Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will launch during Comic-Con

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 will launch during Comic-Con

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has a release date and, wouldn’t you know it, it’s smack in the middle of San Diego Comic-Con.

The action RPG, a surprise sequel in a series that hasn’t been seen for a decade, will be released July 19 on Nintendo Switch. Team Ninja is the developer and Nintendo the publisher, so Switch is the only platform. The first two games were developed by Activision studios Raven Software and Vicarious Visions, and launched on every platform known to humankind in their day.

Magic: The Gathering kills off a major character, creates a new Signature Spellbook

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Magic: The Gathering kills off a major character, creates a new Signature Spellbook

Magic: The Gathering, the original collectible card game, is gearing up for an epic showdown. A massive narrative arc will soon come to a close with the publication of a new novel. Its release will coincide with the launch of War of the Spark, the game’s 81st set of cards. Nic Kelman, the head of story and entertainment at Wizards of the Coast (WotC), says that this is a climax that will change the game’s multiverse forever.

Recently, Kelman sat down with Polygon to share the details of a brand-new product, a so-called Signature Spellbook, and to pore over the details of a moment years in the making. He says that in the coming days, a fan-favorite character will die. He also indicated that, unlike in some other fictional universes, this character won’t be coming back.

Sega confirms 10 more games for Genesis Mini, including Castle of Illusion and Earthworm Jim

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Sega confirms 10 more games for Genesis Mini, including Castle of Illusion and Earthworm Jim

Sega’s upcoming retro console, the Sega Genesis Mini, will include 40 games as part of its lineup and, as of Thursday, we know half of them.

Back in March, Sega confirmed 10 of those games for its Genesis Mini, a list that included platform favorites like Sonic the Hedgehog, Gunstar Heroes, and ToeJam & Earl. Today, Sega delivered even better news, confirming that classics like Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Streets of Rage 2, as well as third-party favorites like Earthworm Jim and Contra: Hard Corps, will also be playable on the mini 16-bit console.

The best Nintendo Switch release week in months has MK11, Cuphead, more

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The best Nintendo Switch release week in months has MK11, Cuphead, more

This week, Nintendo unloads a dump truck full of promising new games onto the Switch. The titles span big franchise entries like Mortal Kombat 11, colorful indies like Katana Zero, and massive content updates like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 3.0 update.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is my most anticipated game of the bunch. Capcom released the original Dragon’s Dogma in 2012 to mixed reviews. Many critics and fans had trouble connecting with the game, which borrowed concepts from masocore series like Dark Souls and open-world role-playing series like Elder Scrolls. Between then and now, however, Dragon’s Dogma established a cult following that appreciates the game’s quirkier bits that aren’t really like anything else.

Konami reveals full Castlevania Anniversary Collection lineup

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Konami reveals full Castlevania Anniversary Collection lineup

Konami announced the full eight-game lineup for its upcoming Castlevania Anniversary Collection on Thursday, confirming the inclusion of classic games like Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest and one important rarity in Kid Dracula.

Back in March, Konami announced four of the titles included in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection: the original Castlevania (NES), Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge (Game Boy), Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse (NES), and Super Castlevania 4 (Super NES).

Halo TV series casts its Master Chief

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Halo TV series casts its Master Chief

Showtime’s upcoming Halo series has landed its Master Chief. Actor Pablo Schreiber, whose credits include American Gods, First Man, and Orange Is the New Black, will act in the starring role in Halo, Showtime announced on Wednesday.

Master Chief is, of course, the primary protagonist of Bungie and 343 Industries’ Halo franchise. The 26th-century warrior will battle the Covenant, the alliance of alien worlds that threatens our future civilization, in Showtime’s original series.

The Division 2’s first raid has been pushed back to May

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The Division 2’s first raid has been pushed back to May

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has been out for over a month now, and it’s already received one big content update. Massive Entertainment originally planned for the game’s next update, and its first raid, to arrive on April 25, but the developer has now pushed that date back.

According to a post made on Ubisoft’s website, Massive chose to push back the release of what it’s calling Title Update 3, until May. Massive says it made the decision to ensure that the update and the Operation Dark Hours raid will be released in the best possible state for fans. “In order to fine-tune the balance of our game and to ensure the best possible player experience for everyone, we have decided to move the release of Title Update 3,” Massive said.

PlayStation 5 sounds expensive, but Sony says it has an ‘appealing’ price point

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PlayStation 5 sounds expensive, but Sony says it has an ‘appealing’ price point

Just as soon as PlayStation’s hardware architect opened up about Sony’s next console came questions of what that will cost. The Wired writer who first reported Sony’s plans put that question to Mark Cerny, and the answer is … it’s probably gonna cost more.

Cerny, PlayStation’s lead architect, did not say that directly. But yesterday on Twitter, Wired’s Peter Rubin shared an unpublished exchange with him:

Why a secret City of Heroes server is dividing the community

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Why a secret City of Heroes server is dividing the community

When City of Heroes’ developers announced that they would be shutting the game down on Aug. 31, 2012, fans began battling for the fate of their favorite MMO. The superhero themed game, along with developer Paragon Studios, was shuttered due to a “realignment of company focus and publishing support” by publisher NCSoft. Fans rallied for in-game protests, funded spiritual successors on Kickstarter, and eventually fell back on creating their own versions of City of Heroes that couldn’t be taken away from them.

Paragon Chat and SEGS are two of the surviving mirrors of City of Heroes’ content, but neither of them have full functionality. Rumors have persisted for years in the City of Heroes community about a full private server, and they were finally confirmed by a player named Destroyer Stroyer. As Massively Overpowered originally reported, this leak — as well as the reaction to it — has led a once-dormant community to explode into chaos.