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First Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Details Revealed

Playable for the first time for E3 2017 attendees. By Andrew Goldfarb Alongside the full reveal of Call of Duty: WWII today, Activision revealed the first early details about multiplayer. While most gameplay specifics are under wraps for now, Activision did hint at a new mode called War Mode that will let players take part in famous historic World War II battles, with different objectives for each team depending on whether you’re the Allies or the Axis. Instead of character classes, players will now have Divisions. Again, Activision didn’t reveal many specifics, but did say Divisions will include infantry and armored options. Between matches, players will hang out in Headquarters, a “robust social space” that sounds similar in concept to the Tower in Destiny. Activision promises “interaction, recognition and awards unlike anything experienced in the franchise to date.” Activision also confirmed that Call of Duty: WWII’s multiplayer will be at E3 2017 in June, where it will be playable for attendees, including members of the public. A private multiplayer beta will also be available for players who preorder Call of Duty: WWII. The beta will launch first on PS4. Call of Duty: WWII’s Nazi Zombies Tease READ FULL STORY AT…

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The Last Jedi Characters Are Battlefront 2 Pre-Order Bonus

Plus some Last Jedi-themed ships for your space battles. By Andrew Goldfarb During Star Wars Celebration today, EA confirmed that anyone who pre-orders Battlefront II will also receive The Last Jedi-themed content including “exclusive Kylo Ren and Rey themed looks” based on the characters’ appearances in the upcoming film. Kylo Ren The Last Jedi skin for Battlefront II Those skins are unlocked for the game’s multiplayer mode, and will include “epic ability upgrades.” Alongside that, pre-orders will also unlock a new First Order ship and The Last Jedi’s version of the Millennium Falcon for the game’s space combat mode. Battlefront 2 is set to release for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 15. The Last Jedi, meanwhile, will come to theaters on December 15 and we got the first trailer and learned a bunch of new details about the plot just yesterday at Celebration. For more on Battlefront II, check out our impressions of Battlefront 2’s single-player campaign plus why Battlefront II’s multiplayer is bigger, better, and more emotional. Disclosure: The author of this article worked closely with Mitch Dyer, now a writer at EA Motive, from 2012-2016 in his capacity as an editor at READ FULL STORY AT…

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Splatoon 2 Release Date, Amiibo Set Announced

Salmon Run offers new Horde-style wave-based mode. By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo confirmed today that Splatoon 2 will be released for Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2017. Alongside the release, Nintendo will also release a new set of Splatoon amiibo on the same day, with a three-pack offering new versions of an Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and a Squid. Splatoon 2 will also be compatible with the previously-released Splatoon amiibo. Nintendo also announced Salmon Run, a new wave-based PvE mode in which players will fight waves of enemies with teams of four. Splatoon 2 was announced during the Nintendo Switch reveal in January, and offered a Global Testfire last month with an early look at gameplay. For our thoughts so far, check out our impressions after playing Splatoon 2 in January, plus what we want from Splatoon 2 after trying the Global Testfire. New Splatoon 2 amiibo Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and wishes he was even close to as stylish as the characters in Splatoon. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Hey! Pikmin: 3DS Game Gets Official Title, Release Date

2D platformer will be released in July. By Andrew Goldfarb During a Nintendo Direct today, Nintendo confirmed that Hey! Pikmin is the official title of its upcoming Pikmin 3DS game, and it will be released on July 28, 2017. Alongside Hey! Pikmin’s launch, a new Pikmin amiibo will be available on the same day. Hey! Pikmin was announced during a Nintendo Direct last year, but didn’t have a title until today. Since then, Nintendo hasn’t said much beyond confirming that it was still due for release later this year. Hey! Pikmin, which marks the franchise’s handheld debut, is a 2D platformer that will see players exploring by using the system’s touchscreen to throw Pikmin. The new Pikmin amiibo Stay tuned to IGN for more from today’s Nintendo Direct. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and thinks Captain Olimar is adorable. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Persona 5 Review

Share. A strong story and tremendous sense of style make this the best entry in the series yet. By Andrew Goldfarb In stark contrast to the slow burn of epic-length cutscenes that greet you in previous Persona games, Persona 5 starts its long journey with a bang by throwing you directly into a fast-paced foot chase through a vibrant, stylized Tokyo casino. That’s a bold move, and it’s emblematic of the entire experience. As we’re introduced to the complex yet approachable turn-based battle system in those opening moments, series fans will recognize not only returning systems from Persona 3 and 4, but also long-absent elements like ranged weapons and negotiation that haven’t been in a Persona game in over a decade, adding more depth and variety to combat. Persona 5 is the culmination of everything the JRPG series has been building to, with familiar elements dialed up to 11 and some welcome new surprises added into the mix. In what’s by far the series’ strongest story to date, Persona 5 puts you in the capable shoes of a high school student who spends his evenings saving the world. By day, you’ll attend class, answer quiz questions, and live the READ…

80 New Pokemon, Evolution Items Coming to Pokemon Go

The rest of the Johto region has arrived, plus new evolution items, and Nanab and Pinap Berries. By Andrew Goldfarb Niantic and The Pokemon Company have announced that more than 80 new Pokemon are headed to Pokemon Go this week. The new Pokemon come from the Johto region, originally introduced in Pokemon Gold and Silver, and can be encountered in the wild starting this week. Niantic is also adding new Evolution items for evolving Pokemon, as well as new purchasable outfit and accessory options for customizing your trainer. New berries will also be introduced to aid in catching Pokemon. The new Nanab Berry will slow the movements of wild Pokemon, while the Pinap Berry will double the amount of candy earned from catching a Pokemon if the next ball thrown yields a successful catch. The new berries join the Razz Berries that were already in the game, which can be fed to a Pokemon to make them slightly easier to catch. While a full list of new Pokemon isn’t available yet, Niantic specifically mentioned that Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile will be among the new additions. The new Pokemon coming this week join the initial set of Pokemon from generation 2 introduced…

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Call of Duty 2017 Will Take Franchise ‘Back To Its Roots’

“Traditional combat will once again take center stage.” By Andrew Goldfarb Activision says this year’s Call of Duty will “take Call of Duty back to its roots.” In a call reporting fourth quarter 2016 earnings, Activision elaborated that “traditional combat will once again take center stage” in this year’s title, which is currently in development from Sledgehammer Games. Activision also commented on the lower-than-expected sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare last year, noting that the “space setting didn’t resonate” with players, and Infinite Warfare “wasn’t the success we planned.” Still, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg noted on a call following the earnings report that “we’ve never been more excited creatively or commercially about our three-year Call of Duty slate.” A slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launched last fall and went on to be the best-selling game in the United States for 2016 despite not hitting the heights of previous Call of Duty sales. For our thoughts on the space setting, read more in IGN’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and will also go back to his roots this year. You READ FULL STORY AT…

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Activision Re-Confirms Destiny Sequel for 2017

Sequel will seek “to broaden the franchise’s global reach.” By Andrew Goldfarb Activision has confirmed that a sequel to Destiny is still on track for release in 2017. In a presentation accompanying its fourth quarter 2016 earnings today, Activision clarified that it will release a “full Destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth.” Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed in a call following the earnings report that “development is going great, and it is indeed on track for release this fall.” Activision also said Destiny will aim for a “great cinematic story” this time around. Slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report In early 2016, Activision first revealed plans to release a Destiny sequel in 2017 as part of last year’s earnings report. Activision previously said that the “majority of the team at Bungie” is currently working on the sequel, which is rumored to also be headed to PC. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and is also hoping to broaden his global reach this year. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Super Mario Run Update Adds Easy Mode

Toads are now easier to acquire in Toad Rally mode. By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo has released a new update for Super Mario Run on iOS. As Nintendo confirmed on Twitter, the update adds a new Easy Mode that will provide players with unlimited Bubbles and eliminate the time limit. Super Mario Run’s version 1.1.0 patch notes The update also changes Toad Rally mode, making it easier to gather Toads and harder to lose them. Nintendo also added “compatibility with new events,” a Korean language option, and unlimited redemptions for Toad as a playable character when connecting your My Nintendo account. Super Mario Run has been downloaded more than 50 million times since its launch in December. Currently only available for iOS, it will launch on Android in March. For more on Super Mario Run, read IGN’s Super Mario Run review and find tips to get all of the purple, pink, and black coins in our Super Mario Run wiki guide. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and is very proud of himself for completing the black coin bonus level. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Zelda, Bokoblin Breath of the Wild Amiibo Announced

Two new figures join the Zelda family. By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo has announced two new amiibo for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Zelda and Bokobin will join the previously-announced Breath of the Wild amiibo, including Archer Link, Rider Link, and a Guardian. As described by Nintendo, Zelda carries a Sheikah Slate, while the Bokoblin is carrying “a rudimentary Boko Club.” The full Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo family As revealed on Nintendo’s Zelda amiibo page, the full line of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo will launch on March 3, alongside Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch itself. Earlier tonight, we learned Breath of the Wild’s release date as well as the date and price of the Nintendo Switch. For much more about what Nintendo announced, check out our wrap-up of all of tonight’s big Nintendo Switch announcements as well as our Nintendo Switch pre-order guide. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and hopes the cute dogs in the game get amiibo figures too. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

Ghost Recon Wildlands Short Film Announced

30 minute live-action film will premiere in February. By Andrew Goldfarb Ubisoft has announced a live-action Ghost Recon Wildlands short film, War Within the Cartel. The 30-minute short stars T.I. and will be executive produced by Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man writer Roberto Orci. It will premiere on Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on February 16 and will then be available to watch on Amazon for free to Amazon Prime subscribers. War Within the Cartel will focus on the Santa Blanca drug cartel as they seek to flush out a traitor within their ranks, with T.I. portraying a member of the cartel named Marcus. The short is directed by Avi Youbian, who previously directed The Walking Dead season five episode “Now.” Aside from Orci, War Within the Cartel is also produced by American Gods actor Orlando Jones, and LA-based studio Legion of Creatives. According to Ubisoft, the end of the film will lead directly into the events at the beginning of Ghost Recon Wildlands. Promotional art for War Within the Cartel by artist Ken Taylor Ghost Recon Wildlands will launch on March 7 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Beta registration is currently available for one of the multiple betas headed to players prior…

Shovel Knight Coming to Nintendo Switch

Just one of many new ways to buy Shovel Knight moving forward. By Andrew Goldfarb Yacht Club Games has announced that Shovel Knight is coming to Nintendo Switch. In addition to the main game heading to the new platform, Yacht Club confirmed that upcoming new campaign Specter of Torment will also be headed to Switch. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove logo But that’s just one part of the new plan for Shovel Knight moving forward. Yacht Club is now referring to Shovel Knight as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, an all-inclusive title for the overall game. Anyone who currently owns Shovel Knight will now automatically own Treasure Trove, which will receive upcoming campaigns and updates for free. However, players will now also have new a la carte options for purchasing the various campaigns for Shovel Knight individually as standalone games on PS4, Xbox One, PC, or Switch. The original game’s campaign will now be known be known as Shovel of Hope. Beyond that original campaign, players can buy Plague of Shadows, the Plague Knight campaign that was released last year, and Specter of Torment, the upcoming campaign featuring Specter Knight. Logos for the standalone campaigns Later in 2017, Yacht Club also plans…

Developers Respond to Nintendo Switch

Bethesda, Ubisoft, 2K and more comment on Nintendo’s new platform. By Andrew Goldfarb This morning, Nintendo announced its new home console and portable hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, along with an image boasting third-party support from some of the industry’s biggest names. While we don’t have a full list of every game coming to Switch just yet, IGN reached out to various publishers and developers on the list to get their thoughts on Nintendo’s new platform, and their plans to support it. Not every publisher or developer was willing to comment, but here are the ones we heard back from. “With the Nintendo Switch’s unique capacities and design, Nintendo could again redefine the way we play games. The Nintendo Switch is accessible at its core and also seizes on the growing trends of sharing more experiences and playing anywhere at any time. Ubisoft and Nintendo enjoy a long-standing partnership and we are currently developing a number of games for the platform, including Just Dance 2017. We look forward to sharing more at a later date.” – Yves Guillemot, Co-founder and CEO, Ubisoft “We’re happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the trailer. While we are not confirming…

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Nintendo Revealing 'First Glimpse' of NX Tomorrow

A trailer “will serve as Nintendo’s preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform.” By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo has announced that it will reveal the “first glimpse” of its new system, codenamed NX, on October 20 at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time. According to a press release, the company will release a “preview trailer” that “will serve as Nintendo’s preliminary announcement of information regarding the platform.” On Twitter, Nintendo confirmed the announcement along with the following image: Previously, Nintendo announced that NX will launch in March 2017, but has not confirmed any specific information about the console. Since then, rumors emerged suggesting that NX is a home console and handheld hybrid, but those reports have yet to be officially confirmed. Check back to IGN tomorrow for all the news on NX as it’s revealed, and until then, find a roundup of the latest rumors in our Nintendo NX wiki. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and hopes there are more cute yarn amiibo announced alongside the NX. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!