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And a 'large, new expansion' this year
Plans to follow Destiny up with a full-fledged, proper sequel haven't changed, but they've been pushed back a little bit. Activision says that the Bungie-developed shooter is expected to launch a second game in the serie...

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The Division

Ubisoft has some awfully lofty expectations for The Division's launch


The beta did exceedingly well
Feb 11
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft released its most recent earnings report this morning. As is customary during those sort of things, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot talked to investors about the company's past and predicted its future. Tom ...
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The Legend of Zelda

See what's new in Twilight Princess HD


Mmm, this looks solid
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
As a follow-up to that recent story trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Nintendo has put together a video overviewing the new features. There are quite a few additions for this Wii U re-release, including e...
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Android

Alto's Adventure goes free for Android


Supported by in-app purchases
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
Snowman's lovely snowboarding game Alto's Adventure landed on Android today and it's free. While this is a premium title on iPhone and iPad, the Android version instead has "a variety of opt-in bonuses for players who might n...
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Jordan approved this

Backwards Man, the Backwards Man, four games added to Xbox backward compatibility plan


The New Citizen Kane
Feb 11
// Brett Makedonski
Remember Freddy Got Fingered? Damn, that movie was great. "Daddy, would you like some sausage? Daddy, would you like some sausa-ges?" I sing that every time my roommate's cooking breakfast food. Classic. This film is a godda...
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Rocket League

You can now play Rocket League in Halo 5


Map is cleverly named 'Rocket League'
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
[Disclaimer/reminder: the Destructoid flag is available to download in Rocket League.] Rocket League is still the rage in some circles, but it isn't coming to Xbox One until next week. That hasn't stopped the community from c...
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The Wild Eight

The Wild Eight looks like Don't Starve with eight players


Puzzles and RPG elements
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
A new survival game is on the way, and this time it will pit eight people against the Alaskan wilderness. It's called The Wild Eight, and will focus on survival first and foremost, purposefully playing down the horror element...
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Okhlos

Devolver Digital's Okhlos has Katamari vibes with a mob twist


Mob rules
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
Recently Devolver Digital unveiled Okhlos, an upcoming title that's due for an April release, but I hadn't heard of it until today. After watching the outlandish trailer, though, I had to share it with the world. Devolve...
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Tower Of Samsara

Tower Of Samsara looks like it has shades of Out of This World's art


On the radar
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
I had never heard of Tower Of Samsara until today, but after a few readers pointed me in its direction, I came away impressed. There's just a bit of alpha footage up now on the developer's YouTube channel, but it looks m...
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Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft confirms there won't be a new Assassin's Creed game this year


But still plenty of Assassin's Creed
Feb 11
// Brett Makedonski
Kotaku was right. There won't be a new main entry in the Assassin's Creed series this year. Ubisoft is giving its flagship franchise a short breather, the publisher announced today. In a post on UbiBlog, Ubisoft confirms...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty


Also, Kuru Kuru Kururin
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
After almost two years of waiting, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is now available on the Wii U platform. Also on Wii U is Big Brain Academy, Kuru Kuru Kurrin, Polarium Advance, Cutie Clash, Cutie Pets Go Fishing, and Outside the Re...
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Frozen Synapse 2

Frozen Synapse 2 announced, going open world


Cryogenic Boogaloo
Feb 11
// Darren Nakamura
Frozen Synapse took turn-based strategy and upended it with simultaneous action, and to this day there isn't much else like it (except maybe the American football-esque offshoot Frozen Cortex). There isn't much to the announc...
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Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima has a YouTube show now


Here's his top 10 2015 movie list
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
Hideo Kojima, finally free from the clutches of his previous publisher, has started a YouTube show called HideoTube, which I fully expect it to be hidden inside all of his upcoming games. In the first episode he tal...
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Need for Speed

Need for Speed is coming to PC with manual transmission


Console players will get an update
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
When Need for Speed heads to PC on March 15, 2016, it'll support manual transmission, and the oft-requested feature will also show up in a future update for the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Electronic Arts announced th...
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Transformers

Transformers: Earth Wars is a new strategy game set in the G1 universe


Coming spring 2016
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
Space Ape Games is creating a new Transformers game for mobile devices called Earth Wars, and it's using the old G1 art style that otherwise would be overused if it weren't for the timeless nature of it, and the fac...
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Also Alan Wake is coming to Xbox One
Ever since it was announced, I’ve always been majorly jealous of Xbox One owners for having Quantum Break all to themselves. I adored Alan Wake, so having to miss out on Remedy’s next game has been a bit of a bumm...

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Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V's Alex is coming in March, here's some concept art


For straight cash or Fight Coins
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
[Update: Here's the new roadmap for Street Fighter V's content drops. Alex in March, characters in April, May, July, August, and September, and the cinematic story in June. Said other fighters include Ibuki, Balrog, Juri, Uri...
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Super Smash Bros.

Farewell, newest Super Smash Bros., you were the best


You were supported well
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
This is it for Super Smash Bros., it seems. All of the DLC has been released, the polls are over, and Sakurai has noted that there will be no more balance patches. It's time for the team to move onto Smash 5, or for Saku...
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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is getting four player co-op, tons of free DLC


It's the Koei Tecmo way
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
Koei Tecmo might be bad at doing quality PC ports, but it has a good grasp on console development, and generally does a great job of supporting its games over time. That's also the case for Attack on Titan, which is gett...
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Dragon's Dogma

Capcom is very happy with how Dragon's Dogma is doing on PC


Shows what a good port can do for sales
Feb 11
// Joe Parlock
It’s been a few weeks since Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen was launched for the PC, and it's apparently doing very, very well. In an interview with MCV, Capcom said that Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is its faste...
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Firewatch

Firewatch dev 'super fu*king bummed' about PS4 frame rate issues


'We're working around the clock'
Feb 11
// Vikki Blake
Developer Campo Santo is working "actually, literally, around the clock" to fix the frame rate drops experienced by PS4 players of Firewatch. "Couple'a updates," Vanaman stated on reddit. "One is that we're in pipe with ...
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Titanfall 2

Is Titanfall 2 coming sooner than we think?


Toy line will release in 2016...
Feb 11
// Vikki Blake
A toy manufacturer release schedule suggests Titanfall 2 may release in 2016. Although Electronic Arts had yet to confirm a release date for the sequel beyond a vague "before March 2017," toy company MacFarlane announced...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Dominion mode is being shut down


Only 0.5% of users played it
Feb 11
// Joe Parlock
After four long years, Riot is finally putting League of Legends’ Dominion mode out to pasture. In a post made on the League website, it was announced that due to a pathetically low percentage of active players (0.5%), ...
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ARC SYSTEM WORKS

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator coming to Europe this June


Just three days after North America
Feb 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator is launching in Europe on June 10, PQube announced today. That's the same week as the North American release, which is a pleasant surprise, considering the original game didn't wind up in Europ...
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Yooka-Laylee

Meet Yooka-Laylee's newest character, Kartos


'The god of ore'
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
I'm not sure how many more ex-Rare staffers can pile onto the Yooka-Laylee team, but there's room for at least a couple more. Playtonic went on a little hiring spree for its first birthday, adding environmental artist Damien ...
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Punk

PUP's new music video makes good use of classic games


Go home and be a family man
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
Earlier today, Darren passed along this music video for Torontonian punk band PUP's song "DVP" as a thing we might be interested in covering, and he made the right call. Always bet on Darren. The video, directed by Jeremy Sch...
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Demo

American Truck Simulator has a hefty demo


Join the convoy
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
Are you suited for the trucker lifestyle in these fine United States of America? I won't let you spend another fidgety night in bed pondering that burning question. You deserve a refreshing slumber. You can find some much-nee...
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Q&A

Podtoid questions: It's what's for dinner (and what we need)


Ask us questions, tell us no lies
Feb 10
// Steven Hansen
Let me tell you about questions: I like 'em, I love 'em, and I want some more of 'em. Podtoid 322: Football or Gay Porn? was a great 'cast -- that's shorthand we in the biz use to refer to a podcast. And do you know why it wa...

Finding Weezer's 'Across the Sea' in Firewatch

Feb 10 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]340578:62211:0[/embed] Firewatch's protagonist, Henry, is in need of something, anything that's therapeutic. That's why he accepted this job in the mountains away from his ever-crumbling life. His wife was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and her parents took her back to Australia to live with them. Henry didn't have much say in the matter. So, he fled to the isolation of a Wyoming outpost, more alone but not necessarily any more lonely. The only human communication Henry would have for three months was with his boss, Delilah, via walkie talkie. It's the most beautiful part of Firewatch. The two converse regularly -- sometimes in a boss-to-subordinate capacity, sometimes just shooting the shit. On day one, Delilah feels like a stranger on the other side of the radio; by day 70-something, she feels like a best friend. Or, something more. Throughout "Across the Sea," Rivers maybe laments more than anything else. "Why are you so far away from me? I need help and you're way across the sea," he sings. It's clear that he has fallen to the rock star loneliness complex, the thought that even though you're immensely popular, there's no one who's actually close to you. It may be aggrandizing to cling to one fan in Japan, but he did. And it helps. In Rivers' case, his anchor is a world away. For Henry, it's as far as a short-range walkie talkie can reach. It doesn't matter; the difference is all the same. Both have found resounding solace in another person they've never physically met.  As both examples reveal, these types of relationships amplify certain emotions. There's an exchange early in Firewatch where Delilah prods Henry to describe himself. She wants to know what his eyes look like, what he'd be wearing if she caught his glance from across the bar. Rivers and counterpart have the same natural curiosity described in lines like "You wanted to know all about me and my hobbies," and "I wonder what clothes you wear to school, I wonder how you decorate your room." There's a darker side, though. Feelings of insecurity and guilt manifest for both. More accurately, they've always been there, but they surface now. Rivers emphatically states "I could never touch you, I think it would be wrong." Henry's reactions in certain moments make it clear that he's not sure all of this is appropriate, especially while his wife is still alive. He and Delilah aren't romantic, but they're intimate. They're close. Is that any better than a physical tryst? The answer is, well, it's complicated. Firewatch affords a lot of time to walk around and think about these things, but nothing ever becomes any more cut and dried. There's ambiguity and uncertainty, just as there should be. But, like Rivers' Japanese girl, Delilah gives Henry something to lean on. She's a beam of hope in an otherwise dark cloud of loneliness and doubt. That seems like it's probably worth it all. "Why are you so far away from me," indeed.
Firewatch photo
Fall to little pieces
As I trekked through Firewatch's forested western Wyoming landscape, one song kept entering and leaving my head, and it wasn't one of the game's serene, folksy acoustic guitar tunes. It was a song I listened to a lo...

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Minecraft

Someone made Dark Souls' Anor Londo in Minecraft


Prepare to mine
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
LNeoX spent ages creating one of his favorite fictional locations -- Anor Londo of Dark Souls fame -- in Minecraft. It's a 1200x1200 map, complete with a dungeon and a minecart system. The screens are definitely awe-insp...

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