Originally intended to release on Jan. 28, multiple GameStop locations have begun selling Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - an updated version of the 2013 game for Xbox One and PS4 – a few days ahead of schedule. IGN has confirmed with multiple local stores that the game is indeed in stock and available to be sold. Make the jump to view Definitive Edition‘s launch trailer.
Nintendo recently announced that the Pokémon Bank for X&Y is back on the Japanese eShop and that we should keep our eyes peeled for news of a Western release. That announcement may be coming soon, as Pokémon X&Y are scheduled for ‘extended online maintenance’ on Monday, January 27 from 4pm to 10pm Pacific. Of course, this could be an unrelated update, but we’ll keep a close watch for news on the app and keep you posted.
Since Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune departed from Capcom, we haven’t seen much of the Blue Bomber. With his new company, Comcept, Inafune has set out to make a spiritual successor to the popular franchise in the form of Mighty No. 9. The hugely successful Kickstarter project has been in development for months now, and Inafune has finally released some stills from an alpha version of the game. Mighty No. 9 is still in the early stages of development, but you can get a taste of what’s in store by clicking after the jump.
As part of Microsoft’s quarterly financial report for Q3 of fiscal 2013, they announced Xbox One sold (to retailers) 3.9 million Xbox One units by the end of calendar 2013. That’s a pretty solid number (just behind PlayStation 4), but things get a little concerning when you consider that an earlier report stated that Xbox One sold (through to customers) just over 3 million by the end of last year. Did around 900,000 Xbox One’s go unsold in 2013? Hit the jump to see Microsoft’s reply.
After hinting at the possibility of an open beta for Titanfall, it seems as though EA and Respawn Entertainment may be heeding their fans’ wishes, as an announcement of the beta has leaked via EA’s Origin Store. The message, which has since been taken down, read “The beta is coming. Prepare for battle.”
Much has been made of the graphical differences between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of certain multiplatform titles. Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 both run at a lower resolution on Xbox One and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition reportedly runs at a lower frame rate. Microsoft has frequently stated that Xbox One will not be viewed as a technically inferior console in the long run, but these early differences have some gamers worried. Xbox lead planner Albert Penello addressed the situation in the latest edition of the Gamer Tag Radio podcast.
With the success of franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft has grown substantially in both size and popularity over the past generation. That expansion is going to continue in a big way, as Ubisoft has announced via press release that they intend to invest $28 million Canadian (over $25 million US) over the course of the next three years. This hefty sum is aimed at creating 100 new jobs for the company’s Quebec City studio.
With big new IPs like Watch Dogs and The Division in the works, Ubisoft could use some fresh blood. Couple that with the increased potential for next gen development and Ubisoft needs all the extra helping hands it can get. Hopefully this expanded team leads to a solid lineup of next gen games for Ubisoft and keeps further delays from plaguing the company. You can catch the full press release by clicking below.
Due to recent backlash over the pricing of digital games on Xbox Live, Microsoft has announced that it plans to rethink its current listings.
The news comes via a recent thread on Reddit in which Microsoft’s Larry Hryb jumped in and reassured fans that digital pricing is “indeed on the agenda.” For any fans who enjoy purchasing games digitally, knowing that competitive pricing is a priority comes as good news.
Although PlayStation 4 is still about a month away from launch in Japan, pre-orders for the console are sold out at every retailer and have been for months. However, attendees of the Taipei Game Show are getting a special treat, as Sony has made around 1,000 PlayStation 4′s available for pre-order over the course of the five day event.
It’s not clear how many units were made available on day one of the event (Sony declined comment), but they went fast. According to reports, as soon as the doors opened there was such a rush for the pre-order station that traffic control was required to keep people in their lines. Within half an hour, the first day’s supply of pre-orders was exhausted, and the employee pictured above indicated to the crowd that the console was yet again sold out. It looks like PlayStation 4 is going to have hot start in Japan.
I don’t know if you’ve given the Art Academy: SketchPad app for Wii U a whirl yet, but it’s actually really competent, really cheap, and really fun to use. Even I, one of the world’s moste terriblé artistes, had a good time with it. Whether you’ve tried it or not, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma just gave one really good reason to: Nintendo is holding an art competition related to A Link Between Worlds on Miiverse.
Click below for the full contest announcement and rules, straight from Mr. Aonuma himself.
Shovel Knight, a NES-inspired retro platformer being developed by Yacht Club Games, has finally been given a release date of March 31. An update on the developer’s official site states that the game has reached the alpha stage of its development, meaning the majority of Shovel Knight‘s core features features have been implemented. Hit the jump to view the developer’s full update along with the game’s latest trailer.
The critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider reboot by Square Enix studio Crystal Dynamics will soon be receiving a Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but if recent reports are true, one version may be just a bit more ‘definitive’ than the other. Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that the game will run at 60 frames per second on PlayStation 4, but the same confirmation has not been given for the Xbox One version. According to a report from Rocket Chainsaw, that’s because the Xbox One version is currently only running at around 30 frames per second. A Square Enix spokesperson has now commented on the report. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.