Overwatch Production Director On Junkertown Map, Dad: 76, And What’s Under Roadhog’s Mask

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 Overwatch Production Director On Junkertown Map, Dad: 76, And What’s Under Roadhog’s Mask

The past few days have been significant ones in the Overwatch community. Not only did Mei get her moment in the spotlight with a new animated character short, but we all got to see the reveal of a new escort map set in Junkrat and Roadhog’s old stomping grounds. The Junkertown map was accompanied by a funny new animated short, too. We spoke with Overwatch’s production director, Chacko Sonny, about the new map, experimental animation, and a host of other things. Did you know that Orisa used to be Zarya (kind of? sort of?)? Read on to learn what that means and much more.

Game Informer: Let’s get right to it! Tell me about the new Junkertown map!

Chacko Sonny: Junkertown is a map that I feel like started in a narrative conception. This was such fertile ground for exploration for the team, because we had these two heroes – Junkrat and Roadhog – which everybody loved. And they’re different in many ways than a lot of the other heroes, they have a different tone. I think even Terran [Gregory, cinematic project director] refers to it when he talks about the animated piece, he says most of the other animated pieces that we’ve done are focused on these themes of honor and hope and compassion and all this kind of stuff, and they’ve taken a different approach with Junkrat and Roadhog, because that’s the actual tenor of those characters.

Watch Us Play An Hour Of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Watch Us Play An Hour Of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Ubisoft's zany turn-based Mario and Rabbids mash-up is almost here, and this hour-long gameplay session will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Kyle Hilliard, Ben Reeves, Leo Vader, and I sat down to play a sizable chunk of Kingdom Battle's first world, culminating in a showdown against the game's first midboss. Along the way, we discuss the totally plausible story premise, how the game differs from other entries in the turn-based strategy genre, and offer a few pointers for taking down enemies.

Battle Kingdom has a surprising amount of depth, and while this video only features the opening area of the game, we discuss some of the abilities you'll unlock and gameplay elements you can look forward to, and take a quick peek at the skill trees of your first party members.

What The Heck Is This? Episode 13

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 What The Heck Is This? Episode 13

We cover a lot of big, well-known games here at Game Informer. Thanks to these efforts, you (hopefully) know all about the next big franchise, or the highly-anticipated new game from that notable indie developer What about those random games that fly under the radar? The one among the dozens that release every day on Steam? Or that Xbox One game with the weird title? This new video series is an attempt to highlight those games – for better or worse.

We see these type of games all of the time. The game that we look at and say, "What the heck is that?" This is our chance to play them and decide, on the spot, if we want to keep playing them, or move on to to something different.

In episode 13, Andrew Reiner disappears, but his love for dinosaurs (and animal combat) lives on as Leo Vader and I look at Beast Battle Simulator. We also play at a game that looked at Mega Man X and said, "Yeah, let's do that," with 20XX.

A Brick-By-Brick Look At Gamescom’s Lego Lineup

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A Brick-By-Brick Look At Gamescom’s Lego Lineup

If you visited Warner Interactive’s booth at Gamescom, you probably noticed that Lego continues to fill a big role within the publisher’s repertoire of games. There were four Lego games on deck at this year’s show, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game, the Nintendo Switch version of Lego Worlds, and Lego Dimensions. While they all share a few things in common, such as bricks, studs, and minifigs, they’re also branching out in different directions.

Here’s a quick rundown on what’s ahead for Lego fans in the gaming world.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 24, 2017)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 24, 2017)

This week's blogs were fantastic. Everyone, even those who didn't make it into Blog Herding, did a great job. Keep writing!

Community Blogs For August 17 – August 23:

I Finished Gears of War: Ultimate Edition in One Sitting; Here Are Some ImpressionsFirst off – well done for finishing the game in one sitting, Trenchmace. I think I miss those days. Honestly, it feels tiring and awesome. Anyway, Trenchmace was a lucky duck, playing the entire Gears series for the first time. It is such a great cooperative experience, and I would love to experience the original Gears of War again for the very first time. And like Trenchmace says, the game holds up thanks to the insanely good combat.

RPG Grind Time – The Sophie’s Choice Of Pyre

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RPG Grind Time – The Sophie’s Choice Of Pyre

This past weekend, I finally finished Pyre and I haven’t stopped thinking about what a unique and entertaining experience it was. SuperGiant Games’ party-based sports RPG has a lot going for it, especially how it presents choices and makes you connect with characters. I’m surprised I haven't heard more chatter about the game, so I wanted to take this column to explore what it does well and how I hope more RPG developers take note of its finer points.

Player choice is popular in games, especially RPGs, and we continue to see developers experiment with how effective it can be. From choosing between two characters’ lives in Telltale’s The Walking Dead to pursuing character’s loyalty missions in Mass Effect, these decisions we make connect us to the narrative and characters, and the best ones often say something about who we are. 

Watch Nine Minutes Of Trogg Battling In Nino Kuni II

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Watch Nine Minutes Of Trogg Battling In Nino Kuni II

Ni no Kuni is a series recognized for its beautiful art design and rich characters, but less remembered for its combat. We recently had the chance to see how Ni no Kuni II has mixed it up in The Trial of Courage, a small slice of the game that features a battle against a giant Trogg. Watch us collect Guilders, enlist the help of Higgledies, and wait patiently through loading screens below.

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is set to release on January 19th, 2018 after a recent delay. For more, check out our interview with game director Akihiro Hino.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo, 10 Minutes Of Battlefront II Gameplay

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo, 10 Minutes Of Battlefront II Gameplay

Lucasfilm's secrets department has sprung a leak! Dozens of savory details for Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the web this week, revealing everything from plot points to actual lines from the film. If you want to remain as SPOILER free as possible going into the film this December, run away from this article as fast as you can. Most of the leaks are tied to merchandise, which retailers cannot seem to keep off of shelves, even though none of it is supposed to go on sale until September 1.

The most interesting leaks are from action figures that spout of lines of dialogue. A Kylo Ren figure features 60 different sounds and voice clips from the film. A video of the toy hears him say a few interesting things, such as "Don't be afraid." My immediate reaction is he's entering someone's mind to probe for information, but he could also be talking to Rey, should they meet up again. Other lines are "I've been waiting for you," and "No! It's too late!" That last one has to be targeted toward a reunion with Luke Skywalker, right?