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.: Red Dead Redemption 2 - release date, screenshots, and everything you need to know
Plus all the latest news, screens, release date info, and rumors.
.: What Rime does better than anyone else, and how it led to me crying in a busy café
I found myself crying in the middle of a crowded cafe the other day.
.: Destiny players have until August 1 to earn these special emblems for Destiny 2
Guardians, are you wondering what to do with your time now that you know Destiny 2 is coming? Well, how about working on acquiring some emblems that will carry over to Bungie's sequel, thus enabling you to show everyone how awesome you are and proving your status as a veteran player?All told, seven emblems will carry over from Destiny to Destiny 2.
.: Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood review diary: "I've enjoyed traveling off the beaten path to see what lies around the next corner"
Hello, all you freedom fighters and Warriors of Light.
.: Here are five of the best Steam Summer Sale deals, including half-off Wolfenstein
The Steam Summer Sale 2017 is in full swing and there are more deals than you can shake both a mouse and keyboard at.
.: Doing for interplanetary relations what Duke Nukem did for the peace process. It’s Halo Wars 2 online
If my family ever decides to cheap out on my epitaph – and recent Christmas gifts suggest they probably will – then the words ‘sci-fi’ and ‘massive battles’ should just about sum me up.
.: Destiny: Xur weapons, gear, and location, June 23 - 25. Monte Carlo and Red Death!
Xur. Destiny’s travelling weekend Exotic trader, Victorian plumbing enthusiast, and last ....
.: Konami on PES 2018 coming to Switch: “of course we considered it”
Upcoming footy sim PES 2018 scored one of GamesRadar+'s Best Of E3 2017 awards, but longstanding fans of Konami’s cult classic pointed out that there was no mention of a Switch version at the show.
.: 7 ways PES 2018 is looking to outplay biggest rival FIFA 18
I’ve been hands-on with PES 2018, and it’s impressive.
.: The 25 best PS3 games
The most innovative, exciting and timeless games on Sony's maligned console, as chosen by our panel of PS3 fans.
.: A Way Out creator compares consoles to old PCs, says most of the work is getting games to run on them
A Way Out was one of the most pleasant surprises of E3 2017 - a completely co-op game about prison inmates with the cinematic stylings of Uncharted made by the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - what's not to like? And it looks fabulous too.
.: Watch the Beyond Good & Evil 2 prototype in action and geek out over these 4 moments with us
The Beyond Good & Evil 2 re-reveal at E3 2017 included some snippets of the actual game, but the star of the show was clearly that lovely CGI trailer.
.: Nintendo politely requests you call Super Mario Odyssey's hat power "capturing" not possessing for, um, obvious reasons
Super Mario Odyssey's big gameplay debut at E3 got just about everybody excited for Mario's next big adventure.
.: "It's a crazy powerful box" - devs react to Xbox One X
Microsoft handled the reveal of Xbox One X (formerly Project Scorpio) a little differently than many console announcements.
.: Call of Duty WW2's Headquarters includes a firing range and PvP arenas
Call of Duty WW2's new Headquarters mode is one of its more interesting and mysterious additions - a social space that so far hasn't really been addressed except for that screen up there, and a mention you can now prestige in public.
.: The best cheap Xbox One and Xbox One S bundle deals in June 2017
Looking to buy an Xbox One? There's huge value-for-money to be found, even if the variety of bundles and retailers are confusing.
.: Days Gone’s zombies are part of a ravenous, lethal ecosystem - but they’re better behaved than you might think
Including animal zombies to create an undead ecosystem means that Freakers’ behavioural mechanics are being given the space to shine..
.: Give VR a chance; it may be the only revolution in gaming you’ll see in the near future
When it comes to VR, we tend to ask the wrong question.
.: “I want my mummy!” - Strange Brigade is a pulpy delight of a shooter
Let’s face it, there hasn’t been anything good starring mummies since Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz’s 1999 adventure.
.: Destiny 2 brought its release date forward so the servers don't melt at launch
In case you missed it, Destiny 2 has brought its release date forward.
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.: Great E3 Games On BJ Shea's Geek Nation on KISW FM
For his segment this week on BJ Sheas Geek Nation on KISW FM; Gareth at Skewed and Reviewed discusses EA Star Wars Battlefront II, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, and Hunt: Showdown. The segment starts around the 22:30 point of the show..
.: Will Call of Duty: WWII Bring Gamers Back to Xbox?
As Xbox One X overtakes PS4 Pro as the best console on the market, will Activision rethink their contract with Sony? .
.: Ever Oasis Review [Nintendo Insider]
Nintendo Insider writes: Ever Oasis presents a wonderfully captivating tale that, despite the sizzling desert heat, enchants like no other. Magical, entrancing and beautifully presented, its playful looks may scream with a childlike appeal but, make no mistake, this is an RPG with tremendous depth that all ages will enjoy exploring..
.: Yakuza Creator To Host Sega Live Stream With Monster Hunter Creator On June 27 In Japan
Two creators of major franchises will meet when Segas general director and creator of the Yakuza series invites Monster Hunter creator and series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto in an upcoming live stream. .
.: Assassin's Creed Origins: First Impressions - GamingDog
First impressions of Assassin's Creed Origins by GamingDog. .
.: Compile Heart Teases New JRPG that Will Be Revealed Next Week
Compile Heart teases another new JRPG... Yes. Another. .
.: Dead Alliance Hands-On Preview: An Interesting Take on a Saturated Genre GameSpew
Surprisingly, Sean's hands-on time with Dead Alliance during E3 2017 showed promise and an interesting spin on both the zombie and FPS genres. .
.: The Insider - God of War
Player 2's new Youtube show, The Insider, debuts with a look at everyone's favourite angry Spartan and his next adventure..
.: Ever Oasis Out Now For 3DS In North America & Europe
The action RPG Ever Oasis is out now for 3DS in North America and Europe as both a physical and digital release..
.: Middle-earth: Shadow of War Will Release Uncensored in Japan With CERO Z Rating
Japanese gamers will be able to enjoy Middle-earth: Shadow of War without cuts, but exclusively if they're over 18..
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.: Gran Turismo Creator On VR: "Once We Get To Dual 8Ks, It'll Be Pretty Nice"

Developer Polyphony Digital is currently working on PlayStation VR support for Gran Turismo Sport, but it's going to take a bit longer to get to an acceptable level of visual fidelity than the studio originally hoped for. According to creator Kazunori Yamauchi, that's because VR headsets are simply not powerful enough yet.

In an interview with GamesBeat, Yamauchi expressed disappointment in the current state of virtual reality hardware, saying that he had expected the tech to have come a lot further by this point in time. "The first head-mounted display was created before I was born, around 1962," he said. "I've been waiting for more than 50 years. After all that time, I'd hoped it would be something more incredible than it is today."

He explained, however, that Polyphony has worked hard to make the game run well on PSVR and that he thinks it'll still end up being a good product. The team hopes to get even closer to photorealism with the VR version, just like it is known for doing with the normal console Gran Turismo games, but it'll take more time to squeeze enough power out of the system. "We've done the best we can with what's currently available," he stated.

Yamauchi expects that it'll take much more power to get to the point where virtual reality is on par, graphically, with the two-dimensional versions of games. "Once we get to dual 8K [screens], it'll be pretty nice," he estimated. "Dual 8K and about a 200Hz refresh rate. Maybe in another 50 years?" Currently, the PSVR's screens are only 960x1080 per eye, with a 120Hz refresh rate.

You can read much more from the interview with Yamauchi over at GamesBeat.

Gran Turismo Sport launches on PS4 this fall, and will support 4K and 60 frames per second on the PS4 Pro. Be sure to check out GameSpot's interview with Yamauchi from E3 2017, as well.

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.: Super Mario Bros. Adapted For Hololens, Then Played In Central Park

Microsoft's Hololens augmented reality headset may not have had a widespread consumer release yet--and it may never have one. But that didn't stop someone from getting one and taking advantage of its hardware to recreate Super Mario Bros. in it.

Abhishek Singh built the iconic first level of Mario to work in augmented reality, giving himself a first-person, three-dimensional view of the game. Level 1-1 has likely been recreated more times and in more ways than any other level in video games, but Singh's version is definitely an awesome new look at it.

Singh took his demo even further, however, by dressing up as Mario and proceeding to play through it on the sidewalks of Central Park in New York City. It's pretty hilarious to see a grown man wandering down the trail in a headset, punching blocks and jumping on Goombas. You can see the trailer above; it has both a first-person view and a side view.

This isn't the first time that Mario's been ported to Hololens, although it is the only first-person version. Last year, an inspired developer created versions of classic NES games that run on the headset. You can read more about them here.

Although Hololens is still fairly impractical and way out of most people's price range, it's encouraging to see possible applications of augmented reality in action. This is especially exciting considering that other tech companies--most notably Apple--are making big investments into the hardware.

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.: A Peek Inside The Mind Of Xenoblade Dev's Legendary Leader

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is one of a handful of major Switch games coming out later this year, and at E3 last week, we finally got a closer look at the new story and reconfigured battle system. While there's been a major shift in the style of art used in the game (compared to Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X), in many ways, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 looks like the logical next step in the evolution of Monolith Soft's Xenoblade series.

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Speaking to the president and co-founder of the studio, we learned that this is all part of Tetsuya Takahashi's methodology. He is a game developer with an incredible track record, having played a major role in the development of games like Final Fantasy VI, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and most importantly, Xenogears. Xenogears was Takahashi's first time sitting in the director's chair, and thus began the cycle of Xeno-games. From Xenogears to Xenosaga to Xenoblade, Takahashi told us that he's been iterating on game concepts and stories on a constant basis, from one game to the next.

Our interview below touches on Takahashi's approach to game development, but also his fondness for VR and Battlefield 1, and why he can't stand playing RPGs in his spare time.

Editor's note: This interview was conducted with the assistance of an interpreter from Nintendo.

During the Nintendo Treehouse presentation at E3, you mentioned the idea of the drama that exists in real life between people, and how that's the key focus for what you want to deliver in Chronicles 2. I'm curious if you could speak to that a little bit more.

In terms of the drama between humans and previous games, this game has the name "Xeno." Like I mentioned, it's about differences or something out of the ordinary. Just take for example all of us in this room, we're all from different places, and we are different personalities, and the way we think is different. To gather all of those people into one place, I think there is both positive and negative that can come out of that...Looking at a bigger scale, it can be survival of the fittest or things on a country-based scale, like invasion, something like that.

In this game world that we're trying to create, there are these enormous beings called Titans that people live on and, that's their land. But their land, the Titans, are dying. Once they die, they sink into the cloud sea, so all these people are going to lose their land. They're not going to be able to survive, and I think when you look at it in the real world, I think something like that, something similar happens where there is a lot of competition for resources in the world we live in right now.

Relatively speaking, the United States or Japan are wealthy countries where people live comfortably, but on the other side there are countries that are very poor where people are struggling and suffering. Trying to think about what can we do for all of us to live together well and how can we do that is something that I think about when I'm trying to create games like this.

Then in terms of touching on the idea of religion a little bit, I think for us as Japanese people, we have a little bit of contradiction in terms of religion in that, in Japan, we celebrate Christmas, and then a few days later we go to the shrines to do New Year's Prayer, which is based on Shintoism. When someone passes away, we ask Buddha's monks to say our prayers. It's kind of all over the place, but at the same time there is this idea of having tolerance for all those religions. That is something that I kind of wanted to put into my game, so that the idea of tolerance is something that can be had between people as well. And when we're creating this world within the game, I kind of wanted to put that idea into the relationships that the characters have with each other and the relationship that the character has with his or her blade as well.

Editor's note: A "blade" in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a type of sidekick character.

That's a very thoughtful approach to designing a story. How do you use interactivity to support the feelings and ideas that you have?

The medium of film, for example, is a bit of a passive one in that you're just accepting information and thoughts, and then you react or have an emotional reaction to that. Whereas games, as you mentioned, are interactive. I do think that games, because they're interactive, it's a medium that requires the user to actively go into the world of the game and actually experience it for themselves. In that sense, I've always thought that compared to having a passive experience, actually having an active one where you go and experience things has more impact on your life. I think that a lot of the thoughts and concepts and ideas that I would like to portray in my games are easily conveyed in the way I want through an interactive medium like video games.

You definitely have a very distinguished career and a history of making games that mean something to a lot of people. I'm curious if you can pick one--what is the game from your past that means the most to you?

I think for me, all of them. The reason I say that is when I'm creating games, and once we complete a game, there's always this phase of post-mortem where I think to myself, "I could have done this better, or I could have changed that." It's not limited to just what I think of it. I also take in some of the players' feedback and other people's thoughts and think about, "Maybe if I do this next, people will enjoy it more. Maybe if I do that or change this, it would turn out better."

It's the cycle I go through for every game that I am a part of. If we started with Xenogears, there is a post-mortem that happened there that I put to use in Xenosaga. Then we went into a different title and then to Xenoblade and to X. It's just a reiterative cycle. To me, every single game is an opportunity to learn, and it's also an opportunity to challenge myself.

What step in the cycle does Xenoblade Chronicles 2 represent?

I think in terms of Xenoblade 2, there's always--like I mentioned--things that I wished I could have done or thought I should have done differently. I feel like Xenoblade 2 is my opportunity and my way to put all of that into reality. I say all of that, but I probably can't do everything in that title, and I'm sure that when this game is done, I'll have more post-mortem things to think about and more changes and different things that I'd like to do. That'll be carried out to the next title, whatever it is that I work on. It's this cycle that really keeps me going, but obviously if you're stuck on one point, you can't move forward, and the game will never be made, so there's certain times where you have to kind of draw the line and say, "This is how far I'm going to go this time. Whatever is left, I'll carry it on to the next game." That's kind of how I see it, but Xenoblade 2 is kind of like a culmination of all the things that I have done--and would like to have done--from my past.

What about the rest of Monolith Soft? How do your team members help you identify and hone the message that you're trying to examine?

In terms of this project, obviously I first and foremost conveyed the direction and the vision that we're trying to achieve with this title, but given my position, if I were to speak directly to all of the staff, it might seem like a commandment coming from the company. If I have feedback that I want to share, I go to someone like Koh Kojima, who is the director, or some of the leads that are on the teams, and then have them convey to the individual staff. Because if I were to really go and speak with someone directly who is actually doing all the work, they would probably drop everything and prioritize that, and that's something I don't want to do. That's why I try to take this kind of structure so that it doesn't impede on the work of all of the team members.

Do you ever feel interested in working on a smaller project, one with a team that's very intimate that can work together and where you can have that sort of direct influence?

If it was just a simple yes or no question, I would have to say yes, I would love to do something like that. But Monolith in and of itself has grown to be a big company, so we need big projects to sustain that company, for one. At the same time, if for example the next generation of developers and staff that could really handle a big game on their own [arrives]--if that comes up--then I'm kind of free to do whatever I want. When that time comes, I would love to work on maybe smaller projects.

Do you only want to create RPGs? Are there any other genres that interest you or any other methods of play?

Actually, my favorite type of games are first-person shooters. Obviously, I like action games and strategy games. I like RPGs as well, but what happens is when I get involved in creating a game, it makes it hard to enjoy that game. For example, right now it's very hard for me to enjoy RPGs because my perspective becomes that of a creator and not a user, in that I would always think, "Well, why is it this way? They could have done this, or this could have been done that way to improve." It's hard to get back into the user perspective. Although I'm interested in it, if I were to make different genres, then I wouldn't be able to enjoy those.

What games do you play in your spare time?

Probably out of the games I'm playing right now, I think the most that I've sunk time into is Battlefield 1.

How do you feel about the the fact that video games have become such a huge business? Is it good for you? Is it good for the games you have to make? Or does it present unique challenges that sometimes make you nostalgic for when times were simpler?

I think the current status of the Japanese gaming industry is exactly that, where a lot of developers and publishers are kind of exhausted from creating major triple-A titles. There's a lot of companies that are creating smaller-scale games like on smart devices. I feel like these kinds of games are kind of reminiscent of older games that were a lot simpler. Although I don't think it's bad, I don't personally like it. I think a lot of publishers and developers have this kind of vision where--if you've seen the movie Brain Storm--you kind of put this equipment on, and you can actually go into the world itself. It's almost like Matrix basically where you can really immerse yourself in the world and live in that world. I feel like myself included, that might be kind of like the ultimate form of interactive entertainment. With that said, the industry is right now at a point where it's really not suitable to create big titles; however, I do have that vision that that's the ultimate place, and I want to keep going. That's why I create big games, and I would like to keep going until I can't anymore.

Have you spent much time playing virtual reality games, and if so have any in particular stood out to you?

Yes, I have spent a little bit of time playing VR. I guess the most impressive is maybe adult entertainment, but that's not video games.

Going back to video games, I think one of the problematic issues with VR is that in moving your character, you yourself aren't moving, so it can cause a lot of motion sickness. I think that's one of the hurdles that virtual reality needs to overcome.

In terms of an incredible or amazing title, I don't think it exists yet because a lot of the big companies haven't been able to make any seriously major investments into VR, so that kind of truly impressive content isn't out yet. In terms of what's available now, I had the opportunity to play...I was interested in Resident Evil 7, so I tried that out, and I found it to be extremely scary to the point where I couldn't move forward. I thought that was impressive, that it can create a reaction in a user that prevents them from moving forward because they're too scared. I thought that was impressive.

Locomotion is obviously a big challenge in VR, but you mentioned adult entertainment--typically being present when something is happening around you. Would you ever be interested in making a passive VR experience as a mean to communicate your thoughts and ideas?

If I were to make a virtual reality experience, I would definitely want to make it interactive.

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.: Symphony Of The Night Designer IGA Talks Bloodstained's Delay And His Favorite Castlevania

E3 2017 brought us another chance to see Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the spiritual successor to Castlevania from the series' renowned producer, Koji "IGA" Igarashi. The game, which was initially announced via Kickstarter back in 2015 (and would go on to be the most-funded game in Kickstarter history until it was dethroned by Shenmue III), was originally estimated to release in 2017, but some unexpected snags in development pushed it back to the first half of next year.

Fortunately, from what we've seen of it so far, Bloodstained seems to be coming together well. For this year's expo, publisher 505 Games showcased a brand new church level from the title and gave fans a glimpse at a challenging new boss called Bloodless, who can fly around the screen and attack players with torrents of blood.

We got a chance to speak with Igarashi and Shutaro Iida (programmer for the handheld Castlevania titles as well as the director of Harmony of Despair) through an interpreter at E3. We asked the famed designer about the game's recent delay, his reasoning for moving to polygonal models with this project, and which Castlevania game is his personal favorite.

You showed off a new church level for E3 this year. Is this an early area in the game and does it differ from the demo on the showfloor?

Koji Igarashi: The stage itself is in the actual game, but all the enemy placements and a couple of other adjustments for it were made just for the E3 demo. All the materials in the stage itself are going to be like that in the final game.

The stage ends with a new boss called Bloodless. Is she the first boss you encounter in the game?

Actually, this is like a mid-game area. If you actually saw the menu in the demo, it says level 15. Around that level you'll be able to go through this stage.

How is development progressing? You recently had to delay the game to 2018. Have there been any unexpected hurdles in development or is it just taking a longer than you anticipated?

Development is generally going smoothly, but there have been a lot of troubles. We encountered a lot of problems during development. Right now, we're trying to speed up the development more because we had to make the system first and then go from there and just created more and more content. It's quicker now in general.

Is there a reason you decided to go with polygonal models for Bloodstained instead of the pixel visuals of traditional Castlevania games?

We generally have two reasons for going to 3D instead of 2D, one reason being, when we started the Kickstarter campaign, we already had decided we were bringing it to multiplatforms. In order to be able to do that, we decided to go with 3D.

The second reason we decided to go with 3D is there are not a lot of pixel artists actually that would work continuously. There are a lot of 3D artists. So in general, we were able to find more people that were able to create 3D models than 2D.

How many playable characters will be in the final game and can you give us any hints as to who the others are?

In the final game, we'll have three playable characters. Right now, we only announced that Miriam is going to be a playable. The two other playable characters are still a secret, but we'll announce them soon.

A lot of the later Castlevania games share many similarities with Metroid. What are your thoughts on the new Metroid game that was announced for 3DS?

The two of us are extremely excited! [Laughs] We're looking forward to it!

Which is your personal favorite Castlevania game?

Out of the games that I've produced, my favorite is definitely Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It's a memorable title, it was the first title that I was able to work on, and it's also the reason why I'm here today developing Bloodstained. If you include all the other Castlevanias I didn't produce, my favorite is Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.

Shutaro Iida: I was a game programmer for the Game Boy Advance and DS Castlevania series. My favorite title that I didn't work on is also Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Of the titles that I have worked on, Portrait of Ruin is my favorite.

Development is generally going smoothly, but there have been a lot of troubles.

What is it about Castlevania III that makes it your favorite?

Igarashi: Personally, the reason why it's my favorite is because III doesn't really tell you the story in the game itself. It shows it throughout the gameplay. It doesn't really explain but it tells a lot from just playing the game. The whole concept of the game, the world setting for III was the best. Also, it was one of the first games that released a cassette. It was easy to play during that time and also the sound was great.

Iida: The reason why I like it is because of one simple reason: the background music. The music is the best. This is something that a lot of Castlevania fans know, but in the Japanese version of Dracula's Curse, they have a sound chip that's specifically inside the Japanese version and the sound quality is so great on that because they have its original sound chip in there. That's another reason why I really like it.

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Bloodstained is obviously inspired heavily by Castlevania, but do you feel any pressure to see the game constantly being compared to it? Would you prefer Bloodstained to be known as something separate from Castlevania?

It's hard to say, "Don't compare it with Castlevania," because it's based off of it and it's also something that we've also knowingly done, so it's inevitable. We don't mind it. We like it, but at the same time, it's something that's kind of like a revival. We want people to think Bloodstained is a revival and also something that we want people to feel nostalgic about.

Do you have any final comments to fans who are really looking forward to Bloodstained?

Igarashi: For those looking forward to Bloodstained, we hope that you'll experience that nostalgic feeling. We're working hard to make it very much like that old-time Castlevania. We also want new players to feel the enjoyment of this kind of game. I hope you look forward to it.

Iida: Every time we create a new "Igavania" game, I always think about how to go beyond the previous games. But for this game, we want fans to think, "Oh, this is [a classic] Igavania game. This is what's good about this kind of game." We're also including new elements to it, but that's on the side. We want people to experience that old-school Igavania game.

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.: Xbox One Gets Broken Age More Than Three Years After Its Original Release

Double Fine's adventure game, Broken Age, has had a long and interesting development history. The developer ran a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign way back in February 2012. In 2014, it launched the first half of the game on PC, and in 2015, the entire game was released on PS4, Vita, PC, iOS, Android, and even Ouya. Now, five years after its crowdfunding campaign, Broken Age is finally available on Xbox One.

According to a press release, the Xbox One version was made possible because of development support from BlitWorks. Its Xbox launch follows retail versions for PS4 and Vita that were made available earlier this month.

You can pick up Broken Age on Xbox One for $20, the same price as on all other consoles and PC. It only costs $5 on iOS and Android, however.

If you're curious about the fascinating story of Broken Age's creation, Double Fine and 2 Player Productions made a documentary about it in 2015. You can watch the whole film here. Among other interesting facts about the game, the documentary reveals that Double Fine just barely broke even on the game. Additionally, if you want to read more about Broken Age, you can check out our original reviews of Act I and Act II.

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.: You Can Now Get Arma 3 DLC And New Game Argo For Free

If you've been looking for a reason to try out or return to the Arma series, now's a great time: developer Bohemia Interactive has released a DLC pack for Arma 3 alongside its new game Argo, a multiplayer spinoff from the Arma series. And the best part is that both are free.

Argo began as a total conversion mod for Arma 3 and has since transformed significantly within Bohemia's Incubator development program. It's a first-person shooter that features three five vs. five modes and a ten-player cooperative mode called Combat Patrol.

Argo is free on Steam now and doesn't have microtransactions. However, players can support the developer by buying a Supporter's Pack for $10/£7, which contains exclusive animations and clothing items.

Arma 3, meanwhile, is getting the Malden DLC pack, which features a remaster of the Malden map that appeared in the first Arma game. It's the same island map that Argo uses. Arma 3 players also get access to the Combat Patrol mode, as well. The DLC is free, and the base game is on sale right now for $13.59 on Steam.

You can see some screenshots from Argo below and check out its launch trailer above. Argo is available through Steam here.

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.: Top-Down Martian Shooter Solstice Chronicles: MIA Gets New Trailer And Release Date

Solstice Chronicles: MIA is a last-man-standing style shooter coming soon from indie studio Ironward, and it's the follow-up to the developer's 2014 tactical strategy game The Red Solstice. The game now has a release date set for this summer, as well as a new trailer you can watch above.

Players are thrown "into the boots of a lone marine, left for dead, clawing for his own shotgun-induced survival as he faces off against all manner of sci-fi horrors," according to the game's description. The game is played top-down, and while it boasts "twin-stick shooter sensibilities," Ironward says there will be a fair amount of strategy involved in battling hordes of Martian mutants when it launches on July 26 for PC.

Solstice Chronicles: MIA will also feature class-based skill trees and upgradable weapons. Your chatty drone companion, which accompanies you on your battle for survival, also has many abilities to help keep you alive. The game will also include local multiplayer and co-op play.

While the game is currently scheduled for a PC release only, Ironward says a PlayStation 4 version is coming later this year. The studio's first game, The Red Solstice, is currently 70% off in the Steam Summer Sale, where it's available for just $6.

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.: Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered Standalone Release Confirmed

The remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is finally set to be released on its own. Activision today confirmed a standalone edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is on the way, with a PS4 release set for next week.

Modern Warfare Remastered releases for PS4 at retail and on the PlayStation Store on Tuesday, June 27, priced at $40. Activision's press release notes "other platforms"--likely meaning both PC and Xbox One--will "follow," but it doesn't provide any further specifics. Call of Duty DLC releases typically trail about a month behind on PC and Xbox One, though we don't know if that same timed-exclusivity window applies in the case of something more substantial like this.

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Previously only available with special editions of last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, there have been rumors for some time that a standalone release would eventually happen. Retail listings further reinforced the likelihood of this; last month, GameFly suggested a PS4 release would come on June 20, followed by an Xbox One release on July 20.

Modern Warfare Remastered contains the entire campaign from the 2007 original, updated with improved graphics and audio, as well as a similarly updated multiplayer mode. It has also received its own DLC, with the Variety Map Pack arriving in March. That added the same four maps that the original Call of Duty 4 saw as DLC. These maps are not included for free with the standalone release, which will only ship with the 16 base maps.

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.: Twitch's Next TV Show Marathon Features The Excellent MST3K

Following the success of its previous marathons of classic TV shows, Twitch is set to offer yet another. Next up is the classic movie-riffing show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

This begins on Monday, June 26, at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET and will run for six days. The marathon will consist of 38 episodes spanning the show's run from 1989 to 1997, meaning it apparently leaves out my personal favorite, the 1998 episode Puma Man. Regardless, this collection makes for what Twitch claims is the "most extensive collection of MST3K episodes ever assembled for a marathon."

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If you're unfamiliar with the show, you're in for a real treat. The premise is that a man and two robot companions are forced to watch old, terrible real-world movies, which they deal with by cracking jokes the entire time. Although the show came to an end in 1999, several of the key members of the show went on to form Rifftrax, while MST3K itself was recently revived for a season on Netflix.

You'll be able to watch along through the Shout Factory TV channel on Twitch, which later this year will also be home to other, unspecified shows. Previous marathons on Twitch have included The Joy of Painting, Power Rangers, and, most recently, Mister Roger's Neighborhood.

An exact schedule for the marathon hasn't been announced, but among the episodes that we'll see are those featuring Killer Shrews, Final Justice, and The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. A brief line in a blog post suggests Manos: The Hands of Fate will make the cut, as well it should. Twitch will also offer special MST3K emotes, which you can see below.

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.: Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Devs On Preserving Depth, Picking Characters, And Fixing Chun-Li's Face

At E3 2017 Capcom released a story demo for Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, the latest entry in its crossover fighting game series. This has given fans across the world a very small taste of the new 2v2 fighting system, which is a big departure from what longtime players have come to be used to.

Before E3 and also during it, we talked to associate producer Peter Rosas and producer Michael Evans about the Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. Below you'll find the amalgamation of two interviews covering a broad range of subjects, from the thinking behind the new format and the emphasis on approachability to narrative ambitions in Story mode and whether Chun-Li's odd-looking face can be fixed.

Peter, you're known to be a professional Marvel player. What do you bring from that background to Marvel Infinite? What are your goals as someone who's seen the competitive side and the development side?

Peter Rosas: So I would say the thing is identity creation, right? Being with the scene for so long, that's one of the key things that I've seen within the scene, that the players there like to play the characters they want to play and develop their own crazy or interesting strategies and really kind of make a name for themselves, really show off their play style, their identity through their team.

With two characters, the ability for that seemed like it was decreasing, so it was like, "Okay. We're going back to partnership. What are we doing here that hasn't been done in any other game?" By opening up the whole switch system, it's just like, there it is. Now it's so open that, even if you have two characters, you'll be able to cement yourself and your identity within that. But then on top of that, once we had the Infinity Stones added, we have that layer that was missing. The Infinity Stones change the dynamic of a team, so you have players who essentially could pick the same two characters but with a different stone in and have a completely different strategy.

There are so many ways to create identity. So that's something that I know the hardcore guys are going to be looking forward to. Also maintaining that Versus series DNA and the integrity of the brand. This game definitely has that high-flying, fast-paced, adrenaline rushing action. It's still there. Players who have been with the series will immediately be able to pick this up and say, "Oh, yes. This is a Marvel game. I can jump around. I can move around as I see fit and still do that."

The other important part of that whole identity thing is making sure that all characters were functional. With the hardcore guys, they're always looking for what's optimal, what would allow them to win the easiest or the most consistently. And sometimes what happens is some characters just end up better than others, or some strategy becomes extremely strong and it just wipes out a lot of the cast. What we wanted to do with this one is make sure that all characters felt viable. All characters felt strong. And whether it was a character design issue or it was an issue [with] a system, we looked at all of that to ensure that the characters felt strong and awesome.

That was really important to me as a person who's been with the series, just to make sure that for the long-haul player, the guy who's going to stick around, that there are options. They can play what they want. They can do what they want. They can essentially create their identity through their play style and [have] it shine pretty brightly.

A lot of the hardcore players are going to be looking at this 2v2 system and the emphasis on approachability, and it might worry them a little bit. Given the attention on the Marvel Universe right now, having that approachability makes sense as it'll help the game be successful. If Marvel was ever going to be a big success on a global scale, this is the time to do it. With that in mind, what would you say to the people that are worried that maybe the 2v2 system loses some of the complexity of MvC?

Peter Rosas: Well, I would tell them that just because the game is more accessible doesn't mean we're sacrificing depth. That's not what we're doing here. We're just making sure that players who are unfamiliar with the Versus series, or unfamiliar with fighting games in general, are able to jump in and have fun. And if they have fun, then they might be interested in sticking around and starting to learn more about the game, their characters, and things like that. The problem with previous entries is that it was a daunting. When you gave a controller to a new player, there was just nowhere to start. They didn't know what to do.

We don't want people to think that there's some prescribed strategy. We want them to just be able to jump in the game, pick their characters, and not have to worry about assist types. We wanted everything to be very easy to understand so players can stick around and keep playing.

That said, due to the level of openness with the switch system and the Infinity Stones, there's some pretty deep stuff there. You can develop some really dastardly strategies, but it really depends on you and how much time you want to put in. I can tell you as a hardcore player that has been with the series for a very long time that there is a ton going on there. I've had the game a lot longer than anyone else and I still feel like I'm just scratching the surface. I like using two characters with one particular stone. But if I change the stone, that whole dynamic is different, even though the characters themselves haven't changed. I'm figuring out different times to switch between the characters, which is now creating new combos, new synergies, and things like that. There's a lot going on.

It's still going to have that Marvel DNA that players who have been with the series will know, expect, and love. But at the same time, we wanted to make sure that players who are unfamiliar with the series, once again, who are brand new to the series can just pick this up and not be intimidated, not say, "Oh, that's a fighting game. That's not for me." Instead they can pick it up and say, "Ah, that was fun. I picked my favorite two characters. I had a ball. Let me stick around. Let me play a few more matches." And ideally, some of those would say, "Oh, I want to compete with these other guys. I want to keep it going."

How much attention have you paid to the readability of the game? That was an issue with Marvel 3. I tried to get some people watching it during EVO and one of the matches was ChrisG, who plays a Morrigan and uses that fireball spam strategy.

Peter Rosas: And there's two [Morrigans].

Yeah, exactly. While introducing the approachability and preserving that complexity, how did you approach making it easier for people without expert knowledge to parse what's happening and understand it?

Peter Rosas: Yeah, fighting games are inherently pretty easy to understand. You have characters, life bars, a timer, and you duke it out until someone is knocked out. The thing that we noticed with, let's say Marvel 3 for instance, is that the game had a lot of visual noise. You had these hyper combos and the screen would transition all crazy, in the background there was s*** being blown up and all kinds of crazy action, and you're like, "Well, who am I keeping track of? And what's going on?" You also had assists, and because you had assist characters who are just jumping in and out of the screen, and you're like, "Wait, who's fighting who?" and "What's doing what?"

So we looked at all of that, and how that's difficult to track for those who are unfamiliar. Because even for players who are familiar, it's hard to track sometimes. And what we did was ... one step was we removed assist types. So what that does is that makes it easier for players who are just trying to jump into battle, they don't have to understand what assist does what. It's just, "Pick a character you like, and another one." By removing that, the flow on the screen is a lot easier to see.

Same thing with a lot the moves: they have visual effects that look amazing thanks to the Unreal Engine 4, but at the same time, they're a lot easier to follow. Hyper combos are still over the top, bombastic, and things like that. But we have now contained where those over-the-top effects appear, so that way everything is bit easier to track. Same thing when you switch characters. They always come in from the side now, so you can always tell when there's a switch happening.

It's just a lot easier and a lot more digestible for players who may be unfamiliar with this game to track. You have characters flying around and doing their thing, and it's over-the-top action with superheroes come to life. But at the same time, you can always tell what's happening now. Whereas before, guys [were] jumping in and out and effects and things like that. It was just like, "Whoa."

There's been a lot of conscious effort put toward a lot of that. The same thing with the readability of life bars and the characters and the gauges. We made sure that all of that is very, very, very easy to digest within the HUD and all that, just to make sure that players who are unfamiliar with it, they can just clearly see what's happening and it feels intuitive. They don't need necessarily somebody to sit there and explain all the little nuances of what's happening and what's on the screen to them.

They need to be able to pick it up and have fun immediately, which maybe in Street Fighter V is a little bit harder to do.

Michael Evans, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite producer

It feels like more of a grounded game as well. I'm feeling less of an impulse to leap into the air and spam fireballs. Is that something that you've done consciously to try and keep the focus on switching in and out on a ground level, instead of constantly getting into the air and playing keep away?

Peter Rosas: Yeah. The characters are a bit bigger in this game. We wanted them to be large. And they're a bit closer to the screen size so you're engaging a little more. Additionally, when you switch characters, once again they always come in from the ground, so it's easier to track and it's easier to transition into combos. If you go back to the older titles, Street Fighter and things like that, those games weren't necessarily played in the air. It was kind of in the later titles where people started just staying in the air and running amok that way. We wanted to be a lot more entertaining, a lot more digestible, and what's more digestible than two characters going at it? It's like, "Oh yeah, they're just fighting" versus some guy just staying away and beating you from afar.

Same thing with the combos. It's not about keeping the guy extended in the air for 20-30 hit combos. It's about getting your hit in, doing a little bit of a combo, and then figuring out how you land the next hit. That's what's at the heart of the strategy: It's how do you land that hit? How do you use your team to do that?

Michael Evans: Watching EVO, watching the player on MvC3, it's always about how do you land that first hit? How do you open the guy up? And then when they land that first hit, "Oh!" The crowd goes crazy 'cause it's all about how you get in. The extended combos get higher, higher, higher, and that's the execution part of it. Execution is always important, but the real heart of a fun fighting game is really the strategies that you develop and how you outthink your opponent and open them up for that first hit.

How tied are you to the current cinematic Marvel universe, because the Marvel games are known for pulling in characters from all corner of the Marvel universe. At the moment, we're seeing characters that are quite mainstream. Do you have plans to look beyond those characters and bring out some fan favorites? Will we see a Carnage or a Venom or anything like that? Are there going to be characters who aren't in movies and being pushed in front of people right now?

Michael Evans: Yeah, definitely. So we talked a lot about the cinematic feel of the game. That said, the game is not based on the MCU. It's a completely original game. We did take inspiration from what's happening in the MCU but also from comics and everything else. But when we sit down to choose the characters, as fans ourselves, we wanted to see these certain team-ups that seem to make sense or certain character interactions. For example, you have Rocket and X in a teaser and they're playing off of each other in a really cool way. And that's in the Story mode. Also, Captain Marvel and Chun-Li [teaming up] just makes sense [as] two super strong female characters from both sides.

One of the approaches in choosing characters is what would create these moments that everyone would want to see in terms of the characters in the story we're trying to tell. The other is on the gameplay side of things. Marvel definitely leaves it to us in terms of creating the best fighting game because they know we're the experts in that area. So when we're looking at character types and we want small quick characters and large brawler characters and everything, we try and have a good mix there. And also the fan service stuff too.

I just wanted Gambit, he's been missing for a long time. Anyway, one of the things that a lot of hardcore fans will want you guys to speak to the development team working on this. What's the heritage like? I know a lot of people tie Marvel 3 to Ryota Niitsuma, but who's on Infinite? Other than yourself obviously.

Peter Rosas: I was going to say, if you want talent ... we'll talk to you about some talent.

Michael Evans: It's not [Niitsuma]. He's even come out and said he's not very close to it. That said, it is an internal team. But the cool thing is that this team is extremely experienced. The director, Hirose Norio, has been around forever. When I was a kid playing X-Men: Children of the Atom or X-Men Vs. Street Fighter, he was coding that game. These are guys who have been the torchbearers in the sense of Capcom DNA and the feeling of the Versus series. It's been very interesting because we come with the new perspective, what's hot on the streets these days. And they come with the, "When you were a baby I was basically making this." It's that tug of war that's really created an amazing game. We have these guys who are super OGs working on the title, but at the same time, we have a fresh perspective from our side about what's happening recently.

Peter Rosas: You had these guys who created the rule set of the Versus series. They're the ones who said, "Oh, let's have a hit that guy off the ground, and launch into the air combos," and things like that. They're the ones who saw the rules of Street Fighter and threw them all out and created their own rules. So they have their idea of what is a Versus series game. Luckily with myself being in the community for so long and seeing how it's evolved from what they developed into what we play, I've been able to then come back and talk to the team and say, "Okay, look that's that. We get it. Let's evolve it here. Let's make some modifications there." And then you also have Marvel and they're just like, "Oh, it would be cool if..." We could all come together and make this cool game, 'cause we're all really passionate about it.

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I like how you've basically positioned the Infinity Stones as these devices that break the fundamental design principles of fighting games by letting you mess with area control, speed of characters, and stuff like that.

Peter Rosas: Yeah, and that's what's at the heart of the stones. When you wield these in the Marvel universe you break the laws associated with that stone. We thought about how we can bring that same experience over to a fighting game, where you break the rules of a fighting game. The idea of what these stones can do came from all directions. We were thinking about how should the Power stone work and how should the Time stone work, and things like that. And we've had different Infinite Stone matches that we've tried, and some stayed and some haven't. The idea was basically to have players feel empowered and that's what we have here.

Do you have any esports ambitions for Infinite, and what lessons have you learned from Street Fighter V's early days and are trying to not replicate with Marvel Infinite? Obviously Street Fighter V has had a bit of an uphill struggle and now there's a perception problem around it. How are you approaching Marvel Infinite and trying to make sure that doesn't happen again?

Michael Evans: Sure, so to speak to Street Fighter V. Yes, its launch, let's be honest, wasn't the most successful in terms of the perception. It's for a few reasons, but there's expectation in the market of what a competitive title should be in terms of single-player content and feature set and everything. So Street Fighter V was perceived as having [not much] to do in the game. There was no Story mode, there was no Arcade mode, you could just go online and play, but there was no battle lounge. So you go online and buy it, but the online wasn't working well because of the server issues.

So there's a lot of things. But obviously we've spent the last year working hard at trying to improve each of those in some way. That said, for Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, we're just mainly focused on making that day-one game a featured product, so including the cinematic Story mode, but also an Arcade mode, 8-player online lounges, everything. We want to make sure that we meet expectations in that sense. And that's in terms of what we learned from Street Fighter V.

Street Fighter V is also an amazing game, but as Peter mentioned with the accessibility this time around, we're expecting a lot more players to come in and try [Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite] out. Maybe even non-fighting gamers. They need to be able to pick it up and have fun immediately, which maybe in Street Fighter V is a little bit harder to do. Maybe not. But there are no simple input commands and things like that that'll give you a combo in that game. Whereas that's something that in Versus games like this we can do, and it's fun.

Peter Rosas: So speaking about esports, the game comes out in September. Unfortunately that's a little bit later in the season, so we can't really integrate in Capcom Pro Tour this year. We don't really have any real esports related plans towards it just yet to announce. But that said, this game as an esport or something that the competitive community can get behind, I definitely see that. This game has, once again, the ability for players to create their identity. It has the strategy development and depth that players who are more hardcore like myself will look for. The possibilities are infinite, literally. Yeah, there's no doubt in my mind that they're gonna play it and throw events for it and things like that.

You have the game on the E3 show floor and people seem to be starting to understand the 2v2 system. There was some skepticism to whether there would still be the depth there, but it seems people are starting to get it. What's it been like to see that happen?

Peter Rosas: It's been great. Yesterday I was on the Capcom Unity stream with Mike Jones from Marvel, and also with a pro player, IFC Yipes. We talked about the system. We basically gave those watching insight as to our decisions. It's not like these things weren't well thought out. You know? We looked at it. What we've noticed is the better players instantly get what we're going for. They are just like, "Oh my gosh. The amount of creativity I have here."

Just seeing all that come together has been pretty awesome. The more knowledge that the more experienced players get out there, the more information they get about the system and the little things you can do, they'll notice that there's quite a bit under the hood, if you're willing to look at it. We're out here telling you about it a little bit more as this event goes on.

Michael Evans: I love seeing the reaction too. I mean obviously as fighting gamers in Capcom we are deep in the weeds on those [fighting game community] boards and sites, and we see all that. We hear you. But it's good to take a step back sometimes, and I go on the Marvel channels and just look at casual people or not even fighting gamers and they're just like, "This Story mode's amazing. Who's this little knight interacting with Thor? That's crazy. These characters are so over the top." The fan service.

In a crossover game like this, having those moments in that crazy fan service, yeah, it's bonkers--of course it is--but we've always wanted to do that and have that Story mode. On the gameplay side, I think people are really starting to understand what we were going for and what we were trying to do with it. It's cool to see that they're finally getting their hands on it.

The thing that I noticed in the Story mode demo is it felt like a lot of the narrative was character sees another character and then makes a quip. Then it moves to the next scene. Is that going to develop into an actual narrative?

Michael Evans: Oh yeah.

Where's the story coming from? Is it you guys writing this? Is Marvel involved?

Michael Evans: It's Capcom. We originally created the story in collaboration with Marvel. The guy who came on to write the script is Paul Gardner. He wrote a fantastic script for us, but we also work closely with Bill Roseman, who's the creative director [at Marvel]. He comes from the New York publishing side. He was editor on Guardians of the Galaxy. He was fundamental in the creation of Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot, and Rocket. He was a great resource and an asset to have. However the story was 100% original, created by Capcom.

It's funny that you mention that, because we know that we're gonna have Marvel fans coming into this. We know that we're gonna have Capcom fans coming into this. Capcom fans may not know the Marvel characters and the Marvel fans may not know the Capcom characters, vice versa. Since what you're literally seeing is the first 25 minutes of the Story mode, we wanted to make sure that you're just thrown into this world. We don't want to tell the slow story of Ultron Sigma, and this is kind of like the Age of Ultron comics where you're just thrown into it. Here's what's happening.

However, it's very important that characters are introduced. It's kind of like the old Cheers TV series. Whenever someone comes in the bar, their name is said. So that happens in the first 25 minutes when people get introduced and we're ramping up. From there it goes to this crazy epic scale. You'll notice that you jump right into this new world and the heroes are already familiar with each other; [that's because] it's like 88 days into it. The world is actually a new universe that's being created by Ultron Sigma, and the heroes have been existing in this universe for a while already.

So you can say that it will develop beyond just Rocket Raccoon saying, "Let's do this" while twirling Ebony and Ivory? I look at Injustice and say, "The strength of this story is it's so good that it spawned its own comic series." Whether Infinite does that or not doesn't matter, but fans like myself want something to really dig into. I don't want just one-liners. You're confident that you'll have more?

Peter Rosas: Oh yeah, man. Without talking too much about competitive products, I have played everything this year including Tekken 7, which just came out, and like you mentioned, [Injustice 2]. I feel really good about our Story mode. It is bonkers, man. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the story that [NetherRealm is] telling also, which is a little more dark and serious and stuff. But there's just these crossover opportunities [in Infinite that] can be so bonkers. It's not that the whole game is just quips and one-liners like that. There is a very nice story arc that takes you through an epic story and to the conclusion. Yeah, definitely. The first part is fun and it introduces the characters and it kinds of gets your feet wet.

Ono said the same thing to me about Street Fighter V and I was burned, so I'm gonna hold you to it this time.

Peter Rosas: Hold me to it, man. Hold me to it.

One of the other things that I'd like you to speak to is some of the designs of the characters. What kind of stage and what level of finality are they at? The obvious one is Chun-Li, who looks really weird. Her face looks--I was like maybe she's a Skrull or something. The other one is Captain America, who is being compared to the Rob Liefeld drawing where he looks weirdly proportioned. The other thing that I noticed was visuals don't pop in the way that Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 did. Even today you see that it looks like it gleams, it shines, it looks so vibrant. Is there room for you to kind of revise the stuff and really look forward?

Michael Evans: It's interesting to see the feedback on that kind of stuff. Not to say that the fans are wrong or nitpicking stuff like that. That feedback is coming and we're hearing that feedback and we're taking it in stride and figuring out how we can improve on things. That said, the game comes out in three months so there's gonna be things that we can do in that time remaining and things that we can't do. When it comes to the overall look of the game, I feel like when people get it in their hands and they see it in motion, they really get what we're trying to do with the cinematic look.

It also comes down to the stages too. The first stage we showed was XGARD. It's very dark and doesn't necessarily show off the colors. The lighting is pretty muted. The other stages we've shown are a stark contrast to that. They're bright [and] the characters really pop. Then there's a lot of complexity and stuff going on in the background that people haven't seen yet. I think as we show more stages, people will be impressed by the variety, with the look of the game and how the characters pop off it.

That said, it's a drastic change from the previous comic book look. When you're doing a toon shaded look like that, with [a] more comic book[-style] shader, it's very easy to make hard line distinctions between the characters in the background. Obviously we've done as much as we can with lighting to make sure that the characters pop off and read well, because it's a fighting game. It's very important for all Capcom fighters that the characters are never in the shadows, never dark, [and] they read really well.

But the decision to go the cinematic direction was--we had a couple reasons why we wanted to do that. One was, at a glance when you see this game, you want to know that it's Infinite and it's not Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 or any other previous iteration of it. From MvC 2 to MvC 3 there was a huge visual jump because it went from 2D to 3D. So this time we're going 3D to 3D, but how can we innovate? That was one thing. We want to do something new.

When MvC 3 came out, the MCU really hadn't started, so the first Avengers movie hadn't come out. The recognition of the Marvel characters [is higher now]. There's all these people that go see Marvel movies and a subset of them are reading comics and stuff and hardcore fans, but I think most people recognize these characters [based on what] they see on screen.

We announced Black Panther and he looks really cool and he's similar to what is being seen in the movies and stuff. The cinematic direction, it ties closely to the story we're trying to tell. It has a story backbone, it's a little more grown-up. It's bonkers, but as you mentioned, Street Fighter V is a little more anime feel, right? This with the cinematic look is paired with the story, which is a little more of a modern epic kind of feel. For those reasons also, we went that direction.

Okay. So just to return to Chun-Li's face.

Michael Evans: Haha. I knew you were gonna say that.

Are you guys gonna look at that again, given the widespread negative response?

Michael Evans: Yes. Well when put that way, I say, I never wanted to look at it again. It's super--no, okay. It is disgusting. Of course we will look at it again. We're gonna look at it. Can't promise anything right now, but we want to make our fans happy, man. We're not an evil overlord company, despite the rumors. We do want to make our fans happy. Can't promise anything. We'll look into it. I believe Ono already said something about that.

[Michael's quote, "I never wanted to look at it again. It's super--no, okay. It is disgusting," was said in jest, which doesn't quite carry through into a written transcript.]

There was recently a leak about the characters, and people picked up on the fact that a lot of classic characters aren't there, specifically the X-Men characters like Magneto and Sentinel. How do you guys feel about people being hung up on that?

Peter Rosas: If you were to actually think about it, these characters are just functions. They're just doing things. Magneto, case and point, is a favorite because he has eight-way dash and he's really fast, right? So our more technical players, all they want to do is triangle jump and that kind of stuff. Well guess what, Nova can do the same thing, Captain Marvel can do the same thing. Ultron can do the same thing. Go ahead and try them out.

It's just the function that people are associating with the character, and there's no shortage of that. We made sure that all proper play styles can be represented with our current roster. The design team has been looking at that very closely. We wanted to make sure that if a legacy character doesn't happen to make the roster this time, that play style would still be represented. That somebody who has associated themselves with Magneto wouldn't be lost coming into this title.

Michael Evans: The other thing is, you mentioned returning characters right? If you look at the returning characters and you play with them, you'll notice that they're quite different from their previous iterations. Iron Man, he plays completely different. He has new special moves. Obviously we wanted to keep fan-favorite characters, but since you have the new system they're gonna play differently. In addition to that, new special moves, new hypers, new level threes in some cases, these breathe new life into these characters even if they are returning. So we did definitely make an attempt to do that.

The X-Men stuff, [I] can't talk to. But I do want to talk about the character-selection process because I think it's important. There's three things we're looking at: Gameplay first and foremost of course. The Capcom R&D team and us, we get together and we talk with Marvel about what characters we want to put in. From a character-type perspective, we want our big brawler characters, our characters that can fly, our small characters or whatever. Just from a creative side, gameplay, here's the characters we want. That plays a part.

One of the first things we did was sit down to write the story. When we were thinking about the story we wanted to tell, as fans ourselves on both sides, on the Marvel side there's Mike Jones, an ex-Capcom guy. We're big Marvel fans, so we're sitting down to just like, "What crazy interactions do we want to see? What would happen if Docket, Dante, and Rocket came together? What would happen and who are these pairings that we want to see?" So from a storytelling perspective that also played into the character selection.

Then the third one is obviously the popularity of these characters. X was one we had to get in there. A lot of fans wanted to see X, so we brought him back. Then also we talked with Marvel very closely about their future roadmap, about what's gonna be happening. Your modern Marvel fan, maybe they don't even remember some of the X-Men characters, but they know some of the Guardians characters or Black Panther. You know what I mean? Captain Marvel may seem like a strange pick, but she's fantastic. She fits the gameplay. She fits the story, and they're gonna be really pushing her as a strong female lead all the way up into the movie. We're trying to take everything into account and choose the best characters.

How far are you looking forward in terms of keeping Infinite relevant to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even the Netflix universe? You've got Black Panther and you've got the Captain Marvel, but there's no Iron Fist, and he just had his own series and he's a character I'd like to see return. How close are you trying to stick to MCU/Netflix and how long do you want to do it for?

Michael Evans: I think there's infinite possibilities there.

Great work on that pun.

Michael Evans: What we can announce at this point in time is just the 2017 character pass, which we've talked about. We've already come out and said, "We're gonna support this game with six new characters in 2017." So they're all gonna come out this year. So those are six characters and six premium costumes. Beyond that we don't have any announcements at this time. But it is called Infinite for a reason.

One of the characters included in the leak was Jedah from Darkstalkers. How broad are you going with Capcom's own characters rosters across fighting games? I'd like to see some Rival Schools characters in there.

Michael Evans: One of the biggest strengths of Capcom is our IP. We do have all these great brands. I'm not gonna speak to the leaks or any additional characters that we haven't announced yet, but anything is possible. We have a great stable of characters on the bench, ready to be tagged in. We'll be looking at that kind of stuff too.

The Skullodream will never die.
The Skullodream will never die.

I think this is perhaps the most perfect moment to bring back Skullomania. I know it's difficult but-

Peter Rosas: Oh gosh.

He's a superhero so...

Peter Rosas: It just baffles me to this day. Why does anybody like that dude?

Well he represents-

Peter Rosas: He's a salaryman in a skeleton costume!

No! He's a salaryman until he decides not to be a salaryman. He decides he can be better and just does it. He puts on a costume and a cool scarf and he's gone. He just throws himself head-first into problems. Literally. That's his go-to move. He dives head-first at his opponents. He's a very nuanced character.

Peter Rosas: Okay, I'm starting to see that he's pretty deep.

See, now you get it.

Michael Evans: ….....................

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.: PS4's Moss Uses PSVR To Enamor And Challenge You In New Ways

When you think of virtual reality games, you probably think of first-person action titles that try to immerse you in a world that feels real. Moss for PlayStation VR does things differently, which makes it stand out in the VR space. Instead of a first-person view, you're an overseer that guides a little mouse, named Quill, through a dangerous yet tranquil world.

From a predetermined vantage point, you're able to look in and around the environment. As you control Quill with the DualShock 4's left analog stick, you yourself interact with the world by physically moving the controller and pulling the R2 trigger to grab and move key objects. Moss recognizes your movement by having the PlayStation Camera track the DS4 lightbar, which is represented by a blue orb in-game. Along with jumping and swinging a sword, these straightforward concepts are just enough to drive you through the game's wondrous aesthetic.

I had the chance to play through a demo at E3 2017, which opened with Quill rustling through the grass and popping out into the riverside area in my view. She walked out to the pier atop the river where my perspective was fixed, and she waved at me. Although the level design appeared basic, I felt dwarfed by the trees as I looked up at the forest canopy. From here, I moved her along the dirt road and simultaneously manipulated structures using motion controls to clear the path forward. The symbiotic relationship between me, as the auspicious guide, and Quill was apparent from the start; this extended to combat scenarios and the more perplexing puzzles when we entered some sort of ancient temple.

A very barebones fight was my only taste of combat, but it revealed a few of Moss' mechanics. While I made Quill swing her sword and hop around to avoid damage from hostile beetles, I used the motion controls to possess one beetle and redirect its path as I fought the others. If I take this scenario one step further, I can imagine frantic battles where I'm constantly managing aggressive enemies and slashing through mobs with Quill. I can only speculate and hope for now, as it could be a crucial complement to puzzles.

One such puzzled involved a rotating staircase in the demo's last playable room. To advance, I needed to get Quill to the upper floor by figuring out the exact activation sequence of floor switches to open doors on the staircase and position it appropriately. Across the room was a beetle to take control of, which was an essential piece to the puzzle. It's one of those logic problems where the solution either comes from aggravating trial-and-error or a sharp, perceptive eye. But at this point, I saw how most of the tools at my disposal worked. It's not revolutionary or clever on the level of The Witness or Portal, but it doesn't have to be. It's one of the simple parts of the whole that makes up Moss.

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Darkness consumed the final room, where what appeared to be either the game's villain or first boss came slithering towards Quill. And just as this colossal, red-eyed snake instilled fear in us, the demo concluded. What it all means remains a mystery as Moss' narrative is under construction; developer Polyarc stated it's still working out the details of the game's story. Polyarc also said that we should expect a journey where your personal connection with Quill grows over the course of the game. I could pet our little mouse friend or give belly rubs and get a cute reaction, but I'm looking forward to how the tougher, more frightening moments will affect her.

Moss itself may not break new ground, but it's a microcosm of how VR can be used to create a unique experience while sticking to simplicity. VR doesn't always have to be about simulating a corporeal experience in a digital world, but it should always be imaginative. If the demo is any indication of the final game, I can foresee an adventure that could enamor us with intelligent puzzles, mesmerizing environments, and challenging battles. I'm also hoping that there's a narrative push to keep us invested. It comes down to execution, and we'll find out when it releases for PlayStation VR during the holiday season this year.

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.: Conan's Clueless Gamer Takes On Its First Nintendo Switch Game

Last night's episode of Conan brought with it the latest Clueless Gamer segment, where noted video game player (and occasional TV show host) Conan O'Brien plays a video game. This was a particularly notable one, as it was the first time a Nintendo Switch game has been featured.

The game was Arms, the new multiplayer-centric fighting game from Nintendo. O'Brien enlisted the help of Will Arnett for a series of fights in which neither of them appear to have any idea of how to properly use the game's motion controls. Throughout the contest, the two also exchange insults, which factor into determining the overall winner. The loser is forced to record a video expressing his admiration for the winner.

This segment was shown during the taping of an episode earlier this week. Clueless Gamer's success has resulted in plans for a spinoff show of some kind, though the specifics of what it will look like remain unclear.

Alongside showing the Arms segment, O'Brien told the audience at the taping that he's been approached by numerous game companies who have offered to pay to have their games featured. O'Brien said he makes it clear that he doesn't know how to play games and is prone to insulting them, but companies are unconcerned as his qualms won't actually resonate with those who know games.

You can watch the segment above and check out GameSpot's Arms review for our impressions.

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.: Monster Hunter Stories Has A Release Date In Europe

Monster Hunter Stories will be available for 3DS in Europe from September 8, Nintendo has confirmed. Stories is considered a spinoff from the core Monster Hunter series and casts players as riders instead of hunters. It also offers a more traditional role-playing experience, pitting players against enemy monsters in turn-based combat.

Also unlike the mainline games, Stories has much more vibrant visual style. Players can also steal monster eggs and hatch them, then keep the monsters as companions to utilise in exploration and combat.

Monster Hunter Stories was released in Japan on October 8, 2016. It doesn't have a US release date but is expected to launch later this year.

During E3 2017 Capcom revealed Monster Hunter World. Although footage of the game made its debut during the PlayStation press conference, Monster Hunter World will also be available Xbox One and PC.

As detailed by GameSpot's Kevin Knezevic in his Monster Hunter World interview, the newest entry in Capcom's series "looks like something of a departure for the series, introducing new elements like camouflage and a grappling hook-like weapon that add a whole new layer of strategy to the way players approach a hunt."

During E3 Kevin talked to Monster Hunter producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and executive director Kaname Fujioka about why the series had opted to make the jump from handhelds and back to consoles, where it first started. Read the interview here.

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.: Metroid II: Samus Returns' European Special Edition Looks Fantastic

Nintendo has revealed the Legacy Edition of Metroid II: Samus Returns that will be available in Europe, and it is very cool. While the version confirmed for North America features a nicely designed soundtrack CD, the European version has a SteelBook case stylised to look like a GameBoy cartridge, a badge, an artbook and more.

"While supplies last, fans will also be able to purchase the Legacy Edition of the game which includes a physical version of the game, a Metroid II: Samus Returns download code for Nintendo 3DS, an old-style SteelBook, the Samus Archive sound-selection CD featuring 25 tracks from across the Metroid series, a gold 'S' Mark pin, a Morph Ball 3D keyring and a 40-page artbook," Nintendo says in a press release.

Take a look at an image of the European Legacy Edition of Metroid II: Samus Returns below. Nintendo has not yet confirmed a price for this version of the game or revealed whether a similar version will be available in other territories.

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Metroid II: Samus Returns was revealed for Nintendo 3DS during E3 2017. It is based on the GameBoy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus. Instead of being a straight port, it is described as a reimagining and, along with improved visuals, it also features a new range of motion, allowing you to aim in any direction, and new abilities.

Samus Returns will launch on September 15. The game is in development at MercuryStream, the developer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. During E3 2017 Nintendo also announced Metroid Prime 4 is in development, but only a logo for the game was shown.

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.: Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Fan-Favorite Character To Its Roster

For many, Dragon Ball FighterZ was one of the highlights of E3 2017. Developed by Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Persona 4 Arena studio Arc System Works, it promises to be the in-depth fighting game genre enthusiasts and anime lovers have been waiting for. Now, a fan-favourite character has been revealed for the game.

The latest issue of Jump magazine, as reported by Siliconera, has revealed Future Trunks will be featured in the game. Although there aren't any further details on how Trunks will play, we expect he'll be making good use of his sword and no doubt transforming into Super Saiyan.

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Jump also states that a closed beta test for Dragon Ball FighterZ is being planned, and more details will be revealed on this in the future. To check out the other characters appearing in the game, have a look at our gallery on all the confirmed characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was announced during Microsoft's E3 2017 press conference. Fights happen on a 2D plane, but the game is rendered in full-3D, creating a striking visual style that is faithful to the Dragon Ball Z anime series.

The game features 3v3 brawls, and you can see how the tag team battles work in the video above. Dragon Ball Fighter Z is slated for an early 2018 release

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.: Final Fantasy 14 Director Wants Switch And Xbox One Version, But Has One Condition

Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida has said he's still interested in bringing the MMORPG to Nintendo's Switch and Microsoft's Xbox One, and has had meetings with executives from the respective platform holders to make it happen.

Speaking to Kotaku, Yoshida said he "would love for as many players to be on FFXIV as possible" and "conversations have been had with Phil Spencer of Microsoft, and the upper management teams of Nintendo."

However, Yoshida has said he wants both companies to meet one major condition: "the game has to have the capability of cross-platform play." One of the issues Yoshida noted, however, was that many companies don't consider how updates to the way online services are operated and regulated can impact an MMORPG.

"Those can become a hurdle when we consider operating FFXIV for an extended period of time," he said. "So when I talk to those first-party companies, I ask them, 'Do you have the capability to prepare for that, do you have the resolve that you're going to make sure to take responsibility and take care of those, do you have that willingness?'

"If we are able to come to some sort of agreement, a handshake so to speak, or if it does end up being that unfortunately we can't do a handshake with Final Fantasy XIV, either way we'll make sure to communicate with our players. But we have been tenacious--we've been trying to keep at it and be persistent about our conversations."

Getting Sony to open up its online services to Xbox and Nintendo customers may be an insurmountable obstacle for Yoshida and Square Enix, however. Sony has previously opted not to support cross-platform online player for Rocket League and, more recently, Minecraft.

During E3 2017, Nintendo and Microsoft announced that Rocket League and Minecraft would be cross-play compatible between Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC players. This has meant that, currently, Sony's PlayStation is the only platform not supporting cross-play for those games. You can read more about why Sony isn't supporting cross-play here.

Square Enix recently launched Stormblood, a new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. However, the game has been plagued with network issues which, according to the Japanese company, has been caused by DDoS attacks from third-parties.

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.: Steam Link On Sale For $15 Along With Summer Sale

Valve's Steam Link hit its lowest retail price ever to go along with the Steam Summer Sale that kicked off today. It's going for $15 on Steam itself--$35 off its normal price--up until July 5.

The device lets users stream games from their gaming PC to any other display as long their PC and Steam Link are connected to the same network. It's essentially a bridge between a PC and television. Of course, it needs to be hooked up to a TV through HDMI.

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Games can run up to 1080p (1920x1080) with 60 FPS through the Steam Link, but network speed will determine how smooth and sharp your games look. Valve recommends using a wired connected to get the best performance out of the device, though it will work wirelessly. Performance may vary with weaker connections, but it's one of the more cost-effective methods of playing PC games in a living room environment.

The Steam Link also has three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, a 100 Mb/s Ethernet port, and Bluetooth 4.0 support. If you don't want to use a keyboard and mouse, it's compatible with Xbox One and 360 wired and wireless controllers, but you'll need a USB dongle to get wireless controller working. Steam Controllers have native wireless support.

Be sure to check out a few anime-related deals and sales of big-name games we found on Steam.

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.: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's Latest Demo Shows A Treasure-Hunting Duo In Sync

It doesn't take a treasure hunter to figure out that an Uncharted without Nathan Drake would be a narratively different experience. With the finality of Drake's story in Uncharted 4, a new adventure would mean a different protagonist. As the series has grown during its 10-year run, so too has its cast. And given Naughty Dog's penchant for AI-assisted cooperative experiences, it's easy to come up with intriguing and unexplored pairings. Cutter and Sully? Sam and Elena? In the end, the studio picked Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as the pair who kick off the franchise's first post-Drake tale, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

Anyone who has spent a fair amount of time with both of these gals knows of their boldness, but they're hardly alike. Yes, they know how to take initiative, but their self-serving natures are not quite aligned, partly due to their differing backgrounds. Chloe, ever the resourceful and independent treasure seeker meets ex-paramilitary leader Nadine after the events of Uncharted 4 and the fall of Shoreline. We haven't seen Chloe since Uncharted 3, and Nadine has no army to lead, so we're eager to learn what these two have been up to since.

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From what we've seen at E3 2017, the pair's quest adheres to many familiar Uncharted designs. A jungle is one of the settings, Chloe and Nadine have a homicidal rival on their tail, and of course, they're motivated by treasure. In The Lost Legacy, the prize is the Tusk of Ganesh, located somewhere in India.

If this latest demo is any indication, it won't take long for any fan to see how this duo display their qualifications as Uncharted co-protagonists (although Chloe is the only playable character). They even stand out during the familiar routine of stealthy dual takedowns. While Chloe utters the classic line, "I'll take the one of the left, you take the one on the right," her partner puts her own spin on the situation (spoiler: Nadine takes them both down in the interest of time). In a consistently riveting 10-minute demo packed with shootouts, explosions, and plot twists, this 10-second sequence was all it took to convince us that this is not going to be a typical Uncharted.

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At least, The Lost Legacy promises to be a departure from a narrative standpoint. The bulk of the demo comprised of combat sequences that were pure Uncharted. Surviving is never as simple as hunkering down at the closest point of cover at the start of a gun battle. It's about staying mobile and seizing opportunities as they present themselves, whether that means rushing toward an exposed foe for a quick melee kill or luring out an enemy with a carefully thrown grenade. And to ensure you're constantly on the move, you're also pursued by a well-armed military transport, reminiscent of the fortified vehicles that chased Nathan Drake a couple of times in Uncharted 4. It wouldn't be a proper Naughty Dog game if there wasn't an escape sequence of some kind.

What was particularly striking about this level was how well-framed Nadine was as a collaborator. Whether it was by design or deliberate camera positioning by game director Kurt Margenau manning the controller (or both), it was often easy to see and admire Nadine's self-sufficiency as she disposed of rebels in the background while Chloe was holding her own in the foreground. Nadine's display of skill feels like the next evolution in the studio's long tradition of highlighting the prowess of AI-controlled partners.

Given how utterly gorgeous and well-designed Uncharted 4 was, it would've been a shame had that been the lone chapter on PS4. Naturally, a new installment warrants anticipation, especially given The Lost Legacy's evolution from a mere Uncharted 4 add-on mission to its own standalone game with an estimated play time of 10 hours. With any luck, that will be enough time for this mutually ambitious duo to click, maybe even with the same level of chemistry as Nathan and Sully.

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.: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Passes 4 Million Copies Sold

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has been consistently one of the most popular PC games since its release earlier this year, and it recently crossed a new sales milestone. According to creative director Brendan Greene, the game has passed 4 million copies sold.

Posting on Twitter, Greene stated that the game had hit the mark three months after its release. This is up from 3 million only a couple of weeks ago, at the beginning of June.

Battlegrounds hasn't only sold well, either. It has gained a wide following on streaming services, and currently has the fourth most active players on Steam behind Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Payday 2.

Last week at E3 2017, we learned a lot about developer Bluehole's future plans for the game. For instance, it's currently working on a Zombies mode for Battlegrounds, although it's a long ways out. More short-term improvements include replay functionality, vaulting, and more. In addition, it's coming to Xbox One this year.

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.: Steam Summer Sale's Best Anime Game Deals

Valve has launched the annual Summer sale on Steam. Many of the featured games are anime-related and were originally Sony exclusives before coming to PC.

These include visual novels like Danganronpa, action games like Attack on Titan, and more. Some are based on anime while others were later adapted into anime; we've also included games that aren't technically anime but are anime-inspired, like Hatoful Boyfriend.

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There are too many games to list here, but the following are some of the best deals on the best-rated games in the anime category:

The Steam Summer sale runs from now until July 5.

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.: Opening Hearthstone Card Packs Is About To Get More Pleasant

Much in the same way that Blizzard just announced some changes to Overwatch's Loot Boxes, the developer has now revealed adjustments to opening card packs in Hearthstone. And like those in Overwatch, they're definitely tweaks for the better.

These changes won't be implemented until the release of the next expansion, whenever that might be. In the video above, game director Ben Brode runs through two of the key changes involving Legendary cards. With the update, any Legendary obtained--from any card pack--is guaranteed to be one you don't already own. This means you can craft Legendaries without then worrying that same card is going to pop up in a card pack you open. Additionally, you're guaranteed to receive one Legendary by opening 10 packs from a new set.

In addition to this, duplicates will be less of an issue within individual card packs. A pack will no longer yield more copies of a card than you can use in a deck, so you'll be limited to receiving no more than two of the same card from one pack.

Alongside this news, Blizzard has announced a sale on card packs from the most recent expansion, Journey to Un'Goro. For a limited time, you'll get extra packs depending on how many you purchase--you'll get nine for the price of seven, 20 for the price of 15, and so on. Here's the full rundown, but take note that the 60-pack option can only be purchased on PC:

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.: Check Out Street Fighter 5's Three New School DLC Costumes Coming Next Week

If you've been waiting for some new Street Fighter V costumes, there's some good news for you today. There are three new costumes heading to the game next week, and they expand the School line of outfits. R. Mika, Nash, and Ibuki are receiving school uniforms on June 27, Capcom announced on its blog.

These three new costumes make a total of six school outfits: Chun-Li, Ryu, and Juri all received them in an earlier update. You can see a gallery of R. Mika, Nash, and Ibuki in their new costumes below.

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When they go live next week, you can grab them for $4 each on the PlayStation Store or Steam.

The game has received a bunch of new costumes in the past couple of months; in early May, Capcom released the Battle Costume bundle that includes 16 outfits. Highlighting the bunch is the Hot Ryu outfit. You can see that and the other costumes here. You can also see Street Fighter V's Work DLC Costumes here.

In addition, we learned recently that Capcom and Bandai Namco, the developers of Street Fighter and Tekken, respectively, have entered into an agreement to share matchmaking tech. They've both struggled with online connectivity problems with their recent releases, and this deal is designed to help improve the user experience and to accelerate production on future titles.

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.: Total War: Arena Makes The Series More Accessible Without Sacrificing Its Depth

Creative Assembly's free-to-play Total War: Arena is a marked departure for the real-time strategy series. Unlike other entries, Arena is the first Total War game dedicated exclusively to multiplayer, shifting the focus away from methodical solo campaigns to faster-paced, 10-versus-10 battles against other players.

Despite its multiplayer focus, however, Arena doesn't abandon the core tenants of the series. The game is still steeped in history, drawing its commanders and battlegrounds from different war-torn time periods. There are three factions in Arena so far--Roman, Greek, and Barbarian--but those won't be the only ones available in the game; Creative Assembly has plans to introduce new factions and time periods to Arena as it grows. "At the moment we're focusing on the Roman period," explained Elliot Lock, the project's lead battle designer, "but we want to expand that later on."

Already fans have gotten a peek at some of the new content in store for Arena. Earlier this week, Creative Assembly unveiled a new commander coming soon to the game: Boudica, queen of the Iceni tribe. Boudica is seeking vengeance against the Romans, and her entire play style revolves around her brutality. "Vengeance is her kind of thing, so we're injecting that and crafting that into her [character] and her abilities on the battlefield so that she'll ooze that when you play her," explains Lock. You can watch Boudica's reveal trailer below.

The shift to multiplayer also hasn't sacrificed any of the game's depth. While Arena is more approachable than previous Total War titles, with battles unfolding at a brisker pace than in more traditional installments, players still have plenty of options to delve into when customizing their commanders and factions. Every commander has a talent tree, with each ability branching further out into its own tree. This allows players to tweak every commander to suit their particular play style, and the same commander can play much differently depending upon how players choose to upgrade them.

"We've taken control back of a lot of things," says Lock. "We put a lot of automation in previously because you used to control 40 units, which is a lot. In Arena you control three, but the amount of micro[management] required for each unit is a lot higher."

"Total War: Arena is the deepest game of all of them in terms of the battle section. The mechanics and all of the crossover between them is far deeper and greater in terms of the knowledge and skill that you have to put down than ever before," says Lock.

Total War: Arena still doesn't have a release date, but Creative Assembly is moving toward closed beta and hopes to have more information to announce at Gamescom in August. "We're not going to release unless we're ready," explains Lock. We got a chance to go hands-on with the game earlier this year at a preview event in Taipei. We also talked with Wargaming producer Jose Edgardo Garcia about potentially bringing the game to consoles and how the team is avoiding "pay-to-win" scenarios with the title.

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.: With Its Multiplayer Now Free To Play, Battleborn Adds New PvP Mode

Hero shooter Battleborn has released a new competitive multiplayer mode. Supercharge pits two teams of three against each other in a different type of challenge.

The new mode basically combines the game's existing Meltdown Mode, where you escort enemy minions to a section of the map to score points, and Capture Mode, where you must capture and hold locations to win. The chief difference is now matches are 3v3, and when you capture the one location on the map, your minions get stronger making it tougher for your enemy to score.

Supercharge also includes three new maps: Ziggurat, Permafrost, and Horizon. These were made specifically for 3v3 game play and "closer coordination between heroes." There are also Supercharge-specific challenges that award you more titles, experience, and credits.

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Earlier this month, 2K and Gearbox announced Battleborn would be available on a free trial, which grants unlimited access to all multiplayer modes for free, including Supercharge. There are no caps on maps, time limits, or levels in multiplayer, but you will have limited access to characters. Battleborn is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and you learn more about it on GameSpot's full coverage of the game here.

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.: You Can Get A Bunch Of Free Stuff In The Final Fantasy Mobile RPG Next Week

Remember Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, that mobile RPG that had Ariana Grande as a playable character? Its first anniversary is coming up, and to celebrate, Square Enix is holding a big promotional event with a lot of free stuff for players.

The one-year anniversary event will be marked with "the largest set of giveaways in [the] game's history," Square Enix's press release states. The festivities start today, with an update to the game that adds an Expeditions System that allows you to send units out to collect in-game items.

Starting tomorrow, June 23, and lasting until June 28, players will be able to play through the main story content in the game while using only half the usual stamina. This is to let "new players get up to speed with the deep and engaging storyline," according to the company.

In addition, players will be able to summon summer-themed versions of certain characters starting tomorrow. Dark Fina, Fina, and Lid will have summer themes, and players will get Trust Moogles when they summon them.

You can see the full list of promotions at the bottom of this article. If you're interested in checking the game out, it's available for download through the links below:

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.: With Steam's Summer Sale Underway, Humble Store Is Giving Away A Free Game

The much-anticipated Steam Summer sale has begun, offering discounts on a huge number of games. The Humble Store, meanwhile, has a more limited sale underway, but there's at least one very good reason to head over there right now: a free game.

For the next two days, the Humble Store is offering up free copies of Killing Floor for PC. The co-op zombie shooter has since been followed by a sequel (which, as noted below, is currently on sale), but the original has been updated with a lot of content over the years and is still a good time with friends.

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All you'll need to get a copy is a free Humble account; simply create one or log in to your existing account and head over to Killing Floor's store page to claim your freebie. You'll be provided with a code that can be redeemed to play the game on Steam, and it'll be yours to keep and play forever. The offer is available until 10 AM PT on Saturday, June 24.

The Humble Store has a number of promotions going on right now, but this free game comes as part of a sale centered around first-person shooters. Among other things, you can pick up Superhot or Killing Floor 2 for $15 each, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition for $35, or Insurgency for $2.49. These prices are all the same on Steam, with the exception of Insurgency, which is $1.49 on there. However, if you're a Humble Monthly subscriber, don't forget that you get 10% off your Humble Store purchases. That said, purchases on Steam are one of the only ways to acquire Steam Summer sale trading cards, if you're looking to get your hands on any of those.

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.: Overwatch's Loot Boxes And Highlights System Being Overhauled In Welcome Ways

Blizzard today shared some significant updates on the way to how Overwatch's Loot Boxes and the Highlights system currently function. Although the changes don't yet have a release date, they come as very welcome news.

Game director Jeff Kaplan offers a rundown on what's changing in the video below. Although the focus is primarily on Highlights, the Loot Box changes might be more significant. Kaplan says the forthcoming update will "drastically reduce the rate of duplicates that you'll get out of any Loot Box." He says the adjustment is significant enough that it will be "immediately evident."

By reducing the number of duplicates, players will then be missing out on the Credits that are handed out when you receive an item you already own. As a result, Blizzard will compensate by increasing the amount of Credits that Loot Boxes offer as rewards. "We'll make sure your credit intake is at least the same, if not more, when all of this is done," Kaplan says.

As for Highlights, Blizzard is finally implementing a system that allows these videos to be saved permanently. Kaplan describes this as a "complete iteration and evolution" of the feature. The existing setup--where the game recommends a top five to you--will continue to exist and actually now keeps these clips for 24 hours, rather than letting them potentially disappear if you exit out of the game.

But more important is the Recently Captured section. During the course of a match, you can "bookmark" a moment by pressing a Capture key. This then sends the match's highlight to your Recently Captured area, where up to 32 can be stored at a time. Once you're there, you can save these as video files, either on your console or PC.

If you're playing on PC, you can opt to have videos recorded at higher-quality settings than your PC might be able to actually play the game at. In other words, you can record 4K, 60 FPS videos, provided you have the necessary amount of storage and are willing to wait the extra time for these high-quality recordings to process. Kaplan notes Blizzard has other ideas to continue improving this feature in the future.

As noted above, there's no date yet for when these features will be made available to everyone. Before that happens, though, you'll be able to check them out in an upcoming PTR update on PC.

Earlier this week, Overwatch received a big patch, the main component of which was a new map. It also made some significant balance changes, targeting Roadhog, McCree, and Reaper.

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.: New Titanfall 2 Update Adding Maps, Third Weapon Slot

Respawn has provided details on the next update for Titanfall 2, which launches next week. Its primary additions come in the form of a pair of maps and a change to the number of weapons players can carry.

The first of the maps is called War Games, which looks to be a revival of the DLC map from the original Titanfall. It's meant to be a simulation of a city, but it features brightly colored walls and barriers that give it a distinct look.

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"Pilots on the Frontier frequently use simulator pods to train, using life-like recreations of historical battles as combat scenarios," the official description reads. "War Games highlights the civilian shops, tall buildings for window-to-window fighting, and city streets for Titan combat from the Battle of Angel City, and the large, open tank garage facilities for hand-to-hand Pilot combat from the Battle of Airbase Sierra. The outskirts of the map feature a clean, VR style perfect for Titan duels, while Pilots are often found running along the bright, interconnected wallrunning routes."

The other new map, Traffic, is for Live Fire mode. It's described as a "weathered test site where pilot positioning is pitted against mobility across two busy thoroughfares. Dense cover makes every corner a threat, with room for snipers to hide in the back fields." You can see a screenshot of this in the gallery above.

Arguably more significant than new content is the ability to carry around three weapons as a Pilot. You're now able to carry around a primary, secondary, and an anti-Titan weapon while on-foot.

Also coming in this update is a new Pilot Execution called Shadow Boxing. This is unlocked by killing 20 Pilots with a holopilot ability active. Additionally, Titan Brawl is being added as a permanent mode, while Free Agents will become the new featured mode. Titan Brawl sees a small change, as the game will now display Titan damage rather than assists.

Other changes, including balance tweaks, will be made as part of this update, but the particulars--as well as a trailer--won't be revealed until "closer to launch." Fortunately, that's right around the corner, as Respawn plans to launch the patch for all platforms on June 27.

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.: Beyond Good & Evil 2 Gameplay Tech Demo Shown Off In 15-Minute Video

After years of speculation, Ubisoft finally unveiled the highly anticipated Beyond Good & Evil 2 during its E3 2017 press conference. While the trailer Ubisoft revealed during the conference didn't contain any gameplay footage, series creator Michel Ancel today released a 15-minute demonstration of the game's engine to give fans a better idea of what they can expect from the title.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 isn't a direct follow-up to the original game but a prequel, taking place long before Jade's birth in a "vast solar system" called System 3. The demo Ancel takes us through, which you can watch above, shows off the radically different direction Beyond Good & Evil 2 takes, showing off the scope of the game's engine and its ambitious gameplay mechanics.

We got a chance to see this same demo and talk with Ancel about the project in a behind-closed-doors presentation at E3. Among other topics, Ancel discussed with us the inspiration for Beyond Good & Evil 2's ambitious sci-fi world and the sense of freedom his team is striving to achieve with the new title.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 doesn't currently have a release date. However, Ubisoft has announced a "Space Monkey" program that will allow players to beta test the title in the future. You can learn more about the Space Monkey program on the Beyond Good & Evil website.

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.: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Hits Four Million Copies Sold

The last-man-standing shooter has achieved an inordinate amount of success with its stint in Early Access. Bluehole Studio originally launched the Early Access of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Steam on March 23, and in that three month span, it has already accumulated a whopping $100 million in revenue. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has peaked at 230,000 concurrent users on Steam with over 100,000 sessions played daily.

"I genuinely appreciate all the love and support the fans have shown to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," stated Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole. "Our team is working passionately to deliver a stable gameplay experience as we prepare our full launch later this year."

Check out our archived livestream here, and watch our interview with PlayerUnknown here.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Early Access is available now on Steam and releases, likely as a timed exclusive, for Xbox One later this year. A full version is expected to come in early 2018.

 

Our Take
For a game to spend three months in Early Access and already be hitting these sales figures is absolutely ludicrous. With the constant support and improvements from Bluehole, it seems like the sky is the limit for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

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.: Sonic Mania Gets Collectible Vinyl Soundtrack

Sonic Mania, which hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on August 15, has been billed as a retro-facing celebration of the Genesis games that put Sonic the Hedgehog on the map. A big part of that nostalgic package is the music of the Sonic franchise. In addition to the new songs, remixed versions of classic Sonic tunes also appear in the game.

This vinyl package features select tracks from composer Tee Lopes, as well as exclusive artwork for the sleeve. If you're looking to pick up the vinyl, it is available in three different variants: Sonic Blue, Classic Black, and a limited edition version. Pre-orders open on Data Discs in mid-July.

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.: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Gets Standalone Release

As was reported earlier this week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is receiving a standalone release. Activision today made it official that the classic FPS will finally be available to buy on its own beginning on PlayStation 4 next week, with other platforms to follow at a later date.

The title was previously only available for those who bought special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was released last year. The game features the full campaign and 16 multiplayer maps. The package does not include the Modern Warfare Remastered Variety Map Pack, which features the Killhouse, Broadcast, Creek, and Chinatown maps.

Tuesday's release kicks off Call of Duty's "Days of Summer" promotion, a five-week community event that features maps, double XP, new playlists, gear, and more. The "Days of Summer" event also includes a summer-themed map available for play in Modern Warfare Remastered for the duration of the event. Activision teases that we'll learn more on Tuesday when the PS4 version of Modern Warfare Remastered launches.

The standalone version of Modern Warfare Remastered will cost $39.99 and hits PlayStation 4 on June 27. It will be available both physically and digitally. There is currently no word on when the Xbox One and PC standalone versions will release.

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.: Conan O'Brien And Will Arnett Hurl Insults And Arms In Latest Clueless Gamer Segment

In the newest installment of Clueless Gamer, where talk show host Conan O'Brien plays video games without any prior knowledge of them, the comedian plays Arms for Switch. For this episode, O'Brien is joined by comedic actor Will Arnett, who is best known for his roles in critically acclaimed shows like Arrested Development and 30 Rock.

Throughout the bit, the two go back and forth roasting each other while playing the entertaining Nintendo fighting game. You can watch the full video below.

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For more Clueless Gamer, check out a recent episode where Conan plays Wilson's Heart in VR, or this episode featuring Final Fantasy XV with Elijah Wood that goes horribly wrong. For more on Arms, read our review.

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.: Use Super Mario Odyssey's Hat Possession Ability In Super Mario 64

You'll have to wait until October 27 to play Super Mario Odyssey, but you can experiment with Mario's new hat abilities in the 1996 release Super Mario 64, thanks to a fan mod.

A clever YouTuber named Kaze Emanuar put together a mod for Mario's first foray into 3D platforming, which allows players to use Mario's hat to control enemies similar to how it's used in Super Mario Odyssey. Check out the mod in action below.

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.: Move Over Netflix, Watch An Endless Stream Of Speedrun Videos Instead

No matter how long it normally takes you to beat a game, watching a pro speedrun the same title is entrancing. A new website offers up a nearly endless stream of speedruns for your enjoyment.

Speedrunwr will give you a brand new speedrun video every time you visit the site. Want to know how fast you can beat Ori and the Blind Forest? Less than 48 mins. Meanwhile, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’s world record is about 1 hour and 56 minutes, so you can watch that in less time than it takes to finish one of Peter Jackson's film. The site pulls random records from the Speedrun.com API.

If you’ve got some time to kill, Speedrunwr will lead you down some fascinating rabbit holes. Check out the Shadow of Mordor run below.

[Source: Speedrunwr via Polygon]

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.: Beyond Good & Evil 2 Prototype Demo Focuses On Scale

Yesterday, Michel Ancel teased that a video of the Beyond Good & Evil 2 prototype would be available the next day. That would be today – and you'll never guess what popped up online! Check out the video for an early look at the game, which focuses on its impressive scale.

The video runs through the same demo we saw at E3 last week, but it's worth checking out. It stars the same monkey from the reveal trailer, though he's mercifully silent. Rather than focusing on the character's personality and the seedy world in which he lives, the demo highlights just how big the environments are. It starts with a look at the character's mothership, which houses a smaller individual ship. From there, we see a massive statue, and zoom out to get a better sense of just how massive it really is. Ancel pulls the camera back even further, showing off a nearby city, the continent it's on, and eventually the planet where everything we've seen takes place.

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There's no real gameplay to speak of – the game itself is still extremely early in development – but Ancel points out that when it begins, players will be able to do things like deliver pizzas to earn money. While you're on a delivery, you can explore the ships you've been called to, potentially discovering things like slaves and human-trafficking operations in progress. The game takes place before Jade was born, but players will still have access to a camera and can take photos of these illicit activities to complete missions.

We'll have more on the game in the coming months. In the meantime, take a look at our feature, which recaps our impressions from seeing this demo live.

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.: Thimbleweed Park's Content Update Adds Hints, New Dialogue

Miss the old days of calling hint lines when you were stuck in an adventure game? 

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.: Free Titanfall 2 DLC Continues To Pack New Content

Today, Respawn announced its 6th installation of DLC for Titanfall 2, featuring new maps, a new execution, and other additional content.

The new War Games map takes players into civilian territory with a plethora of shops, high-rise buildings, and wide city streets. The map's outskirts provide a perfect battleground for Titan conflicts, while Pilots can take to the interior, utilizing wallrunning routes and building windows for combat. A new Live Fire Map, called Traffic, is also becoming available, dropping players into a densely packed test site with two large thoroughfares for mobility.

The DLC also includes the Shadow Boxing [Holo Pilot] execution and gives Pilots a third weapon slot. Titan Brawl is becoming a permanent game mode, while a new featured mode, Free Agents, makes its debut.

For a full list of DLC additions, check here. For more Titanfall 2 DLC to come, click here.

The War Games DLC is available beginning June 27 on all platforms for free.

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.: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Could Still Come To PS4

A recent article from UK publication Daily Express has been making the rounds claiming that the game will remain an exclusive for the Xbox One. This is the quote in full:

"We also found out that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is NOT coming to PS4 but will instead remain an Xbox One exclusive."

However, we reached out to Bluehole Studios and received a statement from the developer's spokesperson that refutes that claim:

"We're excited to announce that PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is coming to Xbox One. We're always looking at various platforms to potentially introduce our game, but have nothing further to announce at this time."

Obviously, this is not an ironclad declaration that the game will come to other platforms, but it is a refutation of the Daily Express's statement that the game will remain an Xbox One exclusive.

For more on Player Unknown Battlegrounds, check out our in-depth interview with the developer.

 

Our Take
Microsoft's language about exclusives during its E3 conference was confusing, so it's not surprising that the news of PUBG being an "exclusive" has sent mixed messages. Still, it's good to know that a multi-platform console release is still on the table.

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.: Overwatch Gets Major Improvements To Loot Box And "Highlight" Systems

These changes are live now on the PTR.

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.: Hearthstone Update Aims To Keep Legendary Cards Fresh

Duplicate cards are one of life's annoyances, at least for Hearthstone players. Blizzard has heard from fans and is incorporating some changes to the way cards are distributed, which will be a boon for those who are looking to add more legendaries to their decks.

Once the update goes live, any legendary card you own or gain from a new pack will be removed from the distribution pool until you have all the legendary cards from that set. You'll also be guaranteed to get a legendary card within the first 10 packs of a new set, starting with the next expansion. 

Check out the video below for complete details.

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In addition to these upcoming changes, Blizzard has announced a deal for Journey to Un'Goro card packs. For a limited time, players will get bonus packs with purchased bundles – two extra packs with seven-pack bundles; five additional packs with the 15-pack bundles; and a dozen extra with the 40-pack bundles. The PC-exclusive 60 pack option gets a bonus 18 packs, too.

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.: Battleborn Gets A New Competitive Multiplayer Mode

Supercharge is a fast-paced 3v3 mode for Battleborn, played on all-new maps, and it will be available later today.

The new mode plays like a mix between Meltdown and Capture. The smaller team size requires players to closely coordinate as they try to escort their minions through gates for points, while simultaneously trying to maintain control of a capture point that "supercharges" their minions. Supercharge will have its own challenges for players to complete that will net them more titles, experience, and credits. 

If you want to give it a try, you don't have much longer to wait. Supercharge goes live at 12 p.m. PT.

 

Our Take:
We weren't huge fans of Battleborn when it first launched, but Gearbox has continued to work on improving the game and adding more content in the time since. Now that most of the game is accessible for free it may be worth giving this new mode a look.

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.: New Jurassic World Movie Gets A Name And Poster

The sequel to the 2015 summer blockbuster Jurassic World now has an official subtitle and movie poster.

Here's the fresh new poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The tagline of course references the classic Jeff Goldblum line in the original Jurassic Park, "Life... uh... finds a way."

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The first Jurassic World represents what many studios consider to be the ideal modern movie: a soft reboot of an existing property people already trust that rakes in over $1.6 billion. I personally thought the movie was dumb, harmless fun but I know plenty of others who came away with strong, negative impressions.

Admittedly it's impossible to tell how this movie is shaping up from just a poster. But one can speculate.

Fallen Kingdom releases June 22, 2018.

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.: Ron Howard Now Directing Han Solo Film

A few days ago, we learned that the upcoming Han Solo film had lost directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Today, Lucasfilm has revealed who's taking over, and it's someone that you've probably heard of before. Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Backdraft, Willow) is now in the director's seat for the upcoming project, which still has a May 25, 2018, release date.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

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.: ZeniMax Back In Court With Oculus VR

Earlier this year ZeniMax was awarded $500 million from Oculus for failure to comply with a non-disclosure agreement, but the two companies' legal battle over VR trade secrets is not over.

The pair are back in court, with ZeniMax not only looking for another $500 million, but also to halt Oculus from selling its Rift headset or for 20 percent of revenue from Rift sales for 10 years. Oculus, meanwhile, wants the first award thrown out entirely or reduced, as well as damages from ZeniMax.

ZeniMax claims that Oculus stole trade secrets in the creation of its Rift headset.

[Source: Gamasutra]

 

Our Take
Given how the first award was only related to a non-disclosure agreement, I assumed that ZeniMax's fight would continue on other legal fronts.

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.: Beyond Good & Evil 2 Prototype Video To Be Available Tomorrow

Beyond Good & Evil 2 mastermind Michel Ancel wrote on instagram today that a prototype video for the game will be available tomorrow.

Presumably, the video will be the same presentation that many at E3 received behind closed doors. Ubisoft describes development for the game as being at day zero, but they have an impressive engine they have been developing for the game.

For more on Beyond Good & Evil 2, head here to read four things Ubisoft envisions for the game, which covers much of what will likely be available widely tomorrow.

 

Our Take
I was at E3, but unfortunately was not able to see Beyond Good & Evil 2's prototype. I look forward to checking out the video tomorrow.

First prototype video ready and available tomorrow !!! 🚀🌘 Well, I look and sound terrible but we really want to share that with you anyway .

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.: Oilers Star Connor McDavid Named NHL 18 Cover Athlete

EA Sports has no shortage of spectacular young stars to choose from when it comes to cover athletes. Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jack Eichel, Matt Murray, and many other skaters under 25 years old would be ideal cover candidates. But for this year's high-flying edition of the game, EA went for the best. 

The NHL 18 cover athlete honors go to Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, arguably the most talented player in the game. Last year, at just 19 years old, he became the youngest captain in NHL history. He took on the responsibility in legendary fashion, ending the Oilers' 10-year playoff drought and winning the Art Ross Trophy (led the NHL in scoring) and the Ted Lindsay Award (voted the most outstanding player in the regular season) in just his second season. Only two players in NHL history were younger than McDavid when they won the prestigious Art Ross Trophy. Their names? Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.

“Representing NHL 18 as the cover athlete is an incredible honor,” McDavid said in a press statement. “I’ve played EA Sports NHL every year since I was a kid. To appear on the cover, something that has been done previously by so many players that I respect and admire is very exciting.”

NHL 18 comes to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 15. If you want to check out the game before it comes out, EA once again plans to offer a public beta starting July 25. You can register for the beta here

You can also read all about the new features coming to the game this year in my all-encompassing preview.

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.: Attack On Titan Season 3 Coming In 2018

Japanese animation team, Wit Studio, is rolling out season three of Attack on Titan in 2018, and Funimation has released a teaser for the upcoming episodes.

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Few details are given away by the teaser, although it seems we'll be getting a a fresh crop of antagonists as well as a potential look into Eren and Misaka's past. While the illustrated stills don't give us anything concrete, the quote, "Behold, the sea..." poses a mysterious theme for fans to mull over during the wait. Fortunately, the 2018 release window means we won't have to endure another four year gap like the one between seasons one and two.

Prior to the season two premier, Funimation arranged for select U.S. theaters to show the Attack on Titan recap movies, Guren no Yumiya and Jiyuu no Tsubasa, so fans can hope for another set of refreshers in the near future.

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.: NCSoft's MOBA MXM Launches Today

NCSoft, the developer behind Guild Wars and blade & Soul, has launched its new MOBA today: Master X Master. The title incorporates characters for NCSoft's properties as well as brand new ones.

You can watch a trailer for MXM here:

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Editor Dan Tack seemed to enjoy what he played of the game last year. You can read his preview right here.

You can find out more about the game itself and how to play it on PC at the official website.

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.: Rumor: Details For Visceral's Star Wars Game May Have Leaked

A Star Wars fan site called MakingStarWars.net has allegedly discovered details about the upcoming Star Wars game being developed by Visceral Games, which is being headed-up by creative director Amy Henning. Obviously these details should be taken with a grain of salt and if you don't want to know any possible spoilers for what Visceral Games has in the works, you'd best turn back now.

MakingStarWars.net's Editor-in-chief, Jason Ward, says that the game is currently referred to as Project Ragtag and focuses on a character named Dodger set between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. According to Ward, Dodger was forced into the criminal underground to avoid being drafted into the Imperial Army and finds himself in the employ of Jabba The Hutt.

You can read all of the details over at the original post here.

[Source: MakingStarWars.net]

Our Take
In cases like this, it's really hard to gauge if these rumors are accurate. And even if they are, games have a habit of changing constantly in development so these details could be modified in any number of ways before the game is eventually released. So take this all with several grains of salt.

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.: New Game Of Thrones Trailer Teases Team-Up For Season 7

HBO has released a new trailer for the upcoming seven-episode season of Game of Thrones. 

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The trailer gives fans a good look at the direction the TV show is headed in (warning, general spoilers for Game of Thrones ahead).

As many fans have speculated, it looks like the major armies are teaming up to take down the impending White Walker threat. It sounds like Jon Snow is the one extending the olive branch, hot off his victory at the Battle of the Bastards. This alliance gives credence to the fan theory surrounding the Three-Headed Dragon prophecy, which predicts Jon Snow, Daenerys, and Tyrion to take the Iron Throne together.

This would also be consistent with last season, which confirmed several other fan theories, such as the true parentage of Jon Snow, and the fate of The Hound. Season six gave fans of the television series what they wanted to see, so it'll be interesting to find out if the upcoming books follow suit or stay more cynical and unpredictable.

Season seven of Game of Thrones premieres July 16.

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.: Pokémon Go Raid Update Is Live

The major update we wrote about a few days ago for Pokémon Go, which shifts how Gyms work and also introduces raids, is now live on iOS and Android. 

Here are all noteworthy features included in this update:

For a bigger breakdown on what this update means for Pokémon Go, be sure to read Shea's detailed explanation here.

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.: NBC Sports Group And FACEIT Are Coming Together To Launch A Rocket League Tournament

This summer, NBC Sports Group, FACEIT, and Psyonix are partnering to launch the first-ever international 2v2 Rocket League tournament.

Starting July 22, the regional online qualifiers will be held on the FACEIT platform, and the top competitors will make their way into in-studio regional finals competitions on August 5-6 and 12-13. The tournament will end with a two-day Grand Finals on August 26-27, where 16 teams will battle for the $100,000 prize pool.  

Across NBCUniversal and Comcast, there will be more than 40 hours of event coverage across live-streaming, video-on-demand, and linear platforms. The Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures, Rob Simmelkjaer has announced that they're adding Television Deportes to engage the growing Spanish-language audience. Syfy will be handling the international component and will be broadcasting the Grand Finals in the UK, Germany, Australia, and multiple countries across Latin America.

For more on Rocket League, you can check out our review. At E3 last week, we also learned that the game will be coming to Switch with some added bonuses

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.: Niantic To Punish Cheaters In Pokémon Go With New Feature

A verified Niantic spokesperson issued an update today in Pokémon Go's subreddit about an upcoming feature to Pokémon Go that will punish players who have caught Pokémon using third-party software. Niantic says that any Pokémon caught with such software will "appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected."

Here's the whole post:

With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokémon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers. Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected. We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday.This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience.

For more on Pokemon Go, be sure to check out our rundown on the list of upcoming features to the game.

 

Our Take
Seems fair.

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