Microsoft's Gaming Division Increases Revenue In Third Quarter

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Microsoft's Gaming Division Increases Revenue In Third Quarter

Microsoft has reported its financials on the third quarter (January 1, 2017-March 31) of its fiscal year 2017, showing a revenue increase for its gaming division.

The company's gaming business showed a four-percent increase in revenue compared to the same period last year (to $1.928 billion), and Xbox software and services showed a seven-percent increase, "driven by continued adoption of digital distribution and a strong game lineup," according to Microsoft.

[Source: Microsoft, VentureBeat]

The Battlefield 1 Spring Update Is Now Live

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The Battlefield 1 Spring Update Is Now Live

DICE has pushed the button on Battlefield 1's spring update on all platforms, initiating platoon creation, the medic revival indicator, server admin settings, and more.

Platoons, large groupings of players complete with a name, emblem, and settings, can accommodate up to 100 members, and you can be a member of 10 platoons.

Developer DICE says this is just the first pass at platoons, with more features for them coming in the future.

Horror Title Perception Gets A Release Date

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Horror Title Perception Gets A Release Date

The Deep End Games has announced that its horror title Perception now has a release date of May 30 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC).

The title casts players as Cassie Thornton, a blind woman in a spooky mansion who must use her hearing and walking stick to produce visual cues using echolocation. She also has a smartphone as an aid.

For a trailer for the game, click here, and check out some of the other spooky titles coming in 2017.

For Honor's Second Season Coming In May

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For Honor's Second Season Coming In May

The second faction season for Ubisoft's For Honor, Shadow and Might, starts on May 16, and with it comes two new heroes (Shinobi, the samurai assassin and Centurion the knight hybrid), two new maps (forge and temple garden), customization items (including epic rarity gear), and gameplay updates.

The maps and gameplay updates are free for everyone on May 16, and at that time season pass holders can also play the two new heroes for free. Everyone else can unlock them with in-game steel currency starting on May 23.

Naturally, Shinobi are stealthy, while the Centurion can circumvent enemy defenses with close-quarters combat.

What Remains Of Edith Finch Had Some Of The Best Playtesters In The Industry

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What Remains Of Edith Finch Had Some Of The Best Playtesters In The Industry

What Remains of Edith Finch is a good game you should play, and something in the game's end credits made me realize there is probably a good reason for that.

It's not a spoiler to point this out, so don't worry about looking at this list if you haven't played the game yet, but here are some of the people who helped playtest the game according to its credits:

It's unclear exactly how much feedback these folks offered to Giant Sparrow during the development of What Remains of Edith Finch, but it's an impressive group of people to include in the credits.

Capcom Buoyed By Resident Evil 7, Monster Hunter Success

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Capcom Buoyed By Resident Evil 7, Monster Hunter Success

Capcom has released its review of fiscal year 2016, which ended in March. According to the company, Resident Evil continued to perform well for the company, both its re-releases and the latest installment, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. A couple of other big names, however, didn't do quite as well as expected.

Capcom says Monster Generations was a solid seller overseas, and that the recently released Monster Hunter XX is "off to a promising start." That's in contrast to the youth-oriented Monster Hunter Stories and Dead Rising 4, which Capcom says "underperformed." Overall, Capcom's digital contents business had net sales of 58,704 million yen, which is up 11.7 percent over the previous fiscal year. Operating income was down 8.8 percent from last fiscal year, at 11,096 million yen.

Capcom as a whole, which also includes amusements, arcade games, and licensing ventures, had net sales of 87,170 million yen, an increase of 13.2 percent over the previous year.

Nintendo Reports That Switch Is Off To A Great Start

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Nintendo Reports That Switch Is Off To A Great Start

Nintendo has released its financial figures for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2017, and the company is happy to report strong sales of the new Switch console as well as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Switch (which debuted on March 3) sold 2.74 million units in just under a month on sale, and Breath of the Wild sold 2.76 million copies on Switch and 1.08 million on the Wii U.

This success has led Nintendo to project profits of 45 billion yen ($403.8 million) for the next fiscal year ending on March 31, 2018. Also during that time span the company anticipates selling 10 million Switch consoles.

Street Fighter V Temporarily Pulling New DLC Offline To Remove Unintentional Religious References

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Street Fighter V Temporarily Pulling New DLC Offline To Remove Unintentional Religious References

Capcom announced today the emergency need to change the music of the Thailand Temple Hideout stage that was added to the game yesterday.

Due to an upcoming change to the #SFV Thailand Stage, there will be server maintenance. For more info visit https://t.co/wUNdtrpjgU

You can find the full statement from Capcom below, but the short version is that the Thailand Temple Hideout DLC stage's music contains unintentional religious references, so the stage is being pulled, edited, and then put back online.

Real Action Heroes Releases $335 Breath Of the Wild Link Figure

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Real Action Heroes Releases $335 Breath Of the Wild Link Figure

If you've finally managed to finish The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and want more reasons to look at its incarnation of Link (or if you just want to keep looking at Link whether you've beaten the game or not), Real Action Heroes has your back.

Their latest Zelda-themed figure is nearly 12 inches tall weighs 3.5 pounds, and wears most of the basic gear from the game: The Champion's Tunic, Soldier's Broadsword, Traveler's Shield and Bow, and comes with regular and Guardian arrows, as well as the Hylian Hood.

The figure retails for $334.99 and will release in December, though you can pre-order the figure here. You'll find more images below.