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EA is offering a Season Pass (with four expansions) for Star Wars: Battlefront


Star Wars: Battlefront will be released on November 17 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. But if you want to take part in even more battles from that far away galaxy, you’ll have to pony up for the game’s Season Pass, which is now available for pre-order.

Electronic Arts has announced (via the game’s official website) that the Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass will include four expansions and an exclusive “Shoot First” emote. Players who purchase the Season Pass will also receive access to the expansions two weeks before the rest of the world.

Priced at $49.99, the publisher has said that we’ll learn more about the Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass “in the coming weeks,” so I’d keep your wallet tightly closed until we find out some real details about these four expansions.

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Harmonix adds DLC tracks from Alabama Shakes, Breaking Benjamin, Death From Above 1979, The Pretty Reckless to Rock Band 4

With Rock Band 4 now available in stores, Harmonix is pumping up the volume on a new set of downloadable content for the music franchise.

Beginning tomorrow, October 13, new songs from Alabama Shakes (“Don’t Wanna Fight”), Breaking Benjamin (“Failure”), Death From Above 1979 (“Trainwreck 1979”), and The Pretty Reckless (“Follow Me Down”) will be available to download through the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Marketplace for $1.99 apiece. Short snippets from each song can be previewed in the trailer embedded above.

Mad Catz also wants the world to know that pre-orders for the Rock Band 4 Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit are now open. Expected to be available before the end of the year, the Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit will add Crash, Ride, and Hi-Hat cymbals to the Wireless Drum Kit. After attaching the Pro-Cymbals Expansion Kit, players will be able to unlock Pro Mode in the game, which will enhance Rock Band 4’s “realism” and allow players to showcase their “unique flair.”

Following Activision’s lead, Harmonix has also added the complete Rock Band 4 tracklist to Spotify for your listening pleasure.

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Fallout 4’s system requirements ask if your PC/console is prepared for the apocalypse


We’re t-minus 29 days until the launch of Fallout 4, and Bethesda wants to ensure that your PC and/or console is up to spec for the post-apocalypse that’ll follow. So without further adieu, your PC must be exactly this powerful to ride Bethesda’s latest atomic bomb like Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove:

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent
  • Internet: Internet Connection and Steam Account required
  • Controller: Plug & Play compatibility with Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB free
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent
  • Internet: Internet Connection and Steam Account required
  • Controller: Plug & Play compatibility with Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers

If you’d prefer to play Fallout 4 on the PS4 or Xbox One, you might want to know that the game’s installation process will require 28-35 GB of hard drive space. Fallout 4 will offer a number of different language options throughout the world and players in North America will likely fall on the lower end of that spectrum as the game only needs to support English and French. However, most European territories will support English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, which necessitates a larger install size.

Whichever platform you use to play Fallout 4, it’ll be available on November 10… except if you’re located in Asia (where it’ll be released on November 11) or Japan (who have to wait until December 17).

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Deathstate will be available on Steam on October 20

I first got a chance to play Deathstate earlier this year as part of the Indie Minibooth installation at PAX East. The game’s retro style helped it stand out amidst this sea of monitors, but I have to admit, its tagline definitely didn’t hurt. According to developer Workinman, Deathstate can be described as a… “top-down roguelike bullet hell single-stick shooter.” That is a lot of adjectives for one game, but you’ll also find plenty of Lovecraftian story elements once you start to dig deeper:

In Deathstate, you are a traveller of the outer realms. You have discovered the secrets of deep astral projection by entering into a fully death like meditative state. While in your Deathstate, you can go beyond the beyond to realms previously only imagined by those enlightened or mad enough to dwell upon them. Tread lightly though, for these far planes of demi-existence that you choose to explore are extremely hostile to mortal souls.

So Deathstate is actually a “Locecraftian top-down roguelike bullet hell single-stick shooter” and Workinman has just announced it’ll be available to download through Steam on October 20. If you think you can handle all that, you might want to check out the brand new trailer embedded above.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Columbus Day 2015 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…

In fourteen hundred ninety-two… Columbus sailed the ocean blue… etc, etc, etc.
In twenty fifteen… there’s not much new video game news to be seen.

Mostly, publisher stuck to the expected stuff like the announcement of a dozen new tracks for Guitar Hero Live and a new character for Street Fighter V. Though it was a bit surprising that the fighting game’s Brazilian representative isn’t Blanka, but a new character known as Laura. Less surprising is the news that Capcom is thinking about making a Resident Evil 7 announcement sometime soon.

If you’re looking for something else to read this Columbus Day weekend, how about our interview with Qora creator Holden Boyles. Everybody loves Kickstarter success stores, right?

More news from the week that was can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: Yoshi’s Woolly World, Dragon Quest Heroes, Wasteland 2, More


Wooly dinosaurs, dimension-hopping heroes, and the return of a classic strategy RPG series highlight this week in new games.

Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U is Good-Feel’s second attempt at yarn-ifying a beloved Nintendo character. Expanding on many of the ideas they used in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World is a ridiculously cute side-scroller that’ll also include extensive Amiibo support.

There’s no yarn, but Square Enix and Koei Tecmo tie together the various Dragon Quest dimensions in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below for the PS4. Much like last year’s Hyrule Warriors, Dragon Quest Heroes uses Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors franchise as a template to create a brand new hack and slash game.

If you’re looking for something a little more tactical, this week also marks the release of Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut on the PS4 and Xbox One. More than just a simple turn-based RPG, Wasteland 2 is the first direct sequel to 1988’s Wasteland, which served as the inspiration for the Fallout franchise.

Finally this week, we’ve got a pair of re-releases that might be of interest to those who missed them the first time around. In honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary, Telltale has remastered their Back to the Future game for the PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. And over on the Wii U, Nintendo has finally bundled together New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U on a single disc.

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

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Shovel Knight disc release pushed back to November 3; Xbox One release canceled

shovelknight-boxYacht Club Games dug themselves into a bit of a hole with the recent release of the Plague of Shadows expansion for Shovel Knight. Finishing touches for the add-on took a bit longer than expected, and a desire to include it on the game disc has forced the developer to push Shovel Knight’s planned October 13 retail release to November 3.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Xbox One edition of the game won’t be released at all. Writing on their official website, “We really gave it our best effort, but unfortunately, because of publishing policies on that platform that are totally beyond our control, we couldn’t make it happen.” The developer will continue to negotiate with Microsoft for the right to publish a retail version of Shovel Knight on the Xbox One, but as of right now, it’s in “indefinite limbo.”

Yacht Club also revealed the retail version of Shovel Knight will be priced at $24.99 (instead of the expected $19.99) when it’s released. The developer said they were forced into this pricing tier to keep the game out of the dreaded “bargain bin.” However, to make up for the $5 price increase, all copies of the game will come with a download code for the Jake Kaufman-penned soundtrack.

So, to recap… The physical version of Shovel Knight will be released for the 3DS, PS4, and Wii U on November 3, but the Xbox One launch has been indefinitely postponed. The game will also be priced at $24.99, but that cost will include a free soundtrack download.

Also, don’t forget that Shovel Knight is now available to download on the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, and Xbox One through each platform’s digital storefront.

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New Lego Avengers trailer reveals levels based on Iron Man 3, Captain America 1+2, Thor 2

Lego Avengers got a whole lot bigger during a New York Comic-Con panel today as WB Games and TT Games revealed that the game will also include levels based on Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Playable scenes from these four movies will join the previously announced Lego-ized adaptations of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Lego Avengers will be released on January 26, 2016 for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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