Star Wars Battlefront.

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When it was announced many a month ago that EA had secured the license to the Star Wars franchise one game prominently featured at the top of the of your average fan’s wish lists, a brand new Star Wars Battlefront, well here it is.
Unveiled at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration event, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront promises to cater to both first and third person fans offering a choice of perspectives, meanwhile maps will be capped at 40 players across all platforms and there will be no single player campaign to speak of but instead some specially “crafted missions” which can be taken on alone or with a friend via split-screen offline or cooperatively online. DICE, the team behind the game and EA’s go to guys for all things shooty also revealed that Star Wars fans can look forward to stepping into the boots of both Boba Fett and Darth Vader who will be included as playable characters in the game but likely only as such in specific modes.
Star Wars Battlefront is already available for pre-order for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will remain so right up until it’s November 17th and 20th releases across North America and Europe respectively.

Star Wars Battlefront.

A New Challenger Approaches?

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Smash fans love to spend their time speculating on which character should be next to join the brawl, however these predictions are nearly always preferences and little more, so nobody really pays any attention to them, or they didn’t until this Wednesday, when a poster on Reddit claimed to have decrypted a number of files from the latest Super Smash Bros. 3DS patch, version 1.06, uncovering some interesting things in the sound section.
The first of these was a victory theme for EarthBound’s Lucas who we all know is on his way, the second was yet another victory theme, this one credited to Roy of Fire Emblem fame and former Smash combatant, the third and finally major discover, according to shinyquagsire23 came in the form of this stage theme which, I’m sure you all immediately recognised as Ryu’s from Street Fighter II.
Since making his claims shinyquagsire23 has been contacted by a number of sites questioning his findings, however the decrypter has stood firm stating the sound files are “legitimate” however he understands why some might be skeptical.
We’ll have to rely on time to tell if Ryu ever really will go toe to toe with Mario and co, here’s hoping though.

A New Challenger Approaches

Return To The Star Ocean.

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In a move bound to please RPG fans no end, Square Enix have revealed a brand new Star Ocean title is currently in the works for both the Playstation 3 and PS4 no less.
Developed by series stewards tri-Ace and set on a planet some 6,000 light years away from Earth, Star Ocean 5 Integrity and Faithlessness promises to take the series in something of a step backwards, deriving much of it’s inspiration from the third game in the series, Till the End of Time, according to lead programmer Yoshiharu Gotonda who also added he’d like to include some kind of share function between both the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game.
Unsurprisingly neither Square Enix or Mr. Yoshiharu Gotonda were willing to pin down a release date for Star Ocean 5 at this point however a spokesman did allude to the game’s completion currently being at around 30%.

Return To The Star Ocean.

Monster Hunter Stories.

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With the popularity of the Monster Hunter franchise showing little sign of fading, Capcom have decided it’s time to branch the series out in new directions, the fist of these being a brand new Monster Hunter title for the 3DS. Despite it’s name, Monster Hunter Stories is far less about the hunting of monsters and more about the raising and riding of them, think Pokémon with dinosaurs and you’re on the right track. Other departures from what you’d typically expect from a Monster Hunter title include Stories’ far more cartoonish look and the fact that series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto considers the game an RPG featuring a story which can only be told through that genre, beyond that though Capcom are remaining tightlipped on what Monster Hunter Stories will have instore for players upon it’s Japanese release next year. Still, at least we have a trailer to keep us busy.

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Project X Zone 2.

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“If there’s enough demand, we’ll do it.” This is the standard line your average publishers feed the fans whenever talk of sequels to niche titles arises but credit where credit is due, Bandai Namco are actually making good on such a claim with confirmation that the Namco, Capcom and Sega mash-up Project X Zone, having sold some 400,000 units, is to get a full fledged sequel. Better yet, Bandai Namco have also confirmed that Project X Zone 2, again developed by Monolith Soft will again be released Westward as well as in Japan later this year on the 3DS.

Project X Zone 2.

Down Again.

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Microsoft have revealed they’re taking the clippers to the XBox One yet again, this time shaving a full £30 of the price of the console in the UK. This, the forth price cut in the XOne’s short life now sees the console widely available for £299.99 and as low as £280 in some place, however it remains to be seen if this latest cut in asking price will finally be enough to see the XBox One achieve the kind of sales numbers Microsoft clearly feel the console has yet to.

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Phantom Death?

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of E3 last year, I’m sure you’ll agree, was the news that work on a sequel to 360 cult classic Phantom Dust was well underway.
Skip forward almost a year however and the fate of Phantom Dust is far less clear following the comments of an anonymous, former Darkside Games (Phantom Dust developer) employee who claims Microsoft, not only refused to properly fund the project, but that they then decided to, “cut their losses” altogether, canceling the development of Phantom Dust outright and in the process crippling Darkside Games monetarily.
The anonymous employee went on to claim (claims you can read in full on Kotaku) that Microsoft never really gave the studio a chance before adding they would be “shocked” if “alternate plans” for Phantom Dust were currently in the works. Microsoft meanwhile chose not to comment on the subject but to say that they were “still committed” to Phantom Dust. Perhaps we will see just how committed come E3.

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Deus Ex Mankind Divided.

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With a successful reboot already under their belt, Eidos Montreal have eagerly revealed they’re hard at work on a new Deus Ex game, dubbed Mankind Divided.
Set some 2 years the events of Human Revolution, Deus Ex Mankind Divided will see protagonist Adam Jensen returning to our screens, this time as a member of an Interpol-funded task force responsible for hunting down augmented terrorists either violently of through good old fashioned stealth.
Release date-wise publisher Square Enix are remaining tight-lipped however the Japanese gaming giant did confirm that Mankind Divided will, when released, be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Until then, here’s a trailer.

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Level-5 Go Mobile.

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Hoping to broaden both their horizons and bottom line, Level-5 have highlighted plans to enter the mobile market. Speaking at this year’s Level-5 Vision Event Level-5, CEO Akihiro Hino revealed plans for both Fantasy Life 2 and Professor Layton 7 to appear on Android and IOS devices in Japan later this year. Both games will apparently retain much of what made their predecessors so successful, while at the same time embracing their new platform, none of which is likely to soften the blow 3DS fans are suffering having lost two franchises, particularly in the case of Professor Layton which they thought of as their own.

Level-5 Go Mobile.

Nintendo Take On Jibanyan And Co.

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Despite it’s runaway success and promisees to the contrary, Level-5’s Yo-kai Watch series has struggled to find it’s way out of Japan leaving many a western gamer more than a little disappointed. Enter stage left, Nintendo who, much in the way they did with Level-5’s other big name franchise Professor Layto,n have agreed to step in and begin publishing the Yo-kai Watch series from the beginning next year here in the West.
Alongside side Nintendo, Level-5 have also revealed a partnership with Hasbro who are to help the Japanese developer establish the Yo-kai Watch series (read anime and toy line) across North America.

Nintendo Take On Jibanyan And Co.