Dirt Rally Coming To Consoles, Out Now On PC

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The Early Access stage of Dirt Rally's race to gamers is over, and it's now out as a full release on PC. Fret not, console gamers, as Codemasters has also announced that the title is coming to consoles in the spring.

The title hits the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 5.

Today's PC release also includes the Winter Wonderland update, complete with a rally in the snow in Sweden and two new cars (Hyundai Rally and Volkswagen Polo Rally).

New Releases This Week: December 6 through December 12

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New Releases This Week: December 6 through December 12

It’s time to settle in and start thinking about your favorite games of 2015. Things are winding down, and the rest of this year is about enjoying the embarrassment of riches the past 12 months have yielded.

This week sees the release of Yakuza 5 on PlayStation 3 (hope you still have yours hooked up), a pair of Earth Defense Force games, and the follow-up to 2013’s Steamworld Dig. Here’s the full list:

Zombie Vikings (PC)  - December 7Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space (Vita) - December 8Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (PS4) - December 8
Guns, Gore, & Cannoli (PS4) - December 8
The Mean Greens: Plastic Warfare (PC) - December 8
Yakuza 5 (PS3) - Yakuza 8
Starwhal (Xbox One) - December 9
Among the Sleep (PS4) - December 10
Cosmic League (PC) - December 10
Fast Racing Neo (Wii U) - December 10
Steamworld Heist (3DS) - December 10
Devil's Third (Wii U) - December 11

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).

JanuaryAmplitude (PS4) - January 5Blade & Soul (PC) - January 19
Darkest Dungeon (PC) – January 19
Resident Evil Origins Collection (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 19
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS) - January 22
Civilization Revolution 2 Plus (Vita) - January 26
Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) - January 26
Lego Marvel’s Avengers (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC) – January 26
The Witness (PS4, PC) – January 26
Slain (PC) - January 27
Atelier Escha and Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (Vita) - January 29
Bombshell (PC) - January 29
This War of Mine (PS4, Xbox One) – January 29

Ubisoft Is Delaying The Division Beta, Closed Alpha On Xbox One This Month

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Ubisoft Is Delaying The Division Beta, Closed Alpha On Xbox One This Month

Ubisoft's oft-delayed The Division is still launching in March, but you won't be jumping into the beta this month as planned. The publisher has announced it is delaying the testing until early 2016 on all platforms.

If you pre-ordered the game on Xbox One, you'll still be able to give it a go. This week sees closed alpha test on that platform, with priority access going to those who have put down their pre-order money. Others may be invited in as needed to test features.

The alpha will include more than the Dark Zone player-versus-player content previously made available at shows. If you are invited in, you'll be under non-disclosure agreement, with images, video, and even discussion of what's included prohibited.

Staff Laid Off At Motiga, As Gigantic Slips Into 2016

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Motiga's colorful and ambitious not-quite-a-MOBA was due out this year for PC and Xbox One, but that isn't happening. The studio has announced that we won't be seeing a sudden release this month, as the game has slipped into 2016.

The delay comes with the news that a number of staff members have been let go. Motiga is still a start-up, bringing in no revenue on the road to its first release. "As a pre-revenue startup, our resources are finite," writes CEO Chris Chung. "Stretching Gigantic development milestones over more time requires that we stretch those resources in the same fashion. As a result, today Motiga has had to lay off 16 employees at the studio. All impacted employees are receiving severances and job placement assistance."

Gigantic is currently available in closed beta on both Xbox One and PC. For more on the title, check out our previous coverage.

Minecraft Digs Into Wii U On December 17, Nintendo-Themed DLC Coming

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Minecraft Digs Into Wii U On December 17, Nintendo-Themed DLC Coming

Minecraft continues its neverending march toward ubiquity later this month. Nintendo, Mojang, and Microsoft have announced that the sandbox phenom is headed to Wii U this month.

List price for the latest version is $29.99, but it includes a number of packs that carry an additional cost on other platforms. The package includes the following content in addition to the base game:

Additionally, a number of the add-ons available on Xbox and PlayStation systems are making the jump over as DLC. Sixteen packs will be available to purchase at launch. They are:

Capcom Debuts Street Fighter V Opening Cinematic

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Capcom Debuts Street Fighter V Opening Cinematic

During today's Capcom Cup, the team behind Street Fighter V debuted the opening cinematic for the highly anticipated 2016 fighter. The video, which you can view below, pays service to the game's roster of characters and provides plenty of stylish shots for fans to enjoy.

You can check out the opening cinematic as it appeared on the stream below thanks to YouTube user XusesGB.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Going To Be Episodic

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Going To Be Episodic

Apparently, life IS strange. The Final Fantasy VII Remake that stole the show at the PlayStation Experience keynote isn’t going to be a single game. It’s episodic.

Square Enix announced the huge news in a press release that went out at 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern tonight. “Final Fantasy VII Remake will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience,” the publisher says.

No further information is available about how that will impact the narrative, pricing, or general timing. For those looking for a Final Fantasy VII fix right now, a port of the PC version was released yesterday on PS4.

Reader Discussion: What Is The Most Exciting Announcement Out Of The PlayStation Experience?

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More Final Fantasy VII Remake details? Uncharted dialogue options? VR? Let us know.

For me, it was probably seeing Final Fantasy VII Remake in action, which is odd because I would not consider myself a fan of the game or even the Final Fantasy series. I have never been able to finish VII, despite multiple false starts over the years, but the excitement is contagious. I have also been curious what gameplay was going to look like since its announcement earlier this year. I thought it might retain the sort-of overhead perspective of the original, but that's clearly not the case.

How about you? What was the most exciting thing you saw over the course of the past two days. To help you decide, you can find our news round-up here.

PlayStation Now Subscription Temporarily Dropping In Price This Week

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PlayStation Now, the subscription service that gives PlayStation 4 players access to PlayStation 3 games, is getting a discount next week.

It's not a permanent discount (something the service could use), but starting on December 8, you will be able to get a 12-month subscription for $99.99. The normal price is $19.99 for one month, and $44.99 for three months, so the discount is substantial.

Sony adds new games to the service often (105 were added in November) and Warner Bros. recently signed on to bring many of its games to the service as well.