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.: Ghost Recon Wildlands: Open beta, gameplay, trailers, and everything we know
Fast Facts Ghost Recon Wildlands release date: March 7, 2017Formats: PS4, PC, Xbox OneDeveloper: UbisoftPrice: $59.
.: All these Switch Dogs are good boys, but you decide who's best
When Nintendo debuted the Switch to the eager masses, it do so with flair and aplomb.
.: Horizon: Zero Dawn launch trailer has landscapes so pretty I'm kind of mad about it
The launch trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn has no spoken words, several robot dinosaurs, and a frankly upsetting number of gorgeous landscapes.
.: VOTE! Which Mass Effect: Andromeda companion will you date first?
Mass Effect: Andromeda is named after the new galaxy in which it takes place, but in terms of fan interest an equally apt name may be "Mass Effect: More Aliens to Date".
.: Here's what players are learning from the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta (so far)
We're knee-deep in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta, with players from around the world logging on to roleplay as dudes and dudettes with guns in an open-world rendition of Bolivia.
.: Irrational Games is now Ghost Story, this is what we know about its first game
The home of BioShock has gotten a new name to suit its new direction: Irrational Games is now Ghost Story Games.
.: 6 great RTS games on console
The real time strategy (RTS) genre might be more traditionally associated with PC gaming, but the release of Xbox One's Halo Wars 2 is a timely reminder that strategy games can work well on console, despite being such complicated beasts.
.: Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta maintenance and ribera-1000b errors are messing up the fun
The Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta is now live, but not everyone's having a good old-fashioned, gun-toting time of it in Bolivia.
.: 10 things I learned playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is only a week away. It’s the most-anticipated Nintendo title o ....
.: Ghost Recon: Wildlands' open beta is live, here's how to download and what's included
The open beta for Ghost Recon: Wildlands is now live, giving everyone the chance to infiltrate and destroy (virtual) Bolivian drug cartels however they choose.
.: How to make friends and alienate people in XCOM 2 - except with aliens instead of friends or people
Being surrounded by people you know can be reassuring.
.: God of War PS4's rumoured Dec 2017 release date, plus gameplay, characters and everything you need to know
Pinch of salt time because retail listings are never the firmest of facts, but Amazon currently lists a December 29 2017 release date for God of War.
.: Destiny: Xur weapons, gear, and location, February 24 - 26. Hawkmoon!
Xur, Destiny’s travelling weekend trader, registered Kabaddi referee, and owner of the most eclectic collection of vintage swanee whistles in the solar system, is back.
.: Halo 6 will have splitscreen - *insert victorious Halo chant here*
Halo fans were not pleased with Halo 5: Guardians' lack of splitscreen.
.: The upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2017 (and beyond)
**Update: More launch games added, one gets delayed and more cool-looking indies get confirmed.
.: Mass Effect: Andromeda's new skill system will make you love your squadmates
You've seen the jetpack-assisted fundamentals of Mass Effect: Andromeda combat, now it's time for a crash course on the dicier side of action RPGs.
.: Overwatch director on that concept art making the rounds: "that's not the hero you think it is"
Earlier this week, Blizzard released new Overwatch lore related to an 11-year-old genius named Efi Oladele.
.: Death Stranding's open world will include vehicles and "a lot of freedom" says Kojima
Death Stranding is still quite a ways away, but every time creator Hideo Kojima talks about it, we seem to get one or two more details worth salivating over.
.: Nintendo Switch has a problem with its left Joy-Con desyncing but hopefully the day-one patch fixes it
Several people who got a Nintendo Switch early are reporting one recurring problem: the left Joy-Con controller has intermittent connection issues when detached from the console.
.: Every Xbox Play Anywhere game (and what that means)
All the key facts you need to know about Microsoft's cross-buy initiative .
.: N4G: news feed
N4G: news feed.
.: Is Pokemon Prism Worth Playing?
As far as fan games go Pokemon Prism is a fulfilling experience. Restructuring Pokemon Crystal with modern elements makes for a refreshing take. .
.: Horizon Zero Dawn is More Like Far Cry, Uncharted, Mass Effect than Zelda
Hardcore Gamer: Horizon Zero Dawn vs. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a surprisingly common topic. Both titles are major first party games from rival console manufacturers and both are launching a mere three days apart. On a gameplay and design level, both titles feature sprawling open worlds and protagonists who wield bows. This has been enough for players to pit both titles against one another. Some have even gone far enough to label Horizon Zero Dawn as a Zelda Killer. Is all this really warranted?.
.: BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk - PC Performance Analysis
DSOGaming writes: "When KOEI Tecmo revealed the official PC requirements for BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk, we were kind of optimistic. According to the specs, this new title should be running fine on a variety of PC systems. Well, unfortunately and like pretty much all titles from KOEI Tecmo  BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk suffers from optimization issues." .
.: New screenshots released for STEEP's Alaska add-on
Ubisoft has released some new screenshots for STEEP's latest free add-on that can be viewed below. .
.: The New Xbox One S Wireless Controller On Sale Under $40
Earlier this week, Xbox One S controller was on sale under 40 dollars on Amazon, but the deal was soon over. If you did not manage to get one (Black or White) last week, Amazon is selling them under $40 again. .
.: 2 Minutes of Awesome Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Combat
IGN: "We give you a quick look at Link's impressive combat skills in Breath of the Wild.".
.: Earthlock: Festival of Magic Review | Sirus Gaming
Jem: "Reminiscent of classic, turn-based, role-playing games such as early Final Fantasy titles, Snowcastle Games Earthlock: Festival of Magic invites players with its nostalgic gameplay format and vibrant art style.".
.: NieR Automata Trophies Can Be Bought With In-Game Currency
NieR Automata has been out in Japan for a few days now, and while the rest of us wait patiently for our release in a couple of weeks, people with the Japanese version of the game are already deep into discovering its secrets..
.: Phoning Home - Review | Sirus Gaming
Jan: "Phoning Home is a survival game, which you get to play ION, a young exploration unit on a mission to secure natural resources. Although categorized as Adventure on Steam, its more on survival. Of course, the first thing you will notice or the first thing that comes to mind is Is that Wall-E?.
.: NieR introduces controversial new PS4 feature - the ability to buy Trophies
Nier: Automata trophies can apparently be bought. This is the first time in a PS4 game that the feature has been included. .
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.: Pillars Of Eternity 2 Fig Funding Ends With $4.4 Million [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] The Fig crowdfunding campaign for Deadfire has now ended. It made $4,407,598 from 33,614 backers. $2.25 million came from investments and $2.15 million from traditional pledges.

Though Fig funding has ended, you can continue to support the game on Paypal.

In passing $4.25 million, Obsidian will now add a soulbound weapon to Deadfire. The $4.5 million stretch goal is for a ship crew feature, while a $4.75 million will unlock sea monsters and fishing.

Read this blog post to learn more.

The original story is below.

Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming PC RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire has passed another funding milestone. The game's crowdfunding campaign on Fig now has now cleared $4 million, making it the most successful fan-funded game on any site since 2015, the developer says.

However, Star Citizen received a lot more in ongoing funding since 2015. The campaign crossed $100 million in December 2015 and stands at more than $143 million today.

It's also the most-funded game in Fig's history, though the site only launched in 2015. Unlike Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Fig allows people to acquire equity, allowing them to share in a game's success. At press time, Deadfire has raised $4.15 million from more than 31,600 backers.

It's no surprise that Deadfire is also Fig's most successful game in terms of equity funding; at press time, $2.14 million has come from "Fig Game Shares" and the remaining $2 million from traditional pledges.

Deadfire needed just under 23 hours to raise its $1.1 million goal. It crossed $3 million earlier this week. The campaign ends at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET today. We'll update this post with the final funding figure at that time.

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If funding hits $4.25 million, Obsidian will add a "soulbound weapon," which is one that is "infused with a personality that can speak to you throughout your adventure."

Obsidian announced this week that Deadfire will have ships that players can use to travel throughout the sea, adding "open-world exploration and discovery" to the game.

"Your ship is a Dyrwoodan sloop called the Defiant, purchased for you by the Steward of Caed Nua, who has made the journey to help you (part of her, anyway) on your quest to hunt down Eothas, and is one of the first allies to join you on your adventure," Obsidian said. "The ship acts as your mobile base of operations, carrying you and your comrades wherever you command. Companions will stay on-board while not in your party, and you can even go below decks to your captain's quarters for rest and relaxation."

"You can customize, upgrade, and add personal touches to the Defiant. This includes changing your sails, painting your hull, and flying flags to show your personal colors/faction allegiance," the developer added. "You can also improve the performance of your cannons, sails, and hull, beyond just their cosmetic appearance."

You can read more about Deadfire's ships here.

Deadfire builds on the mechanics of the previous game and promises to offer "truly living cities [and] more freedom to explore the open world." You can read more about it here. A release is currently slated for the first quarter of 2018.

.: The Mortal Kombat Movie Could Have Featured Danny Glover As Raiden

It's always interesting to hear about movie casting ideas that didn't come to be. We now know that New Line was initially looking at Lethal Weapon's Danny Glover to play Raiden in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie, according to NetherRealm boss Ed Boon.

" They had some pretty wild suggestions for characters," Boon told IGN about his discussions with New Line. "I remember them saying they wanted Danny Glover to be Raiden."

The part ultimately went to Highlander actor Christopher Lambert.

The 1995 original Mortal Kombat from Paul W.S. Anderson made $70 million, while 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation did not do as well, with plans apparently scrapped for more installments. The series was eventually revived, with the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series being the latest installment.

A new Mortal Kombat is currently in production, with Saw director James Wan set to produce. Simon McQuoid, who directed an amazing video game commercial, might direct the new film.

Wan said last summer that the producers will not rush the film out at the expense of quality.

The latest Mortal Kombat game was 2015's Mortal Kombat X.

.: Elder Scrolls Online Sells 8.5 Million Copies, Director Says

The Elder Scrolls Online has 8.5 million players, according to a report from MMORPG.com. The figure, which was revealed by game director Matt Firor, is based on copies sold, not just registered accounts.

According to MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online has 7 million players as of June 2016, so it's added 1.5 million new players in less than a year.

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The site reported that Firor said the Elder Scrolls Online player population is split "fairly evenly" among all platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

In other news about The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda this week released a new gameplay trailer for the game's upcoming Morrowind expansion. For more, check out GameSpot's preview:

.: Ubisoft Hires Telltale Veterans Who Worked On Walking Dead, Minecraft, And More

Ubisoft has announced that it's hired a number of Telltale Games veterans who will bring a "wealth of storytelling expertise to Ubisoft San Francisco future projects."

Among the new hires are senior design directors Dennis Lenart (The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode) and Nick Herman (The Walking Dead), alongside narrative director Pierre Shorette (The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands), and creative producer Adam Sarasohn (Tales From The Borderlands).

"We are excited to welcome these strong industry veterans to our skilled team at Ubisoft San Francisco," Ubisoft San Francisco executive producer Francois Pelland said in a statement. "As we continue to expand our portfolio of games, we look to hire the best talent in the industry and infuse team members with a shared passion for development."

Telltale Games is located in San Rafael, California, which is not far from San Francisco.

Ubisoft did not say what the new hires will be working on. One of Ubisoft San Francisco's current projects is South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which was recently delayed again.

.: Patrick Stewart Announces Retirement From X-Men Series -- "I'm Done"

Earlier this month, actor Patrick Stewart teased that he might not join Hugh Jackman in retiring from the X-Men series after Logan, saying he might play Professor X again. Now, he confirmed that won't be the case. He is retiring from the X-Men series, the actor has officially confirmed.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Stewart confirmed the news during an appearance on SiriusXM alongside Logan director James Mangold and co-star Jackman. Jackman also said again that he will end his run as Wolverine Logan.

"A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie," Stewart said. "And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and--this is an admission--but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing.

"Then, the movie ended… and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. So, we had some time to sit there and, as I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Hugh] that same evening, 'I'm done too. It's all over.'"

Logan opens on March 3.

GameSpot's Logan review praised it for being brutal and grim, featuring outstanding performances by Jackman and Stewart.

"Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie--and Wolverine's long journey--could end," GameSpot critic Randolph Ramsay said. "This is a film that elevates its genre, succeeding precisely because it's different, and because it strives to be the Wolverine movie fans have always wanted to see. Logan is a must-watch, and is not only a wonderful superhero movie, but a wonderful movie in its own right."

For more on the critical reaction to Logan, check out this roundup of reviews.

In other news, it was recently revealed that studio bosses were concerned that the film's more adult approach might turn fans off. "There was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film," Fox executive Stacey Snider said. "It's more of an elegy about life and death. It's not a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, 'Isn't that freakin' boring?'"

Logan also stars Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, and Richard E. Grant. It hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

.: Weekly Recap: Halo 6 Has Split-Screen, Overwatch Wins Game Of The Year, Mass Effect 4: Andromeda Goes Gold
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It's the weekend again. Here is a recap of some of the week's biggest stories and others you may have missed.

The Big Stuff:

Halo 6, or whatever Microsoft decides to call the next Halo FPS game, will have split-screen support. 343 boss Bonnie Ross made the announcement during a speech at DICE 2017 this week. Rejoice! [Full story]

The 2017 D.I.C.E. Awards were held on Thursday. Blizzard's hero shooter Overwatch took home overall Game of the Year. You can see a list of all the categories, nominees, and winners here. [Full story]

After years of development and multiple delays, BioWare's Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold, meaning the studio has completed initial development on the game. It comes out on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. [Full story]

The Other Stuff:

The Elder Scrolls Online's first free add-on of 2017, Homestead, has arrived on Xbox One and PS4. Check out the video below to see what it's all about.

Here's a bunch of new Dead or Alive costumes. What looks good to you? Go to EventHubs to see all the new costumes.

The crowdfunding campaign for Pillars of Eternity 2 wrapped up on Friday night, ending its run with more than $4 million. The game is due out in 2018 for PC.

No more 30-second ads on YouTube, according to a new report. The change will go live in 2018, reportedly. Get all the details here at CNET.

Darknet, a cyberpunk virtual reality game, will launch for PlayStation VR on March 7, developer Archiact announced this week. It is priced at $15.

A Kickstarter campaign for the puzzle-platformer Prisma is now live. It focuses on speed and color-switching; sort of like Bit Trip, its developers say. Here's the campaign.

Darknet is an incredibly deep strategy/puzzle game that lets gamers play as an elite hacker contracted to retrieve data from the world's most secure networks. Players dive into the Net, install viruses, inject code, and hack their way through cybersecurity in an experience inspired by a classic cyberpunk vision of the future.

A handful of Telltale Games veterans have joined Ubisoft, the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher announced this week. Read this blog post to get a full rundown of the news.

The fifth free story Operation for Battleborn, "Phoebe and the Heart of Ekkunar," launched this week on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Read this blog post to get a full rundown of what to expect.

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Polygon has a big, in-depth interview up with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata. He talks about the future of the game and more; read the interview here.

Hey, this is pretty cool. NetherRealm's Ed Boon has revealed that Danny Glover was almost cast in the Mortal Kombat movie as Raiden. Get the full story here at IGN.

Square Enix has announced a brand-new RPG IP called Project Prelude. Get all the details here from DualShockers.

Nioh is getting extra content in March. Read this story at IGN to see a full rundown of what's on the way.

Here is the first gameplay footage for the dino game Ark Park, which is a spinoff from Studio Wildcard's Ark: Survival Evolved. Looks pretty cool!

Nintendo Switch digital games cannot be shared on multiple systems, it seems. Read the story at Ars Technica to find out more. The report comes just a week for the console arrives on March 3.

The Double Jeopardy section of a recent episode of Jeopardy was all about video games. That's pretty cool. If you missed it, here's a recap on Reddit.

Nintendo is hosting a video broadcast next week where it will celebrate indie games. The "Nindies Showcase," as it's being called, takes place February 28 at 9 AM PT. You can stream it here.

Mass Effect Andromeda has no level cap and lets you respec--that's pretty cool. You can learn more about that here at PC Gamer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

.: Deadpool 2 And New Mutants Movies -- Producer Shares New Updates

Producer Simon Kinberg has shared some new insight on Deadpool 2 and New Mutants.

Speaking to Collider, Kinberg said both should enter production sometime in 2017 and release in 2018. For New Mutants, the team is currently waiting on a new draft of the script. Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) is directing.

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For Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds and the writing team have been "working hard on the script," Kinberg said. The movie is being directed by David Leitch (John Wick), who takes over for the first movie's director, Tim Miller.

"We have a really good script for that movie, and we're into the casting process right now for some of the new characters," he explained. "There aren't a lot of new characters, but there are some big ones, as I'm sure you can imagine. And the plan would be to shoot that movie this year as well and have it come out next year.

"So potentially next year you will have a surfeit of X-Men and X-Men-related movies in theaters."

You can read the full interview here at Collider.

In other news, a report this week claimed that Kinberg will direct the next X-Men movie, though no official announcements have been made as of yet.

.: The Overwatch Character Teases Continue In-Game

Blizzard continues to tease Overwatch's new character, this time by updating the public test realm version of the game.

There appear to be at least two significant changes to the Numbani map. The first comes in the spawn room for the attacking team. There, you can see the aftermath of the attack that was covered in a faux news report Blizzard shared earlier today.

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Elsewhere on the map, the payload cart has been updated to reflect changes that were first discovered by dataminers earlier this month. The glass containing Doomfist's gauntlet has been smashed, with nothing left inside. We've verified this on the PTR for ourselves, and you can see some images of the two scenes in the gallery above.

The speculation for some time now has been that Doomfist would be the game's next playable character. Director Jeff Kaplan appeared to pour cold water on that theory recently when he said the character is "not who you think it is."

Blizzard began rolling out a new series of teases for the new character this week. The first was an in-world interview with an 11-year-old scientist, who may be the creator of whatever the character ends up being. That was followed by an update to the in-game arrivals board on Numbani, which in turn led to today's developments.

.: EBay Flash Sale Takes $10 Off $50 Purchases For A Limited Time

An eBay flash sale is underway for the next few hours that essentially lets you create your own deal.

Using the promo code CFEBFLASH10OFF, you can take $10 off any purchase of $50 or more when you pay with PayPal. There are some restrictions outlined here, but you're free to use this on games, systems, and more.

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Alternatively, you can put that $10 off toward something like an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership. With their prices already discounted from some sellers, 12 months for either of those will run you about $41 with the promo code.

As a flash sale, this offer runs for only a very limited time--the promo code expires today, February 24, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET.

.: Mass Effect: Andromeda Goes Gold, As New Weapons Training Video Is Released

Mass Effect: Andromeda has reached "gold" status, meaning BioWare has completed its initial development on the highly anticipated action-RPG. The developer confirmed this on Twitter today with a picture of a golden Pathfinder character.

Andromeda will not have a DLC pass, though BioWare will support it with extra content down the road, so the studio is not completely finished with the game just yet. Still, some developers are now taking some deserved time off and enjoying a vacation.

In other news, BioWare has released a new video that goes over the basics of weapons and combat. The video below talks about the four main types of weapons (pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, and sniper rifles), as well as melee items, special abilities, and more.

In other news about Andromeda, BioWare has announced the PC specs and revealed that Game of Thrones actors Natalie Dormer and Gethin Anthony are voicing characters in the game.

Andromeda launches on all platforms on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You may not have to wait that long to play, however, as a multiplayer beta is expected to launch at some point before then.

In the meantime, check out our latest preview of Andromeda and chat with BioWare about the size of the game.

.: Here's How Pokemon Go Is Celebrating Pokemon Day

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The original story is below.

To celebrate Pokemon Day next week, Niantic will hold an event inside of Pokemon Go. Starting on February 26, every Pikachu that players encounter in the game will be wearing a "festive party hat."

If you catch Pikachu during the event, you will get to keep its party hat forever, The Pokemon Company announced on its website. The event ends on March 6. Unfortunately, The Pokemon Company did not share a picture of Pikachu's hat; we'll add it to this story if it's made available.

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Pokemon Day is February 27. That is the 21st anniversary of the series, which debuted in Japan in 1996.

This is not the first time that Niantic has given Pikachu a special hat as part of a limited-time event. Last year's Pokemon Go holiday event let players catch a version of Pikachu that wears a festive hat. The Christmas Pikachu could be evolved into a hat-wearing version of Raichu, though it remains to be seen if that can happen with the new party hat.

For more on Pokemon Day 2017 and how it will be celebrated, check out this roundup on the Pokemon website.

Last year's 20th anniversary Pokemon Day celebrations included a Super Bowl commercial and a party with actress Drew Barrymore.

.: Jurassic World 2 Starts Filming

Filming has begun on the untitled Jurassic World sequel due out in 2018.

Star Bryce Dallas Howard, who played Claire in the first movie and reprises the role in the sequel, tweeted a picture from the set today. Today was her first day of filming.

Jurassic World 2 is directed by JA Bayona (Orphan), who takes over for the first movie's director, Colin Trevorrow; he is directing 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX.

The Jurassic World sequel also brings back Chris Pratt. Last week, it was reported that veteran actor James Cromwell (24, Babe) was cast. Before that, we learned that Toby Jones (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) joined the sequel.

Little is known about the plot. Trevorrow, who is producing the sequel, said last year that the movie aims to be "more suspenseful and scary." In an earlier interview, he said it may go in something of a new direction.

"The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don't necessarily mean in scale," he said. "I feel very strongly that it's not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it's about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals.

"Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I'm not going to forget it, but now we've seen a lot of 'dinosaurs chasing people around on an island' movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go."

Jurassic World 2 opens on June 22, 2018.

Jurassic World currently stands as the fourth biggest movie of all time, bringing in $1.6 billion at the global box office. It was the first new entry in the series since 2001's Jurassic Park III. The franchise is based on Michael Crichton's 1990 novel.

.: Twin Peaks Day Celebrated With Striking Posters For New Season

Update: We've now also gotten a brief video featuring older Cooper in the same woodsy scene. You can watch it below.

The original story follows below.

February 24 is also know as Twin Peaks Day, based on the date that Agent Dale Cooper first entered the iconic town in the cult TV show. To celebrate, Showtime have released two new posters in advance of its return in May. One features Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) as she looked during its original run, while the other shows an older Cooper (Kyle McLachlan). Check them out below:

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Several teasers for the new season have been released over the past few months. The most recent compiled the many moments the characters have enjoyed coffee, while another showed co-creator David Lynch, in character as oddball Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole, snacking on a donut. We've also had composer Angelo Badalamenti performing some of the show's haunting music, plus a look at some on-set footage.

The two-hour premiere of the new season debuts on Showtime on May 21 at 9 PM ET. In the build-up to that, the channel are broadcasting the first two seasons with back-to-back episodes every Sunday at 7 PM ET.

At the Television Critics Assocation press tour last month, Showtime CEO David Nevins revealed that the show will run a total of 18 hours, and that the second and third episodes will be available online immediately afterwards.

In a recent interview with IGN, actress Madchen Amick, who plays Shelly Johnson, spoke about her emotional return to the show. "The first few days back on set I was crying the whole time," she said. "I was constantly fighting tears the whole time. It was touching, it was moving, it was surreal that we get the opportunity to revisit it and revisit it in a way that is appropriate for the show and celebrates the show that isn’t just a comeback or a reunion.

"It's not a reboot. It's just now seeing the characters 25 years later and seeing what they've been up to. People that love Twin Peaks will enjoy it and they'll get to see a lot of stuff obviously that they are familiar with. But for a new audience that comes to it, they're just going to love it for what it is at this point."

Twin Peaks originally ran from 1990-91 on ABC, followed by a prequel film, Fire Walk With Me, in 1992. Much of the original cast is returning for the new season along with more than a few new additions.

Disclosure: Showtime is a division of CBS, which is GameSpot's parent company.

.: PS4, PC Getting M-Rated Arcade Hockey Game Next Month, See Some Gameplay Here

The M-rated arcade hockey game Old Time Hockey will launch on PlayStation 4 and PC on March 28, developer V7 Entertainment announced this week. The game comes to Xbox One in Q2 2017 (April-June), with a Nintendo Switch edition arriving "at a later date."

A new trailer was also released, showcasing the '70s vibe that it's going for. You'll notice some skaters don't have helmets and there are a lot of fights. It looks fun.

Old Time Hockey offers a variety of control options. You can use a "more modern style" or select a two-button scheme. There is also a "beer mode," which lets you play with one hand for obvious reasons.

Old Time Hockey supports local co-op, though there is no word on an online mode. Additionally, a "hijinks-filled" story mode has you competing as the worst team in the Bush Hockey League.

The names for the game's 10 Bush League teams have been announced, along with descriptions. You can see all of them below, written by the developer.

Old Time Hockey Bush League Teams:


Charlestown Stonemasons – NEW ENGLAND, STAND UP!


Fort Edward Bluenosers – WHERE HOCKEY WAS BORN

Long Island Rumrunners - LONG ISLAND ALWAYS STRONG!

Moose Jaw Farmhands – WELCOME TO THE JAW

Portage Lake Widowmakers – WHERE COPPER MEETS FIRE


Schuylkill Hinto Brews – WELCOME TO THE SKOOK

Warroad Ice Anglers – WHERE WE BLEED HOCKEY

.: Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Specs Announced

If you're hoping to play Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC, we now know what kind of hardware you'll need to do so.

Origin has published the minimum and recommended specs for Andromeda ahead of its release next month. The low end isn't especially demanding, only calling for a 2 GB GTX 660 or Radeon 7850 to be paired with an i5-3570 or FX-6350.

If you want a more ideal experience, though, the recommended specs suggest you have at least a GTX 1060 or RX 480 with an i7-4790 or FX-8350.

Unfortunately, EA doesn't specify what level of quality, framerate, or resolution this hardware is needed to reach. Ubisoft's recent recommended specs have only been for 1080p, while many PC players will expect to play at higher resolutions.

Andromeda launches on all platforms on March 21. A multiplayer beta is expected to launch at some point before then, which may give you the chance to see how the game runs on your system.

In the meantime, check out our latest preview of Andromeda and chat with BioWare about the size of the game.

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Recommended System Requirements

.: Final Fantasy 15 Director Shares His Thoughts About Nintendo Switch

While Final Fantasy XV itself may not be in the cards for Nintendo Switch, that doesn't mean the game's director isn't a fan of the system.

Hajime Tabata made a name for himself as the director of Square Enix portable games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0. With Switch being a hybrid console/portable device, it would seemingly be right up Tabata's alley.

"I've worked on handheld titles, but I've also worked on console games," he told Polygon. "So the fact that Switch is both at the same time is really fascinating to me. I'm really interested in coming up with ideas and how to capitalize on that technology and how to create the best experience possible on the technology. But I'm not quite sure that I have it yet.

"You have your Switch sitting in front of the television and you're playing on the big screen and then you take it out, put it down on the table. It becomes a monitor. You take out the two Joy-Cons, and you play with a friend ... it doesn't stop there, because in my mind, it would be really perfect if you could then take this new monitor and use it like a tablet, for example, and play different apps on it like you would on your iPhone or your Android. So basically, it's accomplishing three tasks in one machine. It's kind of like the dream machine."

Don't take this to mean he's working on a Switch project, however, at least at the moment. He did admit that he and others on the Final Fantasy XV team are "really interested in the Switch," but he stopped short of committing to anything.

You can read Polygon's full interview with Tabata here; it primarily focuses on Final Fantasy XV's future, which includes a cooperative multiplayer mode (complete with character creation), among other things.

As for Switch, we're now just a week away from its launch. You can check out all our of our latest coverage here, as well as our new preview of launch game Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

.: Cars 3 Features The Voices Of All These NASCAR Drivers And Personalities

Pixar's upcoming Cars 3 will feature the voices of quite a few NASCAR drivers and others connected to the sport, Disney announced this week.

These include big names in racing such as Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty, as well as Fox's NASCAR commentator Shannon Spake. They all have clever/silly names; Gordon's character is named Jeff Gorvette, while Spake's character is Shannon Spokes. You can see a full rundown below, with descriptions written by Disney.

Additionally, Disney announced a co-marketing plan with TV network Fox for this weekend's Daytona 500. First, Owen Wilson, who voices Lightning McQueen, will be the grand marshal for the event, which takes place on Sunday, February 26.

Also, Disney will release a new trailer for Cars 3 during the Daytona 500, while there will be marketing efforts for the movie in place at other NASCAR Cup Series events this year. What's more, NASCAR and Disney will release elementary school learning materials called Acceleration Nation.

Cars 3 premieres in June. In other news, Warner Bros. resurrected Disney Infinity studio Avalanche Software and is working with it on a Cars 3 video game.

Cars 3 NASCAR Voice Talent Lineup:

.: Two New Free Amazon/Twitch Prime Games Revealed

Amazon and Twitch Prime members can pick up a pair of free games in the coming weeks, and there's an added benefit to doing so.

From now until the end of the month, anyone with a Twitch Prime membership (which is one of the perks of subscribing to Amazon Prime) can download The Banner Saga for free. Starting on March 2, Prime members can then grab its sequel, The Banner Saga 2, also for free.

The Banner Saga 2
The Banner Saga 2

Giving away the occasional game to Twitch Prime members isn't new. However, in this case, doing so will help out The Banner Saga 3, which is currently in the midst of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Twitch says it will pledge $1 towards the game's development for each person who downloads and plays either of the first two games through Twitch between now and March 6.

You'll actually need to open up the game to qualify for the $1 pledge; simply downloading it from Twitch isn't enough. On its Kickstarter page, developer Stoic Studios encouraged fans to do so even if they already own or have played the games, as this will still add to the newest game's funding.

Further details weren't shared, but presumably this money won't be directed through Kickstarter itself, which would result in the site taking a cut. As it stands, Stoic has already far surpassed its funding goal of $200,000. With 11 days still go, it has raised more than $315,000. It's already hit two stretch goals, adding a playable Dredge and Survival mode to the game.

.: Halo 5: Here's How To Earn These Unicorn Weapon Skins

343 Industries has announced new Halo 5: Guardians weapons skins themed around unicorns. The weapon skins will be made available "very slowly and very deliberately," the developer explained as part of its latest weekly blog post.

The "Fire" skin

To get the "Fire" skin, you need to "create something awesome" in Halo 5 and have it be featured on the developer's Waypoint site. "We want to recognize and reward players who are creating great content and helping to enrich our community, and this is one of the few things we have left to help do that," 343 said.

The studio will go back through its 2017 Waypoint posts and retroactively award the weapon skins to players. This could be for having their gameplay clip featured as a "Play of the Week" in 343's weekly blog posts or for doing anything else that the studio deems worthy.

"If you've been featured, hang tight," 343 said. "We'll be rolling these out shortly but since it is a manual process we appreciate your patience."

The Unicorn "Ice" skin will be given to people who play with or against during the developer's Community Playdates sessions; the first of the skins will go to people who participated in the Valentine's Day event earlier this month. The next event will take place next week. In the future, 343 said it will publish a schedule for these events so players can have a better chance of getting the skin.

The "Ice" skin

In other Halo 5 news, 343 announced that this weekend's Warzone Firefight Mythic playlist will feature the Skirmish at Darkstar map. Additionally, 343 confirmed that the current rotational playlist, Assault, will be replaced next week by Covie Slayer. Finally, the developer said it has completed work on a "small maintenance update" for Halo 5 that should be out during the second week of March. The primary focus of this patch is bug fixes for the Forge mode.

In other Halo news, 343 boss Bonnie Ross said this week that all future Halo FPS games will offer split-screen.

.: Every Nintendo Switch Launch Game Confirmed So Far

[Updated February 24 with Snipperclips]

A console's launch lineup can be important in helping it get off to a good start. After the struggles of the Wii U, Nintendo is surely hoping the Switch gets off to a strong start in March.

While the Switch's full launch lineup has yet to be confirmed, we now know at least a few of the titles that will debut alongside the system on March 3. As confirmed during the Switch news event on January 12, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo's new party game 1-2-Switch will be launch titles, as will Ubisoft's Just Dance 2017. Super Bomberman R, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, and Skylanders: Imaginators are also launch titles, according to Nintendo on Twitter. These appear to be the only confirmed launch titles at this stage. We will round up all the Switch launch titles and those coming later in this post, adding more to the list below as they become confirmed.

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By comparison, the Wii U, released in 2012, had 23 launch titles.

Nintendo Switch Games:

Launch (March 3):




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.: Overwatch's New Character Teased Again

Update: The scene below has now been recreated in-game on PTR servers.

Following up on an apparent tease of Overwatch's new character from earlier this week, Blizzard has now provided another hint of who or what it might be.

Whereas the first tease was an in-world interview with a character, this is a tweet and image from an in-world news station about an incident at an airport. "OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified assailant at Numbani airport," it reads. "No civilian casualties reported."

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In the upper right, you'll see the shadow of an odd-looking thing--possibly cocoons or something of the sort. Whether that's a detail relevant to the identity of the character remains to be seen; it may be another piece of the puzzle or something to throw fans off. [Update note: it appears these are merely lights.]

This new tease tracks with what we've already seen. The aforementioned interview was with an 11-year-old scientist who ominously suggests she has plans for a grant she received. She also notes she's about to take her first trip on a plane. Subsequently, players discovered that an in-game airport arrivals board had been changed. If you look closely, it looks to be the same board as the one in the new teaser image.

We don't know when Blizzard plans to formally reveal Overwatch's next character, but we do know it's at work on more than one. Game director Jeff Kaplan has said the upcoming addition is "not who you think it is," a possible reference to Doomfist. During a presentation this week that appeared to reveal an early concept for a spider-esque character, he again said that this was "not the hero who you think it is."

.: Halo Wars 2 DLC Teased, "Large" Patch Coming Next Week

Halo Wars 2 launched this week on Xbox One and PC. You can expect developers 343 Industries and Creative Assembly to continue to support it with extra content and updates, some of which were discussed as part of 343's latest weekly blog post.

"Just because the game has launched doesn't mean the work is done," the developer said. "In fact, very far from it, as the Creative Assembly and 343 teams are hard at work on upcoming patches as well as future downloadable content."

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Concerning DLC, 343 said players can look forward to new content every third Wednesday of the month, starting in March with a new leader, Kinsano (above). More leaders, units, and campaign missions are headed to Halo Wars 2 in the coming months. At PAX East, 343 will "go deeper" on what players can expect in terms of DLC. We'll report back with more details at that time.

On the more immediate horizon for Halo Wars 2 are updates addressing issues that have popped up since launch. The first of these is already available, while a "large patch" for Xbox One and Windows 10 is coming next week. It includes a "significant" number of fixes and improvements. The patch notes will be shared at a later date.

"Additionally, work and investigations continue into online connectivity, latency, and performance issues that some players have been reporting," 343 said. "We're aware that some players are still experiencing issues and it's a top priority area of focus for the team."

343 also mentioned that it released a hotfix for an XP exploit where players in 1v1 games could destroy their base at the start of a match to earn 600XP. The game continues to show that you received the XP for doing this, but it's not actually applied. "So doing this will not only net you no real reward, it will also ruin the fun for the person you're matching against while inaccurately skewing player skill ratings," 343 said.

Additionally, 343 said it continues to look over player feedback and game data with an eye on tweaking balance in the future as needed. You can send in feedback to 343 here on the Halo Wars 2 forums.

Halo Wars 2 launched without ranked multiplayer; this feature is coming "soon," but a date has not been announced.

GameSpot's Halo Wars 2 review scored the game a 6/10.

"Halo Wars 2 carries forth enough of the series' beloved elements to make any fan of Halo feel right at home at first, but not in the long run," reviewer Kallie Plagge said. "It's palatable for those used to the FPS games, taking inspiration from favorite missions and putting a strategic spin on them; but just when things become more challenging and actually interesting, it runs out of steam."

For more on the critical response to Halo Wars 2, check out this roundup of scores.

.: Gears Of War 4 Launches Tougher Horde Playlist And Offers Double XP

Gears of War 4 is offering up a new weekend-only Horde playlist and giving out double class XP right now. The new playlist is called Feral Horde, and it's the first-ever playlist for a variant of Horde. In a forum post, developer The Coalition explained why Feral Horde is more challenging than regular Horde.

"Feral Horde ratchets up the intensity of each wave, changing the composition of each wave to focus more on constant pressure and unrelenting assault," the developer said. "Prepare to move, dodge, and scrap your way to victory against new waves filled with hefty amounts of Explosive Trackers, Swarm Grenadiers, DR-1s, Dropshot Scions, and more."

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The Feral Horde playlist is automatically set to the Hardcore difficulty, and it's available on only one map, Clocktower.

To encourage people to try Feral Horde, The Coalition is offering up three Swarm character skins. To get them, you need to first register your Gamertag and then do the following:

Additionally, The Coalition has released a Feral Horde Pack, which comes with everything shown in the picture above. It's available right now for 400 Credits.

Finally, double class XP is available this weekend for not just Feral Horde, but also the Public and Private Horde playlists.

The Coalition did not announce when the weekend event wraps up.

.: Titanfall 2 Discounted To $25 On PS4 Right Now At Walmart

Walmart is currently offering one of the best deals we've ever seen on Respawn's shooter Titanfall 2. The store has the PlayStation 4 version for only $25. The Xbox One edition is marked down to $33, while the PC version is going for $35.

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Store pickup is free (if it's in stock at your local store), while shipping is free on orders of $35 or more, so you'd need to buy something else to get that.

Titanfall 2 launched in October 2016, sandwiched between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The game was praised by critics, but it failed to meet EA's sales expectations. Respawn is unsure if it will make Titanfall 3.

If you pick up Titanfall 2 as part of this sale or already have the game, you can look forward to new content in the future. Just this week, Respawn released the new Live Fire mode, while a free update in March will see the return of a Titanfall 1 map.

For more on Titanfall 2, check out GameSpot's review here and all of our videos and written content here.

.: Watch The Epic Horizon Zero Dawn Launch Trailer

The next major PlayStation 4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, is almost here. Ahead of its release next week, Sony today published the launch trailer for the much-anticipated action-RPG.

The video, which does not contain any gameplay footage, sets up some of the story for the futuristic game in which massive robot machines rule the Earth. You play as Aloy, an inquisitive woman who treks through the world to find out what the robots are and where they came from. You can watch the video in the embed above.

Reviews for Horizon Zero Dawn started to show up earlier this week. The game is receiving a lot of praise, including a 9/10 score from GameSpot.

Earlier this month, Sony talked about how Horizon Zero Dawn has the potential to become a new franchise for the company. A report from SuperData this week said the game could sell as many as 6 million copies by the end of 2017 and up to 8 million for its lifetime, bringing it close to Uncharted 4. This would be a particularly notable achievement, as Horizon Zero Dawn is a brand-new franchise.

In other news, developer Guerrilla Games has announced everything that's in Horizon Zero Dawn's day one update. For more on the game, read all of GameSpot's previous stories and watch every video here.

.: ZeniMax Files Injunction Against Oculus Over Use Of 'Stolen Tech'

ZeniMax, the parent company of Fallout and Skyrim developer Bethesda, has filed for an injunction against VR company Oculus over the recent stolen technology case. ZeniMax had previously accused Oculus of stealing VR-related code, and it was subsequently awarded $500 million by a Dallas court earlier in February.

Now, ZeniMax has filed further papers against Oculus--which is owned by social media giant Facebook--requesting that Oculus's products using the stolen code be removed from sale. Specifically, ZeniMax is seeking to block sales of its mobile and PC developer kits, as well as technology allowing the integration of Oculus Rift with development engines Unreal and Unity, reports Law360.

If the injunction isn't granted, ZeniMax wants a share of "revenues derived from products incorporating its intellectual properties," suggesting a 20 percent cut for at least 10 years. ZeniMax argues the previous settlement of $500 million is "insufficient incentive for [Oculus] to cease infringing."

Oculus, meanwhile, says that "ZeniMax's motion does not change the fact that the [original] verdict was legally flawed and factually unwarranted.

"We look forward to filing our own motion to set aside the jury's verdict and, if necessary, filing an appeal that will allow us to put this litigation behind us," the virtual reality company stated.

The original case concluded in early February after testimonies from many high profile individuals, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Oculus's chief technology officer John Carmack.

Carmack was not found liable for any damages, but he took issue with the court's eventual verdict by saying he "wanted to shout, 'You lie!'"

The revered game programmer found himself at the center of the case from the start. Before his current position at Oculus, he worked for ZeniMax from 2009, when the corporation acquired his studio Id Software for $405 million. In November 2013, he resigned to join Oculus full-time.

But for several months before his departure from Zenimax, Carmack was effectively working for both companies. A year prior to this, he was also helping build a virtual reality version of Doom 3 for Oculus VR.

ZeniMax alleged Carmack "copied thousands of documents from a computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device."

"He never returned those files or all copies of them after his employment with ZeniMax was terminated," stated the original lawsuit (via Game Informer).

Disclosure: Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of GameSpot parent company CBS, is a member of the ZeniMax board of directors.

.: Hugh Jackman Might Have Played Wolverine Again If He Was An Avenger

Hugh Jackman has said he expects Logan to be his last time playing Wolverine. But it's now come to light that Jackman apparently would have considered coming back if a deal between Wolverine studio Fox and Marvel Entertainment could be reached to make Wolverine an Avenger.

That's not uncharted territory, as Spider-Man movie rights-holder Sony partnered with Marvel to bring the web-slinger to Captain America: Civil War and next year's Avengers: Infinity War.

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Speaking to ScreenRant, Jackman said, "If that was on the table when I made my decision [to stop playing Wolverine after Logan], it certainly would have made me pause. That's for sure."

He added: "I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there's a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can't figure that out [laughter]. You never know."

It's too bad that couldn't happen, but it looks like Jackman's Wolverine is going out on a high note. GameSpot's Logan review praised it for being brutal and grim, featuring outstanding performances by Jackman and co-star Patrick Stewart.

"Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie--and Wolverine's long journey--could end," GameSpot critic Randolph Ramsay said. "This is a film that elevates its genre, succeeding precisely because it's different, and because it strives to be the Wolverine movie fans have always wanted to see. Logan is a must-watch, and is not only a wonderful superhero movie, but a wonderful movie in its own right."

For more on the critical reaction to Logan, check out this roundup of reviews.

In other news, it was recently revealed that studio bosses were concerned that the film's more adult approach might turn fans off. "There was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film," Fox executive Stacey Snider said. "It's more of an elegy about life and death. It's not a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, 'Isn't that freakin' boring?'"

Logan also stars Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, and Richard E. Grant. It hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

.: Nintendo Switch Presentation Coming Next Week For Indie Games

Nintendo has announced a new video broadcast for the Nintendo Switch that will showcase some of the independently developed games coming to the hybrid console.

Set for Tuesday, February 28 at 9 AM PT, broadcast is called "Nindies Showcase," and you can watch it through Nintendo's website here. We'll report back with any news that gets announced.

Nintendo has confirmed that there will be more than 60 "indie" games on the Nintendo Switch's eShop this year. Those that will be available at launch on March 3 include Shovel Knight (and its Specter of Torment expansion) and the racing game Fast RMX--you can read more about those here.

You can see a list of all the Nintendo Switch launch titles here and every game confirmed for the system here.

In other news, Nintendo has confirmed that a Virtual Console for the Nintendo Switch won't be available at launch. Additionally, Nintendo has confirmed what the console's day one update does.

For more on the Nintendo Switch, check out GameSpot's roundup of everything you need to know.

.: New Horizon Zero Dawn Trailer Celebrates Its Positive Reviews

With only a few days to go before Horizon Zero Dawn's release, Sony has published a new trailer for the PlayStation 4 exclusive that highlights the action-RPG's positive reviews (including GameSpot's).

The video contains a lot of nice-looking footage, but bear in mind that it was captured on a PlayStation 4 Pro console, not the standard model. Check out the video below.

Reviews for Horizon Zero Dawn started to show up earlier this week. As the video notes, the game is receiving a lot of praise. GameSpot's review scored it a 9/10.

Earlier this month, Sony talked about how Horizon Zero Dawn has the potential to become a new franchise for the company. A report from SuperData this week said the game could sell as many as 6 million copies by the end of 2017 and up to 8 million for its lifetime, bringing it close to Uncharted 4. This would be a particularly notable achievement, as Horizon Zero Dawn is a brand-new franchise.

Additionally, Sony believes main character Aloy, who is inspired by the Game of Thrones character Ygritte, could become a "PlayStation icon of the future."

In other news, Guerrilla Games has announced everything that's in Horizon Zero Dawn's day one update. For more on the game, read all of GameSpot's previous stories and watch every video here.

Horizon Zero Dawn was developed by Guerrilla Games, which created the Killzone series.

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.: You Can Now Change Your Twitch Username

Coming up with a username isn't easy. Sometimes your actual name or usual online handle is available, or you're able to come up with something clever on the fly. Other times, you choke. If you're a Twitch user who is stuck with a bad username – or just one that you're kind of sick of – you've had to either abandon it (and whatever online equity you've earned) or simply suffer. That changes today. Twitch has announced that you'll be able to change your username, with a few important caveats.

If you go to your profile settings on the site, you'll notice a new option next to your username: an edit button. You can use it once every 60 days, changing your name to one that's available. Twitch will hold your old username for at least six months, with the option of eventually kicking it back to the list of available names.

Twitch notes that changing your username will also change the URL of your channel's page (for obvious reasons), and that your old URL won't redirect to the new one. That's up to you to take care of, if you have links to your channel elsewhere. 

[Source: Twitch]


Our Take
This is great news, particularly if you've outgrown being a snipa or the number 420 has lost its allure. If you decide to change your username, you should take a second and follow us on Twitch while you're over there.  

.: Celebrate Pokémon Day With Some Pokémon Go Hats Or Whatever

Next week is Pokémon Day, wherein people get together and... talk about Pokémon? Play Pokémon? Draw pictures of Pokémon cakes? Regardless of your family's Pokémon Day traditions, there's a special Pokémon Go treat in the works that's bound to make the day even more special: a hat.

From February 26 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific through the same time on March 6, Pokémon Go players will be able to capture special versions of Pikachu wearing party hats. These hats will be fused onto their adorable heads for time immemorial, but you have to capture the critters during that fleeting window of time.

Happy hunting, and, of course, have a happy Pokémon Day!!!!!


Our Take
I can't wait. 

.: Ubisoft San Francisco Hires Four Telltale Veterans

Ubisoft has announced that four former Telltale Games employees have joined the ranks of Ubisoft San Francisco. The quartet, who have worked on games including The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode, and Tales from the Borderlands, will be working on the narratives of future projects.

“We are excited to welcome these strong industry veterans to our skilled team at Ubisoft San Francisco,” François Pelland, executive producer at Ubisoft San Francisco, told the Ubisoft Blog. “As we continue to expand our portfolio of games, we look to hire the best talent in the industry and infuse team members with a shared passion for development.”

The new employees include senior design directors Dennis Lenart and Nick Herman, narrative director Pierre Shorette, and creative producer Adam Sarasohn. 

[Source: Ubisoft Blog]


Our Take
These guys have in many ways shaped some of Telltale Games' biggest releases. Lenart and Herman directed and created the cinematics for the first season of The Walking Dead, respectively, and Shorette was lead writer on the second season and Tales from the Borderlands. It should be interesting to hear what Ubisoft San Francisco's next project is, and why it lured four employees away from Telltale.

.: Snipperclips Joins The Nintendo Switch Launch-Day Lineup

Another game has been added to the Nintendo Switch's launch-day lineup: Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together!, a co-op puzzle game that we're just going to refer to as Snipperclips from this moment on.

The game is coming to the Nintendo eShop on March 3, when the Switch is released. It'll set you back $19.99.

It was one of the highlights at Nintendo's Switch event last month, with video producer Ben Hanson saying it was the best playable game that wasn't Breath of the Wild. You can see video of him and senior editor Ben Reeves sharing their hands-on impressions of the game here.

.: 2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have a confirmed release dates

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PS4) - January 10
Rise and Shine (Xbox One, PC) – January 13
Road Redemption (PS4, Xbox One) - January 15 
2064: Read Only Memories (PS4) - January 17
The Flame In The Flood (PS4) - January 17
Gravity Rush 2
(PS4) - January 20
Urban Empire (PC) - January 20
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS) - January 20
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega-Battle (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 20
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) - January 24
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - January 24
Tales of Berseria (PS4, PC) - January 24
Yakuza 0 (PS4) - January 24
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One) - January 24
Double Dragon IV (PS4, PC)  - January 29
Disgaea 2 (PC) - January 30
Constructor HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - January 31
Hitman: The Complete First Season (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - January 31
Digimon World: Next Order (PS4) - January 31 

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) - February 3
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4, Vita) - February 7
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) - February 7
Nioh (PS4) - February 7
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - February 14
Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - February 14
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - February 14
Tank Troopers (3DS) - February 16
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4, PC, Vita) - February 21 
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC) - February 21
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC) – February 21
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSVR) - February 21
Ys Origin (PS4, Vita) - February 21
Lego Worlds (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 24
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) - February 28
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) - February 28 
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 28
Valhalla Hills: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – February 28 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U) - March 3
1-2-Switch (Switch) - March 3
Super Bomberman R (Switch) - March 3
Just Dance 2017 (Switch) - March 3
Skylanders Imaginators (Switch) - March 3
I Am Setsuna (Switch) - March 3
Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together (Switch) - March 3
World of Goo (Switch) - March 3
Little Inferno (Switch) - March 3
Human Resource Machine (Switch) - March 3
Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 7
Nier: Automata (PS4, PC) – March 7
Birthdays the Beginning (PS4, PC) - March 7
Loot Rascals (PS4, PC) - March 7
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4) – March 14
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR, Rift, Vive) – March 14
Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 14
Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 21
Rock Band VR (Rift) - March 23
Dreamfall Chapters (PS4, Xbox One) – March 24
Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) – March 24
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS4) - March 28
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS4) - March 28
MLB The Show 17 (PS4) – March 28
Has-Been Heroes (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC) - March 28 

Persona 5 (PS4, PS3) - April 4
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 4
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 7
Yooka-Laylee (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 11
The Sexy Brutale (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 11
Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition (PS4, Xbox One) - April 11
The Silver Case (PS4) - April 18
Micro Machines: World Series (PS4, Xbox One) - April 21
Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) - April 25
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, PS4) - April 25
Syberia 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - April 25
Little Nightmares (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 28
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) - April 28
Portal Knights (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - April 28

Prey (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - May 5
Injustice 2
(PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android) - May 16
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS) – May 19
Don't Starve Mega Pack (PS4, Xbox One) – May 30

Tekken 7 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - June 2 
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - June 6
Dirt 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - June 6
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4) - June 30

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) - July 11 

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can return as the year's schedule continues to fill out!

.: Overwatch Teases New Hero With Image Of Numbani Attack

What looks to be the second tease regarding an upcoming Overwatch character has just hit Overwatch social feeds. An image of a devastated Numbani airport, complete with a smashed, busted up, (and often probed for "secret info") flight board.

Blizzard's message with the image is as follows:

[BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified attacker at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported.

The "OR15" defense robots apparently failed to hold the line, with the central bot being seemingly flattened and pummeled into the rock wall. The first tease earlier this week that gave us the character of Efi Oladele mentions these OR15 defense bots explicitly, noting it is her dream to create something that keeps us safe like them.


Our Take
While the battering and pummeling may strongly suggest that Doomfist may have a role in this attack and is still the next hero on deck, I think the narrative is coming together more clearly now. Oladele will clearly be dismayed by the results of this massive attack, and dedicate herself to creating a defense robot that will NEVER let people down. That's a good of a guess as any right now, right? We'll see what develops as Blizzard keeps peeling away the layers as it teases a new Overwatch addition.

.: Overwatch Takes Top Honors At 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

Naughty Dog had an exceptional night at the 20th annual D.I.C.E. Awards, taking home four trophies for Uncharted 4. But top honors went to Blizzard's phenomenal multiplayer shooter, Overwatch, which won three other trophies as well. Playdead's haunting platformer also took home three awards. The nights biggest accolades, however, went to Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard, who was also inducted into the AIAS hall of fame. You can read our interview with him here

Check out the full list of winners:

Action Game of the Year: Overwatch  

Adventure Game of the Year: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End  

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Dark Souls III  

Sports Game of the Year: Steep  

Racing Game of the Year: Forza Horizon 3  

Fighting Game of the Year: Street Fighter V  

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Civilization VI  

Family Game of the Year: Ratchet & Clank  

Handheld Game of the Year: Pokémon Sun & Moon  

Mobile Game of the Year: Pokémon Go  

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award: Inside  

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Overwatch

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Doom  

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Battlefield 1  

Outstanding Achievement in Story: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End  

Outstanding Achievement in Character: The Last Guardian (Trico)  

Outstanding Technical Achievement: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End  

Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End  

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Inside  

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: Overwatch  

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Inside  

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Eagle Flight

Immersive Reality Game of the Year: Superhot VR

Game of the Year: Overwatch

.: Reader Discussion: What's Your Most Anticipated Switch Release?

Or maybe we should ask, what is your second most anticipated Switch release? Nintendo's next big console is right around the corner, and a lot of people are looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild. Are you? What other Switch games are you looking forward to getting your hands on?

You can check out a larger list of upcoming Switch games here. My answer is a little boring, but I can't wait to play The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild to completion. However, I'm also looking forward to getting my hands on Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together, which was a lot of fun at preview events. Also, I can't wait to learn more about Super Mario Odyssey. What about you? What are you looking forward to playing on the Switch? If nothing has caught your eye yet, what would get you interested in the Switch?

Leave your answers in the comments below.

.: How Mortal Kombat's Battles Would Actually Work In Real Life

Not all of Mortal Kombat's matchups seem entirely fair. BeatDownBoogie imagines what a throwdown between Liu Kang and Stryker would actually look like. I don't know what you're expecting, but one of them has a gun.

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.: The Next Free Resident Evil 7 DLC Stars Series Hero Chris Redfield

Today Capcom revealed that Resident Evil 7's next free DLC centers on series hero Chris Redfield.

Via its Twitter account, Capcom shared some pictures of the iconic soldier, teasing: "Who or what is he chasing? Find out soon in this separate story."

Chris Redfield returns in the free “Not A Hero” DLC for #RE7 this Spring. Who or what is he chasing? Find out soon in this separate story. pic.twitter.com/vYQhSkfyVT

— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) February 24, 2017

The DLC is set to hit this spring. 

For more on Resident Evil 7, you can read our review here.

Our Take
If you're a fan of Resident Evil, this is exciting. I've always liked Chris, so this makes me happy. The title alone makes me intrigued. Chris is a fighter - an embodiment of a hero. It will be interesting to see what kind of story Capcom gives him this time around. I love when developers give back to the fans with free DLC post launch. 

.: Insomniac: Sunset Overdrive May Have A Future, With Or Without Microsoft

Sunset Overdrive was one of the surprise success stories of the early Xbox One era, winning over critics with its irreverent attitude and fast-paced gameplay. For a console that lacks defining first-party games beyond the Halo, Gears of War, and Forza franchises, the Insomniac Games title seemed like a natural candidate to receive a sequel. But more than two years removed from its launch, the franchise is still dormant.

We asked Insomniac president Ted Price why there has been no movement on a sequel, and he replied, "You'd have to ask Microsoft." But with or without Microsoft's participation, Sunset Overdrive may grind again.

"We are passionate about that franchise, and we own it, so you may see more Sunset in the future from us," Price said. "No promises, and no timeline to speak of, but it is something that represents our willingness to create unexpected experiences."

Right now, Insomniac is currently working on the PS4-exclusive Spider-Man and its VR title The Unspoken, which has a full season of content planned. The studio just came off its busiest year to date, shipping Ratchet & Clank, Song of the Deep, Edge of Nowhere, Feral Rites, and The Unspoken all in 2016.

.: Old Time Hockey Confirmed For Nintendo Switch

V7 Entertainment Inc. announced today that the mustachioed players of the Bush Hockey League will skate their way to the Switch later this year.

Featuring an arcade mode designed for couch co-op and a story mode for solo play, the addition of Nintendo's console mean the sports title will launch on four different platforms. Though the dates for the Switch and Xbox One releases have yet to be announced, the developer confirmed that Old Time Hockey will be available on PC and PlayStation 4 starting on March 28.

Learn more about the game from our Old Time Hockey preview.



Our Take
We've been considering the potential of sports games on the Switch for a while, so seeing it added to the Switch's growing list of indie titles is exciting. The simple, two-button "beer mode" controls seem perfect for the split controls of the Joy-Con. Just be careful not to accidentally clobber your opponent with it – save that for when you're on the ice.

.: Funko Announces Borderlands, Aliens, And Gravity Falls Figures

Fans of Funko's vinyl collections will be thrilled to know the company announced two new additions to its Rock Candy line and a new Pop! Animation line at last week's New York Toy Fair. Already incarnated in Pop! Games form, Borderlands' Mad Moxxi is now available from Funko's Rock Candy line as well. Standing 5" tall, the Underdome's alluring proprietor comes in purple with a red chase variant more familiar to Borderlands players.

Ellen Ripley from Aliens is joining the Rock Candy line as well this April.

Funko also announced its newest Pop! Animation line, Gravity Falls. Coming in May, the vinyls include twins Dipper and Mable, their Grunkle Stan, and antagonist Bill Cipher. Chase variants will be available for Dipper and Bill Cipher.

Check out McFarlane Toys' announcement of a Handsome Jack figure here, as well as other New York Toy Fair 2017 announcements for The Witcher III figures, a Trypticon action figure, and Pokémon Mega Construx.

.: Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Begins Today

The open beta for Ubisoft's open-world tactical shooter, Ghost Recon Wildlands, begins today. It is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The free testing period allows players to team up with up to three friends to explore the landscape and complete missions across two provinces of war-torn Bolivia. The map is but a fraction of the size of what the final game will entail, but it should be a great opportunity to get acclimated with the world of Ghost Recon before the game launches on March 7.

The open beta runs from today until Monday, February 27. For more on Ghost Recon Wildlands, check out the first details of the open beta here, as well as GI's hands-on impressions of the squad-based action here.

.: Castlevania Netflix Series Producer Unveils Teaser Poster

As we previously reported, Netflix is producing a Castlevania series with the help of Adi Shankar and Frederator Studios, the animation studio behind Adventure Time. Earlier today via Facebook, Shankar revealed a teaser poster depicting a blood-red rendition of Dracula's iconic castle, as well as a spiffy new logo. You can get a look at the full image down below.

Castlevania is set to make its Netflix debut sometime in 2017. According to Shankar, the series will be "in the vein of Game of Thrones", and is set to be an adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. 

[Source: Adi Shankar's Facebook]

.: Irrational Games Changes Name To Ghost Story Games

Irrational Games announced a name change today. The studio best known for BioShock is now going by the name Ghost Story Games. A website launched that detailed more what that means going forward.

After BioShock Infinite and its Burial at Sea DLC wrapped, Irrational Games announced it was winding down, and only a little over a dozen staff members were staying on. Not much was revealed as the company refocused, just that it would focus on narrative-driven and repayable games exclusively designed for digital delivery. Today was a big first step by announcing Ghost Story Games as its new name, which on its official site says was selected because, "Ghost stories are immersive, exciting, and steeped in community. The name reminds us of our mission."

The website confirms Irrational shut down in 2014, but kept the social channels going as a way for the developers to engage with the fan community. Now it's time to move forward. "We are a new team, working on a new game and we’d like our studio name to reflect that," the website states. 

Ghost Story Games' mission statement states the following: "Ghost Story was founded by twelve former Irrational Games developers and our mission is simple: to create immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them. While we believe our new games will have strong appeal to fans of BioShock, our new focus allows us to craft experiences where the gameplay is as challenging as the stories."

After that, it says the team isn't ready to say any more about its game just yet, but you can learn more about its staff, which includes creative director Ken Levine, art director Shawn Robertson, executive producer Don Roy, and more. Levine did share some of the game's vision with us in one of our recent podcast interviews, which you can find here.

[Source: Ghost Story official site via Irrational Games' Twitter]

Our Take
I was a fan of Irrational, so I'm interested in seeing what this new team can do moving forward. It's great to finally hear an update. The biggest hurdle for the studio is separating itself from BioShock, and maybe the name change was done for that fresh start. Either way, I'm intrigued to hear more about Ghost Story's first project. This feels like we're getting closer to more concrete information in the future.

.: Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Is Free On Steam This Weekend

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's online multiplayer component will be free to play on Steam. From now until Sunday, February 26 at 1:00 pm PST, PC players will have free access to Call of Duty's vast multiplayer suite.

There is no level cap, so hardcore players will theoretically be able to prestige if they can muster the resolve and dedication to go the distance. If you feel you need more time, then don't worry; all Steam versions of this latest Call of Duty are discounted until March 2. The base game is currently going for 50 percent off ($29.99), while the Digital Deluxe Edition, which contains the Season Pass and Modern Warfare Remastered, is discounted by 25 percent ($74.99).

While it was still a strong performer for publisher Activision, Infinite Warfare did not meet sales expectations, leading to a retooling of the series for future installments, which promise a return to "traditional combat."

Check out GI's review of the sci-fi shooter here.

[Source: Activision]

.: This Goro Statue Can Be Yours For Only $1,400

Pop Culture Shock Toys is offering a tremendously detailed 1:3 scale statue of one of Mortal Kombat's most fearsome fighters, Goro, Prince of the Shokan.

The figure stands at nearly three feet tall and is adorned with a cloth outfit, real hair, and a hand-sculpted base. It's nothing short of a work of art, an impressive recreation of one of MK's most popular characters.

Pre-orders for the limited run figure go live at 3:00 PM Pacific Time on February 27. There will only be 150 figures made in the entire run, so act fast if you need this in your collection. Being such a top--shelf collectible, it's only reasonable to expect this one to be a bit pricey: just one of these statues carries a price tag of $1,399.99. 

The Goro statue is a Pop Culture Shock Toys exclusive and can only be purchased from their website. Statues will be delivered sometime in Q2 2018.

[Source: Pop Culture Shock Toys]

.: Steep's Free Alaska Update Out Now, Ahead Of Schedule

Adrenaline junkies looking for a new playground, get ready! Today, Ubisoft dropped its free Alaska update for Steep, a day ahead of its previously announced release date.

You can now ski, snowboard, wingsuit, and paraglide through the Alaska region, which offers plenty of new terrain, from massive glaciers to untouched wild nature. The update provides 21 new challenges, two branded challenges, and one Mountain Story alongside new items and costumes. In addition, new camera angles, the ability to capture replay videos without the HUD, and enhancements to the tricks system and g-force impacts have also been included.

You can see what's in store in the trailer below.

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To get the new update, all you need to do is download the Alaska add-on for the game. This is free and available across all of its platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

For more on Steep, you can read our review here, as well as check out our conversation with the game's creative director about its future.

.: 343 Industries: All Halo Games Will Have Split Screen Moving Forward

Today during Bonnie Ross' D.I.C.E. speech on the stewardship of the Halo franchise, the 343 Industries general manager made an honest concession about the controversial decision to remove split-screen in Halo 5. 

"When we didn't put split screen in Halo 5, it was incredibly painful for the community and for us," she said. "I think it erodes trust with the community, as the community is a part of our world building."

Originally, Xbox head Phil Spencer said the decision to remove split screen was done because a "vast majority" of players were playing cooperatively over Xbox Live, not locally. That didn't stop the community from widely decrying the decision. 

Ross ended her talk by saying something every Halo fan wants to hear. "For any FPS, we will always have split screen support going forward," she said.


.: Nintendo Hosts Video Presentation Next Week On Upcoming Switch Indies

With the Switch launch just right around the corner, Nintendo announced it will hold a special video presentation on upcoming Switch indie games next week.

The presentation begins on February 28 (Tuesday) at 9:00 am PT. All that Nintendo included in its message was, "Discover great indie games coming to Nintendo Switch." See the full tweet below. 

A special Nindies Showcase video presentation is arriving on 2/28, @ 9AM PT. Discover great indie games coming to #NintendoSwitch! pic.twitter.com/h5pVQtpe2S

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 23, 2017

With people pining for more Switch games and wondering what Nintendo's plans are for indies, this should clear up some confusion just in time for its March 3 launch.


Our Take
Indie support is important for a console, and Nintendo has received plenty of feedback that it needs more games and variety to attract consumers. Here's hoping this is a step in the right direction and Nintendo locked down some intriguing indie games for its system, as people will be looking for things to play, especially in the first few months when not many games are available. Getting its message out right before launch is also smart. I'm eager to see what Nintendo will show off.

.: Assassin's Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2, And More Now Backward Compatible On Xbox One

Today, Microsoft extended its Xbox One backward compatibility program with a few more popular games.

Assassin's Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2, and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match are now backward compatible on Xbox One. This means that if you own any of these games on Xbox 360, you can now play them on your Xbox One for no additional charge. Assassin's Creed Rogue is especially noteworthy as it launched at the same time as Unity, but never made the jump to our current console generation. Now fans can play it without digging out their dusty Xbox 360. As a bonus, Borderlands 2 is also free for March's Games with Gold. 

If you own them on disc, simply insert your disc into your Xbox One's disc tray to begin installation. If you own the games digitally, they should appear in the "Ready to Install" tab on your Xbox One automatically.

For a complete list of games that are now backward compatible, you can check out a complete list here.

[Source: Major Nelson on Twitter]

.: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past DLC Now Available

If you are looking for a reason to step back into Mankind Divided's world and learn more about the series' lore, you're in luck. The second story-focused DLC, A Criminal Past, is now available.

A Criminal Past is set before the events of Mankind Divided and allows you to play through Adam Jensen's first mission for TF29. In this mission, he must pose as a criminal and navigate a high-security prison for augmented felons, all in the name of obtaining sensitive information from an undercover agent. 

You can download the new DLC for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC for $11.99. It's included in the Mankind Divided season pass for those who purchased it.

To get a taste of the DLC, you can check out the trailer below.

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For more on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you can read our review here.

.: Nintendo Virtual Console Games Not Available At Switch Launch

Nintendo has announced a few details about the eShop in relation to the launch of the Switch on March 3.

The company says that Virtual Console titles won't be available at the system's launch and that more info on them is coming "in the future."

At launch, however, players will be able to access funds in Nintendo accounts on other devices. This is done by linking their Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo account, and then that account to the Switch. Recently there was a report that already purchased games could be re-downloaded to the Switch, but Nintendo hasn't specified this yet.

To access the eShop on the Switch will require a system update which Nintendo says, "downloads in the background, is designed to install quickly and doesn't disrupt gameplay."


Our Take
It's too bad the Switch's online functionality won't be 100 percent at launch, but given the fact that Zelda and other titles will be there, not having Virtual Console titles in the short term shouldn't be a big deal.

.: Selecting Commander Shepard's Gender In Mass Effect Andromeda Will Affect The Story

During a recent preview event held by EA and BioWare where the press got hands-on time with Mass Effect Andromeda, BioWare revealed that players will have the option to select what gender Commander Shepard is before starting the game. Whatever choice the players make will have an affect on Andromeda, though BioWare did not go into detail about how it would influence the story.

For more on Mass Effect Andromeda, be sure to check out our hands-on preview as well as 50 things we noticed during the our time with the game at the preview event.

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