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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses Is Stephen Colbert’s Musical Guest On October 13

CBS has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be performing as the musical guest on an upcoming episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The group, which performs orchestral arrangements of the most iconic and beloved songs from the Zelda franchise, will be making its appearance on October 13.

According to Nintendo, Symphony of the Goddesses will be performing new music from the upcoming 3DS game, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, which launches on October 23. The episode's line-up is rounded out by comedian/actress Sarah Silverman and actor Elijah Wood.

The Symphony of the Goddesses is currently on tour across the country with upcoming stops in New York, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, and Portland. If you'd like to learn more about the Legend of Zelda: The Symphony of the Goddesses, check out a recent episode of the Game Informer Show where we interviewed the producer of the show. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs on CBS at 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Monday through Friday.

[Photo Credit: Andrew Craig] – The Feed

New Releases This Week: September 27 Through October 3

September says goodbye this week, as the infamous holiday quarter begins. The fun gets started, as we gear up for the meat of the fall rush.

This week is already underway, with the third of the toys-to-life games hitting stores yesterday. Lego Dimensions is available now, completing a trifecta of wallet-draining fun.

Still yet to come this week are Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and a duo of hoops games. Here’s the full rundown:

Lego Dimensions (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U) – September 27
Fallout Anthology (PC) – September 29
Might & Magic Heroes VII (PC) – September 29
NBA 2K16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – September 29
NBA Live 16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – September 29
Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Vita) – September 29
Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) – September 29
Secret Ponchos (PC) – September 29
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (Xbox One, PS4) – September 29
Toto Temple Deluxe (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC) – September 29
The Escapists The Walking Dead (Xbox One, PC) – September 30

For more on this year's games, check out our regularly updated list of game releases. – The Feed

October Games With Gold Features Telltale And War Stories

October isn’t far away (as the omnipresence of pumpkin spice already alerted you). That means we’re looking at a new round of Xbox Live Games with Gold.

On Xbox One, you can nab Valiant Hearts: The Great War throughout October. Starting on October 16 (and running through mid-November), you’ll be able to nab the first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

On Xbox 360, you can check out Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes from October 1 through 15. Beginning on October 16, last-gen players will also be able to snag The Walking Dead Season One.

You’ve got until September 30 to nab this month’s titles, so consider this your early warning to do so before they’re gone.

[Source: Major Nelson] – The Feed

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Kicks Off October 8

The open Star Wars Battlefront beta takes you to a galaxy far, far away in just a couple of weeks. EA has announced the dates you’ll be able to help test the game’s online services.

The beta begins on October 8 and will run through October 12. During the beta, you’ll also be able to try the companion app. 

For the testing phase, you’ll need to do this on the official website. It will include the Base Command strategic card game, which allows players to earn credits for in-game Star Cards and other Battlefront items.

For more on what you can expect from the beta, check out our previous coverage.


Our Take
I've not been particularly excited by what I've seen and played of Battlefront, but that isn't going to stop me from giving it a fair shake during the beta. It's Star Wars, after all. – The Feed

Blade & Soul Enters Closed Beta In October

NCSOFT has announced that its next MMO, Blade & Soul, will be entering closed beta in October. Those that purchased founder’s packs will have access immediately, as the developer tests the game throughout the fall.

For everyone else, sign-ups are available on the NCSOFT website. If you’re not sure if you’re interested, there will be a live stream today at 10 a.m. Pacific on the official Blade & Soul Twitch channel

Blade & Soul will have at least five test weekends totaling a minimum of twenty days. Full release for the free-to-play game is planned for early 2016. Closed beta begins on October 30 in North America. 


Our Take
I had the chance to play Blade & Soul at PAX recently, and it’s more action-oriented approach gives it a different feel than some of the more traditional offerings in the MMO space. NCSOFT isn’t just localizing it in terms of language. It’s making edits to the core game to fit with Western expectations. – The Feed

The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth Expansion Arrives October 30

The Binding of Isaac’s disturbing and compelling lore expands next month. Nicalis has revealed the release date for the PC version of the expansion.

Afterbith arrives on October 30 for PC ($ 9.99, console release date coming soon), complete with a few new features. These include a variety of enhancements, new daily runs, and “greed mode” that pushes players into high risk/reward scenarios.

There’s also a new area at the end of the game with an additional boss and ending. This is in addition to more than 1,000 new rooms (with new types), 120 new items, new enemies and bosses, and a host of new achievements.

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Afterbirth is the second reinvigoration of 2011’s The Binding of Isaac. Last year, developer Edmund McMillen released The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, which revamped the visuals and game engine, increased performance to boost frame rate, included a new soundtrack and sound design, and introduced “poop physics.”

Seriously, the Steam page says that there are “poop physics.” For more on The Binding of Isaac, check out our original review. Note that Afterbirth expands The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, which is a separate purchase on Steam from the original The Binding of Isaac release. – The Feed

October Cover Revealed – Dark Souls III

The Dark Souls series has had a fascinating rise in popularity over the years, spurred on from the success of Demon’s Souls and other dark fantasy From Software titles that came before it. Players hungry for a challenge, elaborate environments, and some of the most interesting characters and enemies in all of gaming have everything to be excited about as director Hidetaka Miyazaki returns to the Dark Souls series for this upcoming third installment.

In the October issue of Game Informer, we pick From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki’s brain regarding everything from game design to the culinary arts. We also look into how Bloodborne has influenced Dark Souls III, and discuss which aspects of the Souls games are making it into the third game – and which are being removed. We’ve got new details on the magic system and more info on the features that make up the core of Dark Souls III.

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Dark Souls III doesn’t have a release date, but it’s expected to arrive in early 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Click on the image below for a larger version.

In addition to our dive into Dark Souls III, we also go hands on with Xenoblade Chronicles X, chronicle the hottest games of Gamescom, explore the strong female characters of Witcher 3, and investigate the eSports performance enhancing drugs controversy. The rest of the issue is packed with other cool games like World of Warcraft: Legion, Mafia III, Xcom 2, Scalebound, NBA 2K16, and more. You even get a chance to vote on the next Marvel Heroes 2016 character coming to the game, so be sure to check that out next week.

Print subscribers should see their issues arriving in the next few weeks, but you'll be able to access it next Tuesday (September 8) if you subscribe
digitally (available on PC/MaciPad,Android, and Google Play). You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on NookKindle, and Zinio starting September 8. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here, or to create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here..

Keep visiting the site throughout the month, as we’ll be rolling out several interesting Dark Souls features, including more insight into the mind of Miyazaki, a special Let’s Play of the original game, and more. Click on the banner below to visit our Dark Souls III hub and follow our coverage. – The Feed

Rovio To Cut 260 Job Cuts, Total Layoffs Now 40 Percent Of October 2014 Staffing

Despite 50 million downloads of Angry Birds 2, Rovio is facing tough times. The company announced major staffing cuts this morning that will impact nearly all of its business units worldwide.

The company announced restructuring around three core business areas: games, media, and consumer products. The Angry Birds franchise in particular touches all of these, with mobile games, an upcoming movie, and a variety of toys and tangible products sold at retail.

Rovio says that the only employees that are protected from the cuts are those working on the upcoming Angry Birds movie. “This is personally a difficult decision,” writes Rovio CEO Pekka Rantala. “However, it is certain that a leaner and more agile Rovio is absolutely necessary to move forward and take the company to new successes in the future. We will work with and support all our employees through this period of change.”

Rovio completed a round of job cuts in December 2014 that affected 110 employees (12 percent of staff at that time). Prior to that round of cuts, Rovio employed more than 850 people. Total cuts now represent approximately 40 percent of employees as of October 2014.

[Source: Rovio]


Our Take
Rovio is built around Angry Birds, and that franchise doesn’t have the power it once did. That series is a phenomenon that isn’t easy to replicate, but the developer must try to find something new. – The Feed

Firaxis Welcomes Fans Back For Second Firaxicon Celebration In October

With XCOM 2 and a new Civilization: Beyond Earth on the horizon, Firaxis has a lot to discuss. After a successful first Firaxicon last year, the studio is inviting fans back for another celebration.

Firaxicon 2015 will take place on October 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. There, fans can attend panels on XCOM and Civilization, check out the Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide expansion and XCOM 2, and hang out with members of the team.

Tickets are available now for $ 40. 


Our Take
Strategy fiends have a lot to look forward to this fall from Firaxis. Though, the promise of board gaming with the developers that was included in the press release might be the most enticing thing about the event for me. – The Feed

[Correction] Shovel Knight Getting Physical Retail Release In October

Shovel Knight will be coming to retailers on October 13. The previously digital-only game is getting a case and a "lavish" instruction manual according to a post from Yacht Club Games. 

This retail edition includes the original campaign, the upcoming Plague of Shadows expansion, and a Challenge mode. As with the digital version of the game, all upcoming content updates will be free after purchasing the physical edition for $ 19.99.

Yacht Club Games went on to tease Battle Mode, where up to four players can duke it out as their favorite characters. The feature is still in development, but the team is optimistic that Battle Mode will be finished in time to include on the disc.

In the U.S., the physical version will be coming for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. Shovel Knight is currently available digitally for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC, and Mac. You can read our review of Shovel Knight here or watch the game in action in our Test Chamber.

[Correction: The article originally stated that only the PlayStation 4 version will be available physically. Shovel Knight will be available physically for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. It will be available for PC in Europe.]

[Source: Yacht Club Games]


Our Take
It's fitting that such a retro game is getting an equally retro physical release. A true instruction manual is also a nice treat for gamers like me who miss the experience of flipping through those glossy pages. On top of all that, now Shovel Knight can be enjoyed by those who are either unable to or unwilling to download games. – The Feed