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Earn Oodles of Orbs This Week in Fire Emblem Heroes

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For a free-to-play title, Fire Emblem Heroes has been very generous with its orbs. Orbs are used to randomly summon new heroes and are the primary piece of loot to spend real money on. You can normally earn a limited amount of orbs through completing quests and main story missions.

This week Fire Emblem Heroes added Special Weapon Quests. These quests task you with beating specific training stratums or story missions with only users of certain weapons: sword, lance, and axe. Hopefully you’ve already earned enough orbs and summoned the right heroes to fill out a full team of each. The quests reward you with orbs, shards, and badges. The latter two are used to level up and promote heroes.

The Special Weapon Quests are only available through the weekend, ending Sunday, Feb 27 around midnight.

There are a bunch of other bonuses going on in Fire Emblem Heroes right now. Every day that you log in you earn two free orbs with the App Release Bonus. A special Exp Event awards 1.5 times the normal experience in every battle mode. The Exp Event ends Thursday, Feb 23.

There are also several Launch Celebration maps you can play in the Special Maps category. These maps are on-par with story missions, and reward a whopping three orbs for completing them on Normal and Hard. The third set was recently released, upping the total orbs earned through these maps to 18.

Relying on random draws from the orbs can be frustrating. Having so many opportunities to earn free orbs is a wonderful incentive. Fire Emblem Heroes is easily Nintendo’s best mobile game to date – Read our review.

PAX Australia 2017

PAX Australia 2017 Tickets Will Go On Sale in March

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The Penny Arcade Expo is returning to Australia for the fifth year in a row. PAX Australia will take place from October 27-29, 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets will go on sale beginning March 14, 2017 (just after PAX East ends).

“Australia’s gaming community has given PAX such an incredible home here,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of PAX and Penny Arcade. “This year will see the fifth PAX Aus erupt in Melbourne, and there’s every indication it will be the best one yet.”

The date was moved up a few weeks from last year to avoid being so close to the Melbourne Cup.

PAX is one of the world’s biggest gaming conventions. With the recent announcement of PAX Unplugged, a total of five PAX conventions (plus a dev-only PAX) are now sprinkled throughout the year. PAX Australia is the only PAX not located in the United States. PAX East is the next upcoming PAX convention, running March 10-12, 2017 in Boston.

Individual day passes cost $65 AUD. Three day passes for the entire weekend run $165 AUD. If you want to bring your own computer to play games, you’ll need a special BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) pass for $45 AUD. If your purchase tickets early you can save $5 AUD on ticket price.

Media registration for PAX Australia begins in July 2017. Game developers who wish to exhibit at PAX Australia can contact the PAX sales team.

Skylanders: Imaginators

Uh-Oh: Activision Says No Skylanders Console Game This Year

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During Activision Blizzard’s fourth quarter 2016 earnings call the company confirmed that there will be no new console Skylanders game coming in 2017. This would be the first year since the series began in 2011 that we wouldn’t get a new Skylanders game.

It may be premature to claim doom and gloom over the entire franchise. But Disney Infinity faced a similar dilemma. In early 2016 Disney announced there would not be a fourth version released that year. A few months later, the entire franchise was closed down.

We won’t be getting an official Skylanders 7 any time soon, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see any new Skylanders content.

“In 2017, rather than releasing a new console title, we will be supporting the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators with multiple adventure packs, new characters and new in-game content,” stated the company. This is a model used by WB Games with LEGO Dimensions. LEGO Dimensions launched in Fall 2015 and has been sustained through multiple character and level packs. Given that Skylanders Imaginators is the best in the series, this may not be a bad angle.

Thus far Skylanders Imaginators has released three adventure packs and over two dozen figures. Imaginator Crystals are also available, and are used to create your own Skylanders in the game.

Skylanders Imaginators is also being ported to the upcoming Nintendo Switch as a launch title.

A second season of Netlflix series Skylanders Academy will be airing in 2017. Netflix has already ordered a third season, which should air next year.

Activision ended their Skylanders talk by teasing a new Sylanders mobile game that’s currently in development and should be launching in 2017. Skylanders has previously appeared in mobile versions, either through ports of the main games or spin-off free-to-play titles. Read our review of Hearthstone-like Skylanders Battlecast.