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Get Your First Look At Hi-Rez Studios’ Paladins, Early Access Soon

At Gamescom this year, I had a chance to go hands-on with Hi-Rez’s next free-to-play game. Paladins was one of my favorite games of the show, and according to the studio, you’ll be able to find out why soon.

Paladins borrows a bit from MOBAs, but leans more heavily on capture point-style arena combat. It’s character driven rather than based on classes, and relies on a collectible card system for in-match leveling.

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We’ll have some codes to give away closer to launch, so if you’re interested, keep your eyes open. For more on Paladins, you can read our complete preview from Gamescom in August.

Paladins will be leading off on PC. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are planned. – The Feed

Soon You Will Be Able To Take All Of Batman: Arkham Knight’s Characters Into AR And Predator Challenges

Batman: Arkham Knight's director (and NPC extra) announced an update today for Batman: Arkham Knight that will give the game's bonus playable characters more freedom soon.

Hill later clarified on twitter that selecting DLC characters will work on all maps, not just the new ones, and it will be a free update. He also answered a number of other questions about upcoming content on twitter. While Nolan's The Dark Knight's tumbler Batmobile is heading to the game, Christian Bale's batsuit is not. Also, the tumbler will not have a tank mode and will function similarly to the Burton 1989 Batmobile. Hill also said there no plans to allow the extra characters to free-roam the city, and that the PC version is still being worked on and that he, unfortunately, has no release date available for the games re-release.

Finally, Hill said on twitter that unlike Arkham Asylum and City, there are no hidden rooms in the game teasing what's next for the Batman Arkham series.

For our review of Arkham Knight, head here.

[Source: @Seftonhill] – The Feed

Need For Speed Delayed Until Spring 2016 On PC, Console Closed Beta Soon

EA and Need for Speed studio Ghost Games have announced that the PC version of the next installment has been bumped to next year. The studio says that the move is a response to conversations with its PC community.

The developer says that it needs more time in order to achieve an unlocked frame rate for the game. “Part of the conversation includes hearing from our PC community that an unlocked frame rate in Need for Speed is a massive priority for you, and we fully agree,” the studio writes. “To deliver this, we’ve made the decision to move the PC release date to Spring 2016.”

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will hold on November 3. A closed beta is planned in the near future on those platforms in order to sure up online connectivity. For more, check out our preview from E3.

[Source: EA]


Our Take
After the frame rate and other visual issues faced by games like Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, EA is wise to hold Need for Speed until it’s ready. The past 12 months have been a period of harsh education for publishers, and gamers are no longer in a forgiving mood about broken releases (nor should they be). Given this delay for just the PC version, EA needs to ensure that the console releases work out of the gate without Driveclub-like issues. – The Feed

Pre-Season Friendly – FIFA 16 Demo Out Soon

FIFA 16 goes into wide release on September 22, but you can get your hands on a select number of teams – as well as try the new FIFA Ultimate Team Draft – ahead of time in early September.

The demo goes live on September 8-10* on all of the game's platforms – PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and 360.

It contains friendly play, FUT Draft (w/ an offline match), and six new skill games during the load screen, and also includes the new FIFA trainer HUD system, Bundesliga broadcast presentation (only on current gen and PC), and three stadium options: Borussia-Park, CenturyLink Field, and Santiago Bernabeu.

The teams in the demo are:

  • Barcelona
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Chelsea
  • Inter Milan
  • Manchester City
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Real Madrid
  • River Plate
  • Seattle Sounders
  • U.S. Women's National Team
  • Germany Women's National Team

For more on the game's modes, including the new FUT Draft, check out this previous preview.

*Exact date/time depends on platform and area. EA reserves the right to change the demo date.

[Source: Official FIFA 16 Blog]

Our Take
I wasn't instantly taken with Madden's Draft Champions feature as much as I thought I might be, but I'm intrigued to see if FUT Draft feels different. – The Feed

Batman 1989 Pack Available Now For Arkham Knight, Dark Knight Tumbler Soon

The Batman: Arkham Knight August update is available now, including much more than the promised Batsuit and Batmobile from the 1989 Michael Keaton film. This month also brings the Bat Family costume pack (available originally as a pre-order bonus) and two race tracks inspired by Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns.

The pack is included in the season pass, but also available for $ 1.99 individually. WB Games is also teasing next month’s content.

This includes six challenges for the four playable characters (Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman) available on September 1. Later in the month, there will be a new Batmobile based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. This includes two additional race tracks.

You’ll also get the original Arkham Asylum Batsuit. The highlight of this bundle is a new story mission featuring Nightwing. Dick Grayson will need to protect the GCPD from an escape by Penguin and his goons.

There’s a trailer showing off the 1989 Batmobile and Batsuit below. Be warned that it contains MASSIVE Arkham Knight spoilers. Do not watch it if you haven’t played yet.

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For more on Batman: Arkham Knight, check out our review. You can also see screenshots below of the August content and how the Tumbler will look in-game. – The Feed

You’ll Be Able To Vote On Upcoming PlayStation Plus Games Soon

Yesterday, Sony’s European arm announced plans to let PlayStation Plus members vote on upcoming Instant Game Collection titles. North America will get in on that action, too.

When voting begins, the game with the most support will automatically be added to a future month’s lineup. For the first vote, the titles that aren’t selected will be available at a member discount.

More details, including poll timing, process, and which titles are under consideration will be available soon. We’ll have more details when Vote to Play begins.

[Source: Sony]


Our Take
This is a clever way to engage with members while teasing future lineups. I suspect this will give Sony a bump on social media as fans debate and lobby for their picks. – The Feed

Nintendo Still Excited To Bring Devil’s Third To Wii U, Promises More Details Soon

Rumors circulated yesterday that Nintendo of America was considering dropping Devil's Third for release in North America. Today, Nintendo reconfirmed it is still coming to Wii U.

In a tweet from the official Nintendo of America twitter account, Nintendo wrote, "We know you are eager to hear more about Devil’s Third. We are excited to bring the game to Wii U and will have more to share soon."

The rumors hinting at Devil's Third not releasing in North America cited quality issues with the game. According to sources connected to YouTube channel Unseen64 and Siliconera, the game is apparently not up to Nintendo's quality standards. Nintendo's tweet, which comes from the Nintendo of America account, confirms the game is coming to Wii U in North America.

For more on the game, which comes from Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive's Tomonobu Itagaki, head here for a 2014 interview with the game's producer.

[Source: @NintendoAmerica]


Our Take
In the tweet Nintendo says, "We are excited to bring the game to Wii U." It's fair to assume that Nintendo is still publishing the game based on that, but you could also make a semantics argument that it means Nintendo is not publishing the game itself, but the game will still be available on Wii U, perhaps published by somebody else. The big takeaway, however, is that we will be able to play the game on North America Wii Us sometime in the future. Right now, I'm interested in the "more to share soon" part of the tweet. Devil's Third has always been an interesting oddity in the Wii U library, and I'm curious to see the final product. – The Feed

New Xbox On Windows 10 Features Coming To Preview Members Soon

If you are participating in the Windows 10 preview program, you’ll have even more Xbox features arriving soon. The update will bring more of what Xbox One users see on their consoles to the PC desktop.

In order to access these features, you’ll need Windows 10 Build 10158 installed on your PC. Once that’s complete, the Xbox on Windows 10 app will update to the new version (after that happens, your app should be version 6.6.27004.00000 or higher).

Included in the update are My Games, which automatically updates from Windows Store purchases. It can also be bolstered manually.

Game Hubs functions similarly to Xbox One. The added bonus is that you can now launch Xbox One game streaming right from a game hub.

You’ll also be able to share content with your friends. This includes achievements, game clips, and screenshots.

This update also comes with support for Xbox Avatars. You can also access your Xbox account from the app, or make a new one.

There are no additional updates for Xbox One yet. Though with the addition of Game Preview and Backward Compatibility at E3, it’s been a busy month for the console.

[Source: Major Nelson]


Our Take
Here’s hoping that the next Xbox One update increases the selection of backward compatible titles. That feature works extremely well, and while it would have been great earlier in the life cycle, it’s certainly not too late to the party. – The Feed

Ronin Feels Like The Kill Bill Game We Never Got And It’s Coming Soon

One of my favorite games from PAX East this year was Tomasz Waclawek's Ronin. At first glance, the Devolver Digital published title looks like it riffs off Klei's Mark of the Ninja. Ronin's revenge tale takes a different path that blends platorming with turn-based combat.

You play as a woman systematically wiping out five members of a corporation. Her motives are unclear, and her face disguised under a motorcycle helmet. 

As you'll see in the trailer below, you'll need to carefully plan out your moves to avoid enemy fire and get the drop on foes. You're able to throw your sword and snatch enemies from the floor while hanging on the ceiling. But get into a firefight, and you could find yourself with nowhere to go.

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Ronin is in early access right now, but is largely complete. Waclawek planns to use the period for balance and difficulty tweaking. Release is planned for June. – The Feed

The Witcher 3 Patched On PC, Console Patches Coming Soon

The Witcher 3 has received a substantial patch on PC that fixes and cleans up a number of issues.

It offers overall stability improvements, better hair and foliage, blood particles will now appear properly when killing enemies in the water, and you can no longer shoot bolts at friendly NPCs. There are a whole lot of other improvements, as well. You can find the whole list here. Regarding the console versions of the game, CD Projekt RED writes, "The console version of the patch is coming and will be available very soon."

Unfortunately, this particular patch does not appear to address the issue Andrew Reiner has been having with his saves, but the patch notes for the console versions (when it becomes available) will probably be different.

For more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, head here for our review. – The Feed