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New Releases: Rare Replay, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

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Only two new games will be available in stores this week… but they’re both so massive that players who are interested in purchasing them will be busy for a very long time.

First up is Rare Replay for the Xbox One. This compilation brings together 30 games from Rare’s three-decade history and offers 10,000 Gamerscore for truly dedicated Achievement hunters. Additional bonuses include a Challenge Mode and 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes interviews and footage. If you were a fan of Battletoads, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, R.C. Pro Am, Killer Instinct Gold, Jet Force Gemini, Perfect Dark, and many others… welcome home.

Also available this week is Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight, an RPG for the 3DS from Atlus. Though it should be noted that Atlus actually looks at The Fafnir Knight as two games in a single package. In addition to being an enhanced remake of Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Laggard, The Fafnir Knight also includes a brand new “Untold” Story Mode that explores the relationship between the titular hero and Princess Arianna as the battle through the ruins of Ginnungagap and the Yggdrasil Labyrinth.

If neither of these games tickles your fancy, don’t worry, a large of downloadable titles will be added to the digital storefronts later this week.

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GameStop: Comcept or Deep Silver told us Mighty No. 9 will not be released in 2015

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Last week, we told you that most retailers had removed Mighty No. 9‘s previously-announced release date of September 15, 2015 from their online storefronts. Today, GameStop revealed to Game Informer that their corporate policy states this type of release date change is only made at the request of the developer or publisher. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that Mighty No. 9 will be released for any of its planned platforms (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One) by the end of the year. Mighty No. 9 is also in development for the 3DS and Vita, but its tentative “late 2015″ release date has probably been erased as well.

Game Informer attempted to contact both Deep Silver and Comcept for comment, but the publication was unsuccessful. Publisher Deep Silver refused to comment, while developer Comcept didn’t reply to the request at all.

While it’s just speculation on my part (and Game Informer’s, for that matter), I believe Comcept is staying quiet about Mighty No. 9’s delay because the crowdfunding campaign for their next game, Red Ash: The Indelible Legend, is currently in its final hours. With just under three days to go, the game has only secured funding for 60% of its $800,000 target, and a delay to their high profile spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise can only hurt the public’s confidence in the developer.

At this pace, it probably won’t reach its goal, but Comcept recently signed a publishing agreement with Fuze and will complete the game regardless.

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Xbox Store Today: Magic Duels: Origins, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist

xboxgamesstore-logoFans of collectible card games will be very pleased with today Xbox Games Store update as two very different CCGs are now available for the Xbox One.

First up is Magic Duels: Origins, a free-to-play CCG from Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast. Origins, not surprisingly, attempts to recreate Magic: The Gathering’s new Origins campaign for Xbox One owners. Players will be able to duel against actual people in an online mosde or battle “thousands of AI opponents” in Battle Mode.

Also available this week is Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, Konami’s latest digital rendering of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and its companion CCG. Legacy of the Duelist players will be able to compete against other players online while they “relive past dueling glory against Yu-Gi-Oh! characters from the past and present.”

More information on both games can be found after the break. (more…)

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“Dramatic changes” will be coming to the combat in Final Fantasy VII remake

finalfantasyvii-boxWe received hints of this at E3, but Square Enix isn’t planning to just give Final Fantasy VII a graphical makeover and call it a day. Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine UK (via GamesRadar), Tetsuya Nomura said that “dramatic changes” will be made to the publisher’s most beloved RPG during development of the remake:

[G]ame director Tetsuya Nomura said that the team will be making “dramatic changes” to the game’s fights. “And of course, that being said we want to clarify: We’re not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that. We are going to be bringing dramatic changes, but we want to make sure it’s still recognizable.”

If you are concerned about the game’s graphics, Nomura has suggested looking to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, because that’s what he’s going to do:

Nomura stated that the team will be looking to the movie – which Nomura also directed – for visual references and inspiration, but that he and his team “don’t intend on utilising the 3D models of Advent Children as is because, well, it’s a different technology, and it’s actually been almost ten years since Advent Children was first released.”

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII remake is likely still many years away and will launch “first” on the PS4. It’s widely assumed the remake will eventually be released for the PC and/or the Xbox One sometime afterwards.

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Electronic Arts CEO reiterates that Battlefield 5 will launch in Fall 2016

EAlogoElectronic Arts delivered their quarterly financial report today, and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson had a bit to say about Battlefield 5.

Wilson, who never referred to the game as Battlfield 5, only “a new Battlefield experience,” stated once again that it would be released in Fall 2016. This same game was previously mentioned in EA’s October 2014 financial report, and while its possible that it’s not Battlefield 5, that seems unlikely. Especially since developers at DICE confirmed the existence of the game to The New York Times all the way back in 2013.

But speaking of financial figures, Electronic Arts had a pretty good quarter. Executives from the company confirmed that EA recorded $693 million in sales this past Spring, which was well above their expected revenue of $640 million.

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The “Official Story Trailer” for Lego Dimensions is absolutely bonkers

  • The Riddler riding a Balrog!
  • Gandalf riding a hoverboard!
  • Marty McFly fighting evil with “The Power of Love”!
  • The Batman from the Lego Batman games arguing with the Batman from The Lego Movie!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Lego Dimensions “Official Story Trailer” has it all! This absolutely ridiculous look at WB Games’s massive crossover project seems to includes everything that made TT Games’s previous Lego projects great. But if the official plot description is anything to go by, there’s a lot more insanity to come:

In the game, there is an ancient planet at the center of the Lego Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of Lego worlds to help him find these building bricks of Lego civilization. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the combined powers of the greatest Lego heroes can stop him.

Lego Dimensions will mix together 14 Lego worlds including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal, Lego Ninjago, Lego Chima, and The Lego Movie. WB Games will also add characters from Midway Arcade to the action, and if that means that I get to play as Lego Sub-Zero I will lose my freakin’ mind.

Lego Dimensions will be released for the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 27.

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Comcept signs publishing deal with Fuze as Red Ash Kickstarter campaign struggles

redash-logoWith just three days to go, Comcept’s Kickstarter campaign for Red Ash: The Indelible Legend is struggling. The developer has only reached 60% of their $800,000 goal and things look bleak. However, a new development deal with Fuze Entertainment, a publisher based out of China, will allow Comcept to complete the game. Not only that, but the deal allows the team to also bring the game to the PS4 and Xbox One, in addition to the PC.

According to an update posted to the Kickstarter campaign, all money pledged towards Red Ash will go towards the development of additional content. While reaching their Kickstarter goal is far from a certainty, Comcept also said they will retain all franchise rights to Red Ash.

Comcept has also decided to go on the offensive and give their fans a small taste of Red Ash with a short mock-up demo. Instructions on how to download (and play) the demo can be found in a recent Kickstarter update.

Red Ash was pitched as a spiritual successor to Mega Man Legends by Comcept’s Keiji Inafune, and I’m sure fans are excited that the game is now assured to be completed.

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ZombiU drops the “U” and will be available to download on PC, PS4, Xbox One on August 18

Ubisoft has announced that ZombiU, one of the best games available during the Wii U’s launch window, will be available to download on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One beginning August 18. While it’s the same ZombiU that Wii U players fell in love with, the game’s new destinations have necessitated a name change to Zombi.

After being one of the Wii U flagship titles in 2012, Zombi returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in the dilapidated, infected London. For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death and thousands have died, or worse, been infected by a sickness more gruesome than death. Once again, this fear-fueled first-person shooter invites all players to dive into the horror, chaos and tension found in the best of the genre.

Zombi’s permadeath mechanic will once again force players to think strategically to survive (or to risk it all to regain their loot if they don’t). The “bug-out bag,” which was only accessible through the Wii U GamePad, will also be back in some form. Probably through a pause screen that doesn’t pause the action or a second screen app.

London Bridge is falling down…

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