App Store Update: April 9

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Devious Dungeon 2 – ($0.99)

The gang at Ravenous Games returns with another excellent-looking sprite-based platformer action extravanganza. Take a look:

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Meet The Power Players Of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Adam Jensen is more driven than ever. Two years after the catastrophic events that marked the end of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, he’s determined to expose the group and people behind the so-called Aug Incident. While the Illuminati may have pulled those strings and are the focus of Jensen’s investigation in the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, they’re not the only organization that he becomes involved with. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the other factions Jensen – and players – will meet.

Task Force 29
In Human Revolution, Jensen worked as head of security for the augmentation manufacturer Sarif Industries. Following the Aug Incident, where augmented people essentially went haywire and unwittingly performed acts of violence and terrorism, Sarif’s business collapsed. Now, Jensen is a member of an anti-terrorist group headed up by Interpol, called Task Force 29.

“The division that he’s in, he is probably the only augmented person in that strike team,” says Mary DeMarle, Mankind Divided’s narrative director. Jensen will travel around the world as he unravels the conspiracy, including an area near Prague that’s now become a prison camp for augmented people. DeMarle says that Jensen’s augmentations give him an in with the …read more

Vulcun Takes On $12M To Grow The Fantasy Esports Market

Fantasy sports is big business. Fantasy esports is a smaller, but quickly growing younger sibling. Vulcun, currently boasting a multi-million-dollar prize pool, wants to make fantasy esports the next big thing, and now has the cash on hand to pull off its dream: A host of venture capital firms and angels just participated in a $12 million Series A round of capital for the company. I spoke… Read More …read more

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‘Must Deliver’ Takes ‘Touchdown Hero’ and Replaces Football Players with Zombies

The developers of Touchdown Hero [Free], Cherrypick Games, are iterating on that game’s concept with their new game Must Deliver, which is releasing next week. The game starts out the same, as you control a running fellow, who has to dodge a number of enemies in their path. Scoring is similar, as each checkpoint you reach is a point, similar to how each touchdown was a point in that game. But where things change is that you have an ability you can deploy to help fend off your enemies, like a charging kick to clear through foes. These abilities require the pickup of items to charge them up, so it’s not just something you can deploy with impunity.

Must Deliver features a number of characters to unlock in a style similar to Crossy Road Crossy Road [Free], except each character you unlock has a different special move. Each character can be upgraded as well by spending coins, which are earned either in-game or through watching ads. This seems like a clever rejiggering of an existing concept, and you can expect to play this one next week.

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What Can We Expect From Call of Duty: Black Ops III?

Activision just revealed the “Back in Black” teaser, which all but confirms that the next Call of Duty game is Black Ops III. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out below.

Leading up to the reveal of Treyarch’s next game, there was plenty of speculation that the developer would return to World at War for a sequel. The Back in Black trailer, however, is loaded with Black Ops I and II quotes, imagery from the original game’s cover art, and it ends with a Roman numeral III.

It’s probably safe to say we’re probably not heading back to World War II.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare made huge strides for the series’ gameplay. The Exo suits added mobility we’ve never seen before to both the campaign and the multiplayer modes. Could Black Ops III have Exo suits? Or will the Black Ops series have to carve its own path? Two of IGN’s biggest Call of Duty fans, James Faulkner and Brian Albert, discuss their thoughts in the video above, but we want to hear your ideas too.

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Daily Deals: EVE Online and Expansions for Just $5, Alienware Alpha for $400

Get 88% Off EVE Online

A huge discount today has taken the price of EVE Online’s Core Starter Pack and its four add-on packs collectively down to just $5. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Alienware Alpha Intel Core i3-4130T NVIDIA GTX 860M+ Gaming Console for $400 + Free Shipping

Use the coupon code “1KHQR?2D3XRKWZ” to activate this deal, which is the cheapest price we’ve seen yet for the Alienware Alpha console!

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Driving from China to Holland, using just Chinese products?

“Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” That’s what Rogier Bikker, one of two Dutch guys who recently drove from China to Holland for a project called Brand New China, says. Brand New China was a personal project of two Dutch guys who travelled 20,000km along the ancient Silk Road, passing through 11 countries – and using only Chinese products.

More than being a remarkable road trip, the project aimed to change the image of goods ‘made in China’ across the world. With an estimate earned media reach of 5.6 million people, they might just have succeeded. It took a year for Maren Striker and Rogier Bikker to prepare the project and get sponsorships, including some of China’s biggest brands, such as BYD (car), Huawei (smart phones), Lenovo (laptops), AEE (cameras), Ozark (outdoor gear), XIYOUJI (clothing) and Braos (sunglasses).

Bikker is now back in Shanghai, running Swedish branding agency Rewir to help Chinese companies build strong brands. TechNode asked him to talk about the why, how and what of Brand New China.

Why Brand New China?

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Is This When Mortal Kombat X Is Coming to PS3 and Xbox 360?

Mortal Kombat X will release on June 2 for last-gen consoles, according a pair of GameStop listings online.

The store pages for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions indicate a release on the first Tuesday of June, which is technically a bit earlier than the publisher’s promised “summer” launch window.

Mortal Kombat X will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC next week, but thanks to a delay, High Voltage Software’s accompanying last-gen versions were pushed outside that initial April window.

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