Nintendo Is Hosting Its Own Pre-PAX Nindie Event

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Nintendo Is Hosting Its Own Pre-PAX Nindie Event

PAX is an ever-growing showcase of upcoming indie titles thanks to the Indie Megabooth. This year, both Microsoft and Nintendo are doing their parts to showcase smaller development teams.

Yesterday, we shared details on the ID@Xbox Event happening on Microsoft’s campus the night before PAX begins. Today, Nintendo announced its own gathering to be held at EMP Museum, with 19 games available.

The Nindies@Night event will begin at 8 p.m. on August 27. Entry is free and first-come, first-served. Food and drink will be served, and there are giveaways for a limited time. 

Batman 1989 Pack Available Now For Arkham Knight, Dark Knight Tumbler Soon

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The Batman: Arkham Knight August update is available now, including much more than the promised Batsuit and Batmobile from the 1989 Michael Keaton film. This month also brings the Bat Family costume pack (available originally as a pre-order bonus) and two race tracks inspired by Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns.

The pack is included in the season pass, but also available for $1.99 individually. WB Games is also teasing next month’s content.

This includes six challenges for the four playable characters (Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman) available on September 1. Later in the month, there will be a new Batmobile based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. This includes two additional race tracks.

Indie Titans Schafer, Fargo, And Urquhart Create Investment-Based Crowdfunding Platform

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Brian Fargo, Tim Schafer, and Feargus Urquhart have teamed up with Double Fine’s Justin Bailey to create a gaming-focused crowdfunding platform to compete with Kickstarter. The difference is that accredited investors will be able to see a return on their contribution in cash instead of t-shirts and boxed copies of digital games.

Bailey will serve as the CEO of Fig (named after the Hotel Figueroa near E3’s Los Angeles Convention Center), which will be open to accredited and non-accredited investors. However, for the time being, only the former will be able to see a return on dollars pledged. Others will participate as they do on Kickstarter with rewards motivating support. The group received seed funding from Spark Capital, a venture capital firm that previously invested in Oculus and Twitter.

In addition to offering a gaming-focused platform for raising funds, the three advisory board members (Fargo, Schafer, and Urquhart) will mentor developers. The group has plans to offer services throughout development.

Activision Hopes To Replicate Blizzard’s Hearthstone Success With Skylanders Battlecast

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Put away the toys, because you won’t be using them for Skylanders Battlecast. Activision is turning to another genre that prints money for the next mobile installment: cards.

You won’t just be purchasing them digitally, though. This is a Skylanders game, of course. You’ll be getting physical cards that can be scanned into the game using a mobile device or tablet.

In addition to using the cards to play in single-player or online multiplayer matches, players will be able to use an augmented reality feature to watch two Skylanders battle it out. Players will also be able to interact with the characters, though specifics aren’t yet available. If you’re reminded of Sony’s Eye of Judgment, you’re not alone.

Here Are All Of The Songs Confirmed To Appear On The Rock Band 4 Disc So Far [UPDATED: 8/17/2015]

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Here Are All Of The Songs Confirmed To Appear On The Rock Band 4 Disc So Far [UPDATED: 8/17/2015]

The Rock Band series is coming back this year after a multi-year hiatus, and as is the case with any music game, fans are anxiously awaiting the announcements regarding the songs included with the price of admission. The Rock Band franchise has always led the way in offering the most robust song library through its revolutionary downloadable content schedule, which saw the developer releasing multiple songs every week for several years. Not only will Harmonix be bringing new songs to fans through songs on the Rock Band 4 disc, but through more DLC.

Check out all of the songs Harmonix has officially confirmed to appear on the Rock Band 4 disc below. If you'd like to see a similar list for Guitar Hero Live, you can check out the confirmed songs here.

In addition to these songs, players will have access to the more than 1,000 songs from the series' past. In addition to the robust library, Harmonix has also added new features to the core gameplay of previous games. If you'd like to learn more about the gameplay of Rock Band 4, you can check out our hands-on impressions here.

Volume Is Delayed On Vita, But Cross-Buy Still Applies

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Mike Bithell has announced that Volume won’t be making its handheld debut tomorrow. The title will hit PlayStation 4 and PC as planned, but the Vita version will be along in a couple of weeks.

For those of you planning on taking advantage of the cross-buy option on Sony systems, you’ll still get the benefit of that offer. Purchasing on PlayStation 4 will entitle you to the Vita version when it’s available.

Bithell says that version is done, but needs a bit of QA and certification before it can be released into the wild. “The party still starts on August 18,” Bithell says. “It’s just that the Vita, the coolest of all the kids, will be arriving a little fashionably late.”

Report: Clint Hocking Departs Amazon Game Studios

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Report: Clint Hocking Departs Amazon Game Studios

Clint Hocking has departed Amazon Game Studios after 16 months with the company. Hocking joined the company shortly after the announcement of the Amazon Fire TV, an Android-powered set-top box that also plays games.

IGN broke the news of Hocking’s departure earlier this afternoon. Prior to joining Amazon, he was the creative director on Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. After leaving Ubisoft in 2010, Hocking spent time at LucasArts and Valve, working on an unannounced project at the former. No details are available on what he was doing at Valve.

Hocking joined Amazon alongside Kim Swift in April 2014. We've reached out to Hocking for comment and will update should he respond.

Microsoft Invites You To Try More Than 50 ID@Xbox Games Before PAX

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Are you attending PAX or live in the Seattle area? If so, Microsoft wants you to visit its campus and try out more than 50 ID@Xbox Games.

The event takes place on Thursday, August 27 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Building 92 on the Microsoft campus. Parking is free, but don’t worry if you don’t have a car available. Microsoft is providing shuttle service from the Washington State Convention Center beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Entry to the event is first-come, first-served. If you want to attend, consider being there early. Here are the games that are scheduled to be in attendance:

Armored Captain America Figure Available For $119

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Armored Captain America Figure Available For $119

Collectors searching for a high-quality Captain America action figure may have found the solution. Two days ago, ToyArk revealed that a Play Arts variant of the iconic hero would be releasing this December. Unlike traditional representations of Captain America, this version sports armor.

Play Arts' Captain America variant costs $119. The figure comes with six interchangeable hands, a removable shield handle, and a stand. To take a closer look at this toy's accessories, check out the image below.

For more details and photos, head to Toyark's website. Gamers wanting even more Captain America may want to watch this Call of Duty ad starring Chris Evans. If you would rather purchase more toys, on the other hand, go read about this naked Raiden figurine.

The Witcher 3 New Game Plus Rolling Out To PC, Consoles Now

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The final piece of free The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC is hitting PC and consoles now. If you’ve completed the game and are waiting to dive back in, New Game Plus should be available to all by tomorrow, August 18.

Community Manager Marcin Momot shared the news on his personal Twitter account. He also reminded fans that New Game Plus only gives you one more playthrough (though with how big The Witcher 3 is, that will still take you a while). If you want to take advantage of it again, you’ll need to start a whole new game.

For more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, head over to our review. You can also read a full rundown of what you can expect from your second time through Geralt’s third adventure.