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Xenoblade Chronicles X will also be available in a Special Edition

xenobladechroniclesx-specialNintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles X will also be available in a Special Edition when its released for the Wii U on December 4. Nintendo doesn’t often wade into the Special Edition space, but the Xenoblade Chronicles X package is reasonably priced ($89.99) and will include the following bonus goodies:

  • The Xenoblade Chronicles X game
  • A gorgeous book of concept art with more than 100 pages, featuring select art for the very first time
  • A unique USB drive modeled after the game’s “Lifehold Unit,” pre-loaded with a selection of 10 music tracks from the game’s memorable soundtrack
  • A limited-edition matted 5×7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo

According to Nintendo, this Special Edition is “Unique to North America” and is available to pre-order now.

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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will launch in four editions on March 18, 2016

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It’s time! Sony has announced that Nathan Drake will return in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on March 18, 2016. Not only that, but the consolemaker has also confirmed that Drake’s PS4 debut will be available in four separate editions. Obviously, the standard edition will be available on retail store shelves and through the PlayStation Store for $59.99. It’s the three other editions where things get interesting…

The Special Edition of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be priced at $79.99 and includes the following bonus items:

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Blu-ray Disc
  • Collectible Steelbook Case designed by Alexander “That Kid Who Draws” Iaccarino
  • 48-page hardcover Art Book by Dark Horse and Naughty Dog
  • Naughty Dog & Pirate Sigil Sticker Sheet
  • Naughty Dog Points: A pack of in-game currency to unlock various multiplayer content

However, if you’re just itching to obtain a Nathan Drake statue, the Libertalia Collector’s Edition ($119.99) is what you want. It includes everything from the Special Edition as well as the following bonus items:

  • A 12″ premium Nathan Drake Statue by Gentle Giant
  • Multiplayer Outfits: Drake’s Fortune, Heist Drake, and Desert Drake
  • Custom Weapon Skins: Golden Weapon Skin and Desert Weapon Skin
  • Other In-Game Items: Henry Avery Sigil Ball Cap and Madagascar Sidekick Outfits

Finally, the Digital Deluxe Edition will be available exclusively through the PlayStation Store for $79.99. What it lacks in physical bonus items, it makes up for with in-game content:

  • A digital copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted 4 Triple Pack: Includes future access to the first-ever, single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series and two multiplayer packs that will unlock new, rare, and legendary multiplayer items
  • Instant unlock of two multiplayer customization items

You can head over to the PlayStation Blog for a look at each edition of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, as well as details on additional pre-order bonuses through GameStop, Amazon, and the PlayStation Store.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be available on February 23, 2015… or 4 days earlier if enough people pre-order it

In some alternate universe, the “Can’t Kill Progress” pre-reveal for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided kept gamers riveted to their screens as we learned more about Adam Jensen’s next mission. Sadly, in our reality, “Can’t Kill Progress” was a sleepy bust that plodded along for three days, eventually culminating in the re-unveiling of a game that Square Enix first announced more than a year before.

But to be fair, the game’s debut trailer was pretty fantastic.

Instead of learning their lesson, Square Enix has decided to double down on this sort of ridiculousness with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s just-announced “Augment Your Pre-Order” campaign. The game will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 23, 2015, and players who decide to pre-order it will be able to customize their “Day One Edition” by choosing bonus items from a quintet of tiers. However, each tier will remain locked until a pre-determined number of players put down money to pre-order the game. But if enough players buy in to Square Enix’s scheme and unlock all five tiers, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released four days early on February 19.

The public will also have the option to bypass all this nonsense by pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition, which includes every piece of “Day One” content, a 48-page Titan Art Book, a nine-inch Adam Jensen figurine, and a limited edition Steelbook case.

If you are interested in pre-ordering Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and you want to know more about how the tiers work, we’ve got more information for you about the scheme after the break. (more…)

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Here’s your first look at Michael Fassbender in the Assassin’s Creed movie

assassinscreed-logoAre you ready for your first look at Michael Fassbender in costume for the Assassin’s Creed movie? Then I suggest you head over to Yahoo right now.

Fassbender will star as Callum Lynch, a man who uses the Animus to experience the life of Aguilar, an ancestor in 15th century Spain. As an Assassin, Aguilar (and Lynch) will battle the Knights Templar in the film. Neither character will be familiar to fans of the games, but Ubisoft plans to incorporate Aguilar (and the events of the film) into the franchise’s sprawling story.

Assassin’s Creed will also star Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Ariane Labed. Filming is expected to begin today and the movie should arrive on theaters on December 21, 2016.

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Mighty No. 9 Trial Version will be released on… you guessed it… September 15

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While delays are rather common in the game industry, Mighty No. 9‘s release date change earlier this month carried with it a considerable amount of controversy as the game’s Kickstarter backers were literally the last people to be told about it. However, a small part of the game will be available on September 15 as originally planned.

Comcept has used the game’s latest Kickstarter update to announce that a Trial Version of Mighty No. 9 will be released for backers through Steam. The Trial Version will be available for about a month and include access to four stages (the Opening Stage, Mighty No. 1, Mighty No. 3 Stage, and Mighty No. 5). Each of these stages are considered to be in a “complete state” by Comcept, so this Trial Version is likely to be a very similar experience to the final game.

In addition to the four stages, the Trial Version will include every cutscene from the first half of the game, so players will even be able to follow along with the story. A number of sound options (including the Retro Soundtrack) and six Challenge Mode stages will also be included.

Sadly, it looks like the Trial Version of Mighty No. 9 will not be released on any console, which surely has to be a blow to players who don’t own a gaming PC. They’ll have to wait until early 2016, when Mighty No. 9 is expected to be released for the PC, as well as the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, 3DS, and Vita.

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2K Games abducts XCOM 2 and changes its release date to February 5, 2016

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Firaxis Games began teasing a project known only as “Advent,” later revealed to be XCOM 2, this past May. A month later, Firaxis released the sequel’s first trailer and announced a November release date. That quick turnaround appears to be too quick as the developer has now announced (via the game’s official website) that XCOM 2 will now be available on February 5, 2016:

We want to give you an update on the release date for XCOM 2. We’ve set a high bar for the sequel and the entire team has been working hard to make sure we deliver a great follow-up to Enemy Unknown. We just need a little more time to make it the best possible game.

With XCOM 2, we want to have more depth, more replayability, and more investment in your soldiers and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you.

After announcing XCOM 2, Firaxis told IGN they want the game to push the limits of the PC platform and that their goals are “ambitious.” This commitment to quality is great to hear, but its also likely the cause of the delay.

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Weekly Warp-Up: PAX Prime 2015 Recap Edition

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…

Everybody is losing their minds! The annual PAX Prime expo is chugging right along this weekend in Seattle, but the rest of the world seems to have gone nuts. Case in point, EA’s absolutely baffling launch trailer for Madden NFL 16 that features Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and a half-dozen football players hamming it up. Rob Gronkowski only has half a shirt! Julio Jones has a mohawk! And Colin Kaepernick thinks he’s Al Pacino. Hoo-Ah, boys and girls!

However, the Madden madness has to be topped by the dedication of several Super Mario Maker players. The unreleased game is currently in the hands of the media, and they’re creating some absolutely out there levels, as evidenced by this video created by Polygon. I can’t wait to try them all and Super Mario Maker’s September 11 release date is coming up fast.

Thankfully, your average Warp Zoned staff member is able to keep a cool head as the world explodes around them. That includes an opinion piece that argues for The Importance of the Double Fine Adventure Documentary and the Third Anniversary Celebration of Kickstart This! Even our look at Mega Man Legacy Collection ponders the the place for nostalgia in a review of a classic game.

More news from the week that was (a lot of it even is connected to PAX Prime) can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Mad Max, More

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This week truly marks the end of an era as Konami plans to release Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. While neither side has officially commented on the matter, this will likely be the last Metal Gear game produced by Hideo Kojima before he leaves the company. His series of political actioners has certainly left a lasting impression with gamers, and even if the franchise continues, he will be missed.

If this news make you angry, perhaps you can turn to Mad Max for advice on how to react. Developed by Avalanche and set to be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the open roads of the game’s open world seem perfect for Max. And if you can’t get enough of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic hero, don’t forget that Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Blu-ray this week too.

Finally this week, a pair of games are being re-released in new retail editions for the PS4 and Xbox One. Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4: Complete Edition includes the original game and all of its Season Pass content, while Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons brings Starbreeze’s small adventure to retails shelves for the first time.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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