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Minecraft Dungeons: Creeping Winter - New Dungeons, DLC, and More on September 8


This morning when I woke up and shook my trusted Magic 8-ball, the same answer kept floating to the surface: September 8. I thought that was pretty strange, but then checked the calendar and was utterly blown away by the wisdom of what some would call “a cheap toy that you can’t consult to make all of your major life decisions.” It turns out that September 8 will be an incredible day for fans of Minecraft Dungeons with not one or two, but THREE big events all landing on the same day. Because I’m the kind of person who eats dessert first, I figured I’d start with the biggest news, but these announcements are the text equivalent of a three-scoop sundae for dinner. 

The Creeping Winter DLC brings a wintry storm that threatens to consume all it touches. The only chance of halting the biting frost is for a hero to take on new missions and relentless new enemies! Since no good deed goes unrewarded, let’s say it’s finders keepers on all the new armor, weapons, and artifacts you’ll run into along the way. Just watch out for chilling new mobs and slippery ice on your way to save the day!

We’re also rolling out a free game update on September 8 that will include some fresh features: new merchants and Daily Trials. Save captured Merchants you encounter as you play the game and they’ll be so grateful that they’ll set up shop in your camp! The Blacksmith will upgrade items for you, and the Gift Wrapper will allow you to trade items with other players in multiplayer. The Merchants can also be levelled up for additional stock. The Daily Trials will provide fun new challenges every day! Daily Trials make wild changes to the game mechanics which provide difficult, experimental, or fun challenges for you to overcome.


The third of our big September 8 announcements is that Minecraft Dungeons is available in physical format! You can finally hold the Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox versions of the game in your hand. The physical retail version of the game is the Hero Edition of the game, which includes the Jungle Awakens DLC, Creeping Winter DLC, base game, and unique cosmetics (like a cape). These cool-looking boxes will be landing in all regions on September 8, but our PS4 players in Japan will need to be extra patient as that edition of the game will release a month later due to production delays. 

Wow, are you as exhausted as I am after all of those big announcements? I’m just going to lay down and take a nap to conserve my energy until the big day.


Bounty Battle, a new indie fighting game, announced for Nintendo Switch; new Roster Trailer


Bounty Battle is the ultimate indie fighting game: a new 2D fighter, where you can pit your favourite Indie heroes against one another! Indie heroes from games like Guacamelee! Dead Cells, Darkest Dungeon, Owlboy & more battle it out in this fighter frenzy. Bounty Battle features 30 fighters from over 20 different Indie games! Fighters come with their own Minion companion and unique abilities. Battle across levels inspired from the fighters’ native game worlds with up to 3 other players.

Characters:

Characters – Bounty Battle showcases your favorite characters from these beloved indie games – Guacamelee!, Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Awesomenauts, Nuclear Throne, Owlboy, Axiom Verge, SteamWorld Dig, Oddmar, Jotun, Battle Chasers Nightwar, Death’s Gambit, EITR, Super Comboman, Pankapu, Flinthook, Doko Roko, Tower of Samsara, Blubber Busters, Ruin of the Reckless, The Bug Butcher, and Blocks that Matter

Key Features
A host of game modes including a Tournament, Versus, Challenge Mode, Tutorial and Training Room to perfect your style
30 characters from your favourite Indie titles each with their own move set and special attacks
Each fighter has their very own minion to summon and join the fight
16 different arenas to battle on – some plucked from the worlds of their fighters
Multiple colour and palette swap options to fight in style!


The iconic Sonic statue in Japan has been cleaned up

For some time now, there has been a mysterious Sonic statue in Iga City in Japan. Polygon has made articles on it in the past, and sadly, the statue has gotten dirty after years of nature's wear and tear on it. But now, the statue seems to have been cleaned up! After being in the woods for over a decade, it is nice to see that this blue blur monument looks as good as new!

Pikmin 3 Deluxe packaging now available in Japan (picture and translation courtesy of @PushDustIn)

According to PushDustin's latest set of Tweets, a new display in Japan showcases what the back of the Pikmin 3 Deluxe Switch boxart may look like. It mentions some of the new features coming to the game, such as difficulty options and the Piklopedia, and it also mentions that Nintendo Switch Online may be necessary for some features (presumably just leaderboards). Either way, it looks like the game may have some more announcements headed our way. Here's hoping that Nintendo elaborates on the details soon!

Blazing Deserts DLC announced for Battle Brothers

What in the blazes?!

Battle Brothers is coming to the Switch later this year, and we already have a new bit of DLC to look forward to. The Blazing Deserts expansion has been revealed, and you can get full details below.

Visit independent city-states, fight in the arena, face desert raiders and southern beasts in battle. Wear new gear inspired by Arabian and Persian cultures of the medieval ages, employ alchemical contraptions and primitive firearms, and forge your own path when the fires of religious turmoil threaten to engulf the world in a new late-game crisis. But the new content of Blazing Deserts does not limit to the south, as new features such as the new environments for fights will also be found in the north (see screenshot below). If you want to learn more about the DLC, you can check the dev diaries discussing its new content on the Steam page of the game.

KEY FEATURES

Visit new lands to the south with independent city-states that have their own lore, equipment and services, as well as entirely new character backgrounds to recruit

Hire a retinue of non-combat followers to customize your campaign experience to fit your playstyle

Fight in the arena in front of cheering spectators to earn coin, experience and unique rewards as an alternative to mercenary work

Survive a new late-game crisis that tests the mettle of your company in the fires of religious turmoil

Face entirely new opponents of city-state soldiers and desert raiders, complete with their own gear and unique mechanics. Hunt down and get hunted by desert beasts

New Origins: play using one of three new southern-themed origins, each with special rules that shape your campaign into a different experience from beginning to end

Dress in style with a collection of new banners, shields, helmets and armors inspired by Arabic and Persian culture. Use new weapons, alchemical contraptions and primitive firearms

Visit a new legendary location and fight a new boss in a quest that leads to a legendary reward

Fight in new location environments amidst southern ruins and nomad tents on the tactical combat map, in addition to graveyards and encampments by brigands, orcs and goblins that come with a free update to the base game.

Earn your stay in the south by taking on new contracts and events. Immerse yourself in leading a mercenary company with even more illustrated events.

Several new music tracks set the mood on your adventures.

Challenge yourself with new achievements

Faeria - more gameplay

With its unique living board, Faeria will challenge you with truly strategic card battles. Craft your deck, shape the battlefield, and fight for victory!

GoldenEye 25 fan project shuts down after cease-and-desist from James Bond license holder

License to kill

GoldenEye 25 is a fan-made project that aimed to remake GoldenEye 007 with modern visuals. The project had been going on for awhile now, but it seems that it finally caught the attention of James Bond license-holder, MGM/Danjaq. The company sent the team behind GoldenEye a cease-and-desist, so they decided to officially squash the project.

While GoldenEye 25 might be dead, the team is transitioning their work into something similar. The team will push forward with Project Ianus, which will be similar in vein to GoldenEye, but will not use anything related to the James Bond I.P..

French software sales for July 27th to Aug. 2nd, 2020

Animal Crossing is a beast!

While Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been bumped from the top spot for this week, it still managed to secure second place in the charts. Check out the top 5 in France for July 27th to Aug. 2nd, 2020 below.

1. Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NSW)
3. Paper Mario: The Origami King (NSW)
4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NSW)
5. The Last of Us Part II (PS4)

Dragalia Lost - content update for Aug. 11th, 2020

[Events] The Epilogue for the latest Raid Event, Doomsday Getaway, is now live (available until August 18th)

[Events] The latest Onslaught Event, Twinking Twilight, is now live (available until 18th, with rewards available until August 25th)

[Endeavours] A new set of Endeavours is now available: Twinking Twilight (Daily and Limited) (available until August 18th)

[Update] A Data Update is now available, making some changes to Halloween Elisanne.

[Castle] A new Castle Story is now available: Chalice Raiders (no end date)

[Treasure Trade] New wyrmprints are now available via Treasure Trade: Memories of Summer’s Dusk, A Passion for Produce (featured until August 18th)

Pokemon Masters - content update for Aug. 11th, 2020

[Events] The Rock-Type Egg Event is now live. As part of this event, the Sync Grid for 3 ★ Brock & Onix has been expanded (available until August 25th)

[Missions] While the Rock-Type Egg Event is running, there’s a set of Special Missions for you to tackle (available until August 25th)

[Scout] The latest Spotlight Scouts are now live. They feature 5 ★ Kukui & Lycanroc and 5 ★ Olivia & Lycanroc (available until August 25th)

[Log-in Bonus] As compensation for the incorrect number of battle rewards in EX Challenge: Rosa (Very Hard), all players can now claim the following as special Log-in Bonus: Gem x50 (available until September 11th)

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