Runner 3 announced for undisclosed platforms by Choice Provisions

Choice Provisions has announced that the next game in the Bit.Trip Runner franchise will be released sometime in 2017. Known simply as Runner 3, the developer isn’t ready to reveal which platforms will host the third game in the series, but they do have some big plans… umm, planned:

  • You can expect friends both old and new to show up in Runner 3.
  • Runner 3 is far and away our biggest and most ambitious game yet!
  • We’ve put together this cool website for you, where we plan to offer up weekly blog posts with more information about the game. We’re going to be very open about the development of Runner 3, including all the nitty-gritty details you never knew you wanted.
  • Charles Martinet is returning to the role that made him famous: The Narrator.

While they’re playing things pretty close to the vest for now, Choice Provisions also plans to solicit feedback from fans to influence the game’s development:

We plan to be very open with you about the creation of Runner 3, and we even plan to solicit feedback occasionally and offer user polls to give everyone a chance to chime in and help us think of things like level names, possible unlockable outfits, and more.

More information about Runner 3 will surely be announced soon.

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Bplus is also bringing Puzzle Box to the Nintendo NX

Here’s another one for the next revision to The Big List of Nintendo NX Games… In an update to their official website, developer Bplus has confirmed that Puzzle Box is in development for Nintendo’s upcoming NX console.

Currently available to download through Steam, Puzzle Box asks players to recreate a series of pixel art images using a “paint-by-numbers” control scheme. After rebuilding each level, players will be able to explore them in a grab bag of action-oriented modes including Kubi Mode (a platformer starring a block named Kubi), Claw Mode (a side-scrolling flyer where players have to collect coins using a claw), and Run Mode (an endless runner).

Bplus is also working on a second game for the NX, a “war simulation game” with an “anti-war” message known as Tank It!

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Rumor: Nintendo begins production on their NX console

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It’s a lazy Sunday, so I guess it’s time for another dose of Nintendo NX rumors… though it looks like Nintendo might finally making some forward progress on their mysterious new console.

DigiTimes, a website devoted to the Japanese technology industry, is reporting that trial production of Nintendo’s NX console has begun at the Foxconn manufacturing plant. Citing “industry sources,” DigiTimes believes that Nintendo will eventually manufacture between 9.5 and 10 million NX consoles per year, though full production likely won’t start until later in the year.

Nintendo’s NX console is expected to launch in March 2017, so it’s a good sign if production has actually begun. But like everything else connected to the NX, we have very little concrete information to go on right now, so hopefully the consolemaker will reveal more details about its next console soon.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Pokemon is Coming to the Nintendo NX…

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

While it still remains shrouded in mystery, the Nintendo NX got a big boost this week when the CEO of The Pokemon Company confirmed that a Pokemon game is in development for the Nintendo NX.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we dove into No Man’s Sky with a complete review and took a look at Crashlands, another exploration game that was “Seen At PAX West 2016.”

Finally this week, Chris Cobb published Part Four in his look at the history of horror games… It’s In Your Blood: A History of Horror Games.

More news from the past seven days can be found after the break.

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New Retail Releases: Forza Horizon 3, FIFA 17, Yo-Kai Watch 2, More

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Soccer players (excuse me, footballers), racecar drivers, invisible Japanese spirits, a sneaker-wearing hedgehog, bloodthirsty aliens, and even bloodthirstier zombies highlight this week’s new release roundup…

FIFA 17 will be available in stores this week for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. In addition to a series of graphical upgrades and gameplay tweaks, the latest soccer simulation from EA Sports adds “The Journey,” a story-based single-player mode where players take control a teenager trying to make it in the Premier League.

Also new this week is Microsoft’s latest racing sim, Forza Horizon 3. The PC and Xbox One game recreates Australia as a playground for open-world racing, which players can dive into with more than 350 cars.

Away from the fast cars and furious footballers, Nintendo and Level-5 will release Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. The creature-collecting games will include hundreds of new Yo-Kai, invisible spirits believed to exist out in the world. But with the game’s Yo-Kai Watch, players can see these supernatural creatures, and capture them.

Keeping with the otherworldly theme, 2K Games will bring XCOM 2 to the PS4 and Xbox One this week. After debuting on the PC earlier this year, the publisher is expanding the strategy game’s reach to new-generation consoles… and not a moment too soon. The alien invaders have enslaved humanity in the sequel and it’s up to players to guide the XCOM to victory against a foe that’s taken control of the Earth.

While the enemies of Dead Rising 2 are a bit dumber than a race of hyper-advanced aliens, they’re no less dangerous. Available this week for the PS4 and Xbox One, Dead Rising 2 was originally released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, but the re-release will still put a ravenous horde of undead between motocross racer Chuck Greene and the anti-zombie cure he needs for his daughter.

Hopefully, Chuck can avoid those zombies using Sonic-like speed, but a Blue Blur will be busy with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which will be released this week for the 3DS.

Finally this week, Microsoft is cramming a free copy of Minecraft in with their newest Xbox One S 500GB Console Bundle. So if you’re interested in picking up an Xbox One S, and you love Minecraft, it’s a fairly good deal.

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No Man’s Sky Review: Lost in Space

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Before rendering our verdict on No Man’s Sky, we wanted to get as far away as possible from the controversy and chaos surrounding the game’s launch. This allowed us to experience all that the game offers, and gave us more time to contemplate the developer’s vision. I haven’t completed No Man’s Sky, and honestly, I haven’t even come close. When Hello Games announced that this game would be epic in size and scope, they certainly weren’t kidding

This review will hone in on all the traditional beats (story, controls, graphics, audio, etc), but No Man’s Sky is all about exploration and discovery, and it’s unlikely that anyone will duplicate my own personal experiences with the game. If you’ve played No Man’s Sky, your stories will certainly differ, but in the end, my goal is to give you a good idea of the vast, immeasurable universe that Hello Games created.

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Xbox Store Today: Virginia, The Bunker, Eventide Slavic Fable

Two spooky adventure games and a hidden game object have been added to the Xbox Games Store today…

Virginia is a first-person mystery game for the Xbox One that takes place in a small town with a secret. Players will slide into the shoes of rookie FBI Agent Anne Tarver as they search for a young boy who has seemingly vanished without a trace.

Meanwhile, The Bunker is a live-action game that was filmed on location in a decommissioned government nuclear bunker. The Xbox One title follows John, the bunker’s sole survivor, as he goes about his daily routine. But after an alarm breaks his routine, he’ll need to “unlock the dark secrets of The Bunker” to regain his sanity.

Finally this week, Eventide: Slavic Fable, a hidden object game, is now available to download for the Xbox One. Players will interact with “mythical Slavic creatures” as they search for their grandmother.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break.

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Doom’s “Free Update 3” adds Deathmatch, Private Matches, and Custom Matches

Doom‘s third “Free Update” is now available and players of the game’s multiplayer mode will finally get the chance to compete in a free-for-all Deathmatch. The inclusion of Deathmatch in the original Doom is one of the things that put the 1993 shooter on the map, so it’s great to finally see it added to this year’s reboot.

“Free Update 3” will also add an option to create Private Matches in multiplayer, as well as Custom Matches that’ll allow players to adjust “the modes, maps, length of play time and other match settings.”

To celebrate these changes, id Software has unveiled a new trailer for Doom, and kicked off a Double XP Weekend for multiplayer players. The Double XP Weekend begins today and will run until Monday, September 26, at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time).

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