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Weekend Warrior – Backlogs, Barbecues, and Battlegrounds

It's Memorial Day weekend, and many of us are having relaxing weekends with our families, eating some good food, and of course, playing video games. Once again, the staff is catching up on big releases from earlier this year like Nier: Automata and Persona 5, at least when they can tear themselves away from the Overwatch Anniversary Event and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

What do you have planned for the holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m sure I’ll continue to player PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, even though I should really spend more time with Nier: Automata. Outside of that, I’m going to my lake place and I’m sure I’ll be playing some arcade games as well. Have a good weekend!

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I hope to start Nier Automata this weekend, which I have written for my last two Weekend Warriors, but who knows – maybe the third time is the charm. Otherwise, I’m just trying to appreciate the calm before the E3 storm. I think I will take my daughter to the Science Museum, and she really wants to make a cake this weekend for some reason, so I will probably do that? Kids are weird.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – I’m playing a ton of Overwatch thanks to the event (and the fact that I never really stop playing Overwatch), but I’m hoping to make a dent in Persona 5 and maybe start Injustice 2’s story.

Jeff Cork (@gijeff) – I think Hanson’s hassling has finally worn me out. I’m going to download PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tonight, and he can convince me that it’s as great as he says it is. After that, I’ll probably pour more time into the sinkholes that are Overwatch and Diablo III. Really though, I should start Persona 5. Or maybe I should spend more time with Breath of the Wild? At least I have three days to figure this all out…

Jared Koncsol (@jaredkoncsol) – I’m going to be working on my backlog, so South Park: Stick of Truth and What Remains of Edith Finch are on the docket. I’ll also be attending a barbecue on Memorial Day, but I don’t think that means the same thing here that it means in Alabama. I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

Doug DeLong (@DeLongDoug) – I bought Breath of the Wild in March and to this day have still played less than 20 hours of it. I'm hoping that this weekend I'll finally be able to take a deep dive into this massive game. Aside from that I'm probably going to do something fun with my family (if we can decide on an activity – decisions are hard) and eat some barbecue. 

Craig Taylor (@CraigTaylor0805) – I’ve always wanted to play Kingdom Hearts, so last week I bought the 1.5 and 2.5 collection to play them for the first time. I’ll be concentrating all of my efforts into trying to finish at least one and two before E3. Despite the news today that 3 won’t be coming out for another 3 years, I’m still hopeful there’ll be a trailer, so I don’t want to see a spoiler for a part of the series I haven’t gotten to. I’d describe the story as “the greatest fan-fiction ever told,” and keeping that in mind, I’m eager to see it progress and watch how off-the-rails the series gets in the later games.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:00 pm

Exclusive First Look At Star Trek RPG’s Custom Dice

Publisher Modiphius is currently hard at work on the new Star Trek Adventures RPG, a dedicated role-playing experience that will be the first official tabletop RPG for the franchise in over a decade. The team is currently rolling out a large playtest of the game in advance of a launch later this year.

Today Modiphius passed along a first look at the custom dice (designed by Q-Workshop) that will fuel gameplay. Whichever color is your preference (command red, operations gold, or sciences blue), you’ll get three twenty sided dice. The sets also include four custom six-sided dice whose faces tie together with the game mechanics, revealing either numbers, damage markers, or Starfleet insignias. Check out the different sets below.

Star Trek Adventures is aiming to open pre-orders for both the dice and the actual RPG on June 8 over at the game’s official page

Command Division

Operations Division

Sciences Division

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:03 am

Blue Rogue Yondu Joins Mobile Fighter Marvel: Contest Of Champions

Everyone's favorite whistler is making his way to Marvel's mobile F2P Contest of Champions. The blue anti-hero joins the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Star-Lord as a selectable fighter.

You can watch him in action here:

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For more Guardians Of The Galaxy, you can watch the trailer for the upcoming episode of the Telltale series here.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 8:30 am

Square Enix Touts Strong Sales Of Nier: Automata And Final Fantasy XV

In the company's annual financial briefing, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda said the sales of Final Fantasy XV, Nier: Automata and the PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider are responsible for the growth of their Digital Entertainment sector during the last fiscal year. The chart below also points toward the launch of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as a contributing factor for Square Enix's big financial year.

Matsuda said that Final Fantasy XV reached 6 million global sales faster than any other entry in the series. Additionally, he said that Square Enix hopes the DLC episodes of FF XV will "help raise purchase intent and extend the lifecycle of the product."

Nier: Automata, which Matsuda classified as one of Square's "mid-sized" games, performed "significantly" above the company's expectations. When asked if Nier's success would make Square consider pursuing additional titles produced outside the company, Matsuda said that while they're primarily interested in developing in-house, they're also seeking out other developers that can "balance" their mix of games.

Also out of the earnings report came the news that Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts III will be releasing "in the next 3 years or so."

[Source: Square Enix]

 

Our Take
It's nice to see that a sleeper hit like Nier: Automata sold well and exceeded Square Enix's sales expectations. As for Final Fantasy XV, the title of "fastest entry to reach 6 million sales" may not be the most glamorous distinction, but it's interesting to know that Square finds the polarizing sequel financially successful.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 8:02 am

PlayerUnknown Outlines Vision For Battlegrounds Campaign And Replay System

This week on The Game Informer Show podcast (which you can subscribe to here), Ben Hanson interviewed game developer Brendan Greene, better known as PlayerUnknown, about the phenomenon surrounding his addictive Battle Royale-style game. While we already knew about the game coming to consoles after the PC version is "finished and polished" and the fact that the team is adding two new maps to the game, the interview reveals the desert map is set around Peru. Greene does, however, go into new details about what he has in mind for a hypothetical new campaign mode.

"Lore is important for creating it, but we don't have any serious lore there... if we were going to do a single-player campaign then maybe the history of the island would come into it," Greene says. "Originally I thought, because we have this Russian island and there's evidence of a military occupation there, it'd be fun to have a Watch Dogs kind of game based on the island. Where it's a bustling island with military occupation and you and five or four friends can play a single kind of multiplayer campaign set in the '70s. I thought that would be a cool era to set something kind of like Watch Dogs. Well, not Watch Dogs, but where you set out to capture each town on the island and take over the island from the military occupation. That was my concept of it.... no plans for it yet, [but] that's my big dream."

Greene is quick to point out that this is all just hypothetical and that, "Maybe someday I'll get to do a single-player campaign, but I'm not holding my breath for that. I want to get the game finished first."

Watch the full interview below to learn more about Greene's thoughts on lore within the multiplayer game, how the team is planning on fixing server issues, his thoughts on the possibility of color-coding ammo, and his ambitious plan for both a full 3D and 2D replay system coming hopefully "within maybe a few months."

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If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to the audio version of The Game Informer Show for more long-form developer interviews.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:45 am

Kingdom Hearts III And Final Fantasy VII Remake Releasing "In The Next Three Years Or So"

We knew that Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake weren't releasing anytime soon after Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura talked about their development in an interview earlier this year. Square Enix's recently released financial results outline confirms that fans still have a long wait ahead of them.

Both titles are found on a slide indicating releases planned for the March 2018 fiscal year "and beyond". An accompanying quote from Square Enix president and representative director Yosuke Matsuda says, "We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so." 

[Source: Square Enix]

 

Our Take
Unfortunately, Square Enix fans have had to get used to waiting a long time for games from the Japanese development teams. This news doesn't come as much of a surprise given that the Final Fantasy VII remake team just staffed up and the only recent announcements have been screenshots. In the meantime, I'd recommend checking out the Kingdom Hearts HD Remakes, although they're a little bit complicated. Thankfully, one of our biggest fans in the office wrote up a comprehensive beginner's guide.  

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:25 am

Rumor: Sonic Mania Releases August 15

Sonic Mania, the throwback title Sega is creating in collaboration with a stable of indie developers, was originally scheduled to release this past spring. At SXSW, the company announced that the developers asked for more time, so the game was pushed to a summer release date. According to a trailer on European Steam, that release date is August 15.

The trailer on the U.S. store ends with the official "Summer 2017" release statement, but multiple people in Europe reported seeing an August 15, 2017 release date at the end of their trailer. You can see a mirror of that trailer here.

It's important to note that this date could only apply for Europe. We've reached out to Sega and will update this story if we receive a comment.

[Source: Steam via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
I know a lot of fans (myself included) have been looking forward to getting their hands on this title since it was revealed last summer during San Diego Comic-Con. I've loved what I've played so far, and am looking forward to more information. Hopefully we'll see more of Sonic Mania at E3 in a couple of weeks.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:36 am

Telltale's Second Episode Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Hits June 6

The second episode of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series has a release date. The adventure game developers today announced that "Under Pressure," the second episode in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series launches on June 6.

In addition, Telltale gave some hints of what players can expect from the story. Telltale says that the Guardians are going to continue to try to outrun their past while dealing with the power of the mysterious relic in their possession, all while evading the "genocidal maniac" hunting them. The developer also hints at rising tensions threatening to tear the team apart, as well as a deeper look into Rocket Raccoon's past.

The June 6 release date applies to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. The first episode of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy, "Tangled Up in Blue," hit on April 18. We scored it a 7.25 out of 10. You can check out that review here.

 

Our Take
I haven't played the first episode yet (I'm letting Telltale get a few episodes ahead before I dive in), but I'm still on a Guardians of the Galaxy kick after seeing the movie a few weeks back.

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:12 am

Capcom Announces Monster Hunter XX Is Coming To Switch

Capcom announced on its Japanese site that it's bringing its Monster Hunter series to the Nintendo Switch via an HD port of the 3DS game, Monster Hunter XX. 

The 3DS game Monster Hunter XX is an enhanced version of Monster Hunter X, which was released in North America as Monster Hunter Generations (pictured above). We liked Monster Hunter Generations giving it an 8.75 in our review. The XX version hasn't been released outside of Japan yet, and there's no word if this Switch version release will either. 

More details on the game will be revealed on May 27.

 

Our Take
This is a perfect game for the Switch. A large part of Monster Hunter's appeal is its portability, but the flexibility of Nintendo's newest hybrid console gives players who prefer to play on larger screens a chance to check it out, too. 

Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:54 am

Human Head's Cancelled Prey 2 Actually Had An Incredible Premise

Human Head Studios' Prey 2 never released, but that doesn't mean the game didn't have some good ideas. 

Eurogamer did some research about the never released Prey sequel that Human Head Studios was working on a few years ago. The video below goes into more detail, but one of the most striking ideas is how Human Head looked to incorporate player death into the game's narrative and how it would allow players to continue to explore the open world after the credits rolled without breaking the fiction.

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Thankfully, the Prey we recently got from Arkane Studios is also pretty good. Be sure to read our review here.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 1:40 pm

Dark Horse And Blizzard Group Up To Release Two Overwatch Books

It's good to take a break from video screens and read a book from time to time. Thankfully, Dark Horse and Blizzard have teamed up to announce some reading material that is up our alley. 

The first book is called The Art of Overwatch and will detail Blizzard's creative process for designing one of the most popular first-person-shooter of the last several years. The book is filled with never-before-seen art as well as commentary from the game’s development team and will retail for $49.99. However, a limited edition version, which comes packaged in a clamshell box and includes three Overwatch art print, will also retail for $100.

If you're a graphic novel fan, the Overwatch: Anthology, Volume 1 is a 140 page hardcover collection of the first twelve issues of Blizzard's Overwatch comics, which goes into the backstories of the game’s iconic heroes. This Anthology will retail for $19.99. 

The Art of Overwatch officially goes on sale on October 24, but you'll be able to add Overwatch: Anthology, Volume 1 to your bookstand on October 10. Check out their covers below.

[Source: Dark Horse]

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 12:29 pm

Weapons Trafficking Coming To Grand Theft Auto Online Next Month

Time to get your weapons trafficking organization off the ground. Today Rockstar Games announced that its legions of Grand Theft Auto Online criminals can set up a new gunrunning trade come this June. 

Gunrunning gives your criminal enterprise another way to diversify its cash flow, whether you are a CEO, VIP, or the leader of a leather-clad biker gang. Rockstar explains the operation:

Dotted throughout Blaine County are hatches - look into these mysterious properties on the Maze Bank Foreclosure site and you’ll find sprawling underground headquarters for sale, ready to be stocked with new military-grade vehicles and weapons-manufacturing equipment capable of developing highly sought after offensive and defensive technologies. 

Some of these new purchasable bunkers appear to have target ranges so you can test the weapons before you sell them.

Rockstar plans to outline the Gunrunning DLC further in later news updates, including details on the including new weaponized vehicles, weapon upgrades, and "full-service Mobile Operation Centers." 

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:19 am

Price And Release Date Announced For Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court

After a delay earlier this year, we now have a release date for Darkest Dungeon's first expansion. Red Hook Studios announced the price and release date for The Crimson Court on the game's official blog today.

The expansion will be available to download on Steam, GoG, Humble, and Twitch on June 19th for $9.99. The PSN release is targeted for the following month, but the developers are hesitant to announce a specific release date.

The Crimson Court adds a variety of content to the game, including a brand new dungeon to explore with "massive, sprawling maps", a unique faction of enemies and bosses to fight, a hero class that is "awash in blood and delusion", and new buildings for the estate.

[Source: Red Hook Studios]

 

Our Take
Darkest Dungeon is one of the best turn-based dungeon crawlers in recent memory, and this new content is a great excuse to dive back into its terrifying world. 

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:23 am

Rap Legend Nas Headlines EA's Fan-Oriented E3 Festivities

If you're attending Electronic Arts' fan-centric E3 extravaganza, EA Play, be sure you get a good spot for the main attraction. After the EA talent showcases highly anticipated titles like Star Wars Battlefront 2, Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18 during the press conference and fans race to game stations to experience these titles for the first time themselves, EA will kick the party into high gear by welcoming the legendary hip hop icon Nas to the stage later that evening.

The Queens-born rapper has sold more than 25 million records worldwide, recording critically acclaimed albums like Illmatic and It Was Written. His last studio album, 2012's Life Is Good, was nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. DJ Green Lantern and Dave East will open for him. 

At EA Play, fans can get their hands on the following games: 

The FanFest starts on Saturday, June 10 and runs through Monday afternoon. Head here to learn more about the event. 

 

Our Take
Nas is a legend, but we're still most excited about seeing some new footage of the latest EA titles. Here's to hoping BioWare's latest project, codenamed "Dylan," joins the game on stage, as well. 

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:55 am

Michel Ancel: Don't Expect Beyond Good & Evil 2 At E3

Since its announcement back in 2008, Beyond Good & Evil 2 has spent the vast majority of its time in seclusion, with only brief public glimpses and executive comments confirming the game is still in development. Nearly a decade on, the game still hasn't had a proper reveal, and that's not about to change.

Fielding a question from a fan on an unrelated Instagram post, creator Michel Ancel said, "I'm not sure that E3 would be the best place to showcase BG&E2."

That news may be disheartening to fans of the cult franchise, but his statement also had hope in it: "We´re working on the game, so sometime this year you should hear about it!"

Instagram appears to be the go-to place for breaking Beyond Good & Evil 2 news. Last year, Ancel used the platform to explain why the game is taking so long to develop. Ancel currently divides his time between Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Wild, a project he started outside of Ubisoft with another studio, Wild Sheep. 

 

Our Take
Seeing Ancel share a window of when we can expect some real news on the game is encouraging. We just have to hope the shot callers at Ubisoft agree with his assessment that it should be ready for a larger reveal this year. 

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:38 am

The New Mutants X-Men Movie Will Be...A Horror Film?!

The New Mutants film, which is scheduled to release in Spring 2018, is a bit different than your average comic book movie. It has no costumes, no supervillains, and takes a surprising thematic turn, according to director Josh Boone.

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” Boone told Entertainment Weekly

Taking inspiration from Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz's New Mutants run, the film is darker in tone than the average the X-Men adventure. Sienkiewicz's impressionistic art style is something Boone was particularly influenced by and should give fans an idea of what to expect from the upcoming movie. 

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones' Arya Stark) is slated to star as Wolfsbane, and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) assumes the role of Magik, Colossus' Soulsword-wielding sister. According to EW, sources close to the production say that Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) is coming on to play Sunspot, and Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Daredevil) is currently in talks to join the cast as well.

The New Mutants is set to begin production in July and is aiming for a PG-13 rating.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:30 am

Street Fighter V Update Adds Vega Stage With Unique Character Advantage

Vega players will be getting a killer advantage in an upcoming May 30 update to Street Fighter V. The classic Spain stage from Street Fighter II is returning, and Capcom promises Vega players can climb the background cage, a property that appears unique to him. As the second boss in SF II, Vega's jumping, flipping, and climbing haunted players in the arcade. Now, longtime fans will get to relive that frustration online.

M. Bison's Thailand stage from Street Fighter II is also returning in the update after it had been pulled from the store for containing unintended religious references. Both will cost $3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money. 

May 30 also sees the release of the new Capcom Fighters Network, which features new rage-quitting preventions, improved matchmaking and balance changes (the full patch notes can be found here). Anyone who logs on from May 30 until June 13 will receive a free 50,000 Fight Money gift.

Finally, Street Fighter V's newest fighter Ed will drop in the May 30 update. Ed was experimented on by S.I.N. when he was a child, and was viewed as a potential replacement body for Bison. He now incorporates the destructive Psycho Power into his boxing fighting style. Ed will be available for $5.99 or 100,000 Fight Money.

[Source: Capcom Unity]

Our Take
Given the release of Ultra Street Fighter II, it makes sense that Capcom wants to whet fans' appetites with SF II DLC. With this new stage, it looks like climbing the cage as Vega will cost meter, so some thought was put into balancing it.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:06 am

Seaman Creator Teases New Seaman Project

The last time we heard from developer Yutaka "Yoot" Saito, he was giving a talk at Game Developers Conference 2017 about creating the original Seaman game for Sega Dreamcast. Seaman was a bizarre game in which the player took care of a virtual fish with a human face, and interacted with it via microphone. The game developed a cult following, and over the years there has been interest in reviving the franchise. After years of silence, few expected Seaman to swim back into the spotlight.

Today, a new tweet from Saito teased he is starting a new project, and all signs point to it being related to Seaman. The shirts in the image display both the familiar Frogman silhouette from the Dreamcast game, and part of a url that says Seaman. 

Our Take
I'm not sure that there were many people panicking about the lack of Seaman in their lives, but this is still exciting news for fans whose fond memories of the original have been rekindled by Saito's recent tweets and GDC talk. The first game was fascinating because of how strange and unique it was, so hopefully this project is just as intriguing.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 5:48 am

Titanfall 2 DLC Trailer Introduces A New Multiplayer Titan

Titanfall 2's upcoming Monarch's Reign DLC pack releases on May 30 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is free to players. A new trailer provides a first look at the wealth of content offered in this update, including the seventh multiplayer Titan named Monarch. Respawn details this new metal walker as "the IMC’s attempt to reverse-engineer the Militia's Vanguard-class Titan with a decided focus on flexibility through survival and support options." The Monarch stands out from the other Titans with an Upgrade Core that improves combat abilities during battle. It can also harvests energy from enemies to recharge its shields or shield teammate Titans.

The Monarch Reign pack brings back the Relic map from the original Titanfall game, which Respawn has remastered to feature "clever wall running routes" found along hanging pieces of wreckage. Players will find a variety of new cosmetic items available for purchase, as well as new art packs, and a camo pack inspired by World War II's "dazzle camouflage." The pack is rounded out with the introduction of Ronin Prime and Tone Prime. Respawn says Ronin Prime "charges the field with a samurai-inspired aesthetic including a visual-upgrade for his sword so he may more stylishly pierce the heavens (and enemy Titans)."

Check out the trailer below to see the Monarch in play.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 5:29 am

The Culling Comes To Xbox One Game Preview June 2

You can't turn any direction in modern gaming without seeing another winner-takes-all battle royale game like PlayerUnkonwn's Battlegrounds and H1Z1: King of the Kill.  One of these contestants, The Culling, is heading to Xbox One Game Preview in early June. 

Xaviant's over-the-top take on this emerging genre pits 16 players against one another in 25-minute sessions where there can be only one winner (who undoubtedly has blood on their hands). After being dropped in the world, players must scavenge for deadly weaponry to defend themselves while avoiding enemy contact until they feel well equipped enough to survive the melees. You can catch a glimpse of the bloodshed here:

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Look for the game on Xbox Game Preview come June 2.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 4:34 am

What Role Will Snoke Have In The Last Jedi? Director Rian Johnson Weighs In

Vanity Fair's behind-the-scenes cover story for Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn't reveal much about Supreme Leader Snoke, and there may be good reason for that – he may not get much screen time in the forthcoming film. Snoke is the leader of the First Order, and is skilled with the dark side of the Force, so much so that he lured Kylo Ren to his ranks.

David Kamp, the author of Vanity Fair's piece, took to Reddit to field Star Wars fans' questions in an AMA. Kamp didn't divulge many story-based secrets, but did reveal a bit of disappointing news pertaining to Snoke's role in The Last Jedi. During his on-the-set visits, Kamp said he asked director Rian Johnson "Who/what is [Snoke]? Rian was fairly up front in saying that Snoke is not a character he particularly gets into in TLJ."

That doesn't mean we won't get answers pertaining to his identity, but it doesn't sound like we'll see much of him. There's a good chance the Resistance won't come face to face with him until Episode IX.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 3:48 am

Microsoft Renames Beam, Introduces Co-Streaming Technology

Microsoft's Twitch competitor just got a makeover.

Roughly a year and a half after its official launch, the company announced its live-streaming service Beam is being rebranded as Mixer. Why the change? Co-founder Matt Salsamendi says they ran into some trouble using the Beam name overseas.

"We believe so much in the power of the platform and want to grow it in every major market around the world," Salsamendi wrote in a blog post. Unfortunately, that wasn’t something we could do with the Beam name. We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service….how it brings people together.

The rebranding news came with some other interesting platform announcements as well. A new cooperative live-streaming technology launches today that allows up to four streamers combine their broadcasts into a single experience with split-screen views, which should be great for showcasing multiplayer games. Salsamendi says in a couple weeks, Xbox One users will be able to start these streams at a click of a button in the Guide. 

Microsoft is also extending Mixer into the mobile space with an iOS and Android app that will soon allow broadcasts of mobile games. The beta starts today. 

For Xbox One owners, Mixer is getting its own dashboard page showcasing a curated list of streams. Microsoft also plans to broadcast its 2017 E3 press conference from here.

Our Take
When I think Mixer, I think about sound, not streaming, so the name change is a curious one. To hold its own in the competition for live-streamers with Twitch and YouTube, however, adding innovations like co-streaming is a step in the right direction.

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:11 am

The King Of Kong Is Turning Into A Musical

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters – the documentary about competitive Kong players Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe – is being turned into a musical according to Seth Gordon, the original film's director.

IGN spoke to Gordon recently, who confirmed the project and said that he's currently assessing the project's musical content, including "Museum of Your Heart" by Walter Day, founder of video game world record verifiers Twin Galaxies.

For more with Billy Mitchell and Walter Day, check out their recent visit to the office in this episode of The Game Informer Show.

[Source: IGN]

Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:07 am

Pokémon: Magikarp Jump Is Available Now For iOS And Android Devices

The Pokémon Company is continuing its exploration into the world of mobile gaming with a title that's a lot different from Pokémon Go.

Pokémon: Magikarp Jump follows Pokémon Duel, which released in January, and Pokémon Go, which released July of last year. In Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, players train a Magikarp to jump as high as possible. If your Magikarp gets knocked out or retires at level 20, you start with a new Magikarp, each one slightly stronger than the previous. Other Pokémon also appear in the game to help you train.

Soar sky high with Magikarp in #MagikarpJump! Now available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices: https://t.co/afxnj0lqIv pic.twitter.com/7As0cWKRFv

— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 25, 2017

The game is free to play with in-game microtransactions. You can grab the iOS verison of the game here, and the Android version here.

[Source: Pokémon.com]

 

Our Take
I'm downloading the game right now with low expectations, but who knows! Maybe it will be goofy and entertaining.

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 2:14 pm

Watch The Trailer For Game Of Thrones' Seventh Season

HBO has released the first trailer for Game Of Thrones' new season, and it's a doozy.

Warning: Spoilers For Game of Thrones.

After being delayed then announced without a teaser trailer, we can finally see another glimpse of the show's seventh and possibly penultimate season. The trailer acts as a check-in for most of the remaining factions in Westoros, how their past decisions have caught up to (or benefited) them, and how several conflicts in the making may finally come to a head. Check out the full trailer below.

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 11:30 am