System Shock 3 is coming to consoles, thanks to new publisher

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System Shock 3 is coming to consoles, thanks to new publisher

System Shock 3 is heading to PC and consoles with help from Starbreeze, the Swedish publisher whose catalogue ranges from Payday 2 and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons to 2018’s Psychonauts 2.

The company announced that it’s investing $12 million in the project, currently in development at Otherside Entertainment. Starbreeze is one of several big names, attached to the long-awaited System Shock game, narrative design veteran Warren Spector (Deus Ex) chief among them.

Sony’s Play Collective sale offers launch-week discounts for six PS4 games

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Sony’s Play Collective sale offers launch-week discounts for six PS4 games

Sony is holding a special promotional event called Play Collective in April and March that will offer discounts on six PlayStation 4 titles, including rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper Remastered and Zeboyd Games’ throwback RPG Cosmic Star Heroine.

While Play Collective — similar PlayStation Store promos have been called Spring Fever and Launch Party in previous years — is primarily a means to bring attention to a half-dozen indie games releasing back to back, it’s also an opportunity to save some money. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get a 20 percent discount on pre-orders of the Play Collective games.

My Memory of Us celebrates Polish heroes, victims of the Nazi concentration camps

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My Memory of Us celebrates Polish heroes, victims of the Nazi concentration camps

My Memory of Us, a non-violent, side-scrolling puzzle game, is a celebration of hope and heroism. Taking its cues from Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts, a game about World War I, the team at Juggler Games hopes to bring attention to Polish heroes and victims of the Nazi occupation of Europe during World War II.

The 2.5-dimensional game tells the story of a boy and a girl, separated from their families during when the Evil King and his robot army take over the world. It is a thinly-veiled representation of WWII, the Nazi occupation of Poland, the creation of the Polish ghettos and of concentration camps. Like Valiant Hearts, it intends to educate players through the use of unlockable historical footnotes.

Kingdom Hearts PS4 collection comes with some big bugs

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Kingdom Hearts PS4 collection comes with some big bugs

Longtime Kingdom Hearts fans are finding that some of the series’ most frustrating technical deficiencies are fixed in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, a PlayStation 4 compilation of nearly every game in Square Enix’s action role-playing series that launched in Japan last week. But many of the bugs found in the series’ early games remain in the PS4 ports, turning some players off completely.

First, the good: The high-definition remasters of Kingdom Hearts and its sequel have much better load times on PS4 than on PlayStation 3, on which these remixes originally launched. That’s clear in this video, uploaded just before the game’s Japanese release:

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses announces 2017 tour schedule

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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses announces 2017 tour schedule

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will visit 46 cities in nine nations on its 2017 worldwide tour, whose dates were announced today.

The nine-month tour begins on Friday in Argentina, and it will feature selections from the 30-year history of The Legend of Zelda franchise. The performances are two hours long and will feature a 66-piece orchestra and 24-person choir.

MLB The Show 17’s new storyline puts you in control of your career

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MLB The Show 17’s new storyline puts you in control of your career

The greatest development in sports games during the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 days was the proliferation of the single-player career mode. Options like Madden NFL’s Superstar mode, Be a Pro in NHL and FIFA, and MyCareer in NBA 2K allow people to step into the cleats, skates or sneakers of a fictional athlete, and take them from no-name prospect to perennial all-star. Players fell in love with these modes, forging connections with their virtual counterparts through the ups and downs of a sports career.

Career modes are the ultimate role-playing experience for a sports fan, and they’ve always been designed with the same kind of character progression that fans of role-playing games know well. But few sports games have offered the other crucial element of the RPG genre: a story.

Check out Breath of the Wild’s Link and Zelda transition from weird to wonderful

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Check out Breath of the Wild’s Link and Zelda transition from weird to wonderful

The Link and Zelda who star in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild already look quite unlike previous iterations of the classic characters. In a new making-of documentary about the game, the design team showed that we could have seen the characters with some even wilder styles.

The second part of the half-hour The Making of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild goes in-depth on the game’s story and characters, with plenty of concept art to go around. Art director Satoru Takizawa broke down the process for how interconnected story and character designs are when it comes to producing a Zelda game.

Overwatch’s new hero Orisa goes live on consoles and PC next week

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Overwatch’s new hero Orisa goes live on consoles and PC next week

Orisa, the new Overwatch hero that’s been in testing on Windows PC for the past two weeks, will be live and playable in all versions of the game starting on Tuesday, March 21, Blizzard Entertainment announced today.

Blizzard also released a new behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch’s 24th hero today, which you can watch in the video above. Blizzard dives into the origin and design philosophy of the character, and talks about her earliest iterations. Orisa is the third post-release character to join Overwatch after Ana and Sombra.

Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch would ‘very challenging,’ says game’s director

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Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch would ‘very challenging,’ says game’s director

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently took questions about the game on Reddit, and a fan brought up the possibility of seeing the Nintendo on the Nintendo Switch. Kaplan’s answer doesn’t leave much hope, but it shows that Nintendo’s latest system is at least on Blizzard’s radar.

“I'm loving the Switch!” Kaplan wrote. “My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting [Overwatch] on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we're always open minded about exploring possible platforms.”

Even Overwatch’s director loves the game’s silliest meme

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Even Overwatch’s director loves the game’s silliest meme

Overwatch players’ love for the game is far-reaching, extending way beyond the game itself. One of the community’s most beloved parts of the award-winning multiplayer shooter has little to do with Overwatch itself: director Jeff Kaplan’s video developer updates, which have given away to a recurring parody series produced by a prominent member of the game’s subreddit.

It turns out that those Jeff Kaplan supercut videos, created by user dinoflask, are popular with the star himself. In a recent Ask Me Anything session on the Overwatch subreddit, Kaplan called the web series — which repurposes his developer updates to make him say some ... fairly outrageous things — “hilarious.”