Dead Rising 4 update adds Street Fighter costumes and new difficulty mode

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Dead Rising 4 update adds Street Fighter costumes and new difficulty mode

Dead Rising 4's next update will deliver a set of Street Fighter-themed costumes for Frank West to wear, as well as two new difficulty modes.

Available for free on Jan. 30, the update adds five Street Fighter outfits. Capcom-Unity didn't specify which characters were represented, but did show a screenshot (above) featuring Frank West as Zangief, Guile and, uh, Cammy. Yes, with Frank’s ass turned to the camera.

Video game releases for February 2017

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Video game releases for February 2017

Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of February 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel for tons of gaming videos. Also, here are the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold subscription this month. Additionally, here's what is coming to your favorite video streaming services and here's what is leaving in February.

What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

QuakeCon dates announced

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QuakeCon dates announced

QuakeCon 2017 is will be Aug. 24-27 in Grapevine, Texas at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Zenimax Media announced the dates for the 22nd edition of fan gathering yesterday.

The event will be free and is open to the public, as usual. More than 10,000 gamers attended QuakeCon 2016 and took part in the LAN party that has made it famous. Other events include panels, gaming tournaments, workshops and exhibits showcasing new hardware and gaming accessories.

Titanfall 2’s free DLC continues with new Live Fire mode, another map remake

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Titanfall 2’s free DLC continues with new Live Fire mode, another map remake

Respawn Entertainment will continue its flow of free content for Titanfall 2 with a new gameplay mode called Live Fire coming in February and the return of a Titanfall multiplayer map in March, the developer confirmed today.

Griffin Dean, the designer behind the new mode, described Titanfall 2’s Live Fire as a “fast-paced round-based 6v6 pilot only elimination mode.” Each round lasts only 60 seconds, and the team holding a flag at the end of each round will emerge the victor.

Gears of War 4 gets Xbox One vs. PC cross-platform play

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Gears of War 4 gets Xbox One vs. PC cross-platform play

Gears of War 4 players on Xbox One and Windows 10 can now play each other in versus mode, Microsoft and developer The Coalition announced today. Competitive cross-platform play is now available in the game’s Social Quickplay playlist.

The addition of Xbox One vs. Windows 10 cross-play is “planned to be a permanent move for the future of Social Quickplay, with the first few months being a ‘trial period’ in order to monitor player feedback,” said The Coalition community manager Liam Ashley.

Digital board games are booming, and one company is holding an awful lot of cards

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Digital board games are booming, and one company is holding an awful lot of cards

Tabletop publisher Asmodee has a hot hand going into 2017. This year, it hopes to further fortify their brand in the digital space. Philippe Dao, chief marketing officer for Asmodee Digital, told us that his team could have as many as 20 new games on iOS and Android this year.

In the past few years, Asmodee has made aggressive moves to acquire several large publishers and developers. That includes Minneapolis-based Fantasy Flight Games, known for licensed titles such as A Game of Thrones The Board Game and Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game. In October, Asmodee also acquired F2Z Entertainment, which owns the Pandemic and Dead of Winter line of board games. It even snatched up North American rights to the Catan brand, making it a one-stop-shop for some of the industry’s biggest franchises.

Overwatch now has 25 million players

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Overwatch now has 25 million players

Overwatch now has more than 25 million players, Blizzard Entertainment announced on Twitter. That’s up five million from October, when the publisher celebrated the game having 20 million players.

In the time it took Overwatch to gain 25 million players, the game saw a deluge of updates, achievements and new content. Among the highlights from the last few months of Overwatch:

Pillars of Eternity 2 campaign hits goal in less than a day

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Pillars of Eternity 2 campaign hits goal in less than a day

The crowdfunding campaign for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, the sequel to the original Pillars of Eternity, has already hit its goal, crossing over the $1.1 million mark in less than 24 hours.

The campaign is being run through the Fig platform, which offers backers a choice between traditional rewards and equity investment. The total amount is currently split roughly halfway between the two options. Developer Obsidian Entertainment had said it was willing to accept up to $2.25 million in equity, which means there’s plenty of room at the table for those interested.

The Pokémon anime’s latest episode proves Mimikyu is the scariest monster

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The Pokémon anime’s latest episode proves Mimikyu is the scariest monster

A new episode of the Pokémon Sun and Moon anime aired earlier this week, and it was a pretty eventful one. Not only did Mimikyu, the Alola region’s creepiest Pokémon, make an appearance, but we finally got a sense of what’s under that bizarre Pikachu costume it’s wearing. Based on one classic character’s reaction to what it saw, Mimikyu can scare the living daylights out of anyone who dares to take a peek at it.

In a scene from this week’s episode, Team Rocket’s chatty Pokémon companion Meowth happens to see Mimikyu floating in a body of water. It turns out that it’s not Mimikyu, though — it’s the Pokémon’s empty costume.

PAX Unplugged is a brand new convention focused on tabletop games

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PAX Unplugged is a brand new convention focused on tabletop games

Penny Arcade and ReedPop are partnering to bring a new convention to Philadelphia this November. Called PAX Unplugged, it will focus exclusively on tabletop games.

The two companies already partner for multiple conventions, including PAX West, East and South. But while those events primarily focus on video games, Unplugged will be the first show dedicated in its entirety to that hobby. The team is still working to determine logistics, collect vendors and schedule events but director of events Ryan Hartman tells Polygon that his team has already secured a large block of hotel rooms in and around the city.