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Byleth appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The first Nintendo Direct stream of the year revealed the latest addition to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster: Byleth from Fire Emblem. The professor from Garreg Mach Monastery will be taking a break from academia to join the fray, and the almost 40 minutes long stream featuring game director Masahiro Sakurai gives an in-depth look at them.

Byleth is the main character from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and since the player decides the name and gender, two versions of the character will be available using a unique ranged style and directional weaponry.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses launched for Switch last summer

You should receive Byleth right away if you own the Fighters Pass, otherwise you’ll need to buy Challenger Pack 5. There is apparently six more characters on the way, who will form Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Each new character is accompanied by a new stage and new tunes.

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Who has NOT directed a God of War game?

  • Matt Sophos
  • Stig Asmussen
  • Cory Barlog
  • David Jaffe

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

News Bits

Owlcat games goes on a crowd-funding crusade

Owlcat Games has announced a Kickstarter campaign for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, the sequel to Pathfinder: Kingmaker where you will lead a holy crusade to defeat the demonic forces laying waste to your land.

Not Tonight for Switch in time for Brexit

The rather tongue-in-cheek Not Tonight – a satire of life in post-Brexit United Kingdom – launches for Switch on January 31st, which is when the UK will officially leave the European Union. Not Tonight chronicles the exploits of a character of “European heritage” working as a bouncer in an increasingly dystopic Britain.

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Limbo of the Lost was weird, crazy, and pulled from sale over ‘stolen assets’

Point-and-click adventure Limbo of the Lost was developed by Majestic Studios and launched for PC in 2007. It tells the story of Briggs, who is stuck in limbo and must help Destiny fight against Fate – but that’s not what made the game famous.

It quickly came to light that the game was full of stolen artwork, including locations lifted from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Turns out the developers had pinched assets from Diablo II, Morrowind, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Enclave, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Unreal Tournament, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Painkiller and Silent Hill 4 too. Remember, kids: Crime does not pay!

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Register to beta test Disintegration’s multiplayer

Sci-fi strategy-shooter Disintegration from Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto and SOCOM director Mike Gutmann is almost ready for beta testing, and registrations are open.

The first rounds of testing take place on January 28th and 29th, from 8.00am PT/11.00am ET/4.00pm GMT to 11:59pm PT/2:59am ET/7:59am GMT on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The beta is not open, so you’ll need a bit of luck to get picked.

V1 Interactive was founded by Halo and SOCOM co-creators

This beta phase is a “multiplayer technical beta” which is why it’s so short and will probably be a pretty rough ride. Disintegration is the first game by V1 Interactive, and is set on future Earth where humanity’s survival depends on fusing with robots – and not everyone is happy about it.

Disintegration is primarily a single-player game, but will feature fast-paced multiplayer PvP modes, two of which will be available during beta testing. Retrieval puts one team in charge of defending a payload from the other team, while Control is about capturing and defending control points. Disintegration will launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Light at the end of the tunnel for Metro Redux

Metro Redux, which features remastered versions of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light as well as DLC arrives on Switch at the end of February, and features two modes: Survival and Spartan. The former requires a slower and more careful approach, while the latter is an all-out action experience.

The physical version includes both games on a single 16GB cart and requires no further downloads as well as art cards and badges. Sound too good to be true? Check out the official announcement trailer and see what a portable Metro experience looks like!

Metro Redux launches for Switch on February 28th.

VR Bits

Reddit user launches Chilldex Cooler

VR is famously beset by some very human problems, like motion sickness – and sweat. VR games can get pretty physical, and the inside of the VR headset can get pretty hot. Fortunately, Reddit user Kyle ‘Kylobyte25’ Fredericks has a solution: the “Chilldex”, two USB-powered fans that fit in the Valve Index front compartment.

He realized there was a lot of demand for a product like this after posting a video of his invention on Reddit and quickly put together a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign raised almost twice its goal after the first day. Fredericks isn’t planning to mass-produce the Chilldex so better put your order in if you’re a sweaty Valve Index user.

Oculus Rift and Rift S owners suffer performance issues after latest update

Rift and Rift S owners are reporting performance issues after the V12 update. Most of the complaints are posted on the Oculus forums or Reddit. Many users are dismayed that Oculus failed to address the problems with the V13 update and have not provided a way to go back to an earlier driver version. There is a way to do it, but it is not officially supported by Oculus.

News Bits

Rebellion unleash the 101 Trailer for the upcoming Zombie Army 4: Dead War

War is never easy, and an undead horde only makes it worse. That’s why Rebellion has created a 101 trailer outlining the horrors that lie ahead: A four-player co-op campaign featuring improved X-Ray kill cam carnage, complete with new and improved dismemberment! Zombie Army 4: Dead War launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 4th.

Mocap mayhem! More Kratos on the horizon?

Looks like Kratos is coming back again, which is hardly a surprise considering how successful the 2018 God of War reboot was. Kim Newman from Santa Monica Studio just posted a picture of herself in a mocap suit, so production is presumably well underway. Will it be another family adventure, and could it be for PlayStation 5?

Cyberpunk 2077 gets breathtaking delay

Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red has decided to delay the release of Cyberpunk 2077 until 17th September, 2020, moving it back from the planned April release. The game is complete and playable, the studio confirmed, but they would like a bit more time to finish “playtesting, fixing and polishing”. It’s moving into delay season, as only earlier this week Square Enix decided to delay the Final Fantasy 7 Remake until April. What will be next?

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who has NOT directed a God of War game?

Answer: Ted Price!
God of War has gone through a number of iterations over the last 15 years, and several directors have brought unique visions to the spectacular action-adventure series. David Jaffe started the show, but Cory Barlog came to define it with his two entries, both completely different from everything that came before.

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