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Kabam’s Marvel Contest of Champions Gets an Infinity War Challenge

Kabam has revealed an all-new in-game Infinity War challenge for Marvel Contest of Champions featuring the characters in the upcoming film, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War.

Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman and Spider-Man Tom Holland are taking part and the Marvel Contest of Champions team is calling all Summoners to show their strength and train against Chadwick and Tom’s curated teams for MCoC’s upcoming Event Quest, Infinity Nightmare beginning on May 2nd.

Chadwick and Tom’s Champion Challenge (April 19 – May 17)

  • The talent behind Spider-Man and Black Panther’s masks have prepared Chadwick & Tom’s Champion Challenge for players. New and existing Summoners can now train up to become an Infinity Warrior – just in time for Marvel: Contest of Champions upcoming Event Quest, Infinity Nightmare beginning on May 2nd.
  • Players can face Spider-Man and Black Panther’s personally-curated teams across four quests – all leading to a confrontation with the Mad Titan Thanos.
  • Those who explore the entirety of Chadwick and Tom’s Champion Challenge will receive the rare “Infinity Warrior” title. The top 100 fastest players will also receive a “Legends” title, Legends points and a Tier 4 Class Catalyst Crystal.

Proxima Midnight Descends Onto Marvel Contest of Champions!

For Kabam’s latest Marvel Contest of Champions update, Thanos’ greatest warrior Proxima Midnight has graced her presence into the Contest!

Thanos’ greatest warrior, Proxima Midnight is a formidable foe to anyone that crosses her. She’s a master combatant that is willing to deal death by her spear without a second thought.

You can find out more about this fierce warrior on the game website.

Video Games You May Have Missed At PAX East

There were a ton of games on the expo floor at PAX East. Even if you attend for all four days, it’s nigh impossible to see them all. Here’s a few you may have walked by, tucked between the bigger and flashier publishers.

Light Fall

Bishop Games‘ Light Fall is a fun indie platformer with a similar visual style to Ori and the Blind Forest in its use of deep blacks and pure whites on vibrant palettes. The ambience it sets mixes with the playstyle to allow for a slower pace of gameplay where you think more about your approach to the platforming puzzles it presents. Light Fall is set to be released this month on Steam for Windows and Mac as well as Switch.

The Ultimate Clapback

This card game is a lot like a far more inclusive version of Cards Against Humanity where the objective is to serve up a retort that provides just the right amount of shade. This may be creator MaryMartha Ford-Dieng’s first game but you’ve never be able to tell with its easy to pick up mechanics, clean design sense, and witty writing. If you want something you can play with friends on a night in but you’re tired of the sometimes very off-color writing of other similar card games, pick up this and the upcoming Sometimes You Gotta Cuss expansion. The game can be purchased now on their website.

The Shrouded Isle

Secluded islands. Hard decisions. Internal politics and strife. An ancient slumbering god that must be appeased before its awakening. You, as the high priest for the local populace, need to balance a lot to ensure their continued survival in The Shrouded Isle from Kitfox Games. The two tone palette and pixel art style are incredibly distinctive and do a lot to set a mood that may remind you of The Witch or Crimson Peak. With many branching endings and secrets to uncover, the replayability on this is high. Available now on Steam for Windows and Mac.

Ion Maiden

If you loved DOOM, Wolfenstein, and similar arcade-style shooters of the 90s but the playstyle of their remakes has left you wanting, Ion Maiden from 3D Realms may be just what you’re looking for. Using the classic Build engine of the originals you love, it aims to stoke the fires of your nostalgia with over the top action and bombastic characters. It does leave behind some of the less savory aspects of the 90s aesthetic, such as striving to distinguish its main character Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison from a Frazetta or Vallejo painting, but it keeps its heart. Release is set for Q3 2018 on Steam and their site for Windows, Mac, and Linux but buying into Early Access now through their website grants access to a preview campaign.

Super Daryl Deluxe

If a laugh is what you’re looking forward to in your platformer, then Super Daryl Deluxe from Dan and Gary Games is a pretty safe bet. Set in a high school locked down by something otherworldly, you run through themed classroom after themed classroom level to save the school and get the girl. This extremely narrative-driven Metroidvania hopes to get you to crack at least a few smiles by the time you’re done with its humor and visual style. Available April 10th on Switch, PS4, and Steam.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

If you prefer for your laughs to be a bit more ironic and maybe followed up with a heavy sigh of relatability, YIIK (read Y2K) from Ackk Studios and Ysbryd Games may be more your thing. You play as Alex, a recent liberal arts grad who really isn’t ready for the Real World (neither the show nor the concept) yet. So he immerses himself in conspiracy theory forums. When things around him start turning especially weird and someone he knows disappears from an elevator before his eyes, he sets out to find her in this surrealist and dream-like RPG that will remind you of Final Fantasy mixed with Twin Peaks. This dream-fueled experience is slated to be released in Winter 2018 for Linux, Mac, Windows, PS4, PS Vita, and Switch.

Cede

Farming, tower defense, and 3D brawling don’t seem like that should come together to make an interesting game but Cede from BareHand manages it and more. With every level to suit to an individual player’s style of gameplay and any randomization that may fall their way, it’s fairly removed from what a player expects. Push back the encroaching miasma, plant seeds and grasses with the help of your Little Bois, protect what you’ve made from monsters, and bring beauty and light to a literally torn landscape. Cede doesn’t have a release date yet but you can check out the pre-alpha demo here.

Rumu

You may, like me, have a very deep love of all things cute, ergonomic, and anthropomorphized. It’s hard not to love friendly little bleeping robots that help with mundane tasks. That’s the role you take on in Robot House‘s Rumu, guided by your house AI companion and together caring for a family that rarely seems to be around. This game deeply explores the feelings and relationship between protective motherly AI and curious cleaning robot as both do their best to fulfill their logical parameters. Available now on Steam for Mac and Windows.

 

Whether you were in attendance at PAX East but missed these, you couldn’t make it, or you just couldn’t recall with the slew of games and input coming from every direction, these are a few you should absolutely add to your list to play.

Injustice 2 Mobile Celebrates Superman’s 80th Anniversary with Classic Superman

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios are celebrating Superman’s 80th anniversary in Injustice 2 for mobile by adding Classic Superman to the roster. The new character was inspired by Superman’s first appearance ever in Action Comics #1, red trunks and all! Classic Superman pays homage to the cultural icon’s first appearance 80 years ago with unique fighting abilities that lower the defense of his opponent while damaging the entire team.

The anniversary celebration continues during a special in-game event where Classic Superman invades the popular game mode, The Arena, for a limited time. Classic Superman will not invade every battle but when he does, players will have the chance to receive Hero Shards if they defeat him.

Injustice 2 for mobile is developed by the award-winning development team at NetherRealm Studios and pits iconic DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains head-to-head in blockbuster 3-on-3 fighting action. Injustice 2 for mobile is available for free on the App Store for iPad and iPhone and on Google Play for Android devices.

The Injustice 2 Pro Series Gets a Second Season

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has announced the 2018 Injustice 2 Pro Series Presented by Samsung and SIMPLE Mobile, the second season of the global esports program for NetherRealm Studios award winning Injustice 2.

The 2018 series has Intersport, a leader in sports, entertainment and lifestyle based media and marketing platforms, teaming up with Samsung, SIMPLE Mobile, Gamestop, Northern Arena, Gamelta and a to be named European program to offer players of all ranks across the globe a chance to compete in different programs for a slice of the $150,000 USD prize pool.  The best performers from the various programs will have the chance to qualify for the 2018 Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals Presented by Samsung and SIMPLE Mobile taking place this fall.

The 2018 Injustice 2 Pro Series Presented by Samsung and SIMPLE Mobile will feature five live competitions throughout North America and Europe, in addition to three online cups where competitors can earn points to qualify for 12 spots in the Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals. Four spots in the grand finals will be reserved for winners of different programs: Canada’s Northern Arena Injustice 2 Elite Circuit, Latin America’s Liga Latina, a European program with more details to come, and a last chance qualifier spot.

This year’s Pro Series will be managed and executed by the esports team at Intersport, a Chicago-based marketing and consulting firm that is teaming up with Samsung and SIMPLE Mobile as the competition’s presenting sponsor. In addition to exhibiting its latest products for the fighting game community to experience first-hand, Samsung will provide exclusive Injustice 2 offers and promotions to customers throughout the Pro Series.

Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that has been nominated for nearly 50 awards and honored as Fighting Game of the Year by 13 organizations, including the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards and The Game Awards 2017. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players can personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. Additionally, for the first time, gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

 

Happy 1st Anniversary to Transformers: Forged to Fight

Kabam has released an all-new trailer for its popular mobile free-to-play fighting game Transformers: Forged to Fight showcasing how much the game has grown since its initial launch one year ago.

In that first year….

  • Transformers: Forged to Fight has been played by over 20 million users around the world!
  • Over 230 million Crystals have been opened since the game launch
  • 39 Bots released
  • Over 31 million hours played!
  • Over 88,000 Alliances have been created!
  • Over 710 million Fights have been completed!
  • Most-Used Bots by Rating (1- 4 Star):
    • 1 star: Optimus Prime
    • 2 star: Optimus Prime (CIN)
    • 3 star: Ironhide
    • 4 star: Ironhide
  • Total # of Fights Completed since soft launch on Dec.5, 2016 by these specific characters:
    • Over 162 million Fights completed by Optimus Prime
    • Over 44 million Fights completed by Bumblebee (CIN)
    • Over 8 million Fights completed by Megatron (CIN)
    • Over 2 million Fights completed by Starscream

If you’d like to check out Transformers: Forged to Fight for yourself, you can download the game via the App Store and Google Play

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Comes to the Switch in May

Airship Syndicate has announced the Switch release date for Battle Chasers: Nightwar. The game will be released on May 15th. The video game was funded through a Kickstarter and while the Switch release wasn’t part of the original campaign, it’s been approved and now has a release date.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is based on the comic series Battle Chasers by Joe Madureira launched in 1998. The series suffered from extreme scheduling problems. Nine issues were released in four years. Originally published by WildStorm under its Cliffhange imprint, the series eventually moved to Image Comics in 2001.

The series saw nine issues released with a tenth solicited and not released. Madureira said he’ll be releasing issue #10 and two more issues. In October 2017, Madureira said the issue would be released in Spring 2018 with the new 3 issue arc focussing heavily on Garrison.

Teen Titans Go Figure! Comes to iOS and Android this Summer

Cartoon Network has revealed Teen Titans GO Figure!, a new mobile game based on the Cartoon Network hit animated series Teen Titans GO! from Warner Bros. Animation and inspired by the upcoming feature film Teen Titans GO! to the MoviesThe game will launch this summer on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets via the App Store, Google Play and Amazon store.

The follow-up to 2016’s top-selling mobile game Teeny Titans, Teen Titans GO Figure! features our cute 3D stylized figures, exciting shopping system and engaging battle system fans know and love from the original Teeny Titans. There are now more than 100 figures to collect and battle, including iconic DC Super Heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. Each figure can be personalized and repainted to create just the perfect custom figure.

Teen Titans GO Figure! kicks into a mystery around who is trying to put the Teeny Titans Figure Company out of business and all signs point to… the Justice League?! But why would the world’s greatest Super Heroes want to put an end to this global figure battling phenomenon? Play as Robin, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire or Beast Boy as you battle, search for clues and travel across multiple cities from the DC Universe experiencing this new story.  Explore from the depths of the Batcave to the far reaches of the orbiting Justice League Watchtower in this exciting sequel.

Teen Titans GO! Figure is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. It is expected to launch this summer in time for the release of Teen Titans GO! To the Movies, arriving in theaters only on July 27, 2018.

Pre-PAX East Quick Reviews

With PAX East coming up in a few days and GDC only just having passed, there’s a lot of games that have been or will be announced, demoed, teased, and released. Here’s a few indie titles I’ve gotten to check out that will have booths at PAX East.

Witch It!

Witch It is a standalone prop hunt game by Barrel Roll Games similar to the PropHunt mode for Garry’s Mod. However, Witch It comes with a high dose of charming low poly graphics that refuses to take itself too seriously and go a long way to set the mood. Currently in Early Access and always being improved upon, you play as either speedy little transforming witches or oafish hunters using unconventional methods to track them down. With each round, the nine maps are randomly filled with objects the witches can transform into if they choose while the hunters use chickens, potatoes, pickles, and the impact of their own body weight after a fall to discern who’s what. If you’re a streamer who enjoys playing with your audience or you always seems to have too many people for most team games, this is definitely one to consider.

Available now for $14.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows. Find it at Booth #22055.

Minit - Oasis

Minit

The core concept behind this amazing little rogue-lite pixel-based gem created by JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom and published by Devolver Digital is simple: you have sixty seconds to try to complete your quests. The charming characters and small mundane adventure keep you engaged but the short bursts of play don’t force you commit too much time to runs. The only thing that could make it more perfect would be if it were available on mobile devices or the Switch in addition to Steam, PlayStation 4, and XBox One. As it is, this is a great game to fill the queue gaps when playing things like League of Legends, Overwatch, and similar games.

Available now for $9.99 on Steam, PS4, and XBox One. Find it at Devolver Digital’s Booths #18090 and #18096.

Make Sail

This is a cute if sometimes frustrating sailing exploration game from Popcannibal that places the player as one of the sole survivors of a ship wreck that is trying to return a set of mystical chimes. While the story isn’t terribly deep or important to the gameplay, it does give some reference and framework to the game as a whole. It also models its physics and densities on their real world equivalents, giving anyone with practical sailing or boat design experience a leg up. Make Sail also includes some Twitch integration, which makes it another solid choice for variety streamers who want a quieter atmosphere. If you like the premise of Sea of Thieves but want a more relaxed and laidback approach and something more akin in visuals to Breath of the Wild, Make Sail is definitely worth considering throughout the rest of its development.

Available now for $19.99 on Steam Early Access for Windows.

There’s a lot to see at PAX East this weekend and it’ll be impossible to see everything. Even if you can’t attend, keep an eye out for these.

Square Enix’s Life is Strange Comics to Comics

Titan Comics and Square Enix have revealed an all-new comic book series set in the world of the critically acclaimed, award-winning, highly successful videogame series, Life is Strange.

Launching with a four-part miniseries in 2018Titan Comics’ Life is Strange returns readers to the setting of Arcadia Bay, offering fans the opportunity to dive back into the story of its beloved characters.

The popular and celebrated video game, Life is Strangeis available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation, XBOX and iOS.  Achieving undeniable success, Life is Strange has sold over 3 million units to date across all formats.

The first game in the series, Life is Strange, follows the story of Max Caulfield, a senior majoring in photography who discovers that she can rewind time when trying to save her best friend Chloe Price. The pair investigate the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, and uncover a dark side to the life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max quickly learns that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Launching episodically in 2015, the game quickly secured incredible acclaim – with over 75 Game of the Year awards, nominations, and industry accolades including the BAFTA award for Best Story, the Peabody Award, the Golden Joystick Performance of the Year, and the Game Awards ‘Game for Impact’ Award.

An equally well-received prequel game, Life is StrangeBefore the Storm, launched on August 31, 2017 on PC, XBOX ONE, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft , and PlayStation 4. Developed by DeckNine Games, Before the Storm winds the clock back three years, to chart the nascent relationship between Chloe Price and Rachel Amber.

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