If you’ve got a bad case of the Mondays–even if it’s actually Tuesday–sometimes the best remedy is to get caught up on exciting gaming news you may have missed while you were busy sulking around because the three day weekend is over. So, as always, we’re here to keep you informed and up to date. In today’s Gaming Daily, Bravely Second: End Layer gets release date and Collector’s Edition reveal, 5 new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs released, Hideo Kojima has been checking out The Last of Us performance capture tech, Microsoft and Mojang announce Minecraft: Education Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider story DLC gets launch date, and we rounded up Resident Evil 0 review scores.
Bravely Second: End Layer gets North American release date, and Collector’s Edition reveal
During a 3DS press briefing earlier today, Nintendo finally revealed the North American release date for Bravely Second: End Layer. The game will be launching on April 15, which trails considerably behind the February 26 release date that was previously announced for Europe.
Additionally, the company unveiled a Collector’s Edition (pictured above) which includes:
- A copy of the Bravely Second: End Layer
- A Deluxe 250+ page Artbook
- 10-Track Original Soundtrack CD
Unfortunately, the Agnés Mini Figurine that was included in Europe’s Deluxe Collector’s Edition didn’t make the list. The bundle will retail for $69.99.
HT: Nintendo Life
Back to the Future, Doctor Who and more new LEGO Dimensions packs packs hit shelves.
LEGO Dimensions’ third wave of expansions hit shelves today, and we’re excited because the five new packs include content from Ghostbusters, DC Comics, LEGO Ninjago, Doctor Who, and Back to the Future. If you find yourself in the same boat as us, check out our full post (linked below) for new screenshots, and descriptions of what’s included in each pack.
Hideo Kojima checks out The Last of Us performance capture tech
Well things are certainly moving fast, aren’t they? Earlier today, PS4’s Lead System Architect, Mark Cerny, created a Twitter account. Now, normally that wouldn’t be worthy of a post, but today it is because the first thing he tweeted out was a photo of himself and Hideo Kojima. According to the tweet, Cerny and Kojima are going on a 10-day world tour of sorts, which Kojima elaborated (via his own Twitter account) involves “searching for the newest technology with Mark-san.”
Cerny’s following tweets (like the one above) are even more interesting, as they depicted Kojima-san checking out some of the performance capture tech used in titles like The Last of Us, and The Order: 1886. With his next title being a PlayStation console exclusive, the trip makes sense. It also means the developer is getting the ball rolling quicker than expected–even if it is just to scope out Sony’s technology. I for one can’t wait to see how he utilizes it.
Microsoft and Mojang announce Minecraft: Education Edition
Earlier today, Microsoft and Mojang teamed up to announce Minecraft: Education Edition, which is an expanded version based on the existing MinecraftEdu program. It will include features like: Enhanced maps with coordinates, a student portfolio, enhanced multiplayer, and more. The game (and free trial of it) will be available this summer. For more information, check out our full post (linked below).
Rise of the Tomb Raider Story DLC to launch January 26.
Tomb Raider fans, rejoice! Rise‘s first expansion, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, finally has a release date. Microsoft confirmed the news to GameSpot earlier today that the brand new story content would be launching on the Xbox One on January 26.
“This adventure expands the story of the main campaign with Lara facing deadly new adversaries, exploring a new puzzle-filled tomb, and solving a decades old mystery, all culminating in a showdown with an ancient and mythic evil. Includes a new outfit, and a new bow,” reads the expansion’s official description.
There’s no word on whether/when the DLC will make it to the PC version (which is releasing a few days later on the 28th), or how much it will cost. It is, however, included with the $30 DLC pass.
Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster Review Roundup
Speaking of new releases, the HD remaster of Resident Evil 0 launched today. Considering this is a remaster of an existing game, we’ve compiled a list of what critics have been saying around the web, just in case you’re still on the fence about picking it up. Check it out below:
Push Square: 8/10
Games Radar: 3.5/5
Game Informer: 8.5/10
PC Gamer: 63/100
The title is available for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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