Total War: Three Kingdoms Gets A Cinematic Trailer

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Total War: Three Kingdoms Gets A Cinematic Trailer

We've seen plenty of gameplay from the upcoming Total War: Three Kingdoms, and now we get a peek at what cinematics are going to look like in the title. Playing up stunning scenery and the legendary Zhuge Liang, the trailer gives a taste of what to expect outside of the strategic battles and real-time bloodshed.

Check out the trailer below to see for yourself! Total War: Three Kingdoms is due to arrive on March 7.

Kingdom Hearts III Has An Epilogue That Will Be Patched In After Launch

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Kingdom Hearts III Has An Epilogue That Will Be Patched In After Launch

Square-Enix took to Twitter today to lay out the road map for DLC and updates to Kingdom Hearts III. And like the series' chronology, it's a bit of a doozy at first glance.

You can glance at all the tweets in the link below for the full reading but the biggest points are as follows: an epilogue will be added to Kingdom Hearts on Wednesday, January 30. That's a day after it releases worldwide. On January 31, a "secret video" will be unlocked for players who have fulfilled the criteria for acquiring it. Hit the twitter link below for the full schedule.

#KingdomHearts III free game update release schedule
Tuesday, January 29
Update 1.01 (several data fixes)
Memory Archive (videos)
*The Memory Archive option will be added to the game's title menu and can be viewed at any time.
[1/5] pic.twitter.com/tNntDkJkwh

Unity And Improbable Have Public Argument, Improbable Teams Up With Epic To Encourage Developers Away From Unity

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Unity And Improbable Have Public Argument, Improbable Teams Up With Epic To Encourage Developers Away From Unity

This is a story I have been trying to write all day, but new things keep happening in it, and very little of it makes sense. A British company called Improbable Worlds Limited, has a game platform called SpatialOS, which itself uses the game engine Unity and is known for games like Worlds Adrift and the upcoming Lazarus, and it is used in several released and in-development games. Early this morning, Improbable issued a statement that alarmed many developers stating Unity found Improbable and SpatialOS in breach of their terms of service and puts all the game using SpatialOS at risk.

"Unity has clarified to us that this change effectively makes it a breach of terms to operate or create SpatialOS games using Unity, including in development and production games," Improbable wrote in their statement. "In addition, Unity has revoked our ability to continue working with the engine for breaching the newly changed terms of service in an unspecified way. This will affect our ability to support games."

Red Dead Redemption II's PS4 Exclusives Are Now Available On Xbox One

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Red Dead Redemption II's PS4 Exclusives Are Now Available On Xbox One

Sony securing the Red Dead Redemption II marketing deal likely did a lot for the PlayStation 4's good fortunes this past year. Part of that deal included exclusive content, which means content that isn't on Xbox One, to entice people to buy the game on the PS4. Whether or not anyone actually bought Red Dead on the PS4 because of this stuff is debatable, but those items are now available for Xbox One owners to decide for themselves.

As part of today's Red Dead Online update, which includes a battle royale mode, Rockstar tucked away a small note indicating that the previously locked-away items are now unleashed on Xbox One.

"Xbox One players can also now access the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle and the High Roller Double-Action Revolver in the Red Dead Online Beta," the update notes read.

What Remains Of Edith Finch Is Currently Free On Epic Games Store

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What Remains Of Edith Finch Is Currently Free On Epic Games Store

As part of Epic Games Store's free game giveaways, the store has transitioned to its newest free title, the narrative adventure game What Remains of Edith Finch. Epic announced the game would be coming last week, but you can log into the Epic Games launcher and add it to your library now.

Until January 24, you can grab the game and maybe, someday, even play it! You might like it. We did. So did BAFTA, too!

Epic's free game giveaway, which the company says they plan to continue bimonthly for a year, is transparently trying to get people to use their nascent storefront over competitive digital distribution platforms. That said, it's a pretty good way to do it and seems to only provide a benefit to the end consumer who wants to fill out a library with some well-liked games.

Former Blizzard President Mike Morhaime To Leave Company In April

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Former Blizzard President Mike Morhaime To Leave Company In April

In October last year, Mike Morhaime, former founder and president of Blizzard, decided to step down from his position as the head of the prestigious developer. J. Allen Brack took over, promoted from running World of Warcraft's immense success, with Morhaime joining the board as a special advisor. Now, just a few months later, Activision has revealed that Morhaime will be exiting the company in April.

As part of an Activision Blizzard SEC filing this week, the company announced that Morhaime will only be around for another few months before he leaves.

"As previously disclosed, on October 3, 2018 Michael Morhaime entered into an agreement with Activision Blizzard, Inc. (the 'Company') pursuant to which he would provide strategic advice to the Company in an advisory capacity. Mr. Morhaime’s employment with the Company as a strategic advisor will conclude on April 7, 2019." 

Bungie Splits With Activision And Takes Over Destiny Publishing

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Bungie Splits With Activision And Takes Over Destiny Publishing

In an abrupt announcement with long-lasting ramifications, Bungie and Activision have announced that the two companies have split, with Bungie retaining ownership of the Destiny IP and full publishing rights to the game.

“Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise," Activision and Bungie said in a join statement. "Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects. Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise and will continue to work closely together during the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world."

We have reached out to Bungie and Activision for comment but did not get anything back at the time of writing. We will continue updating this story as it develops through the day.

Jump Force Open Beta Begins Next Week

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Jump Force Open Beta Begins Next Week

If you're eager to get your hands on Jump Force, Bandai Namco's crossover fighting game centering around licenses from Japan's Shonen Jump magazine, you won't have to wait too long. After a private beta late last year, the game will be getting a public beta later this month on January 18 through January 20.

Be one of the first to defend the Earth with Goku, Luffy, Naruto and many more of your favorite manga characters in our JUMP FORCE Open Beta for Xbox One and PS4! #JUMPFORCE Open Beta runs from Jan. 18th - Jan 20th. UNITE TO FIGHT! pic.twitter.com/VJCt0JcuQn

The beta is a stress test, so it will only be open during certain times. 

Mortal Kombat 11 Box Art Revealed

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Mortal Kombat 11 Box Art Revealed

Mortal Kombat's reveal event is only days away at this point, so we should soon know a lot more about the game than we do now. While the initial trailer and PR confirmed time travel shenanigans and character variations, the game's impending April release date means the next few months should be packed with Mortal Kombat information.

So why not start that off with a reveal of the box art, courtesy of one Ed Boon?

Happy to share with everyone the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11 here!! pic.twitter.com/rltjktR3ZH

Sega Brings Catherine To PC Without Enhanced Edition Content

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Sega Brings Catherine To PC Without Enhanced Edition Content

As Sega was teasing just last week, Atlus' narrative puzzle game Catherine has been announced for PC and is already out now on Steam. This marks the first time that modern Atlus games have been ported to the PC, something that the Japanese developer behind games like Persona and Etrian Odyssey has been traditionally reluctant to do. But it still makes for a very odd announcement, as Sega has brought over what they have dubbed as Catherine Classic, eschewing the game's upcoming revisions and porting the 2011 game to PC.

In terms of upgrades, the PC version boasts 4K support, an unlocked framerate, and customizable button mapping. Unlike the original release, you can also choose between English and Japanese voice acting. What it doesn't include is anything in Catherine's announced remaster: new character Qatherine, new story events, new patrons in the Stray Sheep pub, extra difficulty modes to make it easier or harder, different character models like Joker from Persona 5, a bigger emphasis on competitive play, etc. For those, you will have to wait for the Full Body edition, which comes out next month in Japan and has been announced for release at some point in the west.