Hearthstone's Journey To Un'Goro Expansion Coming Next Week

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Hearthstone's Journey To Un'Goro Expansion Coming Next Week

Blizzard's latest expansion to card-collecting game Hearthstone now has an official release date. Coinciding with the Year of the Mammoth event, Journey to Un'Goro will be available starting on April 6.

Journey to Un'Goro introduces new monsters, mechanics, and card types to the free-to-play title. Adapting dinosaurs and deadly elementals are one major addition, as are quest cards, which grant players special bonuses if completed. 

Players can pre-purchase a bundle of 50 Journey to Un'Goro card packs before the expansion's release for $49.99. In the week leading up to the launch, players can also gain rewards for logging in each day up to April 5, one of which is an Un'Goro-themed Volcanosaur card. More information about the expansion can be found here.

Ms. Pac-Man Now Playable On Google Maps

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Ms. Pac-Man Now Playable On Google Maps

April Fools Day has come a bit early for Google, who stayed true to their yearly tradition of playing with Google Maps this year by making classic arcade game Ms. Pac-Man playable inside the map service. Players can take control of Ms. Pac-Man and chase ghosts to their hearts' content through any locale on Google Maps. It's a fun little distraction that plays off of previous April Fools gimmicks, particularly the ability to play Pac-Man.

Pac-fans eager to get their fix can head over to Google Maps and start playing by clicking the small Pac-Man icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. 

Weekend Warrior – April Foolin' Around

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Weekend Warrior – April Foolin' Around

With April Fools right around the corner, the Game Informer staff is set for a fun weekend of Zelda, Mass Effect, sports, and...Quantum Break? Like most weekends, some of us are spending time digging into the latest and greatest, others are playing...Quantum Break. Whatever you happen to be doing with this fine Spring weekend, sound off in the comments below.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I dream of beating Ganon…I don’t want to end my adventures in Zelda yet, but I need to focus more on Mass Effect Andromeda for our new Game Club. Have a good weekend!

Jordan Leendertsen (@Bad_Durandal) – This weekend I aim to finish the original Kingdom Hearts on PS4, a game I remember very fondly and haven't revisited since childhood. I'll also be working on finishing the fourth season of Wilfred on Netflix, probably working my way through more of Horizon or digging into Gravity Rush 2 or Dark Souls 3. Or I'll just bury myself in a Kingdom Hearts coma and continue playing through the PS4 collection. I also might just reinstall Destiny, who knows. The world is my oyster really. 

Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces Darth Revan Collector's Statue

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Gentle Giant Ltd. Announces Darth Revan Collector's Statue

One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars Expanded Universe is the mysterious Darth Revan. Originally featured in Bioware's acclaimed RPG, Knights of the Old Republic, the character went on to appear in novels and comic books, and even Bioware's MMO follow-up, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Now, Gentle Giant Ltd., the company behind a great many high-quality collectibles, has announced a statue based on the legendary Sith icon. The figure will be formally unveiled at Star Wars Celebration in mid-April, but for now, we have this stunning concept art at which to longingly gaze.

Star Wars Celebration runs from April 13-16, and will feature the first trailer for the highly-anticipated Battlefront II.

Reader Discussion – Should Game Endings Be Dependent On Difficulty?

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Reader Discussion – Should Game Endings Be Dependent On Difficulty?

Raised in the harsh landscape of Halo’s legendary mode as a child, I tend to default to the hardest difficulty setting a game offers regardless of the genre. Because of this, I had no idea that the Halo: Combat Evolved ending with the hilariously non-canonical hug between Johnson and an elite isn’t shown on any other difficulty level until I played the game on Heroic with my less ambitious friend years later.

Games with multiple endings are steadily growing to be more common. Nier: Automata has a huge number of outcomes, all of which are based on actions in the game rather than the difficulty setting. Meanwhile, titles like Max Payne 2 and Kingdom Hearts award certain endings based on which difficulty level players chose.

How do you feel about games that reserve special content for the hardest difficulties? Do any endings stand out to you as being dramatically different by difficulty level? And do you think it’s a fair reward after a challenging experience to get these endings, or does it exclude players who are unable to play or who are uninterested in harder settings? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

40 Percent Of UK Game Developers Contemplating Relocation Over Brexit

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40 Percent Of UK Game Developers Contemplating Relocation Over Brexit

An industry survey in the United Kingdom reveals that game developers in the country have deep concerns about the effect of departure from the European Union.

Game industry organization Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment) has completed and released its 2017 report about game development in the United Kingdom, and the details within suggest that U.K. developers have some deep concerns over what Brexit may mean for them.

40 percent of the 76 developers that responded are considering relocating some or all of their business away from the U.K. to other countries. A driving concern for developers is available talent, as many teams (61 percent of respondents) rely strongly on international talent to fuel their development. 

Diablo III's 10th Season Live Tonight, Making Console Debut

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Diablo III's 10th Season Live Tonight, Making Console Debut

Tonight, the tenth season of Diablo III kicks off, giving players an excuse to start a new character from scratch, take on some challenging new conquests, and acquire exclusive cosmetic loot in the process. It also marks a bit of a milestone for the game: It's the first time console players will be able to check out the seasonal content.

The new season is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC tonight starting at 5 p.m. Pacific. Blizzard did a great job breaking down what's in store for season 10 here. If you're new to the seasonal concept, they've created this post with console players in mind.

If you haven't picked up the game in a while, tonight's a great time to get reacquainted with it. A lot has changed over the past few years, and you can see some of the most significant upgrades and tweaks in our feature.

Final Fantasy: Daddy Of Light A Real Thing, Coming To Netflix

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Final Fantasy: Daddy Of Light A Real Thing, Coming To Netflix

In what might be Square Enix’s most unusual project title yet to cross to North America, Final Fantasy: Daddy of Light has been revealed as coming to Netflix stateside this fall. The show will air ahead of that in Japan, on MBS and TBS beginning April 20, and on Netflix Japan beginning April 20. 

The show’s story follows the true story (originally chronicled in a blog) about a father and son, and the ways in which their relationship deepens as they play Final Fantasy XIV. 

Perhaps the inexplicable choice of an English title for the project will make more sense once someone sees the series in full. 

Mad Catz Interactive Files For Bankruptcy

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Mad Catz Interactive Files For Bankruptcy

Fight-stick manufacturer and Rock Band 4 publisher Mad Catz Interactive has filed for bankruptcy protections under Canada's Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, with its subsidiary Mad Catz Inc. seeking chapter 7 bankruptcy relief in the United States. All of the company's directors and officers resigned yesterday.

“Regrettably and notwithstanding that for a significant amount of time the Company has been actively pursuing its strategic alternatives, including various near term financing alternatives such as bank financing and equity infusions, as well as potential sales of certain assets of the Company or a sale of the Company in its entirety, the Company has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems," wrote Karen McGinnis, president and CEO. "The Board of Directors and management would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the Company’s employees in support of its business, especially during the time that the Company faced financial difficulties. The Company would also like to thank the vendors and professional service providers who have supported the Company’s efforts during this time.”

Hearthstone's Journey To Un'Goro Expansion Coming Next Week

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Hearthstone's Journey To Un'Goro Expansion Coming Next Week

Blizzard's latest expansion to card-collecting game Hearthstone now has an official release date. Coinciding with the Year of the Mammoth event, Journey to Un'Goro will be available starting on April 6.

Journey to Un'Goro introduces new monsters, mechanics, and card types to the free-to-play title. Adapting dinosaurs and deadly elementals are one major addition, as are quest cards, which grant players special bonuses if completed. 

Players can pre-purchase a bundle of 50 Journey to Un'Goro card packs before the expansion's release for $49.99. In the week leading up to the launch, players can also gain rewards for logging in each day up to April 5, one of which is an Un'Goro-themed Volcanosaur card. More information about the expansion can be found here.