Hands-on Final Fantasy 15: Episode Gladiolus

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Hands-on Final Fantasy 15: Episode Gladiolus

Final Fantasy 15’s first proper piece of DLC, called Episode Gladiolus, drops on March 28. Polygon had a chance to sit down with producer Haruyoshi Sawatari for a guided tour of a near-final build fresh from the Square Enix studio in Japan.

Gladiolus takes its inspiration from the events in Final Fantasy 15. Players will remember a flashback that takes place early in the game where a character named Ravus gets the better of the king’s shield. That battle creates a crisis for Gladiolus, and for a time he breaks away from the main party in order to face his demons.

Hearthstone players lash out as Blizzard raises pack prices in many regions

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Hearthstone players lash out as Blizzard raises pack prices in many regions

A major change to card pack pricing has many Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft players calling foul on Blizzard Entertainment. After the developer announced that it would hike up the cost of cards in many African, European and Middle Eastern countries, fans worldwide fired back to voice their disappointment and concern with where the game’s going.

A Blizzard community manager announced the price changes on the Hearthstone Battle.net forum.

Nintendo skeptical that Switch docks are scratching screens

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Nintendo skeptical that Switch docks are scratching screens

Several Nintendo Switch owners report that their consoles’ screens are getting scratched up by the included dock, but Nintendo executives say they’ve yet to experience the issue itself. In an interview with Time, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime casted doubts on scratched-up Switch tablets, but asked customers to continue reaching out for support.

“This is why we’re encouraging consumers to reach out to us directly,” Fils-Aime said when asked of the somewhat widespread problem, where Switch consoles end up with scratches when pulled out of the dock. “We have done, as you know, literally hundreds of events, starting with our activity back in January, and most recently the various tours that we continue to take the system out on. As soon as I heard of this report, I asked my teams, ‘Have we seen this in our own experience?’ And the candid answer has been no.”

Carmack strikes back at ZeniMax with new lawsuit

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Carmack strikes back at ZeniMax with new lawsuit

John Carmack is suing former employer ZeniMax for $22.5 million in alleged unpaid earnings.

Carmack was one of the founders of id Software, which ZeniMax bought back in 2009. Carmack left id in 2013 to work full time as chief technology officer at Oculus, now owned by Facebook.

Mario Kart 8 on Switch’s upgrades make it worth picking up again

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Mario Kart 8 on Switch’s upgrades make it worth picking up again

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the next marquee game heading to the Nintendo Switch. An overview trailer released by Nintendo today shows why owners of the original game on Wii U may want to pick up the kart racer a second time when it hits Switch next month, with a glut of new features and content exclusive to the re-release.

There are new playable characters in the Switch version of Mario Kart 8, ranging from more Mario faves to two of the kids (or squids?) from Splatoon. These new characters are Splatoon’s Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy, alongside King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr. All together, that makes for 42 possible racers total. (As a bonus, the Splatoon characters bring their own custom karts to the game, too. That means there’s at least two more karts to choose from.)

Farpoint’s co-op campaign in action

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Farpoint’s co-op campaign in action

When we played Farpoint on PlayStation VR last year, we liked what we saw. It's a first-person shooter that makes allowances for virtual reality, by coming with Sony’s gun-shaped PS VR Aim Controller. Farpoint is the first game to use the controller, which was unveiled at E3 last year.

Publisher Sony announced a co-op mode at GDC, and staged a press demo at a media event yesterday, allowing two players to stand (virtually) side-by-side as we worked our way through waves of alien attackers.

Ex-Wipeout developers want to send you to space (and let your friends mess with you)

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Ex-Wipeout developers want to send you to space (and let your friends mess with you)

In August 2012, Sony Computer Entertainment shut down Studio Liverpool — a development team with a long history, starting under the name Psygnosis and later building its reputation around the Wipeout franchise.

Shortly after the closure, part of the team reformed — becoming an independent studio under the name Firesprite, but continuing to work with Sony on various projects, contributing to PS4 mini robot toy box The Playroom and developing mobile and Vita runner Run Sackboy! Run!

Harmonix’s next project is a mix of DJ Hero and ... Yu-Gi-Oh

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Harmonix’s next project is a mix of DJ Hero and ... Yu-Gi-Oh

Harmonix, makers of the Rock Band, Dance Central and Amplitude games, has a new rhythm game in the works. Called Dropmix, it’s a game that’s all about mixing up new beats, and it’s due out in September for mobile platforms.

Just like its predecessors, Dropmix requires the use of a unique peripheral. But experience with plastic guitars and Kinect-mediated booty shaking doesn’t apply here. Instead, players who grew up with Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokémon cards will find themselves at home with the Dropmix game board and accompanying app.