Street Fighter 5's March updates arrive next week, but without real-money transactions

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Street Fighter 5's March updates arrive next week, but without real-money transactions

There are some make-goods, at least

The long-awaited and badly needed March update for Street Fighter 5 will launch next week along with Alex, the game's first post-release character, developer Capcom announced today. But while the second patch will add an in-game shop to Street Fighter 5, players won't be able to spend real money in it just yet.

The first part of the March update launches Monday, March 28. It includes the Challenge Mode, an extensive series of tutorials for fighters of all skill levels. In addition, the patch features combo trials for all 16 characters, as well as various bug fixes and gameplay balance tweaks. The update will also add eight-person lobbies and a rematch option to the game's online multiplayer component.

Report: Legal battle casts a shadow over one of PC gaming's most popular titles

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Report: Legal battle casts a shadow over one of PC gaming's most popular titles

Court to decide if a game designer broke his contract in order to create a multimillion-dollar hit

Trendy Entertainment, makers of Dungeon Defenders, alleged in a lawsuit against Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard that former Trendy employee Jeremy Stieglitz committed a breach of contract by working on Ark after leaving Trendy but before he was legally allowed to do so, according to a report from Kotaku.

Kotaku, which has been covering Stieglitz and Trendy long before Ark was released, claims to have had a role in pushing the game designer out of his previous employer with an investigation into reports of "dictatorial" and sexist behavior from Stieglitz. However, on his way out of the company Stieglitz was bound by a noncompete clause. It's during this noncompete period, Trendy alleges, that Stieglitz had a deep personal involvement in the creation of Ark.

Lego Dimensions delivers a playable video game museum with Midway Arcade

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Lego Dimensions delivers a playable video game museum with Midway Arcade

It was there from the very beginning, the idea of somehow stuffing nearly two dozen classic Midway games into a Lego Dimensions expansion pack.

But initially the developers at TT Games weren't quite sure how they were going to do it.

"I remember when I came into the project two years ago we had this sheet of paper with all of the things that were going to be coming to the game on it and Midway was right there," said Mark Warburton, associate producer on the toys-to-life game. "I was kind of like everyone else when I saw it, thinking, 'What is that going to be? It's very nondescript.'"

Xbox Live Gold members get Dead Space, Sunset Overdrive and more for free in April

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Xbox Live Gold members get Dead Space, Sunset Overdrive and more for free in April

Games With Gold has an enticing April planned

Microsoft revealed April's selection of free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers today. Starting April 1, Gold members will have their pick of two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games — all four of which might sound familiar.

These include The Wolf Among Us on Xbox One, which is available for the entirety of April. Also available for Xbox One is Sunset Overdrive, which subscribers can pick up from April 16 until May 15.

New Pokémon Go details and video emerge

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New Pokémon Go details and video emerge

We're one step closer to making Pokémon a reality

The Pokémon Company updated its official Pokémon Go page with further details — and new images — of the upcoming iOS and Android game. While there's still no release date for the augmented reality game, the publisher went further in-depth on how Pokémon Go will interact with its real world surroundings.

Sony forms new studio to make smartphone titles based on PlayStation games

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Sony forms new studio to make smartphone titles based on PlayStation games

ForwardWorks is bringing the PlayStation brand to phones and tablets

Sony Computer Entertainment is getting serious about making PlayStation games for smartphone games. In a press release today, the company announced the formation of a new studio, ForwardWorks Corporation, which will be dedicated to making apps for mobile devices based on PlayStation games and characters.

ForwardWorks will officially start operations April 1, the same day Sony Computer Entertainment unifies its PlayStation divisions under the name Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Logitech's G900 is meant to alleviate your concerns about wireless gaming mice

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Logitech's G900 is meant to alleviate your concerns about wireless gaming mice

Say it with me now: It's safe to go wireless

Wireless mice have gotten to the point where they're basically as reliable as wired mice, but people still don't trust them as much as they might want to. And they really want to; consider the gadget known as a mouse bungee, which elevates a mouse's cable to eliminate the possibility of it getting tangled up with the mouse. So if you're a serious or even professional gamer, and you could go wireless and still get the same level of performance — and if money were no object — why wouldn't you?

Well, you might say, a wireless mouse will always be somewhat laggy compared to a wired one. A more anxious person might respond, I'd be terrified of the battery dying during a close game, and what if I left the USB dongle at home? And the speed demons of the esports world might note, If there's a built-in battery, the mouse is inherently heavier.

Professional Dota 2 teams see shocking roster changes ahead of championship deadlines

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Professional Dota 2 teams see shocking roster changes ahead of championship deadlines

In a move that shocked the Dota 2 community and professional scene, recent Shanghai Major winners Team Secret have released two members of its roster, replacing them with players from The 2015 International Dota 2 Championship winning team Evil Geniuses — namely, carry player Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and offlane player Saahil "Universe" Arora.

Swedish esports outlet Fragbite reported last night that Evil Geniuses mid player Sumail Hassan and support player and co-captain Clinton "Fear" Loomis were also leaving the team. However, Polygon have confirmed with a source that though both players were considering leaving Evil Geniuses this week, that is not the case at this time. Instead, Hassan and Loomis will remain with team captain and support player Peter "PPD" Dager. Moreover, Evil Geniuses has a new roster ready to meet the impending cutoff deadline imposed by Valve ahead of the Manila Major.

According to Polygon's source, the new Evil Geniuses lineup will appear familiar to the team's fans, though they declined to be more specific.

How Figment confronts trauma through our most common fears

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How Figment confronts trauma through our most common fears

When the things that scare us the most also bring us closer together

In my early twenties, I was plagued for weeks by the same dream about my teeth falling out. Each night they would wiggle lose and drop out of my horrified head. Each morning I would awake with a tiny jump before I realized every single tooth was still tightly in place.

It was a harmless dream. Even the panic didn't last more than a few seconds. But that long-lost feeling was familiar to me as I played through Figment, an isometric adventure game that mixes fears with a stylish dreamworld.

Overwatch gets Hearthstone-style 'weekly brawls' in latest update

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Overwatch gets Hearthstone-style 'weekly brawls' in latest update

Blizzard gives players a new reason to keep playing Overwatch

Blizzard released a substantial update for the ongoing Overwatch closed beta this week that adds a host of new character skins, new achievements and a new map based on the historic U.S. highway Route 66. The developer also introduced a new gameplay option called Weekly Brawls, which is are inspired by another Blizzard game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Weekly Brawls, inspired by Hearthstone's Tavern Brawls, are rotating game types that feature "a set of unique (and sometimes crazy) rules" from Overwatch's Custom Game system.