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Gigantic: Exile in the North update adds winter-themed skins and a goofy yeti named Pakko

Gigantic is currently available in Open Beta on Windows 10 and the Xbox One, and developer Motiga has now delivered the MOBA’s first major update: Exile in the North.

The wintry update will include new character skins and weapon skins for Wu and Tripp. But Exile in the North’s major addition to the game is a brand new character named Pakko. Pakko is a happy-go-lucky yeti who slides into battle on his butt and can hurl exploding snowballs at enemy squads. He can also deliver a painful barrage of melee attacks and exhale icy breath to stop the competition cold.

New Hero: Pakko
A huggable, playful giant who has no problem keeping cool in the heat of battle. The happy-go-lucky Pakko slides into action, pummeling foes with powerful paws while maneuvering around opponents with surprising agility.

New Winter Themed Skins

  • Pakko – “I’m Tido!”
  • Wu – “Mercy Gi”
  • Wu – “Shadow’s Chill”
  • Tripp – “Citadel of Frost”
  • Tripp – “Shock Therapy”

New Winter Themed Weapon Skins

  • Wu – “Mark of Corruption”
  • Tripp – “Icicle Shards”

A trailer starring Pakko has been embedded above, and the complete Patch Notes for Exile in the North can be found on Gigantic’s official website.

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Xbox Store Today: Gigantic, Westerado, Sky Force Anniversary, more

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The Xbox Games Store is closing out the week with a “huge” new addition to the Xbox One Game Preview program.

Motiga has been hard at work on Gigantic for several years now, and the developer is finally ready to unleash an Open Beta on unsuspecting Xbox One owners. Part MOBA and part third-person shooter, Gigantic is a 5v5 battle between teams of unique heroes with “fantastical spells, weapons, and abilities.” It’s available now as a free download, but purchasing the Founder’s Pack ($39.99) will unlock all 16 characters.

Also available to download for the Xbox One today is Westerado: Double Barreled, a retro-styled open world western from Adult Swim Games. Players can become “an outlaw or a saint” as they attempt to avenge the murder of their family.

Finally today, Infinite Dreams will release Sky Force Anniversary, a remake of an overhead shooter that was originally released for mobile devices back in 2004. The Xbox One version retains all the shooting action of the original Sky Force, but adds “3D graphics, intuitive controls, and a powerful upgrade system.”

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Gigantic Open Beta (and the Founder’s Pack) is now available for Xbox One, Windows 10

The Gigantic Open Beta kicked off today on the Xbox One and Windows 10, and developer Motiga has unveiled the Founder’s Pack for players looking to get the most out of the free-to-play MOBA. Priced at $39.99, the Founder’s Pack will include access to every character, four post-launch characters, and various other goodies:

Gigantic Founder’s Pack

  • 16 Original Heroes
  • 4 New Heroes (Released at a Later Date)
  • 2 Limited-Edition “Imperial” Skins for Tyto the Swift and Charnok
  • 2 Exclusive Founder’s Profile Icons

Players who forego the Founder’s Pack will be able to play Gigantic for free by selecting one of the six heroes in the weekly rotation. Other characters can be unlocked through an in-game currency earned by completing matches, fulfilling Fortune Cards, or purchasing it with a credit card.

About Gigantic
Teams work together to attack enemies while claiming points on the map to summon powerful Creatures. Players will power up their team’s Guardian by controlling the battlefield and defeating enemies. Victory is awarded to the team who can overpower their opponents’ Guardian.

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will also be able to get in on the Gigantic Open Beta at a later date through Perfect World’s Arc platform.

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Gigantic’s Open Beta will begin on December 8 on Xbox One and Windows 10

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Motiga and Perfect World have announced that an Open Beta for their free-to-play MOBA, Gigantic, will begin on December 8 for Xbox One and Windows 10 players.

Gigantic is a 5v5 game where players attack their opponent’s massive Guardian while attempting to defend their own. The Open Beta will offer cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 players, as well as three maps (“Siren’s Stand,” “Ghost Reef,” and “Sanctum Falls”) and a weekly rotation of six heroes (out of 16).

“With Gigantic, we are trying to create an entirely new competitive experience. Throughout development, Gigantic has gotten attention for its unique art style, whimsical setting and fast-paced gameplay, but our goal has always been something more,” said James Phinney, the Vice President of Product Development at Motiga. “We’ve sought to build a game full of intense moments and meaningful strategic choices, where there are many paths to victory and it’s always possible to come back and win.”

One final Closed Beta test will be held this weekend, and participants can join a match from Thursday, December 1 at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) through Monday, December 5 at 3:00 AM (Eastern Time).

Users of Perfect World’s Arc Games platform will be able to join the Open Beta at a “to-be determined date” sometime after December 8.

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Motiga partners with Perfect World to publish Gigantic later this year

Motiga relentlessly crisscrossed the country last year to promote Gigantic, their third-person 5×5 arena fighter. But after some money troubles forced the game to miss its planned Late 2015 launch, the developer went quiet.

But like an ancient god awakening from a lengthy slumber (hey, just like the Guardians at the center of Gigantic), Motiga is back, and they’ve got big plans for Gigantic. Partnering with Perfect World, Motiga will expand Gigantic’s reach beyond its originally-announced platforms. The game is still on track for Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One, but it’s now also in development for 64-Bit users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The 64-Bit version of Gigantic will be available as a standalone launcher and through Perfect World’s Arc Games service.

“Our team is thrilled to work with Perfect World Entertainment who shares our vision for our game. This partnership will enable us to focus on creating the best experience possible.” said Chris Chung, the CEO of Motiga. “Motiga has always thrived off of the excitement of our players, and the continued success that Perfect World Entertainment has had in the free-to-play space has solidified our desire to partner with them for our upcoming launch.”

This is all good news, but we still don’t know when Gigantic will be released. Though it is expected to be out sometime this year.

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Motiga delivers a new Gigantic gameplay trailer for the new year

Motiga has been laying low since the announcement of Gigantic‘s delay late last year. But the developer is getting ready to roar back to life in 2016 with a new version of their arena brawler (which they’re calling “Beta 2.0”) and a steadier stream of updates. To prepare fans for this next generation of Gigantic, Motiga has released a brand new gameplay trailer that shows highlights from a match with “expert players from Team Synergy.”

Gigantic’s Beta 2.0, which should be available later this month, will be exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One. It’s a blow to Windows 7 and Windows 8 players, but this new edition of the game will offer cross-platform play between all players and 24/7 access to the test servers.

If you’re interested in joining for the Gigantic beta, head over to GoGigantic.com to sign up for a chance to receive a key. Or let us know that you need one in the comments below… we’ve got a few spare keys lying around.

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New trailer confirms Gigantic beta for PC/Xbox One will begin in August

Motiga has announced that a multiplayer beta test for Gigantic will take place this August. Gigantic is in development for Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One and the team is looking for testers on both platforms. You can sign up for a chance to join the closed beta test at GoGigantic.com.

Motiga also released a new trailer, during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference, that shows off many of the unique personalities available in their 5v5 team-based action game (Motiga hates it when you call it a MOBA). And with 16 different characters to choose from, Motiga is hoping to create enough options to fit every player’s style. If you prefer to go in guns blazing, you can. But if you’d rather hang back and set traps, you can do that too. The developer wants players to feel like the choice is theirs.

The full version of Gigantic should be available for the PC and Xbox One sometime later this year.

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Motiga is collecting names for a Gigantic playtest on Xbox One

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Motiga will bring Gigantic to the Xbox One later this year alongside the PC/Windows 10 version, which is currently in Alpha. But releasing a massive online multiplayer game like Gigantic requires testing, which the developer will launch sometime soon.

To that end, Motiga has launched a survey to gauge interest in a Gigantic playtest on the Xbox One. If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list, visit the survey link and answer two very short questions about your interest in Gigantic and the status of your Xbox Live Gold subscription. However, bear in mind that Motiga has stressed that signing up for the waiting list will not guarantee you a spot in the upcoming playtest.

We were big fans of Motiga’s team-based action game at this year’s PAX East expo. In fact, we liked Gigantic so much that it earned a spot on this year’s PAX East PAXpocalypse List.

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