Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed to spring 2018

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Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed to spring 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch in spring 2018, Rockstar Games announced. The game, which is headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, was originally set to launch later this fall.

“This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans,” the company said in a post.

Pokémon woodblocks are beautiful — and pricy

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Pokémon woodblocks are beautiful — and pricy

Now in stock at the American Pokémon Center shop are a pair of beautiful, handcrafted woodblock prints. For fans of the traditional Japanese art style ukiyo-e, these Pokémon-themed pieces are an easy sell — except for the fact that picking up the set will put you back $900.

The price makes sense when considering just how these woodblocks are made. The Pokémon Company broke down the process in its news release about the new items.

Angry Birds sequel hits theaters in 2019, 10 years after the game

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Angry Birds sequel hits theaters in 2019, 10 years after the game

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is set for a fall 2019 premiere, Rovio Entertainment announced. Although that’s still a ways off, the mobile developer said in a press release that the release date is significant: It coincides with the 10th anniversary of the first Angry Birds game.

It’s a significant landmark in mobile gaming, of which Angry Birds was one of the first big successes. The puzzle-like bird-launching game became a phenomenon not longer after its 2009 debut, spawning numerous sequels and spinoffs, merchandise and the first Angry Birds movie, which was in theaters last summer.

Cheating in speedrunning is easier than you’d think

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Cheating in speedrunning is easier than you’d think

It shouldn’t be a surprise that many speedruns are fake. The unique, highly competitive way of playing games requires a lot of rote memorization, patience and pure skill — but for those who want the glory without the work, cheating is an easy way out.

A video from TheNo1RetroGamer, who fancies himself a speedrunning expert, goes over some of the most common methods of faking your way to a speedrunning record. The most common of these is splicing, which involves players editing footage from different playthroughs together to create the illusion of one complete, quick run.

Nintendo thanks blind fan for his support in a touching note

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Nintendo thanks blind fan for his support in a touching note

Hibiki Sakai is a Japanese fifth-grader who loves drumming and Rhythm Heaven, Nintendo’s cult beloved series of quirky rhythm games. The Rhythm Heaven games are, in fact, the only ones Hibiki can play with ease — he’s blind, as he told Nintendo in a heartfelt letter his father shared on social media.

“I am blind, but I’ve always wanted to play video games like everyone else,” Hibiki wrote, according to a translation by RocketNews24. “But there aren’t many games I can play at all. The one game I can really play is [Rhythm Heaven]. It’s the only game I can enjoy together with others, and I never lose at it. I’ve gotten perfect scores on all the versions on the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and 3DS too.

Far Cry 5 teaser welcomes you to Montana

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Far Cry 5 teaser welcomes you to Montana

Far Cry 5’s first teaser trailer, released today by publisher Ubisoft, sets a scene of idyllic American beauty — or so it seems.

The 42-second teaser gives us a few glimpses of the backdrop for Far Cry 5, although all of it appears to be live-action footage as opposed to cutscenes or gameplay. It confirms the game’s setting as Montana, the fourth-largest state in the Union, in the fictional Hope County.

Professional Overwatch League announces amateur tournament

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Professional Overwatch League announces amateur tournament

The Overwatch League, a city-based esports league with permanent teams, was only announced last November. Since then, potential owners have been maneuvering for their piece of the action. Today comes word that Blizzard itself is looking to prime the pump with an open invitation to join Overwatch Contenders, a developmental league for aspiring pros. Winners could earn cash prizes and the attention of pro teams looking to fill out their roster.

Registration for season zero starts today, and matches start June 3.

New Dragon Age game in development, BioWare writer says

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New Dragon Age game in development, BioWare writer says

BioWare is working on a new entry in the Dragon Age franchise, a writer on the unannounced project said in a recent interview with Eurogamer.

Alexis Kennedy, co-founder of Sunless Sea developer Failbetter Games, left the studio a year ago to become a freelance video game writer, and announced in early September that BioWare had hired him as its first-ever guest writer. Kennedy said at the time that he was working on “a significant piece of content,” but couldn’t provide further details. The studio hasn’t exactly been trying to keep his work secret, though — Kennedy pointed out to Eurogamer that Mark Darrah, the series’ executive producer, said “welcome to Dragon Age” earlier this year in a tweet about Kennedy.

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland to play young Nathan Drake in Uncharted movie

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Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland to play young Nathan Drake in Uncharted movie

Tom Holland will trade a Spider-Man suit for khakis in Shawn Levy’s upcoming live-action Uncharted film, reports Deadline.

Holland, 20, will play a young version of Nathan Drake, the series’ protagonist. Deadline is also reporting that the film will be a prequel focusing entirely on Drake’s youth, including how he met the rogue treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan. The idea is based on a sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but the decision to focus on a younger version of the character came from Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, according to Deadline.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 coming to Nintendo Switch

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 coming to Nintendo Switch

Bandai Namco is bringing last year’s Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 to Nintendo Switch this fall, the publisher announced this weekend. The port of the fighting RPG will arrive nearly a year after its PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One counterparts.

It sounds like the Switch version will take full advantage of the hardware’s capabilities, however. Bandai Namco said on Twitter that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Switch will feature ad-hoc multiplayer, motion controls and two-player battles on one system, with each player getting their own Joy Con controller.