XBL Store Today: AirMech Arena

You had me at “transforming mechs,” Ubisoft. You had me at “transforming mechs.”

Ubisoft and developer Carbon Games have brought their free-to-play action strategy game AirMech Arena to the Xbox Live Arcade today. The game offers more than 60 mechs that can transform from flying vehicles to walking robots of death at the push of a button and it looks a little like the Transformers game we’ve always wanted…

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AirMech Arena is a highly competitive fast-paced real-time strategy game, where players team up AirMechs to amass unrelenting combat forces and destroy the enemy team’s fortress. In the future, the last survivors of the Great War continue their fight with the ultimate war machine: the AirMech. Created using lost technology, Pilots have found, salvaged, or stolen AirMechs that they use to protect the weak, or to pillage. Which side do you fight for?

Be sure to check out the launch trailer above.

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Daily Scoop: July 30, 2014 – Just some deals

It’s a pretty typical Wednesday, with some pretty typical deals and shirts. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t click on all these links – it just means, you know, there’s nothing crazy happening.

The Daily Deal at the Humble Store is Darksiders for $4.99, and they’ve also got Final Fantasy III for $7.99, and Thief for $9.99. Over at Steam, the Daily Deal is FTL: Faster Than Light for $3.39.

There’s a brand new bundle at Indie Royale today – the Debut 16 Bundle.

Beat the minimum to get Prelogate, QbQbQb, Mind Dead, Cyberpunk 3776, Elements: Soul of Fire, Intergalactic Bubbles, and Alcarys Complex.

Finally, there’s just one shirt today, but it’s a pretty good one!

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Deep Silver acquires rights to Homefront: The Revolution from Crytek

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Crytek’s money problems just will not go away. Last month, rumors began to swirl that the high-profile developer wasn’t paying their employees and had canceled several major projects. Today, Deep Silver announced that they have acquired all rights to Homefront: The Revolution. The deal also includes 2011′s Homefront, which Crytek obtained at the THQ bankruptcy auction.

The story behind Homefront: The Revolution is one of the more complicated tales in the entire industry. THQ originally announced the shooter sequel a few months after the successful launch of the original Homefront. Crytek was on board as the developer from the beginning and they assigned the game to their Crytek UK team. Then came THQ’s bankruptcy woes and everyone stayed quiet on the Homefront until this year’s E3 Expo, when Homefront: The Revolution was officially unveiled.

Due to Crytek’s inexperience in the self-publishing arena, they recruited Deep Silver to distribute the game and stand in as something like a co-publisher. So this acquisition likely won’t disrupt development too much. However, the game is moving from Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. Both studios are located in Nottingham, so I’m curious to know how many former Crytek UK employees have jumped ship to Deep Silver’s new endeavor.

Hopefully, Homefront: The Revolution is still on track for a 2015 release.

UPDATE: Crytek has confirmed that all members of the Homefront team will transfer to Deep Silver Dambuster.

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Almost 3 million copies of Mario Kart 8 sold, but Wii U continues to struggle

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Mario Kart 8 is an unqualified hit. Nintendo has announced that the latest entry in the kart-racing franchise has sold more than 2.82 million copies since its release in May. Even more astonishing is the fact that it accounts for 64% of all Wii U game sales in the April-June quarter. To make that number even more ridiculous, remember that Mario Kart 8 was released towards the end of May, so it’s only been available for a little more than a month.

While it’s good news for kart-racing fans everywhere, it’s bad news for everybody else. With Mario Kart 8 sucking up all the attention these past few weeks, every other Wii U game in existence could only account for 1.57 copies sold in the past three months.

Nintendo isn’t faring much better on the hardware front. The Wii U checked off about 510,000 console sales in the April-June quarter, bringing the worldwide total to 6.68 million. That’s not bad, but it’s still well behind the PS4 (and Nintendo’s expectations).

Perhaps a packed Fall, which begins with Hyrule Warriors on September 26, will turn things around.

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The Last of Us Remastered, Rogue Legacy, R&C Collection Vita, more added to PS Store

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One of the PS3′s greatest games is now available on the PS4 as Sony has added The Last of Us Remastered to the PlayStation Store in their latest weekly update. The Remastered edition of The Last of Us includes everything that made the original game great as well as both Map Packs (Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories) and the Left Behind single-player expansion.

This week also marks the beginning of the PlayStation Store Play promotion and Cellar Door’s Rogue Legacy is the first game on the docket. Rogue Legacy is a platformer with roguelike elements (which the developer refers to as “rogue-lite”). The game is Cross-Play compatible (PS3, PS4, and Vita) and features a procedurally generated quest with “wicked sweet fart jokes.”

Speaking of the Vita, several new titles are now available for Sony’s handheld, but this week’s big new release is Ratchet & Clank Collection, a portable compilation of the duo’s first three PS2 adventures. If you’d prefer something a little newer, WB Games released Lego Ninjago: Nindroids, based on the brand-new television show, for the Vita yesterday.

You can find more on all of these titles (and a few other new releases) after the break. And for a full breakdown of this week’s new game add-ons, please head over to the PlayStation Blog.

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First trailer for Halo: Nightfall released at Comic-Con 2014

Jameson Locke is an all-new character in the Halo universe, and Halo: Nightfall webseries, which takes place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, tells his origin story. Locke is an operative of the Office of Naval Intelligence, which is the toughest military branch the Earth has. He and his team must uncover the truth behind an artifact that can kill humans – and who is trying to use it against them.

Halo: Nightfall will launch this November.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 sacks it to the PS3, PS4 on November 18

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I was curled up in a ball crying by the end of the LittleBigPlanet 3 presentation at this year’s E3. I had thought about the game, but assumed it was really, really far away, or maybe not even being made at all. To be shocked with people playing it on a giant screen practically made me hyperventilate. I had pretty much the same exact reaction when Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that LBP3 would be released November 18. That’s THIS November.

OMG.

LittleBigPlanet will be released simultaneously for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and there are tons of pre-order bonuses you can get – Sackboy plushies are just one of them (if you place your order at Target, he’ll be wearing a Target hat). Everyone who orders on PS4 will get a special Dragon Age: Inquisition costume pack. And then there are three other special packs – Mythical Creatures come with GameStop pre-orders, you’ll get Hidden Creatures at Best Buy, and my personal favorite is Amazon’s – the PlayStation Favorites. It includes the traveler from Journey! Oh, infinite squees.

They’re not leaving out the digital-only buyers, either. Those players get a special LittleBigPlanet 3 T-Shirt Pack, which they can start using right away in LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Vita, and LittleBigPlanet Karting.

I’m so excited I could cry a little. I can’t wait to meet Sackboy’s buddies on November 18th!

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CoD Advanced Warfare special editions keep it simple with DLC bonuses

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After including underwater cameras and remote control drones in previous special, Activision is keeping the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare special editions simple. Instead of some big toy that you’ll play with once, the publisher is packing both packages with a ton of downloadable goodies.

First up is the Atlas Pro Edition, which is priced at $79.99. In addition to the game, it’ll include the following digital items:

  • “Atlas Gorge” Bonus Multiplayer Map – “Atlas Gorge” re-envisions the fan-favorite Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map, “Pipeline,” re-imagined for the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare exoskeleton abilities. The Atlas Corporation has commandeered the world’s largest power source, the Three Gorges Dam in central China, creating a gripping setting for a multiplayer battle. Combatants will navigate the shadows and control a map-based turret scorestreak that overlooks the dam and helps to keep enemies at bay, all while leveraging new abilities and tactics enabled by exoskeleton technology, such as vertical combat, new sightlines, and strategic vantage points.
  • Atlas Digital Content Pack: Weapons – The Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and the Atlas 45 AE Pistol. Trick out your loadout with these two sleek weapons fitted with an Atlas Corporation theme to match your other custom content.
  • Atlas Digital Content Pack: Atlas Exoskeleton - Strike fear into competition with your PMC-issued, white, red & black custom Atlas exoskeleton, and ensure opponents remember who took them out.
  • Atlas Digital Content Pack: Atlas Helmet - A state-of-the-art custom Atlas helmet.
  • Atlas Digital Content Pack: Atlas Player Card - Leave your mark on any killcam with an Atlas player card, featuring both a custom Atlas calling card and custom Atlas emblem.
  • Atlas Digital Content Pack: Bonus Supply Drops - Supply Drops are part of the revolutionary changes in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty multiplayer. You’ll be well-prepared for battle as soon as you boot up with five bonus supply drops, which unlock a variety of game-changing, in-game content from player customization gear to weapons.
  • Single Player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token - Over the course of Campaign mode, players unlock exoskeleton perks and abilities that help tackle various obstacles and challenges. This token provides an extra upgrade for your exoskeleton, so you’re already at an advantage when jumping into the Campaign.
  • Official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Soundtrack - Digital copy of the in-game score, featuring main title & themes by legendary composer, Harry Gregson-Williams as well as original music by Audiomachine.

The Atlas Pro Edition will also include a Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual which features “original concept artwork” from the game as well as “historical and tactical information that will bolster every soldier’s potential for success in the field.” Finally, it all comes packed in a collectible SteelBook case. If you upgrade to the Atlas Limited Edition (which is priced at $119.99), you’ll receive all that plus the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass.

The Atlas Pro Edition, the Atlas Limited Edition, and the standard edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will all launch on November 4 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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