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Michel Ancel Posts Picture Of Wild, Promises More Spoiler-Free Screens Soon

Michel Ancel, creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, has been hard at work on his next game, Wild. Or at least, that's what we assume he has been doing. We haven't heard from the game in awhile, but today he posted a photo of the game on Instagram with a promise to post more, spoiler-free images from the game soon.

In Wild, players take on the role of a Shaman who can transfer his consciousness to animals in a large open world. You can read more about the game here.

[Source: Michel Ancel on Instagram]

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Closed Beta Begins Soon, Here’s How To Register

The open world shooter from Ubisoft, Ghost Recon Wildlands, will be running its closed beta from February 3 to 6. Pre-loading begins on February 1.

The closed beta will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

To register, you can head here to the game's official website. You will be emailed by Ubisoft if you're chosen as a participant. If selected, you can invite up to three friends to join the beta on the same platform.

You can read our hands-on impressions from last year's E3 to find out more about the title. Ghost Recon Wildlands releases on March 7. 

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Zen Studios’ Star Wars Pinball: Rogue One To Be Released Soon

Zen Studios, the developer behind all those amusing digital pinball games, is bringing yet another Star Wars title to their catalog. Surprise surprise, this one is all about Rogue One.

Here's what Zen Studios has to say about the game:

The Star Wars™ Pinball: Rogue One™ table features 10 story-related game modes, each one with its own set of playfield toys and goals.

You must avoid stormtrooper detection in stealth missions, hold your own in firefights and combat missions, evade the footsteps of an AT-ACT walker, navigate the U-wing to shoot down TIE strikers as the ship’s gunner, and face off against Director Krennic and his Death Troopers in a white-knuckle multiball mode.

Star Wars Pinball: Rogue One will be released on January 31 for PS3, PS4, PSVita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam and Mac. The game will also come to iOS and Android on February 2.

 

Our Take
Yay more digital pinball! 

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Free Trial For Watch Dogs 2 Available On PS4, Coming Soon To Xbox One

Although fellow editor Elise Favis had some issues with the game, Watch Dogs 2 has more than enough promising plot threads and gameplay elements to make it worth a try, if hacking around San Francisco is your thing. And now, you'll be able to have that try free-of-charge without having to borrow a copy from someone.

Available now on PlayStation 4 and coming to Xbox One next week (January 24), the three-hour trial will give players access to all of the game's features, and any progress made within the trail period will carry over if they decide to purchase the full game, though achievements can't be unlocked. Players can also play online multiplayer or co-op, though those features still require Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. Because the trial includes everything the game has to offer, the download size of the trial will be the full size of the game (around 25-28GB, according to Ubisoft).

[Source: Ubisoft Blog]

 

Our Take
It's a shame the trial isn't available on PC, but with as easy as something like that would be to hack, I suppose it's reasonable. Still, more games should do this; we seem to get fewer demos of games every year. 

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Blog: Publishers will soon need indies more than indies need publishers

I feel, nowadays publishers need indies more than indies need publishers. And here we go, Gamasutra puts it as a trend of the year. Here, I explain why. …


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Final Fantasy VII Remake Is A Long Ways Off, But You Can Get The Toys Soon

The 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII is next February. There's a chance Square Enix could celebrate this momentous event with the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake at some point in 2017, but that's wishful thinking, especially considering how long it took the company to release Final Fantasy XV. Square has said Final Fantasy VII Remake will be an episodic series, similar in design to Final Fantasy XIII, with each installment being a full-length RPG experience.

Regardless of the hazy future for this game, Square is releasing two action figures for it in April 2017. The newly designed Cloud Strife and Barret Wallace join Square's long-running (and immensely popular) Play Arts Kai line of action figures. Cloud stands in at 10.75", and comes packaged with his Buster Sword, a stand, and a variety of hands. He will retail for roughly $ 120. Barret is the same price, but is slightly taller, standing in at 11.6". He comes with removable sunglasses, a stand, and one extra hand.

Perhaps the release date will sync up with the delivery of the final figure in this line. Here's hoping Square delivers more information on these figures soon. There's a good chance we could hear more in February.

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Mega Man I-VI Coming Soon To iOS And Android

Capcom has announced that the first six installments of Mega Man are coming soon to a touchscreen near you.

Capcom made the announcement with the above image on its
Capcom Mobile Twitter account, stating the games will be available in January.
No other details have been announced, but the tweet did include a
link
to sign up for notifications when the games are available. Capcom's
approach to mobile has run the gamut from high-priced ports like Apollo Justice
Ace Attorney ($ 16) to free-to-play games like Street
Fighter Puzzle Spirits
.

[Source: Capcom Mobile
Twitter
]

 

Our Take
There's no question that
the Mega Man games are classic gaming goodness, but playing them with virtual touchscreen
controls could be a disaster. We'll have to wait and see Capcom's approach to
porting the titles before getting our hopes up.

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Niantic Assures Fans Pokémon Go Is Still Coming To Apple Watch ‘Soon’

At September's Apple Keynote event, it was announced Pokémon Go would be coming to the Apple Watch. With this version of the app, users would be able to see how their eggs are doing, which Pokémon are nearby, and when a Pokémon enters catching range, all from their watch. It would offer more functionality than the Pokémon Go Plus, which retails for $ 35 (if you can find one).

Since then, we haven't heard much about the app, which was slated to release by the end of the year. Recently, rumors the app had ceased development emerged, stating that the version of the app shown at the event was an "unfinished port." This would be an unfortunate turn for anyone who used the app's eventual release as even a partial motivator to buy an Apple Watch, especially after the appearance of new Pokémon and Holiday-themed Pikachus prompted lapsed fans to return to the game.

However, Niantic aims to cut those rumors off by assuring fans on Twitter that the app is still coming 'soon'.

This tweet does not clarify, however, if this means the app is still scheduled to release by the end of the year or not. We've reached out to Niantic for more details and will update this post should they reply.

[Source: Pokémon Go on Twitter]

 

Our Take
If Niantic still plans to release the app by the end of the year, they've got about two weeks to do it. Considering we didn't hear anything about it until the rumors started showing up, color me skeptical. "Soon!" 

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Final Fantasy’s 30th Anniversary Plans To Be Revealed Soon

The first Final Fantasy title released in Japan on December 18, 1987. That means the franchise will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017 – but what will that look like?

Publisher Square Enix isn't quite ready to divulge its plans, but in a recent interview with Famitsu, executive producer Shinji Hashimoto said the company will announce them soon.

Currently, we know that 2017 will see the release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. Beyond that, we can only speculate. Will there be fan celebrations? Game collections? More remastered titles? Maybe even the first episode of the much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake? Only time will tell. 

[Source: Famitsu via Gamatsu]

 

Our Take
Only a handful of franchises can boast the long lifespan of Final Fantasy, so maybe Square Enix has something special planned. Since 2017 marks the series' 30th anniversary AND the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, it would be especially fitting if the first installment of that remake comes out this year. But even if it doesn't, I hope Square Enix finds an appropriate way to thank fans for their years of support.

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Vivendi now owns 25 percent of Ubisoft, could soon be forced to make takeover bid

French media conglomerate Vivendi has upped its stake in Ubisoft yet again, and now holds 25.15 percent of the company and 22.92 percent of its voting rights. …


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