The first part of Monster Hunter World’s DLC crossover with Horizon Zero Dawn is set to end on February 8, so time is of the essence for PlayStation players who want a taste of robot dinosaurs to go along with their monster hunts. 

The event quest “Lessons from the Wild” can be found via the Daily Login bonus screen and tasks players with hunting down Windrakes to be rewarded with a Watcher-themed armor set for your Palico companion. Lessons of the Wild can be started after hunters have reached level six, which is near the point in the game where hunters reach the Coral Highlands.

There’s no word yet on whether or not this armor set will return or when part two of the crossover will begin. The reward for the second quest will give players an armor set that makes their character look like Horizon’s protagonist, Aloy, complete with facial animations and hair style.

Monster Hunter World has already seen huge success, breaking the record for the most copies shipped in the series within three days of release.

A new SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy trailer released at the conclusion of EVO Japan sets up the story and shows off the customization menu, as well as introducing Nakoruru into the fold.

The new trailer establishes that the cast of SNK heroines were called to a castle by an unseen and almost certainly evil force and are now battling it out for some reason in cow bikinis and vampire costumes. The trailer also does a fairly deep dive into the customization menu and what appears to be a model viewer with a security camera filter.

You can check out the trailer below. SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is releasing on Switch and PlayStation 4 this summer.

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Photos from the upcoming Detective Pikachu film, based on the upcoming 3DS title, have leaked online.

On Saturday while travelling around central London, Twitter user Howard Bud by happenstance came upon the film’s set and tweeted out four photos.

The first photo shows a giant stand with the Ryme City Police Department symbol shaped like a police badge. The middle of the symbol shows the Pokémon Victini on a stand between two people with “human Pokémon partnership” written above them.

The next picture is the most revealing of the four and shows missing Pokémon such as Machoke, Graveller, and Pancham on a peg board. Based on the photos of the three Pokémon, the film looks to retain the pocket monster’s designs directly from the mainline games while adding a touch of realism. The missing Pokémon will likely be central to the plot as well. Papers encouraging people to join Ryme City police and report crimes such as graffiti are also seen on the board.

The third photo shows a plaque that says “Welcome to Police Plaza,” which is likely the location of the set. It lists rules for citizens to keep in mind while in the plaza, and that “all humans and Pokémon” are always welcome. The final photo shows part of the set behind the scenes, as well as four cars covered in cloth. The vehicles are likely police cars that bare the same Ryme City police logo from the first leaked picture.

Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character’s voice, Ken Watanabe as a detective, and Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton in unknown roles. Goosebumps director Rob Letterman is directing. The script is written by Nicole Perlman, Guardians of the Galaxy co-writter, and Alex Hirsch, creator of Gravity Falls. Rumor has it Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hugh Jackman are also being considered for roles.

The film is slated for a May 10, 2019, release. The 3DS game and Detective Pikachu amiibo, which is bigger than the average figure in Nintendo’s lineup, will release March 23.

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Our Take
It’s still weird to think about a live-action Pokémon coming to fruition, but the photos show some promise with how Legendary Pictures, which has put out some great films, is bringing the Pokémon universe and the Detective Pikachu game to life. We’re still bitter about Danny DeVito not voicing Pikachu, but the film certainly has potential to be entertaining with the director of the surprise hit Goosebumps, co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy, and creator of Gravity Falls working behind the scenes.

Sea of Thieves is best played with a group of friends. We don’t have friends, but we got a group of random Game Informer editors together to sail the high seas and attack other pirate ships. 

Join Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafava, and Ben Reeves as they try their luck against other pirates (A.K.A. real online people). Who walks away with all the treasure? You’ll have the watch the video to find out.

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Sea of Thieves is coming to Xbox One and PC on March 20. For more Sea of Thieves shenanigans, head here to watch us complete a mission (while Ben Reeves pulls off an elaborate prank), or read our feature about Rare’s development of the game .

EA Sports has released its annual Super Bowl prediction using Madden 18’s sim engine, and the year is different but the result is the same.

In the sim the Patriots beat the Eagles 24-20, anchored by a 342-yard, three-TD performance by Pats QB Tom Brady that earns him another Super Bowl MVP award.

The game has plenty of back-and-forth moments, including turning a Brady INT into points heading into the fourth quarter.

On the one hand, EA’s prediction could be added locker-room material for an Eagles team that has thrived on being the underdog all playoffs, or EA and Madden simply might have a good sim engine. For instance, here is last year’s Super Bowl prediction, just one of many examples of the game picking the right winner.

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Despite announcing her move to become a full-time professional wrestler with the WWE last night, Ronda Rousey will remain in UFC 3 for the time being, an EA Sports representative confirmed to us.

Rousey, at one point the most dominant champion and biggest draw in the UFC, shared the cover of EA Sports’ UFC 2 with Conor McGregor. Rousey lost her bantamweight belt to Holly Holm in November 2015, and hasn’t fought since her comeback loss against champion Amanda Nunes in 2016. Rousey is currently the ninth-ranked women’s bantamweight in the UFC according the official UFC rankings.

In 2016, WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returned to the Octagon for a bout with Mark Hunt. However, Lesnar was not added to the roster of UFC 2, which released a few months earlier, presumably because of licensing complications with his WWE contract.

At the time of this writing, it’s unknown if Rousey will be added to WWE 2K18. We’ve contacted a representative for the game and will update this story if needed.

UFC 3 launches this Friday, February 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for our review, but in the meantime, you can check out our early impressions here.

 

Our Take
I was interested in how this would play since the game isn’t officially out yet. It still isn’t out of the question that she could be patched out of the game at some point in the future should her contract allow the WWE to do so, but for now she’s safely in UFC 3.

Each Monday, come here for a rundown of all this week’s big events that we know about, from game releases, to betas, to recapping the biggest continuing news stories from the previous week. If there’s anything we missed, feel free to let us know! This week covers the dates from January 28 to February 4.

Upcoming Releases

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) – January 30
Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omina (Android, iOS) 
– January 30
Battallion 1944 (PC Early Access) – February 1
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC) – February 1
Night in the Woods (Switch) – February 1
Steamworld Dig (Switch) – February 1
UFC 3 (PS4, Xbox One) – February 2

Things To Watch Out For

Final Fantasy XV’s Assassin’s Creed Content Is Disappearing In A Few Days – The surprisingly content-rich Assassin’s Creed festival in Final Fantasy XV will be inaccessible after January 31.
Sea Of Thieves Closed Beta Runs Until January 31 – The beta for Rare’s Sea of Thieves has been extended until January 31 for people who pre-ordered the game.
Xbox Games With Gold For February Go Live – Shadow Warrior for Xbox One and Split Second on Xbox 360 BC will be available to download on February 1,
Street Fighter V’s Viewtiful Joe Costume Piece 2 Challenge Runs This Week – The second challenge to get Rashid’s Viewtiful Joe costume in Street Fighter V runs this week until February 1.
The Overwatch League Schedule (Stage 1 – Week 4) – The first match starts on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Valiant facing off against the Philadelphia Fusion.
Madden Club Championship Final 8 (February 1) – You can catch the quarter, semifinals, and finals for the Madden Club Championship on February 1 on ESPN2, Twitch, and Youtube.

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What are you looking forward to this week? Let us know in the comments below!

Shadow of the Colossus is one of my favorite games. I know of few other games that can bring so much life to a bleak world, and inspire both fear and awe while battling colossal beasts. The Fumito Ueda classic from 2005 is soon heading to PS4 with a slew of improvements and modern graphics. Recently, the PlayStation Blog released a new developer diary that gives us some quick insight into what went into rebuilding the classic.

Remaking a game with such a strong following made for a lot of pressure for the team. It’s a high bar, but Bluepoint believes they succeeded. “When we take on a game that has Shadow [of the Colossus]’s prestige, a lot of responsibility comes with it that you can’t just brush off,” Bluepoint Games producer Randall Lowe says.

The team expresses that they don’t see this project as a remaster, but instead a full remake “from the ground up.” Bluepoint’s president Marco Thrush talks about dealing with certain expectations, and how they implemented modern controls and the ability to swap to classic controls at any given time.

One of the biggest challenges the team faced, according to technical director Peter Dalton, was “staying true to the atmosphere and environment.” A lot of the base geometry was reused from the original, and then they built off of that to create a “larger, more filled out world.”

You can watch the four minute video below to hear the full commentary.

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For more on the Shadow of the Colossus remake, read our in-depth preview, as well as another developer diary by heading here. Shadow of the Colossus arrives for PS4 on February 6.

Did You Know Gaming, a YouTube series about gaming trivia, recently posted a video about several different games’ scrapped endings. The video looks at Metal Gear Solid V, Portal 1 & 2, Drawn to Life, and more, to take a deeper look at scrapped ending ideas developers ultimately put aside, as well as accidental secret endings.

For example, the video discusses how Hideo Kojima’s original vision for the ending of Metal Gear Solid V had to be cut, and only a segment of it can be viewed on a bonus blu-ray disc. Another interesting tidbit is Valve’s different ending ideas for Portal, such as having Chell utter “yes” at the end of the game to deactivate Wheatley. These would have been her only words through the entirety of the game.

Watch the video below.

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For more on Did You Know Gaming, check out trivia about Donkey Kong Country and Cuphead.

Man At Arms: Reforged, a YouTube show that creates replicas of weapons from pop-culture, has dedicated its latest video to Shovel Knight. Man At Arms‘ creations require a team of talented swordsmiths, and this latest weapon is no different despite it being a little on the goofy side.

In the video, the team recounts how they built a life-sized replica of Shovel Knight’s Shovel Sword. Like in the game, it looks just like a giant shovel, but its blade is also incredibly sharp. At the end of the video, we see the Man At Arms team “playtest” the weapon, where it cleanly slices through a watermelon and a jug of milk.

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For more Man At Arms, watch them forge real-life replicas of For Honor’s weapons. You can read our review of Shovel Knight here