Engadget giveaway: Win a Vector smart robot courtesy of Anki!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2018, 11:00 am

The Anki Vector is more than a high-tech toy, it's a little AI wonderbot with facial recognition, smart speaker tech and an array of sensors packed into a remarkably lifelike package. This robot should be fun to interact with by asking questions, playing games, checking the weather or taking photos on command. It learns as it goes and can store plenty of faces, so it will recognize familiar ones. Alexa integration is rolling out soon, so you'll also get all of the benefits of an Echo, but with a physically active personality. It's self-sufficient, too. When its battery runs low, it will seek out its charging base and park itself there for a while.

This week, Anki has provided three of its Vector robots for a trio of lucky readers. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to five chances at winning. Everyone else can still pick up an Anki Vector for $75 off the regular price until December 29th.

'Infinity Blade' will live on inside 'Fortnite'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2018, 6:13 am

For any studio, stopping development on a game is never fun. Just ask Epic Games, which just announced that it will no longer dedicate any more resources to its Infinity Blade trilogy because it couldn't support the series to "a level that meets [its] standards." However, when you're also behind one of the biggest games of 2018 (hint: Fortnite), it often provides opportunities for some of those older ideas to live on. That's exactly what's happened in the battle royale title's latest update, which welcomes the Infinity Blade as its new weapon.

Source: Epic Games

The Morning After: 'The mother of all demos'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Besides our usual suggestions of new TV shows, movies and games to watch this week, we've got a 50-year-old video that you really should see. Also, the second human-made object has entered interstellar space, plus, there's a confusing deal between Samsung China and "Supreme."

Epic pulls its 'Infinity Blade' mobile games from the App Store
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2018, 2:11 am

Ever since being introduced as Project Sword alongside iOS 4.1 back in 2010, the Infinity Blade games have shown the kind of graphics and action that are possible on Apple's mobile devices -- until now. At the same time owner Epic Games is launching its own game store and pricking Apple over App Store policies that impact its Fortnite juggernaut, the company has decided to pull all three games without warning. In a post the company said "it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards."

Via: Touch Arcade

Source: Epic Games

Indie game 'Celeste' is getting a limited physical release
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2018, 11:38 pm

One of the downsides of digital media is never getting the satisfaction of holding your favorite title in hand. That will change for fans of indie platformer Celeste. Limited Run Games is releasing physical copies of the title for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch January 1st.

Source: Limited Run Games

John Romero gifts 'Doom' 18 new levels for its 25th birthday
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2018, 11:37 am

Ready to feel ancient? The original Doom is 25 years old -- and co-creator John Romero wants to make sure you know it. He's preparing an add-on for the 1993 game, Sigil, that serves as a "spiritual successor" to the classic shooter's fourth episode ("Thy Flesh Consumed") with nine single-player story levels as well as nine multiplayer deathmatch levels. The expansion will be free if you're just looking for some nostalgia-fueled demon slaying, but you can also spend a lot of money on it if you're determined to flaunt your fandom.

Source: Romero Games

8BitDo adapter adds wireless controller support to PlayStation Classic
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2018, 12:12 pm

The PlayStation Classic, Sony's retro console that includes 20 PS1 games, arrived last week, and for those of us who prefer to play a little further away from the TV than wired controllers allow, a solution is on the way. Later this month, 8BitDo is releasing a USB adapter that lets you use its own wireless controllers with the console, along with Sony's DualShock 3 and 4, Bluetooth Xbox controllers, Switch Pro, Wii U Pro and even Joy-Cons.

'Monster Hunter World: Icebourne' expansion arrives fall 2019
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2018, 1:23 pm

There's about to be a whole lot more to explore in Monster Hunter: World. Capcom announced today that a new expansion called Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be making its way to consoles in fall 2019. The massive update will include new locales, monsters and gear, as well as a continuation of the base game's narrative. The Iceborne expansion is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC version coming at a later date.

Source: Capcom

The Morning After: Notch alternatives are getting interesting
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Netflix kept the pressure on this weekend with some new trailers -- don't miss the Stranger Things season three episode titles -- and the all-screen phone trend could go in a couple of new directions with Honor and Samsung's next devices. Meanwhile, Capcom is plugging ads into Street Fighter V.

'Street Fighter V' will display in-game ads starting December 11th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 December 2018, 8:28 am

Fighting game fans are used to seeing ads in tournaments, but now they're infiltrating the games themselves. Capcom is introducing "sponsored content" to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on December 11th to promote its purchasable bundles, costumes and the Pro Tour. You'll see them on costumes, in certain stages and on pre-fight loading screens. This isn't concerning by itself (many real sports have ads, after all), but Capcom goes out of its way to discourage you from turning the ads off.

Via: Eurogamer

Source: Capcom

'H1Z1' developer Daybreak lays off staff amid restructuring efforts
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 December 2018, 9:37 pm

Unfortunately, Telltale's effective closure wasn't the end of tough times for the game industry. H1Z1 and EverQuest developer Daybreak Game Company has confirmed that it's laying off staff as it's "optimizing [its] structure" for the future. The company didn't say how many people were losing their jobs, but former Daybreak president John Smedley had briefly claimed on Twitter (since absent) that the cuts affected as many as 70 people. There hasn't been confirmation of this number, and he has since deleted the tweet.

Source: Variety

'Anthem' demo will be open to everyone on February 1st
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 December 2018, 8:08 pm

No, you won't have to plunk down some cash to play the Anthem demo before the game's February 22nd debut. BioWare and EA have announced that the sneak peek on February 1st through February 3rd is an open demo that will be accessible to anyone on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. If you've either pre-ordered the game or subscribe to Origin Access, you'll just play earlier -- a "VIP" demo will run between January 25th and January 27th. You'll also receive an in-game item to flaunt your early adopter status.

Via: Anthem (Twitter)

Source: EA

China forms video game ethics committee as part of crackdown
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 December 2018, 2:02 pm

China's freeze on game approvals is winding down, although gamers and developers might not like what the thaw entails. The country has revealed the existence of an Online Game Ethics Committee that will screen games to ensure they're "healthy and beneficial" and address "social concerns," among other issues. To put it another way, the panel will clamp down on game addiction, sex, violence and short-sightedness. That's on top of the country's crackdowns on political dissent, of course.

Via: South China Morning Post

Source: Xinhuanet (translated)

The Morning After: Mars music and 'Ghost in the Shell'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 December 2018, 9:10 am

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Welcome to your weekend! Along with the usual highlights from this week, we have some space exploration highlights, including your first chance to hear the wind on Mars. Also, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex_2045 is coming to Netflix, and you need to know about the Audi E-Tron.

The best toys and coding kits to give as gifts
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2018, 10:07 am

Last year, we included a kid-focused section in our holiday gift guide for the first time, and this year we've brought it back. We have all sorts of options sure to please any kid on your list, including interactive robots from Anki and Ozobot, games like Root and Disney Villainous and educational choices such as the Harry Potter Coding Kit and the latest batch of LittleBits' Inventor Kits. From Augmoto (for the kid that loves racing) to Pomsies pets (for those that want something cute and cuddly) there's really something for everybody.

The Morning After: Amazon's bear repellent problem
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

It's Friday -- you made it! If you can stop playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can read our review or check out all the new trailers and reveals from last night's Game Awards. We'll also try to pick apart Google's complicated messaging situation and go hands-on with the Qualcomm laptop chips that are trying to undo Intel's dominance.

‘Sayonara Wild Hearts’ is a neon-filled ‘pop album video game’
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2018, 7:15 am

Cult Swedish developer Simogo is making its first game for the Nintendo Switch in Sayonara Wild Hearts, a glam arcade title that dances to its own musical beat. The trailer dropped during The Game Awards on Thursday evening, serving as an introduction to the game's eclectic cast of characters based on tarot cards.

Source: Sayonara Wild Hearts (YouTube)

"Magic: The Gathering" esports league launches with $10 million in prizes
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2018, 6:01 am

Magic: The Gathering, which counts over 35 million players worldwide, will get an esports league with a combined $10 million in prize money, Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) and Hasbro announced. The Magic Pro League (MPL) will cover both the tabletop games and Arena digital PC version (still in public beta) and count 32 of the world's top players.

Source: Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast

'Fortnite' launched 'The Block' live in-game during The Game Awards
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2018, 1:09 am

We've seen Fortnite host live in-game happenings before, but this one was timed to occur with an event in the real world, specifically tonight's The Game Awards 2018. Epic premiered a new area in the games map called "The Block" which is basically a 25x25 tile empty space. Now that season seven of the battle royale game has added a Creative mode, it hopes to encourage players by taking the best of what they make and feeding it back into the standard map that everyone shares.

Once players have built... something on a flat area of their island that matches the space, Epic has said to share them on social media using its #FortniteBlockParty hashtag for them to find it. Part of the game's allure has always been its Minecraft-y building, and the potential of having a creation included for everyone to play should give people even more reason to tinker with their private islands in the new mode.

Source: Epic Games

'Stranger Things 3: The Game' has pixelated action for all platforms
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 11:40 pm

At The Game Awards, Stranger Things creators The Duffer Bros. hit the stage and announced a new game on the way tying in with their Netflix series. Made by Bonus XP -- developers of the first retro Stranger Things Game for mobile devices -- it looks to feature some arcade-style isometric action that blends in well with the show's 80s aesthetic.

We don't have a lot of details yet, but this one will tie in with season three, which is set to debut next year. We'll have to wonder what might have been for the planned Telltale Games version, but at least it looks like fans will have something to play on "all platforms."

Source: Next on Netflix (Twitter)

'Persona 5' heads to 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' in first DLC
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 11:52 pm

With the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just minutes away, Nintendo revealed the first character that will hit the game as post-launch DLC: Joker from Persona 5. This was a surprise announcement during The Game Awards, and it's doubly shocking because Persona 5 isn't even on the Switch.

'Rage 2' serves up open world mayhem on May 14th, 2019
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 11:56 pm

Bethesda, Avalanche and id Software have nailed down a release date for Rage 2. The Mad Max-like open world shooter will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 14th, 2019 -- almost exactly a year after it was introduced, in fact. The accompanying new trailer doesn't tell you much that you don't already know, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Essentially, you can expect punks with guns, a thorough mix of vehicular and on-foot combat, and many creative ways to kill your foes.

Source: Rage 2 (Twitter)

'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order' is a Switch exclusive
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 9:39 pm

The next entry in Marvel's Ultimate Alliance series will arrive in 2019, but this one's only for players on Nintendo Switch. Announced tonight during The Game Awards 2018 event, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is the first new entry in ten years (excusing HD remasters), pitting heroes and villains in a race to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos and his Black Order crew can get them. The dozens of characters available will include "Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more."

As you'd expect from an Ultimate Alliance game there are plenty of ways to play with friends, including drop-in/drop-out co-op with four players on one system or playing on their own console. A feature that's new to the series is an over-the-shoulder "Heroic Camera" perspective. Don't expect it to go cross-platform later either, as it's published by Nintendo and is being developed by Team Ninja.

Source: Marvel (YouTube), Businesswire

The Epic Games Store is live
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 9:58 pm

The Epic Games Store is live and it's not messing around. Epic threw it live during The Game Awards, where a handful of titles debuted as Epic Games Store exclusives. This comes just two days after announcing a digital marketplace with a significantly more profitable pricing model for developers than Steam.

'Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled' revives a classic on June 21st, 2019
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 10:00 pm

What, did you think that Activision would stop at remastering the first three Crash Bandicoot games? True to the teasers, Activision and Beenox have revealed Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. The overhaul of Naughty Dog's marsupial karting classic includes all the familiar characters, tracks and game modes of the PlayStation original (including Battle Mode), but throws in massively improved graphics and, naturally, online play.

Source: YouTube

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