The World Next Door, a unique fantasy anime game, is out next month

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The World Next Door, a unique fantasy anime game, is out next month

Viz Media and Rose City Games will launch The World Next Door on March 28, bringing this unique blend of anime-inspired visuals and puzzle-inspired gameplay to Mac, Windows, and Nintendo Switch.

Players control a teen named Jun, who is transported to a fantasy world full of other teens — it’s just that these teens are monsters. She must help them take down the evil forces plaguing their realm while looking for a way back to her human realm. To do this, Jun buffs up relationships with the other high schoolers, while also using an abundance of runes in grid-based battles. (When I played it at last year’s GDC, I found the game to switch between visual novel dialogue sequences and complicated battles, which developers referred to as Tetris-like.)

Fortnite’s latest patch introduces a hoverboard

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Fortnite’s latest patch introduces a hoverboard

Fortnite season 7 opened with a teaser for the Driftboard, and days before the end of the season, Epic has finally released the item.

While the hovering snowboard may be the star of this week’s content update, it isn’t the only change. Epic is also releasing a couple of limited time game modes, one that also involves the Driftboard, and another that removes all the guns from the game and lets players play a deadly game of dodgeball using only grenades.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Treasure Trove collection delayed ‘several months’

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Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Treasure Trove collection delayed ‘several months’

The final Shovel Knight expansions won’t make their planned April release. Yacht Club Games announced that it has delayed the platformer Shovel Knight: King of Cards, multiplayer fighting game Shovel Knight Showdown, and the physical release of the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove collection by “several months.”

“It remains our focus to bring these to the highest level of quality just as we have with previous Shovel Knight games,” the team wrote in a blog post. “It’s also our priority to have these games on the disc/card for the upcoming physical version. We need a little more time to make this happen, and so we are pushing the release back one last time.”

Apex Legends patch makes sure Caustic and Mirage are no longer crashing games

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Apex Legends patch makes sure Caustic and Mirage are no longer crashing games

Apex Legends has been out for two weeks, and developer Respawn has released the game’s second patch. This patch deals with the game’s stability and attempts to fix a few crashing issues, especially on console.

Every version of the game is getting fixes for the slow walking bug, which caused players to move slowly after a revive. Also there’s a fix to the bug that caused Mirage’s abilities to sometimes crash the game.

Google to unveil gaming project at GDC 2019 in March

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Google to unveil gaming project at GDC 2019 in March

Google will reveal details about its unannounced gaming project at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, according to an invitation sent by the tech giant Tuesday. The company will hold a keynote presentation on March 19, at 10 a.m. PT, where it’s expected to reveal details about a new endeavor focused on video games.

Official details are scant. Google’s invite only included the tagline “Gather around” and an image of what appeared to be a darkened hallway leading toward a lighted exit.

Airborne Kingdom is a city sim with a flying town and a migrant message

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Airborne Kingdom is a city sim with a flying town and a migrant message

A Case of Distrust by solo developer Ben Wander (aka The Wandering Ben) was one of Polygon’s best 50 games from last year. It merged whodunit threads with a lovely aesthetic and smart dialog. Today, Wander announced a new game called Airborne Kingdom, which involves a flying city and a search for desert migrants.

This time, Wander is working with a reunited team of old friends. Prior to making A Case of Distrust, he worked at Visceral Games, part of a unit of four people who designed multiplayer modes for shooter Battlefield Hardline. After Wander’s departure, and the later shutdown of Visceral, the rest of the team went their own ways. But now they’re reuniting to make Airborne Kingdom. Collectively, they call themselves The Wandering Band.

Huge Pokémon Go YouTube channels deleted, restored after being mistaken for child pornography

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Huge Pokémon Go YouTube channels deleted, restored after being mistaken for child pornography

On Sunday, two of Pokémon Go’s biggest personalities woke up to find their YouTube channels gone. Both Brandon “Mystic7” Martyn and Nick Oyzon of Trainer Tips received content strikes from the platform due to what YouTube called “sexual content,” a violation that resulted in the termination of their accounts. Neither channel contained sexual content, and both were quickly returned to service.

“Waking up to find out that my channel has been terminated for violating guidelines and no information beyond that from @TeamYouTube,” Oyzon tweeted Sunday morning. “Would be great if someone could tell me what my family friendly Pokémon channel did wrong.”

Super Mario Maker 2’s debut trailer was packed with a ton of new features

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Super Mario Maker 2’s debut trailer was packed with a ton of new features

Nintendo unveiled a sequel to Super Mario Maker for Switch last week during a jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation. While the company didn’t say much about the game during that livestream, the debut trailer for Super Mario Maker 2 says a lot. The trailer is stuffed with information about what’s new in the sequel, and fans have been picking it apart for unannounced details.

The most obvious new additions in Super Mario Maker 2 are the ability to add slopes — a la Super Mario World, a feature Nintendo devoted nearly a third of the trailer to — to level designs, and new gameplay elements from Wii U game Super Mario 3D World, like the Cat Suit, transparent warp pipes, and enemies like the Ant Trooper, Piranha Creeper, Porcupuffer, and Skipsqueak.

More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed

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More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed

A cavalcade of early Pokémon designs surfaced online this weekend, courtesy of the Pokémon historians at Helix Chamber. As we’ve seen before when fans shared old and scrapped Pokémon design prototypes, there are tons of Pokémon (or “capsule monsters”) in here that clearly inspired the ones we know from Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green — but there are also several surprises, including one that seems to support a long-held fan theory.

Our latest look at another batch of early and unused Pokemon comes from an anonymous source, said Helix Chamber, in a thread about how it acquired these assets. The source wouldn’t pass along the full playable build of a Pokémon Red and Green beta they supposedly had, but they agreed to pass along a ton of assets to the Pokémon fan group. With the help of ROM hackers, Helix Chamber reconstructed the sprites in further detail, from Pokémon, to trainers, to the original Kanto region map.