New Xbox One Console Exclusive Announced, Launches Day One On Game Pass

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New Xbox One Console Exclusive Announced, Launches Day One On Game Pass

Zen Studios has announced its upcoming RPG, titled Operencia: The Stolen Sun, will release as an Xbox One console exclusive. The game will also be enhanced on One X and launch day one on Xbox Game Pass.

"Much of our development team grew up on classic RPG series like Wizardry, The Bard's Tale, and Eye of the Beholder--and we're just not seeing many games like those these days, especially on console. So not only would creating a CRPG for Xbox One be something we want to play--it would also fill a void," Zen Studios creative director Chris Baker wrote in a blog post.

Operencia represents yet another title that the Epic Games Store has managed to nab away from Steam. The RPG was originally scheduled to launch on Valve's store when it was first revealed during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase. However, in a blog post, Zen Studios announced that Operencia caught the eye of Epic after the showcase, and a deal was made. Epic has quickly become a competitor to Steam's dominance of the PC gaming market by grabbing impressive exclusives, like Hades and Ashen, and securing triple-A games that were originally scheduled for Steam, such as The Division 2 and Metro Exodus. Valve described the loss of Exodus as "unfair" to customers.

Persona Q2 Won't Have English Voice Work, Will Have Subtitles With Japanese VAs

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Persona Q2 Won't Have English Voice Work, Will Have Subtitles With Japanese VAs

The upcoming spin-off RPG starring an ensemble of Persona characters, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, was recently confirmed to come to North America and Europe later this year. It's the Nintendo 3DS exclusive that gives the casts adorable chibi designs and brings them together in an alternate, sinister movie-themed dimension for a wild ride. But despite Persona 3, 4, 5, and all other spin-off games having an English voice cast, Persona Q2 will not.

Atlus USA confirmed to us and other outlets that the game will only feature the Japanese voice track with English subtitles. This may come as a disappointment to some fans, especially since the localized versions of Persona 3 and Persona 4 had English voice work exclusively and didn't offer the opportunity to enjoy the Japanese voice overs. It's not entirely surprising, however. Considering the deep cast of characters spanning three other games and the fact that the 3DS is at the end of its life cycle, bringing in the necessary number of voice actors may not have been cost-effective for Atlus, unfortunately.

Fortnite Week 9 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 9 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

Fortnite's Week 9 challenges have arrived, which means we're nearing the end of the game's seventh season. This week's missions involve popping golden balloons and dancing on a sundial, oversized coffee cup, and metal dog head, among other tasks, which will net you Battle Stars and level your Battle Pass up once completed.

As usual, there's an added benefit to completing as many challenges as possible. If you clear all of the ones from a given week, you'll also complete a Snowfall challenge, which will unlock a special loading screen that contains a subtle clue pointing to a free Battle Star or Banner hidden somewhere around the island.

If you've finished all nine weeks' worth of challenges thus far, you'll receive the loading screen pictured below. This one features the Prisoner--the Legendary skin you'll earn for completing 60 weekly challenges--emerging from its cell in Polar Peak's dungeon. Look carefully at the ice wall on the left side of the image, however, and you'll spot an etching of a Battle Star above what appears to be a giant sled.

Another Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter, Kano, Has Been Revealed

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Another fighter has been confirmed for Mortal Kombat 11: Kano. NetherRealm announced the character during a stream in Brazil, before confirming Kano's inclusion in the game for international audiences via Twitter.

Despite being one of the seven original characters in the Mortal Kombat series, Kano hasn't appeared in too many games. He was, however, a part of the last game in the series, Mortal Kombat X. Like Scorpion, Kano has a fairly good projectile attack and a fast moveset. His trademark attack, Kano Ball, has him roll into a ball and launch himself at his opponent, which does more damage at close range.

It's probable that Kano was supposed to be revealed during a Mortal Kombat 11 stream that was originally scheduled for this week, before being postponed due to the harsh weather in the eastern US. We got our first good look at the upcoming game's gruesome new gameplay during a January 2019 reveal event. Several series staples, such as Sub-Zero and Scorpion, return in Mortal Kombat 11's roster, alongside characters that haven't been seen in a while and brand-new fighters. NetherRealm also showed off some of the new Fatalities during the event, and they're just as bloody as ever. A new trailer for the game's story was revealed as well, which looks to be as filled with gore as recent entries in the series.

Lots Of Nintendo Switch Game Deals Available Now On The Eshop

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If you're in the market for something new to play on Nintendo Switch, a bunch of games are on sale now in the US Eshop. Some of the system's quirkiest indie gems are discounted as part of the Weird and Wonderful sale, while Nicalis and NIS America are offering deals on a range of titles in their respective publisher sales.

Disgaea 1 Complete, the recent remake of the classic PS2 tactical RPG, is down to $40, while the series' latest installment, Disgaea 5 Complete, is available for $30. NISA's Etrian Odyssey-like dungeon crawler Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk is on sale for $40, while the action RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is $42. You can also pick up the horror game Yomawari: The Long Night Collection for $30 and the humorous brawler Penny-Punching Princess for $20.

Nicalis, meanwhile, is offering The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and the beat-'em-up Code of Princess EX each for $20. Additionally, the Zelda-like adventure game Ittle Dew 2+ is $10, and the beloved Metroidvania game Cave Story+ is $15. You can also get the classic top-down shooter Ikaruga for $10 and the crossover fighting game Blade Strangers for $15.

Nintendo's Next Mobile Game Is Dr. Mario World

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Nintendo's Next Mobile Game Is Dr. Mario World

Nintendo has announced a new expansion to its mobile games business. Following the release of its latest earnings report, which brought news that Mario Kart Tour has been delayed, the company revealed a new partner and game: Dr. Mario World.

Very little has been shared about the game so far; we don't have any screenshots, just the logo below. Nintendo describes it as an "action puzzle game" and says it's due out early this summer. It'll be free-to-play and available on both iOS and Android devices.

Dr. Mario World is being co-developed by LINE, a Japanese company known for a variety of things, including the development of games that have proven successful in Asian markets. Those include Disney Tsum Tsum and Cookie Run.

Downwell Review - Polished Boots

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Downwell Review - Polished Boots

Update: Three years on, Downwell continues to be a gripping, fast-paced action game that thrives by pushing you into taking huge, exciting risks. The new Switch version of the game is on par with other versions but carries a few unique pros and cons. Playing Downwell in the Switch's standard handheld mode means that the vertical play area of the game is dramatically reduced in size, which makes it hard to follow the game's frenetic action. On the other hand, the console's unique capability to remove the Joycons and position the screen as you wish allows the game's built-in tate mode (which optimizes the play area for vertical screens) is perfect for an undocked Switch, provided you have some method of safely propping up the body of the console at a 90-degree angle (like the Flipgrip). Downwell's play area perfectly covers the whole screen in this method, and it's a wonderful way to experience the game. -- Edmond Tran, February 1, 2019, 10:00 AM AEST

Original text: Jumping into a bottomless pit is terrifying. Gravity shows no mercy and no matter how prepared you might be, you’re probably going to hurt yourself. Downwell’s premise embodies this fear. Downwell is a game about diving into the unknown and learning to adapt to the consequences, and it’s a thrilling, action-packed descent.

One Of 2016's Best Anime Movies Is Finally Getting A Home Release (US)

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Eleven Arts has announced that A Silent Voice is finally getting a physical disc set release in North America. The anime movie is releasing in a deluxe package that includes the Blu-ray, DVD, and digital versions.

First premiering in Japanese theaters in 2016, the home release of A Silent Voice will be available for purchase in North America on April 2, according to Crunchyroll. The disc set includes both the original Japanese version of the film and the English dubbed version.

A Silent Voice rapidly gained popularity in Japan when it first released, and its emotional story captured American audiences when the film released internationally the following year. The movie is a condensed version of the story told in the seven volume manga of the same name--titled Koe no Katachi in Japan--that was created by Yoshitoki Oima. A Silent Voice follows the changing relationship between Shoko and Shoya, a girl who's deaf and the male peer who used to cruelly bully her in elementary school. Shoya reaches out to Shoko when the two are in high school in an effort to make amends, as well as come to terms with his own guilt, and the two eventually spark an unlikely friendship that begins to grow into something more.