Call of Duty: World War 2 Private Beta Bonuses Announced

The Call of Duty: World War 2 private beta for PS4 starts from August 25 and ends on August 28.

In the run up to this, Activision has announced what bonus items will be given to those who partake in it. Dubbed as the Call of Duty: World War 2 Private Beta Combat Pack, this is what it has.

Call of Duty: World War 2 Private Beta Combat Pack contents

  • Custom helmet
  • Beta calling card
  • Call of Duty: World War 2 emblem

Call of Duty: World War 2 Private Beta Bonuses AnnouncedThese will be available to those who play the Call of Duty: World War 2 private beta in the full game when it hits in November. Keep in mind that access to the private beta is only for those who pre-order the game. Xbox One players can try it out from September 1 to September 4 along with PS4 users again. No beta date has been given for PC gamers just yet.

Earlier, Call of Duty: World War 2’s India price was revised. According to several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360, the game will cost Rs. 4,499 on the PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version of Call of Duty: World War 2 is now Rs. 3,799. Previously it was announced that the game will cost Rs. 4,299 on the PS4 and Xbox One and Rs. 3,499 on PC.

Nintendo SNES Classic Mini Pre-Orders From ‘Late This Month’

Nintendo has announced that the SNES Classic Mini console will be available for pre-order later this August. The news comes via the company’s Facebook page.

“We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month,” the company said in a post.

Furthermore, it claims to have increased the number of units that will be made present at stores in order to avoid a scenario akin to the NES Classic, that was hard to find at launch and even tougher to find soon after.

“A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year,” the post reads.

Earlier, Nintendo confirmed that the SNES Classic will be available for this year only. The complete quote is as follows:

Nintendo SNES Classic Mini Pre-Orders From 'Late This Month'“We aren’t providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition. Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is currently planned to ship from Sept. 29 until the end of calendar year 2017. At this time, we have nothing to announce regarding any possible shipments beyond this year.

Our long-term efforts are focused on delivering great games for the Nintendo Switch system and continuing to build momentum for that platform, as well as serving the more than 63 million owners of Nintendo 3DS family systems. We are offering Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition in special recognition of the fans who show tremendous interest our classic content.”

Do you see yourself picking up the SNES Classic or do you see this as a nostalgic cash-in? Let us know in the comments.

FIFA 18 Nintendo Switch Price in India Announced

The Nintendo Switch may not have an official Indian presence, but that hasn’t stopped game companies from making their titles available. FIFA 18 for the Nintendo Switch will be coming to India. EA’s popular football franchise joins Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Warner Bros’ Cars 3: Driven to Win as an official release for the console that’s not had a proper launch in the country.

Amazon India is FIFA publisher EA’s exclusive retail partner in the country. It has listed FIFA 18 for the Nintendo Switch priced at Rs. 3,999. The release date is inline with the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game of September 29.

And while EA supporting Nintendo’s new console can only be a good thing for gamers, keep in mind that FIFA 18 on the Switch doesn’t have all of the features of the PS4, Xbox One, or PC versions.

FIFA 18 The Journey: Hunter Returns – a follow up to FIFA 17’s The Journey single-player campaign, will be missing the Nintendo Switch. A press release from EA rattles off the modes it has and The Journey is not one of them. Instead fans get Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Kick Off, Women’s International Cup, Skill Games, Online and Local Seasons.

FIFA 18 Nintendo Switch Price in India AnnouncedIn addition to this, EA has previously stated that the FIFA 18 on the Nintendo Switch will run at 1080p when docked and 720p when in handheld mode.

As you can tell, this isn’t the first time a game has been made officially available in India for a console that hasn’t had a release through its manufacturer. We’ve seen this with the Nintendo DS and 3DS getting Pokemon games via Sunder Electronics and Nintendo Wii titles from E-xpress and the now defunct Milestone Interactive in the past.

As for the Nintendo Switch itself? Gadgets 360 understands that the console is selling steadily online and offline sourced via parallel imports. Nintendo’s absence has been far from a detriment. Hopefully, Indian distributors and game publishers bring more of their games to the platform in the future.

This week in games: Dirt 4 revealed, Square Enix teams up with Marvel’s Avengers, and more

I hope you like videos, because we have about a million of them this week. Launch trailers, announcement vids, Planet Coaster rides, the works.

This week: A Dirt 4 teaser, Bossa’s new skateboarding turf war, Square Enix teaming up with Marvel, Ni No Kuni II on PC, the Pillars of Eternity documentary, the end of Star Wars recreated as a roller coaster, and so much more.Dirt 4

This is your gaming news for the busiest week of January, a.k.a. January 23 to 27.

Bossa’s Worlds Adrift isn’t even released yet, but apparently the studio’s been working on two games simultaneously. This week the Surgeon Simulator dev announced Decksplash, some sort of skateboarding game that involves painting an arena with sweet tricks. Literally.

I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. There’s video though:

There are two releases I’m excited about this week. The surprising part? Both are related to games that launched way back in ye olde 2015. Some of 2015’s best games, actually. First up, Crypt of the Necrodancer, which released its Amplified DLC prequel into Early Access.

And then there’s Cayne, a free (FREE!) prequel chapter to isometric horror game Stasis. I haven’t gotten a chance to play Cayne yet and don’t know how good it is, but Stasis itself was brilliant. Highly recommended.

Another new announcement: Dirt 4, which is set to release a mere four months from now on June 6. Presumably 2015’s Dirt Rally will live on as the sim-oriented half of the series and Dirt 4 will be more arcade-y—a bit of a Forza and Forza Horizon dynamic. We’ll see! For now, there’s just a short teaser.

When’s the last time there was a good Marvel game? Maybe one of the Lego titles? Point being: Marvel may have taken over Netflix and movie theaters, but its video games have been either bad or nonexistent since the PS2 era.

That might change, though. This week Square announced a partnership with Marvel, with both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal apparently working on an Avengers game. Let’s hope it’s as interesting and innovative as Spider-Man 2 was at the time.

BioWare’s certainly making up for the fact we had no Mass Effect news for months and months and months. This week? Two trailers, one cinematic (below) and another focusing on the crew.

When’s the last time Quake was the focus of QuakeCon? Been a while, eh?

But with Bethesda announcing Quake Champions at E3 2016, it’s safe to say it’ll take center stage at this year’s QuakeCon. If that piques your interest, Bethesda announced it’ll return to Dallas from August 24 to 27. And hey, it’s free so…

The star of QuakeCon 2016 will probably not make another appearance this year though, considering it releases on May 5. That’s Prey of course, which nabbed an official release date.

The original Ni No Kuni and its painterly art style may be forever stuck on the PS3, but its sequel is making moves. Bandai Namco announced this week that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be coming to the PC day-and-date with the PS4.

Conan Exiles hits Early Access next week, and if you’re curious what to expect then here’s a trailer featuring a crucifixion, a burly man, and a sabertooth with a scorpion tail.

This post is reaching its trailer capacity, but I somehow missed a Thimbleweed Park trailer last week so I’m going to rectify that now because, well, the game looks great. This one centers on Ransome, the swear-filled clown.

Pillars of Eternity II launched a Fig campaign just yesterday and it’s already blown past its $1.1 million goal. Excellent. If you’re curious what goes into game development though, you might be interested in watching The Road to Eternity, the documentary that chronicled development of the first Pillars of Eternity (originally for backers only). Set aside an hour and a half this weekend and watch.

Nintendo NX Revealed as Nintendo Switch, Confirmed for March 2017

Nintendo NX Revealed as Nintendo Switch, Confirmed for March 2017

  • The Nintendo NX is called the Nintendo Switch
  • It has detachable controllers and is a handheld and home console hybrid
  • March 2017 is its release month, no price has been confirmed yet

After months of rumour and speculation, Nintendo has finally lifted the lid on its latest console, codenamed as the Nintendo NX. It will be sold as the Nintendo Switch.

A trailer from Nintendo showed off games such as Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild, Mario Kart, Skyrim, NBA, and what appears to be a new Mario game. Needless to say, previous leaks about it being a handheld and home console hybrid are correct. The video showed off a black and grey console with detachable controllers. For now, there’s no exact release date save for the video ending with “coming soon March 2017”.

 

 

No price has been mentioned just yet. Safe to say, it will be in striking range of what reports from last week anticipated.

“A long-in-the-works revamp to the company’s consoles — the NX, with reveal coming next week — is liable to come at a price that will result in a “major” disappointment for volume sales, the firm [Macquarie] says,” according to a post on investor website Seeking Alpha. “Speculation is putting the price of the new console between $300 and $350, in line with competing consoles, vs. the Wii’s former discount to rival boxes from Sony and Microsoft.”

 

“With this first look at Nintendo Switch, I hope fans are already imagining the possibilities of having the freedom to play when, where, and how they want to,” said Satoru Shibata, president of Nintendo of Europe in a prepared statement. “Our teams at Nintendo, and many other developers, are all working hard to create new and unique experiences, and we look forward to showing you more.”

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Reveal Teased By Rockstar Games?

Red Dead Redemption 2 Reveal Teased By Rockstar Games?

  • GTA V developer Rockstar Games teased a new Red Dead game
  • An official announcement could be made soon
  • It is unclear if this new game would come to PC, the last one did not

Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games on the PS3 and Xbox 360, also notorious for being the rare title not to make it to PC. And while the game has been available on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility and the first game in the series, Red Dead Revolver, re-released on the PS4 as a PS2 classic, it seems like another game is in the offing.

Reason being, Rockstar Games has changed its social media profiles to reflect the stills and backgrounds from the opening credits of Red Dead Redemption (pictured above). Many assume this to be a sign of an impending game announcement in the series. In the past Rockstar Games’ publisher Take-Two claimed it was crucial series. CEO Strauss Zelnick noted Red Dead among the company’s “permanent franchises” at the Cowen and Company’s Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in 2014.

“It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat,” he said at the time. The Rockstar Games-developed series has two entries: 2004’s Red Dead Revolver and 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. The CEO’s statement seemed to hint that another Red Dead game is on the way.

Rockstar has been no stranger to announcing games on social media – Twitter in particular, it did something similar with GTA V. Considering that a new game in the Red Dead series was rumoured to be the final game at Sony’s E3 2016 conference as well as a slew of reports regarding a possible sequel prior to E3 lend credence to this. More so than a remaster. Nonetheless hopefully we wouldn’t have to wait too long for Rockstar to announce whatever its teasing.

 

Nintendo NX Production Trials Underway

Nintendo NX Production Trials Underway: Sources

  • Foxconn is undertaking trial productions of Nintendo’s next console
  • Annual production is estimated to be around 9.5 to 10 million
  • Nintendo has yet to officially announce the NX

Although Nintendo hasn’t officially announced its new console, codenamed NX, that hasn’t stopped its partners and developers from providing a steady stream of information on what to expect. Earlier in the week The Pokemon Company’s CEO confirmed it would be a home console and handheld hybrid while prior to this, reports have indicated it would use cartridges. Now it appears that production trials for it are underway.

 

According to industry sources speaking to Digitimes, Foxconn has undertaken trial production of the new console. This is necessary prior to full scale commercial production in order to unearth any defects in the production process. Foxconn is the largest OEM for Nintendo NX, followed by Japan-based Misumi Electronics and Hosiden, the sources noted. Annual production of Nintendo NX is estimated at 9.5 to 10 million units, the sources said. It seems like a rather ambitious number considering how poorly the Wii U sold. Nonetheless, Nintendo appears to have the software in the works to drive demand.

 

“Developer Game Freak will bring Pokemon to the platform, while Nintendo’s first party titles include the previously announced Zelda game – Breath of the Wild – and a new Mario game,” posted UK games business site MCV citing those close to Nintendo. What’s telling is that these three games are “scheduled to appear within the first six months of the machine’s life.”

 

MCV’s sources also corroborated Eurogamer’s report that claimed the NX will be a portable console, stating it is “100 percent accurate.”

In terms of tech don’t expect it to be on par with current generation consoles. The NX’s visuals will be “somewhere between a PS3 and PS4”. No surprise considering that it’s rumoured to run a Nvidia Tegra mobile chip.

 

Nintendo NX to Have ‘Different Experience from What Exists Today

Nintendo NX to Have 'Different Experience from What Exists Today': Ubisoft CEO

  • Ubisoft’s CEO believes the NX will bring unique experiences to gamers
  • The NX could be more inclusive after the commercial failure of the Wii U
  • Nintendo has yet to announce the NX officially

With the Nintendo NX rumoured to be in production trials, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot talked up the potential of the Kyoto-based company’s next console at a Ubisoft event.

“I think, once again, the interface is very attractive,” he said. “It’s a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers. They have built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today,” he said in conversation with IGN. “That’s what I like – that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now.”

During a separate presentation, he called it “a fantastic machine”, stating that “I think it’s a really new approach, it’s really Nintendo, coming with something new again. We love it.”

Although the Wii U has been regarded as a sales failure, Guillemot believes that Nintendo has learned the error of its ways.

 

 “What we see is that Nintendo has learned from the Wii U. All publishers learn from what they do, and then come with something new and more attractive, which I think is the case here.”

This comes on the back of The Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara confirming that it would be a handheld and home console.

“The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara in conversation with The Wall Street Journal. “We will make games for the NX.”

Although the NX is due in March next year, we’ve yet to see Nintendo make an official announcement just yet. It seems to be content with the heads of other companies doing the talking right now. Hopefully this will change in the weeks to come.

 

PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive Batman Return to Arkham Release Date Announced

PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive Batman: Return to Arkham Release Date Announced
Remasters to Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are coming in October
They will be sold as Batman: Return to Arkham
Batman: Return to Arkham is for the PS4 and Xbox One, not PC
Video game publisher Warner Bros. released a comparison video detailing how Batman: Return to Arkham, its remaster of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, is panning out. In addition to this, it also revealed the compilation’s release date.

“Watch this side-by-side comparison video to see how Batman: Return to Arkham is bringing two of the all-time greatest superhero games out of the shadows as one remastered bundle including all previously released DLC for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 18,” the video’s description reads. You can watch the full video below:
Fans of the caped crusader can breathe a sigh of relief. In June, it was announced that Batman: Return to Arkham was indefinitely delayed.Batman: Return to Arkham is being remastered by Virtuos, the same studio behind Final Fantasy X and X-2 remakes.

It will include all bonuses from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City’s Game of the Year editions and all downloadable content from both games. It will be available for $49.99 in the US and £39.99 in the UK. In India it’s priced at Rs. 2,499.

It’s nice that Warner Bros allowed developer Virtuous more time, we wish it extended the same courtesy towards the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight. With no major releases from the publisher this holiday season, Batman: Return to Arkham looks to rectify this. More so considering Injustice 2 and Shadow of Mordor 2 aren’t out any time soon.

Free Online Multiplayer on the PS4 This Weekend

Last generation, one of the biggest reasons to own a PlayStation 3 (PS3) was the fact that you didn’t have to pay to play games with online multiplayer. This time around though, you have to pay Sony for the privilege of doing so on the PS4. With so many games sporting an online multiplayer component, it’s hard not to imagine anyone without a PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) subscription. Even if you aren’t the sort to play online regularly, it’s well worth it for the games you get access to each month.

Nonetheless, Sony wants to let those without a PS Plus subscription to realise what they’re missing out on. The company announced that from December 11, 12:01am PST (1:31pm IST) to December 13, 11:59pm PST (December 14, 1:29pm IST), all PS4 owners can play online multiplayer for free.

“To get started, log on to PlayStation Network during the free weekend period, launch your favourite multiplayer game, and you’ll instantly have access to multiplayer with your friends,” said Andy Lum of Sony Computer Entertainment America on the PlayStation Blog.

“There’s no membership commitment required to try out online multiplayer during this period.”

Considering that popular shooters like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars Battlefront have seen most of their user base on the PS4, it appears that Sony wants to go for the jugular and ensure all PS4 users get to check out the benefits of online play.

Will you be booting up your PS4 to play online this weekend? Let us know in the comments.