Final Fantasy 15’s Episode Prompto arrives next week

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Final Fantasy 15’s Episode Prompto arrives next week

Third-person shooting and snow machines come to Final Fantasy 15 in Episode Prompto, the next chapter in the game’s DLC schedule. Episode Prompto arrives later this month.

The chapter launches June 27, and is part of Final Fantasy 15’s season pass of downloadable content. Episode Prompto follows March’s Episode Gladiolus and offers a new adventure tailored to its namesake.

Geek Chic, maker of exquisite gaming tables, has gone out of business

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Geek Chic, maker of exquisite gaming tables, has gone out of business

Geek Chic, manufacturer of hand-crafted gaming furniture, has gone out of business.

According to multiple customer accounts, the company stopped responding to email or telephone calls on or around June 12. The next day Geek Chic released a statement on its social media accounts saying it had “ceased operation.”

Pokémon Go’s huge multiplayer update is the game’s next evolution

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Pokémon Go’s huge multiplayer update is the game’s next evolution

Pokémon Go’s biggest update ever will begin to roll out to players across starting today. Nearly a year after the iOS and Android game launched, Pokémon Go’s gyms have been majorly reworked, and a major cooperative multiplayer feature is on the way too.

Polygon got the chance to try Pokémon Go’s new gyms during E3 2017, and I came away feeling cautiously optimistic. I wasn’t a huge fan of how gyms worked prior to the update; they suffered from top-tier players camping out at them forever and lacked the competitive incentives of the traditional games’ gyms. These are among the things Pokémon Go’s gym update is meant to correct.

Madden brings back colleges, but an NCAA video game remains a longshot

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Madden brings back colleges, but an NCAA video game remains a longshot

For all that has been written and said about video games, college athletes, lawsuits and the costs of settling them, the cameos of the Texas Longhorns and the Oregon Ducks in a video game — in an EA Sports video game — raised a lot of eyebrows a week ago.

The two universities appeared in the highlight reel for "Longshot," the story mode coming to Madden NFL 18. The protagonist, a sure-thing Texas quarterback who lost his way after graduation, apparently played a big game against the Pac-12’s glamour franchise. What became of that, who knows, but it appears that video gamers will, once again, be able to direct a college football team in action when Madden NFL 18 arrives at the end of August.

Top Spin maker rallies on with Tennis World Tour

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Top Spin maker rallies on with Tennis World Tour

Pierre André still carries around the feeling from six years ago. I asked him about it last week and he responded like it had all happened the day before. "Oh, it felt like crap," the video game developer said, spitting out the words.

2K Sports' cancellation of the Top Spin series at the end of 2011 was little regarded at the time and less remembered today. But it really did kill a series at the apex of its appeal. Sports video gaming has eternal martyrs like NFL 2K and MVP Baseball and NCAA Football, but for a series terminated in its prime by the publisher — not by a lawsuit, bankruptcy or an exclusive licensing agreement — no waste of genius stands out quite like Top Spin's.

E3’s security efforts spark online debate and conversation

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E3’s security efforts spark online debate and conversation

E3 2017 included 15,000 fans who purchased tickets, and the resulting crush of people changed the character of the show, for better or worse. One of the more concerning aspects of the new show, to some, was the lack of security.

“For every single day of the event, which was secured by private security contractors, I’ve tried to walk into the building from the street outside to the showfloor without wearing my badge,” developer Rami Ismail stated in a blog post. “I succeeded every single time, over the period of three days, and every time I was carrying a backpack that was never checked for its contents. It would be trivial for someone to bring any sort of weapon to the event, and security would not be able to react fast enough in the hall to prevent anything from happening.”

E3 sales at Amazon, Samsung, and more of the week’s best game deals

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E3 sales at Amazon, Samsung, and more of the week’s best game deals

E3 brings not only the announcement of new games, hardware, and accessories, but great sales on older products, like name-brand hardware featured in Amazon’s E3 sale, Samsung Gaming Monitors, and Xbox One S discounts. Another highlight includes savings on Nintendo Switch's latest game, Arms, which just came out yesterday.

There’s a lot of great deals to look at this week, so let’s get right to it.

Destiny 2 still won’t explain the Darkness

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Destiny 2 still won’t explain the Darkness

Destiny 2 developer Bungie is trying to make things easier and less confusing this time around. The story will be in the game, not in Grimoire cards. You’ll be able to fly between destinations without having to hop out to orbit. And Destiny 2’s writers aren’t even going to try to explain what the hell the Darkness is.

In a 22-minute interview with Kotaku’s Splitscreen podcast recorded at E3 2017, Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith spoke about a variety of features that will and won’t be available when the game debuts this September on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You should listen to the full episode, but Kotaku helpfully pulled out some of the most interesting tidbits — let’s get to ’em.