Overwatch Map Blizzard World Coming January 23

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Overwatch Map Blizzard World Coming January 23

Announced at Blizzcon, the Overwatch map Blizzard World has been long awaited by fans. Thankfully, no one will have to wait long, as the map will see wide release on January 23.

The map is a Blizzard love letter, something warranted by a company that boasts fans happily obsessive enough to sustain an annual convention. The map is full of Blizzard's history, both modern and ancient, and will be a delight for fans to explore. More than that, though, reports from the PTR are that the hybrid map is itself quite fun to play, and its Assault and Payload halves are both well balanced.

Jeff Kaplan recently outlined the team's plans for the new year, including new maps and new heroes that are being internally tested right now, though there's no word on when those might be revealed.

Canadian Man Faces Charges After Spree Of Excessive And Offensive Twitch Chat Flooding

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Canadian Man Faces Charges After Spree Of Excessive And Offensive Twitch Chat Flooding

A Canadian man is facing charges in British Columbia after engaging in repetitive flooding of Twitch chat with racist and vulgar messages, according to CBC News.

The federal charges against the 20 year-old Brandon Apple were filed yesterday, utilizing an uncommon charge of "mischief in relation to computer data."  Apple is accused of spamming 150,000 chat messages to over 1000 channels over the course of two months in 2017. Apple utilized a chat flooding program called ChatSurge, which boasts of its ability to "flood, destroy or simply demolish any Twitch.tv chatroom," while under the username Ob Noxious.

After Twitch discovered the attack, Twitch sought a court order to determine Apple's identity. The order lists a few of Apple's comments used in the chatbot, such as "Get the black guy outta here! What a ***," and "Death to all jews Death to all jews." Reportedly, the chatbot also linked to sexual content involving children. Twitch alleges in the report that Apple's chatbot was sending 700 messages a minute at its zenith.

Assassin's Creed: Origins Expansions Detailed, First Coming January 23

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Assassin's Creed: Origins Expansions Detailed, First Coming January 23

The new Assassin's Creed: Origins expansion titled The Hidden Ones is arriving on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 23.

Ubisoft updated the game earlier this month to coordinate better with the expansion, including a quest that introduces the new area and the Roman threat within. The early days of the assassins are examined in new regions Sinai and Valley of the Kings and the accompanying update raises Bayek's level cap up.

The publisher also clarified that Discovery mode, the non-combat educational exploration mode will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 20. The update is free to Origins owners on every platform, but can also be purchased as a standalone mode on the PC.

Sony Announces Monster Hunter And White PlayStation 4 Pros Are Coming West

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Sony Announces Monster Hunter And White PlayStation 4 Pros Are Coming West

It's always nice to have options and Sony is providing them with new PlayStation 4 Pros coming to America and Canada. The two new colors, White and a Monster Hunter-themed black with a logo and colored controller, are available in the coming weeks

The white PlayStation 4 Pro was originally included solely in a Destiny 2 bundle, marking the first time a color other than Jet Black was made available for the Pro. Fans who already own Destiny 2 or didn't want to purchase the bundle can now buy the system itself separately for $399.99.

The Monster Hunter bundle features an until-now Japanese-exclusive PlayStation 4 Pro bearing a special Monster Hunter design of a Rathalos, a unique red controller, and Monster Hunter World for $449.99. Officially named The Rathalos Edition, the console will be available on January 26 in very limited quantities, the same day as the game itself.

Final Fantasy Dissidia Spin-Off Opera Omina Coming West

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Final Fantasy Dissidia Spin-Off Opera Omina Coming West

Another entry into the Square-Enix contest of title mouthfuls, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omina is coming out in English for Final Fantasy fans to enjoy on Android and iOS.

Originally released in January in Japan, the free-to-play mobile title functioned as a companion piece to the then-arcade Dissidia title now coming to PlayStation 4. Opera Omina functions more like a traditional Final Fantasy game than the PS4 fighter and even has a few more characters than the main Dissidia game.

Opera Omina was created as a rest world for heroes between their recurrent battles in Dissidia, but it too eventually starts crumbling. The heroes are tasked with finding enough light to help restore the world with graphics that resemble the PlayStation 1-era Final Fantasy games. You can also join together both heroes and villains, so putting Kefka and Sephiroth with Aerith is perfectly reasonable, if not super weird for her.

Night In The Woods Arriving On Switch January 18

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Night In The Woods Arriving On Switch January 18

Night in the Woods, the coming-of-age adventure-platformer by developers Infinite Fall, is coming to the Switch on January 18.

The news comes from a listing on the eShop which both confirmed the port and the release date, things that were not explicitly known until today. In October of last year, when other console ports fort he game were announced, it was strongly suggested by the game's Twitter account that a Switch version was on the way, but nothing had been said since.

The listing also confirms that the game will sell for the standard price of $19.99 and will take up 6.2GB on your Switch.

Star Wars Battlefront II Update Adds Iden Versio's TIE Fighter, Balance Tweaks

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Star Wars Battlefront II Update Adds Iden Versio's TIE Fighter, Balance Tweaks

EA and DICE have released the year's first Battlefront II update, which adds Iden Versio's custom TIE Fighter into multiplayer matches, puts the Crait map into the Blast game mode, and tweaks a variety of weapons and characters.

The biggest addition is Versio's ship. It comes equipped with an afterburner, laser barrage, dual proton torpedoes, and her innate inferno leader ability, which marks all enemies within her range for allies and makes those targets more vulnerable to all damage. In addition, the Crait map has been added to the Blast game mode.

Take a look at the complete update notes below, with text from EA:

Scribblenauts Showdown Announced For Switch, PlayStation 4, And Xbox One

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Scribblenauts Showdown Announced For Switch, PlayStation 4, And Xbox One

A new game in the Scribblenauts series has been announced for Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 6, focusing primarily on a multiplayer party mode, but the very familiar Scribblenauts gameplay.

Sribblenauts Showdown leverages the word-based gameplay of the much-loved series for 25 unique minigames that run the gamut from slower and more cerebral puzzles to action-oriented speedy games, all of which take advantage of Scribblenauts' 35,000 word library. It is up to players to be creative to play against their friends and family and emerge victorious.

The game also allows players to not just use the regular main character, but design their own Scribblenaut to really make the victory personal. You can check out the trailer below. 

A Gameplay Overview Of The Civilization VI: Rise And Fall Expansion

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A Gameplay Overview Of The Civilization VI: Rise And Fall Expansion

Firaxis has released a features overview video for the Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion, and there's a lot to take in, including the transition between ages, governors, emergencies, and much more.

The video below also covers a plethora of concerns as you move through time such as alliances, and you can read more in our deep dive detailing the expansion's seven big changes

Rise and Fall comes out on February 8.

Final Fantasy XV Royal & PC Editions Dated For March

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Final Fantasy XV Royal & PC Editions Dated For March

Square Enix has announced two new editions for Final Fantasy XV on March 6, both of which contain all of the game's DLC as well as new additions such as a first-person camera mode.

The Royal Edition appears on the PS4 and Xbox One while the Windows Edition covers Windows 10, Steam, and Origin (click here for the PC pre-order bonuses and specs). Both are $49.99, and if you already own the game on PS4 or Xbox One you can purchase the Royal Pack for $19.99 via the systems' digital stores for the new content alone.

Here's what both editions contain along with the base game (text from Square Enix):