Twitch Reveals Details For TwitchCon 2017

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Twitch Reveals Details For TwitchCon 2017

This morning Twitch announced details for this year's TwitchCon 2017, which will mark the third TwitchCon. This year the event will take place at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment center from October 20-22.

Event Director Krystal Herring says “Our goal this year is to continue celebrating all things Twitch, including the newer broader scope of content on our platform. With our IRL category for vlogging and our upcoming mobile streaming app, even people who can’t attend will be able to connect with their favorite broadcasters and friends who can.”

Twitch hasn't revealed the specifics of what will be at the conference but has said that more will be revealed in the months to come. In the meantime, you can check out the official homepage for TwitchCon for more details.

Nomura Gives Update On Final Fantasy VII Remake & Kingdom Hearts III

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Nomura Gives Update On Final Fantasy VII Remake & Kingdom Hearts III

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura gave an update on the development of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III, and the news is that neither is coming out any time soon.

When asked about the development status of FF VII Remake Nomura replied, "We're making steady progress on its production. While we are indeed working on it, I think we'll have you guys wait a little longer for both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake... The release of these titles will still be a while."

Earlier in the interview, Nomura said that there were worlds in KH III that "still remain untouched," and that "as far as development status goes, there's still a ways to go."

Reader Discussion – What Canceled Game Do You Wish You Could Uncancel

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Reader Discussion – What Canceled Game Do You Wish You Could Uncancel

Well, news shot across the wire today that Platinum Games and Microsoft's dragon-focused RPG is no more. Bummer. Scalebound isn't the first major game to be canceled and it won't be the last. However, here at GI we started talking about what games we wish could be brought back in development.

For me (and for a lot of people) I think the big answer is going to be Silent Hills. Kojima's works are absolutely bonkers and often frustrating but man, I would have loved to see him and del Toro's take on the classic horror series.

What about you, readers? What game would you bring back from the dead?

Finalists For Independent Games Festival Awards Announced

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Finalists For Independent Games Festival Awards Announced

The Independent Games Festival, an annual conference that's purpose is to "encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers', revealed its 2016 award finalists. The list is as follows:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

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Former Assassin’s Creed Scriptwriter Corey May Leaves Certain Affinity, Joins 2K

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Former Assassin’s Creed Scriptwriter Corey May Leaves Certain Affinity, Joins 2K

Corey May, a former Assassin's Creed scriptwriter who also worked on projects like Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, and Batman: Arkham Origins, joined Certain Affinity July of last year, but a recent Facebook post points to a new position at 2K.

We're not sure what May is working on at 2K, but the publisher has many narrative-focused properties that May could be involved with including Mafia, BioShock, or Spec Ops among many others. We featured May in a 2010 feature discussing some of our favorite video game storytellers of the decade.

[Source: Corey May on Facebook]

Microsoft Cancels Platinum's Scalebound

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Microsoft Cancels Platinum's Scalebound

Rumors began appearing online early today, but we have now received an official statement from Microsoft confirming the cancellation of Scalebound.

After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for “Scalebound.”

Announced as an Xbox One exclusive, Scalebound was in development by Platinum and being directed by Hideki Kamiya of Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Bayonetta fame. The game took place in a part fantasy, part science-ficiton world where players would fight alongside dragons. Exactly why the game was cancelled is currently unclear.

Provocative Visual Novel Ladykiller In A Bind Comes To Steam

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Provocative Visual Novel Ladykiller In A Bind Comes To Steam

Ladykiller in a Bind, the new erotic visual novel by indie developer Christine Love, just hit Steam. The game was available on both Itch.io and Humble's store when it was released back in October but not on Valve's digital storefront.

Many had assumed the reason the game wouldn't be available on Steam was due to its highly-charged sexual nature, Love told Polygon that Valve was, "extremely supportive and immediately understanding," after she talked to them about the game's content.

Though we didn't officially review Ladykiller in a Bind, fellow editor Elise Favis and I had a lengthy chat about how it approaches sexuality and representation in interesting ways.

Final Fantasy XV Glitch Allows The Full Map To Be Explored

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Final Fantasy XV Glitch Allows The Full Map To Be Explored

Final Fantasy XV is split into two distinct sections: the open world first half, and the linear second half. The second half doesn't offer much room for exploration, but a glitch, discovered by YouTube channel Fotm Hero, allows Noctis to go walk around and see what's out there.

Fotm Hero has uploaded two videos: One shorter video exploring Cartanica, and a much longer video exploring all of Niflheim.

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ASCII Roguelike Brutal Making Its Way To PC

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ASCII Roguelike Brutal Making Its Way To PC

Brutal (stylized as Brut@l), a rogue-like built out of ASCII characters like an old-school PC game, is making its way to PC.

Originally released on console in August, we called Brutal, "a serviceable, stylish rogue-like."  It offers single and co-op play, and procedurally generated levels. It will be available on PC on February 9.

To see Brutal in action, you can check out our Test Chamber on the game below. For our review of Brutal, head here.

Toby Fox Shares College Notebook Filled Early Concept Art And Ideas That Would Eventually Become Undertale

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Toby Fox Shares College Notebook Filled Early Concept Art And Ideas That Would Eventually Become Undertale

Undertale creator Toby Fox recently came across an old  notebook he filled with ideas that would eventually turn into the highly successful indie RPG. He snapped a handful of pictures of the notebook and tweeted out his findings. You can see his early art direction ideas for the game, first drafts of dialogue, and get an idea of how the game changed during development.

You can check out the full collection of tweets below.

Found my old college notebook that I wrote in when I first came up with the idea for the game... things were a bit different at first pic.twitter.com/nKEyxBQhUN