Sony Ends Production Of PlayStation Vita Carts

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Sony Ends Production Of PlayStation Vita Carts

It's been a rocky few years for the Vita, but it seems Sony is closing the coffin on the system's software future.

Per a message received and reported on by Kotaku, Sony told developers today that they are shutting down production of physical Vita games. While it was unlikely any new games would be released on the system in the future, it also means that reprints on older games aren't going to happen.

According to Kotaku's story, Sony intends to keep the PSN store of Vita games up, but the existing Vita carts out there right now are the last ones out there. If you ever wanted a physical copy of Danganronpa or Persona 4 Golden, you might want to get one before they become rare.

Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Opens New Studio In Brighton

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Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Opens New Studio In Brighton

The developers behind Mafia III have expanded with a new studio in the UK.

Hangar 13 has announced that they have opened a studio in Brighton lead by Nick Baynes, former director of Disney racing games Split/Second and Pure at Black Rock Studio. The Brighton studio is coordinating with Hangar 13's California and Czech Republic studios while working on a still unannounced AAA title.

"We’re incredibly excited to welcome Nick and the Brighton team into our growing Hangar 13 family," said Haden Blackman, global studio head of Hangar 13. 

We're Giving Away A Second Exclusive Pickle Rick Statue To Indianapolis Rick And Morty Fans

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We're Giving Away A Second Exclusive Pickle Rick Statue To Indianapolis Rick And Morty Fans

Remember that contest from yesterday where we gave away a Pickle Rick statue to Minneapolis entrant? Well, Adult Swim has given Game Informer the go ahead to give away a special one-of-a-kind Pickle Rick statue to a lucky local fan in the Indianapolis area this time.

With Rick And Morty Season 3 releasing on blu-ray and DVD today on May 15, Adult Swim is celebrating the occasion with a handmade Pickle Rick statue that isn't available at retail. Whoever wins this will have one of the only ones in the world that no other Rick and Morty fan can buy. Take a look at some pictures of it with different lighting below.

To win, just comment on the post below. We'll pick a winner at random from the comments by next Tuesday, May 22, at 12:00 PM CT. We'll shoot you a message at your Game Informer account and get the details for you to get your statue. This contest is only open for local fans, however, so if you're not in the Indianapolis area, it probably doesn't make sense to enter.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Inexplicably Announced For 2021

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Inexplicably Announced For 2021

Rather abruptly, a website for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has appeared with an accompanying Facebook post announcing a 2021 release.

The website, which you can find here, is sparse on information beyond the title, a year of 2021, and an email address which had not responded to us yet at the time of writing. A separate Facebook post from Sergiy Grygorovych also appeared at the same time announcing the website launch.

Grygorovych is the founder of GSC Game World, the original developers of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. GSC Game World announced in the late 2000s that they were porting the series over to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but decided to move resources instead over to the creation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 to make its 2012 release date. In December 2011, GSC Game World closed its doors for mysterious reasons, with the former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 devs forming Vostok games. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was officially cancelled a few weeks later for, according to a Facebook post, problems getting the investors and rights holders to agree.

Cliff Bleszinski Shows Off Concepts For Pitched Boss Key Games

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Cliff Bleszinski Shows Off Concepts For Pitched Boss Key Games

In the wake Boss Key Productions closing their doors after Lawbreaks and Radical Heights failing to take off, head honcho Cliff Bleszinski has begun tweeting out some of the Boss Key games that didn't see the light of day.

The first game, codenamed "DragonFlies," would have featured samurais riding dragons and fighting zombies. Bleszinski described the game's aesthetic as "feudalpunk," and said it would have done "for dragon riding what Halo did for vehicles." Players would also have found and hatched dragon eggs, then raised the babies.

Here's one of the games I wanted to do codenamed "DragonFlies."
Basically you were ninja/samurai in airships riding dragons fighting zombies with friends in a PVE "feudalpunk" setting on floating islands. (the airships = your "aircraft carriers", the dragons = your "planes") pic.twitter.com/yX2ivPwezb

LED Fans Take Doctor Strange Cosplay To The Next Level

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LED Fans Take Doctor Strange Cosplay To The Next Level

Cosplay technology has made leaps and bounds in the past few years, what with the advent of 3D printing and the like. But while there's a lot of cool tech out there for posing as your favorite character, "holographic spell glyphs" are going to be hard to beat.

The Replica Prop Forum recently tweeted a short video of someone holding a pair of LED display fans programmed to display the runic glyphs, wielding them like Doctor Strange wields in the Marvel cinematic universe. It's a cool feat, and anyone looking to cosplay as the Sorcerer Supreme should make these an immediate purchase.

Check these magic fans out in the video below.

Candy Crush Saga Developers Hiring For Call Of Duty Development On Mobile

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Candy Crush Saga Developers Hiring For Call Of Duty Development On Mobile

King, developers of mobile hits like Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch, has posted a recruitment page looking for a level designer for a mobile Call of Duty.

The listing, which appears on King's site, specifically says the developer has been tasked with adapting Call of Duty. 

"The aim is to create a Call of Duty experience on mobile," the listing reads, "while also breaking new ground for mobile and redefining the genre. The approach and ambition is to be fresh, social, and highly accessible, while providing a very authentic game experience."

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of E3 2018

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Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of E3 2018

In its current form, E3 is a dark, intimidating cloud off in the the distance, silently lighting up from flashes of lightning as the rolls of thunder rattle our ears a few moments later. It's closer than we realize, however, and as we scramble to prepare for the flood of announcements and hands-on impressions, we decided to publish a roadmap of what's to come so you can make your own preparations.

Game Informer's Coverage PlansWe'll be at the show getting our hands on as many controllers and mice and keyboards as we can, while also shoving our faces into as many VR headsets as is medically acceptable. You can expect plenty of written content on the site and in the issue the following month, but we have other plans as well! We're live-streaming and commentating every conference as they happen. You can watch those on either Twitch or YouTube, or both! Your preference is our preference.

We will also be doing The Game Informer Show every night, June 11 through June 14. You can subscribe to our channel on YouTube to prep of that, or use this link to subscribe using your favorite podcast delivery service. Again, your preference is our preference.

Final Fantasy VI's Locke Cole Announced As DLC For Dissidia

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Final Fantasy VI's Locke Cole Announced As DLC For Dissidia

The thief, err, treasure hunter from Final Fantasy VI is making an appearance in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

The trailer, which you can find below, was released by Square Enix today, showing off Locke's fancy moves. The footage begins with a pan to a passed out Terra before Locke and a number of Moogles step in to intervene.

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Divinity: Original Sin II PC Players Will Upgrade To The Definitive Edition For Free

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Divinity: Original Sin II PC Players Will Upgrade To The Definitive Edition For Free

PC players who purchased the original version of Divinity: Original Sin II and are looking jealously at console players getting the definitive edition of the game in August need fume no more: Larian Studios has confirmed they'll be getting a free upgrade.

The news was confirmed on the company's Facebook page, where a fan commented they hoped PC players would get a free upgrade the definitive edition once the console port hit. "That, they do." Larian replied.

The changes in the definitive edition are "over 45 pages long," according to Larian, making it the most substantial update to the game thus far. Xbox One players can also check out an early version of the game on Xbox Game Preview starting tomorrow, May 16.