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Overwatch’s “Winter Wonderland” event begins today

Starting today, Overwatch players will once again get to walk through a “Winter Wonderland.” Players will be able to take part in the seasonal event until January 2nd, which will include more holiday-themed loot, two “Mei-themed brawls,” and a few redecorated maps:

Winter Wonderland has returned to Overwatch! From now until January 2, take a stroll through the decked halls of Hanamura, King’s Row, and Black Forest, put your enemies on ice in not one, but two Mei-themed brawls, and unwrap all new holiday-themed loot including legendary skins like Casual Hanzo, Rime Sombra, Beachrat Junkrat, Snow Owl Ana, and more.

Stay frosty, heroes, and happy holidays from all of us at Blizzard!

Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s Director, had more to say about this year’s “Winter Wonderland” event in the latest Developer Update video. You can find it after the break. (more…)

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Life Is Strange will be released for iOS devices this week

Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment have announced that the first three episodes from Life Is Strange will be available to download through the iOS App Store beginning this Thursday, December 14. The reality-bending adventure game will be brought to iOS devices by Black Wing Foundation, and it’ll include several mobile-exclusive features:

Features Exclusive to Mobile

  • Enhanced User Interface for full touch screen integration.
  • Life Is Strange iMessage Stickers.
  • Share your game progress on social media and compare your story choices with friends.
  • An all-new Photo Mode allows you to take pictures, modify them with filters and share them easily.

“Everyone here at Dontnod is really excited to share the adventures of Max and Chloe in Life Is Strange with a new audience on mobile,” said Oskar Guilbert, Dontnod’s CEO. “We welcome new players to Arcadia Bay’s community and look forward to discovering the story choices that they make during their stay.”

After completing the first three chapters, players will be able to continue Life Is Strange’s story on their iOS device in Early 2018, which is when Square Enix plans to release Episode 4: Dark Room and Episode 5: Polarized.

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Bandai Namco delays Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom again… this time to March 23, 2018

Bandai Namco and Level-5 have announced another delay for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Previously scheduled to launch in January, the RPG will now be released for the PC and PS4 on March 23, 2018.

According to Level-5’s CEO, Akihiro Hino, the delay was necessary to make sure “everything works together in a fun and cohesive way”:

As you all know, Level-5 is committed to delivering the highest levels of design and quality in each of our titles. The development of our latest project, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, is coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share this new adventure with you, our fans. In an effort to constantly innovate, we’ve also implemented new modes in Ni no Kuni II, including the new Skirmish and Kingdom Modes.

However, with innovation and new ideas comes the need to ensure everything works together in a fun and cohesive way; this means we’ll need a bit more time to make sure the entire Ni No Kuni II experience meets our highest quality standards. So today, I would like to ask for everyone’s patience as we move Ni No Kuni II’s worldwide release date to March 23, 2018. We will be sharing more news about Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom in the coming weeks and months as we move closer to our new launch date. On behalf of everyone at Level-5, I want to thank you all for your patience and continued support.

Akihiro Hino – President & CEO of Level-5

In addition to the delay, Bandai Namco unveiled a new trailer for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom that focuses on the game’s Japanese voicework, and it’s been embedded above.

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Nintendo sells TEN MILLION Switch consoles in first nine months

The Switch has clearly exceeded Nintendo’s wildest expectations, and today the consolemaker confirmed that notion with some official sales numbers. According to Nintendo’s internal tracking, ten million Switch consoles have been sold since its launch on March 3.

“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”

In case you were curious, the Switch’s sales success is currently blowing away both the Wii U and the Wii. Nintendo sold 3.61 million Wii U consoles and 9.27 million Wii consoles in each console’s first nine months after launch. The Wii U’s userbase would eventually stall out at 13.56 million consoles sold last year, but Nintendo managed to sell 101.63 million Wii consoles over the system’s lifespan.

But if the Switch keeps up its current pace, it’ll eventually become the best-selling Nintendo console ever.

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New Retail Releases: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Resident Evil 7 Gold, Okami HD, More

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the wildly popular battle royale from PUBG Corporation, will make its way to the Xbox One this week, and Microsoft has teamed up with the developer to sell a special Retail Edition of the game. However, prospective buyers might like to know the box only contains a download code for the game.

Elsewhere on store shelves this week, Capcom will release Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Gold Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One. The Gold Edition includes the original game, as well as all three downloadable expansions (Banned Footage Vol. 1, Banned Footage Vol. 2, and End of Zoe). The Not A Hero expansion, which stars series mainstay Chris Redfield, will also be available as a free download for all players this week.

Speaking of Capcom, the publisher will also launch Okami HD for the PS4 and Xbox One this week with graphics “enhanced for modern displays.”

Finally, Edmund McMillen (one half of Team Meat) will bring his nwe platformer, The End Is Nigh, to the Switch.

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

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Capcom unveils Opening Cinematic for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition along with Season 3’s DLC characters

It looks like Street Fighter V‘s third year is going to be big. And Capcom wants to show fans how big by fully unveiling the fighters included in the Season 3 Character Pass in a new trailer. The season will begin on January 16 with the release of Sakura, who made her first appearance in Street Fighter Alpha 2. Players who purchase the Season 3 Character Pass (for $29.99) will also receive access to Blanka, Cody, Sagat, and newcomers Falke and G throughout 2018.

A new post on the Capcom-Unity blog offers up some details on how her fighting style will change in Street Fighter V:

About Sakura
First appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 2, Ryu’s number one fan returns to the series with a new outlook on life. After graduating high school, Sakura now works part-time at an arcade, but wonders what decisions she needs to make in order to be satisfied with her future.

This time, Sakura has a new move, Tengyo Hadoken, where she fires a fireball diagonally into the air that can act as an anti-air. In addition, her V-System that is detailed below gives her more tools to open up opponents. Overall, Sakura’s fighting style remains similar to her past appearances as she pummels opponents with flurries of quick attacks along with her trademark Hadoken, Shouoken, and Shunpukyaku.

V-Skill: Haru Kaze
Sakura leaps into the air towards the opponent, which can then be followed up by three different options. Hitting punch will result in one of her signature moves, Sakura Otoshi, which can be pressed up to three times to continue the combo. Following up with a kick will trigger Oukakyaku, a forward flip that can act as a divekick. Finally, pressing throw (LP+LK) after Haru Kaze will result in Kashinfu, a command grab that that sees Sakura using her opponent as a spring board to jump back.

V-Trigger I: Haru Arashi
Upon activation, Sakura’s fists are enveloped by blue energy that powers up Hadoken and Tengyo Hadoken, giving them both an additional hit. Landing a hit will also cause your opponent to be put into a juggle state giving you an opportunity to land additional attacks. She can also press HP+HK again to use Hogasho, a powerful palm thrust.

V-Trigger II: Sakura Senpu
This time, Sakura’s fists and feet become enveloped by blue energy that powers up Shouoken and Shunpukyaku. Landing a hit will send your opponent flying into the air where you can cancel into V-Skill to follow up with either Sakura Otoshi or Oukakyaku. Both moves are improvements to their EX version and can be performed up to four times before Sakura Senpu ends.

Critical Art: Sakura Rain
Sakura’s Critical Art draws inspiration from her past Super Combos. If used away from the opponent, it will only be a high-damaging Hadoken. However, if Sakura can land this Critical Art right next to the opponent, it’ll go into a special animation that deals significantly more damage.

Capcom also revealed the Opening Cinematic from Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, an updated version of the game that’ll include downloadable access to all Season 1 and Season 2 characters. The Arcade Edition will be available for the PC and PS4 on January 16, and you can view the Opening Cinematic (which features appearances from all six Season 3 characters) after the break. (more…)

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will include 12 games from the fighting franchise

Capcom is celebrating Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary in style next year with the release of a massive new compilation, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

Featuring 12 “arcade perfect” adaptations, players will be able experience all the franchise’s biggest hits: Street Fighter (1987), Street Fighter II (1991), Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (1992), Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting (1992), Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (1993), Super Street Fighter II Turbo (1994), Street Fighter Alpha (1995), Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996), Street Fighter III (1997), Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact (1998), Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998), and Street Fighter III: Third Strike (1999).

Best of all, the 30th Anniversary Collection will include online play (including Ranked Matches) in Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter III: Third Strike, and Street Fighter Alpha 3.

Finally, like any good compilation, the 30th Anniversary Collection will also give player access to a wide variety of behind-the-scenes bonus material including concept art, character bios, and a Music Player:

With the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, fans can re-visit historic moments from the series and explore the timeline of events that helped create one of the world’s leading fighting game series. Fans can take a walk down memory lane in the Museum and view stunning pieces of concept art, scroll through character bios and uncover little known facts behind each game release with an interactive timeline. Audiophiles can also sit back and relax while listening to the most memorable Street Fighter tunes in the Music Player.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be available for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in May 2018. The first trailer can be viewed above.

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20XX is coming to PS4 in Early 2018

Batterystaple Games has announced that 20XX, a procedurally-generated platformer that shares more than a few similarities with Mega Man X, will be released for the PS4 in Early 2018. The news was announced today as part of Sony’s opening barrage of PlayStation Experience reveals:

We’re excited to announce the hit indie roguelike platformer 20XX is coming to PS4 in early 2018! Jump and shoot your way through ever-changing levels, collect awesome new powers, and battle mighty bosses in the name of saving the human race maybe! Full co-op means you can play with a friend on the couch or online.

The first trailer for 20XX’s upcoming PS4 debut has been embedded above.

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