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Sci-Fi MMO Skyforge Launching On PS4 Spring 2017

Developer Allods Team announced today that their Sci-Fi MMORPG Skyforge will be making its PS4 debut later this year. While no specific release date was anounced, a new announcement trailer was released via YouTube, showing off several sections of the game. You can watch the trailer down below.

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Skyforge is a Sci-Fi MMO with fantasy elements, where players can choose from 14 classes and participate in a variety of game modes including Campaign, PvP, and Raids. PS4 players looking to register early can get a variety of free rewards, available when the game launches. 

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Our Take
With another free-to-play MMO coming to console, there's no better time for console players to jump into the MMORPG genre, free of charge. Skyforge's unique lore and setting, as well as 14 individual classes  make a compelling case as to why it sticks out in a crowded massively multiplayer market. 

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Rocket League Toy Racers Revving For Spring Release

Starting in spring, Rocket League's signature vehicular soccer matches can take place in the comfort of your living room with Psyonix's newly announced line of pull-back toy cars.

The first line of Original Minis will include eight standard versions and four variants of the game's well-known Battle-Cars, each housed in their own Rocket Ball. A limited number of the toys will also come with codes for unlocking features in-game. 

Psyonix showcased the cars' pull-back feature in this gif of Octane, one of the first dozen Minis.

Learn more about Rocket League from Jeff Cork's review here.

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Hand-Drawn Puzzle Game Gorogoa Arrives This Spring

Jason Roberts' Gorogoa, a unique puzzle game about manipulating a sequence of images to tell a story, was first revealed almost five years ago. Now, we've gotten another peek at the game with a new trailer.

Reminiscent of the mobile game Framed, you move square images to create a connecting story. It is currently available to demo at PAX South at Annapurna Interactive's booth.

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Late last year, we found out that Annapurna, a production company known for films such as Sausage Party and Zero Dark Thirty, has expanded into the games industry. Gorogoa is one of the titles that is being published by the company. Annapurna is also behind the upcoming game What Remains of Edith Finch, which is one of our most anticipated 2017 adventure titles.

Gorogoa is expected to release this spring.

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Embers Of Mirrim Is A Dual-Stick Sci-Fi Platformer Coming This Spring

Embers of Mirrim is a dual-stick platformer where you play as an animal, Mirrim, who is tasked with fighting off alien forces with his unique magical abilities.

Inspired by '80s fantasy movies The NeverEnding Story and The Dark Crystal, Embers of Mirrim takes place on a thawing mountain. Using Mirrim's powers, you control light and dark entities known as Embers. These Embers are controlled independently with both the right and left analog sticks, so that you can solve puzzles and overcome obstacles. Check out the trailer below.

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Embers of Mirrim launches on PlayStation 4 this spring. You can read more about the game by heading to the PlayStation Blog.

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Arms Brings Motion-Controlled Boxing To Nintendo Switch This Spring

It's not quite Punch-Out!!, but one of the first-announced games for the Nintendo Switch certainly channels its spirit, albeit with a long-range twist.

Arms is a fighting game played on a small three-dimensional field. Holding the Switch Joycon controllers in a thumbs-up position, players make punching motions with their hands to throw punches at each other from a distance. Each character's arms stretch to hit opponents from afar, similar to Dhalsim in Street Fighter. You can thrust the controller forward to do a straight, or twist it sideways to do a hook, which will catch opponents on the move more easily.

The game looks to offer much more mobility than Nintendo's last boxing title (the subgame in Wii Sports), however. Players can move by titling the Joycons, dash around the map and guard at will, and press the Joycon's shoulder buttons to jump.

Arms also looks to feature several character with different movesets. Along with Spring Man and Ribbon Girl, the game's first trailer showed off a few other characters, including a woman in a yellow mech suit. Each character also looks to have a special attack, which look to vary between characters. Spring Man's for example, launched a volley of blows in short succession.

You'll be able to play the game solo against computer opponents, split-screen using two sets of Joycons, and using two Switch consoles locally. Arms is set to release this Spring.

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Exclusive Interview Dives Deep On Destiny Spring Update

Bungie is rolling out info about its Destiny April Update through a series of three live streams, the first of which just concluded. Ahead of the stream, we were able to ask some questions of Ryan Paradis, the live events lead designer who has been in charge of preparing the update, and he provided additional detail about what’s on the way. If you missed the live stream, or you want to learn a little more about what you can expect, dive on in.

This week’s content reveals zero in on new activities, so we’ve focused on those in our questions. Specific details about gear, Crucible updates, and other facets of the Destiny experience won’t be explored until later. Read ahead to learn more about the April Update’s story, what you’ll be doing as you aim to hit the new light cap of 335, changes to King’s Fall, a major update to Prison of Elders, and more. 

What is the goal for the April Update? When you began development on this new content, what were the most important objectives for your team?

Our goal with the April update was to hit a few different fronts. We have a lot of fans who fell in love with exploration on the Dreadnaught, with our Strikes, and with the Prison of Elders, but they’ve moved past them. We wanted to revitalize some of these favorites, and at the same time provide new challenges and rewards. As the Live team has done in the past, we wanted to provide awesome new vanity items for players to both express themselves better, and to look like the badasses they truly are. 

Another thing that was really important for us to accomplish with this update was to provide players more choices in how to become more powerful. The raid is a great endgame option, because it’s challenging, requires tons of coordination, and features our most complex mechanics, but for players who aren’t routinely raiding, we wanted to provide viable endgame gear upgrade options in Prison of Elders, Strikes, the Court of Oryx, and Crucible activities.

What’s the top-level story idea for the April Update? How does the new story content dovetail from the events of The Taken King release?

The focus for the April update is on the Reef and what’s going on there after the devastation. While they’re beaten, they’re not down for the count, and Variks will be guiding you through the update. Although Oryx is dead, the Taken are still as strong as ever, and Variks is tasking you to stop them from resurging. The new story is intended to provide a small continuation of the Taken King storyline, and dovetail into our new Strike and Prison of Elders content.

Will there be new Grimoire cards to acquire? 

With everything we’ve added in this update, there are of course new Grimoire Cards to further expound on the deeper lore of Destiny. I don’t want to spoil any of the new lore, but there are new grimoire cards for some of the new activities, some of the gear you’ll encounter, and even some bosses you’ll be fighting. We know how passionate the fans are about the lore we put in the Grimoire, and wanted to make sure to scratch that itch with this update, too.

What’s the concept behind the Blighted Chalice strike? 

Variks is going to leverage your particular set of skills to track down a new Taken threat. The Blighted Chalice Strike is the conclusion of that questline.

King’s Fall is being updated with gear that goes up to light value 330. Are these the same pieces that were previously available in the raid, but at a higher level? Or are there new gear pieces/weapons? Have the King’s Fall fights themselves changed at all? Will this version of King’s Fall (with 330 gear) be a third difficulty?

With the increase in overall light, both current difficulties will be adjusted to provide additional challenge and commensurate rewards. The Challenge Modes will still be available, but we aren’t adding a third difficulty tier, or any new encounters. 

How will Court of Oryx change? Can you tell us anything about any of the new bosses or fights that Guardians might encounter there? Is the highest level fight still triggered with an Antiquated Rune?

With Court of Oryx, Guardians will continue summoning enemies with existing runes. No changes there. We have boosted the drops coming out of the Court to better prepare Guardians for the other challenges we’ve setup in this update, though.  

Next Page: Learn about the big changes coming to Prison of Elders.


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PSA: Microsoft’s Spring Sale Begins Today With $299 Xbox One

From today until March 28, Microsoft is launching a sale in celebration of the start of Spring, which drops the Xbox One price to a starting price of $ 299 immediately at participating retailers.

For all current bundles, the discount lops $ 50 off the price, such as the 1TB The Division bundle now costing $ 349. On March 22, a digital Xbox Store sale will begin and continue through the week until the 28th, which will have prices fall by 40% to 60% on several Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. For Xbox Gold members, the price drops a further 10%.

View the full details of the sale on the official Xbox website. For more on Microsoft, check out how Sony responded to Xbox's hopes for cross-platform play, and read about Microsoft's plans for extending digital sharing options.

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Bungie Dates Destiny’s 2.2.0 Spring Update

Details about exactly what the update will entail are slim, but we now know when it will release.

According to the latest Bungie Weekly Update, which you can read here, the spring update (now referred to as the April update) for the game will be available on April 12, 2016. Bungie is teasing New PVE challenges, new and updated gear, a new quest featuring the Blighted Chalice Strike, increased max light and rewards, and Sandbox and Crucible updates.

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Our Take
New Destiny content has been light the past few weeks. It's good to hear something is on the horizon, though I am curious what will be included in the update.

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Everything You Need To Know From The Xbox Spring Showcase

Last week, Microsoft and Xbox held a big event showing off the releases coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC over the next few months. From announcements hinting at the future of the Xbox and Windows platforms to hands-on time with Xbox's biggest upcoming games, we had a lot of content come from this event, so we wanted to gather it all in one place to make it easy for you to find the coverage that most interests you.

Check out the articles that resulted from the Xbox Spring Showcase 2016 below.

Xbox One/Windows 10 Platform

Dark Souls III

Quantum Break

Killer Instinct

Forza Motorsport 6

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

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Remastered Battlezone 98 Coming This Spring

Rebellion is bringing back Battlezone via Battlezone 98 Redux this spring on PC, and the title includes more than just a graphic overhaul.

The game – developed by Big Boat Interactive – features online multiplayer and support for Steam Workshop mods.

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