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Square Enix details new features coming to Secret of Mana remake

We’re slightly less than three months away from the launch date for Square Enix’s Secret of Mana remake. The multiplayer action RPG was a smash hit on the Super NES all the way back in 1993, but the publisher is looking to make a few changes to the game ahead of its new-generation debut.

A quick rundown of those changes, including the additions of Interlude Episodes and a Game Log, appeared on the Square Enix Blog earlier today:

  • Co-Op Multiplayer – one of the main things we’ve been asked since we announced the remake is whether or not co-op would return, and I’m glad to announce that yes, it will! The Secret of Mana remake will let you play offline multiplayer co-op with up to two other players, so get your friends together! If you’re playing the PlayStation Vita version then you can play ad-hoc multiplayer with up to two friends, each player will need a PS Vita as well as a copy of the game each.
  • Multiplayer Update – we’re not just adding multiplayer, but actually improving it too – now when one player casts magic all other players will be able to continue playing, without having to wait.
  • The Music – the Secret of Mana remake is going to come with a brand new rearranged soundtrack, but for those of you who loved the original (or just want a trip down memory lane) we’re going to include the soundtrack from the original game too, and most importantly, you’ll be able to switch between them whenever you like!
  • Interlude Episodes – these are brand-new to the remake and show all-new scenes and interactions between Randi and the friends he meets on his adventure.
  • Game Log – now you’ll be able to look back at Randi’s adventure to remind yourself of the story so far from the game log. If I don’t play a game for a few days I often forget what last happened, so I’m going to find this particularly useful and I hope you will too.
  • Trophies/Achievements – if you want (and manage) to take on every challenge in Secret of Mana then you’ll probably want to be able to show off how well you’ve done, and now you’ll be able to!

The Secret of Mana remake will be available for the PC, PS4, and Vita on February 15.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Resident Evil Revelations 1 + 2, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, more coming to Nintendo eShop this week

Nintendo rests for no holiday! Because it’s Thursday, the consolemaker just dropped a massive update on the Nintendo eShop.

This week, iOS and Android users will be able to download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo’s “free-to-start” entry in the whimsical life simulation series.

But Nintendo fans should be extra thankful for Capcom this week. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, which was originally released for the DS in 2008, will receive a 3DS re-release. And Resident Evil Revelations and Resident Evil Revelations 2 will make their Switch debut this Tuesday, November 28.

You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop (including a few Wii U games) after the break. (more…)

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The Behemoth will launch the Full Version of Pit People as part of next update in Early 2018

The Behemoth released the Xbox Game Preview/Early Access version of Pit People this past January, and after nearly a year of updates, the developer is getting ready to release the “Full Version” of the game.

According to a post on The Behemoth’s official website, the “Full Version” of Pit People will be available as part of the game’s next big update, which should arrive sometime in Early 2018:

So here’s a spicy little situation: We’ve decided that our next big drop will be the FULL version of the game! Yes, it shall be complete! You’ll be able to play through the story and find out what happens for everyone.

As we write this, we’re working on the last of the cinematics for the story campaign! This is the final push towards completing the game, alongside additional story quests and a new world map with bonus missions.

Since there’s so much involved with these last steps (VO, animation, level creation, music licensing, QA testing, etc), we’re not exactly sure when everything will line up for a full release date, but we’re shooting to release within the first few months of 2018.

Pit People is currently available for $14.99, but the price will increase to $19.99 once the “Full Version” is available. Thankfully, The Behemoth has added the game to Steam’s Autumn Sale, and it’s currently 20% off this week for PC players.

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Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 3, Soccer Brawl added to Xbox Store

Like this week’s PlayStation Store update, most publishers are bypassing the Xbox Games Store this week because of the holiday. But a brand new pair of Xbox One games are now available to download today.

Telltale Games launched the latest chapter of Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 3: Fractured Mask, and Hamster Corporation brought back yet another NeoGeo game from the 90s, Soccer Brawl.

You can learn more about both games right here… and don’t forget about Black Friday 2017 discounts on the Xbox Games Store:

Now Available on Xbox Games Store – 11/22/17 [Major Nelson]

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3: Fractured Mask
After an unexpected reunion, Bruce finds his attention and his loyalties stretched in yet another direction. Now, in addition to brokering a power struggle between Commissioner Gordon and Amanda Waller, Bruce must balance romantic entanglements with his mission to infiltrate the Pact. As he plunges deeper into the criminal underworld, the villains’ plan starts to come into focus, but will his deceptions take a dire toll?

Soccer Brawl
Soccer Brawl is a soccer game released by SNK in 1992. Sparks fly as teams representing eight different countries battle for the championship. Staged in the near future, teams feature seven robot player instead of the normal 11 players, allowing the defense to also go on the attack and for a variety of arrangements.

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Monster of the Deep: FF15, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, Batman: Enemy Within Episode 3, more coming to PS Store this week

Most publishers are preparing for their annual Black Friday discounts, so this week’s PlayStation Store update is a tad sparse.

Square Enix is hoping to lure in Final Fantasy fans with Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV, a standalone release of Final Fantasy XV’s fishing minigame that has been “revamped and revitalized” for PlayStation VR.

Also available this week is Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier, a narrative adventure for the PS4 (with motion capture by Andy Serkis) that takes place between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War For the Planet of the Apes.

Finally this week, Telltale Games will shine the Bat Signal on the PS4 once more with the release of Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3: Fractured Mask

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store after the break. And don’t forget about Black Friday 2017 on the PlayStation Store. (more…)

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Capcom will add Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom to Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite on December 5

Capcom has confirmed that Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom will join the fight in Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite on December 5.

In addition to unveiling a new trailer for the trio, the publisher also provided a quick rundown of each character on the Capcom-Unity blog:

Winter Soldier
As a skilled assassin, Winter Soldier has various ways to debilitate opponents and excels at ground combat. Using his cybernetic arm, he can activate Metal Shield, which provides him with enough armor to not only ignore hits, but to walk away unscathed. Though his move set is limited with Metal Shield active, the potential for devastating punishes is massive.

Black Widow
What’s a spy without an array of lethal gadgets? Black Widow’s gauntlets can fire off different projectiles that range from a sticky bomb to one that emits a nerve gas, which crumples the opponent. With the unique ability to perform evasive maneuvers, catching Black Widow will not be easy.

Returning to the series with some of his signature moves, Venom’s aggressive playstyle is further amplified in Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite. His new movement option is Venom Glide, a web zip of sorts, which can be aimed in six different directions, enabling him to keep the pressure going in his favor.

Players who own the 2017 Character Pass will be able to download the three characters for free, and everyone else will be able to purchase them separately for $7.99 apiece. And if you haven’t purchased Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite yet, you might be interested to know that Capcom will host a special Demo Weekend for the game for PlayStation Plus subscribers from November 24th through the 27th.

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Latest Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition trailer showcases new V-Triggers

Capcom has said that each character from Street Fighter V will receive a second V-Trigger attack as part of the upcoming Arcade Edition update. You can get a sneak peek at some of them in the brand new trailer embedded above, along with a few new Combo Extenders, Mix Ups, and Abilities.

Fans will be able to test out a playable demo of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition at this year’s PlayStation Experience, which will take place on December 9th and 10th at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Everyone else will get their first chance to play Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on January 16, 2018. New players will be able to purchase the game for the PC and PS4 (and receive every downloadable character from Season 1 and Season 2 as a bonus), while existing players can download the new features (but not the DLC characters) for free.

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Nintendo will add a ton of new features and options to Splatoon 2 in upcoming updates

Nintendo has big plans for Splatoon 2, and several upcoming updates will add a wide variety of new features to the game.

Beginning November 23, players will be able to unlock new Gear and new Hairstyles for their Inkling. They’ll also be able to reach an even higher level cap and change gear between online battles (which was definitely a much-requested feature). Nintendo also plans to add four new battle stages to the game over the next few weeks.

A full rundown of the November 23 Update can be found right here:

November 23 Update

  • Four New Battle Stages: While four new battle stages are coming to Splatoon 2, they won’t all be available immediately after downloading the update. Like with previous additions, the stages will roll out over the subsequent weeks, giving players new surprises as they play throughout the holiday season and beyond. The first new battle stage, MakoMart, will be available to play on Black Friday, November 24, with Shellendorf Institute, Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall coming soon. The new MakoMart stage is a giant superstore-style stage, so what better time to play than on Black Friday! Shellendorf Institute is new to the series, while Walleye Warehouse and Arowana Mall are popular stages returning from the original Splatoon game.
  • New Salmon Run Stage: Fan-favorite multiplayer mode Salmon Run is getting a new stage. After downloading the update, Salmonid Smokeyard will be added to the stage rotation. In Salmonid Smokeyard, a wide gap on the beach divides two upper platforms, with fan lifts being the quickest way to traverse the two platforms. Teamwork is required to use the fan lifts effectively.
  • New Gear: Approximately 140 pieces of gear are being added to Splatoon 2. These include shoes, headgear and clothes, like a motocross mask, and additional winter clothing (perfect for the cold weather!), as well as returning items from the original Splatoon game.
  • New Battle Music: Two new bands have been gaining popularity in Inkopolis! The punk-flavored Bottom Feeders and classically trained avant-garde-style Ink Theory are contributing new songs to the already music-rich game.
  • New Hairstyles: When customizing an Inkling, four new hairstyles will be available to choose from – two each for female and male characters.
  • Higher Level Caps: Currently, players are maxed out at Level 50. After downloading the update, the new maximum level will be raised to 99. If players talk to Judd when they reach Level 99, they’ll have the option to reset their level display to Level ★1 so they can continue raising their level.
  • New Amiibo Functionality: Tapping a compatible Amiibo figure after the update will let players take and share in-game photos in preset locations in Battle Stages, in addition to being able to take photos in Inkopolis Square. Players can also add fun filters to their images.
  • Convenient Gear Swapping: Players that want to change gear between battles in Regular Battle, Ranked Battle, and Splatfest Battle (Solo) won’t have to exit to the lobby anymore! After downloading the update, gear can be swapped out without leaving the match room, making it quicker to get back to splatting. For Regular Battle, this also means players can play the next battle with the same players.

Nintendo will also roll out another major update in mid-December, which will add a new Ranked Battle mode to Splatoon 2:

Clam Blitz: In Clam Blitz, competing Inklings are tasked with collecting clams scattered around the stage. After one is picked up, the clam follows the player. The objective is to throw the clam into the basket near the opponent’s base. The first team to score 100 points wins! But, of course, this being the fiercely competitive world of Splatoon 2, things are not as easy as they seem. The baskets are protected by a barrier, which much be destroyed first. After collecting 10 clams, the player will earn a Power Clam. These super-powered clams are the key to breaking the barrier, so strategy will definitely be involved in which clams are used to destroy the barrier and which are used to earn points. Not to mention the extra-satisfying opportunity to steal opponents’ clams by splatting them…

You can catch a glimpse at all the additions coming to Splatoon 2 in the brand new trailer that’s been embedded above.

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