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Warface exits beta, enters warzone on Xbox 360


As was previously announced, Crytek Kiev-developed FPS Warface officially launched on Xbox 360 today following its near one-month open beta phase. The game is free for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers to play, and features four soldier classes, playable in cooperative multiplayer raids as well as versus modes.

Warface launched on PC in North America in October, later receiving an update with added multiplayer modes in February. The game first debuted in Russia in 2012, and will later come to China, Taiwan and Japan. Crytek revealed late last month that the game reached 25 million registrants. Warface is based on the developer's own CryEngine 3 tech, the same engine used to create games like Crysis 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome.
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Minecraft video demonstrates world customization update


Minecraft developer Mojang showed off one piece of the forthcoming update for the PC game in a new video today, which offers more options for world customization in the game. The video shows the game's 16 new terrain-modifying sliders, allowing players to manually set the foundation of their Minecraft worlds down to its "depth base size" and "upper limit scale."

Additionally, the update will include other customization functions, such as the ability to decide which structures are generated by the game like caves, villages, temples and strongholds. Players will also have the option to set the number of dungeons and the height of their world's sea level in the game. If all that sounds too complex, Mojang included seven preset worlds and their slider settings to get players acquainted with the building tools. There's no word on when the Minecraft update is scheduled to arrive.
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Peggle 2 Windy fairy DLC gives a flying flock


Peggle 2 received a new master via downloadable content today named Windy, a spritely fairy that brings with her a special "Fairy Flock" power. Windy transforms blue pegs in the game into the score-boosting purple pegs and "simple shots" into ones that are bound to earn players additional chances.

The Windy's Master Pack DLC includes 10 new levels, 10 trials, three costumes, three achievements and 30 objectives, all for $1.99. PopCap launched the game on Xbox One in December, adding local multiplayer dueling in March. Xbox 360 owners will get a turn with Peggle 2 when it arrives on Microsoft's so-last-gen platform on May 7.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 5 adds Enviro-Bear, R-Type, Paper Monsters

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 is now nine games strong with the addition of Enviro-Bear 2010, R-Type and Paper Monsters. These three games are locked under the "pay more than the average" tier, joining The Cave, The Room Two and Carcassonne. Available for any price you want are Bag It, R-Type 2 and Aralon: Sword and Shadow.

There's one week left in this Humble Bundle. This time around, there are two charities you can send your cash to: Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. You can also split your money between the developers and Humble itself.
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PSN Tuesday: Octodad, Cel Damage HD, Walking Dead

Happy PSN Tuesday! This week on PS4 we get Octodad: Dadliest Catch ($15), Putty Squad ($25) and Cel Damage HD ($10). Even though Octodad is a new indie game on a Sony console, it's not free for Plus members – and the developers at Young Horses put a lot of thought into that development.

Cel Damage HD is also available on PS3 and Vita, while Putty Squad is also on Vita. The PS3 lineup includes Defense Technica and SoulCalibur Lost Swords (that one's free). On Vita, there's The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1, Demon Gaze and Starlight Inception.

PS Plus members this week get PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD free on Vita. Whee!
[Image: Young Horses]

BlizzCon hordes invade Anaheim Nov. 7-8

"Steel thyself, O mortal realm of Anaheim," a blog post on Blizzard's official site reads, announcing the dates for BlizzCon 2014. On Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 8, hordes of Blizzard fans will gather to celebrate all things [noun]Craft-related.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in two batches: First on May 7 at 7pm Pacific and then on May 10 at 10am Pacific via Eventbrite. Tickets are priced at $199 each. A limited number of $750 tickets, which also include entry to a pre-event dinner, will be available on May 14. Proceeds from the dinner event benefit the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Blizzard will also offer Virtual Tickets to the event, allowing fans afar to watch the festivities from the comfort of their own homes. Sale details and pricing have yet to be revealed for online access.

Blizzard recently launched the Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, and the collectible card game, Hearthstone, on iPad. The company's multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm is its next title, along with further expansions for the World of Warcraft universe.
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Next Fatal Frame to snap ghostly images on Wii U

The next entry in the Fatal Frame series will haunt Nintendo's Wii U console, according to a Famitsu report translated by Gematsu.

Nintendo and Tecmo Koei recently announced the new game, though the two corporations offered no further information on this project. Instead, they used this opportunity to promote a number of multimedia tie-ins tangentially linked to the survival horror franchise, including a novel, a manga and a live-action film from director Mari Asato.

Unfortunately for anyone in North America that's a fan of camera-shy ghosts, it seems unlikely that the next Fatal Frame will ever reach our shores. As Gematsu points out, the prior entry, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, made its Japanese Wii debut in 2008, but has yet to be localized for any other region. The 2012 Wii remake of Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly did manage to reach Europe, but it too skipped North America.
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Soulcalibur: Lost Swords finds a home on PlayStation 3

Today marks the debut of Bandai Namco's Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, an attempt at transferring the free-to-play success of Tekken Revolution to the publisher's other big 3D fighting franchise.

Like Tekken Revolution, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and can be downloaded from the PlayStation Network at no charge. Though superficially a one-on-one fighter mechanically similar to Soulcalibur 5, Lost Swords is a single-player game where players fight their way through typical Soulcalibur battles, earning items which can then be used to customize their chosen character. As in Tekken Revolution, each battle requires that players expend a certain amount of in-game currency, though once this supply runs low, players can either wait for it to gradually refill or shell out real-world cash to speed the process.

To reward those who just can't wait to slice and dice their polygonal foes, Bandai Namco is offering a gratis set of "bonus items" to anyone who plays the game within its first month of release. There's no word on what exactly these bonus items are, but knowing the series it could be anything from new weapons to inexplicable Star Wars tie-ins.
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Bandai Namco bringing RPG Sword Art Online to NA Vitas this summer

Bandai Namco announced today that its PlayStation Vita action-RPG Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will hit North American shores as a digital exclusive this summer.

Launching in Japan this week, Sword Art Online merges dungeon-crawling gameplay with dating sim elements. The game offers an in-depth character creation system, and players can team up with fellow PS Vita owners and AI-controlled partners in a monster-slaying multiplayer mode.

A release date for Sword Art Online was not announced.

[Image: Bandai Namco]

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 saves PacWorld later this year

First it was a game, then it was a cartoon, then it was a game, and now it's a game ... again! Don't worry about following that baffling pedigree, all you need to know is that Bandai Namco has announced Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and 3DS handheld.

Like its predecessor, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is based not on the arcade classic that everyone reading this site should be familiar with, but is instead based on the ongoing Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures animated series. As a result, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 is not focused on maneuvering a ravenous yellow pie chart through a neon maze, chomping pellets, but is instead a platformer where Pac-Man devours Power Berries which allow him to change into special, super-powered forms. Proving how far Pac-Man has come from his origins as an armless, blind eating machine, the iconic character will also be able to pilot a number of vehicles seen in the animated series.

Though Bandai Namco has yet to attach a specific release date to the game, the publisher hopes to debut Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 at some point during 2014, presumably alongside the first episode of the second season of the animated series.
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Next Ace Attorney delivers justice to 19th century Japan

A scan, reportedly lifted from the latest issue of Famitsu, reveals that the next entry in the fan-favorite Ace Attorney series will leave our modern era in favor of Japan's Meiji period.

Not much is known of the new game, though according to a tweet from Ace Attorney fan site Court-Records.net, it will bear the title "Dai Gyakuten Saiban - Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken," which translates to "Grand Turnabout Trial - The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke." From this, we can deduce that the game stars an ancestor of Ace Attorney protagonist Phoenix Wright (who is known as Ryuichi Naruhodo in his native Japan). The character portrayed in the scan does indeed resemble Mr. Wright, though the latter never wore a katana into the courtroom.

Finally, Court-Records reveals that long-time Ace Attorney developer Shu Takumi is once again leading this project and that it is currently in development for the 3DS handheld. It's currently unknown if the game will make its way to Western shores, or if it will remain exclusive to Japan.
[Image: Famitsu]

Miegakure solves puzzles, breaks your brain in the 4th dimension


At first glance, Miegakure is just a simple puzzle-infused platformer with a crisp, colorful Japanese setting. That is, until you stumble upon its central mechanic. At the press of a button, the world seems to fold in on itself, collapsing and expanding like an accordion until a new, different world appears (just watch the trailer). Sometimes this new world contains slices of the old one, sometimes it's completely different. Developer Marc ten Bosch's explanation to me made sense, even if I didn't fully understand it: In Miegakure, you get to play with four dimensions, not just three. Throughout the game, you can swap one of the current three dimensions for the fourth.

If you've ever tried to comprehend rotation in four dimensions, you might be familiar with the mind-rending confusion that Miegakure can inspire. That said, I was able to intuit the solutions to Miegakure's puzzles, even if I didn't understand the principles at work. Bosch told me he's perfectly fine with that. "See, the thing that's really interesting to me, is that we've tried to build this game where you can play it and just get a feel for what the fourth dimension is like, without necessarily understanding what the math is," he said. "I sort of see it as like a toy ball. Like, you throw the ball, and you know what's going to happen to it, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you know the math and understand gravity in a very deep way."

Miegakure is planned for PC, Mac, Linux and "another console." The release date hasn't been set.
[Image: Marc ten Bosch]

Introducing Joystiq Deals


Gaming, as we all know, is a fantastic hobby, but it's also an expensive one. Here at Joystiq, we follow sales with as much fervor as you do in the hopes of easing the strain on our wallets while still getting to play everything we want. Today, we're introducing Joystiq Deals, a site dedicated to saving you money on gaming software, consoles, and accessories.

Today's featured deal is the School of Interactive Design's Intro To Game Design w/ Unity3D, a beginner-friendly tutorial package that bundles $989 worth of design software for just $49. Up-and-coming game developers may also opt for the Learn to Code Bundle, which collects eight online coding courses for a price of your choosing.

If you're looking for accessories, we have The Air-Fi Matrix2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones available for $79.99 and the Sound Step Lightning speaker up for grabs at $99.

We're also kicking off today's launch with The Xbox One Titanfall Giveaway, a contest that gives you the chance to pick up an Xbox One, a copy of Respawn Entertainment's mech shooter Titanfall, and two controllers for the low price of $0. A winner will be chosen on May 31, so enter now for a chance to join the current console generation.
Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

Batman: Arkham Origins DLC explores Mr. Freeze's origins


Curious how a supervillain settles on a life of ice-themed larceny, instead of say, crime devoted to penguins or calendars? Today's Cold, Cold Heart DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins offers answers to that bizarre query.

Cold, Cold Heart focuses on Mr. Freeze, as he first encounters The Dark Knight. To counter his foe's obsession with all things chilly, Batman picks up a few new toys for this adventure. The Extreme Environment suit wraps Batman in a thick insulating layer as well as what appears to be ice-melting toaster coils, while the Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves lend necessary heat to Batman's ranged attacks and fisticuffs, respectively.

Cold, Cold Heart is available from the PlayStation Network Store, Xbox Live Marketplace and Steam for $10. Those who purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins season pass will be able to download the new content at no additional charge.
[Image: Warner Bros.]

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Joystiq Streams: Blinded by Daylight [UPDATE: Relive the stream!]


Daylight by Zombie Studios is full of lies! Just look at screenshots of that game. There is not an abundance of sunshine present. Indeed, darkness, creeping madness, and monsters seem to be the only things well-stocked in the recesses of Daylight. Doesn't matter! Who needs light anyway? Clear vision is for suckers. That's why we're willing to march into the early version of Daylight blind, having never played it before at all. Joystiq Streams is about as afraid of horror games as Ray Parker Jr. is afraid of ghosts.

To demonstrate our fearlessness, we'll stream Daylight live at 4PM EST on the Joystiq Twitch channel. Anthony John Agnello (@ajohnagnello), having never played the game before, will blindly barge his way into its dark recesses and attempt to convince viewers that he isn't frightened by things very clearly going bump in the night. Richard Mitchell (@TheRichardM) will be hanging out in the chat, feeding your questions, encouragement, and Stygian warnings of unknowable terror to Anthony as he plays.

Joystiq Streams airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM EST on the Joystiq Twitch channel.
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Ace Combat Infinity boarding PS3s on May 27

Bandai Namco's free aerial fighter Ace Combat Infinity is set to lift off on May 27 for PS3. The next entry in the long-running Ace Combat series was first announced last year in July, and was listed as the first free-to-play game in the series one month later. The game includes a single-player campaign as well as cooperative and competitive multiplayer, and Bandai Namco plans to add a player-vs-player mode following the game's launch.

The PS3 exclusive takes place on an alternate-reality Earth in which global authorities construct massive guns to save the planet from incoming debris caused by the destruction of a moon orbiting Jupiter. Ace Combat Infinity was originally due to land in 2013, but its flight suffered delays in December. The game entered open beta for one week in February.
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PS3 RPG Tales of Xillia 2 hits North America, Europe in August

Bandai Namco's PlayStation 3 RPG sequel Tales of Xillia 2 is headed stateside in August with a bonus-packed Collector's Edition in tow, the publisher announced today.

The Tales of Xillia 2 Collector's Edition includes a figurine of the game's main character Ludger Kresnik, along with an art book, a soundtrack CD, a plush charm, and a replica pocket watch. The package also features a collection of costume DLC featuring classic series characters Yuri Lowell, Emil Castagnier, and Asbel Lhant.

Tales of Xillia 2 is one of many Tales series games arriving stateside this year, accompanying the recently released Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and the upcoming Tales of Hearts R. Tales of Xillia 2 will hit store shelves in North America on August 19. A European release will follow on August 22.

[Image: Bandai Namco]

Borderlands, Civilization 4 facing service interruptions due to GameSpy closure


With the impending closure of GameSpy online services on May 31, publisher 2K Games says players should expect a temporary outage of multiplayer modes for a number of its titles as it switches to a new online platform.

The original Borderlands, Civilization 3 and Civilization 4, along with expansions for both Sid Meier titles, will be affected by the transition to the Steamworks platform, 2K Games said in a release today. The publisher did not detail a timetable for the migration to Steam.

A handful of legacy PC titles, including Stronghold 2 and Close Combat First to Fight, will lose online functionality when GameSpy discontinues its online services and will not be transitioned to Steam, 2K Games added. A number of legacy titles across handheld and console platforms will also abandon online features, including NHL 2K10 on Wii and Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on DS.

A complete list of titles affected by GameSpy's closure can be found in the press release after the break.
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Dark Souls 2 PC trailer collects cutscenes, foreshadows your demise

Image A better looking and performing version of Dark Souls 2 arrives for PC users on April 25. The latest trailer collects moments from the game's cutscenes, giving you a taste of all the areas you'll likely die in. ... Continue Reading

Tekken, Soul Calibur teams let loose ancient fighters in Rise of Incarnates



Rise of Incarnates comes from Bandai Namco and the creators of the Soul Calibur and Tekken franchises – and it looks absolutely insane.

Rise of Incarnates is a free, 2v2 fighter that takes place in real-life cities ravaged by massive cold fronts and geological shifts across the planet. The incarnates are humans able to draw power from gods, demons and monsters of ancient mythology, and they're each on their own mission to "defeat the Sovereign of this era." Each incarnate thinks this message means something different – hence the fighting.

The incarnates revealed so far are Dr. Gasper Watteau (grim reaper), Terrence Blake (Ares), Mireia Valentin (Lilith) and Jedrek Tyler (Mephistopheles). See a rundown of their abilities and personalities here. Sign up for the alpha via the same site, with the box in the bottom-left corner.

Rise of Incarnates is due out in late 2014 for PC in the Americas.
[Images: Bandai Namco]

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