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FF14’s NieR-Inspired Raid’s Release Date Revealed Alongside New Trailer

Square Enix released a new trailer for the the 24-player NieR inspired YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid for Final Fantasy XIV and revealed that it will be available on October 29, 2019.

The YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse alliance raid will be added as part of Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 5.1 titled Vows of Virtue, Deeds of Cruelty, which is the first major patch update following the release of the Shadowbringers expansion.

Check our the trailer for Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 5.1 that will introduce the NieR inspired raid!

In addition to the Raid, Patch 5.1 will also add many new features and updates, and Square Enix has detailed them below:

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IGN UK Podcast #509: Ms. Marvel and the Tissue of Eternal Nightmares

In this week’s thrilling installment of the IGN UK Podcast, Dale has a Halloween-themed Cadbury’s Creme Egg that he’s desperate to eat. But will he get to the gooey centre before Cardy takes it for himself? You’ll have to listen to the whole ‘cast to find out.

Thankfully that shouldn’t be too much of an arduous task, as there’s plenty to discuss. Matt’s been to EGX to play Marvel’s Avengers, including hands-on time with a new character; the super-stretchy Ms. Marvel. Dale’s also been previewing games this week, with thoughts on Need for Speed Heat and WWE 2K20. Cardy’s also got a few extra words to say about Disco Elysium, the detective game that’s captured the hearts and minds of almost all the UK team, and Matt’s got some thoughts about Zombieland: Double Tap.

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New Apple Arcade Game Releases: ‘Manifold Garden’, ‘PAC-MAN Party Royale’, ‘Ballistic Baseball’, and ‘Things That Go Bump’

Apple just added four new games to Apple Arcade for every subscriber. After bringing multiple games last week and the week before, I’m pretty surprised that Apple has added four more this week. Apple must have quite a few games ready with developers to drop four to five new ones each week at this rate. As usual, all four games are available right now on Apple Arcade. Ballistic Baseball from Gameloft is a real time PvP Baseball game that has cross play on iOS, macOS, and tvOS featuring eight unique stadiums. Since Ballistic Baseball is in Apple Arcade, it won’t have any of the usual free to play stuff. I’m only saying this because it is from Gameloft. Check out Ballistic Baseball on Apple Arcade here.

Manifold Garden from William Chyr has been in development for seven years. It was announced for Apple Arcade a little while ago but finally got a release date yesterday for both Apple Arcade and PC platforms. Manifold Garden lets you explore a vast world with puzzles and the ability to manipulate gravity. It looks superb. Just keep in mind that it is a …read more


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Aquaplus Just Released the Fantastic ‘Utawarerumono: Mask Of Deception’, ‘Utawarerumono: Mask Of Truth’, and ‘Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen’ On iOS and Android In Japan As Pure Visual Novels

Aquaplus recently announced Utawarerumono: Lost Flag for iOS and Android in Japan and this announcement annoyed a part of their fanbase because that always happens for mobile only announcements these days. If you’ve never heard of it, Aquaplus’ Utawarerumono series blends visual novel elements with tactical RPG gameplay in the mainline entries. The first game debuted on PC before it was eventually orted ot PS2 and PSP. The core games in the franchise have been released on PlayStation systems recently with the West finally getting a proper taste of the series when Atlus USA brought Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth to North America, Europe, and more on PS4 and PS Vita. Watch the trailer below:

The funny thing is, those two games are actually part two and three in the trilogy despite being a good entry point. Aquaplus remade the original game for the same platforms and fans in the West will finally get to play it in English next year from NIS America in the form of Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen. Today, Aquaplus released all three games on iOS and Android for free as pure visual novels. …read more


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Call of Duty League 2020: First Details Announced

Call of Duty League has revealed the first details of its 2020 competition, with 12 teams competing in “home-vs-away 5-versus-5 professional match play”.

Teams from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, London, Minnesota, New York, Paris, Seattle, Toronto and two Los Angeles outfits will each host two ‘Home Series’ events, one each in spring and summer. Each Home Series will feature multiple pro teams taking on best-of-five matches in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PS4.

Teams with the best win-loss records will head to postseason championship.

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Pokemon Center London: Here’s the Exclusive Merch

London’s limited-time Pokemon Center has opened today, and will keep its doors open until November 18. We got to have an early look around the pop-up and, more importantly, check out all the exclusive British-themed PokeMerch on sale there.

For those of you wondering, yes, you can buy a plushie of that Pikachu in a bowler hat. Check out the merch below:

The store itself is set over two levels. The ground floor is dedicated to merchandise, with a full section set aside for the London exclusives, as well as a Switch area, a Detective Pikachu section and most of the regular themed merch we’ve seen in Pokemon Centers around the world.

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‘PIXELJAM COMPLETE’ Offers an Extensive Collection of Varied Lighthearted Games

Want to explore life as a bee? Beat meat to the musical beat? Become an ice cream man who’s also a werewolf? PIXELJAM COMPLETE offers a ton of goofy, delightful games to enjoy.

For nearly fifteen years, Pixeljam have been creating an array of wacky games in all manner of genres, and the PIXELJAM COLLECTION brings them all together (well, 99% of them, save for some that aren’t there for legal issues). Play the developer’s take on Adventure for the Atari 2600. Then check out their attempt to mix Adventure with Robotron (which was just a bit too ambitious). Or delve into the Ratmaze and help a poor rodent get some eats.

You’re just getting started, there. Pollinate flowers and protect your hive as a bee. Work in pizza delivery and run over the occasional clown. Help a mountain man trash a town. Climb the corporate ladder (while setting a few fires). Help a potato find the troof. Play pinball with snowballs. Ride a pegasus and battle monstrous beasts. This collection keeps on giving and giving and giving, offering you all this and more.

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‘Dragalia Lost’ Celebrates Halloween With Multiple Events Including a Daily Free Tenfold Summon Event This Weekend, and Various Bonuses

Dragalia Lost (Free) recently celebrated its first anniversary recently with loads of rewards for all players. Today, celebrations for Halloween begin with multiple events and a free tenfold summon weekend. The free Tenfold Summon weekend begins on October 19th and is available until October 21st. This lets you perform a tenfold summon for free in the Halloween Fantasia 2 Summon Showcase.

The Halloween Fantasia 2 Summon Showcase has gone live featuring an increased appearance rate for featured adventurers and dragons for a limited time like Halloween Mym, Halloween Lowen, Halloween Odetta, and Halloween Maritimus. Halloween Elisanne, Halloween Althemia, Halloween Silke, and Halloween Edward will appear for a limited time as well. From now until October 31st, Halloween login bonuses include loads of wyrmite. You can get up to 2,100 wyrmite through login bonuses. The facility event revival Trick or Treasure is also live letting you acquire the sweet retreat which is an exclusive facility. This boosts the stats of light-attuned adventurers.

Dragalia Lost is free to play on iOS and Android Read our review of it here. …read more


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Mobile game startup Madbox raises $16.5 million after 100 million downloads

French startup Madbox is raising a $16.5 million (€15 million) Series A funding round from Alven. The company is developing mobile games and handles everything from start to finish, from game design to publishing and user acquisition.

Madbox is a young player in the mobile game space. The company is the result of the merger of two tiny Paris-based game studios in July 2018. After a couple of months, the startup released its first game, Dash Valley. And the game quickly ended up trending in the top 50 of top free game downloads in the App Store in the U.S.

The company has released a handful of games since then. At some point, Madbox had three games in the top 10 charts in the U.S. (once again, free game downloads) — StickMan Hook, Sausage Flip and Idle Ball Race. Overall, Madbox has generated 100 million game downloads.

“The core method at Madbox is that we internalize everything,” co-founder and CEO Jean-Nicolas Vernin told me. “We try to automate as many thing as possible.”

In addition to reusing assets from one game to another, Madbox also tries to apply the same method when it comes to user acquisition and marketing. “People often …read more


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Mobile game startup Madbox raises $16.5 million after 100 million downloads

French startup Madbox is raising a $16.5 million (€15 million) Series A funding round from Alven. The company is developing mobile games and handles everything from start to finish, from game design to publishing and user acquisition.

Madbox is a young player in the mobile game space. The company is the result of the merger of two tiny Paris-based game studios in July 2018. After a couple of months, the startup released its first game, Dash Valley. And the game quickly ended up trending in the top 50 of top free game downloads in the App Store in the U.S.

The company has released a handful of games since then. At some point, Madbox had three games in the top 10 charts in the U.S. (once again, free game downloads) — StickMan Hook, Sausage Flip and Idle Ball Race. Overall, Madbox has generated 100 million game downloads.

“The core method at Madbox is that we internalize everything,” co-founder and CEO Jean-Nicolas Vernin told me. “We try to automate as many thing as possible.”

In addition to reusing assets from one game to another, Madbox also tries to apply the same method when it comes to user acquisition and marketing. “People often …read more