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  1. Giant Squid's mysterious new title Abzû is out now, and in today's episode of Test Chamber Kyle and I discuss the title – what it is and what it isn't. The waters below are not only teeming with life, but also plenty of questions. While today's discussion is relatively spoiler-free, we hope they pique your interest in the game and prompt you to do more exploring yourself. For more on the game, check out my review. (Please visit the site to view this media) For more Test Chamber, click the banner below, or check out our hub. Source: Game Informer
  2. EA exceeded revenue expectations in the first quarter of its FY17 fiscal year. The company once again saw year-over-year increases in digital sales, which now account for 54 percent of revenue ($682 million). Profits dipped slightly by 1.6 percent to $440 million. Current-generation sales continue to climb, more than making up for the continuing slide of last-gen revenues. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 full-game and add-on sales grew by 59 percent, propelling that segment (inclusive of last-generation software) to $910 million of the total $1.2 billion revenue (71.6 percent). FIFA Ultimate T
  3. The wait is almost over. No Man's Sky launches next week. PlayStation 4 owners can launch their spaceships into the cosmos on Tuesday, and PC players just need to wait an additional three days for the bay doors to open on Friday. No Man's Sky is one of the most anticipated titles I've seen in my 20-plus-year tenure at Game Informer. And it's a different kind of than we normally see tied to big sequels like Grand Theft Auto and Fallout. This holds an air of mystery, and the promise of exploring the unknown. In a Twitter poll I recently conduced, the majority of people that responded said
  4. The Olympics are making their way into Overwatch, as over the next three weeks new cosmetic content is accessible in seasonal loot boxes in celebration of the summer Olympics. There are over 100 new cosmetic items including themed sprays, emotes, victory poses, highlight intros, player icons, and skins. The Olympic themed content cannot be purchased with in-game credits, only by opening the seasonal loot-boxes that are either purchased with real currency or collected whenever a player gains a level. However, each seasonal loot box is guaranteed to have at least one item from the Summer Ga
  5. A new hunter will be coming tomorrow to Evolve Stage 2 – the recently relaunched, free-to-play of the 2015 isometric multiplayer game. The character, named Quantum Caira, is a variant on the medic Caira and is classified as a medic hunter. Announced by Gamepedia, Cosmic Caira can stack multiple "proton fields" that deal damage to enemies, as well as heal fellow hunters by releasing her Regeneration Field. As explained by Gamepedia, the key to Cosmic Caira is pairing her up with the right team members, making her one of the most powerful medics in the game. For example, when paired with Tr
  6. Sony has added 15 new RPGs to its PlayStation Now lineup, which includes everything from the popular Disgaea series to more obscure Mars: War Logs. Notably absent RPGs include Final Fantasy and the Tales series, which are still not a part of PlayStation Now. The complete list as as follows: The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Battle Princess of Arcadias Child of Light Dragon Fin Soup Eternal Sonata Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten Faery: Legends of Avalon The Guided Fate Paradox Legasista The Legend of Heroes: T
  7. Valve’s biggest tournament for Dota 2, The International, begins this week. Today, four teams (Ehome, Execration, Escape Gaming, and Complexity Gaming) will play Wild Card matches to determine which two teams will be the last to join the sixteen-team roster. From August 3 to 5, the sixteen remaining teams will be split into two groups and play best-of-two sets against every team in their group. The main event begins August 8, when the top four teams from each group will begin the double-elimination playoff tournament in the upper bracket, while the bottom four will be placed in the lower
  8. Square Enix has been dancing around the concept of Final Fantasy XV DLC for a while now. We’ve had hints before that some of it will be paid content, but today we know for sure that there is a chunk of it on the way. Final Fantasy XV will have a season pass. Those that purchase the $85 digital premium edition will get it included. There’s also an upgrade, though the price is hidden unless you’ve already pre-ordered the standard edition. It would make sense that it is $25, to bring you up to the premium version. The most descriptive language we can find is on the upgrade store page. "
  9. If you subscribe to the computer or tablet edition of Game Informer magazine, you're now able to read new and exclusive details about Destiny's newest expansion, Rise of Iron. Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live on web browsers and will be coming to iPad, Android, and Google Play throughout the day. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All four of these digital options are included in a standard subscription. The issue launches tomorrow on our third-party subscription apps including Zinio, Kindle, and Nook. Not a digital subscr
  10. We just announced our cover story on Destiny: Rise of Iron, and this month’s magazine is the place to look to get the full scoop on the new expansion. However, in addition to extensive details about the latest expansion, we also spoke with Bungie about its plans for Destiny beyond September, and they shared some of what players can expect. Fans of last year’s Halloween-themed event will be happy to hear that the Festival of the Lost is returning in October, along with new masks to chase and some other surprises. Following that, Bungie has also revealed that we’ll see the return of t
  11. We dedicated 16 pages of our most recent issue of Game Informer to an in-depth look at Destiny: Rise of Iron. Tons of new details are there to uncover from our three days of interviews, demos, and most importantly, our playtime with Rise of Iron. But if you’re a player who is just trying to figure out the nuts and bolts of how your guardian can progress beginning on September 20, we’ve got you covered right here. Character level is staying at 40, but light values are now jumping from the current cap of 335 up to 385. That cap will be further increased to 400 when the hard mode version of
  12. During our recent visit to Bungie for our cover story on Destiny: Rise of Iron, the development team shared a number of new additions to the game. While the focus for this expansion is on new content rather than reinventing game systems, one particular new feature really stood out. Artifacts are getting a major retrofit. While players can still use and infuse older artifacts, Rise of Iron introduces eight brand new artifacts that are class agnostic, and able to be freely used with any class and subclass. Each of the new artifacts connects to a particular member of the deceased Iron Lords,
  13. You may be sitting on the white picket fence pondering a purchase of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. If so, this summer brings a chance to give the game an extended look at no cost. EA and PopCap have announced a ten-hour demo on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you decide to purchase, you can do so at 50 percent off ($34.99). The console offer starts today. PC players can take advantage of the trial and discount starting on August 16. For more on Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, check out our review. Source: Game Informer
  14. Pedro II, who lead the Empire of Brazil in Civilization V's Brave New World expansion, is returning to Civilization VI. The latest trailer introduces this leader and his various skills. The Empire of Brazil includes Uruguay and Brazil and brings new forms of culture and science to the arsenal of Civilization VI players. In the new footage seen below, an overview is given on the new districts and units added to the game. (Please visit the site to view this media) A unique bonus for Brazil are the rainforests surrounding the various cities you can build. They will grant extra reso
  15. The Pokémon 20th anniversary celebration continues. A new month means a new mythical creature to download. All you need is a code and a participating United States Gamestop location (Disclosure: Gamestop is Game Informer’s parent company). This month, you can grab Arceus, which is available from August 1 through August 24. Once you have your code in hand, load up your copy of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire. Head over to the Mystery Gift menu and redeem your code. For those playing The Pokémon Trading Card Game, a new Arceus-themed Mythical Pokémon Collection pack is
  16. Rockstar announced today it's added a "Stunt Race Creator" to GTA Online, giving players the ability to create their own over-the-top race tracks, like the ones seen in its recent Cunning Stunts update. The update gives players over 250 props to litter across their tracks such as over sized soccer balls, flaming rings, and speed boosts. The entire state of San Andreas is available to create tracks in. Also added to the game is a new adversary mode, called "Entourage." In it, players are tasked with transporting an armored truck to an extraction point as a rival team of Assassins trie
  17. Brutal is fixated on capturing the dark allure of an earlier time in gaming history, when maps were represented as numbers and symbols on screens instead of well-drawn diagrams – when heroes didn’t wield guns but wands, axes, or swords instead. Much of this time travel is attractive and welcome, a plunge into goofy nostalgia that lets you build and imbue weapons with magic powers capable of setting monsters aflame or transfiguring them into measly cockroaches to be squashed beneath your boot. In these moments of pure power fantasy Brutal works best, letting you rise from nothing into a powerfu
  18. We’ve been blown away in recent years by the support and enthusiasm of the Destiny community as we continue our ongoing coverage of the Destiny franchise. As we roll out our look at Bungie’s next installment, we wanted to find ways to involve the community in exciting ways. Our new art contest is a small way to thank you for following along with our coverage. We’re giving artists a chance to see their creations featured as a Game Informer magazine cover. Three winning entries, selected by Bungie developers, will be featured exclusively in an online feature here on gameinformer.com.
  19. Since its launch in September 2014, Destiny has defied even ambitious estimates regarding its potential reach, blossoming to tens of millions of registered users. Players have embraced the distant future setting, which sees a beleaguered humanity struggling against innumerable alien threats across a solar system that witnessed Earth’s golden age pass long ago. With its upcoming September release, Bungie is shifting focus, exploring the history of legendary heroes who sealed away a deadly threat, and allowing players to join that same order of warriors as the threat reemerges. We traveled to Bu
  20. There are some games that exist to put smiles on faces. The Ape Escape franchise firmly fits in that category. Your job is to travel through time and capture wily monkeys in your time net. It sounds absurd, but sneaking up on the patrolling and frustratingly clever apes is a darn good time. Ape Escape 2, the series’ first of two entries on PlayStation 2, is now available on PS4. For the first week, you can pick up at a 25 percent discount. It’s $7.49 through August 9. Our Take Way back in 2014, I named Ape Escape as one of six reboots I wanted to see happen in 2015. I ma
  21. Game artwork isn't just doodling, it's an important part of the development process that helps the team establish a mindset for the project. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided developer Eidos Montreal has just released artwork showing what some of the world's most famous cities will look like two years after the Aug Incident. The Aug Incident of 2027 was when those humans with augmentations went berserk and millions were killed in the ensuing chaos. Mankind Divided occurs two years after the Aug Incident, with the world at odds over the issue of mechanical augmentation. Scroll down to the medi
  22. Microsoft's Xbox One S is out today in its Launch Edition configuration, which gets you the 2 TB version of the hardware for about $300. As we wrote in our review, it adds some bells and whistles for people who have taken the 4K plunge, but it looks as though it might come with some bonuses where it counts: games. According to an in-depth hardware analysis from Digital Foundry, players may see some performance boosts on the new hardware. We've known all along that the revised hardware has a slightly faster GPU clock speed, but Microsoft has gone out of its way to say that it wouldn't affe
  23. Ubisoft has announced that another one of its titles is making the leap from video games to the big screen. The Division is the publisher's latest game to make the transition, joining Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Watch Dogs. It has some big names attached to it, too. The Division is currently in preproduction with actors Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, along with their respective production companies, Freckle Films and Nine Stories. There's no word on when it's coming out, so don't worry about preordering those tickets quite yet. Meanwhile, Ubisoft is unsurprisi
  24. Fallout 4 mod support is now live on PC and Xbox One, but PlayStation 4 users are still waiting to crack open the game’s potential. Support was originally targeted for a June release, but over a month later, it hasn’t been rolled out. Bethesda hasn’t forgotten the PlayStation 4 community, though. Vice president of PR and Marketing Pete Hines says that the team is working with Sony to get things finalized. We’re working w/ Sony on Fallout 4 Mod support for PS4. The process is still under evaluation. As soon as we learn more, we will share news. — Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) August
  25. Pokémon Go is currently suffering from Icarus effect. The game was an immediate phenomenon when it was launched nearly a month ago. However, it flew too close to the sun, with unreliable servers, broken features, and frustrating developer decisions melting those fragile wax wings. Of course, the analogy isn’t perfect. Plenty of people are still playing Pokémon Go and enjoying it. However, changes to the important Nearby radar feature coupled with new blocks on third-party tracking applications like Pokévision have left the game feeling random and unfulfilling for some. Niantic Labs,
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