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PC, Android and Xbox versions will be out later
Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is officially out for iPad, and will remain exclusive to the Apple tablet until next week, July 16. That's when we'll actually be seeing it for Android, PC and Xbox consoles. For now, however, iPad users will get a first go at the next installment of MTG.
In Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalker, players find themselves challenged to the "Hunt Bigger Game," where they confront the formidable Garruk Wildspeaker of Magic Multiverse fame. What does this all mean? Well, he's pretty much done hunting animals, because the player makes for better game. At your disposal will be a fully customizable deck, a "full deck-building experience" from Stainless Games.
Grab Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalker now from the App Store now. Or wait until next Wednesday for it to come out on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Kindle and Android.
Reminiscent of a certain movie involving Jaegers
Presentation is everything, and when it comes to the new League of Legends Mecha Aatrox and Malphite splash art, Riot has successfully blown our minds. First spotted on the PBE, they'll be going live alongside their respective skins in the near future.
The artists have really embraced the whole mecha theme with the new splash, with a clear influence from Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 kaiju/giant robots movie Pacific Rim, both in style and composition. The deeply saturated colors give a more graphic, comic-book feel, and they seem to be in mid-scene, waiting in their hangars for the blast doors to open. You can even see yordles like Rumble, Heimer and a mystery silhouette tending to the controls, watching the Mecha Aatrox and Malphite roll out. Seriously, Pacific Rim.
Movie references aside, the skins (and artwork) were added to the PBE just yesterday, so we're thinking they'll go live pretty soon. Better save up that RP.
Players from China, North America and Europe go all-in
Guild Wars 2 goes global in August when the first Guild Wars 2 International All-Stars Tournament kicks off at gamescom 2014. Players from China, North America and Europe will be going head-to-head in a massive PVP tournament that also happens to be the game's first real global competition. Prepare yourselves.
For the event, ArenaNet will be working with Twitch.tv to stream the entire tournament. The actual show floor in Germany will feature daily matches, while Twitch will actually be livestreaming for the rest of the world. Definitely a huge step for ArenaNet to be taking, and here's hoping for some great matches.
In addition to the international tournamen, ArenaNet will be letting their North American and European communities vote on who they want to see in the All-Stars Tournament, choosing from two 16-player pools featuring qualified competitors. In China, competitors will be picked from KongZhong's weekly tournament series; KongZhong is the Guild Wars distributor in China.
gamescom will take place in Cologne, Germany, from August 14 through August 17.
Skullgirls Encore will be expanding its horizons this year when Lab Zero Games releases the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions. Yes, the ladies are going to new places, and I'm not just talking about EVO 2014.
Previously released to the Sony Entertainment Network (and Xbox LIVE Arcade), Skullgirls Encore has already been out for PlayStation 3. Later this year, however, developer Lab Zero and distributor Autumn Games will be showing the rest of the Sony family a bit more love with PS4 and Vita versions. No concrete date was given, but we'll no doubt here more soon, what with EVO 2014 coming up.
After a rather messy fallout between Lab Zero and Konami over content distribution for Skullgirls, the 2D fighter was delisted from Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network (now SEN). The developer's answer to this was to make Skullgirls Encore, a new and improved version of the original with balance updates, new palettes, stages and characters. Since Skullgirls for PC was left alone, Encore was never released for PC but continues to receive updates alongside Encore.
Alien: Isolation trailer teases pre-order levels featuring voices by original cast, including Ripley
Alien: Isolation looks appropriately terrifying, but why not throw in some of the original faces of the series? A new trailer from SEGA and Creative Assembly shows off the pre-order bonus content from the Nostromo Edition, which lets you play as some of the original characters from the 1979 Alien movie. Yes, that does include Ripley.
The DLC takes places after the deaths of Brett and Kane, when the survivors must figure out a way to escape. Become Ripley, Dallas or Parker in this fight for survival. Ash and Lambert will be present to lend their aid as well, because what Alien fan wouldn't want to see the entire Nostromo crew together in one place?
Anyway, check out the trailer below, and remember to pre-order Alien: Isolation to access the Nostromo Edition. The game will actually be released on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
The Dragon Age: Inquisition spotlight is currently on one Lady Josephine Montilyet, a noblewoman and yet another advisor to the Inquisition. Don't let the whole "advisor" thing fool you, however, because it definitely doesn't make them less important to the story. Certainly won't disqualify a character as romanceable, either.
We know now that Josephine is a woman of high breeding, the eldest of a noble Antivan family and a talented diplomat. Her involvement with the Inquisition comes when Sister Leliana, another advisor to the Inquisitor, brings aboard to help their cause, and she's every bit the stereotypical workaholic. Lady Josephine loves challenges, and doesn't require much sleep to get something done. Her talents and ambition will no doubt make her a valuable ally.
The Inquisition's power is not absolute: it must earn its place among the forces in conflict. Sister Leliana understands this well, and has called on an old friend, Lady Josephine Montilyet, to be the Inquisition’s ambassador in the halls of the influential. The eldest daughter of a noble Antivan family, Josephine is a rising star among diplomats, skilled at forging alliances with tact, grace, and carefully cultivated favors. She is a consummate planner who understands that resurrecting the Inquisition will require support and goodwill from Thedas's movers and shakers. Fortunately, the ambassador enjoys a challenge, and she sincerely believes that the Inquisition is the best way to halt the chaos sweeping Thedas.
Incidentally, Josephine is written by Sylvia Feketekuty, the same writer responsible for Liara in Mass Effect 3. In a recent QA she did on the BioWare site, Feketekuty talks rather excitedly about being able to work on a totally new character, creating something from scratch. In her own words, Josephine is "optimistic, she likes finding solutions, and needs barely any sleep to work at full capacity. She misses the view of the sea from her bedroom in Antiva City (though she only brings that up with friends)."
Despite being born and raised in Antiva, she seems like a rather nice young lady. Feketekuty also confirmed her as a romance option for Inquisitors of any race or gender.
It was also fun to write a romance again. And because I know people will ask: You can try to win Josephine’s heart as any race or gender. I think we ended up with some fun moments whether you’re trying to romance her or just be her friend, but there’s one particular scene that I love.
Josephine's in-depth reveal follows close behind Cullen, whose involvement was confirmed last week. The Templar is also an advisor to the Inquisition, and romanceable.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on October 7. Check out our impressions of the game from E3!
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is about more than just loud explosions, as we learn in the newest behind-the-scenes trailer from Sledgehammer and Activision. Painting a believable picture of the future isn't as easy as it looks, and the developers had to really consider more than just the aesthetics.
As Sledgehammer's video series continues, we come upon a rather important yet often overlooked aspect of game design: the sound. The developers are really aiming to create a futuristic environment that still feels grounded, so they started with something familiar, then tweaked it over time by adding more layers of audio until something works. Interestingly enough, this is pretty much the same method they utilized in Advanced Warfare's visual design.
Another rather cool point of interest is the variety in sfx. Every sound is different, created based on a number of factors like the type of projectile, force of impact, and target object. Seriously, have a look at the full video below.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out November 4 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.
A dungeon crawler that takes no prisoners (alive)
Lords of the Fallen will officially be coming out in time for Halloween, on October 28. Brace yourselves, because this isn't a dungeon crawler for the faint of heart. Expect to die many, many times.
Set in an old monastery, Lords of the Fallen places players in the shoes of Harkyn, an anti-hero of sorts sent to investigate some evil goings-on at said monastery. While the character isn't customizable, how he's played is left up to you. Armor, weapons and a limited number of spells can be mixed and matched, equipped in a number of different ways to suit your play style.
Having the option to essentially create your own way to play is always nice, but in Lords of the Fallen, it's absolutely necessary to survival. One of the game's biggest draws is the absurdly high difficulty, which dictates that every enemy and encounter must be approached in a strategic manner. This isn't just a hack-and-slash, but a gauntlet of pain, frustration, and the satisfaction that comes with each hard-won victory.
Lords of the Fallen will come out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on October 28 in the US, and October 31 in Europe.
Destiny trailer goes unboxes $150 Ghost Edition, Bungie details special collector's edition contents
Bungie announced three several versions of Destiny just yesterday, but why not follow up with a trailer? In an official "reveal" video for the $150 Ghost Edition, Bungie developers go through some of the bonuses featured in what is essentially Destiny's collector's edition, like the Ghost replica and extra downloadable content.
As the most expensive of the three Destiny varieties, Ghost Edition's big draw is the little statue of Ghost, your AI companion in the game. Yes, the figure is actually pretty small, but it also lights up and speaks in the voice of actor Peter Dinklage. Hey, the devs seem pretty impressed with the little guy, and he does seem like a nice companion to have in the actual game; stands to reason he'd make a fun collectible.
Another item worth looking at is the Arms and Armament Field Guide, a book that's supposedly written by Guardians for Guardians, giving you every bit of important information you'll need to survive. Items from the "Golden Age," when humanity still thrived without the threat of extinction, might also make lore fans and collectors happy. For anyone who wants more DLC, you'll be getting that too with Expansions I and II.
Check out the Ghost Edition reveal trailer below. Destiny will be released September 9 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and remember that pre-ordering early is required for getting into this month's beta.
Champions aren't the only ones getting visual updates in League of Legends. After much fan feedback, Riot Games have decided it's time to give the League client a makeover, from the patcher to the landing page you see upon logging in.
In a recent update on the League of Legends site, Riot Ventropy gives an extensive rundown of what the devs are planning and detailed insight on these changes. The most noticeable change is going to be visual, redesigned to actually focus on game content and media. In the near future, the patcher will actually display patch notes, champ spotlights and the latest free-to-play champ rotations. Clicking on any of these categories won't just redirect you to the website either, but actually show the contents within the patcher, giving you a little reading material to go through while patching the game.
The above image actually illustrates how the new patcher might look, but it's also still a work in progress and subject to change before release. Here's what Ventropy had to say on the subject:
Let's use the free champion rotation as a concrete example. Our current patcher shows a few names from the rotation in the news feed, but you have to click through to a web article to see the full list. With the upcoming changes, we can highlight the entire Free to Play rotation directly in the patcher. The Patch Notes have also been pulled in so you can read up on the latest changes while you’re downloading them.
This new layout applies visual focus to all content, displaying media with every item. To accommodate these visuals, we increased the patcher's size, giving us more real estate to keep a few key pieces surfaced and make it easier to browse other articles. We also took the opportunity to group up 'core' patching tools by condensing the download progress bar, service availability indicator and region selector at the top of the patcher. Your patching progress has also been merged into one bar to provide more streamlined information.
The new client landing page -- where you're directed upon logging in -- will see some layout changes similar to the patcher, with some additional "content types thrown into the mix." The space given to content will be expanded, stretching all the way to the edge of the screen, though the client size remains the same, so the menu bar up top isn't going to change much, sans a "bit of cleanup" to the buttons.
The client landing page will pull in the same layout changes as the patcher with a few additional content types thrown into the mix. As part of this update, we've extended content all the way to the screen edges. We haven't changed the client's size, though, so we didn't need to reorganize any of the client's other features (aside from a bit of cleanup to the menu buttons).
Beyond the visual stuff, Riot is also looking to implement some new technology to improve the pre-game experience, as they call it. This should improve client stability above all, without making any drastic alterations. Expect more to come.
Guild Wars 2 will be getting its next chapter, dubbed Entanglement, in the ongoing Season 2 Living Story next week on July 15, and a new teaser shows the evil growing. Quite literally, in fact, as the mysterious vines have spread as far as the Shiverpeaks. Frankly, I blame the sylvari for this entire mess.
So in addition to those vines popping out everywhere, they've also grown increasingly aggressive, and are shown in the video nabbing people from the surface. Our heroes are doing all they can to curb this threat, of course, and their adventures will take them beyond just Dry Top to some familiar and not-so-familiar places. A giant appears briefly in the video as well, but at least we know giants can be friendly; this one may not be.
Episode 2: Entanglement will be going live next Tuesday, July 15, and no doubt bring along some nice additions to the Gem Store. In the meantime, keep helping those Zephyrites, and remember to try your luck at winning a Guild Wars 2 Living World t-shirt before Friday.
343 Industries today released a Halo: The Master Chief Collection trailer that actually debuted last month at E3, and focuses on everyone's favorite Elite, the Arbiter.
The Master Chief Collection will be out this November, a year in advance of 343's highly-anticipated Halo 5: Guardians. That actually creates the perfect opportunity for developers to drop as many teasers they feel comfortable with. Like with Combat Evolved Anniversary and the optional terminal content teasing Halo 4 events, the terminals in The Master Chief Collection will uncover some of Arbiter's story, and hint at things to come next year in Halo 5. All in all, a pretty good reason for Halo fans to get in on the action, and 343 are proud of what they've done here, for their faithful followers.
Check out the trailer below, and remember to snag The Master Chief Collection November 11 for Xbox One. The bundle includes Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4, the first two being their anniversary versions. Multiplayer will also encompass the maps from all four games.
Destiny beta starts July 17 for PlayStation and July 23 for Xbox consoles, see the epic beta trailer now
Bungie today confirmed that the Destiny beta will kick off July 17, first on PlayStation consoles and the week after on July 23 for Xbox. If dates alone aren't enough to get you appropriately pumped, then take a look at the beta trailer below.
Just short of two weeks from now, the Destiny beta will be going live for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on July 17 via the Sony Entertainment Network, at 10:00 AM PT. On July 23, the following Wednesday, it launches on Xbox LIVE for Xbox One and Xbox 360, also at 10:00 AM Pacific. In between, Bungie will be performing some scheduled maintenance work, taking the beta offline from July 21 through July 22.
As for how long the beta will go, it's set to end by the end of the month, on July 27 at 11:59 PM PT. Interestingly enough, the Xbox beta runs alongside San Diego Comic-Con, the largest gathering of self-proclaimed nerds and enthusiasts every year.
To gain access to said beta, all you actually need to do is pre-order Destiny. Depending on where you reserve the game, a beta code will be included with your receipt.
For anyone who hasn't pre-ordered or will simply be missing the beta window, Destiny will be out in just a couple more months, on September 9. Multiple editions of the game, including a $150 Ghost Edition, are also available for reservation starting today.
Merry 4th of July, fangirls (and maybe boys)
While the US is celebrating their Independence Day, BioWare dropped a somewhat new Dragon Age: Inquisition character introduction. Meet Cullen, another returning character and fan favorite. For those who aren't already aware, he's also romanceable this time around.
The Templar first appeared in Dragon Age: Origin as a prominent figure in the Mage storyline, then appeared briefly in Dragon Age II as a supporting character. Many fans immediately latched onto him, so BioWare is bringing him back as an advisor, like with Leliana.
Cullen's description on the Inquisition website reads as follows, sounding much like you'd expect from a dedicated Templar:
Cullen has seen the worst that magic and corruption can do to innocent people. Trained from a young age, he has devoted more than half his life in service to the Templar Order. He saw the Ferelden Circle fall during the Blight and was witness to the mage-templar conflict that tore Kirkwall apart. In the aftermath, it was Cullen who rallied what remained of Kirkwall's templars to restore order to the devastated city. His leadership and integrity caught the attention of Cassandra Pentaghast, who recognized in him a vital component in forming the Inquisition. Now the world is falling into chaos. Cullen is through waiting for others to act, and he's determined that the Inquisition will make a difference for the people of Thedas.
Honestly, thank goodness for characters not plagued by supposedly dark and troubled pasts. But anyway, we're currently unsure whether Cullen will be romanceable for both female and male Inquisitors, but given his behaviors in Origin, Cullen is most likely heterosexual.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released to PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on October 7. Check out our impressions of the game from E3.
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Dragon Age: Inquisition welcomes Leliana back as an advisor to the Inquisitor, learn more about her here
BioWare hasn't exactly kept quiet about Leliana's return to Dragon Age in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Well, this week they offered up a closer look at Sister Nightingale, a woman first introduced to us in Dragon Age: Origin as a rather pleasant young lady with a dark past.
Leliana is a woman with many faces, but only her closest allies and friends can call her "Leliana." She was once a woman blinded by love and encouraged to become a killer, but wound up basically finding the Maker and joining the Chantry as a Lay Sister. Over time, she drifted a little closer to her old habits, and now works as a spymaster within the Inquisition. She definitely looks professional and awesome in her new armor, while BioWare also seem to have put a lot of work into perfecting her lips.
The implication is that Leliana won't be a fixed member of your team in Inquisition, but an advisor to the playable Inquisitor and her/his team. Here is what her description from the Dragon Age: Inquisition site says:
She has many names. Most know her as "Sister Nightingale” or “the Left Hand of the Divine.” To the rare friend, she is Leliana. They say she found faith amid darkness, and that her devotion to the Maker is matched only by her devotion to Divine Justinia V, a woman who is both mentor and savior. Those who have earned her loyalty know her as a steadfast ally. But enemies of the Divine know to fear her, for she is the shadow behind the Sunburst Throne—the one who watches and waits, who strikes when her mark is most vulnerable and least suspecting.
Leliana also appeared in the demo shown during E3, when she was rescued from impending torture and then went on to basically defy the Inquisitor's decisions. Overall thoughts? She's become Sister Nightingale the Dark and Edgy, and some people are certainly into that sort of lady.
Inquisition will be released to PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on October 7. Be sure to read our impressions of Dragon Age: Inquisition from E3.
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Evolve alpha sign-ups begin today, get early play time with the 4v1 experience from Left 4 Dead devs
Looking for the next big co-op game? Look no further than Evolve, and eager gamers can try their luck starting today at getting into the alpha. Sign-ups have kicked off, and the process just involves a quick survey.
Currently, 2K and Turtle Rock have yet to specify an exact date for the alpha test, but keep in mind that only North American residents can participate. The alpha will also only cover the PC version, so keep your specs handy for the survey. If you're not sure what sort of hardware you're running, however, the survey lets you skip that section. Just head over to the official Evolve website to get started.
When the survey asks for a password and referral code, use the following:
Referral Code: JoinTheHunt
The full game will actually be on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, when it comes out October 21. In Evolve, players team up in teams of four and go head-to-head with a dangerous creature controlled by a fifth. While the Hunters have numbers and awesome gadgets in their side, each playable monster comes equipped with special abilities and sheer strength. The result is a co-op/multiplayer experience unlike any other, but would you expect any less from the studio that created Left 4 Dead?
For more on Evolve, be sure to read our hands-on preview from E3.
Blizzard today released a new trailer for their all-stars MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, focused on the great Muradin Bronzebeard. Warcraft fans should already know his name, as well as that righteous beard. Now get an in-depth look at how he plays in an online arena.
Muradin is a fellow who can take damage while also dishing out a bit of his own. In the vid, we see his play style through the talent system and in combat, though keep in mind Heroes of the Storm is still in beta, so the number of playable heroes is still relatively limited. As the game progresses, however, we should be seeing more walkthrough videos like this one.
The Thane of Bronzebeard was originally believed to have died in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, when Arthas became the Lich King. In World of Warcraft, however, we learn he was actually alive and suffering from a bad case of amnesia, thus explaining his absence all this time.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer has devs talking about immersion and the art of the military look
Call of Duty enters a new generation, and it's real pretty
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is breaking into the new generation with a bang, thanks to the efforts of Sledgehammer Games. In the newest trailer, we are taken behind the scenes with the development team, as they talk about the visuals of Advanced Warfare.
The new Call of Duty looks amazing, of course, and this is especially apparent in the characters and their life-like appearance. The movements, too, are designed to feel real and immersive, even when you're running around in a futuristic exosuit.
The art direction is incredibly important here. While Advanced Warfare does take place in a more futuristic setting, everything is designed to appear quite relatable. To accomplish this, the team starts with existing tech, elements we are all familiar with, and makes just enough changes to inspire a more sci-fi look -- without going totally off the believability scale.
See the entire video below, and remember to pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare before it comes out November 4, 2014.
The rules are simple, and your chances are good
Guild Wars 2: Gates of Maguuma went live just yesterday, marking the official start to Season 2. To celebrate new beginnings, we've put together a very special event in collaboration with ArenaNet to give away 20 Scarlet Briar t-shirts. Oh, and they're quite lovely.
Scarlet Briar began her reign of terror months ago, launching assault after assault upon Tyria and its people. Together with the Aetherblade pirates, she unleashed world bosses and catastrophic invasions on key centers of civilization. In that time, Scarlet also blossomed into quite the villain, as her story unfolded alongside that of Tyria's.
With this giveaway, we celebrate the living world of Guild Wars 2, one that is home to many unique characters like Ceara, Marjory, Braham and Taimi. All you have to do is share with us your thoughts, and do so before Friday, July 11. Rules and details can be found below. Read them CAREFULLY!
- In the comments/thread below, tell us what you found most memorable about Season 1. For instance, where were you when Lion's Arch fell? Which world boss became your favorite?
- To enter, submit a comment below and include your preferred size. We cannot guarantee you will receive the exact size, but this will allow us to better match your choice.
- Participants must have a Neoseeker account.
- Participants must reside within North America or Europe.
- All entries must be made before July 11, 11:59 PM PT.
- 20 winners will be selected and contacted via private messages by a member of editorial, at which point we will ask for your mailing address and additional contact information. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, their t-shirt will be give away to a runner-up.
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Watch Dogs now has a good helping of new DLC, including three new single-player missions players can take Aiden through. Welcome back to Chicago, and grab the new weapons and outfits while you're there.
The new missions are all self-contained, sending our unlikely hero to a number of different locations for differing objectives. All tend to involve hacking in some way or another, of course. Here's a breakdown of what the new content pack:
- The Palace Single Player Mission: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His databanks have intimate details on thousands of people including Dedsec and Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe his hard drive and escape before the raid begins. Then silence the Internet mogul.
- Signature Shot Single Player Mission: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person to imprint his palm on the handle. Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to imprint the weapon.
- Breakthrough Single Player Mission: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago South Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Find the scrambler vehicles and take out their technicians. Locate the meeting and eliminate everyone taking part.
Since just having missions to run wouldn't be enough, Ubisoft did include two new weapons -- the Biometric Rifle and Auto-6 Pistol -- to be earned, accommodating different styles of play. On top of all that, a new South Chicago outfit is now available with the DLC pack, plus the Dedsec Battery, Blume Weapon, ATM Hack, and Driving Master boosts.
For Watch Dogs Season Pass holders, this DLC should be readily available for download and play. Everyone else can grab the new add-on for $6.99. This comes about a month after Watch Dogs' first DLC release, the Conspiracy! Digital Trip game mode.
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