Activision Blizzard has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to release a limited edition Pink Mercy skin for Overwatch. The skin will only be available for purchase…
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Star Wars Battlefront II will feature a cross-promotional event with the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film. Starting May 16 Han Solo will temporarily wrest the spotlight in the Solo Season event, which will arrive showcase everyone’s favorite space scoundrel in both the original trilogy and the upcoming Summer film.
The Solo Season event will first showcase Han Solo’s action and story in the original trilogy, including a new map based on Jabba’s Palace from Return of the Jedi.
- Jabba’s Palace – Han Solo spent all of his time in the Palace encased in carbonite, but you’ll be able to blast your way through the alien gangster’s lair in Blast, Showdown, and Heroes vs. Villains modes in this new map.
- New 2v2 Hero Showdown Mode – This new round-based elimination mode will pit two iconic heroes vs two villains, such as Han and Chewy vs bounty hunters Bobba Fett and Bossk. Every round a new duo must be selected.
- New Appearances – Two new Appearances will be available for purchase, one for Lando and one for Leia. Both inspired from their looks in the Jabba Palace rescue scene in Return of the Jedi.
- Starfighter Custom Arcade – This custom arcade mode was heavily requested by fans as a way to practice piloting skills across all eras and spaceships.
The Solo event will continue in June with another influx of content that will tie-in to the new film. Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25 and features a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) when he first meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
Star Wars Battlefront II is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.
Retro platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is getting the deluxe treatment. The Ultimate Day One Edition released this week as a special physical version exclusive for Nintendo Switch. It’s published by XSEED Games and available at most retailers for $39.99.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Day One Edition includes a 30-song soundtrack on CD, a 100-page art book, and all previously released DLC digital content. The Pirate Queen’s Quest lets you play as the villainous pirate Risky Boots in her own spin-off story. Friends to the End is another spin-off story DLC. It stars Shantae’s three allies as they try to rescue her during the final act of the main story. The Costume Pack adds three new outfits for the titular hero. They don’t just change her look but add new abilities and gameplay levels.
The Ultimate Day One Edition also features an extra Hard Core mode. This mode rebalances enemies, healing, and magic items to provide a much more challenging experience.
Developed by WayForward Technologies, Shante: Half-Genie Hero is the fourth game in the series. The series originally began on the Game Boy Color back in 2002. Half-Genie Hero is the first game to make the jump to home consoles, bolstered by a successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter in 2013. Half-Genie Hero launched in late 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Wii U before coming to Nintendo Switch last summer.
A digital version of the Ultimate Edition is also available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch for $29.99. It includes the DLC but obviously not the physical art book or soundtrack CD.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero has been rated T for Teen with Cartoon Violence and Suggestive Themes.
One of the most popular video games of 2018 is crossing over with the biggest film of the year (and, uh, most likely all time). Earlier today the official Fortnite twitter account teased a single image that announced the limited time mashup with Avengers: Infinity War. The event begins tomorrow, May 8.
The battle begins tomorrow… pic.twitter.com/NQ9BDH2BeG
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 7, 2018
Entertainment magazine and website Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive details from Epic Games. It’s called the Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup. The event will begin like any other Fortnite Battle Royale match, with 100 people dropping into an island in a free-for-all deathmatch. But this time, the Infinity Gauntlet is there.
The Infinity Gauntlet will be powered by all six Infinity Stones. The Gauntlet will be laying around for some lucky megalomaniac to pick up and wield. It will probably grant a wee bit of power to its wielder, and possibly unite everyone else against them. Epic is still playing coy with the details, despite the event starting tomorrow.
The crossover is the result of Avengers: Infinity War co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo being big Fortnite fans. They reached out to Epic Games Creative Director Donald Mustard and hashed out the basics for this limited time promotional event.
“Infinity War blew us away, and the Russos, Kevin Feige, and the whole team at Marvel have been incredible to work with,” Mustard told EW. “This kind of opportunity, where you have this mutual respect for someone’s work and you’re on the same page about doing something cool for fans, is rare and really exciting. We hope players love it.”
The Fortnite Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup begins Tuesday, May 8. Fortnite Battle Royale is available for free on Mobile, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Square Enix has announced the pre-order incentives for upcoming RPG Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Pre-ordering the physical PS4 edition will grant unique bonuses from GameStop and Amazon. Dragon Quest XI releases September 4 on PlayStation 4 and PC.
Pre-ordering Dragon Quest XI from GameStop will grant the following digital goodies:
- The Elevating Vest: Armor that grants extra experience from every battle.
- Three Seeds of Skill: DQ fans will recognize these items as once per use consumables that add an extra skill point.
Amazon’s pre-order goodies are similar:
- Arriviste’s Vest: Armor that grants extra gold with each battle.
- Three Seeds of Skill: Same as above.
Dragon Quest XI can also be purchased digitally from the Square Enix store and via Steam.
According to the Steam store page, pre-ordering DQXI on PC includes the following bonuses:
- Wallpaper set
- 15 Seeds of Skill
- Wings of Serendipity: Amulet that summons rare forms of monsters.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be the first main Dragon Quest game to release on a home console in the US since 2005’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Spin-off MineCraft-like Dragon Quest Builders released in 2016. Handheld remakes of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII released on Nintendo 3DS in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Dragon Quest XI released last year in Japan on PlayStation 4 and 3DS. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PC to the US on September 4, with a Switch version arriving sometime in the future. It has not yet been rated but previous Dragon Quest games range from E to T.