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Microsoft and Sony trademark a plethora of possible game titles

uspto-logoDo you smell that? The air is filled with the scent of trademark applications and secret meetings and teasing hints. That’s the smell of speculation… and an imminent E3 Expo.

Sony and Microsoft have been busy little beavers over the last few weeks, trademarking five new game titles between them. As with all issues regarding trademarks, it’s important to remember that these applications do not represent confirmation of a game in development, merely a title that Sony or Microsoft may turn into a game someday. That said, let’s get to speculating.

Back in March, Microsoft registered a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “Secrets and Treasure.” No additional information was revealed in the filing, but “Secrets and Treasure” has the feel of an Xbox Live Arcade game, doesn’t it? More recently, the consolemaker filed applications for “Screamride” and “Eden Falls.” If I had to guess, I would peg “Screamride” as some kind of racing game and “Eden Falls” as a horror title.

Over at Sony Computer Entertainment, the publisher has filed trademark applications for “Entwined” and “Kill Strain.” While “Kill Strain” sounds like the type of shoot ‘em up that people typically equate with Microsoft, “Entwined” definitely has that artsy-but-not-too-artsy vibe of a game published by Sony.

Hopefully we’ll learn more about all of these games at this year’s E3 Expo. And, one more time, it’s important to remember that these applications do not represent confirmation of a game in development, merely a title that Sony or Microsoft may turn into a game someday. And my speculation should just be viewed as guesswork, and does not represent how these games may develop in the future.

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Hyper Light Drifter “probably” won’t be released until early 2015

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Those of you who were hoping to get you hands on Heart Machine’s much-anticipated action RPG Hyper Light Drifter may have to wait at least another few months. During this year’s PAX East, studio head Alex Preston revealed to Destructoid that, while the game was progressing, an early 2015 release date is “probably [...] more realistic” than the current late 2014 target.

Speaking about how the company had managed to raise $600,000 for the game on Kickstarter, Preston said, “We’ve seen a lot of backers come out [to PAX East], and it’s been fantastic to meet them, and the reception from everyone else has been pretty damn good.”

Hyper Light Drifter, an homage to 16-bit RPG classics but with modern mechanics, has been described as a fusion of the best bits of franchises like Zelda and Diablo. To find out more about the game, you should check out our own PAX East preview right here.

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New Releases: Dark Souls II PC, Lego The Hobbit Wii U, Trials Fusion PC, More

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It’s delayed gratification day in this week’s new release roundup as most of the titles listed below were already previously released on other platforms.

For example, Dark Souls II is now available for the PC, Lego The Hobbit journeys onto the Wii U, and Trials Fusion flips onto the PC. Finally, Putty Squad makes the jump from the PS4 to the Vita.

If you’re looking for something absolutely brand new this week, there’s NIS America’s latest dungeon-crawling RPG Demon Gaze. It’s available for the Vita and it features some prettu stunning artwork.

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Tales of Hearts R will be released for Vita in North America this year

Hideo Baba, the Brand Manager of the Tales franchise for Bandai Namco, has confirmed that Tales of Hearts R will be released in North America sometime this year. The Vita game is a remake of a Tales title that was originally released for the DS in 2008.

That was all Baba was ready to announce at this point, though it was more than Bandai Namco wanted him to say. The publisher originally posted the announcement on YouTube this morning, but quickly pulled the video. Thankfully, the Internet put it back.

Baba promised that more information regarding Tales of Hearts R, Tales of Xillia 2 and 2015′s Tales of Zestiria would be revealed soon. Maybe some of it will even be things Bandai Namco wants us to hear.

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Your TitanFall is ready to be the best-selling game of March 2014

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TitanFall-mania has engulfed the NPD Group as the market research firm confirmed today that Respawn’s shooter is the best-selling game of March 2014.

March releases dominated the latest bestseller list as InFamous: Second Son (#2), South Park: The Stick of Truth (#3), Dark Souls II (#5), and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (#8) all cracked the top ten. The retail release of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continues to hang on as it checks in at #10 once again. The console port of Mojang’s popular game will surely get a boost in May as Sony will make the disc-based version Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition available on store shelves. According to Joystiq, total hardware/software/accessory sales were up 3% over March 2013 with a 78% increase in console sales according for the majority of the sales bump.

The complete top ten for March 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)

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The PAXpocalypse List: The Best of PAX East 2014

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PAX East 2014 was a different type of show than in years past. Some big publishers, such as Nintendo, skipped the show completely, while others, like Microsoft, only brought a handful of unreleased games. This shift in the show floor allowed the indies to take center stage, and the majority of our PAX East 2014 PAXpocalypse List reflects this year’s status quo. But that’s not to say the big publishers skipped PAX East 2014 altogether. Towering displays from 2K, Bethesda, and Ubisoft dominated the exhibition hall map, and we definitely had some fun with a few games that will demand your time during this Summer and Fall.

So if we were cut off from the outside and trapped within the walls of PAX East 2014, which games would we return to over and over again? Well… (more…)

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Walking Dead: Season 2 coming to Vita next week; Season 1 now available on Android

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Telltale Games has announced that even more people now have a chance to experience their episodic games based on The Walking Dead.

The first two episodes of The Walking Dead: Season 2, “Episode 1: All That Remains” and “Episode 2: A House Divided,” will be released for the Vita next week. Beginning April 22, players can download both episodes for $4.99 each. As with all other platforms, a $19.99 Season Pass, which represents a 20% discount and includes future access to all five episodes, will also be available next week.

And for those of us who haven’t tried The Walking Dead: Season 1 yet, Telltale also revealed that the complete season (and the “400 Days” expansion) is now available for Android devices. Season 1 was made available for all Android devices through the Google Play store as well as through specialized stores such as TegraZone (Nvidia Shield) and the Amazon Appstore (Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Kindle HDX). The season’s first episode, “A New Day,” is currently available for free on all Android platforms.

Telltale is currently hard at work on the third episode of Season 2, “In Harm’s Way.” Expect to hear more about the continuing story of Clementine soon.

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Hyper Light Drifter Hands-On Preview: Like Playing a Dream

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Hyper Light Drifter exploded on the Kickstarter scene back in September of last year, eventually destroying its goal of $27,000. By the time the campaign ended on October 12, it had amassed an impressive $645,158 from backers. The game looked incredible, and I kicked it the moment I saw it. I was wary, as I have been about games on Kickstarter for some time – it’s more common to be excited about a game and have it arrive, months (sometimes over a year) later, and be a disappointing mess. But after playing Hyper Light Drifter at PAX East, I can say with confidence that this is one game that’s going to live up to how amazing it looks. (more…)

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