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Shovel Knight is getting a series of tie-in kids books this January

shovelknightbookShovel Knight lives by the Codes of Shovelry, and the teachings of this ancient art helped him topple the Order of No Quarter in Yacht Club’s excellent side-scrolling platformer of the same name. Capturing the hearts and minds of nostalgic gamers everywhere after his 2014 debut, Shovel Knight will take on his greatest challenge next year… the Children’s Literature section of your local bookstore.

Yacht Club Games has partnered with Grosset & Dunlap to publish a series of Shovel Knight-themed books targeted at kids 8-12 years old. The four books announced so far include:

  • Shovel Knight Guidebook, a 176-page strategy guide that includes all of Shovel Knight’s secrets and tips to defeat the Order of No Quarter.
  • Shovel Knight: Codes of Shovelry Handbook, which will teach readers more about the characters from the game, “as well as tips for enhanced gameplay.”
  • Shovel Knight: Digger’s Diary, a journal filled with “fun activities, challenging mazes and puzzles, and writing prompts.”
  • Shovel Knight Mad Libs, which promises 21 silly stories from the world of Shovel Knight.

Yacht Club expects to release Shovel Knight’s final two expansions by the end of the year, which nicely matches up with the January 10, 2017 release date for the game’s first four tie-in books.

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Poe Dameron is the star of the first Character Trailer from Lego Star Wars: Force Awakens

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will bring the beloved franchise back to that galaxy far, far away in just a few weeks, but first the developers are doing their best Han Solo and jumping to lightspeed with a series of brand new Character Trailers. First up is Poe Dameron, the decorated X-Wing pilot played by Oscar Isaac.

Isaac recorded new dialogue for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, proving that even a Lego Minifigure can be cocky and charming all at the same time.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on June 28.

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Homefront: The Revolution, Shadow of the Beast, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, more added to PlayStation Store

Unconventional warfare is the linchpin that holds many of the biggest titles in this week’s PlayStation Store update together.

First up is Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, a PS4 re-release of the highly-acclaimed strategy RPG. Originally released for the PS3 in 2008, Valkyria Chronicles captured the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere with its blend of magical abilities and tactical modern warfare.

Speaking of modern warfare, Deep Silver’s Homefront: The Revolution is also now available to download for the PS4. In this sequel, history repeats as the North Korean invasion of the US continues, and players are forced to fight for their independence on the streets of Philadelphia. History also repeats in Shadow of the Beast, a PS4 remake of the popular side-scroller originally released for the Amiga.

Finally this week, NIS America’s Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice makes its PlayStation Store debut more than eight after the game was originally released for the PS3. If you’ve been waiting all this time to pick it up, now you don’t even have to leave your couch.

More information on all of these titles (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And don’t forget, the PlayStation Blog recently published a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts. (more…)

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SteamWorld Heist is coming to the PS4 and Vita on May 31

After debuting on the 3DS late last year, SteamWorld Heist is kicking off the next leg of its intergalactic world tour with an appearance on the PS4 and Vita on May 31. The Outsider, SteamWorld Heist’s first downloadable expansion, will also be available on May 31.

Developed by Image & Form, SteamWorld Heist is a side-scrolling strategy game with a retro-inspired art style. Oh, and the entire universe is also populated by sentient robots!

According to the developer, PS4 and Vita owners will be able to obtain both versions of SteamWorld Heist for $19.99 through Sony’s Cross-Buy program. And if you act fast, you’ll also be able to secure a 15% discount off the regular price during the launch week.

If you’re not a PS4/Vita owner, don’t worry, SteamWorld Heist will also be released for the PC, Wii U, Xbox One, and mobile devices sometime this year.

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Uncharted 4, Doom, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune Vs Zombies, more added to PS Store

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Nathan Drake is a man of action, and he doesn’t have time to go to the mall or wait for the postman… so it’s a good thing that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) is now available to download through the PlayStation Store. At the start of A Thief’s End, the fortune hunter is retired and living a life of marital bliss with Elena Fisher, but all that changes when he’s “forced back into the world of thieves” by his brothers. A Thief’s End will be the final Uncharted game from Naughty Dog, so let’s hope Drake can make it out alive.

Also available this week is Doom, the latest resurrection of id Software’s seminal shooter series. Designed as a “challenging modern-day shooter experience” by id Software, while also existing as an homage to the developer’s past, Doom will be available to download on Friday, May 13.

Finally this week, Vita owners will get the chance to download MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune Vs Zombies, yet another spinoff for the HyperDimension Neptunia series, and MOP: Operation Cleanup, a puzzle platformer starring a “curious and unique” cleaning robot.

More information about all of these games can be found after the break. And a complete rundown of this week’s new add-ons and discounts is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Disney shuts down all console development and cancels Disney Infinity franchise

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Two months ago, the Disney Infinity franchise was put on hiatus by Disney Interactive. Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company announced the end of Disney Interactive with the cancellation of all console development and the closure of the entire division.

Speaking during the company’s quarterly financial report, Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy said, “During the quarter, we took a charge of $147 million in connection with the shutdown of our Infinity console games business. Going forward, our console games strategy will focus solely on licensing our great portfolio of content.”

This closure extends to developer Avalanche Software, and Disney Interactive General Manager John Blackburn thanked them for all their hard work on the publisher’s official website:

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

Avalanche will complete work on the remaining Disney Infinity content that is currently in development, including three figures from Alice: Through the Looking Glass (which will be available later this month) and a Finding Dory Play Set (coming in June).

With Disney’s console development future tied up in licensing deals, we should probably expect to hear about more third-party partnerships, like the one the company struck with EA to create Star Wars: Battlefront, soon.

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Battleborn, Neverending Nightmares, Shadow Complex Remastered, more added to PS Store

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Gearbox Software wants to take players on a trip to a galaxy far, far away this week… but it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Their “Hero Shooter,” Battleborn, is now available to download for the PS4 through the PlayStation Store. Players will be able to choose from more than 25 unique “Badasses” as they battle a madman for control of the last star in both single-player and cooperative multiplayer modes.

Also new to the PlayStation Store this week is Neverending Nightmares, a psychological horror game, with an Edward Gorey-inspired art style, that’s available as a Cross-Buy purchase on both the PS4 and PS Vita.

Finally this week, PS4 players will get the chance to reach back into the past to play some of the greatest games of yesteryear on their new-generation console. These classics include Shadow Complex Remastered, a modern-day “MetroidVania” from Chair Entertainment; and The King of Fighters 2000, the latest PS2-On-PS4 re-release.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts (including a big “Star Wars Day/May the 4th Be With You” sale) is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Go on “New Adventures” in the latest Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

WB Games wants in on the Star Wars Day shenanigans, so they released a brand spanking new trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens this afternoon.

The latest trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives us a glimpse at the “New Adventures” not seen in the blockbuster film… including Han and Chewie’s Rathtar hunt, Poe Dameron’s rescue of Admiral Ackbar, and the story behind C-3PO’s red arm. Altogether, the game will include six “New Adventures,” all with new dialogue from the cast of the film:

  • Rathtar Hunting – Follows Han Solo and Chewbacca’s voyage to capture the ravenous Rathtars.
  • Lor San Tekka’s Return – Uncovers secrets behind Lor San Tekka’s journey to the Jakku Village.
  • Poe to the Rescue – Details Poe Dameron’s daring rescue mission to save Admiral Ackbar.
  • Crimson Corsair – Explores how the notorious Outer Rim pirate, the Crimson Corsair, foiled the plans of the First Order.
  • Trouble Over Taul – Follows the events leading up C-3PO’s acquisition of his new red arm.
  • Ottegan Assault – Reveals a puzzle piece to how the Resistance and the First Order find Lor San Tekka on Jakku.

It would actually be quicker to list who’s not returning to The Force Awakens, as practically the entire cast will record new dialogue for the game. But where’s the fun in that? Especially when WB Games somehow got Harrison Ford to mutter “Wookiee Cookies” into a microphone. And even little BB-8 has some new things to say… pay close attention to the droid’s chirps during the Admiral Ackbar rescue in the new trailer.

The full voice cast scheduled to appear in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens includes:

  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo
  • Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
  • Daisy Ridley as Rey
  • John Boyega as Finn
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
  • Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma
  • Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
  • Max Von Sydow as Lor San Tekka

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on June 28 for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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