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Telltale’s The Walking Dead to be completed by new studio founded by original devs

You may recall a recent story that was dominating headlines for days. Telltale Games got shut down. In a complicated slope of twists and turns concerning game development disagreements, unpaid overtime, corporate mismanagement, and large investment deals gone sour – the rubber band finally snapped. Sadly nearly 300 people lost their jobs (more if you count the round of layoffs which took place leading up to this final moment).

It was said that a skeleton crew was remaining on board to finish up Minecraft for Netflix (a choose your own adventure style production blurring the lines between video game and film), but now that team has been let go as well. However, there is now a little bit of sunshine gleaming through finally, in an otherwise abysmal story.

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Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far announced exclusively for PlayStation 4

Ironically there was an article back in January on a hardcore fan’s blog called The Story So Far but now that title is the name of an upcoming PS4 exclusive which will feature a compilation of Kingdom Hearts titles allowing players to get the backstory leading up to Kingdom Hearts III’s anticipated release on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox worldwide (and 4 days prior to that in Japan).

This move by Square Enix has garnered a little fan backlash from gamers who are on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One as well as some PS4 players claiming this was a “cash grab” since the titles are already available on PS4. However, the title is being offered at a heavy discount versus buying all of the games separately and makes for a great purchase if anybody hasn’t played the originals and does not yet own them on PS4.

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Kickstarter VR News: Cybershoes has more than doubled funding goal on day one

An oft-ignored issue plaguing VR Gaming is the fact that cognitive dissonance between the mind and the body occurs wherein players use a thumbstick or ‘teleporting’ in order to traverse long distances. The act of travelling during a Virtual Reality game but not actually moving your feet at all can be pointed to as one of the major causes of motion sickness.

While room-scale VR solutions like HTC Vive and Vive Pro provide the ability to move around in a small box inside of your room, open world games demand much larger travel distances. For a long time it has been a competition for various treadmill-style devices to debate their way into a gamer’s household – but those are big and bulky (and usually noisy!). Now a better solution has emerged…

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Project Stream by Google delivers Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in your web browser

While major gaming CEOs continue to push the idea that streaming games is the future, which would be convenient for them since they won’t have to pay royalties anymore to console makers, many gamers remain uninterested in the technology. OnLive was perhaps one of the biggest flops of the video game streaming service industry that helped prove internet connections and demand for such a product just don’t exist to support the business model yet.

Despite that, the game industry continues to develop software and technology geared towards a streaming future in which you wouldn’t own your games but instead pay a monthly fee for the right to stream them. Google announced today that they are testing one of the world’s most advanced video game streaming services ever conjured up – currently nicknamed Project Stream. In a partnership with Ubisoft, Google Project Stream will allow beta testers to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in their web browser even if their computer is fairly weak (as long as their internet connection is strong).

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Minecraft: Dungeons announced for 2019 during Minecon 2018 Event

The well known Microsoft-owned creative sandbox franchise Minecraft will be expanding into the hack and slash RPG genre next year with Minecraft: Dungeons when it releases for PC. Landscapes include mines, swamps, canyons, and there’s a main villain being touted called Arch-Illager who you must save innocent villagers from on your journey.

Mojang will develop the title for the publishing arm of Microsoft Studios. Mojang has been producing the Minecraft titles since its inventor Notch handed the game off and had a hand in the development of Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games. They’ve also created a number of other titles including Caller’s Bane, a mobile-focused digital card game in 2014 and Cobalt, a 2016 action side scrolling title made for the PC and Xbox platforms.

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Free PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold Games announced for October 2018

Each month PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold give away from games for paying subscribers of the online services. While Sony is soon to drop support for PS3 and Vita, they haven’t yet. And even though Microsoft is selling an Xbox Game Pass with all first party Xbox One titles included, they’re still offering something up for Gold members. Sony has focused on giving less but bigger games for the PS4 in recent times, while Microsoft is giving indie titles and lesser known games a chance to shine in their Games With Gold service since Xbox Game Pass already holds many major titles from first and third party studios.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night coming to PS4

Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night will make their way to the PlayStation 4 according to new ESRB ratings filed by Konami. According to the newly discovered description given by the ESRB ratings board the two games will be included together in a collection release planned for the PlayStation 4. It is unclear at this time if other consoles such as Nintendo Switch and Xbox will also receive the release, but it is likely.

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TGS 2018: PlayStation Classic Announced for December

A miniature PlayStation console will release this December from Sony with a number of high profile classic titles built-in to the system. During Tokyo Game Show the unit was given a surprise reveal which also held proof of some impressive licensing deals accomplished by Sony to include iconic third party PlayStation titles such as Final Fantasy VII. This unit has HDMI output and uses an included USB-C cable for power but you will need an AC to USB power adapter (any smartphone adapter should work, even if it isn’t specifically made for USB-C).

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20 new PS4 games this week as PlayStation named #3 most relevant brand in UK

It’s no secret that PlayStation 4 is one of the most successful consoles ever to hit the video games market. With over 82 million units sold as of last month, the PS4 is predicted to surpass the PS3’s life time sales and could even approach the original PlayStation’s sales of 102.5 million units by the time its finished. Of course, the highest selling console of all time is still the PlayStation 2 with over 155 million units sold, which no home console has ever come near.

PlayStation VR has also made incredible strides becoming the highest selling VR headset currently on the market, reaching 3 million units sold as of last month alongside 22 million PSVR games being sold as the platform continues to lead with some of the most well produced Virtual Reality games in existence with no signs of stopping or letting down early adopters of this new technology.

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Mortal Kombat XI Konfirmed At Mo Game Con

[Update: Release date announced at The Game Awards 2018. Mortal Kombat 11 will release April 23, 2019 with a  community reveal January 17, 2019.]

Editor’s Note: DJ Killzown Jones is back and provides bleeding-edge coverage of an exclusive news item confirmed straight from the source, live on camera, during his attendance at the recent Mo Game Con convention. If you’re a subscriber to his media channels you may have seen this scoop early, if not you can find more about that here. Mortal Kombat is a series that has been around since 1992 and has filled many gamers’ childhood with a bloody good time fighting in the fun-factor focused arena. The franchise has over 35 million units sold in total and Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling game in the series. Check out the latest from DJ Killzown Jones in his RGN article below.

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The Last Remnant Remastered Revealed for PlayStation 4 [Hi-Res Screens]

It appears that Square Enix is focusing on making bigger and better games that really nail the masterpiece goal they have for themselves. With salvaging Final Fantasy XV into something the world ended up loving, but not really calling a masterpiece, they perhaps have to realize how close they keep coming to doom by announcing many huge projects at once that take almost a decade to finish and look nothing like their original concepts.

In the meantime, while working on their next-generation of big games, there seems to be a steady flow of remastered content both unexpected and in demand coming from the studio including FFXII: The Zodiac Age as well as the newly revealed FF: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition and even a PS4 / Xbox / Switch homecoming upgrade of a mobile title now known as FFXV: Pocket Edition HD.

Imagine our surprise when Square Enix PR sent over a press release today detailing a December 6, 2018 release date for The Last Remnant Remastered on PlayStation 4. Being one of the turn based Xbox 360 investments into the Japanese RPG demographic that never made its way to the Sony side of gaming.

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Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (PS4, Switch) Revealed for 2019

One of the lesser known Final Fantasy titles enjoyed by GameCube owners worldwide is the Crystal Chronicles entry into the series which will now see its way onto the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next year with updated visuals, increased frame rate performance, and even new gameplay features. A trailer was launched for the game during Tokyo Games Show 2018 showcasing the improved look and launch window of 2019.

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 details its DLC and a surprise ahead of launch

I still have my steel case edition of the Valkyria Chronicles HD Remaster on PlayStation 4 and ever since the PSP days this has been a series that is fond to me. For those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, I have three words for you “turn based shooter” but implore further investigation as to the strategic pleasure one can find in such a genre you may have never known existed.

As Valkyria Chronicles 4 heads to release this month, Atlus and SEGA have now revealed that the original Valkyria Chronicles alongside all of its DLC will also become available for Nintendo Switch this Fall. Leading up to these product launches, Atlus and SEGA have released a number of art assets, screenshots, and detailed just what we can expect in terms of key features for the two new releases.

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Onimusha: Warlords Remaster Announced for PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch (2019)

After a huge, enthusiastic reaction to the RE2 Remake project, Capcom has announced that Onimusha: Warlords (originally released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 during 2001) will be remastered for PS4, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch with a release date of January 15, 2019.

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PlayStation Plus titles for September 2018 revealed

In a new sizzle reel trailer the free PS4 games being offered by Sony for PS+ subscribers during the month of September 2018 has been revealed. Beyond the two main giveaways this month for PS4 there are also a number of titles being made available for free with ‘Cross Buy’ or ‘Cross Play’ features, VR, PlayLink functionality, and more.

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