Free Pokémon Beat 'Em Up Mobile Title Released

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Free Pokémon Beat 'Em Up Mobile Title Released

A new, free Pokémon mobile title has unexpectedly materialized called Pokémon Rumble Rush.

The game is available for Android and iOS smartphones today, and players will discover and explore islands containing numerous Pokémon to defeat, collect, and power up. Each island has its own Super Boss, and combing the islands nets rewards such as a hidden stage and Legendary and Mythical Pokémon.

Premier Of South Australia Announces A New Mortal Kombat Movie Is Entering Pre-Production

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Premier Of South Australia Announces A New Mortal Kombat Movie Is Entering Pre-Production

Yesterday, Steven Marshall, the Premier of South Australia and a man not prone to making announcements related to video games, made a pretty big announcement related to video games. The Premier said that Warner Bros. long awaited Mortal Kombat film, seemingly doomed to development hell for ages, has finally begun pre-production in Australia. 

The Premier made the announcement as a way of showcasing how many jobs the movie would bring to the country as well as dollars to the economy:

SA will be the stage for @newlinecinema's highly anticipated action film, Mortal Kombat.
The film will be shot in Adelaide, utilising our world-class crews & acting talent, with postproduction in our internationally acclaimed VFX and post-production facilities. #SAJobs pic.twitter.com/QVrBSYrF3V

NCAA Looking Into Athlete Compensation For Player Name & Likeness Usage

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NCAA Looking Into Athlete Compensation For Player Name & Likeness Usage

The NCAA has announced it is forming a "working group" exploring how college athletes could be compensated for schools using their names, images, and likenesses. This could pave the way for the return of college video games featuring real and/or approximated players.

"This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership – from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president and member of the working group, "that will examine the NCAA's position on name, image, and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education."

The group expects to present its final report on the matter in October to the board of governors.

You Can Playtest Hunt: Showdown On Xbox One Tonight

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You Can Playtest Hunt: Showdown On Xbox One Tonight

If you were curious about checking out Hunt: Showdown on Xbox One before release, tonight's your chance to do so for free!

Crytek is letting Xbox One players try Showdown for free from now until 8am central time tomorrow. To download the game, simply follow the instructions here.

The game is still headed to Xbox's game preview this spring, however, so if you're not able to hit the servers tonight, you'll be able to play sooner rather than later.

Stranger Things LEGO Set Goes To The Upside Down

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Stranger Things LEGO Set Goes To The Upside Down

It’s always exciting when LEGO takes on a new property, and doubly so when it’s a great set of characters and locations like those on offer from the Netflix show, Stranger Things. While we’d be excited regardless for a cool building set from the show, the newly announced release entitled “The Upside Down” is a particularly cool concept.

In the new 2,287 piece set, LEGO presents the world of the supernatural show so that we can see both the normal world and the Upside Down simultaneously, with a mirrored presentation of Will Byers’ house. As we’ve come to expect from LEGO, there’s plenty of great details on offer, including a light-up alphabet wall, a bear trap for capturing a Demogorgon, and a wizard hat for Will the Wise. The set also includes eight minifigs of characters from the show, including Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, Will Byers, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and the Demogorgon. Sadly, Bob Newby has been left behind, and won’t be included.

The same scene of the Byers’ home is reflected directly below in a dilapidated and bleak version of the same space, as you’d expect to see it in the Upside Down. Once built, you can even flip the entire display over – it stands upright with either perspective on top.

Nier: Automata Has Sold Over Four Million Copies

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Nier: Automata Has Sold Over Four Million Copies

Square Enix has announced that the PlatinumGames'-developed and Yoko Taro-helmed Nier: Automata, one of the most thought-provoking RPGs of the last few years, has managed to reach an impressive milestone: Four million copies sold.

That sales number, which was at three million the last time we checked back in June of last year, includes copies that have been shipped to retailers physically and sold on digital storefronts across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, according to the the game's official Twitter account. 

Since its release in 2017 (you can read our review of it here), Nier: Automata has gone on to be a popular game with both fans and other game companies alike, with a raid inspired by the game added to Final Fantasy XIV and its main character, 2B, ending up in Soulcalibur VI.

Update: Ubisoft Says Creative Director Was 'Obviously Joking' When He Announced A New Splinter Cell Game

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Update: Ubisoft Says Creative Director Was 'Obviously Joking' When He Announced A New Splinter Cell Game

Update: The announcement may not be as official as we once may have thought. Shortly after the initial tweet, Gerighty changed his profile picture and Twitter background to Splinter Cell imagery, then posted he might be in trouble due to his tweet, and to not retweet it (likely said tongue-in-cheek).

Ubisoft, however, says the whole "announcement" is a hoax. "Julian was obviously joking as Julian likes to do," the company said in a statement to Game Informer. "It looks like our creative directors are having fun right now. We do not have any announcements to make at this time."

Whether this is actually the case or Ubisoft trying to cover up a leak is up for debate at this point. We'll find out at E3, I suppose.

Moss Getting New Twilight Garden Update Next Week

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Moss Getting New Twilight Garden Update Next Week

Moss, the VR platformer game starring an adventurous mouse we mostly liked when it released last year, is getting some new content next week.

The new content, called the Twilight Garden, coincides with the release of the Oculus Quest on May 21 and adds a number of portals throughout the base game which take you to the new location. In these new portals are new challenges, weapons, and puzzles. Developer Polyarc Games also promises there will be more storytelling in these self-containted portals.

After it launches on Oculus Quest on May 21, the PS VR, Steam, and HTC Viveport versions of the game will receive the free update sometime in June.

Rockstar Buys Production Studio Dhruva Interactive From Starbreeze

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Rockstar Buys Production Studio Dhruva Interactive From Starbreeze

Rockstar has acquired one of the biggest game art production houses in India, Dhruva Interactive, from Starbreeze for a total of $7.9 million.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, the sale gives Rockstar Starbreeze's majority (91.82 percent) share of the company, which will now work in tandem with Rockstar's own studio in India. The 320-strong Dhruva has contributed art to over 150 games, including Dead by Daylight, Halo 5, Forza Motorsport 7, Prey: Mooncrash, Days Gone, and more. The company has also developed a pair of original titles, Bazzle and Find Your Own Way Home. Starbreeze originally acquired Dhruva in 2016 for $8.5 million.

New of the acquisition comes on the heels of Rockstar's announcement and launch of a major update to Red Dead Online, and in the wake of the news that, after a sales flop in Overkill's The Walking Dead, the stepping down of its CEO, and selling back their publishing rights to System Shock 3, the company may not be around much longer.

Beat Saber Leaving Early Access, Getting Level Editor On PC Next Week

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Beat Saber Leaving Early Access, Getting Level Editor On PC Next Week

Beat Saber is crossing the mostly-arbitrary threshold between early access game and full release next week, but that does include one major new feature: A level editor.

In a blog post on its official Steam page, developer Beat Games says the timing of the shift is due to a number of reasons. The addition of the new level editor, which lets users import their own audio tracks into the game, add gameplay to them, and play them like they would the included tracks, is the big one. Unfortunately, this feature will be PC-exclusive; the PS VR or the Oculus Quest version of the game, due to Sony's regulations on PlayStation and Oculus Quests' mobile nature, the developer later confirmed on Twitter.

The move out of early access is also because since the game first launched in early access games, Beat Games says they've released all the features they wanted to include, and the game is fairly stable across all platforms. Speaking of platforms: Beat games also announced they are unifying development of all versions of Beat Saber (PS VR, Steam, and the Oculus store) as of next week.