Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

While all of the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack season pass characters have been rolled out, the fight doesn't appear to be over for Warner Bros. and NetherRealm just yet. This morning, Warner Bros. announced that a second batch of new DLC characters are currently in development to hit the fighting game, with a broad release windows of "the first half of 2016."

This image began circulating yesterday, first on creator Ed Boon's Twitter account.

No word, or even hint, on who these four new kombatants could be, but there's a lot of time between now and the first half of 2016. Still more time to get Shacknews' original wishlist characters on the roster. New content will also include additional skins and a new environment. No word on whether a second Kombat Pack will be announced.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Earlier this year, we stumbled onto a game called Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015. This week, the game was officially launched on Steam, and even though its Steam trailer and screenshots appear to be censored, the game remains “100% uncut.”

Shower With Your Dad Simulator features four different game modes to play: ENDURODAD (Endurance Run), DADATHLON (Fast Pace Dad Matching), DADDIOSURF and DAD DIVISIONS. When you select a game mode, a loading screen pops up that features some notable Dad jokes, which we feel is a nice touch for this game.

The premise for all of these game modes is to match the child with the dad while he’s in a communal shower. Matching a kid with the wrong father will not only cause emotional damage, but it’ll also cause you to either lose points or end the game mode entirely, depending what you play.

Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is selling for $.99, and if this doesn’t constitute an impulse buy, then we don’t know what does.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

QuakeCon 2016 will be taking place on Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7, 2016, Bethesda has announced.

Next year’s QuakeCon will be taking place at The Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas and guests can enjoy a special room rate of $169 per night as long as you reference QuakeCon 2016 when booking your room.

QuakeCon 2016 marks the 21st year of the event, which is free to general attendees and open to the public to attend. Bethesda will be showcasing its upcoming games to fans while also holding panels, presentations, and workshops. A variety of top technology companies will be exhibiting their latest game accessories and hardware during the show and there will be tournaments, game presentations, contests, announcements, parties, and more going on during the show.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

2K has announced a contest for its upcoming team-based shooter, Battleborn, that will allow its winner to have their own taunt animated to then be included in the game. This is not going to end well.

Starting today and ending on September 10, fans need to submit a short video of themselves performing an original taunt for any of the announced Battleborn characters. The video needs to be no longer than 30 seconds and can be uploaded on YouTube, Vine, or Instagram and you’ll need to start it by clearly indicating what character the taunt is for.

Once you’re done, post your video in a tweet to @Battleborn and include #IAmBattleborn and #Contest in your tweet. Facebook users can enter by posting their video as a response to the contest announcement post.

Winners will be chosen based on creativity, originality, and presentation that captures the essence of the Battleborn characters. The winner will not only have their taunt included in the game, bnut they’ll also score a copy of the game on the platform of their choice and a framed poster signed by the development team.

Curious to learn more about Battleborn? We recently held a Shack Asks with 2K Games and Gearbox Software regarding the game, which you can read our recap here. Alternatively, you can check the Chatty thread itself here.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Both the Steam Controller and various Steam Machines will soon be available for purchase, which means Valve is going to have to do some serious improvements to Steam’s Big Picture mode. Today, Valve is making a big overhaul to Big Picture mode’s UI which you can check out for yourself by opting into its beta.

The new Big Picture features a new Library section which manages everything into simple categories. The first category users will land on is the “Resume & Explore” category, which allows you to quickly jump into your recently played games and explore games that are popular among your friends. Another interesting section is the “Start something new” section as it presents games within your library that you have yet to play. Considering how many games Steam users purchase but never play, this could be a great opportunity for Steam users to finally take a swing at their ever-expanding backlog.

The new Big Picture mode will also allow you to activate a product on Steam in a much easier manner. The new categories will have the ability to activate a product right from the main Library screen, instead of having to dig through Big Picture’s options.

Another category we're happy was improved was the "Recent" category. Prior to this update, the Recent category didn't organize your games the way it does in the standard version of Steam. Big Picture mode will now have your recently-played games actually show up in the order they were last played or downloadied.

The new Big Picture mode is currently in beta, so expect to see a bug here and there if you decide to take a swing at it. No word from Valve when it’s new Big Picture mode will be released to all users, although we wouldn’t be surprised if it was ready in time for the launch of the Steam Controller.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

WildStar has been preparing for the next phase in the MMORPG's life cycle with this fall's free-to-play update. NCSoft and Carbine Studios now have a specific date in mind for the transition, announcing that the WildStar Reloaded update will hit on September 29.

For those that need a refresher, the WildStar Reloaded update will contain numerous changes beyond the free-to-play transition. It's set to be one of the biggest content drops in the game's short history, including an overhauled tutorial, a complete shift in the game's stats system, and streamlined dungeons. Major quality-of-life issues are also expected to arrive, including the ability the new retroactive reward system that offers perks for spending C.R.E.D.D. or NCoin currency.

There is still another closed beta left to go, though. The second closed beta will test out the WildStar Reloaded economy overhaul, including a test of the NCoin currency system. Any purchased NCoin will make the transfer to the full game when the WildStar Reloaded update goes live. This beta will is set to begin this Friday. Players can sign up by visiting the WildStar website.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Destiny’s servers will be going down for maintenance today starting at 8am PT / 11am ET.

The server maintenance is expected to last for at least six hours meaning Destiny players won’t be unable to play the game until 2pm PT / 5pm ET and beyond, depending on how well the maintenance goes.

As is the case for the majority of server maintenances, Guardians who are playing will receive an in-game message giving them notice of the upcoming downtime. While the maintenance is being carried out, some sign-in and Companion app services may be restricted during the six-hour maintenance block. Once maintenance has been concluded, all services and Destiny login functionality will be restored.

Destiny 2.0 is expected to launch on September 8, so we wouldn’t be surprised if today’s server maintenance had anything to do with the upcoming mandatory update. We already know Destiny 2.0 will offer a new way to level Guardians which completely throws the old Light system out. We also know Bungie will make changes to the RNG loot system.

Destiny: The Taken King will launch a week later on September 15. To learn more about The Taken King, be sure to check out our hands-on impressions and our developer preview both from E3 2015.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

We play a Battleborn match at PAX Prime 2015 and see how many targets we hit using the archer, Thorn.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

We're going really old school for today's Arcade Corner as we're taking a look at one of the most iconic arcade franchises ever. Today, we're taking a look at Pac-Man.

Pac-Man is one of those games that a great majority of gamers have played at one point in their life. There's no doubt the game has made a huge impact on gaming as a whole and will continue to for years to come.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Meet Phoebe, one of the characters players will be able to use in Battleborn. Gameplay is straight from PAX Prime 2015.


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