New Concept Images Of Disney's Star Wars Land Surface

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New Concept Images Of Disney's Star Wars Land Surface

Star Wars Land was first revealed last August for Disneyland and Walt Disney World as the largest single-themed expansions in park history at 14 acres each. While that announcement brought with it a small batch of concept images, last night's special on ABC, The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60, debuted several new images and ideas.

The images shown give us a look at what we can expect from this expansion when it launches in what will surely be several years. Harrison Ford was on-hand during the special to speak further on what the park is offering. As of now, Disney claims the park will allow attendees everything from meeting various alien species to hanging out at the cantina sampling local delicacies. Several of the experiences sound ripped straight out of video games, including one allowing you to blast legions of Stormtroopers, and another placing you in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

To see the full collection of new images, you can head to Slashfilm, where the team there has captured a large collection of concept art shown in last night's special.

Former BioShock 2 Designer Joins Double Fine To Head Up Psychonauts 2 Design

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Former BioShock 2 Designer Joins Double Fine To Head Up Psychonauts 2 Design

Zak McClendon, who previously worked as design director at 2K Marin on projects such as BioShock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, has announced via Twitter that he is joining Double Fine Productions as the lead designer of Psychonauts 2.

McClendon has also worked at Harmonix on projects like Rock Band 4, as well as Crystal Dynamics on an original IP that never released. In a series of Tweets, McClendon expressed excitement not only for joining the Psychonauts 2 team, but for getting back into the game industry full-time after a year-and-a-half-long stint as a freelance design consultant.

Happy to announce that, as of today, I'll be joining @DoubleFine as lead designer on Psychonauts 2! Could not be more excited!

Street Fighter V's Ken Masters Is The Latest Challenger To Get His Own Statue

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Pop Culture Shock Toys has unveiled a new 1:4 statue of Ken, one of the most well-known characters in the history of the Street Fighter series. The statue shows off his new look from Street Fighter V, meaning that if you won't get his traditional red gi with this collectible.

The standard statue gives you his default costume from Street Fighter V with a look of determination on his face. Pop Culture Shock Toys is also offering three exclusive variants. The Ansatsuken variant keeps the red and black color scheme, but gives you the option to swap out his face for a smirking expression. If you'd rather show Ken wearing his alternate colors, you can check out Pop Culture Shock's exclusive blue and pink variants of the statue. Both of those exclusive statues also come with the option to swap out Ken's facial expression.

Pre-orders for these statues are live now on Pop Culture Shock Toys. The standard statue will set you back $374.99 ($356.24 if you pay it all up-front), while the variants are $379.99 ($341.99 if you pay it all in a single payment). I hope your Ken needs are in urgent need of filling – the statues are currently scheduled to ship on January 21, 2017.

See How Halo’s Arbiter Fits In With The Killer Instinct Cast

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When Killer Instinct’s third season launches in March, the game will feature another cross over character. Joining Battletoad’s Rash is Halo’s Arbiter.

We’ve had a hint this was coming, but the trailer released yesterday shows off the heroic Elite more fully. In addition to his energy sword, Arbiter can use his carbine and plasma grenades in battle.

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How Far Can TT Games Push The Lego Formula?

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How Far Can TT Games Push The Lego Formula?

We're continuing to roll out exclusive features throughout the month of February to coincide with our cover story on Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While developer TT Fusion is pushing the Lego games forward with a few new gameplay changes to Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there are still a couple of design bridges they won't cross. While visiting the studio, we sat down with TT Fusion's design director Mike Taylor and game director Jamie Eden about the reasons behind the key design elements of the Lego games.

Watch the video interview below to learn why these games have to include puzzles and why they shy away from completely rebooting the gameplay.

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Removed Doom Xbox One Product Page Offers Backward Compatible Doom I And II With Purchase

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Removed Doom Xbox One Product Page Offers Backward Compatible Doom I And II With Purchase

The Xbox store isn’t quite ready to take your Doom pre-purchases. However, a recently available (and then removed) page on the official website lays out what you’ll get for pulling the trigger.

As with Fallout 4 before it, Bethesda is incentivizing purchases with bundled-in backwards compatible games. This time out, it’s the Xbox Live arcade editions of Doom and Doom II.

A similar offer was discovered for Dark Souls III, following the same pattern of appearance and removal. That was eventually confirmed when pre-purchases went live.

Prepare For Star Fox Zero With This Finely Sculpted Statue

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Prepare For Star Fox Zero With This Finely Sculpted Statue

PowerA is releasing a limited edition stone resin figure of Fox McCloud to coincide with the upcoming release of Star Fox Zero. This collector’s item accurately depicts the scale of Fox, and stands tall at 8-inches. It will be released in limited quantities, with only 5,000 hand painted statues being produced.

This GameStop exclusive sculpt shows off McCloud’s latest character design, which differs from the pictured Star Fox Amiibo. [Full disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company.] Star Fox’s lead character has had subtle design iterations over the years, and in the original game it’s theorized that Fox and his crew have prosthetic robot legs.

We’ve gotten our hands on the figure and it feels like a quality rendering of the intergalactic canine. The statue has a real heft to it, and the detailed sculpting of Fox’s hair and accessories is especially impressive. 

The Division Beta Brings 6.4 Million Tourists To New York City

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Ubisoft has shared that this weekend’s beta for The Division brought 6.4 million players to the streets of New York City. The open beta was available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

During the weekend, players averaged nearly five hours of time in the game. All told, Ubisoft is claiming that The Division's open beta is the largest for a new franchise on this generation's console platforms.

A third of the aggregate was spent in the dark zone, where players can choose to betray their friends and other agents. Approximately 2.5 million players opted to turn their guns on other Division agents, going rogue in an attempt to steal valuable gear. The Division will be out on March 8, 2016, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Samsung Is Giving Away Gear VR With Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Pre-Orders

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If you’re in the market for a new phone this year, Samsung is hoping to sweeten the pot with virtual reality. The company just announced its latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, with pre-orders opening on February 23.

Those that do commit will get a Gear VR, a partnership with Oculus, at no additional cost. Further, carriers will be throwing in a bundle of six Gear VR games. The selection varies by provider, but the different packages are as follows:

For more on virtual reality, including Gear VR, check out our January 2016 Year of VR issue.