Ori and the Blind Forest has been pushed back to early 2015


Moon Studios, the developers behind Ori and the Blind Forest, has announced that their side-scrolling Metroidvania-style game will not make its planned late 2014 release. Instead, the title, which made a big splash at Microsoft’s E3 presentation this past June, will be released for the PC and Xbox One in early 2015.

According to the developer, they need “just a little more time in order to add a final layer of polish” to Ori and the Blind Forest. We’ll probably never know what they mean by that exactly, but it does seem to be the go-to reason for delaying a game nowadays.

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Check out the prologue from Destiny’s “The Dark Below” expansion

Bungie plans to release Destiny‘s first expansion, The Dark Below, on December 9. But if you want a sneak peek at the shooter’s first major addition, you should check out the Prologue video above. In The Dark Below, you’ll Crota and the Hive army in a variety of missions on the moon. The expansion will also include new gear and a level cap increase:

Expand your Destiny adventure with a wealth of weapons, armor, and gear earned in new story quests and missions, three new competitive multiplayer arenas, and a new Strike and Raid. Beneath the surface of the Moon, a long-forgotten enemy stirs. Survive the true depths of the Hellmouth, and stop its dark army from invading Earth.

The Dark Below will be available as part of Destiny’s Season Pass or as an individual download.

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Insert Quarter: Should Assassin’s Creed: Unity Be Recalled?


Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Can you recall a video game because it’s too buggy? It’s an interesting question. For the most part, a software purchase is considered an “as is” piece of property by publishers, retailers, and most of the general public. Whether you prefer to use “Buyer Beware,” or the classier sounding “Caveat Emptor,” a software program is considered yours as soon as you break the seal. But the bugs found in Assassin’s Creed: Unity aren’t like the average glitches found in your average game. And Erik Kain of Forbes wonders if it’s time Ubisoft issued a full recall instead of resorting to patch after patch after patch:

At this point we sort of take it all for granted, however. Another buggy game release? Color me surprised. We’ve done this so many times before it hardly makes us bat an eye.

But we wouldn’t stand for it in any other industry.

The full article is available at Forbes.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Black Friday 2014 Approaches

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…

The past seven days have been rather quiet for the video game industry. However, we did get a huge batch of pre-Christmas releases and Black Friday is right around the corner. That’s something, right?

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, you might like to know that the first batch of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges excavated from the Alamogordo landfill sold for as much as $1,500. Though unboxed copies went for as little as $500. As much as I’d like one, I think this is one collectible that is out of my reach.

If you’re looking for something a little more meaty, then I suggest heading over to Joshua Wise’s discussion of Shadow of Order‘s depiction of the desire for power in The Path Our Enemy Forges: Shadow of Mordor and Mimetic Desire.

And finally, the nominees for the first ever Game Awards have been announced. Dark Souls II, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare all lead the way with three nominations apiece.

More news from the week that was (though not much more) can be found after the break.

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New Releases: Persona Q, Geometry Wars 3, Akiba’s Trip PS4, More

personaq-3dsxlBlack Friday (and the more-or-less unofficial end to the Fall game rush) is just a few days away, but there’s still a handful of new releases to talk about this week.

For example, Atlus will bring its popular Persona series of RPGs to the 3DS with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The quirky Japanese publisher will also release Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed, a brawler where teenagers strip down to battle vampires in the heart of Tokyo, for the PS4 this week.

But this week’s biggest new release (in my opinion, anyway) is Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. Activision and Lucid Games will release the twin-stick shooter for the PC, as well as the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Finally this week, the Penguins of Madagascar will waddle over to the 3DS, Wii, and Wii U and IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, the latest game in the dogfighting sim series, will be released for the PC.

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Xbox Store Today: Thomas Was Alone, Pier Solar and the Great Architects


Two new indie titles have made their way to the Xbox One today thanks to the ID@Xbox program.

First up is Thomas Was Alone, Mike Bithell’s strangely compelling story of rectangles and squares. You might not think that a platformer starring a “sentient AI” represented by a rectangle could be compelling, but then the narration hits you. Also available today is Pier Solar and the Great Architects, Watermelon’s Genesis-era RPG that was originally released in 2010 and is now available for new-gen consoles.

More information on both games can be found after the break.

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Daily Scoop: November 21, 2014 – Pokemon day!

Hooray, it’s Pokemon day! I woke up super early, took public transportation downtown, and picked up Pokemon: Omega Sapphire as soon as Gamestop opened its doors. I then got to work on time. GO ME. I can’t wait to get home and play the crap out of this game!

There are lots of sales happening at the Humble Store! One of my favorite games from PAX Prime 2014, Screen Cheat, is on sale right now for $16.65. It’s the Humble Deluxe Edition, which means you get loads of awesome extras. Early access to Interstellar Marines is $14.24, Costume Quest 2 is $7.49, and The Talos Principle is $35.99 (to pre-order).

There are two great deals over at Steam, too! The Weekend Deal is Battleblock Theater, which is on sale for $5.10. The Daily Deal is Super Time Force Ultra, which is on sale for $9.74. These are two great games and you should definitely scoop ‘em up!

Lots of great shirts today to check out!

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Nominees for the 2014 Game Awards have been announced


Geoff Keighley’s VGX Awards replacement, The Game Awards, got a little more real as the show’s advisory board announced its inaugural list of nominees. Dozens of games were nominated in 16 categories, with six titles (Dark Souls II, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) notching three nominations apiece. Dark Souls II, Hearthstone, and Shadow of Mordor are all competing in the Game of the Year category against Bayonetta 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

A complete list of nominees can be found after the break. The 2014 Game Awards will take place on December 5 at the AXIS Theater in Las Vegas.

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