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Sega Teases Valkyria Chronicles Remaster PS4 News Coming Soon

Valkyria Chronicles, one of the PS3’s most criminally overlooked games, is getting a remastered PS4 version in Japan. Today, Sega teased that news about a possible western release is coming soon.

The video below from Sega Europe’s YouTube channel features a Sega representative gleefully teasing that the company will have more information next week about the chance of Valkyria Chronicles Remaster for PS4 coming to the U.S. 

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The turn-based, third-person strategy RPG has already been rereleased on PC, helping a broader audience fully appreciate the engaging characters, fun tank combat, and intense, large-scale battles. 

Sega also confirmed that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be coming to Japan on PS4, but there's no news on that game's chances of coming stateside. Read more about the new entry here.

Sega also says you can also win a copy of Valkyria Chronicles on PC by commenting on the YouTube video linked above, with winners being selected on Monday, January 25. In the meantime, read our review of Valkyria Chronicles on PS3 to learn why the game is great. 


Our Take

I’m a tremendous fan of Valkyria Chronicles, and I poured many hours into the game on PS3. Sega seems to be heavily suggesting that we’ll be seeing it on the PS4 in the U.S., which would be a wonderful opportunity to revisit the game. My guess is that we’ll see a digital release of the game at the very least, and Sega will use those sales numbers to determine whether or not it's worth releasing Valkyria Chronicles 4 here as well.

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Torment: Tides Of Numera Beta Coming Soon

InXile Entertainment has announced that backers of the
hugely successful Kickstarter for Torment: Tides of Numera can get an early
look at the game in just a few weeks.

Kickstarter backers will get access to the beta starting on
January 17, with general Steam early access starting on January 26. According
to an
update
on Kickstarter from Brian Fargo, the beta will start at the
beginning of the game and contain the first city players will visit in a
location called Sagus Cliffs. A previous
update
stated the beta would contain more than 10 hours of gameplay.

Torment: Tides of Numera raised more than $ 4 million when
its Kickstarter launched in 2013. The project was originally expected to
release in December 2014, but InXile has pushed back its targeted release date twice since then. Project Lead Kevin
Saunders announced
he was leaving the studio in November, having completed his work on the game.

Today's update also contains information on some of Torment's
items, so click the link below to check it out.

[Source: Kickstarter]

 

Our Take
Kickstarter backers have been waiting patiently to get their hands on Torment, and while the extended development time can be partially attributed to the game's ambitious stretch goals, you can't fault players for getting antsy. The upcoming beta should help…tide players over until release. No pun intended. 

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Loot Crate’s Special Edition Mass Effect Crate Goes On Sale Soon For $75

Now that Loot Crate has completed sales of its Fallout 4 crate, it’s time to turn attention to Mass Effect. The company has revealed more details about its special edition crate, including the price.

Loot Crate has priced the special edition bundle at $ 75. Some of the items (reportedly valued at a total of more than $ 150) in the crate are entirely exclusive, and the offering includes clothing (including, we assume, the N7 hoodie pictured above).

Sales timing will likely be on or near BioWare’s annual Mass Effect celebration on November 7 (N7 Day). We’ll update once we know more. Stay tuned to the official sales page. You do not need to be a subscriber to purchase the special edition crates.

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Driveclub Bikes Available Soon For PS4

Update: Sony has confirmed Driveclub bikes for the PS4 – available as either a standalone purchase or an expansion to the core game.

The content is available tonight after the show ends, but a price was not given.

Driveclub Bikes features its own campaign content, multiplayer events, and challenges.

Original Story: PEGI – the European ratings board – briefly put up a listing for something called Driveclub Bikes. Does this mean that we'll be racing on two wheels in Evolution Studios' title?

The listing has been taken down (but not before videogamer.com took a screen capture), and it's unknown if this is some kind of standalone expansion for Driveclub or a whole new game.

We expect to know more today during Sony's Paris Games Week press conference at noon central. Watch it here.

[Source: Gematsu and videogamer.com]

 

Our Take
As I demonstrated in my "Revisiting Driveclub" feature earlier this spring, developer Evolution Studios has consistently stayed true to its post-launch commitment to the game (often at no price to the fans). Given Sony's view of Driveclub "as a service" and Evolution's restructuring, I'd be shocked if this was a standalone product.

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Microsoft Planning To Move All Xbox One Preview Members To New Dashboard Soon

Xbox One preview members have received notification via Xbox Live message that their consoles will soon be transitioned to the new dashboard. It’s still possible to opt out, but it means abandoning the preview program entirely.

When the option to participate the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) preview was first made available, we reported on a number of known issues. These included a variety of games failing to launch, issues with DLC, and incompatibility of a number of video apps.

Microsoft hasn’t updated the Known Issues section of the preview app since September 16, so it’s unclear whether upgrading to the new dashboard will still break games or render your video apps like Vudu and SlingTV inoperable.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for an updated list of known issues. We’ll update as soon as possible so you can decide whether you want to remain in the preview program.

The NXOE includes faster navigation via an icon bar that takes you right to different sections of the dashboard, a vertically scrolling home menu that includes more information, an Xbox 360-like guide feature, and an updated OneGuide that shows trending videos from your apps. The new dashboard also gives players easier access to social media-style like/comment/share features for clips and screenshots.

 

Our Take
While this indicates that Microsoft is feeling confident about the NXOE’s stability, the lack of an updated known issues list is concerning. It’s hard to know whether staying in the preview program is a good idea without information about whether games and apps will work. 

I saw an updated version of the new dashboard in action last week. While it seemed stable (and affords a number of great improvements), I didn’t have hands-on opportunity or get confirmation about game and app functionality.

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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.

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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