Mass Effect: Andromeda gets 10-hour EA Access trial

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Mass Effect: Andromeda gets 10-hour EA Access trial

People who subscribe to EA Access or Origin Access will be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda for up to 10 hours before the game launches, publisher Electronic Arts announced recently.

The trial will go live March 16, five days before Mass Effect: Andromeda’s March 21 release date. EA Access and Origin Access are available on Xbox One and Windows PC, respectively, meaning that as always, PlayStation 4 owners will miss out on the trial.

Overwatch Chinese New Year event skins, details leak out early

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Overwatch Chinese New Year event skins, details leak out early

A trailer for Overwatch’s next seasonal event based on the upcoming Chinese New Year, has made its way online. A member of the Chinese social network Weibo uploaded a low-res version of a teaser for the Year of the Rooster promotion, which is set for Jan. 24.

The trailer, which is an advertisement for the Chinese market, is grainy, but it gives fans a quick look at costumes for a variety of heroes. Symmetra is decked out in a red-and-gold dress, appropriate for the holiday. Roadhog, Reinhart, Winston and Zenyatta resemble characters from the classic Chinese story Journey to the West, which boasts a cast full of animals that are also featured in the Zodiac.

Dark Souls 3’s final DLC stops by The Ringed City this March

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Dark Souls 3’s final DLC stops by The Ringed City this March

The last expansion for Dark Souls 3, The Ringed City, will launch on March 28. Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the release date alongside a trailer for the downloadable content, showing off what awaits players in the apocalyptic cityscape at the world’s end.

The DLC is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, and will cost $14.99. Owners of the $24.99 season pass will receive the expansion — the game’s second after last fall’s Ashes of Ariandel — when it launches.

Tekken 7 finally hits consoles this June

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Tekken 7 finally hits consoles this June

Tekken 7 will launch on June 2, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced. The long-awaited fighting game arrives on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One after years in development and an at-times controversial stint in arcades.

Ahead of the June release, Bandai Namco announced both a season pass and several pre-order bonuses for Tekken fans. Players who reserve the game starting today will get a downloadable character: Eliza, a vampiric fighter who first joined the series in Tekken Revolution. For those playing Tekken 7 on Xbox One, they’ll also get free, backward-compatible copies of Tekken 6 for Xbox 360.

Suicide Squad director expresses regrets over the film

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Suicide Squad director expresses regrets over the film

Suicide Squad made a whole lot of money at the box office while disappointing a whole lot of people. A fan recently tweeted in support of the movie, which inspired director David Ayer to post a lengthy, thoughtful and candid look at what he regrets about how it all turned out.

“I know it’s a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own,” he wrote.

Sony sponsors bootcamp for girls who want to work in gaming

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Sony sponsors bootcamp for girls who want to work in gaming

Sony has announced plans to sponsor a "bootcamp" for girls who want to work in video games and technology.

The six-week session is being held in Liverpool for local girls ages 11-to-14. It's being organized by Liverpool Girl Geeks, which says it's attracted large numbers of applications for its various courses and programs. This year, it hopes to support 400 girls, according to a report in Develop.

Gaming revenues increased in 2016, according to trade body

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Gaming revenues increased in 2016, according to trade body

U.S. consumer spending on video games and gaming hardware rose slightly last year, to $30.4 billion, according to sales research outfit NPD and the Entertainment Software Association.

In its annual report, the ESA said that total sales — including games, in-game purchases, subscriptions, hardware and peripherals — was up from its 2015 level of $30.2 billion. Game software sales, including mobile revenues, was up six percent to $24.5 billion.