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Capcom has announced that it will be holding a tournament for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Street Fighter X Tekken titled the Capcom Cup. Eight of the world's best players will compete in each of the games. The first Street Fighter IV qualifier will be this weekend's EVO 2013.
Capcom says they don't have the resources to run the type of tournament they did last year for
Capcom tells GameSpot that the event will be held in December in the Bay Area. Qualifiers will only be held for Street Fighter IV, and they will be partnering with with current community run events for their winners. Capcom also confirmed there will be some events outside of the US in the qualifier process. Players qualifying for Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken will use a different model, which has not yet been formalized.
GameSpot is covering the EVO 2013 live from the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Watch it live on GameSpot's eSports hub
Capcom has announced five new characters will be coming to Street Fighter IV during a panel this weekend at the Evolution Fighting Game Championships (EVO). The new characters along with balance changes will come out sometime in early 2014, with a name and trailer to be shown tomorrow before the Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Finals.
Rolento, Poison, Hugo, and Elena will be joining the cast. Each of the four new characters have been included in Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken. The fifth and final new character will has never been in a Street Fighter game, Capcom said at the panel today. Along with the five new characters, six new stages also being added.
"Im personally excited to be able to use Rolento in SF4," Capcom senior community specialist and former professional player Peter "Combofiend" Rosas said. "Yes, he was in SFxT, but SF4 and SFxT play very differently, so itll be a treat to use him against Seth, Hakan, and others that are not in SFxT."
Capcom is also balancing the entire cast of characters again so that they "will all be powerful," they said on today's panel. Capcom illustrated some improvements to Chun-Li, Dudley, T-Hawk, and Balrog, while showing off some of the downgrades to Cammy.
Capcom has posted and showed off some of the changes already implemented.
The new characters, stages, and balance updates will be released for $15 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC simultaneously sometime in early 2014. Players without Super Street Fighter IV already can purchase the disc version with all the previous DLC costumes released, as well as future content to be discussed in the future. That will cost $39.99.
The name of the game and a trailer will be shown directly before the Super Street Fighter IV: AE Finals on Sunday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. PDT.
For more on EVO 2013 and to watch the reveal tomorrow, check out GameSpot's eSports hub
The Kickstarter campaign for Shadow of the Eternals will re-launch on July 25, developer Precursor Games announced today. The game's original crowdfunding efforts--through Kickstarter and its own website--were
"Numerous suggestions about the first campaign were given to us by our community--and we listened," Precursor said on its website. "At this point we are not ready to talk about what has changed, but it is safe to say that it is a great deal. We look forward to discussing these changes more in the near future."
Late last month, Precursor Games developer Kenneth McCulloch, 42, was
Shadow of the Eternals is billed as a spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, a 2002 GameCube title from Silicon Knights. The game is slated for a 2014 release on the PC and Wii in episodic form.
[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Square Enix representative issued a statement on the matter to GameSpot. Square Enix will release a patch that will enable all players--on standard and jailbroken devices alike--to play Deus Ex: The Fall without limitation.
"We have not been clear in our communication earlier this week when we launched Deus Ex: The Fall. We did not state clearly that the game would not support jailbroken devices and so we will be switching this off via an update, so that all the supported iOS devices will be able to play the game in the near future," the company said. "We feel it's the right thing to do in this situation and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."
"No customer should be out of pocket when we were not clear from the start, so we'll get the game updated as soon as possible so that everyone who wants to play Deus Ex: The Fall can do regardless of whether their device is jailbroken or not. As soon as this update is live we will communicate this via the Eidos Montreal Community channels."
The original story is below
Deux Ex: The Fall, a mobile game based on
Prompted during the tutorial to fire your weapon, an error message informs players that We are sorry but you cant fire on jailbroken devices, halting player progress to the rest of the game.
Customers who purchased the game for $6.99, and are running legally jailbroken devices, are displeased with the restrictive measures preventing them from playing. As a result, some users are now finding success running third-party applications that trick the software into believing it is running on a supported handset.
GameSpot contacted Square Enix seeking comment, but a spokesperson was unavailable at time of publication.
The PlayStation 4 will be playable to the public during San Diego Comic-Con later this month, Sony announced today. It will mark the first time the general public will be able to go hands-on with the next-generation console since its
The Xbox One will
Gamers can try out PS4 games DriveClub, Octodad, and Knack during the show at Sony's booth. Various PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 titles will also be on-hand and playable.
In addition, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann and comic book artist Faith Erin Hicks will sign copies of The Last of Us: American Dreams at the Dark Horse booth on Friday, July 19 from 2-3 p.m. PDT. Druckmann and Hicks will also make an appearance on "The Art of Video Games" panel at 4 p.m. that day.
Gamers can also expect to learn more about the PlayStation Vita version of The Walking Dead at Comic-Con during a July 20 panel titled "Behind the Scenes with Telltale Games' The Walking Dead Game Series." It will be hosted by series creator Robert Kirkman, Telltale Games developers, and PlayStation's Don Mesa.
San Diego Comic-Con takes place at the San Diego Convention Center July 18-21.
The United States government now recognizes League of Legends players as professional athletes and awards visas for them to come to the country to play.
Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen told GameSpot in a new video interview (below) that the "groundbreaking" decision came about after much back-and-forth between the developer and the government.
"So the United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes and award visas to essentially work in the United States under that title," Allen said. "This is groundbreaking for eSports; now we can start looking at international players when they come over. It's a much easier process because they're actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing."
"This was a lengthy process; we had a lot of people fighting for this. It wasn't something that happened overnight," Allen continued.
He further explained that Riot went back and forth with the government multiple times before enough evidence was provided to prove that the game is a legitimate sport.
The League of Legends Season 3 Championship Finals will
Ubisoft has promised to reveal more details about a new Far Cry game soon.
Speaking to GameSpot, Ubisoft senior vice president of marketing and sales Tony Key said that the commercial and critical success of Far Cry 3 has ensured a sequel. "Were totally psyched from [Far Cry 3]. Its a great brand, and now its got the recognition it deserves, so were clearly going to make another one: more on that soon."
Key also spoke about the current appetite for the open-world genre, saying that he believes today's gamers want fewer linear experiences. Many of Ubisoft's current releases incorporate elements of open world into their design, with Key saying that "I think open world can represent the future of, you know, gaming, and thats where were investing huge portions of our resources--because we believe that that is what consumers want."
"They dont want linear; they want open [world]," he continued. While Key did add that "theres always going to be a place for linear experiences," he said Ubisoft was particularly capable at making large-scale, open-ended games.
Finally, Key told anyone hoping for a new Prince of Persia title on consoles to remain patient. "Prince of Persia, its got a really strong legacy with Ubisoft and its still there. We have nothing to announce, but, you know, we havent sold it off or given it away, so be patient. I know thats hard!"
The Pokemon Company has announced five new Pokemon for the upcoming
The new Pokemon are called Pangoro, Inkay, Malamar, Swirlix, and Spritzee, with the latter two exclusive to either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y.
Spritzee is a Fairy type Pokemon that can only be caught in Pokemon Y, who emits a fragrance that can enchant other Pokemon. Spritzee can also learn the move Aromatheraphy, which can remove status afflictions from allied Pokemon.
Swirlix, on the other hand, can only be caught in Pokemon X and can drain HP from enemy Pokemon as well as ensure that allied Pokemon can't fall asleep during battles.
Fighting and Dark type Pangoro, who evolves from Pancham, is also new. Pangoro has a powerful Hammer Arm attack, and chews on a leaf which can predict the moves of its opponents. Inkay is a Dark and Psychic Pokemon who later evolves in Malamar.
Alongside the new Pokemon, Pokemon X and Y will also feature a new villainous group called Team Flare, a new Professor--Augustine Sycamore--and a new called called O-Powers. These new powers, which can be shared among players, offer benefits like increased experience or making it easier to catch wild Pokemon.
Pokemon X and Y will also feature a tool called Wonder Trade, which allows players to instantly trade one of their Pokemon for a random Pokemon offered on the market by another player.
The Pokemon Company also announced that the previously announced Pokemon Clauncher and Skrelp can only be caught in Pokemon X and Y respectively.
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be released for 3DS on October 12.
Gamers interested in trying out the multiplayer component of PlayStation Vita game Killzone: Mercenary can now sign-up for a chance to be selected for the closed beta.
Users have until 2 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 17 to sign up for the beta. Those chosen will be notified via email with instructions regarding how to participate.
While gamers accepted into the beta will not need to sign a nondisclosure agreement, Sony reminded gamers that the closed beta is confidential and that all beta test materials may be serial numbered for tracking purposes.
"Disclosure of any part of the beta test materials to any third party, including but not limited to any trade or consumer press, news agency or any competitor of SCEA, will cause significant and irreparable harm to SCEA, the extent of which may be difficult to ascertain," Sony said.
Killzone: Mercenary launches
Electronic Arts has shut down EA Phenomic, the German studio behind real-time strategy games BattleForge and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, according to a new report from Games Industry International.
Multiple sources told the site that the studio had closed, though in a statement, EA would not confirm the developer's status, instead only speaking to the company's ongoing realignment.
"As part of EA's realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas," EA said.
EA will report first quarter earnings on July 23, where more information may be revealed.
"The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities," the statement goes on.
"These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us."
EA Phenomic is headquartered in Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany. The studio was founded in 1997 as Phenomic Game Development by Volker Wertich, who helped create the Settlers series. EA
The studio was also behind 2010's Lord of Ultima
A new Ace Combat game looks set to be imminently announced by publisher Namco Bandai.
As reported by Gematsu, Namco Bandai has launched a teaser site for the next title from series developer Project Aces. "That day our sky fe||, the heavens split to create new skies. Part of the message was also previously teased on the Ace Combat Facebook page.
NeoGAF user miladesn has also spotted a European trademark filing from Namco Bandai for Ace Combat: Infinity.
The last title in the arcade flight sim was
Microsoft allegedly assisted the National Security Agency (NSA) to intercept user communications, the Guardian has posted.
According to reports, Microsoft assisted in the circumvention of its encryption for various communication services, included Oulook.com, Hotmail, Skype, and cloud storage service SkyDrive.
The collection of communication data was executed using a program codenamed Prism, which purportedly collects information from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple.
According to the report, Microsoft also coordinated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist the NSA in its data collection.
Microsoft also allegedly coordinated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist the NSA in its data collection. An individual warrant is not required by the secret surveillance court to collect these communications, so long as the NSA holds a 51 percent belief a target is not a US citizen and is not on US soil at the time of collection.
Earlier this year Microsoft revealed Skype would be integrated into their next-gen Xbox One console. The console will support Skype video calling using Kinect voice and gesture controls to execute onscreen actions.
Rovio Entertainment has teased a new Angry Birds Star Wars game that appears to be a prequel, based on an image the company tweeted along with the announcement today.
"Big new game announcement coming on Monday!" the tweet reads.
The image is based on the iconic Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace teaser poster that depicts an adolescent Anakin Skywalker accompanied by his Darth Vader shadow.
According to a post on the official Angry Birds Tumblr, the new project will have "biggest lineup of playable characters ever."
Angry Birds: Star Wars (2012) is based on the original Star Wars trilogy, casting the Birds at the Rebels and the Piggies as the Empire.
A Texas teenager
Texas new outlet KEYE TV reports the anonymous person came through with the funds after learning Carter's family could not afford the payment.
Carter, a 19-year-old from Austin, was arrested in March after he said on Facebook that he was going to "shoot up" a school and "eat their still, beating hearts," according to his father.
He reportedly followed up these comments with "LOL and "JK." A woman in Canada saw his comments and informed the police, who arrested Carter for making a terrorist threat.
Carter's comments came just months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.
Carter spoke with CNN about his case last evening, telling the news outlet that I just think that it got taken out of context and its been blown out of proportion."
If he could go back in time, Carter said he would have given more thought to his comments before posting them on Facebook. He also warned people that anything said on the Internet is more public than they may believe.
"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing is. I just want to make it clear that people should be very, very careful of what they say and it's being recorded all the time if you say it on any website, anywhere. And you can get in trouble for something that's not something you should get in trouble for. And I just want people to be warned."
Carter faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.
Sony has high hopes for the PlayStation 4. So high that lead system architect Mark Cerny believes the next-generation console has the potential to change the landscape of gaming.
"We have the opportunity with PlayStation 4 to fundamentally alter the landscape of gaming. We can have the highest richness and variety of content," Cerny told VG247 in a new interview.
"It really will be a renaissance of gaming."
For its part, Microsoft has also touted the potential of its next-generation machine, the Xbox One. "For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come," the company said in June.
Gamers can decide for themselves this holiday season, when both platforms arrive on store shelves.
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has described upcoming PC online game Fortnite as "Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead."
Speaking at Develop this week, reported by Eurogamer, Sweeney explained that Epic has morphed from a studio that focuses on one major title at a time to an outfit with its eyes on multiple projects of varying scale.
"Now we're building several games at different scales. We're building Fortnite, a PC online game which is a fun, sort of Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead," Sweeney said. "It's a 35-person team. It's not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics. It's more of a Pixar art style and a limited project in scope, just aimed at fun as opposed to massive breakthroughs in scale."
Overall, Sweeney explained that by branching out and working on smaller projects alongside major ones, Epic Games' vision is to "master development at every scale."
"We're building a bigger, triple-A shooter project that hasn't been announced yet," he said. "And we've also internally started developing really tiny projects with two or three guys working together as a team for a few months in small scale game development."
"It's really cool. We're testing our development at all scales and learning it as we go. We're trying to master development at every scale."
Personal information of users stored on the servers of
In a statement published on the Bohemia Interactive website, the developer confirms that it has temporarily shut down access to its forums in response to an "illegal attempt" to access users' information.
"We have unfortunately discovered that an illegal attempt has been made to access certain of our online websites, leading to the download of a database containing usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords," writes the developer.
"Please note due to the encryption of the passwords it is very unlikely that anything nefarious can be done with this information," adds Bohemia.
"We would like to reassure everyone that no other information such as credit card details is stored by us and thus was not at any risk from this illegal breach."
In response to the hacking attempt, Bohemia has reset the passwords of its registered users "as a precaution."
A Change.org petition calling on Microsoft to reinstate its controversial Xbox One policies is gaining steam. The online petition currently has more than 18,000 supporters, up from
The petition is boosting traffic for Change.org, a representative for the site told GameSpot. The campaign is the "most active" petition on the site right now, with a full 4 percent of all people visiting Change.org viewing the petition, the representative said.
"This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses," the petition reads. "Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed [sic] against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers [sic] uncertainty."
Under the terms of Microsoft's original Xbox One policies, users were
Microsoft has yet to publicly acknowledge the petition.
When Microsoft reversed these policies last month, the company also
Gaming executives Phil Spencer and Aaron Greenberg are staying with the Xbox team following the
Both executives confirmed the news on Twitter.
Spencer said, "Still head of Microsoft Studios and happy with the new org and announce of Julie." Meanwhile, Greenberg tweeted, "Wanted to share I am staying w/team & Xbox, will be Chief of Staff for Devices & Studios reporting now to Julie Larson-Green."
Mattrick left his post as president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) last week for a job as CEO of Zynga, where he is
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday confirmed the long-rumored company-wide reorganization. The executive described a "One Microsoft" that will enable the company to operate at "greater speed, efficiency, and capability in a fast changing world."
Larson-Green, a 19-year Microsoft veteran, will head up Microsoft's new Devices and Studios Engineering Group, where she will look after every Microsoft hardware endeavor--including Xbox.
The Xbox One
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