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Japan sees PS4's Tomorrow Children closed alpha test next month

The Tomorrow Children, Q-Games' adorably glossy mashup of slanted Marxist philosophy and real-time strategy game tropes, will enter alpha testing on PlayStation 4 next month. Sony will host the test, and it will be available exclusively to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

We've attempted to reach both Sony and Q-Games for information on a possible English-language alpha test (or even word on when The Tomorrow Children is expected to make its official debut), but neither company had anything to tell us. However, we were told that more information will be coming soon.
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Tekken team's Project Morpheus demo is voyeuristic

Bandai Namco Director Katsuhiro Harada and the team behind the Tekken series put together a demo for Sony's VR hardware, Project Morpheus, though it's just about the furthest from a fighting game you can get. The demo is called Summer Lesson and it's an interactive tour through a Japanese schoolgirl's bedroom, schoolgirl included.

In the introductory video, we see players look around the sunny room, nod yes or no to the girl's questions, and make her pull back in discomfort when the viewing angle gets too invasive. Yes, really. See a video of the demo (from the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan & Asia event) below.

Summer Lesson will be playable at Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off on September 18.
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First NBA Live 15 trailer is different, yeah it's different

Image NBA Live 15 received its first gameplay trailer today. The video shows off player likeness in the sports sim, along with body types and accessories like footwear. EA Sports' next basketball game will launch October 7 for Xbox One and PS4.... Continue Reading

New Flight School jobs propel GTA 5 into the danger zone

The latest round of jobs added to the open-world crime sandbox that is Grand Theft Auto Online will feed your need for speed, assuming you're old enough to understand that as a Top Gun reference and not a nod to EA's racing games.

Building on the recent, fan-favorite Flight School Update, Grand Theft Auto Online now features two new contact missions. The first, "Chop Chop," sees players hijacking helicopters from Merryweather Security before turning their airborne ordinance back on the the PMC's goons. In the second contact mission, "Effin' Lazers," players will fly the titular fighter jets on a mission to destroy similar jets owned by rival drug dealers. Obligatory Kenny Loggins anthem not included.

The remaining missions are a mixed bag of races, parachute jumps and a capture maps. Highlights include "Flying Colors," where players race jets mere feet above the scrub brush of East Blaine County, and the "Under The Bridge" event where brave souls leap from a helicopter 4,000 feet in the air before using their parachute skills to float to relative safety beneath a bridge. For full details on all of the new missions joining Grand Theft Auto Online visit the Rockstar Games blog.
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PSN Tuesday: Don't Starve, Velocity 2X

If Wednesday is Whacky and Thursday is Thirsty, what's left for poor old Tuesday? It's not alliteration, but we like to think of Tuesday as PSN Update Day: This week, grab Velocity 2X as a Cross-Buy on PS4 and Vita for $20 (free for Plus members), and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate on PS4 for $60.

Vita gets Don't Starve: Giant Edition for $15, Joe Danger for $11 (free for Plus members), Danganronpa 2 for $40 and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate for $40. On PS3, grab Mega Man X4 for $6 and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate for $50.

Games discounted through September 9 include Alice: Madness Returns Ultimate Edition for $7, Battlefield Bad Company 2 for $7, the Mass Effect trilogy for $20 and Mirror's Edge for $7.
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New Assassin's Creed screens set sail for neck stabbin'

Image Through two galleries of upcoming Assassin's Creed entries - the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3-bound Assassin's Creed: Rogue, and the new-generation Assassin's Creed: Unity - two things remain constant: Everyone is unrealistically attractive given the hygiene standards of the period, and somebody... Continue Reading

Super Joystiq Podcast Special: PAX Prime 2014

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Hope you are ready for a huge rundown of awesome games show at PAX Prime 2014, because the crew is checking in with a list of their favorites from the show.

Tune in to hear Xav, Danny, Mike, and Sam talk about notables from the show floor including: Darknet, Alone in the Dark: Illumination, Shadow Realms, and Darkest Dungeon. And then it's time for the lightening round of standouts: Upsilon Circuit, Salt and Sanctuary, Lords of the Fallen, Super Meat Boy Forever, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, Game 4 from The Behemoth, and more!

Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Relevant links are available after the break.

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Costume Quest 2 goes trick-or-treating with bigger worlds, goofier costumes

Double Fine's catalog is defined by eclectic variety, with its previous efforts ranging from alternate-history tower defense games to RTS-infused brawlers. To date, however, none of the studio's games has seen a sequel. What, then, made the Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest a standout candidate for a follow-up?

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Xbox One lands in 28 new countries in September

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Xbox One launches in 28 countries in September, including China, Russia and Japan, and today Microsoft provides a breakdown of release dates in the new regions. Chile and Columbia get Xbox One today, September 2, while Japan gets it on September 4, China on September 23, and Russia on September 26.

The largest launch day is September 5, when the Xbox One comes to 16 new countries. Argentina doesn't have an official release date yet, but Microsoft says it will share launch plans in that country shortly. See the release schedule below.

The Xbox One's launch in China marks a milestone in the country, since in January it lifted a 14-year ban on foreign console sales.

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Sims 4 Real World: Recognizing your Joystiq in The Sims 4 [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]


From the Joystiq House confessional:

SIMS 4 JESS CONDITT: Alexander is a mostly good roommate. He's really clean and he cooks well, but I wish he'd stop stealing my clothes. I mean, yesterday I noticed my favorite sequined club dress was missing, and then I find it under his bed. He said it was "a laundry accident," but that dress is definitely dry-clean only! Sequins, remember?

What happens when a video game website moves into a single imaginary house in The Sims 4, stops being polite, and starts getting real? If The Sims 4 Real World: Joystiq is anything to go by, it gets rough pretty fast. Everything's going a-okay until Jess Conditt (@JessConditt) sets herself on fire grilling up dinner and Susan Arendt (@SusanArendt) and Alexander Sliwinski (@Sliwinski) have to use up not one but two extinguishers. Refilling those things isn't free! Oh, it is? What if they're used for pranking people?

That question and more will be answered when Alexander and Anthony John Agnello go on a full tour of The Sims 4 live at 4PM EST right here on Joystiq.com. Want to hang out and chat with us? Watch at Joystiq.com/Twitch or over on our Twitch channel.

Joystiq Streams broadcasts live every Tuesday and Thursday on Joystiq.com/Twitch, but if you want to catch all our surprise streams and get in on free game giveaways, make sure to follow us on Twitch.

Meanwhile, if you want to hang with the Joystiq crew in The Sims 4, it's super easy! Play as Susan Arendt, Jess Conditt and Alexander by searching "Joystiq" in the new gallery option.
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Report: Disgaea 5 'could only be done' on Playstation 4

Following this weekend's reveal, publisher Nippon Ichi Software has spilled a few more details on the upcoming Disgaea 5, a game it claims will feature more content than any prior entry in the series.

According to the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine (helpfully translated by Gematsu), Disgaea 5 stars a young demon boy named Kiria who is seeking revenge against Demon Emperor Void Dark. Kiria is joined on his quest by Seraphine, the princess of the Gorgeous Underworld, and Usaria, the unstable queen of "Rabbit Rabbit World" who goes "berserk if she does not eat curry."

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Developers wanted for Capcom's new mystery fighter

Street Fighter 4 producer Yoshinori Ono has issued a call seeking developers to assist in the creation of a new, unnamed fighting game. "We are recruiting colleagues to work together with us at Dimps studio for new FG," Ono recently tweeted alongside a link to Imagica Digitalscape, a Japanese website that lists job openings in the games industry.

Unfortunately, the Imagica Digitalscape page linked by Ono offers only a vague job description. The position is seeking fighting game fans who are also competent developers to work on a "next generation fighting game," but no solid details on the game itself are revealed by the listing. It wouldn't come as a shock if this were another Street Fighter entry - Dimps and Capcom co-developed Street Fighter 4 - but the two developers both have an extensive history in the fighting game genre. Even if we assume this isn't an original property, it could be anything from a new Darkstalkers game to that third Rumble Fish entry that six people in Japan have been anxiously anticipating since 2005.
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Alone in the Dark: Illumination aims for November on PC

Alone in the Dark: Illumination is shooting for a November release, Pure FPS producer Stephanie Marroquin tells Joystiq. Publisher Atari confirmed the launch window goal, but adds an exact release date for the PC title has not been solidified.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination is an Unreal Engine 4-powered third-person, class-based shooter set within the universe of Atari's survival horror franchise. In a twist for the franchise, the latest game in the series focuses more on action that every before; taking its cues from horde-based survival shooters like Left 4 Dead.

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Take a tour of Destiny with Planet View

Image Destiny players can get an early look at the game's sprawling otherworldly environments with Planet View, a Google Street View-like feature powered by Google's technologies. In addition to offering combat-free tourism, Planet View catalogs the game's enemies and makes it easier to find hidden... Continue Reading

Thousands of game devs sign open letter against harassment

"We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened."

It may seem like an obvious statement, but it's one with particular relevance to the gaming industry at the moment. The past few weeks have been colored by vicious online harassment of notable women involved in gaming, including developer Zoe Quinn and critic Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian, who launched a new video in her Tropes vs Women in Video Games series last week, was forced out of her home after receiving threats against her and her family. She also posted a sample of some of the scariest messages that get thrown her way (trigger warning).

‚ÄčThis week, Spaces of Play developer Andreas Zecher posted an open letter to the gaming community, calling for an end to harassment and hate speech. It's now been signed by more than 2,000 developers and professionals in the industry, including people from BioWare, Nexon, Ubisoft, Riot, Epic Games, EA, King, Double Fine, Sony, Blizzard and Telltale.

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