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Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games discounted on mobile

If you've been jonesing for some retro-styled RPG questing but stopped short of buying your favorites when you saw Square Enix's premium mobile game prices, your patience has paid off. Many games in the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises are now available from iTunes and Google Play at steep discounts as part of Square Enix's Mobile Holiday Sale.

Starting this week, you can pick up remade mobile ports of Final Fantasy 1 and 2 for $3.99 apiece. Final Fantasy 3 through 6 are up for grabs at $7.99 each, and Final Fantasy Tactics is currently on sale for $6.99.

Dragon Quest series fans get some love with price drops for Dragon Quest 2 ($2.99) and Dragon Quest 8 ($12.99). If SNES throwbacks are your thing, you might also want to grab Chrono Trigger at $4.99 and Secret of Mana for $3.99. Sale prices are in effect through January 5.

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Lords of the Fallen on mobiles is 'brand new,' not a port

The Lords of the Fallen game coming to iOS and Android isn't a port of this year's console and PC game. In a statement provided to Joystiq, CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski confirmed the mobile game is instead a "brand new" experience. Tyminski also said the Lords of the Fallen sequel announced earlier this week is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Tyminski's statement in full reads:
"I can confirm that the statements made recently to the local Polish media at a press conference earlier this week in Warsaw, and mentioned on Facebook by Executive Producer Tomasz Gop, are true: a Lords of the Fallen sequel is currently in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The reaction from fans to the news has been tremendous so far, and we're eager to take on the challenge of improving upon the solid experience that has been created with Lords of The Fallen.

"I'd also like to offer some new information - we're currently working on a mobile game that takes place in the Lords of the Fallen universe, which we're aiming to launch on iOS and Android in 2015. It will not be a straight port of the game though, but rather a brand new Lords of the Fallen experience. More details on that are still to come."

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Joystiq Deals: Apple Watch giveaway

A watch that only tells time is so 16th century. Nowadays there are watches that can tell time, connect to the Internet, count our steps, even take our phone calls. Such is the case with the upcoming Apple Watch, which Joystiq Deals would like to give to you for free.

To earn a shot at winning the Apple Watch, simply head over to the giveaway landing page and click the green "Enter" button. To earn more entries, share the page or follow Joystiq on Twitter and Google Plus using the links on the giveaway page. The giveaway closes December 23, with the Apple Watch due to release in early 2015.


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Doctor Who: Legacy War Doctor levels, unlock Cinder early

Doctor Who: Legacy will receive new levels based on Engines of War, the War Doctor novel series, with part one going live on Friday, December 19. Part two hits on Sunday, December 21. Play through part one to unlock Cinder, a lifelong Dalek-hunter and pivotal ally in the Last Great Time War – or, unlock Cinder right now with the following Joystiq-exclusive code (no time travel required):

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Danganronpa Unlimited Battle brings tap-heavy havoc to iOS

The latest game to join the violently dysfunctional Danganronpa family is Unlimited Battle, a co-op action affair coming to iOS next month in Japan. As Gematsu reports, it's a free-to-play game starring the protagonists of visual novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and in it players slingshot the chibi cast across the screen to attack enemies. Unlike other Danganronpas, Unlimited Battle supports four-player co-op as well as single-player.

If you're aware of Trigger Happy Havoc's story of entrapment and murder mystery, you may share our confusion as to how Unlimited Battle fits within the series' narrative. Then again, maybe that's misplaced worry. After all, we are talking about games starring a sociopathic robotic bear who masquerades as the principal of a high school...

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Lords of the Fallen 'will be released' on iOS, Android [update]

Action-RPG Lords of the Fallen is bringing its dark, fantastical challenges to iOS and Android next year, CI Games announced. The publisher's wording in a tweet published last night would seem to indicate a port of the PS4, Xbox One and PC game, though that's not stated explicitly. We've reached out to CI Games for clarification.

The news arrives hot on the heels of confirmation that a Lords of the Fallen sequel is in the early stages of development. Executive Producer Tomasz Gop revealed conceptual work on what he dubbed "Lords of the Fallen 2" has already begun.

Update: CI Games says the Lords of the Fallen mobile game isn't a port of this years' console and PC action-RPG. More details here.

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Report: Microsoft building game-streaming tech, 'Arcadia'

Microsoft has job openings within a new cloud-based Operating Systems Group, and one of the listings says the project is called "Arcadia." ZDNet reports that Arcadia is a new streaming system built on the Azure cloud and is poised to replace Microsoft's Rio game-streaming tech. Arcadia will stream games and apps to Microsoft devices, the site says. Halo 5 on your Windows Phone, anyone?

One of Microsoft's job listings reads, in part, as follows: "The new Operating Systems Group (OSG) Streaming team is leveraging the cloud to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft's core platforms. These experiences take advantage of a new geo-distributed massively scaling service to redefine what is possible on today's devices. The client team is building the user facing application(s), bridging the service and devices together seamlessly. Our team is a small but growing and dedicated to solving one of Microsoft's biggest business challenges in a creative fashion."

Both job listings note that experience with iOS and Android app development is "a plus." As Engadget points out, this technology is most likely a long way off, since the development team isn't even finalized yet.

Sony has its own game-streaming system, PlayStation Now, and that's in beta on PS4, Vita and PS TV, well, now.
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Joystiq Deals: 2-in-1 Lightning and Micro-USB charging cable

Joystiq Deals has a discount for you today that will keep your mobile devices fully charged and ready for action. Today's StackSocial-branded six-foot charging cable features both Lightning and Micro-USB plugs, making it an ideal all-in-one charging solution for phones, tablets, game controllers, and other electronic devices.

Normally priced at $40, our cable is available today for $21 ($22.99 with international shipping). Pick one up and keep your iOS or Android phone running at full capacity whenever you need it -- you'll be glad you did.


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Hearthstone begins Android rollout

Blizzard is rolling stones out, specifically of the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft variety. The free-to-play collectible card game is available now for Android in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Blizzard says a full worldwide rollout is due "in the coming days." If you're in one of the early bird regions, wing your way to Google Play or Amazon Appstore to get started.

In terms of requirements, you'll need a tablet with at least a 6 inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.0 or higher installed. As for phone owners hoping to be dealt in - that's both iPhone and Android devices - Blizzard says it'll have "more news" early next year.

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Joystiq Deals: iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle

Those looking for a quick, simple and, more importantly, cheap route into the world of iOS game development should consider today's Joystiq Deal, the iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle.

The Bundle includes primers on both Apple's Swift programming language and the ubiquitous Unity 3D game engine, but today's pièce de résistance is the iOS 8 Game Source Code Pack, which features four fully-featured templates based on popular games such as Threes! and Flappy Bird. Instead of crafting a game from scratch, users can build on these templates to learn all about the more complex aspects of iOS game creation, including multiplayer functionality, in-game item monetization and Gamecenter support.

Normally priced at $994, the iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle is currently available to Joystiq Deals users for $59. This deal is only available for the next three days.
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iPad version of Papers, Please to get nudity restored in update

Papers, Please arrived on iPad this week, but an initial build depicting nudity when players searched the bodies of travelers was rejected by Apple on the grounds of containing "pornographic content." That decision appears to have been reversed however – developer Lucas Pope recently tweeted about a conversation with Apple concerning the denied version, claiming that Apple described that rejection as a misunderstanding. Pope added that Apple has also suggested he resubmit the build that includes nudity.

Though news of the rejected build drew ire from fans, Pope stated that the Apple representative "made it clear" that the decision was based on a mistake in their procedures rather than a response to backlash. Pope estimates that an update to restore the option of nudity should be available by next week.

Papers, Please will also eventually travel to Vita, though Pope is hesitant to give a launch window for that version, suggesting he "probably announced it too early."
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Joystiq Deals: The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

Joystiq Deals is putting you on the path to a career in mobile development with The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle, a broad collection of tutorials, instructional courses, and assets suited to your needs.

Pay any amount for our bundle and you'll get the Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap and The Art Of App Design & Marketing courses. Beat the average purchase price and you'll unlock all content on offer, including The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP, Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process, the Freebo Design Asset Bundle, Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX, and iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners.

Valued at $1,415 when purchased individually, all of today's content can be had for under $50 if you opt for our recommended purchase price. A portion of proceeds will benefit Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.
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Scrolls shuffles out of beta, cuts price to $5

Minecraft developer Mojang launched its latest game, Scrolls, in full today. Scrolls is now available on PC, Mac and Android tablets, with an iPad version expected to arrive "some time in the new year." The card hoarding game pits players against one another on a hexagonal battlefield, earning gold and acquiring spells, enchantments and other strategy-boosting goodies.

Scrolls entered open beta in June 2013 for $20, though the developer officially dropped the price of the full game to $5. It announced plans to shift the game's price in September, affirming that those who already bought the game will receive the $20 shard package, giving those players the ability to purchase decks, avatars and new scrolls without any additional cost. Mojang also began offering a free trial version of Scrolls today on all three platforms, for those interested in checking the strategy game out firsthand.
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Microsoft unearths a Windows Phone version of Minecraft

Minecraft is already available on myriad platforms ranging from its native PC to the PlayStation 4 and the iPhone, and now the hyper-successful sandbox exploration hit can also be found on Windows Phone devices.

Like other versions of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the game is abridged in comparison to its PC and console predecessors, but does include both Survival and freeform Creative modes as well as multiplayer support via local wifi. Microsoft (which recently acquired Minecraft developer Mojang) also claims that this version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition includes a number of items recently added to Minecraft's PC incarnation including new biomes, creatures and "infinite worlds" for players to explore. As with all versions of Minecraft, that "infinite" claim is only as strong as the technical capabilities of your device, so you shouldn't expect expansive realms to rival the PC game on your Windows Phone.

Prospective virtual miners will find Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the Windows Phone store at a price of $7.

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iPads, Please: Paper-pushing game hits iOS sans nudity

Immigration inspection game Papers, Please will reach iPad tomorrow, the game's creator Lucas Pope revealed on Twitter. The game, which has players accepting and rejecting immigrants attempting to enter the fictional state of Arstotzka, first launched in August 2013 on PC and Mac and reached 500,000 copies sold as of March.

The iOS version of the game is slightly different than its PC sibling, however. Pope noted that the search scanner photos in the game no longer have the full nudity option, as Apple "rejected that build for containing 'pornographic content.'" Papers, Please will receive a PlayStation Vita port, though Pope expressed uncertainty in February on how that version would work, given that the handheld system presents a lot of "interesting UI challenges." The developer also tweeted today that he handled the iPad version on his own, but that there's no estimated launch date for the Vita version, adding he "probably announced it too early."
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