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Joystiq Weekly: Battlefield delay, Dark Souls 2 DLC review, Dragon Age preview and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a "too long; didn't read" of each week's biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category's top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren't just for The Daily Prophet.
This week hosted a smattering of high-profile release date changes. You thought you'd be playing Dragon Age: Inquisition in October? Nope! Figured you'd prowl through Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on that same day? Wrooong. What about upholding the law in Battlefield: Hardline sometime in October? Sorry, criminals will go unchecked until next year.

We suppose we'll persevere through the frightening uncertainty that is this dose of video game release dates, but we're not sure our frail hearts can handle any more excitement in this crazy life. Actually, we're fairly certain that frailty would combust into a five-story blaze if Destiny or Super Smash Bros. slip out of 2014.

There was plenty more to this week than release-date musical chairs, though! There's details on how to get The Last Of Us: Remastered for cheap, when we can next expect Sonic Boom to break our hearts go fast, a review for Dark Souls 2's first bout of DLC, a video preview for DA: Inquisition and much more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Arya Stark has met with The Last of Us movie producers

Maisie Williams - or as fans of HBO show Game of Thrones might know her, Arya Stark - has met with Neil Druckmann (of Naughty Dog) and Sam Raimi (of Sam Raimi) regarding the in-development film adaptation of The Last of Us, /Film reports. The 17-year-old actress was not in attendance for the Comic-Con panel where she was mentioned, but thankfully there was more to share, including the teaser poster you see above.

Raimi, who is set to produce the film, said he's confident in Druckmann's vision and script. It was also revealed that Druckmann was originally planning to write opening and ending scenes that differed from the game, but Raimi convinced him to stick closer to the source material. "I started this process thinking I'd have to protect the story from producers," Raimi said to Druckmann. "And then I had to protect it from you."

The film is still quite a ways off, but things seem to be moving at a good pace, with crew and potential cast all sounding confident and excited.
[Image: Naughty Dog/Ghost House Pictures]

Pre-order Lords of the Fallen for bonus weapons, story DLC

Square Enix announced a "Day One Edition" for Lords of the Fallen, the third-person action RPG developed by Deck 13 Interactive and CI Games. The limited edition version grants pre-order buyers exclusive story DLC as well as extra weapons and the game's official soundtrack. Those pre-ordering the game through GameStop will receive a free upgrade to the Day One Edition while supplies last. While there's no clear indication that the special edition of the game is limited to GameStop customers, the game's official pre-order page sure makes it seem that way at the moment.

The Lords of the Fallen limited edition includes the Monk's Decipher DLC and Demonic Weapons Pack. The latter features three items: The Margyr daggers, a Thehk hammer and the Ihir sword. The game was first shown off at Gamescom 2013 this past August and is scheduled to arrive on October 28 for PS4, Xbox One and PC courtesy of Bandai Namco. It can't seem to escape comparisons to From Software's Dark Souls series; at least that was a main takeaway from our time with the game at E3.
[Image: Bandai Namco]

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Titanfall's next DLC heads to the Frontier's Edge on July 31



Respawn and EA will march titans and pilots alike to the digital frontier on July 31, when the second piece of Titanfall DLC drops for Xbox One and PC. The map pack, dubbed "Frontier's Edge," includes three new battlegrounds for you to turn your opponents into mincemeat: Haven, Export and Dig Site.

Respawn revealed the release date for Frontier's Edge on a livestream earlier this week, during which they also gave a preview of the impending maps and answered fan questions. You can watch the whole thing above, or skip to 58:15 if you just want to hear "July 31" over and over, as if to soothe yourself until the prophesied date arrives.

Frontier's Edge will cost $10 standalone, or you can purchase the Season Pass for $25 and get not only Frontier's Edge, but the previous DLC, Expedition, as well as a third, unannounced DLC down the line.
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Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team includes Wii U digital copy

The Wii edition of Skylanders Trap Team will include a download code for the Wii U version of the game, the series' official Twitter account revealed this week. Fans can pre-order the Wii version (seen above) for $75, which includes a Traptanium portal, two traps, two Skylanders figures and, well, two copies of the game.

Activision announced Trap Team in April as a follow-up to last year's successful Skylanders game, Swap Force. Developed by Skylanders Giants lead studio Toys For Bob, Trap Team will launch on October 5 for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U and 3DS. The game has players trapping 40 different enemies into trap crystal, turning them into usable characters. Trap Team will usher in 60 new Skylanders as well, including a new class known as the Trapmasters. The developer showed off a Dark Edition of the game at the San Diego Comic-Con event this week.
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Barely Related: Comic-Con envy, Hello Kitty convention

Happy San Diego Comic-Con week, everyone! To the lucky few (thousand) that are actually there, pick up some swag for us, yeah?

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we're not stopping our focus on industry and gaming news. Think of this as your casual weekly recap of interesting (and mostly geeky) news, presented just in time to fill your brain with things to discuss at all of those weekend shindigs.

Grab a fresh drink, lean back in your armchair, and get ready to talk nerdy with us.

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Journey, Until Dawn, more from Sony heading to PS4

A now-removed post at Sony's Gamescom landing page revealed a handful of new PlayStation 4 games ahead of the publisher's planned Gamescom showing, IGN reports.

Sony's full Gamescom lineup, reprinted at NeoGAF, includes PlayStation 4 versions of Thatgamecompany's Journey, Supermassive Games' long-dormant PlayStation Move horror game Until Dawn, and Q-Games' newest PixelJunk series entry Nom Nom Galaxy.

Other highlights include PlayStation 4 ports for Hustle Kings, Pix the Cat, and The Unfinished Swan, which was recently outed by a content ratings submission in Korea.

The leaked lineup follows Sony's recent announcement that it would court an audience of lapsed gamers with PlayStation 4 ports for several high-profile PS3 games. None of the list's previously unannounced games have been confirmed, but many will likely make their first showing at Gamescom next month.

[Image: Thatgamecompany]

That Destiny logo sure does look familiar ...

When you're an artist, inspiration can strike from anywhere. A beautiful scene of nature. An abstract form of clay. The crotch of a cybernetic super-soldier.

Okay, so we highly doubt that whoever came up with the logo for Bungie's Destiny was purposefully channeling SPARTAN-II pelvis in their design, but Reddit user Starboy11 nonetheless noticed a striking similarity between the armor plating over Bungie-created hero Master Chief's groin and the logo for the studio's upcoming Destiny earlier today. And now, much like Bomberman making a cameo on the cover of BioShock 2, we cannot unsee what has been seen.
[Image: Bungie/Starboy11]

Report: China Telecom opens Xbox One sales in September

Microsoft's Xbox One console will go on sale in China this September, thanks to a newly-announced agreement with the country's third-largest telecommunications firm China Telecom Corp Ltd.

According to Reuters, this arrangement will make the Xbox One the first gaming machine to be officially sold in China since the country lifted its long-standing ban on foreign consoles earlier this year. There's currently no word on what price point China Telecom will attach to the Xbox One, but the company plans to reveal more details on this arrangement at some point next week.

Shadowgate opens the doors August 21 on Steam



Shadowgate, the Kickstarted and revamped first-person adventure game, launches on August 21 on Steam for PC and Mac, and it's due to hit iOS and Android devices in the fall.

The shiny new Shadowgate comes from the creators of the original MacVenture game, and it features updated and new puzzles, hand-painted illustrations, fresh cutscenes, and a Retro Mode that turns the game into its 1989 NES version. There's also a dynamic soundtrack and more than 50 Steam achievements to unlock.

Shadowgate is up for pre-order at three reduced-price tiers, ranging from $15 to $25.
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WRUP: It is your Destiny

How's the Destiny beta going for you? Don't forget to play Saturday for an extra goodie.

What's everyone playing this weekend?

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Strike it rich in Destiny with this Glimmer-farming loop


If you're enjoying the Destiny beta but feel you could be enjoying it a bit more if only you had a massive surplus of Glimmer and Engrams to trade for precious gear upgrades, the above video should help.

According to PlayStation MVP "tripleWRECK," one of the earliest locations players visit in the beta contains a circuit of Glimmer-stocked chests that can be harvested in a loop. Each time a chest is looted in Destiny, the game spawns another chest in a semi-random location. As there are a finite number of possible chest locations, if you know where the next chest is likely to appear you can simply follow this route collecting an effectively infinite supply of loot, and ignoring or battling enemies as you so desire.

While this might seem a dull way to spend your time in the futuristic shooter, it's undeniably lucrative. TripleWRECK claims that players can earn "10,000 Glimmer or more" in just an hour using this method.

Google Play adds 'Offline Games' section

Those worried that the games they play on their Android devices might be subtly pushing them ever-closer to their carrier's data cap can rest a bit easier by perusing the offerings in Google Play's newly-launched "Offline Games" section.

Like the name says, all games found in the Offline Games section require no Internet connectivity beyond the initial download. While this means the games (which include Plague Inc., Jetpack Joyride and Minecraft - Pocket Edition) won't automatically tap into the cloud for leaderboard updates and in-app purchase reminders, it also means your monthly phone bill won't suddenly inflate to ludicrous levels simply because you spent an especially boring afternoon at the DMV with only your portable device for entertainment.

As Engadget points out, the Offline Games section is currently paltry when compared to the thousands of games otherwise available on Google Play, but it's a start. Hopefully more mobile developers will see this move as a reminder that not everyone has an unlimited data plan.
[Image: Google]

Crimes And Punishments finds a gameplay trailer, my dear Watson

Image While it may lack the aloof, reptilian charm of Benedict Cumberbatch, this lengthy gameplay trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments seems to nail the crucial, super-sleuth aspects of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character, right down to the borderline-sociopathic methods he... Continue Reading

Swap to the GamePad when The Swapper comes to Wii U

Porting Facepalm's The Swapper to PlayStation systems apparently isn't enough for Curve Digital, as the studio has announced via Twitter that the atmospheric puzzler will be coming to Wii U later this year as well.

Never heard of The Swapper or its original developer, Facepalm? Well, you should; the Finnish developer used a combination of clay, a sci-fi setting and gameplay based around cloning yourself to solve puzzles to create a game so unique and eye-catching that we featured them in our list of 20 developers you should get to know.
[Image: Facepalm/Curve Digital]

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