Blade & Soul Reaches One Million Active Players

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Days after launch, NCSoft West's Blade & Soul is already fielding over one million active players. The free-to-play martial arts-centric MMORPG that rose to prominence when it launched years ago in locations like Korea and China is now a available in North America.

Blade & Soul features fast-paced action combat and lets players fly around the world, group up with players to tackle dungeons across servers, and participate in competitive player-vs-player battles. While many aspects are standard MMORPG features like quests, crafting, and weapon drops, the game's complex world of comboing, blocking, parrying, and countering makes the combat stand out.

“The sheer enthusiasm – not to mention volume – of North American and European players that have jumped into Blade & Soul since launch has been tremendous,” says John Burns, senior vice president of Publishing at NCSOFT West.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Welcomes Back The Original Zombies Cast

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Welcomes Back The Original Zombies Cast

Dempsey, Richthofen, Takeo, and Nikolai are making their triumphant return to Call of Duty. When the Awakening map pack drops on February 2 for PlayStation 4, undead fans will begin a brand new adventure with the quartet.

Der Eisendrache takes the team on a suicide mission to a spooky castle filled with zombies. Of course, there are easter eggs to uncover and some new surprises in store.

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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).

Here's What's Coming To Star Wars Battlefront This Year

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Here's What's Coming To Star Wars Battlefront This Year

Electronic Arts has laid out its plans for upcoming content in Star Wars Battlefront, from free new maps to more info about the season pass. Head in for the full details.

The Expansion packs (covered in the season pass) add the Bespin and Death Star locations, but the specific heroes (Lobot?!), maps, and modes outlined in the pass have not been detailed.

Here are the expansion packs in the Season Pass (text from EA):

Livelock Takes Aim At Apocalyptic Co-Op Shooting Action

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Livelock Takes Aim At Apocalyptic Co-Op Shooting Action

Perfect World Entertainment has announced its latest game, and it's a departure from the free-to-play publisher's usual fare. Livelock is co-op top-down shooter set in a future where robots battle over what's left of Earth.

Depending upon your level of misanthropy, a 22nd century planet largely devoid of humanity may or may not be the worst possible future. That doesn't mean that it's completely grim, however. The game's announce trailer, which you can see below, highlights a character named Hex who either stumbled upon a trove of Internet humor or was programmed by someone who kept the tradition of dank memes alive.

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Former Daybreak CEO John Smedley’s New Company Cancels Limping Kickstarter

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Last week, former Sony Entertainment Online and Daybreak CEO John Smedley announced his new company, Pixelmage. At the same time, the studio launched a Kickstarter campaign. The dream isn’t over, but the Kickstarter is.

Smedley announced on Twitter today that the campaign was over. However, Hero’s Song, a pixel-art action-RPG will continue on.

An update on the Kickstarter page adds more details to the reasoning.

The Creators Of Burnout Destroy Golf As We Know It

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To many golf is a boring sport, but that can be solved with tens of thousands of dollars worth of destruction and no regard for the rules. Dangerous Golf – the upcoming title from Three Fields Entertainment – comes from the minds of Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, the people behind the Burnout series who clearly only want to watch the world burn.

Dangerous Golf throws out the rules of the sport and leaves only the simple mandate of breaking as much of the level apart before you put the ball in the hole. No swing meters, out of bounds, or clubs to get in the way.

Hit your first shot and use the gas/brake controls to help accrue damage, busting up the environment, whether it's a kitchen, gaudy palace, gas station, or whatever. Accrue enough damage and you'll earn a Smashbreaker, which runs for a limited amount of time and makes the ball even more powerful. Winning the hole, however, isn't as simple as dropping the ball into the cup. Any given level has so much stuff to bust up, whether it's splattering food all over the place, knocking things down, or hitting those hard to reach places, that help maximize your chances to rack up money. Performing a trick shot still requires some strategy though  – like hitting the ball off the gameplay camera, through the level, and then into the hole – in order to cash in big.

Sony Creates New Company To House Computer Entertainment And Network Entertainment

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Sony Creates New Company To House Computer Entertainment And Network Entertainment

Sony has announced the creation of a new limited liability corporation that brings together the operations responsible for gaming hardware, software, content, and network services. Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC will be officially incorporated on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Andrew House (pictured above), who is currently CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, will lead the new business. Shawn Layden, who is currently head of Sony Computer Entertainment America will handle Worldwide Studios.

This leaves us to ask where this leaves current president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida. We’ve inquired about his role in the new corporate structure and will update should we receive a response.

[Update] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan Finally Announced

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[Update] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan Finally Announced

Update 2: We now have details on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. The game is coming this summer, putting it in close proximity to the upcoming live-action sequel.

TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan features four-player online co-op, and each turtle has his own moves with customizable skills. The story is being penned by Tom Waltz, who has written numerous stories about the shellbacks for IDW. You'll be able to pick this up digitally and at retail for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Update 1: Activision has sent over the official trailer release. This one is a bit sharper than the one we nabbed from the Xbox.com leak. This trailer also says the game will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Guitar Hero Players' Video Gets Taken Down By YouTube So He Re-Uploads It With His Own Vocals

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A Guitar Hero player was proud of his full combo of Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark at the Moon" in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, so he uploaded his playing of the song to his YouTube channel. Unfortunately, the audio of the classic metal song was picked up by YouTube's copyright protection tools and his video was removed. Determined to show off his flawless run on the song, YouTuber GuitarHeroFailure re-uploaded the video with his own audio.

In the new version of the video, GuitarHeroFailure provides his own audio to the classic Ozzy Osbourne track. It's the kind of thing where you really need to see and hear it for yourself, which you can do below. If you want the full experience, turn closed captions on.

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