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.

Nepal Lifts Ban On PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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Nepal Lifts Ban On PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

A few weeks ago, Nepal instituted a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, an unprecedented move to ban a specific game based on zero actual reports. Nepal's Telecommunications Authority had heard from parents that the game was too addictive, so they took the rather extreme move of banning the game from the country. It did not take long for the Nepalese courts to overturn the ban on freedom of expression grounds.

According to The Himalayan Times, multiple players of the game filed an injunction against the government that temporarily halted the ban almost immediately after it was announced. The motion required the Nepalese telecom authority to prove that the game was dangerous and/or addictive enough to actually warrant banning, something that would prove mildly difficult. As the telecommunications authority could not do this, they declined to fight this claim.

Moreover, the petitioners argued that any game that can be played online is inherently an act of expression. The act of playing the game with people would thus be protected under the freedom of expression. While Nepal actually does have the right to put prohibitions on the freedom of expression, their inability to prove how PUBG would warrant curtailing it meant that was a dead-end for the government.

Square Enix Will Be Holding Its E3 Presentation On June 10

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Square Enix Will Be Holding Its E3 Presentation On June 10

Square Enix has announced that they'll be holding their annual E3 conference once again this year, holding onto a new Monday spot tightly as companies like EA and Sony eschew their normal press conferences or even their presence entirely from the gaming industry's yearly event.

Square Enix Live E3 2019 kicks off another exciting line up of titles! Tune in to https://t.co/CKLO0fQPN1 on Monday June 10 at 6pm PT! #SquareEnixE3 pic.twitter.com/1LLiNWEFBM

The question you, and many people, might be asking here is what do they have to show this year? Last year's Square Enix presentation was a bit surreal — despite the incoming release of Kingdom Hearts III, which also got trailers at Microsoft and Sony conferences that year, the Japanese publisher's show felt a bit muted and confused. A surprising amount of time was given to The Quiet Man, a critical bomb, and their PlatinumGames collaboration titled Babylon's Fall had almost nothing to show beyond concept art and a title.

The Limited Run Games E3 Press Conference Takes Place On June 10

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The Limited Run Games E3 Press Conference Takes Place On June 10

Limited Run Games (which specializes in bringing digital-only titles to the realm of physical release) announced on Twitter today that it would be holding an E3 press conference on June 10th at 12PM PT / 3PM ET, featuring news and announcements regarding upcoming releases - including titles for the PlayStation Vita.

Our #E32019 Press Conference will take place Monday, June 10th at 12PM PT / 3PM ET. We'll be revealing several upcoming releases and our ENTIRE remaining slate for the PlayStation Vita. Mark your calendars and don't miss it! pic.twitter.com/zi0Txa6YJD

Add another to the exciting slate of E3 announcments and press conferences!