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Is The Next Overwatch Hero A Giant Robot Spider?

The internet is abuzz with rumors, theories, speculation, and conjecture after yesterday's reveal of Efi Oladele.  What character could this mean? It's not likely that Blizzard will send an 11-year old girl into the heat of battle, so many current theories are guessing that it's a robot of her creation, or even that she'll pilot drones or mechs from the safety of the loadout zone (or off the map entirely).

As with the elaborate Sombra reveal, every possibility is being explored on the deepest corners of the internet and especially on the highly active Overwatch subreddit. Everything from Efi being some distant relative of Doomfist (Really he's still got to be the next hero coming, right, right?!) to being the creator of yes, a giant robot omnic character that also happened to grace some concept artwork that Jeff Kaplan stood in front of today at today's D.I.C.E. Summit. The same crazy spider thing also showed up very briefly in a Sombra video. Kaplan was quick to point out that "that character isn't who we think it is" but who knows what that means.

But really, one of the main origins being touted that the next hero is a giant spider omnic that's of Oladele's creation is an alleged 4chan post from last month. 4chan has been home to many significant video game leaks in its history, but it also houses plenty of Anons that are just looking to stir the pot betwixt piping plates of tendies that Mom brings them between troll posts. The post describes the next hero as a "female omnic quadraped  codenamed 'Anchora'." Some Overwatch fans are lending increased weight to this particular rumor, as the same post seems to have previously correctly predicted some other future Overwatch elements, such as the Lunar Festival event. 

 

Our Take
There are a lot of other potential spoilers and rumors floating around at the moment, so it will be interesting to see what comes true and what doesn't as we lead up to Overwatch's next big hero reveal. It's certainly possible that none of the rumored identities will turn out to be real, or that some small shred turns out to be part of the truth. Whatever the case, it's clear that Blizzard has its fans buzzing over the potential reveal, and the studio is happy to let the rumor cauldron bubble for a while longer before revealing the truth. 

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Is The Next Overwatch Hero A Giant Robot Spider?

The internet is abuzz with rumors, theories, speculation, and conjecture after yesterday's reveal of Efi Oladele.  What character could this mean? It's not likely that Blizzard will send an 11-year old girl into the heat of battle, so many current theories are guessing that it's a robot of her creation, or even that she'll pilot drones or mechs from the safety of the loadout zone (or off the map entirely).

As with the elaborate Sombra reveal, every possibility is being explored on the deepest corners of the internet and especially on the highly active Overwatch subreddit. Everything from Efi being some distant relative of Doomfist (Really he's still got to be the next hero coming, right, right?!) to being the creator of yes, a giant robot omnic character that also happened to grace some concept artwork that Jeff Kaplan stood in front of today at today's D.I.C.E. Summit. The same crazy spider thing also showed up very briefly in a Sombra video. Kaplan was quick to point out that "that character isn't who we think it is" but who knows what that means.

But really, one of the main origins being touted that the next hero is a giant spider omnic that's of Oladele's creation is an alleged 4chan post from last month. 4chan has been home to many significant video game leaks in its history, but it also houses plenty of Anons that are just looking to stir the pot betwixt piping plates of tendies that Mom brings them between troll posts. The post describes the next hero as a "female omnic quadraped  codenamed 'Anchora'." Some Overwatch fans are lending increased weight to this particular rumor, as the same post seems to have previously correctly predicted some other future Overwatch elements, such as the Lunar Festival event. 

 

Our Take
There are a lot of other potential spoilers and rumors floating around at the moment, so it will be interesting to see what comes true and what doesn't as we lead up to Overwatch's next big hero reveal. It's certainly possible that none of the rumored identities will turn out to be real, or that some small shred turns out to be part of the truth. Whatever the case, it's clear that Blizzard has its fans buzzing over the potential reveal, and the studio is happy to let the rumor cauldron bubble for a while longer before revealing the truth. 

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Fallout Shelter Hits Xbox One And Windows 10 Next Week

Fallout Shelter, a free-to-play mobile game, engaged many when it launched back in 2015, and has only grown since then with pets, iconic Fallout characters, additional rooms, and more. It later hit PC. Now Xbox One and Windows 10 users are getting the opportunity to build and manage their own vault as well.

This all begins on February 7. Fallout Shelter is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which allows players to switch between the Xbox One and their Windows 10 PC, retaining their progress, saves, and achievements. In addition, the game has been updated to work with an Xbox One controller. 

For more on Fallout Shelter, you can read our review here and a feature discussing more of its magic here.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

 

Our Take
This is great for those who have been itching to try the game, especially since it's had so many cool improvements since launch. If you haven't played it, it's worth giving it a shot when it launches next week on Xbox One.

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New Injustice 2 Trailer Reveals Black Canary As Next Fighter To Join The Roster

NetherRealm Studios revealed the next character to join the Injustice 2 roster today, via a new trailer on IGN. The reveal showcases DC fan-favorite Black Canary, as well as a previously unseen stage set in Arkham Asylum. As she battles Blue Beetle and Atrocitus, players can get a look at some of her special moves including a parry and grenade setups, as well as a devastating super move where she unleashes her iconic "Canary Cry" against her opponent. You can see her in action for yourself in the trailer below.

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Injustice 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16. Check out the previous character reveal trailer featuring Robin, right here. 

[Source: IGN]

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NBA Live Delayed, Madden To Frostbite, And Need For Speed Coming Next Fiscal Year

Alongside the news of EA's strong strong financial 2016, the publisher/developer had a few teases for the future of its franchises.

A new NBA Live is still on the way, despite setbacks. Electronic Arts CEO, Andrew Wilson, said on today's investor call that the next game has been pushed back to fall 2017 from an original release window that put it out before April. Wilson says it is withholding the game in order to release something, "truly innovative and disruptive in the marketplace."

Wilson also stated on the call that EA Tiburon is converting its Madden development to DICE's Frostbite engine, and the new engine will be used for Madden NFL 18 (like we reported last year). We don't know if this means it'll have a Frostbite-based story mode like FIFA's The Journey (which is getting a second season for FIFA 18), but Wilson assures it will offer major enhancements.

A new Need for Speed was mentioned with a fiscal year 2018 release window. Little else was said about the game, but it will have an online multiplayer focus.

Edit: We originally wrote Need for Speed had a 2018 release window. That window for Need for Speed's release is actually EA's 2018 fiscal year, which is now reflected in the headline as well.

Smaller news includes the confirmation that NHL 18 releases in September, EA has plans for a UFC game next year, and unfortunately, despite rumors, EA does not have a new Skate game currently in development.

[Source: Electronic Arts, Polygon]

 

Our Take
NBA Live is in a tricky position. It is hugely overshadowed by its competition and it has a lot of ground to make up. I'm curious to see how Frostbite affects Madden. It might lead to a rough transition for this year's entry. Skate never really grabbed me personally, but I know it has a lot of fans. I'm sure it's disappointing to hear it's not currently in development.

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Nilfgaardian Deck Coming To Standalone Gwent Game Next Week

Back when CD Projekt Red first showcased the standalone version of Gwent, we noticed many interesting deviations from the version found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One of the more notable ones was the removal of the Nilfgaardian deck, which was replaced with a Skelligan one. Now, the developer plans to bring this popular faction back into the fold via a major content update next week. 

According to the press release, the new faction is focused on controlling the battlefield. Its faction-specific cards give players the ability to reveal cards in an opponent's hand, control the order of their cards, or even introduce disloyal units to their ranks. Starting on February 6, players can collect the 60 new cards, which expand beyond the new faction to include new options for the Northern Realms, Scoia'tael, Skellige, and Monsters decks as well. 

Gwent is still in closed beta for Xbox One and PC. You can try to join the test group by visiting the official website.

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Ninja Theory-Developed Shooter Dexed Coming To PlayStation VR Next Week

Released last year on PC, Dexed offers Rift and Vive owners a Panzer Dragoon-style shooter, allowing you to tag enemies before firing upon them, and target enemies based on their elemental weakness. Next week, PlayStation VR owners will get to see what the shooter's all about.

Developer/Publisher Ninja Theory announced this week via the PlayStation Blog that the game will arrive on the platform Tuesday, January 31, for $ 9.99. The shooter takes place underwater and lets you shoot whales, starfish, and other creatures that probably don't deserve to get fire at. You can watch a gameplay trailer for the game below.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Microsoft Replacing Xbox One’s Snap Feature In Next Update

Snap, an interesting, but admittedly rarely used by most, feature of the Xbox One is getting replaced in the next update in order to improve overall speed.

Xbox platform head Mike Ybarra revealed the upcoming change in a tweet writing, "We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things." Multi-tasking will still be available, as Microsoft details in this blog for the upcoming update, but no mention of Snap is made. The blog offers some additional teases of what's to come for the Xbox One dashboard, including visual changes, and the plans to speed up the console's performance.

Microsoft is currently testing the update and it should be available to Xbox One owners in April.

[Source: @XboxQwik, Xbox via The Verge]

 

Our Take
I was very optimistic about this feature when the Xbox One launched, and fully expected myself to use it. I even wrote a whole feature about it. Ultimately, though, I never really snapped anything but Achievements. It's a neat feature, but I can't say I will miss it. It's too bad I won't be able watch The Great Mouse Detective and The Great Mouse Detective simultaneously anymore, though.

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