Atlanta Brewery Crafts Zelda-Inspired Beer

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Atlanta Brewery Crafts Zelda-Inspired Beer

An independent brewery recently crafted a beer that pays homage to The Legend of Zelda.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Second Self Beer Company dubbed their latest drink “Triforce” because of its three base malts (oats, wheat, and barley) and three types of hops (amarillo, mosaic, and a touch of cascade). The can itself features pixelated artwork inspired by the original NES game. Everyone on staff is a huge fan of the Zelda franchise, Second Self beer architect Jason Santamaria says.

“I have played almost all the games in the franchise and just love the mythology of the universe,” Santamaria says. “Because of my love of the game, I’ve always wanted to have a beer with the name Triforce.”

New Hoenn Pokémon Arrive In Pokémon GO

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New Hoenn Pokémon Arrive In Pokémon GO

A number of rock and ground-type Pokémon headline the latest Pokémon GO update, which brings in more Pokémon from the Hoenn region to the augmented reality game.

The new Pokemon include the sun-themed and moon-themed Solrock and Lunatone, which confusingly have nothing to do with Pokémon Sun and Moon. Other new Pokémon include Aggron, Trapinch, Nosepass, and Camerupt, it's basically a Team Magma dream come true.

All-in-all, Niantic says 23 new Pokémon were added in today's update, but they have kept mum as to exactly which ones. Put on your best Gary Oak outfit and go out there and discover the list.

New Overwatch Update Opens Blizzard World Gates And Adds New Cosmetics

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New Overwatch Update Opens Blizzard World Gates And Adds New Cosmetics

Today's Overwatch updates finally throws open the gates on Blizzard World, a map that has been teased since BlizzCon last year, coupling it with a host of new cosmetics for the Overwatch characters.

The new map is a hybrid that functions as both assault and payload and has received positive reaction from players on the test servers who have been demoing it for a few months while Blizzard made tweaks. It is also a veritable museum of Blizzard history, a theme park in more than just name only, with enough easter eggs to keep a Blizzard fan possibly too entertained to actually push the cart.

The cosmetics have been teased for a few days, as well, with Blizzard releasing a list and a reel of what you can get, both of which you can find below. 

A Sneak Peek At The Gears Of War Comic That Explores Raam’s Origins

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A Sneak Peek At The Gears Of War Comic That Explores Raam’s Origins

A new IDW-published Gears of War comic details how General Raam, the main baddie from the first game, ascended the ranks of the Locust horde. Gears of War: The Rise of Raam is written by Kurtis Wiebe and illustrated by Max Dunbar, and will will release on January 24.

If the first few pages are a good indicator of the quality of the rest of the series, then I'm sure Gears fans will be interested to see how Raam, one of Gears' coolest bad guys, became a general among the Locusts. Wiebe also created a neat Marcus and Dom-like dynamic between Raam and Gears 2's equally awesome main baddie, Skorge.

Check out the first seven pages below.

Downwell Creator Joins Nintendo

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Downwell Creator Joins Nintendo

Downwell, the fast-paced vertical platformer that focuses on falling, was a huge hit when it released on iOS, PC, and consoles over the last few years. Now, the developer behind the game has joined Nintendo, according to his Twitter.

Ojiro Fumoto, a graduate from Tokyo University of the Arts with a concentration in opera singing, started developing Downwell in 2014. The game was an Independent Games Festival finalist and nominated for The Game Awards for Best Mobile/Handheld Game. Fumoto was also one of the developers named to work on games for the UFO 50 collection published by Spelunky developer Mossmouth.

Fumoto happily tweeted this morning in Japanese a very simple "I got a job at Nintendo! I'll do my best!" when run through translation tools. It is not known where within Nintendo Fumoto will be working, but he has expressed excitement at developing a game as part of a team.

Welcome The Winter 2018 Game Informer Interns

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Welcome The Winter 2018 Game Informer Interns

Winter is one of the best times to cuddle up with a game and stay indoors. As we try to stay warm in Minneapolis and gear up for another fun year of gaming, we're happy to introduce Game Informer's intern crew for the Winter of 2018. These awesome writers will be helping us cover all the important video game news and culture over the next three months as they further their knowledge of working in the industry.

Expect to see plenty of news, features, and more popping up on the website from Jon Bowman, Robbie Key, and Joey Thurmond (click their names and get to know them better by reading their introductory blog posts). We're excited to have these fine folks on board, so please extend a warm welcome!

Are you considering a career in video games writing? If you’re looking to further your existing writing or journalism education through an internship at Game Informer, we’re currently accepting applications for the upcoming summer term. For more information, email me at the address below, or click here to learn more.

SOS Is Now Available In Early Access

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SOS Is Now Available In Early Access

Hot off the heels of a successful beta last month, Outpost Games has released its streaming-centric survival sim in Early Access on Steam today.

SOS tasks 16 players with finding an ancient relic on a monster-ridden island, and then escaping via a rescue helicopter. Teaming up with other players is imperative if you want to survive the island's deadly beasts, but with only three seats available in the rescue chopper, you'll need to choose your friends wildly.

Outpost Games is developing SOS to be as fun to watch as it is to play, and is incorporating its own Hero streaming feature to maximize interactions between game participants and the audience. Outpost Games is hoping to channel the alliances and backstabbing of the gameshow Survivor, putting the personalities of streamers front and center, which is certainly evident in the game's new trailer.

You Can Now Pre-order The Deadly Premonition Board Game

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You Can Now Pre-order The Deadly Premonition Board Game

Did you miss out on last year's wildly successful Kickstarter for the board game adaptation of  Deadly Premonition? Now's your second chance.

Rising Star Games tabletop adaptation of the cult-classic video game reached its funding goal in just eight hours last year, and shipped out to backers last month. However, a limited retail release was also planned, and you can pre-order a copy on Amazon right now. This deluxe edition of the game will set you back $60, and comes with a few bonuses including a cloth mat, custom dice, and the original soundtrack of the video game to play during tabletop sessions. You'll also get a code for Deadly Premonition Director's Cut on PC.

The Deadly Premonition board game has been generally well-received, and can be played in 30-45 minutes by 2-4 players. Amazon will start shipping copies on January 31, so you won't have to wait. You can find out more about how the game plays by checking out the official website.

God Of War Will Release On April 20

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God Of War Will Release On April 20

Fans have had many questions about God of War since its initial reveal at E3 2016. Why Norse mythology? Why does he use an axe? Why give him a son? Now that we have answers to those questions, Sony just needed to answer one more big one: When does the game come out?

According to the latest trailer, God of War releases on April 20, 2018. That isn't too far away, so start sharpening your axe.

That's not all the information we get from the trailer, though. It gives new insight about what sets Kratos and Atreus off on their journey, and the issues they confront regarding their godly lineage. It might be a bit spoilery, but if you don't care about going into God of War completely fresh, you can watch the full trailer below.

Xbox Game Pass To Include Exclusive Titles On Release Date

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Xbox Game Pass To Include Exclusive Titles On Release Date

A significant change is coming to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, with the announcement that subscribers will be able to access Microsoft Studios' Xbox One-exclusive titles on their release dates. The first new release to be included is the upcoming Sea of Thieves, which is coming in March.

Other games, including State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3, will be part of the Game Pass lineup, too. Phil Spencer revealed the news on Major Nelson's blog, where he alluded to upcoming – and unannounced – entries in the Halo, Forza, and Gears of War series, which will also be also included in Game Pass. 

Spencer also outlined details about a new Game Pass subscription card. A six-month subscription to the service, which includes complete access to more than 100 games, will be priced at $59.99.