News Category RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com News RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sonic Mania Plus Coming July 17, Includes Two New Playable Characters and Game Modes https://www.gameskinny.com/b8dzb/sonic-mania-plus-coming-july-17-includes-two-new-playable-characters-and-game-modes https://www.gameskinny.com/b8dzb/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.

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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.

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Fortnite Patch 3.6 Update Rundown: Sticky Grenades, Noble Launcher, Refunds, & More https://www.gameskinny.com/57oru/fortnite-patch-36-update-rundown-sticky-grenades-noble-launcher-refunds-more https://www.gameskinny.com/57oru/fortnite-patch-36-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. 

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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. 

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Release is Live! https://www.gameskinny.com/tnjw1/harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-release-is-live https://www.gameskinny.com/tnjw1/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.

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H1Z1 Infects PS4 This May https://www.gameskinny.com/f4f8c/h1z1-infects-ps4-this-may https://www.gameskinny.com/f4f8c/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. 

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Omensight Launches for PC and PlayStation 4 on May 15 https://www.gameskinny.com/mbl0v/omensight-launches-for-pc-and-playstation-4-on-may-15 https://www.gameskinny.com/mbl0v/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.

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Go to Infinity (and Beyond) with Thanos in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/jztob/go-to-infinity-and-beyond-with-thanos-in-lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/jztob/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.  

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Ruffians, Secrets, and Mystics Await in Pillars of Eternity 2 Season Pass https://www.gameskinny.com/wm3sm/ruffians-secrets-and-mystics-await-in-pillars-of-eternity-2-season-pass https://www.gameskinny.com/wm3sm/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. 

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Atlanta Indie Cluster Hosts Fundraising Event https://www.gameskinny.com/gejy1/atlanta-indie-cluster-hosts-fundraising-event https://www.gameskinny.com/gejy1/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. 

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PUBG Mobile Update 0.4.0 Introduces Arcade Mode, Training Grounds, and Much More https://www.gameskinny.com/6d6if/pubg-mobile-update-040-introduces-arcade-mode-training-grounds-and-much-more https://www.gameskinny.com/6d6if/pubg-mobile-update-040-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.

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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.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins Introduces a Sandbox Modifier for PC Players https://www.gameskinny.com/pefct/assassins-creed-origins-introduces-a-sandbox-modifier-for-pc-players https://www.gameskinny.com/pefct/assassins-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.

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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!

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Fortnite Battle Royale Introduces New and Improved 50v50 Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/9alwu/fortnite-battle-royale-introduces-new-and-improved-50v50-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/9alwu/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.

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The Surge Gets Free Cutting Edge DLC, Stupid Deep Discounts https://www.gameskinny.com/cm9xr/the-surge-gets-free-cutting-edge-dlc-stupid-deep-discounts https://www.gameskinny.com/cm9xr/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. 

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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. 

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Free RPG Day 2018 -- Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Free Books https://www.gameskinny.com/ikvbh/free-rpg-day-2018-everything-you-need-to-know-to-get-your-free-books https://www.gameskinny.com/ikvbh/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.

Paizo

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.

Q-Workshop/Chessex

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.

Catalyst

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.

Chaosium

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.

UltraPro

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!

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Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset -- New Trailer Released https://www.gameskinny.com/kcm96/elder-scrolls-online-summerset-new-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/kcm96/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.

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Pillars of Eternity 2 PAX East 2018 Preview: A Deep Dive into the Treacherous Waters of the Deadfire Archipelago https://www.gameskinny.com/kxbm8/pillars-of-eternity-2-pax-east-2018-preview-a-deep-dive-into-the-treacherous-waters-of-the-deadfire-archipelago https://www.gameskinny.com/kxbm8/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.

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FFXIV Patch 4.3 "Under the Moonlight" Bringing New Content and Companion App https://www.gameskinny.com/t93pn/ffxiv-patch-43-under-the-moonlight-bringing-new-content-and-companion-app https://www.gameskinny.com/t93pn/ffxiv-patch-43-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.

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Free Star Citizen Event Open to All Prospects for Limited Time https://www.gameskinny.com/5gppf/free-star-citizen-event-open-to-all-prospects-for-limited-time https://www.gameskinny.com/5gppf/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. 

 

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Shenmue 1, Shenmue 2 Set for Release on Modern Consoles, PC https://www.gameskinny.com/6fr9r/shenmue-1-shenmue-2-set-for-release-on-modern-consoles-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/6fr9r/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.

-- SEGA

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!

 

 

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Vampyr Vinyl Soundtrack, Limited Edition, and Preorder DLC Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/9mehg/vampyr-vinyl-soundtrack-limited-edition-and-preorder-dlc-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/9mehg/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.

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The Banner Saga 3 PAX East Preview: Warped Enemies, Wave Combat, & New Playable Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/81ikf/the-banner-saga-3-pax-east-preview-warped-enemies-wave-combat-new-playable-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/81ikf/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.

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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!

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New Trailer for The Lost Child Highlights Astrals https://www.gameskinny.com/zm9xt/new-trailer-for-the-lost-child-highlights-astrals https://www.gameskinny.com/zm9xt/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.

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Monster Crown Reaches Campaign Goal in Under 28 Hours https://www.gameskinny.com/6uipt/monster-crown-reaches-campaign-goal-in-under-28-hours https://www.gameskinny.com/6uipt/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.

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Dragon Quest XI PAX East 2018 Preview: Square Enix Goes the Extra Mile with Western Release https://www.gameskinny.com/cmedg/dragon-quest-xi-pax-east-2018-preview-square-enix-goes-the-extra-mile-with-western-release https://www.gameskinny.com/cmedg/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.

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Fortnite Patch 3.5 Update Rundown: Port-a-Fort, Replay Mode, 50v50 & More https://www.gameskinny.com/4ek4e/fortnite-patch-35-update-rundown-port-a-fort-replay-mode-50v50-more https://www.gameskinny.com/4ek4e/fortnite-patch-35-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. 

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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

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Chrono Trigger's PC Port Receives Graphics-Overhauling Patch https://www.gameskinny.com/fuvu1/chrono-triggers-pc-port-receives-graphics-overhauling-patch https://www.gameskinny.com/fuvu1/chrono-triggers-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.

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Monster Crown Launches Kickstarter Campaign https://www.gameskinny.com/eysdf/monster-crown-launches-kickstarter-campaign https://www.gameskinny.com/eysdf/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.

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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Announced for Nintendo Switch in Japan https://www.gameskinny.com/lptyb/yo-kai-watch-4-announced-for-nintendo-switch-in-japan https://www.gameskinny.com/lptyb/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.

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SCUM Preview: The Most Realistic Open-World Survival Yet https://www.gameskinny.com/r9j8t/scum-preview-the-most-realistic-open-world-survival-yet https://www.gameskinny.com/r9j8t/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.

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Overwatch League Suspends Boston Uprising Player Indefinitely over Sexual Misconduct Allegations https://www.gameskinny.com/8jd2r/overwatch-league-suspends-boston-uprising-player-indefinitely-over-sexual-misconduct-allegations https://www.gameskinny.com/8jd2r/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.

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Final Fantasy 15 Has Four More Episodes Incoming https://www.gameskinny.com/ngkac/final-fantasy-15-has-four-more-episodes-incoming https://www.gameskinny.com/ngkac/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.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Costume Pack DLC Release Date Confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/nr7ou/shantae-half-genie-hero-costume-pack-dlc-release-date-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/nr7ou/shantae-half-genie-hero-costume-pack-dlc-release-date-confirmed Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:17:11 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

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.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood Release Date Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/wqfy2/hearthstone-the-witchwood-release-date-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/wqfy2/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.

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Coming This September https://www.gameskinny.com/p7zo8/spyro-reignited-trilogy-coming-this-september https://www.gameskinny.com/p7zo8/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.

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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.

 

 

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New Vampyr Story Trailer Released https://www.gameskinny.com/08a6h/new-vampyr-story-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/08a6h/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.

 

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Wakfu Returns To Netflix With Its Third Season April 6th https://www.gameskinny.com/p7xik/wakfu-returns-to-netflix-with-its-third-season-april-6th https://www.gameskinny.com/p7xik/wakfu-returns-to-netflix-with-its-third-season-april-6th Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:45:11 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

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:

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Gotta Catch All the Litter! Niantic Joins Mission Blue to Host Worldwide Earth Day Cleanups https://www.gameskinny.com/6yewy/gotta-catch-all-the-litter-niantic-joins-mission-blue-to-host-worldwide-earth-day-cleanups https://www.gameskinny.com/6yewy/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.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Gets August Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/06ygo/world-of-warcraft-battle-for-azeroth-gets-august-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/06ygo/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. 

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ELEAGUE Announces First Esports Reality Series -- The Challenger: Street Fighter V https://www.gameskinny.com/m6sj8/eleague-announces-first-esports-reality-series-the-challenger-street-fighter-v https://www.gameskinny.com/m6sj8/eleague-announces-first-esports-reality-series-the-challenger-street-fighter-v Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:30:18 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Who will bask in the glory and adoration that comes with being declared the world's greatest fighter? ELEAGUE and TBS are determined to find out. Not only will they be hosting the Street Fighter V Invitational beginning June 1, which will see 24 elite fighters clash for $250,000, but they will also be making their first foray into reality TV with ELEAGUE The Challenger: Street Fighter V, a series that looks to add an interesting wrinkle to the upcoming tournament. 

Set to debut April 20 at 11 p.m. EST/PST on TBS, the five-part series will follow seven would-be champions as they compete for bragging rights in an atmosphere reminiscent of MTV's Real World -- and the stakes of Survivor. Contestants will not only brawl in SFV and settle a few internet-fueled beefs, but they will also compete in challenges around the Greater Atlanta area. By series' end, one player will remain standing -- and receive a berth in the upcoming fighting game invitational. 

The seven contestants featured in the series are: 

  • LowTierGod
  • Commander Jesse
  • JB
  • RobTV
  • Sherry Jenix
  • Gllty
  • Dayasha

You can see a preview of ELEAGUE The Challenger: Street Fighter V below.

To learn more about the upcoming SFV Invitational, head over to ELEAGUE's website. And as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about ELEGAUE and the wider world of eSports. 

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Teen Titans GO Figure! Launches on iOS and Android This Summer https://www.gameskinny.com/g9ucw/teen-titans-go-figure-launches-on-ios-and-android-this-summer https://www.gameskinny.com/g9ucw/teen-titans-go-figure-launches-on-ios-and-android-this-summer Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:13:39 -0400 Zach Hunt

Cartoon Network announced today that the follow-up to 2016's hit mobile game Teeny Titans will be released this summer on iOS and Android mobile devices. Called Teen Titans GO Figure!, the game is set to drop around the theatrical release of Teen Titans GO! To the Movies on July 27.

Teen Titans GO Figure! retains the 3D figures, shopping system, and battle mechanics from Teeny Titans, but this time around, there are over 100 figures to collect and battle, each of which can be customized and repainted for a more personalized experience.

Starfire, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven hanging around a couchImage courtesy of DC Comics

With the option to play as Robin, Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg, or Starfire, Teen Titans GO! fans will explore a wide range of DC Universe locales (including the Batcave!) in an attempt to uncover a mystery that may or may not involve the Justice League trying to take down the Teeny Titans Figure Company. We'll just have to wait and see what that's all about.

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Are you psyched to get your Teen Titans GO! fix this summer? Let us know all about it in the comments, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more information on Teen Titans GO! Figure as it develops.

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Final Episode of ELEAGUE's Tekken Team Takedown Focuses on Grand Finale https://www.gameskinny.com/tbhwl/final-episode-of-eleagues-tekken-team-takedown-focuses-on-grand-finale https://www.gameskinny.com/tbhwl/final-episode-of-eleagues-tekken-team-takedown-focuses-on-grand-finale Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:30:23 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There's no doubt ELEAGUE's Tekken Team Takedown was one of the most exciting fighting game tournaments to have aired on TBS since the league began broadcasting FGC-centric competitions in 2017. There were surprises, action-packed upsets, and electric personalities pulling unbelievable Rage Arts from start to finish. And although we all know who came out on top, ELEAGUE's TTT feature series has shown us some truly incredible behind-the-scenes footage and player interviews over its last three episodes. 

Now, all that drama comes to a conclusion this Friday, April 6 with Team Takedown's final episode, which focuses on the tense showdown between Team Cuddle_Core and Team Pokchop. Airing at 11 p.m. EST/PST on TBS, the episode will not only recap for viewers how Team Cuddle_Core rose victorious in this historic Tekken tournament, but it will also show how players prepared for and reacted to the penultimate match -- one that is sure to go down in Tekken 7 history. 

The fourth and final episode will also feature expert commentary by Tekken World Tour guru Reepal "Rip" Parbhoo, as well as match analysis and player interviews. If you've been watching from the beginning, this episode is definitely a must-watch. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on eSports and TBS' ELEAGUE throughout the year.   

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Spider-Man Gets Official Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/pqiek/spider-man-gets-official-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/pqiek/spider-man-gets-official-release-date Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:59:20 -0400 Joe Garcia

Insomniac Games announced today the release date for their long-awaited take on everybody's favorite web-slinger: Spider-Man will launch exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on Friday, September 7.

First teased through a reveal trailer at E3 2016, Spider-Man generated a ton of hype and has been on the radar of many video game fans as well as comic book fans. The trailer unveils a new look for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, as his new suit has a white spider logo and white accents on top of the iconic red and blue look.

Along with this new look, information about pre-order bonuses and the post-launch DLC series, Marvel's Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps, have been revealed. The pre-order bonus comes with three alternate suits for the wall-crawler, including two that have yet to be shown (one coming soon and the other to be reveled sometime in July) and one called the Spider-Punk suit. The Spider-Punk suit has a ripped jean jacket to look like a vest, and Spidey is sporting red spikes on his head to give that old-school punk rock look.

For those true Spidey fanatics who have awaited this release with bated breath, the game will also be offered as a Collector's Edition, which includes digital DLC, a Steelbook case, an artbook, and a statue of Spider-Man perched atop an as-yet unnamed building.

The trailer reveals just enough to get us excited all over again for this new addition to the Spider-Man world.

For more information on Spider-Man and all things video games, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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IO Interactive Partners with Warner Bros. to Publish Hitman: Definitive Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/2hj69/io-interactive-partners-with-warner-bros-to-publish-hitman-definitive-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/2hj69/io-interactive-partners-with-warner-bros-to-publish-hitman-definitive-edition Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:40:42 -0400 Jonathan Moore

When Square dropped IO Interactive last May, the future of the Hitman franchise was murky at best. However, it seems Agent 47's short-lived retirement is soon to be over. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO interactive announced a joint task force to reinstate one of the most prolific assassins in video gaming history. 

Set to release on May 15 for the PS4 and Xbox One, Hitman: Definitive Edition will collect all of the missions from Agent 47's 2016 Hitman operation, as well as see Game of the Year content, bonus missions, and brand-new disguises inspired by Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch, and Mini Ninjas

David Haddad, President of WBIE, said he and the team are excited to bring the franchise back to fans around the world and partner with the developers at IO Interactive on such a storied franchise: 

We're very excited to be working with IO Interactive, a talented studio with a long-standing legacy creating the iconic Hitman games. The passionate global Hitman community has embraced the recent return of the series, and we're thrilled to bring the Hitman: Definitive Edition to fans and new players next month. 

As of this writing, there is no pricing information for Hitman: Definitive Edition. A full list of the content that will be bundled with the game can be found over at the official Hitman website

Garnering an 83% rating on Metacritic, Hitman (2016) was widely praised by game critics as one of the best games of the year, with some even considering it one of the best stealth games released since 2006. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Hitman: Definitive Edition as it develops. 

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Jurassic World: Evolution Roars to Life With New Gameplay Footage https://www.gameskinny.com/d7o3c/jurassic-world-evolution-roars-to-life-with-new-gameplay-footage https://www.gameskinny.com/d7o3c/jurassic-world-evolution-roars-to-life-with-new-gameplay-footage Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:10:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Having developed games such as Rollercoaster Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, and Planet Coaster, Frontier Developments is well versed in the nuances of management sims and park builders. But now, they're bringing their years of expertise in those strategy sub-genres to Isla Nubar and the Muertes Archipelago with Jurassic World: Evolution

In a recent, 20-minute hands-on demo (which you can see above), Evolution's Lead Designer, Andy Fletcher, and Executive Producer Rich Newbold showed players what they can expect from the dino park sim when it releases digitally on June 12 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Based on the footage shown at the event, Jurassic World: Evolution won't just see players plopping down ranger stations or designing Tyranasaur enclosures (although it will have its fair share of that). Both Fletcher and Newbold confirmed that Evolution will feature dinosaur breeding, fossil excavation, story-driven sub-missions, rich technology and research trees, and deep Jurassic Park lore. On top of that, players can also take control of in-game events, such as tranquilizing triceratops, adding an interesting bit of agency to a genre that's often strictly point-and-click. 

You can pre-order Jurassic World: Evolution on Steam, as well as the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on the newest dino park simulator from Frontier Developments.

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New Bug in PUBG Mobile Costs Players Hard-Earned Chicken Dinners https://www.gameskinny.com/5d862/new-bug-in-pubg-mobile-costs-players-hard-earned-chicken-dinners https://www.gameskinny.com/5d862/new-bug-in-pubg-mobile-costs-players-hard-earned-chicken-dinners Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:59:21 -0400 Will Phillips

Within the last 24 hours, there has been a new bug plaguing those playing the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile. I myself have unfortunately faced this bug, as have many others according to the frequency of posts about it in online forums. This bug essentially makes it so the number of “alive” shown is way higher than the amount of players that actually are alive.

creeping by a beige building in PUBG Mobile

In the earlier circles, this issue can just seem like an odd game with an unusual amount of people surviving. However, some players have gotten to the point where there is no denying that there is an issue with the number of “alive” being represented.

Picture used via courtesy of Reddit user u/RemlyVS

Image courtesy of Reddit user RemlyVS

The worst part about this is that even if you’ve fought to be the last one standing, if the game still considers there to be “10 alive,” then you're going to get 10th place. This makes it so many players, myself included, aren’t getting the rightful chicken dinners or increased ranks that they deserve.

My theory on what is causing this bug is that there is an issue with the game not spawning the proper amount of bots from the get go, and then not updating the number of alive shown to properly compensate.

Fortunately, Tencent has been amazing with communicating with their players, and have already let players know that they’re working on a fix. This is comforting to know, and forecasts that the future of this game will be a healthy one.

Message from Tencent to PUBG Mobile community indicating that a fix is being worked on

In the meantime, if you care about your rank at all, I would suggest you choose a different game to pass the time with until they fix this issue.

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Nintendo Bringing New Games to PAX East https://www.gameskinny.com/cls7m/nintendo-bringing-new-games-to-pax-east https://www.gameskinny.com/cls7m/nintendo-bringing-new-games-to-pax-east Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:30:24 -0400 Lee Forgione

The Nintendo booth at this year's PAX East will be full of unreleased games to try out. They will also be holding four-on-four Splatoon 2 matches, speed runs for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and mini-game challenges from Super Mario Odyssey. The Nindie Arcade will also be showcased at the Nintendo Booth and will feature a variety of upcoming indie titles coming to Switch. The PAX East conference takes place April 5-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Those who check in to the Nintendo Booth using their My Nintendo QR Code will receive a My Nintendo pass which will allow priority line access to certain titles at specified times.

“We love being able to get fun games from Nintendo and our partners into the hands of some of our biggest fans,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “PAX East gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the best new and upcoming games for Nintendo Switch.”

Here is a list of all playable games coming to the Nintendo Booth. Anything with an asterisk represents the first time the game has been made playable to the public.

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze from Nintendo
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition from Nintendo
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido* from Nintendo
  • Dark Souls Remastered* from Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus* from Bethesda Softworks
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes* from Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda51
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy* from NIS America
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy* from Activision

Indie games to be playable in the Nindie Arcade include:

  • Just Shapes & Beats* from Berzerk Studio
  • Dead Cells* from Motion Twin
  • The Messenger* from Sabotage and Devolver Digital
  • LUMINES REMASTERED* from Enhance Games
  • Runner3 from Choice Provisions
  • West of Loathing* from Asymmetric
  • Pool Panic from Adult Swim Games
  • Pode from Henchman & Goon
  • Garage* from tinyBuild Games
  • Next Up Hero from Aspyr Media and Digital Continue

Are you attending PAX East? If so, which games on this list are you most excited to try out? Sound off in the comments below. 

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ELEAGUE and League of Legends Get Emmy Nods https://www.gameskinny.com/v6x7j/eleague-and-league-of-legends-get-emmy-nods https://www.gameskinny.com/v6x7j/eleague-and-league-of-legends-get-emmy-nods Sat, 31 Mar 2018 11:49:02 -0400 Steven Oz

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recently announced the nominees for the 39th Annual Sports Emmy Awards. The nominations include Turner Broadcasting, as well as IMG, ELEAGUE, and Riot Games’ MOBA League of Legends

According to the awards program, TBS' ELEAGUE is nominated for Outstanding Trans-media Sports Coverage, Outstanding Live Graphic Design, and The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award. These nominations are for ELEAGUE’s coverage on TBS and Twitch. The company was previously recognized and nominated for Set Design in 2017.

League of Legends is also nominated for Outstanding Live Graphic Design, specifically for Riot Games' YouTube channel. Since ELEAGUE’s is also nominated in this category, the two eSports broadcasts will be competing against each other.

The world of sports television grows larger with each passing year and this year was no exception. The 39th Sports Emmy Awards encompassed a record-setting number of entries across multiple categories and the level of quality continues to show the growth and seemingly, unlimited potential of what is available for the sports viewing audience.

-- Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS

If ELEAGUE or Riot Games wins in their respective Emmy categories, what does this mean for eSports in general? Since this award recognizes excellence in television and is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television, could this be the next major step for eSports to advance into the public eye?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. ANd as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more eSports news as it develops. 

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Preview Gameplay Footage Shows Plenty of Tactical Action https://www.gameskinny.com/ryo1u/mutant-year-zero-road-to-eden-preview-gameplay-footage-shows-plenty-of-tactical-action https://www.gameskinny.com/ryo1u/mutant-year-zero-road-to-eden-preview-gameplay-footage-shows-plenty-of-tactical-action Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:10:46 -0400 Erroll Maas

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is an upcoming tactical RPG which combines the turn-based, tactical combat of XCOM with a more engaging narrative as well as stealth and exploration. The game is being developed by The Bearded Ladies, a team which includes former HITMAN leads and the designer of PAYDAY, and is based on the popular pen-and-paper RPG Mutant: Year Zero. The game is set on a post-apocalyptic version of Earth, having been ravaged by global warming, plagues, and nuclear war, where the original humans are gone and have been replaced by mutants.

In a part of this ruined world, there is a remaining civilization on an island, while the land which surrounds the island is known as the zone. It has been suggested by a person known as The Elder, the only known non-mutated being in existence, that there is nothing in the zone for others to see, although this information cannot truly be clarified.

To protect the island, teams known as Stalkers are deployed throughout the zone. This is the occupation of our three mutated main characters: Selma , Boarmin, and Dux. Being in the zone, these stalkers also explore and discover more information about the surrounding world by finding new areas and artifacts. The three characters can also be separated for a more thorough exploration of the area.

mutants creeping through a dark forest in Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

While exploring, the team of stalkers will have to fight against different types of ghouls, robots, and other dangerous enemies. An attention circle will appear around these enemies, and combat will not start until a character steps into one (if you're noticed first, however, then the enemy will have a first-turn advantage). Nearby cover can also be used for sneak attacks, and some enemies may not even notice you after attacking, which may be a better choice depending on the situation. Between exploration and combat, the camera will switch from a top-down view to a behind the shoulder, third-person view.

Each characters has their own special weapon. Selma has a silenced pistol useful for sneak attacks, Dux has a crossbow which can be utilized for long-range attacks, and Boarmin has a special pistol which can deal fire damage but is loud when shot. Additionally, different types of bullets can be equipped for different effects, such as elemental damage and knock back. Other tools, such as various grenades, can also be purchased from the market.

Characters can also be equipped with armor, and all armor in the game differs from each other, so players will never have to worry about having different armor pieces with the same exact abilities. For example, Boarmin's armor in this footage is fire-resistant, and as such, allows him to absorb fire damage.

In addition to weapons and armor, characters can be equipped with different mutations which allow them to gain new abilities. For example, Dux can activate moth wings which allow him to fly and attack from above, and Selma can use vines to keep enemies in place for several turns. Unlike other games, mutations don't have a standard skill tree, and points to purchase more mutations are gained through progression. Mutations can be swapped out at any time so players can appropriately adjust to different situations.

Players will be able to revisit different areas for new experiences. Higher-level enemy camps will provide a greater challenge but will also yield greater rewards, in turn adding more replay value.

Although the game is a tactical RPG, it's still accessible to players of all types. It's said that the Easy mode is best for those who want the pure narrative experience, and veterans of the genre can add features such as permadeath if they want more of a challenge.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden looks to be a promising experience for both newcomers and veterans alike. The game is slated to release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2018. You can see the previously released cinematic trailer here.

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No Man's Sky Is Coming to Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/vp9qf/no-mans-sky-is-coming-to-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/vp9qf/no-mans-sky-is-coming-to-xbox-one Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:53:10 -0400 StrongerStrange

All has been quiet from No Man's Sky's developer Developer Hello Games, but behind the scenes, they've been busy with the game's biggest update so far.

This summer, No Man's Sky will be coming to Xbox One, bringing with it a massive update simply called “NEXT.” Currently there is no word on what will be included, but as the previous updates -- Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises -- all built upon the game's foundations, we can assume that there will be some significant additions.

When No Man's Sky arrives on the Xbox One, it will include all the content of the three major updates since launch, plus graphic enhancements for the Xbox One X and support HDR and 4K.

When the game initially released on the PC and PlayStation 4, it was met with disappointment; perhaps the “NEXT” update will win fans over this time around.

Will you be getting No Man's Sky when it launches on the Xbox One? Do you still play No Man's Sky? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Hearthstone: A New Batch of Cards from The Witchwood Expansion https://www.gameskinny.com/6tt5t/hearthstone-a-new-batch-of-cards-from-the-witchwood-expansion https://www.gameskinny.com/6tt5t/hearthstone-a-new-batch-of-cards-from-the-witchwood-expansion Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:44:45 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Tis the best time of the year ... to be a Hearthstone player. The Witchwood expansion is approaching, which means transitioning into a new thematic year and bidding farewell to many of the older cards, welcoming new cards in their stead with (hopefully) equally new mechanics and a meaningful impact on the meta. Missed the previous reveal? Here are the cards revealed since then:

 

Common Cards

Black Cat is a mage class card and is very similar to Soot Spewer, which is currently a wild-only card. In addition to providing a bonus to spell damage, however, it also draws you a card if your deck does not contain any even-cost cards. It already has synergy with the previously revealed Baku the Mooneater, making it a particularly likely inclusion for that kind of deck.

At first glance, Warpath is just a more expensive Whirlwind, yet the fact that multiple copies of it can be played on a single turn, thanks to the new Echo keyword, makes for a versatile board-clearing option which Warrior is not really known for. It also fits well alongside many existing class cards like Frothing Berserker and Rotface, among others.

Rebuke is a Paladin-class card, and it is reminiscent of the effect from Loatheb. Since Paladin relies heavily on controlling the board, this card can be played right before the turn you expect your opponent to use either a board-clear, or hard removal. It lacks versatility, however, and therefore is useless against aggressive archetypes or decks with few spells.

After a careful look, this actually is not as bad as it may seem. Sure, the stats are underwhelming, but if you take into consideration the fact that it has a taunt, then it has the potential of healing your hero for 9, which is a good deal.

Assuming each Treant costs 2 mana, Witchwood Apple is quite poor. It does not complement any of the current Druid archetypes and, unless there are upcoming cards to synergize with, it might be dead upon arrival.

Witch's Apprentice is a Babbling Book for Shaman, except it lacks any attack value, which makes it significantly worse. It's also a beast and has taunt, but it doesn't compensate for that single shortcoming.

Hunting Mastiff is a Hunter-class card and, so far, the only card to contain both of the new keywords. After being played, the card creates a copy of itself thanks to Echo and can attack minions immediately via Rush. It is also a beast and therefore synergizes well with a card like Scavenging Hyena.

Rare Cards

"Excuse me, you are on fire"

Electric shock is seemingly weaker than fire, because science. Nonetheless, Murkspark Eel is a shaman card with a decent stat distribution and, if your deck revolves around the new odd/even mechanic, it also deals 2 damage. However, shaman is not exactly among the classes which benefit from the effect of Genn Greymane, a card likely played along with this one; perhaps further cards in the set might incentivize the creation of such a deck.

Redband Wasp is on the weak side of stats, being a 1-mana 1/3. It does gain 3 attack when damaged, becoming a 4/2 at best. On turn 2, though, it is unlikely to attack into something, get damaged, and somehow survive. On the other hand, if it's damaged by a whirlwind-like effect before attacking, then it becomes a decent source of 4 damage.

Epic Cards

Initially a powerful-looking card, Gloom Stag is a 4/8 beast with taunt for 5 mana, if your deck meets the condition of only containing odd-cost cards. This means it is a slightly better Nesting Roc, and that card doesn't see any constructed play. Moreover, it is susceptible to silence effects, which are quite prevalent in the current meta and are likely to remain as such even after the release of the expansion.

Glitter Moth is another one of those cards that works in tandem with Baku the Mooneater. As a class, Priest can benefit from an improved hero power, especially if minions have more health to begin with. This card definitely has potential.

There isn't much to say about Wispering Woods. It's not a bad card, but it doesn't do anything revolutionary or exciting, either. If played while having another 7 cards in hand, it does create a powerful board presence, especially if supplemented with buffs. How good this card will actually be remains to be seen.

Vivid Nightmare is likely a card which belongs in a quest-based Priest deck, where it can take advantage of the many deathrattle effects. Otherwise, it can be used on minions which have 1 health by default, like Cursed Disciple and Twilight Summoner, for instance (though value gained is too insignificant in those cases).

Nightmare Amalgam does what no other card in Hearthstone has ever done, as it basically has synergy with any cards that represent a particular tribe/type. It doesn't have any special abilities, but the stat distribution makes it a great card in its own right.

Muck Hunter has incredible stats for its cost, but it does have a significant drawback. If you can immediately clear the summoned Mucklings, however, then this is a really, really good card. Just don't get your hopes up about getting this from Firelands Portal (like I did for a brief moment), because One Night in Karazhan is rotating out.

Legendary Cards

Face Collector is a legendary Rogue class-card with the new Echo keyword attached to it. Despite its cost, it is actually a late-game card. Ideally, you would play it on turn 9 and add 3 legendary cards to your hand in the process. This is an unusual Rogue card, as it doesn't quite fit into any of the existing class archetypes. Practical experimentation will be required to properly evaluate this card.

At its worst, Houndmaster Shaw is a minion with a really good stat distribution, and 6 health makes him difficult to deal with right away, which means that your other minions are likely to trade more efficiently on turn 5 thanks to having Rush.

Glinda Crowskin is a Warlock-class card with underwhelming stats. Its ability, however, is quite powerful and can provide a huge amount of value in the late game. Though it begs a question: Does Warlock need all that?

Hagatha the Witch will be the only hero card The Witchwood expansion will introduce, and it's for Shaman. Once played, it provides an immediate AoE (Area-of-Effect) comparable to Warlock's Hellfire, and changes your current hero power to Bewitch, which can add a lot of value in the later stages of a match.

This card is nuts -- there is no better way of putting it. Lord Godfrey is a board-clear which Warlock doesn't lack, yet it completely blows any of the existing options away. Its battlecry is, in essence, an amplified Defile, and it is much easier to set up. In addition, it doesn't damage your hero or itself, which means it will completely clear most, if not all, board states and create a favorable board presence with a reasonable 4/4 body. This card will be a must for any control-style Warlock deck.

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Are you pumped for the new expansion? Stay tuned to GameSkinny for news on Hearthstone cards, game modes, guides, and other extras.

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The Race Is On: Oculus and HTC Go Headset to Headset in a Race to Standalone VR https://www.gameskinny.com/nh8jj/the-race-is-on-oculus-and-htc-go-headset-to-headset-in-a-race-to-standalone-vr https://www.gameskinny.com/nh8jj/the-race-is-on-oculus-and-htc-go-headset-to-headset-in-a-race-to-standalone-vr Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:36:06 -0400 Ben Mattice

It's been two years since the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift found their way into the hands of early adopters. Out of the gates, HTC crushed Oculus. But Oculus pivoted, added room-scale, dropped their price, and now they're outselling the "premium" HTC Vive. 

A year ago, if you'd asked anyone in the VR sphere, they would have told you the next iteration of VR was years away. But a lot has changed in the last year. In October 2017, Oculus announced two new headsets, the Go and the Santa Cruz.

Then HTC announced their answer, the Vive Focus and the HTC Pro. 

The focus this year is on standalone headsets. Mobile versions of VR headsets once required an expensive phone with a pristine screen. Higher-end VR headsets required an expensive PC, external sensors or light arrays, and cords ... lots of cords. 

This new phase of VR headsets promises to do away with almost all of those things. Here's where we are in the race to cord-free and standalone VR.

1. Oculus Go and the Santa Cruz

At Oculus Connect 4, Mark Zuckerberg made a bold statement. He wants to get a billion people in VR. And at the same conference, he announced two new headsets, the Go and the Santa Cruz.

The Go

The Go is a major upgrade to the Gear VR, which was a partnership with Samsung. The new mobile headset will be completely standalone, with no phone required.

It will cost $200 and come with a tracked motion controller. The specs basically mimic a smartphone with WQHD LCD instead of OLED. It will run with a Snapdragon 821 processor, which is just as fast as a Samsung phone. 

Where this headset falters is in its head tracking. It still does not have positional tracking. This means you can only look up or down and side to side. 

You can't bend over and examine an object. This means the kinds of games you can play with it will be limited. You'll be able to play tabletop games like Catan, you'll be able to play wave shooters that keep you in place, and you will be able to try out cockpit-style games. 

Outside of gaming, the Go will be an excellent way to watch Netflix and Hulu from the comfort of your own private theater. And we know that some people will secretly be watching porn as well. 

The Santa Cruz

We actually know very little about the Santa Cruz headset. It will supposedly be fully standalone, and the prototype Oculus showed off at Connect 4 included a smartphone strapped to the back of the head. 

We do know that the controllers will be different than the Oculus Rift Touch controllers. The focus will shift away from analog sticks and buttons and move toward infrared sensor tracking like that tech that already tracks your fingers on the current-gen Touch controllers. 

Six degrees of freedom is the other promise with the Santa Cruz. With the Go, there is no positional tracking, but with the Cruz, you should be able to stop and "smell" the flowers if you like. 

HTC Vive Pro in blue

Image courtesy of Vive

2. HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Pro

While HTC is ahead of Oculus in releasing a new headset, they've still released nothing in the United Staes. China already has the Vive Focus, and we're slated to see the standalone later this year.

The phone company will also release the HTC Vive Pro later this year.

The Focus

The HTC Vive Focus is HTC's answer to the Go. It includes a slightly higher capacity processor with the Snapdragon 835 and six degrees of freedom. 

While this is an upgrade compared to the Go, is it worth three times the price of the Go? Especially when Oculus already has the Santa Cruz in the works to best the Focus?

Everything else about the Focus is the same as the Go. You have similar refresh rates, similar displays, and even a single, tracked motion controller. And admittedly, Go's design is much prettier. The Focus almost looks like a child's toy in comparison.

But who are we to judge? None of us has even tried either of these headsets on.

The Vive Pro

For a while now we've heard the buzz about the Vive Pro. This is HTC's upgrade to the original HTC Vive. It features upgraded screens and lenses, built-in audio, a premium head strap, and dual chaperone cameras in the front. All to the tune of $800 for just the headset.

This doesn't include lighthouse bases or Vive wands. 

And if you want to go wireless, you can buy the TPCast, which will currently set you back $300. And that's not to mention the beast you need to run the Pro. HTC just announced that if you're running NVIDIA, you'll need at least a GTX 1060.

This means that if you want to get the most out of the Pro, you'll need to sell your kidneys because, ya know, cryptocurrency mining? 

Too Early to Call

What we all need to remember is that nothing is in consumer hands outside of China. It's too early to tell if HTC will up their game or if Oculus will fail in their promises (hopefully they've learned their lesson). 

RIght now, appearances tell us Oculus is ahead in the game. But we'll see. 

Where do you think VR will end up? Let us know in the comments below, and stick with GameSkinny for more VR-related content in the future.

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LEGO The Incredibles Game Officially Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/6o322/lego-the-incredibles-game-officially-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/6o322/lego-the-incredibles-game-officially-announced Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:56:51 -0400 Steven Oz

Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group, and Disney and Pixar announced today that LEGO The Incredibles will be coming out on June 15, the same day as the release of The Incredibles 2 in theaters. 

Character from LEGO The Incredibles running along the side of a building

Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, LEGO The Incredibles will be based on the storylines of both the original film as well as the upcoming The Incredibles 2, and it will feature the classic puzzle-solving activities and co-op action of previous LEGO titles. According to Managing Director of TT Games Publishing Tom Stone, "The Incredibles franchise, full of super-powered characters, adventures and teamwork, combined with all of the humor, puzzle-solving elements and unexpected surprises of LEGO games makes for the perfect combination for players."

LEGO The Incredibles had been rumored for months since a LEGO toy set based on the franchise leaked back in August 2017, but all speculation can now be set aside, and fans of the films will soon be able to take out super villains and work through super hero family drama in classic LEGO brick style.

Stay tuned for more coverage on LEGO The Incredibles right here on GameSkinny.

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World of Warships Takes to the Stars in Upcoming Space Warships Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/m5ady/world-of-warships-takes-to-the-stars-in-upcoming-space-warships-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/m5ady/world-of-warships-takes-to-the-stars-in-upcoming-space-warships-mode Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:25:59 -0400 Zach Hunt

Yes, you read that headline correctly. And no, it's not an April Fool's joke. From March 29 to April 11, you'll temporarily be able to leave the salty seas behind and battle in the cosmos during a limited-time mode called Space Warships in Wargaming's hit naval battle sim, World of Warships.

Space Warships mode will be accessible to all players at or above Level 12 who have at least one Tier VI ship, and unlocking spaceships will require players to first complete a special battle mission.

a spaceship in battle in Space Mode, World of Warships' new, limited-time mode

According to the World of Warships website, here are the nine spaceships that will be available during this limited-time event:

  • FlyFire: an elegant design with excellent rocket armament and awesome stealth systems
  • Galaxy: quantum-cumulative shells and an anti-drone disruptor field will surely come in handy
  • Hellcarrier: control swarms of drones to conquer even the most distant corners of space!
  • Paris: armor and speed combined with quick-firing guns and unique ion thrusters
  • Zaya: as beautiful as a star butterfly, and as dangerous as a Tellurian serpent — that's all you need to know
  • Norma: a special turbolaser battery with a unique reloading system, and ion rockets that obliterate all matter in their way
  • Aurora: "No phantoms shall pass" is the main motto of the engineers who designed this powerful and majestic cruiser
  • Alldestroyer: excellent all-rounder—thick armor, great guns and a large number of small laser turrets
  • Blue Aster: a good choice if you need to disintegrate another disintegrator, so that it doesn't disintegrate your disintegrator

While this isn't the first time Wargaming has implemented galactic warfare into its free-to-play phenomenon, it does bear noting that this time around, all-new content has been specifically created for this limited-time mode. For a series so dedicated to authentic naval action, it's refreshing to see Wargaming offer up a bit of out-of-this-world fun for its dedicated playerbase. 

Are you excited to check out Space Mode? Let us know in the comments below, and stick with GameSkinny for all things World of Warships.

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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Launch Trailer Released https://www.gameskinny.com/dm2l7/ni-no-kuni-2-revenant-kingdom-launch-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/dm2l7/ni-no-kuni-2-revenant-kingdom-launch-trailer-released Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:26:07 -0400 Zach Hunt

Leading up to this Friday's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom release, Bandai Namco has unveiled the soon-to-be-released JRPG's launch trailer. Fans of the first game will feel right at home with the gorgeous color palette, sweeping score, and ominous foreshadowing showcased throughout the two-minute trailer.

While the famed Studio Ghibli is not directly involved with Ni No Kuni II (as it was with the first game, Wrath of the White Witch), the Ghibli inspiration is absolutely evident throughout the trailer, portions of which look as if they could've been pulled directly from Hayao Miyazaki's sketchbook. 

So what are your thoughts? Does this trailer have you even more excited to venture back into Ding Dong Dell? Our own reviewer found Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to be "an immensely satisfying and fun game," and if this trailer is any indication, she won't be alone in proclaiming so.

 

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All You Need to Know About The Sims Mobile Hot Tub Dreams Event https://www.gameskinny.com/yz4o0/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-sims-mobile-hot-tub-dreams-event https://www.gameskinny.com/yz4o0/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-sims-mobile-hot-tub-dreams-event Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:28:58 -0400 Will Phillips

The Sims Mobile didn’t take any time to jump headfirst into its first-ever event! For this week only, The Sims Mobile is hosting the Hot Tub Dreams Event! This event will have players earning *sigh* ducky bucks in order to unlock a variety of furniture and swimsuits.

Three Sims hanging out in the Sims mobile hot tub event

How to Earn Ducky Bucks

There are 3 ways to earn ducky bucks.

The first way is through your regular to-do list. Just complete the tasks as usual, and you will be rewarded with an additional 10 ducky bucks on top of the rewards that completing tasks on the list already gives.

Second, there are 9 quests which have you doing a variety of tasks pertaining to the event, such as trying on and showing off swimsuits as well as planning hot tub parties with your friends. 

A quest dialog box indicating part 8 of 9 in the hot tub dreams sims mobile event

The final way to earn ducky bucks is through completing two events. Both events take place in Market Square. All you need to do is press this icon, then play it out like a normal event. 

a pink ducky indicating an event in sims mobile

One of the events is called Haute Tub Couture Fashion and can be found inside the fashion building. 

 a Sim about to start the haute tub couture fashion event

The other event is titled Spa-Side Snacks and can be started inside the Restaurant.

 Sims preparing to begin the Spa-Side Snacks event in Sims Mobile Hot Tub Dreams

Both of these events can be completed again after waiting six hours, which of course is skippable if you're willing to pay some SimCash. They award 18 ducky bucks each. Like with regular career events, occasionally you'll have the option to watch an ad for additional rewards. Doing this will grant you two more ducky bucks.

Side note: This will be a great time to use your cupcakes to refill your stamina in order to complete the events as fast as possible. The faster you get done with the event, the sooner you can start it again. Given that there's a limited time to get these items, there is no better time to use your cupcakes!

What to Spend Your Ducky Bucks On

Once you've collected at least 50 ducky bucks, you can purchase Hot Tub Goodie Bags. You can find where to purchase them by clicking on the rubber ducky in the top-right corner of your screen.

A rubber ducky indicating ducky bucks

A goody bag is essentially a loot box that can give you one of these 15 items per bag. 

Items available from the Sims Mobile goodie bags

 There are three levels of rarity: Common, Uncommon, and Rare.

 Item rarity levels in The Sims Mobile

Overall this event doesn’t seem too bad. One of my gripes with this event is  that they they put resources that we can already get through other means as rewards. I don't want to spend 50 hard-earned ducky bucks only to get any of these ....

More items available in goodie bags during the sims mobile hot tub event

My only other gripe is that you can buy the gift bags with real money. I don’t think this is a huge offense, I’m just foreseeing myself on the final day of this event, vulnerable and hot tubless, shelling out hard-earned money in a desperate attempt for status in an online mobile game.

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How to Get Your Free Monster Hunter World Character Edit Voucher https://www.gameskinny.com/v2zrp/how-to-get-your-free-monster-hunter-world-character-edit-voucher https://www.gameskinny.com/v2zrp/how-to-get-your-free-monster-hunter-world-character-edit-voucher Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:07:28 -0400 Will Phillips

If you have any regrets about how you initially made your character in Monster Hunter: World, whether you’re like me and just wanted to jump into the game or just aren’t satisfied with how your character turned out, fear not! Monster Hunter: World is gifting its 7.5 million players with one free character edit voucher. This voucher allows you to change the appearance and gender of your character one time. You can download the free Monster Hunter World character edit voucher from the PlayStation store here.

Orange and green silhouettes against a Monster Hunter World emblem backdrop
After you use the voucher, however, if you want to change your appearance or gender again, you’ll have to pay for it in the future. The exact price or when that option will be available has yet to be announced, but that update should be coming in the next few months.

Note that if you want to change anything like hair, makeup, or clothing, this can be done already in the game for free. So if that’s all you want changed, don’t waste your voucher!

Have you taken advantage of the free character edit voucher? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Monster Hunter World.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends -- Houses of Morrowind Is Set to Change the Game https://www.gameskinny.com/upqnb/the-elder-scrolls-legends-houses-of-morrowind-is-set-to-change-the-game https://www.gameskinny.com/upqnb/the-elder-scrolls-legends-houses-of-morrowind-is-set-to-change-the-game Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:22:51 -0400 Zach Hunt

Fans of The Elder Scrolls: Legends, get ready for the biggest content expansion since Heroes of Skyrim. On March 29, Houses of Morrowind will usher players to Vvardenfell with 149 new cards, all-new abilities, and the introduction of three-attribute decks. What's more, maximum deck sizes of 70 are a thing of the past; with Houses of Morrowind, that's been upped to 100.

Each of the new cards represents one of five major houses of Vvardenfell, and each house gets a new keyword (with the exception of House Dagoth). Bethesda's website goes into great detail on each, but here's a basic rundown from the recent press release.

House Redoran: Strength-Willpower-Endurance

Knight of Gnisis from Elder Scrolls Legends Houses of Morrowind

Keyword: Rally -- "Whenever a Rally creature attacks, it gives a random creature in your hand +1/+1."

House Telvanni: Intelligence-Agility-Endurance

Drain Blood card from Houses of Morrowind expansion

Keyword: Betray -- "After you play this action, you may sacrifice a creature to play it again."

House Hlaalu: Strength-Willpower-Agility

Hlaalu Sharpshooter card from TESL: Houses of Morrowind

Keyword: Plot -- "Plot abilities trigger if you've played another card that turn."

Tribunal Temple: Intelligence-Willpower-Endurance

Vivec City Pilgrim from TESLHoM

Keyword: Exalt -- "Offers a creature bonus if you pay more magicka for it."

House Dagoth: Strength-Intelligence-Agility

Ash Piercer card from TESL Houses of Morrowind

There's no traditional keyword with House Dagoth; rather, these "reward you for having creatures with 5 or more power."

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But this is just the tip of the iceberg. With over 140 all-new cards, three-attribute decks, and new abilities to be explored, we can expect to hear lots more in the days to come. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we inch closer to the island of Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls: Legends -- Houses of Morrowind, and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments below!

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion and New Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/77kyj/hearthstone-the-witchwood-expansion-and-new-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/77kyj/hearthstone-the-witchwood-expansion-and-new-cards Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:14:27 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Blizzard recently announced its newest Hearthstone expansion -- The Witchwood. It will introduce 135 collectible cards with several new mechanics, a new hero skin for the Druid class, and an entirely new game mode called Monster Hunt which will, judging by initial information, be similar to the recent Dungeon Run mode and feature four classes unique to this mode. All of that and more will come in due time, but for now, enjoy these six newly revealed cards to give yourself an idea of what the upcoming expansion is all about.

Pumpkin Peasant card in Hearthstone Witchwood

Starting with, arguably, the least interesting card, Pumpkin Peasant is an average-looking card with underwhelming stats, and Lifesteal doesn't really compensate for that. However, the utility of being able to use the card either offensively or defensively, especially with hand-buffs, could prove useful in certain situations.

Phatom Militia card in Hearthstone The Witchwood expansion

Next one up is the Phantom Militia, which sounds like a good name for a rock band. This card introduces a new mechanic: Echo. Once you play the card, it will create a copy of itself in your hand and, provided you have enough mana, allow you to play it again on the same turn. Under normal circumstances, up to 3 copies can be played on the same turn for 9 mana. Many have already pointed out this card's synergy with Warlock's class card Summoning Portal, which would allow up to 6 Phantom Militia to be played on turn 10. Think of it as a Spreading Plague for Warlock in that case.

Militia Commander card in Hearthstone The Witchwood

Militia Commander is the only class card revealed so far for Warrior, and it also features a somewhat new mechanic. The Rush mechanic is your typical Charge, except it can't attack heroes on the turn it's played. This has already been seen in the past with cards like Icehowl and Charged Devilsaur. The battlecry, however, effectively makes this into a 5/5 charger, and if you attack with it on turn 4, you will often be left with a 2/2 minion, which is a pretty damn good deal. It's essentially a better Bomb Squad.

Genn Greymane card from Hearthstone Witchwood

One of the three legendaries to be revealed, Genn Greymane introduces a new Start of Game mechanic and discounts your hero power by 1 if your deck meets the requirement of only including cards with an even mana cost. Consider it a neutral Raza The Chained with much more severe deck-building restrictions. Despite that, Prince Keleseth has been a great example of how ignoring cards of a particular mana cost can still lead to a more than capable deck, and I'm sure Genn Greymane will be experimented with a lot.

Baku the Mooneater card from Hearthstone The Witchwood

Similarly to the previous card, Baku the Mooneater restricts your options when building the deck by only allowing the inclusion of cards with an odd mana cost. If this condition is met, then at the beginning of the game your hero power will be upgraded. Kind of like what Justicar Trueheart did in The Grand Tournament expansion way back when. The resulting effect itself is nothing new, but it will be nice to see it come back and spawn new, original decks.

Azalina Soulthief from new Hearthstone expansion The Witchwood

Last, definitely not least, Azalina Soulthief is a highly understated 7 mana legendary neutral minion with an equally powerful effect. It has been compared to a Paladin class card Divine Favor, which draws cards until you have as many as your opponent and has been included in aggro decks for the longest time. This, in essence, has a similar effect, with the exception that you are taking your opponent's cards and, hence, if you are playing against a combo deck, the cards might not be as useful to you. Regardless, this is an exciting card and one you will see a lot during the first weeks of the expansion.

The precise release date for The Witchwood is not yet known, but it is slated for a mid-April launch, and we still have 129 new cards coming up. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Hearthstone and The Witchwood info as it develops.

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Soul Calibur 6 Roster Will Include The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia https://www.gameskinny.com/w9dwa/soul-calibur-6-roster-will-include-the-witchers-geralt-of-rivia https://www.gameskinny.com/w9dwa/soul-calibur-6-roster-will-include-the-witchers-geralt-of-rivia Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:34:37 -0400 Zach Hunt

After much speculation, it's official: The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia will indeed be a playable character in Soul Calibur 6 when it's released later this year. With the announcement, Bandai Namco continues its tradition of introducing characters from other franchises into the fighting game series.

Equipped with his steel and silver swords, as well as an arsenal of Signs, Geralt will join confirmed Soul Calibur fighters Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Kilik, Ivy, Xianghua, Zasalamel, and Sophitia -- not to mention brand-new character Groh -- in the series well-known weapons-based combat. Additionally, The Witcher's Kaer Morhen will be included as a new stage.

The reveal trailer shows the White Wolf in action, and from the looks of it, CD Projekt Red's hero is going to fit in SCVI's other fighter just fine. 

Are you hyped over the opportunity to lay the smack down with Geralt of Rivia? Has this announcement swayed you toward picking up Soul Calibur 6 when it releases later this year? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more information on SCVI as it develops.

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Re: Legend to Be Published By 505 Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ahwg4/re-legend-to-be-published-by-505-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ahwg4/re-legend-to-be-published-by-505-games Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:40:17 -0400 Erroll Maas

505 Games has announced that they will publish upcoming co-op monster-raising RPG Re:Legend. Additionally, it was revealed that the game will launch through Steam Early Access later this year.

Re:Legend originally gained traction through the Square Enix Collective and later became the most successful crowdfunded game campaign in Southeast Asia. In Re:Legend, players will arrive on Vokka Island in the land of Ethia, where they will have to start a new life and figure out a way to restore their lost memories.

Re:Legend will mix farming and life simulation mechanics with monster raising and co-op gameplay. Players will be able to build up their village through farming, fishing, crafting, and other activities while also exploring the world, taming and breeding monsters known as Magnus along the way.

Re:Legend is planned for a June 2018 release on PC, but it is currently unknown whether this will be the early access version or the complete version. The game is also expected to launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch at some later point.

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New Story Trailer for Extinction Released https://www.gameskinny.com/5wc1q/new-story-trailer-for-extinction-released https://www.gameskinny.com/5wc1q/new-story-trailer-for-extinction-released Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:50:45 -0400 Erroll Maas

Publisher Modus Games and developer Iron Galaxy have released a brand-new story trailer for their upcoming action game, Extinction, ahead of its launch on April 10.

The trailer covers how people once thought the giant ogres known as Ravenii were only a fairy tale but realized their mistake once the Ravenii reappeared and started to once again wreak havoc on humanity. The Ravenii have destroyed all of the human kingdoms except for Dolorum, which is where the game takes place. Humanity must put their faith in Avil, the last of a group of warriors known as Sentinels, who are the only ones capable of taking down these massive monsters.  Additionally, humanity must learn how to use the special Ravenii armor for their own benefit before it's too late.

Extinction will launch on April 10, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will feature no microtransactions, but there will be exclusive content for those who pre-order.

 

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Introduces New PvP Battlez Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/oi5ak/plants-vs-zombies-2-introduces-new-pvp-battlez-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/oi5ak/plants-vs-zombies-2-introduces-new-pvp-battlez-mode Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:50:11 -0400 Zach Hunt

PopCap Games and EA Mobile know you love taking out encroaching zombies in their wildly popular tower-defense game, but they figured it was time you tested your mettle against other Plants vs. Zombies 2 players.

Available now, the brand-new Battlez Mode represents Plants vs. Zombies' first foray into PvP, pitting players against one another in head-to-head, asynchronous battles to accrue the highest score and move up the leaderboards. The actual scoring works a little differently from the main game in Battlez, as you'll gain more points for zombie kills the farther away they are from your home.

Colored banners at the bottom of the screen delineate these scoring zones, and your score for each kill will appear in that zone's color. If you don't manage to take out a zombie before it reaches its destination, you won't lose, but you also won't gain any points as the lawnmower clears that row. All the while, you'll be keeping an eye on the top of the screen, where a meter indicates your opponent's progress.

With Battlez maps set to change each week, daily activities, and weekly in-game tournaments, there's never been a better time to partake in garden warfare. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available to download for free from the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Plants vs. Zombies 2 info, tips, and more.

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For Honor Is Getting Dedicated Servers on Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/nzdwm/for-honor-is-getting-dedicated-servers-on-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/nzdwm/for-honor-is-getting-dedicated-servers-on-consoles Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:12:02 -0400 Andrew Krajewski

The Ubisoft blog announced on March 5th that console players can expect dedicated servers in For Honor starting on March 6th. The change has already taken place on PC for a while now, and Ubisoft has reported that since the change, resyncs and host migrations have gone down, while completion of matches has gone up. This results in a more fulfilling gameplay experience for the people who still play the game.

These positive changes reflect the troubles For Honor experienced on release, when it launched with peer-to-peer networking. In addition to complaints about microtransactions, players initially also noted issues with lag and connectivity with the game. Often, in 4v4 matches, one or more players would drop out of the match before it finished. The experience was more cumbersome than enjoyable.

Players who have stuck around have wanted these changes for a long time, and now they should be able to have a more enjoyable experience in the game. Since the console launch of the servers, there has been a positive response from the For Honor community on reddit and elsewhere.

 

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2018 Is Bringing Us Black Ops 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/nxre0/2018-is-bringing-us-black-ops-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/nxre0/2018-is-bringing-us-black-ops-4 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:29:00 -0400 Spongehoe

Amidst an array of uncertain rumors and weeks of anticipation, it has finally been confirmed by Activision that Call of Duty's entry for 2018 will be Black Ops 4. The game will be released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 12th.

While Call of Duty traditionally blesses us with releases in November, this will be the first time in a decade that a game is released earlier in the fall, standing mysteriously neck to neck with the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 later in October.

Earlier this week, James Harden of the Houston Rockets was caught casually sporting a baseball cap featuring a modified logo of the Black Ops numerals -- which, for the record, does not signify the actual Roman numeral of the number four (IV) but rather added an extra notch to the number three (III). 

At first, there was no telling that "IIII" would be the official logo of the release, but sources have confirmed that indeed Harden was nonchalantly leaking the news before anyone else got the chance.

Activision will be revealing Black Ops 4 (sorry, IIII) at a special event on May 17. Things are going way faster than we usually expect them to, and that's greatbecause who doesn't want another Black Ops binge? 

That said, Black Ops 3 had just received a surprising update, which could possibly be teasing players with what is to come with the fourth installment of the sub-series. Activision loves to pull its subliminal marketing campaign this early in the wake of a release and has done the same thing with Black Ops 2 and 3.

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Level-5 Reveals New Gameplay Trailer for Inazuma Eleven Ares https://www.gameskinny.com/hec1z/level-5-reveals-new-gameplay-trailer-for-inazuma-eleven-ares https://www.gameskinny.com/hec1z/level-5-reveals-new-gameplay-trailer-for-inazuma-eleven-ares Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:19:38 -0400 Erroll Maas

During the latest Inazuma Walker broadcast, Level-5 revealed a new gameplay trailer for Inazuma Eleven Ares, the next game in their strategic soccer RPG series, Inazuma Eleven.

Additionally, the new anime series of the same name and based on the game was announced to premiere globally on April 6, 2018.

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

If the game does release outside of Japan, it will be the first in the series to release in Europe since the two-version game, Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Wildfire and Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Thunderflash, which released on March 27, 2015. It would also be the first in the series to release in North America since the enhanced Nintendo 3DS version of Inazuma Eleven, which released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on February 13, 2014, and at this time is the only game in the series to see a North American release.

If Inazuma Eleven Ares doesn't see a release outside of Japan, interested fans will still be able to play the game due to both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch being region-free, although it would likely only have Japanese language support.

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares news updates.

 

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Octopath Traveler Keeps Name, Launches July 13 https://www.gameskinny.com/8bkcc/octopath-traveler-keeps-name-launches-july-13 https://www.gameskinny.com/8bkcc/octopath-traveler-keeps-name-launches-july-13 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:12:23 -0500 Erroll Maas

During yesterday's Nintendo Direct, upcoming Square Enix RPG Octopath Traveler was shown, and it will launch on July 13, 2018, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Two new characters in the game were also introduced: Tressa the merchant and Alfyn the apothecary. Tressa has the special ability to purchase items from various NPCs, while Alfyn can question NPCs and gain information from them that other characters can't. Every character in the game has a main class as their job but can be given an extra job as well to create different combinations.

Additionally, a  special collector's edition of the game was revealed. This special edition will include a soundtrack, a pop-up book featuring all eight main characters, and a special coin.

Octopath Traveler will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018. A demo version of the game is available for download on the Nintendo Switch eShop but may not be indicative of the final product, as various changes and improvements have been made since.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Octopath Traveler as it develops.

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Nintendo Direct Roundup: Smash Bros. Switch, Splatoon 2 DLC, Mario Tennis Aces, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/0ysmo/nintendo-direct-roundup-smash-bros-switch-splatoon-2-dlc-mario-tennis-aces-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/0ysmo/nintendo-direct-roundup-smash-bros-switch-splatoon-2-dlc-mario-tennis-aces-and-more Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:51:19 -0500 Littoface

The March 8 Nintendo Direct had plenty of awesome Nintendo stuff to show off: New titles, release date announcements, and one big tease of a surprise. See the highlights below:

First, the big news -- SUPER SMASH BROS. ON SWITCH 

Release Date: TBA 2018

Sure, Nintendo didn't reveal a whole lot in terms of details surrounding the game, but we do know that it's coming sometime this year and will feature characters from the Splatoon series, as well as Smash staples such as Mario, Link, and more. 

Check out the trailer below: 

New Mario Tennis Aces Details Released

Release Date: June 22

Mario Tennis Aces features more than 15 playable characters, each with their own pros and cons, and up to 4-player multiplayer. New details were revealed about the split-second-decision-making you'll be doing as you wage a battle with the controller or the joycon.

Four main types of hits will be available in your arsenal: basic, topspin, slice, and lob. Here are some of the other modes and skills you'll get to use in Mario's upcoming new tennis title:

  • Zone Shot: Aim and shoot to pinpoint any spot using motion controls, then send the ball crashing into your enemy. This powerful shot will hurt the racket unless it is blocked, but blocking it takes skill and timing. This move uses up energy from your gauge.

  • Zone Speed: This skill slows the action down to help you nail that perfect block, or catch up to an errant ball. Using this move also costs energy.
  • Trick Shot: Boosts the energy gauge—if you can time it right.

  • Special Shot: This powerful move uses up a large chunk of energy, but for a huge payoff!

Your energy gauge fills up over time or as you use Trick Shots, allowing you to choose how you play. Will you go for points or a KO? Will you be on the offensive or the defensive? You choose the strategy.

Want to just play plain old tennis? The Simple Rules Mode allows only basic shots. Activate the Swing Mode to use the joycon like a tennis racket. Finally, Story Mode gives tennis a new twist with different objectives, target practice, and even boss battles.

The game will allow online play, and host tournaments where you can earn special outfits and even more playable characters.

Experience the game before it's out with a special online tournament, where players can play 1 vs 1 for free before launch. More details on this will be announced at a later date.

Octopath Traveler Reveals New Characters and Release Date

Release Date: July 13

With the release date confirmed, upcoming unique RPG Octopath Travelers has revealed two more characters from their roster:

  • Tressa the Merchant: Tressa's Path Action is "Purchase," which allows her to get special items from people she encounters on her travels.

  • Alfyn the Apothecary: Alfyn is on a mission to heal others. His Path Action is "Inquire," which worms out info that others won't have access to.

More info about the job system was also revealed: Characters begin with one base job but can equip additional jobs to expand strategic options.

A Special Edition of the game will be available for purchase on the day of release, which will include:

  • A Popup book with art and background for the 8 characters
  • A map
  • An OST
  • A replica coin based on the in-game currency

A free demo is now available.

Splatoon 2 Version 3.0 Update, Octo Expansion

The Ver 3.0 update for Splatoon 2 has been scheduled for release in late April. It will include:

  • 100+ new pieces of gear
  • More stages: Pirhana Pit, Camp Triggerfish, Wahoo World
  • Rank X: an extreme rank, higher than S+ (more details to be announced)
  • Callie will appear in Octocanyon after you fulfill certain conditions

A new video also showed off a brand new mode of play, in the upcoming new Octo Expansion!

The first paid DLC will sell for $19.99 and will feature a huge new single-player story mode featuring an octoling named Agent 8. Lost in an underground subway, Agent 8 must travel to the 8 underground lab facilities to regain her memories and return to the world above.

Expect new missions, stories, and lore that will shed new light on beloved characters. You only think you know everything...

Pre-purchase the DLC now to receive Octo headgear and clothes.

New Titles and Other News:

WarioWare Gold

Release Date: August 3

Everyone's favorite baddie returns with the biggest collection to date: over 300 microgames.

The trailer promises more new goodies as well as new looks on familiar characters.

Dillion's Dead-heat breakers

Release Date: May 24

Action meets tower defense as Dillon protects his home from… what, exactly?

Team up with Dillon using an animalized Mii character—and let your friends join the battle as gunners.

Check out the demo, available May 10.

Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Story

Release Date: 2019

Team up with Bowser from the inside, as you race to find a cure for a terrible new disease. The updated version includes a new chapter, which tells us Bowser Jr.'s side of things.

Detective Pikachu

Release Date: March 23

You've never seen Pikachu like this before. Pre-purchase the game starting today to see the gruff side of the loveable mascot.

A new amiibo is also in the works featuring the detective, with the option to snag an extra-large, 5.3 cm amiibo.

Luigi's Mansion

Release Date: TBA 2018

Experience Luigi's haunting tale of ghosts and vacuum cleaners, remade especially for the Nintendo 3DS. See the mansion map on the bottom screen, or take on a challenge with the new Boss Rush mode.

Nintendo Switch News

Kirby Star Allies

Release Date: March 16

Join the fight and create your own dream-team of kirby fighters, even teaming up with former enemies like MetaKnight and King Deedeedee.

More playable characters will become available over time, through free DLCs. The first free update is scheduled to hit the store on March 28, and will bring the following characters from past Kirby games: Rick, Kine, Coo, Marx, and Gooey.

Free demo is available now.

Okami HD

Release Date: Summer 2018

Use the touchscreen or the joycon to draw brush strokes in this HD remake of the beautiful game Okami.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Release Date: June 8

Eat sushi to line them up and attack the opposition in this fun-looking game. Join others online in multiplayer mode or fight the great sushi monopoly yourself.

The game will be available on June 8th for both the Switch and the 3DS.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Release Date: 2018

Action, racing, and puzzling come together as Travis enters his games and plays through seven different game titles, from the inside. Strike down bugs using combination moves in adventure mode, which tells a new story, or coop multiplayer mode with friends.

Dark Souls: Remastered

Release Date: May 25

Praise the sun! The new Solaire of Astoria amiibo will be available on the remastered game's launch, which will give players access to the praise the sun gesture in-game.

Try out the game before launch during a pre-release network test. More details coming soon!

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Release Date: July 13

Guide Captain Toad through this boxy puzzler as he searches for treasures to uncover. Rotate the world or recruit a friend to provide cover fire. The game will feature some Super Mario Oddyssey levels in this new style!

A Nintendo 3DS version is planned.

Undertale

Release Date… Eventually.

The teaser didn't give away much except confirm that the indie darling is coming to the Switch. Look out for it!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Release Date: July 10

The new bundle will include all three Crash games with fully upgraded animations, cinematics, and environments. Includes the remaster of Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Release Date: May 18

Adventure through the creepy world of this indie puzzle platformer, revealing two tales in one game. The Complete Edition includes all past downloadable content, as well as an unlockable Paku Mask using the Pacman amiibo.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Release Date: April 24

Nintendo and South Park? Yes, really. The South Park game is coming to the Switch this Spring, as well as the DLC, which can be purchased separately or in a season pack. The 1st and 2nd DLC will be available on launch, with the 3rd (which reveals a new story) slated to be released later.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Release Date: May 18

The release date has been confirmed, though no new details were given.

ARMS

Think you're the best ARMS fighter? Put yourself to the test by joining the US and Canada online open! Prelims will take place March 8-18, during which eight players will be chosen to move on to the finals. Finals will stream on the Nintendo website on March 31. All finalists will receive custom art from the development team.

March 31 also marks a 3-day Testpunch, which welcomes new players to experience ARMS free for three days.

Keep an eye out for the dev team at GDC!

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And that's it! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch as it develops, as well as news on all the other games coming to Nintendo's newest console this year. 

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Hearthstone: Upcoming Changes in Patch 10.4 https://www.gameskinny.com/5r8i2/hearthstone-upcoming-changes-in-patch-104 https://www.gameskinny.com/5r8i2/hearthstone-upcoming-changes-in-patch-104 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:50:28 -0500 Edgar Wulf

In their most recent "Designer Insights," Blizzard announced some big changes coming to Hearthstone's Arena mode via upcoming patch 10.4 that would, in particular, affect drafting. Kris Zierhut, Lead Systems Designer for Hearthstone, began by briefly describing a typical draft pick in Arena. In his example, for a common rarity pick you would get a Fireball, an Ice Barrier, and a Wisp. Sound familiar? For those with Arena experience, and this is something Kris also emphasized, the pick is quite obvious -- Fireball -- with the remaining choices being quite underwhelming.

He then proceeded to describe a different situation, where the same Fireball would be up against a Leyline Manipulator of rare quality and a Primordial Drake of epic quality. Now, the decision is no longer as obvious and is strongly based on any potential synergies your deck might already have, though I would still argue that the Leyline Manipulator is no competition for the other two cards. Also, notice how each card is of a different rarity. Since the very beginnings of Arena, any specific draft pick would always contain three cards of the same rarity, either common, rare, epic, or legendary.

That is soon to change. Each pick will contain cards of a similar power level but varying rarities, with the exception of legendaries -- there will always be three, similarly powered legendary cards. As before, picks 1,10, 20, and 30 will offer cards of a rare or higher quality. Bonus rates for cards from new expansions will be temporarily disabled, and rates for many existing cards will be rebalanced. In addition, each class will receive one arena-exclusive card.

Though I was skeptical back when wild cards were removed from Arena, it ended up being a good kind of change. I also believe that these new changes will, even if not right away, make the drafting experience better and incentivize a more thorough decision.

As of yet, the release date of patch 10.4 is not known, though I am willing to bet it will launch alongside the new expansion and the transition into The Year of the Raven, which is likely sometime in April of 2018.

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Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Hearthstone and the upcoming expansion as it develops.

 

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Sony Announces God of War Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/46jjl/sony-announces-god-of-war-limited-edition-ps4-pro-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/46jjl/sony-announces-god-of-war-limited-edition-ps4-pro-bundle Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:07:15 -0500 Highties

With Sony’s latest title in the God of War franchise coming next month, Sony has announced on their blog that a Limited Edition God of War PS4 Pro Bundle will be available upon the game's launch on April 20th. It will include a custom PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos' axe, a Leviathan Gray Dual Shock 4 controller with an insignia to match with the console, a physical copy of God of War, and deluxe digital content. The limited-edition bundle will be available for a retail price of $399.99 in the U.S. and $499.99 in Canada. 

 Are you excited for God of War? Will you be picking up the Limited Edition bundle? Leave a comment down below, and make sure to come back to GameSkinny for further news on God of War.

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Ion Maiden: Taking Shooters Back to the Nineties https://www.gameskinny.com/nnyfj/ion-maiden-taking-shooters-back-to-the-nineties https://www.gameskinny.com/nnyfj/ion-maiden-taking-shooters-back-to-the-nineties Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:43:00 -0500 Stephen Delucchi

Ion Maiden, developed by Voidpoint and published by industry veteran 3DRealms, is the genre- and time-jumping FPS prequel to 2016's top-down action RPG Bombshell. Players once more find themselves in the role of Shelly "Bombshell" Harrison, a smart-mouthed firebrand and the titular character of the original, though this time playing from her point-of-view. 

Ion Maiden takes a step back in time, being the first game to utilize the Build engine in nearly two decades. This is the same engine that brought to life Witchaven, Shadow Warrior, Blood, and of course, mostly famously, Duke Nukem 3D

The team at Voidpoint has created some truly beautiful sprites that look sharp in HD without losing the feeling of the classic Build engine games. And when hitting enemies with bombs, they give a satisfying -- and gory -- explosion very reminiscent of Duke Nukem 3D. Shelly will lob plenty of verbal harassment at enemies as she kills them, and she's certainly not above playing soccer with their dismembered heads. 

For fans of classics such as Blood or Duke Nukem 3D who are looking for something with a taste of nostalgia but with a new experience, this is definitely a game to keep on your radar.

Though an official release date has not yet been announced, you don't have to wait to give it a try. A preview campaign is currently available via Steam's Early Access, giving the player a mission just long enough to get into the rhythm of the game but short enough to leave you immediately wanting more. 

The preview campaign gives access to multiple weapons, including the bowling-bombs, revolver (Loverboy), and shotgun. The mini-gun will, sadly, have to wait for the full release. 

 

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What's New in Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition? https://www.gameskinny.com/n53dh/whats-new-in-final-fantasy-xv-royal-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/n53dh/whats-new-in-final-fantasy-xv-royal-edition Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:41:57 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Final Fantasy XV keeps getting new content! After a shaky launch, FFXV felt ... underwhelming. But after many updates and content that addressed early criticisms, the game today is much more fulfilling than when it first came out. Royal Edition, which comes out today, March 6th, offers the complete experience for anyone who hasn't given the game a shot yet. Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition, for both Xbox One and PS4, includes the complete game, episodes "Gladiolus," "Prompto," and "Ignis," and the Multiplayer: Comrades DLC. 

The Royal Edition also includes a bunch of new content for players, which can also be bought as the Royal Pack DLC if you already own the base game. The new content highlights include:

  • New trophies and achievements for all the achievement hunters out there
  • A first-person mode and a whole new fighting mode called Armiger Unleashed 
  • A new map called the Insignia City Ruins, which leads players to the end of the game (so it might be best to play through the game once before giving this area a go)
  • New skins, weapons, and quests for the characters
  • The ability to navigate the Royal Cruiser

Will you be picking up Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition? Let us know in the comments below. As always, stick with GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy news as it develops.

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Nintendo Gold Points Can Now Be Used for Rewards, but Fans Are Not Satisfied https://www.gameskinny.com/01y5u/nintendo-gold-points-can-now-be-used-for-rewards-but-fans-are-not-satisfied https://www.gameskinny.com/01y5u/nintendo-gold-points-can-now-be-used-for-rewards-but-fans-are-not-satisfied Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:31:21 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

On March 5th, Nintendo announced that My Nintendo Gold Points can now be used to get various in-game rewards and discounts on new games; however, a lot of fans are very dissatisfied with the new changes and demand better terms.

What Are My Nintendo Gold Points?

If you already use My Nintendo, you should already have some coins; if not, just create a free account. You can earn these points in different ways, but buying games will give you a fair amount of coins and is the way you'll get most of your points.

Apart from purchasing games, using Nintendo applications and services will allow you to complete various tasks that reward you with some points as well. The tasks are usually as simple as linking some accounts or completing some challenges in the applications. There currently are three applications you can get points from: Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

So What's the Problem?

A lot of fans agree that the points aren't worth enough. One point equals one cent, and racking up a bunch of coins can be pretty tough without spending hundreds of dollars on new games. And because your points reset after one year, you can't just stack up a bunch of coins over a couple of years. Despite the fact that before these changes, you couldn't use the points for anything at all -- and buying games now rewards you with a lot more points than it did before -- Nintendo fans still don't feel like the system is fair and want more rewards and greater value for their points.

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Do you like the changes Nintendo implemented, or are you disappointed as well? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments down below. For more news and other awesome gaming content, be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Rocket League 1.42 Mini Update Brings More Superheroes and Minor Changes https://www.gameskinny.com/0lss9/rocket-league-142-mini-update-brings-more-superheroes-and-minor-changes https://www.gameskinny.com/0lss9/rocket-league-142-mini-update-brings-more-superheroes-and-minor-changes Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:43:37 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Rocket League has excelled at licensing other IPs and including them in their game. With the latest update, players can get even more DC superhero stuff for their cars.

Previously, players could buy a Batman-themed car and a few antennas. Rocket League update 1.42 brings two actual Batmobiles, the fan favorite '89 Batmobile and The Dark Knight Rises Batmobile. There are also a ton of other super hero customizables for different cars, including Cyborg, The Flash, and Green Lantern, among others.

The DC Super Heroes DLC is available now for $3.99

The 1.42 update also changes the appearance of the the Season 6 diamond level wheels. When first announced, the wheels were criticized for being too similar to the platinum wheels that were awarded. Psyonix heard its fans and responded with a visual change.

Image courtesy of GIPHY

Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Rocket League and any updates as they develop.

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WHAT THE GOLF? Reaches Funding On Fig; Adds Levels Based on Other Games https://www.gameskinny.com/bhbhu/what-the-golf-reaches-funding-on-fig-adds-levels-based-on-other-games https://www.gameskinny.com/bhbhu/what-the-golf-reaches-funding-on-fig-adds-levels-based-on-other-games Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:27:42 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The experimental and hilarious WHAT THE GOLF? -- a self-proclaimed "golf game for people who don't like golf" -- has officially reached its initial funding goal of $50,000 on Fig, with a whole three weeks left on its campaign at time of writing. The game's developer Triband has also recently released a free prototype featuring several of the game's levels, including a few based on other indie games. 

Over the course of WHAT THE GOLF?'s funding, Triband updated the prototype to include levels based on Clustertruck and SUPERHOT, titled Clusterputt and SUPERPUTT respectively. These were done officially with the permission of both Landfall games and SUPERHOT Team, and Triband says that these tributes are only the first of more to come. Both of these concept levels are available in the free prototype.

Here's the short trailer that Triband released for the Clusterputt level:

If you'd like to see the WHAT THE GOLF? campaign for yourself, maybe if you just want a closer look or would like to download their free prototype, then click here. WHAT THE GOLF? is planned for release on PC, Mac, and Linux through Steam some time in 2018. If you'd like to know more about the game itself, you can read our coverage of it right here.

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The Behemoth's Pit People Finally Released In Full https://www.gameskinny.com/dbnj8/the-behemoths-pit-people-finally-released-in-full https://www.gameskinny.com/dbnj8/the-behemoths-pit-people-finally-released-in-full Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:25:40 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

After almost a year in Early Access, Pit People released on Steam and Xbox One on Friday. Made by indie developer The Behemoth, which is also responsible for games such as Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, Pit People is a turn-based grid-system strategy game where players must explore a massive world while customizing and expand their squad of fighters, characterized by a cartoony art-style and wonderfully silly sense of humor. The game also features a highly emphasized co-op mode.

The full release edition features a fully fleshed-out story line complete with cinematics, 15 additional bonus missions, and a variety of balancing tweaks and "quality of life" patches to improve the way the game plays in general. While fans have been enjoying the game in Early Access since January 2017, hopefully now everyone who's interested can feel safe to jump on board the completed package.  

Pit People is available now for Steam and Xbox One for $15. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pit People news as it develops.

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Chrono Trigger's Recent PC Port Has Fans Very Upset https://www.gameskinny.com/co6k6/chrono-triggers-recent-pc-port-has-fans-very-upset https://www.gameskinny.com/co6k6/chrono-triggers-recent-pc-port-has-fans-very-upset Sat, 03 Mar 2018 12:24:12 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Just a few days ago, out of absolutely nowhere, the classic JRPG from the "golden age" of Squaresoft, Chrono Trigger, was released on Steam by Square Enix. This seems like a logical step to make at the moment, seeing as how the HD remake of Secret of Mana was released recently, and Chrono Trigger comes form the same era of SNES RPG's that defined a great time for Square. While many people were excited to see the beloved RPG staple make its way to PC, that enthusiasm didn't last for most people for very long, as after starting the game up, they began to realize what sort of port this was.

The recent Steam release of Chrono Trigger is actually a near 1-to-1 port of the mobile version of the game that released a few years ago for iOS and Android, with very little changed. The basic-looking interface, lesser framerate, and poor sprite filtering were all complaints directed at the original mobile port of the game, and unfortunately these issues -- among others related to the presentation of the game -- are still present in the PC port.

Additionally, there are no graphics options aside from resolution, and compared to the original, the sprites are much less defined, and the colors in many places look dimmed or washed out. It unfortunately seems as though this port of Chrono Trigger isn't as worth people's time as others. Perhaps if word spreads enough, Square Enix could port a more direct version of the game to PC instead of this version that fewer people favor.

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Black Desert Mobile -- What We Know So Far https://www.gameskinny.com/qsw1t/black-desert-mobile-what-we-know-so-far https://www.gameskinny.com/qsw1t/black-desert-mobile-what-we-know-so-far Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:28:44 -0500 Kengaskhan

Pearl Abyss' highly anticipated Black Desert Mobile just launched in Korea, and it’s already looking to be one the biggest mobile games of the year, coming in at nearly 5 million pre-registrations in Korea alone, with servers overloaded at launch by the huge influx of traffic. In a way, it’s not totally unexpected, as Black Desert M is a spin-off of Pearl Abyss' MMORPG, Black Desert Online, and it shares many of the features that made its predecessor so popular.

However, as is tradition with Pearl Abyss, not much gets filtered our way from across the globe, aside from what the players in the KR region generously translate for us. Still, there have been a couple of trailers and other videos released on YouTube about BDM, which is more or less where all of this information comes from.


The first thing that stands out from BDM's trailer is that it's very impressive from a graphical standpoint, and by all reports it runs quite smoothly on modern devices (though it’ll probably chew up your battery). BDO veterans will also notice that the gameplay is fairly reminiscent of the original game’s -- however, anyone hoping for a way to play BDO while away from their computer will be sorely disappointed. Not only is there no cross-platform play, they’re not even technically the same game, and any crossover between BDM and BDO will likely take the shape of cross-promotional events held by Pearl Abyss.

Still, that’s not to say that BDM will be a lesser game, though as as a free-to-play mobile title, it’ll certainly be more accessible. For starters, the combat has been stripped down and modified to resemble the mobile ARPG-style of combat you’d find in a game like Lineage 2: Revolution.


In addition, BDM is launching with only 5 of BDO’s 12 classes (Warrior, Ranger, Witch, Berserker, and Valkyrie), and the only lifeskills we’ve seen in trailers like this one are resource gathering, farming, and horse training, though the developers have also mentioned trading. That being said, it’s a pretty safe bet that the devs will add more classes and life skills later on in BDM’s lifespan (especially since that’s what Pearl Abyss did with the MMO).

On the other hand, BDM is also launching with some features that BDO’s community wishes their game had, like structured PvP and party dungeons. Another major difference that will appeal to casual players (and probably most people in general) is that BDM’s gear enhancement system looks to be far less rage-inducing than BDO’s, which is notoriously punishing.


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At the moment, there's no solid Western release date for Black Desert Mobile, but going by the staggered release of Black Desert Online worldwide, it'll be at least half a year until we see it on smartphones and tablets in NA/EU.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding Black Desert Mobile's Western release, or check out other Black Desert-related news here!

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Iratus: Lord of the Dead Mixes Darkest Dungeon With Messy Necromancy https://www.gameskinny.com/o3vo5/iratus-lord-of-the-dead-mixes-darkest-dungeon-with-messy-necromancy https://www.gameskinny.com/o3vo5/iratus-lord-of-the-dead-mixes-darkest-dungeon-with-messy-necromancy Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:18:30 -0500 It's Gavin!

If you're a fan of games such as Dungeon Keeper and Overlord, which let you be a villain, another game in a similar vein is coming this year: Iratus: Lord of the Dead. Mixing the morbid charm of Dungeon Keeper with the mechanical flair of Darkest Dungeon, Iratus has you play as its namesake: a necromancer who has risen from the dead to try world domination yet again. 

Iratus: Lord of the Dead wears its Darkest Dungeon influences on its sleeves, embracing its specific brand of turn-based combat as you face down pesky heroes in spooky caverns. According to the game's press release, the game's strategy will be more complex than other titles:

"Each fight is highly strategic, making every action in a battle matter. Debuffs, minion types, even movement will impact a fight for better or worse... The combat system is designed to avoid repetitive battles that are common to the genre and instead focus on unique strategic experiences and tactical situations that differ as your progress."

Instead of building your army the old-fashioned way, Iratus has you building your army from fallen enemies. Taking bones and guts instead of gold and weapons, the body parts of defeated enemies can then be used to create monsters to fight for you.

Unfrozen, the team behind Iratus, hopes the game will scratch that strategic itch for its Q2 release in 2018. According to Denis Federov, lead developer at Unfrozen: 

"We wanted to create something that was unique but familiar at the same time and so we created a combat system that, on the surface, players will be right at home with but once in, you'll see things you were expecting and unique twists throughout the mechanics."

There haven't been many Darkest Dungeon-esque titles, so it'll be very interesting to see how Iratus will both follow and disregard that title's mechanics. What do you think? Does it diverge from Darkest Dungeon enough to be original, or is it just a clone? Let me know in the comments below -- I'd love to hear what you think.

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New Terraria Update 1.3 Bridges Gap Between PC and Console https://www.gameskinny.com/2b8mz/new-terraria-update-13-bridges-gap-between-pc-and-console https://www.gameskinny.com/2b8mz/new-terraria-update-13-bridges-gap-between-pc-and-console Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:03:42 -0500 bazookajo94

Fans of Terraria no longer have to play solely on PC to enjoy all the game has to offer. Developers Re-Logic and Pipeworks Studio have worked together with 505 Games to release the much-anticipated 1.3 update for Xbox One and PS4. 

The initial 1.3 update for Terraria was the biggest in the game's history, and with this new release for Xbox One and PS4, players can now breach that content gap from PC to console. 

Terraria 1.3 update offers console players more of what they already love

A side-scrolling sandbox akin to Minecraft and paired with action elements, Terraria has been a fan favorite for years, and the developers didn't want to leave their console fans in the dark anymore. 

The 1.3 update introduces a long list of new features, creatures, and crafting. To name a few (seriously, this is but a glimpse of the changes made in the 1.3 update), players can now enjoy: 

  • new enemies and loot
  • new events and boss encounters
  • new underground biomes to explore
  • the introduction of expert mode (with the promise of better rewards)
  • upgraded crafting
  • over 800 new items 

For a full list of the 1.3 patch notes, you can view the game's changelog for the PC update. 

Ready to cross the bridge and experience Terraria on console? Buy the game on Xbox One before March 5th and you could get it for $6, or you can buy the game at its full price for $19.99 on PS4

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Dwarves, Aliens, and Loot: Deep Rock Galactic Blasts Its Way Onto PC and Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/cba0y/dwarves-aliens-and-loot-deep-rock-galactic-blasts-its-way-onto-pc-and-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/cba0y/dwarves-aliens-and-loot-deep-rock-galactic-blasts-its-way-onto-pc-and-xbox-one Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:54:03 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Deep Rock Galactic, the procedural FPS exploration title developed by Ghost Ship Games, is now available through Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview. Focusing on frenzied co-op gameplay and destructible environments, DRG shows players what it's like to be a badass dwarf on the prowl for glorious bounty. 

Part shooter, part exploration game, part mining extravaganza, Deep Rock Galactic has been in development for several years and acquired what appears to be a loyal following through its closed Alpha builds. Adding new bosses, new alien enemies, and new mechanics over that time, Ghost Ship Games says DRG might have finally launched, but development on the game is still at fever pitch. 

We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching onto Xbox and PC, and we have big plans for the continued development of Deep Rock Galactic - new enemies, new biomes, new upgrades, even new playable classes!

--- Søren Lundgaard, CEO/Co-Founder Ghost Ship Games

At launch, Deep Rock Galactic features 4-player co-op, four classes (Driller, Engineer, Scout, and Gunner), and completely destructible environments. On top of that, each cave players explore will be 100% procedurally generated, adding a factor of replayability to DRG

You can grab Deep Rock Galactic on Steam and Xbox One for $24.99. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on DRG as it develops. 

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Blizzard Confirms New Overwatch Hero Brigitte Lindholm https://www.gameskinny.com/d09gi/blizzard-confirms-new-overwatch-hero-brigitte-lindholm https://www.gameskinny.com/d09gi/blizzard-confirms-new-overwatch-hero-brigitte-lindholm Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:51:13 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Hold onto your shields, a new hero comes to join the Overwatch ranks. Blizzard just recently announced Brigitte Lindholm, the youngest daughter of Torbjorn, and she's playable right now on the Overwatch PTR. With her shield and flail, she represents the game's seventh support hero as she assists Reinhardt on the front lines.

Brigitte's main attack is her Rocket Flail, which swings in front of her to hit multiple targets. Her first ability is called Whip Shot, which will shoot her flail forward and knock enemies back. Her passive is also activated from this, healing allies every time she hits. Brigitte can also create a Barrier Shield, which will absorb a limited amount of damage, and perform a Shield Bash to stun the first enemy hit. Much like her father, she can also drop Repair Packs to heal and armor allies.

Brigitte's ultimate is called Rally, which inspires allies around her, increasing their armor substantially and improving her own movement speed to get to the front lines.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Blizzard Overwatch Blog, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Overwatch news, tips, and more.

 

 

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Power Rangers RPG Beta Now Available in Select Territories https://www.gameskinny.com/6nf4c/power-rangers-rpg-beta-now-available-in-select-territories https://www.gameskinny.com/6nf4c/power-rangers-rpg-beta-now-available-in-select-territories Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:27:16 -0500 Erroll Maas

Developer Nexon has released a beta of their upcoming mobile game, Power Rangers RPG, based on Saban's long-running Power Rangers franchise, in some territories, including North America.

In Power Rangers RPG, players will command different ranger team combinations, pilot Megazords, complete daily missions and dimensional explorations, have ranger teams compete in 5 vs. 5 training battles in the dimensional arena, team up with other players to complete Alliance Raids, receive exclusive rewards, and more. 

The beta features Rangers from Power Rangers RPM, Wild Force, S.P.D., Mystic Force, Megaforce, Super Megaforce, and Operation Overdrive.

The Power Rangers RPG beta will be available until March 2, 2018, after which all data will be wiped to work on balancing and other improvements. It has been stated the the beta is closed to testers only, but anyone with an Android mobile device should be able to download and play it. A release date for the final version has not yet been announced. It is currently unknown if the game will also release on iOS devices.

2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. To celebrate, Saban will host special touring live events; Boom! Studios will be releasing more of their multiple Power Rangers comic book series, including the upcoming "Shattered Grid" event; Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History book will be released; Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel will premiere, which will include guest stars from previous seasons and a 25th anniversary special; new Legacy series Power Rangers toys made exclusively by Bandai will be released; and special collectible commemorative pins will be available at conventions and expos.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Power Rangers game news as it develops.

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Noble Armada: Lost Worlds Launches Kickstarter Campaign https://www.gameskinny.com/r3kj6/noble-armada-lost-worlds-launches-kickstarter-campaign https://www.gameskinny.com/r3kj6/noble-armada-lost-worlds-launches-kickstarter-campaign Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:49:31 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Atlanta-based developer Holistic Design Inc. announced on February 26 their return to PC development by unveiling the Kickstarter campaign for Noble Armada: Lost Worlds, a real-time strategy game set in the Fading Suns universe. 

The space-centric strategy title is strongly influenced by the Noble Armada tabletop miniatures game, also developed by HDI. Noble Armada: Lost World's mechanics will blend classic gameplay elements found in the popular board game with modern strategy principles to create what the developers hope will make a unique PC experience. 

Built with ClickTeam’s innovative Fusion game engine, Noble Armada takes our space combat game and turns it into a fast-paced strategy game. It utilizes the miniature game mechanics while taking advantage of its new digital home.

-- Andrew Greenberg, HDI Vice President

Noble Armada: Lost Worlds puts players in the boots of nobles vying for supremacy in a world rife with space pirates, renegades, and heathen savages. Much like its tabletop progenitor, Lost Worlds will also require players strategically maneuver ships from planet to planet, engaging in skirmishes and battles with other NPCs in a war-torn universe. 

Centering on "broadsides and boarding actions," Noble Armada: Lost Worlds will also include campaigns centering around the game's five royal houses, as well as other modes in which players will be able to craft their own battles.  According to the Noble Armada Kickstarter FAQ, the game is already under development at HDI, with funds from the Kickstarter campaign going toward the development of additional game resources, such as a Noble Armada mission editor. 

If you're interested in learning more about Noble Armada: Lost Worlds or contributing to its development, visit the Noble Armada Kickstarter to find out more. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Noble Armada: Lost Worlds as it develops.  

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Horizon Zero Dawn to Celebrate Anniversary With a Reddit AMA This Friday https://www.gameskinny.com/3l254/horizon-zero-dawn-to-celebrate-anniversary-with-a-reddit-ama-this-friday https://www.gameskinny.com/3l254/horizon-zero-dawn-to-celebrate-anniversary-with-a-reddit-ama-this-friday Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:11:49 -0500 Zach Hunt

Can you believe it's been a year since we first met Aloy and began ambushing robotic dinosaurs? Well, time flies when you're Tripcasting Sawtooths (Sawteeth?), and Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerilla Games is commemorating the game's one-year anniversary by inviting fans to participate in a Reddit AMA this Friday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to noon EST. 

Ashly Burch, who voices Aloy in HZD, and Lead Writer Ben McCaw will be available to answer all of the burning Horizon-related questions you're still losing sleep over -- and it should be a great opportunity to express what the game has meant to you since its release back in February 2017.

Will you be participating in the Horizon anniversary AMA, and if so, what do you plan on asking? Let us know in the comments below!

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Zoids Wild Multimedia Franchise and Nintendo Switch Game Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/f50ix/zoids-wild-multimedia-franchise-and-nintendo-switch-game-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/f50ix/zoids-wild-multimedia-franchise-and-nintendo-switch-game-announced Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:22:10 -0500 Erroll Maas

Takara Tomy, the company behind the Zoids franchise, has announced a new multimedia project called Zoids Wild. This project will include toys, anime, a smartphone app, and a video game for Nintendo Switch.

The Zoids franchise has been around since 1982 with various toys, comic books, anime series, and video games. The franchise revolves around animal-like mechs -- usually piloted by human characters -- that sometimes seem to have a mind of their own. The Nintendo Switch Zoids Wild game will be the first console game for the Zoids franchise since the turn-based strategy game, Zoids Assault, internationally released for the Xbox 360 in 2008. Nothing else has yet been revealed about the upcoming Nintendo Switch title.

It is currently unknown if Zoids Wild will see release outside of Japan. The last Zoids-related media seen outside of Japan was the Zoids Fuzors anime series, which premiered first in the U.S. in 2003 but ended its run halfway through due to low ratings; however, the series completed its 26 episode run in Australia and later aired in Japan.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Zoids Wild video game news as it's revealed.

Image credit to Nintendo Everything

 

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Mobile Gaming Dominated iOS App Store in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/97gcn/mobile-gaming-dominated-ios-app-store-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/97gcn/mobile-gaming-dominated-ios-app-store-in-2017 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:19:02 -0500 It's Gavin!

Now that 2017 has come and gone, it's a good time to study mobile data to understand future trends. With over 450,000 apps that emerged last year for U.S. iOS users, the largest category for apps is first and foremost games.

 

According to data from tech startup AppBi, a company dedicated to mobile marketing and analysis, 19.7% of apps on the current store are mobile games. This overtakes the 10.7% of business-based apps and the 9.1% of lifestyle-based apps. Games still dominate the market, and interested developers should take note.

This is also true for the most-used keywords of the year. As shown below, the the top three keywords used by apps were "Free", "Games", and "Game".  Considering the strong usage of free-to-play mechanics in many mobile titles, it isn't surprising. 

What do you think about this data? Is it surprising to you, or nothing special? Do you think 2018 will change things? Leave your comments below!

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Shining Resonance Refrain Confirmed for Western Release https://www.gameskinny.com/o29by/shining-resonance-refrain-confirmed-for-western-release https://www.gameskinny.com/o29by/shining-resonance-refrain-confirmed-for-western-release Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:08:48 -0500 Erroll Maas

Sega has announced that the HD remaster of the formerly Japan-exclusive PlayStation 3 game Shining Resonance, known as Shining Resonance: Refrain, will launch in Summer 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 

The remaster will include high-definition graphics, a new "Refrain Mode" that adds characters Excela and Jenius to the party, and over 150 pieces of DLC, including character events, additional dungeons, costumes, and more.

Shining Resonance follows Yuma, a boy who can switch between his human and dragon forms, with opposing forces seeking his power. Yuma is joined on his adventure by "dragoners," who use magical instruments called "harmonics" as weapons. These weapons can change the power of a dragon into songs which can enhance the strength of the party and weaken enemies.

Shining Resonance was originally released in Japan on December 11, 2014. Shining Resonance: Refrain will launch in Japan on March 29 for PlayStation 4.  The Western release will include both English and Japanese audio, and pre-orders for the "Draconic Launch Edition" of the game, which comes with a collectible metal slip case, will be available soon. Additionally, interested players can get a first look at localized gameplay on February 23 at 12 p.m. PST on Sega's Twitch channel. There is also an interview with the localization producer, James Kuroki, on the PlayStation Blog, which provides more details on the game.

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The Lost Child Confirmed for Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/2dd3k/the-lost-child-confirmed-for-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/2dd3k/the-lost-child-confirmed-for-switch Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:50:11 -0500 Erroll Maas

Publisher NIS America has announced that their upcoming RPG, The Lost Child, will launch on Nintendo Switch in addition to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game. Similar to the PlayStation 4 version, the Nintendo Switch version will have both a physical and digital release.

The Western release for The Lost Child was previously announced during NIS America's livestream press event earlier this month. The game will have players take on the role of occult journalist Hayato Ibuki, who is given a strange device which allows him to command various creatures known as Astrals. Hayato's journey will take him through dungeons called layers where he will seek his destiny and possibly decide the fate of the world. 

The Lost Child will launch Summer 2018 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo Switch. A limited-edition version of the game is also available for pre-order through NIS America's website.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Lost Child news and information as it develops.

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Burnout Paradise Gets Remastered https://www.gameskinny.com/yqcej/burnout-paradise-gets-remastered https://www.gameskinny.com/yqcej/burnout-paradise-gets-remastered Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:18:06 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

It's been nine years since Burnout Paradise graced the PS3 and Xbox 360. Since then, EA and Criterion have focused on the Need for Speed series, with the latter handing it over to Ghost Games as lead developer for the franchise, and the Burnout series has been quiet since. However, EA has teamed with Stellar Entertainment to remaster Burnout: Paradise for modern consoles.

Releasing on March 16th at $39.99, Paradise Remastered will contain all DLC from the original game, while also running at 60 FPS in 4K, supporting Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. It's also confirmed to come out on PC, but no word on when that version will be released.

EA originally had no plans to remaster any of its games, but it would seem that they've changed their mind on that decision. Check out the trailer for it below:

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Northgard Release Date Set for March 7 https://www.gameskinny.com/mwr6e/northgard-release-date-set-for-march-7 https://www.gameskinny.com/mwr6e/northgard-release-date-set-for-march-7 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:58:42 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

By Odin's beard!  Northgard just got an official release date. Though it has been sitting in early access for a little over a year, Northgard was just announced to open fully on March 7, 2018. On Steam, you can acquire the game for $29.99.

Follow along with Rig, son of the recently deceased High King of the Vikings, and his close friend Brand through 11 chapters of a single-player campaign, to investigate the murder of his father and the theft of a regal horn. You will journey to Northgard, a land filled with monsters and new allies.

The multiplayer aspect was featured in the early access, allowing players to kill others, research lore, or make a lot of gold. From performing great deeds, you gain a prestige victory, granting you the rank of king. Along with this rank, you can construct a wonder to glorify your legacy.

Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for tips, news, and more once Northgard is released.

 

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Looney Rally Drifts Onto Steam With 40 Percent Launch Discount https://www.gameskinny.com/0b5ri/looney-rally-drifts-onto-steam-with-40-percent-launch-discount https://www.gameskinny.com/0b5ri/looney-rally-drifts-onto-steam-with-40-percent-launch-discount Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:25:17 -0500 Adnan Riaz

Independent developer BeshevGames has announced that the racing title Looney Rally has launched on Steam after its development finished ahead of schedule.

Looney Rally was initially priced at $2.99 (£2.09), although the Bulgarian-based studio has temporarily discounted the title by 40 percent, so it currently retails at $1.79 (£1.25).

According to BeshevGames, Looney Rally’s launch price drop will last until February 24.

“I wanted to make a small game, which will remind the player of the good old small racing games but, at the same time, with a bit of modern feel to it,” BeshevGames said.

Looney Rally allows players to take control of a racecar, buggy or truck to compete against “ambitious” AI drivers.

The minimum system requirements for Looney Rally, available now on Steam, can be found below.

  • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 or Intel Core i3-7100T
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 5000 or Radeon R5 M320 or GeForce GTX 280M
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 512MB available space
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Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2 getting DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/f3rcl/dragon-ball-fighterz-and-xenoverse-2-getting-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/f3rcl/dragon-ball-fighterz-and-xenoverse-2-getting-dlc Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:36:30 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

Dragon Ball fans will be getting a lot of new content for both the recently released Dagon Ball FighterZ and 2016's Xenoverse 2. Recently confirmed in this month's issue of V-Jump, Both titles will be releasing new characters for each game. For FighterZ, Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan and Bardock will be added into the game's roster and Xenoverse 2 will be adding Jiren and Ultra Instinct Goku. 

As seen above, Broly will be able to use a lot of his trademarked abilities, including his "Gigantic Meteor" as a level 3 special move, while Bardock can use his "Revenger Assault" which has him turning into a Super Saiyan and attacking his foes, like he did in the Episode of Bardock special.

Meanwhile, Xenoverse 2 will be getting both Jiren, the main antagonist from Dragon Ball Super's final storyline, the Universe Survival Saga, as well Goku's "perfected" Ultra Instinct, which has yet to be introduced in Dragon Ball Super, but will most likely be in it's final episodes. This version see's Goku with Silver Hair and, In Xenoverse 2, has "Accelerated Battle Aura" which charges his ki and allows him to perform another attack even if his rush attack misses. 

Their's no word on a release date or price for either bit's of DLC.

 

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WHAT THE GOLF? -- A Golf Game for People Who Don't Like Golf Now on Fig https://www.gameskinny.com/2jbhw/what-the-golf-a-golf-game-for-people-who-dont-like-golf-now-on-fig https://www.gameskinny.com/2jbhw/what-the-golf-a-golf-game-for-people-who-dont-like-golf-now-on-fig Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:39:13 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

WHAT THE GOLF? is the kind of title for a game that was bound to catch my eye, and thankfully it seems as though the game it's attached to is actually a funny and creative one that may be worth looking further into. WHAT THE GOLF? is a sort of experimental comedy/multi-genre golfing game that recently launched its crowdfunding campaign on Fig. The game is being developed by Danish game studio Triband, whose members have all worked separately on a series of different games and other projects in the past, including the film Kung Fury.

The game self-identifies as a "golf game for people who don't play golf." Every level has the player tackling the concept of a round of golf in a completely different way, and in most cases, it barely resembles actual golf. The mechanics seem to change from level to level, and the intention seems to be to both create a very funny and unique golf game among legions of identical golfing experiences and to see how far you can reasonably stretch the concept of golf before it just stops being golf altogether.

These levels can have you do things such as golf with a horse instead of a ball, golf between planetoids, golf with like 50 balls at once, and even golf utilizing mechanics and aesthetics from games like Super Mario Bros. and Portal. The game has a funding goal of $50,000, and as of writing, it's just shy of the halfway mark.

WHAT THE GOLF? looks like a fun and clever little idea with a lot of variety and mileage in its premise, which may be worth checking out for fans of comedy games, unique gaming experiences, and especially those tired of stuffy old sports games that take themselves too seriously. Even if you don't plan on donating to this game, you should still give the Fig page a read, because it's a pretty convincing argument that this thing needs to exist, and it's pretty darn funny.

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New Code Vein Screenshots Showcase New Multiplayer Mode and Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/fosi8/new-code-vein-screenshots-showcase-new-multiplayer-mode-and-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/fosi8/new-code-vein-screenshots-showcase-new-multiplayer-mode-and-characters Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:25:46 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Bandai Namco recently released new screenshots showcasing upcoming game Code Vein's new online multiplayer mode. In these screenshots, we also got a look at two new characters: Karen and Cruz.


Karen is the older sister of Louis, who passed away but was revived as a revenant. Her job is to support and aid other revenants in the field of battle.

 


Cruz is a character who withstood many horrible experiments to further the cause of mankind. But after an attempt at an unsuccessful experiment, she became a destructive force of nature.

The new mode allows players to assist other revenants needing help in their fight against the Lost. You're able to communicate through stomps, voice commands, and hand gestures to allow for a more unified team effort.

Code Vein is to be released later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more tips and news.

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Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside Project Revealed in CoroCoro https://www.gameskinny.com/jpaql/yo-kai-watch-shadowside-project-revealed-in-corocoro https://www.gameskinny.com/jpaql/yo-kai-watch-shadowside-project-revealed-in-corocoro Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:09:17 -0500 Erroll Maas

In the latest issue of CoroCoro magazine in Japan, it was revealed that Level - 5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise will have a new iteration known as Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside, which will include games, toys, and an anime series.

Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside is set 30 years after the adventures of Nate (known as Keita in Japan), the main character from the previous Yo-Kai Watch games. Nate has long since lost his ability to see Yo-Kai, so his daughter, Natsume, and son, Keisuke, take the starring roles this time around. In Shadowside, Yo-Kai can switch between their "lightside" and "shadowside" forms, which change their appearances, personalities, and abilities. Shadowside is also notable for its shift in art style, which is darker and creepier than the previous art style of the franchise.

The anime series is a sequel to the movie Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King, which released in Japan on December 16, 2017. The Shadowside anime series will premiere on April 13, 2018.

All previous Yo-Kai Watch games have launched on the Nintendo 3DS, but it's currently unknown which systems the Shadowside game will launch on or if it will follow the story of the anime series.

The previous Yo-Kai Watch games, Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, released in Japan on July 16, 2016. An updated version titled Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki released on December 15, 2016. Yo-Kai Watch 3 has not yet been confirmed for Western release, but all other main series Yo-Kai Watch games prior to Yo-Kai Watch 3 have released in North America and Europe.

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5 Blockchain and Bitcoin-Based Games to Keep an Eye On in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/ww8jp/5-blockchain-and-bitcoin-based-games-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/ww8jp/5-blockchain-and-bitcoin-based-games-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2018 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:38:58 -0500 Rudyardk

There is no denying that blockchain is an ingenious invention capable of revolutionizing the systems we nowadays use. By allowing free and non-copied digital information, blockchain technology became the backbone of a new type of internet, a better and more exciting version.

Since that happened, blockchain has continually evolved, finding new potential uses for the technology. One such example is the creation of blockchain-based gaming platforms.

Devised not only for entertainment purposes but also for generating a deeper understanding of cryptocurrencies and their power, games based on the technology should be of interest to you in 2018.

By following this growing trend of games, creators are hoping that they will eventually boost cryptocurrency adoption, giving people a reason to use such gaming platforms. If success follows, we can expect that enough monetary support will go into continuing its development and creating better and more innovative content. That’s quite exciting!

1. CryptoPets

Despite the name being reminiscent of a 10-year-old's dream game, CryptoPets is an interesting project which uses white paper and smart contracts. Scheduled to be released in due time, there is much talk among community members, showing the great interest some people are taking in the project. Even before its release, you can subscribe to the different channels, getting early access to some enticing features and becoming one of the first to try out the content.

To give a better perspective of the game, CryptoPets will offer you adorable digital creatures that are 100% owned by you. In other words, nobody will be able to replicate them, destroy them, or take them away. These one-of-a-kind critters will be powered by blockchain, and you’ll be able to raise them, play with them, and show your collection off to your friends and family. CryptoPets starts by giving you the option to buy pets using Ether. Afterwards, you will receive random egg species that you will eventually hatch, and you’ll end up with your own set of cuddly digital pets! You’ll be able to breed as much as you want, even exchanging one pet for another in the marketplace.

2. CryptoKitties

A game with a highly similar concept is CryptoKitties. Centered on collectible and aww-looking kitties, the game follows the same structure as CryptoPets. Each breedable creature will be 100% owned by you, and nobody can replicate it, destroy it, or even take it away from you. CryptoKitties is renowned within the blockchain community as being one of the world’s first games to be built using the technology. This might explain why it has the most significant auditory and market turnover to this day. Despite there being some levels of interaction with the pets, CryptoKitties works similarly to a traditional collectible game and hasn’t yet had any new functionality added by the developers. As a result, prices are seamlessly dropping each day, but there is still hope when it comes to it. Another potential problem is the fact that the game is challenging to enter for newbies, making the incentive to join that much lower.

Nonetheless, the breeding process is reasonably attractive, maybe even slightly scientific. If that is enough for the game to survive, only time will tell. Until then, there are other more alluring games to try out as well.

Etheremon

3. Etheremon

Now here is a game that you should keep your eyes peeled on. Etheremon is considered, at least for the moment, to have the highest potential of all blockchain games. Using battle mechanics and designs similar to Pokemon, this game is bound to remind you of lost youth and childhood memories.

Although the game started out like a Ponzi-like scheme, the developers of Etheremon had grand plans in store for this creation. In fact, for those who haven’t yet seen any return on their investments (ROIs), the makers of the game will offer eggs which will turn into new gen0 mons. In contrast with other games, it seems that players are more valued, and there are individual incentives to pique their interest.

Another interesting fact is that the project leader, Nakasatoshi, seems deeply involved with the community, having even opened a thread about potential game developments and ways in which the game can improve. These steps have made many even more excited about Etheremon, and the project spend of $0 on marketing has attracted even more fans of decentralized systems.

4. Decentraland

Renowned for being the first virtual platform to be owned by its users, Decentraland has a one-of-a-kind concept which will immerse you in an interactive 3D world. The chances are that you’ll create your individual piece of the universe, purchasing land using the Ethereum blockchain, and then build an ageless record of ownership.

In fact, the world will appear limitless. Due to you being in control of your land, Decentraland gives you the chance to create your unique set of experiences. Whether you want to attend a workshop, start a business, go on a holiday, visit a casino, or watch live music, the game will give you 360-degree options -- all within a virtual world.

If you’re enthused by betting, but this game doesn’t quite do it for you, try a Blockchain or Bitcoin casino, and this section should serve as inspiration. Alternatively, Edgeless and FunFair are two excellent choices users rave about.

Pray 4 Prey

5. Pray 4 Prey

At the moment, little is known about Pray 4 Prey. Featuring an exciting name but no set of FAQs or rules, for the time being, users are left to dream about the potential concept. What we do know is that you buy fish and hope they survive the shark attacks. If they do, you’ll gain one Ether per round.

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What are your thoughts on blockchain and Bitcoin-based games? Let us know in the comments below.

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Crowns Rebranded as Monster Crown with New Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/faaeb/crowns-rebranded-as-monster-crown-with-new-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/faaeb/crowns-rebranded-as-monster-crown-with-new-trailer Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:56:48 -0500 Erroll Maas

The developers of upcoming monster-raising RPG, Monster Crown, originally known as Crowns, have released a new trailer alongside a press release with a few new details on the game.

Monster Crown is a Game Boy-inspired indie monster-raising game which will feature a distinctive breeding system and an abundance of content.     

Meant for monster-catching completionists and battle masters, the game will include over 200 monsters to collect; countless combinations to breed; a sprawling, wild world; a deep, dark story; and online battling and trading.

Monster Crown does not yet have a release date, but a Kickstarter campaign for the game will launch on April 10. An older demo, Crowns Frostbite, is available for download on PC. Players can also get updates on the game through the Twitter page, Facebook, subreddit, and website. You can also check out our interview with Lead Developer Jason Walsh to learn more details about the game.

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Classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms Remake for Mobile Now Available for Pre-Registration https://www.gameskinny.com/nq0eo/classic-romance-of-the-three-kingdoms-remake-for-mobile-now-available-for-pre-registration https://www.gameskinny.com/nq0eo/classic-romance-of-the-three-kingdoms-remake-for-mobile-now-available-for-pre-registration Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:15:27 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Take yourself back to a time when empires waged war and strategy was all the rage. Get excited, Romance of the Three Kingdoms fans, because the revival has begun. Thingsoft's Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of CaoCao is now available for pre-registration. Available now in over 149 countries, head on over to the app store, iPhone users, and be sure to keep an eye on Google Play, Android users.

You'll soon be able to relive the tactics and strategy of the renowned classic on your mobile device, currently one of the top five most downloaded games in Korea and Taiwan. You can enjoy memorable commanders in the Story Mode or create your own empire by conquering settlements in the Strategy Mode. You'll also engage in PvP, develop cities, and enlist units to expand your empire across the lands.

You'll see classic images like this once Romance of the Three Kingdoms is available on U.S. mobile devices

Be sure to check back for more Romance of the Three Kingdoms updates and stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest news, tips, and more.

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Extinction Features Trailer Released https://www.gameskinny.com/78uy2/extinction-features-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/78uy2/extinction-features-trailer-released Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:42:48 -0500 Erroll Maas

Iron Galaxy and Modus Games have released a new feature trailer for their upcoming action game, Extinction, highlighting the game's story, combat, and gameplay.

Prior to the beginning of the game, the world of Extinction has always been in a constant state of war. This changes when a mysterious portal opens up and unleashes ogres known as the Ravenii, previously thought to only exist in fairy tales. The main character of Extinction, Avil (pronounce a-veel), is a human who may be humanity's last hope against the ogres. Avil is the last of an ancient order known as the Sentinels, the only people with knowledge of the Ravenii and how to defeat them.

Avil has an array of different skills he can use to take down minions that follow the Ravenii. Players can instantaneously switch between attacks whenever they want, whether those attacks be single strike attacks, sweeping AOE attacks, aerial combos, knockdowns, and more.

The only known way to defeat a Ravenii is to use a special decapitating technique called a Rune Strike, which Avil has learned through his training as a sentinel. This special skill can also be strengthened by saving other people, defeating minions,  and destroying Ravenii armor as well as by dismembering the ogres themselves.

When traveling through the city, Avil can utilize certain skills which can also be useful against the Ravenii. These includes running vertically up surfaces and using his whip as a grappling tool. 

Extinction will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 10, 2018. Pre-orders of both the standard edition and limited edition of the game are now available.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Adds “Black Panther” DLC Pack https://www.gameskinny.com/dgzst/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-adds-black-panther-dlc-pack https://www.gameskinny.com/dgzst/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-adds-black-panther-dlc-pack Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:23:52 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Get ready, LEGO fans: Black Panther is coming to Marvel Super Heroes 2. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment recently announced the new DLC for the game, which allows players to adventure through a whole new level and introduces characters inspired by the new movie Black Panther. The standalone DLC will cost $2.99, but it is also included as part of the season pass, which is $14.99.

The new level and story follows the Black Panther and his sister Shuri on dangerous missions within the kingdom of Wakanda. You will be pitted against abnormal monsters and Wakandan nemesis Eric Killmonger's army. Characters include the Black Panther, Shuri, Okoye, Nakia, Erik Killmonger, Ulysses Klaue, and Everett K. Ross, adding to the already extensive roster of over 200 super heroes and villains.

Be sure to pick up the DLC and join your friends and heroes in iconic Marvel locations. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more LEGO and Marvel news!

 

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New Information Unveiled on Google's Console and Streaming Service https://www.gameskinny.com/iqvlv/new-information-unveiled-on-googles-console-and-streaming-service https://www.gameskinny.com/iqvlv/new-information-unveiled-on-googles-console-and-streaming-service Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:07:40 -0500 Sarah Elliman

Reports from The Information suggest that Google is creating both a games console and games streaming service that is estimated to be released sometime in 2018. Codenamed "Yeti," Google’s new project will be taking on new territory and hoping to break into the console market in a massive way.

The source suggests that the console and streaming service were set for release in 2017 but were pushed back partly so that Google can rely on faster and more reliable internet for the 2018 launch. It has been predicted that the streaming service will launch first, with the console following shortly thereafter.

Could Google Yeti be brewing behind the glass facade?

Many outlets and sources have indicated that Google is making a direct attempt to compete with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo for a share of the ever-growing gaming market. As reported by The Verge, "bolstering the prospects for game streaming is Google’s hiring last month of gaming industry veteran Phil Harrison, who’s spent years in the upper ranks of both PlayStation and Xbox." 

This suggests that Google is trying hard to compete with the major console competition and should be releasing a console on a similar level to the three market leaders. 

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It is also uncertain whether developers will be remastering or making games for this new addition to the market. All in all, the details of the upcoming console and streaming service are exceedingly limited. Stick with GameSkinny, and we’ll keep you updated on every development.

What do you think of Yeti thus far? Is there anything you would like to see Google do with their console and streaming service? Let us know in the comments below.

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