Daily Archives January 3, 2017

Smite's Strategy/Card Game Spinoff Enters Closed Beta Today

Hi-Rez Studios announced today at Hi-Rez Expo 2017 that its turn-based strategy game Smite Tactics has entered closed beta, replacing the alpha that launched in November.

Smite's Strategy/Card Game Spinoff Enters Closed Beta Today

Not to be confused with the recently announced Smite Rivals, Smite Tactics is a deck-building game, which asks players to create decks of gods and creatures used to battle against a single opponent. At first blush, the cards from Tactics looks similar to other collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, with hit points and attack damage values presented with the traditional red and green circles on the bottom corners of the cards. Where it differs, is when cards are played they appear on a 3D and heavily stylized board, which is where battles take place...

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3 Development Status Outlined by Director

Development continues on two of Square Enix’s most highly anticipated games, Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake. One or both may be shown off in some capacity this year, but the two “still have a way to go” before they’re released, according to director Tetsuya Nomura.

He discussed the state of both games in a recent interview with Famitsu (translated by Gematsu) in which he indicated we’ll still be waiting a while for them.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3 Development Status Outlined by Director
Kingdom Hearts III

On the subject of Kingdom Hearts III, he said, “While I can’t make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we’ve done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off...

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Get a New Xbox One for $280 Right Now

The Xbox One’s temporary price drop might be over, but you can still save on the console.

Get a New Xbox One for $280 Right Now

A number of retailers are currently offering $20 off most Xbox One bundles, meaning you can get a system for as little as $280 before tax. Basically all of the Xbox One S bundles are discounted, including 500 GB and 1 TB versions that come with free copies of Battlefield 1, Minecraft, FIFA 17, Gears of War 4, or others.

This deal is good at GameStop, Walmart, and the Microsoft Store, among others. Go to Microsoft’s website to see a rundown of all available Xbox One S bundles and where you can buy them.

In other Xbox deals news, the second week of Microsoft’s massive “Countdown” sale is currently going on, with lots of big games marked down for a limited time–here’s a roundup of the deals.

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Watch Awesome Games Done Quick's Latest Speedrun Event for Cancer Research

A video game speedrunning event that raises money for charity has begun.

More than 100 gamers are taking part in the newest Awesome Games Done Quick event, which runs for 160 hours straight, though January 15. The players will speedrun through classic games like Super Metroid and Donkey Kong, as well as newer titles like Hyper Light Drifter and Dark Souls III.

They’ll be playing some lesser-known games as well. On Thursday, January 12, at 4:11 AM ET, someone will play the Wayne’s World game. You can see the complete Awesome Games Done Quick schedule right here.

You can watch all the action through the Games Done Quick Twitch Channel, while archived speedruns will be available on the Games Done Quick YouTube Channel.

2015′s winter Awesome Games Done Quick raised $1...

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The Rock Thinks Terry Crews Should Voice an Overwatch Character, Too

Actor Terry Crews has made it no secret he’d like to voice an Overwatch character. While Blizzard’s stance remains unknown, one person who approves is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

There have been rumors for some time that a character named Doomfist is on the way to Overwatch. Fans have proposed Crews could fill this role, and Crews himself has repeatedly said he’d be up for it. He tweeted about the possibility again this week, leading to The Rock voicing his support in a tweet of his own.

“Co-sign,” he said. “Known TC for years and this man’s voice even has bad assery muscles. Fans would luv it. #Doomfist”

It’s unclear if The Rock even knows what Overwatch is, but his support certainly can’t hurt...

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Coming in March Alongside Switch – Report

Contrary to an earlier report, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch in March 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, according to sources speaking to Eurogamer.

The highly anticipated RPG is coming out that month in North America and Japan, but a date for Europe has yet to be locked in, the site went on to claim. Nintendo will release the Switch console in March, so it’s possible Breath of the Wild could be a launch title.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Coming in March Alongside Switch - Report

If Breath of the Wild is in fact a Switch launch title, Nintendo may make that official soon. During Nintendo’s January 12 Switch news event, the company is expected to formally announce the console’s launch lineup, as well as the hybrid system’s price and specs. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

Breath of the Wild is also coming to Wii U.


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Game Release Dates in January 2017

January is beginning the new year with a solid lineup of some of the most anticipated games to play in 2017, including Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Gravity Rush 2, and much more. With a handful of big games to keep an eye on this month, we’ve compiled all the biggest releases for your convenience. Below you can find brief descriptions of some major upcoming games, as well as a comprehensive table covering each game coming out in January.

Gravity Rush 2 — January 20 (PS4)

The sequel to 2012′s Gravity Rush isn’t defying gravity on PS Vita this month; rather, it’s taking its vertigo-inducing antics to PS4 instead...

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Red Xbox One Controller Launching This Month

Looking for a new Xbox One controller? Microsoft is launching a red version of the controller later this month. This is the new version of the pad, featuring textured grips and increased wireless range. It also has Bluetooth support, and can be used with PC and tablets as well as the Xbox One.

The controller goes on sale starting January 10 through GameStop and the Microsoft Store (via Mspoweruser.com). It costs $65.

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This is not technically the first red Xbox One controller, as Microsoft offers a red Gears of War 4-themed controller. Additionally, you can get a red controller from the Xbox Design Lab.

The new standard red controller joins other standard colors such as white, blue, and black...

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CNN Uses Fallout 4 Footage in a Report on Russian Hacking

During a recent report regarding alleged Russian hacking of the US presidential election, CNN briefly showed footage from Fallout 4.

As noticed by Reddit user Poofylicious (via PC Gamer), the video–which can be seen here at around the 1:02 mark–shows an angled shot of a computer screen displaying random strings of text. The cliche-ridden shot is, in fact, a common sight in Bethesda’s Fallout games, as demonstrated in the graphic below from the Reddit post.

CNN Uses Fallout 4 Footage in a Report on Russian Hacking

It’s an amusing oversight, but hardly the first time we’ve seen this happen with a news network. During a story on child soldiers, RT showed an image from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a decision it later called “deliberate.” An Iranian network showed Medal of Honor footage in a report on a raid on ISIS, while Yahoo opted for a...

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Acclaimed Adventure Game Firewatch Passes 1 Million Copies Sold

Adventure game Firewatch has passed a major sales milestone.

Developer Campo Santo announced on Twitter that the game has now sold more than 1 million copies. The millionth copy was sold sometime in late 2016, the developer said. As announced previously, Firewatch sold 500,000 copies in its first month.

Sometime late last year we sold our one millionth copy of Firewatch. Thank you all so much! pic.twitter.com/7LSTqWuU8Q

— Campo Santo (@camposanto) January 3, 2017

Firewatch launched in February 2016 for PC and PlayStation 4, before landing on Xbox One in September of that year. It was Campo Santo’s first title and reviews for the first-person adventure game were positive across the board.

A Firewatch movie is currently in the works at Good Universe, the film company that also produced...

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