Writer Chris Avellone Wraps Up Work On Jedi Fallen Order

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Writer Chris Avellone Wraps Up Work On Jedi Fallen Order

We will not have to wait much longer to hear about Jedi Fallen Order, Respawn's upcoming single-player action game set in the Star Wars universe. EA has already announced we'll be seeing the game at next month's Star Wars celebration event, but we did get one little tidbit today about the game: veteran writer Chris Avellone was on the project.

The news came from an off-the-cuff tweet today. A fan asked Avellone what he was working on and, being careful to tiptoe around any non-disclosure agreements, he revealed that he just finished up on Jedi: Fallen Order with Respawn.

I can't say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order - and beyond that, there's another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem.

PlayStation Vita Production Has Officially Ended In Japan

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PlayStation Vita Production Has Officially Ended In Japan

Over the years, Sony's commitment to the PlayStation Vita has been a bit of a puzzle, but the company seemed quite okay with their handheld performed in Japan. When production for Vita units ended in the west, Sony kept the lines running in Japan, where the PSP successor still enjoyed some modest success and seemed to at least be making the company money. Those days are over, however, as Vita production has officially ended in the one bulwark it had remaining.

The announcement that shipments were ending soon was sent out to retailers last week, but it has been replaced with a new notice that shipments have ended. Whatever PlayStation Vita units are on the shelves are all that remain of the system's new hardware. The system will likely still get the occasional port, but for the most part, the new notice is as good as an obituary for Sony's beleaguered handheld. 

The PlayStation Vita launched in December 2011 in Japan, so it survived quite a while, especially considering Sony's disinterest in it over the years. This month's PlayStation Plus offerings are the first time that PlayStation Vita offerings have been excluded since they were first added to Sony's monthly free game lineup.

Kill la Kill – IF Will Eventually Release In Europe

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Kill la Kill – IF Will Eventually Release In Europe

Arc System Works' latest anime-based fighting game, Kill la Kill – IF, joined the ranks of our Hidden Gems of TGS 2018. The game is set to be released in Japan this year but, today, English Publisher PQube revealed plans for a Europe-wide release.

With a campaign penned by Kazuki Nakashima – the head writer of the anime adaptation – and a roster of beloved characters (including the newly announced dual-wield forms of Ryuko and Satsuki), Kill la Kill – IF will provide fans a satisfying dose of bombastic action similar to Arc System Work's previous fighter titles. 

Kill la Kill – IF will be available in Europe and Japan for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC, but a release date has not been set. In the meantime, check out our glowing review on Arc System Works' other popular and highly competitive game: Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Lord Drakkon Shows His Might In New Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Trailer

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Lord Drakkon Shows His Might In New Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Trailer

Mobile developer nWay (Power Rangers: Legacy Wars) has released a new trailer for Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, heralding the nefarious designs of Lord Drakkon as well as giving fans a glimpse of the fighting game's combat.

The trailer shows off some of Lord Drakkon's combos, which the developer is saying range from "beginner-friendly" to complex, and he also has an uppercut special attack – a rarity in the game.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a digital download-only title ($19.99) coming in April to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, with a PC release later in 2019.

Where's Our Dead Or Alive 6 Review?

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Where's Our Dead Or Alive 6 Review?

Reviews for Dead or Alive 6 are hitting today, since the embargo is up and the game is out. Before we can deliver our final verdict on it, however, we need to spend some more time with the game on live servers.

A day-one patch is adding a pair of crucial online options, including the ability to have rematches in ranked and search for matches while in training mode. Both of these are important parts of any fighting game's online experience, so we're holding off until we're able to test them thoroughly. One thing that won't be in until later this month, however, are player lobbies, so if you were looking to get a group of your friends together and dive in tonight, that's not going to happen.

However, we've played a considerable amount of time with the game offline, and my main impression right now is that Dead or Alive's fighting is still fun, but there's not lot of exciting changes or additions, and the single-player content is mediocre. Although I've been liking the mission mode and tutorials, if you're looking for a game with an entertaining or meaty story mode, Dead or Alive 6's is neither.

Free Version Of Final Fantasy NT Dissidia Coming To PS4 And PC

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Free Version Of Final Fantasy NT Dissidia Coming To PS4 And PC

When Square Enix released Dissidia Final Fantasy NT last year, the 3v3 crossover fighter didn't really set the world on fire. Over the ensuing year, however, Square Enix has been working on the game and supplying DLC and seemingly feels ready to give the game another shot with new packaging and a new port.

#Dissidia #FinalFantasy NT Free Edition is coming to both #Steam & #PS4 on March 12th!
Try out the game free of charge, and play against those playing the full game with a weekly rotation of characters! pic.twitter.com/tuxlOL0RYC

Titled conveniently enough Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Free Edition, the game will be cross-compatible with the full game, so you don't need to be friends with someone playing the free version to fight against them. Details on how exactly the free version will be monetized has not been outlined, but the tweet does say a weekly rotation of characters, so you can imagine you'll probably be buying characters as you want them.

Japanese Mewtwo Strikes Back Trailer Reenvisions The First Pokémon Movie In CG

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Japanese Mewtwo Strikes Back Trailer Reenvisions The First Pokémon Movie In CG

I remember being a kid and going to the Pokémon movie and hearing the Blessid Union of Souls music and totally losing my little mind over Pokémon fighting by slapping each other. In its never-ending quest to channel that childhood nostalgia, The Pokémon Company is preparing an anniversary remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back, but this time in CG.

The trailer has only been released in Japanese, but there's not a ton of dialogue, so you can get the gist of it, especially if you remember the original movie at all.

The movie, officially titled Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, launches later this summer in Japan, but no western release has been confirmed quite yet. I imagine it will eventually be released the United States, maybe around Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield's release late this year.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Appears On European Ratings Board

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Appears On European Ratings Board

After Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Activision indicated they were hoping to follow suit with other Call of Duty remasters, but they haven't said much about that plan since then. A ratings board leak coming out of Europe, however, suggests that the follow up to that plan may be coming in the obvious form of Modern Warfare 2.

No such remaster has been officially announced by Activision yet, but a listing (and subsequent 18+ rating) for the game has appeared on the Pan European Game Information board, or PEGI. It doesn't give any details, but if PEGI is saying it, it's very likely not made up out of thin air.

Modern Warfare Remastered was included with special editions of Infinite Warfare, the last Infinity Ward game in the series. Seeing as how Infinity Ward's Call of Duty game is presumably up to bat this year, Modern Warfare 2 Remastered makes plenty of sense again. It will be interesting to see whether the game will be available separately from the start or will follow in the same footsteps as Modern Warfare Remastered and only be available on its own later.

Halo Infinite To Be A Spiritual Reboot According To 343

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Halo Infinite To Be A Spiritual Reboot According To 343

As part of IGN's Unfiltered video series in their continued talk with Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft's 343 Industries, a little bit was talked about Halo Infinite. The next game in the venerated first-person shooter series has already been announced, but Microsoft hasn't talked much about the new game. Ross has indicated that 343 wants to go a new direction with the game, however.

During the interview, Ross indicates that the studio is thinking of Halo Infinite as a spiritual reboot after getting their legs stable on the previous two games.

"There has been a lot of introspective time to really reflect on what's done as 343," Ross told IGN. "Where have we made mistakes? Where have we hit it right? What does Halo mean to all of us? That trailer [for Halo Infinite] we did is what Halo means to the studio... Maybe it took us two games to get there, and I think we've done good things and bad things, but what does Halo mean to us? It is about hope, and wonder, and heroism, and humanity, and community, and bringing a community together. That's what that trailer is, and that's what we want to do."

Borderlands Developer Gearbox Promising Reveals At PAX East Panel

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Borderlands Developer Gearbox Promising Reveals At PAX East Panel

The schedule for PAX East's panels has finally been revealed, showing what people can expect from the show in Boston at the end of March. One of those panels is from Gearbox, the Texas-based developers of games like Borderlands and Battleborn, and promises "never-before-seen reveals" on stage at the panel. Speculation is rampant that this could finally be Borderlands 3.

The third game in the series has been long-anticipated as Gearbox has not released a numbered Borderlands title since 2012. Spinoffs have varied critically, but series fans have been eagerly anticipating a new game that hews closer to the Pandora titles that came before. During last year's Wal-Mart E3 leak, where the retailer accidentally posted a number of games ahead of their E3 announcements, Borderlands 3 also appeared on the list. Though it wasn't the only exception to the list in terms of announcement confirmations, Take-Two did announce that they delayed a "highly-anticipated shooter" into fiscal year 2020. It is possible this game is Borderlands 3.

It's hard to say and ultimately the reveal could simply be a new magic trick from noted magician Randy Pitchford, but for fans eager for a loot shooter with a heavy focus on guns, a third Borderlands is a tantalizing prospect. We certainly will not have to wait long to find out which one it is.