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Fire Emblem if: all you need to know

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Fire Emblem: Awakening is lauded for saving a series from cancellation, and the upcoming Fire Emblem If aims to breathe more life into the franchise. Fire Emblem: Awakening sold nearly 2 million copies internationally, so it’s a no-brainer Nintendo wants another installment out in the west.

I’m a fan of the linear gameplay of Fire Emblem GBA (the first title to reach the U.S.), love the customizability of Fire Emblem: Awakening, and can’t wait to pop Fire Emblem If into my Nintendo 3DS. Why? Because its revolutionizing the franchise.

Two (wait, four?!) versions. Taking a hint from Pokémon, the newest Fire Emblem will be released as two separate versions called Fire Emblem if: Black Kingdom and Fire Emblem if: White Kingdom.

Don’t like either version? Nintendo announced a third downloadable rendition, with a unique plot, is on its way. The DLC will be released after the first two games are out for an undisclosed period. Additionally, Fire Emblem if: Special Edition (a cartridge with all three storylines) is available for pre-order in Japan, and hopefully will reach the U.S. market.

Three paths. With different versions, and different sides to choose, comes different endings. Fire Emblem normally starts out with the player commanding the army of a peaceful nation against an aggressor bent on conquest. But in the new game, the player will have the choice, depending on the version you buy, to be the goody Hoshido (White Kingdom) or the big bad Nohr (Black Kingdom).

If you go with the bad guys, the game is supposedly more difficult. For instance, you won’t have as many opportunities to level up your characters outside the chapters. And don’t forget, there’ll be the eventual release of a neutral storyline that represents neither side. Multiple endings have grown into a popular fad in gaming, and it’s smart for Fire Emblem If to follow suit.

But no matter your choice, you’ll still have to face off against the mysterious evil that’s really behind everything. Be warned though: The characters you get will be affected by the storyline.

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New weapons and classes. What’s a new Fire Emblem without introducing never-before-seen character classes and weapons? Here’re the new classes: Songstress, revenant knight, rod knight, bowman, pegasus warrior, oni (means demon in Japanese), ninja, priestess, maid, and butler. The new weapons are:  katanas (a curved sword), naginatas (a sword on a pole), kanabōs (elongated Japanese mace), ofuda (Shinto amulet), and shuriken (throwing stars). Also, weapons will now modify character stats, like defense or luck. Fire Emblem if appears to be bringing in more Japanese culture, considering the series has been known for predominantly European weaponry.

The infamous weapon triangle, which decides who has the combat advantage, has also been changed. It now goes like this: Sword and magic > axe and bow > lance and hidden weapons > sword and magic.

Release date, please. We bet you’re wondering when Fire Emblem If will be available for us English speakers. If you can read Japanese (and have a Japanese 3DS) you’ll want to order it June 25. If you’re an English speaker — like most of us — you’ll have to wait for the (hopefully) soon-to-be-revealed 2016 release date.

Watch the U.S. teaser trailer below.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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