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Chinese Xbox One launch bumped to end of September

Following a recent, unexpected delay, Microsoft has moved the Chinese launch of its Xbox One console from September 23 - today - to September 29.

That news comes courtesy of Engadget Chinese, which points out that September 29 falls right before a long holiday weekend, allowing new Xbox One owners the chance to properly put the console through its paces. Unfortunately, that may be more difficult than one would expect. Chinese authorities have only approved 10 Xbox One games for sale at the console's launch, and while Microsoft claims to be preparing an additional 70 games, there's no word on when they might reach Chinese retail shelves.

Despite all of this, the Xbox One launch should be seen as a momentous occasion, as it marks the first time a foreign-built console will be sold publicly in China in more than a decade.
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Sega's JRPG Resonance of Fate pops up on PSN

The PlayStation 3 version of Sega and developer Tri-Ace's cult hit JRPG Resonance of Fate resurfaces on the PlayStation Network this week as a downloadable title, arriving more than four years after its initial retail release.

In Resonance of Fate, players control a Private Military Firm who must trek across a dystopian Earth, fulfilling client requests and outgunning monsters in uniquely cinematic combat sequences. If you haven't yet experienced Resonance of Fate, this oddball scene in particular might win you over. It's...quite a thing.

Resonance of Fate is priced at $19.99. An Xbox 360 Games on Demand version is also available.

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Destiny logs first level 30 character

Guardian "BGTV N3AC3Y" is the first Destiny player in the world to hit level 30 after more than 100 hours of playtime, Bungie reports.

BGTV N3AC3Y racked up 107 hours, 15 minutes, and 22 seconds with Destiny in the weeks after its launch, spending around 25 percent of their playthrough in the multiplayer Crucible mode. The world's top Guardian also spent 13 hours, 6 minutes, and 40 seconds trekking through the recently introduced Vault of Glass raid, dying 251 times in the process.

Man. Look at all that purple gear. No, I'm not jealous. Not one bit. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to return to my post at the cave of wonders.

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Sunset Overdrive live action trailer is impossible

Image Insomniac blurs the line separating fantasy and reality in the latest trailer for its Xbox One-exclusive shooter Sunset Overdrive, demonstrating just how difficult it would be to portray its violent fantasy world using easily punctured human actors. An interactive version featuring bonus content... Continue Reading

Dark Souls 2 DLC officially delayed in North America

Yesterday we brought you word that the Crown of the Ivory King DLC for Dark Souls 2 had been delayed in Europe. At the time there was no word on the status of its North American counterpart, though now we know that it, too, has been pushed back.

"The sheer scope of Crown of the Ivory King facilitated the need for a bit more time to deliver a level of polish that the previous two chapters of The Lost Crown trilogy embodied," stated developer From Software via publisher Bandai Namco. "It is From Software's intent to only release Crown of the Ivory King with the highest level of quality possible." Those who read our earlier article will note that this is the same statement we received from Bandai Namco Europe when we looked into the European delay.

On a positive note, the delay is not a lengthy one. Bandai Namco now plans to launch the Crown of the Ivory King DLC on September 30. While you're waiting, you can pass the time by reading our reviews of the first two DLC packs released for Dark Souls 2, Crown of the Sunken King and Crown of the Old Iron King.

Joystiq Streams: Minimum with Human Head and Steam code giveaway

Human Head Studios had a turbulent decade. The Wisconsin-based developer kicked off the HD console generation in 2006 by finishing Prey, a first-person shooter with some interesting ideas about portals released well before cake memes took over the web. After Prey's success, Human Head turned around and started work on a wildly ambitious sequel, but that game met with a rather grisly, obscure end.

After lighter projects on Android and Wii U, Human Head is back with Minimum, an appropriately named third-person shooter with a spare aesthetic. How has the team's development process changed in the era of early access? What's it like making a shooter in 2014 compared to 2006? We'll find out when Human Head sits down with Joystiq for a look at their latest.

Starting at 4:00PM EST, Joystiq Streams will be playing Minimum on Project leader Norm Nazaroff and art director Jim Sumwalt will join Anthony John Agnello (@ajohnagnello) and Alexander Sliwinski (@Sliwinski) to discuss the game. Plus: We'll be doling out free copies of Minimum to folks that come out to watch.

That's at 4:00PM EST. Joystiq Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM EST, but we go live other times as well so follow us on Twitch to catch every show.

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Rocksmith 2014 tunes up for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 debut

Having already appeared on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Ubisoft's virtual guitar tutor Rocksmith 2014 is now ready to jump to the next generation of gaming consoles, namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Though the ESRB already outed the new-generation version of Rocksmith 2014 last month, Ubisoft's official announcement has only just arrived. According to the publisher, the game will launch on November 4 and will feature 1080p graphics and support for both consoles' streaming and video capture capabilities. Like all PlayStation 4 games, Rocksmith 2014 will feature Remote Play on the Vita handheld, a feature which Ubisoft claims is "perfect for players looking to review a song in its entirety without feedback, study specific sections of songs or practice in another room when it's more convenient."

Those who already own Rocksmith 2014 on either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will be pleased to hear that any DLC songs they've downloaded will transfer to their console's next-generation counterpart. If you have no DLC, don't fret - that's a guitar pun - the game comes with 50 songs in tow and there are 300 additional tracks available for download.
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Joystiq's big list of games on Steam Curators

We're tastemakers! The Joystiq staff has lovingly put together a list of the games we most enjoy on Steam, using its brand new Curators service. See the Joystiq Curators page right here. Our premiere picks run the gamut from Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, to Always Sometimes Monsters, to Ys Origins. It's a weird list, just like we are.

This introductory curation page is our way of saying hello, not only to you, but also to Steam's new service. As the Curators platform finds its footing, we'll update our list with even more uniquely selected games – ones we like, and we think you'll have fun with as well. Go ahead and follow the Joystiq Curators page on Steam to see all of our new additions as they happen, and join the Joystiq Steam group to discuss the games you love, hate and want to know more about. Enjoy!

WWE 2K15 gameplay trailer jumps the boogie

It may be 2014, but this WWE 2K15 trailer is partying like it's 1999. Set to Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba," the video flashes the entrances of wrestlers like Randy Orton, John Cena and Brock Lesnar before showing off moves in the ring like Rey Mysterio's 619. WWE 2K15 will launch October 28 for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game's PS4 and Xbox One versions were delayed to November 18 earlier this month.

Those that pre-order the wrestling game will receive two versions of the iconic WCW wrestler Sting. The marquee story mode for this year's WWE game from Yuke's is 2K Showcase, which spotlights the lengthy feuds between Shawn Michaels and Triple H as well as John Cena and CM Punk. The historical mini-documentary-style mode spans 33 matches and unlocks additional attire, wrestlers and championship titles for use in the rest of the game.

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Mario Kart 8 DLC revives the plumber's trusty B Dasher kart

American gamers haven't seen the aerodynamic B Dasher kart since its debut in Mario Kart DS, but that's about to change thanks to Nintendo's burgeoning Mario Kart 8 DLC plans.

"The quick B Dasher kart returns in Mario Kart 8 and will be in the 1st DLC pack," reads a tweet from Nintendo of America. Beyond that details are scant, but it appears the "1st DLC pack" the tweet is referring to is the game's upcoming Legend of Zelda-themed DLC. That pack, which is slated for launch in November, also includes three new characters (Link, Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach) alongside eight additional race tracks and four new vehicles. It's priced at $8, though fans can purchase the DLC as well as a second, similarly immense DLC pack scheduled for release in May 2015 for $12.

Though the B Dasher has most frequently been seen alongside Mario - the duo even grace the cover of Mario Kart DS - as you can see in the above screenshot, Mario Kart 8 will allow any character to take the B Dasher for a spin. Just keep an eye out for low-flying blue shells.
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Guild Wars 2 opens limited free trial access [Updated]

OK, guy in the comment section who always asks whether Guild Wars 2 has a free trial: The answer is finally yes.

But there's a catch; free access to the game lasts for one week only, beginning at 3 a.m. EDT on September 25th and ending 2:59 a.m. EDT on October 2nd. ArenaNet says it has already opened registration for the trial so that interested gamers can start downloading the client ahead of time. Old trial accounts will work for this promotion.

Earlier this month, Guild Wars 2's second feature pack overhauled the early game experience, making this an ideal time to be a newbie in the buy-to-play title.

[Update: ArenaNet has posted a number of mechanics changes that will be in place for the trial and affect trial accounts, including restrictions on mail and chat.]

NHL 15 update revives a few missing features on PS4, XB1

EA Canada has released a free update for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of NHL 15, adding a number features missing from the franchise's current-generation debut, despite being available on Xbox 360 and PS3.

In addition to tweaks to its Hockey Ultimate Team mode, which transitioned to new consoles unscathed, the update has added a Playoff Mode, Coach Feedback in Be a Pro mode, and an end-game Three Stars selection of a hockey bout's best performers to NHL 15 on PS4 and Xbox One.

The Playoff Mode in today's update allows players to create a 16-team, offline playoff bracket to compete for Lord Stanley's Mug. The added feedback in Be a Pro mode scores players based on the on-ice actions; however, it still does not appear that players can simulate to their next on-ice shift, which will result in watching the game from the bench.

NHL 15 launched earlier this month for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3. In an opinion editorial prior to its release I expressed concern over the game's thinly featured current-generation debut. Following its launch, EA Canada promised to revisit missing modes and add a number of elements to the game, such as those added today and Online Team Play, which has yet to be added.
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Blizzard officially cancels Titan

If you were holding onto hopes that Titan would be the next great thing from Blizzard, it's time to douse yourself with a cold bucket of reality. Polygon is reporting that Blizzard has officially canceled the Titan project, saying that it ultimately wasn't fun.

"We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs, so we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine," CEO Mike Morhaime commented. "And it didn't come together. We didn't find the fun. We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."

Senior Vice President Chris Metzen said that the decision was necessary as the studio goes forward: "We were losing perspective and getting lost in the weeds a little. We had to allow ourselves to take that step back and reassess why the hell we were doing that thing in the first place."

The studio didn't put out details on what Titan was going to be, except that it had "some cool hooks." Blizzard also said that it isn't going to be working on another MMO at this time, but won't rule out the possibility of a follow-up to World of Warcraft in the future. If you want to tease yourself with "what if," you can read Massively's summation of the Titan project.

The Elder Scrolls Online asks players for a tale of the dead

And I bet someone's wondering why he doesn't write any more.
Aw, jeez. That can't have been happy. There's a story behind that picture, you just know it; people don't just grow spears while sitting down with some wine and cheese. And what is that story, you ask? Well, that's up to you! The Elder Scrolls Online is challenging players to construct yet another tale of the dead, a 500-word story in any format outlining how the unnamed skeleton in this screenshot wound up in this unfortunate predicament.

Players who'd like to participate need only post their entry to the official contest thread before 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 26th. The three winners will each receive a $25 electronic gift certificate to the Bethesda store as well as a free t-shirt. If that sounds good to you and you think you can tell a convincing story about this guy, it's time to crack your knuckles and get writing.

Steam reaches 100 million users, adds Curators feature

Valve's digital distribution platform Steam surpassed 100 million users this week, adding over 25 million customers and 3,700 unique titles since January.

Valve commemorates the milestone with the launch of the Steam Discovery Update, making it easier for users to find games that fit their interests. Homepages now closely reflect user activity and preferences, and players can further refine their recommendations to include new releases, Early Access games, and DLC.

Steam's new Discovery Queue further refines the store browsing process, giving players a daily lineup of recommendations that they can choose to follow, ignore, or add to their wishlist. The update also introduces a Steam Curators feature, allowing users to craft lists of recommend Steam games with short blurbs and supplemental links.

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