Xbox Play Anywhere launches Sept. 13

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Xbox Play Anywhere launches Sept. 13

Play Anywhere ... as long as it's an Xbox or PC

Xbox Play Anywhere, which delivers certain games to the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC with a single purchase, goes live on Sept. 13, Microsoft confirmed to Polygon this week.

The new program was during last month’s E3 Microsoft press conference. Play Anywhere saves your progress to a single file, tracks a single set of achievements and won't cost any more than a regular game. It also means that any DLC you purchase will be playable on both systems. This includes game add-ons, season passes, consumables and in-game unlocks.

Crypt of the Necrodancer now available on iOS

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Crypt of the Necrodancer now available on iOS

Roguelike rhythm game Crypt of the Necrodancer got a surprise release on iOS — and Apple’s tvOS — today, giving dungeon-crawling dancers a new way to play the game on the go.

Crypt of the Necrodancer Pocket Edition is available from the App Store for $4.99. The game, which is playable on iPhone and iPad, supports three touchscreen control schemes: virtual D-pads, swipes and edge controls. It also supports Bluetooth controllers, according to the developer.

Crypt of the Necrodancer challenges players with adventuring through tile-based dungeons and battling monsters to the beat of a Danny Baranowsky-penned soundtrack (though the game also supports custom music).

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is the classic series' latest adventure, out now

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is the classic series' latest adventure, out now

The mobile exclusive makes it stateside

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is now available to download on iOS and Android, offering a new role-playing game in the series exclusively on mobile. The free download stars a new set of heroes, along with various summons and familiar faces that longtime fans will recognize.

Brave Exvius opened for pre-registration earlier this spring, launching with a promotional campaign that promised in-game rewards for every registration. Now that the game's out, players who start it today will be rewarded with several bonus items and access to Final Fantasy 6's Terra. These are available until July 17.

Blizzard finally fixes Overwatch’s basketball hoop

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Blizzard finally fixes Overwatch’s basketball hoop

Heroes never d[AIR HORN]

One of Overwatch’s more captivating activities — punching and shooting the basketballs in the game’s transports while waiting for a round to start — is now out of beta. The latest update to the game finally recognizes when you successfully score a basket.

Prior to the most recent update to Overwatch, tossing a basketball through the game’s basketball hoop was a bit ... anticlimactic. Personal satisfaction from scoring a rare shot was your only reward. But now, landing a two-pointer elicits a burst of confetti and appropriate sound effects.

Pokémon Go beta closes down as developer teases its official release

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Pokémon Go beta closes down as developer teases its official release

The Pokémon Go field test will wrap up today, June 30, Niantic Labs announced.

Although testers appear to still have access, Niantic will disable the beta at some point today as it prepares for the game's full release. The official website for the iOS and Android game, which brings Pokémon characters into the real world using a smartphone's GPS and camera functions, no longer offers registration for the beta, instead bearing the words "coming soon" alongside a trailer.

A select group of stateside players participated in the beta, which began earlier this month. That includes two of Polygon's own staff, who shared their thoughts on the mobile game's current build. For now, though, the new screens below should help to tide you over until Pokémon Go's official launch, which is slated for sometime in July. Earlier this month, we also spoke with Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company about what else to expect from the socially focused, location-based title.

Shenmue 3 team celebrates Kickstarter campaign's first anniversary

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Shenmue 3 team celebrates Kickstarter campaign's first anniversary

Do you remember where you were when Shenmue 3 was announced?

It was June 15, 2015 when Shenmue 3 came to Kickstarter. Yu Suzuki, the series' creator, and developer Ys Net launched the crowdfunding campaign that day, weeks after announcing the game at Sony's E3 press conference. More than $6 million in backers' pledges later, the team has updated the campaign page to celebrate its successful first year.

Suzuki recounts the excitement of that surprise announcement in the short, celebratory post, which arrives two weeks after the anniversary itself. A video above offers the highlights, but to recap: Shenmue 3 made more than three times its goal of $2 million, becoming the biggest gaming Kickstarter ever. Now, the team is working to bring the game to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC by December 2017, its slated release date.

Dragon’s Crown is the first casualty of Atlus and NIS America’s publishing break-up

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Dragon’s Crown is the first casualty of Atlus and NIS America’s publishing break-up

European fans can't get the PS3 and Vita game anymore

Vanillaware’s beat-em-up Dragon’s Crown has disappeared from the European PlayStation Store, thanks to the end of publisher NIS America’s relationship with Atlus, which licensed the game to that company. The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita title is no longer up for sale in those territories, with no word on when it will return.

It's unclear for how long Dragon's Crown has been missing. A Reddit user noticed that the game was gone yesterday, however, when the European PlayStation Blog announced a sale on Japanese games. Among the discounted titles, according the post, was Dragon’s Crown. Yet following the link to the game’s store page leads to an error message.

Here are the My Nintendo rewards expiring July 1

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Here are the My Nintendo rewards expiring July 1

Get 'em while they're hot!

My Nintendo, Nintendo's rewards program for playing and purchasing games, is ending its most recent wave of discounts and downloads within the first few hours of July 1, so today is your last full day to pick these up.

Below is a list of rewards that will be expiring at 3 a.m. ET: