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January 20, 2016


Pokken Tournament News



Written by Mike

The upcoming fighting game Pokken Tournament has had new information released.

The major bulk of the news came from new characters. Oh boy were a lot of new characters announced. These characters include Garchomp, Braixen, and Sceptile. The biggest new though is that if you buy the game early you can get a Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo Card. This will unlock the character for your game.

After knowing the release date for the Japanese version of Pokken Tournament for a while, we finally know when this game will be release here in North America. Pokken Tournament will release in North America for Wii U on March 18, 2016.


January 19, 2016


Cobalt Gets a Release Date



Written by AJ

Cobalt Gets a Release Date

Mojang, the creators of the uber-successful mega-hit Minecraft, has announced the release date of their next game, Cobalt. Cobalt will be coming to Xbox and PC February 2nd. The game will cost you $19.99.

Cobalt is developed by Oxeye Game Studio, and being published by Mojang. The game is a 2D twin-stick shooter with a huge campaign, survival mode, and speed challenges. The game has local and online multiplayer.

The game has been in development for a long while, and was delayed back in October of 2015. The game will come with Steam Workshop support when it is released on PC.


January 18, 2016


Division Beta Details Announced



Written by AJ

Division Beta Details Announced

Ubisoft has officially announced when the beta for their upcoming game, The Division, will start. For Xbox owners, the beta will open on January 28th, while PC and PS4 owners will get access the next day. The beta will run on all platforms until January 31.

Currently, the beta will only be available to those who pre-order the game, but Ubisoft has a waitlist that you can sign up for on their website.

Along with the announcement of the dates for the beta, Ubisoft also announced details of what will be available for the player in the beta. The beta will start you on Manhattan's Chelsea Pier, and take you through early story missions. You will also have the chance to try out the PvP area Dark Zone.


Oxenfree Coming To PS4



Written by Damien

Night School announced on January 14, 2016 that the originally released Steam game Oxenfree will be released on Playstation's new system as well as XBOX One and PC. The news comes from Night School's Twitter page where they go on to say that the release will happen sometime after the timed exclusive with Microsoft. The adventure game will be released for the Xbox One and PC January 15th with the PS4 release to follow sometime after.

It should also be noted that creator of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman has been in talks with studio Night School to bring Oxenfree to the silver screen as well as other mediums.

If this action-adventure game tickles your fancy or you just want to know more about it in the coming weeks, let us know stay with us!! We want to hear from you!!! Hit our Twitter here


January 17, 2016


Hitman Collector's Edition



Written by AJ

Hitman Collector's Edition

Looking for a new collector's edition for your collection? How about Hitman? Square Enix announced that Hitman will have a collector's edition available for purchase.

Included in the Collector's Edition is a digital copy of the “Full Experience” game, a 10” statue of Agent 47 sitting in a chair, a 60-page artbook, and Agent 47's iconic red tie and clip. The cost of this edition is a cool $139.99.

If you didn't hear, the next Hitman will go the route of Telltale and be a fully episodic game. The first episode will be released March 11.


Hitman Episode 1



Written by AJ

It appears as though Hitman has received the “Telltale” treatment. Hitman will no longer have a base release but will instead be an episodic experience with new content released every month.

The “Intro Pack” will be released on March 11, and contains the prologue and the Paris locale. This first pack will run you $15, while the additional packs will be $10. The Italy locale launches in April and Morocco launches in May. After that, there will be new packs monthly and are set to include new locations and contracts. These new locations will take Hitman through the United States, Thailand, and Japan. Additional content is planned beyond what has been announced. Square Enix also has plans for weekly events that challenge you to grow and test your killing skills.

There will be a disc released sometime later in 2016 with all of the locations on it. The full game is still going to cost $60, as a one time purchase, or a $50 upgrade from the intro pack. In case you can't math, that means you'll pay a slightly higher premium of $65 if you decided to purchase just the “Intro Pack” and upgrade later.

This new pricing structure is likely the reason behind the canceling of pre-orders on the Playstation Network.


January 16, 2016


Hitman Pre-Orders



Written by AJ

If you were planning to pre-order Hitman on PS4 digitally, Square Enix has currently taken the game down for pre-order and subsequently cancelled all existing pre-orders on the Sony platform. Square Enix said that “If your Hitman pre-order is cancelled, don't panic. Release date is still March 11. We are adjusting a few things & will update in a few days.”

It is unknown yet how this will affect the Hitman beta, which is set to launch on February 12. The beta is currently planned to be for anyone who preordered the game.

Hitman was originally set to launch on December 8, 2015 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It was delayed a few months until March 11. The Hitman “reboot” is set to release as an episodic release, with the first part releasing March 11 and the second part yet have an official announce date.


ODIN SPHERE LEIFTHRASIR Gets A Release Date



Written by Damien

Studio Atlus (known for titles like Persona, Shin Megami Tensei and way too many to list here.) has finally given us a specific release date for the anticipated remake of the PS2 classic Odin Sphere. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir will be released June 7th, 2015 for both the PS4 and Vita respectively. Alongside this announcement was the launching of the website. Odin Sphere is a 2D action game featuring 5 protagonists as well as RPG mechanics. Odin Sphere in detail is a single player experience that will see 5 separate stories that will revolve around each protagonist and their respective warring nation in the world of Erion. Taking concepts from Norse mythology, this beautiful reimagining promises to be an absolute dream game.

There will also be a special edition of the game. In the special edition which is a Playstation 4 exclusive you will receive a potion recipe tee, collectors metal slip case, a mystery art print, 64-page hardcover art book all inclosed in the premium outer box which features sick character art. The special edition which is being called “The StoryBook Edition” is listed as $79.99 on Amazon and you can preorder here. It should be noted that no matter which system you pre order on, if you choose to preorder you will get the 64 page book albeit a softcover version

What do you think? Will you be picking up Odin Sphere? Did you fancy the original? Let us know via our Twitter SkyeMatrixGaming@Twitter

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January 15, 2016


Homefront Release Date



Written by AJ

Return to the Homefront

Get ready to liberate Philadelphia from the North Korean military on May 17th in the United States, and May 20th across the rest of the world (Sans North Korea of course). Homefront: The Revolution got a release date this week, announced as part of Deep Silver's 2016 lineup.

If the Homefront name sounds familiar, it's because the first game in the franchise was released in 2011, published by THQ. Crytek picked up the Homefront IP during the THQ firesale and started work on a sequel. Homefront: The Revolution was in the news in 2014 when Deep Silver bought the game's IP from Crytek, who were in the midst of financial troubles.

Also announced as part of this news was that there would be a closed beta on Xbox One in February, which players can sign up for now here. There will be promotions run in the coming weeks to fill some of these slots, so stay tuned for more details.

Watch the new trailer, “This is Philadelphia”, below:



January 14, 2016


Amazon Prime Gamers Discount



Written by AJ

Have Prime, Will Game

Amazon announced recently that Prime members will be getting 20% off pre-orders and new releases. This is in addition to release day shipping guaranteed that Amazon has offered to Prime members for a while now.

This new program appears to be targeted at Best Buy's Gamer's Club Unlocked, which had a price cut halfway through 2015. While the Best Buy program is still cheaper, at only $30 for two years, Amazon Prime also adds all of the bonuses that are offered already, including free 2-day shipping, Instant Video streaming, Amazon Music, and Prime sales. This new program from Amazon is also retroactive, so any pre-orders that Prime members have will be covered in the 20% discount. While it is a good discount it only covers physical games, and as such, means that PC games will come in a box, even though it's most likely a Steam key inside the box.

If you are looking for a program that gives you a discount for new purchases for games and hardware, and already an Amazon Prime member, look no further. While Prime may not be worth it only for this, the other benefits that are included more than make up for the higher price tag.


Not A Hero Official Release Date



Written by Damien

Developer Roll7 (who you might remember from their mega indie hits OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood) have announced that their 2D cover based shooter Not A Hero will be coming to PS4 on February 2nd.

In Not A Hero you play as Professional assassin turned amateur campaign manager, Steve, who has been tasked with cleaning up his city by an anthropomorphic rabbit and mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord. Not A Hero was originally released on PC on May 14th, 2015. The title has garnered a Metacritic score of 75 as well as a 9/10 on Steam.

After Not a Hero's release on PC it was later announced that it would be making it's way to PS4 and Vita. Recently, there has certainly been quite a few announcements for the flailing handheld, but unfortunately today I must be the bearer of bad news. In a statement released on Roll7's website the developer went on to say "making games work [on PlayStation Vita] is incredibly hard, especially as it's basically a miniscule television hiding inside an obese DS4 controller." They also went on jokingly to say…..

"In the end, we tried simply copying the whole game onto a 3.5" floppy disk and jamming it into the back of the Vita, but this caused dangerous overheating and one of our test kits exploded, killing the entire Not a Hero Vita Programming team in a fully upsetting and totally avoidable fireball of nasty burning. Initially, we thought it was baddies what had done it, but it turned out to just be our team's own fantastic ineptitude. It was at this juncture our lawyers advised us to abandon the port and come up with an elaborate excuse for its cancellation."

While it is definitely sad that we won't be getting another hit from Roll7 on Vita, their explanation almost excuses it. Almost.


January 13, 2016


PSN Essential Sale



Written by Mike

We have all finished our backlog and haven't bought any new games right? Well let's hope so because it's time for another PlayStation Flash sale. This one launched a couple of days ago and will last until January 18. So here are some of the best deals of this sale.

PS4

Dragon Age Inquisition Deluxe Edition $17.50 (50%)

GTA V $44.99 (25%)

Infamous Second Son $11.99 (40%)

PS Vita

Danganronpa 2 $18.00 (55%)

Freedom Wars $7.50 (50%)

Tearaway $10.00 (50%)

PS3

Mass Effect Trilogy $12.00 (60%)

Final Fantasy 7 $4.00 (60%)

Assassin Creed Rogue $20.00 (50%)

So will you be picking one of these games up or are you working on your backlog? Tweet @SkyeMatrix and tell us what you are going to do.


January 7, 2016


VR Gets a Price Tag



Written by AJ

Virtual Reality is here, and if the recent Oculus announcement is any indication, it's HELLA expensive. Oculus revealed that the Rift is going to cost $599. This hefty price tag includes the headset, an Xbox One controller, an Oculus-branded remote, as well as two games - EVE Valkyrie and Lucky's Tale.

My major gripe with this crazy price tag is that you are going to be spending some serious dough just for the minimum point of entry. If you were to build a PC based on the Oculus recommended specs for said VR-ready PC, the price tag is a staggering $1000 mark. Once you add the headset price to your package, your investment in VR is over $1600. This doesn't seem like a viable option for many consumers and in turn will drive potentially interested buyers away.

The Oculus Rift Developer kits were priced around $350. The HTC Vive created in partnership with Valve and SteamVR, but has yet to receive a price point. With the announcement of Oculus' price, HTC could look to undercut the Rift, if only by $20-40. While the Vive has more included in the release kit (the lighthouse sensors, the headset, and the HTC touch controllers), they will have a hard time selling units at a price point higher than the Rift.

Sony is also primed to release their headset, the PlaystationVR, in the coming months. This could be a huge opportunity for the dominating console to swoop in and take VR by storm if the price their product accordingly. They have already stated that their VR will be priced competitively but that it is being treated as a console product. Even if they are treating it as a console, I don't imagine them trying to market an attachment for more than the Playstation 4 running it. This should put the cap on their product at $399, but hopefully we'll get something a slightly more affordable.

If you happen to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy S6 or newer, you can purchase a GearVR headset, designed in cooperation with Oculus and Samsung, for $99. While your phone isn't as strong as a computer capable of VR, it will still give you the experience, for 1/6th the price.

When money is really tight, you could also opt for a Google Cardboard headset. It lacks many of the functions and features of these behemoths, but for under $25, you'll get a good taste of what VR has to offer. If you're an android user who knows how to unlock and root your device, you'll have even more options available like syncing a Dualshock controller to your phone and use some other 3rd party apps to get an even more in depth experience.