PSA: GameStop Expands Retro Games And Console Sales Nationwide

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PSA: GameStop Expands Retro Games And Console Sales Nationwide

The retro gaming phenomenon continues to grow, with specialty shops starting to carry a wider selection of hardware and software. GameStop [Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company] is getting in on the action starting today.

The move was announced in April, and the company will both sell and take in eligible cartridges, discs, and consoles. A pilot program in New York and Birmingham, Alabama was conducted before the wider start today.

According to the company’s website, available systems include NES, Genesis, SNES, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Dreamcast. The selection is largely available online, with limited availability at nationwide retail locations so far.

Get Free Skins In Advance Of Smite Xbox One Open Beta On July 8

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If you’ve been hoping to get into the Smite beta but haven’t yet been selected, your wait has an expiration date. Hi-Rez has announced when the gates will be opened for all interested players.

The open beta begins on Xbox One on July 8. If that’s still too long, you can purchase the Founder’s Pack, which gives you access to all existing and future gods, two exclusive skins, and 400 gems to use on more skins and boosts.

Those that are in the closed beta will have a seamless transition with no account wipes. Your profile and unlocks will remain intact.

Phantom Dust Isn’t Canceled, But It Isn’t In ‘Active Development’

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One of Microsoft’s surprise announcements at E3 2014 was the revival of original Xbox property Phantom Dust. In February, Microsoft separated the project from developer Darkside Games.

Following the removal of the project from Darkside, Microsoft told us that Phantom Dust was still in development. Apparently, in the intervening months, the project was further downgraded.

Speaking with GamerTag Radio, Xbox product manager Aaron Greenberg offered a clarification on the project’s status.

Lego Minifigures Online Relaunching As Buy-To-Play Game

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Lego Minifigures Online developer Funcom has announced that the once free-to-play title becomes a paid one on June 29 across all its platforms for players who have not already spent money on the previously free-to-play edition.

The transition will cost $29.99 for PC/Mac/Linux players (including all content) and $4.99 for iOS/Android users (including the first world). Users on iOS can start buying new worlds immediately, while Android users won't be able to do so until some time this summer. One of the benefits of the new pay system is that the game's world is now persistent across all platforms.

Despite the new price structure, however, if you've spent any money on the game it's free when it transitions to the buy-to-play format. "If you have previously spent money on memberships or other in-game benefits," reads the transition FAQ (click through to the FAQ), "your copy of Lego Minifigures Online will be upgraded to the full 'purchased' version of the game."

Fallout 4 Is 1080p And 30 Frames Per Second On Xbox One And PS4

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Fallout 4 Is 1080p And 30 Frames Per Second On Xbox One And PS4

Bethesda has answered one of this generation’s most repeated inquiries. We now know the resolution and frame rate for Fallout 4 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

If you use these data points to make your single-player gaming decisions, they won’t be of help here. The highly anticipated game will run at 1080p and 30 frames per second on both of the current-gen consoles.

PC players won’t be restricted by anything more than their own hardware, as usual. Fallout 4 will be out on November 10. For more, check out our coverage from E3.

Catching Up With Two Weeks Of Free The Witcher 3 DLC And 1.05 Console Patch Notes

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Catching Up With Two Weeks Of Free The Witcher 3 DLC And 1.05 Console Patch Notes

The parade of free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt keeps on marching. We didn’t get a chance to cover last week’s drops, so we’ve got a double dose of add-ons to share with you.

If you haven’t picked up last week’s content, you can grab a new quest (Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear) and an alternative look for Triss. This week, you can get another new quest (Contract: Skellige’s Most Wanted) and the Skellige Armor Set.

CD Projekt has also released a set of notes related to the upcoming 1.05 console patch. This list is notably shorter than previous updates:

Australian Ratings Board Lists Zombi On Xbox One

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Australian Ratings Board Lists Zombi On Xbox One

Ubisoft's ZombiU was one of the launch games for Wii U back in 2012. Unfortunately, the new IP wasn't as successful as Ubisoft had hoped. According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot a few months after its release, the game was nowhere near to being profitable, and there weren't any plans for a sequel. Players may not be able to see what happened to the world after the first game's ending, but it does appear that they'll be able to revisit the London zombie outbreak all over again on current gen.

An entry for a Ubisoft game simply called "Zombi" has popped up on Australia's ratings site, which shares a variety of common points with the WiiU title. IGN points out that the breakdown of its MA 15+ rating is identical to the initial Wii U release, and that its filing number refers back to the 2012 game. A critical difference is that the game in question is for the Xbox One, which, when you factor in the ratings board's notation that Zombi is "modified" rather than "original," all but confirms that we're looking at a ZombiU port.

We've reached out to Ubisoft, and will update this story with more details if we receive additional information,

Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition Canceled For Quality Concerns

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Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition Canceled For Quality Concerns

With Batman: Arkham Knight out tomorrow, some of you might be clearing space for that hulking Batmobile version. While we do recommend you take the time to dust, you’re going to want to fill that spot with something else.

The $199.99 version of the game has been canceled. Kotaku first reported last week on the news, which comes with some small consolation. Everyone who purchases the game will get the New 52 skin pack that was originally limited to the Batmobile and Collector’s Edition.

Additionally, the Collector’s Edition has been delayed, at least in Europe. Eurogamer reports that customers who have ordered the $99.99 version (with Batman statue) won’t be receiving it until July due to packaging concerns. 

The Countdown To Kerbal Space Program On PS4 Begins

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Kerbals love space exploration, so they are excited about their next assignment – rocketing to the PS4.

Developer Squid and its partners for the PS4 version, Flying Tiger Entertainment, have not set an official release date, other to say that it will be on the platform.

However, Squid has posted an FAQ reassuring fans that the port should be a technically easy process, it expects the control mapping to be intuitive, and that this new project should not detract from the continuing work being done on the PC version.

Final Fantasy VII Arrives On PlayStation 4 This October

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Despite announcing the surprising Final Fantasy VII remake at E3 2015 last week, Square Enix is pushing ahead with its port of the original for PlayStation 4. The publisher has dated the game for this October.

Square Enix’s website lists a price of $15.99 and release date of October 16. The page also mentions the PC Only features, including achievements and the character booster, but those have not yet been confirmed for PS4.

We anticipate that a press release with full details will arrive later this morning. We’re also reaching out to Square Enix and will update as more information is available.