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Final Fantasy XIV is receiving a slew of new content later this month thanks to the upcoming 4.2 update, Rise of a New Sun. Square Enix recently gave more details on what we can expect from the update, and released a new trailer.
The teaser, which you can watch below, showcases the forthcoming update and has several callbacks to the SNES classic, Final Fantasy VI. For example, the Phantom Train makes on appearance at the beginning of the video and antagonist Kefka appears briefly at the end.
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Rise of a New Sun features the next arc in the Omega raid series, a new trial featuring one of the Four Lords, two new dungeons (Hell's Lid and The Fractal Continuum in hard mode), and several new mounts. You can check out Square Enix's dedicated site to the update for a more detailed breakdown, by heading here.
Rise of a New Sun releases for Final Fantasy XIV on PlayStation 4 and PC as of January 30. Last year, Netflix released a Japanese drama called Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light which follows a father and son who bond over the MMO. You can read our impressions of the show here.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a landmark game for its time, but still functioned the way other Zelda games did, with a mostly linear structure with some spokes for side quests. Breath of the Wild broke this mold by letter players skip many parts of the base game and play how they wanted. But what if someone tried to play the former Zelda game like they would the latter?
Youtuber Shesez tries to find out in his latest episode of Sequence Break, which uses glitches and other methods to circumvent the rigid design of games and see what happens. In this episode, Shesez finds out what happens if you don't get the Ocarina for Saria before you have to play your first song, how essential the first three dungeons are in finishing are to finishing the game, and what happens with young and adult Link swap places in cutscenes.
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Youtuber Mark Brown has been on a roll with this Boss Keys series, which offer detailed examinations of the dungeons in The Legend of Zelda. Brown finally arrives at Breath of the Wild this week.
The video is incredibly thorough and brilliant, offering insight into how the Diving Beats (Breath of the Wild's dungeon equivalent) fare against previous dungeon designs of the series, and how Shrines fit into that mold. While this is the last time in a while Brown will dive deep into the Zelda series, he plans to return to the series soon with a second season, highlighting games outside the Zelda series that use similar level designs. You can watch the full video below.
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For more on Boss Keys, check out our previous coverage of the series.
Star Wars Rebels' final season, which was split into two parts, will return on February 19, Lucasfilm announced yesterday.
The first of the final episodes will premiere on the Disney XD channel at 8pm Central, according to Starwarsnews.net. The trailer for the latter half of the season (below) also holds a nice surprise for Star Wars fans: The debut of Emperor Palpatine, who will be voiced the character's live-action actor from the films, Ian McDiarmid.
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Metal Gear Survive will implement two features Metal Gear fans may not jive with: microtransactions and the constant requirement for an online connection.
GameSpot reports that during a recent preview session, Konami confirmed the game will always require players to be connected online so that the experience of going between single and multiplayer can be smooth. "Metal Gear Survive's online connectivity requirements were built to support a seamless integration between single player and co-op," the company told GameSpot. "This will also enable us to provide ongoing content post-launch."
Players will also be able to purchase currency for real money, but will be able to earn this same currency through gameplay. Examples of what players can purchase with this currency include passes that increase the rate at which they earn various currencies, as well as "Support Defenders."
For a look at what Metal Gear Survive's single-player looks like, check out our recent New Gameplay Today video on the game.
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It's not all that surprising, if still disappointing, that we won't be able to play Metal Gear Survive without an internet connection. And although I enjoyed my time playing Metal Gear Survive, I can definitely see the grind of finding resources driving players to spend real money to speed things up.
Destiny 2 is drawing ire from its players yet again, this time over a change that throttled the number of faction tokens players could earn, as well as an unintended lack of clarity over how faction weapons would be released.
In a blog post, mentioned that the first of those two incidents, an update last year that fixed an exploit that let players earn "hundreds of Faction Tokens per hour without firing a single shot" by preventing players from gaining rewards from Lost Sectors (hidden areas that worked like mini-dungeons) if they did them too quickly.
"We have heard player feedback that this solution was too disruptive," Bungie community manager Cozmo said. "We’re looking at a change that won’t make players feel forced to run to and from a single chest for hours while also not placing a hard stop on enjoying Lost Sectors. We want to ensure that every time you open a chest there is loot inside."
Cozmo also apologized for the lack of clarification regarding how Season 2's faction weapons would roll out. "It was not made clear beforehand that the new Season 2 weapons would be added throughout the events of the Season rather than all at once in the beginning," they said. "This was on us. No excuses." For Season 2, one new weapon will be introduced as the "Winner's Offering" for all three factions.
Whichever faction wins that week's Faction Rally will receive that weapon for cheap, while the other factions will have to pay much more for it. When the second Faction Rally hits in Season 2, the previous Winner's Offering weapons for all three factions will be added to that faction's engram rewards, along with one other new weapon. This process repeats for the third and final Faction Rally of the season, for a total of five new weapons per faction over the course of the season.
"We will be remedying this lapse in communication next week with details on what you should expect when the next Iron Banner rolls out in Season 2," Cozmo said.
These snafus have become commonplace with Bungie and Destiny 2, and while this one isn't necessarily too major, it's one more strike against the company's overall management of the game. When the company has to issue a statement saying they want loot to be in every chest in a loot-based game, something is definitely off.
At this point, we've got a good idea of where the year's going to go. School is in full swing for most people and past the early stages where classes don't assign too much homework, and most workplaces are fully out of the "I just got back, so I'm going to take it easy" mode. Esports events are like that too, as several major leagues make a return and are joined by major tournaments.
Heartstone's World Championship is already underway and concludes this weekend, so if you'd like something to watch between Dungeon Runs, you can watch the best of the best duke their Hearths out. (Stream / Schedule)
Speaking of League: League of Legends comes back this week, as the North American branch of the CLS kicks off with a match between Team Liquid and Team Solo Mid, among several others. (Stream/ Schedule)
The first big Super Smash Bros. tournament of the year brings the game's biggest hitters to compete in both Melee and For Wii U. (Streams and Schedule)
You can also catch people catching those hands at Frost Faustings, which has events for Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Tekken 7, and more. (Stream and Schedule)
That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover, in the comments below.
Ys VIII's PC port is proving to be continuously problematic, so NIS America has made the decision to delay the game further in order to take the time needed to improve its performance.
On the game's Steam pre-order page, NIS has offered a thorough explanation of why it has chosen to delay the game writing, "This decision was not made lightly, and we understand that many of you will be upset about this news. For that, and most importantly, for the delay, we are very sorry." The game is having memory leak issues and framerate problems in its transition from PlayStation 4 to PC and NIS is going to bring the game to a new team writing, "We will be moving development to an entirely different developer who will primarily focus on frame rate improvements as well as other PC optimizations. Once that process begins, we will monitor the progress and determine the release schedule. We will also be sure to give regular updates to our progress." NIS is also offering refunds on pre-orders for those disappointed by the delay.
NIS is quick to point out that this delay will not affect the planned localization patch which is coming to Vita and PlayStation 4 on January 30. It's unclear if this delay will affect the Switch version of the game, which is planned for a vague 2018 release date. For our review of the PlayStation 4 version of the game, head here.
This is a bummer for those looking forward to the game on PC, but I appreciate NIS America's transparency in saying the game is not working as well as it wants, it's bringing on a whole new team to get it fixed, and it will happily refund your pre-order. It certainly lessens the sting.
The cast of the Detective Pikachu movie continues to expand in surprising ways.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Detective Pikachu's cast now includes Ken Watanabe who will play Detective Yoshida, a new character exclusive to the film. Watanabe joins Ryan Reynolds, who will be playing the titular role, alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). The movie is being directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch, known for creating Gravity Falls. The film will follow Pikachu as he helps Smith's character track down his kidnapped father.
The Detective Pikachu video game was recently confirmed for a release in North America alongside a Detective Pikachu amiibo. You can read more about the game here.
This weekend all the video editors are swimming around underwater, Dan Tack lies about a fancy meal he plans on eating, and I lie to myself about planning to clean the house. It sounds like a perfectly average weekend. What about you? Hopefully you're doing something more exciting than the rest of us. Let us know in the comments.
Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I haven’t had a chance to start learning Sakura and Menat in Street Fighter V now that Arcade Edition is out, so I’m hopefully going to rectify that this weekend. I’m also going to play a lot of Destiny 2 for the first time in a while, since the ornaments for the New Monarchy outfit look real pretty!
Javy Gwaltney (@HurdyIV) – I'll be reading a bunch of books, playing Pyre, and maybe finally going to see Jumanji and not being able to get out of the theater until a coworker rolls a 5 or 8.
Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – This weekend, I’m continuing my playthroughs of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Final Fantasy X. Of course, I’ll always find time for Overwatch.
Daniel Tack (@dantack) – Culatello prosciutto, sopressata, bufala mozzarella, burrata, stone ground course mustard, Carolina Reaper sauce, jalapenos (fresh), and an ice-cold Cheerwine.
Leo Vader (@leovader) – I’m eager to “dive in” to Subnautica. [Editor's note: I asked Leo to take Weekend Warrior seriously next time. I just wanted to apologize here for his clearly dismissive attitude.]
Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’m just focused on playing more Subnautica on Steam. I’m really enjoying the game, it has fully scratched that Minecraft itch I forgot I had previously scratched… does that make sense? It’s an underwater survival-crafty thing, but really satisfying and a top-notch game to play while listening to podcasts. Enjoy the weekend!
Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – It's not unbearably clod outside, so you know what that means – time to clean the inside of my car and garage! Yeah! I also plan on having a spotless house full of clean laundry by Sunday night. It's definitely going to happen! In terms of video games, I want to check out the Metal Gear Survive beta and revisit Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on my Vita, as long as I can get them all to work properly.
The Overwatch League, a pro esports league devoted to its titular game, has had to deactivate a player due to comments made on their personal stream.
According to ESPN, the Dallas Fuel's Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been "deactivated" from their match with the London Spitfire due to comments he made on his personal stream directed towards the Houston Outlaws' Austin "Muma" Wilmot. This news follows some more Overwatch League controversy involving a public apology from the Shanghai Dragons who offered assurances to their fans that they will improve after a rough start.
The writer behind the first season of Netflix's Castlevania series, Warren Ellis, recently confirmed on twitter that a part two is on the way.
Ellis didn't offer an exact release date, but said eight more episodes are coming this summer.January 19, 2018
This is good news... I assume. Castlevania has been languishing on my Netflix queue since it launched. I watched the first episode and was impressed, and I enjoy the games, but I just haven't gotten back to it. I want to though, I promise. For Game Informer's thoughts on the first season of Castlevania, head here.
After three consecutive losses in the newly minted Overwatch League, the Shanghai Dragons have issued an apology for the team's lackluster play. The league is only in its second week (with the season lasting twenty weeks), yet the Dragons clearly aren't happy with where they are at, and felt the need to publicly share why the team has been struggling. The Dragons are one of three teams to not have a win this season, joining the Dallas Fuel and Florida Mayhem.
The apology comes from the Dragons' manager Yang Van, and addresses everything from the mental health of its players to strategies used in the field of play. Van also addresses rumors of the team being overworked in practices. Here's the statement that was shared on Twitter:
Overwatch League inaugural season launch has gone to week 2, and we didn’t bring out the performance that players expected in the past 3 matches. I am here to offer my sincere apology to all the fans of Shanghai Dragons and Overwatch. I am the first to blame and responsible for the less than stellar results. I am sorry to have disappointed all the players.
We recognize our problems, disadvantages and current status of Shanghai Dragons. In the meantime, we appreciate all the suggestions from Overwatch players, and we need time and space to tackle these problems. Accordingly, we will focus on our teamwork, contrapuntally training on all positions, game strategy execution and planning, mentality adjustment of our players, and in-game communication.
These current issues and problems will be given highest priority in our daily training schedule instead of repetitive training. We had one session on adjusting mentality for players after last week’s games and we will further assist our players on their mentality issues whenever it is needed. We realize it is crucial for our players to play with their true potential in a stable state of mind. We understand and are grateful for your concern on the training schedule of Shanghai Dragons; I am here to provide a holistic introduction to our approach. Daily training starts at 10:30 [a.m.] and ends at midnight, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks. Meals are handled and delivered by our local support specialist and players commute by our cars between the practice room and Shanghai Dragons’ own bares. In terms of the nutrition and tastes of our players while being far away from home, our local support specialist makes sure that there is at least one meal that is Chinese cuisine every day, which include a variety of Shanghai, Hunan, and Sichuan genres of cuisine.
With a reasonable amount of training time ensured, the management team has also developed plans regarding life issues, for the well-being and health concern of our players, both physically and mentally. For example, casual and game-related English lessons, team-building, and mental assistance. We understand that you are blaming us because you want us to be better. But we also hope that you will acknowledge the existence of rumors that are simply not true.
We also recognized that there is a lack of time for physical exercise and entertainment in our current training schedule. However, we are planning them and we will share with you when more news is available.
The Shanghai Dragons, more than anyone, are looking forward to our first victory, as well as seeing our players shining bright on the stage. To achieve this goal, the management team, coaching team, and the players will all work together to solve problems that we are facing now. Even though the future matched will be an uphill battle for us, we promise that we will be positive and take all advice and suggestions bravely, and enhance our speed in improving ourselves. We believe that given time, Shanghai Dragons will be a remarkable team.
The Dragons have a shot at netting a first victory tonight against the Mayhem. The match begins at 8 p.m. CT, and can be viewed on Twitch or through the Overwatch game.
Losing three games to begin a season isn't a big deal. Some players need time to warm up, especially in a new setting like Overwatch League. This statement reads more like a way for the team to address the rumors of the players being overworked. Let's hope the Dragons net a victory soon.
Activision has announced a time-limited event for Call of Duty: WWII titled The Resistance which brings a host of new things to the multiplayer FPS.
The event begins in just a few days on January 23 and lasts all the way to February 27. Titled The Resistance, the event brings a new Division to the game, also called the Resistance, which provides a new player class to the game with its own class-specific skills and perks and a focus on close-range combat.
The event reintroduces Prop Hunt to Call of Duty, a hide-and-seek mode where a player takes the form of an in-game object and does their best to blend in without being found. It also brings Demolition, which resembles Search-and-Destroy with respawning.
Players can also access the Orso SMG, combat knife, and Volkssturmgewehr assault rifle through completing Orders.
The event ends just ahead of the game's first DLC pack, also called The Resistance, which launches on PlayStation 4 on January 30. It includes new maps for War Mode, Zombies, and three maps for multiplayer. The DLC will come to other platforms at an unspecified later date.
Call of Duty: WWII is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The NPD Group and Activision have confirmed that the title is the best selling game of 2017.
I get that branding is important, but they maybe could have made these names a little less confusing.
It is no secret that the Switch is somewhat of an indie success story in its first year, with owners happily buying new and old indie games that appear on its eShop. It appears, under a certain criteria, that Stardew Valley topped the Switch sales list in the last year.
Nintendo released rankings today with no sales numbers attached, but there are a few caveats. Since it's a Japanese list, it only includes games that were released in Japan, even for the global list. That means games like Golf Story couldn't be on there. The list is also in two parts, one solely for Japan and one Global.
That said, it's no surprise Stardew Valley took the top spot, considering how excited people were for the Switch port. It beat out Minecraft, Rocket League, and Sonic Mania. In the Japan-only list, Stardew Valley is not in the top ten at all, with the top spot being taken by Mojang and Microsoft's Minecraft.
Stardew Valley's multiplayer expansion, which comes with new content for the single-player portion, is currently being tested for release. It will be supported on all of Stardew Valley's platforms except for the upcoming PlayStation Vita version.
Stardew Valley definitely deserves the praise and high sales. Hopefully indies continue seeing success on the Switch in the future.
Back in mid-2016, action game developer PlatinumGames announced a partnership with Cygames to make a PlayStation 4 RPG based on their massively popular mobile RPG, Granblue Fantasy. Today, we get our first real good look at the game, titled Granblue Fantasy: Project Re:Link.
The first few minutes of the video are a little dry, showing off the environmental design as the main character strolls through an idyllic village visited by a massive airship. Before too long, action starts, and a lot of traditional PlatinumGames-style dodging and combo mechanics come into play. The trailer ends with a series of chain spells that destroys a larger enemy.
The game is based on the world of Granblue Fantasy, a Cygames-produced mobile RPG for Android and iOS, which has music and art from Final Fantasy legends Nobuo Uematsu and art Hideo Minaba respectively. It is a massive hit in Japan, having been downloaded over eighteen million times. Despite an English release, the game has never officially been released in the west.
There is no word over whether Project Re:Link will ever come to the west, either, and it currently sits without an even tentative release window. Check out the trailer below and maybe brush up on your Japanese skills if you're hoping to play it.
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The game looks extremely cool, so hopefully it does make it to the west. I have little familiarity with Granblue Fantasy, but it has a reputation of being a modern interpretation of old school Final Fantasy, so it's interesting to see a spin-off RPG be a fast-paced action game.
A new Japanese trailer for Valkyria Chronicles 4 details the game's planned DLC.
The trailer is in Japanese, but Gematsu writes that the DLC will include new missions as well as the option to use Edy Nelson from the original Valkyria Chronicles in the main story. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is planned for release in North America for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch in North America this year, but exactly how this DLC will be implemented – or if it will be implemented – is unclear. You can check out the trailer below.
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We're very excited about a return to Valkyria Chronicles here at Game Informer, placing it as our number two most anticipated RPG on our anticipated RPGs of 2018 list. For more on the game, head here.
Blizzard World, the Overwatch map that both celebrates and truly revels in Blizzard's history, is coming out in a matter of days. Blizzard thinks you should not have to wait that long, however, and is selling an art print map of the new stage ahead of its release.
Not only do you get the map, but you also get an informational pamphlet for your visit. For the diehard Overwatch fan, or even the diehard Blizzard fan, this is a pretty neat print. I personally tend to like gaming prints that are not just the logo or concept art and are reimagined and restylized versions of things in the game.
You can buy the print here, which at the moment has no reviews. Will you answer that sworn duty?
The other day, Nintendo introduced their Labo initiative, various kits that let children make toys from pre-cut cardboard and various permutations of the Switch's three pieces. Before it was revealed to the world, however, the German ratings board nearly accidentally threw it away.
Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (Entertainment Software Self-Regulation), commonly shortened to USK, is the ratings board for software in Germany. Today, the group tweeted a story about how they received Nintendo's new cardboard peripheral in the mail and weren't quite sure what to make of it.
"Finally we can tell the story, when we had the latest Nintendo hardware, it was almost dumped by the cleaning crew as waste paper," the tweet said when translated to English. "In the past no one would have believed this story, anyway."
There you go, Nintendo was one custodial mistake away from not understanding why Labo wasn't rated in Germany. Labo is releasing for the Switch on April 20 in Variety and Giant Robot packages. We also collected some of the internet's reactions to Nintendo's new project.
(Thank you to @TheYremaster for aiding the translation.)
In December's video game sales, brand recognition ruled the roost as a lot of familiar faces lined up the top ten sales, according to the NPD Group.
November and December are the Superbowl of video game sales in the United States with a rather large piece of yearly software coming just from those two months. This year, Call of Duty: WWII continued its surprising dominance over the year's sales with a strong first place showing, followed closely by Star Wars: Battlefront II.
In November, Activision was quick to point out that Call of Duty had not only topped the charts in November, it topped the charts for all games released in 2017 period. That momentum has not abated and Call of Duty: WWII is officially the best selling game of 2017. In terms of December sales, Battlefront II came in second, showing that the Star Wars brand vastly overcomes the controversy surrounding the game. Super Mario Odyssey rounds out the top three, moving up several places from its November placement.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One is the highest ranked new IP of the month, with Microsoft recently reporting a milestone of three million players on Xbox One version.
You can check out the top 20 below.Call of Duty: WWII 1 Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 2 Super Mario Odyssey 3 NBA 2K18 4 Mario Kart 8 5 Madden NFL 18 6 Playerunknown's Battlegrounds 7 Assassin's Creed: Origins 8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 9 Grand Theft Auto V 10 FIFA 18 11 Destiny 2 12 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 13 Splatoon 2 14 Need for Speed: Payback 15 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 16 Just Dance 2018 17 The Sims 4 18 Pokemon: Ultra Sun 19 Pokemon: Ultra Moon 20
Additionally, we can also show the top 10 games for all of 2017, since the calendar year has ended.Call of Duty: WWII 1 NBA 2K18 2 Destiny 2 3 Madden NFL 18 4 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 5 Grand Theft Auto V 6 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands 7 Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 8 Super Mario Odyssey 9 Mario Kart 8 10
In terms of hardware, Nintendo took command of the month mostly on the back of strong Switch sales, but it was not enough to overcome Sony's hardware dominance, which took the year overall. The two months before the Switch came out obviously favored the PlayStation 4, as well as the scattered other months where Sony won the numbers game. Based on a tweet from Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg, we know the Xbox platform outsold the PS4 in December, as well.
The 3DS also did remarkably well in December, selling 27 percent more than the little handheld did in the previous December.
Overall, it was a good month for sales in terms of raw revenue, as December 2016 had analysts worried that the industry was cooling down overall. The growth this year is encouraging. Nintendo seems bullish on 2018 being able to match the previous year and Sony really has nothing to worry about. Microsoft's objective for 2018 is to really show the world what the Xbox One X can do after strong launch months, so hopefully they're ready to do just that.