Grand Theft Auto Online character transfers end in March

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Grand Theft Auto Online character transfers end in March

If, for some reason, you still have and still are playing a character on Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you have a little more than one month to transfer that progress to the current console generation.

Rockstar Games announced the March 6 deadline along with its latest promotions and special events within GTA Online. Progress transfer — within a console family only — began after Grand Theft Auto 5 launched on the current console generation in 2014.

BioWare’s next new series launches due by March 2018

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BioWare’s next new series launches due by March 2018

A new, original intellectual property from BioWare will launch by the end of this fiscal year, Electronic Arts announced on a conference call for investors. The action title is expected by March 31, 2018, when the company’s 2017 fiscal year ends.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson teased details about the game, which is being worked on by members of the Mass Effect franchise. The game will have an online component of some kind, encouraging players to interact in a completely new setting.

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s third global mission sounds just as tough as the the last two

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s third global mission sounds just as tough as the the last two

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s third global mission is live, encouraging all trainers to head to the Global Trade Station by Feb. 14. The goal this time around is for players to trade a total of one million Pokémon between them, yet another lofty aim in the challenging global mission series.

In order to win the grand prize of 2,000 Festival Coins, players need to access the online Game Sync feature and trade as many Pokémon as they can by Feb. 14. Anyone who participates will receive 200 Festival Coins, but if everyone hits the reach goal of two million trades by the event’s end, they’ll also win a Friend Ball.

Club Penguin set to close, breaking millennial hearts worldwide

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Club Penguin set to close, breaking millennial hearts worldwide

One of the most popular — and most kid-friendly — massively multiplayer online game is going offline this spring. Club Penguin, Disney’s long-running, browser-based MMO, will shut down on March 29 as the company transitions to a mobile-only experience based on the property, according to a post on the game’s website.

Club Penguin Island will replace the current desktop and app-based versions of Club Penguin. The team behind the franchise referred to it as “an entirely new Club Penguin experience for mobile” on its website, although how it differs from the original game is still unknown.

CBS says Star Trek: Discovery now in production

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CBS says Star Trek: Discovery now in production

CBS’ new Star Trek television series, Star Trek Discovery, has had its share of problems getting to the small screen. It’s been delayed twice and saw its showrunner depart, but there are positive signs of progress; Star Trek Discovery is now in production, according to a new teaser released by CBS today.

Today’s sneak peek offers a few enticing details, notably a glimpse at Discovery’s Starfleet uniforms, another look at the USS Discovery and what appear to be alien — possibly Klingon — costumes. There’s also a closing shot of the new captain’s chair, though it’s not clear who will actually occupy that set yet. You’ll also get a look at the revised Star Trek: Discovery logo, which looks a bit cleaner than what we saw last year.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 get new tiny teasers, but that’s about it

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 get new tiny teasers, but that’s about it

Final Fantasy 7 launched in Japan exactly 20 years ago today, and Square Enix commemorated the milestone with a new screenshot from the game’s upcoming PlayStation 4 remake. Unfortunately for fans eagerly awaiting both that game and the similarly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3, the company had nothing else to offer on how development’s going.

Square Enix debuted the image above, referred to as the “key visual” from Final Fantasy 7 Remake, during the opening ceremony for Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The event saw a handful of other series announcements, but the developer had little else to show or say about the remake project.

Morrowind expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online

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Morrowind expansion coming to The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a massive new update. Called The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, developer ZeniMax Online Studios says it features more than 30 hours of gameplay and the addition of the largest geographic zone since its launch in 2014.

Thanks to a sweeping gameplay revision issued earlier this year, new players can start the game and move directly into the Morrowind expansion, which takes place largely on the island of Vvardenfell, without having to complete any legacy content. The update launches simultaneously for Windows PC and Mac, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, on June 6.

A sneak peek at The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

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A sneak peek at The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

The massive tome of The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts won’t hit shelves until Feb 21, but thanks to Dark Horse, you can check out six exclusive preview pages of the book’s extensive collection of art from every corner of Zelda’s more than 30-year history.

In addition to interviews with design teams, official pixel art and reproductions of rare promotional art that accompanied the games, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts also contains a sneak peek at behind-the-scenes art from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Tropes vs Women calls on games to stop ‘exoticizing’ black women

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Tropes vs Women calls on games to stop ‘exoticizing’ black women

The newest episode of Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games, above, delves into the “tragic impact” of perpetuating stereotypes of black and other minority women. That’s something host and critic Anita Sarkeesian explains that the media, especially games, are often guilty of doing.

It’s not just that games — like Far Cry 3, Diablo 3 and Resident Evil 5 — often present women of color in negative, objectifying ways, she says. They specifically treat them as exotic, sexualized beings.