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Capcom announced today the emergency need to change the music of the Thailand Temple Hideout stage that was added to the game yesterday.
You can find the full statement from Capcom below, but the short version is that the Thailand Temple Hideout DLC stage's music contains unintentional religious references, so the stage is being pulled, edited, and then put back online.
It has come to our attention that part of the background music track used in the DLC Thailand Temple Hideout Stage, released on April 25, 2017, contains unintentional religious references. Capcom has therefore immediately ceased distribution of this DLC and, as a temporary measure, will be performing an emergency server maintenance update in the very near future to remove this track by replacing it with existing music from another stage. Details of the timing of this update will be provided via the @SFVServer Twitter account.
Users who have already downloaded this DLC will still be able to use it and, once the emergency maintenance update is complete, will have the replacement music as well.
An edited version of the Thailand Temple Hideout Stage background music will be released at a later date.
The Street Fighter V development and operations team, as well as all of us at Capcom, have nothing but the utmost respect for all faiths and religions around the world, and we would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by this content.
This means the new DLC will be temporarily unavailable for those who did not already purchase the game, but it will all go back online in the near future.
If I remember correctly, the original LittleBigPlanet encountered a similar issue right before it released forcing it to receive a short delay, and a day one patch – something that was more rare in 2008. Capcom is certainly doing the right thing here in its efforts to be respectful.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 1:01 pm
If you've finally managed to finish The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and want more reasons to look at its incarnation of Link (or if you just want to keep looking at Link whether you've beaten the game or not), Real Action Heroes has your back.
Their latest Zelda-themed figure is nearly 12 inches tall weighs 3.5 pounds, and wears most of the basic gear from the game: The Champion's Tunic, Soldier's Broadsword, Traveler's Shield and Bow, and comes with regular and Guardian arrows, as well as the Hylian Hood.
The figure retails for $334.99 and will release in December, though you can pre-order the figure here. You'll find more images below.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 11:18 am
Right before Persona 5 launched at the beginning of the month, Atlus USA issued a stern warning to streamers: Stream past a certain in-game date, and there'll be trouble. Also, don't bother using that Share button. Though it's not quite taking the leash off streamers, Atlus updated its guidelines, loosening some of its restrictions.
The company has announced in a blog post it's pushing the no-streaming date from 7/7 in the game's calendar to 11/29, which, according to Atlus, is "when the main story gears up for the final act." Atlus also made sure to call out the negative response to the initial date as the impetus for the change, but reiterated its main goal is letting players avoid spoilers. To that end, it doesn't look like it's lifting the in-system sharing restrictions for screenshots and videos.
Finally, the company also wanted to walk back the tone of its initial post. "We also want to apologize to those of you who saw the previous guidelines blog post as threatening," the blog post states. "We want to be transparent about what we do, and the reason we released the guidelines was to give streamers the right information up front. It was never our intention to threaten people with copyright strikes, but we clearly chose the wrong tone for how to communicate this."
I'm willing to bet they were going to move the date back at some point, and that the tone of the response is the only thing the negative feedback affected. That said, I'm still a little upset they haven't lifted the in-game sharing restrictions. I'm still seeing lots of images and videos for later portions of the game, only they're off-screen and a little blurry. All these restrictions do is make it harder for people to latch onto the game, and I can't think of many instances where I've been spoiled on a game through Twitter alone. Also, not letting people stream the game natively means only those with third-party hardware will be able to show the game to others, which seems like a strange restriction.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:45 am
Gravity Rush 2's high-flying hero, Kat, will soon be able to manipulate fashion along with gravity.
According to PlayStation's official Twitter account, the next DLC for Gravity Rush 2 will feature a crossover with Nier: Automata. An outfit that allows Kat to dress up as android 2B will be available as a free download starting May 5.
Kat seems to have found some interesting new clothes...— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 26, 2017
Free Gravity Rush 2 DLC adds 2B's outfit from Nier: Automata. Out May 5! pic.twitter.com/sB3B3PaBuQ
For more on both Gravity Rush and Nier: Automata, Check out our Test Chamber video of how Gravity Rush 2 tops the original game, along with the goofy Nier DLC and Javy Gwaltney's take on hope and despair in the game.
[Source: PlayStation on Twitter]
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:45 am
With the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo is bringing the Mario crew to McDonald's happy meals. Toy figures of Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, Luigi, and the iconic red plumber himself will be included in every meal from now until May 22. Just remember to watch out for the red Koopa shell!
During that same time, hungry fans can enter a sweepstakes for a Nintendo Switch bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe using codes from their meals. Happy meal purchases provide two codes, while other purchases give one. Details for the contest can be found at McDonald's website here.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:21 am
Now that a new month is nearly upon us, Sony has announced the new games being added to their PlayStation Plus lineup.
The marquee titles this month are Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands, the narrative-focused spin-off of Gearbox's popular shoot-and-loot FPS RPG series, and Abzu, the undersea indie adventure with stunning visuals. Other new additions include Laser Disco Defenders, a unique top-down shooter where fired shots ricochet forever, becoming hazards for the player to avoid, and Port Royale 3, the strategic pirate economy simulator. Check out the complete list below:
Of course, each new set of games brings about the end of last month's lineup; time is running out to pick up Drawn to Death and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.
The new games will arrive when the PlayStation Store next update hits on May 2. For more, check out our comparison of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games With Gold.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:30 am
During their reveal event for Call of Duty: WWII, Activison released a trailer for the game and talked about several of the ways the game tries to capture the feel of World War II. They also dropped a couple of teases about some of the other modes in the game.
Along with a single-player campaign, Sledgehammer confirmed the game will have a zombies mode (which isn't too surprising, considering it's been a series staple for a while now) with a single screen shot of a reanimated, disfigured soldier.
Before signing off, however, Sledgehammer also showed a brief snippet of how the multiplayer might look. A shot quickly follows two soldiers with online handles over their heads (indicating players in an online scenario). After peeking over the edge, the camera shows of sea of soldiers with similar handles, indicating the game may have a more open multiplayer environment. During the presentation, Sledgehammer also hinted at letting players hang out between multiplayer matches. Whether this shot was that between-game lobby or something different remains to be seen.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:50 am
As part of livestream delving into how the game was created, and how it hopes to set the game from other World War II offerings, Activision has dropped the first official trailer for Call of Duty: WWII.
The trailer focuses on a number of shots of the European front of the war, including the storming of Normandy Beach, a tank fight in a forest, and several shorts of airplanes.
The company also announced the release date for the game: November 3. Finally, the company announced the game will indeed have a playable beta, scheduled for sometime later this year. You can watch the trailer below.
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Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:30 am
The world of Hot Wheels will be making its way to Forza Horizon 3 as part of Horizon 3's expansion pass on May 9th. The new expansion includes a total of ten new rides, as well as new areas for the open world racer, featuring boost pads, corkscrews, and massive jumps. You can get a look at all the arcade action included in the expansion with the trailer down below.
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Forza Horizon 3's Hot Wheels expansion will be available on May 9 for $20, or as part of the game's $35 expansion pass. In our review for Forza Horizon 3, we called it " this generation’s best racer". You can read the full review right here.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:54 am
Heroes of the Storm 2.0 rolled out yesterday, complete with a new Nexus challenge that allows players to unlock special skins in Overwatch.
Oni Genji and Officer D.Va are both cool skins, but some players may not own a PC or may have no desire to give Blizzard's take on the MOBA genre a try.
For these players, there's hope. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan posted on the official forums yesterday addressing the situation, stating that both of these "exclusive" Heroes of the Storm skins would eventually be added to the standard Overwatch loot box.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:15 am
Brawlhalla (a four-player fighting game in the style of Super Smash Bros.) has slowly been building some buzz on PC, with more than five million players in its Early Access phase on Steam. If you feel like you're missing out on the action by sticking to consoles, you'll have your shot at the game this May.
Blue Mammoth Games has announced a closed beta for the PlayStation 4 version of the game, with a sign-up website where you can provide your email in the hopes you'll earn a spot in the beta. The beta will include a new map, Colosseum, along with an update to the game's Brawlball mode (both of which will also hit on PC at that time).
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 4:14 am
The Burnout franchise by Electronic Arts explored the seemingly contradictory mix of racing and a love of spectacular collisions. While the series' Crash mode – where you rack up money smashing your car into traffic intersections – started out as its own mode, Burnout Paradise attempted to integrate the mode's twisted metal into an open-world racing structure. Now the series' creators (Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry) head up their own indie studio, Three Fields Entertainment (Dangerous Golf), and are returning to the essence of the popular mode in Danger Zone.
The newly announced title comes out this May on PlayStation 4 and PC ($12.99), and distills the gameplay qualities of Burnout 3's Crash mode into a title featuring four tutorial segments and 20 stages. Pickups litter each area, and after speeding into the intersection and causing enough damage to earn a Smashbreaker, you can explode and tumble your way to pick up the three bronze and two silver pickups in each level. Getting these spawns a gold pickup, and collecting them in order gets you a Grand Slam payoff that will surely make your mark on the stage's leaderboard – which not only shows the crash's dollar amount, but also the number of wrecks you've caused and the number of attempts it took to get there.
Earning a second Smashbreaker, getting pickups, and wracking up a massive damage bill (the team even called up an Atlanta bus company to see how much a 72-seat bus cost in real life) will surely ignite quite the spectacle, but the developer has designed its levels like puzzles. Like Dangerous Golf before it, smashing stuff is cool in and of itself, but getting the pickups and figuring how to get around the stage is where the game really takes off.
Going back to Crash Mode's core concept from years ago sounds simple enough, but fast-forwarding from the days of the PlayStation 2 affords the team more than just more visual horsepower. The crashes are now all properly driven by physics, the layout of the roads and junctions themselves offers much more variety in terms of verticality and complexity, and the game's Unreal engine itself is a boon. Three Fields has used it for all their games so far (it also put out Lethal VR), and in the process has greatly improved its whole development workflow. The results are tangible in the eyes of the team. "In no time in my entire career have I had time at the end of the game to really polish all the tiny little niggly things that have bugged me right at the end," says technical expert Phil Maguire, "Whereas this game – because we have all that experience in Unreal – we have got everything locked down..."
"If we're really honest," says Sperry, "some of the previous times we've had to [refine levels], we've had to do it really quickly at the end. Whereas this time we've had a lot more time to tune that, and to get much more out of each individual junction."
Danger Zone is a focused title, and compromises have been made. It unfortunately does not have multiplayer, and it doesn't let you try out dozens of cars or anything. While Three Fields says it definitely wants to add multiplayer for a possible sequel, Alex Ward is reflective about other amenities. Talking specifically about players driving only one car, Ward says the studio didn't want to get sucked into the "aesthetic of scope."
"If you'd asked me five years ago how many pieces I need to put in the game," he says, "I would tell you that making a game with vehicles in it you've got to have 50 cars, and 50 different locations, and the more the merrier, right? Because the more things you can have the better the game is going to be. Whereas becoming an indie developer, you start to really focus down and you start to really ask questions in terms of what really affects gameplay."
After years of obsessing over exploding objects in various games – and succeeding in transferring that excitement to players – it looks like the team at Three Fields is once again hurtling toward something dangerously fun.
Tires exploding off of cars and trucks dropping their payloads adds a delightful dimension of randomness that only increases the damage done. Also sure to cause mayhem: toilets, the return of the speedboat, and more.
Note: The original text falsely listed Danger Zone as coming to Xbox One. It's coming to PS4 and PC. We regret the error and the text has been amended.
Posted on 27 April 2017 | 1:01 am
Disney recently confirmed a number of release dates for highly-anticipated movies. Perhaps the biggest of the movies that received a locked release date is Star Wars: Episode IX. It will hit theaters May 24, 2019.
Disney also confirmed a currently untitled Indiana Jones movie will release July 10, 2020 and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 will release November 21, 2018.
Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 27, 2019! pic.twitter.com/iW4JR2RSfm— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) April 25, 2017
Frozen 2 also has a release date, November 27, 2019, as well as the live-action Lion King directed by Jon Favreau starring Donald Glover and James Earl Jones. Favreau's Lion King releases July 19, 2019.
Other bonus dates include Gigantic, a new animated film based on the Jack and the Beanstalk fable, releasing November 25, 2020, A Wrinkle in Time based on the popular novel, for March 9, 2018, and finally a movie called Magic Camp starting Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Adam Devine (Workahaolics) with an April 6, 2018 release date.
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 1:26 pm
Update 4/25/17: Patch 1.01 has resolved the issue of the missing chapters. Players will have to clear the game's final chapter again in order to access them, but they should be there now.
Original Story: One of this week's notable releases is The Silver Case, an HD remaster of the first game by Grasshopper Manufacture. The intricate tale of murder and corporate corruption had lots of the strange moments that have since become synonymous with games from developer Goichi Suda. But even if this sounds up your alley, you may want to hold off before choosing which version to buy.
The game is currently available on PC and PS4, with the latter receiving two extra epilogue chapters (even though one of them has "prologue" in the title). However, as of this writing, we have not been able to access those additional chapters even after finishing the rest of the game. Publisher NIS America has confirmed this is a known issue, and plans to release a patch to fix this issue "as soon as possible." The additional chapters are also headed to the PC version, so if you're thinking of picking up the PS4 version to get those first, you have a little more time to make your decision.
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 11:24 am
The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales found 20-year-old Adam Mudd guilty after he admitted to creating a malware program designed to perform "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks on computer networks. Mudd's Titanium Stresser malware is thought to have caused 1.7 million cyber attacks since its creation in 2013.
Mudd sold the malware under a pseudonym, accumulating nearly $400,000 from his 112,000 registered users. Included in the estimated 666,000 IP addresses that have been attacked by Titanium Stresser are several high-profile gaming companies, such as Microsoft's Xbox Live services, Minecraft, and the MMORPG Runescape. The DDoS attacks from Titanium Stresser overloaded these companies' networks with too much data, interrupting their connection to the Internet and leaving them unable to process user requests.
In an effort to make the sentence a strong deterrent to future cyber criminals, the judge sentenced Mudd to two years of jail, which will be served in a young offenders' institution.
DDoS attacks are becoming more of a problem in the gaming industry as cyber criminals target companies' networks for their own gain. Though two years isn't the strongest deterrent, hopefully Mudd's arrest and sentence will call attention to this issue and discourage the practice.
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 10:59 am
Vivendi has steadily acquired shares of Ubisoft for more than a year now, but apparently Vivendi will be speeding up its acquisition plans for the game company. According to Reuters, Vivendi is expected to move forward with a move to acquire the gaming giant within the year.
Sources within the company tell Reuters that the accelerated timeline is in part a move to smooth over relations with shareholders, who are apparently losing faith in Vivendi's leadership. The company's shares have fallen three percent over as many years. One of the sources said that, if the ultimate price of a takeover was too high, Vivendi's leadership could consider acquiring companies in China.
Vivendi currently owns 25.15 percent of Ubisoft, though it said as recently as December that it was not considering acquiring control of the company within the next six months.
For more information on the situation between Ubisoft and Vivendi, take a look at our in-depth feature.
It's a little strange that Vivendi – a company that is apparently struggling with its shareholder perceptions about poor leadership – is citing Ubisoft's poor leadership as a reason why Ubisoft's shareholders should support Vivendi's overtures.
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 9:11 am
Night Trap, the controversial cult-classic FMV game, is finally getting the remaster a select few people have been clamoring for with Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition. The classic tale of a group of women being preyed upon by vampires, Night Trap features sequences so real, you'd think you were in a movie! While the announcement trailer doesn't go into any details on what's been added to the game, it does give a release window of spring 2017.
You can view the full, radical trailer down below.
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If you feel like you simply cannot possibly ever get enough of those catchy tunes, you can download the Night Trap Theme Song at Screaming Villains' website here, to tide you over until the game's release.
This gives me hope for a Sewer Shark remaster.
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 8:12 am
Blizzard's latest content update for Heroes of the Storm arrives today, which includes a new Overwatch-like crate system and a slew of cosmetics. It only stands to reason that the shooter gets more representation in the MOBA mashup, and the studio has revealed another familiar face is joining its ranks. D.Va is coming to Heroes of the Storm, and you can see her in action (at least in CG form) in a new teaser trailer.
The clip shows the new Hanamura battleground and a battle between Genji (both battleground and Genji are live today) against Diablo. Things aren't looking too hot for the cybernetic ninja – it is Diablo, after all – but then D.Va shows up to even the odds.
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The pair join several other Overwatch characters who have made the transition to Heroes of the Storm, including Lucio, Tracer, and Zarya.
In addition to the trailer, Blizzard has revealed a few other Heroes of the Storm tidbits that are bound to be of interest to Overwatch fans. Players who spend a little time in Heroes of the Storm will be able to unlock the Genji Oni skin – great news for those who missed it the first time around. Players can also unlock a new D.Va skin via Heroes of the Storm, which is themed to look like a police car. You can see more details on those and other Nexus Challenge 2.0 rewards in the trailer below.
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Posted on 26 April 2017 | 7:30 am
Persona 5 has been out for a few weeks, and the PlayStation Store is already host to a slew of DLC for the critically acclaimed JRPG, mostly in the form of cosmetic options for the main cast.
To celebrate the success of the latest entry in the long-running series, the most recent batch of costumes includes a free bonus. The Swimsuit Set is free and allows players to deck out their crew in stylish beachwear. It's ridiculous, but who are we to argue with free content? Besides, if it's too silly for you, there's the Regular Clothes & School Uniforms Set from April 11, which is also free, to say nothing of the tons of premium costumes available for purchase, including an upcoming set based on Atlus's cult hit Catherine, due next week.
[Source: PlayStation Store]
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 6:09 am
New Pokémon from the Alola region are now available in Pokemon Shuffle for 3DS and mobile devices. For a limited time, players can collect Alola's partner Pokémon by playing their special stages. Litten's is available from now until May 9, Poplio from May 9 to May 23, and Rowlet's special stage will be available from May 23 through June 6. Players will also be able to receive a free gift Alolan Vulpix just for logging in from May 2 to May 30.
You can check out the trailer for the update down below.
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Posted on 26 April 2017 | 5:25 am
We need your questions for an upcoming podcast interview with Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades about Hellblade, the game industry, or their studio....(read more)
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 5:17 am
Capcom has announced that it is delaying the planned spring release of Resident Evil 7's Not a Hero DLC.
Producer Masachika Kawata, executive producer Jun Takeuchi, and director Koshi Nakanishi offered a personal apology and explanation for the delay (check out the video below), saying that the DLC "was not good enough" to match the quality of the game itself.
Capcom has not provided a new release timeframe for the DLC, but did assure fans that it is still free.
The team is also working on a further piece of DLC, but it did not specify if it will be free or not, nor when it may come out.
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Given that the DLC is story based and includes Chris Redfield, the team's insistence that it's presently not up to the level of the base game is important. If rushing it out would have meant the DLC wasn't on par with the rest of the game, then we certainly agree with the delay.
Posted on 26 April 2017 | 1:50 am
Whether it's nostalgia or simply due to quality, there are some games out there that stick with us that we don't want to move on from. Perhaps it's a game you grew up with, or one that was remarkably memorable. What game do you find yourself going back to, no matter how many years pass by? How many times have you completed it? Or for multiplayer games like Overwatch, do you find yourself consistently returning to play another match each night?
For me, two games I don't see myself ever getting tired of are Mass Effect 2 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I think they both have such fascinating worlds, and no matter how many times I return to them, I don't find myself getting tired of it.
Let us know in the comments which games you find have the most replay value for you!
Posted on 25 April 2017 | 1:30 pm
IDK Publishing will be featuring Mondo artist Tom Whalen in a series of variant covers this July. The variants cover a wide variety of iconic series including Star Trek, Back to the Future, Transformers and more, and feature classic characters like Doc Brown and Optimus Prime in striking profile poses.
Many of these classic series, such as MASK and ROM might also soon be appearing as part of a shared Hasbro cinematic universe, so there's no better time to read up.
Posted on 25 April 2017 | 10:00 am
Last week, we heard details on Nier Automata's first batch of DLC, and as expected, it's anything but ordinary.
In the DLC, you face off against CEOs from Square and Platinum Games, taking on new missions and three new colosseums. You also gain access to new costumes, allowing you to dress like the original game's leads, from Kaine to Nier.
Today, via Twitter, a release date was finally announced for next week, May 2.
Posted on 25 April 2017 | 9:35 am