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Microsoft adds murderous mummy Kan-Ra to Killer Instinct

Do you remember when you were a kid and you used a bunch of mismatched action figures to stage some kind of ultimate battle royale? It just dawned on me, but that is exactly what Microsoft and Iron Galaxy are doing with Killer Instinct. Long overshadowed by Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, the Killer Instinct reboot has taken the blender approach to new heights with the latest batch of characters.

Joining a roster of fighters that already includes a ninja, a werewolf, an ice monster, a Native American, a skeleton, a robot, and a boxer is a mummy known as Kan-Ra. Kan-Ra is available to download today for owners of Killer Instinct’s “Ultra Edition.” “Combo Breaker” edition owners and those who plan to purchase him as an individual download will have to wait until November 30.

As any good mummy would, Kan-Ra uses his bandages to attack his opponents as well as pummeling them with the mystical jars that hold his organs. You can see his full range of combat tricks in the trailer above… and keep your eyes peeled for a quick glimpse at December’s downloadable character: Riptor the dinosaur.

And don’t forget, Microsoft will make Cinder the fire monster a playable character in 2015.

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Turtle Rock: Evolve’s DLC maps will be free

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Turtle Rock’s Creative Director, Phil Robb, recently sat down with IGN and confirmed that all post-release maps for Evolve will be free. The consumer-friendly move is an attempt by Turtle Rock to keep the Evolve community from splitting into multiple different factions:

“First thing we [Evolve’s creative leads] said was we can’t break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven’t bought something.”

Robb also revealed that Evolve will receive paid DLC in the forms of additional Hunters and Monsters. However, players will still be able to join games featuring downloadable Hunters or Monsters regardless of whether or not they’ve purchased them:

“We’ll have characters and monsters, and even if you don’t buy them, if your buddy wants to buy the DLC, that’s cool, and your game will be enhanced through his purchase,” Robb said. “So, you won’t be able to play as those characters, but you will certainly be able to play with those characters.”

Evolve will likely be one of 2015’s earliest hits when it’s released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 10.

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Batman infiltrates Ace Chemicals in latest Arkham Knight trailer

Batman has a bad history with Ace Chemicals. It was there that an unnamed criminal known as The Red Hook fell into a vat of chemicals and emerged as The Dark Knight’s nemesis, The Joker. Harvey Dent suffered a similar disfiguring accident in Batman: The Animated Series, permanently damaging his psyche and transforming him into Two-Face.

With such a haunted history, you’d think supervillains would stop attempting to rob and/or take over the plant. But you’d be wrong as Scarecrow and the mysterious Arkham Knight make the factory a target in the latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight. The trailer includes a look at the Batmobile in action and new takedown maneuver, the “Fear Takedown.” WB Games also plans to release an extended version of the trailer (three-and-a-half minutes is clearly not enough) on December 1 through the game’s official website.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 2.

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

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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?

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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. (more…)

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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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