March 3, 2016

Nintendo Has Cancelled The Pokemon Go GDC Presentation

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Pokemon trainers looking to get their first real details about Pokemon GO outside of promotional trailers will be disappointed to learn that Nintendo has cancelled the GDC presentation for the game. The official event page on the GDC tittle has simply been updated to include“CANCELLED” in the title.

In a statement issued to GameSpot about the abrupt event cancellation Niantec CEO John Hanke explained that they chose to cancel the highly anticipated event to focus on the Pokemon GO beta.

“We have decided to forego our GDC talk on Pokemon Go in order to focus on getting the product ready for beta test and launch. As much as we hate to disappoint those in the industry attending GDC, we feel our time and energy right now are best spent on making sure every aspect of the product is where we want it to be,”

Pokemon Go is expected to release later this year for Android and iOS devices.


The Division’s Post Launch Content Revealed

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Ubisoft has announced that three paid expansions will be coming to Tom Clancy’s The Division after the game launches. The first titled “underground” will hit the June followed by “survival” which is due out in the summer and finally “Last Stand” will come out before the end of the year on all platforms. Each of these expansions, at least based upon the descriptions provided, will differ greatly. Survival seems to have players defending themselves against waves of enemies while underground will have agents exploring the New York City subways.

Here is how Ubisoft’s press release described each add-on:

Expansion I: Underground
Available in June, this first major expansion lets players explore the uncharted underworld of New York City. Players will chase deadly enemies with up to three other Agents through an endless maze of tunnels and subways.

Expansion II: Survival
Available this summer, this expansion will challenge players to survive as long as possible by gathering essential supplies in a very hostile environment.

Expansion III: Last Stand
Next winter, a new threat rises as players and their squad must prepare to defend against a relentless foe.

Not all of the post release content will be paid, however. Ubisoft will also release at least 2 major updates to the game that will add end-game content, new features to the Dark Zone and a brand new item trading system.

Here is a more in-depth description of the Incursion and Conflict free updates:

Incursions: In April, the first free update will introduce the first incursion, a new challenging end-game activity developed specifically for squad play. Teams will be able to test their skills as they face seemingly unstoppable enemies to gain high-level weapons and equipment. This update will also add one of the community’s most-wanted feature, loot trading; allowing players in the same group to trade loot collected during a co-op game session.

Conflict: In May, the second free update will add new features to the Dark Zone and add a new incursion in the iconic Columbus Circle.

Tom Clancy’s The Division will be out next Tuesday, March 8th, for Xbox One, Windows PC and PlayStation 4.

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Paragon Early Access Founders Pass & Beta Weekends Detailed

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Epic Games sent out an email blast to everyone who has signed up for the Paragon open beta this afternoon informing them that an early access Founders Pack is now available. If you don’t want to put down the $19.99 USD for the early access pass Epic will also be holding free beta weekends before the open beta’s launch.

In part here is what the email read:

As someone who has signed up for the beta, even if you don’t want to buy a Founder’s Pack, you will be invited to free Beta Weekends during the Early Access Season.

You can also choose to buy a Founder’s Pack starting on March 14, and begin playing March 18. We’ll have more details on Founder’s Packs and Beta Weekends soon. If you’d rather wait, the game will be in free Open Beta in the summer of 2016.

Steve Superville from Epic Games also took to Reddit this morning to further explain the announcement. All heroes and cards in the game can be earned for free only by playing the game and Epic will monetize the game by selling skins, emotes and other non-gameplay changing add-ons in addition to providing paid early access.

There are two other packs available if you want to put down a little bit more cash – the Challenger Pack and Master Pack which Steve described like this:

Founder’s Packs will cost $19.99, and include access to the game, skins, boosts, and other cosmetic items you can unlock by playing. Challenger Packs ($59.99) and Master Packs ($99.99) will include a huge number of skins, unlockable items, boosts, a unique skin, and a Founder’s Pack to give to a friend. We’ll be sharing complete details soon.

What do you think about the monetization and paid founder’s access to Paragon? The open beta will begin sometime later this summer and the founder’s pack will be available on March 14th. We’ll bring you our hands-on impressions once we get access to the game.


Bethesda Crafts Fallout Shelter Version 1.4

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Fallout Shelter

The surprise mobile hit Fallout Shelter has been updated to version 1.4 according to a press release that Bethesda released this morning. This brand new release offers players the chance to check out a crafting system for the first time. Overseers can turn the useless junk that their vault dwellers might have laying around into useful items to help them survive. Other enhancements include new rooms like the barbershop which will allow you to customize the look of any dweller as well as new pieces of fashion and pets.

Fallout Shelter was one of the many surprises Bethesda had in store for fans at 2015’s E3 conference. The game was immediately announced and release the same day and allows players to take on the role of an overseer, building and expanding one of the universe’s many fallout shelters. The game has been among one of the most played titles in Apple’s app store and has grossed over $5.1 million dollars in microtransaction related purchases. It is available for both ios and Android.


Here are the partial patch notes that Bethesda released today:

· Turn worthless junk into useful items! Introducing… crafting!
· New Rooms! Build the new Weapon and Armor crafting rooms and use them to create your own items in game!
· Lunchboxes now contain a bonus 5th card: Junk! Trust us – it’s more useful than it sounds. Lucky wasteland explorers may also find junk on their adventures.
· Take the Overseer role to the next level. Build the new Barbershop and customize the look of any Dweller.
· Keep up with the latest fashions! Find new Outfits and Weapons straight from Fallout 4 in lunchboxes, or craft them yourself!
· Because four-legged companions bring overwhelming happiness, we’ve added new Dogs and Cats, and are introducing… Parrots! Plus, new Pet bonuses!
· Time of day is now properly reflected. Because authentic Vault simulation is our #1 goal!

Source: Bethesda Press Release


Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed to 2017, Titan fall 2 Q3 2016

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

It seems like I get half of my news from investment calls these days. This tidbit is no different,  Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen, who said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference yesterday that it’s slated for the fourth quarter of EA’s fiscal year.

The exact statment was “We’ve got our Battlefield first-person shooter game coming in the third quarter, and our third-party title that Respawn, our partner, built, called Titanfall, it’s the second title that they brought into that brand. Both of those are first-person shooters and will be targeted around both the fast, action-driven shooter market, as well as the strategy-driven market in the quarter,We have all our sports games. We have our Mirror’s Edge runner game, it’s first quarter. and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter. So big year ahead and we’re pretty excited.”


There is a lot of info in that short statement. Mass effect in fiscal Q4 (so 2017), Titan fall two this year in the third quarter, and Mirrors edge in Q1. EA’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 3, which means our window for Mass Effect is now January 1 to March 31 of 2017. This is quite the delay from its original reported date sometime between October  and December  of 2016. I tend to think game delays are good rather than bad as they make sure they game thats delivered is polished and well finished, but this seems to be motivated by how the games EA offers need to be spaced out rather than any real need to have it finished. Pushing Mass Effect means EA will have a major release after the Christmas season instead of three major titles during it.

this news first appeared on Neogaf.


Marvel to Celebrating Leading Ladies by adding them to their games

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Marvel has done a lot recently for its leading ladies. Now they will highlight them in a new event they are calling Women of Power.  Starting March 3, Marvel Games will release new characters and more content across it catalog of mobile, console, and PC titles such as Lego Marvel Avengers, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and Avenger Academy. This should get rid of many of the compliants that folks had of characters like black widow not appearing in the Avengers game titles. There was a small uproar when marvel didnt include many of its female characters in its games, and toys after the movies had female protagonists. Hit the jump for the full list of whats coming to what games.


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New Nintendo Direct Later Today, Covers 3DS & Wii-U

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo will be holding a surprise Nintendo Direct video presentation later today that will focus on titles for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U. They have stated that this presentation will include titles for both platforms that are due out by the end of the summer but will not include any information on the companies’ plans for mobile phones or their upcoming Nintendo NX Console.

Things kick off later today at 5PM EST / 3PM MST / 10 PM GMT and will be broadcast on the official Nintendo sites for North America, Europe and Japan.


What do you think Nintendo will announce? We already know that Pokemon Moon & Pokemon Sun are slated for release in Winter 2016 so any new details on those two titles is unlikely. Perhaps Ninty will surprise everyone with a few often requested Virtual Console releases? With Nintendo it is really anyone’s guess.

Here are a few titles that are currently scheduled for the first half of 2016 from Nintendo:

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Bravely Second (3DS) / Published By Square Enix
Hyrule Warriors: Legends (3DS)



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