Former Valve initiative CastAR shuts down

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Former Valve initiative CastAR shuts down

CastAR, the augmented reality start-up co-created by two former Valve employees, laid off its staff, shut down internal studio Eat Sleep Play and closed its doors today, according to now former employees.

About 80 people have been laid off between the Palo Alto headquarters and its Salt Lake City studio which was comprised of former Eat Sleep Play and Avalanche Software employees.

Pathfinder will finally get its own isometric RPG thanks to successful Kickstarter

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Pathfinder will finally get its own isometric RPG thanks to successful Kickstarter

Dungeons & Dragons’ younger sibling, Pathfinder, is finally getting its own isometric role-playing game thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Pathfinder: Kingmaker has already hit its $500,000 goal, and the developer is teasing a handful of stretch goals with two weeks left to go.

Kingmaker is being developed by Owlcat Games, a Russian team whose previous titles Skyforge and Allods Online have mixed reviews on Steam. Working in their favor is the fact that they’ve signed on Chris Avellone, former chief creative officer and co-founder of Obsidian Entertainment, to do the narrative design. Avellone has been on a tear recently, contributing his talents to Torment: Tides of Numenera and Prey among other titles.

Why was Star Fox 2 canceled?

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Why was Star Fox 2 canceled?

It’s taken more than 20 years for Nintendo to release the sequel to Star Fox, simply called Star Fox 2. For the first time, the Super Nintendo game will be playable this September, when it’s included among the 21 games installed on the SNES Classic Edition.

Star Fox 2’s official release marks the conclusion to one of Nintendo’s most high-profile cancellations. While an alpha version of the game has been playable with SNES emulators for years, the fall release of the SNES Classic Edition will make this hardly played, unfinished project widely available to the masses. (That is, assuming they can even get their hands on the system.)

Final Fantasy 15 goes off-roading with a monster-truck Regalia

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Final Fantasy 15 goes off-roading with a monster-truck Regalia

Final Fantasy 15’s newest title update introduces a way for players to drive off-road with a bonkers-looking new vehicle called the Regalia Type-D.

Until now, players were kept on the roads by rails. With the Regalia Type-D, sporting some phat knobby tires, jacked suspension and rad exhaust pipes, Square Enix answers one of players' top complaints since launch day: Hey, why won’t you let us drive off-road?

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ next patch tweaks loot spawns, adds guns

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ next patch tweaks loot spawns, adds guns

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is getting a significant patch in the next few days, which includes two new weapons as well as a big tweak to loot spawns.

This month developer Bluehole is adding the Groza. It’s a 7.62 mm bullpup that promises excellent stability and stopping power at short and medium ranges. It will only be available in care packages, which are dropped into the game via parachute. The Groza will replace the VSS, a suppressed 9 mm sniper rifle that was added just last month. The VSS will now only spawn as random loot in the game world.

Nintendo making ‘significantly more’ SNES Classic units than NES Classic

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Nintendo making ‘significantly more’ SNES Classic units than NES Classic

Nintendo is aiming to meet the already intense demand for the SNES Classic Edition by manufacturing “significantly more units” than it produced of the NES Classic Edition, the company said today.

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that it will launch the SNES Classic on Sept. 29 for $79.99. The system will come preloaded with 21 games, and the package will include two SNES Classic Controllers. That’s all well and good, but considering that Nintendo vastly underestimated demand for the NES Classic last year, the question on everyone’s minds right now is this: Will the SNES Classic be just as impossible to find as its 8-bit predecessor was?

XCOM 2 dev is hyped for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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XCOM 2 dev is hyped for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

XCOM 2’s creative director Jake Solomon was just as surprised as everyone to learn about Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.

The turn-based Nintendo Switch game, which is being developed by Ubisoft, appears to borrow heavily from the mechanics laid down by the X-COM series reboot launched in 2012. You’d think that Solomon would be a bit peeved seeing his team’s hard work being applied to a competing product, but he tells our colleagues at Game Informer that instead he’s absolutely thrilled.

The European SNES Classic Edition is super cute

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The European SNES Classic Edition is super cute

The Super Nintendo Classic Edition is heading to Europe on Sept. 29 too, and it’s virtually identical to the North American one. Well, except for one big difference: The system looks much different.

The Super Nintendo that launched in Europe and Japan looks a lot different from the North American edition, so that explains why their miniature sets don’t look the same. We’re not hating on the mini-SNES we’re getting stateside, of course — it’s charming in its own way. But look at how simple and stylish the system Europe’s getting is:

Mario + Rabbids, Wolfenstein 2, Shadow of War lead E3 critics’ nominations

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Mario + Rabbids, Wolfenstein 2, Shadow of War lead E3 critics’ nominations

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus were three of the best games of E3 2017, according to the world’s foremost gaming publications.

In the list of nominees for the 2017 Game Critics Awards, the aforementioned titles each received nods in four categories, including the coveted Best of Show. The other two games in that field are Assassin's Creed Origins and Super Mario Odyssey, each of which landed three nominations alongside Destiny 2.

Sega’s free, classic mobile games slammed as poor ports

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Sega’s free, classic mobile games slammed as poor ports

Sega Forever is one of those exciting ideas in theory — a new program from the publisher where classics from its entire library are made into free-to-play mobile games. But players have found that, in practice, Sega Forever is a bit of a bust. Reviews criticize the ports for being poorly emulated, with Sega Networks’ chief marketing officer Mike Evans calling the launch not “as strong as it could have been” in an interview with Eurogamer.

Reviews on iTunes for much of Sega Forever’s first wave of free, classic games, including Phantasy Star 2 and Altered Beast, say the games need work.