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Here’s A Trailer For The First Nintendo Switch Exclusive, Seasons Of Heaven

Seasons of Heaven was
announced
as a Nintendo Switch exclusive just a few weeks ago, and if you're
eager to learn more about the indie adventure game, you're in luck; French developer Any Arts
Productions has released a new trailer showing off the main protagonist and
some of the environments he'll be exploring with his dog.

As we learned earlier
this month
, Seasons of Heaven is an adventure game about a young boy with
Asperger's Syndrome named Yann, and his faithful pooch Ani. The game is based
on a French novel of the same name, and allows you to control both characters.
The new trailer helps give players an idea of the mood Seasons of Heaven is
aiming for, showing off a number of atmospheric environments. See it for
yourself in the trailer below.

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Any Arts hasn't shared any more information about the game,
but at this point we don't have a lot of information about the Nintendo Switch
either. We suspect we'll learn more about both in a few weeks during Nintendo's
Switch presentation
on January 12.

[Source: YouTube]

 

Our Take
Gamers have been waiting to see what the Nintendo Switch is capable of from a power standpoint, but there's not a lot we can decipher based on Seasons of Heaven's new trailer. Not only does the project look early in development, there's no telling how the indie developer is using the hardware. We'll have to wait longer for a true benchmark of the upcoming system.

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League Of Legends Inks Exclusive Streaming Deal With MLB

Major League Baseball is branching into eSports, though it might not be the way you'd expect. The organization's streaming division, BAMTech, has signed a deal with Riot Games for exclusive streaming rights for League of Legends events.

BAMTech paid at least $ 300 million for the rights through 2023. Under the deal, BAMTech will be able to earn money via ad revenue and managing sponsorship deals. According to Dow Jones Business News, Riot isn't planning to charge League viewers with subscription fees, but a premium-content model isn't off the table at some point in the future.

[Source: Dow Jones Business News via PVP Live]

 

Our Take
And the money continues to pour into eSports, as more companies realize how lucrative these events have become. Now it's only a question of how tolerant the loyal fans will be of ever-encroaching ads. 

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Watch Nine Minutes Of Exclusive Prey Gameplay

Game Informer's next cover story is Prey from Arkane Studios and we're going to be filling this entire month with features that highlight different aspects of the game. To kick things off, here's an extended gameplay video with a commentary track from the game's creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare. There are a lot more exciting things to learn about Prey, so we encourage you to check out the digital version of the magazine (now available on smart phones) to learn much more about the game.

Watch the video below to see the game in action and learn all about it from two of the lead developers.

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Click on the hub below to enter our constantly-updating hub of exclusive content on Prey.

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Get Ready For Final Fantasy XV’s Release With Our Hub Of Exclusive Content

In two days time, a new installment to the Final Fantasy series will release. To prepare for Final Fantasy XV, now is a great time to look back at Game Informer's hub of exclusive content from our May 2016 cover story

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This hub includes video interviews, podcasts, articles, and more. You can listen to a podcast about our impressions, Final Fantasy creators' favorite moments from the series, a special edition podcast that answers your lingering questions, an interview with artist Yoshitaka Amano on creating the series' art, and an extended look at the first chapter of the game.

Final Fantasy XV releases on November 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Click here to be transported to the hub or click the banner below. 

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Exclusive Look At The Kett, Mass Effect Andromeda’s New Race

 

Mass Effect fans that watched the latest trailer with a close eye probably noticed several cryptic shots of a new alien race. This feature aims to go even further in-depth than our cover story on BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda in the grand reveal of BioWare's new alien race for the Andromeda galaxy called the Kett. While visiting BioWare Montreal, we sat down with Mass Effect Andromeda's art director Joel MacMillan to walk through the development process of inventing a brand new alien species for the beloved series. If you enjoy this look into the process, check out our earlier videos that take a similar deep dive into the development of the Asari, Krogan, Salarians, and Batarians.

While BioWare wants to remain secretive about the race's full backstory and role in the plot, we hope you enjoy this thorough look at the design of the Kett.

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To learn even more about Mass Effect Andromeda, click on the banner below to enter our hub of exclusive content.

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One-Person Project Lost Soul Aside Is A Timed PlayStation 4 Exclusive

Lost Soul Aside is an impressive one-person project from developer Bing Yang. Created in Unreal Engine 4, it takes some visual cues from the Final Fantasy series, though it looks to play more like Devil May Cry. It's gorgeous and looks like a game from a much larger team.

After speaking with a number of developers about turning his passion project commercial, Yang has announced via Twitter the game will be a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive.

As per the tweet, Yang also mentioned the game will include "multi weapons," (whether that means multiple weapons or weapons that can transform into others like in Bloodborne is unclear), and that he will try to finish the game in 2018. You can watch a trailer for the game below.

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[Source: Bing Yang on Twitter]

Our Take
Lost Soul Aside is an impressive piece of work, and I'm glad Yang has to opportunity to release it on consoles. Xbox fans will likely not appreciate the news, but securing short-term exclusivity is a sign Sony likes what they've seen of the game, which bodes well for the final project.  Lastly, I would take that 2018 time frame with a huge grain of salt.

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Pre-Order Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue For An Exclusive Mickey/Sora Pin

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the compilation on PS4 out in January – is getting a limited edition that contains an exclusive Mickey/Sora pin (shown above).

Unfortunately, that's about all you get, and in fact, anyone who pre-orders the title is automatically upgraded to the limited edition.

For more on the title, check out the latest trailer.

 

Our Take
While it's nice that everyone has a chance to get the limited edition, I'd wager that the Kingdom Hearts crowd in particular would be more receptive to an actual limited-edition package with more goodies at a higher price point. 

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Prepare For Mafia III’s Release Next Week With Our Hub Of Exclusive Content

Mafia III, the anticipated sequel to the action adventure mobster series, is finally out next week. To get ready for its release, now is the perfect time to look back at Game Informer's hub of exclusive content for the game, including video interviews, podcasts, articles, and more.

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Back in November 2015, during our cover story for Mafia III, we answered your lingering questions in a special edition podcast, took a deeper look at the game's time period, discussed how its story pushes boundaries, and spoke to Hangar 13 about its pop culture influences from Goodfellas to Mr. Untouchable. You can also read our hands-on impressions.

Mafia III releases on October 7 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Click here to be transported to the hub or click the banner below. 

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An Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look At the Making Of The Warcraft Film

The Warcraft movie only grossed $ 47 million in the domestic box office, but was a hit overseas, pulling in a combined total of $ 433 million. If you avoided Warcraft in theaters, but still want to see it, you can pick it up on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD starting tomorrow.

Legendary Pictures has given us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this film. In this short minute-and-a-half video, actor Daniel Wu (Gul'dan) recalls landing the role in the film. "We had a baby last year, and I was supposed to take a year off of work, and then in November I got a call to do an audition," he says. "I told my [wife] about it, and she says 'You can't do it,' and I'm like 'It's for Warcraft,' and she says 'Oh! You really have to do it!"

For more on the Warcraft film, check out our interview with Duncan Jones to learn his favorite games, and how he ended up in the director's chair.

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PlayStation 4′s Persona 5 Steelbook Exclusive Is One Good-looking Bonus

Back in June, Atlus announced
Persona 5's premium edition
, along with a steelbook case for those who get
a launch-day copy of the game on PS4. Today, the publisher showed off just how
spiffy that steelbook is.

The case features a black-and-white portrait of the Persona
5 cast on the outside, along with a colorful rendition of their Phantom Thieves
alter-egos on the inside. The steelbook is available to anyone who pre-orders
the PS4 version and will also be available in limited supplies on launch day.
Check out the full art by clicking on the image below.

Persona 5 launches on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on February 14.
For more on the game, check out these hot
details
from our interview with director Katsura Hashino.

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