Myst, which Game Informer recently named one of top 300 games of all time, was a landmark title for video games, showing a whole new generation of players the magic of an old-school adventure. But it's a little hard to play nowadays. Developer Cyan Worlds is hoping to make it a little easier this year.
The company has announced that, to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary, it will be releasing updated version of every game in the franchise for Windows 10 "later this year." The reason this hadn't happened sooner (beyond the whole anniversary thing) was that Cyan had been unable to get the rights to do so for a few years. "As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring rights isn’t always an option," the company said in its announcement. "But we managed to finally talk to all the right people and departments and put some funding together to try to make it happen."
Cyan also wants to make a physical package bundling all the games for collectors. Those interested in more details in that physical version should "stay tuned."
Finally, Cyan teased that there could new Myst games in the future. "There will probably be more adventures in the Myst universe, but we’re reserving 2018 for remembering our journey, and making something special to commemorate the last 25 years."
[Source: Official Myst website]
I never played Myst growing up, but hearing the heated debates our staff had about it for the 300 meeting makes me want...
Last night at at Atlanta, Georgia's Final Round fighting game tournament, the Dragon Ball FighterZ competitive scene concluded a saga not unlike on from the show it's based on play out, as an exhibition match weeks in the making finally came to an explosive conclusion.
Dominique "SonicFox" Mclean is widely seen as one of the US's strongest fighting game players, period. He's dominated tournaments for years, and is currently ranked as the top player for several games, including Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat X, Skullgirls (he's no slouch at Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite and Street Fighter V, either). So when he set his sights on Dragon Ball FighterZ, many assumed he was going to once again take over. They were right. SonicFox is currently the American Dragon Ball FighterZ player to beat, winning several tournaments and quickly gaining a reputation as being unstoppable.
Meanwhile, Kishida "Go1" Goichi has emerged as the premiere DBFZ player from Japan. Goichi's no newbie, either; he's been a staple in the anime fighting game community, racking up wins in BlazBlue, Guilty Gear Xrd, and others. He's also a top Street Fighter V player, earning fourth place in the game at Evo in 2016.
The modern FGC is a splintered-but-worldwide community, though, and it didn't take long for the two to recognize each other's skill. The rivalry began when Goichi won a tournament in Osaka, Japan. When he got on the mic to talk about his win, he specifically called out Mclean. "Next...
Lots of events are coming to a head as we see cross-national storylines converge at WESG, Final Round, Heroes of the Storm, and more. If you've got an urge to espouse your national pride, there's a good chance you'll find it in one of the events below.
Final Round is one of the biggest fighting game events of the year and this year will not only feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, but an exhibition between SonicFox and GO1, the best players from the United States and Japan, respectively already brought the house down. Make sure to check out the full list of games and streams to see your fighting game of choice. (Streams and Schedule)
Another cross-game event is the World Electronic Sports Games, which will bring major championships across four different games to China this week, so make sure to find your game of choice and watch through the links below.
Finally, this yera's SXSW event will feature thre big tournaments for wildly different games: Clash Royale, Arena of Valor, and Injustice 2. It's a strange mix, but so is SXSW sometimes, so hopefully it works out. (Stream / Schedule)
If you're a Smash guy, catch some Super Smash Bros. Melee action this week at The Mango, an event based on the player. (Stream and...
Bandai-Namco's licensed tag-team fighter currently has the highest number of entrants of any fighting game at the EVO tournament, according to its organizer.
EVO, the biggest yearly fighting game tournament in the world, is the central place for a lot of competitive fighting game players. Mr. Wizard, the organizer of the tournament, tweeted out a list of games ranked by the order of Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently leading the player count, even over headlining fighter Street Fighter V.
According to Mr. Wizard, the current ranking is:
Without numbers, the rankings don't tell us much, and they tell us even less this far out from the tournament's August 3 date. Maybe Street Fighter competitors sign up late, maybe Injustice 2 comes from behind at the last second and rocks everyone's world, who knows. It's still interesting to see where it stands right now.
What game are you most excited to see at EVO?
I'm personally pretty excited to see Dragon Ball FighterZ played, as the competitive scene has gotten really interesting. I hope the EVO finals for all these games have a lot of surprises and people who aren't considered favorites competing.
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, Game Informer readers! St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and while some of us will join in the revelry, it’s also a good weekend to avoid the chaos by playing some games. Of course, you can always bring some portable game to the festivities and have the best of both worlds! Hope you all have a safe weekend, and that’s the bottom line, ‘cause Stone Cold said so. (Also, happy 3:16 day!)
Brian Shea (@BrianPShea)– I’m traveling to GDC this weekend, but not before I play a bit more Yakuza Kiwami and Overwatch. Once I pack my bags and hop on the plane, my gaming will be confined to portable experiences, so likely Pokémon Go, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and maybe some Mario Odyssey or the Breath of the Wild DLC.
Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – Oh man, this weekend I’d love to sit back and catch up on some games like Ghost of a Tale on Steam but I’m travelling up to Duluth, Minnesota to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It should be a good time, and maybe I can find a nook to go play Puyo Puyo Tetris on my Switch or something. Have a good weekend!
Leo Vader (@leovader) – Last night, I discovered a simple but satisfying competitive card game called Punch On in the Tabletop Simulator workshop! It’s in the prototyping phase but is already very fun and playable, and I look forward to...
XSEED has announced that they are bringing Ys: Memories of Celceta, to the PC.
The game was previously released on the PlayStation Vita in 2013 and is coming to Windows PCs sometime this year. The western publishing arm of Marvelous spoke a little about improvements, saying "The title will receive numerous enhancements including improved visuals with a wide range of HD resolutions, unlocked framerates, fully customizable control bindings, mouse support, and more to ensure that it feels at home alongside other PC releases."
It is part of an effort from Ys developer Nihon Falcom and the Ys' series two localizing companies, XSEED and NISA, to get the series on PC. You can read our review of the Vita version here.
A lot of people who are slowly assembling a PC collection of the Ys games are going to be super happy about this.
At the SXSW Sonic panel, Sega teased a new Sonic racing gaming with a Sonic-style logo that emphasized the R.
Not much was said beyond that game, except Sonic social media manager Aaron Webber emphasizing the game is not a sequel. This is likely in line with his previous comments that a new Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed was not a thing, though a Sonic-focused racing title seems to be close enough that a denial at all seemed unnecessary.
The initial teaser trailer showed car headlights being panned over, so it looks like Sonic is back behind the wheel once again.
While it is not known if Sega is developing this internally or not, a leaked powerpoint from developer Sumo Digital, who made the S&SASRT games, indicated they were working on another kart racing title, which is what lead to these rumors in the first place. It seems likely they are working on this game, as well.
Sega has not announced when the next details of the game will be released, but with E3 in only a few months, that is a safe bet.
Hopefully the new game differs itself from Sonic & Sega All-Stars, if only to justify not having a lot of the cooler aspects of that game in a new title.
At the SXSW Sonic panel, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka announced a new release of Sonic Mania with two new characters.
In addition to Sonic Mania's playable characters of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel are being added. A competitive four-player mode and an encore mode, which has not been detailed yet. The release, which is set for this summer, comes out this summer with a physical release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. The cover is reversible for a Genesis or Mega-Drive sleeve, as well as including a 32-page art book for the game.
Additionally, Sega plans to produce five animated shorts in the style of the Sonic Mania intro and release them on their Youtube channel.
I'm really excited about the shorts and I hope the level design supports the new characters and whatever new abilities they have.
A voucher that lets players change their hunter's appearance is now available.
Ahead of next week's Monster Hunter World update which brings a host of balance changes and new monster Deviljho, Capcom has released a single voucher for changing the appearance of your player character. It's a single-use item and every other hunter change will require a payment, though Capcom hasn't given a date for when that will be or the price. So make sure this one is right before you commit.
While the voucher lets you change your hunter's appearance, your name is still set, and you can't change your Palico, so you're stuck with those.
The Deviljho update and accompanying gear comes March 22, with the Spring Festival beginning on April 5 and ending on April 19 with daily events and changes to Astera.
The publisher behind Blossom Tales, the Link to the Past-like adventure game on Switch and PC, revealed that the Switch version sold twenty times the Steam version, saving the developer in the process.
FDG Entertainment, the publisher behind games like Oceanhorn and Monster Boy, announced the sales on Twitter and added "Humble indie dev @castlepixel can stay in business and continue making games." The game released on Steam in March 2017 to positive reviews but without much in the way of attention, getting ported to Switch last December. FDG didn't go into more detail, we asked Castle Pixel what the publisher meant.
"We were first approached by a Nintendo rep at PAX last year where they expressed interest in porting Blossom Tales to the Switch," the developers told us. "We are all huge Nintendo fans so we jumped at the chance to work with them and bring Blossom Tales to their platform. After the initial release of Blossom Tales on Steam, the numbers weren’t great, so FDG decided to shift the funds from our next game we had in development to a Switch port of Blossom Tales.
"It was a complete turn around, like FDG tweeted, it’s exceeded lifetime sales on steam by 20 to 1. Blossom Tales was built for Nintendo fans and the fans ultimately saved us in the end," Castle Pixel reiterated. "With the success of Blossom Tales on Switch, we’re able to continue making updates and...
Microsoft has announced a promotional deal that packs Sea of Thieves in with an Xbox One X.
From March 18 to 24, retailers will give a digital code of Sea of Thieves free with the purchase of the Xbox One X. The console will still cost $499.99. The game itself releases March 20, so you probably won't be able to play part the waters if you buy the bundle before then.
Another Sea of Thieves bundle will be available for Xbox One S. At $299.99, it comes with a white console, 1 terabyte of memory, white controller, digital code for the game, and a one-month membership for Xbox Gold and Game Pass.
Check out our Xbox One X review if you're debating on taking advantage of the offer. For more on Sea of Thieves, take a look at our conversational feature, whether or not you can run the game on PC, and footage of us venturing to the world's end.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2018, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.
New additions or changes to the list are in bold.
As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.
The Escapists 2 (Switch) - January 11
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (PS4, PC) – January 16
Forged Battalion (PC) – January 16
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory (PS4, Vita) – January 19
Kirby Battle (3DS) – January 19
Lost Sphear (Switch, PS4, PC) – January 23
The Inpatient (PSVR) – January 23
Iconoclasts (PS4, Vita, PC) – January 23
My Time at Portia (PC) – January 23
Celeste (Switch, PS4, PC) – January 25
Dust and Salt (PC) – January 25
Dragon Ball FighterZ (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 26
Monster Hunter: World (PS4, Xbox One) –...
Publisher Bandai Namco has announced a May 15th release date for action/RPG title Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time.
The game is based on the Japanese anime show, and it plays out in 2.5D with an original storyline.
Chamber of Time is hitting both the PS4 and PC, and if you pre-order the title on the PSN store you can a theme as well as the Magic Knight Grand Charion minigame.
You find out more about the game via this previous gameplay trailer.
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Marvel Studios dropped the newest trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, featuring a rundown of Thanos' plan, Starlord criticizing Iron Man's plan, and an epic battle in Wakanda.
The trailer starts with Gamora explaining who Thanos is and why he's the biggest threat to both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Avengers must assemble an army from the depths of space to mystical plains to the dense forests of Wakanda if they hope to prevent Thanos from obtaining all of the infinity stones and then wiping out half of the universe. Oh, and Spider-Man's there too, cracking jokes and slinging webs.
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Avengers: Infinity War brings the fight to theaters on April 27. You can check out the first teaser trailer here.
Bethesda has announced the next major expansion to its card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Houses of Morrowind, which comes out on March 29.
The expansion features over 140 new cards, the five houses of Morrowind, three-attribute cards, and more.
The game's maximum deck size has been increased to 100 cards in conjunction with the three-attribute cards and the five houses.
For more on each of the factions, click the source link below. Also check out Tack's original review.
Nintendo has scheduled a Nindies spring showcase covering some of the indie titles coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The video event happens on Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00 pm ET.
Titles including Hollow Knight (shown) and Kentucky Route Zero are expected to be discussed, but we'll have to wait and see for sure.
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EA and DICE have detailed the changes being made to Star Wars: Battlefront II's progression system after hastily turning off the ability to buy virtual currency at the game's launch last year.
The most fundamental change is that progression is now linear, meaning that star cards and all gameplay-impacting items are now earned as set rewards for leveling up. Experience points are doled out for characters, classes, and ships that give you skill points at level ups to unlock or upgrade star cards.
Loot boxes, or crates in the Battlefront II vernacular, no longer contain star cards at all and can only be earned through daily login bonuses, milestones, and timed challenges. Cosmetic items like emotes and victory poses can still be gotten through crates, but anything gameplay-related is off the table.
Starting next month, cosmetic outfits can be purchased through in-game credits or the virtual currency crystals. The outfits are for both the troopers and the heroes, so you can take the appearance of a Rodian and shoot second all you want, though that's probably not recommended as a gameplay strategy.
Everything players have already earned is still theirs to keep, but everything else falls under the new progression system which launches March 21. The cosmetics system will follow later in April without a solid date quite yet. EA also says that new modes are on the way to Battlefront II that the developer describes as "radically different from anything seen before."
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The top part of North America is hosting The International 2018, as Valve's Dota 2 tournament takes place on Canadian soil this August.
Fans wanting to see the best Dota 2 matches of the year will need to get their passport ready before August 20 when the event commences in Vancouver, British Columbia. With the exception of the very first main event in 2011 at Gamescom in Germany, which also served as the first time the public got to see Dota 2, every main event until 2018 has been in Seattle, Washington.
Ticket sales begin next Friday March 23 and come in two forms. The midweek ticket runs you $125 CAD and will let you in for the first four days of the event, August 20 - 23. The Finals ticket, which is $250 CAD, gets you access to the last two days, August 24 - 25.
You can get more details and ticket purchasing links on the Dota 2 blog.
It's neat that Valve is moving the tournament around, but I genuinely am curious why they decided to move it this year,
The Ace Attorney anime is getting a second season, the show's official website announced today.
Ace Attorney, known as Gyakuten Saiban in Japan, was decently popular when it aired in 2016, but it ended after having only adapted the first three cases of the first game with no indication of whether it would continue. The new season appears to adapt the third title in the series going by the promotional image, which features Trials & Tribulations rival prosecutor Godot.
The second season is scheduled for release in the back half of 2018. It is unknown whether, like the first season, the show will be simulcast on streaming services.
Capcom announced last year that an Ace Attorney game will be coming to Switch in 2018.
I watched some of the anime and it was a pretty good adaptation. The casting was particularly apt, so hopefully they keep that through the next season.
Epic is sending out invites for the closed beta of Fortnite on iOS for players who signed up for the early access.
The mobile version, which was announced last week, has been described by Epic as the exact same game as the title on PC and consoles. That function is reinforced by the game's ability to crossplay with PS4, PC, and Mac; or crossplay with Xbox, PC, and Mac. It is unclear how, if at all, the game surfaces which console you are playing with.
The timing for the invites is good, as Fortnite has become somewhat of a literal overnight sensation, breaking Twitch viewing records last night when streamer Ninja and rapper Drake streamed the game online. Speculation has been heavy that Epic is even more eager to expand the game's player base to the immense number of game-capable smart phones in the world after yesterday.
Invites for the iOS beta are still ongoing and you can sign up here.
I have to imagine meetings have been occurring at Epic over the last 24 hours to figure out how to best get Fortnite into the hands of every person they can as soon as possible. A fast beta period is a good way to get there.