The Update for week ending 4th July

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week , we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Skullgirls coming to Android and iOS this year

Lab Zero Games’ 2D fighting game Skullgirls is coming to mobile devices later this year, thanks to developer Hidden Variable Studios (Tic Tactics, Threes). The Android and iOS version of the 2012 game will be more than just a port, however; it will incorporate deck-building mechanics featuring dozens of collectible fighter variations and tactical, turn-based elements.

Skullgirls for mobile platforms “distills the essence of a complex fighting game into a more casual, accessible mobile experience with RPG elements,” the developers said in a press release. Players will be able to collect and customize variations of the Skullgirls cast, including characters such as Parasite Weave Filia, Resonant Evil Big Band, Silent Kill Valentine and Primed Parasoul.

A “Fight Assist” feature lets players experience Skullgirls as “a more turn-based, tactical” combat experience.

Hidden Variable’s mobile game will feature season-based gameplay, with the first acting as a prequel to the Skullgirls console game.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Skullgirls, so the opportunity to bring this amazing cast of characters and unique fighting mechanics to mobile has been a labor of love for all of us over the past two years,” said Charley Price, co-founder and creative director at Hidden Variable Studios, in a release. “I think hardcore fans of the console game will really love the way we’ve captured the essence of fighting gameplay in a simpler, mobile-friendly package, whereas more casual fans will be able to enjoy an awesome accessible experience that explores new stories set in the Skullgirls universe.”

“Over the years, we’ve seen no shortage of proposals to do a simple mobile puzzle game with Skullgirls assets, and that’s not what Skullgirls is about,” said Peter Bartholow, CEO of Lab Zero Games. “But it was immediately clear that Hidden Variable understood the nuance, creativity and depth that made Skullgirls so popular, and we cannot wait for fans to check out the mobile game.”

Hidden Variable will hold a closed beta test for the game. Sign ups to test Skullgirls on mobile go live today, you can sign up by clicking here.

2)The Bioshock Collection coming September 13th

The Bioshock collection has seen a few leaks over the past few months. Initially appearing on more than one gaming board, references to this collection were later spotted on 2K’s website earlier.

Now, Bioshock: The Collection has been officially confirmed. The package includes the original Bioshock, Bioshock 2, as well as Bioshock: Infinite. Due out September 13 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, development work is being done by Blind Squirrel Games.

All three games are remastered, and all single-player add-ons are included. It’ll be available digitally and at retail for $60 (digital only for PC).

In addition, for PC, the included version of Infinite will not be getting a visual update, as 2K says “it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings.” Bioshock 2’s multiplayer, unsurprisingly, is not part of this.

Outside of the games themselves, the package comes with various bits of extra content, including a never-before-seen video series called ‘Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock’. This production features commentary from creative director Ken Levine, and animation lead Shawn Robertson.

The original Bioshock also includes a virtual museum called ‘Museum of Orphaned Concepts’. It contains various bits of concepts that didn’t make it into the game. Challenge rooms is another extra add-on that’s part of the game. It takes place outside the main story and feature puzzles and will earn you new achievements.

You can see the announcement trailer below:

1)Xbox Play Anywhere comes September 13th

Xbox Play Anywhere, which delivers certain games to the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC with a single purchase, goes live on Sept. 13, Microsoft confirmed.

The new program was revealed during last month’s E3 Microsoft press conference. Play Anywhere saves your progress to a single file, tracks a single set of achievements and won’t cost any more than a regular game. It also means that any DLC you purchase will be playable on both systems. This includes game add-ons, season passes, consumables and in-game unlocks.

The service requires that you have the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition update on your PC, which hits on Aug. 2, and the the summer update on your Xbox One console. It only supports the download version of the game, not the disc version.

While Microsoft has already listed the launch titles supported by the service, they had been a bit unclear on when the service would go live. But earlier this week, they confirmed the timing.

“The Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the related Xbox update coming this summer will enable the Windows Store on Windows 10 and Xbox One to support Xbox Play Anywhere games,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon. “Then, beginning with the launch of ReCore this fall and continuing with Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2 and others, when you digitally purchase a game that supports Xbox Play Anywhere, you have access to the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs for one price and your progress, game saves and achievements are shared seamlessly across both platforms.”

Games that support Play Anywhere will be listed on the official site and include a Play Anywhere icon in the online store.

So far the games included are:
•Gears of War 4
•Forza Horizon 3
•ReCore
•Sea of Thieves
•Halo Wars 2
•Scalebound
•Killer Instinct Season 3
•State of Decay 2
•Ark: Survival Evolved
•Cuphead
•We Happy Few
•Crackdown 3

UK GAME CHARTS

Released on Tuesday Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes the 9th different Lego game to debut at No1 in the Chart. It is the 4th biggest Lego video game launch of all time, behind Indiana Jones, Marvel Super Heroes and Batman, although Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy sold more in its second week of launch. It is also the 4th biggest launch for a Star Wars title, behind Battlefront, The Force Unleashed and Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith. May the 4th be with it…!

Down 2 to No.5:         UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

Down 3 to No.4:          DOOM

Up 1 to No.3:                 OVERWATCH

Still at No.2:                 FIFA 16

New at No.1:                 LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 5TH JULY

Banner Saga 2 (PS4) – Digital Only
Lumo (PSV) – Digital Only
Star Wars: Battlefront – Bespin (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY

Inside (PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 8TH JULY

Carmageddon: Max Damage (XO/PS4)
Romance Of The Three Kingdoms XIII (PS4)
Hawken (PS4) – Digital Only

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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