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Shacknews - Robert Workman

Activision is offering a special deal on its annual Skylanders release this year, which may just help entice Wii owners to upgrade to Wii U.

According to the Skylanders official Twitter feed, purchasing the game for Wii will receive a bonus code upon its release that will enable the download of the Wii U version. Both the portal and figures are universal, so if and when you do get a Wii U, you can simply take your characters over. The game progress itself would probably reset, however.

So, if you still have a Wii, you may want to check this out. If not, don't worry, as Trap Team will be released for other consoles across the board when it arrives this October.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

With Assasssin's Creed Unity set to touch down in three months, Ubisoft is ready to reveal another of the game's central characters. With that in mind, it's time to meet Elise, a young woman seeking to rise through the Templar order and one of main character Argo's most unlikely allies.

The video below offers an introduction to this new character, as Elise finds herself at the wrong end of the guillotine. Sensing injustice about to go down, Argo comes to her rescue, leading to a partnership that will span across the French Revolution. It's a fairly notable addition to the cast, coincidentally coming in the wake of Ubisoft coming under fire for not featuring enough central female characters in this latest AC installment.

Assassin's Creed Unity will hit PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 28.

Shacknews - Robert Workman

GameStop appears to be preparing its own special little credit card for availability sometime later this year. 

Some purportedly leaked documents reported by Destructoid give the details. The credit card allows customers to make purchases that automatically calculates points into the PowerUp Rewards program, enabling them to earn points much more quickly towards physical rewards and discounts. 5,000 points are awarded for anyone who signs up with a Basic membership, while Pro members can earn 15,000 points. Exclusive offers are also expected to be available through the card.

However, there's a catch. The interest rate on the card is a staggering 26.99 percent. That's over double the usual market average of 13 percent. There may be a chance GameStop could offer lesser rates as part of a promotion, but, for now, that appears to be the norm.

The company has not formally announced the card, but if the documents are legitimate we should be hearing about it soon.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

The Killer Instinct reboot is getting ready for its second season, and it appears Microsoft may be planning another classic re-release as well.

The Korean Ratings Board (via Joystiq) has a listing for "Killer Instinct Classic 2 Xbox One." That certainly seems to imply that Microsoft is planning a port of Killer Instinct 2, the 1996 arcade game that introduced some new characters and mechanics. 

A port of the original Killer Instinct, similarly titled "Killer Instinct Classic," was available for purchasers of the reboot's special editions. Maya, one of the new characters from KI2, is already announced for Season 2 of the new game. We expect this means Microsoft will offer some sort of bundle that includes the classic port, but we'll have to wait for official word to be sure.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Unless you live in or around the Los Angeles area, chances are you didn't see live performance of key scenes from The Last of Us last night. You might have also missed the live stream. You can still catch up with the it, though! You'll have to skip past the countdown clock that was left in the video for some reason, but after that you'll be treated to drama, music, and some words from the creators.

It's all to promote the the Remastered version of the game for PlayStation 4, which is out in stores today.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Pokemon trainers from around the world will compete in August to see who is the very best, like no one ever was.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company announced that the 2014 Pokemon World Championships will stream live this year, letting you check out all of the pocket monster battling action from home. It will take place August 16-17 in Washington, DC, and will feature both card and video game matches. Players from more than 30 countries are set to compete for scholarships and prizes.

It will all stream on the official Twitch channel. The schedule below is in Eastern time, and they'll be re-broadcast the following Sunday and Monday.

Saturday, August 16

  • 9 a.m. : Opening Ceremony

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. : Pokémon video game

  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. : Pokémon TCG

Sunday, August 17

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. : Pokémon TCG Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)

  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. : Pokémon Video Game Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Devolver Digital recently narrowed the release date for Shadow Warrior on the new generation to late September. Today the developer, in cooperation with Bandai Namco games, pinpointed an exact date. It will hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 23.

The console version has a few new features added to the PC one that hit last year. Those include an Arena mode with waves of enemies, more campaign content revolving around the head of the Zilla Corporation, and weapons that pull from other Devolver franchises: the sledgehammer from Serious Sam 3, the katana from Hotline Miami, the "classic Shadow Warrior" katana, and the Zilla Enterprises Z45 katana.

Shadow Warrior received mixed reviews on PC. Devolver previously said it was aiming for the console versions to cost $39.99, so presumably that price point still applies. 

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Developer Simogo has announced their latest atmospheric adventure. The studio behind Year Walk and Device 6 will now turn their attention to The Sailor's Dream, which is slated to release on iOS later this year.

"When we were making Device 6, we started talking about how it'd be fun to make games in suites of three," reads the announcement post on Simogo's website, "in which Kosmo Spin, Bumpy Road and Beat Sneak Bandit would be the first suite and Year Walk, Device 6 and whatever we would make next could also be considered as a unity of sorts. In some ways The Sailor's Dream is the culmination of ideas and concepts we've had over the past years and projects, and as such it is an exploration of how to tell a story in a new and unique way. It also shares some DNA with Year Walk and Device 6 when it comes to navigation and interactions, the concept of the players piecing together a bigger story from smaller pieces, and just as previous efforts it does include quite a lot of written text. But, as you know it's important for us to have an element of surprise and originality so that's where the similarities end."

Simogo is remaining purposely tight-lipped about the story, because they don't want to reveal any spoilers. The only information about the story is that it surrounds "three hearts united by the wonderful, but unmerciful ocean." The story will feature a non-linear narrative told through Simogo's recognizable use of text and sounds.

Take a first look at The Sailor's Dream in the trailer below.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The Destiny beta is finished, so now it's time to start discussing what Bungie has lined up next for its upcoming shooter. The developer is already revealing a whole new area not seen in last week's beta, an empty military base known as the Twilight Gap.

"The Twilight Gap is an abandoned military base that's on the outskirts of the last city, so you'll see the traveler in the skybox, the first thing you're going to see in the establishing shot when we first come here," design lead Lars Bakken told IGN. "The city's over there, you'll see the wall off in the distance, you'll see the mountains, and this place is one of the places that humanity has overtaken again and has reclaimed back."

The Twilight Gap, described as a mid-sized map, will be playable across all of Destiny's game modes when it releases on September 9. Check out the map in the two videos below.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Developers Gun Media and Mighty Rabbit Games have seen some success with their debut tactical shooter, Breach & Clear. The 2013 game, produced by ex-Call of Duty strategist Robert Bowling, first released on iOS and later released on Android and PC. Now the two studios are ready to expand Breach & Clear's horizons with a new follow-up called Breach & Clear: DEADline, which will be developed for PC.

DEADline takes place shortly after the events of the first Breach & Clear. Harbor City is under siege by a mysterious race of parasitic worms, which are turning the populace into savage monsters. Players take control of a Special Forces squad commander leading his unit into the heart of the outbreak.

DEADline will retain the series' combat elements, while allowing players to control their entire squads through real-time strategy mechanics like the Command Mode feature. Squad members will level up and gain new abilities, as the game plays out over open world battlefields. Dynamic events will also unfold over the course of the game, potentially altering the battlefield.

Breach & Clear: DEADline is a long way from release, which is why it'll hit Steam Early Access first this fall, in an effort to collect feedback from early adopters. The game will run for $19.99 on PC, Mac, and Linux.


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