The Division Beta Has Been Delayed To Next Year

The Division was set to be getting a beta at some point this month, but after the lack of updates the prospects of that still happening weren’t looking good. Now Ubisoft has made what everyone was assuming official as they have announced that the beta will not be happening this year.

The announcement was made in a blog post where they said that it has been pushed back to early next year, though an official release date was not provided. However, Xbox One owners who pre-ordered the game will still be getting access to the alpha test that begins this week. Keys for the alpha will be sent out shortly.

The alpha for the The Division will begin at 10am CET, 4am EST, 1am PST on Wednesday, December 9. It ends at 3am EST, 12am PST/CET on Saturday, December 1. It will take up 23.2 gb of space on your console and it is pre-loadable.

Original Max Payne Rated For PlayStation 4

It’s been a while since Mad Max made his debut with the original game in the series, but it looks like that game will be coming to the current generation of consoles very soon.

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An ESRB listing for the game was spotted on the official ESRB website, where the game is rated M for blood and violence. Interestingly enough, the game is only listed for PlayStation 4, even though the games have generally been multi-platform.

It wouldn’t be surprising at all if it was revealed that this was part of some Max Payne remaster bundled with the second game, as well. In this day and age it’s really only a matter of time when it comes to an old game getting the HD remaster treatment.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Releasing In An Episodic Format

The episodic format is something that gaming developers are embracing more and more these days, as it not only allows them to get games out earlier but also make more money. It looks like Square Enix could be looking to get in on that action with the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as word from the PlayStation Experience reveals it will not release as a single game.

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Square Enix has gone on record saying that Final Fantasy VII Remake will release as a multi-part series, with each part being a unique experience. There was no other information beyond that that was revealed, but it’s pretty self-explanatory so I guess it really isn’t needed. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean that the game is essentially going to become Final Fantasy VII Remake: A Telltale Games Series, but who knows these days.

Final Fantasy VII Remake still has no release window, though Final Fantasy XV will be releasing sometime next year.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gameplay Debuts At PlayStation Experience

The biggest reveal that this year’s PlayStation Experience was gameplay for the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, where thousands of fans got to witness how the game plays for the very first time.

Square Enix has assured fans several times that this wasn’t going to be a straight remake, with many changes being made to the core experience to update for the modern age while also staying true to the game’s roots. The gameplay trailer has definitely exemplified that vision, as there are definitely some big changes on hand. We have altered character appearances, a different control scheme, a combat system that now looks similar to Final Fantasy XV… and Barret rocking shades.

Personally, I think it’s looking pretty solid so far, though obviously there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How much of the hardcore RPG mechanics will remain in the game and how much will be replaced by the more streamlined action RPGs that are more common today? I’m hoping that they can successfully blend the best of both worlds, as even though turn-based combat is old hat now there was still something really fun about it that I really miss.

There is still no release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake as Square Enix is still relatively early into the development of the game, but I wouldn’t expect it anytime before 2017. Remember, the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV is still on the horizon and we don’t even have an official release date for *that* yet.

Dark Souls III USA Release Date Revealed + Day One Edition & Collector’s Edition Details

Dark Souls III is coming out this April, but thanks to a new bit of info we now know exactly when in April. A new trailer released by Bandai Namco has revealed that the game will be launching on April 12th, 2016.

For those not aware, there is a distinct possibility that this could end up being the last game in the Souls series as the developer does not wish to milk the franchise to death. It’s honorable, but if it is the case I’m really gonna miss the series.

Details for both the Day One edition and Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls III were also released, so be sure to scroll down to check out the details for both of those.

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The Dark Souls III Day One Edition will cost $59.99

  • Dark Souls III software

  • Prima Starter Guide

  • Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

  • Exclusive O-Sleeve packaging

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The Dark Souls III Collector’s Edition will cost $129.99

  • Dark Souls III software

  • Prima Starter Guide

  • Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

  • Official art book

  • Cloth game map

  • 10” Red Knight Statue

  • Collector’s box

Konami Blocked Kojima From Attending The Game Awards

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won some awards last night at The Game Awards 2015, but the game’s creator Hideo Kojima was nowhere to be found. However, Kojima had every intention of going to the ceremony, but he was blocked from going at the last minute by Konami.

Geoff Keighley made the announcement to let everyone know of the situation at the ceremony. Here’s what he said:

“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards.”

It’s absolutely ridiculous that somebody would do something like this, however, seeing as it is Konami I can’t say it’s the most surprising thing ever. The only thing this accomplishes is making people hate that company even more. #FucKonami

Shovel Knight Amiibo Gracing The USA Next Month

Not long after I posted the news that information regarding the highly-anticipated Shovel Knight Amiibo was on the way the info was released by Yacht Club Games! The news was revealed on the Yacht Club Games website, where they announced that the Shovel Knight amiibo will launch in North America on January 8th for $12.99.

It’s a bummer that the amiibo won’t be launching in time for Christmas as it would have made an excellent gift for many people, but the decision apparently came down to supply and demand. They could have released the amiibo early, but they wouldn’t have been able to release enough of them and that would have upset even more people who missed out on it.

As for what the amiibo will do for you, it will unlock a ton of content for the game on both Wii U and 3DS. You can create and customize your own knight and leveling him up by gaining treasure, and it’ll also be compatible with the co-op mode exclusive to Wii U.

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Some new challenge maps will be added to both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game, while the 5 new co-op maps will (obviously) only be available for the Wii U version.