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Report: Fire Emblem’s Roy And Street Fighter’s Ryu Discovered In Smash Bros. Update Data

The latest Super Smash Bros. patch has already released in Japan, and fans have dug into the game's code to discover Fire Emblem's Roy And Street Fighter's Ryu will soon be added to the game.

You can see the two in action in the pair of videos below (while they're still online – Nintendo will likely pull them down soon). The videos showcase what is likely the short animations that appear when you complete the game as the characters in question.

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Roy appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube, but Ryu, nor any other Street Fighter character, has ever appeared in a Smash Bros. game. These characters were likely meant to be revealed tomorrow during Smash Bros. creator and director Masahiro Sakurai's planned video presentation.

Another Smash Bros. DLC character, Lucas from Earthbound/Mother 3 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, will be available starting tomorrow.

[Source: shoryuken,]


Our Take
People love making fake Smash Bros. videos (like this impressive Rayman fake), but this is different. If a fan made these, then they went through the trouble of creating Roy and Ryu character models and animating them, which would be an absurd amount of effort. Assuming these are real, I always preferred Roy over Marth in Melee and Ryu is an incredible surprise – though I prefer my fighting game guest charcters to be from non-fighting games if we're getting picky. Maybe Street Fighter and fighting game fans will finally consider Smash Bros. a real fighting game with his inclusion. – The Feed

Report: Apple buys augmented reality SDK startup Metaio

The startup produced an SDK available for a variety of platforms — and now Apple seems to have dived into the tech, as legal documents confirm that it’s been snapped up by the tech giant. …

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Report: Mortal Kombat X Delayed Again For Last-Gen Systems?

The last-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were delayed this spring, pushing their release into this summer. Now, there is some evidence that the game may be delayed once again.

Kotaku heard from GameStop employees last week that the title would be delayed [Full Disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop], and this was seemingly confirmed on the retailer's online website, which now lists a December 31, 2015 release date for the fighter (click here for the PS3 entry).

High Voltage Software is porting the title for the last-gen systems.

We've contacted Warner Bros. Interactive to get some more info, and will update this story if we hear back.

All shots are from the current-gen version.

[Source: Kotaku]


Our Take
The December 31 date appears to be placeholder, but either way, I imagine the end of 2015 would be the latest you could release this game given the state of last-gen gaming and the distance from the current-gen releases. – The Feed

Report: Sony Creates New Studio In England For Morpheus Games

Sony has reportedly created a new development studio in Manchester, England for the exclusive creation of games for the company's Project Morpheus VR headset.

Eurogamer points to multiple job postings for a "small but highly experienced team" in the northwest of England. Eurogamer has also received confirmation from Sony Computer Entertainment. "We are still in the early planning phase with this studio and are currently focused on hiring the right team,"  said a spokesperson.

Furthermore, the website talked to two people with knowledge of Sony's plans who said that the developer will be based in Manchester and involve former members of Evolution Studios. Earlier this year, the Driveclub developer went through a restructuring resulting in layoffs and a shift in focus.

We've contacted Sony for comment on the matter, and will update this story if we have anything of note to share.

Morpheus is expected to release in the first half of 2016.

For Bertz's impressions of the near-final design from earlier this year, click here.

[Source: Eurogamer]


Our Take
Sony says that we can expect to hear about some of the headset's launch games at E3. However, if Sony is just starting this studio up now, hopefully there isn't a big gap between the device's launch and its next wave of first-party software – something that always seems to be a problem. – The Feed

What Kickstarter taught me about game development: A mid-campaign report

“Give equal importance to development, polish and marketing; Don’t lose focus of the big picture. Small changes on your demo can have a big impact. Use marketing to improve development and vice versa.” …

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Report: Classic RPG Grandia II Releasing On Steam In HD

Fans of classic RPGs have something to be excited about according to a recent report from GameSpot. The report states that Grandia II, the classic RPG that debuted on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, is coming to Steam and will be remastered with HD graphics.

The report also states that the release will be based on the Dreamcast version and will support both mouse/keyboard and gamepad control schemes. In addition, the new version will feature Steam achievements, as well as Trading Card functionality. 

This isn't the first time Grandia II has hit PCs, as it was ported to Windows in 2002 shortly after the game made the leap to PlayStation 2. We'll update the story if we receive confirmation of this report.

[Source: GameSpot] – The Feed

Report: More Signs Point To Assassin’s Creed Diving Into London This Holiday

The Assassin's Creed train shows no signs of slowing down even after the speed bumps Unity experienced last year. According to leaked marketing materials, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate will take players to Victorian London this holiday.

A few days ago, Ubisoft announced that it would be showing off its new Assassin's Creed game next week. The studio had previously confirmed that it was working on an Assassin's Creed game set in Victorian London, called Assassin's Creed Victory, the game may have gotten a name change. Polygon claims to have obtained marketing materials for a game called Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, which stars a character named Jacob Frye that will "transport millions of gamers to an astonishing recreation of London during the Industrial Revolution where they will find themselves immersed in a game world they'll have to see to believe."

Check out the official site here.

[Source: Polygon]


Our Take
I'm slightly annoyed, because while I'm a huge Assassin's Creed fan, I'm definitely feeling burnt out on the series. I never finished Unity last year, so I was thinking of taking a break this year, but Victorian London does sound like a cool setting. We'll see if Ubisoft can lure me back in next week. – The Feed

Report: Sony Decides Not To Hold Gamescom Press Conference

Sony has reportedly opted to skip a press conference at one of the biggest gaming shows in the world. Last year, Gamescom played host to 335,000 individuals, 6,000 of whom were journalists from around the world. This year, Sony will not have a stage presence.

This doesn’t mean that Sony is skipping the show entirely, though. The company told GameSpot that it will have a significant presence at Paris Games week, which takes place in October.

Last year, Sony took the opportunity at Gamescom to reveal P.T. (the playable teaser for the ill-fated Silent Hills partnership between Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima), Supermassive Games' Until Dawn, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade, plans for DayZ on PS4, and the Share Play feature. We’ve reached out to Sony for additional information and will update should we receive a response. 

[Source: GameSpot]


Our Take
Sony says it is looking at the later timing of E3 and the opportunity for a bigger marketing beat in October. Gamescom in August is the prologue to the fall season though, and this puts even more pressure on the platform holder to deliver big news for this fall next month in Los Angeles. We don’t know much about Sony’s fall lineup yet, and the schedule is looking a little thin. – The Feed

Report: Sony Renews TV Show ‘Powers’ For Second Season

Sony has reportedly renewed its comic book-inspired Powers television show for a second season. The series, which stars Sharlto Copley as former superhero Christian Walker, is based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Hollywood Reporter indicates that the series will be back for another run in 2016. Season one is available now, and PlayStation Plus subscribers can view it as part of the membership.

For more on the first season, you can read our impressions of the first few episodes.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter] – The Feed

Report: Lost Planet 3 Studio Spark Unlimited Ceases Game Development Operations

According to a report from Polygon, Spark Unlimited, the studio behind Lost Planet 3, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and Call of Duty: Finest Hour, has laid off all of its employees and is no longer developing video games.

The studio's chief technical officer John Butrovich told Polygon, "it's the end of Spark as a game developer." Butrovich also said that the important members of the team declined to move on to other things and that all of the company's games, including a free-to-play title, were canceled, leading to the shutdown.

We have reached out to Spark Unlimited for comment, but a response to our email was not immediately received and our phone call to the office went unanswered. We will update this story if we hear back from the studio.

[Source: NeoGAFPolygon]


Our Take
It certainly isn't looking too good for Spark Unlimited. Its recent releases haven't set the marketplace on fire, but the studio has done good work in the past. It's always sad to see a studio go under and we sincerely wish those affected by the closure all the best. – The Feed