units to save the world. 

Fallout Shelter

The mobile simulation game that's been played by 120 million people since its release three years ago, Fallout Shelter is about to see an influx of even more players. 

The big news is that the game will be coming to the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch -- right now. It's completely free.  

Elder Scrolls: Blades

Elder Scrolls: Blades is taking the franchise back to its roots in games like Elder Scrolls: Arena. Set to release for mobile devices this fall, players can currently sign up for early access at It will be free to play. 

The game uses touch controls to move -- or those with dual sticks can use those as well. Procedurally generated dungeons and hand-crafted levels is set to bring the Elder Scrolls experience to a small screen -- but with a big bang. 

Blades will have several modes, such as The Abyss, a roguelike experience with endless dungeons, and The Arena, where players will do battle one on one with other players. 

What's more, there will be a story and quest mode that will employ a town hub. You'll be tasked with rebuilding your home town, upgrading structures, and decorating buildings. As your town levels, you'll get new NPCs and quests. 

Blades will be coming to phones every device Bethesda can get it on: PCs, consoles, VR on mobile, and high-end VR on PCs. All of the platforms will connect to each other, where, for example, mobile players can play against VR players.


It's been 25 years since Bethesda developed a brand-new franchise. And in a look at the future of the company, Todd Harris showed that new IP during the company's presser.

The trailer starts out in space, with the camera looking down at the edge of a planet as a star peeks out from behind the bottom edge of the planet. A space station comes into view and the trailer ends as something appears to engulf the space station (or perhaps it goes into a type of hyperspace?).

Either way, the trailer looks great despite not knowing a single thing about it outside of the name and that it's probably set in space and some type of sci-fi RPG (yes, that last part is me just guessing).

There is no release date for Starfield at this time. 


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on all of these games as they develop. 

Kingdom Hearts 3 to Launch in January Sun, 10 Jun 2018 10:49:56 -0400 Erroll Maas

At the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour - in Los Angeles, it was announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 will now launch on January 29, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a delay from the original 2018 launch window.

Game Director Tetsuya Nomura apologized for the slight delay and said to look forward to several trailers during E3 2018.

Square Enix will have their own E3 2018 video presentation on Monday June 11 at 10 AM PST, and Kingdom Hearts 3 will be playable on the E3 show floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 12 through June 14.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019.

Kingdom Hearts 3 was first announced to be in development during the E3 2013 Sony Press Conference and has had a number of different trailers throughout the last five years. Although Kingdom Hearts 3 is meant to be the last game in the 'Xehanort Saga', we should expect to see the series continue in the future.

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more E3 2018 news as it happens.

Unravel Two Out Now! Sat, 09 Jun 2018 21:16:32 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

The EA Press Conference had some great announcements including more details on Anthem, the announcement of the Respawn Star Wars game titled Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and FIFA 19. One of the more surprise announcements was about a sequel to the 2016 puzzle platform game Unravel.

During the EA Press Conference, a sequel titled Unravel Two was announced with a release the same day. In Unravel Two, you get a partner to play with which allows the game to become a co-op experience. 

In Unravel Two, you play as a red and blue Yarny. You use yarn from your body to swing to platforms, grab items and pull things in order to solve the puzzles. The new feature to the sequel is that you can play co-op style with a friend!

If you don't have a friend to play with, no worries! You can easily play the game solo and have control of both Yarnys. 

Unravel Two is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. 


Did you play Unravel? Are you going to check out the sequel? Let us know in the comments!

FIFA 19: New Modes, New Experiences Sat, 09 Jun 2018 19:12:37 -0400 Stephen_1992

As some may know FIFA 19 was announced recently at E3 and along with that come some big changes. FIFA 19 will introduce UEFA Champions league, Europa league, Super Cup, and Journey: Champions on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox 1, and PC. 

According to EA, the UEFA Champions league has been one of the most highly requested additions. One of the worlds biggest competitions will come to the game for the first time. In the UEFA Champions tournament players can play a custom version where they control a club of their choice or play through the group stage of the final. 

In Journey: Champions you play as Alex Hunter. He is competing for the UEFA Champions league trophy in a narrative story mode. 

Some of the new features allow players to control the pitch of every moment from tactical approaches to the technical touch. The brand new active touch system improves upon how players interact with the ball. The Dynamic Tactics system lets players set up their squad and customize their tactical approach. Also 50/50 balls will be decided by player attributes and reactions across the pitch. 

And to top it all off the cover stars for FIFA 19 are Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr, some of the biggest names in the biggest names in the soccer world.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more FIFA 19 news as it comes. 

Devolver Digital Teases Potential Metal Wolf Chaos Remaster Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:58:20 -0400 Erroll Maas

Devolver Digital has teased Metal Wolf Chaos by tweeting the presidential seal found in the game (seen below).

Originally released for the Xbox in Japan in 2004, Metal Wolf Chaos is a third-person mecha shooter developed by FromSoftware. It stars fictional president, Michael Wilson, as he goes on a mission to save the country from the evil Vice President, Richard Hawk, who has taken over the country in a coup d'etat.

The game was never released in English despite having English dialogue.

In January, Devolver Digital contacted FromSoftware via Twitter regarding Metal Wolf Chaos. A possible upcoming announcement of a localization or remaster may have been the end result.

Devolver Digital will host their E3 2018 press conference on June 10 at 8:00 p.m. PST. It will be the company's second E3 conference, after previously hosting one last year.

Make sure to keep an eye on GameSkinny for more E3 2018 news and updates.

Hearthstone: Best New Arena-Only Cards for Taverns of Time Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:55:21 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Blizzard recently announced that Hearthstone players will soon be enjoying another Arena event called "Taverns of Time." This event will be available for a limited time and, among other things, will feature 28 new Arena-only cards. You can view the full list of cards and additional event details on the official Blizzard website. If you wish to prepare yourself, however, here are a few highlight cards which are sure to be impactful for the duration of the event.


Harbinger of Catastrophe is great in terms of stats -- a "Boulderfist Dragon" so to speak. The usefulness of its effect, however, will largely depend on the cards left in each player's deck, which can make it either highly beneficial or detrimental to the owner.


Hunter is at the very bottom of Arena meta right now; players know it and developers know it. That is why Chronoshot was created, no doubt. It's a slightly more expensive Rogue's Sap, but it also combines the effect of Hunter's existing Freezing Trap, and if you manage to play it on a minion that costs 9 or more, it will prevent the opponent from playing it ever again.


This card is comparable to the wild-only Cabalist's Tome, which added three random mage spells to your hand. With Consider the Past, the card pool is quite limited ("from the past" implies only wild cards) and there are certainly some powerful outcomes with spells like Flamecannon, Unstable Portal, and the infamous Firelands Portal.


Unusually enough, most of the new neutral cards are quite strong, but Possibility Seeker definitely stands out. It has great stats and offers you the utility of a complete redraw should you find your current options lacking.


Bronze Broodmother comes with both an advantage and a minor drawback -- it provides you with an additional body for potential buff cards, completely for free. The minor drawback is that your opponent will know exactly what you have drawn. 


Priest is left out, with somewhat underwhelming new options. Ripple in Time is not great, but discovering a minion is flexible, and if you can manage to play it more than once, then it definitely adds value to your deck.


Stat-wise, Thief of Futures is really, really weak, but it provides you with an additional card and, more importantly, reveals information on what card your opponent is about to draw. A highly useful ability for a reactive class like Rogue.


Shaman is once again treated to a powerful Arena-only card, this time with Master of Realities. It doesn't suffer from almost any stat drawbacks, and its powerful ongoing effect can quickly spiral out of control if left unattended.


It's not like Warlocks require any additional card draws, but drawing two cards with Grasp the Future and reducing their cost, while also not affecting your life total, is awesome, especially for the reasonable cost at 4 mana.


The effect of Fatecleaver will not trigger often, and its potential utility is yet to be tested. However, it can easily be compared to Paladin's Truesilver Champion, minus the healing, which makes it an excellent mid-game weapon.


The Taverns of Time event will begin on June 11 and last until July 3Are you excited for the new event and cards? Will you be participating in the Arena during the event? Let us know in the comments below. And for more Hearthstone-related content check out other articles and guides on GameSkinny:

Paladins Coming to the Switch on June 12 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:26:11 -0400 Zach Hunt

Hi-Rez Studios announced today that its massively popular hero shooter, Paladins, will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 12. Not only will fans of the hit game be able to play on the go, but Paladins will run at a silky-smooth 60 frames per second (in both docked and handheld modes) and feature crossplay support between Xbox One and Switch players. You can check out the full Switch launch trailer in the video above.

Pre-orders are available now for the Founder's Pack on the Nintendo eShop. For $29.99, players will get full access to all 36 currently available Champions, any future Champions, and a host of exclusive cosmetic items. A free-to-play version is slated to release at some point this summer.

Although Paladins only recently officially launched on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, more than 25 million players across the globe have been singing its praises since it went into open beta back in September of 2016. Over that course of time, the game's trademark card-based loadout system and addictive gameplay have helped it to amass a devoted fanbase that is sure to be thrilled by this announcement.

Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for all things Paladins, and if you haven't already, check out our collection of Paladins guides so that you'll have a leg up on the competition come June 12.

Fortnite Leaked Skins: Flytrap, Chrome Commandos, and More! Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:21:42 -0400 Ty Arthur

There's always something new getting added to Fortnite, whether an insane guided rocket (RIP -- we miss you, old friend) or the silly Bouncer Trap that just arrived in today's v4.3 update.

The oft-neglected Save the World mode is finally getting some shiny new Commando hero skins tomorrow, along with a slew of skins and gliders for Battle Royale that haven't officially been announced but leaked thanks to some glorious data miners.

New Fortnite Skins and Heroes

The super-cool, liquid-metal Diecast Jonesy and Chromium Ramirez heroes will become available in the Save the World Event Store on June 6 at 8 p.m. ET.

Both are Commando heroes (a subset of the Soldier class), so it's likely they will have the Goin' Commando, Debilitating Shots, Easy Operation, and Frag Grenade skills.

On the Battle Royale side, unquestionably the biggest news on leaked skins is the bizarre Flytrap, who melds the superhero theme with the prehistoric connotations of Season 4.

That glider in particular is amazing to behold, although the distinctive coloration on the skin makes it seem like anyone sporting the Flytrap is going to stick out like a sore thumb and make themselves a big target.

 New Fortnite Flytrap skin and glider

Next up are the superheroine Ventura and the aerial dogfighter-themed Bomber Royale, bringing in something a little different beyond what the average player is sporting these days.

Expect these three new Fortnite Battle Royale skins to set you back 800 v-bucks (or 1,500 in the bundle versions with a glider or pickaxe).

 Ventura and Bomber Royale skins

It's currently unknown specifically when the Flytrap, Ventura, and Bomber Royale skins will become available, but they could possibly land as early as later this week when the Season 4, Week 6 challenges go live.

Finally, the Rambunctious, Laugh It Up, and Boogie Down emotes have also been discovered by intrepid data miners, which should run between 500-800 v-bucks when they finally arrive in the store.

What new skin are you most looking forward to trying out? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our Fortnite guides here at GameSkinny:

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Para Bellum Event Guide and Elite Thatcher Set Details Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:42:48 -0400 Ty Arthur

Season 2 of Year 3 in Rainbow Six Siege kicks off with the Operation: Para Bellum event, and as expected, it brings in a host of changes and new additions to spice up the game.

Already live on the PC test server, the full version of Operation Para Bellum arrives later this month for all players and will offer two new defender Operators, a Pick & Ban system to ban certain Operators from play for more strategy, and the long-awaited elite Thatcher skin.

Operation Para Bellum Guide

There's a lot of new material to cover, so let's dive into what's included with this new Rainbow Six Siege event! First up are the new Operators, Maestro and Alibi from the Gruppo di Intervento Speciale counter-terrorism unit, who have massively different play styles.

New Operator: Alibi
  • Type: Defender
  • Speed: Fast
  • Armor: Light
  • Primary Loadout: Mx4 Storm, ACS12
  • Secondary Loadout: Keratos .357 Pistol, Bailiff 410 Pistol
  • Side Gadgets: Impact Grenade, Deployable Shield

Alibi comes with the unique Prisma gadget that projects holograms of herself. Any player shooting or interacting with the holograms will be marked, and the holograms can even announce a "Defender Outside" warning to Attackers, leading them away from the real player. For sneaky players who like misdirection, Alibi is the way to go.

 Rainbow Six Siege Operator Alibi

New Operator: Maestro
  • Type: Defender
  • Speed: Slow
  • Armor: Heavy
  • Primary Loadout: ALDA 5.56, ACS12
  • Secondary Loadout: Keratos .357 Pistol, Bailiff 410 Pistol
  • Side Gadgets: Barbed Wire, Deployable Shield

Don't let the similar weapons fool you, because Maestro is the polar opposite of Alibi! Although slower and more heavily armored, he's also a perfect recon scout. His unique ability is the Evil Eye gadget that can be set on a floor or wall and then controlled remotely.

Not only does this allow for overwatch possibilities with its remote camera (and it can see through smoke!), but it can also open up to fire lasers at passing enemies. Best of all, while the lasers aren't deployed, the evil eye is completely immune to ranged and melee damage.

 Rainbow Six Siege Operator Maestro

Thatcher Elite Set and New Map

Aside from the two new Operators, what we've all been waiting for is the Thatcher Elite skin set, which leaked months back but hasn't show up until now. 

The Thatcher Elite set includes the Operation Nimrod Uniform, Fookin Smooth victory animation, Screw Top gadget skin, Elite Thatcher Chibi, and Maggie’s Resolve weapon skin on the L85A2, M590A1, and P226 MK25. The new skins will be available in the Thatcher’s Uniform section as soon as Operation Para Bellum officially launches.

The whole elite set bundle is expected to cost 1,800 R6 Credits (or 1,620 if you've got the Year 3 pass). 

 The Thatcher Elite set is almost here!

Finally, we also get Villa, the 20th map to arrive for the game so far, and it includes many tactical features to get used to, like secret hatches, staircases, and tight tunnels.

Focusing around a home owned by a crime family, we've actually already seen quite a bit of what will be on display here back when the map made its debut at the Season 7 Pro League Finals in Atlantic City.

The big thing to remember in Villa as an attacker is that many of the walls and ceilings are destructible, and the cellar entrance to the basement is a much safer bet than heading upstairs. The upstairs bomb sites are located on the sides of a long, wide hallway, so getting to those sites as an attacker is more challenging if you are trying to take a straightforward route.

None of the bomb sites have external access, so you can't jump through a window and then defend from a distance. The map is designed to force a team to defend a site from the same room.

On the defending side, make use of the secret hatches and quick staircases that lead to other bomb sites. For instance, the kitchen has a very fast entrance through the pantry to the basement.

            Villa Attacker spawn sites

Will you be loading up Rainbow Six Siege again to jump in on the Operation Para Bellum event, and what new elements of the game are you most looking forward to trying out? Sound off in the comments below!

Street Fighter V Invitational Group A Highlights Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:43:27 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It's no surprise ELEAGUE's Street Fighter V Invitational Group A matches were full of thrills and clutch performances. 

With some of the best players in the world facing off for a chance at $250,000 in prize money, all bets were off. And even though the high-energy atmosphere carried with it a sense of camaraderie and respect, it wasn't long before the gloves came off. 

After several hours of round-robin play, where the players fought for a place in the Invitational's Group A finals, there were a few interesting surprises in both the upper and lower brackets. For starters, both MenaRD and PR Balrog found themselves on the outside looking in when the Group A finals began. A feisty Dogura had handed each of them eliminations in some truly inspiring play in the lower bracket.  

But perhaps even more unexpected was that Jonathan "JB" Bautista, winner of ELEAGUE's The Challenger: Street Fighter V competition series, found himself in Group A's Top 3 alongside EVO champions Luffy and Tokido. 

As the combatants prepared to face each other in the finals, stakes were high: Two street fighters would go home, while two would advance to the Invitational's ultimate arena. 

JB v. Tokido (Rashid v. Akuma)

The first match of the finals saw JB taking on Tokido. It was the quintessential David vs. Goliath match: a champion facing an up-and-coming star.

It's true that JB's made a name for himself in areas of the FGC because of his Rashid main and performances at NLBC and WNF, but facing such a tough opponent in Tokido was an almost impossible task from the start.

JB fought valiantly as he and Tokido respectfully duked it out in the match's early games, testing each other with quick normals and EX prods. However, JB's aggressive play led to some missed opportunities and left him vulnerable at key moments -- which Tokido took full of advantage of.

Ultimately, Tokido's Akuma proved too much for JB and Rashid. Tokido's compact play led him to victory in the fourth game of the match as he drove JB into a corner, activating for heavy damage. Tokido followed up with an expert Sekia Kuretsuha to send the relative newcomer to the lower bracket to face Dogura.

JB v. Dogura (Rashid v. Urien)

This was a match that saw some truly great play between two tenacious combatants, with both JB and Dogura showcasing amazing offensive and defensive capabilities. Dogura had already beaten (however shakily) MenaRD and PR Balrog, so he was well warmed up for JB as the bout began -- but that didn't mean he came out swinging. 

Early in the first round of the first match, it was a defensive battle between the two, each feeling the other out with quick attacks and baits. A few clutch plays from JB and misses by Dogura helped JB win two rounds in the match, but ultimately, Dogura proved too much for the youngblood challenger: expert knee drops and throws by Dogura initiated stuns at key moments, leaving JB wide open for devastating combos. 

In the final round of the match, Dogura unleashed a near-perfect Aegis. And although blocked by JB, what appeared to be a missed final block opened him to a Dogura normal followed by a devastating EX counter that secured Dogura's 3-0 win, sending JB home.

Tokido v. Luffy (Akuma v. R. Mika) 

With JB eliminated from play, focus shifted to what would become the bout of the night. Two EVO champions facing off in Group A was surely exciting, but what would happen next was something that may very well be forever etched in Street Fighter's lore. 

In a match that went for five riveting rounds, Luffy's R.Mika utterly devastated Tokido's Akuma in the first two games. In Round 2 of the first game, Luffy was so effective that he gained a perfect victory over Tokido in only 19 seconds, shocking the crowd and commentators alike. 

However, Tokido was undeterred and came storming back. In what might be one of the best examples of focus in all of Street Fighter V play, Tokido recalculated his enemy and tweaked his strategy to land combo after combo on his opponent, effectively using nullifiers, counters, and clutch defensive play (alongside the rarely used dive kick) to best his opponent 3-2. 

Yes, Tokido, down 2-0 in the match, won three games in a row against one of Europe's best players to advance to the Invitational's finals. It was one of the most insanely entertaining finishes in professional Street Fighter

Luffy v. Dogura (R. Mika v. Urien)

Coming off such an exciting match in Luffy v. Tokido, the match between Luffy and Dogura took on new meaning. Going into the match, Luffy seemed to have lost the swagger he had held only half an hour before. It was clear that the loss to Tokido had affected him in both attitude and play. 

As the first game got underway in this final match of the night, both players attacked aggressively, trying to body the other into submission. Much like in the bout between Luffy and Tokido, Luffy proved how powerful R. Mika really is as he employed and landed throw after throw, giant swing after giant swing. He won the first game but struggled in the second. 

There, Dogura took both rounds with patient, methodical play, something that would come to define not only Dogura's play over the next three games but his play throughout the rest of the match. Alongside a few missed Nadeshikos and mistimed throws from Luffy, it was a strategy that saw Dogura best Luffy and advance into the finals, capping a task most thought incredibly improbable at the beginning of the night. 


ELEAGUE'S Street Fighter V Invitational is a five-week competition that pits some of the world's best Street Fighter pros against each other for $250,000 in prizes. Next week, Group B takes the stage. You can watch the matches on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel, as well as TBS, each Friday through June.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more coverage of the tournament, as well as Street Fighter V, as it develops.

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn to Release Outside of Japan Thu, 31 May 2018 16:52:22 -0400 Erroll Maas

Sega Amusements has announced via Twitter that House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn, the newest entry in the House of the Dead series, will release in arcades outside of Japan in the near future.

Scarlet Dawn is set after The House of the Dead 4, and players can take on the role of either new protagonist Ryan Taylor -- the younger brother of James Taylor from The House of the Dead 2 and The House of the Dead 4 -- or returning character Kate Green, first introduced in The House of the Dead 4. These two characters are on an undercover mission in a place known as Scarecrow's Mansion when a mysterious man unleashes the undead on an unsuspecting populace.

Previously, gameplay footage was revealed from location tests at select arcades in Japan before the full release.

Given the previous console releases of The House of the Dead 4 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, it can be assumed that Scarlet Dawn may have a console release at a later date.

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn news and updates.

PAX West Dates Announced, Tickets Officially On Sale Thu, 31 May 2018 16:05:02 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Every year, thousands of gamers flock to the Pacific Coast to take part in one of the industry's most exciting conventions: PAX West. 

This time around, the event will once again be held in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center from August 31 to September 3. The convention will be entering its 14th year and is sure to be a blast full of expert panels, awesome games, can't-miss performances, and more. 

Tickets and badges for the expo are currently available for purchase via the PAX West website, with single-day badges setting you back $50. You'll want to hurry, though: as of this writing, Saturday passes are already sold out, with Friday and Sunday passes showing "Low" availability. 

BYOC passes are currently unavailable for purchase, but according to a press release, they will be on sale soon. However, there's currently no word on what exactly "soon" means. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on PAX West as it develops! 

Sonic Mania Adventures Episode Three Available to Watch Today Thu, 31 May 2018 15:36:55 -0400 Zach Hunt

If you're a fan of all things Sonic, you're probably already familiar with the hit animated miniseries Sonic Mania Adventures, written and directed by Tyson Hesse, who is best known for the opening animation on Sonic Mania.

Well, the third of five installments was released today, and you can check it out right now in the video above or by heading over to the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel.

We won't spoil anything, but here's a basic synopsis from a press release:

Today’s episode follows Knuckles the Echidna on his quest to guard the Master Emerald on Angel Island. Ever since Dr. Eggman and Sonic first appeared on the island, trouble has followed. Fearing the worst, Knuckles has been watching over the Emerald constantly to ensure that nobody — robot or hedgehog — gets their hands on it. Just as Knuckles finds a safe location, a mysterious figure appears in the shadows. Find out who it is in the third installment of Sonic Mania Adventures now!

In case you're just now hopping on the Sonic Mania Adventures bandwagon, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 to get caught up. There's really no better way to get psyched for the upcoming release of Sonic Mania Plus on July 17. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the trailer below for what promises to be the ultimate version of the 2017 critical darling.

Happy watching!

ELEAGUE Will Use Eye-Tracking Tech to Highlight Street Fighter's World Warriors Thu, 31 May 2018 13:01:30 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Eye-tracking technology has been around for quite a while now. In fact, the technology is a key feature in many modern gaming monitors, helping users perform actions faster and easier for certain applications, including gaming.  

Because the tech can help developers and analysts better determine user intent, attention, and focus, eye-tracking is also used to gather user information to make programs and user experiences better. 

Now, the technology is being used for a slightly different purpose: learning why -- and how -- Street Fighter pros are some of the most talented eSports contenders in the world. 

Working alongside longstanding partner Dell Gaming, ELEAGUE is set to (potentially) unveil the age-old secrets behind high-level Street Fighter V play at its upcoming Street Fighter V Invitational in Atlanta, GA. The Invitational will mark the first time the eye movements of combatants have been tracked in-game to gain insight into player strategies. 

Tournament commentators and analysts will use the technology to provide unprecedented insight into the split-second, match-defining decisions pros make during each and every bout -- and then relay that to fans and spectators through special "getting technical" segments during each broadcast. 

As esports continue to grow, technology presents unique opportunities for fans to have a window into the decision making of these highly skilled pro players.

Like in traditional sports, these esports stars have distinct abilities that we can now show as part of ELEAGUE’s live event coverage, and we are excited to offer viewers an unprecedented level of access to live fighting game competition through our partnership with Dell.

-- Robert Occhialini, Vice President, esports Products and Technology, Turner Sports

The five-week tournament, which kicks off June 1 at 3 p.m. EDT on ELEAGUE's Twitch channel, will see 22 competitors duking it out for $250,000 in prize money. Featured matches will air each Friday at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT on TBS throughout the month of June. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on ELEAGUE and the Street Fighter V Invitational. 

Kickstarter Campaign for Temtem Launched Wed, 30 May 2018 17:15:24 -0400 Erroll Maas

Madrid-based developer Crema has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming monster-raising RPG, Temtem.

Temtem takes place on a group of six floating islands known as the Airborne Archipelago, where humans and creatures known as Temtem coexist. All islands have a different type of environment, but all residents have a passion for raising and battling the titular creatures. 

As a tamer, players will forge a bond with their Temtem by capturing and training them. Temtem battles are primarily two-on-two but may be two-on-one when encountering wild Temtems, and can be one-on-one between tamers. Rather than just a primarily single-player experience, Temtem features a massively multiplayer online world where players can become friends, battle, and trade. Temtem's campaign will also be fully co-op compatible, and players will be able to experience their adventure together and participate in dual battles.

Additionally, Temtem will feature competitive battling where each player will pick 10 Temtem and decide which of their opponent's Temtem they would like to ban, resulting in teams of four. Competing players will be able to have both single and dual battles.

While the primary purpose of Temtem is battling them against each other, compatible Temtem can also breed to create offspring. Temtem features a distinct breeding mechanic where offspring will inherit stats and movesets but the parents will have a genetic degradation value, so they can only breed a specific amount of times.

Temtem will also include customizable housing for your player character after finishing the main campaign. The player character will also be fully customizable.

Temtem's main campaign goal is $70,000 USD, with some revealed stretch goals and others to be revealed as other goals are met. The final stretch goal is a Nintendo Switch release in addition to PC.

The Kickstarter campaign for Temtem will end on July 1, 2018. Interested players can follow the Kickstarter page, Twitter, Facebook page, or join the Discord for updates. Players can put Temtem on their Steam wishlist as well.

Keep your eyes on GameSkinny for more updates on Temtem in the future.

World of Warcraft: Moon Guard's Tournament of Ages Set to Return in August 2018 Wed, 30 May 2018 16:19:15 -0400 MathorZJ

Have you ever felt like World of Warcraft has lost touch with the "RP" in MMORPG? Are you one of the many who shun the retail version of this historic game because of a lack of community and player involvement? Are you like me, eager to experience something different in World of Warcraft but not sure where to start? Well, today I present to you a remedy to all of these issues, one of the grandest annual events in WoW roleplaying: the Tournament of Ages on Moon Guard (NA).

Behold the Charmer of Penguins!

Nestled deep in the forgotten and foreboding zone of Icecrown buzzed thousands of hopeful roleplayers, gamers, and noobs alike in what has to be one of the most memorable experiences I, a longtime World of Warcraft player, have ever experienced in any game, like, ever. Never before have I seen the Argent Tournament Grounds -- or any place in WoW -- so alive. There were jesters, knights, penguin charmers, adventurers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, cultists, contestants, shopkeepers, scholars, thieves, and potentially every other archetype imaginable humming with excitement over the spectacle of the event unfolding before players' eyes.

Throughout the much-too-short event, I, a human priest, got drunk with a dwarf; stumbled into the midst of a motorbike gang; got charmed by the magics of a passing temptress; experienced contests of riddles, fighting, riding, jousting, and storytelling; bought soba noodles from a friendly-yet-suspicious Pandaren (was that you, Nomi?); and met a wide array of amazing people -- both in and out of character -- all whilst patrolling the (surprisingly large) grounds of the Argent Tournament.

Not yet sold on the magic of this experience? Feel free to take a look at the YouTube video below in which I (in sloppy first person) patrol the grounds of the event!

Returning in 2018

And yes, I realize I'm "a bit" late to the party with this posting. The 2017 event has long since passed as Icecrown, yet again, has returned to its icy slumber. However! For you players who missed out on this experience, or for those who attended the tournament yet thought it was a one-time thing, the event will return for 2018! In fact, preparations are already underway as the event quickly approaches (set to occur August 5-11). If you'd like to contribute to the event, or just plan accordingly, head on over to the WoW Moon Guard forums or to the Tournament of Ages website at Also, be sure to check out their epic and official trailer for the upcoming 2018 event in the YouTube video included in the header! Hope to see you there!

Stick with GameSkinny for more information on the Tournament of Ages and all things World of Warcraft!

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced for Fall Release Wed, 30 May 2018 14:34:44 -0400 Zach Hunt

Tired of playing as the good guys?

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games officially announced today that LEGO DC Super-Villains will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 16. 

Set to feature a roster of classic baddies from throughout the DC Universe, LEGO DC Super-Villains will allow players to create and customize their own villainous main character and then team up with notable baddies such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, and Harley Quinn in order to thwart the plans of a mysterious group calling themselves "The Justice Syndicate."

Allegedly, the Justice League has decided to take a sabbatical, and this new group of wannabes has decided to fill the void. It will be up to players and their team of antiheroes to uncover and put a stop to whatever the Syndicate is up to.

Naturally, being a LEGO game, two-player local co-op hilarity is sure to ensue.

Pre-orders are available now for the Deluxe Edition of LEGO DC Super-Villains, which will include the game, Season Pass content, and early access to the "DC Super-Villains: TV Series" DLC Character Pack. Physical versions will also come with a LEGO minifigure of Lex Luthor Superman; digital versions are set to include the "Justice League Dark" DLC Character Pack.

Be sure to stick with GameSkinny as we learn more about LEGO DC Super-Villains in the coming months.

Intellivision Set to Revive Atari Rivalry? Wed, 30 May 2018 11:17:14 -0400 Jonathan Moore

When it originally released in 1978, the Intellivision was an impressive piece of hardware. It was also the primary competition to Atari's 2600 home console. 

Fast forward more than 30 years, and it appears Intellivision is gearing up to re-enter to console space -- and potentially reignite its rivalry with Atari. 

Details on the company's newly announced system are sparse, but we do know from industry insiders that the company is looking to develop a new system that everyone -- even non-gamers -- can enjoy (what that exactly means is still up in the air). However, we do know that the new Intellivision won't necessarily focus on console classics such as Donkey Kong Jr., Qbert, or Demon Attack -- at least no in NES Classic style. 

This is going to be something new

What makes the news about an Intellivision revival even more compelling is that many of the original leadership and development team members are returning for the new console. Tommy Tallarico, the host of Video Games Live, has been named President of Intellivision Productions, the company responsible for the development of the new system. 

With the release of the Atari VCS on the horizon, a console more reminiscent of the revivals promulgated by Nintendo of late, it almost appears as if the decades-old rivalry between the two companies is set to renew.  

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the current gaming space, one where the home console landscape is dominated by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. It remains to be seen if the current generation of gamers will even care about a new Intellivision. Will the name of a company that shuttered its doors just as the golden age of console gaming began its climb to its zenith resonate in 2018+? 

We'll just have to wait and see...

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Intellivision's new console as it develops. 

Bethesda Announces Fallout 76 Wed, 30 May 2018 10:33:19 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Update 5/31: According to sources, Fallout 76 will be an online survival game in the vein of Rust and DayZ. 

After hours and hours and hours of livestream teasing, Bethesda finally unveiled the next installment of the Fallout franchise this morning: Fallout 76

Details on the game are scant (read: basically nonexistent). All we know about the game so far is what's shown in the teaser video above, its name, and that it will have "online" capabilities -- which in the age of the Internet tells us very, very little. 

However, unless Fallout 76 dramatically deviates from the other games in the franchise, we can safely say this new game from Bethesda is going to be either an ARPG like Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4 or a return to the franchise's isometric roots a la Fallout and Fallout 2

Dare we get excited for a new Fallout: Tactics?

We'll know a lot more about the game come E3 2018. Bethesda will be hosting its press conference June 10 at 6:30 p.m. PDT.  You can watch the livestream of the event on Bethesda's Twitch and YouTube channels. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Fallout 76 as it develops.  

The First Fortnite Vehicle Will Be ... a Shopping Cart! Tue, 29 May 2018 14:23:15 -0400 Ty Arthur

Its been a crazy week for everyone's favorite Battle Royale game so far, with the Season 4, Week 5 challenge delayed till the 31st, the makers of PUBG officially suing Epic in Korean court, and news arriving of the first-ever Fortnite vehicle!

When it was revealed that Black Ops 4's "Blackout" mode would have land, sea, and air vehicles we should have all realized the other Battle Royale games would have to follow suit.

In typical silly fashion, Fortnite's vehicle offering is a little off the beaten path, as it will see you rolling down hills and staircases in a stolen shopping cart!

 Coming soon! 

Fortnite Shopping Cart Gameplay

The shopping cart arrives with the v3.4 update coming soon. While there hasn't been any concrete info yet, at the least I'd expect the aiming reticle to be removed or perhaps changed while in the cart, much like with the jetpack. Its also not clear yet if the Fortnite shopping cart propels itself somehow (rocket boosters maybe?) or if you actually need a second person to push you.

At this point, we would expect them to be legendary drops like the jetpack, but it seems odd that they would pop out of a chest. Maybe shopping carts appear as floor drops or are dispensed from a vending machine setup instead? Its also possible they may spawn at very specific locations to create a feeding frenzy at those spots to try to get to the shopping cart first.

Luckily, we can expect to see some Fortnite shopping cart gameplay arrive within the next day or so with full answers on all these questions. Assuming this doesn't end up being like the jetpacks that took months to come "soon," expect the shopping cart to arrive on May 31 with the delayed Week 5 challenges!

While we wait on the shopping cart, check out the other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny below:

Agony Is Getting Censored After All ... but Wait Until You See What's Been Left In Tue, 29 May 2018 13:05:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

There's no question Agony was sold on the strength of its boundary-pushing content, taking place directly in hell and featuring eye-popping visuals that merge sexuality and torment in a way that would make Giger proud.

Fans who have been around since the crowdfunding campaign are in for a bit of an unpleasant surprise, though, as it appears there will be some censorship on the finished product after all.

Agony's Uncensored Patch Gets Nixed

This news mostly affects the PC crowd, as console versions were always going to have to be toned down to get approval from Microsoft and Sony (much like Conan: Exiles losing its flapping genitals during character creation on the console editions).

 There's still plenty of bloody bits in unexpected places, though ...

While you can get away with more on Steam than on Xbox One or PS4, the megalithic PC gaming platform still has certain content that is considered taboo -- as many visual novel developers recently discovered when their game was placed under review or booted off the service.

Steam fans were expecting an official patch to be made available straight from the developers to get the full Adults Only-rating content. There was good reason to expect this, as Madmind Studios repeatedly stated such a patch was coming in official backer news updates and general forum posts.

At the 11th hour, that plan has been axed entirely. There's no patch coming, and some content will never be added back into the game for you to experience first-hand.

As you would expect, the Steam forums have exploded with angry fans claiming they will refund and even directing other players to lodge complaints with the FTC for false advertising.

What's In and What's Out

Before you start calling the local Better Business Bureau to complain about the reduced vagina count in hell, there is some good news.

It turns out there's less reason to be angry than you'd expect, considering what is making it into the final product. According to a statement from Madmind, all of this content made it past the censors into the launch version on Steam:

  • Gore
  • Brutal Sex Scenes
  • Lesbian and Gay Sex Scenes
  • Genital Physics
  • Eye Gouging
  • Heart Plucking
  • Children Heads Exploding
  • Setting Fire to Martyrs and Demons
  • Intense Violence
  • Strong Language
  • Drugs

Whew ... that's quite a checklist, and honestly, I didn't ever expect to see all those words go together in the same place before! So what exactly got culled out? According to that same statement from Madmind Studios:

Firstly, we have managed to include a lot of things that we originally wanted to provide in the patch in the final game. It has been accepted by PEGI and other rating companies. The censorship now affects only several seconds from two endings (out of seven) and some scenes that may be unlocked only after the end of the game.

How to View Agony's Censored Content

SECOND UPDATE: A new version of the video is now available for streaming or direct download from the developer right here.

UPDATE: The removed content video was uploaded to YouTube... and then promptly removed for (obviously) violating their standards. We'll get this updated when it goes live on some other service. How Madmind didn't see that coming is beyond baffling.

Having mercy on all us deviant psychopaths who need to witness the horrors of a sexed-up hell, Madmind announced all the cut content will be made available in a video clip.

In other words, it appears we can officially put down the pitchforks and torches. While you won't get to play it in-game, you can still see everything that was cut.

Right now the big question is just where it will be hosted. If this content caused the game to get the dreaded Adults Only rating, obviously YouTube isn't going to have it, so expect a different video hosting service.

As soon as that clip goes live, we will update this article with the exact location where you can see it, so check back soon!

In the meantime, check out our other Agony guides here for info on how to navigate the bowels of hell and possess martyrs while escaping evil succubi.

Fortnite's Week 5 Challenges Aren't Working -- Here's Why Tue, 29 May 2018 07:03:21 -0400 Jonathan Moore

With a game as big as Fortnite, it's a sure bet things won't always go as planned. Each week for the past forever, Epic has pushed out Fortnite updates on a pretty consistent schedule. However, if you've logged in this morning, you'll notice that patch 4.3 is nowhere to be found and something's wonky with Week 5's challenges: They aren't showing up. 

More accurately, the countdown clock is stuck at zero. 

The reason is that the challenges have been delayed until May 31 at 4 a.m. EDT. Epic released a statement on the official Fortnite Twitter confirming the new launch date, but they did not say why the update had been delayed.

However, if you're looking to get a head start on some of Week 5's challenges, we've found the location of the Battle Star and have a guide on the chest locations in Dusty Divot

Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on Fortnite's 4.3 update and all of Season 4's challenges. Whether you're looking to complete tasks from week's past, find this Battle Royale's best weapons, or hone your skills, make sure to check out our guides catalog while you're here. 

Suda51's Announces a Killer Remaster Sun, 27 May 2018 23:25:07 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Momocon 2018 had a ton of famous guests appear for a variety of panels, but without a doubt, one of the biggest was Goichi Suda, also known as Suda51. For those who may not have hear of him, Suda51 is a video game designer from Japan, whose more popular works include The Silver Case and the No More Heroes series. 

With a room filled with fans of his work, Suda51 took to the stage to thunderous applause. Over the course of the hour-long panel, the audience was given a glimpse of Suda51's path through the game development industry.  

From his time at Human Entertainment, to creating his own company, Grasshopper Manufacture, Suda51 expressed his profound joy that he chose the path of game development.  

As the panel came to a close, there was still one big ticket item that the entire audience was waiting for. Everyone in attendance had heard that Suda51 had a surprise in store, and when the time came to reveal it, the crowd went wild.  

With everyone anxiously awaiting, Suda51 revealed a trailer for Killer7 (which you can see here), announcing that the game was officially getting a remaster. Within seconds of the trailer, the crowd exploded. There has been plenty of talk at previous events about a Killer7 remaster, but Suda51 had always expressed that there were no plans in place.  

Now though, confirmation from Suda51 states that the aim is to have a remaster completed -- and available on Steam -- by the end of 2018.

Killer 7 was originally released for the Gamecube and PS2 in 2005. 

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

Two Weeks Left to Support Psychological Thriller Four Stories Below on Kickstarter Fri, 25 May 2018 12:24:37 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

After a failed first go on Kickstarter, the game formerly known as Ascent is back with a new campaign and a new name: Four Stories Below. The first project developed by 2Man Game Studio, Four Stories Below is trying to synthesize the psychological thriller experience we know so well from the silver screen into a medium that allows us to take part in the events. It is planned to have PC/Steam, PS4, and Xbox One releases.

The title has you taking up the role of Brie, a young college grad that was kidnapped from the airport after having arrived in New York. When she wakes, she finds that she's in an abandoned office building and, upon further inspection of her surroundings, learns that she has a mere two hours to escape her new prison before her captors return. During the game, you find other prisoners and are forced to choose between being an ethical helper or a reluctant survivor.

The game itself takes cues from walking simulators, stealth, RPG, and survival-horror genres. As of this writing, there is only mock-up gameplay, such as the short stealth sequence seen in the above trailer. The fact that the game is played out in real time over two hours seems to be its primary hook, but with a focus on decision-making, there seems to be an intent to allow for some replayability.

2Man Game Studio is asking for $10,000 -- which they acknowledge is $5,000 less than their first go-- and provides a detailed breakdown as to what your money will go toward covering. The vast majority goes toward software and hardware, while the remaining goes toward backer fees and Kickstarter fees. Currently, they've managed to raise about 1/10 of that amount.

As always, when dedicating your money to a Kickstarter campaign, you should thoroughly look into it for yourself before making any monetary commitments. With that being said, if you're interested in checking out Four Stories Below, then you can go to its Kickstarter page here.


Note: The author went to college with Four Story Below's creator.

John "TotalBiscuit" Bain Has Passed Away at Age 33 Thu, 24 May 2018 20:36:30 -0400 Ashley Gill

After a hard-fought battle with cancer, John "TotalBiscuit" Bain, has passed away. His wife, Genna Bain, announced his passing on Twitter on May 24, 2018.

Bain was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and was forward with his fanbase throughout most of the ordeal. Notably the cancer entered remission in 2015, but resurfaced at a later date. 

His online persona, TotalBiscuit, stands as one of the best-known voices in game criticism despite the trials he had gone through with cancer. His passion for the games industry and the consumers that drive it continued despite his battle with cancer.

Less than a month ago, he announced he would be retiring from games criticism due to his declining health.

"I'm coming to terms with the fact that I don't have long left and right now, at any rate, there is literally nothing I can do about it other than try to manage the pain as best as possible and stay hydrated as possible to ease the pressure on the liver," he stated in a Reddit post detailing he would be moving forward with the treatments and the future of the Co-Optional podcast.

Though he was very public about his struggles with cancer, his passing is a hard pill to swallow. One of gaming's strongest voices has been silenced.

John Bain leaves behind the legacy of a man passionate about his hobby and his family. He will sorely be missed.

ELEAGUE SF:V Invitational Preview to Showcase Commentators, Players Wed, 23 May 2018 13:09:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

After the explosive finale to The Challenger: Street Fighter V reality series, emotions are high ahead of ELEAGUE's second annual Street Fighter V Professional Tournament. 

To tide viewers and fans over until the tournament begins on June 1, TBS is set to air a one-hour invitational preview show this Friday, May 25, at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT. The special will highlight the just-announced commentary team, as well as showcase the Tournament's competition teams and individual players, such as Jonathan "JB" Bautista, winner of The Challenger

Of particular note is the six-person commentary team, which consists of some of the fighting game community's most prominent experts. Host Michelle Morrow will be joined by a skilled analysis team in Steve "Tasty Steve" Scott, Stephen "Sajam" Lyon, Reepal "Rip" Parbhoo, Zhi "Zhieeep" Liang Chew, and reporter Malik Forte. 

Morrow is a rising eSports personality who is known as the host of YouTube's Super-Fan Builds, as well as Bleacher Report's EStream. She is also a cosplayer, producer, actress, and voice actress who has worked on games such as Hearthstone.  

Forte currently provides commentary for the Overwatch League, as well as many other publications and companies in the gaming and technology spheres. He was previously gaming editor at Nerdist Industries. 

You can tune in to ELEAGUE's Twitch Channel to view reruns of The Challenger and see live coverage of the upcoming Street Fighter V Professional Tournament, which begins on June 1 at 3 p.m. EDT. 

Razer Unveils Entry-Level eGPU Enclosure in Core X Tue, 22 May 2018 16:04:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you've ever wanted to turn your gaming laptop into a gaming desktop, or if you've ever wanted to have more raw power for gaming, designing, mixing, or multitasking, you might already know about Razer's first-class external GPU cases. 

For some time now, Razer's been helping laptop owners get the most out of their machines without requiring they buy a brand-new rig. The Core V2 did a fantastic job of doing that, affording room for 2.2-Slot video cards from both NVIDIA and AMD alongside a relatively compact housing and a 500W PSU. 

But with the release of the Core X today, pairing desktop power with the portability of top-tier laptops just got a whole lot more affordable. 

Coming in at only $299, the Core X might be a tad larger than the Core V2, but it makes up for it by allowing room for 3-Slot video cards while containing an impressive 650W ATX PSU. Unfortunately, the Core X doesn't support Razer's Chroma RGB lighting -- and it doesn't have USB or Ethernet connections. But considering you're paying nearly $200 less than you would for the V2, that seems like a fair trade. 

The Core X also sets itself apart because unlike some other models currently on the market, it can connect to any computer that has a compatible Thunderbolt 3 connection -- including MacBooks. The connection is capable of reaching speeds of up to 40Gbps. 

The enclosure works with compatible NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards as far back as 2014. Those include GeForce, Quadro, XConnect, and Radeon Pro.  

It's worthy to note the Core X does not come with a graphics card. If you're looking for graphics cards, use the tools in this guide to find them now instead of later (read: while they're still getting cheaper). 

You can purchase the Core X GPU enclosure from for $299. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Razer products and other gaming peripherals and hardware. 

The Power of Dragons Awakens in New Shining Resonance Refrain Trailer Tue, 22 May 2018 15:10:18 -0400 Erroll Maas

Sega has released a new trailer for upcoming JRPG Shining Resonance Refrain, which you can find above. Titled "The Dragon's Power Awakens," the trailer showcases different dragons encountered throughout the game.

In addition to the new trailer, Sega has provided a brief summary:

The evil dragons known as the Dracomachina are “ready to turn this city into ash!” But there’s a power that resides within you that rivals those of the Dracomachina, that power comes from the Shining Dragon. With the might of the Shining Dragon at your command, you can unleash attacks that’ll decimate your enemies.

Shining Resonance Refrain is an enhanced HD remaster of 2014's Shining Resonance, which originally released exclusively in Japan for PlayStation 3.

Shining Resonance Refrain was released for PlayStation 4 in Japan on March 29, 2018, and will launch worldwide on July 10, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. (The Nintendo Switch version will release in Japan on July 12.) This will be the first title in the Shining series to receive a Western release since Shining Force EXA for the PlayStation 2 in 2007.

Shining Resonance Refrain is currently available to pre-order

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more Shining Resonance Refrain updates leading up to launch day, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Your Definitive Black Ops 4 Pre-Launch Guide -- From Zombies to Battle Royale & More Tue, 22 May 2018 13:49:15 -0400 Ty Arthur

Call of Duty returns on October 12, arriving a bit earlier than normal compared to recent entries like last year's Call of Duty: WWII.

Fans guessed early on that Treyarch's return to the series would bring another Black Ops entry, but anyone who expected the return of a mind-bending, sci-fi-focused single-player campaign is in for a surprise. This is going to be a very different Call of Duty, as Black Ops 4 features a big shift away from some of the expected standards of the series.

Let's dive into absolutely everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, from the new multiplayer-only focus to Blackout mode, the return of Zombies, and all the special editions and pre-order bonuses available.

Goodbye, Single Player

The follow-up to Black Ops III will purposefully exclude all single-player campaign content for all platformsThere will be no Cold War espionage or futuristic trips into the depths of the human psyche this time around.

Considering the shift in focus, hopefully, we don't have the same multiplayer problems as with the last Black Ops, like when no one could download camos or emblems. For the non-console crowd, Black Ops 4's multiplayer for PC will be handled through Blizzard's platform.

So what's happening with the multiplayer-only style? First up, we've got a return to the Pick 10 create-a-class system. Multiplayer maps will also stick more closely to the boots-on-the-ground approach the fan base seems to prefer, but there are a variety of abilities that each available Specialist uses.

Here's What We Know So Far About Each Specialist Type:
  • Battery -- Lobs grenades that either bounce or stick to surfaces
  • Ruin -- The rusher class that moves across the map with a grapple gun to quickly change elevation
  • Firebreak -- Emits a damaging radiation field and uses a flamethrower
  • Ajax -- The breacher class with a rapidly-deploying defensive shield that has a built-in pistol for instant fortifications
  • Recon -- Deploys a vision pulse that reveals enemies to your teammates through obstacles
  • Crash -- Support class that heals other players and provides ammo packs that give bonuses when used to kill enemies
  • Torque -- Trapper class that sets down razor wire to slow and damage enemies
  • Seraph -- Tactician class that lets your team redeploy at different locations

Sadly, it appears there will be no class that sends out a swarm of golden killer bees or takes over robotic enemies this time around. We got spoiled with Black Ops III.

Hello, Battle Royale Blackout Mode

Besides the standard multiplayer maps, Blackout Mode is the most notable change in Black Ops 4. It will employ the popular Battle Royale style of 100-player, last-man-standing combat. Blackout will also feature the biggest map in CoD history, described as 1,500 times the size of the iconic Nuke Town map.

We haven't seen a ton of specifics yet on how Blackout will work or differ from Fortnite or PUBG, although obviously, we know the basics considering the current Battle Royale craze.

Two important details have been unveiled so far: Blackout will feature aquatic, land-based, and aerial vehicles instead of just infantry firefights, and the map will include famous locations and characters from throughout the franchise colliding in one place.

Obviously, replaying single-player missions for hunting down collectibles will no longer be a thing, but if the weekly challenges in Fortnite are any indication, that shouldn't stop Treyarch from giving players regular new content as a reason to keep logging back on.

If there's anything we can assume, it's that there will most likely be some sort of Battle Pass associated with the game's BR mode -- which makes more plausible sens considering there's yet to be a Season Pass announced. 

Black Ops 4 Zombie Mode

In another change for the franchise, all three tiers of Black Ops 4's Zombie mode will be immediately available at launch, without any extra purchases necessary. Essentially, it seems like Zombie mode will serve the role of the campaign, although obviously with a co-op bent.

Easter eggs were already getting insane in Infinite Warfare and WW2, so with a total lack of a single-player mode to engage players, expect the Black Ops 4's Easter egg hunt to be even more out of control. 

This time around, it also looks like we'll have zombie-hunting mayhem on the Titanic, in ancient Rome, and in Alcatraz with these three scenarios:

  • Voyage of Despair
  • IX
  • Blood of the Dead

Black Ops 4 Special Editions and Pre-Order Bonuses

The pre-orders have been curiously restrained this time around as the focus of the game changes. 

With a base price of $59.99, Amazon Prime members get 20% off the pre-order. If you don't have a Prime subscription, it's worth noting that Newegg currently has the BLOPs 4 pre-order discounted to $49.99.

Remember Black Ops 3's $200 Juggernog edition with the functioning mini-fridge/Perk-a-Cola machine? Well, there's nothing like that so far for U.S. customers, although the Australian Specialist Edition for $119.99 includes a 5" statue and a custom steel game case.

Instead, all standard pre-orders appear to be the same at this point, offering 1,100 points to use on in-game purchases. Notably, there's no extended Special Edition with a season pass for any region at this point.

Black Ops 4 Season Pass Shakeup

Let's reiterate that last point, as it marks a huge shakeup in the business model -- there's been no announcement of a season pass at this point, and none of the pre-orders list anything of the sort. Since all the Zombies content is launching on Day One, it seems the season pass is a thing of the past.

We can't expect this to be some sort of altruistic move on the part of Activision or Blizzard to let gamers play the game cheaper, however.

These games are released to make money, so expect in-game content like Battle Royale skins, multiplayer loot boxes, and all sorts of other microtransactions to make up a bigger focus.

Getting in on the Black Ops 4 Beta

Now for the big question -- how do we get in on the Black Ops 4 private beta? The beta has been confirmed to be accessible for anyone who pre-orders through any source.

The Black Ops 4 beta release date is unconfirmed at this point, though. It's possible it will arrive earlier or go longer for PS4 players, as Sony console fans got content earlier for the previous Black Ops title. Stay tuned for a finalized beta release date!

Are you looking forward to Black Ops 4, and what do you think of the switch away from a traditional single-player campaign? Do think the game's Battle Royale will add anything new to the formula or is it a simple cash-grab? 

Let us know what you hope to see and if you plan to stick with the franchise in the comments below. As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the next installment of the Call of Duty franchise as it develops.

New Razer Blade Might Be 'World's Smallest Laptop' Tue, 22 May 2018 12:42:57 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Razer's flagship laptop just got a huge overhaul, with everything from its look to its core components getting an upgrade. The refinements are exactly what you'd expect to find in an upper-echelon laptop, and they easily set up the Razer Blade to be one of 2018's best gaming laptop options. 

Essentially one-upping its predecessor in every way, the Razer Blade now sports a 15.6-inch IPS display that's available in 60Hz at 4K resolution or a blistering 144Hz at 1920x1080. The bezels around the screen are now thinner (4.9mm) and squared off, eschewing the 14-inch's rounded edges for a more modern look. And the Blade accomplishes all of this while taking up the same footprint as the 14-inch -- its ultra-thin block chassis measures only 0.66 inches thick and weighs only 4.5 pounds.  

As for its other specs, the Razer Blade is armed to the teeth -- 100% ready for all modern gaming can throw at it, including virtual reality. The laptop comes with Intel's six-core 8th Gen i7-8750H (which can reach speeds of up to 4.1GHz), as well as your choice of an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or 1070 Max-Q.  

The laptop also comes stocked with 16GB of 2667MHz RAM and a 512GB SSD. You can opt-in for the upgraded version which supports up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.  

Needless to say, the new Razer Blade is meant for power gaming and multi-tasking. 

We are proud to have again stepped-up as an industry leader, taking laptop engineering to the next level to give gamers the performance they require and the mobility they desire.

                                            -- Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan

The latest model also features an anti-ghosting keyboard complete with full-spectrum RGB backlighting, dual front-facing speakers (with Dolby Atmos), and an 80-watt battery. On top of that, you'll get three external display I/Os in a Mini Display Port, an HDMI port, and a Thunderbolt 3 port, as well as three USB 3.0 connections.  

The Razer Blade 15.6-inch gaming laptop is currently available in the United States, Canada, France, U.K., Germany, and China. You can purchase it here starting at $1,899. 

Pokemon GO Bringing Alolan Forms of Pokemon Soon Mon, 21 May 2018 15:26:15 -0400 Zach Hunt

Pokemon GO developer Niantic surprised everyone today by announcing that Alolan forms of Pokemon will soon be coming to the popular mobile game.

First appearing in Pokemon Sun and Moon, Alolan forms of Pokemon are based on first-generation Pokemon, so it appears Niantic isn't quite ready to introduce the fourth-gen monsters into Pokemon GO just yet.

Eighteen Gen-One Pokemon have Alolan forms, but it's not yet known just which ones we'll be seeing or how the release of them will work. The teaser image, as seen above, provides silhouettes of a decent number of these Kanto region inhabitants, so it's probably safe to assume we could see them all at some point.

No specific release dates were mentioned -- only that they'd be popping up in "the coming weeks" -- but stick with GameSkinny for all the news, tips, and information on Pokemon GO you need. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

No Man's Sky to Release on Xbox One Alongside NEXT Update Fri, 18 May 2018 11:29:40 -0400 Zach Hunt

It's been a long road for No Man's Sky, but if Hello Games' founder, Sean Murray, is to be believed, this summer will finally bring the game's original potential to full realization. Announced during a live Inside Xbox event, the release date for the Xbox One version of the game will be July 24 for North America, with the European release set for July 27. The Xbox One version will include all the updates and patches that have been released up to this point, which have arguably made No Man's Sky a more full-fledged game than what was originally delivered.

Coinciding with the Xbox One release will be the game's biggest update yet -- "NEXT" -- and this time, we're promised a full, cross-platform multiplayer experience. Free for current PC and PS4 owners, according to a press release, "NEXT" brings the following features to the game:

  • Explore the infinite universe with your friends, or bump into random travellers
  • As you voyage together, friends will help you stay alive, or prey on others to survive
  • Build bases from tiny shelters to complex colonies that you create as a team and can be seen by the community
  • Be a pirate or a wingman in epic space battles with friends and foes
    Race exocraft across weird alien terrains and create tracks to share online

Given the history of No Man's Sky and some of the promises we've heard from Sean Murray in the past, one could be forgiven if this is met with a bit of skepticism. Still, Hello Games has demonstrated a real dedication to continual improvements through updates and patches, and few would argue that No Man's Sky isn't a better game today than what we were originally delivered many moons ago.

Stick with GameSkinny as we learn more about "NEXT" and the continued promises from No Man's Sky.

War Mode Returns to PUBG This Weekend Only Fri, 18 May 2018 11:06:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you liked PUBG's War Mode the first time it came around, you're in for a treat. It's back -- and it's better than ever. 

Dubbed Desert Knights, the event is currently live on PC. Players have until Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m. EDT to hop in and try it for themselves. 

While the previous event saw three 10-man teams vying for supremacy on the Erangal map, War Mode now features five 10-man teams duking it out on the Miramar Map. 

Unlike PUBG's other game modes, War Mode allows players to respawn every 40 seconds and features a single, fixed safe zone. The first team to reach 200 points by either killing or knocking out other players wins. Kills get you 3 points, while knocks will net you 1 point.

Matches will last 15 minutes, and if no team reaches 200 points by the end of that time period, the team with the highest score will win chicken dinner.  

Unlike the previous event, players will start matches with high-level gear this time around: a Lvl. 3 vest and helmet, two grenades, and one of the following weapons: 

  • AWM
  • M24
  • Mk14
  • M249
  • Groza
  • AUG

It's also worthy to note that bleedout is increased when knocked and that reviving teammates -- which reportedly only takes around two seconds -- is important to victory. So make sure you're picking your teammates up! 

For more info and news on War Mode, PUBG, and all the guides you need to dominate Fortnite's competitor, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Homes in on Battle Royale, Raises the Zed (Again) Thu, 17 May 2018 16:52:47 -0400 Zach Hunt

Today, Treyarch gave the public its first look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 during a live stream reveal event. Set to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 12, it was officially confirmed that the upcoming entry in the perennial military shooter will not feature a single-player mode, focusing instead on frantic multiplayer action -- including a new battle royale mode and a fully fleshed-out Zombies mode. 

In a surprise to no one, Black Ops 4 will mark the franchise's foray into the battle royale scene via a brand-new mode called "Blackout." Taking place on what's being promised as the biggest multiplayer map in series history (a sort of amalgam of previous Black Ops multiplayer maps), players will battle in the same last-man-standing style that has made games like Fortnite so insanely popular.

Treyarch promises vehicular combat (air, sea, and land) along with the inclusion of characters, weapons, and even zombies from previous Black Ops games.

Check the trailer below to learn even more about the mode:

Speaking of zombies, longtime fans of the Treyarch CoD games were treated to the news that Black Ops 4 will include three Zombies "experiences," available on Day One. Modes will have difficulty levels, tutorials, and online challenges. There will also be at least100 customization options by which players "change the fundamental rules and systems of the gameplay experience, [including] tools and social systems."

In the video showcasing the first of these episodes called "Nine", a group of gladiator-like combatants fend off a swarm of nasties in a Roman-style arena.

The second of the Zombies experiences, called "Voyage of Despair," is set aboard a luxury ocean liner (think The Walking Dead meets Titanic). Not much was revealed about the third of these Zombie "experiences," but Treyarch went to great pains to assure the audience that Zombies will be a major focus of Black Ops 4.

It's also worthy to note that the PC version of the game will use, Blizzard's digital distribution platform. Black Ops 4 will follow in the footsteps of Destiny 2 in that regard. 

As always, stick with GameSkinny as we inch closer to the October 12 release date of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for all the news, tips, and guides any zombie-killing battler royale could hope for!

New Challengers Await -- Street Fighter Joins Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Wed, 16 May 2018 14:46:10 -0400 Zach Hunt

We haven't talked about mobile hit Power Rangers: Legacy Wars in a minute, but in all that time, players continue to be impressed by the game. 

With its upcoming update, things might be getting a bit better for fans of the game: some of Street Fighter's most well-known characters will soon be playable in the mobile fighter. That's right, Street Fighter mainstays Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and more will be playable fighters starting soon (as early as today).

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is currently available for iOS and Android devices. As of this writing, the mobile fighter has more than 10 million installs on Android alone.

Be sure to check out all of our Power Rangers: Legacy Wars info to learn more about the game. 

What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear all about them in the comments below. As always, stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on all things Power Rangers and Street Fighter.

New LEGO The Incredibles 2 Trailer Has Us More Excited Than Ever Wed, 16 May 2018 11:32:04 -0400 Zach Hunt

It's no secret that we here at GameSkinny are PUMPED beyond belief for The Incredibles 2 -- both the game and the movie itself. In our eyes, Brad Bird can basically do no wrong, and given LEGO's track record of releasing true-to-film games, this is promising to be a release that no one should miss.

Warner Bros. Interactive has just released a new trailer that gives us a glimpse of the Crime Waves missions from the upcoming release. From what we can tell, the game -- in typical LEGO game fashion -- captures the humor and straight-up fun of this franchise perfectly.

There was an Incredibles game that released back in 2004 for essentially every system at the time -- but we tend to try and forget that even happened. With this new installment in the franchise, LEGO's take definitely seems to lend itself perfectly to the tone of the film. Check out the trailer, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS Gets Release Dates Tue, 15 May 2018 14:23:58 -0400 Erroll Maas

Konami announced this week that the HD remaster of their mecha action game, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS, will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and PC in North America on September 4, 2018, and in Japan and Europe on September 6, 2018. It will be priced at $29.99.

The remaster will contain enhanced visuals, 4K resolution, and surround sound support as well as a new "very easy" mode for inexperienced players, the ability to remap the controller, training modules, and a minimap. Additional VR content will include a 3D Hangar, a 3D Model Viewer, and a Cinematic Theater.

Those who pre-order the game from the PlayStation Network will receive a special "Welcome to MARS" theme as well as several Zone of the Enders avatars.

A 4K and VR demo of Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS is set to be released on the PlayStation Store before the launch of the full game, and a new trailer can be seen on Konami Europe's Twitter.

The original game, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, released for PlayStation 2 in Japan, North America, and Europe in 2003 and was re-released as part of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012, which was also the first time the games were released in Australia.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Zone of the Enders news and information as it develops!


New Information for Nintendo Switch Online Service Revealed Mon, 14 May 2018 14:45:44 -0400 Lee Forgione

Nintendo has outlined its plans for the Switch's paid online service, which launches this September. The service will include access to a library of classic Nintendo games with added online functionality, the ability to back up save data via cloud service, and access to multiplayer co-op and competitive play for its current and future games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Mario Tennis Aces.

There will be a variety of different price points for both individuals and families. For individual access, one month will cost $3.99, three months will cost $7.99, and a year will cost $19.99. The family plan lets up to eight Nintendo Account holders access the online services for a year and is priced at $34.99. 

Although there is no mention of SNES or Nintendo 64 games yet, the online service will launch with 20 classic NES games, such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and Ice Climbers. Each of these games will let you engage in co-op or competitive online multi-player or allow you to watch someone else play in single-player mode while you take turns. 

The service will also launch with the Nintendo Switch Online App for Android and iOS devices, which will allow players to use voice chat and other features to enhance their experience. 

What do you think of Nintendo's paid online service? Do you think the new Super Smash Bros. will launch in tandem with it? Sound off in the comments below!

Devolver Digital Weekend Sale Live on Steam and Humble Bundle Now Thu, 10 May 2018 13:40:06 -0400 Jonathan Moore

OK. So it's not the official Summer Sale -- which will undoubtedly descend upon us very, very soon. But(!) there are some absolute bangers to be had in the Devolver Digital Sale now live on Steam. 

And the best part about this particular sale is that most of the titles -- except for those that just recently released, such as The Swords of Ditto and Minit -- are discounted by 50% or more. 

Some titles, such as the insanely good and critically acclaimed Talos Principle, are discounted by upwards of 80%. Those are fantastic savings on some truly fantastic titles and DLC. The sale also includes virtual reality titles. 

Here are some of the best games currently seeing deep discounts: 

  • Talos Principle: $7.99
  • Hotline Miami Bundle: $4.99
  • Enter the Gungeon: $7.49
  • Shadow Warrior Bundle: $25.62
  • Serious Sam -- The Complete Pack: $17.69
  • Titan Souls: $3.74
  • Stories Untold: $2.49
  • Luftrausers: $2.49
  • Hatoful Boyfriend: $5.08
  • Broforce: $3.74

You can find the entire list of games by heading over to the sale's Steam page. Or you can see what Humble Bundle has on offer. 

As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on unbeatable sales and other gaming news, reviews, and guides.  

Lords Mobile Continues to Invest in Mobile eSports Thu, 10 May 2018 12:54:25 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

IGG, the developers behind mobile strategy MMO Lords Mobile, recently held their Asian eSports tournament, for which the grand prize was $30,000 for the winning team. The event was live-streamed across the globe in multiple languages, and it drew a large crowd.

The South Korean team took the grand prize and were crowned the "Asian Champions." While FPS and RTS are fairly well-established eSports genres, the mobile MMO strategy genre has had problems being a watchable event, with so many different elements on the screen.

After the event, an IGG spokesperson talked about how they are committed to the mobile eSports scene:

"Strategy game eSports presents unique challenges when it comes to presentation. In addition, the high requirement of visual animation attractiveness makes some MMO strategy games even harder to present as a watchable battle event. Thankfully, we have created a way to present the game that fans love to watch and are continuing to find ways to innovate in this space. IGG wants to invest in mobile eSports and continue to curate an amazing eSports scene."

Using the event as a major announcement platform, IGG took the opportunity to unveil the game's new soundtrack, written by famed Hollywood composer Klaus Badelt, whose most popular work includes the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean. The keynote song was performed live by the London Symphony Orchestra.

IGG has continued to add content to their flagship mobile title over the past two years, and at least from the outside, seems committed to continuing down the eSports path, creating a space solely for fans of the genre. 

Their Asian events are currently held fairly regularly, but they seem to have restrained in seriously investing in the Western mobile eSports scene as of yet. IGG did not comment on if they will be holding a similar spectacle in the U.S. or EU. However, coupled with Tencent's recent $15 million investment into mobile eSports, it seems that the industry isn't going anywhere and will continue to grow for the time being.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition Releases Today Tue, 08 May 2018 13:54:03 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

The Ultimate Edition of acclaimed Metroivania game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been released today on digital storefronts.

After a number of individual releases for DLC and free updates over the past few years, the final commercial edition of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is digitally available on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. The Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition includes all of the DLC and content updates previously released for the game, as well as several pieces of content previously available only to backers of Kickstarter, including various costumes and the ability to transform into a Tinkerbat.

There is also a limited physical retail version of the game on Nintendo Switch, published by XSeed Games, dubbed the "Ultimate Day One Edition," which can be purchased while it lasts from WayForward's official site. This physical edition comes with a special case which contains the game, a 25-page manual, a soundtrack CD, and an art book.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was first released in 2016 following its successful funding campaign on Kickstarter, where it managed to meet about half of its projected stretch goals. This is the fourth game in the series, but it's the first to be made from the ground up for consoles rather than handhelds. It stars the eponymous Shantae, who has retrieved her genie transformation powers since her last adventure, and must now defend Sequin Land from a swath of new threats in order to help her uncle build a machine to protect her home of Scuttle Town.

Shantae's tale is the main story, but the Ultimate Edition also includes the additional DLC campaigns that add to the story, "Friends to the End" and "Pirate Queen's Quest," as well as the Costume Pack DLC, which allows the player to run through Shantae's adventure again with entirely new mechanics and tweaked plotlines and dialogue.

"Friends to the End" has Shantae's friends Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops working together and utilizing their unique abilities to save Shantae from her evil doppelganger Nega-Shantae, who has trapped Shantae in her own twisted memories.

"Pirate Queen's Quest" takes place in tandem with the main story, and has Shantae's rival Risky Boots traversing Sequin Land and laying the foundation for her evil plan, playing around with tools similar to the pirate gear from Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition is available now on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for all things Shantae, and let us know if you plan on picking it up!

Retro Replay: Where the Old Is New Again Tue, 08 May 2018 13:36:38 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Editor's Note: Watch Retro Replay on YouTube

Are you a fan of retro video games? Have you heard of Troy Baker or Nolan North, or maybe both?

They're a pretty big deal in voice acting. Troy has voiced various characters across multiple mediums, including anime, film and, of course, video games. You might recognize him by his roles as Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite or, most notably, Joel in The Last of Us.

Nolan, on the other hand, has been providing our favorite characters with lively and authentic voices for over two decades and is likely best known for his portrayal of Nathan Drake, the main protagonist of Uncharted series; other noteworthy roles include, but are not limited to, The Prince (not the singer) from Prince of Persia, Penguin from Batman: Arkham City, and Captain Martin Walker from Spec Ops: The Line.

As recently as 2016, they even collaborated in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by voicing two of the entry's main characters, Nathan and Sam, and are known to have become close friends on this side of the screen. Both of them are considered to be among the best in their art, numerous awards being the proof of that, and have without a doubt propelled video game voice acting to new heights.

You may be rolling your eyes at this because they seem to be in every single video game ever. If not, then you'll be pleased to hear that they are launching a new show called Retro Replay in which they will play video games from their childhood, maybe yours too, share experiences, and just goof around on a comfy-looking couch. Who knows, maybe they will finally reveal how to become a voice-acting champ, too.

The first episode, featuring Amazing Spider-Man, will launch on May 10, 2018, and the trailer for Season 1 is already available to give you a sneak-peek at what you're going to get with these guys.

You can check out the website and sign up to their mailing list as well. I'm sure they're nice guys and won't spam your inbox. Probably.

Atari VCS Pre-Sales Begin May 30 on Indiegogo Mon, 07 May 2018 15:06:01 -0400 Zach Hunt

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Years before gamers argued whether it was better to "Play with Power" on the NES or if the Sega Genesis did "what Ninten-don't," a single name ruled the roost when it came to home consoles: Atari. 

The years following the infamous console wars haven't been kind to Atari. Not having released a console in over 25 years (and a series of bankruptcies under its belt during that time), it looks like Atari is finally ready to make its first real foray back into console gaming. Set to release in Spring 2019, the Atari VCS will be available for pre-order only through Indiegogo starting May 30.

Atari fans will be able to choose from either the limited-time, classic wood panel look (called the "Atari VCS Collector's Edition") or a black version called the Onyx.

With hopes to set itself apart from retro machines such as the NES Classic Edition, the Atari VCS will offer the following:

  • 4K resolution, HDR, and 60FPS capabilities
  • Expandable storage solutions
  • Dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB 3.0 support

Additionally, Atari promises to include a "vault" of over 100 classic games, covering the gamut from Centipede to Yars' Revenge (no word yet as to whether the infamous E.T. will resurface)While the $200 price point may seem a tad steep at first glance, it's worth remembering that this is not just a gaming machine -- it's manna for retro gaming enthusiasts, who historically haven't scoffed at throwing down a pretty penny in support of their gaming icons.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on the Atari VCS as it develops.


Have 7-Zip Installed? You Could Be at Risk Fri, 04 May 2018 11:20:08 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you're part of modern society, there's a very good chance you've unzipped a file or two in your lifetime. 

It's also a safe bet that, like everyone else on the planet, you don't pay for your compression programs. Instead, you probably opt to use the open-source (and free to use) 7-Zip. 

And why not? It's been a reliable tool for the past 20 years, made highly popular because of its simple, easy-to-understand design and lightning-fast decompression capabilities.

But recently, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) discovered a major flaw in the program that could cripple your system. 

Update Your 7-Zip Now 

Called "Arbitrary Code Execution," this specific security flaw can allow external parties to install programs on your HDD or SDD without your knowledge.

External users would then theoretically have access to all of your personal files, with the added ability of gaining full access rights to your files and data by creating new user accounts. With all that control, they would also be able to create, alter, and even delete any file on your system. 

The flaw affects all versions of 7-Zip up to the latest 18.05 Patch. So it's a good time to go update 7-Zip if you haven't recently. 

According to CIS, there haven't been any reports of third-parties actually taking advantage of the exploit, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. 

The Paladins Goodness Gets Even Sweeter With the Hero Shooter's Official Release Wed, 02 May 2018 13:28:28 -0400 Zach Hunt

Think back to a time before Fortnite, to a time before the battle royale craze had really hit. We all thought that hero shooters were the new hotness, and the continued success of Overwatch has proven that we weren't wrong.

But let's be frank: Overwatch, despite its continued success, just ain't for everybody, and a very significant subsection of gamers took to -- and has stuck with -- Hi-Rez Studio's Paladins, a game that offers a significantly different take on the hero shooter genre.

On May 8, PC, Xbox One, and PS4 players will finally be able to tell their Overwatch-playing pals that Paladins: Champions of the Realm -- still one of the hottest games on the daily Steam charts -- is officially out. And Hi-Rez wants to make sure everybody knows about it.

If you're already among those of us who play Paladins, you're going to receive 200 Crystals for free if you log in between May 8 and May 31, and all Champions will be unlocked until May 7 -- yes, ALL champions are available right now.

And mobile players, don't think Hi-Rez has forgotten you: Paladins Strike is available right now for iOS and Android devices. Playing will unlock two free skins in Paladins: Champions of the Realm.

Let us know all about your Paladins experiences in the comments below, and for more information, be sure to stick with GameSkinny!

Sonic Mania Plus Coming July 17, Includes Two New Playable Characters and Game Modes Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:26:47 -0400 Zach Hunt

It's no exaggeration to say that when Sonic Mania was released in August, critics and casual Sonic fans alike were jubilant. Here at GameSkinny, we said it was "a game you can't afford to miss out on," and we certainly weren't alone in singing its praises. Years of inconsistent Sonic releases had somewhat tarnished the franchise's reputation, so when Sonic Mania showed up to remind us of the old-school games' platforming greatness, we just couldn't get enough.

Flash-forward to April 2018, and Sega has announced that even more Sonic Mania is set to arrive July 17 in the form of Sonic Mania Plus, available now to pre-order for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $29.99. If you previously purchased a digital copy of Sonic Mania on PC or console, an Encore DLC pack will be available for $4.99 to upgrade to the latest and greatest version once it's hit the shelves.

New to Sonic Mania Plus is the ability to play as two old-school Sonic characters -- Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo -- as well as "Encore mode," which breathes new life into old zones. Updates to Competition and Time Attack modes will now allow for four-player competition, and players can take on ghost challenges in time trials.

Sonic Mania Plus packaging for all consoles

All of this Sonic-y goodness will also be available in a physical edition that includes a 32-page artbook, holographic packaging, and a (totally awesome) reversible SEGA Genesis cover.


Stay tuned to GameSkinny as July 17 approaches, and be sure to catch up on all of our Sonic Mania coverage to help tide you over until then.

Fortnite Patch 3.6 Update Rundown: Sticky Grenades, Noble Launcher, Refunds, & More Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:52:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Epic may have only tweaked a few things with last week's content update, but this week marks another big Fortnite push in the form of Patch 3.6. This week, things get sticky with Clinger Grenades; the Noble Launcher electrifies Save the World; V-bucks get a bit easier to stockpile; and much, much more. 

Wanna know more about Patch 3.5? Click here. And if you're looking for tips and tricks for both Battle Royale and Save the World modes, be sure to check out our Fortnite guides for all the strategies and exploits you need to dominate the battlefield. 

Let's jump into what's new in 3.6. 

Sticking the Competition with Clingers

It wouldn't truly be a Fortnite update without a brand new weapon. This week, sticky grenades are being added to the already absurd catalog of Fortnite death dealers. There's not much to say about this new explosive other than, "It sticks to enemies and blows em' up". Simple as that.

The explosive is available in both Battle Royale and Save the World modes. 

Sticky Grenade Stats
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Player Damage: 100
  • Structure Damage: 200
  • Radius: 1 Tile
  • Max Stack Size: 10
  • Pickup Stack Size: 3
  • Explosion Delay (Once attached to targets): 2.5 seconds
  • Locations: Floor Loot, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas, Treasure Chests

It's worthy to note that Clingers will attach to any surface or player, but they will not explode in midair, regardless of the explosion delay. Players will also be able to decrease the explosion time if they destroy any structure the sticky grenade is attached before the explosion timer expires. 

Shock Enemies Into Submission With the Noble Launcher

Although it sometimes feels like Save the World doesn't get the attention it deserves living in the gigantic shadow of Fortnite's Battle Royale, Patch 3.6 brings a new weapon to the table in the form of the Noble Launcher. Firing an intense wave of piercing energy, the launcher will undoubtedly become a player favorite as it can deal damage to all types of elemental enemies. 

The Noble Launcher will be available to players starting at 8 p.m. EST on April 25. 

Noble Launcher Charge States
  • Uncharged: 0.5 tile radius
  • Moderate Charge: 1 tile radius
  • Max Charge: 1.5 tile radius

Getting V-Bucks Just Got a Tad Bit Easier With Rrefunds

We all know that V-Bucks are essential to getting all the cool new gear and outfits that hit the Fortnite's in-game store. And we all know that getting them can sometimes be a royal pain in the rear. 

However, with Patch 3.6, Epic's made getting the in-game currency a tad bit easier. Now, players can return up to three cosmetic items for an influx of V-Bucks. Each item must be returned to the store within 30 days and only applies to Battle Royale mode. 

Right now, players can only refund three items -- ever. It's unknown if Epic will amend this policy in the future. 

Here's the list of items you can sell back

  • Emotes
  • Outfits
  • Gliders
  • Back Bling 
  • Harvesting Tools

Here's the list of items you can't sell back: 

  • Battle Pass
  • Battle Pass Tiers
  • Starter Pack
  • Founder's Pack
  • Founder's Pack Upgrades
  • Loot Llamas (Save the World)
  • Event and Weekly Items (Save the World)

Port-a-Fort Updates in Patch 3.6

In Patch 3.5, Epic released the much-anticipated Port-a-Fort grenade. In the week's since it's launch, the grenade has proven to be useful in more ways than one. From awesome Victory Royales to crazy stunt videos, Fortnite players have found inventive ways to use the grenade. 

Now, in Patch 3.6, Port-a-Forts are getting tweaked just a bit. From restructuring fall damage to quality of life improvements, here's what's changed: 

  • Falling Damage Immunity following player bounce removed
  • Trajectory preview now shows stilts and ramps
  • Trajectory now turns red if grenade aimed too high

Although not directly related to Port-a-Fort, the newest patch also fixes a vexing building issue: fences no longer stop you from building. Conceivably, although it hasn't been confirmed, this would also apply to Port-a-Fort grenades. 


There's a lot more to Patch 3.6 than what's listed here. If you're interested in learning more about the bug fixes, balancing adjustments, UI changes, and more that are coming with Fortnite's newest update, head over to the official patch notes page

As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Battle Royale and Save the World news, tips, and tricks. 

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Release is Live! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:43:22 -0400 Ashley Gill

Aspiring wizards waiting for the Hogwarts experience on their phone or tablet are finally done waiting for their acceptance letters. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has finally released for Android and iOS devices.

In Hogwarts Mystery, players are able to create a wizard in their own visage, take classes at the prodigious wizard academy, make friends with other students, and unravel the mysteries of a retro 1980s Hogwarts.

Developers Jam City have crammed nearly 200,000 words into the game thus far, meeting the average length of one of the actual novels.

In the vein of other mobile choose your own adventure games, players will have to spend energy to take actions. Each action costs energy, and energy is automatically restored over time. It can also be refilled via an in-app purchase.

Don't let that scare you away just yet, though -- there's so much content in the game, from classes to sleuthing and everything in between, that just about any Harry Potter fan should find it hard to resist.

The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery release has been a long time coming for fans of the books and films. It's finally time to put your wizard skills to the test and live the Hogwarts life! Head over to Google Play or iTunes to get the download going sooner rather than later.

H1Z1 Infects PS4 This May Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:57:32 -0400 Zach Hunt

Attention, Fortnite and PUBG players: The granddaddy of them all, H1Z1, is coming to PS4 on May 22 with an open beta -- and you're invited!

Created specifically for the PS4, this version of H1Z1 introduces brand-new mechanics tailored to console players, such as a revised control scheme, a new loot collection/inventory system, a radial menu for choosing weapons, and a revamped HUD system. The crafting mechanics of the game have also been removed from this version of the game.

In addition to these changes, H1Z1's gas pacing has been sped up, and airdrops have been altered to encourage full player engagement. Players will now have access to only six level-one weapons to begin with, and mass airdrops will provide not only weapons but also high-powered armor that's been retooled to give players a health bonus.

Radio chatter and signal beacons will indicate where to find rare crates that contain level-two and level-three weapons and gear. And for PS4 Pro owners, a silky-smooth 60 FPS should make the lack of PUBG considerably less painful. 

To sign up for the closed beta, head over to the game's official website, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. As always, stick with GameSkinny for all the latest news, tips, and info on H1Z1 and all things gaming. 

Omensight Launches for PC and PlayStation 4 on May 15 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:40:45 -0400 Erroll Maas

Spearhead Games has announced that their upcoming action-adventure game, Omensight, will launch for PC and PlayStation 4 on May 15.

The gameplay video highlights the "Omensight" mechanic, which allows players to reveal previously obtained key information as well as important NPCs on their current timeline, which will help lead them to the prevention of the world's impending destruction.

It has been stated that players who enjoyed the time-shifting aspect of Majora's Mask will also enjoy how Omensight changes the fates of all its lead characters through different timelines. Omensight is also set to feature the voice talent of Patricia Summersett (of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild).

Omensight will launch on PC and PlayStation 4 on May 15, 2018. The game can be added to Steam Wishlists, and pre-orders are now available on PlayStation 4. Both versions of Omensight will be $19.99 USD, however, PlayStation Plus members will receive a 20 percent discount as part of PlayStation's Totally Digital campaign.

Go to Infinity (and Beyond) with Thanos in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 DLC Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:20 -0400 Jonathan Moore

As the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies comes to what looks to be an exciting zenith on April 27, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is celebrating the release of Avengers: Infinity War with the launch of the "Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Character and Level Pack." Although there is no firm date for the small expansion, the DLC will be available sometime next week for $2.99. 

The main draw of the DLC will be that players will be able to control the Mad Titan Thanos himself. Taking place in a brand-new level that features Thanos and his children invading Atillan, the "Infinity War pack" will task players with taking on Black Bolt, conceivably usurping him from his throne. 

On top of that, players will find the expansion brings with it six more unlockable characters in Infinity War: Groot, Hulkbuster 2.0, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Ebony Maw. 

Those interested in purchasing the "Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Character and Level Pack" can pick it up by itself or as part of the larger LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 season pass, which costs $14.99. The season pass is also included in the game's deluxe edition. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the latest LEGO games, including Marvel Super Heroes 2, as it develops.  

Ruffians, Secrets, and Mystics Await in Pillars of Eternity 2 Season Pass Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:35:55 -0400 Jonathan Moore

When it was announced, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire was already promised to be a massive game. And that was to be expected considering the breadth of its predecessor. However, Obsidian Entertainment announced today the Season Pass for Deadfire, meaning the adventure to save your imperiled soul just got much, much bigger. 

Sure to excite fans of the franchise and newcomers alike, Deadfire's season pass will include three DLC expansion packs: Beast of Winter; Seeker, Slayer, Survivor; and The Forgotten Sanctum. Each of these DLC expansion packs will include new quests, new characters, and new challenges to test the might and resolve of the Watcher of Caed Nua. 

Here's everything we know about each expansion so far. 

Beast of Winter

Set to release in July, the Beast of Winter DLC takes your party to a mysterious island occupied by a strange and mystic cult. Of course, as all cults must do, they hide an eldritch secret that holds the key to an important mystery. As players journey through this addition to Deadfire, they'll find themselves in "The Beyond," a realm outside our own -- and one filled with myriad dangers meant to waylay hapless travelers in its ancient hellscape. 

Seeker, Slayer, Survivor

Scheduled for a September release, Seeker, Slayer, Survivor revolves around all things combat. Finding yourself on a previously undiscovered island somewhere in Deadfire, this DLC tests players' resolve and party management prowess. There will be savage warriors. There will be primeval relics. There will be amazing discoveries. Players will want to fine-tune their tactics and hone their strategies before embarking on what promises to be a challenging voyage. 

The Forgotten Sanctum

November brings not only a winter chill (depending on where you live, of course) but also The Forgotten Sanctum DLC. Here, the fantastical wizards of the land require aid -- however, whether you help or hinder them is up to you. In an adventure that carries implications for all of Deadfire, the choices you make in this mystic journey are not choices to be taken lightly. How will the historians of Deadfire remember you: a morally just benefactor or a treacherous betrayer? 

What Will the Deadfire Season Pass Cost? 

If you choose to extend your adventure in Pillars of Eternity 2, the season pass will cost $24.99, which includes all three expansion packs. Each DLC pack will cost $9.99. 

If you backed Pillars 2 during its Kickstarter phase, and you chose to include the DLC in your pledge or support the Collector's Edition of the game, you'll receive the Season Pass for free. 

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire will release on May 8. You can pre-order the game on Steam. The Season Pass will be available to purchase when the game launches. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Obsidian's latest role-playing game that's sure to make it into almost every Top 10 RPG list later this year. 

Atlanta Indie Cluster Hosts Fundraising Event Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:40:42 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Since 2015, Atlanta's Indie Cluster has been deeply involved in the local community. The Cluster has acted as the launching pad for many indie developers in the Atlanta area, as well as a way by which the power of gaming has come to classrooms and minority groups around the city. 

To continue amplifying their efforts, the Indie Cluster invites potential partners and patrons to the first Indie Cluster Donor Party on April 24. The formal event will last from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the SharedSpace Cobb in Smyrna. To attend, you will need to RSVP here

The funds raised at the party will go toward furthering the Indie Cluster's community outreach efforts. Per a press release for the event: 

Building a relationship with students and the Atlanta community is our focus for 2018. We want to be able to grow our classroom talks to full summer courses, teaching kids and minority groups about game development. These, and a few other goals, are what we'll be discussing Tuesday night!

The Cluster asks that all attendees "dress for the red carpet." Food and drinks will be provided. If you cannot attend but would still like to donate to the Indie Cluster, you can also donate to the group's efforts via the RSVP link above. 

The Atlanta Indie Cluster focuses on providing a platform not only for Atlanta game developers but also for those all across the state. The group highlights unique ideas that "challenge the paradigm of the common."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the Indie Cluster as it develops. 

PUBG Mobile Update 0.4.0 Introduces Arcade Mode, Training Grounds, and Much More Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:09:39 -0400 Zach Hunt

Tencent and PUBG Corp. recently released PUBG Mobile Update 0.4.0, bringing iOS and Android players brand-new gameplay modes. The patch also adds a host of optimizations and amendments as players seek to claim that elusive Chicken Dinner from the comforts of their mobile devices.

What Is Arcade Mode in PUBG Mobile?

New with Update 0.4.0, Arcade Mode is an all-new 28-player mode that can be played solo or with friends. Each match of Arcade Mode is randomly assigned one of six variations:

  • Shotguns
  • Sniper Rifles
  • Pistols
  • ALL Weapons
  • Melee Only
  • Item Heaven

PUBG Mobile Training Grounds

For those tired of getting picked apart by seasoned PUBG veterans -- or those just looking to up their game a little -- Training Grounds offers exactly what it sounds like. In this solo mode, you can test out any weapon or item, work on your aim, and get a real feel for PUBG's mechanics without fear of getting killed.

Weapons resting on a table with players choosing between them

Other Changes With PUBG Mobile Update 0.4.0

The developers have kept a close ear to the community, and with Update 0.4.0, they've included a ton of additions and in-game optimizations. Here's what you iOS and Android players will find (taken directly from a recent press release):

Combat Optimization:
  • Follow function has been added, can be used before parachuting and after landing.
  • Automatic door opening can now be enabled in settings.
  • Pause time between picking up multiple items has been adjusted.
  • The teammate elimination icon now disappears after some time.
  • Adjusted sound effects for footsteps, UI, vehicles, and entering /exiting the Blue Zone.
  • Jumping is no longer affected by sprinting.
  • The crosshair is no longer blocked by the camera when standing next to a wall.
  • 4X and 8X issues with choppiness have been resolved.
  • New animations for being attacked and defeated have been added.
  • Improved firing animations.
  • Leaning improvements: movement and animation speed increased, "Lean & Open Scope" and "Lean & Fire" have been added.
  • Enhanced combat experience: shake/vibration improved, button feedback improved, animations while being attacked have been improved and randomized.
  • Camera perspective now switches after death to the player who delivered the killing blow.
Vehicle Improvements:
  • Motorcycles now have flipping tricks
  • Added Nitrous Oxide engine to cars.
  • Previously used vehicles are now be marked on the minimap.
Voice Chat Optimization:
  • Fixed an issue that caused voice chat to stop working after creating a group.
  • Fixed crashing issues that have been reported by some players.
  • Improved Bluetooth headset issues in iOS (optimization on this is on-going).
  • Fixed an issue occurring with Android phones, that was not properly displaying an error when the game did not have access to a microphone.
  • Voice chat is now supported by more devices.
UI Improvements:
  • Added a new background, Dusk
  • Players can now swap between a 2 column and 3 column view when opening crates.
  • Added 3D touch firing options for iOS.
  • Results screen: added a performance chart, daily reward limits are now shown.
In-game Shop:
  • Rank 1 coupons now available.
  • Items & cheats now available.
  • New outfits now available (region-specific outfit will be available soon!)
  • Duplicate outfits can now be destroyed for currency to purchase new items.

A Rename Card has also been added which grants 1 name change.


In addition to this slew of updates to PUBG Mobile, Tencent has announced that any players found to be cheating will be immediately banned. Hopefully, this warning serves as adequate disincentive, but only time will tell just how effective Tencent's detection and banning will be.

Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more information on PUBG Mobile as it develops.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins Introduces a Sandbox Modifier for PC Players Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:30:15 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Ubisoft has added an in-game feature for Assassin's Creed: Origins that can change the way you -- and your enemies -- play. Ubisoft calls it the Animus Control Panel, and it’s now available for PC players through the Uplay Launcher. 

Ubisoft released a video that explains some of the changes available in the Animus Control Panel (ACP). Although you can’t remove anything from the game, you can create your own gameplay experience. If you, like me, found the game's combat to be lacking, the Animus Control Panel can completely change that. Here are some of the details:

  • 75 parameters can be altered within 11 categories
  • Three pre-created presets
  • Presets created by players can be shared
  • The Animus Control Panel is embedded in the Uplay Overlay

The preset parameters can vary from visual differences to other playable characters to design-centric changes. The most impactful parameters that can completely change the way the game feels are the design-centric parameters. Changing movement speeds, hit volumes, and stun times creates more fast and furious combat than the slow, stealthy style found in the main game.

a chaotic scene representative of what players can do with the Animus Control Player in AC:O

The Animus Control Panel doesn’t only give you the option to change the way you want to play, but it can also be a shared experience. ACP’s sharing system isn’t as intuitive as the control panel itself, but it gets the job done. There are multiple ways to share, and each has a four-step process that must be followed.

  1. Create a preset
  2. Find the Animus Control Panel file
  3. Upload it to a hosting service (Onedrive, Dropbox, GDrive, etc.)
  4. Share the link on the forums

This is just one way to share your presets. It might be cumbersome at first, but hopefully there will be another, quicker solution in the future. For more information on how to share your presets, Ubisoft has a forum that has all the details for creating and sharing any preset.


The Animus Control Panel seems amazing for players who love the game and want to try something new with the sandbox, and having the ability to share presets shows how much Ubisoft is dedicated to post-release content. If Far Cry 5’s Arcade Mode is any indication of how far Ubisoft will go with their silly but robust sandbox modifiers, I am optimistic for the Animus Control Panel.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on the ACP and all things Assassin's Creed: Origins, and let us know all about your experiences with it in the comments!

Fortnite Battle Royale Introduces New and Improved 50v50 Mode Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:59:24 -0400 Zach Hunt

For anyone who missed out on the limited-time Fortnite 50v50 mode last December, you'll now have the chance to see what all the fuss was about as Epic Games has brought back 50 versus 50 Battle Royale, along with some new improvements in the Fortnite 3.5.2 content update.

What's New in Fortnite 50v50 Battle Royale

In this second iteration of Fortnite 50v50, each team gets its own bus that approaches the map from the opposite direction as the opposing team's bus, with yours outlined in blue and the enemy's in red. From the very start, the mini-map depicts the final storm circle as well as dotted "battle lines" between the teams to indicate where you're most likely to run into enemy players. 

You're given 10 minutes to rush around and loot like mad while the storm closes in, five minutes to duke it out, and then a final five minutes of battle as the storm shrinks completely. Supply drops fall every two minutes (only in the final storm circle) and arrive in batches of three to six.

A number of additional changes have also arrived with the Fortnite v3.5.2 content update, including the introduction of the light machine gun and some tweaks to item spawns, resource gathering, ammo, and more. To even further sweeten the deal, Fortnite players can enjoy double XP from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.

Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more Fortnite news, tips, and guides, and let us know how you're enjoying the 50 versus 50 limited-time event in the comments below.

The Surge Gets Free Cutting Edge DLC, Stupid Deep Discounts Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:08:13 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you thought you'd already gotten your hands on the most advanced weaponry and armor The Surge had to offer, think again. With today's release of the absolutely free "Cutting Edge" DLC, players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC will find three new armor sets, three new weapons sets, and three new jumpsuits added to the game. Each item will provide unique boosts to stats such as speed, energy, life regen, and more.

New Jumpsuits in the "Cutting Edge"
  • The Angel: Gives players boosts to attack speed, energy attainment, and "impacts on CODENAME weapons"

  • The Aslepius: Improves life regeneration

  • The Nano Ward: Adds explosive blasts to perfectly timed blocks
New Weapons in the "Cutting Edge"
  • The Experiment 44H: Also goes by the name of "Dark Star." It leverages a containment field to eviscerate enemies. 

  • The Engelhart: Poses threats not only to enemies but also to the person using it. Using boost technology, this weapon can become incredibly hot, incredibly fast -- in any environment it is used. 

  • The BioN J-1: Also goes by the name of "Last Aid." Originally designed as a medical tool, the BioN J-1 is best used to surgically remove pieces of your enemies. 

Discounts to The Surge and Its DLCs 

Alongside the release of the "Cutting Edge" DLC, The Surge will also see deep discounts on Steam and the Xbox Marketplace from now until April 20. Sorry, PS4 owners; there are currently no discounts for The Surge on PSN as of this writing.

The largest discounts seem to be found on Steam. On Valve's marketplace, you can find The Surge: Complete Edition, which collects the base game with all of its previously released DLCs, for $24.99. Other DLC can be found for as low as $2.

If you're an Xbox One owner, you'll need a Gold membership to take advantage of The Surge's discounted prices. 


What are your favorite weapons, jumpsuits, and armor sets in The Surge? Do you plan on picking up any of the discounted DLC -- or jumping into the base game for the first time? Let us know in the comments below, and stayed tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on The Surge as it develops. 

If you're looking for tips, tricks, and strategies for The Surge, make sure to check out GameSkinny's guides for the Dark Souls-inspired ARPG. 

Free RPG Day 2018 -- Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Free Books Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:50:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

Gaming isn't a static hobby that just takes place in front of the monitor or TV with a controller in hand. While we love rounds of Fortnite and dive into the latest Call Of Duty just as often as the next gamer, there's always room for the tabletop varieties as well when friends get together to socialize on the weekends.

There's a pretty expansive definition of what exactly constitutes "gaming" that covers a huge range of options, from cross-platform games that leap back and forth between the video screen and the tabletop to ongoing video game-based comic series and collectible card games.

No matter what your preferred method of play looks like, 2018 is a momentous year for tabletop gamers, as Magic: The Gathering turns 25 and Pathfinder finally begins testing a long-awaited (and long-dreaded) second edition this coming summer.

While it can be an expensive pastime, there is a reliable, no-cost way to jump into tabletop gaming as local hobby stores participate in the celebration that is Free RPG Day every summer!

Free RPG Day 2018 Publishers

This year's rendition of the gaming holiday is slated for Saturday, June 16, 2018, and we've already got a sneak preview of all the books, cards, and dice that will be available completely for free!

Winners of the Annual Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (or ENnie Awards) tend to include products here each year, so if you want to try out a different system before laying down the cash for a bunch of expensive hardcover books, this is a great way to get started.

While some retailers will let you grab multiple products, or even one book from each publisher, others are a bit more stingy and limit it to one free item per customer. To get the best books or dice before they run out, you want to have a plan of attack before you head into the store and know which item you are most interested in ahead of time.


The king of tabletop RPGs is hitting Free RPG Day hard this year with three separate products, including the return of a fan favorite.

I've got very fond memories of running the first We Be Goblins free adventure back in 2011, with each member of of my gaming group coming up with their own absurd goblin rhyme as part of character creation. The party managed to blow themselves up with fireworks, get messily eaten by giant spiders, die in quicksand, and just cause all-around mayhem while hopelessly trying to prove themselves goblin heroes.

We get to relive that silly glory once again with We Be 5upergoblins, an apparently aerial adventure for fourth-level goblin pyromaniacs. Now that Paizo also has the sci-fi Starfinder RPG available, an adventure called Skitter Shot will be included that very much looks like a futuristic version of We Be Goblins. I can only imagine the sorts of shenanigans that chaotic evil goblins could get into with lasers and starships.

Finally, Paizo will round out this year's free offerings with a Pathfinder Adventure card pack, including new goblin character Nok-Nok.

Sadly, it doesn't look like any of these releases will include Pathfinder 2nd Edition rules, as the playtest will just be getting going at that point in the summer.

Goodman Games

While probably best known for the super retro Dungeon Crawl Classics series, Goodman Games has some amazingly awesome settings that are way off the beaten path and well worth checking out, like DragonMech, Etherscope, and Xcrawl.

We're getting two Free RPG Day entries from Goodman this year, including Quick Start rules and a mini adventure for Dungeon Crawl Classics, as well as Beneath the Keep, a new third-party adventure for D&D Fifth Edition.

Atlas Games

Atlas is resurrecting an old cult classic that is just now seeing a resurgence and starting to get the recognition it deserves this year. If your knowledge of modern-day horror RPGs begins and ends with Call of Cthulhu, you owe it to yourself to check out Unknown Armies.

Those classic original rulebooks go for quite a bit on Amazon and eBay these days, but the newer third edition is a bit more reasonably priced with PDFs and physical books.

To get acquainted with this occult game about broken people conspiring to fix the world, be sure to check out the free adventure/source book Maria in Three Parts.


It's sort of hard to believe I'm typing this, but yes, there will even be free dice this year, which is pretty monumental and must be costing everyone quite a bit in production and shipping!

Q-Workshop is offering up a set of 15 unique, Viking-inspired dice with each Free RPG Day package, and they look amazing. Expect these to go fast and to be limited to only one per customer, so show up early and try to nab one while you can.

Chessex will also be offering commemorative red 6-sided dice with the "12th Annual Free RPG Day" logo etched on them. Obviously these are less useful since they don't have regular numbers, but they're a nifty way to mark the holiday. 

If you miss out on your chance to grab one of these, there are plenty of other stunning dice sets out there -- check out our list of the most amazing dice sets to buy for the gaming fanatic in your life (it shouldn't be much of a surprise that several of them are also from Q-Workshop).

Steve Jackson Games

While I've been a been a fanatic for the ultra-silly Toon RPG since I was a kid, there's no question that Steve Jackson's flagship games are the universal GURPS, alongside the tongue-in-cheek Munchkin line of CCGs.

The latter is where Steve Jackson is putting the focus for this year's Free RPG Day, with a new card featuring the tardigrade.

This adorable microscopic water bear has been filling Facebook memes since being made famous when covered by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in an episode of the Cosmos reboot back in 2014, and now he's in your Munchkin matches as well!

Monte Cook Games

An appropriately weird-looking adventure for sci-fi/fantasy-mashup setting Numenera is coming from Monte Cook Games for Free RPG Day 2018, titled Ashes of the Sea.

For those who tend to stick to PC games instead of tabletop, yes, this is the same Numenera setting used in Torment: Tides of Numenera released by inXile last year.


Instead of the expected Shadowrun or Battletech entry, this year Catalyst is showing off their D&D-branded card game Dragonfire with a free promo card. We don't know much about the card at this point, however, as it hasn't been shown off anywhere yet.

Renegade Game Studios

Renegade is going a very different direction than the typical D&D-style game this time around.

Overlight is a new setting due to launch with a crowdfunding campaign later this month, so not much is known about the specifics at the moment except for the description of involving "kaleidoscopic journeys" and "returning a sense of wonder to fantasy roleplaying."

Kids on Bikes, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like, offering a rules-light setting where kids have strange adventures in small towns (think The Goonies or Stranger Things).

Both of these offbeat settings are getting free adventures, so if you want to give either system a shot with shorter, one-off games, be sure to pick these ones up in June.


You can always count on a creepy Call of Cthulhu scenario from Chaosium, and this year is no exception! Scritch Scratch is a short, modern-day horror scenario revolving around terror in the backwoods. Something tells me their take on that notion will play out a lot differently than in Far Cry 5!

Pelgrane Press

Even more Cthulhu is included this year from Pelgrane Press with a two-for-one entry covering both the Cthulhu Confidential and Fall of Delta Green systems.

Cthulhu Confidential is quite a bit different than Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu game and is intended for only one player and one GM, while Fall of Delta Green is a GUMSHOE version of the popular action/horror hybrid setting, focused on investigation and covert combat in the '60s.

Lamentation of the Flame Princess

LOTFP is a very weird, very brutal (and very NSFW) system that has received a bunch of ENnie nominations in recent years for bizarre adventures like Broodmother Skyfortress and Blood in the Chocolate.

Obviously, the series would have to include an appropriately wacky entry for Free RPG Day 2018, and we weren't disappointed.

Since last year's offering was titled Vaginas Are Magic, I think we all know the chicken on the front cover is very much not the Eldritch Cock they are talking about ....

Ulisses Spiele

After Fantasy Flight sadly lost the rights to keep covering Warhamer 40,000 with the Dark Heresy and Black Crusade lines, Ulisses Spiele picked up those rights from Game Workshop and launched the Wrath & Glory game.

To get a taste of this new take on an old setting, the free adventure Blessings Unheralded is due to arrive for Free RPG Day, and it appears to be focused on the rank-and-file soldiers in the Imperial Guard.

Flying Buffalo

A new Tunnels and Trolls book will be provided by Flying Buffalo this year, essentially acting as a Quick Start Guide containing everything you need to make characters, start a game, and play your first adventure.

Troll Lord Games

This one is still a bit of a question mark. We know Troll Lord will include a third-party 5th edition D&D adventure, but the specifics are still unknown. If you see any info on this one, let us know and we'll update the article!

OffWorld Designs

This killer beholder shirt is coming from OffWorld Designs in celebration of Free RPG Day 2018, but only one shirt per box will be included, so it's unlikely you'll be able to get one. Expect it to go immediately (or for the store employees to grab it!).

Studio 9 Publishing

The offbeat Midnight Legion is an RPG system I wasn't at all familiar with prior to today, but you better believe I'll be grabbing up the Last Recruit adventure book.

The hook here is that Midnight Legion is essentially a much more advanced version of classic choose-your-own-adventure-type book series like Lone Wolf, and the game is meant for two players or even solo play.


While the focus on any Free RPG Day is typically Quick Start rules and new starter adventures, there's a ton of swag besides just books that tabletop gamers need, from dice bags to card mats.

UltraPro is getting in on this year's festivities with a killer (and ultra high-quality) Dungeons and Dragons character folio. This is another one-per-box entry that will go super quick.

Wyrd Miniatures

Wrapping up this year's new free entries will be Wyrd Miniatures with a Quick Start Guide for Through the Breach, a nontraditional steampunk RPG that uses cards instead of dice. I haven't personally tried this one out yet and hope to rectify that come June 16!

Where to Get Your Free RPG Day 2018 Products

Which book, promo card, or dice set are you most looking forward to grabbing? Let us know in the comments! If you don't already know where your local hobby stores are located, be sure to check out the Free RPG Day retail locator here.

For those who can't make it to a Free RPG Day 2018 retailer, don't forget that most of these entries will be available as PDFs straight from their respective publishers in late June.

Looking to dive into the wild word of tabletop gaming after grabbing some free entries? Take a look at our lists of tabletop board games that video game fans will love and a rundown of the best adult board games that came out last year to find out where to start!

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset -- New Trailer Released Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:43:10 -0400 Zach Hunt

Ever since Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios announced that the next chapter in ESO would take place on Summerset Isle, players have been salivating over the prospect of exploring the legendary home of the High Elves for the first time since The Elder Scrolls: Arena way back in 1994. Today, Bethesda released a brand-new video that offers a glimpse into what ESO players can expect when The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is released.

Called "Journey to Summerset," the nearly two-minute-long trailer provides a narrated tour of some of the locales, characters, and creatures ESO players are soon to encounter, all accompanied by a sweeping orchestral score. While the vibrant colors of lush gardens and endemic fauna initially evoke a magical idyll, it doesn't take long before we catch glimpses of the "new threat [that] emerges from the depths of the sea." 

With the largest zone of any ESO chapter yet, players can ascend Summerset's tallest peak to reach the mountaintop city of Cloudrest or head to the island of Atraeum in search of a new skill line and abilities granted by the secretive Psijic Order of mages. From the looks of this video (and from what we know so far), there doesn't seem to be any lack of adventure awaiting fans in this storied realm of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset will release for PC and Mac on May 21, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases on June 5. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on ESO: Summerset as it becomes available.

Pillars of Eternity 2 PAX East 2018 Preview: A Deep Dive into the Treacherous Waters of the Deadfire Archipelago Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:27:35 -0400 Felicia Miranda

Inspired by the Infinity Engine games by Bioware and Black Isle Studios, Pillars of Eternity is a rich fantasy RPG largely crowdfunded by fans on Kickstarter. This year at PAX East 2018, we had an opportunity to check out the Backers Beta of the upcoming sequel, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, and speak with Josh Sawyer of Obsidian Entertainment about how they’ve taken what the fans loved about the first game and improved on it.

screen shot from Pillars of Eternity 2

We started with character creation, which has some new options added in. There are three additional races players can select that are not new to the series but are unique to the setting. These include the Aumaua, Orlan, and Godlike. Characters can now have multiple classes (and subclasses) and advance them together. With both multiclasses and subclasses combined, hundreds of combinations are possible, making character creation and development truly unique to each player.

The setting for Pillars of Eternity 2 takes place in the Deadfire Archipelago -- a series of small volcanic islands rich in resources, crawling with enemies and sea monsters. With the new addition of level scaling, players needn’t worry about running into enemies too advanced for them, though there is an option to turn this off and apply it to critical path quests only.

a top-down view of a ship at sea in PoE 2 Deadfire

As we dived into a small amount of gameplay, Sawyer made sure to emphasize that exploration is a bigger focus in Deadfire. Fairly early in the game, you and your party (which is now limited to five) will get a ship and have the ability to freely explore what is a pretty huge world map. We use the term "freely" loosely since the sea is crawling with enemy ships, and traveling does impact your resources and, in return, the status of your crew. An unhappy crew can result in mutiny if you aren’t too careful!

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is set to release on May 8 for PC, Mac, and Linux, and it will include a recap of the first game, a nice feature for anyone who hasn’t finished (or played) the first one. You can also sign up for the Backer Beta, which is currently ongoing, by adding the Beta to an existing pre-order on the Obsidian Backer Portal.

Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more news, tips, and information on Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire as it becomes available.

FFXIV Patch 4.3 "Under the Moonlight" Bringing New Content and Companion App Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:47:23 -0400 Zach Hunt

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV's next update, Patch 4.3, titled "Under the Moonlight," will release late this May. With this next chapter in the Ivalice universe, FFXIV Online players will enjoy a myriad of new content, including the following as outlined in the Square Enix press release:

  • New Main Scenario Quests
  •  New Alliance Raid -- The Ridorana Lighthouse
  • New Trial
  • New Dungeon -- The Swallow’s Compass
  • New Beast Tribe Quests -- The Namazu
  • New Sidequests -- The Four Lords, Doman Reconstruction and Further Hildibrand Adventures
  • New Deep Dungeon -- 100-Floor Heaven-on-High
  • The Forbidden Land, Eureka Expansion -- Pagos Expedition
  • New Ultimate Difficulty Raid -- Ultima Weapon
  • Updates to jobs, PvP, glamour system, housing, performance actions, more powerful gear, and more.

Final Fantasy XIV Online Companion Mobile App

Along with the new patch, details were revealed surrounding the Final Fantasy XIV Online Companion app for mobile devices. The app will offer chat options and a scheduler system/calendar, as well as the abilities to organize inventory and armory chests, sell and purchase items, and register an additional favored destination Aetheryte.

A Premium Plan (which requires a monthly fee) will also be available that allows app users to organize Saddlebags and Retainer Inventories, double their Saddlebag capacity, and employ an additional Retainer. Additional information on the app will be coming as its late-May release nears.

Towering structure from FFXIV Stormblood patch 4.3, Under the Moonlight

Stick with GameSkinny for more information on FFXIV Patch 4.3, "Under the Moonlight," and be sure to check out our extensive collection of Final Fantasy XIV guides, tips, and more.

Free Star Citizen Event Open to All Prospects for Limited Time Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:08:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Attention all prospective Star Citizens: Cloud Imperium Games invites you to join the galaxy's largest persistent universe for a free-fly weekend April 13-16. All pilots will have access to hangers replete with a selection of new and old ships alike -- all of which can be flown for free during the 72-hour event. On top of that, other planet-side vehicles, such as the dune-buggy-esque Cyclone, will be available for testing as well.  

To access the Star Citizen's free-fly event, simply navigate to the game's enlistment page, and use the promo code: GETINTOTHEVERSE in the validation field found at the bottom of this page. You will also need to download Star Citizen if you have not already done so. 

If prospective pilots want to continue their journey through the world of Star Citizen after the free-fly weekend concludes, Cloud Imperium Games will be offering discounted Starter Packs for any that choose to enlist.

Currently, Star Citizen is still in active development. The most recent 3.2.1 update featured a bevy of additions and fixes for the game, including the character customizer, new ships and vehicles, and updates to cargo and trading. As of this writing, Star Citizen has raised more than $182 million since development began in 2011. It is one of the most anticipated sci-fi games of all time. 

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


Shenmue 1, Shenmue 2 Set for Release on Modern Consoles, PC Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:29:29 -0400 Edgar Wulf

It's been close to 19 years since the original Shenmue's release in the Land of the Rising Sun. Considered one of the best games of all time and, at its release in 1999, an incredibly ambitious and expensive project, Shenmue hasn't seen an official Western releases outside of the original Dreamcast version. 

But things are about to change. After countless pleas from fans, SEGA has finally announced the release date for the re-releases of Shenmue and Shenmue 2. According to a press release from SEGA, both games will feature  improved visuals and updated controls, as well as English and Japanese voice-acting. And although it was not officially confirmed, it's a safe bet both games will include achievement/trophy support for all of us achievement-junkies.

This is the definitive version of these all-time classics and will be the best Shenmue experience to date. The re-release will stay true to the originals with modernized features including fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.


Both games are scheduled for a simultaneous release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as the PC, some time in 2018. They will definitely help us get back into forklifting shape void before the release of Shenmue 3 later this year.

Did you play the original Shenmue games on the Dreamcast? Share a story in the comments below and let us know why you're most looking forward to revisiting this beautiful world.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all things Shenmue!



Vampyr Vinyl Soundtrack, Limited Edition, and Preorder DLC Revealed Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:09:39 -0400 Erroll Maas

DONTNOD Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive have revealed a vinyl soundtrack, as well as a limited edition for their upcoming action RPG, Vampyr. They also released information regarding the game's pre-order release and the bonus content they'll contain when the game launches on June 5. 

The vinyl soundtrack features a selection of music from Vampyr composed by Olivier Deriviere. As of this writing, the limited-edition vinyl is only available through pre-orders of the game in Europe. Whether this will change is currently unknown, but we'll update this article with the Western release when the information becomes available.

Vampyr limited edition bundle

In Germany and Australia, players can pre-order a special limited edition version of Vampyr that includes a boxed copy of the game and an exclusive limited-edition sleeve, a set of three exclusive lithographs, a double-sided poster of the in-game map and artwork, and a code for the Hunter's Heirloom DLC. It is unknown if this limited edition will be made available in other territories at a later date.

Vampyr Hunters Heirlooms DLC graphic showing sword, pistol, and man in a sherlock holmes outfit

Any players who preorder the standard edition of Vampyr will receive a code for the Hunters Heirlooms DLC. This DLC pack includes the Dragonbane sword, the Barker pistol, and the Physician Suit.

Additionally, pre-ordering Vampyr through the PlayStation Store will give players an exclusive theme.

Vampyr will launch for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on June 5. Retail and digital preorders are now available.

The Banner Saga 3 PAX East Preview: Warped Enemies, Wave Combat, & New Playable Characters Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:44:21 -0400 Felicia Miranda

It was recently announced that The Banner Saga series would be getting a Nintendo Switch release this Summer. With the fast-approaching arrival of the final chapter in the Viking-based RPG series, many fans are still left wondering what to expect as the story comes to a close. Luckily, we had a chance to play a demo of The Banner Saga 3 at PAX East 2018 and talk to the Producer, Zeb L. West, and Lead Designer, Matt Rhodes, about some new additions to the game.

Note: Light spoilers are ahead!

Changes to Enemies in The Banner Saga 3

Character meet on a snowy plain in The Banner Saga 3 demo at PAX East 2018

Although warped enemies made a brief appearance in The Banner Saga 2, these types of enemies will play a much larger role in The Banner Saga 3. Their passive ability, Depraved, comes into play during explosions that follow after they’re defeated. This explosion damages nearby enemies, draining 1 Willpower. After the explosion, warped enemies leave behind a pile of ashes that will drain 1 Strength and 1 Willpower from anyone who walks over the residue.

Their active ability, Mind Devour, targets a single enemy anywhere on the map and drains their Willpower and Strength, resulting in an increase in the Warped enemy’s own Strength value.

New Playable Characters

The Banner Saga 3 party select screen shows new and old characters alike

We were surprised to find that once we hopped into combat during the demo that Juno is now a playable (and very powerful) character in The Banner Saga 3. We also found that we could command a Stonesinger Dredge, as well ... which could have interesting implications for the game's story(?). 

New Character: Alfrun

The Banner Saga 3's new healer, Alfrun, stands holding a staff and wears a green tunic

During our demo, we also had a chance to use The Banner Saga's first true healer, Alfrun. A powerful ally best used in combat from a distance, Alfrun’s abilities have great range. Her first ability, Strength of Will, allows her to recover the Strength of her allies while her second ability, Force of Will, allows her to perform a melee attack on enemies before retreating.

The Banner Saga 3's New Combat System

A snowy battlefield is shown in The Banner Saga 3

Unlike other entries in The Banner Saga series, each battle in The Banner Saga 3 will now feature a turn counter that specifies the amount of time you have to defeat your enemies. If you complete the first wave of enemies before the timer runs out, you will be given the option to Fight or Flee. Continuing the battle will allow you to replace your current band of warriors with other characters from your roster before a new wave of enemies accompanied by a mini-boss will spawn on the map. Defeat the mini-boss and the enemies for awesome items and other rewards.

Another addition to the combat system in The Banner Saga 3 is the Valka Spear, which has taken the place of The Horn. The Valka Spear holds up to 3 charges and when used, casts an ability called Arc Lightning. Arc Lightning has the potential to hit multiple enemies in succession if they are positioned diagonally to one another. With each enemy hit by Arc Lightning, the stronger it gets. It can be used repeatedly until you run out of Valka Spear charges.

The Banner Saga 3's New Promotion System

The Banner Saga 3's promotion screen shows Bulwark and the Heroic Title

The new promotion system in The Banner Saga 3 includes levels 11 through 15. Starting at Level 11, your hero will be written permanently into the Saga and earn something called a Heroic Title. Heroic Titles can enhance abilities, give you additional passives, and even increase base strength and armor stats. Heroic titles are leveled independently of character rank with each being completely unique. This means once a character dies, that Heroic Title is gone forever.


The Banner Saga 3 is expected to arrive July 24 for PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch for $24.99.

What's more, The Banner Saga Trilogy: Bonus Edition physical release will drop the same day and contain The Banner Saga, The Banner Saga 2, and The Banner Saga 3, as well as a few bonus items. That package will release for the PS4 and Xbox One and retail for $39.99. 

We look forward to seeing more new and dramatic experiences the final chapter of this beloved RPG will bring. Let us know in the comments if you'll be picking up The Banner Saga 3 when it releases this summer!

New Trailer for The Lost Child Highlights Astrals Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:41:42 -0400 Erroll Maas

NIS America released a new trailer for Kadokawa Games' upcoming monster-catching RPG, The Lost Child. This trailer focuses on Astrals -- a collective term for obtainable demons, fallen angels, and angels --  that main character Hayato Ibiki will be capturing and fighting alongside and against.

Although capturing Astrals puts them in Hayato's possession, it seems more has to be done before they can be considered allies. After capturing them, Hayato will have to purify each Astral in order to use them in battle. Although it's unclear just how many Astrals can be in Hayato's party at one time, from the trailer, we can see that he will be able to command at least three at a time in battle. Additionally, the trailer also shows how Astrals can go through "EVILution" to become stronger with the proper requirements and how skills can be transferred from one Astral to another.

The Lost Child will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch on June 19, 2018.

Monster Crown Reaches Campaign Goal in Under 28 Hours Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:35:35 -0400 Erroll Maas

The Kickstarter for Studio Aurum's upcoming indie monster-taming RPG, Monster Crown, has reached its campaign goal of $5,000 in just under 28 hours due to the support of 263 backers.

The three revealed stretch goals include an extended soundtrack at $6,000. surprise monster designers at $7,500, and cross-platform cloud saves at $8500. 

Additionally, a new exclusive monster, Blaze, was revealed for the Backer Demo. This monster can only be accessed by inputting the revealed code in the CODE menu at the breeding facility, and his coloration cannot be found anywhere else. After redeeming the code, he will appear on the farm menu to add to your party. Blaze is a Brute type and will be set at level 10. According to the developer, backers should expect more code monsters to be released throughout the rest of the month.

Monster Crown is planned to launch by February 2019 on PC, Linux, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and Android devices.

Dragon Quest XI PAX East 2018 Preview: Square Enix Goes the Extra Mile with Western Release Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:55:29 -0400 Felicia Miranda

At PAX East 2018, we learned a lot about some of the changes and new features coming to the Western release of Dragon Quest XI. It’ll be the first mainline game to get an international console release in over 10 years, which is a pretty big deal. Although the Dragon Quest series usually gets a Western PlayStation or Nintendo console release, that was unfortunately not the case for Dragon Quest X. But it appears that Square Enix is returning to business as usual in a big way.

Dragon Quest XI will include complete English voice-overs, a feature that wasn’t even part of its Japanese release. It’s perfect for people who aren’t all that excited about reading pages and pages of dialogue in a game, but for those who enjoy a more traditional JRPG experience, such as myself, there is the option to skip past the narration or turn it off. There’s also a revised Draconian Quest mode where players can customize the level of difficulty in their game experience by turning certain useful game features on and off.

The art style of Dragon Quest XI is a stunning blend of cell shading and photorealism. Both the menus and UI got a complete overhaul, possessing a style similar to that of Dragon Quest XIII. It will be the first-ever game in the series to get a PC port. As with many of the features Square Enix has added for its Western release, the PC version of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age won’t be a copy and paste job. It will offer native 4K support along with other features and settings that won’t be available on console.

We did get to see some gameplay from Dragon Quest XI at PAX East 2018, so proceed with caution since there are mild spoilers ahead.

In the demo, the game begins in the town of Cobblestone, where you’ll discover that you are a hero reborn, or a Luminary, from a legend long past. When you come of age, you must leave the safe confines of your home to pay a visit to the king and tell him who you are.

Prior to leaving town, you are gifted a horse, and then you head into the overworld. The overworld is an explorable area on the map that connects you to the various locations in Dragon Quest XI. The addition of a horse makes long-distance travel less burdensome, with most actions, such as jumping into combat and interacting with items, easily executed from on top of your horse.

In the overworld, there are monsters scattered throughout. Combat is still traditional turn-based (YAY!), but there are no longer random battles, only encounters. Monsters chase or run away from you depending on your level. Battles can be completely avoided by pressing dash on your horse and booping enemies out of the way. There’s no experience gained from doing this, but it’s convenient and pretty fun.

A hero attacking monsters in Dragon Quest XI

There is a new battle mode to explore called Free-Form Fighting. This lets players run around the battle area and attack from whichever angle they’d like. This doesn’t have an impact on damage dealt or anything, but it’s still a pretty cool feature to explore.

During long trips, you and your party can rest at campsites. It’s worth mentioning that there is a day and night cycle in Dragon Quest XI that can change the behavior of some NPCs and monsters on the map. While resting at camp, you can talk to party members and buy/sell items at the shop. There’s also an option to equip gear in the shop, which is a very thoughtful add-on that reduces menu toggling.

It’s clear that exploring in the overworld (and anywhere else, for that matter) is highly recommended. The best part about it is that players need not worry about venturing too far since you can no longer explore areas outside of your level range. We did see that there are small, ghostly figures hidden throughout called the Spirits of Lost Time, but after inquiring further, we were told that we’ll have to wait to find out more about them.

a warrior holds a charged sword and a shield in Dragon Quest XI screen shot

Similar in style to the Final Fantasy games, Dragon Quest XI is a standalone experience, so anyone can play it without being familiar with the story of any previous installments. There are, however, throwbacks sprinkled throughout that will be recognizable to fans of the series. The game is about 95 hours long with all 3 endings, not including any of the side quests. It’s due to release as a complete experience, meaning there will be no DLC, on September 4, 2018, on PS4 and Steam.

Fortnite Patch 3.5 Update Rundown: Port-a-Fort, Replay Mode, 50v50 & More Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:52:21 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Another week brings another Fortnite update in the form of Patch 3.5, which adds the much-anticipated (and perhaps completely game-changing) Port-a-Fort grenade. On top of that, the patch update also sees the addition of Replay Mode, as well as the return of limited-time 50v50 matches. 

Here's all the important stuff you need to know. 

Port-a-Fort Releases With Patch 3.5

Yesterday, we released a nifty guide on how to get and use Port-a-Fort grenades in Fortnite, but here's the skinny on what they actually do. Basically, Port-a-Fort grenades allow you to instantly build a sniper's perch wherever you throw them. No longer will you have to spend precious time actually building a tower. Instead, you can spend more time positioning yourself for that oh, so sweet Victory Royale...

If you can get your hands on the grenades, that is. As of this writing, it's not known how rare Port-a-Fort grenades are in Fortnite, but it's safe to assume they won't just be lying around the battlefield. Odds are, they'll be highly sought after and found in loot boxes and/or vending machines in high-traffic areas around the map. So be ready for a fight. 

Capturing Highlights With Fortnite's Replay Mode

Patch 3.5 will also see the inclusion of Replay Mode, which allows players to easily capture in-game highlights, as well as any other funny Fortnite moments or glitches they might encounter on the way to Victory Royale. Players will also be able to fully customize their replays by highlighting themselves or other players, switching perspectives, and adding camera effects to further enhance their highlight reels.  

If you're looking for some tips and tricks on how best to use it, check our Replay Mode guide here

Fortnite's replay suite includes the following features: 

  • Variable replay speeds
  • Player outlines and nameplates
  • Adjustable camera settings 
    • Exposure
    • Aperture
    • Focal Length
    • Focus Distance
  • Five camera modes
    • Third-Person 
    • Drone Follow
    • Drone Attach
    • Drone Free
    • Gameplay

According to Epic Games, Fortnite's Replay Mode will only be available on console and PC for the time being. There is currently no word if Fortnite Mobile players will eventually have access to the mode, although we'll update this guide if it becomes available. 

Changing Up the 50v50 Formula

Although it's still a limited-time event, Fortnite's 50v50 mode also makes a return in Patch 3.5. Called 50v50 v2, this is a slightly tweaked version of the survival mode that:

  • Fixes a few bugs and glitches
  • Modifies loot algorithms and spawns
  • Adds "Builder Pro" controller configs for consoles
  • Adjusts the storm and map, showing the final storm circle at start
  • Adds new Squad Comms Wheel to communicate without voice 

Worthy of note is that although daily and weekly challenges will still be tallied in this particular 50v50 mode, profile statistics and squad challenges won't be tracked

You can check out the entire v3.5 Patch Notes for more in-depth info on specific changes such as item availability, spawn rates, and bug fixes to the game's UI on Fortnite's website. 


Looking for all of Fortnite's vending machine locations? Wondering where all the hidden gnomes are? Make sure to check out all of our Fortnite guides here

Chrono Trigger's PC Port Receives Graphics-Overhauling Patch Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:31:57 -0400 Zach Hunt

After releasing what many consider to be a muddy-looking PC port of beloved RPG Chrono Trigger, Square Enix announced today the first in a series of planned patches aimed at rekindling the good will of disheartened Chrono fans in the PC community.

Featuring a number of graphical overhauls intended to realign the game's visual presentation with its classic look, the new patch offers the option to play with "original graphics" (even setting this as the default mode) as well as updated fonts and dialogue windows. The opening animated scenes have also been reordered so as to more closely match the original Chrono Trigger experience.

Square Enix promises additional changes to the PC port in the near future "to enhance the PC play experience," but aside from some UI updates, it's not yet clear what all is in store.

What are your thoughts on this patch? Did Square Enix go too far with the original graphical overhaul of Chrono Trigger on PC? Are you more willing to check out the PC version now that its faults are being addressed? Let us know all about it in the comments below, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for all things Chrono Trigger.

Monster Crown Launches Kickstarter Campaign Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:19:37 -0400 Erroll Maas

Studio Aurum has launched a Kickstarter campaign page for their upcoming monster-taming RPG, Monster Crown.

One of the signature features of Monster Crown is that it will feature true crossbred offspring of parent creatures, creating entirely new species players will be allowed to name themselves. Monster Crown will also feature a unique switching mechanic not seen in other games.

The campaign goal is $5,000 USD, and backer rewards include getting your name in the credits; a digital copy of the game on either Steam, Linux, PlayStation Vita, or Nintendo Switch; access to a private backer demo; a digital soundtrack; a digital art book; and even the chance to design your own monster to be put in the game. Revealed stretch goals include an extended soundtrack and surprise monster designers.

Monster Crown has an estimated release window of February 2019 and is planned to launch on Steam, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and Android. To learn more about the game, you can check out our previous coverage as well as our interview with Lead Developer Jason Walsh.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 Announced for Nintendo Switch in Japan Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:29:32 -0400 Erroll Maas

In the most recent issue of Famitsu, the newest Yo-Kai Watch title, Yo-Kai Watch 4, has been announced for release on Nintendo Switch later this year in Japan.

It has been stated that characters from the Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside series will make an appearance, but whether Yo-Kai Watch 4 is the previously announced Shadowside game or will be similar to previous entries is currently unknown.

Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino added that the game's content will be enhanced and that it will include features that surprise everyone.

Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, an updated version of both Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, was the last mainline Yo-Kai Watch game to release in Japan. No version of Yo-Kai Watch 3 has been announced for release outside of Japan yet, although all prior mainline games have received a Western release, and we may see an announcement in the near future.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 will launch on Nintendo Switch in Japan in 2018. The game has not yet been confirmed for release outside of Japan. Stick with GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

SCUM Preview: The Most Realistic Open-World Survival Yet Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:57:31 -0400 Felicia Miranda

At a passing glance, SCUM might appear to be just another gritty open-world survival game in the same vein as DayZ and H1Z1, but if you take a deeper look, you’re sure to find that its most striking feature also happens to be what sets it apart from the competition. When the developers, Gamepires and Croteam, talk about “unprecedented levels of character customization, control, and progression,” they are only preparing you for what most definitely will be the most realistic open-world survival game I’ve seen.

The basic premise of SCUM is that you’re a prisoner on a reality show about survival, and each participant has a device located on the back of their head called the Body Control Unit, or the BCU. This tracks practically every bodily function that you can think of, including things like heart rate, metabolism, vitamin and nutrient intake, and even seemingly trivial things like the number of teeth your character has (lose too many and you won’t be able to chew solid food). Although the option to disregard all that stuff is there, SCUM opens the door for some very thorough and, dare I say, fascinating survival micromanagement.

Each player must create a character before starting a campaign. Unlike traditional survival games, this process isn’t purely superficial. Some people may prefer to randomize their character, but if you enjoy spending a good hour or two on building the perfect avatar for your game experience, then you’ll enjoy all that SCUM has to offer.

Things like fat and muscle mass determine how many calories and how much exercise you’ll need to keep your character at their current size, and with proper (or improper) maintenance, it can eventually impact your character's body and stats. Age can influence skills such as endurance and intelligence, while flaws like alcoholism can give your character skill bonuses but at the expense of suffering from withdrawals if you drink too little and liver failure if you drink too much.

Skills also play an important part in staying alive in SCUM and have the propensity to impact each other. For example, using rifles in the game will naturally level up your Rifle skill, but sniper mastery requires some points in intelligence. It’s important to note that this game isn’t all about shooting guns. While skills like cooking might seem pointless to have, talented chefs can conjure up stat-boosting entrees that can give players the upper hand in combat.

The ultimate goal of survival mode in SCUM is to last long enough to remove your BCU and escape, which I’ve been told by the developers is much easier said than done. This mode is playable solo or in online multiplayer with up to 64 players.

The above video from lemmingzappa on YouTube shows off a new mode that was revealed at PAX East 2018 called Cargo Capture. This mode is geared more toward players looking for that quick-paced multiplayer shooter experience many have come to expect. It spawns you and a group of teammates in a pre-game lobby where you can run around and get familiar with the surroundings, similar in style to the starting areas of Fortnite and PUBG. A countdown takes place before moving you and all of the other players onto a map where you’ll find a group of tables loaded up with weapons, clothing, handheld explosives, and other combat accessories. Once players are armed and ready, they head to a part of the map with a crate that they must capture before the opposing team does.

As someone who’s a big fan of the survival genre, I found the survival aspect of SCUM far more appealing than Cargo Capture mode, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. There’s still a lot about SCUM that is yet to be determined, but I do believe the potential for something incredibly fun and unique is there. Players interested in SCUM will be able to get it on Steam as part of the Early Access program in the second quarter of 2018.

Overwatch League Suspends Boston Uprising Player Indefinitely over Sexual Misconduct Allegations Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:00:45 -0400 Lewis Parsons

The Overwatch League has suspended Boston Uprising player "DreamKazper," aka Jonathan Sanchez, age 21, over allegations he engaged in inappropriate contact with an underage girl.

The conversation in question was screenshotted and posted on Twitter, and the 14-year-old fan also released a statement on the social media platform.

The Overwatch League, for its part, acted quickly, moving to suspend Sanchez and releasing a strongly worded statement on Twitter.

Earlier today the Overwatch League was made aware of the allegations against Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez. He is suspended indefinitely while the league investigates this matter.

Boston Uprising likewise released a statement and suspended the player as well.

We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and as a result DreamKazper has been suspended from the Boston Uprising indefinitely. We will not be commenting any further while we investigate the matter.

This incident is the latest in a string of issues hitting The Overwatch League and eSports as a whole recently. Most recently, Dallas Fuel player Son “Oge” Minseok was suspended for account boosting in 2017.

Sanchez has not responded to a request for comment.

Final Fantasy 15 Has Four More Episodes Incoming Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:12:17 -0400 Lewis Parsons

Final Fantasy 15 is nowhere near final according to a Square Enix panel held at PAX East on Friday, April 6, 2018.

While discussing the Windows version of the well-received JRPG, Square announced multiple further pieces of content for FFXV. This includes two expansions to the game's "Comrades" multiplayer mode as well as four, yes four, additional episodes of character- and story-based content to be released in 2019. These are:

  • Episode: Ardyn -- “The Conflict of the Sage”
    Possibly the most demanded piece of content, this story puts you in the shoes of antagonist Ardyn. Experience his seething resentment towards the house of Lucis and his battles with the Astrals.
  • Episode: Aranea -- “The Beginning of the End”
    A side story about the Starscourge depicted from the Niflheim’s perspective. See the final day of the Empire from the enigmatic Aranea's perspective. 
  • Episode: Lunafreya -- “The Choice of Freedom”
    Another anticipated piece of story content, play as Luna as she battles to save the one she loves and change fate.
  • Episode: Noctis -- “The Final Strike”
    Offering an "alternative grand finale" to the game, embark on Noctis' final battle for the future of his people.

Square Enix still sees value in FFXV, so if you were thinking of playing a complete run through, you might want to wait to see what these episodes have in store. They started off a bit rough but have been building in quality, and hopefully this trend will continue. Stick with GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 15 news and information as it develops.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Costume Pack DLC Release Date Confirmed Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:17:11 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

WayForward has released a new trailer for the final DLC add-on to Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is set to be the final piece of DLC for the game, simply titled "Costume Pack." While the title of the DLC is simple, the DLC itself is much more than just new outfits for Shantae, as each costume comes with its own unique mechanics and alternative story modes to the main game. 

The pack contains three outfits/modes for Shantae. First, there's the ninja, which prioritizes swift movement and utilizing new techniques such as wall jumping, throwing stars, and short-range teleportation. There's the Beach Costume, which also comes with its own moves, that adds a new heat mechanic that necessitates that Shantae not stay in the sun too long without sunscreen or a quick duck in the shade, which adds a ticking clock element to the gameplay. Lastly, there's the Officer Costume, which pays direct homage to WayForward's Mighty Switch Force! series of puzzle games and allows Shantae to phase certain blocks in the environment in and out of existence as she hunts down escaped criminal hooligans.

These modes will also all have their own "what-if" storylines, with new dialogue and voice acting as well as different end-screens based on the player's item collection skills and speed in completing them. And similar to the previous "Friends to the End" DLC, players will be able to gradually level up the strength of Shantae's weapons in each mode as they progress. 

The "Costume Pack" DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be available on all platforms on April 10. The DLC will be free to all the backers of the game, as all previous DLC was, and will be included in the full package of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood Release Date Revealed Fri, 06 Apr 2018 13:45:04 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Blizzard finally announced the release date for The Witchwood expansion, and it is April 12 (mark it on your calendar). It will be Hearthstone's first expansion of 2018 and also the one to kick off The Year of the Raven. In addition to 135 collectible cards, it will introduce two new game mechanics -- Echo and Rush -- and a new single-player game mode called Monster Hunt, which, although information is scarce, is likely to be similar to the well-received Dungeon Run mode. If the guys and gals at Blizzard have learned and improved the rewards system, then Monster Hunt will be a blast to play, featuring four characters unique to this mode and an array of challenges to overcome. Lastly, a new alternate Druid hero, Lunara, will be attainable by winning 10 games in standard play mode, either ranked or casual.

Lunara, a new card in Hearthstone The Witchwood

And to top it off, anyone logging in before July 10 will receive three card packs and a random legendary class card, free of charge.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all things Hearthstone-related because we will treat you to news, card reviews, and crafting guides once the expansion launches on April 12.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Coming This September Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:59:31 -0400 Zach Hunt

Turns out all those rumors about everybody's favorite purple dragon getting a remaster were true: Activision announced today that the original three Spyro the Dragon games are getting full HD remakes just in time for the series' 20th anniversary this fall.

Set to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 21 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will include Spyro the Dragon (1998), Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (1999), and Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000). From the looks of the reveal trailer above, former Skylanders developer Toys for Bob has completely overhauled the visuals of the original PS1 trilogy, bringing the beloved little scorcher fully into the 21st century alongside fellow mascot Crash Bandicoot (who himself recently enjoyed the HD treatment).

In addition to the polished new looks, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will feature full analog stick support, new rewards, and (perhaps controversially) a "reimagined" soundtrack, making this more of a complete remake than a remaster. And in news sure to please everyone, actor Tom Kenny, who voiced Spyro in Ripto's Rage! and Year of the Dragon, will again be bringing his incredible talents to the series.


How excited are you for Spyro Reignited Trilogy? Are you apprehensive about remakes, or are you among the legion of Spyro fans who have anxiously awaited this news for years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on Spyro Reignited Trilogy as it becomes available.



New Vampyr Story Trailer Released Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:01:26 -0400 Erroll Maas

Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer DONTNOD Entertainment have released a brand-new story trailer for their upcoming action RPG, Vampyr

This new trailer reveals some elements of the game's narrative and features a cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."

In Vampyr, players will become Jonathan Reid, a doctor returning from the front lines of the Great War who has recently turned into a vampire. Jonathan's prime objective is to find out who caused his transformation and why, all while exploring a dark and secretive world and trying to find a cure for the deadly disease harming London's citizens.

While investigating, Jonathan will have to do what he can to resist his newly acquired thirst for blood, and his choices will have a significant impact on the outcome of his story.

Vampyr will launch on June 5, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and it is available for pre-order. Stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on Vampyr as it develops.


Wakfu Returns To Netflix With Its Third Season April 6th Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:45:11 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

The third season of the French animated action-adventure series Wakfu will finally make its debut in the West as a Netflix Original on April 6th. The third season marks the first time the main series has shifted away from its original methods of being animated in Adobe Flash, making the full leap into the more fluidly animated style showcased in the series' OVAs, such as Wakfu: The Quest for the Six Eliatrope Dofus.

Wakfu is a series that has been ongoing on French television since 2008, beginning streaming on Netflix in the West in 2014, and predates the MMORPG of the same name that it is based on by several years, both of which were created by French entertainment company Ankama. Development of the game began prior to the show, though the show premiered a good deal ahead of the game, which began development in 2006 and was released in 2012, and is still free-to-play today. 

The series revolves around a young boy named Yugo who can control portals and who travels The World of Twelve with his loyal group of friends who represent the various races of the world as they attempt to uncover the secrets of his powers and people. On their journey, they fight off demonic living weapons called Shushus, uncover mysteries of the various cultures and planes of existence that surround their world, and fight off god-like evil entities and the immoral use of the all-powerful life force known as Wakfu.

The show has grown a major cult following over the years, which eventually led to a successfully funded Kickstarter for an official English dub of the show, and it is often viewed as one of the absolute best television programs based on a video game for many reasons. It has often been praised for being able to balance childish comedy with serious character arcs and dramatic tension very effectively for a children's show, as well as emulating highly frantic anime-style action sequences through the use of Adobe Flash. 

With the last update to the series being The Quest for the Six Eliatrope Dofus in 2014, fans had to wait until 2017 for the show to return to France, and Western fans will soon have easy access to it on Netflix. Wakfu the game is available to play for free on Steam, and Wakfu the series is available in its entirety on Netflix. You can watch a trailer for the third season below:

And for those of you who are uninitiated or interested in starting from the beginning, here's a trailer for the series as a whole:

Gotta Catch All the Litter! Niantic Joins Mission Blue to Host Worldwide Earth Day Cleanups Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:58:44 -0400 Zach Hunt

Are you a Pokemon GO Trainer looking to do some good for our planet? If so, you'll be happy to learn that Niantic and The Pokemon Company are joining forces with Playmob, local nonprofits, and NGOs like Mission Blue (dedicated to preserving our oceans and waterways) to host cleanup events this Earth Day. And they need your help!

Stop to consider for a moment that it doesn't really matter how much AR technology improves if the real world onto which those beloved Pokemon are projected is strewn with trash and detritus (which itself sounds kind of like a Pokemon). After all, the thrill of discovering a shiny Murkrow is somewhat tarnished when it pops up in a glob of real-life garbage.

But if that's still not enough to convince you, Niantic is offering some additional incentives. According to the company:

All trainers will receive access to a special avatar item to celebrate Earth Day and those who work together to participate in the cleanups around the world will unlock unique in-game rewards for the entire world. If 1,500 trainers attend the events around the world, 2x catch stardust for ground, water, and grass-type pokémon will be unlocked for 48 hours. If more than 3,000 trainers participate in the clean up events, 3x catch stardust for ground, water, and grass-type pokémon for 48 hours will be unlocked for trainers around the world.

So on April 22, why not do your part to keep this one planet of ours sustainable for future generations? Check out the official Pokemon GO Earth Day Cleanup site to find a cleanup event near you, or you can even help with a financial donation of any amount by visiting Mission Blue's website here.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Gets August Release Date Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:48:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Back in January, Blizzard teased World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Battle For Azeroth, would release on or before Sept. 21. And today the developer confirmed that. Battle for Azeroth will release for PC on August 14, more than a month than previously anticipated. 

Pitting players in a reignited war between the Alliance and Horde, Battle for Azeroth will introduce a bevy of additions to World of Warcraft. The expansion will feature two brand-new (and previously unexplored) islands in Kul Tiras and Zandalar, as well as new world quest to spur players forward in their adventures. On top of that, 10 new dungeons will be added alongside additional raids and a new RTS-inspired game mode called Warfronts. 

New races will also enact confederacies with the Alliance and Horde in Battle for Azeroth. For the Alliance, the Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves will join the fight, while the Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne will fight alongside the forces of the Horde. 

And finally, level caps will increase to 120 in the newest WoW expansion. For players who preorder Battle for Azeroth, a 110 boost for any character will be included, as well as two exclusive mounts. The expansion's base edition will run at $49.99, while the deluxe edition will be $69.99. 

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