Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

Want to stare longingly at a cacodemon? How about some beautiful imps to adorn your coffee table? You need The Art of DOOM, a "massive art tome" by way of Dark Horse Books and Bethesda, which will hit store shelves on June 8 this year.

The book looks like it'll feature some pretty interesting artwork, as it will feature concept art and sketches that went previously unreleased. There's also a look at the game's development, weapon creation, and the Doom Marine himself. If you prefer reading to poring over pictures, there's some commentary here too from id Software.

Preorder the limited edition here via the official Bethesda store, which features a slipcase featuring a wrap-around image of the Marine, cloth portfolio with a 9x12 lithograph, and a redemption code for the digital version of the book.

This book is cool and all, but I'm still thinking about picking up one of the adorable plushies.

Shacknews - Josh Hawkins

Docket Codes are like coupons for new weapons and items. In Dying Light’s newest expansion, The Following, 42 new dockets have been added. Use the codes from this list on the Dying Light website to activate them and transfer the dockets to your game. Then head to the quartermaster and exchange the dockets for a nice shiny new weapon.

This current list gives you access to 43 total dockets which will allow you to unlock 16 Standard Weapons, 19 Premium Weapons, and 8 Community Weapons. If you aren't sure what dockets are check out this video from Techland.

  • NQ4THDFBUH (1 docket)
  • DF6KUB798UN (1 docket)
  • N0A8DF09TB (3 dockets)
  • GRE31SVNBOHFUDQH (1 docket)
  • R9ADFNHSGX (1 docket)
  • DFBUIK7KLIU (1 docket)
  • DE8746TYSU8 (1 docket)
  • PON42HTHBV (1 docket)
  • 8NF5DKTBV3 (1 docket)
  • 97A0E8796D (1 docket)
  • 6UJ9RFHG8KJ (1 docket)
  • FA7F121B93 (2 dockets)
  • H4RR4NM4R47H0N (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • TH1RST1SR34L (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • ChatSnap (2 PREMIUM DOCKETS)
  • SAYHITOPS4COMMUNITY (3 PREMIUM DOCKETS!)
  • N98FGSDG0ASB (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • #TWEETFORSPEED (3 PREMIUM DOCKETS!)
  • 15281102 (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • P3D4LT0TH3M3T4L (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • IM51CK0FZ0MBI35 (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • 8FN32IGNSKFN (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • OAIUPG9UQBR5 (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • HNF3HBGJT57S (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • KVLOPSEW73NR (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • STUPIDZOMBIES3 (1 PREMIUM DOCKET!)
  • G4BXIN98BA (2 COMMUNITY DOCKETS!)
  • TYPEMEIN (2 COMMUNITY DOCKETS!)
  • SIEFE (1 COMMUNITY DOCKET!)
  • ColossalKiwi (3 COMMUNITY DOCKETS!)

The docket codes listed below have expired, but we wanted to mention them just in case you come across them anywhere else.

  • HGPTRE48D9 (1 docket)
  • RAZER (3 dockets)
  • ALIENWARE (3 dockets)
  • 11613204146 (1 docket)

Cheers to Reddit user ColossalKiwi for the headsup about these new docket codes.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Update: The layoff figure was originally posted at 63 percent. However, the language of the earnings report ("The plan consists of a reduction in the number of positions across the organization equal to approximately 37% of the total workforce and includes changes at the executive level.") indicates that the reduction figure is actually 37 percent. The headline has been updated to reflect this.

Original story: After most of its executive board abruptly resigned yesterday, the gaming world braced itself for the worst from game publisher/hardware manufacturer Mad Catz. And as expected, the news coming out of today's third quarter earnings report was not good. So the hammer has fallen on a large chunk of the company, with reports coming in that 63 percent of its workforce has been laid off.

Gamasutra has issued the report on Mad Catz's mass layoffs, citing that the company is aiming for a massive restructuring plan. Mad Catz is currently in the midst of a big hardware push, as it prepares to release new arcade sticks for next week's Street Fighter V.

However, the massive losses undergone in Q3 can largely be attributed to underperforming sales from Rock Band 4, which the company took a chance on publishing late last year. The company's sales have actually improved 114 percent year-on-year, but there's a big problem in regards to the overmanufacturing of both the software and the substantially expensive hardware. Because RB4 sold relatively poorly, retailers have been desperate to get rid of the excess inventory that's eating up precious real estate on sales floors. That has led to substantial discounts and, as a result, has eaten away at any profits, taking Mad Catz deep into the red.

The low Q3 numbers are also being attributed to low demand for audio and PC hardware in both European and Asian markets.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

After most of its executive board abruptly resigned yesterday, the gaming world braced itself for the worst from game publisher/hardware manufacturer Mad Catz. And as expected, the news coming out of today's third quarter earnings report was not good. So the hammer has fallen on a large chunkk of the company, with reports coming in that 63 percent of its workforce has been laid off.

Gamasutra has issued the report on Mad Catz's mass layoffs, citing that the company is aiming for a massive restructuring plan. Mad Catz is currently in the midst of a big hardware push, as it prepares to release new arcade sticks for next week's Street Fighter V.

However, the massive losses undergone in Q3 can largely be attributed to underperforming sales from Rock Band 4, which the company took a chance on publishing late last year. The company's sales have actually improved 114 percent year-on-year, but there's a big problem in regards to the overmanufacturing of both the software and the substantially expensive hardware. Because RB4 sold relatively poorly, retailers have been desperate to get rid of the hardware that's eating up sales floors. That has led to substantial discounts and, as a result, has eaten away at any profits, takinig Mad Catz deep into the red.

The low Q3 numbers are also being attributed to low demand for audio and PC hardware in both European and Asian markets.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Street Fighter V is set to arrive next week and with the game's release days away, Capcom has outline how the next year of competitive Street Fighter is shaping up. As part of a live stream outlined on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel, Twitch's Mike Ross and Capcom's Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas revealed the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour schedule.

The Capcom Pro Tour will run across 72 events in four regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. They will include 11 Global Premier Events, Evo 2016, and culminate with this year's Capcom Cup. When the smoke clears, 32 competitors will walk into Capcom Cup, including the 11 Global Premier Event winners, the Evo World Champion, four from select Regional Final events, eight from the Global Points Leaderboards, and eight from the Regional Point Leaderboards (comprising the top two from each of the four regions).

Ross and Rosas also answered a few major questions that this raises. For one thing, if a competitor wins more than one Global Premier Event, an additional Capcom Slot will open up on the Global Points Leaderboards. Secondly, there is no runner-up this time around. Those that come in second or lower in any of the Global Premier Events will not be granted a Capcom Cup slot, as was the case last year. As for how the Regional Final Events, competitors there will be determined by 12 Ranking Events and two Online Events to determine who will compete in these tournaments. The winner of these Regional Finals, as mentioned, will qualify for Capcom Cup.

As for the Global Premiere Events, which will guarantee a Capcom Cup slot to the winner, these are the dates and locations for each:

  • Final Round: Atlanta, GA - March 18-20
  • NorCal Regionals: Sacramento, CA - March 25-27
  • Stunfest: France - May 20-22
  • Dreamhack Summer: Sweden - June 18-21
  • CEO: Orlando, FL - June 24-26
  • G-League: China - July 9
  • Mad Catz TGS: Tokyo, Japan - September 15
  • EGX Rezzed: London, England - September 22-25
  • South East Asia Major 2016: Singapore - October 7-9
  • SoCal Regionals: Los Angeles, CA - October 14-16
  • Canada Cup: Toronto, Ontario, Canada - October 28-30

The Capcom Pro Tour begins with Final Round later this month.

Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

If you're looking to make a move within the Oculus game, you might be interested in purchasing a bundle rather than going for the headset only.

Today Oculus has announced the first series of Oculus Ready PCs from Dell, ASUS, and Alienware. Beginning February 16 you can start preordering these PC and Rift bundles from Amazon, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store.

Bundles begin at $1499 and each include an Oculus-certified PC with an Oculus Rift headset, sensor, Xbox One controller, remote, Lucky's Tale, and EVE: Valkyrie Founder's Pack. If you already went ahead and preordered a Rift, you'll get a discount on a PC if you choose to pick one up.

Are you ready to get all VRed up?

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Over the holiday break, rumor started hitting that Final Fantasy 9 would come to mobile devices. Square Enix confirmed that announced days later and it now appears that the mobile version of the JRPG classic is ready to go.

For those that don't remember the original 2000 game, Final Fantasy IX follows the story of Zidane. After he and his theater troupe abduct Princess Garnet, they're quickly confronted with a powerful new threat named Kuja that seeks to destroy their entire world. There are some noticeable differences with this version of the game, including autosave and the addition of high-speed and no encounter modes. Graphics and cutscenes have also been given a makeover for more modern times.

A Steam version is coming, but that's not quite ready yet. Those looking to pick up FFIX can pick it up now on the App Store or Google Play for $16.99, but maybe hold off on doing that for a moment. Both stores are pointing to a 20 percent promotional price drop to celebrate the game's launch, but the discount period isn't set to kick off until tomorrow, because... um... hey, look, a trailer!

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

File this one under "announcement of an announcement," but it looks like Blizzard is preparing for the next big step forward for Hearthstone. An event is currently slotted for March 9, in which select VIPs and media will be given a chance to check out what's next for Blizzard's card game.

No other details are available at this time, but it should be noted that this will fall right into the window for the debut of Standard mode. The initial announcement also pointed to an unspecified Spring 2016 expansion and unless there's another surprise incoming, that should be what this is pointing to. Given the relatively quick turnaround on League of Explorers between announcement and release, a release date shouldn't come long after that.

Hearthstone may see several differences between now and that March 9 date, given some of the changes that are looming. Lead designer Ben Brode went into a few of these potential changes during our interview with him earlier this week.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Rocket League has been motoring for over six months and has made an impression on many people, including us here at Shacknews. (It placed rather high on our 2015 Game of the Year list.) Xbox One users have been waiting for their crack at the motorized sports game since it was announced back at the Game Awards and that wait is just about over. It's now set to arrive next week.

Rocket League on Xbox One is set to include the same updates as its PS4 and PC counterparts. However, one thing it'll be missing is cross-play, which the other two versions currently enjoy with one another. To help make up for that, Xbox One users will get some exclusives that include new cars and cosmetic goodies, like the Armadillo from Gears of War and a Halo Warthog variant. They'll also get the Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Chaos Run DLC packs all free of charge, according to Xbox Wire.

Rocket League will hit Xbox One on February 17 and run for $19.99. For those looking to count the seconds, the folks at When Is Rocket League? have helpfully provided one here.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Street Fighter 5 will be welcoming Alex from Street Fighter 3 as its first downloadable character next month and will support PlayStation 3 fight sticks and FightPads.

The report comes from one of Spain’s largest video game portals, Meristation, who appears to have leaked the information prior to an apparent embargo as the link to its story has since been removed. Luckily, members of NeoGAF were quick to pick up the information, even publishing screenshots of the PlayStation 3 controller support option within the game’s menus.

The screenshot, which you can see above, mentions players will need to register the PlayStation 3 controller in order to use them within Street Fighter 5. Both players can register their PS3 controllers, as well as restore the game’s default settings.

Another NeoGAF member notes Alex’s arrival might mean a previously-released image that shows the Street Fighter 5 2016 season pass lineup may hint as to when we can expect additional characters to be released. The image shows Alex as the first downloadable character, followed by Guile, Balrog, Ibuki, Juri, and Urien. This could mean we can see the following characters released in the coming months within the following schedule:

  • Alex (March)
  • Guile (April)
  • Balrog (May)
  • Ibuki (June)
  • Juri (July)
  • Urien (August)

We’ve reached out to Capcom for comment and will proceed to update this story accordingly.

Update: Capcom has confirmed the majority of information in our story in their response for a comment. "We can confirm that Alex will be the first DLC character and he will be available in March," Capcom says. "In terms of the release schedule after that, we haven’t made any announcements. Additionally, the final version of Street Fighter V (on PS4) will be compatible with PS3 controllers."

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