Footage Of Alleged, Likely Canceled, Star Wars RTS Emerges

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Footage Of Alleged, Likely Canceled, Star Wars RTS Emerges

Footage of what appears to be a likely canceled Star Wars RTS has surfaced today. The video hits all the Lucas high notes, with X-Wings, TIE Fighters, AT-ATs, The Millennium Falcon, and even a saber-swinging Luke.

The short clip appeared on a Vimeo channel belonging to a user named Elise Baldwin. The description indicates she was the audio director on the game, which was in development for more than a year and went through a number of engine changes.

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Report: Offers Were Made For Lionhead, But Microsoft Wouldn’t Sell Fable IP

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Report: Offers Were Made For Lionhead, But Microsoft Wouldn’t Sell Fable IP

On March 7, Microsoft announced it was entering a consultation period with Fable developer Lionhead to determine the studio’s fate. On April 29, the studio closed, ending its 20 year legacy. But it might have gone differently.

According to a report from Kotaku UK, Microsoft had a number of suitors for the Guildford studio. The hangup was that the Fable franchise wasn’t part of the deal.

Because these matters are confidential, we don’t know who was allegedly interested. We also don’t know exactly how much money was on the table, but given the report, it seems the interest hinged on the IP.

Nintendo Confirms Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem Mobile Games Will Be Free To Play

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Nintendo Confirms Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem Mobile Games Will Be Free To Play

All the signs were pointing to Nintendo fully embracing free-to-play (or, if as the company prefers, “free-to-start”) for its mobile offerings. A report this morning puts a fine point on it for the next two titles, though.

We’ve known that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing are coming to smartphones and tablets as the next two Nintendo mobile games. When the publisher and its partner DeNA launch them, they will be free-to-play according to DeNA in conversation with the Wall Street Journal.

Nintendo’s first foray into mobile is the social app, Miitomo. It, too, is free-to-play with monetization in place for customization items.

Bandai Namco Has Shipped 3 Million Copies Of Dark Souls III

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Bandai Namco Has Shipped 3 Million Copies Of Dark Souls III

Bandai Namco has announced that Dark Souls III is the fastest-selling game in the series. Since its release on March 24 in Japan (April 12 in the west), the publisher has shipped 3 million copies worldwide.

1.5 million of those were shipped to North America, with 1 million going to Europe. The remaining 500,000 stayed at home in Japan. The series has now totaled 13 million units shipped across platforms. 

Bandai also reported its financial performance for the full year this morning, though Dark Souls couldn’t keep the entire company afloat.

Papo Y Yo Developer’s Dinosaur VR Game Arrives Next Week

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Papo Y Yo Developer’s Dinosaur VR Game Arrives Next Week

Way back at GDC 2014, the same week that Oculus first announced its second developer kit, we had our first chance to check out a VR game about swimming with dinosaurs. Minority Media’s Time Machine VR was one of the experiences that helped get us excited about virtual reality. It now has a release date.

Time Machine VR will be out on May 19 for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, priced at $29.99. It features approximately 10 hours of single-player with a story written by Jill Murray (Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag).

The game puts players in a submersible time machine that starts off as a research mission in the past. However, a catastrophe in the present makes the mission in prehistory more urgent.

Nintendo Drops 2DS Price To $79.99 Next Week

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Nintendo Drops 2DS Price To $79.99 Next Week

If you were considering purchasing a 2DS at some point in the next nine days, hold off. Nintendo has just announced a price drop worth waiting for.

The currently price of the handheld, $99.99, is being cut to $79.99. The publisher will be pre-installing Mario Kart 7 on some systems (so it would be nice to check the box to make sure yours comes with the game).

Launched in October 2013, the 2DS is a single-piece, wedge-shaped device. It features the two screens found on the rest of the 3DS family of handhelds, but does not offer the 3D features (hence the name). The price drop goes into effect on May 20.

Reader Discussion: Which Starter Pokémon Is The Best Starter Pokémon?

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Reader Discussion: Which Starter Pokémon Is The Best Starter Pokémon?

Including today's revealed introductory Pokémon for the upcoming Sun & Moon, there are now 22 different starters among 27 different Pokémon games. Which one is the best?

To help you decide – and you can only pick one – here's the full list:

Red/Green/Blue/FireRed/LeafGreen - Bulbasaur, Charmander, or SquirtleYellow - PikachuGold/Silver/Crystal/HeartGold/SoulSilver - Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire - Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum - Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup
Black/White/Black 2/White 2 - Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott
X/Y - Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie
Sun/Moon - Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio

Next Star Wars Battlefront Confirmed For 2017, Includes Newer Movies

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Next Star Wars Battlefront Confirmed For 2017, Includes Newer Movies

On its earnings call today, EA confirmed that it is looking at an annual cadence for Star Wars games. While there isn’t anything on the docket for this fall (Battlefront DLC is still in play), you can expect something new in 2017.[

EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen confirmed that 2017 will see another Star Wars Battlefront game. Visceral’s game will likely be the title that drops in 2018, though the language around fiscal and calendar years makes that a bit unclear.

"We’ll most likely have one Star Wars title a year for the next three to four years," Jorgensen said. "Next year we’ll see Star Wars battlefront back with bigger and better worlds, because we now have the new movies to work off of, not just the historical movies that we used before. We also are working on a Star Wars action game that part of the Motive team is working on as well as part of the Visceral team and that’s most likely the following year."

Titanfall 2 This Fall, NBA Live Arrives In Early 2017

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Titanfall 2 This Fall, NBA Live Arrives In Early 2017

EA is mixing up its schedule, with two shooters landing this fall. Titanfall 2, developed by Respawn, will launch in the fall alongside Battlefield 1.

The publisher has also decided not to go toe-to-toe with 2K Sports. NBA Live has been bumped out of the calendar year. It will now launch sometime between January and March.

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Disney Pulls Plug On Infinity Series Costing Company $147 Million

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Disney Pulls Plug On Infinity Series Costing Company $147 Million

The toys-to-life genre has its first major casualty. Disney has announced a $147 million charge related to its self-published games business and the cancelation of its Infinity series.

Specifically cited in the company’s second quarter earnings release is that the cost is “principally Infinity” such that the charge is named the “Infinity Charge.” We already knew the game was skipping a year, focusing instead on a few new playsets.

This is the first we’ve heard that the plug is being pulled entirely. A note in the earnings statement also indicates that the $147 million charge includes employee severance and inventory write-down.