GDC Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns; E3 Organizer The ESA 'Watching The Situation Very Closely'

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GDC Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns; E3 Organizer The ESA 'Watching The Situation Very Closely'

The Game Developers Conference, which was set to take place March 16 to 20 in San Francisco, Calif. has been postponed by its organizers Informa due to concerns surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The conference, which started in 1988, draws attendance from an international pool of developers, publishers, press, and more.

You can read the statement from the organizers of GDC in its entirety below.

The news comes following several companies, including Sony, Microsoft, EA, and Activision-Blizzard, deciding to pull their attendance from GDC 2020 due to concerns surrounding the global spread of COVID-19. In addition, an email sent to those who purchased or otherwise acquired a badge to GDC 2020 says, "[all] current paid registrants will be receiving a full refund within 4-6 weeks." The FAQ page linked above says that those who booked hotel reservations inside the official GDC room block will not have any fees or penalties when they cancel their rooms.

Plague Inc. Removed From China's App Store

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Plague Inc. Removed From China's App Store

Plague Inc. is a game that pushes players to try to annihilate all life with an evolving pathogen. The game was released on mobile devices in 2012 and has been played by more than 130 million people, but has recently been pulled from China's digital stores during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ndemic Creations, the studio behind Plague Inc., issued a statement that details the reasoning for the removal. The game "includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China."

Ndemic says Plague Inc. has been one of China's most popular paid games, and the team is working hard to try to get the game back up in the stores. "It's not clear to us if the removal is linked to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that China is facing," the statement reads. "Plague Inc.'s educational importance has been repeatedly recognized by organizations like the CDC and we are currently working with major global health organizations to determine how we can best support their efforts to contain and control COVID-19."

Check Out A Ridiculously Fast Round Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's 3v3 Gunfight

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Check Out A Ridiculously Fast Round Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's 3v3 Gunfight

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Gunfight matches are meant to be fast, but not this fast. Reddit user IPyro58 posted a clip that achieves a feat most of us will never duplicate – three headshots with one bullet. The opposing team was well coordinated, but the formation was too tight. The only way this match could go faster is if IPyro58 didn't have to run to get into position. What a shot!

Zarude, The Rogue Monkey Pokémon, Unleashed in Pokémon Sword & Shield

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Zarude, The Rogue Monkey Pokémon, Unleashed in Pokémon Sword & Shield

To celebrate Pokémon Day, a new Mythical Pokémon is being introduced into Pokémon Sword and Shield – Zarude. This Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon is known as the Rogue Monkey, and it uses vines grown from its body to get around, attack, and even heal itself.

The new trailer for Zarude gives players just a glimpse of the creature's vine abilities, and developer Game Freak says more info on the Pokémon is coming in the future.

In other news, the company has announced limited-time Max Raid battles. Starting today at 4 p.m. Pacific until Sunday, March 1 at 3:59 p.m. Pacific, Dynamax Mewtwo may appear in Max Raid Battles. It can't be caught, but if you beat it you'll get rare items like Ability Capsules. 

Star Wars Battlefront II Adds A Wealth Of New Content, Including More Cooperative Play

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Star Wars Battlefront II Adds A Wealth Of New Content, Including More Cooperative Play

Star Wars Battlefront II has quietly transformed into a success story, moving from the microtransaction-heavy bowels of the sarlaac pit to the comfy seat of a soaring X-Wing carrying a payload of free content. The game's latest update, dubbed The Age of Rebellion, is impressive in size. With the focus on the original trilogy, players can now play cooperatively on the classic locations of Mos Eisley, Yavin IV, Hoth, Jabba's Palace, Endor, the Kessel mines, and the Death Star II. As an added bonus, DICE is making co-op play available on the prequel-era capital ships, the Venator and Dreadnaught.

This update also introduces the Ewok hunter, an infiltrator unit with a bow and arrow, and the ISB agent, a dual-wielding infiltrator. The ISB Agent's final ability regenerates nearby allies' base health, and the Ewok hunter can single out weakened foes.

Players can also bring new weapons into the fray, such as a new blasters like the E-11D and DL-18, as well as the T-21 heavy blaster, and the Cycler Rifle. Heroes vs. Villains skirts the classic trilogy to add playable maps set on the MC85 Star Cruiser and the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer.

PlatinumGames Reveals Its New IP

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PlatinumGames Reveals Its New IP

PlatinumGames, the studio that developed titles like Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, has revealed a trailer for a brand new IP going by the working title Project G.G. for now.  The video (which you can watch above) teases an action-focused experienced with a transforming hero and a giant monster.

In an official message from director Hideki Kamiya, he explains that Project G.G. is different from previous PlatinumGames efforts because it is a new IP owned by the studio. "For everything from its setting and characters, to its game design and story, to how it’s promoted – PlatinumGames is in full control," Kamiya says.  

The announcement contains no release window, but don't expect to see the game soon. Kamiya's message notes, "The finish line is still a long way away."

Shadow Of The Colossus And Sonic Forces Are March's Free PlayStation Plus Games

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Shadow Of The Colossus And Sonic Forces Are March's Free PlayStation Plus Games

If you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you can download Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces for free starting on March 3. You'll have until April 6 to get both of these games. You also have until March 2 to download February's free games, which are BioShock: The Collection, Firewall Zero Hour, and The Sims 4.

Shadow of the Colossus is a must-play game that scored a 9 out of 10 rating from Game Informer's review. If you haven't played the game since it originally released on PlayStation 2, this enhanced PlayStation 4 version features all-new visuals, 4k display options, and the ability to play it at 60 frames per second on PlayStation 4 Pro.

Sonic Forces didn't fare as well, scoring just a 6.5 out of 10 in our review. People are high on Sonic right now after the surprisingly fun movie, so this game may be worth a look if you want to see what he's been up to in games.

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Is A New Rogue-Lite/Puzzle Hybrid

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Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Is A New Rogue-Lite/Puzzle Hybrid

Yacht Club Games has announced Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, an all-new puzzle game created in collaboration with developer Vine. Following the upcoming releases of Cyber Shadow and Shovel Knight Dig, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon will be the third title Yacht Club Games has made in collaboration with an external game development team.

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon combines rogue-lite, dungeon-crawling elements with the traditional dropping-tile puzzle game formula. You move around as your selected character, trading damage with enemies and collecting potions. You encounter all kinds of recognizable characters from the various Shovel Knight campaigns to this point, but you'll also meet Puzzle Knight, a brilliant puzzle master who leads Shovel Knight on the quest.

You can check out the first trailer below.

Become A DJ In Fuser, A New Game From The Creators Of Rock Band

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Become A DJ In Fuser, A New Game From The Creators Of Rock Band

The trailer above gives you a little taste of the vibe developer Harmonix and publisher NCSoft are trying to achieve in Harmonix's new music-mixing game, Fuser. The video below shows you a small sliver of gameplay. As you can see, you suit up as a DJ and are tasked to blend songs in realtime into something unique. Fuser offers more than 100 songs from 50 Cent's "In Da Club" to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."

Harmonix bills Fuser as a "nonstop virtual music festival where you control the music." You'll do this through a campaign in which you must win over the crowd to unlock new content, or simply freestyle to make mixes you can share with friends. You can also play with them in an online multiplayer mode. Unlike most of Harmonix's music games, you won't need a specific peripheral to mix music – you can use a controller. Fuser is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in 2020.

The first 16 announced songs are:

Get An Ashe Skin During Overwatch's Mardi Gras Event

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Get An Ashe Skin During Overwatch's Mardi Gras Event

You want Overwatch 2. We want Overwatch 2. No one knows when that day will be just yet, but for now, Blizzard is making sure we have reasons to keep playing the original game. Today delivers one good reason to boot up the original once again. If you can rack up nine wins, you'll unlock a festive Mardi Gras skin for Ashe (and B.O.B.). If you immediately thought Ashe looks a little bit like Harley Quinn, you are not alone – we had the same takeaway.

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Like all of Overwatch's recent challenges, this Mardi Gras-themed one can be completed by getting wins in any mode. At three wins you'll earn new icons for Ashe, another three wins unlocks a spray for her, and then you just need three more victories to get that awesome new skin. If you want another five sprays for Ashe, you can get one for watching two hours of Overwatch streams on Twitch, two more for another two hours viewed, and yet another two for two more.