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Mobius Final Fantasy Comes To The U.S. On August 3

Square Enix is gearing up for yet another mobile Final Fantasy RPG. Mobius Final Fantasy is billed as a console experience on iOS and Android.

The story follows a man who wakes up in the world of Palamecia with no memory. The trailer below introduces you to the cast, the combat system, and the setting.

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Mobius Final Fantasy will be out on August 3. However, you can pre-register now for Tidus’ Brotherhood weapon and a Yuna character card. 

Square Enix is launching the game as a free-to-play title with live events. Mobius Final Fantasy was developed by a team led by Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII). It was written by Kazushige Nojima, who worked on Final Fantasy VII and is involved in the upcoming remake.

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WWE 2K17 Collector’s Edition Comes With Finn Balor Figure, Piece Of Ring Canvas

This year’s WWE2K17 collector’s edition doesn’t look back on a legendary star. It’s instead focused on the talent of tomorrow.

The NXT Edition includes a number of collectibles and in-game items that bring WWE’s next generation of superstars home. The $ 100 collector’s edition includes three playable NXT wrestlers (Shinsuke Nakamura, Nia Jax, and Apollo Crews), as well as a boost that gives you 50 percent more points at NXT in the game’s MyCareer mode.

It also includes a number of physical items. These include:

  • Canvas 2 Canvas lithograph by artist Rob Schamberger and signed by Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Eight-inch Demon Finn Bálor figurine
  • Tops NXT TakeOver: London Mat Relics Card that includes a piece of ring canvas from the event and features one of fourteen different superstars that participated (cards will have one of ten different rarity levels)

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You’ll also get the Goldberg pack that allows you to play as the WCW and WWE incarnations of the star. It also comes with WCW Monday Nitro and Halloween Havoc arenas.

WWE 2K17 will be available October 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

 

Our Take
This is the first time that I can recall that the annual WWE title has given its younger stars the spotlight. It’s an interesting move that recognizes that a popular cadre of wrestlers is aging up and out. WWE investing in its future is a smart play.

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WRC 6 Trailer Comes With Promise To Push Series Further

WRC 5 released late last year, and while it may have been the series' debut on the PS4 and Xbox One, the by-the-numbers title wasn't much of a celebration. Developer Kylotonn has overhauled the cars' suspension and engine performance, as well as various other factors, and is promising that WRC 6 – coming out this October – will be a more thrilling experience.

The game's first trailer has just released, and unlike last year's non-adrenaline pumping racing, the title is promising narrower roads, more dramatic dips and rolls, and a new damage system to put you on the edge of your seat while racing.

WRC's official license allows it to include all 14 rounds of the 2016 season (including Rally China), a number of WRC drivers, and the WRC 2 and Junior WRC categories. The game also includes Super Special Stages, including five of which are head-to-head experiences.

WRC comes out in October on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For a quick look at the WRC franchise to date, here's a look at my review of WRC 5.

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Link’s Awakening-Themed DLC Comes To Hyrule Warriors Next Week

Hyrule Warriors: Legends on 3DS and Hyrule Warriors on Wii U both already boast a massive roster of characters from The Legend of Zelda universe, and is set to get even bigger next week. The Link's Awakening DLC pack lands on June 30, bringing a new character and Adventure map.

Marin, the companion character from the original Game Boy game, will be included in this new content as a playable hero. She attacks with musical instruments and magic, and can even summon the legendary Windfish as part of her combo chains. Get a look at her unique moves in the trailer below. 

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Tying in to Link's Awakening, the new Adventure Mode map is set on Koholint Island. Anyone who picks up the DLC will also get a new weapon for Linkle, a set of boots that allow her to attack with a flurry of kicks and spins. 15 new My Fairy costumes are included as well.

More Hyrule Warriors: Legends DLC is scheduled for later this year, including packs based on the Nintendo DS titles Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. While this trailer only includes visuals from the 3DS version of the game, the DLC will also be coming to Wii U.

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Free-To-Play Kill Strain Comes To PS4 In July

Sony San Diego is getting ready to release the second of its three free-to-play PlayStation 4 games. Kill Strain pits two teams of mercenaries against powerful mutants and a ticking clock.

The top-down multiplayer game features a unique mechanic that sees team sizes and allegiances shift throughout the course of the game. Human teams start with four players each, with one or two AI mutants on the map, too.

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During the match, the mutants can wound and capture humans, converting them into the disfigured hulks. Kill Strain is currently in closed testing, with a big wave of codes going out from June 29 through July 3.

Anyone that hits rank 20 by July 4 will get an in-game item. PlayStation Plus members can start playing on July 12. Everyone else can join the fight on July 19.

You can read more about Kill Strain in an earlier preview. Sony San Diego also released Guns Up in December 2015 and will be releasing Drawn to Death later in 2016.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Make-A-Wish To Become An Honorary Plants Vs. Zombies Team Member Comes True

For Miles, a love of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise spurred his wish to become an honorary Plants vs. Zombies team member at publishing and development studio PopCap. Miles is 8-years old and in remission for Burkitt’s lymphoma.

As Miles pulled up to the studio, he was met by a huge crowd of PopCap team members and several zombies awaiting his arrival. Throughout the day he learned how to draw zombies, how they digitally design the characters and add the zombie sound effects, personally designed his own plant sprite, and animators even drew him in with all his favorite characters in a short film.   

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This wish was achieved through a joint effort from Make-A-Wish and PopCap Games, and following Miles through his dream day at PopCap is sure to melt your heart. 

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VR support comes to Amazon’s Lumberyard engine, starting with Rift and Vive

There’s a new update coming to Amazon’s Lumberyard engine in the next few weeks, Lumberyard Beta 1.3, that will add support for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other virtual reality headsets to the nascent game engine. …


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21 years later, Kenji Eno’s 3DO cult hit D comes to PC

More than two decades after its 1995 release on 3DO, Kenji Eno’s cult classic horror game D became widely available on PC, Mac and Linux this week via the game revivication efforts of Night Dive Studios. …


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Gran Turismo Sport Comes To PS4 In November

Sony and developer Polyphony Digital have announced a release date for the competition-focused GT Sport, as well as the game's pre-order bonuses and special edition.

The PS4 game comes out on November 15, and its multiplayer focus encompasses two championship series: one where you race for your country, and the other your manufacturer.

You can now pre-order the title, and depending on where you go, you'll get different goodies (click the PS Blog link below for more information). Regardless of where you pre-order, however, everyone who does will get three cars: the Ford Mustang Group B Rally Car, Toyota FT-1 Vision GT Group 3, and Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1.

The game also has a limited edition version ($ 69.99) that includes (text from Sony):

  • GT Sport Starter Pack (8x Cars) – Gain immediate access to cars within various race class, including GT4, Rally, and more

  • $ 1MM In-Game Credit – Build and customize your personalized garage

  • Livery Sticker Pack – Bonus livery of numerous brands and logos

  • 30x PS4 GT Sport Themed Avatars – Based on selected GT Sport featured vehicles

  • Racing Helmet – For your customized driver profile

  • Limited Edition Steel Book and Packaging

According to website GT Planet, who was at the game's London press conference today, there a few other notable details that surfaced, including that the game features 130 cars, 19 tracks at launch (w/ 27 variations), rally racing, a livery editor, 117 offline events, and more.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog, GT Planet]

 

Our Take
There's no word so far about the beta that Polyphony's Kazunori Yamauchi announced when the game was first unveiled last fall, but we're interested to get our hands on it.

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Yo-Kai Watch 2 Comes To U.S. This Fall

The Yo-Kai Watch phenomenon rolls on this fall with the release of Yo-Kai Watch 2 for the 3DS.

The game comes out on September 30 (developed by Level 5 once again), and features new areas outside of Springdale, over 100 new Yo-kai, time travel, and more!

There are two versions of the title – Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls – and each one has their own respective rare Yo-kai.

Also on tap for the franchise this fall is a replica of Nate's watch, a trading-card game, toys, and other accessories.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

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What do you think of splitting the game into two releases á la Pokémon?

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