Amazon Games Unveils Breakaway

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Amazon Games Unveils Breakaway

Sports and mythological brawling combine in Amazon Games' new fast paced 4v4 PC title, Breakaway. Unveiled at TwitchCon 2016, the focus is on quick matches, Twitch integration, and character-driven combat and abilities.

Ranged and melee options drawn from myth and legend make up the character roster, from Spartacus to Morgan Le Fay to Vlad the Impaler. The playfields (also drawn from legend, like El Dorado) are fairly tiny and intimate, so you can see everything going on at all times whether you’re in the game or a spectator. In addition to signature character abilities that offer traditional things like mobility, control, or damage, characters can also dish out buildables and breakables, everything from healing shrines, ramps, acceleration technology, walls, catapults, and ballistas, ensuring that even the same battlefield never plays the same way twice.

Twitch integration allows players and broadcasters to have a wealth of data regarding everything from kill/death ratios to how many people are watching each match and the odds on character matchups. Broadcaster tools allow them to pick and play with players right from their communities, and players can actually earn and wager special currency on matches as they watch.

Gearbox Software CEO Denies That Battleborn Is Going Free-To-Play

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Gearbox Software CEO Denies That Battleborn Is Going Free-To-Play

Earlier today, reports were making the rounds that Battleborn would be going free-to-play, likely in November. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford just tweeted that these rumors were untrue. Here are his tweets in full:

I was just told about a reckless story about Battleborn going F2P that is false. There are no plans to convert Battleborn free to play.

We have some unannounced plans to do a trial version of the game that would be free and from which retail can be purchased along with DLC.

Bungie Reveals Details About Trials Of Osiris And Iron Banner's Return In Destiny

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Bungie Reveals Details About Trials Of Osiris And Iron Banner's Return In Destiny

Bungie posted an update on its site that revealed a number of details about changes coming to Destiny. The update includes news about the return of both Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner.

Players don't have long to wait before the popular competitive experiences are back on the docket. Trials is set to return on Friday, September 30, while Iron Banner comes back on Tuesday, October 4. Trials is returning without major changes to its structure, but Iron Banner is seeing some significant adjustments to how XP is earned and what happens when you complete a bounty. The developer included a list of changes that are coming to Iron Banner:

You can find a rundown of everything, including specifics about Iron Banner loot, coming to the game in the post itself. For more Destiny news, check out our account of how we solved the craziest puzzle in Rise of Iron.

Stardew Valley Beta Patch Adds Divorce, Squashes Bugs

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Stardew Valley Beta Patch Adds Divorce, Squashes Bugs

Players who own Stardew Valley on Steam can try out a beta build of version 1.1 of the game.

A Chucklefish developer posted Wednesday evening on the Stardew Valley forums that the update can be downloaded by opting into the beta in the game's Steam settings (right click on the game title in your Steam library, select "Properties," and use the drop-down menu in the Betas tab to select "beta").

The patch introduces a host of new features and bugfixes. A couple notable highlights from the changelog:

My Little Pony: Puzzle Party Coming to Android

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After being on the app store for quite some time, My Little Pony: Puzzle Party is coming to Android devices soon, though no release date has not been given. While this seems like a standard mobile puzzle game, the app currently sits at a solid 4.5 on the iOS store.

You can download it here when the games comes out.

If puzzle games don't suit your fancy, you can check out our coverage of another game in the My Little Pony universe.

Crowdfunding And Investment Platform Fig Is Finally SEC Approved

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The hybrid crowdfunding-investment platform Fig made its debut last year as an attempt to crowdfund Psychonauts 2. However, what made Fig different from other platforms was its promise that backers could be more than just backers: they could be investors, meaning they could possibly see a monetary return on their investment.

There was understandably a lot of skepticism about this platform, including from us, with one of the sticking points being that Fig was not SEC (United States Securities and Exchange Commission) approved. Fig founder and CEO Justin Bailey talked about the importance of letting backers "financially benefit" from the titles they help make viable:

Enabling fans and communities to directly support and financially benefit from their favorite games is transformative to the publishing of interactive entertainment and beyond. Fig is committed to evolving video game publishing and crowdfunding in this direction that benefits fans, communities, and developers, and ultimately to the making of great games.

J.J. Abrams Says Portal Movie Announcement Coming 'Fairly Soon'

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J.J. Abrams Says Portal Movie Announcement Coming 'Fairly Soon'

Director J.J. Abrams hinted at an upcoming announcement about his Portal film project.

Speaking to IGN at a red carpet event for the HBO show Westworld, which he produces, Abrams said that he'll be meeting with Valve "next week" about the Portal and Half-Life movie projects he announced with Gabe Newell at DICE 2013.

"They're very much still in development," Abrams said. "I'm hoping for there to be a Portal announcement very soon."

Ace Attorney 6 Gets Time Traveling Murder Suspect In New DLC

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Ace Attorney 6 Gets Time Traveling Murder Suspect In New DLC

Ace Attorney 6 gets some post-story DLC today. This isn't a short story like the two recently released Asinine Attorney episodes, but a full blown case of murder and intrigue. Fan favorite Miles Edgeworth makes a return to the prosecution stand, which should make for an interesting courtroom battle.

The new episode titled 'Turnabout Time Traveler' is available today for $5.99 from the in-game menu.

For more on Ace Attorney 6 you can check out our review. And be sure to read why Elise thinks AA6 has the best story in the series yet.

Lost Odyssey Is Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

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Lost Odyssey Is Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

Ever dug your copy of the delightfully bizarre Lost Odyssey out of your closet and wanted to give it another go, maybe on your Xbox One? Well, good news: Aaron Greenberg, head of Xbox Marketing, revealed on Twitter that is now a thing you can do:

You asked for it and the team responded! We are bringing Lost Odyssey to @Xbox One with back compat today! pic.twitter.com/B9A3qO7UNe

There is a catch though: since Lost Odyssey is not available digitally, you have to own a physical copy of the game. Yes, a disc.