2016 Video Game Release Schedule

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2016 Video Game Release Schedule

We've pulled together everything we know about 2016's video game releases in one handy location. This rundown of gaming goodness is a living, breathing list, and should help you plan out your gaming calendar for the next few months and beyond.

We promise you won't be sorry for bookmarking this and coming back to find out when your most anticipated games are scheduled to land on your PC, console, handheld, or mobile device. If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping (confirmed, but undated).

Zipcar Is Offering Free Chauffeured Rides For Pokémon Go Players In Boston

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Zipcar Is Offering Free Chauffeured Rides For Pokémon Go Players In Boston

The Pokémon Go phenomenon continues to grow, as all sorts of businesses come up with creative ways to promote their services using the game. Zipcar is offering one such example this weekend with a free chauffeur service to help players become the very best.

Zipcar, which typically lets users rent a car to drive themselves around, is letting users reserve a driver so they can play Pokémon Go while moving around the city. This is a way to encourage players not to use the game while driving, which has been a major concern surrounding the game. Players can send out a tweet to @Zipcar with their time slot to reserve a car. The service will also supply snacks, water, and phone chargers for those hunting new Pokémon.

The chauffeur service is limited to Boston for now, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Pokémon Go is currently available on iOS and Android devices.

PSA: Seven More Join Xbox One Backward Compatible Library Today

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With seven more games arriving in the Xbox One backward compatibility library today, the weekly total is now at ten. Today brings a flood of classic games from Namco and Capcom, as well as some newer installments of established franchises.

Today brings us the following games:

You can see the first three games released this week in our previous coverage. For the full backward compatibility list, visit Major Nelson’s website.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball Is Free On The eShop

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force is coming next month, and while it isn’t the Metroid game fans want, Nintendo hopes to win you over. Part of the campaign to win Chozo hearts and minds is a free demo for one of the modes out today.

You can download Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball absolutely free on the 3DS eShop right now. The game is described as “the most intense 3-on-3 sport in the Metroid universe.”

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Star Wars Battlefront Offline Skirmish Mode Available Now

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Star Wars Battlefront Offline Skirmish Mode Available Now

Update: The offline skirmish mode for Star Wars Battlefront is now available.

Original Story (July 14, 2016 @ 12:26 p.m. Central):

Star Wars Battlefront takes the fight where fans have been hoping it would go since the game’s launch. Another offline mode will be added the game in the coming days.

Evolve Stage 2 Adds An Electrifying Version Of Trapper Griffin

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Evolve Stage 2 Adds An Electrifying Version Of Trapper Griffin

Today 2K revealed an upcoming, new variation of its Hunter character. His name is Electro Griffin and he's all about zapping any beasties that comes across his path with his submachine gun and electrified harpoon.

You can watch Griffin in action in this trailer:

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Sony Is The Final Piece Of The Puzzle In Rocket League Cross-Console Play

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Sony Is The Final Piece Of The Puzzle In Rocket League Cross-Console Play

During GDC, Rocket League developer Psyonix put a crack in one of gaming’s oldest, most powerful walls. The studio announced that Rocket League on Xbox One would be cross-platform compatible with PC just like the PlayStation 4 version.

Now that this is live on Xbox One, both consoles are now tapping into the same pool of PC players. The follow-up question was obvious. “What would it take to go one more step and allow those PS4 and Xbox One players dipping into the PC player pool to see and play with one another?”

It turns out the problem was quite solvable and we could see implementation soon. In an interview with IGN, Psyonix’s Jeremy Dunham says that once Sony gives approval, the feature can be live within a business day. Microsoft has apparently already signed off.

Live-Action Detective Pikachu Movie In The Works

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. According to Variety, Legendary has won the rights to make a Pokemon movie and it's centered around Detective Pikachu.

You remember Great Detective Pikachu right? Cute. Cuddly. Adorable. Very serious about work ethic. And then someone made a video with everyone's favorite electric rodent voiced by Danny DeVito. Good times.

The film has been "fast-tracked for production to start in 2017."

Stardew Valley Comes To Mac And Linux Next Week

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Stardew Valley was one of the most surprising and endearing games we played at the beginning of the year (you can check out my review of it here) but it was a PC-exclusive. Good news for those of you who own Macs or Linux systems: the game will be available on both next week.

Creator Eric Barone took to Twitter to share the news:

Quick Update: Mac & Linux are set to be launched on the 29th! Multiplayer, localizations, and the version 1.1 update are still in progress.

$190 South Park: The Fractured But Whole Bundle Comes With An RC Car

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There's an Amazon exclusive bundle for the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But Whole coming with a remote-controlled car. It costs $190 USD and is available for pre-order now.

This officially marks the third way you can buy The Fractured But Whole, aside from its standard release. There's a $99.99 "Gold Edition," that comes with the game and its season pass, a collector's edition, which was announced at E3, and now the "Remote Control Coon Mobile Bundle." The selling point of the latter being the titular RC Coon Mobile, controlled via a smartphone app. Check it out below.South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 6. Make sure to read our E3 preview to get our impressions.