Mortal Kombat 11 Brings Kabal Back, New Gameplay Video Released

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NetherRealm Studios has confirmed Kabal will be in Mortal Kombat 11. Following a tease in January, the character was fully revealed during the first Kombat Kast, a regular livestream dedicated to the brutal fighting game. According to Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon, Kabal is the first of a few fan-favorite characters that will be added to the roster. In the trailer for him, which you can watch below, Kabal is shown with his iconic meat hooks and puts his Nomad Dash to good use.

At one point he's shown running off one side of the screen and appearing on the other to deliver his bone-crushing hook slam. He also has his buzz saw blades, which will be handy in controlling space and movement. His Fatality, meanwhile, involves grabbing the enemy and running at high speed with them in tow, before using his hooks to cut them in half.

During the Kombat Kast, Ed Boon also teased the guest character, saying people will "freak out" when they see it. However, he stopped short of announcing the character.

New PS4 Game Deals Available Now On PSN In The US

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The PS Essentials sale has come to an end, but a new selection of deals are now available in the US PlayStation Store. This week, Ubisoft is holding a sale on a number of its PS4 titles--with an extra percentage off available for PS Plus subscribers--while Epic Games is offering discounts on Fortnite's paid Save the World mode.

Nearly the entire Assassin's Creed series is on sale this week, including its latest installment, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which is $30 for PS Plus members (while everyone else can pick it up for $36). 2017's entry, Assassin's Creed Origins, is down to $19.79, while Assassin's Creed Syndicate is $12.49. If you're interested in picking up some earlier titles, the Ezio Collection is available for $10, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is $9.

The Far Cry series is likewise on sale this week. Far Cry 5 is down to $15 for PS Plus members, while its predecessor, Far Cry 4, is $12. You can also pick up Far Cry 3 Classic Edition for $13.49 or Far Cry Primal for $10. Beyond that, Ubisoft's popular tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, is $12.49, and Ghost Recon Wildlands is $15. Finally, the loot-driven shooter The Division is down to $10 if you're interested in picking it up before its sequel arrives next month.

Switch Console Voice Chat Might Be More Common Thanks To Vivox

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Vivox, one of the world's leading provider of voice and text chat for video games, has announced that developers can now use the company's software to add console-based voice chat to their games on Nintendo Switch. Titles that support Vivox SDK will allow you to converse with other players by simply plugging a headset into the Switch console, as opposed to going through the mobile app. This system is already live on Fortnite.

"We've already seen a great deal of success with Nintendo and the use of our voice services in Fortnite," said Vivox president Dave Verratti. "We are extremely proud to be a part of the Nintendo ecosystem. We're happy to help Nintendo continue to push the envelope in their products by bringing gamers together through enhanced communications."

Additionally, Vivox's software supports cross-platform voice and text communication. With more titles on Switch supporting cross-play with Xbox One, PS4, and PC--starting with Fortnite and now extending to others such as Rocket League and Dauntless--Vivox could allow those playing a game on Switch to communicate with their friends on other platforms, provided the game supports SDK.

Apex Legends Cross-Platform Play Could Come In The Future

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Respawn, the developer behind Titanfall and Titanfall 2, surprised fans by announcing and releasing a new battle royale game, titled Apex Legends, on the same day. Although the game doesn't support cross-platform play, Respawn has hinted that may not always remain the case.

On the Apex Legends FAQ page, Respawn writes, "We currently don't support cross-platform play, but are always working on new features and improvements we can add to our game." So cross-play could come to the Titanfall-themed battle royale game in the future. Given Sony's decision to reverse its stance on cross-play with Nintendo and Microsoft, Apex could feature cross-platform support across Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

If Apex were to go through EA's launcher, much like Fortnite--and soon Dauntless--goes through Epic's, then the battle royale game might be able to support cross-progression one day as well. It wouldn't be the first time, Apex borrows an idea from the popular battle royale title, as Respawn's game utilizes a Fortnite-style Battle Pass. Although Apex launches on Origin for PC, currently your game account isn't tied to your EA one when playing on Xbox One and PS4.

More Titanfall Is Coming After Apex Legends Launch, Respawn Says

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Apex Legends is set in Respawn's Titanfall universe, but it's hard not to notice that it's conspicuously missing the titans themselves, not to mention Titanfall in its name. The studio confirmed that it isn't working on Titanfall 3, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of its robot-based warfare.

On Twitter, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said the studio is working on new content and listening to player feedback for Apex, but also planning more Titanfall. "We are also working on more Titanfall for later in the year (yes, I said the T word)," he said. "We love being able to experiment in this crazy universe!"

[Update: As part of EA's earnings, the company noted that among its ongoing and upcoming projects, it's excited to "to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences," though it didn't offer any further specifics on what the latter half of that is in reference to.]

More Titanfall Coming, Says Respawn CEO

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Apex Legends is set in Respawn's Titanfall universe, but it's hard not to notice that it's conspicuously missing the titans themselves, not to mention Titanfall in its name. The studio confirmed that it isn't working on Titanfall 3, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of its robot-based warfare.

On Twitter, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said the studio is working on new content and listening to player feedback for Apex, but also planning more Titanfall. "We are also working on more Titanfall for later in the year (yes, I said the T word)," he said. "We love being able to experiment in this crazy universe!"

This doesn't necessarily mean a new mainline Titanfall game is coming. Given that the studio has already ruled out Titanfall 3, it seems more likely to be a smaller standalone project, or even continuing the fiction in some other form of media. EA has previously stated that Respawn will have multiple games coming out by the end of 2019.

New Xbox One Game Deals Available Now On Xbox Live

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Microsoft has kicked off a new sale on Xbox Live. This week, Xbox One owners will find deals on a variety of EA and Bethesda games, while the latest selection of Deals with Gold includes discounts on Divinity: Original Sin II and a few other well-received titles for the console.

Nearly every installment in the Battlefield series is on sale in the Microsoft Store this week, including the latest entry, Battlefield V, which is down to $30. Xbox One owners can also purchase Battlefield 1 Revolution for $10 and Battlefield 4 for $5, while Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition is $9. Xbox Live Gold members, meanwhile, can pick up the last-gen installments Battlefield 3 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for $5 apiece; thanks to backwards compatibility, both are also playable on Xbox One.

Those aren't the only EA shooters on sale for Xbox One this week. Star Wars Battlefront II is down to $6.25, while the first Star Wars Battlefront's Ultimate Edition is $5. If you're enjoying Respawn's new free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends and haven't tried the studio's previous shooter, Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition is $4.50. You can also pick up Titanfall 2 alongside Battlefield 1 in a $12 bundle.