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Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! On today’s episode, Jeff Cork and Kyle Hilliard talk about Crackdown 3 on Xbox One and Jump Force. Then Jeff Marchiafava talks about his review for Ubisoft’s Far Cry New Dawn and Matt Bertz Skypes in to discuss Metro Exodus and DICE. We also talk about Nintendo’s extremely exciting Nintendo Direct all about the Nintendo Switch and share our exclusive impressions of Harmonix’s new game Audica. After some great community emails, we’re joined by Tequila Works’ Raul Rubio, MWM Immersive’s Ethan Stearns, and the Senior VP of VR for Sony Pictures Jake Zim to talk about developing Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son.

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

2:50 – Crackdown 3
13:15 – Jump Force
20:50 – Far Cry New Dawn
29:30 – Metro Exodus
40:25 – Nintendo Direct recap
41:50 – Astral Chain
43:20 – Tetris 99
45:50 – Super Mario Maker 2
48:19 – Fire Emblem: Three Houses
49:47 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Switch
59:34 – Harmonix’s Audica exclusive impressions
1:17:15 – Community emails
1:54:58 – Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son interview

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In 2017, Disney hired Rian Johnson to direct the next Star Wars trilogy after this year’s Episode IX. Johnson, director of the polarizing Episode VIII, professed his excitement in a now deleted tweet: “Obviously, I hope you like The Last Jedi. But, man, now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.”

Recently, rumors have been circulating around the internet about Johnson’s apparent separation from the project. He quickly took to twitter to dispel the confusion, referencing the SuperBroMovies news outlet, where these rumors are believed to have originated. 

News on Johnson’s upcoming trilogy is limited, but JJ Abram’s Episode IX hits theaters everywhere on December 20. 

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Epic Games has a valentine for you, and it’s a free Fortnite Battle Pass.

While players wait for Season 8 to begin, they can complete 13 Overtime Challenges to nab next season’s Battle Pass for free. The Battle Pass gives players two Season 8 outfits instantly, with the potential to earn up to five more. Make sure to complete those challenges soon – the giveaway ends February 27.

Patch v7.40 also brings back gifting for a limited time, from now until February 22. As an extra Valentine’s Day bonus, players can send the Heartspan Glider to a friend for free until February 15 at 7 p.m. EST.

Players who are hungry for new game modes will enjoy the new limited time mode – Catch! — which removes guns from the game completely, restricting players to grenades and throwable objects like Port-a-Forts.

You can read the full patch notes on the official Fortnite blog here.

Amidst the many announcements during last night’s Nintendo Direct, the company slipped in the news that there will indeed be new Amiibos based on the new and returning fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are eight in total but they are coming in waves. Take a look below:

On April 12 we’ll get:

  • Daisy
  • Ken
  • Young Link

And later in the year:

  • Solid Snake
  • Simon
  • Pokémon Trainer
  • Squirtle
  • Ivysaur

For the rest of the announcements out of the Nintendo Direct, head here for the whole roundup. 

 

As someone who can never have too many Amiibos, and who also can’t have too much Pokémon paraphernalia, I can’t wait to add them to my ever-growing collection of useless toys. 

During a financial earnings call today, Ubisoft confirmed that the company has three to four more AAA games to release between April 2019 and March 2020. This means games in the same budget area as titles like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Far Cry 5, or The Crew.

Ubisoft wouldn’t comment on what those games are, but it should be pretty easy to at least narrow down what those games are not. The Division 2 releases before the end of the fiscal year and thus would not be counted among the games releasing in the next fiscal year and obviously it’s a little too soon for The Division 3. The publisher has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed will be skipping 2019 as they focus on providing updates and content for Odyssey in the interim. With Far Cry: New Dawn releasing this month, another Far Cry isn’t out of the question, but would buck the trend of releases in the series. Coincidentally, you can find our review for Far Cry: New Dawn right here.

There are some likely projects that Ubisoft hasn’t talked about that could fit the bill. Might a new Watch Dogs be in the cards? The last game released in 2016 and the timing seems right for a sequel. During last year’s E3 leaks, a Splinter Cell title was mentioned but never shown, could this be Sam Fisher’s time to shine? A new Crew game could also be on the way or other titles that are announced but early still, such as Beyond Good & Evil 2. We’ll likely know for sure by E3 this year.

What do you think Ubisoft has in store for the next year?

While Hollow Knight got loads of free DLC, Team Cherry had been working throughout development on a larger expansion of paid DLC starring Hollow Knight’s Hornet. A few days ago, the developers indicated there would be news on the DLC expansion on Valentine’s Day, which most assumed to be a release date or new trailer. Instead, Team Cherry announced that the DLC has expanded massively in scope and will instead be a full blown sequel to Hollow Knight.

Dubbed Hollow Knight: Silksong, the new game features a new world, 150 new enemies, a new town, new bosses, and new quests. You can check out the trailer for the game below.

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Two of Team Cherry’s three developers talk in this video about the decision to expand the game.

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From the trailer, while it seems to be fairly close to Hollow Knight’s style, Hornet definitely plays differently and seems to retain a lot of powers from the original game. Backers for the first game were promised to get the DLC for free, so Team Cherry is simply giving them Silksong for free instead.

In addition, they confirmed that Hollow Knight has sold 2.8 million copes so far, making the game an unqualified indie success.

You read all about the making of the first Hollow Knight here and also check out our review of the game right here. Hollow Knight: Silksong will be released on PC and Switch with the possibility of further platforms down the line.

In a collaboration with Academy Award-nominated director Neill Blomkamp, BioWare released Anthem Conviction this morning, a live-action short film that reads better as a live-action trailer.

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The YouTube video’s description says that Anthem Conviction is set “decades before the events of the game.” However, the video doesn’t offer much in the way of a story, but it features some cool special effects, produced by Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. According to EA, Blomkamp, who directed films like District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, founded the studio in 2017 as a platform to practice creating visual effects and to create experimental short films.

Anthem launches February 22 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can check out the official launch trailer here, or discover Anthem’s endgame offerings here.

Dead Cells is great, but last year’s action rogue-like received a wave of criticism for its performance on the Nintendo Switch. A recent update claims to have fixed those problems and added several great new features.

The patch released today for all consoles and includes a new game mode that allows players to customize their runs. For example, players now have the ability to unlock and re-lock items, enable special gameplay adjustments, and change other rules of play.

Another bonus is that Motion Twin has removed Dead Cell’s “mob auto-scaling” mechanic so each level now has a fixed difficulty. The amount of health that players have on higher difficulties also been re-balanced so players at higher levels will have more HP.

Overall, this sounds like a solid patch, so if you haven’t touched Dead Cells in a while, now might be a good time to take another run at the Hand of the King.

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Catherine: Full Body, the remastered version of the 2011 cult-classic, got a release date. It will be released on September 3, and it will come with plenty of new content for returning fans.

In addition to improved visuals, Full Body will have over twice as many puzzles as the original and a Safety Mode that allows players to skip any if they get stuck or just want to see the story play out. The Full Body version of the game will also include an entirely new character, Rin, to make the story just a bit more complicated.

Atlus is also releasing a Heart’s Desire collector’s edition of the game for $79.99, which comes housed in a box modeled after the game’s puzzling towers. This edition also include a steelbook case, art book, the game soundtrack, and a sheep plush.

Catherine: Full Body will release on September 3 for PlayStation 4. Check out our review of the original game here, or watch us play the game on a recent episode of Replay.

Where's Our Crackdown 3 Review?

Crackdown 3 is out tomorrow, and reviews are starting to hit online. Ours won’t be among them, however, since I haven’t had the opportunity to play the game’s Wrecking Zone multiplayer on live servers. That’s not to say I haven’t formed an opinion on what I have played of the campaign mode.

First, the good news: Controlling the Agent is great, and it captures a large part of what made the original game so enjoyable. I’ve had a lot of fun completing various parkour challenges and collecting the orbs scattered throughout New Providence.

Unfortunately, the rest of the campaign hews far too closely to the original. If you loved that game and haven’t spent much time with other open-world titles, it might be easy to forgive its lack of innovation. I play a lot of sandbox games, and Crackdown 3’s stubborn adherence to gameplay systems from 12 years ago make the campaign feel stale overall.

I’ll post my final thoughts after I’m able to spend some time with Wrecking Zone. In the meantime, you can check out our recent episode of New Gameplay Today Live on Crackdown 3.