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Mortal Kombat 11: everything we know

NetherRealm Studios revealed new details on Mortal Kombat 11 during a live event in Los Angeles Thursday, offering fans a first look at gameplay, a roster of new and returning characters, and changes coming to the series’ well-worn fighting systems.

Here’s a rundown of what NetherRealm and series co-creator Ed Boon announced (and teased) for MK11.

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The Textorcist is a bullet-hell-meets-typing game

When I hear the word “exorcism,” I think of head-twisting girls with the uncanny ability to crawl on walls and ceilings. I picture old, wrinkled men in robes frantically reciting Latin at a blistering pace while the possessed thrash in their beds and foam at the mouth. Seeing previews for The Exorcist as a child scarred me, and I haven’t been able to return to many horror movies since. Fortunately, that’s not the case with MorbidWare’s upcoming game The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia.

Priest Ray Bibbia has all he needs: a bible, a dinky computer, and a lot of nerve. Follow him around town and rid seedy places of demonic presences. The Textorcist plays like a typical overhead bullet hell game — with the exception of actual weapons on your part. Are you a good multitasker? You better be.

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Mortal Kombat 11’s Sonya Blade to be voiced by Ronda Rousey

At the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal, NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon revealed that Ronda Rousey will be voicing one of Mortal Kombat’s original fighters: Sonya Blade.

In a short documentary-style video (above), Rousey revealed that she’s been a longtime Mortal Kombat fan and has tried to emulate Blade throughout her life and career. Considering her history as the first woman UFC champion and her recent move to the WWE, we’d say she’s emulated Sonya pretty successfully. She later appeared on stage at the reveal event to talk about her new role in front of the live audience.

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First Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay trailer looks great, disgusting

NetherRealm Studios gave Mortal Kombat fans their first look at gameplay from its next fighting game, Mortal Kombat 11, during a reveal...

God game Crest combines divine intervention with free will

I am God; I have seen worlds shape around me, and primal beings that resemble my form emerge from the dirt. I control these lives. When I give them commands, they listen. When I tell them to migrate, they pack up and head toward precious metals...

Detective Pikachu toys, trading cards show new sides of the live-action Pokémon

The Pokémon Company is preparing big time for the arrival of Detective Pikachu, the series’ first-ever Hollywood movie....

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Wednesday

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is Warhammer 40,000 played at the most epic scale yet

When the original Battlefleet Gothic: Armada came out in 2016, I decided to skip it. To hear some tell it, that means I missed out on one of the best strategy games of that year. This time around, I vowed to make time out of my busy spacefaring schedule to check out its sequel, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2. After just a few hours with the game’s pre-order beta, I’m legitimately blown away.

The team at Tindalos Interactive sells the dream of Warhammer 40,000 combat on a galactic scale. Games set in the 40K universe are a dime a dozen these days, but the moment-to-moment gameplay in Armada 2 has so far exceeded my wildest expectations.

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PlayStation VR gets a ‘demo disc’ with nine games on it

PlayStation VR now has a “demo disc” offering previews of nine virtual reality games — some of them pretty good! — available through the PlayStation Store. It doesn’t get you 500 free hours of AOL, but it does give you some time with Superhot VR and Astro Bot Rescue Mission.

The free 12 GB download includes those two games, plus Battlezone, Headmaster, Job Simulator, Moss, Kitchen, The Persistence and Thumper. A PlayStation VR rig (with the PlayStation Camera) is needed; PlayStation Move controllers are optional.

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Call of Duty’s new Blackout mode introduces respawning for the first time

Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, is getting a new limited time mode. The mode, called Down But Not Out, will introduce respawning to Blackout for the first time.

The mode, which appears to be squads-only, will allow anyone in the game to respawn every time the circle resets. The only catch is that at least one member from your squad has to be alive. With this one change, suddenly the way you play Blackout changes. Sacrificing yourself to keep a squad member alive when things look bleak no longer means game over; instead, it means that you’ll appear again in just a couple of minutes when the next circle starts.

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Red Dead Online’s Gun Rush captures the best and worst of battle royale

Red Dead Online is a work in progress, which means that Rockstar keeps adding new modes and arenas to the smorgasbord of options currently available. The most recent, and most promising, of these game modes is Gun Rush.

Gun Rush is a

What’s the status of EA’s Star Wars games?

Update (Jan. 16, 2019): Following reports that EA canceled another Star Wars project — said to be the one that Visceral Games had been working on — we’ve amended the story with the current status of EA’s Star Wars slate, as of...

Report: EA cancels its Star Wars open-world game

Electronic Arts has scrapped its untitled open-world Star Wars game, the project that started at Visceral Games in 2013 and was

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Tuesday

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Dragons heading to Elder Scrolls Online in new updates

Bethesda Softworks today unveiled its 2019 plans for The Elder Scrolls Online, including a new story chapter called Elsweyr, part of a four-part story arc that will include dragons, a first for the fantasy online multiplayer game. Many of the update’s details were already known, due to a leak earlier this month.

The story is set in the eponymous land of Elsweyr, home of the Khajiit cat-people. The new zone is described as “similar in size and scope to last year’s Summerset zone.” Around 30 hours of adventuring are promised. The update will include a new class, the Necromancer, which Bethesda says is “dark, mysterious,” and able to “command the dead and cast powerful elemental spells.”

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Anthem will have matchmaking for everything

Anthem is barely a month away, and information continues to trickle in on how the game will operate in the wild. For games like Destiny, matchmaking is often not available for the game’s hardest and most rewarding content. Anthem seems to be going another way with it, according to BioWare.

Ben Irving, one of Anthem’s lead producers and frequent host of BioWare’s gameplay streams, took to Twitter to answer a fan question on the subject, confirming that matchmaking will be abundant.

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NBA 2K licensing deal gets lucrative long-term extension

The publisher of the NBA 2K series of basketball video games has signed a lengthy extension of its licensing agreement with the NBA and its players’ union, the companies announced Tuesday, securing the future of America’s most popular sports gaming franchise.

It’s going to cost Take-Two Interactive, parent company of NBA 2K publisher 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts, a significant chunk of change: The new deal is worth up to $1.1 billion over the next seven years, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a source familiar with the contract. The source also told the newspaper that the figure is more than twice the cost of the parties’ previous licensing agreement, which they signed in 2011.

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Tabletop games dominated Kickstarter in 2018, while video games declined

Tabletop games continued their meteoric rise on Kickstarter throughout 2018, helping push the games category to an all-time high of more than $200 million. Data provided to Polygon by the crowdfunding platform show a nearly 20 percent increase...

In Battle for Azeroth, the Alliance are set to take the stage

Battle for Azeroth, the latest World of Warcraft expansion, has been almost entirely centered around the Horde. The Horde...

Forza Horizon 4 removes two dance emotes at the heart of lawsuits

Forza Horizon 4 developer Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios released an update for their racing game today, adding seven new cars from...

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Rocket League gets full cross-platform play — yes, even on PS4

Rocket League players can now battle each other regardless of the system they’re playing on. Developer Psyonix rolled out cross-platform play support for the vehicular soccer game Monday across Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Psyonix and Sony added Rocket League to PS4’s cross-play beta program today, an initiative that launched in September, in large part thanks to Fortnite and player outcry. Cross-platform play is now available in all of Rocket League’s online match types, including casual, competitive, and extra modes.

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Nintendo Switch Online data mine hints at SNES games

Nintendo Switch Online members may have more than just classic NES games to look forward to as part of their subscription. One Nintendo fan looked at the source files for the NES game collection, and says that they found code for a variety of Super NES games, including Super Mario Kart, The Legend Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World, within.

KapuccinoHeck, a modder in the Nintendo community, tweeted this weekend that they dug into NES Online files this weekend, and posted a long list of references to SNES games. The entire list is as follows:

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Fallout 76 players are taking vigilante action against in-game dupers

In Fallout 76, players emerge into Appalachia after a nuclear war and must establish a new society by fighting the Scorched and the nefarious Scorchbeasts that spawn them. It’s not a bad hook, but players have discovered a more pressing threat to the safety of this new world: item dupers.

Duping has been in Fallout 76 for some time now. Duping is when players take an existing item and, using in-game systems in a way not originally intended, duplicate it, creating an infinite stream of powerful items. It’s a serious problem, and it has created a completely out of control economy. Players are creating new alternate characters to serve as pack mules, roaming Appalachia with thousands of pounds of legendary weapons and stashes full of caps, Fallout’s currency.

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