New Steam Chat App Debuts Today

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New Steam Chat App Debuts Today

Today marks the debut of Steam's chat app on mobile devices. The free app for iOS and Android allows you to take your conversations on the go for a modernized chat experience. 

The app includes many features from the desktop client. Valve lists the following: 

You can check it out for yourself by heading over to the App Store or Google Play.

Mobile Version Of League Of Legends Reportedly In The Works

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Mobile Version Of League Of Legends Reportedly In The Works

Reuters is reporting via multiple sources that U.S.-based developer Riot Games (which has been under the spotlight recently for ignominious reasons) is working with its Chinese owners Tencent on a mobile version of its popular MOBA League of Legends.

This is apparently an idea that has been kicked around for years between the two companies as Tencent aims to capitalize on the title's popularity and make further inroads into the lucrative mobile market.

"League of Legends is not doing as well as it used to," Newzoo industry analyst Gu Tianyi told Reuters, "so Riot badly needs a new way to monetize the game, especially considering that it is Riot’s only game."

This Is No Hallucination

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This Is No Hallucination

Detective Charles Reed travels to the water-logged town of Oakmont looking for answers, but all he finds are hallucinations and the town's particular terror. In the latest trailer for The Sinking City (out June 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) Reed reaches through the fog and the madness.

The trailer not only gives you the unsettling atmosphere of Oakmont, but also a look at some of the puzzle-solving, investigative, underwater, and weapon gameplay. 

For more from the title, check out this episode of New Gameplay Today where we wade through some of the mysteries of The Sinking City.

The Ouya's Store Closes Next Month

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The Ouya's Store Closes Next Month

The little Ouya caused a stir in 2012, with a crowdfunding campaign bringing in nearly a million dollars for what its creators promised would be a fully-fledged console for under $100. When the Ouya launched in 2013, the console technically lived up to that description but failed to match the power of what Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft had on the market. Cheap plastic controllers and a minuscule library of selectable titles also alienated possible customers.

In the end, the Ouya was a dud. By July 2015, manufacturing for the console had been discontinued, and now it appears that it's finally being laid to rest for good. Razer, which owns Ouya now, has announced that the digital storefront where players can buy games is going away on June 25, 2019. Given that the Ouya has no disc drive, this is the only portal to purchasing content for the device.

Basically, if you're someone who owns an Ouya and wants to buy something for it, you've got until June 25. After that, what's on your console is likely all it will have forever.

The Deadly Daemons Of Oninaki

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The Deadly Daemons Of Oninaki

Even lost souls have their use in Oninaki, Square Enix's action-RPG from Tokyo RPG Factory and Chrono Trigger director Takashi Tokita. The game comes out this summer (PS4, Switch, and PC) and its latest trailer shows off how protagonist Kagachi uses souls as powerful weapons known as Daemons.

Daemons are lost souls that cannot be reincarnated. Kagachi, who is a Watcher ferrying souls to the next world, puts them to work on his behalf in battle. Each one can be used as a different type of weapon (as well as assist Kagachi defensively) and they can be swapped in and out in real time. 

For more on Oninaki, check out the game's debut trailer.

Sega's Judgment To Go Back On Sale In Japan

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Sega's Judgment To Go Back On Sale In Japan

A few months ago, Sega pulled their Yakuza spin-off Judgment off store shelves following a drug scandal with one of the actors. When actor Pierre Taki was arrested for cocaine possession, Sega moved quickly to pull Judgment from store shelves, with promises to recast the actor and put the game back eventually. Now, several months later, Sega is finally ready to put the game back in retail and on PSN with a new actor in July.

Last month, Sega showed the new actor for the game replacing Pierre Taki. The voice actor, who is separate from the acting likeness, will be Miou Tanaka, who played a character in Yakuza Kiwami 2 just recently. While the recall on the game was immediate, many copies still managed to filter through to consumers in Japan, and likely command an exceedingly high price as an incredibly rare print featuring Taki.

This new version of the game will be what we get on the western shores next month on disc on June 25, releasing a few days earlier on PSN for pre-orders. Judgment is currently exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and, for the first time since Yakuza 1, will contain an optional English dub.

Dota Getting Standalone Auto-Chess From Valve

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Dota Getting Standalone Auto-Chess From Valve

It probably has occurred to Valve by now that the most popular Dota 2 spinoff in the world is not their card game Artifact, which ended up being such a failure that Valve had to nix their roadmap in order to work on it from the foundation, but instead is the fan-made Dota Auto-chess. We explored the popularity of the mod a little while back and it has only gotten bigger from there. It even got to the point where the developers have launched an original mobile version without Dota characters in China.

In that context, it makes perfect sense that Valve is taking the idea and doing it officially.

The news comes from a Dota 2 blog post, where Valve explains that they flew the mod team to their headquarters where they got their blessing to make an official Dota 2 version of the game. In exchange, the Auto-chess mobile game in China will be able to import the Dota Auto-Chess accounts that already exist into their game.

Mortal Kombat And Days Gone Duke It Out As The Top Selling Games Of April

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Mortal Kombat And Days Gone Duke It Out As The Top Selling Games Of April

April tends to prove out to be an interesting month for game sales, as it starts a new quarter for a lot of companies and begins the financial year for others beyond that. That makes it an odd combination of some publishers putting their best put forward while others have already spent whatever is in the chamber the month prior, meaning that April game sales tend to be a combination of what's new and what stuck.

This year is no real exception. The month's biggest release was the multi-platform Mortal Kombat 11, a series which has been on an upward trend since the release of Mortal Kombat 9 last generation. MK11 was critically acclaimed and featured a drastically shorter marketing cycle than other NetherRealm Studios games, having only been announced in December, and crucially was also on the most platforms ever at launch this time around. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC all got the game, meaning it was well-primed for success in terms of sheer volume if nothing else.

Report: Disgaea Developer Nippon Ichi Can No Longer Pay Employees

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Report: Disgaea Developer Nippon Ichi Can No Longer Pay Employees

Nippon Ichi, the company behind games like Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and Labyrinth of Refrain, is reportedly unable to pay its employees after a recent Disgaea title met unexpected financial hardship. The new report might be the first steps of the end of the company, if accurate.

The news comes from Japanese site from Ha-Vi, which reports that Nippon Ichi has had to issue a MS Warrant to shift stock at a reduced price to investment firm Daiwa Capital in order to raise emergency funds. This is generally done when a company cannot raise funds through other means, such as loans or advanced payments, due to already being at a deficit, but needs the money immediately.

The cause of this issue appears to be the flubbed launch of the online mobile game Disgaea RPG. Technically launched on March 19, the game only survived for about two weeks until it was taken down indefinitely due to technical issues. All progress from the game was wiped and Nippon Ichi has not spoken publicly about the game since taking it down. They have, however, encouraged consumers to request refunds, a policy which is no doubt contributing to their poor financial state.

PlayStation Boss Believes The Streaming Era Is About To Experience Rapid Growth

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PlayStation Boss Believes The Streaming Era Is About To Experience Rapid Growth

With the shocking announcement last week that Sony will be working with Microsoft to engineer and incorporate new cloud streaming technology into future gaming initiatives, it is no surprise that Sony thinks streaming will be big soon. The question is, then, how soon? Does Sony expect this to be a big deal with the PlayStation 6? A new remote play initiative? According to Jim Ryan, we're already there.

During an Investor Relations meeting yesterday, where Sony showed off a bit of what they expect from next-generation hardware, PlayStation's newest boss Jim Ryan spoke a little bit about Sony's next big initiatives with streaming services. The PlayStation chief said "we believe the streaming era is upon us and is about to begin a period of rapid growth."

This does not simply mean streaming games from a server, but an emphasis on things like Remote Play as a major feature of the PlayStation ecosystem (and is returning for the next generation console). According to Ryan, Sony's experience with PlayStation Now gives them a leg up in this upcoming world of streaming things to consoles, allowing them to be ready when it does really blow up.