Overwatch Introduces Workshop For Custom Game Rules And Scripting

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Overwatch Introduces Workshop For Custom Game Rules And Scripting

In the newest Overwatch developer update, Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan took to the traditional video camera motif to announce the newest feature coming to their premiere competitive shooter called Overwatch Workshop. The new mode is a scripting program that lets players essentially futz with the game's modifiable code to create things and even go as far as to edit their heroes to their liking.

Check out the video explanation below.

The mode will include some pre-built examples for players to open up and look at, such as a Floor-Is-Lava mode called Molten Floor. Kaplan warns that this mode is intended mostly for programmers and enthusiasts, which he collectively calls power users, that like looking at tinkering with code. However, Workshop does come with its own debugger that will run through the custom modes and explain why things are or are not happening.

Former BioWare Creative Director Leads New Studio For Wizards Of The Coast

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Former BioWare Creative Director Leads New Studio For Wizards Of The Coast

Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, has announced that it's opening a new studio in Austin, Texas, that will be headed by BioWare veteran and former creative director James Ohlen.

Ohlen left BioWare last year, ending his 22-year career at the studio where he worked on design and writing for games like Neverwinter Nights, KOTOR, Jade Empire, Dragon Age: Origins, and the Baldur's Gate series.

"I had pretty well turned down most opportunities for interviews to get back into the industry, but I talked to Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks and he gave me a scenario that was very intriguing and interesting, so I flew up to Seattle and sat down with Wizards of the Coast for six hours of interviews," Ohlen told Gamesindustry.biz. "It was like the scene out of The Godfather where it was an offer that was too good to refuse."

Persona 5: The Royal Coming To North America Next Year

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Persona 5: The Royal Coming To North America Next Year

Atlus has been teasing Persona 5: The Royal for the last little while, and now we finally have a better idea on what you can expect from the upcoming, upgraded version of the JRPG.

The Royal brings several new features to the game, such as new Phantom Thief Kasumi Yoshizawa, a confidant named Takuto Maruki who works at Shujin Academy as a counselor, and a new location called Kichijoji. This expansion will take place during the third trimester of school.

The Phantom Thieves are back.https://t.co/PIifoSigg1 pic.twitter.com/tbVkHN8vXk

Days Gone Free DLC Announced For June

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Days Gone Free DLC Announced For June

The world of Days Gone can be hard enough to survive in, but the game's free post-launch DLC, starting in June, is adding another layer.

The DLC includes a Survival difficulty mode that not only increases the difficulty settings, but bars fast travel or the use of Survival Vision. This is a special ability that allows Deacon to see items, and potentially enemies in his vicinity.

Also coming are weekly Bike, Horde, and Combat challenges that not only deliver new content in the world, but tasks players with doing them in "unique ways" for bike skins and other rewards. Sony says it'll talk more about these challenges at a later date.

Kingdom Hearts III's Critical Mode Is Live

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Kingdom Hearts III's Critical Mode Is Live

Update: The mode is now live. Those who select Critical Mode will find their HP/MP halved, the frequency of situational commands and magic less, and exclusive abilities that Sora can perform only in this mode.

Original Story: During this year's GDC,  Kingdom Hearts III co-director Tai Yasue announced that Kingdom Hearts III's anticipated Critical Mode update would be arriving "very soon." It appears that very soon is nowish.

Series creator Tetsuya Nomura announced on Twitter today that the update, free for all owners of Kingdom Hearts III, is arriving tomorrow on April 23:

Planet Coaster Creators Reveal Spiritual Successor To Zoo Tycoon

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Planet Coaster Creators Reveal Spiritual Successor To Zoo Tycoon

After scratching everybody's Rollercoaster Tycoon itch with the highly entertaining Planet Coaster, Frontier Developments is creating another management sim. Planet Zoo looks to be an in-depth spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon, where players build and maintain a zoo, carefully taking care of the needs of both the animals and guests.

You can catch the teaser trailer right here:

The game is due out on PC this fall. Frontier says it's focused on the PC version, but neither confirmed or ruled out the possibility of a console port in the future. 

Anthem Fixes Major Problems, Delays Everything Else

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Anthem Fixes Major Problems, Delays Everything Else

I am not sure if it has been a bumpy road for Anthem or not. It seems like it crested the hill it needed to crest and then just sort of stalled after that. Bioware has promised to fix the major complaints about their multiplayer shooter as soon as possible and, at least as far as today's update goes, some of that is true.

The 1.1.0 patch released today makes some much-needed quality of life changes to the game, namely having to do with how often you need to go back to Fort Tarsis or the launch bay. You can now select contracts from the mission board without needing to physically be in front of the mission board, and you can also choose a new mission right from the end of the mission you just finished. Perhaps most crucially, you now possess the ability to access the Forge during missions, strongholds and freeplay. 

So that's all good! Unfortunately, it looks like the roadmap for the future is going to take a little while longer in the meantime. On the game's subreddit, Bioware's head of live services Chad Robertson and Anthem's lead producer Ben Irving wrote that a detour is being taken at the moment.

The Division 2 And Sekiro Lead March Game Sales With Switch Leading Console Units

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The Division 2 And Sekiro Lead March Game Sales With Switch Leading Console Units

March is typically seen as an odd month in the video game industry. The financial year ends on March 31 for a lot of major companies, while it's still the end of the quarter for many others. This means that some games get rushed out to make it out before the end of the financial year, while other big titles held to make a big splash just before April's investor reports. It's kind of a guessing game figuring out which will do what, but it is interesting to see what games the market responds to in this context.

This year, a number of huge games came from all sorts of directions. The month's biggest release in terms of sales was undoubtedly The Division 2, based on how well the first game sold overall. The sequel is on track to do just as well, debuting at number one for the month of March. It also instantly rockets to the second best selling game of 2019 and the sixth highest opening for a Ubisoft title. Assuming it keeps selling, and there's little reason to suspect it will stop, it is a likely candidate to be one of the best selling games of the year by the end of 2019.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice debuted at number two, making it the sixth best selling game of the year, and From Software's second best debut of all time, trailing only Dark Souls III. MLB the Show 19 comes behind Sekiro, setting a record not only for the series, but for the baseball video game genre as a whole.

Call Of Duty Partners Have Played This Year's Game

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Call Of Duty Partners Have Played This Year's Game

There's a number of certainties in the world: where the sun rises, taxes, etc. A yearly Call of Duty is also on that list. We first heard mention of 2019's Call of Duty title in February, when it was brought up on a quarterly earnings call with Activision. The only news we have had on it came from the same mention, that this year's game will have a campaign

It is also still the only news we have on it, except that it is apparently in a showable state, as it appears Call of Duty Partners are seeing the game this week.

So....several college football players and other “Call of Duty partners” have shared on Instagram that they got to play the “new Call of Duty” at a private event today. https://t.co/Cm6PqDdNCu pic.twitter.com/R0L2CySvIg

For Honor Introduces Murderous New Combatant Sakura

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For Honor Introduces Murderous New Combatant Sakura

There was a time where it looked like For Honor may be on the short list of Ubisoft live service games that just don't make it very far and the company would eventually move past or take another run at with a sequel. But here we are, several years and updates later, and For Honor is still keeping its community fairly strong. It looks like there will be another reason for fans to keep playing, as Ubisoft reveals For Honor's newest character, a warrior named Sakura.

With a ghostly yet demonic voice and a bloody weapon, Sakura comes equipped to the battlefield with everything she needs to defeat her foes. Check out the cinematic trailer introducing her below.

There's not a whole lot of details about the new Japanese warrior yet, but she will be in the third year's second season, so it won't be too a wait. I just know that if I saw that at the other end of a bridge in Sekiro, my personal terror bar would probably go up.