Daily Scoop: April 26, 2017 – Humble Fantasy Sale and Steam turns on the Bat Signal

So, I’m still here, and still not Nicole. :( We have had some communique from her, but are still unclear as to her exact whereabouts. But we believe she has most certainly entered the forest by now. We wish her luck during the coming days and weeks and hope her top secret research assignment from an unknown entity has very fruitful results. Onto the sales, kids!

The Humble Store is doing a Fantasy Week sale with up to 80% off a variety of games. They’ve got Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition for $9.99, Child of Light for $7.49, and Pillars of Eternity (and its expansions) ranging from 40-60% off.

They’ve got a few great weekly deals going on at the Xbox Games Store. For the Xbox One, there is the awesome Axiom Verge for 50% off, and various Madden NFL 17 editions from 50-67% off, as well as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Ultimate Alliance 2 each for 50% off.

At Steam, they’ve got serious Batman fever with some crazy Midweek Madness sales on Batman: Arkham Knight and its Season Pass for $7.99 each, as well as Batman: Arkham Origins, Arkham Asylym – Game of the Year Edition, and Arkham City – Game of the Year Edition for $4.99 each. As if that’s not enough Batman, they’ve also got Lego Batman and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for $4.99 each, and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for $7.49. All these deals end April 28th!

And now shirts, of which there are a bunch today!

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Xbox Achievements List confirms The Joker will appear in Injustice 2

Injustice: Gods Among Us opened with The Joker detonating a bomb in Metropolis. Superman flew into a rage after learning that Lois Lane (and their unborn child) was killed in the blast… ultimately murdering The Joker and taking control of the world with the help of his Regime. Years later, The Joker from the original DC Universe was pulled into the Injustice universe and caused a bit of havoc, but he was sent back to where he came from at the conclusion of the story.

But you didn’t think The Joker was really dead, did you? According to Xbox Achievements, two Achievements in the upcoming Injustice 2 point to a resurrection for the Clown Prince of Crime:

I Love You, I Hate You (15)
Harley must defeat Joker with the final hit coming from Go Night Night

Why Aren’t You Laughing? (15)
Joker must defeat Batman with the final hit coming from Not So Funny Is It?

NetherRealm Studios will unveil another new character from Injustice 2’s roster this Friday, April 28, and there’s a chance it could be The Joker. But even if it’s not, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out if he’s in the game, because Injustice 2 will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on May 16.

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What Remains of Edith Finch, Dragon Quest Heroes II, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, more added to PS Store

The PlayStation Store is bursting with new releases this week, so let’s not waste any time…

We start things off with What Remains of Edith Finch, a first-person narrative adventure for the PS4 from Giant Sparrow, the development team behind The Unfinished Swan. Giant Sparrow thinks of the game as a “collection of strange tales,” and players will need to explore a colossal mansion to learn the secrets of the Finch family.

If you’d rather whack things with a giant sword, PS4 owners will also get the chance to go medieval this week with the release of Square Enix/Koei Tecmo’s Dragon Quest Heroes II and Yacht Club’s Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment. More modern weaponry is available in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, a new combat simulation for the PS4 that offers an open world and gives players the ability to tackle missions in any way they choose.

A terrifying trio of new games will also be available to download for the PS4 this week. Deathstate is a “single-stick shooter” with retro-styled Lovecraftian monsters; Little Nightmares is a moody side-scroller from Bandai Namco; and Outlast II is a followup to Red Barrels’s first-person frightener.

Finally this week, the Syberia series returns for the first time in more than a decade with a PS4 release for Syberia 3.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break.

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The Adventure Log: What Happened on April 25, 2017

Night Trap, that corrupter of youth and scourge of the 90s, is coming back in a special 25th Anniversary Edition. If that’s not weird enough, we also learned that the Squid Sisters might be going their separate ways in Splatoon 2 and the Marvel-Capcom universe is being terrorized by Ultron and Sigma in Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite.

Catch up on these stories, and more, from Tuesday, April 25, 2017…

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Pyre Hands-On Preview: Supergiant Hits Their Stride With This Upcoming Arena Action RPG

Supergiant Games is known for its unique audio work, gameplay, narrative design, and possibly above all, its vivid art direction and worldbuilding. Pyre is no exception to this, but I would argue that it’s the game where Supergiant is finally hitting their stride. With a combination of stylized art design, innovative and intuitive gameplay, and intriguing characters, it feels like they’ve gone to a whole new level of game design. Not that Bastion and Transistor weren’t excellent in their own right, but Pyre feels like a natural evolution from those games to something wholly different – and yet utterly Supergiant.

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Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition coming this Spring to PS4 and Xbox One

You might not remember, but the original developers behind Night Trap launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2014 to produce a “ReVamped” version of the pioneering FMV game for modern consoles. Unfortunately, that campaign failed, and most of us assumed the project was dead. But even if you forgot, the developers didn’t, and they’re preparing to release a remake of Night Trap for the PS4 and Xbox One later this Spring to commemorate the game’s 25th anniversary.

Night Trap was originally released in 1992 for the Sega Genesis’s Sega CD add-on. Players were given control of a futuristic security system and tasked with protecting a slumber party from a gang of vampires. The hook was that players could see the action play out in “full motion video,” and acted out by a Hollywood cast lead by Dana Plato (Kimmy from Diff’rent Strokes).

Neither the Sega CD nor Night Trap made much of an impact on audiences, but the game was rather controversial at the time because its story frequently focused on “lurid content” like teenage girls in bikinis.

The first trailer for the Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition, which will also receive a physical PS4 release thanks to Limited Run Games, has been embedded above.

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Story Mode, 8 new characters, Collector’s Edition revealed for Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite, which is launching on September 19

“Worlds Collide” in the latest trailer for Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite. To celebrate the announcement of the game’s Cinematic Story Mode, Capcom has revealed the circumstances behind the fourth crossover between Marvel’s stable of characters, and their own. It seems that Ultron and Sigma have realized they share the same murderous philosophy, and their mutual dislike for mankind has lead them to form a deadly new alliance:

For the first time in franchise history, the Marvel and Capcom universes collide in a visually stunning and immersive cinematic Story Mode, as heroes and villains battle together to save their merged worlds from a sinister new threat, Ultron Sigma. A combination of the robotic foes known as Ultron from the Marvel Universe and Sigma from the Capcom Universe, this psychotic villain is obsessed with infecting all organic life with a cybernetic virus. History’s greatest gathering of warriors must now unite to fight back against Ultron Sigma and save their newly formed world.

Capcom and Marvel had quite a bit more to announce today, including eight additional playable characters (Ultron, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Rocket Raccoon, Chun-Li, Strider Hiryu, and Chris Redfield) and a 2017 Character Pass that’ll include access to six post-launch characters, starting with Mega Man X‘s Sigma. The 2017 Character Pass will be available as a standalone download (for $30), but it’ll also be bundled with the PS4/Xbox One-exclusive Deluxe Edition (for $89.99) if you want to purchase everything up front.

The publisher plans to sweeten the pot with two bonus costumes (Warrior Thor and Evil Ryu) for anyone who pre-orders the Standard Edition. Two more costumes (Gladiator Hulk and Command Mission Mega Man X) will be added to the package if you pre-order the Deluxe Edition.

But wait, they’re not done. A Collector’s Edition, produced by TriForce, will also be released this Fall for the PS4 and Xbox One. Priced at $199.99, it’ll include four “Premium Character Dioramas” of Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Mega Man X, and Chun-Li, a Display Box filled with six Infinity Stone Replicas, and a copy of the Deluxe Edition in SteelBook packaging.

Finally, Capcom confirmed that Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 19.

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The story behind Splatoon 2 begins with a falling out between Callie and Marie

Splatoon‘s final Splatfest event featured a showdown between the game’s beloved hosts, Callie and Marie. Players were reluctant to choose one Squid Sister over the other, but after a weekend of hard-fought Turf War battles, Marie’s fans emerged victorious over Callie’s supporters.

But according to the latest update to the game’s official website, that’s where the story of Splatoon 2 begins. A new section labeled “Squid Sisters Stories” has revealed that the results of the Splatfest have caused some bad blood between Callie and Marie:

About nine months have passed since the final Splatfest.

Twilight lowers its curtain on Inkopolis. Neon signs paint the dusk in brilliant shades of green and pink. The Squid Sisters dance on, as though driven by the Inkling love of battling for turf. Memories such as these linger, vividly etched in my mind, but feel too like remnants of a long-forgotten past. It happened the night the final Splatfest came to an end.

The showdown of Callie versus Marie ended in victory for Marie, but there was no ill will between the two. The girls left the studio arm in arm, smiling and laughing as they always had. The bond between them would continue, unbroken, for years to come.

Or so it seemed at the time…

We’ll likely receive more reports from the “Squid Sisters Stories” series soon. And hopefully, we’ll learn what happened to Callie and Marie before Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on July 21.

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