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G4TV Gaming News: Pokemon, Mortal Kombat X, Guitar Hero Live, DC Universe
Jan 22, 2016
By John Powell - G4 Canada
DC Universe coming to Xbox One
DC Universe is celebrating its fifth anniversary by launching on Xbox One.
A staple on the Sony platform, DC Comics' free-to-play massively multiplayer will finally be available on Xbox One this spring.
Daybreak Game Company also announced that there will be cross-play functionality between PC and PlayStation systems starting the week of January 25th.
Since its release in 2011, DC Universe Online has received continual updates with new storylines and challenges through an evolving series of Episodes. Players have created more than 35 million heroes and villains since the game was introduced.
In February, Episode 21 will launch and feature a new eight-player Operation – “Prison Break” – and two-player Operation – “The First Piece” – inspired by the new Warner Bros. television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and will introduce The Atom to the game.
Activision Blizzard bringing franchises to TV, theatres
Call of Duty, Skylanders and Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo and StarCraft could be coming to a TV or theatre screen near you.
Activision Blizzard announced that producer Stacey Sher is the new co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, which is devoted to creating television and films based on the company's library of iconic intellectual properties.
An accomplished producer and two-time Academy Award nominee, Sher recently worked on many feature films including Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Garden State, Erin Brockovich and Matilda as well as nearly a dozen TV series and TV movies.
"As its large and loyal fanbase can attest, Activision Blizzard has created franchises that mean so much to audiences over the course of 35 years. I'm excited about our mandate to create filmed entertainment based on Activision Blizzard games that is as great as the games themselves," said Sher.
Sony, Cineplex, WorldGaming to host gaming tournaments
Cineplex, WorldGaming and Sony Computer Entertainment Canada will be hosting a series of national video gaming tournaments. The first one-on-one tournament will feature Call of Duty: Black Ops III and registration is already open.
Online qualifying will The Regional Finals and Canadian Final events will be hosted at Cineplex theatres across Canada. Online qualifying will be held from January 16th – February 7th, moving to Regional Finals in 24 Cineplex theatres across Canada on February 21st.
The tournament will culminate with the Canadian Finals event on March 6th in Toronto.
Gamers must be at least 18 years of age to compete and spectators purchasing tickets to attend the Regional Finals and Canadian Final events will need to be 17 years of age or older.
For more information, you can visit Cineplex.com/GameOn and go to WorldGaming.com/Cineplex to register.
Pokémon celebrating 20 years
Gotta catch 'em all!
Trainers have been uttering that phrase for an unbelievable two decades. On February 27th, Pokémon celebrates 20 years since the first games launched in Japan and the company is gearing up for a year-long celebration.
To begin the celebration, a commercial will be airing during the Super Bowl on February 7th.
On February 27th, the original Pokemon games: Red, Blue and Yellow are being relaunched in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS. There will also be Special Edition bundles including a Nintendo 2DS system in transparent red, blue or yellow with Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue or Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, pre-installed corresponding to the system’s colour.
Also slated for release later this year are Pokemon Tournament arrives in spring 2016 for Wii U, Pokémon Rumble World releases on January 22nd and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon releases on February 19th for the Nintendo 3DS family systems. Also, a special Pokémon Photo Booth app will be available to download for free for iPhone and Android later this year.
More than 275 million copies of Pokémon video games have been sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards have been shipped to 74 countries in 11 languages and over 450,000 players take part in Pokémon events every year. There are also more than 800 episodes spanning 18 seasons of the animated TV show.
Mortal Kombat X getting new Kombat Pack
It is time to finish them...again.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed that the second Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 2 will feature horror icons Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Triborg and Bo’ Rai Cho.
In addition to that, those who buy Kombat Pack 2 will also get the never-before-released Apocalypse Pack which features three new character skins, reimagining characters Takeda, D’Vorah and Erron Black with an apocalyptic theme.
Goro - The feral, four-armed Shokan warrior will be available as a playable combatant.
Brazil Pack - The Brazil Pack features three new character skins: Futbol Cage, Capoeira Liu Kang and Gaucho Kung Lao.
Kold War Pack – The Kold War Pack includes three new character skins: Motherland Sonya, Tundra Sub-Zero and Revolution Kano.
Kold War Scorpion – Kold War-themed Scorpion character skin.
New year, new tracks for Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero Live is rocking in the new year with the following tracks which are part of three new Premium Shows: Rock Till You Drop!, AAA Metal, and Indie Pop Hits.
Rock Till You Drop!
Indie Pop Hits
Capcom Game Studio Vancouver teams with Epic Games
It is an Epic team up.
Capcom Game Studio Vancouver - the developers of Dead Rising - will be using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 for future titles.
Capcom Game Studio Vancouver is also on a hiring spree looking for a host of developers who are used to working with Unreal Engine 4.
“We have some ambitious visions for where we want to take our next games and while our previous proprietary engine served the needs for the projects at the time, shifting to Unreal Engine 4 delivers the right tools for our future direction,” said Joe Nickolls, Studio Director of Capcom Game Studio Vancouver.
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