News Category RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com News RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 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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Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes: Coming Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/mtud6/mordenkainens-tome-of-foes-coming-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/mtud6/mordenkainens-tome-of-foes-coming-soon Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:44:37 -0500 Alex Tharp

Dungeons and Dragons, 5th Edition was a return to the classics for Wizards of the Coast. Likewise, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes is a return to a successful format of lore book. This title will examine the classic cosmic problems that define the D&D multiverse. 

According to Wizards of the Coast's website, readers can expect to "learn more about the schism between drow and other elves, githyanki and githzerai, and dwarves and duergar, in addition to reading about the incessant Blood War between demons and devils."

In a D&D Beyond interview, Mike Mearls, D&D Creative Lead, explained a little more about what is in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. The layout of the book will be similar to that of Volo's Guide to Monsters, including new monster stats, lore, and player character options.

Mike Mearls especially goes into detail regarding the lore that has been put in this new book. Mordenkainen, the fictional author of this supplement, has a particularly cosmic point of view. To reflect that, there will be much more information on the major players in the multiverse of D&D. Information about such historical topics as the feuds between Elves and Drow, Dwarves and Duergar, Githzerai and Githyanki, and even between Demons and Devils in the Blood War will be covered in detail. Speaking of demons and devils ....

In response to feedback to Volo's Guide to Monsters, Wizards of the Coast decided to pay special attention to more challenging monsters. According to Mike Mearls, at least half of the monsters should be Challenge Rating 10+!

In fact, the Sage Advice blog advertises that there will be "130+ monsters new and old," including such creatures as New Yugoloths, Elder Elementals, and Clockwork Creatures.

Also being added are several new player character options, so Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes will be just as useful for the players as for the Dungeon Masters out there. Githzerai, Githyanki, Sea Elves, Shadar-Kai elves, and Eladrin are all getting race options. Duergar and Tiefling are also getting new content, according to the same Sage Advice blog post.

The normal cover for Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

You can preorder a hardcover copy of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes from participating local game stores or from Amazon for $49.95. The limited alternative cover edition will be available at local game shops May 18th, 2018. The normal cover edition will be available everywhere starting on May 29th, 2018.

 

 

 

 

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The Lost Child Heads West Summer 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/0cswj/the-lost-child-heads-west-summer-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/0cswj/the-lost-child-heads-west-summer-2018 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:09:23 -0500 Erroll Maas

At its 2018 press event, NIS America revealed that the monster-raising dungeon crawler RPG The Lost Child will release for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe this summer.

The Lost Child follows Hayato Ibuki, an occult journalist investigating a string of strange suicides around Tokyo. When Hayato runs into a mysterious girl, she insists that he must live and entrusts him with a gadget which enables him to capture mystical creatures collectively known as Astrals. Hayato's journey will take him through dungeons known as Layers in order to discover the reason why he was given this task, and the future of the entire world could hang in the balance.

The Lost Child will include over 50 Astrals to obtain, which each have a base form as well as two "Evilutions" to go through, over 250 skills for Astrals to learn, and dungeons which can have up to 99 floors for players to test their skills.

The Lost Child will be released both physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and will have a digital-only release on PlayStation Vita. A limited-edition version of the game is currently available for preorder through NIS America's website. This limited edition includes a collector's box, an original soundtrack, and a hardcover art book. The game originally released in Japan on August 24, 2017.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance Has a 23 GB Day-One Patch https://www.gameskinny.com/kjghm/kingdom-come-deliverance-has-a-23-gb-day-one-patch https://www.gameskinny.com/kjghm/kingdom-come-deliverance-has-a-23-gb-day-one-patch Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:23:13 -0500 Alex Tharp

Warhorse Studios is already in trouble with some gamers before its February, 13th release date of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Gadgets 360 reported that players have gotten their hands on copies of the game before the street date in the UAE and found themselves saddled with a 23.07 GB day-one patch. This day-one patch almost doubles the storage space needed to download Kingdom Come: Deliverance with a physical copy!

Credit: Warhorse Studios

News of a day-one patch of this size has unsurprisingly left a bitter taste in some gamers' mouths. The size of the patch left many with questions about why exactly the game needed such a sizable addition so soon and how it may lengthen download times. Martin Kilma, Executive Producer at Warhorse, promises that this day-one patch brings huge improvements to many aspects of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Quests will be more balanced, RPG progressions will be smoother, and the game will just plain run better, according to Kilma.

Credit: Warhorse Studios

Kilma insists that the wait time will be worth it, but what about the storage space? What this means for players is that digital downloads will be replaced with the day-one patch. Players will still have to download approximately 46 GB of data, but it won't take up that much storage space. Unfortunately for players with physical copies, the same does not hold true. Kingdom Come: Deliverance will take up 46 GB of storage space because the patch does not replace the original build that must be installed.

Is that data well used? Take a look at these patch notes and decide for yourself whether this game will be worth the wait time:

  • Addition of multiple new events to the open world.
  • Massive improvement in dialogue animations.
  • Gaining money and experience is rebalanced.
  • Weapon and armour stats are rebalanced.
  • General combat improvements.
  • Improved NPC reaction time.
  • Sound propagation adjusted.
  • Archery is now possible in stealth mode.
  • Improved Persuasion UI.
  • Plus numerous other bug fixes and improvements.

Is 46 GB too much for you? Do you think the improvements will be worth the wait? Leave a comment and give us your two cents!

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailers Unveiled at D23 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/a7q49/kingdom-hearts-3-trailers-unveiled-at-d23-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/a7q49/kingdom-hearts-3-trailers-unveiled-at-d23-2018 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:28:39 -0500 Joe Garcia

Earlier today at D23 2018 in Japan, the world was blessed with not only one new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer but two of them! One trailer showcases a new world along with new gameplay, new abilities, and two returning characters. The second trailer also showcases new cut-scenes, new gameplay, Riku and King Mickey's new outfits, and the brand-new theme song by the artist Utada Hikaru.

Trailer 1: New World Confirmed

screenshot from new Kingdom Hearts game

In the first trailer, we are greeted by a returning member of Organization XIII, Marluxia. It was speculated and teased that he will return to the series in one of the early trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3, which debuted the world for Tangled and Nobodies themed after him. We see Sora looking even more polished in this trailer, which, based off the reaction videos on YouTube, is a big deal.

As the trailer goes on, we see Sora display new abilities, such as two new Keyblade transformations, Twin Yo-Yos, and Twin Claws. Sora also shows off some new flashy attacks, and we get a glimpse of a new summon -- Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

Ariel will be a new summon in Kingdom Hearts 3

The biggest part of this trailer is not only Sora showing off his new moves and powers, but the confirmation of the Monsters Inc world. The leaks from December 2017 were actually real, and man, does it look amazing! The look of this world is like watching the original movie with Sora and gang added to the mix for fun. Is it just me, or does Sora's "Monster form" look edgy and cool? This first trailer is more of an experience just because it showcases so much and gives dedicated fans of the franchise much-needed glimpses into what's to come story-wise and what we can dish out on the encroaching darkness.

Trailer 2: New Theme Song

As mentioned before, we got two trailers out of D23 today. The second trailer has the new theme song, named "Don't Think Twice." This song is different from the previous songs, as it seems to hit deeper and is a lot more fitting of the theme and heaviness of Kingdom Hearts 3's story. 

another screenshot from KH3

There is a lot more piano in the background, which seems to elevate the song to a more mature height that just makes it work for this game. While we are blessed with the new song, we have some clips from previous trailers playing in the background, along with new scenes mixed in. 

The biggest takeaway from the second trailer aside from the new song is the scene with Riku and King Mickey in their new outfits. Their new outfits seem very similar to Sora's new outfit, and Riku's especially looks more "real world" than what we've seen before. This will make cosplaying Riku extremely easy for those Riku fans out there. 

another screen shot from the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game

There is one more huge piece of news that I have to mention. It has been confirmed that the full release date for Kingdom Hearts 3 will be revealed at E3! So mark your calendars and stay on the look out because they are most likely going to have another new trailer with the release date at the end of it. 

That's all I have for you guys today, and I hope you enjoyed these trailers as much as I did! For more info on all things Kingdom Hearts, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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New Weapon Discovered in Shadow of the Colossus Remake https://www.gameskinny.com/derp3/new-weapon-discovered-in-shadow-of-the-colossus-remake https://www.gameskinny.com/derp3/new-weapon-discovered-in-shadow-of-the-colossus-remake Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:29:11 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

Just yesterday, a popular YouTuber called "PS4Trophies" made a discovery in the remake of Shadow of the Colossus. In the recently released PS4 title, the developer added 79 strange hidden coins scattered in ruins and Colossi arenas throughout out the game, which were first hinted at in a message in the credits ("Nomad Colossus and the 79 steps to enlightenment"). With many players wondering what these coins did, this led them to discover that the coins caused a locked door outside the Shrine of Worship to glow.

The door was present in the original game but could not be unlocked. After collecting every hidden coin, however, PS4Trophies followed a hint from a popular Shadow of the Colossus YouTube content creator, Nomad Colossus, to return to the door.

If you're interested in obtaining this awesome new weapon, be sure to check out our very own guide on how to get the Sword of Dormin in Shadow of the Colossus.

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Are you going after the Sword of Dormin? What other secrets have you found in Shadow of the Colossus? Let us know in the comments below!

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.hack//G.U. Last Recode Demo Now Available https://www.gameskinny.com/62oek/hackgu-last-recode-demo-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/62oek/hackgu-last-recode-demo-now-available Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:06:13 -0500 Erroll Maas

A demo for .hack// G.U.Last Recode is now available on PlayStation 4 and Steam. The game is a remastered collection of the three volumes in the .hack//G.U. series: Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, respectively. .hack//G.U. is the second series in the .hack video game franchise, originally released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. Last Recode also adds a brand-new fourth volume to the series, titled .hack//G.U. Reconnection. The demo takes up 3.63 GB of storage space.

.hack// G.U. Last Recode was originally released on November 3, 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Steam. The collection was released both physically and digitally, although as of writing, it cannot be purchased through the PlayStation Store via PlayStation 4 and has June 2, 2018, as a placeholder date. However, the collection can be purchased on the PlayStation Store website and Steam and is on sale for $34.99 until February 13.

.hack (pronounced dot hack) is a multimedia franchise which follows several characters who get trapped in "the world," a virtual MMORPG. 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the .hack franchise.

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DONTNOD Announces Vampyr Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/mvump/dontnod-announces-vampyr-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/mvump/dontnod-announces-vampyr-release-date Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:00:39 -0500 Erroll Maas

Paris-based developer DONTNOD Entertainment has announced that its upcoming action-RPG adventure game Vampyr will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 5, 2018. Previously, Vampyr was slated for a November 2017 release but was delayed to Spring 2018.

Additionally, DONTNOD has released the final video in their DONTNOD Presents Vampyr  web series, titled "Stories from the Dark," in which some of the developers describe why storytelling through video games is more compelling than through other forms of media.

"Stories from the Dark," as well as the three other videos in DONTNOD's web series, are available to watch on YouTube.

In Vampyr, players will prowl through early 20th century London as Jonathan Reid, a doctor-turned-vampire whose beliefs come into question as he learns more about what lurks in the shadows at night.

Vampyr will launch on June 5, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Valentine's Day Event Brings Favorite Map to Destiny 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/ku3mj/valentines-day-event-brings-favorite-map-to-destiny-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/ku3mj/valentines-day-event-brings-favorite-map-to-destiny-2 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:38:03 -0500 Spongehoe

Destiny 2's Valentine's Day event, Crimson Days, is already making a better appearance than the last. The popular Crucible map "Burning Shrine" from Destiny's Trials of Osiris is going to be added to Destiny 2 next week. 

The map is considered one of the very best by a majority of fans; however, this version, named "The Burnout," will be remade to meet the theme of the Curse of Osiris DLC.

This would be the second time Bungie has relaunched a former map since "Shores of Time" made a comeback in October of last year.

The Crimson Days event will begin Tuesday the 13th of February and end on the 20th of the following week. Additional features will be added as well, such as an option for gamers to play in duos or couples and benefit from staying within proximity of their partner.

For those who don't have a partner to play with, the game will match you up with somebody compatible. There will also be new items and enough loot to go around for a while. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Destiny Crimson Days info and guides!

 

 

 

 

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Fortnite Brings the Love with Valentine's Update https://www.gameskinny.com/2fe4m/fortnite-brings-the-love-with-valentines-update https://www.gameskinny.com/2fe4m/fortnite-brings-the-love-with-valentines-update Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:23:38 -0500 bazookajo94

With the lovey-dovey-est of all holidays approaching, Fortnite has released a new Valentine's Day patch so gamers can partake of the holiday while they game, too. 

The Fortnite team promises fun new skins for the upcoming holiday, including an Adonis statue with pink pants and a punk pink bear with a cute little heart nose. 

But the most exciting feature of the new update is the addition of a new weapon: the crossbow. What better way to celebrate love than by obliterating the competition with a well-timed arrow straight to the heart (or should I say knee)?

The crossbow can be found either by ground or by chest, and the weapon has both Rare and Epic variations. 

For gamers venturing out of Battle Royale and into the Save the World game mode, they can expect a love transformation there, too -- a themed quest that is aptly named "A Love Story, told the Fortnite Way." 

Though the original update was slated for today, Epic had to push their release of the patch due to technical concerns, so the patch won't be available until February 14th. 

Until then, buy yourself a box of chocolates and be patient. 

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Overwatch League gets its first Female Player https://www.gameskinny.com/74dy5/overwatch-league-gets-its-first-female-player https://www.gameskinny.com/74dy5/overwatch-league-gets-its-first-female-player Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:47:42 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon is expected to join the Shanghai Dragons per ESPN's Rod Breslau. Geguri made headlines in 2016 when she was accused of cheating by pros, after she dominated them with her Zarya play. After proving she wasn't cheating, the pro players who accused her resigned from professional Overwatch as a way to apologize for their disrespectful and irresponsible accusations. 

People following the OWL from the beginning were shocked when Geguri wasn't initially signed by a team, considering she was one of the best off-tanks around. Most teams claimed that communication issues would be the hardest aspect of taking on Geguri because she speaks Korean. Joining the Chinese Shanghai Dragons means she, along with two other South Korean players new to the team, will have to learn Mandarin to communicate with the rest of the team.

Hopefully the new players coming to the Shanghai Dragons can bring new life to a team that still has not won a match. Be sure to keep an eye out for her in Stage 2 of the Overwatch League.

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For all your news and OWL coverage, be sure to stick around GameSkinny!

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The Switch May Yet See Secret of Mana https://www.gameskinny.com/gucjl/the-switch-may-yet-see-secret-of-mana https://www.gameskinny.com/gucjl/the-switch-may-yet-see-secret-of-mana Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:10:19 -0500 Spongehoe

The classic SNES favorite Secret of Mana is getting a remake after on February 15 for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and Steam for PC. However, in an interview with USGamer, producer Masaru Oyamada stated that while nothing is completely confirmed as of yet, the team is working on making the action-RPG available on the Nintendo Switch due to high demand.

"So, the voices are heard, we're aware that people are desiring a Switch version, and we will make an effort to see what is feasible in the future, though nothing is confirmed or planned," Oyamada stated.

Secret of Mana was released in 1993 for SNES by Square Enix, the companion to Seiken Densetsu, or Final Fantasy Adventure as it was known in the West in 1991. The sequel was the first to branch off from the Final Fantasy franchise and became popular for its colorful graphics, creative theme, and lovable characters.

When the project for the remake had been initiated, the Nintendo Switch had not yet been announced. The development team is only just getting the gist of it.

The Seiken Densetsu Collection, including Secret of Mana, was released for the Nintendo Switch exclusively in Japan. Therefore, the third part of the game, Seiken Densetsu 3, had no official English release outside of Japan, and Oyamada speculates that fans may find it confusing to link between the games.

He also admitted that the size of the game made it difficult to maintain a single language script, let alone more, due to bugs in the game. However, the collection could be in for an English release as well in response to the large demand. Fans of the series could be getting luckier by the minute.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming to Injustice 2 Next Week https://www.gameskinny.com/lwdi4/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-coming-to-injustice-2-next-week https://www.gameskinny.com/lwdi4/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-coming-to-injustice-2-next-week Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:21:18 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Ever since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were announced as new characters for the fighting game Injustice 2, fans have been enthusiastically waiting for them to arrive. Thanks to a press release from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, we know they'll arrive in the game February 13th for owners of the Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition, Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #3. The Turtles will also be available for standalone purchase on February 20th for £11.99 (equivalent to $16.62 USD).

We also got a trailer from NetherRealm Studios showing off gameplay of the Turtles kicking butt. We learned that players will play only as one turtle at a time, while combos will showcase the Turtles teaming up for awesome attacks. Players can decide which Turtle to play as by equipping their corresponding weapon in the Turtle loadout (Sword for Leonardo, Bo Staff for Donatello, Sais for Raphael, and Nunchakus for Michelangelo). Each turtle will have their own moves and powers. It's worth noting that since online play and tournaments don't allow specific loadouts, each Turtle will be available to be picked separately in those modes.

If you haven't checked it out yet, you can get Injustice 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Which Turtle do you look forward to using the most? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for more news about the TMNT in Injustice 2!

 

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Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak Update Reveals a New Alien Enemy https://www.gameskinny.com/lv8ob/rainbow-six-siege-outbreak-update-reveals-a-new-alien-enemy https://www.gameskinny.com/lv8ob/rainbow-six-siege-outbreak-update-reveals-a-new-alien-enemy Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:47:49 -0500 SinOfApathy

The Ubisoft US Youtube channel has released a trailer for the upcoming "Outbreak" event set to take place on March 6th for Rainbow Six Siege to start off the new Year 3 updates. The trailer teases that the new three-player co-op mode to be released in March will feature alien life. 

We also got an update from the official Rainbow Six Siege website about the free new game mode. In the Outbreak event, a capsule landed on Earth containing parasitic creatures called "The Apex" that infect human beings, mutating them into horrific monsters. Humans place them in quarantine along with anyone else that happens to be in the general area.

We can expect five different enemy types, "from exploding monstrosities to hulking horrors" with their own individual abilities. The new game mode will also "push the destruction engine to new heights," as enemies will "tear through walls to get through to you."

Players will have two difficulty settings available to them, the "normal" setting and the "pandemic" setting, where enemies can take you down in a few hits, and friendly fire is enabled. Players can play the mode on three new maps that are more open and vast than any of the other PVP-focused maps. There will even be sections of the map that take place completely outside.

Due to the nature of the game mode, only certain operatives can be played on the map: 

  • The two new Operation Chimera Operators from the upcoming Year 3 DLC
  • Smoke
  • Ying
  • Buck
  • Kapkan
  • Ash
  • Doc
  • Tachanka
  • Glaz
  • Standard Recruit

 

If you look carefully, at 0:49 you can also see a possible new tag of an alien badge for your weapons. At the end of the trailer, we get a quick look at the new gear, only available during the four-week event from March 6th to April 3rd. The gear can only be obtained through Outbreak packs, the new loot box-style packs that come from either in-game feats or microtransactions and that range from 50 Rare to legendary cosmetic equipment, such as gun skins, head gear, and a new elite skin that we saw at the end of the trailer.

This is pretty unexpected, as the game has always been so PVP focused, and while not totally realistic, it has usually been grounded in reality at the very least. The full reveal of the event will take place during the Six Invitational event on February 13th. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

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CryptoPups Mixes the Pokemon Daycare with Cryptocurrency https://www.gameskinny.com/8h4fo/cryptopups-mixes-the-pokemon-daycare-with-cryptocurrency https://www.gameskinny.com/8h4fo/cryptopups-mixes-the-pokemon-daycare-with-cryptocurrency Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:46:10 -0500 It's Gavin!

The cryptocurrency phenomenon, while interesting, is very polarizing. This might be an obvious statement, but the phenomenon has been somewhat soured with the recent shutdown of Bitconnect and the fluctuating price of Bitcoin. This also means that it's impossible to escape the discussion, even in video games. This is shown with the emerging "blockchain" genre and its newest title: CryptoPups.

The game, currently on presale, has players collect and breed dogs that they can trade or keep. Thanks to the game's use of digital currency (specifically Ethereum), each dog has monetary value whilst making these trades safe and trackable. 

Loki Studios, the creators of CryptoPups, promises to not mess with the market, stating in the official press release: 

"Thanks to the blockchain technology, the development team are prohibited from having puppies themselves and are not able to tamper with the 'ecosystem' of the economy in any way, allowing players to feel safe in their investment."

The studio also expressed hope for the genre as a whole, stating:

"We believe blockchain games will be an ever growing market and will not only attract people familiar with things like cryptocurrencies but will seek to bring in newcomers and help them learn about the technology behind things like Bitcoin and Ether."

This pre-sale ends on Feburary 11th, and there are only 2,000 puppies that will be sold. Only two puppies can be sold per wallet, and a single puppy costs 0.01eth. 

What do you think about this genre? Let me know in the comments -- I'd love to hear your opinion. 

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Mario Kart Tour Coming to Mobile in 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/oxdis/mario-kart-tour-coming-to-mobile-in-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/oxdis/mario-kart-tour-coming-to-mobile-in-2019 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:27:35 -0500 Spongehoe

A longtime favorite party game, Mario Kart is coming soon to a device near you -- yes, that's right, your phone. Mario Kart Tour will be available on both iOS and Android devices at some unspecified point between April 2018 and May 2019. 

The Mario Kart series has stood out as a signature of Nintendo since the first game on the SNES in 1992, and various iterations have been made and available on every single Nintendo console since.

Nintendo announced the coming release on Twitter on the 1st of February:

Nintendo's first mobile game was Super Mario Run in December 2016, which received 200 million downloads, and then Nintendo followed suit with Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Of course, Nintendo fans were elated with the releases, and many are eagerly anticipating this one.

With a new Mario movie coming up and the development of Mario Kart Tour, our friendly Italian plumber is getting more of a spotlight than ever.

 

 

 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Releases October 26 https://www.gameskinny.com/q0vni/red-dead-redemption-2-releases-october-26 https://www.gameskinny.com/q0vni/red-dead-redemption-2-releases-october-26 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:39:41 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Get ready to hit the high road once more: Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally back in our sights. Today it was announced that the game will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26. 

Players will get to join Arthur Morgan again, who is a member of the Dutch's Gang. Since the gang is gone in the first edition of the game, which is set in 1911, many people assume that Red Dead 2 will be a prequel. Presumably, players will get to see the renowned outlaw go through his younger years and even possibly see what made him the jaded but determined man in Red Dead Redemption.

The game will also some of the same environments as the first game, so get ready to enjoy stealing horses and riding around fulfilling your cowboy dreams.

Be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Red Dead Redemption and Rockstar Games news.

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Nintendo Announces Partnership with Illumination to Produce Mario Movie https://www.gameskinny.com/br5ao/nintendo-announces-partnership-with-illumination-to-produce-mario-movie https://www.gameskinny.com/br5ao/nintendo-announces-partnership-with-illumination-to-produce-mario-movie Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:38:59 -0500 Lee Forgione

The couple-month old rumor that Illumination Entertainment would create a Super Mario movie has now been confirmed via Nintendo of America's Twitter. The movie will be co-produced by Nintendo veteran Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri. 

Sadly, no Bob Hoskins in the new Mario movie

Illumination is known for creating such animated movies as Despicable Me, Minions, and Sing. There is no word yet on the details of the Mario movie or a release date, but speculation has begun as to whether Mario will be given a true voice or be relegated to his iconic phrases, such as "Here we go!" and "Yahoo!" 

What would you like to see from an animated Mario movie? Sound off in the comments below.

 

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Rainbow Six Siege's Pricing to Change on February 13th https://www.gameskinny.com/0y2h1/rainbow-six-sieges-pricing-to-change-on-february-13th https://www.gameskinny.com/0y2h1/rainbow-six-sieges-pricing-to-change-on-february-13th Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:00:26 -0500 SinOfApathy

On the 25th of January, Ubisoft announced that they will increase the pricing of the standard, gold, and complete editions of the popular shooter, Rainbow Six Siege when the Outbreak event arrives.

The community, however, was not pleased with this change and had expressed their concerns on the new price changes. Ubisoft then responded to the concerns by keeping the Standard edition of the game the same price, stating on the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit, "For our newcomers and those of you concerned about introducing your friends to the game, we will be keeping the Standard Edition in the store at the current price."

The new prices as of February 13, 2018, are as follows:

  • Starter Edition: $15 (unchanged), PC only, contains full game at a discounted price but requires more grinding (15 - 20 hours) for the operators.

  • Standard Edition: $40 (unchanged after fans' concern for newcomers). The game with the normal amount of grind for any of the original 20 operators (0.5 - 2 hours). 
     
  • Gold Edition: $90 (From $70). This will now include 600 R6 credits (which is the in-game currency) and 10 Outbreak packs, the new loot box system to be integrated into the game during the Outbreak event.
     
  • Complete Edition: $130 (From $110). Contains everything in the Gold Edition but will also come with 16 bonus operators from the Year 1 and Year 2 DLC operators.

Rainbow Six Siege is often praised for how much it improved during its life span. Be sure to check out our article on whether the game is worth buying now, and stick with GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

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Games Landing on the Nintendo Switch in February 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/x0uub/games-landing-on-the-nintendo-switch-in-february-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/x0uub/games-landing-on-the-nintendo-switch-in-february-2018 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:08:50 -0500 Sarah Elliman

Nintendo is continuing to ride the wave of success from overwhelming sales of the Switch. To continue to push this success, Nintendo is releasing a steady stream of games throughout 2018. From beloved franchise ports to intriguing new IPs, there is a lot coming to the console this year. Read on for our comprehensive list of all the games coming to Switch this February. 

February 1
February 2
  • Mad Carnage
February 6
  • Dandera
February 8

 Dragon Quest Builders

February 9
February 13 
February 16
February 27

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Keep checking back here for changes and updates on release dates throughout the month. If you missed it, check out our list of January's Switch releases, or read our updated video game release calendar covering all major releases across PC and consoles.

What Switch games are you most excited for? Are there any games you hope they port to the console? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tekken Mobile Release Date Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/mar2x/tekken-mobile-release-date-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/mar2x/tekken-mobile-release-date-announced Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:35:32 -0500 Alberto C.

Bandai Namco announced today release dates for Tekken Mobile, the first installment of the franchise on mobile gaming platforms. The game will release progressively around the world on the following dates in the following regions:

  • February 1: Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia
  • February 15: Western Europe and Singapore
  • March 1: USA, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong 

You're still on time to pre-register to benefit from the pre-release rewards, which include random characters and in-game items, by signing up on the official website.

As part of the successful pre-registration campaign (which accumulated 900,000 new registrations in less than a week), the company also uploaded a new game trailer featuring Rodeo, a new, mobile-exclusive character that will be available on March 1 to all players.

The trailer depicts the character's fighting style, some of his outfits, and a whole lot of synthwave:

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Tekken Mobile as it develops.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia Released for Mobile Devices https://www.gameskinny.com/kdtg7/dissidia-final-fantasy-opera-omnia-released-for-mobile-devices https://www.gameskinny.com/kdtg7/dissidia-final-fantasy-opera-omnia-released-for-mobile-devices Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:02:11 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

In a press release today, January 31, Square Enix announced their highly anticipated, free-to-play Final Fantasy mobile game, Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omniahas officially released for iOS and Android.

Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia is a spin-off of the fighting game Dissidia Final Fantasy: NT for PS4 and continues its story. The game blends the bravery combat system from Dissidia with more traditional JRPG turn-based combat. You can watch the trailer for the mobile game above.

Additionally, Square Enix announced launch bonuses during the month of February for the RPG. The first time players log in during February, they will receive 5,000 gems (in-game currency) and can earn 300 bonus gems a day, up to 6,000 during the launch period. Square Enix is also promoting specially priced gem bundles, a half-priced summon, and an All-Stars Draw (loot box) with gear for the playable characters in the game. 

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Will you be checking out Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia? What are your initial impressions of the game, and what do you think of the gem rewards offered by Square Enix? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Extinction Releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in April https://www.gameskinny.com/b2xjt/extinction-releases-for-ps4-xbox-one-and-pc-in-april https://www.gameskinny.com/b2xjt/extinction-releases-for-ps4-xbox-one-and-pc-in-april Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:59:52 -0500 Erroll Maas

Publisher Modus Games and developer Iron Galaxy have announced that their ogre-slaying action adventure game, Extinction, will be heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 10, 2018. Physical preorders are now available, while digital preorders will be available in early February.

Players who preorder Extinction will receive special time trial DLC depending on where they preorder it from.

Those who preorder from Best Buy will receive the "Short Fuse" trial; those who preorder from Gamestop will receive two exclusive trials called "Last Legs" and "Heads, You Win."  Players who preorder the game on the PlayStation Store will receive the "Double Trouble" trial, and those who preorder the game on the Microsoft Store will receive the "Brightsteel City" trial. The exact details of the differences between these trials are currently unknown.

Additionally, the deluxe edition of the game will include the "Days of Dolorum" season pass. The deluxe edition of Extinction will cost $69.99, while the standard edition will cost $59.99. Players who wish to purchase the season pass at a later date can purchase it for $14.99.

Extinction was first revealed at E3 2017, and a gameplay trailer was released in October 2017. In Extinction, players take on the role of Avii, the last remaining sentinel strong enough to save humanity from its demise at the hands of giant ogres known as the Ravenii. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Extinction information and news as it develops.

 

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Overwatch League Week 3 Recap https://www.gameskinny.com/88o1q/overwatch-league-week-3-recap https://www.gameskinny.com/88o1q/overwatch-league-week-3-recap Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:08:34 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Week 3 of the OWL was wild. At the end of last week we had three teams undefeated and two teams without a win. Now Everybody has lost a game and only the Shanghai Dragons remain winless. Let's delve deeper into Week 3 of the Overwatch League.

Atlantic Division: Weekly Record (Season Record)

New York Excelsior: 1-1 (5-1)

The Excels managed to surprise the league twice in one week. They started their week with a stunning defeat against the Philadelphia fusion, losing their undefeated streak. However, they seemed to bounce back in an even more stunning victory against the league's top dog Seoul Dynasty. They've done what no other team has been able to accomplish and they will look to carry their momentum into week 4.

London Spitfire: 1-1 (5-1)

A heavily favored London squad lost to a group of scrappy fighters from Boston (I swear I've heard this story before). After rolling over the S.F. Shock London had a crazy close match against the Boston Uprising. Every single game played in their series against the Uprising was either won or lost by a point until the tie-breaker fifth round where Boston took Lijiang Tower 2-0. London Spitfire may have been caught off-guard but they will surely redouble their efforts to stay at the top of the leaderboard.

Houston Outlaws: 2-0 (4-2)

After a slow start to the season the Outlaws have continued to ramp up their play as they climb the standings. Two convincing 4-0 victories against the Florida Mayhem and L.A. Gladiators definitely helped make their case for why they should be considered one of the better teams in the league. In his post-game interview against the Mayhem Jacob "Jake" Lyon of the Outlaws expressed great confidence in his team's ability to prepare against the L.A. Gladiators. His confidence seemed to be right on the money and now the Outlaws look poised to be one of the mastermind teams gunning for rank 1.

 

Philadelphia Fusion: 2-0 (4-2)

The Fusion just won't stop being a fun team to watch. They toppled the New York Excels. The Fusion were fortunate to face the Shanghai Dragons in their second match of the week, which likely provided them extra time to focus on their game plan against the Excels. The fact that both of their matches ended 3-2 shows that on any given day a team like the Shanghai Dragons can be just as competitive as the best teams around, like the Excels.

Boston Uprising: 2-0 (3-3)

I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong and Boston proved me wrong this week. I thought they showed an exploitable weakness last week in their predictability but they bounced back taking down the London Spitfire and Dallas Fuel in close games.

Florida Mayhem: 0-2 (1-5)

The Mayhem continued to struggle in Week 3, only scoring one checkpoint against the Outlaws and only winning one game against the Valiant. On Junkertown the Mayhem couldn't figure out what kind of strategy to use and TviQ's Tracer play just couldn't keep up with Houston. Florida needs to seriously consider expanding their roster because something isn't working and they currently don't have any players they can sub in when a match doesn't go their way.

Pacific Division: Weekly Record (Season Record)

Seoul Dynasty: 1-1 (5-1)

This week did not seem to go Seoul's way. Maybe it's fatigue, lack of preparation, overconfidence, or just bad luck but the Dynasty suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Excels and looked much worse than they should against the Dragons. In their first game of the week Seoul Dynasty had several close calls against the dragons and almost lost maps way earlier than they should have. Perhaps they were razzed by this performance and their confidence was shaken enough to impact their play against New York in game two of the week.

Los Angeles Valiant: 2-0 (4-2)

After an exciting battle for Texas in week 2 between the Fuel and Outlaws we were treated to another exciting territory battle, this time for Los Angeles. These early rivalries are great matches to check out and the Valiant fought hard against their L.A. counterparts the Gladiators. The match came down to the wire as the Valiant were forced to reverse sweep their opponents to claim victory.

San Francisco Shock: 0-2 (2-4)

The Shock dropped two games this week against London and Dallas. They seemed to play well they just couldn't close out checkpoints and kept dying when it mattered most. Their game against the Fuel on Junkertown is a perfect example of this . If they want to win more games they'll have to become more consistent in clutch moments. Babybay looks good as Widowmaker but that's not going to be enough if the Shock want to win.

Los Angeles Gladiators: 0-2 (2-4)

The Gladiators look so good and come out with unique strategies but perhaps they are as predictable as the Outlaws said they are. Although they lost both of their games the Gladiators can definitely bounce back. Fortunately for them, they have plenty of room to grow as a team.

Dallas Fuel: 1-1 (1-5)

They finally did it. The fan favorite Dallas Fuel got their first win of the season against the San Francisco Shock. Perhaps this is a return to form for the Fuel and we'll see much more wins in the near future out of this Dallas squad.

Shanghai Dragons: 0-2 (0-6)

They're still losing games but the Dragons caught my eye this week. They looked... good. They constantly put pressure on the Seoul Dynasty and looked like they could've taken a map or two early in the match. While they lost they still won Dorado against the Dynasty and surprised everyone. They sure channeled that victory into their next match where the gave the Fusion a run for their money before ultimate falling 3-2.

You can check out the Overwatch League Wednesday through Saturday every week on twitch.tv/OverwatchLeague, or you can watch the VOD's on the Overwatch League website.

Did you watch Week 3 of the OWL? What plays and players stood out to you? Let us know your predictions for the rest of the season in the comments below, and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for all your Overwatch League recaps!

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Patch Brings New Features and Content https://www.gameskinny.com/ncks6/final-fantasy-xiv-stormblood-patch-brings-new-features-and-content https://www.gameskinny.com/ncks6/final-fantasy-xiv-stormblood-patch-brings-new-features-and-content Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:15:23 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Raise yourself and prepare: Patch 4.2 has arrived for Final Fantasy Online XIV: Stormblood. The update, known as "Rise of a New Sun," is the second-largest patch to date for Stormblood. Bringing about the next chapter of the Omega high-level raid series, the developers say that "Omega creates a new group of legendary foes to test the skills of players in battle." Here is some of the new content that released with the patch.

In a new scenario, you can now return to Doma, where a looming threat broods tension in the air. You will meet faces new and old to help you along the new story. Omega: Sigmascape brings a whole new raid to the scene for players, allowing them to explore Omega's new challenges on normal and savage. A new trial also looms on the horizon, as The Jade Stoa offers a new side quest for those seeking a challenge. There are also rumors of new weapons to be obtained through the hardest difficulty. Additionally, there's been a complete overhaul of the dress system, allowing for simpler customization and saving of outfits, making it easier for players to show off their own style.

Here are some of the other updates from the press release:

  • Housing Updates – Beginning February 6, six new wards will be added to each of the four residential districts, all of which include a subdivision and apartment buildings.
  • New Beast Tribe Quests – Assist members of one of the tribes of the Ananta—the Vira—in a new questline that offers rewards to players who forge strong bonds with these snake-like allies.
  • The Feast PvP Updates – In addition to an updated PvP ruleset, enhanced visual cues during matches, and a new map inspired by the legendary Crystal Tower, players may now form PvP teams of up to six players to compete in ranked matches. Additionally, a new PvP Team chat channel allows for quick communication with other team members.
  • Subaquatic Voyages – Free company members may work together to craft a submersible—an underwater exploration vessel—which can be sent to explore uncharted waters and collect various treasures.
  • Performance Actions Updates – An updated UI and additional instrument options further expand the musical possibilities for aspiring bards.
  • Gameplay and System Updates – Additional inventory space through the Chocobo™ Saddlebag feature, increased limits to stackable items per inventory slot, balance adjustments to jobs, and a number of other quality of life improvements are introduced in the update.
  • New Equipment, Mounts, Emotes, and more

On the Square Enix site, you can find the official patch notes. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates and news on Final Fantasy XIV.

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Nintendo Announces Fire Emblem Heroes 1 Year Anniversary Events https://www.gameskinny.com/3c6zi/nintendo-announces-fire-emblem-heroes-1-year-anniversary-events https://www.gameskinny.com/3c6zi/nintendo-announces-fire-emblem-heroes-1-year-anniversary-events Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:06:43 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

In celebration of Fire Emblem Heroes' upcoming one-year anniversary, Nintendo held a live event detailing some of the additions and events that will be happening over the course of the next month or so. Fire Emblem Heroes is the mobile edition of the long-running turn-based strategy series that features smaller maps and gacha mechanics. 

Starting Tonight

There will be a new Legendary Hero available, namely, Ike: Vanguard Legend. He will also have a "role to play" in the Mini-Tempest Trial that starts at the same time.

Starting February 2nd

Fire Emblem Heroes Hero Fest ad

  • Hero Fest Banner featuring four powerful heroes with a base 5% chance to be obtained:
    1. Nephenee
    2. Brave Ike
    3. Brave Lyn 
    4. Sigurd
  • First-anniversary login bonus (not specified what the login bonus is, but probably orbs, like usual)
  • Double EXP and SP event (not specified how long this lasts)
  • Special Daily Maps for 25 days in a row. Each Map has normal and hard options that reward orbs upon completion. There's a total of 50 available orbs.
  • First-anniversary present of 50 orbs
  • A Hero Rises Voting Event will allow everyone to vote for the most "popular" hero. At the end of the event, everyone will obtain a five-star version of this hero for free.

Starting February 4th and going forward

There will be special maps made by the devs. I guess technically all maps are made by the devs, but it's implied that these maps will be like previous maps that had the player going against the devs' own teams. 

Starting February 8th

Image of FEH GHBs

There will now be a Daily Grand Hero Battle Revival rotation. Grand Hero Battles have been  reoccurring, limited special events during which you can obtain powerful heroes by beating powerful maps. There will be associated quests as well. There will be seven featured "heroes" (most of whom are actually villains):

  1. Ursula
  2. Michalis
  3. Narcian
  4. Xander
  5. Navarre
  6. Robin
  7. Lloyd

There will also be Special Training Maps in the Special Maps section. These maps will feature enemy reinforcements with five different variants:

  1. Bows
  2. Magic
  3. Melee
  4. Ranged
  5. Workout (presumably used to get SP, which is used for hero abilities) 

New Mode: Tap Battle Illusory Dungeon Mode

Enemies come from the right side of the screen, and you defeat them by tapping them with the proper timing in a borderline rhythm game manner. There will be 20 stages with 5 floors each, 100 floors in total. This event will last for two weeks, from February 8th to February 22nd. However, the game merely hints at the reward you will obtain after completing all 100 floors.

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Overall, there are some intriguing events being added in the next month. In particular, I am interested to see how the Illusory Tower event is received by the larger fan base. I'm also curious whether this is supposed to be a tone setter for the next year, or whether this is filler content since the 1-year anniversary is coming on the heels of the large 2.0 update from only a month or two back. That being said, I can always appreciate extra orbs being thrown my way. And I look forward to some of the other changes in the near future.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Announced for September Release https://www.gameskinny.com/qvvkq/world-of-warcraft-battle-for-azeroth-announced-for-september-release https://www.gameskinny.com/qvvkq/world-of-warcraft-battle-for-azeroth-announced-for-september-release Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:36:28 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Gear up, Horde and Alliance: the latest expansion to World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth, has been announced for release on (or before) September 21. Although it was announced at BlizzCon in November, Blizzard Entertainment recently released some new details about the expansion.

On top of that, the preorder for Battle for Azeroth was also released, allowing players to prepurchase the normal and deluxe editions of the expansion through the player store.

With the preorder, players will receive two exclusive mounts. One is a steed for Alliance players based on the new zone of Kul Tiras, while the other is a Horde raptor from the zone of Zandalar. Players will also receive a new pet, a small turtle known as Tottle, as well as early access to the four new Allied races: Nightbourne, Highmountain Tauren, Void Elves, and Lightforged Draenei.

Finally, players will get a free 110 boost for any character and other in-game items for other Blizzard games.


In Battle for Azeroth, you will explore the new conflict between the Alliance and Horde in the wake of the Legion's defeat. The Alliance returns to Kul Tiras, the naval power behind the Alliance in the First and Second war. The Horde will seek out an ancient civilization, the Zandalari Trolls, for their naval that equals and possibly surpasses Kul Tiras. Level to 120 and explore new zones and raids in the next installment of World of Warcraft.

The base edition currently costs $49.99 and the deluxe is $69.99 in the in-game store. Grab your loot and prepare for war as Battle for Azeroth looms. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more World of Warcraft news.

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SMITE'S Season 5 Release Boasts New Art and Gameplay Changes https://www.gameskinny.com/hg04f/smites-season-5-release-boasts-new-art-and-gameplay-changes https://www.gameskinny.com/hg04f/smites-season-5-release-boasts-new-art-and-gameplay-changes Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:21:47 -0500 bazookajo94

Hi-Rez Studios has officially announced the release of SMITE's 5th season --as well as all the changes players can expect from the update to the highly-popular MOBA. 

With the update, the developers hope to enhance players' immersion in the game by introducing new art styles and improved gameplay mechanics to SMITE's Conquest mode.

The new, hand-painted art style will reportedly "bring more richness and clarity into the world." And as for Season 5's improved gameplay, SMITE's Conquest map has been symmetrically altered so that all players have a more even playing field. Adjustments made to the Jungle map and XP gains reportedly lets players feel a stronger sense of accomplishment as they progress. 

Two of the game's higher-level enemies have also received redesigns. The Fire Giant is now more difficult to defeat and grants more rewards once vanquished. And the Portal Demon has become the Pyromancer, who also grants better rewards once defeated. 

For an interactive look at the game's new features, you can visit the Hi-Rez website, and if you want to see the new map for yourself, watch the YouTube video posted below. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information as it develops. 

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Destiny 2 Gets a Patch Job, and Iron Banner Returns https://www.gameskinny.com/d2luk/destiny-2-gets-a-patch-job-and-iron-banner-returns https://www.gameskinny.com/d2luk/destiny-2-gets-a-patch-job-and-iron-banner-returns Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:20:36 -0500 StrongerStrange

While it might not be a major expansion or new DLC, Update 1.1.2 does have a few new treats in store for players of Destiny 2.

To begin with, Iron Banner makes its return, allowing Guardians to fight one another for some shiny new armor -- this time with the addition of Masterwork armor. This of course means that Guardians will be able to rework their stats if they are dissatisfied with the initial stat roll.

This patch also promises better raid rewards as part of the package (and in response to fans) as well.

The game's director, Christoper Barrett, has been keeping the Destiny community informed and dropping information on his Twitter feed. He mentioned that his team is trying to improve Trials of the Nine, and he has hinted at the return of Strike-specific loot. What's more, he has indicated that the Prestige Eater of Worlds update is still on the horizon and that Exotics from the original Destiny will slowly be imported over to Destiny 2 (fingers crossed for my Void Fang Vestments to make a return).

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What are your thoughts on Update 1.1.2 and the return of Iron Banner? Will you be dipping back in this afternoon? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition Gets a Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/o774z/final-fantasy-xv-pocket-edition-gets-a-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/o774z/final-fantasy-xv-pocket-edition-gets-a-release-date Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:04:02 -0500 Lee Forgione

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is scheduled to release on February 9, according to a listing on Apple's App Store. Check out the trailer here:

Pocket Edition is a complete remake which utilizes chibi models for the characters and a completely scaled-down version of the world of Eos. It will be released on Android and iOS and will be played completely via touch screen. 

The game will contain the entire main story from Final Fantasy XV, and the first chapter will be free. Chapters two and three will be priced at $0.99, and chapters four through ten will be $3.99, but there is an option to purchase the entire game for $19.99.

There have also been discussions of Pocket Edition potentially coming to the Nintendo Switch since the original version of the game ran poorly and did not make the most of the engine. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for any developing news as it breaks.

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Rumor: Cyberpunk 2077 Will Present at E3 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/kmame/rumor-cyberpunk-2077-will-present-at-e3-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/kmame/rumor-cyberpunk-2077-will-present-at-e3-2018 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:55:26 -0500 Blackcreed11

Where is Cyberpunk 2077, and why have fans had to wait five long years for an update? Could it be possible that CD Projekt Red plans to release a more detailed trailer for their game at E3? Maybe even a demo? This could be so, given their sudden activity on Twitter. If this sudden activity plays into any account, then it could mean that Cyberpunk 2077 will be released sometime in the fall, fingers crossed.

On December 5, 2013, the Twitter account of Cyberpunk Game became active, as it released a two-minute teaser that showed a visually stunning clip of a cybernetic woman and what is assumed to be law enforcement. The trailer ends with what would be considered the biggest tease to any fandom: “COMING: WHEN IT’S READY”.  

Their last tweet, on January 10th, read simply as follow: 

Information from the Polish games site GRYOnline states that a fully playable demo will be available at E3 in Los Angeles. However, this demo will be presented behind closed doors. 

Unfortunately, these accounts are still just rumors, and until we get the green light from CD Projekt Red, the fans will not know until June 12, 2018. Naturally, that would hurt any fan who has been waiting five years for the release.

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Laser Leagues Roars Into Early Access Soon, Beta This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/iuxbq/laser-leagues-roars-into-early-access-soon-beta-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/iuxbq/laser-leagues-roars-into-early-access-soon-beta-this-weekend Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:57:40 -0500 wlkrjesse

Indie studio 505 Games has officially started the open beta for their new arcade style multiplayer action sports game, Laser League. Players will fight to control a field of nodes as they attempt to annihilate the enemy team in a fast paced competitive setting. The open beta, which starts this Sunday on January 28th, will feature twelve maps (each with a different game mode) on three different arenas including London, Tianjin and Detroit.

Neil Ralley, the president of 505 Games, has stressed the importance of Laser League as a community effort, and is quoted as saying "Laser League is a game built with community and co-op as our number 1 priority; we believe it represents team-based play at its very best, and that sense of teamwork extends to involving our fans in development...we have been energized and inspired by the content and feature suggestions the community has shared and we’re looking forward to exploring that input further through our open beta this weekend."

One thing that separates Laser League from other similar titles is the inclusion of multiple classes. With six to choose from, this allows for a multitude of combinations that add a strategic element to the otherwise trigger finger, arcade style experience.

Laser League will feature servers in North America, Europe, Russia and Singapore, and according to the press release, "all players who participate will receive exclusive in-game bonus items during Early Access, including the Al Shama OASIS 401 Limited Edition Kit, unique emojis and character portraits." Check it out on Steam this Sunday.

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More Updates on the Horizon for Star Wars Battlefront 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/7tnny/more-updates-on-the-horizon-for-star-wars-battlefront-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/7tnny/more-updates-on-the-horizon-for-star-wars-battlefront-2 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:11:17 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Time for advances from a galaxy far, far away. With The Last Jedi season well underway, and with battles for space and resources raging between the First Order and the Resistance, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has released some information that any soldier should catch up on. Here are the updates from the EA blog:

  • We're working on a revamped progression system. Your feedback has been essential here, and we are preparing significant changes to progression that will address many of the things we've seen players asking for. We'll be sharing more details about these changes in March.  
  • A game mode called Jetpack Cargo is coming in February. Two teams of eight players equipped with jet packs compete in Jetpack Cargo, a frantic, fast-paced way to play. This mode will only be available for a limited time, so don’t miss it.
  • A new Season is coming soon. We’ve learned a lot from the first season of content for Star Wars Battlefront II, and we're integrating those insights into our plans moving forward. We know you’re waiting for details on what’s coming in the next season, and we’ll have more to tell you soon.

If you want more statistics on The Last Jedi season, check out the Battlefront 2 blog on EA's website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Star Wars: Battlefront 2 news!

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Amnesia Collection Free on Humble Bundle until January 27 https://www.gameskinny.com/u1fe2/amnesia-collection-free-on-humble-bundle-until-january-27 https://www.gameskinny.com/u1fe2/amnesia-collection-free-on-humble-bundle-until-january-27 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:42:40 -0500 SinOfApathy

Humble Bundle, an online retailer with a focus on charity, currently has the Amnesia Collection available for free on their site. The pack includes Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Amnesia is a classic horror game that has you exploring dark and creepy areas and solving puzzles whilst hiding from the terrifying monsters that roam the corridors. The first title features a unique sanity system which will have the player experience hallucinations after witnessing unsettling events. It also includes community-made custom maps, which increase the replay value of the game.

The deal is only available temporarily and will end on January 27 at 1 p.m. EST. 

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Assassin's Creed Origins DLC Release Dates https://www.gameskinny.com/ij29k/assassins-creed-origins-dlc-release-dates https://www.gameskinny.com/ij29k/assassins-creed-origins-dlc-release-dates Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:00:10 -0500 Spongehoe

Assassin's Creed: Origins DLC pack release dates were announced by Ubisoft, offering three vastly different expansions to the story line.

In fact, Ubisoft accidentally released "The Hidden Ones" a week too early on Xbox One, when it is really due January 23rd. Luckily, those who had downloaded the game were left off the hook and are still able to access the game, in order to spare complications. "The Hidden Ones" is a story-driven expansion to take place in Sinai under Roman occupation, four years after the original story, with new objectives and items, such as weapons which you can still keep in the central game. It is sold separately $10 unless inclusive with the season pass.

"The Discovery Tour" expansion is to be released February 20th to Steam and Uplay, and will also be available separately for educators and others for $20. The expansion is said to offer a vibrant glimpse of Ancient Egypt in a violence-free mode, through the medium of a live museum presented and organized by genuine historians and experts.

Finally, "The Curse of the Pharaohs," an entirely different story line, will be available March 6th for $20. It offers players a fascinating theme of Egyptian mythology, including undead pharaohs and ancient monsters. It also provides new skills to Bayek and unlocks various items, and the objective is to explore the cause of the curse that resurrected the dead. 

Ubisoft will also be providing tons of free content to the game, such as the quest "Incoming Threat," which foreshadows the first expansion.

Stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on Assassin's Creed: Origins as it develops.

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Is a New Animal Crossing Game on the Horizon? https://www.gameskinny.com/i66xk/is-a-new-animal-crossing-game-on-the-horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/i66xk/is-a-new-animal-crossing-game-on-the-horizon Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:35:00 -0500 Steven Oz

Will a new Animal Crossing title appear in the near future? According to the Tumblr website Japanese Nintendo, a new game might be coming soon. Nintendo has submitted a new trademark application for Animal Crossing in Japan.

It includes Class 9 classification, which covers video games programs, electronic games, downloadable electronic game programs, and ROM cartridge storage for video game software (among other items).

animal crossing trademark filed in Japan

Japanese Nintendo states that the trademark can be used in many different products:

"... software for a home video game machine, portable electronic game machine, and smartphone devices, as well as stuffed animals, game machine controllers, board games, playing cards, protective carrying cases, trading card games, and much more!"

The last Animal Crossing game Nintendo released was Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile devices. Prior to that, it was Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS.

Most publishers do this to refresh their trademarks so that other companies do not get the rights to that name. While this trademark application does not necessarily mean a new game is incoming, it shows that Nintendo is updating their properties for the future. That is promising for Nintendo and all their brands.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

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Soul Calibur 6 Introduces Groh and Reveals More Returning Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/4uyix/soul-calibur-6-introduces-groh-and-reveals-more-returning-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/4uyix/soul-calibur-6-introduces-groh-and-reveals-more-returning-characters Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:39:45 -0500 Erroll Maas

A new trailer for upcoming sixth entry in the 3D, weapons-based fighting game Soul Calibur VI has been released by Bandai Namco.

The new trailer introduces brand-new character Groh, the agent in black, and reintroduces us to returning characters Nightmare, Kilik, and Xianghua.

Soul Calibur VI was first revealed at the 2017 Game Awards and is said to be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series. The previous game in the series, Soul Calibur V, released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on January 31, 2012; in Japan on February 2, 2012; and in Europe on February 3, 2012. The game featured Ezio Auditore from the Assassin's Creed video game series and was well received by critics. Despite positive reception, many fans found it to be lackluster when compared to previous entries, and criticized the story mode and exclusion of fan favorite characters.

Soul Calibur VI will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PC in 2018.

 

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Nintendo Is Terminating Its Miitomo App in May https://www.gameskinny.com/00v5r/nintendo-is-terminating-its-miitomo-app-in-may https://www.gameskinny.com/00v5r/nintendo-is-terminating-its-miitomo-app-in-may Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:16:36 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

Miitomo’s services are going to be completely shut down in May, including access to any of the app’s features, Nintendo has announced.

Here's the full information about the app's discontinuation, taken directly from the Miitomo website:

  • If you launch the app after the end of service on 5/9, you'll see a message informing you that service has ended. You will no longer be able to use any of the app's features.
  • You will no longer be able to see your answers or messages in the app.
  • You will no longer be able to use items you've obtained in the app, such as clothing items, wallpapers, or posters.
  • You can transfer your Mii™ character to your Nintendo Account by linking it to Miitomo. (Its personality and other information will not be carried over.)
  • Sidekick Mii characters will be deleted. You can keep Sidekick Mii characters by saving them as a QR Code® before the end of service on 5/9/2018 12:00 AM (PDT).
  • They can then be transferred to Mii Maker on the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems or the Wii U™ console.
  • You will not be able to view Miifotos, including Miifotos you have shared to your social media channels. If you want to save any Miifotos, you must save them to your smart device before 5/9/2018 12:00 AM (PDT).
  • Miitomo- themed icons and clothing items used in your Nintendo Account or the Super Mario Run™ game will not display after the service has ended.

The smartphone app, which originally launched in March 2016, was the company’s first venture into the mobile market. Operating as a social networking service, the app allowed players to converse with their friends by asking and answering questions about a variety of topics, including interests and favorite animals.

The app allowed players to use a Mii avatar, with appearance customization options working similarly to the 3DS’ Tomodachi Life. Clothing items could be obtained through its Miitomo Drop mini-game, playable using Game Tickets or spending in-game currency.

In a push to modernize the company, Miitomo was launched alongside the MyNintendo reward scheme, which allows keen players to collect points for completing specific tasks within Nintendo mobile games.

Arguably the app’s most used feature was Miifoto, which allowed users to create a picture using their Mii, decorating it with background images and captions to some humorous results. These creations were shareable via Twitter and Facebook, dominating the social scene upon the app’s release. With the termination of the app’s services also affecting Miifoto, many fans are asking Nintendo to save its best-received feature.

Miitomo's servers will shut down on May 9th. As of January 24th, players are unable to purchase in-game currency.

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54 Indie Games Collaborate to Create Playing Card Deck https://www.gameskinny.com/jnmbo/54-indie-games-collaborate-to-create-playing-card-deck https://www.gameskinny.com/jnmbo/54-indie-games-collaborate-to-create-playing-card-deck Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:53:11 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Not every video game would make a great board game or card game, but just about every video game would look good in a card deck. Video Game Playing Cards takes us 54 games closer to having every video game in a card deck by featuring 54 indie games (52 cards plus two jokers).

Launching Wednesday, Jan. 24 on Kickstarter, Video Game Playing Cards is a playing card deck featuring licensed video game art. Each card is a different game and exclusive to Kickstarter backers. One deck costs $19, including shipping. The cards are expected to ship in March 2018.

Indie video games in poker deck

The deck features popular indie titles such as The Sexy Brutale, The Last DoorAragami, The Count Lucanor, and more. Prospective buyers can view all 54 cards on the Kickstarter page or the Video Games Playing Cards website. The main website also includes links to each game's Steam page and each game developer's website and Twitter page.

Each card does feature licensed art from the game. The CEO of JanduSoft, creators of Video Games Playing Cards and the development studio behind Caveman Warriors (one of the 54 cards), came up with the idea as a way to showcase some of the games they've come across at events. After working extensively with various studios to secure the art licensing, the poker deck idea became a reality.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until Feb. 23. As of this writing, the campaign is already at $3,118 of its initial $2,500 goal.

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House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn Gameplay Footage Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/re2pd/house-of-the-dead-scarlet-dawn-gameplay-footage-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/re2pd/house-of-the-dead-scarlet-dawn-gameplay-footage-revealed Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:58:06 -0500 Erroll Maas

Recorded gameplay footage of the next game in the House of the Dead arcade horror series, House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn, has been revealed due to location tests happening throughout Japan.

Scarlet Dawn takes place a few years after The House of the Dead 4, and players can take on the role of either new protagonist Ryan Taylor or returning character Kate Green. The two player characters are on an undercover mission at the Scarecrow's Mansion when a villain known only as The Mystery Man releases his legion of undead creatures on the unsuspecting populace.

The game features English audio containing the cheesy dialogue the series is known for, and may be released outside of Japan at some point in the future. The previous game in the House of the Dead series, The House of the Dead 4, was first released in arcades in Japan on July 2, 2005, for location tests and was released nationwide on December 30, 2005. The game was later released in arcades in North America and Europe throughout 2006. A PlayStation 3 version of The House of the Dead 4 with PlayStation Move compatibility was released in North America on April 17, 2012, in Europe on April 18, 2012, and in Japan on April 19, 2012. The PlayStation 3 version of the game also included two special stages from The House of the Dead 4 Special, an arcade attraction released in several locations which makes use of two screens and various effects.

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn is currently only playable at select arcades in Japan.

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Digimon ReArise Shares First Screenshots and Website https://www.gameskinny.com/2jenc/digimon-rearise-shares-first-screenshots-and-website https://www.gameskinny.com/2jenc/digimon-rearise-shares-first-screenshots-and-website Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:52:35 -0500 Erroll Maas

Upcoming mobile game Digimon ReArise, previously known as Digimon Realize due to a translation error, has revealed screenshots along with the launch of a new website.

The Digimon ReArise Twitter page has also teased that a brand-new Digimon will be featured in the game. From the silhouette shown, it seems to resemble a porcupine or hedgehog.

Digimon ReArise will have players befriending various Digimon in a "Digi-Town" and fighting against an evil force only known as "Spiral."

Digimon ReArise is planned to release on iOS and Android in Japan in 2018. It is currently unknown when or if the game will release outside of Japan.

2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Digimon franchise. The latest game in the franchise, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory, released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan on November 14, 2017, and in North America and Europe on January 19, 2018. Check out our useful beginner's guide for those currently playing the game.

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A Few New Nintendo Selects Are On the Way https://www.gameskinny.com/lrag9/a-few-new-nintendo-selects-are-on-the-way https://www.gameskinny.com/lrag9/a-few-new-nintendo-selects-are-on-the-way Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:37:36 -0500 Lee Forgione

Nintendo has announced three new titles to join their family of Nintendo Selects on February 5, which all sell at the same price of $19.99. Among those titles are Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Ultimate NES Remix

Super Mario 3D Land was Mario's first fully three-dimensional title to hit a portable platform. Featuring bite-sized levels with the feel of a big 3D Mario game, there's plenty of collectibles and challenges to experience for fans both old and new. 

Those looking for something a bit more adventurous should check out The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Set in the same world as the classic SNES game A Link to the Past, this game pays homage to the classic top-down perspective Zelda games by recreating a classic world while throwing plenty of new material into the mix. 

Finally, if you're looking to scratch that retro itch, Utlimate NES Remix just might do the trick. This game takes classic NES games, throws them into a blender, and spits out frantic, mix-and-match mini games with different objectives. It's the perfect time killer for those long commutes.

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What are your thoughts on the new additions to the Nintendo Selects catalog? Will you be picking up any of these soon-to-be-discounted titles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Minecraft Dominated the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/iru5u/minecraft-dominated-the-japanese-nintendo-switch-eshop-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/iru5u/minecraft-dominated-the-japanese-nintendo-switch-eshop-in-2017 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:53:57 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

Nintendo has revealed its biggest Switch sellers on the eShop in 2017 across Japan and overseas regions. Which downloadable title earned top spot in Japan? Of course, it was none other than gaming’s Western behemoth, Minecraft.

The Microsoft-owned franchise which released commercially over six years ago is showing no signs of slowing down. It would seem Switch players just couldn’t resist the comfort of portable crafting.

Internationally, Stardew Valley took the crown, with Minecraft following closely behind. It’s interesting to note that Snipperclips is the only first-party game to have made the top five in any region, which just goes to show the success the Switch has enjoyed with third-parties in its first year alone.

The full lists might surprise you (look at all those successful indies!):

Japanese Top 30:

  1. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  2. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  3. Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura
  4. Kamiko
  5. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug 3
  6. Overcooked: Special Edition
  7. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: The King of Fighters 98
  8. Arcade Archives: VS Super Mario Bros.
  9. Othello
  10. STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch
  11. Resident Evil Revelations 2
  12. VOEZ
  13. Arcade Archives: Mario Brothers
  14. Touhou Kobuto V
  15. Human Resource Machine
  16. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
  17. DEEMO
  18. Shovel Knight
  19. Picross S
  20. Nazotoki Mail
  21. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug
  22. Sonic Mania
  23. Romancing Saga 2
  24. Maison de MAOU
  25. Rocket League
  26. IMPLOSION
  27. Blaster Master Zero
  28. Cat Quest
  29. Battle Sports Mekuru
  30. Levels+

Worldwide Top 30:

  1. Stardew Valley
  2. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  3. Sonic Mania
  4. Rocket League
  5. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  6. Overcooked: Special Edition
  7. Shovel Knight
  8. Fast RMX
  9. Kamiko
  10. SteamWorld Dig 2
  11. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: VS Super Mario Bros.
  12. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  13. Blaster Master Zero
  14. Arcade Archives: Metal Slug 3
  15. Enter the Gungeon
  16. Oceanhorn
  17. Mighty Gunvolt Burst
  18. Arcade Archives: Mario Brothers
  19. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug
  20. Picross S
  21. THUMPER
  22. Graceful Explosion Machine
  23. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: The King Of Fighters 98
  24. Mr. Shifty
  25. World of Goo
  26. Brawlout
  27. Human Fall Flat
  28. UNO
  29. GoNNER
  30. IMPLOSION

One conclusive point to take away from this data is that the future is looking bright for third-parties on Switch.

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Combined-Arms, Sci-Fi, FPS Angels Fall First Gets a New Trailer for 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/p4tff/combined-arms-sci-fi-fps-angels-fall-first-gets-a-new-trailer-for-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/p4tff/combined-arms-sci-fi-fps-angels-fall-first-gets-a-new-trailer-for-2018 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:19:21 -0500 Alberto C.

The pace might not be what most expect or hope for, but at least it's confirmed that Angels Fall First is not just alive but pushing on with its progression by releasing a brand-new trailer for 2018.

The nearly two-minute-long trailer released on Friday is a simple promotional video compiling in-game gameplay that unfortunately doesn't reveal any new information about the game or the release date.

In Early Access since October 2015, AFF's slow pace of development is not even a surprise when taking into account that development studio Strangely Interactive is a small, independent team that works on the project during the evenings and weekends. TL;DR, it's a part-time project.

The game should be especially interesting to fans familiar with the Battlefield and Battlefront style of gameplay. Self-described as a first-person, combined-arms, sci-fi wargame, AFF focuses on large battles with specific team-based objectives that go beyond mere point-capturing. Instead of what seems like a blend between (the original) Battlefront 2's space battles and the particularly characteristic Titan mode of Battlefield 2142AFF's stage-progression objectives are to be completed with specialized vehicles and infantry roles. The latter type of gameplay will also include a squad and commander system to create greater team cohesion in the pursuit of objectives.

You can go to the Steam page and official website for a full list of details on the game. Stick with GameSkinny for more information on Angels Fall First as it develops.

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Overwatch League Week 2 Recap https://www.gameskinny.com/6i7it/overwatch-league-week-2-recap https://www.gameskinny.com/6i7it/overwatch-league-week-2-recap Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:39:22 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Week 2 of the OWL was just as exciting as the first; some teams cemented their standings, while other teams flipped the script. Let's take a closer look at how each team performed during Week 2.

Atlantic Division: Weekly Record (Season Record)

New York Excelsior: 2-0 (4-0)

New York continued to dominate their opponents throughout the week, but the big story for the Excels is their flex player Do-Hyeon "Pine" Kim. Pine continued to shine in his limited role on control point maps and was promoted to the starting lineup in New York's second match of the week against the L.A. Gladiators. New York's excellent subbing ability between Pine and Saebyeolbe, in addition to the tremendous skill of the entire team, shows why they deserve to be 4-0 at the end of Week 2.

London Spitfire: 2-0 (4-0)

London Spitfire continued to fight hard and earn some wins. After rolling over the Dallas Fuel, the London Spitfire turned their attention to the L.A. Valiant. Then after going up 2-0, the Spitfire gave up the next two games on Oasis and Eichenwalde. London rallied and took the tiebreaker on Lijiang two rounds in a row.

Houston Outlaws: 2-0 (2-2)

Coming off two losses in Week 1, the Houston Outlaws were fortunate to face the Shanghai Dragons, arguably the weakest team in the league, at the beginning of the week. After a 4-0 victory there, the Outlaws turned their attention to their Texas rivals, the Dallas Fuel. After losing to the Fuel during the preseason, the Outlaws had an uphill fight in the battle for Texas. Since they were the second Texas team announced for the OWL, the Outlaws haven't had the same huge fan base as the Fuel. Perhaps this match might have swayed some fans, especially after a remarkable first point defense on Junkertown made Dallas look like a team of amateurs. 

Philadelphia Fusion: 1-1 (2-2)

The Fusion continue to be an exciting team to watch. With players like Neptuno (arguably the scariest Mercy in the league) and ShaDowBurn (a terrific Genji player), there is always an opportunity for a crazy highlight. After a close victory against the San Francisco Shock to start the week, the Fusion came out strong against the L.A. gladiators. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, it wouldn't last, as the Gladiators remained resilient and came back for the win on the last three maps of the match. During the match we got to see that even pros are capable of blunders, as Carpe walked of a cliff on Junkertown early into Game 1 on Junkertown.

Boston Uprising: 0-2 (1-3)

The Boston Uprising began to show how their inexperience may affect their season, as they lost eight straight rounds to Seoul Dynasty and the Los Angeles Gladiators. While the Uprising look good and appear comfortable with the strategies they've practiced, they don't look diverse in their playstyle. Consequently, opponents have an advantage preparing against Boston's limited scope of diversity. Seoul's use of Mae on Junkertown couldn't be countered by Boston's predictable Bastion/Sniper combo. All is not lost for the Boston Uprising. The reason they lost is also the reason they can come back even stronger. Their youth means they are coachable and have the opportunity to grow as a team.

Florida Mayhem: 1-1 (1-3)

Florida's week went as expected. They faced the best team in the league, Seoul Dynasty, and they lost. They faced the weakest team in the league, the Shanghai Dragons, and they won. Right now they sit towards the bottom of the standings, but this week wasn't the best indicator of their skill. We'll take a closer look at them after Week 3.

Pacific Division: Weekly Record (Season Record)

Seoul Dynasty: 2-0 (4-0)

They're the best team around and they know it. The players for the Dynasty are confident and want to be the best around, almost to their detriment. They all want to make big plays, and sometimes that leads to bad decisions. Dynasty's tank, Miro, dived as Winston into the entirety of the Boston Uprising, only to see his demise. Despite the mistake, the Seoul Dynasty continued to assert their dominance as they took home two more wins.

Los Angeles Valiant: 0-2 (2-2)

The Valiant had two very tough matchups this week and ultimately fell to the London Spitfire and the New York Excels. After a strong Week 1 performance, this result is disappointing. They'll be looking to bounce back in Week 3 with favorable matchups against the Florida Mayhem and L.A. Gladiators.

San Francisco Shock: 1-1 (2-2)

The Shock continue to be the definition of average. Going 1-1 again this week, the Shock look like they still have a few kinks they need to work out if they want to excel. Their match with the Fusion was exciting to watch, but they still couldn't get the win. Going forward they'll look to improve all around. We'll take a closer look at them next week.

Los Angeles Gladiators: 1-1 (2-2)

After Week 1 it was near impossible to figure out exactly how good the Gladiators might be. Their games against Seoul and Shanghai didn't help much, either. So their match against the Fusion was the first real clue to how good they might be. I like what I see from the Gladiators; they seem to play well and care about their team chemistry. That positive attitude can only help their efforts going forward and will certainly lead to a few victories going forward. When they come out on stage to play every week, they look like they want to have fun. If nothing else, they're certain to become fan favorites over the course of the season.

Dallas Fuel: 0-2 (0-4)

Their record is perhaps the biggest shock of the season thus far, and considering we've already seen two players getting fined this inaugural season (hint: one of them is a Dallas Fuel player), that is saying something. Fan favorites from the moment they were announced as a team, the Fuel have struggled to give their fans a victory. Perhaps they were too cocky, perhaps they were overhyped. Whatever the problem is, they need to figure it out and fast. Losing to the Houston Outlaws 4-0 this week was a big blow, and they just did not look good in that match. They'll look to find their first win in Week 3 against the San Francisco Shock.

Shanghai Dragons: 0-2 (0-4)

They aren't playing well, and until that changes, they'll stay in last place, 'nuff said.

You can check out the Overwatch League Wednesday through Saturday every week on twitch.tv/OverwatchLeague, or you can watch the VOD's on the Overwatch League website.

Did you watch Week 2 of the OWL? What plays and players stood out to you? Let us know your predictions for the rest of the season in the comments below, and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for all your Overwatch League recaps!

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23 New Hoenn Pokemon Added to Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/4wyjr/23-new-hoenn-pokemon-added-to-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/4wyjr/23-new-hoenn-pokemon-added-to-pokemon-go Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:23:10 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

New Pokemon are coming! Pokemon Go just sent out a new update, showcasing 10 of the 23 new Pokemon that will be released from the Hoenn region, the world you explore in both Sapphire and Ruby. Although the recent titles Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are far fresher in many Pokemon gamers' minds, this won't change the excitement many trainers have.

Even though there are only 10 Pokemon showcased in the image, it would be safe to assume that pre-evolution and evolution forms of the revealed Pokemon will also be released. But here is a quick list of the Pokemon we do know!

  • Whismur, NPokedex entry #293.
  • Aron, NPokedex entry #304
  • Aggron, NPokedex entry #306
  • Camerupt, NPokedex entry #323
  • Trapinch, NPokedex entry #328
  • Cacnea, NPokedex entry #331
  • Flygon, NPokedex entry #330
  • Lunatone, NPokedex entry #337
  • Solrock, NPokedex entry #338
  • Groudon, NPokedex entry #383

You can find more information regarding these Pokemon at Bulbapedia and start building your teams around these new reveals, if you so wish! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Go news!

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God of War Set to Return on April 20 https://www.gameskinny.com/08j4y/god-of-war-set-to-return-on-april-20 https://www.gameskinny.com/08j4y/god-of-war-set-to-return-on-april-20 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:29 -0500 Kengaskhan

It’s been nearly half a decade since the end of Kratos’ Olympian killing spree, but the God of War franchise finally returns on April 20, 2018. This latest entry serves as a soft reboot for the series, hence the title simply being God of War, where we’ll find Kratos in a brand-new setting: Scandinavia and the mythical realms of Norse legend.

God of War will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 for $59.99 on April 20, and is currently ready for preorder. If you preorder the game from certain retailers, you’ll receive some in-game shield skins, and if you preorder from GameStop or EB Games specifically, you’ll receive another in-game goody in the form of a Luck of Ages XP Talisman.

If that's not enough for you, there are also three limited edition versions of the game available!

Some of the highlights of the God of War Collector's Edition are the 9" statue featuring Kratos and his son Atreus, two carved figurines of the Huldra Brothers, and a steelbook case for your game.

In addition to everything that the Collector's Edition includes, the God of War Stone Mason Edition comes with four more carvings: a Stone Mason's Ring, a keychain of Mimir's head, and carvings of a troll and a horse.

Lastly, the Digital Deluxe Edition offers a variety of digital bonuses: a digital artbook, in-game bonuses and gear, and Issue #0 of Dark Horse's God of War comic. Additionally, the Digital Deluxe Edition does come with one physical item: an exclusive, limited-run God of War pin.

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If you want to keep up with the rest of our news leading up to God of War's release, you can find it all here!

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GoldenEye 007 Meets Super Mario in New Mods https://www.gameskinny.com/denvz/goldeneye-007-meets-super-mario-in-new-mods https://www.gameskinny.com/denvz/goldeneye-007-meets-super-mario-in-new-mods Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:58:43 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

Just over a week ago, a YouTuber named “StupidMarioBros1Fan” uploaded a video to his channel, showing a GoldenEye 007 Mod he made where all characters are replaced with Mario characters.

About the mod

The mod works in both single and multiplayer components and even works on the original hardware. This impressive mod replaces over 15 character models with new ones from the Mario universe. All models are fully animated, and even the dialogue changes accordingly. It also adds three new multiplayer maps based on some famous places from Super Mario 64. Although there are some minor bugs, the game is completely playable and enjoyable with this mod installed, and it might even be a good reason to come back to one of the most evolutionary first-person shooters ever. You can download the mod from the Goldeneye Vault. For more mods, updates, and news, be sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Fox Gives the Alien Franchise a Shot with a New Shooter https://www.gameskinny.com/lkqoz/fox-gives-the-alien-franchise-a-shot-with-a-new-shooter https://www.gameskinny.com/lkqoz/fox-gives-the-alien-franchise-a-shot-with-a-new-shooter Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:54 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

On the 17th of January, FoxNext (a gaming studio formed by Fox) announced on their twitter that they acquired Cold Iron Studios, where they are currently working on a new triple-A shooter in the Alien franchise for both consoles and PC. In recent years the Alien games have garnered a lot of controversy, with some really good games in the franchise -- and some that were awful. Let's take a look at a few:

Aliens vs. Predator

After being laid down for several years, Sega made an attempt at reviving the Alien games that were massively poplular back in the late '90s. They made this attempt with a new Aliens vs. Predator game developed by Rebellion, the developer of the original Alien vs. Predator games released in 2010. This version was a decent multiplayer game that was liked by many people but hated by others.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

After seeing good sales on their last Alien game, Sega released Aliens: Colonial Marines, a co-op FPS developed by Gearbox Software that by some critics is deemed as one of the worst games ever, being one of the main reasons why the franchise has so much controversy around it nowadays.

Alien: Isolation

Most recently in the franchise is Alien: Isolation, also published by Sega but developed by Creative Assembly. It’s survival horror game that has excellent AI and shows off the real dangers of a Xenomorph. This is, according to many fans, the best Alien game yet.

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For now, we’ll just have to wait until more information comes out on the game and hope for the best. Let us know in the comments down below if you’re excited about the new Alien game or if you’re going to stay far away from it.

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SpecialEffect Announces Total Raised for One Special Day Fundraiser https://www.gameskinny.com/gfwc1/specialeffect-announces-total-raised-for-one-special-day-fundraiser https://www.gameskinny.com/gfwc1/specialeffect-announces-total-raised-for-one-special-day-fundraiser Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:19:54 -0500 Highties

SpecialEffect, a UK gaming charity, recently announced they had raised over £446,000 in their One Special Day fundraiser event that was held on September 29, 2017. The event is an annual fundraiser dedicated to raising money for people with disabilities so that they can find ways to enjoy video games and be part of the community. Companies from all over the gaming industry took part in the event and donated; several indie titles from the UK donated all revenue from game sales and in-game purchases.

According to SpecialEffect Founder and CEO Dr. Mick Donegan,

The money raised from One Special Day is a huge financial boost to SpecialEffect. It will enable us to take on extra staff we need to help even more severely disabled people all over the world to play the games they love. Being supported by so many games industry partners like Supercell, SEGA, Seriously, Unity Technologies, Codemasters, Playdemic, and Rovio is not only a tremendous funding boost but also a terrific morale boost to our passionate and dedicated team here at SpecialEffect.

This continued with Dr. Mick Donegan talking about where the money from the One Special Day fundraiser will be going. It will be invested in employing two additional clinical staff to join SpecialEffect's growing team of occupational therapists and technology specialists. It will also fund modifications needed for the SpecialEffect game rooms, where people with disabilities can go to try out a wide range of hardware and software.

Organizations like SpecialEffect have such a huge impact on the disabled gaming community and the gaming industry. They can help transform lives and do amazing work. If you want to learn more about this charity, check out SpecialEffect's website. If you'd like to donate or participate in the next One Special Day fundraiser, it will be held on September 28, 2018; however, they hold multiple events all year that you can help out with.

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Game Dev Tycoon Coming to Androids this January https://www.gameskinny.com/3gwxr/game-dev-tycoon-coming-to-androids-this-january https://www.gameskinny.com/3gwxr/game-dev-tycoon-coming-to-androids-this-january Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:08:31 -0500 Highties

Greenheart Games recently announced that Game Dev Tycoon will be coming to Android phones on January 31. This mobile edition will offer a UI overhaul tailored for mobile phones, a new challenge mode inspired by their piracy experiment, and a content update that will be coming to mobile and Steam versions. Some of the things you can do in this game will include:

  • Starting a game studio in the late '80s 
  • Creating games and mixing different genres 
  • Hiring a development team and thriving as a team
  • Opening an R&D lab 
  • Challenging pirate mode

Game Dev Tycoon has gained a massive following for several reasons. It was the first simulation game to hit the Windows Store. Much of the fanbase of this game developed due to the success of Steam sales and YouTubers promoting it. Another factor helping this game stick out out was the developer's anti-piracy experiment; in a fate of irony, when players would use a pirated copy of the game, they would become bankrupt themselves in game as a consequence. The image below is an example from Greenheart Games on how pirated copies were affected.

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Due to the success of the experiment and sales, they have been able to bring Game Dev Tycoon over to mobile and make massive changes and add more content.

Are you excited about this mobile port? if so leave a comment down below. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your news and information related to Game Dev Tycoon.

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Splatoon 2 Update Coming End of February https://www.gameskinny.com/huuz3/splatoon-2-update-coming-end-of-february https://www.gameskinny.com/huuz3/splatoon-2-update-coming-end-of-february Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:59:30 -0500 wlkrjesse

Splatoon 2 is the gift that keeps on giving. Nintendo News reports that at the end of February, we're getting a new patch for Splatoon 2, promising "a number of new features and gameplay tweaks."

While overall details on the patch are slim, this news comes straight from the official twitter and is far from shocking. Splatoon is one of Nintendo's newest IP's and is doing incredible things. Splatoon 2 is massive and on the Switch, which is equally as massive if not more so, having sold 1.5 million units in December of 2017 alone.

Splatoon 2's success is a true testament to both "right place, right time" and to the staying power of the Switch. The series started on the Wii U (a console considered to be a failure) but now has gone on to become a huge money maker for Nintendo. The series just needed to be on the right console, and judging from the numbers, with 1.53 million copies sold as of December 2017, it seems to have found its place.

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Pokémon Sun/Moon & Ultra Sun/Moon Players Can Get a Free Legendary a Month https://www.gameskinny.com/uvln5/pokemon-sunmoon-ultra-sunmoon-players-can-get-a-free-legendary-a-month https://www.gameskinny.com/uvln5/pokemon-sunmoon-ultra-sunmoon-players-can-get-a-free-legendary-a-month Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:43:48 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

To kick off the year, The Pokémon Company has announced a new promotion for Pokémon Sun/Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon players. Owners of the 3DS games will be able to pick up a free Legendary Pokémon nearly every month throughout 2018.

The “Year of Legendary” promotion starts in February and will run through November. Further details on how to claim the free Pokémon will be released closer to the time. If previous events are anything to go by, Nintendo will partner with retailers to distribute the freebies or make them available via online redeemable codes.

Get ready to fill out your Pokédex -- here's the full list of Legendaries up for grabs each month:

  • February: Dialga or Palkia (Sinnoh)
  • March: Regigigas or Heatran (Hoenn/Sinnoh)
  • April: Raikou or Entei (Johto)
  • May: Xerneas or Yveltal (Kalos)
  • June: Zygarde (with Kalos and Alola Formes)
  • July: Tornadus or Thundurus (Unova)
  • August: Groudon or Kyogre (Hoenn)
  • September: Latios or Latias (Hoenn)
  • October: Reshiram or Zekrom (Unova)
  • November: Ho-Oh or Lugia (Johto)

To celebrate further, the company will be launching new Legendary-themed collections and GX cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Additional details can be expected in the near future.

In the meantime, check out our guide for 20 things to do after you’ve beaten Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

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PlayStation 4 Exclusive Iconoclasts Released https://www.gameskinny.com/clzhj/playstation-4-exclusive-iconoclasts-released https://www.gameskinny.com/clzhj/playstation-4-exclusive-iconoclasts-released Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:29:20 -0500 wlkrjesse

While we're waiting for that lovely Shadow of the Colossus reboot, Iconoclasts is looking to scratch that boss fight itch. Released today, January 23rd, this action-platformer will having you playing as a mechanic named Robin, and you'll fight over 20 bosses in this adorable pixel art action game. The official PlayStation blog further details the gameplay, stating that players will "learn to master Robin’s wrench. It can do what you expect, like twist your classic bolt, but also can be used to protect yourself from projectiles, and deflect attacks back at your opponents."

The wrench isn't all Robin is equipped with, however. The blog further goes on to reveal that Robin uses a stun gun which the player can upgrade, as well as a focus on the player using the variety of weapon forms to tackle the myriad of bosses.

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

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Patch Adds New Vehicles, Map Updates, and Other Improvements https://www.gameskinny.com/hq78f/star-wars-battlefront-2-patch-adds-new-vehicles-map-updates-and-other-improvements https://www.gameskinny.com/hq78f/star-wars-battlefront-2-patch-adds-new-vehicles-map-updates-and-other-improvements Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:54:03 -0500 pithyalyse

Star Wars: Battlefront II’s first patch of the new year released last week, bringing with it an additional mode for one of the game’s newest map as well as an added hero vehicle among minor tweaks and updates.

Players can now battle it out in the game’s Blast mode, a 10v10 deathmatch to the first 100 kills, within the mines of Crait. DICE added the planet in December as part of Battlefront’s The Last Jedi Season event, coordinated with the theatrical release of The Last Jedi, during which Luke Skywalker stares down the First Order on Crait’s salt-strewn planes.  

And in Starfighter Assault, Iden Versio's TIE/In fighter has joined the fray. The modified TIE fighter features abilities that break missile locks (Afterburner), shoot laser barrages, and fire multiple torpedoes that track locked targets (Dual Proton Torpedoes).

Another ability, Inferno Leader, harkens back to Versio’s days as the commander of the Imperial Special Forces unit Inferno Squad. It alerts all allied players to enemy locations within a radius for the ability’s duration. These enemies also take increased damage during this time.     

Further details can be found in the patch notes, but other notable updates include:

  • Finn received nerfs to his EL-16 (from 65 to 45) and Deadeye shot (from 40 t0 30), but his cooldown time was similarly decreased.
  • Two trip mines can now be deployed at the same time, and they’ll stick around longer after the player’s death.
  • Boba Fett’s Rocket Barrage damage fell from 90 to 78 per rocket, as did its radius of impact.

Knowing EA, this is likely only the first of many patches to come in 2018, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Star Wars Battlefront II news.

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Why Monster Hunter: World Isn't Releasing on Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/u2c5p/why-monster-hunter-world-isnt-releasing-on-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/u2c5p/why-monster-hunter-world-isnt-releasing-on-nintendo-switch Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:41:26 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

Monster Hunter: World is the latest entry in the Japanese action RPG series. With simplified controls and refined mechanics, Capcom has made an effort to open the game up to a Western audience. Given that the franchise found its success on Nintendo platforms, however, some fans have questioned why the title won’t be available on the Switch.

To find out the answer, IGN interviewed the directors of the game, Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda. They explained that the lengthy development cycle is largely the reason World won’t be launching on a Nintendo console, hinting that a lack of processing power would undermine the experience.

We don’t have any plans for the Switch at the moment. Part of the reason is that the title has been in development for almost 4 years. At the time we had to commit to our hardware choices, we decided on using the most powerful current generation consoles available at the time, which was Playstation 4 and Xbox One. So [the decision was made] before the Switch was even announced or on sale.

The quote suggests that a Switch version hasn’t been ruled out for the future, but it’s more likely that Monster Hunter XX, an enhanced port of the 3DS’ Generations, will be localized before that happens. Until Capcom announces any further plans for the series, Nintendo fans craving the hunt will just have to put down their spears or change platforms.

Monster Hunter: World releases on PS4 and Xbox One on January 26th. A PC version is due later in the year.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Coming to PC in February https://www.gameskinny.com/9pzvj/final-fantasy-xii-the-zodiac-age-coming-to-pc-in-february https://www.gameskinny.com/9pzvj/final-fantasy-xii-the-zodiac-age-coming-to-pc-in-february Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:59:52 -0500 buymymixtape123

Final Fantasy fans on PC rejoice, as Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Remastered is coming to PC on February 1st. The title will be available on Steam, where all the other Final Fantasy PC ports can be found.

Final Fantasy XII first came out on PS2 in 2006 and was well received by fans of the series. The remastered version came to PS4 last year and brought significant improvements to the PS2 version in gameplay and graphics. 

The PC version will expand upon this, with it being able to be played on ultra-wide monitors and running at 60 frames per second. You will also be able to play "New Game Minus" and "New Game Plus" modes right when you get the game.

Square is also selling a Collector's Edition for the PC version of Final Fantasy XII, which will include everything the PS4 collector edition had.

This is just the start of what Square Enix proclaimed as "a big year for Final Fantasy," as Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC later this year.

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Activision Closes Sole U.S. Distribution Center and Warehouse https://www.gameskinny.com/pa7k7/activision-closes-sole-us-distribution-center-and-warehouse https://www.gameskinny.com/pa7k7/activision-closes-sole-us-distribution-center-and-warehouse Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:44:37 -0500 buymymixtape123

Activision, who is mostly known for their Call of Duty series, has closed down one of their game distribution centers in California as of January 5th. The reasoning behind this could be because people are buying more digital copies of games instead of physical copies, and Activision sees this as a way to make the digital game market even bigger, and save the money it will take to produce physical copies of games. An Activison spokesman, however, denied this being the reason for the shutdown of the center:

In this center, workers would distribute games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft across the U.S. and to other countries. They would also play test games to see if they worked.

This doesn't mean that the transition isn't going to hurt other companies and people, though. Activision laid off about 50 people. Also, companies like Gamestop, that rely on the sales of physical games, will be affected by this closing because there are fewer physical games to sell in their stores. 

 

 

 

 

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Free Game Streaming Service Rainway Gets Open Beta https://www.gameskinny.com/g29h2/free-game-streaming-service-rainway-gets-open-beta https://www.gameskinny.com/g29h2/free-game-streaming-service-rainway-gets-open-beta Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:30:08 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

Rainway, Inc has announced the open beta for their game streaming service “Rainway” is live now. Rainway can be downloaded for free, with no hidden costs or limits, from the official website.

What is Rainway?

According to their website, Rainway is a game streaming service that lets you stream games from your PC to any device with an internet connection; however, this is limited to streaming to browsers for this open beta. Rainway tries to offer max quality by allowing 1080p/60fps streaming with minimal latency and an easy setup, making this perfect for people who would like to play their PC games on the go. Rainway also includes a cloud-based screenshot service that the company hopes will make it easy to take, share, and access screenshots wherever you are. On their website, Rainway, Inc claims that the service is compatible with all hardware, making it very easy to get started. For more information on Rainway and how to get it, check out their blog.

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Overwatch League Player Suspended for Homophobic Taunts https://www.gameskinny.com/5j1bo/overwatch-league-player-suspended-for-homophobic-taunts https://www.gameskinny.com/5j1bo/overwatch-league-player-suspended-for-homophobic-taunts Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:51:25 -0500 pithyalyse

Less than a month into its premiere season, The Overwatch League is throwing a red card.

Felix “xQc” Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel received a four-match suspension and $2,000 fine on Friday for violating the League’s code of conduct. The night prior, Lengyel taunted another player with a homophobic slur on his personal Twitch channel.   

The stream followed the Fuel’s 4-0 loss to the Houston Outlaws. Lengyel took issue with one of their players, Austin “Muma” Wilmot, mimicking him after the victory, and said the openly gay player could “Suck a fat … ”

Well, you can fill in the blank (or hear it for yourself in the clip below).

The League took swift action, issuing a press release the next day.

“The Overwatch League takes standards of players behavior seriously, whether during league play or otherwise, and is committed to responding swiftly when violations occur,” it read.

Fuel later expressed support for the League’s decision via Twitter, adding that Lengyel would also sit out the remainder of Stage 1 -- which runs until February 10.

In the interim, the post continues, Fuel will provide him with additional coaching to ensure he “is reflective of the principles of the Dallas Fuel organization, his teammates, and the Overwatch League.”

Lengyel tweeted an apology to Wilmot on Friday, explaining that there was no “malicious intent” in his words. He spoke too fast without thinking, he said.  

This is not the first scandal to hit Overwatch League players. In November, the League slapped a 30-game suspension on the Philadelphia Fusion’s Su-min “Sado” Kim for account boosting profiteering -- a violation of Blizzard’s end user license agreement.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Gets a Western Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/z1dpd/shin-megami-tensei-strange-journey-redux-gets-a-western-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/z1dpd/shin-megami-tensei-strange-journey-redux-gets-a-western-release-date Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:02:50 -0500 pithyalyse

Western MegaTen fans rejoice! Atlus announced via Twitter that Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will release May 15th in the West. Publisher Deep Silver later added via Twitter that European fans can get their hands on the 3DS RPG come May 18th.  

This newest addition to the Shin Megami Tensei series isn’t wholly original, but rather an updated version of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, released in 2010 for the DS. Redux adds 300 new fusible demons, modernized artwork and UI, an extra dungeon, and a new character, Alex, who acts as a catalyst to additional story content.

The plot follows typical Shin Megami Tensei conventions: an ominous rift dubbed the Schwarzwelt has mysteriously appeared above Antarctica, forming a bridge between Earth and a hellish mirror version inundated with demons. You play as a United Nations soldier tasked with investigating the nightmarish landscape and keeping said demons from overwhelming the planet.  

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux also marks the newest addition to Atlus’ 25th-anniversary project for the series, which launched last year. Fans anticipate an announcement concerning Shin Megami Tensei V at the project’s culmination, as the project’s logo references the four previous titles’ release dates in a star formation, with an ominous “Next” topping the shape.

In the meantime, MegaTen fans can check out the teaser trailer below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Shin Megami Tensei information.  

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Metal Gear Survive Will Have Microtransactions and Require an Internet Connection https://www.gameskinny.com/pnk9r/metal-gear-survive-will-have-microtransactions-and-require-an-internet-connection https://www.gameskinny.com/pnk9r/metal-gear-survive-will-have-microtransactions-and-require-an-internet-connection Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:56:00 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

If you want to play Metal Gear Survive when it releases next month, you’re going to need to have a stable Internet connection. Konami has also confirmed that the game will feature optional microtransactions.

This new information comes from GameSpot during a recent preview session. The game will require a constant online connection in order to smoothly transition between single-player and multiplayer modes. "Metal Gear Survive's online connectivity requirements were built to support a seamless integration between single player and co-op. This will also enable us to provide ongoing content post-launch,” Konami told GameSpot.

"Always online" isn’t an uncommon term in modern gaming, with online-driven titles such as Destiny 2 and Overwatch requiring access to the Internet to play.

The game will also feature a microtransaction store allowing players to use their in-game currency to purchase Boost Passes, which grant advantages for a set period of time, as well as other beneficial items such as “Support Defenders.” The ability to buy currency with real money is optional, as it will still be naturally earnable through gameplay.

Metal Gear Survive will release February 20th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay with GameSkinny for more information on Metal Gear Survive as it develops.

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Preorder Sea of Thieves and Get Your Fair Share of Loot https://www.gameskinny.com/6p2vm/preorder-sea-of-thieves-and-get-your-fair-share-of-loot https://www.gameskinny.com/6p2vm/preorder-sea-of-thieves-and-get-your-fair-share-of-loot Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:17:37 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Yarr, it's time for some premium loot! Sea of Thieves doesn't come out until March 20th, but that shouldn't stop you from looking for exclusive treasure in the meantime. Here is what you should know for a fair chance at loot!

Microsoft is not offering a limited or collector's edition of Sea of Thieves, but you can order a limited-edition Xbox controller, decked out in all the pirate loot you could desire. This controller is to be released separately from the game itself on February 13th this year. But if you do preorder the game, you'll receive exclusive in-game items in the "Black Dog Pack" and access to the closed beta.

Sea of Thieves is a new multiplayer game developed by Rare and produced by Microsoft Studios, taking an action-adventure route to the exploring genre. You'll travel or battle with other players for treasure and booty on the high seas, and you'll command ships, brave perils, and unlock your inner pirate with exploration and tactics.

Sea of Thieves is to be released on PC and Xbox One. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Microsoft and Sea of Thieves news!

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Mobile Game Sessions Decreased 16% in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/flnue/mobile-game-sessions-decreased-16-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/flnue/mobile-game-sessions-decreased-16-in-2017 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:30:27 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

Mobile analytics company Flurry recently released their "State of Mobile 2017" report, and it turns out total mobile gaming sessions went down 16%. This has been a trend for a few years in a row now for mobile gaming, but that doesn't mean it's all bad news. In a previous report, Flurry Analytics acknowledged that while the total amount of gaming sessions has declined, when people do choose to spend time gaming on mobile, they are playing for longer periods of time (12% longer), with higher levels of engagement. 

One possible reason for the decline in mobile gaming could be growth in other mobile categories like shopping, music, media and entertainment, or business and finance. These categories saw growth of 33% or more. These increases, combined with a "stagnating" 6% overall growth of mobile, suggest that consumers aren't increasing how much time they spend on mobile, just how they allocate the time they already spend. 

The major takeaway for app developers out of this report is that if they want to compete for the time of mobile users, they have to innovate and really engage their users. Otherwise, those users will most likely go back to their favorite apps, which they already have on their phones and tablets.

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Are you a mobile gamer? If so, we'd like to know your thoughts on this report and the state of mobile gaming. How do you allocate your time spent on mobile platforms? Let us know in the comments below!

Header Image: Santeri Viinamäki [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Shadow of the Colossus Will Feature a Photo Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/l02zm/shadow-of-the-colossus-will-feature-a-photo-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/l02zm/shadow-of-the-colossus-will-feature-a-photo-mode Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:01:52 -0500 Highties

In a recent blog post, Bluepoint Games revealed a photo mode for the upcoming Shadow of the Colossus remaster. The reason for this new feature is to allow players to see the world in a new perspective, capturing all the unique and memorable moments. 

This seems to be more than a simple photo mode attached to the game; the blog post discusses how this feature will allow you to have the same artistic control as someone who works in the art department for the game. Some of the photo aspects you can change include filters, coloring, mid-tones, highlights, depth of field, and even camera rotation for phone photos. One cool feature allows you to play the game while running some of the filters, making it a new way to view the game and unlock more opportunities within the environment. 

Below are a few pictures that Bluepoint Games captured with the photo mode, showing us the potential and opportunities:

What do you think of the pictures -- do they impress you? Leave a comment below, and don't forget to stay tuned to GameSkinny to stay up to date on all the latest news and information on Shadow of the Colossus.

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Scribblenauts Showdown Announced for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/snszv/scribblenauts-showdown-announced-for-switch-ps4-and-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/snszv/scribblenauts-showdown-announced-for-switch-ps4-and-xbox-one Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:31:27 -0500 Highties

The newest title in the Scribblenauts franchise was recently announced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment which will be called Scribblenauts Showdown. They will be bringing it to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on March 9th. 

There will be three modes you can play, first is the Showdown mode which is a 4 person competitive mode where you try to complete word based mini-games and speed mini-games which require you to have a vast knowledge on the expansive Scribblenauts dictionary and to complete challenges fast as you can. The second way you can play is versus mode which will have two players face off against each other in 25 different mini-games and will vary on each play session this mode is also playable in single player. The last and traditional way of playing Scribblenauts is sandbox mode. Like in all the previous titles, sandbox mode will allow you to be creative and think of crazy outcomes on eight different levels and will feature co-op.

This game will feature achievements and unlockables. It will also include a "create a character" which will be in the traditional Scribblenauts style and will also have unlockable outfits as you play the game. Still, no word if the Nintendo Switch edition will feature HD rumble support.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for further news and information on everything Scribblenauts Showdown.

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MMO Rift Launches Lootbox-free Server This Spring https://www.gameskinny.com/b5fy1/mmo-rift-launches-lootbox-free-server-this-spring https://www.gameskinny.com/b5fy1/mmo-rift-launches-lootbox-free-server-this-spring Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:28:15 -0500 Alberto C.

MMO Rift announced on Thursday that they plan to launch this Spring a brand new server called Rift Prime that will be characterized by the absence of lootboxes. The game transitioned from a subscription to a free-to-play model back in 2013 and introduced widespread microtransactions, including the now infamous lootbox model.

The official announcement stated that the decision came after having, "...paid a lot of attention in discussions [...] regarding business models in the MMO and games industry as a whole..." and goes on about how the introduction of a subscription server has been often requested in the past.

The new server will also distinguish itself by dynamic level adjustment (also sometimes called level scaling), dungeon loot scaled to characters, profession caps, trans-server participation awards and progressively unlocked content.

Rift was released in 2011 and transitioned to the F2P model two years later after a dwindling subscriber base. Some of the game's most distinguishing features include the dynamic world event's similar to what we have later seen more widespread in games like Guild Wars 2and by heavily changing the traditional approach in MMOs by allowing all classes to perform at least two of the tank-healer-dps roles.

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Livestream This Week Shows Off New Features https://www.gameskinny.com/2cvpl/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-livestream-this-week-shows-off-new-features https://www.gameskinny.com/2cvpl/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-livestream-this-week-shows-off-new-features Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:25:33 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

Get ready Sword Art Online fans, for Fatal Bullet is just weeks away! But that doesn't mean you can't tune in on January 23rd for an exclusive livestream on Twitch.tv from 4 - 5 p.m PST.

Jump into the world of Gun Gale Online, the setting for SAO II. Immerse yourself in identical designs of the manga series world, weapons from the series and sci-fi settings, and an engaging combat system that allows you to customize skills and abilities. Play as the protagonist and interact with characters from the novels, show, and past games.

Join the Bandai stream and special guest, Jacob Dooley, to go over character customization, some of the battle mechanics, and ArFa-Sys, the android unit that will be accompanying the protagonist. There will also be amazing giveaways during the stream. 

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is to be released February 23rd of this year. Keep tuned to GameSkinny for more Sword Art Online news!

 

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Overwatch Receiving New Skins, Sprays, and More in January 23 Update https://www.gameskinny.com/fwnlh/overwatch-receiving-new-skins-sprays-and-more-in-january-23-update https://www.gameskinny.com/fwnlh/overwatch-receiving-new-skins-sprays-and-more-in-january-23-update Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:22:41 -0500 buymymixtape123

Get ready to open some loot boxes, as Overwatch is getting new cosmetic items on January 23, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. These items include new emotes, skins and sprays for character like Tracer, Mei, Widowmaker and others.

Blizzard first teased this update in Blizzcon last November, where they showcased a bunch of the new items in a video short. Some of the memorable skins in that video are barbarian Zarya, butcher Roadhog and immortal Orisa. They are also adding skins from the fan favorite Mei and Reinhardt shorts.

 

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Blizzard has been teasing these new cosmetics all last week on Twitter by  showing a different skin, emote or spray every day. One of these teases was the new Pharah skin, Lucio skin and the different new emotes you can unlock.

Blizzard is also planning to release their new map, BlizzardWorld, on January 23rd. This map pays homage to Blizzard's many games, like Warcraft and Diablo, in a amusement park setting. 

Be sure to download this update January 23, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Overwatch news. 

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Black Desert Online's Newest World Boss: Vell "The Heart of the Sea" https://www.gameskinny.com/15t35/black-desert-onlines-newest-world-boss-vell-the-heart-of-the-sea https://www.gameskinny.com/15t35/black-desert-onlines-newest-world-boss-vell-the-heart-of-the-sea Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:42:59 -0500 Sjaak den Heijer

After Black Desert Online’s latest patch, Pearl Abyss announced their newest world boss, Vell, for the popular MMORPG on their official website. Players will be able to take on Vell for the first time on January 28th at 12:00 PM for both NA and EU servers.

Vell will be the first boss that is fought on water, creating a whole new experience for all players. To participate in the fight, you’ll need a sailboat with cannons and need to be at least level 50. For players who don’t own a sailboat yet, a weekly quest series located in Velia was added in the latest patch to give players access to an Old Bartali Sailboat. This boat is slower than a regular sailboat and can’t be repaired, but it's rather easy to obtain and still gets the job done. For more information on the weekly quest and Vell himself, take a look at the Black Desert Online official post.

 

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Shenmue 3 Gameplay to Be Shown at February 24 Conference https://www.gameskinny.com/yugpy/shenmue-3-gameplay-to-be-shown-at-february-24-conference https://www.gameskinny.com/yugpy/shenmue-3-gameplay-to-be-shown-at-february-24-conference Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:42:13 -0500 Spongehoe

The anxiously awaited third game of the Dreamcast cult-classic series, Shenmue 3, is to be showcased by producer Yu Suzuki at upcoming Monaco's Anime Game International Conference, or MAGIC, this February. The conference is to be held at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum and Suzuki himself will be revealing further details about the game and perhaps even offer live footage since the game is well under development. 

The original Shenmue was released in 1999, with the sequel following closely in 2001, developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega. While the game gained quite a following, it was considered the most expensive video game developed at the time at a whopping USD 70 million and turned out to be a commercial failure. Thereafter, Sega was reluctant to give way for Shenmue 3's creation. 

Suzuki then launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the third game, which successfully raised enough and became the sixth highest funded game in Kickstarter history. 

Shenmue 3 will be published by Deep Silver and is to be released in the latter half of the year, although a solid date has not been set. Developers are positive that the game will deliver to the fanbase, with an improved story-line and gameplay. 

 

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PlayStation 4 Pro and the Monster Hunter Exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/n3nw8/playstation-4-pro-and-the-monster-hunter-exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/n3nw8/playstation-4-pro-and-the-monster-hunter-exclusive Sat, 20 Jan 2018 16:39:44 -0500 Blackcreed11

Monster Hunter World is the most anticipated game coming out next Friday, January 26, 2018. With this release, GameStop has their own limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter Bundle. 

This Bundle will include a PlayStation 4 Pro decorated in Monster Hunter décor, (black and red) sporting a dragon decal on the cover. The limited edition currently includes the PlayStation Pro Console, with a DualShock 4 wireless controller, Blu-ray disc and digital content. This edition has limited quantities and is only available at GameStop for only $449.99 USD. The Glacier White Pro will be an exclusive stand alone available at GameStop as well for $399.99 USD by the end of the month.

Also available is the Monster Hunter: World Collector's Edition only at GameStop for $149.99 USD. This bundle includes: 

  • Monster Hunter: World Standard Game
  • Nergigante Statue
  • A 32-page Hardcover Art book
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Deluxe DLC Card, featuring: Samurai Set, Additional Gesture 1: Zen, Additional Gesture 2: Ninja Star, Additional Gesture 3: Sumo Slap
  • 2 additional sticker sets
  • "Wyvern" face paint
  • "Topknot" hairstyle.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Monster Hunter: World news and updates. 

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Nintendo Switch Outsold All Other Consoles in December in North America https://www.gameskinny.com/5zsu3/nintendo-switch-outsold-all-other-consoles-in-december-in-north-america https://www.gameskinny.com/5zsu3/nintendo-switch-outsold-all-other-consoles-in-december-in-north-america Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:25:12 -0500 wlkrjesse

If sales figures are any indication, it seems as though Nintendo can truly do no wrong. Between Breath of the Wild putting up huge numbers worldwide (including in Japan, where Zelda games are less popular than in the West), games like Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, and even a new Pokemon game being announced, and now a reported 1.5 million consoles moved in December of last year alone, we seem to be staring down the barrel of another Nintendo-dominated renaissance.

According to IGN, "At the beginning of the month, Nintendo announced the Switch was the fastest-selling console in US history, selling 4.8 million units since its introduction in March 2017...The success of Switch seems to have bled over to Nintendo 3DS, with Nintendo reporting it sold 750,000 units in the month, a '27 percent increase over the same period a year ago.'"

The numbers don't stop there. IGN further goes on to say that when we look at the Switch, 3DS, and SNES Classic, "half of all hardware sold during the month was from Nintendo."

The flagship company shows no signs of slowing down, either. With the recent announcement of Nintendo Labo, a cardboard based peripheral builder that's much cooler than it sounds, Nintendo clearly has no interest in stopping their winning streak.

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Microsoft May Be Making the Xbox Elite Controller Even Better https://www.gameskinny.com/rmtct/microsoft-may-be-making-the-xbox-elite-controller-even-better https://www.gameskinny.com/rmtct/microsoft-may-be-making-the-xbox-elite-controller-even-better Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:00:10 -0500 Alberto C.

The Xbox Elite controller that launched in 2015 appears to be undergoing an upgrade after images of the supposed product were leaked through Chinese website Baidu.

The likelihood that such a project is ongoing, about which Microsoft itself has denied to comment, has increased since The Verge dug into the topic. In doing so, they uncovered supporting evidence of the upgrade, including a patent filed by Microsoft in December that appears to match the functionality of the controller itself based on the leaked images.

Claimed innovations associated with the new controller include: a USB-C port, a built-in battery pack, adjustable thumbstick tension, three-level hair trigger locks, Bluetooth support for Windows 10, longer key travel, a quickswitch between three-preset profiles, and more durable grips.

The original Xbox Elite Wireless controller, released in October 2015 and purchasable for $150 USD, included interchangeable thumbsicks, d-pads, programmable paddles, and hair-trigger locks among other features. The controller was then enhanced by the Xbox Accessories App, which allowed for the creation of customizable profiles for different games and also different play styles within the same game itself.

Without any official word from Microsoft itself, the best chance for official confirmation now is to wait until 2018's E3, the expo where the original controller was first announced.

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Final Fantasy XR Ride to Go Live at Universal Japan on June 24 https://www.gameskinny.com/nzcb1/final-fantasy-xr-ride-to-go-live-at-universal-japan-on-june-24 https://www.gameskinny.com/nzcb1/final-fantasy-xr-ride-to-go-live-at-universal-japan-on-june-24 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:47:17 -0500 wlkrjesse

It's a good time to be a fan of video games and theme parks. Studio Ghibli Park has been confirmed for 2020, we saw a reveal for the Nintendo park last year, and now we have a confirmed Final Fantasy virtual reality ride arriving his year at Universal Japan.

The ride itself is called the Mog Ship: Magitek Observation Guild and lets the park goer experience the full gamut of the majesty of the Final Fantasworlds. You get to run with the chocobos, explore Midgar, and witness the climactic duel between Sephiroth and Cloud.

While there hasn't been a confirmation of any of the other fan favorites from the long-standing series, there is footage of a map in the YouTube trailer that details a multiverse structure of every Final Fantasy game from the first to the 15th, so it wouldn't be unfair to assume that we're going to get a little bit of everything on this VR roller coaster.

The Final Fantasy VR coaster is a welcome addition to the Universal Japan family, which also features an upcoming Sailor Moon attraction to be released later this year.

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Epic's Paragon to Be Put on Developer Backburner for Fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/8sh95/epics-paragon-to-be-put-on-developer-backburner-for-fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/8sh95/epics-paragon-to-be-put-on-developer-backburner-for-fortnite Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:36:51 -0500 Spongehoe

Epic Games has shed some light on the unclear future of their free-to-play MOBA Paragon on Reddit, admitting that the large-scale mainstream success of Fortnite and its "Battle Royale" mode had the developers wavering between priorities. Therefore, progress with the game has been slower than usual.

That said, while Paragon is beloved by a large and steady community, it has failed to keep players interested and has not reached a viable mainstream success as of yet; the stagnant recognition of the game has regrettably stunted its growth.

"No iteration has yet achieved that magical combination of ingredients that make for a sustainable game," stated the dev frankly on Reddit.

While Epic wants to see the game grow and prosper, for the majority of new players who try Paragon, "only a small number continue to play regularly after a month." This is disheartening for the team, and much of the Paragon staff has shifted to help maintain Fortnite instead. 

Unfortunately, this may affect the speed of updates to the game. In the coming weeks, Epic Games will be brainstorming about Paragon's growth, and they welcome feedback and suggestions from community gamers. 

 

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Mojang's Cobalt WASD Is Free on Steam This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/sb479/mojangs-cobalt-wasd-is-free-on-steam-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/sb479/mojangs-cobalt-wasd-is-free-on-steam-this-weekend Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:27:04 -0500 pithyalyse

Players who haven’t yet checked out Mojang’s frenetic platformer Cobalt WASD can download it for free on Steam through this weekend.

Developed by Oxeye Game Studio, the title typically sells for $6.99 and features both single-player and 4v4 asymmetrical multiplayer modes.

Players choose one of two teams of murderous robots -- the Metalfaces or the Protobots -- and battle it out in elaborately staged 2-D maps. One side rushes to plant bombs in the enemy base while the other defends against the onslaught, attempting to defuse any explosives that sneak through the cracks.

Each round earns these teams “volts,” which can be used to buy extravagant weaponry, tools, and armor. With this equipment, players unlock new ways to jump, dash, grapple, and teleport through the stages, their movement specifically calibrated to be played with a keyboard and mouse -- thus, the "WASD" in Cobalt WASD. These platforming elements make every campaign a fever-pitch race, as outmaneuvering your opponent becomes just as important as outshooting them.   

Cobalt WASD released in November to mostly positive reviews. It currently boasts 10 maps, with more reportedly in development. It also heavily advertises itself as a “fair game” that forgoes loot crates, edition exclusives, or pay-to-win models of gameplay.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Cobalt WASD news and information.

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Battlefield 1 Turning Tides - Give Gallipoli a Try During Free Trial Period https://www.gameskinny.com/1th0l/battlefield-1-turning-tides-give-gallipoli-a-try-during-free-trial-period https://www.gameskinny.com/1th0l/battlefield-1-turning-tides-give-gallipoli-a-try-during-free-trial-period Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:17:31 -0500 Alberto C.

On Monday, Battlefield 1's official website announced that all Battlefield 1 owners will get to experience the game's third expansion for free, from the 16th to the 22nd of January.

The trial period, named "Gallipoli Trial," will grant current holders of the base game the chance to not only enjoy the latest amphibious warfare-focused expansion, but also the two previous installments: "They Shall Not Passand "In the Name of the Tsar," which focus on the French and Russian fronts, respectively.

Additionally, the map "Prise de Tahure,an urban nighttime map that was exclusive to the "They Shall Not Pass" expansion, will from thereon become part of the base game itself, allowing all players to play it regardless of what they have (or have not) purchased in the past.

The announcement comes shortly before the second half of "Turning Tides" is made available later this month to Premium Pass owners, and just a mere month before the fourth and final expansion, "Apocalype," for which full details are soon to be released.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Battlefield 1 information as it develops.

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DONTNOD Releases First Episode of Vampyr Webseries https://www.gameskinny.com/krz4h/dontnod-releases-first-episode-of-vampyr-webseries https://www.gameskinny.com/krz4h/dontnod-releases-first-episode-of-vampyr-webseries Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:03:12 -0500 Erroll Maas

DONTNOD, the developer behind Remember Me and Life is Strange, has released the first episode of their four-part web series, DONTNOD Presents Vampyr, on their YouTube channel.

The first episode of the series is titled "Making Monsters" and covers the details of why the team chose to have vampires in their game, naming self-awareness, intelligence, and moral choice as key factors behind the decision. The video also covers main character Johnathan Reid, and how becoming a vampire and encountering different types of vampires starts to change his perspective on reality.

As Johnathan, players will explore the world of vampires and will ultimately be left to decide whether they want to kill other characters and face the consequences of whichever actions they choose.

Additionally, players will travel through a darker version of early 20th-century London, discover the benefits and drawbacks of Johnathan's condition, and develop their own combat style, using a combination of crafted weapons and vampire abilities.

Vampyr is considered by the developers to be an "AA" game, having a lower budget than triple-A games, but allowing more creative freedom. Vampyr will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in Spring 2018. The game was originally slated for a November 2017 release but was delayed due to technical issues

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Pokemon Celebrates its Legacy with a Legendary Plan for 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/q0pg5/pokemon-celebrates-its-legacy-with-a-legendary-plan-for-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/q0pg5/pokemon-celebrates-its-legacy-with-a-legendary-plan-for-2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:57:12 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

On Thursday, January 18th, The Pokemon Company announced several events for 2018 that will celebrate some of the most popular Legendary Pokemon from all over the franchise's history. The press release announced plans for the Pokemon video games, trading card game, mobile games, and the animated universe as well. Here are the highlights:

Pokemon Video Games

Fans who are owners of Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, Pokemon Ultra Sun, and Pokemon Ultra Moon will have the opportunity to freely obtain different Legendary Pokemon each month, from February to November. The following is the list of Legendary Pokemon, provided by The Pokemon Company, that will become available throughout 2018:

  •  February: Dialga or Palkia (Generation IV)
  • March: Regigas or Heatran (Generation IV)
  • April: Raikou or Entei (Generation II)
  • May: Xerneas or Yveltal (Generation VI)
  • June: Shiny Zygarde (Generation VI)
  • July: Tornadus or Thundurus (Generation V)
  • August: Groudon or Kyogre (Generation III)
  • September: Latios or Latias (Generation III)
  • October: Reshiram or Zekrom (Generation V)
  • November: Ho-Oh or Lugia (Generation II)

It's worth noting that no Kanto region, Legendary Pokemon, like Mewtwo or Zapdos, were listed, although no reason was given as to why.

Pokemon Trading Card Game

The Pokemon Company said that throughout 2018 they will announce "new collections, Pokemon-GX cards, and more." Fans of the Pokemon TCG will have to wait throughout the year for more details on what these announcements will entail.

Pokemon Mobile Games

Pokemon GO players will continue to see the game grow with "special promotions featuring Legendary Pokemon," while players of Pokemon Shuffle will see two new events in February for a chance to get their hands on Dialga and Palkia.

Pokemon Animation

Fans of the franchise will also be able to get their fill of Pokemon movies every month on the Pokemon TV app and on partner networks like Disney XD in the US.

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So why did The Pokemon Company choose to do all this in 2018? J.C. Smith of The Pokemon Company International said in the press release that the company is releasing these Legendary Pokemon "as a thank-you to all the Trainers out there who have been so committed and passionate about Pokemon over the years." He also stated that these events provide fans the opportunity to dig into the lore of the franchise. Fans can also visit the Legendary Pokemon website to learn more about Legendary Pokemon and the upcoming events. Younger fans can take the time to learn about the older Pokemon that captured the imagination of an entire generation, while older fans can look back and appreciate how Pokemon have changed over time. 

What are your thoughts about all these Legendary Pokemon events in 2018, and which event are you most excited about? Which Legendary is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for all your Pokemon news.

 

 

 

 

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5 Mobile Gaming Trends Predicted to Make a Splash in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/8i1pt/5-mobile-gaming-trends-predicted-to-make-a-splash-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/8i1pt/5-mobile-gaming-trends-predicted-to-make-a-splash-in-2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:37:51 -0500 VFerrari

It’s the start of the new year, which means it’s time to take a look at what the top mobile gaming trends are likely to be for 2018. As an avid mobile gamer, I always like to keep on top of the latest trends, and I’m always curious to discover how many of this year’s predictions will carry over from the previous year.

What was hot in 2017? Some of the most notable trends included the rise in synchronous multiplayer, mobile game streaming, mobile eSports and AR games. This year, some of these same sectors are predicted to become even more popular, including AR games and mobile eSports.

With that in mind, here are the top 5 mobile gaming trends to watch for this year:

1. Mobile eSports will continue to gain popularity

In a few short years, eSports blasted to popularity, with no signs of slowing down. According to this article by the Holmes report, the growth of the eSports industry is rapidly increasing year-over-year, with advertising, media rights, merchandise sales, sponsorship opportunities, and revenue increasing by double digits annually.

More importantly, while PC games like League of Legends (LoL) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continue to rule the eSports space, mobile games like Vainglory and Clash Royale are also making a mark in the eSports arena. Some would argue that the advances in mobile eSports really hit a new high back in December 2016, when the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood hosted the first Vainglory World Championships.

The surge in popularity of mobile eSports isn’t surprising considering how mainstream mobile devices have become. More and more gamers (myself included) have opted to make their smartphone their primary gaming device. Combine this with the fact that a game like Vainglory is intriguing, easily accessible, requires less equipment (far less expensive) than a PC game like LoL and is easier to learn, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the future of eSports could easily be dominated by mobile.

2. More cross-platform PC/mobile games

Although the numbers haven’t officially been released, a 2017 Newzoo report expected smartphone and tablet games combined to bring in 42% of the gaming market’s global revenues in 2017. This projection is far higher than the forecasted 31% for PlayStation 4 and 23% for PC games.

With mobile being more affordable and having a much larger reach compared to PC and console gaming, as well as the improved developments of technologies like augmented reality (AR), mobile gaming will only gain more ground in the global gaming industry. This is why we’re going to see more brands starting to make their video games traditionally available for PC and consoles available for mobile too.

Minecraft, the indie sandbox video game, is a perfect example of this. Not only can the popular game be played offline and with others over WiFi, but it’s available for Xbox One, Windows 10, and mobile. Another great cross-platform game example is Crashlands. The story-driven crafting game can be played on your PC and be resumed on your mobile phone.

Additionally, another gaming sector where cross-platform gaming is becoming more prominent is within the iGaming industry. More mobile-friendly gambling sites are popping up, making their casino games available across both desktop and mobile platforms, catering to the growing number of players who prefer to access their favorite games on the go.

3. Harry Potter could be the next Pokémon Go craze

Niantic, the geniuses behind the insanely popular Pokémon Go AR game that became a craze back in the summer of 2016, are reportedly working on a new AR game: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Just like its Pokémon predecessor, this game is expected to use both augmented reality and location-based features.

Beyond this, very little is known about the game, which is being co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive and the company’s new subsidiary Portkey Games. That being said, due to the incredible popularity of the Harry Potter books, movies, merchandise, and theme parks, there’s a very good chance that this new game could become just as popular as Pokémon Go, which to date has passed 1.2 billion in revenue and has been downloaded more than 752 million times.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to launch this year and is likely to further bolster the augmented reality sector.

4. VR will continue to become more mainstream

Virtual reality (VR) experiences have been improving over the past couple of years, and this means we can expect to see even more adoption of VR in 2018. According to a report by Grand View Research, by 2025, the global VR in gaming market size is expected to reach over $45 billion.

More developments are being made in the industry all the time. This includes the introduction of new headsets and improvements to existing hardware designed for mobile VR, like Google Daydream and the Samsung Gear VR. In fact, Samsung recently showed off that its headset could deliver a whole new explosive experience at the recent CES 2018 held in Las Vegas.

If you’re someone who’s into VR or is thinking about jumping on the mobile VR bandwagon to try out this immersive entertainment experience, 2018 is likely to be the best year yet for this tech.

5. More games with Bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin, are starting to capture the attention of more than just tech geeks. With the Bitcoin price having reached a record-breaking high of nearly $20,000 back in December, the desire to invest in Bitcoin has soared.

For this reason, it won’t be surprising if in 2018 there’s a rise in games like Bitcoin Billionaire. These games are designed for you to rake in Bitcoins to help you build up your massive fortune. Although these idle clicker apps are certainly not the most stimulating games out there, for those of you who are looking for ways to earn Bitcoin, it’s an option. Just don’t expect to get rich off playing these games.

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While the five predicted trends listed above certainly have a good chance of coming true, only time will tell what the future truly holds for mobile gaming in 2018. No doubt, it’s sure to be exciting!

What do you think about my predictions? Do you agree or disagree? What do you think will be the biggest mobile gaming trends of 2018?

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Microsoft Is Bringing Back Fable https://www.gameskinny.com/wqvr4/microsoft-is-bringing-back-fable https://www.gameskinny.com/wqvr4/microsoft-is-bringing-back-fable Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:53:32 -0500 Spongehoe

Two years after the shutdown of Lionhead Studios, Microsoft is bringing back the nostalgic, long-awaited Fable as an Xbox One exclusive. It has designated the task to British developer Playground Games, who was also behind Forza Horizon 3. According to Eurogamer, Microsoft is said to have been inspired by none other than the PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn, more for its single-player, open-world concept than anything else.

While it's still in early development, with Playground Games having hired more than 200 people to work on the game, it's been said to be an open-world, story-driven RPG. Thus, the hype is growing among fans everywhere.

The Fable series became something of a hit back in 2008, when Microsoft released Fable II through the hard work of Lionhead studios, and it went on to become one of the biggest RPG bestsellers for Xbox 360. Although it had been a rather plot-less, incoherent game, what it lacked in story it made up for with the fantastic world in which players found themselves.

Unfortunately, Lionhead Studios was closed down by Microsoft in 2016, while the developers were knee-deep in Fable Legends and conceptualizing Fable 4. Rumors from Kotaku UK claimed that Microsoft had refused to sell the rights of the franchise to potential big-name investors of the studio, and therefore shut it down, canceling both projects abruptly.

Now it seems Microsoft wants to do some good for the Xbox One community, and what better way to achieve that than by bringing die-hard fans back to the platform to explore Albion once again.

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World of Warships Blitz Takes Aim at Mobile Devices Everywhere https://www.gameskinny.com/2j2uf/world-of-warships-blitz-takes-aim-at-mobile-devices-everywhere https://www.gameskinny.com/2j2uf/world-of-warships-blitz-takes-aim-at-mobile-devices-everywhere Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:38:07 -0500 Jonathan Moore

All hands, man your battle stations! Following in the footsteps of World of Tanks Blitz, Wargaming Mobile has today announced the release of World of Warships Blitz for Android and iOS mobile devices. 

Available as a free-to-play title on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, World of Warships Blitz aims to bring the strategic action of the PC MMO to the palm of your hand. The game features seven vs. seven naval combat in what Wargaming mobile says is "rapid-fire action." Compared to the larger teams found in the game's PC counterpart, the smaller teams found in WoWs Blitz will complement the game's smaller maps, which, according to Wargaming Mobile, are designed for both fun and historical accuracy. 

Players will also find that many of the ships found in WoWs Blitz, such as the USS North Carolina, the USS Iowa, and more, bring to mobile devices the historical authenticity found in the PC version of World of Warships. Focusing on naval combat from the early 20th Century, WoWs Blitz currently features four of the most prominent naval powers from that time period: Japan, the United States, the U.S.S.R., and Germany. Each of these powers has unique ships and features that look to mirror some of the gameplay elements found in World of Warships. 

Wargaming Mobile opened its doors in June 2017. The developer currently produces WoWs Blitz, World of Tanks Blitz, and Gods and Glory.

If you'd like to know more about how Wargaming developed one of the most historically accurate naval combat games ever made -- and how they mesh that obligation with a fun and strategic MMO experience, check out our behind the scenes look at World of Warships

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on World of Warships Blitz as it develops. 

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Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered Lands on PS4 and Xbox One this March https://www.gameskinny.com/eolnp/assassins-creed-rogue-remastered-lands-on-ps4-and-xbox-one-this-march https://www.gameskinny.com/eolnp/assassins-creed-rogue-remastered-lands-on-ps4-and-xbox-one-this-march Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:35:49 -0500 Kerry-Lee Copsey

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is slashing its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 20th, Ubisoft has announced.

Originally released in 2014 for PS3 and Xbox 360, the spin-off entry places you in control of Shay Patrick Cormac, a Templar hell-bent on hunting down his former Assassin brotherhood across 18th-century North America. The adventure borrows its naval gameplay from Black Flag, with some of the game's characters making a reappearance.

The remaster will feature all of the game’s DLC alongside two bonus missions, "The Armor of Sin Gunn" and "The Siege of Fort de Sable." Special weapons and costumes, including Bayek’s legacy outfit from Assassin’s Creed Origins, will come bundled in the Master Templar and Explorer packs.

Ubisoft Sofia (the studio behind the original game who is also handling the re-release) has confirmed that the standard PS4 and Xbox One versions will run at 1080p, while PS4 Pro and Xbox One X owners can expect full 4K support.

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New Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game Details and Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/scrcg/new-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-mobile-game-details-and-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/scrcg/new-harry-potter-hogwarts-mystery-mobile-game-details-and-trailer Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:41:01 -0500 bazookajo94

Earlier today, Los Angeles mobile game studio Jam City released more details about their upcoming mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. With their announcement comes the game's first trailer, hooking viewers immediately by giving Harry Potter fans what they've always wanted: a welcome letter. 

As the spring 2018 release of the game approaches, Jam City promises a more thorough introduction of the app at this year's Harry Potter celebration at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Participants at the unveiling event can expect swag, gameplay, and a Q&A with the members of the game team. 

For players expecting to see Harry Potter: don't. The game's timeline is set while Nymphadora Tonks and Bill Weasley are attending Hogwarts. Players can customize their own avatar and upgrade their skills just like any RPG game, in addition to other role-playing elements like going on quests and unlocking locations through experience. 

Even more exciting, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a "choices matter" game, meaning players can form relationships with other characters in the game, and based off their decisions during certain quests and dialogues, can change the course of the game -- and their character's morality - -as a result. 

To keep up with updates for the game, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and the app's official website. And as always, stick with GameSkinny for all the latest info on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Good luck waiting until spring for your Hogwarts letter to arrive ....

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory Gets New Story Trailer Prior to Western Release https://www.gameskinny.com/ipa3v/digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-gets-new-story-trailer-prior-to-western-release https://www.gameskinny.com/ipa3v/digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-gets-new-story-trailer-prior-to-western-release Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:01:04 -0500 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has released a story trailer for upcoming release Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory.

Hacker's Memory will take place at the same time as the first Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, this time telling the story from the perspective of amnesiac protagonist Keisuke Amasawa, who has been accused of a crime he has no memory of. Players will be able to change Keisuke's name and will have to collect "Hacker's Memory" items so they will be able to solve the mystery behind the missing memories.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory released in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita  on November 14, 2017, and will release in the U.S. and Europe on January 19, 2017. The game will feature over 320 obtainable Digimon, 30 new maps, and an improved online mode. Those who have preordered the game will receive several bonus Digimon and costumes.

Recently, it was revealed that four new Digimon as well as a fifth unknown Digimon will be added to Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory through a free update after a successful Twitter campaign. It was also revealed that a separate Digimon Story game is currently in development.

Stayed tuned to GameSkinny for more Digimon game news as it develops.

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