This Week In Mobile: Furious Fowls And 70's Kung Fu

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This Week In Mobile: Furious Fowls And 70's Kung Fu

There are plenty of mobile distractions as the week comes to a close. If you must spend this weekend away from your console, these are the games worth checking out. Rovio released the first true sequel to their blockbuster Angry Birds franchise, while the folks behind CounterSpy tackle the 1970's. Fans of match-threes might finally find a replacement for You Must Build A Boat, and an ambitious one-touch game tries to make a grand statement about the modern world.

The Long Siege Developer: Anomaly Studios Platform(s): iOS, Android "coming soon"
Price: $1.99

The match-three puzzle game is all over the mobile world right now, but The Long Siege adds some unique twists on the genre. Part RPG, part RTS, and part puzzler, players must strategically match tiles to summon different units to the battlefield based on the incoming enemy forces. Match three red tiles, for instance, to deploy a melee unit to the field. Linking up three blue tiles will conjure up a spell caster. The Long Siege also has a progression system where players can upgrade their units and cannon abilities.

The Most Important Day In Gaming History – July 31

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You’ve likely heard a lot of juicy tales regarding the creation of some of the industry’s biggest games, but the stories behind the stories are even juicer. Did you know that July 31 is actually one of the most eventful days in gaming history? Learn about all of the historic happenings that have occurred on this day throughout the years.

July 31, 1974 – Future game designer Shigeru Miyamoto watches in horror as a freak electrical surge overloads the family computer and traps his brother’s soul inside the machine. The young Miyamoto vows to give his brother’s life meaning. Years later, Miyamoto designs the Legend of Zelda, finally bringing to life the fantasy world he and his brother dreamed about as children. To this day, Miyamoto believes that if he ever stops making Zelda games his brother’s soul will fade from reality.

Mighty No. 9 Will Not Release In 2015

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Game Informer has received additional information about the quiet delay of Mighty No. 9, with further substantiation that it will miss its September 15 release. The game does not have a new release date, but the most recent information reaffirms that retailer listings of 2016 are accurate.

GameStop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) tells us on background that notification of delays such as this one are initiated by the publisher. This includes placeholder dates that are put in place when a game is first listed or, in this case, delayed. This indicates that the 2016 placeholder was driven by Deep Silver and Comcept, both of whom we've reached out to for comment. 

Deep Silver declined to comment on the matter and Comcept did not return our request for a statement by publication. We’ll update should either get back to us.

Harmonix Is Adding More To Amplitude, But It’s Delayed Until The End Of 2015

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Harmonix Is Adding More To Amplitude, But It’s Delayed Until The End Of 2015

Harmonix has announced that it is delaying its Kickstarted Amplitude revival. The news comes with a silver lining, though. The studio has shared that more content is being added on the road to delivery.

Instead of the planned 16 tracks, Amplitude will include 30 (plus and additional song for backers). More modes are being added, also. The game will include a single-player campaign and free play, a two- to four-player free-for-all mode, and a team play option for 1-versus-3 and 2-versus-2 competition. Harmonix is also adding two more playable environments.

The game was originally planned for release this summer, but with the additions, Harmonix needs a bit more time. Amplitude will still be released this year for PS4 (a PS3 version will come later) for backers. Wide release will happen in early 2016.

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.08 Includes A Potion To Fix Your Naked Geralt ‘Problems’

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The Witcher 3 Patch 1.08 Includes A Potion To Fix Your Naked Geralt ‘Problems’

CD Projekt Red is getting to roll out yet another patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While this one isn’t quite as substantial as update 1.07, there are still a number of fixes and the foundation for the upcoming New Game Plus feature.

A number of players reported that after installing 1.07, they were left with a naked Geralt. This was due to changes in item levels that prevented players from equipping gear they were once able.

With version 1.08 comes the Wolven Hour potion. This will revert item levels for one hour, giving players time to either reach the new threshold or find temporary gear. After an hour, gear stats will revert and you’ll be in the buff again (assuming you didn’t accomplish what you needed).

Klei And Capy Team Up For Don’t Starve: Shipwreck Expansion

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Klei And Capy Team Up For Don’t Starve: Shipwreck Expansion

Don’t Starve is going to get even bigger this fall. Klei is teaming up with Capy to create a new single-player expansion for the survival game, called Shipwrecked.

The add-on, which is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux, brings a host of updates. Included are new playable characters, environments, creatures, and seasons. All of the existing playable characters can take part in the new adventure, too.

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You'll Be Able To Vote On Upcoming PlayStation Plus Games Soon

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You'll Be Able To Vote On Upcoming PlayStation Plus Games Soon

Yesterday, Sony’s European arm announced plans to let PlayStation Plus members vote on upcoming Instant Game Collection titles. North America will get in on that action, too.

When voting begins, the game with the most support will automatically be added to a future month’s lineup. For the first vote, the titles that aren’t selected will be available at a member discount.

More details, including poll timing, process, and which titles are under consideration will be available soon. We’ll have more details when Vote to Play begins.

Sega Reports Dramatic Financial Decreases In First Quarter FY2016

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Sega’s first quarter of the current fiscal year is covered in red. The company reports dramatic decreases in sales, with operating and net income both plummeting into negative territory.

Net sales dropped 41.2 percent to ¥52.9 billion ($426 million). Operating losses were ¥9.5 billion ($76 million), net losses were ¥7.9 billion ($63.8 million).

Sega still plans to run operating and net surpluses for the full year ending March 31, 2016. The publisher attributes the losses to decreased demand in Japan for game software, amusement centers, and amusement machines.  

Comcept Details Red Ash Kickstarter 'Stretch' Goals

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Comcept Details Red Ash Kickstarter 'Stretch' Goals

After yesterday’s announcement that Fuze stepped in to fund all of Red Ash, Comcept has detailed what backer funds will support. This is, of course, predicated on the campaign recovering its losses from yesterday and raising an additional $300,000 in the next three days.

The good news is that with Fuze backing the project, Red Ash will be a full game (instead of only a few of the chapters guaranteed). The stretch goals, funded at the $800,000 level, include one post-game dungeon, one additional playable character, and a loosely detailed post-game “village reconstruction” mode.

Comcept is also remaining silent on retailers listing a delay for Mighty No. 9. We’ve reached out to the company and have not yet heard back on the matter.

PSA: Today Is Your Last Day For Two Xbox Live Games With Gold Games

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PSA: Today Is Your Last Day For Two Xbox Live Games With Gold Games

Today’s the last day of July, which means two of the currently available Xbox Live Games with Gold titles are going away tomorrow. You’ve still got time to lock-in your licenses for them though, so get a move on.

On Xbox One, you can grab Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The other Xbox One game, So Many Me, will stick around through the middle of August.

On Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 rotates out of the lineup tomorrow. Don’t worry though, new Xbox One and Xbox 360 games slide onto the service tomorrow morning. You can read up on what to expect here.