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Skullgirls’ First Male Character Is Coming Soon, As Well As A Pair Of New Female Characters

The first male character for the indie fighting game Skullgirls Encore received a new trailer today, via a post on the PlayStation Blog. Big Band is joining the fight for free on April 22.

Big Band uses a variety of music-based attacks by attacking with myriad different instruments. The post by CEO of Lab Zero Games Peter Bartholow descries Big Band as a “high risk/high reward sort of character,” that is able to dish out tons of damage, but leaves himself open to attacks while doing so.

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On April Fools Day, a new character named Fukua – humorously introduced as a clone of Filia– was introduced. Bartholow states that, “the joke was that Fukua wasn’t a joke,” and she is currently being tested in the PC beta. Skullgirls fans can expect Fokua to hit the PlayStation 3 version in the coming weeks for free.

There is another free DLC character coming to Skullgirls Encore, and the blog post gives a sneak peek at her. Eliza is an Egyptian-themed lounge singer who can manipulate blood and has a parasite instead of a skeleton, which can leap from her body and attack opponents. She is still in pre-production, but a gallery of her animations was included in the post on the PlayStation Blog.

Sadly, there is no news yet on when Skullgirls Encore is coming to the Xbox 360. Skullgirls was taken down from the PlayStation Network store and Xbox Live store last year when its co-publishers parted ways. According to a recent tweet from the Skullgirls twitter, it is trying to get approval from Microsoft for the 360 version. Another tweet reveals that Microsoft was wary of legal issues with Skullgirls, and the developer needed to halt testing to fix an issue.

But don’t worry, not all hope is lost: a third tweet from the Skullgirls’ twitter account teases that news about “other platforms” is coming very soon. There’s no word on if this is in reference to the 360, or if Skullgirls Encore is going to appear on a new platform – such as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

Skullgirls Encore is currently available for PS3 and PC. Its previous DLC character, Squigly, is free until May 6.

[Source: PlayStation Blog] – The Feed

Major Nelson: Xbox One getting external data storage support ‘soon’

The Xbox One will receive support for game storage via external hardware in a forthcoming update, Microsoft’s Major Nelson confirmed in a Reddit comment this week.

“Lots of good work going on to make the console even better – some you’ll see soon,…
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External Storage For Xbox One Is “Coming Soon”

The Xbox One currently only allows storage on its internal 500gb hard drive, but that may be changing soon, according to Larry Hryb, director of programming at Microsoft. Hyrb recently posted on the Xbox One subreddit that "External game storage is coming soon….I need to check on media support."

The information provided is vague, but hopeful. No details have been revealed about the possible external storage cap (The Xbox 360 had a cap of 32gb).

[Source: via Destructoid]


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It's good to know that plans are in the works for more customization for storage. Any change where the consumer gets more choices is positive, especially given the sizable games available for download.. – The Feed

Shovel Knight “Essentially Complete”, Releasing Soon

Yacht Club Games still doesn't have a release date for Shovel Knight, its Kickstarted old-school platformer, but it says development is very nearly complete.

The game was delayed recently to the nebulous date of a few weeks after March 31 – its original release date. According to the game's latest update on its Kickstarter page, Yacht Clubs can see the finish line calling the game "essentially complete." One of the reasons the game was delayed was to ensure a simultaneous multiplatform release, which it says won't be a problem to pull off.

For more on Shovel Knight, head here. The screen above is brand new and was offered alongside the update. The game will be available soon on Wii U, 3DS, and Steam.

[Source: Kickstarter, via Siliconera]


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I would have liked to see a release date, but it is reassuring to know Yacht Club Games is taking its time to guranatee a quality release for its game. – The Feed

DayZ standalone sells 1.7 million, update due soon

Humanity’s morbid fascination with the zombie apocalypse continues unabated as DayZ creator Dean Hall has revealed that the standalone, retail release of his open-world hit has racked up over 1.7 million sales.

Hall revealed this figure earlier…
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Teaser suggests The Predator will soon stalk Call of Duty: Ghosts

When Activision releases the Devastation DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts on April 3, the addition may include a familiar face – or, more specifically, a familiar shimmering outline.

If you pay a visit to the Call of Duty Instagram account (or click…
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PlayStation Vita Firmware 3.12 “Launching Soon”

You may have just updated your Vita two days ago, but Sony already has an another update on the way.

PlayStation Vita firmware version 3.12 will be launching soon, according to a recent tweet from the official PlayStation twitter account.


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It's a little strange to see an update appear so quickly after 3.10 launched only a few days ago. Some users have reported errors related to 32GB memory cards, so this firmware could be addressing that, or there could be an exploit discovered by hackers with the new firmware that this update will block. Or, it could just be a totally average, run-of-the-mill stability and bug fix update. – The Feed

Guacamelee: Super Turbo CE hitting PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U ‘soon’

An upgraded version of Drinkbox Studios’ luchador action-platformer Guacamelee! is coming soon to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U, IGN reports.

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BattleBlock Theater Coming To Steam, Beta Starts Soon

The Xbox 360 Live Arcade game Battleblock Theater is making the move to PCs and is accespting beta sign-ups.

Some of the changes to the PC version of the game include the ability to switch between primary and secondary weapons, and cat guard enemies now appear throughout the story mode. The game will also have Steam Worskhop integration.

To sign up for the beta, which begins March 24, head here. For our review of the Xbox 360 game, head here.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall Free Multiplayer Access Week Starts Soon

Regardless of whether you are a PlayStation Plus member or not, starting next week, you will be able to try out Killzone: Shadow Fall's multiplayer mode free of charge.

Shadow Fall's free multiplayer week begins March 3 at 5 PM PST and will be available for a week. The free week of multiplayer is in honor of Shadow Fall's first free map DLC, which arrives on March 4. The game offered a similar free multiplayer weekend last year.

European PlayStation 4 owners can pre-load the game now to get things ready to start playing next week. North and South American players will unfortunately have to wait until the client is available on the PlayStation Network on March 3 in order to start downloading. For more on the event, check out developer Guerrilla Games' blog.

For our review of Killzone: Shadow Fall, head here.

[Source: Killzone]


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Steam has been offering free multiplayer weekends for assorted games for quite some time. It's a trend I am happy to see the console space adopt. – The Feed