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Star Wars: Episode VIII's Official Title Is The Last Jedi

First teaser poster revealed. By Andrew Goldfarb Lucasfilm has announced that the title of Star Wars: Episode VIII is The Last Jedi. A blog post on the official Star Wars site revealed the title, calling it “the next chapter in the Skywalker saga” and confirming its release date, December 15, 2017. The first teaser poster for the film was also revealed: The first teaser poster for The Last Jedi As Lucasfilm already confirmed, Episode VIII is written and directed by Looper and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman are producing, with J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski serving as executive producers. Previously, Johnson said the film will pick up “the very next moment” after Episode VII ended. He added that Rey will be “taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.” The film will also explore Kylo Ren’s humanity according to actor Adam Driver, who also compared the script to The Empire Strikes Back. For more on what we know so far about The Last Jedi, check out IGN’s guide to READ FULL STORY AT…

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Announced for 3DS

Inspired by 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden. By Andrew Goldfarb During a Nintendo Direct today, Nintendo announced a new Fire Emblem for 3DS, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. It will be released on the 3DS eShop on May 19. Aim and Celica are the names of the dual protagonists, who are “locked in a tragic war dividing the continent of Valentia.” On May 19, amiibo versions of both will also be available. Nintendo said the game is inspired by 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden, which only released in Japan. Shadows of Valentia will feature free-roaming, dungeons, and “flexible character progression,” according to Nintendo. Developing… 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…

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Pokemon Go Christmas Event Offers Free Egg Incubators

Increased chance to hatch Togepi and other Johto Pokemon between December 25 and January 3. By Andrew Goldfarb Niantic has revealed Pokemon Go’s new holiday event, offering increased chances to hatch and encounter certain Pokemon. As announced in a blog post on Pokemon Go’s official site, from December 25th until January 3rd, PokeStops will offer one single-use egg incubator after your first spin each day. Eggs found during this period will have an increased chance of containing the new Johto region Pokemon, including Togepi, Pichu, Elekid, Smoochum, Magby, Igglybuff, and Cleffa. Promotional art for Pokemon Go‘s holiday event Players are also more likely to encounter Santa hat Pikachu, who was originally only in the game until December 29 but will now remain until the end of this event on January 3rd. Beyond the holiday event, Pokemon Go will also offer an increased chance to encounter the starter Pokemon and their evolutions. From December 30th through January 8th, players are more likely to encounter Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise. During this period, Lure Modules will also last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30. This is Pokemon Go’s third major holiday event, READ FULL STORY AT…

Super Mario Run Passes 50 Million Downloads

By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo announced today that Super Mario Run has been downloaded 50 million times since its launch on December 15. The news comes via Twitter, and came along with the following image from Nintendo: Nintendo celebrates 50 million downloads of Super Mario Run Today’s milestone marks 10 million additional downloads since the 40 million milestone Nintendo announced earlier this week. According to Nintendo, Super Mario Run was “the fastest in App Store history” to hit that milestone, topping the charts in 140 different countries. For more, be sure to read our Super Mario Run review, plus find tips on getting all of those black coins and much more in IGN’s Super Mario Run wiki guide. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and will never get used to not having to jump over enemies. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

Persona Director, Artist Reveal New Fantasy RPG

Project Re Fantasy will be an entirely new game separate from Shin Megami or Persona. By Andrew Goldfarb Atlus has established a new internal studio called Studio Zero and announced its first project, a new fantasy RPG from Persona series director Katsura Hashino, artist and character designer Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro. According to details in the latest issue of Famitsu translated by Gematsu, the game is currently codenamed Project Re Fantasy. It is an entirely new project not connected to the Shin Megami Tensei or Persona series. While few details about Project Re Fantasy beyond its fantasy setting have been revealed, images in Famitsu show off soldiers fighting a dragon, a young woman who appears to be an elf, and characters riding in carriages and on horseback. The first artwork from Project Re Fantasy (Image via Famitsu) Atlus company director Naota Hiraoka confirmed to Famitsu that Soejima and Meguro will still be involved in the Persona series moving forward, and that Soejima will be part of a new Atlus Artwork Team. No specific platforms or release window for Project Re Fantasy have been confirmed. In a statement on Studio Zero’s official site (translated via Persona Central), Hashino said he…

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Pichu, Togepi Coming to Pokemon Go

Plus find a festive holiday season Pikachu. By Andrew Goldfarb Niantic has announced that new Pokemon from Pokemon Gold and Silver are coming to Pokemon Go. Starting today, trainers will be able to find Togepi and Pichu in eggs, as well as “select other” Pokemon from Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver. As always, trainers can acquire eggs by visiting PokeStops and spinning the image that appears, which can provide Pokeballs, potions, revives, and other items in addition to eggs. In a blog post on Pokemon Go’s official site, the developer teased that “these are the first of more Pokémon coming to Pokemon Go over the next few months.” In a statement, The Pokemon Company International’s JC Smith teased that “the opportunity to hatch select Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region is just the beginning of how more Pokémon will be added to the game for Trainers to continue their Pokemon Go adventures.” Beyond the new Johto Pokemon, from today through December 29, players will also be able to encounter a special edition Pikachu wearing a “festive hat” in the wild, and Niantic promises the special Pikachu “will appear in large quantities during this period.” This festive Pikachu READ FULL…

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Playing as a Bird Is a Great Way to Explore an Open World

The sky is your domain. By Andrew Goldfarb Being a bird must be nice. When the sky is literally your limit, there are suddenly a lot fewer obstacles to get in your way, which comes in handy when you want to go on an adventure. While you’ll control multiple forms in Vane, an upcoming exploration game from studio Friend and Foe Games, flying as a bird is surely the most freeing. In a brief demo at PSX, we soared high overhead above a vast desert and dove deep into caverns burrowed through the sand, all with only a single button press. The control scheme in Vane is simple — one button lets you beat your wings to speed up, and another has you lift your wings to slow down. The only other input will let you “caw” at fellow birds, and beyond that you simply control the direction of your flight. Vane will automatically slow you down as you approach the ground, so don’t worry about any beak-over-butt crash landings. That simplicity is really where Vane shines. There’s no HUD to speak of, which allows you to appreciate the gorgeous, expansive world around you as you fly overhead. The goal…

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Danganronpa 3 Coming to PS4, Vita in the West

Hello, Monokuma! By Andrew Goldfarb At PlayStation Experience today, Sony confirmed that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony will come to PS4 and Vita in the West in 2017. A trailer promised showed off new locations, characters, and mini games. At TGS, Sony announced that Danganronpa V3 will also launch in 2017 in Japan and features a female protagonist for the first time in the main series. Danganronpa 3 was first revealed during last year’s TGS and previously announced for 2016 alongside an anime, which began airing earlier this year. This is third main game in the series, following Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, which launched in February 2014 in North America on Vita, followed by Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair in September 2014. A third-person spinoff, Danganronpa: Another Episode — Ultra Despair Girls, launched on Vita in North America in September 2015. On Twitter, NIS America confirmed that it will once again publish in the West and revealed new key art. New key art from Danganronpa V3 NIS recently announced that the first two Danganronpa games will come to PS4 in March 2017 as Danganronpa 1+2 Reload, featuring both full games. Spinoff Ultra Despair Girls is also coming to PS4 in Summer 2017. Stay…

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!

Sigourney Weaver Will Play the Villain in Marvel's The Defenders

Still no word on exactly what her role will be. By Andrew Goldfarb At New York Comic-Con today, Marvel announced that Sigourney Weaver will play the villain in Netflix’s upcoming superhero team-up series The Defenders. Marvel didn’t reveal exactly who Weaver will be playing, but Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb called her “a worthy foe.” Weaver joining The Defenders actors on stage at NYCC. (image via IGN’s Eric Goldman) The Defenders will mark the team-up of Netflix’s solo heroes, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming Iron Fist. Previously, we learned that Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who teamed up for season two of Daredevil, will serve as The Defenders showrunners, and that Luke Cage character Misty Knight will appear in The Defenders. For more on The Defenders, read about what comes after Luke Cage and Iron Fist for Netflix, and the many challenges facing The Defenders. Also be sure to check out The Defenders teaser trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Stay tuned to IGN for all the news from New York Comic-Con 2016. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and is excited to see Jessica Jones kick the crap out of Ellen Ripley….