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Microsoft has Xbox One updates planned through October

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 2:30 PM on 07.23.2014
Microsoft has Xbox One updates planned through October photo

Microsoft has been supporting the features of the Xbox One since February, but it's not prepared to quit just yet. These monthly updates will continue at least through October, as Microsoft already has the content planned out.

Tweeting away as he likes to do, Xbox head Phil Spencer replied to a user that the Xbox One will receive updates for the next three months at a minimum. One issue that'll surely be addressed is the ability to digitally pre-order games, as the company has already said that's coming soon with Sunset Overdrive. Additionally, Spencer commented that he's also focused on download and install times, but didn't outline any plans to improve those areas.

It's certainly possible that Microsoft will continue monthly updates beyond October, but that's all that's set in stone at this point. Of course, even if those drop off, the Xbox One will still be supported through periodic updates, just at a less regular rate.

@XboxP3 [Twitter]



Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX gets Ultimania book

Brittany Vincent Destructoid
7 hours ago - 2:15 PM on 07.23.2014
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX gets Ultimania book  photo

According to a listing on Amazon Japan, Square Enix is preparing to release a Kingdom Hearts 2.5 ReMIX Ultimania book: Kingdom Hearts Series Ultimania Memorial.

It will supposedly cover all the games in the series to prepare fans for the release of Kingdom Hearts III and will include character files, a world guide, enemy guide, keyblade pictures, an art gallery, and more.

It will retail for 3132 yen (~$30.89) and will release on October 2. Pre-order here if you want in.

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Even pro ball players can't live without their Vita!

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 2:00 PM on 07.23.2014
Even pro ball players can't live without their Vita! photo

It's no surprise that many of us around these parts are enamored with the PS Vita. Our own Dale North might be one of the biggest advocates. But, it gets love from other people, too. Most recently, praise came from MLB All-Star Andrew McCutchen.

In an interview with Shacknews, the Pirates' centerfielder named the Vita as the one piece of tech that he couldn't live without. McCutchen elaborated "It’s something that I definitely have to have all the time, especially during the season. We have long road trips sometimes. That flight to LA is five hours, so you have to have something on you where you stay busy."

See, these guys really aren't all that different than us. I bet some of you play your Vita on planes! I guess most of you probably don't have millions upon millions of dollars and thousands of people watching you do your day job, though. But, Vita!

MLB All-Star Andrew McCutchen Gets Into The Game [Shacknews]



XSEED dates Akiba's Trip, confirms PS4 version

Kyle MacGregor, Contributor - Destructoid
7 hours ago - 1:45 PM on 07.23.2014

XSEED plans to release the PlayStation 4 version of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed in North America this holiday season, the publisher confirmed today.

The PS3 and Vita iterations of the vampire-husking RPG brawler will launch on August 12.



GameStop is offering a PS3 to PS4 trade-in deal for Last of Us

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 1:30 PM on 07.23.2014
GameStop is offering a PS3 to PS4 trade-in deal for Last of Us photo

When The Last of Us comes out on PS4 soon, it'll be sold for $50. To help alleviate the cost a bit for previous owners of the PS3 version, you can trade-in your old copy at GameStop starting July 27, and pick up the PS4 upgrade for $25. You have until August 2 to take advantage of the deal.

For reference, new copies of the game are going for $25 on Amazon and eBay at the moment. You may not like GameStop, but this is a better deal than Sony is offering -- which is to say nothing at all.

The Last of Us PS4 steeply discounted with PS3 version trade-in [GameSpot]



I'm afraid not enough people will play Hohokum

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 1:15 PM on 07.23.2014

Hohokum isn't an easily described game. It's one of those cases where it's not until you try it for yourself that you fully grasp the appeal, which can be a tough sell. Yeah, the whimsical art direction is terrific, but the way the game feels is pretty great, too! The people who are into it seem to really dig it, but I worry there's just not enough awareness.

With a Cross-Buy launch on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita, hopefully it'll find its place with those latter two systems especially, which are in need of more games and more non-ports, respectively.

As you may have heard, Hohokum is a part of this year's PlayStation Store PLAY program, which means PlayStation Plus members can save 20 percent by pre-ordering the game, but there's more: pre-orders also include a static PS3 theme and an exclusive Hohokum DLC pack for Sound Shapes. Anyway, it's out on August 12. Hope you play it and dig.







EA improves revenue in first quarter of 2014, delays Dragon Age and Battlefield

Brittany Vincent Destructoid
8 hours ago - 1:00 PM on 07.23.2014
EA improves revenue in first quarter of 2014, delays Dragon Age and Battlefield photo

As Electronic Arts' first fiscal quarter came to a close on June 30, the publisher found that it had beaten expectations for profits and revenue. EA credits much of this success to the runaway success of Titanfall.

CEO Andrew Wilson said that it was a strong start to the year for EA and that they were committed to putting the players first and delivering the entertainment, innovation, and creativity that players want.

This news comes after the publisher giant revealed that it delayed two of its key releases: Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield Hardline, but reaffirmed its goal of $4.1 billion in net revenue and earnings per share of $1.85. Dragon Age: Inquisition has been moved back a month to November 18, and Battlefield Hardline has been moved to early 2015.

EA is hoping for BioWare's Dragon Age to be a hot seller this holiday. Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Inquisition stated that the extra few weeks will give time to put more polish on the game and that Dragon Age would be all the better for it.

EA improves revenues and profit in Q1, delays Dragon Age [GamesIndustry International]



Canabalt 2.0 brings more modes and multiplayer to iOS

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
8 hours ago - 12:45 PM on 07.23.2014
Canabalt 2.0 brings more modes and multiplayer to iOS photo

For the most part, I'm over endless runners, but I'll always have Canabalt. It hit at the right time and holds up well. Matter of fact, it's gotten even better with age: there's a free new update for the iOS version, out now, that adds multiplayer, eight game modes, and bug fixes.

For an added challenge, you can control both characters in multiplayer by yourself.

Should you not already own the game, it's on sale for $0.99 through Sunday.



Holy Batman 1989 videogame figure, NECA!

Brittany Vincent Destructoid
9 hours ago - 12:30 PM on 07.23.2014
Holy Batman 1989 videogame figure, NECA! photo

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of both the 1989 film and videogame, NECA has announced its first ever Batman figure in 7" scale.

This figure has over 25 points of articulation plus removable cape, Batarang, and Spear Gun accessories. The figure is painted in a way to replicate the game's original cel-shaded look. It's packaged in a special window box with opening flap to recreate the feel of the 1989 videogame packaging, and that's absolutely awesome. That's the reason I ended up buying the RoboCop figure, actually.

Batman will be available in October, but don't dawdle because according to the NECA website this will be a one-run only figure. And you don't want to miss out on it, like I missed out on the Friday the 13th variant for San Diego Comic-Con.

NECA’s Batman 1989 Video Game Appearance Action Figure Revealed! [Action Figure Insider]



Unwrap Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in December

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
9 hours ago - 12:15 PM on 07.23.2014

The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will arrive just in time to unite friends and family for festivities at the end of the year. Crystal Dynamics' Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris was revealed to launch on December 9, as reported by IGN.

The major enhancement to this top-down, twin-stick foray is that more people are welcome on this Egyptian trip. Whereas Guardian of Light featured cooperative play for two, Temple of Osiris comfortably seats four, with the additional two slots going to Egyptian gods Isis and Horus.

Executive producer Scott Amos said that because Guardian of Light is a fan favorite, Temple of Osiris is "something we want to do right." We know where Crystal Dynamics' immediate focus with Lara is, but we don't yet know when we'll get to see the results of her psychiatric care. Regardless, it's a good time to be a Tomb Raider fan.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Release Date Revealed [IGN]





Review: Sokobond photo
Review: Sokobond
by Darren Nakamura

Chemistry is governed by a definite set of rules. Opposite charges attract, like dissolves like, matter is always conserved. There are more rules than just those, but one of the great things about the study of matter and its interactions is that if one truly understands the rules and laws governing chemicals, he can predict outcomes given a set of preconditions.

In that sense, Sokobond has even more in common with chemistry than it lets on. Though it boasts that no chemistry knowledge is required to play, it too runs on a specific set of rules, and any player who internalizes those rules can find success in-game. As a fortunate side effect, any who spend time connecting atoms in Sokobond might just learn something about chemistry too.

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Niconico to stream Hyrule Warriors tomorrow

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 11:30 AM on 07.23.2014
Niconico to stream Hyrule Warriors tomorrow photo

Japanese video streaming site Niconico will be sharing some live footage of Hyrule Warriors tomorrow, in an official capacity that could show off new characters or new stages in the game.

If you're interested, it'll be streaming at 9PM Japan time, which is 8AM Eastern tomorrow. You can find the link to the stream here when it goes live. Since nothing has been shown off for Darunia and Princess Ruto yet, I hope we get to see them in action.

Floor Guide [Niconico via Nintendo Life]



A new Peggle is in development, according to an EA earnings call

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
10 hours ago - 11:00 AM on 07.23.2014
A new Peggle is in development, according to an EA earnings call photo

Like it was ever any question that PopCap was planning the development of a new Peggle game, but just in case you doubted the future of the series, it's happening. According to a first quarter earnings call for EA, PopCap is actually at work on a few projects, most notably a mobile version of Peggle.

This could just be a port of Peggle 2 (following up its mobile Peggle port from way back when that worked wonderfully), or an all new game -- we'll learn more soon enough. I just want more Peggle.

EA: PopCap Is Working On A New Peggle Game, Madden To Mobile This Summer [Game Informer]



The Room is heading to Steam

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 10:30 AM on 07.23.2014

The Room, the award winning mobile puzzle game, is heading to Steam on July 28th. Developer Fireproof Games has announced that this new version is fully enhanced, with new assets being created from the ground up.

The whole concept of The Room is simple -- you'll solve a bunch of puzzles and unlock a bunch of stuff. It's kind of like the singular puzzles from 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, but with less narrative.



Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available

Patrick Hancock, PC Contributor - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 10:15 AM on 07.23.2014
Frozen Endzone renamed Frozen Cortex, Mac and Linux versions available photo

Frozen Endzone, the tactical robo-sport from the developers of Frozen Synapse, has officially been renamed. The new name is Frozen Cortex, and I've taken the liberty of making a new logo for it. The rename is taking place because the developers weren't happy with the name and people thought they were making "Madden with robots," which is very far from the truth. Frozen Cortex is very accessible and rewards strategy rather than knowledge of American football.

In addition, the game has received another big update. On top of Mac and Linux versions, Cortex now boasts a completely overhauled AI, new animations, five new stadiums, and technical improvements. I've already written why Frozen Cortex is awesome, even in its pre-release state, so feel free to check it out on the official website or the Steam store page and decide for yourself!



Dungeon Defenders Eternity is out, is sort of like a GOTY edition

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
11 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 07.23.2014
Dungeon Defenders Eternity is out, is sort of like a GOTY edition photo

If Dungeon Defenders is your thing, or you always wanted to dive in but never found the time (it's been on sale for like, $1 constantly on Steam), you have the option of checking out Dungeon Defenders Eternity -- a Game of the Year-like bundle of sorts.

For $15 (normally $20), you'll get everything ever released for the game, alongside of new missions, new gameplay tweaks, and dedicated servers. Oh, and cross-play is in for different plaforms. Those of you who already own the game can pick up the other bits as DLC for $6 -- not bad!

Dungeon Defenders Eternity [Steam]