Surprise Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Details Joker And 3.0 Update

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Surprise Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Details Joker And 3.0 Update

A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct dropped today out of nowhere, showing off Joker and the Super Smash Bros 3.0 Update.

Joker arrives tomorrow on April 17 and includes Persona 3/4/5 music and themes for the Mementos stage. In his basic form, Joker has a gun, a grappling hook, and uses his knife for most of his attacks. As he takes damage, however, Joker builds up the ability to summon Arsene, the Persona he summoned in Kamoshida's castle in Persona 5. Arsene either powers up or completely changes Joker's moves.

Joker's Final Smash is the All Out Attack, which mimics Persona 5 completely. He also has the Shujin Academy uniform as his alternate costume. The pack of Joker, Mementos, and the 11 music tracks are part of the fighters pass, but can be bought for $5.99.

Obsidian's Cancelled Aliens RPG Was Aiming To Be A Horror Mass Effect

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Obsidian's Cancelled Aliens RPG Was Aiming To Be A Horror Mass Effect

Sega had a brief stint where they went crazy with external partnerships and in a few instances that really seemed to burn them. After signing deals for a number of games, and getting some pretty major flops in return, the company went on a tear of cancellations like Bayonetta 2, which was eventually brought back to life, and an Aliens RPG they planned to make with Obsidian. Now we finally get some more details about what that RPG, titled Aliens: Crucible might have been.

Talking with VG247, former Obsidian developer and industry-at-large writer Chris Avellone explained a little of what Obsidian wanted to do with the game when the ink was drying on the contract.

“Aliens: Crucible was really sad to see cancelled, but I don’t blame Sega for it,” Avellone told VG247 . “It would be like – this is going to be really rough comparison – basically Mass Effect but more terrifying."

Ninja Gaiden II Is Xbox One X Enhanced On Backwards Compatibility

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Ninja Gaiden II Is Xbox One X Enhanced On Backwards Compatibility

During Microsoft's Inside Xbox stream today, the company announced that Ninja Gaiden II will be Xbox One X enhanced as it arrives on the backwards compatibility list for Xbox One games. This means that the game will run at a higher resolution than its original 360 release.

The second 3D action Ninja Gaiden game is also famously Tomonobu Itagaki's final game with Tecmo, having quit just before the game's release. Itagaki sued Tecmo for withheld bonuses and thus tends not to respond to talk about the game. It also got a Sigma re-release on PlayStation 3 later, but replaced a lot of the game's gore and bloodspray with a purple mist.

In addition to Ninja Gaiden, Microsoft also revealed that several previously backwards compatible games will be Xbox One X enhanced as well. This includes Splinter Cell Blacklist, Splinter Cell Conviction, Splinter Cell Double Agent, and Fable 2 and 3.

Microsoft Announces All-Digital Xbox One S

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Microsoft Announces All-Digital Xbox One S

As was previously reported, Microsoft has announced an Xbox One model that features no disc drive. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition retails for a slightly lower price than a standard Xbox One S, and includes three digital games.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is designed for people who know they want to get their games digitally or rely heavily on the platform holder's Game Pass subscription. In addition to a special offer for a Game Pass subscription, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition also includes digital copies of Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, and Sea of Thieves.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition launches on May 7 and retails for $250, $50 less than a standard Xbox One S.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundles Xbox Live And Game Pass In One Subscription

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Bundles Xbox Live And Game Pass In One Subscription

Since its inception in 2017, Game Pass has been a focal point for Xbox. The subscription service that grants players access to over 100 games at no additional charge has continually grown its library and shows no signs of slowing down. Today, Xbox announced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

This new membership bundles the platform's two subscriptions into one monthly price. Game Pass Ultimate includes Game Pass as well as Xbox Live Gold. With your subscription to Game Pass Ultimate, you get access to every game in the Game Pass library, multiplayer over Xbox Live, and all the other benefits included with Xbox Live Gold like Deals with Gold and Games with Gold.

The subscription will cost $15 a month when it launches later this year.

Overwatch's Storm Rising Event Is Now Live

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Overwatch's Storm Rising Event Is Now Live

Blizzard's newest Overwatch Archives event is now live. You can now grab some friends or matchmake into Overwatch's Storm Rising mission, a PvE mission to take down a rough enemy from the Overwatch team's past.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Could Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

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Assassin's Creed Unity Could Help Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

After yesterday's dreadful fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, officials have been trying to get a sense of the damage behind them and the scale of the work ahead of them in rebuilding parts of the historic building. While this will not only take time and resources, it has been pointed out that there might be a leg up in the form accurate 3D models of the cathedral's interior from an unlikely source.

Assassin's Creed Unity, the 2014 release in the history-centered series and first exclusive Assassin's Creed game on modern consoles, took place in Paris during the French Revolution. As a result, the game features an intricate 3D map of the inside of Notre Dame cathedral in a way that's unrivaled outside of historians. In 2014, the game's senior artist Caroline Miousse told The Verge that she spent two years recreating that building, down to making sure each brick is where it should be.

In an interview Ubisoft published about the game around its release, Miousse said "We added things like cables and incense across the second level of Notre Dame so players would be able to move around easier when they’re above the ground. I also think it adds a personal touch to the monument. I’ve left my little mark on a few parts of Notre Dame and there’s something remarkable about that."

Microsoft's E3 Conference Will Be On June 9

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Microsoft's E3 Conference Will Be On June 9

The countdown to E3 has already begun and last week Microsoft publicly showed off its starting pistol by suggesting that their next Inside Xbox would detail their road to E3. Ahead of today's show, the Washington-based tech giant has gone ahead and taken the first step on that road by announcing the details of their E3 press conference.

Microsoft will be holding their annual show on Sunday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

This is the usual spot for the Xbox showcase, so that's not terribly surprising. Microsoft moved their E3 conference to Sunday in 2017, as it was burdensome for many to cover the Xbox conference, then basically run a gauntlet of other conferences and appointments until Sony's later that night. Now with no Sony conference this year and Nintendo to likely retain their Tuesday morning spot for their showcase, Microsoft has plenty of breathing room on Sunday.

Capcom Home Arcade Delivers 16 Games And Arcade Controls

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Capcom Home Arcade Delivers 16 Games And Arcade Controls

Capcom has revealed a new piece of hardware called the Home Arcade, which is a standalone emulation unit that packs in 16 old-school games with arcade-quality inputs.

Details on the North American release are pending, but Capcom's European store has it price at about $288 USD.

Take a look at the trailer below to see the hardware and gameplay snippets from each of the titles. The sticks are Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks, with OBSF buttons if you're into that kind of stuff.

The First Official Details For The Next PlayStation Console

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The First Official Details For The Next PlayStation Console

For the last couple of years, gamers everywhere have wondered what the next generation of console gaming would be like. Answers have kind-of, sort of eked out, with Microsoft's focus on subscription models offering an idea of where its philosophy for the future lay, while Google and Apple have announced plans to enter the gaming space as well. Today, Wired published a piece that revealed a few details about what to expect from Sony's next PlayStation.

Wired's interview is hardware-focused, with lead systems architect and producer Mark Cerny not discussing any software-related features or even what to expect from the game's launch library (except for a seemingly accidental hint Death Stranding could possibly be among those titles). However, Cerny revealed a number of key details that should please gamers frustrated with current console generation woes. The next PlayStation features a solid-state drive and supports ray-tracing graphics, which have never been on a console before. This console also supports 8K graphics for the few people who have a setup that can handle that.