News Category RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com News RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Mobile Life Simulation Game Deiland Seeks Funding for Console Release https://www.gameskinny.com/pokzy/mobile-life-simulation-game-deiland-seeks-funding-for-console-release https://www.gameskinny.com/pokzy/mobile-life-simulation-game-deiland-seeks-funding-for-console-release https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ee87647efb746ddfadb3c41521dcb7d9.jpg pokzy/mobile-life-simulation-game-deiland-seeks-funding-for-console-release Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:13:40 -0400 Erroll Maas

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

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

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

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

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

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Immortal Conquest Donates $30,000 To Veterans, Begins In-Game Charity Event https://www.gameskinny.com/jwwrs/immortal-conquest-donates-30000-to-veterans-begins-in-game-charity-event https://www.gameskinny.com/jwwrs/immortal-conquest-donates-30000-to-veterans-begins-in-game-charity-event https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/e/c/wechat-image-20171012140251-c4407.png jwwrs/immortal-conquest-donates-30000-to-veterans-begins-in-game-charity-event Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:04:18 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hand of the Gods Closed Console Beta Begins Today https://www.gameskinny.com/qyc8x/hand-of-the-gods-closed-console-beta-begins-today https://www.gameskinny.com/qyc8x/hand-of-the-gods-closed-console-beta-begins-today https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/a89d72838c1e871a689dce9b559f3f9a.jpg qyc8x/hand-of-the-gods-closed-console-beta-begins-today Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:15:44 -0400 Jonathan Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cuphead Goes Platinum After Selling 1 Million Units https://www.gameskinny.com/1ngxl/cuphead-goes-platinum-after-selling-1-million-units https://www.gameskinny.com/1ngxl/cuphead-goes-platinum-after-selling-1-million-units https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/e/a/real-cuphead-title-screen-245ae.jpg 1ngxl/cuphead-goes-platinum-after-selling-1-million-units Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:15:06 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bandai Namco Details Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Limited Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/9q9o8/bandai-namco-details-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-limited-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/9q9o8/bandai-namco-details-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-limited-edition https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/g/digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-001-ce188.jpg 9q9o8/bandai-namco-details-digimon-story-cyber-sleuth-hackers-memory-limited-edition Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:07:04 -0400 Erroll Maas

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

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

The special limited edition of the game will include:

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

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

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

  • A 16-track soundtrack CD.

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

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

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

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Steven Universe Save the Light Release Date Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/bnkl6/steven-universe-save-the-light-release-date-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/bnkl6/steven-universe-save-the-light-release-date-announced https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1ce6e2f166047bebfa23868307c9e3ef.jpg bnkl6/steven-universe-save-the-light-release-date-announced Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:37:27 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

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

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

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

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

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Best in the Realm: Hi-Rez Studios Announces Paladins Console Series https://www.gameskinny.com/1gcs3/best-in-the-realm-hi-rez-studios-announces-paladins-console-series https://www.gameskinny.com/1gcs3/best-in-the-realm-hi-rez-studios-announces-paladins-console-series https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/a/l/paladins-series-9919d.png 1gcs3/best-in-the-realm-hi-rez-studios-announces-paladins-console-series Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:58:01 -0400 Jonathan Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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Nyko Announces Release of Nintendo Switch Docking Kit and Boost Pak https://www.gameskinny.com/02g44/nyko-announces-release-of-nintendo-switch-docking-kit-and-boost-pak https://www.gameskinny.com/02g44/nyko-announces-release-of-nintendo-switch-docking-kit-and-boost-pak https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/w/i/switch-boost-pack-docking-station-1ecda.png 02g44/nyko-announces-release-of-nintendo-switch-docking-kit-and-boost-pak Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:49:00 -0400 Jonathan Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SEGA Partners With Hooters To Promote Sonic Forces https://www.gameskinny.com/h56yt/sega-partners-with-hooters-to-promote-sonic-forces https://www.gameskinny.com/h56yt/sega-partners-with-hooters-to-promote-sonic-forces https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/o/n/sonic-hooters-1eaaa.jpg h56yt/sega-partners-with-hooters-to-promote-sonic-forces Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:41:35 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

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

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

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

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta Open to All This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/g3yz9/star-wars-battlefront-2-beta-open-to-all-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/g3yz9/star-wars-battlefront-2-beta-open-to-all-this-weekend https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/a/star-wars-13b10.jpeg g3yz9/star-wars-battlefront-2-beta-open-to-all-this-weekend Sat, 07 Oct 2017 14:11:42 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Star Wars Battlefront II early access open beta began October 4, but now, October 6-9, it's open to everyone. All interested PC, Xbox One, and PS4 owners can download the beta until October 9 at 4:00 UTC. (That's midnight EST, in case you're wondering.) The open beta includes several different game challenges: Arcade Challenges, Galactic Assault Challenges, and Starfighter Challenges. Most of these are multiplayer, though there is a single player mode on offer too.

Gameplay Modes

In Galactic Assault, you'll play either as a Clone Trooper, defending the royal palace of Naboo from enemy assaults, or you'll storm the palace as a member of the Separatist Army. Either way, players can choose from four different unit types and call upon a variety of vehicles, spacecraft, and heroes for support. Starfighter Assault sees you piloting Rebel craft, in an attempt to destroy an imperial star Star Destroyer over Fondor, or taking command of Galactic Empire ships to try and defend it.

The Strike scenario pits Resistance and First Order armies against each other. You'll choose your side and battle it out around Maz's castle. And Arcade mode is for the single-player experience, placing you in Theebs in a variety of different scenarios.

Rewards

In all of these modes, you have the opportunity to earn rewards, and EA lets you carry these over into the full game. Here are the requirements for obtaining rewards in each mode:

Arcade Challenges -- October 6

  • Win Arcade while defeating 30 enemies
  • Finish 3 Arcade scenarios

Galactic Assault Challenges -- October 7

  • Play a round of Galactic Assault
  • As a Reinforcement, defeat 20 enemies
  • Play as a trooper, reinforcement, hero, and villain
  • Defeat a hero, villain, reinforcement, and trooper

Starfighter Assault Challenges

  • Become a Hero Ship
  • Destroy 5 Turrets and 5 Objectives
  • Get a Savior Kill Assist 25 times

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Are you planning on downloading the beta? Let us know, and let us know what you think about it, down in the comments!

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Rogue Trooper Redux Gets a New Trailer and Earlier Switch Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/mpkcn/rogue-trooper-redux-gets-a-new-trailer-and-earlier-switch-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/mpkcn/rogue-trooper-redux-gets-a-new-trailer-and-earlier-switch-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4882a73fe03784febf4a6e80e8e89e2f.jpg mpkcn/rogue-trooper-redux-gets-a-new-trailer-and-earlier-switch-release-date Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:35:08 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Developer Rebellion has officially released a new trailer for its third-person shooter Rogue Trooper Redux, titled "101." As you'd expect from the trailer's title, it highlights the game's story, special features, and, of course, its action.The trailer (which you can see above) clocks in at about five minutes. 

Alongside the trailer, Rebellion also announced that the Nintendo Switch version of the game will release October 17, the same day as the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

The trailer showcases the game's Biochip feature, something that makes Rogue a unique soldier. His sentient weapon contains elements of three of Rogue's fallen comrades: Helm, who distracts enemies and offers advice; the versatile Bagman, who aids in crafting a variety of things and can lay landmines too; and Gunnar, who improves your accuracy.

You'll be utilizing more than just guns in your standard run-and-shoot setup, though. The game's combat features a wide variety of weapons and scenarios, including armored vehicles, Lazookas, and turrets, along with stealth combat. The game will feature online co-op as well, allowing you to relive the events leading up to the main story or take part in a tower-defense mode called "Stronghold."

Where all this combat takes place should be familiar to fans of the Rogue comics too. As you travel across the desolate landscape of Nu-Earth, you'll encounter locations like Harpo's Ferry and the Quartz Zone. The ultimate goal is to seek revenge on the Traitor General, who -- as you might have figured out -- led the betrayal and massacre of Rogue's fellow GIs (Genetic Infantrymen). The story, penned by well-known Scottish writer Gordon Rennie, was nominated for a BAFTA. 

If this all sounds familiar, it's because the game is a remastered version of the original Rogue Trooper that debuted on PlayStation 2, PC, and Wii in 2006. For the remake, the developers implemented full HD graphics, added new special effects, and completely redesigned the lighting and geometry.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Rogue Trooper Redux as it develops. 

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Paladins Gets Spooky with the All Hallows Evie Update and Event https://www.gameskinny.com/488e6/paladins-gets-spooky-with-the-all-hallows-evie-update-and-event https://www.gameskinny.com/488e6/paladins-gets-spooky-with-the-all-hallows-evie-update-and-event https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/a/l/paladins-evie-bewitching-9a821.jpg 488e6/paladins-gets-spooky-with-the-all-hallows-evie-update-and-event Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:02:42 -0400 Kengaskhan

Night falls on the sci-fi fantasy realm of Paladins as the All Hallows Evie event goes live, where players can celebrate Halloween inside the world of their favorite hero shooter!

Of course, as a Halloween event, All Hallows Evie brings a spooky assortment of champion skins and accessories to the game. Most of the Halloween cosmetics can be obtained from Little Boxes of Horror -- the event treasure chests -- which you can purchase for 75 crystals each.

New Skins and Cosmetics

You'll find some themed accessories and weapon skins inside the chests, but if you're lucky, you'll pull one of the epic character skins like Evie Bewitching or Bomb King Pumpking. 

On the other hand, if you want the Mal’damba Wickerman and Strix Raven character skins, you'll have to purchase them directly with crystals. However, you only have to buy the Wickerman skin to get both -- upon purchase, you’ll receive a fairly simple quest line that rewards the Strix Raven.

There are also a few exclusive treats for players who are a part of the game's VIP membership program -- namely a Bruce Buffer UFC-style announcer pack and a taunting dance emote for Pip -- but the most notable of the new VIP-exclusives is clearly the Nightmare mount.

Check out the official art for all these new additions to Paladins as part of the Hallows Evie event:

New Map

But that’s not all -- in addition to the usual map and champion tweaks that come with updates this size, Open Beta 60 introduces a brand new map for the Onslaught game mode! It's called Foreman's Rise, and you can check it out in this teaser trailer below:

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Join the Halloween festivities for the duration of Paladins' All Hallows Evie event to get some exciting new skins for some of your favorite characters!

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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Update: New Story Details and Ultra Beasts https://www.gameskinny.com/v00ug/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-update-new-story-details-and-ultra-beasts https://www.gameskinny.com/v00ug/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-update-new-story-details-and-ultra-beasts https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/a01ea3d1c33d2df816f241d8d2239a26.jpg v00ug/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-update-new-story-details-and-ultra-beasts Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:58:08 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon details have been slow in coming up to now. But today, there's a new trailer (see above) and a wealth of new story information from the Pokemon Company. As was hinted at in the games' first reveal, the story takes a more central role in the upcoming sequels, with new characters, a mysterious new Team, and even more of the enigmatic Ultra Beasts.

Remember the Ultra Wormholes from the original Pokemon Sun and Moon? According to the Pokemon Company, they make a return in the sequels, and you'll be travelling through them on Solgaleo and Lunaala. They take you to "new worlds", and the new trailer details one of them in particular: Ultra Megalopolis. This is a city ruled by Necrozma, who's stolen all the light, except that which shines at the top of a strange tower.

You'll also be meeting the Recon Squad, a mysterious group from beyond the Wormholes whose goals are yet unknown. What is known is that you'll get a different version of the story depending on which version of the game you play. For Ultra Sun, you see Recon Squad members Dulse and Zozzie's story, while Soliera and Phyco will take center stage in Ultra Moon.

There are also a host of new Ultra Beasts, one of which is associated with the Recon Squad: UB Adhesive. This one is a Poison type. Its head is full of venom, and it spews it forth via a needle at the top of its head. It can also understand human speech and displays a variety of complex emotions as well.

The other two Ultra Beasts are version exclusives: UB Burst for Ultra Sun, and UB Assembly in Ultra Moon. UB Burst is a Fire/Ghost type. Its head is made up of odd sparks, and it has the curious ability of making its head explode, as you see in the trailer. A favorite trick of UB Burst's is to lure its opponents into a false sense of security through odd behavior and then detonate its head. UB Assembly is a Rock/Steel type and is actually comprised of a variety of different organisms. Each stone in its body is an independent lifeform, and when it confronts foes, a red eye in each stone lights up.

In case you missed it, there was also a Japanese trailer released a short time ago that emphasizes the more dramatic elements of the story, including Necrozma's role in it. You can find that below.

Let us know in the comments what you think about the new details and Ultra Beasts!

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New Trailer Released for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon https://www.gameskinny.com/4fovj/new-trailer-released-for-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon https://www.gameskinny.com/4fovj/new-trailer-released-for-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4998519acd202b40e5f9d03cdbf74511.jpg 4fovj/new-trailer-released-for-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:18:30 -0400 adelgirl

The next entry in the main series of Pokemon games, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, has just teased fans with a brand new trailer that reveals a little bit more about the upcoming title. 

This trailer, which you can view above, features many characters that fans will recognize, including Professor Kukui, Lillie, and Guzma. There are also some characters we've never seen before, like a man with a handlebar mustache and evil villain beard. This character might be part of a new evil team, or just a part of Team Aether in a new uniform. 

One notable thing about this trailer is the scene in which we see the player character riding on the back of Lunala. It appears as though this detail is teasing the ability to control Lunala like trainers were able to do with Latios or Latias in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

A lot of the trailer appears to take place in what would be late game, so there is still much to find out about in regards to how this game will be different from Sun and Moon. Stay tuned for more details as Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon gets closer to launch!

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Tangledeep is Coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/hk76p/tangledeep-is-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/hk76p/tangledeep-is-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch-in-2018 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-1ad76.jpg hk76p/tangledeep-is-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch-in-2018 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:52:53 -0400 adelgirl

Tangledeep is a rogue like dungeon crawler that takes place in a world where people live in underground villages. There's only one way back to the the world above -- the labyrinthTaking the role of a character who has some memories of the surface world, players must travel through the labyrinth to discover what the surface holds. And soon, they'll be able to do that with the Switch. 

Developer Impact Gameworks has announced that Tangledeep will be ported to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018. There is no release date set at this time, but more information should be coming in the future. 

Currently, Tangledeep is available to play on PC through Steam's Early Access program, and you can read our preview of the game here

Tangledeep was originally put on Kickstarter on March 21, 2017. Just a week later on March 28, the the project was funded. When the Kickstarter ended in late April, the project had raised $32,157 from 1,211 backers. 

Have you played the Early Access version of Tangledeep? What did you think? Excited for this Switch release? Let us know in the comments!

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New Gameplay Trailer for Extinction Released https://www.gameskinny.com/gzij8/new-gameplay-trailer-for-extinction-released https://www.gameskinny.com/gzij8/new-gameplay-trailer-for-extinction-released https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/0dc2bd622c857dbb1089413de9da6cc3.jpg gzij8/new-gameplay-trailer-for-extinction-released Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:02:32 -0400 Erroll Maas

Maximum Games has released a new gameplay trailer for Iron Galaxy's upcoming action adventure game, Extinction, which was previously announced in June during E3 2017. 

In Extinction, players take on the role of Avil -- the last remaining sentinel and the only one with the ability to save humankind from complete demise. Extinction largely focuses on high-speed gameplay while roaming an interactive environment as Avil takes down a seemingly endless number of giant ogres known as Ravenii. 

Ravenii are equipped with different weapons and armor, whether they be made of bone, iron, spikes, thorns, or dark steel. This requires Avil to come up with different strategies if he wants to prevent the destruction of humanity.

The only way to defeat the Ravenii is to decapitate them, which is easier said than done when these ogres are covered in spiked armor that will injure Avil when he makes contact. Avil will have to use clever thought and quick wit to trick these ogres into breaking their armor so that he will then be able to decapitate them with a powerful Rune Strike.

Extinction is slated for release in Q1 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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THQ Releases Battle Chasers: Nightwar On PS4, Xbox One & PC https://www.gameskinny.com/9jw9i/thq-releases-battle-chasers-nightwar-on-ps4-xbox-one-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/9jw9i/thq-releases-battle-chasers-nightwar-on-ps4-xbox-one-pc https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2cf2e24f67797d82953c468e877b8894.jpg 9jw9i/thq-releases-battle-chasers-nightwar-on-ps4-xbox-one-pc Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:51:32 -0400 Luke Luby

THQ Nordic and developers Airship Syndicate have officially released Battle Chasers: Nightwar on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC less than two years after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The game has also gotten a new trailer, which you can view above.

According to Airship Syndicate and THQ, the game is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats -- featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.

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

  • Classic turn-based combat with a unique overcharge mana system and Battle Bursts.
  • Randomly-generated dungeons loaded with traps, puzzles, secrets and loot. 
  • An overworld peppered with hidden dungeons, rare bosses and randomly appearing friends and foes. 
  • Six available heroes from the classic Battle Chasers comic series, each with unique abilities, perks, items and dungeon skills for your party.
  • Deep crafting system with an ingredient-overloading mechanic to create epic items.

Based on the 90s cult-hit comic book Battle Chasers, this video game spinoff originally hit Kickstarter in 2015 and successfully met its fundraising goal. Battle Chasers: Nightwars can now be played on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation4 and is available for $29.99 in both digital and physical copies.

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Return of the Multiplayer: 2005's Star Wars: Battlefront II Multiplayer Returns https://www.gameskinny.com/njp72/return-of-the-multiplayer-2005s-star-wars-battlefront-ii-multiplayer-returns https://www.gameskinny.com/njp72/return-of-the-multiplayer-2005s-star-wars-battlefront-ii-multiplayer-returns https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/t/a/star-wars-battlefront-a49a9.jpg njp72/return-of-the-multiplayer-2005s-star-wars-battlefront-ii-multiplayer-returns Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:47:25 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

On its release in 2005, Star Wars: Battlefront II was an exciting adventure through the beloved sci-fantasy universe of Star Wars. Fans of the original Battlefront fell in love with the addition of space combat and playable heroes, and Battlefront II quickly earned a place as one of the best Star Wars games ever made. 

Now, with the help of GOG's Galaxy client, Disney and GOG are bringing back the Battlefront II multiplayer experience. Whether you own the game through GOG or Steam, you can jump back into one of the most iconic Star Wars games of all time, without any extra tools. 

Nine years after its release, players were forced to search for and utilize third-party tools to continue their battles across the stars, when GameSpy servers were shut down in May 2014. 

While EA has been breathing life back into the Battlefront games with 2015's Star Wars: Battlefront and the upcoming Battelfront 2, for some gamers, there's nothing like the nostalgia of playing the classic version. Check out Steam and GOG to pick up Star Wars: Battlefront II or log back in today to get into the fight. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the Battlefront series of games as it develops. 

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Get Your Fart Featured In South Park: The Fractured But Whole https://www.gameskinny.com/e07ik/get-your-fart-featured-in-south-park-the-fractured-but-whole https://www.gameskinny.com/e07ik/get-your-fart-featured-in-south-park-the-fractured-but-whole https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/o/coon-f3c71.jpg e07ik/get-your-fart-featured-in-south-park-the-fractured-but-whole Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:37:42 -0400 adam.leviness

Ubisoft is holding a one-of-a-kind contest to allow one lucky fan to be featured as “the official in-game fart” of the new South Park: The Fractured But Whole video game. The winner of the contest will be flown to California, where they will record the very best of their fart noises at Ubisoft’s San Francisco Studios. They will then get to see their fart integrated into the game by Ubisoft's development team.

The creators of South Park have built a media empire around fart jokes -- and the newest game is embracing those jokes while letting fans in on the fun. Contestants can submit ten-second clips of their fart noises at the I Am The Fart official contest website. These entries will then be voted on by the community. The contest runs from October 2 to October 16.

The Fractured But Whole is the second game in the series following the classic turn-based RPG that followed you, “the new kid,” as he went on a large fantasy adventure. This time around the boys and your character are playing superheroes and your superpower is your superhuman ability to pass gas.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on the October 17, and is now available for pre-order.

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Red Hook Teases Darkest Dungeon on the Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/3a25z/red-hook-teases-darkest-dungeon-on-the-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/3a25z/red-hook-teases-darkest-dungeon-on-the-switch https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7e34b1c8aace5acb37e19ce8b25b2b8a.jpg 3a25z/red-hook-teases-darkest-dungeon-on-the-switch Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:28:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Nintendo Switch lineup has been receiving several boosts here lately, some of which are raising more eyebrows than others. That trend continues with the latest announcement -- one that will surely be pleasing to fans of dungeon crawlers who felt let down by Has-Been Heroes

In a surprise tweet, developer Red Hook Studios teased that its sleeper hit, Darkest Dungeon, will soon be running on the Nintendo Switch. The tweet shows a battle scene playing out, before slowly zooming out to reveal the console itself. 

Darkest Dungeon is an innovative twist on the rouge-like dungeon crawler genre. It combines turn-based battles and exploration with an emphasis on the "psychological stresses of adventuring." Alongside battling "diabolical" monsters, players must fight paranoia and fear (among several other psychological maladies) as they descend further into the dungeon and attempt to stop the flood of darkness from creeping ever further over their family's lands.

The game includes 16 character classes, such as Plague Doctor and Leper, with additional ones planned for later updates. Resting at taverns or inns can reduce the shock felt by your party members, and camping helps heal physical wounds. The game also boasts hand-drawn graphics, a difficult mechanic—including permadeath—and procedurally generated dungeons.

Red Hook has nothing to say at this time regarding a Switch release date.

Let us know in the comments if you're excited to see this game coming to the Switch!

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Duel World (GX) Added To Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links https://www.gameskinny.com/6bfx3/duel-world-gx-added-to-yu-gi-oh-duel-links https://www.gameskinny.com/6bfx3/duel-world-gx-added-to-yu-gi-oh-duel-links https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/0/w/b0wufl84-6c1c7.jpg 6bfx3/duel-world-gx-added-to-yu-gi-oh-duel-links Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:37:27 -0400 Erroll Maas

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, a mobile game based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game and anime series, has received an update containing new cards, characters, and a new world.

The new world is based on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series which revolves around main character Jaden Yuki -- Judai Yuki in Japan -- and his adventures at Duel Academy. To unlock the new world, players must have reached at least level eight. Players then must complete the character unlock goals to unlock Jaden Yuki and select him to unlock Duel World (GX).

Other confirmed unlockable characters include Chazz Princeton, Aster Phoenix, and Alexis Rhodes. At the moment, it seems that only Yu-Gi-Oh GX characters can be used in Duel World (GX) and only original series characters can be used in normal Duel World. The new Generation Next booster pack, and new Legendary Warriors and Hero Rising structure decks for Joey Wheeler and Jaden Yuki, respectively, were also released alongside the update.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is available on Android through Google Play and iOS via App store. The game will also be released on PC sometime this Winter.

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Layoffs Affect Saints Row Developer Volition https://www.gameskinny.com/ujcba/layoffs-affect-saints-row-developer-volition https://www.gameskinny.com/ujcba/layoffs-affect-saints-row-developer-volition https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/a/i/saints-row-developer-volition-hit-massive-layoffs-c1234.jpg ujcba/layoffs-affect-saints-row-developer-volition Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:12:28 -0400 Luke Luby

Volition, the developers behind the Saints Row and Red Faction series, have reportedly laid off about 30 members of the studio over the past week. Although the company recently released Agents of Mayhem, a spinoff of the Saints Row franchise, neither of their main franchises have released a proper full-length game in several years, with no known releases in either currently set.

Despite the recent release of the game, Agents Of Mayhem, has not been performing well since release. The game was the first major title released by the developer since Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

As of this writing, neither Volition nor Koch Media has released a statement in regards to the reported layoffs.

Around the same time that Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell was released in 2015, publisher THQ - which owned Volition at the time - went into bankruptcy, with Volition and all of the developer's IPs being sold off to Koch Media/DeepSilver.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about Volition, Deep Silver, and Agents of Mayhem as it develops. 

 

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THQ Releases The Guild 3 on Steam Early Access https://www.gameskinny.com/11qvm/thq-releases-the-guild-3-on-steam-early-access https://www.gameskinny.com/11qvm/thq-releases-the-guild-3-on-steam-early-access https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/5d7643b83bdece346a74316381f02933.jpg 11qvm/thq-releases-the-guild-3-on-steam-early-access Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:26:39 -0400 Luke Luby

THQ Nordic has today unveiled the Steam Early Access version of The Guild 3, the latest entry in their medieval life simulation franchise.  A launch trailer for the sim has also been released, which you can see above.

From your first shack, where your character starts his work, to the vast chambers of your own palace as lord of a county and head of a wealthy and influential family, The Guild 3 takes you on a medieval journey as an average citizen. According to THQ Nordic, the game is set to include a number of features, including:

[A] Beautiful world that looks and feels alive, with [a] day and night cycle and the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter, each with specific influences to the world. Many "Story Quests" offer hours of game fun! Multiplayer experiences with up to 16 players at once! Known and Secret Societies, e.g. the Freemasons and the Alchemists Guild!

Join one of the societies, support your fellows and get supported, get access to special powers of your society and try to mold your city and whole scenario map according to your societies philosophy! Twelve unique scenario maps that comprise one or more cities and their surroundings, based on original historical locations in central and northern Europe.

The Guild 3 is a unique mixture of economic simulation, strategy, historical life simulation, and role-playing in real-time 3D. It has atmospheric voice recording and a medieval soundtrack. In the game, you can create a family dynasty which can last for centuries.

While the world around you and your dynasty rearrange themselves again and again -- all non-player figures make their own decisions -- you have to prove your skills in crafting and trading, at social interactions, and finally in politics and malicious intrigues.

You can find The Guild 3 on Steam Early Access.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on The Guild 3 as it develops. 

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Fortnite's Battle Royale Mode is Currently Free to Play https://www.gameskinny.com/4c0eg/fortnites-battle-royale-mode-is-currently-free-to-play https://www.gameskinny.com/4c0eg/fortnites-battle-royale-mode-is-currently-free-to-play https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/o/r/fortnite-battle-royale-88d91.jpg 4c0eg/fortnites-battle-royale-mode-is-currently-free-to-play Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:07:03 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Epic Games' co-op sandbox survival game, Fortnite, has just made its Battle Royale mode free for all players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.

The game mode recently sparked controversy because of its similarities to Bluehole's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Battle Royale Mode sees 100 players dropped onto an island in a battle to the death, using only the weapons provided and their building skills. The mode is similar to PUBG's battle royale mode, but it also involves the game's building mechanic. 

Also launched with this free update is Fornite's squad play and two new weapons -- the Scoped Assault Rifle and the Tactical Submachine Gun. Squad play allows you to group up in duos or four-person squads, with duos set to come after "there are enough players to support matchmaking".

If you want to check out the newest game type on PS4 or Xbox One, just head to either console's digital store. You can access the free game on Fortnite's store page even if you haven't paid for the full early access version. If you're on PC or Mac, head to Fortnite's website to sign-up and download the game.

To get a head start, check out our guide on How to Survive in Battle Royale Mode!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Fortnite and its Battle Royale Mode as it develops. 

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Vote for Your Favorite Copy Ability in Nintendo's 25th Anniversary Kirby Ability Poll https://www.gameskinny.com/9p4vy/vote-for-your-favorite-copy-ability-in-nintendos-25th-anniversary-kirby-ability-poll https://www.gameskinny.com/9p4vy/vote-for-your-favorite-copy-ability-in-nintendos-25th-anniversary-kirby-ability-poll https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/6/0/0/6002367-f125-dc961.jpg 9p4vy/vote-for-your-favorite-copy-ability-in-nintendos-25th-anniversary-kirby-ability-poll Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:58:27 -0400 adelgirl

As a special bonus for Kirby's 25th anniversary, there is currently a poll on Nintendo's website where fans can vote for their favorite Kirby Copy Ability from a list of provided abilities. There are a total of 57 Copy Abilities to choose from, and anyone can vote for one Copy Ability per day until October 2.

The winning Copy Ability will receive a special Nintendo 3DS theme and a custom wallpaper. The winning Copy Ability will also have a chance of being added to the upcoming Kirby brawler, Kirby Battle Royal, which is set to release in Europe on November 3, and in North America on January 19. 

It's important to note that some of the Abilities have a red circle in the upper left corner. If an ability that has this wins the poll, they cannot be added to the game. These abilities would either make the player too over powered or were needed for specific game mechanics for the games in which they were used.  

You can vote in the Kirby Copy Ability poll here

Which ability did you choose? Are there any Kirby Copy Abilities that are not on the list that you wish were? Let us know in the comments.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Kirby Battle Royal as it develops. 

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Fate Of The Furious Cars Coming To Forza Motorsport 7 https://www.gameskinny.com/oqagb/fate-of-the-furious-cars-coming-to-forza-motorsport-7 https://www.gameskinny.com/oqagb/fate-of-the-furious-cars-coming-to-forza-motorsport-7 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/a/t/fate-furious-cars-coming-forza-motorsport-ad7fe.jpg oqagb/fate-of-the-furious-cars-coming-to-forza-motorsport-7 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:26:13 -0400 Luke Luby

Some new DLC has been announced for Forza Motorsport 7 that features cars from Fate Of The Furious  --- the eighth entry in The Fast & The Furious  franchise. It’s not a major surprise in light of past crossovers between the two franchises, but it should nonetheless be a fun DLC pack for fans of the film.

These include the 1968 Dodge Charger, 2015 Jaguar F-Type, and 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline. The full list of Fate Of The Furious cars set to burn through Forza Motorsport 7 includes:

  • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1968 Dodge Charger
  • 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
  • 1971 Plymouth GTX
  • 2016 Subaru WRX STI
  • 2018 Dodge Demon
  • 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline Special
  • 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S
  • 2013 Subaru BRZ
  • 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter

This DLC pack will be available as a Day One car pack offered for free to those who buy Forza 7’s Ultimate or Deluxe editions. Ultimate edition owners will get it on September 29 (thanks to the early access period available with that version of the game), while Deluxe owners get it on the game’s regular release date of October 3. Anyone with the standard edition will be able to purchase the pack on its own for $10.

This isn’t the first time that Forza Motorsport and The Fast & The Furious have had a crossover -- although this is the most extensive one to date. 

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Epocylipse The AfterFall Gets Renamed To Eden Falling https://www.gameskinny.com/n3sc0/epocylipse-the-afterfall-gets-renamed-to-eden-falling https://www.gameskinny.com/n3sc0/epocylipse-the-afterfall-gets-renamed-to-eden-falling https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/p/o/epocylipse-afterfall-gets-renamed-eden-falling-ddb33.jpg n3sc0/epocylipse-the-afterfall-gets-renamed-to-eden-falling Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:15:06 -0400 Luke Luby

Razor Edge Games has announced that its upcoming game Epocylipse The AfterFall has been renamed to Eden Falling, with the developers reasoning that the title alteration reflects the changing market.

Mike Weiser, the CEO of Razor Edge Games, had the following to say about the name change:

“I created the original name in 2006. Stepping back and taking a look at the name and how it held up eleven years later is remarkable, but, Eden Falling is now better suited for today’s marketplace." 

Mr. Weiser also said that the new title better reflects the core game, saying that Eden Falling has changed drastically since it was first named Epocylipse The AfterFall:

"Considering the expanded scope & features we have added to the game, all the new content that has been implemented, including a vast expansion of the lore and the game world, Eden Falling fits perfectly."

Eden Falling is set in a post-apocalyptic world where, after Earth is hit by meteors, an infection begins to decimate mankind -- leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. According to Arthur Tomlinson, the Creative Director behind the game, more features and information about the game are set to be unveiled in the coming weeks:

"To give a few spoilers, we will be unveiling more on Eden Falling’s immersive, procedurally generated living world; from the vast size, to spontaneous terraforming events that alter your experience as you play, Eden Falling will be unique and organic every play through. We will be actively releasing new in game footage as well, including highly anticipated character creation and combat.”

The game has been in development on-and-off since 2006, with Razor Edge Games constantly working and re-working the game over the years. In spite of the name change to suit the current market, the game doesn't have a definitive release date.

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The Legend of Zelda DLC for Monster Hunter Stories Available on September 28 https://www.gameskinny.com/t3kgu/the-legend-of-zelda-dlc-for-monster-hunter-stories-available-on-september-28 https://www.gameskinny.com/t3kgu/the-legend-of-zelda-dlc-for-monster-hunter-stories-available-on-september-28 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/639403134463d4ccb871f537bbc80c52.jpg t3kgu/the-legend-of-zelda-dlc-for-monster-hunter-stories-available-on-september-28 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:11:15 -0400 Erroll Maas

On September 28, players in North America and Europe will be able to download free special items from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series in Monster Hunter Stories

The items include the Master Sword greatsword weapon, Link's outfit armor set, a Majora's Mask accessory for Navirou, and a special Epona monstie which can  fight alongside players in battle. Both the Master Sword and outfit can be upgraded like other weapons and armor sets in the game.

Previously, it was unknown if the North American and European versions of Monster Hunter Stories would receive the DLC and updates it has been getting in Japan. But this rollout of new content may indicate that the West can expect more in the future. A 1.3 update was recently announced for release in Japan this winter.

Monster Hunter Stories in available for the Nintendo 3DS physically from your local video game retailer and digitally through the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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Art of War: Red Tides Is Coming To iOS This Month https://www.gameskinny.com/qbv80/art-of-war-red-tides-is-coming-to-ios-this-month https://www.gameskinny.com/qbv80/art-of-war-red-tides-is-coming-to-ios-this-month https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/fda715f06479ae3055cd62a22a599133.jpg qbv80/art-of-war-red-tides-is-coming-to-ios-this-month Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:10:58 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

If you’ve been itching for another strategy title for your phone, Red Tides: Art of War has you covered. Since its release on Steam's Early Access platform in December 2016, this game was only available on PC -- but it has now made the move for iPhone and iPad for free. 

Red Tides was heavily inspired by the Starcraft 2 map “Desert Strike”. According to developer Game Science:

"At its core, Red Tides is a competitive multiplayer RTS that takes place in a single 'lane'. Everything from army building, to timing and strategy, is key, especially for climbing that ranked ladder! Our heartfelt thanks go out to the developer of the Desert Strike map from Starcraft 2, without it and our love for it, Art of War: Red Tides would not have been possible".

The game has you play as an Army’s commander, where you go head-to-head against another player in one lane. Each match consists of players choosing what units to bring into the battleground and using special abilities to get an upper hand. 300 units can be on the battlefield at the same time, and 120 units between three races give plenty of strategic possibilities. The game boasts both its simple-to-understand gameplay and its depth as proof that accessibility and complexity can be connected.

Red Tides also boasts its “fair monetization”, where any purchases made in-game will not affect matches. This will make every match fair, regardless of whether someone buys in-game items or not.

Red Tides: Art of War is available to download via Steam or the App Store for free.

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Super Mario Odyssey's E10+ Rating Explained https://www.gameskinny.com/jvuuv/super-mario-odysseys-e10-rating-explained https://www.gameskinny.com/jvuuv/super-mario-odysseys-e10-rating-explained https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/u/p/super-mario-odyssey-header-30ceb.jpg jvuuv/super-mario-odysseys-e10-rating-explained Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:17:39 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Mario fans recently raised their eyebrows after learning the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey would have a B rating -- ages 12 and up -- in Japan's Cero system, which translates to an E10+ in the ESRB system. That makes Odyssey the first mainline Mario game not to be rated just plain E. But at the time, no details were offered about the change.

Rumors abounded of course, particularly after The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received a similar rating due to the presence of alcohol and large, scantily clad women, a.k.a. "mild suggestive themes." Would there be a toast at Bowser's wedding? Was Princess Peach's forced marriage grounds for mild suggestive themes?

Now we have a more definite answer. And the reality behind the rating is a bit different -- though it should come as no surprise to those who have been following the game since this year's E3

Super Mario Odyssey's E10+ rating has nothing to do with any of the above mentioned rumors. Instead, it is as some expected -- Cartoon Violence and Comic Mischief.

The ESRB only offers one example of the latter, referencing the Cookatiel spewing goo and food at Mario during a boss fight. There are several examples of the former. Despite the fact that New Donk City's residents look more realistic than most characters in a Mario game, nothing is said about them being a factor in the cartoon violence element -- and despite some rumors, nothing about the possession mechanic itself.

Instead, the rating mentions that enemies sometimes react to Mario's attacks with yelps or by cowering. There is also a boss fight where Mario must punch the boss, and his attacks are accompanied by screen shaking effects. Probably the most influential factor, though, is the mechanical Wiggler battle shown off over the summer, as Mario must possess a "cartoony tank" and fire explosive cannonballs at the beast.

Let us know what you think about Super Mario Odyssey's rating down in the comments!

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Pokémon Gold and Silver Now Available on 3DS eShop https://www.gameskinny.com/32fj3/pokemon-gold-and-silver-now-available-on-3ds-eshop https://www.gameskinny.com/32fj3/pokemon-gold-and-silver-now-available-on-3ds-eshop https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/o/l/gold-silver-banner-403e5.jpg 32fj3/pokemon-gold-and-silver-now-available-on-3ds-eshop Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:44:51 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The classic second generation of Pokémon games for the Game Boy Color, Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version, have been digitally re-released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop today at a bargain price of $10 each.

The digital re-releases feature wireless trading capabilities between different 3DS users, in place of the old-fashioned link cable -- just as the case was with the re-releases of Pokémon Blue, Red, and Yellow Version on the eShop. If you intend on purchasing either of these games form the eShop, be sure to download the version with the correct language for you, as the various versions in different languages have all been listed individually on the eShop and labelled for your convenience.

There is also a bonus for purchasing either Gold or Silver directly off of the 3DS eShop that can be utilized in Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Pokémon Ultra Moon. If you purchase either game between September 22, 2017 and September 21, 2018, you will receive a code that can redeemed in any of the above Pokémon games in order to receive the legendary Pokémon Celebi as a mystery gift. Unfortunately, seeing how Celebi was an even-only Pokémon in the original Gold and Silver, there is no way to legitimately acquire one in the original games, and the code is only applicable to the newer titles mentioned above.

You can watch a trailer for the eShop releases below:

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice Released On Mobile Today https://www.gameskinny.com/fddnp/phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-spirit-of-justice-released-on-mobile-today https://www.gameskinny.com/fddnp/phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-spirit-of-justice-released-on-mobile-today https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/p/i/spirit-justice-image-026f3.jpg fddnp/phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-spirit-of-justice-released-on-mobile-today Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:37:19 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is the sixth and most recent installment in the Ace Attorney series. The game was originally released for the 3DS in 2016 -- but as of today, it's also available for iOS and Android devices. 

This release is keeping in line with Capcom's ongoing tradition of releasing every main series Ace Attorney game on mobile devices some time after its release on the DS family of systems. Capcom has done the same for the original Ace Attorney trilogy, as well as the fourth DS title Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.  

Spirit of Justice follows recurring series protagonist Phoenix Wright as he travels to the mystical kingdom of Khura'in to visit his old friend Maya Fey upon the completion of her spiritual training. As tends to happen a lot in this series, he gets tangled up in a series of cases involving a number of falsely accused individuals, and seeks to prove their innocence by defending them in court -- all while fighting the unfamiliar justice system of a new country.

While Phoenix is taking care of things in Khura'in, the other members of the Wright Anything Agency, Athena Cykes and Apollo Justice, hold down the fort and handle cases back home.

The mobile version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is available now on both iOS and Android devices, and the original version is available for download on 3DS. You can watch a trailer for the game down below:

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Monster Hunter Stories 1.3 Update Will Come to Japan This Winter https://www.gameskinny.com/qssuq/monster-hunter-stories-13-update-will-come-to-japan-this-winter https://www.gameskinny.com/qssuq/monster-hunter-stories-13-update-will-come-to-japan-this-winter https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/09bd1f74ebad49ab069215bc5caaa055.jpg qssuq/monster-hunter-stories-13-update-will-come-to-japan-this-winter Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:42:06 -0400 Erroll Maas

Monster Hunter Stories, the monster-raising RPG spin-off of Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise, will receive another big update in Japan this winter. The 1.3 update will include new monsters to fight, new monsties to obtain, more character customization options based on characters from the anime series, new floors to challenge in the tower of illusion, and some new story content featuring the Black Riders from the second season of the anime series.

In July, Monster Hunter Stories received the 1.2 update alongside an updated physical re-release known as Monster Hunter Stories 1.2 Renewal Edition which included previously unobtainable monsties and new customization options.

Monster Hunter Stories released in North America and Europe on September 8, 2017. At this time, it is unknown when or if the West will receive these updates.

Monster Hunter Stories is available physically at your local video game retailer and digitally through the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition Announced for Switch Retail https://www.gameskinny.com/m1p72/shantae-half-genie-hero-ultimate-edition-announced-for-switch-retail https://www.gameskinny.com/m1p72/shantae-half-genie-hero-ultimate-edition-announced-for-switch-retail https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/h/a/shantae-swimsuit-banner-d4be5.jpg m1p72/shantae-half-genie-hero-ultimate-edition-announced-for-switch-retail Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:40:51 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Video game publisher XSEED Games announced yesterday that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will not only be getting a physical release on the Nintendo Switch, but that it will also be the first release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition.  

XSEED claimed that not only will the Ultimate Edition contain the recently released Pirate Queen's Quest campaign mode for Risky Boots, but it will also contain the upcoming character DLC for the Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops. The statement also contained the first bit of news in a long while regarding the alternate costume modes for Shantae that were promised during the original Kickstarter.

XSEED made the announcement on their Facebook, stating that:

"Not only that, the Ultimate Edition will come with 'Friends Mode' and 'Costume Mode'! In Friends Mode, Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops must survive Shantae’s Nightmare and save their friend from doom, while Costume Mode provides three new arcade-style adventures; Dash, slash, and teleport as Ninja Shantae, work on your tan as Beach Shantae, or alter the level around you ‘Mighty Switch Force’ style as Officer Shantae!"

There isn't any information yet about the game's release date, nor any specifics regarding the not-yet released character DLC -- but XSEED promised that more details will be revealed in the near future. You can stay up to date with announcements from XSEED by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Check Out GOG.com BIG DEAL Sale Raffle and Game Giveaways https://www.gameskinny.com/3otl2/check-out-gogcom-big-deal-sale-raffle-and-game-giveaways https://www.gameskinny.com/3otl2/check-out-gogcom-big-deal-sale-raffle-and-game-giveaways https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/a/c/facebook-big-deal-sale-social-eng-ea8bb.png 3otl2/check-out-gogcom-big-deal-sale-raffle-and-game-giveaways Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:10:45 -0400 Kat De Shields

GOG.com's BIG DEAL sale is underway with more than 200 deals across the site. We here at GameSkinny are celebrating with a raffle and giveaway of our own! The only thing better than a great game is one that you can get for free. Here's how you can snag a few free keys over the next few days. 

GameSkinny and GOG Raffle

10 lucky winners will receive a copy of EVERSPACE or Darkest Dungeon. Click here to access the GOG.com Big Deal Sale Raffle with GameSkinny. Once you enter, be sure to check your email for tips on how to improve your chances of winning! This raffle closes at 11:59 PT on September 24th. 

GameSkinny Daily Giveaways

From now until Monday, September 25th, we're giving away a total of 30 free games! Keep an eye on GameSkinny's Facebook and Twitter pages to see the featured game of the day and how to enter to win a free copy.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by GOG.com and check out their sale. There are tons of bargains you don't want to miss!

 

 

 

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Square Enix Announces New Mobile Title, Battle of Blades https://www.gameskinny.com/e6a4x/square-enix-announces-new-mobile-title-battle-of-blades https://www.gameskinny.com/e6a4x/square-enix-announces-new-mobile-title-battle-of-blades https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/f46b407c93d03bba130623bc23c14398.jpg e6a4x/square-enix-announces-new-mobile-title-battle-of-blades Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:19:27 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

A new mobile game, Battle of Blades, has just been announced by Japanese developer Square Enix. Available on Andriod and iOS, the fantasy-inspired battle arena game appears to be available only in Japan at the time of this writing, with no mention of a Western release. 

The game features a single-player mode with a story written by Higashide Yuuichirou, one of the writers of Fate/Apocrypha. Additionally, a ton of customization options have been shown off as it pertains to accessories, including special weapons from other Square Enix games, such as Nier: Automata, Secret of Mana, and Romancing SaGa. 

Battle of Blades also features several multiplayer functions, such as a battle arena, where players team up to battle each other in 4v4 battles, and large-scale boss fights that carry with them special rewards. A short preview video shows off a team of players taking on monsters and other players. 

 

Pre-registration for the game is available now, but there's no mention of a release date yet. If you're interested in pre-registering for Battle of Blades, you can check out the game's Japanese website here

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

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U.S. Navy To Use Xbox Controllers To Operate Submarine Periscopes https://www.gameskinny.com/u3acd/us-navy-to-use-xbox-controllers-to-operate-submarine-periscopes https://www.gameskinny.com/u3acd/us-navy-to-use-xbox-controllers-to-operate-submarine-periscopes https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/x/b/o/xbox-one-controller-banner-ced0b.jpg u3acd/us-navy-to-use-xbox-controllers-to-operate-submarine-periscopes Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:45:24 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The United States Navy recently announced that they are planning to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate the periscopes installed in their newest Virginia-class submarines.

USS John Warner's assistant weapons officer Lt. j.g. Kyle Leonard told Military.com that "The Navy got together and they asked a bunch of [junior officers] and junior guys, 'What can we do to make your life better?'... "And one of the things that came out is the controls for the scope. It's kind of clunky in your hand; it's real heavy."

The advantage of using Xbox 360 controllers lies not just in accessibility, but also in price. On average, a new Xbox 360 controller in somewhere between $30 to $40 online, while the typical cost for the specially designed photonic mast handgrip and imaging control panel made for modern submarines is around $38,000.

This isn't the first time that the U.S. Military has used video game paraphernalia in order to cut costs and simplify technology. Another instance of such technology crossover was when the U.S. Air Force created a supercomputer out of a large cluster of modified PS3s.

 

Image credit: didyouknowgaming.com

The integration of Xbox 360 controllers into Virginia-class Naval submarines will begin with the USS Colorado, which is commissioned for November. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more video game and video game related news as it develops. 

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Become Unlonely with New iOS 2D Platformer [Teaser Trailer] https://www.gameskinny.com/khm90/become-unlonely-with-new-ios-2d-platformer-teaser-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/khm90/become-unlonely-with-new-ios-2d-platformer-teaser-trailer https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d913624ce0ae4204cae8611263265480.jpg khm90/become-unlonely-with-new-ios-2d-platformer-teaser-trailer Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:03:51 -0400 LuckyJorael

Indie game developer Rinikulous Games has posteda teaser trailer for Unlonely, the follow-up title to Lonely Sun, the developer's initial planetary platformer for iOS devices.

Unlonely features sidescrolling gameplay similar to its minimalist platformer predecessor, where players guide planets and planetoids to their destined orbits in a 2D space across a variety of levels and stages. 

Unlonely features planets that reflect the six different game review sites and journalists that are mentioned in the trailer and have in some way covered the game's journey: Orange Bison, SnappZilla, iFanzine, Indie Game Launchpad, IndieHangover, and GameSkinny.

Rinikulous Games says that Unlonely is a passion project inspired by Lonely Sun and giving back to the gaming community, including the games journalists that cover the indie gaming scene. 

As of this writing, Unlonely does not currently have a release date. Rinikulous Games says that the game is "coming soon" to iOS systems, including iPhone and iPad.

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

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AOC Unveils New QHD Gaming Monitor https://www.gameskinny.com/ecuvt/aoc-unveils-new-qhd-gaming-monitor https://www.gameskinny.com/ecuvt/aoc-unveils-new-qhd-gaming-monitor https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/o/n/monitor-5d8b0.png ecuvt/aoc-unveils-new-qhd-gaming-monitor Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:29:28 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Today AOC, a manufacturer of high-definition computer monitors, televisions, and other display technologies, has announced its newest gaming monitor: the Agon AG322QCX. This 32-inch, curved QHD monitor is built specifically with eSports gamers and gaming enthusiasts in mind. It features a plethora of user-centric features, such as AMD freesync technology, Shadow Control, and LowBlue Mode. Other monitor features include a 144Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time. 

The monitor's freesync technology allows for refresh rate synchronization between AMD-powered GPUs and the AG322's screen, which is meant to reduce screen-tearing, minimize stutter, and decrease input/output lag. AMD released its royalty-free freesync technology in 2015 to directly compete with Nvidia's G-sync technology and can be found in other currently-available AOC monitors. 

Receiving input from such eSports teams as Team Liquid, AOC has also incorporated Shadow Control and LowBlue Mode into the AG322QCX. These technologies reportedly work in concert to ameliorate eye fatigue caused from extended play and eSports training sessions. Both features function to reduce shadows and eliminate certain wavelengths of blue light, the latter of which some studies suggest may cause retinal damage over time.

The Agon AG322 has a resolution of 2560x1440, a single VGA port, two HDMI ports, two display ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. It currently retails for $429.99. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news about all things gaming. 

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Ash's Hat Pikachu Now Available in Pokemon Sun and Moon https://www.gameskinny.com/bcljq/ashs-hat-pikachu-now-available-in-pokemon-sun-and-moon https://www.gameskinny.com/bcljq/ashs-hat-pikachu-now-available-in-pokemon-sun-and-moon https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/s/h/ashs-pikachu-194754-3d128.jpg bcljq/ashs-hat-pikachu-now-available-in-pokemon-sun-and-moon Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:02:19 -0400 adelgirl

Around the time that Pokemon Sun and Moon first game out, it was revealed that at some point after the game's launch, various special Pikachus, all wearing different Ash hats from the anime series, would be released in special events. 

The first of these Pikachu just became available, and it's wearing the hat that Ash wore in the anime from the start of his journey through the Johto League. To get this original hat Pikachu, players will need to enter a special code (Pikachu20) in their Mystery Gift menu by September 25th. Full instructions for redeeming this can be found on the Pokemon Company's website

Before downloading this hatted Pikachu, though, players will want to take note of the disclaimer in the official announcement: 

Although there are six different behatted Pikachu to choose from, you will only be able to get one of them via this special code. The Pikachu you get will vary depending on when you enter this code.

That means you'll only be able to pick up one of the 6 available Pikachus, so decide which one you want before redeeming your code, then wait for the right time to pick that version up. 

The event for Pikachu in the original Ash hat runs from September 19 to September 25. So if this is the version you want, be sure to pick it up before it's too late. 

There are more Pikachu events scheduled. The day after this event ends, a new one will start that features Pikachu in a different hat -- and the Hoenn hat is coming up next. These events will keep repeating in this fashion until all the Pikachu variations have been released. 

Which hatted Pikachu will you be picking up for your collection? Let us know down in the comments! 

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Sega Unveils Sonic Forces Digital Bonus Edition and Free DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/p274a/sega-unveils-sonic-forces-digital-bonus-edition-and-free-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/p274a/sega-unveils-sonic-forces-digital-bonus-edition-and-free-dlc https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d3897130f8b736c6a373b269353e6913.jpg p274a/sega-unveils-sonic-forces-digital-bonus-edition-and-free-dlc Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:41:42 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Sega is continuing its promotion of the upcoming Sonic Forces with some new announcements about the game and a new trailer as well (which you can view above).

The company revealed that all purchasers of Sonic Forces will receive the free day-one DLC "Episode Shadow", and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can pre-purchase the Digital Bonus Edition of the game starting now to receive a few additional items.

"Episode Shadow" focuses on Shadow the Hedgehog's relationship to the enigma that is Infinite, and explores the fate of Team Dark as well. You will be able to play as Shadow in more than 10 modern Sonic-style stages, but you also get three Shadow-specific stages as well. Whether the hedgehog maintains G-rated language throughout, though, Sega didn’t say. 

Sega also revealed that the Digital Bonus Edition of Sonic Forces includes the previously announced Atlus add-ons -- featuring AiAi from Super Monkey Ball and Persona 5's Joker, among others. However, it also adds an extra Shadow skin for your character, special avatars, a couple of themes, and automatically includes the Episode Shadow DLC. As mentioned, this special set is only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players, with nothing mentioned as of yet about plans for a Nintendo Switch bonus edition.

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Let us know in the comments if you are looking forward to playing as Shadow again or are planning on picking up the bonus edition!

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Monster Hunter: World Trailer Reveals Worldwide Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/5z4zp/monster-hunter-world-trailer-reveals-worldwide-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/5z4zp/monster-hunter-world-trailer-reveals-worldwide-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1711c96328ac8f3c90e78c6be162f9a1.jpg 5z4zp/monster-hunter-world-trailer-reveals-worldwide-release-date Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:30:03 -0400 Erroll Maas

At Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, it was revealed that Monster Hunter: World -- the newest entry in Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise -- will be released worldwide for PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018.

Those who pre-order the game will receive the Origin Set Armor and the Fair Wind Charm Talisman, and those who pre-order through the PlayStation store will receive a custom theme as an additional bonus. Additionally, the game will also have a Digital Deluxe Edition and a special Collector's Edition.

The $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition will include: 

  • A digital copy of the game
  • A Samurai Set skin
  • Three gestures
  • Two sticker sets
  • An additional face paint and hair style option for the hunter
  • 14 weapon-themed PlayStation 4 exclusive PSN avatars

These bonuses will also be available for purchase for those fans who pre-ordered the game elsewhere on January 26.

The $149.99 Special Collector's Edition will include: 

  • A physical copy of the game
  • A voucher for the additional customizable options from the Digital Deluxe Edition 
  • A 32-page hardcover art book
  • A high-quality flagship monster statue
  • A digital soundtrack code

In Japan, there will also be a special Liolaeus (Rathalos) Edition PlayStation 4 Pro released on December 7 for 49,980 yen (about  $447 USD). This exclusive console will include:

  • One terabyte hard drive
  • Special DualShock 4 controller
  • Digital copy of Monster Hunter: World
  • Special PS4 theme
  • Two months of PlayStation Plus
  • Special collector's box

It is currently unknown if this special edition console will be released outside of Japan.

Monster Hunter: World will release worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26, 2018, with a PC release at a later date. The flagship monster (aka the monster featured on the cover of the game) will be the newly introduced Nergigante in Japan and the already well-known Rathalos in the West.

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Square Enix Announces Left Alive at Tokyo Game Show https://www.gameskinny.com/x9rtg/square-enix-announces-left-alive-at-tokyo-game-show https://www.gameskinny.com/x9rtg/square-enix-announces-left-alive-at-tokyo-game-show https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2c14df2531ec0ab739fdd47bc6276588.jpg x9rtg/square-enix-announces-left-alive-at-tokyo-game-show Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:24:58 -0400 Erroll Maas

During Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, Square Enix revealed that it will be releasing brand new game, titled Left Alive.

The company didn't reveal much about the game, but we do know that it's a survival shooter that features Shinji Hashimoto as a producer, Yoji Shinkawa as a character designer (known for his artwork from Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders), Takayuki Yanase (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Xenoblade Chronicles X) as the mech designer, and Takayase Nabeshime (Armored Core) as the director. 

In the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, Square Enix revealed that the world of Left Alive is connected to the Front Mission video game series. The last Front Mission game that saw release was 2010's Front Mission Evolved for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

From all the information currently available, it can be determined that the game involves mechs of some sort. But fans are looking forward to more detailed info in the future.

Left Alive is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in 2018. 

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SEGA Discusses the Future of Sonic Adventure 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/uaspy/sega-discusses-the-future-of-sonic-adventure-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/uaspy/sega-discusses-the-future-of-sonic-adventure-3 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/o/n/sonic-adventure-banner-b4195.jpg uaspy/sega-discusses-the-future-of-sonic-adventure-3 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:12:46 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The Sonic Adventure games were the first two fully 3D installments in the mainline Sonic the Hedgehog series. Many fans of the Sonic feel that the Adventure formula was one of the best (if not the best) style of gameplay that Sonic has had in all of his 3D outings -- often citing elements such as consistent controls and intriguing stories. While not a unanimous opinion, some people even consider Sonic Adventure 2 the peak of the Sonic series in 3D.

Many people have been hoping for a third installment in the Adventure style. But as time has gone on, more and more vastly different 3D Sonic games have been released -- and the possibility only seems less and less likely. Unfortunately for these fans, it seems as though a third Adventure title just officially became even less likely.

In a recent interview with Polygon, head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka stated: 

“I hear people saying that they want Adventure 3, but the path that we’re on and ... Adventure 3, what fans want that to be, might not be an advancement of the series... So I don’t want to do an Adventure 3 and step the franchise back just to give the fans what they want... From the developer standpoint, every Sonic game that we’re making is taking new steps and advances, furthering the game in a new direction, and that’s dictated where the Sonic series has been going...

If we can get the gameplay to evolve and get to a place where Adventure 3 makes sense, then you might see an Adventure 3 come out... But we don’t want to take the entire series back to where it was just make people happy. We want to advance the idea of what a Sonic game is.” 

There is still a chance for Sonic Adventure 3, but unless Iizuka and the rest of the team see it as an advancement or evolution for the franchise, they won't do it just because fans want it. This doesn't mean that there's no chance that it will ever happen, but at the very least it doesn't seem as though we'll be seeing Adventure 3 any time soon.

How do you feel about this statement from Sonic Team? Disappointed that Sonic Adventure 3 might never come to fruition? Let us know down in the comments!

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There's a Secret Game Inside Every Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/s9ly4/theres-a-secret-game-inside-every-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/s9ly4/theres-a-secret-game-inside-every-nintendo-switch https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-102d8.jpg s9ly4/theres-a-secret-game-inside-every-nintendo-switch Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:01:54 -0400 adam.leviness

Because the Nintendo Switch is so popular, it's no surprise that homebrewers and modders alike have set to work trying to unravel all the mysteries it has to offer. Of the secrets that these fans have discovered on the console/portable hybrid is an NES emulator named "flog". 

This discovery was an enigma for a while, but recently we learned that it wasn't an all-purpose emulator, but an emulator for one specific game called Golf ("flog" spelled backward). 

The code for Golf is hidden away on every single Nintendo Switch -- but it's unclear how players can access and launch it. The people over at SwitchBrew were the ones to discover the hidden game by analyzing the code that makes up the classic NES title. A hacker from the site, Yellow8, claims he has run the game "unofficially". Nintendo itself has yet to comment on the validity of these statements.

According to SwitchBrew, the entirety of the 1984 game is programmed onto the Switch, and the game makes use of two Joy-Con controllers for two-person play. What’s even more interesting is that Golf has seemingly been updated to make use of the Joy-Con’s motion capabilities.

While other Nintendo systems have offered full emulation for their classic system games, this would mark the first time that they have been updated to use the motion control. Nintendo has been pretty tight-lipped on its future plans for a virtual console, but this might prove that the company has been toying with updates to older games that can take advantage of a newer system's full set of features.

Only time will tell how Nintendo plans on utilizing its virtual console, but this discovery could mean that there's something special in store for Switch owners in the future. Nintendo has started granting a number of fan wishes in the last few years, so full emulation that takes advantage of advanced Switch functionalities isn't out of the realm of possibility. 

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GOG's BIG DEAL Sale is a Big Deal https://www.gameskinny.com/pqf8y/gogs-big-deal-sale-is-a-big-deal https://www.gameskinny.com/pqf8y/gogs-big-deal-sale-is-a-big-deal https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/o/g/goglogo-2adba.jpg pqf8y/gogs-big-deal-sale-is-a-big-deal Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:51:24 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

Starting on September 18, GOG is offering discounts on more than 200 games in what has been named the BIG DEAL Sale. There are a ton of games on sale ranging from a modest 15% off to more substantial mark downs of 90% off.  

There are a ton of great games that have never been on sale before, as well as games coming in at prices way lower than ever before. Some of the more impressive discounts have managed to price a few games under $2, including Lichdom:Battlemage ($1.99), Her Story ($1.49), and Aarklash Legacy ($1.99). 

In addition to the crazy discounts, GOG has announced a surprise for anyone who visits the site on Tuesday, September 19, leaving this hint as to what the surprise might be.

"Everyone who drops by GOG.com this Tuesday will come away with an absolutely, definitely, positively special something! If that sounds a bit oddyou'll just have to come and see. 

 

There's no telling when another opportunity like this will come along, so make sure to hop on to GOG.com and check out these crazy deals before the sale ends on September 25.

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Team Cherry Reveals New Free Content Pack for Hollow Knight https://www.gameskinny.com/ffrcy/team-cherry-reveals-new-free-content-pack-for-hollow-knight https://www.gameskinny.com/ffrcy/team-cherry-reveals-new-free-content-pack-for-hollow-knight https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/11512908e1881cbd24f13e01af245b2e.jpg ffrcy/team-cherry-reveals-new-free-content-pack-for-hollow-knight Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:07:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Team Cherry recently announced Hollow Knight's second content pack, called "The Grimm Troupe". This expansion releases on Halloween this year, and will offers a variety of new features. The developer also made it a point to note that it will be free for all players. 

Chief among the new features in the pack is a new quest, which the developers say involves the Nightmare Lantern and "a twisted ritual that stretches the breadth of the kingdom". It ultimately provides the player with a powerful new ally as well. Within the new quest, Team Cherry promises new "epic" boss fights that will the player against an ominous red spirit, among others.

"The Grimm Troupe" also introduces 4 new charms and a variety of new foes to test the player's skills. The Troupe contains friendly critters too -- some of which Team Cherry says will end up on your side.

Last of all, the expansion gives players the chance to create custom map markers to help them find their way through Hollownest, and introduces new music for the adventure. The new quest and features may be accessed at any point in the game, and the pack will be included in the Switch launch as well, though no definitive date was given for that launch.

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Are you excited about the new content? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our Hollow Knight guides if you're just getting started with the game.

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Minecraft 1.12.2 Coming Out on PC Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/venvg/minecraft-1122-coming-out-on-pc-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/venvg/minecraft-1122-coming-out-on-pc-soon https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/n/minecraft-1222-20d8b.png venvg/minecraft-1122-coming-out-on-pc-soon Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:10:04 -0400 Tobbpitt

Minecraft: Java Edition is set to be getting an update sometime today (we hope!). The independent PC version will be receiving its full 1.12.2 patch soon enough.

Minecraft is steadily on its way to a full 1.13 update, but 1.12.2 should tide us over -- though the only announced addition is a change to the in-game splash screen, which will now say the full title of Minecraft: Java Edition.

Mojang announced yesterday that 1.12.2 should be out today (Thursday, September 14). But if you just can't wait, you can hop on the pre-release version and give it a whirl. You can test out pre-release updates via the launcher if you have enabled experimental versions in its settings.

Who knows what's in store in 1.12.2 just yet, but we're about to find out on the long road to the next major update in 1.13.

This news was a bit overshadowed by the release of Minecraft on the New 3DS, but it's worth noting if you're still a dedicated PC player.

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Digimon Links Will Have A Western Release https://www.gameskinny.com/ffw1r/digimon-links-will-have-a-western-release https://www.gameskinny.com/ffw1r/digimon-links-will-have-a-western-release https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-92393.jpg ffw1r/digimon-links-will-have-a-western-release Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:53:41 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has revealed that Digimon Links -- a mobile game based on the Digimon franchise that released in Japan as Digimon Linkz last year -- will be coming to Western territories in the future.

In Digimon Links, players will obtain Digimon and use them in 3-on-3 battles that are somewhat similar to battles in the Digimon Story video game series. Each Digimon will have its own set of unique Leader Skills, Signature Skills, and Legacy Skills. Digimon will also have different attributes and resistances that players have to keep in mind when engaging foes in battle. Players will also be able to create facilities that can help make their Digimon stronger and offer various additional effects.

The Western release date has not yet been announced, but Android users can pre-register for the game through Google Play. The game will also include in-app purchases to speed up player progress and enhance other gameplay elements.

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Square Enix Reintroduces KING'S KNIGHT on Mobile Devices https://www.gameskinny.com/qjaka/square-enix-reintroduces-kings-knight-on-mobile-devices https://www.gameskinny.com/qjaka/square-enix-reintroduces-kings-knight-on-mobile-devices https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/k/i/n/kings-knight-98dbd.jpg qjaka/square-enix-reintroduces-kings-knight-on-mobile-devices Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:11:01 -0400 LuckyJorael

KING'S KNIGHT, last released in 1989 by Square, has received a mobile facelift courtesy of Square Enix for iOS and Android devices. The company announced the game last year, and Final Fantasy XV has a version of the game in its world.

This new version of KING'S KNIGHT, subtitled Wrath of the Dark Dragon, features a brand new story, a new world, and vertical scrolling gameplay in which players have to destroy enemies as well as obstacles to survive. The game features "job elements" and up to 4-player cooperative play.

In a press release, Square Enix says of the newly reinvigorated title:

"Fans and a new generation of players will be challenged by a level of difficulty that remains true to the original game."

Square Enix also introduced a social media campaign in conjunction with the release of KING'S KNIGHT. Players can contribute to the campaign by joining the heroes of Final Fantasy XV in defeating giant bosses by "sharing to sites like Facebook and Twitter to reduce [bosses'] HP in the FINAL FANTASY XV x KINGS KNIGHT Giant Boss social campaign." The campaign runs through September 29.

You can find more information on KING'S KNIGHT Giant Boss social campaign here. KING'S KNIGHT - Wrath of the Dark Dragon is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.

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Okami HD Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows https://www.gameskinny.com/ksz4d/okami-hd-confirmed-for-ps4-xbox-one-and-microsoft-windows https://www.gameskinny.com/ksz4d/okami-hd-confirmed-for-ps4-xbox-one-and-microsoft-windows https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/o/k/a/okami-issun-510a9.jpg ksz4d/okami-hd-confirmed-for-ps4-xbox-one-and-microsoft-windows Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:16:17 -0400 adelgirl

In a Tweet posted to the official PlayStation account earlier today, Sony has confirmed that the critically acclaimed action-adventure game Okami HD will bet getting released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC at the end of this year.

The PS4 version of the game will be available for in both digital and physical editions, while the Xbox One version will only be available digitally. The Windows version will probably be available on Steam, but there is no further information on this at the time of writing.

Right now, we have no confirmation on whether there will be any new features in this game compared that weren't included in the original and the PS3 HD versions. It's also unclear whether the DualShock 4 touch pad will be usable in-game at all.

When Okami was first re-released for PS3, achievements were added to the base game. While those original achievements will probably still be obtainable, new achievements might be added for the new release -- but we'll have to wait for official confirmation from Sony before any of these details can be set in stone. 

This HD remaster of Okami for current-gen consoles and PC is set to release at the end of this year on December 12. 

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Battle Royale Mode Coming to Fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/yyhem/battle-royale-mode-coming-to-fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/yyhem/battle-royale-mode-coming-to-fortnite https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7245bb70d1bb922e4cdb52fb3e786a2e.jpg yyhem/battle-royale-mode-coming-to-fortnite Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:31:59 -0400 Kumotaru

Earlier today, Fortnite developer Epic Games announced a new mode that will be coming to the early access game this month. Dubbed Fortnite Battle Royale, this mode is a new take on the battle royale genre -- much like PUBG and H1Z1.

In this new mode, 100 players will be dropped from the sky onto a giant map, and must fight to be the last one standing. All players will start with is a parachute and a pickaxe. But once they hit the ground, they'll be able to do the same things as the base Fortnite game, such as building and looting. 

Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is currently available on public test servers. Currently, there are no rewards and no squad modes for it -- though these should be available when it officially launches. Once the full game mode is released at the end of the month, Epic Games will continue content updates throughout the Early Access period and after the game's launch. 

If you're interested in picking up Fortnite during Early Access, it will be on sale for 25% off from Sept. 12-18. The Early Access version of the game isn't free, but it will go free-to-play once it launches. Fortnite is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Epic Games Launcher.

Should you decide to pick it up for yourself, check out our Fortnite guides to make sure you're prepared when this new mode drops.

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90's Platformer Inspired Griff the Winged Lion Launches Campaign on Kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/jwo5c/90s-platformer-inspired-griff-the-winged-lion-launches-campaign-on-kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/jwo5c/90s-platformer-inspired-griff-the-winged-lion-launches-campaign-on-kickstarter https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/3f35edc0578b7d08f5d0c38586b5a9f5.jpg jwo5c/90s-platformer-inspired-griff-the-winged-lion-launches-campaign-on-kickstarter Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:25:45 -0400 Erroll Maas

Last week, developer Jake Pawlowski launched a second Kickstarter campaign for Griff the Winged Lion -- a 3D platformer inspired by original PlayStation titles such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. Griff the Winged Lion is being developed by Spiral Summit Games and Breaker Box Studios. The original crowdfunding campaign began around this time last year, but it was unsuccessful.

Griff the Winged Lion centers on the titular character of Griff as he travels through different worlds to discover his destiny. In addition to this main protagonist, the game also features several playable friends who join Griff on his journey -- including such as Gargle the gargoyle, Gavin the griffin, Terra the unicorn, and Mia the phantom cat. All of these characters have their own unique abilities to bring to the gameplay experience.

Other features of the game include:

  • The ability to play in three different styles: Original PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Dreamcast. The details of this feature are unknown at this time.
  • Several different abilities to obtain and use
  • 10 different worlds to explore
  • Fully voiced dialogue
  • Five different playable characters and plenty of mini games to enjoy.
  • The ability to solve puzzles and destroy various things with a weapon known as the Midas Gloves
  • A handful of enemies and bosses to defeat
  • Additional costumes and wings for Griff to wear

Griff the Winged Lion is slated for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in late 2018 or early 2019. An early demo of the game is currently available for Windows for those who are interested in testing it out. The Kickstarter campaign will end on October 5. As of this writing, the campaign has earned $2,112 of its $25,000 goal.

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Nintendo of America Explains SNES Classic Stock Shortages https://www.gameskinny.com/4vbxr/nintendo-of-america-explains-snes-classic-stock-shortages https://www.gameskinny.com/4vbxr/nintendo-of-america-explains-snes-classic-stock-shortages https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/w/i/switch-20170304-9bcfe.jpg 4vbxr/nintendo-of-america-explains-snes-classic-stock-shortages Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:33:13 -0400 Kumotaru

The SNES Classic is in short supply, much like the Nintendo Switch and NES Classic systems were when they first launched. And recently, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime sat down with the Financial Times to discuss this shortage and what's caused it to happen. 

According to his statements, these shortages are stemming from a hang-up in the supply chain. Multiple components necessary for producing these systems are in short supply -- not nearly enough to meet the high demand of the market. Pair that with high demand for the system itself, and you have all facets of production going at maximum capacity. Nintendo is basically selling these units as fast as they can make them. Add shipping delays to the mix, and it's a perfect storm of factors that are preventing these two consoles from staying stocked on store shelves.

Around the world, SNES Classic systems are selling out as soon as new stock arrives. In Japan, customers must participate in a lottery to even get a chance at buying the console. Scalpers are turning around and selling the systems for close to double on auction sites.

Though production of the SNES Classic has drastically increased, scalping has become common enough with Nintendo systems that Fils-Aime warned fans not to fall prey to the practice when the console launches on September 29th:

"I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites... You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99."

With the SNES Classic creeping towards its launch date, many fans have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their disbelief and disappointment over the lack of supply for the revamped retro console. After the stock shortages of both the NES Classic and the Nintendo Switch, fans are wary of any positive signs regarding the stock for the SNES Classic. 

This reticence stems from a history of accusations against Nintendo for creating stock shortages to generate hype for its products. The NES Classic debacle was the most recent example that fans have pointed to as evidence. But Fils-Aime clarified to the Financial Times that the shortage for that console happened because the company underestimated its demand:

"The NES Classic's low stock was based on the historically low sales of other retro-gaming devices from other manufacturers..."

In spite of this explanation, fans are still skeptical after the limited launches of the NES Classic, the Wii, and the Switch. 

If you're looking to get your hands on an SNES classic when they go on sale, it may serve you well to subscribe to some of the video game deal Twitter feeds such as @videogamedeals that are keeping track of the console. You can set push notifications for these feeds so you don't miss pre-order windows on important purchases. 

When it launches, the SNES Classic will feature more than 20 retro games for fans to enjoy -- if they can get their hands on it. 

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Monster Hunter Stories Launch Trailer Previews Opening Movie, Story, and Gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/afjb9/monster-hunter-stories-launch-trailer-previews-opening-movie-story-and-gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/afjb9/monster-hunter-stories-launch-trailer-previews-opening-movie-story-and-gameplay https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/8ad051b174cf257f121b1990ec4b5433.jpg afjb9/monster-hunter-stories-launch-trailer-previews-opening-movie-story-and-gameplay Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:04:42 -0400 Erroll Maas

Monster Hunter Stories, a turn-based JRPG spin off of Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise, has released today for North America and Europe on the Nintendo 3DS. A new trailer has also released to coincide with the game's Western launch.

In Monster Hunter Stories, players hatch, fight alongside, and ride monsters rather than just hunt them. The game was originally released in Japan on October 8, with an updated version on July 26 (digital) and July 27 (physical). A demo of the game was released in the U.S. and Europe on August 10, which allows players to experience the first sections of the game, transfer save data to the full version of the game, and unlock an exclusive costume for Navirou.

Monster Hunter Stories is available for Nintendo 3DS both physically from local retailers or digitally through the Nintendo 3DS eShop

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Monster Hunter Stories as it develops. 

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Shieldbreaker: New Darkest Dungeon Class Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/rjhig/shieldbreaker-new-darkest-dungeon-class-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/rjhig/shieldbreaker-new-darkest-dungeon-class-announced https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/o/promo-e1504813859987-768x412-df734.jpg rjhig/shieldbreaker-new-darkest-dungeon-class-announced Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:51:46 -0400 Skrain

After a short hiatus regarding new content since the release of The Crimson Court DLC for Darkest Dungeonnews has finally broken on what looks to be the next content update -- and it includes the addition of a new class called the Shieldbreaker.

Due to a lack of details at the time of writing, fans are left mostly with speculation about what role this new character is going to play in party composition. Based on her appearance, she looks as if she'll rely more on dodging attacks than tanking them. Given that she wields a spear, it's possible that we'll be getting a back line fighter, which could certainly add some variety lineup of warriors. Perhaps she can pierce enemies or break the their PROT stats -- and with a name like Shield Breaker, that's not too far-fetched of an idea.

As you can see in the image above, this character is missing her right hand. You can clearly see a bloodied bandage and an absent limb where her appendage should be.

It's hard to say what this indicates about her character, but perhaps it has something to do with her backstory. Maybe she had to remove it in order to prevent death by poisoning from a fatal snake bite? Maybe she was a member of some secret order? Or perhaps her story ties in with the Occultist's...

Hopefully we'll be getting more details soon to clarify what this character is bringing to the table and why she's missing her hand. As soon as Red Hook reveals more more information over the next few days, we'll be bringing the updates to you. So stay tuned!

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Ishihara Talks Pokemon's Future, Switch Possibility https://www.gameskinny.com/8nt0o/ishihara-talks-pokemons-future-switch-possibility https://www.gameskinny.com/8nt0o/ishihara-talks-pokemons-future-switch-possibility https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-2b1ad.jpg 8nt0o/ishihara-talks-pokemons-future-switch-possibility Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:57:35 -0400 adelgirl

In June, Pokemon CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, revealed in an interview that a new Pokemon game was being considered for the Nintendo Switch. And although there has been no confirmation that such a title is currently in development, Ishihara has revealed what he considers benchmarks for the game, as well as why the Nintendo Switch would potentially be a platform of interest for a future Pokemon installment. 

Ishihara said that the Nintendo Switch is a unique and powerful device that allows game developers interesting freedom when it comes to developing games, especially those in the Pokemon universe. Speaking to Bloomberg writer Yuji Nakamura, Ishihara said: 

“With the Switch, we see it as a chance to create Pokemon that goes deeper and with a higher level of expression. As a result, that makes it an extremely important platform.”

Ishihara continued to say that entirely new worlds can be expressed through the Switch and its hardware capabilities, as opposed to the "7- to 8-inch screens" for which many current Pokemon titles are released. And although Pokemon Go, the popular mobile collectathon game, has been successful, Ishihara told Bloomberg that development for the Switch and smartphones is different -- especially when it comes to connectivity and the development decisions that surround it. 

“Unlike smartphones, the Switch is not a game device that assumes that there’s constant network connectivity. So from our perspective, [the Switch is] really not that different from DS or 3DS in terms of connectivity.”

Ishihara also spoke with Nakamura about augmented reality, and the Switch's family-centric nature -- and what role each of those might play in a future Pokemon title.

On augmented reality:  

“With current AR, even if you say Pikachu is there, no one really thinks that. But that reality is just one step away ...

On the ubiquity of the Nintendo Switch: 

Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone -- so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?”

As of this writing, there is no concrete information on the development of a Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch, but the next installments in the franchise will be Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which are set to release November 17. 

What do you think about a Pokemon game possibly being made for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Final Fantasy XIV: 4.1 Patch, Return to Ivalice, and More from Square Enix https://www.gameskinny.com/56vo2/final-fantasy-xiv-41-patch-return-to-ivalice-and-more-from-square-enix https://www.gameskinny.com/56vo2/final-fantasy-xiv-41-patch-return-to-ivalice-and-more-from-square-enix https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/f/x/ffxiv-return-ivalice-f2e18.jpg 56vo2/final-fantasy-xiv-41-patch-return-to-ivalice-and-more-from-square-enix Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:01:04 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

During a recent livestream and accompanying press release, Square Enix unveiled several details surrounding Final Fantasy XIV's upcoming 4.1 patch, titled "The Legend Returns". It's the first major patch since the Stormblood expansion released and contains multiple updates.

In addition to the return of the Hildebrand quest series, the patch offers a brand new main scenario and new beast tribe quests involving the Kojin. Final Fantasy Tactics or XII fans will be pleased to learn that Yasumi Matsuno is acting as special guest creator, writing the scenario for the upcoming "Return to Ivalice" 24-Player Alliance Raid.

There'll also be 24 on 24 PvP matches involving goblin mechs, an Ultimate version of the Unending Coil of Bahamut, and a new Instanced Dungeon called the Drowned City of Skalla.

The patch is set to release in early October.

On top of these features, Square Enix announced another Yo-Kai Watch event partnership with Level-5. Final Fantasy XIV players will encounter Yo-Kai themed monsters and collect Yo-Kai themed gear and mounts, and, of course, can recruit and summon their own Yo-Kai minions. The event is already underway and continues until November 1.

If you want to complete this event and pick up the exclusive Whisper-Go Mount, check out our guide to the FFXIV Yo-Kai Watch event for all the info you need!

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Nicalis Hints at Five Games for the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/la8h4/nicalis-hints-at-five-games-for-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/la8h4/nicalis-hints-at-five-games-for-the-nintendo-switch https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/7/di79n-zueaeza-361a6.jpg la8h4/nicalis-hints-at-five-games-for-the-nintendo-switch Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:05:52 -0400 adelgirl

Recently, indie game developer Nicalis sent out a tweet hinting at a possibility of 5 new Nintendo Switch games that fans can expect from the studio in the future. 

After gaining some notoriety for games like The Binding of Isaac, Nicalis seems to be setting its eyes on a new horizon for development with this multi-game spread for Switch owners. 

While we cannot be certain what these games will be (since they are blurred out of the image), fans have been speculating and making guesses as to what might be in store for them in the near future. 

Some believe that the bottom left game is going to be a re-release of Code of Princess, and that the game above that will be a Nintendo Switch version of VVVVVV. Fans also think that the bottom right game will be a re-release of 1001 Spikes. 

However, there is always the possibility that these games are not re-releases, but instead new entries in a series for their respective IPs.There is also a slight possibility that these are brand new games altogether that fans haven't seen before. 

At the moment, there's no other information about these upcoming titles, but we'll keep an eye out for anything that's revealed. Stay tuned!

What do you think Nicalis has up its sleeve for the Nintendo Switch? Any guesses as to what these mystery games might be? Let us know down in the comments!

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SIEGE Con Investment Conference – Application Deadline Extension https://www.gameskinny.com/joigx/siege-con-investment-conference-application-deadline-extension https://www.gameskinny.com/joigx/siege-con-investment-conference-application-deadline-extension https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/i/e/siege-con-atlanta-ggda-ammo-97ea6.png joigx/siege-con-investment-conference-application-deadline-extension Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:59:04 -0400 Kengaskhan

The Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) is hosting another Southern Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE) trade fair this year. This event is one of the largest gaming and interactive medium conferences held in the Southern United States -- and one of its main events is the annual Investment Conference, where teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

To be one of the ten teams at the conference, aspiring developers must submit an application (in the form of a pitch teaser) to SIEGE -- and the deadline to get that application in has just been extended to September 15.

During the conference, a panel of investors and industry veterans will judge which one of up to ten gaming companies or teams has the best pitch, and reward them $1,000.

General attendance to the Investment Conference is open to all; however, if you want a chance to pitch your gaming or interactive concept to the judges, you'll need to have submitted an application before the deadline next week.

Just remember, even though the deadline was extended, there's still a limited amount of space at the conference -- so be sure to submit your pitch teaser as soon as possible! If you're interested in doing so, you can start your application on the SIEGE website.

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Equipment Stolen From Magnus Games' Studio https://www.gameskinny.com/jqkw6/equipment-stolen-from-magnus-games-studio https://www.gameskinny.com/jqkw6/equipment-stolen-from-magnus-games-studio https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-a4758.jpg jqkw6/equipment-stolen-from-magnus-games-studio Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:23:27 -0400 Erroll Maas

Magnus Games, the developer behind the upcoming life simulation and monster raising game Re:Legend, has expressed on Twitter that its Malaysia-based studio was broken into over the weekend and all the team's PCs and additional equipment were stolen.

A police report has already been filed, but nothing is known about the culprit(s). The team has claimed this is just a minor setback and no data was lost, as they had backup files on hand.

After an immense amount of support from fans through the Square Enix Collective, the Kickstarter campaign for Re: Legend began on July 26, 2017 and reached its initial goal of about $51,668 USD in under 18 hours. By August 25, the final day of the campaign, it had been 900% funded with over $465,000 USD from backers.

Re: Legend has a targeted release date of June 2018 on PC, with launches planned for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 some time later. It is currently unknown if the targeted release date will changed due to these unforeseen circumstances.

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American McGee Announces Upcoming Proposal for Alice 3 Game https://www.gameskinny.com/rr7hu/american-mcgee-announces-upcoming-proposal-for-alice-3-game https://www.gameskinny.com/rr7hu/american-mcgee-announces-upcoming-proposal-for-alice-3-game https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-838c2.jpg rr7hu/american-mcgee-announces-upcoming-proposal-for-alice-3-game Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:05:57 -0400 Amy Turnbull

Indie developer American McGee quite literally made a name for himself back in 2000, with the release of the now cult classic PC game American McGee’s Alice. The game gave players an opportunity to immerse themselves in a Wonderland far from the one envisioned by Lewis Carroll. As an older, much-disturbed Alice, your goal was to fight your way through the ravaged land and its strange occupants in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory.

The game was well-received and highly praised by critics upon its release, and a much-anticipated multi-platform sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, followed in 2011. Unfortunately, the sequel didn’t fare so well, and so any hopes for the planned third game in the series were dashed. Various ownership issues between American McGee and publishers EA have meant a long stalemate in the 6 years since the last game’s release, with no hopes of McGee publishing independently.

However, McGee has had recent success via Kickstarter for his dark fairytale-based card game Out of the Woods, so the timing may finally be right for a new Alice game to go ahead, and that indeed seems to be the line of thinking the developer is taking. McGee announced on his blog this past weekend that a proposal is now in the works for a third Alice game at long last, currently being titled Alice: Asylum.

The pitch being put together will include concept artwork, a design outline, and financial and business models. These will be sent to EA in the hopes of getting the go-ahead from them for production to begin.

In these early days of planning, McGee has asked for fans to prove to EA that the game is indeed wanted and will be well-received, by showing support for the project across Facebook and Twitter. The developer has also invited fans to tune into weekly livestreams on his YouTube channel, where there will be an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions to the game’s pre-production team.

For further updates on this project as they emerge, sign up to the Alice 3 mailing list here.

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Games Done Quick – Harvey Relief Stream https://www.gameskinny.com/ru0cd/games-done-quick-harvey-relief-stream https://www.gameskinny.com/ru0cd/games-done-quick-harvey-relief-stream https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/d/q/gdq-header-5dd13.png ru0cd/games-done-quick-harvey-relief-stream Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:56:54 -0400 Kengaskhan

For those of you craving some more speedrunning marathon events, Games Done Quick is hosting Harvey Games Done Quick. And it begins today.

The two-day marathon event is meant to raise money for the Houston Food Bank, one of the main charities that has been helping to support victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused massive flooding in and around Houston, Texas, forcing more than 30,000 people to evacuate from the area.



Given that this event was assembled on such short notice, the speedrunners will be streaming remotely on GDQ's Twitch channel. However, this speedrunning marathon should otherwise be no different from all the rest.

The schedule was announced a few hours ago, and it will be today through Sunday. Be sure to check out the stream and join the event during the next two days as streamers from around the world speedrun games in support of the victims of Hurricane Harvey!

You can find the stream here, the schedule here, and the charity link here

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Shovel Knight is Getting New Amiibo Figures https://www.gameskinny.com/oq1a1/shovel-knight-is-getting-new-amiibo-figures https://www.gameskinny.com/oq1a1/shovel-knight-is-getting-new-amiibo-figures https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/37a1c30f3b950566f330a79be759e267.jpg oq1a1/shovel-knight-is-getting-new-amiibo-figures Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:51:17 -0400 Steven Oz

During Nintendo’s Nindies@Night event in Seattle, several announcements were made -- including the reveal of three new amiibo from the Shovel Knight game series.

Two years ago at PAX West, Yacht Club Games originally announced that its game Shovel Knight would receive amiibo support. And now, these new figures are joining the lineup. 

These three new knights are based on King Knight, Plague Knight, and Specter Knight. As with all other amiibo, these will activate certain things when tapped on the NFC reader for the Nintendo Switch.

According to Nintendo, these amiibo will unlock exclusive in-game content:

"While playing Shovel Knight, players can unlock exclusive armor sets, new challenge stages and the ability to summon fairy companions to accompany players on quests."

Amiibo

These new figures will work on Yacht Club Games Shovel Knight: King of Cards -- which is set for release in early 2018 and serves as a prequel story that reveals how King Knight claimed his throne. 

There's no word yet on when these amiibo will be released to the public. Nintendo is saying that it will be sometime in 2018 to coincide with Shovel Knight: King of Cards.

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Capcom Announces Puzzle Fighter https://www.gameskinny.com/292lf/capcom-announces-puzzle-fighter https://www.gameskinny.com/292lf/capcom-announces-puzzle-fighter https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/e73a9c5663934db23455035fef52217e.jpg 292lf/capcom-announces-puzzle-fighter Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:27:56 -0400 adelgirl

Yesterday, Japanese video game development company Capcom announced it is developing a new puzzle fighting game for mobile devices. A spiritual successor to Capcom's Street Fighter puzzle games, Puzzle Fighter will see players taking on either A.I. or other gamers in a no-holds-barred melee for puzzle dominance. 

Puzzle Fighter won't just have Street Fighter characters, either. Instead, this puzzle brawler will feature various characters from Capcom's pantheon of games. Characters from games such as Mega Man, Dead Rising, and Resident Evil will make appearances. From the trailer, we know that Ryu, Ken, E. Honda, Chun-Li, Morrigan, Mega Man, Jill Valentine, and Haggar will be making appearances alongside other currently unannounced characters. 

The game will release on both iOS and Android devices in late 2017. 

If you'll be at PAX West this weekend, head to Capcom's booth (# 2309), where you'll be able to try the game out for yourself. 

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

 

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Hi-Rez Partners With WESA to Create New Paladins Pro League https://www.gameskinny.com/5c74t/hi-rez-partners-with-wesa-to-create-new-paladins-pro-league https://www.gameskinny.com/5c74t/hi-rez-partners-with-wesa-to-create-new-paladins-pro-league https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b9513c47fa7ae24c95dd44a043de3067.jpg 5c74t/hi-rez-partners-with-wesa-to-create-new-paladins-pro-league Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:45:27 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, it was announced that WESA (World eSport Association) and Hi-Rez Studios will launch a new Paladins Premier League. This marks the second professional competition under the guidance of the WESA. Debuting this Fall, the league will feature 10 major teams in competition.

Hi-Rez Studios and WESA's partnership will allow them to split the league's revenue, which will guarantee that a minimum salary will be provided to all participating players. Both parties have expressed hopes that this partnership will result in the growth of the competitive community within both North America and Europe.

The current roster of teams for this new league includes:

  • EnVYUS
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
  • Mouseports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Renegades
  • SK Gaming
  • Splyce
  • Virtus.Pro

It's also worth nothing that non-WESA teams can join in the future as the league grows.

In an official statement, Hi-Rez COO Todd Harris expressed the studio's excitement for this new venture in Paladins' professional eSports circuit: 

“Hi-Rez is very excited that the world’s most popular and experienced eSports teams have chosen to partner with us in launching PPL under the leadership of WESA. We see an incredible community appetite for competitive Paladins and the PPL will showcase the highest tier of Paladins eSports within North America and Europe. In addition, we applaud WESA’s initiative to professionalize eSports and will be working closely with them toward this goal.”

 

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free-to-play arena shooter with a thriving eSports scene on both PC and console. After garnering 15 million players and becoming the most-played new Steam game following its beta launch in September 2016, the game has generated serious demand for a top-tier competitive league -- and this new partnership with WESA seeks to do just that. 

Fans of Paladins and eSports can look forward to the start of the league this fall. More details on the structure of PPL will come soon. 

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First Trailer for Super Meat Boy Forever Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/07ltq/first-trailer-for-super-meat-boy-forever-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/07ltq/first-trailer-for-super-meat-boy-forever-revealed https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4df19144653db8c7d8a227ad3a37c744.jpg 07ltq/first-trailer-for-super-meat-boy-forever-revealed Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:48:26 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The first trailer for the sequel to Super Meat Boy -- an endless runner with similar mechanics and difficulty titled Super Meat Boy Forever -- was shown off at the start of the Nintendo Summer 2017 Nindies presentation earlier today.

Super Meat Boy was an indie platformer from 2010 developed by Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Team Meat. It starred the titular Meat Boy in an quest to rescue his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the spiteful and jealous Dr. Fetus. The game is both acclaimed and infamous for being both extremely difficult, but also fairly designed by giving the player full control of the character, as well as providing a large quantity of levels.

Super Meat Boy Forever seems to be attempting to take that same design philosophy in a new direction. The game picks up some time after the events of the first Super Meat Boyand shows both Meat Boy and Bandage girl once again up against Dr. Fetus, this time attempting to save their baby named Nugget. Like the first game, Super Meat Boy Forever is a tough-as-nails platformer with simple controls and one-hit deaths, but this time with a twist, as the game takes the format of a "runner" style of game.

Edmund McMillen has been quick to identify Forever as a true sequel to the original game and not just some sort of simplified spin off. On the Super Meat Boy website he said:

To describe Super Meat Boy Forever as an auto-runner would be a disservice. It’s like saying that Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game about a swordsman. Meat Boy / Bandage Girl do always run, but there is so much more to the game than running. They can attack enemies, they can dash through the air, there are tons of levels, there are bosses, there are secrets, and there is a surprising amount of difficulty that doesn’t feel unfair. It’s everything you would expect a Super Meat Boy sequel to be. Super Meat Boy Forever is a Super Meat Boy game that you can play anywhere on pretty much any device that’s powerful enough to run it!

Super Meat Boy Forever will launch first on Nintendo Switch some time in 2018.

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No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again First Trailer Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/xzy2d/no-more-heroes-travis-strikes-again-first-trailer-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/xzy2d/no-more-heroes-travis-strikes-again-first-trailer-revealed https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/924b26825c2de75677b572b7933b3fe1.jpg xzy2d/no-more-heroes-travis-strikes-again-first-trailer-revealed Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:44:18 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

During the Nintendo Switch Summer 2017 Nindies Showcase earlier today, after discussing a number of indie titles coming to the console in the near future, the presentation was closed out with the first trailer for No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again by Grasshopper Manufacture. The game will be the third installment in the No More Heroes series, as well as mark the 10th anniversary of the franchise, and be directed once again by acclaimed auteur game designer Suda51.

No gameplay was shown off in the trailer, although we did get a chance to see series protagonist Travis Touchdown getting back into the assassin business upon the arrival of an old target's father, and see what is presumably the inciting incident for the story. The showcase briefly described the setup for the story of the game, explaining how both Travis and his assailant, "The Bat", have been sucked into a phantom game console called the Death-drive Mark 2.

In typical No More Heroes fashion, Travis must then fight his way through all 6 of the consoles games and defeat their respective bosses to escape. Whether or not these games will have any sort of connection to the "number of collaborations with prominent indie developers" described during the showcase has yet to be seen.

No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again will be released some time in 2018 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

 

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How to Fix Quake Champions Error Codes and Bugs https://www.gameskinny.com/uhche/how-to-fix-quake-champions-error-codes-and-bugs https://www.gameskinny.com/uhche/how-to-fix-quake-champions-error-codes-and-bugs https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/v/cov11-ca910.jpg uhche/how-to-fix-quake-champions-error-codes-and-bugs Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:41:58 -0400 Ty Arthur

The resurgence of classic fast paced shooters continues as Quake Champions hits Early Access on Steam! As with any big name modern title, especially in unfinished Early Access form, there are bugs, errors, and launch problems galore.

Below we cover the most common Quake Champions issues players have been reporting, from failure to launch to hanging and freezing and even being unable to connect to a server. With a little troubleshooting and elbow grease you should be back into team death matches in no time flat.

Looking for help besides getting the game to launch? If you're having trouble getting that kill/death ratio to an acceptable level, check out our latest Quake Champions walkthroughs here:

Quake Champions Won't Launch

This iteration of the classic FPS franchise requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 11 or higher in order to even load.

To check your currently installed version of DirectX, type Run in the search bar and hit Enter when the program appears at the top of the results list, then enter the phrase DxDiag in the text box and click OK.

The bottom of the report screen that appears will list your current DirectX version. If 11 or 12 is listed, head over to your graphics card's manufacturer website to make sure your specific card actually supports version 11. If it doesn't, that means its time for an upgrade.

 Running the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

If you are up to date on DirectX and meet the video card requirements, right click Quake Champions in your Steam library and choose Properties and then navigate to the Local Files tab and click Browse Local Files.

That takes you straight to the Steam game folder, but not to the specific file we want. Navigate through the folders labeled client -> bin -> and then pc, which should take you to the Quake Champions executable file. Right click the file and choose Run As Administrator to get the game launching properly.

         Finding the Quake Champions Steam game folder

Quake Champions Freezes On Launch

This problem is most frequently caused if you already linked your Bethesda account to your Steam account before installing Quake Champions through Steam.

Close down the whole application and exit from Steam completely (including accessing the Task Manager through Ctrl+Alt+Delete and manually shutting down the process if necessary). When you boot it all back up, the game should stop hanging.

If that doesn't resolve the problem, make sure you have uninstalled all the files you may already have on your computer from the previous Bethesda beta edition of the game before it hit Steam. After uninstalling, restart your computer and load up Steam again.

Finally, make sure to verify your install through Steam to make sure you aren't missing any critical files. Right click the Quake Champions entry in your Steam Library, select Properties, navigate to the Local Files heading, and finally click Verify Integrity Of Game Files.

Quake Champions Error 107 / Error 1201

While lots of players have been getting this one intermittently, unfortunately there isn't a fix to the error code.

Both codes indicate there's a temporary server issue, either meaning something is down that shouldn't be and the issue is already being worked on, or the game is currently in a maintenance window where the servers are purposefully offline for a short time.

All you can do with Error 107 or Error 1201 is to wait a while, restart Steam, and try again. For up-to-date info on whether server maintenance is currently underway, head over to the Quake Champions Twitter profile here.

 Quake Champions server downtime notification

Are you having any other Quake Champions framerate, launch, or error code issues? Let us know in the comments and we'll look for a solution to the problem so you can get back to fragging away!

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Clash Of Kings Set To Hold Massive Secret Event At PAX https://www.gameskinny.com/ic2jc/clash-of-kings-set-to-hold-massive-secret-event-at-pax https://www.gameskinny.com/ic2jc/clash-of-kings-set-to-hold-massive-secret-event-at-pax https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/895877ee9b9f412b8b25326cdb7bebbc.jpg ic2jc/clash-of-kings-set-to-hold-massive-secret-event-at-pax Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:42 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Clash of Kings, the wildly popular strategy mobile game, will be showcasing a “surprise event” at PAX this weekend. The event will be presented in the entrance hall of the Washington State Convention Center on September 2-3 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST.

While the main event is shrouded in mystery, there are some confirmed elements. First, the event will celebrate Clash of King’s third anniversary -- bringing with it new changes and new items to play with in-game. Second is that there will be a giant dragon for con-goers to view. Elex Tech, the creators of Clash of Kings, will be open for interviews with the press at this time.

This is said to be the start of an all-new storyline for the game in which Dragons go to war with all the factions. Elex is said to be holding several future events, including the possibility of a player tournament in the US. 

The celebration will come with its own in-game items during the anniversary such as the 3-Year Anniversary Sigil. To obtain the 3-Year Anniversary Sigil exclusive rewards, these 4 challenges must be achieved:

  1. Log in during the Anniversary event period.
  2. Unlock any civilization-exclusive dragon.
  3. Unlock any civilization-exclusive hero.
  4. Attack and conquer any rivaling civilization’s castle.

Players who have achieved the 3-Year Anniversary rewards will be displayed on the Lord’s Interface.

Changes are also coming to the ranking feature with the introduction of Military Rank Points. Whenever you fight another player or participate in cross-server events, you will earn Military Rank Points. These rank points can be used to buy equipment and cosmetic items. Every week, bonuses will be granted to skilled players who top the leaderboards.

With Military Rank Points come Honor, which is earned through battles and events too. Honor can permanently enhance skills and a maximum of 25,000 Honor can be earned per week.

These changes come after Clash of King’s addition of three civilizations: Dragonborn, Yamoto, and Vikings. Each civilization comes with its own perks, special heroes, and civilization-based dragons. Civilizations come with their own point system and are able to be swapped between three.

Clash of Kings is available to download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon Veteran Trainer Packs https://www.gameskinny.com/tlh4q/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-pokemon-ultra-moon-veteran-trainer-packs https://www.gameskinny.com/tlh4q/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-pokemon-ultra-moon-veteran-trainer-packs https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-sun-moon-dual-pack-7ecb2.jpg tlh4q/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-pokemon-ultra-moon-veteran-trainer-packs Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:51:53 -0400 adelgirl

Nintendo has officially announced that there will be a dual pack for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Mooncalled the Veteran Trainer Pack. This pack will include a copy of each game, 16 Pokemon art cards, and a digital download of 200 poke balls.

At the moment, these are the only items confirmed for the pack. There's a possibility that fans will get more, but so far this is all that Nintendo has revealed through the official NoA Twitter account.

This pack will release alongside the base games on November 17. Players who are interested in purchasing this pack can do so through Amazon -- but there's no guarantee that it will arrive on release day if you go this route. You can also pre-order it at your local GameStop. The pack will cost $79.99 through both retailers, not including shipping and handling. 

Will you be picking up this pack for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Let us know down in the comments!

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Game Boy Inspired Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako San Will Release for Switch and PC https://www.gameskinny.com/4rbit/game-boy-inspired-save-me-mr-tako-tasukete-tako-san-will-release-for-switch-and-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/4rbit/game-boy-inspired-save-me-mr-tako-tasukete-tako-san-will-release-for-switch-and-pc https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d642fa624f9f5dfe38fd8004b86f5e5b.jpg 4rbit/game-boy-inspired-save-me-mr-tako-tasukete-tako-san-will-release-for-switch-and-pc Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:25:32 -0400 Erroll Maas

Cristophe Galati and Nicalis have announced that the upcoming game, Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako San -- which was first announced in 2014 -- will be released for both PC and Nintendo Switch in Q4 2017.

In Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako San, players will take on the role of the titular pacifist octopus character in a universe where humans and octopi are at war with each other. Mr. Tako will travel through 6 worlds and 16 dungeons while saving humans along the way. There are also 50 different hats that will provide Mr. Tako with various useful special abilities, as well as 19 different bosses to defeat. 

Perhaps the most interesting feature is that the game's color palettes are inspired by those of the original Game Boy, with character sprites and music designed to meet the handhelds's original specifications.

Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako San will release for PC and Nintendo Switch in late 2017.

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Sonic Mania Requires Internet Connection on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/lqhiw/sonic-mania-requires-internet-connection-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/lqhiw/sonic-mania-requires-internet-connection-on-steam https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/o/n/sonic-d052b.jpg lqhiw/sonic-mania-requires-internet-connection-on-steam Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:23:33 -0400 Kieran Desmond

It was all going so well for Sonic Mania publisher Sega. After being hailed as the first universally well-received Sonic game since the 90's, fans of the game have found a huge problem with the Steam version.

Within the download file is Denuvo Anti-Tamper Technology, which prevents players accessing Sonic Mania whilst in offline mode. It's easy to see why this would anger a paying customer who can't access a game they purchased. 

This isn't the only issue people have with Denuvo. Although the software company has denied it previously, it's possible that the program could damage your hard drive due to the constant encryption and decryption -- and it may reduce the overall lifespan of solid state hard-drives.

Between these issues and the announcement that there are "no current plans" to add support for Steam Workshop to Sonic Mania, many players are refunding the title in protest until a version with no DRM (Digital Rights Management) is released.

For details on this story as it unfolds, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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For the King Adds Free Roam Adventure Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/rby1k/for-the-king-adds-free-roam-adventure-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/rby1k/for-the-king-adds-free-roam-adventure-mode https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/h/r/chrome-2017-18e2d.png rby1k/for-the-king-adds-free-roam-adventure-mode Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:55:46 -0400 Skrain

As a fan of the strategic RPG For the King, I've been following the game for most of the year now. And developer IronOak Games has been teasing a free roam adventure mode for quite a while. As of last week, it has finally been released.

Adventure mode in For the King removes the narrative storyline and allows for exploration at any pace with a very slow gain in chaos. Chaos can still be countered and lowered (thankfully), even without story elements. All towns and markets refresh their stocks, and quests at the beginning of each new morning. All dungeons are dynamically leveled based on the number already completed by the player and their party. And each time players begin a new adventure, their start location will be completely randomized. 

How to Access Adventure Mode in For the King

Currently the Adventure Update is only available in the xbranch version of the game; however, anyone can participate in this beta. All you have to do is navigate to For the King's properties tab in your Steam library, and opt into the experimental xbranch beta.

This is a beta version, so keep in mind that there will be bugs -- and adventure mode will be susceptible to changes in the future. You can help out IronOak games by submitting a bug report if you happen to run across any particularly nasty issues while playing.

Currently only the easiest difficulty is available -- but it's better than nothing, and a nice change of pace from the main storyline.

For more info on this game, check out our For the King review and stay tuned to GameSkinny for further updates! 

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Pirate Queen’s Quest Releases Today https://www.gameskinny.com/wgjqu/shantae-half-genie-hero-pirate-queens-quest-releases-today https://www.gameskinny.com/wgjqu/shantae-half-genie-hero-pirate-queens-quest-releases-today https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/f5dbdfaba77e72734ccf809b212b1d67.jpg wgjqu/shantae-half-genie-hero-pirate-queens-quest-releases-today Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:48:47 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The first DLC character campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Herotitled Pirate Queen's Curse, is now available for purchase on all platforms. The DLC campaign is the first of four character campaigns, with the other three planned for the future revolving around the characters Bolo, Sky, and Rottytops.  

The campaign sees the player taking control of Shantae's arch-nemesis, Risky Boots, in a story-line that parallels the main Shantae campaign. The DLC campaign uses a completely different play-style that is more in line with the previous installment in the Shantae series, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. Instead of Shantae's magical belly-dancing animal transformations, Risky will harness the power her tools, such as using her hat to float, her cannon to jump higher, and her pistol to attack from a distance, just to name a few.

The DLC is free to all backers of the game's Kickstarter (as will all future DLC updates), and will cost $10 for everyone else. Whether or not the $10 will carry over to the future DLC campaigns is yet to be seen. 

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Pirate Queen's Quest is now available for download on Xbox One, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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Universal, Digital Domain Announce Voltron VR Chronicles https://www.gameskinny.com/0yhgz/universal-digital-domain-announce-voltron-vr-chronicles https://www.gameskinny.com/0yhgz/universal-digital-domain-announce-voltron-vr-chronicles https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ca64574500f9141b7a3de8ac98ec906c.jpg 0yhgz/universal-digital-domain-announce-voltron-vr-chronicles Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:16:42 -0400 Erroll Maas

Today, Digital Domain and Universal have announced Voltron VR Chronicles, a new virtual reality game for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR based on the Netflix animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender.

In Voltron VR Chronicles, the player will take the role of one of the paladins of Voltron to participate in space battles, solve puzzles, and complete challenges. Not much gameplay has been shown so far, but it's fair to speculate that the game will be a brief experience similar to Batman Arkham VR and PlayStation Worlds, due to its $14.99 price point. The game will be released on September 26, but PS VR owners who pre-order it today will get a 20% discount.

The first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender premiered on Netflix on June 10, 2016, with the second season premiering on January 20. The third season, which is half the length of the previous two seasons, premiered on August 4 and the fourth season will premiere on October 13. The series is notable for being made by some of the same people and the same animation studio behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Voltron VR Chronicles as it develops. 

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Bethesda Will Not Be Making That Game of Thrones Video Game https://www.gameskinny.com/6dapa/bethesda-will-not-be-making-that-game-of-thrones-video-game https://www.gameskinny.com/6dapa/bethesda-will-not-be-making-that-game-of-thrones-video-game https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/r/a/dragon-4058c.jpg 6dapa/bethesda-will-not-be-making-that-game-of-thrones-video-game Tue, 29 Aug 2017 02:02:36 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Update

As many suspected, this story turned out to be a hoax. In the aftermath of the excitement and scepticism of fans, Target reached out to Forbes saying:

"This is not a real product - we're sorry for any confusion."

There was also a listing for "Rockstar: Game of Thrones" which would have been just as exciting, but unfortunately is also a fake listing.

The original article continues below.

 

It's been reported that Bethesda Game Studios may be working on a new video game adaptation of the Game of Thrones television show.

Spotted by NeoGAF, a page was put up on US retailer Target's website for "Bethesda: Game of Thrones". The page in question has since been taken down -- and neither Bethesda, Target, nor television rights holder HBO has commented on it. 

This isn't the first time the Skyrim and Fallout developer has been linked to a Game of Thrones video game. Back in 2011, studio director Todd Howard revealed the studio had been approached to create a video game based on the books, but ultimately passed up on the opportunity. Preferring to create their own world instead of adapting someone else's, the Bethesda team went on to create The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim -- one of the most successful RPG's of all time. 

Is it possible that the studio has circled back around to bring its RPG prowess to the fantastical world of Westeros? We can't say for sure until we hear it straight from the dragon's mouth, so we'll have to wait and see. 

For more updates on Bethesda's potential Game of Thrones video game, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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The Pokemon Company Announces US Marshadow Distribution https://www.gameskinny.com/xwfri/the-pokemon-company-announces-us-marshadow-distribution https://www.gameskinny.com/xwfri/the-pokemon-company-announces-us-marshadow-distribution https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/r/marshadow-18e17.jpg xwfri/the-pokemon-company-announces-us-marshadow-distribution Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:34:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company recently announced that GameStop will be handing out distribution codes for the legendary Marshadow from October 9 to October 23. This news may be especially pleasing to Pokemon Sun and Moon owners, as currently the only method of obtaining Marshadow is via special distribution, and the only event that's distributed the Pokemon thus far took place in Japan over the summer.

Marshadow is a unique Pokemon, being the first (and only) Fighting/Ghost type monster in the series. It can learn a variety of moves, from Rock Throw to Shadow Claw -- though the Gamestop-distributed Marshadow will be at level 50 and know Spectral Thief, Close Combat, Force Palm, and Shadow Ball, with Technician as its ability. Spectral Thief is Marshadow's special move, allowing it to damage opponents and steal their stat increases at the same time. It also comes with a special Z-Crystal, Marshadium Z, which gives Marshadow another signature Z-Move attack -- the Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike.

For those of you who aren't familiar with obtaining gift Pokemon via distribution, here's what to do once you get your code:

  • Make sure your system's wireless is enabled, then launch your Pokemon Sun or Moon game.
  • Choose Mystery Gift from the main menu
  • Select "Get with Code/Password"
  • Select "Yes" twice to connect to the Internet
  • Enter your code

After that, load your game and chat with the delivery man in your nearest Pokemon Center to receive your Marshadow. That's all there is to it!

Are you excited for this new gift Pokemon? Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking one up!

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Square Enix Reveals Free Assassin's Creed Crossover for Final Fantasy XV https://www.gameskinny.com/kjlx6/square-enix-reveals-free-assassins-creed-crossover-for-final-fantasy-xv https://www.gameskinny.com/kjlx6/square-enix-reveals-free-assassins-creed-crossover-for-final-fantasy-xv https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/66649ae8452bb83d3f3ecad7b9c64b70.jpg kjlx6/square-enix-reveals-free-assassins-creed-crossover-for-final-fantasy-xv Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:02:25 -0400 daisy_blonde

On Friday, Square Enix revealed a "secret DLC" for Final Fantasy XV that not many fans were expecting.

During a special Assassin's Festival in Lestallum, Noctis and his friends will be able to dress up and enjoy playing Final Fantasy using the mechanics of the Assassin's Creed franchise. The trailer (above) revealed that much like Ezio, Noctis can balance on the top of buildings, take enemies out by jumping from behind, and leap into a craftily placed hay bale. Stealth elements are also included as you appear to be battling Loki -- who you last saw in the "Declaration of War" story quest.

Fans who managed to collect the Dream Egg with the previous DLC, the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, will be rewarded with the Master Assassin's Robes. If you've not collected this yet, you have until the end of September to unlock this outfit. The free content will be available to download on Friday, August 31.

What do you think about this new content? Let us know in the comments below! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy XV news.

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Square Enix Announces Secret of Mana Remake https://www.gameskinny.com/rjbok/square-enix-announces-secret-of-mana-remake https://www.gameskinny.com/rjbok/square-enix-announces-secret-of-mana-remake https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/891aecbb92f7db72e86d85dcd4fdf563.jpg rjbok/square-enix-announces-secret-of-mana-remake Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:53:26 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

In a recent press release, Square Enix announced that it's remaking the highly acclaimed RPG, Secret of ManaSet for launch this coming February for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam, this remake will feature "modern visuals and sound," along with some other unspecified gameplay enhancements.

In addition to releasing a teaser trailer (which you can watch above), Square Enix also stated that those who pre-order from the PlayStation Store will receive special costumes for the game's characters characters -- Randi and Popoi will get Moogle Suits and Tiger Suits, while Primm will get a Moogle Suit and a Tiger Two-Piece. There will be three special PlayStation Network avatars too. Steam buyers who pre-purchase or buy the Day 1 edition within the first week get the costumes as well, along with a downloadable wallpaper.

Secret of Mana originally released in 1993, and is widely regarded as the best of the Mana series. You take control of three heroes -- Randi, Primm, and Popoi -- in order to fight a power-hungry empire bent on stealing the world's supply of mana for itself. The original game also featured multiplayer, though there's no word yet on whether that mode will make it to the remake.

That's all we know for right now! But keep checking back for more news as it comes. And in the meantime, pop into the comments to let us know if you're excited for this upcoming remake. 

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Former Valve Writer Potentially Reveals Plot of Half Life 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/vwkyp/former-valve-writer-potentially-reveals-plot-of-half-life-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/vwkyp/former-valve-writer-potentially-reveals-plot-of-half-life-3 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/l/half-life-2015-47d20.jpg vwkyp/former-valve-writer-potentially-reveals-plot-of-half-life-3 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:25:46 -0400 Selandrile

The gaming world is abuzz after beloved industry writer Marc Laidlaw, famous for his work on the Half Life series, posted a fictitious letter to his blog yesterday. The letter, titled Epistle 3 and utilizing code names which are humorously conspicuous, details a potential plot line for video gaming's most infamous vaporware.

“Gertie Fremont," an obvious stand-in for Gordon Freeman, is the author of the letter, which details a journey to find the “Hyperborea” while combating the "Disparate". Fans of the series will recognize this as the scenario laid out by Half Life's final entry: Half Life 2 Episode 2.

Along the way Gordon encounters Dr. Breen, now in slug-form, who begs for death to escape his current state. The tragic fate of Dr. Mossman is revealed, along with implications of Alex and the G-Man having some form of connection. Perhaps most interestingly, Gordon is "spread across" time in a sequence meant to show off Half Life's events such as the 7 Hour War, the Combine's other worlds, and possibly even the future.

The sheer amount of internet traffic flocking to this post appears to have crashed Laidlaw's website. Laidlaw said in a tweet:

It has yet to be confirmed whether this is simply Laidlaw's personal imaginings, official plans developed while he worked at Valve, or something in between. Valve's notorious secrecy will probably ensure that we never know for certain.

Fan reactions to the post have been mixed. Some have claimed it was a bittersweet experience while others expressed anger with Valve. For many fans, however, this short letter brings an end to an era and closes the book on an unfinished tale.

But if the letter is anything to go by, this is the last teaser we'll ever get of what may have been Half Life 3:

"Old friends have been silenced, or fallen by the wayside. I no longer know or recognize most members of the research team, though I believe the spirit of rebellion still persists. I expect you know better than I the appropriate course of action, and I leave you to it. Expect no further correspondence from me regarding these matters; this is my final episode."

-- Epistle 3, Marc Laidlaw

You can find the original letter on Marc Laidlaw's website. Fans have also helpfully translated the letter by replacing the code names with their intended marks. You can find the translated version on Github

What do you think of this letter? How does it wrap up the Half Life series in lieu of a true sequel? Let us know down in the comments!

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Telltale Games Announces Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman: The Enemy Within for Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/cok76/telltale-games-announces-guardians-of-the-galaxy-and-batman-the-enemy-within-for-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/cok76/telltale-games-announces-guardians-of-the-galaxy-and-batman-the-enemy-within-for-nintendo-switch https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/u/a/guardians-galaxy-0eb20.jpg cok76/telltale-games-announces-guardians-of-the-galaxy-and-batman-the-enemy-within-for-nintendo-switch Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:20:14 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Superhero fans and Switch owners may be glad to learn that Telltale Games recently confirmed they will be releasing Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman: The Enemy Within for the Nintendo Switch.

This news came to fans in a Tweet from the official Nintendo of America account:

In Telltale's signature style, both games are episodic, with five episodes planned for each. The first episode of both games released on other platforms earlier this year, and earned good reviews from critics and fans alike.

Apart from fast-paced action sequences, both Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman offer players the chance to immerse themselves in iconic comic-book worlds and shape them by making choices on behalf of their characters. 

Telltale hasn't given fans any more information on the Switch versions of these games just yet -- including when they'll release or whether players will need to purchase/play the game episode-by-episode or all at once. 

Have you played either of these games? Are you excited to see them coming to the Switch? Let us know down in the comments!

Image via Serving Marvel Comics

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Re: Legend Kickstarter Campaign Reveals Final Stretch Goal https://www.gameskinny.com/6o5xu/re-legend-kickstarter-campaign-reveals-final-stretch-goal https://www.gameskinny.com/6o5xu/re-legend-kickstarter-campaign-reveals-final-stretch-goal https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/4/3/e/43e776-8bdad66fe48d48f0903e90d42c2ac4a8-mv2-9b6a4.png 6o5xu/re-legend-kickstarter-campaign-reveals-final-stretch-goal Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:05:48 -0400 Erroll Maas

After earning more than $353,000 and reaching its Magnus Breeding stretch goal, Re: Legend, the monster raising JRPG developed by Magnus Games through the Square Enix Collective, has revealed its final stretch goal: "End Game +". In addition, more details were revealed on Magnus breeding and the dynamic music which will be featured in the game.

Magnus Breeding

The chart above shows that breeding Magnus with the same rarity has a chance to produce Magnus of higher rarity, and certain details will change depending on the rarity of the Magnus produced. Only common rarity Magnus are obtained the wild, while higher rarity Magnus must be bred. 

Dynamic Music

For Re:Legend’s soundtrack, compositional duties are shared by three composers: Falk Au Yeong, Shota Nakama, and Yoshitaka Suzuki respectively, who previously worked together on some of Final Fantasy XV's music.

The concept for the music in Re:Legend centers on delivering memorable melodies in a dynamically changing format -- and building on them in new ways. The composers want to make sure players will be able to remember and associate the music with different areas, characters, and events when they hear it, even long after they have finished the game.

Sample music is available on Soundcloud.

End Game+

 "End Game+"  will allow the developers to add extended end-game content to Re: Legend, which will improve the overall gameplay experience for players who have already defeated the main story boss. The new content will include a final dungeon filled with randomly generated content, new bosses, new Magnus, and more. Future updates and expansions for the game are planned as well

Re: Legend has an expected release date of June 2018 for PC and winter 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox One. The Kickstarter campaign for the game ends on August 25.

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Is Getting A Story Campaign https://www.gameskinny.com/cja55/gwent-the-witcher-card-game-is-getting-a-story-campaign https://www.gameskinny.com/cja55/gwent-the-witcher-card-game-is-getting-a-story-campaign https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/034c3e469048623cb7ec2bafd6ab630d.jpg cja55/gwent-the-witcher-card-game-is-getting-a-story-campaign Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:49:43 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game -- more commonly referred to as just Gwent -- is set to receive a story campaign titled, Thronebreaker.      

The official Gwent website describes the story of Thronebreaker as a new side of the Witcher universe, claiming:

Thronebreaker spins a truly regal tale of Meve -- a war veteran queen of two Northern Realms. Facing an imminent foreign invasion, Meve is forced to once again enter the warpath, and sets out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge. Cast with rich, multi-dimensional characters and choice-driven [design], your decisions will shape the lives of Meve and her kingdom. 

The story of Thronebreaker takes place in locations within the Witcher universe, many of which players have not seen before. players will navigate the expansion with an all new map system made especially for Gwent, which will lead them through side quests and story battles, both of which are supposed to shake up the game's rules.

Players will also be expected to use their personal customizable battle camp in order to recruit and develop units, manage resources, and build a massive army to fight for Meve's kingdom.

Gwent: Thronebreaker is planned for release sometime later this year. Gwent, as it stands, is currently in open beta and available to play for free now.

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

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Ubisoft Announces DLC for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle https://www.gameskinny.com/uscvj/ubisoft-announces-dlc-for-mariorabbids-kingdom-battle https://www.gameskinny.com/uscvj/ubisoft-announces-dlc-for-mariorabbids-kingdom-battle https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/a/b/rabbids-3aba3.png uscvj/ubisoft-announces-dlc-for-mariorabbids-kingdom-battle Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:48:08 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ubisoft announced in a press release today that the first set of DLC for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle will be available at the game's launch on August 29. The second piece of DLC will be available sometime this fall, while the third will launch sometime in 2018. Players can purchase a Season Pass for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for $19.99.

The DLC will include eight steampunk-themed weapons, each with their own characteristics and statistics. These weapons are exclusive to Season Pass holders. The second piece of DLC will expand the game even further by providing challenge missions for solo players and co-op maps for multiplayer mayhem. The last piece of DLC will follow the pattern set by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and will provide "brand new story content", according to the press release from Ubisoft. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle news and information as it develops. 

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Ambition: A Minuet In Power -- French High Society Simulator Coming to Kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/538fr/ambition-a-minuet-in-power-french-high-society-simulator-coming-to-kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/538fr/ambition-a-minuet-in-power-french-high-society-simulator-coming-to-kickstarter https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/m/b/ambition-banner-71334.jpg 538fr/ambition-a-minuet-in-power-french-high-society-simulator-coming-to-kickstarter Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:40:06 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Indie studio The Joy Manufacturing Co. has announced that its most recent development undertaking, Ambition: A Minuet In Power, will soon come to Kickstarter in hopes of getting crowdfunded. This new project takes inspiration both from roguelike and dating sims, and creates something entirely new that's based heavily in social standing, time/resource management, and getting your rival's corsets all in a knot. 

Through a detailed hand-drawn art style, the game tells the story of a young, heartbroken woman named Yvette living in 18th-century France seeking to "court, snub, and seduce" her way to the top of society. Your main objective is to create alliances, besmirch your enemies, keep up with ever-changing fashion trends, balance your social calendar, and do whatever you can to uphold a strong reputation until you make it to the top of the societal ladder in a pre-revolution France. 

Ambition automatically generates its world and gameplay every time you play, meaning that things are a little different every time you play. So the constantly shifting social tides become all the more important and unpredictable. 

The game's website lists a number of key features that will help immerse you in this aristocratic French experience:

  • Gameplay focused on socializing and deception. Work the room and tell people what they want to hear in order to advance your Reputation.
  • Carefully manage your social calendar to make sure you attend all the right parties without stretching yourself too thin and becoming exhausted.
  • Acquire and choose from dozens of outfits based on actual fashion plates and paintings from pre-revolutionary France. Wear these outfits to impress members of the five factions.
  • Increase your reputation with the five factions to unlock new bonuses and abilities.
  • A breathtaking soundtrack by award winning game composer, John Robert Matz!

As the game plays out, the features above aren't all that players will have to keep themselves occupied. In addition, they'll be able to unravel the mystery of Yvette's lost lover, drive enemies into social ruin, and use changing political tides to make sure they're on the winning side of history. 

This is the first game from Joy Manufacturing Co., and while it's an ambitious start for a team of five people, it seems that this isn't their first rodeo. The team apparently has over 40 combined years of industry experience, covering everything from console, to mobile, and even social titles. Also, on their website they make the claim that "We want to make games that are different, engaging and that we, as a team, actually want to play ourselves. Something that delights our players and something that we can be proud of."

Ambition: A Minuet In Power is planned to launch on Kickstarter soon, but no specific date has been set right now. You can learn more about the game and stay tuned for updates on the upcoming crowdfunding campaign by visiting the official website.

[Early press release and assets provided by Joy Manufacturing]

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First Luncheon Kingdom Footage from Super Mario Odyssey Revealed at Gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/c20be/first-luncheon-kingdom-footage-from-super-mario-odyssey-revealed-at-gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/c20be/first-luncheon-kingdom-footage-from-super-mario-odyssey-revealed-at-gamescom https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/c77889e01d5ac0cd776470de5dfda378.jpg c20be/first-luncheon-kingdom-footage-from-super-mario-odyssey-revealed-at-gamescom Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:19:24 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Footage has appeared online of Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey presentation at Gamescom 2017, including an interview with producer Yoshiaki Koizumi about the game. What may be of most interest to fans, though, is that the video features the first detailed look at the Luncheon Kingdom, along with a few other tidbits.

The first ten minutes or so of the video focus on what those who have followed the game's progress already know, but it does include an extended look at various elements from the game -- including the T-Rex cameo from this year's E3, the Cap Kingdom, and what it's like for Mario to capture a frog (in what may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the frog suit in Super Mario Bros. 3). The latter half of the video shows off a fair amount of the Luncheon Kingdom, the Cookatiel, and some of Bowser's chef-themed minions.

According to Mr. Koizumi, the Kingdom itself was inspired by Europe, since Europe is known for its wide variety of food cultures, and the music itself is meant to evoke thoughts of Italy in particular. Goombas wear chef's caps, and the Hammer Bros. have traded in their hammers for frying pans -- but there's still plenty of familiarity for those concerned with the game's new ground, particularly in terms of gameplay.

The level shown during the interview has a similar style to those from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, in that it gives the player the general idea of the level, but then gives you free reign to explore and chat with the kingdom's denizens as you wish. One of the features Mr. Koizumi makes a point to show is capturing a lava bubble -- since, as he says, it allows you the most freedom to move about in lava in any Mario game. Plus, it makes use of the Joy-Cons to move about in various ways.


Image via Video Game Wallpaper

A few other details were revealed as well. One concerns the Crazy Cap Store and how different branches of the store will have different items in stock, encouraging you to check out each one. Some may also be pleased to note that Cappy's explanation about the different regional coins -- what they are and where they can be used -- does not appear every time you first pick up such a coin.

Finally, there's the depth of the kingdom itself. If you look at the display under the coin counter in the top left, you'll notice 18 dots -- one of which is filled in with the light blue color of the Luncheon Kingdom's Power Moons. Despite no official announcement of how many kingdoms or how big each one is, concerned fans can at least rest assured that there seems to be a lot to do in the Luncheon Kingdom.

There is also a second video of Luncheon Kingdom gameplay you can see above. This one covers the same cheese level, but shows off a good deal more of the level and how Power Moons can be found in unexpected places, simply by exploration and experimentation.

That's it for now, but make sure to check back for any news coming from Gamescom 2017 or updates on Super Mario Odyssey!

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New Arms Fighter "Lola Pop" Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/opv6v/new-arms-fighter-lola-pop-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/opv6v/new-arms-fighter-lola-pop-announced https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1d487a0007ca335697b50b66ff32123c.jpg opv6v/new-arms-fighter-lola-pop-announced Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:43:47 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Adding even further to the roster of recent quirky 1-on-1 fighting game Arms, Nintendo has announced another new DLC fighter coming to the roster, and she is a candy clown named Lola Pop.

Lola is the second free DLC fighter to be added to the Arms roster -- the first being the game's original final boss character, the bulky and egotistical Max Brass. Like every other character in the game, Lola has a set of unique techniques as well as interchangeable arms to utilize -- all of which the trailer above shows off.

Lola has three new sets of arms, many of which appear somewhat similar to existing arms, but are still unique to her. She has a set of nunchaku arms that spin around and appear to effectively block punches, a set that stamps her opponents face and temporarily obscures their vision, and a set that acts as a shield. Her special ability seems to be the ability to inflate her clown suit in order to block attacks while still being able to move around and position herself.

No word has been given by Nintendo as to when the update with Lola will be released. But it is confirmed that just like the update for Max Brass last month, it will be free to all players.

Need to up your game before this new fighter is released? Check out all of our Arms guides for tips and tricks that will help you get to the top!

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Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/6l5dx/square-enix-announces-final-fantasy-xv-pocket-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/6l5dx/square-enix-announces-final-fantasy-xv-pocket-edition https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7b5f9c55ed36eef6c75aa08093cf2113.jpg 6l5dx/square-enix-announces-final-fantasy-xv-pocket-edition Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:25:15 -0400 Kengaskhan

Today at Gamescom, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, a reimagining of their latest main entry in the Final Fantasy series. The title is set to be released later this year.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition won't be a direct port of the main Final Fantasy XV title -- and one of the biggest giveaways is its art style. The game uses a chibi art style that some of the series' other spin-offs, like the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games, have used in the past. Instead, the Pocket Edition is a "retelling" of the Final Fantasy XV story, although what that entails is not currently clear.

The combat also appears reminiscent of the main title's Active Cross Battle system, with touch controls that have been "optimized for mobile devices", according to the developer in a press release. 

And while Square Enix has produced direct mobile ports for many of their older, main Final Fantasy main titles, as well as spin-offs designed specifically for mobile devices, the Pocket Edition is the first to be of both worlds.

For those of you interested in giving Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition a shot, all 10 of its episodes will be available to download (with the first episode being free) later this fall on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition as it develops. 

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Clones, Sci-Fi, and Reanimation, Oh My: An Interview with Echo Developer Martin Emborg https://www.gameskinny.com/cbaxh/clones-sci-fi-and-reanimation-oh-my-an-interview-with-echo-developer-martin-emborg https://www.gameskinny.com/cbaxh/clones-sci-fi-and-reanimation-oh-my-an-interview-with-echo-developer-martin-emborg https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/c/h/echo-header-image-29799.jpg cbaxh/clones-sci-fi-and-reanimation-oh-my-an-interview-with-echo-developer-martin-emborg Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:04:02 -0400 daisy_blonde

Echo is Copenhagen-based developer Ultra Ultra’s debut game as an indie studio. You play as En, who after 100 years in cryogenic stasis, must make her way through a palace to revive a mysterious person who “should never have been lost”. 

Far from its marble classical facade, the palace is actually a sentient being, devoid of any human inhabitants. Using sophisticated technology, it observes your every move and creates clones of your character known as Echoes, which will try to wipe you out. The game essentially takes the sci-fi rulebook and throws it out the window by cleverly using these copies to mimic your play style -- meaning you will have to keep changing your tactics to progress.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to speak to Martin Emborg, the lead designer for Echo, and unpack his thoughts about and inspirations behind this title.   

GameSkinny: Ultra Ultra is relatively new to the games industry. What has the journey been like for you to go from an aspiring developer to an actual development team?

Martin Emborg: Even though Echo is our first game as a company, most of us have shipped quite a few games at IO-Interactive [the studio behind Hitman]. The transition from working at a big studio to doing it ourselves, has been more work than I think any of us anticipated, but at the same time, it has also been a very liberating experience creatively. Unreal 4 has had a lot to do with that as well, as we could start building our game from day one, using AAA grade software.

GS: From the look of Echo, it's hard to believe that a team of only eight people developed it. How did the size of your team affect your development process and the number of concepts you were able to execute in the final version of the game?

ME: Communication is a lot easier when you are fewer people, so getting things “right” is easier. But of course, bulk is then the big challenge. We’ve tried to be smart about our master-sets, and not wasting time on less essential assets.

GS: The trailer features a palace setting that seems to combine classical architecture with futuristic, sci-fi elements. What inspired this aesthetic, and how did you go about implementing it successfully?

ME: Even though it by its very definition is classical, setting the game in a Palace felt fresh. Our visual inspirations are many, but probably mainly real architecture: Versailles and Frank Lloyd Wright are the primary sources I think.

 

GS: With a female protagonist in En and a sci-fi setting, some may say that this is a Metroidvania type of game. Would you say that Metroid was an influence?

ME: Of course, Metroid exists in our collective consciousness as something fundamental, but thinking of Echo as a Metroidvania based on setting and gender is a bit of a stretch I think. Would be cool to make one someday though!

GS: The idea of having clones (or Echoes, in this case) copy your behavior in-game sets it apart from other sci-fi shooters. What led you to implement this mechanic in the game, and how does it serve to improve the experience for the player? Is it possible to outsmart these Echoes?

ME: The one you need to outsmart here is yourself. In many ways, the most interesting component of any game is the player, and with the Echo AI, we’ve put that front and center.

(Note: This is clear from the walkthrough narrated by Martin that went live just after the interview).

GS: How does the Palace's setting (and the Echoes inside) inform the narrative around En's quest to restore "a life that should never have been lost"? Is there more background information you could give us about the world she's visiting or what her ultimate goal is?

ME: I don’t have more information for you, but a few extra questions:

How did she find the Palace? Why does she believe that she can bring someone back out here? And indeed, who is En and this person she wants to revive?

These are all questions that the story revolves around. The player is dropped into the narrative as she awakens on the ship, and has to piece the situation together from the conversations between En and the ship’s AI London as they enter the dark Palace.

GS: If Echo is a success, would you ever consider creating a sequel for it or turning it into a franchise? Alternatively, would your team prefer to leave it as a standalone game and simply apply the lessons learned from developing this game to a new project?

ME: We started Ultra Ultra to be independent, and to let our hearts decide what games we work on. We’re not looking to turn Echo into a franchise, but I won’t discount the possibility of more games set in that universe.

Many thanks to Martin Emborg (via PR guru Chris Kramer of Forty Seven Communications) for answering my burning questions. Echo will be out on PS4 Pro, PS4 and Steam on September 19.  You can check out the game’s website and follow Ultra Ultra’s Twitter feed or Facebook page if you want to know more about this upcoming release.

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Pocket Mortys Season 3 Weekly Update 5: Giant Inside Out Summer And Chimney Sweep Morty https://www.gameskinny.com/7y549/pocket-mortys-season-3-weekly-update-5-giant-inside-out-summer-and-chimney-sweep-morty https://www.gameskinny.com/7y549/pocket-mortys-season-3-weekly-update-5-giant-inside-out-summer-and-chimney-sweep-morty https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/o/h/d/ohdear-4462b.jpg 7y549/pocket-mortys-season-3-weekly-update-5-giant-inside-out-summer-and-chimney-sweep-morty Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:56:50 -0400 Ty Arthur

Season 3 of Adult Swim's masterful sci-fi dark comedy has been firing on all cylinders lately, culminating in Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 5 “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy”.

This week we get an unexpected Rick and Jerry adventure, offering a pairing that almost never happens as the two come to terms with Jerry and Beth's divorce. Things get predictably crazy -- and as this season has been known to do, they also get absurdly gory and even a little psychedelic. As a fun side adventure, Summer accidentally makes herself gigantic and spends the day trying to return to normal size by talking to some unhelpful tech support.

Hopefully Rick And Morty doesn't go the way of Dan Harmon's other show Community and take a nose dive in quality after the awesome third season. But for now, these new episodes are offering everything the fans want.

Corresponding to each new episode, the mobile monster-raising phenomena Pocket Mortys has been offering weekly updates to add in whole new trainers to play and Mortys to evolve. Did you miss any of the previous updates? Check 'em out:

       That's the face Jerry should be making when in the ship with Rick

Pocket Mortys: New Ricks/Trainers From Season 3

The aesthetic possibilities of your multiplayer trainer have absolutely exploded in these five weeks since the third season started, with favorites like Noop Noop, Pickle Rick, and Wasteland Jerry now overtaking the various dimensional playgrounds.

If you don't want another typical humdrum Rick running around Mortopia, this week you can now play as Giant Inside Out Summer, Schnoopy Bloopers, or the truly bizarre Risette Groupon. Grab yourself some tickets, head over to Salesman Rick's, and suit up!

Pocket Mortys: New Mortys In Weekly Update #4

Sadly, there's no Eclipse Morty today, which seems like quite the oversight. I mean like, what's up with that dawg? The whole world was waiting for it! Oh well, we got some cool new additions to the Morty Deck anyway.

At the moment, we know of at least three Mortys added with this update covering Mortys #216 - 218:

  • Poorhouse Morty
  • Chimney Sweep Morty
  • Master Morty

There may be a couple more Mortys hiding around in one of the dimensions, considering we got six Mortys last week and five the week before that.

Poorhouse Morty

This one's got a very Tiny Tim vibe going on, and seems like he really needs a nice Christmas dinner before dying horribly as his father is laid off by Scrooge Rick.

Combining two Poorhouse Mortys together gives you the upgraded Chimney Sweep Morty, but both are pretty sad on the skill loadout.

  • Type: Paper
  • Starting Skills: Condition, Fixer Upper, Flail, Examine, Scrunch, Bunt, Gross Out, Rush
Chimney Sweep Morty

This exceedingly sad and dirty Morty was forced by his Rick to climb up chimneys and sweep away the soot in Victorian England. His reward was a slice of stale bread and some drippings of dubious origin.

  • Type: Paper
  • Starting Skills: Condition, Fixer Upper, Flail, Examine, Scrunch, Bunt, Gross Out, Rush, Humiliate

 

Master Morty

No longer a down-on-his luck Morty, this one becomes the master of the estate when you combine Chimney Sweep Mortys together.

  • Type: Paper
  • Starting Skills: Condition, Fixer Upper, Flail, Examine, Scrunch, Bunt, Gross Out, Rush, Humiliate, Descale

Did you manage to track down any others besides these three? Let us know in the comments section below! If you haven't caught Rick And Morty Season 3 Episode 5 yet, do yourself a favor and catch up at the Adult Swim streaming site.

That's all for this week's Pocket Mortys update - catch you R&M fanatics again next Monday with update #6!

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Could Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Send Players Back to Kanto? https://www.gameskinny.com/cuvk0/could-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-send-players-back-to-kanto https://www.gameskinny.com/cuvk0/could-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-send-players-back-to-kanto https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/265ad4bf45bb5998be70a6b97b603937.jpg cuvk0/could-pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-send-players-back-to-kanto Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:24:27 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The recent Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer has fans speculating that the new games might possibly allow trainers to revisit Kanto -- similar to the way Pokemon Gold and Silver did back on the GameBoy Color.

The trailer features a very short, second-long blip introducing a "star" named Ryuki, But it's where Ryuki is that has set the Internet ablaze. He appears to be standing in a room decked out in yellow and trash cans, which fans are saying is highly reminiscent of Lt. Surge's gym in Vermillion City. Players of the original Red, Blue, and Yellow games, along with FireRed and LeafGreen will no doubt recall the gym's hidden switches inside said trash cans that had to be activated to reach the leader.

As Allgera Frank notes in a Polygon report, a return to Kanto would help explain why the original Sun and Moon was rife with Kanto nostalgia, from Alola Forms to the fact that the player comes from Kanto -- and also the sudden reappearance of older Red and Blue. The last time there was any indication of time having passed for Red was, of course, in Gold and Silver.

Thus, it may be more than coincidence that the re-release of those two games is coming to the 3DS virtual console this September, -- especially considering series producer Junichi Masuda previously said the original three games were only released to coincide with the series' 20 anniversary, and not to expect re-releases of Gold and Silver.

Let us know if you think there is any substance to these speculations in the comments, and be sure to check back for any new Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon updates!

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Get Ready: Xbox One X Preorders Go Live Soon! https://www.gameskinny.com/ci9t9/get-ready-xbox-one-x-preorders-go-live-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/ci9t9/get-ready-xbox-one-x-preorders-go-live-soon https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/4/7/d/47d0f9fa-9092-44a6-81b7-8c545316e475-bfc8f.jpg ci9t9/get-ready-xbox-one-x-preorders-go-live-soon Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:28:02 -0400 Kellan Pine

Earlier this week, Tom Warren of The Verge reported that Xbox One X preorders would go live today after Microsoft's Gamescom press conference. Although Microsoft has not confirmed the date that preorders will go live, the Xbox Twitter account did reveal that preorder information would be included in the press conference.

The press conference will take place today and goes live on Microsoft's Mixer streaming service, as well as Twitch.tv and YouTube.com, at 3 p.m. EST. The event is expected to focus primarily on the new console, which is targeting 4K gaming at 60 FPS.

Consumers will be able to purchase the new Xbox One X console for $499 from the usual retailers -- Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and GameStop are the places to watch if you want to secure your console before it launches on November 7!

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

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Kickstarter Campaign for Re: Legend Reveals New Stretch Goals https://www.gameskinny.com/f1xsy/kickstarter-campaign-for-re-legend-reveals-new-stretch-goals https://www.gameskinny.com/f1xsy/kickstarter-campaign-for-re-legend-reveals-new-stretch-goals https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/m/combat-relegend-b1962.jpg f1xsy/kickstarter-campaign-for-re-legend-reveals-new-stretch-goals Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:53:46 -0400 Erroll Maas

The Kickstarter campaign for the co-op monster raising and life simulation game, Re:Legend, has revealed two new stretch goals this week after receiving $279,798 USD from backers.

Developed by Magnus Games with help from the Square Enix Collective, Re:Legend had a campaign goal of $51,284 -- which means the Kickstarter project has made more than 5x its original goal. To celebrate, Magnus has shown off new weapon types, a new magnus, and a brand new mechanic as well. 

New Weapons

In addition to great swords, dual blades, staves, and bows, four additional weapon types have been announced, doubling the total number of types. The four new weapon types are detailed below.

Knuckles: A counterpart to the dual swords weapon which are infused with magic to cast protective and offensive spells and have high offensive power.

Great Shields: Heavy weapons and a counterpart to the great sword weapon which can also be used to cast protective and offensive spells.

Chakrams: Gigantic boomerang-like weapons that have a long range and cut up everything in their path.

Prisms: Crystals infused with a high concentration of magic and boost magic power. These weapons can be used for quicker spell casting and give the player more mobility.

New Magnus and Magnus Breeding

In addition to revealing three new Magnus -- the Seacolt, Dunehound, and Nerlict Bug species -- the current final stretch goal has been revealed to be Magnus breeding. The details of the stretch goal are unknown at this time, but more information is expected soon. It's also possible there will be another stretch goal added once the Magnus breeding stretch has been reached.

The Kickstarter campaign for Re: Legend will end on August 25. Re: Legend has an expected release date of June 2018 for PC. The Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One releases of the game are expected to be come around six months after the PC release.

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Exclusive Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Bundle Coming to Walmart in September https://www.gameskinny.com/qztnz/exclusive-nintendo-switch-splatoon-2-bundle-coming-to-walmart-in-september https://www.gameskinny.com/qztnz/exclusive-nintendo-switch-splatoon-2-bundle-coming-to-walmart-in-september https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/w/i/switch-splatoon-332c4.jpg qztnz/exclusive-nintendo-switch-splatoon-2-bundle-coming-to-walmart-in-september Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:41:35 -0400 Selandrile

When it comes to color, black and grey are often all someone needs. After all, they make for quite a sleek and modern aesthetic -- especially on electronic devices. For others, however, a splash of color delights the eyes and enhances the visual experience. This latter group is in for a treat, as Nintendo is finally bringing its neon green and pink Switch Splatoon 2 bundle to North America beginning September 8.

Priced at $380, this snazzy catch will include the Switch, a carrying case, one download code for Splatoon 2, cables and accessories, and of course those flashy controllers. Already released in Japan and Europe, Canadian and American consumers will soon be able to purchase this without having to import it. The bundle can't be found just anywhere, though: Nintendo is releasing these exclusively through Walmart.


Credit: Nintendo

Splatoon 2, this year's sequel to the enormously popular 2015 original, is included in the bundle. With a current Metascore of 83, it's safe to say that both kids and squids will find fun to be had.

With the Switch's enormous demand and relative lack of supply, it's a safe bet that these won't stay on shelves very long. Walmart currently has a listing that allows you to pre-order the bundle. So if you want to pick it up for yourself, you should probably do it sooner rather than later. 

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Forma.8 Launching on Nintendo Switch Next Week https://www.gameskinny.com/nbgix/forma8-launching-on-nintendo-switch-next-week https://www.gameskinny.com/nbgix/forma8-launching-on-nintendo-switch-next-week https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/82104493f645886f48066eae0ce323d6.jpg nbgix/forma8-launching-on-nintendo-switch-next-week Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:20:22 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Indie developer MixedBag recently announced that the Nintendo Switch version of its game, forma.8, will launch through the eShop on August 24.  

forma.8 is a Metroidvania style adventure. According to the game's Steam page, it features a "huge, open world full of secrets," and sees you take control of the titular space probe called forma.8 as you try to survive on a hostile alien world. You set out on a quest to discover an ancient energy source, and reunite with your fellow companions.

True to form, it also includes a wealth of powerups and secrets. However, the game has received the most praise for its artistic style -- which uses bold colors and contrasts to bring the game world to life.

 

forma.8 originally released on the Wii U back in 2015 and was brought to Steam in February of this year. Switch owners may be interested to know that the Switch version will cost five dollars less than the previous iterations -- $9.99 as opposed to $14.99. According to the press release, this version will run at 60fps and 1080p when the system is docked, and it also fully supports the Pro Controller.

Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this one up or, if you've already played it!

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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon: Main Characters Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/2gyn0/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-main-characters-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/2gyn0/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-main-characters-revealed https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/l/t/ultra-sun-moon-66059.png 2gyn0/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-ultra-moon-main-characters-revealed Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:56:10 -0400 adelgirl

In a Tweet posted to the official Pokemon account on August 18th, the new looks for the main characters in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were revealed.

While there do not appear to be any new hair colors or skin tones to choose from at the start of the game, we can tell from the image that there will be new hairstyles and clothing in the game. The photo shows hair styles and clothing that were not available in Pokemon Sun and Moon. 

It is possible that these are the only new hair and clothing options available in the game, but we cannot know this for sure until more is revealed about the game.

At this time, not much has been revealed about the game, other than a new form for Lycanroc that will only be available via download. But there's sure to be more information coming ahead of the game's release, so keep checking back with GameSkinny for any updates!

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Interviewing the Arctic Developers of Distrust https://www.gameskinny.com/mkfxd/interviewing-the-arctic-developers-of-distrust https://www.gameskinny.com/mkfxd/interviewing-the-arctic-developers-of-distrust https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/i/s/distrust1-b00f5.jpg mkfxd/interviewing-the-arctic-developers-of-distrust Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:32:23 -0400 LuckyJorael

Distrust, an indie adventure/horror game by developer Cheerdealers, focuses on two survivors who must pit their skills and determination against a frozen arctic climate, horrifying supernatural creatures, and perhaps man's greatest enemy: sleep deprivation.

In Distrust, the player must manage a pair of survivors as they explore a randomly-generated arctic base -- picking up tools, avoiding monsters, and dealing with the harsh climate. To make matters worse, your survivors have to sleep; if they don't, they'll start suffering from madnesses that affect how each survivor perceives the world. But if the survivors do sleep, more monsters will show up to eat their faces!

GameSkinny recently had the chance to talk to Cheerdealers about their upcoming game, so we discussed to the developers through the wonderful Evgeny Kasputin, Head of Midcore Marketing (because, like Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2, I don't speak Russian).

GameSkinny: What was the draw to use John Carpenter's The Thing as inspiration for Distrust, as opposed to other horror movies?

Cheerdealers: "We just adore The Thing and believe it's the best horror movie ever made. [The] closed space of a hostile arctic base with a brilliantly depicted atmosphere of sustained uncertainty and fear that eventually leads to paranoia -- that's what we were greatly inspired by. In Distrust, we did our best to deliver a similar feeling of anxiety and pressure.

Our game is not a 'scary-scary' one. We do not aim to suddenly frighten people at all costs. Instead, we try to put the player under constant pressure created by both severe climate conditions and the uncertain threat of an unknown nature to keep the player under pressure for as long as possible. In this respect, we consider The Thing to be the main source of inspiration for both the setting and the atmosphere."

GS: Why use the top-down isometric view for the game? Why not a first-person horror game?

CD: On the one hand, there are lots of great [first-person horror and survival games] on Steam right now, and we wanted to make a difference. Our decision to stick to an isometric view was reinforced by the desire to give the player control over a group of survivors, rather than over a single character.

In addition, we wanted the player to be able to control the location of each character and track the anomalies that move across the base. The top-down isometric view helped us achieve those goals without making things too complicated, and now the gameplay experience in Distrust is very different from any other existing survival game.

On the other hand, we had limited time and resources. We could keep developing this game for ages or enter another endless game mode (“Early Access”), however, that just seemed to be completely wrong. The use of the isometric view was a sound decision, so we needed to make the best of it in terms of the development process. Specifically, this view streamlined content production and let us lower the granularity where necessary, without affecting the overall quality of the game and without any feature-cutting.

GS: How do you balance the different mechanics, like having to sleep and the eventual hallucinations, without making the game undergo a difficulty spike?

CD: Balancing the game was a real challenge for our game-designers, but trying to find a balance between [sleeping] and [staying awake] was not the most difficult part. We just fixed the metric [so] that any decision a player takes could work out fine. A player decides by themselves to either take a risk and probably get another madness or rest and attract monsters, but they still can survive, if they act quickly and efficiently. Moreover, some madnesses may be really useful.

The most difficult part was to plan and develop the random generation of the objects within the base. This is the part of the game that required a thorough balancing. We have a huge set of rules that help us keep a player under pressure, but there are no lose-lose situations. Extremely difficult parts of the game that you may [barely] clear give way to easier periods when you can catch [your] breath and restore the characters’ metrics.

Based on the feedback that we are receiving after launching the free demo version, we have managed to find the balance between the difficulty and interesting gameplay.

GS: Survivors in Distrust have different traits and abilities. What's your favorite combination of survivors and why?

CD: We won’t dwell upon the tragedy of choosing your survivors -- finding the best combination of characters is an essential part of the game and we will not go into spoilers.

But it is worth mentioning that there are many effective combinations -- and every member of our team has their own favorite one. Some prefer Martin Brown, because of his ability to batter down a door; some choose James Brown because of his frost-resistant skills. Our producer’s favorite -- and probably the most hardcore -- pair of survivors are the old [Doctor] Katashi Hayashi and the loner Ronald Witkes. Apart from all the trouble that you will eventually face, you also must constantly remember to maintain Ronald’s isolation and bear in mind that Doctor Katashi is very slow.

GS: What limitations -- in the game engine, the way the game was designed, etc. -- did the team encounter in making Distrust? How did that change the game?

CD: Originally, Distrust was planned to be a 2D game. But then, as we were digging into the development, we faced lots of limitations on animation, random generation and -- this was extremely discouraging -- on dynamic light. Just imagine what a miserable game it would be to wander about a base without a flashlight! Therefore, we decided to shift to 3D, even though it was a new experience for us. Fortunately, the transition went smoothly, and the development became even easier.

In addition, [in] the very early stages of development, we intended to introduce a complicated crafting system, [including] searching for different components and turning them into some device or a tool. What we saw was that a player became too busy with [repeatedly searching] and other monotonous actions, while the overall atmosphere of suspense leveled out. So, we totally extracted crafting and the only option left was to repair a tool, and that brought the atmosphere back to the game. 

And, of course, we [spent] a hell of [a lot of] time working on random generation. It was easy to generate levels, but to have a whole base with a number of buildings and countless numbers of different objects generated properly -- that was a hard nut to crack!

GS: Last question: What's the single coolest aspect of Distrust?

CD: Teetering on the edge of suffering from madnesses that occur when your characters stay awake [for too long], and being threatened by the monsters which come when your characters sleep. Whoever you pick as your survivors, we will make you desperately seek balance between an exhausted wake and a deadly rest. But whatever your decision is, there always be something interesting. And we believe that keeping a player interested is the most important thing!

GameSkinny would like to thank Cheerdealers for agreeing to this interview, and Evgeny Kasputin for being our liaison. Distrust releases on Steam August 23, but you can get a sneak peek at the full game by downloading the free demo that's available now.

For more information about Distrust, visit the game's Steam page or the Distrust website.

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Unlonely Release Date Announced: September 20...ish https://www.gameskinny.com/svgcy/unlonely-release-date-announced-september-20ish https://www.gameskinny.com/svgcy/unlonely-release-date-announced-september-20ish https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/b79c506accc1085d80e9ca8bfe4dc53a.jpg svgcy/unlonely-release-date-announced-september-20ish Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:47:58 -0400 Kat De Shields

In a humorous announcement poster shared on Twitter, Rinikulous Games announced the release date of Unlonely -- September 20ish. 

Unlonely is a sequel of sorts to their first game title, Lonely Sun, with a twist. The game is inspired by multiple games journalism outlets (GameSkinny included) and other supporters of the dev studio. In each level, you'll become "gravity's guiding hand" as you lead planet cores across treacherous terrain until they can evolve into the planet they're destined to be. The aesthetic of each level contains design elements based upon the different publications featured in the game. 

Along with our green planet Gami, iFanzine, Snapzilla, IndieHangover, Indie Game Launchpad, Jupiter Hadlye, Mike Brown and Glen Forbes also have levels dedicated to them. 

For more information about Rinikulous Games, visit the development studio's website or follow them on Twitter. In the meantime, you can pick up Lonely Sun for $1.99 or their latest game HYPER BEAM for free from the App Store. 

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Square Enix Collective Reveals Gamescom 2017 Lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/1939g/square-enix-collective-reveals-gamescom-2017-lineup https://www.gameskinny.com/1939g/square-enix-collective-reveals-gamescom-2017-lineup https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/l/collective-logo-big-24349.jpg 1939g/square-enix-collective-reveals-gamescom-2017-lineup Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:37:46 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Square Enix Collective has announced its Gamescom 2017 lineup in a recent press release. Their showcase will include five indie games that are "full of contrasts" for a broad gaming experience. 

Below is a full list of all the games that will be featured on behalf of the Collective at this year's event.

Battalion 1944

Leading the lineup is Bulkhead Interactive's Battalion 1944, a multiplayer first person shooter game. The developers are seeking to recapture older styles of FPS gameplay, where skill and stats determined victory, as opposed to powerups and other add-ons. Square Enix London's  Director of Community and Indie Development, Phil Elliot, mentioned that this game has garnered quite a bit of attention and shows how popular both retro mechanics and World War II still are for gamers.

Forgotten Anne

Also featured is Throughout Games' anime adventure Forgotten Anne. Billed as a cinematic adventure with "light puzzle platforming elements", Forgotten Anne sees you take on the titular role of Anne as she tries to stamp out rebellion in the Forgotten Lands -- a place where forgotten things from socks to letters are refashioned into magical creatures called Forgotlings.

Oh My Godheads

On a lighter note is Titutitech's Oh My Godheads, a multiplayer game born out of love for classic franchises like Worms and Street Fighter. This title offers a variation of capture-the-flag where the flag happens to be a talking stone head.

Tokyo Dark

On the JRPG side of things, there's Cherrymochi's Tokyo Dark -- a title that combines psychological and anime horror. It also builds on the point-and-click visual novel style by adding various branching story paths that are uncovered based on your decisions as the main character, as you try to find your lost mentor in the darkness beneath Tokyo. 

Deadbeat Heroes

Finally comes Upstream Arcade's Deadbeat Heroes, another multiplayer title that's a 3D brawler. The goal in Deadbeat Heroes is to stop the new wave of 1970s super criminals from having their way with London -- only you play as civilians with no crime-fighting experience. You must borrow your powers from others, while "not getting shot, sliced, lasered, exploded, vaporized, eaten…"

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All of these games are part of the Square Enix Collective -- a curated platform for indie games where developers pitch their ideas, get approved for funding, and publish through Square Enix. All the titles above, and many others, will be taking the stage at Gamescom later this month.

What do you think of the Square Enix Collective's lineup for Gamescom 2017? Let us know down in the comments!

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