Minecraft Adds Female Character to PlayStation and Xbox Versions

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Minecraft is currently the third best-selling game of all time as it’s sold over 54 million copies across PC, Mac, mobile and consoles. There’s also a Minecraft movie on the way and although the game’s developer Mojang was raking it in already, Mojang’s co-founders became filthy, stinking rich last year when Microsoft bought the developer for $2.5 billion.

The game itself is just as mind-boggling as those figures. Some of Minecraft‘s most popular creations include supercomputers that are capable of processing actual data, the entirety of Denmark was once recreated in the game and there’s even a Minecraft version of Westeros, the fictional setting of Game of Thrones.

All of these creations and all of this success and yet it took Mojang five years to introduce a female character on PC and Mac. Minecraft‘s console players have had to wait even longer but now, a female character named “Alex” is coming to the PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game.

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DiscStorm Introduces New Character ‘Navika’

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When DiscStorm was announced last month, it was a total surprise but a pleasant delight. The game combines sport with tough as nails arena combat as players have to lob discs around the place to defeat AI opponents. It’s easy to pick up but difficult to master, says developer XMPT Games.

Being a sports-based title, DiscStorm is also perfect for multiplayer and so it allows up to four players to go head-to-head and knock the digital snot out of one another. The problem with multiplayer, however, is that there are only four characters and if three players get to make a decision, the last player has no choice but settle for whoever’s left.

That’s got to be disappointing and so XMPT has added a new character called ‘Navika’ to the mix.

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More Child of Light Projects Are in the Works, Ubisoft Confirms

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Last year’s RPG platformer, Child of Light, was a total surprise. It completely destroyed all conventions by featuring a young girl as the lead (the protagonist, Aurora, grows up over the course of the game) and all of the dialogue and narration is written in rhyme. It was also praised for its gorgeous watercolour graphics, with the game being powered by the UbiArt Framework game engine.

But the new IP was a huge risk for Ubisoft, a publisher best known for peddling Assassin’s Creed games year in, year out (even if those AC games are embarrassingly broken), as the Child of Light team was an experiment to what small teams could do when left to their own devices. Clearly it it paid off and following speculation of a Child of Light sequel, Ubisoft confirms that more Child of Light projects are in the works.

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Sci-Fi Survival Game ‘Halcyon 6′ Reaches Kickstarter Goal In Under 48 Hours

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The humans in Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander are a brave lot. When a Mean and Nasty alien race threatens to come knocking on Earth’s door, they don’t cower under a desk and cross their fingers really hard (as I would, if I’m honest), they hightail it to an “ancient, derelict space station” called Halcyon 6 in an attempt to “harness its mysterious power”.

As you’d expect, they’re the only ones in the entire galaxy who can save the world! We’ve heard that story more than enough times before but with alien battling, crew management, resource gathering and exploration, the game’s familiar plot is backed up by (what will surely be) some highly addictive gameplay. Halcyon 6 has just blitzed through its Kickstarter goal and you can find out more after the break.

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Arena Combat Sport ‘DiscStorm’ Announced for PC, Mac and PS Vita

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Real sports are for chumps, what with their sweaty pit stains, neon looking energy drinks and ill-fitting lycra. So today, let’s embrace a virtual one instead.

DiscStorm has just been announced for PC, Mac and PS Vita by developer XMPT Games and publisher Mastertronic. The game combines disc throwing with death dealing to make a fast-based arena combat sport that can be played alone or with friends.

Frantic stick twiddling will be in order as you try and avoid the discs that are pinging off of every wall and gameplay is “easy to pick up, but truly difficult to master”. It sounds like a good one to wheel out at parties then. More on DiscStorm after the break.

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Steampunk Platformer ‘The Swindle’ Coming to PC, PlayStation and Xbox in 2015

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Right, you’ve heard of Spelunky, haven’t you? In it, you ‘spelunk’ in randomly generated caves and go about hunting for buried treasure, exploring and saving damsels. If that sounds good to you then you’ll most definitely like The Swindle which is a roguelike platformer that its creator Dan Marshall describes as ‘Deus Ex meets Spelunky . In The Swindle you’ll be running and climbing around its procedurally generated levels, darting away from security guards or boffing them on the head as you attempt to steal all the money. Although that premise sounds mighty promising, Dan axed it back in 2011 because it didn’t feel right. Now, it’s back and better than ever and it’s coming to consoles. Find out more about The Swindle after the jump.

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Interview: Children of Morta Team Lead Amir Fassihi on Co-Op, Permadeath and PlayStation

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We wrote about hack ‘n’ slash RPG Children of Morta a few days ago, when we reported that the next title from developer Dead Mage had successfully reached its Kickstarter goal. Good news, it was, that one of the best looking games to hit the crowdfunding service would be bringing its impressive ways to PC later this year.

Amongst other things, Dead Mage are promising a game that will be much more than your usual hacking, slashing and item crafting game (though it will have all of those things too) as the game’s story centres on a guardian family named The Bergsons. They’re an intriguing bunch in an intriguing title and as the game looks to achieve its stretch goals, we had a chat with Children of Morta‘s Team Lead Amir Fassihi about co-op, permadeath and bringing the game to PS4 and PS Vita.

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Hack N Slash ‘Children of Morta’ Gets Funded for PC, Could Come to PS4

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We all know the deal with roguelikes; you hit ‘attack’ until your thumb falls off, you try not to die and then rinse and repeat until you inevitably succumb to permadeath. And that’s fine, that’s great actually as it makes roguelike games incredibly easy to pick up and play, but too often the fantasy worlds that these games take place in are as dull as a matte black doormat. Children of Morta could be a remedy then as not only is it big on story but the six playable characters at the heart of its narrative are all related – with other (non playable) family members aiding them on their quest to save their home and their way of life from an unknown evil. The game has just achieved its funding goal on Kickstarter and you can find out more after the break.

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Child of Light Makes a Profit; Could Get a Sequel

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A female-led platformer with RPG elements and a story told entirely in rhyme, to say that Child of Light is a weird one is putting it lightly. But in this case weird meant wonderful. Other than its unlikely concept, it was an also an unlikely title for Ubisoft who are known for the popular (and sometimes broken) Assassin’s Creed games, the bombastic Far Cry franchise and stealth shooter series Splinter Cell. However, after taking a gamble on such an unusual yet delightful game, Child of Light has turned a profit and a sequel may be on the cards now too.

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PlayStation Now Adds Mirror’s Edge, Mass Effect 2 and More

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Depending on how good you are at rifling through bargain bins, PlayStation Now is either a whopping great deal or an unnecessary service. The ‘killer’ feature of PS Now is that it cuts out the downloads, the updates and all of those time-wasting gubbins and streams the game directly to your device (PS3, PS4, PS Vita or PS TV) of choice. Today, Sony announced that even more games will be added to the PS Now line-up including free-running classic Mirror’s Edge and space RPG Mass Effect 2.

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