Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a mature, 'true remaster' of the original game

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will explore a more mature direction for the franchise and is Square Enix's effort to create "something for adults," producer Hajime Tabata told Polygon at PAX Prime 2014. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a remake for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One of the PSP game released in Japan in 2011; the game follows a student squad as they take part in an intercontinental war. Unlike previous Final Fantasy games, which are typically turn-based, Type-0's battles take place in real-time. They're more brutal, too, and make an effort to show the physical consequences of conflict. "We've really tried to focus on the true nature of battle — what a realistic type of magic vs. weaponry type of battle might unfold like," Tabata said. "If you're hit by fire, you burn. If you're cut, you...

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See how World of Warcraft's other side lives

If you've ever played World of Warcraft, you know what it's like to be a hero, roaming the land, turning in quests and slashing down thousands of nameless enemies in your grind toward the level cap. But what do you think it's like for those bad guys? That's the topic explored in the latest video from popular Warcraft YouTuber Wowcrendor. Watch the video above to witness the conversations, struggles and perhaps triumphs of life as a random mob in a massively multiplayer role-playing game. Did I see a new blade of grass over there? No? Okay, back to the grind.

Saints Row developer: 'Sarkeesian is right'

Since the latest episode of feminist gaming series Tropes vs. Women was released a couple of weeks ago, gaming sites and forums have hosted a wide array of opinions, both defending and decrying the video. But what do you do if you're the developer of one of the games called out in this episode?In the case of Volition creative director Steve Jaros, the answer is simple: owning up to what he calls "a problem in the game industry." Speaking to The Escapist, Jaros said, "I actually think [Tropes vs. Women creator Anita Sarkeesian's] right in this case." He went on to say that he believes the Saints Row series developer has improved in its treatment of women over years but said they still have room to grow. Must Read Agent of mayhem: the life and near death of Saints Row's Volition ...

League of Legends World Championship poised to sell out 45K seat stadium

The League of Legends 2014 World Championship is likely to sell out Sangam Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, according to Riot Games' EVP of eSports, Dustin Beck. Speaking to Polygon, Beck said the venue has a capacity for more than 65,000 people and, after Riot implements its stage designs, the stadium should be able to cater to 45,000. "We do expect to sell out," he said. "Our early ticket sales have all sold out. We're trying to create more capacity and flexibility, but so far so good." The 2013 World Championship sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles last year, which has the capacity to hold a bit more than 12,000 people. Last year's finals drew more than 32 million viewers online, with a peak of more than 8.5 million concurrent viewers. Beck told Polygon that Riot Games...

State of Decay dev's latest project is like the online Pokémon game you've always wanted

With Moonrise, a new free-to-play online mobile multiplayer game, State of Decay developer Undead Labs is looking to fill a void in the gaming space.Specifically, one inspired by a mix of popular franchises such as Pokémon and Magic the Gathering, game designer Richard Foge told Polygon at PAX Prime. "One of the things that led to [Moonrise] existing — our founder has a thing that we go through when we're pitching new game ideas," Foge said. "He calls it the obviousness test: 'Is this a thing that people want?' "And everybody wants a Pokémon MMO. It certainly was a source of the inspiration, but this is not a Pokémon clone." Moonrise, announced earlier this month, is a role-playing game in which players catch and battle creatures. It's a concept immediately familiar to anyone who's...

VR school girls? When a Pokemon fighting game isn't the weirdest project from Bandai Namco

Tekken game director Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia pre-TGS press conference earlier today to show off a new project being developed by "Tekken Team" and ... it's probably not what you're expecting. It turns out that curious Pokémon fighting game isn't the only unusual project Harada and team are working on. Summer Lesson is being built for Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality platform and — instead of a fighting game, per the team's pedigree — it's focused on "communication." You'll be communicating with a young Japanese schoolgirl in her room, using the VR headset to look around. It's not entirely clear what sort of interactivity will be available in the demo, which will be available at Tokyo Game Show later this month, but the...

Here's the first trailer for the new Resident Evil 1 remake

Capcom has released the first trailer for its upcoming remake of the original Resident Evil, unveiled early last month. The remake shares the same "early 2015" release window as the just-announced Resident Evil Revelations 2, and the same platform lineup of Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game," producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi said in a video released last month. "And are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo." You can see the project looks so far in the video above, or watch the entire presentation from last month below.

Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura coming to PS4

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia unveiled a slew of new games — and some not so new games — coming to PlayStation 4, including Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force 4.1 and a new Ys title. Disgaea 5 is coming to PS4 sometime in 2015. Earth Defense Force 4.1 appears to be an update to the most recent Sandlot-developed bug-slaying shooter. Also announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference was a new PS4 game from Bandai Namco based on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and a new game in the Senran Kagura series, subtitled Estival Versus, which is coming to PS4 and PS Vita. Tecmo Koei also re-confirmed that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, a new version of its 3D fighting game, was coming to PS4.

Themes are coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Sony will bring themes to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in future firmware updates, the company announced at its Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. The ability to customize your PS4 and Vita will introduce game-themed wallpapers and icons for each platform. In the example shown for PS4, PlayStation mascots Toro and Kuro (above) were shown in animated form playing in a house — with nods to LocoRoco — alongside a user interface that featured theme-specific icons. On Vita, a theme for Danganropa series spin-off Zettai Zetsubo Shojo: Danganronpa Another Episode was displayed with custom wallpaper and icons.
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Dragon Quest Heroes brings the series back to PlayStation in Dynasty Warriors style

A new Dragon Quest game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3: Dragon Quest Heroes, a hack and slash, Dynasty Warriors-style action role-playing game from Square Enix, Tecmo Koei and Omega Force. Yuji Horii from Square Enix and Kou Shibusawa from Tecmo Koei unveiled the new Dragon Quest spin-off at today's Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference alongside a trailer that showcased gameplay and pre-rendered cinematics. A group of heroes was shown dispatching scores of classic Dragon Quest enemies, like slimes, cyclopses, dragons, skeletons, wizards, golems and more. Dragon Quest Heroes will be out sometime in 2015. Sony will release a special edition version of the PS4 to commemorate the launch of Dragon Quest Heroes. Dubbed the Metal Slime edition, the silver...

Bloodborne comes to PS4 on Feb. 5

From Software's dark action-role-playing game Bloodborne will be released for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 5, 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced today. The Japanese release of Bloodborne will come with a special art book for those who pre-order the game. A worldwide release date for Bloodborne was not announced, but Sony has said the game will come to PS4 in early 2015.

New Hot Shots Golf coming to PlayStation 4

A new entry in the Hot Shots Golf series — or Minna no Golf, as it's known in Japan — is coming to PlayStation 4, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced today. The "New Mingol Project" will leverage the power of the PlayStation 4 and its social features, Yoshida said. The game was said to feature an open-world game design, though Yoshida did not elaborate on what that meant for the 17-year-old brand. The last game in the golfing franchise, Minna no Golf 6 or Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, was released for PlayStation Vita and PS3.

Where old school meets new school in Mighty No.9

When development studio Comcept USA set out to make the spiritual successor to side-scrolling platformer Mega Man, it faced a challenge: How could it make an old school-feeling game that reminded people of Mega Man without making it feel outdated and irrelevant? The answer, according to studio lead and original creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, was in the game speed. Speaking to Polygon, Inafune said while designing Mighty No. 9, a game that was successfully funded on Kickstarter, the studio walked a fine line between maintaining classic game mechanics while ensuring there was enough modern gameplay so the game would feel like it had evolved with the times. "If you look at some of the older games from the 1980s, the original 8-bit and 16-bit games, they moved a bit slower," Inafune...

Borderlands 2's villain is playable in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Handsome Jack, the uber-enemy of Borderlands 2 will be a playable character in the DLC packages announced for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel this weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle. Canonically, it isn't actually Jack whom the player will control, but a bodyguard duplicate who has been surgically modified to be indistinct from the real guy. The playable character is included among four DLC packs that follow the release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Oct. 17. A season-pass purchase option gives buyers access to all four packs, which include challenges, missions and other content not available in the main game at launch. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is being developed by 2K Australia in conjunction with Gearbox Software, and due for release Oct. 14 on Linux, Mac OS, PlayStation 3, Windows...

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

A surprise announcement at this weekend's Japan Gamer's Live event revealed Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch in spring 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in Japan. There's no word on any Western release, nor additional details on the game itself other than the teaser trailer above. The last full release in the series was Dead or Alive 5, which launched worldwide in September 2012. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, an update to the game, launched a year later.

Evolve gears up for another alpha test

For those who missed the limited alpha test of Evolve on PC back in July, developer Turtle Rock says another is coming, and invitations for it will be given out soon over the title's social media channels. Visitors to the 2K Games booth at PAX Prime this weekend have gotten the opportunity to register for the closed alpha. For everyone else, chances to get in will be broadcast over Evolve's official Twitter feeed, Facebook page, and on Turtle Rock's forums. Evolve, originally scheduled to release Oct. 21, is now planned to launch on Feb. 10, 2015. For more, see Polygon's preview from E3 2015.

Modders rejoice: Saints Row 4's development kit will be made public

As if Saints Row 4 wasn't open-endedly bizarre enough, developing studio Volition announced at PAX 2014 that they will release the official software development kit for the game on PC, which is music to the ears of modders. Volition, as announced earlier, also is reconditioning the game with Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, a port of last year's game to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will be a full release of that game, with all of its DLC, titled Gat Out of Hell. Both are available Jan. 27, 2015.

Civilization: Beyond Earth's latest trailer shows a colony at its height

Firaxis released its latest trailer for Civilization: Beyond Earth after its panel at PAX Prime this weekend. Over six minutes of gameplay, it shows how a colony functions once it has reached full strength, about 100 years into the game's timeline. That includes features like the "Purity Affinity," which basically means the human colony terraforms the environment to accomodate it, rather than adapting human biology to the environment through cybernetics, gene modification or other transfusions. There's also a demonstration of combat (against a freakin' Kraken), diplomacy, and the game's orbital layer. Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch on Oct. 24 for Linux, Mac OS and Windows PC. For more on the game, see this preview from this week.

Heavenly Sword studio Ninja Theory is working on Disney Infinity 2.0

Ninja Theory, the studio behind Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and 2013's reboot DmC: Devil May Cry, is aboard the development team for Disney Infinity 2.0, the game's executive producer told a panel at PAX 2014. John Vignocchi said the studio has been on the project since February and was asked on because of their experience in combat systems, which they'll bring to Disney Infinity. Vignocchi said the studio has so far worked on the villains Loki, the Green Goblin, and Ronan the Accuser (from Guardians of the Galaxy.) They've also developed Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, who in the game has the means of summoning a sand tornado, Vignocchi said. "The full name of the video game is 'Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes, open parentheses, 2.0 Edition, close parentheses,"...
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