Overwatch’s First Animated Short Gets The Team Back Together

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Overwatch’s First Animated Short Gets The Team Back Together

Despite Overwatch simply being a multiplayer shooter, Blizzard is applying its signature world-building to the project. The first in a series of animated shorts is out today showing how hyper-intelligent ape Winston is spending his time following the team’s demise.

We learn that the world rejected Overwatch, making the group’s operations illegal. This reminds us a bit of Pixar’s outstanding The Incredibles, which features a world that left superheroes behind.

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Character Breakdown: Meet The New Gears

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Character Breakdown: Meet The New Gears

As we've written before in our coverage, Gears Of War 4 is looking to change things up in the series a bit. One of the biggest changes is that this will be the first Gears game where you're not playing as at least one of Delta squad's lovable meatheads. Instead, a new generation of Gears is rising up to the task. We've got some more information on our new leads (as well as art of them in their COG armor) and two new characters to talk about.

JD FenixIf you couldn't guess it from his name, JD is the son of Marcus Fenix, the protagonist of the original Gears Of War trilogy. The Coalition described JD to us as "an idealist who wants to live his life with purpose." He ran away from home when he was young and joined up with the new COG (Coalition of Ordered Governments). He did well enough to reach the rank of lieutenant. By the time Gears of War 4 starts, he's gone AWOL with his squadmate and best friend, Del after an "incident" and is living among a village of Outsiders on Sera. JD's a bit goofy and in the demos we saw he had a lighter disposition than his father. We asked The Coalition about his relationship with his father and the identity of JD's mother, but they kept their lips sealed. He has blond hair though, Gears fans, so feel free to speculate.

Director's Cut Brings New Visuals, Controls, And Game Mode To The 2D Platformer

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Publisher Deep Silver announced Deadlight: Director’s Cut today, a definitive version of the zombie-infested platformer that first shambled onto the Xbox Live Arcade and PCs back in 2012. The new version will include improved visuals, tweaked controls, and a Survival Arena mode.

Set in 1986, Deadlight is the story of Randall Wayne, a lone survivor navigating the ruins of Seattle after a zombie outbreak cripples the world. You can read our review of the original game here.

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Trailer Details New Battle Styles and Modes

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A new trailer for One Piece: Burning Blood shows characters from the series using Devil Fruit abilities to pummel each other. Bandai Namco details the new modes and battle styles coming to the 3 vs. 3 fighter in the trailer below.

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One Piece: Burning Blood appears to fuse the three-dimensional combat of the Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Storm series with the three character teams present in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Your combatants will be aided by over 60 support characters taken from the robust cast of the One Piece anime.

Cave Story Publisher Nicalis Releasing VR Music Visualizer Dimensional Intersection This Fall

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Cave Story Publisher Nicalis Releasing VR Music Visualizer Dimensional Intersection This Fall

Nicalis, which is known for publishing difficult action games, is going in a different direction for its first VR experience. Don’t expect 1001 Spikes or Cave Story, but do get ready to enjoy music in new ways.

Dimensional Intersection isn’t a game, per se. Developed by Swedish studio DNV, it’s closer to a spiritual successor to WinAmp and other music visualizers.

The title includes music from Soulacybin, Land Switcher, and MONS. Dimensional Intersection is due out this fall for Vive, Rift, and PlayStation VR. You can check out screenshots below.

Shakespeare Collides With Time Travel In Elsinore

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Shakespeare Collides With Time Travel In Elsinore

It's been a little odd this past week trying to explain Elsinore to people who haven't seen or played it. The closest I've gotten to a concise, accurate statement is saying that it's Hamlet but with a healthy dose of Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day thrown in. Elsinore doesn't cast you as infamous brooding prince but instead as Ophelia, who in the play ostensibly loses her mind after Hamlet kills her father and then drowns in a pond, possibly killing herself shortly before all the other main characters in the play die. Ophelia's goal in Elsinore is to prevent the play's ridiculous bodycount from ever happening. Every time she doesn't, she's thrown back four days into the past, doomed to repeat the cycle of violence and bloodshed until she can break it.

Elsinore's writer Katie Chironis, says the idea for the game came about while she was in school. "The idea came from me, I was doing a lot of work breaking down Shakespeare at school where I was doing a writing degree and at the same time learning to make games and...y'know, there's this concept of 'lose lose lose' in Tragedy where in games it's usually 'win win win.' So I had this idea to take the two and drop them together and try to invert that power fantasy concept."

Watch How Hellblade Developers Created Senua To Be Incredibly Life-Like

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Watch How Hellblade Developers Created Senua To Be Incredibly Life-Like

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has been subject to some impressive motion-capture technology, and this newest development diary details how the team created protagonist Senua's realistic expressions and movements in the game.

The video includes interviews with Ninja Theory and developers from Epic Games, who both collaborated for the motion-capture side of development. Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades explains that one of the team's priorities with Hellblade is to "make [Senua] one of the most believable characters ever seen in a video game.”

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Cloud Imperium Games Dives Into Serkis' role As The Villainous Thul'Oqquray.

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Star Citizen’s single-player campaign Squadron 42 is brimming with high-profile names in its ensemble cast. Cloud Imperium Games shows Andy Serkis strapped to complicated motion-capture rigs in this behind-the-scenes video.

Serkis is best known for his mo-cap work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings franchise and Caesar in the most recent Planet of the Apes films. He plays the part of Thul'Óqquray, the main antagonist of Squadron 42, complete with a fictional language spoken by the Vanduul.

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Koei Tecmo Bringing Atelier Sophie To North America, Offers Limited Edition

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Koei Tecmo announced that it's bringing Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book to North America this June. In addition to the regular version of the game, super fans can splurge on a limited edition that includes, appropriately enough, a hardcover art book.

This entry is the first in the series to appear on PlayStation 4. It takes place in a European town, and stars a young alchemist named Sophie. She gains possession of the titular book, which kicks off an epic adventure. Kim spent some time with the game during September's Tokyo Game Show, and it left enough of an impression to make her wish list of games that she wanted localized. Dreams do come true, apparently. 

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