Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2D Fan Project Shut Down, Will Continue In A New Form

A Zelda fan recently released a demo for a project that essentially turned Breath of the Wild’s 2D prototype into a playable game. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now shut it down, although the developer doesn’t plan to abandon their work altogether.

WinterDrake, the fan behind Breath of the NES, has tweeted what they say is a DMCA takedown from Nintendo of America. It complains that the game makes use of various Nintendo copyrights, and as a result, it’s no longer available for download through itch.io. Similar fates befell a number of fan projects last year, including a pair of impressive Pokemon titles.

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Despite this inevitable setback, the game will move forward as what WinterDrake describes as a “spin-off project.” This will take the form of “a bigger, better original version” that features higher-resolution artwork. They also say that “all of the gameplay and design” from Breath of the NES will make it into the new game.

It seems WinterDrake was anticipating this move from Nintendo. The dev said the move to use the copyrighted material was a “planned decision.” Asked specifically why they hadn’t waited for the game to be completed and shared before publicizing it, WinterDrake responded, “Not much fun to develop something in silence without getting feedback and publicity.”

No specifics about the new game have been shared yet, but you can check out a trailer and some screenshots for the existing version above.

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Free Hearthstone Card Packs Available Now To Celebrate New Milestones

Hearthstone recently reached two new milestones, and to mark the occasion, Blizzard will be giving away some freebies.

Starting today, logging in anytime during May will net you three free Journey to Un’Goro card packs. This offer is limited to one per account, but everyone is eligible, including those who may not have played Hearthstone previously. Simply open up the game and you’ll be greeted by the screen below.

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Blizzard announced today that Hearthstone has passed the 70-million-players mark across all platforms. It also set a new record for the most players it’s seen in a single day, although it didn’t specify the number or day.

Hearthstone’s latest big update was the aforementioned Journey to Un’Goro expansion, which kicked off the Year of the Mammoth. Some significant changes have been made to the way game operates, and, moving forward, the release schedule for expansions and Adventures will be different than what players are used to.

For a look at what your free packs might contain, check out all the Journey to Un’Goro cards.

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PS4 PlayStation Plus Members Get Exclusive Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 Demo Today

Ahead of the full game’s release, PlayStation Plus members on PS4 in the US can check out a portion of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 for a limited time.

A Rev 2 demo has just been released on the PlayStation Store and is only accessible for Plus members. It’s pretty substantial–although it’s called a demo, the store treats it as a “full game trial.” While you’re limited to just the standard Arcade Versus mode, you have what looks to be the full game’s roster of characters and levels to play with. There’s also a tutorial mode to help you learn the basics.

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That’s a solid demo, although the PlayStation Plus requirement isn’t the lone caveat. After opening it up, the demo notes that it will automatically deactivate itself once the game is officially released. Based on that language, the demo will be unplayable after that point; it won’t simply be removed from the PlayStation Store. Also of note: It’s intended to be playable offline, although some players have reported issues doing so.

Rev 2 launches in North America on May 26, giving you just over three weeks to see what this demo has to offer. The game is an expanded version of the existing Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, adding two new characters, more stages, and balance updates, among other things. It’ll be available digitally on PS4 and PS3, while a physical release will only be coming for the PS4 version.

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The Rock Hilariously Reveals Rampage Movie’s Plot

The big screen adaptation of the classic arcade game Rampage is now shooting and will hit theaters in 2018. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, who has now revealed some new plot and production details.

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Johnson took to Instagram to speak about his character and what audiences can expect from the film. “I head up an anti-poaching unit out of Rwanda,” he said. “My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator, and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility, and violent aggression is off the charts.

“They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don’t like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them.”

Johnson also revealed that the movie’s visual effects would be handled by WETA, the New Zealand-based studio best known for its pioneering work on the Lord of the Rings movies.

“We have the best VFX monster-making team (WETA) on the planet,” he said. “Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let’s have some fun. Let’s shoot.”

Rampage is set for release on April 20, 2018. It’s directed by Brad Peyton, who also worked with Johnson on the 2015 disaster smash San Andreas.

In January, Peyton explained that the movie might “surprise” audiences. “We’re going to build a movie, like San Andreas, that is really going to surprise people in what it delivers,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier, and a lot more real than you’d expect.”

Rampage was originally released in arcades back in 1986 before being ported to more than a dozen other platforms–it’s appeared on everything from the Commodore 64 to the PS2. It’s also seen a number of sequels produced, though by the time the movie comes out, it will have been more than a decade since the last of these, Total Destruction, was released.

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PlayStation VR: Anime Series Kizumonogatari Goes Virtual Reality In Japan

If you’re a fan of the Kizumonogatari anime series, you may get the chance to immerse yourself in the world of the films soon. Sony and several other partners have announced Kizumonogatari VR for PS4‘s PlayStation VR. Get a look at the teaser trailer above.

The VR experience will use projection mapping and promises a video experience that transports the viewer into the world of Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, a powerful vampire and one of the series’ central characters (check her out below).

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Kizumonogatari VR is being made to celebrate the release of the series’ three films on DVD and Blu-ray in July.

If you’re in Japan, you can apply to try out Kizumonogatari VR early. There will be an advance viewing party on May 20, and you can follow this link to apply (the deadline is May 10). For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait for more information on any potential release outside Japan.

If you’re curious about the series, check out the trailer for Kizmonogatari’s third film below, which was shown in theaters in the U.S. last month.

To use PlayStation VR, you’ll need a PlayStation 4 and the VR headset. Check out our review of PlayStation VR here for everything you need to know about Sony’s virtual reality experience.

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Street Fighter 5’s Next Online Beta Starts Soon, Open To Everyone

Capcom has announced new details regarding the next beta test for Street Fighter V‘s revamped Capcom Fighters Network, which begins next week.

The beta runs from May 11-14 on both PC and PS4. You don’t need to own Street Fighter V in order to take part–this will be open to everyone on both platforms, with cross-play enabled so that you can square off against players regardless of the system they’re playing on. More importantly, the next Season 2 DLC character will be playable, and the latest balance changes have been implemented.

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This is the second beta test for the new CFN, which comes as part of Capcom’s effort to overhaul Street Fighter V’s online component. The first test came in April and “allowed [Capcom] to make further adjustments to optimize the new CFN,” it said recently.

However, when Capcom decided to conduct another beta, it meant delaying the new DLC character and balance updates, which were slated to be released by the end of April. Because they require the new CFN infrastructure, they’re being held back until the new version goes live. Capcom hasn’t announced how soon all of this may arrive after this next beta.

Capcom did, however, share a list of changes that you can expect to see during the beta. You can check that out below.

Rage Quit Penalty System

Back in December, we implemented an update to the Rage Quit System which displayed a special Player Profile Icon for the worst offenders and the most honorable players. These icons are working correctly now and matchmaking logic now takes into account your online behavior and frequent disconnectors will be matched with similar opponents.

Ranked and Casual Match Loading Times

We understand many players were not happy with the load times when entering online matches. There will now be a shorter transition when going into a Ranked or Casual Match.

Battle Lounge Country Flags

Country flags should now properly load in Battle Lounges, allowing players to locate competition in their region.

Matchmaking Improvements

It should now take less time to find an opponent in online matches. We’ve also added logic which avoids frequently being matched with the same opponent repeatedly.

Fighter Profile Stats

More detailed stats will be tracked and presented on your Fighter Profile.

Country / League Based Rankings

Players will now be able to filter leaderboards based on Country or League.

Friend Management System

In addition to adding a player to your Favorites, you can now add Friends and follow them on CFN. You can now also Blacklist players.

Interactive Timeline

On the CFN home menu, a live feed of your Friends’ activities is presented on an interactive Timeline. Using the Timeline, you can immediately add a recent match to your Replay List, view a Fighter Profile, manage your Friends, and adjust Timeline display settings.

In-Game Announcer Voice

The in-game announcer will give you stats on both you and your opponent using data pulled from the server.

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Alien 5 Isn’t Happening, Ridley Scott Says

Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 was intended to be a direct sequel to the classic Aliens, that would bring stars Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn back to the series. But ever since Ridley Scott’s sequel to Prometheus was given the title Alien: Covenant, there has been doubt about Alien 5 ever being made. Scott has now said it is very unlikely to happen.

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In an interview with the French magazine Allocine to promote Covenant, Scott was asked about Alien 5. “I don’t think it will ever see the light of day,” Scott said (via ScreenRant). “There was never a script. Just an idea that evolved from a dozen or so pages. I had to participate as producer, but it didn’t go farther because Fox decided it didn’t want to do it. As far I was concerned, I had already done Prometheus and I was working on Covenant.”

In January, Blomkamp himself commented on the chances of his film now happening and admitted they were “slim.” Last year Weaver also spoke about it, and her comments contradict Scott’s assertion that there was never a script.

“We’re doing other things until we can get going on that,” she said.”[But] I’d be really surprised if we didn’t do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.”

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017. Last week a special prologue to the film was released online–check it out here.

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Switch’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Sets New Franchise Sales Record In US

Following the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is now off to a hot start in the US.

Combining digital and physical copies, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 459,000 copies on its launch day in the US last week, Nintendo announced today. The company claims that makes it the “fastest-selling game” in the franchise’s history.

That record was previously held by Mario Kart Wii, which sold 433,900 units on launch day back in 2008, according to Nintendo.

A press release notes that the attach rate for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is 45 percent, which would mean US Switch sales are around 1.02 million units. The company says worldwide sales of the system have reached more than 2.7 million, and we learned today that it even made the costly move of shipping some consoles by air to meet demand.

The strong performance by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is particularly impressive considering it is merely an enhanced port of a Wii U game, rather than an original game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains the Switch’s best-selling game to date. In the US alone, it sold 925,000 copies on Switch in March. During that same span worldwide, it sold 2.76 million units.

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$250 PS4 Available With Two Games Right Now

Console deals have been somewhat slow of late, but right now you can pick up a PS4 at a decent discount.

Newegg is currently selling the PS4 Slim bundle with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s Legacy Edition for $250 with the promo code EMCRFRB26 (via CheapAssGamer). The Legacy Edition comes with a code to download Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, effectively getting you two full games.

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This bundle includes the standard 500 GB system. Shipping starts at $6 unless you’re a Newegg Premier member. To see the discount, add the system to your cart and enter the promo code at checkout.

$250 is about as low as we’ve generally seen the PS4 (or Xbox One) drop to, although the specific bundle items vary from deal to deal. Sony and Microsoft were both aggressive late last year and earlier this year with limited-time price drops that saw their respective systems come down to $250, but official promotions have been quiet since.

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Logan’s Black And White Version To Hit Theaters For One Night

Back in March, Logan director director James Mangold revealed that he was planning a black-and-white version of the smash hit Wolverine movie, and that it would appear on the Blu-ray release. Mangold has now tweeted that it will also receive a special theatrical showing later this month. Check his tweet out below:

Mangold went on to confirm that it could only be seen in US theaters on the night of May 16 only.

The director also explained that the movie has been entirely regraded to achieve the new look. “To make a great B&W version of a film, the whole thing’s gotta be regraded and timed, shot by shot,” he said.

Mangold previously revealed that it was the reaction to the black-and-white images he released during the movie’s production that caused him to begin thinking about an entirely monochrome version of the movie.

“I think it surprised everyone,” he told Deadline. “There is a kind of a running assumption that black-and-white is a turn-off for most people. It caused such an extreme reaction, and so much appreciation for these pictures, and then people immediately wondering if the film itself was going to be in black and white.

“We are giving it a whirl–I think it will be a very handsome black-and-white version of the picture.”

Logan was released in March and has to date earned $607 million worldwide. This makes it the third biggest X-Men movie to date, behind Deadpool and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The movie hits home entertainment platforms on May 23.

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