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Below are the news stories that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Just like the Games of Our Lives…
/// GAMES FEATURED
►Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
►Homefront: The Revolution
►Far Cry: Primal
/// Psychonauts 2 Has Reached its Funding Goal!
/// Konami Outlines its Plans for Yu-Gi-Oh! in 2016!
Konami Digital Entertainment has announced it will release key new Yu-Gi-Oh! titles across a number of formats in 2016, allowing an even wider audience to enjoy the series, which is already popular worldwide as a card game and range of console titles.
In readiness of the series’ milestone 20th year, Konami is engaged in a number of initiatives to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! series to an ever larger range of devices. In Spring, a new mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will be released, followed by a new game for the Nintendo 3DS platform in the summer. Konami will also release a new online game for consoles and PCs in the winter while the popular console game Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist and mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation will both receive receive major updates.
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/// Lightning x Louis Vuitton 30″ Ad!
/// Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India ‘Deep Dive’ Trailer!
/// Oculus Rift price set at $599 / £499 / €699, pre-orders now live!
Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Now Open, First Shipments March 28
We’re excited to announce that Rift is now available to pre-order for $599 USD on Oculus.com and it will ship to 20 countries starting March 28. People have been dreaming about immersive high-end VR for decades, and we’re thrilled to share Rift with you this March.
Rift will also be available in limited locations at select retailers starting in April.
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/// Game Informer February Cover Revealed ~ Doom!
/// Nintendo Store in NYC Getting Major Renovation!
On Jan. 19, the iconic Nintendo World store in Rockefeller Plaza in New York will temporarily close its doors for a major renovation. When the store reopens on Feb. 19, it will do so with a new look and a new feel. The powered-up overhaul will include an updated interior design, new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS demo units, a 15-foot gaming screen and more fun elements and surprises. In addition, a large bronze coin installed at the store entrance will display the store’s tagline: “Where everyone comes to play.”
The weekend of the reopening (Feb. 19-21), the newly branded Nintendo NY store will host a series of reopening activities, including giveaways (while supplies last) and appearances by costumed characters like Mario and Luigi. The store will also sell exclusive souvenirs that can only be purchased that weekend, including a limited-edition T-shirt featuring Mario or Link. Fans who want to try out some of Nintendo’s latest games are in luck, as new and upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be available to play.
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/// Homefront: The Revolution Release Date Leaked by Target?!
/// Nomura Securities: NX will be Unveiled in June and released October-November!
Nintendo slipped 5% in Tokyo after Nomura Securities said the mysterious new console NX, to be unveiled this June, will cannibalize the existing sales of 3DS and Wii U.
According to analyst Junko Yamamura, Nintendo will make NX available by 2016 year-end’s shopping season. Nomura expects Nintendo to announce the “concept” sometime between March and May, unveil the actual console in June, and launch it between October and November. “We think the NX will start to boost operating profits in 18/3, when it will have been on the market for a full year and will have a line-up of software titles, which carry high operating margins.”
But NX will cut into sales of 3DS and Wii U, said Nomura:
“We had previously thought that the NX launch would have only a limited impact on 3DS and Wii U sales as it is not being positioned as a successor to either console, but we have now altered our view because 3DS sales have been weakening a little recently, particularly in terms of software, as the machine enters its sixth year, and to factor in a harsher competitive climate and what happened to other existing consoles when new machines were launched in the past.”
“We still expect the NX to launch in 17/3. We have lowered our estimates for current consoles to reflect the present situation, fiercer competition, and what has happened in the past when new hardware is announced… We have reduced our operating profit forecasts for 16/3 by 5.7% and for 17/3–21/3 by 30.0–32.7%.”
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/// Far Cry: Primal Going SOLO DOLO!
According to a comment made by community manager Jason Paradise on the Steam forums, the development team wanted to focus on creating the “best possible experience” for fans by reinventing the “core gameplay loop.”
“Bringing the Stone Age to life and providing players with a strong gameplay experience based off of the Far Cry legacy meant we had to reinvent our core gameplay loop,” wrote Paradise. “This was definitely not a small undertaking. Our focus was on delivering this fantasy which required clear priorities for the team.
“Therefore, in the early stages of the project, we made the difficult choice of focusing our efforts on the single-player experience.”