Florence, A New Game By The Lead Of Monument Valley, Is An Interactive Narrative Experience

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Florence, A New Game By The Lead Of Monument Valley, Is An Interactive Narrative Experience

Mountains, an Australian-developer headed by Monument Valley design lead Ken Wong, has announced Florence, a narrative experience on mobile devices that focuses on the murky and hard-to-navigate world of a young woman falling in love.

“With Florence, we wanted to explore through game design what it's like to feel stuck, to fall in love, to miss someone,” said Wong. “We were inspired by movies like 500 Days of Summer and ‘slice of life’ graphic novels to tell a story about all the different moments in a relationship, both joyful and painful. Love is such a universal experience, but something we hadn’t seen explored very much in the form of a game.”

Details are sparse at the moment, but the game is eyeing a 2018 release with Annapurna Interactive publishing, a division of the studio that produced movies like Zero Dark Thirty. A demo is showing up at PAX Australia, so hopefully the game isn't too far behind.

Attack On Titan 2 Coming To America In March 2018

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Attack On Titan 2 Coming To America In March 2018

Koei Tecmo announced today that the sequel to their Attack on Titan title is coming to American shores in March of next year on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The sequel was announced fairly recently in Japan and is being fairly anticipated after the original came out and surprised players with its surprisingly competent swinging mechanics and Titan combat. While Attack on Titan is considered to be a musou (or Warriors) title, the gameplay differs greatly from games like Dynasty Warriors or the recently released Fire Emblem Warriors. In Attack on Titan, players swing around and do their best to get around Titans so they can zoom in and slice the napes of their necks for the kill.

Unfortunately, the original game's mission and level design could not keep up with the natural feel of its mechanics and it ran out of steam, so hopefully the sequel manages to outdo its predecessor. With more characters (and even a Create-a-Character option), Omega Force should have confidence to face the tougher challenges of improving the game's issues.

Your Gamecube Controllers Work On Switch And No One Is Sure Why

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Your Gamecube Controllers Work On Switch And No One Is Sure Why

As Switch fans continue to search through last week's 4.00 update for the system, the first major firmware update since its release in March, new discoveries keep being made in the absence of official notes from Nintendo. One feature discovered by GameXplain was the Switch's ability to recognize the Gamecube controller (via the previously Smash Bros.-exclusive Gamecube Adapter on Wii U) as a functioning Switch controller.

To do this, simply plug the adapter into the Switch's dock with the USB cables, plug in your Gamecube controller, and then activate it on the Switch the same way you would any other controller. Voila, the Switch recognizes it as a Pro controller, which means you can then start playing games that support the Pro controller with it.

We tested it this morning with Fire Emblem Warriors, which works about as well as you would expect. The problem arises when the game in question needs any of the buttons the Gamecube controller does not have — namely, the ZL button, the minus button, or Home and Capture buttons, though they vary in usefulness depending on the game. It also has to be a game that uses the Pro controller, so something like Snipperclips would not be usable.

PUBG Is Getting A Physical Release For Xbox One

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PUBG Is Getting A Physical Release For Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be getting a physical edition with the release of the Xbox One version of the game. When that version releases is still unknown.

Xbox One will be the first console the game releases on, though it’s been the most popular game on Steam for a while now. How long Microsoft’s console exclusivity deal lasts isn’t known.

Bluehole Studio also recently announced vaulting and climbing will be coming to test servers in November, so hopefully those features make their way into the regular servers in time for the Xbox One release.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Forgoes Multiplayer Because It Would 'Dilute' Storytelling

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Forgoes Multiplayer Because It Would 'Dilute' Storytelling

Wolfenstein's upcoming entry, The New Colossus, is releasing in just a couple days. The series has always put emphasis on narrative, and developer MachineGames recently explained that The New Colossus omits multiplayer completely to better focus on storytelling.

In an interview with Gameindustry.biz, Machine Games' narrative designer Tommy Tordsson Björk praises games that offer solo narrative experiences and further explains why The New Colossus, unlike many of its competitors in the genre, has no multiplayer component at all.

"The only way we can create these super immersive narrative experiences is if we can solely focus on the single-player," he said. "Having a multiplayer component in this work process would just dilute it all. That's the danger if you try to do two things at once."

Hitman GOTY Edition Includes New Patient Zero Campaign

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Hitman GOTY Edition Includes New Patient Zero Campaign

Hitman developer IO Interactive's first release as an independent studio is a Game of the Year edition for Hitman – a title that originally tinkered around with various release models before finishing its first full season a year ago.

This game of the year edition includes that first season as well as a new Patient Zero campaign, three themed Escalation contracts, three new suits (with weapons), lighting enhancements, and more.

Patient Zero tasks Agent 47 with taking out an infected target over four missions before he spreads a deadly virus.

Injustice 2 Coming To PC

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Injustice 2 Coming To PC

Fighter Injustice 2 is coming to PC (ported by developer QLOC), and is prefaced with a free open beta this week through Steam.

The title doesn't have a specific release date yet, but publisher Warner Bros. says it's coming this fall, so it should be soon.

The home console version of the game came out earlier this year, and here is Reiner's review.

Several Xbox 360 Titles Run Better On Xbox One X

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Several Xbox 360 Titles Run Better On Xbox One X

We confirmed Xbox One's Backwards Compatibility launch list with the original Xbox earlier, but within that blog post, Microsoft also confirmed that a few Xbox 360 titles will be getting enhancements on the Xbox One X.

The four titles are Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, Halo 3, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, definitely an odd mix of games to kick off the Xbox One X enhancement program, but also beloved by many. The enhancements lean on the emulator that's running these games and include features such as a nine times increase in the pixel count and HDR for games that had never supported it before.

The blog post, linked below, also mentions that original Xbox titles will leverage the Xbox One X's power for enhancements, as well. The Xbox One X launches on November 7. Are there any Xbox 360 titles you would be eager to see improved on the console?

SNES-Themed New 3DS Stealthily Appears On Amazon, With Super Mario Kart

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SNES-Themed New 3DS Stealthily Appears On Amazon, With Super Mario Kart

A Super Nintendo-themed New 3DS XL suddenly appeared on Amazon this morning, with Amazon confirming its existence just after.

The new 3DS, which is a New 3DS, but not a new kind of 3DS, bears the design elements of the American Super Nintendo. It is Amazon-exclusive and includes a download of Super Mario Kart on the 3DS virtual console, the SNES Mario Kart title, the first title in the series, and one of the twenty-one games on SNES Classic released last month.

Both Japan and Europe have their own versions of the a SNES (in Japan's case, Super Famicom) 3DS, though as those regions had different designs for the SNES, the 3DSes themselves also had different designs. So keep that in mind if you are planning to finish off your 3DS collection.