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  1. Back in November of last year there were murmurs of a partnership between Square Enix and Machine Zone Inc. (now MZ) to create an MMO mobile game within the Final Fantasy XV universe. In March, there was a soft launch for players in New Zealand. At that point, we learned the title of the game: Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire. Without clear guidance from Square, fans were left a little confused about the game. For one thing, it looks like another team (possibly within the MZ family), Epic Action LLC, is working on the empire building game. Epic Action only has A New Empire in their Google Play and App Store catalog and it at least appears that a trademark for the company was filed for on March 31. And then there's that timeframe. March 31 and shortly after isn't really the prime time to announce new video games. All of that being said, the game appears to be legit with pre-registration open now. There does appear to be at least two official links to pre-register though... To cement the legitimacy of the game, a tweet from the Final Fantasy XV Twitter page was sent out on today. The "introduction" tweet is below and is accompanied by a link to the Twitter page for the game, and the official webpage for the game which is in Japanese. Square Enix did indeed retweet the message in question. Speaking of the game itself, its description in the mobile stores describes it as the "largest open-world MMO in the series." Also, "Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a mobile adventure that lets you rewrite a favorite classic to fulfill your unique destiny." What do you think of A New Empire? How do you think Square Enix is handling its expansion of the FFXV universe? View full article
  2. Back in November of last year there were murmurs of a partnership between Square Enix and Machine Zone Inc. (now MZ) to create an MMO mobile game within the Final Fantasy XV universe. In March, there was a soft launch for players in New Zealand. At that point, we learned the title of the game: Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire. Without clear guidance from Square, fans were left a little confused about the game. For one thing, it looks like another team (possibly within the MZ family), Epic Action LLC, is working on the empire building game. Epic Action only has A New Empire in their Google Play and App Store catalog and it at least appears that a trademark for the company was filed for on March 31. And then there's that timeframe. March 31 and shortly after isn't really the prime time to announce new video games. All of that being said, the game appears to be legit with pre-registration open now. There does appear to be at least two official links to pre-register though... To cement the legitimacy of the game, a tweet from the Final Fantasy XV Twitter page was sent out on today. The "introduction" tweet is below and is accompanied by a link to the Twitter page for the game, and the official webpage for the game which is in Japanese. Square Enix did indeed retweet the message in question. Speaking of the game itself, its description in the mobile stores describes it as the "largest open-world MMO in the series." Also, "Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a mobile adventure that lets you rewrite a favorite classic to fulfill your unique destiny." What do you think of A New Empire? How do you think Square Enix is handling its expansion of the FFXV universe?
  3. Today, it was announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be released as a standalone game. The wait will be short, as it comes out on June 27 for digital download and physical retail. However, this date only pertains to the PlayStation 4. PC and Xbox One releases aren't off the table–the end of the launch trailer states "first on PS4" suggesting a release to more platforms in the future. The remaster will be in "true high-definition, featuring enhanced textures, rendering, [and] high-dynamic range lighting." Its price tag will be $39.99. Originally, Call of Duty 4 released in 2007 to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is not the first release for the remaster, as it arrived last fall with a small caveat: players had to have Inifinite Warfare to run it. Simply put, in Activision's words, "you must own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered." What do you think about the remaster being released as a standalone? Should it have been released as such last year? View full article
  4. Today, it was announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be released as a standalone game. The wait will be short, as it comes out on June 27 for digital download and physical retail. However, this date only pertains to the PlayStation 4. PC and Xbox One releases aren't off the table–the end of the launch trailer states "first on PS4" suggesting a release to more platforms in the future. The remaster will be in "true high-definition, featuring enhanced textures, rendering, [and] high-dynamic range lighting." Its price tag will be $39.99. Originally, Call of Duty 4 released in 2007 to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This is not the first release for the remaster, as it arrived last fall with a small caveat: players had to have Inifinite Warfare to run it. Simply put, in Activision's words, "you must own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered." What do you think about the remaster being released as a standalone? Should it have been released as such last year?
  5. The potential for the Hololens was recently showcased by a fan creation. Abhishek Singh recreated the infamous World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. using the Unity 3 engine and then tried it out in a very public location: Central Park in New York City. Singh donned the very famous plumber's iconic outfit and a headset to walk the level in real life. Goombas and green pipes sprawled out on the trail. Although Singh walked around some of the articles, he still jumped for mushrooms, stomped Goombas and leaped over trippy looking gaps. When consuming the mushrooms, the world shrank in reaction. People in the area didn't seem too concerned about a real-life Mario hopping around. This could be viewed as a small experiment in augmented reality's impact in real life perhaps? What retro games should be made in augmented reality? Would you play the Hololens in public?
  6. The potential for the Hololens was recently showcased by a fan creation. Abhishek Singh recreated the infamous World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. using the Unity 3 engine and then tried it out in a very public location: Central Park in New York City. Singh donned the very famous plumber's iconic outfit and a headset to walk the level in real life. Goombas and green pipes sprawled out on the trail. Although Singh walked around some of the articles, he still jumped for mushrooms, stomped Goombas and leaped over trippy looking gaps. When consuming the mushrooms, the world shrank in reaction. People in the area didn't seem too concerned about a real-life Mario hopping around. This could be viewed as a small experiment in augmented reality's impact in real life perhaps? What retro games should be made in augmented reality? Would you play the Hololens in public? View full article
  7. Who would've thought that Quake was a millennial? The seminal first-person shooter celebrates its 21st birthday today as its official release date was June 22, 1996. Quake has seen many games in the franchise since that initial release date. Nowadays, Bethesda is in charge and 2017 will even see a new game, Quake Champions. The last core game released under the Quake banner before Champions was Quake 4 which came out in 2005. Quake Champions was announced at E3 2017 and will feature multiplayer combat. During E3 2017, it got a new gameplay trailer that highlighted the competitive esports aspect of the game as well as the upcoming QuakeCon which will run from August 24-27. Did you play Quake back in the day? Will you play it today to celebrate?
  8. Who would've thought that Quake was a millennial? The seminal first-person shooter celebrates its 21st birthday today as its official release date was June 22, 1996. Quake has seen many games in the franchise since that initial release date. Nowadays, Bethesda is in charge and 2017 will even see a new game, Quake Champions. The last core game released under the Quake banner before Champions was Quake 4 which came out in 2005. Quake Champions was announced at E3 2017 and will feature multiplayer combat. During E3 2017, it got a new gameplay trailer that highlighted the competitive esports aspect of the game as well as the upcoming QuakeCon which will run from August 24-27. Did you play Quake back in the day? Will you play it today to celebrate? View full article
  9. Beyond Good and Evil 2 made a comeback during the Ubisoft E3 2017 conference with a trailer confirming its continued development. On June 22 we got a behind-the-scenes look at the demo that ran at E3. The just under 15-minute video shows early in-engine footage as it's being described by Creative Director Michel Ancel. Ancel shows off some mechanics as well as the scale of a couple of ships in comparison to the size of one of the new main characters, a chimpanzee named Knox. Scale was a huge focus (pun intended) in the demo. Ancel took Knox to the 700-meter tall statue next to the already enormous space ships and then zoomed out to give the viewer a different vantage point. He then zoomed out to the atmosphere and then to space to showcase the enormity of the world the team is building. There isn't a release date for the game, but there is a community called the Space Monkey Program that fans can join to get info on the game as it comes out. View full article
  10. Beyond Good and Evil 2 made a comeback during the Ubisoft E3 2017 conference with a trailer confirming its continued development. On June 22 we got a behind-the-scenes look at the demo that ran at E3. The just under 15-minute video shows early in-engine footage as it's being described by Creative Director Michel Ancel. Ancel shows off some mechanics as well as the scale of a couple of ships in comparison to the size of one of the new main characters, a chimpanzee named Knox. Scale was a huge focus (pun intended) in the demo. Ancel took Knox to the 700-meter tall statue next to the already enormous space ships and then zoomed out to give the viewer a different vantage point. He then zoomed out to the atmosphere and then to space to showcase the enormity of the world the team is building. There isn't a release date for the game, but there is a community called the Space Monkey Program that fans can join to get info on the game as it comes out.
  11. Sales can get any gamer excited, but Steam Sales are of a whole different caliber. The Steam Summer Sale is officially underway and will last until July 5. Prices for everything indie as well as AAA get significant cuts as high as 85 percent off. Perennial best-seller Grand Theft Auto V is 50 percent off at $29.99, Nier: Automata is 30 percent off at $41.99. What appears to be the best deal is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition–$3.99 after an 80 percent price cut. Franchise-wide sales are also taking place with Call of Duty titles being 0 to 50 percent off, the same goes for Final Fantasy titles. With the sales come the crowds and some users are experiencing issues with Steam itself. "Sorry, the Steam Store is experiencing some heavy load right now. Please try again later," one such error states. The hashtag #SteamSummerSale is ahem, picking up steam on Twitter. It's highly recommended (maybe when you encounter an error page) to peruse the various memes the tag has to offer. View full article
  12. Sales can get any gamer excited, but Steam Sales are of a whole different caliber. The Steam Summer Sale is officially underway and will last until July 5. Prices for everything indie as well as AAA get significant cuts as high as 85 percent off. Perennial best-seller Grand Theft Auto V is 50 percent off at $29.99, Nier: Automata is 30 percent off at $41.99. What appears to be the best deal is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition–$3.99 after an 80 percent price cut. Franchise-wide sales are also taking place with Call of Duty titles being 0 to 50 percent off, the same goes for Final Fantasy titles. With the sales come the crowds and some users are experiencing issues with Steam itself. "Sorry, the Steam Store is experiencing some heavy load right now. Please try again later," one such error states. The hashtag #SteamSummerSale is ahem, picking up steam on Twitter. It's highly recommended (maybe when you encounter an error page) to peruse the various memes the tag has to offer.
  13. Alongside the quick reveal of a major update to its gyms, and announcement for the Solstice Event, Pokémon GO also set the stage for their first ever live get together: Pokémon GO Fest. The celebration will commemorate the first anniversary for the mobile game and takes place July 22 at Grant Park in Chicago. At the event, attendees will be fully immersed in the augmented digital Pokémon world through day-of perks. These include an increase in Pokémon sightings "including some that have never been seen before in Grant Park." Also, there will be challenges banding trainers around the globe together, the ability to unlock an exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Chicago medal (in-app only), "special" PokéStops, and team lounges. Tickets went live on June 19 and sold out in less than an hour. Niantic assured that the unfortunate souls unable to attend "will still be able to participate in rewards unlocked at the event." Tickets went for $20 each, but many are being upsold for significantly more. Do you still play Pokémon GO? Were you lucky enough to get a ticket to the event? View full article
  14. Alongside the quick reveal of a major update to its gyms, and announcement for the Solstice Event, Pokémon GO also set the stage for their first ever live get together: Pokémon GO Fest. The celebration will commemorate the first anniversary for the mobile game and takes place July 22 at Grant Park in Chicago. At the event, attendees will be fully immersed in the augmented digital Pokémon world through day-of perks. These include an increase in Pokémon sightings "including some that have never been seen before in Grant Park." Also, there will be challenges banding trainers around the globe together, the ability to unlock an exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Chicago medal (in-app only), "special" PokéStops, and team lounges. Tickets went live on June 19 and sold out in less than an hour. Niantic assured that the unfortunate souls unable to attend "will still be able to participate in rewards unlocked at the event." Tickets went for $20 each, but many are being upsold for significantly more. Do you still play Pokémon GO? Were you lucky enough to get a ticket to the event?
  15. The Banner Saga released in 2014 to positive critical response and fan adoration. Fans will have the chance to showcase their love of the tactical RPG with Banner Saga-themed IndieBox, which will be The Definitive Physical Edition of the first game. This special collector's edition, pictured in the header above, includes the disc and case, soundtrack, instruction manual, and a 6 1/2" bust of Ubin. IndieBox is a monthly subscription service that focuses on, as the name would suggest, indie titles. Many of the games IndieBox partners with only received digital releases, so the company gives fans a chance at obtaining physical copies and merchandise of their favorite download-only titles. If you're itching for more Banner Saga, Stoic announced plans for a third installment to round out the trilogy. The Banner Saga 3's ETA is December 2018. Check out the game's Kickstarter video below. The Banner Saga Definitive Physical Edition IndieBox is available from June 20 to July 18. You can grab yours by visiting the IndieBox site. View full article