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Sony Files Patent for What Looks Like a Switch-esque Device

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:05

It looks like Sony may be taking cues from Nintendo, as the PlayStation manufacturer has filed a patent for what looks like a new Switch-inspired handheld device.

As spotted by NeoGAF user ponpo, the patent was filed back in 2015 but was only just recently published. While the controller pieces on the side look as though they may be detachable, they aren't explicitly shown as being removable from the device.

Sony patent image, courtesy of blog.esuteru.com

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New Batman: The Animates Series Batcave Collectible from DC

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:00

DC Collectibles are adding a Batman: The Animated Series Batcave Vignette to their line of Animated Series figures and collectibles.

IGN can exclusively reveal the first look at the 'Vignette', which is expected to release in October 2017 for $175. Check it out below:

The Vignette is 15.5”x 17”x 21”, and features a special LED light-up Bat-Computer, and interchangeable computer screen graphics. It also comes with an exclusive 6" Alfred figure, who has a food tray, tea pot and duster as accessories.

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IGN UK Podcast #371: Prey? Pray tell

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:45

This week Alysia's had a first look at Prey, Arkane Studios' creepy new first person shooter set on a distant space station. By contrast, Joe's been pointing and clicking all over Thimbleweed Park, and Gav's noticed that this week marks the 20th anniversary of an iconic Simpsons episode.

Also, you may have noticed that we're no longer making a video version of the podcast. Instead we're going to focus on making our bread and butter, the audio version, an even better experience for your earballs! You can listen to it via the link below, or head over to iTunes:

IGN UK Podcast #371: Prey? Pray tell

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Art from Cancelled Sci-Fi Game by God of War Dev Emerges

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:16

Images thought to be from a cancelled Sony Santa Monica project have appeared online.

The unannounced PlayStation 4 project, thought to have been a new sci-fi IP, had been in development when layoffs hit the God of War studio three years ago.

The images - originally on an artist's personal site who allegedly worked on the project for three years - were discovered by nerdleaks but have since been removed. However, a whole raft of duplicates, which include detailed concept, character art, and CG models, have been uploaded to Imgur.

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Johto Pokemon Now Available in Pokemon Go

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:00
More than 80 new Pokemon from the Johto region are now available to catch in Pokemon Go.

How to Unlock Potential in Fire Emblem Heroes

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:00
Learn the ins and outs of increasing a hero's rarity and power with this guide.

PlayStation Plus Open Multiplayer Event Kicks off Next Week

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:34

Sony will be opening up online multiplayer for non-PS Plus subscribers from February 22 until February 26.

However, this only applies to multiplayer. The other benefits of a PS Plus subscription - such as this month's free games for subscribers or Store discounts - are not included.

The news follows a similar event currently taking place on Xbox One, where Xbox Live Silver users can play online from February 16 to February 19 without any barriers, and take Rocket League and NBA 2K17 for a test drive as part of a limited time free trial.

If you’re already a PS Plus subscriber, this month’s subscriber games are LittleBigPlanet 3, Not a Hero , Starwhal, Anna: Extended Edition, Ninja Senki DX, and TorqueL.

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First Google Indie Games Contest Winner Announced

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:19

Google has announced that fantasy game Reigns has won its inaugural indie games contest.

The "Tinder-style fantasy title" (via GamesIndustry.biz) topped 20 other finalists to secure prizes that include a YouTube influencer campaign worth €50,000, an Android Developer Story documentary about the development of the game, tickets for GDC and Google I/O, one month's premium placement on Google Play, and a Pixel C tablet.

As Reigns also secured the Unity prize, developer Nerial also secured two tickets to a Unite event and a 12-month subscription to Unity Pro.

Press and public were invited to play 20 games from finalists who'd been selected from over a 1000 submissions from 12 countries around the world, and then vote for their favourites.

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The 'Jedi' in Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Title Is Plural

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 07:18

There's been some debate as to whether the "Jedi" in Star Wars: The Last Jedi's title is a singular or plural use (not least because if it was the former, one of our heroes would likely have to die in Episode VIII). It seems we now have an answer, through an unexpected source - the other words in the title.

In German, the words for "The Last" help denote whether the "Jedi" is being used as a singular or plural. As pointed out by IGN Germany, the newly revealed German title - "Die Letzten Jedi" - uses the plural version, meaning it references multiple Jedi (if it was a single Jedi, it would be "Der Letzte Jedi").

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Hearthstone Will Release Three Expansions This Year

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:34

As the Year of the Kraken comes to a close, Hearthstone is gearing up for 2017's Year of the Mammoth by announcing a new way of releasing expansions.

Instead of alternating between the cycle of Expansions (card packs) followed by Adventures (player vs CPU with an overarching theme), Blizzard now plans to release  three expansions at specific times of the year: ~130 cards at the start of the year, ~130 in the middle, then another ~130 towards the end of the year. The reason for the change, as detailed over on the Hearthstone blog, is down to storytelling.

“At their core, Adventures paint colorful and thematic stories about the Hearthstone universe,” writes Blizzard. “Imagine being able to learn about the history and lore behind each of our sets inside the game in a similar way!

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UK Daily Deals: Nintendo Switch With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:30

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The First Nintendo Switch Bundle Includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

GAME are the first retailer to release a Nintendo Switch Bundle. Luckily it includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is arguably the most anticipated game for the Switch; "the open world Zelda we've always wanted" (read our preview on Breath of the Wild here).

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Ubisoft Shares Details of Watch Dog 2's Next DLC

IGN.com - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 06:12

Ubisoft has shared details of the next Watch Dogs 2 DLC pack, Human Conditions.

The downloadable content pack - which will release on February 21 on PlayStation 4, and March 23 on PC and Xbox One - promises to be "a meaty one", adding "three new multi-mission Operations to the story and giving Marcus Holloway and his DedSec crew new villains to hunt".

According to a teaser video, as well as new missions the DLC brings "substantial story-arcs" that give Marcus a fresh selection of challenges and enemies, with "never seen before" areas.

"We’ve plowed through two of the new Operations, and they’re pretty substantial, with new areas to explore and unique challenges to face," writes Mikel Reparaz, editor on the Ubisoft blog.

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Powerless: "Sinking Day" Review

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 20:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

You can pretty much break down Powerless' problems to two main areas. It doesn't make great use of the DC Universe setting, and it gives its talented cast depressingly little to do. "Sinking Day" managed to address both problems in one fell swoop. After a thoroughly bland premiere and an only marginally better sophomore episode, things are looking up in week 3.

This was the first episode where it didn't feel like the episode could quickly and effortlessly be rewritten to remove all the superhero elements entirely. Sure, The Olympian isn't exactly an A-List DC hero, and a group of random Atlanteans is no substitute for "A to the Q" himself, but it still felt like the writers were taking advantage of the DC setting in a way they've been reluctant to before.

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Into the Badlands: Two New Season 2 Trailers

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:54

With Into the Badlands returning for its second season on Sunday, March 19th, AMC has released two new trailers for what's sure to be an action-packed and thrilling 10-episode spring run.

Here you'll see Daniel Wu's Sunny and Emily Beecham's The Widow, each with their own trailer, training for the fight of their lives, plotting revenge, and ready to take down anyone who stands in their respective paths.

In Into the Badlands: Season 2, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. Meanwhile, The Widow continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all.

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Nintendo Switch Operating System Details Leak

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:49

A new YouTube video showcases more of the Nintendo Switch's user interface, including its menus, the process for creating a new system user, and more.

A video uploaded by hiphoptherobot posted to NeoGAF apparently reveals the Switch from its start-up out of the box through the process of creating an account on the system and scanning through the system's settings.

Among the notable aspects of the video is the system's revealed internal storage space, which is listed as only 25.9 GB. Nintendo has previously said the system will have 32 GB of internal memory — though Nintendo has said the Switch will support up to 2TB Micro SDXC cards — so this video could be an indication of the amount of space the operating system takes up in the system.

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Mattel Reveals New Line of Halo Toys

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 19:16

A new line of Halo toys based on the franchise, including its newest entry, Halo Wars 2, will be released by Mattel later this year.

IGN can exclusively debut a first look at Mattel's new Halo toys, coming out in the fall of 2017, which will be showcased at next week's New York Toy Fair. Check out the toys below:

Mattel's 6-inch Halo figures will each cost $19.99, featuring UNSC Spartans and Covenant operatives with up to 30 points of articulations. Each of the figures includes mix-and-match armor sets and one or two weapons. Each also comes with an extra figure piece that, when all collected, form an Imperial Grunt.

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Resident Evil 7 Was the Best-Selling Game of January 2017

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 18:51

Capcom's Resident Evil 7 Biohazard was the top-selling game in the US for the month of January, according to The NPD Group.

The best-selling console was once again PlayStation 4, with the top-selling PS4 SKU remaining the Uncharted 4 500GB bundle. Interestingly, NPD said the third best selling console for the month was the NES Classic.

The release of Resident Evil 7 helped push overall sales numbers up for the month, 14% higher than last January. However, hardware spending saw a "19 percent decline versus January 2016," down to $127 million.

According to NPD, the last time Capcom had a game come out at the top of the month's sales was 2009's Resident Evil 5.

Grand Theft Auto V continues to be a dominant force and a huge driver of revenue for Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive. The game was the third-best selling for January 2016. Grand Theft Auto V has now sold 75 million copies since its 2013 release.

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Star Wars Rebels Preview: Sabine Clashes with Her Mom

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 18:38

In this week's Star Wars Rebels episode, "Legends of Mandalore" -- airing Saturday, February 18th -- a Darksaber wielding Sabine returns home and finds a rather chilly reception waiting for her.

In this scene from Saturday's episode, Sabine, Kanan, and Ezra instantly run afoul of her mother, a Mandalorian warrior who was once part of the Death Watch. Check it out!

The official synopsis for "Legends of Mandalore" reads:

Hoping to enlist her family to help the rebels, Sabine returns to her home world with Kanan and Ezra, but soon finds herself embroiled in her family's power struggle for Mandalore.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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Starbreeze Provides Update on PayDay 3 Development

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 18:16

Starbreeze Studios has provided an update on the status of PayDay 3, confirming that production is now underway.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the company shared the news in documentation alongside its financial results, saying the next entry in Overkill Software's first-person shooter series is now at the "full design stage" and the development team will be provided ample time to complete the game.

In fact, Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint went so far as to say that PayDay 3 will "enjoy as much time as we deem needed" and "will be done when it's done." He went on to note that PayDay is the company's "single most important brand today and the cornerstone of our business and we will treat it accordingly."

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Why Is Batman Fighting Elmer Fudd?

IGN.com - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:50

Did you ever think you'd see the day when Batman added Elmer Fudd to his rogues gallery? Well get ready, because four of DC's most popular superhero characters are about to go to war with the Looney Tunes cast.

Today DC announced a quartet of "DC/Looney Tunes Specials" that mash up the DC and Looney Tunes universes. Check out the covers to all four specials below:

DC didn't reveal any other details about these new books, so we're not sure if they're meant to be isolated one-shots like March's DC/Hanna Barbera crossovers or if we're looking at a full-blown Justice League/Looney Tunes crossover. The idea sounds slightly less strange in the wake of recent crossovers like Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Justice League/Power Rangers.

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