Fortnite Patch Brings Sneaky Snowman Disguise, New Limited Time Sniper Shootout Mode

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Fortnite Patch Brings Sneaky Snowman Disguise, New Limited Time Sniper Shootout Mode

Epic detailed its next Fortnite content drop today in the v7.20 patch notes on its blog. The update adds performance fixes and some winter-y content to each of the game’s modes, including Battle Royale, Save the World, and Creative Mode.

One highlight is the new Sneaky Snowman item in Battle Royale — a spiritual successor to the Bush that lets players blend in with surrounding foliage. Except now it’s a snowman. You can see it in action in the trailer below.

The Block, the Battle Royale space that features player creations from Creative Mode, is now a pyramid with “secrets inside”, created by player Directingpete.

Square Enix Trademarks Octopath Traveler's HD-2D Phrase In Europe

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Square Enix Trademarks Octopath Traveler's HD-2D Phrase In Europe

Brand management is important and sometimes trademarking terms or phrases, even seemingly silly ones, to make people associate those words with your product is key. At least that's what I imagine is going on with Square Enix trademarking the phrase "HD-2D," a marketing descriptor for last year's Octopath Traveler.

The words were first used in a Nintendo Direct, where Square Enix described the art style of Octopath Traveler's mix of 2D and 3D. Now Square Enix seeks ownership of this phrase. It is important to note, they're only looking to own the term "HD-2D," not the actual art style. Most courts have ruled that you can't actually trademark an art style, so they'd be out of luck there if they actually tried.

It does, however, mean that Square Enix is likely interested in doing more with Octopath Traveler's art style in the future and wants to employ the same term for marketing use again. This could end up being a sequel, a new project by Acquire, or perhaps a remake of older classics using the traditional though modern style Octopath employed. Last year, the company told us that Square Enix is dedicated a division primarily for Switch games, which would dovetail nicely with this idea.

Square Enix Trademarks Octopath Traveler's HD-2D Phrase In Europe

about X hours ago from
Square Enix Trademarks Octopath Traveler's HD-2D Phrase In Europe

Brand management is important and sometimes trademarking terms or phrases, even seemingly silly ones, to make people associate those words with your product is key. At least that's what I imagine is going on with Square Enix trademarking the phrase "HD-2D," a marketing descriptor for last year's Octopath Traveler.

The words were first used in a Nintendo Direct, where Square Enix described the art style of Octopath Traveler's mix of 2D and 3D. Now Square Enix seeks ownership of this phrase. It is important to note, they're only looking to own the term "HD-2D," not the actual art style. Most courts have ruled that you can't actually trademark an art style, so they'd be out of luck there if they actually tried.

It does, however, mean that Square Enix is likely interested in doing more with Octopath Traveler's art style in the future and wants to employ the same term for marketing use again. This could end up being a sequel, a new project by Acquire, or perhaps a remake of older classics using the traditional though modern style Octopath employed. Last year, the company told us that Square Enix is dedicated a division primarily for Switch games, which would dovetail nicely with this idea.

Anthem's Producer Outlines What To Expect From The Demo

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Anthem's Producer Outlines What To Expect From The Demo

It feels odd to actually be so close to a new Bioware release, as I remember literally counting down days and seeding the ground with my college professors to fake sick in the days leading up to Mass Effect 2's release. Before we get Anthem next month, though, we'll have a demo to play through so players can get a feeling for the multiplayer game before release. The demo you play will be a little different from the final game, though.

In a series of tweets, Anthem producer Mark Darrah talked a bit about how you can expect the demo to not just be the first few hours of the game.

So how’s the Anthem demo different from the game? - we start you in the middle
- no tutorials
- no pilot picker
- balance is super different
- economy is completely different
- 6 weeks less bug fixes
...

Anthem's Producer Outlines What To Expect From The Demo

about X hours ago from
Anthem's Producer Outlines What To Expect From The Demo

It feels odd to actually be so close to a new Bioware release, as I remember literally counting down days and seeding the ground with my college professors to fake sick in the days leading up to Mass Effect 2's release. Before we get Anthem next month, though, we'll have a demo to play through so players can get a feeling for the multiplayer game before release. The demo you play will be a little different from the final game, though.

In a series of tweets, Anthem producer Mark Darrah talked a bit about how you can expect the demo to not just be the first few hours of the game.

So how’s the Anthem demo different from the game? - we start you in the middle
- no tutorials
- no pilot picker
- balance is super different
- economy is completely different
- 6 weeks less bug fixes
...

Yakuza Kiwami Coming To PC Next Month

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Yakuza Kiwami Coming To PC Next Month

Last year at E3, Sega announced that Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami would be coming to PC before the end of 2018. While Yakuza 0 released on Steam shortly after, the remake of the first-released Yakuza game went dark for the remainder of the year. Now Sega has announced that Kiwami will finally be making its PC appearance next month on February 19, though of course did so in an odd way.

On the Steam store page for Yakuza Kiwami, a new gif had been added of Majima raising from the sewer as part of the Majima Everywhere system. On the final frame of the gif, the text "February 19th" appears, as discovered by members of the Metacouncil message board. So that pretty much confirms that.

Sega enjoys teasing their ports in this way and it does get people talking about them in a way they might not had they issued a small press release for the date for a port of a remake of a PS2 game. If you're curious about Yakuza Kiwami, you can read our review of Kiryu's first-released underworld adventure right here.

Yakuza Kiwami Coming To PC Next Month

about X hours ago from
Yakuza Kiwami Coming To PC Next Month

Last year at E3, Sega announced that Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami would be coming to PC before the end of 2018. While Yakuza 0 released on Steam shortly after, the remake of the first-released Yakuza game went dark for the remainder of the year. Now Sega has announced that Kiwami will finally be making its PC appearance next month on February 19, though of course did so in an odd way.

On the Steam store page for Yakuza Kiwami, a new gif had been added of Majima raising from the sewer as part of the Majima Everywhere system. On the final frame of the gif, the text "February 19th" appears, as discovered by members of the Metacouncil message board. So that pretty much confirms that.

Sega enjoys teasing their ports in this way and it does get people talking about them in a way they might not had they issued a small press release for the date for a port of a remake of a PS2 game. If you're curious about Yakuza Kiwami, you can read our review of Kiryu's first-released underworld adventure right here.

New Hitman 2 Event Brings 47 To Winter In Japan Free To All Players

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New Hitman 2 Event Brings 47 To Winter In Japan Free To All Players

It's January, so the cold weather is biting at your heels no matter how hard you try to escape it. It's the perfect time to stay at home and play some new content for some of your favorite games. Thankfully, IO Interactive has you covered with a new winter event for Hitman 2, putting Agent 47 in the cold terrain of Hokkaido from the last game. Moreover, it's totally free whether you own Hitman 2 or have never touched a Hitman game.

Titled the Snow Festival, the time-limited event brings 47 back to the Japanese hospital in pursuit of an abusive factory owner named Dmitri Fedorov. You can unlock the snow festival suit and the ice pick during the event and have them permanently unlocked for the rest of the game, as well. This is available today for Hitman 2 owners who have the legacy pack through February 12.

Players who don't own Hitman 2 or don't have the legacy pack can still participate. Starting tomorrow, January 22, they can download the Snow Festival event and play through it as much as they want until February 12. The save file can carry over to Hitman 2, so you don't lose anything by trying it out.

Smash Bros. Director Originally Considered Other Pokémon Choices

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Smash Bros. Director Originally Considered Other Pokémon Choices

It's been over a month since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released, giving players tons of time to try out the new characters in the game and run them through their paces. It turns out that at least one of those characters almost didn't make it and was nearly an entirely different one. Fans of Incineroar, the fire Pokémon from Pokemon Sun and Moon, might be interested to know that the wrestling cat was almost his rival starter Decidueye instead.

In an interview with Japanese outlet Nintendo Dream translated by AllSourceGaming, Sakurai explained that he knew he wanted a Pokémon from Sun & Moon, but wasn't sure which one to go with. The two finalists were Incineroar, who made it in, and Decidueye, a Ghost/Grass-type Pokémon who specializes in archery. Unlike his hotheaded colleague, Decidueye has more of a Robin Hood style and would have likely had a more floaty, ethereal presence. Ultimately, Sakurai decided to go with the wrestle-cat.

Moreover, it more or less confirms the idea a Pokémon is assumed to be in the game's roster each time, and rumors that suggest otherwise should probably be met with suspicion. Decidueye was also in Pokken, whereas Incineroar was not, meaning the grass Pokémon already had some fighting game representation.

Smash Bros. Director Originally Considered Other Pokémon Choices

about X hours ago from
Smash Bros. Director Originally Considered Other Pokémon Choices

It's been over a month since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released, giving players tons of time to try out the new characters in the game and run them through their paces. It turns out that at least one of those characters almost didn't make it and was nearly an entirely different one. Fans of Incineroar, the fire Pokémon from Pokemon Sun and Moon, might be interested to know that the wrestling cat was almost his rival starter Decidueye instead.

In an interview with Japanese outlet Nintendo Dream translated by AllSourceGaming, Sakurai explained that he knew he wanted a Pokémon from Sun & Moon, but wasn't sure which one to go with. The two finalists were Incineroar, who made it in, and Decidueye, a Ghost/Grass-type Pokémon who specializes in archery. Unlike his hotheaded colleague, Decidueye has more of a Robin Hood style and would have likely had a more floaty, ethereal presence. Ultimately, Sakurai decided to go with the wrestle-cat.

Moreover, it more or less confirms the idea a Pokémon is assumed to be in the game's roster each time, and rumors that suggest otherwise should probably be met with suspicion. Decidueye was also in Pokken, whereas Incineroar was not, meaning the grass Pokémon already had some fighting game representation.