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Perfect World Delays Co-op Top-Down Shooter Livelock Indefinitely

Perfect World is giving its first console game a little more time in the oven. Livelock, a cooperative, top-down shooter has been delayed on all platforms.

The game was scheduled for release next week on August 2 on Xbox One and PC. The PlayStation 4 version was already slated for a later launch.

No new release date has been announced at this time. Perfect World  says the pushback is to “ensure the best possible gameplay experience” across all three platforms.

For more on Livelock, check out our hands-on preview from E3.

 

Our Take
Giving games more time often results in a better product. However, the eleventh hour delay does lead us to wonder what went wrong so close to release.

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Get a job: Irrational Games seeks an experienced World Builder

The studio formerly known as Irrational Games is looking for a Senior World Builder with design experience to help “craft and create our worlds.” …


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Get Another Look At World Of Final Fantasy And Check Out The Collector’s Edition

World of Final Fantasy blends the big-head chibi look of the original installments with the expressive Kingdom Hearts art style. All of this takes place in the pop-up book world of Grymoire.

A trailer introduces us to the world and our two protagonists. Throughout their adventure in classic Final Fantasy settings, they’ll encounter classic summons, meet past series protagonists, and capture the franchise’s iconic monsters.

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Additionally, Square Enix has announced the three different special versions of the game. The $ 120 collector’s edition is exclusive to the Square Enix store and includes pop-up book packaging, an 80-page hardback art book, the soundtrack, three mini-figurines of Cloud, Squall, and Lightning, digital content (White Chocobo, Glow Moogle, Red Bonnetberry, Sephiroth Summon, Japanese voice-over option).

A limited edition will be available at some retailers. This follows Atlus’ special first-run approach. The limited version will be priced at the standard $ 59.99, but will include a 24-page art book and the aforementioned digital content.

Finally, all retailers will have available a day one edition that includes the digital content previously mentioned with the game. You can see more in our previous coverage.

World of Final Fantasy will be out on October 25 for PlayStation 4 and Vita.

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Test Chamber — Exploring World of Warcraft’s Pre-Legion Patch

World of Warcraft's upcoming Legion expansion will be landing at the end of next month on August 30, but a big patch featuring new transmogrification mechanics and massive changes to many class skills and talents has gone live, giving players a chance to dip in the water to see what they may want to swim with before everyone is scrambling for levels and raid gear.

Join Daniel Tack and Andy McNamara in this episode of Test Chamber as they take a brief look through talents and skills (everything has been reset) and talk about some of the new things coming to Legion. While there wasn't really time to play with any of the skills at length (I actually went back after this and actually learned how to use Outlaw moves, I swear), it's an interesting quick look at things to come.

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Stick with us for more Legion coverage as we move into launch to check out some of the new features with some actual playtime under our belts!

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Malevolent AI Runs The World In Episode 7 For Minecraft: Story Mode

The second episode in Minecraft: Story Mode's Adventure Pass add-on series, Access Denied, got a launch trailer today as well as a release date. It will be available for digital download on a variety of platforms on July 26.

Access Denied is episode 7 in the Minecraft: Story Mode series by publisher Telltale and developer Mojang. Jesse and his/her friends (depending on character gender chosen) have been hopping between worlds using a series of portals to try and find their way home, and now it appears their latest discovery has thrust them into a world filled with a malevolent AI and hypnotized population. The "thinking machine" in charge of this world, named PAMA , is determined to command everyone and everything in order to reach optimal usefulness and efficiency. 

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In Episode 6, popular Minecraft YouTubers including Stampy Cat, Stacy Plays, DanTDM, LDShadowLady, and CaptainSparklez made guest appearances. In Access Denied, PAMA's creator Harper will be played by popular actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who is featured briefly in the trailer. 

Episodes in the Adventure Pass can be purchased separately for $ 4.99. Or you can get access to Episode 6, 7, and 8 as they release with the pass for $ 14.99. In order to play these episodes however, you must own Episode 1 in the series, or the Season Pass disc. Episode 7: Access Denied will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Mac, iOS, Android, and PC.  

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Blizzard casts silence on abusive World of Warcraft players

Blizzard’s new silencing tool will prevent abusive players from participating in open chat channels, as well as some of World of Warcraft’s other key social features. …


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De La Soul Appearing In Angry Birds Because That’s Just The Kind Of World We Live In These Days

Angry Birds Action!, the pinball spinoff to Rovio's popular series, is getting a big update. Considering the subject matter, it only makes sense that it's called the Big Pig Update. What seems a bit stranger is the inclusion of venerable hip-hoppers De La Soul. They've not only written a song for the game, but they're appearing in it as characters for a limited time. 

You can hear a snippet of the new track, "Action," in the clip below. You'll also see a bunch of pigs and birds and general anger. If you like what you hear, you may want to check out De La Soul's next album, which is out August 26. Or listen to this classic track from the Judgment Night soundtrack, which seems oddly prescient.

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Our Take
This isn't the first head-scratching collaboration we've seen between hip-hop artists and games. Remember Method Man's song "World Gone Sour," written for Caocom's Sour Patch Kids game? Who could forget really. 

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New Behind-The-Scenes Video Shows Off Tokyo 42′s World, Weapons, And Gameplay

Isometric/action shooter Tokyo 42 was first announced in March, and then we got a playthrough video that took us through some of its colorful but deadly levels. Now we have a closer look into the duo behind the project, and how they are working to bring Tokyo 42 to players in 2017.    

Maciek Strychalski and Sean Wright are the developers behind SMAC Games, and are working on their first-ever title Tokyo 42 with publisher Mode 7. Inspired by the Grand Theft Auto and Assassin's Creed series to name a few, Tokyo 42 follows a freelance assassin as he takes on missions within a 3D world that you can look at from all directions.

In a new behind-the-scenes video, Strychalski and Wright explain how the project came to be, what games inspired their own, and how they are building it up block by block into a colorful and vibrant world ripe for sniping missions. Every building they make is a completely custom design, so the world feels original and non-replicated. Strychalski states, "Each building I want to build from the ground up as opposed to copy/paste it."   

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We also get a look at some early work on new parts of the
game which have never been seen before. In a meeting with Mode 7, Wright shows off a new gameplay mechanic involving charge pads, some new weapons like sticky grenades and bananas (yes, bananas),  and how you will be able to snipe targets from great distances across the map. 

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Replay – Out Of This World

This week, we slowly deteriorate as we explore the Super Nintendo port of the 1991 classic, Out of this World.

Originally released for the Amiga in 1991 and titled Another World outside of North America, the strange and impressively cinematic game was unlike anything players had seen before. The recent Inside from Playdead made us recall Out of this World as both tell ambiguous stories from a 2D perspective and even share comparable color templates. The game is also difficult as we prove in the episode.

Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Jeff Marchiafava, and I slowly start to lose our minds after repeated attempts, eventually succumbing to madness as the game relentlessly banana kills us in a number of water fountain ways. It becomes increasingly democracy as bottle holes collision ghoulish symbolic carpet sandpaper star of stage and screen. I hope you enjoy the  episode! I am personally, still recovering.

For our review of the 2014 remaster on Xbox One (which adopts its original name, another world), head here.

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In China You Can Buy World Of Warcraft Beer, For Some Reason

The China-based beer company Tsingtao Beer recently launched a World of Warcraft-themed brew in promotion of the recent film.

Spotted by Collectors Society user Revat on a recent trip to China, the large beer set comes with two 16-ounce cans featuring the orc Durotan and Anduin Lothar and what appears to be a pendant. The beer inside is Tsingtao's 1903 Tsingtao Lager, as pointed out by The Beijinger. If you're interested in buying your own set, there are currently a few for sale on eBay ranging around $ 20 and $ 30.

Though, to be fair, it's not necessarily a surprise China is producing odd merchandising around the Warcraft film; the movie is currently breaking records in the East, making $ 156 million in five days.

Legendary films recently announced a comic serving as a prequel to the film.

[Source: Revat on Collectors Society] 

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