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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: One week free Marie DLC

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
4 hours ago - 10:30 AM on 07.31.2014

The Hollow Forest Tsundere Poet, Marie, is in Persona 4 Ultimax as DLC. Atlus has now confirmed that, like Adachi, Marie will be freely available to download for the first week post-release.

Following the first week of release, both will revert to paid DLC characters. I wonder if the rumored Margaret is also going to come free under a similar deal at launch (or if she's more than just a rumor).



A Hyrule Warriors-centric Nintendo Direct is coming on Monday

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
4 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 07.31.2014
A Hyrule Warriors-centric Nintendo Direct is coming on Monday photo

Nintendo is planning a Direct presentations soon, and it's going to be all about Hyrule Warriors. You can catch it next Monday (August 4th) at 8PM PST at this link.

We've seen a ton of character reveals so far, so I wouldn't be surprised if we saw at least one more next week in addition to some of the game's stages. I hope that the development trio holds some of the reveals until the game is actually out, since the Warriors series tends to have secret characters in tow.

Nintendo of America [Twitter]



PlayStation Now might offer a subscription plan in the future

Chris Carter, Reviews Director - Destructoid
5 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 07.31.2014
PlayStation Now might offer a subscription plan in the future photo

PlayStation Now is a great idea on paper. Note that I use that phrase "on paper," because in its current incarnation, the prices are outrageous, and the rental timeframes aren't particularly ideal (the lowest ranges go from four hours to seven days -- where is the reasonable three-day option, which is how long it takes to beat most games?). There also aren't any current plans for PS1 and PS2 games to appear on the service, despite the fact that Sony initially announced them as part of the program.

But Sony has heard your complaints "loud and clear," on the pricing issue, as it is looking into an update for a PlayStation Now subscription option in the future. No details were given other than the fact that the company is "working on it." It might come, it might not.

In another bit of bad news for the program, no more details have been given regarding PlayStation 1 and 2 titles. In a statement to Kotaku, the senior director for PlayStation Now stated that they would "only be focusing on PS3 at this time." Of course, the program is still in beta -- of course -- but I hope it improves by the time it actually launches officially.

Because after all, they are charging people actual money in the beta itself.

PlayStation Now Open Beta – Our Journey Begins [PlayStation Blog]
Sony Won't Explain What's Up With PS1/PS2 Games On PlayStation Now [Kotaku]



PlayStation Now open beta on PS4: Is it working for you?

Steven Hansen, Features Editor - Destructoid
6 hours ago - 8:00 AM on 07.31.2014

PlayStation Now, Sony's PS3, PS4, and Vita streaming service, is now in an open beta for PS4 users. PlayStation Now is integrated in the PS Store, sapping funds from your directly from your PS wallet when you decide you want to rent Darksiders for 90 days for $15 instead of just buying it forever for $13 on Amazon. 

I messed with the closed beta on PS3 and it was a mess, but I was also running it over (bad) wireless internet (at least a 5 Mbps connection is recommended). I've since moved and have better internet, but the open beta is exclusive to PS4s, so I won't be seeing if it's any better firsthand. 

Any of you fiddling? Are games actually playable over PS Now as it exists?





Nisha the Lawbringer whips it good in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel photo
Nisha the Lawbringer whips it good in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
by Bill Zoeker

I got to spend a little time with Nisha the Lawbringer from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and yippee ki-yay is she a fun character. Nisha brings Old West sensibilities to this moon shooter, and a few new tricks as well. And a bullwhip.

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Which of these alternate The Evil Within covers do you like best?

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
17 hours ago - 9:00 PM on 07.30.2014
Which of these alternate The Evil Within covers do you like best? photo

I tend to prefer alternate game cover art over the "real" thing and The Evil Within is no exception. Publisher Bethesda has three covers for us to vote on and whichever piece wins will be used on the inside sleeve for the launch edition of the action-horror game. So vote!

"Asylum" has the most support by a wide margin and I get the appeal. It reminds me of the slick PAL box art for another of Shinji Mikami games, Resident Evil 4. But I'm leaning toward the more abstract "Piercing Eye" and "Twisted" covers, personally.

At any rate, all three are far prettier than the actual cover.

'The Evil Within' Your Game Case – You Decide! [Bethesda Blog]







Wander is an MMO free of combat

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
18 hours ago - 8:00 PM on 07.30.2014

One of the titles playable at gamescom's Indie MEGABOOTH is Wander, described as "a collaborative, non-combat, non-competitive MMO game focused on narrative, exploration, and joy."

It stars you, at least at first, as a tree person. There's also a griffin character, which I imagine would be more enjoyable in terms of world traversal, what with the flying and all. The Wander website also details a third choice, a lizard-like creature that looks better suited for swimming.

Yeah, this one's a bit out there, but that's the main reason I felt compelled to highlight it. You just don't see many MMOs like this (perhaps for a reason). Wander is looking at a release later this year for Windows, Linux, and, rather surprisingly, PlayStation 4.



Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky out now on PC

Kyle MacGregor, Contributor - Destructoid
19 hours ago - 7:00 PM on 07.30.2014
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky out now on PC photo

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is now available on Windows PC, courtesy of XSEED.

The beloved Japanese role-playing game boasts new high-definition visuals, faster load times, and custom controls. It also features a new game plus mode, English battle voice-overs, and difficulty options after the first playthrough; which were all initially included in the PSP release.

XSEED aims to publish the sequel, Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter, this winter for PSP and PC.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky [Steam, GOG.com]



Put a dinosaur head on your spaceship in Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
20 hours ago - 6:30 PM on 07.30.2014
Put a dinosaur head on your spaceship in Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit photo

"Habitat is the only strategic space survival game that uses orbital debris to build the future homes of humanity and where hope for survival relies on the creativity and resourcefulness of the player." This is one of those things I didn't know I wanted until it was shown to me.

Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit has already worked its way through a successful Kickstarter campaign. It's even playable now on Steam Early Access -- you might have seen it as that game in which you can pilot a Statue-of-Liberty-head ship. (Awesome, right?)

Developer 4gency is planning on a full release next year for Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One and, now in collaboration with publisher Versus Evil, PlayStation 4. Not the type of game you'd necessarily expect to get console ports, but having that choice is nice. Game looks neat!



Xbox One's adding Neverwinter to its stable of free-to-play games

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
20 hours ago - 6:00 PM on 07.30.2014
Xbox One's adding Neverwinter to its stable of free-to-play games photo

Xbox One has a handful of free-to-play titles, and all of them were built specifically for the console. That'll change in the first half of 2015 as Neverwinter, a popular PC action MMO role-playing game, hits the Microsoft platform.

Neverwinter's set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe, to which it provides new and supplemental narratives. For publisher Perfect World, it marks the first time venturing from the PC audience and into the console market.

As is the case with these things, Neverwinter isn't purely free in the sense that an Xbox Live Gold subscription is still required. Also, there are no details yet as to whether any sort of cross-platform saves will be available. But, for anyone looking to scratch that MMO itch from their couch, 2015 and Neverwinter are right around the corner.



Watch Dog's DLC may go clean up New Jersey

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
21 hours ago - 5:30 PM on 07.30.2014
Watch Dog's DLC may go clean up New Jersey photo

While Watch Dogs' campaign focused on the connected city of Chicago, the post-release content may set its sights on the east coast. That is, if a social media tease turns out to hold any weight.

The Watch Dogs Twitter account recently tweeted "Our data indicates surveillance has become more prominent in high-crime areas," and included a graphic that stated "The city of Camden, New Jersey had the highest crime rate in 2012. A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect."

Despite the erroneous claim that Camden holds the less-than-prestigious title of most crime-ridden city, it seems as if Ubisoft possibly intends for at least a piece of DLC to take place in the area. It's probably for the best; I can't imagine stopping jaywalkers in some sleepy North Dakota city would make for nearly the thrilling gameplay experience.

@watchdogsgame [Twitter]



Development of Crytek USA's Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age moving to Frankfurt studio

Jordan Devore, Managing News Editor - Destructoid
21 hours ago - 5:00 PM on 07.30.2014
Development of Crytek USA's Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age moving to Frankfurt studio photo

The big news out of Crytek this morning was that the company is selling its Homefront intellectual property to Koch Media and Deep Silver -- which is where Crytek UK's work on Homefront: The Revolution will continue, under the new name Dambuster Studios -- but that's not the only change happening. Development of Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age is moving from Austin-based Crytek USA (made up of former Vigil staff) to Crytek's studio in Frankfurt.

"Crytek will retain a presence in Austin, with several staff members maintaining the CryEngine support team to assist North American licensees," the company announced today. "Employees who are not set to be part of that support team will be invited to apply for new positions at Crytek in Germany." Wouldn't be surprised if that staff just looked for work elsewhere in Austin, though, in light of the employer's money problems as of late. Some surely have already.

"As we look to cement Crytek's future, this strategic deal with Koch Media would allow us to continue with our ambitious goals to become an online publisher. With Warface, Arena of Fate, and Hunt, we believe we have the perfect portfolio and teams to make that happen," said CEO Cevat Yerli. As for the rest of the teams: "Crytek's studios in Budapest, Istanbul, Kiev, and Sofia will continue to operate as usual," reads the announcement. "A closer collaboration between Crytek's studios in Shanghai and Seoul is under review."



BEES?! Pollen explores this question and more on the moons of Saturn

Brett Makedonski, Contributor - Destructoid
22 hours ago - 4:00 PM on 07.30.2014

"Mystery is part of the plot," Mindfield Games says about its newly announced Pollen. Dumped onto a space station on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, the player's sure to encounter many questions that need to be answered. The first-person exploration game traverses the only moon in our solar system with its own atmosphere, and where scientists believe life may exist.

Coming in 2015 for PC and optimized for Oculus Rift, Mindfield cites the likes of Gone Home and 2001: A Space Odyssey as inspirations for Pollen. We'll have to wait until then to explore this celestial setting, and awkwardly swat at and then run away from space bees.



Let's check out all the wonderful cosplay from SDCC 2014

Hamza Aziz, CEO - Destructoid
23 hours ago - 3:30 PM on 07.30.2014

San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest convention for all things geek in the world. A ton of cosplay happens at this show -- even celebrities cosplay! Mostly to hide from the public though. 

But hey, here's a couple of montages with a good look at some of the better outfits people created and wore. Our friend D Piddy shows off his Deadpool shenanigans, while Aggressive Comix gives us a detailed look at a wide assortment of costumes. 



Here are the games at the Indie MEGABOOTH at gamescom this year

Darren Nakamura, Contributor - Destructoid
23 hours ago - 3:00 PM on 07.30.2014

The Indie MEGABOOTH has become a huge hit at events like PAX and GDC, and it continues its tradition of offering a massive area packed with developers who otherwise would not be able to easily get floor space at gamescom.

There are quite a few notable titles on the list that we have looked at in depth previously, like Armello, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, Below, Broforce!, Chroma Squad, Desktop Dungeons, Super Time Force, The Talos Principle, and Where is my Heart? The full list of 37 titles currently planned for the booth is below.



Watch Ro make some Minecraft candy pops in this episode of Nerdy Nummies

Brittany Vincent Destructoid
2:30 PM on 07.30.2014

You might not know this about me, but I'm a big fan of Rosanna Pansino's Nerdy Nummies series. She's bubbly, fun, and puts me in a great mood while teaching me how to make treats based on my favorite videogame and other media properties.

This episode of Nerdy Nummies follows Ro as she creates Minecraft candy pops out of delicious snack size candy bars. I'm starving now, so I think this might be an awesome project for this weekend.

If you're new to Nerdy Nummies, I suggest checking out these Tetris cookies and Kirby macaroons. The Dragon Ball cake pops look delicious, too.