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Console Players Can Let Out Their Inner Wardens This Spring In Prison Architect

Introversion Software's prison-sim is coming to consoles this spring. Double Eleven is porting Prison Architect over to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

The game lets players play warden and design the prison of their dreams – whether that means locking inmates away and throwing away the virtual keys or taking a softer, more rehabilitative-focused approach. Either way, you'll have to deal with troublemakers (surprise!), ensure that staff and inmates are safe, and try to turn a profit. The console version is getting an exclusive prison-warden mode that presents players with several premade installations so they can dive right into the game, as well as the ability to share prisons with other players online.

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Joe liked the game on PC, and you can read his review here. – The Feed

Fable Legends Open Beta Delayed Until Spring 2016

Last week, we received an equivocating statement from Microsoft about the status of Fable Legends’ arrival in 2015. Today, we understand why as the open beta has been delayed.

Lionhead says that the game has become larger than originally anticipated, but wants more time for polish before opening it to the masses. Over the next few weeks, another 100,000 players will be added to the closed beta to provide feedback.

The open beta is now slated for Spring 2016. For more on Fable Legends, check out our coverage from Gamescom.

[Source: Lionhead]


Our Take
Free-to-play games seem to have developed their own language. Lionhead is talking about polish and improvement like they are delaying a full release, instead this is just about the open beta. The game definitely needed work when last I played it, but this sounds like the delay is at least another three months. Hopefully the changes make significant improvements to gameplay and interface that weren’t gelling quite well. – The Feed

[Update] EA Sports UFC 2 Launches Spring 2016, Adds Ultimate Team

Update: EA has released a trailer outlining the vision for its second licensed UFC game. The title is also confirmed for a Spring 2016 release.

The trailer mentions a new physics system and integration with whats' going on in the real world of MMA. The trailer below also shows some menu screens, and notably include an Ultimate Team mode. This will expand EA's extremely lucrative in-game transaction system to another sport. 

The publisher is dragging out its reveal, promising a full feature reveal on Friday, November 13.

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EA is stepping back into the Octagon. The publisher has announced that the follow-up to 2014’s EA Sports UFC is in development.

The publisher confirmed the sequel today on Twitter, with a promise of more details coming tomorrow. Unfortunately, while we’re urged to “tune in,” specific information on where to do that isn’t available yet.

EA secured the UFC license from THQ prior to that publisher’s demise. For more on EA Sports UFC, you can read our review. EA Access members can play the original in the “vault.”

[Source: EA Sports UFC on Twitter, pictured: EA Sports UFC]


Our Take
This was inevitable, though announcing this game on day when eyes are on Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 is a curious decision. Sure, those audiences don’t overlap perfectly, but the sophomore outing for this franchise deserves a bit of the spotlight to itself. – 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

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Arrives At The Dawn Of Spring

If you are eagerly anticipating Nathan Drake’s next adventure, then you can now mark your calendar for March 18, 2016, just two days before spring is officially sprung. That’s the day that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to launch on PS4. In addition, if you’re an especially big fan, you can now make a decision regarding whether one of the more expensive editions of the game is right for you.

Sony has detailed a bevy of pre-order options, so strap in. 

If you’d like more than the $ 59.99 game, a $ 79.99 Special Edition of the game includes the Blu-ray disc, a collectible steelbook case, a 48-page hardcover art book, a sticker sheet, and a pack of in-game currency for use in purchasing multiplayer content.

For the true connoisseurs, $ 119.99 will net you a hoard of treasure as part of the Libertalia Collector’s Edition, including everything that is part of the special edition above, plus a 12” Nathan Drake figure from Gentle Giant, three multiplayer outfits and two weapon skins, along with a ball cap and Madagascar sidekick outfits. 

You thought we were done, but we’re not. 

The digital deluxe edition includes a digital copy of Uncharted 4, as well as what Sony is calling the Triple Pack, a set of upcoming content akin to what many companies have called a season pass. With the Triple Pack, you get future access to a single-player story add-on and two future multiplayer packs that unlock rare and legendary items. In addition, the digital deluxe edition includes two undetailed multiplayer-customization items.

Players who want to buy the Triple Pack separately can do so for $ 20, an offer that is also available to folks who have already pre-ordered.

I wish I could tell you that's everything, but there's so much more.

Sony has also revealed that anyone who pre-orders any version of Uncharted 4, whether digital or physical, will also get a bonus pack that includes the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune multiplayer customization options, the golden weapon customization, and a pack of Naughty Dog Points for use in multiplayer.

If you’re still reading, then it’s clear that you care deeply about Uncharted 4. And so, I’m happy to tell you that Sony is also exploring separate pre-order bonuses for different retailers, on top of everything listed above. 

Pre-order at GameStop, and you get a Multiplayer Booster Pack that includes a bunch of one-time multiplayer boosts, as well as a special dagger inspired by Uncharted 2. [Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer]

Assign your pre-order to Amazon, and you pick up a Snow Camo weapon customization along with a reskin of Drake in multiplayer that has the intrepid explorer decked out for desert discovery.

Turn in your pre-order through the PlayStation Store, and you get an Uncharted 4 Dynamic Theme to grace your PS4’s home screen, along with some desert weapon customization options in multiplayer.

[Source: PS Blog]


Our Take
That’s too many pre-order bonuses for me to keep straight without a reference guide (which I’ve just written for you). It seems like a lot of options to ask your consumer to keep track of. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Naughty Dog and Sony are hoping that multiplayer cosmetic items are intriguing enough to fuel some big pre-order numbers. For my part, they had me at "new game from Naughty Dog." – The Feed

NASCAR 15 Coming To Last-Gen Systems This Spring At Reduced Price

DM Racing (an imprint of DMi Games) has announced that it is releasing NASCAR 15 to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this spring – the first offering from the new rights holders of the stock car association license.

The retail version of the game will be sold exclusively at GameStop [Full Disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop] for $ 19.99 on May 22. At the same time, a PC edition will be on Steam, and you can also download the game on Xbox Live and PlayStation Marketplace for those respective systems.

Befitting its price, NASCAR 15 (developed by Eutechnyx) is not a full-fledged sequel to NASCAR 14, but rather a standalone update to last year's game. NASCAR 15 features the season's new schedule, driver changes, over 60 paint schemes, bug fixes, and tweaks to the online multiplayer to ensure the promised 16-player races.

The game will not feature challenge updates through the real-life 2015 season, but paint scheme DLC will be offered.

A cover star for NASCAR 15 will be announced in the future.

For more on DM Racing's upcoming NASCAR plans – including the company's first sim-based title for the new home consoles – check out our interview with DMi president Ed Martin.

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Nintendo Discounts Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 7, Other Titles In Spring Sale

Nintendo is having a sale on its website for digital versions of some of its big titles.

The markdowns aren't huge, with most discounts being between $ 5 and $ 10, but there are definitely some very high-quality games, including Pikmin 3, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Kart 7, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Here's the complete list:

Wii U

  • A World of Keflings ($ 6.99)

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker ($ 27.99)

  • CastleStorm ($ 6.99)

  • Chariot ($ 10.49)

  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity ($ 4.89)

  • Golden Sun ($ 5.59)

  • Pikmin 3 ($ 41.99)

  • Sportsball ($ 7.00)


  • Kersploosh! ($ 2.09)

  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe ($ 24.49)

  • Mario Kart 7 ($ 20.99)

  • Mighty Gunvolt ($ 2.79)

  • Siesta Fiesta ($ 3.99)

  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels ($ 3.49)

  • Tetris Ultimate ($ 13.99)

  • Tomodachi Life ($ 24.49)

  • Woah Dave! ($ 3.49)


You can get in on the action on Nintendo's eShop page.

[Source: Destructoid] – The Feed

Rumor: Street Fighter V Merch Description Hints At Release Next Spring

Earlier today, a listing on Capcom's Unity site detailing PAX merch had a description hinting at a Spring 2016 release for Street Fighter V. That description has since been changed by Capcom.

The description, which you can see below in a screenshot grabbed before Capcom changed the text, originally read,"Everyone is fired up for Street Fighter V coming to the PS4 and PC next Spring. Until then, you can sport the official SFV key art T-shirt, which features Ryu in a heroic pose, for $ 25."

The text now reads, "Everyone is fired up for Street Fighter V coming to the PS4 and PC."

For more on Street Fighter V, head here.

[Source: Capcom Unity]


Our Take
The fact that Capcom removed the hint at the release window adds some credibility to the rumor, but it is still very much that – a rumor. With PAX happening now and E3 not too far off, I'm sure we will learn more concrete details soon. But for now, Spring 2016 seems like a pretty solid bet. – The Feed

PSA: Sony Announces 8-Week PlayStation Plus Spring Fever Celebration

Sony has announced the 2015 Spring Fever sale, featuring eight new digital-only games. Along with the sale announcement comes release dates for a number of upcoming titles.

Each of the titles carries a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members. The deal extends through the first week of launch.

Here’s the lineup:

  • March 3 – Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 10 – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 17 – Jamestown+ (PS4)
  • March 24 – Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 31 – Axiom Verge (PS4)
  • April 7 – Bastion (PS4)
  • April 14 – Titan Souls (PS4, Vita)
  • April 21 – Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita)

Helldivers, Hotline Miami 2, Metal Slug 3, Titan Souls, and Shovel Knight are cross-buy. Bastion and Axiom Verge will be launching later on Vita and will retroactively be part of the cross-buy program.

Additionally, there will be movie and game franchises on sale during each of the weeks. They are:

  • March 3 – Lego (games), The Hobbit (film)
  • March 10 – Saints Row (games), X-Men (film)
  • March 17 – Assassin’s Creed (games), Transformers (film)
  • March 24 – God of War (games), Spider-Man (film)
  • March 31 – Batman (games and film)
  • April 7 – Dragon Age (games), Lego (film)
  • April 14 – Grand Theft Auto (games), Planet of the Apes (film)
  • April 21 – Call of Duty (games), Taken (film) – The Feed

‘Severed’ from Guacamelee dev reaches Vita in Spring 2015

Drinkbox Studios, the developer behind the stylish Metroidvania beat ‘em up Guacamelee, has announced that its next game, Severed, will debut exclusively on the Vita handheld next Spring.

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